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A Young Girl's Delinquency Record, also can be read on FFN here is a The Saga of Tanya the Evil fanfic by Gremlin Jack.

The war is about to end, but Tanya von Degurechaff does not trust the coming armistice. Fearing that the Francois are about to pull a Dunkirk and set up a government in exile in Africa, she takes the 203rd on a reconnaissance raid to the port of Brest, and finds her suspicions confirmed. Unable to stop the evacuation fleet with the conventional firepower available to her battalion, she comes up with a desperate strategy: She destroys the few safety mechanisms on the Type 95, deliberately overloads it, and uses the relic as a bomb. It works – the evacuation fleet is destroyed.


So is a good part of the city of Brest.

The destruction of Brest decisively ends the war in Germania's favor, but the horror of the destruction of Brest by a single mage causes the world to demand that the Devil of the Rhine be put on trial as the world's first war criminal. Since half the countries sitting in judgement over her are from nations hostile to Germania, Tanya fears a Kangaroo Court, and plots with her trusted aide Visha to escape.

Now an internationally wanted fugitive, Tanya journeys the world, seeking to keep one step ahead of the newly formed international police agency Interpol while trying to make enough money to get herself that nice, peaceful retirement she's been hoping for since the day she enlisted.

As of mid-May 2020, the author has delayed the release of followup chapters due to requiring time to plan out plot developments.


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  • 0% Approval Rating: After the tragedy of Brest and her escape from Londinium, Tanya becomes this among the public at large. Her later activities certainly doesn't help
  • 419 Scam: At a party Tanya and Visha encounter a man claming to be an exiled king of a gold rich African nation who's seeking help to return from exile. Tanya decides to smuggle him to his 'home' for giggles. It's not this trope and he's completely legitimate.
  • Adaptational Heroism:
  • Armor-Piercing Response: Tanya gives two during her trial:
    • The first one is towards the prosecutor, who has been slandering her name and character with half-truths and blatant hypocrisy over the course of five days in the trial. By the time he begins questioning her, Tanya has very much reached the limits of her patience. It's very telling the only thing the former has to say is to strike the response from the record.
    The Prosecutor: And does you oath include attacking and murdering citizens of neutral parties without warning or provocation?
    Tanya: Neutral? Surely you jest! Any student of history can tell you that the Allied Kingdom has had but one foreign policy objective in the last five hundred years – to create a weak and disunited Europe. In the pursuit of this policy, you have fought with Legadonia against the Hapsburgs, with the former Dutch against Ispagnia, with Prussia against Osterry and Francois, and with the Francois against the Rus. And while you encouraged the continental powers to squabble over minor bits of territory, your fleets carried your flag to a quarter of the globe. So why would you change, when it has worked so well? The last time someone came close to uniting the continent was Bonaparte, and the Kingdom first funded, then led the war against the Francois Empire. Now the Prussian Empire stands the preeminent European power, and suddenly we have neutral Allied army posts present on the battlefields of Legadonia. Neutral shipping that is present in numbers just as the Francois needed a naval evacuation. Less than six months ago my unit was ambushed by a battalion of Albish-speaking mages – I suppose they were neutral as well!
    Dacian General: But that's because that she-devil killed them all before they even had a chance!
  • Arms Dealer: One of Tanya's companies has an arms dealer license from Colombia.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: How in Ch. 25, Tanya describes Jenny's activities – "Drug smuggling! Gun running! General hooliganism!"
  • Banana Republic: Visha thwarts an attempt to create one while standing in for Tanya while she was down with the flu. This causes a chain reaction of events that causes people to think that Germania is seeking to expand into South American affairs, causes a crash on South American stocks, and helping set the Great Depression in motion.
  • Blasphemous Boast: When interrogated by Mary, an unperturbed Visha makes it clear she has no faith in God – she puts her faith in something much, much more real.
  • Body Double: An undercover Mary Sioux unintentionally serves as this for Tanya, leading the girl into some uncomfortable introspection on how she's Not So Different from Tanya.
  • Broken Pedestal: In the aftermath of the Brest incident and Tanya's trial, Visha, Zettour, Rudersdorf, and the entire 203rd have become disillusioned with the Kaiser. It has also been made clear that Tanya has washed her hands of the Empire as a whole.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: When Mary Sioux mentions that Tanya killed her father, it takes Visha quite some effort to remember the person in question – as the top ace of the war, Tanya killed a lot of people.
