Forget Disney Princesses. It seems that the characters that stick in the viewer's minds are the villains. Because let's face it, whether they're terrifying, hilarious, appealing (either because they're evil or despite it) or just plain dominate the scene, Disney makes some damn fine baddies.


Disney Animated Canon

(Evil) Queen Grimhilde

 "...a special sort of death for one so fair."

Voiced by: Lucille LaVerne

Honest John


The Coachman

 "Give a bad boy enough rope, and he'll soon make a jackass of himself."

Voiced by: Charles Judels


Monstro the whale



The Headless Horseman

Lady Tremaine

 "These beads... they give it just the right touch."

Voiced by: Eleanor Audley (Cinderella); Susanne Blakeslee (sequels)


The Queen of Hearts

 "All ways are my ways!"

Voiced by: Verna Felton (Alice in Wonderland); Tress MacNeille (current)

Captain (James) Hook

 "...and Captain Hook never breaks a promise."

Voiced by: Hans Conried (Peter Pan); Corey Burton (1992-present)

Si and Am


 "You thought you could defeat me, me, the mistress of all evil!"

Voiced by: Eleanor Audley (Sleeping Beauty); Lois Nettleton (House of Mouse); Susanne Blakeslee (Kingdom Hearts)

 The Nostalgia Chick: She kidnaps Aurora's boyfriend and, instead of killing him, plans to keep him until he's old and decrepit while Aurora's sleeping self is still young and perfect, and only then will he be able to be with his one true love. When he's old and shriveled and can't get it up any more anyway. Now that's evil.

Cruella de Vil

 "Poison them, drown them, bash them in the head... I don't care how you kill the little beasts, but do it, and do it now!"

Voiced by: Betty Lou Gerson (101 Dalmatians); April Winchell (101 Dalmatians: The Series); Susanne Blakeslee (since 1999)

Madame Mim

 "Sounds like someone's sick. How lovely! I do hope it's serious - something dreadful."

Voiced by: Martha Wentworth

Shere Khan

 "I make my own rules."

Voiced by: George Sanders (The Jungle Book); Tony Jay (Tale Spin and The Jungle Book 2); Jason Marsden (Jungle Cubs)


 "He won't be here in the morning."

Voiced by: Sterling Holloway (The Jungle Book); Jim Cummings (The Jungle Book 2, Jungle Cubs)


Prince John

 "This crown gives me a feeling of power! Power! Forgive me a cruel chuckle, heh, heh, heh, power."

Voiced by: Peter Ustinov

Madame Medusa

 "What makes you think anyone would want a homely little girl like you?"

Voiced by: Geraldine Page

Amos Slade

The Horned King

 "Now I call on my army of the dead -- the Cauldron Born!"

Voiced by: John Hurt

Professor (Padraic) Ratigan

 "You know what happens when someone upsets me..."

Voiced by: Vincent Price (The Great Mouse Detective), Corey Burton (audiobook), Maurice LaMarche (House of Mouse)



 "So much for true love!"

Voiced by: Pat Carroll


Marina del Ray

Percival C. McLeach

 "I didn't make it all the way through third grade for nothing!"

Voiced by: George C. Scott


 "Don't I deserve the best?"

Voiced by: Richard White


 "How many times do I have to kill you, boy?!"

Voiced by: Jonathan Freeman


 "Long live the king."

Voiced by: Jeremy Irons (speaking); Jim Cummings (partial singing)

Shenzi, Banzai, and Ed

 Voiced by: Whoopi Goldberg, Cheech Marin and Jim Cummings


 "I now see the path to our glorious return to power!"

Voiced by: Suzanne Pleshette

Governor Ratcliffe

 "I'll need those witless peasants to dig up my gold."

