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* At the [[UsefulNotes/OlympicGames 1976 Summer Olympics]] in UsefulNotes/{{Montreal}}, Romanian gymnast Nadia Comăneci obtained a perfect score of 10. While this had ''technically'' been possible the whole time, it was deemed impossible to do, so scoreboards were only designed to display a single digit before the decimal point. Her score was displayed as an abysmal ''1.00'' (although nearly everyone in attendance immediately understood what it meant -- except for Nadia herself, who was initially taken aback).

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* At the [[UsefulNotes/OlympicGames 1976 Summer Olympics]] in UsefulNotes/{{Montreal}}, Romanian gymnast Nadia Comăneci obtained a perfect score of 10. While this had ''technically'' been possible the whole time, it was deemed impossible to do, so scoreboards were only designed to display a single digit before the decimal point. Her score was displayed as an abysmal ''1.00'' (although nearly everyone in attendance immediately understood recognized what it meant -- except for Nadia herself, who was initially taken aback).aback before finally realizing what she'd done).


* At the [[UsefulNotes/OlympicGames 1976 Summer Olympics]] in UsefulNotes/{{Montreal}}, Romanian gymnast Nadia Comăneci obtained a perfect score of 10. While this had ''technically'' been possible the whole time, it was deemed impossible to do, so scoreboards could only reach up to 9.99. Her score was displayed as an abysmal ''1.00''.

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* At the [[UsefulNotes/OlympicGames 1976 Summer Olympics]] in UsefulNotes/{{Montreal}}, Romanian gymnast Nadia Comăneci obtained a perfect score of 10. While this had ''technically'' been possible the whole time, it was deemed impossible to do, so scoreboards could were only reach up designed to 9.99.display a single digit before the decimal point. Her score was displayed as an abysmal ''1.00''.00'' (although nearly everyone in attendance immediately understood what it meant -- except for Nadia herself, who was initially taken aback).


* The driver of a [[TheAllegedCar BMW Mini]] was once issued a speeding ticket...for going 3000 km/hr. The radar had malfunctioned.

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* The driver of a [[TheAllegedCar BMW Mini]] was once issued a speeding ticket...for going [[http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/3613715.stm 3000 km/hr.km/hr]]. The radar had malfunctioned.

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* Most Stands in ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' are [[RandomPowerRanking rated from A to E]] on various parameters, but a couple break the scale entirely, having either "infinite" or "null" written in their entries. Sometimes it's self-explanatory (Notorious B.I.G. has CompleteImmortality and isn't connected to its user, so it gets infinite Range and Persistence), and other times it's just because trying to put the Stand on any kind of scale is impossible (how do you grade the destructive power of cursing a person to experience death for eternity?), which is especially common with RealityWarper-type Stands.


* ''Film/TheFifthElement'': Temperature probes sent to absolute evil jam, one at a million degrees, the other at minus 5000. A bit later, Leeloo's DNA is described as having hundreds of different bases.[[note]]The "minus 5000" part is more than just "off the charts", it's actually impossible. The lowest possible temperature is absolute zero (0 °K), or −273.15 °C, or −459.67 °F.[[/note]][[note]]Actually, negative temperatures are a real thing. For example, the energized gases in a Helium-Neon gas laser have a negative temperature. Why this is so is hard to explain, unfortunately.[[/note]]

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* ''Film/TheFifthElement'': Temperature probes sent to absolute evil jam, one at a million degrees, the other at minus 5000. A bit later, Leeloo's DNA is described as having hundreds of different bases.[[note]]The "minus 5000" part is more than just "off the charts", it's actually impossible. The lowest possible temperature is absolute zero (0 °K), or −273.15 °C, or −459.67 °F.[[/note]][[note]]Actually, negative temperatures are a real thing. For example, the energized gases in a Helium-Neon gas laser have a negative temperature. Why this is so is hard to explain, unfortunately.[[/note]]


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* ''Series/AmericanRestoration'': A foot x-ray machine (known to be a big radiation leakage source to begin with) is brought in to be restored. A radiation specialist is brought in to see if/how badly this one leaks. He turns it on and it leaks more radiation than Chernobyl. His detector doesn't read high enough to properly quantify the extent of the leakage.
** It is worth noting here that the restorers promptly removed the X-Ray tube from the machine and rebuilt it with a simulation which projected a photographic x-ray negative onto a screen instead of using real x-rays.



