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The first half of the Sliding Scales of Obscurity containing Video Games, Films, Western Animation, and Comic Books. Due to getting a warning for the original page being too long, we decided to split it into two pages. If each page gets too long, the mods may have to put each category into the Just For Fun namespace. But we're not there yet, so no worries.

Here's a link to the second page containing Anime, Live Action TV, Music, Web Original, and Literature.

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In the family of the Sliding Scale Of Anime Obscurity, Sliding Scale Of Western Animation Obscurity, Sliding Scale Of Film Obscurity and Sliding Scale Of Live Action TV Obscurity, this is an approximate categorization of how well-known or obscure video games are among gamers on the Internet. This list is to be used as a guideline. It may be handy as an informed guess as to whether your audience might know the game you're talking about.

This list is divided into seven categories. They are:

  • Level 0: Series/Game is so well-known that many people outside of its fandom generally know about it. The series/game is to some extent part of worldwide pop culture.
  • Level 1: Some people outside the fandom may have heard of this. Pretty much everyone in the fandom knows about the series/game. They may not know it in great detail, but they should know enough to talk about the series/game and likely have an opinion on it. You may find limited traces of it in pop culture.
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  • Level 2: Detailed knowledge is mainly restricted to a specialized fandom, but most people in the fandom know about it enough to have some idea what it's about.
  • Level 3: General awareness is not guaranteed, but fandoms are sizable enough to be notable.
  • Level 4: Fandoms are small, but sizable enough that the series/game still shows up on some radars.
  • Level 5: Even more obscure. Fandoms very small, mainly because word hasn't really even got out about the existence of this series.
  • Level 6: For things that, while they exist, seem to be impossible to find, even on the internet with modern proliferation of filesharing.

Rules about this list:

  • The general video game fandom, as relevant to this list, is defined as being English-speaking fans on the Internet.

Things to remember when reading, editing, and using this list:

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  • When editing this list, please give an edit reason, especially if you are moving a series/game from one category to another. Try to avoid edit wars if at all possible; if a dispute can't be resolved, take it to the fora.

  • This list is not a measure of the quality of a game. Very obscure series/games can be very good, pretty good, meh, pretty bad, and very bad. Try to think as objectively as possible about how many people within the groups stated in the criteria above would know the series/game.

  • Please list series/games in alphabetical order, and please type out alternate names, so it's easier for other people to read the list and find series.

  • Recent series/games may be difficult to categorize. It can take some time for the hype to subside.

  • The list is formatted in folders. The top folder is not part of the list, but a separate list of works for which people have requested rankings, but which they themselves have not been able to place. You, the reader, are requested to help out.

    open/close all folders 

    Games requesting placement 

The List

    Level 0 Games 

    Level 1 Games 

    Level 2 Games 

    Level 3 Games 

    Level 4 Games 

    Level 5 Games 

    Level 6 Games 

In the family of the Sliding Scale Of Anime Obscurity and the Sliding Scale Of Western Animation Obscurity, this is an approximate categorization of how well-known or obscure films are among viewers on the Internet. This list is to be used as a guideline. It may be handy as an informed guess as to whether your audience might know the movie you're talking about.This list is divided into seven categories. They are:
  • Level 0: Films not only do most people recognize, but most people have honestly seen. Much of the film is known through Pop-Cultural Osmosis, and is almost invariably part of the Small Reference Pool of films. Quite often films aimed for kids and families, or films initially aimed at adults but have a large kid following.
  • Level 1: Mainstream Obscurity films. Films whose titles ring a bell and some aspects of the film may be known, but few people outside of film buffs and its target/niche audience have actually seen it. Films best known for a controversy are often here. You may find limited traces of it in pop culture.
  • Level 2: The film is best known to fans of the genre, where it may even be revered. However, non-genre fans may not know much if anything about it.
  • Level 3: General awareness is not guaranteed, but fandoms are sizable enough to be notable.
  • Level 4: Fandoms are small, but sizable enough that the film still shows up on some radars. Chances are that in any bunch of 10-20 tropers you might have one or two who know the film in question other than you. The internet has really helped bring these fandoms together, due to how small and scattered they tend to be. Often the case with art house films and some films labeled Cult Classics.
  • Level 5: Even more obscure. Fandoms very small, mainly because word hasn't really even got out about the existence of this film. You'd probably be lucky to find 1 out of those 20; you should be casting your net wider. If the film isn't current, you might be one of only a handful in a convention who knows of it.
  • Level 6: For things that, while they exist, seem to be impossible to find, even on the internet with modern proliferation of filesharing, television showings on networks like Turner Classic Movies, and online streaming.

