10 Ways To Spot A Manic Pixie Dream Girl

10 Ways To Spot A Manic Pixie Dream Girl

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We've all see it in the movies, or even witnessed it in real life. (Who says that life can't imitate film?) It's that one trope that we knew growing up, but couldn't exactly put our finger on it because we weren't sure what to call it. However, we recognized that it was quirky, eccentric and it is interesting and kind of . . . endearing in a way. But what was it? Today, the stigma has become more seemingly popular than ever - especially on the internet - leaving audiences intrigued and hilariously confused at the same time. Okay, I should probably get to the point, huh? What is this magical role, you ask? Let me tell you . . . Manic Pixie Dream Girl. Let me rephrase that: The Majestic Manic Pixie Dream Girl.

Have you heard of it? I'm guessing that most of you out there have.

I'm not going to lie, I've been personally fascinated with this stock character for about a year now. I honestly don't know what it is. Maybe it's my weird fascination with different roles in stories and movies, or in life in general. Maybe it's because The Manic Pixie Dream Girl relates to sexism, feminism and how the world sometimes portrays women - that is, if you wanna get into all that fun stuff. Either way, I'm not going to make this article about the serious concept of the lovely MPDG. I'm going to fill you in on how you can tell when someone is a Manic Pixie Dream Girl. Sounds exciting, right? With these following signs, you can go out and look for your own Manic Pixie to teach you the meaning of life, to help you forget about the troubles in your world and to go frolicking in a cool unknown record store while playing a ukulele. So hey, let's start.

1, The way that they dress.

So this is an important one. The way a Manic Pixie Dream girl dresses is crucial. Not all the time, but most of the time you can catch the MPDG wearing something vintage, retro, or all in all cutesy. However, I believe that there are two specific categories of the MPDG style: punk and girly. Take for example Ramona Flowers from Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World. She would fall into more of the punk MPDG category, due to her constantly dyed hair (from blue, to pink, to green, etc.) her bright colored leggings matched with her jean shorts, her bad ass leather jacket, topped off with her star-bag. She stands out because she's different, she has that "I don't care, I'm going to do my own thing" attitude and her style amplifies that. She's obviously unique. On the other hand, there is Indie darling Zooey Deschanel, who definitely lands in the vintage category. This one is a given. Have you seen (500) Days of Summer? Her entire wardrobe is pretty much Mod Cloth. From the lacy dresses, the hair bow accessories, and her bangs . . . YES BANGS, The Manic Pixie Dream Girl has her eccentric look locked down.

2. The music that they listen to and the films they watch.

One word. Okay, four words: Underground. Indie. Alternative. Obscure. You'll know that they're at least a little bit of an MPDG if they listen to bands like The Shins, The Unicorns, The Smiths, The Submarines, The Pixies, Camera Obscura or Death Cab For Cutie. At least ... just a little bit. Especially when they constantly quoting song lyrics for said bands and use them in multiple situations in life, like there is some weird, ironic sort of connection that will make life seem like it makes a lot of sense. Oh, and concerts. Concerts are their thing. And trust me, they will make it known. As for film, The Manic Pixie Dream Girl is usually interested in French foreign films, or foreign films in general. (Ha ha, I'm getting so specific) They also like independent based films that have a deeper meaning over something really simple.


3. Their "mystifying" life.

Oddly enough, you don't really know much about them. Sure, they might talk about how they lost their virginity at camp when they were fifteen, but do you really know their lives? They're like this fickle little creature who likes to talk about the little details that have happened to them - the exciting and weird things - but they leave out most of the big picture, like their family, where they actually grew up. They might have a tendency of over exaggerating and bending the truth just to sound that much more interesting. Everything is seemingly simple. We have to wonder what their backstory truly is, but it is sadly never revealed, now is it?

4. They have seem complicated ... and they like to make that known.

It's just something that they seem to thrive in, and through the pain and agony, they make it work. What is so attractive and appealing about being confusing and complicated is beyond me. It's like their issues are something that makes them totally endearing and it's kind of annoying and frustrating. And for some weird reason, guys absolutely love it. Like, love it. And then we end up feeling sorry for the guy because he looks really pathetic. But theeeen we feel bad because we know that we would probably find it adorable as well.

