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* DancingBear: The series directly invokes the trope more than one. Considering Barrayar is Space Russia, it's apropriate. In ''Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen'', Cordelia discusses Aral's artistic talent with her grandson.[[invoked]]

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* DancingBear: The series directly invokes the trope more than one.once. Considering Barrayar is Space Russia, it's apropriate. In ''Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen'', Cordelia discusses Aral's artistic talent with her grandson.[[invoked]]


* DancingBear: The series directly invokes the trope more than one. Considering Barrayar is Space Russia, it's apropriate. In ''Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen'', Cordelia discusses Aral's artistic talent with her grandson.

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* DancingBear: The series directly invokes the trope more than one. Considering Barrayar is Space Russia, it's apropriate. In ''Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen'', Cordelia discusses Aral's artistic talent with her grandson.[[invoked]]



'''Cordelia:''' He showed them to a few people. Me, Oliver, Simon sometimes. I'm sure quite a few people would have wanted them, but not... not for the drawings themselves. They'd have wanted them because the Lord Regent or the Admiral or the Count had made them, or worse, to sell for money. ''(pause)'' He said it would be like that bicycle-riding bear someone was parading around the district, once. It wasn’t that the bear was good at bicycling, it was just the novelty of a bear riding at all.

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'''Cordelia:''' He showed them to a few people. Me, Oliver, Simon sometimes. I'm sure quite a few people would have wanted them, but not... not for the drawings themselves. They'd have wanted them because the Lord Regent or the Admiral or the Count had made them, or worse, to sell for money. ''(pause)'' He said it would be like that bicycle-riding bear someone was parading around the district, once. It wasn’t that the bear was good at bicycling, it was just the novelty of a bear riding at all.[[invoked]]

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* DancingBear: The series directly invokes the trope more than one. Considering Barrayar is Space Russia, it's apropriate. In ''Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen'', Cordelia discusses Aral's artistic talent with her grandson.
-->'''Alex:''' Why didn't he show them to anybody? Or give them away? There's so many. Didn't anybody want them?\\
'''Cordelia:''' He showed them to a few people. Me, Oliver, Simon sometimes. I'm sure quite a few people would have wanted them, but not... not for the drawings themselves. They'd have wanted them because the Lord Regent or the Admiral or the Count had made them, or worse, to sell for money. ''(pause)'' He said it would be like that bicycle-riding bear someone was parading around the district, once. It wasn’t that the bear was good at bicycling, it was just the novelty of a bear riding at all.

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* SecretSnackStash: In ''The Vor Game'' one of the trainees at Camp Permafrost has a secret statsh of pastries--not only are they likely much better tasting than the standard chow at the camp, they're almost certainly a care package sent from someone back home. The poor soldier, anxious to keep his secret stash of homemade (and homesickness averting/exacerbating) pastries safe from his ravenous bunkmates, hides them in a drainage culvert. During a rainstorm he apparently becomes worried about their "liquidity", goes to retrieve them, accidentally winds up in the wrong culvert in the darkness and storm, gets himself wedged in, and drowns.


* YouCalledMeXItMustBeSerious: Ivan notes when Desplains is happy with him, he calls him "Ivan." When in a neutral mood, he calls him "Vorpatril". When he's really angry, it's a [[TranquilFury dead-level]] ''"Captain"''.

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* YouCalledMeXItMustBeSerious: Ivan notes when Desplains is happy with him, he calls him "Ivan." When in a neutral mood, he calls him "Vorpatril". When he's really angry, it's a [[TranquilFury dead-level]] ''"Captain"''.[[note]]As in "You'll never be a Major".[[/note]]


** Possibly just ObliviouslyEvil. Also a case of LethallyStupid. [[spoiler: Regardless of the consequences for Barrayar itself had their plan worked, as Miles points out, the vast majority of Barrayaran space-based military forces were on Komarr's side of the wormhole at the time. If they closed it, the Komarrans would be stuck facing the wrath of ''very'' angry Barrayaran military commanders with a fleet of warships at their disposal. Though to be fair, their original plan was to close the wormhole during the Emperor's wedding, when the vast majority of the fleet would be on the the Barrayaran side of the wormhole]].

