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* Ciel starts out looking like one for Shiki in ''Tsukihime''. [[spoiler:It's an act; she's a HunterOfMonsters, and is trying to get close to him because she thinks he's [[DemonicPossession Roa's latest host.]] While she [[BecomingTheMask actually falls for him]] over the course of the story, her 'real self' is [[DeathSeeker somewhat less cheery.]]]]

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* Ciel starts out looking like one for Shiki in ''Tsukihime''.''VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}}''. [[spoiler:It's an act; she's a HunterOfMonsters, and is trying to get close to him because she thinks he's [[DemonicPossession Roa's latest host.]] While she [[BecomingTheMask actually falls for him]] over the course of the story, her 'real self' is [[DeathSeeker somewhat less cheery.]]]]

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* Mattie Silver in ''Literature/EthanFrome''. Ethan, who feels trapped in a loveless marriage to her hypochondriac cousin Zeena, comes to view her as his one chance to escape the bleakness of his life and future prospects. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, her impulsive nature leads to their ruin: she talks him into committing suicide together rather than be forced apart, but their suicide attempt fails and leaves him barely able to walk and her unable to walk at all. Years after that failed suicide, she's shown to have lost all of her beauty and liveliness and become even crankier and more disagreeable than Zeena.]]


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

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

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* On ''Series/TheBoys2019'', Butcher references this trope to Frenchie about his relationship with The Female/Kimiko.


** The episode "Herstory of Dance" gives Abed a possible love interest in Kat, a girl who rides a scooter, plays with a bubble-blower, plays the saw in an all-girl Kazoo band and brings waterwings to a school dance. Annie tried to set them up, but others in the group were disturbed by her over-the-top child-like behaviour.

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** The episode "Herstory of Dance" gives Abed a possible love interest in Kat, a girl who rides a scooter, plays with a bubble-blower, plays the saw in an all-girl Kazoo band and brings waterwings to a school dance. Annie tried to set them up, but others in the group were disturbed by her over-the-top child-like behaviour. The same episode introduces minor recurring character Rachel (played by Creator/BrieLarson) who has her own quirks and jumps at the chance for some playful shenanigans but [[BirdsOfAFeather her personality aligns with Abed]] in a more natural way.

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* Music/GreenDay occasionally has a song written about lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong's wife, Adrienne, which seems to paint her in this light-see: "She's A Rebel", "Last Of The American Girls", and "Youngblood".


* "Josie" by Music/SteelyDan is about a local wild party girl returning home to everyone's delight after being away awhile.

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* "Josie" [[Music/{{Aja}} "Josie"]] by Music/SteelyDan is about a local wild party girl returning home to everyone's delight after being away awhile.


* Subverted with ''Theatre/{{Cabaret}}'''s Sally Bowles, who demonstrates just how messed up this kind of character tends to be in real life. She and Brian have a lot of fun at first but it's soon illustrated that she loves her partying lifestyle too much [[spoiler:and she aborts their baby because she doesn't think she's mother material]]. The last scene of the film has her performing a number that implies she's going to continue a life of fun and frivolity -- [[spoiler:but the crowd is full of Nazi officers, implying Sally's fun won't last too long]].

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* Subverted with ''Theatre/{{Cabaret}}'''s ''Film/{{Cabaret}}'''s Sally Bowles, who demonstrates just how messed up this kind of character tends to be in real life. She and Brian have a lot of fun at first but it's soon illustrated that she loves her partying lifestyle too much [[spoiler:and she aborts their baby because she doesn't think she's mother material]]. The last scene of the film has her performing a number that implies she's going to continue a life of fun and frivolity -- [[spoiler:but the crowd is full of Nazi officers, implying Sally's fun won't last too long]].

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* Miss Rin, a mysterious and charismatic art teacher from ''The Magic of the Season'' by Sarah Bartash (published in the anthology ''Love is on the Wind''), becomes this for the lonely teacher Nathan Fishbrook. [[TricksterGirlfriend She repeatedly teases and plays tricks on him]], for instance, by [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane incinerating his Christmas list]].


%% * Protagonist though she is, Alexis Rose of ''Series/SchittsCreek'' fits this trope for both her love interests, Mutt and Ted, in Season 1. Thanks to CharacterDevelopment, including to her gaining employment and education, she becomes much more than the trope as the series progresses.

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%% * Protagonist though she is, Alexis Rose of ''Series/SchittsCreek'' fits this trope for both her love interests, Mutt ''Series/CrashingUS'': Kat is a subversion. She's a wild and Ted, in Season 1. Thanks to CharacterDevelopment, including to her gaining employment free-spirited woman who helps break the mild-mannered Pete out of his shell a bit, but after several months of relationship, they ultimately prove incompatible with each other and education, she becomes much more than the trope as the series progresses. have an ugly break-up.

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*In ''WesternAnimation/WeBareBears'', the episode "Fashion Bears" has Panda meet a MPDG named Samantha who loves doing impulsive things, like picking random people up with her tandem bike and riding through car washes. Panda quickly realizes how bad her impulsivity is when she assumes him tying his shoe is a marriage proposal.


** It can also be said that Clark is a Manic Pixie Dream ''Guy'' for Lois, whether it's as himself or as Superman; the latter is often a case of LovesMyAlterEgo, to the point of being the page image, and may well be the TropeCodifier. Clark is appealing as the farm boy whose new to the big city and wins her over with his kindness and {{Adorkable}}, down-to-earth nature, while Superman is appealing as the brave, altruistic, larger-than-life hero who literally sweeps her off her feet, comes to her rescue, and shows her all sorts of fantastic things. In a lot of incarnations, his small-town upbringing and idealism act as the perfect balance to Lois' streetwise cynicism.

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** It can also be said that Clark is a Manic Pixie Dream ''Guy'' for Lois, whether it's as himself or as Superman; the latter is often a case of LovesMyAlterEgo, to the point of being the page image, and may well be the TropeCodifier.Superman. Clark is appealing as the farm boy whose new to the big city and wins her over with his kindness and {{Adorkable}}, down-to-earth nature, while Superman is appealing as the brave, altruistic, larger-than-life hero who literally sweeps her off her feet, comes to her rescue, and shows her all sorts of fantastic things. In a lot of incarnations, his small-town upbringing and idealism act as the perfect balance to Lois' streetwise cynicism.


* 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]], and she came to Jinta for help accomplishing some [[GhostlyGoals unfinished business that's preventing her from moving on]].

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* Menma from ''Anime/AnoHanaTheFlowerWeSawThatDay'' ''[[Anime/AnohanaTheFlowerWeSawThatDay anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day]]'' 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]] {{Subvert|edTrope}}s the usual SecondLove part as Menma is [[DeadToBeginWith the friend that died]], and she came to Jinta for help accomplishing some [[GhostlyGoals unfinished business that's preventing her from moving on]].



* ''[[LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya]]'': {{Zigzagged}}.

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* ''[[LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya]]'': {{Zigzagged}}.ZigZaggingTrope.



** The series goes deper by exploring Haruhi's psyche, revealing that her eccentricity stems from her perpetual boredom. Complicated further when Koizumi explains that Haruhi unknowingly possesses the ability to [[RealityWarper reshape reality as they know it, according to her desires.]] And is convinced she may be the god of their universe. Despite Kyon's initial skepticism, this revelation sheds new light on his perception of Haruhi, and he eventually accepts that Koizumi may be right. He also comes to realize that he actually likes the weirdness that surrounds her and ultimately admits he prefers life ''with'' Haruhi than without[[note]]near the end of ''"The Disappearance of Suzumiya"''[[/note]].
* Creator/YuuWatase plays with this trope in ''Manga/CeresCelestialLegend'' 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 tragically when Chidori ''dies'' in his arms shortly before the end of the story]].

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** The series goes deper deeper by exploring Haruhi's psyche, revealing that her eccentricity stems from her perpetual boredom. Complicated further when Koizumi explains that Haruhi unknowingly possesses the ability to [[RealityWarper reshape reality as they know it, according to her desires.]] And is convinced she may be the god of their universe. Despite Kyon's initial skepticism, this revelation sheds new light on his perception of Haruhi, and he eventually accepts that Koizumi may be right. He also comes to realize that he actually likes the weirdness that surrounds her and ultimately admits he prefers life ''with'' Haruhi than without[[note]]near the end of ''"The Disappearance of Suzumiya"''[[/note]].
* Creator/YuuWatase plays with this trope in ''Manga/CeresCelestialLegend'' 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 tragically when Chidori ''dies'' in his arms shortly before the end of the story]].story.]]



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* Paprika's job in ''Literature/{{Paprika}}'' is being a Manic Pixie Dream Girl for men: a sprightly 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]].

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



* 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.

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* Mihoshi Akeno in ''Manga/SoraNoManimani'', who has a touch of UnluckyChildhoodFriend [[ChildhoodFriendRomance Unlucky Childhood Friend]] 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 is a [[CatchPhrase PARAGON OF MASCULINITY]] version of this for his bro, the shy, ShrinkingViolet main character Simon. He's zany, wacky, ballsy, CrazyAwesome, and encourages Simon toward the CallToAdventure, setting the series into motion. [[spoiler:Sadly, he [[MentorOccupationalHazard ends up dying in order to move the plot along]], leaving Simon in a manic and depressive state]].

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** Kamina is a [[CatchPhrase PARAGON OF MASCULINITY]] version of this for his bro, the shy, ShrinkingViolet main character Simon. He's zany, wacky, ballsy, CrazyAwesome, and encourages Simon toward the CallToAdventure, setting the series into motion. [[spoiler:Sadly, he [[MentorOccupationalHazard ends up dying in order to move the plot along]], leaving Simon in a manic and depressive state]].state.]]



* 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'' 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]].

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* 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.]]
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* ''Manga/FlunkPunkRumble'' subverts this. The girl forces him to help under the pretext of being the class president, making the life of the {{Delinquent}} {{Delinquent|s}} 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]].else.]]



* 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 nonexistent sex life and impending firstborn) actually puts off her LoveInterest Mahiro, who's said that he has a hard time believing her confessions of love and has admitted to himself that he'd like her better if she could take it down a few notches[[note]]That, and her being a [[Creator/HPLovecraft Lovecraftian]] CosmicHorror [[AFormYouAreComfortableWith who only LOOKS like a cute girl]] kinda wrecks his mood[[/note]]. In fact, the few times Nyarko has toned herself down and acted demure, even Mahiro is surprised at how attractive he finds her.

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



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

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



* Subverted in ''Manga/DetectiveConan''. The [[SingleTargetSexuality love of Inspector Shiratori's life]] is a strong-willed, outspoken girl [[ChildhoodFriendRomance whom he met when they were children]], and her [[GenkiGirl incredibly cheerful antics]] are what motivated him to become a policeman in the first place. [[ZigZaggedTrope Then we see]] that this was their first and only encounter in ''almost twenty years'', that Shiratori [[LovingAShadow chased after another woman]] because he mistakenly ''thought'' she was said girl, and that "the girl" actually grew into [[NiceGirl a much more thoughtful and quiet person]], [[spoiler:the local CoolTeacher Kobayashi-sensei.]]. [[OfficialCouple Despite all these changes, they still fall in love and get together]].

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* Subverted in ''Manga/DetectiveConan''. The [[SingleTargetSexuality love of Inspector Shiratori's life]] is a strong-willed, outspoken girl [[ChildhoodFriendRomance whom he met when they were children]], and her [[GenkiGirl incredibly cheerful antics]] are what motivated him to become a policeman in the first place. [[ZigZaggedTrope [[ZigZaggingTrope Then we see]] that this was their first and only encounter in ''almost twenty years'', that Shiratori [[LovingAShadow chased after another woman]] because he mistakenly ''thought'' she was said girl, and that "the girl" actually grew into [[NiceGirl a much more thoughtful and quiet person]], [[spoiler:the local CoolTeacher Kobayashi-sensei.]].Kobayashi-sensei]]. [[OfficialCouple Despite all these changes, they still fall in love and get together]].



