YMMV / The Mikado

  • Applicability: "As Someday It May Happen," aka "I've Got A Little List," is easily one of Gilbert and Sullivan's most popular songs for this reason: whomever offends society the most all depends on the person singing it, assuming that the production has the patience to rewrite the verses.
  • Artistic License: Completely and intentionally misrepresents Japanese culture for Rule of Funny purposes. The intent was to satirize English culture, not mock Japanese culture.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Pooh-Bah is one the more popular characters from Gilbert and Sullivan's shows.
  • Memetic Mutation: It's the source of familiar phrases such as "A short, sharp shock," "Let the punishment fit the crime," and even "Grand Poobah."
  • Mexicans Love Speedy Gonzales: The Mikado has always been very popular in Japan. In a rather admirable attempt at political correctness, the British Government banned the play for the duration of Prince Fushimi Sadanaru's 1907 visit to London, only to be told that the Prince was looking forward to seeing the play. In a Japanese review of the play, the reviewer mentioned that he was "deeply and pleasingly disappointed" to find that instead of being insulting, it was a fun show to watch.
    • Averted heavily with Japanese/Asian-Americans, who frequently point out that while the intent was to satirize English culture, it hasn't aged well at all and still makes Asians the butt of the joke, writing it off as yet another excuse for white people to be racist towards Asians.
  • Tough Act to Follow: This was arguably Gilbert and Sullivan's peak. Their next show, Ruddigore, was quite successful but looked like a flop in comparison; Gilbert (who made the equivalent of 600 000 USD in 2016 off Ruddigore) remarked, "I could do with a few more such failures."
  • Values Dissonance: The show was originally intended to be performed in Yellowface, but this is becoming increasingly unacceptable to present-day audiences.
  • "Weird Al" Effect: Did you know that this is where the term "Grand Poobah" originated?