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** Joseph Joestar is known for his [[ConfusionFu confusing and exuberant fighting style]], which causes a lot of his feats in ''Manga/BattleTendency to border on this.

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** Joseph Joestar is known for his [[ConfusionFu confusing and exuberant fighting style]], which causes a lot of his feats in ''Manga/BattleTendency ''Manga/BattleTendency'' to border on this.


** Joseph, [[Manga/JojosBizarreAdventureBattleTendency part 2's]] protagonist is known for his [[ConfusionFu confusing and exuberant fighting style]], which almost borders on this trope at times.

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** Joseph, [[Manga/JojosBizarreAdventureBattleTendency part 2's]] protagonist Joseph Joestar is known for his [[ConfusionFu confusing and exuberant fighting style]], which almost borders causes a lot of his feats in ''Manga/BattleTendency to border on this trope at times.this.



** Jotaro, [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureStardustCrusaders Part 3's]] protagonist (and grandson of Joseph) also has a few instances of this.
*** In the fight against [[CarFu Wheel of Fortune,]] he is set on fire, collapses to the ground and dies. As it turns out, he actually managed to dig a hole under the ground and hide there while leaving his coat behind to burn up. Nevermind that he is [[https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-OMV9aoeFv0k/U62lYoOkAHI/AAAAAAAAAy8/wn-A-A5q5uw/w550-h306-no/jojo2.gif clearly seen]] wearing the coat while screaming in agony just a few seconds earlier.

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** Jotaro, [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureStardustCrusaders Part 3's]] protagonist (and grandson of Joseph) Jotaro Kujo, Joseph's grandson, also has a few instances of this.
this in ''Manga/StardustCrusaders''.
*** In the fight against [[CarFu Wheel of Fortune,]] he is set on fire, collapses to the ground and dies. As it turns out, he actually managed to dig a hole under the ground and hide there while leaving his coat behind to burn up. Nevermind that he is [[https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-OMV9aoeFv0k/U62lYoOkAHI/AAAAAAAAAy8/wn-A-A5q5uw/w550-h306-no/jojo2.gif clearly seen]] seen wearing the coat while screaming in agony just a few seconds earlier.



** Giorno Giovanna, the protagonist of [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureVentoAureo Part 5]] survives an instantly lethal flesh-eating virus by using [[CreatingLife his ability]] to create a snake that is immune to the virus because it was created near the virus' origin point and then injecting its venom into his bloodstream to act as a vaccine. ArtisticLicenseBiology is in full play here, not to mention that he had done this while succumbing to the extremely painful effects of the virus that can kill a man in seconds.

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** Giorno Giovanna, the protagonist of [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureVentoAureo Part 5]] Giovanna from ''Manga/VentoAureo'' survives an instantly lethal flesh-eating virus by using [[CreatingLife his ability]] to create a snake that is immune to the virus because it was created near the virus' origin point and then injecting its venom into his bloodstream to act as a vaccine. ArtisticLicenseBiology is in full play here, not to mention that he had done this while succumbing to the extremely painful effects of the virus that can kill a man in seconds.


* In ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'' Darth Maul is revealed to be NotQuiteDead despite having been cut in half and ''then'' falling down a bottomless pit. The explanation for how he survived basically boils down to...[[ThePowerOfHate his anger kept him alive.]][[note]]It's not entirely unprecedented as a Sith ability, but the only other practitioner (Darth Sion) only appeared in the fairly obscure ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublicIITheSithLords''.[[/note]] Understandably, most fans choose to [[MST3KMantra quietly push this to the side]] given that Maul's resurrection ultimately gave us [[TropesAreNotBad some of the most acclaimed episodes in the entire series.]]

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* In ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'' Darth Maul is revealed to be NotQuiteDead despite having been cut in half and ''then'' falling down a bottomless pit. The explanation for how he survived basically boils down to...[[ThePowerOfHate his anger kept him alive.]][[note]]It's not entirely unprecedented as a Sith ability, but the only other practitioner (Darth Sion) only appeared in the fairly obscure ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublicIITheSithLords''.[[/note]] Understandably, most fans choose to [[MST3KMantra quietly push this to the side]] given that Maul's resurrection ultimately gave us [[TropesAreNotBad some of the most acclaimed episodes in the entire series.]]


