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28th Feb '18 6:02:26 PM system
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28th Feb '18 3:03:37 PM nickpacione
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An odd sort of polar opposite to TheWoobie, The Chew Toy is a character the audience loves specifically ''because'' his or her misery amuses them so. The Chew Toy is roughed up or messed with on a constant basis... and is always, ''always'' [[PlayedForLaughs used for comic effect and treated with a light touch]], generally [[ComedicSociopathy glossing over the meaner undertones of the idea]].

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An odd sort of polar opposite to TheWoobie, The Chew Toy is a character the audience loves specifically ''because'' his or her misery amuses them so. The Chew Toy is roughed up or messed with on a constant basis... and is always, ''always'' [[PlayedForLaughs used for comic effect and treated with a light touch]], generally [[ComedicSociopathy glossing over the meaner undertones of the idea]]. In NewWeird one of the Biblical tropes is resurrected and the trope was one of those, ''this nasty trope has a name?'' It's one of the nastier tropes in both Comedy and Horror, it's the more evil form of ButtMonkey.
28th Feb '18 2:50:38 PM KizunaTallis
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Whatever the reason is, these characters just can't catch a break. Did they do something wrong in a previous life? [[UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist This life?]] Or are they just {{Innocent Bystander}}s who look as if they'd blow up in a more amusing manner than anyone else in the crowd? Who knows. Either way, the powers that be tend to inflict punishment on them for seemingly no reason, generally but not always of the slapstick physical variety. This version of TheChewToy bites back and does invoke HumiliationConga on StepfordSmiler and DeadpanSnarker (watch it when they do this as they're often EthnicScrappy. Then the version of this is [[FamilyUnfriendlyAesop The Chew Toy Has A Point]]. This version is one they shouldn't cross if in TheCity.)

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Whatever the reason is, these characters just can't catch a break. Did they do something wrong in a previous life? [[UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist This life?]] Or are they just {{Innocent Bystander}}s who look as if they'd blow up in a more amusing manner than anyone else in the crowd? Who knows. Either way, the powers that be tend to inflict punishment on them for seemingly no reason, generally but not always of the slapstick physical variety. This version of TheChewToy bites back and does invoke HumiliationConga on StepfordSmiler and DeadpanSnarker (watch it when they do this as they're often EthnicScrappy. Then the version of this is [[FamilyUnfriendlyAesop The Chew Toy Has A Point]]. This version is one they shouldn't cross if in TheCity.)
variety.
28th Feb '18 2:49:56 PM KizunaTallis
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Wait the fuck a minute, this trope has a name?!?!? This is the nastier version of ButtMonkey. An odd sort of polar opposite to TheWoobie, The Chew Toy is a character the audience loves specifically ''because'' his or her misery amuses them so. The Chew Toy is roughed up or messed with on a constant basis... and is always, ''always'' [[PlayedForLaughs used for comic effect and treated with a light touch]], generally [[ComedicSociopathy glossing over the meaner undertones of the idea]].

This trope is OlderThanDirt but re-emerged in the TheEighties as the resurgence of this one is StepfordSuburbia as it's a favorite trope of horror authors who were raised in FlyoverCountry. This will invoke FreakierThanFiction and ConspiracyKitchenSink, GenreSavvy and will invoke UrbanLegend discussions. These make for better trolling the troll motif as when the toll realize they deal with one of these, it's MoodWhiplash and DonutMessWithACop invoked when small town cops are messing with those who are StepfordSuburbia raised. TheChewToy is often fodder for character assassination and AdultsAreUseless when they're young. When they come to age they will bite back on frightening levels when provoked. They will invoke InternetBackdraft and ValuesDissonance when writing horror, especially when they grew up in StepfordSuburbia (as Illinois this is Bradbury Country.) Beware The Chew Toy in this climate they will invoke this when they bite back, bitter pill to taste when it's invoked.

