This page contains the other named characters introduced in Girls und Panzer, including those from the Little Army prequel manga and the Ribbon Warrior spinoff manga.
Profesional JGDF Sensha-do instructor and referee, temporarily acting as instructor for Ōarai's Sensha-do class in the first half of the series.
- Advertised Extra: Her introduction early on as the new Ōarai's instructor is one of the most dramatic and crushing of any anime teacher ever, yet she barely has any scenes after her introductory episode. note She does return for the movie, however.
- Catchphrase: 120%. Stated to be so by other characters (and merchandise), even if she only says it once on screen.note
- Combat Referee: Oversees the initial training match, as well as the finals.
- Cool Car: A Type-10 Hitomaru-shiki sesha.
- Cool Teacher: Airdropping her tank, Sensha-do relationship advice; yes.
- Dynamic Entry: She paradrops her tank from her transport on the principal's Ferrari, and then backs down on it again, crushing it.
- Hard-Drinking Party Girl:
- Real world: one of the first Girls und Panzer official merchandising was 120% proof sake with her name and face.
- In-Universe: she's shown in a later Motto Love Love Sakusen Desu chapter to party hard enough to scare the three judgesnote .
- Innocently Insensitive: When she sees Miho among the assembled students, she points out that Miho's mother has done quite a bit for her, makes a polite inquiry about how her sister is doing, and says the Nishizumi school has a long history. Despite having no ill intentions toward Miho, Ami upsets Miho by bringing up her family issues, but Saori quickly moves to Change the Uncomfortable Subject.
- The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: She is supposed to be Ōarai's instructor, yet she does nothing but watch them.
- Subverted after she stops being Ōarai's instructor, as she uses her influence to help them in the movie.
- Sink-or-Swim Mentor: Her only act as a teacher was to make them do a training match, the very first day. Most of the girls didn't even know how to start the tanks.
- Adapted Out: He and the Isuzu family subplot are absent from the manga.
- Inelegant Blubbering: His reaction to Hana being disowned.
- Large Ham: When he gets emotional, expect some fairly extreme displays of it.
- No Name Given: His other name is not revealed.
- Old Retainer: He's clearly young, but he definitely acts with the best interests of the Isuzu family in mind; he's not merely doing a job.
- Super Strength: Downplayed but still valid. Not only can he pull a rickshaw that has four members of Team Anglerfish in it, he can run very fast while shouting.
- With Due Respect: He begs Hana to confront her mother after she discovers her daughter is doing Sensha-do, saying that it might not be any of his business, but he believes it would be best of her to tell her mother how she feels. He protests when Yuri decides to disown Hana.
- "You took those delicate hands of yours that arrange flowers and laid them on a tank!"
Hana's mother and head of the Isuzu flower arranging school.
- Adapted Out: She and the Isuzu family subplot are absent from the manga.
- Big Fancy House: After she faints, Team Anglerfish sans Mako heads to the Isuzu house, which is quite large.
- Big "SHUT UP!": Angrily yells "Silence, Shinzaburou!" when he starts to speak out against her disowning Hana.
- Blank White Eyes: Immediately before fainting.
- Character Development: Starts off hating Sensha-do and everything associated with it, even disowning her daughter after hearing of her involvement in it. She then attends some of Hana's matches and reconciles with her after realizing that Sensha-do has helped her develop her own style of flower arranging, and is cheering and enjoying herself in the finals.
- Easily Forgiven: Her daughter seems to forgive her as quickly as she disowned her.
- Fainting: She faints dead away upon being told her daughter is involved with Tanks! She looks as though she's about to pass out for a moment when Hana reaffirms her determination to continue with Sensha-do.
- Fantasy-Forbidding Mother: She is horrified by Hana pursuing Sensha-do.
- Foil: To Miho's mother. Both disapprove of their daughters doing Sensha-do, but Shiho disapproves of the way Miho does it, while Yuri doesn't like Hana doing it at all. Additionally, Yuri is, apart from her reaction after finding out about her daughter doing Sensha-do, warmer and more supportive of Hana, as she argues that her flower arrangement is good and fitting with the Isuzu style as it is, while Shiho considers Miho a disgrace to the family.
- I Have No Daughter: Does this to Hana after learning about Sensha-do but they later reconcile.
- Keigo: Speaks formally, and even calls her daughter "Hana-san"
- Kimono Is Traditional: She is always seen in one because she's that kind of lady; head of the Isuzu flower arranging school and all.
- The Nose Knows: She's able to confirm that Hana was in a tank by virtue of taking her hand and smelling it, although she knew what to look for after Yukari told her about Hana taking Sensha-do.
- Parents as People: In spite of taking Hana's decision to participate in Sensha-do poorly, she cares for her, and her initial reaction after coming to is worry that something is troubling Hana.
- Serious Business: She disowns her daughter over her choice of school club! But she later mellows when Ōarai gets into the finals, and upon noticing that Hana's flower arrangement has improved as a result of doing Sensha-do. Both cases of Truth in Television.
- So Proud of You: When seeing that Hana's flower arrangement has improved thanks to Sensha-do. Again after Hana's team wins the tournament.
Jungorou and Yoshiko Akiyama
Yukaris father and mother, respectively, who work as hairdressers.
- All Women Love Shoes: Averted for Yoshiko. In response to Yukari collecting military footwear she says that people only have one pair of feet, and that extra pairs of shoes are just for vanity's sake.
- "Be Quiet!" Nudge: In "Motto Love Love Sakusen Desu", when Jungorou, seeing the Oarai girls going to get their hairstyles in compliance with the regulations set forth by Sodoko, remarks that they finally have customers.
- Doting Parent: Jungorou is described as such to Yukari on his (non-tvtropes) character sheet.
- Good Parents: For all their eccentricities, they're kind and supportive toward Yukari, and don't stand in the way of how she wants to live, or hold her to unreasonable standards.
- Open-Minded Parent: Both of them are okay with Yukari driving a tank. In fact, her mother doesn't express more than mild disagreement with Yukari over her shoe collection.
- In Motto Love Love Sakusen, Yukari's mother enthusiastically help Yukari tidying up for her 'date' with Miho, and in one attempt she even dress Yukari in traditional japanese bride dress.
