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29th Mar '16 9:25:28 AM MsChibi
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You must be dumb. End of story. Or lazy. Or greedy. Or gluttonous (in some TV shows fat characters never appear in a ''single scene'' without shoving food into their mouths). Or low-class trailer trash. Or a slob. Or sweaty, stinky, or otherwise sub-human. Or, in an inversion, if you're American you must be a disgusting fat slob. Or, if you're fat, you're [[AcceptablePoliticalTargets American.]]

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You must be dumb. End of story. Or lazy. Or greedy. Or gluttonous (in some TV shows fat characters never appear in a ''single scene'' without shoving food into their mouths). Or low-class trailer trash. Or a slob. Or sweaty, stinky, or otherwise sub-human. ''Especially'' if you happen to be [[DoubleStandard a woman]], in which case you'll likely be an AbhorrentAdmirer. Or, in an inversion, if you're American you must be a disgusting fat slob. Or, if you're fat, you're [[AcceptablePoliticalTargets American.]]
28th Mar '16 8:17:22 PM MsChibi
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* ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes''. Almost all the characters have some type of speech impediment or verbal tic.
9th Mar '16 9:58:18 AM Hossmeister
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** Boomhauer doesn't seem to actually have a speech impediment in the usual sense of the word. He mumbles and slurs his words together in an exaggeration of an Appalachian accent (Mike Judge based it off of an irate caller complaining about ''BeavisAndButtHead'', but the general impression he gives is that he just doesn't bother to try to enunciate better, not that he ''can't''.

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** Boomhauer doesn't seem to actually have a speech impediment in the usual sense of the word. He mumbles and slurs his words together in an exaggeration of an Appalachian accent (Mike Judge based it off of an irate caller complaining about ''BeavisAndButtHead'', ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead'', but the general impression he gives is that he just doesn't bother to try to enunciate better, not that he ''can't''.
6th Mar '16 5:23:05 AM Morgenthaler
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* Essentially the entire point of ''TheKingsSpeech'', in which George VI is humiliated by his stutter.

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* Essentially the entire point of ''TheKingsSpeech'', ''Film/TheKingsSpeech'', in which George VI is humiliated by his stutter.



* Another Michael Palin example, in ''AFishCalledWanda'', in which his character stutters like crazy, but only the villain makes fun of him for it. Palin based this aspect of the character partially on his father, who had a stammer. There now exists, in London, the Michael Palin Institute for Stammering Children.
* Worth noting that the actor who played the stuttering public attorney in ''MyCousinVinny'' actually had a speech impediment in real life for years and only recently beat it before signing up for the role. He thought of his character having a speech impediment as a "sick joke."
* Subverted in ''PansLabyrinth'' and used for horror, when [[spoiler:the character who stutters is told that he will not be tortured if he can count to three without stuttering. He can't, and is tortured.]]

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* Another Michael Palin example, in ''AFishCalledWanda'', ''Film/AFishCalledWanda'', in which his character stutters like crazy, but only the villain makes fun of him for it. Palin based this aspect of the character partially on his father, who had a stammer. There now exists, in London, the Michael Palin Institute for Stammering Children.
* Worth noting that the actor who played the stuttering public attorney in ''MyCousinVinny'' ''Film/MyCousinVinny'' actually had a speech impediment in real life for years and only recently beat it before signing up for the role. He thought of his character having a speech impediment as a "sick joke."
* Subverted in ''PansLabyrinth'' ''Film/PansLabyrinth'' and used for horror, when [[spoiler:the character who stutters is told that he will not be tortured if he can count to three without stuttering. He can't, and is tortured.]]



* Averted in ''TheBigBangTheory''. Kripke is a jerk to the main characters, but they never pick on his rhotacism. Of course, it's still pretty clearly intended.

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* Averted in ''TheBigBangTheory''.''Series/TheBigBangTheory''. Kripke is a jerk to the main characters, but they never pick on his rhotacism. Of course, it's still pretty clearly intended.
20th Feb '16 6:28:54 PM Sweeper1985
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** Played with in the episode, "The Discovery Dissipation", in which Kripke mercilessly mocks Sheldon over his retracted paper. Sheldon eventually tried to retaliate by mocking Kripke's speech impediment, much to the horror of everybody else present. The following exchange takes place:

Barry: Is? Is that a wefewence to my speech impediment? Thatís pwetty hurtful. I, I canít contwol it.
Sheldon: Youíre right, That was uncalled for. I take it back.
Barry: (triumphant) Of course you do. Because youíre the Wetwactor!

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** Played with in the episode, "The Discovery Dissipation", in which Kripke mercilessly mocks Sheldon over his retracted paper.paper, calling him "The Wetwactor". Sheldon eventually tried to retaliate by mocking Kripke's speech impediment, much to the horror of everybody else present. The following exchange Sheldon apologises and takes place:

Barry: Is? Is that a wefewence
it back, only for Barry to my speech impediment? Thatís pwetty hurtful. I, I canít contwol it.
Sheldon: Youíre right, That was uncalled for. I take it back.
Barry: (triumphant) Of
triumphantly conclude, "Of course you do. do! Because youíre you're the Wetwactor!
Wetwactor!"
20th Feb '16 6:27:19 PM Sweeper1985
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** Played with in the episode, "The Discovery Dissipation", in which Kripke mercilessly mocks Sheldon over his retracted paper. Sheldon eventually tried to retaliate by mocking Kripke's speech impediment, much to the horror of everybody else present. The following exchange takes place:

