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->''"I brake for birds! I rock a lot of polka dots! I ''have'' touched glitter in the past 24 hours! I spent my entire day talking to ''children!'' And I find it fundamentally strange that you're not a dessert person; that's just weird and it freaks me out! And I'm sorry I don't talk like Murphy Brown! And I hate your pantsuit. I wish it had ribbons on it or something to make it slightly cuter!"''
-->-- ''Series/NewGirl''

Let's say you're a [[StraightMan soulful, brooding male hero]], living a sheltered, emotionless existence. If only someone could come along and open your heart to the great, wondrous adventure of life... Have no fear, the ''Manic Pixie Dream Girl'' is here to give new meaning to the male hero's life! She's stunningly attractive, [[BlitheSpirit high on life]], full of [[CloudCuckooLander wacky quirks and idiosyncrasies]] (generally including {{child|renAreInnocent}}like playfulness and a tendency towards petty crime), often with a touch of wild hair dye. She's inexplicably obsessed with our [[TheComicallySerious stuffed-shirt hero]], on whom she will focus her ''kuh-razy'' antics until he learns to live freely and love madly.

The Manic Pixie Dream Girl may be featured as the SecondLove, in order to break the character out of TheMourningAfter. If he's a cynic, her goal may be to convince him that SillyRabbitCynicismIsForLosers. Finally, she may be presented as a cheerful variety of ThresholdGuardians, all the way from less uptight to {{psychopomp}}s happily welcoming their clients into [[DontFearTheReaper "another adventure"]].

Although it's a long-standing trope, the term was coined in 2007 by film critic Creator/NathanRabin, who found it grating (believing it to be a result of WishFulfillment from stir-crazy writers). Fortunately, TropesAreTools, and others have been able to take the archetype in more complex directions, up to and including making the Manic Pixie Dream Girl the protagonist of their works.

Occasionally, this trope shows up as a subtrope of BlitheSpirit and it may be related to MagicalGirlfriend, LoonyFriendsImproveYourPersonality, and DamselErrant. The MagicalNegro is a variant where a black character plays a similar (but non-romantic) role in helping a white protagonist get over their issues and learn to love life. From the girl's perspective, this trope becomes SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan, though whether the hero ''qualifies'' varies.

Compare {{Cloudcuckoolander}}, GenkiGirl, PerkyGoth, and UptightLovesWild for similar personality roles. Sometimes the Manic Pixie Dream Girl is a SidekickExMachina. Contrast NerdNanny and YamatoNadeshiko for examples of calmer and more mature ladies.

Although not quite {{Always Female}}, [[MostWritersAreMale there is a reason there is no page for]] a "Manic Pixie Dream Boy".

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* ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' takes the LemonyNarrator Kyon and gives him a girl, the title character, who just wants to have fun. In a {{Tsundere}}-ish way. Poor Kyon [[UnreliableNarrator doesn't really want to pursue a relationship with Haruhi]] but she drags him along because he's the first person who isn't put off by her attitude.
* Ai from ''Manga/{{Ai-Ren}}'' has been especially brought back to life to accompany the male protagonist during his last days. Her looks and personality follow the rules of this trope to a T, [[spoiler: but alas for the boy she is of the variety that dies before he does]].
* Menma from ''Anime/AnoHanaTheFlowerWeSawThatDay'' becomes this for Jinta, [[WeWereYourTeam former leader]] of a group of childhood friends that have drifted apart due to the [[TheMourningAfter loss of one of their friends]]. [[SubvertedTrope Subverts]] the usual SecondLove part as Menma is [[DeadToBeginWith the friend that died]].
* ''AshitaDorobou'' has an interesting variant of this trope. Might be a deconstruction of sorts. Straitlaced protagonist Kyouichi Miyasako, 30 years old, broke up with his quirky, free-spirited girlfriend Ashita Tendou way back in college, and has been haunted by regret ever since. Suddenly, with a UFO hanging in the sky over Tokyo, she returns to him, wearing the same maid costume she was wearing when he dumped her, and she hasn't aged a day. He tentatively accepts her back into his life, even though something feels off about the whole situation.
* YuuWatase plays with this trope in ''Manga/AyashiNoCeres'' with Chidori Kuruma. Although she has way more depth of character than the average MPDG (taking care of her sick younger brother and such), she tries to win over Yuuhi's heart with her child-like enthusiasm. However, although they end up being [[JustFriends good friends]], Yuuhi never loves her back, since he was already in love with TheHeroine Aya. [[spoiler:Their relationship ends up tragically when Chidori ''dies'' in his arms shortly before the end of the story]].
* ''Manga/ChronoCrusade'': Depressed demon is discovered by an [[{{Determinator}} absurdly stubborn]] GenkiGirl just after getting through the MayflyDecemberRomance from Hell. However, it's ''Rosette's'' life that goes completely pear-shaped upon the chance meeting.
* In Hanamori Pink's short manga ''Get Nude'', sloppy delinquent Subaru is the [[SpearCounterpart Manic Pixie Dream Boy]] to strait-laced StudentCouncilPresident Misao.
* Shuichi Shindou from ''Manga/{{Gravitation}}'' is Manic Pixie Dream Boy to Eiri Yuki. While he's actually the main character, his life revolves around drawing Yuki out of his shell to such an extent that everything else, even his singing career, takes a backseat to their relationship.
* ''Manga/{{Gunnm}}'' protagonist Alita/Gally went trough a period of almost obsessive MPDG behavior when she fell madly in love with a boy named Yugo, during wich she was even willing to die for him. [[spoiler: Unfortunately, it is Yugo who died at the exact moment Alita dragged him out of his shell.]]
* In ''Manga/HanaYoriDango'', [[GenkiGirl Shigeru]] [[GeniusDitz Ookawahara]] tried to be this to Domyouji, her [[ArrangedMarriage arranged fiancé]]. However, after he flat out tells her that he isn't in love with her and never will be, she becomes devoted to keeping [[TheMatchmaker Tsukushi and Domyouji together]].
* In ''Literature/{{Hyouka}}'', Chitanda is this to Oreki. Oreki always aims to do as little activity as possible. However, Chitanda will stare him down with wide-open eyes, tug on him, and say "I'm curious!" ("Kininarimasu!") until Oreki realises he will consume less energy by just answering her question.
* The eponymous CuteGhostGirl in ''Manga/MyLovelyGhostKana'' is much more GenkiGirl on the surface, but she and Daikichi play this role for each other. Daikichi starts the series contemplating suicide after a run of terrible luck, and happens to move into an apartment "[[PrettyFreeloader haunted]]" by Kana, who manages to talk him out of it with her unique perspective, having successfully committed suicide years earlier with considerable dissatisfaction. Eventually, Kana convinces Daikichi that life is precious, and Daikichi's friendship cheers Kana immensely after years of solitude. Later, Kana deliberately plays the trope towards Inagawa up to a point.
* ''Manga/NodameCantabile'': Megumi Noda fits this description, but her chosen inspire-ee, [[{{Tsundere}} Chiaki]], mostly wishes she'd just go away. Too bad she lives in the next apartment over, goes to his music school, and [[SelfProclaimedLoveInterest starts calling him her husband]] a few chapters in. Nodame's also such a manic pixie that [[ManChild she can't take proper care of herself]] ''[[ManChild at all]]'', necessitating Chiaki to feed her and keep her apartment from turning into the TrashOfTheTitans.
* Takigawa Magister from ''Manga/OnaniMasterKurosawa'' is the first to get the eponymous onanist out of his shell.
* In keeping with ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub'''s theme of gender reversal, Tamaki Suoh is a male MPDG, encouraging the shy and self-reliant Haruhi to come out of her shell, and the bookish Kyouya to loosen up a bit.
* 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.]]
* Misha from ''Manga/PitaTen'' is this toward Kotarou. In the anime she's just doing it because she believes it's what an angel should do, in the manga it's originally because [[spoiler: Kotarou is the [[ReincarnationRomance reincarnation]] of his granduncle Kotaroh, the boy she loved who commited suicide]].
* ''Manga/SayonaraZetsubouSensei'' parodies this with Fuura Kafuka, the [[{{Pollyanna}} ridiculously upbeat]] {{Cloudcuckoolander}}, and Nozomu Itoshiki, a man who is always [[CatchPhrase in despair]]. However, the show is adamant about not giving anyone any CharacterDevelopment whatsoever... And even if they did, [[NightmareFuelStationAttendant Kafuka's methods wouldn't develop anybody's character]], save possibly making them clinically insane... or dead.
* Mihoshi Akeno in ''Manga/SoraNoManimani'', who has a touch of UnluckyChildhoodFriend running through her in addition to being a hyperactive girl who wants to get broody book-reading protagonist Saku out into the world of the Astronomy Club.
* Kamina from ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' is a [[CatchPhrase PARAGON OF MASCULINITY]] version of this for the shy, ShrinkingViolet main character Simon. He's zany, wacky, ballsy, CrazyAwesome, and drags Simon kicking and screaming towards the CallToAdventure, setting the series into motion. [[spoiler:Sadly, he [[MentorOccupationalHazard dies when his narrative purpose is fulfilled]]]]. He's replaced in this role by Nia, who helps Simon out of a different funk and becomes his primary motivation for much of the rest of the series.
* ''Manga/VideoGirlAi'': this trope is [[DiscussedTrope explored]] in the manga. Ai and 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.
* Exploited in ''Anime/WelcomeToTheNHK'' with Misaki, [[spoiler:who gloms onto the main characters because she needs to have the company of people she considers even more pathetic than herself.]]
* ''[[Manga/FlunkPunkRumble Yankee-kun To Megane-chan]]'' subverts this. The girl forces him to help under the pretext of being the class president, making the life of the {{Delinquent}} loner hell with her hare-brained attitude and well-meaning schemes. [[spoiler:She's only bugging him because she used to be a delinquent herself and can't relate to anyone else]].
* Haruko from ''Anime/{{FLCL}}'' seems like one of these, attaching herself to soulful brooding main character Naota (well, ok, she intentionally ran over him with a vespa... It's complicated) and being the main impetous behind his ComingOfAgeStory. Up until [[spoiler:it's subverted by 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.]]
* RareMaleExample: ''Manga/KotouraSan'''s Manabe, bringing [[BrokenBird Har]][[TheIngenue uka]] out of her shell with his love of life, wacky antics, and copious amounts of perverted {{Imagine Spot}}s.
* 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 dumure, even Mahiro is surprised at how attractive he finds her.
* An interesting subversion occurs in ''Manga/DeathNote'', which keeps its status as a DeconstructiveParody; Misa Amane is a GeniusDitz PerkyGoth with a mad zest for life and a MadLove for the uptight BrokenAce [[LightIsNotGood Light]] Yagami. Unfortunately for her, Light has no intention of falling in love, and finds her antics both obnoxious and exasperating. He does, however, play along in order to use her [[RedEyesTakeWarning shinigami eyes]].
--> '''Misa''': LIGHT!!
--> ''Misa [[TheGlomp glomps]] him''.
--> '''Light''': This is the first time in my life I've wanted to hit a woman.
* Kirika Kure is a childish, scatterbrained LoveFreak for the eponymous magical girl of ''Manga/PuellaMagiOrikoMagica'', and became a LivingEmotionalCrutch for Oriko after her family's fall from grace. [[spoiler: She's also the attacker in the magical girl murders. And she admits to Oriko, after being fatally wounded, that [[InvokedTrope the Manic Pixie persona was a charade fueled by Kirika's own wish to become someone Oriko would love]].]]
* In ''AngelBeats Heaven's Door'', Hinata is at first a bit put off by Yuri's violent behaviour and awkward social skills, but in the end she's the one who gives him a goal and a will to struggle in his afterlife. For this reason, not only he but everyone else who later joins their group is eager to put up with her ridiculous plans and her moments of InsaneTrollLogic. It helps that more often than not, [[CrazyEnoughToWork said ridiculous plans end up working.]]
* ''PrincessJellyfish'' has a rare genderswap. Kuranosuke is a WholesomeCrossdresser who meets the protagonist, a socially awkward and shy manga artist, when he helps her save a jellyfish.
* Michiru is an almost literal example from ''Manga/Kono Kanojo wa Fiction desu'', to a frightening extent.
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* Deconstructed in the graphic novel ''ComicBook/{{Demo}}'': A stressed-out businessman meets one of these girls. She encourages him to unwind and enjoy himself, as they meet over meals and he occasionally lends her money. Then one day he gets suspicious, breaks into her apartment... [[spoiler:and finds an array of recording equipment. The reason she can say what he needs to hear is because she spies on him.]]
