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"I think most hiccup cures were really invented for the amusement of the patient's friends."
Hobbes, Calvin and Hobbes

The hiccups. Everyone gets them, and everyone has a hare-brained cure for them. So you can expect a television show to have an episode or segment where a character gets the hiccups. The other characters will all have their own cure, from the mundane (drink some water) to the mildly unpleasant (drinking pickle juice) to the outright bizarre (pinch your ear lobe and breathe normally). They'll try everything except the one consistently proven successful cure in Real Life of having an orgasm (like the censors will ever let that happen!)note  — although simply breathing shallowly in a slow, controlled fashion also often helps.

After every remedy, the sufferer will pause dramatically, then emit a "hic". Invariably, someone will finally suggest scaring them out of the sufferer. The next half of the episode will consist of all the other characters finding ways to freak the bejesus out of the sufferer, all of which naturally fail to scare them even a tiny bit. At the end of the episode, the sufferer will usually be cured through one of two methods: either the hiccups simply go away on their own, or the sufferer becomes scared upon seeing something that wasn't intended to scare them (usually something totally benign). Cue "Everybody Laughs" Ending... but wait! Suddenly, another character starts to hiccup! Or something happens to make the cured sufferer start hiccuping again! Or the cured sufferer starts sneezing instead! Here We Go Again!

Used in a superhero plot, this is invariably followed by some sort of Power Incontinence, like a super-strong hero hiccupping themselves through a roof, or shapeshifter bouncing between forms every time one slips out. The reason for it is anyone's guess, but most likely Rule of Funny.

Alternatively, if the character is trying to be stealthy, hiccups can have the same effect as an Ill-Timed Sneeze.

In real life, only mammals can actually hiccup as they have a diaphragm. Remember, a hiccup is a spasm of the diaphragm. As other animals like birds don’t have diaphragms, never mind that insects don’t even have lungs, this precludes them being able to hiccup in real life. So any bird or insect in fiction hiccuping is Rule of Funny or Most Writers Are Human. Panting in squamate reptiles (like lizards) can sound like a hiccup, but it’s not actually a hiccup.

Alcohol Hic can overlap with this trope.


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    Anime and Manga 
  • Azumanga Daioh: Osaka gets the hiccups. Tomo, Chiyo, and Yomi try remedy after remedy, including stuff like drinking water from a cup held with chopsticks in it. Sakaki proposes a number of esoteric cures, including one they don't try because it involved drinking water with boiled persimmons. Finally, she passes them to Chiyo. At which point they begin to do the same things to Chiyo, despite her protests. This also contains the famous "what causes hiccups anyway" part, leading to a display of gratuitous violence by Kagura (although in the anime this is relegated to Tomo since the former hadn't been introduced at this point in the anime yet, which, by the way, was the second episode).
  • In Basilisk Oboro gets hiccups and worries about her upcoming meeting with the ninja clan leader Gennosuke. Rosai and Nenki unsuccessfully try to cure her with a sudden Jump Scare, but eventually Akeginu just gives her water to drink.
  • In Eerie Queerie! the main characters gets the hiccups and are told about the legend that if you hiccup a hundred times you die. After getting hiccups every night and having a ghostly voice count them, he eventually gets up to one hundred but is saved by his best friend/eventual boyfriend kissing him. It's revealed that this was all a prank from a ghost.
  • In Honey and Clover both Hagu and Rika get hiccups in an episode.
  • How to Treat a Lady Knight Right: Chapter 12 has Leo develop a case of the hiccups. Houli finds it adorable, so much so that he has a hard time taking an onslaught of goblins as seriously as he should. The fact that Leo is cutting them all down while hiccupping all the while doesn't help. Leo tries to just act like nothing is happening, but when she releases a huge hiccup right in front of Houli's face, she gets flustered, embarrassed, and starts hitting Houli. The narration notes at this point her hiccups stopped.
  • In one anime adaptation episode of Kochikame, officer Kankichi Ryotsu spends the entire episode with hiccups. Every curing technique fails and goes so far as trying to kill Ryotsu with military weapons to scare him.
  • Mayo Chiki: Kanade's admits hiccups are her major weakness in episode 11.
  • In the Ninja Hattori episode "Hattori's Prolonged Hiccups", Hattori gets the hiccups. Since there is a ninja technique associated with hiccups, whenever he hiccups it makes everyone nearby topple over and flips nearby objects upside-down.
  • One chapter of Squid Girl has the titular protagonist getting the hiccups. She claims that due to her Bizarre Alien Biology, her tentacles would become grotesque and start attacking people indiscriminately and that she needs to be made happy for them to stop. After all of Eiko and Chizuru's cure attempts fail, Chizuru starts one last cure: scaring the ever-living crap out of Squid Girl. Since Squid Girl is already deathly afraid of Chizuru to begin with, it works like a charm.
  • In the manga version of Tenchi Muyo!, Sasami develops her first case of the hiccups. Thanks to Mihoshi believing an old wives' tale, everyone believes she'll die if she reaches 100 hiccups. It turns into a heartwarming moment with how they "cure" her Tenchi admits that he loves her, the only time he's admitted that to any of the five!
  • In chapter 134 of Urayasu Tekkin Kazoku, Noriko spent the whole chapter with hiccups even with the hiccup doctor's extreme scare tactics. She got cured when the doctor estimates the enormous surgical cost. Noriko gets it again in chapter 405. According to Jin, you die if you hiccup 100 times nonstop. Her hiccups stop when she got close to 100. Kotetsu's grandfather gets the hiccups and fears that he'll die. He makes his goodbye when he's at 100, but got electrocuted and thinks he died. He's fine.

    Asian Animation 
  • In the Simple Samosa episode "Simple Hitchki", Samosa gets the hiccups and his friends help him to find all sorts of ways to cure them, including drinking water, drinking lots and lots of chutney, and - of course - trying to scare him. A rather unexpected occurrence is what finally gets him to stop hiccupping: he meets his own voice actor as well as those of his friends in their recording studio, which is apparently in a room in Dr. Goti Sodawala's hospital.

