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** In the novel ''Lost Small World'', Misaki Yata is this for Saruhiko Fushimi, when they were in middle school. Something of a deconstruction, because - in addition to being a male/BL example - when they join the Red Clan, Misaki fits in with them much better than Saruhiko does, causing Saruhiko to begin to resent him. When Saruhiko meets the Blue King, and realizes he would fit into the Blue Clan better than the Red, Misaki doesn't understand him at all, and considers him a traitor, setting up for [[FoeRomanceSubtext where their relationship is at the time of the series]].

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** In the novel ''Lost Small World'', Misaki Yata is this for Saruhiko Fushimi, when they were in middle school. Something of a deconstruction, because - -- in addition to being a male/BL example - -- when they join the Red Clan, Misaki fits in with them much better than Saruhiko does, causing Saruhiko to begin to resent him. When Saruhiko meets the Blue King, and realizes he would fit into the Blue Clan better than the Red, Misaki doesn't understand him at all, and considers him a traitor, setting up for [[FoeRomanceSubtext where their relationship is at the time of the series]].



* Paprika's job in ''Literature/{{Paprika}}'' is being a Manic Pixie Dream Girl for men: a spritely therapist who joins them in their dreams and takes them on surrealist adventures. In her daily life, [[spoiler: she sees herself only as a dull, proper scientist and ignores the spontaneous part of herself too much.]]

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* Paprika's job in ''Literature/{{Paprika}}'' is being a Manic Pixie Dream Girl for men: a spritely sprightly therapist who joins them in their dreams and takes them on surrealist adventures. In her daily life, [[spoiler: she [[spoiler:she sees herself only as a dull, proper scientist and ignores the spontaneous part of herself too much.]]



* ''Manga/VideoGirlAi'': this trope is [[DiscussedTrope explored]] in the manga. Ai and the other Video Girls are supposed to be sort-of RobotGirl versions this, created specifically to comfort young and kind-hearted persons in trouble, and supposed to comfort them without thinking of anything similar to their own agency... but Ai being played in a defective VCR actually kickstarts her ''aquiring emotions of her own'' and questioning her role. Which then starts a sort-of snowball to roll, since [[spoiler:her creator Rolex wants to eliminate and/or manipulate her as it first his purpose, while Youta and the old man from the Gokuraku Store rebel against this and think that Ai and other Video Girls ''are'' deserving of their own emotions and being more than just this trope]]. It also deconstructs the role of the ''man'' in this sort of relationship, as it is heavily hinted that while a standard Video Girl would give "pure-hearted" boys like Youta the fun-loving companionship and comfort they need, said boys would never grow as independent people, nor gain the emotional maturity to enter a real relationship. Furthermore, while "customers" know that a Video Girl's love is artificial from the get-go, they're so desperate for affection that a VG's devotion and unconditional affection would win them over regardless, and make them incapable of the real thing in the long run. On the other hand, it is explicitly shown ([[spoiler:as an experiment from Rolex with Video Girl Mai]]) that equally lonely, brooding, but not-quite-pure-hearted boys would succumb to a severely codependent relationship and would end up broken even worse than they started.

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* ''Manga/VideoGirlAi'': this trope is [[DiscussedTrope explored]] in the manga. Ai and the other Video Girls are supposed to be sort-of RobotGirl versions this, created specifically to comfort young and kind-hearted persons in trouble, and supposed to comfort them without thinking of anything similar to their own agency... but Ai being played in a defective VCR actually kickstarts her ''aquiring ''acquiring emotions of her own'' and questioning her role. Which then starts a sort-of snowball to roll, since [[spoiler:her creator Rolex wants to eliminate and/or manipulate her as it first his purpose, while Youta and the old man from the Gokuraku Store rebel against this and think that Ai and other Video Girls ''are'' deserving of their own emotions and being more than just this trope]]. It also deconstructs the role of the ''man'' in this sort of relationship, as it is heavily hinted that while a standard Video Girl would give "pure-hearted" boys like Youta the fun-loving companionship and comfort they need, said boys would never grow as independent people, nor gain the emotional maturity to enter a real relationship. Furthermore, while "customers" know that a Video Girl's love is artificial from the get-go, they're so desperate for affection that a VG's devotion and unconditional affection would win them over regardless, and make them incapable of the real thing in the long run. On the other hand, it is explicitly shown ([[spoiler:as an experiment from Rolex with Video Girl Mai]]) that equally lonely, brooding, but not-quite-pure-hearted boys would succumb to a severely codependent relationship and would end up broken even worse than they started.



** Haruko seems like one of these, attaching herself to soulful brooding main character Naota and being the main impetous behind his ComingOfAgeStory. Up until it's subverted by [[spoiler:the reveal that she had her own agenda all along and her wacky hijinx was part of a plan to manipulate Naota until he'd served his purpose and she's not really all that interested in him as a person at all -- the 'CharacterDevelopment' she inspired in him was either incidental or (mostly) part of the plan (although her last few lines suggest that she's genuinely taken a liking to Naota, even if her own personal mission took top priority.)]]

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** Haruko seems like one of these, attaching herself to soulful brooding main character Naota and being the main impetous impetus behind his ComingOfAgeStory. Up until it's subverted by [[spoiler:the reveal that she had her own agenda all along and her wacky hijinx was part of a plan to manipulate Naota until he'd served his purpose and she's not really all that interested in him as a person at all -- the 'CharacterDevelopment' she inspired in him was either incidental or (mostly) part of the plan (although her last few lines suggest that she's genuinely taken a liking to Naota, even if her own personal mission took top priority.)]]



* Nyarlathotep (please, call her Nyarko) from ''LightNovel/HaiyoreNyarkoSan'' fits that second paragraph at the top of the page like she was poured into it. In fact, it actually works to her disadvantage, as her manic nature (including lying to people about their nonexistant sex life and impending firstborn) actually puts off her LoveInterest Mahiro, who's said that he has a hard time believing her confessions of love and has admitted to himself that he'd like her better if she could take it down a few notches[[note]]That, and her being a [[Creator/HPLovecraft Lovecraftian]] CosmicHorror [[AFormYouAreComfortableWith who only LOOKS like a cute girl]] kinda wrecks his mood[[/note]]. In fact, the few times Nyarko has toned herself down and acted demure, even Mahiro is surprised at how attractive he finds her.

