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14th Nov '17 1:22:14 PM lillolillo
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* Subverted in ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''/''ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}'' crossover ''Fanfic/TheVampireOfSteel''. Kara's friends believe her to be completely invulnerable, but Supergirl warns them that, being magical creatures, vampires can in fact damage her.
* In ''ComicBook/PowerGirl'' fic ''Fanfic/AForceOfFour'', Kara Zor-L is as incredibly tough as any Kryptonian.
* In ''Fanfic/{{Superman}}'' story ''Fanfic/SupermanOf2499TheGreatConfrontation'', the invulnerability of the Els varies after centuries interbreeding with humans and sometimes [[Franchise/WonderWoman Amazons]]. The direct descendants of the first Superman and the original Supergirl are virtually undamageable; their relatives tend to be less tough.
* In ''Series/Supergirl2015'' story ''Fanfic/{{Survivors}}'', Kara and her cousin have this power. Kara is shot by a trigger-happy farmer shortly after crash-landing... and she doesn't even notice the bullets.
* In ''Franchise/{{Superman}}''/Evangelion crossover ''Fanfic/LastChildOfKrypton'', Shinji Ikari is Superman with everything it entails. At one point he gets hit with one dozen of nukes and survives.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}''/Evangelion story ''Fanfic/SOE2LoneHeirOfKrypton'', Asuka Langley Sohryu is ComicBook/PowerGirl and later ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}. She soon realizes she is unusually sturdy...
-->The huge hunk of what was now little more than scrap metal impacted the bottom of a tall stack of junked cars, which began to wobble dangerously. Recovering her balance, Asuka turned around… just in time to see an avalanche of metal and glass come falling down upon her.\\
The cascade of ruined cars soundly buried the Second Child, but the onslaught wasn't quite done yet. The gas tank of every old vehicle that was sent to the dump was supposed to be drained before it was consigned to a place where it could be left to rust until it was sold for scrap or parts. However, the dump happened to employ a few rather lazy individuals who didn't care if gasoline leaked out of corroded tanks and contaminated the land, and who didn't believe anything would ever set off the combustible liquid.\\
A tiny spark from all metal scraping against metal formed and, by sheer misfortune, happened to drift into an open gas tank. An orange fireball leapt up with a great woomph! sound, billowing inky black smoke into the air, and several similar blasts followed, in a cascade effect as explosion begat explosion. In seconds, the fallen stack of cars was a great pile of twisted, burning metal.\\
For several seconds, said pile lay there, smoldering undisturbed and looking about as serene as such a thing could possibly look.\\
Then a car was thrown into the sky as Asuka burst out of the great mess, flying into the air to hover a few feet about the pile of burning cars.\\
"Holy…" she breathed as she looked at the devastation she had emerged from, then looked down at her hands.\\
Despite the amount of punishment her too successful attempt at lifting the heaviest thing in the dump had put her through, there wasn't a scratch or a burn anywhere on her. She'd known she was tougher than normal humans—crashing through a building and not receiving the slightest injury had been enough to prove that to her—but this was beyond the pale. Having a pile of cars fall on top of her and then burst into flame hadn't even hurt in the slightest!\\
Hovering there, Asuka silently began to wonder if perhaps she could have survived if Shinji had never sent Unit One plunging into the molten lava of Mount Asuma.
13th Nov '17 4:12:37 PM StFan
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* ''Literature/LoneWolf'':
** The Darklords are explicitly described as impossible to kill with mundane or even most magical means. They can be banished to another world (one possible way to deal with Darklord Haakon), but otherwise you need a divinely powered weapon such as the Sommerswerd. Although it is later revealed that Darklord-forged weapons (like Helshezag, the Dagger of Vashna or a Zejar-Dulaga arrow) can also kill a Darklord -- no doubt on purpose, since other Darklords are [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder the most likely enemies they can have to confront]].
** Major demonic beings, such as the Chaos-Master and Naar's Demonlords, are also impossible to fight with mundane or even ordinary magic weapons. Attacking Tagazin with a non-magical blade just ''destroy the weapon'' -- and this is with a mere projection of the Demonlord on Magnamund, much weaker than his true form. You need to find their specific weaknesses or use their true names against them. On the other hand, the Sommerswerd once again always proves adequate for the task, although you must be ready for very tough fights.
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* Played straight in a different way in Adam R. Brown's ''{{Literature/Alterien}}'' series. The Alteriens can gain energy from impacts and pressure, making them seem nigh invulnerable. However, they can be hurt by iron and monomolecular blades.

