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A character rates something on a scale from one to ten, often for comedic effect.

The results split into two types:

Compare Grade System Snark. See also Up to Eleven, which is named after an example this, Top Ten List, for other things from one to ten, and Broke the Rating Scale when the results don't fit the scale. Contrast Four Point Scale.


Examples of an actual number:

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     Comic Books 
  • In The Punisher MAX arc "Valley Forge, Valley Forge", this pops up on a taped interrogation of Rawlins by O'Brien and the Punisher.
    Rawlins: You're lovin' this shit, ain't you? Sweetie?
    O'Brien: Scale of one to ten, where ten is watching Castle cut your dick off? Two.
  • Doomguy of Doom, under the effect of a berserker pack, rates himself "12.0 on a 10.0 scale of badassness".

     Fan Works 

     Film (Animated) 
  • Aladdin:
    Iago (as Jafar): No, really. On a scale of one to ten, you are an eleven.
  • Big Hero 6:
    Baymax: On a scale of one to-(Ow) On a scale of(Ow) On a scale of(Ow) On a scale of one to ten, how would you rate your pain?

     Film (Live-Action) 
  • Serendipity:
    "How drunk is he on a scale of one to ten?"
  • The title of Ten is based on this trope. Bo Derek is a "10" on a scale of one to ten.
  • Sarah Silverman once opened the MTV Movie Awards with a crack at 300.
    "It's named after the rating for how gay it was on a scale of one to ten."
  • The Devil's Advocate:
    Milton: Well, on a scale of one to ten, ten being the most depraved act of sexual theater known to man and one being the usual Friday night run-through at the Lomax household, I'd say, not to be immodest, Mary Ann and I got it on to about... seven.
  • In The Sum of All Fears, when the love interest is asked "Cute scale, one to ten" about Ben Affleck's character, she responds with, "Oh, I don’t know... twelve."

     Live-Action TV 
  • Selfie, the boss Saperstein asks his employees to rate how close they feel to each other, trying to encourage closeness among his work family. Eliza gets a zero from a coworker (and zoned out on her phone during the meeting anyway) and spends the rest of the episode trying to work on fixing that. During his own work friendship hijinks, Henry ends up getting a zero as well (causing Eliza to butt in and elbow him, laughing that they got the same) By the end, she tells Henry she feels a six for him, and he says a 4.7, rounding up to 5, showing their growing closeness.
  • Friends: Chandler snarked at Joey who was over thirty and thought he could pull a teenager on a commercial.
    Chandler: Yes, on a scale from one to ten, ten being the dumbest a person can look, you are definitely nineteen.
  • Babylon 5:
    "Mr. Garibaldi, on a scale of one to ten... just how stupid do you think I am?"
  • How I Met Your Mother, episode "Wait For It": Barney evaluates women's hotness on a scale which is implicitly from one to ten. The aim is to find a woman hotter than Robin so that Ted would "win" the breakup.
    Barney: Tonight we're gonna get you someone way hotter than Robin. OK, Robin's a ten. Fine. We'll get you a twelve. Or, you know, two sixes. Failing that, three fours. And break glass in case of emergency, we'll go to Staten Island, I'll get you twelve ones.
  • An episode of NCIS has Tony visiting a website called "", and his teammates get in on the tush-judging. Ziva gives McGee a 4/5, and Tony only gets a 2.

  • Parodied: In the "Bullseye" section of Entertainment Weekly Issue #1481 (Sept. 29, 2017), the arrow put a miss on Jane Fonda's appearance at the 2017 Emmy Awards' Red Carpet, saying, "On a scale of 9 to 5, we give this look a 3."

  • Usher's "Yeah" included the lyric:
    "Cause on a one-to-ten she's a certified twenty"
  • StevenWright's song Friends of Mine has the lyric:
    "You think that maybe, maybe I'm crazy/ On a scale of one to ten, six being the highest"

     Newspaper Comics 
  • This Garfield strip:
    Dog: Bark! Bark! Bark!
    Garfield: On a scale of one to ten, I give it a seven.
    Dog: Oh, come on!
    Garfield: I've seen you more crazed, and you didn't do that bloodshot-eyeballs thing.

