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."
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