* ''Series/BabylonFive'' used off-the-scale readings as shorthand for the equivalent of WoodenShipsAndIronMen spotting a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier. The rest of the time they're just fine as-is.
** In the short-lived sequel series to ''Babylon 5'', ''Series/{{Crusade}}'', Captain Gideon subverted the trope the first time it appeared by ordering that the sensors for the ''Excalibur'' be recalibrated so that the readings were back ''on'' the scale. Given that they are adventuring out on the frontier, they run into that kind of all the freaking time, and he'd like to know if the ship's WaveMotionGun might actually work on that particular target.
* ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'''s Doctor Sheldon Cooper claims at one point that his IQ "cannot be accurately measured." This is in fact an issue with extremely high [=IQs=]. Pretty much all IQ tests produce increasingly unreliable results for results higher than 145-148 due to the fact that there's generally not a large enough sample to normalize them properly.



* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** The number of lifeforms in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E8SilenceInTheLibrary "Silence in the Library"]] registers over a million million[[note]]one billion in the long scale, or one trillion in the short[[/note]], before the scanner even gives up trying.
--->'''The Doctor:''' A million million lifeforms... and [[NothingIsScarier silence in the library]]...
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E15PlanetOfTheDead "Planet of the Dead"]], a UNIT scientist named Malcolm explains to the Doctor that he's named a measurement after himself, which he's using to chart the size of the wormhole.[[note]]According to him, 1 wavelength parcel of 10 kilohertz operating in four dimensions equals 1 Malcolm, while 100 Malcolms is equal to 1 [[Franchise/{{Quatermass}} Bernard]].[[/note]] This leads to a large OhCrap when he realises that the wormhole is ''growing''.
--->'''Malcolm:''' It's the wormhole, Doctor, it's getting bigger! We've gone way past 100 Bernards; I haven't invented a name for that!
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E12ThePandoricaOpens "The Pandorica Opens"]]: River uses some kind instrument to detect that there are "at least ten thousand" warships in orbit above planet earth. When Amy pesters her for a more accurate number, she says that there are too many readings for her detector to measure.
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E10JourneyToTheCentreOfTheTARDIS "Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS"]]: Salvager and looter Gregor Van Baalen uses a computerized scanner to assess the value of the TARDIS. "Everything". Price tag? "Total sum of all currency insufficient". Though that's actually an honest answer, since the TARDIS has the ability to produce practically anything else one could ask for and is itself irreplaceable.
* ''Series/TheGoodies''. In one episode it becomes so hot the thermometer squirts mercury in someone's face when they go to look at it.
* In an episode of ''Series/HowCleanIsYourHouse'', Aggie tells a smoker that the carbon monoxide levels in her living room were right off the scale.
* The page quote comes from ''Series/KamenRiderGaim''. When he performs certain attacks, the power is added up in multiples of ten, sometimes ending up at 100,000 or 1,000,000. When using [[SuperMode Kachidoki/Triumphant Arms]] (he gets a super-er mode later, but at the time it's the most powerful thing ever, able to contend with ''swarms'' of enemies.), a finisher he's using for the first time in the big team-up with ''Series/ResshaSentaiTokkyuger'', it goes up over a ''trillion'' before ''the ComputerVoice gives up.''



