power-scale has always been a prominent aspect in most shounen featuring superpowers (one piece,hunter x hunter,my hero academia,dragon ball,naruto,tokyo ghoul etc etc)
and it is usually used as an official indicator for characters power, telling their power levels or respective strength ranked in the entire verse (for instance, power level in dbz, nens amount in hxh, heros class in one punch man)
however, I do see fans here and there questioning their authenticness, or debating over x vs y, who is stronger etc based on power-scale and comparisons among them across other anime verses
so whats your opinion on power-scaling in anime? do you think it is discouraging characterization since it hinders ppl from listing their strength and weaknesses while replacing them with stats, or titles that make them feel less substantial?
* additional notes
it doesnt exclusively exist in anime focusing on powers(ex: shokugeki cooks skill levels indicated by their seat numbers)
Modified by MAYOIII, Dec 19, PM
This tier level is more for characters who do don't fully follow power scaling too well such as having Galen vs Yarael, with Galen being superior yet Yarael can perform a superior concentrated force power, or Anakin losing to Obiwan who definitely has preformed better destructive than Obiwan whom struggled to do lesser in concentrated force power.
However certain destructive power scaling's can be applied such as 5-C among most Jedi and Sith which serves as a relative ease of force power in what they can do.
The prime example of a true variant are toon characters with Spongebob ranging the scale from anywhere, being lesser than below average to surviving a mega ton bomb that would destroy an entire city.
Typically this tiering belongs to toon characters due to their destructive feats being all over the place but have been some exceptions to the rule.
7-C= Anything significantly lesser than a German Sheppard
7-B= German Sheppard to Above average human
7-A= above average human to professional athletic
6-C (professional Athletic)= Elite Athlete to street ( to 2, Joules)
6-B (Street)= Street to Wall/, Joules)
6-A (Wall/Room/above , Joules)
5-C (Building)=Small building to city block
⭐- Small Building
⭐⭐- Building to foot + Building
⭐⭐⭐- foot + building
⭐⭐⭐⭐- In between 25 to % the power of city block
5-B (City block)= city block to Town
⭐- City block
⭐⭐- Multi-City block
⭐⭐⭐- Small Town (Under 50% of town level)
⭐⭐⭐⭐- Small Town (In between 50 to % of town level)
5-A (City)= Town to Small mountain
⭐⭐- Large town
⭐⭐⭐- Small City
4-C (Mountain)= Small Mountain to Large Island (Nephilim size)
⭐- Small mountain/mountain
⭐⭐- large mountain/small island
⭐⭐⭐⭐- large Island
4-B (Country)= large Island to Multi continent (Algerian size)
⭐- small country
⭐⭐⭐- large country
4-A (Moon)= Geography to planet level
⭐- Can reach a destructive power in destroying Earth on a Lithosphere level scale
⭐⭐- Lower Mantle Earth layer scale
⭐⭐⭐- Outer Core
⭐⭐⭐⭐- Near Planet level
3-C (Planet)= Planet Earth to Pollox
⭐- Heliocentric globe Earth
⭐⭐- Heliocentric globe Saturn
⭐⭐⭐- Heliocentric Dwarf Star/Small Star
⭐⭐⭐⭐- Star (Our heliocentric sun)
3-B (Solar System)= Pollox to Sting ray nebula.
⭐- Pollux to Pistol Star
⭐⭐- Pistol Star to Solar System
⭐⭐⭐- Solar System to 5 light days
⭐⭐⭐⭐- 5 light days to sting ray nebula
3-A (Cosmic)= Sting Ray Nebula to Milky Way Galaxy
⭐- Sting Ray Nebula to Milky Way Galaxy
⭐⭐- Milky Way Galaxy to Laniakea
⭐⭐⭐- Laniakea to Universal
⭐⭐⭐⭐- Universal and so on
2-C = High Universal to 5D (Do not scale a character to this if their feats are stated to destroy the entire Universe, if they can't at least do damage on a Outer Space scale they won't be scaled here period.)
⭐- High Univeraal
⭐⭐- 4th dimensional
⭐⭐⭐- Multiversal + (Infinite timelines above Universe + Level)
2-B = 6D to Outerversal
Characters that destroy every materiel life in a universe, from endless to more than infinity.
⭐- 6D to 13D
⭐⭐- 13D and so on
⭐⭐⭐- Infinite Dimensional
⭐⭐⭐⭐- Infinite X Infinite Dimensional
2-A= To know more about Outerversal visit the Outerversal strict rules.
⭐- Baseline Outerversal
⭐⭐- Transcends Outerversal
⭐⭐⭐- Transcends the abstract levels 2/4 2-A
⭐⭐⭐⭐- Unquantifible transcendence of 3/4 2-A
Outerversals but is lesser than it's more perfected Incalculable Outerversals and is stands no chance against near Domniversals. This is a scaling that can effect the entirety of the fictional verse that is end point with In the verse
Characters who are completely almost dominate above anything within a verse. within the verse, with only a few limits, and have author level qualites
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The 4 star scaling
This method can be used for further details of the tier system for tier 5 to 2, but not 7,6 and 1 with reasons being that the first two tiers are meant for more simple scalings, with tier 1 being that there isn't much for labeling for the overall tier in terms of star details.
