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Examples of Kick the Son of a Bitch in video games.


  • Advance Wars: Days of Ruin has Caulder kill a mayor. After seeing what that mayor has done for a good amount of the game, it seems to be a shining moment for Caulder and has much approval from players.
  • In the edutainment game The Amazon Trail, one of the historical figures you meet is conquistador and infamous nutjob Lope de Aguirre, who won't let you leave unless you give everything you have to him. You have to give him a poisonous plant that you picked up earlier and leave while he writhes in pain.
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  • After killing Thomas Hickey, a member of the Templars in Assassin's Creed III, one of your allies kicks his corpse. Connor calls him out on this, much to his disbelief.
  • In Assassin's Creed: Freedom Cry, protagonist Adewale may have not decided to actually kill the French governor of Saint-Domingue at first... but after the governor has a slave ship fired upon in the eighth mission, dooming most of the chained-up slaves to drown, Adewale decides to make the governor's death hurt: canonically Adewale first strikes the governor down with the very same branding iron that the governor had been torturing a slave with right before, then hacks him up with a machete for good measure.
  • In Baldur's Gate II, Irenicus escapes Spellhold and slaughters the Cowled Wizards. This would normally be terrible... if it wasn't for the fact that, up to this point, the Cowled Wizards have been presented as arrogant, holier-than-thou jerks who imprison Mages on trumped up charges and have a Torture Cellar just for those prisoners, and, in a sidequest, they try to manipulate you into murdering an innocent man just so they could use his corpse to gain access to an interplanar spaceship. It doesn't help that two of the Cowled Wizards Irenicus kills were planning to "practice enchantment spells" on Imoen.
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  • Batman: Arkham Origins:The Joker's murder of Commissioner Loeb and dethroning of Black Mask fall under this trope. Although Joker doesn't care what he does, his attack on these two actually did more good than bad for Gotham City, a fact that he immediately uses to mock Batman.
  • Bendy and the Ink Machine: Bendy is a corrupted cartoon demon who kills anything he can come in contact with at Joey Drew Studios - including innocent Player Character Henry. Sammy is Bendy's self-proclaimed "prophet," who summons Bendy in order to sacrifice Henry to him. Bendy responds to the summons by killing Sammy before he goes after Henry.
  • Beyond: Two Souls. Jodie is invited to a birthday party, but after a while, the other attendants pick on her. They burn her with a cigarette and lock her in the cupboard under the stairs. Aiden, the psychic entity who protects Jodie, lets her out, and you're given the option to use him to take revenge on the party-goers in the other room. It starts mildly, but it intensifies into throwing furniture at them, stabbing the Mean Brit non-lethally with a kitchen knife, and trying to set the whole room on fire. At around this point, Jodie is horrified and trying to get Aiden to stop.
  • One of the options in the City of Heroes Mission "Your a Cruel One Mr. Phipps" is to break into Phipps' prison cell and beat him. Normally this would be bad but Westin Phipps is a Smug Snake, so in this case it's pretty satisfying.
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    • This one was made even better by the Arachnos soldiers in the mission essentially saying that, if it weren't their job to be there, they would happily let you pass. This is because even though Arachnos soldiers are Eviler Than Thou in most cases, Westin Phipps is evil on a whole different level (hiring villains to burn relief supplies and poison food, causing the twin daughters of a woman to go blind then subtly implying that he intends to sell said blind twins into likely sexual slavery). There is a reason that even the noblest of heroes occasionally took the vigilante route on this mission — breaking Phipps' arm and jaw were immensely satisfying after the crap he pulled.
  • You know, at first you might feel bad for Principal Takamine Yanagihori in Corpse Party, his beloved school becomes tainted due to three sickening murders committed by his son and he kills himself because of the school being forced to close. Then you find out he tried to rape and then murdered a woman in front of her child and then strangled that child to death. Suddenly his sentence of being forced to repeatedly throw himself off the roof of the school seems too nice of a punishment.
  • In Dead Rising 3, General Hemlock throws Marian Mallon off a building towards her death. Considering that she brutally murdered Diego and helped him murder the president, it's hard to feel sorry for her.