* ''Series/BabylonFive'' used off-the-scale readings as shorthand for the equivalent of WoodenShipsAndIronMen spotting a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier. The rest of the time they're just fine as-is.
* In the short-lived sequel series to ''Babylon 5'', ''Series/{{Crusade}}'', Captain Gideon subverted the trope the first time it appeared by ordering that the sensors for the ''Excalibur'' be recalibrated so that the readings were back ''on'' the scale. Given that they are adventuring out on the frontier, they run into that kind of all the freaking time, and he'd like to know if the ship's WaveMotionGun might actually work on that particular target.
* In the ''Series/{{Lost}}'' episode "The Incident," Dharma is drilling into the island's electromagnetic pocket. Dr. Chang notes that the Gauss readings are off the scale. (This magnet is known to be strong enough to crash a plane.)
* In ''Series/{{Star Trek|The Original Series}}'': "The Corbomite Maneuver," the mass of a starship only one mile across was off the scale, according to Spock. One wonders how he measured the mass of, oh, planets or moons.

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* ''Series/BabylonFive'' used off-the-scale readings as shorthand for the equivalent of WoodenShipsAndIronMen spotting a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier. The rest of the time they're just fine as-is.
* In the short-lived sequel series to ''Babylon 5'', ''Series/{{Crusade}}'', Captain Gideon subverted the trope the first time it appeared by ordering that the sensors for the ''Excalibur'' be recalibrated so that the readings were back ''on'' the scale. Given that they are adventuring out on the frontier, they run into that kind of all the freaking time, and he'd like to know if the ship's WaveMotionGun might actually work on that particular target.
* In the ''Series/{{Lost}}'' episode "The Incident," Incident", Dharma is drilling into the island's electromagnetic pocket. Dr. Chang notes that the Gauss readings are off the scale. (This magnet is known to be strong enough to crash a plane.)
* A comedic version from ''Series/TheMunsters'' - when Lily was asked what Herman's weight was, she replied "three spins". When asked for clarification, she said that when he stepped on the scale, the needle spun around three times.
* Occasionally, the ''Series/{{MythBusters}}'' will get results that go above and beyond any sort of measurement available to them. In one notable instance, they managed to completely max out a G-force accelerometer with a rating above its maximum value of 500 G, or five hundred times the force of gravity; this device had previously recorded numbers in the 160 G range, already considerably more than necessary to kill a human being. 500 G is around five times the lethal baseline of G-forces for humans, and they ''still'' managed to produce more force than even that unpleasantly high number. However, the best way to tell that the Mythbusters have gone off their known scales is to wait for StunnedSilence from Adam.
* When the White Dino Gem reveals itself in ''Series/PowerRangersDinoThunder'', Tommy tells the other Rangers that the energy readings are higher than his equipment can track.
* In ''Series/{{Star Trek|The Original Series}}'': "The Corbomite Maneuver," Maneuver", the mass of a starship only one mile across was off the scale, according to Spock. One wonders how he measured the mass of, oh, planets or moons.