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** Possibly just ObliviouslyEvil. Also a case of LethallyStupid. [[spoiler: Regardless of the consequences for Barrayar itself had their plan worked, as Miles points out, the vast majority of Barrayaran space-based military forces were on Komarr's side of the wormhole at the time. If they closed it, the Komarrans would be stuck facing the wrath of ''very'' angry Barrayaran military commanders with a fleet of warships at their disposal. Though to be fair, While their original plan was to close the wormhole during the Emperor's wedding, wedding when the vast majority of the fleet would be on the the Barrayaran side of the wormhole]].wormhole, continuing the plan once they had been rumbled was [[SunkCostsFallacy sunk costs]] mixed with the fear that they'd never get a second shot]].



** Vorkosigan House in Vorbarr Sultana may be considered representative of the species: 4 residential floors for extended family and retainers, 2 underground service levels, extensive library, ballroom, dining room with space for nearly 100 guests if they don't mind a little crowding. It does have some modern amenities such as a lift tube (thanks to a pregnant Cordelia insisting on one), but they're discrete and don't interfere with the architectural style at all. The tangle field is almost invisible, to the dismay of poor Zap the cat.
** Vorkosigan House in the district Capital of Hassadar also fits, even though much of the building is occupied by administrative offices.

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** Vorkosigan House in Vorbarr Sultana may be considered representative of the species: 4 residential floors for extended family and retainers, 2 underground service levels, extensive library, ballroom, dining room with space for nearly 100 guests if they don't mind a little crowding. It does have some modern amenities such as a lift tube (thanks to a pregnant Cordelia insisting on one), but they're discrete discreet and don't interfere with the architectural style at all. The tangle field is almost invisible, to the dismay of poor Zap the cat.
** Vorkosigan House in the district Capital capital of Hassadar also fits, even though much of the building is occupied by administrative offices.



** downplayed for Miles - compared with the above, his discovery that his parents' marriage, while happy and loving, hadn't been exactly standard, doesn't qualify as more than AmazinglyEmbarrassingParents.
** completely inverted for Mark, who discovers in ''Mirror Dance'' that his father, while not perfect, was far from being the DepravedBisexual DarthVaderClone that Mark had been brought up to believe.

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** downplayed Downplayed for Miles - compared with the above, his discovery that his parents' marriage, while happy and loving, hadn't been exactly standard, doesn't qualify as more than AmazinglyEmbarrassingParents.
** completely Completely inverted for Mark, who discovers in ''Mirror Dance'' that his biological father, while not perfect, was far from being the DepravedBisexual DarthVaderClone that Mark had been brought up to believe.



** Averted with Jole, whom Cordelia informs that ''everyone'' notices that he can drink anyone under the table. He does get a buzz from a GargleBlaster on his 50th birthday.

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** Averted with Jole, whom Cordelia informs that ''everyone'' notices that he can drink anyone under the table. He does get He's somewhat surprised to learn he picked up this reputation because he subtly avoids alcohol at parties: when he was serving as the Prime Minister's aide, his training included never drinking alcohol in any place where he might be open to a buzz diplomatic or political ambush, and the reputation stems almost entirely from him using [[FrothyMugsOfWater colored water or other innocuous beverages]] as social camouflage. This reputation ends up with him being given a full GargleBlaster on his 50th birthday.birthday, which gets him rather buzzed.



* TheCasanova: Ivan, at least during his peak years as a junior officer. He later shades into LookingForLoveInAllTheWrongPlaces when he realizes there may not be any single women of his class ''left'' if he doesn't snag one soon. Though, given his reasons for being BrilliantButLazy it might have helped his situation just as well to have a morganatically lower-class wife.

