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->''No, they're not a couple... They're a superhuman tag team...''

Misaki Ayuzawa is the first female Student Council President of Seika High School, a former all-boys school which, despite recently having turned coed, remains a den of masculine crudeness -- stinking sports equipment, litter, sloppy hygiene and racy magazines... not exactly a welcoming atmosphere for its nascent female student body. Misaki is determined to change all that, and, having won the presidency through a shockingly slim margin, she proceeds to rule (read: terrorize) the male majority with an iron fist.

Takumi Usui is the most popular boy in Seika High and, like Misaki, is a model student to boot -- intelligent, strong, and popular with boys and girls alike -- but he frustrates Misaki to no end by making any girl who comes to confess to him cry with his flat rejections. Misaki can't stand such men, let alone [[DoesNotLikeMen all men in general]] ever since her father walked out on her, her younger sister, and their mother with a huge debt to boot.

Misaki and Takumi's lives, however, would truly cross for the first time the moment the latter discovers Misaki's best-kept secret: she works part-time in a [[{{meido}} maid]] costume at the "Maid Latte" MaidCafe in order to support her family. Despite this discovery, which Misaki fears will dash any respect left for her at school, Takumi does nothing... except become a frequent customer at the cafe, much to Misaki's confusion and chagrin. Is he planning to blackmail her? Is he just a jerk? Or, did the unthinkable happen -- he fell in love with her?

Whatever the cause, [[AnAmusingCircumstanceOfSomeSortOccurs Hilarity Ensues]].

''Kaichou Wa Maid-sama!'' ("''The Student Council President is a Maid!''") -- ''Maid-Sama!'' for the US release -- is a {{Shoujo}} {{Manga}} written by Hiro Fujiwara, with an anime adaptation which first aired in the Spring 2010 anime season, and is now available in the US by Creator/Section23Films. What's more, an OVA titled ''Kaichou wa Maid-sama! [=LaLa=] Special'' was released with the magazine [=LaLa=]. It featured character introductions and a voice swapping comedy. The last DVD/BD of the anime also contained a short OVA featuring an extra story.

The manga wrapped up in September 2013 at 85 chapters.
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!!This manga provides examples of:

* AccidentalMisnaming: The reason why Kanou lost the student council president election by one vote. People either kept misspelling his name or just put down "that guy with the glasses (No, not ''[[Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses that one]]'')," leading to said ballots being discounted.
* TheAce: Usui is:
** "Really ''[[{{Zoolander}} really really]]'' ridiculously good-looking".
** Always has free time.
** Highly intelligent.
** Prone to appearing out of nowhere [[StalkerWithACrush to tease Misaki]] or [[MysteriousProtector bail her out of a tight spot]].
** A SupremeChef.
** [[SmartPeoplePlayChess Very good at chess]].
** A talented violinist.
** The star player of every sports club in the school. Not that he is a member of any of them.
** Capable of leaping off the school's roof [[NighInvulnerable without serious injury]].
*** Is he even human? Probably not. Misaki [[LampshadeHanging hangs a lampshade]], taking to calling him a "perverted space alien."
* ActionGirl: Misaki.
* AbsurdlyPowerfulStudentCouncil: Well, most of the said power radiates from the [[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking President]].
* AdaptationDyeJob: Some minor characters among the Maid Latte staff and the Seika student council have some adjustments made to their hair colors in the anime. Additionally, Kou, the bassist of the band [=UxMishi=], gets teal hair.
* AlertnessBlink: All the time. Once by a cat!
* AllJustADream: In the anime, the ''entirety'' of Episode 9, engineered by Usui with a recording and a set of headphones.
** DroppedABridgeOnHim: The story ends with [[spoiler:Usui killing off the three idiots]]. And they all lived happily ever after.
** EatTheDog: The three idiots (as Momotaro's monkey, pheasant and dog partners) are always being told that if worse comes to worse, they will be used as food.
** HonestAxe: Suzuna appears in this role.
** StorybookEpisode: Mashing together several fables in the process.
*** [[LampshadeHanging All of which are lampshaded multiple times by Usui/Misaki.]]
** {{Hammerspace}}: Usui pulls out a freaking ''rocket launcher'' from out of his cape. The Three Idiots could only exclaim, ''[[LampshadeHanging "That's impossible!"]]''
