History Main / RankInflation

3rd Apr '16 2:43:00 PM RisefromYourGrave
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** As of WMMT 5, the maximum rank has been pushed up again to [[UpToEleven SSSS]], with all existing SSS cars set to [=SSS9=].
* ''SonicRiders'' gives grades for any tricks that you perform during jumps, with C being for jumps where you don't land correctly, either because you're in the middle of a trick, or as a result of not doing any tricks during the jump. Subsequently, B is the lowest rank for a successful trick, followed by A, AA, S, SS, with X being the best. ''Sonic Free Riders'' changes AA and SS to A+ and S+, respectively, but otherwise keeps the previous rank structure.
* The cars in ''ForzaMotorsport'' (1) are ranked from "D4" (such as a typical Honda Civic) all the way to "S" (the rarest street legal cars) and then to "R" (cars designed for racing). ''Forza 2'' also adds a 0 to 999 system rating the car, the faster and rarer (also a stat shown as 1 to 10) the car, the higher the number. Also, the "R" class is further divided into, in increasing performance, "R4" to "R1."

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** As of WMMT 5, ''WMMT 5'', the maximum rank has been pushed up again to [[UpToEleven SSSS]], with all existing SSS cars set to [=SSS9=].
* ''SonicRiders'' ''VideoGame/SonicRiders'' gives grades for any tricks that you perform during jumps, with C being for jumps where you don't land correctly, either because you're in the middle of a trick, or as a result of not doing any tricks during the jump. Subsequently, B is the lowest rank for a successful trick, followed by A, AA, S, SS, with X being the best. ''Sonic Free Riders'' changes AA and SS to A+ and S+, respectively, but otherwise keeps the previous rank structure.
* The cars in ''ForzaMotorsport'' ''VideoGame/{{Forza}} Motorsport'' (1) are ranked from "D4" (such as a typical Honda Civic) all the way to "S" (the rarest street legal street-legal cars) and then to "R" (cars designed for racing). ''Forza Motorsport 2'' also adds a 0 to 999 system rating the car, the faster and rarer (also a stat shown as 1 to 10) the car, the higher the number. Also, the "R" class is further divided into, in increasing performance, "R4" to "R1."



* ''Need for Speed High Stakes.'' The absolute lowest rank for cars in the game is a B (think BMW Z3 and equivalent), and the highest? AAA with an example being the Mclaren F1.

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* ''Need for Speed ''VideoGame/NeedForSpeed: High Stakes.'' Stakes''. The absolute lowest rank for cars in the game is a B (think BMW Z3 and equivalent), and the highest? AAA with an example being the Mclaren [=McLaren=] F1.
2nd Apr '16 3:01:16 PM wootzits
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* In the first season (the only one to use power levels/ranks) of ''Franchise/{{Jewelpet}}'', the regular ranks are, in crescent order, Acrylic, Glass and Crystal. When [[OlympusMons Opal]] got introduced, it also introduced the Super Crystal rank, in order to emphasize how powerful she is. Only two other Jewelpets are ranked so [[spoiler:(the newborn Labra and Ruby after undergoing TrainingFromHell)]].

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* In [[Anime/{{Jewelpet 2009}} the first season season]] (the only one to use power levels/ranks) of ''Franchise/{{Jewelpet}}'', the regular ranks are, in crescent order, Acrylic, Glass and Crystal. When [[OlympusMons Opal]] got introduced, it also introduced the Super Crystal rank, in order to emphasize how powerful she is. Only two other Jewelpets are ranked so [[spoiler:(the newborn Labra and Ruby after undergoing TrainingFromHell)]].
18th Mar '16 7:36:47 PM SgtFrog1
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** It's been noted that a Frappucino or other similar drink in a Trenta size contains the average person's ''entire daily recommended caloric intake'' and ''several'' days' worth of sugar and caffeine.
9th Mar '16 2:25:49 AM ThemJohns
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* Meta-example. Fighting game CharacterTiers are often labeled as such with D usually being the lowest, then C, B, A and finally S for the highest of the high. Some games will have characters as low as F rank or characters considered so strong that they're ranked as S+ or SS rank. Please note that while characters ranked as high as S+ and SS can sometimes be considered [[GameBreaker game breakers]], not all of them are banned from tournaments.