* In ''Manga/GourmetGirlGraffiti'', Kirin's [[GenkiGirl energy]] brought Ryou out of the latter's depressive rut[[note]]Caused by ParentalAbandonment.[[/note]] in the beginning of the series, starting with [[TastesLikeFriendship food sharing]]. This was [[LampshadedTrope noted]] by Shiina in Chapter 24:

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* In ''Manga/GourmetGirlGraffiti'', Kirin's [[GenkiGirl energy]] brought Ryou out of the latter's depressive rut[[note]]Caused by ParentalAbandonment.[[/note]] in the beginning of the series, starting with [[TastesLikeFriendship food sharing]]. This was [[LampshadedTrope [[LampshadeHanging noted]] by Shiina in Chapter 24:



* ''Manga/SatouKashiNoDanganWaUchinukenai'' is about a [[LittleMissSnarker weary middle school girl]] named Nagisa Yamada, who plans on joining the army instead of going to high school. The weird NewTransferStudent, Mokuzu Umino, takes a liking to Nagisa and wants to be her friend. Mokuzu insists that [[OurMermaidsAreDifferent she is a mermaid]] and that if she doesn't make friends before the next hurricane she will die; Nagisa obviously doesn't believe her but Mokuzu keeps tagging alongside her and that's the start of their friendship... [[spoiler:It turns out Mokuzu isn't in a very good situation herself though. She has a ''very'' DarkAndTroubledPast involving her [[AbusiveParents abusive father]] and [[ParentalAbandonment her mother leaving them]]. She needs saving herself for much more serious reasons.]] Nagisa and Mokuzu try to [[TheRunaway runaway]] but Mokuzu [[spoiler:ends up [[KillTheCutie killed]] by [[OffingTheOffspring her father]].]]

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* ''Manga/SatouKashiNoDanganWaUchinukenai'' is about a [[LittleMissSnarker weary middle school girl]] named Nagisa Yamada, who plans on joining the army instead of going to high school. The weird NewTransferStudent, Mokuzu Umino, takes a liking to Nagisa and wants to be her friend. Mokuzu insists that [[OurMermaidsAreDifferent she is a mermaid]] and that if she doesn't make friends before the next hurricane she will die; Nagisa obviously doesn't believe her but Mokuzu keeps tagging alongside her and that's the start of their friendship... [[spoiler:It turns out Mokuzu isn't in a very good situation herself though. She has a ''very'' DarkAndTroubledPast involving her [[AbusiveParents abusive father]] and [[ParentalAbandonment her mother leaving them]]. She needs saving herself for much more serious reasons.]] Nagisa and Mokuzu try to [[TheRunaway runaway]] but Mokuzu [[spoiler:ends up [[KillTheCutie killed]] {{kill|TheCutie}}ed by [[OffingTheOffspring her father]].]]father]]]].



* Punpun from ''Manga/GoodnightPunpun'' tries to invoke this with the pretty NewTransferStudent Aiko. Emphasis on "''tries''". Aiko's [[BrokenBird just as miserable]] as him, if not worse, and being in each other's lives screws everything up even more. Punpun is LovingAShadow for much of the series and imagines Aiko in ways that she isn't. The manga ends up deconstructing the trope badly. [[spoiler:They run off together but Aiko later [[DrivenToSuicide kills herself]]. Punpun tries to, but [[BungledSuicide fails]] and loses an eye. He's still miserable at the end of the manga]].

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* Punpun from ''Manga/GoodnightPunpun'' tries to invoke this with the pretty NewTransferStudent Aiko. Emphasis on "''tries''". Aiko's [[BrokenBird just as miserable]] as him, if not worse, and being in each other's lives screws everything up even more. Punpun is LovingAShadow for much of the series and imagines Aiko in ways that she isn't. The manga ends up deconstructing the trope badly. [[spoiler:They run off together but Aiko later [[DrivenToSuicide kills herself]]. Punpun tries to, but [[BungledSuicide fails]] and loses an eye. He's still miserable at the end of the manga]].manga.]]



* ''LightNovel/LoveChunibyoAndOtherDelusions'': [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]]. Initially, it seems like Rikka is the bizarre pixie girl who enters strait-laced protagonist Yuta's life to shake him up and teach him to embrace being {{chunibyo}} again, but as the story goes on it becomes apparent ''he's'' the one who has to help ''her'' get over her deep psychological scars.

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* ''LightNovel/LoveChunibyoAndOtherDelusions'': [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]].{{Subverted|Trope}}. Initially, it seems like Rikka is the bizarre pixie girl who enters strait-laced protagonist Yuta's life to shake him up and teach him to embrace being {{chunibyo}} again, but as the story goes on it becomes apparent ''he's'' the one who has to help ''her'' get over her deep psychological scars.



* Deconstructed in ''Manga/{{Kakegurui}}'' with protagonist Yumeko Jabami. She sweeps into Hyakkaou Private Academy and immediately shakes things up, saving Suzui from his debts and forging many a FireForgedFriendship with fellow students. But her obsession with gambling is taken to extremes that terrify just about everyone, getting off on the thrill of risking it all and unconcerned with whether she wins or loses. She's repeatedly dragged her friends into these high-risk games, risking freedom and life itself for a thrill. When confronted about how she's ruined so many lives, she admits that [[LackOfEmpathy she doesn't feel any remorse]]. For a bonus, her name even ''means'' "[[NamesToRunAwayFromVeryFast Snake-devouring Dream Girl]]", hinting at her dangerous nature.

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* Deconstructed in ''Manga/{{Kakegurui}}'' with protagonist Yumeko Jabami. She sweeps into Hyakkaou Private Academy and immediately shakes things up, saving Suzui from his debts and forging many a FireForgedFriendship with fellow students. But her obsession with gambling is taken to extremes that terrify just about everyone, getting off on the thrill of risking it all and unconcerned with whether she wins or loses. She's repeatedly dragged her friends into these high-risk games, risking freedom and life itself for a thrill. When confronted about how she's ruined so many lives, she admits that [[LackOfEmpathy she doesn't feel any remorse]]. For a bonus, her name even ''means'' "[[NamesToRunAwayFromVeryFast "[[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Snake-devouring Dream Girl]]", hinting at her dangerous nature.



* 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.

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* Subverted in ''The Diary of Molly Fredrickson: Peanut Butter'' as [[SpicyLatina Erica]] has this effect on [[NaiveNewcomer the title character]] [[PornWithPlot sexually]] with Molly going from "merely" [[BrainBleach catching her parents roleplaying in]] ''her'' [[CatholicSchoolgirlsRule uniform]] to being the TagalongKid in her sexual adventures. There's [[SchoolgirlLesbians making out with each other in the bathroom despite no previous interest in girls]], [[CasualKink with the eponymous food]], there's a threesome with her boyfriend; and so on until threesomes and orgies are natural to her, leading up to gangbanging the [[NunTooHoly nun]] {{nun|TooHoly}} 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.



* In her very first appearances, Mary Jane Watson had a lot of hallmarks of a screwball-comedy heroine (a Manic Pixie Dream Girl with a dark side) in that she was a free spirit, dashed attractive and clearly enjoyed throwing Peter Parker's life into disarray. Her darker side came into evidence e. g. when she on various occasions would flirt with Peter when he was committed to Gwen Stacy and she herself was supposed to be Harry Osborn's girlfriend. Obviously that changed after [[ILetGwenStacyDie Gwen's Death]]. It's also worth pointing out that Peter didn't start falling for her until she dropped the act and started showing [[BeneathTheMask her true self]].
* Another Creator/StanLee creation, Janet Van Dyne aka the Winsome Wasp, was this to Henry Pym (Ant-Man, later Giant-Man, Goliath and Yellowjacket) in the 1960s, but again with a darker edge -- one thing she liked to do in an attempt to make him come out of his shell was to flirt with other Avengers.
* [[{{Reconstruction}} Reconstructed]] in ''ComicBook/TheSculptor'' by Creator/ScottMcCloud. David falls in love in a girl named Meg when she appears to literally fly out of the sky on angel wings to give him hope. The event turns out to be a flash mob prank, but Meg sincerely cares for David after hearing about his problems. While Meg resembles the trope in that she is often energetic, has many random quirks, and is devoted to David's wellbeing, she avoids the trope's pitfalls through being fleshed out. Meg has made a job for herself in helping the homeless, is not flawless, [[spoiler:suffers from depression (made worse by not taking her medication)]], and has her own life with friends outside of David. This is best demonstrated in a speech she gives him towards the end of the comic, where she promises David she'll help make his name great ''but'' she wants her own name great too.\\

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* ''Franchise/SpiderMan'': In her very first appearances, Mary Jane Watson ComicBook/MaryJaneWatson had a lot of hallmarks of a screwball-comedy heroine (a Manic Pixie Dream Girl with a dark side) in that she was a free spirit, dashed attractive and clearly enjoyed throwing Peter Parker's life into disarray. Her darker side came into evidence e. g. when she on various occasions would flirt with Peter when he was committed to Gwen Stacy and she herself was supposed to be Harry Osborn's girlfriend. Obviously that changed after [[ILetGwenStacyDie [[ComicBook/TheNightGwenStacyDied Gwen's Death]]. It's also worth pointing out that Peter didn't start falling for her until she dropped the act and started showing [[BeneathTheMask her true self]].
* Another Creator/StanLee creation, [[ComicBook/TheWasp Janet Van Dyne Dyne]] aka the Winsome Wasp, was this to Henry Pym (Ant-Man, later Giant-Man, Goliath and Yellowjacket) in the 1960s, but again with a darker edge -- one thing she liked to do in an attempt to make him come out of his shell was to flirt with other Avengers.
* [[{{Reconstruction}} Reconstructed]] {{Reconstruct|ion}}ed in ''ComicBook/TheSculptor'' by Creator/ScottMcCloud. David falls in love in a girl named Meg when she appears to literally fly out of the sky on angel wings to give him hope. The event turns out to be a flash mob prank, but Meg sincerely cares for David after hearing about his problems. While Meg resembles the trope in that she is often energetic, has many random quirks, and is devoted to David's wellbeing, she avoids the trope's pitfalls through being fleshed out. Meg has made a job for herself in helping the homeless, is not flawless, [[spoiler:suffers from depression (made worse by not taking her medication)]], and has her own life with friends outside of David. This is best demonstrated in a speech she gives him towards the end of the comic, where she promises David she'll help make his name great ''but'' she wants her own name great too.\\



* ''Li'l Depressed Boy'' has one in hipster girl Jazz, who is a rather straight-up example, but also deconstructed somewhat. Initially, she helps the titular hero, LDB, out of his stuper, with her outgoing personality and general upbeat attitude. Not only that, but she gets him out of his routine, and they share a lot of the same interests... [[AllLoveIsUnrequited then she casually reveals that she has a boyfriend]], and is just really touchy-feely with pretty much everyone and sees LDP as [[ObliviousToLove just a friend and has no idea of how he feels about her]]. Note that ''everyone'', even random people who don't know the two, thought they were dating. LDP stops talking to her afterwards due to the awkwardness, but she, not knowing she did anything wrong, tries to maintain the friendship. It takes LDP a while to get past it, as it makes him second-guest himself in terms of relationships. Even her mannerisms are deconstructed. When LDP thought they were dating, her manicness was a good thing, since it meant things were always fun and upbeat, with the same thing applying to her touchy-feeliness. But when LDP runs into her later on with his new girlfriend Spike, her talkativeness is played up as more annoying than anything and she comes off as ''too'' touchy-feely, hugging someone she just met and all.