    Comic Books 
  • In the album La frousse aux trousses (Fear On The tail), Spirou and Fantasio goes on an expedition to a war-torn Central Asian country, and reluctantly bring along a bunch of rich guys who are suffering from chronic hiccups. The idea is that the dangers they must face on this mission will eventually scare the hiccups out of them. It works, but only when they think Spirou and Fantasio have been killed.
  • Asterix: In "Asterix and the Magic Carpet", Fakir Watziznehm gets the hiccups, causing the entire carpet to shake as he tries to fly it.
  • Marvel Universe has this trope spoofed in issue 34 of their What If? series, with Black Bolt.
  • In the Tintin book Tintin: The Red Sea Sharks, when a diver is ordered to plant a mine on the hull of a ship filled with ammunition, he drops the mine by accident and it's swallowed by a shark. It then gets a bad case of the hiccups, followed by... Well, you can guess.
  • In an issue of The Thing's solo comic book, The Impossible Man, usually a Voluntary Shapeshifter, has the "the Popups" a rare condition that causes him to shapeshift randomly, causing dangerous destruction. Ben Grimm pretends to have been killed by one of The Impossible Man's random destructions, causing the latter to be overcome by shock and guilt. This is only the first half of Ben's plan; the second is to suddenly get up and shout "BOO!" at the horrified Impossible Man. This cures the "the Popups", and Ben then explains that he did this because he figured out that the Impossible Man's condition was actually similar to hiccups.
  • In a miniarc of the Sturmtruppen, the Captain of the Extermination Squad is left unable to order "Fire!" because of a severe case of hiccups. The Squad and the Prisoner they have to shoot try to cure him with various methods, including painting his face black before showing him a mirror or making him angry by suggesting he has Jewish parents. Eventually, he's cured when he's shown a written order from the Fuhrer himself to stop hiccupping, and he obeys.

    Films — Animated 
  • Charlotte's Web: Templeton, after his overeating at the fair, gets these mid-musical number and they last him up to the next morning.
  • In Scooby-Doo! and the Reluctant Werewolf , Shaggy gets the hiccups just as he becomes a werewolf. He keeps changing back and forth with each hiccup, until he stops hiccuping and stays in werewolf form by the time he reunites with Scooby. He doesn't even realize he was transforming like this until he's shown his reflection.
  • Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs has Dopey, who starts to hiccup out bubbles after swallowing a bar of soap. To make matters worse, no one comes to help him. Because he is unable to speak, it is unknown what he was feeling, though his facial expressions seem to show anger, fear, and even amusement at his situation.
    • In the deleted soup scene, Dopey gets another case of hiccups after swallowing his spoon. This time, the other dwarfs notice and try to help him out. Happy eventually gives him a Literal Ass-Kicking, and not only does the spoon fly out of Dopey's mouth as a result, but so does the aforementioned bar of soap.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • The first "Prince Herbert" sequence in Monty Python and the Holy Grail has a guard hiccupping in the background all the way through, until the King angrily tells him to go get a drink of water — at which point his hiccups apparently stop.
  • In Pappa ante portas by German comedian Loriot, this happens to a famous author during a reading from his poems. The protagonist manages to distract him (by asking about his lunch) and solves the problem. When the poet begins to read, the protagonist is struck by hiccup
  • In the climax of Casino Royale (1967), the Big Bad is tricked into swallowing a pill that will make him hiccup 1,000 times and then explode. The explosion destroys the Casino Royale, killing the entire cast.
  • A classic example with Hands Across the Table. To get rid of Regi’s hiccups, Ted tells her that she needs to stand over a glass of water and sip from the other side. It works... until her hiccups come back seconds later.
  • The first gag in The Milky Way features Burleigh the wimpy milkman thoroughly irritating his boss by hiccupping all the way through a company meeting.
  • Dames: Ezra gets a persistent case of the hiccups, which he claims can only be cured by "Dr. Silver's Golden Elixir", an obscure and hard-to-find tonic that happens to be over half alcohol. Hilarity Ensues.
  • In Sabrina Goes to Rome, one scene at the beginning has Sabrina get hiccups, causing her magic to lose control, which she tries to hide from her roommate Gwen. It doesn't last long, and she finds out anyway.
  • The beginning of the movie Scorched starts with a firefighter getting hiccups while his friend tries telling a story. They try some cures such as drinking water until he suggests scaring him. He's eventually cured when Sheila (the main character) takes out her frustration on him when she's dumped by Rick.
  • Sweet Hostage: When Leonard gets the hiccups, Doris Mae tells him to wear a paper bag over his head and breathe deeply. Leonard goes along with it reluctantly, afraid he'll suffocate. While his head is covered, Doris Mae taps his back and yells "BANG YOUR HICCUPS ARE DEAD!" It works.

