History ComicBook / AtomicRobo

17th Oct '17 12:54:28 PM xcountryguy
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* AFoolForAClient: Dr. Dinosaur attempts to represent himself in court in "The Trial of Atomic Robo". Since he labels his briefcase "MY LAW BOX" and declares that the system is now on trial under the law of the jungle, it doesn't go well for him... though [[spoiler: his ''actual'' plan to humiliate Robo ends up being rather successful.]]

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* AFoolForAClient: Dr. Dinosaur attempts to represent himself in court in "The Trial of Atomic Robo". Since he labels his briefcase "MY LAW BOX" and declares that the system is now on trial under the law of the jungle, it doesn't go well for him... though [[spoiler: his [[spoiler:his ''actual'' plan to humiliate Robo ends up being rather successful.]]



* AffablyEvil: In ''The Ghost of Station X'', the BigBad repeatedly tries to reason with Robo and convince him [[spoiler: [[WeCanRuleTogether to join it]], even as it's trying to kill him]].

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* AffablyEvil: In ''The Ghost of Station X'', the BigBad repeatedly tries to reason with Robo and convince him [[spoiler: [[WeCanRuleTogether [[spoiler:[[WeCanRuleTogether to join it]], even as it's trying to kill him]].



* BeamOWar: Between [[spoiler: Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla]], of all people.

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* BeamOWar: Between [[spoiler: Thomas [[spoiler:Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla]], of all people.



** It's revealed in Volume 5 that the [[spoiler: ''War of the Currents'' was a front for Thomas Edison's attempt to distill and bottle Von Reichenbach's Odic Force as an immortality drug using a Direct-Current "Odic Capacitor"]]. It [[HoistByHisOwnPetard didn't end too well]] for him.

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** It's revealed in Volume 5 that the [[spoiler: ''War [[spoiler:''War of the Currents'' was a front for Thomas Edison's attempt to distill and bottle Von Reichenbach's Odic Force as an immortality drug using a Direct-Current "Odic Capacitor"]]. It [[HoistByHisOwnPetard didn't end too well]] for him.



** [[spoiler: ALAN]] in ''The Ghost of Station X''.

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** [[spoiler: ALAN]] [[spoiler:ALAN]] in ''The Ghost of Station X''.



* BigDamnKiss: [[spoiler: Helen and Robo's kiss in 5.3 gets an entire page.]]

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* BigDamnKiss: [[spoiler: Helen [[spoiler:Helen and Robo's kiss in 5.3 gets an entire page.]]



* AFormYouAreComfortableWith: [[spoiler: ALAN chooses to interact with Robo as a holographic projection of its own creator, Alan Turing]].

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* AFormYouAreComfortableWith: [[spoiler: ALAN [[spoiler:ALAN chooses to interact with Robo as a holographic projection of its own creator, Alan Turing]].



** In ''The Ghost of Station X'', [[spoiler: ALAN: Automatic Learning Algorithm Network. Built by, you guessed it, Alan Turing]].

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** In ''The Ghost of Station X'', [[spoiler: ALAN: [[spoiler:ALAN: Automatic Learning Algorithm Network. Built by, you guessed it, Alan Turing]].



** Averted at one point in Volume Three, though. [[spoiler: After seeing the Shadow from Beyond Time [[BodyHorror "intersect" with one of the Action Scientists]], Robo shouts out, "Holy DAMMIT!"]]

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** Averted at one point in Volume Three, though. [[spoiler: After [[spoiler:After seeing the Shadow from Beyond Time [[BodyHorror "intersect" with one of the Action Scientists]], Robo shouts out, "Holy DAMMIT!"]]



** At the climax of Volume 5 we see [[spoiler: ''Tesla'' flying and shooting [[HandBlast energy blasts]] with the help of a [[ClothesMakeTheSuperman minor rig]].]]

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** At the climax of Volume 5 we see [[spoiler: ''Tesla'' [[spoiler:''Tesla'' flying and shooting [[HandBlast energy blasts]] with the help of a [[ClothesMakeTheSuperman minor rig]].]]



** H.P. Lovecraft, although to be fair, by all accounts he ''was'' like that [[spoiler: apart from being the physical form of an EldritchAbomination.]]

