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5th Aug '16 8:57:16 AM ChaoticNovelist
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In the land of make-believe, training can literally give you superhuman powers! Intense exercise can let you [[SuperStrength split boulders]], [[InASingleBound jump three stories straight up]], [[BlindfoldedVision "see" while wearing a blindfold]], and make your skin [[MadeOfIron bulletproof]]... somehow.

A lot of characters have out-and-out superhuman abilities, and the explanation for such powers is just "They [[TrainingFromHell trained really hard]] for several years. Train, and you, too, can bash mountains open [[UseYourHead with your head]]." Western comic book {{superhero}}es, often stated to "[[BadassNormal lack superpowers]]", nevertheless are clearly able to hold their own and defeat villains with superhuman strength many times their own simply [[IKnowKungFu by knowing Kung Fu or something]]. "Non-superpowered" characters such as Franchise/{{Batman}} could beat almost anyone in a fight, dodge bullets and withstand ridiculous amounts of damage because they spent a few years living on top of a mountain.

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In the land of make-believe, training can literally give you superhuman powers! Intense exercise can let you [[SuperStrength split boulders]], [[InASingleBound jump three stories straight up]], [[BlindfoldedVision "see" while wearing a blindfold]], and make your skin [[MadeOfIron [[SuperToughness bulletproof]]... somehow.

A lot of characters have out-and-out superhuman abilities, and the explanation for such powers is just "They [[TrainingFromHell trained really hard]] for several years. Train, and you, too, can bash mountains open [[UseYourHead with your head]]." Western comic book {{superhero}}es, often stated to "[[BadassNormal lack superpowers]]", "lack superpowers", nevertheless are clearly able to hold their own and defeat villains with superhuman strength many times their own simply [[IKnowKungFu by knowing Kung Fu or something]]. "Non-superpowered" characters such as Franchise/{{Batman}} could beat almost anyone in a fight, dodge bullets and withstand ridiculous amounts of damage because they spent a few years living on top of a mountain.



* ''Manga/BakiTheGrappler'' shows some [[ThisIsYourPremiseOnDrugs absurd version of this]], up there with ''Dragon Ball'' and ''Fist of the North Star''. There are too many to count, but suffice to say that if you train hard enough you can punch through the [[MegatonPunch sound barrier]], do abdominal workouts with [[SuperStrength an airlifting helicopter]], and [[BeyondTheImpossible stop earthquakes with a single punch]].

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* ''Manga/BakiTheGrappler'' shows some [[ThisIsYourPremiseOnDrugs absurd version of this]], up there with ''Dragon Ball'' and ''Fist of the North Star''. There are too many to count, but suffice to say that if you train hard enough you can punch through the [[MegatonPunch sound barrier]], do abdominal workouts with [[SuperStrength an airlifting helicopter]], and [[BeyondTheImpossible stop earthquakes with a single punch]].punch.



* In ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'', this is a necessary for [[TheHunter Ghoul]] [[BadassNormal Investigators]] since their opponents are superhuman beings that frequently have SuperStrength, SuperSpeed, and CombatTentacles. Amon in particular is shown to train religiously, with his apartment almost entirely focused around exercise equipment. When a pair of minor coworkers ask him about the training Investigators undergo at the Academy, he states that rules prohibit him from discussing the details with them. During the finale, it is even noted that Investigators are much stronger than normal, which makes them ideal for [[spoiler: use in risky experiments to create a HalfHumanHybrid SuperSoldier]].

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* In ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'', this is a necessary for [[TheHunter Ghoul]] [[BadassNormal Ghoul Investigators]] since their opponents are superhuman beings that frequently have SuperStrength, SuperSpeed, and CombatTentacles. Amon in particular is shown to train religiously, with his apartment almost entirely focused around exercise equipment. When a pair of minor coworkers ask him about the training Investigators undergo at the Academy, he states that rules prohibit him from discussing the details with them. During the finale, it is even noted that Investigators are much stronger than normal, which makes them ideal for [[spoiler: use in risky experiments to create a HalfHumanHybrid SuperSoldier]].



** Tifa of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' accomplishes similar feats despite being a slim (but [[BoobsOfSteel buxom]]) girl.

