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10th Sep '17 2:30:48 PM nombretomado
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Catching a bullet in the teeth, instead of a hand, is a common variant. See CatchAndReturn for this trope ''plus'' a follow up move. Also see this trope's SwordCounterpart, BarehandedBladeBlock. Compare FingerInABarrel.

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Catching a bullet in the teeth, instead of a hand, is a common variant. See CatchAndReturn for this trope ''plus'' a follow up move. Also see this trope's SwordCounterpart, JustForFun/SwordCounterpart, BarehandedBladeBlock. Compare FingerInABarrel.
9th Sep '17 11:44:15 PM JackG
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* The BigBad of ''Film/TheDarkTower2017'' does this all the time, being an EvilSorcerer. The first time we see it, he catches a bullet shot at him ''[[OffhandBackhand from behind, without looking back]]''. Given that TheHero is also TheGunslinger, this is a serious problem.
28th Aug '17 2:16:58 PM MajinAkuma
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* In ''Manga/{{HunterxHunter}}'', Kurapika goes to a mansion to apply for a job, a group of 11 people who wear black hooded robes and masks and are armed with guns and swords suddenly appear and attack him, Using his Dowsing Chain, Kurapika blocks a number of bullets fired at him and jumps onto a chandelier to avoid the sword users and observe the situation.

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* In ''Manga/{{HunterxHunter}}'', Kurapika goes to a mansion to apply for a job, a group of 11 people who wear black hooded robes and masks and are armed with guns and swords suddenly appear and attack him, him. Using his Dowsing Chain, Kurapika blocks a number of bullets fired at him and jumps onto a chandelier to avoid the sword users and observe the situation.



* ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}''
** In the ''{{Flashback}}'' episode, Alucard uses his arm to take a bullet meant for Integra. Later, he catches a [[DepletedPhlebotinumShells magic bullet]] in his teeth.

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* ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}''
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** In the ''{{Flashback}}'' episode, Alucard uses his arm to take a bullet meant for Integra. Later, he catches a [[DepletedPhlebotinumShells magic bullet]] in with his teeth.



* Gamma from ''Manga/{{Zombiepowder}}'' inserted armor in his right arm just so he could do this. [[spoiler: At least that's what he tells people]]. In the first chapter he even blocks a rocket from a bazooka with it.
* Neuro in ''Manga/MajinTanteiNougamiNeuro'', ''so many times.''
** He catch it with the eyelid, he is just that awesome.

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* Gamma from ''Manga/{{Zombiepowder}}'' inserted armor in his right arm just so he could do this. [[spoiler: At [[spoiler:At least that's what he tells people]]. In the first chapter he even blocks a rocket from a bazooka with it.
* Neuro in ''Manga/MajinTanteiNougamiNeuro'', ''so many times.''
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times''. He catch it catches one with the his eyelid, he is just that awesome.



* The title character in the anime adaptation of Manga/MajinTanteiNougamiNeuro gets shot at by a Yakuza boss and catches the bullet [[ExaggeratedTrope with his eyelid]].



* In ''Anime/SenkiZesshouSymphogear AXZ's'' eighth episode, BadassNormal [[CharlesAtlasSuperpower Genjuurou]] beats all six main characters by himself during a training session. That includes catching a barrage of missiles from Chris's Megadeth Party with his bare hands and then he throws them back at her all at once. (The strange part is that she fires 24 missiles at him, he catches eight and then throws twelve back at her and they ended up being 17.)



** Wally had one instance that parodied just how easy this is for speedsters. A psycho with an Uzi opened up on a room and Wally walked around picking a half dozen bullets out of the air, and disarming the man in a very casual manner. He misses one bullet that then kills [[spoiler: an exit sign]] when he returns his perception of time to normal.

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** Wally had one instance that parodied just how easy this is for speedsters. A psycho with an Uzi opened up on a room and Wally walked around picking a half dozen bullets out of the air, and disarming the man in a very casual manner. He misses one bullet that then kills [[spoiler: an [[spoiler:an exit sign]] when he returns his perception of time to normal.



