Manic Pixie Dream Boys

I see a lot of Manic Pixie Dream Girl lists but no Manic Pixie Dream Boy lists, so here's a start.

Since the archetype is rare in a romantic setting, I've included both straight-played examples and those deconstructed to varying degrees. Ultimately derived from prototypical embodiments in popular romance and fantasy novels such as Rhett Butler or Peter Pan, and even further back to the princes and cherubs of folk tales, the MPDB is an impossible paragon of security and nonchalance which--in real life--only seems to manifest as sociopathy in the extremely rich and naivety in the extremely young. Somewhat related to the adventure bro archetype but to avoid splitting hairs I'm not addressing histrionic bromances, no Depp, Pitt, or…

  • To the Bone
  • La La Land
  • Nerve
  • Fifty Shades of Grey
  • The Fault in Our Stars
  • Burlesque
  • Twilight
  • The Lake House
  • Big Fish
  • Elf
  • She's All That
  • Elizabeth
  • Hideous Kinky
  • Titanic
  • Before Sunrise
  • Aladdin
  • Heathers
  • Big
  • Overboard
  • Moonstruck
  • The Witches of Eastwick
  • Ferris Bueller's Day Off