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Shuchi'in Academy High School Student Council

Original Council

    Kaguya Shinomiya 

The titular character and vice president of the Shuchi'in student council. She is the heiress to one of Japan's largest companies. As befitting her distinguished lineage, she excels in a large variety of subjects and is considered a "true genius." Engaged in a Battle of Wits with Shirogane to make the other confess their love.


  • Abusive Parents: Her father is the neglectful kind, he lives separate from her and she states he has never even said 'I love you' to her before.
  • A-Cup Angst:
    • Kaguya has enough envy of Fujiwara's large breasts to reconsider going to the beach for vacation.
    • When Ishigami wears her uniform, he notes that it's a bit tight in the chest (due to working out his pectorals), which annoys Kaguya quite a bit.
  • The Ace: Considered to be this along with Shirogane.
  • Adorkable: When it comes to her crush on Shirogane. She's really just a sheltered girl, new to this 'love' thing.
  • Aren't You Going to Ravish Me?: While she's angry about the possibility that Shirogane might have done something to her while they were in bed together, she's just as angry at the idea that he didn't try something.
  • Berserk Button: Someone pointing out her small breasts.
  • Brutal Honesty: While not her per se. In chapter 53, her cold side/pride is at least willing to admit she's attracted to Shirogane and states, "she has an insatiable craving for his ..." before regular Kaguya cut her off.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: Or rather, will not. The entire premise revolves around Kaguya and Shirogane forcing the other to be the one to confess.
  • Cargo Envy: During chapter 56, she sulks because Shirogane is paying more attention to the night sky than to her.
  • Cerebus Retcon: A lot of her more Adorkable moments (like her interest in fireworks) take on a much darker context once we start to get a picture of what her family life is like.
  • Character Tics: In the later stages of the manga, she develops one specifically for the purpose of calming herself down and staying cool around Shirogane. Whenever she's overwhelmed, she puts her hand on her cheek, instantly dropping her nerves.
  • Childhood Friends: With Hayasaka, having known each other since infancy (though they were separated when they were two and didn't see each other for another five years).
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: She loathes if any girl tries to get close to Shirogane. It's to the point she freaks out if he even gets friends that are girls.
  • Covert Pervert: When imagining Shirogane joining her club, he was noticeably showing off his chest.
  • Crazy-Prepared: According to chapter 7, Kaguya has at least 42 volumes of manuals to counter what Shirogane will say. To help Shirogane win the election, she coerced one of the candidates into quitting, forced clubs to vote for him and even bribed the election committee!
  • Cry Cute: The fireworks arc when her father forbid her from attending and when she failed to get there in time after Hayasaka helped her sneak out.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: The flashback she had in chapter 35 when she was sick strongly implies that she was raised without any familial love.
  • Death Glare: When pissed she gives a good one. Usually towards Fujiwara and Ishigami.
  • Debt Detester: Her family is one that doesn't like owing people favors. She uses this excuse in order to tutor Ishigami and help get his grades back up after he's in danger of repeating first year, due to him accidentally helping her out when Shirogane backed her into a corner.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Her current state. Extras states being with Shirogane actually defrosted her in two months time. Though Kaguya seems to think there is still more work to be done.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Played for Laughs example in chapter 57 when Shirogane and Fujiwara are married in the game, Kaguya actually cries and is visibly depressed.
  • The Dreaded: To Ishigami in the early stages. She acts more like an older sister to him now.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: As revealed in Chapter 98, Maki calls her "auntie" since they're second cousins twice removed.
  • Empty Eyes: Flashbacks to a year ago always show her with these. She also sports these whenever she starts scheming.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: An unnamed femle student admitted she would be happy dating Kaguya.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: Occurred pre-series. "Ice" Kaguya's hair is down, present-day Kaguya ties most of it up.
  • Expressive Hair: Her tied up hair droops down far more than normal during her depressed state in chapter 101.
  • Family Theme Naming: Her mother's name is Nayotake. When you put the two in age order, you get the full title of the princess from "Tale of the Bamboo Cutter", Nayotake no Kaguya-hime.
  • Fetish: Shirogane's tired eyes. At first it only seemed like she likes it because of how stern it makes him look and how that adds to his gap moe, but Chapter 64 reveals that the more tired he is, the more excited she gets.
  • Ghost in the Machine: Played for Laughs example in Chapter 53. When she realizes that the birthday cake she bought for Shirogane is way too big, she mentally contemplates what to do which is represented as her cold side/pride and her dumb side/feelings argue while her kid side is the judge.
  • Gone Horribly Right:
    • One of her schemes involves convincing the president to act cold to her and say he hates her. When he does, she received so much mental shock she completely forgot about her plan.
    • Again when she tries to use cosplay to get Shirogane to admit he's attracted to her. As he's decided to be honest with his feelings for her, he's quite open with the fact that she looks great, making Kaguya far too flustered to go through with asking him if he likes her.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Kaguya regards Fujiwara as her best friend. Also as her biggest rival for Shirogane's affection. Chapter 40 shows it goes deeper than that. Kaguya is jealous that Fujiwara has a cheerful personality, a loving family and a chest.
  • Happy Dance: Kaguya knows many formal dances, but the way she dances when she's successful is unashamedly gleeful.
  • Heel Realization: She realizes a few days after committing election fraud that it was wrong.
  • He Is Not My Boyfriend: Never blatantly stated (except perhaps to herself), but Kaguya has several times brushed off suggestions that she likes Shirogane, no matter how obvious the fact is.
  • Hellish Pupils: When she gets really mad, she gets these.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: Despite her usual arrogance, she falls into in chapter 32 when Shirogane says he hates her, for a love tactic. She states she knows that she can be cruel and wants to fix that.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Hayasaka. While their relationship is technically that of a mistress and a servant, Word of God says that they're more like very close sisters, and chapter 75 suggets that Hayasaka is the only person in the world more important to her than Shirogane.
  • Hopeless with Tech: Chapter 42 shows that she has the very limited knowledge about technology, even thinking that she broke the internet while trying to make a Twitter account. She also starts off the series with a flip phone when everyone else uses smart phones.
  • Hypocrite: Kaguya believes that Shirogane is being ridiculously stubborn when he prevents her from celebrating his birthday, but she is equally quick to shoot down any perceived pity.
  • Hypocritical Humor: It's a Running Gag of hers to mentally accuse someone else (usually Fujiwara or Kashiwagi) of some negative trait, only to reveal just a few seconds later that she's guilty of the same thing. Of course, this all flies over her head.
  • Ice Queen: In the past she was noticeably cold, as shown by her dead eyes.
  • Ill Girl: Hinted at. Her mother suffered from a weak heart, and she knows she has the precedent for it as well. The one time it's brought up she's just suffering from love sickness, though.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: She can easily catch a fly using chopsticks.
  • Instantly Proven Wrong: When Kaguya jokes about making Hayasaka walk home in the rain, Hayasaka threatens her with divine retribution. Kaguya scoffs that she doesn't believe in those superst- cue a gust of wind in her face.
  • Insult Backfire: Miko says that she's just like Shirogane (a cruel bully who will go to any length to get what they want). She takes it as a sign that they're perfect for each other.
  • I Have This Friend...: Attempts to use this when confiding her love woes to Kashiwagi. Needless to say, she doesn't fall for it at all.
  • Intelligence Equals Isolation: Kaguya knows this trope and states that she generally only uses 60 percent of her abilities to avoid this.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: When Fujiwara got her fortune in chapter 51 that stated she is incredibly kind, Kaguya thought that it was a lie and she was actually pretty selfish. Kaguya's thoughts were proven right when Ishigami revealed he shared Fujiwara's birthday and Fujiwara had a hissy fit about sharing the date.
  • Love Makes You Dumb: In preparation for Shirogane's birthday, Kaguya buys him a huge birthday cake. Hayasaka recognizes the overkill immediately, and it's only right before she gives it that Kaguya remembers that Fujiwara's birthday cake was much smaller—and much less embarrassing. While she mulls over what to do, Kaguya imagines a dialogue between her "cold side" and her "dumb side," evoking a Good Angel, Bad Angel conflict. Her dumb side advocates fiercely to give Shirogane the cake, being open, honest, and insistent about Kaguya's love for him.
  • Luminescent Blush: She is prone to these whenever she has romantic thoughts about or intimate interactions with Shirogane.
  • Meaningful Name: She tries to avert it, because the original Kaguya ended her life lonely and heartbroken.
  • Missing Mom: Her mother is implied to have died from heart problems.
  • No Hero to His Valet: Kaguya is looked up to in school, both as a the second highest scoring student and as the heiress to a prestigious family. The only exceptions to this rule are Hayasaka and Maki, the former for being her childhood friend and confidant, and the latter for being her intellectual equal and cousin.
  • Not So Different: Chapter 42 shows that she also has imagine spots of Shirogane saying "How Cute".
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: When Kaguya gets her flip phone destroyed, she's too depressed to make any banter with Hayasaka, and too focused on it to notice her opportunity to get Shirogane to make a "battle" of him giving his LINE number, outright giving him hers without much of a fuss.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: She has attempted to act stupider to appeal to Shirogane.
  • Oh, Crap!: When she realized that she's too happy by Shirogane using her gift to scheme properly in chapter 54.
  • Ojou: She is the heiress of one of Japan's largest companies, and displays mastery over a variety of artistic and intellectual subjects. However, as hard as she tries to behave as one, she often displays lapses in behavior that are unbefitting of a proper one many times.
  • Only Child Syndrome: Kaguya has a very depressing family background and her only source of advice and support at home is her personal maid.
  • Palm-on-Cheek Pose: This is actually a plot point in chapter 81, where Kaguya conditions herself -Pavlov style- to calm down whenever she places her right hand on her left cheek. Any time she's seen doing so afterwards is a sign to the reader that she's trying to keep her feelings for Shirogane in check.
  • Pet the Dog: In chapter 54, she sincerely thanks Ishigami for his inadvertent help in deflecting Shirogane's mental assault. The next chapter has her helping Ishigami studying to pass his exams (and intimidating people who try to bully him).
  • Psychological Projection: The undisputed master of this, and often played for laughs.
  • Renaissance Woman: Is said to excel in music, theater, martial arts, and countless other subjects. As the series goes it, she's shown to be rather physically skilled too.
  • Rich in Dollars, Poor in Sense: As stated above, Kaguya is the heiress to a large company and the definition of a sheltered princess.
  • Schemer: Kaguya is the more proactive of the two when it comes to getting the other to confess. A lot of chapters are kicked off by her using her massive wealth to set up a plan.
  • Self-Imposed Challenge: The events of the fireworks chapter show Kaguya that Shirogane would definitely accept a confession from her. However, her plotting is motivated both by shyness and a desire to one-up him, so she reignites the "war" anyway.
  • Sempai/Kohai: She ends up developing this sort of relationship with Ishigami as the series progresses, helping him study, lending him her uniform, and picking him when she had to find a kohai for the sports festival's scavenger hunt.
  • Sheltered Aristocrat: Kaguya has been raised with a very sheltered upbringing. She has no idea how movie theaters work, is unfamiliar with popular fictional figures, and has no idea what the phrase "first time" means.
  • Shipper with an Agenda: She started shipping Ishigami with Tsubame after finding out about his crush, since she feels that him winning her affection would improve his self confidence.
  • Siblings Wanted: She always wanted a younger sister so she tries to be a Cool Big Sis for Kei.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: She only has eyes for the president. In fact the only person to come close to getting the same type of affection is Kei because of how much she resembles her brother.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Kaguya has shown that she likes it when Shirogane is his kind self. Chapter 86 reveals that it was when she realized that Shirogane was a truly kind person that she fell for him.
  • Silly Rabbit, Idealism Is for Kids!: In chapter 12, she mentally mocks Fujiwara for taking her words at face value.
  • Slasher Smile: She has a tendency to give this out a lot when one of her plans are working.
  • Smitten Teenage Girl: Kaguya usually hides it with her cold attitude but as the series goes on, it's more and more obvious that she's one for Shirogane.
  • The Social Darwinist: She mentally judges people as either "superior" and "inferior", and goes to obsessive lengths to establish that she's the former.
  • Stepford Smiler: Chapter 44 reveals that she is one. She believes that due to her wealth and ridiculous talents, she has no right to complain about her depressing family life.
  • Stylistic Suck: Invoked example in chapter 62 after Kaguya realizes that she drew her picture of Shirogane too pretty which would reveal her feelings for him, she then makes her picture as ugly as possible while keeping the physical traits that she likes about him to counterbalance it.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: "I am not a pervert," she thinks while fantasizing about pulling down Shirogane's pants.
  • Sweet Tooth: For cake especially. It was one of the few things Iceguya was willing to talk about.
  • Teen Genius: Unlike Shirogane, her intelligence is a result of natural talent, and she excels in a wide variety of fields.
  • That Wasn't a Request: Before tutoring Ishigami, she asks him to follow her to a private place. Ishigami says no. Kaguya does not respond well.
    "No? What do you mean, no?! Come with me!" (bodily drags him off)
  • Token Evil Teammate: Kaguya's icy side comes out when she's protecting herself or her loved ones from threats.
  • Tsundere: Kaguya displays this trait most prominently. She tries to hide it with her graceful demeanor, but she slips into a maiden-in-love when nobody's looking, and has said the classical "It's not like I like him or something!" tsundere line at some point. She was officially diagnosed as such by one of the best doctors in the world in chapter 79.
  • Villain of Another Story: While Shirogane merely sounded like a villain in chapter 65, Kaguya's actions in chapter 66 undeniably makes her the villain, where she attempted to bribe or coerce the idealistic Iino.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: Do not even think about insulting Shirogane. As Betsy Beltoise learns the hard way when ordered by the school principal to Break Him By Talking. Guess who ends up being verbally torn apart instead?
  • Vitriolic Best Friends: One-sided example with Fujiwara. While she does consider Fujiwara as her best friend, she regularly mentally insults her intelligence. And Fujiwara knows this all too well, going by Chapter 77.
  • What Beautiful Eyes!: Shirogane compares them to moist rubies.
  • Wingding Eyes: When Shirogane goes out of his way to help Iino in chapter 68, she has hearts appear on her eyes.
  • Women Prefer Strong Men: In a way Kaguya is very attracted to Shirogane's glare and when he loses it, she complains that he looks weak. She also gushes about how proactive and assertive he is.

