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A series of mixed media by web artist and troper A Patchwork Scholar, better known as Mochagatari.The series stars 15-year-old Tate Conner, an Ordinary High-School Student that is, for the most part, content with his average life in Oregon with his mother and little sister.

But then a girl randomly appears in his bedroom.

The girl turns out to be Mocha Genjitsutouhi, a dimensional traveler from the mystical world of Mousouzen. Mystified by his inability to believe she's really who she is, she whisks him away to the magical world of Mousouzen, a dimension filled to the brim with supernatural and fantastic settings and creatures. After some rocky starts, Mocha and Tate become friends, and he becomes Mocha's travelling partner through the dimensions. The duo take on not only adventures in other worlds but villains and other problems inhabiting Mocha's own dimension. And that's not counting the weirdness that is her coworkers.

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The series was conceived on New Years Day, 2015, and has been a work in progress ever since, eventually expanding into a WIP Expanded Universe. The story also ties in regularly with two other series in the same universe, Nine Tales: the Lantern, the Fox, and the water Dragon, Confictionery! and Ebb Tide.

Tropes include:

  • Abhorrent Admirer: Madeline.
  • Absurdly Sharp Blade: Fern’s Hanasaku sword. Which makes sense, since it is blessed.
  • Abusive Parents: A couple of these.
    • Chai’s parents were emotionally abusive and essentially used her as a tool and source of prestige, never giving her any attention beyond that. This is of course what led to her Attention Whore tendencies.
    • Then there's Quentin’s parents, who hardly seemed to want him at all and even allowed him to be framed for murder.
  • Action Girl: Most of the girls in the series are!
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  • Adorably Precocious Child: Mocha as a child.
  • Adorkable: Quite a few characters, but Mocha and Barwyn qualify most.
  • Adventure Duo: Mocha and Tate.
  • Adventure-Friendly World: Mousouzen is a pretty nice fit to the word utopia, at least in the sense that everyone is decently friendly and accepting to one another (including the political figures, who see each other as family) even with humans and monsters living in the same place. However, there are enough evil, crazy or mischievous people or unruly supernatural forces to keep the heroes and deities busy.
  • Adventure Towns: Most of the locations in Murikuni.
  • Aerith and Bob: Some characters’ names are quite extravagant versus others: names like Mocha, Sekai, and Asterisk are next to names like Tate, Quentin, and Millie.
  • Affably Evil: Chai could technically be considered this, considering she really has no beef with anyone except Mocha and a lot of her schemes end up dragging in people.
    • Quentin has become like this for the latter half of the series.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Quentin is a large source of these, being The Nicknamer and also just being too lazy to call anyone by name. Most notable are “Coffee Cup”/”Coffee Beans” (Mocha), “Agent Harte” (Vermillion) and “Star-Eyes” (Asterisk).
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    • Mocha sometimes refers to Tate as “Taters”, especially while teasing him.
    • While initially calling Quentin “Circus Freak” as an insult, Vermillion started calling him such as a term of endearment.
  • After the End: Mousouzen was born after the destruction of the Original City.
  • The Ageless: Most of the deity characters (plus Nova and the dragons) never age.
    • Vermillion is also stated to be unable to age at all.
  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Mocha’s A.I. from one episode, which tries to take over the facility.
  • Alas, Poor Villain
  • Alien Blood: Vivace’s blood is a glittery orange.
  • Alien Geometries: Nova.
  • Aliens Speaking English: Nova and Vivace.
  • All-Loving Hero: Mocha to the extreme. She truly does believe that everyone has a good side, no matter who they are. This reaches to Quentin and, near the end of the story, Chai, which inspires both to become better people as a whole.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: Mocha was outcasted as a kid for her uniquely strange tendencies.
  • Always Chaotic Evil: Demons. Later subverted; technically demons were more necessary Lawful Evils until Fitzwilliam took over and caused an uprising.
  • All Women Are Lustful: Higanbana, Black Velvet, and Fukuhina.
  • Alpha Bitch: Chai Kyomushugi. Though she later mellows into a Lovable Alpha Bitch.
