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27th Sep '16 1:19:35 AM Tron80
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* Immensely common in comic books. The first one was probably Mary Marvel, spun off from DC's Captain Marvel in the 1940s, and it continues to the present day, with characters like ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}, ComicBook/{{Batgirl}}, ComicBook/SheHulk, ComicBook/SpiderWoman and Stargirl (both a female Star-Spangled Kid and a female Starman). Some of these are also {{Legacy Character}}s. They can also exist in {{Alternate Universe Fic}}s that are written by fans or {{Elseworlds}} published by the companies themselves, where different female characters receive the CallToAdventure in lieu of their male counterparts in the mainstream universes.

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* Immensely common in comic books. The first one was probably Mary Marvel, spun off from DC's [[Comicbook/{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel Marvel]] in the 1940s, and it continues to the present day, with characters like ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}, ComicBook/{{Batgirl}}, ComicBook/SheHulk, ComicBook/SpiderWoman and Stargirl (both a female Star-Spangled Kid and a female Starman). Some of these are also {{Legacy Character}}s. They can also exist in {{Alternate Universe Fic}}s that are written by fans or {{Elseworlds}} published by the companies themselves, where different female characters receive the CallToAdventure in lieu of their male counterparts in the mainstream universes.



* ComicBook/{{Supergirl}} is the TropeCodifier. Although not the first female copy of an established hero (Mary Marvel and Bulletgirl preceded her), she has had the most longevity and the most incarnations, including her own movie. Despite this, DC never really seems to know what to do with her, and the character has never [[GrowingTheBeard found her niche]].
** ComicBook/PowerGirl, being originally Supergirl's alternate universe counterpart before ''ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths'' brought her to the main DCU, is also a distaff counterpart of Superman. DC's done a better job of finding a niche for her.

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* ComicBook/{{Supergirl}} is the TropeCodifier. Although not the first female copy of an established hero (Mary Marvel and Bulletgirl preceded her), she has had the most longevity and the most incarnations, including her own movie. Despite this, DC never really seems to know what to do with her, ''[[Film/{{Supergirl}} movie]]'' and the character has never [[GrowingTheBeard found her niche]].
Live-Action ''[[Series/{{Supergirl 2015}} show]]''.
** ComicBook/PowerGirl, being originally Supergirl's alternate universe counterpart before ''ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths'' brought her to the main DCU, is also a distaff counterpart of Superman. DC's done a better job of finding a niche for her.
21st Sep '16 1:35:29 AM PaulA
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* Mina Davis of ''[[Literature/HungoverAndHandcuffed Hungover and Handcuffed]]'' and ''[[Literature/AssholeYakuzaBoyfriend Asshole Yakuza Boyfriend]]''is meant as one for both SamSpade and PhilipMarlowe.

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* Mina Davis of ''[[Literature/HungoverAndHandcuffed Hungover ''Literature/HungoverAndHandcuffed'' and Handcuffed]]'' and ''[[Literature/AssholeYakuzaBoyfriend Asshole Yakuza Boyfriend]]''is ''Literature/AssholeYakuzaBoyfriend'' is meant as one for both SamSpade Literature/SamSpade and PhilipMarlowe. Literature/PhilipMarlowe.
6th Sep '16 3:10:52 PM N8han11
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* Superhero comics as a genre have been referred to as a Spear Counterpart to SoapOperas.
** Nah: that would be ProfessionalWrestling.
1st Sep '16 8:25:23 AM 06tele
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* Hal Roach created the DoubleAct of CloudCuckooLander [=ZaSu=] Pitts and OnlySaneMan Thelma Todd to be this to Creator/LaurelAndHardy. They made a bunch of short films together for MGM, then Pitts demanded a pay rise and Roach replaced her with DeadpanSnarker Patsy Kelly for another run of films which was ended by Todd's tragically early death. Kelly was then paired up with, in turn, Pert Kelton and Lydia Roberti, before finally making a feature film with Pitts. The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TsJG-MWUgmw Pitts and Todd]]/[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8A4O2aiqfw Todd and Kelly]] films are almost forgotten now, but are genuinely funny and worth hunting up, not least for their startling amounts of SlapstickKnowsNoGender and LesYay.[[note]]Patsy Kelly was one of 30s Hollywood's very few out lesbians, and her snarky, no-bullshit persona in the Todd and Kelly films is decades ahead of its time.[[/note]]

