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Shuchi'in Academy High School Student Council

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    In General 
  • Four-Philosophy Ensemble: Kaguya is the Cynic, Shirogane is the Realist, Fujiwara is the Optimist, and Ishigami is the Apathetic. Miko joins later on as the Conflicted.
  • The Ghost: The General Affairs Officer and original Auditing Officer are never seen at any point in the series. According to the volume 4 extras, they're both third year students that don't get along well with the rest of the council.
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: The only criteria for new members is "able to do the job" and "able to get along with everyone else in the council". That last part means candidates are rare (so rare, in fact, that the council has been understaffed ever since the series' inception) and usually don't know each other before joining.
  • Riddle for the Ages: What happened to make the previous Auditing and General Affairs officers hate Shirogane's generation so much?
  • Shrouded in Myth: The council is a pantheon of divinities or an orgy den, depending on who you ask.
    Kaguya: Then we were elected. (…) [Shirogane was] in quite the fight. It's already gone down in legend.

Current Members

    Kaguya Shinomiya 

    Miyuki Shirogane 

    Chika Fujiwara 

Chika Fujiwara

Voiced by: Konomi Kohara
Played by: Nana Asakawa (live-action movie)

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The secretary of the Shuchi'in student council. A nice, upbeat, and cheerful girl from a family of politicians, 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.


