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[[caption-width-right:350:[-You know someone who went to the trouble of individually icing all these cupcakes deserves to be Class President!-]]]

She gets straight A's in her classes, while also taking charge of multiple school clubs and volunteering at a homeless shelter in her spare time. She's unfailingly polite to her peers, older adults, and younger children alike. She might not be a [[TheFashionista fashion plate,]] but she never steps outside her home without looking perfectly presentable. Nobody doubts that big things are to be expected of her.

They are, right? Otherwise, it would be so frustrating for all that effort to go to waste!

The Go-Getter Girl is a young woman who devotes herself to achievements other than homemaking above everything else. The reasons for this might vary: she may have some personal goal she feels she needs to accomplish, she may be desperately seeking the approval of others, or she may simply enjoy competing against her peers and taking the number one rank. In any case, she's well aware of the effort that her path requires, but she's more than up to the challenge. She finds it easy, or at least manageable, to discipline herself to avoid distractions, and while others might complain about the expectations of superiors, she will do whatever she can to meet and exceed them.

Despite all appearances, things aren't always as easy for the Go-Getter Girl as they may seem. [[TechnicianVersusPerformer All the discipline that goes into creating her persona of perfection may crowd out the possibility for spontaneity, fun, and other pleasures of youth.]] It's not that she doesn't want these things deep down; it's just that she feels that she doesn't have the luxury of acting on them. For this reason, [[StepfordSmiler while she might always seem completely put-together in public]], in the few moments she has to herself in private, she's liable to let herself go and act like a slob and a slacker...or at least fantasize about doing so. At extremes, the pressure of maintaining her image can get to her, causing her to snap and turn evil or insane.

That being said, TropesAreNotBad. Although the Go-Getter Girl must deal with a certain amount of pressure, her personality also allows her to accomplish things others of her peers cannot. If she is able to find balance in her life, she has the potential to become a true leader.

Romance is often a secondary concern in such a character's life; she's more focused on her future for the time being. If her mind does turn to love, she's liable to look for someone of a status befitting her own perceived value. In the case where she is secretly attracted to someone she sees as beneath her, [[{{Tsundere}} expect a lot of furious denials and put-downs as she (generally unsuccessfully) tries to distance herself from her feelings]].

If the Go-Getter Girl is in high school, she is very often a ClassRepresentative or StudentCouncilPresident, as well as focused on entering the UsefulNotes/IvyLeague, {{Oxbridge}}, or UsefulNotes/TokyoUniversity. College Go-Getter Girls will be racking up internships and academic distinctions as they position themselves for an appealing job when they graduate. The oldest a Go-Getter Girl is likely to be is her late 20s or early 30s; by this time, if they have continued to stay on the path to success, they will have begun to take on real responsibilities and grown into [[IronLady a different trope]].

Go-Getter Boys can exist, but they are much rarer. This may be due to the historical legacies of sexism, as discrimination has forced women to prove themselves in order to get the same rewards as men. For this reason, a boy with academic talents or personal charisma is more likely to focus on developing those traits alone, without the need to appear perfect in other areas.

Compare and contrast with PluckyGirl, a similarly strong and determined character type, but one that shows more comfort with breaking rules and flouting social conventions, as well as TheWomanWearingTheQueenlyMask, who has these pressures thrust upon her as a member of royalty rather than freely choosing them.

Compare also with AcademicAlphaBitch and ThePerfectionist. Also not to be confused with female characters who work with [[Manga/GetterRobo Getter Rays]].