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* Nyarlathotep (please, call her Nyarko) from ''LightNovel/HaiyoreNyarkoSan'' fits that second paragraph at the top of the page like she was poured into it. In fact, it actually works to her disadvantage, as her manic nature (including lying to people about their nonexistant nonexistent sex life and impending firstborn) actually puts off her LoveInterest Mahiro, who's said that he has a hard time believing her confessions of love and has admitted to himself that he'd like her better if she could take it down a few notches[[note]]That, and her being a [[Creator/HPLovecraft Lovecraftian]] CosmicHorror [[AFormYouAreComfortableWith who only LOOKS like a cute girl]] kinda wrecks his mood[[/note]]. In fact, the few times Nyarko has toned herself down and acted demure, even Mahiro is surprised at how attractive he finds her.



* ''Manga/YourLieInApril'' has Kaori who plays this role for the depressed Kousei. She inspires him to get back into playing tbe piano after he quit due to his mother's death several years ago. Slightly subverted in the fact that [[spoiler:she has a similar story of trauma in her past - having been an IllGirl from an early age - and she's [[InvokedTrope consciously being a Manic Pixie Dream Girl]] in order to help Kousei get through his problems.]] Kaori is a rare case as [[spoiler:Manic Pixie Dream Girls almost never die]]. Further subverted in that the ending shows [[spoiler: that it was her goal to play violin with Kosei accompanying her, so getting him out of his funk fulfills her dream as much as it helps him.]] She also actively pursues classical music on her own terms.

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* ''Manga/YourLieInApril'' has Kaori who plays this role for the depressed Kousei. She inspires him to get back into playing tbe the piano after he quit due to his mother's death several years ago. Slightly subverted in the fact that [[spoiler:she has a similar story of trauma in her past - -- having been an IllGirl from an early age - -- and she's [[InvokedTrope consciously being a Manic Pixie Dream Girl]] in order to help Kousei get through his problems.]] Kaori is a rare case as [[spoiler:Manic Pixie Dream Girls almost never die]]. Further subverted in that the ending shows [[spoiler: that it was her goal to play violin with Kosei accompanying her, so getting him out of his funk fulfills her dream as much as it helps him.]] She also actively pursues classical music on her own terms.



* David Lapham's ''YoungLiars'' is an entire series about the Manic Pixie Dream Girl Sadie and her effect on protagonist Danny's life. The trope is played with, as she is legitimately dangerous (she has absolutely no impulse control, and so has a tendency to get into fights--this is besides the Pinkerton detectives hired to hunt her down), and that the reason why she's a MPDG is that [[spoiler: Danny]] shot her in the head and the bullet is destroying the moral and judgment centers of her brain, which will kill her eventually.

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* David Lapham's ''YoungLiars'' is an entire series about the Manic Pixie Dream Girl Sadie and her effect on protagonist Danny's life. The trope is played with, as she is legitimately dangerous (she has absolutely no impulse control, and so has a tendency to get into fights--this is besides the Pinkerton detectives hired to hunt her down), and that the reason why she's a MPDG is that [[spoiler: Danny]] [[spoiler:Danny]] shot her in the head and the bullet is destroying the moral and judgment centers of her brain, which will kill her eventually.



* The Mist in ''ComicBook/{{Starman}}'' thinks she's this to Jack, even comparing herself to the Kathrine Hepburn character in ''Bringing Up Baby''. Jack pointed out that, unlike the Mist, Hepburn did not kill anybody.

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* The Mist in ''ComicBook/{{Starman}}'' thinks she's this to Jack, even comparing herself to the Kathrine Katharine Hepburn character in ''Bringing Up Baby''. Jack pointed out that, unlike the Mist, Hepburn did not kill anybody.



* Subverted in ''The Diary of Molly Fredrickson: Peanut Butter'' as [[SpicyLatina Erica]] has this effect on [[NaiveNewcomer the title character]] [[PornWithPlot sexually]] with Molly going from "merely" [[BrainBleach catching her parents roleplaying in]] ''her'' [[CatholicSchoolgirlsRule uniform]] to being the TagalongKid in her sexual adventures. There's [[SchoolgirlLesbians making out with each other in the bathroom despite no previous interest in girls]], [[CasualKink with the eponymous food]], there's a threesome with her boyfriend; and so on until threesomes and orgies are natural to her leading up to gangbanging the [[NunTooHoly nun]] Erica has FoeYay with for ''prom.'' [[PassingTheTorch Molly then becomes this trope]] when she goes to college in San Diego, orchestrates/participates in more orgies and opens up Verna, whose only sexual experience was with her uncle.
* ComicBook/SquirrelGirl fits the trope, especially around [[ComicBook/NewWarriors Speedball]] who she is determined to rescue from his self-inflicted punishment of being the brooding AntiHero [[ComicBook/{{Thunderbolts}} Penance]].

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* Subverted in ''The Diary of Molly Fredrickson: Peanut Butter'' as [[SpicyLatina Erica]] has this effect on [[NaiveNewcomer the title character]] [[PornWithPlot sexually]] with Molly going from "merely" [[BrainBleach catching her parents roleplaying in]] ''her'' [[CatholicSchoolgirlsRule uniform]] to being the TagalongKid in her sexual adventures. There's [[SchoolgirlLesbians making out with each other in the bathroom despite no previous interest in girls]], [[CasualKink with the eponymous food]], there's a threesome with her boyfriend; and so on until threesomes and orgies are natural to her her, leading up to gangbanging the [[NunTooHoly nun]] Erica has FoeYay with for ''prom.'' [[PassingTheTorch Molly then becomes this trope]] when she goes to college in San Diego, orchestrates/participates in more orgies and opens up Verna, whose only sexual experience was with her uncle.
* ComicBook/SquirrelGirl fits the trope, especially around [[ComicBook/NewWarriors Speedball]] who whom she is determined to rescue from his self-inflicted punishment of being the brooding AntiHero [[ComicBook/{{Thunderbolts}} Penance]].



* Another Creator/StanLee creation, Janet Van Dyne aka the Winsome Wasp, was this to Henry Pym (Ant-Man, later Giant-Man, Goliath and Yellowjacket) in the 1960s, but again with a darker edge - on thing she liked to do in an attempt to make him come out of his shell was to flirt with other Avengers.

