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10th Mar '18 7:05:14 PM Maxwell99
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* Demitri Maximoff from ''VideoGame/Darkstalkers'' with his regal clothes looks like the classic archetypal vampire such as Dracula... ''if the Count took steroids'' and had magnificent [[VillainousWidowsPeak widow's peak]]. Demitri's early designs were even more overtly Vampire-like.

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* Demitri Maximoff from ''VideoGame/Darkstalkers'' ''VideoGame/{{Darkstalkers}}'' with his regal clothes looks like the classic archetypal vampire such as Dracula... ''if the Count took steroids'' and had magnificent [[VillainousWidowsPeak widow's peak]]. Demitri's early designs were even more overtly Vampire-like.
10th Mar '18 7:04:52 PM Maxwell99
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* Demitri Maximoff from ''VideoGame/Darkstalkers'' with his regal clothes looks like the classic archetypal vampire such as Dracula... ''if the Count took steroids'' and had magnificent [[VillaniousWidowsPeak widow's peak]]. Demitri's early designs were even more overtly Vampire-like.

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* Demitri Maximoff from ''VideoGame/Darkstalkers'' with his regal clothes looks like the classic archetypal vampire such as Dracula... ''if the Count took steroids'' and had magnificent [[VillaniousWidowsPeak [[VillainousWidowsPeak widow's peak]]. Demitri's early designs were even more overtly Vampire-like.
10th Mar '18 7:04:30 PM Maxwell99
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* Demitri Maximoff from ''VideoGame/Darkstalkers'' with his regal clothes looks like the classic archetypal vampire such as Dracula... ''if the Count took steroids'' and had magnificent [[VillaniousWidowsPeak widow's peak]]. Demitri's early designs were even more overtly Vampire-like.
27th Feb '18 9:12:46 AM Miss_Desperado
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The stock portrayal of vampires for years, [[NewerThanTheyThink but no older than movies]], [[TropeCodifier made famous by]] Creator/BelaLugosi's stage portrayal of {{Dracula}}, adapted into the [[Film/Dracula1931 1931 film version]] made by [[Franchise/UniversalHorror Universal Pictures]]. Now a DeadHorseTrope, except for deliberate parodies. Many aspects of the 1931 film have become iconic to point that almost every male vampire prior to the 1970's was like this. His slicked hairstyle (along with a [[VillainousWidowsPeak widow's peak]]), his [[WickedCultured sinister yet gentlemanly demeanor]], his [[AwesomeAnachronisticApparel outdated yet suave clothes]] consisting of a [[EvilWearsBlack black]] OminousOperaCape with a HighCollarOfDoom, his occasional [[LargeHam dramatic flourish]] contrasting with a personality that is calm but menacing, and of course his thick Eastern European accent often peppered with VampireVords. Often his eyes are [[AllInTheEyes framed in a beam of light]]. Note that, although Dracula had a mustache in [[Literature/{{Dracula}} Bram Stoker's original novel]], the Classical Movie Vampire was often clean-shaven.