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* Hal Roach created the DoubleAct of CloudCuckooLander [=ZaSu=] Pitts and OnlySaneMan Thelma Todd to be this to Creator/LaurelAndHardy. They made a bunch of short films together for MGM, then Pitts demanded a pay rise and Roach replaced her with DeadpanSnarker Patsy Kelly for another run of films which was ended by Todd's tragically early death. Kelly was then paired up with, in turn, Pert Kelton and Lydia Roberti, before finally making a feature film with Pitts. The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TsJG-MWUgmw Pitts and Todd]]/[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8A4O2aiqfw Todd and Kelly]] films are almost forgotten now, now and their quality can be erratic, but are at their [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TsJG-MWUgmw best]] they're genuinely funny and worth hunting up, not least for their startling amounts of SlapstickKnowsNoGender and LesYay.[[note]]Patsy Kelly was one of 30s Hollywood's very few out lesbians, and her snarky, no-bullshit persona in the Todd and Kelly films is decades ahead of its time.[[/note]]
1st Sep '16 8:15:27 AM 06tele
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* Hal Roach created the DoubleAct of CloudCuckooLander [=ZaSu=] Pitts and OnlySaneMan Thelma Todd to be this to Creator/LaurelAndHardy. They made a bunch of short films together for Creator/MetroGoldwynMayer, then Pitts demanded a pay rise and Roach replaced her with DeadpanSnarker Patsy Kelly for another run of films which was ended by Todd's tragically early death. Kelly was then paired up with, in turn, Pert Kelton and Lydia Roberti, before finally making a feature film with Pitts. The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TsJG-MWUgmw Pitts and Todd]]/[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8A4O2aiqfw Todd and Kelly]] films are almost forgotten now, but are genuinely funny and worth hunting up, not least for their startling amounts of SlapstickKnowsNoGender and LesYay.[[note]]Patsy Kelly was one of 30s Hollywood's very few out lesbians, and her snarky, no-bullshit persona in the Todd and Kelly films is decades ahead of its time.[[/note]]

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* Hal Roach created the DoubleAct of CloudCuckooLander [=ZaSu=] Pitts and OnlySaneMan Thelma Todd to be this to Creator/LaurelAndHardy. They made a bunch of short films together for Creator/MetroGoldwynMayer, MGM, then Pitts demanded a pay rise and Roach replaced her with DeadpanSnarker Patsy Kelly for another run of films which was ended by Todd's tragically early death. Kelly was then paired up with, in turn, Pert Kelton and Lydia Roberti, before finally making a feature film with Pitts. The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TsJG-MWUgmw Pitts and Todd]]/[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8A4O2aiqfw Todd and Kelly]] films are almost forgotten now, but are genuinely funny and worth hunting up, not least for their startling amounts of SlapstickKnowsNoGender and LesYay.[[note]]Patsy Kelly was one of 30s Hollywood's very few out lesbians, and her snarky, no-bullshit persona in the Todd and Kelly films is decades ahead of its time.[[/note]]
1st Sep '16 8:14:09 AM 06tele
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* Hal Roach created the DoubleAct of CloudCuckooLander [=ZaSu=] Pitts and StraightMan Thelma Todd to be this to Creator/LaurelAndHardy. They made a bunch of short films together for Creator/MetroGoldwynMayer, then Pitts was replaced by DeadpanSnarker Patsy Kelly for another run of films which was brought to and end by Todd's early death. Kelly was then paired up with, in turn, Pert Kelton and Lydia Roberti, before finally making a feature film with Pitts. The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TsJG-MWUgmw Pitts and Todd]]/[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8A4O2aiqfw Todd and Kelly]] films are almost forgotten now, but are genuinely funny and worth hunting up, not least for their startling amounts of SlapstickKnowsNoGender and LesYay.[[note]]Patsy Kelly was one of 30s Hollywood's very few out lesbians, and her snarky persona in the Todd and Kelly films is decades ahead of its time.[[/note]]

