Linus: If I am elected school president, I will purge the kingdom! My administration will release us from our spiritual Babylon! My administration will bring down the false idols in high places! My administration will...The Student Council President (seitokaicho in Japanese) is the Club President for the Absurdly Powerful Student Council, and the Class Representative for the whole school. Depending on the series, he or she may be a Supporting Leader, the Alpha Bitch, the Big Bad, The Messiah, The Ojou, Sheltered Aristocrat, a Magnificent Bastard or just another student. Note that some of these tropes can overlap. The British version (in certain schools) is the Head Boy/Girl, who's in charge of the prefects (student volunteers with various roles). The stereotype is for them to be either a nigh-perfect Big Man on Campus Renaissance Man/Woman, or the toadying epitome of the Teacher's Pet, and either way to be destined for a career in politics. Mixed schools may have one of each, who may or may not be a Ruling Couple. In terms of rank, about the only authority tropes arguably as low as this are the Landlord and the Class Representative. For the next step down, see Absurdly Powerful Student Council. For the next step up, see Schoolteachers.
Charlie Brown: I wonder why the Principal looks so pale...
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- Angel Beats!: Tenshi/Angel alias Kanade Tachibana is this until the SSS swaps her test papers with fabricated ones that have all the wrong answers, resulting in her being removed and replaced by Ayato Naoi. Later on, though, the deception is revealed, resulting in Angel being reinstated.
- The Asterisk War: The Asterisk city's six schools each have a student council president, who have varying degrees of power depending on how they get elected. For example, at one school, the President is elected through a battle tournament, in which case her power over the students is very high. However, at Arlequint, a research institution, the President is typically chosen as a compromise between several powerful factions. However, the Presidents themselves are part of a pan-school council which has implausibly broad powers to direct school affairs, answering only to the Integrity Enterprises Foundation (which is essentially the world government).
- Axis Powers Hetalia: England, in the Gakuen Universe. He's not a particularly liked one though, due to his Tsundere and Jerkass outer qualities.
- The 22nd Student Council President is Mizuho Asano, Keigo's willful and plucky older sister, who is obsessed with Ikkaku because she has a fetish for bald guys. The anime made filler episodes that ratcheted up her levels of cheerful crazy to entirely new heights.
- After the Time Skip, Uryuu Ishida is the president. When a gang from a neighbouring school come looking for Ichigo to cause trouble, Uryuu intervenes to throw them out of the school grounds (and to spare Ichigo a fight since he's going through a Brought Down to Badass phase). Ichigo chews Uryuu out for fighting since it'll damage the president's reputation.
- The Cherry Project: Chieri is the popular student council president, but really isn't too powerful. She just has to organize fundraisers, much like a normal American one.
- Code Geass: Milly Ashford... not the first to attempt making the World's Largest Pizza, but probably the first to attempt it using an outdated mecha prototype. Her Absurdly Powerful Student Council is also justified since her family owns the school. And the Humongous Mecha, to boot.
- Lelouch himself is her vice-president, and he takes the role very seriously. One might not expect a banished prince living in hiding and planning a revolution to care so much about making the school festival perfect, but he does.
- Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE!: Kinshiro Kusatsu who also happens to be Chevalier Orite, one of the enemies of the Defense Club.
- Fortune Arterial: Iori Sendou. The school treats him like a celebrity. Also a vampire.
- Freezing: Chiffon Fairchild. After she dies, Ticy defeats Arnette and becomes the new President.
- Fruits Basket: Yuki Sohma is elected Student Council President during his third year. His older brother, Ayame Sohma, was Student Council President when he was there.
- Fujimura-kun Mates: Shizuru. A very unusual one, as she is an adorable ditz who is constantly lost and nearly unable to function in her daily life without the assistance of her very capable vice-president. Later on she pass this title to Fujimura.
- Girls und Panzer: Anzu Kadotani. She's responsible for bringing back the tankery club, recruiting all the students (threatening Miho with expulsion if she doesn't join, although it's unclear how much she meant it and/or could carry it out), and also was responsible for brokering a deal with the government to stop the school from being closed if they win the tankery tournament (as well as doing so again in the movie after the government goes back on the deal).
