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* CompleteMonster: [[BigBad Lothos]] is a ancient vampire, famous and [[TheDreaded feared]] for [[HeroKiller killing numerous Slayers]] over the centuries. Arriving in Los Angeles, Lothos starts a new killing spree to track down Buffy and take over the city, having his follower Amilyn turn numerous people into his vampiric army for him and bring him new victims to feed on, even turning one of Buffy's friends to find her and killing another. During his first confrontation with Buffy, Lothos kills her watcher Merrick by turning his stake onto him, letting Buffy go at the time as he was expecting more of a challenge. Later, Lothos leads his minions on an attack at the school, killing several students. Lothos is [[LackOfEmpathy completely indifferent towards his followers and their deaths]], as seen when he refuses to save Amylin when Buffy stakes him, giving him an unsympathetic smile as he mockingly plays a fiddle. After Lothos fails to hypnotize and/or seduce Buffy, he stops his flirtatious advancements in favor of going in for the kill, putting his sadistic personality on full display as he notes to the rest of the students that he will kill them all himself once he's done with Buffy.

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* CompleteMonster: [[BigBad Lothos]] is a an ancient vampire, famous and [[TheDreaded feared]] for [[HeroKiller killing numerous Slayers]] over the centuries. Arriving in Los Angeles, Lothos starts a new killing spree to track down Buffy and take over the city, having his follower Amilyn turn numerous people into his vampiric army for him and bring him new victims to feed on, even turning one of Buffy's friends to find her and killing another. During his first confrontation with Buffy, Lothos kills her watcher Merrick by turning his stake onto him, letting Buffy go at the time as he was expecting more of a challenge. Later, Lothos leads his minions on an attack at the school, killing several students. Lothos is [[LackOfEmpathy completely indifferent towards his followers and their deaths]], as seen when he refuses to save Amylin when Buffy stakes him, giving him an unsympathetic smile as he mockingly plays a fiddle. After Lothos fails to hypnotize and/or seduce Buffy, he stops his flirtatious advancements in favor of going in for the kill, putting his sadistic personality on full display as he notes to the rest of the students that he will kill them all himself once he's done with Buffy.


* CompleteMonster: [[BigBad Lothos]] is a [[VampireMonarch vampire king]], famous and [[TheDreaded feared]] for [[HeroKiller killing numerous Slayers]] over the centuries. Arriving in Los Angeles, Lothos starts a new killing spree to track down Buffy and take over the city, having his follower Amilyn turn numerous people into his vampiric army for him and bring him new victims to feed on, even turning one of Buffy's friends to find her and killing another. During his first confrontation with Buffy, Lothos kills her watcher Merrick by turning his stake onto him, letting Buffy go at the time as he was expecting more of a challenge. Later, Lothos leads his minions on an attack at the school, killing several students. Lothos is [[LackOfEmpathy completely indifferent towards his followers and their deaths]], as seen when he refuses to save Amylin when Buffy stakes him, giving him an unsympathetic smile as he mockingly plays a fiddle. After Lothos fails to hypnotize and/or seduce Buffy, he stops his flirtatious advancements in favor of going in for the kill, putting his sadistic personality on full display as he notes to the rest of the students that he will kill them all himself once he's done with Buffy.

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* CompleteMonster: [[BigBad Lothos]] is a [[VampireMonarch vampire king]], ancient vampire, famous and [[TheDreaded feared]] for [[HeroKiller killing numerous Slayers]] over the centuries. Arriving in Los Angeles, Lothos starts a new killing spree to track down Buffy and take over the city, having his follower Amilyn turn numerous people into his vampiric army for him and bring him new victims to feed on, even turning one of Buffy's friends to find her and killing another. During his first confrontation with Buffy, Lothos kills her watcher Merrick by turning his stake onto him, letting Buffy go at the time as he was expecting more of a challenge. Later, Lothos leads his minions on an attack at the school, killing several students. Lothos is [[LackOfEmpathy completely indifferent towards his followers and their deaths]], as seen when he refuses to save Amylin when Buffy stakes him, giving him an unsympathetic smile as he mockingly plays a fiddle. After Lothos fails to hypnotize and/or seduce Buffy, he stops his flirtatious advancements in favor of going in for the kill, putting his sadistic personality on full display as he notes to the rest of the students that he will kill them all himself once he's done with Buffy.