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* Hal Roach created the DoubleAct of CloudCuckooLander [=ZaSu=] Pitts and StraightMan OnlySaneMan Thelma Todd to be this to Creator/LaurelAndHardy. They made a bunch of short films together for Creator/MetroGoldwynMayer, then Pitts was demanded a pay rise and Roach replaced by her with DeadpanSnarker Patsy Kelly for another run of films which was brought to and end ended by Todd's tragically early death. Kelly was then paired up with, in turn, Pert Kelton and Lydia Roberti, before finally making a feature film with Pitts. The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TsJG-MWUgmw Pitts and Todd]]/[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8A4O2aiqfw Todd and Kelly]] films are almost forgotten now, but are genuinely funny and worth hunting up, not least for their startling amounts of SlapstickKnowsNoGender and LesYay.[[note]]Patsy Kelly was one of 30s Hollywood's very few out lesbians, and her snarky snarky, no-bullshit persona in the Todd and Kelly films is decades ahead of its time.[[/note]]
1st Sep '16 7:37:58 AM 06tele
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* Hal Roach created the DoubleAct of CloudCuckooLander [=ZaSu=] Pitts and StraightMan Thelma Todd to be this to Creator/LaurelAndHardy. They made a bunch of short films together for Creator/MetroGoldwynMayer, then Pitts was replaced by DeadpanSnarker Patsy Kelly for another run of films which was brought to and end by Todd's early death. Kelly was then paired up with, in turn, Pert Kelton and Lydia Roberti, before finally making a feature film with Pitts. The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TsJG-MWUgmw Pitts and Todd]]/[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8A4O2aiqfw Todd and Kelly]] films are almost forgotten now, but are genuinely funny and worth hunting up, not least for their startling amounts of SlapstickKnowsNoGender and LesYay.[[note]]Patsy Kelly was one of 30s Hollywood's very few out lesbians, and her snarky persona in the Todd and Kelly films is decades ahead of its time.[[/note]]
28th Aug '16 9:55:30 AM Hanz
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'' MobilePhoneGame ''Pocket Mortys'', one of the AlternateUniverse version of Morty is a female version named Morticia. According to the in-game description, [[ForWantOfANail she is the result of]] her motherís womb being 32.54 degrees Fahrenheit degrees warmer during the early stages of gastrulation. The moon was also 384,900km away.
27th Aug '16 3:01:42 PM N8han11
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* ''WesternAnimation/SheZow'' has [=DudePow=], his gender-flipped alternate dimension counterpart who [[SweetPollyOliver dons a male costume]] instead.
26th Aug '16 11:50:17 AM rafi
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* ''Anime/MazingerZ'' -- ''[[Anime/MazingerZ Aphrodite A, Diana A and Minerva X]]''
** ''Anime/GreatMazinger'' -- ''[[Anime/GreatMazinger Venus A]]''
*** Similarly, in the ''Manga/MazingerAngels'' manga (a spoof of ''Series/CharliesAngels'') the main characters are Sayaka, Jun, Hikaru and Maria, piloting Aphrodite A, Venus A, Diana A and Minerva X, respectively. It's like your usual {{Crossover}} blending ''Anime/MazingerZ'', ''Anime/GreatMazinger'' and ''Anime/UFORoboGrendizer'', but GenderFlipped: the male pilots and their robots are nowhere to be seen, and the main characters are the female leads and robots.
* [[Anime/GetterRobo Getter-1]] -- [[Anime/GetterRobo Getter Q]]
** As well, [[Anime/GetterRobo Getter-2]] -- Getter Shou/Neo Getter-2
* [[Manga/SoulEater Soul Eater (Manga)]]: The whole Spartoi group.-- When the group goes into [[spoiler:the Book of Eibon after Noah and Kido-kun, the first chapter, "Lust"]] turns the males female and vice versa. They then make comments on how odd they look, until a team of [[{{Nosebleed}} Female Succubus]] come and try to defeat them.