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* Played straight in a different way in Adam R. Brown's ''{{Literature/Alterien}}'' ''Literature/{{Alterien}}'' series. The Alteriens can gain energy from impacts and pressure, making them seem nigh invulnerable. However, they can be hurt by iron and monomolecular blades.



* In the Literature/IncarnationsOfImmortality series, the Incarnations are nigh invulnerable [[spoiler:unless they explicitly or implicitly allow it, such as when Death changes offices]]

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* In the Literature/IncarnationsOfImmortality ''Literature/IncarnationsOfImmortality'' series, the Incarnations are nigh invulnerable [[spoiler:unless they explicitly or implicitly allow it, such as when Death changes offices]]



** Golden Boy is a classic comic-book FlyingBrick (without the flying) who, when hit by anything up to a 50 millimeter artillery shell, would merely glow yellow instead of getting injured. According to Dr. Tachyon, Golden Boy projected a biological forcefield around his body whenever threatened by imminent danger, whether he was aware of this danger or not.

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** Golden Boy is a classic comic-book FlyingBrick (without the flying) who, when hit by anything up to a 50 millimeter artillery shell, would merely glow yellow instead of getting injured. According to Dr. Tachyon, Golden Boy projected projects a biological forcefield around his body whenever threatened by imminent danger, whether he was is aware of this danger or not.
10th Nov '17 8:02:05 AM ACW
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*''Literature/IronManSteelTerror'': ComicBook/{{Ultron}} uses the synthetic vibranium he had Tess-One steal for. Fortunately, Hank Pym finds a way to overcome this for both Ultron and his clones.
3rd Nov '17 9:18:33 PM DustSnitch
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* Francis IX in ''Nina Kimberly the Merciless'' by Christiana Ellis is this. Much to the chagrin of the [[BadassPrincess title character]] who wants to kill him, [[TooStupidToLive no matter how badly he wants to marry her]].

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* Francis IX in ''Nina Kimberly the Merciless'' by Christiana Ellis is this. Much to the chagrin of the [[BadassPrincess title character]] character who wants to kill him, [[TooStupidToLive no matter how badly he wants to marry her]].
1st Nov '17 7:08:40 PM Godzillawolf
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** While she ''can'' be hurt and knocked out, Celestia has withstood energy blasts powerful enough to blow holes straight through solid rock and seriously damage a castle and was only knocked out for a few seconds. Justified, as the Alicorns have AllYourPowersCombined from all three tribes taken UpToEleven, which includes durability.



** On top of being Anti-Magic, the Smooze easily shrugs off having holes blown in it or getting split in half. Fitting, given that the G1 version's defining trait was how unstoppable it was.


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** Flash Magnus, one of Equestria's legendary weapons, possesses a legendary shield called Netitus. Not only is it fireproof enough to withstand dragon fire from two adult dragons at once and immersion in molten lava, it can easily tank a BreathWeapon from the Sirens strong enough to vaporize huge boulders in seconds without Flash or the shield being harmed at all. Even after being lost for over a thousand years, all it takes is a good cleaning to be good as new.
27th Oct '17 7:47:20 AM randomname25
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* In Issac Asimov's short story "Victory Unintentional" (the sequel to "Not Final!") the three robots ZZ-1, ZZ-2, and ZZ-3 were purposefully designed to be nigh-invulnerable in order to safely explore the surface of Jupiter. In addition to Jupiter's intense gravity and violent, crushing atmosphere, they are also attacked with a wide variety of alien weapons, only some of which they can identify, electrified, attacked with various gases and chemicals, heat rays, preyed upon (very unsuccessfully) by huge aquatic predators, exposed to extreme heat, radiation, direct contact with molten metals, and being robots, can survive in a vacuum indefinitely. The story stresses that the robots are so powerful they can never be harmed by anything other than a colossal nuclear detonation under any conditions whatsoever.

