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[[caption-width-right:232:Never mind that there are eight of them, Battle Force Five just sounds cooler. [[OneTwoThreeFourGo Or they're trying to appeal to a Japanese market.]]]]
-->''"Speed, power, and attitude, dudes. Let's roll."''
-->-- '''Vert Wheeler'''

HotWheelsBattleForce5 is an animated series from Nerd Corps, the makers of ''DragonBooster'', ''WesternAnimation/StormHawks'' and ''LeagueOfSuperEvil,'' that aired on Creator/CartoonNetwork from 2009 to 2011. It is MerchandiseDriven, much like the previous entries in the ''WesternAnimation/HotWheelsAcceleracers'' franchise, but this is the first one to be an all-out animated series. While the main character, Vert Wheeler, seems to be the same, no mention is made of the previous two works.

The series is notable for how {{Troperiffic}} it is; it seems like Nerd Corps hunted down every SaturdayMorningCartoon trope they could think of, and are systematically working their way down the list. In fact, this show has so many tropes, that we decided to provide a list of tropes in each episode [[Recap/HotWheelsBattleForce5 here.]]
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!!''HotWheelsBattleForce5'' provides examples of:
* AlwaysChaoticEvil: The Shadowriders are a straight example.
** Sage mentions that the Red Sentients were the ones who started and progressed the war [[spoiler: Though by the Season 2 finale, they are tired of the conflict and make peace. In the third season Korosivash and Karmakaris prove that they're not evil, and the Red Sentient 5 seem to be the exception.]]
* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: Stanford's older brother Simon, who also manages to be [[JerkAss a total jerk]].
* AnimeHair: Spinner.
* ApocalypseHow: It's amazing how many different ways class X-5 can occur:
** Destabilzation of [[CosmicKeystone the Gyroid Zone.]]
** Complete collapse of a battlezone.
** Anti-matter and shadow matter mixing with each other.
* ArcNumber: 5. Expect to see plenty of pentagons.
* BackForTheFinale: Master Takeyasu and Jack Wheeler re-appear in ''Full Revolution''.
* BashBrothers: The Cortez Brothers.
* BatmanGambit: [[spoiler: Used by Krytus against Sol:]]
--> [[spoiler: '''Krytus''': When Kytren told me of Sol's survival, I suspected he might try this, [[TakingYouWithMe to destroy his brother and his respawn chamber with his dying energy pulse.]] Such a noble sacrifice! So we built a false chamber just for Sol. The only thing he will destroy is himself!]]
* BerserkButton: Don't mess with Stanford's fauxhawk, Sever learns this the hard way in the second to last episode of Season One.
** Also, don't capture Spinner. Sherman wouldn't appreciate it.
* BigBadEnsemble: Season 1 had Zemerik and Kalus as the BigBad while season 2 had the Red Sentients, more specifically Krytus, replace Zemerik.
* BigDamnHeroes: [[spoiler:''Unite And Strike''. Vert is about to get run down by the entire Red Sentient 5...until the Mobi arrives piloted by Tezz and AJ to save him and let him revive the Blue Sentients.]]
* BigNo: Zemerik gives a pretty good one when Krytus is [[SealedEvilInACan let out of his can]].
** Krytus get's a nice one in [[spoiler:''Get Zemerik'' after an Alpha-Code possessed Zemerik ''forgives him'', thus rendering his eons old revenge meaningless.]]
* BrainsAndBrawn: Zemerik is the brains, while Zug is the brawn.
* BulletTime: Stanford and his evil counterpart do this to each other, in a ShoutOut to ''Film/TheMatrix''. Yes, ''in their cars''.
* BurpingContest: The Cortez Brothers have one in an effort to gross out Agura. [[OneOfTheBoys She joins in]].
* ButtMonkey: Stanford on more than one occasion, though he has a tendency to be somewhat of a JerkAss, so it's sometimes deserved. Then again, he has got better as the series has moved on, so it has become less frequent.
* CainAndAbel: Krytus is Cain, Sage is Abel.
** Also seen between Kytren and Sol:
--> '''Kytren''': Brother? Alive!? Not for long...
** Actually, this is apparently standard for Sentients, as every Red Sentient has a twin sibling who is blue.
* CatchPhrase: "Battle Force 5, roll out!"
