Despite all that (or of all that), there are ways of utilizing this trope without falling into that pitfall.

Given enough time, Character Development can add to their personality and interests and pull them away from the MPDG foundation.

The story may even be told from their perspective, revealing that there is more to them than bringing adventure to brooding guys.

Deconstructions of the idea may show that they resent being considered only useful for the benefit of the main character, idolized as something that they are not, or that once the main character reaches their "enlightened" stage, the MPDG moves on to the next person who needs their help.

It's a long-standing trope, but the term was coined in 2007 by film critic Nathan Rabin, who found it grating, as he believed it to be the result of Wish Fulfillment from stir-crazy writers.

He explicitly compared it to the Magical Negro, in that a Manic Pixie Dream Girl exists to help the protagonist achieve happiness without ever seeking any independent goals herself.

"Manic Pixie Dream Boys", where they exist, tend to either be young (e.g., a Kid Sidekick) or immature.

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It’s very common for guys with kids to write in their OKCupid profiles: “My kids come first,” or “My daughter is the center of my world! You want a potential mate to know that your life includes the giant presence of a kid or four. Plus, if you’ve gone through divorce or another crisis that landed you as a single parent, you are no doubt concerned about giving your kids extra care and sense of security. But it is even trickier if one or both of the parents put the kids before their partner.

You also want women to know you’re a devoted dad (it’s no secret chicks get hot for guys who are great with kids! It’s no surprise that so many blended families I know struggle with adjusting all parties to a home where everyone is suddenly expected to revolve around the new relationship. One dad I went out with nearly boasted when telling me about a four-month relationship that went sour because his girlfriend did not understand why he’d abruptly leave in the middle of dinner because his tween son would call, upset about some matter with his hockey coach.

Sometimes the Manic Pixie Dream Girl is a Hypercompetent Sidekick.

Contrast Nerd Nanny and Yamato Nadeshiko for examples of calmer and more mature ladies.

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