- Overprotective Dad: Played for laugh in one Motto Love Love Sakusen chapter. When he overheard Yukari is going for a date and he assume (wrongly) it's with a guy, he demanding explanation (with fiery eyes and hair, nonetheless).
- Pose of Supplication: Jungorou goes into one after seeing Yukari's friends come over, and it's noted that this is the first time he has met her friends.
- Tears of Joy: Jungorou, during the rescue of Rabbit team in the final battle.
- "She's pretty antisocial, but thanks for taking care of her"
Mako's grandmother and sole remaining family.
- Cool Old Lady: Quite energetic in her old age, and this dispels some of Miho, Hana and Yukari's worries about her as they hear her outside her room.
- Don't You Dare Pity Me!: She has this in her hospital visit, such as insisting that Mako not treat her like an "invalid" and vehemently insisting that Team Anglerfish was worried about Mako rather than her.
- Generation Xerox: Saori suggests that she's very similar to Mako's mother.
- Hot-Blooded: In contrast to Mako's 'low blood pressure', she is very excitable and aggressive.
- Kimono Is Traditional: She wears one to the finals, and it seems to, from all indication, be her everyday outfit.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Until the finale, every time we see her she is either in bed, or standing quietly. When the girls win the finals, she boogies.
- Tsundere: She and Mako spend most of Mako's hospital visit bickering, but when Mako leaves, her grandmother turns to her friends and asks them to look after her.
- "That girl is a Nishizumi and yet she does not care what she does. I will not allow any further embarrassments."
Miho and Maho's mother, and head instructor of the Nishizumi school. In the movie, it's revealed that she is the High school Sensha-do association superintendent.
- Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Claps for Miho and Oarai after they win the championship
- In the movie she helps to set up the match against the University teams for a chance for Miho to win back Oarai Girls' Academy
- Abusive Parents: Instead of congratulating her for saving her teammates she berates Miho for losing the battle, stating "sacrifices are required for victory."
- Played for Laughs in the Motto Motto Love Sakusen spin-off. Shiho is not so much an abusive parent as a terribly inept one. After a My God, What Have I Done? moment following the senshado finals, she takes advice from a book on how to interact with her daughters. Her exaggerated execution makes Maho fear that she has been disowned and causes Miho, then on a visit home, to flee with all haste back to Ooarai.
- Chapter 40 of Motto Love Love Sakusen hints that she may have trouble showing affection in public. The only time she seems to be able to be affectionate with her daughters, is when she's dressed up as Boco.
- Bad Boss: She threatens disowning Miho Nishizumi if she loses to Pravda.
- Badass Boast: She makes the following declaration, which, surprisingly enough, is an argument that her favored daughter and alma mater losing to her less favored daughter and the Ragtag Bunch of Misfits that is their tankery team was not a fluke."There is no luck in Sensha-do! There is only skill!"
- Badass Creed:"If you shoot, you hit, if you defend, you defend strong, if you advance, you advance without falter. Iron rules and a heart of steel. That is what defines the Nishizumi school."
- Big Fancy House: The Nishizumi residence rivals the main school building at Oarai for size!
- Dark Is Evil: Wears black clothing, and is definitely not a nice person.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: Claps for Miho after Oarai wins the championship and even finally smiles. Continues in the movie in which she helps Miho in trying to save her school.
- The Dreaded: Her daughter Miho and Kikuyo, one of the family maids, are intimidated just being in her presence, and Miho's friends are scared to approach her after just one meeting.
- Embarrassing Nickname: Chiyo Shimada calls her Shiporin.
- Establishing Character Moment: Her action during the event described in Abusive Parents is all you need to know about her.
- Everyone Has Standards: When all is said and done, unlike Tsuji Kota, she's not willing to dismiss Oarai's victory as a fluke.
- Family Theme Naming: Shiho, Maho, and Miho. Coincidentally, this also extends to their nicknames: Miporin, Maporin, and Shiporin.
- Foil: To Hana's mother. Both disapprove of their daughters doing Sensha-do, but Shiho disapproves of the way Miho does it, while Yuri doesn't like Hana doing it at all. Additionally, Yuri is, apart from her reaction after finding out about her daughter doing Sensha-do, warmer and more supportive of Hana, arguing that her flower arrangement is good and fitting with the Isuzu style as it is, while Shiho considers Miho a disgrace to the family.
- Friendly Rivalry: With Chiyo Shimada, head of a rival school. The friendly part is evidenced by their mutual Embarrassing Nickname. The rivalry part is more evidenced by Chiyo Shimada's actions, but the rivalry is stated to be mutual.
- Hime Cut: To emphasize her 'Sensha-do nobility' status her hair is long and she has ruler straight bangs.
- I Am the Noun: In Chapter 14 of the manga."The Nishizumi-style is a symbol of strength for Panzerkraft. Thus the Nishizumi-style itself is Panzerkraft."
- I Have No Daughter: Planned on doing this to Miho, but so far has not formally delivered the news, and may have changed her mind. If she did, anime viewers are never made aware of it. The manga makes it explicit for extra Jerkass points she sent Kikuyo, the maid, to tell Miho that Shiho is going to disinherit her if she loses the match against Pravda right after a very narrow and in her own words, embarrassing victory against Anzio. Obviously, even though Ōarai won against Pravda, it wasn't the kind of victory that Shiho wanted and she remains unimpressed with Miho. She wanted Maho to defeat her because "the world only needs one Nishizumi style"..
- Jerkass: Typically fairly cold and abrasive with most people. Even her favored daughter Maho has to achieve a very significant accomplishment to get any praise out of her.
- Kick the Dog: Threatening to disown your own daughter over Sensha-do is bad enough, but not even bothering to tell the person in question personally, and instead giving the unpleasant task to the person's Parental Substitute is even worse.
- Kimono Is Traditional: Typically seen wearing one when she's not wearing a suit. Again, this to highlight the 'Sensha-do nobility' thing about the Nishizumi clan.
- Knight of Cerebus: Whenever she shows up, the plot takes a turn for the more serious, and Miho's family issues tend to come up.
- Meaningful Name: Most likely the Nishizumi clan is related to Nishizumi Kojiro, a famous tank hero during the Sino-Japanese War.
