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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.
17th Dec '15 1:41:35 AM Dravencour
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* In ''AChristmasStory'', Ralphie daydreams that his teacher is so bowled over by his essay that she ecstatically awards him an A++++ while his classmates cheer. When RealityEnsues, he gets [[spoiler: a C+ and a comment that [[YoullShootYourEyeOut he'll end up shooting an eye out]].]][[note]]He wrote about a Red Ryder BB gun, which he wants for Christmas.[[/note]]
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* In ''AChristmasStory'', Ralphie daydreams that his teacher is so bowled over by his essay that she ecstatically awards him an A++++ while his classmates cheer. When RealityEnsues, he gets [[spoiler: a C+ and a comment that [[YoullShootYourEyeOut [[HarsherInHindsight he'll end up shooting an shoot his eye out]].]][[note]]He wrote about a Red Ryder BB gun, which he wants for Christmas.[[/note]]
17th Dec '15 1:40:21 AM Dravencour
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* In ''AChristmasStory'', Ralphie daydreams that his teacher is so bowled over by his essay that she ecstatically awards him an A++++ while his classmates cheer. When RealityEnsues, he gets [[spoiler: a C+ and a comment that [[HarsherInHindsight he'll end up shooting an eye out]].]][[note]]He wrote about a Red Ryder BB gun, which he wants for Christmas.[[/note]]
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* In ''AChristmasStory'', Ralphie daydreams that his teacher is so bowled over by his essay that she ecstatically awards him an A++++ while his classmates cheer. When RealityEnsues, he gets [[spoiler: a C+ and a comment that [[HarsherInHindsight [[YoullShootYourEyeOut he'll end up shooting an eye out]].]][[note]]He wrote about a Red Ryder BB gun, which he wants for Christmas.[[/note]]
20th Nov '15 4:07:52 PM SoapheadChurch
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* Power levels of demons in ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'' are ranked from D to S. However, anything above B is exceedingly rare (Toguro, one of the strongest characters in the series, was a B). Anything higher than a 'C' is too powerful to travel between worlds; higher ranks were either from Earth originally (like Toguro) or started lower and trained themselves up on this side. Demons of each rank are progressively rarer, and at one point, it's stated that one out of one hundred C class demons has the potential to reach B class. Thanks to the plot we see many more A and S rank demons than their rarity would suggest (although this arc takes place in the demon world, and is presumably ''every'' demon of that rank, mere thousands out of billions)
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* Power levels of demons in ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'' are ranked from D to S. However, anything above B is exceedingly rare (Toguro, one of the strongest characters in the series, was a B). Anything higher than a 'C' is too powerful to travel between worlds; higher ranks were either from Earth originally (like Toguro) or started lower and trained themselves up on this side. Demons of each rank are progressively rarer, and at one point, it's stated that only one out of one hundred C class demons even has the potential to reach B class. Thanks to the plot we see many more A and S rank demons than their rarity would suggest (although this arc takes place in the demon world, and is presumably ''every'' demon of that rank, rank; mere thousands out of billions)
19th Nov '15 11:46:46 AM SMsoldier
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* ''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 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 F1F1. * ''VideoGame/SuperIndieKarts'' has a ranking system that goes from F to A to A*** (A with three stars next to it), depending on how many Race Stars you have earned during a Grand Prix.
18th Nov '15 2:20:52 PM tadaru
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** Although [=SeeD=] ranking doesn't affect anything but your periodic pay (and there's almost nothing you can buy that's useful), getting an A rank isn't difficult, thanks to the way it's calculated (either fight a lot, with the requirement for fighting increasing at each rank, or complete a general FFVIII knowledge test for instant rank up). What ''is'' difficult is ''maintaining'' an A rank: You must get at least 10 non-GF enemy kills between each pay period, or your rank will drop.
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** Although [=SeeD=] ranking doesn't affect anything but your periodic pay (and there's almost nothing you can buy that's useful), getting an A rank isn't difficult, thanks to the way it's calculated (either fight a lot, with the requirement for fighting increasing at each rank, or complete a general FFVIII knowledge test for instant rank up). What ''is'' difficult is ''maintaining'' an A rank: You must get at least 10 non-GF enemy kills that are done without using [=GFs=] between each pay period, or your rank will drop.
18th Nov '15 2:20:17 PM tadaru
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** Although [=SeeD=] ranking doesn't affect anything but your periodic pay (and there's almost nothing you can buy that's useful), getting an A rank isn't difficult, thanks to the way it's calculated (either fight a lot, with the requirement for fighting increasing at each rank, or complete a general FFVIII knowledge test for instant rank up). What ''is'' difficult is ''maintaining'' an A rank: unless you fight ''50'' battles between pay periods (the normal encounter rate would be about 25 to 30 battles), then, as soon as you get paid at your A rank grade, you'll drop rank.
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** Although [=SeeD=] ranking doesn't affect anything but your periodic pay (and there's almost nothing you can buy that's useful), getting an A rank isn't difficult, thanks to the way it's calculated (either fight a lot, with the requirement for fighting increasing at each rank, or complete a general FFVIII knowledge test for instant rank up). What ''is'' difficult is ''maintaining'' an A rank: unless you fight ''50'' battles You must get at least 10 non-GF enemy kills between each pay periods (the normal encounter rate would be about 25 to 30 battles), then, as soon as you get paid at period, or your A rank grade, you'll drop rank.will drop.
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