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This is a gaming or competition trope, in which performing well repeatedly prompts different scripted ratings. It often appears in fighting games, though it can persist outside of them.

This is a subtrope of AwesomenessMeter, where the reward is a different name for the length of your combo, which is generally specific and special to the game itself. KillStreak could also be related in a similar way.

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!!Examples:

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[[folder: Pinball ]]

* ''Pinball/ScaredStiff'' has the [[ThingOMeter Stiff-O-Meter]], which has ten levels escalating from "Hair Raising" and "Pulse Pounding" up to "Heart Stopping" and [[TitleDrop "Scared Stiff"]].
* ''Pinball/{{Flash}}'' allows the player to raise the storm levels from "Thunder", "Lightning", "Tempest", and then "Super Flash".
* The [[ThingOMeter "Rock-It Meter"]] in ''Pinball/ThePartyZone'' uses distances to indicates how much fuel the player has collected, from the "Wisconsin State Line", past "The Edge of Reality", and up to "The NEW Frontier!"
* ''Pinball/{{Metallica}}'' gives us the following:
-->'''Kirk Hammett:''' "Fast scoring... faster scoring... ''really fucking fast'' scoring!

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[[folder: Sport ]]

* Bowling:
** Scoring three strikes in a row in bowling is a "turkey".
** Thanks to ESPN's Rob Stone, four is a "hambone".
** Five is "Yahtzee".
* A "hat trick" refers to doing something [[RuleOfThree three times]] in a game, usually scoring.
** Originally came from cricket, where it involves the ''very'' impressive and rare feat of taking three wickets in three consecutive deliveries. Apparently the first time anyone did it in a Test match, the fans clubbed together to buy him a commemorative hat, hence the name.
** Its most widely known uses today are in TheBeautifulGame and UsefulNotes/IceHockey, when a player scores three times in a game. Ice hockey takes it a bit more literal than usual - if a player scores a hat trick, fans traditionally throw their hats onto the ice after his third goal.
** Ice hockey also a few variations on the hat trick. A "natural hat trick" occurs when a player scores three times in a game without anyone else scoring in between - this was the original definition of "hat trick" in hockey. A "Gordie Howe hat trick" is when a player gets a goal, an assist, and into a fight all in one game (the TropeNamer was renowned for his ability to both score goals and fight opponents, though he only did it twice in his whole NHL career). "Rat trick" was coined in 1996 after [[UsefulNotes/NationalHockeyLeague Florida Panthers]] captain Scott Mellanby killed a rat with his hockey stick in the locker room, then scored a pair of goals with that same stick during the game.
* Inverted in the case of batters striking out in [[UsefulNotes/{{Baseball}} baseball]], where special terms are sometimes used as a batter accumulates more strikeouts in a game to mark his hitting ineptitude. Three strikeouts in a game is a "hat trick", like the original meaning but in this case rather jokingly. A fourth strikeout gets you a "golden sombrero", and a fifth makes it a "platinum sombrero".
* Tennis has a rather unusual scoring system; Zero is called "Love", the first point is 15, the second 30 and the third, 40. A score of 30-30 is called deuce.

