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* In ''VisualNovel/LittleBusters'' Riki, Masato and Kengo are in second year. In fact, with the exception of Kyousuke, all the main characters are in second year.

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* In ''VisualNovel/LittleBusters'' Riki, Masato and Kengo are in second year. In fact, with the exception of Kyousuke, all of the main characters except Kyousuke are in their second year.year. This is important because it means that Kyousuke will graduate in a year and the childhood friends will be split up, something that worries all of them but especially Riki.


** P5 begins similarly to the other two, but the school setting isn't as focused on - thanks to the protagonist's record, nobody in school really wants much to do with him. In turn, because the Phantom Thieves all share a background of abuse by authority none of them follow the Sempai-Kohai system to a tee. All of them ignore it and are overly casual with each other, including third year students Makoto and Haru. This even extends to members who go to different schools ([[StarvingArtist Yusuke]], [[GreatDetective Goro]]), or to the one member who doesn't go to school at all ([[{{Hikkikomori}} Futaba]], who is also the youngest member).
** P1 is justified in a lack of SempaiKohai - ''all nine'' potential party members are second years, and the majority of them happened to meet one another in passing before the DEVA System began warping Mikage-Cho. The P1 protagonist's status as a leader mainly stems from his ability to [[TheKirk remain calm] in heated situations, especially when [[TheMcCoy Inaba]] and [[TheSpock Nanjo]] argue over certain crises of consciousness over the course of the story.

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** *** P5 begins similarly to the other two, but the school setting isn't as focused on - thanks to the protagonist's record, nobody in school really wants much to do with him. In turn, because the Phantom Thieves all share a background of abuse by authority none of them follow the Sempai-Kohai system to a tee. All of them ignore it and are overly casual with each other, including third year students Makoto and Haru. This even extends to members who go to different schools ([[StarvingArtist Yusuke]], [[GreatDetective Goro]]), or to the one member who doesn't go to school at all ([[{{Hikkikomori}} Futaba]], who is also the youngest member).
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member). As a result, the P5 protagonist takes a middle ground to his leadership status, taking authority mainly in [[EldritchLocation the Metaverse]], but leaving some more mundane tasks in the hands of his teammates when he himself cannot do anything.
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P1 is justified in a lack of SempaiKohai - ''all nine'' potential party members are second years, and the majority of them happened to meet one another in passing before the DEVA System began warping Mikage-Cho. The P1 protagonist's status as a leader mainly stems from his ability to [[TheKirk remain calm] calm]] in heated situations, especially when [[TheMcCoy Inaba]] and [[TheSpock Nanjo]] argue over certain crises of consciousness over the course of the story.


* In both ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'' and ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'', the main character is a second-year student. Both start off by transferring to a new school, and both quickly gain at least one male and one female friend of the same age/in the same homeroom. However, while P3's lead gets some experienced sempais to work with, P4's heroes surprisingly lack a sempai [[spoiler: who doesn't get killed before the main plot begins, anyway]]. This also means that while the P3's main is mid totem pole on the leadership scale P4's lead is the leader of their group.
** ''Videogame/{{Persona 5}}'' looks to be following the same trend, with its protagonist in his second year at high school. However the school setting isn't as focused on in 5, thanks to the protagonist's record, nobody in school really wants much to do with him. Likewise because the Phantom Thieves all share a background of abuse by authority none of them care for the Sempai-Kohai system, and all of them ignore it and are overly casual with each other, even the sempai's Makoto and Haru and several members even go to different schools or in the case of Futaba (the only one younger than everyone) doesn't go at all.

