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* ''Fanfic/LovedAndLost'': Twilight's initial refusal to trust her loved ones stems from her wanting to avoid the heartache she felt after being abandoned at the wedding rehearsal. Later on, Jewelius urges her to give up on them altogether by arguing that she will only invite more heartache by letting them back in her life.

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* ''Fanfic/LovedAndLost'': After Twilight's friends, brother and mentor lose their social standing due to [[ManipulativeBastard Prince Jewelius]], her initial refusal to trust her loved ones them stems from her wanting to avoid the heartache she felt after being abandoned at the wedding rehearsal. Later on, Jewelius urges her to give up on them altogether by arguing that she will only invite more heartache by letting them back in her life.


* ''Fanfic//LovedAndLost'': Twilight's initial refusal to trust her loved ones stems from her wanting to avoid the heartache she felt after being abandoned at the wedding rehearsal. Later on, Jewelius urges her to give up on them altogether by arguing that she will only invite more heartache by letting them back in her life.

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* ''Fanfic//LovedAndLost'': Twilight's initial refusal to trust her loved ones stems from her wanting to avoid the heartache she felt after being abandoned at the wedding rehearsal. Later on, Jewelius urges her to give up on them altogether by arguing that she will only invite more heartache by letting them back in her life.


This is a fairly common stock motivation, in which characters who have been abused, persecuted, or otherwise mistreated in the past is acting to make sure that this sort of thing never happens to them again. This can encompass anything from [[TakeALevelInBadass taking a few levels in badass]] to ensure they'll be able to defend themselves against future threats, to attempting to TakeOverTheWorld and overthrowing the oppressive institutions that made them miserable, to [[SafetyInIndifference refusing to care]] enough about anyone or anything to be hurt. The characters may also wish to spare others from suffering like they did, but there needs to be at least some element of preemptive self-protection involved to fit the trope.

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This is a fairly common stock motivation, in which characters who have been abused, persecuted, or otherwise mistreated in the past is are acting to make sure that this sort of thing never happens to them again. This can encompass anything from [[TakeALevelInBadass taking a few levels in badass]] to ensure they'll be able to defend themselves against future threats, to attempting to TakeOverTheWorld and overthrowing the oppressive institutions that made them miserable, to [[SafetyInIndifference refusing to care]] enough about anyone or anything to be hurt. The characters may also wish to spare others from suffering like they did, but there needs to be at least some element of preemptive self-protection involved to fit the trope.


This is a fairly common stock motivation, in which a character who has been abused, persecuted, or otherwise mistreated in the past is acting to make sure that this sort of thing never happens to them again. This can encompass anything from [[TakeALevelInBadass taking a few levels in badass]] to ensure they'll be able to defend themselves against future threats, to attempting to TakeOverTheWorld and overthrowing the oppressive institutions that made them miserable, to [[SafetyInIndifference refusing to care]] enough about anyone or anything to be hurt. The character may also wish to spare others from suffering like they did, but there needs to be at least some element of preemptive self-protection involved to fit the trope.

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This is a fairly common stock motivation, in which a character characters who has have been abused, persecuted, or otherwise mistreated in the past is acting to make sure that this sort of thing never happens to them again. This can encompass anything from [[TakeALevelInBadass taking a few levels in badass]] to ensure they'll be able to defend themselves against future threats, to attempting to TakeOverTheWorld and overthrowing the oppressive institutions that made them miserable, to [[SafetyInIndifference refusing to care]] enough about anyone or anything to be hurt. The character characters may also wish to spare others from suffering like they did, but there needs to be at least some element of preemptive self-protection involved to fit the trope.


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* In ''VideoGame/PersonaQ2NewCinemaLabyrinth'', the reason why the [[spoiler:game's setting, the Theater district exists]] is [[spoiler:ensure those who were emotionally abused in a conformist society will never get hurt by it again...aside that its deity in-charge Nagi/Enlil decides to do that by enclosing the souls of these people in compact theaters where they will have to watch the collective negativity of people taking the form of a documentary that portrays them as failures that cannot do anything right, inadvertently giving them more pain.]]


** The [[UsefulNotes/{{Philippines}} Philippine President]] has to get the approval of its Congress if the leader wants to declare martial law. This is because of abuses committed by security forces during the dictatorship of then President Ferdinand Marcos in the 1970s up to the mid-1980s. When Corazon Aquino took over following the 1986 People Power Revolution, the country's constitution was rewritten and one of the changes was to remove the power of the President to declare martial law or suspend the constitution solely by decree. Marcos' wife and descendants are still active in politics and the battle cry of their critics is "Never again" alluding to the Martial Law Era.

