Bel Thorne

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Name: Bel Thorne
Occupation: mercenary, portmaster, part-time spy
Relationships: Nicol (partner), Miles Vorkosigan (employer), Ky Tung, Elli Quinn, Taura &c (colleagues)
Fandom: Vorkosigan Saga
Other: Bel Thorne on the Vorkosigan Wiki
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Bel Thorne is a secondary character in the Vorkosigan series by Lois McMaster Bujold. It is a Betan hermaphrodite, who initially works as a mercenary. The character is introduced in The Warrior's Apprentice, and has important roles in 'Labyrinth', Mirror Dance & Diplomatic Immunity. It settles down on Graf Station after the events of Mirror Dance.


Bel's hermaphrodite status is sometimes discussed in the context of Bujold's treatment of queer/trans characters. Not a particularly popular character in fanworks overall, Bel is among the most frequently written of the mercenaries. Espresso Addict writes Bel's a fascinating character who gets all too little fannish attention.[1]

It is sometimes paired with Miles, building on his canonical one-sided attraction and the fact it has long worked out his secret identity. It's paired with a wide range of mainly male characters in fanfiction, often for shock or humour value, and sometimes its canonical partner, the Quaddie musician Nicol.

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  1. ^ a b "Espresso Recommendations: LM Bujold – Vorkosigan series: Bel Thorne". Retrieved 27 June 2016.