* CompleteMonster: From this AlternateContinuity take of Buffy's origin story, [[VampireMonarch Lothos]] is a vampire king, famous and [[TheDreaded feared]] for [[HeroKiller killing numerous Slayers]] over the centuries, whom Buffy has haunting dreams and visions of. Arriving in Los Angeles, Lothos starts a new killing spree to track down Buffy and take over the city, having his follower Amilyn track down and turn numerous people into his vampiric army for him and bring Lothos new victims to feed on, even turning one of Buffy's friends to find her and kills another. During his first confrontation with Buffy, Lothos kills her watcher Merrick by turning his stake onto him, letting Buffy go at the time as he was expecting more of a challenge. Later, Lothos leads his minions on an attack at the school, killing several students. Lothos is [[LackOfEmpathy completely indifferent towards his followers and their deaths]], as seen when he refuses to save Amylin when Buffy stakes him, giving him an unsympathetic smile as he mockingly plays a fiddle. After Lothos fails to hypnotize and/or seduce Buffy, Lothos stops his flirtatious advancements in favor of going in for the kill, putting his sadistic personality on full display as he notes to the rest of the students that he will kill them all himself once he's done with Buffy. Despite the campy style of the movie, which is considerably more lighthearted than the following series, Lothos manages to be a remarkably serious and evil villain as the first BigBad Buffy ever faced.

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* CompleteMonster: From this AlternateContinuity take of Buffy's origin story, [[BigBad Lothos]] is a [[VampireMonarch Lothos]] is a vampire king, king]], famous and [[TheDreaded feared]] for [[HeroKiller killing numerous Slayers]] over the centuries, whom Buffy has haunting dreams and visions of. centuries. Arriving in Los Angeles, Lothos starts a new killing spree to track down Buffy and take over the city, having his follower Amilyn track down and turn numerous people into his vampiric army for him and bring Lothos him new victims to feed on, even turning one of Buffy's friends to find her and kills killing another. During his first confrontation with Buffy, Lothos kills her watcher Merrick by turning his stake onto him, letting Buffy go at the time as he was expecting more of a challenge. Later, Lothos leads his minions on an attack at the school, killing several students. Lothos is [[LackOfEmpathy completely indifferent towards his followers and their deaths]], as seen when he refuses to save Amylin when Buffy stakes him, giving him an unsympathetic smile as he mockingly plays a fiddle. After Lothos fails to hypnotize and/or seduce Buffy, Lothos he stops his flirtatious advancements in favor of going in for the kill, putting his sadistic personality on full display as he notes to the rest of the students that he will kill them all himself once he's done with Buffy. Despite the campy style of the movie, which is considerably more lighthearted than the following series, Lothos manages to be a remarkably serious and evil villain as the first BigBad Buffy ever faced.Buffy.


** Faith. Does she use all her misfortune as an excuse to be a heartless, violent bitch, or is she genuinely a victim who has been pushed off the rails and needs all the support she can get? There are also those who argue that she ''was'' offered support, but chose not to take it, preferring to resume her sociopathic, reckless lifestyle for her own selfish benefit. Or was she so unused to being offered friendship and understanding that she just couldn't process it?

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** Faith. Does she use all her misfortune as an excuse to be a heartless, violent bitch, or is she genuinely a victim who has been pushed off the rails and needs all the support she can get? There are also those who argue that she ''was'' offered support, but chose not to take it, preferring to resume her sociopathic, reckless lifestyle for her own selfish benefit. Or was she so unused to being offered friendship and understanding that she just couldn't process it?



** Wood. His backstory was certainly interesting (he's the [[spoiler:son of a slayer Spike killed]]), but the fandom is split over whether he really needed to be introduced in the final season and if he served any actual purpose before or after "Lies My Parents Told Me" other than a LastMinuteHookup with [[spoiler:Faith]] (which is in itself a BrokenBase, for those who prefer [[spoiler:Faith]] without a love interest or with [[LesYay Buffy]]).

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** Wood. His backstory was is certainly interesting (he's the [[spoiler:son of a slayer Spike killed]]), but the fandom is split over whether he really needed to be introduced in the final season and if he served any actual purpose before or after "Lies My Parents Told Me" other than a LastMinuteHookup with [[spoiler:Faith]] (which is in itself a BrokenBase, for those who prefer [[spoiler:Faith]] without a love interest or with [[LesYay Buffy]]).



** Glory when it comes to her status as a BigBad. Some love her and find Clare Kramer's ditziness endearing and entertaining. Some find her a tiresome villain who is too powerful to be interesting. Others liked her at first but suffered ArcFatigue.

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** Glory when it comes to her status as a BigBad. Some love her and find Clare Kramer's ditziness endearing and entertaining. Some find her a tiresome villain who is too powerful to be interesting. Others liked her at first but feel that her storyline suffered ArcFatigue.



** Oz. Despite [[TheQuietOne not having many lines]] and having the second-fewest appearances for a main character (second only to Riley), he is still one of the more popular characters.