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** H.P. Lovecraft, although to be fair, by all accounts he ''was'' like that [[spoiler: apart [[spoiler:apart from being the physical form of an EldritchAbomination.]]



** EldritchAbomination: Creator/HPLovecraft, Charles Fort, and Nikola Tesla fought one at Tunguska. It exists outside the Universe and is the BigBad of volume 3, [[spoiler: at one point coming out of HP Lovecraft's head]]. We mean that last part [[LiteralMetaphor literally]].

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** EldritchAbomination: Creator/HPLovecraft, Charles Fort, and Nikola Tesla fought one at Tunguska. It exists outside the Universe and is the BigBad of volume 3, [[spoiler: at [[spoiler:at one point coming out of HP Lovecraft's head]]. We mean that last part [[LiteralMetaphor literally]].



* ThePlan: The BigBad of Volume 6 ''lives'' on this trope. [[spoiler:ALAN's continued existence is due to its being hidden for 50+ years behind many layers of bureaucracy and manipulation going up to he highest levels of both the British and US governments (including [[GovernmentConspiracy Majestic 12]]). Not only was it able to successfully hide itself, but it also managed to build an Orion-class nuclear pulse starship ''in perfect secrecy'' on a Japanese island.]] Extra points for having done much of this via telephone and telegraph [[spoiler: before the existence of the Internet]]. ''Exempli gratia'': moving a ''house'', intact, out of Bletchley Park, England, to Japan, via truck, boat and the sixth-ever-built Airbus Beluga (of which there are only 5), ''with no paper trail''.

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* ThePlan: The BigBad of Volume 6 ''lives'' on this trope. [[spoiler:ALAN's continued existence is due to its being hidden for 50+ years behind many layers of bureaucracy and manipulation going up to he highest levels of both the British and US governments (including [[GovernmentConspiracy Majestic 12]]). Not only was it able to successfully hide itself, but it also managed to build an Orion-class nuclear pulse starship ''in perfect secrecy'' on a Japanese island.]] Extra points for having done much of this via telephone and telegraph [[spoiler: before [[spoiler:before the existence of the Internet]]. ''Exempli gratia'': moving a ''house'', intact, out of Bletchley Park, England, to Japan, via truck, boat and the sixth-ever-built Airbus Beluga (of which there are only 5), ''with no paper trail''.



** [[spoiler: He's back...as King of the Vampires.]]

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** [[spoiler: He's back...[[spoiler:He's back... as King of the Vampires.]]



** The second issue implies that Robo has a bittersweet outlook on his immortality. He doesn't (openly) angst about it, though; in a televised interview, he coyly alludes to the problem by saying that he's annoyed that nobody understands his [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Benny Jack Benny]] impersonation anymore. [[spoiler: This is after privately reminiscing about a dear WWII-era friend who just died of old age.]]
** Thomas Edison's plan in 1931 was [[spoiler: to use New York as an antenna for his Odic Capacitor, and concentrate enough LifeEnergy into himself to become immortal. When the machine exploded, his consciousness got scattered across the Od, only pulling itself back together as a [[OurGhostsAreDifferent ghostly manifestation]] in 1999. When he finds that Robo's analysis inadvertently restored his corporeality (in part), he's [[VillainousBreakdown not happy about it]]. He's later seen nostalgically returning to his historical estate, now a museum.]]

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** The second issue implies that Robo has a bittersweet outlook on his immortality. He doesn't (openly) angst about it, though; in a televised interview, he coyly alludes to the problem by saying that he's annoyed that nobody understands his [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Benny Jack Benny]] impersonation anymore. [[spoiler: This [[spoiler:This is after privately reminiscing about a dear WWII-era friend who just died of old age.]]
** Thomas Edison's plan in 1931 was [[spoiler: to [[spoiler:to use New York as an antenna for his Odic Capacitor, and concentrate enough LifeEnergy into himself to become immortal. When the machine exploded, his consciousness got scattered across the Od, only pulling itself back together as a [[OurGhostsAreDifferent ghostly manifestation]] in 1999. When he finds that Robo's analysis inadvertently restored his corporeality (in part), he's [[VillainousBreakdown not happy about it]]. He's later seen nostalgically returning to his historical estate, now a museum.]]



* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: Robo has a phobia about bugs crawling into his body and mucking up his internals. Guess what [[spoiler: shape the EldritchAbomination takes during its third encounter with Robo?]] Robo's phobia is strong enough that he refuses to enter rain forests unless he has a {{BFG}} in hand.

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* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: Robo has a phobia about bugs crawling into his body and mucking up his internals. Guess what [[spoiler: shape [[spoiler:shape the EldritchAbomination takes during its third encounter with Robo?]] Robo's phobia is strong enough that he refuses to enter rain forests unless he has a {{BFG}} in hand.



* YouAlreadyChangedThePast: [[spoiler: Being stuck in the 1800s not only shatters Robo's conviction that time travel is impossible, it leaves him terrified of causing some kind of temporal paradox. He hangs a note on his wall reminding himself "Do Nothing - unless you're supposed to." He eventually decides "It's not a paradox if I was already part of the past."]]

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* YouAlreadyChangedThePast: [[spoiler: Being [[spoiler:Being stuck in the 1800s not only shatters Robo's conviction that time travel is impossible, it leaves him terrified of causing some kind of temporal paradox. He hangs a note on his wall reminding himself "Do Nothing - unless you're supposed to." He eventually decides "It's not a paradox if I was already part of the past."]]



23rd Aug '17 11:22:47 AM Beacon80
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* WeaponOfChoice: Robo prefers Lightning Guns, as mentioned above.
* WeAreTeamCannonFodder: The Action Scientists aside from Jenkins turn into this during the Helsingard fight.

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* WeaponOfChoice: Robo prefers Lightning Guns, as mentioned above.
above. He's also fond of his [[HandCannon Webley Mk VI pistol]].
* WeAreTeamCannonFodder: The Action Scientists aside from Jenkins turn into this during the Helsingard fight. Most of the time, however, at least a few of them will pull their weight.



* {{Whateversaurus}}: Dr. Dinosaur's creations including the "Futuresaurus rex" and "Omnisaur".

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* {{Whateversaurus}}: Dr. Dinosaur's creations including the "Futuresaurus rex" and "Omnisaur". Dr. Dinosaur himself most likely counts, despite his claims.
20th Aug '17 11:01:36 PM DragonRanger
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* ArchEnemy:
** Helsingard is Robo's most frequently recurring nemesis, and as a MadScientist BrainInAJar piloting GiantMecha bodies, he parallels the purely mechanical ScienceHero Robo.
** There's also Dr. Dinosaur (a super-stupid dinosaur scientist opposing a super-intelligent robot scientist) and Undead Edison (who was the arch enemy of Robo's father).
** Basically, Helsingard is Robo's most frequent and dangerous enemy (Robo calls him "an unparalleled genius"), Dr. Dinosaur is his most humiliating (since he is stupid and yet manages to continuously outwit Robo), and Edison is Robo's oldest and most personal (Robo even calls him "[his] greatest enemy"). Creator/StephenHawking is more of a SitcomArchnemesis--instead of threatening the world or our hero's loved ones, he just epically jerks Robo's chain.
** Another major contender is Majestic 12, an anti-Robo conspiracy.

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* ArchEnemy:
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ArchEnemy: Helsingard is Robo's most frequently recurring nemesis, and as a MadScientist BrainInAJar piloting GiantMecha bodies, he parallels the purely mechanical ScienceHero Robo.
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Robo. There's also Dr. Dinosaur (a super-stupid dinosaur scientist opposing a super-intelligent robot scientist) and Undead Edison (who was the arch enemy of Robo's father).
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father). Basically, Helsingard is Robo's most frequent and dangerous enemy (Robo calls him "an unparalleled genius"), Dr. Dinosaur is his most humiliating (since he is stupid and yet manages to continuously outwit Robo), and Edison is Robo's oldest and most personal (Robo even calls him "[his] greatest enemy"). Creator/StephenHawking is more of a SitcomArchnemesis--instead of threatening the world or our hero's loved ones, he just epically jerks Robo's chain.
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Another major contender is Majestic 12, an anti-Robo conspiracy.


