The cheerful, playful, often inebriated party girl. She's usually a Pretty Freeloader without a care in the world and avoids some of the more inane plot lines of a story. This is only because she's somewhat capable but embraces the chaos that comes. Alternately, she actually causes those plot lines, as the Hard Drinking Party Girl is frequently a Trickster as well.
If she's anywhere near legal age, she'll also drink heavily.
She's almost never really a strong contender in a Love Dodecahedron, if she's interested in the lead at all. Characters might make mention of her dating casually, but since that might inflate the cast with unneeded extra male characters this will be implied rather than shown. She'll channel her perverted behavior into playful teasing of the lead guy, or even the other female characters. However, the Hard Drinking Party Girl may sometimes act as a Trickster Mentor of sorts to the lead (or both members of the Official Couple). In Anime, this character often speaks in a rougheraccent than the others. Is often prone to a Beergasm. In some seinen, this is occasionally the main character who the audience lusts over.
Compare the Cool Big Sis. Loves to go on pub crawls with The Lad-ette. Most of these characters tends to be the Ms. Fanservice of the show, but there are exceptions. May grow up to become Lady Drunk. Might have been a Bokukko or a Big Eater when young. Contrast Drunk on Milk, when the drink of choice is non-alcoholic. Lord help her, though, if she ever becomes pregnant! More seriously, she's also at a pretty good risk of eventually becoming The Alcoholic.
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Anime and Manga
Atsuko Urameshi from YuYu Hakusho. She often draws others in.
Masane Amaha from Witchblade is a semi-example of this trope. She does drink like a fish at times, but does seem have this drop off to nil when the show drops off into utterly serious territory, but during the early half when it was true, she almost blew her own cover as the Witchblade bearer during one of these episodes. Thankfully, the artifact didn't activate and Intrepid Reporter Yuusuke Tozawa was willing to cover for her. Oh, and she passed out.
Naturally, it's later shown to be the way she tries to cover up the stresses of her job and her extremely crappy family- and love life. Notably, Kaji's return prompts the first time Misato gets drunk and gets more miserable instead of getting into her usual 'happy drunk' persona.
Tina from Ai Yori Aoshi, although she would probably be the second-strongest contender for Kaoru's affection. Taeko is also a pretty good fit — klutzy, clueless, and (at least in the Enishi season) a heavier drinker than Tina.
Forte from Galaxy Angel arguably fits, although she's a very capable strategist and weapons expert, and in the games she's an available haremette.
Cana from Fairy Tail (no pun intended) goes Up to Eleven: her profile states that she's responsible for 30% of the consumption of alcoholic drinks in the titular guild, and started drinking twice as much ever since her bottle buddy Macao got a new girlfriend.
Ichihara Yuuko in xxxHOLiC loves her sake, big time, and even tries to come up with excuses to drink at all hours of the day. Unless she's on the job as the shopkeeper of the Wish Shop, that is, then she's freakishly cryptic and mysterious.
Melissa Mao of Full Metal Panic!, but only off the job. Applies the drinking heavily part of this trope with gusto, as she could probably pay for her Humongous Mecha on the simple recycling profits of all the beer cans piled up in her off-duty hours. Her VA also played Misato.
In the OVA, she tricks Tessa into drinking one night. The result is poor Tessa wandering around the base drunk, half-asleep, and half-naked.
Sumeragi Lee Noriega in Gundam 00, when she's not being a scarily hyper-competent military officer. Only a bit of a Misato expy. She even hands her two female Bridge Bunnies, Christina and Feldt, bottles of alcohol while they're working on ship systems checks in one episode.
Mimi from Mnemosyne, who is the protagonist's secretary. She even has a fondness for giving her boss Vodka kisses. That's right, vodka.
Vodka is water in Russian.
Actually вода (Voda) is water водки (Vodka) is the grain alcohol (водки means little water)
No kidding. To the point where she'd rather spend her limited money on sake over food, and watering down sake in front of her is enough to provoke a fight from her. It's questionable at times whether Ran is this trope or a full-blown alcoholic. Her platonic travelling partner Meow is quite the drinker as well.
Bleach Rangiku Matsumoto and Kiyone Kotetsu. They've both even been drunk at work.