    Miyuki Shirogane 

The president of the Shuchi'in student council. Despite being of common birth, he is held in high regard as a "genius among geniuses" with unparalleled wisdom and intellect, and holding the top scores throughout the entire country. He is engaged in a long Battle of Wits with Kaguya to make the other confess their love.


  • Above the Influence: Hayasaka tried to tempt him into doing things to Kaguya when he came to visit, pointing out that she wouldn't remember any of it due to her fever, the two of them were going to be left alone for three hours and that the walls were sound-proof. He manages to avoid giving into temptation, though he says that it took every ounce of his willpower.
  • The Ace: Considered to be this along with Kaguya.
  • Achievements in Ignorance:
    • He's able to No-Sell Betsy's attempts to Break Him By Talking due to the simple fact that he doesn't speak French.
    • In chapter 56, he didn't notice any of Kaguya's attempts to squirm due his excitement over watching the moon and causes her to squirm instead.
  • Adorkable: When it comes to his crush on Kaguya. Other than that, he's an arrogant, yet kind-hearted man who gives 100% in anything he does, which endears him to many people, Kaguya included.
  • Always Someone Better: He's this academically to Kaguya. Even more poignant is academics is the only subject that Kaguya uses 100% of her abilities on.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Shirogane boasts that he has the top scores in the entire country, passed very high level tests, is a certified hazardous material engineer...and an appraiser of chickens. Even the illustrations show this, with various professional certificates drawn along a cartoon-style chicken.
  • Awesome Ego: Extras reveal that Shirogane naturally believes that he's above the rest of humanity and he works hard to prove his ego right.
  • Becoming the Mask: Invoked. As he tells Hayasaka in chapter 108, he does pretend to be good at things he's actually bad at, but he's still working hard to make that ideal version of himself a reality.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Can't help but get riled up whenever he imagines Kaguya saying "how cute" to him in a condescending way. Ends up becoming a Verbal Weakness when she actually says it for real (in a completely genuine manner).
    • Calling him lazy annoys him as well, make sense considering how much of a hard worker he is.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Chapter 83 reveals that he's overprotective about Kei due to their mom leaving.
  • The Blind Leading the Blind: A series of chapters has Shirogane giving relationship advice to Tsubasa despite him not having any previous experience.
  • Brown Note: His rapping is enough to knock out Fujiwara and Hayasaka.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: Or rather, will not. The entire premise revolves around Kaguya and Shirogane forcing the other to be the one to confess.
  • Chick Magnet: Shirogane is very popular with girls. Sadly the girls he attracts are rather unstable.
  • Covert Pervert: Shirogane shows quite an interest in "nude pictures with visible pubic hairs".
  • Crippling Overspecialization: He sucks at everything except academics.
  • Cute Clumsy Girl: Gender inverted and only for sport. He's so bad at sports that when trying to serve a volleyball he hits himself in the back of the head causing his face to hit the volleyball.
  • Determinator: When he sets his mind to it, he'll stop at nothing to succeed.
  • Death Glare: Most students in Shuchi'in won't talk back to Shirogane because his face is seemingly permanently fixed like this. The real reason however is that he has Exhausted Eye Bags, and is very aware of them to the point of anxiety. Apparently only Kaguya finds it a point of attraction.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: He suspended all student council activities before the second semester exams because being in the same room as Kaguya made it difficult for him to focus on studying.
  • Dreadful Musician: He's aware he's bad at singing, but not of how terrible it is. He think he's only a little tone-deaf, but in actual his singing is enough to make Fujiwara scream for help. But as bad as his singing is, his rapping is even worse.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Most characters usually refer to him simply as "President". After his term as president ends it's revealed that Ishigami and Fujiwara are both on a First-Name Basis with him, though Kaguya can't bring herself to call him anything other than "President" (in fact, the main reason why she asks him to run for a second term is so she has an excuse to avoid calling him by name).
    • Averted in the English translation, where everyone is instead on a Last-Name Basis with him.
  • A Father to His Men: Or rather, to his fellow student council members. In chapter 20, the council successfully prepares a banquet meeting with Shuchi'in's sister school in Paris. Afterwards, Shirogane insists to the school principal that they be given more than just three days in advance, so he can avoid placing such a burden on his fellow council members.
  • Frozen Face: He is very good at hiding his emotions behind a stoic face.
  • Gender-Blender Name: Miyuki is normally a girls name.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Tries his best to utilize his presidential powers to prevent Kaguya from going to receive a love confession from another boy, especially when she suggests she might actually accept it.
  • Hard Work Hardly Works: Averted, he's the number 1 student because he obsessively studies.
  • Hidden Depths: He loves freestyle rap.
  • I Read It for the Articles: Shirogane's excuse in 83.5 for why he's going through a porno magazine on the street.
  • Imagine Spot: A Running Gag of the series is Shirogane envisioning Kaguya looking down upon him with a sarcastic smile and muttering "How Cute." The one time she did make the face, she was actually being sincere, but was attempting to maintain a stoic expression in place of a wide smile, resulting in the aforementioned sarcastic smile. And the only time she said those exact words, they were entirely genuine and she was delirious from a fever.
  • In Touch with His Feminine Side: He has a couple of unmanly habits for a Japanese boy, such as constantly looking up his horoscopes and being concerned about his physical appearance. Chapter 62 shows he is quite good at sketching and the narrator even states he's in touch with his emotions.
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: He works so hard as the Student Council President and the top student in his grade to hide his insecurity over his commoner heritage next to all the richer students.
    Shirogane's Father: So he's the Student Council President... He seems ill-suited to the role. It looks like he's desperately trying to hide the chinks in his armor.
  • Indy Ploy: Compared to Kaguya being Crazy-Prepared, he is much better when it comes to coming up with plans on the spot.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: While he's arrogant and looks down on pretty much everyone, he cares for the student council and will do anything to help students that come for help.
  • Massive Numbered Siblings: According to a psychological test Fujiwara gave him, he wants to have nine kids.
  • Missing Mom: His mother ran off about seven years before the story began.
  • Mistaken for Gay: Fujiwara is under the impression that he has a crush on Hayasaka's butler disguise.
  • Must Have Caffeine: Due to his heavy workload, he drinks a lot of coffee,even keeping his own coffee beans in the student council office. Just a sip of decaf coffee and he falls asleep instantly.
  • Nice Guy: According to chapter 32, he's physically incapable of needlessly acting cold to people.
  • Noble Bigot: His pride stems from narrow-mindedness, not malice.
  • Oh, Crap!: In Chapter 98 when Maki complains about the fool that taught Tsubasa the Kabedon and how she wants to tear him to pieces, all Shirogane can do is keep silent as he shakes in fear.
  • Penny Among Diamonds: He's working class and attending a school for the powerful and wealthy.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: When two students ask him for help in raising funds on school grounds, he points out the administrative obstacles required to get through. Yet he still decides to help them as best he can, due to seeing their determination and seriousness about it.
  • School Uniforms Are the New Black: Shirogane wears his uniform even on his days off. Kaguya has lampshaded this.
  • The Scrooge: He loathes spending money and always tries to save money when he can.
  • Sheep in Sheep's Clothing: The catalyst for Kaguya falling in love with him was realizing that he was exactly as nice and selfless as he presented himself. It's also what kicked off her eventual defrosting.
  • Student Council President: At least of their second year at Shuchi'in. He takes the job so seriously that he refused to take his gakuran and aguilette off until the end of his term because he wanted to do his job with pride and respect.
  • Super Drowning Skills: It's mentioned in chapter 7 that he's such a bad swimmer that he could drown in his own bathtub.
  • Supreme Chef: Cooking is one of the few skills that Shirogane is good at. Fujiwara had nothing but praise for his cooking after she ate some of his lunch in chapter 5.
  • Teen Genius: Reportedly has the second highest test scores in all of Japan, and is certified in many professional fields. However, his profile in volume 1 notes that calling him a natural genius wouldn't be proper due to his intellect being a result of obsessive studying rather than inherent talent.
  • Terrible Artist: Averted, art is one of the few subjects besides studying that he isn't horrible at. But he is mediocre at it initially.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: As the series goes on, we start to see more and more of Shirogane's personality and less of his ego. As such he comes off as much kinder and relatable compared to the start of the series.
  • Tsundere: He is this in regards to his feelings towards Kaguya, though he is a bit less blatant about it. He has also said the classical "It's not like I like her or something!" tsundere line at some point.
  • Unexpected Virgin: The narration refers to him as a "Monster Virgin". He doesn't tell anyone for fear of Virgin-Shaming.
  • Villain of Another Story: It's lampshaded in chapter 65 that Shirogane sounds like the condescending, amoral tyrant to Miko's idealistic, determined underdog. In any other setting, that would be true, but unfortunately this one has no need of a rebel like Miko.
  • Virgin-Shaming: Shirogane is scared that he'll lose the respect of the school if they find out he doesn't have any experience.
  • What Beautiful Eyes!: Kaguya lists his piercing gaze as one of his most attractive physical features (the other being his nose). When Shirogane finally gets a good night's rest, the student body finds his proper eyes to be very attractive as well bar Ishigami, who finds it creepy, and Kaguya, for the above reason.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Shirogane is extremely terrified of insects, enough to prefer going to the beach instead of the mountains (which is significant since he cannot swim). Of course, chapter 15 has him dealing with a cockroach.
  • Workaholic: Kaguya states he actually enjoys work. And the extras show that he spends so much time studying and working that no one knows when he has time to sleep.
  • Worth It: He is physically and mentally exhausted by studying to outdo Kaguya in tests, but he also feels immensely satisfied every time he succeeds.

    Chika Fujiwara 

The secretary of the Shuchi'in student council. A nice, upbeat, and cheerful girl, she is very close friends with Kaguya (though sometimes it is debatable if the feeling is completely mutual) and also highly respects Shirogane. She is supposedly completely oblivious to the "high-stakes war" being waged in the minds between Kaguya and Shirogane.