5. They're spontaneous.

Manic Pixie Dream Girls cannot sit still. Their life is a non stop en-devour after the other. Life can never ever be boring. Maybe they'll change up their style, skip town without telling friends or family, spend the night in a hotel room three states away, take a boat over to the next country . . . or maybe more simpler things like dying their hair hot pink, adopting a stray cat, or deciding one day that they want to pick up a new hobby, like antique collecting. I don't know - you get the picture. Never ever dull.

6. They're just plain adorable.

Do I really have to delve into this one? Every single film we have seen that portrays the Manic Pixie Dream Girl has accentuated absolute and utter cuteness. Summer Finn, Ruby Sparks, Sam from Garden State, Claire from Elizabethtown, even Holly Golightly from Breakfast At Tiffany's is adorable. Either way, they have those trademark quirks that make men go weak in the knees.

7. They make you feel "alive" and life is worth living.

Life is one big adventure after the next and there is never a dull moment - not for the Manic Pixie Dream Girl. A moment with this girl is everything. You feel excited about EVERYTHING. It's literally never boring, even through small conversations over coffee in the morning. She makes you really ponder stuff, things that you never noticed before. Before you met her, you were brooding and wallowing in your self loathing. But then, she came along on her vintage bicycle and practically everything around you is sunshine and rainbows. What is this madness!? You're smiling at the mean guy at work who almost got you fired, and you're making complimenting your boss. You're not complaining one bit, but it's like your life has been turned upside down over night. There is nothing but pure optimism and motivation in your veins.


8. They're always dorky or clutzy, and they seemingly make that known...

They always have to make their quirks known, as if they aren't high lighted enough already. Maybe she sings and dances in public bathrooms and act like "they totally didn't know someone could walk in." Suuuure. They soooo wanted to get caught and feel cute in that moment. The Manic Pixie Dream Girl like to make up music videos in their own situation. I mean, I know most people do that already, but MPDGs like to skip down the street in their lacy dress from ModCloth.com and feel like they're some small town girl stuck in a boring city - filled with absolute wanderlust and they just don't belong. They say things like "I pay the cab driver with buttons" or "I make music inside of my head" or other painfully adorable things that make you want to stab yourself in the eyes because it's just. so. damn. cute. AGH. Yes. You're cute. WE GET IT.

9. They're usually creative in one way or another.

And they have interesting hobbies, that are actually pretty cool. Either they're a painter, a freelance writer, a poet, a photographer or a musician and they love to read. But again, that is the stereotype of the Manic Pixie Dream Girl. However, these hobbies and/or occupations make them seem like the perfect partner because they're so full of wisdom, wit, knowledge and creativity. The brooding boy wants that in his life because he wants that creative void in his life to be filled. I mean . . . I kind of don't blame him. Creative, artsy girls rock.

10. They're kind of unattainable.

This kind of sucks for the brooding boy. He's come so far trying to win her heart, to escape the "friend zone" (though many people believe that the friend zone is non existent.) There is something much more irresistible about something that you can't have - especially this kind of girl! In the film (500) Days of Summer, the character Summer Finn is Tom Hanson's object of desire, and when she tells him that she isn't looking for anything serious (sorry for the spoiler for those who haven't seen the movie) his desire for her becomes stronger in that he wants to hold onto her even more. What's up MPDG? You have to be so perfect, yet so hard to obtain.

The most important thing to keep in mind, is that The Manic Pixie Dream Girl is merely a figment of your imagination at the whole. They're people, just like you ... with backstories, just like you. They're created from the figment of your imagination, but that doesn't make them any less realistic. The qualities listed above were for entertainment purposes, however, these attributes do actually exist. Aren't tropes interesting or what??

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"All booze is good booze, unless it's weak booze."
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Fact: If you watch "New Girl," you love Nick Miller.

You can't help it. He's an adorable, lovable mess of a man and you look forward to seeing him and his shenanigans each week. While living the infamous and incomparable life of Nick Miller, and obviously Julius Pepperwood— he has learned many valuable laws of the land. And, although Nick refuses to learn anything from anyone besides his mysterious, old Asian friend Tran, he does have a few lessons he'd like to teach us.

Here are 35 facts of life according to 'Nick Milla Nick Milla':

1. Drinking keeps you healthy.

"I'm not gonna get sick. No germ can live in a body that is 65% beer."

2. Dinosaurs never existed.

"I don't believe dinosaurs existed. I've seen the science. I don't believe it."


3. A paper bag is a bank.

"A bank is just a paper bag but with fancier walls."