** Anya went from VillainOfTheWeek to full-fledged main cast member thanks to Emma Caulfield's hilarious performance.
** Tara. Her relationship with Willow was a breath of fresh air and is portrayed as one of, if not ''the'' most, positive on the show, and it certainly didn't hurt that she debuted in one of the show's [[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS4E10Hush}} most beloved episodes.]] Fans cheered when she finally got PromotedToOpeningTitles in "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS6E19SeeingRed}} Seeing Red]]" and [[spoiler:burst into tears at the end of the episode when she died.]]
** Joyce. Initially supposed to last a single season, a positive mother figure proved enlightening in a show full of monsters and Joss' trademark angst. [[spoiler:So of course people were devastated when "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS5E16TheBody}} The Body]]" rolled around.]]


* FansPreferTheNewHer: In "The Gift" Dawn has to take part in the ritual while wearing a sacrificial gown. Despite the TearJerker that it is for the scene where she puts it on - symbolising that she's accepted her impending death - the gown itself is quite cute.



** Emma Caulfield made a seemingly mundane speech into the ultimate TearJerker in "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS5E16TheBody}} The Body]] ".

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** Emma Caulfield made a seemingly mundane speech into the ultimate TearJerker in "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS5E16TheBody}} The Body]] ". She was also a revelation in "Once More, With Feeling" - as she was not known as a professional singer like some of the more accomplished members of the cast - but is held up as one of the strongest singers in the episode. They even got her to sing again in "Selfless"!


** Xander is quite possibly the biggest example of this in recent years; he is either the lovable ButtMonkey and [[TheHeart Heart of the Slayer Machine]], or a hypocritical jerk who is way too judgmental of Buffy whenever she screws up, especially in regards to Angel and Spike -- or any other guy she's interested in, for that matter, even when it's none of his business. There's also some debate as to whether his preoccupation with sex is just a normal teenage straight guy's disposition or a creepy lecherous quality.

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** Xander is quite possibly the biggest example of this in recent years; he is either the lovable ButtMonkey and [[TheHeart Heart of the Slayer Machine]], or a hypocritical jerk who is way too judgmental of Buffy whenever she screws up, especially in regards to Angel and Spike -- or any other guy she's interested in, for that matter, even when it's none of his business. There's also some debate as to whether his preoccupation with sex is just a normal teenage straight guy's disposition or a creepy lecherous quality.quality[[note]]There were plans to make him gay before Joss decided to give that arc to Willow, so it may have been intended as {{Foreshadowing}}.[[/note]].



** Glory when it comes to her status as a BigBad. Some love her and find Clare Kramer's ditziness endearing and entertaining. Some find her a tiresome villain who is too powerful to be interesting. Others liked her at first but suffered ArcFatigue.



* CriticalBacklash: Season 6 has experienced this in recent years. [[https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2017/03/buffy-season-6-anniversary-warren-jonathan-andrew This article]] points out why it's the most "important" season of the show, and the Trio as the villains resonate even more in TheNewTens than they did in the early 2000s.



* DarknessInducedAudienceApathy: At times it seems like the show's moral is that nothing will ever work out for you, your life is just a long, hard slog through misery, and you might as well just kill yourself. Especially Season 6, explicitly described as "Life is the BigBad", and [[WordOfGod even Whedon admits]] was ([[DidntThinkThisThrough in retrospective]]) hitting the DramaBomb button too damn often and hard. The show also cements Creator/JossWhedon's belief that "[[TooHappyToLive happy people make boring television]]" and his typical "being the EnsembleDarkhorse equals painting a target on your back for becoming AnyoneCanDie fodder" action, which makes finding a character worth rooting for pretty damn hard.
** Joss has admitted he loved each individual idea for the season so much that he didn't stop to consider that maybe having them all happen ''at the same time'' wouldn't be the best idea.
* DesignatedHero: For many fans, Buffy is the DH for much of [[SeasonalRot Seasons 6 and 7.]] However, there were implications that Buffy wasn't exactly herself, being under even more massive pressure than usual, and having gone through several traumatic experiences in a short time.

