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[[folder:Knights of the Round Table]]
[[WMG: King Arthur]]
[[quoteright:247:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/King-Arthur-and-Patsy-monty-python-380178_800_441_4926.jpg]]

->Played by: Creator/GrahamChapman

The main character. He is the king of the Britons. God sent him and his knights on a quest to find the Holy Grail. Acts very stoic considering the amount of strangeness happening around him.

Tropes associated with this version of King Arthur:

%%* BadassBeard
%%* BadassMustache
%%* DeadpanSnarker
%%* CoolCrown
%%* CoolHelmet
* CoolSword: Excalibur, of course.
%%* TheHero
* NotSoStoic: Compared to other characters, who have very eccentric personalities, Arthur always acts like people would expect from a king... until someone starts pointing out the absurdity of proclaiming royal status on the basis that one was given a sword by "a watery tart".
%%* OnlySaneMan
* PutOnABus: [[spoiler: Well, more like a police van. Just like everyone else]]
* TheSmartGuy: Much wiser than Sir Bedivere.
* VerbalTic: He says "five" instead of "three", then is corrected by his knights.
* WrongGenreSavvy: Arthur is ''convinced'' that he is in a straightforward Arthurian legend, and no amount of silliness shall convince him otherwise.

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[[WMG: Sir Bedivere the Wise]]
[[quoteright:222:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/witch_bedevere_2880.jpg]]

->Played by: Terry Jones

The wisest of the knights. Unfortunately, that still doesn't leave enough wisdom to be detected without the aid of powerful instruments.

%%* BadassMustache
* CharacterTics: He always holds his visor up, despite being able to look perfectly through it.
%%* CloudCuckoolander
%%* CoolHelmet
%%* TheFool
* InformedAttribute: Played for laughs. He is supposed to be wise, but makes very big mistakes and acts like a fool.
* InsaneTrollLogic: Employs this to help villagers expose a witch. It went like this: Witches burn. Wood also burns. Wood floats. Ducks also float. So if someone weighs the same as a duck, she is made of wood and is therefore a witch.
%%* TheLancer

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[[WMG: Sir Lancelot the Brave]]
[[quoteright:306:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/monty_python_holy_grail_sir_lancelot_3508.png]]

->Played by: Creator/JohnCleese

An AxCrazy knight. He always tries to solve his problems through violence. Is also very dramatic in his way of acting.

* AlwaysSaveTheGirl: Rushes off to rescue someone once he receives a call for help. Once he finds the person in distress is a man and not a woman as he expected, he's flabbergasted. Not angry or ready to raise hell about it, just flabbergasted.
* AxCrazy: When something provokes him to fight, there is nothing stopping him from slaughtering everyone on sight. Even wedding guests had to die.
%%* {{Badass}}
%%* TheBerserker
%%* TheBigGuy
* BigOlEyebrows: He IS John Cleese, you know.
* ChasteHero: Unlike Sir Galahad, Lancelot appears to be [[{{Asexual}} completely unaffected]] by feminine wiles. While dragging off Galahad from Castle Anthrax, he's accused of being gay.
%%* EasilyForgiven
%%* EvilLaugh
%%* KnightInShiningArmor: Deconstructed.
%%* LanternJawOfJustice
%%* LargeHam
%%* LeeroyJenkins
* OneManArmy: Slaughters half of an ''entire castle'' full of guards to save, erm, the prince.
* OnlySaneMan: Until he has to rescue someone...
%%* UnstoppableRage

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[[WMG: Sir Galahad the Pure/Chaste]]
[[quoteright:233:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/tumblr_kymw2qKhun1qz4xjyo1_400_64.gif]]

This knight does not do much in the film. Like his title says, he is a chaste knight.

->Played by: Creator/MichaelPalin

%%* {{Adorkable}}
* DeadpanSnarker: "What a ''strange'' person."
* ChasteHero: He tries to be this, but after being in [[AllWomenAreLustful Castle Anthrax]] for around 10 minutes, he gives up.
* IncorruptiblePurePureness: Parodied. He tries to resist the allure of one hundred and sixty nymphomaniac blondes and brunettes between the ages of 16 to 19, but eventually starts to succumb to their temptations and actually decides to give in, just as Lancelot comes in and drags him away. He then begs to be allowed to go back and face the "peril."
%%* MessyHair
* TooDumbToLive: His inability to decide whether blue or yellow is his favourite colour leads to rather fatal results.

