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20th Apr '16 1:44:06 PM Morgenthaler
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* In the classic Creator/JohnHughes film, ''TheBreakfastClub'', Brian panics pretty severely ([[spoiler:contemplating suicide]]) after realizing a B is the highest grade he can pull off in his shop class as the result of a failed project. This was mostly because his parents were putting too much pressure on him getting perfect grades.

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* In the classic Creator/JohnHughes film, ''TheBreakfastClub'', ''Film/TheBreakfastClub'', Brian panics pretty severely ([[spoiler:contemplating suicide]]) after realizing a B is the highest grade he can pull off in his shop class as the result of a failed project. This was mostly because his parents were putting too much pressure on him getting perfect grades.
18th Apr '16 12:42:20 PM RingSlinger
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* ''Film/GetSmart'' sees Max asserting his superiority over Agent 99--a legendary agent with far, far more field experience than Max does--on the basis that, on the written exam, he scored 8 points higher than 99 had; 8 points, he insists, are the difference between an A+ and an A-.
-->'''Max:''' AAAAAAAAY-MINUS!
15th Apr '16 11:44:14 PM donteatacowman3
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* On top of everything else, grading scale can vary by what school or even which class you attend. For example, one scale goes by 6 instead of ten, where an [[http://www.cf.edu/smartcatalog/1552.htm A is 94% or higher, a B is 97-93%, etc.]] This can artificially increase the difficulty of a class and torment students trying to make straight A's.
15th Apr '16 12:18:38 AM Pichu-kun
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* When discussing Boggarts, shapeshifters which take the form of one's worst fear, in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndThePrisonerOfAzkaban'', Ron sarcastically suggests that Hermione's Boggart would be a homework paper she got nine out of ten on.
** Becomes a BrickJoke when she has trouble on a Defense Against The Dark Arts "obstacle course", where a Boggart transformed into Professor [=McGonagall=], who told her she ''failed'' everything. This causes her to get a B-equivalent in Defence Against The Dark Arts, making that class the only one where Harry beat her in that year's exams.

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* ''Literature/HarryPotter'':
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When discussing Boggarts, shapeshifters which take the form of one's worst fear, in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndThePrisonerOfAzkaban'', Ron sarcastically suggests that Hermione's Boggart would be a homework paper she got nine out of ten on.
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on. Becomes a BrickJoke when she has trouble on a Defense Against The Dark Arts "obstacle course", where a Boggart transformed into Professor [=McGonagall=], who told her she ''failed'' everything. This causes her to get a B-equivalent in Defence Against The Dark Arts, making that class the only one where Harry beat her in that year's exams.



* In the first ''[[WesternAnimation/JimmyNeutron Jimmy]] / [[WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents Timmy]] [[CrossOver Power Hour]]'', when everyone is mistaking Jimmy for a big-headed Timmy (and vice-versa), Mr. Crocker gives Jimmy an F ([[DontExplainTheJoke Y'know, since Fs are usually the grade Timmy usually gets]])...and the F starts ''burning his hand''! Unfortunately for Crocker he learns the hard way that [[BerserkButton you don't give James Isaac Neutron an F and live to tell about it!]]

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* In the first ''[[WesternAnimation/JimmyNeutron ''[[WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutronBoyGenius Jimmy]] / [[WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents Timmy]] [[CrossOver Power Hour]]'', when everyone is mistaking Jimmy for a big-headed Timmy (and vice-versa), Mr. Crocker gives Jimmy an F ([[DontExplainTheJoke Y'know, since Fs are usually the grade Timmy usually gets]])...and the F starts ''burning his hand''! Unfortunately for Crocker he learns the hard way that [[BerserkButton you don't give James Isaac Neutron an F and live to tell about it!]]
15th Apr '16 12:15:55 AM Pichu-kun
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* ''TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody'' has Cody as one of these. In the episode where it comes up the most (where he's forced to take Wood Shop due to picking an elective that ''not even the teacher showed up to''. It's revealed that he has extremely unrealistic ideas of what will happen to him if he doesn't ace every class. In a nightmare sequence he's made to be the janitor of a "Big Snooty Ivy League College" due to not acing Wood Shop. As he hysterically claims to his mom when she thinks he's putting too much pressure on himself:

