(Spoiler warning: This list of 10 Classroom of the Elite characters contains spoilers from the light novel.)
Classroom of the Elite is one of the best high school anime that amazed many fans with its exciting plotline. The series is based on a light novel written by Syougo Kinugasa and illustrated by Shunsaku Tomose.
The series revolves around a school filled with elite students fighting to be deemed eligible for Class A, to which the most capable students belong.
There are a lot of amazing scenes that the anime didn’t adapt from the light novel, and many details are not stated. Considering that, aren't you curious about who really are the brightest students in the series?
10. Horikita Suzune
Horikita Suzune is one of the supporting characters in the series. She belongs to Class D along with Ayanokojie. She is known as an aloof girl and hates relying on others. This makes her classmates despise her attitude.
Armed with her intimidating aura, Horikita is always on her own since she doesn’t trust anyone but herself. She’s also the younger sister of former Student Council President, Horikita Manabu, who was one of the most respected and dignified students on the whole campus. Manabu, her brother truly detests her because, to him, she’s a incompetent person who is determined to follow in her brother's footsteps and can’t do anything on her own.
Because of this, Horikita's biggest wish is to be acknowledged by her own brother by beating all the Classes, especially Class A.
Horikita is the leader of Class D despite her bad attitude and can be considered one of the smartest in her class. According to Ayanokojie, Horikita is a good leader who is still evolving. If Horikita develops her communication skills, she’s sure to be a formidable leader feared and respected by every class.
9. Ichinose Honami
Ichinose Honami is also one of the characters in the series and a central figure in Class B. Unlike other students, Ichinose is popular even among the students in the higher-ranking classes because of her approachable nature.
Compared to other leaders in every class, Ichinose doesn’t typically want to destroy other classes in order for them to be on top. She’s known as a Pacifist person and wants to make every student from each class, making her really popular among everyone.
Despite her friendly attitude towards her rivals, Ichinose is truly an intelligent student who is acknowledged by Ayanokojie. She’s the only student throughout the series who saw through her plans once during the Zodiac Special Exam on Cruise Ship (Volume 4). Among all the classes, Class B, under the leadership of Ichinose, is the most united and most cooperative, making her class a formidable opponent.
8. Katsuragi Kohei
Katsuragi Kohei is one of the supporting characters who belong to Class A, the highest-ranking of all classes. He is a sharp and cunning person and could be considered the 2nd brightest student in Class A.
During the Uninhabited Island Exam (Volume 3), Katsuragi led Class A with a magnificent plan that could beat any class. Unfortunately, it was countered by Ayanokojie without his knowledge. Ayanokojie admitted that Katsuragi is a brilliant person, especially compared to regular students, and he wasn’t reckless enough to do things that could harm his class.
Many people wonder why Katsuragi looks old despite being a high school student. It was mentioned that Katsuragi had a particular illness that affected his body, and one of the effects was the hair loss. Despite that, Katsuragi isn't ashamed of his appearance and instead earns the respect of his followers using his intellect.
Despite being in Class A, Katsuragi has trouble leading the class since, Sakayanagi, a fellow classmate, wants to be the leader believing that Katsuragi isn’t capable enough to be one. Half of Class A is on Katsuragi’s side while the other half supports Sakayanagi, thus, splitting the class right into two and creating a lot of trouble for Katsuragi.
7. Ryuen Kakeru
Ryuen Kakeru is one of the supporting characters and the leader of Class C. Unlike any other leader, Ryuen leads the class using terror and dictatorship so no one can defy him. Among the class leaders, he is probably the most dangerous of all.
He is the embodiment of a rule breaker. Rules just don't exist for him. Ryuen will do anything to gain what he wants, regardless of the process. He always uses cruelty and brutality in his actions, making everyone afraid of him.
Despite his inhumane nature, Ryuen is one of the most competent characters in the series, even though he is just in Class-C. Although he uses dirty tactics as part of his plans, he doesn’t get caught because of his flawless schemes that only Ayanokojie and Sakayanagi can beat him at.
He isn't scared of the consequences of his actions because there is literally nothing that can frighten him.
6. Ichika Amasawa
Ichika Amasawa is one of the junior students and supporting characters in the series. She’s someone who’s obsessed with Ayanokojie since she has known him at the very young age.
She is one of the few people who knows the true identity of Ayanokojie. She knows that he is extraordinarily smart, even more than anyone can even imagine.
Just like Ayanokojie, we catch only a glimpse of her abilities, but, so far, it seems that she’s just like mini version of Ayanokojie. She tried to test Ayanokojie by trying to expel him with other juniors, but Ayanokojie realized it and countered her.