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* Another Creator/StanLee creation, Janet Van Dyne aka the Winsome Wasp, was this to Henry Pym (Ant-Man, later Giant-Man, Goliath and Yellowjacket) in the 1960s, but again with a darker edge - on -- one thing she liked to do in an attempt to make him come out of his shell was to flirt with other Avengers.



* ''PearlsBeforeSwine'' pretty much owes its existence to a Real Life example of one of these. Stephan Pastis says he knew a girl in college, who opened him to life experiences he'd never seen before, and when his memory of her made him feel guilty for having given up his life's dream of being a cartoonist to become a lawyer instead, it drove him to send his strip out to syndicates - and the rest is history.

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* ''PearlsBeforeSwine'' pretty much owes its existence to a Real Life example of one of these. Stephan Pastis says he knew a girl in college, who opened him up to life experiences he'd never seen had before, and when his memory of her made him feel guilty for having given up his life's dream of being a cartoonist to become a lawyer instead, it drove him to send his strip out to syndicates - -- and the rest is history.



* Poppy in ''WesternAnimation/{{Trolls}}'' plays with the trope. She definitely fits the personality type, especially and she fills a platonic version of the plot to Bridget (who's ironically voiced by Zooey Deschanel) - convincing her to pursue the man she loves. But then again ''all'' the trolls are like that and although Poppy eventually does get the cynical Branch to liven up - she only ropes him into her scheme because she needs his help rescuing her friends. [[spoiler: And it's Branch who ends up saving Poppy from her DespairEventHorizon]].
* Although Disney's ''Disney/{{Pocahontas}}'' is hardly a MPDG, her song ''The Colors of the Wind'' could be the MPDG anthem.

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* Poppy in ''WesternAnimation/{{Trolls}}'' plays with the trope. She definitely fits the personality type, especially and she fills a platonic version of the plot to Bridget (who's ironically voiced by Zooey Deschanel) - -- convincing her to pursue the man she loves. But then again ''all'' the trolls are like that and although Poppy eventually does get the cynical Branch to liven up - -- she only ropes him into her scheme because she needs his help rescuing her friends. [[spoiler: And it's Branch who ends up saving Poppy from her DespairEventHorizon]].
* Although Disney's ''Disney/{{Pocahontas}}'' is hardly a an MPDG, her song ''The Colors of the Wind'' could be the MPDG anthem.



* Although all of the Band-Aids are trying for this, Penny Lane is clearly ''the'' Manic Pixie Dream Girl of ''Film/AlmostFamous''. Though she avoids the stereotypical MPDG ending (dead or with the guy) - she ''almost'' dies of an overdose, only to be saved by William, then breaks it off with Russell to go live her own MPDG life in Morocco without either love interest. But, of course, in doing all this she shows Russell the error of his ways so that he can make things right with William, helping both of them toward stardom. This is a DeconstructedCharacterArchetype, as Penny has her own inner life and emotional arc despite hitting many MPDG notes.

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* Although all of the Band-Aids are trying for this, Penny Lane is clearly ''the'' Manic Pixie Dream Girl of ''Film/AlmostFamous''. Though she avoids the stereotypical MPDG ending (dead or with the guy) - -- she ''almost'' dies of an overdose, only to be saved by William, then breaks it off with Russell to go live her own MPDG life in Morocco without either love interest. But, of course, in doing all this she shows Russell the error of his ways so that he can make things right with William, helping both of them toward stardom. This is a DeconstructedCharacterArchetype, as Penny has her own inner life and emotional arc despite hitting many MPDG notes.



*** The original Korean movie arguably has the polar opposite moral to the classic MPDG movie. The male protagonists had been coasting through his college classes, basically being a slacker, until falling in love and realizing that real relationships were difficult, confusing, complex things actually gives him motivation to get his act together for the first time in his life. He goes from incompetent slacker to hard-working, composed, goal-oriented young man. It's about him learning to be serious rather than learning to cut loose. Furthermore, what draws him to the girl is, not her 'free spirit' - which he actually find off-putting; rather it his recognition that she is 'damaged' and a strong desire to fix her. Which is just one of several ways the film mocks gender expectations by having the male lead take the stereotypically female role. (It's usually the girl who wants to heal the wounded bad boy, after all.)

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*** The original Korean movie arguably has the polar opposite moral to the classic MPDG movie. The male protagonists had been coasting through his college classes, basically being a slacker, until falling in love and realizing that real relationships were difficult, confusing, complex things actually gives him motivation to get his act together for the first time in his life. He goes from incompetent slacker to hard-working, composed, goal-oriented young man. It's about him learning to be serious rather than learning to cut loose. Furthermore, what draws him to the girl is, not her 'free spirit' - -- which he actually find off-putting; rather it his recognition that she is 'damaged' and a strong desire to fix her. Which is just one of several ways the film mocks gender expectations by having the male lead take the stereotypically female role. (It's usually the girl who wants to heal the wounded bad boy, after all.)



* Played with in ''Film/HappyGoLucky''. The main character, Poppy, is a free-spirited extreme optimist who starts taking driving lessons from an uptight, closed-off pessimist [[spoiler:who develops a crush on her]]. Subverted [[spoiler:in that she doesn't return the feelings, and stops the driving lessons so they won't see each other again after he lampshades this trope with a rant about how selfish it is - even if she ultimately doesn't fit the trope, no one could convince him differently.]]

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* Played with in ''Film/HappyGoLucky''. The main character, Poppy, is a free-spirited extreme optimist who starts taking driving lessons from an uptight, closed-off pessimist [[spoiler:who develops a crush on her]]. Subverted [[spoiler:in that she doesn't return the feelings, and stops the driving lessons so they won't see each other again after he lampshades this trope with a rant about how selfish it is - -- even if she ultimately doesn't fit the trope, no one could convince him differently.]]



* The 2009 ultra-low-budget independent film ''Film/NewLow'' is another subversion - Vicky is a bigger JerkAss than the [[ThisLoserIsYou loser]] AuthorAvatar protagonist Wendell, while Joanna ''would'' be a Manic Pixie Dream Girl were Wendell not a complete idiot as well.

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* The 2009 ultra-low-budget independent film ''Film/NewLow'' is another subversion - -- Vicky is a bigger JerkAss than the [[ThisLoserIsYou loser]] AuthorAvatar protagonist Wendell, while Joanna ''would'' be a Manic Pixie Dream Girl were Wendell not a complete idiot as well.