The typical response from TheChewToy is, "You sick fuck!" paired with [[FlippingTheBird this]] or when TheChewToy decides to be a TrollingCreator as this is where they dish it back. The EthnicScrappy response is the grabbing themselves with the highway salute, VulgarHumor is invoked as a response when they find out they're a collective ButtMonkey.

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Wait the fuck a minute, this trope has a name?!?!? This is the nastier version of ButtMonkey. An odd sort of polar opposite to TheWoobie, The Chew Toy is a character the audience loves specifically ''because'' his or her misery amuses them so. The Chew Toy is roughed up or messed with on a constant basis... and is always, ''always'' [[PlayedForLaughs used for comic effect and treated with a light touch]], generally [[ComedicSociopathy glossing over the meaner undertones of the idea]]. \n\nThis trope is OlderThanDirt but re-emerged in the TheEighties as the resurgence of this one is StepfordSuburbia as it's a favorite trope of horror authors who were raised in FlyoverCountry. This will invoke FreakierThanFiction and ConspiracyKitchenSink, GenreSavvy and will invoke UrbanLegend discussions. These make for better trolling the troll motif as when the toll realize they deal with one of these, it's MoodWhiplash and DonutMessWithACop invoked when small town cops are messing with those who are StepfordSuburbia raised. TheChewToy is often fodder for character assassination and AdultsAreUseless when they're young. When they come to age they will bite back on frightening levels when provoked. They will invoke InternetBackdraft and ValuesDissonance when writing horror, especially when they grew up in StepfordSuburbia (as Illinois this is Bradbury Country.) Beware The Chew Toy in this climate they will invoke this when they bite back, bitter pill to taste when it's invoked.\n\nThe typical response from TheChewToy is, "You sick fuck!" paired with [[FlippingTheBird this]] or when TheChewToy decides to be a TrollingCreator as this is where they dish it back. The EthnicScrappy response is the grabbing themselves with the highway salute, VulgarHumor is invoked as a response when they find out they're a collective ButtMonkey.



Compare with the ButtMonkey (a character who is mistreated regardless of audience opinion), and TheEeyore (whose depression is usually in excess of their actual mistreatment), and the IronButtmonkey (who seems to suffer injury and accidents more frequently than anyone should, but is capable of taking it). Contrast with TheWoobie, whose suffering inspires sympathy and a desire to make things better for them instead of amusement[[note]]which category a certain character fits in may vary from person to person[[/note]]. The polar opposite is KarmaHoudini, where characters do horrible things while karma (and occasionally the other characters) sits back, watches, and [[PassThePopcorn eats popcorn]]. Villains and {{Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist}}s, though, do make good Chew Toys as they bring the bad stuff on themselves. Also a character's stupidity and singleminded obsession with something can make him an acceptable Chew Toy. Watch it though because when they point out that they're an unacceptable target, especially when EthnicScrappy is one. They will cold cock bully if male or invoke a degrading comeback that hits below the belt, as implied that the one was a product of incest. Or hint that the entire society is a CosmicPlaything as FreakierThanFiction jokes are invoked along with ConspiracyKitchenSink.