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* ''Li'l Depressed Boy'' has one in hipster girl Jazz, who is a rather straight-up example, but also deconstructed somewhat. Initially, she helps the titular hero, LDB, out of his stuper, stupor, with her outgoing personality and general upbeat attitude. Not only that, but she gets him out of his routine, and they share a lot of the same interests... [[AllLoveIsUnrequited then she casually reveals that she has a boyfriend]], and is just really touchy-feely with pretty much everyone and sees LDP as [[ObliviousToLove just a friend and has no idea of how he feels about her]]. Note that ''everyone'', even random people who don't know the two, thought they were dating. LDP stops talking to her afterwards due to the awkwardness, but she, not knowing she did anything wrong, tries to maintain the friendship. It takes LDP a while to get past it, as it makes him second-guest himself in terms of relationships. Even her mannerisms are deconstructed. When LDP thought they were dating, her manicness was a good thing, since it meant things were always fun and upbeat, with the same thing applying to her touchy-feeliness. But when LDP runs into her later on with his new girlfriend Spike, her talkativeness is played up as more annoying than anything and she comes off as ''too'' touchy-feely, hugging someone she just met and all.



* Modern interpretations of ComicBook/LoisLane have her fill this role for Clark Kent. Her energy and fiery personality instantly catches his eye, and she often drags him along for her stories.
** It can also be said that Clark is a Manic Pixie Dream ''Guy'' for Lois, whether it's as himself or as Franchise/{{Superman}}; the latter is often a case of LovesMyAlterEgo, to the point of being the page image, and may well be the TropeCodifier. Clark is appealing as the farm boy whose new to the big city and wins her over with his kindness and {{Adorkable}}, down-to-earth nature, while Superman is appealing as the brave, altruistic, larger-than-life hero who literally sweeps her off her feet, comes to her rescue, and shows her all sorts of fantastic things. In a lot of incarnations, his small-town upbringing and idealism act as the perfect balance to Lois' streetwise cynicism.
* From ''ComicBook/TheFlash'':

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* ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'':
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Modern interpretations of ComicBook/LoisLane have her fill this role for Clark Kent. Her energy and fiery personality instantly catches his eye, and she often drags him along for her stories.
** It can also be said that Clark is a Manic Pixie Dream ''Guy'' for Lois, whether it's as himself or as Franchise/{{Superman}}; Superman; the latter is often a case of LovesMyAlterEgo, to the point of being the page image, and may well be the TropeCodifier. Clark is appealing as the farm boy whose new to the big city and wins her over with his kindness and {{Adorkable}}, down-to-earth nature, while Superman is appealing as the brave, altruistic, larger-than-life hero who literally sweeps her off her feet, comes to her rescue, and shows her all sorts of fantastic things. In a lot of incarnations, his small-town upbringing and idealism act as the perfect balance to Lois' streetwise cynicism.
* From ''ComicBook/TheFlash'':''Franchise/TheFlash'':



** In the same story, Alphonse Elric to Roy Mustang. Alphonse shakes Roy out of his disillusioned funk in his self-exile and gets him to live life again. Although Alphonse does this for selfish reasons: he wanted to learn Flame Alchemy from Roy, learn who his brother was from the [[SlashFic man that loved him]] [[spoiler:and learn how to [[BrotherSisterIncest seduce Edward for himself]].]]

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** In the same story, Alphonse Elric to Roy Mustang. Alphonse shakes Roy out of his disillusioned funk in his self-exile and gets him to live life again. Although Alphonse does this for selfish reasons: he wanted to learn Flame Alchemy from Roy, learn who his brother was from the [[SlashFic man that loved him]] [[spoiler:and learn how to [[BrotherSisterIncest seduce Edward for himself]].]]himself]]]].



* 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 fulfil his promise to her.
* Wyldstyle in ''WesternAnimation/TheLEGOMovie'' is a satire of the MPDG. She's introduced as a quirky super-skilled ActionGirl who rescues the boring average male [[TheChosenOne Special]], but it becomes clear that she doesn't like being in that role. She sought out [[MacGuffin the Piece of Resistance]] because she wanted to be the Special, her made up name and odd fashion sense come out of insecurity and trying too hard to be unique, and she thinks of Emmet as a useless [[TheLoad Load]] who is not living up to his title at all. She and Emmet eventually warm up to each other, [[spoiler:and before Emmet dies he commissions her to become the Special after him.]]

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* 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 fulfil fulfill his promise to her.
* Wyldstyle in ''WesternAnimation/TheLEGOMovie'' is a satire of the MPDG. She's introduced as a quirky super-skilled ActionGirl who rescues the boring average male [[TheChosenOne Special]], but it becomes clear that she doesn't like being in that role. She sought out [[MacGuffin the Piece of Resistance]] because she wanted to be the Special, her made up name and odd fashion sense come out of insecurity and trying too hard to be unique, and she thinks of Emmet as a useless [[TheLoad Load]] who is not living up to his title at all. She and Emmet eventually warm up to each other, [[spoiler:and before Emmet dies he commissions her to become the Special after him.]]him]].



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

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



* In ''Animation/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.



* Despite being the trope image, Princess Ann from ''Film/RomanHoliday'' is not an example. The story revolves around her escaping her stuffy, depressing life of royalty. Joe is actually the guy who brings her on adventures around Rome.

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* Despite being Muriel Pritchett (Creator/GeenaDavis) in ''Film/TheAccidentalTourist'' plays a quirky dog trainer who helps both the trope image, Princess Ann from ''Film/RomanHoliday'' dog and his owner, Macon Leary (William Hurt), a repressed and grieving travel writer who is not an example. The story revolves around her escaping her stuffy, depressing mourning the death of his son and his marriage. Upon meeting Muriel, Macon's life of royalty. Joe is actually changes in ways he comes to view as healing. However, in the guy who brings novel, Muriel is more [[UsefulNotes/BipolarDisorder manic-depressive]] -- she sometimes becomes moody and sour, even neglecting her on adventures around Rome.son.



* [[TropeNamers Coined]] by Creator/NathanRabin of [[Website/TheOnion The Onion AV Club]] in [[http://www.avclub.com/article/the-bataan-death-march-of-whimsy-case-file-1-emeli-15577 a retrospective review]] of the film ''Film/{{Elizabethtown}}'', which features Creator/KirstenDunst playing such a character, and further expanded on in their [[http://www.avclub.com/article/wild-things-16-films-featuring-manic-pixie-dream-g-2407 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.]]
* Judy Maxwell, played by Barbra Streisand in ''Film/WhatsUpDoc'' (1972). Her character enters the life of musicologist Howard Bannister during his trip to San Francisco, and turns his world (not to mention that of several other people) upside down when she impersonates his fiancée and leads a cast of characters on a madcap chase around on the city.
* 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 falls into Bruce Willis's lap and begins reshaping a life that was on a downward spiral through adventure and mayhem.
* Creator/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 ''Mr Jones (1993)'' is a male [[DeconstructedCharacterArchetype 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 Creator/RachelBilson 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 DeconstructedCharacterArchetype, as Penny has her own inner life and emotional arc despite hitting many MPDG notes.



* Creator/KatharineHepburn as a scatter-brained heiress who loosens up Cary Grant in ''Film/BringingUpBaby''. As this was an early movie ScrewballComedy, Hepburn may be the TropeMaker for this medium. [[UnbuiltTrope Although she doesn't insinuate herself into his life so much as yank him bodily into hers.]]
* Cluny in ''Film/ClunyBrown'' has an unusual love of plumbing, enriches the lives of others when she's around, and is rather confused about social orders, especially in the very StiffUpperLip house she goes to live in as a maid.
* Maude in ''Film/HaroldAndMaude'' is an unusual example in that she's about 60 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.

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* Creator/KatharineHepburn as a scatter-brained heiress who loosens up Cary Grant Elise in ''Film/BringingUpBaby''. As this was ''Film/TheAdjustmentBureau'' has the quirky personality of the MPDG down pat -- she meets the hero in the men's washroom when she is hiding from security from having crashed a wedding, and later drops his phone into his coffee to stop him talking to his assistant -- but her role in the story is an early aversion and possibly even a deconstruction. Not only does she have her own dreams of becoming a top ballet dancer, but she spends much of the movie ScrewballComedy, Hepburn may be independently pursuing them while the TropeMaker protagonist (who is far from boring or emotionless) spends most of his time pursuing ''her''. The deconstruction comes in when the titular agency suggests that her influence on David is only good for this medium. [[UnbuiltTrope him in small doses. The washroom encounter inspires him to ditch a pre-written speech and make an improvised one about how his media appearance is all calculated and artificial, getting him a popular reputation as a man of the people. An agent of the Bureau claims that it was meant to be a one-off encounter, and that if he continued to be with her, her influence would encourage him to make increasingly reckless decisions that would eventually cost him his political career.
* 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]].
*
Although all of the Band-Aids are trying for this, Penny Lane is clearly ''the'' Manic Pixie Dream Girl of ''Film/AlmostFamous''. Though she avoids the stereotypical MPDG ending (dead or with the guy) -- she ''almost'' dies of an overdose, only to be saved by William, then breaks it off with Russell to go live her own MPDG life in Morocco without either love interest. But, of course, in doing all this she shows Russell the error of his ways so that he can make things right with William, helping both of them toward stardom. This is a DeconstructedCharacterArchetype, as Penny has her own inner life and emotional arc despite hitting many MPDG notes.
* The eponymous main character of ''Film/{{Amelie}}'' with her naive and [[AmbiguousDisorder seemingly autistic]] view of the world. She
doesn't insinuate herself into his life so much as yank him bodily into hers.]]
* Cluny in ''Film/ClunyBrown'' has an unusual love of plumbing, enriches the lives of
really have any goals beside helping others when she's around, and is rather confused about social orders, especially later get her man. Somewhat oddly, Creator/JeanPierreJeunet named Amelie after Creator/EmilyWatson, because he saw similarities between her and Watson's character Bess in the very StiffUpperLip house she goes to live in ''Film/BreakingTheWaves''. To anyone who's seen that movie, that may seem... strange, but Bess certainly can be seen as a maid.
* Maude in ''Film/HaroldAndMaude'' is an unusual example in that she's about 60 years older than
dark subversion of the man. A vivacious, eccentric and well-traveled woman, she MPDG archetype.
* Creator/JenniferAniston seems to play a lot of these roles.
** In ''Film/AlongCamePolly'', Aniston plays Polly Prince, a free-spirited bohemian who
teaches Harold Reuben Feffer (Ben Stiller) to be unafraid and live life to the fullest fullest.
** She plays a quirky flower-shop owner in ''Film/LoveHappens'' teaching Aaron Eckhart how to love again
and get over heal after his morbid obsession with wife's death.