  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Her hair has a noticeably pinkish tint in the anime.
  • Adopt the Food: Fujiwara procures a fish in chapter 49 to help Shirogane overcome his fear of touching them so he won't embarrass himself when they make fillets in Home Economics. However, constantly taking care of it leads her to view it as a pet.
    Fujiwara: This is my baby! You can't eat him!
  • Arch-Enemy: Played for laughs. She is one for Ishigami because he is very quick at finding her underhanded tactics and thus making her look bad. Ishigami in turn finds her to be tremendously untrustworthy and doesn't let her indulge in her own narratives; still, this doesn't mean that they dislike each other.
  • The Artifact: Fujiwara was quite important when the series started; being the only other character introduced from the beginning aside from Kaguya and Shirogane, she played the crucial role as a Straight Man to their antics, and allowed them to talk to someone else. After the first few volumes however, this is no longer the case, as both of them gained relationships that were considerably more relevant to their characters, and Ishigami and Iino filled the Straight Man role better on top of having their own plotline. The result is that Fujiwara ended up largely fading from the cast, and is mostly only relevant in the one-off gag chapters.
  • 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 Eater: Not as much as Iino, but she likes to pretend she's on a diet, and then stuffs herself with ramen, sweets or bubble tea. On that note, don't call her fat.
  • Break Them by Talking: She'll stoop down to appeal to their friends' sympathy in order to win something as petty as a game. When she does it to Kaguya, Shirogane is aghast at how merciless she was by doing that to someone she considers a close friend.
  • Broken Pedestal: Later in the series after so many events where Fujiwara went through hell to teach Shirogane how to improve on something he previously sucked at, she outright tells him that her once untainted good opinion of him has fallen quite a bit.
  • 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. There's also the fact that the boys that like her and approach her romantically are pretty loopy.
  • Cheaters Never Prosper: If there is a competition between the Student Council, she'll usually cheat to win only for someone to find out and then Ishigami scolds her for cheating. Chapter 117 has Ishigami even recording her because he knows she'll cheat. The virtue out of this is that Fujiwara largely cheats out of inconsequential stakes and nothing particularly serious.
  • 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.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: One of the aspects that adds to her unpredictability. Sometimes she comes with completely off-the-wall non-sequiturs, like sending Kaguya pictures she took of herself while having a sky burial with chickens, or trying to bribe Shirogane for club fund allocation with a soda.
  • Compressed Hair: She's somehow able to fit all her hair (which goes down to her shoulders) underneath a bald cap without a visible buldge.
  • 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, though Kei doesn't harbor nearly as much admiration towards her as she does for Kaguya.
  • 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.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Develops quite the mean streak as the series progresses once her friction with Ishigami gains more focus and her opinion of Shirogane falls a bit after so much suffering she went through to teach him assorted things, with that Fujiwara drops quite the mean snarky comments on both boys sometimes, and if she is angry enough more targets will be on her line of fire.
  • 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.
  • Ditzy Genius: It becomes clear that she's more flaky than stupid, which isn't helped by her "best friends" sabotaging her test scores by tricking her into not studying. She can speak five languages, design functional games, elaborate scams and still scores slightly better than average on tests in a very difficult school despite almost never studying.
  • The Dreaded: She's Kaguya and Hayasaka's bane because they find her unpredictable and nigh-unstoppable:
    Narrator: An extreme threat to Hayasaka... she... could not be predicted. Her thoughts could not be read. A NATURAL DISASTER who unconsciously threw everything into chaos by simply being present!
  • 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.
  • Elephant in the Living Room: Invoked. She expresses dismay at the very plausible possibility that she sees Shirogane as an individual that fills all her standards for the kind of man she'd like to date if she thinks about it for long enough. Frightened, she shuts it down as soon as it's brought up at the moment when her little sister expresses her own attraction towards Shirogane.
  • 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. The offical fanbook even lists Japanese Language as her worst subject.
  • Empty Eyes: When really mad, her eyes go blank as seen in chapters 76 and 84.
  • Everyone Has Standards:
    • It's implied that she is somewhat aware of Kaguya's occasional resentment and coldness towards her, but she never responds because she loves Kaguya and treasures her beyond all the petty stuff.
    • It's shown that she helps Shirogane every time he wants to learn something because she cannot bear the thought that a person who commands as much respect as he does could be so awful at something, and cannot forgive herself if she doesn't do everything she can to fix the problem.
  • 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...
  • Flowery Insults: Her criticisms of Shirogane's weak skills can get quite extravagant. For example, when she hears him sing, she describes his voice as "disgusting like a seacucumber's intestines."
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Played with. 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. However, it's not that they don't like her, but they just don't trust her.
  • 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.
  • Gender Flip: Kuramochi no Miko, her literary counterpart in The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter, was male.
  • 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. Later when her sister expresses her own interest in Shirogane, Fujiwara is dismayed when she realizes that she herself likes a great deal of aspects about Shirogane as a man.
  • 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. She also shows interest in Shirogane and Ishigami's interactions in the light novel, where the former comments on the latter's butt and they have a bonding moment.
  • Hair Decorations: Her ever-present "super black" hair ribbon. She even has it on when she's wearing a bald cap and trying to fool everyone into thinking she shaved her head.
  • Has a Type: Played for Laughs. She realizes that Shirogane meets all of her standards and she has to put herself together to dismiss the very notion.
  • 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, but states that she loves her regardless.
    • 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.
    • Fujiwara is for some reason a natural-born Ramen connoisseur with a very minute and detailed method of eating.
    • It's implied that she likes Shirogane as a man a great deal more than she thinks.
    • She's actually quite fit and even bench presses in her routines.
    • Her IQ is over 130.
  • Hypocrite: It's usually Ishigami and rarely Kaguya, who call her out on her hypocrisy. For instance, when Kaguya offers takoyaki to everyone, Fujiwara pulls out chopsticks because she is mindful of the environment, but immediately drops the act when Kaguya gives her a pick with a flag on it.
  • Iconic Item: Her hair ribbon.
  • Implausible Deniability: And she may even believe her own lies. After being told by Ishigami and Kaguya (Ice) that the things she's eating are actually high on carbs and sugar, she tries to come up with excuses how wrong they are, despite clear evidence that she's gaining weight. For instance, her argument why drinking bubble tea is fine is because calories are a unit to measure heat, so anything that she perceives is cool must have zero calories. She also thinks eating ramen is fine, so long as it's spicy and she's sweating enough due to sweat being a sign of exercise. The fact that on top of the noodles, she countered the spicyness by eating fatty ice cream afterwards went right past her head.
  • Improbably Low IQ: In chapter 15, Kaguya has an Imagine Spot where Fujiwara says that her IQ is 3. This isn't her actual IQ (which Word of God says is over 130), Kaguya just has a very low opinion of her best friend.
  • In the Blood: Played for Laughs. She's a member of one of the most prominent families in the history of Japanese politics, and this often expresses itself with her less noble attributes.
    Kaguya: It runs in the family, doesn't it? She has the tainted blood of a politician in her veins.
  • Inappropriate Role Model: Miko looks up to her, much to the bafflement of the rest of the Student Council.
  • Informed Attractiveness: Fujiwara is beautiful enough for Kaguya to consider her a serious barrier between her and Shirogane. However, due to Kaguya's presence, this is rarely brought up. It's later implied that she does get proposed regularly, but dismisses the boys that approach her with pseudo-intellectual diatribes.