* ChainsawGood: Vert has one on his Saber. This bears repeating; his ''car'' has a ''chainsaw'' on it.
* ChallengingTheChief: [[DeathCourse Kiohakoko]], the Vandal ceremony used to determine who the Vandal Warlord shall be.
* TheChosenOne: Zoom, though [[IJustWantToBeNormal he'd rather it wasn't]]. The reason he left the order is because he's tired of the constant meditation and monotonous meals of rice.
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: Try not to ally yourself with the Red Sentients, as they ''will'' betray you [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness once you've served your purpose.]]
* CompanionCube: Stanford's teddy bear, Sir Fluffalot.
* ColorCodedForYourConvenience: Exactly what color a Zurk is depends on who is controlling it: they're Blue if they're under Zemerik's command, or Red if they're being controlled by a Red Sentient.
** And now there is a ''third'' faction of them who worship the Alpha-Code, which are green.
** Battle Force 5 themselves.
* CoolCar: Do you even have to ask?
* CoolOldGuy: Sol
* CoolShades: Vert's analyzer visor, which doesn't actually shade ''anything''.
** Apparently, they can if they can substitute for protective goggles.
* CruelMercy: At the end of the ritual to determine the new Vandal Warlord, Kalus is about to be finished off by Grimian and tells him to get it over with. Grimian's response?:
--> '''Grimian''': And let you go out a hero? I think not. I'd prefer you to spend the rest of your life in SHAME!
** Turned around later by Kalus as he declares his punishment for the defeated Grimian:
---> '''Kalus''': I could finish you off like a common moor-swine, but I'd prefer you to live under the shadow of my greatness, [[IronicEcho in shame.]] [[KickedUpstairs I hereby promote you to my second-in-command.]]
** [[spoiler:This is Grimian's fate as well. Kalus beats him, destroys his ride, and banishes him, but spares his life so he can live in shame. However, Kalus doesn't give him a ''third'' CruelMercy after that and is heavily implied to have killed him.]]
** [[spoiler:While Zemerik didn't mean for it to be, Krytus defiantly sees Zemerik [[{{Forgiveness}} forgiving him]] as this, as it robbed him of his eons old revenge.]]
* TheCuckoolanderWasRight: Zeke could tell those weren't just "fancy watches from Japan".
* {{Cult}}: The Alpha Code, a ''third'' Sark faction that are green in color. They dwell in a temple within [[ForbiddenZone the Torborian Badlands]] and worship a strange entity dwelling at the bottom of a deep pit. [[spoiler:They sacrifice Zemerik and Zug to it.]]
* CyberCyclops: All of the Zurk.
* DaddyHadAGoodReasonForAbandoningYou: Vert's father, Jack Wheeler, disappeared years ago, leaving his son bitter and resentful. But it turns out [[spoiler:he was being kept as a slave by the red sark Tors-10!]]
* [[spoiler: DarkIsNotEvil: Turns out the Red Sentient civilization was just as tired of Krytus's war as the Blues were.]]
* DisneyVillainDeath: [[spoiler:The Vandals appear to suffer this at the hands of Zemerik at the end of the first season finale, but survived. Praxion suffers this when Krytus [[RewardedAsATraitorDeserves throws him off a cliff]].]]
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: [[NuclearOption Although Sage was the one who used the Double-Helix Crystals to put the entire Red Sentient population in stasis as a preemptive strike,]] [[GodzillaThreshold it's made quite clear that it wasn't an easy choice for her to make.]]
* EasilyDetachableRobotParts: Any Zurk ordered to self-terminate can use this trope against itself!
* TheEndOrIsIt: After the Karmordians have been finally defeated in ''Full Revolution'', the final scene is a partly recovered Zemerik reactivating Zug and telling him they have a lot to do.
* EnemyMine: Between the Battle Force 5 and the Sark at the end of Season One. Lampshaded by Stanford:
--> '''Stanford''': Talk about nerve! Zemerik's Axis of Evil went all pear-shaped, so now he's suggesting an Axis of Good?
** It appears that this alliance is still in effect as of Season Two:
---> '''Agura''': We've really gotta tweak our spam filter.