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Yukino Miyazawa from ''Manga/KareKano'' maintains a facade of outward perfection in order to obtain praise from others. Arima's accidental discovery of the girl behind the mask kicks off both the plot and her own path to self-discovery.
* Utena Tenjou from ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'' painfully learns the difference between holding an ideal of achievement and managing actual leadership.
* Lafiel from ''LightNovel/CrestOfTheStars'' does not coast on her status as a Princess, but instead desires to prove herself as a commander in her own right.
* Asuka Langley Soryu from ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' wants to be this but, due to her traumatic background, does not have the mental health to do so. Her unprovoked rudeness to perceived inferior Shinji is an early sign of the desperation behind her driven personality.
* Naru Narusegawa from ''Manga/LoveHina'', as demonstrated by her obsession with entering into UsefulNotes/TokyoUniversity.
* Nana from ''Manga/NanaToKaoru'' is so wrapped up in her quest for achievement, the only thing that can help her relax is a good session of BDSM.
* Sumire in ''Manga/KimiWaPetto'' is an interesting case. As a woman in her late 20s, she represents the older age limit of this type. While she is well on the way to achieving professional success, she finds herself facing multiple personal anxieties due to the compromises and life decisions she had made along the way. [[spoiler: The epilogue shows a happy ending, where she has managed to combine a fulfilling career with a loving relationship, albeit with the very last type of man she would have expected.]]
* Hiroko Matsukada from ''Manga/HatarakiMan'' is practically an expy of [[Manga/KimiWaPetto Sumire]]. Same driven attitude to work (in practically the same job, no less!), same struggles with balancing work and personal life (and the fact that her professional ambitions have partially contributed to her being single in her late 20s), same issues with sexism where her co-workers value her contributions but see her as not feminine enough.
* Ayaka Machida in ''Anime/StellviaOfTheUniverse'' is extremely ambitious, to the point where she is ready to commit amoral and outright criminal acts to come out on top.
* ''Manga/MaidSama'': Misaki is a model student, a highly active and effective StudentCouncilPresident, and works to help financially support her family.
* Ayatsuji Tsukasa from ''VideoGame/{{Amagami}} SS'', complete with hidden BitchInSheepsClothing tendencies.
* Kyouko from ''Manga/SkipBeat'' starts out as... not this, as she's dropped out of high school and sacrificed her entire life to take care of her actor sorta-boyfriend. Then she happens to overhear what he really thinks of her (disposable labor), and she vows to get her revenge by outshining him in show business. [[{{Determinator}} Cue her personality switching 180 degrees, as from then on, nothing will stand in the way of her pursuit of success.]]

* Tracy Flick from ''Film/{{Election}}'' epitomizes the negative aspects of this trope, as her need for achievement is shown to get in the way of her forming meaningful personal relationships.
* In ''Film/LegallyBlonde'', Vivian Kensington is the prototypical hard-working, serious Harvard Law School student, which is why the ditzy yet competent Elle Woods annoys her to no end.
* Amber Atkins in ''Film/DropDeadGorgeous''. She's a good student, holds two jobs, volunteers at the anorexia wing of the hospital and still has time to practice her tap dancing!
* [[TheRival Amy Squirrel]] and [[TeachersPet Sasha]] in ''Film/BadTeacher''.
* Class persident Summer from ''Film/SchoolOfRock'' is so ambitious and driven, she doesn't see a point to goofing around and playing music. She is only ten.
* ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'': Judy Hopps was the top student at the police academy and even when she's assigned to parking duty on her first day she still gives her best to show what she's made of. She willingly works harder to compensate for her small stature and discrimination she faces as a bunny.
* Creator/HaroldLloyd is a well-known male version.

* ''Literature/HarryPotter'': Hermione Granger is an example of how someone can navigate through the pitfalls of this trope and end up a mature, balanced woman.
* Eilonwy from ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfPrydain'' is very devoted to achieving excellence as an enchantress, and, like Hermione, can be somewhat snotty to those she sees as slacking off.
* Quite a few of the girls in Creator/EnidBlyton's ''Malory Towers'' books take their turns at this. Darrell Rivers, Sally Hope and Alicia Johns are the cream of the all-rounders; most of the other girls who stand out for their achievements are known for one particular talent.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Rory Gilmore and Paris from ''Series/GilmoreGirls''. Rory is a more balanced example, while Paris is highly unstable and a fierce AcademicAlphaBitch.
* Andie and Joey from ''Series/DawsonsCreek'', with both of them, being part of troubled families and suffering from a terrible home life, consequently becoming ambitious overachievers.
* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'': ComicBook/LoisLane is a major example, and so is her cousin Chloe Sullivan.
* Sabrina from ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'' becomes this. She is something of a nerd in high school and devotes herself to her ambitions of becoming a journalist.
* Laura Palmer from ''Series/TwinPeaks'' is a subversion of this. She does well at school, has a part time job, a boyfriend, and regularly volunteers with a local Meals on Wheels... But the deeper the investigation into her death probes, the darker her life seems.
* Topanga Lawrence from ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld'' starts off as a weird GranolaGirl, but develops into this trope as the series goes on.
* Annie Edison from ''Series/{{Community}}'': [[WordOfGod her character was inspired]] by [[Film/{{Election}} Tracy Flick]]. Although it hasn't worked out so well for her in the past (a disastrous Adderall addiction during high school) she grows into a mature and kind but still very driven young woman over the course of the series.
* Leslie Knope from ''Series/ParksAndRecreation'' is a slightly older, but not necessarily more mature version. Yet another character on this list who was inspired by Tracy Flick.
* Spencer Hastings from ''Series/PrettyLittleLiars''. She has straight A's, is an Academic Decathelon champion and plays lacross and field hockey. Eventually she persues a career in politics.
* Michaela Pratt in ''Series/HowToGetAwayWithMurder''. The murder in question ends up cracking her façade badly.
** Bonnie (played by Lisa Weil, veteran in the GoGetterGirl field -see entry on ''Series/GilmoreGirls''), is depicted as an older version of this trope.
* On season 2 of ''Series/VeronicaMars'', Angie Dahl is one of Veronica's rivals to a desirable scholarship. Angie dips into all of the bad aspect of this trope to get it, but Veronica uncovers her lies.
* Rachel Berry from ''Series/{{Glee}}' is set on becoming a broadway diva, no matter what. She is active in every possible extracurricular and has straight A's.
** Quinn also fits the trope - she studies hard, is captain of the cheerleading squad, and will stop at nothing to be prom queen.
* Season 6 gives us Jane, a girl so ambitious she manages to turn an all-male prep school co-ed by insisting on her right to good education.