* ''Franchise/{{Batman}}''
** Harley Quinn/Harleen Quinzel mistakenly believes herself to be this to SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker. She did mellow him out ''a bit'', to the point where he didn't kill his own henchmen so often. Aww?
** In ''Batman Confidential'' "Lovers and Madmen", Harley does play this role for Jack Napier. Jack was in a rut and utterly bored with his life of crime. Harley -- unaware that his "job" was career criminal -- told him that it sounded like he had a gift and that he ought to embrace it. Jack takes her advice and goes to his next job [[spoiler:which leads to his fateful encounter with Batman that turns him into SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker]]. Harley doesn't quite fit the mold since she has her own issues too: she's working nightshifts as a waitress at a bar to pay her college tuition and jokingly tells Jack that if he really wanted to thank her for the advice he can give her enough money to pay her way through college. [[spoiler:After he becomes SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker he does just that.]]
* In ''[[ComicBook/TheSandman Death: The High Cost of Living]]'', Death's incarnation on Earth fills this role towards the viewpoint character, mostly by means of inexhaustible good cheer rather than engaging in wacky antics. There's no hint of a romantic attraction from either side either, and the viewpoint character realistically finds her kind of annoying.
* Played straight in Charles Burns's BodyHorror opus ''Comicbook/BlackHole.'' Trippy artist Eliza is adorable and sweet from head to [[spoiler:tail]].
* 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.
* Subverted in ''ComicBook/ElfQuest''. Aroree is a Manic Pixie Dream Girl to Skywise, although he barely needs one, but mostly to her tribe, which otherwise consists of ''very'' serious ancient elves. [[BreakTheCutie She gets broken]] and [[CharacterDevelopment develops]] into a very mature, sad figure, sticking around in the main plot for the rest of the series.
* 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.
* [[DependingOnTheWriter Some depictions]] of ''Comicbook/DoctorStrange'''s apprentice and lover, Clea, show her playing little pranks on him whenever she thinks he looks too grim and needs to smile.
* 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.
* 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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* [[TropeNamers Coined]] by Creator/NathanRabin of [[Website/TheOnion The Onion AV Club]] in [[http://www.avclub.com/content/node/57870 a retrospective review]] of the film ''Film/{{Elizabethtown}}'', which features KirstenDunst playing such a character, and further expanded on in their [[http://www.avclub.com/content/feature/wild_things_16_films_featuring list of famous Manic Pixie Dream Girls]]. Rabin defines a Manic Pixie Dream Girl as a character who ''"exists solely in the fevered imaginations of sensitive writer-directors to teach broodingly soulful young men to embrace life and its infinite mysteries and adventures"''. When Kirsten Dunst was asked about the term directly, [[http://www.avclub.com/articles/no-kirsten-dunst-does-not-like-the-term-manic-pixi,62833/ she didn't like it.]]
* Sarah Jessica Parker's character [=SanDeE=] from ''Film/LAStory'' (1991) starring and written by Steve Martin. Although [=SanDeE=] is a bit more nuanced take on the character. She is a classic Manic Pixie Dream Girl, but the movie portrays a relationship with her as shallow and self-indulgent for Martin's character. He is better paired with the quirky British woman.
* Leeloo in ''Film/TheFifthElement'' is zany, tiny, and cute. She literally falls into Bruce Willis's lap and begins reshaping a life that was on a downward spiral through adventure and mayhem.
* NataliePortman's character in ''Film/GardenState''. A fantastic representation of this trope. The main character is a guy on anti-depressant and mood stabilizers, she's a bubble of quirk who floated into his life, who randomly shakes about like a kid at one point "doing something that's completely unique, that's never been done before" and advises him to laugh all the time. By the end, he's screaming into abysses and doing dramatic runs through airports in the name of love.
* The eponymous ''Film/MrJones'' is a male [[DeconstructedTrope deconstruction]], since he has literal bipolar disorder, but does somewhat enrich the female lead's life when in his manic phase.
%%* The indie film ''Film/GoodDick'' has a male version of this trope.
%%* Kim, played by Rachel Bilson in ''Film/TheLastKiss'' is an obvious example.
* 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 deconstruction, as Penny has her own inner life and emotional arc despite hitting many MPDG notes.
* Creator/AmyAdams plays a lot of these:
** Giselle from ''Disney/{{Enchanted}}'', who has the excuse of being a [[RefugeeFromTVLand fairy tale character]] who suddenly fell into Robert's life. [[DefrostingIceQueen She helps him loosen up]], and even helps him with his relationship, only to end up falling for him. For his part, Robert helps her find some firmer ground.
** Delysia Lafosse to uptight British governess Miss Pettigrew in ''MissPettigrewLivesForADay'', although there's a bit of sharing going on and Delysia actually matures because of Miss Pettigrew as well.
** Amelia Earhart in ''[[NightAtTheMuseum Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian]]'' plays this trope down to the letter for the main character, Larry. [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] in that Larry doesn't undergo any real changes after spending time with her, she's just there to act as a {{foil}} to his more reserved personality.
* Creator/KatharineHepburn as a scatter-brained heiress who loosens up Cary Grant in ''Film/BringingUpBaby''. As this was the first movie ScrewballComedy, Hepburn may be the TropeMaker here. [[UnbuiltTrope Although she doesn't insinuate herself into his life so much as yank him bodily into hers.]]
* Maude in ''Film/HaroldAndMaude'' is an unusual example in that she's about 40 years older than the man. A vivacious, eccentric and well-traveled woman, she teaches Harold to live life to the fullest and get over his morbid obsession with death.
* Deconstructed in Creator/WoodyAllen's 1977 film ''Film/AnnieHall''. The title character is a cheerful Bohemian, who turns out to be a spoiled, unfocused, pseudointellectual, neurotic child in an adult's body; a horribly broken person. Which gives her something in common with Woody Allen's character, who is likewise horribly broken, just in somewhat different ways. At the end of the movie, it turns out that Alvy was something of a Manic Pixie Dream ''Guy'' for Annie, in terms of teaching her how to have more confidence in her abilities and helping her to improve her own life, while most of ''his'' problems remain unsolved.
* ''Film/KillingZoe'' features a Manic Pixie Dream Girl caught in the middle of a bank heist. She eventually gets a machine gun. Death ensues.
* Clementine in ''Film/EternalSunshineOfTheSpotlessMind'' is this type of character, though the relationship [[DeconstructedTrope plays out more realistically]]. She even references the "you complete me" line, to her distaste, from ''Film/JerryMaguire''. She also [[LampshadeHanging Lampshades]] this to a certain degree, saying that Joel shouldn't expect her to "save" him, and that she's "just a fucked-up girl looking for her own peace of mind." Joel sums up her MPDG-ness and the film's deconstruction of it during his tape recording for Lacuna:
--> "I think if there's a truly seductive quality about Clementine, it's that her personality promises to take you out of the mundane. It's like, you secure yourself with this amazing, burning meteorite to carry you to another world, a world where things are exciting. But, what you quickly learn is that it's really an elaborate ruse."
* Subverted with Enid from the movie version of ''GhostWorld'': told from the perspective of a sarcastic teen girl as she teaches Seymour, a shy, obsessive older man how to take chances and enjoy living; of course this [[spoiler:destroys his life. Enid leaves to build her own life somewhere else. Seymour ends up in therapy.]]
* Jordan in ''Film/RealGenius'' lives somewhere between here and [[CloudCuckooLander Cloudcuckooland]]. Although she's not the primary motivator for Mitch's lightening up, she does become his LoveInterest.
* Ana from ''Film/StrangerThanFiction''. She isn't what convinces the protagonist to start living life again, but she certainly shows him how.
* Stella from ''GideonsDaughter'' is a middle-aged Manic Pixie Dream Girl for the film's brooding middle-aged hero. Though Stella has her own issues and isn't a chirpy twentysomething, she basically exists so Gideon can enjoy life again.
* ''Film/MySassyGirl'':
** The trailer shows Elisha Cuthbert playing a version of this. However, instead of simply being "quirky," she is portrayed as being AxCrazy, in that she may very well ''kill'' the protagonist for a lark.
** In the original Korean movie, Cuthbert-equivalent's character's "quirky antics" tend to have harmful consequences, but the protagonist falls for her anyway and she does indeed teach him to live and love. However, she definitely has issues and motivations unrelated to her man, and it turns out that she's been [[spoiler:using him as [[ReplacementGoldfish a substitute for her dead fiancé]], who was the protagonist's cousin]]. Things end up [[BecomingTheMask working out]], though.
* Gwen Phillips in ''HouseSitter'', a con artist and a pathological liar, plays this role for Newton Davis, played by Steve Martin. He's almost as crazy as she is. They're kind of Manic Pixie Dream people to each other.
* An early example is in 1968's ''I Love You, Alice B. Toklas!'' (included in the A.V. Club list). Straitlaced Harold Fine, already feeling dissatisfied with life, encounters Nancy, the friend of his hippie little brother, and lets her spend the night at his apartment. As thanks, she makes him pot brownies, though he doesn't realize what they are until he's consumed them. Loosened up, he goes to thank her and they ultimately become lovers. Harold becomes a [[RunawayBride Runaway Groom]] to both be with Nancy and fully embrace the hippie lifestyle. But after the initial bliss, the existence and his relationship with her proves as unfulfilling and superficial as his old life was. In the end he chooses to TakeAThirdOption and find his own path to happiness alone.
* Goldie Hawn played this type in ''Cactus Flower'' (1969) and ''Butterflies Are Free'' (1972).
* ''Film/FightClub'':
** A truly disturbing example in the form of Marla Singer, who could perhaps best be described as what happens when the Manic Pixie Dream Girl grows up. Marla is dirty, living in poverty, and clearly suffering some form of mental illness, and gets into a fairly unhealthy relationship with Tyler. The narrator is dissatisfied with social norms and consumerist trends, but lacks the will to break out of the mold on his own, leading to his association with Tyler. Marla actually infuriates the narrator because she simply doesn't care about anything. She even calls him out on all his selfish justifications for his behavior being no worse or different than her own.
** In a way, the confident, flamboyant Tyler is also a MPDG to the uptight [[AddedAlliterativeAppeal nameless narrator]]. There's a serious homoerotic subtext between them throughout the movie (less surprising when you realize that [[Creator/ChuckPalahniuk the author]] is gay). The narrator just drifts through life until Tyler shows up, and their relationship changes his life and his outlook forever. And then [[spoiler:you find out that Tyler was just the narrator's split personality all along. At the end, he kills "Tyler" off.]]
* Little Bo Peep is this in ''Film/MotherGooseRockNRhyme'', a Disney Channel movie from the early 90s. Driving backwards through the patchwork landscape, she teaches the OnlySaneMan in MotherGoose Land, Mother Goose's son Gordon Gander, to relax and enjoy life. [[spoiler: He's so dull because he's literally incomplete. Mother Goose couldn't find a rhyme for Gordon.]]
* Creator/ZooeyDeschanel is often identified with this character type in general, although many of her other roles play with the trope rather than serve it up straight.
** Allison from the Creator/JimCarrey film ''Film/YesMan'', though unusually her love interest Carl (Carrey) also contains elements of the character type, having been dared to "live live to the full" by saying "yes" to everything.
** Her title character in ''Film/FiveHundredDaysOfSummer'' is a subversion as she doesn't want a steady relationship, pulls out hints of WhatIsThisThingYouCallLove, and at the end, [[spoiler:she falls in love with and gets married to someone else.]]
** Inverted in ''Film/{{Elf}}'', where her character is the jaded, closed-off girlfriend of Will Ferrell's eponymous Manic Pixie Dream Guy.
** She plays the role completely straight in the Hollywood film version of ''Film/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'', in which her character was PromotedToLoveInterest.
* ''Film/ChungkingExpress'', features Faye the "California Dreamin'"-obsessed snack bar girl: to help a police officer get over his breakup with a flight attendant, she frequently breaks into (and floods) his apartment, switches the labels on all his canned foods, and rearranges his furniture. [[spoiler: Eventually, he falls for her, but she stands him up and decides to "see the world" by becoming -- yes -- a flight attendant. But don't worry: everything works out okay.]]
* The main character in ''Film/{{May}}'' doesn't remotely fit this stereotype but the art school Bohemian type who meets her seems to identify her as one. They shelve the movie in the Horror section, so you can gather things don't go well.
* Played with in ''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 first half of ''SomethingWild'' seems to be all about this trope when free-spirited Lulu sweeps into the life of Charles Driggs and "kidnaps" him for a weekend of unplanned adventure. However, [[spoiler:the movie undergoes a wild MoodWhiplash when Lulu (whose real name is Audrey Hankel) and Charles encounter her very violent ex-con ex-husband; by the end, Audrey/Lulu is as much changed by her time with Charles as Charles himself.]]
