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What If Raditz Turned Good? is a Dragon Ball What If? fanfic by Lawrence Simpson aka MasakoX of Team Four Star fame as part of his Dragon Ball Discussion series of Youtube videos. This particular topic started on April 17th, 2017.

As the title suggests, he explores his interpretation of an alternate version of the story where Raditz actually survives his first encounter with Goku and Piccolo and ultimately joins forces with them and the other Z-Warriors, through the incoming threats of the series. He mostly chronicles his introduction from the Sayian arc of Dragon Ball Z all the way to Future Trunks arc (as, at the time, Dragon Ball Super was was working through Universal Survival arc). In April 27, 2018, the topic resumed. Starting on January 8, 2019, Masako revisited the series to Retcon the Future Trunks timeline, feeling that he'd missed an opportunity in the original videos by leaving it the same as in the manga.


The topic proved immensely popular with Dragon Ball fans, who likewise helped with input, so much that not only did they provide fan work of Raditz's powered up forms as well as images of his daughter, Ranch, but likewise have a Deviantart page dedicated to it.

It was later announced there will be a audio drama for it developed by Masako, with it going under the title Dragon Ball R&R note .

You can find the playlist for it here.

See also Masako X Dragon Ball What If which explores other possibilities in the Dragon Ball verse.


What If Raditz Turned Good? has the following tropes:

  • Adaptational Badass: Raditz, given that it and the Adaptational Heroism below are the entire point of the fic. While he was strong at the time of his introduction to the point of forcing Goku and Piccolo to pull an Enemy Mine and for Goku to sacrifice himself to defeat him, he was quickly overshadowed by Nappa, Vegeta, Frieza, and every other villain after him. Here, not only does he survive, but also plays a major role in the story by becoming a Z Fighter.
  • Adaptational Heroism: Pretty much the point of the fic, as it focuses on Raditz undergoing a Heel–Face Turn. The series is literally titled "What if Raditz Turned Good," so this was somewhat of a given.
  • Adaptational Jerkass: Vegeta in this version. His rivalry with Raditz brings out the worst in him and, due to a few changed events, he doesn't learn humility. Even when Bra is on the way to be born, he hardly seems to care.
  • Adapted Out: Kid Buu and Fused Zamasu don't appear in this story because Super Buu, Goku Black and Zamasu are defeated before they get to transform or fuse.
    • Frieza doesn't compete in the Tournament of Power because everyone else rejects Goku's idea of asking him, and Ranch volunteers to be the 10th fighter before Goku can go against everyone's wishes and ask Frieza anyway.
  • Always Someone Better: For a while (up till part 10) Raditz was this to Vegeta. He got Super Saiyan before Vegeta, got to train with Whis, obtained Super Saiyan Blue, and it was Raditz who killed Frieza.
    • Frieza himself was like this to his older brother Cooler as revealed in part 13.
  • Ascended Extra: In the source material, Launch was diagnosed with Chuck Cunningham Syndrome after the Saiyan Saga simply because Toriyama forgot about her. Here? She's the one Raditz ends up marrying and starting a family with.
    • Raditz himself- in canon, he showed up for only a few chapters, died, and never got mentioned again until Super did an episode where he showed up as an illusion to taunt Krillin- decades later both in-universe and out. Here... well, he's literally the title character of this story.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Raditz and Gohan both become Great Apes at the same time, and as a result, both of them clash. Although Raditz is more in control, Gohan has more raw power, which results in the fight being a draw (with only Piccolo destroying the moon preventing the fight from getting out of hand).
  • Bash Brothers: Both Goku and Raditz fight together on a lot of occasions and ultimately become this.
  • Behemoth Battle: During the Saiyan arc, both Gohan and Raditz end up looking at the moon and turning into Oozaru, leading into them duking it out with each other. Raditz has the advantage due to his experience before Piccolo destroys the moon.
  • Berserk Button: Raditz gets riled up whenever someone insults his family, be it directly or indirectly. Vegeta uses this to his advantage during their final bout so Raditz will stop holding back and start fighting seriously.
    • Even worse is if you actually harm his family. In the revised story, Future Raditz died because the Androids killed Future Launch and he launched a berserk (but ultimately fruitless) attack against them.
