History Franchise / YuGiOh

12th Apr '17 7:31:56 PM DrakeClawfang
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* NotJustATournament: Any time there's a TournamentArc, you can bet the finals will be for the fate of the world. The second-series anime lampshaded in a FillerArc how nice it is to compete in a tournament for fun without worrying about a villain. [[TemptingFate Naturally a villain showed up]] in the form of Siegfried Schröder, but he was a relatively harmless one after the likes of Dartz and Dark Marik. Granted, Ziegfried still engaged in cyber-terrorism, corporate espionage, fraud, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking cheating at Duel Monsters]], so his harmlessness is indeed relative.

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* NotJustATournament: Any time there's a TournamentArc, you can bet the finals will be for the fate of the world. The second-series anime lampshaded in a FillerArc how nice it is to compete in a tournament for fun without worrying about a villain. [[TemptingFate Naturally a villain showed up]] in the form of Siegfried von Schröder, but he was a relatively harmless one after the likes of Dartz and Dark Marik. Granted, Ziegfried Siegfried still engaged in cyber-terrorism, corporate espionage, fraud, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking cheating at Duel Monsters]], so his harmlessness is indeed relative.
8th Apr '17 6:00:19 PM Sanokal
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* AnimationBump: Franchise-wide with the anime, important episodes or cards get extra love from the animators.
* AnimeHair: The franchise can easily be considered the TropeCodifier, or at least, the first anime of the franchise is usually the first thing people think of when they think this trope. Just how crazy the hair can get at times varies from series to series though. The original anime had Yugi's trademark hair style and a few others while ''GX'' generally had more toned down hair styles by comparison. ''5Ds'' has an equal balance of crazy and reasonable, while ''ZEXAL'' has hair styles that are pretty crazy ''[[UpToEleven even by the franchise's usual standard]]''. ''ARC-V'' takes the middle ground. The styles are generally more toned down compared to ''ZEXAL'', but [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair multi-color hair]] is all over the place.

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* AnimationBump: Franchise-wide with the anime, important episodes or cards get extra love from the animators.
animators, though there are exceptions.
* AnimeHair: The franchise can easily be considered the TropeCodifier, or at least, the first anime of the franchise is usually the first thing people think of when they think this trope. Just how crazy the hair can get at times varies from series to series though. The original anime had Yugi's trademark hair style and a few others while ''GX'' generally had more toned down hair styles by comparison. ''5Ds'' has an equal balance of crazy and reasonable, while ''ZEXAL'' has hair styles that are pretty crazy ''[[UpToEleven even by the franchise's usual standard]]''. ''ARC-V'' takes the middle ground. The styles are generally more toned down compared to ''ZEXAL'', but [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair multi-color hair]] is all over the place. ''VRAINS'' seems to be shaping up to have largely (Yusaku notwithstanding) normal styles, but compensating by giving this to the Link VRAINS Avatars.



* AscendedExtra: Believe it or not, Pot of Greed. It had a grand total of ''one'' appearance in the original manga, but was an absolute staple in the ''DM'' and ''GX'' animes and the card game until its banning.



* BuxomIsBetter: As seen [[http://fc07.deviantart.net/fs70/f/2015/039/2/a/ygo_girls_by_xbrain130-d8h5njp.png here]], up to the [[Anime/YuGiOh5Ds third series]] the main female character had a larger chest size than the previous. Then came [[Anime/YuGiOhZEXAL the fourth series]], which averted it by having the main girl be a (nearly) flat 13-year-old. The trend seems to be starting again with [[Anime/YuGiOhARCV the fifth]] girl, however.
* CallingYourAttacks: Not so much in the manga, as the Duel Monster card text is written plain for readers to read, but in the anime, pretty much ''every'' time a card is played, even if it's a card seen every time the main hero duels, its effect will be explained. This even gets played with sometimes to AsYouKnow, with the opponent lampshading that as professional duelists they know what the cards do, and then explain it themselves.

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* BuxomIsBetter: As seen [[http://fc07.deviantart.net/fs70/f/2015/039/2/a/ygo_girls_by_xbrain130-d8h5njp.png here]], up to the [[Anime/YuGiOh5Ds third series]] the main female character had a larger chest size than the previous. Then came [[Anime/YuGiOhZEXAL the fourth series]], which averted it by having the main girl be a (nearly) flat 13-year-old. The trend seems to be starting again with [[Anime/YuGiOhARCV the fifth]] girl, however.
however, but [[Anime/YuGiOhVRAINS the sixth girl]] [[{{Bifauxnen}} may or may not]] [[GoldenSuperMode play this straight]].
* CallingYourAttacks: CallingYourAttacks:
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Not so much in the manga, as the Duel Monster card text is written plain for readers to read, but in the anime, pretty much ''every'' time a card is played, even if it's a card seen every time the main hero duels, its effect will be explained. This even gets played with sometimes to AsYouKnow, with the opponent lampshading that as professional duelists they know what the cards do, and then explain it themselves.



