Top 10 Strongest Sonic the Hedgehog Characters

The Top Ten
1 Shadow the Hedgehog Shadow the Hedgehog is a character who appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog series released by Sega. He is an artificially created black and red hedgehog whose hover shoes propel him at extreme speeds that rival those of Sonic.

YES! Shadow is and should always be number 1! Shadow can fly, sonic can't! Shadow is immortal, sonic isn't! and technically speaking, Shadow can go faster than Sonic if he wishes to, his rocket boosters make him fly and he can reach speeds faster than Sonic's! Shadow is also a great deal stronger than Sonic as well! Shadow could probably beat ANY character on this list if he desires. Sure he might be a bad guy, but at least he is one AWESOME bad guy! He could outmatch anyone and everyone on this list and in the Sonic universe! Shadow is so awesome, they literally made a separate game for him! So vote for Shadow so he can remain superior! Shadow shall always be number 1!

He's an incredibly powerful* character who can match Sonic, Knuckles and Silver, 3 almost equally strong fighters. Shadow has a disadvantage and advantage over all of them. He's, by a margin, slower than Sonic, but quite stronger and more powerful. For Knuckles, he's a margin weaker, but quite faster. Finally, for Silver, he's less powerful (I believe, but only by a nigh unnoticeable difference) but stronger and faster.

*my preferred difference, for those who believe being strong and powerful are the same thing, I prefer my definition of strong being physical strength, and powerful meaning energy techniques' (Chaos Attacks) strength. Meaning Sonic's Sonic Wind projectile can't match up to Shadow's multitude of Chaos abilities.

Shadow was designed to be the perfect being, far above any normal Mobian. He has alien biology, he was linked to the chaos force from birth, and he has so much latent power that he needs inhibitors rings to make it so he can control it (even with them is able to go toe to toe with sonic). While Shadow doesn't have quite as much field experience as sonic does he was professional trained on the arc to be a master marksman and a master at hand to hand combat, as well as god knows what other kinds of training (I mean what else do you think he did for 13-14 years? ). Overall, shadow is smarter, stronger, more skilled, has more potential, and is better with the chaos force then Sonic, the only thing Sonic has on him is a slight speed edge as admitted by shadow himself in sonic chronicles.

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Shadow is powerful with Chaos Energy and his extra weponds. But he is NOT immortal...sadly. All of the Sonic Characters who have met this edgy and twisted hedgehog belive that he is immortal because he was created by raw Chaos Energy. Shadow believes it too but there is one thing that is left out...

He can't be killed by aging do he stays the same age forever. He is in a 15 year old hedgehog body, that is actually 50 BUT is still 15 years old...confusing right? So he can't age but he still CAN be killed. You just need to pinpoint exactly were is "weak spot" is. If someone can find that spot, he will be killed in a matter of minutes.

Deep and dark stuff just to make his character even more interesting and twisted. That's why I like his character so much.

2 Sonic the Hedgehog Sonic the Hedgehog, trademarked Sonic The Hedgehog, is the title character and protagonist of the Sonic the Hedgehog series released by SEGA, as well as numerous spin-off comics, five animated shows, and an animated OVA.

Sonic was fighting to save the world from the eclipse cannon, while shadow was fighting to kill sonic. Plus sonic shows up in the story to stop the space colony while you don't see shadow until you play through all the other characters. Sonic would have been killed and the eclipse cannon would have fired if shadow beat sonic.

Well, for the argument of Sonic vs Shadow, I believe that they are equal to each other in combat. Shadow is a bit physically stronger than Sonic, while Sonic is faster than Shadow. It is hinted that there isn't actually an upper limit to Sonic's speed in some games and comics. Some people even theorize that Sonic chooses not to run at full speed to avoid damaging the world around him and so that he can avoid Eggman/Robotnik's traps.