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** Tifa of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' accomplishes similar feats despite being a slim (but [[BoobsOfSteel buxom]]) girl.girl because of her years of martial arts training.
18th Jul '16 12:12:08 PM merotoker
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Although most of the western versions of this trope don't have explicitly supernatural abilities, they can do things that would be impossible for normal humans. Asian and Asian-based fiction is somewhat different, as such examples are generally grounded in Eastern mysticism, involving the development and focusing of ''[[KiAttacks chi]]'' (AKA ''qi'' or ''ki''). The superpower here is thus of a more traditional sort than in Western examples, though the training is still the significant factor; Average Joe can't harness his ''chi'' half as well as [[Manga/DragonBall Krillin]]. You might as well go ahead and apply your own mental JustifyingEdit to all such examples below, as this "explains" everything from ''Franchise/MortalKombat'' to ''Anime/FinalFantasyVIIAdventChildren''.

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Although most of the western versions of this trope don't have explicitly supernatural abilities, they can do things that would be impossible for normal humans. Asian and Asian-based fiction is somewhat different, as such examples are generally grounded in Eastern mysticism, involving the development and focusing of ''[[KiAttacks ''[[KiManipulation chi]]'' (AKA ''qi'' or ''ki''). The superpower here is thus of a more traditional sort than in Western examples, though the training is still the significant factor; Average Joe can't harness his ''chi'' half as well as [[Manga/DragonBall Krillin]]. You might as well go ahead and apply your own mental JustifyingEdit to all such examples below, as this "explains" everything from ''Franchise/MortalKombat'' to ''Anime/FinalFantasyVIIAdventChildren''.



** Shinji Ogawa, Tsubasa's manager, can walk on water, seal people's movement by stitching their shadows has impropable aiming skills. Because according to WordOfGod, he is a ninja.

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** Shinji Ogawa, Tsubasa's manager, can walk on water, seal people's movement by stitching their shadows has impropable improbable aiming skills. Because according to WordOfGod, he is a ninja.



** Kyou Fujibayashi can throw a text book so hard it can crack a wall.

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** Kyou Fujibayashi can throw a text book textbook so hard it can crack a wall.



* Franchise/{{Batman}} recovered from having his back snapped in half with no ill effects (albeit with the help of a friend with healing powers) and constantly goes toe to toe with superhuman foes and triumphs, just because he's trained that hard. In ''ComicBook/TheBatmanAdventures'' #6, it was a plot point that Bruce Wayne is capable of an unassisted ten-foot vertical jump (the world record is ''four''). He would later move away from this, winning battles less because of training and more because of tactics. One could say that Batsy's power is AwesomenessByAnalysis to an amazing degree; he makes sure he can analyze any weakness as quickly as possible. Creator/GrantMorrison is largely responsible for switching Batman's primary ability to CrazyPrepared, but he still managed to, having tea with a monk, ''reflexively'' swap cups, assuming his was poisoned (it was), ''in the time it took the monk to blink''.

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* Franchise/{{Batman}} recovered from [[ComicBook/{{Knightfall}} having his back snapped in half half]] with no ill effects (albeit with the help of a friend with healing powers) and constantly goes toe to toe with superhuman foes and triumphs, just because he's trained that hard. In ''ComicBook/TheBatmanAdventures'' #6, it was a plot point that Bruce Wayne is capable of an unassisted ten-foot vertical jump (the world record is ''four''). He would later move away from this, winning battles less because of training and more because of tactics. One could say that Batsy's power is AwesomenessByAnalysis to an amazing degree; he makes sure he can analyze any weakness as quickly as possible. Creator/GrantMorrison is largely responsible for switching Batman's primary ability to CrazyPrepared, but he still managed to, having tea with a monk, ''reflexively'' swap cups, assuming his was poisoned (it was), ''in the time it took the monk to blink''.



** In the original ''War Zone'' series, Punisher once went up a mercenary named Roc, who was impervious to harm. The explanation given was that he was incredibly muscular and had no nerve endings. This doesn't explain how he was able to survive being shot at point blank range with a double-barreled shot gun, or how he shrugged off getting a large knife shoved between his shoulder blades.

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** In the original ''War Zone'' series, Punisher once went up against a mercenary named Roc, who was impervious to harm. The explanation given was that he was incredibly muscular and had no nerve endings. This doesn't explain how he was able to survive being shot at point blank range with a double-barreled shot gun, or how he shrugged off getting a large knife shoved between his shoulder blades.