- Haunted Junction: Haruto Hojou. Subverted, because Haruto really wishes he was NOT the President, so his vice-president Mutsuki Asahina acts more like a leader than he ever does.
- Hayate × Blade: Amachi Hitsugi takes this trope to rather extreme levels, seemingly taking pleasure from watching students try to keep up with her zany ideas.
- High School Dx D: Devil princess Sona Sitri holds this position at Kuoh Academy, along with her peerage who form the ranks of her Absurdly Powerful Student Council. It's actually a cover for her role as a guardian of The Masquerade in the surrounding city.
- Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai: Miyuki Shirogane, who is noted as being an extreme Workaholic. He's also a Penny Among Diamonds.
- Katekyo Hitman Reborn!: Kyoya Hibari. He actually runs the Disciplinary Board (think Safety Patrol or Prefects, only more mafia-like), the actual student council is not seen. Acts like a delinquent more than a President, and runs the Council as his own personal gang. Adelheid Suzuki of the Simon Famiglia also quite qualifies.
- Kill la Kill
- Satsuki Kiryuin rules the school like a military dictator with the aid of the school council, who are empowered by special school uniforms that make them nigh-invincible. Because her mother happens to be the chairman of the school's board of directors, her authority goes beyond even that of the school principal.
- Ira Gamagoori used to be one in middle school. He's now Satsuki's Disciplinary Committee Chair and serves loyally under her.
- Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha ViVid: Els Tasmin is the head student representative of her school, and maintains a strict, authoritarian personality during the tournament. Naturally, she has some distaste for the tourney audience favorite and resident Delinquent, Hallie Tribeca.
- Maid-Sama!: Misaki Ayuzawa, the title maid. The fact that she works as a maid is something she has to hide very carefully due to also being President.
- Mai-HiME: Shizuru Fujino. In the prequel novel "Natsuki no Prelude," it is implied that the main reason why she ran for President was to get Natsuki access to school records for her investigation.
- Maken-ki!: Takaki Furan currently holds the office at Tenbi Academy and is the de facto Big Good of the series. While typically known for being reserved, she's strict and expects the student council to perform up to standards. Or else. But in most cases, it isn't necessary since she has Yuuka to help keep things in order.
- Manabi Straight!: Manabi, who is nothing at all like the others on this list. Partly because she is a New Transfer Student when elected as President. But she makes friends with Takako Kakuzawa, who is a more typical Student Council President at another high school.
- Marginal Prince: Joshua Grant kinda averts it. He is mentioned as the president, but everything you ever see him doing in this position is introducing Yuuta to the school (and helping him out with registration issues) and taking a certain theatrical role during the school's cultural festival.
- Medaka Box: Medaka becomes this with an overwhelming 98% vote at the start of the series, setting up a suggestion box to be of service to the student body. Next year, Zenkichi beats her, with only the remaining 2% having voted for her re-election.
- Okusama Ga Seito Kaichou: Both Ui and Hayate were running for the position at the beginning of the story. Ui won by landslide, partially thanks to her status as The Ace, partially thanks to her platform of "Liberalization of love". Hayate ended up becoming the vice-president.
- Oniisama e...: As the closest to an Absurdly Powerful Student Council in Seiran University High School is the famous Sorority, its leaderess Fukiko "Miya-sama" Ichinomiya is both the Student Council President and the most important of the Oneesamas towards the cast. Pity she's not... very well in the head, though.
- Penguin Revolution: Ayaori is Student Council President, but his school persona is that of a vague and ineffectual nerd, leaving the Vice President - Ayaori's adoptive brother Ryo, cross-dressing as The Ojou "Ryoko" - to do most of the work.
- Pretty Cure
- Yes! Pretty Cure 5: Karen Minazuki.
- HeartCatch Pretty Cure!: Itsuki Myoudouin.
- Smile Pretty Cure!: Reika Aoki is a different case - she's Student Council Vice-President. Near the end of the series, she finally upgrades to full President.
- DokiDoki! Precure: Mana Aida marks the first time a Pretty Cure protagonist is President.
- Go! Princess Pretty Cure: Minami Kaido.
