"Freedom without laws means anarchy; laws without freedom means tyranny."
-Tanya at Deus lo vult - [1]

Tanya Degurechaff

Tanya in LN 2

Tanya in manga 2

Tanya in Anime

Restaurant Tanya Body

Character Name
Full Name Tanya von Degurechaff

Tanya von Degurechafu

Mandarin 谭雅·冯·提古雷查夫

Eleventh Goddess
Battalion Commander
White Silver
Rusted Silver
Ace of Aces
Mad Dog

Personal Info
Epithet The Devil of Rhine

14 [2]
13 [3]
12 [4]
11 [5]
10 [6]
9 [7]

Gender Female
Weapons & Equipments
  • Elinium Type 95 (seldom used)
  • Elinium Type 97 (usually used)
  • Mondragón Rifle (anime)
  • Gewehr 43 (manga)
  • SIG MKMS (after novel vol.2 ch.4 / anime episode 7 / manga chapter 25)
Military Info
Military Rank

Lt. Colonel [8]
Major [9]
Captain [10]
First Lieutenant [11]
Second Lieutenant [12]
Warrant Officer [13]

Allegiance EmpireFlag The Empire

Silver Wings Assault Badge [14]
ACM Skill Badge [15]
Aerial Assault Badge [16]
Aerial Field Service Badge [17]
Silver Wings Assault Badge with Oak Leaves [18]
White Winged Grand Iron Cross [19]

Voiced By
Novel Chapter 0 Prologue (Vol. 1)
Manga Chapter 1 Sky of Norden (Vol. 1)
Anime Episode 1 Devil of the Rhine

Tanya von Degurechaff is the main protagonist of the light novel/anime Youjo Senki: Saga of Tanya the Evil. Originally a salaryman who was murdered in 2013, he was reborn as a girl living in an alternate version of Europe during World War I.

At just nine years of age, Tanya enters the Empire's Mages troops and is promoted to Second Lieutenant. Her talents, strategies, efficiency, and ruthlessness make her a useful asset for the Empire and a threat on the battlefield.

Since she graduated from the War College as one of the twelve knights, she's granted the title of von.

Moreover, she leads her own newly-formed Mage Battalion named Imperial Army 203rd Air Mage Battalion.


In Light Novel

Tanya is describes the man who was reincarnated as a Japanese man with good physique, tall enough to be an imposing figure in contrast to her current, younger body.

In her current incarnation, the Light Novel describes Tanya as a little girl with a very petite build for her age that could be mistaken to be even younger. She has blonde hair, and her eyes were coldly blue. She has a fairylike face, which looks sick with her pale complexion.

Visha described her face as beautiful and doll-like, but giving off a vampiric impression because of her sharp eyes. She dressed in an officer uniform and was noted for tying her hair messily and wearing a peaked cap that is a bit too big for her.[20]

In Manga

The Manga character design of salaryman followed this description, showing the salaryman as a broad-shouldered and tall man. He had black hair that is combed back neatly, rectangle glasses and sharp eyes. He is dressed in typical salaryman set of suit and tie but with the addition of a long dark coat.

In the manga version drawn by Chika Tōjō, Tanya shares the petite build of her Light Novel design. Her hair in coloured pages is a more vivid shade of blond and curlier on the tip. Tanya's blue eyes have a tint of purple. Her skin tone is also noticeably very pale in comparison to Visha.

Tanya wore her officer uniform most of the time, and notably since the Dacian War ended, her uniform had the addition of elaborate looking aiguillettes on her right shoulder. Her combat uniform consists of a duffle coat, helmet, goggles and boots in the Rhine, and she also wore additional fur collared coat during Norden arc.

In Anime 

In the anime, the salaryman's face is obscured in most scenes. Only in the artbook, is his full face revealed. He had dark hair with bangs that parted in the middle and a close up scene of his eyes show his dark eyes with a green tint. He wore a white shirt, grey suit and a necktie.

In character designed by Yuuji Hosogoshi, Tanya noticeably has messier hair than her design in other media. This follows relatively closer to her description in the Light Novel, including her greyish blond hair and eyes in a vivid shade of blue. She also notably had an ahoge on the top of her front locks.

In the anime, as a soldier, she always wears her military uniform including her Silver Wings Assault Medal in civilian areas and a battle suit in the battlefield anytime and anywhere she goes.