* [[ComicBook/TheFlash Flash]] villain The Top's lifelong obsession with spinning tops led him to teach himself how to spin really fast -- fast enough to ''deflect bullets''. Also, years of spinning increased his intelligence and gave him ''immense psionic powers'' because apparently, all the spinning caused [[NinetyPercentOfYourBrain dormant brain cells]] to move to the outer areas of his brain. And, of course, he also has the {{Required Secondary Power|s}} of not getting dizzy. The sheer absurdity of this did eventually lead to him being explicitly given psionic powers.

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* [[ComicBook/TheFlash [[Franchise/TheFlash Flash]] villain The Top's lifelong obsession with spinning tops led him to teach himself how to spin really fast -- fast enough to ''deflect bullets''. Also, years of spinning increased his intelligence and gave him ''immense psionic powers'' because apparently, all the spinning caused [[NinetyPercentOfYourBrain dormant brain cells]] to move to the outer areas of his brain. And, of course, he also has the {{Required Secondary Power|s}} of not getting dizzy. The sheer absurdity of this did eventually lead to him being explicitly given psionic powers.



* In ''Film/TheManFromUNCLE'', CIA agent Napoleon Solo has the standard action-movie hero toughness and Franchise/JamesBond-esque spy skills, for instance he falls out of a speedboat and crashes an ATV without suffering any significant injuries, while KGB agent Illya Kuryakin is able to chase down a car on foot and rip off the trunk door, dodge bullets while sitting down, throw a motorcycle and knock a man unconscious by slapping him on the side of the head.

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* In ''Film/TheManFromUNCLE'', ''Film/TheManFromUNCLE2015'', CIA agent Napoleon Solo has the standard action-movie hero toughness and Franchise/JamesBond-esque spy skills, for instance he falls out of a speedboat and crashes an ATV without suffering any significant injuries, while KGB agent Illya Kuryakin is able to chase down a car on foot and rip off the trunk door, dodge bullets while sitting down, throw a motorcycle and knock a man unconscious by slapping him on the side of the head.



* Myrmidons and Eternal Soldiers in ''[[NexusWar Nexus Clash]]'' have no power source but their own badassery, and still manage to match or beat the competition in a universe otherwise filled with angels, demons and magic users.

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* Myrmidons and Eternal Soldiers in ''[[NexusWar ''[[VideoGame/NexusWar Nexus Clash]]'' have no power source but their own badassery, and still manage to match or beat the competition in a universe otherwise filled with angels, demons and magic users.



* From ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', the "Anime Style school of martial arts" originally seems to be this. [[spoiler:Turns out it is actually a form of magic.]] More accurately, [[spoiler:the martial arts school is using this trope to inadvertently cause their students to unlock their magic potential without a proper Awakening.]]

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* From ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', the "Anime Style school of martial arts" originally seems to be this. [[spoiler:Turns out it is actually a form of magic.]] More accurately, [[spoiler:the martial arts school is using this trope to inadvertently cause their students to unlock their magic potential without a proper Awakening.]]Awakening]].



** Although mostly PlayedForLaughs, [[TheStoic Big Macintosh]] is strong enough to throw an entire dog pile of ponies off of him, smash through walls, and drag an entire house behind him. While hopping like [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Pepe Le Pew]]. His sister Applejack is no slouch either; the two of them are strong enough to dislodge apples from trees by kicking them. [[ComicBook/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicIDW The IDW comics]] take it a step further when Big Macintosh matches [[PhysicalGod Princess Celestia]], the LongLived {{God Emp|eror}}ress of their entire nation with enough power ''to raise the sun every morning'', at hoof-wrestling. The next panel she appears in, she has a bandage on her leg meaning he was strong enough to ''hurt her''.

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** Although mostly PlayedForLaughs, [[TheStoic Big Macintosh]] is strong enough to throw an entire dog pile of ponies off of him, smash through walls, and drag an entire house behind him. While hopping like [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Pepe Le Pew]].WesternAnimation/PepeLePew. His sister Applejack is no slouch either; the two of them are strong enough to dislodge apples from trees by kicking them. [[ComicBook/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicIDW The IDW comics]] take it a step further when Big Macintosh matches [[PhysicalGod Princess Celestia]], the LongLived {{God Emp|eror}}ress of their entire nation with enough power ''to raise the sun every morning'', at hoof-wrestling. The next panel she appears in, she has a bandage on her leg meaning he was strong enough to ''hurt her''.
16th Jul '16 9:43:48 AM ChaoticNovelist
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** Many S- and A-list heroes fits into this trope - Tank-top Master can lift a boulder twice the size of his body with one hand, Puri-puri Prisoner can easily pierce [[TheAlcatraz superhuman-proof steel walls]], etc.



