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10th Dec '17 2:23:09 AM CWC
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** D (ages 18 and up)

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** D (ages 18 17 and up)
26th Nov '17 4:32:01 PM nombretomado
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** After TheNewTens, HongKong uses a modified GCSE system called HKDSE, which uses numbers instead of letters for grades in language subjects (Chinese and English). The former B grade is now 5, and A grade is 5* . They also keep the old A* thing, therefore you now have a 5** grade. %%I remember this is a HKDSE thing, so it's not strictly a "modified GCSE."%%

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** After TheNewTens, HongKong UsefulNotes/HongKong uses a modified GCSE system called HKDSE, which uses numbers instead of letters for grades in language subjects (Chinese and English). The former B grade is now 5, and A grade is 5* . They also keep the old A* thing, therefore you now have a 5** grade. %%I remember this is a HKDSE thing, so it's not strictly a "modified GCSE."%%
21st Nov '17 9:02:38 PM superslinger2007
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* Ah, Starbucks. Coffee sizes start at Tall, then Grande, then ''Venti'', because apparently no one just wants a small goddamn coffee[[note]]There ''is'' a Short size (8 oz.) that you can order most drinks in; they just don't list it on the menu.[[/note]]. Then they came out with a Trenta size, which is even larger than the Venti size. It holds 31 oz (910 mL) of liquid, or two-and-a-half the capacity of a typical human bladder. For true caffeine addicts!

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* Ah, Starbucks. Coffee sizes start at Tall, then Grande, then ''Venti'', because apparently no one just wants a small goddamn coffee[[note]]There ''is'' a Short size (8 oz.) that you can order most drinks in; they just don't list it on the menu.[[/note]]. Then they came out with a Trenta size, which is even larger than the Venti size.size, for cold drinks. It holds 31 oz (910 mL) of liquid, or two-and-a-half the capacity of a typical human bladder. For true caffeine addicts!
9th Nov '17 12:20:33 PM SeptimusHeap
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* PC enthusiast magazine ''Maximum PC'' stirred quite a controversy when it rated ''VideoGame/{{Half-Life 2}}'' the only 11/10 rating the magazine has done.

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* PC enthusiast magazine ''Maximum PC'' stirred quite a controversy when it rated ''VideoGame/{{Half-Life 2}}'' ''VideoGame/HalfLife2'' the only 11/10 rating the magazine has done.
28th Oct '17 3:54:56 PM EndarkCuli
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* Espers in ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'' are ranked from Level 0 (failed to develop any powers) to Level 5 (OneManArmy). The strongest Level 5 (Accelerator) at one point claims that the only reason he's not ranked higher is because that's the highest the scale goes; the difference in power between him and the other Level 5's is enormous. [[spoiler:Then the theoretical Level 6 is introduced, defined as the esper in question obtaining near-omnipotence, to the point that they could be considered "{{God}}". No esper has yet reached that level, but Academy City's best simulations projected that it was possible.]]
* ''Manga/FairyTail'' has a version of this. Normal jobs are just jobs. No ranking whatsoever. There are really tricky ones who are ranked "S" though (no one seems to know what the S stands for). Later, to make a character seem that much cooler, they say he can also take "SS" jobs, and was assigned something even more impressive "The 100 year job" [[spoiler:Unfortunately, he failed because of outside circumstances and had to go home. The interruption was a giant dragon tearing out an arm, a leg, and some of his innards in one instant, faster than he could react.]]
* ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' joked about this in its first chronological episode, when Taniguchi ranked every Freshman girl from D to A. His favorite (Asakura Ryoko) was ranked AA+.
* In [[Anime/{{Jewelpet 2009}} 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)]].
* ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' ranks aspects of stands from E to A for things like Strength, Range, Learning (user's ability to fully exploit their stand's powers) and such. The scale isn't weighed on too heavily in the series, but in one notable exception, Giorno Giovanna's Gold Experience Requiem is so powerful that its attributes are literally ALL ranked "unknown", as it is simply impossible to rank such vast powers off the scale. To put things into perspective, Gold Experience Requiem's power is so overwhelming that he could beat practically ''anyone'' from ''any other series/reality'' (short of a RealityWarper and ''even then'', that's debatable) simply because he can nullify any attack/move that his opponent makes and has what is essentially a OneHitKill.
* In ''Anime/KiddyGrade'', the {{Nanomachines}}-based superpowers are ranked by class: C (Copper) is the lowest, S (Silver) is high, and G (Gold) is the highest. The protagonists of the show are C class but [[spoiler:actually, they are G class, just suppressing their powers along with hurting memories that come with them. Their DaChief is also G class, by the way.]]



