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21st May '17 6:30:23 PM nombretomado
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* In ''{{Worm}}'', there's a government categorization system that sorts parahumans by ability and ranks them on a scale of 1 to 12. The scale system is only a simple shorthand for soldiers, however. Raw power isn't even the prime factor in the numerical rating. Natural versatility, the user's inventiveness, the form their superpower comes in, and what else is in the package all go into the rating. To a certain extent, even the parahuman's non-parahuman talents come into play-- Leet and Uber would likely have gotten higher ranks if they were clever enough to exploit their powers to their fullest extent.

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* In ''{{Worm}}'', ''Literature/{{Worm}}'', there's a government categorization system that sorts parahumans by ability and ranks them on a scale of 1 to 12. The scale system is only a simple shorthand for soldiers, however. Raw power isn't even the prime factor in the numerical rating. Natural versatility, the user's inventiveness, the form their superpower comes in, and what else is in the package all go into the rating. To a certain extent, even the parahuman's non-parahuman talents come into play-- Leet and Uber would likely have gotten higher ranks if they were clever enough to exploit their powers to their fullest extent.
28th Apr '17 11:56:21 AM X2X
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* The {{Trope Namer}}s and trope codifiers are probably the readings off of the ki-detecting scouters from ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' ([[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SiMHTK15Pik "It's over nine thousaaaaand!"]]).
** The original Japanese version, however, has Vegeta saying ''It's over 8000!" instead:

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* The TropeNamers and {{Trope Namer}}s and trope codifiers Codifier}}s are probably the readings off of the ki-detecting scouters from ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' ([[http://www.([[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SiMHTK15Pik "It's over nine thousaaaaand!"]]).
** The original Japanese version, however, has Vegeta saying ''It's "It's over 8000!" instead:



** Despite frequent breakage, they kept showing up until well into the Freeza Saga, at which point the numbers start exceeding [[PinballScoring 6 digits]]. The highest number given in-series was Freeza, at over a million in his second form; both he and Goku exceeded that level with additional transformations, but all the scouters on the planet had already been destroyed by that point.[[note]]One of the Daizenshuu official guide books lists Freeza's maximum power level as 120,000,000, and Super Saiyan Goku's as 150,000,000.[[/note]] Characters could still sense power levels naturally, but their commentary never went beyond, "I've never felt such a strong Ki!"
** During the Frieza saga, while Super Saiyan Goku and Frieza were fighting, several of Frieza's henchmen on another planet read from a machine that is capable of reading power levels. They note that Frieza's power is at its maximum, and a loyalist boasts about it, but when reading the "other" power level, the machine overloads and explodes, killing everyone at the base. We never see another machine similar to this, but the fact that scouters typically explode when a power level is too high suggests that Goku was indeed much stronger than Frieza at this point.
** Thanks to a portion of the fanbase having a strong interest in power levels, the Daizenshuu and the various Jump publications have been known to occasionally give official numerical power levels for characters that were never measured by scouters on the show. This includes characters from the original Dragonball series, and characters from after the scouters became useless. These measurements vary from Goku's mere level of 10 from his very first appearance, to Legendary Super Saiyan Broly's 1,400,000,000 within his first movie, and even beyond that to a staggering 2,500,000,000 by Super Gogeta during Fusion Reborn. [[note]]Yes, 2.5 billion is the current highest listed power level.[[/note]]
*** Keep in mind that the highest listed level is not necessarily the actual highest power level; Beerus is stated to be the absolute strongest being in Dragon Ball Z, making his power greater than Super Gogeta's. WordOfGod and Beerus himself say that Whis is even more powerful. Finally, Gogeta in Dragon Ball GT is a Super Saiyan 4, making his power level at least 20 billion (Super Saiyan 3 multiplied by the unknown Super Saiyan 4 multiplier).
** The disappearance of scouters post-Freeza is somewhat justified in that only those working for Freeza, none of whom can sense ki without a scouter, use them regularly. And thanks to the Z Fighters' ability to conceal their ki at will (or to skyrocket their ki in bursts of UnstoppableRage, especially in the case of Gohan), those readings ended up being painfully mistaken more often than not. The last time we see them is when Freeza shows up on Earth at the beginning of the Androids/Cell Saga. The heroes can all sense ki naturally, so they never needed them. In fact, WordOfGod has it that Toriyama introduced power levels into the series for the sole purpose of having them shown up as unreliable.
** Much later in the series, Goku's Super Saiyan level was counted by Babidi as 3,000 "kilis" as compared to his monster pet Yakon at a relatively measly 800 kilis. Apparently, according to [[TheDragon Dabura]], someone with at least 300 kilis can easily destroy the Earth.
** Note: The level of 9,000 that has been [[MemeticMutation bandied about in a peculiar fashion]] is an inaccurate translation. In the original Japanese, Vegeta's scouter finds Goku's power level to be over ''eight'' thousand. Creator/TheOceanGroup apparently went with 'nine' because it matched the lip-sync better. The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z9NMy6hVJpo original Japanese dubbing]] also doesn't make Vegeta's ''anger'' level [[LargeHam quite so loud]] at the revelation.

