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22nd Jun '18 7:04:40 PM Malady
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* ''Series/LawAndOrder'' ran for twenty years and maintained a fairly consistent groove throughout, thanks to a revolving cast and keeping the focus off - for the most part - its characters. The wheels finally started to come off when several cast members all left at once, and Sam Waterston's ADA was finally promoted to DA. The new cast didn't gel like the old cops and lawyers, and the show ended in 2010. Producer Dick Wolf has said in interviews that his intent was to make L&O run longer than ''{{Gunsmoke}}'', but he later conceded that the series had "moved onto the history books". His other ''L & O'' series, ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'', also receives cries of this and for similar aforementioned reasons.

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* ''Series/LawAndOrder'' ran for twenty years and maintained a fairly consistent groove throughout, thanks to a revolving cast and keeping the focus off - for the most part - its characters. The wheels finally started to come off when several cast members all left at once, and Sam Waterston's ADA was finally promoted to DA. The new cast didn't gel like the old cops and lawyers, and the show ended in 2010. Producer Dick Wolf has said in interviews that his intent was to make L&O run longer than ''{{Gunsmoke}}'', ''Series/{{Gunsmoke}}'', but he later conceded that the series had "moved onto the history books". His other ''L & O'' series, ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'', also receives cries of this and for similar aforementioned reasons.
15th Jun '18 9:24:51 AM zazatrope
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* The ''Scorcher'' action film series parody in Film/{{TropicThunder}}, once a top box office but now a commercial and critical failure.
12th Jun '18 4:59:20 PM StardustSoldier
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** Rob Zombie expressed disappointment at the studio's intent to resurrect Michael for a third remake film, despite his insistence (and refusal to direct) that his ''[[Film/HalloweenII2009 Halloween II]]'' was the end of the franchise. In Rob's case, it ended up being a zigzagged trope, as although another ''[[Film/Halloween2018 Halloween]]'' was eventually greenlit, it's an alternate sequel to the original film, with no connection to the remakes.

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** Rob Zombie expressed disappointment at the studio's intent initial plans to resurrect Michael for a third remake film, despite his insistence (and refusal to direct) that his ''[[Film/HalloweenII2009 Halloween II]]'' was the end of the franchise. In Rob's case, it ended up being a zigzagged trope, as although another ''[[Film/Halloween2018 Halloween]]'' was eventually greenlit, it's an alternate sequel to the original film, with no connection to the remakes.
7th Jun '18 8:40:33 PM MyFinalEdits
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* Creator/GunpeiYokoi intended for ''{{Franchise/Metroid}}'' to end with ''VideoGame/SuperMetroid'' in order to have a neat, contained trilogy. After his death, the franchise was revived in 2002 with ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime'' and ''VideoGame/MetroidFusion'', and new games have come out at a steady pace ever since. Of course, TropesAreNotBad, as (other than ''VideoGame/MetroidOtherM'') these games were all fairly well-received. ''Metroid Prime'' specifically was hailed by most as a worthy successor to ''Super'', with some going as far as naming it as one of the greatest games of all time.

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* Creator/GunpeiYokoi intended for ''{{Franchise/Metroid}}'' to end with ''VideoGame/SuperMetroid'' in order to have a neat, contained trilogy. After his death, the franchise was revived in 2002 with ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime'' and ''VideoGame/MetroidFusion'', and new games have come out at a steady pace ever since. Of course, TropesAreNotBad, as (other than ''VideoGame/MetroidOtherM'') ''VideoGame/MetroidOtherM'' and ''[[VideoGame/MetroidPrimeFederationForce Federation Force]]'') these games were all fairly well-received. ''Metroid Prime'' specifically was hailed by most as a worthy successor to ''Super'', with some going as far as naming it as one of the greatest games of all time.
25th May '18 5:24:28 PM MarioAndSpongeBobFan
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* Ralph Bighead in ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife'' was forced to create another show to get out of his contract, but he secretly detests it. Thus, he gets Rocko and his friends to create a terrible show, "Wacky Delly", to get kicked out of his contract. Unfortunately, [[SpringtimeForHitler it was a huge hit]]. The show goes on with his trying over and over to make it worse and worse, including having nothing but a jar of mayonnaise for 10 minutes on-screen, but it keeps getting more and more popular. It wasn't until he actually ''tried to make it better'' that it failed.

