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Count Luchino Nefaria
Debut: Avengers #13Originally, Count Nefaria was just an ambitious Maggia Don who hired mad scientists and super-villains. Later, he became super-powered himself. He is one of the Avengers' most powerful enemies, although not one of their most recurring. He is the father of Madame Masque.
- All Your Powers Combined: Has the combined powers of Power Man (super strength, super endurance, invulnerability), Whirlwind (super speed, flight) and Living Laser (heat vision) multiplied a hundredfold. Later gains ionic abilities similar to Wonder Man.
- Aristocrats Are Evil: Count Luchino Nefaria was the descendant of a long line of Italian noblemen, and he inherited a vast fortune.
- Cut Lex Luthor a Check: In early days he get angry because the Avengers foiled his henchmen from stealing some furs, so he arranged a complex plan to defeat them... which included moving his whole castle, stone by stone, from Europe to the US. Couldn't he simply buy those furs in the first place? He is one of the wealthiest men in the world!
- Expy: His superpowers and costume were initially quite reminiscent of Superman.
- Eye Beams: Nefaria is able to fire powerful lasers from his eyes.
- Evil Genius
- Flying Brick: Famously stopped Thor's hammer in mid-swing with one hand.
- The Mafia: His first appearance was as a powerless crime boss who was head of the Marvel's mafia equivalent (the Maggia). As a young man, Nefaria quickly made himself a powerful force in the Maggia through the offering of large sums of money to established Maggiosi, the financing of major criminal operations for the Maggia in return for shares of power, the advanced weaponry his scientists devised for him, and his own immense talent for criminal strategy.
- One-Man Army: He is shown to be powerful enough to outfight the entire Avengers roster during their prime (including Iron Man, Captain America, Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver, Yellowjacket, Black Panther, Wonder Man, Thor, and Vision)
- Rapid Aging: It was revealed the the power gain was killing him due to causing rapid aging. Treatments were found to restore him to normal, but Madame Masque distrusted the Avengers. She and the Ani-Men attacked them to free her father and gain revenge on Iron Man. In the process Nefaria's weakened form was crushed and appeared to have died.
- Back from the Dead: He was later resurrected to join the Legion of the Unliving.
- Sorting Algorithm of Evil: He gained powers while Jim Shooter was the main writer and each villain seemed more powerful than the last (Tyrak, Ultron, Graviton, Nefaria, Korvac).
- Superpower Lottery: Count Nefaria was a normal human until subjected to a process perfected by one of Baron Heinrich Zemo's scientists Dr. Kenneth Sturdy which granted him the combined powers of the villains the Living Laser (energy projection), Power Man (Super Strength), and Whirlwind (Super Speed), amplified a hundredfold. Because of this, Nefaria is one of the physically strongest known humans.
- Villain Decay: During Siege where is laid out by Wolverine and Ms. Marvel in three pages because he isn't an A-list villain. Partially justified, in that the New Avengers specifically planned out the quickest and most effective way to take him down, whilst he had no idea of the ambush.
The Grandmaster (En Dwi Gast)
- The Chessmaster
- Comic Book Death: Is attacked by Krona in JLA/Avengers, and dies the next issue. However when Krona is defeated in the final issue the Grandmaster is restored to life.
- Cosmic Entity: Sort of. He holds the "Power Primodial", the energy left over from the Big Bang, but is otherwise inferior to the likes of Galactus.
- Evil vs. Evil: Very often finds himself in these during his games, notably against Kang. The problem is that superhero teams tend to be pitted against another team the Grandmaster selects of seemingly equal might regardless of their morality, and the fate of the Earth is up for grabs.
- Immortality: The Grandmaster and the other Elders are immortals. Death itself has banned the Elders from its realm. As a result, the Grandmaster cannot be killed by any means. Although he can sustain physical injury, no injury can threaten his continued existence. The Grandmaster is also completely immune to all diseases and the aging process.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Well, he's not really a hero but his actions were hardly villainous. In JLA/Avengers he brings the Marvel and DC Universes together to imprison Krona. However this starts destroying the universes, and Krona accelerates the process.
- Older Than They Look
- Size Shifter
- Super Speed
- Time Abyss: He is several billion years old.