Shadow may have a some Chaos power, but it is limited without the assistance of a chaos emerald; without one he can only teleport short distances, (by the way Sonic can use Chaos control as well if he were to hold a Chaos Emerald) and the only Chaos attack Shadow can use without an emerald is Chaos Spear, while this is still a cool attack it is not all that powerful. Now Shadow can use more Chaos power by removing his inhibitor rings, an example of this is Chaos Blast, but doing this will drain away his stamina in less then a minute, possibly even ...more

Sonic is powerful, strong, cute, fast, and cool. He is always one of my favorites. He is so strong and amazing. His spin dash is so dang strong. And Hyper Sonic can just do a simple double jump and then POOF! Then in a flash ALL the enemies get wiped off the screen! AND Hyper Sonic can also breathe underwater. Super Sonic is sooo cool and his invincibility is insane! Dark Sonic acts a little sad though. But he is just really mad and angry and he trying protect his friends. Dark Sonic is also strong by doing a special light speed attack that no one can see and it can tear almost anything apart in less than a second. I say VOTE FOR SONIC, SONIC THE HEDGEHOG!

Sonic stopped the eclipse cannon from destroying earth by defeating shadow in battle, if sonic hadn't won that fight he would be dead.

3 Knuckles the Echidna Knuckles the Echidna is a fictional character in Sega's Sonic the Hedgehog series. He is a red anthropomorphic echidna who is determined and serious, but sometimes gullible. He has the ability to glide and climb up walls, and is a powerful fighter due to his spiked hands.

Ok, so check it out: you've got a guy who uppercuts a super transformation and succeeds in knocking him into his normal form. This same guy holds his own in a fight against Shadow in Sonic X when Shadow was completely broken in that show in terms of accurate power. We know already that Knuckles is intellectual in terms of combat and has a more tactical approach. It takes more than blunt force to be strong and Knuckles supports this as he is able to keep up with Sonic's speed in hand to hand combat. His knowledge of chaos energy rivals if not surpasses Shadow's.

This Guy is just hands down powerful. He is the only character capable of climbing walls. That takes a LOT of physical strength.

I would have to agree more and more and More he can lift and press 100 tons he is stronger then wario and the hulk! I would have to say he's almost as strong as Donkey Kong! And yes he has beat sonic over 10- 100 times in a row! I am Cory Michael koller I was the one to rebuild cartoon fight club 100th episode! Knuckles is the strongest sonic and cartoon character in the world!

Knuckles is easily the strongest, checking his specs on sonic wiki is higher than any other character I found on that wiki, even his rare hyper knuckles form makes him the strongest. That is just my opinion and I respect all of yours. Knuckles, Sonic, Shadow, And Silver rock!

4 Silver the Hedgehog

I've never had much experience with Silver, since I'd never had the "joy" of playing Sonic 06. But, from what I know about him, through the Archie Comics series and Sonic Generations, I find it clear that he is one of the most powerful protagonists in the series. His main advantage in power is that he's Psychokinetic which is the ability to move objects with your mind. With this ability, he can stop attacks coming at him, and he can lift about anything! His second most used and most powerful ability is mind-bending. In other words, he can control objects and make them into different shapes. But if that wasn't powerful enough, he was also given the ability to fly! Besides Tails, Cream, Rouge, and Charmy, there really aren't any other characters who can fly besides the super forms. Silver is lucky enough to have that ability when he doesn't even have all of the chaos emeralds. One final thing I should mention is his boss fights. The one in Sonic 06 (according to my experience of ...more

Silver was able to combat and almost kill Sonic, who is obviously extremely powerful (Main character, duh). He was only stopped by Amy, who he was "friends" with, this allowed Sonic to escape. Silver has a huge psychological factor over the other characters, he witnesses his best friend Blaze die (Or disappear to an alternate dimension, but he didn't know that) and still keeps his cool and effectively combats Iblis. Anyway, back to his fight with Sonic, he can use his powers to grab Sonic even when he was trying to run, showing that he can think just as fast as the blue blur can run. He is very durable as he can take a pounding by the Ultimate Lifeform and still fight on. Another ability he has is that he can use his powers to generate an aura shield around his body to protect him from damage. I think that Silver is the most powerful despite being limited to form changes, and I believe he deserves to be in more Sonic games and maybe his own game.