Voiced by: David Ogden Stiers

  • Badass Cape: Part of his outfit in "Savages".
  • Bavarian Fire Drill: Waging war against the natives. Sure, Smith was in very real mortal peril (although there was no way Pocahontas was going to let him die) but Ratcliffe actually didn't give a rat's ass about Smith's life. In fact, he wanted to rid himself of Smith.
    • Also, he ordered for anyone who wouldn't shoot a native at sight to be hanged for treason. So by his own laws, Smith would have to be considered a bloody traitor.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive
  • Color Coded for Your Convenience: Wears purple, and later, dark red-shining black. Though the purple is at least a bit ironic, since that was the color for nobility and royalty.
  • Greed
  • Evil Counterpart: To Powhatan. Both are commanders of a group of warriors and both have someone prone to overshadowing them (Smith for Ratcliffe, Kocoum for Powhatan). What really sets Ratcliffe apart from Powhatan is his motivation; greed and expansion as opposed to preservation and protection.
  • Evil Is Petty: A xenophobic and horrifyingly racist, elitist bastard.. and also a bully to Thomas.
  • Evil Is Stylish
  • Faux Affably Evil: Oh, so much.
  • Failure Is the Only Option: Well, if your Get Rich Quick Scheme was to find gold in Virginia.. yeah.
  • Historical Villain Upgrade
  • If I Were a Rich Man: Combined with I Just Want to Be Special.
  • Implausible Deniability: Denies to himself that there is no gold, just to reassure himself he won't have to return to England having failed his last assignment.
  • Ironic Echo: "And he came so highly recommended." Ratcliffe says it of Wiggins after perceiving the latter to be inept; Wiggins utters the very same line tearfully after seeing Ratcliffe being taken away for his crimes.
  • It's All About Me: "This is MY land! I make the rules here!" ..Even though he did absolutely nothing besides shooting Nanutek.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Somewhat redeems himself with his worries about the Virginia Company being his last chance at fame and glory.
    • And then destroys it completely by still wanting to kill the Indians after it has been proven to him a hundred times that there is no gold.
  • Large and In Charge
  • Moral Event Horizon: Crosses it by trying to shoot Chief Powhatan, in-universe. For the audience, he could have crossed the line way earlier for his disregard of other cultures and their significance, but to be fair.. every single British person in the movie thought like that.
  • Names to Run Away From Really Fast: Ratcliffe. Ironically, his real-life counterpart did bear that name.
  • Politically-Incorrect Villain
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: To Thomas.

 Ratcliffe: Oh, and Thomas... you've been a slipshod sailor and a poor excuse for a soldier. Don't disappoint me again.

Judge Claude Frollo

 "How dare you defy me!"

Voiced by: Tony Jay


 "I'm about to rearrange the cosmos... and the one schlemiel who can louse it up is WALTZING AROUND IN THE WOODS!!!

Voiced by: James Woods

Shan Yu

 "Your walls and armies have fallen. And now, it's your turn."

Voiced by: Miguel Ferrer


 "I was made for Africa, and Africa was made for me!"

Voiced by: Brian Blessed

The Firebird

The Carnotaurus


 "It's brilliant, brilliant, brrrrilliant, I tell you! Genius, I say!"

Voiced by: Eartha Kitt

Atlantis: The Lost Empire

Lyle Tiberius Rourke

 "I love it when I win."

Voiced by: James Garner

Helga Katrina Sinclair

 "Well, I came down the chimney. Ho ho ho."

Voiced by: Claudia Christian



 "I say we kill 'em all now."

Voiced by: Michael Wincott

Alameda Slim

Mike "Bowler Hat Guy" Yagoobian and DOR-15

 " Everyone will tell you to let it go and move on, but don't! Instead, let it fester and boil inside of you! Take these feelings and lock them away. Let them fuel your actions. Let hate be your ally, and you will be capable of wonderful, horrid things."

Dr. Faciler, a.k.a. The Shadow Man

 "If you relax, it will enable me to do, anything I please."

Mother Gothel

 "Look in that mirror. Do you know what I see? I see a strong, confident, beautiful young lady. Oh, look, you're here too!"

Voiced by: Donna Murphy

 "You want me to be the bad guy? Fine -- now I'm the bad guy..."


Sid Phillips


 It's not about food. It's about keeping those ants in line.

Voiced by: Kevin Spacey

Al McWhiggin

Stinky Pete the Prospector

Emperor Zurg

Henry J. Waternoose

Randall Boggs

Buddy Pine/Syndrome

 See? Now you respect me, because I'm a threat. That's the way it works. Turns out there are lots of people, whole countries, that want respect, and will pay through the nose to get it.

