Manic Pixie Dream Girl

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Who gave here a butterfly knife? I don't think she's safe to carry even a butter knife! Stopping dangerous things to the crazy person!

Stay classy Erin..

stay classy

Strangely, I expected another crossover with LeeLee... oh well.

EDIT: Okay my mouse is broken so that post was incomprehensible. Nothing to see here. Sorry everyone.

So wait, Erin basically has multiple personality imaginary friends based on videogame characters, a resolution that could probably be described as something of a mix between Donny Darko and Fight Club.....and then she practically screamed homicidal tendencies by sticking a knife out....?

Chances are the new character was there because Sharon thought Erin's plug was going to get pulled or something....she looks adorable though.

Aw, Erin is so nice and approachable.

Blunderboy:
And we've confirmed Erin is now a bitch.

No son, Erin is the bitch, and Mrs Bitch to you.

Evil Smurf:

Blunderboy:
And we've confirmed Erin is now a bitch.

No son, Erin is the bitch, and Mrs Bitch to you.

Firstly, the word son doesn't really work on people older than you. :P

Secondly, she's really not the bitch. She's just plain unlikeable now.

Blunderboy:

Evil Smurf:

Blunderboy:
And we've confirmed Erin is now a bitch.

No son, Erin is the bitch, and Mrs Bitch to you.

Firstly, the word son doesn't really work on people older than you. :P

Secondly, she's really not the bitch. She's just plain unlikeable now.

"Now?"

You've got high tolerance levels.
Reading Critical has always been like watching the anime "Black Lagoon" for me. Love the series, but there are many times I don't care for the main character.

I hope the octopus hat girl has some kind of counter attack for the next strip. Maybe a headbutt or an uppercut... anything?

Hollyday:
This is turning into almost a comical kind of 'you can't please everyone' situation.

You make a story arc to flesh out the characters - people post that it's too slow, boring and not games-focused enough.

You spend a few weeks putting out game/game-industry focused strips - people say it's disjointed and want to know how Erin's story continues.

You make ONE new none games-focused strip - people start crying that it's not games-focused again AND they don't understand Erin's character.

I'm glad I'm not you!

OT: Love Erin, love the comic, love the octopus hat

I think the problem is more:

We had a storyline which says that these antics are not played for laughes and that she has ... Dun, dun, dunnnnn... SERIOUS ISSUES!!!

This makes strips like these problematic because we were supposed to take Erin's actions seriously then. Thusly, pulling a butterfly knife with a blade about as large as her head on a new co-worker is no longer wacky antics but Erin continuing to be a danger to everyone around her.

Thusly the problem. In real life, most of us would have difficulty seeing the joke in this and, since we're now supposed to take such strips as drama, the reaction becomes confused. It may well be that trying to do drama with Erin was this strip's "miscarriage moment" but what has been done can rarely be undone.

Someone institutionalize this crazy bitch already.

And here, we see, the female journalist marking out her terriotory with the grace and beauty of a swan... hit by a truck full of cutlery.

Remember Erin.

Blood for the blood god.
Skulls for the throne of Khorne.

And you'll go far.

Not much of a dream girl if shes a bitch to her coworkers and pulls knives on people.

Skeleon:
Eh, the recent story arcs (and this comic itself) kind of undermine the whole cute, quirky thing Erin had going in the past. While, yes, I suppose that is the joke, I find it mostly just sad.
Speaking of TVTropes, isn't there also a trope for comedic, light-hearted webcomics going a "dark and depressing"-route? It would seem that Critical Miss is no exception there, at least for a while.

Cerberus syndrome.

Dr. wonderful:

Skeleon:
Eh, the recent story arcs (and this comic itself) kind of undermine the whole cute, quirky thing Erin had going in the past. While, yes, I suppose that is the joke, I find it mostly just sad.
Speaking of TVTropes, isn't there also a trope for comedic, light-hearted webcomics going a "dark and depressing"-route? It would seem that Critical Miss is no exception there, at least for a while.

Cerberus syndrome.

You mean 'Cerebus'.

Entitled:
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The way I see it, it's a term for a woman who is a bachelorette who doesn't really give a crap about anything much but self satisfaction and fun.

The sexist part is that these women only exist in film to make grumpy and stuffy men see how to have fun in life (hence the 'Dream Girl' part) rather than be a character in and of themselves.

I could be described as a manic pixie dream girl (ugh I don't like the phraseology though) in the way that I, personally, don't really behave like an average 30 year old woman at all. Ironically my male best mate is the grumpiest fucker to have ever lived. I'm wondering if it's as much as illusion of film makers than a reflection of the type of people who fit the MPDG type attract in their lives seen from a largely male perspective.