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Compare with the ButtMonkey (a character who is mistreated regardless of audience opinion), and TheEeyore (whose depression is usually in excess of their actual mistreatment), and the IronButtmonkey (who seems to suffer injury and accidents more frequently than anyone should, but is capable of taking it). Contrast with TheWoobie, whose suffering inspires sympathy and a desire to make things better for them instead of amusement[[note]]which category a certain character fits in may vary from person to person[[/note]]. The polar opposite is KarmaHoudini, where characters do horrible things while karma (and occasionally the other characters) sits back, watches, and [[PassThePopcorn eats popcorn]]. Villains and {{Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist}}s, though, do make good Chew Toys as they bring the bad stuff on themselves. Also a character's stupidity and singleminded single-minded obsession with something can make him an acceptable Chew Toy. Watch it though because when they point out that they're an unacceptable target, especially when EthnicScrappy is one. They will cold cock bully if male or invoke a degrading comeback that hits below the belt, as implied that the one was a product of incest. Or hint that the entire society is a CosmicPlaything as FreakierThanFiction jokes are invoked along with ConspiracyKitchenSink.
Toy.
26th Feb '18 7:02:12 PM nickpacione
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Wait the fuck a minute, this trope has a name?!?!? This is the nastier version of ButtMonkey. An odd sort of polar opposite to TheWoobie, The Chew Toy is a character the audience loves specifically ''because'' his or her misery amuses them so. The Chew Toy is roughed up or messed with on a constant basis... and is always, ''always'' [[PlayedForLaughs used for comic effect and treated with a light touch]], generally [[ComedicSociopathy glossing over the meaner undertones of the idea]]. This trope is OlderThanDirt but re-emerged in the TheEighties as the resurgence of this one is StepfordSuburbia as it's a favorite trope of horror authors who were raised in FlyoverCountry and will invoke FreakierThanFiction and ConspiracyKitchenSink, GenreSavvy and will invoke UrbanLegend discussions. These make for better trolling the troll motif as when the toll realize they deal with one of these, it's MoodWhiplash and DonutMessWithACop invoked when small town cops are messing with those who are StepfordSuburbia raised. TheChewToy is often fodder for character assassination and AdultsAreUseless when they're young. When they come to age they will bite back on frightening levels when provoked. They will invoke InternetBackdraft and ValuesDissonance when writing horror, especially when they grew up in StepfordSuburbia (as Illinois this is Bradbury Country.)

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Wait the fuck a minute, this trope has a name?!?!? This is the nastier version of ButtMonkey. An odd sort of polar opposite to TheWoobie, The Chew Toy is a character the audience loves specifically ''because'' his or her misery amuses them so. The Chew Toy is roughed up or messed with on a constant basis... and is always, ''always'' [[PlayedForLaughs used for comic effect and treated with a light touch]], generally [[ComedicSociopathy glossing over the meaner undertones of the idea]].

This trope is OlderThanDirt but re-emerged in the TheEighties as the resurgence of this one is StepfordSuburbia as it's a favorite trope of horror authors who were raised in FlyoverCountry and FlyoverCountry. This will invoke FreakierThanFiction and ConspiracyKitchenSink, GenreSavvy and will invoke UrbanLegend discussions. These make for better trolling the troll motif as when the toll realize they deal with one of these, it's MoodWhiplash and DonutMessWithACop invoked when small town cops are messing with those who are StepfordSuburbia raised. TheChewToy is often fodder for character assassination and AdultsAreUseless when they're young. When they come to age they will bite back on frightening levels when provoked. They will invoke InternetBackdraft and ValuesDissonance when writing horror, especially when they grew up in StepfordSuburbia (as Illinois this is Bradbury Country.)
) Beware The Chew Toy in this climate they will invoke this when they bite back, bitter pill to taste when it's invoked.
26th Feb '18 11:40:53 AM nickpacione
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This is the nastier version of ButtMonkey. An odd sort of polar opposite to TheWoobie, The Chew Toy is a character the audience loves specifically ''because'' his or her misery amuses them so. The Chew Toy is roughed up or messed with on a constant basis... and is always, ''always'' [[PlayedForLaughs used for comic effect and treated with a light touch]], generally [[ComedicSociopathy glossing over the meaner undertones of the idea]]. This trope is OlderThanDirt but re-emerged in the TheEighties as the resurgence of this one is StepfordSuburbia as it's a favorite trope of horror authors who were raised in FlyoverCountry and will invoke FreakierThanFiction and ConspiracyKitchenSink, GenreSavvy and will invoke UrbanLegend discussions. These make for better trolling the troll motif as when the toll realize they deal with one of these, it's MoodWhiplash and DonutMessWithACop invoked when small town cops are messing with those who are StepfordSuburbia raised. TheChewToy is often fodder for character assassination and AdultsAreUseless when they're young. When they come to age they will bite back on frightening levels when provoked. They will invoke InternetBackdraft and ValuesDissonance when writing horror, especially when they grew up in StepfordSuburbia (as Illinois this is Bradbury Country.)

