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"So you and Ikari-kun were trying to nudge Touji and I together to distract us?"
Hikari, Advice and Trust

Not all shippers do so just because they think the couple is cute. They could have any number of ulterior motives for wanting people to get together, such as removing someone from a love triangle or (for the case of parents) getting grandchildren. Sure, they might also think it's cute or that the persons they ship are good for one another, but at times people gotta use their hearts and their brains...

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A Sub-Trope of Shipper on Deck. May act like a Shipping Torpedo to anyone who wants a member of their favorite ship for themselves or someone else.

Compare Arranged Marriage for when it goes beyond just shipping.

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    Anime & Manga 
  • In Ashita no Nadja, Marianne ships Nadja with Keith because not only is Keith in love with Nadja and Nadja is attracted to him as well, but because Nadja's other Love Interest Francis is both Keith's twin younger brother and the guy Marianne has loved for years. So if Keith and Nadja hook up, Marianne will have a chance with Francis.
  • Code Geass: Lelouch plans to make his best friend Suzaku marry his younger sister Nunnally so they can be Best Friends-in-Law, with all the benefits it'll bring to their lives and especially his own plans.
  • Alas Ramus from The Devil Is a Part-Timer! ships Emi and Maou because she views them as her parents and wants her family to be together.
  • Dual! Parallel Trouble Adventure:
    • Mitsuki tries desperately to help set up an Arranged Marriage between Yayoi Schwael and the son of a wealthy family, even going so far as to defend the site of the couple's marriage interview with her life. This is because Mitsuki and Yayoi are both in love with the same boy, Kazuki Yotsuga, and Yayoi was one-upping Mitsuki at home, school and in military training.
    • Ayuko Rara, upon noticing that Mitsuki Sawada, her alternate-universe daughter, is in love with Kazuki and deeply jealous of his protectiveness of other women, offers to help Mitsuki and Kazuki return to their original world—the fastest way to do so being to win the ongoing war for her side.
    • Ayuko Rara again tries to manipulate Kazuki by kidnapping him and stripping both he and her other daughter Mitsuki Rara and putting both in bed together. Her hope is that his "instincts" as a man will kick in and ravish Mitsuki while she's sleeping. This is strictly because Kazuki is the key to getting a hold of an alien artifact that can be used to take over the world and beyond.
  • In Fairy Tail, Juvia often ships Lucy with many other characters besides Gray, since Juvia's madly in love with Gray and believes that Lucy is her primary rival for his affections.
  • Hajiotsu has Shuuko ship Himari and Kai. Since she was the one who instigated the idea of confessing to work on Himari's problems talking to guys, her initial goal for any further suggestion is to simply have Himari loosen up. But when she sees how happy Himari and Kai actually are together, she drops it and wants to help the two get along better as a couple.
  • Cuuko from Haiyore! Nyarko-san ships Mahiro with Hasta so she can have Nyarko for herself, although she later changes her plans about Mahiro.
  • High School DXD:
    • Issei Hyodo actively ships his Lancer Yuto Kiba with the Student Council vice-president Tsubaki Shinra because he's afraid that Kiba is becoming too interested in him.
    • Absurdly Powerful Student Council members Ruruko Nimura and Momo Hanakai actively ship Issei himself with their President Sona Sitri, primarily due to the target of their desires, Genshirou Saji, having a crush on her, and hope her getting with Issei will let them go after Saji.
  • In The Irregular at Magic High School, the Omnicidal Maniac Maya Yotsuba ships Tatsuya/Miyuki in the hope that, should the latter die, the former will get angry enough to destroy the world. Since Tatsuya went into an infamous Roaring Rampage of Revenge when Miyuki was wounded and all of his emotions save for his affection for Miyuki have been magically supressed, the world going BOOM when she kicks it is not out of the question... Once she gets the opportunity, she forces them into an Arranged Marriage.
  • Kaguya-sama: Love Is War:
    • Kaguya appoints herself as Ishigami's Romantic Wingman after finding out that he has a crush on Tsubame. She feels that getting them to hook up (or even having him go through the effort to get her to notice him romantically) would be good for improving his self-confidence.
    • A flashback in chapter 147 reveals that Momo initially pushed Shirogane to pursue Kaguya and gave him the advice that helped him get her attention. She didn't have any vested interest in their relationship though, she just found his constant moping over Kaguya ignoring him annoying.
