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- ―Judy Hopps' catchphrase
- “When I was a kid, I thought Zootopia was this perfect place where everyone got along and anyone could be anything. Turns out, real life's a little bit more complicated than a slogan on a bumper sticker. Real life is messy. We all have limitations. We all make mistakes. Which means―hey, glass half full!―we all have a lot in common. And the more we try to understand one another, the more exceptional each of us will be. But we have to try. So no matter what type of animal you are, from the biggest elephant to our first fox, I implore you: try. Try to make the world a better place. Look inside yourself and recognize that change starts with you. It starts with me. It starts with all of us.”
- ―Judy Hopps' speech near the film's conclusion
- Judy Hopps is the first bunny ever to join Zootopia's police department. Determined to prove herself, Judy jumps at the chance to crack a case, even if it means teaming up with a con artist fox.
- “In Hopps' animation, we tried to celebrate both her rabbitness and her female nature. She's a tough bunny, but she's still feminine. She's sweet, but she's not weak. And when she's on high alert, her natural rabbit instincts take over - ears and nose twitching, foot thumping.”
- ―Kira Lehtomäki
Judy is fiercely optimistic and independent. Since childhood, she had harbored a dream to become a police officer, to make the world a better place. She cares for the well-being of others, and is always willing to extend a helping hand.
Due to being a rabbit, a species not known for being police officers, Judy faced continuous doubt from those around her, from her parents to local bullies. Nevertheless, she used this doubt as a means to increase her determination; she believed in the importance of always trying and making an effort to reach her goals, one of which was to eventually become a police officer of Zootopia, a city where predator and prey supposedly live together in peace and harmony, believing she will be quickly accepted amongst her peers. Unfortunately, she was too idealistic in this regard and found herself unprepared when facing the reality that city had both positive and negative aspects including prejudice, stereotyping, and profiling.
Unfortunately, Judy's fierce determination, at times, causes her to be overconfident and impulsive. She is shown to leap into action without always taking the time to fully think things through. This leads her to: abandon her post on parking duty to pursue Duke Weaselton into Little Rodentia causing considerable mayhem; almost get herself fired by taking on the Otterton case without permission; stake her career on being able to solve that case in 48 hours before learning that she has no resources; threaten to expose Mr. Big to his face which leads to him deciding to ice her and Nick; steal an entire train car full of evidence, rather than simply taking some key evidence to the ZPD. This leads to them nearly crashing into another train and ultimately destroying almost all the evidence.
Despite the odds, Judy remains optimistic and determined, adapting herself to the environment of Zootopia and those around her to build up both the way she presents herself and pursue her goals. She is clever, kind, and resourceful, which proves to be her greatest asset. She tarnishes the stereotype of a "dumb bunny", being intelligent enough to outsmart professional con artist, Nick Wilde, several times. Months of training at the Zootopia Police Academy has also left her tactical, with an impressive amount of physical prowess. During times of chaos, she can quickly take charge of a situation by concocting an efficient plan on the spot, being daring enough to take dangerous chances, in order to potentially end the day victorious. More often than not, Judy comes out successful as a result of this.
Judy believes that predators and prey should be treated equally and works to follow that belief. However, due to her childhood experience, having been bullied, attacked and injured by a fox, Judy harbors a degree of unconscious fear of predators (mainly foxes), such that while she is aware that predators don't pose a threat, there is a small part of her that does believe they could revert to their primitive savage ways.
After being pestered into taking a canister of fox repellent during her move from Bunnyburrow to Zootopia, Judy makes the conscious decision to keep the canister by her side for a majority of the film. When she first spots Nick looking dubious in the street, she immediately assumes him to be up to something and follows him inside ready to use her repellent just because he was a fox. When it appears that Nick was merely an innocent dad looking to buy ice cream for his son, she feels ashamed of her profiling, which causes her to overcompensate in hopes of redeeming herself, which ultimately makes her an easy mark for Nick's Jumbo Pop scam.