* Sam Rockwell plays the buddy-movie equivalent in ''BoxOfMoonlight''. He wears a Davy Crockett costume and teaches John Turturro to love life; while there's no romance, there's certainly [[HoYay a lot of naked swimming]].
* Another male variant is Sam in ''Film/BennyAndJoon'', and he affects ''two'' characters. Joon is a mentally-ill woman who falls for him as it comes to light that they understand each other in a way other people don't. Her brother Benny, who's taken care of her all these years, is the uptight character wary of her getting involved with someone else, and has to accept that he's not only being overprotective but also neglecting his personal happiness by worrying so much.
* The eponymous character of ''Film/TheGirlNextDoor'' gets the hero, Matthew Kidman, off of his overachieving ass to loosen up and have some fun for once in his life.
-->[[CatchPhrase "What's the craziest thing you've done lately?"]]
* Gender-reversed in the {{Bollywood}} movie ''Bollywood/KalHoNaaHo'': Naina is an overstressed MBA student who doesn't believe in the power of love. Then wacky romantic Aman comes to her neighborhood and teaches her to enjoy life.
* The whole point of the movie ''Film/ILoveYouMan''. Where Peter Klaven's repressed real estate agent is taught how to live life by the maniac pixie dream guy Sydney Fife.
* The eponymous main character of ''Film/{{Amelie}}'' with har naive and [[AmbiguousDisorder borderline-autistic]] view of the world. She doesn't really have any goals beside helping others and later get her man.
* Subverted in Martin Scorsese's black comedy ''Film/AfterHours''. The girl the hero meets at the start turns out to be seriously disturbed [[spoiler:and kills herself halfway through the movie.]]
* Catherine in ''JulesAndJim.'' Subverted, considering that as compelling as she is, [[spoiler: Catherine's joie-de-vivre seems to come out of self-centered sociopathy. The questionable aspects of her behavior escalate until she kills herself and Jim by driving them off a bridge in her car out of sheer whimsy.]]
* Annie Savoy in ''Film/BullDurham'' is sort of consciously a Manic Pixie Dream Girl. She really loves the Durham Bulls, and she knows so much about both baseball and the finer things in life that when she dates a player (she picks one per season) he has the best year of his career. She has a lot of fun with a bunch of strapping young men, helps the team improve at the same time, and makes no apologies for it.
* Subverted in ''ILoveYouBethCooper''. Although Beth Cooper's character does have a lot of these qualities, [[spoiler: she's actually very insecure and the protagonist ends up changing ''her'' outlook on life simply by showing her that she has a lot more potential than she's giving herself credit for]].
* Ellie in ''WesternAnimation/{{Up}}.'' Interesting in that she only shows up in the prologue as Carl's beloved (deceased) wife. She is a catalyst for the movie's action, as Carl takes off for Paradise Falls in order to posthumously fulfill his promise to her.
* ''WatchingTheDetectives'' is basically about what happens when Manic Pixie Dream People get together. The main character Neil is a Manic Pixie Dream Guy who aggravates everyone with his strange antics and quirks, but then Violet comes along and out-Manic-Pixies him by taking the reckless and unusual behaviour to quite troubling extremes.
* ''{{Film/Juno}}'' was unintentionally this for Mark Loring, much to her dismay. Sort of reversed though with Paulie Bleeker- she may be the quirkier of the two but he was the one who opened her cynical heart.
* Molly in ''Film/MrMagoriumsWonderEmporium''. Though there is no romance implied, she helps the new accountant Henry learn not to take himself too seriously, with the assistance of [[ChildrenAreInnocent frequent customer, Eric]].
* Joan in ''Film/PlayingByHeart'' is one, but her relationship with Keenan plays out a bit more balanced than is usual for the trope. She certainly teaches him to embrace love and life again, but he's also more mature than her usual boyfriends, giving her some much-needed stability.
* The 2009 ultra-low-budget independent 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.
* The film ''Film/{{Waitress}}'' has a SpearCounterpart, Nathan Fillion plays Keri Russell's ridiculously convenient and personality-lite bit-on-the-side, otherwise fulfilling all the typical criteria of the MPDG. Interestingly enough, the main character fulfills this trope in the lives of just about everyone around her, if you were to write a film centering on Nathan Fillion's character, or Adrienne Sheely's character, or Jeremy Sisto's character, it's exactly the role she would play (though in the last case it would be ''very'' bluntly subverted).
%%* Realistically subverted with ''Theatre/{{Cabaret}}'''s Sally Bowles, who demonstrates just how messed up this kind of character tends to be in real life.
* 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.''
* Deconstructed in the 1969 film ''TheSterileCuckoo'', one of Liza Minelli's early films. Pookie fulfills all of the requirements of a MPDG, including breaking the lead character out of his shell. But towards the end of the film is revealed she is much more damaged and vulnerable than anyone has expected. She completely breaks out of the traditional mold at the ending, where [[spoiler: she and her boyfriend break up, and she is literally PutOnABus.]]
* Geet in the 2007 {{Bollywood}} film ''Bollywood/JabWeMet'' -- childlike and wacky to the point where the male lead, a weary businessman, says she "needs a psychiatrist," until she brings him out of his shell. And then, some plot later, he becomes a Manic Pixie Dream Guy for her.
* Ramona from the film adaptation of ''ComicBook/ScottPilgrim'', ''Film/ScottPilgrimVsTheWorld'', by way of squeezing the film into two hours (and removing quite a bit of characterisation present during the lulls of the comic). Scott still has to do a bit more work to keep her around than in most examples, though.
* In ''Film/TheHouseOfYes'', the main character is a part of a wealthy BigScrewedUpFamily and has a few issues of his own to work out. He does this by dating a ditzy, middle class girl with a cheerful demeanor.
* Played with in interesting ways in ''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.
* Jack from ''{{Film/Titanic}}'' is a rare case of a male spin of this trope. Rose was feeling cold and alone in high society, when Jack comes along and teaches her to be free-spirited and live life.
* A ''literal'' example would be Aisling in ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretOfKells'' who actually is a pixie or fairy of some sort, and whose antics show protagonist Brenden what life is like outside the walls of his monastery. It's left for the viewer to decide if they're actually in love, or just a couple of kids having fun.
* In ''TheReturnOfHanuman'', Hanuman reincarnates himself into a boy named Maruti. Later, he helps Minku, a poor boy who is frequently bullied by most of his classmates. It makes sense why he acts so bubbly: [[YoungerThanTheyLook he's only three months old]]. By the end of the film, Maruti ([[spoiler:already transformed into Hanuman]]) told Minku to be strong before left the village.
* MilaKunis' character in ''Moving [=McAllister=]'' is an unabashed example of this trope, described by her uncle as very beautiful and "wild" she is bent upon turning the boring lawyer she just met into someone who loves life.
* Creator/JenniferAniston seems to play a lot of these roles.
** In ''Film/AlongCamePolly'', Aniston plays Polly Prince, a free-spirited bohemian who teaches Reuben Feffer (Ben Stiller) to be unafraid and live life to the fullest.
** She plays a quirky flower-shop owner in ''LoveHappens'' teaching Aaron Eckhart how to love again and heal after his wife's death.
* ''Film/YouthInRevolt'' features Sheeni Saunders who helps Nick Twisp (Micheal Cera) be free-spirited and leads him into a psychosis.
* Although she's more grounded and less 'out there' than the usual bizarre Dream Girls, Liv Tyler's character in ''LonesomeJim'' is a warm and life-embracing character whose only purpose in the movie is to teach the self-absorbed, miserable main character to cheer up despite the audience wondering what the heck a woman like that would see in him.
* ''Film/LarryCrowne'': Talia (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) personifies this trope to the point where Mercedes Tainot (Julia Roberts) even refers to her as a pixie. The only area where she breaks the stereotype is that she has no romantic interest in Larry (Tom Hanks) and her efforts are aimed at getting him together with Mercedes.
* Another gender-flipped example, Rhodes is this to Annie in ''Film/{{Bridesmaids}}''. His main function in the plot is to make kooky observations about vegetables and encourage Annie to follow her dreams. It's a slightly more nuanced example than most: his biggest romantic gesture is presented as (at best) well-meaning but tone-deaf, and while he encourages her to follow her dreams (by returning to her love of baking and dream of owning a business), he also encourages her to deal with the mundane realities of her life (by fixing her tail light). She also repeatedly tells him that she doesn't need him to "fix" her.
* ''Film/HeavenlyCreatures'' is a darkly subverted lesbian version - wild, eccentric Juliet inspires shy Pauline not to embrace life, but to [[spoiler: murder her mother]].
* In ''TheNamesOfLove'', straitlaced Arthur is yanked out of his boring life by the younger, free-spirited, free-loving Baya, who's so manic she occasionally forgets to put clothes on when going out of her flat.
* Winona Ryder's character Charlotte in ''AutumnInNewYork'' is a beautiful artist who suffers from [[IllGirl a rare heart disease]], and teaches a self-centered, skirt-chasing Richard Gere about life and love.
* Muriel Pritchett (Geena Davis) in ''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.
* Two gender-flipped examples play this straight in the Mo'Nique led film ''Film/PhatGirlz.'' Dr. Tunde and Dr. Akibo are two Nigerian men that teach the plus-sized leads to embrace their bodies and sensuality. Even to start loving themselves and changing their outlook.
* In ''Film/BetterOffDead'', Monique plays this role for Lane, helping pull him out of his depression after his girlfriend dumps him.
* Kevin Franklin is a male example of this in ''Film/{{Houseguest}}''. Franklin however, is only a ConMan who (at least at first) doesn't care about improving the lives of the people he meets, but ends up doing so anyway.
* In ''Film/BreakfastAtTiffanys'' Creator/AudreyHepburn plays the quirky, wild child of a neighbor. However, the protagonist eventually tells her to get over herself.
* In ''Film/RubySparks'', all of Calvin's written/dreamt interactions with Ruby play out like this. Once she's real, [[spoiler: their relationship becomes a {{Deconstruction}}]].
--> '''Harry:''' Quirky, messy women whose problems only make them endearing are not real.
* One of the all-time classics of Hollywood is an extremely dark but one hundred percent straight use of this trope, in which an eccentric, aging beauty queen, whose grip on reality is shaky, takes over the protagonist's life, using money and her luxurious life to tighten her hold on him. The character is Norma Desmond; the film is ''Film/SunsetBoulevard.''
* Betty Blue from the French movie ''37°2 le matin''. To quote the Imdb summary: "[The lead character] lives a quiet and peaceful life, working diligently and writing in his spare time. One day Betty walks into his life, a young woman who is as beautiful as she is wild and unpredictable..."
* Heather Graham's character Mandy in 2003 film ''Film/HopeSprings'' brings meaning back to life, with her free-spirited American ways (becoming the new love interest), of her opposite: broody, just-dumped British male lead Colin, played by Colin Firth.
* Nelson (Keanu Reeves) meet Sara (Charlize Theron), the woman who "defy every law of nature he's ever known", in 2001 Drama ''Film/SweetNovember''. Stumbling into her life, Nelson soon realizes Sara lives a lifestyle of voluntarily taking men under her wing to "change their lives for the better" in one way or another (MPDG for a living, if you will). So, Sara asks Nelson (who's one and only concern in life is himself): "Do you want to be my November?" The rules are: No questions, no holding back and no more, no less than ONE month.
* JulietteLewis frequently played versions of this role early in her career. Played straight in ''WhatsEatingGilbertGrape'' but notably, a very dark subversion in ''{{Kalifornia}}''. In the latter, she keeps a cactus in her purse and has done well when Early doesn't whip her.
* Elise in ''Film/TheAdjustmentBureau'' is made of this trope. She meets the hero in the men's washroom when she is hiding from security from having crashed a wedding, later she drops his phone into his coffee on purpose.
* ''CrocodileDundee'': Mick may be considered a hypermasculine SpearCounterpart for Sue Charlton.
* The MarilynMonroe [[CelebrityImpersonator Impersonator]] for the MichaelJackson Impersonator in ''Film/MisterLonely''.
* ''Film/{{Her}}'': Theodore's ex-wife accuses him of wanting her to be that way, a happy object to balance out his dour, brooding self, and suggests he's dating a computer because she's less complicated than a real woman. Samantha, his new computer/girlfriend, expresses the same opinion and tells Theodore she's tired of acting the way he wants her to act.
* The film ''Barefoot'' takes this a step beyond with the pair-up of dour debt-owing Jay and carefree woman-child Daisy, who, yes, DoesNotLikeShoes and blurts out things like: "I have to go potty" and “My mom told me driving gets you pregnant.” How is it taken a step beyond? Daisy is ''actually from a mental institution''.