- The Prince of Tennis: Supplemental materials imply that Keigo Atobe and Kunimitsu Tezuka are their schools's student council presidents.
- Princess Princess: Arisada, a Manipulative Bastard who has the entire school in the palm of his hand. Somehow an Ensemble Darkhorse, perhaps because he's a former Princess.
- Rosario + Vampire: Hokuto is introduced as this, and proceeds to use his position to try to reveal the existence of monsters to humans and throw both worlds into chaos.
- Saki: Hisa Takei is not only president of the mahjong club, but also this, although she clarifies that she's Student Congress President, and prefers that the mahjong club members call her by her title of Club President.
- Seitokai no Ichizon: Kurimu Sakurano. She's a bit of an airhead compared to most of the examples on this page.
- Seitokai Yakuindomo: Shino is an efficient, albeit perverted, student council president, complete with The Ace traits. Later on in the series she starts grooming Takatoshi to inherit the position when she graduates (since nobody else wants the job).
- Sket Dance: Brilliant, but Lazy Soujiro Agata. Later when he steps down to focus on college entrance exams, Vice President Sasuke Tsubaki takes his place. Who is later succeeded by Kiri Katou.
- Strawberry Panic!: Miyuki Rokojou, Shion Tomori, and Chikaru Minamoto representing Astraea Hill's three schools. Plus Shizuma Hanazono as the Etoile.
- Tantei Opera Milky Holmes: Henriette. She's also the thief Arsene, but it's not like the heroines know that.
- Tokyo Majin: Misato Aoi. Her council isn't as absurdly powerful, she's not seen carrying out her duties apart from the graduation preparations, and she usually hangs with non-council-members (which is to say, the "demon-buster team").
- Unlimited Fafnir: Mitsuki, the younger sister of protagonist Yuu, is one.
- Kaname Kuran in Vampire Knight is the president of the Night Class, whose entirety is made up out of vampires. Aside from having absolute power over the entire class and being pretty much en par with the school's headmaster, he's got lots of influence over the rest of the vampire world, too.
- In Witch Craft Works, the student council president (and most of the student body) oppose school Princess Ayaka Kagari getting close to the main character Honoka Takamiya. In response, Ayaka uses her power as Princess to depose the president and install Honoka as her replacement. She also takes over the post of vice president and demotes the original vice president to "Vice-vice president."
- In Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches, the student council president by and large has the power over the school, so it's a position that many people strive for. There have been four of them during Yamada's school time, due to one of them leaving the post early because of a vote of non-confidence: Haruma Yamazaki (the Big Bad of the first part of the story), Toranosuke Miyamura (Yamada's lancer), Shinichi Tamaki (another of Yamada's friends, taking over after Miyamura), and an unnamed girl who was Yamazaki's predecessor. Nene Odagiri was runner-up to Miyamura, and Masamune Ichijo to Tamaki.
- Tyler is the class president of PS238, despite the fact that he never ran for election. This was do to the fact that everyone in the class hated the two actual candidates and voted for him as a write-in candidate. So far his duties as class president have consisted entirely of holding a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new computer lab.
- Double Subverted in Daniel Pinkwater's Young Adult Novel. The president of the Himmler High School student council has no real authority, and Kevin Shapiro didn't want the position anyway. Yet the overwhelming popularity that elected him to that position also makes him king of the school.
- The unnamed Student Council President from the Haruhi Suzumiya novels acts as the Magnificent Bastard variety, primarily to fit with Haruhi's perception of the Absurdly Powerful Student Council and give her an "enemy". The President actually laughs about how ridiculous his role is. But soon, he starts taking it more seriously...
- Shirayuki from Aria the Scarlet Ammo. She states this after having her skirt flipped by Riko, thinking that could hurt her image.
- In John Powers' book "Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up?", the last thing any student wants is to be elected President of the Student Council. Only the most disliked students (the "fat and ugly kids") get nominated or voted into student offices; "winning" the presidential election means that student is THE most unpopular one in the school.