* Subverted with ''Theatre/{{Cabaret}}'''s Sally Bowles, who demonstrates just how messed up this kind of character tends to be in real life. She and Brian have a lot of fun at first but it's soon illustrated that she loves her partying lifestyle too much [[spoiler: and she aborts their baby because she doesn't think she's mother material]]. The last scene of the film has her performing a number that implies she's going to continue a life of fun and frivolity - [[spoiler: but the crowd is full of Nazi officers, implying Sally's fun won't last too long]].
* Double-subverted ''twice'' in the Barbara Stanwyck comedy ''Film/TheLadyEve.'' So Jeanne brightens up the life of stiff, repressed Charles (or "Hopsie") - but the fact is that she's a con woman who wants to take his money. But then, she's also in love with him, and is willing to go straight for his sake. Then when he finds out and rejects her, she takes on the persona of the Lady Eve, and pulls the MPDG on him ''again.''

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* Subverted with ''Theatre/{{Cabaret}}'''s Sally Bowles, who demonstrates just how messed up this kind of character tends to be in real life. She and Brian have a lot of fun at first but it's soon illustrated that she loves her partying lifestyle too much [[spoiler: and she aborts their baby because she doesn't think she's mother material]]. The last scene of the film has her performing a number that implies she's going to continue a life of fun and frivolity - -- [[spoiler: but the crowd is full of Nazi officers, implying Sally's fun won't last too long]].
* Double-subverted ''twice'' in the Barbara Stanwyck comedy ''Film/TheLadyEve.'' So Jeanne brightens up the life of stiff, repressed Charles (or "Hopsie") - -- but the fact is that she's a con woman who wants to take his money. But then, she's also in love with him, and is willing to go straight for his sake. Then when he finds out and rejects her, she takes on the persona of the Lady Eve, and pulls the MPDG on him ''again.''



* Played with in interesting ways in ''{{Film/Shadowlands}}''. While Joy Gresham takes on the narrative role of a Manic Pixie Dream Girl (drawing a scholarly, reserved Creator/CSLewis out of his shell, getting him to enjoy life [[spoiler: ... and then she dies]]), her actual personality is more that of a {{Tsundere}} -- to the intense displeasure of Lewis's friends.

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* Played with in interesting ways in ''{{Film/Shadowlands}}''. While Joy Gresham takes on the narrative role of a Manic Pixie Dream Girl (drawing a scholarly, reserved Creator/CSLewis out of his shell, getting him to enjoy life [[spoiler: ... [[spoiler:...and then she dies]]), her actual personality is more that of a {{Tsundere}} -- to the intense displeasure of Lewis's friends.



* ''Film/HeavenlyCreatures'' is a darkly subverted lesbian version - wild, eccentric Juliet inspires shy Pauline not to embrace life, but to [[spoiler: murder her mother]].

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* ''Film/HeavenlyCreatures'' is a darkly subverted lesbian version - -- wild, eccentric Juliet inspires shy Pauline not to embrace life, but to [[spoiler: murder her mother]].



* Muriel Pritchett (Geena Davis) in ''Film/TheAccidentalTourist'' plays a quirky dog trainer who helps both the dog and his owner, Macon Leary (William Hurt), a repressed and grieving travel writer who is mourning the death of his son and his marriage. Upon meeting Muriel, Macon's life changes in ways he comes to view as healing. However, in the novel, Muriel is more ManicDepressive - she sometimes becomes moody and sour, even neglecting her son.

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* Muriel Pritchett (Geena Davis) in ''Film/TheAccidentalTourist'' plays a quirky dog trainer who helps both the dog and his owner, Macon Leary (William Hurt), a repressed and grieving travel writer who is mourning the death of his son and his marriage. Upon meeting Muriel, Macon's life changes in ways he comes to view as healing. However, in the novel, Muriel is more ManicDepressive - -- she sometimes becomes moody and sour, even neglecting her son.



* Elise in ''Film/TheAdjustmentBureau'' has the quirky personality of the MPDG down pat -she meets the hero in the men's washroom when she is hiding from security from having crashed a wedding, and later drops his phone into his coffee to stop him talking to his assistant - but her role in the story is an aversion and possibly even a deconstruction. Not only does she have her own dreams of becoming a top ballet dancer, but she spends much of the movie independently pursuing them while the protagonist (who is far from boring or emotionless) spends most of his time pursuing ''her''. The deconstruction comes in when the titular agency suggests that her influence on David is only good for him in small doses. The washroom encounter inspires him to ditch a pre-written speech and make an improvised one about how his media appearance is all calculated and artificial, getting him a popular reputation as a man of the people. An agent of the Bureau claims that it was meant to be a one-off encounter, and that if he continued to be with her, her influence would encourage him to make increasingly reckless decisions that would eventually cost him his political career.

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* Elise in ''Film/TheAdjustmentBureau'' has the quirky personality of the MPDG down pat -she -- she meets the hero in the men's washroom when she is hiding from security from having crashed a wedding, and later drops his phone into his coffee to stop him talking to his assistant - -- but her role in the story is an aversion and possibly even a deconstruction. Not only does she have her own dreams of becoming a top ballet dancer, but she spends much of the movie independently pursuing them while the protagonist (who is far from boring or emotionless) spends most of his time pursuing ''her''. The deconstruction comes in when the titular agency suggests that her influence on David is only good for him in small doses. The washroom encounter inspires him to ditch a pre-written speech and make an improvised one about how his media appearance is all calculated and artificial, getting him a popular reputation as a man of the people. An agent of the Bureau claims that it was meant to be a one-off encounter, and that if he continued to be with her, her influence would encourage him to make increasingly reckless decisions that would eventually cost him his political career.



* ''Film/NoStringsAttached'' has a gender-inverted examle with Adam, the Manic Pixie Dream Guy - a goofy, romantic MrFanService, who helps {{Adorkable}}, [[TheCynic cynical]] GoGetterGirl Emma [[DefrostingIceQueen get over her]] CommitmentIssues.

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* ''Film/NoStringsAttached'' has a gender-inverted examle with Adam, the Manic Pixie Dream Guy - -- a goofy, romantic MrFanService, who helps {{Adorkable}}, [[TheCynic cynical]] GoGetterGirl Emma [[DefrostingIceQueen get over her]] CommitmentIssues.