* Several in ''Literature/LonelyWerewolfGirl'', due to having a RandomEventsPlot. Two especially egregious ones show up during the final battle: Thrix [[spoiler: being able to MindMeld, thus also being able to re-activate Beauty and Delicious' lycanthropic abilities]], and Kalix [[spoiler: being immune to the mind-affecting power of the Begraver Knife because she's "too crazy"]].

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* Several in ''Literature/LonelyWerewolfGirl'', due to having a RandomEventsPlot. Two especially egregious ones show up during the final battle: Thrix [[spoiler: being [[spoiler:being able to MindMeld, thus also being able to re-activate Beauty and Delicious' lycanthropic abilities]], and Kalix [[spoiler: being [[spoiler:being immune to the mind-affecting power of the Begraver Knife because she's "too crazy"]].



* Played for laughs ''repeatedly'' by the ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'', who can pull [[HyperspaceArsenal whatever they need to advance the plot at that point]] [[HammerSpace out from behind themselves]] at a moment's notice, leading some viewers to conclude it is actually being [[AssShove pulled from their ass]]. In ''WesternAnimation/TheScarletPumpernickel'', Creator/ChuckJones realized that Daffy was about to win so he had to make a GainaxEnding resolving into a RandomEventsPlot.

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* Played for laughs ''repeatedly'' by the ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'', who can pull [[HyperspaceArsenal whatever they need to advance the plot at that point]] [[HammerSpace out from behind themselves]] at a moment's notice, leading some viewers to conclude it is actually being [[AssShove pulled from their ass]]. In ''WesternAnimation/TheScarletPumpernickel'', Creator/ChuckJones realized that Daffy was about to win so he had to make a GainaxEnding resolving into a RandomEventsPlot. Critics agree that this was an awesome ending.


* Played for laughs ''repeatedly'' by the ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'', who can pull [[HyperspaceArsenal whatever they need to advance the plot at that point]] [[HammerSpace out from behind themselves]] at a moment's notice, leading some viewers to conclude it is actually being [[AssShove pulled from their ass]]. In ''WesternAnimation/TheScarletPumpernickel'', Creator/ChuckJones realized that Daffy was about to win so he had to make a GainaxEnding resolving into a RandomEventsPlot. [[TropesAreNotBad Critics agree that this was an awesome ending]].
* Even more played for laughs and taken on another level with ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'' where plenty of things happen just because with the characters accepting them unquestionably. Like the Circus of Fear episode where it turns out that [[spoiler: Dr Fear is actually a common earthworm]] or many episodes where characters do stuff just to advance the plot without anything close to a in-universe justification.

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* Played for laughs ''repeatedly'' by the ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'', who can pull [[HyperspaceArsenal whatever they need to advance the plot at that point]] [[HammerSpace out from behind themselves]] at a moment's notice, leading some viewers to conclude it is actually being [[AssShove pulled from their ass]]. In ''WesternAnimation/TheScarletPumpernickel'', Creator/ChuckJones realized that Daffy was about to win so he had to make a GainaxEnding resolving into a RandomEventsPlot. [[TropesAreNotBad Critics agree that this was an awesome ending]].
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* Even more played ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'': Played for laughs and taken on another level with ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'' where plenty of things happen just because with the characters accepting them unquestionably. Like the Circus of Fear episode where it turns out that [[spoiler: Dr [[spoiler:Dr. Fear is actually a common earthworm]] or many episodes where characters do stuff just to advance the plot without anything close to a in-universe justification.


* ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'' has been accused of this twice:

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* ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'' has been accused of this twice:thrice:



** At the end of the ''Battle for Mewni'' TV movie; [[spoiler: Star apparently dies after Toffee manages to escape her wand and shatters it with her still inside. However, Star awakens in some sort of limbo with Glossaryck (who was killed earlier by a furious Ludo) and ''somehow'' manages to purify the universal magic Toffee corrupted, restore the wand, revive and awake her full potential to which she uses to pulverize Toffee with [[OneHitKill one blast]]]].

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** At the end of the ''Battle for Mewni'' TV movie; arc; [[spoiler: Star apparently dies after Toffee manages to escape her wand and shatters it with her still inside. However, Star awakens in some sort of limbo with Glossaryck (who was killed earlier by a furious Ludo) and ''somehow'' manages to purify the universal magic Toffee corrupted, restore the wand, revive and awake her full potential to which she uses to pulverize Toffee with [[OneHitKill one blast]]]].blast]]]].
** In the series finale; [[spoiler: the strength of Star and Marco's love for each other creates a magical portal that forcibly merges Earth and Mewni after Star's destruction of the Magical Realm separates all dimensions. Nothing in the show ever implied that this could happen, and the one thing that could have justified it (the Blood Moon Curse that bonds souls together) was undone several episodes prior.]]

