Woah, these readings are off the chart! Fortunately, I have a bigger chart.Where a pie chart, line graph, or a bar graph has lines or bars shooting completely off the chart itself. Prevalent in cartoons and animation to imply either a severe rise in something or a severe drop in something (such as profits), that is severe enough that it goes through the ceiling or through the floor. Refers specifically to when a chart runs out of space for data and the indicator for said data goes off the medium the chart is printed on, not the euphemism of the same name, although, depending on the context, it may count as well. A sister trope of Readings Are Off the Scale.
—Tails, Sonic Boom
open/close all folders
- This Stride Gum commercial most readily comes to mind for an appropriate example of the trope. At the beginning, the president of Stride Gum uses a ruler to point at the rapidly descending red line on the chart, which continues off the chart and onto a piece of paper tacked onto said chart. The CEO then taps the paper with his ruler for added emphasis. It's not Take That, Us; Stride's flavor supposedly lasts so long that everyone bought one piece and never needed to buy another, sending sales down the drain.
Anime and Manga
- In Kyouran Kazoku Nikki, the sales quota on a bar graph for a specific branch of a travel agency has surpassed all others, going off the chart, onto the wall, and then onto the ceiling.
- The eponymous mecha from Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann has, just like its smaller forms, a Spiral Power gauge installed. Now, at the start of the series this went from blank to filled with a spiral of blue light, depending on how much Spiral Power the user was generating at the time. Later, this wasn't enough, so the blue spiral was overlaid with a green one once it had been filled. During the final battle, the mecha eats a Big Bang and converts it to Spiral Power - the gauge goes from blank, through blue, through green, then a rainbow colour which quickly fills up the spiral, breaks the glass, and continues on into the empty air!
- Often used in relation to the business of Uncle Scrooge. In both ways. Also often with paper tacked on, or even digging a hole in the floor for extreme cases.
Live Action TV
- In Monty Python's Flying Circus, Mr. Frog'snote note sales campaign for Conquistador Coffee sends the sales graph plummeting through the horizontal axis and off the bottom of the page.
- Calvin and Hobbes has a strip where Calvin claims his father's approval rating has done this. Calvin goes so far as to tape several sheets of paper and trail them along the floor just to hammer home the fact that he thinks that Dad's being a pretty horrible parent. Of course, he is only six, and his parents are doing what just about any good parent would do (try to get Calvin to eat healthier foods, go to bed at a reasonable hour, etc.)
- Due to the state of the United States economy in 2008-2010, political cartoonists were drawing a lot of these for how high unemployment was, how big debts are, how many homes were being defaulted on the mortgage, and how much red ink was being sold because of all the prior conditions.
- The same happened during The Great Depression.
- In Wii Sports, it is possible to get your ranking to over 2000 ("Pro" is 1000 rank, the champion is fought around 1500) at which point it will go off the charts. This is really only possible in boxing though (you can abuse the AI's inability to counter constant dodging+only counter attacking) and theoretically bowling, as the others are largely luck based. Keep it up, and you can go off the screen, indicating this isn't purposeful.
- It is also possible to do this at Tennis, if you're good.
- Averted in Wii Sports Resort, where your skill level has a Cap at 2500. Going off the charts is impossible.
- In Ghostbusters: The Video Game, Egon mentions in one level that the readings were off the charts, causing him to have to make new ones.
- Repeatedly invoked during the SUPERHOT Kickstarter campaign, with the chart painted over the table, mouse, coffee cup and everything.
- For Nintendo's fighting game ARMS, Blob Monster Helix's character profile page shows that his "gross factor" leaps past the edges of the chart and the user's web browser.
- In GEOWeasel, when Nar shows Weas his "dwindling!" monthly pay, the plotted line goes below the axis at the bottom, with "dwindling" in small letters near it. This paper was used again in a future episode.
- In brewstew, Tyler narrates how quickly a Sock'em Bopper fight escalates, where the X axis is in seconds and Y axis is the seriousness of fight ranging from "Girly Fight" to "Horseplay" to "Shit Gets Real" all the way to "Somebody's Dead." At the 45 second mark, the chart jumps to "Girly Fight" to "Shit Gets Real" and escalates all the way past "Somebody's Dead".
- The Simpsons Movie features a parody of An Inconvenient Truth where Lisa is pointing out the increase of pollution, and has to use a scissor lift to show just how bad the problem has become.
- Robot Chicken once did a quick take of a boardroom with a chart like this, going off the bottom, and a guy with a pointer panicking: "What did I tell you? This is bad!!!"
- The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy: In "Be A-Fred, Be Very A-Fred", a chart is shown showing the profits of a laxative company, with the line is shown going down a toilet.
- Storks has Junior's boss Hunter showing him a line graph plotting the rise and fall of company profits caused by Orphan Tulip "helping" before sending him to give her the boot. When Junior hesitates from guilt and glances back up at the office, Hunter glowers at him while pointing out the line having hit rock bottom, then pulls a flap to show the line continuing downward even further.