Graviton (Franklin Hall)
Debut: Avengers #158Graviton was a physicist, named Franklin Hall, who was involved in an experiment in a private research facility in the Canadian Rockies. A mistake in Hall's calculations causes graviton particles to merge with his own molecules, and Hall later discovers that he can mentally control gravity.
- Badass Beard
- Batman Can Breathe in Space: Using his force field generation he can also breathe in space.
- Beard of Evil
- Chunky Updraft: Considering his powers, he tends to cause a lot of this.
- Deflector Shields: He can create a gravitational force field around him capable of protecting him from any concussive force up to and including a small nuclear weapon
- Gravity Master: Graviton possesses the ability to mentally manipulate gravitons (that carry the attractive, gravitational force between atomic nuclei), enabling him to control gravity. He can surround any object or person including himself with gravitons and anti-gravitons (particles similar to gravitons but with opposite charge and spin), thus increasing or decreasing the Earth's pull of gravity upon it.
- Not Quite Flight: By decreasing the pull of gravity beneath him, he can fly at any speed or height at which he can still breathe.
- Superpower Lottery: A big-time winner. Despite having only one superpower, he has learned a lot of ways to use it, and the scope of it is enough that he could easily destroy a city if he wanted to.
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: Graviton pretty much jumped off the slippery slope from the moment he got his powers.
Grim Reaper (Eric Wiliams)
Debut: Avengers #52Killed in battle against the Avengers, the Grim Reaper was brought back to life using black magic. For a time he had to take the life energy of a human every 24 hours to stay on Earth; he was cured of this thanks to Wonder Man and Scarlet Witch. He met his demise at the hands of Rogue, when he attacked the Avengers in an attempt to kill the Scarlet Witch.
- Absurdly Sharp Blade: His scythe can cut through iron doors as if they were made of paper.
- Artificial Limbs: His right hand had been amputated and replaced with his trademark weapon.
- Avenging the Villain: Or so he believed. He didn't know his brother Simon had made a Heel–Face Turn and Zemo was the real party responsible for his death.
- Back from the Dead: More than any other Avengers villain, Eric just has a knack for dying and coming back to life. And this is without being a robot or a time traveller.
- Cain And Able: The Cain to his brother, Wonder Man Abel.
- Came Back Wrong: Depends on your definition of wrong. But when the Apocalypse twins brought him back as one of their Horsemen of Death there was decidedly something off about him.
- Death Is Cheap
- Master of Illusion
- Necromancer: When he was resurrected he gained some mystical powers allowing him to re-animate the souls and bodies of the dead, either through Voodoo training received from the Black Talon or powers bestowed upon him by Lloigoroth.
- Sinister Scythe: His trademark weapon is a techno-scythe which initially had the ability to allow the blade to spin at rapid speed, making the weapon usable as a buzzsaw, missile shield, and an improvised helicopter. Eric later received an enchanted scythe that was magically sharp and was capable of energy blasts much like the original, but could also be used to drain energy
- Villain Teleportation: Can teleport himself and others.
The High Evolutionary (Herbert Wyndam)
Debut: Thor #134A geneticist from the 1930s who became obsessed with further evolution experiments which he used on himself. Depending on what he hopes to gain from whatever his current experiments are, he has been a force for the greater good, and for his own dark purposes.
- Always a Bigger Fish: He reached a crushing realisation that for all his efforts to advance himself and his god complex, he is still on an order several magnitudes below the Cosmic Entities of the Marvel Universe: For example, Galactus was able to overpower him when he arrived at Counter-Earth, his greatest achievement; the very same planet was stolen and placed in a space museum on order of the Beyondersnote , and even after hyper-evolving himself to a ethereal being, he was still experimented on by the Celestials. This gives an idea of the sort of level these big cheeses are operating.
- Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: He and Hercules once did this in the climax of the Evolutionary War; hyper-evolving until they both transcend their physical bodies and left the Earth's plane, ending up another galaxy in a part of the cosmos where the Celestials were operating. However, he would later return in his 'mortal' form.
- Big Bad: Of the Evolutionary War storyline.
- Crystal Dragon Jesus: He has on occasion, particularly during Adam Warlock's series, being described in terms analogous to God by his creations. He also renamed 'Him', Adam Warlock ('Adam' as he is the first of his kind, 'Warlock' because "Men will fear his powers"). This in turn, applies better to Warlock himself.