Barry: Is? Is that a wefewence to my speech impediment? Thatís pwetty hurtful. I, I canít contwol it.
Sheldon: Youíre right, That was uncalled for. I take it back.
Barry: (triumphant) Of course you do. Because youíre the Wetwactor!
23rd Jan '16 10:18:53 AM nombretomado
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* ''Film/{{Roxanne}}'' is a modern adaptation of ''Cyrano De Bergerac'' starring SteveMartin. Instead of a knight, he's a firefighter. Since it takes place in the modern day where you can find dozens of plastic surgeons in even the smallest town in America, his current condition is justified in that he's allergic to anesthesia. [[ThereAreNoTherapists But he does go to therapy]].

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* ''Film/{{Roxanne}}'' is a modern adaptation of ''Cyrano De Bergerac'' starring SteveMartin.Creator/SteveMartin. Instead of a knight, he's a firefighter. Since it takes place in the modern day where you can find dozens of plastic surgeons in even the smallest town in America, his current condition is justified in that he's allergic to anesthesia. [[ThereAreNoTherapists But he does go to therapy]].
27th Nov '15 2:05:12 PM Morgenthaler
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* While not a comedy example, {{Rudy}} is told that he must build his academic record at a community college before he will be eligible to apply to Notre Dame. The inference is that these institutions are dumping grounds for Ivy League rejects.

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* While not a comedy example, {{Rudy}} Film/{{Rudy}} is told that he must build his academic record at a community college before he will be eligible to apply to Notre Dame. The inference is that these institutions are dumping grounds for Ivy League rejects.
24th Nov '15 1:48:56 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''{{Roxanne}}'' is a modern adaptation of ''Cyrano De Bergerac'' starring SteveMartin. Instead of a knight, he's a firefighter. Since it takes place in the modern day where you can find dozens of plastic surgeons in even the smallest town in America, his current condition is justified in that he's allergic to anesthesia. [[ThereAreNoTherapists But he does go to therapy]].

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* ''{{Roxanne}}'' ''Film/{{Roxanne}}'' is a modern adaptation of ''Cyrano De Bergerac'' starring SteveMartin. Instead of a knight, he's a firefighter. Since it takes place in the modern day where you can find dozens of plastic surgeons in even the smallest town in America, his current condition is justified in that he's allergic to anesthesia. [[ThereAreNoTherapists But he does go to therapy]].



* The entire driving plot of ''CyranoDeBergerac'' is that despite being a smooth talking literary genius who has a way with words, he couldn't get a girlfriend to save his life because he has a big nose. We're not talking a slightly-larger-than-average Roman nose. We're talking about an epic schnozzola that has defined the very real former Gascogne knight and playwright for over 300 years.

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* The entire driving plot of ''CyranoDeBergerac'' ''Theatre/CyranoDeBergerac'' is that despite being a smooth talking literary genius who has a way with words, he couldn't get a girlfriend to save his life because he has a big nose. We're not talking a slightly-larger-than-average Roman nose. We're talking about an epic schnozzola that has defined the very real former Gascogne knight and playwright for over 300 years.
16th Nov '15 10:54:41 AM DouglasFir
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'''Overweight'''

You must be dumb. End of story. Or lazy. Or greedy. Or gluttonous (in some TV shows fat characters never appear in a ''single scene'' without shoving food into their mouths). Or low-class trailer trash. Or a slob. Or sweaty, stinky, or otherwise sub-human. Or, in an inversion, if you're American you must be a disgusting fat slob. Or, if you're fat, you're [[AcceptablePoliticalTargets American.]]

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'''People with non-disabling deformities'''

Especially with the increase in the availability and use of plastic surgery, people who have noticeable disfigurements that are not actually disabling (or at least don't appear to be, regardless of whether they actually are) are subject to ridicule, if they're ever shown on television at all.

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* ''Film/RedDragon'' was about a man teased all his life for his cleft palate, and [[FreudianExcuse eventually driven]] to become a SerialKiller. However, the few chapters about his childhood make him extremely sympathetic.
-->'''Graham''': As a child, my heart bleeds for him. As an adult, he's irredeemable.

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* In Creator/HarryHarrison's ''[[Literature/WestOfEden Eden]]'' trilogy, Armun has a harelip which she covers with her hair, as it makes her a target for insults and names from her tribesmates.

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* Women with flat chests ''and'' women with huge breasts are often the subject of ridicule. The former are often accused of being immature, while the latter are often accused of being slutty.

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* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' at one point featured Stewie having a recollection about a man with a cleft lip, who he referred to as a harelip - an offensive term for the condition.
** Not to mention Jake Tucker and his upside down face.
* Zuko from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' (the main villain of Season 1) has a nasty burn scar on his face, which was given to him by [[AbusiveParents his own father]]. [[spoiler:He does get a HeelFaceTurn in Season 3, though.]]
** Zuko is an interesting example, as his scar doesn't prevent him from being MrFanservice.
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'''Mouth Breathers'''

It's ''always'' used to describe people who are dumb in some way. Admit it...you've heard it used to describe that JerkJock or that big-ass bully with more muscle than brain in high school, those stupid customers who ask stupid questions, the slovenly basement dwellers talking shit on message boards and online games, or that big fat motherfucker of a bouncer with a squashed, bulldog-like face that you just ''know'' was caused by him getting his nose smashed one too many times. Some of us have to breathe through our mouth because we have a cold, sinus infection, the flu, or really bad allergies (and we all know 90% of Allergy Medications don't work). OI!