  • In the picture book Baby Bear's Hiccups, a young Funny Animal bear gets the hiccups on his birthday. Cures suggested include holding his breath and the "monkey cure" of patting his head, rubbing his tummy, and hopping on one leg. The hiccups eventually go away from having a drink.
  • The entire plot of the picture book Hanna Hippo's Horrible Hiccups, part of the Animal Antics A to Z series.
  • In Plato's Symposium, Aristophanes gets an attack of hiccups just as it's his turn to speak. He passes in favor of his couch-mate, a physician who gives him three 'cures' for hiccups. The reader must imagine Aristophanes gulping water, sneezing, etc. throughout his friend's speech.
  • D.J. gets hiccups in one chapter of Wayside School Beneath the Cloud of Doom. After standing on his head and drinking a glass of water, eating a lemon, and holding his tongue while saying the Pledge of Allegiance don't work, he goes to see Dr. Pickle. Dr. Pickle cures him by swinging his Hypno Pendulum and yelling "BOO!" halfway through counting to five.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Our Miss Brooks:
    • In "Cure That Habit", Mr. Conklin has a bad case of the hiccups and suffers through two hiccup remedies. One is a revolting and ineffective mixture cooked up by Mrs. Davis. The second is student athlete Stretch Snodgrass' attempt to cure Mr. Conklin's hiccups by spinning him around in a chair.
    • In "Trial by Jury" and "Mr. Conklin's Love Nest", Mr. Boynton suffers psychosomatic cases of the hiccups from either lying or acute embarrassment.
  • Mr. Ernst is stuck with the hiccups throughout an episode of Hey Dude!, and nothing seems to be able to cure them. They eventually go away on their own.
  • The 70s Sitcom Alice featured the lead character about to go off on a career on stage, but she can't get rid of the hiccups. Turned out they were psychosomatic — she was too nervous about leaving her life behind.
  • There's an episode of ER where Dr. Weaver has the hiccoughs.
  • In the Frasier episode "Father of the Bride," no thanks to the spiciness of the beef jerky Martin bought, Frasier hiccups when he's about to say he and Martin are going to pay for Daphne's wedding flowers, which leads her to believe that they're going to pay for the whole wedding. Frasier describes his predicament thus:
    Donny: Hmm, filet mignon jerky. How much did this set you back?
    Frasier (remorsefully): You have no idea.
    • Frasier also had to deal with a case of the hiccups in an episode of Cheers
  • The Andy Griffith Show: Barney is up for a periodic sheriff's department health review, which includes a weigh-in. He finds he's just underweight when he suddenly gets a horrible case of the hiccups and can't eat for days. He passes the weigh-in after Andy gives him his dog-tags on a huge iron chain.
  • In an episode of How I Met Your Mother, Marshall's fantasy of sleeping with a hot delivery girl has to involve a prerequisite fantasy of Lily first dying from some incurable hiccup-related illness. Alyson Hannigan hiccupping to death is tragic, yet funny.
  • An episode of Imagination Movers centers around finding Knit Knots a cure for his hiccups (they’re “much too exciting” for him). In the end, all he had to do was to get his mind off them!
  • Bull from Night Court gets a very nasty case in one episode and goes through a wide variety of remedies. Chugging an entire water cooler's worth of water, Mack scaring him (although another guy in the area nearly had a heart attack), standing on his head, eating peanut butter, and holding his breath until he passes out. They still remain by the end of the episode.
  • Cody gets a bad case on an episode of Step by Step, and all attempts to cure him (water, scaring, and hypnosis) fail. Eventually, it's revealed that time is the only true remedy.
  • A season one episode of Saturday Night Live had a sketch where a preacher, played by Chevy Chase, had a case of the hiccups while trying to deliver the eulogy at a funeral with the grieving family (even the widow) trying various methods to cure him, each one more ludicrous than the last.
  • The Man from U.N.C.L.E.: In "The Mad Mad Tea Party Affair" all kinds of bizarre things are happening in UNCLE headquarters, including an Innocent Bystander who accidentally stumbles into the building. Our heroes are playing Good Cop/Bad Cop to see if she's a THRUSH infiltrator, causing her to start hiccupping nervously. Solo fetches a glass of water, only for her to scream as there's a fish swimming in it. This does however cure her hiccups.
  • One episode of Higgeldy House had Justin get the hiccups while reading. Sarah Jane does what she can to help him out. In the end, his hiccups are gone, and she catches them, at which point, the tables are turned.
  • In the Big Barn Farm episode 'Gobo Gets Hiccups' Gobo the goat gets hiccups, and the rest of the farmyard bunch try to find a way to cure them. They eventually stop after Gobo is startled when the farmer's tractor makes a loud noise, but the sound also scares Digger the puppy, which causes him to start hiccupping.
  • The pilot episode of Odd Squad, "Zero Effect", starts with Olive and Otto helping out a woman who has exploding hiccups, where something breaks every time she hiccups. They give her a cure and report back to headquarters, but she hiccups before drinking the cure, breaking more things.
  • ALF: In one episode, Alf gets the Melmacian hiccups. It's mostly identical to regular hiccups, except each "hiccup" sound contains a metallic-sounding echo, that gets louder the longer the hiccups persist. If not cured, it can last for years. The only antidotes are cat juice and raw spinach, and since the former is obviously not an option, the other characters force-feed Alf spinach to cure him.
  • The Victorious episode "The Wood" has Tori get hiccups when she talks urban, which carries into the titular show. She still has hiccups even when scared.
  • The blooper reel for the Sonny with a Chance season 1 finale has Demi Lovato hiccupping in front of Tiffany Thornton when shooting the scene of Sonny telling Tawni they should look out for each other.
  • The Latest Buzz episode "Face The Music Issue" has Rebecca get hiccups when she eats something spicy. Noah tries everything to cure her. She's eventually cured when Noah kisses her. He later gets hiccups.
  • The Electric Company (2009) episode "Skelekian Hiccups" has Jessica getting Skelekian hiccups, where she has to tell the truth every time she hiccups.
  • The Adventures in Wonderland episode "Hic-Hic-Hooray" has Tweedledum get the hiccups on the very day he's supposed to carry boxes of the Queen's fragile new china dishware. In the end he's cured, and manages to get the dishes to the palace without breaking them, but he has to wait for his reward anyway because the dishes turn out to have the wrong pattern on them.
  • The beginning of The King of Queens episode "The Dugan Groupie" has Doug get hiccups while he's eating a tuna sandwich. Arthur tries scaring him, but it doesn't work. He then pretends to walk away in shame so that he can scare Doug's hiccups away with an air horn. At the end of the episode, Arthur also gets hiccups, and he once again scares them away with an air horn.

    Newspaper Comics 
  • Calvin and Hobbes. After Calvin attempts to drink a glass of water upside-down from the far side of the glass, an amused Hobbes makes the above quote. And when Calvin suddenly stops having hiccups, Hobbes (not knowing that the hiccups were already gone) scares him, causing him to start hiccupping again.
  • Sturm Truppen. A Running Gag was a SS officer and his execution squad trying to kill a Jewish prisoner and failing to do so. An arc revolved around said officer's hiccup, which prevented him to order 'Fire!', and the attempts on the squad and the prisoner's part to heal him. How did they stop the hiccups? The Führer ordered him to.
  • One Garfield story arc in November 1998 had Garfield coming down with the hiccups. Jon decides to scare the hiccups out of him, which ends up transferring them to him.
  • One Hägar the Horrible Sunday strip has Hagar and Lucky Eddie hide from the enemy army in a bush, only for Eddie to start getting hiccups. Hagar tries to "shh!" him, but he can't, so Hagar yells "BOOO!" to scare the hiccups our of him. Unfortunately, the enemies hear the "boo".