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* DarknessInducedAudienceApathy: At times it seems like the show's moral is that nothing will ever work out for you, your life is just a long, hard slog through misery, and you might as well just kill yourself. Especially Season 6, explicitly described as "Life is the BigBad", and [[WordOfGod even Whedon admits]] was ([[DidntThinkThisThrough in retrospective]]) hitting the DramaBomb button too damn often and hard. The show also cements Creator/JossWhedon's belief that "[[TooHappyToLive happy people make boring television]]" and his typical "being the EnsembleDarkhorse equals painting a target on your back for becoming AnyoneCanDie fodder" action, which makes finding a character worth rooting for pretty damn hard.
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hard. Joss has admitted he loved each individual idea for the season so much that he didn't stop to consider that maybe having them all happen ''at the same time'' wouldn't be the best idea.
idea. By the time [[spoiler: Xander leaves Anya at the altar]], viewers were just frustrated at unnecessary drama.
* DesignatedHero: DesignatedHero:
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For many fans, Buffy is the DH for much of [[SeasonalRot Seasons 6 and 7.]] However, there were implications that Buffy wasn't exactly herself, being under even more massive pressure than usual, and having gone through several traumatic experiences in a short time.


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** Xander can often come across as very hypocritical and judgmental - he wants Angel to be punished and held accountable for crimes he did as Angelus but then in Season 7 objects to Buffy wanting to do the same to Anya, and his only defence is "you don't love her like I do" (not caring about the twelve people she killed). The show never seems to frame his pettier actions as wrong or anything more than 'bad but justified'.

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** The Mayor's henchman Mr. Trick was one of the most memorable vampires in the series for being so damn charismatic and funny, yet also intimidating.


* YokoOhNo: Spike's "Yoko Factor" plan in Season 4 revolves around this. Spike sees a conflict brewing among the Scoobies and pushes just the right buttons to set it off. Notably, Spike himself notes to Adam during the episode that Yoko, for all she got blamed, didn't break up the Beatles; it was internal strife, much as he wasn't so much the cause of the Scoobies' breakup, just the catalyst that (deliberately) brought their grievances into plain view. It's ultimately subverted, however ó while the Scoobies do have a vicious argument and falling out thanks largely to Spike's prodding, when tempers have cooled a bit they're savvy enough to realize that Spike's been manipulating them, approach either other more calmly about their recent tensions, and mend bridges.

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** Professor Walsh was shaping up to be an interesting arc villain in Season 4 - a human WellIntentionedExtremist who shared many of Buffy's goals, had personal relationships with Buffy, Willow and Riley, and at one point even eclipsed Giles as a mentor figure for Buffy. Alas, she was killed halfway through the season and replaced by her own creation, the far less relatable human-demon-cyborg hybrid Adam, who barely interacted with the main cast.


** [[https://www.thewrap.com/joss-whedon-feminist-hypocrite-infidelity-affairs-ex-wife-kai-cole-says/ Joss Whedons' ex-wife Kai Cole claiming]] that he confessed to committing adultery on the set of ''Buffy'' and other shows he ran with his excuse being [[AllMenArePerverts he's a guy who found himself surrounded by beautiful women]], leaving one to guess which actresses he was having sex with, how appropriate it was -beyond the adultery- given the power relations involved (him being the man in charge), if part of the reason the show has so many strong female characters is so Whedon had more women to sleep with, and Coles' allegation that he used their marriage and feminist credentials as a cover for otherwise sleazy plots in the show.

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** [[https://www.thewrap.com/joss-whedon-feminist-hypocrite-infidelity-affairs-ex-wife-kai-cole-says/ Joss Whedons' ex-wife Kai Cole claiming]] that he confessed to committing adultery on the set of ''Buffy'' and other shows he ran with his excuse being [[AllMenArePerverts he's a guy who found himself surrounded by beautiful women]], leaving one to guess which actresses he was having sex with, how appropriate it was -beyond the adultery- given the power relations involved (him being the man in charge), if part of the reason the show has so many strong female characters is so Whedon had more women to sleep with, and Coles' allegation that he used their marriage and feminist credentials as a cover for otherwise sleazy plots in the show.with.

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* SpoiledByTheFormat: Angelís return in Season 3 wouldíve been a great twist if David Boreanaz hadnít appeared in the main credits and shown off the fact that he was coming back.


** Xander is quite possibly the biggest example of this in recent years; he is either the lovable ButtMonkey and [[TheHeart Heart of the Slayer Machine]], or a hypocritical jerk who is way too judgmental of Buffy whenever she screws up, especially in regards to Angel and Spike -- or any other guy she's interested in, for that matter, even when it's none of his business. There's also some debate as to whether his preoccupation with sex is just a normal teenage straight guy's disposition or a creepy lecherous quality.
** Buffy herself in the show's later seasons. Her [[spoiler:sleeping with Spike]], HolierThanThou attitude towards both the Scoobies and the Potentials, and taking an entire season to claw her way out of depression being some of the main points of contention. However, there are others who think these actions are justified, considering her friends [[spoiler:unwittingly yanked her out of Heaven.]]
** Surprisingly enough, [[BreakoutCharacter Spike]]. There are those who think he's hilarious and one of the best parts of the show, others think we saw [[SpotlightStealingSquad too much of him]] in the later seasons and can't put up with his constant [[{{Wangst}} wangsting]] about Buffy not returning his feelings.



