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* ThatThingIsNotMyChild:
** Piotr's reaction to a deformed Miles as an infant. He actually attempts to ''murder'' Miles at one point. Miles begins winning Piotr over with his love of horses, and by the time Miles is 17, Piotr is actively rooting for him to make it in the military.
** Elena Visconti's initial reaction to her ChildByRape, Elena Bothari. Miles convinces her to at least meet with her, and years afterward, Visconti has come to terms with her daughter, and is meeting with her annually.


-->'''Gregor:''' ''(after one too many Miles "Yes, sire"'s)'' Stop that.

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-->'''Gregor:''' ''(after one too many Miles says one "Yes, sire"'s)'' sire" too many)'' Stop that.

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* FictionalAgeOfMajority: The Age of Consent on Beta Colony is either 12 or 14. (Cordelia mentions it twice in passing, giving different ages. Possibly both ages are significant).


* RulesLawyer: In ''Barrayar'', Aral Vorkosigan tells Bothari to obeys his wife's command as if they were his own and never rescinds the order. Aral probably meant that order as coming from Lord Vorkosigan. Bothari interprets it as coming from Lord ''Regent'' Vorkosigan, equivalent to an order from the Emperor himself.

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* RulesLawyer: In ''Barrayar'', Aral Vorkosigan tells Bothari to obeys his wife's command as if they were his own and never rescinds the order. Aral probably meant that order as coming from Lord Vorkosigan. Bothari interprets it as coming from Lord ''Regent'' Vorkosigan, equivalent to an order from the Emperor himself. Cordelia invokes the trope, breathily remarking she never knew Bothari was a "barracks lawyer".

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-->'''Gregor:''' ''(after one too many Miles "Yes, sire"'s)'' Stop that.


* SubordinateExcuse: Miles originally goes about courting Ekaterin after their return to Barrayar by hiring her to build a garden. [[DeconstructedTrope She quits the job in a rage once she discovers this]], since this entire manipulation went against the single request she had of Miles, that he never lie to her.

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* SubordinateExcuse: Miles originally goes about courting Ekaterin after their return to Barrayar by hiring her to build a garden. [[DeconstructedTrope She quits the job in a rage once she discovers this]], since this entire manipulation went against the single request she had of Miles, that he never lie to her. She complains that the garden could have been ''her'' gift to ''him''.


* AddictiveForeignSoapOpera: While holed up in her apartment Komarr, Rish gets hooked on several of the local holo-dramas.

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* AddictiveForeignSoapOpera: While holed up in her apartment Komarr, Rish gets hooked on several of the local holo-dramas. She even manages to find a few other addicts on a military ship ferrying her and Tej back to Barrayar and have viewing parties with them.


For some reason Miles had a mental flash of the whole lot of them sitting in beach chairs holding drinks with fruit on little sticks, awarding him judiciously discussed points for style as he went under, frantically gulping and splashing, the water filling his nose.

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For some reason Miles had a mental flash of the whole lot of them [[RunningGag sitting in beach chairs holding drinks with fruit on little sticks, sticks,]] awarding him judiciously discussed points for style as he went under, frantically gulping and splashing, the water filling his nose.


* OneManArmy: Inverted. Mark claimed of Miles after getting a chance to browse through Miles' ''considerable'' support network that "He's not a man, he's a mob."

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* OneManArmy: Inverted. Mark claimed of Miles after getting a chance to browse through Miles' ''considerable'' support network that Miles, "He's not a man, he's a mob."
** At another point, he realizes, "His mistake...was that he had been trying to be Miles Vorkosigan all by himself. Even ''Miles'' didn't do Miles that way.
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* OneManArmy: Inverted. Mark claimed of Miles that "He's not a man, he's a mob."

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* OneManArmy: Inverted. Mark claimed of Miles after getting a chance to browse through Miles' ''considerable'' support network that "He's not a man, he's a mob."


** Cordelia notes that Barrayar and Beta Colonies diametrically opposed attitudes towards sex and gender are essentially two different approaches to the exact same problems of human reproduction in a harsh environment

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** Cordelia notes that Barrayar and Beta Colonies diametrically opposed attitudes towards sex and gender are essentially two different approaches to the exact same problems of human reproduction in a harsh environmentenvironment, with the differences chalked up to the fact that Beta had sophisticated reproductive medical technology that Barrayar didn't.


