Classroom of the Elite: How Smart Is Rokusuke Kōenji? Is He Smarter Than Ayanokoji?

Classroom of the Elite: How Smart is Rokusuke Kōenji? Is He Smarter than Ayanokoji?

The third season of Classroom of the Elite is finally starting, and we on Fiction Horizon will be covering the anime but also talking about some other concepts and characters from the series as we are going to explain some burning questions about the series. This article is going to be dedicated to a specific character, as we are going to talk about Rokusuke Kōenji. This article will be focused on his role in the story and his relationship with Ayanokoji. Is Rokusuke Kōenji smarter than the protagonist of Classroom of the Elite? Keep reading to find out!

  • Article Breakdown:
  • Rokusuke Kōenji is a secondary character from the Classroom of the Elite series, who comes from a very distinguished family. He is an antagonist and comes from a family of distinguished scholars.
  • His reflexes are comparable to those of an athlete, and he has a clear head. Unfortunately, his inability to collaborate with others and his extreme conceit about this have won him a spot in Class D.
  • His intelligence has been evaluated as being higher than Kiyotaka’s in the series, but he is actually not smarter than him, as Kiyotaka is hiding his true skills out of tactical seasons.

Rokusuke Kōenji is an antagonist in the series

The characters of Classroom of the Elite are intriguing; we can confirm that. They have their own stories and their own motivations, and although the series focuses on some of them, even the secondary characters are more than intriguing. In this article, we are going to analyze one such character – Rokusuke Kōenji – whose story is going to be presented in this article, as we are going to analyze his role in the story. Let us begin by analyzing him as a character.

Kōenji frequently exudes arrogance and overconfidence, probably because of the accomplishments and illustrious stature of his family. Upon his initial appearance in the series, Kushida requested that he yield his seat to an elderly lady. With a tone full of scorn and sarcasm, he declined to give her her seat and did not even display any guilt. Since his lack of interpersonal skills and conceit put him in Class D in the first place, Kōenji’s haughty and conceited demeanor can be annoying, even though it doesn’t appear to bother him that he’s there.


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As evidenced by his taunting of Sudō about his potential expulsion following his altercation with Class C, he denigrates his peers. Throughout the voyage, he regularly complimented his reflection in the mirror, demonstrating his elevated perception of himself. As anticipated, Kōenji forsook his classmates throughout the survival exam, which would have cost them points, and he displayed no regret immediately after, demonstrating how genuinely self-centered he can be at times. But doing as he pleases is more important to him than interfering with his class.

This was illustrated in the Special Cruise Test, where he guessed the group’s VIP in order to finish the test as soon as possible because he didn’t find it amusing, and his class profited from his assumption. Since he is the heir to the Kōenji Conglomerate and his family can support him in every way, he is not as concerned about his future as the other students in his class. Kōenji’s character and skills enable him to remain totally undisturbed by any kind of danger or assault. Rather, he either mocks them or manipulates the situation to suit him.

And this is what Kōenji is like as a character. As you can see, he can definitely be considered an antagonist in the series. He is a scheming person, and his arrogance is, in most cases, what makes him so… well, you can guess why no one likes him, really. This was a short introduction that we have used to lead you into the main comparison of this article, which is going to be conducted in the next section. There, you will find out whether Kōenji is smarter than the protagonist of Classroom of the Elite.

Rokusuke Kōenji is smart, but he is not smarter than Ayanokoji

Well, before we actually explain everything, let us compare the evaluations for Rokusuke and Kiyotaka:

Academic AbilityA
Decision MakingC
Physical AbilityA
Rokusuke Kōenji
Academic AbilityC
Decision MakingC-
Physical AbilityC-
Kiyotaka Ayanokōji

Now, as you can see, Rokusuke’s intelligence has been graded higher than Kiyotaka’s during the official evaluation, although the difference is not that big. But, there is something that we have to stress out here. Namely – while Rokusuke’s evaluation is on point and correct, Kiyotaka actually hid his true intelligence so the C- grade is neither true nor objective. He did this for several categories, and the reasons for this were of a tactical nature, so we can confirm that he is much smarter than the grades say.


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In fact, Kiyotaka is one of the smartest characters in the whole series; the level of his genius is exceptional and he has proven that on more than occassion, being able to deal with a series of challenges throughout the series. Rokusuke, on the other hand, is not stupid, but the C grade is correct in his case, and since we’re comparing him to Kiyotaka, we can definitely confirm that he is not smarter than Kiyotaka. The official data might indicate otherwise, but keep in mind that Kiyotaka covered his true intelligence out of tactical reasons.

This has been proven throughout the series on more than one occasion really, and if you ever had any doubts about Kiyotaka being smarter, we can dispel them here, as there is no chance that Rokusuke is smarter than the protagonist, so you have your correct answer now.

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