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* Meta-example. Fighting game CharacterTiers are often labeled as such with D usually being the lowest, then C, B, A and finally S for the highest of the high. Some games will have characters as low as F rank or characters considered so strong that they're ranked as S+ or SS rank. Please note that while characters ranked as high as S+ and SS can sometimes be considered [[GameBreaker game breakers]], not all of them are banned from tournaments. Games with a very large range in tiers can end up going beyond D, especially if it doesn't use + or - (Ex. the current Smash 4 tier list goes from S to ''H'').
6th Mar '16 2:49:53 PM LucaEarlgrey
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* A variation in one episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'': after [[MadScientist Professor Farnsworth]]'s latest invention is ridiculed by the scientific community, [[TheRival Wernstrom]] gives it "the worst grade imaginable...an A--!" [[note]]Wernstrom is still smarting over Farnsworth giving him an A- 99 years ago and sees this as his vengeance.[[/note]]

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* A variation in one episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'': after [[MadScientist Professor Farnsworth]]'s latest invention is ridiculed by the scientific community, [[TheRival Wernstrom]] gives it "the worst grade imaginable...an A--!" A-minus-''minus!''" [[note]]Wernstrom is still smarting over Farnsworth giving him an A- 99 years ago and sees this as his vengeance.[[/note]]
2nd Mar '16 5:33:11 AM Yatagerasu
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** Ditto for canned olive sizes
6th Jan '16 2:24:12 PM OddHack
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** Also, the ACBL title "Life Master" was intended as a very high level player when it was introduced[[note]]It originally included a lifetime membership and subscription to the monthly magazine[[/note]] -- now there are Bronze, Silver, Gold, Diamond, Emerald, Platinum, and Grand Life Master levels above that.

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** Also, the ACBL title "Life Master" was intended as originally signified a very high level player when it was introduced[[note]]It player[[note]]It originally included a lifetime membership and subscription to the monthly magazine[[/note]] -- now there are Bronze, Silver, Ruby, Gold, Sapphire, Diamond, Emerald, Platinum, and Grand Life Master levels above that.
4th Jan '16 11:35:11 AM Willbyr
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* The magical power scale used in ''[[LyricalNanoha Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha]]'': there's F for those without any magic power, and then E- for those with a bit, going up with plus and minus qualifiers through the alphabet until rank A, which is considered the elite, and going ''further'' to AA, then AAA, then S, SS, and SSS. The difference between AAA and AAA+ is canonically pretty substantial, which makes most of the cast of the first two seasons (who are estimated to be in the AAA ranks at the time) stupidly overpowered, because of this the next season had {{Power Limiter}}s become a major element of the story.

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* The magical power scale used in ''[[LyricalNanoha Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha]]'': ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'': there's F for those without any magic power, and then E- for those with a bit, going up with plus and minus qualifiers through the alphabet until rank A, which is considered the elite, and going ''further'' to AA, then AAA, then S, SS, and SSS. The difference between AAA and AAA+ is canonically pretty substantial, which makes most of the cast of the first two seasons (who are estimated to be in the AAA ranks at the time) stupidly overpowered, because of this the next season had {{Power Limiter}}s become a major element of the story.



* The MahouSenseiNegima manga alludes to a ranking system for combat Mages which promptly falls into this, with ranks going from an unspecified low end up to SA. The only AAA ranked fighter so far (Fate), apparently has a [[PowerLevels power level]] of around 3000, with Negi being at around 500 (an A class), and later 2600 or so. Naturally, soon afterward this turns out to be the low end of the spectrum, with Rakan ranking the demon from Kyoto at 8000 (and by extension Evangeline is at least 8000, probably higher) and himself at ''12,000''. Oh, and [[spoiler: Fate is likely over 8000 as well]]. Then you have Nagi and the Lifemaker, who are both more powerful than Rakan. Of course, Rakan made up the PowerLevels himself, and [[MetaGuy Chisame]] [[LampshadeHanging points out]] how arbitrary it is. But it doesn't change the fact that the Combat Rankings don't really mean much.