  • Alternate Identity Amnesia
  • Alternate Universe: Anti-Mocha and Nega-Mocha’s world. Anti-Mocha’s universe involves Mocha being a psychopath from the beginning and killing Asterisk to make the world her own; Nega-Mocha’s universe has her start out like in canon but Tate’s death brings her into a psychotic depression.
  • Always Someone Better: Why Chai despises Mocha.
  • Ambiguous Disorder:
    • Mocha is sometimes implied to have some sort of mental anomaly, given her extremely bizarre thought patterns and delusional views of her relationships with others. On the other hand, it’s sometimes brushed off as pure eccentricity.
    • It's very hard to place whether Quentin has a specific mental disorder or not. He's very lacking in empathy but still is capable of forming relationships, ruling him out of being a direct sociopath. It's implied that he's bipolar, however.
  • Ambiguously Brown: Mocha and her mother Sayo.
  • Ambiguous Gender: Martini the Octopus has no clear gender, despite their feminine hair and body shape and distinctly male voice.
  • Ambiguously Human: Mocha, technically.
  • Ambiguous Time Period: It’s clearly the New Millennium in Reality, but it’s never directly specified what year or time period Mousouzen is in (times specifying dates only give the day and month, never the year, and years are given in quantities, i.e. “2 years ago”).
  • Amusing Alien: Vivace.
  • An Aesop: Everyone must learn to accept change, both good and bad.
  • Anachronism Stew: The futuristic Keikaku neighbors the steampunkish Kagari.
  • An Axe to Grind: Quentin is particularly fond of using axes in fights.
  • And the Adventure Continues: How the series ends. Tate is now the new Asterisk, Mocha becomes head scientist of Keikaku, Vermillion and Quentin marry, and Mocha chooses Choux Kojinshugi as her new understudy...
  • Animesque: While the series mostly runs on cartoon conventions, the sci-fi, action and magical aspects allude to anime such as Sergeant Keroro, Haruhi Suzumiya or Space Patrol Luluco.
  • Another Dimension: Where the series takes place.
  • Apocalypse How: Anti-Mocha attempts to create a Class Z during her Villainous Breakdown.
  • Apologetic Attacker: Barwyn.
  • The Apprentice: How the Choosing works.
  • Arch-Enemy: Chai considers Mocha this. It's not mutual.
  • Arc Symbol: The asterisk stays prominent throughout the series as a symbol of Asterisk herself, as well as symbol of renewal (as the asterisk reset the world twice). It’s especially prominent in the Disappearance arc, as it gets into the wrong hands and reveals who Asterisk used to be.
    • There’s also the television, which shows up predominantly with .txt as a symbol of consciousness.
  • Arc Words: “The Asterisk guides the way.”
  • Aristocrats Are Evil: The Kyomushugi and Reinhart families, both being rich and greedy people that often give the heroes strife with their schemes to uphold their names.
  • Artifact of Doom: Half of the premise is Mocha’s job of retrieving these.
  • Artificial Human: Kiseki and Macchiato.
  • Artificial Outdoors Display: The City of Keikaku has a digital projective force field.
  • The Atoner: Quentin and Chai after their reformations.
  • Attention Whore: Chai Kyomushugi. Although slightly understandable given her experiences.
  • Author Appeal: The series was created for two reasons: one, Mochagatari wanted a completely original series to work with instead of making multiseries-crossovers; and two, because she wanted an original universe filled with all the monsters, settings, and creatures she liked.
  • Attractive Bent-Gender: Macchiato is considered this for Mocha.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: All the gods are rather docile, but all kick MAJOR ass when it’s necessary.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: Vermillion’s Sleep Paralysis hypercannon. It is the most powerful weapon in her arsenal, but Vermillion reserves it for total war because it could wipe out continents if used incorrectly. This, of course, makes it totally awesome when it’s finally used against Anti-Mocha’s army in the Disappearance arc.
  • Ax-Crazy: Most of the villains.
  • Badass Adorable: Mocha and Vivace.
  • Badass Army: The Monochrome Army.
  • Badass Crew: The Members of Irou.
  • Badass Normal: Tate, post-Disappearance arc.