Well, Silver the Hedgehog has many abilities. He has psychokinesis which can stop even Sonic in his tracks and then just beat the heck out of them for however long he wants. He can also use the Spindash and Homing Attack. Not to mention his Super form, Time manipulation and ability to survive OUTSIDE the time stream. While Sonic, Shadow, AND Silver all fought Solaris who is a literal god, they had to defeat him in 3 different areas of time. So Silver REALLY defeated him single-handedly. He also defeated other enemies that not even Sonic could beat. While everyone else fights armies of robots, they all worked as a team. Silver came from an apocalyptic future, where everything is destroyed and/or on fire, he needs to fight a colossus everyday, and everything that normal people would need to survive is practically non-existent. And he only had Blaze. Some people may argue that he was tricked by Mephiles, making him not so strong in the intelligence department. But he was truly desperate, ...more

Silver is by far one of the most powerful character which is pretty amazing considering he's a naïve, immature 14 year old! To list his powers and abilities would take a very long time but just to note a few of them:

1) Psychokinetic grab- One of Silvers most well known abilities. He can grab almost anything with this ability, including rockets, bullets, people, cars and meteors. He can grab things 20 times his size and weight with ease!

2) Manipulation- With this power silver can use the environment around him to his advantage, such as bending 2 meter thick metal rods, moving stone platforms and using things as lifts. Oh yeah and he can also use this ability to distort and confuse people.

3) Flight- who needs to run fast when you can fly faster? Silver may be one of, if not the slowest character ON FOOT, but when he takes to the sky he becomes just as fast as Sonic himself. In Sonic Generations he was able to keep up with Sonic while flying backwards.

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5 Solaris

There are ten people ranked above Solaris right now. This is not good. First of all, it took Super Shadow, Super Sonic, and Super Silver's combined efforts to defeat Solaris, which means logically none of them could win in a 1v1. Since Blaze is an alternate Sonic, and Metal Sonic has been defeated by Sonic on multiple occasions, Solaris is stronger than both of them. The fact that Tails and Knuckles have been ranked higher than Solaris is insulting, mainly because we all know they are weaker than Sonic as well. Mephiles is most certainly a strong villain, but Solaris is the combined form of Mephiles and Iblis, so obviously Solaris is stronger. Nazo should not be on the list, as he is not canon, but I can probably assume that Nazo cannot destroy timelines, so he is weaker.

Solaris is number one.

Solaris is literally a god of time. Time is literally the reason why he might not be dead. He could've escaped in time milliseconds before he was blown out after he reverted back to his ETERNAL flame state. Also, if there are legends written about him becoming The Flames Of Disaster BEFORE he became The Flames Of Disaster, I'd say he's done the whole 'Solaris Project' thing multiple times, been defeated, and escaped in time to another time. That would make him absolutely unstoppable...

Make no mistake, people reading this: THIS is number 1. Regular Shadow, Sonic, and Knuckles get absolutely CURBSTOMPED by this absolute unit. It took 3 Super States to defeat him, and even then he didn't get destroyed. He's so powerful that he didn't even get killed in direct combat; Sonic had to travel back in time to put out the original flame, his weakest state. This ABSOLUTE UNIT can rip apart entire timelines and distort space itself. Seriously, no one even comes close to this guy.

He can beat Knuckles by literally just hitting him with any basic attack just once. I mean it's just Knuckles. Just Knuckles. Dark Gaia, Big, Mecha Sonic, Hyper Shadic, Shadow, Jet, Enerjak, Mighty, Doom, Infinite, E-102 Gamma, Scourge, Metal Sonic, Storm, Espio, and all the rest will literally be eaten out of existence once he finally succeed... and he will succeed... whether it be in the past, present or future of parallel realities... or of our OWN.

6 Mephiles the Dark

I liked Mephiles the Dark first when I saw him in Sonic the Hedgehog for PS3.
I would like Nazo to try this guy. I also believe Mephiles is immortal, according to what I've read. I even made this guy in some sonic rpg on roblox. I liked him better than Solaris even.

Mephiles: I killed him, in 3 seconds, made a princess kiss him for my amusement... And then sega brought him back to life. I was very successful at my job, thank you very little.

I was going to click on Shadow, but Mephiles has all of Shadow's powers, plus intelligence, manipulation, and duplication.

Mephillies is like Doomsday. He killed Sonic (superman). It's a shame that he was in a bad game like 2006. He was the best part of that game.

7 Tails Miles "Tails" Prower is a fictional character in Sega's Sonic the Hedgehog series, and the title character's best friend and sidekick.

