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"I got an idea."

A Youma named Beneda barely manages to escape the Sailor Senshi and is saved by Ryouga. This one act of kindness sets off a cascading avalanche of trouble as the Dark Kingdom, the Sailor Senshi and the crazy residents of Nerima all get involved. But don't worry, Ranma has a plan...

A Sailor Moon/Ranma ½ crossover by Claymade that manages to capture the flavor of both its sources and expertly combine them into a story that is alternately dramatic, action-packed and so very, very funny. Available here. Interlude is found here. And the sequel, The Dark Lords Ascendant, can be found here.


The Dark Lords of Nerima and its sequels provides examples of:

  • Accidental Misnaming: When she first devised her plan Beneda accidentally called Ryoga Ryoma.
  • Adult Fear: The realization that your daughter has been risking her life fighting creatures of unimaginable evil and power. And there's absolutely nothing you can do about it. You can't take away her power or responsibility, and you can't even offer any meaningful help.
  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: Aiko after realizing how far out of his league Tanizaki is.
  • All Myths Are True: All the rumors everyone believes about Nerima are absolutely true.
  • Alternate Universe: One is created in The Dark Lords Strike Back following Usagi's wish to have everything restored. The NWC find themselves back in Nerima without any memory of what happened, until Beneda, whose life is so radically different from what it was that her memories couldn't be suppressed, comes to snap them out of it. From here on, they proceed with all the knowledge of things as they happened before, enabling Ranma to beat certain opponents right off the bat since he already knows their weaknesses, but other things also begin to change. Most significant is an incident in India that took months and was one of the more harrowing things to occur in the new timeline.
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  • Ambiguous Situation: Whether or not Ginzuishou magic affect Jusenkyo magic in discussed in universe. While neither Beneda’s or Taro’s curses were affected the characters don’t know if it was intentional or not.
  • Anger Born of Worry: Beneda was furious at Ryoga and Shampoo when they returned from being healed by Sailor Saturn.
  • Anyone Can Die: The interlude is full of demonstrations of this trope. Genma is later killed during Ascendant.
  • Appeal to Audacity: Part of the reason why Pluto believed Ryoga when he told her the truth behind the Dark Lords was because she couldn't believe anyone would use a lie so ridiculous.
  • An Arm and a Leg:
    • Prince Herb and Soap's successful strike against Beryl during the Dark Kingdom assault completely shreds one of his arms. This does nothing to slow him down, prompting Beryl to flee the battlefield before his next attack can connect.
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    • Sailor Venus falls victim to this thanks to the Wyrmspawn.
    • Zhang's ultimate fate at the hands of Mousse.
  • Art Initiates Life: Metzger's experiments on Yumemi restored her ability to do this.
  • Asshole Victim: Beneda, at first. Yes, the story is written from her point of view, and yes, the Senshi are shown to be trying to kill her... for trying to ambush them and using a child as a human shield. She later pulls a Heel–Face Turn and joins the Nerima Wrecking Crew's side for real.
    • Kodachi, when she fights the Darkmistress.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: Ryoga eventually swallowed his pride and asked Ranma to teach him how to do a human battle aura in order to overcome the weakness of his curse. However the drain is so great that he can only maintain it for a couple of seconds.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis:
    • Ukyo figured out that Haruka and Michiru were Sailor Senshi by how they reacted to seeing Beneda’s true form.
    • Hotaru manages to figure out that P-Chan is Ryouga despite having zero experience with Jusenkyo curses, because the piglet she just healed had injuries identical to those she inflicted upon the 'Dark Lord' she fought.
    • In chapter 18, Ranma puts together all the clues since chapter 1 to figure out that Tanizaki became Death Phantom in the original timeline.
  • Back-to-Back Badasses:
    • Ryoga and Ranma in chapter 4 of the original work.
    • Ryoga and Sailor Saturn in chapter 6 of Ascendant.
  • Badass Army:
    • The army of Joketsuzoku warriors Cologne summons to Nerima upon learning that the Dark Kingdom is back.
    • Also, the one in the interlude, which includes pretty much all of Ranma's former allies and enemies, as well as multiple armies from warrior cultures in china. There are a few exceptions (Ryu Kumon could not be found), but it's pretty impressive. Except the fathers, who run like cowards.
  • Bad Guys Do the Dirty Work: This is why the Senshi didn’t pursue Beneda when she escaped as they expected that Jadeite's method of dealing with failures would handle her for them.
    • Played with as Tuxedo Mask thought that She Was Already Dead so there was no point in following her and they needed to leave before the police arrived.
  • Bad People Abuse Animals: Ryoga throwing Luna to get her out of Ranma’s sight caused Usagi to physically attack him as no enemy before had been evil, and malicious enough to deliberately go after their most helpless member.
  • Barrier-Busting Blow: Averted Ryoga tried this to get past Jedites shield. Unfortunately it failed. However Jedite was surprised at how close he came and he and Ranma were able to use the failure to their advantage.
  • Batter Up!: One of the martial artist hired by Tanizaki
  • Beat: When Beneda woke up she couldn’t fathom why a human was helping her.
    Ryoga: You were tossing and turning for a while, I was beginning to worry...
    * beat*
    'Ryoga: "My name is Hibiki Ryouga,
  • Becoming the Mask: Textbook perfect examination with Beneda.
  • Better the Devil You Know: The basis for alliance between the Dark Kingdom and the Sailor Senshi.
  • Being Evil Sucks: This was Ryoga’s thought after defeating Luna. She was only his enemy because of the lies he and Ranma had been spinning. She had just been trying to save her friend, to do something good, and he had beaten her into unconsciousness for it. he himself put it best
    Ryoga: I guess this is what it is to be a villain
  • Beyond the Impossible: Killing the Wyrmspawn is stated as this for both Sailor Pluto and Tanizaki, as neither of them believed that it could truly be done. As such, when it happens, it shocks the former and flummoxes the latter.
  • Big Damn Heroes: This is how Ranma was introduced rescuing an exhausted Ryoga and Beneda from a hoard of Hounds.
  • Big Damn Kiss: Sailor Mercury and Urawa Ryo in chapter 15 of Ascendant.
  • Big Damn Villains: Played with Ranma saved the Senshi while posing as the Dark Lord when the DD Girls turned on them.
