Mr. Missoula has a point. I had set the severity level to being equal to the number of birds who die in the film/book/comic/whatever. However, most of the time I’ve encountered a bird death, they’ve only happened once in that particular show/film/novel/whatever. So the severity level has become useless.
Therefore, in appeasement to Mlle. Bozeman, I present:
The New DBIM Severity Scale
1 – Entry level. Every entry starts with a severity of one and can’t go any lower than that. (Hey, it’s on the list for a reason!)
+1 for every aggravating factor
+1 if more than one bird killed
+1 if it’s a whole heck of a lot of dead birds
-1 for every mitigating factor
+1 if played for laughs
+1 if the bird is eaten
+1 feather burp
+2 if the death is the fault of the bird
+1 if the bird is shown as annoying and people are relieved it dies
-1 if the death is sad or in any way tragic
That’s all I have so far. I may change it from time to time. Feel free to suggest modifications.