  • Informed Attribute: She is supposedly really popular outside of the Student Council, but the only other characters she's ever really shown to interact with are her fellow Tabletop Games Club members and the Mass Media Club duo (the latter of whom view her as The Dreaded).
  • 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.
  • Intoxication Ensues: She ends up getting drunk in chapter 9 of Official Doujinshi when she binges on some alcoholic chocolate.
  • I Resemble That Remark!: Criticizes anime for having childlike characters with disproportionately huge breasts and unnaturally high pitched voices. Everyone else in the room recognizes this applies to her, but she doesn't.
  • Irony: Her report card in the fanbook lists Japanese as her worst subject despite her being an Omniglot.
  • 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.
  • Kick the Dog: She has a knack for belittling Ishigami, as he's very good at pointing out her bullshit and making her feel bad as a result. As such, there's no lost love between them.
  • Know-Nothing Know-It-All: Fujiwara is boisterous about her detective skills and knowledge, but as everyone in the student council knows, she is usually talking tall when she tries to impress them.
  • Like a Son to Me: A Played for Laughs example. Because she helped Shirogane with sports and music, she calls him her son. Her stupid, hopelessly annoying son who can't do anything right, destroying her image of him.
  • Love Freak: Despite never being in a relationship, she considers herself an expert in love, and often spouts inspiring speeches of love, passion and determination.
  • Meaningful Name: The kanji for her first name translate to "thousand flowers", befitting her bright and sunny personality.
  • Mistaken for Gay: Due to Haysaca's male persona, she thinks Haysaca and Shirogane are gay.
  • Must Make Her Laugh: Fujiwara mentions in chapter 27 that it's been a long-time dream of hers to make Kaguya roll on the floor laughing. When she finds a word that makes Kaguya roar with laughter, she proceeds to say it again... and again... and again.
  • My Sister Is Off-Limits!: When she learns that Moeha has a crush on Shirogane, she goes out of her way to dissuade Moeha from falling for him thanks to her traumatizing experiences of training him. She even literally pushes him out of the room far, far away from Moeha just before the chapter ends.
  • Nice Girl: Played with. While she can be selfish and sometimes confrontational, her moments of kindness towards Kaguya are markedly poignant, so much that she can overturn Kaguya's low opinion of her at the blink of an eye with a simple gesture. There are bad things about her, but her love for Kaguya is unconditional.
  • Nice Hat: Her Love Detective hat, which she wears whenever she's investigating romance. Ishigami claims that it has a curse that makes it's wearer look like an idiot.
  • Not So Innocent Whistling: She tries to whistle after giving Shirogane an incredibly obvious bribe to increase the funds for the Tabletop Games Club in episode 7. Unfortunately, she doesn't know how to whistle and it just makes her even more obvious.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: She usually comes across as a somewhat ditzy Cloudcuckoolander (and she's genuinely a Know-Nothing Know-It-All when it comes to her supposed skills as a detective), but there are more than a few instances where it's shown that she's smarter than she lets on.
  • Omniglot: As mentioned in Hidden Depths, she is fluent in five languages due to her mother being a diplomat (the exact languages other than Japanese and French are never specified, though one of them is probably German due to her love of German board games). Ironically, she sucks when it comes to her native Japanese (the official fanbook even lists it as her worst subject) since she spent so much time speaking other languages as a child that her fluency atrophied.
  • Only Friend: Discounting Hayasaka (who is more of a sibling), she was Kaguya's sole friend during middle school. Kaguya actually didn't want any friends at all since she felt that it was better to avoid people rather than risk hurting them with her Innocently Insensitive nature, but Fujiwara's sheer persistance eventually won her over.
  • Overprotective Dad: Her father bans her from reading shoujo manga because it has romance, and has also forbidden her from getting a boyfriend.
  • Precision F-Strike: When rapping, Fujiwara drops f-bombs.
  • Secret Keeper: A reluctant one for Shirogane concerning his lack of athletic coordination, non-existent dancing skills, and inability to sing. As she knows that Shirogane has an image to uphold, she cannot bring herself not to help him both out of pity and her own self-respect, which always come at a great toll for her because he's an awful, awful learner.
  • Secretly Selfish: Behind all her sweetness and friendliness lies a girl who wants to have the cake and to eat it too:
    • When Kaguya catches a cold, she twice tries to rig a card game with Shirogane and Ishigami in order to be the one who visits Kaguya at home, notwithstanding that she's had the privilege of having visited Kaguya before.
    • During their planning of their summer vacation, the student council throws ideas to the wall that she rejects because she'll not be able to attend because she'll be busy either traveling or studying. When they convene to go to the summer festival, Fujiwara immediately protests because she'll be at La Tomatina when the festival happens, but Ishigami calls her out on this, as she's going to have fun in Spain all while not wanting them to have fun without her.
  • Sempai/Kohai: She becomes Miko's sempai when the latter joins the student council, a relationship that she gleefully takes advantage of. Ishigami even compares it to an abusive romance.
  • Shipping Torpedo: She tries to dissuade Moeha from having a crush on Shirogane due to all her time training him having given her PTSD.
  • Significant Birth Date: She is very proud to have been born in March 3rd (Hinamatsuri / Girls' Day / Doll's Day), but she's not happy at learning that Ishigami has the same birthday.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: She and Ishigami are constantly at each other's throats and any semblance of a dignified discussion usually goes out of the window whenever they fight. She intensely dislikes him because he doesn't let her have her way.
  • Sleazy Politician: She's basically what happens when this trope is filtered through a school setting. While she normally acts like The Cutie, she gleefully admits that campaign promises don't mean anything, has given and accepted bribes, and betrays her friends at the drop of a hat if it suits her purposes.
  • So Proud of You: She adores Kaguya with all her heart, and her being Kaguya's friend is a significant source of pride for her.
  • Sore Loser: Apart from the fact that she likes to cheat on games, Fujiwara is not very dignified when she's found out either.
  • Spanner in the Works: Many situations would have been a clear victory for one side, only for Fujiwara 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".
  • Static Character: Other than developing PTSD from constantly training Shirogane, she doesn't change in the slightest over the course of the series.
  • 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: Fujiwara normally excels in the arts, having displayed a great deal of talent in piano playing, singing, acting, freestyle rap, and balloon art. Despite this, her drawing of Hayasaka when they're paired up together in art class is hilariously bad.
  • This Is Wrong on So Many Levels: Played for laughs. She finds Shirogane's lack of coordination so offensive against common sense that she cannot avoid helping him, because she'd be doing a service to the world by ridding it from something so awful. Also, she deems that his position as president and a model for all students would be marred otherwise.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: She's a big fan of ramen, to the point that she has been recognized by several of the Ramen Emperors for her skill in eating it. She even sings about it in the second verse of her Dancing Theme.
  • Training from Hell: Her training sessions with Shirogane has her running him and herself ragged, often sporting her iconic "demon" headband while barking instructions.
  • Trauma Button: The memory of all the times she taught Shirogane is apparently so horrible that merely bringing it up causes her to go straight to a Thousand-Yard Stare.
  • Tsundere: Hilariously enough, she displays the typical traits when Shirogane needs her to teach him something in later chapters.
  • 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 is aware of Kaguya's tendencies, but she seems to have no idea of Kaguya's inner feelings.
  • Weirdness Magnet: Invoked. Kaguya explains that for a boy to approach Fujiwara with romantic prospects, he'd have to be pretty weird. She came to this conclusion after witnessing Fujiwara rejecting a boy who somehow falls for her dumb counterargument against dating.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: She goes into a rather fundamental wrath every time Shirogane tries and fails to do something he thinks he's doing right, but is obviously doing completely wrong. What bothers her the most is how undeservedly proud he is whenever it happens.
  • World Half Full: She is happy even about voters' stupidity, because usually it works in her favor.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She has pinkish-silver hair in the anime.
  • Your Size May Vary: Word of God states that her ribbon changes size based on the humidity.
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    Yu Ishigami 