* Princess Anna is this to the outdoorsy ice harvester Kristoff in ''{{Disney/Frozen}}''.
* In the movie ''{{Film/Thor}}'', the titular character is a rare Manic Pixie Dream Dude for scientist every-girl Jane Foster. Her normal life of studying spacial phenomena and unsuccessful relationships is interrupted when a god literally drops out of the sky. In the beginning of the sequel, we even see how difficult it has been for her to return to her mundane life without him.
* ''Film/InAWorld...'': Lake Bell is a rare example of a MPDG as the main protagonist. Love interest Demetri Martin is a RareMaleExample of Manic Pixie Dream Guy.
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%%* Flora from ''Literature/{{Kire}}''.
* Daisy in Henry James's story ''Literature/DaisyMiller'' is the 1800s European aristocracy's version of the girlfriend from [[BizarroUniverse Planet Bizarro]].
* Fenchurch in ''Literature/SoLongAndThanksForAllTheFish'', although really she's probably the only woman on Earth weird enough to fall in love with [[UnfazedEveryman Arthur Dent]]. [[spoiler: And then she vanishes into an error in space-time.]]
* Colleen Minou in Ron Koertge's ''Stoner and Spaz''. However, while Colleen helps Ben, Ben is unable to help Colleen and [[spoiler:she ends up back on drugs.]]
* The title character of the Jerry Spinelli book ''Literature/{{Stargirl}}'' worked her magic on an entire high school. That also makes her a BlitheSpirit. Stargirl was interesting because her manic pixie behavior ''didn't'' make the main character more popular or comfortable around other people, and clashed with his desire for normalcy. [[spoiler:Things didn't work out.]]
* Laura from ''Literature/AmericanGods'' reads like a deconstruction of this. Her husband, the protagonist Shadow, thought of her as someone playful and spontaneous who brought excitement into his life. On the other hand, she was the one who convinced him to participate in the robbery that got him sent to jail for three years and cheated on him with his best friend while he was in prison. She tried to justify her affair on the grounds that, even if she did really love Shadow, there were times that he is just so ''empty'' that she needed somebody else. She plays a further deconstruction when [[spoiler: after becoming a [[OurZombiesAreDifferent zombie]], she helps Shadow by pretending to be a Manic Pixie Dream Girl having a MeetCute with one of the mooks. He is shown thinking about how her spontanaity has given him a new outlook on life, and is brutally murdered by her shortly afterward.]]
* Sage from ''AlmostPerfect'' can be considered this from the moment she's introduced until [[spoiler:she tells Logan she's Transsexual]].
* The [[Literature/TheCulture Culture]] novel ''Literature/ThePlayerOfGames'' has a character, Yay, who is a love interest of the protagonist and has a markedly playful personality. There's something of a subversion, in that her Manic Pixie Dream Girl personality makes her a better fit for the hedonism of the Culture than does the protagonist's discomfort with a life without challenges.
* One of the main criticisms of Creator/JohnGreen's novels. [[WordOfGod Green himself]] [[http://fishingboatproceeds.tumblr.com/post/41719790516/ wholly considers them deconstructions]], but at the same time recognises that he may not have been fully successful for some people, and reader interpretation as such is completely valid, because he believes that "[[DeathOfTheAuthor books belong to their readers]]". He wrote ''Literature/PaperTowns'' to hammer in what he felt he didn't make clear enough in ''Literature/LookingForAlaska'': that the people who are idealized are in fact just as vulnerable, selfish, flawed, and self-destructive as anyone else, if not ''more so''.
** Alaska from ''Looking for Alaska'' is a deconstruction of the Manic Pixie Dream Girl told through the lens of someone who sees her as such. Through Pudge's eyes , Alaska is a goddess, but during the Thanksgiving Break, she points out to him that he likes the fun loving girl who gets alcohol, not the "crazy sullen bitch". Miles doesn't see her as a real person, but instead as this idealized, untouchable person who can do no wrong. On top of this, with [[spoiler:everything that happens in the "After" Section of the book, all of those things that Miles liked about her led to her death. The whole point of the novel could be seen to be that the MPDG is an unsustainable view of someone because it doesn't allow them to be a real person.]]
** In ''PaperTowns'', the major revelation for Quentin is that Margo, his "miracle", was [[spoiler: very much an ordinary girl, and a very lost, lonely and confused one at that.]]
** Subverted in ''Literature/TheFaultInOurStars'' with Augustus Waters being mistaken for a Manic Pixie Dream ''Boy'', but later proving not to be one. He professes his love to her through contrived, rehearsed outings, complete with memorized soliloquies and metaphorically-resonant sandwiches, but the conviction of their love only feels "real" and "true" when the two of them see through each others' cracks during their trip to Amsterdam, and mainly [[spoiler:after he reveals to her that he's terminally ill again]].
** Tiny Cooper is this for Will Grayson in ''WillGraysonWillGrayson'' (half written by Creator/JohnGreen).
** ''Literature/AnAbundanceOfKatherines'' can be read as the story of a boy, out of insecurity (and a inhuman level of neediness), desperately trying to cast all the women in his life as [=MPDGs=]. This leads to him being dumped by no less than 17 girls.
* Libba Bray's ''GoingBovine'' has Dulcie, who is a literal Manic Pixie Dream Girl. She's a hallucination who falls in love with the hero, dragging him through America on a quest to find meaning in his life before he [[spoiler: dies of mad cow disease (hence the title)]]. She smashes snowglobes to free their occupants and has a sugar addiction.
* The eponymous of ''KikiStrike'', but replace "soulful, brooding male hero" with "broodingly ordinary schoolgirl", and take out the romance component. She's actually the Manic Pixie Dream Girl for six different girls (GirlsNeedRoleModels is sort of a thing for this series), but Ananka fits the trope best.
* In Creator/PhilipKDick's short story ''The World She Wanted'', the protagonist is swept along in the wake of a of a young and beautiful woman who introduces herself by announcing that the two of them are getting married. Subverted, in that she annoys the hell out of him and he rejects her.
* Bella Baxter in Alasdair Grey's ''Poor Things'', whose carefree childlike manner mesmerizes a number of men. It's a disturbing example, because she literally has the brain of a child implanted into the body of a woman. [[MindScrew Or maybe not.]]
* 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]].
* The title character of ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya''. Throughout the series Haruhi progressed from ChaoticNeutral (blackmailing the Computer Club President in the very first novel) to ChaoticGood (rushing over to Yuki's place in Beta storyline in the 9th novel), all the while irritating Kyon, who has to fix up the mess she inadvertently created (the Cave Cricket incident) or jumpstart the events (Bamboo Leaf Rhapsody). As for "soulful, brooding male hero", Kyon's more of TheSnarkKnight. He doesn't really have much of a choice, because not helping the three factions keep Haruhi in control could lead to the end of the world/universe.
* Arthur Bechstein, in Creator/MichaelChabon's ''Literature/TheMysteriesOfPittsburgh'' has two Manic Pixie Dream Individuals: a girl named Phlox and a guy named Arthur Lecomte. The two of them are constantly at odds with each other, something not helped by Art being head over heels for the both of them.
* In Chabon's ''Literature/TheAmazingAdventuresOfKavalierAndClay'', Rosa Sax is described like this in promotional materials and is introduced in a similar manner, but otherwise doesn't act the MPDG at all.
* According to [[http://jefferykrit.wordpress.com/2007/02/23/the-meaning-of-tarantella/ one interpretation]], Miranda from Hilaire Belloc's poem "Tarantella" can be an example of this: a wild woman who falls for the protagonist and gives meaning to his life; so much, in fact, that later when she's gone, his life is devoid of meaning, and he probably commits suicide.
%% * Sebastian Flyte in ''Literature/BridesheadRevisited'' is a male version.
* Clarisse in Ray Bradbury's ''{{Fahrenheit 451}}'' fills this role for a short time for Guy Montag. She basically tells him so, saying "I'm seventeen and I'm crazy," and then she asks him all the questions and tells him all the random thoughts necessary to make him rethink everything about his life. [[spoiler: And then she gets run over by a car, pointlessly.]]
%% * [[HardDrinkingPartyGirl Fay]] in ''Literature/FlowersForAlgernon''.
* ''Literature/AnneOfGreenGables'':
** Anne has this effect on people, but not on everyone she meets, and in fact she undergoes great CharacterDevelopment over her first book as she learns to become a more grounded, mature, selfless individual.
** Furthermore, the Story Girl from ''The Story Girl'' counts, being the emotional core of her little group of friends, and constantly telling enchanting stories.
* Leslie from ''Literature/BridgeToTerabithia,'' full stop, though she's a little too young for a romantic relationship with Jesse.
* Ivy Carson from Zilpha Keatley Snyder's ''Literature/TheChangeling'' is this for shy Martha Abbott. Ivy literally believes (or wants to) she ''is'' a pixie, or some kind of nymph or sprite, in human form. She leads Martha on adventures, getting into almost Abbott and Costello scrapes at age seven, ending in tragedy years later. Most important, she gives Martha an opportunity and environment to be herself, free of her family's expectations. Both are still alive at the end and ultimately get what they want, although it's an EsotericHappyEnding.
* 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.
* The novel ''[=Steppenwolf=]'' has Hermine, who not only gets the protagonist to enjoy life more, but actually saves him from killing himself.
%%* Chamika from ''Literature/{{Peacebreakers}}'', depending on how far you're willing to stretch the definition of 'petty' crime.
%% * Dickon from ''Literature/TheSecretGarden'' is a rare male example and [[MagicalMinorityPerson Magical Working Class Person]].
* On the Quotes page is one from Creator/IsaacAsimov's ''Literature/TheCavesOfSteel'' describing how stoic protagonist Elijah "Lije" Baley met his wife Jessie (short for "Jezebel"). Despite Jessie's speech, the two have drifted apart by the time of the story, mostly because of Lije unwittingly demolishing his wife's self-image by [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation trying to explain how the biblical Jezebel was a good person instead of]] TheVamp. The Spacer woman [[FemmeFatale Gladia Delmarre]] from the sequel ''Literature/TheNakedSun'' also shows some elements of this trope in how she tries to show the agoraphobic Baley how to be CloserToEarth.
* Midori from Haruki Murakami's novel ''Literature/NorwegianWood'' fits this role quite well. The first time she and Toru kiss, they are sitting on her roof, watching a neighborhood fire. Constantly hyper-energetic and quirky, she has no hesitation in revealing her constant sexual fantasies to Toru, who is much more distant and reserved with his inner thoughts.
* The Creator/HPLovecraft character Lavinia Whateley fits the trope pretty well. She's a quirky girl who loves thunderstorms, playing outside barefoot in the woods and reading about the occult. She gets into a relationship with [[SealedEvilInACan a guy who really needs to get out more]], and yup, [[spoiler:she dies, too]].
* Stefanie in ''Literature/TheWordAndTheVoid'' is an interesting {{deconstruction}}. She believes life should be lived to its fullest. She's in love with John Ross, for real. However, [[spoiler: she's also a demon, and her idea of teaching him to be interesting is teaching him to forget about morality and live for his own power, including, but not limited to, [[MoralEventHorizon eating homeless people]].]]
* Maggie Dempsey in ''How NOT to Be Popular'' by Jennifer Ziegler ends up like this, much to her annoyance. Her goal of coming off as weird and strange so that nobody would like her (and she wouldn't form attachments when she moved) had GoneHorriblyRight.
* Marion Kirby in ''Topper'' and ''Topper Takes a Trip'' by Thorne Smith as she drags Cosmo Topper out of his staid bankers existence. But pretty much anything by Thorne Smith will have at least one Manic Pixie Dream Girl strewing chaos in her wake.
* ''Literature/{{Feed}}'' is a deconstruction of this trope, basically saying what if the hero ''didn't'' give up normalcy while being with the Manic Pixie Dream Girl. [[spoiler: The girl dies at the end.]]
* Deconstructed in ''Literature/HighFidelity'': while in college Rob goes out with a girl named Charlie who he perceives to be one of those, and when she dumps him he never really gets over it. Meeting her again, years later, he realizes that she is actually a pretentious, self-important idiot whose "quirkiness" is merely to cover up that she has no personality of her own, and he was just too immature to realize this at the time.
* ''La Vita Nuova'': Dante Alighieri penned this in the thirteenth century. While Beatrice is already tragically dead by the time Dante is writing to her, as opposed to alive and quirky only to die tragically after imparting valuable lessons through love about how wonderful and evanescent life is, she fits the trope perfectly, and might be the first Western literary example.
* 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.
* Sam from ''Literature/ThePerksOfBeingAWallflower" is a sort of blander interpretation of this trope, probably to balance out the socially awkward recipient of her mania, Charlie.