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* Marvel's Weasel is a mouth breather, and a creepy nerdy loser criminal on top of it.

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* Uhura calls Kirk one in ''Film/StarTrek'', although considering her talented ears, it may just have been an accurate descriptor - breathing through your mouth is of course quieter, and he was trying to hide.

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* Mentioned in ''Discworld/{{Hogfather}}'', with the stupid thug Banjo who "looked as though he was living on invisible plankton".
** Who is, [[SubvertedTrope in fact,]] a sympathetic [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming - and surprisingly well-treated]] - character.

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'''Mouth Breathers'''

It's ''always'' used to describe people who are dumb in some way. Admit it...you've heard it used to describe that JerkJock or that big-ass bully with more muscle than brain in high school, those stupid customers who ask stupid questions, the slovenly basement dwellers talking shit on message boards and online games, or that big fat motherfucker of a bouncer with a squashed, bulldog-like face that you just ''know'' was caused by him getting his nose smashed one too many times. Some of us have to breathe through our mouth because we have a cold, sinus infection, the flu, or really bad allergies (and we all know 90% of Allergy Medications don't work). OI!

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* Marvel's Weasel is a mouth breather, and a creepy nerdy loser criminal on top of it.

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* Uhura calls Kirk one in ''Film/StarTrek'', although considering her talented ears, it may just have been an accurate descriptor - breathing through your mouth is of course quieter, and he was trying to hide.

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* Mentioned in ''Discworld/{{Hogfather}}'', with the stupid thug Banjo who "looked as though he was living on invisible plankton".
** Who is, [[SubvertedTrope in fact,]] a sympathetic [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming - and surprisingly well-treated]] - character.
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* Jack Donaghy of ''Series/ThirtyRock'' is liable to call you one if he thinks you're stupid. He's called Kenneth a mouth-breather at least once.
* Jaye's supervisor is nicknamed this by her and her family on ''Series/Wonderfalls''. He doesn't take kindly to it, telling Jaye that it's due to an undeviated septum, but this doesn't stop her from using it. It should be noted that she rather dislikes him anyway, due to being younger but promoted over her, and for being annoyingly upbeat at their retail job.

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* Jack Donaghy Subverted in ''Series/{{JAG}}'', wherein major character Bud Roberts gets a leg amputated as result of ''Series/ThirtyRock'' is liable stepping on a land mine in Afghanistan, yet he's ultimately able to call you one if he thinks you're stupid. He's called Kenneth fully recover (with the aid of a mouth-breather at least once.
* Jaye's supervisor is nicknamed this by her
prosthetic leg) and her to live a happy family on ''Series/Wonderfalls''. He doesn't take kindly to it, telling Jaye that it's due to an undeviated septum, but this doesn't stop her from using it. It should be noted that she rather dislikes him anyway, due to being younger but promoted over her, and for being annoyingly upbeat at their retail job.
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* Not to mention when it's caused not by a temporary sickness or allergy, but a permanent deformation of the internal sinus passages.
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* Not One particularly grating recent example being [[http://www.nrc.nl/international/article2440740.ece/Disabled_poster_boy_banned_from_rail_stations Dutch Rail's refusal to mention when it's caused not by a temporary sickness or allergy, but a permanent deformation display]] posters that show one of Marc Quinn's ''Complete Marbles'' sculptures at railway stations across the internal sinus passages.
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country. Before you ask, no, it wasn't the nudity they objected to. To put matters into perspective, this is a company that will happily plaster [[http://www.israbox.com/uploads/posts/2009-11/1257702410_anouk-for-bitter-or-worse-2009.jpg a close-up of a bloody face]] across its billboards.



'''Amputees'''

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* Subverted in ''Series/{{JAG}}'', wherein major character Bud Roberts gets a leg amputated as result of stepping on a land mine in Afghanistan, yet he's ultimately able to fully recover (with the aid of a prosthetic leg) and to live a happy family life.

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* One particularly grating recent example being [[http://www.nrc.nl/international/article2440740.ece/Disabled_poster_boy_banned_from_rail_stations Dutch Rail's refusal to display]] posters that show one of Marc Quinn's ''Complete Marbles'' sculptures at railway stations across the country. Before you ask, no, it wasn't the nudity they objected to. To put matters into perspective, this is a company that will happily plaster [[http://www.israbox.com/uploads/posts/2009-11/1257702410_anouk-for-bitter-or-worse-2009.jpg a close-up of a bloody face]] across its billboards.
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'''PerpetualPoverty'''

There's usually a good reason for it in RealLife, but in sitcoms they're often depicted as lazy, ignorant, etc., or else the ButtMonkey[=/=]CosmicPlaything. It's really interesting when the lower-class (usually) guy falls for the RichBitch and has to deal with the vast ocean of differences between the social classes. HilarityEnsues.