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* In both ''VideoGame/{{Shin Megami Tensei Persona}}'': With the exception of the ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'' and 2}}'' duology, all of the ''Persona'' series have their central protagonist be in their second year of high school. In ''2's'' case, the first half's protagonist is in his third year while the second half's protagonist is a woman in her [[TokenAdult early twenties]] who has a day job as a magazine editor.
** In ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'',
''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'', and ''VideoGame/{{Persona 5}}'', the main character is a second-year student. Both All three start off by transferring to a new school, and both all three quickly gain at least one male and one female friend of the same age/in the same homeroom. However, while The dynamics are [[PlayingWithATrope played around with in all these games]]:
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P3's lead gets some experienced sempais three [[SempaiKohai senpai]] to work with, help guide him; one of said senpai is the leader and founder of [[TheTeam SEES]], and she assigns the protagonist the "field leader" (read: leading the charge in dungeon crawling) position, putting him/her in the middle of the totem pole (which gets emphasized once [[TagalongKid Ken]] joins them).
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P4's heroes surprisingly lack a sempai [[spoiler: who doesn't get killed before any senpai; [[spoiler:While there is one at the main plot begins, anyway]]. very beginning of the game, she is murdered, and her death kickstarts the plot.]] The protagonist and three other Investigation Team members are second years, three others are first years, and [[TokenNonHuman Teddie]]. This also means that while makes the P3's main is mid totem pole on the leadership scale P4's lead is P4 protagonist's position as the leader of their group.
** ''Videogame/{{Persona 5}}'' looks to be following
the same trend, with its protagonist in his second year at high school. However team much more blatant.
** P5 begins similarly to the other two, but
the school setting isn't as focused on in 5, - thanks to the protagonist's record, nobody in school really wants much to do with him. Likewise In turn, because the Phantom Thieves all share a background of abuse by authority none of them care for follow the Sempai-Kohai system, and all system to a tee. All of them ignore it and are overly casual with each other, even the sempai's including third year students Makoto and Haru and several Haru. This even extends to members even who go to different schools ([[StarvingArtist Yusuke]], [[GreatDetective Goro]]), or in to the case of Futaba (the only one younger than everyone) member who doesn't go to school at all.all ([[{{Hikkikomori}} Futaba]], who is also the youngest member).
** P1 is justified in a lack of SempaiKohai - ''all nine'' potential party members are second years, and the majority of them happened to meet one another in passing before the DEVA System began warping Mikage-Cho. The P1 protagonist's status as a leader mainly stems from his ability to [[TheKirk remain calm] in heated situations, especially when [[TheMcCoy Inaba]] and [[TheSpock Nanjo]] argue over certain crises of consciousness over the course of the story.


* In''WebComic/UndeadFriend'' the main character, Orrick and some of his friends are second year students in high school.

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* In''WebComic/UndeadFriend'' In ''WebComic/UndeadFriend'' the main character, Orrick and some of his friends are second year students in high school.

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* In''WebComic/UndeadFriend'' the main character, Orrick and some of his friends are second year students in high school.

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* Most of the cast of ''Manga/KaguyaSamaLoveIsWar'' (including the two leads) are second-year high school students.

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* ''VisualNovel/HighSchoolStory'' involve the main character being this trope. In the spinoff, ''Class Act,'' the first MC is now one grade up to make way for the next MC who's this trope.


Compare and contrast AlwaysInClassOne

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Compare and contrast AlwaysInClassOneAlwaysInClassOne. For characters who ''think of themselves'' as a Second Year Protagonist, see {{Chuunibyou}}.

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* ''Series/WeirdScience'': In the pilot, Gary and Wyatt are beginning their sophomore year at Farber High School.


* ''VideoGame/EnsembleStars'': the protagonist character Anzu is a second year student transfer, and the idol group with the most focus [[Ensemblecast (in the main storyline, anyway)]] is made entirely out of second-years. This not only allows for [[TasteTheRainbow a wider range of different relationships]], it also makes sense for the plot: the previous year, a 'war' happened in which a number of highly skilled, experienced idols were sabotaged by the student council. As a result, each of the different year levels have a different perspective on it: the third years were either part of the problem or victimised by it, while the first years weren't around and so don't properly understand it. Only the second years have a close enough perspective to know what happened and who was responsible, while largely having escaped from being targeted themselves, and at least initially not coming across as a threat. (And in the case of one of the few second-years who ''was'' targeted, Natsume, the other oddballs went out of their want to protect him because he was younger than the rest of them.)

