There are about 3 types of unbiased ways to compare things in fiction. In these I mean power usually. Like who would beat who.
Those 3 types are,
2. Power Struggle.
There are others are,
The first three types are the best attempt at equal unbiased comparison of fictional characters and concepts. The last three are pretty
opinionated in any situation.
Plot-wise depends on the nature of the story. All characters within a story and all events that take place in it occur in something I will
call the “Story Universe.” This consists of all dimensions, and times that any of the stories take place in. It needs a special name
because some stories involve traveling between dimensions, and through time. The laws of the Story Universe may be as such that if a male
character is being rude to a female character, that female character can punish them with a mallet to the head regardless of the targets
power or situation. If this is a unalterable law of that Story Universe, then any character that is dropped in from some other Story
Universe will have to obey it, regardless of their status.
Ranma is placed in the early DBZ universe, thus requiring Ranma to follow the laws of the DBZ Story universe. Ranma would lose because in
the DBZ universe all hero-characters fighting new threats eventually develop a way defeat any opposing force.
Goku is placed in the Ranma universe, thus requiring Goku to obey all laws of the Ranma Story Universe. Goku would lose for the same reason
that he won in his own universe. Ranma characters possess the ability to adapt to new challenges and over come them.
Goku and Ranma meet on equal ground where both obey the laws of their opposites Story Universes. Neither side would ever ultimately lose,
nor eventually win. Because both sides own the same “overcoming new challenges” attributes that make them unbeatable.
The second form of comparison is what I call power struggle. This is what would happen if you just dropped a character into another Story
Universe and while not necessarily following the laws of plot of the local Story Universe will continue to retain the powers given to them in
their native Story Universe. This is the most commonly used form of comparison between fans. Since everyone loves their favorite story’s
best qualities they will continue to rant about them until they kill each other. The most arguments about bigger, better, faster, stronger
are done here. Two or more arguing people try to explain what abilities or qualities of their side, and then argue which would ultimately
win over the other.
Example: Post S2 engine Eva 01 is damn near godlike, with infinite power and ravage fighting ability, while Gundams have skill, talent, and
tech. The Eva would win, because it has an AT field, and it can regenerate. The Gundam would be crushed like a tin can.
Ranma is smarter, faster, and better trained, but Vegita can destroy planets by looking at them. If Ranma’s power was that of a thimble of
water, Vegita would be Jupiter if it was made entirely of water. Vegita would smash Ranma so fast he wouldn’t have a chance to change into
Example3: The death star is larger, has more over all power, and resources, while the Borg have higher tech, and assimilation within their
capabilities. The battle would be long and hard, a single Borg cube would take days to completely destroy a Death Star, and since a death
star is never alone, it has a ton of fighters, a ton of missiles of all types and the beam weapon, it would take a full Borg assault to take
it all, but ultimately the Borg would win because they are just higher tech. Would take quite a while to completely beat and would more than
likely take enough time to turn into a Plot-wise battle.
Conversion is something I think some people know of, and few people actually appreciate but if I’m very lucky I might be the first person to
look at it this way. It is similar to comparing the mathematical fraction 23/40 to X/64. The way you do this mathematically is multiply 64
by 23 and divide by 40. This gives you 23/40 to 36.8/64. This means that if you consider that anything in the 64 Universe is 60% stronger
or better than the 40 Universe, that you must convert the 23 to 36.8 to make it the equivalent in the 64 Universe. With Numbers it’s easy,
but when two warring biased people are arguing about their favorite fantasy it gets a little harder. Conversion is similar to Plot-wise
situations, where the characters or concepts that are being compared are brought into relative perspective with their local Story Universes.
Also it is important to take into consideration the status of the character at the time you are comparing them. Goku is a flake in Dragon
ball, compared to Goku at the end of DBZ GT.
Asheron’s Call is a game with practical yet uncreative spells. It is a game with hundreds of spells on 7 pre-organized levels. Each level
of a spell is just a stronger version of the last. With the exception of Can-trips, which can Layer (add together) with other spells.
