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->'''Christine Everheart:''' After all these years, Tony still has you picking up the dry cleaning.\\
'''Pepper Potts:''' I do anything and everything Mr. Stark requires. Including, occasionally, taking out the trash. ''[still smiling]'' Will that be all?
-->-- ''Film/IronMan1''

The faithful female servant. She's not an ActionGirl on the surface, but neither is she a DamselInDistress; her main job is to help out TheHero (her boss) at critical junctures. Sometimes she provides critical information, other times it's just a helping hand or [[TheHeart heart]], sometimes with a side of UnresolvedSexualTension. Don't presume the Girl Friday can't fight, however -- she can still kick plenty of ass, sometimes turning into a full-fledged BattleButler.

The term is the DistaffCounterpart of "Man Friday," an expression that comes from ''Literature/RobinsonCrusoe'''s "[[UrExample man Friday]]" (man as in manservant, Friday being his name); it was popularized for female office workers by ''Film/HisGirlFriday'', a ScrewBallComedy about a reporter's relationship with her editor/ex-husband.

Compare with TheJeeves, BeleagueredAssistant, SassySecretary, and HyperCompetentSidekick. A step up from the SexySecretary, with whom she's highly likely to overlap. Contrast IgnoredEnamoredUnderling and DitzySecretary.

The 1994 TV movie of this name and the song by the Beat Crusaders are neither the TropeNamer nor examples of the trope.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Kosuna from ''Manga/DesertPunk'' mostly fulfills this role to the titular Sunabozu, at least, until [[spoiler:she becomes the main character herself]].
* Shirakawa in ''Manga/ElfenLied''. Faithful/attracted to her boss, and despite being cold and distant [[spoiler: is the ReverseMole in the facility meant to gain information about the potential genocidal research there.]]
* Riho from ''Anime/{{Nightwalker}}'' was this for both Shido and Yayoi. Once she [[spoiler: gets turned into a vampire]], though, [[ILoveYouVampireSon she turns into something more for Shido]].
* Mimi from ''Anime/{{Mnemosyne}}'' is this for Rin.
* {{Gender Flip}}ped with Kosei Hida, Meifon Li's {{Bishonen}} assistant from ''Anime/AngelLinks''.
* Eirote to Seness in ''Literature/ScrappedPrincess''.
* Kaya in ''Manga/MidnightSecretary'' to T.
* Chiyo from ''Manga/MonthlyGirlsNozakiKun''. She [[AscendedFangirl ascended]] from being a StalkerWithACrush to becoming his Inker after a [[AbortedDeclarationOfLove botched-up love confession]] towards a misunderstanding Nozaki.
* Shario Finieno fulfills this role under Enforcer Fate Testarossa before and after ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers''. Notably, as a member of the Enforcer corps herself, Shari has long acquired enough experience to strike out on her own but, for whatever reason, sticks to supporting Fate's investigations instead. The reformed [[QuirkyMinibossSquad Number]] Wendi, meanwhile, seems to have become a GirlFriday to Teana Lanster (herself a former apprentice of Fate) by the time of ''Anime/MagicalRecordLyricalNanohaForce''.