  • Kaze no Stigma: Ayano's father ships her and her second cousin Kazuma (a supremely powerful wind mage) so he'll return to his estranged family and hopefully keep the Kannagi line going.
  • Chamo from Mahou Sensei Negima! ships every couple he can find since he gets money whenever a Pactio is formed.
  • In Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ, the Argama crew began to seriously consider the pros of a Judau/Haman relationship... because they were quite aware that she was a ruthless and exceptionally dangerous dictator who had lingering feelings for Judeau despite the age difference and being enemies, and would happily take any weapon they could get to stop her.
  • One of the reasons Akane from Ojojojo ships her friends Haru and Tsurezure is so she can ease her guilt over not reaching out to Haru in middle school.
  • In Ranma ½, Ryoga's efforts to woo Akane have occasionally gotten support from Ukyo and Cologne, as both see Akane's continued betrothal to Ranma as an impediment to their own agendas.
  • Lalaco of Space Patrol Luluco urges Luluco to confess her love to Nova in episode 12, though in principle it's more about teaching Luluco to stand up for her feelings.
  • Momo Velia Deviluke from To-Love Ru Darkness has an entire "Harem Plan" dedicated to getting Rito and various other girls together. However it's likely she's just getting everyone together so has an excuse for pursuing Rito herself.
  • Tenchi Muyo: War on Geminar:
    • Lashara takes Kenshi as her "servant", knowing that this gives him value as a marriage item to increase her status and influence with other royal families and nations. Even moreso because she knows Kenshi is secretly a rare male Mechamaster, capable of piloting the series' Humongous Mecha, and further the greatest Mechamaster in existence. This makes Kenshi even more valuable for marrying off, to the point that when the King of Shurifon proclaims Kenshi to be betrothed to his daughter Aura, a gleeful Lashara says "We couldn't ask for a better bride!". All of this is in spite of the fact that she, like every other woman in the series, is in love with Kenshi herself.
    • Flora, the queen of Havoniwa (aunt of Lashara) also ship Kenshi with her daughter Maria and with Aura Shurifon because such a marriage would unite the three kingdoms. But given her personality, she also ships Kenshi with herself and has even stated that she would gladly bear him a child (even alongside Maria if Kenshi would have them both). This is the one ship that Lashara is against, because the intense and bitter rivalry she has with her aunt and cousin.
  • Yoruka in Undefeated Bahamut Chronicle ships Lux with as many girls as possible, including herself, with the stated intention of producing as many heirs as possible.
  • Karin in UQ Holder! wants Touta to hook up with Kuromaru so she can have Yukihime for herself. While she'd be perfectly happy with any member of Touta's harem hooking up with him except Yukihime, Kuromaru is the only one she actively supports.
  • Giuseppe from Wicked City turns out to have an interest into the demoness Makie and the human Renzaburou's potential Interspecies Romance, since if they conceive a child, it'll be the first half-human/half-demon kid ever in existence and the walking, living proof that humans and demons can live in peace.
  • WORKING!!: Izumi Takanashi is an Ill Girl who can barely go through her day to day life if someone isn't helping her, and because of this, she fears that her little brother Souta will stop taking care of her if he one day gets a girlfriend. For this reason she'd like her brother to get with the kind girl who helped her when she got too exhausted on her way to the supermarket, as she thinks this girl and Souta could take care of her together. She is distraught when she learns from Nazuna that Takanashi might be in a relationship with a girl at his workplace, not realising that said girl is the one she wants him to meet, Inami Mahiru.
  • In Boarding School Juliet, Char encourages Hazuki to seduce Romeo so he'll leave Juliet (Char's crush) alone.
    "Listen, girl! If you really like Inudzuka, just throw yourself at him already! What else are these lumps of fat for?!"
  • In Rosario + Vampire, Yukari is pushing Moka and Tsukune together mostly because she wants to have both of them and thinks that getting them together will increase her chances.
  • In The Disastrous Life of Saiki K., Yumehara and Teruhashi both have feelings for Saiki, and each ships the other with someone else (Kaidou and Nendou, respectively) with the hopes of having Saiki to herself. Meanwhile, Saiki is completely uninterested in either of them or anyone and goes so far as to use his psychic powers to divert their affection to literally anyone else (especially in Yumehara's case) so they'll leave him alone already.

