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Canadians are well known for their love of beer, hockey, and outdoor life (sometimes all at the same time). Of course, that’s a stereotype and there are always exceptions (for example, I’m not a huge hockey fan). However, I’d say I’m proud of most of the stereotypes we have generated, including the perception that we are polite, friendly, law-abiding, and tolerant.

Most Canadians watch U.S. television shows regularly, and it’s always interesting to see Canadian characters when they pop up on U.S. shows because they provide insight into how we are viewed by our neighbors to the south. For example, I’ve noticed that Canadian characters are often employed in the television industry on U.S. TV.  This makes sense because many Canadians are actually lurking throughout the real U.S. TV and Film industry. Most recently, Canadian character Danny Baker showed up on 30 Rock as the newest cast member of the sitcom’s fictional TV show TGS (played by Cheyenne Jackson, 7 episodes so far). There are many real life examples of Canadian comedians on U.S. comedy shows and sitcoms, such as: John Candy, Jim Carrey, Mike Myers, Catherine O’Hara, Dan Ackroyd, Phil Hartman, Howie Mandel, Caroline Rhea, Norm Macdonald, and Tommy Chong.

Here are my top 10 favorite Canadian characters from U.S. TV. I’ve ranked them in the order of my preference, taking into account their overall popularity, their portrayal of Canadians, and the number of episode appearances.

Some guidelines: the TV show must be a U.S. production of a regular series (not a mini series, TV movie, or co-production) and the TV show must be a regular TV series (not a news show, game show, or reality show).

 

 

10. The Renault Brothers (Twin Peaks)

Jean Renault, Michael Parks; Jacque Renault, Walter Olkewicz; Bernard Renault, Clay Wilcox, 3 episodes, 1990


Jean, Jacque, and Bernard: three fictional brothers who appeared in David Lynch’s Twin Peaks, one of the best shows in TV history.

Jean is the stereotypical quiet and friendly Canadian on the outside, but is actually the most dangerous of the three brothers. During the series he murders a Madam, frames an FBI agent, and is involved in a kidnapping. His younger brother Jacques Renault is a card dealer, drug runner, and bartender. Bernard, the youngest, helps his brother Jacques run drugs.

I came across one more Canadian character in Twin Peaks during my research: Preston King (Gavan O’Herlihy, 3 episodes, 1990-1991), a corrupt killer Mountie, who is an interesting subversion of the classic Mountie stereotype. The setting of the show (Twin Peaks, Washington) is right on the U.S.-Canada border. In fact, parts of the show are set in a Canadian casino and brothel, so there could be more Canadian characters that I missed.

While there may not be any real brothels just across the border from Washington in British Columbia (at least not any that I know of), the idea of the brothers running drugs across the border there is not far-fetched. In 2005, an underground tunnel was discovered along the same border – it ran between two buildings (one in the US and one in Canada, pictured above), not too far away from the spot where the Renaults worked.

Surprising, entertaining, and dark characters in true Lynch style – these three frères are in my top 10 because they run against most stereotypes of Canadians on US television.

9. Brian (The Larry Sanders Show)

Scott Thompson, 35 episodes, 1995-1998

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Scott Thompson plays Brian, Hank Kingsley’s personal assistant in the hilarious and innovative Larry Sanders Show.  Thompson is actually Canadian and gay so his role as the openly gay and Canadian character on the Larry Sanders Show doesn’t seem like too much of a stretch. However, in real life Thompson is apparently not as highly organized or as well-mannered as the TV character, insisting in an interview that he is not organized at all. Also, he was kicked out of York University for his ‘disruptive behavior.’

He’s making this list because he gets extra points for actually being Canadian and also because of rumors that he is the one who convinced the show to let his character be Canadian.

(sources: pulpanddagger.com, kithfan.org)

8. Terrance Henry Stoot and Phillip Niles Argyle (tie)

Voices of Matt Stone (Terrance) and Trey Parker (Phillip), featured in 7 episodes

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According to southparkstudios.com, “Phillip is Terrance’s best friend. They live together in Canada where they eat Kraft dinner and make fart jokes.”

It’s true, as a Canadian I admit to eating a lot of Kraft dinner in my time… As for the fart jokes, I think it is perhaps telling that the original use of the phrase “pull my finger” is in a short story by Canadian author Mordecai Richler.