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* Ralph Bighead in ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife'' was forced to create another show to get out of his contract, but he secretly detests it. Thus, he gets Rocko and his friends to create a terrible show, "Wacky Delly", to get kicked out of his contract. Unfortunately, [[SpringtimeForHitler it was a huge hit]]. The show goes on with his him trying over and over to make it worse and worse, including having nothing but a jar of mayonnaise for 10 minutes on-screen, but it keeps getting more and more popular. It wasn't until he actually ''tried to make it better'' that it failed.



* Both ''Franchise/CrashBandicoot'' and ''[[VideoGame/SpyroTheDragon Spyro the Dragon]]'' were the mascots of friend developers Naughty Dog and Insomniac Games. Both then split off from Universal Interactive Studios for different reasons (Naughty Dog's contract with Universal ran out, while Insomniac was unpleased with the limitations of Spyro's character designs and walked off on their own) and moved onto different styles of games (''Franchise/JakAndDaxter'' and ''VideoGame/RatchetAndClank''), leaving their old mascots to their owner who then ran both of them into the ground. Vivendi Universal Games (the company Universal Interactive Studios became) has since been absorbed into Creator/{{Activision}}, which led to Crash seeing [[ExecutiveMeddling several games for his series that was in the works cancelled]] and then featured in a few (admittedly entertaining) smartphone games before being shut down. Spyro on the other hand was rebooted (yet again) as a bit player in the ''VideoGame/{{Skylanders}}'' series, [[SpotlightStealingTitle although he was promoted and headlined in the first game]] ''Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure'' as a means to draw former Spyro fans to what was then a new franchise.
** Regarding the new series of ''Crash'' games that was released before the series was rendered dormant, the co-president of Naughty Dog once said "It's a little bit like watching your daughter do porn". The heads of Insomniac, [[http://ca.ign.com/articles/2012/09/28/always-independent-the-story-of-insomniac-games on the other hand]], feel every ''Spyro'' game between their own (except for the GBA games made by Digital Eclipse) and ''Skylanders'' to be garbage but don't mind ''Skylanders'' itself one bit, praising Activision for managing to resurge Spyro among a new generation.
** Thankfully for Crash, ''VideoGame/CrashBandicootNSaneTrilogy'' generated hype among longtime fans of the series upon announcement and was widely praised upon release, with Spyro following suit with the ''VideoGame/SpyroReignitedTrilogy''.

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* Both ''Franchise/CrashBandicoot'' and ''[[VideoGame/SpyroTheDragon Spyro the Dragon]]'' ''VideoGame/SpyroTheDragon'' were the mascots of friend developers Naughty Dog and Insomniac Games. Both then split off from Universal Interactive Studios for different reasons (Naughty Dog's contract with Universal ran out, while Insomniac was unpleased with the limitations of Spyro's character designs and walked off on their own) and moved onto different styles of games (''Franchise/JakAndDaxter'' and ''VideoGame/RatchetAndClank''), leaving their old mascots to their owner who then ran both of them into the ground. Vivendi Universal Games (the company Universal Interactive Studios became) has since been absorbed into Creator/{{Activision}}, which led to Crash seeing [[ExecutiveMeddling several games for his series that was in the works cancelled]] and then being featured in a few (admittedly entertaining) admittedly entertaining smartphone games before being shut down.forgotten aboyr. Spyro on the other hand was rebooted (yet again) as a bit player in the ''VideoGame/{{Skylanders}}'' series, [[SpotlightStealingTitle although he was promoted and headlined in the first game]] ''Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure'' as a means to draw former Spyro fans to what was then a new franchise.
** Regarding the new series of ''Crash'' games that was released before the series was rendered dormant, the co-president of Naughty Dog once said "It's a little bit like watching your daughter do porn".porn", and disregarded most of them with the justified exceptions of ''VideoGame/CrashBash'' [[note]]The first post-Naughty Dog installment which retained many of the series' key features up to that point[[/note]] and ''VideoGame/CrashTwinsanity'' [[note]]An extremely TroubledProduction that went through DevelopmentHell despite paying [[ShownTheirWork immense tribute]] to the Naughty Dog titles[[/note]] . The heads of Insomniac, [[http://ca.ign.com/articles/2012/09/28/always-independent-the-story-of-insomniac-games on the other hand]], feel consider every ''Spyro'' game between their own (except for the GBA games made by Digital Eclipse) and ''Skylanders'' to be garbage but don't mind ''Skylanders'' itself one bit, praising Activision for managing to resurge Spyro among a new generation.
** Thankfully for Crash, the ''VideoGame/CrashBandicootNSaneTrilogy'' generated hype among longtime fans of the series upon announcement and was widely praised upon release, with Spyro following suit with the ''VideoGame/SpyroReignitedTrilogy''.



* ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' became this past the [[UsefulNotes/The16bitEraOfConsoleVideoGames 16-bit era]]. After the series hit its peak with ''VideoGame/Sonic3AndKnuckles'', Sonic Team, burned out on their namesake series, focused on [[VideoGame/{{Ristar}} making]] [[VideoGame/NIGHTSIntoDreams original]] [[VideoGame/BurningRangers titles]]. Meanwhile, Sega, not willing to retire their cash cow, tried to continue the ''Sonic'' franchise without them to no success. After Sega Technical Institute's[[note]]Who made ''VideoGame/ComixZone'' for the Genesis[[/note]] ''Sonic X-treme'' - Sonic's intended VideoGame3DLeap on the UsefulNotes/SegaSaturn - [[{{Vaporware}} failed to make it to shelves]], Sega finally got Sonic Team back to give the series [[VideoGame/SonicAdventure a proper 3D title]] for the UsefulNotes/SegaDreamcast. Even then, ''Sonic Adventure'' (which had Yuji Naka and Naoto Ohshima on board) was the last game with any of Sonic's creators working directly on a ''Sonic'' game. Ohshima left Sega after ''Sonic Adventure'' finished development in 1998 to form Artoon for unknown reasons. Yasuhara didn't participate in ''Sonic Adventure'' because he had quit Sonic Team after ''Sonic 3 & Knuckles'', ultimately leaving Sega for Creator/NaughtyDog in 2002. Naka himself left Sega in 2006 to form Prope as he was tired of [[KickedUpstairs being stuck with (executive) producer roles]] for original [=IPs=] made by Sonic Team. The series sticks around as it is one of Sega's few remaining [[CashCowFranchise cash cows]], but it has had wild ups and downs since then.

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* ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' became this past after the [[UsefulNotes/The16bitEraOfConsoleVideoGames 16-bit era]]. After the series hit its peak with ''VideoGame/Sonic3AndKnuckles'', Sonic Team, burned out on their namesake series, focused on [[VideoGame/{{Ristar}} making]] [[VideoGame/NIGHTSIntoDreams original]] [[VideoGame/BurningRangers titles]]. Meanwhile, Sega, not willing to retire their cash cow, tried to continue the ''Sonic'' franchise without them to no success. After Sega Technical Institute's[[note]]Who made ''VideoGame/ComixZone'' for the Genesis[[/note]] ''Sonic X-treme'' - Sonic's intended VideoGame3DLeap on the UsefulNotes/SegaSaturn - [[{{Vaporware}} failed to make it to shelves]], Sega finally got Sonic Team back to give the series [[VideoGame/SonicAdventure a proper 3D title]] for the UsefulNotes/SegaDreamcast. Even then, ''Sonic Adventure'' (which had Yuji Naka and Naoto Ohshima on board) was the last game with any of Sonic's creators working directly on a ''Sonic'' game. Ohshima left Sega after ''Sonic Adventure'' finished development in 1998 to form Artoon for unknown reasons. Yasuhara didn't participate in ''Sonic Adventure'' because he had quit Sonic Team after ''Sonic 3 & Knuckles'', ultimately leaving Sega for Creator/NaughtyDog in 2002. Naka himself left Sega in 2006 to form Prope as he was tired of [[KickedUpstairs being stuck with (executive) producer roles]] for original [=IPs=] made by Sonic Team. The series sticks around as it is one of Sega's few remaining [[CashCowFranchise cash cows]], but it has had wild ups and downs since then.



* ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' was supposed to end after the third season and TheMovie, but popular demand has kept it going since. Many complain over the [[{{Flanderization}} supposed deterioration of the main cast's personality traits]] and [[SeasonalRot the decline of writing quality/general aimlessness of the series these days]]; but, of course, if you asked any current young child (anybody born 2004+, when the Movie and the show were ''supposed'' to wrap it up), the series is absolutely fine enough to go on for many more years. And, of course, [=SpongeBob=] remains Nickelodeon's most popular cartoon, running about 15 years straight now with that distinction. However, the show has been WinBackTheCrowd courtesy of Stephen Hillenburg returning to the show.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' creator Matt Groening stated in an interview that it was getting harder to keep the series fresh, and that while it would be around for the next couple of seasons at least, he wanted it to leave on a high note. A few weeks later, he did a public recantation: ''The Simpsons'' was fine, and would be continuing for the foreseeable future. That was in ''1999''.
** He sounded pretty chipper in [[http://www.avclub.com/articles/matt-groening,13984/ this AV Club interview]] too, although that dates from '''''2006'''''.