    Comic Books 
  • Batman had a long Will They or Won't They? with Talia al-Ghul, the daughter of supervillain Ra's Al-Ghul. For the record, Ras completely supported the relationship...because he wanted a male heir, and sees Bruce as one of the few people worthy enough to marry into his family. He eventually got his heir in the form of Bruce and Talia's son Damian, before he defected to become the most recent Robin.
    • Ras then sent his sister to go make a male heir with Tim Drake, though their was no playing at romance in the interaction. It didn't work out since Tim figured them out and asked his sister Cassandra to protect him.
  • In Runaways, Nico decides to encourage her then-boyfriend Victor to spend more time with Lillie, who is clearly interested in him, because she's planning to dump him and figures that if he develops a new relationship beforehand, it will soften the blow. It backfires when Lillie gets cold feet and leaves Victor, and he spends the rest of the series pining for Nico to take him back, much to her annoyance.
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    Fan Fiction 
  • The Neon Genesis Evangelion fic Advice and Trust: In order to keep everyone from noticing their Secret Relationship, Asuka and Shinji hooked up Hikari and Touji.
  • In A Brief History of Equestria, Princess Platinum facilitates Clover's budding romance with Commander Hurricane in part because she genuinely wants her foster sister to be happy, but also to further her agenda of solidifying peace between the unicorns and the pegasi and to get Clover out of reach from the remains of the Unicorn Royal Court.
  • In Candy For Your Thoughts?, Cody tricks Sierra into thinking that Noah has a crush on her so that she'll leave him alone but not feel bad. It succeeds in that regard, though the couple itself gets a Maybe Ever After.
  • In Neon Metathesis Evangelion, Asuka fears "losing" to Shinji and Rei in their romantic triangle. But ah, if she brings them together, that would then be no defeat, right? Also, it would leave her open to pursue Kaji! A master plan... that already crumbles in the very next episode because Shinji is just too damn cute.
  • In Clara Kent Superwoman, Lionel Luthor has no problem with his son Lex being close with Clara Kent. If she's human, he can use her as a bargaining chip against Lex. If she's an alien, the Luthor family would gain a powerful and lasting legacy.
  • In Our Blades Are Sharp, Roose Bolton plots to give the Bolton family a claim on Winterfell by setting his son and heir Domeric with Sansa Stark. Domeric is aware of his father's plans but doesn't mind as he's in love with his bride-to-be and she reciprocates.
  • In Spider-X, Mystique favours a relationship between Tabitha/Boom-Boom and Max Dillon/Electro as she feels that it will encourage Tabitha to be loyal to the Brotherhood, particularly if the X-Men hurt her boyfriend in combat; this backfires when Max is revealed to be an abuser, driving Tabitha to defect back to the X-Men with Lance and Wanda.
  • In Luminosity, Bella sets Mike up with Jessica to get his attentions off of herself. She subconsciously starts coming up with more "noble" reasons, but quickly notices this and rejects it as the self-deception it is — they might indeed be cute together, and Mike might indeed be better off with Jessica than pining over Bella, but she knows that those aren't her actual reasons and she doesn't want to go around believing false things about her own thoughts.

    Film — Animation 
  • In Beauty and the Beast, the Beast's servants, transformed into anthropomorphic household objects due to a curse, try to help Belle and the Beast fall in love so that the curse is broken and they can become human again. The fact that Belle is a very pretty girl who treats them kindly quite helps as well.
  • The Book of Life:
    • Maria's father, General Posada, prefers that Maria marry Joaquin. His preference is because of Joaquin's reputation as a fighter, thus ensuring the town is safe, and doesn't really take into account Maria's feelings. Although he accepts her marrying Manolo at the end.
    • Xibalba wagers Joaquin and Maria will marry. Although it should be noted it's less because he thinks they would be good for each other, and more because he made a bet on it.
  • In Frozen's novelization A Frozen Heart Prince Hans's plan to come to Arendelle in an attempt to marry Elsa was a plan conceived by his brother Lars. Lars, who was the only member of his family aside from their mother to treat Hans fairly well, thought Hans should be Elsa's suitor so that he could marry into another family and have excuse to never come back to the Southern Isles. Unfortunately for Lars, Hans let his desire to be a king, years of abuse and want for their father's respect get to him and things took the wrong turn.
  • Unscrupulous manager Pinky from Don Bluth's Rock-A-Doodle assigns showbird Goldie Pheasant to seduce The Hero, which would make it harder for Chanticleer's former associates to contact him. Pinky is also The Dragon to the Big Bad Grand Duke, who likewise would profit from keeping The Hero ensconced in the city.
  • For most of the The Little Mermaid, Sebastian only aided in getting Eric to fall in love with Ariel was because if they couldn't, then Ariel would be Ursula's slave. However, the ending shows him becoming a true Shipper on Deck.