* AllMenArePerverts: Seika High is like this, with a few exceptions.
* AnimalMotifs: A [[http://randomc.net/image/Kaichou%20wa%20Maid-sama!/Kaichou%20wa%20Maid-sama!%20-%2025%20-%20Large%2015.jpg Doberman for Usui]], while [[http://lolosad.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/11/shiba-inu.jpg Shinitani's is a Shiba Inu]]. Wonder what animal best represents Misaki...
* ArtEvolution: Not nearly as dramatic as some other longer-running series, but compare the 1st Course with [[http://gallery.minitokyo.net/view/525980 the 48th Course]].
* AsLongAsItSoundsForeign: The name of [=UxMishi=]'s drummer, Yuuji William Adam (ゆぅぢ), seems likely to be a pseudonym he chose himself (though the probability of him being half-Japanese, half-something else is not impossible).
* AttemptedRape: [[spoiler:Tora Igarashi]] to Misaki.
* BattleAura: Misaki usually accompanied with GlowingEyesOfDoom.
* BeachEpisode: Complete with a beach volleyball tournament and an aborted onsen visit.
* BelligerentSexualTension: Usui and Misaki, although they aren't nearly as bad about it as many other anime couples, going from ''completely'' belligerent to very nearly a confirmed couple about thirty-two chapters in.
** [[spoiler: Made it to OfficialCouple as of chapter 58. There's still a bit of [[BelligerentSexualTension BST]] but now it's almost entirely for the sake of their schoolmates. The two of them (even Misaki) seems to ''know'' they're both putting on airs but still "play along" instead of pushing the other person on whatever issue brought up.]]
* {{Bifauxnen}}: The employees from Misa's cafe sometimes have "girls only" day, were the employees dress like guys. "Misaki-kun" is very popular.
** Misaki pulls the SweetPollyOliver act on her own at one point in order to help her fellow maid/friend Erika avoid a bad situation with an overly-devoted customer. Basically, she gets made over Visual Kei-style into "[[PaperThinDisguise Bisanki-kun]]" and has to enter a dessert eating contest. Everyone at Maid Latte ends up figuring out it's her by the end of it. HilarityEnsues in the process, since not only is the Idiot Trio ''and'' Hinata Shintani competing in the contest, but LovableSadist Usui is the chef behind it all, and intentionally heaps on the sweets to tease Misaki.
* BigDamnHeroes: Usui at times, especially when Misaki is nearly raped by [[spoiler:Igarashi]].
** In the anime, he also gets to come to the rescue when [[spoiler:Misaki is ambushed at Maid Latte after closing by a pair of stalkers; he kicks a stun gun out of one guy's hand while Misaki handles the other one]]. It's subverted in the manga, however: he tries, but [[spoiler:Misaki [[CurbStompBattle curbstomps]] both of them]] before he manages to do more than break in a window, and he only gets to help with the cleanup.
* BigEater: Hinata Shintani. He used to be an overweight, lazy kid in his younger years; he slimmed down while living in the country, but he can ''still'' pack it away like nobody's business.
* {{Bishounen}}: Usui, when he makes the effort, and [[spoiler: his half brother Gerard Walker]], who looks like an older and more polished version of [[spoiler: him.]] One could also make a case for Tora Igarashi and Kuuga.
** Soichiro Kanou, too, if he had any confidence in himself, could likely pull this off. Also: a number of fangirls consider The Idiot Trio to be this, on the rare [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys occasions when they're drawn normally.]]
* BlandNameProduct: Misaki's laptop sports a logo which is a pear version of the Apple Computer logo.
* ButtMonkey: Yukimura. It's harder to name times when the guy ''isn't'' being teased, tossed around, or made to cross-dress.
** The Idiot Trio. Even by the author herself, as shown in the sidebar sections of the manga.
* ButNotTooForeign: [[spoiler: Usui is revealed to be this. Being the illegitimate child of an Englishman accounts for his blonde hair. His birth name is revealed to be Takumi Walker, but due to his unfavorable status within the family he abandoned the name at a young age and was later adopted into the Usui household.]]