Judy's time in Zootopia will cause her to blossom into a more mature, practical, diligent, and legitimately progressive individual. Through her experiences, she discovers the downside of having an overly idealistic mentality, and that the world can be a problematic place, filled with issues such as prejudice and stereotype, showing that all mammals—be they predator or prey, foxes or rabbits—can be victims of bias, even when it is unintentional. All animals have feelings, hopes, and dreams, all of which can be destroyed by preconceived notions. As such, all should strive to live and accept one another for who they are inside, and not the stereotypes they have been labeled as by society. Using her success and experiences as proof, she implores those around her to try and make an effort to see beyond stereotypes, to prove your worth and reach your goals in spite of all that may go against you, with the belief that these positive actions can ultimately lead to a better world, becoming the physical representation of Zootopia's motto "Anyone can be anything."
Judy is a young rabbit with a lithe build and round face. She is covered in gray fur with a lighter shade on her underbelly up to her muzzle and on her paws. She has large purple eyes, a pink nose and inner ears, and long ears with black tips.
Judy is shown wearing three police uniforms: Her dress uniform worn during her graduation, her daily patrol uniform and the additional gear worn when she's doing parking enforcement.
The dress uniform worn at graduation is navy blue with sleeves, a high collar, and pants with a gold chain and sewn ZPD patches on her shoulders. She also wore a darker tie and a belt filled with various paraphernalia.
Her daily patrol uniform consists of dark blue pants, a blue shirt, a Kevlar vest, and black coverings around her wrists and ankles. She also had knee pads on her pants and a black Kevlar belt with a silver buckle. The uniform is made of neoprene, allowing Judy to work in different types of weather.
Judy's parking enforcement gear is worn over her daily patrol uniform and consists of an orange high-visibility vest with neon yellow lines and a dark blue bowler-type hat with a light blue band that contains the parking enforcement emblem on it.
When working as a carrot farmer, Judy wore a red-striped pink flannel shirt with rolled up sleeves and blue jeans and wore a beige sun hat.
Role in the Film
- “I want you to remember this moment the next time you think you will ever be anything more than just a stupid, carrot-farming, dumb bunny!”
- ―Gideon Grey to Judy
In the community of Bunnyburrow, at the annual Carrot Days Festival, young Judy and her friends perform a play promoting how in the city of Zootopia, anyone can be anything and Judy proclaims her desire to become a police officer. Her parents Bonnie and Stu, try to dissuade Judy from following a risky goal and encourage her to become a carrot farmer with the family instead. At the farm fair, Judy confronts a young fox named Gideon Grey picking on some prey children; Judy asks him to return their tickets. Gideon mocks the young rabbit for pretending to be a police officer and shoves her to the ground, to which Judy retaliates by kicking him in the face. Angered, Gideon claws Judy's cheek, drawing blood, and derides her, snarling that she will never be anything more than a "stupid carrot-farming dumb bunny." After Gideon leaves without realizing she got the tickets back from him, Judy gets up and proudly declares that Gideon was right about one thing... "I don't know when to quit."
15 years later, Judy is enrolled at the Zootopia Police Academy. At first struggling with the course demands, she gradually becomes stronger and more inventive in facing the various academy challenges so that she graduates as valedictorian and becomes Zootopia's first rabbit officer. As she leaves Bunnyburrow to start her new job in the city, Bonnie, Stu, and the rest of her family all gather to say their goodbyes at the train station. Bonnie and Stu accept the path she is taking, but they warn her of the dangers of predators in the city, including foxes, and give her a canister of fox repellent just in case. When she arrives in Zootopia, Judy finds an apartment at the Grand Pangolin Arms.
Optimistic and excited to start her first day at the Zootopia Police Department Judy arrives at District 1 headquarters and finds that all the other officers are large mammals (hippos, rhinos, elephants, bears, lions, tigers) with wolves being the smallest members on the force. During the bullpen, Chief Bogo places her on parking duty. Although Judy protests she could help on the missing mammals case, citing her academy record, Bogo doesn't care and leaves the assignment unchanged. Despite this, Judy is determined to make the best of the situation and pursues a self-imposed challenge to issue 200 tickets by noon which is an impressive accomplishment that ultimately accomplishes nothing with regards to impressing Bogo.
While out on parking patrol, she spots a shady fox sidling into Jumbeaux's Café and follows him, suspicious of his motives. There, she discovers that the fox simply brought his son there to get him a jumbo popsicle for his birthday and is ashamed of her profiling. However, Jerry Jumbeaux, Jr. refuses to sell him an elephant-sized treat on account of his being a fox. Judy interrupts the argument by pointing out potential health violations, and uses that to convince Jerry to sell the popsicle to the foxes (with Judy paying for it).