* Ran, from ''Manga/DetectiveConan'', is well acquainted with this trope. She's been studying karate for years, and over the course of the series, has casually bent and broken the poles of streetlights with her fist, kicked down doors, knocked out men ''far'' bigger than her, smashed through a glass window without being winded, jumped from her second-floor apartment's window to the street with no problem, [[spoiler:kicked the blade of a knife in half, and dodged a bullet]]. Oh, and she looks just like any other waif-ish high school girl.
* Lafarga from ''Manga/MagicKnightRayearth'' is a master swordsman who uses no magic. He is, however, capable of creating RazorWind through air pressure from his sword swings, because he is ''that'' strong.

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* Ran, from ''Manga/DetectiveConan'', ''Manga/DetectiveConan'': Ran is well acquainted with this trope. She's been studying karate for years, and over the course of the series, has casually bent and broken the poles of streetlights with her fist, kicked down doors, knocked out men ''far'' bigger than her, smashed through a glass window without being winded, jumped from her second-floor apartment's window to the street with no problem, [[spoiler:kicked the blade of a knife in half, and dodged a bullet]]. Oh, and she looks just like any other waif-ish high school girl.
* Lafarga from ''Manga/MagicKnightRayearth'' is a master swordsman who uses no magic. He is, however, capable of creating RazorWind through air pressure from his sword swings, because he is ''that'' strong.
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15th Jul '16 10:07:17 AM ChronoLegion
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* A slightly justified example in ''Literature/SuperPowereds'' with Chad. While Chad is a Super, his power is "total mind and body control". When another character hears this, he makes fun of Chad's power as being useless. Chad explains that, by itself, it is, but he has used to it and this trope to turn his body into a killing machine. Using his power, he can ingest massive (sometimes lethal) quantities of minerals and calcium and force his body to accept and process them, making his bones [[MadeOfIron nigh-indestructible]] and his muscles extremely strong. The "mind control" part of his power allows him to rewire his brain to be more efficient, which grants him SuperReflexes and a NoSell to PsychicPowers (not only can't psychics affect him, but they also can't sense him).

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* A slightly justified example in ''Literature/SuperPowereds'' with Chad. While Chad is a Super, his power is "total mind and body control". When another character hears this, he makes fun of Chad's power as being useless. Chad explains that, by itself, it is, but he has used to it and this trope to turn his body into a killing machine. Using his power, he can ingest massive (sometimes lethal) quantities of minerals and calcium and force his body to accept and process them, making his bones [[MadeOfIron nigh-indestructible]] and his muscles extremely strong. The "mind control" part of his power allows him to rewire his brain to be more efficient, which grants him SuperReflexes and a NoSell to PsychicPowers (not only can't psychics affect him, but they also can't sense him). It's little wonder that he's at the top of his class among the boys, easily besting all the other students with the more typical examples of SuperStrength.
15th Jul '16 10:02:49 AM ChronoLegion
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* A slightly justified example in ''Literature/SuperPowereds'' with Chad. While Chad is a Super, his power is "total mind and body control". When another character hears this, he makes fun of Chad's power as being useless. Chad explains that, by itself, it is, but he has used to it and this trope to turn his body into a killing machine. Using his power, he can ingest massive (sometimes lethal) quantities of minerals and calcium and force his body to accept and process them, making his bones [[MadeOfIron nigh-indestructible]] and his muscles extremely strong. The "mind control" part of his power allows him to rewire his brain to be more efficient, which grants him SuperReflexes and a NoSell to PsychicPowers (not only can't psychics affect him, but they also can't sense him).
6th Jul '16 10:51:26 PM Vir
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* Tomoyo Sakagami from Main/{{CLANNAD}} is known to be incredibly strong and fast. An example of her abilities is when she takes down some Gang Members riding motorcycles using a spin-kick to take one down, and a Chun-Li style Lightning Kick to take down the others, while the motorcycle is torn to bits. Spectators only see her do these insane attacks within two seconds.

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* Tomoyo Sakagami from Main/{{CLANNAD}} ''VisualNovel/{{Clannad}}'' is known to be incredibly strong and fast. An example of her abilities is when she takes down some Gang Members riding motorcycles using a spin-kick to take one down, and a Chun-Li style Lightning Kick to take down the others, while the motorcycle is torn to bits. Spectators only see her do these insane attacks within two seconds.



