Top Ten Anime/Manga Characters


The Top Ten

1 Goku - Dragon Ball Z Goku - Dragon Ball Z Son Goku (Born Kakarrot) is the main protagonist of the Dragon Ball franchise created by Akira Toriyama in 1984. His abilities include super strength, utilization of ki, flight, teleportation, super speed, enhanced reflexes, and Super Saiyan transformation that increase strength, speed, and durability. more.

Goku is very inspirational and funny... His innocence is what makes people adore him... At the same time he is very strong this is what makes him a perfect main character... I wonder why he is not number 1.. On this list..

I've look ever where to find Large amount of people who hate this character, to tell you the truth... Goku will forever be the number 1 character to hit the anime screen!

I couldn't control my tears and I cried when Goku died. He was so inspiring. I start watching dbz when I was four and when I turned six I become so busy that I couldn't watch dbz and after some days on my T.V. cable Cartoon Network was not available so I couldn't watch dbz anymore. I only watched it till Android saga started. When I turned 12 toonami channel was available on my T.V.. One day I saw dbz on toonami and I was so excited that I got to watch this show. It was the beginning of buy saga. Then I searched internet and read the story of all episode I have missed. Then I kept watching it daily. And when I saw the episode where Goku and other died. I was so sad. My most beloved character. I am a girl and I don't care if he is handsome or not. In any list of anime I always vote Goku. He is my number one character. Sometimes I am confused that which character should I vote and if I see the name of Goku. My confusion is over at once. I vote for him blindly. I don't care which other ...more

Son goku is the one character who is very discreetly written with a very distinct boundary of being true of heart and awesomely powerful...

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2 L - Death Note L - Death Note L Lawliet, exclusively known by the mononym L, is a fictional character in the manga series Death Note, created by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata.

I know that L died in both the manga and the anime because of Light, but he didn't "lose. " He already had his next step planned and in the end it was Light's loss. Even the creators admit that they believe L was the smartest character (look it up on Wikipedia), and you have to admit, he has charisma. A lot of it. And he's funny, in a weird, totally awkward way that was still cool.

I guess this is the long way of saying L had his own style, and was no way inferior to Light Yagami. I personally liked L because there are no other characters with his personality. Light... I've seen, watched, and heard too many characters with his style.

So cool and so clever. He has something very attractive. His style when he sit or eat is so great

L: person.

Light: psychopath.

L: the best detective.

Light: Best murderer.

Elle Lawliet!

Basically a much smarter version of me. Beautiful.

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3 Uzumaki Naruto - Naruto Uzumaki Naruto - Naruto

Naruto is the best of the best man. He has the whole classic 'Underdog' thing going for him. What I really love is that he's bin thru hell and back again n' is still the light, upbeat guy we all love. Well, most of us love. I know he's sometimes... Stupid, but when it really matters, he's there. Supporting. Helping and being the best he can be, and that's Naruto. He can't be Naruto without his comrades, without the people he cares for. I really hate it SO MUCH when people prefer Sasuke over Naruto. I know Sasuke's got this whole 'jaded' look to him, the whole damaged prince thing. But what put's Naruto above it all is that he's NOT damaged. He's above being damaged, stronger than that, better than that. It's really inspiring to read about Naruto, even if he's a fictional character. Naruto doesn't let anything get to him, and he always finds the right way. Naruto doesn't let hate control him, doesn't let the darkness consume him, while Sasuke DOES. Out of all the anime characters I ...more

Naruto is the best, he is similar to a lot of main characters from different manga/anime. He is optimistic, kind and is willing to die for his friends. What makes him different is he had a harsh past, however he is still a positive, upbeat, inspiring character.

Naruto will beat everyone here. Him and Goku should be first. Whoever thinks otherwise does not know manga. Naruto is useless but strong willed and Goku is innocent and will fight to the death to protect his friends. The same as Naruto

I'm glad Naruto made number three. Naruto is the best anime I have ever seen. He is so strong and funny.

