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Yeah, baby!
- Tanya

Tanya was the codename of an Allied female commando who operated during the first and second iterations of the Third World War. Her skills rival, if not better than those of the famed US Navy SEALs, and was equipped with dual pistols and C4. In addition, she was also trained to swim long distances allowing her to plant the explosives on hulls of enemy ships. Furthermore, she could self-heal at a slow rate due to improved provisions.

After the Soviet Union was defeated, she was trained to resist mind control in case they had to combat it again. She also was trained using her C4 charges on enemy ground vehicles, unlike Navy SEALs.


Third World War, first iteration

Tanya during the first iteration of the war

The Soviets performed a surprise invasion of the United States, leading to them overrunning Allied positions across the eastern coast. In this time of emergency, President Michael Dugan instituted the Lazarus Protocol and General Ben Carville quickly worked to defend against the enemy forces. Special Agent Tanya was assigned to work with one of the few Allied Commanders who were still in service. At the time, the Soviets had made an invasion of New York and made a move for Manhattan island, where Tanya entered the field to clear the area and re-establish communications with the Fort Bradley base.

Shortly thereafter, Tanya was relocated to Colorado Springs, reporting to General Carville that General Vladimir had taken the Air Force Academy there. Displeased with the pace at which she reported, Carville ordered the Commander to "dig Tanya out of the hole she dug for herself" and make her useful - much to Tanya's annoyance and before she could respond, the General cut the line. The Academy and its belonging base were reclaimed and Soviets were driven out.

Once these victories were achieved, Tanya was called in during a video conference between the Allied Commander, President Dugan and the European Council about the possibility of an aid package for the United States, in the form of supplies and soldiers, following Vladimir's nuclear strike on Chicago. Before this could be arranged, the European Council requested that Tanya destroys two nuclear missile silos on the German-Polish border. French general Réne Lyon was prepared to take command, but Tanya refused to follow orders from anyone other than the Commander, under the excuse that there was "no time to train [Lyon]". President Dugan reluctantly agreed, and Tanya succeeded in the mission.

Tanya was later sent on an off-screen mission by the time the Pentagon was retaken. After this was done, she was dispatched to the occupied St. Louis to destroy a psychic beacon that had enslaved the local population and reclaim the area from the Soviets.

During the battle for Moscow, Tanya personally infiltrated the Kremlin along with a team of GI's in order to capture Alexander Romanov. After breaking through into his office, she discovered that his aides had attempted to dress up one of his underlings as the Premier in a weak attempt at evading capture. Tanya knocked out the imposter and discovered Romanov hiding under his desk in his underwear and vest. With his capture, Tanya posed long with her fellow soldiers for a picture taken by the Westwood Journal, Timely magazine, Bunderswag newspaper and Bleakly magazine which published articles about the end of Third World War, ridiculing Romanov.

With the end of the conflict, Tanya met the Commander at an airbase where she informed him of the victory gala at the White House, to which they were both invited, and told him to take a shower.

Third World War, second iteration

After Yuri revealed himself right before his attempt at conquering the world with his network of Psychic Dominators, Tanya was among the few who were unaffected by the initial shockwave, as the San Francisco area was supposed to be controlled by a Dominator that was rendered powerless after its reactor was damaged in an Allied air raid. She joined Eva Lee and Albert Einstein in the time machine. After going back in time, she swam to Alcatraz island to destroy the Dominator while it was still under construction. Later during the conflict, she assisted the Commander in rescuing Albert Einstein in Egypt.

After Yuri's defeat, Tanya once again invited the Commander to the victory gala at the White House, but was interrupted by Lt. Eva who did the same, after which she complained to Einstein that the timeline was not set straight.

Alternative Fate

RA2Sovietlogo.png The following is based on the Soviet campaign of Yuri's Revenge and might contradict canon.

After Boris's team destroyed the Psychic Beacon in London, Tanya joined them in the fight against Yuri.


Like her predecessor, Tanya was often ready to confront even high-ranking military and political leaders, once notably losing her temper at General Réne Lyon in front of President Dugan and the European Council. Tanya seemingly had poor relations with General Carville, though she regarded him a competent general and was on record for missing him during Operation Time Shift.

Initially, Tanya had little faith in the Commander that she was assigned to and even lightly mocked him. However, after the first few missions under his command, she began to appreciate the Commander to the point that she refused to work under any other commander during Operation Dark Night. After the mission was completed, General Carville commented that he had never seen Tanya stick her neck out for anyone. When she was sent on another mission, she told the General to convey to the Commander her regards. Later, during Operation Free Gateway, she expressed her concern over the effects the psychic beacon would have on her and her squad, but assured the Commander that she trusted his command. By the end of the Third World War, she developed a love interest for him.

Official description

The most versatile infantry unit for the Allied forces is Tanya. About as fast as a typical GI, Tanya also has the ability to swim across rivers and oceans. While not that powerful against vehicles, Tanya’s powerful weapon kills off enemy infantry units with a single shot. Tanya can also plant C4 charges on enemy buildings or ships, destroying them instantly. Planting C4 charges on the repair huts of bridges allows Tanya to destroy bridges as well.
- Red Alert 2 manual(src)


She is equivalent to the Navy SEAL in terms of capability, able to instantly reduce groups of enemy infantry with her dual pistols. In Yuri's Revenge, she differs greatly from Navy SEALs as she can put C4 even on any ground vehicles and tanks in her reach instead of just ships and buildings. These feats require hazardous close encounters. Anti-surface (especially anti-personnel) base defense structures can eliminate her (although a single Tesla coil bolt or Desolator's shot only drops her health level to critical condition rather than killing her). However, it will give Tanya a much needed Anti-Tank Capability if she really needs to engage vehicles, even able to instantly blow up Apocalypse tanks. When placed in an IFV, she can deploy a highly effective anti-personnel gun from inside the IFV's turret. She cannot be mind controlled in Yuri's Revenge. Her pistol is helpless against air targets but other than that, she can be a huge threat against anything on the ground when left unchecked.

