A Manic Pixie Dream Girl or MPDG, is a term coined by film critic Nathan Rabin after seeing Elizabethtown. It refers to "that bubbly, shallow cinematic creature that 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." A pretty, outgoing, whacky female romantic lead whose sole purpose is to help broody male characters lighten up and enjoy their lives.
In Garden State, Natalie Portman was a Manic Pixie Dream Girl.
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The girl who's smart and perfectly imperfect. She's everything you want but slightly broken and unattainable. Her wild hair and magnetic personality pull you in but you'll never be able to keep her or fix her.
Guy: "Dude, I love Ramona Flowers from Scott Pilgrim vs. The World."
Girl: "Of course you do; she's a manic Pixie Dream girl."
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A female character who's entire character is based around a guy's shallow definition of a "perfect girl", a nerd's wet dream girlfriend. She plays all the games he plays, likes everything he likes, and probably has a pixie cut or some other radical hairstyle. She probably has a "perfect body" but hides it under baggy clothes, and wears nothing but nerdy video game centric t shirts or ridiculously over the top outfits that are practically costumes.
Guy: I'm not like other guys who are shallow and just want a blonde bimbo, I want a girl who plays video games and embraces life like me. She's beautiful but doesn't know it, and she loves nerdy stuff!
Girl: So you want a manic pixie dream girl
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A manic pixie dream girl is a, typically young, female character, aged from late teen’s to early twenty’s. A manic pixie dream girl is usually juvenile in appearance and in mind, giving an air whimsy. found in pop culture, these characters on their own would be traditionally seen as helpless in the real world but are useful tools to their main character counter part(s).

The manic pixie dream girl can be seen as a tool for :comic relief, emotional support, and,emotional uplifting.
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A female in her 20s who tries to interact with a brooding, loner guy, for she adores him. She acts so cutesy and a little quirky but she believes she was put in this guy's life to change his life and perhaps he will fall for her. She will go to great lengths to please him, showing him the world in her eyes. The guy soon realizes he can't go a day without seeing girl. It gets to a point where she will do absolutely ANYTHING to make his world comfortable, waiting for his requited love and sometimes he ends up taking her for granted. They either fall in love, or the love is unrequited. The Manic Pixie Dream Girl could potentially end up broken hearted. This type of girl was defined by a man who noticed the MPDG behavior in the movie Elizabethtown staring Kirsten Dunst and Orlando Bloom, as well as the film Garden State starring Zach Braff and Natalie Portman.
Ainsley acts like brooding Morgan's manic pixie dream girl.
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An album made by the band doll skin that was released in 2017. The album includes some amazing songs like “shut up (you miss me) and daughter.
Have you heard the amazing album manic pixie dream girl by doll skin?
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A manic pixie dream girl that is broken or jaded in some way and often has a tragic backstory usually suffers some form of mental illness usually a personality, mood, or dissociative disorder and/or ptsd due to/from a traumatic event in her past
Examples of the manic depressive pixie dream girl would be ophelia from hamlet or misaki nakahara from the anime adaptation of welcome to the nhk
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