%% * Eliza in ''Literature/SomeoneElsesWar''. Not for the main character, however, but for [[TheLancer his good friend Asher]], [[TheStoic who really needs it]].
* Creator/JRRTolkien's works largely avoid this: female characters are either CloserToEarth types or ethereal, magical Elven princesses. But ''Literature/TheUnfinishedTales'' features Tar-Vanimeldë, Queen of Númenor. She was more interested in dancing and playing music than actually, you know, governing the most powerful nation on Middle-Earth, so she left all the boring, practical day-to-day stuff to her consort, Herucalmo. Since the [[CaptainObvious Tale is Unfinished]], it's not really clear what Tolkien meant for Tar-Vanimeldë, but she fits many of the requirements, at least by Middle-Earth standards. Possibly a Deconstruction, since it seems Herucalmo was not okay with this: when the Queen died, he finally got sick of being the stable, modest, supportive guy and usurped the throne for himself.
* Barry Lyga's ''The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl'' deconstructs this trope with Kyra, whom the protagonist may or may not be romantically interested in. She initially encourages the male lead to be assertive and pursue his dreams, [[spoiler: but she also encourages his violent fantasies. Eventually, the protagonist realizes that she is extremely depressed and possibly mentally ill]].
* Ida Maclaird in ''The Girl with Glass Feet'' by Ali Shaw is a straight example of one, if a little mild. Ida's a vague, ethereal little thing who had wild adventures in the past and in the book teaches Midas Crook, a lonely amateur photographer, to embrace life to the fullest before [[spoiler: she dies by turning into glass]]. There's also Midas' mother Evaline and Ida's mother Freya as winsome muse figures who inspired two lonely, jaded academics to pine after them indefinitely, which may or may not count.
* Nymphadora Tonks of the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' series is a clumsy metamorphmagus (meaning that she can change her appearance at will, for example she's usually seen with pink hair), who wears band t-shirts and has more humor than most of the cast. She pursues Remus Lupin, who is in constant anguish over his [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent lycanthropy]] and the effect it has on those close to him, can't hold down a job, and is about 12 years older.
* Jenny from ''Literature/TheTruthOfRockAndRoll'' has some elements of this, though she also has her dark moments and her own character arc. Also, the protagonist is the one who sought ''her'' out.
* Holly tries to enact this role for Phil in ''Literature/{{Snyper}}'', saying he's a grumble bear who needs to lighten up. What she doesn't understand is that he's actually more reckless and impulsive than she is, which leads to [[spoiler:Phil ending their relationship by shooting her in the head with one of his anti-love bullets.]]
* ''Literature/TheExilesViolin'': Clay ''thinks'' Jacquie is one of these for him; an exciting and risk taking woman that enriches his dull and unfullfilling life, but personalitywise she's nothing like the standard. Ultimately, the trope is genderflipped because it is ''Clay'' that helps Jacquie loosen up and enjoy life, and his personality as a thrill seeking happy guy fits the standard.
%% * In Carlos Ruiz Zafón's ''Literature/{{Marina}}'', the homonym character is one to the protagonist.
* Julia in ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour'' is, like the rest of the book, a horrific example. Sure, her presence livens up Winston's life and exposes him to things he never dreamed of, but it's clear that their relationship is based more on rebellion against Big Brother than any actual affection, and they often seem to outright ''hate'' each other (at one point Winston casually talks about a fantasy he had of ''raping'' Julia).
* In ''Literature/GameSlaves'', Dakota is a non-romantic examples for her entire team; her questions lead them to question things and search for answers.
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* ''Series/DharmaAndGreg'', a sitcom that pits quirky "nonconformist" Dharma up with strait-laced bore-fest Greg.
* ''Series/{{Skins}}'':
** Cassie Ainsworth is a {{Deconstruction}}, since she has multiple legitimate psychological problems and they're portrayed with all the seriousness they require. She doesn't exist solely as a love interest for Sid, but whenever the story is focusing on him this is clearly how he sees her. She's quite self-serving at times, and it's debatable whether she ultimately changes his life for the better. She makes him blissfully happy at times, and utterly miserable at others. A relationship with someone so mentally unstable they try to commit suicide when you cancel a date was never going to run entirely smoothly.
** In season 6, a lovelorn Alo meets a sweet, bubbly girl named Poppy Champion who pulls him out of his depression with her quirky and adorable ways. That is, until she reveals that she's [[spoiler: really [[YoungerThanTheyLook thirteen years old]], and she reports him to the police when he tries to dump her.]]
* Subverted on ''Series/{{Dexter}}''. Lila initially seems to have all the personality traits of a Manic Pixie Dream Girl, and she latches onto Dexter, the main character, a forensic scientist who also happens to be an emotionless serial killer ([[AntiVillain who only kills people who really deserve it]]). As the series goes on, though, she starts showing [[{{Yandere}} the dark side of mania]]: her antics go from amusing to dangerous, and she stops being charming and starts being scary.
-->'''Dexter''': You are more dangerous than my addiction will ever be. And that's saying a lot.
* ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'':
** Subverted when Michael meets a quirky [[FakeBrit British]] woman whom he believes is a Manic Pixie Dream Girl but is actually [[spoiler: mentally disabled. Her accent sounds so intelligent to Michael that he believes she ''voluntarily'' acts like a carefree six-year-old.]]
** Maeby also serves as a Manic Pixie Dream Girl to George Michael to some extent, though played for laughs as GM is unbelievably straitlaced, and Maeby's actions go well beyond "quirky" and straight into "likely criminal." That and the fact that Maeby is [[KissingCousins kind of his cousin]]. Maybe.
* ''Series/{{Mash}}'':
** Winchester falls for a woman like this. She brings so much life into his existence. They're all set to make a go of it when she lets out that she's not a strong believer in marriage (and that her previous lover, of whom she talks in glowing terms, was never married to her). Winchester loses a chance at love, and not because his family would disapprove -- though that's a consideration for him -- but because he can't bring himself to accept this aspect of hers.
** B. J. gets one too. In the end he lets her go because he didn't want the war to dictate his life anymore than it already did. Leaving your wife and kid for a woman he met on the frontline? He could never leave [[ShellshockedVeteran the horrors he'd known there behind him.]]
* Andy's girlfriend Kat in ''Series/{{Weeds}}'' was a somewhat more hardcore version of this. She was much crazier than usual -- he even told a story about how once she stabbed him because she thought he'd kicked her "spirit animal," although he hadn't figured out what that was. And he admitted that he didn't actually love her, and implied that he was still with her because she made life interesting.
* ''Series/ThirtyRock'': Parodied by Jennifer Aniston's character in the episode "The One with the Cast of Night Court," where she ensnares powerful men like Jack Donaghy and, um, Scottie Pippen with her antics (designing bizarre hats, breaking into houses while wearing French maid outfits, singing inappropriately sexy renditions of "Happy Birthday to You", and frequently and emphatically "[[DoubleEntendre riding the F Train]]"). Everyone not currently sexing her up finds her completely insufferable. And she's crazy. Like, steal a cop's gun crazy. It's indicated that instead of making them happier, she destroys their lives before moving on.
%% * Amy in ''Series/TrueBlood'' is partly this and partly just crazy.
* ''Series/{{Friends}}'':
** Phoebe seems to act as this to the rest of the group, as well as in most of her relationships. Notably, the group occasionally finds her actions annoying or intrusive, and in the 10th season, Phoebe admits that she has never been in a relationship which lasted more than a month. Occasionally, being an Manic Pixie Dream Girl seems to actively work against her, such as the first time she was ready to move in with a man, and then broke up with him shortly after when he impulsively shot a bird with his handgun. On another occasion, she ends a relationship because her boyfriend is ''even more'' of a [[SpearCounterpart Manic Pixie Dream Guy]] than she is, and she can't stand him.
** Monica gets a personal non-romantic Manic Pixie Dream Girl for one episode in the form of the "other Monica", an eccentric woman who stole her credit card. Monica follows her, first to see her and possibly report her, but she enjoys tap lessons and crashing parties with her way too much.
** Emily Waltham, Ross's girlfriend, had shades of this trope and similar effect on Ross. They spontaneously went to Vermont and enthusiastically watched animals and enjoyed the autumn there, he played rugby because of her, she made him pierce his ear and enroll in helicopter lessons. Though he says she won't be around for long enough for him to actually frequent the lessons.
* ''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.]]
* Chuck does fulfill this role for Ned in ''Series/PushingDaisies'', but she has plenty of her own characterisation.
%% * Flo from the Progressive car insurance advertisements is a nicely-done non-romantic version.
* ''Series/TheSarahConnorChronicles''
** Subverted with [[spoiler: Riley, who's actually from the future, having a mental breakdown from culture shock, and is under orders to act as one of these to John, ostensibly in order to reduce Cameron's influence on him, but actually so that Cameron will kill her, accomplishing the same goal more effectively.]]
** Cameron herself [[ZigZaggedTrope zig zaggs this.]] When first meeting John she's friendly and acts interested in him in a bid to get close and be where he is, before it's revealed that she's a Terminator and most of her human traits disappear as she goes into guardian mode. She claims to love him, but this was at the time she was damaged and was trying to kill him, and she uses her looks (she ''is'' played by Creator/SummerGlau after all) and his apparent feelings for her to both manipulate and try and build him into the future resistance leader.
* Carrie on ''Series/SexAndTheCity'' dates a male version for a while. Raymond is a charming, upbeat jazz musician, but Carrie eventually learns that he can't focus on anything for very long (as if he had a form of ADHD) and doesn't have much depth beyond his love of music.
* PunkyBrewster. It took a couple of seasons, but she winds up turning her crotchety adoptive father Henry Warnimont into an old softy.
%%* Via ''loads'' of AlternateCharacterInterpretation, and possibly stretching the trope to the breaking point, Series/{{Sherlock}} could be seen as a male, protagonist version. He's [[CloudCuckooLander conspicuously eccentric]], [[MrFanservice attractive]] in a [[EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette somewhat unusual way]], has [[NightmareFetishist offbeat interests]], shows [[NoSocialSkills little regard for social convention]], doesn't always act very [[ManChild mature]], and rescues his relatively normal male co-star from boredom and depression by taking him on [[TheyFightCrime crime-fighting adventures.]] Perhaps to put a lampshade on it, they're often MistakenForGay.
* Abed Nadir of ''{{Series/Community}}'' is both a male version and a {{Deconstruction}} of the trope. He brings out the geekiness and creativity in his friends (and is described as "a magical, elf-like man who makes us all more magical by being near us"), but his antics can be wildly exhausting and irresponsible, and his odd outlook on life can be attributed to an AmbiguousDisorder. Possibly intentionally, as in one episode, he's shown to be remarkably trope and genresavvy.
-->''"If this were a movie, what would the hero do? Abed: He'd run after her and make a fantastic display of affection!"''
* The episode "Herstory of Dance" gives him a possible love interest in Kat, a girl who rides a scooter, plays the saw in an all-girl Kazoo band and brings waterwings to a school dance.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** The Doctor has been a (usually) non-romantic Manic Pixie Dream Man to all his companions. While all of the Doctors have been this to some degree, Eleven really takes this trope UpToEleven. ([[IncrediblyLamePun Ha ha]]).
** The TARDIS and the Doctor are this for each other. The Doctor stole the TARDIS, [[spoiler: although the TARDIS claims she actually stole him]], to escape a dull and monotonous life and instead travel the universe. There were already many shades of it in the old series, and the new series solidifies the idea when the Doctor and the TARDIS [[spoiler: meet face-to-face and get properly romantic for a day.]]
** "The Snowmen" saw this invoked by Madam Vastra with Clara. In the ColdOpening , Vastra claimed that by stopping to talk to Clara, the Doctor had inadvertently found a new companion, and that said companion might just bring him out of his slump. The Doctor denied and outright defied it for the most part, but it turned out Vastra was right.
** 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.
* [[GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe Chiana]] from ''Series/{{Farscape}}''. Always happy, always moving, almost always stealing something, and for some reason [[HugeGuyTinyGirl all over]] D'Argo. Although frankly she's [[AnythingThatMoves all over pretty much the entire cast]] at one point or another. You'll wind up dead from exhaustion, but damned if you wouldn't enjoy trying to keep up with her!
* [[GenkiGirl Vala Mal Doran]] tries to be this for [[NiceGuy Daniel Jackson]] from ''Series/StargateSG1''. When she's not trying to steal stuff like gold and valuables anyway. Their relationship could be read as an inversion, since Daniel makes more progress calming Vala down and pushing her into being a more responsible person than she does spicing up his existence.