  • Attention Whore: Downplayed. She loves being the center of attention, and defects to Iino's side for that reason, but she doesn't usually (see Jerk with a Heart of Gold) force people to give it to her.
  • Big Breasts, Big Deal: She's rather indifferent to her large bust. And was rather embarrassed when Ishigami brought it up.
  • Brutal Honesty: She tends to say what's on her mind, even if it can be rather mean.
  • Casual Kink: She likes the idea of being forced "just a little", much to Kaguya's shock.
  • Celibate Hero: Inverted, she does want a boyfriend but her father forbade her from getting one.
  • The Confidant: She's somewhat intimate with Shirogane's weaker points, and is in fact the only one besides his family who knows about them.
  • Cool Big Sis: For Kei.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: She can and will turn on people at the drop of a hat if it would suit her needs. She is from a family of politicians after all.
    Wow, you really are a natural born traitor.
  • The Cutie: Fujiwara is a cheerful, cute girl who wears a large bow on her hair. Every time she speaks, there are flower effects around her speech bubbles.
  • Demoted to Extra: After Ishigami and Miko's subplot became more prominent, Fujiwara's been pushed more into the side character position, with very few chapters to herself.
  • Early Installment Character-Design Difference: In the first few chapters, her breasts weren't as obviously big as they are now and her signature bow was much smaller.
  • Elegant Classical Musician: She's a skilled pianist, to the point that a guidance counselor asked if she was considering attending a conservatory when she graduates. She prefers to view it as a hobby though.
  • Eloquent in My Native Tongue: Inverted. She spent so much time speaking foreign languages as a child that her fluency in Japanese actually degraded from disuse.
  • Empty Eyes: When really mad, her eyes go blank as seen in chapters 76 and 84.
  • Fear of Thunder: Not only is she afraid of the sound of thunder, but she also believes the legend that the thunder god will steal your bellybutton if you don't cover it. And she can't cover both of her ears and her bellybutton at the same time...
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: It's not as if the Council is rude to her, but nobody associates with Fujiwara for her wit, and most of them think she's out of sorts.
  • Friend to Bugs: Has no trouble handling a cockroach in chapter 15, and she was even able to identify the species at a glance.
  • Food as Bribe:
    • One chapter has Kaguya and her reprimanding Shirogane for trying to eat instant ramen in the student council office. She quickly joins his side when he gives her one of the instant ramen.
    • Another chapter has her giving Shirogane a soda as a bribe to increase her club's funding.
  • The Gadfly: She has a tendency of messing with her friends for fun. Chapter 27 has her attempting to get Shirogane to unknowingly say innuendos to get Kaguya to laugh.
  • Gamer Chick: Of the board game version.
  • Genki Girl: Is typically enthusiastic and full of positive energy. Nothing gets her down for long.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Platonic version for Shirogane. Due to her teaching Shirogane for a variety of subjects, she has a maternal instinct for him to the point when Kaguya teaches him instead in chapter 84, she's bitter.
  • Guile Hero: Fujiwara is shown to be very adept at manipulating both Kaguya and Shirogane through mind games and wordplay, as seen when she utterly defeats both of them in the Banned Word Game in chapter 18.
  • Guy-on-Guy Is Hot: Was forced to excuse herself to the bathroom during her sleepover with Kaguya when she got a nosebleed at the thought of Shirogane being in love with Haysaca's male butler persona.
  • Hair Decorations: Her ever-present "super black" hair ribbon.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Very kind and gentle, and always tries her best to maintain peace within the student council.
  • Hero of Another Story: The early series joked that she would be the heroine of the story under different circumstances, with Kaguya worrying that the girl would take her spot.
  • Hidden Depths: While she acts like a Kindhearted Simpleton most of the time, she most definitely is not dumb.
    • Her mother used to be a diplomat, so Fujiwara is able to speak several different languages since childhood.
    • She is also able to easily identify a certain type of cockroach in the storage room, and nonchalantly release it out the window. Using her bare hands.
    • There's also chapter 34, where she tries to cheat in a card game. After Shirogane caught her, she cheated again using a different trick.
    • She already knows Kaguya looks down on her, as revealed in Chapter 77.
    • As we learn from Miko, she was a very good pianist in the past.
    • She fully intends on following in her grandfather, father, and uncle's footsteps in becoming a politician after high school. Rather, she wants to be prime minister.
  • Iconic Item: Her hair ribbon.
  • Instantly Proven Wrong: In chapter 96 when judging Kaguya and Ishigami's fried rice, she keeps trying to say they used high grade ingredients only for both of them to say it was just normal food.
  • It's All About Me: Downplayed example. She's kind and loving but she can be too focused on her desires instead of others. Like trying to stop the others from going to a festival because she can't go with them. Even through the reason she can't go is to attend another festival.
  • Like a Son to Me: A Played for Laughs example. Because she helped Shirogane with sports and music, she calls him her son. This is also the reason why she doesn't see him in a romantic light despite admiring his determination, and tells him as much.
  • Mistaken for Gay: Due to Haysaca's male persona, she thinks Haysaca and Shirogane are gay.
  • Omniglot: As mentioned in Hidden Depths, she has spoken a large number of languages since childhood due to her mother being a diplomat.
  • Overprotective Dad: Her father bans her from reading shoujo manga because it has romance.
  • Spanner in the Works: Many situations would have been a clear victory for one side, only for her to say or do something unexpected, resulting in the tables being turned or forcing a mutual defeat. She did this so many times fans are theorizing she's aware of the situation and secretly manipulating them both. Also, she apparently ruins Hayasaka's missions enough that she's referred to as "Subject F".
  • Stupid Sexy Friend: When chapter 73 has Shirogane prompt Ishigami to consider the student council girls as possible romantic prospects, Ishigami actually quietly considers Fujiwara for a bit and blushes. Then he recoils in horror at the realization that if he lets his guard down, he could easily fall for her.
  • Sweet on Polly Oliver: Fujiwara finds Hayasaka's butler disguise very attractive, gaining a bit of a crush on her while the latter waited on her.
  • Tears of Joy: Whenever she sees Shirogane succeed at something after she helps him. The second time it goes into Inelegant Blubbering territory.
  • Terrible Artist: Chapter 62 reveals that her drawing skill is pretty bad.
  • Unknown Rival: Despite being her best friend Kaguya tends to get really jealous of Fujiwara being able to interact with the President in ways she could never even dream. Heck, when Kaguya thought of a person other than herself getting with the President she thought of Fujiwara. For her part Fujiwara seems to have no idea of Kaguya's inner feelings.
  • World Half Full: She is happy even about voters' stupidity, because usually it works in her favor.
  • Your Size May Vary: Word of God states that her ribbon changes size based on the humidity.

    Yu Ishigami 

A first year student at Shuchi'in and the treasurer of the Student Council. Incredibly unlucky, depressed and cynical, he lives his days scared of Kaguya.


