Created By: dreamgor on January 23, 2012 Last Edited By: dreamgor on January 28, 2012

Grit Factor

A measurement of how deadly a fictional world is.

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Not all worlds, universes or dimensions are equally deadly. Some worlds are harmless, nothing can actually harm anyone. A black hole may suddenly appear, swallow a character whole and disappear only for the character to come back unharmed later on with an "I Got Better." as an explanation. In other you may get killed for looking at an seemingly empty space wrong. Anybody Can Die there and will do so.

Grit Factor is an unprecise measurement counting from one to ten for these worlds, so you can understand which worlds you have to watch out for. A one means that nobody will ever be actually be harmed there and a ten means that Everythings Trying To Kill You. Trope Namer (in this form at least) is the Mass Crossover Fanfic Sleeping with the Girls, where the Self-Insert explains to his companions how different each world could be, using a very un-precise measurement of how deadly each world is, calling it the Grit Factor.

You can list just about every medium that isn't too abstract about death here. Related to Nobody Can Die, Death Is Cheap, Disney Death, Anyone Can Die, Dwindling Party, Kill 'em All. Compare Sorting Algorithm of Mortality for Characters


Grit Factor 1

Old children's Tv-shows like Teletubbies and Barney The Dinosaur would qualify as a "1." Nothing really bad happens there.

Grit Factor 3

Comedic Romances such as Love Hina would qualify as a "3." People can get hurt and bad things happen but not anything too serious and most things fix themselves soon.

Grit Factor 5

Our world would qualify as a "5." You can and will easily die of many things but everything isn't out to get just you. This is the middle of the scale.

Grit Factor 9

A "9." would be worlds like Berserk. Loads of gore and you can and will easily die of anything in this world. This world is plain out to get everyone.

Grit Factor 10

A perfect ten would be worlds where survival simply isn't an option, it's not a question if you're gonna die, it's about how horribly you will die. A good example of an almost perfect 10 would be Warhammer 40K.

Do We Have This One?? Needs More Examples certainly. Needs Better Description maybe?
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  • January 23, 2012
  • January 23, 2012
    More or less like that but with worlds/dimensions/whatever you got.
  • January 23, 2012
  • January 23, 2012
    I'd say the scale needs to be normalized so Real Life averages a 5, with lower numbers being safer and higher numbers being deadlier. A safe, peaceful low-crime area of our world would be a 4, and a third-world civil war a 6. A 1 would be your typical Fluffy Bunny World, and a 10 would be a world where survival simply isn't an option. I'd rate Warhammer 40K as an 8 for example, since there are occasional times and places where nothing is (immediately) trying to kill you.
  • January 24, 2012
    Sin City would probably be a 10.
  • January 24, 2012
    ^^ 9.99, given how many of those planets are in fact hiding sealed daemons, xeno sympathizers, dormant Necrons, maturing Ork spores or in the way of a Tyranid hive fleet. Individual Death Worlds like Catachan and Nocturne would also be in the high nines (going with 10 as unfit for survival), as life is very much possible but of the Everything Trying To Kill You variant.

    ^^^^ You mean Berserk?

  • January 24, 2012
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  • January 27, 2012
    Edited the YKTTW, also I think a list like the one on Sorting Algorithm Of Mortality would be nice but since 10 columns won't probably fit, how about one for Grit Factor 1, one for 5 and one for ten.
  • January 27, 2012
    • Every single Mass Effect planet forms part of one level on this scale. Though, there are a few that are worth mentioning.
    These are:
    • Tuchanka. Level Grit: 9 or 10. I'll just quote small paragraph from the link above. "...Death comes in many forms on Tuchanka, from the radioactive fallout spread by the krogan's nuclear war, to the lethal heat from the reduced planetary albedo, to vicious and predatory animal life. This is to say nothing of the krogan themselves, whose internal clan wars continue to this day".
    • Pragia: Pragia it's possible the worst place to have a garden. Not because your plants are going to die, but because the planet properties will make them mutate into enormous, carnivorous plants. IN ONE DAY.
  • January 28, 2012
    I think there's a subjectiveness problem. I mean, you really mean to tell me that 40K is more deadly than the Berserk Verse?


    Theoretically, yes, since you world can be destroyed because of rounding errors of the Administrativium, but when it comes to named characters, 40K is arguably more merciful than Berserk, wouldn't you agree?
  • January 28, 2012
    A Song Of Ice And Fire is probably somewhere between 7 and 9 on that scale, most fantasy series are <5.
  • January 28, 2012
    "A perfect ten would be worlds where survival simply isn't an option, it's not a question if you're gonna die, it's about how horribly you will die. A good example of an almost perfect 10 would be Warhammer 40 K. "

    Doesn't that describe Earth? Has anyone survived it yet?