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** Despite frequent breakage, they kept showing up until well into the Freeza Frieza Saga, at which point the numbers start exceeding [[PinballScoring 6 digits]]. The highest number given in-series was Freeza, Frieza, at over a million in his second form; both he and Goku exceeded that level with additional transformations, but all the scouters on the planet had already been destroyed by that point.[[note]]One of the Daizenshuu official guide books lists Freeza's Frieza's maximum power level as 120,000,000, and Super Saiyan Goku's as 150,000,000.[[/note]] Characters could still sense power levels naturally, but their commentary never went beyond, "I've never felt such a strong Ki!"
** During the Frieza saga, while Super Saiyan Goku and Frieza were fighting, several of Frieza's henchmen on another planet read from a machine that is capable of reading power levels. They note that Frieza's power is at its maximum, and a loyalist boasts about it, but when reading the "other" power level, the machine overloads [[ReadingsAreOffTheScale overloads]] and explodes, [[AwesomenessIsVolatile explodes]], killing everyone at the base. We never see another machine similar to this, but the fact that scouters typically explode when a power level is too high suggests that Goku was indeed much stronger than Frieza at this point.
** Thanks to a portion of the fanbase having a strong interest in power levels, the Daizenshuu and the various Jump publications have been known to occasionally give official numerical power levels for characters that were never measured by scouters on the show. This includes characters from the original Dragonball ''Manga/DragonBall'' series, and characters from after the scouters became useless. These measurements vary from Goku's mere level of 10 from his very first appearance, to Legendary Super Saiyan Broly's 1,400,000,000 within [[Anime/DragonBallZBrolyTheLegendarySuperSaiyan his first movie, movie]], and even beyond that to a staggering 2,500,000,000 by Super Gogeta during ''[[Anime/DragonBallZFusionReborn Fusion Reborn.Reborn]]''. [[note]]Yes, 2.5 billion is the current highest listed power level.[[/note]]
*** Keep in mind that the highest listed level is not necessarily the actual highest power level; Beerus is stated to be the absolute strongest being in Dragon ''Dragon Ball Z, Z'', making his power greater than Super Gogeta's. WordOfGod and Beerus himself say that Whis is even more powerful. Finally, Gogeta in Dragon Ball GT ''Anime/DragonBallGT'' is a Super Saiyan 4, making his power level at least 20 billion (Super Saiyan 3 multiplied by the unknown Super Saiyan 4 multiplier).
** The disappearance of scouters post-Freeza post-Frieza is somewhat justified in that only those working for Freeza, Frieza, none of whom can sense ki without a scouter, use them regularly. And thanks to the Z Fighters' ability to conceal their ki at will (or to skyrocket their ki in bursts of UnstoppableRage, especially in the case of Gohan), those readings ended up being painfully mistaken more often than not. The last time we see them is when Freeza Frieza shows up on Earth at the beginning of the Androids/Cell Saga. The heroes can all sense ki naturally, so they never needed them. In fact, WordOfGod has it that Toriyama introduced power levels into the series for the sole purpose of having them shown up as unreliable.
** Much later in the series, Goku's Super Saiyan level was counted by Babidi as 3,000 "kilis" as compared to his monster pet Yakon at a relatively measly 800 kilis. Apparently, according to [[TheDragon Dabura]], someone with at least 300 kilis [[PersonOfMassDestruction can easily easily]] [[EarthShatteringKaboom destroy the Earth.
Earth]].
** Note: The level of 9,000 that has been [[MemeticMutation bandied about in a peculiar fashion]] is an inaccurate translation. In the original Japanese, Vegeta's scouter finds Goku's power level to be over ''eight'' thousand. Creator/TheOceanGroup apparently went with 'nine' because it matched the lip-sync better. The [[http://www.[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z9NMy6hVJpo original Japanese dubbing]] audio]] also doesn't make Vegeta's ''anger'' level [[LargeHam quite so loud]] at the revelation.



* ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'' has SHIELD use two separate ranking systems, both of which, [[LampshadeHanging somewhat confusingly,]] use the Epsilon, Delta, Beta, Alpha, Omega ranking system. The first is based on inherent power, with beings like Thor, Loki, the Hulk and Magneto ranking as Omega Class beings, with no easily defined limits on their power. The second is based on potential threat: for instance, Skye, Team Coulson's TechnoWizard, would be an Omega Level threat if she got hold of 'The Index', SHIELD's list of superpowered people, complete with profiles and identities.

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* ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'' ''FanFic/ChildOfTheStorm'' has SHIELD use two separate ranking systems, both of which, [[LampshadeHanging somewhat confusingly,]] use the Epsilon, Delta, Beta, Alpha, Omega ranking system. The first is based on inherent power, with beings like Thor, Loki, the Hulk and Magneto ranking as Omega Class beings, with no easily defined limits on their power. The second is based on potential threat: for instance, Skye, Team Coulson's TechnoWizard, would be an Omega Level threat if she got hold of 'The Index', SHIELD's list of superpowered people, complete with profiles and identities.






** Tier Two: Based on normal science, but just a bit beyond it. These inventions can be replicated by normal scientists with enough effort. It's mentioned that many of Creator/ThomasEdison's and Creator/NikolaTesla's inventions were Tier Two. Examples include a portable air cannon and a low-level AI.

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** Tier Two: Based on normal science, but just a bit beyond it. These inventions can be replicated by normal scientists with enough effort. It's mentioned that many of Creator/ThomasEdison's and Creator/NikolaTesla's inventions were Tier Two. Examples include a portable air cannon and a low-level AI.A.I.






** The "tons" are "tons of TNT". Considering 1t does [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FAYVMXYYAp4 this]], god only knows what the realistic damage of Series/KamenRiderKiva's Rider Kick (ranked at 10 tons) would do.

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** The "tons" are "tons of TNT". TNT." Considering 1t does [[http://www.[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FAYVMXYYAp4 this]], god this,]] God only knows what the realistic damage of Series/KamenRiderKiva's Rider Kick (ranked at 10 tons) would do.



* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YGyKmvQesgs Oprah]]

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* [[http://www.[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YGyKmvQesgs Oprah]]Oprah.]]



* ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros for Wii U / Nintendo 3DS'' combines Power Levels with high scores in the form of "Global Smash Power". Rather than a leaderboard that shows how you rank among all players with rank 1 being the highest scoring player, Global Smash Power is a measurement of how many players you outscore. A GSP of 65,021, for instance, would indicate that your high score exceeds that of 65,020 players.

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* ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros for Wii U / Nintendo U/Nintendo 3DS'' combines Power Levels with high scores in the form of "Global Smash Power". Rather than a leaderboard that shows how you rank among all players with rank 1 being the highest scoring player, Global Smash Power is a measurement of how many players you outscore. A GSP of 65,021, for instance, would indicate that your high score exceeds that of 65,020 players.
players.
28th Apr '17 11:45:05 AM X2X
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-->-- ''Anime/DragonballZ'' ([[Creator/TheOceanGroup Ocean]] dub)

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-->-- ''Anime/DragonballZ'' ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' ([[Creator/TheOceanGroup Ocean]] dub)
6th Apr '17 9:35:11 AM Dravencour
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16th Mar '17 9:43:13 AM nombretomado
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* ''ComicBook/{{X-Men}}'': The 6 classes of mutation.