** Maria Miyazono, the woman who becomes [[spoiler: Seika High's English teacher]]. As of chapter 58, no explanation has been given for her name.
* {{Cancellation}}: Considering that American publisher {{Tokyopop}} closed down, the manga is pretty much canceled in the U.S. unless it gets picked up by another publisher.
* CatGirl: One of the the boss's ideas for Moefying her Cafe even more.
* CaughtTheHeartOnHisSleeve: [[WholesomeCrossdresser Aoi]] to Usui, [[spoiler: not that it works.]] Misaki to Usui in the final episode.
* CharacterDevelopment
* {{Chickification}}: Subverted early on: [[spoiler:It looks like Misaki is going to need Usui to rescue her from assault after a couple of guys catch her alone in the cafe after hours. [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Misaki]]]] ''[[{{Badass}} breaks out of her restraints]]'' [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome in a fit of rage and]] [[CurbStompBattle curbstomps them]] before Usui can do more than kick in a window.
** Usui gets a ''little'' more to do in the anime version of the scene, [[spoiler:kicking the stun-gun out of one of the guy's hands while Misaki is busy beating the other one to a pulp.]] In the original scene from the manga, however, she handles everything herself.
* ChickMagnet: Usui. Misaki is also a [[GenderInvertedTrope gender inverted]] example, with at least ''nine people'' (Takumi Usui, the Idiot Trio, Tora Igarashi[[note]]The Student Council President of Miyabi Gaoka Academy[[/note]], Kuuga Sakurai[[note]]The lead vocalist of [=UxMishi=][[/note]], Hinata Shintani, Maria Miyazono, and [[spoiler:Aoi Hyoudou]]) interested in her.
** Out of universe as well. The majority of the {{Periphery Demographic}} seem to have fallen in love with her to some degree or another. She is one of the better developed characters of the {{tsundere}} type.
* ChivalrousPervert: Usui teases Misaki endlessly about the fact that they're attracted to each other but he doesn't actually do anything naughty to her. In fact, he is chivalrous to the point that in chapter 48, Misaki is not only completely unworried about leaving Sakura alone with him, she's baffled at Kuuga's suggestion that she ''should'' be worried, in spite of her usual opinions about men.
* ChristmasCake: [[ShipperOnDeck Satsuki]] and [[LesYay Maria Miyazono]].
* CosplayCafe: Misaki works at a MaidCafe.
* CurbStompBattle: Basically any time Usui gets involved in any kind of competition. [[spoiler:Even if he has a broken arm.]] Misaki also delivers a few curbstomps herself (see above).
* CurtainsMatchTheWindow: Quite a few characters with the exception of Usui and, most of the time at least, Misaki.
* [[DoesNotKnowHisOwnStrength Does Not Know Her Own Strength]]: Hilariously played with in episode 12 - Misaki was "exercising" with a waiter's tray that apparently weighed several tons to warm up for the Sports Festival, and was horrifically discovered by one of her co-workers to be heavy enough to smash through the floor tiles when dropped.
* DoesNotLikeMen: Misaki thinks that most guys are irresponsible scum, although the male students are depicted as mostly harmless.
** She gets a SpearCounterpart in Soutarou Kanou who initially [[HeManWomanHater hates girls]] because of a similar but gender flipped reason as Misaki -- his mother abandoned his family when he was younger.[[note]]Although the reason isn't quite exactly the same as the mother left because Kanou's dad was a violent, chauvinist brute.[[/note]]
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: The male protagonist being a handsome lech [[spoiler:who turns out to be an illegitmate child, disowned by part of his family, in love with a strong-willed, indifferent-to-romance heroine? [[OuranHighSchoolHostClub Why does that sound familiar?]]]]
* DraggedByTheCollar: Misaki constantly beats up and drags away the ComicTrio whenever they're being silly.
* EatingTheEyeCandy: Misaki towards Usui.
* EstrogenBrigadeBait: Usui serves as both an in-universe and outside-universe example.
* EvenTheGirlsWantHer: According to some of the students, Misaki has a "[[PrinceCharming prince-like]]" character when compared to the male students of the school, making her rather attractive to some, or especially attractive when she [[{{Bifauxnen}} looks the part]].