- Evolutionary Levels
- Evilutionary Biologist: The Trope Codifier.
- A God Am I: Called his Uplifted Animal creations his New Men and they in return, treat him as a god - which he comes to accept. That he also is a Physical God, and made Counter-Earth, created life on it, and sent Warlock down to protect it doesn't help matters.
- Petting Zoo People: He created a civilization of them, calling them his "New Men".
- Powered Armor: His cybernetic exoskeleton is highly technologically advanced. The armor provides him with immense durability from attack, force fields, size alteration, levitation and flight. The armor gives him great strength and powerful blasts can be emitted from the hands of the armor. The exoskeleton provides Wyndham life support in all pressures and temperatures and even includes back up data of Wyndham's genome and brain patterns.
- Professor Guinea Pig: Not even he is exempt from his experiments, and he has done so to the point that either his brain or entire self is evolved to a stage far above even Mutants, Inhumans, Eternals, or other human-derived species on Earth.
- Psychic Powers: After evolving his brain, he not only increased his intelligence further but unlocked some of the brain's extrasensory functions as well such as telepathy, telekinesis, and a limited form of cosmic awareness. He also possesses extra senses such as a danger sense and minimal clairvoyance/precognition.
- Rage Against the Mentor: Mister Sinister was his mentor, and it was his work that had led to his experiments in evolving animals into sapience. However, the two are now on bad terms.
- Real Men Wear Pink: His Powered Armor is actually pink. As his creation took place in the Silver Age, this actually may have given readers an idea that he was a little different from the usual array of supervillains.
- Sanity Slippage: Often prone to this: One time after hitting the Despair Event Horizon he goaded the Hulk into destroying his armor, which not only sustains his life, but maintains his humanoid form - effectively Suicide by Cop. It worked...for a while. Also, the entire Evolutionary War affair was his experiments taking their toll on him, and him becoming increasingly fanatical as a result.
- Size Shifter: Can willingly enlarge himself to at least 20 feet tall, and perhaps greater.
- Superpower Lottery: Has a vast array of psionic powers either as a result of his suit, or the experiments on himself evolving himself into the ultimate human stage. This on his best days allows him to rival a Cosmic Entity in power - He notably fought Galactus to defend Counter-Earth from his hunger, and put up a good showing. On his bad days, he can at least fight Apocalypse to a stand still.
Kang/Immortus/Scarlet Centurion/Rama Tut (Nathaniel Richards)
Debut: Fantastic Four #19A time traveling conqueror with vast powers and technological supremacy. He is one of the Avengers greatest foes; Kang has amassed an empire with a citizenry of millions, and cut a swath of terror through the ages.
- Arch-Enemy: If Ultron is the Avenger's #1 greatest enemy, then Kang is safely #2. He's faced the Avengers quite a few times over the years, and, unlike Ultron, (until recently...) actually took over the world. Of course, the Avengers managed to take it back, but it was still quite an accomplishment.
- Army of the Ages: The Anachronauts, his elite fighting force.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: He's the ruler of a number of empires across space and time, and is easily capable of going toe-to-toe with the entire Avengers at once.
- Beard of Evil: Sometimes sports one as Kang. Always sports one as Immortus.
- Big Bad: Kang is this in The Celestial Madonna Saga, The Last Avengers Story, The Crossing, and The Kang War.
- Blood Knight: He became a Multiversal Conqueror because he was bored with living in a utopia.
- Body Backup Drive: Kang has a device built into his armor that allows him to automatically transfer his mind into a clone upon death.
- Boxed Crook: Immortus was originally presented as being one, but Avengers Forever retconned it so he was retired before he was recruited by the Time Keepers.
- Conqueror from the Future: The Trope Codifier.
- Continuity Snarl: Kang himself is very much this trope personified. The strangest point being that in so many years and so many offered explanations and events it's become insanely hard to tell if any given action is something that is helping him achieve his destiny or is evidence he is defying his destiny.
- It is also possible because so much of his life has involved him dealing with himself at alternate points, all the snarls and paradoxes are supposed to be confusing to the reader all for the sake one day the whole thing could eventually make sense if put chronologically from his perspective.