During the special exam (Volume 15) that had students from different years competing against each other, Ichika beats Horikita and Ibuki in hand-to-hand combat with ease to stop them from approaching Ayanokojie knowing that they would become a hindrance to him. She even possesses tremendous strength like Ayanokojie, which makes her both physically and intellectually superior to most students.
5. Koenji Rokusuke
Koenji Rokusuke is one of the most mysterious characters in the series, especially considering that he is almost as powerful as Ayanokojie. Unlike Ayanokojie, Koenji doesn’t hide his capabilities. But he chooses to ignore his powers and only use them when absolutely necessary.
He is the second physically strongest when it comes to physique and much more superior to Horikita when it comes to intellect. Despite that, he doesn’t care about others, especially his class, because he knows he can enter Class A without the help of anyone.
During the Special Exam (Volume 15), Koenji shows his true abilities because of a deal with Horikita that he would have his freedom in exchange of him winning 1st place in the exam. Koenji ended up victorious against many higher ranking rivals and even defeated the president of the student council and his allies.
4. Miyabi Nagumo
Miyabi Nagumo became the current Student Council President after Manabu Horikita graduated, making him the latter's successor.
Compared to Manabu, Nagumo uses his power whenever he wishes and goes on to throw out those students who are incompetent according to him. Unlike the other leaders, Nagumo is the leader of not just one class but the whole 3rd-year curriculum, making him very influential.
Just like Ryuen, Nagumo uses dirty tactics and doesn't care about the repercussions of his actions. He decides to become the Student Council President to change the systems which Manabu had built for the school. Nagumo truly respects Manabu and that’s why he wants to destroy the latter and prove that he is better than even Manabu. He considers Manabu his rival, yet Manabu doesn’t care about him.
The only person that Manabu recognizes because of their abilities is Ayanokojie, which made Nagumo focus his hatred on the latter after Horikita Manabu had graduated.
3. Horikita Manabu
Horikita Manabu is the former Student Council President of Advanced Nurturing High School and the older brother of Horikita Suzune.
He is indeed one of the most brilliant characters in the whole series, especially considering how he was chosen as president of the most prestigious school in the whole country. Manabu is one of the few people aware of Ayanokojie’s capabilities since Ayanokojie sabotaged his own entrance exams.
Just like his little sister, Manabu is also capable enough of beating almost everyone in hand-to-hand combat in a way that not even Ryuen can beat him. He is the only person that Nagumo admires yet wants to destroy entirely in order to prove that he’s more capable than him. His little sister admires him since they were kids and the only reason why Suzune enrolled in Advanced Nurturing High School was because of him. She wants to follow her brother’s path and earn his acknowledgment.
2. Sakayanagi Arisu
Sakayanagi Arisu is one of the smartest characters in the series and one who knows Ayanokojie the most in the series. She belongs to Class A and becomes the leader of it after she dethrones Katsuragi.
Sakayanagi isn't fully introduced in the anime, but she has a lot of impact on the story. She knows Ayanokojie since she was a child, but Ayanokojie doesn’t wholly know her. When she realizes that Ayanokojie is currently studying with her in the same school, she feels her boring student life has come to an end since she found someone who can be her rival.
She always carries a cane because of her crippled leg. Despite that, it doesn’t affect her mentality. She often has body guards around her in the form of some classmates who are always around to protect her.
No matter the consequences of her actions, she also does what she wants, just like Ryuen and Nagumo. Her one and only wish is to beat Ayanokojie and show that everyone that a true genius will always be better than an artificial genius like Ayanokojie.
1. Ayanokoji Kiyotaka
Ayanokojie Kiyotaka is the protagonist of the series. He belongs to Class-D, where most of the low weak students are sent to. He enrolls in Advanced Nurturing High School to experience freedom that he didn’t have due to his past.
His intellect is far superior to any other human in every aspect, since he was taught how to do everything since a very young age. In spite of his capabilities, Ayanokojie doesn’t want to attract unnecessary attention so he chooses to hide them and live a life like a regular student.
Chabashira Sae, his teacher, knowing he is a superior to all other students, blackmails him to help bring the class rank up. So, he chooses to work behind the scene since he doesn't want to attract anyone's attention. He ends up giving all credit to Horikita for all the things he does.
He is the hero and villain at the same time throughout the series. He will help the class if necessary, and he will sabotage things if he needs to in order to protect himself. He uses people to achieve what he wants to and considers humans as tools for him to manipulate. Humans are a shield for him to protect himself and sword to attack others so he can make anyone obey him. This makes him the most flawed and dangerous student in the whole school.