Why Mike Tyson Mysteries is Insanely Smart

Mike. Tyson. Mysteries. One of my favourite shows. Debuted on October 27th, 2014, this show, produced by Adult Swim, has the same creators as Robot Chicken. With the expected crude humor that Adult Swim provides, this program is nothing shy of genius. The characters include Mike Tyson as himself, Yung Hee, his adopted Korean daughter, a drunken pigeon who was once a man, and the ghost of the Marquees of Queensberry. All of the characters sure have their qualities. Mike with his lovable stupidity, Yung Hee has her smarts and is the one who thinks rationally, Pigeon with his pedophilic attitude and an overall careless quality that we love, and Marquees of Queensberry, a cautious gay ghost who warns Mike of the dangers that he gets into (and he gets into a lot of them).

Mike with  Pigeon portrayed by the incredibly sarcastic Norm Macdonald.
Mike with Pigeon portrayed by the incredibly sarcastic Norm Macdonald.

The plot of the show is based around the Scooby-Doo premise of solving mysteries in a gang. Although that’s what it’s based on, it’s not quite to the exact point. With the humour that is placed, you find the irony in the show to be quite amusing.
In each of the episodes there is a “memorable line” of which you remember the episode most. The lines usually come from Mike, and are a goofy, stupid line. For example, “ain’t got no time for bird sex” as seen in the first episode.



The smart part of the show is in the character, Marquees of Queensberry. You see, Marquees of Queensberry was a real person. In fact, his real name was John Douglas and he was the 9th Marquees of Queensberry. The reason that he is in the show is because in the mid 1800s, he lent himself and his name towards the Marquees of Queensberry Rules which formed the basis of modern boxing. See the connection? That’s not even the coolest part.

John Douglas, the 9th Marquess of Queensberry
John Douglas, the 9th Marquess of Queensberry

John Douglas had a despute with Oscar Wilde in the late 1800s when Douglas found out that Wilde had homosexual affairs with his son, Alfred. In writing, he called Wilde a somdomite, which led to Wilde suing Douglas for Criminal Libel. At the time, according to the Libel Act of 1843, if the accusation could be proven, the case would be dropped. Douglas’ lawyers threatened to bring in multiple male prostitutes that claimed to have had sex with Wilde. Oscar Wilde immediately dropped the case. Douglas won a counterclaim against Wilde and left him bankrupt. Back to Mike Tyson Mysteries; the irony is that although they made John Douglas’ ghost gay in the show, in real life he was a massive homophobe.



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