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A name for any post-credits scene. It's often used as a type of Easter Egg for people who stick around for the credits when most people had left the theater/changed the channel. Sometimes a comedy will include outtakes. Sometimes the outtakes can be better than the movie.

This is often used to provide some kind of Sequel Hook, but may also be there just as a final gift to the audience, such as a comedy giving one final joke and punchline to the audience, or a dramatic work showing that maybe the guy who made a Heroic Sacrifice is Not Quite Dead.

Often done as a form of That's All, Folks!. It can overlap with Creative Closing Credits, if the format of the credits almost constitutes a special production in and of itself.

All There in the Stinger is a sub-trope. Compare Signing-Off Catchphrase. See also The Tag. Not to be confused with a musical Sting, though a suitably dramatic Stinger will have a Sting. The Teaser works at the opposite end. See On the Next for when there's a preview of the next episode. Also not to be confused with the body part on the back of a bee, scorpion, or wasp. Or a boxing glove wrapped in barbed wire.

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This is an Ending Trope, so beware of unmarked spoilers!


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    Audio Plays 
  • The season 2 finale of We're Alive features a post-credits piece that the reveals the Mallers found someone in the rubble of Tower.

    Comic Books 
  • Betcha nobody ever expected to see this one in a comic book (Unless you grew up during the Bronze Age), but there it is: Green Lantern crossover event Sinestro Corps War ended with one of the main villains, nearly dead and utterly defeated, thrown into space. Then, with credits appearing between the panels, we see where he lands... and things have suddenly gotten much, much worse for our unknowing heroes. The final page of the book is a teaser for the sequel event, Blackest Night.
  • Don Rosa supplied one extra page as an epilogue for the hardcover versions of The Quest For Sampo, his Finnish-themed story. In it, the Grim Reaper returns Scrooge McDuck's top hat and offers to allow him to take his fortune to the afterlife in exchange for a hundred dollars.
  • The final page in an issue of Rising Stars is a clairvoyant sitting by himself. When you flip the page, there's a bunch of people drawn very lightly, speaking backwards. If you go back to the previous page and hold it up to the light, you see that the figures on the back page are actually GHOSTS talking to the character in the chair.
  • Final Crisis: Bruce Wayne is alive.
  • At the end of a Punisher Max story arc Wilson Fisk has become the Kingpin (at the cost of his son's life and his wife's sanity) and orders everyone away so he can enjoy it. But one person won't leave.
    Receptionist: You still have one appointment.
    Kingpin: Tell him to go away.
    Receptionist: I did, but he refuses to leave. He says he has a meeting with Don Rigoletto.
    Kingpin: Tell him Rigoletto's dead.
    Receptionist: I told him, sir, but he's very insistent. He says he's Rigoletto's "Miracle Worker". Whatever that means.
    Kingpin: What's his name?
    Receptionist: Well, he wants to be called Bullseye.
  • The 16th issue of The Unbelievable Gwenpool ends on a Bittersweet Ending: her brother has successfully prevented her from ever entering the main Marvel Comics universe, but there's the promise that Gwen's life in her own world could improve, and she'll be happy. The page even ends with "The End" at the bottom. The next page is the letters to the editor, which show up at the end of every issue. And the real, FINAL page shows that Gwen notices the little "The End" at the bottom of the page and picks it up. When she drops it, it breaks, and a "To be continued..." shows at the end of the page, letting us know that the original ending wasn't the finale.
  • Following his return from the dead in Marvel Legacy #1note , Wolverine was featured in one-page stingers that came after the letters page of numerous comics. The issues that featured the stinger included a "Where's Wolverine?" badge with Logan's face in it.
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    Literature 

General:

  • Many mass-market paperback versions of novels put a teaser for the sequel (usually its prologue or first chapter) or a separate book by the same author and/or in the same setting in a separate section after the end of the book.

