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->''"Stand. Bow. Sit."''
-->-- '''The Class Rep'''

S/he is smart, poised, caring, and s/he butts his/her nose in where no one wants it.

The Class Representative is disturbed by how the lead or their friends don't participate in club activities or how their grades are slipping and never gets the hint that nobody cares about that stuff. Can be TheSmartGuy. Usually this character is female.

Frequently admonishes the cast for small mistakes, helps makes up for the TwoTeacherSchool, and may be in cahoots with the AbsurdlyPowerfulStudentCouncil. An Anime example will almost always called "iinchou" ("class rep") or in a classic Latin American SoapOpera example, is always called in Spanish "Jefe(a) de Grupo/Clase" (Group/Class Boss) in place of her real name. In British schools (and in some countries that were part of the empire), these are known as "Prefects" (Schools with more than one also tend to have a "Head Boy" and "Head Girl" who are in charge of the rest of them) and tend to have a square or shield shaped badge pinned somewhere on their uniform to identify them (all of which is TruthInTelevision, although not all schools have them and they don't have anywhere near as much responsibility as they used to).

Sometimes can be an approachable authority when the protagonist gets into a mess, but doesn't want to involve the adults. In this case expect the protagonist to develop a new respect for the Class Rep.

Lately has started appearing as a member of the UnwantedHarem or otherwise as a potential love interest for the hero. The bossy and antagonistic roles these characters often play means that many of them end up as {{tsundere}}s as well.

Can initiate a SelectiveEnforcement plot by catching the small offense.

If the character doesn't represent the class so much as rule it, she's the AcademicAlphaBitch.