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* The ''{{Capcom Vs|Whatever}}.'' games. Normal names are used for small combos, such as "Yes, Good, Great". Higher combos and more recent terms up the ante with words like "Wonderful, VideoGame/{{Viewtiful|Joe}}, Galactic, Cosmic, etc." Often, at least one combo level is named for the company Capcom is picking fights with (such as {{Creator/Marvel|Comics}}ous or ''"Creator/{{Tatsun|okoProduction}}[[PerfectlyCromulentWord ical]]"'').
** Examples from ''MarvelVsCapcom3'', in order: "Yes", "Cool", "Good", "Great", "[[SurferDude Dude!]]", "Sweet", "Awesome", "Wonderful", "VideoGame/{{Viewtiful|Joe}}", "Excellent", "[[VideoGame/DevilMayCry Stylish]]", "Franchise/{{Fantastic|Four}}", "[[Franchise/{{Spider-Man}} Amazing]]" "[[TheIncredibleHulk Incredible]]", "[[Comicbook/TheMightyThor Mighty]]", "Marvelous", "[[Franchise/{{X-Men}} Uncanny]]", "[[VideoGame/DevilMayCry Crazy]]", "{{Galact|us}}ic" and (whew!) "[[TheJuggernaut Unstoppable]]".
* ''VideoGame/MadWorld'' rates the impressive nature behind your kills as various levels of "violence". This includes "Routine Violence", "Hardcore Violence", "Super Violence", "Exterme Violence", and "Ultra Violence"." Each of those combos can be applied to even a single kill, if you're good enough. Also getting "Super Violence" or above causes an invisible audience to cheer in the background.
** Multiple kills in a row are met with "Double, Triple, Massacre, Genocide or Madness."
* ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'':
** In the form of achievements for the characters, such as "be efficient" for the Sniper.
** "Strange" weapons. These are identical to the normal weapons you use, except for two major differences: Their name is written in orange text, and they keep track of the number of kills you make with that weapon. The first rank, "Unremarkable", is at 10 kills. As you get more kills this weapon, the rank changes from "Unremarkable" to higher levels, such as "Scarcely Lethal", "Mildly Menacing", "Truly Feared", "Gore-Spattered", "[[OddNameOut Totally]] [[BlatantLies Ordinary]]"[[note]]this is exactly one kill below the next rank[[/note]], "Rage-Inducing", "Server-Clearing", and finally, at 8,500 kills, "Hale's Own", named after the [[TestosteronePoisoning MANLY]] CEO of Mann Co., Saxton Hale. Read the rest of the levels [[http://wiki.teamfortress.com/wiki/Strange here.]]
*** One Strange item, the Spirit of Giving, has different ranks: "The Baseline Benefactor's", "The Competent Contributor's", "The Adequate Altruist's", "The Satisfactory Santa's", "The Sufficient Samaritan's", "The Distinguished Donator's", "The Dynamic Do-Gooder's", "The Consumate Contributor's", "The Baron of Bequeathment's", "The Lord of Largesse's", "The Chieftain of Charity's", "The Generalissimo of Generosity's", "The Bigshot Benefactor's", "The Caesar of Pleasers'", "The First-Class Philanthropist's", "The Humanitarian Hotshot's", "The Selfless Samaritan's", "The Uber-Altruist's" and "Saxton's Own".\\
This item tracks the number of gifts given by a player, either by a Secret Saxton or by a Pile o' Gifts.
* The ''{{Halo}}'' games have ratings for killing sprees achieved in a set amount of time. 2 is Double Kill, 3 is Triple Kill, 4 is Overkill, 5 is Killtacular, 6 is Killtrocity, 7 is Killimanjaro, 8 is Killtastrophe, 9 is Killapocalypse, and 10 is Killionaire.
* ''VideoGame/JadeEmpire'' parodies this trope during one segment where you play as Black Whirlwind killing mooks during a boss fight. The announcer eventually gets annoyed.
* ''VideoGame/UnrealTournament'' in regards to killing sprees, in addition to kills made in succession (Double Kill! Multi Kill! Mega Kill! Ultra Kill! [[MemeticMutation M-M-M-M-MONSTER KILL!]])
* ''VideoGame/MortalKombatArmageddon'' 's Kreate-A-Fatality system adds a new level with each hit, starting simply at "Fatality" (which is a literal OneHitKill), with every added hit adding a prefix: Deadly, Killer, Bloody, Mortal, Brutal, Evil, Vicious, Savage, Extreme and Ultimate.
* The ''VideoGame/GodOfWar'' games:
** They give you increasingly bloodthirsty combo levels as you rack up hits and kills with Kratos. The first game and ''Chains of Olympus'' both have "Vicious", "Gory", "Savage", "Inhuman", "Bloodthirsty", "Relentless", "Merciless", "Pitiless", "Monstrous", "Tyrannical", "Immortal", "Ferocious", "Godly", "Omnipotent", "Olympic", "All-Powerful", "Herculean", "Supreme", "Unearthly" and "Impossible".
** ''II'' has "Vicious", "Sadistic", "Savage", "Inhuman", "Bloodthirsty", "Relentless", "Merciless", "Pitiless", "Monstrous", "Tyrannical", "Immortal", "Ferocious", "Godly", "Omnipotent", "Olympic", "All-Powerful", "Herculean", "Supreme", "Unearthly" and "Impossible". Once you start getting into the really ridiculous combos (starting at 100,000 hits), you get things like "Keep Going!", "More, more, more!", "Not bad for a Mortal!", "The Mystery is Unfolding!", "More Hits! More Hents!", "Your destiny is Awaits!", "Your fate is Untraveling!", "Almost There!", "The secret is Neare!" and finally "www.islandofrhodes.org". And yes, all of them are written exactly like that.
* ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry'' series:
