Created By: Aminatep on April 20, 2011 Last Edited By: Aminatep on May 5, 2011
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On A Scale From One To Ten

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A character rates something on a scale from one to ten.
The results may be split into two types:

Type A. An actual number. It's sometimes oddly specific or, more often, doesn't fit the scale (as in, more than ten or less than one).

Type B. Not even a number, or left unanswered, for rhetorical reasons.

See also Up to Eleven and Top Ten List.

Examples of type A:

Chandler: Yes, on a scale from one to ten, ten being the dumbest a person can look, you are definitely nineteen.
Iago as Jafar: No, really. On a scale of one to ten, you are an eleven.
  • Serendipity:
- How drunk is he on a scale of one to ten?
- Twelve.
  • XKCD gives us this.
  • In one The Simpsons episode Marge gets her bag stolen and refuses to leave her home. The family escort her outside, while she tells how much fear she feels, and after Homer angers a swarm of bees, she starts going going above ten.
  • The movie 10 is titled on this trope. Bo Derick is a "10" on a scale of 1 to 10.
  • From The Incredibles: Rise Of The Underminer:
    Frozone: On a Scale from One to Ten, how dangerous do you think it is to be in here?
    Mr. Incredible: Ehh...maybe three. Four tops.
    A whole bunch of new Mecha-Mooks appear...
    Mr. Incredible: Make that six-and-a-half.
  • Sarah Silverman once opened the MTV Movie Awards with a crack at {{300}}. "It's named after the rating for how gay it was on a scale of 1 to 10."
  • From Muppet Babies, when Kermit is selling a song to Piggy, who is playing a country singer.
I don't know quite how to tell you this, Kermit, but on a scale of one to ten, that song was... minus twelve! It's horrible!!

Examples of type B:

- How'd it go?
- On a scale of one to ten? It sucked.
- On a scale from one to ten, this is pretty fucked up.
  • Menage a 3: "On A Scale Fron One To Ten, how fired am I?" (Not fired, actually.)
  • Schlock Mercenary brings us this:
    Kevyn: Well, on a scale of "that's not free checking" to "heat death of the universe," I'd say we're looking at "the enemy has a super-weapon we can't track."
Community Feedback Replies: 13
  • April 20, 2011
    SonicLover
    XKCD gives us this. Not sure which category it'd fall into.
  • April 20, 2011
    Octagon8
  • April 20, 2011
    morenohijazo
    I remember that The Simpsons episode where Marge gets her bag stolen and refuses to leave her home. The family escort her outside, while she tells how much fear she feels, and after Homer annoys a swarm of bees (?), she starts going going above ten.
  • April 20, 2011
    Fanra
    The movie 10 is titled on this trope. Bo Derick is a "10" on a scale of 1 to 10.
  • April 20, 2011
    jaytee
    I know this is just a Troper Tale, but what the hell. Back in college, instead of asking how drunk someone was from 1 to 10, we would try to throw them off by asking how they were from 1 to Elephant. (This may have originated with psychedelic drugs and not alcohol).

    Oddly enough, at least 50% of responders would answer "Giraffe."
  • April 21, 2011
    dalek955
  • April 21, 2011
    DragonQuestZ
    See also Top Ten List.
  • April 25, 2011
    LordAaronus
    Sarah Silverman once opened the MTV Movie Awards with a crack at {{300}}. "It's named after the rating for how gay it was on a scale of 1 to 10."
  • April 25, 2011
    TonyG
    • From Muppet Babies, when Kermit is selling a song to Piggy, who is playing a country singer.
      I don't know quite how to tell you this, Kermit, but on a scale of one to ten, that song was... minus twelve! It's horrible!!
  • May 5, 2011
    dalek955
    • Schlock Mercenary brings us this:
      Kevyn: Well, on a scale of "that's not free checking" to "heat death of the universe," I'd say we're looking at "the enemy has a super-weapon we can't track."
  • May 5, 2011
    randomsurfer
    On American Bandstand the Rate-A-Record scale went from 35 to 98, because no song is all bad or all perfect.
  • May 5, 2011
    Augustine
    I've seen variants such as "on a scale of 1 to awesome". Can't think of any actual examples though.
  • May 5, 2011
    Aminatep
    randomsurfer, that would be Four Point Scale.
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