  • Achievements in Ignorance: According to his profile, he makes very astute observations on topics that would ordinarily be landmines. The reason he's able to do this is because he doesn't know they're landmines in the first place.
  • Achilles' Heel: As hilarious as it is, he's this to Chika. While she's proven to be a master manipulator, chapters have shown that Ishigami is the only one who can counter her.
  • All the Other Reindeer: Chapter 55 shows he is something of a pariah at school due to something that happened in middle school.
  • Awesome by Analysis:
    • He states he can understand 5 to 6 percent of people's personalities by their stares. He states that Kaguya wants to kill him and gives murderous stares to Fujiwara a lot. He's proven right by the end of the chapter.
    • Chapter 76 has him correctly understanding Kashiwagi's frustrations with her boyfriend with only some information.
  • Audience Surrogate: As a loner with a pessimistic view on love, he fits right in with some of the target audience. The fanservice special has him make all the comments a regular reader would make as well.
  • The Blind Leading the Blind: In chapter 38, Shirogane asks him for romantic advice. He lampshades this of course.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me:
    • Chapter 89 reveals the reason for Ishigami's close friendship with Shirogane is because Shirogane having found out the truth about the Ootomo situation went to his house to congratulate him for protecting Ootomo's smile and say that he wasn't wrong.
    • He developed a crush on Tsubame Koyasu since she was earnestly nice to him during his time in the cheer squad.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Someone bragging about their relationship. In chapter 48 when Tsubasa asked for advice again, Ishigami tried to kill him when it looked like he was bragging.
    • When a manga uses cheap tactics to hide its fanservice.
    • Insulting Shirogane. When Miko Iino called Shirogane lazy, Ishigami was annoyed. This is interesting as he brushed off when she called him a troublemaker.
    • Mocking others for trying their hardest. He hates this enough that he even wants to help Miko Iino despite not getting along with her.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: His very first dialogue is a complaint about his own character, as he doesn't see the point of a second male character in a romcom.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: He's an incredibly competent treasurer to the point that Shirogane is willing to beg to stop him from quitting but he gets horrible grades because he doesn't study. This ia also implied to be the reason why Iino hates him, since she fought for him to be allowed to graduate back in middle school on the grounds that he handed in all his homework on time during his months long suspension. Seeing him squander his potential makes her feel like all her efforts were wasted.
  • Brutal Honesty: One of his bigger issues is when he talks, he rarely has a filter on. Lampshaded in chapter 51.
  • Butt-Monkey: Very rarely do things go his way.
  • Celibate Hero: Inverted, he wants a girlfriend but he can't get one.
  • Closet Geek: Hilariously Ishigami is revealed to be one in chapter 110. While he's open about reading manga and playing games, he keeps his interest in anime and light novels secret, with only Shirogane being in on the secret.
  • Covert Pervert: Despite his calm attitude, he does make a joke about Kaguya and Fujwara's respective breasts sizes. Sadly they were right behind when he made them.
  • The Cynic: He very rarely thinks anything good is going to happen and usually goes to the darkest explanation possible.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Something happened in middle school that made him into a pariah to the point that he started skipping school till High School and he's still treated as a pariah. We learn what happens in Chapter 88; he learns that Kyouko's boyfriend was actually just fooling around with her and didn't love her the way she did him, so he defended her honor by punching him. His doing so led Ishigami to be looked at with disdain by the other students, and Kyouko thought he was ragging on her boyfriend for no reason, due to her being innocent about his personality. He was then suspended till the end of middle school because he couldn't say he was wrong. This lead to his father continually yelling at him night after night, struggling to finish his homework due to not attending classes and his realizing that everyone at school hated him.
  • Dragged into Drag: The cheer team for the Sports Festival more or less strongarm him into agreeing with swapping the girls and boys' uniforms. He can fit Kaguya's just fine, apparently.
  • The Eeyore: Very rarely is he happy and nearly every chapter he appears in, he leaves crying. Kei even considers him an emo as a result when she meets him.
  • The Ghost: He was mentioned multiple times, but he didn't appear in person until chapter 24.
  • Good with Numbers: Shirogane picked him to be the treasurer because of this trope.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: When trying to set up the budget for clubs, he tried to dock the sports club 50,000 yen per couple. Seeing as he didn't have a girlfriend.
  • Hero of Another Story: Called the "side hero" in his character profile. And indeed, he has his own issues and backstory to work through with Iino, which is a different ballpark from what Kaguya and Shirogane deal with.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Some chapters show that he has a few shades of this with Shirogane.
  • Hidden Depths:
    • He's very knowledgeable on all sorts of toys and games being the son of the president of a toy company. He gets to show off when he became very critical of the game the Tabletop Games Club made in chapter 57.
    • Despite being cynical and The Eeyore, he has some rather idealistic ideas on love as shown in chapter 64.
    • He's quite acquainted with the language of flowers, pointing towards how he gave Iino her flower and note in middle school.
  • Hyper-Awareness: He's shown to be the most observant of the student council. With the extras saying that he can easily see other's secrets.
  • Misunderstood Loner with a Heart of Gold: All of the first year girls hate Ishigami for what he (supposedly) did in prior years, and his constant visits to the Disciplinary Committee for minor charges don't help his case at all. The fact is, while he is still grumpy and a bit of a downer, he's way nicer and hardworking than most people give him credit for.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: In chapter 37 he feels this way when him eating of the two pieces of cake causes Shirogane and Kaguya to fight.
  • Nice Guy: While a bit gloomy, he does treasure his friendships with the Student Council and is happy to help, that includes Kaguya. The full extent is shown in chapter 67 when refuses to let people mock Miko as he respects her work ethic even if they butt heads.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: His attempt to let Kyouko know of her boyfriend's true nature ended with Ishigami becoming a pariah.
  • No Social Skills: He tried to appeal to Fujiwara by noticing she changed her shampoo. Unfortunately he worded it so it sounded like he smelled her everyday.
  • Not So Above It All: Despite frequently snarking at or dismissing Fujiwara's antics, many times he ends up participating in them anyway. Chapter 76 had him wearing Fujiwara's "Love Detective" hat after she handed it over to him when he correctly assessed every Innocently Insensitive action Tsubasa did, despite initially saying the hat makes people look stupid just two pages prior.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: His profile states that they represent his fear of others and are a way to block anything he doesn't want to see.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: The poor bastard just has to dig himself deeper whenever Kaguya's around...
  • Properly Paranoid: A lot of his fears and thoughts about Kaguya are proven true when we see her point of view.
  • Running Gag: He's quite a few running gags connected to his character
    • His complete fear of Kaguya.
    • Him leaving the student council office crying.
    • Him making Fujiwara run off crying.
  • Serious Business: He believes school clubs keep society from collapsing.
  • Screw This, I'm Out of Here!: He wants to quit the student council because he's afraid that Kaguya will kill him. Unfortunately, he can't quit for the very same reason.
  • Sempai/Kohai: The junior of Shirogane, Kaguya, and Fujiwara. Romantic variant goes to Tsubame, a second year he has a crush on.
  • Ship Tease: Heavy amounts of it with Iino.
  • Spanner in the Works: In chapter 54 when he revealed that he also got Shirogane a birthday present, this quickly shifted the conversation from Kaguya keeping Shirogane's birthday secret to Fujiwara being the only member of the Student Council that didn't know his birthday.
  • Tears of Joy: He sheds them when Shirogane personally said he wasn't wrong for trying to help Ootomo in chapter 89.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone:
    • In chapter 54, Kaguya sincerely thanks him for unknowingly helping her. Of course Ishigami just thinks he pissed her off.
    • Chapter 57, Ishigami spends most of the chapter on the sideline snarking at Shirogane and Fujiwara while Kaguya is too miserable to pay attention to him. He even admits that he had a good time.
    • Ishigami is the only one of the three people Kaguya asks for love advice that actually gives her a satisfactory answer in Chapter 64. Of course some shade is thrown his way, but he straight up ignores it.