  • Bad Boss: Quentin parodies one in regards to how he treats his performers.
  • Bash Brothers: Vermillion and Mocha.
  • Batter Up!: Takakazu's main weapon is a baseball bat, which he found in a closet while trying to help Mocha. He later gets an upgraded one.
  • Beach Episode: Ironically titled “The Obligatory Beach Episode”.
  • Benevolent Architecture: The entirety of the City of Keikaku, as well as World City.
  • Benevolent Boss: Sekai is kind, attentive and motherly to the Members of Irou.
  • Beta Couple: Barwyn and Leng Jing, at least in the main cast.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: A lot of the characters are decently nice, but also have the power and skill to beat you senseless.
  • BFG: Some of Vermillion’s weapons, such as her sniper rifle. They're almost as big as her.
  • Big Bad: Wicker is the main villain of the series. Or is he?
  • Big Brother Mentor:
    • Barwyn for the younger members of the team, or at least he tries to be.
    • Macchiato also takes up this role occasionally.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Despite Barwyn's own fears, he strives to act as a brother figure to the kids in the agency and his own sister, whether it be protecting them or giving them advice.
  • Big Eater: It’s usually in background gags, but Vermillion eats a lot, and she seems to spend a chunk of her free time baking. She also manages to finish off five bowls of noodles when the gang heads to Yuzhou.
  • Bi the Way: While Mocha does show interest in boys, she is heavily implied to have a crush on Chai (hence her delusion about their relationship).
  • Black Comedy: Surprisingly, this show loves dark jokes or poking fun at a dire (but wacky) situation the characters fall into.
    • Fitzwilliam and Quentin’s characters both run on this kind of humor as well.
  • Black Eyes of Crazy: Calliope has these.
  • Blue and Orange Morality: A good percentage of Mousouzen. Due to the nature of some monsters (such as vampires, yuki onna, or demons) some might have very skewed morality compared to the other characters. Youkai in particular are guilty of this.
  • Big Good: Asterisk.
  • Big, Screwed-Up Family: Quentin describes his family as this.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Asterisk ceases to exist and Tate gives up his existence in his home dimension to protect Mousouzen. But the Storyteller can go home, Mocha becomes a legendary scientist in Mousouzen, Vermillion and Quentin get married and even have kids, and Mocha starts the story over by choosing Choux Kojinshugi as the next Visitor.
  • Black Eyes of Evil: Calliope has these, and Fitzwilliam gains these when he shifts into demon form.
  • Blob Monster: Wicker. He can also turn other people into blob monsters.
  • Bokukko: Vermillion, as part of her rough-and-tumble personality.
  • Boobs of Steel: Vermillion, being full-figured and quite badass.
  • Boots of Toughness: Vermillion wears red combat boots to accentuate her militaristic nature.
  • Born of Magic: It’s strongly implied that witches are made of magic.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Quentin’s magnum opus is hypnotizing people and assimilating them into his circus, as props or as performers.
  • Brother-Sister Team:
    • Barwyn and his little sister Callie.
    • Also Mocha and Macchiato.
  • Brutal Honesty:
    • Takakazu, as a strict realist, tends to be very blunt with people (especially with the spacy people like Mocha).
    • Vermillion never holds back in regards to telling people how it is, which sometimes makes her come off as mean or controlling. However, most of the time she’s right in what she says.
  • Butt-Monkey: Barwyn, whom is routinely picked on for his Extreme Doormat tendencies and gets hurt once an episode.
  • Calvinball: The Annual Mousouzen Cross-Country Car Race Chase, a “make your own rules” road race.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: One of Vermillion's flaws is her inability to deal with her feelings for people positively, which is addressed in her character arc. She eventually accepts how she feels towards others and openly tells Mocha, Tate, and Quentin that she loves them.
  • Canon Welding: Several short stories and miniseries were released to blend together the series with its companions, such as A Conversation Between Siblings and Fallen Down to illustrate the Cleos mentioning the events of Nine Tales to Mocha and Fallen’s losing his throne to Fitzwilliam.
  • Celestial Body: Nova and Selena both have hair and body parts seemingly made out of stars.