* EvenTheGuysWantHim: Usui in the anime adaptation, who's also the trope's current poster boy. Can't blame them; even straight guys in RealLife want to kiss him!
** The manga has some suggestions towards this as well, with Hinata walking up to a wet, half-naked Usui, [[EatingTheEyeCandy sizing him up]], and [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/kaichou_wa_maid_sama/v06/c027/18.html cheerfully concluding that he probably would be completely hot for Usui if he actually swung that way.]]
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: The title roughly translates to "The President is a Maid!", which is pretty much the premise of the manga.
* EyesAlwaysShut: Maki, vice-president of Miyabigaoka
* FairytaleMotifs: Maid Latte translates to Milkmaid.
* FanDisservice: Meido doesn't necessarily equates to Moe: [[spoiler:Usui in Meido uniform]].
* FirstKiss: Props to Usui for not wasting time and planting one on Misaki in the ''sixth episode!''
** In the manga, it happened in the ''first volume!''
* FoodPorn: Usui is an [[SupremeChef exceptionally good cook]]. You will be drooling by the end of chapters in which he cooks.
* FreudianExcuse: Misaki's dislike for men stems from her father's abandonment of her family.
* TheGadfly: Usui ''really'' likes pushing Misaki's buttons. Sometimes it's just because he likes her violent, emotional side and other times it's just because it's funny.
* GenderFlip: Manga {{omake}} "The Student Council President is a Butler!" gender-flips all of the characters and has "Mikai" working at a ButlerCafe. Ironically, Mikai's complaints about women are almost a word-for-word copy of the initial [[HeManWomanHater girl-hating issues]] of Misaki's SpearCounterpart Kanou.
* GlowingEyesOfDoom
* GoGetterGirl: Misaki, of course.
* GodivaHair: [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/kaichou_wa_maid_sama/v11/c047/2.html I'm sure some people didn't mind this]] DreamSequence.
* GratuitousEnglish: Usui speaks fluent English. He doesn't use it much, but does break it out at their class's school festival cafe, and it's apparently cool enough that everyone in the room (and even ''the hallway outside'') is instantly charmed.
** English manga scanlations KeepItForeign by having him speaking French, with [[EverythingSoundsSexierInFrench the same effect]].
* GreenEyes: Usui's a a fairly aloof and mysterious guy, reaching nearly superhuman level feats. Anyone agree with the claim he's an alien? Good joy, he's even got a cat with eyes the same colour (it's a different shade though.) as his !
* GreenEyedMonster: Usui towards Misaki's closeness to Hinata (though it's only out of their childhood friend status). A blatant obvious example is [[spoiler:Aoi]], who isn't very pleased when he realizes Misaki and Usui seem to have had a RelationshipUpgrade in Chapter 33.
* {{Hammerspace}}: Lampshaded when Suzuna [[http://www.mangareader.net/kaichou-wa-maid-sama/65/13 apparently pulls a cherry pie out of nowhere and gives it to Hinata]].
--> '''Hinata's classmates:''' Hinata, what's going on? Is she a magician?
--> '''Hinata:''' Geez, I'm not sure myself...
* HandsomeLech: Though Usui only flirts with Misaki.
* IronicJuxtaposition: Angry face + LoveBubbles.
* {{Irony}}: Apparently a motif of the manga.
* ImagineSpot: Misa's Imagine Spots are directly correlated to the magnitude of her confusion.
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: [[spoiler:In spite of Aoi's crush on Misaki, he likes it when Misaki is "lovey-dovey" with Usui because it makes her cuter, and Aoi likes it when Misaki looks cute.]]
** [[spoiler:Maria Miyazono]] also helps Misaki and Usui get some time alone in chapter 58, purely for the sake of making Misaki happy.
* {{Keet}}: Hinata, full-stop. He's cuter than a giant puppy made of puppies. He should honestly be the poster boy for the trope in general.
