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* ''{{Series/Pure}}'': The cartel leader coerces Anna into running operations for him in Canada, holding Isaak prisoner to insure she'll obey.

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* In ''Film/ChaiLaiAngelsDangerousFlowers'', Dragon's gang abducts Rose's fiancé Gus in an attempt to force the Chai Lais to back off.


** "Rampage": The mastermind needs a guy to carry out an attack on the FBI, so he threatens the man's wife and daughter and stalks them to show him that he can find them to carry out his threats. He later kidnaps another man's family, apparently to extort him, but it turns out it's actually bait to lure him into a trap.

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** "Rampage": The mastermind needs "Rampage" has a variation: the bad guy forces another guy to carry out an attack on the FBI, so he threatens the man's wife and daughter and stalks FBI by threatening his family, but rather than kidnap them outright (which might draw attention), he uses photos and other information to show him that he can the guy how easy it would be to find them and hurt them. The same guy appears to carry out his threats. He later be pulling a straight version of this when he kidnaps another man's family, apparently to extort him, but it turns out it's actually bait to lure him into a trap.trap.



** "Spree": Crystal Hoyle takes the cake on this one; she ''kidnaps a federal agent'' to extort the FBI.

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** "Spree": Crystal Hoyle takes the cake on this one; she ''kidnaps a federal agent'' to extort the FBI. It does turn out [[spoiler:there was a little more to it than that; in addition to a hostage, she also swiped the agent's credentials to look up some classified information.]]

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** This appears to be the issue at stake (and is to some degree) in "The Cost Of Doing Business", but it turns out to be more complicated than that. [[spoiler:The hostage taker]] was also a victim of this.


* ''Series/{{Flashpoint}}'' doesn't have as many of these as one might expect given that hostage negotiation is a major SRU skill,[[note]]hostage situations in general happen on a fairly regular basis, but this particular scenario is uncommon[[/note]] but it does come up a few times. The most common variation is that the supposed antagonist is actually acting under the orders of someone who is holding their loved one hostage.

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* ''Series/{{Flashpoint}}'' doesn't have as many of these as one might expect given that hostage negotiation is a major SRU skill,[[note]]hostage situations in general happen on a fairly regular basis, but this particular scenario is uncommon[[/note]] but it does come up a few times. The most common variation is that the supposed antagonist is actually acting under the orders of someone who is holding their loved one hostage.



** "Remote Control", as the episode title suggests, has an apparent antagonist whose wife is being held hostage.
** In "No Promises", A cop's daughter is held hostage by a gang to force her father to hand a prisoner over to them. He reluctantly goes along when he thinks it's an escape plan, but balks when he learns [[spoiler:the prisoner in question is actually an informant, and the gang wants him in order to kill him. He redeems himself in the end by [[RedemptionEqualsDeath sacrificing his own life]] to protect the prisoner.]]

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** In both "Remote Control", as the episode title suggests, has an apparent antagonist whose wife is being held hostage.
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Control" and "No Promises", A cop's daughter is held hostage by a gang to force her father to hand a prisoner over to them. He reluctantly goes along when he thinks it's an escape plan, but balks when he learns [[spoiler:the prisoner in question is actually an informant, and the gang wants him in order apparent antagonist turns out to kill him. He redeems himself in the end by [[RedemptionEqualsDeath sacrificing his own life]] to protect the prisoner.]]be acting under this type of duress.

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* ''Series/{{Flashpoint}}'' doesn't have as many of these as one might expect given that hostage negotiation is a major SRU skill,[[note]]hostage situations in general happen on a fairly regular basis, but this particular scenario is uncommon[[/note]] but it does come up a few times. The most common variation is that the supposed antagonist is actually acting under the orders of someone who is holding their loved one hostage.
** In "Never Kissed A Girl", a wrongfully-convicted man holds Ed and a security guard hostage to demand the evidence that would exonorate him.
** "Remote Control", as the episode title suggests, has an apparent antagonist whose wife is being held hostage.
** In "No Promises", A cop's daughter is held hostage by a gang to force her father to hand a prisoner over to them. He reluctantly goes along when he thinks it's an escape plan, but balks when he learns [[spoiler:the prisoner in question is actually an informant, and the gang wants him in order to kill him. He redeems himself in the end by [[RedemptionEqualsDeath sacrificing his own life]] to protect the prisoner.]]
** "Grounded" has a group of airline passengers being held hostage by hijackers who want their leader released from prison. [[spoiler:The only fatality, apart from the hijackers, is a guy who tried to play BadassBystander; all the other hostages are rescued alive and mostly unharmed.]]
** In "Blue On Blue", Sam's sister Natalie is held hostage to force Spike, who had been casually dating her, to help them break into a secure building. Luckily, they underestimate Spike's ability to engineer a rescue despite the circumstances.