Voiced by: Jason Lee

Chick Hicks



 I must follow my directive.

Charles Muntz

Lots-O-Huggin Bear

 "Welcome to Sunnyside!"

Voiced by: Ned Beatty

Professor Z

Miles Axlerod

Classic Disney Shorts, comics, and television animation


 "Nobody, I mean nobody, messes with the mighty Pete!"

Voiced by: Billy Bletcher (classic shorts), Jim Cummings (1991-present)

The Big Bad Wolf

The Mad Doctor

The Nazis

The Phantom Blot

 "The late Mickey Mouse... Ooh, I like the sound of that."

Voiced by: Frank Welker (DuckTales); John O'Hurley (House of Mouse)

  • Dangerously Genre Savvy: In some continuities. House Of Mouse, in particular had him actually try to kill the heroes in his first appearance onscreen, of course, it was a James Bond type of trap, but the next time, he tries to make sure that they can't survive a fall. And his final plan involved hijacking the machine that gave the characters clues as to where the villain was, or who they were, making sure they didn't know what to do.
  • Depending on the Writer: Is he a Large Ham? Is he a Card-Carrying Villain? A Complete Monster?
  • Diabolical Mastermind
  • Evil Sorcerer: In Wizards of Mickey
  • Large Ham
  • The Un-Reveal: His face is never really seen. But Subverted in his first appearance, where he is unmasked, having a thin mustache and a gaunt face according to That Other Wiki, apparently, his appearance was also based on Walt Disney himself.
    • A lot of other writers seem to have Retconned his true face as being unknown. This Troper has read one story where it is vaguely implied that his real identity is in fact Goofy.
    • Wizards of Mickey inverts it, with the Blot never using the cloaked diguise until later though it's more him becoming an inky monster similar to the approach in Epic Mickey

The Beagle Boys

  • Appropriated Appellation
  • Card-Carrying Villain
  • Characterization Marches On (In the Beagle Boys' early appearances, they actually represented a threat to Scrooge and Donald Duck. Today they are incompetent buffoons who are usually easily thwarted.)
    • Not all the time. Italian-produced comics make them buffoons, but quite a number of Egmont and Dutch-produced stories feature the Beagles being quite menacing with the point typically being that while just a few Beagles are fairly inept by themselves, a large number can be quite effective crooks.
    • Their threat seems to be directly propotional on how many of thema re working together. Usual trio plus granpa usualy are not much of a threat, but when the entire Bealge clan sets it's eyes on Scrooge...
  • Depending on the Writer (Just how many Beagle Boys exist is very inconsistent. They are commonly shown three at a time, but in Don Rosa's stories, there are seven of them (who are occasionally aided by their much smarter grandfather, Blackheart). Some authors show the Beagle Boys to be all over the world in some form or another. Their relationship is also somewhat inconsistent. They are usually seen as being brothers, but according to Don Rosa they are actually a group of brothers and cousins.)
  • Distaff Counterpart: The Beagle Babes.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas (In DuckTales, at least. The closest thing to Ma Beagle in the comics is their grandfather or, occasionally, Granny Beagle.)
  • Harmless Villain
  • Murder, Inc.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise (The Beagle Boys constantly wear black masks that only serve to make them more recognizable, since they never, ever take them off, not even when they are actually trying to disguise themselves. Let alone the prisoner's numbers on their chests.)
  • Theme Naming: In the cartoon, they all have names beginning with the letter B.
  • Villain Protagonist (There are plenty of comic stories with the Beagle Boys as the main focus, often showing them trying to rob someone other than Scrooge for a change.)
  • Villain Song: "Boogie Beagle Blues"
  • You Are Number Six: In the comics, they only referred to each other by their prison numbers.
    • Lampshaded in Don Rosa comic where Beagle boys get their hands on Scrooges lairs blueprints. One of them found complete biograpghy of Beagle Boys and decides to check if it has his name because "my mommy never told be, only used to say..."