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** The [[UsefulNotes/{{Philippines}} Philippine President]] has to get the approval of its the Congress if the leader wants to declare martial law. This is because of abuses committed by security forces during the dictatorship of then President Ferdinand Marcos in the 1970s up to the mid-1980s. When Corazon Aquino took over following the 1986 People Power Revolution, the country's constitution was rewritten and one of the changes was to remove the power of the President to declare martial law or suspend the constitution solely by decree. Marcos' wife and descendants are still active in politics and the battle cry of their critics is "Never again" alluding to the Martial Law Era.era.

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** The [[UsefulNotes/{{Philippines}} Philippine President]] has to get the approval of its Congress if the leader wants to declare martial law. This is because of abuses committed by security forces during the dictatorship of then President Ferdinand Marcos in the 1970s up to the mid-1980s. When Corazon Aquino took over following the 1986 People Power Revolution, the country's constitution was rewritten and one of the changes was to remove the power of the President to declare martial law or suspend the constitution solely by decree. Marcos' wife and descendants are still active in politics and the battle cry of their critics is "Never again" alluding to the Martial Law Era.


-->-- '''Moondancer''', ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''

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-->-- '''Moondancer''', ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''
''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS5E12AmendingFences "Amending Fences"]]


* The backstory for ''LightNovel/CrestOfTheStars'' has the [[SpaceElves Abh]] overthrowing their human creators and masters, then going on to conquer most of the known universe, while in the process of conquering the rest.



* Revy of ''Manga/BlackLagoon'' became what she is due to the horrible treatment she received at the hands of those in authority, from her drunken asshole of a father at home to the police on the streets. Revy's obsession with power is a direct response to her feeling of powerlessness during those years as a kid, and she ''never'' wants to go back to that again.
* The backstory for ''LightNovel/CrestOfTheStars'' has the [[SpaceElves Abh]] overthrowing their human creators and masters, then going on to conquer most of the known universe, while in the process of conquering the rest.
* This trope leads to the tragic ending of ''Anime/Danganronpa3: Despair''. Chiaki's [[LoveInterest friend]] Hajime disappears off the face of the earth, much to her sorrow. Months later, the same thing is about to happen to [[TeamMom Chisa]], so Chiaki panics and makes some [[LeeroyJenkins really crappy decisions]] in an attempt to save her.



* In ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'', this is the motivation for Jiren's MightMakesRight philosophy. After losing first his family and then his comrades to an evildoer, he decided that a person's own strength is all they can rely on in life. He then closed himself off emotionally and pushed himself to become the strongest mortal in existence, all so he would never be vulnerable like that again. When Goku's Ultra Instinct form begins to overpower him, he starts having traumatic flashbacks, and eventually ''fires at the audience'' to spite Goku's belief in ThePowerOfFriendship.



* Revy of ''Manga/BlackLagoon'' became what she is due to the horrible treatment she received at the hands of those in authority, from her drunken asshole of a father at home to the police on the streets. Revy's obsession with power is a direct response to her feeling of powerlessness during those years as a kid, and she ''never'' wants to go back to that again.



* This trope leads to the tragic ending of ''Anime/Danganronpa3: Despair''. Chiaki's [[LoveInterest friend]] Hajime disappears off the face of the earth, much to her sorrow. Months later, the same thing is about to happen to [[TeamMom Chisa]], so Chiaki panics and makes some [[LeeroyJenkins really crappy decisions]] in an attempt to save her.
* In ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'', this is the motivation for Jiren's MightMakesRight philosophy. After losing first his family and then his comrades to an evildoer, he decided that a person's own strength is all they can rely on in life. He then closed himself off emotionally and pushed himself to become the strongest mortal in existence, all so he would never be vulnerable like that again. When Goku's Ultra Instinct form begins to overpower him, he starts having traumatic flashbacks, and eventually ''fires at the audience'' to spite Goku's belief in ThePowerOfFriendship.



* ComicBook/{{Magneto}}, when he's given sympathetic motivations. He's a [[UsefulNotes/TheHolocaust Holocaust]] survivor who doesn't want mutants to face the kind of genocidal [[FantasticRacism bigotry]] he endured in his youth. Though it does kind of go against him when he has no qualms about doing that to humans.



* In ''ComicBook/TheDeathOfSuperman'', Doomsday's motivation for killing everything he sees is that he was created via a horrific experiment that involved dying ''multiple'' times (we're talking hundreds if not ''THOUSANDS'' of deaths). He thinks everything in the universe is a threat to his life and he's terrified of dying again.