The children of South Park love to watch Philip and Terrence in their Canadian TV show. Terence is from Toronto and Phillip is from Montreal. Including Philip, there are six characters and four spots on this list taken up by French Canadians, which is home to only 23.9% of the population of Canada.

Are there real-life examples of Terence and Philip in Canada? If anything, I think they seem more like Beavis and Butthead than any Canadian comedy shows, cartoon or not, that I can think of. There is a strain of Canadian humor that is very slapstick and silly (Hilarious House of Frightenstein, The Red Green Show) but they don’t actually fart on each other’s heads as far as I remember.

Terence: “Phillip, I’m convinced something very, very not good is happening to Canada.”
Phillip: “Yes, I agree whole-fartedly.”

7. Guy Edouard Raymond “Eddie” LeBec (Cheers)

Jay Thompson, 9 episodes, 1987-1989

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Eddie LeBec, whose name sounds suspiciously like Rene Levesque when it is pronounced correctly, appeared on one of the most popular shows in TV history, Cheers.

Eddie Lebec married Carla (Rhea Perlman) after he got her pregnant. He started off on the show as a hockey player for the Boston Bruins and then performed in an ice show similar to the Ice Capades until he was killed in a Zamboni accident.

Eddie is on this list because he is a hockey player and you can’t get much more Canadian than that. French Canadian hockey players have been competing for the Stanley Cup since 1901. To this day, around half of all hockey players in the NHL were born in Canada.

(sources: sportshollywood.com, cbc.ca, thecanadianencyclopedia.com, collectionscanada.gc.ca)

6. Seth Bullock (Deadwood)

Timothy Olyphant, 36 episodes, 2004-2006

You can still visit the city of Deadwood in South Dakota. Today, it’s a national historic landmark, tourist attraction, and gambler’s paradise with 80 gaming halls.  Calamity Jane and Wild Bill Hickok are buried there and Deadwood, with it’s stories of gold mines, gun fights, outlaws, and sheriffs, represents an important, and iconic, part of American history and culture.

Teddy Roosevelt referred to Deadwood’s sheriff Seth Bullock as a “true westerner, the finest type of frontiersman,” so perhaps it’s surprising that the sheriff he is referring to was a Canadian? Seth Bullock, portrayed on the HBO series Deadwood is loosely based on a real Canadian of the same name who was born in Ontario in the mid-1800’s.

When people all over the world think of cowboys, westerns, and the frontier they probably think of the United States of America. However, Seth Bullock is evidence that this history is also shared with Canada, and it’s nice to see a Canadian character featured in a TV western series. This earns the character Seth Bullock a spot on this list.

(sources: legendsofamerica.com, cityofdeadwood.com)

5.  Holling Vincoeur and Shelly Marie Tambo (Northern Exposure)

John Cullum and Cynthia Geary, 110 episodes, 1990-1995

Northern Exposure takes place in Cicely, a small town in Alaska.  Holling (played by John Cullum), a French Canadian immigrant, runs the town’s pub “The Brick.”  Shelly, his girlfriend (and later wife) works there as a waitress. She is a former beauty queen (“Miss NorthWest Passage”) from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. At the beginning of their relationship Shelly is eighteen years old and Holling is sixty-two. The relationship could easily seem creepy but it is not. The complexity of their relationship and the history between them make the characters believable (and likeable, they are one of my favorite TV couples ever).

Actor John Cullum describes their relationship eloquently during an interview:

“Holling, a former professional hunter of ruthless, uncompromising killer instincts and nerves of steel, is totally at the mercy of a young girl one third his age and will do anything to please her out of pure love. Shelly, an innocent, uneducated, and seemingly empty headed high school beauty queen, is naturally intelligent and clear thinking and instinctively understands the most complicated social problems even though she is convinced she does not.” The interviewer is a fan who is conducting a research project about Northern Exposure for her doctoral thesis, fans of the show should check out the website cicelyonline.com for the full interview.

A fictional TV couple, Holling and Shelly find each other in a small town far away from the Canadian towns where they were raised. Is there anything stereotypically Canadian about them? Holling is a former hunter and he likes to wear plaid mac jackets, but these are characteristics of US inhabitants of Washington State and Alaska just as much as Canada. As a fan of the show, I was pleasantly surprised to discover they are both Canadian, so they get fifth place on my list.