** Which prompts the villain of Season 4 to create a high tech gun whose bullets can outspeed the Observers' reflexes, as [[spoiler: September]] finds out.

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** Which prompts the villain of Season 4 to create a high tech gun whose bullets can outspeed the Observers' reflexes, as [[spoiler: September]] [[spoiler:September]] finds out.



* ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'' features this [[spoiler: at the very end of the game, where we find out exactly how Neku died. But before that, Pi-Face tries to shoot Joshua a dozen times [[BottomlessMagazines (from a revolver)]] - Joshua then stops all the bullets in midair, [[Film/TheMatrix a la Neo]]]].

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* ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'' features this [[spoiler: at [[spoiler:at the very end of the game, where we find out exactly how Neku died. But before that, Pi-Face tries to shoot Joshua a dozen times [[BottomlessMagazines (from a revolver)]] - Joshua then stops all the bullets in midair, [[Film/TheMatrix a la Neo]]]].



** [[spoiler: Father Balder]] subverts this during a cutscene by slowing down time, taking the bullets and then repositioning them back at Bayonetta's face.

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** [[spoiler: Father [[spoiler:Father Balder]] subverts this during a cutscene by slowing down time, taking the bullets and then repositioning them back at Bayonetta's face.



* Near the end of the first ''VideoGame/NelsonTethersPuzzleAgent'' game, [[spoiler: Nelson fires his gun at some of [[OurGnomesAreWeirder the Hidden People]], who catch the bullets ''in their teeth''.]]

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* Near the end of the first ''VideoGame/NelsonTethersPuzzleAgent'' game, [[spoiler: Nelson [[spoiler:Nelson fires his gun at some of [[OurGnomesAreWeirder the Hidden People]], who catch the bullets ''in their teeth''.]]teeth'']].



* A classic stage magician's gag is appearing to catch a bullet, usually in the teeth (Hans Moretti used to do it sometimes) or on a china plate (Chung Ling Soo died when this went wrong). Paul Daniels recreated the effect safely in the '80s, and PennAndTeller upped the stakes to a simultaneous double bullet-catch during their run at the Rio. [[spoiler: The principal method was to retrieve the bullet from the barrel using a trick ramrod, after the bullet had been marked in some way. Anyone familiar with GunSafety will spot immediately that just because you have removed the bullet does not actually make the weapon ''safe'' - any debris that happens to be left in the barrel is still entirely capable of being lethal. However, most of the weapons used in the tricks are pyrotechnic models, not capable of firing a real bullet even if one was inserted.]]

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* A classic stage magician's gag is appearing to catch a bullet, usually in the teeth (Hans Moretti used to do it sometimes) or on a china plate (Chung Ling Soo died when this went wrong). Paul Daniels recreated the effect safely in the '80s, and PennAndTeller upped the stakes to a simultaneous double bullet-catch during their run at the Rio. [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The principal method was to retrieve the bullet from the barrel using a trick ramrod, after the bullet had been marked in some way. Anyone familiar with GunSafety will spot immediately that just because you have removed the bullet does not actually make the weapon ''safe'' - any debris that happens to be left in the barrel is still entirely capable of being lethal. However, most of the weapons used in the tricks are pyrotechnic models, not capable of firing a real bullet even if one was inserted.]]
17th Aug '17 3:04:25 PM StFan
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** When the Crane Hermit pisses off [[HairTriggerTemper evil Launch]] she pulls out a machine gun, unloads an entire magazine on Crane, all of which he catches. Undeterred she reloads and lets loose ''another'' full magazine, which he also catches.

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** When the Crane Hermit pisses off [[HairTriggerTemper evil Launch]] Lunch]] she pulls out a machine gun, unloads an entire magazine on Crane, all of which he catches. Undeterred she reloads and lets loose ''another'' full magazine, which he also catches.



** In a Cell Saga filler ep, Goku casually catches a bullet fired at him by a mobster. By this point, he's so ridiculously powerful that he's more confused by the attack than anything.