  • Celibate Hero: Despite Micha frequent Ship Tease with Tate, Mocha isn’t stated to have a love interest and seems to have had brief crushes at best. However, she was stated to have had a crush on Chai as a child, which built up her delusion that they were best friends
  • Cerebus Rollercoaster: The series rapidly changes gears between dark situations and comedy.
  • Cerebus Syndrome: As of Disappearance, the series got slightly darker.
  • Chainsaw Good: Fitzwilliam uses a monochromatic, magical chainsaw.
  • Character Development:
    • As the series has gone on, Barwyn has gotten significantly better at facing his fears and standing up for himself, and by the time the final Wicker arc settled most of his scaredy-cat traits were gone.
    • Vermillion's character arcs focused on her hard-hearted character, challenging her to get past her traumas regarding Fitzwilliam and be open and sure of herself and her feelings. By the end of the series, while she’s still a notable snark, she’s much more openly loving and friendly to people.
  • Cheerful Child: Sammy Owenchester. When he's not plotting against Tate, that is.
  • The Chew Toy: Barwyn.
  • Cessation of Existence: What happened to the original creator of Mousouzen. Supposedly.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Anti-Mocha’s taser comes in handy later, as Tate uses it to short out the cage holding the real Mocha.
  • Childhood Friends: Mocha and Chai, if you could call them that.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: Quentin is very fond of chasing after Vermillion's skirt but does legitimately respect her and most women.
  • Christmas Episode: There have been a handful focusing on different characters.
  • City of Adventure: The City of Keikaku.
  • Comedic Sociopathy: All over the place, the explanation being that everyone is aware of the Toon Physics that affects the world enough that they're less inclined to worry about serious injury when pulling off gags or stunts.
  • Cool Big Sis: Vermillion, once she defrosts.
    • Mocha is seen as this by Sammy.
    • Chai also molds into this after her reformation.
  • Cosmic Keystone: Asterisk’s soul, the aforementioned asterisk.
  • Covert Pervert: Revealed when she gets drunk in one episode, as she immediately starts rambling dirty stories to the kids and Quentin’s comment later gives the impression she has a lot of secret kinks.
  • Crappy Carnival: Quentin’s circus, quite literally.
  • Creepy Child: Calliope, a childlike and amoral demon.
  • Crystal Landscape: Diamond Cove.
  • Cultured Badass: Quentin. Very powerful and a noted performer.
  • Cute and Psycho: Madeline.
  • Cute Ghost Girl: Fang the Ghost.
  • Dark Is Evil: The Demons have strong dark motifs.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Vermillion at first. She's very rude and icy to Tate for a portion of the story before warming up to him and equating him to Mocha in how much she cares for him.
  • Deliberately Monochrome: Asterisk, .txt, and Fitzwilliam all have monochromatic color schemes (with only bits of red or yellow).
  • Demonic Possession: Subverted; Takakazu had actually switched bodies with Quentin instead of being possessed by him, but he compares it to a possession due to Quentin’s stark differences in personality.
  • Didn't Want an Adventure: Barwyn. All the time.
  • Distant Finale: The series finishes up with a few shots of life several years after Fitzwilliam and .txt’s defeat and Asterisk’s death, showing Tate making an era of peace as Asterism, Mocha’s new position in Mousouzen, the Storyteller’s happy life at home, Vermillion and Quentin’s child, and the arrival of Choux Kojinshugi at her new school.
  • Disappeared Dad: Tate and Mocha share a lack of fathers, as Tate’s parents are divorced and Mocha’s mother is single.
  • Distaff Counterpart: Macchiato to Mocha, being an Opposite-Sex Clone.
  • Distressed Dude: Commonly Barwyn.
  • Ditzy Genius: Mocha is the poster child of this trope. She’s listed as an academic prodigy that entered the scientific field and is working for the highest authority in the country at the age of 16, but is also an oblivious sweetheart with delusions and a great misunderstanding of how people work.
    • In the latter half of the series, Quentin turns out to be this, being a versed entertainer that can sing, dance, act, and perform magic and acrobatics, as well as has a rather good knowledge of chemistry and biology and can fluently speak French...though personality-wise he’s a psychotic goofball with lacking social skills.