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The stock portrayal of vampires for years, [[NewerThanTheyThink but no older than movies]], [[TropeCodifier made famous by]] Creator/BelaLugosi's stage portrayal of {{Dracula}}, adapted into the [[Film/Dracula1931 1931 film version]] made by [[Franchise/UniversalHorror Universal Pictures]]. Now a DeadHorseTrope, except for deliberate parodies. Many aspects of the 1931 film have become iconic to point that almost every male vampire prior to the 1970's was like this. His slicked hairstyle (along with a [[VillainousWidowsPeak widow's peak]]), his [[WickedCultured sinister yet gentlemanly demeanor]], his [[AwesomeAnachronisticApparel outdated yet suave clothes]] consisting of a [[EvilWearsBlack black]] OminousOperaCape with a HighCollarOfDoom, his occasional [[LargeHam dramatic dramatic]] [[FlourishCapeInFrontOfFace flourish]] contrasting with a personality that is [[SoftSpokenSadist calm but menacing, menacing]], and of course his thick Eastern European accent often peppered with VampireVords. Often his eyes are [[AllInTheEyes framed in a beam of light]]. Note that, although Dracula had a mustache in [[Literature/{{Dracula}} Bram Stoker's original novel]], the Classical Movie Vampire was often clean-shaven.
4th Feb '18 2:41:08 PM Mukademaoh
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* BigBad Reiner Heydrich from the ''Literature/FightingFantasy'' series' gamebooks ''Literature/VaultOfTheVampire'' and ''Literature/RevengeOfTheVampire'' plays this trope straight, except for the accent. He even comes from the aptly named Mortvania, Titan's fantasy equivalent of Transylvania.
19th Jan '18 1:52:07 PM eroock
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The stock portrayal of vampires for years, [[NewerThanTheyThink but no older than movies]], [[TropeCodifier made famous by]] Creator/BelaLugosi's stage portrayal of {{Dracula}}, adapted into the [[Film/Dracula1931 1931 film version]] made by [[Franchise/UniversalHorror Universal Pictures]]. Now a DeadHorseTrope, except for deliberate parodies. Many aspects of the 1931 film have become iconic to point that almost every male vampire prior to the 1970's was like this. His slicked hairstyle (along with a [[VillainousWidowsPeak widow's peak]]), his [[WickedCultured sinister yet gentlemanly demeanor]], his [[AwesomeAnachronisticApparel outdated yet suave clothes]] consisting of a [[EvilWearsBlack black]] OminousOperaCape with a HighCollarOfDoom, his occasional [[LargeHam dramatic flourish]] contrasting with a personality that is calm but menacing, and of course his thick Eastern European accent often peppered with VampireVords. Note that, although Dracula had a mustache in [[Literature/{{Dracula}} Bram Stoker's original novel]], the Classical Movie Vampire was often clean-shaven.

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The stock portrayal of vampires for years, [[NewerThanTheyThink but no older than movies]], [[TropeCodifier made famous by]] Creator/BelaLugosi's stage portrayal of {{Dracula}}, adapted into the [[Film/Dracula1931 1931 film version]] made by [[Franchise/UniversalHorror Universal Pictures]]. Now a DeadHorseTrope, except for deliberate parodies. Many aspects of the 1931 film have become iconic to point that almost every male vampire prior to the 1970's was like this. His slicked hairstyle (along with a [[VillainousWidowsPeak widow's peak]]), his [[WickedCultured sinister yet gentlemanly demeanor]], his [[AwesomeAnachronisticApparel outdated yet suave clothes]] consisting of a [[EvilWearsBlack black]] OminousOperaCape with a HighCollarOfDoom, his occasional [[LargeHam dramatic flourish]] contrasting with a personality that is calm but menacing, and of course his thick Eastern European accent often peppered with VampireVords. Often his eyes are [[AllInTheEyes framed in a beam of light]]. Note that, although Dracula had a mustache in [[Literature/{{Dracula}} Bram Stoker's original novel]], the Classical Movie Vampire was often clean-shaven.
14th Nov '17 5:19:27 AM StFan
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* Most portrayals of Dracula in the MaskedLuchador films starring ElSanto and his contemporaries. Aldo Monti played a very classical Dracula in both ''Film/SantoEnElTesoroDeDracula'' (which is, in part, a truncated and transplanted version of the 1931 Lugosi film) and ''Film/SantoYBlueDemonContraDraculaYElHombreLobo''

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* Most portrayals of Dracula in the MaskedLuchador films starring ElSanto Wrestling/ElSanto and his contemporaries. Aldo Monti played a very classical Dracula in both ''Film/SantoEnElTesoroDeDracula'' (which is, in part, a truncated and transplanted version of the 1931 Lugosi film) and ''Film/SantoYBlueDemonContraDraculaYElHombreLobo''



* All vampires in ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'', except those who give up drinking blood. And even then, they retain most of the standard vampire features, such as not [[RunningGag drinking... vine]] and dressing in black.
** They don't technically have Eastern European accents. They have Uberwald accents, which written phonetically are pretty much indistinguishable from Eastern European accents. The word "Uberwald" is, more or less, "Transylvania" in German instead of Latin.
** It's implied to be the result of their compulsive personalities and the TheoryOfNarrativeCausality ganging up on them, which it takes an extreme effort of will to resist.

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* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':
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All vampires in ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'', on the Discworld, except those who give up drinking blood. And even then, they retain most of the standard vampire features, such as not [[RunningGag drinking... vine]] and dressing in black.
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black. They don't technically have Eastern European accents. They have Uberwald accents, which written phonetically are pretty much indistinguishable from Eastern European accents. The word "Uberwald" is, more or less, "Transylvania" in German instead of Latin.
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Latin. It's implied to be the result of their compulsive personalities and the TheoryOfNarrativeCausality ganging up on them, which it takes an extreme effort of will to resist.