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** In a Cell Saga filler ep, episode, Goku casually catches a bullet fired at him by a mobster. By this point, he's so ridiculously powerful that he's more confused by the attack than anything.



** In ''Anime/DragonballSuper'': Goku effortlessly catches the bullets from an automatic gun when confronted by thieves, and Krillin ''failing'' to stop a bullet (it just bruised him) is treated as a sign that he's getting rusty.

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** In ''Anime/DragonballSuper'': Goku effortlessly catches the bullets from an automatic gun when confronted by thieves, and Krillin ''failing'' to stop a bullet (it just bruised bruises him) is treated as a sign that he's getting rusty.



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* Comicbook/{{Daredevil}}, although easily fast and agile enough, lacks the necessary durability to properly pull this off. He does however use his fighting sticks to knock bullets back at the shooter with surgical precision. Before his radar had developed, he even tracked bullets by feeling the way they displace the air around them.

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* Comicbook/{{Daredevil}}, ComicBook/{{Daredevil}}, although easily fast and agile enough, lacks the necessary durability to properly pull this off. He does however use his fighting sticks to knock bullets back at the shooter with surgical precision. Before his radar had developed, he even tracked bullets by feeling the way they displace the air around them.



* ''Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}'' has also performed this feat at least once.

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* ''Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}'' %%* ComicBook/{{Supergirl}} has also performed this feat at least once.



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* Clark Kent did this in the 1978 ''Film/{{Superman|TheMovie}}'' film in order to stop a mugger, palming the bullet to protect his identity.
** In ''Film/SupermanII'', Non caught an RPG rocket and broke it off with his bare hands.

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Clark Kent did does this in the 1978 ''Film/{{Superman|TheMovie}}'' film in order to stop a mugger, palming the bullet to protect his identity.
** In ''Film/SupermanII'', Non caught catches an RPG rocket and broke breaks it off with his bare hands.



* In ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'', Darth Vader does this. ''With blasters.'' Then force pulling the blaster out of [[spoiler:Han]]'s hand before sitting down to dinner. The [[Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse Expanded Universe]] confirms that Vader ''[[EnergyAbsorption absorbed]]'' the blaster bolts after catching them. Most powerful Force-users can do such things, with some (such as the [[ItRunsInTheFamily Halcyon/Horn bloodline]]) having an exceptional talent for it.
* In ''Film/TheForceAwakens'', Kylo Ren stops a blaster bolt in mid-air with the Force.
* Darth Vader tops himself and Kylo in ''Film/RogueOne'', stopping blaster bolts in midair then shooting them back at the ones who fired them.

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* ''Franchise/StarWars'':
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In ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'', Darth Vader does this. ''With blasters.'' Then force pulling the blaster out of [[spoiler:Han]]'s hand before sitting down to dinner. The [[Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse Expanded Universe]] confirms that Vader ''[[EnergyAbsorption absorbed]]'' the blaster bolts after catching them. Most powerful Force-users can do such things, with some (such as the [[ItRunsInTheFamily Halcyon/Horn bloodline]]) having an exceptional talent for it.
* In ''Film/TheForceAwakens'', Kylo Ren stops a blaster bolt in mid-air with the Force.
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** Darth Vader tops himself and Kylo in ''Film/RogueOne'', stopping blaster bolts in midair then shooting them back at the ones who fired them.



* ''Film/{{District 9}}'': The protagonist in alien PoweredArmor catches an RPG-7 rocket fired at Christopher's command ship. Then it explodes in his 'hand'. He survives though. The armor also has the ability to suspend incoming bullets in a force-field generated from one of its arms and then fire them back at the assailants.

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* ''Film/{{District 9}}'': ''Film/District9'': The protagonist in alien PoweredArmor catches an RPG-7 rocket fired at Christopher's command ship. Then it explodes in his 'hand'."hand". He survives though. The armor also has the ability to suspend incoming bullets in a force-field generated from one of its arms and then fire them back at the assailants.



