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Weiss: I was thinking we could be on the team together.
Pyrrha: Well, that sounds grand!
Weiss: Great! [turns around with smirk and clasping hands, monologuing to self] This will be perfect! The smartest girl in class combined with the strongest girl in class! Together we will be unstoppable! I can see it now! We'll be popular! We'll be celebrities! We'll get perfect grades! Nothing could come between us now!

Similar to the Class Representative in her concern for anything school related and like the Alpha Bitch in how ambitious she is, this character is aggressive in her academic superiority. She will act like she's in charge and decide who gets to do what. She's no shy Bookworm. This can be a male character, but for some reason, probably because both Men Are Uncultured and Higher Education Is for Women, you can expect a female in the role.

They'll be found in a show that has a private school or a large cast as the one who will fight to be the best but is somehow still popular. The natural Student Council President but not necessarily the only one. Unlike a regular Alpha Bitch she is rarely glamorous and much more likely to be a friend sooner or later like the Lovable Alpha Bitch. She can often be the Beta Bitch.


The academic subtrope of The Perfectionist and Alpha Bitch. Compare to Insufferable Genius and Nerdy Bully. Compare also with Go-Getter Girl.

The polar opposite is the Kindhearted Simpleton. Also contrast Gentleman and a Scholar.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Classroom of the Elite: Suzune is an exceptional student and she knows it, but her brother indicates that she's been assigned to Class-D because she can't work with others. She does try an intervention with the three dumbest students, but because she's constantly insulting them, they walk out, and she immediately decides to let them fail out of the school and stop dragging on Class-D as a whole.
  • Death Note: Light Yagami is a male example, especially after he found the notebook. He is one of the best students in the country, is very popular among his peers and teachers and is very success-oriented. He is also a Control Freak with a god complex and a Hair-Trigger Temper.
  • Erina Nakiri of Food Wars! starts off as this. She's exceptionally beautiful, intelligent, the heiress of a very important family in the culinary world, and has the talent to back it all up. However, after her Character Development settles in, she becomes more of a Lovable Alpha Bitch.
  • High School Of The Dead: Prior to the outbreak, Saya was the smartest girl at Fujimi Highschool - and it shows. Her nigh-encyclopaedic intellect and analytical ability has enabled her to quickly and accurately assess a situation on repeat occasions, which has saved Takashi and the others several times. But (in the anime) it's also made her almost unbearable at times, between lauding her intellectual superiority and being a major Tsundere.
  • In His and Her Circumstances, main character Yukino Miyazawa starts as this. She aspires to be the #1 in her class and is not pleased when Arima steals her top spot, along with the admiration she feels should be hers. Later, however, Yukino becomes a Broken Ace: when she relaxes and then she and Arima start dating, she realizes that she was so focused on being the best student in her year that she hasn't made any real friends and can barely interact with other people.
  • Kaguya from Kaguya-sama: Love Is War fits this trope to a T early on in the series, looking down on all those that she views as her intellectual inferiors. It remains a subtle part of her character even after her defrosting, as seen by her actions when she appoints himself as Ishigami's Romantic Wingman (have him obsessively study to impress Tsubame with his grades and encourage Tsubame to cruelly turn down any other potential boyfriends).
  • Student Council President Kiryuin Satsuki in Kill la Kill takes this trope to the logical extreme; she runs the school like a Social Darwinist totalitarian autocracy.
  • In Little Witch Academia, Diana Cavendish, as pictured above. She's well-known for being the best student in the Wizarding School and sees magic as a noble art, in contrast to Akko, who wants it to be fun. She has some Hidden Depths, though, and saves Akko at the end of the original short. It's toned down in the series adaptation where she more reserved, but still aloof and condescending to Akko's dumber antics.
  • Magical Doremi has an elementary school version in Reika Tamaki. She's a very pretty, very booksmart, and very arrogant girl who is the Class Representative of Doremi, Hazuki and Aiko's class and always rubs on everyone's faces how charming, cute, smart and powerful she is.
  • B-ko (Biko) Daitokuji from Project A-ko, although a bit downplayed because her rivalry with Sitcom Archnemesis A-ko tends to be more physical than intellectual. She has all the hallmarks of a standard Alpha Bitch (beautiful, rich, bratty, self-centered, head of the local Girl Posse she uses as flunkies) but doubles down by also being a top student with a genius-level intellect (she builds giant robots and advanced powersuits in her spare time, usually to take down A-ko).
  • Sailor Moon: Ami Mizuno/Sailor Mercury, of all people, once showed tendencies of this in the Exam Battles specials; upon discovering that a mysterious boy named Mercurius had her same scores in all tests, she started going mad and trying to understand how it was possible, and when she accidentally mistook an hostile Genius Loci for him she gleefully attacked the enemy, content of having an excuse. Minako Aino/Sailor Venus promptly declared she'll stop studying for fear of being murdered by her.