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* ''TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody'' ''Series/TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody'' has Cody as one of these. In the episode where it comes up the most (where he's forced to take Wood Shop due to picking an elective that ''not even the teacher showed up to''. It's revealed that he has extremely unrealistic ideas of what will happen to him if he doesn't ace every class. In a nightmare sequence he's made to be the janitor of a "Big Snooty Ivy League College" due to not acing Wood Shop. As he hysterically claims to his mom when she thinks he's putting too much pressure on himself:



* Taken to its extreme in ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot''. Jason is upset to get "only" an "A++" since it ruins his "A++++" average.

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* ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot'':
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Taken to its extreme in ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot''. when Jason is upset to get that he "only" got an "A++" since it ruins his "A++++" average.







* In an episode of ''TheProudFamily'', Dijonay exchanged families with the Chang Triplets, and their father immediately chewed her out for having a B in math. "'B' means 'better work harder to get an A'!"
* ''HeyArnold'', "Olga Comes Home", [[PlayingWithATrope plays with this plot]] by having [[GenreSavvy Helga]] forge her titular big sister's report card, so that she ''thinks'' she got a B+. Which causes Olga to go catatonic and stay in her room crying until Helga breaks down and tells her she did get an A.
* ''TheWeekenders'' has subverted it, twice:

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* In an episode of ''TheProudFamily'', ''WesternAnimation/TheProudFamily'', Dijonay exchanged families with the Chang Triplets, and their father immediately chewed her out for having a B in math. "'B' means 'better work harder to get an A'!"
* ''HeyArnold'', ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'', "Olga Comes Home", [[PlayingWithATrope plays with this plot]] by having [[GenreSavvy Helga]] forge her titular big sister's report card, so that she ''thinks'' she got a B+. Which causes Olga to go catatonic and stay in her room crying until Helga breaks down and tells her she did get an A.
* ''TheWeekenders'' ''WesternAnimation/TheWeekenders'' has subverted it, twice:



* ''TheSimpsons'': On one episode, Lisa almost has a nervous breakdown when she receives a B for 'conduct'. Another episode has her worried that failing exactly ''one'' exam will prevent her from getting into Harvard, and make her go to Brown University, [[AppealToObscurity bus driver Otto's alma mater]].

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* ''TheSimpsons'': On ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
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one episode, Lisa almost has a nervous breakdown when she receives a B for 'conduct'. 'conduct'.
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Another episode has her Lisa worried that failing exactly ''one'' exam will prevent her from getting into Harvard, and make her go to Brown University, [[AppealToObscurity bus driver Otto's alma mater]].



* In ''WesternAnimation/StaticShock'', honor roll student Thomas Kim (who turned out to be the MonsterOfTheWeek a sort of Hulk-like guy whose parents would take nothing less than perfection) got a 99% on a test (for leaving out a single contraction), and immediately complained that the teacher got his grade wrong (he later attacked the teacher at the parking lot, Hulked out and repeating "wrong"). It wasn't his fault though, as described above. When he complained, Richie (who wasn't exactly high on school achievements before becoming Gear - this was a season 1 episode) immediately asked if he could trade grades.
** Later in the episode, when Virgil and Richie visit Thomas having a study session with his dad. His father is clearly setting the bar pretty high.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/StaticShock'', honor ''WesternAnimation/StaticShock'':
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roll student Thomas Kim (who turned out to be the MonsterOfTheWeek a sort of Hulk-like guy whose parents would take nothing less than perfection) got a 99% on a test (for leaving out a single contraction), and immediately complained that the teacher got his grade wrong (he later attacked the teacher at the parking lot, Hulked out and repeating "wrong"). It wasn't his fault though, as described above. When he complained, Richie (who wasn't exactly high on school achievements before becoming Gear - this was a season 1 episode) immediately asked if he could trade grades.
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grades. Later in the episode, when Virgil and Richie visit Thomas having a study session with his dad. His father is clearly setting the bar pretty high.