** Buffy herself, mainly in the show's later seasons. Her [[spoiler:sleeping with Spike]], HolierThanThou attitude towards both the Scoobies and the Potentials, and taking an entire season to claw her way out of depression being some of the main points of contention. However, there are others who think these actions are justified, considering her friends [[spoiler:unwittingly yanked her out of Heaven.]]
** Surprisingly enough, [[BreakoutCharacter Spike]]. There are those who think he's hilarious and one of the best parts of the show, others think we saw [[SpotlightStealingSquad too much of him]] in the later seasons and can't put up with his constant [[{{Wangst}} wangsting]] about Buffy not returning his feelings.
** Xander, either the lovable ButtMonkey and [[TheHeart Heart of the Slayer Machine]], or a hypocritical jerk who is way too judgmental of Buffy whenever she screws up, especially in regards to Angel and Spike -- or any other guy she's interested in, for that matter, even when it's none of his business. There's also some debate as to whether his preoccupation with sex is just a normal teenage straight guy's disposition or a creepy lecherous quality.



** When did Spike move from {{Villain}} to AntiHero? It can be argued to be anytime from when he realized he could kill demons (even with his chip) in "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS4E11Doomed}} Doomed]]" to as late as when his soul was restored in "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS6E22Grave}} Grave]]".

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** When did Spike move from {{Villain}} to AntiHero? It can be argued to be anytime from when he realized he could kill demons (even with his chip) in "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS4E11Doomed}} Doomed]]" to as late as when his [[spoiler:his soul was restored restored]] in "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS6E22Grave}} Grave]]".


** In Season 4 [[TheHero Buffy]] and [[DarkActionGirl Faith]] switch bodies, with the former appearing a complete and total {{Jerkass}} and the latter desperately trying to gain acceptance. Compare and contrast Season 7. Especially if one looks at the comics- Buffy's atoning for her past actions in Season 8 while Faith assumes the role as the more responsible Slayer.

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** In Season 4 "[[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS4E16WhoAreYou Who Are You?]]", [[TheHero Buffy]] and [[DarkActionGirl Faith]] switch bodies, with the former appearing a complete and total {{Jerkass}} and the latter desperately trying to gain acceptance. Compare and contrast Season 7. Especially if one looks at the comics- Buffy's atoning for her past actions in Season 8 while Faith assumes the role as the more responsible Slayer.


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** Whenever a villain tortured a member of the Scooby Gang, they tended to be seen as having gone just plain too far. Such as [[spoiler: when Angelus tortured Giles to get information]], and when in ''Angel'', [[spoiler: Faith tortured Wesley, in an attempt to get Angel to [[SuicideByCop murder her because she could no longer live with herself.]]]]
** For the first half Season 6, The Trio is presented as little more than incapable comic relief, posing no real threat to The Scoobies or society. The murder of Katrina however, cements Warren as a full-blown misogynist with no care for anyone (including his lackeys) and no chance for redemption.
** WordOfGod says that Angelus's murder of [[spoiler: Jenny Calender]] in S2's "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS2E17Passion}} Passion]]" was important for the purpose of displaying how evil Angelus had become. Before that act, Angelus had murdered at least 4 people since being turned, but had not yet committed an offense so grievious to the audience (and the Scoobies) that it became a serious question as to whether or not it was even possible to redeem Angel, and if it was would anyone (besides Buffy) want to do it? As an added layer, Angelus was purposely in his vampire face during the murder so that Angel (Angelus with a soul) could still have some form of positive reputation following his return.
** If it wasn't the AttemptedRape and murder of Xander, Faith trying to kill Angel is an InUniverse example, motivating Buffy to feed her to him or kill her trying to do so. When she recovers Faith also essentially rapes both Buffy and Riley [[GrandTheftMe (she uses Buffy's body to try and get Riley to sleep with her.)]] Buffy is so furious she is willing to go through Angel in her attempt to kill her, but Angel defied this trope by claiming that despite all this, Faith still wasn't too far gone.



** The Trio were just considered a nuisance until [[spoiler:Warren accidentally killed his ex Katrina and made Buffy think she did it.]] Then, there was "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS6E17NormalAgain}} Normal Again]]" and, of course, "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS6E19SeeingRed}} Seeing Red]]", after which even Dawn and Xander agreed that [[spoiler:Warren deserved to die.]]

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