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* ''ComicBook/{{X-Men}}'': ''ComicBook/XMen'': The 6 classes of mutation.



* ''MutantsAndMasterminds'' uses actual PowerLevels to constrain characters to a roughly even playing field. All offensive and defensive powers must be at or under their character's PL. The only exception is that it is allowable to trade off on opposing traits like accuracy versus damage, or defense versus toughness. Powers like non-offensive teleportation and telekinesis lack such bounds except in house rulings. Like D&D, it's rare for this to come up in-character, however.

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* ''MutantsAndMasterminds'' ''TabletopGame/MutantsAndMasterminds'' uses actual PowerLevels to constrain characters to a roughly even playing field. All offensive and defensive powers must be at or under their character's PL. The only exception is that it is allowable to trade off on opposing traits like accuracy versus damage, or defense versus toughness. Powers like non-offensive teleportation and telekinesis lack such bounds except in house rulings. Like D&D, it's rare for this to come up in-character, however.
12th Mar '17 2:17:55 PM Xlsfd
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** Additionally, some bad guy groups have group-specific PowerLevel-like ways of demonstrating their strength relative to one another such as [=CP9's=] Douriki. The Douriki is pretty much a straight example, which was used during the [=CP9=] arc to rank the members of that storyline's QuirkyMinibossSquad. For a scale comparison, the average soldier has a rating of 10, and anyone above 500 is essentially superhuman. [[TheDragon CP9's strongest member]], Rob Lucci, had a rating of 4000 (nearly double that of the next two below him, Kaku and Jyabura who had 2200 and 2180 respectively). Afterward, Douriki was never mentioned again, on account of it being specific to [=CP9=]. Amusingly, the dub outright calls it power levels, including a not-so-subtle "Over 9000" reference.

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** Additionally, some bad guy groups have group-specific PowerLevel-like ways of demonstrating their strength relative to one another such as [=CP9's=] Douriki. The Douriki is pretty much a straight example, which was used during the [=CP9=] arc to rank the members of that storyline's QuirkyMinibossSquad. For a scale comparison, the average soldier has a rating of 10, and anyone above 500 is essentially superhuman. [[TheDragon CP9's strongest member]], Rob Lucci, had a rating of 4000 (nearly double that of the next two below him, Kaku and Jyabura who had 2200 and 2180 respectively). Afterward, Douriki was never mentioned again, on account of it being specific to [=CP9=]. Amusingly, the dub outright calls it power levels, including a not-so-subtle "Over 9000" reference.[[note]] Meanwhile, the boss of [=CP9=], Spandam, is said to have a Douriki of 9, making him weaker than the average mook. However, he has a devil fruit-powered sword, so he is not completely defenseless.[[/note]]
8th Mar '17 5:53:00 PM nombretomado
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* The ''Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar'' series by MercedesLackey features a defined system for measuring the Power Level of mages. Apprentices are those with a bare minimum of talent or those just learning the art. Journeymen can manipulate their own LifeEnergy as well as power [[BackgroundMagicField from their immediate surroundings]]. Masters are able to manipulate {{Ley Line}}s, and Adepts can manage [[PlaceOfPower nodes]], the strongest energy sources. Somewhat confusingly, the same terms are used to describe both a mage's current rank and their maximum potential, so one could be a Journeyman who aspires to Adept or a Master who is incapable of progressing farther. It is implied that PsychicPowers operate on a similar scale but no formal measurements are ever introduced.

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* The ''Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar'' series by MercedesLackey Creator/MercedesLackey features a defined system for measuring the Power Level of mages. Apprentices are those with a bare minimum of talent or those just learning the art. Journeymen can manipulate their own LifeEnergy as well as power [[BackgroundMagicField from their immediate surroundings]]. Masters are able to manipulate {{Ley Line}}s, and Adepts can manage [[PlaceOfPower nodes]], the strongest energy sources. Somewhat confusingly, the same terms are used to describe both a mage's current rank and their maximum potential, so one could be a Journeyman who aspires to Adept or a Master who is incapable of progressing farther. It is implied that PsychicPowers operate on a similar scale but no formal measurements are ever introduced.
3rd Mar '17 12:12:28 AM mega95gox
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->'''Vegeta:''' (''crushes his scouter in rage'') It's over '''NINE THOUSAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAND!'''