* There's an episode of ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'' where Dexter comes home all worried about having to take his mother to see the principal. Dee Dee spends the entire episode wondering "Whadja do? Whadja do?" until Dexter transforms her into a copy of his mother, and takes her to the appointment, allowing her to find out from a tearful principal that Dexter got an A-minus on his last test. Of course, she immediately proceeds to go ballistic ("A lousy A-minus!?").
** Then Dexter tells Dee Dee that if she were going to bother him so much about it, they should never have gone through the trouble of turning her into their mother.
* Parodied in ''ChalkZone'': Mr. Wilter gives everybody an F because he thinks they've done the wrong assignment. The students all complain about it, except for Reggie Bullnerd, who doesn't see what the big deal is because he's always getting Fs.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' episode "Unfair Science Fair", [[BollywoodNerd Baljeet]] fears receiving an A-minus on his science project.

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* There's an episode of ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'' where Dexter comes home all worried about having to take his mother to see the principal. Dee Dee spends the entire episode wondering "Whadja do? Whadja do?" until Dexter transforms her into a copy of his mother, and takes her to the appointment, allowing her to find out from a tearful principal that Dexter got an A-minus on his last test. Of course, she immediately proceeds to go ballistic ("A lousy A-minus!?").
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A-minus!?"). Then Dexter tells Dee Dee that if she were going to bother him so much about it, they should never have gone through the trouble of turning her into their mother.
* Parodied in ''ChalkZone'': ''WesternAnimation/ChalkZone'': Mr. Wilter gives everybody an F because he thinks they've done the wrong assignment. The students all complain about it, except for Reggie Bullnerd, who doesn't see what the big deal is because he's always getting Fs.
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* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'':
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In the ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' episode "Unfair Science Fair", [[BollywoodNerd Baljeet]] fears receiving an A-minus on his science project.



* In ''TheRaccoons'', Bentley is recruited as a computer technician for Sneer Industries by the Pigs, only for them to sabotage his work when they get jealous at how well he's doing. Sure enough, Bentley is fired and is moaning how his career prospects are ruined while Bert and Cedric can't get a word in edgewise of how no future employer is going to pay attention to a mishap that happened to someone as a child. Regardless, Cyril finds out the truth and Bentley is exonerated with an even stronger lock on a job with Sneer Industries when he is older.
* In the first ''[[JimmyNeutron Jimmy]] / [[WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents Timmy]] [[CrossOver Power Hour]]'', when everyone is mistaking Jimmy for a big-headed Timmy (and vice-versa), Mr. Crocker gives Jimmy an F ([[DontExplainTheJoke Y'know, since Fs are usually the grade Timmy usually gets]])...and the F starts ''burning his hand''! Unfortunately for Crocker he learns the hard way that [[BerserkButton you don't give James Isaac Neutron an F and live to tell about it!]]

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* In ''TheRaccoons'', ''WesternAnimation/TheRaccoons'', Bentley is recruited as a computer technician for Sneer Industries by the Pigs, only for them to sabotage his work when they get jealous at how well he's doing. Sure enough, Bentley is fired and is moaning how his career prospects are ruined while Bert and Cedric can't get a word in edgewise of how no future employer is going to pay attention to a mishap that happened to someone as a child. Regardless, Cyril finds out the truth and Bentley is exonerated with an even stronger lock on a job with Sneer Industries when he is older.
* In the first ''[[JimmyNeutron ''[[WesternAnimation/JimmyNeutron Jimmy]] / [[WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents Timmy]] [[CrossOver Power Hour]]'', when everyone is mistaking Jimmy for a big-headed Timmy (and vice-versa), Mr. Crocker gives Jimmy an F ([[DontExplainTheJoke Y'know, since Fs are usually the grade Timmy usually gets]])...and the F starts ''burning his hand''! Unfortunately for Crocker he learns the hard way that [[BerserkButton you don't give James Isaac Neutron an F and live to tell about it!]]