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4 Monkey D. Luffy Monkey D. Luffy Monkey D. "Straw Hat" Luffy is a fictional character and the protagonist of the One Piece manga franchise created by Eiichiro Oda.

Best manga character ever. Funny, stupid and more. He is serious when he wants to be and is loyal to his friends and helps anyone who needs help and are true to their heart.

Luffy is a superstar in the world of pirates throughout the anime. He has a very high leadership. Different from Naruto, Luffy's my favorite of which he is the only main character who never wanted to be a hero, realizing very bad reputation, but he's still helping people who need help and said, " IF YOU WANT TO CONSIDER OUR HEROES OR CRIMINALS, YOU ARE SET SELF". Different from the other groups in anime such as Bleach and Fairy Tail is still considered a hero or Natsu or Naruto who wants to support the people and is considered a hero. The purpose Luffy is not a hero but wanted to show how free he is venturing across the seas freely with extensive crew to get ONE PIECE AND ACHIEVING THEIR DREAMS.

Definitely. If One Piece is the best manga of all time (See Japan's 2011 polls), then the main character of One Piece is the best main character of all time. Makes sense, no? Luffy is the hilariously dumb and combat prodigy of One Piece, captain of the Strawhats, and he can stretch. Plus, he likes meat. Well... I just gave you his entire biography, didn't I...

Extremely funny and dumb guy - INOMyStuff

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5 Lelouch Lamperouge - Code Geass Lelouch Lamperouge - Code Geass Lelouch Lamperouge, whose real name is Lelouch vi Britannia, is the title character and protagonist of the Sunrise anime series Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion.

There are some people who say that Lelouch sacrificed everything for others, but that's not completely true.
Yes, he had sacrificed things for others but its also for himself
Lelouch had said so himself "i need a reason to live"
He wanted to do something, something that will show that he has a need to live, a reason strong enough that he can sacrifice everything to reach this goal. This is the reason he was prepared do die and receive the consequences of killing innocent people and dirtying his hands.

This is not a flaw or weakness, in fact, this is what makes him so special and attractive. There are many characters out there that say "if its for them, I can sacrifice my life" "if its for my friends, I can throw away everything"

In many animes this is shown as "hypocritical" words " naive or great" words in others

However Lelouch has never said any sort of words like that.
He has sacrifice for his ...more

Lelouch is just on another level, other characters like light and Edward are cool and all but! They just are not even close to how Lelouch is. Lelouch did not just have to fight against his own family, he 'had' to kill people he loved like Euphimia (i cried when she died) and that was not enough Lelouch was betrayed more than once first by his friend, Susaku, then by the dark knights, but he didn't not give up, but then if that was not enough to bring him down the truth about his mother just being a selfish bitch that abandoned his children was revealed and so many other thing he had to go through, to tell you the truth no other character would be able to handle it even Light whom I think is the closest to Lelouch cracked and strayed from his path and became a murderer.

So does anyone need a reason to believe why Lelouch is the best? I you do I think you need to watch it again, I know I did =), because you can't miss it Lelouch is just on another level, next to Goku hahaha.

Lelouch: "It wasn't me who was wrong. It was the world. The world needs to change, so I'll change it. You can't change the world without getting your hands dirty. "
I watched dozens of animes and none other character didn't even closely affect me like this one. He changed my view of the world.

Look lelouch kinda planned the whole setup from scratch..He decided to convert the world into a much better place and not a war zone. He rid the evil by becoming a much bigger evil

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6 Light Yagami - Death Note Light Yagami - Death Note Light Yagami is a fictional character and the protagonist of the manga series Death Note, created by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata.

While most people who've seen the anime Death Note write Light off as a bad character I do the opposite. Light is actually a well-rounded character in my opinion. He started out with good intentions, such as purging the world of evil. However, unlike other anime protagonists, Light's good intentions are twisted by human greed and ambition. Due to this, Light becomes the so-called "villain. " This, I think, sets him apart from the rest of anime characters and signifies him as unique.