- Noble Demon: She's a major jerk to Miho, threatening to disown her because she isn't following in the family tradition, believing that Second Place Is for Losers, and being more concerned with winning a sports match than the safety of the players. But whatever else, she stands by her principles, even if they get results that she doesn't want. There is no luck in Sensha-do, therefore, Miho's victory over Maho is not a fluke, and that means Miho has earned her place as a Worthy Opponent even if she's abandoned the Nishizumi style.
- Parental Favoritism: Strongly favors Maho. In Little Army, when she happens upon Miho and Maho, she congratulates Maho for winning the tournament, and barely acknowledges Miho's presence. In the anime, she even outright states that Miho is an embarrassment to the family name and planned to disown her if she lost to Pravda.
- Pet the Dog: In the movie, she helps set up a match between Oarai and the University Team in a attempt to save the former. Not only that, she defends Miho's victory against Kuromorimine and refutes that it was just luck and that it was actually skill.
- Perpetual Frowner: Always has a cold and detached expression on her face. Until the ending of the first series, while clapping for Miho's victory.
- Pragmatic Villainy: In the movie, her opposition to shutting Oarai down is a combination of this (see Reasonable Authority Figure for her reasons) and because she doesn't believe there's luck in tankery. If the Oarai school doesn't compete in next year's high-school league, then her own school can't avenge their loss.
- Putting on the Reich: She's wearing black jodphurs. It fits with her school's national theme.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: In the movie, she states entirely valid reasons for why shutting down Ooarai High School is a bad idea, the most important being that shutting down the school that won the high school sensha-do championship would not just be bad for MEXT's PR, but would also discourage current practitioners from continuing the sport and aspiring sensha-do recruits from taking it up, thus resulting in producing talented participants for the incoming World Sensha-do Tournament, which Japan will be hosting.
- Second Place Is for Losers: Her general attitude is that winning is expected because of the Nishizumi family style is the heart of panzercraft; anything less is shameful.
- Serious Business: There is no business more serious than the Nishizumi reputation in Sensha-do. It's also indicated that among the Sensha-do families, the Nishizumi family stands out for strictness.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: Wears a conservative yet highly fashionable black suit with a white blouse in most of her appearances - even in the snow.
- Shut Up, Kirk!: When Miho asks if Maho really had to shoot the enemy's flag tank when it went on a rescue operation.Shiho: What a foolish question. For one who carries the name of the Nishizumi family to say such a foolish thing... it's plainly embarrassing.
- So Proud of You: She claps at Oarai's victory in the finals. If this is her being a good sport or an acknowledgement that Miho's Way of Sensha-do is as valid as hers is not clear in this scene. It is clarified in the movie, where her reply that victory in Sensha-do depends only on skill to the head of MEXT's comment that Ooarai won the tournament by sheer luck is a clear acknowledgment of her younger daughter's ability.
- Worthy Opponent: While she doesn't like Miho's way because it's not her version of Nishizumi-ryu, she still recognizes Miho's skill and refuses to accept the argument that she beat Maho by luck.
The University Sensha-do association superintendent, head of the Shimada school of Sensha-do, and an old rival of Shiho Nishizumi. She's the mother of Alice Shimada and first appears in the movie.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Her school is briefly mentioned in The Real Anzio OVA.
- Foil: To Shiho Nishizumi. Both are heads of their respective Senshado styles and have a heir to their dojos. However, while Shiho's treatment of her daughters are along the lines of Abusive Parents, Shimada is shown to be the complete opposite to Alice. As evident that she still honors her daughter's request despite her losing the battle. Also, her attitude to Senshado is quite tame in comparison of Shiho's style, where she engages her in a Friendly Rivalry with the Nishizumi style.
- Embarrassing Nickname: Shiho Nishizumi calls her Chiyokichi.
- Friendly Rivalry: She lets Shiho convince her to allow for the match against the University teams. She hopes that Alice will humiliate the Nishizumi school, but she and Shiho are nothing less than cordial and professional when they interact. The friendly part is evidenced by their mutual Embarrassing Nickname. The rivalry part, by the ruthless way she orders her daughter to crush the rival school.
- Good Parents: Unlike Shiho and her daughters, she has a warmer and less complicated relationship with Alice. Going by the ending of the movie, she still sponsors the Boko museum that Alice wanted to save despite her daughter losing.
Head of MEXT School Carriers Department, first (briefly) seen in episode 9 and reappearing in the movie, and the closest thing Girls und Panzer has to a villain.
- Adapted Out: In the manga, he doesn't appear at all, and Anzu only briefly mentions him while giving a few lines of exposition about Oarai being closed unless they win the tournament.
- Ascended Extra: In the movie, he goes from background character to Hidden Villain, which is why he's in this folder.
- Bad Boss: Even more so than Shiho. Working for this guy is most unpleasant; see Kick the Dog for more details.
- Clasp Your Hands If You Deceive: You can see him doing this in the image, and as the other tropes demonstrate, he's quite underhanded.
- Corrupt Bureaucrat: The movie reveals that his actions to once again close (and keep closed) Oarai Girls Highschool after the series' events, are against ministry policy and motivated by petty vengeance at having been one-upped.
- Dick Dastardly Stops to Cheat: Have a team of highschoolers slated to go against adult professionals? Not enough: have it be 8 vs 30. Have an 8 vs 30 battle? Not enough: have it be an annihilation battle and not a flag battle. Have it be an annihilation battle? Not enough: substitute late-war Pershings for their usual Shermans. Have Pershings instead of Shermans? Not enough: use Pershings whose speed indicates are up to post-war standards (which is only possible through a Loophole Abuse that would usually not pass approval)note . Have all the above? Not enough. Change the rules to allow a self-propelled siege gun (namely  under the rationale that it somehow qualifies as a tanks.
- Flanderization: By the end of the movie his antagonist status and Smug Snake attitude descend into almost Card-Carrying Villain antics that, while amusing, contrast with his calm and professional attitude in the series.
- Four Eyes, Zero Soul: His most defining trait, besides his similarly soul-less grey suit, is the glasses that conceal his eyes as he stares down on the schoolgirls.