- Cool Chair: A floating cushion made of invisible force fields.
- Death Is Cheap: In the latter days of Steve Englehart's run, Kang used an excessive amount of an energy from a "time device" of his (let's just call it that for convenience's sake) and in doing so, wiped himself out. And in doing that, also wiped out Rama Tut and Immortus, both of which were future versions of himself. None of this quite stuck...
- Defector From Paradise: As seen in the Blood Knight entry, Kang was born in an alternative 31st century Earth timeline where mankind was living in a utopia, but resented the complacency of the society and its people and left to become a conqueror because he sought adventure and power.
- Emperor Scientist: His genius is nothing short of super-human by modern standards. He commands technology beyond the most sophisticated designs of Stark Industries and Doctor Doom, and has made breakthroughs in time travel and robotics.
- Enemy Mine: Immortus and Rama Tut team up with the Avengers to stop Kang in The Celestial Madonna Saga...and then Kang teams up with the Avengers to defeat Immortus in Avengers Forever.
- Expressive Mask
- Future Me Scares Me: Kang despises Immortus. His younger self, Iron Lad, feels the same way about him, although for different reasons.
- Although it is possible, it his experiencing this trope that is what actually allows him to live the full life that the reader gets to experience way out of order.
- Galactic Conqueror
- Guardian of the Multiverse: As Immortus.
- Heroic Lineage: He is a distant descendant of Mr. Fantastic's time-traveling father, Nathaniel Richards.
- Honor Before Reason: The Kang War confirms that Kang could use his time travel abilities to win every battle (for example, by hopping away, regrouping and rearming, and then returning at the exact second he left), but he doesn't because it wouldn't be sporting.
- I Have Many Names: Rama-Tut, Kang, Scarlet Centurion, Immortus, and Iron Lad.
- Large Ham: Just look at the quote at the top of the Avengers Forever page.
- The Lost Lenore: Princess Ravonna.
- The Magnificent: That's Kang the Conqueror to you.
- Manipulative Bastard: He kidnapped the Apocalypse Twins shortly after their birth, and put them through horrific scenarios as they grew (such as sending them to the mutant internment camps of an alternate timeline). He did all that to make them think all humans were mutant-hating monsters, so the Twins would ultimately remove all the mutants (whom he heavily disliked) from Earth. Unfortunately for Kang, the Twins decided to destroy the Earth afterwards, as revenge for what he put them through.
- Me's a Crowd: There used to be so many alternate Kangs that they banded together to form their own Legion of Doom. Until the "original" Kang killed them all off, that is.
- Multiversal Conqueror
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast
- Older Than He Looks: Kang is over 70 years old chronologically, but has managed to stop his aging completely using his far-flung futuristic technology. Thus he appears to be a man in his mid-40s.
- One-Man Army: In several appearances, Kang has attempted to take over the world all by himself. He's never succeeded, but he makes a good showing.
- Order vs. Chaos: The Forever War between Immortus and Kang is presented as being this in Avengers Forever.
- Place Beyond Time: His former headquarters, Chronopolis. Unfortunately, it was destroyed in Avengers Forever.
- Powered Armor: Kang wears highly advanced battle armor produced from a rare synthetic alloy from the 40th century. It is neuro-kinetic, meaning it responds to his subconscious thoughts. Though Kang has no powers, his armor endows him with rough equivalents of super-human abilities.
- Barrier Warrior: The armor generates a force field that can stop a direct hit from Mjölnir.
- Hand Blast: Kang can fire concussive blasts from the finger tips of his gauntlets; these blasts have the force of several tons of dynamite.
- Shock and Awe: By flexing his muscles, Kang can activate a powerful electric shock.
- Summon to Hand: By cracking his fingers, Kang can summon any number of weapons which are transported to him through time-stream instantly.
- Super Strength: He can lift about five tons.
- Time Travel: Kang's armor can create temporal divergences, giving him the ability to travel through and manipulate time.
- Villain Teleportation
- Purple Is Powerful
- Rogues-Gallery Transplant: He was a Fantastic Four villain in his guise as Rama Tut before he showed up as Kang.
- Screw Destiny: In Avengers Forever, Kang expresses frustration at the inevitability that he will grow old and become Immortus. He currently believes he got his way around it (or perhaps that just what the time keepers want him to think).
