History WesternAnimation / BugsBunny

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* HalfDressedCartoonAnimal: If Bugs has ever worn pants, I'll eat my hat.
** Get that hat ready, because [[http://toonheads.tv/view/1487/all-this-and-rabbit-stew/ he has worn pants]]--well, overalls, anyways. And a shirt and hat, too.
** He's worn plenty of skirts and dresses, though.
** Mrs. Bugs (as revealed in the short "Hold the Lion, Please") wears the pants in the family anyway...
** [[BarefootCartoonAnimal He doesn't wear shoes often]], either.

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* HalfDressedCartoonAnimal: If Bugs has ever worn pants, I'll eat my hat.
** Get that hat ready, because [[http://toonheads.tv/view/1487/all-this-and-rabbit-stew/ he has worn pants]]--well, overalls, anyways. And a shirt and hat, too.
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He's worn plenty of skirts and dresses, though.
** Mrs. Bugs (as revealed in the short "Hold the Lion, Please") wears the pants in the family anyway...
** [[BarefootCartoonAnimal He doesn't wear shoes often]], either.
though.



* HypocriticalHumor: "What a maroon! What an ignoranimus!"

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* HypocriticalHumor: HypocriticalHumor:
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"What a maroon! What an ignoranimus!"



* JerkassBall: The odd time Bugs' winning streak ended was [[LaserGuidedKarma karmically provoked]] by an unusual bout of callousness from the usually easy going rabbit.

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* JerkassBall: JerkassBall:
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The odd time Bugs' winning streak ended was [[LaserGuidedKarma karmically provoked]] by an unusual bout of callousness from the usually easy going rabbit.



* KarmaHoudini: In ''Buckaroo Bugs'', Bugs is the villain of the piece, a western outlaw named "The Masked Marauder", who steals carrots and humiliates the wimp of a cowboy sent to bring him in. While Bugs was the antagonist once or twice, he never again "got away with it" like he does here. (See next entry)

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* KarmaHoudini: KarmaHoudini:
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In ''Buckaroo Bugs'', Bugs is the villain of the piece, a western outlaw named "The Masked Marauder", who steals carrots and humiliates the wimp of a cowboy sent to bring him in. While Bugs was the antagonist once or twice, he never again "got away with it" like he does here. (See next entry)



** There's also the case of the Cecil Turtle shorts, where Bugs would [[TookALevelInJerkass antagonize the turtle on account of a bruised ego]], [[LaserGuidedKarma which resulted in Bugs being the loser every single time.]]
*** The Cecil Turtle shorts were usually takes on the old fable of the tortoise and the hare. In fact, usually what sets Bugs off is the fable itself; incensed at this slander, he sets out to harass the first chelonian he can find.



* MagicPokerEquation: Most humorously in "Barbary Coast Bunny" where Bugs walks into a crooked casino where all the games are rigged, and ''still'' cleans the place out.

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* MagicPokerEquation: MagicPokerEquation:
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Most humorously in "Barbary Coast Bunny" where Bugs walks into a crooked casino where all the games are rigged, and ''still'' cleans the place out.



* TookALevelInJerkass: Bugs is a huge jerkass in the shorts featuring [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass Cecil Turtle]] and this causes him to lose KarmicProtection.

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* TookALevelInJerkass: TookALevelInJerkass:
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Bugs is a huge jerkass in the shorts featuring [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass Cecil Turtle]] and this causes him to lose KarmicProtection.



** MemeticTroll: Can be seen as one due to his trickster tendencies.



*** This is a subversion in itself, as "Aluminium" is the standard spelling AND pronunciation in many European countries.
30th Jun '16 2:47:57 PM N8han11
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*** This is revisited in "Hare Lift": when the huge plane goes into a dive (after Bugs pulls out the control column and throws it out the window) and Yosemite Sam bails out with the only parachute available (not forgetting to shout at the rabbit, "[[SoLongSuckers So long, sucker!]]", leaving Bugs on the plane, the rabbit pulls a lever on the plane. The plane screeches to a halt in midair.