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'''PerpetualPoverty'''

There's usually a good reason for it
'''Overweight'''

You must be dumb. End of story. Or lazy. Or greedy. Or gluttonous (in some TV shows fat characters never appear
in RealLife, but a ''single scene'' without shoving food into their mouths). Or low-class trailer trash. Or a slob. Or sweaty, stinky, or otherwise sub-human. Or, in sitcoms they're often depicted as lazy, ignorant, etc., or else the ButtMonkey[=/=]CosmicPlaything. It's really interesting when the lower-class (usually) guy falls for the RichBitch and has to deal with the vast ocean of differences between the social classes. HilarityEnsues.
an inversion, if you're American you must be a disgusting fat slob. Or, if you're fat, you're [[AcceptablePoliticalTargets American.]]



'''[[HeldBackInSchool People who were held back a year in school]]'''

Commonly portrayed as a JerkAss Bully, being ''much'' bigger than the class, being ''incredibly'' stupid, and most fiction examples won't cover any potential examples for being held back (such as how they were held back because they spent too much of the school year in the hospital recovering from a severe illness or injury). They also are ''never'' shown as taking school seriously; frequently giving up and not even ''trying'' to do their schoolwork so they can catch up.

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'''Community college'''

The ultimate butt of education jokes. Whether a series takes place in high school, "real" college, or the outside world, expect at least one joke about a character attending community college. Despite the fact that many educational professionals agree attending community college for two years and then transferring to a four-year school is an excellent financial decision, pop culture and society at large have not gotten over the fact that "anyone can get into community college." Community college students are seen as A) poor, B) lazy, C) stupid, or D) all of the above. This is one of the few fiction-based acceptable targets that also applies completely in real life--it is perfectly acceptable to insult the community college system and its students in most social situations.
* And this despite the fact that many community colleges offer an excellent education with some even offering programs not available at the local universities. In particular, many community colleges offer courses covering technical content not available at most public four-year schools. For example, a traditional four-year school might offer enough lecture courses to get you a mechanical engineering degree, but community colleges are more likely to offer ''actual hands-on courses on machining and welding'', leading to a more practical understanding of the trade. Engineering in particular is notorious for involving designs that look good on paper but don't perform that well in practice. The hands-on experience can be invaluable.
** Also, at a university, in some fields you're unlikely to get to actually ''ask questions of'' any instructor who isn't a grad student for the first two years anyway. The guy teaching the 300 person lecture class will probably be a Ph.D., but he might as well be a video for all the interaction you'll get from him. Community Colleges don't ''have'' grad students, so most of your interaction will be with people who at least have a postgraduate degree (and, often, actual real world experience to boot) right from the start.

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'''[[HeldBackInSchool People who were held back a year in school]]'''

Commonly portrayed as a JerkAss Bully, being ''much'' bigger than
'''People with non-disabling deformities'''

Especially with
the class, being ''incredibly'' stupid, and most fiction examples won't cover any potential examples for being held back (such as how they were held back because they spent too much of the school year increase in the hospital recovering from a severe illness or injury). They also availability and use of plastic surgery, people who have noticeable disfigurements that are ''never'' shown as taking school seriously; frequently giving up and not even ''trying'' to do their schoolwork so they can catch up.

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'''Community college'''

The ultimate butt of education jokes. Whether a series takes place in high school, "real" college, or the outside world, expect
actually disabling (or at least one joke about a character attending community college. Despite the fact that many educational professionals agree attending community college for two years and then transferring to a four-year school is an excellent financial decision, pop culture and society at large have not gotten over the fact that "anyone can get into community college." Community college students are seen as A) poor, B) lazy, C) stupid, or D) all of the above. This is one of the few fiction-based acceptable targets that also applies completely in real life--it is perfectly acceptable to insult the community college system and its students in most social situations.
* And this despite the fact that many community colleges offer an excellent education with some even offering programs not available at the local universities. In particular, many community colleges offer courses covering technical content not available at most public four-year schools. For example, a traditional four-year school might offer enough lecture courses to get you a mechanical engineering degree, but community colleges are more likely to offer ''actual hands-on courses on machining and welding'', leading to a more practical understanding of the trade. Engineering in particular is notorious for involving designs that look good on paper but
don't perform that well in practice. The hands-on experience can be invaluable.
** Also, at a university, in some fields you're unlikely
appear to get to be, regardless of whether they actually ''ask questions of'' any instructor who isn't a grad student for the first two years anyway. The guy teaching the 300 person lecture class will probably be a Ph.D., but he might as well be a video for all the interaction you'll get from him. Community Colleges don't ''have'' grad students, so most of your interaction will be with people who are) are subject to ridicule, if they're ever shown on television at least have a postgraduate degree (and, often, actual real world experience to boot) right from the start.

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* While not a comedy example, {{Rudy}} is told that he must build his academic record at a community college before he will be eligible to apply to Notre Dame. The inference is that these institutions are dumping grounds for Ivy League rejects.
** He's explicitly being told to go there to "build up his academic record", i.e. prove that he's smart/dedicated/whatever enough to make it at Notre Dame. Sounds more like a refinery than a "dumping ground".
* In ''Film/IronMan'', Tony threatens to donate Dummy to a community college, the implication being that it would be a most embarrassing fate for the poor AI/robot.