* In an episode of ''Series/HowCleanIsYourHouse'', Aggie tells a smoker that the carbon monoxide levels in her living room were right off the scale.
* ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'''s Doctor Sheldon Cooper claims at one point that his IQ "cannot be accurately measured." This is in fact an issue with extremely high [=IQs=]. Pretty much all IQ tests produce increasingly unreliable results for results higher than 145-148 due to the fact that there's generally not a large enough sample to normalize them properly.
* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "the Pandorica Opens", River uses some kind instrument to detect that there are "at least ten thousand" warships in orbit above planet earth. When Amy pesters her for a more accurate number, she says that there are too many readings for her detector to measure.
** The number of lifeforms in "Silence in the Library" registers over a million million[[note]]one billion in the long scale, or one trillion in the short[[/note]], before the scanner even gives up trying.
--> '''Doctor''': A million million lifeforms... and [[NothingIsScarier silence in the library]]...
** In "Planet of the Dead", a UNIT scientist named Malcolm explains to the Doctor that he's named a measurement after himself, which he's using to chart the size of the wormhole.[[note]]According to him, 1 wavelength parcel of 10 kilohertz operating in four dimensions equals 1 Malcolm, while 100 Malcolms is equal to 1 [[Franchise/{{Quatermass}} Bernard]].[[/note]] This leads to a large OhCrap when he realises that the wormhole is ''growing''.
--> '''Malcolm''': It's the wormhole, Doctor, it's getting bigger! We've gone way past 100 Bernards; I haven't invented a name for that!
** And then, there's the looter who uses a computerized scanner to assess the value of the TARDIS. "Everything". Price tag? "Total sum of all currency insufficient". Though that's actually an honest answer, since the TARDIS has the ability to produce practically anything else one could ask for and is itself irreplaceable.
* A comedic version from ''Series/TheMunsters'' - when Lily was asked what Herman's weight was, she replied "three spins." When asked for clarification, she said that when he stepped on the scale, the needle spun around three times.
* ''Series/AmericanRestoration'': A foot x-ray machine (known to be a big radiation leakage source to begin with) Is brought in to be restored. A radiation specialist is brought in to see if/how badly this one leaks. He turns it on and it leaks more radiation than Chernobyl. His detector doesn't read high enough to properly quantify the extent of the leakage.
** It is worth noting here that the restorers promptly removed the X-Ray tube from the machine and rebuilt it with a simulation which projected a photographic x-ray negative onto a screen instead of using real x-rays.
* Occasionally, the ''Series/{{Mythbusters}}'' will get results that go above and beyond any sort of measurement available to them. In one notable instance, they managed to completely max out a G-force accelerometer with a rating above its maximum value of 500 G, or five hundred times the force of gravity; this device had previously recorded numbers in the 160 G range, already considerably more than necessary to kill a human being. 500 G is around five times the lethal baseline of G-forces for humans, and they ''still'' managed to produce more force than even that unpleasantly high number. However, the best way to tell that the Mythbusters have gone off their known scales is to wait for StunnedSilence from Adam.
* When the White Dino Gem reveals itself in ''Series/PowerRangersDinoThunder'', Tommy tells the other Rangers that the energy readings are higher than his equipment can track.
* The page quote comes from ''Series/KamenRiderGaim.'' When he performs certain attacks, the power is added up in multiples of ten, sometimes ending up at 100,000 or 1,000,000. When using [[SuperMode Kachidoki/Triumphant Arms]] (he gets a super-er mode later, but at the time it's the most powerful thing ever, able to contend with ''swarms'' of enemies.), a finisher he's using for the first time in the big team-up with ''Series/ResshaSentaiTokkyuger'', it goes up over a ''trillion'' before ''the ComputerVoice gives up.''
* ''Series/TheGoodies''. In one episode it becomes so hot the thermometer squirts mercury in someone's face when they go to look at it.



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* Spoofed in [[http://www.xkcd.com/402/ this]] ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'' strip.

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* Spoofed In ''Webcomic/GrrlPower'', Harem mentions in [[http://www.xkcd.com/402/ this]] ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'' strip.passing that [[GadgeteerGenius Dabbler's]] IQ can't be measured on any existing scale.



* In ''Webcomic/GrrlPower'', Harem mentions in passing that [[GadgeteerGenius Dabbler's]] IQ can't be measured on any existing scale.

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* In ''Webcomic/GrrlPower'', Harem mentions %%* Spoofed in passing that [[GadgeteerGenius Dabbler's]] IQ can't be measured on any existing scale.[[http://www.xkcd.com/402/ this]] ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'' strip.



* ''WesternAnimation/ThePenguinsOfMadagascar'': When Kowalski mentions that readings of spectral activity are off the charts, [[StatingtheSimpleSolution Skipper suggests getting bigger charts.]]



* ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'': During a parody of ''Anime/DragonBallZ'':
-->"Their power levels are off the charts! I'm gonna have to get some bigger charts!"