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*** ** This is revisited in "Hare Lift": when the huge plane goes into a dive (after Bugs pulls out the control column and throws it out the window) and Yosemite Sam bails out with the only parachute available (not forgetting to shout at the rabbit, "[[SoLongSuckers So long, sucker!]]", leaving Bugs on the plane, the rabbit pulls a lever on the plane. The plane screeches to a halt in midair.



*** In "A Star is Bored", Bugs puts a jet into a steep dive as part of a movie stunt, but halts it mere feet above the ground. He then swaps positions with his stunt double ([[ButtMonkey Daffy]] in a rabbit suit) who crashes into a heap when the cameras roll again.
*** Referenced in ''Film/LooneyTunesBackInAction'', where this works until the female protagonist points out that this shouldn't work, upon which gravity kicks back in again and they land in a crumpled heap.

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*** ** In "A Star is Bored", Bugs puts a jet into a steep dive as part of a movie stunt, but halts it mere feet above the ground. He then swaps positions with his stunt double ([[ButtMonkey Daffy]] in a rabbit suit) who crashes into a heap when the cameras roll again.
*** ** Referenced in ''Film/LooneyTunesBackInAction'', where this works until the female protagonist points out that this shouldn't work, upon which gravity kicks back in again and they land in a crumpled heap.
30th Jun '16 2:47:33 PM N8han11
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* AttractiveBentGender: One of Bugs' favorite ways to escape Elmer Fudd, and it [[FoeYay always works]]. The ears or tail usually give him away, though.
** This makes it HilariousInHindsight when one is to consider ''WesternAnimation/TheLooneyTunesShow'', in which calling Bugs an ugly woman in drag is a RunningGag.

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* AttractiveBentGender: One of Bugs' favorite ways to escape Elmer Fudd, and it [[FoeYay always works]]. The ears or tail usually give him away, though.
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though. This makes it HilariousInHindsight when one is to consider ''WesternAnimation/TheLooneyTunesShow'', in which calling Bugs an ugly woman in drag is a RunningGag.



* CarnivoreConfusion: In spite of being almost fully anthropomorphic, large chunks (perhaps even the majority) of Bugs' filmography are about hunters and other predators trying to kill and eat him.
** Elmer isn't a carnivore, he's a vegetawian, he only hunts for the sport of it, he he heh.
** Except the time he's bought Bugs at a butcher's shop to make stew.
*** And, of course, it makes perfect sense for there to be a sport hunting season for characters who walk upright, speak English and have hands.

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* CarnivoreConfusion: In spite of being almost fully anthropomorphic, large chunks (perhaps even the majority) of Bugs' filmography are about hunters and other predators trying to kill and eat him.
** Elmer isn't a carnivore, he's a vegetawian, he only hunts for the sport of it, he he heh.
** Except the time he's bought Bugs at a butcher's shop to make stew.
*** And, of course, it makes perfect sense for there to be a sport hunting season for characters who walk upright, speak English and have hands.
him.



* CasualDangerDialog: A trademark. His catch phrase even emerged as this, given Bugs' reaction to Elmer shoving a gun to his face was "What's up, Doc?"

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* CasualDangerDialog: CasualDangerDialog:
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A trademark. His catch phrase even emerged as this, given Bugs' reaction to Elmer shoving a gun to his face was "What's up, Doc?"



** "What's up, Doc?"
*** He tends to say variations of this catch phrase: "What's up, Doctress?", "What's up, Duke?", etc.

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** "What's up, Doc?"
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Doc?" He tends to say variations of this catch phrase: "What's up, Doctress?", "What's up, Duke?", etc.



* ClipShow: "His Hare-Raising Tale", "Devil's Feud Cake", "Hare-abian Nights"
** Not to mention a whole bunch of TV specials and feature films.
* CloseCallHaircut: Played with, along with every other gun cliche known to man, in most of the Yosemite Sam shorts. Bugs once used a trick shot on Sam that not only parted Sam's hair, but split his hat as well.