[[folder: Anime and Manga]]
* ''VisualNovel/SchoolDays'':
** Setsuna Kiyoura is the class rep for her, Makoto and Sekai's class.
** Kotonoha Katsura is a member of the school council ''and'' her class's representative. [[StockShoujoBullyingTactics It doesn't save her from being horribly bullied, tho.]]
* Youko Nakajima in ''LightNovel/TheTwelveKingdoms'' starts out as the class rep, although contrary to the trope, she's a [[ShrinkingViolet very passive figure]] who goes along with what other people say rather than risk their disapproval. By the time she grows out of that tendency, she's TrappedInAnotherWorld.
* Adachi Hana of ''Manga/FlunkPunkRumble'' is somewhat of a weird version of this trope. She's a former [[{{Delinquent}} Yankee]], [[BookDumb terrible at schoolwork]], terrible at everything, and [[CloudCuckooLander just plain weird]]. She also rocks the glasses/braids look, because she thinks it automatically makes her the perfect class rep.
* ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya''
** To start with, Asakura Ryouko gets this position basically by default, despite there never being an actual vote, by virtue of being the most popular girl in class. She still plays the trope dead straight, though: She's cute, smart, cheerful, caring...[[UncannyValleyGirl she's absolutely perfect]]!
** After Ryouko "suddenly transfers out" (read: [[spoiler:gets deleted from existence by Yuki for trying to kill Kyon]]), none of the rest of the class has any desire to take on the role, leading to an apathetic and unorganized class that ends up doing a survey for the SchoolFestival.
* Hikari Horaki in ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''. She also has the honor of being one of the few characters in ''Evangelion'' to be anything close to well-adjusted and one of only two characters in the whole series who has siblings (the other being her crush and most frequent target of her wrath).
* The position of Class Rep is an early bone of contention between the central characters of ''Manga/KareKano'', Arima and Yukino, who later fall in love with each other.
* Nanami from ''Manga/BokuraGaIta'', although she didn't want the role, sucks at her job ''and'' abuses her power.
* Eri Ninamori from ''Anime/{{FLCL}}'' was a notable subversion. She was the class president (as revealed in episode 3), but she wasn't very upstanding about it, and even abused the power to ensure that she and Naota would be the lead roles in the school play because she liked him. Of course, it's entirely possible that she just sees this sort of thing as normal given that her father, an important local politician, is a serial philanderer and implied to be corrupt in other ways as well.
* Keiko Yukimura in ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'' is mentioned as being this for Yusuke's class. [[{{Tsundere}} She gets really, really annoyed]] with Yusuke for skipping school, [[BookDumb getting horrible grades]], and in general [[JapaneseDelinquents being an ass.]]
* Ichijou from ''Anime/PaniPoniDash'' is another subversion. She's the class president, but also a complete {{Cloudcuckoolander}} who does all sorts of bizarre things (including flying) with a seemingly casual air.
* Yukihiro Ayaka from ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' the role really shows with her butting heads with Asuna, usually taking charge of just about any group activity she is present in, and being a total TeachersPet ([[HotForTeacher in more ways than one]], if she had her way). WordOfGod says that this trope is the only reason why she can hold a phone conversation with the then TheVoiceless Zazie (which her speech bubbles in that consisted of just VisibleSilence.) as a "ClassRep must understand her class she represents".
** Also, when Yue [[spoiler:loses her memory and is enrolled in the Magical Knights Academy]], she meets a class representative who starts out as the AlphaBitch (but soon [[FireForgedFriends becomes more friendly]])
* ''Manga/AliceAcademy'' has Yuu Tobita, one of the few students that didn't [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer berate Mikan]] for her weird Alice and late discovery. There are quite a few as the story progresses due to the larger role other characters start to play. There's Tono who is the the representative of the Special Ability Class, though he doesn't fit the mold. There is also Subaru, representative of the Somatic Ability Class, who looks the part but has some touches of childishness at times, mostly around his sister due to sibiling rivalry. In between is the male lead, who represents the entire elementary branch rather than one classroom. His (limited) authority over the kindergarten kids allows him to demonstrate good around children to the female lead.
* Chiyo in ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'', though not the typical one as described above.
* Twin sisters Ryou and Kyou in ''VisualNovel/{{Clannad}}''. But while Kyou volunteered for the role, Ryou got picked via lottery. As a result, she doesn't really have the personality usually associated with the Class Rep.
* Chiri in ''Manga/SayonaraZetsubouSensei'' ''acts'' like one, even though she's not - as a RunningGag, the actual class representative is almost perpetually unnoticed by the other characters.
* Honoka in ''Anime/FutariWaPrettyCure'' is apparently supposed to be the class rep, but this doesn't have any visible effect on anything. The only time anything ClassRepresentative-ish actually happens, it's near the end of ''Max Heart'', and it's minor character Seiko that's doing it.
** The two class reps in ''Anime/FutariWaPrettyCureSplashStar'' were recurring characters, but again, their representative-ness was never really of any importance.
* Chidori Kaname in ''Lightnovel/FullMetalPanic''. She's an absurdly powerful Class Representative, she practically runs class for most of the time.
* Teshigawara in ''Manga/FirstLoveSisters''.
* Male versions: Kunimitsu Tezuka (who's also Council President) and Syuichirou Oishi in ''Manga/ThePrinceOfTennis''. The information coming [[AllThereInTheManual from artbooks]] says that [[MagnificentBastard Keigo Atobe]], [[TheStoic Genichirou Sanada]] and [[ScaryShinyGlasses Hiroshi Yagyuu]] are also members of the student councils in their respective schools.
* Reika Tamaki in ''Anime/OjamajoDoremi''. There's a whole episode dedicated to the Ojamajos aiding Masaharu, a sweet boy who's her rival for the Class Rep elections, and they get so carried away with overthrowing Tamaki that they almost ruin his campaign.
** She regains this position some time in ''Motto''; by then, she underwent a lot of CharacterDevelopment and TookALevelInKindness.
* Haruka of ''Anime/MaiHime'' fits the trope description to a T. We only see her as a member of the AbsurdlyPowerfulStudentCouncil, but she's undoubtedly president of whatever class she's in.
** Shizuru used to be one before becoming StudentCouncilPresident, as noted in Natsuki no Prelude. In the manga, Akira is Takumi's class representative.
* Tomoe from ''Anime/MaiOtome'', the second ranked Coral, introduces herself in episode 2 as the representative for her class.
* Akane Asahina in ''LightNovel/{{Kanokon}}''. She ''tries'' to keep Chizuru's antics under control, but considering she's a normal human, completely unaware of the supernatural around her, it ends up being futile.
* Eimi in ''[[Anime/PrettySammy Magical Project S]]'' parodies this character type. She is obsessed with keeping everybody (even people not part of the school) within the (unusually extensive) school rules at all times, even standing up to Pixy Misa a few times in the process. This just makes it funnier when [[spoiler:she gets brainwashed into being a magical girl, then has a breakdown after she's returned to her normal mental state when she finds her gaudy outfit breaks the school rules and she can't de-transform out of it.]]
* Matsunaga in ''LightNovel/BludgeoningAngelDokuroChan'' has the bad luck to be class rep when [[MagicalGirl Dokuro]] joins the class. As a new student, she's told to sit with him; Dokuro would rather sit with Sakura, so she casually turns Matsunaga into an ape. He stays this way throughout the series.
* ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack'': Subverted: Kanami was implied to be a pretty lax class rep, while Kirihara adopted her authoritative roles.
--> '''''Kanami''' (to Alice): "If you're smart enough not to get caught, I'm not going to stop you."''
* Fumitsuki Nanakorobi in ''Manga/HappyLesson'', although she tends to leave some of the discipline stuff to the teachers. Also has a crush on the main character, and frequently gets upset with him. In the manga version, she gets less upset with the main character, although that's partly because the anime and manga have different main characters (That Other Wiki can explain it better than I can).