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** [[spoiler: The episode "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS9E21DaringDoubt Daring Doubt]]" revealed that Daring Do's foe Ahuizotl was GoodAllAlong and was just a mystic guardian protecting artifacts from Daring & Callaberon.]] Except, that doesn't jive with ''any'' of his previous appearances which depicted him as a CardCarryingVillain (specifically "Read it and Weep") and comes off less as "don't assume someone's bad without asking them first" and more "we need to reform all the non LegionOfDoom villains before the show ends, no matter how little sense it makes."


* Another comes with the Axis Shock from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack''. It comes out of nowhere at the very end and miraculously stops a giant meteor from crashing into the earth.

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* Another comes with the Axis Shock from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack''. It comes out of nowhere at the very end and miraculously stops a giant meteor from crashing into the earth.Earth.



** Some view the reverse-rotating earth as a botched visual effect -- meant to indicate that Superman isn't altering the Earth but instead traveling through time and (from his perspective) the Earth is rotating in reverse.

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** Some view the reverse-rotating earth Earth as a botched visual effect -- meant to indicate that Superman isn't altering the Earth but instead traveling through time and (from his perspective) the Earth is rotating in reverse.



** Every previous season finale ended on a big cliffhanger. It was obvious that the cliffhanger this time was going to be a Wraith ship in orbit of a defenseless earth; but when they found out they were [[ScrewedByTheNetwork canceled]], they had to wrap the plot up in-episode. A little bit of ass pulling seemed like the better alternative...

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** Every previous season finale ended on a big cliffhanger. It was obvious that the cliffhanger this time was going to be a Wraith ship in orbit of a defenseless earth; Earth; but when they found out they were [[ScrewedByTheNetwork canceled]], they had to wrap the plot up in-episode. A little bit of ass pulling seemed like the better alternative...


* ''Disney/{{Bolt}}'''s premise is that the titular dog was deceived into thinking he's a real superhero, when it's all actually just for a TV show and the executives did him that way as a extreme form of MethodActing. Somehow, they managed to deceive him for ''years'' without making a ''single mistake'' alerting him of the truth, like needing to do a retake. They also do complex special effects right on the set, such as the Super Bark scene that involves massive destruction a large radius around Bot, with hundreds of cars and helicopters sent flying, and a dust cloud effect, all of which was done perfectly the first take. It's a enjoyable movie, but its premise definitely requires WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief.

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* ''Disney/{{Bolt}}'''s premise is that the titular dog was deceived into thinking he's a real superhero, when it's all actually just for a TV show and the executives did him that way as a extreme form of MethodActing. Somehow, they managed to deceive him for ''years'' without making a ''single mistake'' alerting him of the truth, like needing to do a retake. They also do complex special effects right on the set, such as the Super Bark scene that involves massive destruction a large radius around Bot, Bolt, with hundreds of cars and helicopters sent flying, and a dust cloud effect, all of which was done perfectly the first take. It's a enjoyable movie, but its premise definitely requires WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief.



-->''Batman has an exploding shark biting his leg''
-->'''Batman:''' [[CrazyPrepared Robin! Hand me the Shark-Repellent Bat Spray!]]

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-->''Batman --->''Batman has an exploding shark biting his leg''
-->'''Batman:''' --->'''Batman:''' [[CrazyPrepared Robin! Hand me the Shark-Repellent Bat Spray!]]


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* The plan for the fourth season of ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow'' was for Hank Heywood to be the BigBad of the season. He's seen on the phone talking of how "these creatures can be tamed" and working on a "Project Hades". The idea was Hank torturing the various magical and time-travelling monsters to use as soldiers. This would lead to Nate turning on the team to join with his father. However, the writers came to love Tom Wilson's performance as Hank so much that they couldn't make him the bad guy. Instead, it turned out Hank was being used by the demon Neron. What was Project Hades? An idea to tame these creatures for a ''theme park'' for Nate. Oddly, given the show, this turn actually makes sense.



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** The [[DishingOutDirt Gaara]] vs. [[BareFistedMonk Lee]] fight; Gaara managed to get away from Lee's Initial Lotus by creating a stupidly perfect sand replica of himself, pulling a Replacement Jutsu with it, and burying himself in the ground A.) while rather high in midair, B.) while he was getting the crap beat out of him, C.) in the time it took the person hitting him to wince for a second.