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* ClipShow: "His Hare-Raising Tale", "Devil's Feud Cake", "Hare-abian Nights"
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Nights" Not to mention a whole bunch of TV specials and feature films.
* CloseCallHaircut: CloseCallHaircut:
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Played with, along with every other gun cliche known to man, in most of the Yosemite Sam shorts. Bugs once used a trick shot on Sam that not only parted Sam's hair, but split his hat as well.



* DependingOnTheArtist: In the late forties it was easy to tell who had directed which Bugs cartoon just by looking at Bugs's design. Friz Freleng used the design which we all know and love today (although initially, he used a more odd rubbberhose design for him prior to the mid to late 40s), Chuck Jones had a slightly different version with larger eyes, larger cheeks and more pointy teeth (having initially drawn him more round), and Robert [=McKimson=] (plus, for his sole Bugs Bunny outing, Arthur Davis) had a majorly different version with stubbier legs, a slight pot belly, more slanted eyes, long teeth, and a ''huge'' mouth that flapped around like a windsock whenever he talked. And Creator/BobClampett had an incredible variety of ways to draw Bugs, since he gave his animators more leeway in deviating from the model sheets. At the end of the decade, the differences became a lot less pronounced.
** Some artists would even play this up for comedic effect. Picking out Rod Scribner's and [=Robert McKimson=]'s animation of Bugs in a Bob Clampett cartoon is considered almost the entry level for identifying Golden Age artists' styles. "Buckaroo Bugs" is probably the easiest instance to distinguish Scribner and McKimson's styles, because there's a scene late in the film where Scribner's animation abruptly switches to Mckimson's animation in the middle of chewing a carrot!
* DeusExMachina: A hilarious one in "Rabbit Punch". [[OpposingSportsTeam The]] [[StoutStrength Crusher]] has [[ChainedToARailway tied Bugs to a train track]]--''[[RuleOfFunny in a boxing ring]]'', mind you--then boards a locomotive and proceeds to speed towards Bugs. The scene makes it clear it's passed the DespairEventHorizon, with The Crusher's SlasherSmile and Bugs' genuinely worried expressions. [[OnlyTheAuthorCanSaveThemNow What could possibly save him?]] Cue the [[NoFourthWall film strip of the cartoon eventually breaking]], showing Bugs in a WhiteVoidRoom, revealing that he ''[[MediumAwareness cut the film with scissors]]'', thereby ending (or, rather, [[NoEnding non-ending]]) the cartoon.
** "Hare Trigger" ends in this manner as well.

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* DependingOnTheArtist: In the late forties it was easy to tell who had directed which Bugs cartoon just by looking at Bugs's design. Friz Freleng used the design which we all know and love today (although initially, he used a more odd rubbberhose design for him prior to the mid to late 40s), Chuck Jones had a slightly different version with larger eyes, larger cheeks and more pointy teeth (having initially drawn him more round), and Robert [=McKimson=] (plus, for his sole Bugs Bunny outing, Arthur Davis) had a majorly different version with stubbier legs, a slight pot belly, more slanted eyes, long teeth, and a ''huge'' mouth that flapped around like a windsock whenever he talked. And Creator/BobClampett had an incredible variety of ways to draw Bugs, since he gave his animators more leeway in deviating from the model sheets. At the end of the decade, the differences became a lot less pronounced.
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pronounced. Some artists would even play this up for comedic effect. Picking out Rod Scribner's and [=Robert McKimson=]'s animation of Bugs in a Bob Clampett cartoon is considered almost the entry level for identifying Golden Age artists' styles. "Buckaroo Bugs" is probably the easiest instance to distinguish Scribner and McKimson's styles, because there's a scene late in the film where Scribner's animation abruptly switches to Mckimson's animation in the middle of chewing a carrot!
* DeusExMachina: A hilarious one in "Rabbit Punch". [[OpposingSportsTeam The]] [[StoutStrength Crusher]] has [[ChainedToARailway tied Bugs to a train track]]--''[[RuleOfFunny in a boxing ring]]'', mind you--then boards a locomotive and proceeds to speed towards Bugs. The scene makes it clear it's passed the DespairEventHorizon, with The Crusher's SlasherSmile and Bugs' genuinely worried expressions. [[OnlyTheAuthorCanSaveThemNow What could possibly save him?]] Cue the [[NoFourthWall film strip of the cartoon eventually breaking]], showing Bugs in a WhiteVoidRoom, revealing that he ''[[MediumAwareness cut the film with scissors]]'', thereby ending (or, rather, [[NoEnding non-ending]]) the cartoon. \n** "Hare Trigger" ends in this manner as well.