The fox introduces himself as Nick Wilde and thanks Judy for helping him, with Judy admitting that she believes foxes like him should not be treated as sly or crooked. But while issuing tickets in Sahara Square, she spots Nick melting the Jumbo-pop down into "pawpsicles" with his son. Following them throughout the city, Judy discovers Nick's "son" to actually be an adult hired fox named Finnick, who helps Nick with his plan. They purchase lumber for a construction site, use the wood to make pawpsicles that are sold to lemmings before recycling the lumber and delivering it to mice construction workers.
When Judy confronts Nick, he deflects all her attempts to arrest him by revealing that he has the proper paperwork and permits for his actions. He is quick to deduce her fears and insecurities, warning her that Zootopia is not a paradise and predicting her inevitable failure and return home. And as a fox that had managed to trick her, Nick concludes that she should know what kind of position she is in because of the animal she is and nothing will change that. As a self-assured Nick leaves the bunny in shock (and with her feet in wet cement), a depressed Judy returns to her apartment with her hopes of being accepted on the police force dented.
The next day, Judy continues to do her job, but is increasingly depressed as she only succeeds in aggravating animals with parking tickets. As she dejectedly asserts to herself that she is a real cop, she is confronted with a crime courtesy of Duke Weaselton, who had just robbed a floral shop. Ecstatic, she flings off her parking enforcement officer garb and pursues Weaselton, taking the chase into Little Rodentia despite it being a size-restricted zone. The frantic chase causes considerable panic among the residents and Weaselton kicks a large donut sign loose at Judy dodges it and then manages to save a young female shrew from getting crushed by it. She finally apprehends the crook and delivers him to ZPD headquarters. Upon her arrival, a furious Bogo confronts her on abandoning her post and causing reckless endangerment to the citizens of Little Rodentia.
Just then, Mrs. Otterton arrives at Bogo's office, desperately seeking someone to search for her missing husband Emmitt; Judy volunteers to take the case without seeking approval from Bogo beforehand. While this fills Mrs. Otterton with joy, Bogo is outraged and fires Judy for insubordination, but learning that Assistant Mayor Bellwether has already reported that Judy is on the case, forces him to allow her to continue. However, he makes a deal that she solve the case in 48 hours, or else she will resign.
Reviewing Mr. Otterton's case file, Judy notices that he bought a pawpsicle from Nick on the day of his disappearance and realizes that she now has a lead. She tracks down Nick and using a carrot pen with a recording function, she gets him to brag about his income. She then reveals he has admitted to tax evasion and uses the confession to blackmail him into aiding her investigation.
Nick brings Judy to the last place he saw Emmitt, the Mystic Springs Oasis, where Judy, to her discomfort, discovers that everyone is naked. The receptionist, Yax, mentions that Emmett was last seen getting into a limousine and provides the plate number.
As Judy doesn't yet have the ability to run a plate, Nick takes her to the Department of Mammal Vehicles, to seek the assistance of his friend Flash. To Judy's dismay, Flash and his co-workers are all sloths. After some frustration with the sloth's slow nature and Nick telling Flash a joke, they finally identify which company the limo belonged to. Upon leaving the DMV, Judy is dismayed to find that night had already fallen.
The pair locate Tundratown Limo Service where the limo was parked. But, to Judy's annoyance, it has already closed, the gate is locked, and she lacks a warrant to search the place. Believing his debt to her paid, Nick asks for the recording, but Judy casually tosses her pen over the fence into the limo yard, tricking Nick into climbing over it. This "trespassing" now provides Judy a "probable cause" to search the premises.
When they locate the limo, they examine the back compartment and see that is riddled with claw marks and find Otterton's wallet, leading them to think that he had been attacked. Nick then realizes that the limo belongs to Mr. Big, Tundratown's most feared crime boss. However, before they can get out, a pair of polar bears find them and take them directly to Mr. Big, whom Judy discovers is a actually a small arctic shrew. When Mr. Big addresses Judy, Nick tries to prevent her from revealing her identity, but she identifies herself as a cop and directly accuses Big of being behind Emmitt's disappearance. Unruffled, Mr. Big calmly orders the pair to be "iced", but before the polar bears can drop them into a pool of icy water, his daughter Fru Fru―the same shrew Judy saved the previous day―arrives, reminding her father that he had promised not to ice anyone at her wedding and recognizes Judy.
