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[[caption-width-right:350:"Hey, you know what this calls for? A PARTY!"]]

For whatever reason, there is a party. Whilst a party is normally going to be a fairly festive affair in its own right, sometimes it just needs spicing up - this is where LifeOfTheParty comes into play.

This character will [[LampshadeWearing don lampshades]] ([[LampshadeHanging 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 OldFriend.

Often this can be the {{Fratbro}} or HardDrinkingPartyGirl, but sometimes it's the quiet one who suddenly leaps out of his or her shell.

Contrast with LampshadeWearing, which is just someone killing the party.

Unfortunately, despite our best intentions, trying to be this in RealLife generally backfires and ends in either humiliation or disdain from peers (or both).

The 2005 film of the same name can be found [[Film/LifeOfTheParty here]].


[[AC:{{Anime}} and {{Manga}}]]
* The neighbors on ''MaisonIkkoku''.

* Bluto from ''Film/AnimalHouse''
* [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/roaring_party_girl.jpg This pic]] comes from the film ''Film/TheCarpetbaggers'', 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 ''Film/CantHardlyWait'' turns into this when he drinks for the first time.
* ''Film/TheMask''
* Gareth in ''Film/FourWeddingsAndAFuneral''.
-->"I remember the first time I saw Gareth dancing. I feared lives would be lost."
* In ''Film/TheParty'', Creator/PeterSellers' character becomes this somewhat unwittingly.

* Creator/DamonKnight'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.
* [[LordPeterWimsey Lord Peter Wimsey]] in the novel ''Murder Must Advertise''.

* ''Series/MarryMe'': 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 ''SexAndTheCity'' used to be a party girl, and is now married and pregnant. She actually considers her party years her GloryDays.
** Another[[note]]played by the strident blonde from ''Series/ThirdRockFromTheSun''[[/note]] was the LifeOfTheParty, somewhat gone to seed. She [[spoiler:falls out of a skyscraper window midway through the episode]]...
* Once in ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', Odo got [[LockedInARoom 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.
** To hear people talk, [[LivingProp Morn]] is a total party animal. [[InformedAbility We just never see it happen.]]
* Fun Bobby from ''{{Friends}}'', who wasn't fun anymore once he sobered up.
** Also [[TheGhost Gandalf the Party Wizard]] from "The One Where They're Going To Party!".
* [[HappyDays Arthur Fonzerelli]], even after he jumped the shark.
* Meredith from ''TheOffice''. Until her hair gets set on fire at the Morrocan Christmas Party.
* One Series/MontyPython sketch has a man looking to be more attractive to people via motivational tapes, and the salesman offers a few until settling on [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3l4g5QWEgVI "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?
* ''ThirtyRock'' - 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.

* Music/AndrewWK, of course, is pretty much this trope in musical form. PARTY HARD
* "Twice Shy" by Music/FlandersAndSwann.
* "Big Shot" by BillyJoel 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 show''
* Eve 6's "Victoria" is a lament about being romantically involved with one -- namely, that she'd rather stay out all night and party than come home to the narrator.

* Captain B. Zarr, the host, pilot, and DJ of ''Pinball/ThePartyZone''
* Zeala of ''VideoGame/JinniZeala,'' a genie who parties with his {{Bedlah Babe}}s in a Flying Harem.

[[AC: VideoGames]]
* PowerGigRiseOfTheSixString 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.

[[AC: WebComics]]
* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', Elliot's [[SuperGenderBender Superheroine]] spell has a alter ego form that makes him dress and act like [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2011-06-06 the female embodiment of this trope]] even if he's nowhere near a party.

[[AC: WebOriginal]]
* Briar Beauty from ''Franchise/EverAfterHigh'' 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.

[[AC: WesternAnimation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', Slurms [=McKenzie=] is the most absolutely pathetic deconstruction of this trope possible. His only escape from partying is ''[[HeroicSacrifice death.]]''
* Pinkie Pie from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' 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.
** FridgeBrilliance 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.