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* TheCasanova: Ivan, at least during his peak years as a junior officer. He later shades into LookingForLoveInAllTheWrongPlaces when he realizes there may not be any single women of his class ''left'' if he doesn't snag one soon. Though, given his reasons for being BrilliantButLazy BrilliantButLazy, it might have helped his situation just as well to have a morganatically lower-class and foreign wife.



* DowryDilemma: Mark has the difference between pride-price and dowry explained when he offers to pay Koudelka for continuing to date his daughter.

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* DowryDilemma: Mark has the difference between pride-price bride-price and dowry explained when he offers to pay Koudelka for continuing to date his daughter.



* LoveInformant: ''A Civil Campaign'' has an example of the accidental variant: Ekaterin learns that Miles is in love with her when Simon Illyan, who has memory problems, introduces the subject in conversation because he's forgotten she doesn't already know.

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* LoveInformant: ''A Civil Campaign'' has an example of the accidental variant: Ekaterin learns that Miles is in love with her when Simon Illyan, who has Illyan lets it slip, not knowing that Miles had neglected to inform Ekaterin of this romantic campaign (Miles was about to warn him to keep quiet about it, but was interrupted by other people). Illyan is rather distressed after the fact in his own understated way, both due to accidentally revealing Miles' machinations and due to his memory problems, introduces the subject problems making him unsure if Miles failed to warn him or he had in conversation because he's forgotten she doesn't already know.fact forgotten.



** Happens again in ''cryoburn'' when miles has an idiosyncratic response to whatever drug his would-be captors tried to sedate him with. It ends with him hallucinating that the people he was talking to were [[InsectoidAliens giant butter bugs]] and being presumed to be an addict.

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** Happens again in ''cryoburn'' ''Cryoburn'' when miles Miles has an idiosyncratic response to whatever drug his would-be captors tried to sedate him with. It ends with him hallucinating that the people he was talking to were [[InsectoidAliens giant butter bugs]] butterbugs]] and being presumed to be an addict.



** Cetagandans value artisty, even in their bioweapons.

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** Cetagandans value artisty, artistry, even in their bioweapons.



*** The second example would be [[spoiler:the first time Drou and Koudelka have sex]]. While it's ultimately made clear that both parties wanted sex the fact that one party didn't [[QuestionableConsent wait for consent]] and was so forceful that he feared he had raped her means that he was [[MoralLuck lucky]] his partner ended up desiring sex or he would have been a rapist. Though the women in question makes it quite clear that [[ActionGirl there's no way he could have forced himself on her even if he weren't crippled, and she is actually ''insulted'' the man was thinking she wasn't giving him a wonderful gift.

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*** The second example would be [[spoiler:the first time Drou and Koudelka have sex]]. While it's ultimately made clear that both parties wanted sex the fact that one party didn't [[QuestionableConsent wait for consent]] and was so forceful that he feared he had raped her means that he was [[MoralLuck lucky]] his partner ended up desiring sex or he would have been a rapist. Though the women in question makes it quite clear that [[ActionGirl there's no way he could have forced himself on her even if he weren't crippled, crippled]], and she is actually ''insulted'' the man was thinking she wasn't giving him a wonderful gift.


* InTheBlood: Gregor is afraid of this because of how insane, inbred, and generally RoyallyScrewedUp much of his family was. Finding out how evil his father was almost [[DrivenToSuicide drove him to suicide]], though that was far from being the only issue.

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* InTheBlood: ItRunsInTheFamily:
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Gregor is afraid of this because of how insane, inbred, and generally RoyallyScrewedUp much of his family was. Finding out how evil his father was almost [[DrivenToSuicide drove him to suicide]], though that was far from being the only issue.


* FeministFantasy: Very understated but there. A good chunk of the books take a non-critical look at a patriarchy that is increasingly shaped by women behind the men, as it slowly acclitimizes itself to the rest of the galaxy. The introduction of the uterine replicator accelerates the process, while more women join the armed services in a military-oriented society. That said, traditional values are still incorporated into the new paradigm where possible, leading to femininity not being exclusive to the ActionGirl.