* Nene in ''Manga/{{Hyakko}}''. Torako is shocked to find out she's the class rep, since unlike most of the examples on this page, she doesn't have the glasses indicative of the position.
* Tomoko Hoshina in ''VisualNovel/ToHeart''. However, she loses the typical bossy class rep attitude in ''Remember my Memories'', when she moves to Kobe. Also, Manaka Komaki from ''VisualNovel/ToHeart2''. Though she's more of a class rep on paper, as she fails to manage the class properly. She's a HotLibrarian though...
* ''Manga/MyBrideIsAMermaid'''s class rep is more or less an inversion of the usual personality type; she's a ShrinkingViolet who blends so far into the background that [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep no one in the class actually knows her name.]] She does attempt to break out of it at several points, but circumstances conspire against her. Mawari actually fits the personally more closely, despite not really being the class representative.
* Although ''Manga/ChronoCrusade'' is set in 1920's America and Rosette doesn't go to a school, there's still a character that falls under this trope. A bonus story in the manga talks about her childhood friendship with a girl name Beth, who is a "monitor" at the Order and has the bossy, rules-obsessed personality that class reps typically have in anime.
* Haruna in ''Manga/ToLoveRu''. She's representative for a year, then declines to run again. Then Lala and Yui vie for the spot the next year. Haruna wins anyway because no one wants to vote for Lala or Yui. (Yui's a hardass, and Lala [[TheDitz has no clue what she's doing.]])
* Sumika Murasame from ''Manga/SasamekiKoto'', though not the stereotypical busybody type.
* You know that one Website/FourChan banner with a distressed girl yelling "No raping in the classroom"? She's class president. The source is a hentai manga called ''Anal Justice 2''... [[TakeOurWordForIt which you seriously should not look up.]]
* Takako Ayase from ''Manga/MidoriDays'' isn't the formal rep in her class, but she acts like the typical Class Represenative and as a result is looked up to by her classmates more than the actual class rep.
* Izumi Segawa from ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler'' is happier goofing off with her classmates than bothering with her duties.
* Teru Mikami of ''Manga/DeathNote'' in his BackStory. He took his role as Class President and protecting his peers [[BullyHunter very seriously...]] [[TraumaCongaLine when no one else did.]] [[StartOfDarkness The result-he comes to see the world in a very black and white perspective and comes to believe that no one else cares about justice as he does...]] ([[WhosLaughingNow that is until he becomes]] TheDragon [[EvilOverlord to his God Kira...]])
* In ''Manga/{{Soul Eater}}'', Spirit recalls with horror that Yumi Azusa used to be the class rep...and is still bossing around her classmates, now fellow staff-members, like naughty schoolchildren. Which, given the Shibusen faculty is probably quite right and necessary for anyone to get anything done, including the headmaster Lord Death.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Amagami}}'' there's Ayatsuji Tsukasa who is a very nice person. [[spoiler:Turns out it was just a facade; she's actually a BitchInSheepsClothing.]]
* Shizuka from ''Manga/DokiDokiSchoolHours''.
* Kaho Hiiragi in ''Manga/{{Freezing}}''.
* Ayumi Shinozaki of ''VideoGame/CorpseParty: Blood Covered'' subverts the usual personality type: she's a [[GirlishPigtails Girlish Pigtail]]-sporting, cheerful scary story fanatic.
* In ''Manga/LuckyStar''[[note]](information taken from Hiyori Tamura's human files in volume 4, under the category of "Class Rep")[[/note]]:
** Kagami isn't one by the time the manga starts, but she was head of the first-year reps during ''that'' year.
** Unsurprisingly, Miyuki was head of the third-year reps ''and'' StudentCouncilPresident during third year.
** Misao was the Athletics Rep for her class.
** Ayano was on the Discipline Committee.
** Kou[[note]]Yasaka, a manga-only character,[[/note]] was the Student Body Treasurer.
** Yutaka ran for the position, but didn't get elected.
** Minami is on the Health Committee.
** None of the listed ''sensei'' sponsor any.
* In ''Manga/OniisamaE'', Kaoru Orihara aka "Kaoru no kimi" is the class rep for Nanako and the other freshwomen's class. Kaoru is somewhat of a subversion, though: she actually had to be held back a year [[spoiler: due to being an IllGirl]] so she didn't get the spot due to grades, and can be very... HotBlooded, to say it politely, if she [[BullyHunter finds out about bullying in class]]. She still does fill in when it comes to leadership, though.
* Yukari Sakuragi in ''Literature/{{Another}}''. [[spoiler: But she dies VERY early in the story.]]
* ''Major'' subversion: [[FilleFatale Rin Kokonoe]] from ''Kodomo No Jikan'' is the class rep.
* Tabe from ''Manga/PopcornAvatar'' is the class rep in Kurando's class.
* Manami Mitami from ''Manga/ACentaursLife'' is a textbook example. She treats her classmates not much different from how she treats her little sisters. Her short introduction in chapter 1 even says she is born for the role.
* Fukiyose Seiri from ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'' is shown onscreen to admonish delinquent classmates and represent their class in school functions. [[spoiler:However, she's not the Class Representative, strictly speaking. The real Class Representative is actually [[TheDitz Aogami Pierce]], whose carefree mannerisms and perversions make him a complete subversion of this trope.]]
* Subverted with Tsukune from ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'' who was chosen against his protests, never showed any authority and his position hasn't been mentioned in quite a while.
* The titular character from ''Manga/{{Arisa}}''. [[spoiler: Turns out to be a BrokenAce.]]
* In ''Anime/YuGiOhZEXAL'', Yuma is eventually voted Class Representative because of his popularity from winning duels. This is even though Yuma is very irresponsible and incompetent at anything other than dueling. The Student Council, corrupted by the Barrian World and aided by a jealous Takashi, the former Class Representative, plot Yuma's destruction. Later, after Yumi foils their plot, he gives the position back to Takashi.
* Completely and utterly mocked in ''Manga/UruseiYatsura''. One chapter deals with the election, and ends with [[DorkHorseCandidate Ataru being voted in]] to stop Mendo from enacting his draconian measures against any male who is late at school, but he's so ineffective that Mendo does the job anyway (as a deputy), and a later chapter reveals that ''everyone had forgot Ataru was the representative''.
* China Kousaka in ''Anime/GundamBuildFighters'' has a much smoother relationship with the mostly well-behaved Sei. Which is good, because she has a major crush on him.
* In ''Manga/YowamushiPedal'', Manami Sangaku's childhood friend Miyahara is the Class Representative for their class, and Sangaku has taken to calling her "Iinchou". She is constantly frustrated and annoyed by Sangaku's tendency to come to school late because he spends his mornings biking in the mountains, and had to intervene for him before to make sure he doesn't repeat a year.
* Kawai is this in ''Manga/ASilentVoice'', both in elementary school and high school. For appearances only, at least; her true personality teeters on the edge of AcademicAlphaBitch. Other students seem to have noticed, but wouldn't say it to her face.
* Masako Negishi from ''Manga/KomorisanCantDecline''. In a variation of the norm, she's rather shy and something of an introvert. Given that her older brother is her homeroom teacher, he might have given her the position specifically to help her break out of her shell.
* In ''Manga/{{ReLIFE}}'', the boy and girl who score highest on a test are chosen as the class representatives. Kariu had been class rep for three semesters, but for her third year she was in the same class as Hishiro, the top student in the school. [[SmarterThanYouLook Ohga]] is also chosen as class rep.
* Aya Kurokawa from ''[[Manga/KanojoNiNaruHi Kanojo Ni Naru Hi Another]]'' is a [[TearJerker particularly tragic example]]. She's cool, kind, caring and studious but firmly believes she deserves no credit because she's firmly convinced she's nothing more than a ReplacementGoldfish for her deceased elder sister. Her parents even made her take the same name, albeit using different characters. Even class [[TheGadfly gadfly]] Shima is taken aback by the grief and bitter self-loathing ("the true me is ugly") he finds lurking under her cool and collected StepfordSmiler exterior.
* Sumire Kakei from ''Manga/{{Boruto}}'' starts out as the class rep of Boruto's academy class. She is a bit shy though. She is the only student to wear a SailorFuku. [[spoiler: Then in turns out she's a LaserGuidedTykebomb with touches of DarkMagicalGirl, and this position was perfect to earn the trust of her classmates. JustAsPlanned]]