* Comicbook/PepperPotts starts as Tony Stark's personal assistant who takes care of his neglected responsibilities. She then becomes more and more badass; even has her own armor now.
** As in the movies, Tony has also created an A.I. called F.R.I.D.A.Y, after Civil War II she effectively runs Stark Industries.
* Both Shellie and Gail have performed this role for Dwight [=McCarthy=] in ''Comicbook/SinCity''. Gail does get her hands dirty from time to time, though.
* Mercy Graves for ComicBook/LexLuthor--at least, as seen in ''ComicBook/BatmanNoMansLand.'' Her duties range from bodyguarding to business to serving dinner. Could be a subversion of sorts--she's not exactly working for the hero.
* ''ComicBook/{{Batgirl}}'': Barbara Gordon would sometimes act as this for Franchise/{{Batman}} when she was Oracle, being his source for communication and intel. Though she would frequently get impatient and sick of his constant thankless demands, and often needed to remind him that she is not his personal secretary. This was [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] by Comicbook/{{Nightwing}}, who also called on her frequently for communication and intel, while also [[UnresolvedSexualTension trading flirty banter]].
%%** ComicBook/HarleyQuinn sometimes acts as this for ComicBook/TheJoker.
* Deliberately subverted in Ed Brubaker's Image series Velvet, which follows Velvet Templeton, the personal secretary to the director of elite espionage organization ARC-7, and [[spoiler:a veteran secret agent herself, who after more than 10 years of retirement is still equal than or superior to the all-male James Bond-esque agents the group fields.]]
* ''Comicbook/{{Streetfighter}} II'' has Gibson, Guile's CanonForeigner assistant.
* ''ComicBook/AstroCity'' has Raitha, the Silver Adept's personal secretary, fits this trope to a tee -- a typical day's work includes rescheduling the Adept's appointments, plotting the most expedient interdimensional travel routes, and placating angry gods while the boss is out.

* In ''Fanfic/StreetSharksRedux'', Lena serves as this to the sharks. She doesn't officially work for them, but she does do a lot of undercover work for them, sneaking them food and supplies, and working as TheMole by acting as Dr. Paradigm's research assistant to spy on him.
* In ''Fanfic/GreyjoyAllaBreve'', Amanda Honn is this to Theon Greyjoy. The fact that she is a very smart redhead means Theon has to resist the urge of calling her Pepper Potts.

* ''Film/BigFatLiar'': Kaylee is essential for all of Jason's scams. She fakes voices, helps out the legwork, strategizes etc.
* The version of Pepper Potts portrayed by Creator/GwynethPaltrow (shown in the page image) in the ''Film/IronMan'' movies very much applies. In ''Film/IronMan2'', Tony realizes she already basically runs Stark Industries so he makes her CEO, with her own Girl Friday, Natalie Rushman.
** When JARVIS [[spoiler: becomes The Vision]] in ''[[Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron Age of Ultron]]'', Tony's backup AI is actually named FRIDAY, complete with a female voice.
* Shelley Barnes, the lesbian assistant of Jack Gramm, in ''[[Film/EightyEightMinutes 88 Minutes]]''.
* Though the character of Lucy wasn't George's secretary in ''Film/TwoWeeksNotice'', he certainly treated her like one so much that she was pretty much a personal nanny to him.
* ''Film/JamesBond'':
** Miss Moneypenny. "Oh, James! Do be careful!" Note that Moneypenny is technically one of these to [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure M]], rather than to Bond himself.
** In [[Literature/JamesBond the novels]], Mary Goodnight was Bond's Girl Friday, and unlike the [[Film/TheManWithTheGoldenGun film adaptation]] of ''Literature/TheManWithTheGoldenGun'', she was actually competent. She was the secretary for the 00 agents and they had a wager to see which one of them would seduce her.
* Lisa from ''Film/RearWindow'' refers to herself as this while helping Jeff try to figure out if Thorwald killed his own wife. She proceeds to send a letter from Jeff to Thorwald, inspect the courtyard for any body parts, and even break into the accused's apartment to search for clues.
* In ''Film/SinTakesAHoliday'', Sylvia is a loyal secretary who waits up for her boss when he's out partying, and stays up at all hours to get his dictation done.
* In ''Film/AFaceInTheCrowd'', Lonesome Rhodes calls Marcia Jeffries "my little ol' gal Friday, not to mention Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, n' Thursday."
* ''Film/WifeVsSecretary'': Whitey is more an overall assistant than a simple secretary. When Van decides to buy Underwood's magazine, Whitey is the only person in the office he tells, and she helps him assemble the deal.