Flintheart Glomgold

 Voiced by: Hal Smith

  • Corrupt Corporate Executive
  • Depending on the Writer (He is sometimes shown living in Duckburg and being a member of Scrooge's Billionaire Club rather than living in South Africa.)
  • Et Tu, Brute? (see "The Terror of the Transvaal")
  • Evil Counterpart/Foil/Shadow Archetype (Glomgold's whole character can be described as what kind of person Scrooge would be like if he never even tried to make his fortune square. Not to mention his lack of relatives and allies in comparison to Scrooge's large group of family and friends.)
  • Humiliation Conga (He gets these in "The Last Lord of El Dorado", "The Terror of the Transvaal" and "A Little Something Special." Don Rosa seems to be fond of putting him through these.)
  • My Name Is Not Durwood (In the DuckTales episode "Attack of the Metal Mites", Dijon could never pronounce his name correctly.)
  • The Rival
  • Self-Made Man

Magica De Spell

 "Sorry, I get carried away."

Voiced by: June Foray


 Voiced by: Alan Oppenheimer


 Voiced by: Christopher Lloyd / Corey Burton in the video game Donald Duck, Goin' Quackers

Fat Cat

 Voiced by: Jim Cummings

Don Karnage

 "You have made Don Karnage - which is me - very unhappy!"

Voiced by: Jim Cummings


 Voiced by: Jim Cummings


 Voiced by: Bebe Neuwirth


 "When I want something, I get it."

Voiced by: Jonathan Brandis


David Xanatos


 Voiced by: Corey Burton

Doctor Drakken

 Voiced by: John Dimaggio


 "Whoop! Whoop! Stupid idea alert!"

Voiced by: Nicole Sullivan

Doctor Jacques von Hamsterviel

Dr. Heinz Doofenshmirtz

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 "When it comes to havoc, nobody wreaks like me!"

Voiced by: Dan Povenmire

 "I'm going to have to do the right thing, aren't I?"

Suzy Johnson

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 "I am, and always will be Jeremy's favorite girl!"

Voiced by: Kari Wahlgren

The Drill Sergeant

Voiced by: Clancy Brown

 They're mine...and so are you!

Queen La

Live-action films

Judge Doom

 "Remember me, Eddie?! When I killed your brother, I talked just... like... THIIISSS!"

Hector Barbossa

 "Now you see, Jack, that's exactly the attitude that lost you the Pearl. People are easier to search when they're dead!"