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* ''Fanfic/NeverSayNever'' has an interesting variation on this: When the students begin complaining about Monokuma changing the rules during the third trial, the bear threatens to kill them all and restart the Killing Game with their hostages from the first motive as mentioned below in the "Visual Novel" folder.

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* ''ComicBook/WonderGirl'': Lashina tries to force Cassie to cooperate by kidnapping Cassie's mother.


** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E12TheSoundOfDrums the series]] [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E13LastOfTheTimeLords 3 finale]], the Master kidnaps Martha's entire family bar her brother. He never actually uses them as leverage against her, however, suggesting he's just doing it [[ForTheEvulz to be a dick]].

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** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E12TheSoundOfDrums the The series]] [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E13LastOfTheTimeLords 3 finale]], the finale]]:
*** The
Master kidnaps Martha's entire family bar her brother. He never actually uses them as leverage against her, however, suggesting he's just doing it [[ForTheEvulz to be a dick]].dick]].
*** Professor Docherty is TheMole for the Master because he's holding her son hostage.


* In ''VisualNovel/{{Danganronpa}}'', every chapter, Monobear provides the students with an artificial "motive" to entice them to kill one another. I Have Your Wife, or at least a variation of it, plays out as the "motive" of chapter 1: Monobear shows each student videos of something horrible happening to either their friends or loved ones (Makoto Naegi's family caught in an earthquake, Sayaka Maizono's idol group disbanding and everyone forgetting about her, Mondo Oowada's gang breaking up, something bad happening to Leon Kuwata's baseball team, etc.). Monobear teases the students with the possibility that the situations on the videos might be real, so wouldn't it be a good idea for a student to commit murder, "graduate" from the school, and thus be able to go find out? The student who finally takes Monobear up on that is [[spoiler: Sayaka, but it doesn't work because when she tries to kill Leon, Leon successfully defends himself, and then kills ''her''.]]

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* In ''VisualNovel/{{Danganronpa}}'', ''VisualNovel/DanganronpaTriggerHappyHavoc'', every chapter, Monobear provides the students with an artificial "motive" to entice them to kill one another. I Have Your Wife, or at least a variation of it, plays out as the "motive" of chapter 1: Monobear shows each student videos of something horrible happening to either their friends or loved ones (Makoto Naegi's family caught in an earthquake, Sayaka Maizono's idol group disbanding and everyone forgetting about her, Mondo Oowada's gang breaking up, something bad happening to Leon Kuwata's baseball team, etc.). Monobear teases the students with the possibility that the situations on the videos might be real, so wouldn't it be a good idea for a student to commit murder, "graduate" from the school, and thus be able to go find out? The student who finally takes Monobear up on that is [[spoiler: Sayaka, but it doesn't work because when she tries to kill Leon, Leon successfully defends himself, and then kills ''her''.]]


** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E12TheSoundOfDrums the series]] [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E13LastOfTheTimeLords 3 finale]], the Master kidnaps Martha's entire family bar her brother. He never actually uses them as leverage against her, however, suggesting he's just doing it [[ForTheEvulz to be a dick]]/

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** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E12TheSoundOfDrums the series]] [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E13LastOfTheTimeLords 3 finale]], the Master kidnaps Martha's entire family bar her brother. He never actually uses them as leverage against her, however, suggesting he's just doing it [[ForTheEvulz to be a dick]]/dick]].


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* Interesting subversion in ''Manga/TwentiethCenturyBoys''; the bad guys kidnap the daughter of a scientist whose help they need; however [[spoiler: over his ensuing years of work, she becomes converted to their side, and is a minor villain throughout the rest of the series.]]



-->'''Kira:''' Guess who I'm holding hostage.
-->'''[[spoiler:Raye Penber]]:''' ...No! You're holding ''her'' hostage? ("her", being [[spoiler: Naomi Misora, Penbar's fiancée]])
-->'''Kira:''' (smirks to self) That's right, and I'll kill her unless you do what I say.