Normally a level 7 spell would just “over-write” a level 6 or below. The health levels of characters are from 5 min. to 341 max. Unbuffed
(no spells) HP. There are 7 damage types. Classless damage is not accessible by players, thus very rare to encounter. Using debuffs
(spells used to make the target more vulnerable) a player can kill another in 1 to 3 consecutive War spells (Fire balls, acid streams, ect.)
However the players can heal up to full hp, easily, in many ways. Healing kits, which can heal up to full in 2 to 3 seconds. Healing
spells, which can heal using only mana, and vital transfer spells. Vital Transfer spells exchange one of the 3 Vitals (stam, HP, and mana)
for another, creating no loss, infact generating a surplus out of thin air. Using this, Asheron’s Call characters can fight for hours and
hours at a time (my Record is 37 hours strait) without ceasing. A Character in the role-playing mandatory MUD http://www.darkmists.com Has
many fun, but redundant or useless spells. This is because the primary goal of the game is to have True and powerful role-playing, and any
spell that would enhance that goal has been used. To Dark Mists 7 levels of the same spell would be redundant and pointless. In Dark mists
Your hp can be from 20 to 1200ish hp unless the gods (admins) are specifically making your hp higher. Using spells it can go beyond 2000. In
AC you are at 388 hp if you are using all spells conceivable. In Dark mists, you will do from 125 damage up to 1400 even if the target is as
armored as possible without divine intervention. In Asheron’s Call you will do from 0 points of damage to 400 hp in a single hit. On
average you only do 20 points of damage per spell without casting a debuff and 70 points for when you do cast a debuff. Roughly every AC hit
point would be worth 5.16 DM hit points. Every point of AC damage would equal 3.5 points of DM damage. Using Napalm, you could do between
25 and 280 damage per strike. Using an AC war spell, you could do from 100 and 350 damage per strike, and up to 2000 damage using a vuln
spell. DM players can cast no more than 80 to 90 Napalms before running out of mana. While AC players can play for as long as a time as
their components hold out which has been observed to be up to 37 hours. Based on the knowledge that the DM damage cap is 1400 and there have
been rare cases of 2000 hp, it is impossible to kill an AC character, which has max hp, in one shot. AC players can do as much if not more
damage that their max conceivable hp, and thus the max DM equivalent HP. They can kill DM characters in One shot. AC characters have the
ability to heal up to full in 1 shot using either spells or potions or healing kits. Spell-wise, they have unlimited access to the highest
power healing spells. A DM player has a limited access to healing spells, potions, and scrolls. A Pyromancer, having no healing spells.
All things considered, an AC player would be able to out-last a DM player, they would also have power advantages over DM players. This is
the longest way to compare. Take the equivilant in practice, consider both extremes of every situation possible in their respective Story
Universe and then consider the extremes of the target Story Universe and compare ability, and proportion, using the highest and lowest as a
scale. This is in my opinion the best way to compare ideas, characters or items between Story Universes. However the time it took me to
compile all the information was a long, long process. This is dedicated to my friend Falcon, who I love and hate at the same time.
According to evidence from various sources, a Borg Cube is thought to be 3,050 meters long, and since it’s a perfect cube that makes its
volume 28,372,625,000 cubic meters. According to other evidence the first Death Star is thought to be 160,000 meters in diameter. This makes
it 2,144,660,584,850,773 Cubic meters. So in comparing Size, the First death star is 75589 times the size of a Single Borg cube.
The height of the Empire State Building is 381 meters. So, if the Death Star was as tall as the empire state building, and as wide
as it is tall, a single Borg Cube would be 5 millimeters in length and height which would make it about as big as a pencil head
eraser. The death star, along with its escorts, would out power the Borg, hundreds if not thousands to one. However it can be argued that
the Borg would eventually end up assimilating everything. The first shot would probably be by the Empire, before the Borg got a chance to
beam over 1 drone, and start assimilating. The first Empire shot would get through, so if they shot first, they would win.