Light Yagami is the coolest hero that has ever been in shonen jump his evilness is beyond compare! Goku has to shoot some weird energy beam, Light just has to write down your name. Who uses more effort? - polarwolf9

Goku. plus without his death note he can't fight Goku even if he is smarter

My favourite character ever! Most people prefer L but Light is much more complex, he starts as a hero but due too his hunger for power and god complex he then becomes the villain, and basically you are watching a series about a villain trying to get his own way! Simply amazing, really smart personality and I guess many people can relate to him in a certain way. I've always supported him since he IS the protagonist, and I also saw L as an obstacle which had to be eliminated. Light is just perfect and no other anime character will ever be such unique as him.

He should live and sentence justice on the world and create a New One

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7 Vegeta - Dragon Ball Z Vegeta - Dragon Ball Z Vegeta is an anime fictional character from the anime series, Dragon Ball Z, created by Akira Toriyama.

Vegeta is an ultimate bad-ass, the only one to top a man like this would be Roronoa Zoro. Both of these Characters have been down played so much due to then not being the 'main' characters in their respective show. No matter how much training a secondary character does they can still never be as strong as the main even when the main is laid back when it comes to getting stronger. Secondary characters are better than main characters 85% of the time.
Examples: Beyblade, Kai. Beyblade metal fusion, Kyoya. Naruto Shippuden, Kakashi, Bleach, Captain commander Yamamoto, Fairy tail, laxus. Etc

Vegita is probably one of the coolest characters ever. He is really strong, has a lot of pride and of course his rivalry with goku will always be remembered. He never gave up even though deep down he knew goku was better because he was more talented but that didn't stop him he kept on training and training and always managed to be around equal strength with goku.

This character is truly one of the best and although I love Goku I have to say that Vegeta has a real life edge to him that Goku probably don't. Now I know many people will probably send me smoke bombs for this but just take a second to think about vegeta. Vegeta shows growth, he flawed, he works on those flaws, he redeems himself, expresses how he feels and what he thinks, end up respecting (at first hating and wanting to kill) the main character his rival goku and despite fights and humiliations of almost every type that still didn't stop vegeta from becoming one of the most popular characters of anime. Talk about character development laugh out loud! Vegeta personifies it 100% and then some. PRINCE OF ALL SAYIANS ROCK!

Vegeta doesn't need to be the main character to always get a top spot in these polls. He's that awesome.

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8 Edward Elric - Fullmetal Alchemist Edward Elric - Fullmetal Alchemist Edward Elric, commonly nicknamed Ed, is a fictional character and the protagonist of the Fullmetal Alchemist manga series created by Hiromu Arakawa.

Edward is a selfless unapologetic unconventional state alchemist! Who can deny his prowess and his ability to push limits? You go Edward, you go.

I'm his biggest fan. Even though he is quite selfish, he always settles others problem than himself.

What he went through from beginning to the last episode all his selfless acts n putting everything on his shoulders getting better n stronger before our eyes but was always the same hard nosed yet compassionate person who showed he cared but would pity to no one because everyone has a strong pair of legs get up and use them, he's smart n just a badass he's just as much of a genius as anyone else on this list but this wasn't the type of anime that shows he's a mastermind those astory lines make the main characters look so cool its more the story then the character himself but the fullmetal alchemist was cool through his actions not the story


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9 Itachi Uchiha - Naruto Itachi Uchiha - Naruto Itachi Uchiha is a fictional character in the Naruto manga and anime series created by Masashi Kishimoto.

Amazing character! Reminds me of Byakuya from Bleach - calm, logical, flawless and just hard out! He is the rogue ninja that killed off his clan and joined the unbeatable organisation made of S-classes criminals - and he still stands out! Should be much higher!

Strongest character in Naruto aside from Madara, he has such a sad and deep story. As powerful as Sasuke is he only won because Itachi was sick, and let him win.

Ultimate symbol of sacrifice. Best brother. Should be hokage.

Such a caring older brother. why can't he be my brother?

