Tanya Degurechaff is the main villain protagonist of the light novel/anime series Youjo Senki: Saga of Tanya the Evil. Originally a salaryman who died in an accident in 2013, he was reborn as a girl living in an alternate universe version of Europe during World War I. At just nine years of age, Tanya enters the Empire's Mages Division and is promoted to Second Lieutenant. Her talents, efficiency, and ruthlessness makes her an asset for the Empire and a threat on the battlefield.
Original World (2013)
Not much is known about the protagonist in his original life, including his name. He is a Japanese salaryman who gained a reputation for having a ruthlessly utilitarian and career-minded personality. He dies in a subway accident after which he meets God. As an atheist, he denies God's existence and rather dubs him Being X. The two get into an argument about faith and modern humans which ends up with God punishing the protagonist by having him reborn in a world that was in dire straits, had less technological development and overall was less grounded in science. The opposite of these three points were used by the protagonist's argument to explain why modern men no longer need God.
As Tanya Degurechaff
The protagonist is reborn in an alternate reality of 1913, as an orphan girl named Tanya. Spending the first years of her life in a nunnery, her outlook for a good life initially looked slim. Worse, she's living in the Empire (equivalent of Imperial Germany), one of the nations that is fighting in World War I (or their alternate equivalent of it). Luckily, Tanya has exceptional magic potential, a rare talent sought after in the Empire. Knowing that with this aptitude she will eventually be conscripted, Tanya volunteers for the army at the age of 8 in order to receive officer training. She intends to rise in the ranks and then live a comfortable life in the rear lines away from danger, both for her sake and in order to spite "Being X". Yet even though Tanya is successful at impressing the leadership it backfires as her talents make her a necessary asset on the front lines. She's heartless, selfish, amoral, and terrifyingly ruthless. Yet at the time of the bloodiest war of this world she might be described as the "ideal soldier". On the outset Tanya is viewed by her squad mates as either a patriotic hero or a bloodthirsty monster.
Tanya is a cute, adorable, and pretty-good looking little girl. She wears a military uniform in the rank of a Warrant Officer and later a lieutenant commander.
Tanya seems be a very cute little girl who is beautiful and sightly sarcastic. But deep inside, she is highly power-hungry, selfish, cruel, ruthless, calculating, sadistic, manipulative, and hot-tempered. Especially when she is in battle against her enemies, she shows utter ruthlessness and bloodlust just to accomplice her missions. Tanya also strongly disapproves of failure and disobedience from her subordinates. She is loyal to her own job and always wants to finish it as soon as possible. Tanya will never let anyone discriminate her appearance because of how fast she goes through the ranks in the military at such a young age.
Powers and Abilities
In spite of her age, Tanya possesses enormous magical powers that enable her to fly (with help of standard Mana-fueled flying gear) at high speeds, fire explosive bullets, and has even at one point imbued the bayonet on her rifle with Mana that resulted in it becoming both sharper and more durable than normal to easily cut through hard material as well as beheading full-grown man at ease. Compared to others, Tanya has a high latent magical ability and is the only one capable of using an experimental Type-95 Elenium jewel core due to God (whom she referred to as Being X)'s interference. A testament of her potent magical ability is she can destroy three squadrons of enemy mages on a whim while also remaining highly mobile.
Tanya's charisma on the battlefield allowed her to control a battalion of elite mages whose main purpose is to overwhelm enemy forces and to provide combat support for the rest the Empire's military.