* Not so much ''grades'', but in the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E3LessonZero "Lesson Zero"]], Twilight Sparkle stresses out over being tardy giving Princess Celestia a friendship report for the first time ever (which, in most real-world schools, ''would'' dock a grade). She thinks that it will lead to her being sent back to "magic kindergarten".

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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
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Not so much ''grades'', but in the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E3LessonZero "Lesson Zero"]], Twilight Sparkle stresses out over being tardy giving Princess Celestia a friendship report for the first time ever (which, in most real-world schools, ''would'' dock a grade). She thinks that it will lead to her being sent back to "magic kindergarten".



* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'': In "Him Diddle Riddle," one of Him's tasks to the girls is to take their SATs and get a score of 100. Buttercup scores a 25, Blossom (to her confused anger) scores a 10, but Bubbles--whose SAT sheet was done up with a drawing of a flower--scored ''1075''.

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* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'': ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'':
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In "Him Diddle Riddle," one of Him's tasks to the girls is to take their SATs and get a score of 100. Buttercup scores a 25, Blossom (to her confused anger) scores a 10, but Bubbles--whose SAT sheet was done up with a drawing of a flower--scored ''1075''.


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** This is played with in the "Painbow" episode of ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls2016''. Blossom has a FreakOut because she got an A+, however ''everyone else'' received an A+ too due to the teacher being under mind control. People getting grades they didn't earn and the thought that she didn't deserve her grade are too much for her.
9th Apr '16 12:10:54 PM nombretomado
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** In a different episode of ''FamilyMatters'', Urkel, Laura and [[CloudCuckoolander Waldo]] all end up in the same Home Ec class. Urkel does not have the knack for it that he has for academics and ends up with a C, which causes him to freak out. Waldo, on the other hand, plays the trope backwards by getting an A and being shocked to the point of disbelief. It was his first A ever, see...

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** In a different episode of ''FamilyMatters'', ''Series/FamilyMatters'', Urkel, Laura and [[CloudCuckoolander Waldo]] all end up in the same Home Ec class. Urkel does not have the knack for it that he has for academics and ends up with a C, which causes him to freak out. Waldo, on the other hand, plays the trope backwards by getting an A and being shocked to the point of disbelief. It was his first A ever, see...
27th Mar '16 10:18:02 AM nombretomado
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* [[InvertedTrope Inversion]]: Roger in the ''{{Doug}}'' episode "Doug's Lucky Hat", after he steals Doug's lucky hat, gets a D- on a test and brags about it: "Look at this! A D minus! I actually passed the test! Doug! This hat has changed my life!!"

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* [[InvertedTrope Inversion]]: Roger in the ''{{Doug}}'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Doug}}'' episode "Doug's Lucky Hat", after he steals Doug's lucky hat, gets a D- on a test and brags about it: "Look at this! A D minus! I actually passed the test! Doug! This hat has changed my life!!"
25th Mar '16 3:15:09 PM WillKeaton
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* In ''Webcomic/OriginalLife'', reactions [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2013/10/458.html vary by character]].

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* In ''Webcomic/OriginalLife'', reactions [[http://jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2013/10/458.html vary by character]].character.]]
19th Mar '16 1:11:15 AM Hossmeister
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24th Jan '16 4:31:26 PM nombretomado
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* ''SuperhumanSamuraiSyberSquad'': Sydney got a B and hated it.
* One episode of ''LizzieMcGuire'' had Gordo getting nothing but B's from his science teacher. It turns out the teacher just wanted Gordo to challenge himself since he was so good at science.

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* ''SuperhumanSamuraiSyberSquad'': ''Series/SuperhumanSamuraiSyberSquad'': Sydney got a B and hated it.
* One episode of ''LizzieMcGuire'' ''Series/LizzieMcGuire'' had Gordo getting nothing but B's from his science teacher. It turns out the teacher just wanted Gordo to challenge himself since he was so good at science.



* ''UnhappilyEverAfter'' "B-Minus Blues" (for Tiffany, of course).

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* ''UnhappilyEverAfter'' ''Series/UnhappilyEverAfter'' "B-Minus Blues" (for Tiffany, of course).
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