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Wait the fuck a minute, this trope has a name?!?!? This is the nastier version of ButtMonkey. An odd sort of polar opposite to TheWoobie, The Chew Toy is a character the audience loves specifically ''because'' his or her misery amuses them so. The Chew Toy is roughed up or messed with on a constant basis... and is always, ''always'' [[PlayedForLaughs used for comic effect and treated with a light touch]], generally [[ComedicSociopathy glossing over the meaner undertones of the idea]]. This trope is OlderThanDirt but re-emerged in the TheEighties as the resurgence of this one is StepfordSuburbia as it's a favorite trope of horror authors who were raised in FlyoverCountry and will invoke FreakierThanFiction and ConspiracyKitchenSink, GenreSavvy and will invoke UrbanLegend discussions. These make for better trolling the troll motif as when the toll realize they deal with one of these, it's MoodWhiplash and DonutMessWithACop invoked when small town cops are messing with those who are StepfordSuburbia raised. TheChewToy is often fodder for character assassination and AdultsAreUseless when they're young. When they come to age they will bite back on frightening levels when provoked. They will invoke InternetBackdraft and ValuesDissonance when writing horror, especially when they grew up in StepfordSuburbia (as Illinois this is Bradbury Country.)
25th Feb '18 10:22:12 PM nickpacione
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Compare with the ButtMonkey (a character who is mistreated regardless of audience opinion), and TheEeyore (whose depression is usually in excess of their actual mistreatment), and the IronButtmonkey (who seems to suffer injury and accidents more frequently than anyone should, but is capable of taking it). Contrast with TheWoobie, whose suffering inspires sympathy and a desire to make things better for them instead of amusement[[note]]which category a certain character fits in may vary from person to person[[/note]]. The polar opposite is KarmaHoudini, where characters do horrible things while karma (and occasionally the other characters) sits back, watches, and [[PassThePopcorn eats popcorn]]. Villains and {{Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist}}s, though, do make good Chew Toys as they bring the bad stuff on themselves. Also a character's stupidity and singleminded obsession with something can make him an acceptable Chew Toy. Watch it though because when they point out that they're an unacceptable target, especially when EthnicScrappy is one. They will cold cock bully if male or invoke a degrading comeback that hits below the belt, as implied that the one was a product of incest.

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Compare with the ButtMonkey (a character who is mistreated regardless of audience opinion), and TheEeyore (whose depression is usually in excess of their actual mistreatment), and the IronButtmonkey (who seems to suffer injury and accidents more frequently than anyone should, but is capable of taking it). Contrast with TheWoobie, whose suffering inspires sympathy and a desire to make things better for them instead of amusement[[note]]which category a certain character fits in may vary from person to person[[/note]]. The polar opposite is KarmaHoudini, where characters do horrible things while karma (and occasionally the other characters) sits back, watches, and [[PassThePopcorn eats popcorn]]. Villains and {{Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist}}s, though, do make good Chew Toys as they bring the bad stuff on themselves. Also a character's stupidity and singleminded obsession with something can make him an acceptable Chew Toy. Watch it though because when they point out that they're an unacceptable target, especially when EthnicScrappy is one. They will cold cock bully if male or invoke a degrading comeback that hits below the belt, as implied that the one was a product of incest.
incest. Or hint that the entire society is a CosmicPlaything as FreakierThanFiction jokes are invoked along with ConspiracyKitchenSink.
25th Feb '18 10:19:10 PM nickpacione
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An odd sort of polar opposite to TheWoobie, The Chew Toy is a character the audience loves specifically ''because'' his or her misery amuses them so. The Chew Toy is roughed up or messed with on a constant basis... and is always, ''always'' [[PlayedForLaughs used for comic effect and treated with a light touch]], generally [[ComedicSociopathy glossing over the meaner undertones of the idea]]. This trope is OlderThanDirt but re-emerged in the TheEighties as the resurgence of this one is StepfordSuburbia as it's a favorite trope of horror authors who were raised in FlyoverCountry and will invoke FreakierThanFiction and ConspiracyKitchenSink, GenreSavvy and will invoke UrbanLegend discussions. These make for better trolling the troll motif as when the toll realize they deal with one of these, it's MoodWhiplash and DonutMessWithACop invoked when small town cops are messing with those who are StepfordSuburbia raised. TheChewToy is often fodder for character assassination and AdultsAreUseless when they're young. When they come to age they will bite back on frightening levels when provoked. They will invoke InternetBackdraft and ValuesDissonance when writing horror, especially when they grew up in StepfordSuburbia (as Illinois this is Bradbury Country.)