Tails can do most everything Sonic can, and has his own abilities to make up for what he can't do. He can fly every bit as fast as Sonic can run, even when his hedgehog brother is actually trying to get past him (Sonic Colors); he can use the Spin Dash and Spin Attack just as effectively; and he can slice through robots with his tails for a bit of extra range. He's shown to be incredibly durable, going through plane crashes and laser blasts repeatedly without ever being more than a little disoriented; and strong enough to lift four times his own weight (Sonic and Knuckles at the same time) without slowing down or limiting his flight; and punch through rock (Tails' Adventure).

He can go Super, too. Not as easily as Sonic, because he's young and inexperienced (that's the official reason), but he can.

Even apart from that, he's a genius. He was able to build a replica of a Chaos Emerald, that worked just like the real thing with less energy.

This list is perfect just the way it is with Shadow at number one, but Tails has proven himself many times to be a powerful and really clever character that nobody can outfox, not even Shadow and his number one when it comes to power.
Tails is pretty much SEGA's Emperor Belos.

Tails is a god among Mobians and humans, he is the most powerful and smartest fox alive which has resulted in him defeating enemies such as Egg-man.

If knowledge is power then, Tails is more powerful than Shadow.

Tails's power is too much for anybody to handle, not even Shadow would believe it.

Heck, Tails's true power might be on the same level as the Ark of the Covenant.

Yeah, Tails's hyper form might be that powerful unless - it's the 100% form of Titan Tails, the nine tailed version of him.

Imagine a super form so powerful that you can't touch nor lay eyes upon or else, you die.

Tails's power is linked to his dangerously high IQ and the fact that his super bird army makes him more powerful than Cream and Cheese by a longshot, two tails not as powerful but when he gets all nine tails his going to be just like the Ark of the Covenant.

Heck, the Sonic series has mentioned the Ark of the Covenant in the adventure series seeing that ...more

Tails is 100% the most powerful because he can do anything you can think of with the chaos emeralds as well as going super, he even mastered both the turbo form and a titan form - he is by far the most powerful character with Shadow being the second but, as long as Tails doesn't have a chaos emerald he still takes the cake.
Turbo Tails or even Titan Tails would trump this list by how powerful they are - heck, Tails is a god when it comes to his super forms.
Now he made this list at number four which puts him above Infinite who came in at number 16 which he deserves because all of his power came from the phantom ruby and nowhere else, knowledge is power people and Tails has that in spades...

8 Metal Sonic Metal Sonic is one of Eggman’s fastest and most powerful creations. Programed to be better than Sonic in any aspect possible, he can shoot electro balls, shoot electricity downward, do a boost, and make himself invincible. He fight’s Sonic each time he gets stronger, and when he gains enough power, he becomes the Metal Overlord. But he becomes an advanced phase of himself before becoming the Metal Overlord. And Eggman can’t keep him under his control all the time, which is the only downside about him. He can morph and shoot lasers, and fight Sonic no matter what, even when disobeying Eggman. Even when you are on his side, you must cry out for mercy when he encounters you.

He has the ability to copy the power of all his opponents.

Every time he was defeated in the main games (with the exception of sonic cd and sonic generations that only revive the battle with the classic sonic) was by more than one character.In Knuckles chaotix he was defeated by knuckles / spy / vector / mighty; In sonic heroes he was defeated by super sonic, super tails and super knuckles, in sonic boom he was defeated by sonic, amy, tails and knuckles showing that alone sonic is not able to defeat him.

This guy is super fast, can copy anyone's data, turns into a giant dragon like thing without the chaos emeralds, took not only 3 super forms but 9 other normal forms to defeat him. Chew on that Mephiles! Metal needs no stinkin emeralds to turn into a big form of power, also he could just copy your data and whoop your ass in seconds!

Silver and Tails are above Metal Sonic... This pole is for the most powerful characters. In Sonic The Fighters, Metal Sonic was THE absolute best and strongest character, and the second best was Bark the Polar Bear. Anyways, Tails has nothing on this Badnik, same with Silver.

With his ability to copy skills other charters have it makes him incredibly dangerous. Also fighting him one on one is suicide unless you are a main character.
Also the fact that in his Metal Overlord form he needed 3 chaos wielding mobains to dent him proves that he is powerful.

9 Blaze the Cat

Being able to control fire is cool. And the way she is always cool under pressure is evidence she knows she wipe the floor with the competition.