  • Dragon Age:
    • In Dragon Age: Origins, most Wardens can eventually find Bann Vaughan in a dungeon and be able to either let him out for his support against Loghain... or stab him right there. And after hearing him rant, the latter option feels really good even if you didn't choose the City Elf origin, in which he kidnaps all the female guests at your wedding (possibly including you) and rapes your cousin. To sweeten it just a little more, you can even convince him to give you a key to some of his belongings for the looting before you decide what to do with him.
      • There's another alternative: tell him you want to be compensated for letting him out, persuade him to give you the key to his lockbox of money first, then choose to leave him in that cell with a cheery "Enjoy your stay".
      • Also the Alienage mission where Loghain has been allowing Tevinter slavers to illegally kidnap his own citizens. After nearly beating the Blood Mage slave trader, he makes one last offer to drain the life force from his remaining slaves and give you an HP boost in exchange for his freedom. It feels all the more satisfying to finish him off. Especially if you're playing a City Elf, seeing as one of the elves he offered to sacrifice is your character's father.
    • In Dragon Age II, many players rejoice when Sister Petrice is shot and killed by a Qunari archer. Others wanted to do it themselves.
  • In Dragon Quest VII, King Zeppel of Mardra is constantly pursuing gaining magical might by any means; prior to your arrival, he used what power he'd already amassed to completely decimate the neighboring kingdom of Raguraz. However, said kingdom was responsible for his Start of Darkness, as they previously conquered Mardra and his Captain of the Guard threw Zeppel's best friend Lucia off a cliff and mocked him, openly challenging him to try doing something about it. Both Zeppel and Lucia were only eight at the time.
  • The Elder Scrolls:
    • In The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, during the Dark Brotherhood Questline, you get to kill Valen Dreth. Doesn't ring the proverbial bell? That was the Dunmer who was spewing acidic comments about your race at the very beginning of the game. You can even throw his "you're going to die in here" line right back in his face, much to his chagrin. And don't get started on M'raaj-dar. Even more so if you play as a male dark elf. In that case he asks if you've got a wife back home in Morrowind. Of course you don't get to respond, but he says he'll look her up when he gets out and 'keep her company'.
    • Skyrim allows you to accomplish this in a quest by killing Grelod the Kind. Her surname couldn't be more ironic, seeing how she owns an orphanage where she acts abusive toward the orphans, threatens them with extra beatings if they shirk their chores, and refuses to let them be adopted by anybody. She is so bad the quest actually is given to you by one of the orphans, who tried to contact the Dark Brotherhood to kill her, and the other orphans will actually cheer if you eliminate her. The city guards don't even try to arrest you after committing the act. Later, the leader of the Dark Brotherhood (most evil faction in the game) comment that "the old hag had it coming". Let that sink in for a minute.
      • Skyrim also features a Dark Brotherhood assassin, also a vampire, who recounts her killing of a man who, after taking her to a dark alley, started commenting upon her attractive appearance. Said vampire has the body of a ten year-old girl.
  • The ending to Fable II where after all the horrible things Lucian has done to the protagonist's sister urges confrontation. The player has the option of kicking him, and if he doesn't Reever does so.
  • In Fallout 3, killing the tyrannical Mr. Burke in cold blood results in an increase to your Good Karma, as well as sighs of relief from the patrons of Moriarty's bar.
    • The fact this is the only time killing something in a city is a okay really tells you something about Mr Burke.
    • Not to mention that if you tell self-appointed Sheriff of Megaton Lucas Simms about Burke's attempts to get you to cross the Moral Event Horizon, he'll gun Lucas down when he tries to arrest him (unless you intervene, of course).
    • Normally, townicide in sandbox RPGs is one massive series of Kick the Dog incidents on the part of the Player. However, in the slaver town of Paradise Falls...
    • Then you have Fallout: New Vegas, which averts this even further (for the most part). By that point, the Enclave Remnants are mostly good people who either tried to defy orders or tried to serve for the good of their fellow men. Said remnants are also being hunted down by the NCR and Brotherhood of Steel for simply being associated with them...
    • The "good" ending to the quest in which you recruit Boone has him shoot an unarmed woman in cold blood. While your complicity in this would be an evil act, you don't lose any karma in this case, since the woman was responsible for selling Boone's wife and unborn child into slavery.