    Puppet Shows 
  • In an episode of Eureeka's Castle, Magellan has a case of the hiccups, so he goes to Mr. Knack to see if he can trade them for a basketball. Surprisingly, it works, as Mr. Knack now has the hiccups.
  • Sesame Street:
    • One animated segment from involves an opera singer named Wilma Wiggins getting the hiccups during a big performance. So naturally, she used it as part of the performance.
    • In another segment, David is stuck with a case of the hiccups. To make matters worse, the Count won't stop counting them, which inevitably causes thunder and lightning, giving him a headache. Maria helps to try and cure them. Naturally, once he's cured, she ends up with them.
  • In the The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss episode, "The Sounds All Around", Terrence McBird gets a case of the hiccups, and the Cat in the Hat and the Little Cats try unsuccessfully to cure him. At the end of the episode, Terrence follows Pam-I-Am's advice to take slow, deep breaths, and this cures him.
  • In the Under the Umbrella Tree episode "Hiccups", we learn that Holly gets the hiccups whenever she gets very excited... and she gets them from her excitement over an interview for a great new job, forcing her to try various cures so she can get rid of them before the interview.
  • An episode of Between the Lions called "Pandora's Box", where Lionel and Leona get the titular box out of the book. They peek inside and accidentally release a curse that causes everyone in the library to have hiccups. Eventually, they're cured by dragging the box back inside and tricking the curse until returning to the book.
  • Two episodes of Wimzie's House have a subplot involving hiccups that take the whole episode to cure: In "I Want My Mommy!" Horace has the hiccups, but finally cures them by drinking the mustard water Yaya had made for Wimzie when she was Playing Sick. In "I Dare You!" Yaya has the hiccups, but eventually the sight of Horace climbing a dangerous ladder on a dare scares them out of her.
  • In Fraggle Rock, hiccups are dangerous to Doozers because they can cause them to accidentally destroy their constructions. Fortunately, Doozers can only get the hiccups by bouncing up and down – and unfortunately, that's just what happens when "flooping" (bouncing on pogo sticks) becomes the latest trend among the coolest Doozers in the episode "Doozer Is As Doozer Does."
    • An earlier episode had Doc with the hiccups in "Mokey's Funeral".
    • In the reboot, Fraggle Rock: Back to the Rock, all the Merggles, merfolk versions of the Fraggles, are all stuck with uncontrollable hiccups as a result of the polluted water in Fraggle Rock. Gobo, Boober and Wembley all try to scare the hiccups out of them, but they end up being terrible at it. In the end, an accident causes them to crash into each other, making the Merggles laugh and cure their hiccups. At that moment, Wembley then hiccups, and the others look at him in horror, but it turns out it was just a one-time.

    Video Games 
  • The Yoake Mae Yori Ruri Iro Na spinoff Moonlight Cradle has one extra scene in which Mia gets the hiccups. Sayaka, Tatsuya, Mai, and Feena all attempt to cure her, but without success. Jin cures her by causing Mia and Feena to faint by showing them a bug, and Mai gets the hiccups...
  • In Planescape: Torment, The Nameless one can be afflicted with a magical curse of ETERNAL HICCUPS. However, it is possible to reverse the spell by threatening the one responsible with a MUCH nastier curse.

    Web Animation 
  • The Gummy Bear Show also followed this. The episode "Hiccups" has an interesting take on this. It starts with Harry getting hiccups when he gets nervous. Gummy Bear tries curing him, which he does, but then he gets hiccups. The whole episode is about trying to get rid of them. Just when it seems like he's cured, the two of them, along with Kala and Granny Peters, also get hiccups. They then decide to turn this into a good thing by rapping with hiccups, which ends the episode.
  • Homestar Runner did it in "Halloween Fairstival", where The Cheat got hiccups on Halloween night and he, Strong Bad, and Strong Mad spent the cartoon trying to cure them. He only stops after being bribed into doing so.

  • Penny Arcade: Gabe's cure for Tycho's hiccups was to cut off his right hand, leading to High-Pressure Blood spurting out as Tycho screams "AAAAHhicAAAAAH..."
    • In the accompanying newspost, Jerry (Tycho) explains that the comic is based on that Mike (Gabe) has barely ever had hiccups in his entire life, and almost takes it as a personal insult when someone suffers them around him like they're doing it on purpose to be annoying.
  • In Dumbing of Age, Joyce is so surprised that Dorothy is an atheist that she gives herself hiccups. When Dorothy tries to talk to Walky about this, he is so lovestruck with her that he can't speak. With Joyce hiccuping in the background, Dorothy says "I've really got to get out of Indiana. It's full of — oh God, I can't say it." Helpfully, the comic is titled Hicks.

    Web Video 
  • Downplayed on 7-Second Riddles; one riddle is about a man looking to get water for his hiccups, only for the bartender to instead scare them off. With a gun.
  • In SF Debris' review of the Star Trek: Voyager episode, "Someone to Watch Over Me", Chuck has a brief aside wherein he imagines a what a Day in the Limelight episode focused on Harry Kim might look like in action. Chuck reasons that with how the show usually treats Harry, the main plot will probably be about him getting the hiccups, and the crew then trying to cure him.
    Chakotay: My people have a legend of how that can be cured by being scared.
    Janeway: Ooh, ooh! I can do that one!
    Harry: No, no thank you, Captain. It's fine.
    Tom: Well, Harry, have you tried— ARGH!
    Harry: ...N-no it didn't work.
    Torres: Well, I find the scariest things— RARGH!!!
    Harry: AH! ...Good try, but it's not any better.
    Seven: (matter-of-factly) You will die alone, unloved, and unmourned.
    (Harry and everyone else stares at Seven in Stunned Silence)
    Janeway: Hey, look! He's cured! I've gotta remember that one...