* ''Film/KillingZoe'' features a Manic Pixie Dream Girl caught in the middle of a bank heist. She eventually gets a machine gun. Death ensues.
* Sarah Lewis in ''Film/ForceOfNature'' is an older Manic Pixie Dream Girl who helps Ben Holmes, a blurb writer for hardcover book sleeves, come out of his shell. They sit next to other on an airplane that is struck by a bird and must land. He then travels with her across the country having free-sprited adventures on their way to Savannah, where he is going to get married and she is also headed. He learns to be a better person thanks to Sarah, but ends up getting married and leaving her behind.
* Clementine in ''Film/EternalSunshineOfTheSpotlessMind'' is this type of character, though the relationship [[DeconstructedCharacterArchetype 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:

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* ''Film/KillingZoe'' Creator/WinonaRyder's character Charlotte in ''Film/AutumnInNewYork'' is a beautiful artist who suffers from [[IllGirl a rare heart disease]], and teaches a self-centered, skirt-chasing Creator/RichardGere about life and love.
* ''Film/{{Barefoot}}'' takes this a step beyond with the pair-up of dour, debt-owing Jay and carefree WomanChild 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''.
* ''Film/BenX'' has Scarlite, a girl the autistic protagonist Ben plays with in an RPG who talks him out of suicide and inspires him to stand up to the bullying he endures at school. [[spoiler:It's subverted, however, by the Scarlite we see for most of the film turning out to be an imaginary construct of Ben's mind.]]
* 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.
* In ''Film/BetterOffDead'', Monique plays this role for Lane, helping pull him out of his depression after his girlfriend dumps him.
* Sam Rockwell plays the buddy-movie equivalent in ''Film/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]].
* In ''Film/BreakfastAtTiffanys'' Creator/AudreyHepburn plays the quirky, wild child of a neighbor. However, the protagonist eventually tells her to get over herself.
* Creator/KatharineHepburn as a scatter-brained heiress who loosens up Cary Grant in ''Film/BringingUpBaby''. As this was an early movie ScrewballComedy, Hepburn may be the {{Trope Maker|s}} for this medium. [[UnbuiltTrope Although she doesn't insinuate herself into his life so much as yank him bodily into hers.]]
* 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.
* 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 with ''Theatre/{{Cabaret}}'''s Sally Bowles, who demonstrates just how messed up this kind of character tends to be in real life. She and Brian have a lot of fun at first but it's soon illustrated that she loves her partying lifestyle too much [[spoiler:and she aborts their baby because she doesn't think she's mother material]]. The last scene of the film has her performing a number that implies she's going to continue a life of fun and frivolity -- [[spoiler:but the crowd is full of Nazi officers, implying Sally's fun won't last too long]].
* Dylan Morgan in ''Film/CasAndDylan'' is a wannabe writer--as well as a chronic liar, compulsive shoplifter, and general-purpose motormouth who bums a cross-country car ride with Cas Pepper, a widowed doctor [[spoiler:who is dying of an inoperable brain tumor]]. Although Dylan spends three-quarters of the film driving Cas crazy and/or upending his life, a friendship eventually blossoms between the two. [[spoiler:Subverted in that not only is there no romance between the two, Cas also goes through with his plan to end his life--yet ends up enriching ''Dylan's'' life by leaving her all his earthly possessions.]]
* ''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.]]
* Molly, played by Emily Mortimer, in ''Film/CityIsland'', is the catalyst to resolve the dysfunctional family's problems, but her own are not touched on until near the end of the film or resolved during its course, though one could optimistically interpret the manner of her self-effacing withdrawal from the action as her taking the first step towards doing so.
* Cluny in ''Film/ClunyBrown'' has an unusual love of plumbing, enriches the lives of others when she's around, and is rather confused about social orders, especially in the very StiffUpperLip house she goes to live in as a maid.
%% * ''Film/CrocodileDundee'': Mick may be considered a hypermasculine SpearCounterpart for Sue Charlton.
* ''Daddy Issues'' is what happens when two Manic Pixie Dream Girls fall in love with [[QueerRomance each other.]]
* {{Defied|Trope}} ''hard'' in ''Daydream Nation'' when Caroline finds out her [[HotForStudent teacher/lover]] has written a very thinly-disguised story about her being this trope and is understandably Squicked out at being put on a pedestal and dehumanized like that as she readily admits her own issues and how pathetic he is.
* 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'' is a subversion. Her quirky hobbies are entirely for herself, and she's pretty horrified at the idea of just being a tool for Carl's happiness. She also calls him out when he tells her that she's so fearless, and explains that of course she has her own fears, and that she's also perfectly happy living her life without him.
** 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.
* [[TropeNamers Coined]] by Creator/NathanRabin of [[Website/TheOnion The Onion AV Club]] in [[http://www.avclub.com/article/the-bataan-death-march-of-whimsy-case-file-1-emeli-15577 a retrospective review]] of ''Film/{{Elizabethtown}}'', which features Creator/KirstenDunst playing such a character, and further expanded on in their [[http://www.avclub.com/article/wild-things-16-films-featuring-manic-pixie-dream-g-2407 list of famous Manic Pixie Dream Girls]]. Rabin defines
a Manic Pixie Dream Girl caught as a character who ''"exists solely in the middle fevered imaginations of a bank heist. She eventually gets a machine gun. Death ensues.
* Sarah Lewis in ''Film/ForceOfNature'' is an older Manic Pixie Dream Girl who helps Ben Holmes, a blurb writer for hardcover book sleeves, come out of his shell. They sit next
sensitive writer-directors to other on an airplane that is struck by a bird teach broodingly soulful young men to embrace life and must land. He then travels with her across its infinite mysteries and adventures"''. When Kirsten Dunst was asked about the country having free-sprited adventures on their way to Savannah, where he is going to get married and term directly, [[http://www.avclub.com/articles/no-kirsten-dunst-does-not-like-the-term-manic-pixi,62833/ she is also headed. He learns to be a better person thanks to Sarah, but ends up getting married and leaving her behind.
didn't like it.]]
* Clementine in ''Film/EternalSunshineOfTheSpotlessMind'' is this type of character, though the relationship [[DeconstructedCharacterArchetype plays out more realistically]]. She even references the "you complete me" line, to her distaste, from ''Film/JerryMaguire''. She also [[LampshadeHanging Lampshades]] {{lampshade|Hanging}}s 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:



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

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* Subverted with Enid from the movie version of ''ComicBook/GhostWorld'': told from the perspective of a sarcastic teen girl as she teaches Seymour, a shy, obsessive older man how to take chances Leeloo in ''Film/TheFifthElement'' is zany, tiny, 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''.
cute. She isn't what convinces the protagonist to start living life again, but she certainly shows him how.
* Stella from ''Film/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 into Bruce Willis's lap 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 begins reshaping a life 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.
*** The original Korean movie arguably has the polar opposite moral to the classic MPDG movie. The male protagonists had been coasting
on a downward spiral through his college classes, basically being a slacker, until falling in love adventure and realizing that real relationships were difficult, confusing, complex things actually gives him motivation to get his act together for the first time in his life. He goes from incompetent slacker to hard-working, composed, goal-oriented young man. It's about him learning to be serious rather than learning to cut loose. Furthermore, what draws him to the girl is, not her 'free spirit' -- which he actually find off-putting; rather it his recognition that she is 'damaged' and a strong desire to fix her. Which is just one of several ways the film mocks gender expectations by having the male lead take the stereotypically female role. (It's usually the girl who wants to heal the wounded bad boy, after all.)
* Gwen Phillips in ''Film/{{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).
mayhem.



** In a way, the confident, flamboyant Tyler is also a MPDG to the uptight 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 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'' is a subversion. Her quirky hobbies are entirely for herself, and she's pretty horrified at the idea of just being a tool for Carl's happiness. She also calls him out when he tells her that she's so fearless, and explains that of course she has her own fears, and that she's also perfectly happy living her life without him.
** 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 ''Film/HappyGoLucky''. The main character, Poppy, is a free-spirited extreme optimist who starts taking driving lessons from an uptight, closed-off pessimist [[spoiler:who develops a crush on her]]. Subverted [[spoiler:in that she doesn't return the feelings, and stops the driving lessons so they won't see each other again after he lampshades this trope with a rant about how selfish it is -- even if she ultimately doesn't fit the trope, no one could convince him differently.]]
* The first half of ''Film/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 ''Film/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.

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** In a way, the confident, flamboyant Tyler is also a MPDG to the uptight 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.]]
off]].
* Little Bo Peep Sarah Lewis in ''Film/ForceOfNature'' 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 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'' is a subversion. Her quirky hobbies are entirely for herself, and she's pretty horrified at the idea of just being a tool for Carl's happiness. She also calls him out when he tells her that she's so fearless, and explains that of course she has her own fears, and that she's also perfectly happy living her life without him.
** 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
an older Manic Pixie Dream Guy.
** She plays
Girl who helps Ben Holmes, a blurb writer for hardcover book sleeves, come out of his shell. They sit next to other on an airplane that is struck by a bird and must land. He then travels with her across the role country having free-sprited adventures on their way to Savannah, where he is going to get married and she is also headed. He learns to be a better person thanks to Sarah, but ends up getting married and leaving her behind.
* Back in the 90's ''Creator/BrendanFraser'' played a gender flipped version more than once:
** Adam from ''Film/BlastFromThePast'' has never interacted with anyone outside of his family for his whole thirty years of living. Upon entering the outside world he falls
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
love with Eve and shows her a flight attendant, she frequently breaks into (and floods) new perspective on life and about love.
** Fletcher in ''Still Breathing (1997)'' is a sensitive artist who puts together rock sculptures and does puppetry for a living. After he begins to have visions of
his apartment, switches the labels on all his canned foods, and rearranges his furniture. [[spoiler:Eventually, one true love, 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: drops everything works out okay.]]
to go meet her and show her that true love is indeed real.
* Creator/NataliePortman's character in ''Film/GardenState''. A fantastic representation of this trope. The main character in ''Film/{{May}}'' doesn't remotely fit this stereotype but 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 art school Bohemian type who meets her seems to identify her as one. They shelve time. By the end, he's screaming into abysses and doing dramatic runs through airports in the name of love.
* Subverted with Enid from
the movie in the Horror section, so you can gather things don't go well.
* Played with in ''Film/HappyGoLucky''. The main character, Poppy, is a free-spirited extreme optimist who starts taking driving lessons
version of ''ComicBook/GhostWorld'': told from an uptight, closed-off pessimist [[spoiler:who develops the perspective of a crush on her]]. Subverted [[spoiler:in that sarcastic teen girl as 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 ''Film/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 ''Film/BoxOfMoonlight''. He wears a Davy Crockett costume and
teaches John Turturro Seymour, a shy, obsessive older man how 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'',
take chances and he affects ''two'' characters. Joon enjoy living; of course this [[spoiler:destroys his life. Enid leaves to build her own life somewhere else. Seymour ends up in therapy]].
* Stella from ''Film/GideonsDaughter''
is a mentally-ill woman who falls middle-aged Manic Pixie Dream Girl 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 the film's brooding middle-aged hero. Though Stella has her all these years, is the uptight character wary of her getting involved with someone else, own issues and has to accept that he's not only being overprotective but also neglecting his personal happiness by worrying isn't a chirpy twentysomething, she basically exists so much.Gideon can enjoy life again.



* Gender-reversed in the UsefulNotes/{{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.

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%%* The indie film ''Film/GoodDick'' has a male version of this trope.
* Gender-reversed Monsieur Gustave in ''Film/TheGrandBudapestHotel'' is an older, non-romantic, same-gender variation to Zero Moustafa. He's a quirky, charming hotel concierge who [[BornInTheWrongCentury acts like he just walked out from a wormhole to the Victorian era]], and has numerous eccentric habits including art theft and sleeping with [[LikesOlderWomen MUCH older women]]. He hires Zero to work at the eponymous Hotel, and quickly becomes his best friend and the closest thing he has to a family member after all his blood relatives were massacred in UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, all the while teaching Zero the hotel trade and ushering him into the best years of his life. He also fits the darker permutation of this character type as his eccentricities mask numerous insecurities, particularly the fact that he knows his time will soon come to an end with the impending specter of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, [[spoiler:and sure enough, as soon as he's finished teaching Zero everything he knows, he's promptly killed off, leaving Zero to impart what he's learned to the next generation in the UsefulNotes/{{Bollywood}} movie ''Bollywood/KalHoNaaHo'': Naina form of the film's narrator]].
* Played with in ''Film/HappyGoLucky''. The main character, Poppy,
is an overstressed MBA student 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 believe in return the power of love. Then wacky romantic Aman comes to her neighborhood 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]].
* Maude in ''Film/HaroldAndMaude'' is an unusual example in that she's about 60 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.
%% * Creator/GoldieHawn played this type in ''Cactus Flower'' (1969) and ''Butterflies Are Free'' (1972).
* ''Film/HeavenlyCreatures'' is a darkly subverted lesbian version -- wild, eccentric Juliet inspires shy Pauline not to embrace life, but to [[spoiler:murder her mother]].
* ''Film/{{Her}}'': Theodore's ex-wife accuses him of wanting
her to enjoy life.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.
* 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.
* April in ''Film/HotTubTimeMachine''. Played surprisingly straight, she just appears in Adam's life, fixates on him (particularly odd, since she's apparently an established music journalist and Adam's a teenager), takes him out of the dull funk that he's in, and even engages in some low-level breaking and entering for the sake of romance.
* 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.
* 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.
* Gwen Phillips in ''Film/{{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.
* Subverted in ''Film/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]].