* Margo Lane and Radio/TheShadow.
* In Creator/RobertAHeinlein's ''Literature/StrangerInAStrangeLand'', Jubal Harshaw has three girl fridays.
* Leisl is this to Sasha to some extent in the ''Literature/{{Ravenloft}}'' novel ''Vampire of the Mists'', although it is strongly implied that they get the a RelationshipUpgrade by the end.
* Effie Perine, Sam Spade's assistant in ''Literature/TheMalteseFalcon''.
* Velda, Literature/MikeHammer's SexySecretary. Digs up information, carries a gun which she uses on a couple of occasions, UnresolvedSexualTension.
* In ''Literature/AtlasShrugged'', Hank Rearden has Gwen Ives, who along with being his secretary, helps him run the administrative end of his steel business.
* Sophie Collins to Tessa Gray in ''Literature/TheInfernalDevices''.
* ''Literature/{{Insupu}}'' has two examples. SpoiledSweet Grace becomes this for SmartGuy Pete after discovering the raffia threads. Inverted with {{Tomboy}} Diana and FunPersonified Thomas.
* ''Literature/AgentToTheStars'' has Miranda to Tom. Their relationship is purely professional, although there is plenty of friendly playfulness going on (as one can expect behind a Hollywood talent agent and his experienced secretary). It's not until halfway through that their mutual experiences cause them to get closer in other ways ([[spoiler:although she doesn't know about aliens at that point yet]]). They get even closer by the end, to the point where she doesn't want Tom to see [[spoiler:Joshua "swimming around" in her brain in an attempt to learn how a female human's brain works in order to take over the brain-dead Michelle's body]].
* In Creator/CTPhipps' {{Cyberpunk}} series ''Literature/AgentG'' this is the role played by Marissa to the titular character. It's an {{Invoked}} trope as like all Assistants she's a BrainwashedAndCrazy researcher as well a VoiceWithAnInternetConnection designed to help him commit assassinations for their employers. She's also there to serve as an emotional anchor for the HollywoodCyborg SuperSoldier by design. [[spoiler: It's subverted by the revelation she's TheMole for the NSA.]]

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Cordelia Chase begins ''Series/{{Angel}}'' as one of these before becoming an ActionGirl.
* Natalie and Sharona from ''Series/{{Monk}}''. Natalie is even called by the trope name in "Mr. Monk Goes To The Office".
* Chloe Sullivanfrom ''Series/{{Smallville}}''.
* In ''Series/Supergirl2015'', [[ComicBook/{{Supergirl}} Kara Danvers]] starts out as Catherine Grant's assistant before becoming a super-hero.
* ''Series/{{Suits}}'' has Donna for Harvey, as well as Amy for Mike [[spoiler: when he leaves Pearson Specter to become an investment banker at the end of Season 3]]. Norma also appears to be this for Louis, although [[TheGhost she never appears onscreen]].
* On ''Series/{{Arrow}}'', Felicity starts out as a bit player but thanks to her tech expertise, discretion, and loyalty, quickly becomes Oliver's non-action support. As a cover, Oliver promotes her to his personal assistant, a job title she equates to secretary and initially does not take well. Also interesting in that the trope is name-dropped in said conversation:
-->'''Oliver''': I need a Girl [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall Wednesday]]!\\
'''Felicity''': It's Friday, and the answer is no!
* ''Series/TheWestWing'' had a whole fleet of these girls: Donna, Margaret, Bonnie, Carol, Cathy, Ginger and Mrs Landingham (who also had a Girl Friday of her own, Nancy).
* Gail Koner of ''Series/{{Profit}}'', who [[TookALevelInBadass takes a level in badass]] in "Chinese Box" to become Jim Profit's BattleButler.
* Betty Suarez (''Series/UglyBetty'') is this for Daniel Meade.
* Special Agent Diana Barrigan of ''Series/WhiteCollar'', while a full agent herself, often plays this to Peter.
* As ''Series/VeronicaMars'' has the HighConcept of "high-school [[FilmNoir Noir]] with [[GenderFlip all the genders flipped]]", its Girl Friday role is filled by Wallace Fennell. Veronica also fulfills some of this trope's roles by helping her father, Keith Mars, with his Private Detective business. Her own investigations are technically something she does on her own time, usually ([[ObfuscatingStupidity but not always]]) without his knowing.
* On ''Series/ParksAndRecreation'', April has this type of relationship with Ron as his assistant. But since Ron's job consists of sitting at his desk doing nothing, April's explicitly stated duty is to keep him from ever doing any work. Since she's equally adept at avoiding work, their partnership works out perfectly.
* On ''Series/{{Fringe}}'', Astrid has elements of this in her usual role, but in the StorybookEpisode "Brown Betty", Walter casts her as the full-fledged version to Olivia's HardBoiledDetective.
* Guinevere from ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' is often this to Merlin, especially in the first few episodes.
** Merlin is a genderswapped version of this to Arthur.
* On ''Series/QueerAsFolk'', Brian's assistant Cynthia is clearly the person he depends most on in his work, though he later starts depending more on Ted as well even though he is technically only his accountant (perhaps because he knows Ted privately as well as professionally).
* Most of the Doctor's female companions in ''Series/DoctorWho''.
* Miss Lenore Case of ''Series/TheGreenHornet'' of course, qualifies as this.
* In the J-Drama adaptation of ''Series/DeathNote'', Himura Shoko starts off this way, before it's revealed that [[spoiler: she's a double-agent working for [[SplitPersonality Near/Mello]]]]
* Starting in the second series, Lizzie Stark is this for [[TheDon Tommy Shelby]] in ''Series/PeakyBlinders''. She's his secretary and willing to look the other way at his extra-legal activities.

