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Darjeeling


"Have you heard of this proverb before? The Englishmen say: "All is fair in love and war."
―Darjeeling
""No matter how fast we go, or no matter how many hits we take, I will never spill my tea""
―Darjeeling
"This isn't going to be an elegant victory." "We came here for Miho's victory... not our own."
―Orange Pekoe and Darjeeling

Darjeeling (ダージリン, Dājirin) is the overall commander of St. Gloriana Girls College's Sensha-Dō team and one of the supporting characters of Girls und Panzer.

Profile

Darjeeling is a third-year student from St. Gloriana Girls College. She is the overall commander of her school's Sensha-Dō team and she operates a British Churchill VII tank.

Appearance

Darjeeling is a graceful and kindly girl of average height and build, with a calm and collected demeanour, blonde hair and a pair of light blue eyes. She wears her blond hair in a French braid tied at the nape.

Personality

Darjeeling is well known for her calm and chivalrous personality. She has a great many personal mottos, most of which are lifted from famous poets, playwrights and authors. Two examples of these are: "No matter how fast we go, or no matter how many hits we take, I will never spill my tea." and "An Englishwoman abandons her morals in love and war" (a variation of the popular proverb "All's fair in love and war.") She's also shown to really like drinking tea, and is nicknamed after the Darjeeling tea (like all other "foreign-themed" characters in the show, she's actually Japanese) like most people in her school whose nicknames are based on different kinds of tea. She tends to use puzzling idioms a lot, some of which even Orange Pekoe, her trusted lieutenant and loader, and apparent best friend, can't understand.

In the spin-off manga Girls und Panzer - Motto Love Love Sakusen desu!, she's shown to be very easily influenced by novels and media, going as far as to trying to recreate a scene in a love novel with Orange Pekoe and posing as a maid while offering a (horrendous) maid service to her teammates Orange Pekoe and Assam, as well as the Anglerfish Team, after being influenced by the popular anime line "Do you want a bath? Do you want dinner? Or... Darjeeling?". She's also shown to have a strong obsession of weird things as long as they're symbolically English, like eel jelly or "driving" a coach. She is also shown to be quite vague at times, such as asking questions like "what is lottery?" and referring an amusement corner as paradise. However, of course, these character traits may or may not be canon.

Background

Miho Darjeeling

Darjeeling accepted the invitation of Ooarai Girls Academy to have an exhibition match by annihilation rules. During the match, she manage to defeat Ooarai but suffered heavy losses (only her Churchill survived). After the match, she complimented Ooarai's overall commander Miho Nishizumi as a worthy opponent by giving them some tea as a gift and told her that she was very different from her sister Maho. She said it was more fun competing with Miho than with her sister. Near the beginning of the match, she proudly said her motto "No matter how fast we go, or no matter how many hits we take, I will never spill my tea" to Miho, but during the match she dropped and broke her tea cup due to shock after hearing news that one of her tanks was defeated and another one suffered damage. This further signifies her shock and her respect for Ooarai's potential. Afterwards, she can clearly be seen watching and commenting on the tournament matches while sitting and drinking tea, along with her best friend Orange Pekoe. She always supports the Ooarai team, and also cheered for Ooarai before their final match with Kuromorimine, along with Kay, Alisa, Katyusha, and Nonna.

Quotes

  • "In a sandwich, it's not the bread that's the most delicious. It's the cucumber inside. The fillings taste better."
  • (Der Film) "Marching fire is the only choice, isn't it? We'll keep moving and firing."
  • (Der Film) "Let's call it "Operation Fish and Chips and Vinegar.""
  • (Der Film) "Long sobs of autumn violins, wound my hearth with a monotonous languor, only to drink this cup in the Northern Lands. It's some boiling black tea."
  • (Der Film) "Destiny is unfaithful. The disadvantaged side might not always be the one that loses."

