Technically Brooksie isn’t a manic Pixie dreamgirl because she’s not the idealized tomboy that is showing the main character how to love life. She’s pixe dreamgirl adjacent. Unfortunately since people hate not being able to reduce everything down to simple terms she gets labeled that way pretty much by everyone. That said, she actually is a MPD in her own story for all intents and purposes. Jess is just the average man in this case. Except she’s also a really hot girl, and doesn’t need to be shown how to have fun. She’s a MPD in her own right arguably. Basically combined together they are like cocaine mixed with speed. (I actually had to look up drugs to find out if that metaphor worked… Or is it a simile?) In addition to that Jo is only an MPD around people she feels safe with. In other circumstances she’s the shy girl. Shrinking violet I think is the trope name. Since people aren’t ever just one thing she can be both. I’m very confident around people I know, but in unfamiliar situations I’m basically only ever a stray thought from a full on panic attack. Of course since I’m a fat dude I’m not ever gonna be mistaken for a MPD. I don’t know what the male equivalent is. Or the shy girl one.
I actually wrote the first version of these two pages with Carol referencing Bechdel, but then I realized she probably wouldn’t give two fucks about that dumb nerd shit. So Jo would need to say it because she would. Also Thomas would know that Jo would know what he’s saying by calling her a pixie dream girl and that Carol would pick it up from context clues. It’s possible that Carol has heard the phrase in passing though it’s a lot more common than Bechdel among regular people and Carol skews more towards regular.
Anyway, I got distracted by stuff so I guess this is done. I think a lot about my dumb comic I make.