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Student Council President

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...
Charlie Brown: I wonder why the Principal looks so pale...
Peanuts

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.


Examples:

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    Anime & Manga 
  • Kyoya Hibari from Katekyo Hitman Reborn!. 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.
  • The triumvirate of Youko, Sei, and Eriko in Maria-sama Ga Miteru.
  • Shizuru Fujino from Mai-HiME. 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.
  • Manabi from Manabi Straight, who is nothing at all like the others on this list. Partly because she is a New Transfer Student when elected as President.
  • Milly Ashford from Code Geass... not the first to attempt making the World's Largest Pizza, but probably the first to attempt it using an outdated mecha prototype.
  • From the Pretty Cure franchise, Minazuki Karen from Yes! Pretty Cure 5 and Myoudouin Itsuki from HeartCatch Pretty Cure!.
    • Aoki Reika of Smile Pretty Cure! is a different case - she's Student Council Vice-President. Near the end of the series, she finally upgrades to full President.
    • Aida Mana of DokiDoki! Precure is the first Pretty Cure leader to fulfill this trope.
  • Misaki Ayuzawa, the title character in the manga and anime Maid-Sama! (translated: The President is a Maid!).
    • Tora Igarashi, the president of the expensive private school Miyabigaoka, is of the Big Bad variety.
  • Haruto Hojou from Haunted Junction. 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.
  • Ayaori in Penguin Revolution 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.
  • Hokuto from Rosario + Vampire 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.
  • Sohma Yuki is elected Student Council President during his third year in Fruits Basket. His older brother, Sohma Ayame, was Student Council President when he was there.
  • Mitsuki in Akane-iro ni Somaru Saka. Noted for using the protagonist Junichi for menial tasks.
  • 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.
  • Magari "Manipulative Bastard-Jerk with a Heart of Gold" Kazuma of Nora
  • Amachi Hitsugi in Hayate X Blade takes this trope to rather extreme levels, seemingly taking pleasure from watching students try to keep up with her zany ideas.
  • Strawberry Panic! has Miyuki Rokojou, Shion Tomori, and Chikaru Minamoto representing Astraea Hill's three schools. Plus Shizuma Hanazono as the Etoile.
  • Kurimu Sakurano in Seitokai no Ichizon. She's a bit of an airhead compared to most of the examples on this page.
  • Shizuku Sangou in Kämpfer.
  • Kurokami Medaka from Medaka Box, who at the beginning was a one-man Student Council.
  • Tenshi/Angel alias Kanade Tachibana is this in Angel Beats! until the SSS gets her kicked out and she is replaced by Ayato Naoi, and then she comes back again.
  • Arisada from Princess Princess, 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.
  • Chieri from The Cherry Project is the popular student council president, but really isn't too powerful. She just has to organize fundraisers, much like a normal American one.
  • Sumire Kanō and her megaphone from Tora Dora; succeeded by Yuusaku Kitamura.
  • Iori Sendou from Fortune Arterial. The school treats him like a celebrity. Also a vampire.
  • Henriette in Tantei Opera Milky Holmes. She's also the thief Arsene, but it's not like the heroines know that.
  • Bleach:
    • The 22nd Student Council President is Mizuho Asano, Keigo's willful and plucky older sister, who is obsessed with Ikkaku because she really does think he's Bald of Awesome. The anime made filler episodes that ratcheted up her levels of cheerful crrazy 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.
    • In the "Everything but the Rain" past arc it's all but stated that Ishida's father Ryuuken held the same position almost two decades ago.
  • England from Axis Powers Hetalia, in the Gakuen Universe. He's not a particularly liked one though, due to his Tsundere and Jerkass outer qualities.
  • Joshua Grant from Marginal Prince 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.
  • Shizuru from Fujimura-kun Mates. 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.
  • Chiffon Fairchild from Freezing. After she dies, Ticy defeats Arnette and becomes the new President
  • 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.
  • In Sket Dance, its Brilliant, but Lazy Soujiro Agata. Later when he steps down to focus on college entrance exams, Vice President Sasuke Tsubaki takes his place.
  • Els Tasmin of Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Vivid 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.
  • Misato Aoi from Tokyo Majin. 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").
  • Supplemental materials imply that Keigo Atobe and Kunimitsu Tezuka are their schools's student council presidents in The Prince of Tennis.
  • In 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.
  • In Saki, Hisa Takei is not only president of the mahjong club, but also this, although she clarifies that she's Student Congress President.
  • Shino of Seitokai Yakuindomo is an efficient, albeit perverted, student council president, complete with The Ace traits.

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    Live Action TV 
  • Martin Qwerly from Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide. Technically, he was VP and the weasel was president. Also, he only ever did one thing ( justified the late appearance of got the outside lunch area set) - more Truth in Television than Absurdly Powerful Student Council.
  • Daphnie Powell from No Ordinary Family.
  • Duncan Kane from Veronica Mars.
  • From Degrassi The Next Generation there's Ashley Kerwin, Liberty Van Zandt, Holly J. Sinclair and Sav Bhandari, in that order. In the begining 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.

    Video Games 
  • 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.
  • Mitsuru Kirijo from Persona 3.
    • Persona 4 has a brief cameo by her unlikely successor, ex-Shrinking Violet Chihiro Fushimi.
    • 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 that the source of her personality, an Ill Girl whose condition prevented her from going to school, had.
  • This is Luna Platz's aim in Megaman Star Force 3.
  • 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.
    • In Tokimeki Memorial 4, Deuteragonist Yuu Satsuki is the Student Council President of the Modern Kirameki Saga, and when she graduates, main heroine Maki Hoshikawa takes the mantle. Unlike ther Hibikino counterparts above, they take the role seriously, Yuu especially.
  • Remi Himekawa from True Love.
  • 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.)
  • Sasara is one in Aquapazza. Amusingly, she's the only schoolgirl not in uniform; she's cosplaying as a valkyrie.

    Visual Novels 
  • 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.
    • In the Alternate Universe shown in Ep 7 she has an older sibling, Lion, who was president in middle school and high school and wasn't reluctant about it at all.
  • 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.

    Web Comics 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!

    Web Original 
  • 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.

    Western Animation 
  • 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.


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