Tanya is a very complex character. In her past life, Tanya described herself as someone with many complexes and his person was twisted. She has both a superiority and an inferiority complex, which is shown by how she compared herself to real genius she couldn't compete with and also desired to be above others.


She has a lot of sociopath traits, cold, calculating and sees others as objects she can use to her advantage. It allows her to rise rapidly through the ranks in her career of both lives.

Tanya places her faith in number, following Chicago School of Economy that everything has a price. This could be seen from how effectively she picks and raises her subordinates to be valuable human resource she could use. This also allows her to be a very efficient commander as she is both decisive strategist and tactician that not hindered by her emotion.

Tanya also sees herself as a profitable human resource, doing everything to raise her value in the eyes of her superiors, which drives her to put up a front of the perfect soldier since her recruitment. This impressed and also unnerved her comrades, in particular, Erich von Rerugen, who considers her a psychopath for her ruthlessness.

Sometimes, this trait also becomes a disadvantage to her, in particular, her lack of empathy that disables her from putting herself in other people's shoes. In particular, her lack of insight of possibility that people she offended by her callous dismissal would take revenge on her.


She is also a libertarian, as it could be seen from her monologue about freedom of will and goal for a comfortable life in the rear. Something she had sought in previous life, too. This trait of personality is also the source of her frustration on how Imperial Army treats their soldiers, in which mission is absolute and she couldn't disobey even suicide mission. It's also why Tanya loathes Being-X for disrespecting her freedom and intending to convert her even against her will.


Due to her faith in signaling theory, Tanya dons a mask of the perfect soldier. On the surface, Tanya is every bit what an Imperial soldier should strive to be. A harsh disciplinarian that still cares about the lives and safety of her troops. A stupendously powerful and brutal warrior that still adheres to international laws. A person with a sharp tactical mind, unflinching courage and unquestionable loyalty to her country. An officer that nevertheless remains humble and respectful to even non-commissioned officers. A devout believer in religion who often calls upon God to bless her country. All of these would make her an inspirational figure, the fact that she is a young girl only makes the adults around her vow to work harder.

Tanya has an iron-clad belief in her ideology and methodology, which is also why she is oblivious of the fact that what she did in her previous life didn't give the same result in her current career and timeline. More often than not, she has assumed other soldiers would share her mindset such as refusing to apply for a dangerous assignment, leading her to a series of failure in achieving her goal. While she did notice she didn't get the result she wanted, Tanya stubbornly believed her method wasn't the reason.


Though the anime follows closely to the original source, it markedly highlights the brutal and cruel side of Tanya's character. This could be seen from a number of differences in her monologue and action. In the first episode, Tanya purposely arranged the death of two insubordinate soldiers under her, while in the original source they were simply taken off of her platoon to prevent discord. She also behaves colder and distant towards Visha, as opposed to being delighted by her help during the recruitment period of the new mage battalion, she wishes she could have left Visha in the Rhine instead.



In the year 2013 A.D, he was just an ordinary salaryman working in Human Resource department. His job was to lay off people, and he is shown doing his job efficiently without empathy for people he fired on behalf of his company. One day after firing someone for incompetence, on the way back home after work he was murdered by the vindictive former co-worker. Pushing the salaryman to his death in crowded train station off of the platform to the train tracks.
Salaryboy reading

Past life reading. (Middle school age)

His death lead to his first encounter with Being X, in which the salaryman expressed his faithless nature in a metaphysical entity such as God and Devil. The salaryman also pointed out what he sees as a flaw in Being-X's management of humanity and reason why humanity's faith in God is eroded. Enraged by his rudeness but also intrigued, Being-X decided to use the salaryman's soul in an experiment. So the entity reincarnates him in another universe as a blonde-haired and blue-eyed infant girl named Tanya Degurechaff.


The salaryman is reborn as Tanya in 1914 in the alternate universe, in a nation known as the Empire. When she comes to her consciousness for the first time, she realized she was in an orphanage. She lived at the church for a long time without changes in her daily life however, it exhumes until a group of specialist went to check all the children. Through a magical test, she was listed as a child with magical aptitude.

Therefore, she was a promising candidate for conscription into Empire's Imperial Armed Forces. Realizing joining the military is inevitable and seeing opportunity to better establish herself in the world, Tanya volunteers in order to obtain better treatment and opportunities, with a life plan to get promoted to elite rear course Tanya enlisted to Imperial Army.