  • A Birthday, Not a Break: Ascendant takes place during the month of Usagi and Chibiusa's birthdays.
  • Blatant Lies: When Crusath limped back to Jedite she told him that she could have kept fighting Ryoga to the death but knew he needed to be warned of this new threat.
    • When the Police came to investigate the huge gathering of martial artist at the Nekohaten. Soap told them they were having a Chinese Cultural Festival.
      • Thanks to the Xi Fa Xiang Gao they believed it.
  • Blood Knight: Ariwara Akio the assassin sent to kill Tanizaki Kazuo. In fact it’s the reason he became an assassin.
  • Bluff the Imposter: When Ekim takes control of Ranma's body, with the intention of attacking Sailor Mercury, she intercepts him and, suspicious of his behavior, asks why he'd want to talk to her since she was the one who destroyed the "summoning artifact". Ekim responds that he began to respect her after that, which confirms her suspicion that it's someone else, since Ranma would know it was Sailor Moon who destroyed it.
  • Bond Villain Stupidity: Jadeite favors complicated plans, and concealed traps that highlight his own cleverness in setting them up. This is why Ami and Rei didn’t believe that Gosunkugi’s efforts to get in contact with them were his doing.
  • Both Sides Have a Point: Mousse argument with Akane and Ukyo going to help Ranma and Ryoga against the youma searching for Beneda. Mousse was adamant that the situation was extremely dangerous while they pointed out that they had trouble against one Youma so ten to twenty would be impossible by themselves.
    • Ukyo also quickly pointed out when he pulled You Shall Not Pass! that if they couldn’t handle themselves he would have a clear shot at Shampoo something Mousse couldn’t argue against as even at that moment he was thinking Shame If Something Happened
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: A heroic example. Jing-Wei is a member of the Phoenix People who Ranma saved from a youma during the chaos of battle in the Dark Kingdom. Ranma neither remembers this or cares since she died later on anyway... but the experience was enough for her to have the (utterly predictable) reaction of falling head over heels in love with Ranma anyway.
  • Can't Spit It Out: When Beneda asked Ranma who the Darkmistress turned into with her Shapeshifter Guilt Trip ability, Akane, Ukyo and Shampoo instantly ask him the same thing. He claimed it was Genma that he saw, but what he really saw was Akane.
  • Can't Kill You, Still Need You: This is why Darkmistress rescued Jedited after their battle with the NWC and the Sailor Scouts. If Queen Beryl found out about their crushing defeat she had just as much to lose as he did.
    • She also needed him as The Scapegoat in case they failed.
    • This is why Cologne sent Mousse perform a Heel–Face Mole as the Dark Kingdom was a bigger threat then Beneda.
  • Cassandra Truth: When Shampoo tracked Pantyhose Taro down to ask him to join the battle against the Dark Kingdom he didn’t believe her saying it was just a stupid old legend.
    • Nodoka’s neighbors all think that she is in denial over her husband leaving her as she’s been telling them that he and Ranma are on a training trip for the past ten years.
  • Catapult Nightmare: Beneda did this after being saved by Ryoga.
  • Catch and Return: Happens a couple of times:
    • A variation occurs when Ryouga provokes Sailor Moon into using her Moon Tiara, then catches it and throws it at a youma.
    • Beneda, facing the Darkmistress for the last time, fires several shiruken at her, only to have one be caught and sent back, nearly taking her head off.
  • Character Development: A defining aspect of Ranma’s character is how blunt he is which leads to many Innocently Insensitive moments whether he means to or not. However, upon hearing about Mousse’s greatest failure he took the time to think about what to say to console him.
  • Cheap Costume: The outfits Ranma, Ryouga, and eventually Shampoo, Ukyou and Akane wear are ridiculous.
  • City of Adventure: This is why no one found Beneda’s appearance to be anything strange as weirdness was a common accordance in Nerima.
  • Clean Cut: What Mousse does to the Darkmistress.
  • Climactic Battle Resurrection: In chapter three of The Dark Lords Strike Back, the death toll is enormous. Cologne and Meihui die keeping the portal open so the army can attack, Ryoga dies taking out the Youma equivalent of a machine-gun nest, Kuno sacrifices himself to save Akane and to kill an elite Youma, then Kodachi, Ukyo, Shampoo, and Akane are cut off from the main army and are overwhelmed. On the Youma side, the DD Girls and Queen Beryl as well as a huge number of youma. The Senshi all die, but recover. And, by the end of the chapter, so does everyone else. In short, much like the ending of Sailor Moon's first season, only with the addition of the Ranma cast. The interlude's final chapter deals with the aftermath of this and depicts how the characters cope.
  • Closet Shuffle: An absolutely side-splittingly hilarious scene in Chapter 15 that has to be read to be believed.
  • Combat Clairvoyance: To Beneda Ranma seemed to have this not knowing that it was just a combination of his combat experience and his sixth sense.
  • Combat Medic: Beneda notes that this is the key difference between Dr. Tofu and those medics in the Dark Kingdom: the former can hold his own in a fight if need be and is a fully capable healer, whereas the latter consisted of those youma who were too weak to serve in a combat role.
  • Combined Energy Attack: Sailor Chibi-Moon leads the rest of the Senshi (sans Sailor Moon, who's busy, and Sailor Saturn, who's occupied with holding the line), with Helios and even Melinoe thrown in, in one in an effort to drive back the Nameless One who's managed to crack open a portal to Earth and is raining destruction down on it.
  • Complaining About Rescues They Don't Like: Averted while Ryoga hated the fact that Ranma rescued him from the Hounds he accepted it realizing that he did need Ranma’s help.
  • Conservation of Ninjutsu: This seems to be Lao Shihong's way of fighting. Much to Meihui’s frustration.
  • Conspicuous Trenchcoat: What Ryouga and company use whenever Beneda has to move in public while Jadeite's youma are scouring Nerima.
  • Cowardly Lion: The Darkmistress noted Genma as this. While he attacked with far more skill than Ryoga there had been a hesitation there as well, an instinctual reluctance to put himself at risk. A fatal flaw she easily exploited.
  • Crazy Enough to Work:
    • Ranma has both the Dark Kingdom and the Senshi genuinely believing both he and Ryouga are threats. It works...maybe a little too well.