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* ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' was supposed to end after the third season and TheMovie, but popular demand has kept it going since. Many complain over the [[{{Flanderization}} supposed deterioration of the main cast's personality traits]] and [[SeasonalRot the decline of writing quality/general aimlessness of the series these days]]; but, of course, if you asked any current young child (anybody born 2004+, when the Movie and the show were ''supposed'' to wrap it up), the series is absolutely fine enough to go on for many more years. And, of course, [=SpongeBob=] remains Nickelodeon's most popular cartoon, running about 15 nearly 20 years straight now with that distinction. However, the show has been would eventually WinBackTheCrowd courtesy of when Stephen Hillenburg returning returned to the show.
show in 2015.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' creator Matt Groening stated in an interview that it was getting harder to keep the series fresh, and that while it would be around for the next couple of seasons at least, he wanted it to leave on a high note. A few weeks later, he did a public recantation: ''The Simpsons'' was fine, and would be continuing for the foreseeable future. That was in ''1999''.
'''1999'''.
** He sounded pretty chipper in [[http://www.avclub.com/articles/matt-groening,13984/ this AV Club interview]] too, although that dates from '''''2006'''''.2006.



* Creator/CraigMcCracken wanted to end ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls''. Former Creator/CartoonNetwork executives said that no one would watch the reruns, so the show continued. Ironically, ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'' was one of the network's highest-rated series... and it's 100% reruns. And once the show finally did end, Cartoon Network later made a LighterAndSofter [[WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls2016 reboot]] without involving [=McCracken=] whatsoever.

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* Creator/CraigMcCracken wanted to end ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls''. Former Creator/CartoonNetwork executives said that no one would watch the reruns, so the show continued. Ironically, ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'' was one of the network's highest-rated series... and it's 100% reruns. And once the show finally did end, Cartoon Network later made a LighterAndSofter [[WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls2016 reboot]] without involving any involvement from [=McCracken=] whatsoever.



* ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'' was this after the second season of the show, when creator Creator/JohnKricfalusi got fired. The show was canceled after 5 seasons. It made a resurgence on Spike TV almost a decade later with Kricfalusi back at the helm briefly, but was canned again after the show tanked.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'' was this after the second season of the show, when creator Creator/JohnKricfalusi got fired. The show was canceled after 5 seasons. It made a resurgence on Spike TV almost a decade later with Kricfalusi back at the helm briefly, but was canned again after the show tanked.tanked on account of its AudienceAlienatingPremise and [[KafkaKomedy overly dark humor]].



* ''WesternAnimation/{{Popeye}} the Sailor'' was originally a minor character in a comic book series called ''Thimble Theater''. After Fleischer Studios lost control of the franchise, it continued directly under Paramount's banner for several years, before moving to other companies up until the beginning of the 1980s when they finally allowed the nearly 50 year old franchise to die... until a cyberpunk-set comic of Popeye, that crashed very fast.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Popeye}} the Sailor'' was originally a minor character in a comic book series called ''Thimble Theater''. After Fleischer Studios lost control of the franchise, it continued directly under Paramount's banner for several years, before moving to other companies up until the beginning of the 1980s 1980's when they finally allowed the nearly 50 year old at the time 50-year-old franchise to die... until a cyberpunk-set comic of Popeye, Popeye that crashed very fast.
23rd May '18 2:18:04 AM Galiris8198
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* What (in theory) Disney attempts to avert by only keeping shows for 3 seasons. An unspoken rule of thumb for almost any Disney show since 2000 has been it won't go beyond three seasons (what the actual episode count of a "season" is up in the air), leading to shows that are extremely popular being suddenly cancelled. However, this trope has been fiddled with, where after the three season stint they create a spin-off featuring most if not all the same characters, just on a new set (ie, ''Series/TheSuiteLifeOfZachAndCody'' became ''Series/TheSuiteLifeOnDeck'' or how ''Series/Jessie'' turned into ''Series/Bunk'd'')