[[folder: Film]]
* Summer from ''Film/SchoolOfRock''. She complains when told that the class no longer has to do any schoolwork.

[[folder: Literature]]
* ''Literature/HarryPotter'':
** Hermione Granger is the living, breathing personification of this trope in Western literature (even if she doesn't actually ''become'' a Prefect until the [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix fifth book]]) as she constantly annoys her peers with her knowledge in the beginning and helps them later on. Ron becomes the other Gryffindor prefect in their year to his shock, but he does not take it nearly as seriously as Hermione.
** Percy Weasley is another example, with the variation of what happens when you take it a little too far...
* ''Anata o Shinjiteru'', one of the {{Novelization}}s of the DatingSim ''VisualNovel/TokimekiMemorial 2'', has Sayo Tsukimura, who's the representative of the same class as the novel's main hero [[ChildhoodFriends Shunta Torigoe]], and main heroine [[BrokenBird Kaori Yae]]. She's only obnoxious towards Shunta though, because she's secretly in love with him and thus all {{Tsundere}} towards him; with other people, she's well-liked and respected.
* In ''Literature/TanteiTeamKZJikenNote'', Aya becomes one when she enters middle school. Ironically it makes her even more [[FriendlessBackground isolated]], due to a rumour that the school chooses the student with the best entrance exam score to hold that position.

