* AwesomeMusic: "WithCatlikeTread". Really, when your song involves being as bombastically loud as possible, with the singers [[LargeHam hamming it up ludicrously]], awesomeness is generally a side effect.
* EarWorm: Quite a large number, but by far the most well-known is: "I am the very model of a Modern Major-General..."
* HarsherInHindsight: At the time of the writing, Britain and the British military were at the height of their renown, with semi-honorary military ranks being awarded to people with little military experience but whom had helped Britain's conquests financially. [[DontExplainTheJoke This led to the Major General's character]] excelling at everything but anything remotely related to combat. [[WorldWarI A couple decades later]], these [[GeneralFailure dubious leaders were still around]], and the Major General no longer quite as funny for a time.
* HilariousInHindsight: Because, with all our faults, we love our {{Queen}}.
* MemeticMutation: A few things, such as the MajorGeneralSong and "A policeman's lot is not an 'appy one".
* SeinfeldIsUnfunny: After [[TalkLikeAPirate Robert Newton's portrayal of Long John Silver]] in ''TreasureIsland'', Cornish has become the default accent for pirates. At the time, Penzance in Cornwall was a sleepy fishing town, and the idea of bloodthirsty pirates appearing there was absurd and part of the comedy.
* SoCoolItsAwesome
* ValuesDissonance: Frederick's "[[HonorBeforeReason slave of duty]]" mindset will tend to strike modern audiences as merely silly. Englishmen of [[Creator/WSGilbert Gilbert's]] day, though, would have recognized it as a parody of their own code of conduct.
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