  • Dork Knight: The main characters.
  • Dragons Up the Yin Yang: The Elemental Dragons.
  • Dream Land: There is one, and it takes the form of an Acid Trip Dimension as a whole. However, its appearance varies depending on the person. As of now, Fitzwilliam mostly camps there, and while Vermillion has duties in the waking world she can shape the dream world to her liking.
  • Dream Walker: Vermillion, Calliope and Fitzwilliam are capable of entering other people’s dreams, and is even how Vermillion manages to protect the Members of Irou from the villains’ mind games using her skill.
  • Dream Weaver: Vermillion is one when not functioning as a soldier.
  • Edible Theme Naming: All of Mocha’s school associates have food themes: Mocha herself (cafe mocha), Chai (chai tea), Millie (bananas foster), and Sammy (sandwich cookies)
  • The Eeyore: Barwyn tends to be this, as while he has a hopeful philosophy he’s the most melancholy out of everyone in the team.
  • Eldritch Abomination: Wicker.
  • Electric Torture: Anti-Mocha gleefully inflicts this on the real Mocha.
  • Emerald Power: Barwyn’s chameleon powers were product of touching a mine of magical emeralds.
  • Empowered Badass Normal: Tate over the course of the series, as he gets exposed to more of Mousouzen’s unique physics.
  • Energy Weapons: Vermillion’s weapons are all plasma-based rather than using normal metal bullets.
  • Enfant Terrible: Calliope.
  • Everyone is a Super: Practically. Mocha says that everyone in Mousouzen has at least the potential to unlock some sort of personal power.
  • Everything's Better with Princesses: Princess Marina, who rules the Deep Sea.
  • Everything's Squishier with Cephalopods: Martini, an octopus person from the wharf.
  • Evil Counterpart: Chai Kyomushugi is this to Mocha.
  • Evil Is Petty: Chai.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Black Velvet and Higanbana.
  • Evil Me Scares Me: Mocha with Anti and Nega.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Wicker has a notably deep, hissing voice.
    • Averted with Fitzwilliam, who has a high and silly-sounding voice despite being one of the series’ most dangerous and abhorrent antagonists.
    • Double subverted with Quentin. While his usual tone is smooth and jovial (if a little off-sounding) his real voice more lower and scratchier.
  • Fantastic Nature Reserve: Morimori, a dark magical forest.
  • Fantastic Racism: While it doesn’t upset the balance of the general society, there is a notable bias in the more fantastical folk towards humans and people from Reality like Tate, as Mousouzenians tend to believe that humans are a silly race that doesn’t seem to have any fun due to their groundedness.
  • Fantasy Counterpart Culture: Some areas of Mousouzen reflect areas of Earth:
    • Keikaku seems to be a hyperfuturistic version of New York or Tokyo.
    • Morimori was based on the forests of Japan, while the neighboring city-state of Yuzhou is based on Shanghai, China.
    • Quentin’s homeworld seems to be modelled on Victorian England.
  • Fantasy Kitchen Sink: Mousouzen.
  • The Fashionista: Chai, which becomes especially apparent after she joins the team.
  • Fiery Redhead: Vermillion.
  • Fighting Your Friend: Technically in the final battle between Tate and Anti-Mocha. Subverted in that Anti-Mocha is anything but Tate’s friend.
  • Flower Motifs: Higanbana and red spider lilies, which is actually what “higanbana” means.
  • Fluffy Cloud Heaven: Aozora, a blue and white cloud city that is supposed to resemble Heaven. Made more obvious by it being ruled by Aoi, an archangel.
  • Fog Feet: Fang has a ghost tail instead of feet.
  • For Science!: Mocha does quite a few things for the sake of science.
    • Nega-Mocha claims this is her only motivation anymore after failing to resurrect Tate.
  • Freak Lab Accident: What happened to Dr. Rey.
  • Friendless Background: Mocha didn’t have many friends as a kid, as according to her everyone thought she was crazy.
  • Frills of Justice: Vermillion is a hardcore military officer fighting for justice, and also wears lolita-esque dresses.