  • Canon Foreigner: Raditz and Launch's kids: daughter Ranch, and twin sons, Daikon and Muuli.
  • Character Development: Masako has Goten develop into his own character, with a personality a bit like what he displayed in GT, as a result of having Ranch to hang out with and not just spending his childhood being "Trunks' yes-man".
  • Closer to Earth: Ranch is more level-headed than Trunks, usually balancing out his brattiness when the trio hangs out. This also means that Ranten is far more pragmatic than Gotenks, not wasting time by showing off and inherently realizing that using Super Saiyan 3 would be a bad idea.
  • Cool vs. Awesome: The way that Vegeta and Raditz settle their differences? Vegeta goes Super Saiyan 4 to fight against Super Saiyan Blue Raditz, a matchup that fans have wanted to see for years. It's a pretty even fight, with a mutual knockout.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle:
    • Raditto (the potara fusion of Goku and Raditz) completely dominates Super Buu even more so than Vegito did because 1) Raditto is stronger thanks to his two halves being blood-related, and 2) he doesn’t waste time jerking Buu around and just gets on with kicking his ass six ways from Double Sunday.
    • After he’s reborn at the end of the Goku Black arc, he quickly goes SSB and then obliterates Black with a Double Kamehameha. Poor Black never stood a chance.
  • Dead Alternate Counterpart: Raditz is both shocked and depressed by the fact that not only is he dead in Future Trunks’ timeline, but his alternate self died as the same Dirty Coward he was when he first came to Earth. This also means that, by extension, Ranch, Daikon and Muuli don’t exist in that reality either.
    • With the Retconned storyline, Future Raditz and Future Launch were killed by the Androids, but Future Ranch still exists and is Future Trunks' closest ally. However, the twins still don't exist for the same reason.
    • Due to Raditto killing Super Buu and preventing Kid Buu from ever happening, this means Raditto inadvertently prevented Fat Buu from being spat out and thus, Fat Buu is also dead here.
  • Death by Adaptation:
    • Since Raditto obliterates Super Buu before he has a chance to eat him, Majin Buu ends up dying along with him.
    • Freiza in this version. After Resurrection F, he stays dead due to everyone shooting down Goku's suggestion to bring him in for the Tournament of Power and Ranch ultimately taking his place.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Eventually, Vegeta towards Raditz.
  • Demoted to Extra: Tien chooses not to compete in the Tournament of Power when Goku tries to scout him, and heavily implies that he should ask Ranch instead. Being as oblivious as he is, Goku doesn't take the hint.
    • For a while, Vegetanote . While he's still present, Raditz takes his role during the fight against Kid Buu onward.
  • Dirty Coward: How Masako sees how Raditz starts off. He grows out of it over time.
    • In the retconned Future Trunks timeline, Future Raditz managed to keep a few more people alive because he had absolutely no problem cutting and running when things looked bad, and thus survived far longer than the other Z-Fighters to keep holding them off. That all goes out the window when 17 kills Future Launch, with Raditz getting so enraged that he fights despite being outmatched and ends up dying.
  • Divergent Character Evolution: Vegeta gets Super Saiyan 4 instead of Super Saiyan Blue like Goku and Raditz.
  • Enemy Mine: Raditz teams up with Piccolo against Vegeta and Nappa, mostly because Vegeta sees him as a failure and he’s curious about Gohan's power. It ultimately completes his Heel–Face Turn when he hears of Goku's exploits, seeing that a lower class Sayian can actually get more powerful.
  • Fix Fic: Masako alters a few things that didn't quite sit well with the fanbase.
    MasakoX: There is no Garlic Jr. Saga, moving on. note 
    • Also, the Future Trunks arc ends without needing to call Zeno to destroy Zamasu, due to events playing out differently.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Raditz is the responsible one to Goku's foolish, given that he uses his head in fights and planning. Case in point, when the brothers fuse into Raditto to fight Super Buu, Raditz is the one who prevents them from screwing around and just kills Buu before he can turn into Kid Buu. He also makes sure that when they venture to Future Trunks' time to confront Goku Black and Zamasu, they bring plenty of Senzu Beans and the seal for the Mafuba (which in canon Super, Goku forgot), and knowing how dangerous Black is, Raditz tells Goku to fuse with him in order to kill Black for good.