(sources: Museum of Broadcast Communications, moosechick.com, bookrags.com, cicelyonline.com)

4. Dudley Do-Right (The Bullwinkle Show)

Voice of Bill Scott, 39 episodes, 1969

Bill Scott, Dudley Do-Right’s voice, was also co-creator of The Dudley Do-Right Show (1969). Do-Right started off as a character in a cartoon variety show in 1948. He is most famous for his appearances on the Bullwinkle Show (1961). He was so popular that he got his very own show a few years later. Most recently, Brendan Fraser played him in the feature film Dudley Do-Right in 1999.

Dudley Do-Right’s blonde wavy hair, cleft chin, and high moral standards should have made him the perfect role model and heart throb. Instead, Nell Fenwick was in love with his horse… maybe Dudley’s high-pitched voice and melodramatic gestures were a turn off…

One might argue that Sgt Preston of the Yukon (Richard Simmons , 78 episodes, 1955-1958) really deserves a spot on this list since he precedes (and greatly influenced) the creation of Dudley Do Right.  However, the show isn’t as well known and he’s not one of my favorites, so Dudley is getting the spot instead.

(sources: toonopedia.com, toonarific.com)

3. Dave Nelson (News Radio)

Dave Foley, 97 episodes, 1995-1999

NewsRadio’s news director and comedic straight man, played by actual Canadian Dave Foley and costarring with another Canadian, Phil Hartman. Dave Foley is another alumnus from one of Canada’s best comedy shows, Kids in the Hall (#6 Scott Thompson is also from the same show). For the first few seasons everyone thinks Dave is from the Midwest. Then, in the third season, the rest of the staff at the radio station are shocked when they discover he is actually Canadian (“Trainer,” episode 39).

Joe Garelli: I can’t believe Dave’s Canadian. All those times we talked about hockey and he pretended not to know anything about it.

Newsradio is one of the most well-written shows ever, in my opinion. Apparently the Dave Nelson character was written specifically for Dave Foley. Believable, because he is perfect for the role and the role is the perfect showcase of his effortless-looking and hilarious talent.

(sources: epguides.com, imdb.com)

2. Robin Scherbatsky (How I Met Your Mother)

Cobie Smulders, 112 episodes, 2005-2010

Robin moves to New  York City to pursue a career in media, not much of a stretch considering how many TV news reporters, journalists, correspondents, and news anchors working in the US are actually Canadian (Peter Jennings, Kevin Newman, Morley Safer, John Roberts…).

Robin’s Canadian roots are a big part of her character: she loves hockey, beer, and she even takes Barney to a Tim Horton’s coffee shop when they visit Canada. In one episode her friends learn that she was once a Canadian pop star very similar to Alanis Morrissette’s early days as the teen singer ‘Alanis.’ I’m giving Robin second place on this list because I think she portrays the most realistic Canadian on T.V. today. Cobie Smulders was born in Vancouver, British Columbia so that probably helps, too.

(For a detailed article about Robin Scherbatsky and Canadians on U.S. TV shows please visit culturallearnings.com.)

1. Wolverine (X-Men)

Various Actors (see below), 163 episodes, 1989 -2010

Wolverine and the X-Men: Steve Blum, 26 episodes, 2008-2009

The Super Hero Squad Show: Steve Blum, 26 episodes, 2009-2010

Black Panther: Kevin Michael Richardson, 1 episode, 2010

X-Men Evolution: Scott McNeil, 41 episodes, 2000-2003

X-Men: Cathal J. Dodd, 66 episodes, 1992-1997

Spiderman: Cathal J. Dodd, 2 episodes, 1995

Pryde of the X-Men: Patrick Pinney (except that he has an Australian accent!?), 1 episode,  1989

Wolverine (aka Logan) was born as James Howlett in the Canadian province Alberta and also spent some time in British Columbia. He can be ferocious but he is also good-hearted and says some very funny one-liners. Wolverine gets the number one spot because he is not only one of my favorite Canadian characters, but also one of my favorite characters of all time. He has also made more TV appearances than any of the other characters on this list, so he earns first place.

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By: Natasha Tar

Some real-life Canadian figures disappoint us. They make empty promises, do bad things, and make us regular beaver-loving poutine-eaters doubt what we’re supposedly “standing on guard” for. However, in the fictional world there are plenty of Canadian icons to be proud of. Here are just a few:

Scott Pilgrim

Created by Canadian graphic novelist Bryan Lee O’Malley for his Scott Pilgrim series, Scott is a polite, parka-wearing fellow. Scott’s story takes place in Toronto, where he starts out as a between-jobs goof but matures through the power of love and facing his past mistakes. He’s proof that all of us have the power to grow into “real” responsible adults. The series was adapted into the movie Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, staring the lovable (and also Canadian!) Michael Cera as Scott.