* BiTheWay:
** Aral Vorkosigan, although all his sexual escapades (With either gender) occurred in the backstory since he met his wife in the first chapter of the first novel. She herself simply describes him as "monogamous," but when pressed explains that he is attracted to either gender, but leans towards soldiers, and that meeting her (a Captain in the Betan Survey, and later in what passed for Beta's military) presented a solution to this dilemma.
** Terrence Cee has indicated he would not mind being Ethan's partner in ''Ethan of Athos''.
** Byerly Vorrutyer. Rish is able to ''smell'' it (thanks to her advanced senses), and doesn't mind in the least.



** In ''Captain Vorpatril's Alliance'', Tej and Ivan are trying to come up with ways to get a divorce. When infidelity is brought up, Ivan balks at the idea of [[BiTheWay Byerly]] sleeping with Tej. When Tej hints at Ivan and By sleeping together, By's LoveInterest Rish murmurs she'd love to see that.

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** In ''Captain Vorpatril's Alliance'', Tej and Ivan are trying to come up with ways to get a divorce. When infidelity is brought up, Ivan balks at the idea of [[BiTheWay Byerly]] Byerly sleeping with Tej. When Tej hints at Ivan and By sleeping together, By's LoveInterest Rish murmurs she'd love to see that.


* SupremeChef: Ma Kosti, kitchen goddess. Took [[GargleBlaster maple mead]], combined it with bug butter. Result? A creamy, maple-flavoured dessert fit for the Emperor himself (Gregor is on the list of people who have tried hiring her away from Miles). And that was one of her ''minor'' culinary accomplishments. Ivan warns Miles to double her salary, and both Alys and Cordelia torment Miles with the idea they might tempt her away -- and those two are some of the very few people in the ''galaxy'' who could strongarm Miles.

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* SupremeChef: Ma Kosti, kitchen goddess. Took [[GargleBlaster maple mead]], combined it with bug butter. Result? A creamy, maple-flavoured dessert fit for the Emperor himself (Gregor is on the list of people who have tried hiring her away from Miles). And that was one of her ''minor'' culinary accomplishments. Ivan warns Miles to double her salary, and both Alys and Cordelia torment Miles with the idea they might tempt her away -- and those two are some of the very few people in the ''galaxy'' who could strongarm Miles.[[note]]Fortunately for Miles, Alys has relented and just uses Ma Kosti for special events, and knows she will never give up a chance to cook for Emperor Gregor.[[/note]]


*** Betan weapons helped drive the expanding Cetagandan Empire off of Barrayar, and were the key to stopping the expanding Barrayaran Empire from gobbling up Escobar.[[note]]However, Emperor Ezar ''knew'' Escobar had the advanced weaponry, and he and Aral pushed Prince Serg into what they knew would be a Escobaran turkey shoot. Aral had formulated a plan to make sure the Barrayaran navy would be more or less intact -- his closest friend was still killed thanks to SubspaceAnsible.[[/note]] There's a pattern here...

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*** Betan weapons helped drive the expanding Cetagandan Empire off of Barrayar, and were the key to stopping the expanding Barrayaran Empire from gobbling up Escobar.[[note]]However, Emperor Ezar ''knew'' Escobar had the advanced weaponry, and he and Aral pushed Prince Serg into what they knew would be a Escobaran turkey shoot. Aral had formulated a plan to make sure the Barrayaran navy would be more or less intact -- his closest friend was still killed thanks to SubspaceAnsible.the lack of SubspaceAnsible, hearing the results long after the battle was over.[[/note]] There's a pattern here...


*** Betan weapons helped drive the expanding Cetagandan Empire off of Barrayar, and were the key to stopping the expanding Barrayaran Empire from gobbling up Escobar. There's a pattern here...

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*** Betan weapons helped drive the expanding Cetagandan Empire off of Barrayar, and were the key to stopping the expanding Barrayaran Empire from gobbling up Escobar. [[note]]However, Emperor Ezar ''knew'' Escobar had the advanced weaponry, and he and Aral pushed Prince Serg into what they knew would be a Escobaran turkey shoot. Aral had formulated a plan to make sure the Barrayaran navy would be more or less intact -- his closest friend was still killed thanks to SubspaceAnsible.[[/note]] There's a pattern here...

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