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19th Sep '17 5:37:00 AM Doug86
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** Back in [[TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks the Silver Age]], Hal Jordan seemed to have the ''least'' dramatic backstory of any DC superhero: he was a cocky, handsome, all-American [[AcePilot test pilot]] who spent his free time trying to woo his boss's daughter, and was on uncannily good terms with his family. But Creator/GeoffJohns' post-Crisis run went into a bit more detail about Hal's background, and revealed that his arrogance actually masks [[SadClown some truly sad experiences]]. For starters, he saw his father die in a test flight when he was just a child, and [[IconicOutfit his brown bomber jacket]] is actually a memento of his father. For another thing, his mother disowned him after he ran away from home to join the Air Force on his 18th birthday, and refused to speak to Hal on her deathbed. This led a guilt-ridden Hal to intentionally get himself kicked out of the Air Force by punching his commanding officer so he could speak to her. But he arrived too late and she died of cancer. Hal's brother Jack blamed him for driving her to an early grave. [[MyGreatestFailure That mistake]] is the reason Hal got his job as a test pilot for Ferris Aircraft, since they were the only aviation company that would hire him after his dishonorable discharge.

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** Back in [[TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks the Silver Age]], Hal Jordan seemed to have the ''least'' dramatic backstory of any DC superhero: he was a cocky, handsome, all-American [[AcePilot test pilot]] who spent his free time trying to woo his boss's daughter, and was on uncannily good terms with his family. But Creator/GeoffJohns' post-Crisis run went into a bit more detail about Hal's background, and revealed that his arrogance actually masks [[SadClown some truly sad experiences]]. For starters, he saw his father die in a test flight when he was just a child, and [[IconicOutfit his brown bomber jacket]] is actually a memento of his father. For another thing, his mother disowned him after he ran away from home to join the Air Force on his 18th birthday, and refused to speak to Hal on her deathbed. This led a guilt-ridden Hal to intentionally get himself kicked out of the Air Force by punching his commanding officer so he could speak to her. But he arrived too late and she died of cancer. Hal's brother Jack blamed him for driving her to an early grave. [[MyGreatestFailure That mistake]] is the reason Hal got his job as a test pilot for Ferris Aircraft, since they were the only aviation company that would hire him after his dishonorable discharge.
16th Sep '17 6:05:49 PM alspawn
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*''Series/TheGoldenGirls'':
** Rose is generally a happy-go-lucky Main/{{Cloudcuckoolander}} who is unaware of how dumb she seems to others. The exception is the episode 'Dancing in the Dark', where she first falls in love with Miles, in which she is so self-conscious about their different intellects that it almost sabotages their budding relationship.
** Sophia's memory loss due to a stroke mostly appears in the early seasons as a joke and an excuse to make her a DeadpanSnarker. However a couple of episodes have confronted the fact that both Sophia and Dorothy fear she may be slipping into dementia and that she will one day no longer be able to take care of herself. Sophia is especially afraid of losing her memories of her dead husband Sal.
** Blanche has apparently always been [[ReallyGetsAround fairly promiscuous,]] but it has been hinted once or twice that her fear of commitment is because she never really got over the fact that the only man she ever really loved, her husband George, was killed out of the blue in a car accident.
14th Sep '17 12:16:11 AM GrammarNavi
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* You know how Jughead from ArchieComics wears that crown hat thingy? In TheForties when the comic began it was an actual trend to cut up fedoras; decades later this is forgotten and Jughead wears a funny hat because he's Jughead. ArchieComics2016 on the other hand has him as the son of a wealthy family who was swindled out of everything and became poor. He cut up the hat he once wore as a sign of being all high-society.

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* You know how Jughead from ArchieComics ''Franchise/ArchieComics'' wears that crown hat thingy? In TheForties when the comic began it was an actual trend to cut up fedoras; decades later this is forgotten and Jughead wears a funny hat because he's Jughead. ArchieComics2016 ''ComicBook/ArchieComics2015'' on the other hand has him as the son of a wealthy family who was swindled out of everything and became poor. He cut up the hat he once wore as a sign of being all high-society.
13th Sep '17 9:04:26 PM DVB
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* In the final ''ComicBook/ScottPilgrim'' book, Scott learns from Kim that the very quirky flashback of book 2 wasn't very quirky at all. Basically he beat up Kim's shy Chinese boyfriend, Simon Lee, to get with her, and to top it off, he told his best friend Lisa Miller that he was leaving and neglected to tell Kim, and thus Lisa had to, even though Kim ended up shunning her for a month after that. Kim does admit that she was partially at fault for leaving Lee that easily though. It also turns out that all his quirky memory losses were [[spoiler:part of Gideon's plot to mess up Scott]].