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* FeministFantasy: Very understated but there. A good chunk of the books take a non-critical look at a patriarchy that is increasingly shaped by women behind the men, as it slowly acclitimizes itself to the rest of the galaxy. The introduction of the uterine replicator accelerates the process, while more women join the armed services in a military-oriented society. That said, traditional values are still incorporated into the new paradigm where possible, leading to femininity not being exclusive to the ActionGirl.ActionGirl -- and vice versa.

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* EatingTheEyeCandy: Armsman Roic and Oliver Jole get the majority of FemaleGaze in the books; the former is a tall, muscular hunk, the latter is a blond, blue-eyed looker who ages gracefully, even at age 50. Cordelia once castigates her assistant that she's ''married'' when she saves shots of him bare-chested in an action moment; she replies essentially, "Hey, I can ''look''." (Cordelia immediately tells her to send her copies.)


* GuileHero: Miles most prominently, but really [[BigBadassFamily the whole Vorkosigan family]] qualifies, each with their own signature brand of guile:

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* GuileHero: Miles most prominently, but really [[BigBadassFamily [[BadassFamily the whole Vorkosigan family]] qualifies, each with their own signature brand of guile:


* DirtyBusiness

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* DidntThinkThisThrough: All the patriarchal Vor back in Aral and Cordelia's day who used galactic technology to choose the gender of their children, overwhelmingly favouring sons with the odd daughter thrown in. You can do the maths; they certainly didn't. As Miles muses,

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* DidntThinkThisThrough: DidntThinkThisThrough:
** Quinn, Elena and Taura [[spoiler:leave Mark in Baron Ryoval's clutches to hunt down a missing Miles, since they thought Ryoval would quickly realised that the former wasn't the latter. Miles furiously asks "Did you ever figure that Ryoval wouldn't ''care?"'' and tells them to go look at the room Mark was kept in and tortured for five days.]]
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All the patriarchal Vor back in Aral and Cordelia's day who used galactic technology to choose the gender of their children, overwhelmingly favouring sons with the odd daughter thrown in. You can do the maths; they certainly didn't. As Miles muses,


* ShroudedInMyth: [=ImpSec=] is shrouded in myth not only in Barrayar but elsewhere. In Jackson's Whole they are apparently a bogeyman, chiefly due to a single [=ImpSec=] agent taking down ''all'' of House Ryoval.

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* ShroudedInMyth: [=ImpSec=] is shrouded in myth not only in Barrayar but elsewhere. In Jackson's Whole they are apparently a bogeyman, chiefly due to a single [=ImpSec=] agent taking down ''all'' of House Ryoval. They also think Illyan possessed a cyborg brain.

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* YouCalledMeXItMustBeSerious: Ivan notes when Desplains is happy with him, he calls him "Ivan." When in a neutral mood, he calls him "Vorpatril". When he's really angry, it's a [[TranquilFury dead-level]] ''"Captain"''.


*** The second example would be [[spoiler:the first time Drou and Koudelka have sex]]. While it's ultimately made clear that both parties wanted sex the fact that one party didn't [[QuestionableConsent wait for consent]] and was so forceful that he feared he had raped her means that he was [[MoralLuck lucky]] his partner ended up desiring sex or he would have been a rapist. Though the women in question makes it quite clear that [[ActionGirl there's no way [[spoiler:Kou could have forced himself on her even if he weren't crippled]], and she is actually ''insulted'' the man was thinking she wasn't giving him a wonderful gift.

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*** The second example would be [[spoiler:the first time Drou and Koudelka have sex]]. While it's ultimately made clear that both parties wanted sex the fact that one party didn't [[QuestionableConsent wait for consent]] and was so forceful that he feared he had raped her means that he was [[MoralLuck lucky]] his partner ended up desiring sex or he would have been a rapist. Though the women in question makes it quite clear that [[ActionGirl there's no way [[spoiler:Kou he could have forced himself on her even if he weren't crippled]], crippled, and she is actually ''insulted'' the man was thinking she wasn't giving him a wonderful gift.

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