  • Forgiveness:
    • Raditz dying to protect Gohan and the other Z-Fighters allowed Goku to forgive his brother after his revival.
    • While not stated, it's apparent that his nephew Gohan forgave Raditz for kidnapping him initially, too.
  • For Want of a Nail: Raditz's redemption changes a great deal of the plot. To be specific:
    • Saiyan Saga: Aside from the obvious (Raditz not dying in the fight against Piccolo and Goku, and becoming a good guy), Raditz trains with Gohan and Piccolo, and the other Z Fighters are brought on board, which eventually allows Yamcha and Tien to survive the attack of the Saiyans (and the Saibamen attacks weren't as fatal). Raditz and Gohan fight each other as great apes. Raditz proves to be a match for Nappa, and Raditz also sacrifices himself so Piccolo doesn't have to die.
    • Namek Saga: The initial premise is largely the same (the main difference being the goal is reviving Raditz, instead of Tien, Yamcha, and Piccolo), up until the arrival of the Ginyu Force; however, Yamcha goes with the gang since he's still alive; Piccolo, who's still alive at this point, goes with Goku to Namek in a space ship, and as such, they take the opportunity to train together, resulting in both being much stronger by the time they arrive at Namek (the power boost is estimated to be 10x from the training, as opposed to 9x in canon); Yamcha gets his potential unlocked; Piccolo kills Jeice, and fights Ginyu-possessed Goku in place of Vegeta; Piccolo isn't as disoriented when he fuses with Nail; Raditz joins in with Vegeta getting his self-inflicted Zenkai boost (Yamcha joining in), with the resulting power increase giving Goku enough time to fully recover; Vegeta isn't fatally wounded before he can tell Goku what Frieza did to the Saiyans; Raditz transforms into his Great Ape form, distracting Freeza while Goku charges the Spirit Bomb; and Vegeta survives.
    • Android Saga: Raditz trains with Goku, Piccolo, and Gohan, resulting in him being able to achieve Super Saiyan Grade 2 early, and as a result, he kills 19 before he has his heart attack; Raditz marries Launch, and has a daughter (Ranch). Raditz takes Goku home, and later fights Android 17. Vegeta and Raditz come to blows, but Piccolo stops the fight by K.O'ing Vegeta, as Piccolo and Raditz understand each other.
    • Cell Saga: Gohan goes Super Saiyan easier thanks to training with both his father and uncle; Goku touches upon Super Saiyan 3, and they go straight to Super Saiyan Full Power earlier; Raditz and Piccolo train in the ROSAT, moving along quickly, and Piccolo doesn't cut his training short; Raditz and Piccolo both chew out Goku at the same time when Goku sends Gohan out to fight Cell, and Raditz joins Vegeta in distracting Cell during the beam struggle.
    • Buu Saga: Vegeta goes Majin because of his rivalry with Raditz as opposed to wanting a rematch with Goku; Ranch and Goten fuse at first, but Buu absorbs Ranch as well as Goten and Trunks. Goku and Raditz fuse, creating a much more powerful fusion; as a result, they annihilate Super Buu before Kid Buu is comes to be.
    • Resurrection of F Saga: Raditz fights Frieza in Vegeta's place and kills him before he can blow up the planet.
    • Future Trunks Saga: Raditz makes sure to bring along the talisman needed to complete the Mafuba; Zamasu gets sealed away, and Goku Black gets finished off by Raditto; since Goku Black and Zamasu didn't fuse, Zeno isn't called in, and they use the Namekian Dragon Balls to fix the damage Zamasu had committed. Vegeta obtains Super Saiyan 4, fights Raditz, and the two finally make amends.
  • Fusion Dance: Because Ranch studied the Fusion Dance in secret, she and Goten can become Rantennote . Later on, instead of Vegito, Goku and Raditz use the Potara to become Raditto. These fusions are said to be stronger than their canon counterparts due to both fusees being blood-related, an idea supported in Dragon Ball Super.
  • Game Mod: One exists for Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 that adds several characters from Masako's story (Good!Raditz, Raditto, Ranch, Ranten, and DBS!Super Saiyan 4 Vegeta) as well as Goditz, a hypothetical Goku-Raditz Fusion Dance who never appeared in the original story.