[[folder: Live-Action TV]]
* Liberty Van Zandt in Seasons 1-4 is an ambitious know-it-all student of ''Series/{{Degrassi}}''. She was responsible for involving the school in putting on a performance of 'Dracula' to express the darkness the school went through. After season four she doesn't so much represent the class as rule it.
* ''Series/TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody'''s Cody Martin is the "educationally gifted" character who won the election for 8th grade class president on his academic ideals.
* Annie Edison started out as this on ''Series/{{Community}}'', albeit a likable version. She's chilled out a bit over the run of the show, but still shows her type-A tendencies every so often.
* One season of ''Series/GrangeHill'' featured an exploited/invoked version of the trope; the school itself didn't have a prefect system, however (with the help of a badge from another nearby school which does) an older student is able to convince some year sevens (there was a running gag that they had based all their expectations of secondary school on ''Franchise/HarryPotter'') that she is one.
* In "The Accused"; Lance-Corporal Buckley
* In ''Series/GilmoreGirls'', Paris Geller, the AcademicAlphaBitch, goes from this to StudentCouncilPresident.

* Hao Xuan from ''Manhua/SchoolShock'' is an interesting take on the class rep: he's an apathetic, nihilistic guy who's completely aware of that he was only elected to be the class's errand boy and has absolutely no power or influence.