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* While not ''Film/RedDragon'' was about a comedy example, {{Rudy}} is told that he must build man teased all his academic record at a community college before he will be eligible to apply to Notre Dame. The inference is that these institutions are dumping grounds life for Ivy League rejects.
** He's explicitly being told to go there to "build up
his academic record", i.e. prove that cleft palate, and [[FreudianExcuse eventually driven]] to become a SerialKiller. However, the few chapters about his childhood make him extremely sympathetic.
-->'''Graham''': As a child, my heart bleeds for him. As an adult,
he's smart/dedicated/whatever enough to make it at Notre Dame. Sounds more like a refinery than a "dumping ground".
* In ''Film/IronMan'', Tony threatens to donate Dummy to a community college, the implication being that it would be a most embarrassing fate for the poor AI/robot.
irredeemable.



* In Creator/ChristopherPike's ''Final Friends'' series, the heroine finds out that she'll be unable to get into a "real" college due to her abysmal SAT scores and will have to go to community college instead. She says it's "like going to summer camp after you expected to climb Mt. Everest" and eventually decides to give up on academics entirely rather than suffer the humiliation.

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* Played with in the episode of ''Series/CSIMiami'', with Richard Speight Jr guest-starring as an intelligent guy who didn't get into a great college because his classmate stole the test, got a really high score and offset everything. The classmate then lorded it over him at a reunion.
* Played for laughs on the TV sitcom ''Series/{{Community}}'', set in a community college.
** The show lampshaded this in one episode where the main characters try to find a way to get Highschool Students attending the campus for college credits to stop making fun of them for being in a community college.
* In ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'', Sheldon looks down on Penny for attending (and dropping out of) a community college. Though in this case, it's less that the show itself attacks community colleges and more that Sheldon is an InsufferableGenius who looks down on everyone - including his other friends and colleagues, many of whom have earned Masters and Doctorates from "proper" universities. None of the other characters seem to have a problem with it.

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* In Creator/ChristopherPike's ''Final Friends'' series, the heroine finds out that she'll be unable to get into Creator/HarryHarrison's ''[[Literature/WestOfEden Eden]]'' trilogy, Armun has a "real" college due to her abysmal SAT scores and will have to go to community college instead. She says it's "like going to summer camp after you expected to climb Mt. Everest" and eventually decides to give up on academics entirely rather than suffer the humiliation.

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* Played
harelip which she covers with in the episode of ''Series/CSIMiami'', with Richard Speight Jr guest-starring her hair, as an intelligent guy who didn't get into it makes her a great college because his classmate stole the test, got a really high score target for insults and offset everything. The classmate then lorded it over him at a reunion.
* Played for laughs on the TV sitcom ''Series/{{Community}}'', set in a community college.
** The show lampshaded this in one episode where the main characters try to find a way to get Highschool Students attending the campus for college credits to stop making fun of them for being in a community college.
* In ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'', Sheldon looks down on Penny for attending (and dropping out of) a community college. Though in this case, it's less that the show itself attacks community colleges and more that Sheldon is an InsufferableGenius who looks down on everyone - including his other friends and colleagues, many of whom have earned Masters and Doctorates
names from "proper" universities. None of the other characters seem to have a problem with it.
her tribesmates.



* Bonus Points as sometimes, community colleges are better in some courses than "real" colleges, only cost ''much'' less. (For example, the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education, arguably one of the best culinary arts schools in the country, is part of Grand Rapids Community College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.)
* Laney College in Oakland, UsefulNotes/{{California}} is increasingly regarded as one of the best theater schools in Northern California, as its actors frequently land top spots in universities--or, you know, get picked by theaters ''as soon as they graduate''. Unfortunately it has the double-whammy of being a community college in ''Oakland,'' which is stereotyped as being dangerous, poor, and riddled with drug dealers.

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* Bonus Points as sometimes, community colleges Women with flat chests ''and'' women with huge breasts are better in some courses than "real" colleges, only cost ''much'' less. (For example, often the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education, arguably one subject of the best culinary arts schools in the country, is part of Grand Rapids Community College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.)
* Laney College in Oakland, UsefulNotes/{{California}} is increasingly regarded as one of the best theater schools in Northern California, as its actors frequently land top spots in universities--or, you know, get picked by theaters ''as soon as they graduate''. Unfortunately it has the double-whammy
ridicule. The former are often accused of being a community college in ''Oakland,'' which is stereotyped as immature, while the latter are often accused of being dangerous, poor, and riddled with drug dealers.
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* Unless, of course, the character comes from a poor background, like Luanne Platter from ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'', where her going to Community College is celebrated by her family.
* Hayley on ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' attends a community college, which is often the butt of some jokes ("I got a check-plus. That's like a C at Arizona State!").
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* Unless, An episode of course, ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' at one point featured Stewie having a recollection about a man with a cleft lip, who he referred to as a harelip - an offensive term for the character comes condition.
** Not to mention Jake Tucker and his upside down face.
* Zuko
from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' (the main villain of Season 1) has a poor background, like Luanne Platter from ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'', where her going to Community College is celebrated by her family.
* Hayley
nasty burn scar on ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' attends a community college, his face, which was given to him by [[AbusiveParents his own father]]. [[spoiler:He does get a HeelFaceTurn in Season 3, though.]]
** Zuko
is often the butt of some jokes ("I got a check-plus. That's like a C at Arizona State!").
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an interesting example, as his scar doesn't prevent him from being MrFanservice.



'''Trade School'''

By people who have not been to trade schools.