    Comic Strips 
  • Big Nate gives us Gina, one of Nate's archrivals. She's the smartest girl and even beats out Nate's best friend Francis for smartest kid in some parts. She's also a notorious rule-follower and Teacher's Pet, partially why she and Nate clash so often. Nate's friends though think of it as a love-hate relationship.

    Fan Works 
  • Returning shows that Ravenclaw is plagued with them, and Rose comes close to becoming one.
  • Rick and Morty New Drama Adventures: Courtney is shown to be the best academic in school, and she knows it. She takes her classes very seriously, but, as can be seen in Chapter 7 "Summertime", Courtney is very ambitious and takes it upon herself to solve her friend's problems by suggesting to Bridgette that Rick be institutionalized or arrested to "protect the poor children".
  • Unlike the rest of her popular friends, Trixie Tang in Silent Wish takes her academics very seriously. She's also bratty, though a lot of it is to hide her Hidden Heart of Gold.

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    Films — Live-Action 
  • When Elle gets to Harvard Law in Legally Blonde she faces Vivian Kensington, a horrible preppy girl who tries to make her look bad in front of the professor. Vivian is a threat to Elle because she's a smart, serious, law student. Later, however, Vivian and Elle start interacting more, and become sort-of Fire-Forged Friends.
  • Taylor McKessie of High School Musical is the president of the science club at East High and a member of the school's national decathlon team. She wants Gabriella to join the team to beat their rivals in West High and does get involve to sabotage Gabriella's growing relationship with Troy to better get her in and keep the status. She does grow out of this when she realizes what a Jerkass move she pulled and becomes nicer.
  • Overachieving high school student Tracy Flick is running unopposed for Student Council President in Election.
  • Harriet Bentley in Wild Child is a very good example, being the "head girl" of the school and making Poppy's life miserable. She ends up being expelled when accidentally confessed that she was the responsible of a fire which Poppy was blamed.
  • School of Rock: Summer is a mild example. She is obsessed with getting more gold stars than anyone else but just tries to get as many as possible for herself and never tries to sabotage anyone else.

  • Ethel Hallow of The Worst Witch. The narration describes her as "one of those lucky people for whom everything always goes right". She excels at all her classes but continuously rubs it in everyone's face. The TV series emphasises this by giving her only one friend in Drucilla.
  • Hermione Granger is this at first in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. She spends most of her first scenes bragging about all the spells she's read up on in advance, and showing off in class. She undergoes Character Development and becomes friends with Harry and Ron pretty soon however. According to Word of God there was a character planned to fill this role in the fourth book: a Weasley cousin called Mafalda who would get sorted into Slytherin and become Hermione's academic rival. She was dropped due to her age limiting story potential; as there would be a three year difference between the girls, they would share no classes and have few opportunities to interact.
  • Hating Alison Ashley: Erica, the main character, is this. Probably the only smart student in her ill-famed school, she is an ambitious and extremely arrogant girl who believes herself superior to all her stupid classmates. When a rich and intelligent girl named Alison is placed in her class, Erica starts hating and antagonizing her because she is jealous of how Alison outshines her academically (not just because she's rich) and is loved by all the teachers.
  • In Speak, the Marthas are a group of girls led by an Alpha Bitch trio, Meg, Emily and Siobhan, who spend their time doing community service projects, but are very exclusive as to who they allow to join, look down on unpopular students and are harsh towards their junior members. It's hinted that the newer members are the ones doing most of the actual work—when it's time to decorate the ballroom for the senior prom, Meg, Emily and Siobhan delegate all the work to their juniors so they can get their nails painted and teeth whitened.
  • Winifred from Ballet Shoes is this from a performing perspective. She's the best all-round student the academy has and is used to getting all the lead roles because of it. As such, she is not happy when she suddenly starts having to compete with the slightly more charismatic (and definitely more beautiful) Pauline Fossil. In the 2007 film when Pauline gets cast as Alice, Winifred throws a tantrum and screams that the casting has "nothing whatsoever to do with talent!"