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[[WMG: Sir Robin the Not-Quite-So-Brave-As-Sir-Lancelot]]
[[quoteright:300:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/SirRobinMOT_6384.jpg]]

->Played by: Eric Idle

Sir Robin claims to be very brave. He also has a band of minstrels singing about his bravery...but is an enormous coward. He is fully designated as ''"Sir Robin the Not-Quite-So-Brave-As-Sir-Lancelot who had nearly fought the Dragon of Angnor,who had nearly stood up to the vicious Chicken of Bristol and who had personally wet himself at the Battle of Badon Hill"''.

%%* {{Adorkable}}
* BadassMoustache: His moustache is ''much'' more badass than him.
* BringMyBrownPants: He is known of personally wetting himself at the battle for Badon Hill. He also did it when the Killer Rabbit made his first victim.
%%* DeadpanSnarker
* InformedAttribute: An in universe example. He is claimed to be the brave sir Robin, but runs away from every sign of danger. But this does not stop his minstrels from singing how bravely ''he ran away''.
%%* LovableCoward
* LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe: It's nearly as big as his body. All the better to cower behind.
%%* MilesGloriosus

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[[WMG: Sir Not Appearing In This Film]]
[[quoteright:250:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/sir-not-appearing-in-this-film_6317.jpg]]

This is not a real character, but more of a gag when the narrator introduces the Knights of the round table. When his picture is shown, he appears as a baby wearing a chainmail coif that's too large. This is actually Michael Palin's son, William Palin. He is the TropeNamer to SirNotAppearingInThisTrailer and LadyNotAppearingInThisGame.

* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: He's aptly named [[DontExplainTheJoke because he's not appearing in this film.]]

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[[/folder]]

[[folder:The villains]]
[[WMG: The Black Knight]]
[[quoteright:320:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Black-Knight-monty-python-380120_800_441_4197.jpg]]

->Played by: Creator/JohnCleese

A black knight that won't let Arthur pass. He loses all his four limbs in the following battle and still wants to fight.

* AnArmAndALeg: Loses ''all'' of his limbs in the fight with Arthur.
* {{Badass}}: At least until he fights Arthur.
%%* ButtMonkey
* CatchPhrase:
-->None shall pass!
* TheDeterminator: Taken to its extreme and (il)logical conclusion.
* FeelNoPain: Getting his limbs chopped off doesn't seem to bother him in the slightest. John Cleese himself has noted that if it weren't for this trope, the scene would likely come off as more sadistic and heartless than funny.
%%* IneffectualSympatheticVillain
%%* JustAFleshWound: TropeNamer.
%%* LargeHam
* SorryBillyButYouJustDontHaveLegs: Played for laughs. Arthur points out the absurdity of continuing to fight after having lost multiple limbs, but the Black Knight doesn't care.
* StoneWall: [[ParodiedTrope Parodied]].
* ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks: Kills the Green Knight by throwing his longsword through his face.
* TooDumbToLive: The main reason why he loses all of his limbs.
* YouShallNotPass: Attempts this on Arthur without taking Excalibur into account. Arthur disarms, and dislegs, him.

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[[WMG: The French]]
[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Monty-Python-and-The-Holy-Grail-monty-python-16581057-845-468_6018.jpg]]

->Played by: Creator/JohnCleese, Terry Jones, Creator/MichaelPalin

A bunch of French soldiers that like to insult 'English types' with random insults. [[spoiler: Reappear in the end where they claimed the Castle Aaargh as their own.]]

* AbnormalAmmo: Subverted. The French try to scare the Knights of the Round Table away by throwing living animals at them. While the scene looks strange, the DVD commentary reveals it has really been done in history, but not with the kinds of animals used in the movie. They also catapult the Trojan rabbit at the knights.
* BlowingARaspberry: The leader of the French soldiers does this every encounter.
%%* CoolHelmet
* FloweryInsults: It almost seems they live for this trope.
%%* FrenchJerk
* GoshDangItToHeck: Despite their constant insults, they never actually swear. The gag is that they pretty much use the most colourful insults possible without outright saying anything profane (at least by modern standards).
* IShallTauntYou: TropeNamer. They seem to do it just for fun, ironically.
%%* {{Jerkass}}
* JustAStupidAccent: At least one of them ''cannot even speak French''.
%%* PoirotSpeak
%%* SirSwearsALot
* VerbalTic: They cannot pronounce the word 'knights' correctly. Instead, it sounds like 'k-nnniggits'.