** D/Ds in the OCG as well, though the timing of their release in the TCG playing this stright.



* ColorCodedElements: Since ''ZEXAL'', the six Attributes are colored in six different colors: yellow for LIGHT, purple for DARK, red for FIRE, blue for WATER, green for WIND and brown for EARTH. Whenever monsters overlay, they shine in one of those colors representing their current Attribute. The Over Ray Units of an Xyz Monster have the color of the Xyz Monster's Attribute.

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* ColorCodedElements: Since ''ZEXAL'', the six Attributes are colored in six different colors: yellow for LIGHT, purple for DARK, red for FIRE, blue for WATER, green for WIND and brown for EARTH. Whenever monsters overlay, they shine in one of those colors representing their current Attribute. The Over Ray Overlay Units of an Xyz Monster have the color of the Xyz Monster's Attribute.



** Taken to its LogicalExtreme in Anime/YuGiOhArcV, though it's a bit more justified in that the HardLight setup of most duels makes a pretty awesome tool to [[{{Deconstruction}} wage war with or seriously harm others]].

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** Taken to its LogicalExtreme in Anime/YuGiOhArcV, though it's a bit more justified in that the HardLight setup of most duels makes a pretty awesome tool to [[{{Deconstruction}} wage war with or seriously harm others]].others]], and it's later revealed that conventional weaponry can't affect a Solid Vision construct.



* InvincibleHero: A universal and recurring problem, for each hero you can count on one hand the number of times they actually lose, and if they do it's probably in a minor game with nothing important on the line. The first protagonist's whole gimmick was that he was the ''King of Games'', meaning that you'll be hard-pressed to see him lose ''any'' game let alone Duel Monsters.

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* InvincibleHero: A universal and recurring problem, for each hero you can count on one hand the number of times they actually lose, and if they do it's probably in a minor game with nothing important on the line. The first protagonist's whole gimmick was that he was the ''King of Games'', meaning that you'll be hard-pressed to see him lose ''any'' game let alone Duel Monsters. Yusei played it ridiculously straight; he technically only lost ''once'', and not only was that in a flashback, but he defeated that opponent later.



* LetterMotif: All the anime protagonists have names starting with "Yu": Yugi, Yusei, Yuma, Yuya, and Yusaku. The outlier is Judai, but even he has "Yuki" as a last name. The "Yu" also appears a lot in ''ARC-V''.

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* LetterMotif: All the anime protagonists have names starting with "Yu": Yugi, Yusei, Yuma, Yuya, and Yusaku. The outlier is Judai, but even he has "Yuki" as a last name. The "Yu" also appears a lot in ''ARC-V''.''ARC-V'', due to Yuya's counterparts and his father sharing the trend.



** ''ARC-V'' has become notable as an aversion of this. Despite lacking the manga's gore, the themes it explores are just are dark as the original manga at times.

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** ''5D's'' was the first notable aversion, with quite a bit of GratuitousViolence thrown about that wasn't too far below the manga.
** ''ARC-V'' has become the other notable as an aversion of this.aversion. Despite lacking the manga's gore, the themes it explores are just are dark as the original manga at times.



* MagicFromTechnology: Even in series without magic, the Solid Vision systems and VR might as well be magic in how monsters are "alive" and interact with opponents. ''The Darkside of Dimensions'' accentuates this, as Kaiba is able to use his technology to magically transcend dimensions and counter actual magic.

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* MagicFromTechnology: Even in series without magic, the Solid Vision systems and VR might as well be magic in how monsters are "alive" and interact with opponents. ''The Darkside Dark Side of Dimensions'' accentuates this, as Kaiba is able to use his technology to magically transcend dimensions and counter actual magic.



* MsFanservice: Each series has at least one female protagonist. While dueling skill varies, shapely bodies and outfits to show them off are a consistent (this tropes has been averted with [[Anime/YuGiOhArcV Yuzu Hiiragi]], though). And then there's the Dark Magician Girl, the living incarnation of this trope for the franchise. Numerous other female Duel Monsters are quite nice to look at too.