---> '''Vert''': Hold on, Zemerik's on our side. Sorta.
*** [[spoiler: As of ''Blue Tide'', this alliance is definitely over.]]
** Happens in ''Shadow Runners'' when Krytus and Vert end up stuck in the Shadow Zone. Though in this case its mainly because if Krytus' shell gets destroyed, his energy form would react with the Shadow Zone and cause a supernova-like explosion that would destroy the multiverse.
** In ''Grimian's Secret'', the team has to team up with the Vandals to stop Krytus and the Red Sentients from conquering Planet Vandal.
* EnergyAbsorption: Both Kyburi and her vehicle are able to do this to machines such as Sark and the BF5's vehicles.
** Apparently, she can also do this to organic beings.
* EngineeredPublicConfession: When the team is hurled into the past, they end up having to use one to expose [[spoiler:Krytus for what he really is to not only his sister, but the entire Blue Sentient race in the form of a fiery VillainousBreakdown in the middle of an important event. Originally he did this himself, but due to accidentally altering history, they had to do it in order to SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong.]]
* EvilTwin: Krytus, to Sage.
* ExactlyWhatIAimedAt: Almost word for word, by Kalus.
* [[spoiler: FakeDefector: In ''Better Off Red'', Vert pulls this on Krytus, pretending to switch sides and agree with Krytus' argument that Sage must be stopped in order to save the multiverse. Turns out he was really finding out the location of a series of Red Sentient devices that transported them to their Respawn Chambers so they could destroy them. He also swiped the last remaining Blue Sentient one from Krytus in the process.]]
* FantasticRacism: Both the Sark and Vandals refer to humans as "organics" and "sub-species" in extremely derogatory manners.
** However, the term "organic" probably refers to all organics in general, including Vandals.
* FastballSpecial: Sherman throws Spinner during their first fight, ''before'' they even get their vehicles.
* FiveManBand: Despite the name, there's actually ''eight'' members; although, only five vehicles are allowed through portal at once, and two of them share a single vehicle.
** Vert: TheHero
** Agura: TheLancer + ActionGirl
** Stanford: FriendlySniper (well, ranged weaponry, really, but still)
** Zoom: FragileSpeedster
** Sherman: GeniusBruiser
** Spinner: PluckyComicRelief
** Tezz: SixthRanger + TheSmartGuy
** AJ: TheBigGuy + TheHeart
* FiveBadBand: The Red Sentients
** Krytus: TheBigBad
** Kyburi: TheDragon
** Krylox: TheBrute
** Kytren: DarkChick
** Kyrosys: ColdSniper
* FiveTokenBand: With the exception of Vert, all the team members are some sort of minority. Agura is black, Zoom is Japanese-American, the Cortez bros. are Hispanic, and Stanford is British. And royalty.
** [[SixthRanger New member]] Tezz Volitov is Eastern European, possibly [[UsefulNotes/NikolaTesla Serbian]]. This series likes this trope.
** But wait, there's more! The latest addition to the team, AJ Dalton, is [[CanadaEh Canadian, eh?]]
** Add there the TokenNonhuman, Helixion.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Done a lot throughout the first season, [[spoiler: culminating in the release of the Red Sentients!]]
** Likewise throughout season 2 for [[spoiler:the Ancient Ones and the Alpha-Code]].
* FusionDance: The Fuser technology.
* GenreSavvy: The reason why Kalus promoted Grimian to second-in-command was because a wise one once told him:
--> '''Kalus''': Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer.
* HartmanHips: Both Agura and Kyburi have these.
* HeroicSacrifice: Occurs in "Rumble in The Jungle" when [[spoiler: Tromp activates the bomb to destroy the Vandals' Sentient-based technology, stranding himself on Planet Vandal, but Tezz swears to come back for him. ''Unite And Strike'' confirms this, as he's seen next to Tezz at the end]].
* HulkSpeak: Kytren has a tendency to speak in sentence fragments:
** "Detect enemy. Destroy enemy."
** "Kytren fight two fools. Come. Test."
** "Human warn others."
* ICallItVera: Zeke calls his rusty old pickup truck, er, "Trucketta".
