Tamaki Suoh Tamaki Suoh is a second-year student at Ouran High School, who established the Host Club when he entered the private school. He is the self-proclaimed "king" of the club aka president. He is also the school board chairman's son, and takes second-place for mid-terms in his year every time. He is an only child and part of a highly influential family that has plenty of money. Though he is wealthy, he is not careless with money. He is also half-French and half-Japanese.
Tamaki was originally raised in France by his mother, living in an estate near Paris. Aside from "Tamaki", he was also called "René". His full name during his time in France was René Tamaki Richard Grantaine**. He can never see his mother again - a condition his grandmother set when she offered the financial support Tamaki's mother needed in order to recover from her illness. So Tamaki arrived in Japan when he was fourteen, making the decision of his own free will so his mother could stay healthy. He lives in Suoh Mansion #2 as his grandmother does not see him fit enough to stay at the main mansion. Though his situation is depressing, Tamaki overcomes everything. He holds no grudge against anyone and doesn't curse his circumstances. Instead, he has an overwhelming power to accept everything that happens, and transforms it with his own energy.
Tamaki is also very emotional and has an enormous, sensitive ego. He gets depressed "funks" when he or his ego is hurt. He also likes to experiment with new things - in other words, aspects of the commonfolk. He often means well, particularly with things concerning Haruhi, but sometimes his good intentions blow up in his face. He is very much a drama queen, or king in this matter, and likes things to be grand and extravagant, especially when it comes to the Host Club. He can tear up at will, though his tears are usually genuine, except he does overreact a lot. He is easily upset when it comes to certain things, though he does have a very optimistic mind. He loves to have fun and make others happy.
Though he may appear to be overdoing it when flirting and complimenting the clients, Tamaki means what he says in the most sincerest of ways. All girls are pretty to him. He can be particularly sharp in certain situations, coming up with plans to help students in need, but he is also dense most of the time. He is the last one to realize Haruhi is a girl, and the only reason he found out was because he picked up her student ID. He especially stumbles over ways of the commonfolk, trying to understand Haruhi's world, but not that successfully.
However, Tamaki's popularity with the girls makes him the Number One draw for customers. He has a 70% request rate. He is the only one in the club that can play the piano elegantly, and has a hyper and playful dog named Antoinette. He also has a cute stuffed bear from childhood named Beary. His closest friend is Kyoya, though sometimes the vice-president won't admit it.
Ever since Haruhi became a part of the club, Tamaki pays special attention to her. He is at first fascinated by the ways of commonfolk, but comes to genuinely care for Haruhi, though he still doesn't quite understand her or her world. He does, however, really try with her. He likes (loves?) Haruhi very much, but sees his affection as merely that of a "father" role, unaware of his true feelings. It is later revealed that his denial is part of Tamaki's trauma - he believes that to 'fall in love' means to break up a family. This line of thinking comes from how he was raised as a child with his father in Japan, he living with his mother in France, and his grandmother's disdain. Someone in the family will be sad if a person falls in love. Tamaki, seeing the Host Club as his family, will do anything to protect it, and as such, cannot affirm his true feelings for Haruhi. Hikaru, however, confronts Tamaki and insists that while the Host Club is not a family, they have a bond not so easily broken either. Hikaru urges Tamaki to open his eyes and face his feelings. Tamaki remains mystified at Hikaru's words. While he seems to be gradually realizing that Haruhi is much more than a 'daughter', he's not entirely sure what she is to him anymore.
Tamaki has also recently begun taking part in studying the business side of the Suoh family. He still remains faithful to his ideals, but as he ventures further into a world often harsh and cold, can he come out relatively unchanged?