- Hidden Villain: While his appearance in the series seems to portray him as just a guy doing his job, the movie reveals he's actually a jerkass deliberately going out of his way to harass Oarai.
- Hypocrite: Does everything he can including rewrite rules to stack the deck in his favor, then protests a single development in Oarai's favor as being "Underhanded".
- I Have Your Wife: He threatens to have all the employees on the schoolship fired if the girls try to protest it being shut down.
- Kick the Dog: There's deciding to close down Oarai's school because of purely budgetary reasons, and then there's doing that, then cutting a deal not to do it if Oarai won the Nationals, balking from the deal anyways, doing so against Ministery policy, doing it six months sooner than expected out of pettiness, threatening to have everyone working in the Schoolship fired instead of given a new job if the girls tried again to resist, deciding to confiscate their tanksnote and making the student council president explain it, just to shove in her face that she failed.
- Moving the Goalposts: This asshole will always, ALWAYS, come up with some excuse to make sure Oarai doesn't win.
- Despite their previous deal to keep the school open should they win, he balks from the deal because it was just a verbal promise to consider not closing the school.
- As explained above under I Have Your Wife / Kick the Dog, he threatened to fire everyone working on the schoolship if the girls kept complaining about the school being closed.
- When backed into a corner to give them a new deal (this time in writing), apparently isn't enough for him that the deal is to pit Oarai against an adult, semiprofessional team, with 30 handpicked tanks, because he changes the game to an annihilation battle (even playing the trope-defining "feel free to decline the deal if you don't like it" card). Not just that, afterwards he changes the rules to allow previously illegal vehicles to be used against them.
- Named After Someone Famous: Based on Tsuji Masanobu, WW2 IJA general famous for acting contrary to orders and directives (see Corrupt Bureaucrat above) and for his disastrous failures at Khalkin Gol and Guadalcanal, and considered to be one of the two worst generals of the IJA during WW2.note
- No Name Given: His name and office are never uttered, and can only be seen written in a document that Anzu shows briefly during the movie. The US release lists his name as "Government slug."
- Screw the Rules, I Make Them!: The entire reason that the University Team has access to previously illegal tank units, including a Morser Karl siege gun is that he allowed them to be used specifically for Ooarai-University Team match alone.
- Smug Snake: His attitude is always patronizing and condescending.
Boco/Punchy the Bear
The perpetually injured bear that has his own series, merchandise, and even an amusement park. Miho and Alice are two of his biggest fans.
- Amusing Injuries: He's always getting beaten up for one reason or another, most of it being his fault. Thus he's always covered in bandages.
- Boisterous Weakling: He's pretty weak, but likes to talk big and is all too eager to fight others if they rub him the wrong way.
- Determinator: An in-universe alternate take on his character is that he keeps trying even if the odds are against him. Alice even likens the high school team to him because of their resiliency and determination against her superior forces, and decides to personally join the battle out of respect.
- Dub Name Change: The announcement for the Film's english dub changed his name from "Boco" to "Punchy"
- Jerkass: Somewhat. He's quite rude and will get offended by the slightest of things, like others bumping into him and not apologizing.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: In the audio drama "I'm gonna be Boco", where Miho gets to play the part of Boco during a show, she goes wildly off-script when she acts, leading to the really odd scene of Boco trying to help one of the people he bumped into. It gets worse as the audience gets to see Boco dodging attacks. Alice, who was watching the entire thing, was deeply disturbed by this.
- Show Within a Show: He has a series that Miho and Alice watch during the Alice War OVA
- Spell My Name with an "S": variously spelled Boco and Boko, even within the anime.
To the right from young Miho in the pic, and from left to right:
Chihiro Yusa: Gunner
One of Miho's friends from late elementary school. She's an athletic girl who is a newcomer to Sensha-do.
- Childhood Friend: With Hitomi. They've known each other for much longer than they've known Miho or Emi.
- Determinator: Convinces the group to wait for Maho and Shiho, even if it takes hours.
- Establishing Character Moment: Apologizes for Hitomi's eager questioning, setting herself up as the moderating force of the group.
- Game-Breaking Injury: She sprains her ankle after accidentally falling off the tank, leaving her unable to drive. With her unable to drive, Hitomi lacking the skill to do so, and Miho unable to drive the tank alone, they're stranded until Emi shows up.
- Invisible Parents: Her parents, like Saori's, are never shown, but it's implied that her mother is very strict.
- Lovable Jock: Before doing Sensha-do, she played soccer, and ends up going to a sports school.
- Not So Different: She's able to understand Maho's behavior around Shiho by virtue of the fact that her own mother is reportedly very strict.
- Team Mom: She cares a lot about Hitomi and is able to keep Emi's vitriol at bay.
- Tomboy: Looks like a boy, thinks like a boy, talks like a boy.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Emi. She doesn't hesitate to call her out on a lot of things, and due to Emi's thorny attitude toward just about everyone, she gets to call her out a lot of times.
- What the Hell, Hero?: A few toward Emi, especially when she sees her as taking out her resentment toward Maho on Miho.
Hitomi Yuzumoto: Loader
Chihiro's childhood friend, who befriended Miho around the same time Chihiro did. She's also a relative neophyte at Sensha-do, but in her case, she has a habit of often getting involved in something on a whim, only to lose interest.
- Cannot Spit It Out: She doesn't tell Chihiro or the others about her practicing on her own, making them wonder if she has lost interest in Sensha-do.
- Character Development: By Little Army II, she's fully dedicated to Sensha-do.
- Childhood Friend: With Chihiro. They've known each other for much longer than they've known Miho or Emi.
- Cute Clumsy Girl: She often trips when she's excited, and is said to have been bad at sports because of that.
- Establishing Character Moment: Goes up to Miho, falling on her face in the process, and asks if she can become one of Maho's fans.
- Fangirl: Wants to become one of Maho.
- Field Promotion: In Little Army 2, she ends up having to take command of Bellwall's Sensha-do team in the match against Kuromorimine after Emi misses the transport due to Sheska's interference.
- Fleeting Passionate Hobbies: Chihiro fears that Sensha-do is the next in this series. For the moment, she's more committed to it than she is to most of them. Ultimately, she remains committed to studying Sensha-do even after her and Miho's tank group disbands.