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  • Several novels in the The Culture series end with an epilogue which is generally humorous/uplifting even if the end of the novel proper was bittersweet and/or followed Banks's "trademark". One notable exception to this pattern is Look to Windward, whose epilogue depicts a shape-shifting Culture assassin taking horrific revenge on the Chelgrians who had orchestrated the foiled terrorist plot by torturing them to death in terrifyingly sadistic ways. For example, it turns into a swarm of bees to suffocate one of them. It also makes sure that the attacks are recorded, so that the rest of the Chelgrians get the message. Bearing in mind that the plotters are unarmed monks, this is quite a departure in tone for a novel that is not generally either scary or action-packed, and which portrays the Culture almost exclusively favourably up to this point.
  • At the end of the first Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard book, there's Perspective Flip which shows us that Magnus's uncle Randolph was working with Loki the whole time, and that the god's the Big Bad.
  • Daniel Silva's Gabriel Allon novels tend to have epilogue's in which Mossad tracks down and assassinates any villain who escaped by the end of the novel proper (e.g. in one case, a character who had planned explosions is himself mailed a bomb which kills him.
  • Early in the book Remote Man, a rare python disappears from its habitat in the Northern Territory, and an American tourist who is later exposed as a wildlife smuggler is suspected by the teenage heroes of stealing it. On the last page, the python is back on the rock, calling into question whether it was stolen in the first place.
  • Rogues to Riches has the main characters convince an orc prison guard that they are all characters in a book partway through. They promise him that they will get him a bigger part if he lets them escape. The last page of the book includes a picture of him still sitting at his post and a paragraph stating that he is patiently waiting for them to fulfill the promise.
  • Orconomics: A Satire has one after the Fantasy World Map, the glossary, and the author's thanks.
  • Words of Radiance (second book of The Stormlight Archive): The last chapter is narrated by Hoid, the King's Wit, as he waits for someone on a random plain. Then Jasnah teleports in.
  • The official novelization of Resident Evil: The Final Chapter ends with a scene not present in the actual movie, showing that Wesker's remains, buried at the bottom of the destroyed Hive, were shielded from the release of the anti-virus. As such, the T-virus within his cells is intact, awaiting the day it can be released again...
  • The second Star Trek: Discovery novel, Drastic Measures, has a scene after the About the Author and acknowledgements suggesting that the real Captain Lorca is still alive in the Mirror Universe.
  • The last chapter of Angels of Music is followed by the author's afterword and acknowledgments, an author bio, a page plugging other books from the same publisher, and then a brief epilogue with a Sequel Hook.
  • NOS4R2 ends with a note on the font used... which immediately switches describing a few of Charlie's Children escaping to celebrate Christmas in the real world.

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    Podcasts 
  • Each episode of Welcome to Night Vale ends with a proverb, written in the same surreal tone as the rest of the series.
  • The Cordials of Kindness segment of Were You Raised by Wolves? often follows the Signing Off Catchphrase and can easily be missed if the listener tries to skip the Patreon ad at the very end of the episode. This emphasizes Nick's point that Leah insists they do this segment, which goes into the theme that it's additional to a given episode and not a normal segment.
  • Unwell Podcast: Several episodes have an extra scene after the credits, and most episodes have a fact about Mount Absalom.

    Puppet Shows 
  • After The Credits for The Muppet Show, Statler and Waldorf, two crotchety old Muppets in the balcony seats, would make insulting jokes about the show for a few seconds.
  • Muppets Tonight would often have bloopers at the end. As in, one of the Muppets would point out that another Muppets or the special guest had flubbed a line. Now that's dedication to the illusion.
  • The Sprout Sharing Show: A website promo would play after the Goodbye Song and before the start of The Good Night Show.

    Radio 
  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (1978): Almost all of the radio episodes followed the Find Out Next Time narration with an announcer delivering either a brief advertisement for some in-universe publication/product or a mock advisory warning. A few episodes also had a main character coming back to say one more thing, e.g. Zaphod noticing the fairy cake in the Total Perspective Vortex and eating it.
  • The Big Finish Doctor Who audio The Book of Kells ends with the revelation that the Meddling Monk's companion Brother Lucianus, is actually the Doctor's ex-companion Lucie Miller.
  • John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme always has a one liner after the credits, sometimes a parody of a continuity announcement ("If you'd like to hear this show again ... aw, thanks!"). The Self-Parody in the final episode of season 7 has "Putting a line after the credits doesn't make you Hitchhiker's."