* In ''Film/Terminator3RiseOfTheMachines'' Arnie gets shot in the head, but there's no visible wound. He moves his jaws around a bit, spits out the bullet and tells the shooter "Don't do that."
** From the looks of it, he was shot in the mouth (although why it didn't tear his lip is a mystery) and the bullet was stopped by the metal of his spine. Presumably it would have ricocheted off his teeth.

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* In ''Film/Terminator3RiseOfTheMachines'' Arnie gets shot in the head, but there's no visible wound. He moves his jaws around a bit, spits out the bullet and tells the shooter "Don't do that."
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" From the looks of it, he was shot in the mouth (although why it didn't tear his lip is a mystery) and the bullet was stopped by the metal of his spine. Presumably it would have ricocheted off his teeth.



* In ''Literature/TheDestroyer'' series, practitioners of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sinanju_(martial_art) Sinanju]] catch bullets as training or to show off. When they're being serious, they prefer to dodge or deflect (when guarding someone else) as it's more practical and efficient.
** As a demonstration in an early book, Chiun catches several hundred rounds of ''machine-gun fire'' (not submachine gun, the actual mounted weapon). That wasn't the demonstration, though - the demonstration was on how to polish and neatly stack the caught rounds at the same time. (He'd sent Remo into gang territory to practice being shot at and was upset that some of Remo's caught bullets had scratches or were dirty.)

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* In ''Literature/TheDestroyer'' series, practitioners of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sinanju_(martial_art) Sinanju]] catch bullets as training or to show off. When they're being serious, they prefer to dodge or deflect (when guarding someone else) as it's more practical and efficient.
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efficient. As a demonstration in an early book, Chiun catches several hundred rounds of ''machine-gun fire'' (not submachine gun, the actual mounted weapon). That wasn't the demonstration, though - the demonstration was on how to polish and neatly stack the caught rounds at the same time. (He'd sent Remo into gang territory to practice being shot at and was upset that some of Remo's caught bullets had scratches or were dirty.)



* The climax of ''[[Literature/TheGreatMerlini Death from a Top Hat]]'' is a performance of the bullet catch trick. The murderer tried to sabotage the trick to eliminate a potential witness against him (namely, the person performing the trick). Unfortunately for the murderer, the whole trick had been set up as a trap; among the additions was a trick shot specialist firing the gun with orders to miss.
** Merlini alludes to one of the stories in the RealLife folder at the end of ''The Footprints on the Ceiling''. He'd just been asked by the District Attorney to perform the Bullet Catch trick at the Policeman's Benefit Ball, and was worried about having an armed audience.

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* The climax of ''[[Literature/TheGreatMerlini Death from a Top Hat]]'' is a performance of the bullet catch trick. The murderer tried to sabotage the trick to eliminate a potential witness against him (namely, the person performing the trick). Unfortunately for the murderer, the whole trick had been set up as a trap; among the additions was a trick shot specialist firing the gun with orders to miss.
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miss. Merlini alludes to one of the stories in the RealLife folder at the end of ''The Footprints on the Ceiling''. He'd just been asked by the District Attorney to perform the Bullet Catch trick at the Policeman's Benefit Ball, and was worried about having an armed audience.



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* ''Series/{{Mythbusters}}'' tested the catch-a-bullet-in-your-teeth myth. [[spoiler:To say the myth was busted is an understatement. They couldn't even get close to ''theoretically'' doing it. Not only is human reaction time nowhere near fast enough to catch a bullet, but molars of a PIG (which are larger and stronger than our teeth) couldn't survive a bullet, so never mind the thin teeth at the front of your mouth which is where most magicians catch bullets.]]

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* ''Series/{{Mythbusters}}'' ''Series/MythBusters'' tested the catch-a-bullet-in-your-teeth myth. [[spoiler:To say the myth was busted is an understatement. They couldn't even get close to ''theoretically'' doing it. Not only is human reaction time nowhere near fast enough to catch a bullet, but molars of a PIG (which are larger and stronger than our teeth) couldn't survive a bullet, so never mind the thin teeth at the front of your mouth which is where most magicians catch bullets.]]