Prologue/Deus lo vult; Chapter I: The Sky in Norden

Tanya successfully graduated from the Military Training Camp at the age of 9 after-which she was promptly promoted to Warrant Officer and put in command of the artillery firing squad before being deployed on her first Mission.

Her first missions directive was to provide recon for the ground troops but while carrying out her task, her unit was ambushed by the enemy. Tanya, upon realizing what was happening, immediately requested permission to retreat but her request was denied and her mission directives were changed from providing recon to holding the line while reinforcements were deployed which, she was told would take 10 minutes.

Not wanting to disobey the command from HQ, Tanya engaged the enemy and fought ferociously killing three and severely wounding two (one kill and two wounded in the LN). During the battle, Tanya injured herself because, as she saw it, if she were to be injured in battle she would no longer have to fight and would be taken care of, by the military, in return for her 'selfless' sacrifice.

Deus Vult/Deus lo vult; Chapter II: Elinium Type 95 Operation Orb

Tanya was assigned to test out the unstable Elinium Type 95 Operation Orb which is majorly invented by Doctor Schugel. At the first flight while using the prototype orb, it exploded when she reached the maximum level (6,000 feet above sea level), Tanya was still unable to control it, taking slight injuries. Therefore, Tanya was notably peeved when she was brought back to retest the explosive orb countless times and had always failed to use it correctly and normally. After Being X blessed the Elinium Type 95 Operation Orb, it sprouted improvements. When she was pulled back the last time for the final check, she met Being X again while the orb is going to detonate during the flight, the only requirements to use the orb safely is to pray for the God which Being X solely stated before vanishing. Tanya has left no choice but to pray and grasp the control of the orb, successfully utilizing the orb. This made her think that the orb was cursed equipment and not a merely blessed thing.


Physical Capacity

As a child, Tanya doesn't possess much physical strength. However, she is able to enhance her basic physical abilities through magical enhancement magic. This allows her to engage in proper close quarter combat and wield a rifle like any other soldier.

Air Combat

Her movements are said to resemble a fairy dancing in the sky although most enemies only yell Monster as she dodges all mana targeting spells. Her main tactics are focused around outmaneuvering her opponents, luring them in close quarters for her mage blade or eliminating many with singe powerful spells..

Prayer/Blessing/Gospel Magic

By using the Elinium Type 95 and praying to Being X, her eyes turn gold and her physical and mental psyche increases beyond the extent of a normal human. Moreover, she has increased accuracy and prediction in a shooting and is able to cast a high tier powerful explosive spell that could destroy a whole company. This however, makes her suffer by having mental corruption, barely remember what she did last time. The rosary on her neck is the only equipment to prevent her from being corrupted permanently.

Strategy and Planning

Although she has an average record in planning and strategy, she has a special aptitude for analysis and critical thinking skills. Moreover, she can manipulate the plan according to her will. When Tanya gives orders to her subordinates, they can expect harsh punishments if they fail to comply.



Tanya manipulated pity face.

Due to her extremely dangerous cuteness and small size, she can easily fool someone by using her skills e.g during her short conversation with previously ranked Captain Maximilian Johann von Ugar by persuading him to drop in the selection of being one of the Twelve Knights during War College Arc. Also, she has an ability to fool anyone by her voice, e.g in the light novel, manga, and anime version (Episode 5) where she used her child voice during the bombing of Dacian Capital.


Catchphrase : "Curse you, Being X!"

(Tanya to Visha) : "If you have time for idle chatter, spend it doing all you can to survive---We are soldiers. If the brass tells us to do something, we do it."

(Tanya to herself) : "It's all... Being X's fault. Until I pound free-market principles into that piece of shit, I won't die, no matter what! I'm going to live... to live and... I'm going to end this!"

(Tanya's Magic Ignition) : "God save the Fatherland."

(Tanya's second Magic Ignition) : "Lord, if the day comes when I fly through the heavens. I shall approach thee!"

(Tanya's Speech to her Battalion) : "If there is a God who rules this world, it is a stern, solemn, and definitely a good being. A being that is far too great. God keeps forcing us to confront these cruel fates. As those were the rules of this world! Oh, God... I'll slice you into tiny pieces and feed you to the pigs! Our battlefield is no place for that piece of shit, God! I think it's time we took over God's work. We, soldiers, will take God's place. Put the arrogant ass, God, out of a job! All right troops... It's time for war!"

