Tamaki Suoh (須王 環, Suō Tamaki), whose full name is René Tamaki Richard de Grantaine (ルネ・環・リシャール・ド・グランテーヌ, Rene Tamaki Rishāru do Gurantēnu), is a second-year student at Ouran Academy, in the anime Ouran High School Host Club. He is a co-founder and the president of the Host Club. His birth date is April 4, and he is 16 years old at the beginning of the anime. Flamboyant and narcissistic, he is dedicated to his duties as a host. He is the princely type, entertaining customers with upper-class etiquette and shameless flattery. Tamaki is partial to classic piano music and plays exceedingly well. He refers to his club as his "family," with himself as the father figure; Kyoya, the mother; Haruhi, the daughter; Hikaru and Kaoru, the brothers; and Mori and Honey, the uncles.
Tamaki is the main comic relief character of the series. He is outspoken and naïve for his age, viewing himself as an obsessive father figure to Haruhi when he is really in love with her despite his flirtatious ways with the female students who visit Music Room 3. The other hosts clearly see Tamaki's oblivious nature when it comes to his feelings for the girl and although Tamaki is perceptive regarding the feelings of others, which Hikaru and Kaoru both note, he is dense about his own. He admires Haruhi's personality and doesn't understand his jealousy when other boys express interest in her. Whenever he is teased by Haruhi he tends to sit in a fetal position in a secluded corner or grow mushrooms in a dark closet.
Tamaki is a hāfu (half-blooded Japanese), living under the custody of his father, the wealthy chairman of Ouran Elite Academy. He is separated from his ailing French mother because of a deal she made with Shizue, his cold-hearted paternal grandmother. He lives at the Suoh family's second mansion while his father stays at the main mansion with his grandmother. Eventually, he is accepted into the main residence where she makes his life sour by "pulling him back to reality." Still, he manages to win her approval with his music and kindness, and the two grow close. Because of this, she eventually allows him to reunite briefly with his mother.