- Secondary Color Nemesis: Wears purple and green to battle the Avengers, most of whom wore primary colors when he was first created.
- Slouch of Villainy: One of Kang's iconic images is of him doing this on an invisible force field cushion.
- Spontaneous Weapon Creation: With a touch of a button, he can summon any Impossibly Cool Weapon he likes from his "trans-temporal armory."
- The Spook: For most of his existence, the details of his past (including his real name) were kept deliberately obscure, and hints were frequently dropped that he was either a descendant or a future self of Reed Richards, Tony Stark, or Doctor Doom.
- The Strategist: Kang is a brilliant military tactician and a peerless general. Using his considerable charisma, Kang was able to raise an army and conqueror his first world within weeks of building his armor.
- Straw Misogynist: Kang carries a considerably dim view of females, stating they are only good for little more than serving as soldiers or mothers and should not be given too great a status since they are a distraction and a weakness. He also spawned his children from princesses, scientists, and athletes to be selected as breeding stock for his children before being sent to his private chambers and locked in until Kang managed to forcibly conceive a child with the mate.
- Time Master: Immortus has this power.
- Victory Is Boring: Why he keeps coming back to modern day Earth-616, despite having already established several empires in different timelines.
Korvac (Michael Korvac)
Debut: Giant-Size Defenders #3Michael Korvac was an evil cyborg of the 30th century, who wanted vengeance against the alien race the Badoon who were responsible for making him what he is. See The Korvac Saga.
- A God Am I: Like he found the ship of the legendary Galactus and began to take power from it. He became a god and restored his human body, and then abandoned his vengeance. With his new power, he made an even greater plan: conceal himself from the cosmic powers and make subtle changes to reality, to end the control of Eternity.
- Apologetic Attacker: During the final battle, Korvac tells the Avengers that he respects them and wishes he could allow them to live, as he considers them Worthy Opponents.
- Bishonen Line: Disfigured cyborg Korvac's first act upon gaining the power of Galactus is to become a handsome, perfectly physiqued blond man.
- The Chessmaster
- Cyborg: Caught asleep at a machine while working, the Badoon grafted Korvac's upper body to a machine, effectively making him a cyborg.
- Evil All Along: When The Korvac Saga received its first TPB release in 1991, it was with a new four-page scene in which the Avengers meet at Korvac's grave and muse about how he was really evil despite his good intentions. While there's merit to such a discussion, many readers have since interpreted it as a parting shot at the departing Jim Shooter, who had assumed the Editor-in-Chief position at Marvel subsequent to writing the story and upset many creators with his iron-handed control of the company.
- Genius Bruiser: He's a brilliant computer scientist; a master strategist and formidable hand-to-hand combatant.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Starhawk found Korvac immediately, and fought him alone. Korvac killed him, and to secure his secrecy he recreated him, exactly as he was, but with no memory of their fight, and making him unable to see him again despite of his deep senses. The Avengers found Korvac's house anyway, but failed to find anythingout of the ordinary in it. They were about to return home empty-handed, but then the all-seeing Starhawk started to protest: what the hell are they doing, talking and expecting answers in an empty house? As he said that right in front of Korvac, it became obvious: if he could not see him, it's because he has blinded him somehow, which means that he is "the enemy".
- Messianic Archetype Korvac considers himself the savior of the universe. The What If? sequel to the Korvac Sequel reveals him to be a Dark Messiah however.
- Mundane Utility: Korvac uses his nigh-omnipotent powers, capable of reshaping the universe, to... summon a cup of tea.
- Orcus on His Throne: Korvac does not take an active role in during the story; he mostly stays at his luxury house and uses his omnipotent powers to avoid detection.
- Reality Warper: Just an example. During his story, Korvac destroyed Starhawk and then recreated him, exactly as he was, but without memories of their fight.
- Super Power Lottery: After downloading information from Galactus' ship and acquiring the Power Cosmic, Korvac was capable of many feats on par with other cosmic entities, such as matter alteration; energy projection; teleportation and manipulation of time and space. In his perfect human form, Korvac retained all his cosmic abilities and could use these to achieve virtually any effect, even having the potential to wipe the universe from existence.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist
Loki is Jötunn/Asgardian God of Mischief and Prince of Lies, the adopted son of Odin and typically the archenemy of his brother, Thor. Loki has schemed against him and Asgard for ages and his cosmic meddling led to the formation of the Avengers. See his page for info.
