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Hard-Drinking Party Girl
Would you believe she's also a mom(two times)?

"Why do stars
suddenly appear
every time
I drink beer?"
Karen Ellis, "Planet Karen"

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 rougher accent 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.


Examples:

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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.
  • Misato Katsuragi in Neon Genesis Evangelion, when she's not being a scarily hyper-competent military officer. It's worth noting that Misato's infamous slam-the-bottle-on-the-bar-while-exhaling-loudly gesture is now an official Hard Drinking Party Girl salute and staple of some anime.
    • 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.
    • Lampshaded in Neon Exodus Evangelion, in which SEELE suggested her as Captain specifically because of her Hard Drinking Party Girl tendencies, not really expecting anything of her. It comes back to bite them when she keeps succeeding.
  • Serena Rinnen from Tower of God. Fittingly, she performs the Libation for the Dead, paying her dues to Ho.
  • Urd and Sayako from Ah! My Goddess. In Urd's case, it's somewhat justified as it's her Trademark Favorite Food, so she can restore her powers this way.
  • 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.
  • Eda of Black Lagoon fufills this...despite being a nun. Oh, and a side of Sociopathic Hero (heroic-ish... yeah, it's that kind of series.) Revy fits the bill as well.
    • Then it's subverted: Eda is actually an Action Girl from the CIA, and it's hinted that a good part of her behavior is actually a facade.
  • Ryuuji's Absurdly Youthful Mother Yasuko from Toradora!. Justified Trope: she actually works in a hostess bars, and that requires her to drink regularly.
  • 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.
    • Chapter 338 portrays Kagura as this.
  • 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)
  • Noa Izumi from Patlabor is revealed to be one of those in the episode where everyone (well, everyone but Goto) goes out and gets drunk. The discovery brings the other Hard Drinking Party Girl in the group, Kanuka Clancy, to tears. She comes to it naturally, though; her family owns a liquor store back on Hokaido, as Noa herself explains before the drinking battle with Kanuka.
  • The title character from Kazemakase Tsukikage Ran loves Sake. A lot.
    • 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.
  • Yukari Tanizaki from Azumanga Daioh loves to party, but it's actually Nyamo who freaks the girls out with a drunken talk about This and That during one of the summer episodes.
  • Tamaki of Kure-nai. Makes you wonder what kind of an effect she has had on Murasaki's little mind.
  • Ruko from Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu. For those of you keeping score at home, that's the third character on this list voiced by Hitomi Nabatame.
  • Yuma Tonami of To Heart 2, though she's a weak drinker (she got drunk on half-sweet sake in the Another Days OVA). Also voiced by Hitomi Nabatame.
  • Midori no Hibi: Though Seiji lives on his own, his big sister, Rin, is such a habitual drinker that she keeps the fridge at his house stocked with beer... and not much else. She also leaves a note which says, if he touches any of it, she'll kill him.
  • 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.
  • In episode 27 of Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Pinako of all people appears to have been this.
  • 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.
  • A preferred fanon interpretation for Belgium from Axis Powers Hetalia. Based on the rather famous Belgian beers.
  • 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.
  • Yuugen Kaisha's Ayaka Kisaragi is known for getting plastered and punching out cab drivers. It's also lampshaded in the show's opening, which ends with Karino carrying her home drunk and, in Incident File: 01, Bosco even refused to take her blood, due to the alcohol content!
  • The ladies of Golden Time's Tea Club. They're probably drinking Long Island Tea.

    Comic Books 
  • Ninjette from Empowered, and she's also a Drunken Master... Scary combination. Don't ever call her a drunk, though. She does not want to be compared with her father.
  • Tara Chase from Queen And Country, and she has been known to go a little Axe Crazy on her enemies. (shudder)
  • Kit Ryan, Constantine's girlfriend during Ennis's run on Hellblazer. She even managed to outdrink him.
  • 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.

    Fanworks 
  • 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).

    Film 
  • Barb in Black Christmas (1974). She nearly always has a beer in her hand and is a happy drunk.
  • 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.
  • Paula from Neighbors.
  • Caroline from Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist fits this down to a t, so much so that she has favorite spots for throwing up throughout New York. Her drunken antics not only play a role as a plot engine, but also used to characterize her best friend Norah, who takes care of her, as nice, reliable and selfless.
  • Holly Golightly from Breakfast at Tiffany's might very well be the Trope Codifier.

    Literature 
  • 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".
  • Bernice Summerfield from the Doctor Who Expanded Universe.
  • 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.
  • Brett from The Sun Also Rises. Subverted, in that she's more of a Stepford Smiler than actually carefree and happy.
  • Elsabeth Soesten drinks, dances, and hooks up with traveling minstrels.
  • Kate from The Moviegoer is an aversion of this trope when she's finally introduced.
  • Avery Lazar from Vampire Academy seems like this at first. Until we find out she was trying to kill Lissa and harvest her power. Easy mistake.

