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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:

Type A: An actual number. It's sometimes oddly specific or, more often, doesn't fit the scale (as in, more than ten or less than one).

Type B: Not even a number, or left unanswered for rhetorical reasons.

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.

Examples of type A:


Film (Animated)

  Iago (as Jafar): No, really. On a scale of one to ten, you are an eleven.

Film (Live-Action)

 "How drunk is he on a scale of one to ten?"

"Twelve."

  • The title of 10 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."

  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.

Live-Action TV

  Chandler: Yes, on a scale from one to ten, ten being the dumbest a person can look, you are definitely nineteen.

  "Mr. Garibaldi, on a scale of one to ten... just how stupid do you think I am?"

Music

  • Usher's "Yeah" included the lyric:

 "Cause on a one-to-ten she's a certified twenty"

Video Games

 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.

Web Original

  "589. If my gun on a scale of 1-10 is a 7, it's vetoed if that's the Richter scale."

Web Comics

 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.

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 going above ten.
  • In Muppet Babies, 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!!"

Examples of type B:

Comic Books

 Spider-Woman: How crazy is he [Norman Osborn] on a scale of one to ten?

Spider-Man: Just until ten? Can't it be more?

Live-Action TV

 "How'd it go?"

"On a scale of one to ten? It sucked."

Web Comics

 "On a scale from one to bad, this is pretty fucked up."

 "On a Scale From One To Ten, how fired am I?" [1]

 Kevyn: Well, on a scale of "that's not free checking" to "heat death of the universe," I'd say we're looking at "the enemy has a super-weapon we can't track."

 "On a scale from one to fucked, how much trouble am I in?"

"Um... a handjob, I guess. I'm not sure I understand the scale."

"No, you got it."

Western Animation

  • Johnny Bravo 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.

Other

Notes

  1. Not fired, actually.
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