Trivia

  • Her name is taken from the Darjeeling tea from the Darjeeling district in West Bengal, India.
  • Her favorite tanks are the British Centurion and Challenger.
  • Her hair style is similar to Rosalie de Hemricourt de Grunne from Strike Witches. It's unknown if this was intentional or not as the common link was that Shimada Humikane was involved with both the Light Novel illustrations for Girls und Panzer and the main force behind Strike Witches as he wrote and illustrated the light novels.
  • She has a younger sister.
  • In the spin off manga, Motto Love Love Sakusen Desu!, she seems to be fond of imitating other people's actions. It is shown that she is a terrible cooker, as noted by the reaction of her peers and Ooarai's Anglerfish team. She is really good and lucky in games, such as table-tennis, arcade games like racing and fighting, claw machines, billiards, lottery, jackpots, card games, like poker, and many others, defeating Assam and Orange Pekoe in all of them.
  • She was the fourth person to kind of realise Katyusha's tactic against Ooarai, after Miho, Maho and Shiho.
  • She has a perfect body movement coordination, as shown in manga der Film Variante, when she able to maintain her cup from spilling even when her Churchill is in vertical upright position when climbing out of golf sand bunker.
  • In the spin off manga, Ribbon Warrior, she is the only sensha-do tank commander able to make Shizuka Tsuruki shiver only by her mere presence. In the same manga, she also depicted as being an evil-genius mastermind, devising a complex and elaborate competition of Cauldron with sinister approach.
  • In the first Das Finale OVA it is revealed she applied to an university in the United Kingdom.
  • In the manga Motto Love Love Sakusen Desu! she is found to have a big interest in rumors and secrets which maybe a refrenece to the British attempting to decode the Enigma.

Gallery

Main article: Darjeeling/Gallery
Characters
Ooarai Girls High School Anglerfish Team Miho NishizumiSaori TakebeHana IsuzuYukari AkiyamaMako Reizei
Duck Team Noriko IsobeTaeko KondouShinobu KawanishiAkebi Sasaki
Hippo Team ErwinCaesarSaemonzaOryou
Rabbit Team Azusa SawaAya OonoAyumi YamagouYuuki UtsugiKarina SakaguchiSaki Maruyama
Turtle Team Anzu KadotaniMomo KawashimaYuzu Koyama
Mallard Team Midoriko SonoMoyoko GotouNozomi Konparu
Leopon Team Satoko NakajimaHoshinoSuzukiTsuchiya
Anteater Team NekotaMomogaPiyotan
Shark Team OginMurakamiCutlassFlintRum
Miscellanous Taiga OuSadokaMazoe
St. Gloriana Girls High School DarjeelingOrange PekoeAssamRosehipRukuririNilgiri ♦ Vanilla ♦ Cranberry ♦ Earl Grey
Saunders Girls High School KayAlisaNaomiHelmet-Chan
Anzio Girls High School AnchovyCarpaccioPepperoniAmaretto ♦ Gelato ♦ Panettone
Pravda Girls High School KatyushaNonnaKlaraNinaAlina
Kuromorimine Girls High School Maho NishizumiErika ItsumiKoume Akaboshi ♦ Leila Rou ♦ RitaikoGeshikoSangouMaukoSheska
Chi-Ha-Tan Academy Kinuyo NishiFukudaHaru TamadaHosomiNaguraHamadaTeramotoIkeda
Jatkosota High School MikaAkiMikko ♦ Touko ♦ Lili
Tatenashi Girls High School Shizuka TsurukiRin Matsukaze ♦ Haruka Endou
Bonple High School JajkaUszka
BC Freedom High School Ribbon Warrior Asparagus ♦ Moules ♦ Bordeaux
Das Finale MarieAndouOshida
Maginot Girls Academy Éclair ♦ Fondue ♦ Galette ♦ Madeleine ♦ Colombier
Tategoto High School Aung
Maple High School Trout ♦ Amber ♦ Oleo
Kebab High School Bosphorus
Bellwall Academy Tiger I Crew Emi NakasugaHitomi YuzumotoKitaTakamiNagisa Shiratori
Jagdpanther Crew Neko Yamamori ♦ Yano ♦ Koharu Sakai ♦ Kanbara ♦ Hirono
Elefant Crew Chifuyu Doi ♦ Terauchi ♦ Wakasugi ♦ Kunihiro ♦ Nogata ♦ Enami
T-44 Crew Youko Minami ♦ Saionji ♦ Azuma ♦ Hokuto
Panzer II Crew Kashiwaba Sisters
West Kureouji Grona Academy Kiri Shiratori
Selection University Alice ShimadaAzumiMegumiRumi
Japan Sensha-dō Federation Ami ChōnoShiho NishizumiRenta TsujiChiyo ShimadaShichiro KodamaKikuyo IdegamiKanon SasagawaHibiki InatomiRemi Takashima
Non-Affiliated Yoshiko AkiyamaJungorou AkiyamaHisako ReizeiShinzaburoYuri IsuzuChihiro YusaBoko