    • In Fallout 2, the NCR is shown dong what is necessary to expand, and plans to annex Vault City by any means necessary, including using The Mafia to undermine portions of Vault City's economy and bribing raiders to harass the city itself. All these would be enough to make the NCR irredeemably imperialist, if not for the fact that Vault City is an insular, xenophobic slave state which considers genocide an acceptable way to deal with neighbours they don't like.
  • Final Fantasy:
    • In Final Fantasy VII, after being the party is imprisoned by Shinra, Sephiroth makes his first appearance by going on a massive killing spree inside the compound where you are imprisoned, leaving a trail of Shinra mook corpses as well as the Shinra president's body with a sword in his back. Of course, this was the same president who had a sizable portion of his city destroyed with the people still inside it, just so he could pin the blame for it on the protagonists.
      • And these are the same mooks that you've been killing up until then. If anything, he just saved you some busywork.
      • It's even lampshaded by Barret, who asks "so Sephiroth is a good guy?" when you find the President dead and Palmer tells you he saw who did it.
      • Sephiroth gets another one in Crisis Core with Genesis, who asks him for help right before the Nibelheim Incident. Is condemning someone to a slow Cruel and Unusual Death evil? Yes. But considering this is the same person who spends spends the entire game spouting Meaningless Meaningful Words and started his request for help by calling Sephiroth the perfect monster and pushing him further towards his breakdown...
    • Emperor Gesthal in Final Fantasy VI gets backstabbed and taken out by his right hand, Kefka. Considering he is the same emperor who wanted world domination, advocated turning a race of magical spirits into raw fuel, and tore a child out of her dying mother's arms while gloating about his plans for her as she took her last breath, nobody mourns him when he gets kicked off the floating continent he so desperately sought, save finding out that Kefka turned out to be much worse.
    • Barthandelus, the main villain of Final Fantasy XIII, reveals his true nature by killing the Smug Snake Baroness Jihl Nabaat, who is perhaps the most unsympathetic person in the game.
    • Final Fantasy XIV has a few such moments:
      • Livia sas Junius, whose big claim to fame was the invasion and the murder of everyone in the Waking Sands save for the main Scions of the Seventh Dawn. When you finally face and kill her, she ends up sobbing, begging not to take her adopted father figure Gaius van Baelsar before she passes. While Cid pities her fall, most players think otherwise.
      • Teledji Adaledji, whoo, boy, this Lalafell. he plots to murder the Ul'dahn sultana Nanamo ul Namo and frames the Warrior of Light and the Scions of the Seventh Dawn for doing so. As he does, Raubahn falls into despair at losing his charge, only for Teledji to hold on to the Villain Ball and just gloat. This pisses off Raubahn so much that the man goes into a Roaring Rampage of Revenge and cuts him in twain. Brutal? Yes. Deserving? Oh, very much so.
      • From the late main scenario of Stormblood: Yotsuyu's adopted parents. There's Abusive Parents, who belittle their adopted daughter before having her married off to an abusive drunk, then forcing her into prostitution after her husband dies in debt. Then there's treating your amnesiac daughter like absolute shit several years after and stating your intent to force her back into the sex trade. The fact that her memories of her past, including the abuse she suffered, comes back right around then, and the subsequent bloody murder she inflicts on them, is almost karmic.
  • Limstella from Fire Emblem is an emotionless Dark Action Girl who kicked several pups via killing Ursula and at least one of the Reed brothers. But you positively cheer for her when she subjects Evil Matriarch Sonia to a short yet brutal Break Them by Talking and leaves her out there to bleed to death.
  • In Grand Theft Auto IV, there is an mission where you're hired to do an assassination and have the option to kill the person who hired you instead of your target after the former goes out of his way to lure the latter. Pretty dickish even considering the game's standards, right? Not when your employer is the horribly corrupt and insufferably hypocritical Francis McReary and the target is the latter's own brother, Derrick. Despite carrying out the mission giving you a considerable benefit, it's hard to resist the temptation to double cross the bastard.
    • Also the mission where you have to choose between killing Playboy X or Dwayne. However, this one is an easier choice, as killing Playboy X (the S.O.B. in question) allows you to have Dwayne as a friend and all the benefits that come from it — plus, you get a nice new apartment.