(Tanya von Degurechaff, Analects of a Rhine Front Commander): “A shovel is an implement born of civilization, Hooray for civilization.”


  • Tanya Degurechaff was compared to the Fallen Hero of Germany named Manfred von Richthofen a.k.a Red Baron. Both of them are considered as "Ace of Aces" during their own World War.
  • Tanya Degurechaff's achievements were compared to Erich Hartmann known as "Black Devil" who is highly feared by the Allied forces and the Soviet Union. All of the pilots ranked as "Aces of Ace" are killed by him.
  • Tanya's traits and missions seem to be inspired by Erwin Rommel during WW1, as both shared the same destination and both are known for their talent with commando operations in small units.
  • Tanya was born on July 18 however her adoptive birthday is on September 24.[21]
  • The name Tanya has its origin as a Russian diminutive of TATIANA. It began to be used in the English-speaking world during the 1930s.
  • In anime, her eyes are in the vivid shade of azure blue, but in Light Novel and Manga, her eyes are in icy shade almost silver.
  • In the manga and light novel, she is seemed to be worried about her growth and even consult a doctor. She is told her growth is stunted due to being malnourished as an orphan and rigorous training as a soldier.[22]
  • Anime highlights the orphanage Tanya used to live as a very poor one and in a difficult situation to feed their children, while in Light Novel it's mentioned by Erich that according to his intel her orphanage receives a hefty donation and their children are well-fed.
  • Tanya currently holds the world record for max height reached by mages in combat standing at 12'000 feet, the average height is 6'000 with Republicans chasing her at 8'000 feet above sea level.[23]
  • According to LN and manga, she wrote her first thesis at age nine (titled The logistics behind a highly mobile war theatre) that the railroad department deeply recognized and desired to recruit her.[24]
  • Tanya hates cigarettes and the smell of smokers.[25]
  • She loves coffee, especially one made by Visha.[26]
  • She likes sweets, mostly chocolates.
  • Tanya once fought while being doped in magic which can simulate a feeling of intoxication due to the magic canals being unrestricted.[27]
  • Tanya has a total confirmed 62 kills and 32 assist since her recruitment, when being considered for War College.[28]


  1. Chapter 0 Prologue
  2. LN: Ut sementem feceris, ita metes - Chapter I Disarray
  3. LN: Abyssus abyssum invocat - Chapter III Northern Operation
  4. LN: Dabit deus his quoque finem - Chapter III Magnificent victory
  5. LN: Plus Ultra - Chapter I The Dacian War; Anime: Episode 6 My First Battalion
  6. Deus lo vult - Chapter IV War College
  7. Deus lo vult - Chapter I The Sky in Norden
  8. LN: Dabit deus his quoque finem - Chapter III Magnificent victory.
  9. LN: Deus lo vult - Chapter V Primeval Battalion; Anime: Episode 5 My First Battalion
  10. LN: Deus lo vult - Chapter IV War College (Wing Organizer); Anime: Episode 4 Campus Life
  11. LN: Deus lo vult - Chapter IV War College; Anime: Episode 4 Campus Life
  12. LN: Deus lo vult - Chapter I The Sky in Norden (1924). Anime: Episode 1 Devil of the Rhine
  13. LN: Deus lo vult - Chapter 0 Prologue (1923). Anime: Episode 2 Prologue
  14. LN: Deus lo vult - Chapter II Elinium Type 95 Operation Orb; Anime: Episode 2 Prologue.
  15. Deus lo vult - Chapter III The Watch/Guard on the Rhine
  16. Deus lo vult - Chapter III The Watch/Guard on the Rhine
  17. Deus lo vult - Chapter IV War College
  18. The finest hour - Chapter I Open Sesame
  19. Abyssus abyssum invocat - Chapter III Northern Operation.
  20. Deus lo vult - Chapter III The Watch/Guard On The Rhine
  21. Deus lo vult - Chapter 0 Prologue; Plus Ultra - Chapter I Dacian war
  22. Deus lo vult - Chapter V Primeval Battalion
  23. Deus lo vult - Chapter III The Watch/Guard On The Rhine
  24. Deus lo vult - Chapter IV War College
  25. Plus Ultra - Chapter III Norden II
  26. Abyssus abyssum invocat - Chapter V Timeout
  27. Deus lo vult - Chapter I The sky in Norden
  28. Deus lo vult - Chapter IV War College