I was reading through the \maketitle command provided by the default article.cls class and it has the following code:

      \long\def\@makefntext##1{\parindent 1em\noindent
              \hb@[email protected]{%
        \ifnum \col@number=\@ne
        \global\@topnum\z@   % Prevents figures from going at top of page.

What I am specifically interested in is the line:

\long\def\@makefntext##1{\parindent 1em\noindent

As far as I understand, the latex command \noindent removes any indentation applied to the current paragraph, so wouldn’t the \noindent command in this case simply immediately remove the \parindent 1em?

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\noindent just acts at that spot suppressing an indentation if at start of a paragraph, and doing nothing elsewhere.

\parindent 1em sets the indentation for all paragraphs in the current scope.

So here a multi-paragraph footnote will have a non-indented first paragraph and subsequent paragraphs indented by 1em.

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