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This is the nastier version of ButtMonkey. An odd sort of polar opposite to TheWoobie, The Chew Toy is a character the audience loves specifically ''because'' his or her misery amuses them so. The Chew Toy is roughed up or messed with on a constant basis... and is always, ''always'' [[PlayedForLaughs used for comic effect and treated with a light touch]], generally [[ComedicSociopathy glossing over the meaner undertones of the idea]]. This trope is OlderThanDirt but re-emerged in the TheEighties as the resurgence of this one is StepfordSuburbia as it's a favorite trope of horror authors who were raised in FlyoverCountry and will invoke FreakierThanFiction and ConspiracyKitchenSink, GenreSavvy and will invoke UrbanLegend discussions. These make for better trolling the troll motif as when the toll realize they deal with one of these, it's MoodWhiplash and DonutMessWithACop invoked when small town cops are messing with those who are StepfordSuburbia raised. TheChewToy is often fodder for character assassination and AdultsAreUseless when they're young. When they come to age they will bite back on frightening levels when provoked. They will invoke InternetBackdraft and ValuesDissonance when writing horror, especially when they grew up in StepfordSuburbia (as Illinois this is Bradbury Country.)



Compare with the ButtMonkey (a character who is mistreated regardless of audience opinion), and TheEeyore (whose depression is usually in excess of their actual mistreatment), and the IronButtmonkey (who seems to suffer injury and accidents more frequently than anyone should, but is capable of taking it). Contrast with TheWoobie, whose suffering inspires sympathy and a desire to make things better for them instead of amusement[[note]]which category a certain character fits in may vary from person to person[[/note]]. The polar opposite is KarmaHoudini, where characters do horrible things while karma (and occasionally the other characters) sits back, watches, and [[PassThePopcorn eats popcorn]]. Villains and {{Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist}}s, though, do make good Chew Toys as they bring the bad stuff on themselves. Also a character's stupidity and singleminded obsession with something can make him an acceptable Chew Toy.

