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[[AltText "There is]] also [[AllPeriodsArePMS a spike on the Fourier transformation at the one month mark where-]]" "You want to stop talking right now."[[/labelnote]]]]

->''Just make the whole thing, you know, cooler. ({{Beat}}.) [[MemeticMutation It needs to be]] [[TropeNamer about 20% cooler]].''
-->-- '''Rainbow Dash''', ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''
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Ah, statistics... The ally of mathematics, business and hard science. [[LiesDamnedLiesAndStatistics How infallible]]. There seems to be a problem here though... What instrument can you use to measure "awesome", for example? How do you calculate a 14% drop in sadness? And then there are the ''units'', often measured using an AbstractScale -- how many millisobs do you need to get one kilocry?[[note]]It would be one million times the conversion factor between sob and cry, because "kilo" refers by definition to "thousands of" and "milli" refers by definition to "thousandths of."[[/note]]
This trope is for when a character cites a statistic for something which is incapable of being measured. It's almost always done for [[RuleOfFunny comedy]], though it may appear in more serious works as a sarcastic rejoinder.

See also ThingOMeter, where the value is actually somehow measurable. Compare/contrast ArtisticLicenseStatistics, which is also about misusing statistics, but with material that actually can be measured. Compare AppliedMathematics.

Often seen in the form of "giving 110%."
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[[folder:Advertising]]
* Ads for the Nicoderm patch (which delivers a small amount of nicotine through the skin to help ease withdrawal for people quitting smoking) show people with a Suck-O-Meter, which shows how much "quitting sucks" from moment to moment. When the needle gets too high, they use Nicoderm and it goes back down.
* Wrigley's Doublemint Gum can apparently double both pleasure and fun.
* There was a Czech ad for washing powder, guaranteeing great effectiveness because it has "double power of active oxygen". There was an article in some magazine mocking it, and its author wondered what would "single power of passive oxygen" be.
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[[folder:Anime And Manga]]
* In ''Manga/DeathNote'', L occasionally gives statistics about how right he is. The [[AllThereInTheManual official guide]] claims that he makes these up to sound more credible, although in the anime he also does it in his internal monologue when there's no one to impress. Another WordofGod claimed that whenever he mentions a statistic at all, he's ''always'' 99% sure. So all that "5%" or "47%" or whatever meant he was almost totally sure every time.
* In ''[[Literature/HaruhiSuzumiya The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya]]'', Kyon declares that Haruhi's ponytail makes her "36% more charming."
* ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'''s first arc involves Index's friends trying to remove her memory because according to the Church of Necessary Evil, 85% of her memory is taken up by the Index Librorum Prohibitorum, a collection of forbidden Magical Grimories memorised with her photographic memory skills. This leaves 15% of her memory for her daily life, and makes it necessary for the memory to be removed in order for her to survive (the Grimories cannot be deleted). [[spoiler:This is actually subverted, as the memory limit is proved to be wrong by Touma, who [[LampshadeHanging gets suspicious on how the Church gets values like 85% and 15%]], and learns that the brain has a huge capacity for memory even if the person has photographic memory. Index's friends then realise that they are being used by the Church to protect the secrets of the forbidden Grimories by limiting her contact with the world via deleting her memory.]]
* Ai from ''Anime/{{Yatterman}}'' uses made up percentages to display her reactions to ''everything''.
* ''StarBlazers (SpaceBattleshipYamato)--'' I.Q.-9: "That's Doctor Sane. He's a little eccentric. About five degrees." Especially silly because it could be an angle or a temperature, and either positive or negative, but [[SidetrackedByTheAnalogy in any case, it's still meaningless.]]
* In ''KoreWaZombieDesuKa'', the main character, a zombie, uses percentages to reference how much power he's using in his attacks relative to the maximum power a normal human can exert. As a zombie, he's not limited by mortal concepts or limitations of strength, but he can--and sometimes does--damage himself if he puts too much power into his attacks.
* On one occasion in KeroroGunsou, the [[FunWithAcronyms A.R.M.P.I.T.]] platoon's deep sea expedition takes a surprising turn when their submarine is surrounded by mysterious, unseen shapes that command them to leave. Keroro reaches for the intercom button, but accidentally launches the torpedoes instead and hits one of the entities dead-on. The whole crew understandably panics, especially when the sub's sensors reveal that the entity was completely unharmed.