- Genki Girl: She is very interested in Sensha-do. Unfortunately, she also has a bad habit of not being able to focus on a particular interest for too long.
- Invisible Parents: Her only reference to her parents is "My mom's gonna be so angry", after she ends up running late returning home from the test run with the tank.
- Wrench Wench: By Little Army 2, she actively takes part in repairing Bellwall's tanks, especially their Tiger I.
Emi Nakasuga: Driver
- "I hate lies and flattery. There's no point in wasting praise on the selfish."
The last of Miho's friends from elementary school, a girl with a quick temper and sharp tongue who nevertheless cares for others and is knowledgeable about tanks. She's half-Japanese, half-German, and the younger sister of a member of the team Maho defeated in the tournament finals. She returns as the main character of Little Army II, returning to Japan and taking over Bellwall High's Sensha-do team.
- All of the Other Reindeer: She indicates in Little Army 2 that she's not particularly popular in Japan or Germany because she's half-foreign, although her abrasiveness does her no favors.
- Broken Pedestal: Sheska initially admired her for being the team's ace, but as she started to realize how poorly Emi got along with others, and after Emi's departure broke the team apart, that admiration faded.
- Brutal Honesty: Her defining character trait, and the main source of her conflicts with others.
- But Not Too Foreign: She's part German.
- Establishing Character Moment: In contrast to most of the rest of the class, she's not in the least bit excited or happy over the news of Maho's tournament win.
- Expy: A hotheaded German/Japanese girl who's irritated by Japanese Politeness and has skill piloting a war machine? In these regards, she has some similarity to Asuka.
- Fiery Redhead: She's not only brutally honest, but also fairly short-tempered in comparison to her friends.
- Foil: She is typically fairly blunt about her feelings, no matter how much it upsets Miho or any of her other friends. This contrasts with the gunner of Maho's team, who sucks up to her despite bickering with the loader.
Chihiro: "The two of them were already polar opposites back then. Miho-chan gives all a kind peace of mind. Emi-chan has this optimistic pull that fires everyone up."
- By Little Army 2, she becomes one to Miho. While the latter transferred to avoid having to take Sensha-do and has to be forced into, Emi transfers so she can continue doing it with a new team and actively seeks out Bellwall's team. Emi is also a haughty, tactless, tsundere, while Miho is a shy, Cute Clumsy Girl. Both however earn the absolute trust and loyalty of their respective Sensha-do teams.
- Forgiveness: In Little Army 2, she forgives Maho and acknowledges her as a kind person.
- Full-Name Basis: Calls Maho by her full name at all times.
- Graceful Loser: Takes her defeat at Maho's hands relatively well.
- Jerkass: She has no problem telling Miho how she hates Maho and she does so repeatedly, much to Miho's distress; the two are on good terms at the moment."I don't want to do Sensha-do as long as your sister is home."
- Jerk Ass Has A Point: It turns out that she actually has a reason why she doesn't like Maho- that Maho fired on her sister's tank while it was saving one of Maho's own team- and Miho is upset to hear that what she said is true.
- Last-Name Basis: Typically calls Miho and her friends by their last name and "-san", even after they switch to calling her by her first name, but calls out Miho's first name while saying goodbye to her.
- Meaningful Echo: Invoked non-verbal example. After seeing Miho troubled, she takes her elsewhere and grabs her hand, recounting a time in Chapter 2 when Miho did the same thing to her, resulting in Emi becoming "nervous" and speaking honestly about herself.
- Never My Fault: When her school in Germany got eliminated in the first round, Emi was fairly quick to blame her subordinates for undermining her authority.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero! Her decision to transfer out of her old school essentially broke the team apart and caused it to disband, leading her old teammate Sheska to be furious with her.
- Rage Quit: After being defeated in the first round in Germany, Emi, largely disliked by the tankery team, got fed up and quit.
- Saying Too Much: Miho finds out she's knowledgeable about driving tanks when she complains about Maho having the advantage due to a powerful German tank, and later identifies the Panzer IV. She lampshades it when she mutters "I said something stupid like that without realizing it."
- Serious Business: Not as much as the Nishizumi school, but she's fairly into tanks and seems to see most of her peers as playing around. In the end, part of her reason for returning to Germany is to find her own way of doing Sensha-do, much like Miho is.
- She's All Grown Up: Little Army 2 emphasizes this in its first chapter by putting her in a maid outfit that highlights how well her bust has developed.Hitomi: "As expected of foreign blood."
- Sore Loser: She's part-German, thus she doesn't like Maho, who led the victory of Japan's team against the German team. Her big sister being in the aforementioned team doesn't help any. She does contend that Maho would have won without taking the opportunity to shoot the enemy flag tank as it went to rescue one of her team's tanks, which could indicate that losing was not the main issue.
- Her gracefully accepting their loss to Kuromorimine in Little Army II shows how much her character has developed..
- This Is Something He's Got to Do Himself: Her opinion on Mihos pondering Mahos advice to find her own way of doing Sensha-do, and wondering if she should continue at all.Emi: It wont be good for her if she cant be liberated from the Nishizumi style. For her to continue with Panzer would be meaningless if she cannot change herself..
- Train-Station Goodbye: Leaves her home on a train, with Miho, Emi and Chihiro following in their tank.
- Tsundere: It's not known whether she likes or hates Miho (and to some extent, Maho) but she does react in a typical tsundere way when she's praised and later decides to apologize to Maho.Emi: "T-that was just an idea! Don't praise it!"Miho: "Ah, that's Emi-chan for you. Ahahaha..."
- Hitomi specifically calls her out as this in Little Army II.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Chihiro. She tends to ignore the point of Chihiro's reprimands.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Accuses Maho of ordering her tank to fire on the flag tank of the opposing team when it went to rescue one of her team's tanks. Her accusation is correct.
- She ends up on the receiving end in the sequel, when Sheska accuses her of being selfish by transferring out and leaving the team to fall apart, and declares her unworthy of being in tankery
- "Bellwall! Panzer Vor!"