Yu Ishigami

Voiced by: Ryouta Suzuki
Played by: Hayato Sano (live-action movie)

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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.


  • Above the Influence: He nearly loses his virginity to his crush Tsubame on Christmas Eve, but wanting to do things properly, he formally confesses and asks her out before things go too far. When she turns him down, he doesn't go through with it.
  • Ace of Spades: The anime assigned all the members of the Student Council a Playing Card Motif. Naturally, Ishigami -who spent most of the earlier chapters afraid that Kaguya was trying to kill him- was assigned the Ace of Spades.
  • 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.
    • He manages to give a perfect confession to Tsubame in chapter 127 due to not knowing the significance of giving someone a heart during the Devoted Heart Festival. Later Comically Missing the Point, he also gives Iino a heart locket to be placed in the lost-and-found, and Iino takes this gesture to heart too.
  • 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.
  • Adaptational Early Appearance: He gets several cameos throughout the first 5 episodes, though only the first one actually qualifies due to all the others taking place after his Early-Bird Cameo in the manga.
  • All the Other Reindeer: Chapter 55 shows he is something of a pariah at school due to something that happened in middle school.
  • Awesomeness 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 cynical loner, 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 finding the truth about the Ootomo situation and going to Ishigami's house to congratulate him for protecting Ootomo's smile and tell him 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 in spite of his dire reputation.
    • He starts admiring Kaguya after she selflessly helps him out loads of times. His determination to ace the exams in the "Kaguya's Impossible Task" arc was even motivated solely because Kaguya continued believing in him when no one else would rather than the fact that it might catch the eye of his crush Tsubame. When he failed to even enter the top 50 ranking among the first years, he was understandably upset as he felt that he had disappointed her despite her efforts to teach him.
  • Beta Couple: He and Iino function as one to Kaguya and Shirogane. Romantically, he's aiming for Tsubame.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Someone bragging about their relationship. In chapter 48 when Tsubasa asks for advice again, Ishigami tries to kill him when it looks like he's bragging.
    • When a manga uses cheap tactics to hide its fanservice.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Insult him, he doesn't care. Insult people he respects and cares about like Shirogane or Miko, and he can go so far as to beat you up. Which is how he became a pariah in middle school.
  • Birds of a Feather: A part of Kaguya sees a lot of herself in Ishigami, which is why she starts to treat him much nicer as they become friends and she supports him in his studies and his love life.
  • 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 is acknowledged as being very intelligent (to the point that Shirogane was willing to beg him not to quit his role as student council treasurer), but he was ranked second-to-last among the first year students and on academic probation at the beginning of the series due to his apathy towards school. Kaguya theorizes that this atitude is a result of him having been suspended for several months during his final year of middle school. This is also implied to be the reason why Iino doesn't get along with 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 said months long suspension. Seeing him squander his potential makes her feel like all her efforts were wasted.
  • Bromantic Foil: For Shirogane. Where Shirogane is popular, a hard worker, and thinks before he speaks, Ishigami is a pariah, Brilliant, but Lazy, and has a bad habit of putting his foot in his mouth.
  • Brutal Honesty: One of his bigger issues is when he talks, he rarely has a filter on, coming out as insensible and/or creepy. Lampshaded in chapter 51.
  • But I Would Really Enjoy It: Rare Male Example. He turns down Tsubame's offer for sex on Christmas Eve despite clearly wanting to because she was only doing so to make up for the fact that she turned down his love confession. He refuses to sleep with someone who doesn't love him back.
  • Butt-Monkey: Very rarely do things go his way.
  • Celibate Hero: Inverted, he wants a girlfriend but he can't get one.
  • Character Focus: Ishigami starts getting focus in the lead up to the sports festival, which delves into his past in middle school. After that point, he gets upgraded to being the tritagonist.
  • Character Development: At the start of the series he's deathly afraid of Kaguya due to a series of misunderstandings, but as the two spend more time around each other this fades away to the point where they almost have a big sister/little brother-type relationship (seen in chapter 153 where Ishigami says that he won't let "lousy" people get near Kaguya).
  • Chekhov's Gunman: He was mentioned multiple times, but he didn't appear in person until chapter 24.
  • 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.
  • Comic-Book Fantasy Casting: He's apparently based off of Sho Hirano, which gets lampshaded in chapter 140. Ironically, Hirano was cast in the Live-Action Adaptation, but as Shirogane rather than Ishigami.
  • Cool Kid-and-Loser Friendship: This pretty much sums up his entire social circle. Given the fact that his reputation was destroyed thanks to an incident back in middle school, all of his friends are vastly higher on the social totem pole. This extends all the way to Kaguya and Tsubame, who are two of the most popular girls in school.
  • 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 led 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.
  • Deuteragonist: Outside of the central romance of Kaguya and Shirogane, Ishigami's character arc is the most important plotline in the series. He's referred to as the "side hero" in the volume extras.
  • Didn't Think This Through: He joined the cheer team to improve his demeanor, on the grounds that people on the cheer team always seem happy. It was only after he showed up at the first meeting that he realized the flaw in his logic, the only people who join the cheer team are those that are already too happy with their lives. Subverted in that it does give him a more positive outlook, just not in the way he envisioned.
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: He is incredibly upset when Tsubame rejected going out with him and still seducing him to have sex with her, out of sympathy for his feelings for her. He doesn't want to sleep with someone who doesn't return his feelings in kind.
  • Dragged into Drag: The cheer team for the Sports Festival more or less strong-arm him into agreeing with swapping the girls and boys' uniforms. He can fit Kaguya's just fine, apparently.
  • Dramatic Irony: For all his love of emotional hyperbole and Grand Romantic Gestures, the most impact he ever made on someone's life came from a tiny bookmark gift.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: He shows up on the cover of chapter 11, though he wouldn't get an on-screen appearance until chapter 24.
  • 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. This is lampshaded in the anime, which assigned him the Playing Card Motif of the Ace of Spades, aka the Death Card.
    • He makes an effort to grow out of it around the time of the Sports Festival, though it still remains a subtle part of his character.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: His hair used to be a lot shorter. He grew it out in order to shut himself off from the world.
  • For Great Justice: In retrospect, Ishigami says that back in middle school he had this kind of attitude as a result of reading some manga he can't even remember anymore; this led to him beating the stuffing out of a guy who was cheating on his girlfriend.
  • Friendless Background: In the past, Ishigami had no friends. His first friend was Shirogane and later on the rest of the student council.
  • Good with Numbers: Shirogane picked him to be the treasurer because of this trope. His report card in the fanbook also lists math as the only non-elective course that he has an A in.
  • Got Me Doing It: He briefly started talking like the members of the Cheer Team due to sheer exposure while thanking Kaguya for lending him her uniform. Neither of them have any idea what he said meant.
  • 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.
  • Headphones Equal Isolation: Ishigami can occasionally be seen wearing a large pair of headphones that highlight his seperation from the rest of the school.
  • Held Back in School:
    • Ishigami was in danger of getting held back at the beginning of the series due to a complete lack of desire to apply himself during exams. Kaguya ends up helping him pass a crucial exam due to owing him a favor and later convinces him to actually take school seriously by telling him that getting good grades could help him win Tsubame's affection.
    • He almost didn't graduate from middle school as a disciplinary punishment for his incident with Ootomo, but was allowed to due to Iino's protests against the principal.
  • Hero of Another Story: Ishigami is referred to as such (more specifically, the "secret hero") in his character description.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: Ishigami was openly hated by some of his classmates, particularly the girls, since he supposedly stalked a girl and then beat up her boyfriend in middle school. In reality, the boy was a cheating scumbag who tried to buy Ishigami's silence by offering to let him have sex with the girlfriend, then pulled a Wounded Gazelle Gambit to make Ishigami look like the bad guy. The student council did their research and found the truth of the situation, and those who got closer to him know he's really a nice guy.