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* In the final ''ComicBook/ScottPilgrim'' book, Scott learns from Kim that the very quirky flashback of book 2 wasn't very quirky at all. Basically he beat He ended up Kim's shy Chinese boyfriend, with Kim after some sort of altercation with a guy Kim was dating, Simon Lee, to get with her, Lee (the circumstances aren't known, but Kim mentioned hugging and to top its implied it off, was PoorCommunicationKills). Furthermore, he told his best friend Lisa Miller that he was leaving moving to Toronto and neglected asked her to tell Kim, Kim instead of him doing it himself, which led to Kim and thus Lisa had to, even not talking for a month. Though the incident with Simon was mentioned beforehand (Kim called Simon a jerk and called Scott one too, though Kim ended up shunning her for a month after that. Kim does admit that she half-heartedly with the latter). She later admitted it was partially at her own fault for leaving Lee that easily though. It also turns out that all his quirky her reaction. Also, Scott's memory losses were [[spoiler:part of Gideon's plot problems revealed to mess up Scott]].be the result [[spoiler:of Gideon tampering his memories ForTheEvulz]].
8th Sep '17 1:15:57 PM Malady
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* MuppetsFromSpace: After decades of Gonzo's species being PlayedForLaughs, this film has him undergo an identity crisis and go out to search for others like him.
* In Creator/TimBurton's ''Film/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'', Willy Wonka always seems to stop short and becomes hesitant whenever he is about to say "parent", which is initially played up as one of his (multiple) [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} eccentricities]]. Then we find out about his [[spoiler: FreudianExcuse (which doesn't exist in the books): he is estranged from his father, a strict dentist who didn't allow him to even eat a single candy. This experience motivated him to start the whole chocolate business, actually.]]

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* MuppetsFromSpace: ''Film/MuppetsFromSpace'': After decades of Gonzo's species being PlayedForLaughs, this film has him undergo an identity crisis and go out to search for others like him.
* In Creator/TimBurton's ''Film/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'', Willy Wonka always seems to stop short and becomes hesitant whenever he is about to say "parent", which is initially played up as one of his (multiple) [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} eccentricities]]. Then we find out about his [[spoiler: FreudianExcuse [[spoiler:FreudianExcuse (which doesn't exist in the books): he is estranged from his father, a strict dentist who didn't allow him to even eat a single candy. This experience motivated him to start the whole chocolate business, actually.]]
3rd Sep '17 6:27:06 PM hubakon1368
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* CerebusRetcon/FanWorks
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'' fic ''Fanfic/QueenOfAllOni'', after Jade becomes evil once more, we see that her parents [[ParentalNeglect neglected her]] almost to the point of [[AbusiveParents abuse]], painting her being sent to live with Jackie in a new light. In fact, she herself says that before her StartOfDarkness, she would have thought being sent to Jackie's as the best thing that ever happened to her.
* In the ''WesternAmination/JackieChanAdventures'' and ''WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}}'' crossover fanfic ''Fanfic/{{Kage}}'' (part of ''FanFic/ProjectDarkJade'', like ''Fanfic/QueenOfAllOni'' above), a number of events from the W.I.T.C.H. cartoon are made DarkerAndEdgier, like the Battle of Somber Hill.
* "[[http://ask-jappleack.tumblr.com/ Ask Jappleack]]", a CharacterBlog tie-in to Creator/MaxGilardi's animated ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' parody ''WebAnimation/PonyDotMov'', reveals that Applejack's MushroomSamba after over-indulging on too many apples is actually an EldritchAbomination's attempt at making contact with her, which ultimately ends up sending her to Equestria Prime (i.e., the normal Equestria from the show). It also ties in [[TrademarkFavoriteFood Applejack's comedic obsession with apples]] with said EldritchAbomination's attempts to devour all planes of existence.
* There is an entire genre of fanfic called angstfic, which makes the characters wallow in angst -- especially if the original fic that the fanfic is based on is a wacky comedy or lighthearted. The usual victims are ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' and any comedy by Creator/RumikoTakahashi.
* There's also a surprising number of ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' fanfics with depictions of mental trauma and constant injuries that Kim and/or Ron acquire on a daily basis from their fights with supervillains, including the incident in the [[BigDamnMovie Big Damn]] [[WesternAnimation/KimPossibleMoviesSoTheDrama Movie]] where Kim [[MoralDissonance kicked Shego off the roof of Bueno Nacho into a charged electrical tower with the intent to kill]].