The school that Emi and Hitomi end up attending in Little Army II. The school itself is divided between the Normal Department, and the Industrial Department. The latter is composed mostly of "Yankees" from which the Sensha-do team gets most of its members. Their Sensha-do program was in the process of being shut down before Emi stepped in. Like Kuromorimine, they mostly run German tanks with the exception of one Soviet T-44 and one modern Japanese Type-10 Hitomaru-shiki MBT that they can't use anyway since it's against regulations.
- Borrowed Catchphrase: Just like Ooarai, they start their matches with Emi ordering "Panzer Vor".
- Foil: To Kuromorimine, both use German tanks and tank destroyers. However, Bellwall's Sensha-do team is much less disciplined and militaristic than Kuromorimine's. In fact, it was pretty much in shambles before Emi stepped in and shaped it up.
- Hot-Blooded: It would be easier to list who isn't hot blooded in Bellwall.
- Japanese Delinquents: Their Sensha-do team is basically composed of this. Before Emi joined, they're actually split into two gangs led by the vice-commanders fighting over succession.
- True Companions: How they end up after Emi takes the team under her wing.
Emi's gunner in her Tiger I. A first year student who transferred from West Kureijo Girls' Academy. She's secretly there on orders from her sister, Kiri Shiratori, to spy on Bellwall. However, Emi's kindness convinces her to actually stay at Bellwall.
- Nice Hat: Starts wearing a bonnet she found in a tank store in Ooarai after Emi stated that it looks good on her.
- Shrinking Violet: Pretty much a pushover, especially to her sister who bosses her around. Emi not treating her as such and encouraging her is part of why she switches allegiances to Bellwall.
The driver of Emi's Tiger I.
Radio operator in Emi's Tiger I.
- Hair Decorations: Has a hair clip that looks like a five pointed leaf.
- Those Two Girls: With Takami.
One of two former vice-commanders warring over the position of commander in Bellwall before Emi steps in. She commands Bellwall's Jagdpanther.
- Animal Motifs: She's been described to be like a shark.
- Cool and Unusual Punishment: Her punishments involve having the victim buy her "anpan", Japanese sweet red bean buns, much to her minion's chagrin.
- Japanese Delinquents
- Hidden Depths: Despite her aggressive demeanor, she can be surprisingly caring, even towards her rival Chifuyu during their ceasefire.
- Ramming Always Works: Her preferred method of taking out opponents involves ramming them with her Jagdpanther before actually shooting them.
- Refuge in Audacity: Her idea for pre-match scouting against Kuromorimine involves simply walking over to their hangar and asking them about their team composition. It actually works, mostly because Sheska caused a fuss with Emi, who then made sure to quietly take note of Kuromorimine's tanks the whole time.
- Sore Loser: Something she shares with...
Chifuyu DoiThe other former vice-commander that was fighting with Neko over the role of commander before Emi stepped in. She commands Bellwall's Elefant tank destroyer.
- Animal Motifs: She's been described as having the calm but intimidating presence of a bear.
- Friendly Sniper: Prefers taking her opponents out from long range, in contrast with Neko.
- Hidden Depths: Despite coming off as rather stoic, she also has a caring side to her, even towards Neko.
- Sore Loser: Just like Neko.
- The Stoic
Kanako and Tsuruge Kashiwaba
Twin sisters who serve as the president and vice president of the Bellwall Academy Motor Vehicle Club. They end up joining the Sensha-do team after Emi beats them in a race forcing them to give up their claim on the hangar as well as serve the team. They drive a Panzer II, and later lead the team's Panzer II squadron.
- Always Identical Twins: Both are basically treated as one character.
- In-Series Nickname: Emi calls them the Baka-shiwaba sisters.
- Rich Bitch
- Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: They fact that they have rich parents basically lets them do whatever they want in school.
- Averted, when they join the Sensha-do team. They try to use their money to buy a Type-10 MBT to use in matches, only to be told that they can't use it since modern tanks are against regulations. Thus they get stuck with the Panzer II.
- Wrench Wench: They're supposedly the best mechanics in the Motor Vehicle Club. Emi uses this to her advantage to quickly fix the Tiger I's tracks during he match with West Kureoji Grona Academy.
A new recruit to Bellwall's Sensha-do club. She and her equally new recruit friends join up after Emi resolves the succession crisis between Neko and Chifuyu. She commands their Soviet T-44 alongside her friends.
- Having felt the Nishizumi style, I believe it has changed me in a great way. I am indebted to the mistress for everything.
One of the Nishizumi family maids and a former student of Shiho's. In Little Army 2 She's been promoted as a scout for the Japanese Sensha-do Federation.
- Bearer of Bad News: In the manga, she meets with Miho to tell her that she will be disinherited if she loses against Pravda.
- Canon Immigrant: She makes an appearance in the main series manga.
- Combat Referee: The ref for the tank battle between Miho and Maho's teams.
- Koan: After Miho's argument with Emi, Kikuyo tells Miho that not everything goes cleanly in Sensha-do, and that sometimes, shootouts are necessary. Miho realizes that in order to reconcile with Emi, simply talking may not be enough, and decides to arrange a Sensha-do match between her crew and Maho's.
- Meaningful Echo: Echoes Maho's description of Sensha-do as a way to improve oneself as a person.
- Meido: Domestic servant for the Nishizumi family.
- My Mistress Right Or Wrong: When Miho asks about her opinion on Shihos description of the Nishizumi school's approach to Sensha-do, Kikuyo sadly refuses to answer, saying that shes "indebted" to the Nishizumi school and cant give her opinion on her mistress.
- Parental Substitute: She's one for Miho, giving her advice about how to deal with her friends, and Maho asks her to look after Miho while she's away at school.
- Wham Line: In the main series manga, telling Miho that her mother knows what she has been up to, and will disinherit her if she loses against Pravda.
- In Little Army 2 she tells Emi that she's being scouted to represent Japan in the World Championships.
- With Due Respect: After Shiho sends Miho's guests away, Kikuyo bows to them and begs them not to blame Maho, saying that she has her own burdens as the heir to the Nishizumi school.
Maho's CrewA group of three of the students of the Nishizumi school who fight alongside Maho against Miho and her friends.
- Back for the Finale: Miho and her friends are briefly shown doing mixed training matches with the students, The three of them drive Miho, Hitomi and Chihiro as they catch up with Emi's train.