** The Style Point system is alphabetical. Towards the end, it goes 'Beautiful!' 'Amazing!' 'STYLISH!', all the way up to [="SSSweet!"=] The exact words change between games.
** ''Devil May Cry'' has "Dull", "Cool!", "Bravo!", " Absolute!" and "Stylish!"
** ''Devil May Cry 2'' has "Don't worry", "Come on!", "Bingo!", "Are you ready?" and "Showtime!!"
** ''Devil May Cry 3: Dante's Awakening'' takes it further with "Dope!", "Crazy!", "Blast!", "Alright!", "Sweet!", [="SShowtime!!"=] and [="SSStylish!!!"=]
** ''Devil May Cry 4'' has "Deadly!", "Carnage!", "Brutal!", "Atomic!", "Smokin'!", "Smokin' Style!" and "Smokin' Sick Style!"
** ''VideoGame/DmCDevilMayCry'' has "Dirty!", "Cruel!", "Brutal!", "Anarchic!", "Savage!", "S[=S=]adistic!!", and "SS[=S=]ensational!!!".
* ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure2'' awards you bonus points for the number enemies you kill in a combo. As Sonic/Shadow, this means number of enemies you kill without touching the ground. As Tails/Eggman, this means number of enemies you kill with one round of seeker shots. The number of bonus points you get increases as you kill more enemies, with each combo being complemented by a ranking. They range from Good to Tight, Radical, Jammin', Perfect, etc. Most of them are meant to keep with the "'tude" that Sonic has.
* ''VideoGame/SonicColors'' awards you bonus points when the QuickTimeEvent (more like [[ButtonMashing mash the 'A' button]]) is done properly. "Good! Great! Awesome! OUTSTANDING! '''AMAZING!'''"
* Combos in the ''BitTrip'' series are rewarded thus:
** More conventional "Mega, Super, Ultra, Extra, etc"
** Score multiplier system, which also adds more notes to the background music. Furthermore, this is the core of the gameplay, as by the end you're making a fully fleshed out song.
** A new level of the first system is added in each successive game. The gameplay of the fourth game meant that the "negative combo" mode for missing too many, Nether, had to be taken out.
** There was less emphasis on the second system as the series goes on, confirmed by WordOfGod as a reflection of the protagonist's CharacterDevelopment. However, it returns in full force in the last game, as the background changes as well. The highest level, the aptly named "''Meta''", has a completely different background which visually explains some of the metaphors present throughout the game series.
* ''VideoGame/KillerInstinct'' label combos based on the number of hits. Starting at three (the game does not count two-hit combos) and going up by one, they are "Triple", "Super", "Hyper", "Brutal", "Master", "Awesome", "Blaster", "Monster", "King", and "Killer" (for anything 12 and up). The battle-ending combo-related FinishingMove is called "Ultra" (usually around 20), and a combo that leads directly into the fighter's actual killing No Mercy move is called "Ultimate".
** The 2013 release has a new tier for combos (with the word "combo" being added in if the combo has a combo-ender used): Basic, Triple, Quad, Solid, Hyper, Killer, Brutal, Master, Extreme, Blaster, Awesome, Beastly, King, Crazy, Insane, Godlike. Also added is the Ultra Combo, which elicits "'''ULTRAAAAAA COMBOOOOOO!!!'''". If you manage to pull off a second ultra after doing the first one, it gets shortened down to a more exaggerated "'''ULTRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!'''"
* ''VideoGame/XMenNextDimension'' and some other ''X-Men'' games have half of the combo levels include the letter "X": eXact, eXciting, eXtc...
* The fighting game version of ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' starts off relatively normal with its combo labels, then says "To much!" ''[sic]'', "Stop!", and "No Way!" for combos of 70, 80, or 90 respectively.
* ''ClayFighter 63 1/3'' parodies this with labels like "lame", "cheesy", and "little girlie" for small combos. Bigger ones get labels like "king size", "triple brown betty", "ludicrous" and "insane".
* ''PuzzlePirates'' has, in order, Double! Triple! Bingo! Donkey! Vegas! Vegas^2! Vegas^3! etc.
* ''VideoGame/HouseOfTheDead: OVERKILL'' ranks your KillStreak this way. The lowest is "Extreme Violence", followed by "Hardcore Violence", "Ultra Violence", "Psychotic!" and finally "GOREGASM!" These milestones are indicated with tokens next to the combo counter, but GOREGASM replaces them with a waving [[{{Eagleland}} American flag]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Bejeweled}}'':
