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->'''Hobgoblin Cleric''': Sir, your odd talking skull is speaking of the Perilous Path of Crushing Doom. \\
'''Redcloak''': Please tell me it's actually filled with cute fuzzy bunnies, and they just named it that to be ironic.
-->-- ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0190.html #190]]

Here it comes. The Harbinger of Death, the UltimateEvil, It Which Devours Your Soul, YourWorstNightmare.

...Or so it's called.

Turns out, the creature in question is just a cute animal, with a [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast scary name]] but completely harmless. Upon further inquiry, you'll learn that it was named by a child, or a {{trickster| archetype}}.

The polar opposite of FluffyTheTerrible. Also compare to SealedEvilInATeddyBear. If it ''does'' have the destructive power despite the innocent appearance, it is a KillerRabbit.

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* A British TV ad from the eighties about "Natural good taste" has a guy in horrible colours with yellow and purple wallpaper, who likes ''The Birdie Song'' and has a toy poodle called Rambo.
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* ''AxisPowersHetalia'' has Chimamire Hana-Tamago (Bloodstained Flower-Egg), a cute, little, white doggie who gains the ability to talk during Christmas specials, in which she vehemently denies the "Chimamire" part and wishes that she had been named something nice like Charlotte.
* This [[http://www.onemanga.com/Majin_Devil/5/21/ guy]] from ''MajinDevil''.
* [[http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g315/roleplaygirl99/deathrbingertheadorable.jpg This little guy]] from ''NatsumeYuujinchou'' (It's actually a Youkai possessing a snow-bunny Natsume made). D'awwww! (And then of course [[http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g315/roleplaygirl99/deathbringersorta.jpg he transforms]].)
* In ''Manga/OnePiece'', Iceburg, the mayor of Water 7, has a pet named Tyrannosaurus. It's a cute little white mouse that lives in his shirt pocket.
** Though after the TimeSkip it's grown to size of a dog...
** You wouldn't expect someone named "Chopper" to be an adorable (not to mention kind and amiable) reindeer, right? [[note]]So long as you don't make him angry, that is.[[/note]]
* Hellwolf from ''Manga/TentaiSenshiSunred'', [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent as long as the light of the full moon isn't touching him]].
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* In ''{{Transformers}}'', the Decepticons from "[[TransformersShatteredGlass Shattered Glass]]", a MirrorUniverse where everyone is an EvilCounterpart or GoodCounterpart to a [[Franchise/TransformersGeneration1 Generation One]] character. They all still have their NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast, but are now the good guys. (E.g., the black, serious, and stealthy jaguar becomes a white, LolCat-esque, and loud jaguar... but his name is still Ravage.)
* "The Predator" from ComicBook/GreenLantern is The Love EntityŚthe living embodiment of the Violet Light that the [[Characters/GLStarSapphireCorps Star Sapphire Corps]] uses for their powers. Despite it's name and menacing alien dragon appearance, it's actually a BigGood entity.
* ''ComicBook/BodieTroll'', sounds fearsome but he's just a cute fuzzy little guy who can't seem to scare anyone, something that ''he hates''.
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* In ''FanFic/OhGodNotAgain'', this trope is averted, much to Harry's dislike. [[PeggySue In the original timeline]], he and Ginny got a rabbit, and she refused to accept his name suggestion of "Mega Ultra Flame Deathsman", instead going with a more standard "Flopsy".
* [[http://daegaer.livejournal.com/205042.html The fearsome Dwarf Tigers of Dour.]]
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[[folder:Film]]
* The Terrible Terror in ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon'' is an adorable little critter the size of a cat. [[KillerRabbit But don't let its cute looks deceive you...]]
* The Bandersnatch from the 2010 ''Film/AliceInWonderland'' movie turns out to be this, only to people and things it likes. To everything else, it's FluffyTheTerrible.
* Rhino the hamster in ''Disney/{{Bolt}}'', although he claims [[BlatantLies to be one-sixteenth wolf with a dash of wolverine]].
* In ''HowToLoseAGuyIn10Days'', there was a tiny Chinese crested (a breed of dog that is evidently very easy to mistake for a chihuahua) named "Krull the Warrior King".
* Elle Woods' chihuahua Bruiser in ''Film/LegallyBlonde''.
* Vlad in the "HortonHearsAWho" movie. No, not Vlad the genuinely menacing vulture; Vlad the cute little bunny who delivers cookies.
* From ''MuppetTreasureIsland'', the infamous pirate Big Fat Ugly Bug-faced Baby-eating O'Brien, is a rather attractive looking young woman. With a ''[[VocalDissonance really deep]]'' voice...