  • Affably Evil
  • Anti-Hero: A Type V in the third movie. More a Type IV in the fourth.
  • Anti-Villain: In the first movie.
  • Cool Sword: In the fourth movie, two of them. Firstly, he poisons his usual weapon to give him the edge against Blackbeard due to losing his leg in their first encounter. After this gambit pays off, he takes the Sword of Triton as well as the Queen Anne's Revenge as the prize, gaining with it many of Blackbeard's magical powers.
  • Death by Irony
  • Death Is Cheap
  • The Dragon: In the fourth, he becames this to King George II. Although, he doesn't want to work for him at all, and the only reason he agreed to look for the fountain is because he wants to find Blackbeard, and have his revenge on him.
  • Dual-Wielding: During his fight with Blackbeard, he dual wields his poisoned sword and crutch! It pays off for a while, then he loses the crutch and nicks him with the blade while he's otherwise distracted.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: (Says Barbossa.)
  • Enemy Mine: Pretty much his whole role in the third movie consists of teaming up with Will, Elizabeth, and Jack (all of whom he has reason to hate) to stop Beckett. He does seem to have at least parted with the former two on friendly terms, but convinced Jack's crew to mutiny (again) to help him go after the Fountain of Youth. But even then, this time he leaves Jack in Tortuga with wenches rather than on a deserted island alone. Does this once again in On Stranger Tides, where he teams up with Jack for a chance at Blackbeard, who took the Pearl.
  • Epic Fail: Barbossa and his big ideas...
  • Evil Counterpart: To Jack. The writers' and director's audio commentary for Curse of the Black Pearl at one point refers to Barbossa as "the dark side of Jack Sparrow".
  • Evil Laugh
  • Handicapped Badass: Loses a leg in On Stranger Tides, though is still a very effective combatant.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Part of the reason Barbossa loses in the first film. He does it again in the third film with bad results.
  • I Gave My Word (Though only the letter, not the spirit)
  • Large Ham: His attempt at getting Calypso back to goddess form: "CA-LYP-SO! I RELEASE you from your human bonds!!" If that's how a lover says those words, one wonders how many ladies went deaf after meeting Barbossa.
  • Life or Limb Decision: The reason why he has a peg leg in movie 4. Blackbeard took the Pearl from him and did his thing that made the ship attack the sailors, with the result that Barbossa's leg was caught in the rigging. He sliced it off to show he was master of his own fate.
  • Meaningful Name: Barbossa can be read as Latin for "Bony Beard".
  • Not in This For Your Revolution: Implied in regards to his "loyalties" to the crown. He doesn't actually care about preventing the Spaniards from using the Fountain of Youth as much as he only worked with the British navy as an excuse to exact revenge on Blackbeard for the latter stealing the Black Pearl which also cost him his leg.
  • Not So Different: In the fourth movie, Barbossa gets to experience exactly what it felt like to Jack Sparrow when he marooned the latter and stole the Black Pearl in the first film, and desiring revenge against him.
  • Pet the Dog: Becomes this in the third movie. Shows open sadness at the passing of the Age of Piracy, gently consoles Jack Sparrow as he realizes meeting with the Brethren Court is the only way to ensure their freedom, and graciously marries Will and Elizabeth during battle. Leaves Will and Elizabeth on good terms, and maroons Jack Sparrow at Tortuga with wenches, rather than on an abandoned desert island.
  • Pride
  • Privateer: In the fourth movie. It turns out he "sold out" to the Crown only to get a chance to make even with Blackbeard, and he tears his letter of marque at the end.
  • Rules Lawyer: Moreso than any other character, and it blows up in his face.
  • Screw Destiny: Makes several statements along these lines in the third and fourth films.
  • The Starscream: Barbossa to Jack before the events of the first film.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: Barbossa's temptingly simple schemes tend to attract morons.
  • Talk Like a Pirate
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Apples.
  • Villain Protagonist: Movies 3 and 4.
  • Warrior Poet: Well spoken and eloquent (for a pirate), show open sadness at the passing of the Age of Piracy symbolized by the death of The Kraken, and is romantic (or at least, gracious) enough to be genuinely happy for "Mrs Turner" AKA Elizabeth in the aftermath of the final battle and marrying her with Will.

Cutler Beckett

 "It's nothing personal, Jack. It's just good business."

  • Angst Coma
  • Aristocrats Are Evil: Lord Cutler Beckett, is it now?
  • Big Bad
  • Catch Phrase ("It's just good business")
  • The Chessmaster (Word of God confirms he's one of, if not the, smartest characters in the series. As of the end of Dead Man's Chest, he's holding all the cards.)
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive
  • Did You Actually Believe?
  • Evil Brit: He's stereotypically (and inaccurately for the time period) English enough that he stands out in a cast of English, and other British, characters.
  • Evil Gloating
  • Famous Last Words: "It was just... good business..."
  • Gory Discretion Shot : After the explosion on HMS Endeavour, we see from the water-perspective how his surprsingly still-in-one-piece body falls onto a EITC flag (that is floating in the water), where we can see his silhouette. Fortunately, we never see his body directly, because seeing what kind of explosion it was, it probably wouldn't be a pretty sight.
  • Horrible Judge of Character
  • Knight of Cerebus: Unlike Barbossa, Beckett is played completely straight and never for laughs; when he takes center stage in the third film, it's worked in as part of the transition to the epic format.
  • The Man Behind the Man
  • Manipulative Bastard ("And so you see, Mr. Mercer, every man has a price he will willingly accept- even for that which he hoped never to sell.")
  • The Napoleon: Being teeny-weeny doesn't stop Beckett from trying to take over the Caribbean and beyond.
  • Non-Action Big Bad: While Beckett is allegedly a skilled duellist, he seems to consider actually getting his own hands dirty to be beneath him, and always works through his minions in the films.
  • Noodle Incident: His first run-in with Captain Jack Sparrow, wherein he branded Sparrow a pirate and was given an unmentioned mark in return. The films never elaborate on what went down between Sparrow and Beckett.
    • It has, however, been explained elsewhere. When Jack was working for the East India Trading Company, Beckett ordered him to deliver a cargo of slaves. Jack set them free instead. "People ain't cargo, mate." This unauthorized disposal of Company 'property' gave Beckett grounds to brand Jack as a pirate, forcing him into an outlaw lifestyle. What mark Jack left on Beckett is a blank for the audience to fill in- Beckett's expression when asked about it indicates it's a touchy subject.
  • Odd Name Out merged with Names to Run Away From Really Fast: By the standards that the other characters have normal 17th-18th century names Cutler isn't a name you'd expect to run to. Now, replace the 'l' with another 't' and read his name again.
  • Reality Subtext : The real life British East India Company was The Aggressive Drug Dealer that introduced opium to China.
  • Rules Lawyer
  • Smug Snake
  • Villainous BSOD: "It's just good business..."
  • Wicked Cultured
  • Would Hurt a Child