* Jessica Day in ''Series/NewGirl'', played by TropeCodifier actress Creator/ZooeyDeschanel, takes this to the extreme. Slightly inverted in that Jessica's life is a mess, as opposed to the guys she rooms with, but she still qualifies.
* On ''{{Series/Smallville}}'', a certain miss LoisLane fulfills this function. She arrives at the beginning of Season 4. By the end of Season 3, the characters had all gotten caught up in a GrimDark web of lies created by Lionel Luthor, Chloe's life was full of fear and angst, and our hero Clark had become brooding and ultra-serious, and then Chloe's cousin Lois shows up in town and turns Clark's, Chloe's, and the Kents' lives upside down for the better. Many critics argued that Lois's introduction brought a much-needed breath of fresh air to the show, as her infectious energy and charisma, {{BondOneLiner}}s, and hard-partying ways enlivened the show's dynamic. Lois quickly became a fan-favorite (well, except for the DieForOurShip people) character, and her original 4-episode run on the show was expanded, and she became a regular character the following season.
* In Season 2 of ''Series/BreakingBad'' Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) meets a low-key MPDG in the form of Jane (Krysten Ritter), a tattoo artist with a serious drug history. She's considerably more subdued and less manic than most examples, and she encourages him to cut back on the drugs in addition to getting him to embrace art. Then she [[PoisonousFriend demonstrates the dark side of this trope]] when she backslides on her own sobriety, gets Jesse into harder drugs (and given that he started out as a methhead, that's saying something), and ultimately reveals herself (at least while using) to be greedy, [[YokoOhNo manipulative]], and self-destructive. [[spoiler: Then she dies of an overdose.]]
* Deconstructed in ''{{Louie}}'' with Parker Posey's character Liz, whom Louie takes on a date. She's cute, smart, vivacious, eccentric and irreverent, spending their entire date suggesting adventurous things to do and repeatedly trying to push Louie out of his shell. However, there are frequent hints that she's a bi-polar alcoholic and pathological liar.
* [[DiscussedTrope Referred to by name]] in ''Series/NCISLosAngeles'', though not only is her behavior explained as AspergersSyndrome, it's a bit of a twist on the usual application of the trope in that the man whose life she inserted herself into is not her love interest but her [[DisappearedDad deadbeat dad]], following [[MissingMom the death of her mother]].
* ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' uses this as one of its primary themes, and as a result downplays its aspects.
** Leonard and his friends Sheldon, Howard and Raj are content with their lives of scientific research at Caltech and being concerned with any given upcoming nerdy activity such as Klingon Boggle. When [[TokenGirl Penny]] moves in next door she is neither a genius or a nerd, but is actually an average girl with a vibrant social life. Being around her Leonard can't help but see the contrast between her going out dancing and them sitting at home playing WorldOfWarcraft together. While it is most evident with Leonard as they become romantically involved with each other, everyone evolves significantly by having her in their lives.
** In a reversal, Penny never really gave much thought to the academic pursuits these guys are involved with on a daily basis. While she is hopelessly unable to keep up with their {{Technobabble}} after some time she retains and is fascinated with a few thought experiments, famously SchrodingersCat in the first season finale. By the fourth season she has admitted that it is hard for her to keep less intelligent company around. By season six, she has gone back to school, taking a history class and, as of season seven, a psychology class.
* Somewhat deconstructed in season 4 of ''{{Misfits}}''. Lola at first appears to be a bit of a MPDG but it is later revealed that [[spoiler: she is caught in some endless cycle of making men fall for her and kill off each other. Which is much more Femme Fatal. It also turns out she had been an actress practicing a role when the storm came, and the storm had made her become that character]].
* Deconstructed and POV-flipped in ''Series/{{Girls}}'' -- the fact that Jessa is a carefree (read: irresponsible), spontaneous (impulsive), free-spirited (rudderless) social butterfly (unreliable flake) leads pretty much every guy she so much as looks at to see her as one of these. She complains about this at times, but at others is perfectly happy to exploit it for a fling. When her FourthDateMarriage to a venture capitalist starts going sour, she points out that his relationship with her is probably the most spontaneous thing he's ever done, whereas "I've been living this life for 25 years".
* ''Series/{{Perception}}'''s Natalie Vincent is an interesting deconstruction of this trope. She is hardly impulsive or spontaneous, and her male counterpart certainly is, but like any self-respecting MPDG she is there to serve Daniel's needs. As [[spoiler: a total figment of Daniel's imagination]] Natalie's life pretty much revolves around him, but she is there to be a friend, an intellectual equal, and to give Daniel a grounded perspective to contrast his wild, often irrational ideas. Though [[spoiler: her entire existence is literally a male fantasy]], he loves her to the point of recklessness for his own well-being.
* Deconstructed with [[spoiler: Irene/Moriarty]] in ''Series/{{Elementary}}''. First introduced as attractive, optimistic, artsy and quirky who showed a brighter side of life to [[spoiler: Holmes]]. Then we find out [[spoiler: she was faking it, deliberately constructing her false persona to fool Holmes and distract him from her plans.]]
%%* Holly Holiday on ''{{Glee}}''. She admits that she's a mess.
* Deconstructed 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.
* ''Series/GilmoreGirls'':
** Lorelai Gilmore, a thirty-something gorgeous woman who is quirky and fan of TV and films and little pleasures in life. She lives in a QuirkyTown and compared to some of its Cloud Cuckoo Landers, she's relatively normal.
** Rory can have this effect on guys she dates, mostly making them to enjoy literature and dragging them to her home and introducing them to her slightly crazy but cute mum.
** Kirk describes his girlfriend Lulu as Manic Pixie Dream Girl -- a woman who made him enjoy his life to its fullest. She's a teacher and when seen in person, she's not actually very quirky or crazy.
* ''Series/TheXFiles'' has a subversion in the character of Melissa Scully, Agent Dana Scully's sister. Melissa is a lot into crystals, psychics and New Age stuff and tries to get Mulder to leave his "dark" place and drop his cynicism and paranoia. Not surprising he's depressed as his partner and only friend Scully is dying. Refreshingly, Mulder is most definitely ''not'' impressed and absolutely uninterested in her happy and playful ways. The rumour has it that Melissa was originally written as his LoveInterest, but instead she was quickly turned into a SacrificialLion. She appeared mid season 2, and season 3 openers saw her dead.
* Kathleen Scott on the miniseries ''The Last Place on Earth''(about the race between Scot and Amundson to the South Pole) is a downplayed version of this and [[BoldExplorer her husband Robert]] specifically compliments her on it, and notes that he wishes he wasn't to grumpy to be like her. She is a great traveller(for an Edwardian woman), artist, and party girl; wishes she could go with Robert, and tells him in effect,"Be a {{Badass}} and give me a {{Badass}} son as well."
* 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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* The video of [[http://youtu.be/bHAHQcSGOKk ''Wings'']] (NSFW-ish) by the German electro-punk group Frittenbude has a rare, gay {{Spear Counterpart}} example.
* With The Sugarcubes and solo, real-life MPDG {{Music/Bjork}} has been preciously chirping songs about date rape and spouting quotable enigmas since the late 80s.
* Music/TheDeadMilkmen's song "Punk Rock Girl" plays this trope enthusiastically straight, with a dweeby narrator describing a series of playfully violent encounters with an unnamed female other.
-->''We went to the Phillie Pizza Company\\
And ordered some hot tea\\
The waitress said "Well no\\
We only have it [[strike:iced]] '''[[PunkRock oiced]]'''"\\
So we jumped up on the table\\
And shouted "anarchy"''\\
...\\
''We got into her car\\
Away we started rollin'\\
I said "How much you pay for this?"\\
She said "Nothing man, it's stolen"''
* Tess from the song with the same name by Peter [=LeMarc=] is a classic example.
* The girl in the song [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8WmJXIR9xtw Tomorrow]] is this to the guy. Be warned, this song could only get cuter if puppies were the ones performing it.
* The girl described in the song "Her Eyes" by Pat Monahan. In all honesty, it seems like most of the songs written by Monahan, solo or with Train, are about describing the interests and quirks of these kind of girls. I'm thinking Monahan ''[[AuthorAppeal likes this kind of girl.]]''
* "Lilly" by PinkMartini describes either a Manic Pixie Dream Girl, or a very enthusiastic puppy dog ("Lilly comes when you stop to call her, Lilly runs when you look away, Lilly leaves kisses on your collar, Lilly-Lilly-Lilly-Lilly stay!")
* In Pick Up The Phone by Dragonette the singer stars as one of these singing to "Cherry", reminding her not to be very serious and singing about all their exploits "painting the town till it was up in smoke". Though [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=14BsjAqv-Vc the film clip]] tends to zig zagg it because in the end it's [[spoiler:all in her mind]].
* A lot of songs that came out in the '60s
** The Associaton's "Windy" is one of the stand-out examples.
** "Ruby Tuesday" by Music/TheRollingStones fits this trope nicely.
** So does Pink Floyd's "See Emily Play".
** "Little Wing" by {{Jimi Hendrix}}.
** "Paper Sun" by Traffic is a bit of darker take on what can happen to a Manic Pixie Dream Girl.
** "We'll Sing in The Sunshine" by Gale Garnett is sung from the point-of-view of a Manic Pixie Dream Girl.
** "California Girl and The Tennessee Square" by Tompall and The Glaser Brothers is a country music example from that period.
* And one that reminisces about the '60s "Summer of Love": Richard Thompson's "Beeswing" [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HApy-Xoix-g live performance with full lyrics in description]]
* "Diggin' Your Scene" by SmashMouth:
-->''Tell me why we're all gluttons for pain''
-->''The girl is totally insane''
-->''She doesn't know the meaning of tame''
-->''Still, I can't put out the flame''
* Vanessa Carlton's "Ordinary Day" is about a male version of this trope.
* Edison Lighthouse's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tr6H1a7YUac Love Grows Where My Rosemary Goes]]
* "Any Old Wind That Blows" by JohnnyCash (written by Dick Feller), though the narrator's feelings about the MPDG are a bit ambiguous:
-->''She's a butterfly in mid-July''
-->''Who just can't wait to try her brand new wings''
-->''On brand new things''
-->''And she needs no rhyme or reason when she goes''
-->''Her mind is on what lies beyond''
-->''That wall of blue horizon, I suppose''
-->''And heaven knows''
-->''She'll go sailin' off on any old wind that blows''
* "Jane" by BarenakedLadies is about a girl getting fed up with being the MPDG to people, including the narrator.
* Bessie from "Up on Cripple Creek" by TheBand, who rips up winning horse racing tickets "just for a laugh".
* "Head First" by John Waite and the Babys could be interpreted this way. The narrator isn’t sure about her at first, but he’s drawn to her more and more every time he sees her. The cover art of [[AlbumTitleDrop the album this song appears on]] carries the idea further: it depicts a girl wearing mismatched shoes falling backwards.
* Played straight or possibly subverted by TheGratefulDead in Scarlet Begonias, definitely subverted in the Sublime version.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OoAoLjEXffo Miss Impossible]] by PoetsOfTheFall appears to describe such a woman.
--> As she is beautiful, she's unpredictable,
--> Damned irresistible, is it plausible to hate her?
--> She is my common sense, revels on decadence,
--> But what's the difference, it's impossible to bait her.
* If the female love interests in "Girl" or "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds" don't count in Music/TheBeatles' catalogue, "Lovely Rita" just might.
* The eponymous girl in the MatchboxTwenty song "She's So Mean".
* The girl in Ricky Martin's "Livin' La Vida Loca".
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qqeHuk07X60 4Ever by The Veronicas]] is sung from the perspective of a Manic Pixie Dream Girl.
* The Monkees' "Sunny Girlfriend" fits the type, but the last line makes it a subversion, making the MPDG's emotions a pretense.
* The music video for "Cradle of Love" by DavidBowie is all over this.
* British Girl Group the Pipettes arguably have this as their joint image, especially in their former incarnation as of their first album, ''We Are the Pipettes''; the track [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fxDN49gQoBY "ABC"]] is the song of a girl who is clearly the manic pixie dream for a book-smart but introverted {{nerd}}.
* "Josie" by {{Steely Dan}} is about a local wild party girl returning home to everyone's delight after being away awhile.
* "Skateaway" by {{Dire Straits}} is about a mysterious carefree girl who roller skates around the city's streets in the middle of the night.
* The eponymous character in Music/LeonardCohen's "Suzanne" is perhaps a borderline example of this trope: she shows the narrator all the secret places around the docks, is "kinda crazy", and almost becomes a kind of mythic figure by the end of the song.
* A favorite MPDG of film and televison, ZooeyDeschanel has turned her preciousness into a mildly successful music career as well.