Grey Carter:
Manic Pixie Dream Girl

Versus Manic Depressive Pixie Dream Girl

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Is that a double-edged balisong in the last panel? Because if it is, that may be the most stupidly dangerous knife to ever theoretically exist.

Dangit2019:

Grey Carter:
Manic Pixie Dream Girl

Versus Manic Depressive Pixie Dream Girl

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Is that a double-edged balisong in the last panel? Because if it is, that may be the most stupidly dangerous knife to ever theoretically exist.

My script actually specified a "switchblade" so you'll have to talk to Cory about that.

Grey Carter:

Dangit2019:

Grey Carter:
Manic Pixie Dream Girl

Versus Manic Depressive Pixie Dream Girl

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Is that a double-edged balisong in the last panel? Because if it is, that may be the most stupidly dangerous knife to ever theoretically exist.

My script actually specified a "switchblade" so you'll have to talk to Cory about that.

Actually, it would be better if I could make a formal complaint to the CEO of Themis Group. Yes, it is that big a deal. This is, after all, the internet, and is therefore serious business.

Oddly, I was expecting Boxy to show up, though that's so dated it wouldn't be funny other than as an "Oh I remember that".

While it works in a general sense, and is an exagerrated version of how a lot of women react to each other when they have a niche defined in a peer group, the first thing I thought of was some of the youtube cam-girl rivalries, many of whom do the whole "manic" thing.

I'll also say that on a serious note you might be wondering why Erin hasn't gotten fired with all of her recent antics and breakdowns, especially seeing as her peer group seems to involve a lot of her co-workers. A lot of this might very well be her recognizing an up and coming replacement, and truthfully if you've ever seen someone meet their replacement to-be in a sitation like this, this is pretty close to how it can be at times when they realize what's going on, especially if like Erin you really don't have much else.

So I think I know where this is coming from, but not where it is going // Also, where did she get that knife from!

-M

Yes, we already know Eerin is the worst female character ever. You really hammered that point before.

Now can you forget about her and return to videogame humour? Because for one thing, what was exactly the point of this comic strip apart from you evidently drawing fantasies of a woman who is probably like you only with female genitalia?

Ah, the good thing of a comic with such a crappy protagonist is that I can type all I want and I STILL won't be as obnoxious as the protagonist of the comic.

She's quirky, yeah.
"Quirky."
I'd use stronger words, but it's not wrong.
Just doesn't... quite cover it.

Is there a joke here?

Moonlight Butterfly:

Entitled:
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The way I see it, it's a term for a woman who is a bachelorette who doesn't really give a crap about anything much but self satisfaction and fun.

The sexist part is that these women only exist in film to make grumpy and stuffy men see how to have fun in life (hence the 'Dream Girl' part) rather than be a character in and of themselves.

I could be described as a manic pixie dream girl (ugh I don't like the phraseology though) in the way that I, personally, don't really behave like an average 30 year old woman at all. Ironically my male best mate is the grumpiest fucker to have ever lived. I'm wondering if it's as much as illusion of film makers than a reflection of the type of people who fit the MPDG type attract in their lives seen from a largely male perspective.

But you see, if you want to analyze this trope, you'll find out that this is as sexist to men as it is to women. Stories involving MPDG have a main character that is either an ass, or someone unable to enjoy life, and they can only be saved if a woman comes to help them see the light. Nevermind if they have a friend (there is always one) that tells him that he should loosen up, that he is missing on life, if it doesn't come from a girl that makes them fall in love (and true love is quirky, as everybody knows), those things will never get through his thick skull.

Now if you take these kind of stories seriously, you'll realize that they are simply dumb, and do nothing interesting with the protagonists. Both the male lead and the female lead are shallow characters, and they are usually meant to be used in humorous(?) comedies.

It's not sexist for the sake of sexism, the author isn't subconsciously bashing women, it is just a cheap trope, so it falls apart as soon as you start to examine it, under every point of view you want to take.

mdqp:
the author isn't subconsciously bashing women,

I never said they were I was merely pointing out how it COULD be taken as sexist. I don't really think it is, just a weird trope as you say. It was the guys previous that I quoted that mentioned it may be sexist.

Moonlight Butterfly:

mdqp:
the author isn't subconsciously bashing women,

I never said they were I was merely pointing out how it COULD be taken as sexist. I don't really think it is, just a weird trope as you say. It was the guys previous that I quoted that mentioned it may be sexist.

Sorry then, I guess I misread, and I should have addressed it to the other guy (but I am so lazy I might actually let it go, one attempt is enough... :p).

Meanwhile, the captcha says "bowties are cool"... Everybody like to give fashion tips, I guess.

And you wonder why there's never two of them in one movie. It's like Highlander--there can only be one.

Dat face yo, dat face.

Hey Sharon, got any banana stickers left?

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