    • In Ascendant, after Ryouga and Shampoo have been on the receiving end of powerful Senshi attacks leaving them too injured to fight anymore, and in Ryouga's case, possibly permanently crippled, Shampoo comes up with the idea to make use of Sailor Saturn's Healing Hands. How? By tricking her into healing their cursed forms, after all, who would leave a small cat and tiny piglet in extreme pain like that?
    • Practically becomes a running gag in chapter 18 where nearly everyone is coming up with the most insane ideas they can think of because those are the only ones to have a chance. Characters are often heard noting that they're well past the point of sanity at this juncture.
      • Princess Serenity breaking off part of the Silver Crystal and giving it to Unit Zero, allowing the clone a chance to live without stealing Usagi's own crystal.
      • Beneda trying to save Sailor Moon, who's been hit by a pressure-point attack that's tearing her apart from the inside out, by basically killing her then bringing her back to life.
  • Crisis of Faith: Averted Boxy became a Catholic priest after being reborn as a human and was kidnapped away from his parish by Tanizaki. However, both this and reawakening his memories as a youma has done nothing to cause him to reconsider his calling. In fact, he’s become more convinced that it was an act of Divine providence which led him to the priesthood.
  • Cruel to Be Kind: Zigzagged Kodachi is the only member of the Dark Kingdom invasion force to have not fully regained their memories of the lost year. At first they had tried to restore her like everyone else, but after seeing how violent her reaction was once those memories did start to resurface. They decided it would be kinder to let her remain ignorant of the past that she clearly did not want to remember.
    • Mousse however seeing the Sanity Slippage that half-remembering, but not willing to accept it was having on Kodachi, whose grip on reality had never been the most stable to begin with. Decided it would be better to force the issue.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Happosai vs. an army of female youma. Let that sink in: one of the, if not THE most perverted character in all of anime, attacking an army of cute monster girls. Who are, in many cases, quite voluptuous. Granted, it gets turned on him once the Generals show up, but the sheer havoc he unleashes amongst the youma is simply hilarious.
    • The only reason why they didn't want him in the army in the interlude is because he's simply too chaotic, and would be detrimental to the army, despite his massive power levels.
    • Chapter 18 of Ascendant, Sailor Moon vs. Tanizaki; she doesn't even get close, she just uses as much power as she can muster to incinerate him, until not even dust is left. Subverted when he's able to recover even from that and quickly retaliates against her, delivering a curb-stomp of his own, leaving her near death.
  • Cynicism Catalyst: Genma’s inability to defeat Happosai when they first met was this.
  • Darker and Edgier: The Dark Lords of Nerima was listed as humor. The Dark Lords Ascendant is not, for good reason.
  • Darkest Hour: Chapter 14 of Ascendant: The attack on Tanizaki's tower fails, most of the Nerima and Senshi fighters are injured to one degree or another, and Unit Zero manages to seize the Silver Crystal, leaving Usagi in a coma. The fighters are forced to retreat with Tanizaki just a hair's width from total victory. Later it gets worse when he launches a media blitz spinning this as an unprovoked attack by the Senshi and manages to turn the Japanese government itself against them.
  • Defiant to the End: Genma. His knowing smile and complete belief that Ranma would weather any and all of Tanizaki's assaults against him, up to and including the Wyrmspawn, is enough to make the businessman completely snap.
    • Even though it met a slow and painful death Ryo refused to give Metzger the satisfaction of getting what he wanted.
  • Dented Iron: Ryoga during the final battle in The Dark Lords of Nerima was clearly still recovering as shown by how quickly he ran out of stamina.
  • Didn't See That Coming:
    • Ranma's plan to subdue Eternal Sailor Moon failed because he wasn't expecting for Sailors Saturn and Pluto to take the situation seriously enough to appear. To be far, Beneda told him from her old youma knowledge that Pluto's task as the Guardian of Time forces her from interfering with most events, and Saturn is considered as a last resort weapon with all of her destructive powers.
    • Zhang didn't count on someone actually having an ability to sense him while he was in stealth mode, which meant he wasn't able to get away as cleanly as he'd have liked.
    • Ekim didn't count on Sailor Mercury being able to see him coming so she'd be waiting for him, and he certainly didn't expect her to figure out he was only possessing Ranma just from a short conversation, and he didn't count on Ranma's sheer tenaciousness when fighting for control of his own body or the lengths he'd go to keep Ekim from using it, such as breaking his own leg.
    • Sailor Moon fighting Ranma, who's possessed by Ekim, tricks him into demolishing a fire hydrant since she knows Ryouga and Mousse have Jusenkyo curses, and she figures a small animal would be easier than a powerful martial artist to deal with. She's taken aback briefly when he turns into a girl instead.
    • Tanizaki being able to recover from Ranma's Tenryu Tonan, due to him sealing his soul away somewhere.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Ranma and Ryouga vs. Jadeite.
  • Dirty Coward: When Happosai returned to the dojo only to find it ransacked he figured that his students had finally bitten off more then they could chew and were forced to flee. He knew then there was only one course of action. To stay as far away as possible, and come back when it had all blown over.
  • Distinction Without a Difference: From the narration, no less. The cafeteria battle is described as not a fight, just everyone involved trying not to get hurt while attacking their opponents as the opportunity presents itself.
  • Doesthisremindyouofanything: Genma lampshaded the symbolic meaning of Ranma unpacking his things when everyone moved to Ukyo’s restaurant as it represented his status as the Determinator. While Genma's gear was still very much packed.
  • Do You Want to Haggle?: After helping Ranma find the "magic artifact" he wants to use for his plan, Shampoo explains that it's far to precious to her people, so she can only let him have it for no less than six dates (which should have been his first clue the thing is worthless). He eventually haggles her down to four and a half dates. Now he just has to figure out what a half-date is.
  • Dramatic Irony: The WHOLE story was built on this. Both the Wrecking Crew and Sailor Senshi are both good people who want to do whatever it takes to protect their friends, but the Senshi are convinced beyond doubt that the NWC are an organization of warlords bent on taking over the world.
  • Driven to Suicide: One of the nurses tending Ekim and eventually corrupted by the Nameless One's influence, manages to work up the will to grab a guard's gun and shoot herself in the head rather than go and bring her daughter to be the Nameless One's sacrifice.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: Jing-Wei attempted to use a magic locket on Ranma that would force him to have three perfect dates with her only to accidentally put it on Konatsu. After the spell was over she left distraught. It was only after the fact that everyone realized they never told her that Konatsu was actually a boy.