** This is because Bugs, like many other Golden Age cartoon characters, wasn't created fully conceived but instead evolved through numerous cartoons. His early prototype was based on the then popular ScrewySquirrel-type wacky character, which Daffy also began life as (and still has his moments) before settling into his more known sarcastic and self-centered persona. It was Bugs' glib attitude in ''AWildHare'' that set him apart from other cartoons in the era.



** Enforced in a parody that aired on ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''. Only this time, Elmer Fudd just stood by stoically while Bugs did his "ooh, I'm dying" act, until the bunny really did die!



* {{Flanderization}}: Bugs was initially a far wackier and egotistical protagonist, however his suave cunning demenor was exagerrated to such a point he is regarded as one of animation's prime {{Invincible Hero}}es. As Chuck Jones once emphasized, [[AlwaysSomeoneBetter Bugs is meant to be everything]] [[StrawLoser Daffy Duck isn't]].

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* {{Flanderization}}: {{Flanderization}}:
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Bugs was initially a far wackier and egotistical protagonist, however his suave cunning demenor was exagerrated to such a point he is regarded as one of animation's prime {{Invincible Hero}}es. As Chuck Jones once emphasized, [[AlwaysSomeoneBetter Bugs is meant to be everything]] [[StrawLoser Daffy Duck isn't]].



*** Ironically, ''Daffy'' ended up being the perfect foil for Bugs in this regard, as he was far, ''far'' more egocentric and sometimes an outright ass compared to Bugs. The two are currently roomates in an OddCouple type situation on ''WesternAnimation/TheLooneyTunesShow'', and though more or less 'friends' now, these two still have ego clashes due to Daffy still being more of a dick than Bugs has ever been. It's part of why fans love seeing them onscreen together. They just ''work'' in this regard. The fact that Daffy actually became flanderized to points unheard of long before this didn't hurt, as it helped keep it from happening to Bugs.



* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: In "Lumber Jack-Rabbit", Bugs Bunny sings the first four verses of "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jimmy_Crack_Corn Jimmy Crack Corn]]", which is about a slave being happy that his master got killed by an out-of-control horse that got bitten by a "blue-tail fly". How the episode development team got all four of these verses past the censors in a cartoon even for ''[[WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids children]]'' is beyond us.

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* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: GettingCrapPastTheRadar:
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In "Lumber Jack-Rabbit", Bugs Bunny sings the first four verses of "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jimmy_Crack_Corn Jimmy Crack Corn]]", which is about a slave being happy that his master got killed by an out-of-control horse that got bitten by a "blue-tail fly". How the episode development team got all four of these verses past the censors in a cartoon even for ''[[WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids children]]'' is beyond us.



* GoKartingWithBowser : Taken to extremes. Bugs often had a very forgiving demeanor to the many individuals that tried to con, maim or even kill him so often.
** Why take things personally when it's all part of the show?

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* GoKartingWithBowser : Taken to extremes. Bugs often had a very forgiving demeanor to the many individuals that tried to con, maim or even kill him so often.
** Why take things personally when
often. Justified as it's all part of the show?show.



* GravityIsAHarshMistress: A WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes staple that was {{lampshade|Hanging}}d in "High-Diving Hare", wherein Yosemite Sam ties him up, quick-marches him up onto a high-diving platform and out to the end of the board, then ''saws off'' the board in order to force Bugs to go through with his diving act... only for the diving platform to suddenly collapse and bring Sam down with it, while the diving board itself hangs in midair. "I know this defies the law of gravity... but I never studied law!"