    Roleplay 

    Tabletop Games 
  • If the director rolls double after the ending in Die Laughing, the "Post-Credits Scene" list is consulted, with various options ranging from players describing a scene of Hilarious Outtakes, to the first player to be killed during the session coming up with a Sequel Hook.

    Theatre 
  • In Arsenic and Old Lace, the curtain call is supposed to include the twelve deceased old men walking out of the cellar and taking their bows.
  • ''Hadestown has the song 'I Raise My Cup to Him' sung after the curtain call.
  • The Mrs. Hawking play series: Part V: Mrs. Frost has a tiny final scene occurs "during the credits" by pausing the curtain call and resuming it after the scene is finished. It sets up the next story.
  • The Screen-to-Stage Adaptation of The Producers has a short musical number during the curtain call, thanking the audience for coming and telling them to get lost. This also appears in the 2005 film version after the credits.
  • Almost a minute after the curtain call of The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night Time, Christopher returns to the stage to give a maths appendix (as Siobhan promised him earlier), utilizing all the technology used in the theatre and ending with a big confetti finish.
  • At the end of Tails of Wasps, after Frank's seemingly anticlimactic ending soliloquy, the audience exits the hotel room to find that Judith, the hooker who robbed him at knife point, is passed out in the hallway.

    Web Animation 
  • NCHProductions regularly ends his videos with a short stinger offering one last joke.
  • Red vs. Blue, Season 3 — at the end of the credits on the DVD Vic appears, saying, "I understand you're enjoying the sweet music and all, but the DVD's over. Go home, dude, live your life."
  • TP: After the credits roll, we cut back to the restroom the toilet paper roll escaped from. The toilet goes on another "Piece by piece, ply by ply" rant, only for the plunger to start plunging his mouth and telling him to shut up.
  • Worst... corpse run... ever.
  • Most Flash Tub animations have a stinger, usually an outtake from one of the voice actors or an extra scene. Sometimes, there's two.
  • RWBY: Each season is called a 'Volume'. At the end of every volume, there is a post-credits scene that either reveals something previously unknown or unconfirmed or which acts as a hook to set up the next volume.
    • Volume 1 focusses on the main villain being Roman Torchwick, a petty thief who runs afoul of Ruby Rose when he tries to rob the shop she's in. However, in the pilot episode, he escapes with the help of a mysterious woman with phenomenal power, whose face remains hidden in shadows except for a pair of glowing golden eyes and an affinity for fire. The volume's stinger reveals the woman's face for the first time and introduces her name. While the pilot implied that Roman was this woman's boss, the stinger reveals the opposite: Roman is working for Cinder, and she is The Man Behind the Man for Volume 1 and the Big Bad of Volumes 2-3. The stinger also reveals Cinder's two disciples, Emerald and Mercury.
    • Volume 2 involves Team RWBY attempting to uncover what the White Fang and Roman Torchwick are up to, given that it's very strange for a Faunus equal-rights terrorist organisation to team up with the highly racist and human Roman. When Team RWBY run across the villainous hideout and attempt to thwart the plot, Yang is rescued from certain death by the intervention of a mysterious masked woman who appears through a portal just long enough to save her life and disappear the way she came without a word to Yang. At the end of the volume finale, Yang comments on being so exhausted that she's looking forward to a good sleep. The stinger reveals Yang walking through the school grounds towards the masked woman in a surreal, dream-like sequence. The woman removes her mask, revealing that she's almost the spitting image of Yang, except for her hair and default eye colour. The stinger ends as the woman informs Yang that they need to talk. In Volume 3, the woman is confirmed to be Yang's mother, Raven Branwen, who abandoned Yang as a newborn baby for what reason, Yang doesn't know.
    • Volume 3 ends with the climax of Cinder's villainous plans and the reveal that she's just The Heavy for the true Big Bad, Salem, who seems determined to destroy Professor Ozpin. Team RWBY is scattered to the four winds by the destruction of Beacon Academy, leaving Ruby to set out on a long journey to Haven Academy, with a couple of friends from Team JNPR. The stinger reveals that Ruby's uncle, Qrow, is secretly following the group; he is carrying the cane of missing-and-possibly-dead Beacon headmaster, Ozpin, and is revealed to be capable of shapeshifting into a literal crow. This sets up several different strands of Volume 4's multiple plotlines.