* Film/{{Maleficent}} as a child. Sure, she has [[DarkIsNotEvil horns and wings]], but is still an innocent girl.
* One scene in ''Film/GoneInSixtySeconds2000'' has Memphis and Kip Raines running away from [[GangBangers a street gang]] out to kill them. Kip vaults a fence to land in a dog kennel and looks up in horror at the name posted on the adjacent doghouse: [[OhCrap Beast]]. And then an adorable little puppy runs out from it and starts licking his face.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* The "Incredibly Deadly Viper" from ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'' is totally harmless - the name was given to it as a practical joke, as it is instead playful and as cute as a sewer-pipe sized snake can be.
* Hagrid's dog Fang in ''Literature/HarryPotter'', ironically one of the only animals he tends to that ''isn't'' vicious or dangerous. Unlike, say, {{Fluffy| The Terrible}} or Norbert.
** [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] when Hagrid is splitting people up in groups to venture through the Forbidden Forest.
-->'''Malfoy''': I want Fang.
-->'''Hagrid''': Alright, but I'll warn yeh, he's a bloody coward.
* And then there's Killer the Rabbit from Creator/PatriciaCWrede's Literature/EnchantedForestChronicles novel ''Calling on Dragons'', who is anything but a KillerRabbit.
* In ''{{Dinotopia}}: Journey to Chandara'', the emperor of Chandara has the imposing name of Hugo Khan. Turns out that he's a ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microraptor Microraptor]]'', which is one of the smallest dinosaurs known. Even the ''name'' of the dinosaur sounds puny.
* In the ''Literature/{{Chalion}}'' verse, the Viking-esque prince Jokol "Skullsplitter", who it turns out was given that appellation due to his talent at poetry: he makes "heads burst with his tales". (''[[PsychicPowers Not]]'' [[YourHeadAsplode literally]].)
* In Louis Sachar's ''The Boy Who Lost His Face'', Mo builds a doghouse in shop class with a sign that says Killer, hoping to get a dog to go with the house. She does, but Killer ends up being a small puppy.
* According to ''[[Literature/TheCallistaTrilogy Children of the Jedi]]'', Leia named one of her aunt's pet pittins (kitten analogues) AT-AV (short for All-Terrain Attack Vehicle). Not hard to imagine a kitten acting like that...
* In the children's book series for ''Literature/HowToTrainYourDragon'', Fishlegs has a dragon named Horrorcow. It's vaguely cow-like, but not at all horrifying.
* In one of the books in Phyllis Reynolds Naylor's ''Alice'' series, a family hears that having a dog named "Killer" will deter robbers and change the name of their aged and harmless dog from "Muffin" to "Killer".
* The cat, "Dragon", in ''MrsFrisbyAndTheRatsOfNIMH'' got his name as a joke when he was a kitten, pretending to be fierce. The name became fitting when [[CatsAreMean he grew up]].
* In ''Literature/TheSavannahReidMysteries'', subverted with Lady Eleanor's dogs, Hitler, Satan, and Killer. They're tiny little fluffy dogs, not what you'd first expect the breed to be if you'd only heard the names. They ''are'' quite aggressive at first, but once Savannah starts treating them kindly, they're rather friendly to everyone.
* The ''Literature/WingsOfFire'' series has a dragon ''literally'' named Deathbringer. He's actually a very lighthearted and comical dragon, [[spoiler: which is part of why Glory starts to fall for him]].
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* Do˝a Clotilde from ''Series/ElChavoDelOcho'' likes to adopt puppies and baptize them as "Satan" and "Lucifer". Her poor pets also have a tendency to run off, so she tries to bring them back by calling their names loudly. Add this to the fact that her neighbors doesn't always know she has a pet, and HilarityEnsues (she's called The Witch of Apartment 71...)
* Subverted in an episode of ''ThatsSoRaven'' which featured a Yorkshire terrier named Monster.
-->'''Raven:''' Aww, they named it Monster because it's so cute?\\
'''Chelsea:''' No, they named it Monster because [[KillerRabbit it'll rip your arms and legs off]].
* The GIANT DEATH RAY from ''Series/ThatMitchellAndWebbLook''. It's actually an oversized barcode scanner named after its creator, [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Professor Death]], who is himself is something of an example: an ardent pacifist whose inventions are intended for peaceful endeavours, who happens to have the surname Death.
* In Season 4 of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', the gang is plagued by Gachnar, a fear demon. Buffy is overzealous and breaks his giant symbol, freeing him to the revelation that he was only a couple of inches tall. After some cooing, Gachnar then gets squashed by the slayer's boot.
