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SS and S are always ranked higher than A?
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Can anyone enlighten me as to why in all the anime I watch they always list S or SS as the top/premiere ranking as opposed to A?

It's always like this.... SS > S > A > B > C > etc.

Some common examples:
S-Class wizards in FairyTail
S Ranked missions in Naruto
SS & S ranked cards in Hunter x Hunter (Greed Island)
Also, in Korea, Starcraft 2's premiere league is "Code S"

So.......is there something I don't know about "S" that makes it so special?
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Posted 1/10/14

ackman100 wrote:

Can anyone enlighten me as to why in all the anime I watch they always list S or SS as the top/premiere ranking as opposed to A?

It's always like this.... SS > S > A > B > C > etc.

Some common examples:
S-Class wizards in FairyTail
S Ranked missions in Naruto
SS & S ranked cards in Hunter x Hunter (Greed Island)
Also, in Korea, Starcraft 2's premiere league is "Code S"

So.......is there something I don't know about "S" that makes it so special?



I have always assumed, "S" stood for something like super.

Never really thought about it.
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I always thought it was just the highest rank in everything, even if you look at video games like Devil May Cry the highest ranks are SSS, SS and S
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It's a hipster grade for extra-hard
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It's been like that for a long time, especially in fighting games.
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It's a weird trend. For Starcraft 2, GM (Grandmaster) is the highest ranking on ladder rather than "S".
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Originally created in Japan where anything below grade ‘C’ was considered a failure. The 'S-Rank' allowed for a wider range of obtainable grades and thus player motivation, meaning that it was soon adopted by western developers who realized that the ‘S-Rank’ was much cooler than the boring ‘A’. An A rank is commonly obtained by getting a 90% to 95%. If the player is flawless or achieves perfection in something, it qualifies as an S . Many people have wondered what the S stands for… Special? Super? No one knows for sure. - Giant Bomb

This is the closest I could find about why it's like that. Hey if it applies to video games, then I'm sure it applies to anime/manga as well right?
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Posted 1/10/14 , edited 1/10/14
S usually stands for Special. It's usually supposed to be something that is so awesome that it doesn't fit in tradition ranks.

And you're forgetting the best example of the S rank.

S-rank Zettai Ryouiki.
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Posted 1/10/14
Like pistolsaf, I always assumed "S" stands for "Special."
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Posted 1/10/14 , edited 1/10/14
S applies to mages who are great in Nanoha.

Except SS on Hayate means, "I'm a nuke."
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Posted 1/10/14
That ranking has been there for as long as I know. I always wonder what SS stands for. If S means Special, then SS means Super Special?
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SSS is the best grade you can get in the games Devil May Cry too.
S = Super maybe?
Well in DmC: Devil May Cry (5) S stands for Sadistic.
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Posted 1/10/14 , edited 1/10/14
Nope.

G rank is higher than SSS.

Source: Kiddy Grade.

I suspect God class.

Edit I do not want to derail the thread anyone else play Starcraft 2?
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Posted 1/10/14
S would be superior. Top 1%.
SS would be top 0.01%
SSS would be top 0.0001%

Sayan, Super Sayan, Superior Super Sayan... Goku.
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Posted 1/10/14
SS- means Supreme of Supreme
S- means Supreme
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