* In one ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' fanfic titled ''Behind the Smile'', it is suggested that Hayate suffered sexual abuse in the foster care system before living alone, and her SkinshipGrope tendencies were a way of warding off unwanted male attention.
* In ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7081044/1/Crumbling_Masks Crumbling Masks]]'', a ''LightNovel/TheFamiliarOfZero'' fanfiction, Saito and Louise relationship of DoubleStandardAbuseFemaleOnMale is taken seriously; but instead of the usual angst one might expect from this type of stories, [[spoiler:it ends with both of them realizing they actually enjoy being in a S&M relationship and accepting themselves as the kind of persons who would enjoy that kind of thing.]]
* In the ''WesternAnimation/MyLifeAsATeenageRobot'' fanfic ''Fanfic/MyLifeAsATeenagedVonNeumannDevice'', [[RobotGirl Jenny's]] [[RidiculouslyHumanRobot ridiculously human nature]] is extended to her having a robotic reproductive system... and her discovering all the baggage that comes with sex, up to and including [[spoiler:being molested and raped by Cluster guards, and an accidental pregnancy]]. Also, [[AlphaBitch Brittany Crust's]] rivalry with Jenny [[VillainousBreakdown turns into a full-blown paranoid hatred of machines]] that [[SanitySlippage culminates in a psychotic break]] where she [[spoiler: starts talking to her television, tries to rape [[KissingCousins her cousin Tiff]], tries to murder Tiff's boyfriend in a jealous rage, and ultimately merges with Queen Vexus in a last-ditch effort to get rid of Jenny.]]
* ''FanFic/HuntingTheUnicorn'' is a ''Series/{{Glee}}'' fanfic that uses this to [[{{Deconstruction}} rip apart]] [[RelationshipSue Blaine's]] portrayal. He's compassionate, selfless, and loyal -- which means he [[WellDoneSonGuy defends his estranged father]] from any kind of insult, ignores personal issues until he is literally ''dragged into therapy'' by [[TrueCompanions the Warblers]], and is so [[WideEyedIdealist unflinchingly helpful]] that [[ChronicHeroSyndrome dropping everything to help Kurt after ten minutes]] doesn't mean he's a perfect MartyStu -- it means he's a naive little boy that dodged a ''huge'' bullet by meeting someone who "only fell in love with him." And [[TheFirstCutIsTheDeepest he wasn't always that lucky.]]
* Many, many ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' fanfics turn Naruto's status as village black sheep into outright hatred and open, often homicidal abuse. So, that scene in the beginning where he's getting chased for vandalism by the equivalent of the Keystone Kops? People are actually trying to kill him over it. The small apartment he lives in by himself? A slum with no hot water that people frequently vandalize. His birthday? A festival in memory of the survivors of the Fox's attack on the day he was born, where he must fear for his life. The Hokage's advisors? Part of a village council made up of clan leaders (a.k.a. the parents of all his friends) who want nothing more than to exile him or publicly execute him. His favorite ramen stand? The only place in the village willing to sell him food. The reason Naruto's so dense? No teacher at the academy was willing to teach him anything. The reason a ''ninja'' wears a bright orange jumpsuit? The villagers wanted Naruto to completely fail at stealth and die on his first major mission. ''Yeesh.''
* In ''FanFic/HorseshoesAndHandGrenades'', we have [[BitchInSheepsClothing Misa Torizaki]] whose most defining trait in ''Series/KamenRiderFourze'' was her [[UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom forcing Norio Eguchi to become Cygnus Zodiarts.]] She got away with it too. What happens here? Word spread about her actions and she's called "Swan Bitch" by people under their breath. Her backstory is her part of a rental company who ran away from home to escape her abusive and alcoholic step-father and the day she met Cygnus, she was going to be raped. Cygnus inspired her to make the Ugly Ducklings be a club that does good deeds and she severed her ties with the rental company...until they found out and put her through some degrading jobs. That, and probably holding onto the Zodiarts Switch, eroded her sanity that ultimately made her activate Norio's switch to become Cygnus.
* A minor example from [[Fanfic/Swing123AndGarfieldodiesCalvinverse the Calvinverse]] - remember how Calvin declared himself to be the Earth Potentate to Galaxoid and Nebular in [[ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes the original strip]] as a joke? Well, starting with ''[[Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheMovie The Movie]]'', [[NiceJobBreakingItHero this is why he has to fend off aliens]], as they still believe this. It loses its darker implications in ''[[Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries The Series]]'', as the aliens are specifically told that he's not the Earth Potentate - ''[[WhatAnIdiot and they still pursue him.]]''