    Western Animation 
  • The beginning of The 7D episode "Big Rock Candy Flim Flam" has Queen Delightful get hiccups when she drinks fizzy soda too fast. She loses them when Bashful scares her.
  • In the Aaahh!!! Real Monsters episode "Krumm Gets the Dreaded Nolox", Krumm gets a nasty case of hiccups after getting doused with air-freshening spray. The eponymous Dreaded Nolox causes Krumm to cough up all manner of items he's eaten, and can only be cured by a powerful scare; fortunately, it was established earlier in the episode that Krumm is afraid of heights...Unfortunately, after he was cured, he started sneezing a green mist.
  • Abby Hatcher did this twice:
    • The episode "Fuzzly Sleepover" starts with Abby telling a scary story, and her father gets hiccups when he gets scared while eating popcorn. Later, he accidentally falls into a bush and some supplies that make him look like a monster and he still hiccups. He's later cleaned up, though he still has hiccups.
    • The episode "The Shape Of Grumbles" has Grumbles getting hiccups when he eats too fast and starts shapeshifting at random times. Abby does what she can to help. He then eats Brussel sprouts at the end, at which they're cured, but then she gets hiccups.
  • Angelina Ballerina: The Next Steps has the titular character in "Angelina's Hiccups". She's eventually cured at the end but then starts sneezing repeatedly.
  • Angry Birds Toons once had the Blues start hiccupping. The other birds' attempts to scare them away fail until Matilda successfully frightens them with the prospect of a bath. Then the eggs start hiccupping somehow...
  • Animaniacs:
    • One Goodfeathers story started with Squit getting hiccups. Bobby and Pesto alternated between the usual goofy cure attempts and talking about Noodle Incidents where other folks died horrific deaths from bad cases of hiccups. Eventually, the Godpigeon showed up and was able to "stupefy" (ie, scare) them out of Squit.
    • Another Animaniacs segment, "Soda Jerk", has Wakko getting hiccups from drinking an ice cream soda too fast. At the end of the episode, he loses his hiccups while literally everyone else in the universe gets them.
  • Arthur used this three times, two of them involving DW:
    • In "Hic Or Treat", DW gets hiccups and worries that she'll never get rid of them; an Imagine Spot shows her about to win the world record for longest time with hiccups (69 years) and then finally stopping a few seconds short. In the end, Arthur accidentally scares her hiccups away while he ends up getting hiccups.
    • The season 2 episode "Arthur Vs The Piano" also has DW get hiccups, though its more of a running gag. In Arthur's nightmare, where he gets booed at for playing the piano wrong, she apparently becomes famous. DW loses her hiccups when she eats peanut butter calmly. The episode also ends with Arthur getting hiccups.
    • "The World Record" has a running gag of Nadine getting hiccups as part of an attempt to break a world record. Arthur then mentions the official world record of over 60 years, making DW realize that Nadine wouldn't be happy about that.
  • The 2003 The Berenstain Bears series has the episode "The Hiccup Cure". Papa Bear gets hiccups when he eats his pancakes too fast before talking to the squire. Throughout the episode, he keeps getting hiccups when he eats his food too fast.
  • The Bunnicula episode "Hiccup In Smoke" has Bunnicula get hiccups when he eats his vegetables too fast, and keeps losing body parts. He eventually scares them out due to seeing Mina almost get crushed by a piano. Then Chester gets hiccups.
  • The Bunsen Is a Beast episode "Eyes On The Pies" has Bunsen lose his memory each time he hiccups thanks to Amanda's pressurized soda.
  • Butterbean's Cafe has the episode "The Big Birthday Hiccup". Butterbean decides to make a cake for the principal's birthday. Ms. Marmalady wants to show her cake, so she uses a hiccup bean to give Poppy, Dazzle, and Jasper hiccups so that they can't make the cake. Butterbean does eventually get them to make the cake through teamwork. When Ms. Marmalade attempts to give her the hiccups, she ends up using it on her own cake. This silly incident cures them of their hiccups. There's also a running gag of Scratch and Spork getting hiccups.
  • In "Caillou's Hiccups," Caillou gets the hiccups. At first, Caillou's parents tell him to be patient and they'll go away on their own, as patience is the theme of the episode in which this story is featured. But when Caillou keeps hiccupping, his parents start up with the various "cures," only for them to go away on their own, just as his parents first suggested. Then Daddy gets them.
  • There's an episode of Camp Lake Bottom, appropriately titled "Hiccups", which has McGee getting hiccups when he drinks fizzy water mixed with break berries. Unfortunately, it makes everything around him disappear. He eventually loses them after literally hiccupping away everything when in the falls.
  • There was a Camp Lazlo short between commercials in which Clam got the hiccups, and Lumpus suggested Lazlo scare him. Lazlo spent the next 5 minutes feeding him to bears and pushing him off cliffs, scaring nobody but Raj. By the end, Raj is so horrified at what Lazlo is doing to Clam that Raj gets the hiccups.
  • Used many times in CBeebies programmes:
    • These are the subject of "Hiccups and Night Fun" from Kate & Mim-Mim. In Mimiloo, Boomer has some important news to tell everyone, but he can't say it because he's hiccupping too much. It turns out that the 'big news' was that he'd invented a new sound: him hiccupping.
    • In the Charlie and Lola episode 'I can't stop hiccupping', Lola tries to get rid of her hiccups before she has to sing in the school concert. After all else fails, Charlie tries a trick where he pretends to transfer her hiccups to him. The episode ends with Lola no Longer having hiccups while Charlie gets the hiccups for real.
    • In one episode of Get Squiggling, Squiglet draws a T-rex named Terry who can't roar properly because he has hiccups, and can't play with the other dinosaurs because he thinks they'll laugh at him. Squiglet cures him by tickling him and making him laugh, but then Marty the mouse gets them, and Terry has to cure him by scaring him with his roar.
    • In the episode 'Hiccups' of The Adventures of Abney & Teal, the poc-pocs get hiccups, which end up spreading to everyone on the island.
  • The Cleo & Cuquin episode "Hiccup Monsters" has Cuquin get hiccups while playing hide and seek with Cleo and Colitas. They try doing what they can to cure him. He's eventually cured when he accidentally scares himself by being surprised from a squeaky toy. In the end, he admits to what he did, and they all laugh. Then Colitas gets hiccups.
  • The Curious George episode "Doctor Monkey" saw George dealing with a high-class lady who had hiccups for two weeks. At the end of the episode, she seems to get rid of them only to get them back again.