Live Action TV
- The Brady Bunch:
- "Vote For Brady," from the first season, saw Greg running for class president against his stepsister, Marcia. The episode begins with partisan politics but ends with Greg showing character by refusing to go along with his (soon-to-be-ex) friend's planned dirty trick to make an unflattering accusation against Marcia. In the end, Greg's integrity is rewarded by him becoming class president (in what now becomes a one-person race, as Marcia steps aside, never explaining that she had overheard Greg outright reject the dirty trick plan).
- "My Sister, Benedict Arnold," where Greg complains that a class rival, Warren Mullaney, had beaten him (presumably earlier) for class president, and — sour about the outcome — unfairly claimed that Warren "made a bunch of phony promises he didn't keep."
- From Degrassi: The Next Generation there's Ashley Kerwin, Liberty Van Zandt, Holly J. Sinclair and Sav Bhandari, in that order. In the beginning of the series the popular but serious Ashley was going to run unopposed but her step brother got his class-clown friend to run against her. The spoiled Holly J was unopposed for her first three years of High School but faced, and lost a stiff election in senior year to Sav.
- Paris Gellar (former socially-awkward Alpha Bitch, still awkward) served in this capacity during the third season of Gilmore Girls. She was only able to get elected by having Rory as her VP to soften her image (people respected Paris' abilities and focus, but were terrified/put-off by her personality so she needed a softer, friendlier running mate who would have her back). Turned into major drama when the Senior-class Rep (a previously unseen Alpha Bitch at the school) felt she was getting snubbed in meetings (her not-so-great ideas were just being dismissed right away by Paris) and went all Machiavelli using Paris' social insecurities. Eventually, she helped push Paris back into full-on Alpha Bitch mode against Rory for a while, but never really seemed to get anything out of it for herself.
- Mr Student Body President centers around this trope. Tyler Prendergast is the, well, Student Body President of Berenger High School. Despite being the protagonist, he has no qualms about threatening and cajoling to get what he wants, even blackmailing the Principal. Fitting for a High School spoof of the Government Procedural.
- Martin Qwerly from Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide. Technically, he was VP and the weasel was president. Also, he only ever did one important thing.
- Daphnie Powell from No Ordinary Family.
- Our Miss Brooks: Harriet Conklin is Student Council President at Madison High School. As such, and especially as she is the daughter of Principal Conklin, she has . . . absolutely no power whatsoever.
- Duncan Kane from Veronica Mars.
- Sasara is one in Aquapazza. Amusingly, she's the only schoolgirl not in uniform; she's cosplaying as a valkyrie.
- Elsa, the main character of Black Closet. In which being student council president is more or less like being head of the secret police.
- Jin Kisaragi from BlazBlue. Aside from being able to graduate at the top of his class and gaining the rank of "Major" at an Improbable Age.
- Towa Herschel is this The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel and its sequel and, as this, she takes on a massive amount of duties. Fortunately, the appearance of the game's main protagonist, Rean Schwarzer, on the scene provides her with at least some relief, as he's often called upon to help out the student council, encouraged by Instructor Sara. Though at least some of this is guided by whether or not the player chooses to do any of this stuff, which is often of the Fetch Quest variety.
- This is Luna Platz's aim in Megaman Star Force 3.
- Mitsuru Kirijo from Persona 3.
- Mitsuru also provides a justification for how much power she has. The school was built and is still owned by her family, the Kijiro Group, which is one of the most powerful groups in Japan and they have a say in the inner workings of running it. The teachers are thus rightly terrified of angering or otherwise disregarding Mitsuru in anyway, since she really does have far more power than they do.
- Persona 4 has a brief cameo by her unlikely successor, ex-Shrinking Violet Chihiro Fushimi, who was Treasurer in the previous game.
- And in Persona 4: Arena, Labrys' mind creates a fantasy for her where she's this at Yasogami High School, in an attempt to fulfill a wish of the source of her personality, an Ill Girl whose condition prevented her from going to school.
- Persona 5 has Makoto Nijima, who, like Mitsuru is president of her school's student council and a party member. Interestingly, though, it's a deconstruction of the role with nearly all the "anime" fantastical elements removed. Instead of being beloved by all, impossibly perfect and having a level of power higher than the teachers and basically being the goddess of the school (like say, Mitsuru) she's a completely powerless glorified gopher for the principal, all the students hate her (including the party at first) because they assume she's in on the abuse coverup and sides with Kamoshida, and all the responsibility is a massive struggle for her leaving her a far cry from the usual Student council head role.