Blaze is, according to the developers, the female version of Sonic from another dimension. She's a bit slower, but has stronger attacks and better aerial game. Basically, they're canononical equals. And just like the Sonic V. Shadow fight in SA2, both Blaze and Sonic beat each other in their respective stories in a (partially literal ) head to head battle in Sonic Rush. Once again, since the outcome doesn't really affect the story, we could just say it ended in a stalemate.

She is just so serious and calm under pressure, she looks awesome, has a lot of epic poses, and fire powers? She is so awesome, and she died saving the world?! She is my favorite, and she deserves much more than what SEGA gives her!

She's super strong, super fast, can fly, control fire, got the Sol Emeralds, the power of Solaris, and the Power of the Stars. She took down Knuckles without breaking a sweat.

10 Doctor Ivo "Eggman" Robotnik Doctor Ivo "Eggman" Robotnik is a fictional video game character and the main antagonist of the Sonic the Hedgehog series, created by Sega.

It's amazing he's lasted so long, and every now and then he can trap sonic. He also is pretty smart and has invented gadgets that Tails can only dream of

In sonic 2..? Sonic tries to catch Eggman before he gets into the Death Egg Robot-Faster
In lost world, he punches down a wall, faster than knuckles-Stronger
Smarter than Tails-Smarter

Eggman's a cool villain, something fishy happened?

The Contenders
11 Dark Gaia

Dark Gaia is without a doubt the most powerful thing in the Sonic Universe as it took both Light Gaia and Super Sonic to stop it and even then it's only really sleeping or trapped, waiting to make a return.

He is way stronger than solaris phase 2 even if he is not perfect dark gaia. He stomps solaris so hard he'll wish he was a dark gaia minnion.

Isn't this a god?

12 Rouge the Bat

Rouge the Bat will be the drummer of the Team Dark band and the greatest drummer of the whole Sonic franchise!

Awesome rouge, I have loved this character when I was 11... ! I have a new friend for her, it was me!

She'd be powerful with a Russian accent & a pear figure!

Should be number 1 I love Rouge!

13 Black Doom
14 Big the Cat

Big the Cat may be the most idiot coharacter, yet his hobby of fishing is cute.

Also, Big the Cat has the best muscles despite his obesity (which his muscles give him).

It's a shame that the strongest character is the most idiot.

Just imagine it... Super Big the Cat

He climb fast. He flatten foes.

15 Chaos

Have you seen Creepshow?
Have you seen Creepshow 2?
Have you seen the creature in the water?
Well... that creature is the very same thing Chaos is, watch the movie if you don't believe me...

Chaos is a cool nasty monster! He is a water monster!

Chaos is the best.

His made of water...?

16 Amy Rose

Amy's is like the incredible hulk. The angrier she gets, the stronger she gets! It's been seen that with enough anger while using her Piko Hammer, she can swing hit just as hard as Knuckles punches, maybe even a little harder.

So while not strong in terms of superpowers (even though its been hinted that Amy is a Psychic because of her ability to turn invisible and read tarot cards), but she's strong in terms of raw strength.

Her hammer is not enough of her and I'm glad she's not on the list. I mean, if she DOES act like Sonic like the spindash, ball jump, etc. She'll be okay, but will be a ripoff. Her style doesn't make her very likable enough much for the series of the franchise. Now, y'all might be saying, "AmY rOsE iS tHe StRoNgEsT girl eVaH! FoRgEt EvErYoNe BuT sOnIc, I hOpE sHe CaTcHeS hEr DrEaMs :DDD", Man, SCREW AMY! She will NEVER be powerful, it's Sonic's turn!

Amy Rose needs more credit, when she chases Sonic, and he is the fastest thing in the WORLD, mind you, she is pretty close behind, and really, even Sonic is scared of her, I feel like nobody is actually voting because of strength, but in preference in character, and that is very ignorant, Amy Rose is probably one of the strongest females, if not the strongest.

She uses a piko - piko hammer which is so cool and that makes her very strong. She may appear as a kind - hearted girl but when you make her real Mac she uses her hammer to try and squish you.

17 Scourge the Hedgehog

Give up the Sonic comic series! This made Archie Comics much worse!

