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null character sorts greater than 0x7f and less than 0x80
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Errm, no. From the Wikipedia article on UTF-8:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UTF-8

"The standard specifies that the correct encoding of a code point uses only the minimum number of bytes required to hold the significant bits of the code point. Longer encodings are called overlong and are not valid UTF-8 representations of the code point. This rule maintains a one-to-one correspondence between code points and their valid encodings, so that there is a unique valid encoding for each code point. This ensures that string comparisons and searches are well-defined."

The minimum number of bytes to encode a null is one.