Things to remember when reading, editing, and using this list:

  • When editing this list, please give an edit reason, especially if you are moving a film from one category to another. Try to avoid edit wars if at all possible; if a dispute can't be resolved, take it to the fora.
  • This list is not a measure of the quality of a film. Very obscure film can be very good, pretty good, meh, pretty bad, and very bad. Try to think as objectively as possible about how many people within the groups stated in the criteria above would know the film.
  • Some films may be very market-specific: i.e. they may be listed as a low level but you don't know anybody who would even think that it's the name of a film. That's cool, it probably means that the troper who added it is from somewhere that it's popular - move the example to where you therefore think it fits most, given the likelihood of this and your own experience.
  • Please list films in alphabetical order, and please type out alternate names so it's easier for other people to read the list and find them.
  • Recent films may be difficult to categorize. It can take some time for the hype to subside.
  • Please check if the film that you're about to add is already listed - if it is, but as a different level, refer to the first bullet point.

    open/close all folders 

    Films requesting placement 

    Level 0 

    Level 1 

    Level 2 

    Level 3 

    Level 4 

    Level 5 

    Level 6 

Similar to Sliding Scale Of Anime Obscurity, this is an approximate categorization of how well-known or obscure cartoons are among viewers on the Internet. This list is to be used as a guideline. It may be handy as an informed guess as to whether your audience might know what series you're talking about.

This list is divided into seven categories. They are:

  • Level 0: Series is so well-known that many people outside of the western fandom generally know about this. The series is to some extent part of worldwide pop culture.
  • Level 1: Some people outside the western fandom may have heard of this. Pretty much everyone in the fandom knows about the series. They may not know it in great detail, but they should know enough to talk about the series and likely have an opinion on it. You may find limited traces of it in pop culture.
  • Level 2: Detailed knowledge is mainly restricted to a specialized fandom, but most people in the fandom know about it enough to have some idea what it's about.
  • Level 3: General awareness is not guaranteed, but fandoms are sizable enough to be notable.
  • Level 4: Fandoms are small, but sizable enough that the series still shows up on some radars. For example, you may be able to find a number of fan-videos focused on these series, and chances are that in any bunch of 10-20 tropers you might have one or two who know the series in question other than you. The internet has really helped bring these fandoms together, due to how small and scattered they tend to be.
  • Level 5: Even more obscure. Fandoms very small, mainly because word hasn't really even got out about the existence of this series. You'd probably be lucky to find 1 out of those 20; you should be casting your net wider. If the series isn't current, you might be one of only a handful in a convention who knows of it.
  • Level 6: For things that, while they exist, seem to be impossible to find, even on the internet with modern proliferation of filesharing.

Rules about this list:

  • The general western animation fandom, as relevant to this list, is defined as being English-speaking fans on the Internet.
  • This list pertains only to western animation series and even movies that are animated outside of Japan.

Things to remember when reading, editing, and using this list:

  • When editing this list, please give an edit reason, especially if you are moving a series from one category to another. Try to avoid edit wars if at all possible; if a dispute can't be resolved, take it to the fora.
  • This list is not a measure of the quality of a show. Very obscure series can be very good, pretty good, meh, pretty bad, and very bad. Try to think as objectively as possible about how many people within the groups stated in the criteria above would know the series.
  • Please list series in alphabetical order, and please type out alternate names, so it's easier for other people to read the list and find series.
  • Recent series may be difficult to categorize. It can take some time for the hype to subside.

The list is formatted in folders. The top folder is not part of the list, but a separate list of works for which people have requested rankings, but which they themselves have not been able to place. You, the reader, are requested to help out.

    open/close all folders 

    Series requesting placement 

The List

    Level 0 series 

    Level 1 series 

    Level 2 series 

    Level 3 series 

    Level 4 series 

    Level 5 series 

    Level 6 series 

The following is an approximate categorization of how well-known or obscure certain comic book/graphic novel series are among fans on the Internet. This list is to be used as a guideline. It may be handy as an informed guess as to whether your audience might know what series you're talking about.
  • Level 0: Series is so well-known that many people outside of its fandom generally know about it. The series is to some extent part of worldwide pop culture.
  • Level 1: Some people outside the fandom may have heard of this. Pretty much everyone in the fandom knows about the series. They may not know it in great detail, but they should know enough to talk about the series and likely have an opinion on it. You may find limited traces of it in pop culture.
  • Level 2: Detailed knowledge is mainly restricted to a specialized fandom, but most people in the fandom know about it enough to have some idea what it's about.
  • Level 3: General awareness is not guaranteed, but fandoms are sizable enough to be notable.
  • Level 4: Fandoms are small, but sizable enough that the series still shows up on some radars.
  • Level 5: Even more obscure. Fandoms very small, mainly because word hasn't really even got out about the existence of this series.
  • Level 6: For things that, while they exist, seem to be impossible to find, even on the internet with the modern proliferation of filesharing.

Rules about this list:

  • The general comic book fandom, as relevant to this list, is defined as being English-speaking fans on the Internet.

Things to remember when reading, editing, and using this list:

  • When editing this list, please give an edit reason, especially if you are moving a series from one category to another. Try to avoid edit wars if at all possible; if a dispute can't be resolved, take it to the fora.
  • This list is not a measure of the quality of a comic book series. Very obscure comics can be very good, pretty good, meh, pretty bad, and very bad. Try to think as objectively as possible about how many people within the groups stated in the criteria above would know the series.
  • Please list series in alphabetical order, and please type out alternate names, so it's easier for other people to read the list and find series.
  • Recent series may be difficult to categorize. It can take a while for the hype to subside.

The list is formatted in folders. The top folder is not part of the list, but a separate list of works for which people have requested rankings, but which they themselves have not been able to place. You, the reader, are requested to help out.

    open/close all folders 

    Series requesting placement 

The list

    Level 0 

    Level 1 

    Level 2 

    Level 3 

    Level 4 

    Level 5 

    Level 6 

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