    Live-Action TV 
  • 13 Reasons Why has two particularly unlikable examples:
    • Marcus Cole. He vies for school valedictorian, mentions his grades, Ivy League aspirations, or student body presidency in practically every scene he's in. He wants everyone to think he's The Ace (even if he's a jerk who treats girls horribly), thinks the world will end if he doesn't get to Harvard, and is willing to resort to very underhanded and cruel actions to protect his reputation, even framing people for serious crimes.
    • Courtney Crimsen. She's focused on academics, popular, and organizes many events in school. On the exterior, she seems to be a sweet Go-Getter Girl but, like Marcus, is actually a selfish Bitch in Sheep's Clothing who willingly harms others to protect her reputation. She even pulls some typical Alpha Bitch moves like starting rumors and excluding people.
  • A.P. Bio: Sarika, the Indian-American go-getter, sits at the front of the class and is consistently the most resistant student to Jack's staunch refusal to teach biology. Even her own mother believes that she needs to calm down and enjoy herself a little.
  • Boy Meets World: Topanga counted up her 'A's for the year, and insisted that her final assignment get an A, even though it wasn't for the grade, just to ensure valedictorian status over Minkus. In Girl Meets World, despite being happily married, a mother of two kids, and a successful attorney, when she's reunited with her former English teacher, she insists he changes an A- he once gave her.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer reveals that the stereotypical Alpha Bitch Cordelia Chase scores well on standardised tests as a gag. She also did well enough academically to get into top schools.
    "What? I can't have layers?"
  • Community: Annie Kim, an intensely competitive student who develops a rivalry with Annie Edison. Also, hotshot debater Jeremy Simmons ("Debating 109") and high school achievers Mark, Kelly, and Scott ("The Art of Discourse") in Season 1.
  • Degrassi:
    • Season one has Ashley Kerwin who is popular and is glad for her unchallenged status for Student Council President.
    • Seasons 5 has Liberty Van Zandt who becomes Student Council President and then fights to be valedictorian.
    • Holly J. Sinclair becomes Student Council President in season nine so she could do things her way.
    • The "mean girl" from the original series Degrassi Junior High, Kathleen, is one of the smartest and most obnoxious students. Among other things, she drives a science fair judge crazy by reciting every stack of facts she knows, never giving her partner a chance to talk, and is shocked when that doesn't earn her first prize. She also serves as a foil to Caitlin (the other overachieving Go-Getter Girl) who can't stand Kathleen's Jerkass attitude.
  • Drake & Josh: Mindy, an intelligent and boastful girl in the boys' class at school who is always trying to top her rival Josh. She eventually gets better from this, after she gets with Josh.
  • Freaks and Geeks: Shelley Weaver, Lindsay's mathlete rival, complete with prim and proper attitude and patronizing comments.
  • Gilmore Girls: The first time that Rory meets Paris Geller at Chilton Academy, Paris tells her how she's going to be editor of the school paper and valedictorian, ending with, "You'll never catch up. You'll never beat me. This school is my domain and the Franklin is my domain. And don't you ever forget that." Rory does catch up, edging Paris out for valedictorian, and though Paris' personality retains its intensity, they become close friends.
  • Head of the Class: Alan Pinkard is none too pleased that others in the high IQ class do as well as he does, even better sometimes. And he was really pissed that 11 year old Janice was in his high school - and more pissed that she left early to go to Harvard, which is where he wants to go. He and Darlene were neck-and-neck when it came time to declare a class valedictorian, but the school's powers that be decided to make another girl, TJ, valedictorian instead because of the challenges she'd had to overcome.
  • Kenan & Kel has Janet, a smug brainy girl. is frequently at odds with the titular protagonists. One episode has her giving a brown-nosing book report that lasts for the entire class.
  • Modern Family: Alex Dunphy is a stereotypical Alpha Academic, often fretting before examinations and sacrificing social activities to study.
  • ‘’Mr. Iglesias’’ has Whitney Carson, an honors student who looks down on the underprivileged kids in Mr. Iglesias’s class. She’s rich, too, and uses her money to get perks to get ahead of her classmates in tests and grades.
  • Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide:
    • Evelyn takes being the top student at Polk disturbingly seriously, to the extent that she'll physically injure you to get ahead.
    • Male example in Lance Widget, a nerdy bully who never hesitates to insult the people he tutors.
  • The O.C.: Taylor Townsend is introduced as a competitive, power-grabbing overachiever who quickly assumed the Student Social Chair position after Marissa is expelled. With her early behavior especially towards Summer, she was a combination of Manipulative Bitch and Go-Getter Girl (she gets better later on, when the Manipulative Bitch part is toned down).
  • Sabrina the Teenage Witch: Libby is usually just the typical Alpha Bitch cheerleader. However, there's an episode where Sabrina uses her magic to turn Libby into a nerd because she believed that it would teach her a lesson in humility and kindness. This ends up backfiring when Libby takes over the Science Club and starts bullying her old friends in the cheerleading squad. Libby also averts the ditziness usually associated with being the Alpha Bitch, and does occasionally mock Sabrina when she gets better grades than her. One episode where Sabrina is forced to find out more about Libby has her discovering that she works harder to improve her math homework.
    Quizmaster: You didn't know Libby was bad at math?
    Sabrina: No, what surprises me is that she cares that she's bad at math.
  • Strange Days At Blake Holsey High: Corrine Baxter has a very strong competitive streak.
  • The Worst Witch: The TV series adds an original character, Deirdre Swoop from the rival Pentangles Academy. She's the prize student and helps the school win numerous competitions, which she doesn't fail to rub everyone else's noses in. Fortunately, she mellows out by the time she appears in the spin-off Weirdsister College - and becomes a teacher at Cackle's later in her life.