* The eponymous main character of ''Film/{{Amelie}}'' with her naive and [[AmbiguousDisorder seemingly autistic]] view of the world. She doesn't really have any goals beside helping others and later get her man. Somewhat oddly, Creator/JeanPierreJeunet named Amelie after Creator/EmilyWatson, because he saw similarities between her and Watson's character Bess in ''Film/BreakingTheWaves''. To anyone who's seen that movie, that may seem... strange, but Bess certainly can be seen as a dark subversion of the MPDG archetype.
* 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.]]
* Subverted by Catherine in ''Film/JulesAndJim.'' Compelling as she is, Catherine's joie-de-vivre comes hand in hand with bipolar tendencies, selfishness, and a constant sense of discontent. She's a whirlwind of energy, and instead of that being a positive force, she sort of just ends up imploding in on herself. The questionable aspects of her behavior escalate until she [[spoiler:kills herself and Jim by driving them off a bridge in her car out of a mixture of depression and 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 ''Film/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]].
* ''Film/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.

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* The eponymous main character of ''Film/{{Amelie}}'' with her naive Geet in the 2007 UsefulNotes/{{Bollywood}} film ''Bollywood/JabWeMet'' -- childlike and [[AmbiguousDisorder seemingly autistic]] view of wacky to the world. She doesn't really have any goals beside helping others and later get her man. Somewhat oddly, Creator/JeanPierreJeunet named Amelie after Creator/EmilyWatson, because he saw similarities between her and Watson's character Bess in ''Film/BreakingTheWaves''. To anyone who's seen that movie, that may seem... strange, but Bess certainly can be seen as a dark subversion of point where the MPDG archetype.
* Subverted in Martin Scorsese's black comedy ''Film/AfterHours''. The girl the hero meets at the start turns
male lead, a weary businessman, says she "needs a psychiatrist," until she brings him out to be seriously disturbed [[spoiler:and kills herself halfway through the movie.]]
of his shell. And then, some plot later, he becomes a Manic Pixie Dream Guy for her.
* Subverted by Catherine in ''Film/JulesAndJim.'' Compelling as she is, Catherine's joie-de-vivre comes hand in hand with bipolar tendencies, selfishness, and a constant sense of discontent. She's a whirlwind of energy, and instead of that being a positive force, she sort of just ends up imploding in on herself. The questionable aspects of her behavior escalate until she [[spoiler:kills herself and Jim by driving them off a bridge in her car out of a mixture of depression and 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 ''Film/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]].
* ''Film/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.
whimsy]].



* Molly in ''Film/MrMagoriumsWonderEmporium''. Though the romantic element of their relationship is downplayed, she helps the new accountant Henry learn not to take himself too seriously, with the assistance of 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 ''Film/NewLow'' is a subversion -- Vicky is a bigger jerk 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 Shelly'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).
* Subverted with ''Theatre/{{Cabaret}}'''s Sally Bowles, who demonstrates just how messed up this kind of character tends to be in real life. She and Brian have a lot of fun at first but it's soon illustrated that she loves her partying lifestyle too much [[spoiler:and she aborts their baby because she doesn't think she's mother material]]. The last scene of the film has her performing a number that implies she's going to continue a life of fun and frivolity -- [[spoiler:but the crowd is full of Nazi officers, implying Sally's fun won't last too long]].

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* Molly Gender-reversed in ''Film/MrMagoriumsWonderEmporium''. Though the UsefulNotes/{{Bollywood}} movie ''Bollywood/KalHoNaaHo'': Naina is an overstressed MBA student who doesn't believe in the power of love. Then wacky romantic element of their relationship is downplayed, she helps the new accountant Henry learn not Aman comes to take himself too seriously, with the assistance of 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 neighborhood and teaches him to embrace love and life again, but he's also more mature than her usual boyfriends, giving her some much-needed stability.
to enjoy life.
* The 2009 ultra-low-budget independent film ''Film/NewLow'' is a subversion -- Vicky is a bigger jerk than the [[ThisLoserIsYou loser]] AuthorAvatar protagonist Wendell, while Joanna ''would'' be ''Film/KillingZoe'' features 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
caught in the typical criteria middle of the MPDG. Interestingly enough, the main a bank heist. She eventually gets a machine gun. Death ensues.
* Creator/MilaKunis'
character fulfills in ''Moving [=McAllister=]'' is an unabashed example of this trope in trope, described by her uncle as very beautiful and "wild" she is bent upon turning the lives of boring lawyer she just about everyone around her, if you were to write a film centering on Nathan Fillion's character, or Adrienne Shelly'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).
* Subverted with ''Theatre/{{Cabaret}}'''s Sally Bowles,
met into someone who demonstrates just how messed up this kind of loves life. Kunis' character tends to be in real life. ''Film/ForgettingSarahMarshall'' is also a straight MPDG.
* Creator/SarahJessicaParker'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 Brian have a lot of fun at first but it's soon illustrated that she loves her partying lifestyle too much [[spoiler:and she aborts their baby because she doesn't think she's mother material]]. The last scene of self-indulgent for Martin's character. He is better paired with the film has her performing a number that implies she's going to continue a life of fun and frivolity -- [[spoiler:but the crowd is full of Nazi officers, implying Sally's fun won't last too long]].quirky British woman.



* A DeconstructedCharacterArchetype in the 1969 film ''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 UsefulNotes/{{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.

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* A DeconstructedCharacterArchetype in the 1969 film ''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 UsefulNotes/{{Bollywood}} film ''Bollywood/JabWeMet'' -- childlike and wacky
''Film/LarryCrowne'': Talia (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) personifies this trope to the point where Mercedes Tainot (Creator/JuliaRoberts) 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.
%%* Kim, played by Creator/RachelBilson in ''Film/TheLastKiss'' is an obvious example.
* Creator/JulietteLewis frequently played versions of this role early in her career. Played straight in ''Film/WhatsEatingGilbertGrape'' but, notably, a very dark subversion in ''Film/{{Kalifornia}}''. In the latter, she keeps a cactus in her purse and has done well when Early doesn't whip her.
* In ''Film/{{Keith}}'', the titular character is a RareMaleExample. Natalie is the quintessential perfect high school student who has her whole life planned out for her, and Keith takes it upon himself to show her how to have fun through his bizarre, unconventional ideas of amusement. However, [[spoiler:he's dying, presumably of cancer, and he's just looking for one last thrill and decides to make it his mission to "have fun with her." Unfortunately for him, he winds up falling in love with her, just as he's come to accept his imminent death]].
* Although she's more grounded and less 'out there' than the usual bizarre Dream Girls, Creator/LivTyler's character in ''Film/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.
* The Hallmark Channel movie ''Love at First Glance'' has a male version. It's explained that he learned to love life after encountering his own MPDG. After her tragic accident, he became a MPDB for other people.
* 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.
* The Creator/MarilynMonroe [[CelebrityImpersonator Impersonator]] for the Music/MichaelJackson Impersonator in ''Film/MisterLonely''.
* 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 incomplete. Mother Goose couldn't find a rhyme for Gordon]].
* The eponymous ''Mr Jones (1993)'' is a male [[DeconstructedCharacterArchetype deconstruction]], since he has literal bipolar disorder, but does somewhat enrich the female lead's life when in his manic phase.
* Molly in ''Film/MrMagoriumsWonderEmporium''. Though the romantic element of their relationship is downplayed, she helps the new accountant Henry learn not to take himself too seriously, with the assistance of frequent customer, Eric.
* ''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.
*** The original Korean movie arguably has the polar opposite moral to the classic MPDG movie. The male protagonists had been coasting through his college classes, basically being a slacker, until falling in love and realizing that real relationships were difficult, confusing, complex things actually gives him motivation to get his act together for the first time in his life. He goes from incompetent slacker to hard-working, composed, goal-oriented young man. It's about him learning to be serious rather than learning to cut loose. Furthermore, what draws him to the girl is, not her 'free spirit' -- which he actually find off-putting; rather it his recognition that she is 'damaged' and a strong desire to fix her. Which is just one of several ways the film mocks gender expectations by having
the male lead, a weary businessman, says she "needs a psychiatrist," until she brings him lead take the stereotypically female role. (It's usually the girl who wants to heal the wounded bad boy, after all.)
* In ''Film/TheNamesOfLove'', straitlaced Arthur is yanked
out of his shell. And then, some plot later, he becomes 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.
* The 2009 ultra-low-budget independent film ''Film/NewLow'' is
a subversion -- Vicky is a bigger jerk than the [[ThisLoserIsYou loser]] AuthorAvatar protagonist Wendell, while Joanna ''would'' be a Manic Pixie Dream Girl were Wendell not a complete idiot as well.
* ''Film/NoStringsAttached'' has a gender-inverted example with Adam, the
Manic Pixie Dream Guy -- a goofy, romantic MrFanService, who helps {{Adorkable}}, [[TheCynic cynical]] GoGetterGirl Emma [[DefrostingIceQueen get over her]] CommitmentIssues.
* The Evangelical Christian film ''Old Fashioned'' is a {{subver|tedTrope}}sion. Quirky, free-spirited Amber fits the trope to a T; but in the end [[spoiler:it is the somber, self-hating Clay who shows her that relationships have responsibilities, and life is not all about the "[[BuffySpeak warm and fuzzies]]]]."
* ''Film/OtherHalves'' has a male variation in Mike, who's described as a "sexy chore listen man."
* The eponymous Rory O'Shea in ''Film/RoryOSheaWasHere'' with regards to the care home he's put into. He convinces the protagonist Michael, a man with cerebral palsy, to be rebellious and live life to the full. It's he who gets Michael out of the prison-like care home and into a nice apartment. Of course he's also called out
for her.a lot of his {{Jerkass}} behaviour, and he is partially motivated out of his own self interest.
* 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.
* 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.
* 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 {{Love Interest|s}}.
* Despite being the trope image, Princess Ann from ''Film/RomanHoliday'' is not an example. The story revolves around her escaping her stuffy, depressing life of royalty. Joe is actually the guy who brings her on adventures around Rome.
* In ''Film/RubySparks'', all of Calvin's written/dreamed 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.
** Zoe Kazan, the film's writer and lead actress, [[WordOfGod has said]] that she strongly dislikes the term and sees it as a sexist way to unfairly pigeonhole women with eccentric personalities into a simplistic archetype.



* 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.

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



* The first half of ''Film/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]].
* A DeconstructedCharacterArchetype in the 1969 film ''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]].
* Ana from ''Film/StrangerThanFiction''. She isn't what convinces the protagonist to start living life again, but she certainly shows him how.
* 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.''
* Norah in ''Film/SunshineCleaning'' looks like she's trying to be this for Lynn -- inviting her to wild parties and trying to encourage her to loosen up. But Norah herself is the one with the real baggage -- as she's never got over her mother's death. Lynn also [[spoiler:breaks things off with her before the end of the film]].
* Nelson (Creator/KeanuReeves) meets Sara (Creator/CharlizeTheron), the woman who "defy every law of nature he's ever known", in the 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 (whose 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 and no less than ONE month.
* In the Mexican film "Te presento a Laura" (Let me introduce you to Laura) Creator/MarthaHigareda plays the title character, a quirky girl who finds out she is about to die, and joins a group of optimistic misfits to embrace life to the fullest and discover ten things that would give her life meaning.
%% * Marion in ''Film/TheresAGirlInMySoup''.
* Betty Blue from the French movie ''[[Film/BettyBlue 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...". The trope is, however, deconstructed, as Betty is not quite right in the head.