  • Functional Magic: Magic in Mousouzen is split into three categories: stage magic, sorcery, and natural magic. Stage magic is pretty much the small-fry, ordinary magic trick, like pulling a rabbit out of a hat. (Quentin claims that sometimes it’s less magic and more knowing how to manipulate the eye.) Sorcery is actual spell magic, and is the bending and manipulation of natural magic. Sorcery involves spells and incantations, and is used for battle, utility, and craft. Natural magic is the natural supernatural magic that is part of nature itself, though it can be manipulated. Witches usually work with sorcery and natural magic.
  • Futuristic Superhighway: In Keikaku.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: Glowing eyes are almost certainly a sign of bad news in this series. Quentin’s eyes glow red when he’s murderously enraged, Fitzwilliam’s eyes glow when he’s shifting, all characters’ eyes glow when possessed or being controlled, and Wicker’s eyes glow like lamps.
  • God Is Good: Asterisk.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Vermillion, for how firmly she is on the good guys’ team, is the least friendly out of the main cast.
  • Graceful Ladies Prefer Purple: Quentin’s sisters, similarly to himself, wear purple and are shown to be quite wealthy and graceful.
  • Great Big Book of Everything: Mocha’s Book of Ultraviolet.
  • Great Big Library of Everything: The Keikaku Library and Heaven’s Library.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: .txt.
  • Green Thumb: Sylvan, being a spirit of nature, can control plants.
  • The Grim Reaper: Belladonna.
  • Hero Secret Service: Pretty much the Members of Irou’s job description.
  • Hidden Agenda Villain: .txt.
  • Hidden Buxom: Vermillion's dress usually kind of hinders it, but as shown when she wears her party dress or Hartebreaker costume, her breasts are large.
  • Hologram: Dr. Rey has been turned into this as a result of a Freak Lab Accident.
  • Horrible Judge In Character: Mocha, as sweet as she is, tends to put trust in people who she probably shouldn’t.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: Mocha tends to get along well with adults and has several friends who are older than her. But then again, she was rejected by people her own age.
  • It Amused Me: Quentin’s motivation for a lot of things.
  • Involuntary Shapeshifting: Barwyn shapeshifts into a chameleon kaijin whenever he’s feeling extreme fear. Which is often.
  • Iron Butt Monkey: No matter what happens to Barwyn, he never dies. He’s fallen off cliffs, left to tigers, used as bait time and time again and still lives.
  • Keet: Macchiato, Quentin, and Sammy.
  • Kid Detective: Mocha tries to be one in several episodes, with some emphasis on "tries".
  • Kid Hero: Mocha and Tate are only 16 and 15 respectively.
  • Knife Nut: Barwyn is actually a heroic example; due to his aversion to guns but impeccable aim, his signature weapons tend to be darts or throwing knives.
  • Lady in Red: Vermillion.
  • Laughing Mad: Quentin, most prominently.
  • Lethal Lava Land: The Obsidian Mine, an underground world filled with underground volcanoes.
  • Level Ate: The Kingdom of Dulcis, a land made out of food and sweets.
  • The Lost Woods: Morimori, a large forest and magical nature reserve.
  • Love at First Punch: Quentin falls in love with Vermillion after she promptly beats him for brainwashing Mocha and Tate.
  • Lunarians: The inhabitants of Lunar City.
  • Named Weapons: Sleep Paralysis, Vermillion's hypercannon. As revealed in a Gatari & Friends update, her twin handguns are codenamed by her as Valve and Aorta (referencing the areas of a human heart), her hand cannon as Artery, and her rifle as Valentinix 360.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: Always dresses in a fancy suit. Even when he's casual, he still dresses in a neat dress shirt and tie.
  • Super Strength:
    • Not explicitly stated, but Vermillion does have the ability to lift weapons and cannons bigger than her and use them (even twirl them) with ease, and she is occasionally shown being able to lift large stones or rubble with little problem.
    • Quentin has massive strength due to some things he did while he was starting the circus. He once saves Mocha and Tate by stopping a train with one hand.
  • Sweet Tooth: Vermillion loves sweet stuff, particularly cake.
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