  • 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 demonstrates a wealth of knowledge when it comes to flowers in regards to their symbology, life cycles, and medicinal uses (which according to a Q&A on the manga's official Twitter is because his mother is a florist). This suggests that he gave Iino her flower and note in middle school.
    • He was a talented runner in middle school.
    • He's an excellent treasurer due to his analytical thinking and keen sense of prioritization and visual representation, going as far as casually coaching Kei when she visits the Student Council.
    • He's the most empathic and perceptive of the people in the student council. He's usually the one who notices when other people are being dumb with their relationships or who likes who.
  • Hyper-Awareness: He's shown to be the most observant of the student council, with the extras saying that he can easily see others' secrets.
    • This is one of the reasons why he's a bit scared of Kaguya at first, as he can see through the side of hers that she is deliberately trying to hide, which is also why he doesn't think that Kaguya (Ice) treats him any differently than Kaguya usually does. He's seen her hidden side already.
    • In Chapter 160, he notices Kaguya and Shirogane on a date, despite Kaguya's attempt to avoid them.
  • Hypocrite:
    • Usually played for laughs, and often pointed out by Miko (or the narrator). For instance, he crushes any of the "four-eyed geeks" who try to impress Tsubame with their intelligent remarks despite himself being an otaku and countering their arguments to impress Tsubame.
    • Also, his tastes in anime are suprisingly generic for someone who complains about "normies" (his favorite movie is Your Name, and two of his favorite series are Sword Art Online and Oreimo).
  • Jerkass to One: To Miko. He's normally a nice guy (if somewhat inclined to put his foot in his mouth), but she notes during a drunken rant at Tsubame's Christmas party that he seems to exclusively be mean to her. The irony of this being that he's actually been looking out for and protecting her ever since middle school, he just doesn't tell her because it wouldn't be truly altruistic to hold good deeds over people's heads.
  • Knight In Sour Armor: Ishigami is a cynical man with a depressing view on the world, but he still is actually very idealistic, sees things mostly for what they are and respects and defends people who are earnestly putting an effort.
  • Lack of Empathy: Towards schoolmates with girlfriends:
    Tsubasa: I... had a fight with my girlfriend.
    Ishigami: Yeah, eat shit normie! Now go get yourself dumped!
  • Love Triangle: Shaping up to be in one between Tsubame and Miko with the ultimate payoff being in three months when Tsubame gives him her answer to confession he didn't know he gave and Miko can claim the heart pendant from the lost and found.
  • Love You and Everybody: Subverted when he offers a giant heart-shaped gift to Tsubame during the Devoted Hearts Festival (which is a sign of eternal love in-universe). Ishigami doesn't know the legend behind it due to having a very small social circle and was just giving it to her as thanks for all the times she's helped him out, but everyone else in the school interprets it as a Love Confession. Of course, Ishigami actually does have a crush on her and had been trying to find a way to confess, but he remains completely oblivious to the fact that he's already done so even after she asks him to set a deadline for her response.
  • 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.
  • Morality Pet: Kaguya is significantly kinder to him than she is to others once they fall into the Like Brother and Sister dynamic. So much so that she doesn't treat him any differently while Kaguya (Ice) is in control, something that not even Shirogane can lay claim to.
  • My God, What Have I Done?:
    • In chapter 37 he feels this way when him eating one of the two pieces of cake causes Shirogane and Kaguya to fight for he remaining one.
    • The flashback during Christmas Eve in Chapter 156 shows him hastily leaving Tsubame's house after she rejects his confession, but still offers to have sex with him out of sympathy. Iino points out that him leaving like that must have hurt Tsubame, too, which makes him feel even more miserable.
  • Nice Guy: It's even indicated in his name, Yu. 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 he refuses to let people mock Miko as he respects her work ethic even if they butt heads.
  • Noble Bigot: He is rather dismissive of girls' physical strength, but he never tried to force them to think the same way he does.
  • 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.
  • Not So Different: Despite some bickering on their part it is very obvious Ishigami and Iino are very similar to each other in some aspects, most notably on their sense of justice and being aware of people in need; while face to face they have some attrition, back to back they have stood for each other quite a few times without wanting to make the other know they have done so.
  • Otaku: He's into gaming, manga and anime, and likes to read light novels.
  • 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.
  • Protectorate: To Iino. She has stood up for him multiple times without his knowledge and always downplays his actions whenever she writes him up in a morals committe report. She also saved his life during winter break, keeping him from suffering a Staircase Tumble at the cost of breaking her arm.
  • Prophetic Name: He's named for the prince from The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter who was tasked by Princess Kaguya with retrieving a swallow's cowry, only to fall out of a tree and die (though he survives in some versions). Here, he's tasked by Kaguya with winning the hand of Tsubame Koyasu, and ends up falling down a flight of stairs after she turns down his love confession (only surviving because of Miko).
  • Rousseau Was Right: His character arc during the sports festival has him realize this. After coming in second in the relay race, he expects to get hatred and abuse from his teammates, but instead they congratulate him for doing his best and try to cheer him up. At this point he finally realizes that people are basically good and caring, but he was too busy shutting out the world to notice.
  • 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 and planning to die.
    • Him making Fujiwara run off crying.
  • 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.
  • Seers: His insight is entirely non-mystical in nature, but it fits the trope anyway, being an ability of inexplicable origin that isolates him from ordinary people.
  • Selective Obliviousness: He noticed early on that Kaguya seemed to be crushing on Shirogane, but after being threatened by her he retreated into a state of willful ignorance where he no longer notices the obvious signs.
  • Sempai/Kohai: The junior of Shirogane, Kaguya, and Fujiwara. Romantic variant goes to Tsubame, a third year he has a crush on.
  • Serious Business: He believes school clubs keep society from collapsing.
  • Ship Tease: Heavy amounts of it with Iino.
  • Significant Birth Date: His is on March 3rd, the day of Hinamatsuri. It's even more significant due to the fact that he shares it with Fujiwara, which is something that she hates.
  • Silent Scapegoat: He allowed the school body to consider him a violent stalker rather than risk Kyouko's boyfriend retaliating against her or even just having her hurt by the knowledge of what he'd done. However, he could not bring himself to give a false apology for something he hadn't done, which unnerved the boyfriend enough that he kept a distance from Kyouko anyway.
  • Single Girl Seeks Most Popular Guy: Gender Inverted. He has a crush on Tsubame, and actually acknowledges that she is completely out of his league. If it wasn't for Kaguya's encouragement, he never would have even bothered pursuing her.
  • 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.
  • Speaking Like Totally Teen: In Chapter 115 and later in Chapter 154, Ishigami tries to fit in with Tsubame and the other "normies" by using slang, but Onodera points out that what he picked up is outdated and makes him sound like an old man. It also doesn't help him understand Tsubame speaking in absolutely incomprehensible terms.
  • Stalker with a Crush: He's a social pariah because it's rumored he beat up the boyfriend of a girl he liked. The truth is more complicated: He considered the girl one of his only friends, so when he found out her boyfriend Ogino was cheating on her and being super sleazy about it he attacked him. Ogino was more popular and a good actor, so he managed to spin the situation into being attacked by a stalker but loyally sticking by his girlfriend.
  • Tall Poppy Syndrome: He feels intense hatred for students and groups perceived as popular, and at one time he tells Shirogane to tax them for being happy and successful. However, it's not that he resents all men with girlfriends but rather men with girlfriends who don't cherish them enough to prioritize them ahead of everything, such as focusing on soccer instead of going on a date.
  • 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.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: He goes out of his way to help Iino and cares a great deal about her happiness and dignity, in spite of their obvious dislike for each other. He has stated that while he dislikes her, he admires her determination.
  • 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.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: This is the reason he admires Shirogane, Kaguya and Tsubame so much, as they chose to see the best of him and made him arise from the emotional nadir he sunk into back in middle school.