-->'''Giles:''' Don't taunt the Fear Demon.\\
'''Xander:''' Why? Can it hurt me?\\
'''Giles:''' No, it's just tacky.
** Also there was the example of the gentle, rather romantic gentleman nicknamed "William the Bloody" because his poetry was "so bloody awful" that one listener said he would [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor rather have a railroad spike jammed through his head]] than listen to another poem. [[NotSoHarmless Then young William was turned into a vampire who called himself Spike...]]
* Same joke, ''way'' different execution occurred in ''Series/{{Angel}}'' when Cordelia, as a princess, and to her vocal disgust, is coerced to mate with a hideous, destructive monster called the Groosalugg...until she finds out 'Groo' is only hideous by ''demon'' standards; he's actually an incredibly handsome and skilled human warrior and really quite sweet in temperament. (She still doesn't mate with him, but for different reasons.)
* In a live action skit spoofing ''VideoGame/GodOfWar'', ''Series/XPlay'' had Kratos's final opponent be [[spoiler:the God of Chaos, which happened to be a cute little puppy.]]
* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "Closing Time", Craig's son [[BabyLanguage introduces himself]] to the Doctor (fluent in Baby) as Stormageddon, Dark Lord of All.
* On ''Series/CornerGas'', Brent gives his baseball pitches intimidating names like "Hammer of Thor", but since he's in a slow pitch league, they are all identical, slow-moving arcs. Lacey advises him to change their names to things like "Rainbow" and "Pregnant Lady's Belly".
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* Also, [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/cute-puppy-pictures-call-me-killer.jpg this guy.]]
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VisualNovel/AceAttorneyInvestigations:''
** While the man himself also looks imposing, Detective Tyrell Badd is a [[NoSmoking lollipop-sucking]] and rather good mannered cop.
** The complete fluffball Colias Palaeno, whose original Japanese name is Damien Hinge. The name in the English version averts this, as ''colias palaeno'' is a species of butterfly, making it more of a MeaningfulName.
* Apparently Creator/Nintendo thought Franchise/Kirby's name was this, and that's one of the reasons his name was chosen as such. But he still has his BadassAdorable moments.
* The mission in ''VideoGame/BrutalLegend'' where you meet The Killmaster, [[{{Cameo}} who looks suspiciously like Lemmy Kilmister from Motorhead for some reason...]] Anyway, the man is, in fact, a healer. And a damn good one. This whole mess with his name is {{justified|Trope}}, however, as Killmaster ''intentionally'' chose the name to scare people off, because otherwise they would ShootTheMedicFirst.
* The ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' games have a faction known as the Followers of The Apocalypse. With a name like that, you'd expect them to be really evil or at least really metal. Instead, they're probably the setting's most altruistic and harmless factions, being essentially the post-apocalyptic Red Cross. The name stands for the fact that they seek knowledge of the Old World so that mistakes like the Great War can never be repeated again. Of course, one of their former members happens to be the founder of [[TheHorde Caesar's Legion]], though he's considered the BlackSheep of the faction.
** In ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'', there's a Super Mutant by the name of Mean Sonofabitch. He protects the slums of Westside from raiders and is a GentleGiant at nature (though somewhat unintelligible due to having his tongue cut out by some {{Sociopathic Soldier}}s).
* One of Rin's cats in ''VisualNovel/LittleBusters'' is named [[AdolfHitler Hitler]]. Most of the cats are named after historical individuals, including [[WorldWarTwo Isoroku]] and [[OsamuTezuka Tezuka]].
* Used to hilarious effect in ''{{Mercenaries}} 2''. There's a mission that tells you to get something called the Devastator. At first, the pointer seems to lead you to a gigantic tank...but then, after you get in, the pointer shows the Devastator is a cute little scooter.
* Captain Dread of ''VideoGame/MonkeyIsland2LeChucksRevenge''. Remember that "dread" is a word with more than one meaning. Bonus points for being the only Jamaican in the series so far.
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'''s nickname function lets you have this, {{Fluff|y The Terrible}}ies, and Deathbringers that grow into their name when they evolve.
** There is also Gorebyss, which immediately bring to mind "an abyss of gore," [[http://s181.photobucket.com/albums/x314/Sythja/pokemon%20vault/?action=viewĄt=Gorebyss.gif&newest=1 unless you know what it looks like]]. In all fairness though, it is "gorgeous," and does live in an "abyss", as in "the bottom of the sea". However, that's just a facade. Its actually very aggressive and hunts by Mind Raping its prey, shoving its extremely sharp mouth into their unconscious bodies, and sucking their fluids out. Yes its beautiful, but the name fits.