* The ''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.
* Ninja missions in ''Anime/{{Naruto}}'' are ranked anywhere from D (picking up trash, catching stray cats) to S (there's a ''very'' high chance you'll die.)
** There was some confusion (and a bit of a {{Hatedom}}) when the third Databook came out and the mission to capture or kill Akatsuki members Hidan and Kakuzu- S-Class criminals- was classified as an A-Rank mission, the same as Team 7's first big mission against the weaker duo of Zabuza and Haku. The reason however was that missions are ranked not just by difficulty of the task but also the strength of the ninja assigned to the task; in this case, one had a team of three fresh Genin and a slightly out-of-shape Jounin, the other involved teams of seasoned Chuunin and a more in-shape Jounin with another such group behind them as back-up.
** More typical RankInflation has been going on with the strength of jutsu: it starts with E (basic academy stuff like untying ropes, [[NinjaLog body replacement]], [[AssShove One Thousand Years of Death]]) and goes up to S (which includes [[BackFromTheDead bringing one person back to life]] [[EquivalentExchange at the cost of another]], making something get hit by a real lightning bolt, and [[HealingFactor regenerating all the parts of your body]] including organs), but recently even S rank attacks have been [[TheWorfBarrage ineffective]]. In something of a subversion, more powerful attacks continue to be introduced, but new ranks have not.
*** Jutsu are not ranked by strength, but difficulty; Kakashi's ''Raikiri'', for example, is the same strength as Kakuzu's ''Raiton: Gian'', yet that is B-Rank while Kakashi's is S-Rank. Higher ranked justu are obviously as powerful as they are difficult- it would be a waste of time learning them otherwise- but there are easier jutsu to learn that are just as strong and useful. There are also several powerful jutsu that are not learned, but derived from unique bloodline traits, such as Amateratsu, Tsukuyomi and Susanoo which are jutsu unique to the Mangekyou Sharingan, and in and of themselves don't require any skill to use, though they do require practice to perfect.
*** Usually, the stronger jutsus are either forbidden (I.E the first incarnation of "Fuuton: Rasen Shuriken") or new/not heard of, so they can't be easily categorized.
** Internationally wanted ninja criminals or "missing-nin" are referred to as "S-class" (including everyone in Akatsuki), though there has been no indication of lower ranks or this applying to non-criminals.
** In the Naruto D20 there are also Super-S class jutsus, which are usually forbidden as well.
* Connoisseurs in the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' anime are ranked from C-Class to S-Class, with Cilan and Burgundy being A-Class and C-Class, respectively. It's Cilan's goal to reach S-Class.
* During a trip to an amusement park, Shana of ''LightNovel/ShakuganNoShana'' uses her powers to cheat at a swordfighting virtual reality game, maxing out the score counter and earning a rank of SSS.
* 'Manga/ShokugekiNoSoma'': At Tootsuki Academy, assignments are graded on a scale of A (excellent) to E (failure). Chef Chapelle (notorious for giving any assignment not worthy of an A an E) gives Soma and Tadokoro's first assignment an A, and regrets that he doesn't have the authority to give them a higher grade.



* In ''Manga/{{Toriko}}'', the Garagara Gator being capture level 8 was considered a big deal. Then the Troll Kongs are shown to be level 9. In the next chapter, the Puffer whales are capture level ''30.''
** Note that capture level refers to how easy it is to retrieve an edible sample; there are many fragile but harmless ingredients with high capture level. (Like the aforementioned Puffer Whales, which are like Fugu, but improperly removing the poison bladder make the whole body poisonous, and is located in a different spot in each one.
** Also note that Capture Levels can also refer to the overall power of an ingredient, since the more powerful creatures tend to be proportionately harder to catch, hence powerful creatures always receiving Capture Levels equivalent to ingredients whose Capture Levels are related to the environments they are found in.
*** In the Gourmet World, on the other hand, the lowest Capture Levels are at least '''100''', which is equivalent to the Four Beast, the ingredient with the highest Capture Level in the Human World...Which is only based on its four "bodies", as the real Four Beast has a Capture level in the mid '''300s and kept on increasing beyond that.''' The Eight Kings of the Gourmet World? Their Capture Levels are in the '''6000s''', or on the precipice of it at least.



* ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' ranks aspects of stands from E to A for things like Strength, Range, Learning (user's ability to fully exploit their stand's powers) and such. The scale isn't weighed on too heavily in the series, but in one notable exception, Giorno Giovanna's Gold Experience Requiem is so powerful that its attributes are literally ALL ranked "unknown", as it is simply impossible to rank such vast powers off the scale. To put things into perspective, Gold Experience Requiem's power is so overwhelming that he could beat practically ''anyone'' from ''any other series/reality'' (short of a RealityWarper and ''even then'', that's debatable) simply because he can nullify any attack/move that his opponent makes and has what is essentially a OneHitKill.
* Ninja missions in ''Anime/{{Naruto}}'' are ranked anywhere from D (picking up trash, catching stray cats) to S (there's a ''very'' high chance you'll die.)
** There was some confusion (and a bit of a {{Hatedom}}) when the third Databook came out and the mission to capture or kill Akatsuki members Hidan and Kakuzu- S-Class criminals- was classified as an A-Rank mission, the same as Team 7's first big mission against the weaker duo of Zabuza and Haku. The reason however was that missions are ranked not just by difficulty of the task but also the strength of the ninja assigned to the task; in this case, one had a team of three fresh Genin and a slightly out-of-shape Jounin, the other involved teams of seasoned Chuunin and a more in-shape Jounin with another such group behind them as back-up.
** More typical RankInflation has been going on with the strength of jutsu: it starts with E (basic academy stuff like untying ropes, [[NinjaLog body replacement]], [[AssShove One Thousand Years of Death]]) and goes up to S (which includes [[BackFromTheDead bringing one person back to life]] [[EquivalentExchange at the cost of another]], making something get hit by a real lightning bolt, and [[HealingFactor regenerating all the parts of your body]] including organs), but recently even S rank attacks have been [[TheWorfBarrage ineffective]]. In something of a subversion, more powerful attacks continue to be introduced, but new ranks have not.
*** Jutsu are not ranked by strength, but difficulty; Kakashi's ''Raikiri'', for example, is the same strength as Kakuzu's ''Raiton: Gian'', yet that is B-Rank while Kakashi's is S-Rank. Higher ranked justu are obviously as powerful as they are difficult- it would be a waste of time learning them otherwise- but there are easier jutsu to learn that are just as strong and useful. There are also several powerful jutsu that are not learned, but derived from unique bloodline traits, such as Amateratsu, Tsukuyomi and Susanoo which are jutsu unique to the Mangekyou Sharingan, and in and of themselves don't require any skill to use, though they do require practice to perfect.
*** Usually, the stronger jutsus are either forbidden (I.E the first incarnation of "Fuuton: Rasen Shuriken") or new/not heard of, so they can't be easily categorized.
** Internationally wanted ninja criminals or "missing-nin" are referred to as "S-class" (including everyone in Akatsuki), though there has been no indication of lower ranks or this applying to non-criminals.
** In the Naruto D20 there are also Super-S class jutsus, which are usually forbidden as well.
* In ''Anime/KiddyGrade'', the {{Nanomachines}}-based superpowers are ranked by class: C (Copper) is the lowest, S (Silver) is high, and G (Gold) is the highest. The protagonists of the show are C class but [[spoiler:actually, they are G class, just suppressing their powers along with hurting memories that come with them. Their DaChief is also G class, by the way.]]



* ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' joked about this in its first chronological episode, when Taniguchi ranked every Freshman girl from D to A. His favorite (Asakura Ryoko) was ranked AA+.
* The ''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.
* ''Manga/FairyTail'' has a version of this. Normal jobs are just jobs. No ranking whatsoever. There are really tricky ones who are ranked "S" though (no one seems to know what the S stands for). Later, to make a character seem that much cooler, they say he can also take "SS" jobs, and was assigned something even more impressive "The 100 year job" [[spoiler:Unfortunately, he failed because of outside circumstances and had to go home. The interruption was a giant dragon tearing out an arm, a leg, and some of his innards in one instant, faster than he could react.]]
* In ''Manga/{{Toriko}}'', the Garagara Gator being capture level 8 was considered a big deal. Then the Troll Kongs are shown to be level 9. In the next chapter, the Puffer whales are capture level ''30.''
** Note that capture level refers to how easy it is to retrieve an edible sample; there are many fragile but harmless ingredients with high capture level. (Like the aforementioned Puffer Whales, which are like Fugu, but improperly removing the poison bladder make the whole body poisonous, and is located in a different spot in each one.
** Also note that Capture Levels can also refer to the overall power of an ingredient, since the more powerful creatures tend to be proportionately harder to catch, hence powerful creatures always receiving Capture Levels equivalent to ingredients whose Capture Levels are related to the environments they are found in.
*** In the Gourmet World, on the other hand, the lowest Capture Levels are at least '''100''', which is equivalent to the Four Beast, the ingredient with the highest Capture Level in the Human World...Which is only based on its four "bodies", as the real Four Beast has a Capture level in the mid '''300s and kept on increasing beyond that.''' The Eight Kings of the Gourmet World? Their Capture Levels are in the '''6000s''', or on the precipice of it at least.
* During a trip to an amusement park, Shana of ''LightNovel/ShakuganNoShana'' uses her powers to cheat at a swordfighting virtual reality game, maxing out the score counter and earning a rank of SSS.
* Espers in ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'' are ranked from Level 0 (failed to develop any powers) to Level 5 (OneManArmy). The strongest Level 5 (Accelerator) at one point claims that the only reason he's not ranked higher is because that's the highest the scale goes; the difference in power between him and the other Level 5's is enormous. [[spoiler:Then the theoretical Level 6 is introduced, defined as the esper in question obtaining near-omnipotence, to the point that they could be considered "{{God}}". No esper has yet reached that level, but Academy City's best simulations projected that it was possible.]]
* Connoisseurs in the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' anime are ranked from C-Class to S-Class, with Cilan and Burgundy being A-Class and C-Class, respectively. It's Cilan's goal to reach S-Class.
* 'Manga/ShokugekiNoSoma'': At Tootsuki Academy, assignments are graded on a scale of A (excellent) to E (failure). Chef Chapelle (notorious for giving any assignment not worthy of an A an E) gives Soma and Tadokoro's first assignment an A, and regrets that he doesn't have the authority to give them a higher grade.
* In [[Anime/{{Jewelpet 2009}} 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)]].
23rd Oct '17 5:39:05 AM Thrawcheld
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* In UsefulNotes/ImperialRussia, the public servants, or ''chinovniks'', were divided in the 14 degrees on the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Table_of_Ranks Table of Ranks]], and the possession of a '''chin'' awarded personnal nobility to its holder, except for the ranks 8 -- or upper, which gave hereditary nobility[[note]]Which gave the holder, with the exemption of capitation and the ''[[ATasteOfTheLash knout]]'', the right to own serfs[[/note]]; given the advancement was done every three years in average, some low-ranking bureaucrats or soldiers ended with the hereditary nobility comung with the title of State Councilor. This was [[{{Nerf}} fixed]] by Nicholas Ist, who [[ObviousRulePatch decided]] personnal nobility would come only with the 8th rank - Collegiate Assessor and Major - and the hereditary one only with the 5th - State Councilor and ''Kapitan'' and that, moreover, any promotion beyond the fifth degree would require imperial autorisation.

