A smart and funny video has been recently making the online rounds that takes a well-worn rom-com trope to one obvious satirical conclusion, and it's well worth a look. Also an accompanying article (a kind of "News of the Manic Pixie Dream Girl World" update) by Slate's Aisha Harris.
Synchronistically, a friend recently asked me if there was a male equivalent of the MPDG. Great question! I replied, momentarily at a loss. Closest I could come up with is what I'd call the Secretly Sweet Bad Boy (SSBB): that handsome in a dark way guy who's Trouble but catnip to women, who find their calling and usually, a coming of age, by exposing that the Bad Boy is actually a vulnerable, even heroic dude who'll stop being bad when the right good woman loves him (e.g. early Johnny Depp, et al).
The SSBB, however, is so ubiquitous in so many forms, transcending the rom-com genre (calling Heathcliff), that this doesn't feel specific and timely enough, so I throw it out to you. Is there a more specifically current cultural MPDG construct for guys, do you think? Living RomCom wants to know.