* Norah in ''Film/SunshineCleaning'' looks like she's trying to be this for Lynn - inviting her to wild parties and trying to encourage her to loosen up. But Norah herself is the one with the real baggage - as she's never got over her mother's death. Lynn also [[spoiler: breaks things off with her before the end of the film]].

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* Norah in ''Film/SunshineCleaning'' looks like she's trying to be this for Lynn - -- inviting her to wild parties and trying to encourage her to loosen up. But Norah herself is the one with the real baggage - -- as she's never got over her mother's death. Lynn also [[spoiler: breaks things off with her before the end of the film]].



* Present in ''Film/SeekingAFriendForTheEndOfTheWorld'' with Penny - where she's quirky, ditzy and eventually [[spoiler: makes the protagonist realise that he should be with her and not his old high school flame]]. But Penny has her own motivations in the story and spends most of it being a ShipperOnDeck for Dodge and Olivia. [[spoiler: The film ends with an asteroid crashing into the Earth, killing everyone, so it's unknown if the relationship could have lasted]].

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* Present in ''Film/SeekingAFriendForTheEndOfTheWorld'' with Penny - -- where she's quirky, ditzy and eventually [[spoiler: makes the protagonist realise that he should be with her and not his old high school flame]]. But Penny has her own motivations in the story and spends most of it being a ShipperOnDeck for Dodge and Olivia. [[spoiler: The film ends with an asteroid crashing into the Earth, killing everyone, so it's unknown if the relationship could have lasted]].



* Nadja in Andre Breton's Literature/Nadja takes this to, and maybe a little bit past its LogicalExtreme - Nadja is a Manic Pixie Dream Girl to the point that reality warps around her, and she goes on tirades that would be markers of straight-up insanity [[InsaneTrollLogic if you weren't reading the work of a surrealist]]

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* Nadja in Andre Breton's Literature/Nadja takes this to, and maybe a little bit past its LogicalExtreme - -- Nadja is a Manic Pixie Dream Girl to the point that reality warps around her, and she goes on tirades that would be markers of straight-up insanity [[InsaneTrollLogic if you weren't reading the work of a surrealist]]surrealist]].



** ''Literature/LookingForAlaska'': Alaska Young is a DeconstructedCharacterArchetype of the Manic Pixie Dream Girl told through the lens of someone who sees her as such. Through Miles ("Pudge")'s eyes, Alaska is a goddess, but she repeatedly shows warning signs of emotional instability and a DarkAndTroubledPast that he ignores due to it not fitting in with his idealized image of her. She calls him out on this, too, after an emotional meltdown at the end of Thanksgiving Break, pointing out to him that he likes the sexy HardDrinkingPartyGirl side of her and not the "crazy sullen bitch" she sees herself as. The point's only driven in further by [[spoiler:everything that Pudge discovers in the "After" Section of the book - mainly that the self-destructive behaviors that Pudge and the others liked and encouraged in her led to her death]]. A principal point of the novel is that this trope is an unhealthy and unsustainable view of someone because it doesn't allow them to be a real person.
** ''Literature/PaperTowns'': Margo Roth Spiegelman embodies this trope, at first, having been Quentin's crush for all of his life and taking him on a pranking adventure at the beginning of the story. She's seen this way by most of the other kids at school as well, due to her frequent disappearances and similarly enigmatic behavior. Reliably, though, she's [[HiddenDepths not all that she seems]]. [[spoiler:The key point of the novel is Q's realization that her endearing and mysterious behavior is a façade she puts up to hide the fact that she's essentially a lonely, confused, and arguably flawed person who doesn't really know how to act normally. She puts on a StepfordSmiler front because she feels she has to - its what people expect of her at this point and she feels that if she doesn't act in such a zany way, people will hurt her or grow bored of her]]. The final part of Q's journey is [[spoiler:understanding that she's a real person who isn't responsible for him and has her own problems and fears. He then lets her, and the dream of her, go]].

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** ''Literature/LookingForAlaska'': Alaska Young is a DeconstructedCharacterArchetype of the Manic Pixie Dream Girl told through the lens of someone who sees her as such. Through Miles ("Pudge")'s eyes, Alaska is a goddess, but she repeatedly shows warning signs of emotional instability and a DarkAndTroubledPast that he ignores due to it not fitting in with his idealized image of her. She calls him out on this, too, after an emotional meltdown at the end of Thanksgiving Break, pointing out to him that he likes the sexy HardDrinkingPartyGirl side of her and not the "crazy sullen bitch" she sees herself as. The point's only driven in further by [[spoiler:everything that Pudge discovers in the "After" Section of the book - -- mainly that the self-destructive behaviors that Pudge and the others liked and encouraged in her led to her death]]. A principal point of the novel is that this trope is an unhealthy and unsustainable view of someone because it doesn't allow them to be a real person.
** ''Literature/PaperTowns'': Margo Roth Spiegelman embodies this trope, at first, having been Quentin's crush for all of his life and taking him on a pranking adventure at the beginning of the story. She's seen this way by most of the other kids at school as well, due to her frequent disappearances and similarly enigmatic behavior. Reliably, though, she's [[HiddenDepths not all that she seems]]. [[spoiler:The key point of the novel is Q's realization that her endearing and mysterious behavior is a façade she puts up to hide the fact that she's essentially a lonely, confused, and arguably flawed person who doesn't really know how to act normally. She puts on a StepfordSmiler front because she feels she has to - -- its what people expect of her at this point and she feels that if she doesn't act in such a zany way, people will hurt her or grow bored of her]]. The final part of Q's journey is [[spoiler:understanding that she's a real person who isn't responsible for him and has her own problems and fears. He then lets her, and the dream of her, go]].



* Vianne Rocher from the novel ''Film/{{Chocolat}}'' is this for an entire town. Zozie de l'Alba from the sequel ''The Lollipop Shoes'', acts as one for Vianne and [[spoiler: her daughters]] - quirky, attractive, bohemian, she blows into the chocolate shop and shakes up their lives, bringing magic back to their craft. Of course, she's also [[spoiler: an identity-stealing witch who is more or less ParanoiaFuel incarnate]].

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* Vianne Rocher from the novel ''Film/{{Chocolat}}'' is this for an entire town. Zozie de l'Alba from the sequel ''The Lollipop Shoes'', acts as one for Vianne and [[spoiler: her daughters]] - -- quirky, attractive, bohemian, she blows into the chocolate shop and shakes up their lives, bringing magic back to their craft. Of course, she's also [[spoiler: an identity-stealing witch who is more or less ParanoiaFuel incarnate]].