The layout statistics in order
For more information on how the statistics work, read the layout statistic information.
In case you didn’t already know, I love shounen anime and manga. (You dont say Ed.) It’s the stuff I grew up on and the type of series that I can, and will, always return to; when all is said and done, Shounen Jump is still king. Don’t get me wrong, I love some of the more obscure and out there stuff as well; I have pieces on this very website praising series like Monogatari and the like.
Even with my eternal love of this genre, I must say that it has some of the most frustrating pitfalls that are more common than I would like, and it all comes down to power scaling. I want to talk through some of my frustrations when it comes to this particular pitfall and how it, in some cases, takes away from the good parts of the series.
Naruto lost its way
As someone who grew up watching anime in the golden era of Shounen Jump’s Big 3, I of course watched Naruto and subsequently Naruto Shippuden. I loved Naruto growing up! I wasn’t the world’s biggest fan of Naruto the character, but the parts of the series that I did like, I loved!
The series choreographed hand-to-hand combat was something that left you stunned and amazed. The sheer amount of effort you could physically see that had been put into every frame of each episode was tremendous, and something that I remember Naruto incredibly fondly for. Even if you haven’t watched Naruto, I can almost guarantee you’ve seen the scene of Rock Lee removing his weighted clothing and then moving at incredible speeds, backed by one of the greatest soundtracks in Naruto.
As the series progressed our characters began to learn more and more about chakra and the abilities that this gave them. In the beginning, it was awesome! Each character showcasing an entirely unique and interesting way to manipulate this power, but it was never something over-the-top or overwhelmingly powerful — it simply accentuated the already great parts of the series.
Eventually, however, we arrived towards the end of Naruto Shippuden and the once incredible and beautifully choreographed Taijutsu was replaced with what I can only describe as chakra Megazords. I liked Naruto all the way up to the end, but I still think that something people really loved about the series — the choreographed fights — was lost along the way.
Fairy Tails endless power-ups
Ah Fairy Tail. Whenever I talk about this series it’s like I’m purposefully opening up old wounds. I will tell you all right now that at some point in my anime-watching life, I really enjoyed Fairy Tail. If my memory serves me here, it was right up until the Tower of Heaven arc that my opinion on Fairy Tail was overwhelmingly positive.
It was doing good things and developing characters well, introducing new powers and expanding on its pre-existing ones. The world of Fairy Tail was intriguing and filled with colourful characters, environments, and mysteries.
However, all good things must come to an end. For Fairy Tail though, this wasn’t the end of the series, it was the end of the power scaling making sense and the beginning of its infamous ass-pulls. Time and time again the same pattern would be used in Fairy Tail when it came to Natsu, the main protagonist, overcoming the odds and defeating the antagonist of the arc.
Every single time he would lose, he would then receive some form of power-up, whether that be in the form of a special type of fire, or maybe lightning, or maybe it’s just a bottomless well of friendship. You take your pick, Natsu has probably won because of it.
(Erza Scarlets still hot though Ed.)
One Piece does it right
I’m definitely starting to look like a biased One Piece fan at this point, but just know that I do try to look at things from an objective perspective and I always look for multiple other perspectives online to gain a wider look at the general consensus. With all that said, One Piece is an outstanding example of power scaling done well.
Throughout the 1,+ chapters of One Piece that I have read, I have never felt like Luffy, or any of the main characters for that matter, won a fight that I felt they shouldn’t have. The series establishes very early on exactly where some of the big players stand in terms of power. Episode 23 (manga chapter 49) is when we are first introduced to Dracule Mihawk, a world-famous pirate who holds the title of World’s Strongest Swordsman.
This is the man Zoro, Luffy’s first mate, aspires to overthrow. Not only does Zoro get annihilated, but Mihawk displays just a fraction of what he can do by destroying an entire fleet of pirate ships with a single swing of his sword. A thousand chapters later, and Mihawk is still regarded as one of the strongest characters in One Piece.
There are also numerous times in which our main characters lose in places they should lose. Marine Ford, one of the most insane arcs in One Piece, has Luffy taking part in a fight between the Navy’s top admirals and some of the strongest pirates in the world. Outside of a couple of glorious moments, Luffy is continuously outclassed and ultimately meets a defeat here.
Power scaling is a tricky thing to balance, but when it is done well, things just make more sense. However, when you find yourself questioning how on earth a character just beat someone they should have clearly been overwhelmed by, it can be quite jarring. But such is the way of shounen manga and anime!
What are your favourite and least favourite examples of power scaling? Let us know down in the comments, or write us a letter for the Rice Digital Friday Letters Page!
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