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* What (in theory) Disney attempts to avert by only keeping shows for 3 seasons. An unspoken rule of thumb for almost any Disney show since 2000 has been it won't go beyond three seasons (what the actual episode count of a "season" is up in the air), leading to shows that are extremely popular being suddenly cancelled. However, this trope has been fiddled with, where after the three season stint they create a spin-off featuring most if not all the same characters, just on a new set (ie, ''Series/TheSuiteLifeOfZachAndCody'' ''Series/TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody'' became ''Series/TheSuiteLifeOnDeck'' or how ''Series/Jessie'' ''Series/{{Jessie}}'' turned into ''Series/Bunk'd'')''Series/{{Bunkd}}'')
21st May '18 9:39:11 PM riverdine
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* What (in theory) Disney attempts to avert by only keeping shows for 3 seasons. An unspoken rule of thumb for almost any Disney show since 2000 has been it won't go beyond three seasons (what the actual episode count of a "season" is up in the air), leading to shows that are extremely popular being suddenly cancelled. This trope has been avoided, however, where after the three season stint they create a spin-off featuring most if not all the same characters, just on a new set (ie, ''Series/TheSuiteLifeOfZachAndCody'' became ''Series/TheSuiteLifeOnDeck'' or how ''Series/Jessie'' turned into ''Series/Bunk'd'')

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* What (in theory) Disney attempts to avert by only keeping shows for 3 seasons. An unspoken rule of thumb for almost any Disney show since 2000 has been it won't go beyond three seasons (what the actual episode count of a "season" is up in the air), leading to shows that are extremely popular being suddenly cancelled. This However, this trope has been avoided, however, fiddled with, where after the three season stint they create a spin-off featuring most if not all the same characters, just on a new set (ie, ''Series/TheSuiteLifeOfZachAndCody'' became ''Series/TheSuiteLifeOnDeck'' or how ''Series/Jessie'' turned into ''Series/Bunk'd'')
21st May '18 9:37:20 PM riverdine
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* What (in theory) Disney attempts to avert by only keeping shows for 3 seasons. An unspoken rule of thumb for almost any Disney show since 2000 has been it won't go beyond three seasons (what the actual episode count of a "season" is up in the air), leading to shows that are extremely popular being suddenly cancelled. This trope has been avoided, however, where after the three season stint they create a spin-off featuring most if not all the same characters, just on a new set (ie, ''Series/TheSuiteLifeOfZachAndCody'' became ''Series/TheSuiteLifeOnDeck'' or how ''Series/Jessie'' turned into ''Series/Bunk'd'')
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*Garfield is a prime example of this trope. While Jim Davis, the creator of the comic, maintains creative control and signs the strips, he now only does the writing and rough sketches while his assistants do the inking and coloring. This is due to the fact that Jim Davis now spends most of his time supervising production and merchandising his characters through his company Paws, Inc. And as of 2016 he is currently an adjunct professor at Ball State University, his alma mater, meaning that he will most likely devote less time to his strip he created forty years ago.
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14th May '18 5:22:46 AM jormis29
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** Once the television show reached six seasons and it was clear that its star, Adrian Paul, would not be returning for another one, Panzer devoted the entire season to auditioning female leads for a potential spin-off. To be clear: Paul, the star of ''[[Series/{{Highlander}} Highlander: The Series]]'', does not appear in nearly half of Season Six's episodes; Paul's contract did not require him to be present for more than six episodes out of the remaining thirteen. The producers introduced a revolving door of potential Highlanderettes to don Paul's mantle, including Claudia Christian of later ''Babylon 5'' fame, but none of them fit the bill. The role eventually went to a supporting character played by Elizabeth Gracen. After all that turmoil, ''HighlanderTheRaven'' bombed spectacularly since nobody involved (from the writers to the producers) had any clue where to take the new series; and to top it all off, Gracen's character wasn't even originally written as heroic.

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** Once the television show reached six seasons and it was clear that its star, Adrian Paul, Creator/AdrianPaul, would not be returning for another one, Panzer devoted the entire season to auditioning female leads for a potential spin-off. To be clear: Paul, the star of ''[[Series/{{Highlander}} Highlander: The Series]]'', does not appear in nearly half of Season Six's episodes; Paul's contract did not require him to be present for more than six episodes out of the remaining thirteen. The producers introduced a revolving door of potential Highlanderettes to don Paul's mantle, including Claudia Christian of later ''Babylon 5'' fame, but none of them fit the bill. The role eventually went to a supporting character played by Elizabeth Gracen. After all that turmoil, ''HighlanderTheRaven'' bombed spectacularly since nobody involved (from the writers to the producers) had any clue where to take the new series; and to top it all off, Gracen's character wasn't even originally written as heroic.
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