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[[WMG: The Three Headed Knight]]
[[quoteright:266:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/ThreeHeadedKnight_2037.jpg]]

->Played by: Creator/GrahamChapman, Terry Jones, Creator/MichaelPalin

A large three headed knight who seems to be a formidable fighter, were it not that the heads first must agree before an action can be taken.

* MultipleHeadCase: This gave the brave Sir Robin the chance to bravely run away.
%%* TerribleTrio: Sort of.
* TwoMenOneDress: Played by three Python members sharing a costume.

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[[WMG: The Residents of Castle Anthrax]]
[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/HolyGrail97_7044.jpg]]

160 blonds and brunettes, between 16 and 19 and a half years old. They light a grail-shaped beacon to lure knights to them in order to tempt them.

%%* AllWomenAreLustful
%%* UnwantedHarem
* {{The Vamp}}s: Sort of. While not inherently evil, they do try to tempt the chaste sir Galahad into sexual activities.
--> '''Zoot:''' It is a lonely life...
\\

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[[WMG: The Knights Who Say Ni!]]
[[quoteright:280:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/The-Knights-Who-Say-Ni-monty-python-and-the-holy-grail-591173_1008_566_1562.jpg]]

->Played by: Creator/MichaelPalin

An order of knights based on protecting the sacred words of Ni, Peng and Nee-wom.
[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Like it says on the tin]], they frequently say 'NI!' as a BrownNote of sorts. Their leader is a very tall man who wears a large helmet with antlers. He is the one who speaks in behalf of the whole order. The rest of the knights only say 'NI!' and mostly repeat what the head knight is saying.
They live in a spooky forest and coerce every traveler into buying a shrubbery for them.

%%* BadassBeard
* BrownNote: Known for terrorizing people this way, just by saying the word "ni." Their leitmotif as well.
* CoolHelmet: The Head Knight wears a bucket-shaped helmet with antlers on it and the other knights wear horned helmets that cover their faces.
* DarkIsEvil: They are dressed in black/dark brown and their leader looks like a typical EvilOverlord.
* ImpossibleTask: They tell Arthur that in order to get past them, he must cut down the mightiest tree in the forest with a herring. [[spoiler: Luckily, Arthur discovers their weakness, so he doesn't actually have to go through with it.]]
* TheDreaded: The Knights who say Ni! appear to have a terrifying reputation, considering the fact they inspire fear within nearby villages, maybe even the whole country, cause the shrubbery-economy to collapse and make a fearful king Arthur do their bidding. Anyone who terrifies King Arthur like that is worthy of being called 'the Dreaded'.
* LargeAndInCharge: The leader is twice as tall as the average man.
* LargeHam: Especially their leader.
* TotemPoleTrench: The leader was originally supposed to be portrayed this way, but MichaelPalin settled for a stepladder instead of JohnCleese's shoulders.
* TropeNamer: for TheKnightsWhoSaySquee and WithThisHerring
* TheUnpronounceable: The phrase they switched to after they stopped using "Ni!" Something like "Ikki-ikki-ikki-p'TENG-zoop-BOING-nawumbbawobba.."
%%* WithThisHerring
* WeakSauceWeakness: Despite being so powerful in that they can even force the great King Arthur to do as they command, the Knights of Ni can be defeated by [[spoiler:saying the word 'it'.]]
* [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes Why Did It - Argh!]]

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[[WMG: The King of Swamp Castle]]
[[quoteright:225:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/644196_1310555707635_500_275_6894.jpg]]

->Played by: Creator/MichaelPalin

A corrupt king that tries to use an arranged marriage to gain more huge tracts of land. He hates it when his son attempts to sing and rudely interrupts him when he does.

%%* BadassBeard
%%* DodgyToupee
* TheDeterminator: He built a castle in a swamp just to show the other kings it's possible to do so. It sank into the swamp. The same happened to the second castle. Guess what? He built a third castle in the swamp...which burned down, fell over, '''then''' sank into the swamp. But the fourth and current one stayed up.
%%* FantasyForbiddingFather

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[[WMG: The Killer Rabbit of Caerbannog]]
[[quoteright:269:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/killerrabbit_1929_5439.jpg]]

A cute [[WhiteBunny white rabbit]] who guards a cave. TropeNamer and TropeCodifier to KillerRabbit... if it wasn't obvious already.