Equinox

A relatively new DC Comics character, Equinox is a Cree teenager who discovers her powers of flight, earth manipulation, and ice control. She hails from Moose Factory, Ontario, and her story is part of the Justice League United series. Her character not only draws a spotlight to the Cree culture, but to life in an isolated town. Writer Jeff Lemire got most of his inspiration and research from Moose Factory, speaking with residents and students about their experiences so the comic wouldn’t end up like the many past and problematic attempts at Indigenous superheroes.  

Deadpool

Maybe we shouldn’t be proud of him for outstanding morals, but Deadpool is funny and can really kick ass. Although in the comics he’s definitely more sadistic, the Deadpool movies have shown him to be loving and protective to the people closest to him. Vancouverite Ryan Reynolds plays his character in the movies, in which Deadpool jokingly claims he’s from Regina, Saskatchewan. Fun fact: after he said that, Regina residents petitioned for there to be a statue of Deadpool in their city; mayor Michael Fougere said, “Nope.”

Orphan Black characters

Orphan Black is a science fiction/thriller TV series about clones. Sounds cool, right? What makes it cooler is that every single clone is played by one woman: Saskatchewan-born Tatiana Maslany. You really have to see it to believe how she incredibly transforms into several distinctively different Canadian characters through both make-up and acting. Though the show’s characters are talented and diverse, Maslany should take the praise here for personifying them and, according to Vanity Fair, changing make-up and outfits up to four times a day.

 

Northstar

When you think “Canadian X-Men,” I’m guessing that the Albertan Wolverine would instantly come to mind. Who you may not know about is Northstar, the French-Canadian X-Man who used his super speed to win skiing competitions, among other things. Northstar also happens to be Marvel’s first openly gay superhero, although he wasn’t able to come out for over a decade due to, you guessed it, homophobia in the comic industry. Northstar eventually went on to marry his partner in Astonishing X-Men, yet another first for mainstream comics.

Winnie-the-Pooh

What? Winnie-the-Pooh is Canadian? This was my reaction when I found out my childhood icon’s name “Winnie” was actually short for “Winnipeg.” Winnie is based off a real-life orphan bear cub who was bought by a soldier, Harry Colebourn. Colebourn named the bear “Winnie” after his hometown and cared for the bear until he decided to give it to the zoo. This is where writer A. A. Milne and his son Christopher Robin met the bear, and went on to make him famous. Winnie-the-Pooh has charmed generations of kids, and some have even claimed that Winnie and his friends represent different mental disorders, which could be helpful when teaching kids about them.

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    If you’ve spent any time watching movies or TV, you’ve probably discovered that some of the most colourful Canadians exist only in the world of make believe. You won’t get a chance to meet any of the characters on this list in real life, but you can still take pride in their Canadian heritage.

     

    Winnie-the-Pooh stuffs his head in a jar of honey.Winnie-the-Pooh

    Everybody’s favourite talking bear was created in 1925 by British author A. A. Milne, but his real-life inspiration hailed from White River, Ontario. Discovered there by Canadian soldier and veterinarian Harry Colebourn, this bear was named Winnie after his owner’s adopted home of Winnipeg. Eventually, Winnie ended up in England at the London Zoo, where he became so popular with Milne’s son — Christopher Robin — that the author turned him into his most famous character.

    Why we wish they were real: Winnie-the-Pooh would make a really good friend and would probably share some of that delicious honey with us!

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    Book cover of Jacob Two-Two Meets the Hooded Fang by Mordecai Richler.Jacob Two-Two

    Canadian author Mordecai Richler named Jacob Two-Two and his siblings after real people (his own kids), but he insisted that these characters are very different from their namesakes. As the youngest of five kids, Jacob Two-Two believes that no one ever listens to him so he started a habit of repeating everything twice. But one thing is for certain — or is that two? — this two-plus-two-plus-two-year-old has had no trouble getting the attention of Canadians, with four books, two movies and a TV series.

    Why we wish they were real: Jacob-Two-Two likes to say things twice in case you didn't hear him the first time so he would make a really good homework reminder!