Fru Fru tells her father what Judy did for her, resulting in Big sparing Judy and Nick's lives. In gratitude, Mr. Big offers to help her find Mr. Otterton, kisses Judy on both cheeks and invites her and Nick to Fru Fru's wedding.
During the wedding dinner, Mr. Big explains that Emmitt was his florist, who was coming to tell him something important but, en route, suddenly went savage and attacked his chauffeur Manchas, a black jaguar. Judy and Nick go to see Manchas at his home in the Rainforest District for questioning. The traumatized jaguar describes the attack and mentions that Otterton had been yelling about "Night howlers", but before he can reveal anything else, Manchas suddenly turns savage himself and chases the pair. Judy calls for backup as they work to reach a gondola lift drop-off. As they reach the platform, Judy is knocked off, leaving Nick to face Manchas alone. However, Judy is able to get back up in time to handcuff the jaguar's leg to a pole before Manchas can reach Nick. However the safety is only temporary as Manchas thrashes around, knocking Nick into Judy and they both fall off the platform. Here Judy saves Nick's life again by catching his paw and a vine mid-fall allowing them to swing into a patch of branches that unfortunately isn't strong enough to support their weight.
Falling from the rainforest trees, the pair become entangled in a series of vines as Bogo and reinforcements arrive. Judy leads Bogo to Manchas, insisting that the case is bigger than she thought, only to find the jaguar has mysteriously disappeared. Frustrated by this apparently false emergency call, Bogo demands Judy to resign, and she nearly does, but Nick takes a stand, scolding Chief Bogo for deliberately setting Judy up to fail and insisting they still have 10 hours to solve the case. As the pair leave the Rainforest District in a gondola, Judy learns that Nick was bullied by prey animals as a child just for being a fox and considered untrustworthy. He resolved to live out the "sly fox" stereotype so as to never be hurt that way again. Judy's attitude towards Nick softens significantly.
Nick then realizes that the traffic cameras may have captured how Manchas disappeared, and the pair consult Assistant Mayor Bellwether, who had earlier promised to help Judy. Reviewing the footage, they learn that a pair of wolves captured Manchas and trace their truck to Cliffside Asylum. As they infiltrate the facility, they find all the missing predators, including Emmitt and Manchas, are imprisoned there, having all gone savage. The duo then discover Mayor Lionheart is one keeping the savage predators imprisoned to try and find a cure. Judy uses her phone camera to record Lionheart's admission, but their presence is given away when her cell phone starts ringing with an badly timed call from her parents. The asylum goes into lockdown but Judy uses a toilet to flush herself and Nick to the outside. With her evidence intact, Judy calls the ZPD, who raid the asylum and arrest Lionheart.
Later, before attending an important press conference, Judy offers Nick a chance to join ZPD, stating that she would like him as a partner. But when it comes her turn to speak, a pressured Judy describes the savaged mammals' condition as them reverting to their natural instincts. Nick is outraged at her public insinuations and confronts Judy after her address. When the argument gets heated enough for Nick to angrily demand to know if she feels threatened by him, the exchange triggers Judy's past encounter with Gideon and she fearfully assumes a defensive posture while reaching for her fox repellant. This reflexive act seemingly confirms to Nick her fear of predators and he angrily walks out on her offer.
As time goes on, more cases of predators going savage begin sprouting across Zootopia with no known cause or cure, resulting in fear and discrimination from the prey population. As Judy watches the chaos her words set in motion, she declines to become the face of ZPD despite Mayor Bellwether's request, saying that her attempts to make the world a better place have only broken it. Dejected, she resigns from the force.
Judy has returns home to Bunnyburrow and rejoins the family business as a carrot farmer, as newspapers report how Zootopia has become even more divided. She meets a much more mature Gideon, who has since partnered with her parents. Gideon apologizes to her about bullying her during their childhood, which Judy accepts. As they are talking, some children approach some blue flowers her father has been growing to protect their crops from bugs. Gideon reveals that the flowers are nicknamed "night howlers" which catches Judy's attention and she learns that a family member ate one whole and went completely nuts. This causes Judy to realize that anyone can go savage, predator or prey, if they've been exposed to the "night howlers".
