When a scene takes place in a classroom, the Ordinary High-School Student
tends to be located wherever is the most convenient for the author, plot, or characterisation of the character.
Often near the window
, so the character can be showed looking outside in dreamy fashion. Or near the aisle
, if direct personal interaction with the teacher is needed. But then still on the end of the row, with only the window seat between the character and the end of the row.
If the teacher doing his teaching is an important part of the plot, the teacher will be sitting on the middle of the front row
, so that a shot can be taken from behind the main student cast, facing the teacher.
If the focus is on the students, they will be sitting on the back row
. This way, the author doesn't have to portray everyone sitting behind them. But not too far back: In order to still give the idea that they sit in a larger class room, the gang
will be sitting on the second from the back
row. Conveniently Seated also applies to settings such as movie theatres.
, the second seat from the back, along the side with the windows (which is always the left-hand side of the classroom) seems to be extremely popular.
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- Seating◊ in Mahou Sensei Negima!:
- Sayo near the left corner window-seat so she can stare wistfully at freedom; her friend Asakura so she has a good view of the room, giving her the best ability to take pictures.
- Chisame and Yue in the far back and middle to observe the stupidity of their class; Haruna is next to Yue because the two are librarians.
- Ayaka in the front and middle to best serve Negi-sensei. It also gives her a commanding air.
- Evangeline sits in the only desk that makes up the fifth row to the right - helps her sleep in class and not get called on for questions; Chachamaru in front of her to be as useful as possible; Hakase beside Chachamaru to easily repair her when necessary (in other words, the last two sit where they do to be convenient to Eva).
- Asuna and Konoka in the second to back and middle to effectively be in the center of the room. Being room-mates with The Hero warrants this sort of placement.
- Zazie in the corner, in order to be on panel the least amount of time as possible, to add to her mysteriousness.
- Neon Genesis Evangelion: Rei gets the symbolic window seat.
- MM!: Taro Sado: keeper of the seat in the second row back, along the side with the windows.
- Death Note: Light also gets the symbolic window seat, and it also gives him a great view to the yard where the death note gets dropped.
- Durarara!!'s Meaningfully Named Mikado Ryugamine gets a window seat that's in the second-to-last row. A minor character, Rio Kamichika, also has a window seat from which she can stare out wistfully and contemplate the world and its many odd inhabitants.
- The plot of Haruhi Suzumiya starts largely because Kyon happened to be seated directly in front of Haruhi. Haruhi, for the record, was in the center of the room, where everyone could get a good look at her when she made her famous announcement. When the seats were re-arranged at random, Kyon ended up in the second to last seat by the window, where he could stare wistfully outside...and right in front of Haruhi again. Though that last part is justified, it's unclear if it is justified because Haruhi is a subconscious Reality Warper who wanted to stay near Kyon or because the Class Representative (who had a vested interest in Kyon interacting with Haruhi) rigged the lottery to keep them together.
- Yuiichi, in the more recent anime adaptation of Kanon sits in the second-to-last seat along the left windows. Three of his closes friends, including his cousin, all sit in the three seats directly adjacent to him. His seating next to the window is also particularly more convenient to the story as it allows him to see Shiori in the courtyard whenever she appears.
- Tomoya, in Clannad also sits second from the back next to the window, with sunohara next to him, ryou is also in the same class.
- Keiichi, the main character of Higurashi no Naku Koro ni always sits in the second-to-last row, along the windows. The girls in the series all sit next to him as well.
- Azumanga Daioh: Sakaki is planted in the window seat and a majority of the main cast sits in the next row over, with Tomo situated on the opposite side of the room and Chiyo in the middle of the front row. Most conversations in the show tend to happen towards the back of the classroom, near Sakaki's desk.
- Natsume, the protagonist of Natsume Yuujinchou, sits in a seat by the window between his friends, Kitamoto and Nishimura, and is usually shown looking outside during class time, thinking about his most recent Youkai experience.
- In Cardcaptor Sakura, Sakura is in the ever-popular window seat, with Tomoyo next to her, Shaoran behind her, and Meiling and later Eriol behind Tomoyo.