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10 Natsu Dragneel - Fairy Tail Natsu Dragneel - Fairy Tail Natsu Dragneel is a Mage of the Fairy Tail Guild.Natsu is carefree and reckless in nature, and, despite his consistent brawls with the other members of Fairy Tail, he is a fiercely loyal and protective friend. He is willing to go down fighting for his friends, regardless of how futile it might seem. more.

Natsu Dragneel... Strong Like a Dragon, and Warm-Hearten Like the Summer. The Best Anime Character Ever Made. He Has All the Materials of a Perfect Protagonist. He's Strong, Funny, Friendly, Loyal to His Guild, Humorous Respectful, Considerate, Comedian, a Total Bad-ass, Kind Yet Furious, has a Cute Weakness and What Not?

There are Lots of Similarities Among the Protagonists, Like Naruto, Natsu, Luffy, Goku, InuYasha, Elrich etc. But Natsu Alone Has Those Qualities Altogether. You Don't Often Get to See Humorous Acts Done by Anyone Even When You're in a Life or Death Battle. Well... That's NATSU for ya.

And... Whenever You'll See Him Getting Furious over His Enemies 'cause His Friends Where Hurt, You'll Get to Feel This Strong Sensation within You Which Only Natsu Can Produce. He'll Just Drag the Emotion outta Your Concrete Heart. To Me... That's How Every Anime Protagonist Should be.

Natsu Dragneel? The Strongest Boy I Have EVER Seen... He Has Inside And Outside Beauty. He Is Funny And Cute. He Loves His Friends More Than His Life. Natsu Is The Most Amazing Anime Character I Have EVER Seen.

Natsu is absolutely... Amazing. On the outside he's a dorky food lover who gets motion sickness. But on the inside, he's loyal to all his friends, inspirational, and never willing to give up. He's a lot like Luffy and Goku, but there is something special that he has and they don't, passion (in some cases) and the hope he gives to others. When his friends look at him, they see the encouraging smile that gives them faith. Plus, Natsu is probably one of the only people who makes a guy with pink hair totally work. Another thing I like about Natsu, is that he has true feelings for Lucy, and feels really close to her. Anime foodies usually have no form of love to anyone that cares (even a little) about them. Natsu doesn't admit his love but shows it by risking his life for her and won't let anyone hurt her. That's true love! What's Fairy Tail without Natsu?!


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The Contenders

11 Uchiha Sasuke - Naruto Uchiha Sasuke - Naruto

From here he stands everyone is mediocre. He had to make pretty tough choices trough is life that made him the great ninja he is. He killed Orochimaru, one of the three sannins, and is brother Itachi because he killed his own clan! He is obsessed with revenge and there's no way to stop him! I would vote for naruto but I think sasuke should be higher!

I think sasuke is the best. Sure, there is no denying that Naruto is an amazing and inspiring character and I love him but sasuke's my personal favorite. A lot of people seemed to think that he'd gone nuts in shippuden but I don't think that was the case. He was sane and everything he did involved his sense of justice. He definitely made some unwise desicions but if you look at his past and everything he had been through, you can't exactly blame him. Sasuke's character is so complex and interesting and his past was heartbreaking. He would be just as cool even if wasn't so good-looking.

Sasuke Uchiha has always been my favorite character he is a result of a destroyed clan and does his absolute best to achieve his goals, his skills are more rounded than anyone elses and his intelligence and keen sense are his advantages, he never loses focus and is always carrying a heavy burden, his tendency to react irrationally whenever his brother or his clan is mentioned is understandable and prideful. He is truly the definition of ninja he endures.

Those hating Sasuke uchiha or think he is not worth being like : Watch naruto shipudden episode 478. I know his character is a little bit difficult to understand but once you'll know him you'll start loving him. I have watched several anime but dude, this character has gone through the most character development.

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12 Roronoa Zoro - One Piece Roronoa Zoro - One Piece Roronoa Zoro, nicknamed "Pirate Hunter" Zoro, is a fictional character in the One Piece franchise created by Eiichiro Oda.