- Homura Akai in Tokimeki Memorial 2, and when she graduates, her Arch-Enemy kohai Mei Ijuin takes the mantle. Let's just say that neither of them are your typical anime and video game Student Council President : the first is a lazy tomboy who was forcefully put in that role by the school headmaster, who hoped to make her a better student, and she instead used that opportunity to make things fun and wacky ; the second is a quirky Mad Scientist Tsundere. Hilarity Ensues.
- As Yandere Simulator is a game that has a heavy anime influence, it's only natural that one of your rivals happens to be one. She's described by YandereDev as a strict disciplinarian, who is also a little Sue-ish. She can be seen on a laptop in the Student Council room, during which she can go on a speech about how a "vulgar creature" needs to be exterminated. Of course, like all rivals, it's possible to kill, socially sabotage, or otherwise harm her.
- Shizune Hakamichi from Katawa Shoujo. Granted, there's only one other member of the Council (unless Hisao joins), her interpreter Misha.
- Orihime in Kara no Shoujo, who is idolized by the school body.
- Though there is an official one in Maji de Watashi ni Koi Shinasai!, they don't seem to do much. In the Ryuuzetsuran path Hideo usurps this role, though not without good reason.
- Koi To Senkyo To Chocolate partially revolves around electing the new president.
- Jessica Ushiromiya from Umineko: When They Cry is a somewhat unusual example in that she's only the student council president because her parents forced her to take the position, but she was still popular enough to be voted for anyway despite her reluctance.
- Yumina The Ethereal starts with Nayuta Kagura who makes it quite clear believes Hobbes Was Right, however, the main cast start trying to take over because whoever becomes the council president can add or change any one rule they want.
- Remi Himekawa from True Love Junai Monogatari is both the vice president of the student council and one of the love interests in the game. She's rarely seen doing actual work, as the MC meets up with her either in the halls or outside school - but she sometimes speaks about the School Festival she's working on. And she's kidnapped in the middle of it.
- Kyoka Oneesama from Yin-Yang! -Xchange Alternative-. Not only is Mistress Saionji Kyoka Oneesama the school council president, but she also does nearly all of the work of the student council - the rest of us are just her pets&sex slaves (Yes, really. It's that kind of game.)
- Matt Cohen of El Goonish Shive is school council president at Moperville North, and head of the absurdly powerless student council. This generally means that he has to go along with whatever hair-brained scheme the principal is currently using to "preserve order" and "save the students from themselves." Despite being told to stick to the cards when making the announcement about the uniforms, he manages to get his contempt for the whole system across quite well.
- In Precocious Dionne manages to win the student council elections on a campaign of open corruption. Considering that they only have a council because the students revolted it shouldn't be too surprising.
- Magick Chicks: Faith Abbot is introduced as the student council president at Artemis Academy, in addition to being the most powerful esper in the academy's history, and the most popular student on campus. Following the events of chapter 15, she steps down and appoints Melissa as her replacement.
- Giant Days features a university Girl Posse who were all formerly Head Girls of their respective secondary schools. They try to recruit Esther into their clique and respond aggressively when rebuffed (turns out all Head Girls are required to train in a fighting style...)
Anna: Head Girls are a special breed! Naturally selected over seven years along strict Darwinian lines!
Nita: DESTINED TO RULE!
- Andrea Valandingham from Survival of the Fittest version three, who seems to be more on the heroic side and is good friends with several of the other councilors. Along with being one of the smartest people in the school.
- Naomi Bell from Version Five is a more ruthless version of this trope Sacrificial Lamb who is murdered by a scorned rival for her presidency.
- Ledah Rozwelli of Dept Heaven Apocrypha, inspired by the voiced drama for his canon where he had the same role.
- Subverted in Invader Zim — the Student Council President turns out to have none of the power it is perceived as having, and is actually brainwashed by the school, making it a political puppet.