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-->'''Kira:''' Guess who I'm holding hostage.
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'''[[spoiler:Raye
Penber]]:''' ...No! You're holding ''her'' hostage? ("her", being [[spoiler: Naomi Misora, Penbar's fiancée]])
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fiancée]])\\
'''Kira:'''
(smirks to self) That's right, and I'll kill her unless you do what I say.



* ''Manga/{{Judge}}'' reveals this to be the reason why [[spoiler: Kazuhiko Asai]] agreed to become TheMole, after being given a cellphone with instructions and a picture of their mother, whom they haven't seen in years due to personal reasons, held at gun-point and told to follow the instructions lest she be killed.

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* ''Manga/{{Judge}}'' reveals this to be Minerva pulls of a twisted version in ''Manga/FairyTail'' when she tells Sting, her ''ally'', that she's holding his closest companion Lector hostage. Because she's just saved Lector's life as well, Sting would already do whatever she wanted - she's just adding the reason why [[spoiler: Kazuhiko Asai]] agreed extra punch in the gut to become TheMole, after being given try and make him fight for higher stakes.
* Done by the AntiHero ''protagonist'' Kiritsugu Emiya in ''LightNovel/FateZero'', via AnOfferYouCantRefuse; victim must "exit the stage", so to speak, but both parties sign
a cellphone magical contract that state said hero cannot harm either wife or husband. He lets her go eventually. [[spoiler:[[LoopholeAbuse This is when Kiritsugu's assistant shows up with instructions and a picture of their mother, whom they haven't seen in years due to personal reasons, held at gun-point and told to follow the instructions lest she be killed.machine gun]].]]



* Done in ''Anime/FullMetalPanicFumoffu'' when someone tells Sousuke that they have Chidori kidnapped. So before showing up to make a deal with the bad guys he kidnaps or threatens EVERY SINGLE [[{{Mook}} MOOK'S]] MOST PRECIOUS SIGNIFICANT OTHER to force them to give up Chidori. [[spoiler:Of course the only one he actually took hostage (the gang leader's little brother) had actually been bribed to play along.]]
* In ''Manga/{{Gate 7}}'', [[{{Reincarnation}} Tokugawa]] [[BitchInSheepsClothing Iemitsu]] kidnapped the twin sister of one of the Urashichiken's members.
* ''Manga/GunsmithCats'': Buskie kidnaps Alan Scott's daughter to force Scott to deliver Rally into an ambush unarmed.



-->'''Inuyasha:''' "Let me get this straight, you and I are supposed are supposed to be lovers?"
-->'''Kagome:''' "This is no time to get all shy!"
-->'''Inuyasha:''' "You actually think I'd hand over the jewel shards as a ransom to get you back?!"
-->'''Kagome:''' "Of course you would! Cause that's what a lover would do!"

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-->'''Inuyasha:''' "Let --->'''Inuyasha:''' Let me get this straight, you and I are supposed are supposed to be lovers?"
-->'''Kagome:''' "This
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'''Kagome:''' This
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-->'''Inuyasha:''' "You
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'''Inuyasha:''' You
actually think I'd hand over the jewel shards as a ransom to get you back?!"
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'''Kagome:''' Of
course you would! Cause that's what a lover would do!"do!
* ''Manga/{{Judge}}'' reveals this to be the reason why [[spoiler: Kazuhiko Asai]] agreed to become TheMole, after being given a cellphone with instructions and a picture of their mother, whom they haven't seen in years due to personal reasons, held at gun-point and told to follow the instructions lest she be killed.
* In the anime of ''Manga/MagicKnightRayearth'', Inouva takes Ferio captive and tells Fuu to give up being a Magic Knight or Ferio will be killed. [[NiceJobFixingItVillain It backfires hugely]], since Fuu's refusal to go along with it is what proves her heart to Windam.
* In the finale of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWingEndlessWaltz'', Heero needs only one last shot from Wing Zero to destroy the ElaborateUndergroundBase, but [[BigBad Dekim Barton]] reminds him through broadcast that Relena was inside the base, making Heero hesitate from pulling the trigger. Although, it's hard to tell if Dekim thinks Heero wouldn't harm Relena either because she's a major political figure or because Dekim knows she's Heero's LoveInterest.