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* In Issac Isaac Asimov's short story "Victory Unintentional" (the sequel to "Not Final!") the three robots ZZ-1, ZZ-2, and ZZ-3 were purposefully designed to be nigh-invulnerable in order to safely explore the surface of Jupiter. In addition to Jupiter's intense gravity and violent, crushing atmosphere, they are also attacked with a wide variety of alien weapons, only some of which they can identify, electrified, attacked with various gases and chemicals, heat rays, preyed upon (very unsuccessfully) by huge aquatic predators, exposed to extreme heat, radiation, direct contact with molten metals, and being robots, can survive in a vacuum indefinitely. The story stresses that the robots are so powerful they can never be harmed by anything other than a colossal nuclear detonation under any conditions whatsoever.
20th Oct '17 12:04:29 AM DreadPirate7
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* ''Literature/{{Worm}}'' is full of characters with more than their fair share of power, including quite a few who are Nigh Invulnerable. Some special mentions are: Alexandria (Made Of Diamond), The Siberian (Made of Diamond), [[spoiler: although the Siberian is actually a projection, so FightingAShadow also applies]], Crawler (HealingFactor and AdaptiveArmor/AdaptiveAbility), Grey Boy (tough to classify), The Endbringers ([[spoiler:Made of Diamond, HealingFactor, and arguably FightingAShadow, though the individuals can die]]), and [[PhysicalGod Scion]] (Made of Diamond, [[spoiler:HealingFactor, AND FightingAShadow]]).
19th Oct '17 6:43:19 AM BeerBaron
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* Shadowmere, the mystical Dark Brotherhood steed you can get in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'', has quite a large amount of health and a very fast HealingFactor. This horse can battle dragons and come out unscathed. The only way to kill it is with enough damage to kill it in one hit (fall damage, mostly), but even then it will come back to life.

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* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''
** Series recurring character Mannimarco, the King of Worms, is an infamous and highly [[TheDreaded dreaded]] [[OurLichesAreDifferent Lich]][=/=]{{Necromancer}}. He is associated with the Necromancer's Amulet, an amulet that grants the wearer magical protection equivalent to plate armor, as well as the ability to [[HealingFactor regenerate from injury]], resist mundane weapons, and absorb [[ManaDrain magicka]] and [[LifeDrain life force]]. It also increases the wearer's intelligence and grants greater powers in the magical school of [[SummonMagic Conjuration]]. For a mortal wearer, this power comes at a price, as the amulet can drain the wearer's strength, endurance, health, and stamina. Mannimarco, being a Lich, is not affected by these drawbacks and becomes nigh invulnerable while wearing it. Part of ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'''s [[MagicalSociety Mages Guild]] questline is recovering the Necromancer's Amulet so that it cannot be used by Mannimarco, who serves as the questline's BigBad.
** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'':
*** [[DragonsAreDemonic Draconic]] BigBad BeastOfTheApocalypse, Alduin, literally cannot be harmed under normal circumstances. He can only be damaged while under the effects of the "[[BrownNote Dragonrend]]" [[LanguageOfMagic Thu'um]] [[MakeMeWannaShout Shout]].
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Shadowmere, the mystical [[MurderInc Dark Brotherhood steed you can get in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'', Brotherhood]] steed, has quite a large amount of health and a very fast rapid HealingFactor. This horse can battle dragons ''dragons'' and come out unscathed. The only way to kill it is with enough damage to kill it in one hit (fall damage, mostly), but even then it will [[ResurrectiveImmortality come back to life.life]] at the spot you first acquired it.
29th Sep '17 12:53:57 PM RedScharlach
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* ''Film/TheAddamsFamily''. It's not really clear what nature their invulnerability is, of how it works since it's entirely played for laughs. Lurch takes a 20 pound bowling ball to the head from a dozen stories up and barely notices, so it may be they're all Made of Diamond, but it also extends to poisons, electrocution, and anything else they can get a gag out of. When Debbie aims a gun at him (after blowing up the house with Uncle Fester inside, which he walks away from without harm) Fester thinks she's flirting with him. They apparently use cyanide as a ''condiment.'' Even electrocuting Uncle Fester just lets him power a lightbulb with his mouth. ''Nothing'' stops them.

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* ''Film/TheAddamsFamily''. It's not really clear what nature their invulnerability is, of how it works since it's entirely played for laughs. Lurch takes a 20 pound 20-pound bowling ball to the head from a dozen stories up and barely notices, so it may be they're all Made of Diamond, but it also extends to poisons, electrocution, and anything else they can get a gag out of. When Debbie aims a gun at him (after blowing up the house with Uncle Fester inside, which he walks away from without harm) harm), Fester thinks she's flirting with him. They apparently use cyanide as a ''condiment.'' Even electrocuting Uncle Fester just lets him power a lightbulb with his mouth. ''Nothing'' stops them.