* In Pokemon fanfic [[http://m.fanfiction.net/s/7530589/1/Like-No-One-Ever-Was Like No One Ever Was]] it turns that [[HarmlessElectrocution Pikachu's constant shocking of Ash]] and [[IdiotHero Ash's ditwi]][[TooDumbToLive tted behavior]] are directly related. As in that Pikachu's electric shocks are causing Ash brain damage and his Trainer career was slowly ending to the resulting muscle deterioration.
* ''Fanfic/GameTheoryFanFic'' uses this both with elements from canon and the story itself. As an example of the former, Yuuno forgetting to tell Nanoha that he was human leads to a serious case of PoorCommunicationKills instead of being played for laughs. As for the latter, the RunningGag of Hayate being obsessed with zombies [[spoiler:turns out to be {{Foreshadowing}} the early involvement of the Mariage.]]
* ''Fanfic/DeathNoteEquestria'': L's [[TheSpock personality]] and her relationship with Bon Bon becomes this when it's revealed that [[spoiler: Bon Bon is actually a changeling]]. As Twilight explains, this means that [[spoiler: Bon Bon was feeding off of L's emotions for years, essentially hollowing her out into a meat puppet]].
* The ''Fanfic/FacingTheFutureSeries'' does this with the jokes about Danny wanting to be normal and him manifesting new ghost powers when it's revealed that [[spoiler:his ghost half has sentience in his subconscious]].
* ''FanFic/NoChanceForFate'' is this for two series at the same time. While in canon ''Anime/SailorMoon'' at least tried to play its story serious despite comedy, ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' was simple sociopathic comedy. Taking away this coat of comedy (without actually removing humor) reveals how truly fear-inspiring parts of both canons are. On the ''Sailor Moon'' side, what was only implied in canon is now shown in its horrific glory. On the ''Ranma'' side, absurd canon plots are taken to their logical - and thus horrifying - conclusion. [[spoiler: Shown dramatically with Happosai and Konatsu's backstory.]]
* Quite a lot of [[DarkFic Dark Fics]] in general run on revealing a work's lighthearted and whimsical elements to actually be fabrications hiding a dark and disturbing truth. One of the most well-known examples is "The Rugrats Theory", which established that the babies and toddlers from ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' (with the exception of Dil and occasionally Kimi) were never alive (e.g. Tommy was stillborn, Chuckie died with his mother, and the [=DeVilles=] had an abortion) and that Angelica simply imagined them to be, which was a rather grim justification for how the babies managed to survive their parents constantly and obliviously neglecting them. Some versions of the theory went further and established the events of ''WesternAnimation/AllGrownUp'' as being drug-induced hallucinations Angelica experienced to try and bring her imaginary friends back and that Dil's bizarre behavior was a result of Angelica conking him on the head and giving him severe brain damage when he was an infant.
* At least one CodeLyoko fic takes the RippleProofMemory possessed by the heroes and delves into certain [[RealityEnsues more realistic consequences]], including having characters react badly to nearly being ForcedToWatch bystanders die while being powerless to stop it and having a severe assault that was [[{{Retgone}} Retgoned]] by the Return to the Past still be traumatizing to the victim, with the added wrinkle that now the assault in question ''never happened in the first place''.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/TheLoudHouse'' episode "One of the Boys," when Lincoln accidently went to the dimension where he was a grl, most of "her" brothers look incredibly worried about her. In that episode, there's no explanation given for it, and it's mostly Played for Laughs. This fic, however, takes the idea and gives it a rather sinister reasoning [[spoiler: A trio of ruffians broke into the house while the family was away and badly beat up Linka, with Lane and Lars only managing to survive thanks to hiding in a closet.]] Ever since then, Lynn Sr. conditioned his sons to treat their daughter with utmost respect and act like she is the most important person in the world.
* In ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'', resident AlphaBitch (later revealed to be a LonelyRichKid and a JerkassWoobie) Pacifica Northwest often accompanies her parents during public events, [[Recap/GravityFallsS1E8IrrationalTreasure such as "Pioneer Day"]], in which she promotes the Northwests' accomplishments. However, ''Quest for the Northwest'', the first part of ''WebVideo/GravityFallsDeepWoods'', gives a different interpretation of Pacifica's feelings about being used as a mere tool to boost her family's reputation.
-->'''Pacifica:''' "And my parents drag me to these big publicity things where all I'm supposed to do is wave and watch everyone else have fun... Dad wants me to take over the family's business someday, but I'm not sure if I want to do that, you know?"