  • Grand Theft Auto V: Invoked by Lester. While most of his hit missions are motivated by profit, he targets people even more corrupt then him.
  • In Halo the three Prophets are all devoured by the Flood; given that these three are the bastards responsible for the Human-Covenant war, and ordered the mass genocide of billions of humans, they deserved it more than anyone.
  • Infamous Second Son: While the Kick Them While They Are Down option normally nets players Evil Karma, during the first boss fight against Brooke Augustine, doing so actually nets the player Good Karma. It makes sense when one considers the fact that Augustine just killed Delsin's brother Reggie right in front of him.
  • In Jade Empire, joining the Lotus Assassins requires either winning in the arena or preventing Judge Feng from interfering with the Lotus Assassins' plans. The Open Palm solution involves blackmailing Fang into resigning; while this would be an evil act, Feng is a sadistic pervert, albeit one who genuinely finds the Lotus Assassins reprehensible.
  • L.A. Noire: Jack Kelso gets a moment like this near the end of the game when he shoots Leland Monroe, corrupt property tycoon and conspirator, in the leg. Then stomps on the wound to make a point.
  • Actively encouraged in Manhunt. Both the snuff film "actors" in the first and the hunters in the second have every bit of it coming to them, no matter how bad Cash/Daniel were.
  • Mass Effect:
    • In the Bring Down The Sky DLC for the first game, Shepard has to choose between rescuing three hostages who will most certainly die, or engaging Balak, the Batarian terrorist leader and slaver who threatens to leave and commit more atrocities against humans if left alive. If you rescue the hostages, Balak returns 2 games later, trying to assassinate Shepard after he believes that he/she is the cause for his people's destruction at the hands of the Reapers. Shepard can then calmly and coldly tell Balak that if he/she dies, the Reapers will win, and Shepard is the only hope the Batarians have to escape extinction. Paying back the son of a bitch without raising a single gun is very cathartic for veterans of the franchise.
    • When playing the Mass Effect 2 DLC, Overlord, pretty much everyone will be happy to see Dr. Archer get pistol-whipped by Paragon Shepard.
      • By extension, this is the appeal of many of the Renegade prompts, especially when the victim has it coming. There are several that even the staunchest Paragon players admit to taking because they're just that satisfying, as demonstrated by this comic of Nerf NOW!!.
      • In the middle section of his loyalty mission, Garrus takes it upon himself to track down a criminal of some repute and beat the crap out of him for the answers he needs, and, having found them, shoots him (nonfatally) unless Shepard intervenes. However, the criminal in question turns out to be Harkin, a Dirty Cop C-Sec officer who spent his entire appearance in Mass Effect being as unlikeable as physically possible. (Not that it would have stopped Garrus if it had been someone less deserved.)
      • The recruitment mission for Thane Krios has him going after Nassana Dantius, who tricked you into killing her own sister to remove a potential embarrassment during the first game and has gone completely Bad Boss on her employees in the second game.
      • This trope is a major reason why Shepard's destruction of the colony in Arrival wasn't a bigger deal morally, because it happened to the batarians, who utilize slavery rings and People Farms, among other things. The effect, however, is very much mitigated in the third game when we discover that while the batarian establishment are a bunch of Jerk Asses, the regular ones actually aren't that bad.
    • In Mass Effect 3, one outcome of a hostage situation involves Miranda shooting and killing the hostage taker after he releases his hostage. While this would normally be a very morally ambiguous act, the hostage taker is her father, Henry Lawson, who, in addition to seeing his daughters less as daughters and more as possessions to "carry on his legacy", was responsible setting up what could be succinctly called an "atrocity factory", gathering refugees from the Reaper War under the guise of a "Sanctuary" from the war, and using them in experiments to find a way to control the Reapers, and was using his younger daughter as a meat shield during the altercation where he died.
    • Shepard gets to pull this on Kai Leng when he makes a final attempt to stab him before he dies. A Renegade Interrupt appears, and if Shepard doesn't take it, he/she will evade the sword strike and run Leng through with his Omniblade. Taking the Interrupt, however, will prompt Shepard to break Leng's sword with his gauntlet before brutally ramming the Omniblade into his ribcage. Given that Leng was the xenophobic asshole who killed Thane (or if some bad decisions were made earlier, Miranda or Major Kirrahe) and trollingly dogged Shepard for the whole second half of the game, he had this coming for a long time.