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* In UsefulNotes/ImperialRussia, the public servants, or ''chinovniks'', were divided in the into 14 degrees on the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Table_of_Ranks Table of Ranks]], and the possession of a '''chin'' awarded personnal personal nobility to its holder, except for the ranks 8 -- or upper, and above, which gave hereditary nobility[[note]]Which gave the holder, with the exemption of capitation and the ''[[ATasteOfTheLash knout]]'', the right to own serfs[[/note]]; given the advancement was done every three years in on average, some low-ranking bureaucrats or soldiers ended with the hereditary nobility comung that came with the title of State Councilor. This was [[{{Nerf}} fixed]] by Nicholas Ist, I, who [[ObviousRulePatch decided]] personnal personal nobility would come only with the 8th rank - -- Collegiate Assessor and Major - -- and the hereditary one only with the 5th - -- State Councilor and ''Kapitan'' -- and that, moreover, any promotion beyond the fifth degree would require imperial autorisation.authorisation.



* The grading of coins by professional numismatists (coin collectors/dealers) has always run on this trope. The generally used European grades (under their English names) are: Poor, Good (G), Very Good (VG), Fine (F), Very Fine (VF), Extremely Fine (EF/XF), Uncirculated (Unc), Brilliantly Uncirculated (BU), and Fleur de Coin (FDC). Most coin collectors will not touch a coin unless it is at least Very Fine/Extremely Fine condition - or it's exceedingly rare.

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* The grading of coins by professional numismatists (coin collectors/dealers) has always run on this trope. The generally used European grades (under their English names) are: Poor, Good (G), Very Good (VG), Fine (F), Very Fine (VF), Extremely Fine (EF/XF), Uncirculated (Unc), Brilliantly Uncirculated (BU), and Fleur de Coin (FDC). Most coin collectors will not touch a coin unless it is at least Very Fine/Extremely Fine condition - or it's exceedingly rare.
15th Oct '17 9:13:50 AM Yet_One_More_Idiot
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* The grading of coins by professional numismatists (coin collectors/dealers) has always run on this trope. The generally used European grades (under their English names) are: Poor, Good (G), Very Good (VG), Fine (F), Very Fine (VF), Extremely (EF/XF), Uncirculated (Unc), Brilliantly Uncirculated (BU), and Fleur de Coin (FDC). Most coin collectors will not touch a coin unless it is at least Very Fine/Extremely Fine condition - or it's exceedingly rare.

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* The grading of coins by professional numismatists (coin collectors/dealers) has always run on this trope. The generally used European grades (under their English names) are: Poor, Good (G), Very Good (VG), Fine (F), Very Fine (VF), Extremely Fine (EF/XF), Uncirculated (Unc), Brilliantly Uncirculated (BU), and Fleur de Coin (FDC). Most coin collectors will not touch a coin unless it is at least Very Fine/Extremely Fine condition - or it's exceedingly rare.
15th Oct '17 9:13:25 AM Yet_One_More_Idiot
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* The grading of coins by professional numismatists (coin collectors/dealers) has always run on this trope. The generally used European grades (under their English names) are: Poor, Good (G), Very Good (VG), Fine (F), Very Fine (VF), Extremely (EF), Uncirculated (Unc), Brilliantly Uncirculated (BU), and Fleur de Coin (FDC). Unless a coin is exceptionally rare, most coin collectors will not touch it unless it is at least Fine condition.

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* The grading of coins by professional numismatists (coin collectors/dealers) has always run on this trope. The generally used European grades (under their English names) are: Poor, Good (G), Very Good (VG), Fine (F), Very Fine (VF), Extremely (EF), (EF/XF), Uncirculated (Unc), Brilliantly Uncirculated (BU), and Fleur de Coin (FDC). Unless a coin is exceptionally rare, most Most coin collectors will not touch it a coin unless it is at least Very Fine/Extremely Fine condition.condition - or it's exceedingly rare.
15th Oct '17 5:37:47 AM Yet_One_More_Idiot
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* The grading of coins by professional numismatists (coin collectors/dealers) has always run on this trope. The generally used European grades (under their English names) are: Poor, Good (G), Very Good (VG), Fine (F), Very Fine (VF), Extremely (EF), Uncirculated (Unc), Brilliantly Uncirculated (BU), and Fleur de Coin (FDC). Unless a coin is exceptionally rare, most coin collectors will not touch it unless it is at least Fine condition.
3rd Oct '17 8:09:42 AM EndarkCuli
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