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27th Aug '17 2:18:16 PM Thenakedcat
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* ''WebComic/ARedtailsDream'': The protagonist Hannu is a notoriously lazy teenager, so at first it doesn't seem so out of character that he complains of headaches and keeps nearly dozing off, even as he and his faithful dog Ville wend their way through Finnish folklore. As the story progresses, however, Hannu's fatigue persists and becomes more worrying. [[spoiler:At the climax of the journey, the guardian of the Underworld reveals that just before entering the Spirit World, Hannu fell and broke his neck, which echos over into his spirit form. His physical body lies freezing to death in the snow, and he will not survive his soul returning to it.]]

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* ''WebComic/ARedtailsDream'': The protagonist Protagonist Hannu is a notoriously lazy teenager, SpoiledBrat, so at first it doesn't seem so out of character it's just funny that in every stage of the dream journey he complains of headaches somehow manages to get whacked in the head, and keeps nearly dozing off, even as he and his faithful dog Ville wend their way through Finnish folklore. village getting wiped off the map isn't enough to keep him from just wanting to take a nap. As the story progresses, however, Hannu starts to suffer incapacitating headaches and fatigue. [[spoiler:Once the final stage has been completed, Puppy Fox reveals that these symptoms are an echo from the physical world. Hannu's fatigue persists and becomes more worrying. [[spoiler:At the climax of the journey, the guardian of the Underworld reveals that fall just before entering the Spirit World, Hannu fell World inflicted a fatal skull fracture, and broke only Puppy Fox's spell has kept his neck, which echos over into his spirit form. His physical body lies freezing alive long enough to death in finish the snow, and he will not survive his soul returning to it.quest.]]
27th Aug '17 1:52:53 PM Thenakedcat
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* ''WebComic/ARedtailsDream'' has the main protagonist Hannu, a habitually lazy teenager, often feeling tired and constantly trying to get some sleep (instead of proceeding on his adventures). [[spoiler:It is later revealed that before entering the Spirit World, he fell and seriously injured his neck, which his spirit form still feels. If he will returns to the land of the living, back into his physical body, he will die shortly.]]

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* ''WebComic/ARedtailsDream'' has the main ''WebComic/ARedtailsDream'': The protagonist Hannu, Hannu is a habitually notoriously lazy teenager, often feeling tired and constantly trying to get some sleep (instead so at first it doesn't seem so out of proceeding on his adventures). [[spoiler:It is later revealed character that he complains of headaches and keeps nearly dozing off, even as he and his faithful dog Ville wend their way through Finnish folklore. As the story progresses, however, Hannu's fatigue persists and becomes more worrying. [[spoiler:At the climax of the journey, the guardian of the Underworld reveals that just before entering the Spirit World, he Hannu fell and seriously injured broke his neck, which echos over into his spirit form still feels. If he will returns to the land of the living, back into his form. His physical body, body lies freezing to death in the snow, and he will die shortly.not survive his soul returning to it.]]
27th Aug '17 1:16:37 PM Gosicrystal
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* ''Franchise/AceAttorney'':
** In ''[[VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies Dual Destinies]]'', Apollo Justice's CatchPhrase of "I'm fine!" is given some clarification. In Apollo's [[VisualNovel/ApolloJusticeAceAttorney game of origin]], it initially seemed like a nervous habit of Apollo's, since he usually said it when he was... well, nervous. Then ''Dual Destinies'' reveals that [[spoiler: it was a catchphrase shared with his late childhood friend, Clay Terran, which they both shouted to cheer themselves up when their spirits were low]].

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* ''Franchise/AceAttorney'':
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In ''[[VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies Dual Destinies]]'', Apollo Justice's CatchPhrase of "I'm fine!" is given some clarification. In Apollo's [[VisualNovel/ApolloJusticeAceAttorney game of origin]], it initially seemed like a nervous habit of Apollo's, since he usually said it when he was... well, nervous. Then ''Dual Destinies'' reveals that [[spoiler: it was a catchphrase shared with his late childhood friend, Clay Terran, which they both shouted to cheer themselves up when their spirits were low]].
26th Aug '17 5:35:12 AM MagiMecha
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* Another Rooster Teeth production, ''WebAnimation/CampCamp'' does this with the main character Max. Prior to the episode "Parents Day", Max would make sarcastic remarks about how his parents sent him to camp just to get them out of their hair. [[spoiler:"Parents Day" reveals that his parents did just that -- they didn't even sign him up for any activities like the other kids, they just signed the paperwork and let him loose.]]
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