As the second season of Classroom Of The Elite has fans on the edge of their seats looking forward to more of Kiyotaka Ayanokoji’s intellectual undertakings, we figured he deserved the number three spot.
Set in the distant future where the Japanese government has established the Tokyo Metropolitan Advanced Nurturing School, dedicated to instructing and fostering the generation of people that will support the country in the future. The story follows the perspective of Kiyotaka Ayanokōji, a quiet and unassuming boy, who is not good at making friends and would rather keep his distance, but possesses unrivalled intelligence. He is a student of Class-D, which is where the school dumps its inferior students. After meeting Suzune Horikita and Kikyō Kushida, two other students in his class, the situation begins to change and he starts to get involved in many affairs, and his thought of an ideal normal high school life begins to get scattered.
Perceptive, deceptive, and manipulative, Ayanokoji knows how to get what he wants without showing his hand. He allies himself with different people and uses their strong suits paired with his skills to get the best out of each situation. Albeit a mastermind, he is somewhat socially awkward, as he is terrible at communicating with people and fails at correctly associating with them. As a result, he speaks in a very monotonous way (in the anime) and tends to isolate himself from his peers, not getting involved with social activities. These traits tend to leave an impression on others that he is cunning, uncaring, breezy, and carefree, while also hinting at aloofness, latency, or generally a sense of apathy towards anything besides issues that specifically concern him.