Coined by Nathan Rabin, the Manic Pixie Dream Girl archetype is used to describe female stock characters in film and television who are typically quirky, dreamy, and often high on life. Classic examples of the MPDG include Claire Colburn (Kirsten Dunst) from Elizabethtown, Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) from Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, and Clementine Kruczynski (Kate Winslet) from Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.
If you've seen any of the above films (or even if you haven't), you should have a pretty specific idea in your head of a Manic Pixie Dream Girl and its function in the story. While many dramas, romantic films, and comedies use this archetype to kick some life into their apathetic male protagonist, the MPDG isn't exclusive to those genres. In fact, many horror films utilize the character type, but they usually end up being less "manic" and more "maniac."
Here are 15 Manic Pixie Dream Girls you should probably stay away from.
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