* BadassAdorable: A very cute white rabbit capable of defeating a group of armed knights
* HairRaisingHare: Has apparently killed a fair number of people, and is possibly carnivorous("Look at the bones!").
* KillerRabbit: The TropeNamer, the Rabbit of Caerbannog is highly aggressive and deadly, tearing out the throats of several of Arthur's knights.

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[[WMG: The Black Beast of Aaaaarrrrrrggghhh!]]
[[quoteright:188:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Black-Beast-of-Aaauugh_7953.jpg]]

A cartoon monster that appears out of nowhere. It quickly devours Brother Maynard and chases Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table.

* DeusExMachina: [[spoiler: It spontaneously ceases to exist when the person responsible for animating it dies of a heart attack.]]
%%* EldritchAbomination
%%* ExtraEyes
* NonindicativeName: The "Black Beast" is very colorful, actually.

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[[WMG: The Bridgekeeper]]
[[quoteright:229:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Bridge_of_Death_6283.jpg]]

->Played by: Creator/TerryGilliam

He guards the Bridge of Death and asks each traveler 3 questions. If they answer correctly, they may pass. When answering a question wrong, an invisible force grabs the victim and throws him into the gorge of eternal peril.

%%* BeardOfEvil
%%* EvilLaugh
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: He is defeated when[[spoiler: King Arthur answers a question with another question. The Bridgekeeper admits he does not know the answer and is thrown away himself.]]
%%* TheseQuestionsThree: TropeNamer.

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[[folder: Neutral Characters and other annoyances.]]
[[WMG: Guards of Swallow Castle]]
[[quoteright:276:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/montypythonholygrailguardswampcastle_5433.png]]
->Played by: Creator/MichaelPalin, Creator/JohnCleese

These guards refuse to believe Arthur is king and instead break the fourth wall, by lampshading his use of coconuts instead of a real horse. After that, they start a useless discussion if swallows are able to bring coconuts to England.

* BrickJoke: Their useless discussion does provide Arthur with a means to defeat [[spoiler: the bridgekeeper when he starts asking a question about swallows]].
* TheFaceless: They're only seen from below the ramparts. The distance, fog and lack of luminosity do not allow to see their faces.
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[[WMG: The corpses collector]]
[[quoteright:272:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/bring-out-your-dead-monty-python-and-the-holy-grail-591427_800_441_62.jpg]]

->Played by: Eric Idle

This man collects corpses at a village ravaged by the plague. He gets into an argument with a villager who wants to hand him over a still living man. The collector then solves the situation by killing the 'living corpse'.

* CatchPhrase: "Bring out your dead!"
* TheDungAges: Of all characters in the movie, he's the one who embodies the trope.
%%* NoNameGiven

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[[WMG: Dennis]]
[[quoteright:298:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/1Dennis_6463.jpg]]
->Played by: Creator/MichaelPalin

A 37-year-old peasant, whose community is based on a political system thats too modern for the dark ages. It certainly has no place for a mythical king like Arthur, which Dennis openly shows. This starts another pointless discussion in which Dennis wants to prove that just wielding Excalibur is not a reason to boss people around.

%%* DeadpanSnarker
%%* InherentInTheSystem: TropeNamer.
%%* MotorMouth

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[[WMG: {{God}}]]
[[quoteright:333:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/6a00d8341bf68b53ef01348624d3f9970c-800wi_1052.jpg]]

->Voiced by: Creator/GrahamChapman

God appears to the Knights of the Round Table and gives them the task to find the Holy Grail. He finds it annoying that people constantly consider themselves unworthy of His presence. His face is based on the cricket player [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W._G._Grace W.G. Grace]].

* DispenseWithThePleasantries: Cant stand people groveling when He tries to tell something.
%%* KingOfAllCosmos
* StopWorshippingMe: He dislikes it when people treat Him like, well...a God.
-->'''God:''' Its like those miserable psalms, they are so depressing.