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* MsFanservice: Each series has at least one female protagonist. While dueling skill varies, shapely bodies and outfits to show them off are a consistent (this tropes trope has been averted with [[Anime/YuGiOhArcV Yuzu Hiiragi]], though). And then there's the Dark Magician Girl, the living incarnation of this trope for the franchise. Numerous other female Duel Monsters are quite nice to look at too.



* RuleOfSymbolism: A duelist's dueling style and even specific cards is often reflective of their personality. For instance, take ''[=5D's=]'' -- Yusei, who was raised in the slums and had to make a deck out of what cards he could scrounge, relies on combos of weak cards, while Jack, who believes in absolute power and cares for nothing but himself and his glory, relies on powerful monsters to smash through an opponent's defenses and overwhelm them.
** ARC-V even has a few scenes where some duelists physically beat the crap out of their enemies, and their fighting style kinda reflects their dueling style. Gongenzaka punches head-on and relies upon strength, while Kurosaki avoids taking direct hits and aims for the neck and weak spots of his opponents to OTK them.
* SadlyMythtaken: All over the place. For instance, did you know the Nazca Lines are actually the markings left from when ancient {{Eldritch Abomination}}s that manifested as giant animals were sealed in the earth?
* SeriousBusiness: If you haven't figured out this trope applies to the card game '''''big time''''', you haven't been reading very closely.

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* RuleOfSymbolism: RuleOfSymbolism:
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A duelist's dueling style and even specific cards is often reflective of their personality. For instance, take ''[=5D's=]'' -- Yusei, who was raised in the slums and had to make a deck out of what cards he could scrounge, relies on combos of weak cards, while Jack, who believes in absolute power and cares for nothing but himself and his glory, relies on powerful monsters to smash through an opponent's defenses and overwhelm them.
** ARC-V ''ARC-V'' even has a few scenes where some duelists physically beat the crap out of their enemies, and their fighting style kinda reflects their dueling style. Gongenzaka punches head-on and relies upon strength, while Kurosaki avoids taking direct hits and aims for the neck and weak spots of his opponents to OTK them.
* SadlyMythtaken: All over the place. For instance, did you know the Nazca Lines are actually the markings left from when ancient {{Eldritch Abomination}}s that manifested as giant animals were sealed in the earth?
earth? A mildly hilarious example happened with Scar-Red Nova, an Immortal from a then-non-existent serpent line, but a serpent line was later discovered.
* SeriousBusiness: SeriousBusiness:
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If you haven't figured out this trope applies to the card game '''''big time''''', you haven't been reading very closely.



* VendorTrash: There are thousands upon thousands of cards in the real-life card game[[note]]Dueling Network, one of the largest online sites for dueling, has a database of over 6,000 cards, and it isn't complete[[/note]], and a large chunk of them are completely useless even for casual duelists who use gimmicky deck themes.
** Note however, that in-universe, most cards 6 stars upwards and some 4 stars are so rare [[note]] Numbering in the single digit world-wide sense [[/note]] that casual duelists would not likely have any, let alone more than a few in his/her deck. So what we would consider vendor trash is often what the characters have to work with.

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* VendorTrash: VendorTrash:
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There are thousands upon thousands of cards in the real-life card game[[note]]Dueling Network, one of the largest online sites for dueling, has a database of over 6,000 cards, and it isn't complete[[/note]], and a large chunk of them are completely useless even for casual duelists who use gimmicky deck themes.
** Note however, that in-universe, in-universe in the original series and ''GX'' to a lesser extend, most cards 6 stars upwards and some 4 stars are so rare [[note]] Numbering in the single digit world-wide sense [[/note]] that casual duelists would not likely have any, let alone more than a few in his/her deck. So what we would consider vendor trash is often what the characters have to work with.with.
** A minor plot point in ''5D's'', where Yusei's deck is explicitly said to be made up of a mishmash of cards from the junk heap, with some exceptions, and Crow obtained his powerful Blackwing deck from someone who likely had it before Zero Reverse.
29th Mar '17 5:49:13 PM MajinAkuma
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* NotJustATournament: Any time there's a TournamentArc, you can bet the finals will be for the fate of the world. The second-series anime lampshaded in a FillerArc how nice it is to compete in a tournament for fun without worrying about a villain. [[TemptingFate Naturally a villain showed up]] in the form of Zigfried von Schroeder, but he was a relatively harmless one after the likes of Dartz and Dark Marik. Granted, Zigfried still engaged in cyber-terrorism, corporate espionage, fraud, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking cheating at Duel Monsters]], so his harmlessness is indeed relative.