  • I Have No Son!: Inverted in the revised Future Trunks timeline, where Gohan ends up cutting ties with Chi-Chi when she protests the idea of him training Trunks and Ranch (then about 8 years old) as fighters; since this is the timeline with the evil versions of Androids 17 and 18 rampaging and most of the Z Warriors dead, holding back potential fighters is downright suicidal.
  • Ironic Echo: During the Namek saga, when Vegeta sees Raditz he mocks him with the line "Oh, look it's Raditz. What hole did you crawl out of?". Raditz ignores the taunt due the situation at hand with Frieza. When Goku manages to hit Freiza with the Spirit Bomb (with Raditz's help) and he's seemingly killed, Raditz repeats the line to him, much to Vegeta's charign.
  • In Spite of a Nail: Although the presence of Raditz (and later, Ranch) does change the outcomes of several of the sagas, several things play out the same as they do in the series proper:
    • Saiyan Saga: While Tien, Yamcha, and Piccolo survive, Chiaotzu still dies, and the gang still has to go to Namek to use the Namekian dragon balls to bring both Raditznote  and Chiaotzunote  back.
    • Namek Saga: the Ginyu Force is still killed off (with Vegeta killing Guldo, Burter, and Recoome), Piccolo still fuses with Nail, Ginyu still swaps bodies with Goku (and the sequence that leads to Ginyu getting trapped in a frog body still happens), Frieza still blows up Namek, and Krillin still dies.
    • Cell Saga: Despite Yamcha having gone to to Namek and being with Bulma, causing their relationship to grow closer than in canon, she still ends up sleeping with Vegeta while he's stay at her place, leading to Trunks being born. Goku still forgets to take his heart medicine, Cell still absorbs Androids 17 and 18 thanks to Vegeta's Saiyan Pride, and Goku still has to sacrifice himself.
    • Buu Saga: Vegeta still goes Majin (although for different reasons), and Buu still absorbs Goten and Trunks.
    • Future Trunks Timeline: Still mostly the same as the History of Trunks special, complete with Future Gohan's tragic death at the hands of 17 and 18; the only change is that Future Trunks is a little bit stronger than in canon thanks to starting his training earlier in life (at Raditz's insistence) and having Future Ranch as an ally/sparring partner. Oh, and his sword is broken just before he goes back in time.
  • Karmic Death: Goku Black, being the mastermind of the Zero Mortals Plan and who planned on fusing with Future Zamasu, is ultimately outdone after his partner is sealed away and he's left at the tender mercies of a Potara-fused Raditz and Goku, who takes a page from his book and reduces him to nothing more than a blast shadow the first chance he gets.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: After dodging Piccolo's Special Beam Cannon, Raditz escapes in the confusion of Goku being hit by it instead. Piccolo doesn't pursue because he's exhausted himself and he's satisfied with having killed Goku. He can wait for Raditz and finish him off later.
  • Let's You and Him Fight:
    • Vegeta and Raditz get into a fight during the Android saga when the former finds it funny that Piccolo is now stronger than Raditz (due to having merged with Kami).
    • Happens again in the Majin Buu Saga, this time due to Raditz and Vegeta's rivalry.
    • They ultimately settle it after the Goku Black saga with Vegeta using Blutz Waves to go Super Sayian 4 in order to match Super Saiyan Blue Raditz.
  • Mama Bear: Launch wastes no time in whipping out her machine gun, then firing on Super Buu when he menaces her children on the Lookout in order to give them a chance to escape.
  • Meaningful Namechange: When Cooler takes command he changes the former "Frieza Force" into the "Cooler Force" to fully usher in his era of rule.
  • Mundane Solution: In the video covering the Future Trunks arc of Super, Raditz is the one who makes sure that Goku brings along both the ofuda and the pot so they can seal Future Zamasu within it. Thanks to this action, Goku Black is unable to merge with him, allowing Raditz and Goku to fuse, then take him out easily and prevent the destruction of Future Trunks' timeline.
  • My Greatest Failure: Raditz felt terrible for not remembering his brother's heart medication. Could argue that's why he always remembered to bring important items along like in the Goku Black arc and the senzu bean in the Tournament of Power arc.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: In the Majin Buu saga, rather than Vegeta getting angry at Gohan's lack of power while fighting through Babidi's ship, it's his and Raditz's rivalry that ends up with Vegeta going Majin and providing the energy for Majin Buu.