  • The Caligula: Kaiser Wilhelm is presented as an incompetent, eccentric ruler whose ear is constantly being bent by his cousin with fearmongering. Word of God states he based his behavior off of the real life Kaiser Wilhelm II.
  • Company Town: United Fruit wanted to set one up in Colombia; Kaiser Wilhelm has set one up in the Congo. Tanya has been disrupting those efforts whenever she crosses their path.
  • Conspiracy Theorist: Tanya's various spontaneous actions while on the lam have impacted so much of the world in so many different ways that nobody believes that this isn't according to some master plan, either by Tanya herself or some shadowy backers in Germania.
  • Corporate Warfare: Several of Tanya's businesses act as "strikebreakers", but use violence very minimally. The conflicts with D'Souza, United Fruit, and the Imperial Africa Company cause open conflict between aerial mages.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle:
    • There's a reason why the fight between Stillwater and the US Navy was later dubbed the Six Minute War. You can't even call the "fight" a proper battle, as the American mages lost half their number, with the only injury on the Stillwater side being basically self-inflicted.
  • Deliberate Values Dissonance: As the story is set during the 1920s and 1930s, people of color are treated differently by whites who see the former as inferior races that don't deserve to have equal rights like them.
  • Detective Mole: Visha's old academy friend Elya joins Interpol on the hunt for Tanya specifically so that she can slow their investigation down. However, her investigation into Tanya's criminal empire and her hostile encounter with Tanya and Visha in Imperial Congo shakes her resolve to maintain this role.
  • Dramatic Irony: The reason Tanya escaped from her trial in the first place? Because she feared the Kangaroo Court would either execute or at the very least locked her up forever with trumped-up charges. However they were actually planning to give her a cushy exile either to the US or Waldstatten and the reason Tanya wasn't informed of this is because the Imperial government feared the firebrand patriot Tanya would consider such a thing as a Fate Worse than Death and thus tried to prevent her from deliberately provoking the Judges to give her the firing squad.
  • Even Evil Has Standards:
    • Even Tanya, who has no problem with the killing of civilians as collateral damage, absolutely hates slavery.
    • While Tanya has no issues when it comes to working with criminals, she is disgusted that the mob boss Oliver's gang has been working with, McClane, has been secretly ripping them off from all of the stolen goods they sold to his fixer by giving them less money than the goods are actually worth, ensuring the gang has little to no money to save for themselves. This, along with McClane's dirty intentions to make both Tanya and Jenny join his brothel, Tanya and the gang decides to defect and work with his rival Murdoch, a much fairer mob boss.
    • The 203rd may have done brutal things during the Great War, but at least it had a purpose, which was to win the war as quickly as possible for the Empire. However, they are disgusted with their fellow Germanians in the Congo who treat the local Africans like slaves, abuse them, and give them little to no pay for all their hard work. When a corrupt Mine Owner attempted to punish a young girl for daring to fight back against one of his goons when he tried to rape her, the 203rd are all too happy to kill him and his goons when Tanya orders them dead.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": The Emperor/Kaiser (Wilhelm) and The Crown Prince (Friedrich Wilhelm) are only ever referred to by their titles by other characters.
  • Egocentrically Religious: Schugel. After the destruction of the Type-95, he's commissioned to create another quad-core orb. Following a series of disastrous experiments, he escapes, leaving behind a host of dead and traumatized test subjects. Recently, he's resurfaced in Ildoa, convincing the Duce to give him several young children of very religious families to keep on with his experiments. The officer in charge stares in disgust at Schugel's religious rantings and hopes the order to kill him will come before he's either killed or driven the children mad.
  • Expy: Monsieur Paquet, a colleague of Mary Sioux at Interpol, is one for Hercule Poirot.
  • Fantastic Drug: African Shamans can use herbal concoctions to cast strange mental-enhancement spells on themselves in the form of a trance.
  • Fantastic Nuke: The result of overclocking quad-core orb is this. Throughout the story quad-core orb technology is treated much like the atomic bomb in the 40's and 50's, complete with ban for its use or research.