I think that he is after vegeta the most badass character with the strongest ambition, to become the greatest swordsman.. But that isn't all because he is honest to what he believes in and that is that Monkey D. Luffy will become the Pirate King and that's what makes him awesome..

He wants to throw away his own life and ambition so that the strawhats can live on and he wants to become stronger for luffy and asks Hawkeyes Mihawk to train him and that's the one that stands in his way to become the best swordsman

The most badass character ever. He's better than vegeta in the sense that he isn't driven by his arrogance. His back story is epic, his sword style is epic, everything about him is epic. He never gives up, and never stops fighting, even when he's about to die. Definitely the most badass edgy character in anime.

Zoro, he ate the badass badass fruit except that he didn't lose his ability to swim but he sense of direction. A character that shows great determination and has his moments in the show. By far my favorite anime character alongside alexander the great (Fate/Zero).

Just so cool

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13 Kurosaki Ichigo - Bleach

Kurosaki Ichigo is a complex character that needs years to be built. I myself has some things similar with Ichigo's personality. Not simply because he is strong or handsome (which he definitely is), every characters has their own strength and weaknesses, but what makes Ichigo a respectable character is his determination.
Somewhat like Naruto, he has his honor, pride, and people that he needs to defend. He also has a strong sense of justice, no matter who his opponent is. And what makes me admire him as a man is because he has his destination. He has a goal in his life and he is determined to make the goal become reality. In reality, we often wavered on our decisions and determinations that we often failed to grasp the opportunity and lost ourselves to doubt. Ichigo become a realistic character because he also his own downfall and not all the time hero, a hero sometimes needs to be rescued, and his humanity is what wins Ichigo. His humanity makes Ichigo a victor.

He's is the best man in the whole world. He's needs more fans for his mange! SCREW YOU PEOPLE WHO HAVE NO HUMOR!

He is. Hot. He's amazing! Ichigo vowed to protect anyone... He's amazing like that. He wants to protect his sisters, ever since his mom died... I think that's why ichigo kurosaki is so amazing!

I really believe ichigo should be on that list

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14 Himura Kenshin - Samurai X/Rurouni Kenshin Himura Kenshin - Samurai X/Rurouni Kenshin Himura Kenshin, known as Kenshin Himura in the English-language anime dubs, is a fictional character and protagonist of the Rurouni Kenshin manga created by Nobuhiro Watsuki.

The most human and relate-able character ever. His life and personality make him the most understood character I've ever seen. Everybody has things they wish they had never done and regrets they try to make up for in every day life. I think that's what makes Kenshin Himura such a powerful character. I mean he spends his youth in a war he somewhat believes in, but he realizes once the war is over all the death and chaos he created. He tries to atone for what he's done by not killing again, no matter who the person is but things unfold that constantly make him brake his vow. However no matter what happens he always tries to protect the ones he cares for without causing his opponents death. He is a LEGEND.

A peace-loving, humble, soft-spoken gentleman who is the most feared and strongest man. A legend who made revolution possible. He saved thousands of life by killing hundreds then he regrets about the lives he has taken even in a war. He showed the truth by risking his life to every single bad guy to save their life.
After saving thousands of life; as a living legend he is still washing dishes and clothes preparing meals and playing with kids. What a personality.
How he could love and protect these people who are already owe him so much.
%99.9999 percent of men would expect worship unlike Kenshin does

Kenshin is an excellent and interesting character with a dark and tragic past. At first when he appears, he is an almost perfect character but his past catches up with and he learns valuable life lessons through these experiences and he always wins the battle with it and the ultimate and ancient teachings of the Hiten Mitsurugi Ryu. The story of Rurouni Kenshin is an enthralling experience!

The best anime I have ever seen

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15 Kuchiki Rukia - Bleach Kuchiki Rukia - Bleach

Love her! She shows that women are capable of being a BADASS as well. She's unlike the ordinary heroines that are being portrayed. More of the independent-like type of girl and not like the ones all with the puppy dog eyes and cries when in trouble.