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* Susie Derkins from ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' may be only five, but she already exemplifies this trope, making her a perfect foil for BrilliantButLazy Calvin.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Mitsuru Kirijo from ''VideoGame/Persona3'' may have originally have taken on this role because of her family responsibilities, but she certainly pulls it off (even if she sometimes thinks about what it would be like otherwise).

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* Rin Tohsaka from ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight''. Drive to excel? Check. Need to present a perfect front to her peers? Check. Secret impolite, slacker side? Check. Willingness to put personal relationships aside in order to attain her goals? Check (sorry, Sakura). Luckily for her, she has a good heart and a resilient personality which sees her through even after running into setbacks.
* Shizune from ''VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo'' has this personality, while at the same time needing to deal with her deafness. Perhaps because of this, she often comes off as more abrasive than others of this type.
* Young Eva from ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'' started out like this in high school. Then her father told her she could never become family head because she was a woman. Things got worse from there...

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Androssi from the Manhwa ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod'', as a result of a training regimen that boiled down to 'achieve, or starve'.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'':
** Azula is a good example of why this is a bad thing to be if you grow up in an environment that fosters inhumanity, cut-throat competition, and sheer unbridled ''ruthlessness''. Not only does meeting people's expectations in this case mean being an abominable human being, but [[spoiler:the need to throw friendship, love, and morality itself aside in the name of obedience and ambition is enough to cause mental instability at the first hint of a true setback]].
** Katara also has some of these traits.
* Jodi Landon from ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}'', which has something to do with the pressure of being one of the few black students at Lawndale High as well as her parents.
* Edd (Double D) from ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'' is a rare male example. He gets good grades at school, is talented in mechanics, gets along with the kids (sometimes when Eddy isn't around) and has an active social life at his school (he is a journalist of the Peach Creek Junior High Tattler and the president of the Happy Clucker's club and the safety clubs).
* Olga from ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' is a deconstruction. While Olga has good leadership skills and regularly gets straight As in college, she is held to extremely high expectation by her parents. Also, she is driven to a mental breakdown over a B grade (which Helga forges, mind you).
* WesternAnimation/KimPossible. She started her own odd-job website with the phrase "Kim Possible: she can do anything." Now she's famous.
* Twilight Sparkle of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''. Before the start of the series, her only care was perfecting her mage studies, actively shunning anything that could get in the way of that, which meant no social life for her.
** And, [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E3LessonZero in the second season]], [[SanitySlippage a brief grasp of insanity]] when she is about to fail her ''homework''.
* Blossom of ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls''. "Power-Noia" revealed that she has a serious complex for being perfect.
* Lisa Simpson from ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' often will behave like this, although she is still young enough to balance it out with moments of acting like a normal girl.
* Courtney from ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaIsland'' and its sequels. She's ThePerfectionist who has ambitions to get into law school.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* When extreme, this trope may be a diagnosable mental illness. [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Obsessive[=%E2%80%93=]compulsive_personality_disorder Obsessive–Compulsive Personality Disorder]] (not to be confused with [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Obsessive-compulsive_disorder OCD]]) is "A pervasive pattern of preoccupation with orderliness, perfectionism, and mental and interpersonal control, at the expense of flexibility, openness, and efficiency."
* There is evidence to suggest that even today girls at school are expected to be all round perfect (for instance get good grades, be good at sports, music and acting, have a part-time job/volunteer) far more so than boys, who are more expected to be good at just one chosen field, which leads to girls being effectively forced into becoming go getter girls. [[http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/educationnews/9683412/Girls-at-risk-because-of-pressure-to-be-perfect-at-school.html This is detailed in articles like this one.]]