- Big Ball of Violence: The gunner and the loader, when they disagree over whether to ambush Miho's tank or attack her where they are and risk getting flanked.
- Character Development: When the Gunner is seen again in Ribbon Warrior, she's less a worshipping fangirl like she was in Little Army and more like a casual friend to Maho, even going First-Name Basis with her. She's also notably more wild-eyed and audacious, but also friendly and easygoing.
- Death Glare: The driver, as she threatens the gunner and loader with violence if they don't get back in their seats and comply with Maho's orders.
- Defeat Means Friendship: A case much like St. Gloriana, in which they win but befriend Miho. Miho thanks the loader for practicing with them despite having been their opponents.
- Foil: The gunner sucks up to Maho, in contrast to Emi practicing Brutal Honesty.
- Genki Girl: The gunner has some traits of this."Oh yeah! This is how you score a hit!"
- Girlish Pigtails: The gunner has them, and often comes off as somewhat immature when not trying to impress Maho.
- Inexplicably Identical Individuals: The driver looks like a younger Erika.
- Professional Butt-Kisser: The gunner.Gunner: "Ahh, I've been waiting for this day for so long... I'm riding in the same tank with the next family head, Maho-sama... I'm so honored~"
Maho: "Ah, oh, I look forward to working with you."
Gunner: "Please let me ride with you again after this-" (gets hit in the back of the head with a water bottle)
Loader: Stop using flattery, you schemer!
- No Name Given: "The Loader" is all.
- Subverted in later expanded materials. In Phase Erika, where each of the members become tank commanders of Black Forest Peak as extras, their names are revealed; the loader's name is Natsumi, the gunner is Kayo, and the driver is Noguchi.
- Only Sane Man: Among the trio, the driver stands out, although it helps that the cool-headed Maho is the one giving orders.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: It's clear that the gunner and loader don't get along very well. See Volleying Insults.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Phase Erika reveals that even in middle and high school, the loader and the gunner are still like to fight with each other.
- Volleying Insults: The gunner and the loader."Are you stupid!?"
"Shut up you tarsier!"
EclairThe new commander of Maginot Girl's Academy that wishes to improve the Maginot tankery team by radicalized the school doctrine. She commands SOMUA S35 marked with a blue spade.
- Break the Haughty: She came to take over the position of Maginot squadron commander because she thought that she could do a better job at commanding the team. She was a Shiho's fangirl and it shows. Only after she became the commander, she realized the school politic that caused her predecessor to bend over backward to the populist decision, approximately half of Maginot tankery team quit to spite her, she started to develop a stomach ulcer badly enough that she's on the med, and she's seen in the present less a gung-ho person than the time when she publicly challenged Madeline for a duel.
- Humiliation Conga: Even discounting the events that marred her ascension as a commander, in the middle of the battle against Ooarai, she's seen by her team passing out from her stomachache after vomiting all over her uniform.
- Ill Girl: She started developing a stomach ulcer from the stress of commanding Maginot tankery team. The ulcer is strong enough to knock her unconscious if she's stressed enough.
- Klingon Promotion: A non-fatal version of this; she won the position of squadron commander by challenging the previous commander in a duel. Also deconstructed; just because Madeline approved the duel's conditions, doesn't mean that the other members of the team would. Madeline is such a beloved commander in Maginot (even Eclair herself looks up to Madeline), that when Eclair wrestled power from her, the senior members of the team disregarded Eclair's every commands. When Madeline quit the team to properly make way for Eclair without being haunted by her shadow, the senior members mistook her action for spite and deserted en masse.
- Out-Gambitted: In both her fight against Ooarai and Anzio, the major component of her defeat is that she's overestimating her tanks' capability to do her Lightning Bruiser strategy and underestimating her opponents to not seeing her strategy coming. It's especially egregious in the National against Anzio; she basically tries to win a fight of speed against a famed Fragile Speedster, allowing Anchovy to flank Eclair's slower flag tank that got left behind from chasing her CV-33 distraction with all three of her Semovente.
- Stage Fright: After her Humiliation Conga, it's implied that she's a lot less boisterous because she failed to measure up to her enthusiasm. She became nervous easily afterward and gets physically sick in a stressful situations.
- Throw the Dog a Bone: She enters Ribbon Warrior story by decimating the entire Viggen's deployment by herself. The spectators are cheering for Maginot's messiah while Madeline is seen watching over her fight, praising her growth.
- "'The true Sensha-do,' you say? Quite satisfying."
An old-fashioned student from Tatenashi High School and leader of the Centipede Team. She is an avid Tankathlon competitor, participating in unauthorized Sensha-do matches where the only rule is that tanks must weigh no more than 10 tons. She commands a Type 97 Te-ke tankette.
- Archer Archetype: She's very skilled with a bow.
- Beauty Mark: Has one under her left eye.
- Blood Knight: She's quite eager for a good fight.
- Blue and Orange Morality: She wishes to relieve the war through Tankathlon because Tankathlon depends on the crews' skills than the tanks' firepower and tonnage, despite war is not always fair. She also thinks that Tankathlon battle is like a honorable fight between warriors and yet she arsons a neighborhood house so she could use the spectators to block Erika's company, only to come out of the battle acting like she's a cultured samurai. It's difficult to be certain about Shizuka's moral other than 'whatever it takes in battle', that even people in-universe are confused by her strange flip-flop personality.
- Blue Blood: Shizuka's family claims descent from the Takeda samurai. Their emblems (four black diamonds on a red background) adorn her tankette, with Shingen's battle standard (a centipede) also serving as the basis for her team's name.
- Boisterous Weakling: Despite her Blood Knight tendencies, Shizuka's combat record is not very impressive. Her only lone victory is against BC Freedom High School, which she attained by exploiting the team's internal dissensions. She also barely managed to draw against Ooarai's Duck Team and their Type 89 after she is cornered for practically the entire duration of match. Her later cooperation with BC Freedom against Kuromorimine ended in victory, despite losing in a tank duel against Erika. In later chapters, she has lost against Saundersnote and Anzionote .
- Born in the Wrong Century: She expresses this belief in one of the color pages, while wearing Samurai armor over her school uniform. Her mode of speech is also quite antiquated.