     Films — Live Action 
  • From White Christmas, when Phil is trying set up Bob with a woman (any woman...):
    Bob: What's behind all this, anyway?
    Phil: Only your happiness.
    Bob: When you get an idea that's for my ultimate happiness, there's always a little angle for you. What is it?
    Phil: Do you really want to know?
    Bob: I really want to know.
    Phil: All right, I'll really tell you. Ever since we became producers you've gone absolutely berserk with work. The strange thing is you like it, you like being Rodgers and Hammerstein.
    Bob: It was your idea.
    Phil: Sure, but I didn't think I was going to create a Frankenstein. I've not had one minute to myself.
    Bob: What do you want me to do?
    Phil: I want you to get married; I want you to have nine children. And if you only spent five minutes a day with each kid that's 45 minutes. I could go and get a massage or something.

    Literature 
  • Downplayed in The Count of Monte Cristo: as the Count is preparing his will, he adds that if his protege Maximilien is not elsewhere engaged, Maximilien should marry the Count's freed slave/adopted daughter Haydee. However, as it's important for his plans that Haydee not have any contact with outside society, he doesn't push either into seeing the other.
  • In Twilight, Bella sets up each member of her Unwanted Harem with one of her female friends.
  • Persuasion:
    • Sir Walter supports his daughter's Elizabeth's pursuit of William Elliot because he's his heir presumptive. Thus their entailed property can stay in the family. In addition, Elizabeth is his favourite daughter and he thinks she should marry someone noble, and a future baronet from their own family is the best option in his eyes.
    • Lady Russell ships Anne/William Elliot. She thinks they would be a good match and cute together, but she also thinks of the Kellynch Hall and the entailed property that could stay in the Elliot family, and actually at the hands of the more deserving daughter who would become the next Lady Elliot, beloved by people just as her late mother (the former Lady Elliot) was.
    • For a brief moment, Mrs Smith pretends she ships Anne and William Elliot. It's because she thinks the deal is done and that they are already engaged, and she wants to use Anne's influence over her husband. She is his former close friend who fell in harder times (financially, socially, health-wise) and wants his help. When Anne insists she doesn't love him and that their marriage is out of the question, Mrs Smith reveals Mr Elliot's true character and says her heart bled for her when she spoke of their future happy union.
    • Mrs Smith jokingly implies that Nurse Rooke ships Sir Walter and widowed Mrs Clay as she hopes to get a job of delivering a baby and providing her with a post-natal care.
      Mrs Smith: And, indeed, to own the truth, I do not think nurse, in her heart, is a very strenuous opposer of Sir Walter's making a second match. She must be allowed to be a favourer of matrimony, you know; and (since self will intrude) who can say that she may not have some flying visions of attending the next Lady Elliot, through Mrs Wallis's recommendation?
    • Louisa ships her sister Henrietta with Charles Hayter — though perhaps only because Captain Wentworth seems to be courting both sisters and she wants him just for herself.
    • Mary Musgrove ships Henrietta/Captain Wentworth because she dislikes the idea of Charles Hayter marrying her sister-in-law. She considers the Hayters a lowly connection.
  • Northanger Abbey: General Tilney ships Catherine with his son Henry because he thinks she's a wealthy heiress. She's actually not.
  • Pride and Prejudice: Miss Bingley ships her brother Charles Bingley to Miss Darcy, and not because of her wonderful dowry. She wants to be a member of the family because she thinks it will be easier for her to marry Mr Darcy then.
  • In Wings of Fire: Darkness of Dragons, as part of his We Can Rule Together spiel, the oracle-tyrant Darkstalker tells Qibli that in the timeline where they join forces, Qibli is married to his crush. For what it's worth, he was probably telling the truth- although since Qibli rejects his offer and ends up with Moon anyway, that's irrelevant.

