Life of the Party
Life of the Party comes into play. This character will don lampshades (no not necessarily that kind), dance on tables, swing from the chandelier and generally party harder and wilder than anybody else. Sometimes this is done to signify just how awesome a party is, other times it can be to show that the character is immature or is acting inappropriately - say, by drinking excessively at a fancy, upper class tuxedo party and hitting on the mayor's daughter. Sometimes there's an episode where this character shows up, and the other characters have "grown up", while this character hasn't, in which case they may be introduced as someone's Old Friend. Often this can be the Fratbro or Hard-Drinking Party Girl, but sometimes it's the quiet one who suddenly leaps out of his or her shell. Contrast with Lampshade Wearing, which is just someone killing the party. Unfortunately, despite our best intentions, trying to be this in Real Life generally backfires and ends in either humiliation or disdain from peers (or both). The 2005 film of the same name can be found here.
ExamplesAnime and Manga
- The neighbors on Maison Ikkoku.
- Bluto from Animal House
- This pic◊ comes from the film The Carpetbaggers, where one of the main characters gets drunk at a costume party and dances around a chandelier until it comes crashing down (she lives, though).
- A nerd in Can't Hardly Wait turns into this when he drinks for the first time.
- The Mask
- Gareth in Four Weddings and a Funeral.
"I remember the first time I saw Gareth dancing. I feared lives would be lost."
- In The Party, Peter Sellers' character becomes this somewhat unwittingly.
- Damon Knight's short story "The Handler" is about an enormous charismatic man who is the Life Of A Party, but is also a puppet controlled by the despised pathetic little man crammed inside his chest.
- Lord Peter Wimsey in the novel Murder Must Advertise.
- Marry Me: Annie's cousin Scooby. So much so that she and her dads compete to get him to come to their wedding.
- A one-shot character in Sex and the City used to be a party girl, and is now married and pregnant. She actually considers her party years her Glory Days.
- Anothernote was the Life of the Party, somewhat gone to seed. She falls out of a skyscraper window midway through the episode...
- Once in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Odo got stuck in an elevator with Lwaxana Troi, and he talks about how he tried to fit in years before, including trying to use his shapeshifting to impress people at parties. He doesn't like parties anymore.
- Fun Bobby from Friends, who wasn't fun anymore once he sobered up.
- Also Gandalf the Party Wizard from "The One Where They're Going To Party!".
- Arthur Fonzerelli, even after he jumped the shark.
- Meredith from The Office. Until her hair gets set on fire at the Morrocan Christmas Party.
- One Monty Python sketch has a man looking to be more attractive to people via motivational tapes, and the salesman offers a few until settling on "Life and soul of the party".
Cleese: What's that like?Chapman: Well it's a sort of ah... 'Ello squire! 'Aven't seen you for a bit, 'aven't seen you for a bit either, Beryl! Hahah! Two pints of wallop, please, love still driving the Jensen, then? Cheer up Jack it may never 'appen what's your poison then?
- 30 Rock - Jack grudgingly accompanies Liz to her high school reunion, where he's mistaken for the class popular guy - he doesn't correct the crowd, and enjoys his star status.
- Andrew W.K., of course, is pretty much this trope in musical form. PARTY HARD
- "Twice Shy" by Flanders and Swann.
- "Big Shot" by Billy Joel is based on the darker version of this trope.
But now you just don't remember all the things you said
And you're not sure that you want to know
I'll give you one hint, honey:
You sure did put on a showPinball
- Captain B. Zarr, the host, pilot, and DJ of The Party Zone
- Zeala of Jinni Zeala, a genie who parties with his Bedlah Babes in a Flying Harem.
- Power Gig: Rise of the SixString has the Riffriders: a clan that feels life is a non-stop party and that nothing should break your stride. Their clan home is an abandoned mall they converted into a multi-floor arcade/theme park with live bands playing every night.
- In El Goonish Shive, Elliot's Superheroine spell has a alter ego form that makes him dress and act like the female embodiment of this trope even if he's nowhere near a party.
- Briar Beauty from Ever After High can turn a freaking study party into a blast and still have everyone pass a notoriously unfair exam. Girl is brilliant, but would rather "Live It Up" more than anything else.
- In Futurama, Slurms McKenzie is the most absolutely pathetic deconstruction of this trope possible. His only escape from partying is death.
- Pinkie Pie from My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic will try to be this if it's not a party she set up. If it is one she made, she will try to make it as lively as possible. She even has a party cannon - a cannon that shoots out ready made party supplies.
- Even if, at times, she does things that could kill the party for others who are trying to enjoy themselves - such as making a band play unfitting music for the event, ravenously devouring all the sweets and snacks set out for everyone and leaving nothing for anyone else to eat (going so far as to stuff her face with a plate of cupcakes PRINCESS CELESTIA HERSELF was about to eat right in front of her) and doing things that, while usually funny to watch happen to someone else, would drive you absolutely up a wall or make you incredibly upset if you were there yourself.
- Fridge Brilliance here. Growing up, all of Pinkie's 'friends' were inanimate objects. So she has never learned how to act appropriately in various social situations. Her first exposure to a social gathering was a fun filled party that made every pony there happy, so that is what she always uses.