I mean, there wasn't really a name for the trope, but it's been around for generations.
Posted by nieh on 4/11/2017, 11:40 am, in reply to "Was that even a cliche yet by that point?"
Butterflies Are Free had it, Amélie had it, Finding Nemo had it, Better Off Dead had it, the Fifth Element had it, all before Garden State and Elizabethtown were things, and those are just the ones I can remember seeing off the top of my head. There's a fairly large list at tvtropes: http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/ManicPixieDreamGirl
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