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* Astronauts actually ''did'' get people understanding them, before [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lisa_Nowak Lisa Nowak]] went after that woman her boyfriend was having an affair with.
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'''Male Sexual Harassment Victims'''

Did you know that Sexual Harassment can actually happen to ''men'' too? Or that women can actually commit Sexual Harassment...and actually do it to ''a man'' and not another woman? Or that men can actually commit Sexual Harassment against ''other men''? Most places don't actually realize this and force men who are targets of harassment to "take it like a man" and that anyone who tries to do something about the harassment is "PC Bullshit" or "a wimp." See also DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale.

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[[AC:{{Manga}}]]
* Averted in ''Manga/KinouNaniTabeta'', the lawyer protagonist took a case in which a big guy is abused by his small girlfriend, it is portrayed realistically.

[[AC:{{Film}}]]
* The treatment of Dale (played by Charlie Day) in ''Film/HorribleBosses'' zig-zags this. On one hand, his friends don't seem to think that his problem--his sex-crazed and very hot (played by Creator/JenniferAniston) boss constantly hitting on him at work--is all that bad. On the other hand, the creators go out of their way to make her seem insane and kind of creepy, and make him seem like a really nice guy happily engaged to his fiancee and not in the least bit interested in any other woman--which accentuates the horror.

[[AC:LiveActionTV]]
* An episode of ''Series/WhatWouldYouDo'' tested peoples' reactions to abuse by different sexes, by having two actors playing a couple alternate being abusive. When the man was the one yelling and being rough, more often than not people stepped in to stop it. When the woman was the abuser, most people did nothing -- in fact, several women who saw it happening looked satisfied, including one who did a little fist-pump after she passed them. When asked her about her reaction, she said [[DeathByWomanScorned she assumed he had it coming]].

[[AC:{{Literature}}]]
* Pretty much the whole message of Michael Crichton's ''Literature/{{Disclosure}}'' and the MacGuffin for the book. He also waxes at length on the (presumably correct for the time) statistics and what they mean.

[[AC:WesternAnimation]]
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'', Hank Hill's reaction to being told he can sue for "Male on Male Sexual Harassment" is... "BWAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHH!!!!" followed by his shocked expression. The other person he shows it to also is too afraid to admit it. It's amazing how [[TruthInTelevision real]] it can be.
** Another episode had him being borderline-stalked by a female cop with the hots for him, which wasn't shown as being the least bit acceptable. Yet still played for laughs.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' had Peter being sexually harassed by his boss, to the point that she demanded he come to her house and have sex with her. While she was clearly shown as being in the wrong, the whole thing was PlayedForLaughs, and Lois outright refused to believe that a woman could sexually harass a man (mostly because AllMenArePerverts). Later on, the boss tells Peter she's a virgin because she was [[InformedDeformity too ugly to get laid]], itself an [[AcceptableInevitableTargets Acceptable Target]].
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'''Minimum Wage Employees'''[[note]]Also See BurgerFool.[[/note]]

Anyone who works a low-paying job. Bonus points if it's "menial" labor or customer service.

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'''People of short stature'''

People of smaller-than-average height, especially males, face discrimination in several facets. Physically, they are smaller, so they may be seen as "small" in other ways due to the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halo_effect Halo effect]]. Mentally, their personality is considered weak no matter what it is;
if it's "menial" labor they are timid, they are weak all-around; if they are aggressive, they must suffer from the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Napoleon_complex Napolean Complex]]. Sexually, men in particular face serious difficulties in the dating arena; studies have shown that height matters more to women on average (as polled through dating sites) than money, fitness, or customer service.
personality. This general sentiment means they will often be cast in sexually unappealing roles.

[[AC:{{WesternAnimation}}]]
* In {{WesternAnimation/Shrek}}, Lord Farquaad's height is ridiculed on several occasions. It doesn't help that he's the villain and must be [[Main/CompensatingForSomething compensating for something]], or that he's incompetent, or sexually abusive, or (laundry list of his character flaws).



'''{{Silent Majorit|y}}ies'''

To many, the term "VocalMinority" doesn't exist, they forget it exists, or they are too ignorant to say it exists. If there is a "VocalMinority" in your group causing havoc to society, oftentimes much of everyone else will [[GuiltByAssociationGag lump you and the other innocent people in your group]] and [[MisBlamed you will be lambasted for your group's]] VocalMinority regardless if you were never apart of it or were even against it. This goes double for fandoms, triple if it involves politics, race, nationality, and/or religion. For example, if you are American, [[EagleLand you are a stupid fat slob who disgraces society]]. If you are an American who is smart, slim, and nice, you do not exist to these people. No exceptions.

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'''People of short stature'''

People of smaller-than-average height, especially males, face discrimination in several facets. Physically, they are smaller, so they may be seen as "small" in other ways due to the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halo_effect Halo effect]]. Mentally, their personality is considered weak no matter what it is; if they are timid, they are weak all-around; if they are aggressive, they must suffer from the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Napoleon_complex Napolean Complex]]. Sexually, men in particular face serious difficulties in the dating arena; studies have shown that height matters more to women on average (as polled through dating sites) than money, fitness, or personality. This general sentiment means they will often be cast in sexually unappealing roles.