Debut: X-Man #15Onslaught was born from the minds of Professor X and Magneto, and is a nigh-omnipotent villain, and can absorb powers from various other characters. Onslaught is mostly remembered for his part in the deaths of the Avengers, Fantastic Four, Hulk and Doctor Doom that led to the Heroes Reborn reboot.
- Generic Doomsday Villain: He had defined goals, but they were blurred due to several writers working on his story line.
- Energy Being: After the Hulk destroyed his armor, he became a being of pure energy.
- He's Back: A villainous example. Red Skull finds out the hard way that Evil Is Not a Toy while tinkering with Xavier's brain.
- Rogues-Gallery Transplant: Or rather shared as part of the Rogues Galleries of the "big three" Marvel teams (Avengers, Fantastic Four and X-Men)
- Superpowered Evil Side: To Charles Xavier
Proctor (Dane Whitman)
Proctor was villainous counterpart to the Black Knight, leader of the Gatherers.
Debut: Tales of Suspense #82An artificial being created by the terrorist group A.I.M. for their evil plans to assassinate Captain America, it holds a fragment of the Cosmic Cube that serves as its limitless power source and can copy the powers of any being it wants.
- Adaptive Ability: This become a problem. In one comic, it was defeated by Ben Grimm who was his normal human self at the time, but wearing a suit that still gave him Super Strength. Ben Grimm tricked the Adaptoid into copying his normal human self, then used the suit's power to punch the Adaptoid out in one blow.
- An early X-Men comic during the Mimic's brief tenure as a hero pitted him against the Super Adaptoid, that had already perfected the abilities of the Avengers. After beating everyone else, including Professor Xavier, the Adaptoid fought the Mimic to a standstill until the Mimic threw the match and psychically convinced the Super Adaptoid to copy his powers. The Mimic's own power was to copy other people's powers, just like the Super-Adaptoid. The attempt to copy that power exceeded the Super-Adaptoid's capacity to duplicate. The feedback also temporarily shut down the Mimic's powers.
- All Your Powers Combined: The Super-Adaptoid could theoretically have anyone's powers, but usually specialized in the Avengers. He can even copy abilities that aren't superhuman, such as Hawkeye's marksmanship. Which eventually led to the most brilliant Achilles' Heel ever, when Captain Mar-Vell intervened, Mar-Vell let the supervillain get his powers. The result: the Adaptoid gets distracted by his new Cosmic Awareness, and Mar-Vell crashes the Adaptoid's wrist bands to defeat the Super-Adaptoid while simultaneously rescuing Rick Jones from the Negative Zone.
- Marvel Adventures: The Avengers #19 also had the Super-Adaptoid make an appearance, and this version absorbed DNA, memories and powers. What it could also absorb (and which became this version's somewhat-Achilles' Heel) were some elements of the personalities of the heroes as well, so when Quicksilver let it absorb Captain America's powers and skills, it also absorbed the noble and trusting nature of Captain America. It realized the Avengers were the good guys, and stood down— because it knew "it was the right thing to do."
- AIM eventually came up with a couple biological versions of the Super-Adaptoid. The first one was defeated when it absorbed The Sentry's craziness and became useless. The second turned out to get overloaded if it absorbed multiple powers in quick succession. Since it was intended to fight a team of Avengers, this turned out be a very Weaksauce Weakness. A third version was kill by Deadpool when it absorbed his healing factor, it also picked up his cancer.
- Killer Robot
- Mega Manning: The Adaptoid could copy the powers, appearance, and equipment of any superpowered being in close proximity to it. It then became a duplicate of that being, visually indistinguishable from it.
- Powers as Programs
- Weaksauce Weakness: The Adaptoid was only capable of copying powers it had witnessed. It had limited imagination, incapable of dreaming up complex imagery. For example, in Annihilation: Conquest when it was hunting down Phyla-Vell and copied her powers, it couldn't use the Quantum Bands in any way that it hadn't seen her use them. This, of course, led to its defeat - even suffering a Villainous Breakdown when it tried to copy the concept of an imagination.
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