** [[FridgeHorror A puppy made of puppies is a terrifying concept though!]]
* {{Jerkass}}: Tora and Hirofumi from Miyabigaoka Academy. Also Kuuga from [=UxMishi=], but [[spoiler:LoveRedeems for the latter later on. When he gets sick and is cared for by Sakura, he reciprocates her feelings genuinely this time around.]] Most recently, [[spoiler: Gerard is filling this role, ordering his bodyguard Cedric to monitor Usui and Misaki and prevent their relationship from progressing]].
* LampshadeHanging: Naturally, many episodes focus on this. Misaki-chan spends all of Episode 3 reluctantly learning how to act like a "moe little sister!"
* LastNameBasis: The only people to even refer to Usui by his first name are Hinata and [[spoiler: later on, Gerard Walker]], making it very easy to forget he ''even '''has''' one.''
* {{Leitmotif}}: Quite a few. Usui's got [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hiwHu6O1hJU THIS]] goin'. :)
* LethalChef: Misaki can't even make rice balls correctly. [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming Usui insists on eating her cooking anyhow.]]
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters
* LostInTranslation: In episode 17 of the anime: "Your enemies aren't your only opponents!"
* LoveConfession: [[spoiler:Usui actually gives one ''very'' early in the series [[note]]Chapter 4 to be precise[[/note]], but since it's not reciprocated (yet) it causes nothing but intense awkwardness on Misaki's part. He pretends it was a joke so he can recover their previous relationship. Unfortunately, Yukimura didn't think it was funny at all.]]
** In a much later chapter, [[spoiler:Misaki makes a valiant effort to confess to Usui, but he stops her because one of his brother's {{mook}}s is eavesdropping from the hallway.]]
** [[spoiler:Aoi]] makes the quickest confession in the world to Misaki in Chapter 55. And he just moves on with the conversation without even batting an eye.
*** [[spoiler: And '''FINALLY''' they both confess in chapter 57! Misaki even manages to name Usui as her boyfriend in chapter 58, at least to the staff of Maid Latte. She insists on hiding their new status from anyone at Seika High.]]
*** [[spoiler: As of chapter... 60? Pretty much Seika High knows about the couple, after Misaki announces her feelings to Usui in front of ''everyone'' because no one believed that they were dating]]
* LuminescentBlush: Misaki, very often in the presence of Usui. If Usui is around, she will display this within the next few panels, guaranteed.
* MadeOfIron: Usui against trees of high velocity. And leaping off the school's roof left him [[NighInvulnerable without serious injury]].
** Misaki's ''rice balls'' in episode 21.
* {{Meganekko}}: Yet another gimmick of Satsuki.
** Shizuko.
** Subaru, one of Misaki's coworkers at Maid Latte is a model example of this.
* MarketBasedTitle: ''Maid-Sama!'' is the English title. The original title is '''Kaichou Wa Maid-sama!''
* MasculineGirlFeminineBoy: As a non-romantic example ([[spoiler:except on Aoi's part]]), Aoi (a feminine boy) and Misaki (a masculine girl).
* {{Meido}}: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin It's in the friggin' title.]]
* MoeCouplet: Kanou and Yukimura. Misaki and Usui also counts as a more romantic variant since they both spark hilarious reactions in each other they don't normally express with other people.
* MomentKiller: Chapter 60. [[spoiler: ''God damn it'' Hinata, why did you have to do it?!]]
* MoodWhiplash: The first seven episodes are light and comedic, and portray Misaki as pretty much TheAce, except to MartyStu Usui. Then in episode eight, [[spoiler:she is easily incapacitated and nearly raped by Igarashi]]. The next episode is an over-the-top spoof of Japanese mythology.
* MundaneMadeAwesome: Usui's way of cooking in episode 4 is just too epic for words.
* MysteriousProtector: Usui has some shades of this, somehow managing to appear whenever Misaki needs help.
* NotSoStoic: Usui proves to be rather more childish than your standard inscrutable bishounen love interest.
* NotWhatItLooksLike:
** [[http://www.mangareader.net/147-57287-22/kaichou-wa-maid-sama/chapter-53.html Misaki points out]] the possible misinterpretation of Kanou [[http://www.mangareader.net/147-57287-21/kaichou-wa-maid-sama/chapter-53.html trying to get a spider out of Yukimura's clothes]]. It [[http://www.mangareader.net/147-57287-23/kaichou-wa-maid-sama/chapter-53.html happens again]] with Usui.