* JumpedAtTheCall: AJ played this trope straight:
--> '''Vert''': So if you need time to think this over--
--> '''AJ''': Nope.
--> '''Vert''': Are you sure, cause--
--> '''AJ''': Totally!
--> '''Vert''': Really? I--
--> '''AJ''': Are we gonna talk all day, or are we gonna do this?
--> '''Vert''': You haven't changed a bit, AJ.
* KeepingTheEnemyClose: [[GenreSavvy Kalus]] promoted [[TheStarscream Grimian]] to second-in-command because a wise one once advised him about this trope.
* KillItWithFire: Kyrosis's vehicle is capable of launching wheels made entirely of fire!
* LastOfHerKind: Sage is the last known Blue Sentient survivor.
** [[spoiler:Not anymore...]]
** Helixion is the last Penta-Warrior.
* LimitedWardrobe: The team wears the same driving suits all the time, which makes sense, but they do the same with their street clothes. And Zoom ''never'' takes off that headband.
** Justified in Tezz's case, since he probably didn't pack up any extra clothing when he tested his experimental vehicle.
* LivingShadow: The Shadow Speeders. If you spend too much time in the Shadow Zone, [[TheCorruption your body will revert to shadow form,]] [[LivingShadow and you will become a Shadow Speeder,]] [[TakingYouWithMe bent on trapping others in the Shadow Zone]] [[TheVirus so that they will be transformed into mindless monsters just like yourself.]]
* LoopholeAbuse: During ''Unite and Strike'', A.J and Tezz find a way around the 5 vehicle limit for battlezones by hopping in the Mobius Command Center.
* MadeOfExplodium: The Zentners do this. A lot.
* MadScientist: Tors-10 fits this trope to a capital T!
* MechaMooks: Most of the Sark.
* MerchandiseDriven
* [[spoiler: MindHive: The stored minds of the entire Blue Sentient civilization were hidden in Sage's subconscious! If she learns this, however, it will trigger their release. They're finally released to their bodies at the season 2 finale.]]
* MirrorUniverse: See Psycho Rangers below.
* MonowheelMayhem: The Red Sentient Kytren uses the Vylirex, which is a gyroscope monowheel.
* MultinationalTeam
* MundaneMadeAwesome: The battle zone in "Mag Wheels". Basically, [[XMeetsY Pinball meets Soccer]], with cars.
* NeverSayThatAgain: Krytus hates being referred to as "weak":
--> '''Kyburi''': Krytus, you are still weakened from Sage's psionic attack--
--> '''Krytus''': '''''Never''''' call me weak again!!!
* NewSeasonNewName: Season 2 is entitled "Battle Force 5: Fused".
* NotSoDifferent: Between Stanford and Tezz:
--> '''Vert''': Stanford, I need you to get Tezz back home.
--> '''Stanford''': What?! Why do I have to escort that pompous, self-important--
--> '''Vert''': Because you share so much in common?
--> '''Stanford''': [[SarcasmMode Ha ha.]]
** [[spoiler: And a more serious one between Krytus and a dying Zemerik:]]
-->[[spoiler: '''Zemerik''': We were the same once, Krytus. Blinded by ambition, by power. The [[RobotReligion Alpha-Code]] has brought me [[ElectronicSpeechImpediment p-p-peace.]] [[{{Forgiveness}} I... forgive youuu...]]]]
** [[spoiler:A positive one at the end of season 2, when it turns out the Red and Blue Sentients are both sick and tired of the war and banish Krytus for causing it in the first place.]]
* NotSoStoic: Usually, Zemerik is smug and dispassionate, but he tends to lose his temper upon defeat.
* OffWithHisHead: Agura wrenches off a Zurk drone's noggin with her bare hands.
** Krytus does this to Zemerik at the beginning of Season Two.
* OhCrap: [[spoiler:Krytus gets a double dose of this in ''Unite And Strike'' when Sage and the rest of the Blue Sentients are restored and blast him. When he gets out of his Respawn Chamber to take over the newly revived Red Sentients, he gets this again when he discovers the Blue Sentients had gotten there first and that the entire Sentient civilization is sick and tired of the war he started.]]