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* SitcomArchnemesis: Robo and Creator/StephenHawking don't like each other very much, and in the first volume Hawking ensured that Robo was bored and miserable for months on end during a space mission. Robo kept himself occupied by arranging Mars rocks so they spell "Stephen Hawking is a bastard." As of ''Spectre of Tomorrow'', Robo's setting up shop in Jordana del Muerto, New Mexico has earned him the enmity of his new neighbor, Sir Richard Branson (sparked when Robo swiped one of Branson's tanker trucks without asking to deal with an emergency).
17th Aug '17 12:25:40 PM Kalaong
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*** AluminumChristmasTrees; Marconi was [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guglielmo_Marconi#Later_years BFFs]] with ''UsefulNotes/BenitoMussolini.''
9th Aug '17 10:32:50 AM Kalaong
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** Lampshaded and PlayedWith in Volume 4 Issue 2, with Robo commenting how the Guardian suits' non-military applications alone could solve all of Dr. Yumeno's budget problem, with Yumeno responding by stating the suits' absurd maintenance time and cost. Meaning of course that not only can they not solve his budget problems, very likely they ''are'' his budget problems.

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** Lampshaded and PlayedWith in Volume 4 Issue 2, with Robo commenting how the Guardian suits' non-military applications alone could solve all of Dr. Yumeno's budget problem, problems, with Yumeno responding by stating the suits' absurd maintenance time time[[note]]50 hours per hour of operation[[/note]] and cost. Meaning of course that not only can they not solve his budget problems, very likely cost[[note]]900,000,000¥ aka 9,000,000$[[/note]]; they ''are'' his budget problems.
31st Jul '17 7:06:31 AM Kalaong
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** The zag is that sometimes you ''[[ForbiddenChekhovsGun want]]'' a big damned explosion, and rarely will you have much time to prep it. [[http://www.atomic-robo.com/atomicrobo/v3ch2-page-18 Case in point]], Robo turns the dials on ''both'' guns up to '''nine''' when decides;

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** The zag is that sometimes you ''[[ForbiddenChekhovsGun want]]'' a big damned explosion, and rarely will you have much time to prep it. [[http://www.atomic-robo.com/atomicrobo/v3ch2-page-18 Case in point]], Robo turns the dials on ''both'' guns up to '''nine''' when he decides;
22nd Jun '17 12:24:20 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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--->'''Action Scientist:''' Okay, seriously? These are ''end boss'' doors.

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--->'''Action -->'''Action Scientist:''' Okay, seriously? These are ''end boss'' doors.
12th Jun '17 4:01:41 AM Kalaong
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* ReassignedToAntarctica: Louis and Martin, after building the ObviouslyEvil supercomputer, find themselves transferred to Svalbard, Norway.

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* ReassignedToAntarctica: Louis and Martin, after building the ObviouslyEvil supercomputer, find themselves transferred to Svalbard, the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Svalbard_Global_Seed_Vault Svalbard Global Seed Vault]] in Norway.
6th Jun '17 2:39:56 PM TargetmasterJoe
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** '''12:''' ''Atomic Robo and the Spectre of Tomorrow'' (2017)



-->'''Robo''': ''These'' are {{Lightning Gun}}s. They collect electric charges from the air and boost them to ''obscenely'' dangerous levels through an even ''more'' dangerous process. Nothing unusual.\\
'''Fort''': I say, a portable Wardenclyffe!\\
'''Robo''': Yeah, just whatever you do, ''donít'' move that dial past five. Or ''to'' five. Or ''near'' five, actually. In fact, set the dial to one and then ''forget itís there.''\\
'''Fort''': Is this entirely safe?\\
'''Robo''': No. Not even a little.

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-->'''Robo''': -->'''Robo:''' ''These'' are {{Lightning Gun}}s. They collect electric charges from the air and boost them to ''obscenely'' dangerous levels through an even ''more'' dangerous process. Nothing unusual.\\
'''Fort''': '''Fort:''' I say, a portable Wardenclyffe!\\
'''Robo''': '''Robo:''' Yeah, just whatever you do, ''donít'' move that dial past five. Or ''to'' five. Or ''near'' five, actually. In fact, set the dial to one and then ''forget itís there.''\\
'''Fort''': '''Fort:''' Is this entirely safe?\\
'''Robo''': '''Robo:''' No. Not even a little.