    Miko Iino 

Miko Iino

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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.
  • Adaptational Early Appearance: She can be briefly seen during the credits sequence of the anime's finale, which is set 19 chapters before her introduction. In Volume 6's extra pages, she is shown from the back, looking at an election poster.
  • Animal Motif: Like Shirogane, she is also associated with dogs for her work ethic, though she is specifically compared to a chihuahua by Ishigami due to her being short and yelling ineffectually a lot.
  • 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: Her hunger for justice is matched only by her hunger for actual food, and she will always take the most portions whenever food is brought into the student council room. Shirogane takes advantage of this by putting her in charge of the food stalls during the culture festival to keep her from interfering with his Grand Romantic Gesture.
  • Black and White Insanity: Downplayed. She seems to classify people by whether they are good or bad, though she'll still fight for someone she thinks is bad if she believes they're being treated unfairly (as shown by her constantly looking out for Ishigami).
  • Bookworm: While she's never actually shown reading while at school (as doing so could potentially distract her from her duties on the student council or public morals committee), every single wall of her bedroom is covered in full bookcases. Her first bonding moment with Shirogane involved their shared love of poetry.
  • Brainy Brunette: She's the only brown haired member of the main cast, and she consistently has the highest marks among the freshman class.
  • Brutal Honesty: She is fine with openly telling people they are untrustworthy.
  • Can't Hold Her Liquor: She ends up getting drunk from eating alcohol-flavored chocolates at Tsubame's Christmas party (admittedly, she was binging on them). Everyone else at the party quickly agrees that she should never be allowed to go drinking once she comes of age, since it'll end up getting her into trouble.
  • Childhood Friends: She's been friends with Osaragi ever since elementary school.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: She leverages Ishigami's guilt over her broken arm to keep him away from his crush.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Not to the same extreme as Fujiwara, but her poetry is rather... weird.
  • Cosmetic Catastrophe: Downplayed. She tries wearing makeup for the first time when she attends Tsubame's Christmas party, putting on far too much blush and lipstick. While she doesn't look bad per se, Onodera advised her to take it off by the time the party started.
  • 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.
    • She got interested in reading what is heavily implied to be a BL magazine that Osaragi confiscated from a girl in one of the extra chapters.
    • She also seems to be a closet masochist, becoming flustered when she was tied up and teased by Makki-sen during the school festival and, much like Fujiwara, wanting to be forced and used.
    • Chapter 140 is an entire chapter of it. The cover has her reading a magazine that shows a shirtless boy. And when Tsubame invites Ishigami to her room on Christmas Eve, she's quick to suspect it's sexual in nature. And no matter how much Tsubame tries to explain it away, Iino's thought pattern just gets more and more perverted. At the end when Tsubame tries to explain she's inviting a bunch of people, Iino thinks she's setting up an orgy.
    • When Kashiwagi gives Kaguya a porn DVD in chapter 167, she recognizes the name of the lead actor.
  • 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.
  • Desperately Craves Affection: Given that her parents have been absent for most of her life due to their careers, she is starved for affection, and it's reflected in just about ever aspect of her character from her hobbies (listening to CDs of guys whispering words of encouragement and reading web novels designed for self-inserts), her habit of promoting justice (as it makes her feel closer to her parents that do humanitarian aid and work as a judge), and even her sleeping habits (using a giant teddy bear as a bed because lying in its arms gives her the feeling of a princess carry). She is also very quick to warm up to people who give her even the most basic of compliments, even if it's clear that they don't have the best of intentions.
  • 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.
  • Does Not Know How to Say "Thanks": After the election, she thanks Shirogane with a sulky expression on her face.
  • Diving Save: To protect Ishigami when he trips off a stairwell.
  • Elegant Classical Musician: She mentions during her first appearance that she's played piano ever since childhood, and one of the reasons she looks up to Fujiwara is due to her own skill with the insturment. However, she has never actually been shown playing up until the light novel. But due to a series of misunderstandings, she's literally confused with a ghost.
  • Entertainingly Wrong: After joining the student council and repeatedly walking in at the worst possible moment, she comes to the conclusion that the boys are sexually abusing the girls. In chapter 80, Osaragi points out that this can't be right (it's not in Kaguya's character to use words like "manwhore", for example) and encourages Miko to re-evaluate the situation. Unfortunately this causes her to come to the exact opposite conclusion, namely that Kaguya is an evil dominatrix who rules the student council with BDSM.
  • Extreme Doormat: Osaragi and Ishigami worry that she's going to be walked all over in her desperate need to feel needed and loved. In Doujin Edition, her marriage fantasy sounded like a battered wife trying to justify her abuse, and in the regular series she gets easily coerced into going places if she's complimented enough. Even her friendship with Fujiwara has shades of this that Ishigami has snarked that it's more like an abusive relationship at times with Fujiwara's willingness to embarrass Iino for fun and Iino's continued worship of her.
  • Fangirl: While she stated she was a fan of Sho Hirano, 140 shows she's quite the fangirl of him. Even willing to watch a movie that he's starring in, in her own words, ten billion times just for him.
  • Favouritism Flip Flop: She ignores Ishigami when he tells her that her habit of enforcing the rules by ordering everyone around will cause people to stop listening to her in chapter 72, only to immediately agree with Fujiwara's assessemnt when she says the same thing. Naturally, Ishigami lampshades this.
  • 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.
  • For Great Justice: Miko is all about promoting justice and morality, tends to classify people by whether they are good or bad, and is planning on attending law school when she graduates. According to her character profile in one of the volume extras, it's a habit she developed in order to feel closer to her often absent mother and father (who do humanitarian aid and work as a judge respectively).
  • 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.
  • Gender Flip: Ishidzukuri no Miko, her literary counterpart in The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter, was male.
  • Girlish Pigtails: In a reflection of her childish naiveté, she wears her hair in the same loose pigtails she had when she was a child.
  • Girls Love Stuffed Animals: She literally uses a giant teddy bear as a bed.
  • Hairstyle Inertia: She had the exact same hairstyle in childhood that she does in high school. Her Imagine Spot as an adult in chapter 10 of the Doujin spin-off also has this style.