4. Having sex is similar to delivering mail.

"I'm like a mailman, except instead of mail it's hot sex that I deliver."

5. Moonwalking is a foolproof way to get out of any awkward situation.

Jess (about Nick): "Now he won't even talk to me. I saw him this morning and he just panic moonwalked away from me. He does that sometimes."

6. Using a movie reference is also a great way.

Cece: "Come on, get up!"

Nick: "No, I don't dance. I'm from that town in "Footloose."

7. There's no reason to wash towels.

Nick: "I don’t wash the towel. The towel washes me. Who washes a towel?"

Schmidt: "You never wash your towel?"

Nick: "What am I gonna do? Wash the shower next? Wash a bar of soap?"

8. Exes are meant to be avoided at all costs (especially if/unless they're Caroline)

"I don't deal with exes, they're part of the past. You burn them swiftly and you give their ashes to Poseidon."

9. IKEA furniture is not as intimidating as it looks.

"I'm building you the dresser. I love this stuff. It's like high-stakes LEGOs."

10. You don't need forks if you have hands.

Jess: "That's gross. Get a fork, man."

Nick: "I got two perfectly good forks at the end of my arms!"

11. Sex has a very specific definition.


"It's not sex until you put the straw in the coconut."

12. Doors are frustrating.

"I will push if I want to push! Come on! I hate doors!"

13. All booze is good booze.

"Can I get an alcohol?"

14. ...unless it's weak booze.

"Schmidt, that is melon flavored liquor! That is 4-proof! That is safe to drink while you're pregnant!"

15. Writers are like pregnant women.

Jess: "You know what that sound is? It's the sound of an empty uterus."

Nick: "I can top that easily. I'm having a hard time with my zombie novel."

Jess: "Are you really comparing a zombie novel to my ability to create life?"

Nick: "I'm a writer, Jess. We create life."

16. All bets must be honored.

"There is something serious I have to tell you about the future. The name of my first-born child needs to be Reginald VelJohnson. I lost a bet to Schmidt."

17. Adele's voice is like a combination of Fergie and Jesus.

"Adele is amazing."

18. Beyoncé is extremely trustworthy.

"I'd trust Beyoncé with my life. We be all night."

19. Fish, on the other hand, are not.


“Absolutely not. You know I don’t trust fish! They breathe water. That's crazy!"

20. Bar mitzvahs are terrifying.

Schmidt: "It's a bar mitzvah!"

Nick: "I am NOT watching a kid get circumcised!"

21. ...so are blueberries.

Jess: "So far, Nick Miller's list of fears is sharks, tap water, real relationships..."

Nick: "And blueberries."

22. Take your time with difficult decisions. Don't be rash.


Jess: "You care about your burritos more than my children, Nick?"

Nick: "You're putting me in a tough spot!"

23. Getting into shape is not easy.

"I mean, I’m not doing squats or anything. I’m trying to eat less donuts."

24. We aren't meant to talk about our feelings.

"If we needed to talk about feelings, they would be called talkings."


25. We're all a little bit too hard on ourselves.

"The enemy is the inner me."

26. Freezing your underwear is a good way to cool off.


"Trust me, I'm wearing frozen underpants right now and I feel amazing. I'm gonna grab some old underpants and put a pair into the freezer for each of you."

27. Public nudity is normal.

"Everbody has been flashed countless times."

28. Alcohol is a cure-all.


"You treat an outside wound with rubbing alcohol. You treat an inside wound with drinking alcohol."

29. Horses are aliens.

"I believe horses are from outer-space."


30. Turtles should actually be called 'shell-beavers.'

Jess: "He calls turtles 'shell-beavers."

Nick: "Well, that's what they should be called."

31. Trench coats are hot.


"This coat has clean lines and pockets that don't quit, and it has room for your hips. And, when I wear it, I feel hot to trot!"


32. Sparkles are too.

"Now, my final bit of advice, and don't get sensitive on this, but you've got to change that top it's terrible and you've got to throw sparkles on. Sparkles are in. SPARKLES ARE IN."

33. Introspection can lead to a deeper knowing of oneself.

"I'm not convinced I know how to read. I've just memorized a lot of words."


34. It's important to live in the moment.

"I know this isn't gonna end well but the middle part is gonna be awesome."


35. Drinking makes you cooler.

Jess: "Drinking to be cool, Nick? That's not a real thing."

Nick: "That's the only thing in the world I know to be true."

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