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* RuleOfCool: The actual rules of the original game frequently get tossed aside in favor of this. Hey, [[TropesAreTools whatever works...]]

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* RuleOfCool: The actual rules of the original game frequently get tossed aside in favor of this. Hey, [[TropesAreTools [[Administrivia/TropesAreTools whatever works...]]


*** No mention is made of weightlessness aboard the ''Dire Wolf'', or any other spaceborne vessel, leading to the conclusion of ArtificialGravity in the setting. It's latter established that only some [=JumpShip=] and [=WarShips=] have "grave decks" which use CentrifugalGravity, and gravity only exists on these decks (unless the ship is accelerating at 1 g).

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*** No mention is made of weightlessness aboard the ''Dire Wolf'', or any other spaceborne vessel, leading to the conclusion of ArtificialGravity in the setting. It's latter established that only some [=JumpShip=] [=JumpShips=] and [=WarShips=] have "grave "grav decks" which use CentrifugalGravity, and gravity only exists on these decks (unless the ship is accelerating at 1 g).

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* FunWithAcronyms: From ''Bred For War'', we have the Woodstock Eco-Liberation Force to Restore Equality -- WELFARE.


* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Ninyu Kerai. Subhash Indrahar apparently used to be one before old age caught up with him.

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* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Ninyu Kerai. Subhash Indrahar apparently used to be one before old age caught up with him.Some characters will have these, either their given names or {{Red Baron}}s they've earned in their careers. [[AwesomeMcCoolname Grayson Death Carlyle]] is an example of the former, while Natasha "Black Widow" Kerensky is an example of the latter.


* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: ''The Saga of the Gray Death Legion'' in many ways, particularly the first two novels (''Decision at Thunder Rift'' and ''Mercenary's Star''). They feature a very early version of the Battletech universe - mechs are literally irreplaceable, lostech is rampant, and the Draconis Combine is more like the brutal Empire Of Japan than the more moderate versions seen in later novels. Thematically, the first two are ''very'' different from most of the later novels - battlemech combat is much more rare and predates the often formulaic play-by-play descriptions of later novels, instead often focusing on sabotage and infantry combat.

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''The Saga of the Gray Death Legion'' in many ways, particularly the first two novels (''Decision at Thunder Rift'' and ''Mercenary's Star''). They feature a very early version of the Battletech universe - mechs are literally irreplaceable, lostech is rampant, and the Draconis Combine is more like the brutal Empire Of Japan than the more moderate versions seen in later novels. Thematically, the first two are ''very'' different from most of the later novels - battlemech combat is much more rare and predates the often formulaic play-by-play descriptions of later novels, instead often focusing on sabotage and infantry combat.combat.
** ''The Blood Of Kerensky'' trilogy features some of this:
*** No mention is made of weightlessness aboard the ''Dire Wolf'', or any other spaceborne vessel, leading to the conclusion of ArtificialGravity in the setting. It's latter established that only some [=JumpShip=] and [=WarShips=] have "grave decks" which use CentrifugalGravity, and gravity only exists on these decks (unless the ship is accelerating at 1 g).
*** Ranna, Vlad (both [=MechWarriors=]), Evantha Fetladral (an Elemental), and Carew (an [=AeroPilot=]) are all said to be from the same sibko. Sibkos are later established to all be from the parings of the same two warriors in the breeding program, so Ranna could not have had sibmates who were a different phenotype from her, nor one who had a claim on a different Bloodname (Ranna eventually earns a Kerensky Bloodname, Vlad has a claim on a Ward Bloodname, Evantha has her Fetladral Bloodname, and Carew belongs to yet another House).


In addition, [=FASA=] licensed a number of video game series based on the universe. These, especially the VideoGame/MechWarrior series, turned out to be widely popular, and drew more people into the franchise.

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In addition, [=FASA=] licensed a number of video game series based on the universe. These, especially the VideoGame/MechWarrior ''VideoGame/MechWarrior'' series, turned out to be widely popular, and drew more people into the franchise.

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** When Wolverine Khan Sarah [=McEvedy=] starts to butt heads with the [=ilKhan=], Widowmaker Khan Jason Karrige twists events to bring about his rival Clan's downfall. [[spoiler:He succeeds, but unfortunately for him, he's playing chess with TheChessmaster Nicholas Kerensky himself...]]

