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25th Jul '16 7:38:07 PM Willbyr
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* Ryoko from Anime/TenchiMuyo is about as manic and pixie as girls can get(perhaps moreso, as in many continuities she's ''[[DesignerBaby engineered]]'' thus), and livens up Tenchi's life in a way he quickly becomes addicted to, but also demonstrates a LogicalWeakness in [=MPDG=]s; Those lovable personality traits have led her to become a career criminal with absolutely ''zero'' impulse control.
* In ''Manga/KoufukuGraffiti'', Kirin's [[GenkiGirl energy]] brought Ryou out of the latter's depressive rut[[note]]Caused by ParentalAbandonment.[[/note]] in the beginning of the series, starting with [[TastesLikeFriendship food sharing]]. This was [[LampshadedTrope noted]] by Shiina in Chapter 24:

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* Ryoko from Anime/TenchiMuyo ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'' is about as manic and pixie as girls can get(perhaps get (perhaps moreso, as in many continuities she's ''[[DesignerBaby engineered]]'' thus), and livens up Tenchi's life in a way he quickly becomes addicted to, but also demonstrates a LogicalWeakness in [=MPDG=]s; Those lovable personality traits have led her to become a career criminal with absolutely ''zero'' impulse control.
* In ''Manga/KoufukuGraffiti'', ''Manga/GourmetGirlGraffiti'', Kirin's [[GenkiGirl energy]] brought Ryou out of the latter's depressive rut[[note]]Caused by ParentalAbandonment.[[/note]] in the beginning of the series, starting with [[TastesLikeFriendship food sharing]]. This was [[LampshadedTrope noted]] by Shiina in Chapter 24:
25th Jul '16 11:37:25 AM Kalaong
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* Ryoko from Anime/TenchiMuyo is about as manic and pixie as girls can get(perhaps moreso, as in many continuities she's ''[[DesignerBaby engineered]]'' thus), and livens up Tenchi's life in a way he quickly becomes addicted to, but also demonstrates a LogicalWeakness in [=MPDG=]s; Those lovable personality traits have led her to become a career criminal with absolutely ''no'' impulse control.

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* Ryoko from Anime/TenchiMuyo is about as manic and pixie as girls can get(perhaps moreso, as in many continuities she's ''[[DesignerBaby engineered]]'' thus), and livens up Tenchi's life in a way he quickly becomes addicted to, but also demonstrates a LogicalWeakness in [=MPDG=]s; Those lovable personality traits have led her to become a career criminal with absolutely ''no'' ''zero'' impulse control.
16th Jul '16 12:16:47 PM nombretomado
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* Catherine from the Atlus puzzle game ''{{Catherine}}''. [[spoiler: Deconstructed, in that Catherine's a [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin literal]] pixie dream girl, being a [[HornyDevils succubus]] who's taken on the form of the main character's ideal woman.]]
* In ''{{Persona 3}}'', the female protagonist has some elements of this in her relationship with Shinjiro Aragaki. It's most evident in about the eighth rank of his Social Link; having previously thrown a party for the rest of the dorm at the protagonist's instigation, he reflects on how good it felt and how he wouldn't have done it if it hadn't been for her influence; by the end of the game she has given him a new lease on life, [[spoiler:only to herself die as a result of performing a HeroicSacrifice to stop TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt]].

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* Catherine from the Atlus puzzle game ''{{Catherine}}''.''VideoGame/{{Catherine}}''. [[spoiler: Deconstructed, in that Catherine's a [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin literal]] pixie dream girl, being a [[HornyDevils succubus]] who's taken on the form of the main character's ideal woman.]]
* In ''{{Persona ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'', the female protagonist has some elements of this in her relationship with Shinjiro Aragaki. It's most evident in about the eighth rank of his Social Link; having previously thrown a party for the rest of the dorm at the protagonist's instigation, he reflects on how good it felt and how he wouldn't have done it if it hadn't been for her influence; by the end of the game she has given him a new lease on life, [[spoiler:only to herself die as a result of performing a HeroicSacrifice to stop TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt]].
14th Jul '16 4:25:44 AM DaibhidC
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** In an interview at the back of the Free Comic Book Day 2015 special issue of Titan's ''Doctor Who'' comic, writer Creator/PaulCornell describes the Tenth Doctor (possibly the Eleventh too) as a "manic pixie dream Doctor" in comparison to the Twelfth. Then in ''Comicbook/TheFourDoctors'', he has Twelfth himself [[IHatePastMe call his past selves that]].