    Live-Action TV 
  • In Drop Dead Diva, Luke is a shipper for Jane/Owen because he was ordered to make Jane give up any vestige of her life as Deb, including keeping her away from Grayson.
  • Community: Abed accuses Annie of shipping Troy/Britta in order to keep Britta away from Jeff so that Annie can have him to herself. She is indignant, saying that she really does think that Troy and Britta would be happy together— Jeff is just a bonus.
  • Oshin has Oshin's second son Hitoshi, a businessman who wants to marry off his little sister Tei to his Number Two Tatsunori to strengthen the Family Business. They do marry, but that's because Tei does like Tatsunori for being a good guy.
  • Runaways (2017) - Gert likes Chase, who likes Karolina, who likes Nico. When Gert catches onto the last part in episode six, she's quick to encourage Karolina to act on her feelings. Karolina calls her out on this.
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    Theater 
  • In Amilcare Ponchielli's La Gioconda, the singer Gioconda mixes this with Matchmaker Crush: she's in love with Enzo, but supports his relationship with Laura since not only they love each other, but Laura saved the life of Gioconda's mother and Gioconda wants to repay the debt.

    Video Games 
  • The King of Fighters: It's implied that Takuma ships his son Ryo with King so that he can have a new Heir to the Dojo. That, and King is generally a good person.
  • In Persona 4, Rise ships Kanji/Naoto and Yosuke/Chie, though it should be noted that she ships herself with the Protagonist, making it possible that she wants to weed out competition and thinks the other pairings are cute.
  • Averted in Warcraft III: the manual claims that just about everybody looks happily on the relationship between crown prince Arthas of Lordaeron and Kul Tiras admiral Proudmoore's daughter Jaina (who also holds a high rank in the Dalaran Magocracy), but there's no official pressure on them, and their respective duties make it difficult to see each other.
  • One of Ayano "Yandere-chan" Aishi's many options for Removing the Rival in Yandere Simulator is playing matchmaker, hooking a rival up with someone who has a crush on them in order to get them the hell away from Senpai.
  • Dragon Quest VII: in Greenthumb Gardens, Cayenne supports Lavender and Carraway getting together because that would leave Dill open for her to swoop in and catch on the rebound. She also encourages Dill's jealousy and distrust of Carraway, even attempting to use their supposedly 'illicit relationship' to encourage Dill to fool around with her.

    Web Comics 
  • Awkward Zombie has this strip, in which the Avatar from Fire Emblem Awakening is depicted as one of these. For context, Galeforce is a Game-Breaker skill exclusive to a female-only class. Via some complex rules of inheritance and gender-exclusivity, a daughter fathered by Gaius can get that class. The woman Gaius was about to ask out in the first panel always has a son, while Tharja, on the other hand, always has a daughter...
  • Sarah in Dumbing of Age is pushing Joyce towards Jacob, because of her mutual enmity with his current girlfriend Raidah.
  • Girl Genius:
    • Ardsley Wooster ships Gil/Agatha principally out of fear that Gilgamesh might decide to melt England if Agatha ends up with anyone else.
    • Xerxsephina von Blitzengaard ships Agatha with her cousin Tarvek over her own brother (despite knowing that this will enhance Tarvek's claim to the throne of the Storm King, again over her brother) because she knows this will leave Gil for her. She is aware that Gil probably won't love her back, but she is the most logical political marriage.
  • In Homestuck, Karkat encourages Dave and John to hook up with Jade and Rose respectively because their only other romantic options are trolls, and at that point Karkat disapproves of inter-species romance. However, he has a secondary motivation: wanting to keep them away from his crush Terezi.
  • Subverted in Shortpacked!: Amber once had a long-distance boyfriend with a female roommate. Amber was slightly worried, but Nathan assured her there was nothing going on. It turned out Meredith even gave him fashion advice—an absolutely repulsive pedostache that caused Amber to break up almost as soon as they met in person. Cut to the freshly-shaved Nathan and Meredith in bed.