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* WrittenByTheWinners: At play ''a lot'' in- (and [[RetCon out]] [[UnreliableNarrator of!]]) universe.
** The NostalgiaFilter through which nearly all characters view the original Star League is not shared by the Periphery States, who were conquered by the League.
** Nicholas Kerensky conducts a drastic rewriting of Clan history following the annihilation of Clan Wolverine, painting them as a radical threat to the Clans' existence - a bogeyman to unite the increasingly disparate Clans against - as opposed to a fast rising Clan that made one misstep too many. In a literal example of this trope, Nicholas both alters various passages of The Remembrance for the surviving Clans and personally destroys the sole Wolverine copy his warriors find.


* TheGreatestStoryNeverTold: The fate of Clan Wolverine, as chronicled in ''Betrayal of Ideals''. Within Clan society, the story of their downfall, if it is discussed at all, is [[WrittenByTheWinners a heavily biased version]] in which blame for all atrocities is placed squarely on the Wolverines, and any hint that the clan may have survived beyond the level of individual escapees is heavily suppressed. From the Inner Sphere's perspective, the very existence of Clan Wolverine is known only in the context sudden appearance - and equally sudden disappearance - of the mysterious "Minnesota Tribe". Even on a meta level, what happened to the remnants of the Wolverines after their expulsion from Clan society remains unknown beyond the vaguest of hints at their survival until at least the late 3040s.

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* TheGreatestStoryNeverTold: The fate of Clan Wolverine, as chronicled in ''Betrayal of Ideals''. Within Clan society, the story of their downfall, if it is discussed at all, is [[WrittenByTheWinners a heavily biased version]] in which blame for all atrocities is placed squarely on the Wolverines, and any hint that the clan may have survived beyond the level of individual escapees is heavily suppressed. From the Inner Sphere's perspective, the very existence of Clan Wolverine is known only in the context of the sudden appearance - and equally sudden disappearance - of the mysterious "Minnesota Tribe". Even on a meta level, what happened to the remnants of the Wolverines after their expulsion from Clan society remains unknown beyond the vaguest of hints at their survival until at least the late 3040s.

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* ItsTheOnlyWayToBeSure: ''Betrayal Of Ideals'' has Nicholas Kerensky invoke this almost word for word when discussing the fate of the Wolverines. Any warrior of Wolverine blood - even those claiming loyalty to the Clans - are to be killed immediately, while any lower caste Wolverine survivors are to be sterilized, so that there is no chance of Wolvrine ideals spreading to other Clans.

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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: ''The Saga of the Gray Death Legion'' in many ways, particularly the first two novels (''Decision at Thunder Rift'' and ''Mercenary's Star''). They feature a very early version of the Battletech universe - mechs are literally irreplaceable, lostech is rampant, and the Draconis Combine is more like the brutal Empire Of Japan than the more moderate versions seen in later novels. Thematically, the first two are ''very'' different from most of the later novels - battlemech combat is much more rare and predates the often formulaic play-by-play descriptions of later novels, instead often focusing on sabotage and infantry combat.


* MemeticBadass: In-universe, Kai Allard-Liao, especially to the Jade Falcons. First, on Twycross, he obliterated an entire cluster of frontline Falcon mechwarriors in a trap that nearly failed and only went off when he [[SelfDestructMechanism lights his own mech off to detonate the trap]]. Then, on Alyina, he singlehandedly extricates Victor Davion from a trap during a battle against the Falcons gone horribly wrong while his AceCustom mech was in a LimitBreak state. It got to the point where Star Captain Taman Malthus, a Clan Jade Falcon garrison commander, thinks sending fifty [[SuperSoldier Elementals]] in full [[PoweredArmor Battle Armor]] to hunt him down (while he's injured, without a 'Mech, and on the run behind enemy lines), is considered a "fair fight". Since, at the time, Malthus and [[WorthyOpponent Kai]] were ensnared in [=ComStar=]'s "[[LetNoCrisisGoToWaste Operation Scorpion]]" treachery, it made Malthus open to a [[EnemyMine temporary alliance]].