--->For some reason a tiny part of Agnes was expecting a sombre looking man with an exciting [[VillainousWidowsPeak widow's peak]] hairstyle and an opera cloak. She couldn't think why.
*** In fact, the Magpyr portrait gallery in ''Discworld/CarpeJugulum'' is a bit of a history of vampirism. Vlad is a parody of modern "cool" vampires, the Old Count (Vlad's great-uncle) is a classical vampire, ''his'' father LooksLikeOrlok, there's a cross between Literature/{{Carmilla}} and [[BloodBath Elizabeth Bathory]], and a more distant ancestor is a beaked monster. Heck, ''Discworld/CarpeJugulum'' is a {{Reconstruction}} of the Genre, showing why a classical movie vampire (who doesn't pretend like he's not a monster, who respects tradition, and who generally comes across as a sporting guy and a WorthyOpponent) for will last longer than the "cool" new vampyres. Especially since he's got the decency to spend a bit of time pretending to be dead after being staked. Everyone calls him The Old Count, but his actual ''name'' is "Bela".
** There's also the character of Otto von Chriek, who is described as a "music-hall vampire" (which is the closest they have to stating outright that he is a classical vampire.) However, it is mentioned several times that he does this to make people laugh, because if people are laughing at him, then they don't see him as a threat:
--->'''Otto''': "I do not threaten. I am just a vorking stiff. And I make zem laff."
--->Vimes stared at the man. But yes ... Little fussy Otto, in his red-lined black cloak with pockets for all his gear, his shiny black shoes, his carefully-cut [[VillainousWidowsPeak widow's peak]], and, not least, his ridiculous accent that grew thicker or thinner depending on who he was talking to, did not look like a threat. He looked funny, a joke, a music-hall vampire. It had never previously occurred to Vimes that, just possibly, the joke was on other people. Make them laugh, and they're not afraid.
*** Otto gets peeved at least once in the books, whereupon he proves that he's perfectly capable of ''terrifying'' people if he really wants to.

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--->For --->''For some reason a tiny part of Agnes was expecting a sombre looking man with an exciting [[VillainousWidowsPeak widow's peak]] hairstyle and an opera cloak. She couldn't think why.
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why.''
**
In fact, the Magpyr portrait gallery in ''Discworld/CarpeJugulum'' is a bit of a history of vampirism. Vlad is a parody of modern "cool" vampires, the Old Count (Vlad's great-uncle) is a classical vampire, ''his'' father LooksLikeOrlok, there's a cross between Literature/{{Carmilla}} and [[BloodBath Elizabeth Bathory]], and a more distant ancestor is a beaked monster. Heck, ''Discworld/CarpeJugulum'' is a {{Reconstruction}} of the Genre, showing why a classical movie vampire (who doesn't pretend like he's not a monster, who respects tradition, and who generally comes across as a sporting guy and a WorthyOpponent) for will last longer than the "cool" new vampyres. Especially since he's got the decency to spend a bit of time pretending to be dead after being staked. Everyone calls him The Old Count, but his actual ''name'' is "Bela".
** There's also the character of Otto von Chriek, who is described as a "music-hall vampire" (which is the closest they have to stating outright that he is a classical vampire.) However, it is mentioned several times that he does this to make people laugh, because if people are laughing at him, then they don't see him as a threat:
--->'''Otto''': "I
threat. Otto gets peeved at least once in the books, whereupon he proves that he's perfectly capable of ''terrifying'' people if he really wants to.
--->'''Otto:''' I
do not threaten. I am just a vorking stiff. And I make zem laff."
--->Vimes
\\
''Vimes
stared at the man. But yes ... Little fussy Otto, in his red-lined black cloak with pockets for all his gear, his shiny black shoes, his carefully-cut [[VillainousWidowsPeak widow's peak]], and, not least, his ridiculous accent that grew thicker or thinner depending on who he was talking to, did not look like a threat. He looked funny, a joke, a music-hall vampire. It had never previously occurred to Vimes that, just possibly, the joke was on other people. Make them laugh, and they're not afraid.
*** Otto gets peeved at least once in the books, whereupon he proves that he's perfectly capable of ''terrifying'' people if he really wants to.
afraid.''



* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'':

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* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'':



** Also from the Dresden Files, Black Court Vampires count, given that they are literally vampires straight out of Dracula. They share all the Dracula weaknesses, but with their rotten stench and corpse-like appaerance, are more in looks-like-Orlok territory
* Creator/StephenKing is notable for sometimes using this type of vampire in his stories and playing them perfectly straight (as in, that they are actually intended to be scary, and not humorous at all). The best example is in "Popsy", a short story where a man kidnaps a young child, and the child turns out to be a vampire. The child's grandfather shows up in the last few pages of the story and is specifically described as having a slicked hairstyle, pale skin, and wearing a large black cape.

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** Also from the Dresden Files, Black Court Vampires count, given that they are literally vampires straight out of Dracula. They share all the Dracula weaknesses, but with their rotten stench and corpse-like appaerance, appearance, are more in looks-like-Orlok territory
territory.
* Creator/StephenKing is notable for sometimes using this type of vampire in his stories and playing them perfectly straight (as in, that they are actually intended to be scary, and not humorous at all). all).
**
The best example is in "Popsy", a short story where a man kidnaps a young child, and the child turns out to be a vampire. The child's grandfather shows up in the last few pages of the story and is specifically described as having a slicked hairstyle, pale skin, and wearing a large black cape.



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* Count Von Count from ''Series/SesameStreet''.

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* Count Von Count from ''Series/SesameStreet''.
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* Sam "Grandpa" Dracula in ''Series/TheMunsters'', naturally as he's based on the Bela Lugosi depiction of Dracula albeit looking older, as he is suppose to be a grandfather.

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* Sam "Grandpa" Dracula in ''Series/TheMunsters'', naturally as he's naturally. He's based on the Bela Lugosi depiction of Dracula Dracula, albeit looking older, as he is suppose supposed to be a grandfather. grandfather.



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* Count Von Count from ''Series/SesameStreet''.
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* ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'' plays with this. Dracula's appearance is pure Lugosi, but he lives in a fortress on the moon, staffed with Dracula-bots and various presumed-dead celebrities.
** And Hitler.
* ''Webcomic/NichtLustig'' ... well, sort of.

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* ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'' plays with this. Dracula's appearance is pure Lugosi, but he lives in a fortress on the moon, staffed with Dracula-bots and various presumed-dead celebrities.
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celebrities. And Hitler.
* %%* ''Webcomic/NichtLustig'' ... well, sort of.



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* Thatch from ''WesternAnimation/CaspersScareSchool''.
* A [[WesternAnimation/TreehouseOfHorror Halloween episode]] of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' had a this type of vampire be a father and contrast to a younger, [[{{Twilight}} Edward Cullen]] style vampire.
** An earlier Halloween episode featured Mr Burns as a vampire living in Pennsylvania. (He LooksLikeOrlock, though, because, well, he does anyway. The episode also gave him the weird winged hairdo Gary Oldman sported in ''Film/BramStokersDracula''.)
---> '''Kent Brockman:''' Another local peasant has been found dead, drained of his blood with two teeth marks on his neck. This black cape was found at the scene, (shows cape that reads DRACULA) Police are baffled.

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Thatch from ''WesternAnimation/CaspersScareSchool''.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
**
A [[WesternAnimation/TreehouseOfHorror Halloween episode]] of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' had has a this type of vampire be a father and contrast to a younger, [[{{Twilight}} [[Literature/{{Twilight}} Edward Cullen]] style vampire.
** An earlier Halloween episode featured Mr Mr. Burns as a vampire living in Pennsylvania. (He LooksLikeOrlock, though, because, well, he does anyway. The episode also gave him the weird winged hairdo Gary Oldman sported in ''Film/BramStokersDracula''.)
---> '''Kent --->'''Kent Brockman:''' Another local peasant has been found dead, drained of his blood with two teeth marks on his neck. This black cape was found at the scene, (shows ''[shows cape that reads DRACULA) DRACULA]'' Police are baffled.