* In ''Animation/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.
* Creator/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. Kunis' character in ''Film/ForgettingSarahMarshall'' is also a straight MPDG.
* 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 ''Film/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 ''Film/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 ''Film/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 ''Film/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 ''Film/TheAccidentalTourist'' plays a quirky dog trainer who helps both the dog and his owner, Macon Leary (William Hurt), a repressed and grieving travel writer who is mourning the death of his son and his marriage. Upon meeting Muriel, Macon's life changes in ways he comes to view as healing. However, in the novel, Muriel is more [[UsefulNotes/BipolarDisorder manic-depressive]] -- 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/dreamed 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.
** Zoe Kazan, the film's writer and lead actress, [[WordOfGod has said]] that she strongly dislikes the term and sees it as a sexist way to unfairly pigeonhole women with eccentric personalities into a simplistic archetype.
* 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 ''[[Film/BettyBlue 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...". The trope is, however, deconstructed, as Betty is not quite right in the head.
* 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) meets Sara (Charlize Theron), the woman who "defy every law of nature he's ever known", in the 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 (whose 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 and no less than ONE month.
* Creator/JulietteLewis frequently played versions of this role early in her career. Played straight in ''Film/WhatsEatingGilbertGrape'' but, notably, a very dark subversion in ''Film/{{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'' has the quirky personality of the MPDG down pat -- she meets the hero in the men's washroom when she is hiding from security from having crashed a wedding, and later drops his phone into his coffee to stop him talking to his assistant -- but her role in the story is an aversion and possibly even a deconstruction. Not only does she have her own dreams of becoming a top ballet dancer, but she spends much of the movie independently pursuing them while the protagonist (who is far from boring or emotionless) spends most of his time pursuing ''her''. The deconstruction comes in when the titular agency suggests that her influence on David is only good for him in small doses. The washroom encounter inspires him to ditch a pre-written speech and make an improvised one about how his media appearance is all calculated and artificial, getting him a popular reputation as a man of the people. An agent of the Bureau claims that it was meant to be a one-off encounter, and that if he continued to be with her, her influence would encourage him to make increasingly reckless decisions that would eventually cost him his political career.
%% * ''Film/CrocodileDundee'': Mick may be considered a hypermasculine SpearCounterpart for Sue Charlton.
* The Creator/MarilynMonroe [[CelebrityImpersonator Impersonator]] for the Music/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 ''Film/{{Barefoot}}'' takes this a step beyond with the pair-up of dour, debt-owing Jay and carefree WomanChild 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''.
* ''Film/BenX'' has Scarlite, a girl the autistic protagonist Ben plays with in an RPG who talks him out of suicide and inspires him to stand up to the bullying he endures at school. [[spoiler:It's subverted, however, by the Scarlite we see for most of the film turning out to be an imaginary construct of Ben's mind.]]
* Dylan Morgan in ''Film/CasAndDylan'' is a wannabe writer--as well as a chronic liar, compulsive shoplifter, and general-purpose motormouth who bums a cross-country car ride with Cas Pepper, a widowed doctor [[spoiler:who is dying of an inoperable brain tumor]]. Although Dylan spends three-quarters of the film driving Cas crazy and/or upending his life, a friendship eventually blossoms between the two. [[spoiler:Subverted in that not only is there no romance between the two, Cas also goes through with his plan to end his life--yet ends up enriching ''Dylan's'' life by leaving her all his earthly possessions]].
* ''Film/NoStringsAttached'' has a gender-inverted examle with Adam, the Manic Pixie Dream Guy -- a goofy, romantic MrFanService, who helps {{Adorkable}}, [[TheCynic cynical]] GoGetterGirl Emma [[DefrostingIceQueen get over her]] CommitmentIssues.
%% * Marion in ''Film/TheresAGirlInMySoup''.
* April in ''Film/HotTubTimeMachine''. Played surprisingly straight, she just appears in Adam's life, fixates on him (particularly odd, since she's apparently an established music journalist and Adam's a teenager), takes him out of the dull funk that he's in, and even engages in some low-level breaking and entering for the sake of romance.
* Molly, played by Emily Mortimer, in ''Film/CityIsland'', is the catalyst to resolve the dysfunctional family's problems, but her own are not touched on until near the end of the film or resolved during its course, though one could optimistically interpret the manner of her self-effacing withdrawal from the action as her taking the first step towards doing so.
* The Evangelical Christian film ''Old Fashioned'' is a [[SubvertedTrope subversion]]. Quirky, free-spirited Amber fits the trope to a T; but in the end [[spoiler:it is the somber, self-hating Clay who shows her that relationships have responsibilities, and life is not all about the "[[BuffySpeak warm and fuzzies.]]]]"
* In ''Film/{{Keith}}'', the titular character is a RareMaleExample. Natalie is the quintessential perfect high school student who has her whole life planned out for her, and Keith takes it upon himself to show her how to have fun through his bizarre, unconventional ideas of amusement. However, [[spoiler:he's dying, presumably of cancer, and he's just looking for one last thrill and decides to make it his mission to "have fun with her." Unfortunately for him, he winds up falling in love with her, just as he's come to accept his imminent death]].
* In the Mexican film "Te presento a Laura" (Let me introduce you to Laura) Creator/MarthaHigareda plays the title character, a quirky girl who finds out she is about to die, and joins a group of optimistic misfits to embrace life to the fullest and discover ten things that would give her life meaning.
* Norah in ''Film/SunshineCleaning'' looks like she's trying to be this for Lynn -- inviting her to wild parties and trying to encourage her to loosen up. But Norah herself is the one with the real baggage -- as she's never got over her mother's death. Lynn also [[spoiler:breaks things off with her before the end of the film]].
* ''Film/OtherHalves'' has a male variation in Mike, who's described as a "sexy chore listen man."
* Present in ''Film/SeekingAFriendForTheEndOfTheWorld'' with Penny -- where she's quirky, ditzy and eventually [[spoiler:makes the protagonist realise that he should be with her and not his old high school flame]]. But Penny has her own motivations in the story and spends most of it being a ShipperOnDeck for Dodge and Olivia. [[spoiler:The film ends with an asteroid crashing into the Earth, killing everyone, so it's unknown if the relationship could have lasted]].
* The eponymous Rory O'Shea in ''Film/RoryOSheaWasHere'' with regards to the care home he's put into. He convinces the protagonist Michael, a man with cerebral palsy, to be rebellious and live life to the full. It's he who gets Michael out of the prison-like care home and into a nice apartment. Of course he's also called out for a lot of his {{Jerkass}} behaviour, and he is partially motivated out of his own self interest.
* The Hallmark Channel movie ''Love at First Glance'' has a male version. It's explained that he learned to love life after encountering his own MPDG. After her tragic accident, he became a MPDB for other people.
* Monsieur Gustave in ''Film/TheGrandBudapestHotel'' is an older, non-romantic, same-gender variation to Zero Moustafa. He's a quirky, charming hotel concierge who [[BornInTheWrongCentury acts like he just walked out from a wormhole to the Victorian era]], and has numerous eccentric habits including art theft and sleeping with [[LikesOlderWomen MUCH older women]]. He hires Zero to work at the eponymous Hotel, and quickly becomes his best friend and the closest thing he has to a family member after all his blood relatives were massacred in UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, all the while teaching Zero the hotel trade and ushering him into the best years of his life. He also fits the darker permutation of this character type as his eccentricities mask numerous insecurities, particularly the fact that he knows his time will soon come to an end with the impending specter of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, [[spoiler:and sure enough, as soon as he's finished teaching Zero everything he knows, he's promptly killed off, leaving Zero to impart what he's learned to the next generation in the form of the film's narrator]].
* [[DefiedTrope Defied]] ''hard'' in ''Daydream Nation'' when Caroline finds out her [[HotForStudent teacher/lover]] has written a very thinly-disguised story about her being this trope and is understandably Squicked out at being put on a pedestal and dehumanized like that as she readily admits her own issues and how pathetic he is.
* ''Daddy Issues'' is what happens when two Manic Pixie Dream Girls fall in love with [[QueerRomance each other.]]
* Back in the 90's ''Creator/BrendanFraser'' played a gender flipped version more than once:
** Adam from ''Film/BlastFromThePast'' has never interacted with anyone outside of his family for his whole thirty years of living. Upon entering the outside world he falls completely in love with Eve and shows her a new perspective on life and about love.
** Fletcher in ''Still Breathing (1997)'' is a sensitive artist who puts together rock sculptures and does puppetry for a living. After he begins to have visions of his one true love, he drops everything to go meet her and show her that true love is indeed real.