** Aoi walks in on the cafe employees [[LesYay acting out]] various [[ImagineSpot scenarios]] of Usui and Misaki's relationship for [[ShipperOnDeck Satsuki's]] [[NoseBleed benefit]], leading to [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/kaichou_wa_maid_sama/v12/c061.5/10.html this.]]
*** Also leads to a BigNo when their theories go a bit too far.
* PaperThinDisguise: Misaki tried to disguise herself and enter the all-you-can-eat contest at Maid Latte in order to help Erika; and everyone who knew her basically recognized her immediately. Even Hinata got suspicious by the end of it.
* PetTheDog: Tora's handling of things during Maki's quiet BSOD may not be enough to redeem him, but it ''does'' demonstrate that he's capable of being something other than a [[RichBitch Rich]] [[JerkAss Jerkass]]... at least once in a while.
* PlayingAgainstType: Misaki's mom Minako and boss Satsuki who are both above 30 years old are played by AyakoKawasumi and Creator/AkiToyosaki respectively, who both usually play younger girls.
** Barring the age group of their usual roles, the personalities of the characters are pretty comarable to that of their usual roles.
* RelationshipVoiceActor: If you've watched TheSacredBlacksmith before, you're probably going to get reminded of [[Creator/AyumiFujimura Cecily]], [[Creator/NobuhikoOkamoto Luke]] and [[Creator/AkiToyosaki Lisa]] who are voicing Misaki, Usui and Satsuki respectively. And if you watched ToaruMajutsuNoIndex you recognize, [[Creator/AtsushiAbe Touma]], [[Creator/AyumiFujimura Seiri]] and [[Creator/NobuhikoOkamoto Accelerator]] as Hinata, Misaki and Usui respectively.
* SmartPeoplePlayChess: Usui
* SheCleansUpNicely: In her day-to-day clothes, Misaki is pretty damn cute. When she's actually dolled up (usually for work, and thus usually in the maid costume) she's a knockout.
* ShipTease: [[spoiler:Aoi]]'s crush on Misaki was blatantly obvious, given his {{Tsundere}} tendencies.
* {{Shoujo}}
* ShipperOnDeck: Namely Chief, who constantly fangirls over even the smallest hint of sexual tension between the couple, leading to nosebleeds, moe flowers and tears of joy.
* SingleTargetSexuality: Usui and Hinata are both Misaki-sexual.
* {{Squee}}: Not hard to imagine every time [[spoiler: Misaki and Usui kiss or get into intimate proximity]].
** Taken UpToEleven in chapter 57
** Or for some, every time Usui comes onto screen.
* StalkerWithACrush: Usui, a bit.
* StudentCouncilPresident: Or is that a bit too obvious?
* TaremeEyes: Misaki.
* [[ThoseTwoGuys Those Three Guys]]: The Three Idiots or The Idiot Trio. And yes, that's what the '''author''' calls them.
** Misaki has her own set of ThoseTwoGirls, her friends Sakura and Shizuko.
** Later there's also Kanou and Yukimura.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Shizuko isn't exactly a tomboy, but she fits the role in her relationship with Sakura (the resident girly girl), being much more plain, prosaic, and uninterested in things like bands and dating.
** SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: Like the above example, Kanou isn't really your stereotypical macho man, but fits the role in his relationship with Yukimura, being much taller and more brooding.
* {{Tsundere}}: Misaki, very much. [[LampshadeHanging Heavily lampshaded]] by the owner of Maid Latte in one chapter. She starts off as distinctly Type A (violent approach), but has mellowed a bit into a Type B over the course of the series.
** Also, Aoi. He's comes off as quite the spoiled brat, but he'll insist on making cute clothes for Misaki and is perceptive of her feelings for Usui.
* UnluckyChildhoodFriend: Hinata.
* UnresolvedSexualTension: Between Misaki and Usui, of course.
** [[spoiler:[[RelationshipUpgrade No longer as of chapter 57.]]]]
* WholesomeCrossdresser: Aoi, Satsuki's 14 year old nephew ''really'' enjoys dressing like a girl.
* WineIsClassy
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