  • No-Nonsense Nemesis: Raditz is very pragmatic when it comes to dealing with his foes, and will kill them the first chance he gets if he thinks they’re too dangerous. When it’s Raditz’ turn to fight Golden Frieza, he skips the boasting, beats him out of his Golden form then blasts him off the face of the Earth before he can destroy it. And in the Future Trunks Arc, he has his head in the game a lot moreso than Goku and Vegeta, making damn sure that they don’t forget anything important, like the seal for the Mafuba. After figuring out how dangerous Goku Black is with his Adaptive Ability and Future Zamasu’s immortality, Raditz keeps Black occupied while Goku proceeds to ambush and seal Future Zamasu away, then at his urging they both fuse into Raditto and turn Black into a pile of ash on the spot without hesitation.
  • Odd Friendship: Raditz forms one of these with Piccolo, since they were both loners for much of their lives before coming around and joining the Z Fighters. During the Cell Saga, they train together in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber, during which time, Piccolo helps teach Raditz to control his temper so he doesn't get into petty squabbles with Vegeta.
  • Official Couple: Raditz and Launch end up becoming a couple, with the explanation that Good Launch liked Raditz because he reminded her of Goku, Bad Launch liked him because he's a bad boy, and Raditz likes her because she's got that fiery spirit that Saiyan men find so attractive.
    • Ranch and Trunks as well; the present incarnations have the childish Slap-Slap-Kiss going on and are overjoyed when Vegeta finally drops his bitter hatred of Raditz enough to allow Ranch to visit Capsule Corp. The retconned Future timeline seems to be doing this with their older counterparts, as seen with Future Ranch giving Future Trunks a wink and quick kiss when they go back in time to give Goku the heart medicine.
  • Pragmatic Hero: Raditz ultimately develops into one, which leads to certain major villains being dispatched much more quickly than they were in canon.
  • Reality Ensues: The defining point that starts Raditz's Heel–Face Turn is during the moment where Goku puts him in a full nelson to ensure that Piccolo's Special Beam Cannon finds its mark. Similar to what happens in the first Xenoverse game, he manages break free just before the beam reaches him. However, unlike the game, he's still injured from the hit Gohan gave him and decides to run for it rather than continue to fight.
  • Redemption Equals Death: Initially, the What If ended with Raditz giving his life to protect the Z Warriors from Nappa and Vegeta, glad to finally have a new purpose in life. When the series proved popular, this was reversed in the Namek Saga with Goku wanting to go there to wish him back to life rather than wait a year for the Earth Dragon Balls to reactivate. That, and they still needed to revive Chiaotzu too.
  • Redemption Promotion: After Raditz stops being the pathetic, cowardly bully he was when he and Goku first met, he grows much, much stronger. In time, he manages to become a Super Saiyan, then a Super Saiyan 2, and eventually he acquires his own Super Saiyan Blue transformation, ultimately taking a page from the manga and mastering the state.
  • Retcon: In Part 2, Masako has Yamcha and Tenshinhan survive their battle with the Saiyans, saying that Raditz's intervention kept the battle from being as one-sided as it was in the anime. He even outright calls it a retcon (or says the viewers can consider it one if they think the idea is too far-fetched).
    • In early 2019 Masako revisited the story, rewriting the Future Trunks timeline since he felt like keeping the same as in canon was a waste of potential.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Future Zamasu's fate, thanks to Raditz remembering to bring all the pieces needed to successfully seal him away with the Mafuba.
  • Senseless Sacrifice: Goku holds Raditz in place with a Full Nelson while Piccolo charges the Special Beam Cannon, intending on sacrificing himself to beat Raditz. However, Raditz is able to break free at the last second, and only Goku is hit, so he sacrificed his life for nothing.
  • Slap-Slap-Kiss: Ranch and Trunks have a kiddy version of this going where they squabble and feud a lot, but secretly like each other. There's also a Star-Crossed Lovers aspect to it since Vegeta doesn't approve of Raditz's daughter hanging around with his son until he finally mellows out a bit.