    • Volume 4 introduces the farm boy Oscar Pine, who suddenly finds himself Sharing a Body with Professor Ozpin; Ozpin spends the volume trying to convince Oscar to travel to Haven Academy to meet the school's headmaster, an old friend of Ozpin's. Towards the climax of the volume, Ruby's group finds out that Qrow has been following them and he tells them about Ozpin's Secret War with Salem. When they ask him if there's anything else he's hiding from them, he is evasive but it's implied he's keeping his shapeshifting ability secret. The stinger of the volume consists Qrow sitting in a bar in Mistral. Oscar appears in the bar and asks for his cane back. Qrow instantly gives him Ozpin's cane, and tells Ozpin it's good to see him again. The stinger's reveal is that Qrow knew all along that Ozpin could Body Surf and that they clearly had some kind of pre-arranged agreement to meet in Mistral should something happen to Ozpin, using the cane as a means to identify Ozpin's new host body.
    • Volume 5 focusses on the various plans to either destroy Haven Academy and steal its mythical Relic of Knowledge or protect both the school and the Relic it guards. Yang confronts her mother, who is revealed to have the ability to create portals to people she has created a 'bond' with. She has three known connections: her daughter, Yang; her brother, Qrow; and her former husband, Taiyang. Yang uses Raven's ability to connect to Qrow to locate her sister, Ruby. During the volume finale, Yang and Raven have a confrontation over the fate of the Relic of Knowledge, and Raven abandons both the Relic and her daughter, escaping from the school by a portal, despite the fact that two of her portal connections (Yang and Qrow) are in the same building as her. The stinger shows an idyllic scene of Taiyang watering his plants at home. When he suddenly hears feathers rustling overhead, however, all Taiyang can do is sigh as he sees a black feather landing near him. The stinger's implication is that Raven used her portal connection to Taiyang to escape from Haven Academy.
    • Volume 6 deals with the protagonists as they attempt to reach Atlas without aid from Ozpin whom they take to task for the secrets he's been keeping, and also with the villains who are taken to task by Salem for the failures in Volume 5. The volume ends with both the villains and the protagonists descending upon Atlas for their own reasons. The stinger, however, reveals to Emerald and Mercury that Salem is building an army of Grimm made from a new species she is creating. Hazel's explanation of what's happen indicates that she's decided the only one who can properly complete the task she's set is herself.
  • The popular web animation Draw with Me has a particularly infamous one.
  • Inanimate Insanity II has a stinger at the end of every episode. A few contribute to the plot, such as teasing the return of Taco.
  • The Most Epic Story Ever Told in All of Human History: The trailer includes an extra scene during the credits where Epic Fail blows up his own toaster by trying to warm up his DVD player in it, and Epic-Man does a Face Palm in response.
  • A few YouTube Poop videos show things at the end, such as subliminal messages/images or a "CUT-OFF PREVENTION" blurb (Youtube is known for frequently cutting off half a second of video, maybe more depending on the length). Steg often shows a clip at the end of his videos showing Big Bird saying, "Coming soon on Sesame Street!" and then cutting to something completely unrelated, while Big Bird finishes off with "Toodle-oo!"
  • In Battle for Dream Island, there will probably be one after the voting screen. So far, there are 41 stingers and counting.
  • Minilife TV:
    • After the credits of "The Semi-Finals", a familiar-looking construction worker and his workmate are shown repairing the hole left in the wall of the arena from the match in the episode.
    • During the credits of "The Party (Season Finale)", there's a scene where Genevieve interviews Vince about Chris and Ian's roof collapsing, but Vince is unable to answer.
    • After the credits of the Minilife Chronicles episode "The Student and The Master", Abel calls Chris about coming to visit Minilife City for the World Martial Arts Tournament, and there's a reanimated scene from "Flashback to Fortune Teller Fankii".