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* OlderThanPrint: The [[http://www.monstropedia.org/index.php?title=Leanan_Sidhe leanan sidhe]] [[TheFairFolk fairy]] of IrishMythology is basically this. It's understood that a relationship with such a literal manic pixie is [[DownerEnding doomed]] to end with the human lover [[GoMadFromTheRevelation losing his mind from exposure to the sidhe's alien ways,]] or have his [[SoullessShell life drained away]] from the sheer excitement she causes him to have. It's also implied that a human may [[DeathByDespair die from despair]], as he knows the pixie will leave him one day and he'll never find anyone like her ever again among a human population.
* Mermaids tend to have this effect on fishermen in NauticalFolklore.

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* Bridget is like this in ''ComicStrip/MyCage''. Although the other main characters are generally too cynical and depressed for her to have more than a temporary effect.
-->'''Norm''': You are like dating a cartoon elf sometimes.
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[[folder:Theater]]
* Marcy from ''I Love You Because'', and the song "Coffee" is [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3THeZqxc18 nearly an in-song definition of this trope]].
* Classic example: Maria in ''Theatre/TheSoundOfMusic''. She's often overlooked as an example of the trope, because she's really trying her best to be a mature, motherly type (in addition to being a ''nun'').
* Deconstructed [[OlderThanRadio as far back]] as Ibsen's ''Theatre/ADollsHouse'', in which the heroine Nora is a (seemingly) flighty, vivacious, kooky child-woman who gradually realizes that she's been so working so hard at playing this role for her more conventional husband -- even through bearing him three children -- that she has never really grown up and has no idea of her true self, and that their relationship is thus only a game, not adult love. She leaves him to try and learn how to be a fully formed human being.
* Subverted in the musical ''{{Cabaret}}'': Sally tries to be a Manic Pixie for Cliff, but her determined spunky optimism and unwillingness to grow up make her ignore the threat of Nazism and drive Cliff away from her.
* Susan Hollander from Woody Allen's ''DontDrinkTheWater'' is borderline the definition of this trope as her only personality trait other then that she is a SatelliteLoveInterest for major screw-up Axel is that she is somewhat of a hippie (the fact that the show was written and set in TheSixties helps).
* ''Theatre/{{Carmen}}'' deconstructs this: she's a HotGypsyWoman who seduces and enchants the lead male, Don Jose, with her free-spirited nature, but quickly tires of him as he proclaims his everlasting love for her. Turns out she's not so much for the forever love, and she leaves him for someone much more exciting. [[spoiler: As a result, he kills her out of jealousy at the end of the opera.]]
* The Neil Simon play ''Theatre/BarefootInThePark'' explores the relationship of Manic Pixie Dream Girl and her dull love interest; fun loving Cory flickers between trying to spice up her housewife roles and pouting that her new husband won't pay attention to her, while Paul struggles with his wife's playful nature he loves and focusing on the career he kind of needs. It's a romantic comedy but does show the MPDG Cory as childish and needing to grow up if she wants her marriage to really work. [[spoiler: It ends with them switching roles and Cory learning to worry a little about the result of her actions.]]
* In ''Theatre/BellsAreRinging'', Ella Peterson steps into and improves the lives of three clients of the telephone answering service she works for. She helps a dentist realize his ambitions to become a songwriter, makes a washed-up [[MumblingBrando Brando wannabe]] actor stop mumbling, buy a suit and get a part, and a struggling playwright overcome his WritersBlock and, incidentally, fall in love with her.
* ''Theatre/{{Wicked}}'' has a whole song about the trope, sung by Elphaba, who watches unhappily from the sidelines as Glinda effortlessly charms everyone. Gets deconstructed a bit in the second act, though.
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* ''VideoGame/{{Violet}}'':
** The title character is a Manic Pixie Dream Girl; she's the PlayerCharacter's quirky Australian girlfriend who has a limitless supply of pet names, makes gifts like origami trophies or custom snowglobes, is indefatigably supportive, and loves the PlayerCharacter [[spoiler:even after he/she destroys all the aforementioned gifts in order to, among other things, shut out his/her ex-girlfriend]]. She both lampshades and deconstructs the trope as you continue playing and more backstory comes along: Violet admits that a lot of their problems come from the fact that she ''can't'' just be the protagonist's funny little girlfriend all the time, that she is also a real person with real hopes and desires and she's getting tired of putting her life on hold waiting for the protagonist to finish the work s/he was supposed to finish ages ago.
** Also of note is that the character we know as "Violet" is really just the way the protagonist imagines her voice in his/her head. So it's an even bigger deconstruction, because the story focuses purely on how she viewed, not on what she actually does.
* Excellen Browning of ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsCompact2'' towards her boyfriend Kyosuke Nanbu. Towards other people: [[TheTease slightly]] [[HardDrinkingPartyGirl the same]], [[CoolBigSis but a different story]]. [[spoiler:And yup, she also died...[[DeadAllAlong on the day she and Kyosuke met, in fact]]...[[WeCanRebuildHim but she got better]]]]. Subverted when it turns out she had severe loneliness issues herself. Presumably, [[TheStoic Kyosuke]] saving her from certain death in their backstory is what caused her to embrace this trope and declare herself his quirky girlfriend.
* ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2'':
** Depending on how you play, your character can be one of these for Casavir, or a male version for Elanee.
** Gann can be a male one for the player in ''Mask of the Betrayer''.
** Neeshka seems to play this role in some parts of the main campaign.
* Rinoa in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' is a subversion: she comes off as a classic Manic Pixie Dream Girl at first when she's playfully urging Squall to dance at the [=SeeD=] graduation ball, and while it soon becomes clear that she does in fact have her own problems as a member of LaResistance against the Galbadian occupation of Timber, she has much more well-meaning enthusiasm and optimism than she has the skill and experience needed to follow through with her big plans. However, she gets a rude awakening as to just how high the stakes are by the end of the first disc, and while she continues to encourage Squall to open up to her and others throughout the game, it's no longer in the manner of this trope.
* Marta Lualdi of ''TalesOfSymphoniaDawnOfTheNewWorld''. Perhaps not the typical variation in that there are some...rather important other concerns as well, but she seems to tie just about everything back to her unrequited crush on Emil.
* A supporting character variation in ''VideoGame/TalesOfGraces'' with Pascal for Hubert. He starts out completely cold, withdrawn, and mistrustful, but by the end of the future arc Pascal has completely worn him down with her friendliness and wacky charm, and around her he's either a stammering dork, an aspiring romantic, or a knight in shining armor, depending on the context. It's a last minute subversion, though, because she has no idea about his feelings for her [[spoiler: even once he pretty explicitly tells her he's in love with her]]. It's hinted she might return his feelings, but they're stuck with a MaybeEverAfter.
* Shiki Misaki of ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'' is a subversion: she has the job of a Manic Pixie Dream Girl: she gets Neku to begin to come out of his moody, loner shell and learn the game's {{Aesop}} about trying to connect with other people. However, she does have a number of her own problems, not the least of which is [[spoiler: she's only pretending to be this type of character because in reality, she's just as shy and lonely as Neku.]]
* Milla Vodello in ''VideoGame/{{Psychonauts}}'' appears to be this, but once you find her memory vaults [[spoiler: and her nightmare room, and uncover her tragic past]] she turns out to be a bit of a {{deconstruction}}. However, she and Sasha Nein are heavily implied to be a couple, despite the fact that they could not be more opposite in personality.
* Pretty much the only thing keeping Kay Faraday in ''VisualNovel/AceAttorney Investigations'' from being a textbook MPDG to Miles Edgeworth is that their relationship isn't portrayed romantically. The same can be said for Phoenix Wright's relationship with Maya Fey, or just about any assistant of the main character.
* Flonne from ''VideoGame/DisgaeaHourOfDarkness'' initially joins Laharl to see if demons are capable of love, and starts [[LoveFreak lecturing them.]]
* 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 literally given him a new lease on life, [[spoiler:only to herself die as a result of performing a HeroicSacrifice to stop TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt]].
* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII''
** A silly!Hawke who romances either Anders or Fenris becomes this for them —- especially for the latter, who is the epitome of brooding, pessimism, and [[DarkAndTroubledPast dark and troubled pasts]].
** Merrill, a cute, lovely, innocent, naive, curious, helpful elven maid that apparently loves to swing around on the large chandelier in Hawke's mansion. Although you probably should ignore that she's also a blood mage.
* 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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* ''SentimentalGraffiti'': Emiru's manic-ness made her a social outcast with everyone except the protagonist.
* ''Yume Miru Kusuri'' {{subvert|edTrope}}s this quite harshly. Nekoko seems like a literal Manic Pixie Dream Girl, being a quirky and cheeky counterpart to the sulky, brooding male protagonist. In her route you learn that [[spoiler: she's neither a pixie nor a dream girl, but a shy and troubled drug addict that tries to escape her dull life]].
* In the Flash-based visual short story ''AirPressure'', [[FeaturelessProtagonist a nameless young man]] is re-evaluating his continuing relationship with Leigh, an [=MPDG=] who came into his life a few years ago. [[PlayingWithATrope How closely she fits this formula depends on your choices.]] [[spoiler:Ultimately {{subverted}} after a couple plays through [[FridgeHorror when the addiction subtext sinks in]].]]
* Haruka from ''VisualNovel/LittleBusters'' seems like this on the surface, with her GenkiGirl behaviour, wild antics, and propensity for pulling silly pranks and dragging [[NiceGuy Riki]] along for the ride. However, the trope is subverted, as it turns out Haruka does all of this very much for her own sake: [[spoiler:namely, as a way of getting back at her straitlaced, 'perfect' twin sister Kanata who is supposed to be controlling her while at the same time proving that her own rule-free life away from her extended family from which she has been exiled is much better than her sister's under their control. It doesn't work, and as her route goes down the facade breaks down more and more, revealing the incredibly insecure, socially awkward girl underneath.]]
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* Questioned in ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'' ("[[http://xkcd.com/122/ Quirky Girls]]: Do you actually mean it?"), and also [[http://xkcd.com/308/ played straight on occasion]].
* In ''Webcomic/AGirlAndHerFed'', said Girl is indeed manic, and said Fed is rather unsurprisingly a stuffed shirt. However, she didn't so much break him out of his funk so much as break him out of a brainwash given by the government agency that is now likely to kill them for it at some point, as the super intelligent koala pointed out. Also, her antics were kept under control in the past by the ghost of Benjamin Franklin. [[WorldOfWeirdness It's that kind of comic]].
* Subverted in ''[[{{Walkyverse}} Shortpacked!]]'', where Robin's attempts at this usually ''do'' just wind up annoying the hell out of Ethan, Amber, and whoever else she might decide to latch onto.
* [[GenkiGirl Missi]] from ''Webcomic/{{Misfile}}''. Of course, this puts her directly between Ash and her [[FirstGirlWins canon love interest]], leading to Missi catching [[DieForOurShip a lot of flak]] from some fans.
* ''Webcomic/GhastlysGhastlyComic'':
** Several male characters in initially thought that Freddie would be this for them. [[UnsettlingGenderReveal Surprise!]]
** The series also has the appropriately named Kwerki, a CloudCuckoolander who acts like she's looking for someone to play this role for. In her more lucid moments.
* This ''[[http://www.nerdcomics.com/sdjc/wp-content/uploads/2008/10/influence1.png Sex, Drugs, and June Cleaver]]'' strip points out some of the implications of this trope, with [[AuthorAvatar Bree]] imagining herself in this role.
* Nils in ''Webcomic/PlatinumGrit''. Though honestly, Given all the weirdness in Jeremy's life, it's actually up to the other girl, Kate, to be the inverse of a MPDG and pull him back to reality.
* Maytag from ''Webcomic/{{Flipside}}'' is an unabashed hedonist and [[GoodBadGirl nymphomaniac]] who takes it upon herself to break shy people (of either gender) out of their shells. She's also an interesting variation because her outgoing personality is largely a [[ClothesMakeTheSuperman function of her outfit]]; her mask persona is a Manic Pixie Dream Girl for ''herself''.
* Briefly parodied in ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'' [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=4558 here]].
* Subverted in the ''Webcomic/CiemWebcomicSeries'', and also gets a GenderFlip. Denny was the Manic Pixie Man that stirred things up for ''Candi'', allowing her to (somewhat) get over the loss of her ever-brooding (but kind-hearted) Donte.
* Maple from ''Webcomic/HazardsWake'' is a Manic Pixie Dream Girl in her own mind. (In reality, she's more a Manic Girl with romantic delusions.)
* 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.