  • So Proud of You: Raditz was already proud of Ranch, but his pride soars to new heights when he finds out that even after Goku refused to teach her the fusion dance, she learned it in secret anyway by playing her uncle like a fiddle.
  • Spared by the Adaptation:
    • In the Sayian saga, Piccolo, Tien and Yamcha still live by the end of it thanks to Raditz's interference (Chiaotzu still dies since it was still early in the fight that he performed his Heroic Sacrifice).
    • Vegeta doesn't die during the Frieza saga.
    • Due to Raditz making sure that Goku remembered to bring both the pot and the ofuda, Future Zamasu is properly sealed away and Goku Black is defeated with ease afterward. Thus no Merged Zamasu, no "essence" of him infecting the Earth and universe, and no Goku having to call in Future Zeno to wipe both him and the whole timeline out of existence. Thus, Future Trunks' Universe and timeline are spared.
  • Superior Successor: Cooler has a much more level-headed, calmer personality, and is less likely to kill his minions, which makes him this to Frieza's men.
  • Take a Third Option: In the Buu Saga, Ranch wants to learn how to do the fusion dance too, but Goku declines because he isn't sure it's even possible because she's a girlnote . Raditz is furious at this and nearly demands that Goku teach her, but Ranch oddly tells him it's alright. However, she learns the technique anyway by watching Goten and Trunks' training in secret, which comes in handy when Trunks gets eaten by Super Buu.
  • Taking the Bullet:
    • In this rendition, Raditz is the one who takes Nappa's mouth cannon, saving both Piccolo and Gohan. Difference is Raditz is stronger than Piccolo and not only survived the attack, but was able to fight evenly with Nappa right after.
    • He likewise takes a laser shot from Frieza when he tries to shoot Goku.
    • Trunks shields Ranch from Super Buu's Candy Beam, which gets him absorbed and leads to Ranch and Goten fusing into Ranten.
  • The Rival: While Vegeta still resents Goku as in canon, his rivalry with Raditz is much more prominent and bloodthirsty. This is because Raditz actually stands up to Vegeta and all his "Saiyan elite" bluster, instead of casually brushing it off the way Goku does.
  • Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny: One that Dragonball fans have been waiting for a long time: Super Saiyan 4 vs. Super Saiyan Blue!
  • Underestimating Badassery: Goku is reluctant to let Ranch compete in the Tournament of Power and wanted Frieza in her place. This is despite the fact that everyone else thought asking Frieza was a terrible idea and Raditz reminds Goku that Ranch was the MVP of Universe 7's team in the Universe 6 tournament, eliminating three of their fighters.
  • Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: Unlike Goku and Vegeta, who intentionally prolong their fights just for a good challenge, Raditz averts this, as he's much more cautious and will end a fight against an major threat the first chance he gets. For example:
    • Vegeta gets bored of the fight between Raditz and Nappa, so he uses his "bang attack" to kill Raditz.
    • In the Buu Saga, after merging with Goku and gaining the advantage over Super Buu, it’s due to Radtiz's side of the combination that they instantly wipe out Super Buu when they have the chance, thus preventing Kid Buu from forming.
    • In the Resurrection F arc, after he takes over the fight from Goku against the newly revived Freiza, Raditz wastes no time in knocking Frieza back into his original form and quickly kills him once it happens.
    • And finally in the Future Trunks arc, once Future Zamasu is properly sealed away, Raditz pulls out the potara earrings, fuses with Goku, and together they wipe out Goku Black with a Double Kamehameha lickety-split.
  • Touché: In Part 9, during the Tournament of Destroyers Ranch defeats Magetta by hurling insults and abuse at him. After the fight Raditz asks where she learned such language. Ranch replies "...Blond Mom?" and Raditz just nods his head and says "I see."
  • Wrong Time-Travel Savvy: Like in the anime, Raditz and Goku see no change in the Future Trunks arc after killing present Zamasu.
  • You Have Got to Be Kidding Me!: Raditz’s reaction to Vegeta allowing Semi-Perfect Cell to absorb Android 18 for prideful reasons. He later invokes this again when Goku proposes recruiting Frieza to fight for Universe 7 in the Tournament of Power, even punching Goku in the head just for thinking that it was a good idea.

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