* Alice Somerfield of A.M. Holmes' ''The End of Alice'' is an example that might be controversial. For a twelve year old, she is wildly, uncomfortably sexually precocious (most likely not her fault), has an extensive and pretentious vocabulary and a manner of speech that is self-confessed as "affected," is sarcastic and beyond her years, has a knowledge of many varied and random subjects, claims to paint watercolor images on intimate places and watch them wash away in her baths, and copies famous poems onto the soles of her shoes.

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* Alice Somerfield of A.M. Holmes' ''The End of Alice'' is an example that might be controversial. For a twelve year old, twelve-year-old, she is wildly, uncomfortably sexually precocious (most likely not her fault), has an extensive and pretentious vocabulary and a manner of speech that is self-confessed as "affected," is sarcastic and beyond her years, has a knowledge of many varied and random subjects, claims to paint watercolor images on intimate places and watch them wash away in her baths, and copies famous poems onto the soles of her shoes.



* E.F. Benson - of ''Mapp And Lucia'' fame - wrote a trilogy of novels about a turn of the 19th/20th century version of the MPDG. But Dodo is anything but good for the men in her life - or herself - until she grows up a bit and earns her happily ever after.

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* E.F. Benson - -- of ''Mapp And Lucia'' fame - -- wrote a trilogy of novels about a turn of the 19th/20th century 19th/20th-century version of the MPDG. But Dodo is anything but good for the men in her life - -- or herself - -- until she grows up a bit and earns her happily ever after.



** Ayano tried to be this for [[InsufferableGenius Shintaro]]. It's [[DeconstructedCharacterArchetype deconstructed]] in that Shintaro - while genuinely (internally) grateful for her - was too self-absorbed to show affection back, while Ayano suffered through [[spoiler:her mother's death and subsequently finding out that her father is planning to kill two of her best friends]] alone, which eventually results in [[spoiler:her suicide, in an attempt to get an eye power]], this in turn the primary reason that Shintaro is a {{Hikikomori}} when the story opens.

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** Ayano tried to be this for [[InsufferableGenius Shintaro]]. It's [[DeconstructedCharacterArchetype deconstructed]] in that Shintaro - -- while genuinely (internally) grateful for her - -- was too self-absorbed to show affection back, while Ayano suffered through [[spoiler:her mother's death and subsequently finding out that her father is planning to kill two of her best friends]] alone, which eventually results in [[spoiler:her suicide, in an attempt to get an eye power]], this in turn the primary reason that Shintaro is a {{Hikikomori}} when the story opens.



* ''Series/{{Frasier}}'' had one of these in the form of a GirlOfTheWeek, Caitlin the quirky artist, but the trope was subverted by having their relationship not work out because they shared no similarities - just ''very'' hot sex.
* In ''Series/TwentyOneJumpStreet'' there's an episode featuring a girl named Quincy, who sort of positions herself as this, dragging the straitlaced Hanson around and trying to convince him to "lighten up". Of course, her idea of fun is crime sprees and potentially-fatal thrill-seeking. She ''terrifies'' him, and ends up [[spoiler: shot to death by security guards while robbing a house.]]

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* ''Series/{{Frasier}}'' had one of these in the form of a GirlOfTheWeek, Caitlin the quirky artist, but the trope was subverted by having their relationship not work out because they shared no similarities - -- just ''very'' hot sex.
* In ''Series/TwentyOneJumpStreet'' there's an episode featuring a girl named Quincy, who sort of positions herself as this, dragging the straitlaced Hanson around and trying to convince him to "lighten up". Of course, her idea of fun is crime sprees and potentially-fatal potentially fatal thrill-seeking. She ''terrifies'' him, and ends up [[spoiler: shot to death by security guards while robbing a house.]]



** At one point, the First Doctor has ended two stories abnormally unhappily -- turning an entire planet into a wasteland, committing a genocide against every Dalek there, and watching two of his companions get KilledOffForReal at the end of "The Daleks' Master Plan"; and deliberately deciding not to help prevent thousands of innocent people from being slaughtered by religious maniacs at the end of "The Massacre". This got too much for his companion Steven, who said ScrewThisImOutOfHere, leading to the Doctor having his first major {{Angst}} scene in the canon - giving a {{Soliloquy}} to the empty TARDIS about how he knows that to ShootTheDog is the right thing to do and how incredibly lonely he feels. This is interrupted by the particularly [[CloudCuckooLander loopy]] companion Dodo bursting in through the doors (in the hope of finding a police telephone) and being incredibly adventure-hungry and perky until his heart melts and he decides to take her travelling. Dodo was one of the least developed companions in the classic series.

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** At one point, the First Doctor has ended two stories abnormally unhappily -- turning an entire planet into a wasteland, committing a genocide against every Dalek there, and watching two of his companions get KilledOffForReal at the end of "The Daleks' Master Plan"; and deliberately deciding not to help prevent thousands of innocent people from being slaughtered by religious maniacs at the end of "The Massacre". This got too much for his companion Steven, who said ScrewThisImOutOfHere, leading to the Doctor having his first major {{Angst}} scene in the canon - -- giving a {{Soliloquy}} to the empty TARDIS about how he knows that to ShootTheDog is the right thing to do and how incredibly lonely he feels. This is interrupted by the particularly [[CloudCuckooLander loopy]] companion Dodo bursting in through the doors (in the hope of finding a police telephone) and being incredibly adventure-hungry and perky until his heart melts and he decides to take her travelling. Dodo was one of the least developed companions in the classic series.



** A DeconstructedCharacterArchetype features 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.

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** A DeconstructedCharacterArchetype features 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.



* An interesting double sided case seems to occur in ''Series/HowIMetYourMother''. The eponymous Mother appears to approach this character trope but at the same time he is also this for her. She is effectively portrayed as Ted's dream girl, having quirks such as painting pictures of robots, singing show tunes while making breakfast, playing bass guitar in a band and helping pull Ted out of one of the darkest times in his life. Season 9 reveals more quirks such as owning a pair of driving gloves and wanting to see weird stuff on roadside, just like Ted. She also helps pull Ted out of a rather dark time in his life as [[spoiler: Robin marries Barney, when Ted always felt that she should be with him.]] Most of Ted's quirks are similarly appealing to her. She genuinely laughs at his shellfish-selfish joke and gets why he would call a bar Puzzles - that's the puzzle. [[spoiler: Ted also pulls her out of an even darker place as she hadn't gotten over the death of her first love Max eight years earlier.]]

