The Tomorrow Legion
Superhuman Rating Methods
There have numerous methods used over the years to “classify” and “rate” superhumans, but in the U.S. only two have really become common: The Hunter Comparison Index and the Military Threat Class.
The Hunter Comparison Index (HCI) is the most widely used method of classifying and comparing superhumans. HCI was developed at S.H.A.R.D. by a researcher named Steven Hunter. He evaluated the abilities of thousands of superhumans and devised a simple numerical scale of 1-5 to represent various categories. The scale starts at human levels and increases into superhuman levels, with each step up jumping into a higher percentile when compared against the averages of other superhumans. The numbers are ran through an algorithm and the ultimate result is a final rating of Class 4 through Class 1, with Class 1 representing the top percentile while Class 4 represents the lowest percentile before being classified as equivalent to an average human. The HCI also allows for non-superhumans to be classified simply by exceeding the Human average. Such people rarely rate above a Class 3, however. Link to MS Excel file for HCI.
Military Threat Class is the label the US government gives superhumans which helps to govern their level of response to a superhuman threat. It’s a simpler rating system than HCI since it doesn’t care about how much energy a superhuman can produce, or how strong they are. All it considers are: What level of response is required to subdue a superhuman threat, what special resources would be necessary, and how many causalities could be expected. It does consider the use of superhumans in the response, only “regular” human forces. The US government applied this system in order to quickly categorize the effort required when subduing a superhuman. While HCI remains the popular choice for all superhuman ratings, especially on the H! channel, the Military Threat Class has gained popularity with respect to super villains. Some super villains deliberately strive to raise their threat class, considering it a sign of status to have a higher rating. The ratings start at DELTA, the least difficult to capture, moving up to CHARLIE, BRAVO and finally ALPHA – a threat so severe that all the nation’s resources, or more, will be needed to try and address it. There are rumors of even higher ratings, such as GAMMA or OMEGA, but this has never been confirmed. The known Military Threat Class guidelines are listed below:
As a notable mention, a third rating system recently became public and has garnered interest in scientific circles. Known by its more common, or simple name of Energy Emission, this rating system was developed by S.H.A.R.D. scientists in Japan who identified an energy that is present in most superhumans in various levels, regardless of their power manifestation. Using time consuming and expensive equipment this energy is able to be measured, and has been found through independent study to correlate to the overall “power” of the superhuman. Superhumans with more of this energy present tend to have more powerful abilities, regardless of their manifestation. The results of this test are typically displayed in the thousands, such as 2500E², 1900E² or 4300E². Still relatively new and unknown by the public, this test is also time-consuming to perform and expensive, requiring large, delicate machinery. If these issues could be addressed then this system could eventually replace HCI since it removes the subjectivity present in the other rating systems.