* OldMaster: Master Takeyasu. He was able to destroy the Venikus in one blow, held his own against Kyburi in hand-to-hand combat for a while, somehow knows Krytus, ''and'' he's respected by Rawkus, which is no easy feat!
* OncePerEpisode: Along with being a FusionDance, the Fuser technology. Justified in that it was the result of an unstable compound being loaded into an untested, experimental prototype, and also in that it only has one charge per mission.
* [[spoiler: OneManArmy: When the Battle Force 5 went to investigate news of LaResistance on one of the Red Sentient Moons, they discovered that Tezz Volitov WAS the rebel army. For perspective, this guy single-handedly destroyed hundreds, if not THOUSANDS of Red Zurk using his expertise in electromagnetism.]]
* ThePowerOfFriendship: Used throughout most of the series, and he focus of one episode.
* ThePsychoRangers: Battle Force -5. Dark versions of the heroes' outfits? Check. Always bickering? Check. Evil Sherman even has a PermaStubble BeardOfEvil. One trope is played with; it's easy for Evil Vert to simply wipe off what appeared to be a tattoo, the only thing physically identifying him as not-Vert.
* PublicExecution: [[spoiler:Grimian is last seen being held at spear point before the entire Vandal horde, Kalus approaching him with a spear and a SlasherSmile on his face, strongly implying that he's about to be executed before the entire planet for treason.]]
* RecruitTeenagersWithAttitude: Played straight. When one of the six youth rather sensibly asks their holographic ObiWan why they alone were chosen to save the world, she replies that each one brings "something different" to the team. Which one brings ''driving experience'' to a battle for the fate of the world that involves high-speed racing is never said. Whether this is LampshadeHanging or BetterThanABareBulb is entirely in the eye of the viewer.
** [[CompletelyMissingThePoint Agura did think she was being taken to an offroad race]]...
** Not to mention that each member was recruited because they were "the best of the best". They already know how to drive, but they each contributed a specialized role to the team. In fact, it was summarized pretty well when Vert reconsidered the need for a team in the first episode:
---> '''Vert''': A team's starting to look good right about now.
---> (looking at a large group of Zurk) Someone to do some scouting, someone with ranged attacks,
---> (notices [[TheBrute Zug]]) some heavy muscle... Yeah, that would definitely be nice.
** Continued with the two new members as well: Tezz, while overconfident, brings a great deal of scientific knowledge to the team and is a technical genius. AJ is accustomed to winter conditions, and his Gear Slammer gives them more options for their muscle.
* ResurrectiveImmortality: The Red Sentients thanks to their [[RespawnPoint respawn chambers.]]
* RedOniBlueOni: The two Sentient factions.
* RentAZilla: These come up fairly frequently in this show. Lampshaded by Sherman while explaining the purpose of the prototype technology Sage was working on:
--> '''Sherman''': You know, for all those giant monsters we keep running across.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: [[spoiler:Subverted. In ''Unite And Strike'', Vert prepares to go on one after Sage is seemingly killed, but the others talk him down and find out they've still got a chance to save her.]]
* RobotReligion: The Alpha-Code.
* RuleOfCool+ MST3KMantra: Once more; Vert's ''car'' has a ''chainsaw'' on it. And that's just the start of it.
* RunningGag: Stanford is ''really'' not fond of Planet Vandal. "I HATE THIS PLANET!"
* RussianGuySuffersMost: According to the webisode "Lost Charge" poor Tezz was stuck on that Red Sentient moon for 3,286 days before the Battle Force 5 showed up. He was NINE YEARS OLD when he was stranded, and spent the NEXT nine years barely scraping by (iff his emaciated figure is anything to go by) and fighting Red Sark, as presumably the only humanoid or even living creature on that moon. And you never hear him complain about it.
* SaturdayMorningCartoon: And how!
* ScarilyCompetentTracker: Agura, from being able to tell someone passed by the area based on a discarded cup, to perfectly reenacting Stanford's reaction to the [[EldritchAbomination energy leeches]]:
--> '''Agura''': He was surrounded by leeches, threw one of them this way, he panicked.
--> (quickly does several panicked-looking positions)
--> '''Agura''': And he ran off this way. Also, [[ToiletHumor he wet his pants.]]