Realizing she was wrong regarding the savage predators, Judy takes her father's truck and speeds back to Zootopia. With help from Finnick, Judy tracks down Nick and admits that she was wrong about predators. Judy becomes visibly upset, tearfully apologizing and condemning herself as "just a dumb bunny" for her words and actions believing he can hate her forever after they set things right, Nick opens up, forgives and comforts her. Their friendship is reconciled, and their investigation is renewed.
Recalling that Duke Weaselton had stolen a bunch of Night howler bulbs when she first arrested him, Judy and Nick confront him, demanding to know who he was stealing the flowers for. When he refuses to cooperate, they take him to Mr. Big, who threatens to ice him unless he told them what they wanted to know. During this time, Mr. Big designates Judy the godmother of his future grandchild, whom Fru Fru is planning on naming Judy in her honor.
Using Weaselton's information, the pair track down a ram named Doug, who is cultivating and weaponizing Night howlers at a secret lab hidden in an abandoned subway car. Entering the lab, they spy on Doug, who mentions during a phone call with his mysterious client that he "hit a tiny little otter through the open window of a moving car". These words and the sight of photos of all the "savaged" predators on Doug's transit map, make Judy realize that the reason why Otterton, Manchas, and all the other predators went savage is because Doug shot them all with the night howler toxin via a dart gun, completely unnoticed.
As two more sheep arrive, Judy takes the opportunity to steal the subway car, hoping to get the evidence to ZPD. As the sheep try to regain control of the car, they realize that an oncoming freight train about to collide with them head-on. Judy sees a switch track nearby and has Nick speed up so they can reach it before impacting with the other train. Judy knocks one of the sheep onto a track switch, diverting their car onto a different track and avoiding the collision, but unfortunately, their car is now going way too fast, and jumps the rails on the sharp curve. This results in it crashing and bursting into flames forcing the pair to leap free from the car before the final crash. It appears that all the evidence has been destroyed when the train car explodes, however, Nick reveals that he retrieved a case containing the dart gun and its night howler toxin ammo.
As they cut through the Natural History Museum to get to the ZPD, the pair encounter Bellwether, who insists on taking the evidence. Suspicious as to how Bellwether knew of their whereabouts, Judy and Nick insist on delivering the evidence themselves and try to leave, only to find a large, sinister-looking ram blocking their way and realize Bellwether is the true mastermind of the conspiracy. Judy and Nick try to flee, but Judy accidentally cuts her leg on a tusk display. Judy gives the case to Nick telling him to get it to Bogo, but Nick refuses to leave her behind insisting that they'll think of something. As Bellwether and her ram henchmen close in, the pair use a mannequin of a prehistoric bunny as a decoy to make a break for the exit, only to be knocked into a pit by the big ram. Bellwether then shoots Nick with the dart gun, causing him to apparently go savage, and calls the ZPD to report a savage fox in the natural history museum and that Officer Hopps is down.
While trying to evade Nick, Judy asks Bellwether why she was doing this. Bellwether elaborates on her plan to unite prey against predators so she can stay in power. Nick then clamps his jaws on Judy's neck as she lets out a bloodcurdling scream. However, it turns out this was all an act; they had secretly swapped the dart gun's ammo with blueberries from Judy's parents' farm. With Bellwether's confession recorded on Judy's carrot pen, the ZPD arrives and arrests her.
Later, Judy is reinstated into the ZPD. She is thanked by Mrs. Otterton for having found (and helped find a cure for) her husband, watches Zootopia return to normal, and months later, speaks at Nick's police graduation ceremony taking him on as her partner.
During Nick's first bullpen, Bogo seemingly assigns him and Judy to parking duty even after everything that had happened. However, he admits he was kidding, and assigns the pair to hunt down a street racer zipping through Savanna Central. As they roll out on their first assignment together, they encounter and chase down the racer and, to Judy's shock and Nick's amusement, discover he is none other than Flash.
During the credits, Judy, Nick, and the Zootopia populace dance at a concert performance of "Try Everything" by Gazelle. Judy dances to the music and glances over at Nick, who is simply standing there, so she playfully bumps him to get him to dance, to which he complies.