  • Eldritch Abomination: The source of Ekim's power is a being known only as the Nameless One, a creature with enough power to break through Princess Serenity's seals on the Dark Kingdom, block Sailor Neptune's scrying attempts and when Prince Endymion has to seal a portal it's maintaining he gets impressions of a vast, malevolent, utterly alien presence on the other side.
  • Elite Mooks: A group of Youma known as Darkmistress's Demons. Fittingly nicknamed the DD Girls.
  • Entertainingly Wrong: It's almost funny to watch the many conclusions the Senshi come up with what they know about the Wrecking Crew. They're always far from the truth.
  • Eureka Moment: How Ranma pieces together the nature of Tanizaki's From a Single Cell Healing Factor. He remembers an unanswered question of what happened to Tanizaki in the Great Freeze timeline, then realizes through logic, that Tanizaki became the Death Phantom. Once Ranma figures that out, he realizes that Tanizaki has a Soul Jar that provides him Resurrective Immortality, the crystal sphere he saw the Death Phantom wield.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Hagiwara Daiji grateful that Tanizaki gave him a second chance when no one else would was truly loyal to him. But kidnapping a child to be used as a sacrifice was too much for him.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Downplayed example. After Ryouga is grievously injured protecting her from Sailor Mars, Beneda's masquerade breaks and she begins screaming at the Wrecking Crew, protesting that she'd been lying the whole time and wondering aloud why someone would go out of their way to protect an enemy of their entire species. After she finally realizes that time spent with those who genuinely cared about her was worth more than any amount of time spent cowering in her superiors' shadows, her Heel–Face Turn starts to take shape.
  • Exact Words: The Amazons insist that all youma must be killed. Cologne turns Beneda into a human girl with water from the Spring of Drowned Girl and declares Beneda the youma dead when the Senshi catch up to them.
  • Expecting Someone Taller: Gosunkugi finds it a bit jarring when he meets the Sailor Senshi and realizes that not only are they shorter than he is, they're younger, too.
  • Fake Weakness: Nabiki intentionally misleads the Sailor Senshi to believe that Ranma and Ryouga will be banished to another dimension if they destroy a magic bowl.
  • Five-Second Foreshadowing: "What's a gas main?"
  • Fire-Forged Friends: The Wrecking Crew appears to have gotten much closer after the fights against the Sailor Senshi and the Dark Kingdom, as they slowly get over their past rivalries with one another by Ascendant.
  • Fling a Light into the Future: Played with in chapter 16. The amazons have an artifact from the Silver Millenium that contains the full knowledge of the person that recorded it. However, it's from a random civilian mother to her daughters that didn't survive the journey to Earth. The Amazons developed their entire culture in honor of this maternal bond and dedicated themselves to being ready to fight the Dark Kingdom if it ever returned.
  • Flipping the Bird:
    • Ranma does this to Jaedite after kicking the DD girls our of Furinken High School.
    • In Ascendant, he breaks his own leg to keep Ekim from making use of his body in another possession attempt then draws a picture of the bird on a nearby wall.
  • For Want of a Nail: Ryouga's discovery and treatment of an injured youma has consequences that neither of them could have dreamed of:
    • Beneda witnesses his strength when he attacks another youma in her defense, and becomes driven to get back on good terms with the Dark Kingdom by directing the Wrecking Crew towards the Sailor Senshi.
    • The conflict against the Senshi culminates in a massive attack from the Dark Kingdom on Nerima, during which Cologne realizes that the Senshi—and Sailor Moon in particular—are much more than they seem.
    • The above realization leads to an attack by an army of the greatest martial artists and warriors that can be thrown together on short notice against the heart of the Dark Kingdom, which ultimately gives Sailor Moon enough leeway to defeat Beryl and kill Metallia as per canon.
    • Played with in the years after the time change, where for every crisis Ranma manages to avert with his knowledge of what happens before, two or three new ones crop up.
    • On an unrelated note, it was revealed that Tanizaki was responsible for the Great Freeze, as he had gotten his hands on Tuxedo Kamen's blood and sought to steal control of the Golden Crystal through it, wounding the Earth's soul in the process. However, Chibi-Moon blasted away the monster that would have wounded Tuxedo Kamen. It was not without cost, as another monster wounded Sailor Moon, allowing Tanizaki to get her blood, enabling him to steal control of the Silver Crystal.
    • In an extension of the above reveal, it turns out Tanizaki did not stick around when the Great Freeze happened, in and instead escaped to the planet Nemesis, where he sought to claim the power found there, only to become the Death Phantom.
  • Foreshadowing: In chapter 10 we see Helios perform a ritual to reuinite the two halves of the Golden Crystal so Tuxedo Mask can close the Nameless One's portal as Endymion. Ekim, who witnesses the event had no clue that an artifact of that level of power could be divided in two. This nicely sets up the possibility that Sailor Moon can divide the Silver Crystal in two to save both herself and Unit Zero much later in the story.
  • Freaky Friday Sabotage: During the sequel, the wizard Ekim possesses Ranma's body in order to further the conflict between the Sailor Senshi and the Nerima Wrecking Crew. Just as the wizard was about to attack Naru for being a close friend to Sailor Moon's civilian identity, Ranma manages to regain control of his of his body, thanks to a grazing hit of Sailor Moon's healing magic he received earlier. Knowing that the wizard would possess him again shortly, Ranma deliberately breaks his own left leg, all to buy Naru time to warn the Senshi. So when Ekim takes over Ranma's body again, the first thing he feels is incredible pain.
  • From Bad to Worse/Out of the Frying Pan: Chapter 6 of Ascendant.
  • Gambit Pileup: In a word, boom.
    • The Dark Lords of Nerima: The NWC side is such a mishmash of plots and counter-plots that Rei's fire reading attempting to discern their plans can't make heads or tails of it.
      • It starts off with Beneda's desperate scheme to get the NWC and Senshi fighting each other.
      • Throw in Cologne's plot to keep an eye on her as Amazon tradition demands her death and sends Mousse to be her eyes in the matter.
      • Ranma's crazy Dark Lords plan.