  • For Want of a Nail: The event that this story centers around and follows the consequences of What If? Tanya decided Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right! and went to Brest.
  • The Great Depression: The American Stock Market crashes in part due to Stillwater Security killing several American Navy mages over a Banana Republic dispute. The trade wars that made it global were a result of Germania believing Colombia and the Unified States were harboring Tanya.
  • Honest Corporate Executive: Despite being the most wanted criminal in the world, Tanya has managed to set up ten organizations/companies that she has invested in or owns outright. She also managed to do so through completely legal means and makes sure that there are concrete benefits, safe working conditions, and a healthy respect for the subordinates and employees who work for her.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Tanya is completely indignant when she hears Jenny has involved herself with drug smuggling, gun running and various other shenanigans.
  • Idiot Ball: The Kaiser is holding this hard. He basically alienated much of his military command, especially those who support Tanya, all because he fears Tanya, and while his reason for fearing Tanya is justified, his reaction of basically exiling and throwing Tanya to a court martial presided over by enemy countries, all of them hostile to the Empire, without even trying to protect a popular war hero like Tanya, does his popularity no favors.
    • The Crown Prince sent six mage rookies to hunt down Tanya, believing that just because they hold dual-core orbs, they could put her down. Completely ignoring that the fact that the mages he sent are hardly skilled enough in using the orb compared to Tanya, who is a war veteran with so many aerial mage kills to her name that entire enemy countries fear her.
  • Innocent Innuendo: Many of Tanya's threats to Visha about "discipline" come across as BDSM-style flirting.
  • Insanity Defense: Several of the prosecutors at Tanya's trial genuinely believe she is mentally unsound, and try to force this.
  • Inspector Javert: Mary Sioux, who in this story joined Interpol to bring her father's killer to justice in a different manner.
  • Intimidating Revenue Service: Tanya does taxes for all of her various identities and companies.
    Lena: You're going to pay your taxes?
    Tanya: Last thing we need is the government coming after us for tax evasion.
    • When D'Souza's plantation was raided, he had powerful supporters in the Colombian Government... up until it came out he'd been committing mass tax fraud for years. That tends to annoy people who get funded through said taxes.
  • Kangaroo Court: Tanya fears this happening to her, with her getting railroaded to a gallows or an insane asylum. A justified fear, given that half the judges were from countries that she fought against during the war, and since she had just spent time in the hands of the Secret Police and was getting shipped to an international war crimes tribunal by her own government, she couldn't even count on the judge from her own country being predisposed in her favor.
  • Karmic Death: Oliver, feeling threatened that Tanya is taking over his gang, betrays her by selling her out to gangsters who wanted Tanya's head. Oliver is later killed by Jenny, one of his friends for selling Tanya out. The kicker? She'd been planning to leave the country in a few weeks anyways.
  • Kavorka Man: "Boris", one of Tanya's fake identities is this: an unashamedly lecherous five-foot-tall overweight middle-aged man. Tanya is flabbergasted when she finds some women actually reciprocate Boris' incessant flirting.
  • Knife Nut: Red Jenny was one, even before Tanya gave her some pointers.
  • Master of Disguise: While on the run, Tanya has donned no less than five different identities of various backgrounds and nationalities.
  • The Most Wanted: Up to Eleven in regards to our protagonist. After the destruction of Brest thanks to the Type-95 and managing to escape her trial, Tanya has become the world's first international criminal with the global Interpol formed specifically to catch and bring her back in chains.
  • Mugging the Monster:
    • The Crown Prince sending mages to hunt down or kill Tanya. If the mages he sent fail, then he has basically pissed off a mage who is capable of destroying cities, and has absolutely no problem of doing it again.
    • Four Germanian mages in the Congo attempt to threaten a disguised Tanya into signing a bad business deal, going far enough to threaten to rape her. She kills the leader with her coffee cup.
  • Noble Demon: Murdoch of Solly Street is an prominent Francois gang leader that operates in Londinium who has a protection racket and makes it a policy to not involve civilians and is an overall good boss to have.
  • Lack of Empathy: Tanya has absolutely no regret over the people she killed, even the civilians. While her lack of sympathy for the citizens of Arenne is somewhat justified – not only did they rebel and kill an unarmed prisoner, they also were holding armed weapons and refused to surrender – but she has no excuse for feeling nothing about the destruction of Brest.