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* ''Anime/MazingerZ'' -- ''[[Anime/MazingerZ Aphrodite A, Diana A In chapter 98 of ''Manga/AiKora'', Maeda runs into a girl named Chizuru who turns out to be a "parts lover" like him... and Minerva X]]''
** ''Anime/GreatMazinger'' -- ''[[Anime/GreatMazinger Venus A]]''
*** Similarly, in
happens to think he has really sexy ''hands''.
* ''Manga/AoiHouse'' = [[GirlsLove Uri]] [[YuriFan House]].
* Manga/BlackJack = Ray, from
the ''Manga/MazingerAngels'' manga (a spoof and anime series of ''Series/CharliesAngels'') the main characters same name.
* Anime/CaptainHarlock has two within the works of creator Creator/LeijiMatsumoto. Fellow space pirate Anime/QueenEmeraldas has the same scar across her face while Captain Bainas (from ''Anime/{{Ozuma}}'') has the messy red hair. Both also happen to be badass captains who have a penchant for {{badass cape}}s.
* ''Anime/CuteyHoney'' was originally created as a distaff counterpart to ''Series/WarriorOfLoveRainbowman''.
* ''Manga/DailyLivesOfHighSchoolBoys'' has an interesting InUniverse use. A series of {{stinger}} skits called ''High School Girls
are Sayaka, Jun, Hikaru Funky'' features Habara, Yanagi and Maria, piloting Aphrodite A, Venus A, Diana A Ikushima, three girls who look, act and Minerva X, respectively. It's talk remarkably like your usual {{Crossover}} blending ''Anime/MazingerZ'', ''Anime/GreatMazinger'' and ''Anime/UFORoboGrendizer'', but GenderFlipped: the male pilots and their robots are nowhere to be seen, male counterparts Tadakuni, Hidenori and the main characters are the female leads and robots.
Yoshitake, respectively.
* [[Anime/GetterRobo Getter-1]] -- [[Anime/GetterRobo Getter Q]]
** As well, [[Anime/GetterRobo Getter-2]] -- Getter Shou/Neo Getter-2
* [[Manga/SoulEater Soul Eater (Manga)]]: The whole Spartoi group.-- When the group goes
''Manga/DevilmanLady'' was spawned from ''Manga/{{Devilman}}'', although it evolved into [[spoiler:the Book its own strange series. Since that name kind of Eibon after Noah and Kido-kun, the first chapter, "Lust"]] turns the males female and vice versa. They then doesn't make comments on how odd they look, until a team much sense, the official English version of [[{{Nosebleed}} Female Succubus]] come and try to defeat them.the anime is called ''The Devil Lady''.
** This was at least partially the inspiration for ''Manga/{{Kinnikuman}} Lady'' - though in that case, it's an alternate universe where everyone is gender-flipped except Meat. Instead of being about the world's beefiest buffoon, it's about the world's ditziest bimbo. Joining the "stupid, inherently contradictory name" race is Kinnikuman Lady's bestest pal Terryman Girl.



* ''Manga/DevilmanLady'' was spawned from ''Manga/{{Devilman}}'', although it evolved into its own strange series. Since that name kind of doesn't make much sense, the official English version of the anime is called ''The Devil Lady''.
** This was at least partially the inspiration for ''Manga/{{Kinnikuman}} Lady'' - though in that case, it's an alternate universe where everyone is gender-flipped except Meat. Instead of being about the world's beefiest buffoon, it's about the world's ditziest bimbo. Joining the "stupid, inherently contradictory name" race is Kinnikuman Lady's bestest pal Terryman Girl.
* In chapter 98 of ''Manga/AiKora'', Maeda runs into a girl named Chizuru who turns out to be a "parts lover" like him... and happens to think he has really sexy ''hands''.
* ''Manga/AoiHouse'' = [[GirlsLove Uri]] [[YuriFan House]].
* ''Manga/DeathNote'':
** Misa Amane (female) is Light's first blindly loyal [[TheDragon Dragon]] with [[RedEyesTakeWarning shinigami eyes]]. Teru Mikami (male) is [[spoiler:Light's ''second'' blindly loyal [[TheDragon Dragon]] with [[RedEyesTakeWarning shinigami eyes]] - complete with the exact same Death Note used by Misa!]]
** The series itself has a distaff counterpart in ''Anime/HellGirl''.
* ''Anime/CuteyHoney'' was originally created as a distaff counterpart to ''Series/WarriorOfLoveRainbowman''.
* Manga/BlackJack = Ray, from the manga and anime series of the same name.
* ''Manga/DailyLivesOfHighSchoolBoys'' has an interesting InUniverse use. A series of {{stinger}} skits called ''High School Girls are Funky'' features Habara, Yanagi and Ikushima, three girls who look, act and talk remarkably like their male counterparts Tadakuni, Hidenori and Yoshitake, respectively.
* Anime/CaptainHarlock has two within the works of creator Creator/LeijiMatsumoto. Fellow space pirate Anime/QueenEmeraldas has the same scar across her face while Captain Bainas (from ''Anime/{{Ozuma}}'') has the messy red hair. Both also happen to be badass captains who have a penchant for {{badass cape}}s.



* While both are genderless, the Mewtwo in [[Anime/PokemonGenesectAndTheLegendAwakened the 16th Pokémon movie]] is more feminine than the more masculine one seen in [[Anime/PokemonTheFirstMovie the first one]]. It is also more of a pure hero, while the one in the Kanto movies was more of an AntiHero.
* Flamenco Girl from ''Anime/SamuraiFlamenco''. In a rare subversion, she's actually [[HypercompetentSidekick far more competent and effective than her male counterpart]].
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' has Momo Hinamori's NiceGirl to Hanataro Yamada's NiceGuy.

