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* {{Applicability}}: "As Someday It May Happen," [[RefrainFromAssuming 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.
* ArtisticLicense: Completely ''and intentionally'' misrepresents Japanese culture for RuleOfFunny purposes. The intent was to satirize English culture, not mock Japanese culture.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Pooh-Bah is one the more popular characters from Creator/GilbertAndSullivan's shows.
* MemeticMutation: It's the source of familiar phrases such as "A short, sharp shock," "Let the punishment fit the crime," and even "grand Poohbah."
* MexicansLoveSpeedyGonzales: ''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.
* ToughActToFollow: This was arguably Gilbert and Sullivan's peek. Their next show, ''Theatre/{{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."
* WeirdAlEffect: Did you know that this is where the term "Grand Poohbah" originated?

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