Akane Asahina of Kanokon is a Hard Drinking Party Girl in training. When she drinks an alcoholic beverage that has Love Potion side-effects, she falls in love with the bottle.
Haruka Nishida from Kanamemo, who's prone to both drinking and spontaneous groping when drunk.
In Suzuka, this trope is both played straight (in the form of Yuuka Saotome) and subverted (in the form of Megumi Matsumoto). Yuuka is a pretty standard partyin' gal who tries to squeeze large amounts of money from the protagonist Yamato, while Megumi is an angry drunk who flashes her boobs at him because she's jealous about not getting enough attention from guys in general.
April in Darker Than Black. She once drank the entire staff of a bar under the table. It helps that it's the remuneration for her powers, but she doesn't exactly mind.
Minayo of My Balls turns from timid shrinking violet to unstoppable nymphomaniac after drinking. Kouta refers to this as "Nympho mode" and at one point describes Nympho mode Minayo as being "sex incarnate". Hilarity Ensues.
Hanuki from The Tatami Galaxy, who is cognizant of how she becomes flirtatious when drunk, and so tries to be careful about who she drinks with.
Milly Thompson from Trigun. Partner Meryl usually has to caution people about giving her too much, as her behavior tends to turn erratic (though her wilder moments are never shown to the audience). Later, when she passes out, she may start babbling.
Eriko from Dragon Crisis!. In one episode Ryuji even makes a comment about how many liquor bottles she has in her room.
Sumire from Kimi Wa Petto gets cheerfully drunk fairly regularly.
Tsugawa's wife in Japan Inc. Yes, their marriage is in trouble.
Kazehana from Sekirei. Her idea of a good afternoon is sitting on the roof and drinking sake out of the bottle. She still manages to be uncannily shrewd and perceptive while sloshed, and is one of the strongest Sekirei.
Christina, Monica's mother in Heat Guy J. She never had much luck with men (who always tended to use her and then leave her), so she ended up in the bottle. Despite this, she and her daughter care deeply for each other (though Monica has to make all the money with her photography business). While she becomes used by another man early on, the plot gives her an honest change to turn around late in the series.
Kana from My Lovely Ghost Kana certainly qualifies. Beer is one of the main things she first indicates she missed from being trapped in that apartment complex since dying. Once she has her hands on some, she's quite overexcited about how she missed it, and guzzles it down heavily. Her roommate/lover Daikichi drinks some, but not near as much.
Mitsune Konno (predictably nicknamed "Kitsune" on Love Hina.
Major Motoko Kusanagi in the original manga version of Ghost in the Shell, though this was sadly downplayed in the movies and TV series.
Shizuku Ninomiya from Kyoukai no Kanata. In one episode she quickly chugs down a whole beer in literally 2 or 3 seconds, has a Beergasm, then immediately orders another beer.
Shy Crazy Lolita Canary of The DCU's Super Young Team. She's an alcoholic, but since she's the size of a small bird she can get smashed on a thimble full of vanilla extract.
Linsee from Pocket God likes to get drunk on fermented coconut milk. She quits drinking after she thinks she permanently killed Teela, but old habits die hard when she gets a taste for wine.
It would be quicker and easier to mention the female characters in Rat Queens who aren't this. All four of the main characters are hard-drinking party girls, with Hannah in particular loving her booze. Violet breaks with dwarven tradition in that she prefers wine to beer, but otherwise is completely in line with the rest of her comrades.
In Kill La Kill AU, we find out Ragyo was this in college, being known as "Reyka Ragyo", and met Soichiro through this when she was at a party. Her secretary, Rei, however, is one and, as we can tell, she is rarely sober, which gets her in trouble, especially when she skips out on AA (the which of she was drunk enough to miss).
Marian Ravenwood from Raiders of the Lost Ark, consistently winning drinking contests with rowdy Tibetans. Though the story implies (and the novelization confirmed) that she's primarily interested in the money she makes winning drinking contests.
Zooey Deschanel's character Kit in Failure To Launch seems a paradigmatic example of this trope. As well as being the sort of cuckoo-lander pixie which Deschanel plays so well she's clearly shown to be a bit of a lush, being introduced in a scene declaring that 'champagne Thursday' has extended to include Fridays.