* Seto Kaiba from YuGiOh is probably the most egregious example. Put down stopping a gun from firing by throwing a playing card in front of the hammer to incredible reflexes, or him judo throwing a thug to his martial arts training. But throwing his little brother onto a moving blimp several meters away while sprinting at full speed, and then leaping onto the top of the steps himself? And that's not even counting all the twenty-foot drops from helicopters he's performed without shattering his ankles.

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* Seto Kaiba from YuGiOh ''Franchise/YuGiOh'' is probably the most egregious example. Put down stopping a gun from firing by throwing a playing card in front of the hammer to incredible reflexes, or him judo throwing judo-throwing a thug to his martial arts training. But throwing his little brother onto a moving blimp several meters away while sprinting at full speed, and then leaping onto the top of the steps himself? And that's not even counting all the twenty-foot drops from helicopters he's performed without shattering his ankles.



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6th Jul '16 10:48:46 PM Vir
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** Many S- and A-list heroes fits into this trope - Tank-top master can lift boulder twice the size of his body with one hand, Puri-puri prisoner can easily pierce [[TheAlcatraz superhuman-proof steel walls]], etc.

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** Many S- and A-list heroes fits into this trope - Tank-top master Master can lift a boulder twice the size of his body with one hand, Puri-puri prisoner Prisoner can easily pierce [[TheAlcatraz superhuman-proof steel walls]], etc.
6th Jul '16 10:47:48 PM Vir
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** Parodied with the main character, who through training becomes strong enough to defeat any opponent [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin with one punch]] (and he lives in a world where city destroying monsters are quite common). [[spoiler:And then it turns out that his training consisted of nothing but an ordinary regiment of sit-ups, push-ups, and running.]]

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** Parodied with the main character, who through training becomes strong enough to defeat any opponent [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin with one punch]] (and he lives in a world where city destroying city-destroying monsters are quite common). [[spoiler:And then it turns out that his training consisted of nothing but an ordinary regiment of sit-ups, push-ups, and running.]]
17th Jun '16 12:33:22 AM Doug86
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* In the ''Franchise/FireEmblem'' series, pretty much everyone has the potential to become this if you're lucky with levels. Depending on their stats, combined with other features like supports, units can do things like mowing down legion after legion single-handedly, have 100% chance to use critical attacks or take things like artillery and devastating magic to the face and not even flinch. Of special mention is the My Unit/Avatar from New Mystery of the Emblem. He/she was put through rigorous training by their grandfather since they were kids in order to become knights, and it has become but a pastime by the time they're adults. Because of this training, he/she is one of the most strong and broken units in the entire series (the high strength growth can even get in the way if you're playing as a magic unit), and their support conversation with the knight Draug involves lifting three people with a pinky.

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* In the ''Franchise/FireEmblem'' ''VideoGame/FireEmblem'' series, pretty much everyone has the potential to become this if you're lucky with levels. Depending on their stats, combined with other features like supports, units can do things like mowing down legion after legion single-handedly, have 100% chance to use critical attacks or take things like artillery and devastating magic to the face and not even flinch. Of special mention is the My Unit/Avatar from New Mystery of the Emblem. He/she was put through rigorous training by their grandfather since they were kids in order to become knights, and it has become but a pastime by the time they're adults. Because of this training, he/she is one of the most strong and broken units in the entire series (the high strength growth can even get in the way if you're playing as a magic unit), and their support conversation with the knight Draug involves lifting three people with a pinky.
16th Jun '16 1:22:07 PM BlackDragon
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** Bun-Bun can outrun a car, toss a grown man over his shoulder, claw his way out of an alien's stomach, skin a grizzly bear alive, and survive grenade explosions at point-blank range. Made all the more impressive considering that Bun-Bun is a small bunny.

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** Bun-Bun can outrun a car, toss a grown man over his shoulder, claw his way out of an alien's stomach, skin a grizzly bear alive, and survive grenade explosions at point-blank range. Made all the more impressive considering that Bun-Bun is a small bunny. [[spoiler: It eventually turns out that he's actually an AmnesiacGod of Power and Strength from a proto-egyptian civilization. Which both makes his accomplishments rather unsurprising, and means that he's not actually an example of this.]]
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