* Paarthurnax in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]''. Admittedly, he ''is'' a dragon, but for someone whose name means "Ambition Overlord Cruelty", he's really nice. As in, ActualPacifist levels of nice. In the old days he really did live up to his name, being TheDragon to the BigBad. His current state is a self-imposed ''penance''.
* In JaggedAlliance 2, there is a character named Spider. She is a kindly, maternal medic and absolute pants at everything killing-related. She got the nickname from her brothers, who teased her about her fear of bugs. Of course, thanks to her high wisdom stats, she gets better at everything killing-related scarily fast. Which the developers fully intended and added lots of [[BreakTheCutie Break the Cutie]] moments into her dialogue. Statements like: "How can anyone see that and not question what we do for a living?" are only the beginning.
* In ''VisualNovel/SuperDanganRonpa2'', Gundam Tanaka has a group of hamsters he named "The Four Dark Gods of Destruction". [[spoiler:Of course, they're not ''completely'' harmless, as one of his hamsters makes him possible to kill Nekomaru Nidai by sneaking and pressing a button to shut Nidai off, until he ties Nidai up in a place where a struggle will get him killed.]]
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* In ''Webcomic/MotherlyScootaloo'', a WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Tumblr comic, apparently Lightning Blitz fits this, as the [[http://motherlyscootaloo.tumblr.com/post/38132224316/askdiscordwhooves-and-now-for-a-quick-spoof Ask Discord Hooves]] crossover shows (see BabyLanguage).
* In the ''Webcomic/{{Housepets}}'' universe, wolves traditionally name themselves. Babylon Garden's resident wolf has [[RidiculouslyCuteCritter half-a-dozen kids]] who can't wait to name themselves. Among current suggestions are "Deathaxe" and "Space Laser".
-->'''Miles:''' ...We try to put this off as long as possible.
* This trope is named after ''[[DanAndMabsFurryAdventures DMFA]]'' 's "[[http://www.missmab.com/Comics/Vol_372.php Deathbringer]]", an incredibly cute bubble-gum creature. While she picked out her own name, she has so far demonstrated absolutely no aggression nor offensive capabilities whatsoever. The four characters that know she exists also call her Deebs for short.
* ''Webcomic/CaseyAndAndy'' has the [[http://www.galactanet.com/comic/view.php?strip=312 PLANET DEVOURER!]] However, it does eat Mars. [[spoiler:A model of Mars, not the actual planet.]] Later on, it proves able to chew through Satan's most powerful magical artifact. The Planet Devourer actually ''can'' devour anything... it just has to do so one dainty nibble at a time.
* ''PvP'' features an adorable kitty cat named Scratch Fury, Destroyer of Worlds. It could be called subverted--Scratch actually wants to conquer the Earth--but he's so easily distracted by cat things that he's ultimately ([[http://www.pvponline.com/2006/10/05/oct-5-2006/ mostly]]) harmless.
* ''[[Webcomic/FlintlockesGuideToAzeroth Flintlocke vs. The Horde]]'' has [[http://pc.gamespy.com/flintlocke-vs-the-horde/hares-and-heroines-/913756p1.html Bun'kar, the warrior bunny]]. Being a hunter's pet, it might become KillerRabbit later, though. While Bun'kar, the warrior bunny, never fights, he and his hunter manage to overpower at least three characters, one of which was significantly stronger. The healer(Doc) remarks "That rabbit was dynamite."
-->"Please do not nuzzle the instrument of my vengeance."
* When ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'''s Light Warriors had Drizzl surrounded and down for the count, Drizzl attempted to summon the "True Guardian" of the cave, which he had bought from ConMan Akbar based on its description as a fierce [[MixAndMatchCritters chimera]] with claws, fire breath, and potent venom. Drizzl discovers at the worst possible moment that the creature was just a platypus with a makeshift flamethrower strapped to its underbelly.
* Strange variation: there's a song on one of the ''{{Homestuck}}'' soundtrack albums titled "[[http://homestuck.bandcamp.com/track/walls-covered-in-blood Walls Covered in Blood]]." Where the title might imply [[PaintTheTownRed a murderous rampage]], it's actually the {{leitmotif}} of {{moe}} {{catgirl}} Nepeta Leijon, whose bedroom walls are indeed covered in blood because [[ShipperOnDeck she uses it to draw charts shipping all her friends]], and the song itself is a [[TastesLikeDiabetes painfully cutesy]] upbeat MarioPaint track.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Mokepon}}'', Elle uses a Diglett named "Gutripper".