    Webcomics 
  • Occasionally some Reddit Polandball comics will have stingers in the comments section.
  • Sluggy Freelance 'Displacement' story arc ended on an tidy Epilogue...Or So It Seemed. The next strip showed two castaway villains resigning themselves to an island Paradise, and relaxed in poses matching Torg and Sasha's at the beginning of the story.
  • In Trevor (2020), after the credits are over, the last shot of the comic is of the early dawn sky, through the windows of the doors at the entrance to the medical facility. The only reminder of the carnage that took place earlier that night is Dr. Maddison’s severed hand on the floor.

    Web Original 
  • DesuDesBrigade: Professor Otaku has ended every review of his since Street Fighter II with one of these, of varying hilarity levels.
  • Botchamania ends most of his videos with a video clip (not always wrestling related but almost always incorporating one of the series many Running Gags), and usually incorporates the audio/video clip of The Iron Sheik shouting "FUCK!"
  • The vidya gaems awards webpage showed among its categories "fattest developer". At the gala, this award seemed to have been skipped. Except it didn't.
  • "Ayla and the Networks" in the Whateley Universe: Chaka's last joke at the end of the story, and its aftermath.
  • Chrontendo has had a few of these, starting from chrontendo episode 32 onwards and finishing with chrontendo epsode 38 (with the exception of chrontendo epsode 37). It was usually a fragment of a TV Show, Film or Music track that he was talking about in the episode itself.