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* In ''Animation/TheReturnOfHanuman'', Hanuman reincarnates himself into ''Film/{{Waitress}}'' has 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 SpearCounterpart, Nathan Fillion plays Keri Russell's ridiculously convenient and personality-lite bit-on-the-side, otherwise fulfilling all the end typical criteria of the film, Maruti ([[spoiler:already transformed into Hanuman]]) told Minku to be strong before left MPDG. Interestingly enough, the village.
* Creator/MilaKunis'
main character in ''Moving [=McAllister=]'' is an unabashed example of fulfills this trope, described by her uncle as very beautiful and "wild" she is bent upon turning trope in the boring lawyer she lives of just met into someone who loves life. Kunis' about everyone around her, if you were to write a film centering on Nathan Fillion's character, or Adrienne Shelly'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).
* ''Film/WatchingTheDetectives'' is basically about what happens when Manic Pixie Dream People get together. The main
character in ''Film/ForgettingSarahMarshall'' Neil is also a straight MPDG.
* Creator/JenniferAniston seems to play a lot of these roles.
** In ''Film/AlongCamePolly'', Aniston plays Polly Prince, a free-spirited bohemian
Manic Pixie Dream Guy who teaches Reuben Feffer (Ben Stiller) to be unafraid aggravates everyone with his strange antics and live quirks, but then Violet comes along and out-Manic-Pixies him by taking the reckless and unusual behaviour to quite troubling extremes.
* Judy Maxwell, played by Music/BarbraStreisand in ''Film/WhatsUpDoc'' (1972). Her character enters the
life of musicologist Howard Bannister during his trip to San Francisco, and turns his world (not to mention that of several other people) upside down when she impersonates his fiancée and leads a cast of characters on a madcap chase around on the fullest.
** She plays a quirky flower-shop owner in ''Film/LoveHappens'' teaching Aaron Eckhart how to love again and heal after his wife's death.
city.
* ''Film/YouthInRevolt'' features Sheeni Saunders who helps Nick Twisp (Micheal Cera) (Creator/MichaelCera) 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 ''Film/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 ''Film/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 ''Film/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 ''Film/TheAccidentalTourist'' plays a quirky dog trainer who helps both the dog and his owner, Macon Leary (William Hurt), a repressed and grieving travel writer who is mourning the death of his son and his marriage. Upon meeting Muriel, Macon's life changes in ways he comes to view as healing. However, in the novel, Muriel is more [[UsefulNotes/BipolarDisorder manic-depressive]] -- 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/dreamed 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.
** Zoe Kazan, the film's writer and lead actress, [[WordOfGod has said]] that she strongly dislikes the term and sees it as a sexist way to unfairly pigeonhole women with eccentric personalities into a simplistic archetype.
* 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 ''[[Film/BettyBlue 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...". The trope is, however, deconstructed, as Betty is not quite right in the head.
* 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) meets Sara (Charlize Theron), the woman who "defy every law of nature he's ever known", in the 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 (whose 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 and no less than ONE month.
* Creator/JulietteLewis frequently played versions of this role early in her career. Played straight in ''Film/WhatsEatingGilbertGrape'' but, notably, a very dark subversion in ''Film/{{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'' has the quirky personality of the MPDG down pat -- she meets the hero in the men's washroom when she is hiding from security from having crashed a wedding, and later drops his phone into his coffee to stop him talking to his assistant -- but her role in the story is an aversion and possibly even a deconstruction. Not only does she have her own dreams of becoming a top ballet dancer, but she spends much of the movie independently pursuing them while the protagonist (who is far from boring or emotionless) spends most of his time pursuing ''her''. The deconstruction comes in when the titular agency suggests that her influence on David is only good for him in small doses. The washroom encounter inspires him to ditch a pre-written speech and make an improvised one about how his media appearance is all calculated and artificial, getting him a popular reputation as a man of the people. An agent of the Bureau claims that it was meant to be a one-off encounter, and that if he continued to be with her, her influence would encourage him to make increasingly reckless decisions that would eventually cost him his political career.
%% * ''Film/CrocodileDundee'': Mick may be considered a hypermasculine SpearCounterpart for Sue Charlton.
* The Creator/MarilynMonroe [[CelebrityImpersonator Impersonator]] for the Music/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 ''Film/{{Barefoot}}'' takes this a step beyond with the pair-up of dour, debt-owing Jay and carefree WomanChild 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''.
* ''Film/BenX'' has Scarlite, a girl the autistic protagonist Ben plays with in an RPG who talks him out of suicide and inspires him to stand up to the bullying he endures at school. [[spoiler:It's subverted, however, by the Scarlite we see for most of the film turning out to be an imaginary construct of Ben's mind.]]
* Dylan Morgan in ''Film/CasAndDylan'' is a wannabe writer--as well as a chronic liar, compulsive shoplifter, and general-purpose motormouth who bums a cross-country car ride with Cas Pepper, a widowed doctor [[spoiler:who is dying of an inoperable brain tumor]]. Although Dylan spends three-quarters of the film driving Cas crazy and/or upending his life, a friendship eventually blossoms between the two. [[spoiler:Subverted in that not only is there no romance between the two, Cas also goes through with his plan to end his life--yet ends up enriching ''Dylan's'' life by leaving her all his earthly possessions]].
* ''Film/NoStringsAttached'' has a gender-inverted examle with Adam, the Manic Pixie Dream Guy -- a goofy, romantic MrFanService, who helps {{Adorkable}}, [[TheCynic cynical]] GoGetterGirl Emma [[DefrostingIceQueen get over her]] CommitmentIssues.
%% * Marion in ''Film/TheresAGirlInMySoup''.
* April in ''Film/HotTubTimeMachine''. Played surprisingly straight, she just appears in Adam's life, fixates on him (particularly odd, since she's apparently an established music journalist and Adam's a teenager), takes him out of the dull funk that he's in, and even engages in some low-level breaking and entering for the sake of romance.
* Molly, played by Emily Mortimer, in ''Film/CityIsland'', is the catalyst to resolve the dysfunctional family's problems, but her own are not touched on until near the end of the film or resolved during its course, though one could optimistically interpret the manner of her self-effacing withdrawal from the action as her taking the first step towards doing so.
* The Evangelical Christian film ''Old Fashioned'' is a [[SubvertedTrope subversion]]. Quirky, free-spirited Amber fits the trope to a T; but in the end [[spoiler:it is the somber, self-hating Clay who shows her that relationships have responsibilities, and life is not all about the "[[BuffySpeak warm and fuzzies.]]]]"
* In ''Film/{{Keith}}'', the titular character is a RareMaleExample. Natalie is the quintessential perfect high school student who has her whole life planned out for her, and Keith takes it upon himself to show her how to have fun through his bizarre, unconventional ideas of amusement. However, [[spoiler:he's dying, presumably of cancer, and he's just looking for one last thrill and decides to make it his mission to "have fun with her." Unfortunately for him, he winds up falling in love with her, just as he's come to accept his imminent death]].
* In the Mexican film "Te presento a Laura" (Let me introduce you to Laura) Creator/MarthaHigareda plays the title character, a quirky girl who finds out she is about to die, and joins a group of optimistic misfits to embrace life to the fullest and discover ten things that would give her life meaning.
* Norah in ''Film/SunshineCleaning'' looks like she's trying to be this for Lynn -- inviting her to wild parties and trying to encourage her to loosen up. But Norah herself is the one with the real baggage -- as she's never got over her mother's death. Lynn also [[spoiler:breaks things off with her before the end of the film]].
* ''Film/OtherHalves'' has a male variation in Mike, who's described as a "sexy chore listen man."
* Present in ''Film/SeekingAFriendForTheEndOfTheWorld'' with Penny -- where she's quirky, ditzy and eventually [[spoiler:makes the protagonist realise that he should be with her and not his old high school flame]]. But Penny has her own motivations in the story and spends most of it being a ShipperOnDeck for Dodge and Olivia. [[spoiler:The film ends with an asteroid crashing into the Earth, killing everyone, so it's unknown if the relationship could have lasted]].
* The eponymous Rory O'Shea in ''Film/RoryOSheaWasHere'' with regards to the care home he's put into. He convinces the protagonist Michael, a man with cerebral palsy, to be rebellious and live life to the full. It's he who gets Michael out of the prison-like care home and into a nice apartment. Of course he's also called out for a lot of his {{Jerkass}} behaviour, and he is partially motivated out of his own self interest.
* The Hallmark Channel movie ''Love at First Glance'' has a male version. It's explained that he learned to love life after encountering his own MPDG. After her tragic accident, he became a MPDB for other people.
* Monsieur Gustave in ''Film/TheGrandBudapestHotel'' is an older, non-romantic, same-gender variation to Zero Moustafa. He's a quirky, charming hotel concierge who [[BornInTheWrongCentury acts like he just walked out from a wormhole to the Victorian era]], and has numerous eccentric habits including art theft and sleeping with [[LikesOlderWomen MUCH older women]]. He hires Zero to work at the eponymous Hotel, and quickly becomes his best friend and the closest thing he has to a family member after all his blood relatives were massacred in UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, all the while teaching Zero the hotel trade and ushering him into the best years of his life. He also fits the darker permutation of this character type as his eccentricities mask numerous insecurities, particularly the fact that he knows his time will soon come to an end with the impending specter of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, [[spoiler:and sure enough, as soon as he's finished teaching Zero everything he knows, he's promptly killed off, leaving Zero to impart what he's learned to the next generation in the form of the film's narrator]].
* [[DefiedTrope Defied]] ''hard'' in ''Daydream Nation'' when Caroline finds out her [[HotForStudent teacher/lover]] has written a very thinly-disguised story about her being this trope and is understandably Squicked out at being put on a pedestal and dehumanized like that as she readily admits her own issues and how pathetic he is.
* ''Daddy Issues'' is what happens when two Manic Pixie Dream Girls fall in love with [[QueerRomance each other.]]
* Back in the 90's ''Creator/BrendanFraser'' played a gender flipped version more than once:
** Adam from ''Film/BlastFromThePast'' has never interacted with anyone outside of his family for his whole thirty years of living. Upon entering the outside world he falls completely in love with Eve and shows her a new perspective on life and about love.
** Fletcher in ''Still Breathing (1997)'' is a sensitive artist who puts together rock sculptures and does puppetry for a living. After he begins to have visions of his one true love, he drops everything to go meet her and show her that true love is indeed real.
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* 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]].

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* 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]].space-time.]]



* Repeatedly [[{{Deconstruction}} deconstructed]] in [[{{Creator/JohnGreen}} John Green]]'s books. WordOfGod [[http://fishingboatproceeds.tumblr.com/post/41719790516/ confirms this]] and Green says he hates this trope played straight. He partly wrote ''Literature/PaperTowns'' to deconstruct this trope further out of concerns that he didn't do a thorough enough job of it with ''Literature/LookingForAlaska'' (which ''does'' deconstruct the trope, but in a different and arguably more abstract manner, and is primarily focused on death and suffering and how we individually figure out how to deal with their inevitable reality): that the people whom we idealize are in fact just as vulnerable, selfish, flawed, and self-destructive as anyone else, if not ''more so''.

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* Repeatedly [[{{Deconstruction}} deconstructed]] {{deconstruct|ion}}ed in [[{{Creator/JohnGreen}} [[Creator/JohnGreen John Green]]'s books. WordOfGod [[http://fishingboatproceeds.tumblr.com/post/41719790516/ confirms this]] and Green says he hates this trope played straight. He partly wrote ''Literature/PaperTowns'' to deconstruct this trope further out of concerns that he didn't do a thorough enough job of it with ''Literature/LookingForAlaska'' (which ''does'' deconstruct the trope, but in a different and arguably more abstract manner, and is primarily focused on death and suffering and how we individually figure out how to deal with their inevitable reality): that the people whom we idealize are in fact just as vulnerable, selfish, flawed, and self-destructive as anyone else, if not ''more so''.



** ''Literature/AnAbundanceOfKatherines'': Colin [[MeaningfulName Single]][[UnfortunateName ton]] is a boy who, out of insecurity and an ''inhuman'' level of [[IJustWantToHaveFriends lonel]][[IntelligenceEqualsIsolation iness]] and neediness, idealizes all of the girls in his life, leading him to be dumped by no less than ''seventeen'' of them. At the end, [[spoiler:he ends up together with Lindsey Lee Wells after realizing that seeking authenticity is more important than trying to come up with a complicated mathematical "theorem" to understanding and dating girls (as he had been trying to do for the majority of the story)]].

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** ''Literature/AnAbundanceOfKatherines'': Colin [[MeaningfulName Single]][[UnfortunateName Single]][[UnfortunateNames ton]] is a boy who, out of insecurity and an ''inhuman'' level of [[IJustWantToHaveFriends lonel]][[IntelligenceEqualsIsolation iness]] and neediness, idealizes all of the girls in his life, leading him to be dumped by no less than ''seventeen'' of them. At the end, [[spoiler:he ends up together with Lindsey Lee Wells after realizing that seeking authenticity is more important than trying to come up with a complicated mathematical "theorem" to understanding and dating girls (as he had been trying to do for the majority of the story)]].



* Clarisse in Ray Bradbury's ''Literature/Fahrenheit451'' 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.]]

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* Clarisse in Ray Bradbury's Creator/RayBradbury's ''Literature/Fahrenheit451'' 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.]]



* Stefanie in ''Literature/TheWordAndTheVoid'' is an interesting DeconstructedCharacterArchetype. 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]].]]

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* Stefanie in ''Literature/TheWordAndTheVoid'' is an interesting DeconstructedCharacterArchetype. 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]].]]people]]]].



* ''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.

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* ''Literature/TheExilesViolin'': Clay ''thinks'' Jacquie is one of these for him; an exciting and risk taking woman that enriches his dull and unfullfilling unfulfilling 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 ''Literature/MahouShoujoTheGlowing'' Jennifer fits this trope. She comes into Colette's life, introduces her to being a magical girl, and [[spoiler:Helps her get over Sarah's death.]] They eventually enter a romantic relationship.

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* In ''Literature/MahouShoujoTheGlowing'' Jennifer fits this trope. She comes into Colette's life, introduces her to being a magical girl, and [[spoiler:Helps her get over Sarah's death.]] death]]. They eventually enter a romantic relationship.



* ''Literature/{{Marina}}'' deconstructs the trope. The titular girl is presented as looking from the lonely protagonist's dreams, and in fact, she turns into the main source of light in his otherwise joyless and somber life, also becoming his LoveInterest. However, at the end she dies and he is left to his darkness again with no direction to take. The subsequent Heroic BSOD is what moves him to write the story.
* ''[[Literature/{{REEL}} REAL]]'' [[DoubleSubversion double-subverts]] the trope with [[AmbiguousGender Likaï]]: they use a blue-skinned woman as an avatar for the first half of the novel, befriend REAL-addict protagonist [[LonersAreFreaks Neru]], introduce him to the more realistic aspects of TheMetaverse, and Neru is quick to fall in love. But then [[spoiler:Likaï steals Neru's account to enter a prestigious tournament in his place.]] Neru spends the rest of the novel trying to find out Likaï's true motivations and whether or not [[WasItAllALie it was all a lie.]]