* In ''ComicBook/TheDeathOfSuperman'', Doomsday's motivation for killing everything he sees is that he was created via a horrific experiment that involved dying ''multiple'' times (we're talking hundreds if not ''THOUSANDS'' of deaths). He thinks everything in the universe is a threat to his life and he's terrified of dying again.

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* In ''ComicBook/TheDeathOfSuperman'', Doomsday's motivation for killing everything he sees is that he was created via a horrific experiment that involved dying ''multiple'' times (we're talking hundreds if not ''THOUSANDS'' of deaths). He thinks everything in the universe is a threat to his life and ComicBook/{{Magneto}}, when he's terrified given sympathetic motivations. He's a [[UsefulNotes/TheHolocaust Holocaust]] survivor who doesn't want mutants to face the kind of dying again.genocidal [[FantasticRacism bigotry]] he endured in his youth. Though it does kind of go against him when he has no qualms about doing that to humans.



* In ''Fanfic/TheBridge'', Aria Blaze muses that she wants to become stronger so that no one will ever be able to scare her again.



* In ''Fanfic/TheBridge'', Aria Blaze muses that she wants to become stronger so that no one will ever be able to scare her again.



* This has been used as Film/{{Spartacus}}' motivation in several fictionalisations.



* In the Italian movie ''Il Primo Re'', the would-be founders of Rome all just want to become a force strong enough to defend themselves: Romulus and Remus have lost their flock of sheep and [[spoiler:their native village]] to the Albani, their first followers were people the Albani wanted to ''sacrifice to the gods'' alongside the two brothers, and the Velientes are refugees from places raided by the Albani and [[spoiler:lose their village to Remus' madness]]. They succeed even before founding Rome, as right before [[DoomedByCanon Remus' fated death]] they are reached by Albani horsemen chasing the would-be sacrifice victims and kill them all.
* This has been used as Film/{{Spartacus}}' motivation in several fictionalisations.



* In the Italian movie "Il Primo Re" the would-be founders of Rome all just want to become a force strong enough to defend themselves: Romulus and Remus have lost their flock of sheep and [[spoiler:their native village]] to the Albani, their first followers were people the Albani wanted to ''sacrifice to the gods'' alongside the two brothers, and the Velientes are refugees from places raided by the Albani and [[spoiler:lose their village to Remus' madness]]. They succeed even before founding Rome, as right before [[DoomedByCanon Remus' fated death]] they are reached by Albani horsemen chasing the would-be sacrifice victims and kill them all.



* This is what sparks Tiffany Aching's desire to become a witch in her ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' books. Specifically, there was an incident in which an odd but otherwise harmless old woman was turned out of her home, mistreated by the locals, and eventually died out in the cold because they believed her to be a witch. Tiffany's response was to want to become a ''real'' witch so anyone who ever wanted to pull a stunt like that again would have to go through her first.
* Although she says "never be ''hungry'' again", a good deal of Scarlett O'Hara's ruthless behavior throughout the second half of ''Literature/GoneWithTheWind'' can be attributed to this, as it's repeatedly stated that she's genuinely terrified of returning to the days of cold and poverty.



* This is what sparks Tiffany Aching's desire to become a witch in her ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' books. Specifically, there was an incident in which an odd but otherwise harmless old woman was turned out of her home, mistreated by the locals, and eventually died out in the cold because they believed her to be a witch. Tiffany's response was to want to become a ''real'' witch so anyone who ever wanted to pull a stunt like that again would have to go through her first.
* Although she says "never be ''hungry'' again", a good deal of Scarlett O'Hara's ruthless behavior throughout the second half of ''Literature/GoneWithTheWind'' can be attributed to this, as it's repeatedly stated that she's genuinely terrified of returning to the days of cold and poverty.



* On ''Series/{{The 100}}'', Lexa's response to the torture and murder of the girl she loved was to stop caring about anyone on an individual level and devote herself entirely to the well-being of her people as a whole.

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* On ''Series/{{The 100}}'', ''Series/The100'', Lexa's response to the torture and murder of the girl she loved was to stop caring about anyone on an individual level and devote herself entirely to the well-being of her people as a whole.



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* In ''Roleplay/DawnOfANewAgeOldportBlues'', Josephine's motivation for distancing herself from other people is due to her [[DarkAndTroubledPast backstory]], where she was offered friendship that was just a ruse to bully her. Nadine is the first person that manages to make a dent in her self-inflicted ostracisation.
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* TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} and TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}: several justifications for falling to Chaos are protection against that god's particular domain. Mostly seen with Nurgle, the god of disease, whose followers are infested with pus-filled growths and oozing sores, but are no longer negatively affected by them, instead reveling in every new pox they develop.