  • In the Dennis the Menace episode, "Hic!", Mr. Wilson gets a case of the hiccups after riding on Alice's floor waxer. Dennis and PeeBee try to cure Mr. Wilson of his hiccups, but to no avail. Eventually, when Mr. Wilson sees that Dennis and his friends have painted his car (fortunately for him, Dennis washed the paint off before it dried), the shock cures him. At the end of the episode, Dennis gets the hiccups.
  • An interesting case occurs in the Doc McStuffins episode "A Good Case Of The Hiccups". Millie the Microphone keeps glitching and inadvertently repeating words, much like with hiccups themselves. It turns out her disc was dirty, and she's cured when it's cleaned.
  • The Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz episode "Mission Imp-Possible" has a snow creature called The Zoup get the hiccups because of a curse from Queen Ozma, causing large quakes, which Willomena uses to her advantage. It turns out that this was a prank against her.
  • In the Doug episode "Doug's Secret Song," Doug gets the hiccups due to Stage Fright when he's about to record his own music video. He also forgets the words to the song he meant to sing, so instead he sings the only song he can think of, one that he wrote about Patti, hiccupping all the while. This makes him especially horrified later when he thinks Patti took home his video by mistake: not only will she learn about his secret crush from the dorky song he wrote, but his hiccup-filled performance will make it even more embarrassing.
  • Eddy's flashback in the Ed, Edd n Eddy episode "The Good Ol' Ed" was of Edd getting a bad case of the hiccups. Edd tries drinking water, but keeps hiccupping so hard he only ends up spilling it, and at one point Ed tries to scare Edd's hiccups away by shouting "I am a zombie, and I will malice you with a shoehorn!" into Edd's mouth. However, Eddy is the only one who remembers this incident.
  • The Fairly OddParents!: In "Cosmo Rules", Jorgen had a case of Trick-ups (his magic did a parlor trick every time he hiccupped) and had to let Cosmo enforce Da Rules.
  • The Fancy Nancy episode "Chirp Trouble" has Nancy invoke this, where she pretends to have hiccups to cover up cricket chirps when she accidentally lets Bree's cricket Chirpy loose.
  • Fievel's American Tails had an episode appropriately titled "A Case Of the Hiccups", where the whole town gets hiccups due to a candy that Dr. Travis T. Hippocrates had Fievel pass around to everyone. Unknown to Fievel, this is part of a scheme to get everyone in town to buy his placebo hiccup cure.
  • The Fireman Sam episode "Sheepdog Trials" has Elvis suffering from a case of hiccups. His friends try various cures, but nothing works. He's eventually cured when being surprised when meeting Officer Steele. Then he gets hiccups.
  • Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends did this in the episode "Hiccy Burp". They then subverted it when Mac and Bloo decided to incorporate Bloo's case of hiccups into their act for an upcoming talent show, only for them to go away on the night of the show, with the result that Mac and Bloo desperately tried to get them back.
  • The Franklin episode "Franklin Has The Hiccups" is about Franklin getting hiccups the day before a big chess match. As it turns out, he got hiccups due to being too nervous. Once he calms down, he's cured.
  • One episode of Gabby’s Dollhouse had Gabby get hiccups when she's surprised in the kitchen. After all else fails, she's eventually cured when CatRat scares her. Then he gets hiccups.
  • One episode of Gaspard and Lisa has Lisa getting hiccups on the day she has to do show and tell. She then integrates them into her performance.
  • Handy Manny: In "Felipe's Hiccups", Felipe gets the hiccups after standing on his head, and the others try many ways to get rid of them, including spinning around. They eventually go away when Manny's abuelito scares him with a mask on.
  • The Jimmy Two-Shoes episode "There's Always a Hiccup" took it to its logical extreme. Heloise had hiccups for so long she hadn't slept for days. She was eventually cured thanks to an Accidental Kiss with Beezy... at which point he got the hiccups.
  • The Johnny Bravo episode "As I Lay Hiccupping". Johnny gets the hiccups after eating his cereal too fast, which his mama warned him not to. He then goes to the doctor's office, and the doctor he sees is a hot lady. Johnny spends the entire episode losing the hiccups and getting them back. Once he does get them back, he sees the doctor, only for her to actually be a male doctor wearing a costume, which scared Johnny pretty good.
  • Done with Skeebo in "Hiccup Helpers" on the Playhouse Disney stop-motion animated JoJo's Circus.
  • A Kipper episode called "Hiccups" in which Kipper gets the hiccups and tries all kinds of remedies from his friends to cure it. Then it seems Arnold has the hiccups by the end of the episode.
  • Let's Go Luna!: In "Hola Mariachi", the members of the mariachi band all get hiccups after eating some spicy salsa. It's up to Carmen to find a new mariachi band to perform for the President of Mexico.
  • Little Bear has the episode, "Hiccups", in which the title character get hiccups. His friends try to find a way to cure his hiccups without disturbing Father Bear, only for them to go away once Father Bear finally gets disturbed. The episode ends with Little Bear and friends going to get some pie that Mother Bear made only for Owl to get the hiccups.
  • Little Charmers has an interesting take on this with "The Switch Ups". It starts with Hazel getting the hiccups, and she tries getting her friends' help to stop them. She eventually tries a magical spell, but she hiccups during it, and gets the switch ups (where people switch forms with each hiccup). It spreads to her friends. They're eventually cured thanks to Hazel's dad scaring them with a monster mask. Then he gets hiccups.
  • Little Clowns Of Happy Town has a character named Hiccup, where she likes to sing and dance, but often has the hiccups.
  • Little Einsteins has the episode, "Hungarian Hiccups" where Rocket gets the hiccups before he can take part in a big race for planes.
  • Looney Tunes:
    • In one cartoon, Daffy Duck is a messenger who is suddenly overcome with the hiccups ("The Impatient Patient"). He sees a Dr. Jerkyl and has the hiccups scared out of him when Jerkyl turns into Chloe, a Mr. Hyde expy.
    • In "Devil May Hare", Bugs makes a fake chicken out of liquid bubble gum and baking soda and tricks the Tazmanian Devil into eating it, resulting in him getting hiccups, with a bubble inflating with each hiccup, which Bugs then subjects to a Bubblegum Popping.
    • In "Daffy Duck Slept Here," Daffy and Porky share a room and the same bed. Daffy gets the hiccups and drinks a glass of water to stop it. As he falls asleep, he spills the rest of the water on the covers, making Porky believe...well, you know.
  • The Magic School Bus episode "The Magic School Bus Works Out" has Miss Frizzle get hiccups during the canoe race. After Ralphie fails to startle them out of her, she tries holding her breath, which affects her muscles, causing them to lose that race.