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* In ''Roleplay/DestroyTheGodmodder'' it gets used occasionally. Mostly by the Godmodder, but sometimes used by other entities to show how powerful it is.
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* One of the weapons in ''VideoGame/{{Conduit 2}}'' has the ability to suspend incoming bullets in a force-field, then fire them back at opponents.

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* One of the weapons in ''VideoGame/{{Conduit 2}}'' ''VideoGame/Conduit2'' has the ability to suspend incoming bullets in a force-field, then fire them back at opponents.



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* ''Webcomic/{{MAG ISA}}'' - Lucia catches a bullet that she [[http://mag-isa.thecomicseries.com/comics/pl/119618 fired from her own gun... then eats it just to show how badass she is.]]

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* ''Webcomic/{{MAG ISA}}'' ''Webcomic/MagIsa'' - Lucia catches a bullet that she [[http://mag-isa.thecomicseries.com/comics/pl/119618 fired from her own gun... then eats it just to show how badass she is.]]



* In ''Roleplay/DestroyTheGodmodder'' it gets used occasionally. Mostly by the Godmodder, but sometimes used by other entities to show how powerful it is.



12th Aug '17 12:56:54 PM Willbyr
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[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''[[Creator/DetsniyOffSkiword Kid Icarus Uprising 2: Hades Revenge]]'' shows [[UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler Hitler]] as having the ability to slap bullets out of the air.
* ''Fanfic/LastChildOfKrypton'': An exaggerated example. When [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Mad Hatter]] attempts to assassinate the UN Council by having security guards fire assault rifles into the room, Shinji manages to catch all of the bullets, also grabbing the guns for good measure.
* ''Fanfic/SOE2LoneHeirOfKrypton'': Asuka catches several bullets, one of them with her teeth, but she finally proves that she truly is faster than a speeding bullet by going from flying above the city, through all of the Geofront's armor layers, and into the Geofront to save Kaji in the time it takes for the bullet to get from Chiron's gun to him.
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3rd Aug '17 9:26:52 AM Gideoncrawle
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See CatchAndReturn for this trope ''plus'' a follow up move. Also see this trope's SwordCounterpart, BarehandedBladeBlock. Compare FingerInABarrel.

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Catching a bullet in the teeth, instead of a hand, is a common variant. See CatchAndReturn for this trope ''plus'' a follow up move. Also see this trope's SwordCounterpart, BarehandedBladeBlock. Compare FingerInABarrel.
25th Jul '17 1:05:23 AM ultimomant
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* Downplayed in ''Film/MrRight''. The hitman Steve is given an "WesternAnimation/ElmerFudd shotgun" that is so weak that Francis can block the pellets with his palm. It is very painful and some of the pellets went past his hand and hit him in the face, but all this does is make his hand and face bleed a little. Steve then complains about how lame the weapon he had been given is.



* In ''TheDestroyer'' series, practitioners of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sinanju_(martial_art) Sinanju]] catch bullets as training or to show off. When they're being serious, they prefer to dodge or deflect (when guarding someone else) as it's more practical and efficient.

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* In ''TheDestroyer'' ''Literature/TheDestroyer'' series, practitioners of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sinanju_(martial_art) Sinanju]] catch bullets as training or to show off. When they're being serious, they prefer to dodge or deflect (when guarding someone else) as it's more practical and efficient.
8th Jul '17 5:02:04 PM MasterNecromancer
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* ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'' has guns in its canonical setting, and characters can use the Deflect Arrows or Snatch Arrows feat against all ranged attacks that are not unusually massive (such as cannons or ballistae) or spells. As a consequence, a first level character built to do this can snag a bullet fired at them once every six seconds as long as the they have a free hand and can see it coming.

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* ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'' has guns in its canonical setting, and characters can use the Deflect Arrows or Snatch Arrows feat against all ranged attacks that are not unusually massive (such as cannons cannonballs or ballistae) ballista bolts) or spells. As a consequence, a first level first-level character built to do this can snag a bullet fired at them once every six seconds as long as the they have a free hand and can see it coming.
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