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** The [[DishingOutDirt [[SandBlaster Gaara]] vs. [[BareFistedMonk Lee]] fight; Gaara managed to get away from Lee's Initial Lotus by creating a stupidly perfect sand replica of himself, pulling a Replacement Jutsu with it, and burying himself in the ground A.) while rather high in midair, B.) while he was getting the crap beat out of him, C.) in the time it took the person hitting him to wince for a second.


** 'Series/LegendsOfTomorrow'': Used pretty shamelessly in season 4. The first half of the season was written with the intent of Hank Haywood being fully evil and willingly in league with a demon. However, the writers loved the actor so much that they decided they didn't want him to be evil after all, and changed it so that Hank's plan was to [[spoiler:build an amusement park to share the magical creatures with the world]]. Nate facepalms at this and says [[LampshadeHanging it's such a stupid plan]] that the Legends ''really'' would have liked him more if they had gotten to know each other better.

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** 'Series/LegendsOfTomorrow'': ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow'': Used pretty shamelessly in season 4. The first half of the season was written with the intent of Hank Haywood being fully evil and willingly in league with a demon. However, the writers loved the actor so much that they decided they didn't want him to be evil after all, and changed it so that Hank's plan was to [[spoiler:build an amusement park to share the magical creatures with the world]]. Nate facepalms at this and says [[LampshadeHanging it's such a stupid plan]] that the Legends ''really'' would have liked him more if they had gotten to know each other better.


** ''Series/{{Supergirl 2014}}'': Season 3 hit a bad spot of TroubledProduction when the lead writer was fired for sexual assault allegations. They had already filmed half the season, but didn't want to use his scripts for the remainder (morality aside, it would have required paying him royalties). This resulted in some hasty rewrites, plots going in different directions than they were foreshadowed, and a minor sympathetic villain suddenly becoming much more evil to help join a couple plots together. While season 3 was generally considered reasonably good despite these problems, the shift was so obvious that ''everyone'' noticed.

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** ''Series/{{Supergirl 2014}}'': 2015}}'': Season 3 hit a bad spot of TroubledProduction when the lead writer was fired for sexual assault allegations. They had already filmed half the season, but didn't want to use his scripts for the remainder (morality aside, it would have required paying him royalties). This resulted in some hasty rewrites, plots going in different directions than they were foreshadowed, and a minor sympathetic villain suddenly becoming much more evil to help join a couple plots together. While season 3 was generally considered reasonably good despite these problems, the shift was so obvious that ''everyone'' noticed.


*** Towards the end of the second season, this pretty much became one of Zoom's RequiredSecondaryPowers (the other being to infect the heroes with an IdiotBall when needed). One of the biggest examples being in the penultimate episode, the team figure out a way to disable ''all'' Earth 2 metahumans using a frequency that will cause them all intense headaches (this itself being a bit of an Ass Pull). How does Zoom get out of this one? He punches a hole into another universe and escapes; bare in mind, before this point Zoom had ''never'' demonstrated this ability, and in fact it was a plot point that they'd trapped him on Earth 2 and he needed Cisco to let him out, and while it could maybe be explained by his taking Barry's speed[[note]]Barry had, after an upgrade, demonstrated he could run through to other universes, itself an Ass Pull to justify the crossover with ''Series/Supergirl2015''[[/note]], they never even offer so much and the heroes react as if this was a completely expected action of his.
*** Another example is Zoom's motivation, which repeatly keeps changing without any foreshadowing, but treated as if this was his plan all along. Firstly he just wants to kill Barry, but then Harry figures out ''actually'' he's after Barry's speed, wanting him to improve so he could have more to steal. We then, later, discover that he's doing this because he's SecretlyDying, and with virtually no foreshadowing, it turns out all along he was really Jay Garrick (or rather, Hunter Zolomon assuming the identity of Jay Garrick), who had similarly revealed he was Secretly Dying when Caitlin performs some secret tests on his DNA (despite the fact she'd ''done so already'' when they first met and never picked this up). Once this is resolved, he then suddenly wants to invade Earth 1 with an army of metahumans, with him claiming to have 'conquered' Earth 2 (something that was never shown to be true, but is treated as such; he terrorised Earth 2 Central City, but its police force were ''still'' actively fighting against him). When they defeat this army, however, it turns out he was ''actually'' building a device to ''destroy the Multiverse'' so that he could rule the only universe left, something that had ''no forshadowing to even be possible'' and he'd never demonstrated this level of scientific capability.

