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"She'll make you take your clothes off and go dancing in the rain!
She'll make you live her crazy life
but she'll take away your pain,
like a bullet to your brain! (Come on!)"
Ricky Martin, "Livin' La Vida Loca"

Hey street boy, what's your style?
Your dead-end dreams don't make you smile
I'll give ya somethin' to live for
Have ya and grab ya, 'til you're sore!
The Runaways, "Cherry Bomb"

She runs through the night
As if nobody cares
She screams and she cries
And ignores all the stares
She wants me to come
But I'm never going there
Guided By Voices, "Gold Heart Mountaintop Queen Directory"

Like a shooting star he shines.
He said, "Take my hand,
"Live while you can
"Don't you see your dreams lie right in the palm of your hand?"
Vanessa Carlton, "Ordinary Day"

Oh boy, do you ever get bored
Getting all you want and more
What you need is someone like you
Who's gonna blow your pretty world in two
I watch you play around
But that don't bother me
'm not in a rush cos
I can see
That a boy like you
Needs a crazy girl like me.
S Club 7, "Boy Like You"

Suzanne takes you down to her place near the river
You can hear the boats go by
You can spend the night beside her
And you know that she's half crazy
But that's why you want to be there
And she feeds you tea and oranges
That come all the way from China
And just when you mean to tell her
That you have no love to give her
Then she gets you on her wavelength
And she lets the river answer
That you've always been her lover
And you want to travel with her
And you want to travel blind
And you know that she will trust you
For you've touched her perfect body with your mind.

Beware of young girls who come to the door
Wistful and pale, of twenty-and-four
Delivering daisies with delicate hands...

Beware of young girls, too often they crave
To cry at a wedding or dance on a grave...
Dory Previn, "Beware Of Young Girls"

"Now, it isn't that I don't like you, Susan, because, after all, in moments of quiet I'm strangely drawn to you, but - well, there haven't been any quiet moments."

I'm not a concept. Too many guys think I'm a concept or I complete them or I'm going to make them alive, but I'm just a fucked up girl who is looking for my own peace of mind. Don't assign me yours.
Clementine Kruczynski, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

"Oh, goodness," she said, "what if you do look like an awful lemon? I know you're not really, and I guess if you were always grinning away like I do, we'd just explode when we got together. You stay the way you are, Lije, and keep me from floating away."

And she kept Lije Baley from sinking down.

"I was feeling lower than low—hopeless—and suddenly a miracle happened... This girl—she wasn't in the office more than a coupla minutes—tipped me off on this job—and I got it. She was a blonde, pretty, about five-foot-six, big brown eyes—"
Dr. Kitchell, not the only man in Bells Are Ringing to whom Ella Peterson happened

SEVERUS MEETS PERKY: Diametrically opposite to [A Woman With A Dark Past], this tour matches everyone’s favorite taciturn Potions Master with a woman so ebullient that tourists may fear that the two will combust when they come in contact. Perky is "short" and "unconventional". She wears robes of eye-jarring shades of pink, yellow, blue, green, or all of them together. Her hair is a "nest of curls" and her face jovial. She wants to share her general state of happiness with the world and, since Perky is woman who "likes a challenge", her most concerted efforts will be directed at the one man in Hogwarts who could be described as unhappiness personified. Severus, in his turn, will be disconcerted by her attempts to break through his "uncommunicative façade", but also unwillingly charmed by her high-spirited tomfoolery. She "brings a breath of fresh air" into his dismal life. We don’t really know what Perky gets from the exchange.
Rugi and Gwena, Tough Guide to Harry Potter

Steve: I just realized, I don't know your name.
Girl: I could tell you my name, but would my name tell you that I'm incapable of seeing the color orange? (takes out an orange) I just have to trust people who give me these. Or that I think moustaches are T-shirts for lips? Or that I wear ice skates to weddings? It's hard to dance. But that's just the type of person I am.
Steve: ... I'm Steve. I'm the kind of guy who drives cross country to take his friend to his old man's funeral, then gives it all up when he finds his Manic Pixie Dream Girl along the way.
Girl: ... Wait a minute, you blew off your grieving friend to hang out in a hot tub with a complete stranger?
American Dad! ("Independent Movie")

"She's like one of those quirky girls from the movies. I saw her in the cafeteria trying to pay for lunch with a song."
Annie, Community, regarding Kat

    Real Life 

That was something that was calculated, you know what I mean? That was our marketing department at Fox and they did a really good job with our first season, but that’s a word that describes the character that I play, not me. I don’t personally have identification with that word myself.
Zooey Deschanel on playing "adorkable" characters

Listen to me, EA: not every introvert is longing for the day that Zooey Fucking Deschanel kicks their door down and forcibly drags them to a roller rink!!

The MPDB is a corrupted pantomime dame of the true wizard of ad-libbed wonder, Bill Murray, who achieves everything these hoary, cheap archetypes are aiming for — in pure Venkman style — without even trying.
Stuart Millard, Smoke and Mirrors & Steven Seagal

She tap-dances. She lies, puckishly. She emcees somber hamster funerals. She introduces strangers to her blankie. She figure-skates in a crushed-velvet alligator costume. She wears an epilepsy helmet just long enough to facilitate a wise and bittersweet moment and then never wears it again. She walks over to her record player and opens the lid but doesn't put a record on just to make VERY SURE you know she has one.

As always, the Emmys were a snore-filled snooze fest last night, but luckily there was a brightly shining stoned star who guided us safely through that never-ending mess. The second Sarah "Human Cloud of Weed Smoke" Silverman arrived, I knew everything was going to be alright.
Michael K., "Sarah Silverman Was Probably (Read: Definitely) High As Hell At The Emmys"

Perhaps Carter felt that Reyes was coming across as a little too spaced out but the "I feel energies" angle was dropped when she became a regular. A shame, because I rather like the idea of somebody a little kooky working in the X-Files office. I don’t really buy the criticism that Reyes is a forced eccentric, a character constructed out of idiosyncratic ticks and quirks…at least until she started to imitate whale song. At that point I thought she might have gone insane.
Joe Ford on The X-Files, "Existence"

Loved too much to ever be hurt, knowing she can get away with anything, well aware of our gaze, Jo smiles and goes about her business. The Doctor grasps her hand, stares adoringly at his companion, and they run off from whatever monster is chasing them this week, she having the time of her life, he deludedly thinking he's actually in charge here and that he exists for something other than her pleasure.

Lois likes something weird! That’s kind of like characterization, right?
Chris Sims on Smallville ("Dominion")

We should really be shaming the men who put the MPDG on a pedestal to avoid having to really love her for who she is.



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