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* The MahouSenseiNegima ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' manga alludes to a ranking system for combat Mages which promptly falls into this, with ranks going from an unspecified low end up to SA. The only AAA ranked fighter so far (Fate), apparently has a [[PowerLevels power level]] of around 3000, with Negi being at around 500 (an A class), and later 2600 or so. Naturally, soon afterward this turns out to be the low end of the spectrum, with Rakan ranking the demon from Kyoto at 8000 (and by extension Evangeline is at least 8000, probably higher) and himself at ''12,000''. Oh, and [[spoiler: Fate is likely over 8000 as well]]. Then you have Nagi and the Lifemaker, who are both more powerful than Rakan. Of course, Rakan made up the PowerLevels himself, and [[MetaGuy Chisame]] [[LampshadeHanging points out]] how arbitrary it is. But it doesn't change the fact that the Combat Rankings don't really mean much.



* In the {{Daria}}[=/=]ComicBook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}} crossover series ''Legion of Lawndale Heroes'', the myriad powers are ranked on what's known as 'the Claremont-Byrne scale' (an obvious ShoutOut to [[ComicBook/{{X-Men}} one of the writers' favorite series]]). The C-B scale is based partly on the power scales used in the X-Men films (Classes One through Five), with an series of levels within each class (Marginal, Low-grade, Mid-range, High, and Extreme).

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* In the {{Daria}}[=/=]ComicBook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}} crossover series ''Legion of Lawndale Heroes'', the myriad powers are ranked on what's known as 'the Claremont-Byrne scale' (an obvious ShoutOut to [[ComicBook/{{X-Men}} [[ComicBook/XMen one of the writers' favorite series]]). The C-B scale is based partly on the power scales used in the X-Men films (Classes One through Five), with an series of levels within each class (Marginal, Low-grade, Mid-range, High, and Extreme).
24th Dec '15 2:12:47 AM harostar
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* ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'' has this, too.
** First of all, we have the ghoul ranks: C is the lowest (and no story-relevant character was ever ranked this, although [[WordofGod Word of God]] says that a ghoul of average strength usually gets it once the CCG gets a track of them). Then we have B and A, being rankings for pretty strong ghouls. Ghouls who are extremely powerful and dangerous get the S-rank, and those who are ''absurdly'' strong and threatening get the SS-rank. And lastly, the strongest of all ghouls (until now only [[spoiler: Yoshimura and Eto]]) get the ultimate SSS-rank. Though it's true that the ranking isn't solely based on a ghoul's strength, it mostly is. For example, Rize earned her S-rank without ever fighting any investigator and solely being a [[{{Pun}} Binge]] [[RedBaron Eater]], though she easily would've been ranked as an SS-ghoul if she ever encountered an investigator, regarding how strong Kaneki became after accepting his ghoul side (and he only had a part of her kakuhou, neither her RC-level nor her fighting skills).
** The CCG has this, too. First we have the junior investigators, starting at rank three, then rank two and rank one at last. Then the senior investigators, starting at First Class, then Associate Special Class and Special Class investigators. This system also ''mostly'' indicates their strength, as you can also climb up in ranks by displaying other skills but fighting skills. And eventually, you can also display extreme combat skills without getting promoted. [[ButtMonkey Poor Hirako...]]
** [[WordofGod Word of God]] goes even further: Ishida once made a list, showing the "power-levels" of the rankings. A C-rate ghoul equals a rank three investigator. B-rate equals rank two/one. A-rate equals First Class. A low S (S- in the fanbase) equals the strength of an Associate Special Class. A high S (S+ or S~ in the manga) equals an average Special Class. An average SS-rate equals a whole squad of several Special Classes. And a rank SSS ghoul needs [[FinalFight its own raid,]] [[WhamEpisode led by a bunch of the]] [[BattleintheRain most powerful investigators available.]] [[TrueFinalBoss And sometimes,]] [[CurbStompBattle even THAT won't work out.]] [[StoryBreakerPower Sometimes, you just need Arima.]]