Goku is to fight Ranma. Goku in his Story Universe is a god by the end of GT, in a power struggle, he would win hands down. Ranma by the end
of the series is the best, fastest, most skilled and most powerful character. (I say this because saffron and Ranma were equal in all out
power, their battle was Plot-wise, not Power struggle.) Goku holds more actual physical power in say Sausage Units, because no other unit
could reasonably measure it, than Goku can literally eat in Sausages. Ranma, doing his best could only consume maybe 1000
sub-nano-sausage-units over a relatively long period of time. They are sub-nano SUs because a single SU for Goku’s scale is billions upon
trillions upon googles of sausages and I can’t think of anything smaller that anyone has ever heard of than nano. However because Ranma is
the most powerful in his Story Universe, and so is Goku in his. Converting either one to fit the Alien Story Universes scale would
automatically change them to be as good, in which ever extreme you want to go to, as the other.
The last 3 types are the most commonly used comparative methods people ever use. They are not very structured, as they come naturally to
people, they are the first things that leap to mind. These are the biased methods.
Coolness. This may fall under Plot-wise, it works somewhat the same way, however it does not obey the same laws. Coolness is based on the
popularity of the idea, and the opinions of those discussing the idea. This is why it is biased. The opinions of things change from person
to person in much more depth and scope than is typically measurable. Coolness is the act of giving a character more power, or favor based on
how much they interest or please the ones considering them. The argument will never be completed until all parties agree to the point of
satisfaction or they give up entirely. The debate will only be considered completed when the members agree on a particular item. Many
coolness debates end in “agreeing to disagree”, shifting the subject, awkward silence riddled with pistivity and tension, or the brutal death
or maiming of one or all members of the argument. Rarely do members agree about different Story Universes because they favor one unfairly.
Xelloss from slayers is in MY opinion (the author of this crap) a much cooler character than say Goku. Xelloss has a deeper, multifaceted
personality and more involvement in the story as an individual. He also acts out his character in an amusing, and interesting way, has
interesting and amusing abilities and so on. To me the depth of the character beats Goku’s unparalleled ability to kick ass. To me, Xelloss
is cooler than Goku. So in such a battle, regardless of location in either Story Universe, Xelloss would win. Coolness arguments usually
shift into other forms of comparison because each person will disagree on the particular coolness and usefulness of some ability of each
Star Wars is basically space opera, opposed to the sci-fi genre it appears to be. While Star trek in all reason and consideration beats Star
Wars TECH wise, Star wars is more popular and easier to deal with. While the characters of star trek have depth, depending on the series of
Star trek your dealing with, it isn’t the focus of the story. For Star Wars the characters and the story are the only focus. The Tech in
Star Wars is about as important as the Nike logo on the side of their shoe. While I prefer Star Trek to Star wars, (more crap belief from
the author)Star Wars is probably considered cooler to the whole of the world. So in a battle between Star Wars and Star Trek, based on
coolness the popular vote would win. My guess Star Wars.
Arnold Shwarrzenager(Terminator) VS Jean Claude Van Dam (Universal Solider). I would say that Arnold is more well known than Jean despite
Jean having more of his movies coming out later. We’re going to use these two actors from the noted movies, since I’ve seen both. The
Terminator is a sleepless, cunning, steel killing machine that appears human. It’s bullet proof and has the ability to learn. It cannot
take small up close explosions such as pipe bombs, however even a missile to the chest would be easy to ignore for the Terminator. The super
soldiers from Universal Soldier are cyborgs with computer controls implanted in their brains. They are pretty much immune to small arms fire
and can take several pounds of pressure. Comparatively I would say that defensively the Universal Soldiers are tougher however offensively
they are slow and stupid. The Terminator has detailed information on human anatomy and battle tactics that are superior to the Universal
Soldiers. Arnold spends most of the time in his movies getting more beaten to shit until he kills off whoever he’s fighting. He will be
brutally destroyed, arms crushed, holes in the head, steel poking through his artificial skin and blood. He always has an emotionless face
and knows not the principles of evil. Jean spends his time in Universal Soldier being the smarter force. He out smarts the other cyborgs
using the knowledge he gained from once being one. He is fast and skilled yet not nearly as powerful as the cyborgs he fights. Ultimately
he wins the battle by besting his enemy, an AI computer with a Super-Super-Cyborg body, at strategic warfare. Arnold kicks ass continuously
with little regard for his own life until his task is completed, and while Universal Soldier is a story just about beating the bad guy,
Terminator is a story about a machine trying to be human, and not succeeding but eventually knowing and appreciating why he can never be one.