Scourge is one of the most powerful sonic characters in the comic series

He is Sonic only a jock

18 Froggy

Froggy is the strongest character in all of Sega. He should be the main character. He can easily defeat Shadow, Sonic, Silver, and Knuckles all at the same time! Also, the sun is cold.

He can destroy the world

19 Infinite

Bruh he made a giant army of the strongest villains! He is #1! Most powerful with the phantom ruby! And he could actually kill sonic and shadow!

He should be number four in the rankings. In order characters should be ranked as follows in the top 10:
1. Solaris
2. Iblis
3. Mephiles
4. Infinite
5. Hyper Shadic
6.Super Silver
7.Super Shadow
8.Super Sonic
9. Hyper Knuckles
10. Chaos
Also, Infinite should be number four because I feel that Sonic and the avatar couldn't beat him if he actually went all out. Not even together. Remember, his arrogance meter is so high it's broken. He let Sonic live, simply because Sonic and I quote isn't even "worth the effort to finish off." So, how do we know if he even went all out, used the full power he had? The truth is; we don't. But, my money's on he didn't use his full power because he's just to arrogant. He's literally said Sonic's not worth it and he told the avatar that it didn't matter that he beat him because he'd destroy him anyway. Hints? I think so.

In sonic forces he easily defeated silver, trapped shadow in an illusion of green hill zone,helped eggman take over 99% of the world,defeated sonic twice and captured him. Compared to villians like solaris which took 3 super forms to defeat but what powered the super forms? The chaos emeralds,and the phantom ruby can neutralise the chaos emeralds like in sonic mania, also compared to mephiles who killed sonic with a surprise attack but infinite defeated sonic in a true fight and compared to metal sonic who has been defeated countless times by sonic infinite is more powerful and also he was defeated because the phantom rubies powers where drained

He killed Sonic too, but this dude is stronger than Solaris and Metal Sonic. There's literally no limit to his power. We don't even know if he's dead.

20 Iblis

So strong he throws skyscrapers at you, not to mention his immortality, every time he is 'defeated' he comes back stronger than before if left alone. I feel he regenerated for apporxemently 300 years with no disruption he would be stronger than Solaris.

Iblis should be number two because he's Solaris physical power embodied. Also, he's responsible for Silver's future world.

Literally the embodiment of Solaris' power.

21 Enerjak

Basically supercharged Knuckles. And Knuckles is already pretty strong.

22 Jet the Hawk Jet the Hawk is a character from SEGA's Sonic the Hedgehog series. Jet is very arrogant, prideful, and always seeks riches and fortunes. While also the Babylon Rogues' leader, Jet rarely takes his responsibilities seriously, though he knows how to assert his authority.

Jet is the best because he is the fastest and strongest on his board

He is awesome

He is the best

23 Time Eater
24 Mighty the Armadillo

Mighty (behind big somehow) is one of the physically strongest sonic characters, that doesn't include transformations of any kind. He's stronger than a handful of characters on the top 10.

Mighty is powerful but, is he more powerful than Knuckles or less powerful than him.
The world might never know, we really need the two of them to fight to answer the question.
Don't you agree...

Stronger than Knuckles. We don't call him Mighty for nothing.

Powerful, yes, he is pretty powerful but, that's just his armor.

25 Espio the Chameleon Espio The Chameleon is a Sonic character first appearing in the 1995 Sega 32X title, Knuckles' Chaotix alongside Charmy Bee and Vector the Crocodile. Espio's appearance in Knuckles' Chaotix depicts him as a character with a hot temper which causes Charmy to remind him about his manners. In Sonic Heroes, more.

I think he should be higher up a least he is stronger than mecha sonic as he managed to fight lots of enemes, and, mecha sonic was defeated multiple times. Also he technically beat shadow, if you played as team chaotix and played as him he beat team dark in their boss battle so he should be a lost higher up, also if you add sonic rivals he beat metal sonic in a race as well as defeating sonic SOOO WHY ISN'T HE HIGHER?

All espio needs to do is turn invisible and stab any sonic character and they are dead. Not to mention he can keep up with most sonic characters and has ninja abilities

He can literally be invisible. When he's in a fight, nobody can see him, and when he's quiet enough, nobody can defeat him in a fight.

Come on! He can turn invisible and throw razor sharp shurikans! He can kill anyone!

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