    Web Video 
  • Ultra Fast Pony: In "Pirate Shipping", Apple Bloom takes it upon herself to find a romantic partner for her schoolteacher, Cheerilee, and she quickly settles on her own older brother, Big Macintosh, as the best candidate. After her manipulations result in Big Mac and Cheerilee actually getting married, AB lets slip that she did it all solely to gain herself more influence in Cheerilee's classroom.

    Western Animation 
  • American Dad!:
    • In one episode, Hayley has Roger become her life coach and Roger gets her a job. Roger then encourages her to get with a co-worker she meets. Turns out the man is married and his wife can get his money in a divorce only if he is caught cheating. Of course the wife is another of Roger's personas.
    • In "Four Little Words," Stan tries to set his boss, Bullock, up with one of Francine's friends just so that he'll have a social life and not keep them late at the office anymore. It goes badly, but due to crazy hijinks, he winds up adopting a baby by the end of the episode and thus has a life outside of work anyway.
  • Downplayed in Avatar: The Last Airbender: Uncle Iroh pushes Zuko to go out and have fun with a girl. Not so much because they're so cute together, but because he knows focusing on something completely unrelated to their fugitive situation would do his nephew a world of good.
  • In an episode of Danny Phantom, the ghost villain Technus starts to subtly push Danny together with ghost hunter Valerie to distract them both from his master plan.
  • Kaeloo: Stumpy wants Kaeloo and Mr. Cat to get together... so that they can have babies, which he can babysit to make money.
  • In Kick Buttowski, the titular character try to set his best friend Gunther up with Jackie so he can have the Stalker with a Crush get off his back and to make him happy.
  • The Loud House:
    • Lori Loud wants to make sure that her brother, Lincoln, has a good relationship with Ronnie Anne Santiago, the younger sister of her boyfriend, Bobby. This is understandable, considering Bobby broke up with Lori after Lincoln (unintentionally) upset Ronnie.
    • In "Teachers Union", Clyde and Lincoln try to get Mrs. Johnson and Coach Pacowski together because they hope the coach will go easy on them during gym class once he and Mrs. Johnson are a couple.
  • Jet from Ready Jet Go! definitely ships Mindy with Mitchell. In "Jet's First Halloween", he gets them to come to the treehouse together so they can look at the red moon together and see Jet (dressed up as a witch) fly across the moon on a broom to fulfill Mindy's wish of wanting to see a witch fly across the moon.
  • South Park: In "Cartman Finds Love", Cartman frequently locks two kids of the same race in the school locker room to prove his racist motion that people should only marry within their own race.
    • In the episode "Tweek x Craig", the two characters were at first shipped by In-Universe Yaoi Fangirls (which is in itself a reaction to the real life shipping of South Park characters). The fact that the whole town follows suit ties into the season-long arc about Political Correctness Gone Mad: people love their supposed romance simply because it's a gay relationship, not out of any real concern about Tweek or Craig themselves. (Ironically, Craig's dad, who has a hard time coming to terms with Craig's supposed sexuality, would be an exception: he eventually supports them because he thinks it makes Craig happy.)
  • While partially for the sake of shipping, Wander from Wander over Yonder ships Hater/Dominator for the sake of turning both (but especially Hater) into good guys.
  • In Young Justice, both M'gann and Artemis are initially interested in Superboy. In one episode, the two are somewhat teasingly suggesting that the other hook up with someone else (M'gann suggests Wally for Artemis, Artemis suggests Kaldur for M'gann). M'gann probably had an extra motive, since at the time Wally had a thing for her despite her obvious (but polite) disinterest.
    • Artemis's mother, Paula, suggesting that she and Will get together leans into this. While she genuinely believes that they are interested in each other, she also wants her daughter to pursue the relationship so that she can permanently retire from being a superhero out of concern for her well-being. Another reason is because Paula has lost hope that Jade will return to the family, and she needs Artemis to be there for Lian as a mother.
  • Angel's Friends: Reina, a villainous example. She wants Raf and Sulfus to have The Big Damn Kiss in order to commit the Sacrilege that will free from her strings.

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