-->'''Giroro:''' But how?! Our missiles are 500% more lethal than necessary!
* The bonus [=OVA=] of ''Anime/AngelBeats'' has a "Tension Meter"--a ThingOMeter, but only visible to the audience--which numerically measures the [[LargeHam local concentration of hamminess]]. It seems to be a percentage, since it usually ranges from 0 to 100; though [[CutenessOverload Shiina yelling "CUUUUUUUTE!"]] pumps it up to [[ReadingsAreOffTheScale 9999]], and near the end it goes negative, [[MindScrew indicating anguish or disappointment or something]].
* In ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'', Younger Toguro gives out percentages to how much strength he's using.
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[[folder:Comic Book]]
* The old "20% cooler" line gets referenced in a twisted way in the second story-arc of ''ComicBook/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicIDW''; during Rarity's nightmare she sees Rainbow Dash call the saddle bag "[[WesternAnimation/GravityFalls Maybelle]]" made for Twilight "''200%'' cooler". Cue a SingleTear from Rarity.
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[[folder:Fan Fic]]
* The very ''name'' of "62 Percent More Evil", an episode from ScriptFic ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries''.
* ''FanFic/FriendshipIsOptimal'' contains a subtle example. As a result of [[BrainUploading uploading]] to Equestria, everything can be numerically quantified, and Celest-A.I. is dedicated to reaching the theoretical maximum value for an individual's satisfaction. {{Justified|Trope}}, since she has complete knowledge of an uploaded individual's mind and a full knowledge of how the brain operates.
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[[folder:Film]]
* ''Film/{{Bedazzled 2000}}'' (2000): "Ah... well, you know, you go out there and you give a 110%, and you wanna play good, and, you know, you hope you play good... I think we played pretty good tonight!"
* In ''Film/TheAvengers'', [[Film/IronMan Tony]] tells Pepper that she can have 12% of the credit for Stark Tower; [[LampshadeHanging he immediately knows that crack is going to come back to haunt him]]. Later, when Agent Coulson shows up, Pepper lets him in while Tony tries to get rid of him; Tony whispers to Pepper "I thought we were having a moment"; she responds "We were having 12% of a moment."
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Megamind}}'' tells the people of Metro City that to imagine what he has in store for them, they should take the most horrible thing they can imagine and multiply it...''by six''.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* From ''[[http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1605295809/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=kingtroll-20&linkCode=as2&camp=217145&creative=399369&creativeASIN=1605295809 The Runner's Book of Rules]]'', by Mark Remy (of ''Runner's World'' magazine):
-->''"Running any given route in the rain makes you feel 50 percent more hard-core than covering the same route on a sunny day."''
* Ridcully declares the Unseen University football team will give it 110% in ''Discworld/UnseenAcademicals''. It's left to the LiteralMinded Ponder Stibbons to explain that no, they won't, although their 100% may be greater than previously thought.
* One of Jeremy Clarkson's collections of car reviews described a car as "''exactly'' one million times better looking" than a rival model. We're not sure what units you use for this purpose (millizondas? Microjaguarcx16s?).
* In ''Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword'' by Barry Deutsch, a graphic novel set in an Orthodox Jewish community, the narrator declares,
-->''"Naps on Shabbos afternoon are ''twelve'' times as refreshing as naps taken any other day! It's a scientific ''fact''!"''
* In the novel ''Cranford'', the narrator Mary Smith describes Miss Brown, an [[IllGirl Ill Woman]] as coarse-looking and plain. She's about forty. Her sister Jessie is said to be ten years younger and twenty shades prettier.
* In DouglasCoupland's ''JPod'', Ethan declares: "I've come to the conclusion that documents are thirty-four percent more boring when presented in the Courier font."
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' episode "Not a Father's Day" (2008): "Lily, no part of Barney Stinson does anything less than 110%. If one my little Michael Phelps has got loose, he is swimming for a gold."
* ''Series/{{Monk}}'' (2002 TV Series), Episode: "Mr. Monk and the Big Game" (2006)
-->"But Coach Hayden said we should give 110%."\\
"Well, I'm going to give 110%."
* ''X Play'' on G4 uses concepts in place of stars in a ratings system during their video game reviews.
* ''Series/{{Angel}}'':
** Andrew boasts that he's become "82% more manly" since he saw Spike last.
** Gunn claims a particular office would make him look 17% less completely out of place.
* In ''Series/TheApprentice'' (UK), candidates would frequently promise to "give 110%" (or, in extreme cases, 150% or 200%). Lord Sugar eventually got so tired of this that he banned the use of the phrase.