  • No Plans, No Prototype, No Backup: Germania had only one quad-core orb, which Tanya destroyed, and which was so unstable that the fact that it hadn't exploded sooner was literally a miracle. This has not prevented them from commissioning Shugel to reproduce his magnum opus.
  • Nuke 'em: The net effect of detonating an unstable quad-core orb over a city.
  • Oblivious to Love: Tanya rationalizes her possessiveness over Visha as securing a valuable resource. It isn't until she got high with Shaman Abara that Tanya becomes aware of her feelings towards Visha, though is still blissfully unaware of that the latter is head-over-heels for her.
  • One In A Million Chance: Elya managed to discover Tanya's whereabouts independently of Mary and the the exact same time as them. When she says as much, Tanya doesn't even humor the possibility and simply assumes Elya doesn't want to be seen as belligerent as Mary.
  • Orphanage of Love: Despite the nuns at the orphanage where Tanya grew up being devoted to the children, the movie Arenne puts them in a bit of hot water when the terrible conditions are shown (to the point they were forced to choose to buy either food or coal for the day) until they produce their financial records and show how little donations they received and how much they had to make do with so little money.
  • The Paragon Always Rebels: From the Empire's perspective, Tanya went from being their most famous combat mage and a celebrated war hero into the greatest threat to their security, if not the world.
    The Crown Prince: Once upon a time, she was one of our greatest heroes. But now, if she is a hero, then she is without doubt a fallen one.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: Or Pragmatic Heroism, depending on who you ask. As always, Tanya operates on this line of thinking above all else. For example, when setting up each of her companies, she goes out of her way to make sure that her subordinates are treated as well as possible, in order to ensure they are working at peak efficiency and don't consider backstabbing her any time soon. Tanya also makes it clear that her word is her bond when making deals with others, something she brings up when questioned during her trial.
    Tanya: After all, where would civilization be if we all broke our word when it became inconvenient?
    • Unlike many other gangsters, Murdoch is shown to be quite cunning and practical when it comes to his more criminal activities.
  • Poor Communication Kills: A staple of Saga of Tanya the Evil stories. The first (but not the last by a long shot) being that nobody thought to tell Tanya that the sentence the Kangaroo Court was railroading her towards was simply a dishonorable discharge and exile, not execution or life in an insane asylum.
  • Protection Racket: Tanya has set up more than one "Security Company" that very strictly does not act this way. Her operatives provide the best security that money can buy, and are (mostly) completely legitimate. This doesn't stop Tanya from accidentally giving a Shame If Something Happened speech to the Mayor of Jersey City. Later, Murdoch also reorganizes his gang in the same vein.
  • Reality Ensues: Many high-ranking officers and soldiers of the Imperial Army and citizens of Germania are absolutely furious at the Supreme High Command's handling of the Brest incident; in particular, allowing their enemies from the Great War to put Tanya – who is essentially The Face of the Empire's war efforts and propaganda – on trial, something made even more egregious by the fact that the incident occurred in the first place due to Tanya actually discovering and putting a stop to the Francois pulling a fast one on the Empire. The Kaiser allowing Tanya to essentially be thrown to wolves has led to a lot of backlash and bad publicity against his reign, with his decision even causing a growing schism between the military and the civilian high command.
  • Red Baron: Tanya was known as "The Argent Silver" in Germania before her arrest, but most people now refer to her as either "The Devil of the Rhine" or "The Destroyer of Brest".
    • The Saga of Tanya the Evil-equivalent to the actual Red Baron (Manfred von Richthofen) makes a brief appearance as "General Richtoffer" in the post-war Germanian military.
  • Refuge in Audacity: Tanya, thinking the project would be a flop, agrees to star as herself in a million-dollar epic movie about one of her worst actions against the Allies called Arenne for a nice salary. It proceeded to become the highest-grossing film of its time, in part because of her Alternate Character Interpretation of the world's first war criminal as a Punch-Clock Villain who joined the military to escape poverty.