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* GravityIsAHarshMistress: GravityIsAHarshMistress:
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A WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes staple that was {{lampshade|Hanging}}d in "High-Diving Hare", wherein Yosemite Sam ties him up, quick-marches him up onto a high-diving platform and out to the end of the board, then ''saws off'' the board in order to force Bugs to go through with his diving act... only for the diving platform to suddenly collapse and bring Sam down with it, while the diving board itself hangs in midair. "I know this defies the law of gravity... but I never studied law!"
22nd Jun '16 5:01:33 AM Adept
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* The Unruly Hare (MM, Tashlin) - Starring Elmer. First of two Bugs shorts directed by FrankTashlin.

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* The Unruly Hare (MM, Tashlin) - Starring Elmer. First of two Bugs shorts directed by FrankTashlin.Creator/FrankTashlin.



* Hare Remover (MM, Tashlin, uncredited) - Starring Elmer. Second of two FrankTashlin directed shorts.

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* Hare Remover (MM, Tashlin, uncredited) - Starring Elmer. Second of two FrankTashlin Frank Tashlin directed shorts.
22nd Jun '16 4:38:02 AM Adept
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* Super-Rabbit (MM, Jones): A parody of [[Creator/FleischerStudios Max Fleischer's]] SupermanTheatricalCartoons. After the release of Tortoise Wins by a Hare, it's startling to see Bugs revert back to being a defensive character again.

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* Super-Rabbit (MM, Jones): A parody of [[Creator/FleischerStudios Max Fleischer's]] SupermanTheatricalCartoons.WesternAnimation/SupermanTheatricalCartoons. After the release of Tortoise Wins by a Hare, it's startling to see Bugs revert back to being a defensive character again.
21st Jun '16 11:26:07 PM Adept
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* Super-Rabbit (MM, Jones): A parody of [[FleischerStudios Max Fleischer's]] SupermanTheatricalCartoons. After the release of Tortoise Wins by a Hare, it's startling to see Bugs revert back to being a defensive character again.

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* Super-Rabbit (MM, Jones): A parody of [[FleischerStudios [[Creator/FleischerStudios Max Fleischer's]] SupermanTheatricalCartoons. After the release of Tortoise Wins by a Hare, it's startling to see Bugs revert back to being a defensive character again.
20th Jun '16 1:02:35 PM TonyG
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* Knighty Knight Bugs (LT, Freleng) - UsefulNotes/AcademyAward winner for Best Animated Short Film, starring Sam. Surprisingly, this is the ONLY Bugs cartoon to have won an oscar!

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* Knighty Knight Bugs WesternAnimation/KnightyKnightBugs (LT, Freleng) - UsefulNotes/AcademyAward winner for Best Animated Short Film, starring Sam. Surprisingly, this is the ONLY Bugs cartoon to have won an oscar!
16th Jun '16 6:07:07 PM nombretomado
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* The Heckling Hare (MM, Avery): The cartoon that caused Avery to leave Leon's cartoon studio [[TexAveryMGMCartoons to make cartoons for MGM]]. With that said, Avery finally managed to nail Bugs' defensive personality again, capturing what made him such a hit in "A Wild Hare".

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* The Heckling Hare (MM, Avery): The cartoon that caused Avery to leave Leon's cartoon studio [[TexAveryMGMCartoons [[WesternAnimation/TexAveryMGMCartoons to make cartoons for MGM]]. With that said, Avery finally managed to nail Bugs' defensive personality again, capturing what made him such a hit in "A Wild Hare".
8th Jun '16 10:31:09 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Bugs and Daffy's Carnival of the Animals'' (Jones, 1976) - A combination live-action/animation 23-minute special, featuring interpretations of OgdenNash poems set to the music of Camille Saint-Saëns. Bugs's first appearance in original material since 1964.

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* ''Bugs and Daffy's Carnival of the Animals'' (Jones, 1976) - A combination live-action/animation 23-minute special, featuring interpretations of OgdenNash Creator/OgdenNash poems set to the music of Camille Saint-Saëns. Bugs's first appearance in original material since 1964.
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--> '''Bugs ([[BatterUp as a bat]])''': WHACK!

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--> '''Bugs ([[BatterUp as a bat]])''': WHACK![[SubvertedTrope WHACK!]]
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