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[[AC:{{WesternAnimation}}]]
* In {{WesternAnimation/Shrek}}, Lord Farquaad's height is ridiculed on several occasions. It doesn't help that he's the villain and must be [[Main/CompensatingForSomething compensating for something]], or that he's incompetent, or sexually abusive, or (laundry list of his character flaws).
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'''[[HeldBackInSchool People who were held back a year in school]]'''

Commonly portrayed as a JerkAss Bully, being ''much'' bigger than the class, being ''incredibly'' stupid, and most fiction examples won't cover any potential examples for being held back (such as how they were held back because they spent too much of the school year in the hospital recovering from a severe illness or injury). They also are ''never'' shown as taking school seriously; frequently giving up and not even ''trying'' to do their schoolwork so they can catch up.

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'''Community college'''

The ultimate butt of education jokes. Whether a series takes place in high school, "real" college, or the outside world, expect at least one joke about a character attending community college. Despite the fact that many educational professionals agree attending community college for two years and then transferring to a four-year school is an excellent financial decision, pop culture and society at large have not gotten over the fact that "anyone can get into community college." Community college students are seen as A) poor, B) lazy, C) stupid, or D) all of the above. This is one of the few fiction-based acceptable targets that also applies completely in real life--it is perfectly acceptable to insult the community college system and its students in most social situations.
* And this despite the fact that many community colleges offer an excellent education with some even offering programs not available at the local universities. In particular, many community colleges offer courses covering technical content not available at most public four-year schools. For example, a traditional four-year school might offer enough lecture courses to get you a mechanical engineering degree, but community colleges are more likely to offer ''actual hands-on courses on machining and welding'', leading to a more practical understanding of the trade. Engineering in particular is notorious for involving designs that look good on paper but don't perform that well in practice. The hands-on experience can be invaluable.
** Also, at a university, in some fields you're unlikely to get to actually ''ask questions of'' any instructor who isn't a grad student for the first two years anyway. The guy teaching the 300 person lecture class will probably be a Ph.D., but he might as well be a video for all the interaction you'll get from him. Community Colleges don't ''have'' grad students, so most of your interaction will be with people who at least have a postgraduate degree (and, often, actual real world experience to boot) right from the start.

[[AC:{{Film}}]]
* While not a comedy example, {{Rudy}} is told that he must build his academic record at a community college before he will be eligible to apply to Notre Dame. The inference is that these institutions are dumping grounds for Ivy League rejects.
** He's explicitly being told to go there to "build up his academic record", i.e. prove that he's smart/dedicated/whatever enough to make it at Notre Dame. Sounds more like a refinery than a "dumping ground".
* In ''Film/IronMan'', Tony threatens to donate Dummy to a community college, the implication being that it would be a most embarrassing fate for the poor AI/robot.

[[AC:{{Literature}}]]
* In Creator/ChristopherPike's ''Final Friends'' series, the heroine finds out that she'll be unable to get into a "real" college due to her abysmal SAT scores and will have to go to community college instead. She says it's "like going to summer camp after you expected to climb Mt. Everest" and eventually decides to give up on academics entirely rather than suffer the humiliation.

[[AC:LiveActionTV]]
* Played with in the episode of ''Series/CSIMiami'', with Richard Speight Jr guest-starring as an intelligent guy who didn't get into a great college because his classmate stole the test, got a really high score and offset everything. The classmate then lorded it over him at a reunion.
* Played for laughs on the TV sitcom ''Series/{{Community}}'', set in a community college.
** The show lampshaded this in one episode where the main characters try to find a way to get Highschool Students attending the campus for college credits to stop making fun of them for being in a community college.
* In ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'', Sheldon looks down on Penny for attending (and dropping out of) a community college. Though in this case, it's less that the show itself attacks community colleges and more that Sheldon is an InsufferableGenius who looks down on everyone - including his other friends and colleagues, many of whom have earned Masters and Doctorates from "proper" universities. None of the other characters seem to have a problem with it.

[[AC:RealLife]]
* Bonus Points as sometimes, community colleges are better in some courses than "real" colleges, only cost ''much'' less. (For example, the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education, arguably one of the best culinary arts schools in the country, is part of Grand Rapids Community College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.)
* Laney College in Oakland, UsefulNotes/{{California}} is increasingly regarded as one of the best theater schools in Northern California, as its actors frequently land top spots in universities--or, you know, get picked by theaters ''as soon as they graduate''. Unfortunately it has the double-whammy of being a community college in ''Oakland,'' which is stereotyped as being dangerous, poor, and riddled with drug dealers.

[[AC:WesternAnimation]]
* Unless, of course, the character comes from a poor background, like Luanne Platter from ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'', where her going to Community College is celebrated by her family.
* Hayley on ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' attends a community college, which is often the butt of some jokes ("I got a check-plus. That's like a C at Arizona State!").

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'''Trade School'''

By people who have not been to trade schools.

[[AC:RealLife]]
* Astronauts actually ''did'' get people understanding them, before [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lisa_Nowak Lisa Nowak]] went after that woman her boyfriend was having an affair with.
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'''CrazyHomelessPeople'''

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'''Mouth Breathers'''

It's ''always'' used to describe people who are dumb in some way. Admit it...you've heard it used to describe that JerkJock or that big-ass bully with more muscle than brain in high school, those stupid customers who ask stupid questions, the slovenly basement dwellers talking shit on message boards and online games, or that big fat motherfucker of a bouncer with a squashed, bulldog-like face that you just ''know'' was caused by him getting his nose smashed one too many times. Some of us have to breathe through our mouth because we have a cold, sinus infection, the flu, or really bad allergies (and we all know 90% of Allergy Medications don't work). OI!