  • Has a Type: She is into Sho Hirano. Ironically, despite her saying Shirogane isn't her type, it's later pointed out that he actually does look kind of like Sho Hirano . However, when Shirogane mentions that Sho Hirano actually looks more like Ishigami, she adamantly refuses to acknowledge their resemblance.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: She felt bad in chapter 75 just because she didn't collect as many bellmarks as everyone else despite being the one to suggest it in the first place.
  • Hero-Worshipper: She's looked up to Fujiwara ever since childhood. Likely because Fujiwara is loved by her peers and Miko, well- isn't.
  • Hidden Depths:
    • She acts a lot differently when texting, as she tends to overuse emoticons.
    • Later on, it is shown that she is an avid fan of thriller and horror books, as well as a fan and writer of poetry.
  • Hormone-Addled Teenager: Oh, she hungry. Iino has extremely off-the-wall ideas about what constitutes "inappropriate behavior". Putting it in decent terms, she tends to err by excess. This largely stems from her lack of contact with the opposite sex and her vivid imagination.
  • 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.
    • She also thinks Ishigami is a lazy bum who has no real redeeming qualities. Ironically, he is one of the first people who recognizes her efforts and one of the few people who keeps taking care of her (without her knowledge).
  • 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.
  • It Was a Gift: Back in Middle School, she received an anonymous letter of encouragement with a flower enclosed. Given that most people didn't recognize her hard work back then, she came to treasure it and had the flower laminated to keep as a good luck charm. It's suggested that Ishigami was the one to send the letter.
  • Kiddie Kid: While Miko is very intelligent, multiple people have noted that she is far too childish and naive for her own good. The author himself notes that her child-like idealistic views leave much room for her to mature.
  • Lawful Pushover: Miko's gullibility makes it very easy for others to trick her into letting them get away with things. She also tends to stand down if others insist on pushing back against her attempts to enforce the rules.
  • Love Martyr: Ishigami and Osaragi have both noted that she's at high risk for ending up in an abusive relationship due to her overly trusting nature and idealized views of romance.
  • 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.
  • The Napoleon: Although quite diminutive, she literally drags Ishigami around through force of will (and rope).
  • The Nose Knows: She instantly picks up on the fact that Kaguya is wearing perfume in Chapter 143. Bonus material mentions that she's like a small dog who can smell where food is.
  • 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.
  • Oblivious to Love: Despite her desire to be loved and her very idealistic views on love, the narration points out that Iino doesn't actually know how to love. She is constantly insecure about the people around her and doesn't realize that Ishigami in fact doesn't actually hate her and has been taking care of her since middle school without her knowledge. While in her drunken stupor she complains about Ishigami always acting like a jerk towards her, and she shows her jealousy towards Tsubame for being treated nicely by him. After the Christmas party, she keeps guilt-tripping him for saving him which resulted in her breaking her arm, and ruins his moments with Tsubame, to the point that even Maki realizes that things won't end well if she keeps acting so stubbornly.
  • Odd Friendship: Onodera, from what little is known of her personality, doesn't seem like the kind of person that'd be friends with Miko, but the two apparently grew rather close when they were on the Culture Festival committee together.
  • An Odd Place to Sleep: She sleeps in the arms of a giant teddy bear while covered in her childhood blanket. The reason for this is twofold: the discomfort means she only gets about 4 hours of sleep a night (and can therefor devote more waking time to studying), and it gives her the feeling of a Bridal Carry.
  • Omnidisciplinary Lawyer: Averted. When the topic of future careers comes up in chapter 111, she mentions that law is a very broad subject and that she isn't sure what her focus of study would be.
  • 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.
    • Her horrible sense of timing. She always manages to arrive at the worst possible time.
    • She has a tendency to piss 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. When Onodera sees her room for the first time, it's also revealed that she has a literal security blanket that she can't sleep without.
  • Sempai/Kohai: She looks up to Fujiwara as her sempai, though the relationship is very unhealthy. Ishigami directly compares her to an abused lover.
  • Shorter Means Smarter: She's 147 cm tall (approximately 4' 10''), and she has the highest grades in her class.
  • Significant Birth Date: Her birthday is May 5th, Children's Day, reflecting her childish naivete.
  • Sour Prude: Played with. She has a penchant for getting the wrong impression about the saucy happenings of the Student Council, assuming that they're just pervert horndogs. This implies that she is Not So Above It All and that she's Love Hungry, because in reality the Student Council is nowhere as kinky as she thinks it is.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": The fan translations spell her last name as "Iino", while the Viz translation uses "Ino".
  • 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.
  • Thinks Like a Romance Novel: Miko dreams of a man - a prince - who is always looking after her, understands how she feels and comes to her rescue when she is in distress. Both Fujiwara and Shirogane point out that the man Miko is looking for only exists in her dreams. The Dramatic Irony is that there already is such a person in her life that fits her ideals, and has the same idea of justice and altruistic love that she has. She just doesn't see the kindness Ishigami has shown to her. When she starts to see, she doesn't realize that she's starting to love him.
  • 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. There's also the fact that neither tells the other how they keep each other from harm. Iino did her best to keep Ishigami from being expelled in middle school and shields him from the other public morals committee members, while Ishigami secretly (and sometimes openly) does his best to spare her from humiliation or keeps her away from suspicious people. However, since they both think true altruism doesn't need any recognition, neither of them knows and interprets each other's actions as being hostile.
  • 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.
    • When he passes her Kaguya's heart pendant during the cultural festival, she's clearly shaken even though she knows he was just handing it off so it could be taken to the lost and found. She's seen visiting it later waiting to be able to take it home in three months, the same time that Tsubame intends to answer his confession.
    • The flashback in Chapter 156 shows her calling him dumb that he rejected Tsubame's offer to have sex with him, and Ishigami ends up telling her to leave him alone. However, she returns and saves him from harm when he trips and she ends up breaking her arm.
  • 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.
  • What Is This Thing You Call "Love"?: She definitely feels something beyond mere gratitude toward Ishigami after his actions during the culture festival, but can't quite put it into words. Her friends are quick to figure it out.
  • 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".
  • When You Coming Home, Dad?: Miko's parents are rarely home due to their jobs (her father is a high ranking judge and her mother does humanitarian work). She doesn't seem to be bothered by it (or at the very least has convinced herself that she isn't) and developed her sense of justice to feel closer to them.
  • 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.