* In ''Film/TheThing1982'' we have...[[YouCannotGraspTheTrueForm well, the Thing.]] Part of what makes the film [[NightmareFuel so terrifying]] and such ParanoiaFuel is that it only takes ONE cell for the creature to survive. The fact that it's basically [[TheVirus a virus]] that spreads it cells to others makes it that much worse and nearly impossible to kill.

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* In ''Film/TheThing1982'' we have...[[YouCannotGraspTheTrueForm well, the Thing.]] Part of what makes the film [[NightmareFuel so terrifying]] and such ParanoiaFuel is that it only takes ONE cell for the creature to survive. The fact that it's basically [[TheVirus a virus]] that spreads it its cells to others makes it that much worse and nearly impossible to kill.



*** This film is also notable for deconstructing it. Early in the film, Clark held up a portion of the oil derrick, and while he was strong enough to lift it and durable enough to not get crushed by its weight, the floor beneath his feet gave way. Also, during [[spoiler: The battle between Clark, Nam-ek and Faora-el,]] the military comes into play to intervene. So, high-speed jets [[GatlingGood come in firing heavy gatling guns.]] Normal handguns aren't able to even faze the Kryptonians, but gatling guns are probably the most powerful machine guns ever created, and while they're durable enough to withstand the bullet impacts without damage, they follow the laws of motion and conservation of energy, and send the Kryptonians flying a short distance away. Later, Faora gets hit with a high-speed homing missile dead-center in her face, which was enough to send her flying a considerable distance, and knocked her out, showing that they have their limits.

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*** This film is also notable for deconstructing it. Early in the film, Clark held up a portion of the oil derrick, and while he was strong enough to lift it and durable enough to not get crushed by its weight, the floor beneath his feet gave way. Also, during [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:the battle between Clark, Nam-ek and Faora-el,]] the military comes into play to intervene. So, high-speed jets [[GatlingGood come in firing heavy gatling guns.]] Normal handguns aren't able to even faze the Kryptonians, but gatling guns are probably the most powerful machine guns ever created, and while they're durable enough to withstand the bullet impacts without damage, they follow the laws of motion and conservation of energy, and send the Kryptonians flying a short distance away. Later, Faora gets hit with a high-speed homing missile dead-center in her face, which was enough to send her flying a considerable distance, and knocked her out, showing that they have their limits.



* In Stieg Larsson's ''[[Literature/TheMillenniumTrilogy The Girl Who Played With Fire]]'', [[TheBrute massive blond thug]] Roland Niedermann seems invulnerable to everything from full-force body blows to stab wounds and even gunfire. In fact, [[spoiler: this is not the case: due to congenital analgesia, he simply cannot ''feel'' the damage inflicted on him. This, when paired with his enormous build, makes him appear invincible.]] However, [[spoiler: the same genetic flaws that give him his strength and numbness result in him being [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity an utterly paranoid psychopath]]]].
* In ''Literature/PresidentsVampire, nothing apart from nuclear blast, really hot fire or direct sunlight could kill Cade, and if provided with blood, he can heal from those as well. When he meets head-on with a car, he looks as if nothing happen, and the car is pretty much impossible to use anymore.

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* In Stieg Larsson's ''[[Literature/TheMillenniumTrilogy The Girl Who Played With Fire]]'', [[TheBrute massive blond thug]] Roland Niedermann seems invulnerable to everything from full-force body blows to stab wounds and even gunfire. In fact, [[spoiler: this is not the case: due to congenital analgesia, he simply cannot ''feel'' the damage inflicted on him. This, when paired with his enormous build, makes him appear invincible.]] However, [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the same genetic flaws that give him his strength and numbness result in him being [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity an utterly paranoid psychopath]]]].
* In ''Literature/PresidentsVampire, nothing apart from a nuclear blast, really hot fire or direct sunlight could kill Cade, and if provided with blood, he can heal from those as well. When he meets head-on with a car, he looks as if nothing happen, and nothing's happened, but the car is pretty much impossible to use anymore.written off.



** Demise is an undead and unhinged assassin whose wild card triggered during a near death experience. He ended up getting a healing factor that allowed him to return from the dead. When his head was chopped off by a similarly psychotic Ace, Dr. Tachyon analyzed the corpse and realized that ''his head was growing back''. He ordered the body cremated, and while Demise hasn't shown up in any other books yet, well...