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* Marvel's Weasel is a mouth breather, and a creepy nerdy loser criminal on top of it.

[[AC: {{Film}}]]
* Uhura calls Kirk one in ''Film/StarTrek'', although considering her talented ears, it may just have been an accurate descriptor - breathing through your mouth is of course quieter, and he was trying to hide.

[[AC:{{Literature}}]]
* Mentioned in ''Discworld/{{Hogfather}}'', with the stupid thug Banjo who "looked as though he was living on invisible plankton".
** Who is, [[SubvertedTrope in fact,]] a sympathetic [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming - and surprisingly well-treated]] - character.

[[AC:LiveActionTV]]
* Jack Donaghy of ''Series/ThirtyRock'' is liable to call you one if he thinks you're stupid. He's called Kenneth a mouth-breather at least once.
* Jaye's supervisor is nicknamed this by her and her family on ''Series/Wonderfalls''. He doesn't take kindly to it, telling Jaye that it's due to an undeviated septum, but this doesn't stop her from using it. It should be noted that she rather dislikes him anyway, due to being younger but promoted over her, and for being annoyingly upbeat at their retail job.

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* Not to mention when it's caused not by a temporary sickness or allergy, but a permanent deformation of the internal sinus passages.

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'''PerpetualPoverty'''

There's usually a good reason for it in RealLife, but in sitcoms they're often depicted as lazy, ignorant, etc., or else the ButtMonkey[=/=]CosmicPlaything. It's really interesting when the lower-class (usually) guy falls for the RichBitch and has to deal with the vast ocean of differences between the social classes. HilarityEnsues.

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'''Male Sexual Harassment Victims'''

Did you know that Sexual Harassment can actually happen to ''men'' too? Or that women can actually commit Sexual Harassment...and actually do it to ''a man'' and not another woman? Or that men can actually commit Sexual Harassment against ''other men''? Most places don't actually realize this and force men who are targets of harassment to "take it like a man" and that anyone who tries to do something about the harassment is "PC Bullshit" or "a wimp." See also DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale.

[[AC:{{Manga}}]]
* Averted in ''Manga/KinouNaniTabeta'', the lawyer protagonist took a case in which a big guy is abused by his small girlfriend, it is portrayed realistically.

[[AC:{{Film}}]]
* The treatment of Dale (played by Charlie Day) in ''Film/HorribleBosses'' zig-zags this. On one hand, his friends don't seem to think that his problem--his sex-crazed and very hot (played by Creator/JenniferAniston) boss constantly hitting on him at work--is all that bad. On the other hand, the creators go out of their way to make her seem insane and kind of creepy, and make him seem like a really nice guy happily engaged to his fiancee and not in the least bit interested in any other woman--which accentuates the horror.

[[AC:LiveActionTV]]
* An episode of ''Series/WhatWouldYouDo'' tested peoples' reactions to abuse by different sexes, by having two actors playing a couple alternate being abusive. When the man was the one yelling and being rough, more often than not people stepped in to stop it. When the woman was the abuser, most people did nothing -- in fact, several women who saw it happening looked satisfied, including one who did a little fist-pump after she passed them. When asked her about her reaction, she said [[DeathByWomanScorned she assumed he had it coming]].

[[AC:{{Literature}}]]
* Pretty much the whole message of Michael Crichton's ''Literature/{{Disclosure}}'' and the MacGuffin for the book. He also waxes at length on the (presumably correct for the time) statistics and what they mean.

[[AC:WesternAnimation]]
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'', Hank Hill's reaction to being told he can sue for "Male on Male Sexual Harassment" is... "BWAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHH!!!!" followed by his shocked expression. The other person he shows it to also is too afraid to admit it. It's amazing how [[TruthInTelevision real]] it can be.
** Another episode had him being borderline-stalked by a female cop with the hots for him, which wasn't shown as being the least bit acceptable. Yet still played for laughs.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' had Peter being sexually harassed by his boss, to the point that she demanded he come to her house and have sex with her. While she was clearly shown as being in the wrong, the whole thing was PlayedForLaughs, and Lois outright refused to believe that a woman could sexually harass a man (mostly because AllMenArePerverts). Later on, the boss tells Peter she's a virgin because she was [[InformedDeformity too ugly to get laid]], itself an [[AcceptableInevitableTargets Acceptable Target]].

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'''Minimum Wage Employees'''[[note]]Also See BurgerFool.[[/note]]

Anyone who works a low-paying job. Bonus points if it's "menial" labor or customer service.

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'''{{Silent Majorit|y}}ies'''

To many, the term "VocalMinority" doesn't exist, they forget it exists, or they are too ignorant to say it exists. If there is a "VocalMinority" in your group causing havoc to society, oftentimes much of everyone else will [[GuiltByAssociationGag lump you and the other innocent people in your group]] and [[MisBlamed you will be lambasted for your group's]] VocalMinority regardless if you were never apart of it or were even against it. This goes double for fandoms, triple if it involves politics, race, nationality, and/or religion. For example, if you are American, [[EagleLand you are a stupid fat slob who disgraces society]]. If you are an American who is smart, slim, and nice, you do not exist to these people. No exceptions.
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