[[folder: Video Games]]
* Iinchou (Chairperson) from ''VideoGame/RivalSchools'', who is [[NoNameGiven never even given a real name]] and readily jumps into the brawl and starts ''kicking ass''...well, maybe [[JokeCharacter a little]]. Unless you have Iinchou as your assistant character rather than direct fighter. [[LethalJokeCharacter In that role, she's unstoppable!]]
* Luna Platz in ''VideoGame/MegaManStarForce'' focuses her school-spirit efforts on a particularly difficult target: the hero, Geo Stelar. (It takes her half of the first game to get him to attend school at all.) Her cronies Bud and Zack ''always'' call her "Prez" (see "iinchou" above); by the second game, Geo and Omega-Xis are doing this too.\\
In the third game, this is used to Geo's benefit in the postgame quest. Taurus Fire R attempts to impersonate Bud to keep Geo from attacking him by stating he learned about a virus outbreak by Luna. Failing to call her "Prez" confirms Geo's suspicions about his identity.
* Ayumi Shinozaki of ''VideoGame/CorpseParty'' has the position, but not the typical personality. She ''loves'' to tell scary stories.
* In the ''[[VideoGame/YuGiOhTagForceSeries Yu-Gi-Oh! Tag Force]]'' games, we have Reika Hara ([[DubNameChange Bright]] in the international versions) fill in this role. We don't really see much of this in action, though, but her mannerisms (like being concerned about the [[PlayerCharacter Player Character's]] grades and constant reminding of school duties)make her qualify.

[[folder: Visual Novels]]
* ''VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo'': Shizune Hakamichi and Lily Satou are both Class Reps. This is especially impressive in Shizune's case since she is both deaf and mute. Lily prefers a more laid back approach from what we have seen while Shizune plays the trope straight. [[spoiler:Shizune and Lily both happen to be cousins as well]].
* ''VisualNovel/MajiDeWatashiNiKoiShinasai'' has two significant characters: 2-F's TokenMiniMoe Mayo, who volunteered for the position when nobody else would come forward, and Hideo, who serves the same role for 2-S. It's not arguable that the latter is slightly better suited for the role, which results in [[GuileHero Yamato]] frequently taking charge of 2-F during activities.
* ''VisualNovel/DanganRonpa'''s Ishimaru Kiyotaka is such a devoted class rep that it's his "Super High-School Level/Ultimate" talent: the reason he was invited to attend the prestigious Hope's Peak Academy in the first place. Even as their potential school life is replaced by a DeadlyGame, Ishimaru does his best to maintain order, even trying to organize morning exercises. The rest of the students don't really take him seriously.
* ''VisualNovel/HatofulBoyfriend'' has Sakuya le Bel Shirogane, who got his position unelected by virtue of having a wealthy family. He's overbearing and condescends even to the teacher, but has no real power and is largely not respected, to his dismay. Still, plop him into a crisis situation [[OmegaRoute like BBL]] and he's surprisingly proactive and useful.

[[folder: Webcomics]]
* Alex definitely fits this trope in ''Webcomic/TheWotch: Cheer!''

[[folder: Western Animation]]
* Jodie from ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}'' is always trying to get the title character to participate in school activities.
* Double D, a male example, of ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'' became this in season 5. He has a very active school life and leads several clubs, as well as having the highest grades and scolding those who don't take it seriously (like in ''Mission Ed-Possible'').
* Chris Alice in ''WesternAnimation/GrowingUpCreepie'' is made of pure, undiluted school spirit.
* Courtney is probably this on ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaIsland''. Noah actually is (well, class president), and in a subversion so are [[DumbBlonde Geoff]] and [[AlphaBitch Heather]].
* Gretchen Grundler of ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'' once did everyone's homework expecting that they were going to use it to help themselves learn the material. Another time she ran for class president on her academic ideals.
* Myron of ''WesternAnimation/{{Wayside}}'' wants to be the class president; too bad no one else wants him to.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/JimmyNeutron'' there was a class president election. The winner ended up being the student ''least'' like this trope, FunnyForeigner Bolbi Stroganovski.

[[folder: Real Life]]
* In the US Air Force, it is a standard practice to assign certain airmen to leadership positions in many training environments, particularly during Basic Training. This allows the instructor to delegate responsibility for supervising the minor details of running things, making it a bit less hectic to look after dozens of trainees at the same time. During Basic Training, they are known as "Student Leaders" or "Element Leaders"[[note]]when in formation, a column of airmen is called an element; the element leaders stand at the front[[/note]]. During Technical School, they may be known as "Airman Leaders" or "Ropes"[[note]]in reference to the color-coded aiguillette worn on their uniforms[[/note]]. During Airman Leadership School, they are known as Class Commanders or Class First Sergeants.