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** In an interview at the back of the Free Comic Book Day 2015 special issue of Titan's ''Doctor Who'' comic, writer Creator/PaulCornell describes the Tenth Doctor (possibly the Eleventh too) as a "manic pixie dream Doctor" in comparison to the Twelfth. Then in ''Comicbook/TheFourDoctors'', he ''Comicbook/DoctorWhoFourDoctors'', Cornell has Twelfth himself [[IHatePastMe call his past selves that]].
14th Jul '16 4:23:31 AM DaibhidC
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** In an interview at the back of the Free Comic Book Day 2015 special issue of Titan's ''Doctor Who'' comic, writer Paul Cornell describes the Tenth Doctor (possibly the Eleventh too) as a "manic pixie dream Doctor" in comparison to the Twelfth.

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** In an interview at the back of the Free Comic Book Day 2015 special issue of Titan's ''Doctor Who'' comic, writer Paul Cornell Creator/PaulCornell describes the Tenth Doctor (possibly the Eleventh too) as a "manic pixie dream Doctor" in comparison to the Twelfth.Twelfth. Then in ''Comicbook/TheFourDoctors'', he has Twelfth himself [[IHatePastMe call his past selves that]].
4th Jul '16 5:16:05 PM sgamer82
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* Subverted in ''Manga/DetectiveConan''. [[spoiler: The [[SingleTargetSexuality love of Inspector Shiratori's life]] is a strong-willed, outspoken girl [[ChildhoodFriendRomance whom he met when they were children]], and her [[GenkiGirl incredibly cheerful antics]] are what motivated him to become a policeman in the first place.]] [[ZigZaggedTrope Then we see]] that [[spoiler: this was their first and only encounter in ''almost twenty years'']], that [[spoiler: Shiratori [[LovingAShadow chased after another woman]] because he mistakenly ''thought'' he was said girl]], and that [[spoiler: "the girl" actually grew into [[NiceGirl a much more thoughtful and quiet person]], the local CoolTeacher Kobayashi-sensei.]]. [[spoiler: [[OfficialCouple Despite all these changes, they still fall in love and get together]].]]

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* Subverted in ''Manga/DetectiveConan''. [[spoiler: The [[SingleTargetSexuality love of Inspector Shiratori's life]] is a strong-willed, outspoken girl [[ChildhoodFriendRomance whom he met when they were children]], and her [[GenkiGirl incredibly cheerful antics]] are what motivated him to become a policeman in the first place.]] place. [[ZigZaggedTrope Then we see]] that [[spoiler: this was their first and only encounter in ''almost twenty years'']], years'', that [[spoiler: Shiratori [[LovingAShadow chased after another woman]] because he mistakenly ''thought'' he was said girl]], girl, and that [[spoiler: "the girl" actually grew into [[NiceGirl a much more thoughtful and quiet person]], the [[spoiler:the local CoolTeacher Kobayashi-sensei.]]. [[spoiler: [[OfficialCouple Despite all these changes, they still fall in love and get together]].]]
24th Jun '16 7:41:20 PM Monolaf317
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It's a long-standing trope, but the term was coined in 2007 by film critic Creator/NathanRabin, who found it grating, as he believed it to be the result of WishFulfillment from stir-crazy writers. He explicitly compared it to the MagicalNegro, in that a Manic Pixie Dream Girl exists to help the protagonist achieve happiness without ever seeking any independent goals herself. Unfortunately, the term ended up being misused to describe simply quirky female characters, with many who are actually well-rounded being given this label. [[http://www.salon.com/2014/07/15/im_sorry_for_coining_the_phrase_manic_pixie_dream_girl/ Rabin would later disown the term]], because instead of creating awareness of the "lack of independent goals in female characters", the concept instead accidentally ended up suggesting that ALL quirky and fun women automatically merited this trope, whether they actually fit in or not.