      • Gosunkugi altering the plans and the placement of explosives on the gas main.
      • That doesn't even include the Dark Kingdom where Jadeite and the Darkmistress are plotting against each other, the other generals each have their own plans going on, and culminating with Modra's plan to descredit Jadeite and send him to his death.
    • The Dark Lords Ascendant:
      • Tanizaki's plan to steal Sailor Moon's power.
      • Ranma's plan to find out what Tanizaki's up to in the Dark Kingdom.
      • The Senshi trying to keep Sailor Moon safe and deal with all the threats popping up.
      • Davidson's plan to escape and use Sailor Saturn as leverage over Tanizaki to get more of the serum.
      • And then it turns out that A seer, once known as Youma Bunbo, was also in on this. His actions so far include giving himself up to Tanizaki for a chance to truly and completely defeat him, tricking Tanizaki into revealing himself and his plans to Sailor Moon early, and (due to being literally in the enemy's hands and Tanizaki recalculating the risk/profit on him) gives his story to Beneda because he is highly unlikely to tell it to anyone else.
      • Ekim, Tanizaki's hired wizard, keeps seeking artifacts that will allow him to perform a ritual to release his master, the Nameless One. After his seeming death at Sailor Mars' hands, the Nameless One takes direct control over what's left of Ekim's body and begins making preparations for the ritual itself. It gets as far as locating an appropriate sacrifice before Tanizaki even gets a hint of what's going on.
      • The cherry on top is the newly-freed monsters in the Dark Kingdom making plans to defeat the Sailor Senshi by trying to pair one of them with Ranma.
  • Gone Horribly Right:
    • Beneda gets involved with Ryouga and Ranma, hoping that she can somehow trick them into fighting her enemies for her. They go from fighting fellow youma who scare the crap out of her to whaling the tar out of Jadeite, who she originally thought was someone you could only submit to, not resist. Then they go after his boss.
    • The whole "Dark Lords" plan come the sequel. The Senshi still think they are world-conquering villains and as such are quite prepared to use lethal force against them, especially the Outer Senshi.
    • And in the end, Beneda's desperate plan culminates in her saving Sailor Moon's life. The irony is noted.
  • Grand Theft Me: The Silk Lotus tribe was led by a man who would swap bodies with a child if he were ever on the verge of death, and according to Cologne he'd been leading his tribe for almost 900 years. Once his rule comes to an abrupt end and his most recent victim becomes free to live his own life, Meihui theorizes that Sailor Moon's wish did not see fit to spare the warrior from the death he'd escaped by sacrificing so many others.
  • The Greatest Story Never Told: The Interlude counts as this, full stop. The Senshi have no idea that they were only able to succeed in taking out the Dark Kingdom because they had so much help behind the scenes. They spent the entire story thinking that they were humanity's only hope, never knowing that the people of Earth had amassed an ARMY to fight back and ease their burden. They don't know that the reason they were able to just march up to the enemy base unmolested was because the entire Dark Kingdom was busy fighting off said invading army. They don't know that the reason Beryl didn't just swarm them with mooks was because they were all either tied up or killed by the army, before Ranma killed off the majority of them. They don't know that the reason they weren't faced with more Elite Mooks than the DD Girls was because Beryl needed them to fend off all the Grandmasters that were stomping her forces flat. That the reason Beryl didn't kill Sailor Moon by herself was because she'd been mortally wounded earlier by Herb and Soap. Or that the reason that Sailor Moon was able to free Endymion from his brainwashing was because all the previously mentioned events forced her to wake him up before he was completely under her spell. And the Senshi have no idea at all about the sacrifices that were made for their sakes.
    • Ranma, Ryoga, and Mousse even confronted Death Phantom at one point. Death Phantom is powerful, even for them, and even proceeded to Mind Rape Ryoga like he did Chibi-Usa. But unlike Chibi-Usa, Ryoga draws power from his depression and launched a GIANT Shi Shi Hokodan on the Death Phantom. They only served to detract him long enough for Sapphire to get to Prince Diamond. And once again, the Senshi have no idea that they had help from the outside.
    • Come Chapter 11, the cat's finally out of the bag.
  • Grievous Harm with a Body:
    • Kuno gets knocked out at one point and Ranma and Ryouga both use him as a projectile against each other.
    • In the assault on Tanizaki's tower, some of the hired martial artists set against our heroes are disabled then turned into weapons themselves.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Beneda, who gradually begins to appreciate the strange humans who have helped her. Especially Ryouga.
  • Hero Antagonist: From the Senshi's point of view, Ranma and Ryoga are a pair of inter-dimensional warlords that plan to take over their world and must be stopped at all costs. In reality, both boys are really just a duo of trouble making martial artists that are defending their new friend, a Cute Monster Girl, from the Senshi.
  • Here We Go Again!: Almost, and even reflected on by the character in question, as Beneda runs for her life from the Sailor Senshi.
    "Everything that's happened... it all began with me running away from the Senshi. And now... at the end... I've come right back to where I started."
    • And now it's all happening again in the sequel, with the Senshi learning that the "Dark Lords" are still alive.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Kuno keeps Akane from being killed by a youma during the Dark Kingdom battle, though this ends up becoming moot not long after. Much later, Genma is able to prevent Tanizaki from utilizing a massive energy cannon to kill the Wrecking Crew and Sailor Senshi, albeit at the cost of his own life.
  • Hope Spot: Mousse returns to discover that Cologne, Soap, and Happosai just defeated the entire youma army. Wait, what are the other three dark generals doing here?
    • Admit it, you really thought Ranma and Sailor Moon would finally figure out how to resolve their differences, didn't you? Too bad Old Man Murphy wanted to screw with him even more.
  • In-Joke: Ranma manages to sneak one into his plan in the original work, painting the kanji for 'motion', 'contemplation', and 'opposition' onto the 'altar' used in his 'evil summoning ritual'. These three kanji are the principles behind the Saotome Secret Technique, aka the 36th Stratagem.
  • Innocuously Important Episode: Ascendant starts of with showing Ranma, Ryoga, and Mousse secretly participating in the fight against Death Phantom, showing how they are normally outmatched against the Senshi's enemies, and otherwise unrelated to the main Story Arc of the conflict against Tanizaki. Then in the Final Battle against Tanizaki, Ranma realizes that Tanizaki became the Death Phantom, which clues him into Tanizaki's one actual weak point.