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** Demise is an undead and unhinged assassin whose wild card was triggered during a near death experience. He ended up getting a healing factor that allowed him to return from the dead. When his head was chopped off by a similarly psychotic Ace, Dr. Tachyon analyzed the corpse and realized that ''his head was growing back''. He ordered the body cremated, and while Demise hasn't shown up in any other books yet, well...



* Parodied to hell and back in ''Literature/NuklearAge'' by Brian Clevinger. The main character Nuke gets thrown into a sun and survives, beyond him there's Atomik lad who has a nifty forcefield that blocks everything, Angus the Iron Scotsman who's covered in iron and never takes damage (apart from one nasty incident where he is found in his suit backwards), there's a guy made of tungsten, and last but not least Superion who can't be destroyed ever thanks to how his powers work.

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* Parodied to hell and back in ''Literature/NuklearAge'' by Brian Clevinger. The main character Nuke gets thrown into a sun and survives, beyond him there's Atomik lad Lad who has a nifty forcefield that blocks everything, Angus the Iron Scotsman who's covered in iron and never takes damage (apart from one nasty incident where he is found in his suit backwards), there's a guy made of tungsten, and last but not least Superion who can't be destroyed ever thanks to how his powers work.



* The ''TabletopGame/DarkSun'' setting has the Dragon of Tyr, the most powerful and feared being on the DeathWorld of Athas. Not only is it physically powerful it possesses enormous psionic and defiling magic. It regenerates, can only be hit by magic items that are +2 or higher (which it only takes half damage from unless they're made of metal), has 80% magic resistance and is immune to most StandardStatusEffects. It's outright stated in the book that stats the Dragon and its home that, if the encounter is run properly, [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption the party should not be able to kill it]]. Even the setting's god-like sorcerer-kings are terrified of the creature.

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* The ''TabletopGame/DarkSun'' setting has the Dragon of Tyr, the most powerful and feared being on the DeathWorld of Athas. Not only is it physically powerful powerful, it possesses enormous psionic and defiling magic. It regenerates, can only be hit by magic items that are +2 or higher (which it only takes half damage from unless they're made of metal), has 80% magic resistance and is immune to most StandardStatusEffects. It's outright stated in the book that stats the Dragon and its home that, if the encounter is run properly, [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption the party should not be able to kill it]]. Even the setting's god-like sorcerer-kings are terrified of the creature.



* Webcomic/HeroByNight is made of diamond. In a confrontation between him and a brick wall, don't bet on wall.

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* Webcomic/HeroByNight is made of diamond. In a confrontation between him and a brick wall, don't bet on the wall.



*** Petey has also been working on a way to grant immortality to some of his favorite organics using {{Nanomachines}} that not only repair the body from everything incuding most forms of death, but can [[VoluntaryShapeshifting morph their benificiary]] into an armored SuperSoldier form when needed.

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*** Petey has also been working on a way to grant immortality to some of his favorite organics using {{Nanomachines}} that not only repair the body from everything incuding including most forms of death, but can [[VoluntaryShapeshifting morph their benificiary]] into an armored SuperSoldier form when needed.
28th Sep '17 12:26:37 AM Cryocene
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* [[BlackHoles Black Holes]] are, for all intents and purposes physically and utterly invulnerable. Throw anything into the event horizon: hyper-giants, neutron stars, [[WeaponsKitchenSink the kitchen sink]], even another black hole, etc.; and you'd simply end up with a [[FeedItWithFire larger, more powerful]] black hole. The fact of the matter is, [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption nothing can escape its gravitational force]], and the only method we know of to destroy a black hole would be Hawking Radiation. For your typical supermassive black hole, that means it [[TimeAbyss will take upwards of around 10^70 years]] so it would be best to stay away from them. [[YouHaveNoChanceToSurvive Good Luck!]]

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* [[BlackHoles Black Holes]] UsefulNotes/BlackHoles are, for all intents and purposes physically and utterly invulnerable. Throw anything into the event horizon: hyper-giants, neutron stars, [[WeaponsKitchenSink the kitchen sink]], even another black hole, etc.; and you'd simply end up with a [[FeedItWithFire larger, more powerful]] black hole. The fact of the matter is, [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption nothing can escape its gravitational force]], and the only method we know of to destroy a black hole would be Hawking Radiation. For your typical supermassive black hole, that means it [[TimeAbyss will take upwards of around 10^70 years]] so it would be best to stay away from them. [[YouHaveNoChanceToSurvive Good Luck!]]
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