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* ''VideoGame/EnsembleStars'': the protagonist character Anzu is a second year student transfer, and the idol group with the most focus [[Ensemblecast [[EnsembleCast (in the main storyline, anyway)]] is made entirely out of second-years. This not only allows for [[TasteTheRainbow a wider range of different relationships]], it also makes sense for the plot: the previous year, a 'war' happened in which a number of highly skilled, experienced idols were sabotaged by the student council. As a result, each of the different year levels have a different perspective on it: the third years were either part of the problem or victimised by it, while the first years weren't around and so don't properly understand it. Only the second years have a close enough perspective to know what happened and who was responsible, while largely having escaped from being targeted themselves, and at least initially not coming across as a threat. (And in the case of one of the few second-years who ''was'' targeted, Natsume, the other oddballs went out of their want to protect him because he was younger than the rest of them.)

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* ''VideoGame/EnsembleStars'': the protagonist character Anzu is a second year student transfer, and the idol group with the most focus [[Ensemblecast (in the main storyline, anyway)]] is made entirely out of second-years. This not only allows for [[TasteTheRainbow a wider range of different relationships]], it also makes sense for the plot: the previous year, a 'war' happened in which a number of highly skilled, experienced idols were sabotaged by the student council. As a result, each of the different year levels have a different perspective on it: the third years were either part of the problem or victimised by it, while the first years weren't around and so don't properly understand it. Only the second years have a close enough perspective to know what happened and who was responsible, while largely having escaped from being targeted themselves, and at least initially not coming across as a threat. (And in the case of one of the few second-years who ''was'' targeted, Natsume, the other oddballs went out of their want to protect him because he was younger than the rest of them.)


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* ''Literature/SkippyDies'': All the teen characters are second-years at age 14, and most of them were friends the previous year.


* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' -- The TitleCharacter and the male lead start off as sophomores in high school while the second season seems to cover part of both sophomore and junior year, and they're juniors in the third season. They start their senior year at the beginning of the fourth season, and they [[GraduateFromTheStory finish high school]] in the GrandFinale.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}'' starts with the title character here, but [[GraduateFromTheStory ends with her graduation]]. This also had the benefit of letting her younger sister and {{Foil}}, [[LovableAlphaBitch Quinn]], attend school at the same time.

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* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' -- The In the first season, the show's TitleCharacter and the male lead start off as are sophomores in high school while the fourth seasons starts of with them finally starting their senior year of high school (and the SeriesFinale ends with them [[GraduateFromTheStory graduating from high school]]). The third season takes place during Kim and Ron's junior year while the second season seems to cover part of both sophomore and junior year, and they're juniors in the third season. They start their senior year at the beginning of the fourth season, and they [[GraduateFromTheStory finish high school]] in the GrandFinale.
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}'' starts with the title character here, but [[GraduateFromTheStory ends with her graduation]]. This also had the benefit of letting her younger (by one year) sister and {{Foil}}, [[LovableAlphaBitch Quinn]], attend school at the same time.


** The same thing also happened earlier on ''Series/BeverlyHills90210'', where the students spent two years in their junior year before moving onto senior year in the show's third season. This was done to sustain the show's longevity as the series became popular.

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** The same thing also happened earlier on ''Series/BeverlyHills90210'', where most of the students spent two years in their junior year before moving onto senior year in the show's third season. This was done to sustain the show's longevity as the series became popular. However, the trope is averted with David Silver, who begins as a freshman, and unlike the rest of the gang, ages normally but graduates a year earlier than expected in season 3, with the HandWave being that he took more classes to catch up.

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** The same thing also happened earlier on ''Series/BeverlyHills90210'', where the students spent two years in their junior year before moving onto senior year in the show's third season. This was done to sustain the show's longevity as the series became popular.

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