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*** Towards the end of the second season, this pretty much became one of Zoom's RequiredSecondaryPowers (the other being to infect the heroes with an IdiotBall when needed). One of the biggest examples being in the penultimate episode, the team figure out a way to disable ''all'' Earth 2 metahumans using a frequency that will cause them all intense headaches (this itself being a bit of an Ass Pull). How does Zoom get out of this one? He punches a hole into another universe and escapes; bare in mind, before this point Zoom had ''never'' demonstrated this ability, and in fact it was a plot point that they'd trapped him on Earth 2 and he needed Cisco to let him out, and while it could maybe be explained by his taking Barry's speed[[note]]Barry speed (Barry had, after an upgrade, demonstrated he could run through to other universes, itself an Ass Pull to justify the crossover with ''Series/Supergirl2015''[[/note]], ''Series/Supergirl2015''), they never even offer so much and the heroes react as if this was a completely expected action of his.
*** Another example is Zoom's motivation, which repeatly repeatedly keeps changing without any foreshadowing, but treated as if this was his plan all along. Firstly he just wants to kill Barry, but then Harry figures out ''actually'' he's after Barry's speed, wanting him to improve so he could have more to steal. We then, later, discover that he's doing this because he's SecretlyDying, and with virtually no foreshadowing, it turns out all along he was really Jay Garrick (or rather, Hunter Zolomon assuming the identity of Jay Garrick), who had similarly revealed he was Secretly Dying when Caitlin performs some secret tests on his DNA (despite the fact she'd ''done so already'' when they first met and never picked this up). Once this is resolved, he then suddenly wants to invade Earth 1 with an army of metahumans, with him claiming to have 'conquered' Earth 2 (something that was never shown to be true, but is treated as such; he terrorised terrorized Earth 2 Central City, but its police force were ''still'' actively fighting against him). When they defeat this army, however, it turns out he was ''actually'' building a device to ''destroy the Multiverse'' so that he could rule the only universe left, something that had ''no forshadowing foreshadowing to even be possible'' and he'd never demonstrated this level of scientific capability.


*** Another example is Zoom's motivation, which repeatly keeps changing without any forshadowing, but treated as if this was his plan all along. Firstly he just wants to kill Barry, but then Harry figures out ''actually'' he's after Barry's speed, wanting him to improve so he could have more to steal. We then, later, discover that he's doing this because he's SecretlyDying, and with virtually no foreshadowing, it turns out all along he was really Jay Garrick (or rather, Hunter Zolomon assuming the identity of Jay Garrick), who had similarly revealed he was Secretly Dying when Caitlin performs some secret tests on his DNA (despite the fact she'd ''done so already'' when they first met and never picked this up). Once this is resolved, he then suddenly wants to invade Earth 1 with an army of metahumans, with him claiming to have 'conquered' Earth 2 (something that was never shown to be true, but is treated as such; he terrorised Earth 2 Central City, but its police force were ''still'' actively fighting against him). When they defeat this army, however, it turns out he was ''actually'' building a device to ''destroy the Multiverse'' so that he could rule the only universe left, something that had ''no forshadowing to even be possible'' and he'd never demonstrated this level of scientific capability.

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*** Another example is Zoom's motivation, which repeatly keeps changing without any forshadowing, foreshadowing, but treated as if this was his plan all along. Firstly he just wants to kill Barry, but then Harry figures out ''actually'' he's after Barry's speed, wanting him to improve so he could have more to steal. We then, later, discover that he's doing this because he's SecretlyDying, and with virtually no foreshadowing, it turns out all along he was really Jay Garrick (or rather, Hunter Zolomon assuming the identity of Jay Garrick), who had similarly revealed he was Secretly Dying when Caitlin performs some secret tests on his DNA (despite the fact she'd ''done so already'' when they first met and never picked this up). Once this is resolved, he then suddenly wants to invade Earth 1 with an army of metahumans, with him claiming to have 'conquered' Earth 2 (something that was never shown to be true, but is treated as such; he terrorised Earth 2 Central City, but its police force were ''still'' actively fighting against him). When they defeat this army, however, it turns out he was ''actually'' building a device to ''destroy the Multiverse'' so that he could rule the only universe left, something that had ''no forshadowing to even be possible'' and he'd never demonstrated this level of scientific capability.

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