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It's a long-standing trope, but the term was coined in 2007 by film critic Creator/NathanRabin, who found it grating, as he believed it to be the result of WishFulfillment from stir-crazy writers. He explicitly compared it to the MagicalNegro, in that a Manic Pixie Dream Girl exists to help the protagonist achieve happiness without ever seeking any independent goals herself. Unfortunately, the term ended up being misused to describe simply quirky female characters, with many who are actually well-rounded being given this label. [[http://www.salon.com/2014/07/15/im_sorry_for_coining_the_phrase_manic_pixie_dream_girl/ Rabin would later later]] [[CreatorBacklash disown the term]], because instead of creating awareness of the "lack of independent goals in female characters", the concept instead accidentally ended up suggesting that ALL quirky and fun women automatically merited this trope, whether they actually fit in or not.
19th Jun '16 8:57:52 AM RyzeGuy
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* A DeconstructedCharacterArchetype features on ''Series/{{Castle}}'' with Meredith, Castle's first wife and Alexis's mother. While Castle and Alexis are clearly fond of Meredith, they both find her exhausting to be around for a longer period of time, and she's especially shown to not be a very responsible parent to Alexis. Castle describes her as a "deep-fried twinkie" - tastes great, but really bad for you. In the earlier seasons, Castle himself comes across as something of a Manic Pixie Dream Boy to Kate Beckett. This is interesting considering the fact that Beckett herself serves as the related trope of TheMuse to Castle.

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* A DeconstructedCharacterArchetype features on ''Series/{{Castle}}'' with Meredith, Castle's first wife and Alexis's mother. While Castle and Alexis are clearly fond of Meredith, they both find her exhausting to be around for a longer period of time, and she's especially shown to not be a very responsible parent to Alexis. Castle describes her as a "deep-fried twinkie" - tastes great, but really bad for you. In the earlier seasons,
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Castle himself comes across as something of begins the show claiming to be a Manic Pixie Dream Boy to Kate Beckett. This (This is interesting considering the fact that Beckett herself serves as the related trope of TheMuse to Castle. Castle.) Like most MPDBs he gets plenty of CharacterDevelopment over time, and it's more that than his "fun" that wins Kate over. Though even before that, his jokes often amuse Kate just enough for her to banter back for a moment, and she usually gives better than she gets.
13th Jun '16 9:02:37 AM Monolaf317
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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheMagicSchoolBus'' Ms. Frizzle fits the platonic version of this trope as much as possible in order to give her students excitement in learning, and in the episode "[[Recap/TheMagicSchoolBusS1E11GoesToSeed Goes To Seed]]", [[ShipTease she acts like the literal example of this trope in regards to Mr. Seedplot.]]

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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheMagicSchoolBus'' ''WesternAnimation/TheMagicSchoolBus'', Ms. Frizzle fits the platonic version of this trope as much as possible in order to give her students excitement in learning, and in the episode "[[Recap/TheMagicSchoolBusS1E11GoesToSeed Goes To Seed]]", [[ShipTease she acts like the literal example of this trope in regards to towards Mr. Seedplot.]]
13th Jun '16 9:02:00 AM Monolaf317
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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheMagicSchoolBus'' episode "[[Recap/TheMagicSchoolBusS1E11GoesToSeed Goes To Seed]]", [[ShipTease Ms. Frizzle acts like one in regards to Mr. Seedplot.]]

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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheMagicSchoolBus'' Ms. Frizzle fits the platonic version of this trope as much as possible in order to give her students excitement in learning, and in the episode "[[Recap/TheMagicSchoolBusS1E11GoesToSeed Goes To Seed]]", [[ShipTease Ms. Frizzle she acts like one the literal example of this trope in regards to Mr. Seedplot.]]



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