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Compare with the ButtMonkey (a character who is mistreated regardless of audience opinion), and TheEeyore (whose depression is usually in excess of their actual mistreatment), and the IronButtmonkey (who seems to suffer injury and accidents more frequently than anyone should, but is capable of taking it). Contrast with TheWoobie, whose suffering inspires sympathy and a desire to make things better for them instead of amusement[[note]]which category a certain character fits in may vary from person to person[[/note]]. The polar opposite is KarmaHoudini, where characters do horrible things while karma (and occasionally the other characters) sits back, watches, and [[PassThePopcorn eats popcorn]]. Villains and {{Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist}}s, though, do make good Chew Toys as they bring the bad stuff on themselves. Also a character's stupidity and singleminded obsession with something can make him an acceptable Chew Toy.
Toy. Watch it though because when they point out that they're an unacceptable target, especially when EthnicScrappy is one. They will cold cock bully if male or invoke a degrading comeback that hits below the belt, as implied that the one was a product of incest.
25th Feb '18 10:57:11 AM nickpacione
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An odd sort of polar opposite to TheWoobie, The Chew Toy is a character the audience loves specifically ''because'' his or her misery amuses them so. The Chew Toy is roughed up or messed with on a constant basis... and is always, ''always'' [[PlayedForLaughs used for comic effect and treated with a light touch]], generally [[ComedicSociopathy glossing over the meaner undertones of the idea]]. This trope is OlderThanDirt but re-emerged in the TheEighties as the resurgence of this one is StepfordSuburbia as it's a favorite trope of horror authors who were raised in FlyoverCountry. TheChewToy is often fodder for character assassination and AdultsAreUseless when they're young. When they come to age they will bite back on frightening levels when provoked. They will invoke InternetBackdraft and ValuesDissonance when writing horror, especially when they grew up in StepfordSuburbia (as Illinois this is Bradbury Country.)

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An odd sort of polar opposite to TheWoobie, The Chew Toy is a character the audience loves specifically ''because'' his or her misery amuses them so. The Chew Toy is roughed up or messed with on a constant basis... and is always, ''always'' [[PlayedForLaughs used for comic effect and treated with a light touch]], generally [[ComedicSociopathy glossing over the meaner undertones of the idea]]. This trope is OlderThanDirt but re-emerged in the TheEighties as the resurgence of this one is StepfordSuburbia as it's a favorite trope of horror authors who were raised in FlyoverCountry.FlyoverCountry and will invoke FreakierThanFiction and ConspiracyKitchenSink, GenreSavvy and will invoke UrbanLegend discussions. These make for better trolling the troll motif as when the toll realize they deal with one of these, it's MoodWhiplash and DonutMessWithACop invoked when small town cops are messing with those who are StepfordSuburbia raised. TheChewToy is often fodder for character assassination and AdultsAreUseless when they're young. When they come to age they will bite back on frightening levels when provoked. They will invoke InternetBackdraft and ValuesDissonance when writing horror, especially when they grew up in StepfordSuburbia (as Illinois this is Bradbury Country.)



Unlike Woobification, Chew Toys are generally designated as such in the series proper, and often have a tendency to bemoan their fate. If they're lucky, the writers will ThrowTheDogABone a time or two. If they're unlucky, they'll YankTheDogsChain. It can sometimes be a delicate balance. [[ThrowTheDogABone Throw]] too often and the character can be {{Flanderization}}ed into TheEeyore; {{Yank|TheDogsChain}} too much and the audience [[DesignatedMonkey may no longer find it funny]]. The latter will happen mostly if the character is both deliberately and unfairly mistreated by other characters.

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Unlike Woobification, Chew Toys are generally designated as such in the series proper, and often have a tendency to bemoan their fate. If they're lucky, the writers will ThrowTheDogABone a time or two. two (what is it with these dog metaphors.) If they're unlucky, they'll YankTheDogsChain. It can sometimes be a delicate balance. [[ThrowTheDogABone Throw]] too often and the character can be {{Flanderization}}ed into TheEeyore; {{Yank|TheDogsChain}} too much and the audience [[DesignatedMonkey may no longer find it funny]]. The latter will happen mostly if the character is both deliberately and unfairly mistreated by other characters.
25th Feb '18 8:56:18 AM nickpacione
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The typical response from TheChewToy is, "You sick fuck!" or when TheChewToy decides to be a TrollingCreator as this is where they dish it back.

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The typical response from TheChewToy is, "You sick fuck!" paired with [[FlippingTheBird this]] or when TheChewToy decides to be a TrollingCreator as this is where they dish it back.
back. The EthnicScrappy response is the grabbing themselves with the highway salute, VulgarHumor is invoked as a response when they find out they're a collective ButtMonkey.
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