  • Replacement Mooks: The 207th is formed as Germania's new premier aerial mage group allowed to wield dual-core orbs after they sidelined the 203rd, feeling that they were more loyal to Tanya than to the Kaiser. Unfortunately, they have no idea how Tanya's training went (only the Veteran 203rd members knowing how to translate Tanya's notes into an actual training program), had to water it down after getting more than enough men killed and came out with inferior troops as a result. It shows when during their secret snatch-and-grab mission, where they outright lose to Stillwater Security (who, despite being armed with only single-core orbs, were put through Tanya's training) and cause just two casualties on the Colombian mages.
  • Right Hand vs. Left Hand:
    • Alluded by Elya, who accuses that a part of the American government is secretly collaborating with Tanya.
    • Later it's revealed that Interpol and the Allied Kingdoms believe Tanya is working as an agent provocateur for an anti-Kaiser faction within the Empire.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: The United Fruit Company and the Imperial African Company are very exploitative monopolies that keep natives as slaves in all but name and can call down their home country's military on any attempts at protest.
  • Shout-Out:
    • The Belgian Detective who joins Interpol's investigation into Degurechaff is an expy to Hercule Poirot, down to the mustache.
    • There are multiple references to major political and historical figures from the first half of the 20th century.
    • While hiding their true identities abroad, Tanya and Visha use several fake identities which includes Boris and Natasha and Elsa and Anna.
  • Sure, Let's Go with That: Zettour decides to let his allies think he's been The Man Behind the Man towards Tanya ever since she escaped her trial instead of admitting to being just as clueless as everybody else on what she's planning.
  • Then Let Me Be Evil: After realizing that all of her companies are crooked and/or involved in crime in one way or another, Tanya decides to stop abiding by the law and accepts her life as an international criminal.
  • Threat Backfire: In chapter 20, Tanya teases Visha about making her wear nothing more than a dog collar if she can't pay back Tanya's loan. At the end of the chapter, Visha does exactly that to severely fluster her.
  • Torture Is Ineffective: Tanya found the attempts at enhanced interrogation from the Germanian Secret Police to be "incompetent" and more annoying than anything – she'd put the 203rd through worse during basic training.
  • Toxic Friend Influence: Funnily enough Tanya blames Murdoch for Jenny's various issues even though it's made clear that most of it is the result of Jenny following Tanya's footsteps.
  • Training from Hell: Tanya had a 100% success rate at training the 203rd to use dual-core orbs. Germania attempted to use her notes to replicate this on new, more loyal units. These attempts killed more Germanian mages than the 203rd lost throughout the entire war. Lacking this training, all successor units to the 203rd are of lower quality.
  • Troll: When Visha is questioned by Mary Sioux, she can't help but tweak her nose by making a spectacle about how hard it is to recall a specific mage killed in Osfjord, and when she finally remembers the man, she comments on how hard it was to clean his blood off Tanya's coat. She justifies her disregard by telling Mary the man was suicidal – revealing that Anson Sioux did not die at Osfjord, but in a mad attack off the Francois coast several months later.
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behavior:
    • The six judges overseeing Tanya's trial are absolutely disturbed by her demeanor and answers when brought to questioning on the stand. Her behavior is so abnormal for a pre-teen that they demand a psych evaluation to figure whether or not she is an overpowered lunatic. Though played with, since Tanya, in an mental sense, is an adult male.
    Waldish Judge: Colonel Mueller, what is wrong with that girl?
    • Jenny, who despite being younger than Tanya is already very enthusiastic with the prospect of a criminal life, working with a gangster or emulating an international fugitive.
  • Undying Loyalty: The original 203rd, especially Visha. Come hell or high water, she will be at Tanya's side.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: After everything that she's done for him and the Empire, the Kaiser allows Tanya to thrown to the wolves and be judged for her "crimes" by the countries of the world, some of which are very hostile due to how many casualties she's caused towards their armies.
  • Weapon of Mass Destruction: After what the Type-95 does to Brest, quad-core orbs are classified as the world's first WMD and research on them is banned by international treaty. Virtually every signatory nation immediately starts a top-secret effort to build them anyway.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: During Tanya's time in Oliver's gang, the gang robbed a house secretly belonging to a nobleman, and Tanya believes the nobleman won't go after them since the man might not want the public to know the house he owns was involved in criminal activities. Unfortunately, the nobleman was angry that some street urchins robbed him and wanted his goons to "punish them".

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