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* ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'' has this, too.
** First of all, we have the ghoul ranks: C is the lowest (and no story-relevant character was ever ranked this, although [[WordofGod Word of God]] says that a ghoul of average strength usually gets it once the CCG gets a track of them). Then we have B
Ghoul Threat Ratings and A, being rankings for pretty strong ghouls. Ghoul Investigator Ranks, which are roughly equivalent to each other according to WordOfGod.
** C-rate Ghouls, considered incredibly weak.
** B-rate
Ghouls who are extremely powerful and dangerous get the S-rank, and those who are ''absurdly'' strong and threatening get the SS-rank. And lastly, the strongest of all ghouls (until now only [[spoiler: Yoshimura and Eto]]) get the ultimate SSS-rank. Though it's true that the ranking isn't solely based on a ghoul's Junior Rank Investigators (Ranks 1 - 3) possess moderate strength, it mostly is. For example, Rize earned her S-rank without ever fighting any investigator and solely being a [[{{Pun}} Binge]] [[RedBaron Eater]], though she easily would've been ranked as an SS-ghoul if she ever encountered an investigator, regarding how strong Kaneki became after accepting his ghoul side (and he only had a part of her kakuhou, neither her RC-level nor her fighting skills).
**
are roughly equal to each other. The CCG has this, too. average {{Mook}} is from this ranking.
** A-rate Ghouls are considered Dangerous predators, and equal in strength to a senior
First we have Class Investigator. They serve as the junior investigators, starting at rank three, then rank two EliteMooks of the series.
** S-rate Ghouls are high-level threats
and rank one at last. Then serial predators, equal to the senior investigators, starting at First Class, then Associate Special Class and Investigators.
** S+ rated Ghouls are extremely dangerous, equal in strength to the elite
Special Class investigators. This system also ''mostly'' indicates their Investigators.
** SS-rate Ghouls are beings of abnormal
strength, as you can also climb up in ranks by displaying other skills but fighting skills. And eventually, you can also display typically leaders of major groups or otherwise possessed of extreme combat skills without getting promoted. [[ButtMonkey Poor Hirako...]]
** [[WordofGod Word of God]] goes even further: Ishida once made a list, showing the "power-levels" of the rankings. A C-rate ghoul equals a rank three investigator. B-rate equals rank two/one. A-rate equals First Class. A low S (S- in the fanbase) equals the strength of an Associate
abilities. An entire team including at least one Special Class. A high S (S+ or S~ Class Investigator are suggested for hunting them.
** SSS-rated Ghouls, the rarest and most dangerous beings. Only two characters
in the manga) equals series hold this rank, being the BigBad and BigGood, respectively. Operations to challenge them are the largest in scale, often making use of an average Special Class. An average SS-rate equals a whole entire squad of several Special Classes. And a rank SSS ghoul needs [[FinalFight its own raid,]] [[WhamEpisode led by a bunch of the]] [[BattleintheRain most powerful investigators available.]] [[TrueFinalBoss And sometimes,]] [[CurbStompBattle even THAT won't work out.]] [[StoryBreakerPower Sometimes, you just need Arima.]]Class Investigators and the best equipment available.
19th Dec '15 4:53:36 PM nombretomado
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* During a trip to an amusement park, Shana of ''ShakuganNoShana'' uses her powers to cheat at a swordfighting virtual reality game, maxing out the score counter and earning a rank of SSS.

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* During a trip to an amusement park, Shana of ''ShakuganNoShana'' ''LightNovel/ShakuganNoShana'' uses her powers to cheat at a swordfighting virtual reality game, maxing out the score counter and earning a rank of SSS.
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