The King And I contains examples of:
- Ear Worm: "Shall we dance? One, two, three, and... On a bright cloud of music, shall we fly? One, two, three, and..."
- Fair for Its Day: The Asian characters may seem slightly stereotypical today, but in 1951 (compared with the usual caricatures of Asians of the time), they were decidedly anti racist.
- Hilarious in Hindsight:
- The King studying the Bible and telling Anna, "I think your Moses shall have been a fool." Five years after The King and I's Broadway premiere, Yul Brynner would play both the King in the movie and Ramesses (Moses' adversary) in The Ten Commandments.
- The King suggesting he'll send War Elephants to help Abraham Lincoln in the Civil War. Becomes amusing if you've seen Yul Brynner in The Magnificent Seven where he personally acts as the cavalry.
- In the film, Deborah Kerr's Anna being shocked at multiple wives. Years earlier, Kerr had starred in Young Bess - playing Catherine Parr, the sixth wife of Henry VIII.
- Memetic Mutation: "Et cetera, et cetera, et cetera!" (The real King Mongkut used this in his English versions of official documents all the time.)
"The King and I" 1999 musical contains these tropes:
- Anti-Climax Boss: No punches were thrown when Kralahome was finally cornered and captured as he had already locked himself in the guard tower first.
- Big Lipped Alligator Moment: When the King sings "A Puzzlement" and the Conspicuous CGI statues attack him.
- The encounter with the dragon also counts, an incident that goes unmentioned after the fact.
- Cliché Storm: Evil Chancellor? Check. Gratuitous Animal Sidekick? Check. Disney Death? Check!
- Ethnic Scrappy: Master Little.
- Fridge Logic: The hilariously racist butchered English. All of the royal family seem to conveniently know the exact same amount of English, none know more or less, and none of them ever speak their native tongue, even when they are alone in a room they talk in fractured English. But the main villain is fluent.
- Narm: Anna and the crew warding off the dragon by singing and whistling. Made even more incredulous by the fact that it works.
- The Scrappy: Most of the animal sidekicks, especially the monkey, probably qualify, as they are added to the animated feature solely for poorly-timed comedy relief.
- So Okay, It's Average: While it's inferior to the original play/film for obvious reasons, the animation in this version is nice, and all the classic songs are still there.
- What an Idiot: Kralahome, who constantly contradicts his own plans to take the throne and ultimately outs himself in attempting to kill the king and his son.
- Arguably, the rest of the cast for not recognizing such an obvious villain or even his magical machinations.