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The Student Council President (seitokaicho in Japanese) is the Club President for the Absurdly Powerful Student Council, and the Class Representative for the whole school.

Depending on the series, he or she may be a Supporting Leader, the Alpha Bitch, the Big Bad, The Messiah, The Ojou, The White Prince, a Magnificent Bastard or just another student. Note that some of these tropes can overlap.

In terms of rank, about the only authority trope arguably as low as this is the Landlord. For the next step down, see Absurdly Powerful Student Council and Class Representative. For the next step up, see Schoolteachers.

Examples of Student Council President include:


Anime & Manga


Film

  • Richard Bagg in National Lampoon's Van Wilder: Party Liaison, an obnoxious frat boy who sits on the voting panel for expelling students.
  • Rachel Witchburn in Sydney White, who happens to be the Alpha Bitch and maybe the Big Bad..


Literature

  • Double Subverted in Daniel Pinkwater's Young Adult Novel. The president of the Himmler High School student council has no real authority, and Kevin Shapiro didn't want the position anyway. Yet the overwhelming popularity that elected him to that position also makes him king of the school.


Live Action TV

  • Martin Qwerly from Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide. Technically, he was VP and the weasel was president. Also, he only ever did one thing ( justified the late appearance of got the outside lunch area set) - more Truth in Television than Absurdly Powerful Student Council.
  • Daphnie Powell from No Ordinary Family.
  • Duncan Kane from Veronica Mars.
  • From Degrassi the Next Generation there's Ashley Kerwin, Liberty Van Zandt, Holly J. Sinclair and Sav Bhandari, in that order. In the begining of the series the popular but serious Ashley was going to run unopposed but her step brother got his class-clown friend to run against her. The spoiled Holly J was unopposed for her first three years of High School but faced, and lost a stiff election in senior year to Sav.
  • Paris Gellar (former socially-awkward Alpha Bitch, still awkward) served in this capacity during the third season of Gilmore Girls. She was only able to get elected by having Rory as her VP to soften her image (people respected Paris' abilities and focus, but were terrified/put-off by her personality so she needed a softer, friendlier running mate who would have her back). Turned into major drama when the Senior-class Rep (a previously unseen Alpha Bitch at the school) felt she was getting snubbed in meetings (her not-so-great ideas were just being dismissed right away by Paris) and went all Machiavelli using Paris' social insecurities. Eventually, she helped push Paris back into full-on Alpha Bitch mode against Rory for a while, but never really seemed to get anything out of it for herself.


Video Games

  • Jin Kisaragi from Blaz Blue. Aside from being able to graduate at the top of his class and gaining the rank of "Major" at an Improbable Age.
  • Mitsuru Kirijo from Persona 3.
  • This is Luna Platz's aim in Megaman Star Force 3.
  • Homura Akai in Tokimeki Memorial 2, and when she graduates, her Arch Enemy kohai Mei Ijuin takes the mantle. Let's just say that neither of them are your typical anime and video game Student Council President : the first is a lazy Tomboy who was forcefully put in that role by the school headmaster, who hoped to make her a better student, and she instead used that opportunity to make things fun and wacky ; the second is a quirky Mad Scientist Tsundere. Hilarity Ensues.
    • In Tokimeki Memorial 4, Deuteragonist Yuu Satsuki is the Student Council President of the Modern Kirameki Saga, and when she graduates, main heroine Maki Hoshikawa takes the mantle. Unlike ther Hibikino counterparts above, they take the role seriously, Yuu especially.
  • Kyoka Oneesama from Yin-Yang! -Xchange Alternative-. Not only is Mistress Saionji Kyoka Oneesama the school council president, but she also does nearly all of the work of the student council - the rest of us are just her pets&sex slaves (Yes, really. It's that kind of game.)


Visual Novels


Web Comics

  • Matt Cohen of El Goonish Shive is school council president at Moperville North, and head of the absurdly powerless student council. This generally means that he has to go along with whatever hair-brained scheme the principal is currently using to "preserve order" and "save the students from themselves." Despite being told to stick to the cards when making the announcement about the uniforms, he manages to get his contempt for the whole system across quite well.
  • In Precocious Dionne manages to win the student council elections on a campaign of open corruption. Considering that they only have a council because the students revolted it shouldn't be too surprising.
  • Tyler is the class president of PS238, despite the fact that he never ran for election. This was do to the fact that everyone in the class hated the two actual candidates and voted for him as a write-in candidate. So far his duties as class president have consisted entirely of holding a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new computer lab.


Web Original

  • Andrea Valandingham from Survival of the Fittest version three, who seems to be more on the heroic side and is good friends with several of the other councilors. Along with being one of the smartest people in the school.
  • Ledah Rozwelli of Dept Heaven Apocrypha, inspired by the voiced drama for his canon where he had the same role.


Western Animation

  • Subverted in Invader Zim -- the Student Council President turns out to have none of the power it is perceived as having, and is actually brainwashed by the school, making it a PoliticalPuppet.
  • Tad and Chad on The Fairly Odd Parents.
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