* In Creator/HannaBarbera's ''Harlem Globetrotters'' series, the Trotters are scoring so many points so fast that the scoreboard shorts out and explodes.
* ''WesternAnimation/InfinityTrain'': Any human passenger on the train has a glowing number on their hand that measures their emotional turmoil; it goes up as they grow more upset and unstable, and down when they learn to accept their circumstances until it reaches 0. [[spoiler:In the case of the Conductor/Amelia, she's so emotionally unhealthy and did so many terrible things, that her number extends ''off'' her hand and up to her ''neck''. A display in the engine car also lists others passengers with their number, but only has room for five digits each. Two passengers have it listed as "...", which is presumably a number of 100,000 or higher.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'': In "Falling Hare", the speedometer of the plummeting-to-earth plane that WesternAnimation/BugsBunny and the Gremlin are in is going so fast that it stops briefly to read "Incredible, isn't it?"
%%* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Mad}}'', this was parodied in a segment called, Grey's In Anime.



* ''WesternAnimation/ThePenguinsOfMadagascar'': When Kowalski mentions that readings of spectral activity are off the charts, [[StatingtheSimpleSolution Skipper suggests getting bigger charts.]]
* In the ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' episode "Lawn Gnome Beach Party of Terror", Phineas's radical surfing so impresses [[HoldUpYourScore a panel of judges]], he gets scores of ten to the fifth power and infinity, while the third judge has apparently had to re-think Einstein's theory of relativity. "Cowabunga, laws of nature!"



* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Mad}}'', this was parodied in a segment called, Grey's In Anime.



* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'', during a parody of ''Anime/DragonBallZ'':
-->"Their power levels are off the charts! I'm gonna have to get some bigger charts!"
* In the ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' episode "Lawn Gnome Beach Party of Terror", Phineas's radical surfing so impresses [[HoldUpYourScore a panel of judges]], he gets scores of ten to the fifth power and infinity, while the third judge has apparently had to re-think Einstein's theory of relativity. "Cowabunga, laws of nature!"
* In "Falling Hare," the speedometer of the plummeting-to-earth plane that WesternAnimation/BugsBunny and the Gremlin are in is going so fast that it stops briefly to read "Incredible, isn't it?"



* In Creator/HannaBarbera's ''Harlem Globetrotters'' series, the Trotters are scoring so many points so fast that the scoreboard shorts out and explodes.
* ''WesternAnimation/InfinityTrain'': Any human passenger on the train has a glowing number on their hand that measures their emotional turmoil; it goes up as they grow more upset and unstable, and down when they learn to accept their circumstances until it reaches 0. [[spoiler: In the case of the Conductor/Amelia, she's so emotionally unhealthy and did so many terrible things, that her number extends ''off'' her hand and up to her ''neck''. A display in the engine car also lists others passengers with their number, but only has room for five digits each. Two passengers have it listed as "...", which is presumably a number of 100,000 or higher.]]


* ''WesternAnimation/InfinityTrain'': Any human passenger on the train has a glowing number on their hand that measures their emotional turmoil; it goes up as they grow more upset and unstable, and down when they learn to accept their circumstances until it reaches 0. [[spoiler: In the case of the Conductor/Amelia, she's so emotionally unhealthy and did so many terrible things, that her number extends ''off'' her hand and up to her ''neck''.]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/InfinityTrain'': Any human passenger on the train has a glowing number on their hand that measures their emotional turmoil; it goes up as they grow more upset and unstable, and down when they learn to accept their circumstances until it reaches 0. [[spoiler: In the case of the Conductor/Amelia, she's so emotionally unhealthy and did so many terrible things, that her number extends ''off'' her hand and up to her ''neck''. A display in the engine car also lists others passengers with their number, but only has room for five digits each. Two passengers have it listed as "...", which is presumably a number of 100,000 or higher.]]