* SealedEvilInACan: The five Red Sentients were imprisoned by Zemerik. Krytus was freed by [[spoiler:Praxion]] and then proceeded to free the other four himself.
** [[spoiler:At the end of season 2, the ''rest'' of Red Sentients turned out to be a subversion, as they were just as sick of the war as their blue counterparts. Instead of joining Krytus against them, they make peace and Krytus is imprisoned once again, this time in a block of ice in a frozen zone.]]
* SelectiveMagnetism: Tezz's weapon of choice.
--> '''Tezz''': [[BadassBoast You know another master of all things electromagnetic?]]
* ShadowDiscretionShot: [[spoiler: Used when Krytus fatally stabs Zemerik.]]
* ShockAndAwe: The Splitwire, it is even referred to as having this power in one episode
* ShoutOut: The way Stanford's car jumps may seem familiar to ''Anime/SpeedRacer'' fans.
** Sage looks a ''lot'' like [[Franchise/{{Halo}} Cortana]].
*** Furthermore, one episode involved putting a [[Halo3ODST familiar-looking explosive onto]] [[HaloReach a tower within a blue shield]] and then [[{{Halo3}} returning using a portal]].
** Zug's drillbit hand looks familiar, [[Franchise/{{Bioshock}} especially when he drilled through a Zurk's chest once]].
** [[DungeonsAndDragons The Shadow Zone is a reflection that lies on the underside of the Multiverse, similar in some ways, but very different in others.]]
* TheSixthRanger: Tezz Volitov and AJ Dalton in season 2.
* TheStarscream: Krocomodo was this during Season 1, until Grimian took the mantle of this trope in Season 2.
* SycophanticServant: Grimian is secretly in league with Krytus!
* TanLines: Stanford is tanned on his head and forearms, the rest of him is super-pale.
* ThisIsADrill: AJ's vehicle.
** Zug's vehicle as well. He even has a drillbit hand!
* TitleDrop: "Hot wheels."
* {{Troperiffic}}: Given all the skewering they did of tropes in [[LeagueOfSuperEvil their last series]], Nerd Corps knows ''exactly'' how cliche they're being.
* TwoferTokenMinority: Agura. Black ''and'' the only girl on the team. Of course, the team is 5/6 token ''anyway''.
* VagueAge: While some fans believe that BF5 could be in their early 20s, the official Battle Force 5 website describes our heroes as a "team of teen drivers."
* VaguenessIsComing: In ''Better Off Red'', Sage states that a new enemy is on it's way and she's building a weapon to fight it. According to her, this new threat is ''even worse'' than the Red Sentients and was something she hoped they'd never have to face.
** See also Foreshadowing above.
** At the season two finale, Rawkus states a new enemy (likely the same one Sage was worried about) called the Ancient Ones has awakened and their evil is so great, [[BalanceBetweenGoodAndEvil even he]] is fully behind the Battle Force 5 to face them.
* VitriolicBestBuds: Type 2 between Agura and Stanford.
* WasItReallyWorthIt: Krytus poses this question to Sage about her freezing of the Red Sentients to stop him. It's subverted as, while she didn't want to do it, she states that yes, it was worth it because Krytus was a threat to the Blue Sentients and the entire universe. Krytus actually agrees with her, but really could care less.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: We never did see the fate of [[spoiler: Master Takeyasu]] after he gets trapped on the Red Sentient planet.
** He's seen meditating at the season 2 finale, proving he's still alive.
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: Practically word for word by Zoom:
--> '''Zoom''': Ice! Why did it have to be ice?
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: [[spoiler: Krytus says something to this effect to Praxion after the latter freed him from his crystal prison. He demonstrated his [[SarcasmMode everlasting gratitude]] by [[RewardedAsATraitorDeserves dropping him]] [[DisneyVillainDeath off a cliff.]]]] Nice guy, huh?
* YourCostumeNeedsWork: When the Vandals and Sark finally reach Earth in "Axis of Evil", they are mistaken by the locals for movie actors, with their 'costumes' being described as "faker than a three-dollar bill."
* YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle: At the finale of season 2, the Red Sentient 5, Vandals, and Zemerik have all been defeated, peace reigns...then Rawkus reveals a new evil called the Ancient Ones has been unleashed.
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