"The World's Toughest Competition in Town!"This American gag dub version of the wacky Japanese game show Takeshi's Castle is usually called MXC both in and out of universe. Originally running on Spike TV (Formerly Known as TNN) from 2003-07, it changes the premise of the show in that contestants try to score points for their respective teams instead of competing as individuals.The opposing "teams" (after which the episodes are named) are taken from industries or societal subdivisions, such as "Unemployed vs. Environmentalists" or "Fast Food Workers vs. Aerospace Industry". Whatever groups are involved, rest assured the hosts will have plenty of fun at the teams' expense.There are typically four challenges but can be as many as six on occasion, and about a dozen people attempt each challenge. Any contestant who successfully navigates the challenge scores one point for his or her team. At the end of the show, maybe five points have been scored and a team wins by a one point difference. This should give you an idea where most of the show's humor comes from. The rest of the humor comes from the massive avalanche of jokes the wisecracking hosts make.
"This show contains examples of the following tropes!" "Right you are, Ken."
Brick Joke: Any contestant previously seen in one game that is seen again in another game.
Calvinball: Some examples include the Educators being behind 3 to 1 with the final round being worth 3 points (Even though the score is all tied up 2 to 2), the scoring for the first round in the "Romance Industry vs. Firearm Industry" episode has every person who succeeds in Great Holes of Glory recieves a point for respective teams, and the scoring for Buck Off in "The White House Vs. The World" has shooting down the bat as worth 1 point and managing to go the distance, but not bringing down said bat down without getting Bucked off is worth 0.5 points (and getting sprayed by Herbie).
Catch Phrase: Captain Tenneal's "Well, you're WRONG!" and "LET'S GO!"; the end-of-episode "DON'T! GET! ELIMINATED!"; Guy LeDouche calling the captain "Skipper" or, and saying "Gee like" whenever he's aroused, which is all the time; Vic Romano's "Right you are, Ken" whenever Kenny Blankenship has made an insightful observation, and "Indeed".
"KENNY!" (Naturally, this is often followed by Vic slapping Kenny with his paper fan.)
About every time someone falls over, Vic shouts "OH!" and then usually makes a comment.
Vic's Use of the word "Gingerly".
Vic responding to anything Kenny says with "Right you are, Ken." You could almost make a drinking game out of the number of times he says it, especially in later seasons.
Captain Tenneal's "Get it on!" as a challenge gets underway.
Clip Show: Two ("Most Best of MXC") in Season Four; these were left off of the DVD release.
Clumsy Copyright Censorship: Due to some of the costumes used, the "Real Monsters vs. Commercial Mascots" episode was subject to this for the Season Two DVD release — more than half of the episode was dropped and graphics covered other segments (this is also part of the reason why the episode is not available for download on iTunes). This didn't apply to reruns on Spike TV, though.
Dark and Troubled Past: Naturally, played for humor: Vic Romano is a recovering alcoholic; he used to be a network news anchor until his drinking problem derailed his career. He also has three ex-wives (one of which was introduced in "Malcontents vs. Baked Goods), and in "The Amusement Park Industry vs. the World's Oldest Profession", it's revealed he was once a gigolo.
Eagleland: In the Former Olympians episode (Season 2), the United States is pitted against the rest of the world. The voiceover and commentary constantly plays up the USA's superiority over the competition; it was billed as "the classic battle between the best versus the rest!"
The courses have fake audiences cheering for them, also.
Embedded Precursor: The DVDs include a few original, unedited episodes of Takeshi's Castle with forced proper English subtitles (well apart from the some of the music for the games and the fact the Disc 1 of Volume 5 has "Street Corner TV" edited out).
Epic Fail: The "Squeeze Out the Vote" episode (Season 3) ends with all zeroes. Vic noted this with "Just like in politics, nobody wins."
Fictional Political Party: The afromentioned Season 3 episode has the majority of the "third party" names made-up, including the Brown Party, the S&M Party, the Wiccan Party, and GILF (all of which failed to score points on the board).
Fun with Acronyms: A Season 5 episode (Greepeace vs Body Obsessed) has a Brass Balls Contestant who is the President of STEPA which (According to Vic) stands for Sexy Teens for the Ethenical Punishment of Animals.
Gag Dub: Even though the dub retains the on-screen Japanese text and ignores the fact that almost all of the competitors are Asian. One of the three episode commentaries on the Season 1 box set explains that the dubbers, from the beginning, chose not to make jokes that poked fun at Japanese people and culture — sort of a "laughing with, not at" situation.
Grimy Water: A rare non-video game example. The bodies of brown water that the contestants often fall into are always given disgusting sources, such as runoff from the Tijuana Zoo. Additionally, the water is always referred to as "safety sludge", "septic sludge", "safety fluid", or even "the pool of stools" .
Kenny: Captain Armenia: By day, he's a cab driver; by night, He's a super cab driver.
Once an Episode: There's always one contestant with a Middle Eastern background named "(something) Babaganoush".
OOC Is Serious Business: In one episode, a contestant attempted a celebratory backflip, and landed directly on his head. Vic and Kenny yelled in alarm, and, in contrast to their usual nonstop wisecracking, spent several seconds in shocked silence, underscoring just how painful it looked.
Panty Shot: Expect an extreme close-up whenever one occurs.
And always initiated by Kenny. Sometimes subverted though, in that when Vic thinks Kenny is going for a panty shot, he actually focusing on something else.
Vic: Ken, you can't use the Impact Replay to look at underwear!
Parody Names: All over the place, and often combined with the Punny Name; most notably contestants from teams drawn from popular culture.
Phony Degree: Kenny says that he got his degree off the internet in "Outdoorsmen vs Educators".
Product Placement: Occasionally, the MXC Impact Replay segments would have brand names attached to them (this was not applied to the DVD releases, the worst offender has to be season one where all of it was sponsored by Taco Bell, made even worse is that you would hear Vic say "I think that deserves an MXC Impact Replay!" for most of the season).
During the "Almost Live" special, which wasn't released on DVD, all of the participants' helmets were marked with the McDonald's logo.
Rapid-Fire Comedy: The commentators almost never let up. Between the on-screen action and the running commentary, you're bound to miss half the jokes the first time you see an episode, which makes for good repeat viewing.
Sickening Crunch: Played for laughs, normally to sell what the announcers tell the audience about the obstacles. For instance, someone being run down by an obviously-styrofoam rock will be accompanied with bone-crunching sound effects and screams.