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* TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} TabletopGame/Warhammer40000 and TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}: several justifications for falling to Chaos are protection against that god's particular domain. Mostly seen with Nurgle, the god of disease, whose followers are infested with pus-filled growths and oozing sores, but are no longer negatively affected by them, instead reveling in every new pox they develop.



* Lambda of ''VideoGame/TalesOfGraces''. His plan to KillEmAll is because [[spoiler:everyone he ever knew as a child was either manipulating him for their own ends, or they died trying to protect him]]. Main character Asbel, who went through similar circumstances, breaks down Lambda's plan by asking [[ArmorPiercingQuestion a simple question]]: "AndThenWhat" The [[{{Beat}} hesitation]] on Lambda's part shows he's really having a SuicidalCosmicTemperTantrum.
* Squall Leonhart of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII''. The reason for his cold, detached demeanor was because [[spoiler: his fellow orphan and sister, Ellone, left him alone as a child and he developed abandonment issues. He feels that, eventually, all friends and family will die or go away, and the only way to avoid the pain from that is to never let anyone in again.]] Even from the beginning of the game, however, it's clear that he's fooling himself, and can't help but care about people.
* The main antagonists in ''VideoGame/StarControlII'', the Ur-Quan, have this motivation: they were once enslaved and hideously mistreated by [[TheHypnotoad the Dnyarri]], and after winning back their freedom while suffering constant excruciating pain (which protected them from MindControl), they decided the only way to make sure it never happened again was to enslave (Kzer-Za) or exterminate (Kohr-Ah) everybody else first.



* In ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'', after Professor Stanwick Pididly stole credit for both the creation of [[RobotBuddy Blitzcrank]] and the technology that revived [[AndIMustScream Urgot]], Viktor decided to protect himself from this happening again with his newest accomplishment - the transformation of himself into a killer cyborg. This both [[CyberneticsEatYOurSoul removes]] (mostly) the pain and anger he feels over his inventions being stolen, and demonstrates his own skill in a way that can't be stolen.



* Squall Leonhart of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII''. The reason for his cold, detached demeanor was because [[spoiler: his fellow orphan and sister, Ellone, left him alone as a child and he developed abandonment issues. He feels that, eventually, all friends and family will die or go away, and the only way to avoid the pain from that is to never let anyone in again.]] Even from the beginning of the game, however, it's clear that he's fooling himself, and can't help but care about people.
* In ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'', after Professor Stanwick Pididly stole credit for both the creation of [[RobotBuddy Blitzcrank]] and the technology that revived [[AndIMustScream Urgot]], Viktor decided to protect himself from this happening again with his newest accomplishment - the transformation of himself into a killer cyborg. This both [[CyberneticsEatYOurSoul removes]] (mostly) the pain and anger he feels over his inventions being stolen, and demonstrates his own skill in a way that can't be stolen.



* The main antagonists in ''VideoGame/StarControlII'', the Ur-Quan, have this motivation: they were once enslaved and hideously mistreated by [[TheHypnotoad the Dnyarri]], and after winning back their freedom while suffering constant excruciating pain (which protected them from MindControl), they decided the only way to make sure it never happened again was to enslave (Kzer-Za) or exterminate (Kohr-Ah) everybody else first.
* Lambda of ''VideoGame/TalesOfGraces''. His plan to KillEmAll is because [[spoiler:everyone he ever knew as a child was either manipulating him for their own ends, or they died trying to protect him]]. Main character Asbel, who went through similar circumstances, breaks down Lambda's plan by asking [[ArmorPiercingQuestion a simple question]]: "AndThenWhat" The [[{{Beat}} hesitation]] on Lambda's part shows he's really having a SuicidalCosmicTemperTantrum.



* Marceline from ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' went through a LOT, and frightens people to show them she had enough by pretending she's a jerkass.
* In ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'', this trope is the origin of [[FutureBadass Dark Danny]]. After losing his parents, sister, best friend, [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg and teacher]], Danny (with former nemesis and new guardian Vlad's help) sought to remove his human half to get rid of the pain and grief that plagued him. Unfortunately, the process turned his ghost half into a remorseless sociopath, who killed his human half, tore out Vlad's ghost side and absorbed it, and went on a ten-year-long rampage.
* In ''WesternAnimation/GreenLanternTheAnimatedSeries'', after having her heart broken by Razer, Aya deactivates her emotions to get rid of the pain. Then things get even worse.



* Marceline from ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' went through a LOT, and frightens people to show them she had enough by pretending she's a jerkass.
* In ''WesternAnimation/GreenLanternTheAnimatedSeries'', after having her heart broken by Razer, Aya deactivates her emotions to get rid of the pain. Then things get even worse.