** The combo ranking goes from Good to Excellent to Awesome to Spectacular to Extraordinary.
** ''Bejeweled 3'' has the Column Combos in Ice Storm mode.
* The not-as-well-known ''Atomica'', by the same people that made ''Bejeweled'' has one as well. "Combo", "Super Combo", "Mega Combo", "Ultra Combo", "Hyper Combo", "Giga Combo", "Max Combo".
* In ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}} Puzzle League'', When you combo the destruction of same color blocks, the Pokemon you've chosen will say some part of their name, eventually being echoed if you do good enough (five or more combos). The human character you've chosen will say various things as well if you do two or more chains, even being echoed as well if you do good enough (five or more chains).
* In the ''Mario & Luigi'' series, there's 'OK', 'Good', 'Great' and 'Excellent' depending on how well you perform your Bros. Attacks.
* In ''PaperMario'' and its sequels, how well you fulfill action commands gives you a rank which goes from Nice to Good, Great, Excellent and Wonderful. There are also Stylish moves, but the only rank for them is Stylish.
* In ''ParappaTheRapper'', your ratings ranged from "Awful", "Bad", "Good", and "Cool". You needed your rating to stay in the range of Good in order to clear a level while playing the level on a rating of Bad or Awful would reflect in the change of the background and music. Getting to Cool rating had the rap master step aside and the background would change as well while you free style.
** It should also be noted that the meter prefixed these terms, informing the player if "u rappin' cool", for example.
* ''VideoGame/MaceTheDarkAge'' refers to combos of at least ten hits as "Excessive" and "Obnoxious".
* ''VideoGame/TheyBleedPixels'' incorporates vocabulary Creator/{{HP Lovecraft}} fans should be familiar with. "Euclidean!", "Fetid!", "Noisome!", and "Eldritch!" among others are included.
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfDestiny'' gives you more XP with a higher combo after you get a certain item and enable the feature in the game's option menu. Combos are scored by knocking an enemy up into the air and hitting it as many times as you can without allowing it to touch the ground. EXP received from Combos starts to get up to ludicrous levels if you can get a 25+ hit combo (which is not easy by any means), and can be worth more XP than the hardest non-boss monsters in the game. Said XP gain is quadratic, 2-3 hit combos barely give you anything, 5-8 hits are 'meh', 10+ and it starts getting awesome quickly. Thanks to the ability to control multiple characters (thanks to an accessory you get early on with extra copies popping up later), it can be possible to just use their normal attacks on a durable enemy in rapid succession, reach 99 hits and walk away 20-30 levels higher. Apparently the developers realized this, since in subsequent games, the combo EXP bonus scales linearly with the length of your longest combo instead of quadratically, and also scales to the enemy's level.
* One of the Pilgrim's Bounty achievements in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' requires you to kill a certain number of turkeys within a tight time limit. Each milestone towards the achievement awards you a new title, such as "Turkey Terminator!"
* ''VideoGame/{{Skullgirls}}'' has at least 250 exclamations, with the exclamation changing depending on the number of hits. Notable ones include "[[JailBaitWait Barely Legal]]" (18 hits), "[[Franchise/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy Meaningful]]" (42 hits), "[[Film/BillAndTed Dude]]" (69 hits) and "[[VideoGame/KillerInstinct Ultra]]" (80 hits). The list goes all the way to 999 hits, at which point it says "You Can Stop Now".
* ''Franchise/KamenRider Battle: Ganbaride'' has this for the finishing blow; you have to hit the button at the right moment to maximize the effectiveness of the attack, and it will, depending on the attack, start with "good!" then continue with "excellent!", "marvelous!", "fantastic!", and finally "Ganbaride!".
* ''Franchise/KamenRider Battride War'' has combo levels named after the [[SuperMode Super Modes]] of Heisei Riders.
* ''Videogame/SengokuBasara'' has "Nice" at 100 hits, "Awesome!" at 200, "Radical!" at 300, "Basara!" at 400 and "Frenzy!" at 500. If you manage to get 500 more hits in a short enough time, it turns into "Super Frenzy!".

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' does a parody with its [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lrzT3TFLMsM SUPER POWER NINJA TURBO NEO ULTRA HYPER MEGA MULTI ALPHA META EXTRA UBER PREFIX COMBO!]]
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