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* MemeticBadass: In-universe, Kai Allard-Liao, especially to the Jade Falcons. First, on Twycross, he obliterated an entire cluster of frontline Falcon mechwarriors in a trap that nearly failed and only went off when he [[SelfDestructMechanism lights his own mech off to detonate the trap]]. Then, on Alyina, he singlehandedly extricates Victor Davion from a trap during a battle against the Falcons gone horribly wrong while his AceCustom mech was in a LimitBreak state. It got to the point where Star Captain Taman Malthus, a Clan Jade Falcon garrison commander, thinks sending fifty [[SuperSoldier Elementals]] in full [[PoweredArmor Battle Armor]] to hunt him down (while he's injured, without a 'Mech, and on the run behind enemy lines), is considered a "fair fight". Since, at the time, Malthus and [[WorthyOpponent Kai]] were ensnared in [=ComStar=]'s "[[LetNoCrisisGoToWaste Operation Scorpion]]" treachery, it made Malthus open to a [[EnemyMine temporary alliance]].alliance]] and a lifelong [[FriendlyEnemy friendship despite being on opposing sides]].


** Also a very "star-crossed lovers" example in Victor Steiner-Davion and Omi Kurita. They fall in love with each other at just about first sight when meeting on Outreach, but he's the heir to the Federated Commonwealth and she's the daughter of the Coordinator of the Draconis Combine and they're both too conscientious to just shirk their responsibilities in the name of romance... [[spoiler:They do get together in the end, although eventually an assassin sees to it that it doesn't last forever. One legacy of their romance remains: their son [[MeaningfulName Kitsune]] [[LukeYouAreMyFather Kurita]].]]

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** Also a very "star-crossed lovers" example in Victor Steiner-Davion and Omi Kurita. They fall in love with each other at just about first sight when meeting on Outreach, but he's the heir to the Federated Commonwealth and she's the daughter of the Coordinator of the Draconis Combine and they're both too conscientious to just shirk their responsibilities in the name of romance... [[spoiler:They do get together in the end, although eventually an assassin sees to it that it doesn't last forever. One legacy of their romance remains: their son [[MeaningfulName Kitsune]] [[LukeYouAreMyFather Kurita]].]]]][[note]]Kitsune is japanese for "Fox"; he was named after his paternal grandfather Hanse Davion's moniker "[[MagnificentBastard The Fox]]"[[/note]]


* ObfuscatingStupidity: How the Draconis Combine won the battle of Wolcott. After pondering ways to [[CombatPragmatist exploit]] the straightforward way that the Clans declare battle, Theodore Kurita and his son Hohiro executed a plan to declare new units of green troops were defending the world, making the Jaguars underbid. In fact, the units were simply re-labeled elite Genyosha regiments, which predictably shredded the unexpecting Smoke Jaguar mechwarriors in the predominantly marshy landscape of the world.

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* ObfuscatingStupidity: How the Draconis Combine won the battle of Wolcott. After pondering ways to [[CombatPragmatist exploit]] the straightforward way that the Clans declare battle, Theodore Kurita and his son Hohiro executed a plan to declare new units of green troops were defending the world, world when the Jaguars issued their batchall, making the Jaguars underbid. In fact, the units were simply re-labeled elite Genyosha regiments, which predictably shredded the unexpecting Smoke Jaguar mechwarriors in the predominantly marshy landscape of the world.


* ObfuscatingStupidity: How the Draconis Combine won the battle of Wolcott. After pondering ways to [[CombatPragmatist exploit]] the straightforward way that the Clans declare battle, Theodore Kurita and his son Hohiro executed a plan to declare new units of green troops were defending the world, making the Jaguars underbid. In fact, the units were simply re-labeled elite Genyosha regiments, which predictably shredded the unexpecting Smoke Jaguar mechwarriors.

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* ObfuscatingStupidity: How the Draconis Combine won the battle of Wolcott. After pondering ways to [[CombatPragmatist exploit]] the straightforward way that the Clans declare battle, Theodore Kurita and his son Hohiro executed a plan to declare new units of green troops were defending the world, making the Jaguars underbid. In fact, the units were simply re-labeled elite Genyosha regiments, which predictably shredded the unexpecting Smoke Jaguar mechwarriors.mechwarriors in the predominantly marshy landscape of the world.

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