* In ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'', this trope is the origin of [[FutureBadass Dark Danny]]. After losing his parents, sister, best friend, [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg and teacher]], Danny (with former nemesis and new guardian Vlad's help) sought to remove his human half to get rid of the pain and grief that plagued him. Unfortunately, the process turned his ghost half into a remorseless sociopath, who killed his human half, tore out Vlad's ghost side and absorbed it, and went on a ten-year-long rampage.


** Case in point: UsefulNotes/{{Israel}}, which actually went so far as to print the words "never again" on their first ([[ImplausibleDeniability totally hypothetical]]) nuke, and generally have it as a sort of unofficial motto. This is what happens when your country is founded ''entirely'' by hundreds of thousands of [[{{Shell Shocked Veteran}} shell-shocked survivors]] of one of the most horrific genocides in human history. And add to those numbers the Mizrahi Jews who fled or were expelled from the Islamic world.

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** Case in point: UsefulNotes/{{Israel}}, which actually went so far as to print the words "never again" on their first ([[ImplausibleDeniability totally hypothetical]]) nuke, and generally have it as a sort of unofficial motto. This is what happens when your country is founded ''entirely'' by hundreds of thousands of [[{{Shell Shocked Veteran}} shell-shocked survivors]] of one of the most horrific genocides in human history. And add to those numbers the Mizrahi Jews who fled or were expelled from the Islamic world. And that's not even getting into all of the Jews that had in the Middle Ages and other periods in history been used as scapegoats for things like the Black Plague, and seen as targets by wayward Crusaders.


This is a fairly common stock motivation, in which a character who has been abused, persecuted, or otherwise mistreated in the past is acting to make sure that this sort of thing never happens to them again. This can encompass anything from [[TakeALevelInBadass taking a few levels in badass]] to ensure they'll be able to defend themselves against future threats, to attempting to TakeOverTheWorld and overthrow the oppressive institutions that made them miserable, to [[SafetyInIndifference refusing to care]] enough about anyone or anything to be hurt. The character may also wish to spare others from suffering like they did, but there needs to be at least some element of preemptive self-protection involved to fit the trope.

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This is a fairly common stock motivation, in which a character who has been abused, persecuted, or otherwise mistreated in the past is acting to make sure that this sort of thing never happens to them again. This can encompass anything from [[TakeALevelInBadass taking a few levels in badass]] to ensure they'll be able to defend themselves against future threats, to attempting to TakeOverTheWorld and overthrow overthrowing the oppressive institutions that made them miserable, to [[SafetyInIndifference refusing to care]] enough about anyone or anything to be hurt. The character may also wish to spare others from suffering like they did, but there needs to be at least some element of preemptive self-protection involved to fit the trope.


* This is the motivation of the founders of Rome in the Italian movie "Il Primo Re": be they Romulus and Remus, the would-be human sacrifice victims, or the Velientes, all have been persecuted by the people of Alba Longa and seek to become a force strong enough to become free from their tyranny. [[SavedByCanon As the plot is based on the legend of Rome's founding we know they'll succeed]]-and right before [[DoomedByCanon Remus' fated death]] they destroy an Alban cavalry unit seeking to recapture the sacrifice victims.

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* This is the motivation of the founders of Rome in In the Italian movie "Il Primo Re": be they Romulus and Remus, Re" the would-be human sacrifice victims, or the Velientes, founders of Rome all have been persecuted by the people of Alba Longa and seek just want to become a force strong enough to become free from defend themselves: Romulus and Remus have lost their tyranny. [[SavedByCanon As flock of sheep and [[spoiler:their native village]] to the plot is based on Albani, their first followers were people the legend of Rome's Albani wanted to ''sacrifice to the gods'' alongside the two brothers, and the Velientes are refugees from places raided by the Albani and [[spoiler:lose their village to Remus' madness]]. They succeed even before founding we know they'll succeed]]-and Rome, as right before [[DoomedByCanon Remus' fated death]] they destroy an Alban cavalry unit seeking to recapture are reached by Albani horsemen chasing the would-be sacrifice victims.victims and kill them all.

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* This is the motivation of the founders of Rome in the Italian movie "Il Primo Re": be they Romulus and Remus, the would-be human sacrifice victims, or the Velientes, all have been persecuted by the people of Alba Longa and seek to become a force strong enough to become free from their tyranny. [[SavedByCanon As the plot is based on the legend of Rome's founding we know they'll succeed]]-and right before [[DoomedByCanon Remus' fated death]] they destroy an Alban cavalry unit seeking to recapture the sacrifice victims.

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