     Video Games 
  • In Digital Devil Saga Cielo brings this up when Argilla asks him his opinion on Heat's "comrades" declaration.
    Argilla: Thoughts?
    Cielo: From a scale of one to ten, I'll give it a tree. But all in all, pretty good for a hot-headed jerk.
  • From The Incredibles: Rise of the Underminer:
    Frozone: On a scale from one to ten, how dangerous do you think it is to be in here?
    Mr. Incredible: Ehh... maybe three. Four tops.
    [A bunch of new Mecha-Mooks appear]
    Mr. Incredible: Make that six-and-a-half.
  • The Voice from Furi uses this type of ranking to describe the asskicking you're going to receive at the hands of the Burst.
    The Voice: On the scale from 1 to 10, she's an 11, and she'd give herself a 12.
  • One of the Heart-to-Hearts in Xenoblade has the following exchange between Shulk and Fiora in one of its alternate routes:
    Fiora: What should you say next?
    Shulk: Umm... I know this one. I would be honoured if you, Fiora, would accompany me here again.
    Fiora: Hmm... I'll give you 7/10. Nice try. For you that's a pass, though. Next time you better bowl me over with a 10/10.

     Web Original 

  • Paranatural has this.
    Max: Your grin was at least an 8.3 on the international scale of creepy.
    Alt Text: That lamp clocks in at a solid 7.6.
  • In this strip from El Goonish Shive, when Jerry hears discussion of teenagers experimenting with magical technology for fun:
    Jerry: I don't have enough information to conclude how concerned I should be. One to ten it for me.
    Susan: Three. Her boyfriend knows what he's doing in his lab, and his dad's the former head of the local paranormal division of the government.
  • In Freefall, Raibert puts disasters on a scale of 1 to 10. And nothing's ever a ten.

     Western Animation 
  • In one episode of The Simpsons, Marge gets her bag stolen and refuses to leave her home. The family escort her outside, while she tells how much fear she feels, and after Homer angers a swarm of bees, she starts going above ten.
  • Muppet Babies (1984):
    • From "Musical Muppets", when Kermit is selling a song to Piggy, who is playing a country singer.
    "I don't know quite how to tell you this, Kermit, but on a scale of one to ten, that song was... minus twelve! It's horrible!!"
    • In "The Daily Muppet", Piggy writes a review of The Phantom of the Opera for the titular newspaper. She concludes her review by saying that on a scale of one to ten, she gives the film a minus three.
  • At the end of the Adventure Time episode "Wizard Battle", the Ice King asks Finn and Jake to rate his new sunglasses.
    Ice King: On a scale of one to ten, one being like totally gross, ten being like "Dang, Ice King, you look crazy sick!".
  • In the Rocket Power episode "Bruised Man's Curve", Otto returns to the Shore Shack after a painful day of training on the titular mountain board course. When Sam asks Otto to rate his pain on a scale from 1 to 10, Otto replies, "12."

     Real Life 
  • Earthquake intensity is reported using the Moment Magnitude Scale which for the most part runs up to 10. As it is a logarithmic scale it is theoretically possible to hit or even exceed a ten on the scale, there are serious doubts to whether any fault system on the earth has enough energy potential to ever do so.

Examples of non-numbers:

     Comic Books 

     Film (Animated) 
  • Inside Out:
    Disgust: On a scale of one to ten, I give this day an F.

     Live-Action TV 
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
    "How'd it go?"
    "On a scale of one to ten? It sucked."
  • Bottom:
    Richie: How's it looking, Eddie?
    Eddie: On a scale of one to ten, I'd say it's bicycle clip time.
  • Dirty Jobs did this in one bumper asking the viewers for ideas, as part of a Hurricane of Puns:
    Mike Rowe: So, on a scale of one to ten, I'd say these dirty jobs... kicked my bass. And that's no carp.


     Web Original 
  • In Worm, when Noelle breaks out from her cell in Chapter 16.13:
    Skitter: On a scale of one to ten, just how bad is this?
    Tattletale: Let me answer your question with another question. You think we could convince the PRT to turn on the air raid sirens?
  • Yogscast Minecraft Series: In the infamous Voltz incident (after Sips_ and Sjin set off a red matter bomb), Lewis was sent to rate the level of destruction.
    Lewis: Um... [beat] ...What the holy shit is this...? Guys??
    Simon: How bad?
    Lewis: This is really bad. This is so bad.
    Simon: Out of a scale of one to ten, how bad is it?
    Lewis: Uh-This is horrendous! FUUUUUUCK!! What th-What the shit do I do?

     Western Animation 
  • Johnny Bravo:
    • Johnny gets scaled on how he does at picking up girls, rated by Luke Perry no less.
    Luke Perry: Well Johnny, on a scale of one to ten... you're an idiot.
    • Also while flirting with Caesar's wife, he says, "On a scale of one to ten, you're an X."

  • Cybraphon's mood scale.
  • A popular copypasta has this formula, generally with no numerical values and a esoteric measure for added humour. Usually in the format of "On a scale of Matilda to Carrie, how well did you handle have psychic powers and abusive parents?"


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