    • The entirety of Chapter 90 is one for him. While he didn't win the relay race, no one blamed him for losing and instead cheered him for getting second place. He realizes that the cheer group is made up of good people and finally sees their faces as he enjoys the rest of the sports festival.
  • Tsundere: For all his talk about disliking Iino, he goes through a lot to protect her from humiliation and declares her his Protectorate inwardly. When Shirogane asks if she's a possibility for dating, he even blushes and smiles at the thought, but quickly reiterates that he definitely doesn't like her that way.
  • Undying Loyalty: For Shirogane. Giving someone validation for actions that all but broke them will do that to a guy.
  • Wrongfully Accused: He was accused of stalking a girl he liked and getting into a fight with her boyfriend, making her transfer schools from all the commotion. However, some of this is on him; he never even tried to clear up the misunderstanding, making everyone accept the rumor as fact, though this is attributed to the threat of Ootomo's boyfriend about hurting her if he let anything leak.

Joined in the second semester

    Miko Iino 

A freshman girl who joins the student council as auditing officer in Shirogane's second year as president. She's also a member of the public morals committee.


  • Achievements in Ignorance: She deals a severe mental blow to Kaguya without realizing it, merely by comparing her to Shirogane.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: After joining the student council, she realizes that reforming its members' fractured morals will be much harder than she thought.
  • Big Eater: During the cooking contest, Iino ate everything given to her and even asked for seconds. The narration points out that she gained some weight because of this.
  • Brutal Honesty: She is fine with openly telling people they are untrustworthy.
  • Covert Pervert:
    • When it seemed like Kaguya was offering to have a threesome with her and Shirogane (she was actually offering to give her a back massage), she merely said that she was too inexperienced rather than calling her out for her inappropriate behavior like you'd expect.
    • Chapter 95 shows that she listens to "Handsome Men Encourage You" CDs on her off time. Though this may just be because she's looking for any sort of validation for her work.
  • Cry Cute: When she gets stage fright.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: While running against Miko in the election, the previous council realize that she isn't a bad person and sort of adopt her into their group. After Shirogane's victory and re-election as president, she is accepted into the student council as the new auditing officer.
  • Determinator: No matter what Kaguya bribes Miko with, she will not bend. In fact, adversity only makes her fiercer. This is how Shirogane encourages her to speak at the election.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: For all of her hard efforts to keep order in the school, she's constantly mocked behind her back and thought of as an annoying try hard. It's heavily implied that she wants some sort of validation for her work, given that she listens to encouragement CDs in her spare time and her most precious middle school memory being the mysterious "thank you" letter.
  • Entertainingly Wrong: In chapter 70, she walks in at just the right time to see Kaguya accusing Shirogane of promiscuity, but too late to see the flawed thought process that gave rise to it. Chapter 80 just takes it up a notch, with Iino theorizing that all of her less than savory walk-ins with the Student Council are all Kaguya's fault. Not to mention her thinking of the Student Council as a den of lust and sexual exploitation.
  • Fetish: Crew cuts. It seemed like her desire to make the hairstyle mandatory because it would reflect properly on the students, but Chapter 68 has her admit that she just likes the hairstyle.note 
  • Flowers of Romance: Back in middle school, she received an anonymous letter of encouragement from one of her classmates that had a flower enclosed. It's unknown if the sender meant for it to be romantic, but she clearly views it as such (she had it laminated and keeps it as a good luck charm). It's heavily implied that it was sent by Ishigami.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: She worries that the rest of the Student Council views her this way, as shown when she asks what they think of her during the 10 yen game.
  • Hairstyle Inertia: She had the exact same hairstyle in childhood that she does in high school.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: She felt bad in chapter 75 just because she didn't collect as many bellmarks as everyone else.
  • Hero-Worshipper: She's looked up to Fujiwara ever since childhood. Likely because Fujiwara is loved by her peers and Miko, well- isn't.
  • Hope Is Scary: She doesn't accept Shirogane's offer (of membership in the council) immediately, because she's never been anywhere close to achieving her goal and she just lost an election. Her life is changing very fast.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Iino sees Shirogane as unjustifiably smug, lazy, and cruel. While the former is true- and his first encounter with her doesn't help his case at all- the two latter points are false. She also thinks that Fujiwara is some sort of genius.
  • Horrifying the Horror: Played for Laughs example in chapter 66 where Kaguya shows herself to be pretty frightening when she wants to be, but by the end of the chapter Kaguya is scared of Iino because she wants Fujiwara to be her vice president.
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: Being tempted by Kaguya's offer only makes Miko more defiant, not less.
  • Moral Guardians: One of the rules if she became president is that boys and girls would not be allowed within 50 cm of each other.
  • Ms. Imagination: She has a very overactive imagination, which ends up causing her to come to some very interesting conclusions when trying to figure out all the circumstances she kept walking in on.
  • Not So Different: She and Ishigami dislike each other. As chapter 67 shows, they were both bullied by other students.
  • Not What It Looks Like: A running gag is she keeps entering the student council room at the worst possible time leading to many, many misunderstandings.
  • Only Sane Woman: She was forced into the role in chapter 97 when Kashiwagi thinks her boyfriend is cheating on her based on rather weak evidence and Kaguya agrees with her.
  • Performance Anxiety: She suffers from stage fright, which Ishigami cites as the reason why she's never been elected. Sure enough, she ends up with just under half the vote when Shirogane's impromptu debate allows her to properly articulate herself.
  • Principles Zealot: She has been running for the role of Student Council President ever since elementary school, but her refusal to change her draconian policies (along with her crippling stage fright) keep costing her victory.
  • Properly Paranoid: She refuses to drink anything Kaguya offers her because it might be poisoned. As the readers know (but Miko doesn't) Kaguya has indeed tampered with people's drinks before.
  • Protectorate: To Ishigami. Not that she knows, of course, since he's doing it under her nose.
  • Running Gag: She has quite a few connected to her.
    • She horrible sense of timing. She always manages to arrive at worst possible time.
    • She has a tendency of pissing off Kaguya but then unknowingly saying shippy statements about Kaguya and Shirogane that instantly pleases Kaguya.
  • Security Blanket: In addition to using the "Hot Guys Encourage You" CD as relaxation, she also uses it to calm down.
  • Shorter Means Smarter: She's 147 cm tall (approximately 4' 10''), and she has the highest grades in her class.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: She basically takes Ishigami's early role of being on guard against Kaguya and one of the resident Butt Monkeys of the Student Council after joining.
  • Teen Genius: She has the highest grades among the freshman students.
  • Threat Backfire: She tries to use her authority as Auditing Officer to make Shirogane sit properly. This fails because he vastly outranks her, and because using her power for such petty reasons alienates the people she's supposed to work with.
  • Too Clever by Half: She has a good reason for wanting the rules changed, but she doesn't explain it to people and just assumes that they know what she does about Shuchi'in's reputation.
  • Too Much Alike: One reason she and Ishigami don't get along is because both of them are forthright and critical. Without other people around to mediate them, they just get deadlocked in endless arguments.
  • Tsundere: Towards Ishigami. In chapter 96 when judging his fried rice recipe, she flip flopped on giving it a 1 or 10 before deciding on 1. Fujiwara reveals she thought it was delicious but she's too embarrassed to admit it.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: She wants to help people but doesn't know how, so she tries to shape Shuichi'in into the sort of place that she thinks will make them happy.
  • When She Smiles: Osaragi is shown crying when seeing her smile after the election. The chapter is even titled "I want to make Miko Iino Smile".
  • The Worf Effect: Because the events of chapter 66 showed Miko Kaguya's ruthlessness, she became terrified of Shirogane after something he did made Kaguya cry in chapter 70. Miko has no idea what that thing was, just that anything that made Kaguya lose composure must be horrifying. It's not.