  • In the Maryoku Yummy episode "Hiccles," hiccups are an actual disease with no known cure. As yummy after yummy is quarantined, Dr. Zuno has each one try something different in her search for a cure, from holding their breath to jumping while waving their arms. In the end, the cure is a certain food that Ooka, the only one unaffected, was snacking on.
  • In the Max and Ruby episode "Ruby's Hiccups", Ruby gets hiccups when she and Louise are preparing for an important piano performance. She tries all kinds of methods while having to simultaneously keep Max from distracting her. She's eventually cured when seeing her grandmother with a monster mask. Then Max gets hiccups.
  • In the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse episode "Donald's Hiccups" Donald Duck and the gang get the hiccups that they try to cure.
  • The Monster Farm episode "Country Hiccups", which was among the half of the series that never got to air in the United States, had Goatasaurus Rex get the hiccups from late-night snacking and the other monsters having to help him get cured because his fiery breath made his hiccups dangerous and destructive.
  • In the episode "Magic Hiccups/Gaius Maecenas" from The Mr. Peabody & Sherman Show, Sherman accidentally swallows a magic flute he's not supposed to use and gets hiccups. Whenever he hiccups, magical mayhem ensues. He's cured when the flute is taken out of his body.
  • The My Friends Tigger & Pooh episode "Tigger's Hiccup Pickup" has Tigger get hiccups when he eats some soup too fast. As the others try curing him, he ends up losing them when he's surprised.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: Invoked in "Griffon the Brush-Off" where Rainbow Dash startles Spike with a thundercloud. This causes Spike to hiccup fire and teleport dozens of the scrolls he dropped to Celestia as he's trying to pick them up. Said thunder cloud also gives Pinkie Pie hiccups.
  • One of the stop motion shorts for My Little Pony: Pony Life is called "Fluttershy's Hiccups". She gets hiccups, and asks for Applejack to get rid of them. When she tries a potion to get rid of them, she hiccups out some magic that helps plants bloom. She eventually uses her hiccups to help the plants grow in her garden.
  • In The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh episode "To Catch a Hiccup", Piglet gets the hiccups and Pooh misunderstands, thinking he offended Piglet. Rabbit, Tigger, and Owl try different ways to cure his hiccups while Pooh tries to get honey for Piglet as an apology gift. When Piglet finally gets cured and he clears things up with Pooh, the episode ends with Rabbit, Tigger, and Owl getting the hiccups.
  • The New Looney Tunes episode "Hiccups And Downs" has Bugs get hiccups when he drinks his lemonade too fast. Porky does all he can to cure him, even sending him to Witch Hazel and a scary castle, but no luck. Porky then pulls a trick by saying he'll move in with him and stop at nothing to cure him, which scares Bugs into losing them. We then cut to a screenshot of both of them saying how they respect each other even if they don't want to live with each other, and then they both hiccup, ending the episode.
  • The Oggy and the Cockroaches episode "The Hiccup", Oggy suffers through a bought of them throughout the episode, with the Cockroaches using them to their full advantage to mess with Oggy even further. He's cured by the next day, only to suffer from a continuous sneezing fit.
  • In Packages from Planet X, one short, "Hiccup Yours", had Dan getting hiccups on the same day as a school play. Troll and Amanda try various packages to cure him, but no luck. They also end up catching them. Fortunately, everyone still liked the play regardless.
  • The Pet Alien episode "Scare Affair" has Tommy getting hiccups and the aliens trying to scare them out of him before his upcoming video game tournament. They eventually succeed, only to get hiccups themselves.
  • Phineas and Ferb, for some reason, ignored all the usual methods and spent the episode "One Good Scare Ought to Do It!" setting up a haunted house so they could cure Isabella of her hiccups but to no avail. She eventually does become scared enough to lose her hiccups when Phineas's life is put in danger. Candace pretends to have them near the end. She gets tormented by Jeremy's little sister Suzie during a visit, and she pretends to get hiccups to get his undivided attention.
  • Shani invokes this in the Polly Pocket episode "Socially Awkward", where she pretends to have hiccups in order to hide a shrunken Polly and Nicolas from the principal.
  • Popeye is afflicted with the hiccups in a Brodax short. Brutus poses as a doctor, and after he's finished, Popeye has hiccups, sneezes and narcolepsy.
  • The Powerpuff Girls (2016) has the girls get hiccups from drinking too much soda, and they become too unstable to fight crime properly.
  • The Puppy Dog Pals episode "Bob's Birthday Wish" has a running gag where Rolly has hiccups, which threatens to blow their cover when spying on Bob's sister Bonnie. In the end, he gets rid of them only for Bingo to get them.
  • The Rainbow Fish animated series had an episode titled "Rainbow's Hiccups" where the titular character gets hiccups after guzzling a bubbly drink too fast. His friends help him get rid of them just days before a hide and seek game with Chomper, but nothing works. They do go away after Rainbow laughs with all the funny things they've done to try and cure him.
  • The Random! Cartoons short "Ivan The Unbearable" involved a clumsy Viking getting hiccups... from a box of cursed cookies. Which meant every time he hiccupped, something broke or something fell out of nowhere and hit somebody nearby.
  • Rocky and Bullwinkle:
    • In the "Rocket Fuel Formula" arc, Bullwinkle briefly gets a case of hiccups. Unfortunately, since he had unknowingly eaten a bunch of explosive mooseberries, this is a bad thing, forcing Boris and Natasha to try every hiccup cure they could think of: ice water, hot water, more ice water, head in a bag, holding the breath...
      Bullwinkle: How 'bout standing on my head?
      Boris and Natasha: NO!
    • A Mr. Know-it-All segment has Bullwinkle trying to give Boris the hiccups so he can cure it. Nothing works until the end when Boris, Rocky, and finally Bullwinkle all hiccup.
  • Rocky Kwaterner: In episode 29, Rocky gets the hiccups and is convinced that it's a sign he is cursed.
  • The Rolie Polie Olie episode "Hickety Ups" had Olie get the hiccups. He at first likes them since they make things sillier, but they also make things harder for him, and he tries to get rid of them. In the end, he does get rid of them, only for Billy to end up getting them.
  • Rugrats had an episode dealing with the fearless Tommy having the hiccups, and Angelica doing her best to scare them out of him. The comic book also had a story like this, but with fraidy-cat Chuckie as the patient, and in a piece of irony, the gang's attempts to scare him only made him laugh. Luckily for Angelica, she was more successful scaring the hiccups out of him than Tommy. The episode ends with Tommy getting rid of his hiccups while Angelica gets them.