AI behavior

Tanya controlled by the AI have the following attack patterns:


  • 1x targeting the closest structure/defense


  • 1x targeting the Allied/Soviet Construction Yard; loaded inside a NightHawk transport with 3 GIs and 1 Guardian GI
    • The AI is not programmed to send this strike force against a Yuri Construction Yard


  • Red Alert 2 patch 1.004: Tanya's/Navy SEAL C-4 charges can now be planted on all bridges.
  • Red Alert 2 patch 1.005: no other infantry units other than those with explosives can blow up buildings when joining to a Tanya command waypoint.
  • Yuri's Revenge (release version 1.000):
    • can only be built once at a time per player
    • cost increased from $1000 to $1500
    • can target ground vehicles with C-4 charges
    • new quote set
  • Yuri's Revenge patch 1.001:
    • Tanya can no longer target vehicles within tank bunkers.
    • if a commando (Tanya, Boris, Yuri Prime) is placed into a transport, and that transport is destroyed on water, the training slot for that commando unit is now properly freed.


When created (RA2)

  • (maniacal laughter)

When created (YR)

  • Let's rock and roll!

When selected (RA2)

  • Anytime, boss.
  • You got an order?
  • Where's the party?
  • Show me the way!
  • How about some action?

When selected (YR)

  • What's up?
  • I'm the best there is.
  • Untouchable!
  • I hear ya!
  • I'm so good!

When moving (RA2)

  • I'm there.
  • How 'bout a target?
  • On my way.
  • Movin' out, boss.
  • I'm on it.
  • Shake it, baby!

When moving (YR)

  • Let's go!
  • Gotcha.
  • Let's get to it!
  • Nothin' to stop me!

When ordered to attack (RA2)

  • Cha-ching!
  • (maniacal laughter)
  • Locked and loaded!
  • Yeah, baby!

When ordered to attack (YR)

  • Bag 'em up!
  • Yeehaw!
  • (laughter)
  • Another loser!

When suppressed (YR)

  • I'm hit!
  • Just a scratch.
  • That all you got?
  • Hey hey, watch it!

When an enemy tries to mind-control her (YR)

  • Mind control? Yeah, right.
  • No one mind controls Tanya.
  • Those psychic tricks don't work on me.
  • Must... resist!
  • Get outta my brain!

Campaign quotes

Oh, she's not kidding, commander. If we don't move fast enough, we'll all become slaves to Romanov and his slimeball Yuri. You hear what I'm saying? There is nothing worse for a soldier than to lose their mind. We're trusting you.
- Tanya to the Commander prior to Operation: Free Gateway
One short swim to Alcatraz, and I'll blow that psychic contraption sky-high!
- Tanya after Allied time travel
No fear, Tanya's here!
- Tanya after being deployed in Egypt
No problem, I'm trained to resist mind control
- Tanya in Egypt
You know, it might be easier to sneak me across the river then to get an entire army over the bridge
- Tanya in Egypt
Catch you on the replay.
- Tanya breaking the fourth wall in the Allied ending of Yuri's Revenge

RA2Sovietlogo.png The following is based on the Soviet campaign of Yuri's Revenge and might contradict canon.
I never thought I'd say this to a commie, but, um... thanks. <pause; to other soldiers in camp> Alright, this Yuri is going down! <turn back to camera> So we're ready to follow your orders. But you better know what you're doing, 'cause if my men gets slaughtered, you're gonna have to answer to me. You got that... comrade?
- Tanya to the Soviet Commander during Operation: Brain Wash
What? <laugh> Yeah, right, Boris is skilled. Ooh, look at me, I can call in an airstrike! Please...
- Tanya in Operation: Brain Wash (Yuri's Revenge)



English, French, and German versions share the same cameos.

English Korean Chinese
RA2 Tanya Icons.png CNCRA2 Tanya Korean Cameo.png CNCRA2 Tanya Chinese Cameo.png
RA2 Tanya Veteran Icons.png CNCRA2 Tanya Korean Veteran Cameo.png CNCRA2 Tanya Chinese Veteran Cameo.png


Behind the scenes - Kari Wührer


  • In cutscenes, Tanya is sometimes seen with an AKM assault rifle that she never uses in-game.
  • In the Allied ending cutscene of Red Alert 2, Tanya is seen holding two SIG-Sauer P226s when she and a team of Allied soldiers storm Premier Romanov's office.
  • In cutscenes, her sports bra is brown, but in-game it is remappable (player-coloured).
  • In Operation Dark Night cutscenes, she is seen wearing a coat, but in-game she retains her standard camouflage pants and Allied blue bra.
  • Like Yuri, a player can train infinite Tanya units in Red Alert 2 multiplayer. In Yuri's Revenge, she was replaced in this role by the statistically similar Navy SEALs. Tanya still appears in YR, now with the role of the Allied hero unit. She now has a build limit of one (two with a cloning vat), as well as a 1.5 times higher cost and build time, but she is now superior to SEALs by being immune to mind control and able to instantly destroy a vehicle with C-4.
  • She is the only unit in the Command & Conquer series to have two entirely different in-game voice sets in the expansion pack.
  • There is evidence in the code that suggests Tesla Troopers, SEALs, Tanya and Boris were once able to enter and clear garrisons, but then that functionality was disabled before release; see here:

See also

Red Alert 2 Characters
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