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* NotJustATournament: Any time there's a TournamentArc, you can bet the finals will be for the fate of the world. The second-series anime lampshaded in a FillerArc how nice it is to compete in a tournament for fun without worrying about a villain. [[TemptingFate Naturally a villain showed up]] in the form of Zigfried von Schroeder, Siegfried Schröder, but he was a relatively harmless one after the likes of Dartz and Dark Marik. Granted, Zigfried Ziegfried still engaged in cyber-terrorism, corporate espionage, fraud, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking cheating at Duel Monsters]], so his harmlessness is indeed relative.
29th Mar '17 5:46:36 PM MajinAkuma
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* NoKillLikeOverkill: Often a duelist will be able to win just fine by making a simple play like summoning a monster and attacking, no need to summon five monsters at once or power those monsters up to thousands of ATK points. But where's the fun in that?

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* NoKillLikeOverkill: Often a duelist will be able to win just fine by making a simple play like summoning a monster and attacking, no need to summon five monsters at once or power those monsters up to thousands of ATK points.ATK. But where's the fun in that?
29th Mar '17 5:43:56 PM MajinAkuma
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* LetsFightLikeGentlemen: Zigzagged. On the one hand, antagonists mostly abide by the rules of the card game and when they lose, they lose. On the other hand, many of them will still cheat at the card game in various ways. The largest act of defiance of this trope is Zigfried von Schroeder, who went so far as to hack the Kaiba Corp card database to recognize an illegal card, and reprogrammed its effect to be ridiculously overpowered (it forces the opponent to discard ''half their deck'' each turn, and that's the tip of the iceberg).
* LetterMotif: All the anime protagonists have names starting with "Yu": Yugi, Yusei, Yuma, and Yuya. The outlier is Judai, but even he has "Yuki" as a last name. The "Yu" also appears a lot in ''ARC-V''.

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* LetsFightLikeGentlemen: Zigzagged. On the one hand, antagonists mostly abide by the rules of the card game and when they lose, they lose. On the other hand, many of them will still cheat at the card game in various ways. The largest act of defiance of this trope is Zigfried von Schroeder, Siegfried Schröder, who went so far as to hack the Kaiba Corp card database to recognize an illegal card, and reprogrammed its effect to be ridiculously overpowered (it forces the opponent to discard ''half their deck'' each turn, and that's the tip of the iceberg).
* LetterMotif: All the anime protagonists have names starting with "Yu": Yugi, Yusei, Yuma, Yuya, and Yuya.Yusaku. The outlier is Judai, but even he has "Yuki" as a last name. The "Yu" also appears a lot in ''ARC-V''.
29th Mar '17 5:42:13 PM MajinAkuma
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** At least until ''ARC-V'', which [[ZigzaggedTrope zigzags]] between playing it straight (twice when the opponent changes his ways due to the audience's behavior instead of the hero's and once when the opponent reverts to his old personality before he became a FallenHero) and averting, mocking, or having villains exploit it.

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** At least until ''ARC-V'', which [[ZigzaggedTrope zigzags]] between playing it straight (twice when the opponent changes his ways due to the audience's behavior instead of the hero's and once when the opponent reverts to his old personality before he became a FallenHero) and averting, mocking, or having villains exploit it. Then it's played straight again.
29th Mar '17 5:40:20 PM MajinAkuma
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** Starting from ''ZEXAl'', this trope has gradually begun to be phased out.

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** Starting from ''ZEXAl'', ''ZEXAL'', this trope has gradually begun to be phased out.out, but plays it straight again in ''ZEXAL II''.



* LeftStuckAfterAttack: Jonouchi's Battle City duel with Ryota Kajiki involves Jonouchi countering one of Kajiki's attacks with a trap with a blade on a chain that, by anchoring itself to the walls of Kajikio's whale monster, allows Jonouchi's monster to directly board and destroy, with help from an additional powerup, the otherwise protected by tornado monster.
25th Mar '17 7:44:05 AM fruitstripegum
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* LetsFightLikeGentlemen: Zigzagged. On the one hand, antagonists mostly abide by the rules of the card game and when they lose, they lose. On the other hand, many of them will still cheat at the card game in various ways. The largest act of defiance of this trope is Zigfried von Schroeder, who went so far as to hack the Kaiba Corp card database to recognize an illegal card, and reprogrammed its effect to be ridiculously overpowered (it forces the opponent to discard ''half their deck'' each turn, and that's the tip of the iceberg).