In my opinion, Arnold is much cooler than Jean. Even thou in a battle between a Terminator and a Universal Solider, the latter would most
Random Ability wars are arguments between two or more people with different opinions of coolness, and usefulness and power. These wars have
their own genre of comparison because they have nearly the least order and consideration and equality of all the comparing methods. The
members of the argument probably won’t even discuss relative coolness or relative ANYTHING. The one who wins is usually the one with more
knowledge of scary named abilities that sound really cool and can give infinite examples as to why their choice character or idea is better.
These arguments are similar to a child’s game, cowboys and Indians.
Ranma can snatch food away from even master food martial artists like his father!
Yeah! But Lina can eat more food than Ranma could ever dream of!
Yeah right! Ranma has eaten TONS at a time!
Lina has devoured entire banquets for a snack!
Yeah, but then the Borg could adapt to the laser weapons and simply deflect them. So after one or two shots from the Death Star, the Borg
would be immune to the Super laser.
Bullshit! The Death star is 79 thousand times the size of the Borg cube, the super laser would bitch slap the Borg’s absorption fields like
they were origami paper.
Hey, don’t ask me, bitch at the star trek people.
Yeah well I could cast Napalm Over and over and over doing 1000 damage in every hit to your measley little 200 health characters. One of our
characters could massacre your entire world!
Yeah but we can heal up to full on command! We all got healing spells and we have protection spells that reduce the damage by 80%!
The last and final method of comparison is the least intelligent and unbiased of any comparison methods that I can think of. Besides arguing
with a brain dead quadruple-amputee victim, this is the least challenging or engaging form of comparison unless you are on crack or some kind
of drug then its just as stimulating as Highlights for Children.
I am Better than You fights are just like Random Abiltiy Wars, except one person has 500 times the average knowledge in one Story Universe
than in the other, and they have no interest What-so-ever in considering their Story Universe to be less than that of god it self’s mandate
from heaven. Battles like these are usually one sided and occur when non-nerds meet people who regularly go to trekkie conventions and put
the HOLES in their neck so they can look like species 8472.
Well you see that because of the ability to make a Gimp in AC it also allows you to make a god, and one of the challenges in AC is to make a
template that will allow the fastest leveling and maxing of all skills in the game. One of the ways to achieve this easily is to use a
program called El Tank which will control a mage character so that they can fight infinitely for as long as their spell components hold out,
which could be days. Now one problem as a cause of similar programs called Plat macros is that the player run economy is damaged because of
So uhh… This is a video game right?
... Dear god you're an idiot.
Star Wars has ships the size of planets, and can destroy them in their leisure, they have a zillion planets spanning 400 galaxies, and have
the most impressive and advanced army in the entire star wars universe, even the simple Super Star Destroyer is a powerhouse filled to the
brim with fighters and laser weaponry. The sheer magnitude of power of the Empire attacking one target in a unified battle can even be
measured in nano-Sausage Units.
Yes, they are the only unit of measurement that can conceivably measure Goku’s power.
*crowded room, very noisy.*
“God damn, this place is moving harder and faster than La Blue Girl in fast forward”
*Laughing and continued noise*
“Did someone mention La Blue Girl?”
*Panicked screaming, running for the exit.*
Well that’s pretty much it. I will add more as I feel like it, and can think of more. I am eager to spread my ideas, and this is just a
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