  • Ironic Echo:
    • Played for Laughs with Luna and Jadeite. When it looks like the Sailor Senshi and the DD Girls have been taken out and Luna and a heavily injured Jadeite are the only remaining hope to save the world, Jadeite admonishes Luna and insults her pride as a 'servant of Good' and asking 'surely this isn't all your side is capable of', firming her resolve. A chapter later, and a panicked Gosunkugi literally runs Jadeite over, exacerbating his crippling injuries, and Luna throws Jadeite's speech back at him (replacing 'Good' with 'Evil' of course). All Jadeite can do is curl up into a fetal position and whimper.
    • Davidson and his mercenaries tell Hotaru that no one can help her since they are in a secluded forest where there's no one around. After Ryouga provides a distraction to allow Hotaru to transform, the mercenaries are preparing to dodge her attacks. But Saturn points out that as they said before, there's no one around, before unleashing an attack that vaporizes an area of a small stadium.
  • Irony:
    • You can practically make a drinking game out of the number of times the lack of awareness regarding Ranma's ailurophobia (specifically in the case of Luna's presence anywhere near Ranma) on the part of the Senshi/Dark Kingdom pops up.
    Jadeite: It's not as though a mere cat could do much to disrupt their plans herself.
    • Tanizaki knew who the Sailor Senshi were but let them be because they were instrumental in defeating entities who were going to destroy the world if left unchecked. That becomes ironic when its revealed that in the original timeline before Chibi-Usa's meddling he would have become the Death Phantom and sought to destroy all life.
    • Jadeite's last command to Beneda is to kill Sailor Moon. In the Final Battle against Tanizaki, she does so, but only to save Sailor Moon from Tanizaki's pressure point attack.
  • Jerkass: Gosunkugi. Never once did he think that the whole thing started because he told the Senshi about Beneda in first place. As long as he gets Akane's hand and Ranma is humiliated in the end, nothing else matters to him.
    • Kodachi as well. She steals the fake MacGuffin, thinking that it was something to make Ranma love her, causing his plan to be delayed.
  • Karma Houdini: No one ever figures out that Gosunkugi was the one who kicked off the incident by luring the Senshi to Nerima. In fact, the only one who got close to figuring him out was Beneda herself.
  • Kick the Dog: In-universe, Ryouga sending Luna on a free aerial tour of the Nerima skylinenote  cements the Dark Lords' reputation as Evil-with-a-capital-E amongst the Senshi.
  • Large Ham: Kuno is in grand form in this fic, but extra-special mention has to go to "Dark Lord" Ranma. Lampshaded by Ryouga.
    Ryouga: Ham.
    Ranma: Oh, like you're one to talk...
  • Let's You and Him Fight: Basically it's about pitting the Nerima Wrecking Crew against the Sailor Senshi thanks to misunderstandings and manipulations. It's funny in the original story, but not in Ascendant, where the stakes are higher if the misunderstandings don't get cleared.
  • MacGuffin: Invoked; Ranma wants the Senshi and the Dark Kingdom believe that the "magical artifact" he uses, which boils liquids placed in it, is what allows him and Ryoga to exist on Earth, and is what they're using to summon their armies.
  • Mêlée à Trois: The Sailor Senshi vs the Dark Kingdom vs the Nerima Wrecking Crew in the first work. The eleventh chapter is even titled 'Three Way'.
  • Moment Killer: What's shaping up to be a heartwarming conversation between Ryouga and Sailor Saturn late in Ascendant is abruptly ruined by a long-range energy cannon.
  • Mook Horror Show: In Ascendant, when Beneda finds out she's being followed. She becomes very afraid when she finds that it's a duo of Sailor Senshi that's on her tail, and then she becomes petrified when said duo turns out to be Uranus and Neptune, the two Senshi who would rather shoot first and ask questions almost never. Remember that Beneda is no stronger than an average Youma, and while she has gained a few new tricks over the years, she's still far below their level.
  • Mordor: Nerima, at least according to Usagi.
  • Necessary Fail: Urawa Ryo chose to be captured and be tortured by Tanizaki's forces because he saw a Bad Future where the Senshi were hunted by the JSDF if the Senshi learned about Tanizaki too early.
  • Never Mess with Granny: Cologne, obviously, but the other Joketsuzoku elders who come to Nerima are just as deadly.
  • Next Tier Powerup: Sailors Mercury, Mars, Saturn and Venus all gain new attacks or abilities over the course of Ascendant.
  • "No" Means "Yes": In chapter 17 when the Nerima Wrecking Crew is preparing Furinkan for the 'final showdown' with the Senshi, Akane asks Ranma if Principal Kuno gave permission for this. Ranma says he did but that he'll double check if it'll make Akane feel better. He then goes to where Mousse has the principal Bound and Gagged and asks him the following:
    Ranma: Hey Principal. Just wanted to let you know that we'll be taking over your school, remodeling some of it to make it a battlefield against a bunch of ancient magical warriors, and then pretty much trashing the place by the time we're done. You all right with that?
    Principal Kuno: *Gagged sounds of incoherent fury as he fruitlessly tries to attack Ranma*
    Mousse: Sounded like 'sure, go ahead' to me...
    Ranma: Great! You can put him back in the sack then, and I'll go tell Akane that I made sure he was okay with all of it.
  • Noodle Incident: Several are mentioned as occurring in the years since the time reset, including an army of ancient golems led by a three-story monstrosity, and whatever happened in India, which apparently took months, and which Ranma tries not to think about.
  • No-Sell: Ukyo is able to do this to Sailor Mars' Fire Soul with her battle spatula, stating that she wouldn't be much of a chef if her tools couldn't withstand heat.
  • Not the Fall That Kills You: While attempting to escape Tanizaki's tower, clutching a comatose Usagi, Ranma makes such hard evasive turns he actually snaps some of her bones in the process.
  • Not What It Looks Like: Chapter 4 of Ascendant. Ranma's bad luck pits him and the Wrecking Crew at war with the Senshi again.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • When Ranma and Ryouga see the incoming horde of Youma in chapter 18.
    • "What's a gas main?"
    • As for Ascendant, this is Beneda's reaction when Uranus and Neptune confront her.
    • And this is Usagi, Ami, and Rei's reaction when the learn that the "Dark Lords" have returned.