* ''Webcomic/MenageA3''
** Zii fits the pattern. Irresponsible, almost always "up", and easily distracted, she has left a trail of hurt feelings and disrupted relationships behind her. Despite that, her interactions with Gary, [=DiDi=], and Sonya have shaken them all out of assorted ruts and induced them to try something different, while Erik seems to have had something of a romantic MPDG image of her. Things get more complicated with and for her as the comic goes on, and the consequences of her manic pixie irresponsibility sometimes come back to bite her; notably, while she was only looking for a short-term fling with Sonya, Sonya has become [[StalkerWithACrush infatuated with her]].
** Gary is something of an MPDG magnet. After Yuki has split up with him, Sonya gives him a crash course in basic sexual activity, but turns out to be more interested in pursuing Zii for MPDG services. But shortly after that relationship ends, Senna crashes through his door, tells him a series of colorful lies, and drags him off to Paris by way of the MileHighClub. Mind you, Senna is more of a dangerously {{narcissist}}ic flake than true MPDG material. Gary's big problem in all this, though, is that he's far too passive to learn any useful lessons about life and love from any of them.
* Roomie from ''Webcomic/GoGetARoomie'' is the AnythingThatMoves "[[HaveIMentionedIAmHeterosexualToday Bi-in-name-only]]" variety. Subverting the trope is Matt, the OnlySaneMan who just happens to have fallen for Roomie, but she refuses to even slow down her antics for a second.
* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'':
** Ellen invokes this trope intentionally to differentiate herself from the rather-straitlaced Elliot. Non romantic example, as she is his OppositeSexClone, and they see each other as more like brother and sister. Though she tries to act much the same way [[SchoolgirlLesbians with Nanase]], too.
** Grace can be like this to Tedd, especially in the "One Way Road" arc where he's gotten too wrapped up in MadScience to the detriment of his friendships and social life.
* Katie from ''Webcomic/RegularGuy'' possibly sees herself as this and seems to fit the trope for Reg... it ends unpleasantly.
* Played from a lesbian perspective by Winter in ''Webcomic/{{Girly}}''. Interestingly, this seems to be a personality she developed purely to get Otra. Before her, she was a very cultured, dull and incredibly selfish girl. In other words, ''Otra'' played this role for ''Winter'' while having none of the personality normally involved with it.
* Two scripts by John Allison invoke this:
** In ''Webcomic/ScaryGoRound'' we have nerdy Eustace Boyce [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep (aka "The Boy")]] and his PerkyGoth girlfriend Esther de Groot. They became a couple during a trip to Wales, which Esther had initiated relatively spontaneously.
** The one-shot strip [[http://scarygoround.tumblr.com/post/64025638903/a-special-bonus-comic-theres-a-new-manic-pixie Cupcakes McKenzie]] is subtitled "Manic Pixie Dream Girl".
* In ''Webcomic/{{Bobwhite}}'', Georgia sees his girlfriend Shoshanna as [[http://www.bobwhitecomics.com/?webcomic_post=20090701 someone exciting, someone who does things.]] Everyone else sees Shoshanna as a drug abuser whose lack of inhibition turns every conversation into a trainwreck.
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}''
** Nepeta, a quirky, ship-crazy, roleplaying green-blooded troll, whose moirail, [[TheStoic Equius]] is far more serious and dogmatic regarding the blood caste and acting superior to lowbloods, despite her best efforts to make him more tolerant of the lower castes. Due to how troll relationships work[[note]]Moirails are two platonic partners that don't have romantic feelings towards each other, but are still described as sharing a form of love and an exclusive relationship, in which both parties protect each other and balance out their personalities to keep each other in check[[/note]], theirs is not romantic.
** Jane becomes this in Trickster Mode. Unlike most examples, however, [[TheCorruption this is not]] [[ComesGreatInsanity a good thing]]. Ultimately deconstructed.
* In ''Webcomic/PennyAndAggie'' and ''Webcomic/{{QUILTBAG}}'', this is Lisa's primary character trait… [[{{Deconstruction}} so much so that when being one doesn't or can't work, she falls into a (brief) funk.]]
* Blossom in ''Webcomic/{{Rhapsodies}}'' [[spoiler: There's quite a bit of circumstantial evidence that suggests this might be literal]]
* One strip of ''Webcomic/CriticalMiss'' invokes the title verbatim. Twice.
* ''Webcomic/GirlsNextDoor'' subverts it with Jareth and Sarah, since Jareth has the [[TheFairFolk Manic Pixie]] part down pat on his own and really needs a [[http://pika-la-cynique.deviantart.com/art/GND191-Canny-Human-Dream-Girl-312538623 Canny Human Dream Girl]] to keep him in line.

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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 want you to turn my life upside down with your whimsical joie de vivre,” --an act she finds "demeaning."
* Jade Sinclair (codename Generator) of the WhateleyUniverse is unquestionably playing this role in her relationship with control freak Thuban.
* Deconstructed hard in [[http://www.funnyordie.com/articles/d3ebb7016c/that-adorable-girl-from-that-movie this]] Funny Or Die article.
* 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
* The parody trailer ''WebVideo/ATrailerForEveryAcademyAwardWinningMovieEver'' includes a token Manic Pixie Dream Girl in the form of [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Lead Female]].
--> Protagonist: "Interest in your bold rejection of social norms as evidenced by your dyed hair."
* Referenced in [[WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation Yahtzee's]] review of ''VideoGame/SimCity''.
-->'''Yahtzee:''' Listen to me EA: not every introvert is longing for the day that Zooey Fucking Deschanel kicks their door down and forcibly drags them to a roller rink.
* Website/{{Cracked}}
** Parodied/deconstructed in [[http://www.cracked.com/video_18574_the-awkward-moment-when-you-notice-quirky-girl-insane.html this]] video.
** The video series The Katie Willert Experience [[http://www.cracked.com/video_18380_the-dark-secret-behind-quirky-romantic-comedies.html The Dark Secret Behind Quirky Romantic Comedies]] shows the implications of the trope if taken to a logical conclusion.
* Cynthia of ''Literature/TheDescendants'' is descirbed as this by WordofGod
* Zoeya to Rythian in the Yogscast series Blackrock Chronicles.
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* [[TheWasp Janet]] from ''WesternAnimation/AvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'' tries to be this for her [[CanNotSpitItOut ''kinda'']] boyfriend [[ComicBook/AntMan Hank]].
* {{Gender Inverted|Trope}} in ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' with Kid Flash and Jinx.
* Similarly, Aang in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' could be considered this not only to Katara, but to ''the entire world''. This messiah's message is pretty much, "have fun, not wars."
* Creator/ZooeyDeschanel (of course) played one of these (explicitly referred to as such) in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' designed to resemble a stereotypical independent film.
-->'''Steve:''' Um, hi. Uh, can I help you with your cello?
-->'''Girl:''' No, it's my suitcase. I just don't think all suitcases should be rectangles, y'know? I think sometimes suitcases can be cello cases with clothes in them.
-->'''Steve:''' ... What are you doing here?
-->'''Girl:''' I'm travelling cross country taking Polaroid pictures of people walking other people's dogs. It's pretty hard to tell, but I didn't become an artist because it was easy.
* Wyldstyle in ''TheLegoMovie'' has a touch of this, particularly when she gets StrangledByTheRedString.
* Gender inverted in ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'', with Steven as the literal magical boy bringing excitement to to the life of bored, lonely Connie. They even have a CrashIntoHello.
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* Edith "Big Edie" Bouvier-Beales of the ''GreyGardens'' {{documentary}} / [[TheMusical musical]] / [[TheMovie HBO movie]] certainly seemed to be this: she loved to sing and dance and host parties, to the annoyance of her staid lawyer husband. Unfortunately she was as stubborn as she was "manic" and refused to leave the title 28 room summer cottage even after the money ran out and she and her daughter "Little" Edie (a creative MPDG herself) became total recluses.
* Stephan Pastis claims to have known such a girl while at college - someone who, to quote him "opened up my tiny serious world and and forced me to grow and be more free-spirited." Years later, as he was working as an insurance attorney, he visited her gravesite and felt terrible that he had given up on his dream of becoming a cartoonist. So he went home and mailed out his ''ComicStrip/PearlsBeforeSwine'' comic strip to the syndicates - and the rest is history.
* Rielle Hunter, John Edwards's mistress, is a great example of the dark side of this trope. Depending on how you view John Edwards, either [[BlondesAreEvil she was cheerfully motivating him]] [[TheVamp to cheat on his terminally ill wife with her]] or she was a loonie hippie snared by a ManipulativeBastard and who was one of many mistresses. All her talk of helping Edwards "develop his potential" and "find his greater truth," not to mention a business card that reads "being is free" fits the Manic Pixie part. But read [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rielle_Hunter her article on the Other Wiki]] to find out the long chain of horrible experiences that ''made'' her a manic pixie, including possible child abuse, and MuseAbuse by the literary Brat Pack in the 80's.
* Edie Sedgwick, a woman who hung around with Creator/AndyWarhol in his day, seems to have been this. She was anorexic and addicted to barbiturates. She eventually fell apart, went in and out of rehab a few times, and died of a drug overdose. Which tends to reinforce that this trope doesn't work very well in real life.
* The late Gilda Radner, judging from her husband Gene Wilder's description, seems to have been a real-life version of this trope for him throughout their relationship. This quality is particularly explored and evident in Wilder's memoir ''Kiss Me Like a Stranger''.
* Deconstructed with Margaret Trudeau, former wife of Pierre Trudeau. While Pierre Trudeau was taken with the vivacious flower child, in reality Margaret was bipolar and her partying, drug use and rumoured affairs help put such a strain on their marriage that they were separated after six years.
** Of course, he was a bit of a CloudCuckoolander to begin with.
* Joy seems to have been like this for Creator/CSLewis.
* By some accounts, BilliePiper credits her first husband Chris Evans (not [[Creator/ChrisEvans this one]]) for being her Manic Pixie Dream Guy. The pressures of being a pop star had left her with massive stress and crippling eating disorders. She credits Evans with bringing her back from a CreatorBreakdown and getting her to enjoy life again. [[http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-407792/Billie-Piper-Chris-Evans-saved-life.html She claims he saved her life.]]
* Ed Greenwood, creator of the ''ForgottenRealms'', described in a ''Magazine/{{Dragon}}'' article a MPDG named September he met at university. Greenwood - though not exactly a stuffed shirt - credited the theatrical, costume-wearing and playfully seductive September as getting him hooked on ''DungeonsAndDragons'' and inspiring him as a Dungeon Master in a notably cinematic way, thus leading to his successful career in fantasy and gaming fiction. Looking at mentions of what goes on in his games, this start influenced his own style as a DM, too. He seems to be a magnet for them. The Hooded One, his player and spokeswoman on the fan forum, is like this. As to his fangirls:
-->'''Ed''': My wife didn't believe half of what used to go on, in the early bloom of popularity for the Realms... until the time I was propositioned at a con by a VERY beautiful lady, while standing with my wife on my arm. I gently pointed out that said attached glowering female was my wife, whereupon the ardent fan said brightly, "Oh, that's okay: the bed is plenty big enough for three."
* Zelda Fitzgerald was this for her husband, F. Scott Fitzgerald. She was his muse and the inspiration for many of the heroines in his novels and short stories, and they lived the ideal [[TheRoaringTwenties Roaring Twenties]] lifestyle together, but she had a fragile grip on reality and eventually ended up in a mental institution.
* To many a troubled teenage girl in the 60's, one strange man with quirky and unique outlook on the world, urging them to follow him into a series of adventures in togetherness, could qualify as a manic pixie dream guy. That man was [[SubvertedTrope Charles Manson.]]
* How Music/JohnLennon perceived Music/YokoOno.
--> ''[on the writing of "[[Music/TheBeatles Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds]]"]'' "There was also the image of the female who would someday come save me - a 'girl with kaleidoscope eyes' who would come out of the sky. It turned out to be Yoko, though I hadn't met Yoko yet. So maybe it should be Yoko In The Sky With Diamonds."
--> "[The press and public were saying] 'What are they doing? This Japanese witch has made him crazy and he's gone bananas!' But all she did was take the bananas part of me out of the closet more, that had been inhibited by the other part. It was a complete relief to meet somebody else who was as far out as I was." - From the RKO interview, recorded the day he died.
* A rare positive real life example was Grace Anna Goodhue, the wife of President Calvin Coolidge. Goodhue was described as being the exact opposite of the quiet and serious Coolidge and yet the marriage of the two was by all accounts happy. In his autobiography Coolidge wrote "We thought we were made for each other. For almost a quarter of a century she has borne with my infirmities, and I have rejoiced in her graces."
* Friends of Creator/HarlanEllison (including Creator/NeilGaiman and Creator/RobinWilliams) describe his wife Susan this way, in that she "makes his demons go away."
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