    Web Videos 
  • The British Railway Stories:
    • Episode 14, Silent Night, had a scene after the end credits of Hawk pulling a train back to the Western Region of British Rail. It was then followed by text stating that GWR Class 94xx No. 9400, aka Hawk, is now preserved at the STEAM Museum in the old railway town, his spiritual home in Swindon.
    • Episode 15, Day Of The Deltic, has Gronk going along the line and entering Leeds Central, where a bunch of steam engines are being cut up for scrapping.
  • The scene at the end of the credits of the Star Trek: New Voyages episode "To Serve All My Days", which reveals that most of the entire episode was All Just a Dream.
  • World's Greatest Adventures has used infrequent stingers to punctuate jokes from the episode proper. The Season 1 finale ends on a more sinister one, showing that Warlord Cassius is planning something.
  • The plot threads left hanging by the lonelygirl15 were arguably a sequel hook to begin with. But then, just when you think it's over, one more video is uploaded. We see the now-penultimate video being taped from a different angle, then at literally the last second, reveal the blogger to be none other than The Dragon...
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  • A few of the FailBlog videos did this by playing audio from part of the featured video over the credit screen.
  • Most of Ashens' review videos have one.
  • Gamescrap.com's Action 52 marathon review had these at the end of a few of their videos:
    • Starevil: The phrase "everything else you could care to know" in the ending card is replaced with "more pink than you can handle".
    • Illuminator: The phrase "everything else you could care to know" in the ending card is replaced with "the eternal struggle of illuminator vs goth".
    • Operation Moon: The frozen music continues over the ending card.
    • Hambo's Adventures: The ending card appears as normal, but Hambo's sprite suddenly replaces it and a loud sound clip of someone saying "Hambo!" plays.
    • Cheetahmen: The ending card appears as normal, then a gameplay clip plays of Apollo stuck in Level 10 and losing his last two lives.
  • Wheezy Waiter usually has info about other videos he's been in, tours, or just bloopers.
  • LoadingReadyRun Videos often feature this, and EVERY video they've posted since moving to the Escapist has had a stinger, except for "Hot Water at PAX".
  • Before the video ends, Harley Morenstein of Epic Meal Time says, "Next time, we eat x".
  • Every episode of Echo Chamber so far has had a stinger. Usually they are outtakes, but Episode 5 has one with actual plot relevance.
  • Played with at the end of some Bad Lip Reading videos. A shot already in the video proper is shown but with different lyrics, presumably from an earlier draft.
  • Not in every episode, but Atop the Fourth Wall will sometimes have one after the credits roll, usually related to the current storyline. The ones during the storyline with The Entity tended to be Nightmare Fuel
  • The people of That Guy with the Glasses always have a funny line from the review play over the Channel Awesome Vanity Plate.
  • In Bennett the Sage's Devilman review, we were treated to a scene at the end where Bennett holds up the infamous, rare and uncut VHS version of Violence Jack in hand, lamenting that many people want him to review it, but it's so rare, there's not even a torrent of it and plans to keep it that way, resulting in him throwing the tape off a bridge and into a river, fading to the credits. But there's still a minute or two left after credits. What do we get? VIOLENCE IS COMING. This might not be the last we seen of Violence Jack.
  • Phelous ended his Jacob's Ladder review revealing that every review of his from the past five years has never really happened due to him dying at the end of first review, Mac and Me, resulting in him never leading go of his life, forced to keep reviewing shitty movies. He then accepted his death and we were treated to the last image of his death from his first episode before we cut to the credits, which was in complete silence unlike his other reviews. But then you start hearing what appears to be siren sounds in the background slowly increasing in volume before we're treated to a quick scene of Phelous' door and the door knocking.
  • Noob:
    • Many episodes have one starting Season 2, with content that can be anything from an extra gag related to the episode to a small piece of actual story progression.
    • Noob: Le Conseil des Trois Factions has three seperate ones: Two are extra scenes with characters of the Third Line, Some Waiting plot, while the third has the narcoleptic character that had'nt been seen for the whole movie wake up and hope she didn't miss anything important.
  • In Matt Santoro's web series, when Matt does this, he thanks the viewer for watching the video, tells them to subscribe if they enjoyed the content, and tells them about his other internet accounts.
  • Many recent CinemaSins videos have these, and they enter YouTube Poop territory. They do include footage from the movie that is being sinned, though.
  • Much like CinemaSins, some Mystery Science Theater F1 episodes have "musical fun" after the outro, where things that happened or are said by commentators during the race are placed with relevant songs.
  • Some episodes of Binging with Babish include a short, amusing clip from the cooking process at the end, complete with the raw audio.
  • Dragon Ball Z Abridged has one in almost every episode, ranging from throwaway jokes to important plot developments.
  • Crossed Lines: All the episodes, except "Going Haywire" and "The Long Journey Home", have one.
    • Episode 1, Public Enemy: [[folder:Clay finally manages to get the train he was double-heading with Atlas to its intended destination by himself after Atlas leaves him to takes Mr. Traverse's train. He's then informed that he's very late as a result.]]
    • Episode 2, Down The Drains: Atlas has just been fitted with a control link so he can contact other engines and control. He tries contacting Wurzel with it, only to send a massive feedback through it.
    • Episode 3, From Dusk Till Dawn: [[spoiler:Clay and Cojack are doing yard work while Dawn's at the works. Cojack isn't happy with it, while Clay suggests working to music. He then starts singing The Locomotion, to which Cojack responds that he never do that again.
    • Episode 5, Nightmares: Atlas has a nightmare where he's on a turntable, surrounded by the Waterdown engines, who all have static in place of their faces. He's then confronted by M, who has Dev-kahn1's screen in place of her face, shouting Dev-kahn1's words at Atlas. Atlas then wakes up, wondering who M is.
    • Episode 6, The Mail Bag Snag: A still sepia-toned image of Atlas and M, revealed to be named Ember, side-by-side.
    • Episode 7, Rebel Iron: Discovering that Whistler allowed Zebedee and Boomer into the Masonry Bridge Scrapyard to rescue Ember, Mr. Hardgraves decides to scrap Whistler in her place. Mr. Hardgraves then discovers a poster for the Waterdown Railway, showing him where to go to find Ember.
    • Episode 8, Kindred Spirits: A still sepia-toned image of Atlas and Ember at a station on the Masonry Bridge Railway, when Ember was the railway's main express engine.
  • Most of the videos on the Emmymade YouTube channel have stingers after the closing music and endcard. These usually involve Emmy saying or doing something silly.

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Alternative Title(s): After The Credits, Stinger, Post Credits Scene, Post Credit Scene

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In the post credit scene of Hop, Fred O' Hare is seen issuing an Easter basket to a Chinese woman, speaking excellent Mandarin as he does so.

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