    • Ryouga gets this reaction when Happosai returns from another panty raid and immediately sees him trying to make amends with Sailor Saturn.
  • Opponent Switch: Akane, Ukyou and Shampoo either stalemate or fight badly in their respective fights against Sailor Mars, Sailor Mercury and Sailor Moon and Tuxedo Mask together. Realizing this, they switch themselves up (Akane Vs. Tuxedo Mask and Sailor Moon, Ukyou Vs. Sailor Mars, and Shampoo Vs. Sailor Mercury) and proceed to (mostly) wipe them out.
  • Order Versus Chaos: The Senshi have always represented order, especially when you consider that their final enemy was the embodiment of chaos itself. Ranma is something of a representation of chaos as well, considering all the things that he does everyday.
  • Out-of-Context Eavesdropping: ''Ascendant' has Luna go to the Tendo Dojo to gather information on the Dark Lords. There, she overhears Ranma and Akane talking about the usual chaos that afflicts Nerima, and an upcoming meeting with the Sailor Senshi to try and sort out their misunderstandings, but since she misses key portions of the conversation, she becomes more convinced than ever that Ranma really is a Dark Lord intent on taking over the world and the meeting with the Senshi is a trap.
  • Pair the Spares: Ranma, after inadvertently causing Ryoga to lose Akari, has tried to set him up with Ukyo (who tried to convince him to keep after Akane), Beneda (who has feelings for Dr. Tofu and just sees Ryoga as a friend), and Sayuri (who apparently he had a good time with but she doesn't want to be with a guy who she may not see for weeks on end).
  • Please Put Some Clothes On: Ryouga turns his back when Haruka and Michiru transform because it removes their clothes before putting them in their senshi uniforms.
  • Poor Communication Kills: The Senshi think that the NWC are a group of pan-dimensional conquerors, and the NWC think the Senshi are the anti-youma equivalent of the KKK. This could all be avoided if both groups sat down for five minutes and talked things over with each other. Ranma's delight in pretending to actually be a Multiversal Conqueror isn't helping matters.
    • Taken Up to Eleven in the sequel, where Ranma and Akane talk about the failed wedding that took place at the very end of the manga, and decided to try and figure out a way to settle things with the other fiances. Unfortunately, Luna was spying on them at the time, and mistakes an innocent conversation between lovers for a sinister plot to take over the world once again while tricking the Senshi into a false sense of security, and immediately warns Usagi to not believe a word they say. Just how much has Ranma pissed off the universe?
  • Quality over Quantity: The Amazons are vastly outnumbered by the youma forces but are able to hold their own by being more disciplined and using better tactics.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Ranma delivers one to Tanizaki right before the latter dies, on how he thinks Tanizaki took the easy route, using magic and ancient relics to gain power he didn't earn on his own.
    Ranma: Anyone who goes as far as you did? Just because he wanted to win, and didn't think he could do it any other way? That isn't any kind of strength or bravery at all.'s just pathetic.
  • Redemption Rejection: Pegasus makes a personal appeal to Tanizaki's political officer Nagai to turn against his boss, even reminding Nagai of his dreams as a child. Nagai refuses, claiming he grew up knowing how the real world works. Sometime after his rejection, Nagai ends up paying the price when he ends up becoming a puppet for the Nameless One, leading up to being sacrificed as part of a ritual to summon the entity.
  • Refuge in Audacity: Just wait until you see how Ranma plans to get them all out of this mess.
    Cologne: That is... impressive. He's actually managed to come up with something even more theatrical than his ridiculous 'time travelling Happousai' plan.
    • He managed to make it out of the first one, but things get much worse once Ascendant rolls around.
  • Revealing Reflection: The story starts with Beneda on the skylight of the public library readying an ambush for the Sailor Senshi, then she sees Tuxedo Kamen's reflection in the glass and barely manages to avoid being killed.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Ranma after Ryouga dies during the Dark Kingdom assault. It gets even worse when he finds the pile of his fiances' corpses.
    • In Ascendant, Ryouga's one-sided beat-down on Sailor Uranus could be viewed as this. Saturn also has a moment as she kills the mercenaries who kidnapped and tortured her father. Davidson tries to do this on Saturn to avenge his men, only for Ryouga's rage to eclipse his. It's also significant as this allows both Ryouga and Saturn to realize that they were holding back in their fights against one another.
  • The Scapegoat: The Wrecking Crew wind up as this after Unit Zero attacks Sailor Moon.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!:
    • The Saotome Secret Technique in a nutshell.
    • When Pantyhose-Taro has piglet-Ryouga at his mercy, Sailor Saturn fires an attack at him, warning him to stop. Hearing the implied threat to kill in her words, Pantyhose decides to flee. He justifies to himself that he is chasing after Happosai and not that he's genuinely afraid of Saturn.
    • Following Tanizaki's media blitz against the Senshi, they counter by telling people in their dreams what they learned from Sailor Mercury hacking his computers. The next morning, his corporate staff has mass resignations.
    • After the Wyrmspawn attack, Tanizaki loses most of his few remaining allies, even in his criminal ventures, as no one wants to be associated with the destruction of an entire Ward of Tokyo.
  • Shapeshifter Guilt Trip: The Darkmistress uses this against Ryouga, Ranma, Kodachi and Mousse, appearing as Akane, Akane, Kodachi's mother, and Shampoo, respectively. Ranma and Mousse were warned of her power ahead of time, however, and Mousse takes off his glasses in order to counteract this tactic.
  • Simple, yet Awesome: How Ranma finishes Tanizaki for good. He sends the both of them flying out of the skyscraper, which is followed by Ranma demonstrating the main specialty of Anything Goes, mid-air combat.
  • Spanner in the Works: Suffice to say that Tanizaki did not expect Genma's attack on his energy cannon, much less its success.
  • Spit Take: Nabiki's reaction when she sees Sailor Saturn walk into the Tendo house.
  • Spy Speak: How Ranma sets up the defeat of the unnamed youma in charge of the Dark Kingdom's tracking 'hounds', mentioning siccing 'Akane's Barber' on her. Requires a fair bit of trust on Ranma's part as the maneuver requires him to obscure the youma's vision of Ryouga by standing directly between them.