* Interesting subversion in ''Manga/TwentiethCenturyBoys''; the bad guys kidnap the daughter of a scientist whose help they need; however [[spoiler: over his ensuing years of work, she becomes converted to their side, and is a minor villain throughout the rest of the series.]]

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* Interesting subversion in ''Manga/TwentiethCenturyBoys''; the bad guys kidnap the daughter of a scientist whose help they need; however [[spoiler: over his ensuing years of work, she becomes converted In ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'', [[spoiler:Maverick tries this with Kotetsu's daughter, Kaede. Not only does it serve to their side, piss [[PapaWolf Kotetsu]] off, but Kaede reveals herself to be a DamselOutOfDistress who manages to save her own life and is a minor villain throughout the rest that of the series.]]''every other superhero'' trapped by Maverick's subordinate, Rottwang.]] HoistByHisOwnPetard at its finest!



* Done in ''Anime/FullMetalPanicFumoffu'' when someone tells Sousuke that they have Chidori kidnapped. So before showing up to make a deal with the bad guys he kidnaps or threatens EVERY SINGLE [[{{Mook}} MOOK'S]] MOST PRECIOUS SIGNIFICANT OTHER to force them to give up Chidori. [[spoiler:Of course the only one he actually took hostage (the gang leader's little brother) had actually been bribed to play along.]]
* In ''Manga/{{Gate 7}}'', [[{{Reincarnation}} Tokugawa]] [[BitchInSheepsClothing Iemitsu]] kipnapped the twin sister of one of the Urashichiken's members.
* Done by the AntiHero ''protagonist'' Kiritsugu Emiya in ''LightNovel/FateZero'', via AnOfferYouCantRefuse; victim must "exit the stage", so to speak, but both parties sign a magical contract that state said hero cannot harm either wife or husband. He lets her go eventually. [[spoiler:[[LoopholeAbuse This is when Kiritsugu's assistant shows up with a machine gun]].]]
* ''Manga/GunsmithCats'': Buskie kidnaps Alan Scott's daughter to force Scott to deliver Rally into an ambush unarmed.
* Minerva pulls of a twisted version in ''Manga/FairyTail'' when she tells Sting, her ''ally'', that she's holding his closest companion Lector hostage. Because she's just saved Lector's life as well, Sting would already do whatever she wanted - she's just adding the extra punch in the gut to try and make him fight for higher stakes.
* In ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'', [[spoiler:Maverick tries this with Kotetsu's daughter, Kaede. Not only does it serve to piss [[PapaWolf Kotetsu]] off, but Kaede reveals herself to be a DamselOutOfDistress who manages to save her own life and that of ''every other superhero'' trapped by Maverick's subordinate, Rottwang.]] HoistByHisOwnPetard at its finest!
* In the finale of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWingEndlessWaltz'', Heero needs only one last shot from Wing Zero to destroy the ElaborateUndergroundBase, but [[BigBad Dekim Barton]] reminds him through broadcast that Relena was inside the base, making Heero hesitate from pulling the trigger. Although, it's hard to tell if Dekim thinks Heero wouldn't harm Relena either because she's a major political figure or because Dekim knows she's Heero's LoveInterest.
* In the anime of ''Manga/MagicKnightRayearth'', Inouva takes Ferio captive and tells Fuu to give up being a Magic Knight or Ferio will be killed. [[NiceJobFixingItVillain It backfires hugely]], since Fuu's refusal to go along with it is what proves her heart to Windam.
* In ''Anime/HowlsMovingCastle'', Madame Suliman holds Sophie's stepfather (whom she's never met) hostage, forcing Sophie's mother to betray her by planting a Peeping Bug in the castle.



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* ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'': Fed up with Garfield staying in bed all day, Jon kidnaps Pooky in an attempt to force Garfield to come out, but the fat cat won't even budge.
* ''ComicStrip/ModestyBlaise'': In "Samantha and the Cherub", Lucy Kolin, the wife of Soviet musician who defected to the West, is kidnapped. Her husband is told to renounce his defection and return to the USSR if he ever wants to see her again.
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* In ''WesternAnimation/DespicableMe,'' [[spoiler:up-and-coming supervillain Vector kidnaps Gru's adopted daughters]] and demands [[spoiler:the moon, which Gru has shrunk and removed from its orbit,]] in exchange. [[spoiler:Gru complies, but when Vector goes back on the deal, he finds himself dealing with an enraged PapaWolf.]]