Shuchi'in Academy Student Body

High School

    Ai Hayasaka 

A second year student at Shuchi'in and valet of the Shinomiya family, specifically for Kaguya. Her family has served the Shinomiyas for generations and gained their trust. Ai was personally assigned to enter Shuchi'in with Kaguya and support her high school life.


  • Affectionate Gesture to the Head: Gives one to Fujiwara on chapter 62 after being complimented on her beauty by the latter.
  • Ascended Extra: She has made small appearances as early as chapter 3, but wasn't given a full name, formal introduction, and significant role until chapter 19.
  • Beleaguered Assistant: While not normally the case, in chapter 42 she's this when Kaguya keeps asking her for help as Ai is trying to bathe.
  • Beneath the Mask: Extras states that she has many modes like gal and maid mode, but her real personality is actually similar to Kaguya's and that she gets scared a lot and cries easily. This was shown in chapter 42 when she realizes that she wants to be in love too with the biggest blush on her face. Shown again in chapter 58 when she starts crying out of frustration for failing to seduce Shirogane.
    • The rap battle chapter had Hayasaka (as Hayasaka-kun) rap to Kaguya about how she's frustrated with putting on all of her personas for the latter's sake, and how she wants to find love and act for herself for once, putting all of her previous grievances into the limelight for the first time.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Downplayed as she's not that nasty. She acts like a cheerful teenage girl in front of her friends, referred as "Gal mode", but she's actually a Deadpan Snarker.
  • But Not Too Foreign: She's a quarter Irish.
  • Childhood Friends: With Kaguya, having known each other since infancy (though they were separated when they were two and didn't see each other for another five years).
  • The Confidant: Having known Kaguya since they were children, Hayasaka is one of the few people around whom Kaguya's amiability is genuine.
  • Consummate Liar: The narration notes that she lies as easily as she breathes. Given that she has to juggle several alter egos at the same time, this is a very useful skill to have.
  • Cool Big Sis: She's the only person in Kaguya's life who resembles family and takes care of her most personal needs. She even admits to viewing Kaguya as a little sister in chapter 75.
  • The Cynic: Believes that people cannot be truly loved for who they are. It says a lot about her since she has never shown her real personality around others.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Very much so, especially regarding Kaguya's obvious feelings for Shirogane.
  • Disguised in Drag: Whenever Fujiwara comes over to the Shinomiya estate, she disguises herself as a butler.
  • Dude, She's Like, in a Coma!: Gender inverted. She thinks that Kaguya should've taken advantage of Shirogane's sleep to kiss him.
  • First-Name Basis: Thus far the only character to refer to Shirogane as "Miyuki-kun", since the two become texting buddies later on in the manga. Surprisingly, that reveal is a very understated moment.
  • The Gadfly: Towards Kaguya at times. In one instance, Shirogane is taking a bath while on the phone with Kaguya. Hayasaka helpfully pointed out that Kaguya is speaking with a naked man. Chapter 111 reveals that she gets it from her mother.
  • Gyaru Girl: She dresses in kogal fashion while at school.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Kaguya. While their relationship is technically that of a mistress and a servant, Word of God says that they're more like very close sisters.
  • I Can Explain: Insists this after Kaguya sees her using the Shinomiyas' fancy bath. Fortunately, Kaguya doesn't care about that.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: She really wishes she didn't have to juggle around several identities and have a boyfriend of her own. Too bad babysitting Kaguya is a full time job on its own.
  • Informed Attractiveness: She'll often get a comment remarking how hot she is.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: After scaring Kaguya with the rape thing, Hayasaka has to scan the sheets with a microscope.
  • Legacy of Service: Her family has served the Shinomiya family for generations.
  • Manipulative Bastard: She knows to anticipate people's thoughts and use to her advantage during her missions. Fujiwara is the only exception.
  • Meido: She wears a maid outfit at home but her tasks are much varied then simply taking care of Kaguya.
  • Meta Guy: She usually makes observations about Kaguya's situation that most readers would be saying at that point in the manga.
    "The home visit, the fireworks, the birthday, and the moon-viewing. How do you explain all these events and still not make any progress?"
  • Ms. Fanservice: She's an attractive young woman that wears a maid outfit at home. Chapter 42 has her spend most of the chapter in nothing but a bath towel.
  • Ninja Maid: She can- and has needed to- flip over security lasers, maintain multiple alter egos, and find blackmail material.
  • Non-Uniform Uniform: Hayasaka removed the collar from her school uniform, and cut the skirt short. She notes that it's "more or less within the loopholes in the regulations" when Kaguya points it out.
  • Not So Stoic: Even as stoic as she is in her default personality, she sheds tears after reading Sweet Today.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Her Gal mode, but at the price of turning her deadpan snarker side up to eleven.
  • Phenotype Stereotype: Subverted. She has the stereotypical blonde hair and blue eyes, but she's actually part Irish (which would normally be depicted as a redhead)
  • Platonic Life-Partners: Eventually she becomes this to Shirogane after she admits she's actually Kaguya's maid.
  • Precision F-Strike: Drops one about Kaguya's father for his horrible parenting.
  • The Reliable One: Shown to be a very competent maid and valet, such as when she obtains required items for the sister school banquet ahead of time for Kaguya and Shirogane due to rain.
  • Sarcastic Devotee: While she does loyally follow Kaguya's orders, she spends a lot of time snarking at her.
  • Secret Identity: Hayasaka goes the extra mile to pretend she isn't Kaguya's servant. She has a gyaru persona, a "Hayasaka A. Smithee" persona from another school, and a Teen Genius butler persona to keep up illusions.
  • Servile Snarker: She is very loyal to Kaguya, but she isn't above making fun of Kaguya's stubbornness. In fact, Kaguya is the only person she snarks at since she often hides her true personality from others.
  • Shipper on Deck: She seems to very much support getting Kaguya and Shirogane together, and often asks Kaguya outright if she likes him.
  • Shrinking Violet: Her real personality, according to the volume extras.
  • The Stoic: Always has the same calm expression and demeanor.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: She looks like a slightly younger version of her mother.
  • Sue Donym: Uses the alias Haysaca A. Smithee in front of Shirogane.
  • Sweet Tooth: According to the narrator, Hayasaka finished "most of" a multilayered cake Kaguya bought.
  • When You Coming Home, Dad?: Her mother wasn't able to see her often when she was a child and instead left daily messages in a notebook. Chapter 87 reveals that this is still an issue when she doesn't show up at the sports festival.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: She has no problems pretending to be "Hayasaka-kun", a ridiculously talented butler persona who she even made a convoluted backstory for.
  • Wrench Wench: Downplayed example. Kaguya reveals that she built her own mini computer and based on the image we saw, she really enjoyed it.