* Jack Donaghy in [[Series/ThirtyRock 30 Rock]] is dating two women that he loves equally, so he decides to use his HEART:[[FunWithAcronyms Hard Equations And Rational Thinking]], to decide which one is better for him. It doesn't work.
* In the old AmericanGladiators show, competitor Wesley "Two Scoops" Berry gave an ever-increasing percentage of effort for every show he won, topping out at six digits for the championship.
* ''Series/SquareOneTV'' had a skit with a man singing about how he was giving "Eight Percent of my Love" to his girlfriend, with a breakdown for where the other 92% was going.
* In ''Series/{{Community}}'' Professor Slater tells Jeff that the [[SecretRelationship secrecy]] makes the sex 38% hotter.
* Music/FlightOfTheConchords'': In one episode, Murray keeps a graph of the state of his various friendships. After Brett and Jemaine offend him a few times, it drops their friendship to "Strangers."
* In an episode of ''HouseMD'', House actually prescribes ''cigarettes'' as treatment for a man suffering from inflammatory bowel syndrome, and adds that it's an established fact that [[SmokingIsCool they make you look 30% cooler]].
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[[folder:Music]]
* The song "Remember The Name" by Fort Minor uses this trope heavily. The chorus of the song goes:
-->"This is ten percent luck, twenty percent skill\\
Fifteen percent concentrated power of will\\
Five percent pleasure, fifty percent pain\\
And a hundred percent reason to remember the name!"
* Occurs on the Reel Big Fish live album, Our Live Album is better than Your Live Album, on the track "Suburban Rhythm." The RBF perform many versions of the song, one of which is a blues version. Before this version is played, the lead singer says they need to "bluesify it, by like 20%."
* The Ken Ashcorp song "20 Percent Cooler" which includes references to all of the [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic "Mane 6"]] and a shout out to [[Film/FerrisBuellersDayOff Ferris Bueller]].
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[[folder:New Media]]
* A common source of comedy in ''Website/{{Cracked}}'', especially the articles that center on charts and graphs.
* In the online review circle, some reviewers (occasionally WebVideo/JesuOtaku or others) will use a star system with the star replaced by concepts. Said concepts are often some aspect of the subject being reviewed; said star system is not really being replaced, just merely being made [[TitleDrop 20% cooler]].
* [[http://www.funnyjunk.com/funny_pictures/2492884/Furry+Chart/ This funny chart]] is intended to measure the "[[SlidingScaleOfAnthropomorphism furriness]]" of something. It's a heavily abridged version of a less comical and lesser-known image that does much the same thing -- depicting what different "percentages" of cat traits look like, from fully human to fully cat. The full version has many more examples of different percentages.
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[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* ''BeetleBailey'': [[TheSmartGuy Plato]] gives an interpretation of what a demand of "giving 110%" is going to mean: The rest of them give 100%, [[LazyBum Beetle]] gives 10%.
* Wally on Dilbert reported an increase in enthusiasm as a percentage http://dilbert.com/strips/comic/1997-04-28/
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/Left4Dead2'':
-->"All right, everybody, you're giving 110 percent!"\\
"Just do it! Okay, all right, now that's 110%, 100%, 100% 115%, 75%."
* ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands}}'':
** One of the slogans Marcus' vending machines gives for "Torgue" brand guns is:
--->''"Four hundred percent more awesome! Also, Torgue doesn't make their guns out of freaking wood!"''
** The bit about wood is an in-universe shot at a rival weapons developer, Jakobs, who also makes high damage guns, but includes wood stocks and finish in their design.
* The Zen Ball in ''{{Peggle}}'' is a ZigZagged example. While the word used ("zen") is immeasurable, what it's ''actually'' measuring is how much the score of the shot increased over the original, non-zen-assisted shot.
--> "__% more Zen!" or "Maximum Zen Achieved!"
* Pretty much everything Fi says in ''SkywardSword'' uses this trope. Fi is a computer, and she may very well have a concrete, well-defined measuring system for different emotions based on certain criterion.
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfGoo'': The Tower of Goo Memorial Park and Recreation Center advertises itself as being "20% more infinite in all directions."
* The trailer for the Halloween update for Videogame/TheBindingOfIsaac stated that the update had made the game "20% more evil".