Nanny Ogg from Discworld entertains a pocket flask and has a fitting saying of the healthy benefits for every situation. She has her own still, which produces both particularly potent scumble ("sui-cider") and a clear liquid that "wasn't exactly whisky, and wasn't exactly gin, but was exactly 90° proof".
Sergeant Hellian in Malazan Book of the Fallen is more or less continuously drunk but manages to be a bizarrely competent soldier and squad leader.
A Confederacy of Dunces: Irene Reilly, mother of Ignatius J. Reilly, has a fondness for muscatel that leads her son to accuse her of being a habitual drunk. While she does in fact drink kind of heavily, it's not to the point of calling her an alcoholic, so she probably falls in this trope.
Kate from The Moviegoer is an aversion of this trope when she's finally introduced.
Live Action TV
In Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Faith started out as as this, before her stint as a Dark Action Girl. (While she was hardly ever shown actually drinking, that probably has more to do with the show's Moral Guardians than with Faith herself; a sixteen-year-old getting hammered wouldn't have gone over well, but her behavior in the seventh season strongly suggests that she's used to hard drinking.) She eventually matured into a full-blown Ladette. Notable is how when out with the potentials she is legal age by several years, and when one of them appears to be drinking alcohol Faith steers her away from it.
Fran from Black Books, whose natural state is with a bottle of wine in one hand and a cig in the other, cackling at Bernard and Manny.
Gossip Girl: Serena van der Woodsen is a carefree party girl who often - and mostly without intending to to so - causes chaos and drama wherever she roams. She's also a textbook example of a Good Bad Girl.
Laurie from Cougartown. All the women drink on that show, but Laurie is the youngest and least responsible, so she's the one that fits the type best.
Alisha from Misfits. She's a Drunk Driver too, and getting lumbered with a police curfew and an electronic ankle tag doesn't stop her from partying.
Even more so with Abby, to the point where being able to down practically a whole bottle of vodka and not even get phased might be her power. Abby also fits in with the happy-go-lucky personality of this trope. Note, she did all of this heavy drinking after she was found passed out in the hallway.
Though Brandy from Noah's Arc is typically a Lady Drunk, in the movie once she gets around Alex and has a few drinks she becomes far more bubbly and playful.
In the unaired pilot for The Big Bang Theory the prototype for Penny, Katie, was depicted as this. In that one episode she was shown running out to parties in the middle of the night and coming back completely hammered. The idea was that she would get more stability after hanging out with the guys. Penny in the series proper has a little bit of this but it is done in a way to simply contrast the guys.
How I Met Your Mother refers to these women as "Woo Girls" for their tendency to go "Wooo!" a lot. Robin briefly joins their ranks until she realizes that the reason they party so hard all the time is because their lives are so empty and meaningless.
Arrested Development: Lindsay Funke is implied to have been like this sometime before her marriage, and attempts to get back into it when pursuing her open marriage, but she just gets severe hangovers, hoarse voice (from all the cheering), and perturbing the men around her for her trouble, when her confidence doesn't just fail from the outset.
Lauren Branning on Eastenders ended up a darker version of this character; her hard drinking party attitude was primarily to help her cope with her troubles at home, and it ended up spiralling into uncontrollable binge-drinking and full-blown alcoholism.
One famous myth involves Sekhmet (or Hathor Depending on the Writer), in a fit of bloodlust, wanting to kill and devour the entire human race. The sun god Re (her father) thwarts this rampage by tricking her into drinking a lot of "blood" (actually beer with food coloring), until she gets so drunk she forgets about killing mankind. Once again, beer saves the day!
Anyone who hung around Dionysus tended to drink and party a lot, and this included a lot of nymphs. It is implied that nymphs like these may have been the ones that killed Orpheus in a drunken fury when he was in mourning after failing to rescue his lover from the Underworld.
Inanna/Ishtar/Ashtoreth: her many divine attributes include brewery, sex and warfare. How did she get so lucky? By getting her uncle -- Enki, the god of water and wisdom — drunk enough to give her dominion over everything worthwhile! (Yes, the "god of wisdom" was seduced into a bender by his niece. Isn't mythology fun?)
Louise, who can't stand to stay in, and possibly also Carol, Lane and Dor in Road.