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* In ''WesternAnimation/DespicableMe,'' ''WesternAnimation/DespicableMe'', [[spoiler:up-and-coming supervillain Vector kidnaps Gru's adopted daughters]] and demands [[spoiler:the moon, which Gru has shrunk and removed from its orbit,]] in exchange. [[spoiler:Gru complies, but when Vector goes back on the deal, he finds himself dealing with an enraged PapaWolf.]]]]
* In ''Anime/HowlsMovingCastle'', Madame Suliman holds Sophie's stepfather (whom she's never met) hostage, forcing Sophie's mother to betray her by planting a Peeping Bug in the castle.



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* ''Film/ThirteenMinutes'': The Nazis immediately round up all of Elser's relatives and Elsa, his former fiancee, once he's been arrested. It's the threat to her which gains his confession.

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* ''Film/ThirteenMinutes'': The Nazis immediately round up all of Elser's relatives and Elsa, his former fiancee, fiancée, once he's been arrested. It's the threat to her which gains his confession.



* ''Series/{{Badger}}'': Wilf is abducted in "The Price of a Daughter."

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* ''Series/{{Badger}}'': Wilf is abducted in "The Price of a Daughter."Daughter".



** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E12TheSoundOfDrums the series]] [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E13LastOfTheTimeLords 3 finale]], the Master kidnaps Martha's entire family bar her brother. He never actually uses them as leverage against her, however, suggesting he's just doing it [[ForTheEvulz to be a dick.]]

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** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E12TheSoundOfDrums the series]] [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E13LastOfTheTimeLords 3 finale]], the Master kidnaps Martha's entire family bar her brother. He never actually uses them as leverage against her, however, suggesting he's just doing it [[ForTheEvulz to be a dick.]]dick]]/



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* ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'': Fed up with Garfield staying in bed all day, Jon kidnaps Pooky in an attempt to force Garfield to come out, but the fat cat won't even budge.
* ''ComicStrip/ModestyBlaise'': In "Samantha and the Cherub", Lucy Kolin, the wife of Soviet musician who defected to the West, is kidnapped. Her husband is told to renounce his defection and return to the USSR if he ever wants to see her again.
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* ''Series/EnemyWithin'': This was how Tal got Erika working for him. His minions picked up her daughter and he then threatened her life. She's returned unharmed after she gives him the names of her operatives, but he clearly shows it could happen.

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* ''Film/UniversalSoldierTheReturn'': SETH kidnaps Deveraux's daughter Hillary to force him to give up the code that will prevent his own program from shutting down. However, when SETH notices that she's sick, he decides to turn her into a Unisol to "fix" her.

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* Happens at least once per season in ''Series/{{NUMB3RS}}''. The FBI usually intervenes before anyone can be seriously hurt.
** "Prime Suspect": A mathematician's daughter is kidnapped because the kidnappers want him to give them a formula to break internet encryption.
** "Better Or Worse": A jewelry store owner's wife and daughter are kidnapped to use as collateral in a robbery. Subverted when it turns out [[spoiler:the owner arranged the kidnap and robbery to cover a gambling debt.]]
** "Rampage": The mastermind needs a guy to carry out an attack on the FBI, so he threatens the man's wife and daughter and stalks them to show him that he can find them to carry out his threats. He later kidnaps another man's family, apparently to extort him, but it turns out it's actually bait to lure him into a trap.
** "Backscatter": Two bank employees are kidnapped to force their TeamDad boss to give a crime syndicate access to the bank to carry out a scheme.
** "Spree": Crystal Hoyle takes the cake on this one; she ''kidnaps a federal agent'' to extort the FBI.
** "One Hour": A child is kidnapped to extort a ransom from his multi-millionaire father.
** "Tabu" appears to be another case of a rich parent's child kidnapped for ransom, but [[spoiler:it turns out the "victim" was actually the mastermind.]]
** "End Game": A disgraced former Marine captain wants information from one of his subordinates, so he kidnaps the man's father and sister to force him to give it up.
** "Jacked" has the stranger-as-hostage variation. [[spoiler:It turns out to be mostly illusion.]]
** The bad guy in "Shadow Markets" threatens his rival's elderly aunt to force the rival to meet him so he can take his revenge.

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