* The iOS game ''Dragonvale'' has some fun with this. "We're 83% certain that it is 100% safe to keep Poison Dragons near habitable civilizations."
* After fighting off three evil clones of yourself in ''SecretOfEvermore'', a bystander will come out and say: "According to my calculations, [[InsaneTrollLogic you're three times stronger than yourself!]]"
* Similarly, at the conclusion of a story arc for villains in ''CityOfHeroes'', the player is given the option of fighting just one or multiple clones. Choosing to fight all eight at once awards the "Army of Me" badge:
--> You don't understand the math behind it, but you're pretty sure you're equal to or greater than eight of yourself.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* The [[AltText votey]] in [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=1716#comic this]] SaturdayMorningBreakfastCereal illustrates the proper units of measure for anger, fear, and awkwardness.
* ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'' has done this a few times. In [[http://xkcd.com/523/ cartoon 523]], a character has made a graph showing the decline of a relationship.
* In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', an angel shows Roy a graph of Belkar's evil against time. Note that since it is a fantasy world, it could very well be that it is not a "subjective quality" at all but that evil can be really measured objectively there (Kilonazis is the term of measurement used, by the way).
* VGCats not only uses this trope- it uses it [[http://www.vgcats.com/comics/?strip_id=306 very nearly by name]]. (Probably a direct ShoutOut to the TropeNamer.)
* 1930 Nightmare Theater does this [[http://dummcomics.com/2009/10/15/kimbos-spellbook-004/ here]] with a spell promising to make you "Look 80% cooler at all times."
* One ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' [[http://egscomics.com/?date=2011-02-11 strip]] has Grace inventing a measure of sadness called the [[WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}} Seymour]].
* Similarly, in QuestionableContent, happiness can be quantified in Fournier-Goldman Happiness Units. A tremendous amount of difficult algebra seems to be involved, and the scale apparently defines a lethal threshold of happiness.
* [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] in the comic title of this [[http://www.leasticoulddo.com/comic/20121020 strip]] of LeastICouldDo.
* Seren of ''Webcomic/{{Karin-dou 4koma}}'' will kill you 70% dead.
* ''Webcomic/StatisticalFact'' frequently quantifies emotions such as [[http://statisticalfact.com/sf/ice-cream-bike-ride/ pleasure]] and [[http://statisticalfact.com/sf/hot-sack-of-potatoes/ fun]]. [[http://statisticalfact.com/sf/ladder-bad-luck/ Badder Ladder Luck]] reveals the percentage of bad luck received from walking under a ladder.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* A banner ad for some kind of game project: "[[Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja DrMcNinja's]] Radical Adventures. Now 20% more radical." Possibly a StealthPun, since there is a character in the comic called "King Radical." Maybe he just shows up 20% more times.
* SFDebris gives us the unit "Kims" (as in deci-Kims), which is the measure of [[Series/StarTrekVoyager Harry Kim's]] sexual trauma applied per cubic meter/second. Not to be confused with a metric-Kim, which is a measurement of personal shame.
* ''WebAnimation/DeathBattle'': [[http://www.screwattack.com/shows/originals/death-battle/death-battle-starscream-vs-rainbow-dash Starscream Vs. Rainbow Dash]]'' references [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendShipIsMagicS1E14SuitedForSuccess the trope namer]] in its comparison of the participants' abilities by noting that Rainbow Dash is "20% cooler than Starscream"
* [[http://www.popehat.com/ Popehat]], a blog primarily concerned with the legal aspects of First Amendment issues, devoted its [[http://www.popehat.com/2012/06/27/june-28-2012-history-in-the-making/ June 28th, 2012]] column to the [[=KHAN=]], defined as "the amount of internet rage, channeled through email, listservs, and websites, on the day of Bill Clinton's impeachment acquittal". Larger units in the measurement system are the [=GENGHISKHAN=] (exactly One Godzillion [=KHANs=], first measured on December 12, 2000, the day the US Supreme Court ruled that George Bush had won re-election) and the [=CHAKAKHAN=], One Mecha Godzillion [=KHANs=] of internet rage..
* Doctor Insano of TheSpoonyExperiment built a literal Gaydar; it measures stereotypical gayness. He refuses to say why.
* SCPFoundation: the sales pitch for [[SmokyGentlemensClub Marshall, Carter and Dark's]] [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-865 "Gentleman's Lash"]] reads that it administers "7.3 kilosades of psychological trauma to its target".