-->'''[[spoiler:Robo]]:''' I already know how it ends. ''You don't win.''

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-->'''[[spoiler:Robo]]:''' -->'''[[spoiler:Robo:]]''' I already know how it ends. ''You don't win.''



-->'''Robo''': We're here because the sightings are suspiciously close to Kukenan Tepui.\\
'''Vikram''': ''[to Bernard]'' Robots sneeze?\\
'''Robo''': A tepui is a flat-topped mountain, Vikram. Kukenan is one.

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-->'''Robo''': -->'''Robo:''' We're here because the sightings are suspiciously close to Kukenan Tepui.\\
'''Vikram''': '''Vikram:''' ''[to Bernard]'' Robots sneeze?\\
'''Robo''': '''Robo:''' A tepui is a flat-topped mountain, Vikram. Kukenan is one.



-->'''Robo''' About the tanker? We're neighbors and adventure industrialists. That was like borrowing a cup of sugar.
-->'''[[DistantReactionShot Sir Richard Branson]]''': [[ThirdPersonPerson Sir Richard Branson]] thinks you should ask ''before'' you borrow something.
* HistoricalBadassUpgrade: ''[[WorldOfBadass Everyone]]''

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-->'''Robo''' -->'''Robo:''' About the tanker? We're neighbors and adventure industrialists. That was like borrowing a cup of sugar.
-->'''[[DistantReactionShot Sir Richard Branson]]''': Branson]]:''' [[ThirdPersonPerson Sir Richard Branson]] thinks you should ask ''before'' you borrow something.
* HistoricalBadassUpgrade: ''[[WorldOfBadass Everyone]]''Everyone.]]''



--->'''Lang''': Marconi's [[StupidJetpackHitler secret Nazi space program]]? '''[[YouHaveGotToBeKiddingMe Seriously]]''', Robo?\\

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--->'''Lang''': --->'''Lang:''' Marconi's [[StupidJetpackHitler secret Nazi space program]]? '''[[YouHaveGotToBeKiddingMe Seriously]]''', Robo?\\



-->'''Robot''': Bzz Bzbzzz bzzzlb.\\

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-->'''Robot''': -->'''Robot:''' Bzz Bzbzzz bzzzlb.\\



'''Robot''': Bzz!\\
'''Edison''': Yes, of course.

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'''Robot''': '''Robot:''' Bzz!\\
'''Edison''': '''Edison:''' Yes, of course.



** The Backup story for Volume 1 Issue 3 is about Jack Parsons, who builds a rocket as part of a scheme to become a god. Robo blows it up midflight because it would have crashed into a city. No consideration was given to whether or not the magic would have worked.

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** The Backup story for Volume 1 Issue 3 is about Jack Parsons, who builds a rocket as part of a scheme to become a god. Robo blows it up midflight mid-flight because it would have crashed into a city. No consideration was given to whether or not the magic would have worked.



* MyFriendsAndZoidberg: At the end of [[BSideComics B-Side Comic]] "PROJECT MILLIPEDE", which takes place after Volume 2 of the main series, [[spoiler:the Sparrow]]'s role is expanded to coordinate missions across "an elite team of the Allies' ''best'' agents. And Atomic Robo."

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* MyFriendsAndZoidberg: At the end of the [[BSideComics B-Side Comic]] "PROJECT MILLIPEDE", which takes place after Volume 2 of the main series, [[spoiler:the Sparrow]]'s role is expanded to coordinate missions across "an elite team of the Allies' ''best'' agents. And Atomic Robo."
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* MyFriendsAndZoidberg: At the end of [[BSideComics B-Side Comic]] "PROJECT MILLIPEDE", which takes place after Volume 2 of the main series, [[spoiler:the Sparrow]]'s role is expanded to coordinate missions across "an elite team of the Allies' ''best'' agents. And Atomic Robo."
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