     

    Drawing of Canadian mountie character Dudley-Do-Right.Dudley Do-Right

    Nobody’s perfect, but most Mounties are far more perfect than the lovably bumbling Dudley Do-Right. On a never-ending quest to save Nell Fenwick from the no-good Snidely Whiplash, Dudley is amazingly accident-prone. Fortunately, this usually includes accidental victories over his enemy! While Dudley came to the world’s attention back in the '60s on The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show, he was popular enough to inspire a modern movie revival starring Brendan Fraser.

    Why we wish they were real: Because Dudley Do-Right would be able to teach us how to ride a horse backwards!

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    Anne Shirley sitting on a bench in CBC's Anne of Green Gables.Anne Shirley

    An adoption mishap brings the redheaded orphan in Anne of Green Gables to a farm in Avonlea, Prince Edward Island. For over a century, her experiences there have leapt off the page, finding their way into countless movies, plays, and TV series, most recently CBC’s Anne — which you might have seen earlier this year.

    Why we wish they were real: The curious and imaginative Anne is able to take any boring task and make it into an adventure — like feeding pigs and falling into their pen!

     

    Peter Moosebridge from Disney's Zootopia.Peter Moosebridge

    There’s good news for all you Zootopia fans who wish that animated reporter Peter Moosebridge was real: he almost is! The character’s voice is provided by CBC News veteran Peter Mansbridge, a very real broadcaster who sounds exactly like Moosebridge. He’s only missing one thing: a pair of antlers.

    Why we wish they were real: Wouldn't everyone would watch the news if it was delivered a Moose!?

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    11 uniquely Canadian characters in film and television

    Many Canadian characters in film and TV are usually based on the following stereotypes; we’re polite, friendly and love Tim Hortons.

    Canadians are also well known on the big screen for their love of hockey, beer and maple syrup.

    To help celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary, here are 11 uniquely-Canadian characters in film and TV.

    Robin Scherbatsky from How I Met Your Mother

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    Robin Scherbatsky (played by Canadian actress Cobie Smulders) moves to New York City to pursue a career in media and even though she has dual citizenship in Canada and the United States, she’s always being mocked for her Canadian roots.

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    Robin’s character plays off some Canadian stereotypes during the show: she loves hockey, beer and she takes Barney to Tim Hortons when they visit Canada.

    In one episode, Robin’s friends learn that she was once a Canadian pop star called, Robin Sparkles. The pop star made her debut in season 2 of the show with her first song, Let’s Go To The Mall.

    More of Robin Sparkle’s music catalogue appears throughout the show. In season 6 audiences discover that after her singing career, she transitioned into television.

    Robin starred in a show called Space Teens with her best friend, Jessica Glitter. The parody focus shifted from ’80s Canadian pop music to ’80s Canadian children’s programs.

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    Barney Stinson (Neil Patrick Harris) often mocks Robin for her Canadian roots throughout the series.

    When one of Robin’s childhood friends visits, he asks her if it was somebody she went to Degrassiwith.

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    In one episode, the cast makes a bunch of Canadian jokes while imagining a “Canadian wedding.”

    “Canada? Are you registered at Tim Hortons?” Ted asked.

    “Canada? What do we ask on the wedding invitation, will you be having the elk or the moose?” Barney asked.

    “Canada? What, are you going to walk down the aisle wearing snow shoes?” Lily asked.

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    “Canada? What, is everyone going to have access to universal healthcare so no one has to choose between going bankrupt and treating a life-threatening illness?” Marshall asked.

    When Robin and Barney are planning their wedding, Barney suggests that he would put an end to the Canadian wedding jokes… if Robin asks in English and in French.

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    Peter Moosebridge from Zootopia

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    Disney made CBC’s chief news anchor Peter Mansbridge the voice to newscaster Peter Moosebridge in one of its recent animation movies, Zootopia.

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    Peter Moosebridge is the co-anchor with antlers that appears on “Zootopia News” in the Disney film.

    Peter Moosebridge is only seen as the co-anchor in versions of the Disney film in Canada, U.S. and France. The co-anchor changes to represent a favourite animal from different countries of release.

    In the United Kingdom, the moose is replaced by a corgi, which is the dog of choice of the Queen. Japan has a tanuki, a Japanese raccoon dog. Australia and New Zealand have a koala bear and China has a panda.

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    The entire Degrassi cast

    Degrassiis a Canadian TV drama franchise that follows the lives of teenagers who attend school on De Grassi street in Toronto, Ontario.