* Invoked by June with Leopold's nickname, Spiders, in ''Webcomic/PrincessChroma''. It's not the deadliest name, granted, but this is the name given to a fluffy winged lop-eared magical bunny MentorMascot.
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* [[http://akaichounokoe.deviantart.com/art/Usagi-Kaiju-398694942 Usagi-Kaiju]] is a very realistic stuffed animal rabbit but, as she a mostly called, another name for her would be Deathbringer.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLifeAsATeenageRobot'' has Killgore. Name that sounds like something that would rain destruction, but actually just a cute little wind-up toy who insists he's unstoppably evil.
* ''WesternAnimation/PlanetSheen'': Boh-Rok, a rainbow-colored pony, was thought to be a destructive monster. [[spoiler:Sheen manages to remove a nose hair that was bothering Boh-Rok and it turns out that he isn't as evil as the aliens thought, but rather, [[TastesLikeDiabetes a cheerful, happy pony]].]]
* ''RubyGloom'' has the Doom Kitty, an otherwise normal, if intelligent and expressive, black cat.
* Chainsaw from ''WesternAnimation/GoofTroop''. Despite her dangerous name, she's a mostly harmless cat-sized lapdog with a bow. The worst thing she ever does is chase the neighbors' cat.
* The title characters from ''The Chubb Chubbs''.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* The Great Shrike-Tyrant. Sounds like some sort of Lovecraftian shark, right? Nope -- it's a cute little bird. The whole genus is called 'tyrannus' because they aggressively chase other birds out of their territories.
* Actual shrikes are also cute little birds whose Latin name means "butcher," and they're often called "butcher birds." Why? Because they ''impale their prey'' on thorns. It sounds nastier than it is. They're really just saving bugs for later.
* Bloodhounds are among the gentler dog breeds. They actually got their names because they are hunting dogs with the main purpose of following blood trails.
* The death's head hawk moth, which has a {{badass}} name not only in English but in Latin as well. ''Acherontia atropos'' (which does geniunely sound omnious if you know your GreekMythology) has also [[ObviouslyEvil a skull motif on his back]]. But yet it's a ''butterfly'', and it can't even hurt anything. Despite its RealLife reputation as a harbinger of death and evil. All that it does which is harmful that is ''[[PokeThePoodle raiding beehives for honey]]''.
* The ominously named ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Purgatorius Purgatorius]]'' was a small mammal that was one of the first species to emerge after the death of the dinosaurs, and the ancestor of the primates.
* Due to the company's {{Goth}} aesthetic, many of Website/{{Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab}}'s perfumes have ominous names, although few of them smell particularly menacing. For instance, [[CthulhuMythos Shub-Niggurath]] smells like incense and ''gingerbread'', and [[{{Satan}} Al-Shairan]] has the demonic reek of spiced oranges with a hint of peach.
* The tiny and adorable pygmy marmosets at Edinburgh Zoo are named 'Terminator' and 'She-Ra'.
* The Slavic name "Dragomir," to English speakers. Despite sounding like it means something about dragons or devils, it actually means "He who loves peace." Whether individual Dragomirs (Dragomiri?) are this, Fluffies, or anywhere in between is up to them, obviously.
* The caterpillar of moth species ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Citheronia_regalis Citheronia regalis]]'' is so-named ''hickory horned'' '''devils''' because of their spikes, but unlike most spiky/fuzzy caterpillars, these 'devils' ' spikes are not that dangerous to humans (as in, not loaded with venom etc). Plus, they grow up into moths, which are usually not nasty insects (although regalis moths are [[BigCreepyCrawlies relatively large insects]]).
* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eastern_Kingbird Eastern Kingbird]], known in Latin as ''Tyrannus tyrannus''. What kind of mighty, badass predatory bird could bear that name? It is actually no bigger than a sparrow, which, to boot, looks adorable.
* Admit it. You either know a pet named with this trope, have a pet named with this trope, or would do so if you could get away with it.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pogona Pogona]] aka [[OurDragonsAreDifferent Bearded Dragons]] are adorable little lizards that are popular pets since they are very easy to handle. Their diet consists solely of insects and greens, with a preference for the latter in adulthood. They are harmless to humans, a rarity among species native to [[LandDownUnder Australia]].
* The Komodo dragon is about the only "dragon"-named lizard that ''is'' harmful to humans. Water Dragons, the aforementioned Bearded Dragons, Frilled Dragons, and even Flying Dragons (perhaps ''especially'' Flying Dragons, which are less than a foot long) are all much less intimidating than you'd expect from a dragon.
* ''Vampyroteuthis infernalis'' translates to the "vampire squid from hell". It's a harmless animal that eats plankton. It's also kinda ugly cute.
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