- in Puella Magi Madoka Magica, titular character madoka sits in the middle of the class, at a perfect angle to see her teachers rants in camera view, oddly enough, shady Homura sits in front next to the door, though this was probably done to emphasize her ace student quality as well as to give madoka a good angle to stare at her, as it would be awkward if madoka spent class turned around. Sayaka is also in the same class.
- In K-On! the main character Yui Hirasawa sits in the window seat in the last row of the classroom and the drummer Ritsu Tainaka sits in front of her.
- In Bakuman。:
- In first chapters, Mashiro sits in a row behind Azuki's, which gives him an oportunity to observe her during the class and thus draw a sketch of her in his notebook.
- Takagi's seat is in the back row, which gives him an oportunity to observe all his colleagues and notice how Mashiro looks at Azuki.
- Then, after Mashiro and Azuki promised to each other that they will not meet until they fulfil their dreams, a big shuffle happens (for the purpose of having boys and girls sit next to each other) which puts the two of them seated at the same desk. Cue the embarassed looks on their faces and Takagi (who is again convenently seated in the back row) almost bursting into laugh.
- In No Matter How I Look at It, It's You Guys' Fault I'm Not Popular, when the second semester starts and Tomoko loses her back row seat by the window, she lampshades it by commenting about how lucky she was getting "the seat main characters always get in anime and light-novels" in the first period, lamenting that she now has to dwell in an awkward spot, surrounded by people.
- Deconstructed and Played for Laughs in Kore wa Zombie desu ka?. Ayumu being a zombie who dries up in sunlight, well... Good Thing You Can Heal.
- In School Rumble, Tenma sits in "That" seat, with Karasama right in front of her and Harima to her right. However, it's Karasama who spends all his time looking out the window.
- The cast of Kin-iro Mosaic occupies both spots◊; Alice and Shinobu (circled red) in the middle of the front row, and Aya and Youko (circled in blue) at the window seats.
- Tsukune from Rosario + Vampire sits on the second-last seat with the window on the left. Moka sits behind him, Mizore sits in front of him, and Kurumu sits next to Moka. In the following year, their seat positions re the same, and Yukari is now sitting next to Mizore.
- Most of the lead characters from the Pretty Cure franchise sit in window seats. Though, only one of them sit in the infamous seat, the second seat from the back, along the side with the windows.
- In Futari wa Pretty Cure and its sequel, Nagisa sits on the window seat of the third back row... the class seams to be bigger than other examples. The third main character Hikari sits on the infamous seat in her class.
- In Futari Wa Pretty Cure Splash Star, Saki sits in the infamous seat.
- In Yes! Pretty Cure 5 and its sequel, Nozomi and Rin sit in the second front row, so the camera can catch them and their teacher Kokoda/Coco. Sometimes, the sit near to the window - they sit on benches. However, the windows are too high and nobody can look out of the windows.
- In Fresh Pretty Cure! and HeartCatch Pretty Cure!, the respective lancers Setsuna and Erika sit in the last seat along the windows, while the heroines Love and Tsubomi sit next to their right side.
- In Suite Pretty Cure ♪, Smile Pretty Cure! and Doki Doki Pretty Cure, the respective heroines Hibiki, Miyuki, and Mana sit in the last seat along the windows. Miyuki's lancer Akane sit in the infamous seat.
- Sakura Trick:
- Inconvenient seating kicks off the plot of Sakura Trick— The main characters find themselves at opposite ends of the classroom, and so feel the need to do something special to stay close even when they're forced apart. They choose kissing.
- On a marcoscopic angle this trope is also played straight. All the cast sit on the row next to the window, or the row directly next to it.
- Pointed out in El Goonish Shive here, as seen above. Read the line of text below the lowest panel...
- Timmy Turner sits in the first row (along with his two best friends) right in front of Mr. Crocker.
- Bart Simpson generally sits in the middle of the class, but sometimes sits by the window if he's supposed to get distracted by something outside. Lisa generally sits in the middle of the second row from the front.
- Batman Beyond has a tendency to show Terry and any other important character (Max, Dana, Nelson, etc.) in the front row, no matter how improbable it is that they would choose to sit there. Perhaps assigned seating?
- Beavis And Butthead sit in the middle of the back row in every class, with nobody else in that row and their desks out of line with the rest of the class. It saves a lot of trouble having to constantly animate people around them, presumably. Could be explained by nobody wanting to sit near them.