Suika Ibuki and Yuugi Hoshiguma from the Touhou series. Suika is an especially stellar example, as ZUN ison record stating that she is never sober, due to a magical gourd (treasured by all oni) that can produce an infinite amount of sake, and actually becomesstrongerthe drunker she gets. She is also one of the most powerful beings in Gensokyo (right up there with Yukari and Flandre), able to among other things tear apart mountains with her bare hands. Be afraid. Be very afraid.
Shou Toramaru is a milder example of this, averting the usual party girl personality by being more gentle and reserved. However, she is fond of alcohol and can become intoxicated very easily.
Cécile Cosima Caminandes of Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker. Has pretensions of French classiness, but in reality mostly spends her time getting incredibly drunk, failing to notice Kaz flirting with her, and sexually harassing Big Boss over the radio.
Charme from Recettear. When she's not off adventuring, she can sometimes be found getting plastered at the local pub.
Rose of Sharon Cassidy in Fallout: New Vegas, who as a companion even gives the player a perk that nullifies the negative effects of whiskey (or any alcohol, but whiskey has other benefits) so that they can drink to their heart's content. Don't have any? With the right ingredients, she'll make you some moonshine, making her the only renewable source of the stuff in the game short of vendors' semi-randomly respawning stock.
Lilly in Wasted Youth. Getting drunk actually seems to make her smarter, to the point where the school allows her as much alcohol as she wants to keep her grades from slipping.
Ilia from the first Star Ocean game. In no time at all she becomes an expert at all the alcoholic delights an alien planet has to offer.
A City Elf Warden in Dragon Age: Origins has a cousin, Shianni, who during the prologue is drunk before noon on the day of the Warden's wedding. Any reason to celebrate when you live life as a second-class citizen in a ghetto, right? (Curiously, she seems to give up the stuff after the events of the prologue, despite them being quite traumatic for her; she appears later in the game, and no one makes comments as to her state, even though her ranting in a public square would be an excellent time to point out that she's drunk.)
Syrenne in The Last Story. One of the available quests is acquiring more booze after she drinks it all.
Mel, the "Infiltrator Tits" marine, in the Purgatory nightclub in Mass Effect 3. Her basic logic is that she's on shore leave during a war of extermination that we're losing, so she might as well drink everything that comes within reach and engage in the kinkiest things known to man.
Haruko from AIR, although she turns out to be not so careless after all, and is drinking her problems away and being irresponsible because being a good parent might activate Misuzu's curse and kill the poor girl slowly and painfully.
Tsukihime: Dead Apostle #21 - Sumire - is known to be among the most powerful out of all 27 Dead Apostle Vampires (the 27 most powerful non-human beings who have even remotely vampiric qualities), except for the fact that she spends the majority of her time underwater, drunk off her ass, virtually harmless except for the rare occasion when she sobers up enough to return to land.
Sister Denmark from Scandinavia and the World is rarely seen far from beer. Her brother is just the same. Explained for the fact they represent their respective country, which is a top contender for highest alcohol consumption levels in Europe, if not worldwide.
Rupph from Bar'd. There's a reason she's called the "demon of the bottle".
Roxy Lalonde from Homestuck, the Reset-button teenage version of Ms. Lalonde, is as much of a drinker as her adult counterpart, and is very shameless about it. She's sobered up as of Act 6 Part 5 and admits she "had a problem".
While she's stuck on the meteor, Rose develops a similar drinking problem.
Shana Dokter Weinhousen from "Whatever Whenever Wherever". Unless she's on call at the hospital, in which case she might still be a little buzzed.
Frigg from Brat-Halla takes her mead by the barrel and gets quite merry when she's wasted. During the Pantheon Games arc she goes out on a bender with fellow Goddess of Wisdom Erzulie, and ends up at a Naked Spartan Wrestling event. There are also implications of bar fights when she goes out to get hammered.
Implied to be the case with PinkiePie in "Ponyville Confidential." When the Cutie Mark Crusaders print a story claiming that she's an out-of-control party animal, complete with a photo of her dancing in a punch bowl while wearing a lampshade, she bursts into tears and yells, "It's true! I do have a problem!" Her behavior in the aforementioned "The Super Speedy Cider Squeezy 6000" supports this.
Famous voice actress Amanda Winn Lee was notorious for her alcoholism and causing all kinds of beer-fueled mayhem on the convention circuit, but she seems to have cleaned up her act since she almost lost her son to cancer.