- Cold Sniper: In addition to commanding the tank, she also mans the main gun.
- Combat Pragmatist: Drives through the crowd so that her pursuers can't shoot her.
- Contrasting Sequel Main Character: She's far more outspoken, competitive, and ruthless than Miho. Lampshaded in the text.The heroine this time — Seems bad natured?!
- Does Not Like Shoes: Slightly downplayed. Some WWII tank commanders (particularly those without intercom systems) used to direct their drivers by tapping them on the shoulder with their feet. Instead of tapping, Shizuka caresses Rin's shoulders and neck with her stocking-ed feet.
- Establishing Character Moment: As the unauthorized Tankathlon match gets underway, she goes from sleepy to hot-blooded, even running her tank through spectators, and relishing Yaika's challenge.
- Hair Decorations: She wears a red ribbon that is referenced in the title, and seems to be her major identifying visual trait In-Universe.
- Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: Setting a field full of spectators on fire and committing arson just to win a match is considered extreme, even by Tankathlon standards.
- Kick the Dog: See Jumping Off the Slippery Slope for more details.
- Nominal Hero: Her sole motivation for participating in Tankathlons is to eventually fight Miho Nishizumi.
- Old Money: Her family is quite well-off, owning a large estate with multiple outbuildings.
- Precision F-Strike: Launches a massive one at Jajka after the latter interferes in their duel with Maho.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: She delivers one to BC Freedom, calling them out on scapegoating their commander for the loss and saying that they lost to themselves, not her.
- Samurai: Shares their mindset
- She's Got Legs: The sight or touch of Shizuka's legs is usually enough to get Rin very hot and bothered.
- Unproblematic Prostitution: Her go-to answer for "we need money to pay for this" is "let's sell our bodies", much to Rin's chagrim. First when she sugested "selling her prime" to pay for their tank's repairs. Later she sugested she and Rin could both prostitute themselves if needed to pay for the houses she arsoned during a match.
- "'I'm - a pervert-. Th... this is all Shizuka-hime's fault!"
A student from Tatenashi High School. She is Shizuka's best friend and serves as both the driver and mechanic of the Type 97 Te-Ke tankette.
- Badass Driver: She's able to drive well when faced with Anchovy and the rest of Anzio's tanks.
- Casual Kink: Played with. Never shown actually being into it, but the references to Rin being Shizuka's ponygirl are numerous. She's even wearing nothing but a bit and bridle in her dreams in chapter 3.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: She does not like it when other girls get a bit too friendly with "Hime-sama".
- Homoerotic Subtext: In chapter 1, Shizuka caresses her neck and shoulder under the shirt with her stockinged feet. Rin's startled reaction makes blatantly clear she's aware of the... connotations. She Lampshades it with the following gem:Rin: "Don't treat me like your ponygirl or anything!"
- The second chapter has a random classmate comment how Rin's proposal to Shizuka to do senshado together looks as if she's asking her out instead.
- And the third chapter, where Rin herself comments upon it (the titular line) after having an actual erotic dream about the aforementioned ponygirl thing, makes it clear the trope is not a throw-away joke.
- Straight Man: To Shizuka's antics. With the caveat of Wild Take below.
- Unreliable Expositor: Ribbon Warrior having rather extreme facial expressions and a lot of medieval armaments imagery seems to root on Rin's very wild imagination, as a lot of the chapters start with phrase "Let me tell you about my best friends/ war buddies/ etc" when narrated by her. Just compare when Rin is describing Miho and when Erika is recalling Miho's blunder.
- Wild Take: She does this so much that it might as well be her default facial expression.
- "You're having such a tight fight against a single, tiny, Type 97 Te-ke tankette. Though I suppose this is to be expected of a team used to the bounds of the official Sensha-do rules and its safety rules which is- just a game, after all."''
Commander of Bonple Academy, and a champion in Tankathlon. She commands a 7TP.
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: She looks down on Sensha-do and its rules as "just a game."
- Blood Knight: Like Shizuka, she seems to get an almost sexual thrill out of combat.
- Card-Carrying Villain: By chapter 7, her other traits have been Flandered into that.
- Defensive Feint Trap: Used brilliantly in Bonple's rematch against Pravda. By luring most of the opposing enemy force into the forest, she was able to slip past her numerically superior opponent and take out the now lightly defended flag tank.
- Flanderization: By her second appeareance, her Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy and Smug Snake traits devolve into full-blown Card-Carrying Villain territory.
- Kill Steal: Accused of doing this by Shizuka, when she attacks Anchovy from the side. Once more in the Cauldron Tournament when Jajka shoots Maho when she's in the middle of a duel with Shizuka.
- Red Baron: Known among the Tankathlon enthusiasts as "Grand Master Jajka"
- Smug Snake: So far, she's exceptionally arrogant and condescending.
- Sore Loser: She has a special grudge on Pravda because of the one-sided beating that Pravda gave to Bonple in the the 63rd National Tournament.
Commander of BC Freedom, and part of the Freedom side.
- A House Divided: The BC and Freedom sides do not get along well.
- Badass Bureaucrat: While not exactly a poor commander, her team deployment in the battlefield is hindered by the in-fighting between BC and Freedom side and her own prejudice against her contemporaries. Nevertheless, she's still a good administrator, so much that when Darjeeling talks about making a Tankathlon tournament, she comes to Asparagus with the offer to be the head organizer.
- Break the Haughty: When she goes up against a single tankette, she gets quite badly humiliated and shamed before her subordinates.
- General Failure: She, in command of an entire tankery team, loses to a single tankette.
- I Owe You My Life: She's supporting the Centipede Team whenever call for aid is because despite winning against her, Shizuka is still defending her by calling out the BC Freedom students for always shifting the blame of their defeat to their clique's rival.
- Never My Fault: When both sides get tricked into fighting each other, Asparagus curses the factionalism between the BC and Freedom sides as though she had nothing to do with it, even though she clearly doesn't trust or think much of the BC side. Realizing that even though she wishes to change the school for better by joining the two sides of the schoolship but she's simply too prejudiced to do so, she proceeds to retire the active captaincy of BC Freedom team.