Davy Jones

 "Life is cruel. Why should the afterlife be any different?"

  • Anti-Villain
  • Badass Beard: 'Natch. Just look at the picture!
  • Beat Still My Heart
  • Big Bad: Of the second film.
  • Combat Tentacles: Jones uses his tentacle beard to kill Mercer via facial Orifice Invasion.
  • Cthulhumanoid: His current appearance is actually the result of Jones not performing his duties to Calypso as expected.
  • The Devil
  • Deal with the Devil: "Do you fear death?"
  • Disney Villain Death: Sorta. He's already dead by the time the body falls.
  • The Dragon: Jones becomes The Dragon for Beckett in the third film. However, when things begin to turn sour for Beckett's side Jones becomes Dragon-in-Chief and he kills Mercer Beckett's first Dragon.
  • The Dreaded
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Pets: He is shown to be visibly distraught over Cutler Beckett forcing him to kill the Kraken.
  • Fake Nationality: The Scottish Davy Jones is played by the English Bill Nighy (though Nighy himself claimed Jones is Welsh.)
  • Fantastic Romance / Interspecies Romance: With Tia Dalma, who is actually the sea goddess Calypso.
  • Flying Dutchman: Literally.
  • Ghost Pirate
  • Hero-Killer: Literally, too. He does in Will by his own hand and Jack and Norrington by proxy, though admittedly only one of those stuck.
  • Karmic Transformation
  • Large Ham: Mostly due to the way he accentuates certain wordsuh. He's played by Bill Nighy, after all.
    • "Let no joyful voice be heard! Let no man look up at the sky with hope! And let this day be cursed by we who ready to wake... THE KRRRAAAKEN!"
    • "HARRIDAN! You'll see no mercy from me!"
  • Love Makes You Evil
  • Mobile Menace: As a part of his power over the seas, Jones is able to teleport from ship to ship and phase through objects on the ship (as can his crew). Not only that, but the Dutchman moves faster against the wind and is functionally a submersible.
    • The reason the Dutchman can move faster against the wind has to do with the five staysails that it is rigged with.
  • Motif: His locket's song. This is shared with Tia Dalma on her own identical locket.
  • Nigh Invulnerable: The only way to kill him is stabbing his heart.
    • Which isn't even in his body - "Did you forget? I'm a heartless wretch!"
  • Ominous Pipe Organ: He plays it with his beard.
    • Apparently the organ had been grown from the coral in Jones' quarters.
  • Psychopomp: Davy Jones (although he neglected his duties).
  • Soul Jar: the Dead Man's Chest
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: Jones and Calypso. His anger at being spurned is perhaps justifiable, but in the third film she calls him on it, telling him he would not have loved her in the first place if she were not as fickle and unpredictable as the sea itself.
    • Together in Death: As he dies, he reverently whispers her name, before falling into the sea's embrace.
  • The Starscream: Davy Jones to Cutler Beckett in the third film.
  • Verbal Tic: Davy Jones-ah.
  • What the Hell Is That Accent?: Originally Gore Verbinski wanted Jones to have a Dutch accent (considering the ship's name), but Nighy could not do one. So Nighy instead opted for Welsh, but thought it didn't sound threatening enough and switched to a harsher, somewhat Scottish accent.


The Sark

Clu II


Queen Narissa

Other animated films

The Magnet

Oogie Boogie

 "What's that you were sayin' about luck, ragdoll?"

Voiced by: Ken Page

And these are only half of 'em!

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