  • Squishy Wizard: The Senshi are this pretty much in relation to the Nerima fighters. Their various mystic artifacts and magic attacks allow them to deal incredible damage but while they do have a measure of superhuman durability, strength and speed, their lack of real hand to hand fighting ability means that they're generally no match for either Ranma or Ryouga in a straight fight and have to resort to trying to keep them at a distance with ranged attacks. This is best displayed when Sailor Saturn, the strongest Senshi below only a Ginzuishou-empowered Sailor Moon, is almost killed by a mercenary doped up on drugs, giving him strength and speed a fraction that of Ryouga, in an ambush.
  • Sympathetic P.O.V.: Done with both sides of the spectrum. The Senshi view the NWC as alien invaders trying to enslave their world, while the NWC were made to think that the Senshi were a xenophobic group that attacks anything that isn't human. After wising up, the NWC are simply doing what they can to protect Beneda.
  • Tactical Withdrawal: The basis of Ranma's plan mentioned above? The Saotome Secret Technique taken to its most absurd conclusion.
  • Talking in Your Dreams: After Tanizaki uses his media empire to spin the Sailor Senshi's attack as being unprovoked and against an honest businessman, he gains the support of the Japanese government the protection of the Japanese Self-Defense Forces. To counter this, the Sailor Senshi makes use of Pegasus to directly communicate to the citizens of Japan in a massive shared dream. As a result, the citizens rise up to protest and low-level employees of Tanazaki's business empire quit their jobs.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: The entire Nerima Wrecking Crew with each other in the first work. The teeth-clenching part is effectively gone after 'Strike Back'.
  • Tempting Fate:
    • Ryouga believes that he and Ranma should tell the Senshi the whole truth, fearing what they might do if they're found out with the situation being twice as bad than it once was. Ranma responds, "What're the odds of that happening?" And considering his bad luck with women...
    • During the setup for his plan, Ranma is asked if things will really work out. We get brief cuts to the preparations of all the involved parties, and then... "What could possibly go wrong?"
  • Those Two Bad Guys: The cautious Lesp and energetic Cortheia, two youma in Jadeite's army who are assigned to locate Beneda and the Wrecking Crew's whereabouts after the general's defeat.
  • A Tragedy of Impulsiveness: More like chaos than tragedy. If everyone stopped jumping to conclusions for one second, there would have been much less damage all around.
  • Transformation Is a Free Action: Played straight and averted, Sailor Uranus and Sailor Neptune transform right in front of Ryouga and Ukyou when is becomes clear they already know their identities. They don't attack partially because they intend to fight them as Senshi... and because Ryouga turned his back when the sequence left them naked briefly. Later when a group of mercenaries come for Hotaru, Haruka begins her activation phrase, but one of the mercs shoots her before she can finish it.
  • Troubled Fetal Position: After all the fighting is over, Kuno finds Kodachi in her room, curled around a fairy tale book her mother used to read to her, still shaken from her encounter with the Darkmistress.
  • Vagueness Is Coming: Ryo Urawa, a youma with precognitive abilities seems to have been invoking this, telling Tanizaki some of what he sees but keeping the rest to himself, trying to undermine their efforts. Tanizaki eventually figures out what he's doing and tells Metzger to deal with him.
  • The Villain Knows Where You Live: In the sequel Ranma opts not to tell the Senshi he knows their identities to avoid creating this impression. It becomes nullfied when Ryouga later delivers an unconscious Hotaru into the room of Usagi's parents, alerting the Senshi that they do in fact know where they are. Then there's the fact Tanizaki also knew who they are ever since the Senshi first appeared.
  • Villainous Friendship:
    • Lesp and Cortheia. In the few scenes that feature them, they're almost always together. Lesp tries her best to keep Cortheia focused on what's ahead of them, and the latter tries to comfort her the best she can when it becomes clear that they're way out of their league against the Joketsuzoku. When they're both killed in battle, Lesp's death is directly due to a failed Roaring Rampage of Revenge against their assailant.
    • In Ascendant, Tanizaki and Zhang have this to an extent. Zhang is viewed by Tanizaki as one of the few people he felt he could converse with as a near-equal, and he's willing to do what it takes to make sure it stays that way.
  • The Worf Effect: Happosai is easily the most powerful fighter in the Ranmaverse by far. The main characters are literally shown as insects to him, as he possesses more skill in a single finger than a hundred Bruce Lees put together... and the Dark Generals take him down hard. Ouch.
  • Wham Line: Chapter 4:
    Sailor Moon: "Are you still going to try and tell us that you aren't mind-controlling these girls into your being your servants, Ranma?"
    • Chapter 7:
      Ranma: "A guy like you? He wouldn't just want a way to stop Sailor Moon from using her power. He'd want a way to steal it."
    • A major one in chapter 13:
      With a loud clank, the capsule doors locked into position, now fully open. Then, out from the shadows of its interior, Unit Zero stepped into view. Her face was cast into harsh highlight by the orange glow from all the tanks lining the walls, but her features were nonetheless unmistakable. Because they matched Sailor Moon's exactly.
    • And a big one during the final fight against Tanizaki:
      Ranma: "I don't need to figure out how to kill you. I already know. I figured it out three years ago. You showed me a whole lot of magical junk you'd collected when you were trying to convince me to join you... but there was one you didn't show me, wasn't there? The first one you ever found. The one that let you live this long, accomplish this much. I'm thinking... a crystal ball about... this big. Right?"
  • Why Did It Have To Be Cats?: Ranma is deathly afraid of cats. Sailor Moon's magical girl advisor Luna is a cat. You can see where this is going...
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Before The Reveal, the Senshi have made several assumptions about the Wreaking Crew in an attempt to figure out how they think based on the enemies they fought in the past, which is all well an good if the Wreaking Crew really were a group bent on world domination. For example, after Ryoga safely takes Hotaru to Usagi's house after she is knocked out by Shampoo, they believe it's to send a message that Crew know who the Senshi are and where they live. In truth, Ryoga simply wanted to make sure she wasn't attacked by any more monsters while she was at her weakest and the Crew already knew the Senshi's identities for sometime now.
  • You Are Worth Hell: Ranma, Ryoga and the rest of the Wrecking Crew are perfectly content with dealing with the Senshi for Beneda's sake.

Alternative Title(s): Dark Lords Of Nerima


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