Role in Zootopia: Crime Files
Judy is the female protagonist of the game. She and Nick (and the player) take part in every case and search for clues, interrogate suspects, and analyze evidence to solve each crime. In the game, Judy is shown to have a great appreciation for Detective Oates, a horse, and seems to idolize him.
Judy and Nick are currently available for meet-and-greets daily near Animation Academy.
Though Judy and Nick are not available for meet-and-greets at Walt Disney World, they can be seen on a float during the Move It! Shake It! Dance and Play It! Street Party parade in the Magic Kingdom, replacing the Genie and Stitch.
As of March 26, 2016. For a special promotional Zootopia event in early 2016, both Judy and Nick made appearances for meet-and-greet sessions in Disney's Animal Kingdom.
Judy also made a special appearance during the 2016 Easter parade.
In November 2016, she and Nick started their meet-and-greet sessions during Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party.
Judy made debut with Nick during the next Easter parade which held in 2017 at Tokyo Disneyland.
Judy made her first appearance in France at the Disneyland Park as part of the 2016 Easter meet-and-greet event. She also took part in the park's Easter parade alongside other Disney rabbit characters.
On April 25, 2016, Judy and Nick had began their meet-and-greet sessions on Main Street, U.S.A., as part of Hong Kong Disneyland's 10th anniversary celebration.
Judy and Nick ride in the caboose in Mickey's Storybook Express, a train. Judy also appears briefly during the finale of Ignite the Dream, a nighttime spectacular.
For meet-and-greets, she and Nick can be found at Happy Circle in Adventure Isle.
- Judy's graduation ceremony
- Judy's meter maid cart
- Judy and Nick's police car
- Judy and Nick's relationship
- According to early information released, Judy was originally going to be the deuteragonist, with Nick as the protagonist. She was also going to be a lieutenant at one point.
- Her voice actress Ginnifer Goodwin finished recording her voice on September 11, 2015.
- Judy made a cameo in Ralph Breaks the Internet.
- Judy's name and persona is reminiscent of Judy Hoffs from the 1980s detective show 21 Jump Street, and its brief 2010s reboot.
- Byron Howard confirmed that the similarities between Judy's name and the character Officer Judy Hoffs from 21 Jump Street was an unintentional coincidence.
- Judy's last name is a play on how rabbits hop.
- She does not like to be called "cute" by other animals other than her own species.
- In the teaser trailer, Judy is shown to be armed with a high-powered dart pistol that fires darts of "elephant tranquilizer," and uses one of these darts to subdue Nick Wilde, who is hiding off-screen. However, in the actual movie, Judy carries no such weapon, and in fact, despite being a police officer, seems to spend the entire movie completely unarmed, unless one counts the small spray can of "fox repellent" given to her by her parents or the carrot pen to record conversations.
- While Judy carries handcuffs, as seen when she uses them to stop the savage Manchas, there is no way handcuffs of the size shown could ever fit in her utility belt.
- Nick Wilde often calls her "Carrots."
- Judy's nose twitches when she is scared, as stated by Travis, and her ears droop when she is sad, as stated by her parents. Both are seen several times throughout the movie.
- She is the godmother to Fru Fru's expected daughter, who will be named after her.
- She is very good at math, and jokes that rabbits are excellent at multiplying, a reference to how quickly rabbits are known to breed (reflected in her own family, since Stu and Bonnie Hopps have 276 children).
- She is 24 years old during the main events of the movie. (The movie fast-forwards 15 years to her Police Academy tenure, and she mentions before leaving for Zootopia that the incident with Gideon Grey occurred when she was 9 years old).
- Judy's eye color is purple because it adds some color to the dull coloration of her gray fur. Purple was chosen to represent her energetic and optimistic personality.
- Judy's upper lip is not split, unlike rabbits in real life.
- Judy's cellular provider for her phone is PB&J; this is a reference to AT&T.
- Judy uses a glass bottle to magnify the photo in the Emmitt Otterton case, almost the same way as Wreck-It Ralph in Wreck-It Ralph.
- Judy and Nick's relationship is similar to Rapunzel and Flynn Rider's relationship from Disney's Tangled.
- Of all the bunnies from the Hopps family shown in the film and other material, Judy is the only one with black-tipped ears.
- When recording Judy's apology to Nick, her voice actress, Ginnifer Goodwin, was actually in tears.
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