She's the coolest and cutest female anime character for me. She's so lovable. And yes she's a bad-ass yet she knows how to make the lead character go wild and be strong. She's the light.

Ya... A tough girl, rukia.. She became strong because she wants to protect her friends..

Elegant, kind, selfless, strong, beauty. the best girl ever!

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16 Spike Spiegel - Cowboy Bebop Spike Spiegel - Cowboy Bebop

WHY IS SPIKE NOT HIGHER?! Cool, Bad-ass, calm and with an interesting past... I am really surprised. Not to mention his AMAZING voice actor...

You don't put other characters above Spike, period. Seriously, where else can you find a character that's not only cool beyond all hell, but also incredibly complex and well-written?

There's injustice in the world when Spike Spiegel is not at the top of every "Top Whatever Number Anime Characters"

Cowboy Bebop is good for grownups to watch!

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17 Gohan - Dragon Ball Z Gohan - Dragon Ball Z

He inherited his father's greatness and power as well as kindness, even surpassed him at some cases.

Gohan should be in top ten! He used to be the strongest character in the whole series! ( not counting villains and fusions ) - Goku02

The cell saga was the best part of him.

I didn't like how he was handled after the Cell Saga. One moment he is stronger than everyone, the next he is a downright weakling, and finally he becomes the strongest in the universe but still doesn't do crap. what, Akira Toriyama?

Gohan is the best hybrid

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18 Trunks - Dragon Ball Z Trunks - Dragon Ball Z Trunks (トランクス, Torankusu) is the first Earthling and Saiyan hybrid son of Bulma and Vegeta, and the older brother of Bulla .

I am sorry for being harsh but you females just like a character who looks good and he is hot. You never see a person personality. How inspiring and good a guy is. Goku deserves to be number one. He is not as handsome as trunks but he is the most inspiring character of all time. This list is about most beloved and inspiring characters of all time not about smoking hot characters of all time. Goku deserves to be number one. I hate that kind of females who just prefer hot and bad guys. Instead of good and great people. Besides I am also a 12 years old girl. But I prefer great people. I saw how inspiring they are. And Goku is the most inspiring character ever in anime history.

He is under rated. He was a 8 year old super saiyan! Plus he is the CEO for capsule corp. The largest company in that world! He's traveled through time. He wouldn't stop until his dad accepted him. So he can kick almost anyone's ass, is a genius, really sweet, and is super hot! Why is he not higher!

he is very terrible. I like his move and so cute I think he is the best not goku because he is the best.
he is awesome...
and a very good man he is my favorite character of all time nice

He's so cute and badass! He should be in the top 10.

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19 Pikachu - Pokemon Pikachu - Pokemon Pikachu are a species of Pokémon, fictional creatures that appear in an assortment of video games, animated television shows and movies, trading card games, and comic books licensed by The Pokémon Company, a Japanese corporation.

oh my gosh pikachu is awesome! everybody loves that little guy! - lucario411

Pikachu is really cute! He is a loyal pokemmon to his trainer (Ash) and is protective pikachu is the best mouse pokemon ever

! Pikachu Is Really Really Really Cute! Please Vote For Pikachu! I really want pikachu to be number 1! Not like death note its boring making me sleep! Pikachu is the BEST one Ever!

Pikachu's relationship with Ash and the fact that it may be that he is smarter than him is one of my favorite relationships in anime yet

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20 Future Trunks - Dragon Ball Z Future Trunks - Dragon Ball Z

Dude what ever your saying is bull trunks is just a weak ass who come to ask help form Goku and Goku is known as strongest players in this whole world, vegeta and trunks who is the one who keeps on messing around in serious situation

I love Future Trunks! After Vegeta, he's the most badass DBZ character. While stupid Goku plays around with villians causing more damaged, Trunks sliced 'em right up like the cool, no-bs badass he is. He's introduction was truly amazing!

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