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->'''Vegeta:''' (''crushes (''while crushing his scouter in rage'') at the same time'') It's over '''NINE THOUSAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAND!'''



--->'''Vegeta:''' (''crushes his scouter in rage'') It's over '''EIGHT THOUSAND!'''

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--->'''Vegeta:''' (''crushes (''while crushing his scouter in rage'') at the same time'') It's over '''EIGHT THOUSAND!'''eight thousand!



** This is later brought up in the English dub version of ''Kai'':

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** This is was later brought up in the English dub version of ''Kai'':
3rd Mar '17 12:08:15 AM mega95gox
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'''Vegeta:''' (''crushes his scouter in rage'') It's over '''NINE THOUSAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAND!'''\\
'''Nappa:''' What!? '''NINE THOUSAND!?''' There's no way that can be right! Can it!?\\

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'''Vegeta:''' ->'''Vegeta:''' (''crushes his scouter in rage'') It's over '''NINE THOUSAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAND!'''\\
'''Nappa:'''
THOUSAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAND!'''
->'''Nappa:'''
What!? '''NINE THOUSAND!?''' There's no way that can be right! Can it!?\\
it!?



--->'''Nappa:''' How much is Kakarot's battle power?\\
--->'''Vegeta:''' (''crushes his scouter in rage'') It's over '''EIGHT THOUSAND!'''\\

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--->'''Nappa:''' How much is Kakarot's battle power?\\
power?
--->'''Vegeta:''' (''crushes his scouter in rage'') It's over '''EIGHT THOUSAND!'''\\THOUSAND!'''



** And in the English dub of ''Kai'':

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** And This is later brought up in the English dub version of ''Kai'':
3rd Mar '17 12:06:33 AM mega95gox
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->'''Nappa:''' Vegeta! What does the scouter say about his power level!?\\
'''Vegeta:''' (''while crushing his scouter at the same time'') It's over eight thousand! Raah!\\
'''Nappa:''' '''EIGHT THOUSAND!?''' C'mon, that can't be right! It must be broken or something!
-->-- ''Anime/DragonballKai'' (Creator/{{Funimation}} dub)

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->'''Nappa:''' Vegeta! What Vegeta, what does the scouter say about his power level!?\\
level?
'''Vegeta:''' (''while crushing (''crushes his scouter at the same time'') in rage'') It's over eight thousand! Raah!\\
'''NINE THOUSAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAND!'''\\
'''Nappa:''' '''EIGHT What!? '''NINE THOUSAND!?''' C'mon, There's no way that can't can be right! It must be broken or something!
Can it!?\\

-->-- ''Anime/DragonballKai'' (Creator/{{Funimation}} ''Anime/DragonballZ'' ([[Creator/TheOceanGroup Ocean]] dub)



-->'''Nappa:''' Vegeta, what does the scouter say about his power level?
-->'''Vegeta:''' (''crushes his scouter in rage'') It's over '''NINE THOUSAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAND!'''
-->'''Nappa:''' What!? '''NINE THOUSAND!?''' There's no way that can be right! Can it!?

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-->'''Nappa:''' Vegeta, what does the scouter say about his power level?
-->'''Vegeta:'''
** The original Japanese version, however, has Vegeta saying ''It's over 8000!" instead:
--->'''Nappa:''' How much is Kakarot's battle power?\\
--->'''Vegeta:'''
(''crushes his scouter in rage'') It's over '''NINE THOUSAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAND!'''
-->'''Nappa:''' What!? '''NINE
'''EIGHT THOUSAND!'''\\
--->'''Nappa:''' '''OVER EIGHT
THOUSAND!?''' There's no way that can That can't be right! Can it!?It must be malfunctioning!
** And in the English dub of ''Kai'':
--->'''Nappa:''' Vegeta! What does the scouter say about his power level!?
--->'''Vegeta:''' (''while crushing his scouter at the same time'') It's over eight thousand! Raah!
--->'''Nappa:''' '''EIGHT THOUSAND!?''' C'mon, that can't be right! It must be broken or something!
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