    Nagisa Kashiwagi 
A female student in the same year as Kaguya, Shirogane, and Fujiwara. She occasionally interacts with the student council, in which she typically either receives or provides love advice. Is currently going out with Tsubasa.

  • Audience Surrogate: Many of her thoughts and reactions resemble those that readers would have in regards to the student council's antics.
  • Beta Couple: Kashiwagi and her boyfriend are this. While they have their issues and come to the Student Council for help; they are dating and openly communicate with each other, while Kaguya and Shirogane refused to admit their feelings and are stuck in a constant war to make the other confess.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: A member of "The Shuuichin VIPs who do heartless actions without giving them a second thought".
  • Characterization Marches On: In her introductory chapters, it seemed Kashiwagi was going to be fairly similar to her boyfriend, taking everything the Student Council says and does at face value. However, over time she instead becomes the Only Sane Woman and Audience Surrogate, with bits of The Smart Girl and The Gadfly mixed in.
    • Then in Chapter 97, she seems goes a completely different direction from both her previous characterizations, instead becoming a Clingy Jealous Girl almost bordering on Yandere (though her boyfriend did mention she's pretty possessive in chapter 76).
  • Childhood Friends: She's been best friends with Maki since kindergarten.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: A more restrained example, but Chapter 97 reveals her to suspect her boyfriend of cheating for the smallest infractions (such as eating with and being tutored by Maki). She even goes as far as hiring a detective to observe his movements.
  • Did They or Didn't They?: In Chapter 48, Kashiwagi and her boyfriend see the Student Council for some more love advice, and because of their demeanor around each other and how they talk about their vacation together, it sounds like they've gotten more intimate. By the end of the chapter, neither one of them gives a straight answer, even though they both tricked the Council into thinking they were going to be a couple of Makeout Kids when they got alone time in the Student Council room.
  • The Gadfly: In Chapter 48, she performs several increasingly romantic interactions with her boyfriend while in the student council room to rile up the council members, knowing that they are right outside the room and watching.
    • In Chapter 85, she tells her boyfriend that she'll be alone at home that night. When Iino accuses her of wanting to bring her boyfriend home, she turns it around by claiming she just wanted her boyfriend to call her, and suggesting Iino's accusation (and by extension her) was lewd.
  • I Have This Friend...: She lampshades the trope when Kaguya uses it.
  • Manipulative Bitch: Downplayed on the bitch part since she's typically genuinely nice, but she has been shown to manipulate both the Student Council and even her own boyfriend for her own amusement.
  • Nice Girl: A kind and polite girl, who is president and founder of the volunteering club, no less.
  • Not So Above It All: Chapter 97 outs her as an untrusting Clingy Jealous Girl bordering on Yandere, a sharp contrast to her otherwise Only Sane Woman and Straight Man roles from previous chapters.
    • She also gets mad at her boyfriend for the most petty of reasons (i.e. she gets upset because he rarely gets upset), showing she has as many innocent and dumb romantic insecurities as the Student Council does.
  • Not So Different: To Kaguya. While Kashiwagi is generally the Only Sane Woman to her, chapter 97 reveals they are just as jealous, murderous and even having the exact similar ideas of what minor activities counts as cheating.
  • Official Couple: With Tsubasa.
  • Only Friend: Implied to be this to Shirogane during meetings between the presidents of all the school clubs.
  • Only Sane Woman: Occasionally takes this role when juxtaposed with the antics of the student council, and sometimes even her own boyfriend.
  • Shadow Archetype: What Maki is to Kaguya, Kashiwagi is to Fujiwara. Friends for a long time and genuinely close, but rather than being merely an oblivious one sided love rival like Fujiwara is, Kashiwagi knows full well how much Maki loves Tsubasa but still dates him. And while both are intelligent, Kashiwagi can feign ignorance while Fujiwara is a full blown Genius Ditz.
  • Sickeningly Sweethearts: How the student council view her and her boyfriend.
  • Smug Smiler: Very capable of doing these whenever she successfully Trolls or outsmarts the Student Council members.
  • Teen Genius: She is shown to consistently place in the top 10 test scores of her class. Under her tutelage, her boyfriend also managed to remarkably increase his score ranking from 139th to 84th.
  • Yandere: Mostly Played for Laughs. She threatens to kill her boyfriend and Maki if it turns out they are having an affair, and states they would already be dead if the affair was sexual.

    Tsubasa 
A male student in the same year as Kaguya, Shirogane, and Fujiwara. He constantly asks Shirogane and the Student council for love advice, but more often than not ends up inadvertently messing with them in some way. Despite this, he has a (mostly) healthy relationship with Kashiwagi.

  • Chick Magnet: He has a stable relationship with Kashiwagi and Maki is head over heels for him as well.
  • The Ditz: A bit air-headed and unwise in his actions and words.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": He's almost exclusively referred to as "Kashiwagi's Boyfriend", even after his Given Name Reveal.
  • Given Name Reveal: It took 103 chapters from his introduction before his name was revealed. Before that, he was just referred to as "Kashiwagi's boyfriend". This is lampshaded by Shirogane, Ishigami, and the narration.
  • Hidden Depths: He's interested in medicine, and hopes to become the kind of doctor that saves lives in the future.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Constantly does things that inadvertently piss off the Student Council and even Kashiwagi.
  • Nice Guy: Despite frequently ticking off the Student Council, he is still this ultimately. Kashiwagi and Maki claim this as one of his positive attributes.
  • Satellite Love Interest: There's a reason he's constantly referred to as "Kashiwagi's Boyfriend". Nearly every appearance he makes centers around her in some fashion. Even when he went to the Student Council, alone, he ends up talking more about Kashiwagi than he does himself.

    Maki Shijo 

A girl who's friends with Kashiwagi.


  • Ascended Extra: Appears as early as Chapter 6 alongside Kashiwagi and Tsubasa, but only appears sporadically in backgrounds and omakes until she finally receives a proper role and character introduction in Chapter 98!
  • Alpha Bitch: Revealed to be this. Constantly looks down upon people around her like Shirogane and Ishigami, referring to them as imbeciles and "commoners." Downplayed though, as she opens up her true feelings to them quite easily.
  • Childhood Friends: She's been best friends with Kashiwagi since kindergarten.
  • Conflicting Loyalty: Between her crush on Tsubasa, and her friendship with Kashiwagi. She seems to be leaning towards the former though.
  • Connected All Along: It turns out Maki is also a descendant of the Shinomiya bloodline, and thus a distant relative of Kaguya (specifically, her second cousin twice removed.)
  • Heroic B.S.O.D.: She has a major one at the start of chapter 98 when she has to lie about her feelings Tsubasa after hearing that Kashiwagi was jealous. She even faints on the road till Shirogane and Ishigami find her by accident while they were hanging out.
  • Insistent Terminology: Proudly declares herself a member of the Shinomiya family and looks down on others as commoners, despite being in a very distant branch from the main line and not even sharing the same last name.
  • It Runs in the Family: Being distantly related to Kaguya, Maki is also very intelligent, scoring only a point below Kaguya in exams. She also switches between displaying arrogance and cuteness just as easily (with the exact same facial expressions, no less).
  • Love Hurts: A Running Gag is that she is always following Kashiwagi and her boyfriend while crying.
  • One Steve Limit: Averted. She is not the same Maki as the jock's girlfriend in chapter 26.
  • No Name Given: Played With. Technically, her name appears as early as Chapter 31 (in the exam results). However, we are not told it is her name, and the fact can only be inferred. She finally introduces herself by name properly in Chapter 98.
  • Not So Different: While she doesn't get along with Kaguya, they're incredibly similar. They are both very proud of being Shinomiyas, very intelligent and very tsundere.
  • Recurring Extra: She can often be seen in the background looking shocked (usually in scenes involving Kashiwagi and her boyfriend being intimate).
    • By Chapter 98, she finally gains a speaking role and name introduction, becoming an Ascended Extra.
  • The Rival: Being only a point below Kaguya herself, she's her academic rival off screen and they are fully aware of each other. Makes even more sense when it is revealed they are actually distant relatives.
  • Shadow Archetype: She's basically what Kaguya would be if Shirogane was dating someone else, right down to the same reactions, facial expressions, and line of thoughts. Fittingly enough, this is partly why the two don't like each other.
  • Springtime for Hitler: She gave Tsubasa the idea of getting a lame heart necklace as an anniversary present in the hopes that it would make the two of them break up. Kashiwagi loved it so much that she started making out with him in the middle of the hallway.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Towards Tsubasa. She's usually following them whenever the two have some free time.
  • Sudden Name Change: Her last name was listed as Ichijo in the original release for chapter 31. It was changed to Shijou in the tankobon.
  • Teen Genius: She's ranked third in terms of test scores among the second year students, scoring only a single point less than Kaguya.
  • Third Wheel: As a friend of Kashiwagi, she's constantly hanging out with her and her boyfriend as the hanger-on despite her crush on the latter.
    • To her horror, she accidentally sees Kaguya and Shirogane sharing an intimate moment.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: Chapter 98 allows her to finally vent about her crush.
  • Tsundere: Even more than Kaguya, natch.
  • With Friends Like These...: Claims to view Kashiwagi as a precious friend, yet openly states her contempt for her for "stealing" the boy she has a crush on.