* Subverted in ''TheRealGhostbusters'' episode "Transylvania Homesick Blues." At first glance, Count Vostok fits the bill perfectly, having the appearance and voice to a tee, living in the fictional Slavic country of Boldavia, and in a stock sinister castle on a mountaintop. However, the Count is revealed to be a benevolent entity who survives on artificial blood, and also the victim of a plot by his Van Helsing-esque rival to turn the stereotypical angry torch-wielding Mitteleuropean peasants in the nearby village against him. (Furthermore, he reveals that the novel "Dracula" was apparently based on the historical rivalry between the families of the count and the vampire hunter who pursues him.)
* Several such vampires appear in episodes of TalesFromTheCryptKeeper.

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* Subverted in ''TheRealGhostbusters'' ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters'' episode "Transylvania Homesick Blues." Blues". At first glance, Count Vostok fits the bill perfectly, having the appearance and voice to a tee, living in the fictional Slavic country of Boldavia, and in a stock sinister castle on a mountaintop. However, the Count is revealed to be a benevolent entity who survives on artificial blood, and also the victim of a plot by his Van Helsing-esque rival to turn the stereotypical angry torch-wielding Mitteleuropean peasants in the nearby village against him. (Furthermore, he reveals that the novel "Dracula" was apparently based on the historical rivalry between the families of the count and the vampire hunter who pursues him.)
* Several such vampires appear in episodes of TalesFromTheCryptKeeper.''WesternAnimation/TalesFromTheCryptKeeper''.



21st Oct '17 10:28:59 AM Willbyr
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13th Oct '17 10:42:57 AM WillKeaton
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* One episode of the Nelvana CareBears cartoon features the villainous green-skinned Dr. Fright, who literally draws power from his victims' fear by terrifying them with an elaborate mechanical death trap, and collaborates with the evil sorcerer No Heart in his plan to destroy all caring and create "an unfeeling, scary world". While it's not clear whether or not he's actually a vampire, he comes equipped with the requisite tuxedo, high-collared cape and widow's peak, and even greets his victims with a Lugosian "Gooood eeeeeveniiiiinnng".
* Subverted in TheRealGhostbusters episode "Transylvania Homesick Blues." At first glance, Count Vostok fits the bill perfectly, having the appearance and voice to a tee, living in the fictional Slavic country of Boldavia, and in a stock sinister castle on a mountaintop. However, the Count is revealed to be a benevolent entity who survives on artificial blood, and also the victim of a plot by his Van Helsing-esque rival to turn the stereotypical angry torch-wielding Mitteleuropean peasants in the nearby village against him. (Furthermore, he reveals that the novel "Dracula" was apparently based on the historical rivalry between the families of the count and the vampire hunter who pursues him.)

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* This is how Dracula appears in one story arc of ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012.''
* One episode of the Nelvana CareBears ''Franchise/CareBears'' cartoon features the villainous green-skinned Dr. Fright, who literally draws power from his victims' fear by terrifying them with an elaborate mechanical death trap, and collaborates with the evil sorcerer No Heart in his plan to destroy all caring and create "an unfeeling, scary world". While it's not clear whether or not he's actually a vampire, he comes equipped with the requisite tuxedo, high-collared cape and widow's peak, and even greets his victims with a Lugosian "Gooood eeeeeveniiiiinnng".
* Subverted in TheRealGhostbusters ''TheRealGhostbusters'' episode "Transylvania Homesick Blues." At first glance, Count Vostok fits the bill perfectly, having the appearance and voice to a tee, living in the fictional Slavic country of Boldavia, and in a stock sinister castle on a mountaintop. However, the Count is revealed to be a benevolent entity who survives on artificial blood, and also the victim of a plot by his Van Helsing-esque rival to turn the stereotypical angry torch-wielding Mitteleuropean peasants in the nearby village against him. (Furthermore, he reveals that the novel "Dracula" was apparently based on the historical rivalry between the families of the count and the vampire hunter who pursues him.)
23rd Sep '17 3:54:36 PM nombretomado
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* ''BaileySchoolKids'': Mrs. Jeepers shows every sign of this, being very suave and ladylike, with a widow's peak, a Eastern European accent, an air for the dramatic when she's not being calm and menacing, and outdated clothes.

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* ''BaileySchoolKids'': ''Literature/BaileySchoolKids'': Mrs. Jeepers shows every sign of this, being very suave and ladylike, with a widow's peak, a Eastern European accent, an air for the dramatic when she's not being calm and menacing, and outdated clothes.
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