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[[WMG: The Historian]]
[[quoteright:250:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/monty_python_holy_grail_a_famous_historian_3717.png]]

->Played by: John Young

This Historian tells the audience about Arthur's defeat at the hands of the French. He also explains that the knights continued their search separately. He is killed by a knight riding on a '''real''' horse. His death sets up the events happening in the end of the film.

* ChekhovsGunman: [[spoiler: His death causes the film to end an anticlimax as the knights are arrested by the police for being well, knights]]
%%* WeHardlyKnewYe

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[[WMG: Prince Herbert]]
[[quoteright:275:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/holygrail115_4408.jpg]]

->Played by: Terry Jones

The son of the king of Swamp Castle. He is very girly and does not like the fact he is used in an arranged marriage. When he wants to express his feelings, he starts singing, complete with cheesy music in the background, but this is always interrupted by his father, who hates singing. Being fed up with his life, he shoots a message out of the window, which is found by Lancelot. Lancelot thinks the message is from a princess and goes on a rampage to rescue Herbert.

%%* AmbiguouslyGay
%%* CampStraight
%%* CreepyMonotone
* DreadfulMusician: Singer, really, given that his father keeps interrupting him.
* ImprobableAimingSkills: He nonchalantly shoots an arrow out of the window, which hits Lancelot's 'horse' and servant Concorde from probably miles away, judging from the change in scenery.
* MarryForLove: Perhaps. He starts to explain what sorts of qualities he'd like in the girl he marries, but as he chooses to do so in ''song,'' his father is quick to put an end to it.
%%* OnlySaneMan

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[[WMG: Roger The Shrubber]]
[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Roger_the_shrubber_8172.png]]

->Played by: Eric Idle

Catches Arthur and Bedivere coercing an old woman by saying Ni to her. After expressing his disappointment in them, he reveals he is a shrubber. This gives Arthur an opportunity to bring a shrubbery to the Knights of Ni.

* DeusExMachina: Its very convenient that a shrubber appears when Arthur needs a shrubbery.

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[[WMG: Tim the Enchanter]]
[[quoteright:311:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/montypythonholygrailtim_4078.jpg]]

->Played by: Creator/JohnCleese

A powerful and eccentric wizard PlayingWithFire. He tells the knights about the cave of Caerbannog and the Killer Rabbit. Naturally, he is called a liar when the knights see the rabbit, but has the last laugh when some of the knights get killed by the rabbit.

%%* BadassBeard
* CassandraTruth: Tells the truth about the Killer Rabbit, in that it is a terribly dangerous creature, but gets ridiculed by the Knights of the Round Table. Guess what happens next...
* CloudCuckooLander: Lampshaded.
--> '''Arthur''': What an eccentric performance.
* DarkIsNotEvil: He comes over as a very intimidating and evil looking wizard, complete with a black robe and horns on his hat, but is does not appear to be malevolent. He honestly warns the knights about the rabbit and only laughs at them when they stop taking him seriously.
* LargeHam: He even starts to spit drops of saliva when warning the knights about the Rabbit.
%%* MagicStaff
%%* NiceHat
* PlayingWithFire: Taken literally with the 'playing' part, since he does not anything useful with his gift. Like roasting a certain rabbit for instance.
* SomeCallMeTim: TropeNamer, but [[BeammeUpScotty does not actually use it]]. Amusingly, this was [[ThrowItIn an ad-lib]] because Cleese forgot the character's name.
%%* TrrrillingRrrs

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[[WMG: Brother Maynard]]
[[quoteright:202:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/brother_maynard_972.jpg]]

->Played by: Eric Idle

A monk and scholar. He gives the Holy Hand Grenade to the Knights when they need a way to defeat the Killer Rabbit. He also translates the runes inside the Cave of Caerbannog, but is eaten by the black beast of Aaarrrrggghhh.

* WeHardlyKnewYe: Gets eaten right after guiding the knights to the cavern showing the Grail's location and reading the ancient text on the wall.

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[[WMG: Inspector End of Film]]

A modern inspector who investigates the Historians death. He is something of a running joke, in that he constantly appears at scenes where Arthur and his knights previously were. [[spoiler: He later appears at the end of the film, to arrest Arthur and Bedivere for allegedly killing the Historian.]]

* DiabolusExMachina: [[spoiler: Him appearing to arrest Arthur and his knights at the end.]]
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Because of him, [[spoiler: the French basically won.]] [[MindScrew Probably.]]
* RunningGag: His appearances throughout the film.

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