    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.
  • Rachel Lindquist (Monica Keena) in Undeclared is a happy drunk.
  • Food Network host Sandra Lee always finishes her stomach-turning show with a cocktail recipe.
  • Saturday Night Live recurring character "Drunk Girl" from 2001-03. Eyes squinted shut, slurs words, often ends her sketch by flashing her boobs.
  • Chloe from Don't Trust the B---- In Apartment 23 is an echt-example, down to being a major Trickster.
  • 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.
  • Ilsa, a sexy Russian spy, in Danger 5.
  • "Natalie's Rap," a The Lonely Island sketch from Saturday Night Live, had Natalie Portman rapping about being this.
  • Eden, Holly's assistant on The Exes.
  • Maggie, one of the contestants on I Wanna Marry "Harry", just loves alcohol. The other girls snark about it behind her back.
  • Amanda Kendall, the eponymous character in the NCIS episode "The Admiral's Daughter" is this. Or so it seems...She actually uses the trope as a cover for her being a DCS operative.
  • Chelsea, the character played by Laura Prepon in Are You There Chelsea.

    Music 
  • Whether this is true of her in person or not, this trope is definitely a major part of Kesha's persona. "Tik Tok" famously opens with a line about brushing her teeth with a bottle of Jack Daniels.
  • In 2013, Miley Cyrus' persona became this trope, too, and she threw some pretty overt references to cocaine and ecstasy into her lyrics.
    • She has denounced at least cocaine use and alcohol in interviews, and it seems her main indulgence is more botanical in nature.
  • While she was known for her heroin overdose at the age of 27, Janis Joplin famously had a bottle of Southern Comfort with her at all times.

    Mythology 
  • An Older Than Dirt example can be found in Hathor, Egyptian goddess of music, love and drunkenness.
    • 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?)

    Theatre 
  • Louise, who can't stand to stay in, and possibly also Carol, Lane and Dor in Road.

    Video Games 
  • Suika Ibuki and Yuugi Hoshiguma from the Touhou series. Suika is an especially stellar example, as ZUN is on 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 becomes stronger the 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.
  • Excellen Browning from Super Robot Wars Compact 2 and Super Robot Wars Original Generation offers a variation: she's naturally this, even if alcohol's not involved. The reason is this trope is mixed in with The Pollyanna, as Excellen loves to play the Cool Big Sis to anyone younger than her and will flirt with anything male (or female), even though she's devoted to the man she really loves. While she's portrayed as a mega-ditz who can't seem to take anything seriously, it's only until you realize that on top of the Playboy Bunny suit-wearing Manic Pixie Dream Girl antics, she's one of the best snipers of the cast and is part of one of the most feared Battle Couples in SRW history.
  • Karen from various Harvest Moon games. In Harvest Moon 64 it seems to be a case of her drowning her sorrows. But games after that, that are based off the Lighter and Fluffier Playstation version, still keep it.
  • Innes Lorenz from Shadow Hearts It turns out most of her more eccentric early behavior was Obfuscating Stupidity. However, she does confess to having a real drinking problem at the church of the Great Winged Whale and presumably cleans up by the end so she can be a foster mother.
  • Yukino-sensei from Brass Restoration is always shown carrying around a bottle of sake, which she sometimes uses as a weapon.
  • Rubi Malone of Wet, though like Revy above, she's more of a Sociopathic Hero than a Trickster.
  • 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.
  • One of the EscortMissions in The Matrix Path Of Neo is escorting a majorly hungover girl, who got drunk enough to pass out in a club, to be freed from the Matrix.

    Visual Novels 
  • 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.
    • Among the main characters...Akiha. Yes, Akiha.
  • Meryl in Rose Guns Days runs on alcohol and is damn proud of it. The same can't be said of her rival Stella
  • Phi is implied to be this in Virtue's Last Reward, given her quips on the cocktail puzzle in the Lounge.

    Web Comics 

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    Real Life 
  • Lindsay Lohan regularly made the tabloid headlines with her habit of dancing completely blitzed in nightclubs and being photographed.
  • Kesha portrays herself as this in "Tik Tok".
  • Girlschool, an all-female heavy metal band. The fact that they're often labeled as a "Female Motörhead" certainly cements that reputation.
  • More generally (and with substantial Unfortunate Implications), the phrase "white-girl wasted".
  • Emily Dickinson.
  • 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.
  • Julia the Elder, daughter of Emperor Augustus Caesar, eventually got so tired of her father's constant meddling in her life that she took to partying full-time. This, combined with an affair, led her father to send her to a tiny island in the Mediterranean with no wine and and no men.
  • Paris Hilton is known for this. Among other things.


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