Former Members

    Previous Student Council President 

Previous Student Council President

Shirogane's predecessor on the student council who had originally recruited him to be the General Affairs officer.
  • Commissar Cap: He wears one as part of his student council uniform, which helps to give him an air of athourity.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Much like with his sucessor, he's only ever referred to by his title. Unlike with Shirogane though, his real name has yet to be revealed.
  • Nice Guy: While very little is seen about his personality (as he only appears in flashbacks), he was the first person in the school to reach out to Shirogane.
  • Student Council President: He held the role before Shirogane.

    Momo Ryuju 

Momo Ryuju

President of the Astronomy club and daughter of the local yakuza boss. Prior to Shirogane's election as president, she had served as the student council treasurer.

  • Dare to Be Badass: She's the one who originally encouraged Shirogane to wear the mask of a confident genius in order to attract Kaguya.
  • Debt Detester: Chapter 136 reveals that she owed Shirogane a favor. It's unknown what he did for her, but whatever it was it was enough for her to stay up all night helping him prepare his Grand Romantic Gesture for Kaguya.
  • Gamer Chick: Her Establishing Character Moment has her hanging out on the roof of the school while playing games on her phone.
  • Girls Love Stuffed Animals: She owns a Tiny Headed Pip, which she uses as a pillow.
  • Grumpy Bear: She's angry in pretty much every scene she's ever been in.
  • Irony: She previously served as treasurer for the student council, not the sort of position you'd expect the daughter of a crime boss to be appointed.
  • Nice Hat: She always wears a white hat.
  • Not So Different: To Ishigami, of all people. Both of them are gamers, served as the student council treasurer, and are shown to have a belligerent relationship with a specific authority figure.
  • One Steve Limit: Averted. There's another Momo listed on the first-year class ranking in chapter 105.
  • Perpetual Frowner: The closest she's gotten to a smile is a look of neutral annoyance.
  • Prophetic Name: She's named after the Jewel from a Dragon's Neck, the gift that Shirogane's namesake was tasked with finding in order to win the hand of Princess Kaguya in The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter. She's also the one that helped Shirogane set up his Grand Romantic Gesture (which just so happened to be a giant balloon playing the part of a pearl surrounded by a dragon).
  • Shipper with an Agenda: She's the one who initially pushed Shirogane to pursue Kaguya. She didn't have any vested interest in their relationship though, she just found his constant moping over Kaguya ignoring him annoying.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: This appears to be her relationship with the Kendo Team Captain, due to their families being on opposite sides of the law.
  • Sitting on the Roof: Justified. It's mentioned in the light novel that her role as the Astronomy Club president means that she is the only student with a personal key to get onto the roof.
  • Theme Naming: She's one of the many people named after Kaguya-hime's impossible tasks. In particular, she takes her name from Ootomo no Miyuki (Shirogane's namesake)'s task item, the Jewel from a Dragon's Neck.
  • Yakuza Princess: Her parents are the head of the Ryujugumi. Erika and Karen both think that she'd have them offed if they piss her off, and she doesn't exactly do a good job of convincing them otherwise.
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