* ''WesternAnimation/InfinityTrain'': Any human passenger on the train has a glowing number on their hand that measures their emotional turmoil; it goes up as they grow more upset and unstable, and down when they learn to accept their circumstances until it reaches 0. [[spoiler: In the case of Conductor/Amelia, she's so emotionally unhealthy and did so many terrible things, that her number extends ''off'' her hand and up to her ''neck''.]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/InfinityTrain'': Any human passenger on the train has a glowing number on their hand that measures their emotional turmoil; it goes up as they grow more upset and unstable, and down when they learn to accept their circumstances until it reaches 0. [[spoiler: In the case of the Conductor/Amelia, she's so emotionally unhealthy and did so many terrible things, that her number extends ''off'' her hand and up to her ''neck''.]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/InfinityTrain'': Any human passenger on the train has a glowing number on their hand that measures their emotional turmoil; it goes up as they grow more upset and unstable, and down when they learn to accept their circumstances until it reaches 0. [[spoiler: In the case of Conductor/Amelia, she's so emotionally unhealthy and did so many terrible things, that her number extends ''off'' her hand and up to her ''neck''.]]

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* The 2010 first round Men's Singles match at Wimbledon between John Isner and Nicholas Mahut is the longest professional match in tennis history, lasting a total of 11 hours and 5 minutes spread over three days due to darkness and court availability. Wimbledon did not implement a tiebreaker in the final set until 2019, the last of the four Grand Slam tournaments to do so; that meant that to win the final set required playing a full game and winning the set by two, no matter the current set score. Which didn't happen until Isner finally managed to win the match 6-4, 3-6, 6-7 (7-9), 7-6 (7-3), '''70-68'''. The fifth set score got so high the digital scoreboard at the court was stuck at 47-47 and was later turned off because IBM didn't design it to go that high (the online scoreboard lasted until 50-50); an IBM programmer worked on a hotfix to get it working again but said it would have failed again had the score reached past 75-75.


* ''VideoGame/FrogFractions'' normally displays a numerical amount of fruit that the player has, though the player can find a huge secret stash of it by [[spoiler:going underwater]]. After the stash is found, the player's fruit count will be displayed as "Like a billion".

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* ''VideoGame/FrogFractions'' normally displays a numerical amount of fruit that the player has, though the player can find a huge secret stash of it by [[spoiler:going underwater]]. After the stash is found, the player's fruit count will be displayed as "Like a billion".billion", which is basically treated as having infinity.

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* ''VideoGame/FrogFractions'' normally displays a numerical amount of fruit that the player has, though the player can find a huge secret stash of it by [[spoiler:going underwater]]. After the stash is found, the player's fruit count will be displayed as "Like a billion".

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** Similarly, when the amount of money won in battle exceeds 7 digits, the games will display "Super [Bonus]" or "A lot" in place of the actual amount.


* In the ''VideoGame/{{GITADORA}}'' series, charts are given a rating from 10 to 99. ''Guitar Freaks & Drummania V5'', the BonusBoss song "Rock To Infinity", on all instruments' Extreme difficulty, is given a rating of ''[[TitleDrop infinity]].'' Subverted when the song is unlocked for play as a non-extra stage song (and in subsequent installments), in which it's simply rated 99.

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* In the ''VideoGame/{{GITADORA}}'' series, charts are given a rating from 10 to 99. ''Guitar Freaks & Drummania V5'', the BonusBoss song "Rock To Infinity", on all instruments' Extreme difficulty, is given a rating of ''[[TitleDrop infinity]].'' Subverted when the song is unlocked for play as a non-extra stage song (and in subsequent installments), song, in which it's simply rated 99.99. Subsequent installments continue to simply give the song a finite number rating within the game's rating scale.


* In the ''VideoGame/{{GITADORA}}'' series, charts are given a rating from 10 to 99. ''Guitar Freaks & Drummania V5'', the BonusBoss song "Rock To Infinity", on all instruments' Extreme difficulty, is given a rating of ''infinity.'' Subverted when the song is unlocked for play as a non-extra stage song, in which it's simply rated 99.

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* In the ''VideoGame/{{GITADORA}}'' series, charts are given a rating from 10 to 99. ''Guitar Freaks & Drummania V5'', the BonusBoss song "Rock To Infinity", on all instruments' Extreme difficulty, is given a rating of ''infinity.''[[TitleDrop infinity]].'' Subverted when the song is unlocked for play as a non-extra stage song, song (and in subsequent installments), in which it's simply rated 99.

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