[[folder:Newspapaer Comics]]
* In ''ComicStrip/{{Doonesbury}}'', Uncle Duke at one point asks Honey Huan to be his Girl Friday. She replies, "At the risk of sounding forward, sir, I'm free all week." Since they were ''actually'' shipwrecked at the time, he apparently meant "Girl Friday" both in in the Literature/RobinsonCrusoe sense, and in the "assistant" sense.

* ''Theatre/{{Fiorello}}'' has Marie, Fiorello's incorruptibly faithful assistant. She suffers through fifteen years of unrequited love for him until he finally makes her his second wife.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Cortana from ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' is an interesting variation, given that she's a military AI.
* Another (quite literal) Girl Friday is Nigel's FairyCompanion Friday from ''VideoGame/{{Landstalker}}''.
* ''Franchise/AceAttorney'':
** Maya Fey/Ema Skye and Trucy Wright for Phoenix Wright and Apollo Justice, respectively.
** Miles Edgeworth unwillingly gets one in his own game, in the form of [[GentlemanThief Lady Thief]] Kay Faraday.
** To some extent, the detectives are these to their prosecutors. So Ema Skye is also one to Klavier seven years onward.
* Yeoman Kelly Chambers serves in this role in ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', with Specialist Traynor taking over in ''VideoGame/MassEffect3''. [[SpaceshipGirl EDI]] is no slacker in this role either, often being the one to trawl through local data feeds to give Shepard fresh intel whenever s/he leaves the ship.
* Ingrid Hunnigan in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4.''
* Jenny (to the player, and despite actively ''trying'' to be awful at her job) and Alexa (to Dr. F., in a more straightforward example) in ''VideoGame/{{MySims}} Agents''.
* Snow White to Bigby throughout a good portion of ''VideoGame/TheWolfAmongUs''.
* Literally the name of Stenchler's assistant in ''VideoGame/SewerShark''.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'': This is what Terry would ''like'' Max to be, but she's a little too ([[FauxActionGirl Faux]]) ActionGirl to be content with it.
* Janine is all over this trope in most incarnations of the Ghostbusters franchise, but particularly in ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters'' and ''WesternAnimation/ExtremeGhostbusters''.
* From ''WesternAnimation/TheSuper6'' we have Super Scuba's [[OurMermaidsAreDifferent Mermaid Friday]], Bubbles.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra''. Zhu Li to Varrick. Her job description seems to be "Zhu Li, do the thing".