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* An interesting double sided case seems to occur in ''Series/HowIMetYourMother''. The eponymous Mother appears to approach this character trope but at the same time he is also this for her. She is effectively portrayed as Ted's dream girl, having quirks such as painting pictures of robots, singing show tunes while making breakfast, playing bass guitar in a band and helping pull Ted out of one of the darkest times in his life. Season 9 reveals more quirks such as owning a pair of driving gloves and wanting to see weird stuff on roadside, just like Ted. She also helps pull Ted out of a rather dark time in his life as [[spoiler: Robin marries Barney, when Ted always felt that she should be with him.]] Most of Ted's quirks are similarly appealing to her. She genuinely laughs at his shellfish-selfish joke and gets why he would call a bar Puzzles - -- that's the puzzle. [[spoiler: Ted also pulls her out of an even darker place as she hadn't gotten over the death of her first love Max eight years earlier.]]



* ''Series/TheLWord'' has a lesbian take on this trope - Tasha, the tough, quiet, TokenWholesome [[TheSquadette military officer]] enters a relationship Alice, the quirky MotorMouth radio persona who ReallyGetsAround. Alice helps Tasha come out of her shell, and supports her as she deals with the Don't Ask Don't Tell policy in the military.

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* ''Series/TheLWord'' has a lesbian take on this trope - -- Tasha, the tough, quiet, TokenWholesome [[TheSquadette military officer]] enters a relationship with Alice, the quirky MotorMouth radio persona who ReallyGetsAround. Alice helps Tasha come out of her shell, and supports her as she deals with the Don't Ask Don't Tell policy in the military.



* In ''VideoGame/NamcoHigh'', Valkyrie's chirpy demeanour, rampant use of internet acronyms, and sheer joie de vivre put her into this role - coaxing Cousin to try new things, giving everything 100%, and just generally having fun with stuff. [[spoiler:Then, at the end of her route, she has to go back to her own time and never returns, which [[BittersweetEnding typically kicks the player right in the feels]] in the process]].

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* In ''VideoGame/NamcoHigh'', Valkyrie's chirpy demeanour, rampant use of internet acronyms, and sheer joie de vivre put her into this role - -- coaxing Cousin to try new things, giving everything 100%, and just generally having fun with stuff. [[spoiler:Then, at the end of her route, she has to go back to her own time and never returns, which [[BittersweetEnding typically kicks the player right in the feels]] in the process]].



* In ''Webcomic/RedString'', Hanae serves this roll for Fuuko. She breaks her out of her shell and shows her that it's ok to love someone, even if she is a [[SchoolgirlLesbians little different]]. Deconstructed when Hanae's finally outed to her mother who doesn't take this well - and it's ''Fuuko'' that has to be Hanae's pillar of support and strength.

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* In ''Webcomic/RedString'', Hanae serves this roll for Fuuko. She breaks her out of her shell and shows her that it's ok to love someone, even if she is a [[SchoolgirlLesbians little different]]. Deconstructed when Hanae's finally outed to her mother who doesn't take this well - -- and it's ''Fuuko'' that has to be Hanae's pillar of support and strength.



* Satirized in ''[[http://youtu.be/XL2ekEeMk0Q Manic Pixie Prostitute]]'' a [=YouTube=] short commenting on the male obsession with the 'Manic Pixie Dream Girl' caricature and the female response to it. A middle-aged married man in a suit meets an exasperated prostitute in a hotel room. Instead of sex, he asks her to role play: I want you to turn my life upside down with your whimsical joie de vivre,” --an act she finds "demeaning."

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* Satirized in ''[[http://youtu.be/XL2ekEeMk0Q Manic Pixie Prostitute]]'' a [=YouTube=] short commenting on the male obsession with the 'Manic Pixie Dream Girl' caricature and the female response to it. A middle-aged married man in a suit meets an exasperated prostitute in a hotel room. Instead of sex, he asks her to role play: I "I want you to turn my life upside down with your whimsical joie de vivre,” --an vivre," -- an act she finds "demeaning."



* The associated imagery is rather popular, Website/DeviantArt shows -- [[http://drcloud.deviantart.com/art/Amazing-Technicolour-Tigercoat-156527437 Amazing Technicolour Tigercoat]] by drcloud. or [Welcome to the] [[http://anikakinka.deviantart.com/art/o064-Dream-59923794 Dream]] by anikakinka

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* The associated imagery is rather popular, Website/DeviantArt shows -- [[http://drcloud.deviantart.com/art/Amazing-Technicolour-Tigercoat-156527437 Amazing Technicolour Tigercoat]] by drcloud. drcloud or [Welcome to the] [[http://anikakinka.deviantart.com/art/o064-Dream-59923794 Dream]] by anikakinkaanikakinka.



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* An OlderThanTelevision example is Sally Seton from Creator/VirginiaWoolf's novel ''[[Literature/MrsDalloway Mrs. Dalloway]]''. Sally shows up at Clarissa's ancestral home without a penny and, with her idiosyncratic behavior (smoking cigars, running naked along the hallway when she forgets the soap) and lack of concern for the judgments of others, she helps both to awaken Clarissa's bisexuality and to show her that there are possibilities outside the stuffy parameters of British upper-class society. Also a bit of an inversion, both because the recipient of Sally's manic pixieness is a woman and because both of them eventually settle into contented but conventional marriages and live outwardly very normal lives.
12th May '18 11:56:55 AM IdumeanPatriot
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* The one the protagonist encounters in [[Literature/{{Okuyyuki}} "Okuyyuki"]] is a somewhat unusual example. For one thing, she is a minor Japanese goddess whose [[SpaceshipGirl "ghost"]] inhabits a magical sword; for another, she is a BloodKnight who urges him to make truth of his dream of [[WarIsGlorious death or glory on the battlefield]].
9th May '18 12:13:04 AM JoeMerl
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* ''Series/DharmaAndGreg'', a sitcom that pits quirky "nonconformist" Dharma up with strait-laced bore-fest Greg. Early on Dharma fits the trope, but as with most characters in a successful, long running show CharacterDevelopment sets in and she eventually becomes a more complex, well rounded individual with her own wants and desires.

