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28th Oct '16 11:06:02 AM tadaru
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* [[VideoGame/PokemonGo]] will display a wild Pokémon's Combat Power as "???" if it is higher than that of any that the player has.

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* [[VideoGame/PokemonGo]] ''VideoGame/PokemonGo'' will display a wild Pokémon's Combat Power as "???" if it is higher than that of any that the player has.
28th Oct '16 11:05:34 AM tadaru
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* [[VideoGame/PokemonGo]] will display a wild Pokémon's Combat Power as "???" if it is higher than that of any that the player has.
29th Sep '16 5:44:05 AM KillerClowns
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* The eponymous {{Bonus Boss}}es of the ''Leviathans'' DLC for ''VideoGame/{{Stellaris}}'', have a fleet strength depicted as just a skull.
26th Sep '16 3:11:36 AM Arivne
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** Toriyama admitted he did this intentionally, as he didn't like the hard-and-fast "this character is more powerful than that one by this amount" corner the scouters had painted him into, and also the ever-increasing power levels would have made for ever-increasingly stupid sounding numbers. According to Ryusei Nakao (Frieza's japanese VA), Frieza's power level in his golden form in ''Anime/DragonBallZResurrectionF'' is '''''100 quintillion'''''.[[note]]This was meant as a pun: according to Nakao, Frieza's power level was 100 quintillion because he's "a nice guy." Gai being Japanese for 100 quintillion. Naturally it's not a serious measurement, as power levels had ceased to be relevant long before the film came out.[[/note]]

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** Toriyama admitted he did this intentionally, as he didn't like the hard-and-fast "this character is more powerful than that one by this amount" corner the scouters had painted him into, and also the ever-increasing power levels would have made for ever-increasingly stupid sounding numbers. According to Ryusei Nakao (Frieza's japanese Japanese VA), Frieza's power level in his golden form in ''Anime/DragonBallZResurrectionF'' is '''''100 quintillion'''''.[[note]]This was meant as a pun: according to Nakao, Frieza's power level was 100 quintillion because he's "a nice guy." Gai being Japanese for 100 quintillion. Naturally it's not a serious measurement, as power levels had ceased to be relevant long before the film came out.[[/note]]
15th Sep '16 1:06:59 AM PaulA
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* In ''EndersGame'', this is said about Bean's intelligence. He scored near-perfectly on all their aptitude tests (save physical abilities, given his age), ''but'' had also included notes in the margins pointing out mistakes the test-makers had made when writing them and making suggestions for improving the tests. The instructors decide that Bean's intellect is so great that their tests cannot accurately measure it, and therefore they can't be sure of his true limits.

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* In ''EndersGame'', ''Literature/EndersGame'', this is said about Bean's intelligence. He scored near-perfectly on all their aptitude tests (save physical abilities, given his age), ''but'' had also included notes in the margins pointing out mistakes the test-makers had made when writing them and making suggestions for improving the tests. The instructors decide that Bean's intellect is so great that their tests cannot accurately measure it, and therefore they can't be sure of his true limits.
8th Sep '16 12:40:07 PM ImpudentInfidel
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** Basically, it creates a recursive loop of stat buffs. Since it must be a real number, it can technically never be equal to infinity but - in theory - all six base stats (and by extension, almost every other numerical bonus and modifier) can pretty much get as close as possible.

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** Basically, it creates a recursive loop of stat buffs. Since it must be a real number, it can technically never be equal to infinity but - in theory - all six base stats (and by extension, almost every other numerical bonus and modifier) can pretty much get as close as possible. Becoming a god is an essential and quite early part of the process in all versions of the build.
8th Sep '16 12:35:00 PM ImpudentInfidel
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** And then, there's the looter who uses a computerized scanner to assess the value of the TARDIS. "Everything". Price tag? "Total sum of all currency insufficient". Though that's actually an honest answer, since the TARDIS has the ability to produce practically anything else one could ask for.

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** And then, there's the looter who uses a computerized scanner to assess the value of the TARDIS. "Everything". Price tag? "Total sum of all currency insufficient". Though that's actually an honest answer, since the TARDIS has the ability to produce practically anything else one could ask for.for and is itself irreplaceable.
29th Aug '16 4:44:02 AM Andyroid
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* ''The Last Continent'' in Literature/{{Discworld}} uses a thaumometer, that measures magical energy. Sure enough, it melts when it detects a magical field of over a million thaums.
** And CMOT Dibbler's "dragon detector"? It's a piece of wood on a metal stick. When the stick was burned through, you'd found your dragon.
** While not strictly "off the scale," as it continued to measure as intended, the resograph of ''Moving Pictures'' (which detects distortions in reality) was at one point spitting a burst of eleven pellets every few minutes. According to the instruction manual, a "serious disturbance" would be enough to trigger two pellets. Per MONTH.

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* ''The Last Continent'' ''Discworld/TheLastContinent'' in Literature/{{Discworld}} uses a thaumometer, that measures magical energy. Sure enough, [[ReadingsBlewUpTheScale it melts melts]] when it detects a magical field of over a million thaums.
** And CMOT Dibbler's "dragon detector"? It's a piece of wood on a metal stick. When
thaums (in this case, caused by [[spoiler: the stick was burned through, you'd found your dragon.
creation of a new continent]]).
** While not strictly "off the scale," as it continued to measure as intended, the resograph of ''Moving Pictures'' ''Discworld/MovingPictures'' (which detects distortions in reality) was at one point spitting a burst of eleven pellets every few minutes. According to the instruction manual, a "serious disturbance" would be enough to trigger two pellets. Per MONTH.
23rd Aug '16 3:46:39 AM DarkHunter
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** Toriyama himself engaged in a little of this regarding ''Anime/DragonBallZBattleOfGods'', saying that on a scale of 1 to 10, Super Saiyan God Goku is a 6 and God of Destruction Beerus is a 10. [[spoiler:Beerus' retainer and mentor, Whis, is a '''15''', meaning that he's unquestionably the most powerful being in the ''Dragon Ball'' universe at least until [[TopGod Zen-O]] was revealed.]]

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** Toriyama himself engaged in a little of this regarding ''Anime/DragonBallZBattleOfGods'', saying that on a scale of 1 to 10, Super Saiyan God Goku is a 6 and God of Destruction Beerus is a 10. [[spoiler:Beerus' retainer and mentor, Whis, is a '''15''', meaning that he's unquestionably and we're later introduced to two characters who Whis admits even he wouldn't stand a chance against: the High Priest, said to be among the top 5 most powerful being fighters in all existence, and Zen-O, the ''Dragon Ball'' universe at least until [[TopGod Zen-O]] was revealed.TopGod who is stated to capable of ending all 12 universes in an instant if he wanted.]]
20th Aug '16 10:25:36 AM ThatBitterTase
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* ''Franchise/FireEmblem'' can only display HP up to a certain level, depending on the game, in the in-battle HP meters. If a character's health goes past that (such as the final boss of ''Blazing Sword'', [[spoiler:the Fire Dragon]]), the HP is displayed only as "??" until they've taken enough damage to bring it below the limit. In addition, the HP gauge ''glows'' until that point.
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