    Professional Wrestling 
  • Scott Steiner comes from a highly educated university, so when he comes out here in front of all you white trash, he has to dumb himself down!
  • Not only is The Lovely Lacey better looking than you without the aid of silicone, not only is she the best wrestler in all time and space, but her family could afford to send her to a better college than yours, so she's also smarter than you! The exception was Ring of Honor, where she was a part of the rich kid raver druggie group Special K, and part of her Heel–Face Turn implied finishing her college degree.
  • Christopher Nowinsky was initially a Jerk Jock, but when he earned a WWE contract and started appearing on their television programs, his graduation from Harvard became his most important trait, and he became this trope instead.
  • The Two Time, Two Time All American American Jack Swagger is not only an All American twice over, but is both an athletic and academic All American. And he's a tall, natural blond This makes him better than you in every conceivable way.
  • Ryback, of all people, became this after his Face–Heel Turn, proclaiming that John Cena fans knew nothing about nutrition or education, and that killing John Cena was the only way to save them from their path of self destruction. After his inevitable loss to Cena however, Ryback degenerated into a generic bully, then turned face.
  • Niya Barela became this after completing her doctorate, claiming not only greater knowledge and higher intelligence than her peers, but also boasting and attempting to prove she spoke with a "higher linguistic acumen" than they did. Or in the case of her fellow educated Puerto Rican La Rosa Negra, better education and fluency in English.
  • Daniel "The Progressive Liberal" Richards loves to trace the problems of whatever area he happens to be wrestling in to the lack of higher education among it's adult residents and urge them to push their children to pursue what they neglected. His degrees are also what apparently allow him to win so many matches.