  • Sabrina and The Groovie Goolies had an episode where Sabrina gets hiccups while she's at school, causing her magic to go haywire. She's eventually cured at home, at which point, Aunt Zelda hiccups.
  • In Sabrina: Secrets of a Teenage Witch episode "Hic! Hic! Boom!", Sabrina has to take care of a baby dragon who ends up getting hiccups. However, since he breathes fire, trouble ensues. He's cured when she calms him down with a lullaby.
  • In Sabrina: The Animated Series , there are two brief scenes of Sabrina getting hiccups in "Stage Fright". The first is at the beginning, where she's nervous about auditioning for the play, and she literally has butterflies in her stomach. The second is near the end when she's taking part in the play.
  • In one episode of Shaun the Sheep, Shirley (the big one) suffers from hiccups. Shaun and Bitzer try the usual remedies, but Shirley is cured when she's scared by the sight of the Farmer's bent over naked backside in the bathroom window. Which also causes the rest of the flock to get hiccups.
  • The Simpsons:
    • In one episode, Kent Brockman presents a man who has had the hiccups for 45 years (this is Truth in Television; there really was a man who had hiccups for 63 years).
      Man: Kill me (hiccup). Kill me (hiccup). Kill me... (hiccup)
    • At some point in the same episode, Bart was supposed to watch over Maggie and his negligence got her driving a car. Witnessing a baby driving scared the man, curing his hiccups.
    • One of the shorts on The Tracey Ullman Show has Lisa attempting to cure Bart's hiccups but to no avail. He still has hiccups at the end.
  • Sofia the First did this twice:
    • The first time was in the episode "The Amulet And The Anthem". Sofia brags a bit too much about being chosen to sing the Enchancian anthem, and she gets cursed by her amulet to croak repeatedly. She's eventually cured upon showing humility.
    • The second time is in "The Birthday Wish". One plot point involves Crackle getting hiccups, and she keeps accidentally burning up Sofia's party whenever the timeline is reset (Sofia made a wish to live her birthday over so it can be perfect). She's presumably cured when Sofia manages to turn her birthday around.
  • SpongeBob SquarePants has four examples:
    • In "Squeaky Boots", Mr. Krabs shrinks and swallows SpongeBob's boots when he can't stand the squeaking. When he and Pearl go on vacation at the end, he then starts hiccupping and squeaking.
    • The ending to the episode "The Gift Of Gum" has Patrick get hiccups when he eats his giant gum wad named Gummy. He then blows a bubble so big with every hiccup that the entire town is covered in gum.
    • In "Moving Bubble Bass," SpongeBob and Patrick get the hiccups when they try to move Bubble Bass's stuff across the bridge to his grandmother's house. They keep hiccupping so much that the bridge starts shaking, and collapses.
    • "Hiccup Plague" starts with two children in a treehouse evilly concocting a bubble that gives those who come in contact with it uncontrollable hiccups. It travels across Bikini Bottom and you can probably guess how the rest of the episode plays out.
  • On Super Monsters, Katya the witch gets witchy ups in "The Witchy Ups", where her magic goes wrong when she hiccups.
  • In Tangled: The Series, one of the shorts, Hiccup Fever, has Rapunzel getting hiccups when she tries painting Eugene. All kinds of cures are tried but to no avail. She's cured when Eugene accidentally falls into a bucket of water and makes her laugh.
  • In the Theodore Tugboat episode, "Hank's Hiccups", Hank gets a case of the hiccups and accidentally bumps into Jennifer, a cargo ship he and his friends are pulling into the loading dock. Hank decides not to work until his hiccups are cured, so his friends try different ways to cure his hiccups, all of which were met with dead ends. His hiccups disappear when he and Bobby pull a fishing net out of Theodore and Emily's path (which had earlier been knocked off of Fundy the Fishing boat during one of Hank's attempts to get rid of his hiccups).
  • A Tom and Jerry short called "Hiccup Pup" in which Spike the bulldog's adorable little son keeps getting the hiccups when Tom disturbs his nap while chasing Jerry. Spike is not pleased. It gets even more amusing when Spike's attempts to cure his son result in him hiccupping as well.
  • An episode of The Tom and Jerry Show (2014) called "Hiccup And Away" has Tom getting hiccups, and so his witch owners send him off into a scary forest to help cure him. They send Jerry along for extra measure and give him a want to help scare him. In one scene, he makes a bunny huge, which eventually cures Tom when he sees him in a cave. Then the episode ends with Jerry getting hiccups.
  • In the Total DramaRama episode "Hic Hic Hooray", Bridgette gets hiccups when she drinks soda too fast after she accidentally eats a worm. Noah then tricks her into thinking she'll be sent to Hiccup Island. Eventually, she scares herself into losing them due to paranoia.
  • The T.O.T.S. episode "Hiccup Hazard" has Pip get hiccups when he drinks a smoothie too fast. All kinds of scaring techniques are used yet they fail. He's eventually cured when he sees Freddie almost get into danger when delivering Didi by himself and crashing into the tower. Freddie himself also gets them in the end, but they're cured quickly.
  • Vampirina:
    • The premise of the episode "Hiccupire" has Vee coming down with vampire hiccups, with Poppy and Bridget trying to cure her.
    • It turns out the reason Nanpire couldn't make Vee's concert in "Home Scream Home" was that she also had vampire hiccups.
    • For a human example, Bridget's Franken fortune cookie in "Bringing Down The House" says that she would get hiccups, which she does. She then loses them by scaring herself.
  • Woody Woodpecker:
    • In one of the classic cartoons, Woody met a villain named "Wild Bill Hiccup", who couldn't say (or even hear) "hiccup" without hiccupping for real.
    • In The New Woody Woodpecker Show, Woody spent most of an episode trying to cure Wally. Once his efforts paid off, a news crew showed up to interview Wally about the hiccups. Wally lost the money the crew would pay him.
  • WordGirl has the title character get hiccups in "Word (Hicc)Up!" and she can't fight crime properly. She then gets rid of them at the end of the episode by holding her breath only to be scared by her dad into hiccuping again.
  • Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum has an episode about this. The episode "I Am Florence Nightingale" has Yadina get hiccups on the day she plans to give a school report on cookies. Everyone then goes back in time to get help from Florence Nightingale. At the end, she then decides to do her report on hiccups, and she's cured.


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Snorky's hiccups

Snorky have the hiccups while other Splits find anything to cure him. At the end, Snorky gets better and other Splits gets the hiccups, too.

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