  • Played straight in the video game adaptation of Walt Disney's Pinocchio. The Pleasure Island level features the Coachman as an End Boss. Take into account that in the film, Coachman has kidnapped children, transformed them into donkeys, sold them to salt mines where they will most likely work to their deaths while he is still torturing the donkeys that can still talk normally, and has been doing this for years and is STILL doing this presumably to this day without any repercussion. The Video Game finally gives this monster justice, in typical Disney fashion.
  • Resident Evil 0: It's revealed that ten years before the game, Spencer, Wesker, and Birkin conspired to murder James Marcus and steal his research into the T-Virus. Wesker and Birkin were Marcus's trusted research assistants who he apparently held in high regard, and they went out of their way to taunt him as he lay dying. However, Marcus was an unapologetic mad scientist who experimented on unwilling human test subjects, had a torture chamber in his basement, and developed a viral weapon that would go on to wipe out an entire city.
  • Resident Evil 6: Carla's decision to infect Simmons with the C-Virus undoubtedly counts as this. Pretty hard not to cheer her on for it when we remember that this is the guy who killed the President and destroyed Tall Oaks while framing both Leon and Helena for both, and also held Helena's little sister hostage to blackmail Helena into helping him do so and then experimenting on her with the C-Virus regardless.
  • Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey: Jimenez landing the final blow on Captain Jack, who you fight just before tackling the penultimate boss of Sector Fornax. What, you're going for Neutral or Law, but don't want to stop Jimenez because Jack deserves it? No problem, the writers know how horrible he is, because you get no alignment points for choosing to watch instead of intervening!
  • StarCraft: Brood War nearly accomplishes this by having you kill the series' resident Jerkass General Duke, then immediately walks it back by forcing you to kill Fenix too.
    • Somewhat mitigated in Duke's case in that he at least faced death quite honorably.
      • Duke was altogether less of a Jerkass in Broodwar than in the original Starcraft campaign. After all, he did stay at Mengsk's side even after the UED kicked his ass. The "old" Duke would just have switched to the winning side after his defeat on Dylar, at the latest.
    • The UED are an invasion force sent a decidedly Nazi-esque Earth, with the goal of defeating enslaving the Zerg and exterminating the Protoss. However, most of their campaign is dedicated to fighting the Zerg and overly throwing the oppressive Dominion, ruled by the evil Mengsk, so its rather easy to root for them.
  • Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic: How many of us switch Carth to solo mode, hand him a couple swords, and send him right at Saul? Or take a hit to Light Side Mastery by telling him "take your time" when the dying bastard is at his feet?
  • Super Robot Wars Judgment gave us Rau Le Creseut getting a cool scene by killing Haruki Kusakabe from Martian Successor Nadesico, who is arguably more of an asshole than Rau ever could be.
    • During his Villainous Breakdown in Scenario 58 of Third Super Robot Wars Z: Jigoku-hen, Gadlight destroys Cygus (the corrupt general within the Earth Federation) and a large portion of the Earth Federation fleet with a gigantic beam attack.
  • Telltale's Game of Thrones:
    • Gared kills his family's murderer Britt after getting into a petty fight with him over revenge, as Britt blames Gared for being sent to the Wall with him over the whole ordeal. One of the options to kill him is to literally kick him off of a cliff.
    • Rodrik gets the option to savagely beat Gryff Whitehill into submission after he spent the entire game bullying him, his family, and the people who look up to Rodrick's leadership while simultaneously secretly annexing his own home. The beating is so severe that it costs Gryff an eye.
  • A Vampyre Story: Mona normally balks at actually drinking blood straight from the vein or otherwise using her vampire powers like a...well, a vampire. But then she meets Bruno Stoker, who regularly berates his wife and runs her ragged trying to keep his fat ass fed, and contributes nothing to the upbringing of twin sons who are rapidly careening towards spoiled brathood of the worst degree. She takes a perverse glee in putting the fear of God into him.