  • Ocean O'Connell-Rosenberg of Ride The Cyclone. Before her untimely death due to roller coaster derailment, she was choir president for nearly four years, student council president for two, and had gotten straight "A"'s since she was in kindergarten. She founded an improv group to help her best friend Constance Blackwood gain confidence with public speaking... except every "improv" came with a patronizingly moralistic script, and she would attack Constance's already fragile self esteem for deviating from their rehearsed material. In life, Ocean's ambition drove her to measure her self worth by her achievements, and she held all her "friends" in the choir to her impossibly high standards. In death she was even worse, gleefully telling the other choir members who perished in the same roller coaster accident that the only tragedy of their collective death was her own wasted potential.

    Video Games 
  • The head of the popular clique in Our Darker Purpose, Regan, a master of both social manipulation and dark magics. (Although only the latter is actually seen.)
  • Kameo from True Love Junai Monogatari is a Rare Male Example, always bragging about his academic accoplishments. He's also a bit of a Cloud Cuckoo Lander at times, though.
  • Subverted by Makoto Nijima from Persona 5, who isn't one but is mistakenly believed to be (which includes the Protagonist and his companion Ann Takamaki). For example, the Protagonist can hear some girls gossiping about how she knew what Kamoshida was doing but hid it because she's only pretending to care about the student body. (The truth is that she was furious and blamed herself for him being unpunished for so long, but felt she didn't have the power to do anything.)

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    Web Comics 
  • In Anecdote of Error, Shimei shows off her knowledge every chance she gets, in order to stick it to Atshi whose grades are terrible even on non-magical subjects. She is personally offended that Atshi attended their school despite having no magical ability, and being a housekeeper on top of that.

    Western Animation 
  • The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius: Cindy Vortex is a popular, athletic and intelligent girl, but she has a mean streak quite big and does not like Jimmy for having usurped her position as smartest kid.
  • Braceface: Nina Harper is the most popular girl in her grade at her and Sharon Spitz's school, but completely averts Popular Is Dumb in that she's a straight-A student, being particularly gifted in the subjects of math and science. Given how intimidating Nina can be (even some of her teachers appear to be scared of her!), no-one would dare to call her "nerdy"!
  • Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil: Kendall Perkins, straight A student and class president, tends to be bossy and dismissive towards other people.
  • The Owl House has Amity Blight, a young witch-in-training who seems deliberately patterned off of Diana Cavendish of Little Witch Academia fame in everything from her attitude toward those she sees as inferiors to the moments where her Hidden Heart of Gold comes through.
  • Pepper Ann: PA's rival Alice Kane - an arrogant overachiever who always wins the science fair and rubs her accomplishments in PA's face.
  • The Simpsons: Lisa prides herself on her intelligence and always coming top of the class with straight 'A's. One episode has her world collapsing when she gets her very first B; another deals with an even brighter girl joining her class and Lisa's utter jealousy of her, and another when she skipped a grade and was no longer the big fish in a small pond. As the series went on, she also developed a rivalry with fellow smart student Martin Prince to the point that in the episode "Dial 'N' for Nerder", when Martin is apparently killed by a prank of Bart gone wrong, she instantly assumes that said rivalry will be seen by the police as motive enough to commit murder.
  • Static Shock: Madelyne Spaulding, a stuck-up "Little Miss Perfect" type who tried running for class president but failed to gain enough supporters to get on the ballot. Her latent abilities as a Bang Baby then manifested, which allowed her to control people like puppets, or "brain puppets", and be able to read minds. She couldn't control Static's mind because of his electrical abilities, but she was able to enter his mind and learn his secret identity. Madelyne then used her powers to try and take over Dakota so she would definitely become student council president.
  • Total Drama has Courtney, a stuck-up perfectionist overachiever whose motto is "If you can't come in first don't come in at all." She gets worse as the series goes on.


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