* In Blog/AskKingSombra, Sombra rates Equestria's three Princesses by their bitchiness using [[http://25.media.tumblr.com/1c2fc451d0277b275694249d5174b6f0/tumblr_mo7fpq1OEb1rj4ht7o2_1280.png The Royal]] [[ThingOMeter Bitch-o-meter]].
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheInvincibleIronMan'': "Wonderful news, Tony, Howard. We'll support you both 110%."
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** One member of the committee creating [[ShooOutTheNewGuy Poochie]] says, "I feel we should Rastafy him by... 10 percent or so."
** In an early episode where Mr. Burns' company softball team is playing against their Shelbyville analogues, Burns hires a hypnotherapist who attempts to invoke this:
-->'''Hypnotherapist:''' You are all very good players.\\
'''Entire Team ''[in monotonous unison]'':''' We are all very good players.\\
'''Hypnotherapist:''' You will beat Shelbyville.\\
'''Entire Team ''[in monotonous unison]'':''' We will beat Shelbyville.\\
'''Hypnotherapist:''' You will give 110%.\\
'''Entire Team ''[in monotonous unison]'':''' That's impossible. No one can give more than 100%; by definition, that is the most one can give.
** Abe Simpson once describes his former Army unit, The Flying Hellfish as, "The fightingest squad, in the fightingest company, in the third-fightingest battalion in the army!"
* In ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'', there's apparently a Party God who lives in the clouds in the sky, who seems to use the term "party" as a unit of measurement when possessing Jake to the extent that he "parties forever"!
* The (partial) TropeNamer[[note]]It would've been the TropeNamer outright, but "20% cooler" could refer to temperature, which CAN be measured, and didn't fit this trope[[/note]] is the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode "Suited for Success", where Rarity asks Rainbow Dash how to improve Dash's dress. Dash simply replies that it needs to be "cooler." When Rarity asks Dash to be more specific, Dash says "it needs to be about 20% cooler." Such maddening vagueness drives Rarity up the wall. [[MemeticMutation The phrase immediately went memetic.]]
** Rarity also wants her friends to be 110% satisfied with their dresses.
** [[LargeHam Princess Luna]] is taught what the concept of "fun" is[[note]]she's a FishOutOfTemporalWater and has quite literally never heard the English word "fun" before[[/note]]. After the second game, she expresses her approval with: "HAHA! THE FUN HAS BEEN DOUBLED!", another phrase that also [[MemeticMutation took no time to go memetic.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'':
** In the episode "Reincarnation", during the 8-bit segment, a sadness meter appears on the top left of the screen keeping track of the Professor's deteriorating esteem.
** The Professor has a "Coolometer" which measures the popularity of the subject in units of [[HappyDays megafonzies]].
** In "Bender's Big Score", he has an instrument for measuring how "doomed" someone is. The unit is "milliDooms".
** In a DVD commentary, the writers insisted [[InherentlyFunnyWords the word "underpants" is 20% funnier]] than "underwear", attributing the observation to Ken Keeler.
** [[PeaceAndLoveIncorporated Mom's Friendly Robot Company]] claims that its oil is made with "10% more love" than their competitors.
** Bender's Gaydar which can receive interference from a gay weather balloon.
* One episode of ''SamuraiJack'' featured Jack aiding a group of spacemen return to their home planet. One of them was constantly calculating the probability of random events, from the probability of successfully launching a rocket, to whether or not Jack was having a good time at the moment.
* Subverted with Cyborg in the ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' episode "Only Human". Since Cyborg is, well, a cyborg, the machine part of him can measure how much effort he is actually putting in. Part of the episode was Cyborg lamenting that he ''cannot'' give 110%.
* In BuzzLightyearOfStarCommand Zurg's Hyper Death Ray causes a fate 20% worse than death, Hyper Death (not to be confused with a FateWorseThanDeath; it's a kids show after all).
* In the WesternAnimation/AmericanDad episode ''Haylias'', Stan is attempting to set up a brainwashed Hayley with an obviously homosexual and unenthusiastic suitor. Hayley, who has been conditioned to follow Stan's commands somehow manages distinct facial expressions for each of Stan's instructions:
-->'''Stan''': Look aroused.\\
(Hayley gives a seductive smile)\\
'''Stan''': Ten percent more aroused.\\
(Hayley's smile brightens and her eyes widen in excitement)\\
'''Stan''': Scale it back two percent.\\
(Hayley mutes her excited expression slightly)\\
'''Stan''': Ah, young love.