    Kobachi Osaragi 

Miko Iino's friend and assistant in her presidential campaign. Also a fellow member of the Public Morals Committee. Prefers to watch from the sidelines.


  • The Confidant: Acts as this to Miko, who tells her everything that's troubling her.
  • Covert Pervert: When Iino complains that (she thinks) Shirogane and Ishigami use the Student Council to take advantage of its female members, Kobachi suggests "joining in on the fun", and describes it as "a pretty hot situation".
  • Deadpan Snarker: Basically Iino's straight-man, although she has her own quirks.
  • Given Name Reveal: Despite being introduced in and a recurring character since chapter 65, her name wasn't revealed until chapter 85.
  • Opaque Lenses: Her eyes have never been seen.
  • Refusal of the Call: Shirogane asks if Osaragi would like a seat on the Council as well, but she refuses the offer.
  • Smart People Wear Glasses: And eyeless glasses, to boot.
  • Theme Naming: She's one of the many people named after Kaguya-hime's impossible tasks. In particular, she takes her name from Ishizdukuri no Miko (Iino's namesake)'s task item, the Begging Bowl of the Buddha (bu no miishi no hachi)note .
  • Unfortunate Names: Her name can also be read as "Daibutsu"note  but she'd very much prefer that it wasn't.
  • The Watcher: She doesn't actively participate in plots, but she does take notice of all the things going on with Iino, and the situation in middle school. Thankfully, this means she can see the good points of those who are shunned, like Iino and Ishigami.
  • Yaoi Fangirl: In one of the extra comics, Osaragi is seen reading a BL manga, and is quite into it.

    Onodera 
A girl in Ishigami's grade. One of the few people who's neutral on him.

  • The Faceless: Averted. She's the only member of the cheer team whose face Ishigami could see prior to the sports festival (presumably because he is already familiar with her as a classmate).
  • Regal Ringlets: Being a Shuuchin student, it's only natural she rock the long haired drill style.

    Tsubame Koyasu 
A perky upperclassman that led Ishigami's group through sports day. Caring and energetic, she captures Ishigami's heart quickly.
  • Ascended Extra: After the sports festival arc, she gets more characterization during "Kaguya Shinomiya's Impossible Tasks".
  • The Faceless: As with the rest of the cheer team, in the sports festival arc. She only gets her face properly shown after Ishigami "opens his eyes" to the world again.
  • Sempai/Kohai: Romantic variant. Ishigami has a crush on her.
  • Tender Tears: The other members of the cheer squad note that she's a crybaby, as shown by her getting emotional over Ishigami getting second place in the relay race.
  • Theme Naming: She's one of the many people named after Kaguya-hime's impossible tasks. In particular, she takes her name from Isonokami no Maro (Ishigami's namesake)'s task item, the swallow's cowry (tsubame no un da koyasugai).

Middle School

    Kei Shirogane 

Miyuki's younger sister. Treasurer of the Shuchi'in Academy Middle School student council.


  • Annoying Younger Sibling: She's generally nice and polite, but is fairly rude towards her brother in comparison. Later revealed to be part of her rebel phase, since she feels like she's treated like a child whenever Shirogane interacts with her.
  • Brutal Honesty: Which is why her brother's unwillingness to just say outright what he feels annoys her.
  • Character Tics: She pretends to be stretching whenever she's secretly listening in on whatever her brother is doing.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: Its mentioned that she is popular even among girls and then there is Kaguya's slight crush on her.
  • Gender-Blender Name: Just like her older brother.
  • Interclass Friendship: With Moeha.
  • It Runs in the Family: She has the same piercing glare as her brother and is just as good at hiding her shyness. The narrative also lampshades that her nervousness around Kaguya is a result of siblings having similar tastes. Chapter 52 reveals that she's just as thrifty as him, just as kind, and enjoys coffee.
  • Missing Mom: Her mother ran off about seven years before the story began.
  • The Quiet One: Her focus chapter states that she doesn't speak a lot.
  • One Degree of Separation: Is in the same year and friends with Fujiwara's younger sister Moeha. She sleeps over frequently at the Fujiwara household, and as a result is also close friends with Fujiwara herself.
  • Schoolgirl Lesbian: Subverted. Her first appearance made it look like she had a crush on Kaguya but her focus chapter revealed her "crush" was just her admiring Kaguya as her personal idol and seeing her as a potential sister-in-law.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: She looks like a female version of her brother, right down to the eyes.
  • Token Mini-Moe: She's a middle schooler and extremely adorable. Even Kaguya instinctively called her cute as soon as she met her.
  • Too Much Alike: Kei like her brother is prideful tsundere, who Cannot Spit It Out. Thus she can't stand him always telling her what to do but she can't bring up the nerve to speak to him normally thus leading to their current frosty relationship.
  • Tsundere: Turns out she's a platonic one for her brother. She's sick of his nagging, leading to her harsh attitude but she still wants to help him but is too embarrassed to ask.

Other Characters

    Betsy Beltoise 

The student council vice president of the French Shuchi'in Academy. She boasts a very sharp tongue and wit, which she puts to use as an acclaimed debater in France, winning two consecutive victories in the French Debate Meet.


  • Break Them by Talking: Her specialty. She uses quick thinking and logic to deny her opponents' basic thinking, leaving them digging their own graves. Ends up being on receiving end of this from Kaguya, after attempting to do this to Shirogane.
  • The Dreaded: Is known as "Betsy the Wound-Licking Dagger." It is said that she will one day kill a man with her tongue.
  • Femme Fatale: Definitely appears like one. Points for actually being French as well.
  • No-Sell: Her verbal assault upon Shirogane ends up being this, due to his inability to actually speak or understand French.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: Arguably so, since her verbal assault upon Shirogane was ordered directly by the Japanese Shuchi'in Academy principal, as a Secret Test of Character for him.

     Kyouko Ootomo 
The girl that ruined Ishigami's reputation in middle school.

  • Book Dumb: Turns out the reason she's not in Shuchi'in Academy High School is because she flunked the entrance exam.
  • The Dreaded: To Ishigami. As soon as she showed up to his first year sports festival, his mood deflated and became filled with fear.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: She made a couple of appearances in flashbacks before her proper physical appearance in the sports festival arc.
  • Given Name Reveal: Finally gets her name in Chapter 88.
  • Good All Along: More of a revelation to the audience. All of her flashback scenes made it look like she randomly accused and led the pack on Ishigami for something he didn't do. In reality she was defending her boyfriend from being punched, who she didn't know was a Bitch in Sheep's Clothing.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Intentionally so. She's kept ignorant of her boyfriend's true colors even after she leaves school, for the sake of her happiness.

     Papa Shirogane 
The father of Miyuki and Kei. He is currently unemployed.

  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: He is a hilariously awkward man. He loves to call himself Shirogane's Sugar Daddy.
  • ...But He Sounds Handsome: When he's trolling Kaguya into revealing her feelings for his son, he comments "his parents must have good genes" when she mentions his piercing glare.
  • The Gadfly: The first time he met Kaguya, he tricked her into revealing her feelings for Shirogane without revealing that he was his father. After she finds out, he openly admits that he did it just to mess with her.
  • Love Martyr: Despite his wife leaving him seven years ago, he's refuses to divorce her because he still loves her.
  • Only One Name: His first name is currently unknown.
  • Shipper on Deck: He outright tells Kaguya that he's fine with her and Shirogane getting married while they're still in high school.
  • Smarter Than You Look: While his appearance and lack of job could fool one into thinking he's an idiot, it's important to remember that his kids' smarts had to come from somewhere. He deduces that Kaguya has a crush on Shirogane and tricks her into admitting it within five minutes of meeting her, and a later chapter reveals that he's a nationally certified career consultant.


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