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* ''Series/DharmaAndGreg'', a sitcom that pits quirky "nonconformist" Dharma up with strait-laced bore-fest Greg. Early on Dharma fits the trope, but as with most characters in a successful, long running show CharacterDevelopment sets in and she eventually becomes a more complex, well rounded individual with her own wants and desires. There are even some episodes that [[InvertedTrope Invert]] it, with Greg helping her realize that her "quirky" methods are not always for the best.
4th May '18 4:04:35 PM hackbarth
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*''[[https://www.fimfiction.net/story/76159/the-golden-armor The Golden Armor]]'':
** Angel Beats is the Manic Pixie Mare in this ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fanfic, slowly defrosting the stone faced pegasus Comet Burst through the expedient of being the most annoying thing in his life. She fulfill all the signs of the trope, she is full of energy, never stops talking, keeps hitting on him (metaphorically and literally as well) and instead of a wild hair color (that's not very singular in the show) she's a Bat Pony, a rare breed of pony. For some reason the superiors in the Royal Guard of Equestria think it's good to keep them together, and he slowly begin the standard routine of falling in love with a Manic Pixie Girl.
2nd May '18 8:33:25 PM lalaTKG
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* Saber from ''Literature/FateStrangeFake'' is a male version with a twist. Saber, like most Manic Pixie Dream Guys, is impulsive, adventurous, relentlessly optimistic, charmingly idiosyncratic, pops into Ayako's life at her lowest and most depressed, and is literally a magical KnightInShiningArmor that exists Ayako's sake. The problem? It turns out that Saber is [[spoiler:Richard the Lionheart]], and Manic Pixie Dream Guys [[TheCaligula make for rather poor rulers]]...

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* Saber from ''Literature/FateStrangeFake'' is a male version with a twist. Saber, like most Manic Pixie Dream Guys, is impulsive, adventurous, relentlessly optimistic, charmingly idiosyncratic, pops into Ayako's life at her lowest and most depressed, and is literally a magical KnightInShiningArmor that exists for Ayako's sake. The problem? It turns out that Saber is [[spoiler:Richard the Lionheart]], and Manic Pixie Dream Guys [[TheCaligula make for rather poor rulers]]...
28th Apr '18 8:39:59 AM Pamina
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** ''Literature/TheFaultInOurStars'': Subverted with Augustus Waters, who presents himself as a Manic Pixie Dream ''Boy'' but later proves not to be one. He professes his love to Hazel through contrived, rehearsed outings, complete with memorized "soliloquies" (monologues) and "metaphorically resonant" sandwiches, but the conviction of their love only feels "real" and "true" when the two of them see through the others' cracks during their trip to Amsterdam, especially after [[spoiler:he [[TheReveal reveals]] to her that he's terminally ill again]].

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** ''Literature/TheFaultInOurStars'': Subverted with Augustus Waters, who presents himself as a Manic Pixie Dream ''Boy'' but later proves not to be one.a normal, naive and vulnerable teenage boy. He professes his love to Hazel through contrived, rehearsed outings, complete with memorized "soliloquies" (monologues) and "metaphorically resonant" sandwiches, but the conviction of their love only feels "real" and "true" when the two of them see through the others' cracks during their trip to Amsterdam, especially after [[spoiler:he [[TheReveal reveals]] to her that he's terminally ill again]].



* In most versions of the story, Peter Pan serves as a (literal) Manic Pixie Dream Boy for Wendy, though it's often used as a subversion. While Peter represents childhood adventure for Wendy, Peter thinks of her as a mother figure and he, for all his flights of fancy, can be exceedingly cruel and bloodthirsty.

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* In most versions of the story, Peter Pan ''Literature/PeterPan'' serves as a (literal) Manic Pixie Dream Boy for Wendy, though it's often used as a subversion. While Peter represents childhood adventure for Wendy, Peter thinks of her as a mother figure and he, for all his flights of fancy, can be exceedingly cruel and bloodthirsty.
23rd Apr '18 12:07:37 AM Sparkysharps
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* Saber from ''Literature/FateStrangeFake'' is a male version with a twist. Saber, like most Manic Pixie Dream Guys, is impulsive, adventurous, relentlessly optimistic, charmingly idiosyncratic, pops into Ayako's life at her lowest and most depressed, and is literally a magical KnightInShiningArmor that popped into existence for Ayako's sake. The problem? It turns out that Saber is [[spoiler:Richard the Lionheart]], and Manic Pixie Dream Guys [[TheCaligula make for rather poor rulers]]...

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* Saber from ''Literature/FateStrangeFake'' is a male version with a twist. Saber, like most Manic Pixie Dream Guys, is impulsive, adventurous, relentlessly optimistic, charmingly idiosyncratic, pops into Ayako's life at her lowest and most depressed, and is literally a magical KnightInShiningArmor that popped into existence for exists Ayako's sake. The problem? It turns out that Saber is [[spoiler:Richard the Lionheart]], and Manic Pixie Dream Guys [[TheCaligula make for rather poor rulers]]...
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* Saber from ''Literature/FateStrangeFake'' is a male version with a twist. Saber, like most Manic Pixie Dream Guys, is impulsive, adventurous, relentlessly optimistic, charmingly idiosyncratic, pops into Ayako's life at her lowest and most depressed, and is literally a magical KnightInShiningArmor that popped into existence for Ayako's sake. The problem? It turns out that Saber is [[spoiler:Richard the Lionheart]], and Manic Pixie Dream Guys [[TheCaligula make for rather poor rulers]]...
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* [[DefiedTroped Defied]] ''hard'' in ''Daydream Nation'' when Caroline finds out her [[HotForStudent teacher/lover]] has written a very thinly-disguised story about her being this trope and is understandably Squicked out at being put on a pedestal and dehumanized like that as she readily admits her own issues and how pathetic he is.


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** ''[[WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra Korra]]'' is a subversion, if not ''double''-subversion from Mako's perspective as she's the protagonist that clearly has her own goals from constantly saving the world to personal issues like PTSD, (he's just a SpotlightStealingSquad for half the series at most,) [[spoiler: break up for good by Book 2's end,]] but she otherwise turns his life upside-down and ultimately for the better as he reflects on her as remaining an inspiration in the fourth season ClipShow.
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