* In the ''WebAnimation/BravestWarriors'' episode "Butter Lettuce," Danny uses the Holojohn to load up a version of Beth with the request that she be "30% sexier than normal." He then follows this up with a version that is 40% sexier, which is then followed by a version that is ''[[ReadingsAreOffTheScale 9000%]]'' sexier. [[spoiler: The last one [[EldritchAbomination doesn't end well.]]]]
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* The concept of utility in economics. Two utils are not seen as twice as liked as one util, they just indicate something that is liked more than one util but not as much as three.
* Utility in Utilitarianism, which is subtly different from economics. For example, it can be aggregated between people. It's measured in [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quality-adjusted_life_year QALYs]] and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disability-adjusted_life_year DALYs]]. Basically, a QALY is the net happiness a healthy person feels in an average year, and a DALY is negative one [=QALYs=], i.e. the net pain felt in a year.
* Money itself is essentially approximating desire for a good or service relative to the desire to produce the good or service and the desire for alternative goods or services. Part of the reason our economy goes through cycles is this metric is an approximation and can be skewed by various factors (government subsidies and corporate malfeasance for example.)
* Probably the most common use of this in real life is the Helen, a measure of beauty. A Helen is defined as the beauty required to launch a thousand ships, in reference to [[Literature/TheIliad the Greek myth]]. Thus, a milliHelen is the beauty required to launch a single ship. Amusingly, this manages to be the rare example of this trope that has a defined value, but in a bit of a VoodooShark moment, its definition is just as vague as standard for this trope. A negative amount of milliHelens indicates how many ships would be launched ''away'' from the "beauty" in question.
* The "Winger" and "milliWinger", terms coined by the FurryFandom during its earlier days (but which have fallen out of use by now) as a way of quantifying {{Squick}}. According to [[TheWikiRule WikiFur]], "One Winger is equal to the amount of mental disturbance caused by viewing a typical [[{{Yiff}} Doug]] [[{{Hermaphrodite}} Winger]] [[GagPenis drawing]]."
* Script author WilliamGoldman once was told by a producer that a script had to be made "forty percent funnier", in the next month. Two weeks later Goldman was asked about the progress. [[StealthInsult He said]]: "I only managed to make it fifteen percent funnier, so I'll have to make it twenty-seven percent funnier in the next two weeks." The producer, after a {{beat}}: "Yeah, should work out."
* ProfessionalWrestling fans often quantify exceptionally bloody matches on the Muta scale. 1 Muta is defined as the amount The Great Muta bled in a 1992 match against Hiroshi Hase, widely held to be one of the goriest matches in history. Thus, Muta ratings are usually fractional or decimal (for example, 1/2 Muta or 0.3 Muta).
* There's the [[OffTheRails Henderson Scale of Plot Derailment]], where One Henderson is the complete and total destruction of the plot, and multiple negative Hendersons is every problem ever solved for all of time permanently.
* While objective measurement of how [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome paroxysmically awesome]]/[[DarthWiki/SoBadItsHorrible painfully sucktacular]] something is can be difficult to obtain, it's possible to measure an individual's perception of that something. For example, neuroscientists use functional magnetic resonance imaging ([=fMRI=]) to [[http://io9.com/scientists-succeed-in-objectively-measuring-pain-472456061 identify objective measures]] of ''pain''.
* IQ is frequently misunderstood by people who believe it to be an absolute measure of intelligence; rather, it is a statistical measure. 100 IQ is the average intelligence of whatever baseline population is used to construct the baseline for the test. Someone with an IQ of 115 is not 15% more intelligent than someone with an IQ of 100, but rather is 1 standard deviation more intelligent than someone with an IQ of 100 - thus they're more intelligent than 84.1% of the population. This doesn't mean that they're 34.1% more intelligent than the average person is, either. Due to the way that IQ tests are created, IQs more than four standard deviations beyond the average (below 40 or above 160) cannot be accurately measured because there is simply insufficient data to accurately chart the relative intelligence of people out there - thus someone with an IQ measured as being 175 may not be one standard deviation more intelligent than someone with a measured IQ of 160. Thus IQ is a relative rather than an absolute measure, and going from 100 to 110 IQ may not represent the same change in absolute intelligence as going from 110 to 120 IQ.
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