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* ''Literature/{{Marina}}'' deconstructs the trope. The titular girl is presented as looking from the lonely protagonist's dreams, and in fact, she turns into the main source of light in his otherwise joyless and somber life, also becoming his LoveInterest.{{Love Interest|s}}. However, at the end she dies and he is left to his darkness again with no direction to take. The subsequent Heroic BSOD is what moves him to write the story.
* ''[[Literature/{{REEL}} REAL]]'' [[DoubleSubversion double-subverts]] the trope with [[AmbiguousGender Likaï]]: they use a blue-skinned woman as an avatar for the first half of the novel, befriend REAL-addict protagonist [[LonersAreFreaks Neru]], introduce him to the more realistic aspects of TheMetaverse, and Neru is quick to fall in love. But then [[spoiler:Likaï steals Neru's account to enter a prestigious tournament in his place.]] place]]. Neru spends the rest of the novel trying to find out Likaï's true motivations and whether or not [[WasItAllALie it was all a lie.]]



* ''Series/DharmaAndGreg'', a sitcom that pits quirky "nonconformist" Dharma up with strait-laced bore-fest Greg. Early on Dharma fits the trope, but as with most characters in a successful, long running show CharacterDevelopment sets in and she eventually becomes a more complex, well rounded individual with her own wants and desires. There are even some episodes that [[InvertedTrope Invert]] it, with Greg helping her realize that her "quirky" methods are not always for the best.

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* ''Series/DharmaAndGreg'', a sitcom that pits quirky "nonconformist" Dharma up with strait-laced bore-fest Greg. Early on Dharma fits the trope, but as with most characters in a successful, long running show CharacterDevelopment sets in and she eventually becomes a more complex, well rounded individual with her own wants and desires. There are even some episodes that [[InvertedTrope Invert]] {{invert|edTrope}} it, with Greg helping her realize that her "quirky" methods are not always for the best.



** Cassie Ainsworth is a DeconstructedCharacterArchetype, 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 her Season 7 episodes, Pure, she has completely changed and now rejects this Manic Pixie Dream Girl trope. Cassie is no longer the the wild, carefree pill popping girl she one was and has now depressingly matured into a young lonely woman who rarely socialises. She has seemingly out grown this trope and has realised being a 'Manic Pixie Dream Girl' in the real world can never work.
** 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.]]

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** Cassie Ainsworth is a DeconstructedCharacterArchetype, 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 her Season 7 episodes, Pure, she has completely changed and now rejects this Manic Pixie Dream Girl trope. Cassie is no longer the the wild, carefree pill popping girl she one was and has now depressingly matured into a young lonely woman who rarely socialises. She has seemingly out grown this trope and has realised being a 'Manic Pixie Dream Girl' in the real world can never work.
** 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.]]her]].



** 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.]]

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** 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.]]six-year-old]].



* In ''Series/TwentyOneJumpStreet'' there's an episode featuring a girl named Quincy, who sort of positions herself as this, dragging the straitlaced Hanson around and trying to convince him to "lighten up". Of course, her idea of fun is crime sprees and potentially fatal thrill-seeking. She ''terrifies'' him, and ends up [[spoiler:shot to death by security guards while robbing a house.]]

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* 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.]]house]].



** 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 zags 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.

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** 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.]]
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** Cameron herself [[ZigZaggedTrope [[ZigZaggingTrope zig zags 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.



** Clara Oswald takes this role in Season 7, a very cute and feminine woman who provides the Doctor with a mystery that drags him back into adventuring. {{Deconstructed}} as while her own character remains relatively undeveloped through the season, as it progresses the Doctor's obsession with her becomes increasingly one-sided and unhealthy, such as in the scene at the end of "Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS" in which he begs her to tell him if she's a trick or a trap. It turns out that Clara ''is'' actually just a normal girl, although one brave enough to save the Doctor by manipulating his own timeline. In Season 8 her dynamic with the Doctor drastically changes out of this archetype and she gets an awful lot more character development into the bargain, although he still weaponises her Manic Pixie and MoralityPet traits in "Kill the Moon".

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** Clara Oswald takes this role in Season 7, a very cute and feminine woman who provides the Doctor with a mystery that drags him back into adventuring. {{Deconstructed}} {{Deconstructed|Trope}} as while her own character remains relatively undeveloped through the season, as it progresses the Doctor's obsession with her becomes increasingly one-sided and unhealthy, such as in the scene at the end of "Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS" in which he begs her to tell him if she's a trick or a trap. It turns out that Clara ''is'' actually just a normal girl, although one brave enough to save the Doctor by manipulating his own timeline. In Season 8 her dynamic with the Doctor drastically changes out of this archetype and she gets an awful lot more character development into the bargain, although he still weaponises her Manic Pixie and MoralityPet traits in "Kill the Moon".



* On ''{{Series/Smallville}}'', a certain miss ComicBook/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.

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* On ''{{Series/Smallville}}'', a certain miss ComicBook/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 DarkerAndEdgier 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.



* [[spoiler:Irene/Moriarty]] in ''Series/{{Elementary}}'' is a DeconstructedCharacterArchetype. 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.]]

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* [[spoiler:Irene/Moriarty]] in ''Series/{{Elementary}}'' is a DeconstructedCharacterArchetype. 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.]]plans]].



** [[spoiler:She eventually outgrows this, starting with tonning down her obnoxious behavior, dropping most of her grudge against Emu and taking nicer approach towards Taiga. Her most important step out of MPDG territory comes in #27, when she becomes Rider Player Nico so she could complete Kamen Rider Chronicle and save the players who had Game Over. It doesn't not change her being a negative example. Her intentions have a good side to them and are somewhat justified, but they still cause some grand chaos. [[note]] 1) She further complicates things for CR by getting herself infected with Game Disease. 2) She endangers her life even more by fighting Busters on her own as Rider Player Nico. 3) This presses all Taiga's buttons at once, causing him to spend most of the episode behaving as if devoid of all common sense. [[/note]] Things get better after it's sorted out, though.]]

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** [[spoiler:She eventually outgrows this, starting with tonning toning down her obnoxious behavior, dropping most of her grudge against Emu and taking nicer approach towards Taiga. Her most important step out of MPDG territory comes in #27, when she becomes Rider Player Nico so she could complete Kamen Rider Chronicle and save the players who had Game Over. It doesn't not change her being a negative example. Her intentions have a good side to them and are somewhat justified, but they still cause some grand chaos. [[note]] 1) She further complicates things for CR by getting herself infected with Game Disease. 2) She endangers her life even more by fighting Busters on her own as Rider Player Nico. 3) This presses all Taiga's buttons at once, causing him to spend most of the episode behaving as if devoid of all common sense. [[/note]] Things get better after it's sorted out, though.]]



* ''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 ''Series/TheLastPlaceOnEarth'' (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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* ''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, {{Love Interest|s}}, 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 ''Series/TheLastPlaceOnEarth'' (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 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.]] him]]. Most of Ted's quirks are similarly appealing to her. She genuinely laughs at his shellfish-selfish joke and gets why he would call a bar Puzzles -- that's the puzzle. [[spoiler:Ted also pulls her out of an even darker place as she hadn't gotten over the death of her first love Max eight years earlier.]]



* ''Series/TheLastManOnEarth'': Carol (Kristen Schaal) has all the markings of the Manic Pixie Dream Girl, but her natural pairing Phil (Will Forte) doesn't seem all that taken by her manic energy for the most part, only reluctantly coupling up with her as no one else appears to be able to stand him. On the other hand, Phil 2.0 (Boris Kodjoe) falls head over heels for Carol, so the trope still stands.

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* ''Series/TheLastManOnEarth'': Carol (Kristen Schaal) (Creator/KristenSchaal) has all the markings of the Manic Pixie Dream Girl, but her natural pairing Phil (Will Forte) doesn't seem all that taken by her manic energy for the most part, only reluctantly coupling up with her as no one else appears to be able to stand him. On the other hand, Phil 2.0 (Boris Kodjoe) falls head over heels for Carol, so the trope still stands.



* In ''Series/{{Victoria}}'', there's an interesting [[InvertedTrope inversion]] of this trope during the courtship between Queen Victoria and Prince Albert: it is the brooding and serious young man, who changes the life of the spirited and cheerful young woman. Albert wants Victoria to become more responsible and a bit less frivolous, and he reminds her of the harsh reality of how her least fortunate subjects have to live (she had previously not really opened her eyes to their situation). But despite a few arguements, there's an obvious attraction between them. And within only a few days, they're engaged to be married.

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* In ''Series/{{Victoria}}'', there's an interesting [[InvertedTrope inversion]] {{inver|tedTrope}}sion of this trope during the courtship between Queen Victoria and Prince Albert: it is the brooding and serious young man, who changes the life of the spirited and cheerful young woman. Albert wants Victoria to become more responsible and a bit less frivolous, and he reminds her of the harsh reality of how her least fortunate subjects have to live (she had previously not really opened her eyes to their situation). But despite a few arguements, arguments, there's an obvious attraction between them. And within only a few days, they're engaged to be married.



* "[[https://youtu.be/bncQ49Z4y5c?list=PLjACqN5i5sDWU8BGL5afu1ynDxAMPX2rH Miss Impossible]]" by Music/PoetsOfTheFall appears to describe such a woman, and {{lampshades}} her paradoxical nature:

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* "[[https://youtu.be/bncQ49Z4y5c?list=PLjACqN5i5sDWU8BGL5afu1ynDxAMPX2rH Miss Impossible]]" by Music/PoetsOfTheFall appears to describe such a woman, and {{lampshades}} {{lampshade|Hanging}}s her paradoxical nature:



* 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.]]

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* 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.]]Neku]].



* 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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* 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.]]underneath]].


* An OlderThanTelevision example is Sally Seton from Creator/VirginiaWoolf's novel ''[[Literature/MrsDalloway Mrs. Dalloway]]''. Sally shows up at Clarissa's ancestral home without a penny and, with her idiosyncratic behavior (smoking cigars, running naked along the hallway when she forgets the soap) and lack of concern for the judgments of others, she helps both to awaken Clarissa's bisexuality and to show her that there are possibilities outside the stuffy parameters of British upper-class society. Also a bit of an inversion, both because the recipient of Sally's manic pixieness is a woman and because both of them eventually settle into contented but conventional marriages and live outwardly very normal lives.

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* An OlderThanTelevision example is Sally Seton from Creator/VirginiaWoolf's novel ''[[Literature/MrsDalloway Mrs. Dalloway]]''. Sally shows up at Clarissa's ancestral home without a penny and, with her idiosyncratic behavior (smoking cigars, running naked along the hallway when she forgets the soap) and lack of concern for the judgments of others, she helps both to awaken Clarissa's bisexuality and to show her that there are possibilities outside the stuffy parameters of British upper-class society. Also a bit of an inversion, both because the The recipient of Sally's manic pixieness is a woman and because both of them eventually settle into contented but conventional marriages and live outwardly very normal lives.



* The girl in Music/RickyMartin's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p47fEXGabaY "Livin' La Vida Loca"]], although seen in terms of this trope, it's a bit of a deconstruction. "She'll make you live her crazy life," but the result is that "She will wear you out" and "She'll make you go insane." She's quite an experience but also dangerous.

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* The girl in Music/RickyMartin's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p47fEXGabaY "Livin' La Vida Loca"]], although seen in terms of this trope, it's a bit of a deconstruction.Loca"]]. "She'll make you live her crazy life," but the result is that "She will wear you out" and "She'll make you go insane." She's quite an experience but also dangerous.



* 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 DeconstructedCharacterArchetype. However, she and Sasha Nein are heavily implied to be a couple, despite the fact that they could not be more opposite in personality.

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%% * 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 DeconstructedCharacterArchetype. However, she and Sasha Nein are heavily implied to be a couple, despite the fact that they could not be more opposite in personality.


* 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 DeconstructedCharacterArchetype, 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.

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* 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]], 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 DeconstructedCharacterArchetype, 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.

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