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* While both are genderless, the Mewtwo in [[Anime/PokemonGenesectAndTheLegendAwakened the 16th Pokémon movie]] is more feminine than the more masculine one seen in [[Anime/PokemonTheFirstMovie the first one]]. It is also more of a pure hero, while the one in the Kanto movies was more of an AntiHero.
* Flamenco Girl from ''Anime/SamuraiFlamenco''. In a rare subversion, she's actually [[HypercompetentSidekick far more competent and effective than her male counterpart]].
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' has Momo Hinamori's NiceGirl to Hanataro Yamada's NiceGuy.
[[Anime/GetterRobo Getter-1]] -- [[Anime/GetterRobo Getter Q]]
** As well, [[Anime/GetterRobo Getter-2]] -- Getter Shou/Neo Getter-2



* ''Anime/MazingerZ'' -- ''[[Anime/MazingerZ Aphrodite A, Diana A and Minerva X]]''
** ''Anime/GreatMazinger'' -- ''[[Anime/GreatMazinger Venus A]]''
** Similarly, in the ''Manga/MazingerAngels'' manga (a spoof of ''Series/CharliesAngels'') the main characters are Sayaka, Jun, Hikaru and Maria, piloting Aphrodite A, Venus A, Diana A and Minerva X, respectively. It's like your usual {{Crossover}} blending ''Anime/MazingerZ'', ''Anime/GreatMazinger'' and ''Anime/UFORoboGrendizer'', but GenderFlipped: the male pilots and their robots are nowhere to be seen, and the main characters are the female leads and robots.



* While both are genderless, the Mewtwo in [[Anime/PokemonGenesectAndTheLegendAwakened the 16th Pokémon movie]] is more feminine than the more masculine one seen in [[Anime/PokemonTheFirstMovie the first one]]. It is also more of a pure hero, while the one in the Kanto movies was more of an AntiHero.
* Flamenco Girl from ''Anime/SamuraiFlamenco''. In a rare subversion, she's actually [[HypercompetentSidekick far more competent and effective than her male counterpart]].
* [[Manga/SoulEater Soul Eater (Manga)]]: The whole Spartoi group.-- When the group goes into [[spoiler:the Book of Eibon after Noah and Kido-kun, the first chapter, "Lust"]] turns the males female and vice versa. They then make comments on how odd they look, until a team of [[{{Nosebleed}} Female Succubus]] come and try to defeat them.



* In Italy ''ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse'' Daisy get a superhero alter ego, Paperinika who is a female counterpart of Paperinik (Duck Avenger), the famous Donald alter ego. Like Donald, she take this identity initially just to avenge personal sorpruse. While the character was prominent in Brazilian comics in the '80s, in Italy was quickly DemotedToExtra because are AlwaysSomeoneBetter to Donald and an unlikeable StrawFeminist. Thankfull this trait is dropped in the modern appearances.



* Alois Trancy from ''Manga/BlackButler'' is a male FilleFatale.
* ''Manga/DeathNote'': Misa Amane (female) is Light's first blindly loyal [[TheDragon Dragon]] with [[RedEyesTakeWarning shinigami eyes]]. Teru Mikami (male) is [[spoiler:Light's ''second'' blindly loyal [[TheDragon Dragon]] with [[RedEyesTakeWarning shinigami eyes]] - complete with the exact same Death Note used by Misa!]]



* The title character of ''Manga/VampirePrincessMiyu'' has a Spear Counterpart in Tatsuhiko Shido from ''Anime/{{Nightwalker}}''.

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* The title character In ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs'', while Nanoha and Fate get their own [[TheRival rivals]] in form of ''Manga/VampirePrincessMiyu'' has a Spear Counterpart Vita and Signum, Yuuno and Arf get [[DistaffCounterpart Distaff/Spear Counterparts]] in Tatsuhiko Shido from ''Anime/{{Nightwalker}}''.form of Shamal and Zafira. Arf and Zafira are both wolves who can transform into humanoids and are rivals, who handle their battles with GoodOldFisticuffs.



* Alois Trancy from BlackButler is a male FilleFatale.
* In ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs'', while Nanoha and Fate get their own [[TheRival rivals]] in form of Vita and Signum, Yuuno and Arf get [[DistaffCounterpart Distaff/Spear Counterparts]] in form of Shamal and Zafira. Arf and Zafira are both wolves who can transform into humanoids and are rivals, who handle their battles with GoodOldFisticuffs.


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* The title character of ''Manga/VampirePrincessMiyu'' has a Spear Counterpart in Tatsuhiko Shido from ''Anime/{{Nightwalker}}''.
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