* LetsFightLikeGentlemen: Zigzagged. On the one hand, antagonists mostly abide by the rules of the card game and when they lose, they lose. On the other hand, many of them will still cheat at the card game in various ways. The largest act of defiance of this trope is Zigfried von Schroeder, who went so far as to hack the Kaiba Corp card database to recognize an illegal card, and reprogrammed its effect to be ridiculously overpowered (it forces the opponent to discard ''half their deck'' each turn, and that's the tip of the iceberg).
5th Mar '17 7:58:50 PM lalalei2001
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* MagicFromTechnology: Even in series without magic, the Solid Vision systems and VR might as well be magic in how monsters are "alive" and interact with opponents. ''The Darkside of Dimensions'' accentuates this, as Kaiba is able to use his technology to magically transcend dimensions and counter actual magic.



** Starting with ''[=5D's=]''[[labelnote:*]]Though some argue it started as early as ''GX'' hyping up Fusions, even though it had been a mechanic in the game since the start, albeit never really focused upon before[[/labelnote]], each anime series hypes up some new summoning mechanic for the card game. This is somewhat {{Downplayed}} so far is ''ARC-V'', which, while introducing Pendulum Summoning, has done a decent job of giving all the summoning mechanics equal spot-light.

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** Starting with ''[=5D's=]''[[labelnote:*]]Though some argue it started as early as ''GX'' hyping up Fusions, even though it had been a mechanic in the game since the start, albeit never really focused upon before[[/labelnote]], ''[=5D's=]'', each anime series hypes up some a new summoning mechanic for the card game. This is somewhat {{Downplayed}} so far is ''ARC-V'', which, while introducing Pendulum Summoning, has done does a decent job of giving all the summoning mechanics equal spot-light.spotlight.
5th Mar '17 7:52:02 PM lalalei2001
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* PlotTumor: Possibly one of the finest examples in fiction. The original manga began focused on many types of games and had Duel Monsters (Magic & Wizards) as an on-and-off card game, it was almost a SliceOfLife story where the heroes played all sorts of games with each other or villains used game-themed schemes. That's why the franchise's title translates to "King of Games", as in all games, not just Duel Monsters. But fans kept asking if there were real versions of those cards available and if the game would be revisited. Thus it became the focus of a few story arcs in the manga, became the ''central'' focus of the anime loosely based on said manga, and it snowballed until the entire franchise centers around it.
* ThePowerOfFriendship: Despite the MisaimedFandom focusing on the card game and hating this trope to the point of mocking it, ''this'' is the central concept of the entire franchise. The bonds of friendship and the power they have to make anything possible comes up all the time. No matter how powerful the villain is, they are helpless against a hero who has the support of his/her friends.
* RecurringCharacter: Tetsu Ushio seems to appear or is mentioned in [[http://everydayduelist.tumblr.com/post/115135723949/dragonpikachu-em-exceeds-change-zearu every series]]. Somehow...

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* PlotTumor: Possibly one of the finest examples in fiction. The original manga began focused on many types of games at first, and had Duel Monsters (Magic & Wizards) as an on-and-off card game, it was almost a SliceOfLife story where the heroes played all sorts of games with each other or villains used game-themed schemes. That's why the franchise's title translates only meant to "King of Games", as appear in all games, not just Duel Monsters. But fans one chapter. Fans kept asking if there were real versions of those cards available and if the game would be revisited. Thus revisited, which it was--without it the series would have been canceled very early on. The author realized that focusing on a single game allowed him to have more story focus, and so it became the focus of a few long story arcs in the manga, became the ''central'' focus of the anime loosely based on said manga, anime, and it snowballed until the entire franchise centers around it.
it to the point where non-card games are very rare.
* ThePowerOfFriendship: Despite the MisaimedFandom focusing on the card game and hating this trope to the point of mocking it, ''this'' This is the central concept of the entire franchise. The bonds of friendship and the power they have to make anything possible comes up all the time. No matter how powerful the villain is, they are helpless against a hero who has the support of his/her friends.
* RecurringCharacter: Tetsu Ushio Ushio, the first villain Yugi faced, seems to appear or is mentioned in [[http://everydayduelist.tumblr.com/post/115135723949/dragonpikachu-em-exceeds-change-zearu every series]]. Somehow...
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