  • In Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne, Sylvanas' betraying and killing Garithos after helping him retake Lordaeron is supposed to be seen as morally questionable, especially since the dreadlord Varimathras suggests that she's getting close to being like him, but he was racist enough to order Kael'thas' execution and result in him joining Illidan, and his last words are ordering Sylvanas and her followers out of the city, rather than expressing shock or outrage over the betrayal. You actually feel justice is served when Sylvanas' ghouls proceed to eat his corpse.
  • Since it's set on a Fantasy Crapsack World, The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings has numerous examples of SOBs for main character Geralt of Rivia to kick on. Notably:
    • In Act 1, there's Bernard Loredo, the commandant of Flotsam Village, a corrupt and sleazy official who rules the town with an iron fist. He's also a racist who constantly harasses the non human residents of Flotsam, and as such is constantly at war with the elven bandit Iorveth and his Scoiatel. But unless you choose to side with Vernon Roche near the end, you won't see the depths of his depravity which is when you break into his estate and kill him, and find out that he has held prisoner an elven woman named Moril for nearly a year as his personal plaything. The fact that she bore his child and kills herself, is enough to shock Vernon Roche and his Blue Stripes, who hate elves, into silence. Suddenly you don't feel too bad having to kill him earlier.
    • In Act 2, there's Prince Stennis, if you choose Iorveth's path. Despite being the crown prince of Edirn, he's forced to join up with the rebel forces of Saskia the Dragonslayer in the dwarven town of Vergen to repel the invading forces of King Henselt of Kaedwen. He makes no secret of detesting this alliance and the peasantry whom Saskia champions, so when Saskia is poisoned and nearly dies, he's fingered as the main suspect. Geralt can investigate the matter in order to clear him, but as facts emerge more and more it seems Stennis did have a hand in poisoning her, albeit indirectly. It doesn't help that Stennis is a royal Jerkass who mocks and belittles Geralt every time they meet. It also turns out Stennis' royal blood is a key component in making a cure for Saskia, but when Geralt offers to prove his innocence in exchange for one drop, he loudly refuses. Given all these factors, it's feels very satisfying to hand him over to the mob to meet a violent end.
    • Also in Act 2, this time in Roche's path, there's King Henselt. Henselt allows Geralt, Roche and his Blue Stripes to stay at his camp in exchange for their help. But Henselt quickly changes his tune when the plans of a rogue faction within his own army to oust him comes to light. It doesn't take long for Henselt to figure out that it was a scheme hatched by Vernon Roche, so he orders all the Blue Stripes executed and personally rapes Ves, Roche's female lieutenant. Geralt and Roche then head to Vergen and fight their way to Henselt, after which Geralt can either convince Roche to spare Henselt or step aside and let Roche kill him. Given that Henselt proudly boasts about raping Ves in their faces, it feels very good watching Roche gut him like a pig.
  • Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus provides a particularly triumphant literal example: you can kill a senile 71-year-old Adolf Hitler with a single kick to the head while he's curled up taking a nap on the floor. It does result in a Nonstandard Game Over though. Worth It? Absolutely, especially as you get an achievement for it.
  • In the Death Knight starting quests in World of Warcraft, the players' main victims are the Scarlet Crusade, whose enemies are not only the Scourge, but also anyone they suspect as being a heretic note , and whose leaders are apparently planning on abandoning many of their people to move on to Northrend. Granted, many of them are innocent peasants who can barely fight back, but both the Alliance and the Horde see the Scarlet Crusade as their enemies, and they contribute nothing positive to the struggle against the Scourge.
    • The Dragonmaw Clan in Twilight Highlands, who capture young black dragons and enslave them via mind control for use as war beasts and flying mounts, might plausibly be accused of seriously inhumane behaviour. However, considering what black dragons are like when they're free — they're motivated only to kill or to wreck the place up even in their first moments of life — it's not surprising that no one takes issue with this practice.
    • In Northrend the black dragons get one of their own against the Cult of the Damned, a death-worshipping cult of amoral, sadistic religious zealots who willingly serve the Lich King. A black dragon called Serinar asks for your help with clearing out the cultists invading his ancestral burial grounds to raise the bones of long-deceased dragons as magmawyrms serving the Lich King. It's immensely satisfying.


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