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    There are five main series in the franchise: The Kids of Degrassi StreetDegrassi Junior HighDegrassi HighDegrassi: The Next Generation and Degrassi: Next Class.

    Degrassi Junior High aired for 42 episodes from 1987 to 1989, with much of the cast continuing over into the spin-off series, Degrassi High which aired from 1989 until 1991.

    Degrassi High followed teenagers going through everyday normal teen social issues but the problems weren’t always solved within the episode, with some plot-lines continuing through multiple episodes.

    Degrassi: The Next Generation was revived in 2001 and dealt with more topics including online predators, suicide, censorship, gangs, self-harm, school shootings and much more. Toronto rapper Drake began his career on the show as Jimmy Brooks, who was left very bitter and on edge when a school shooting left him crippled from the waist down.

    Over the years, the show has featured Toronto’s street cars, De Grassi Grocery, Shoppers Drug Mart, University of Toronto and many other known Toronto locations.

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    Wolverine from X-Men

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    Wolverine is one of the most famous fictional Canadian characters.

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    He has claws that come out of his fists and has been a comic book star for decades.

    Wovlerine, also known as Logan, was born as James Howlett in Cold Lake, Alberta, Canada and can be ferocious but also good-hearted.

    He is a mutant who has animal-keen senses, enhanced physical capabilities and a powerful regenerative ability known as a healing power.

    Hugh Jackman plays the Canadian character in the live-action films. The third standalone Wolverine movie, Logan, was released on March 3, 2017.

    The film represents a sendoff for both Jackman and Sir Patrick Stewart as Professor X, who first portrayed these characters on the big screen in Bryan Singer’s original X-Men film 16 years ago.

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    Trailer Park Boys

    Trailer Park Boysis a Canadian mockumentary TV series that focuses on the misadventures of Ricky, Julian and Bubbles, who live in the fictional Sunnyvale Trailer Park in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.

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    The episodes revolve around trailer park residents trying to make money through petty crimes while avoiding the police.

    Their tactics are usually complicated by the park’s alcoholic supervisor, Jim Lahey, and his assistant, Randy.

    The show seems to mock poverty in Canada and attempts to give viewers the impression that they are watching the lives of real Canadians and their experience.

    Trailer Park Boys is similar to other reality TV shows where a camera crew follows the cast as they go about their daily lives and also features one-on-one interviews with the camera crew.

    The series has 11 seasons and three films, The Movie (2006), Countdown to Liquor Day (2009)and Don’t Legalize It (2014)

    Season 11, the most recent in the series, was released on Netflix on March 31, 2017.

    The Trailer Park Boys have their own brand of liqour, called “Liquormen’s Ol’ Dirty Canadian Whiskey. You can purchase it at stores across Canada.

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    Dudley Do-Right from TheRocky and Bullwinkle Show

    Dudley Do-Right is the hero of the “Dudley Do-Right of the Mounties,” segment on The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show.

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    He is a Canadian Mountie who is always trying to catch his nemesis, Snidely Whiplash, and rescue damsel in distress Nell Fenwick, his boss’s daughter.

    He usually succeeds only by luck or through the actions of his horse named, “Horse.”

    There was a live-action film released in 1999, starring Brendan Fraser as Dudley and Sarah Jessica Parker as Nell. The movie received negative reviews and was a box-office failure, despite it’s budget of $70 million. It made less than $10 million domestically.

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    Seth Bullock from Deadwood

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    Seth Bullock was born in Amherstburg, Ont., to British Major George Bullock and his Scottish wife, Agnes Findley. He left home at 16 and ended up in Montana.

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    He eventually became a marshal in Montana andheard stories of gold in Deadwood. Bullock left his job as marshal to establish a hardware business in the gold-mining camp of Deadwood, along with his friend and business partner, Sol Star.

    He became sheriff of Deadwood after teaming up with Bill Hickok to investigate the massacre of the Metz family. Bullock found himself romantically involved with Alma Garret, despite the arrival of his wife and children.

    Timothy Olyphant plays Seth Bullock on the HBO show but that character is based off of a real person.

    Seth Bullock died of cancer in September 1919 at the age of 70.

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    Justin Timberlake in The Love Guru 

    Justin Timberlake plays Jacques “Le Coq” Grandé in The Love Guru, which stars Mike Myers, Jessica Alba and Meagan Good.

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    Jacques is the star French-Canadian goaltender of the LA Kings and the main antagonist in the 2008 comedy film.

    His character sings songs by “the greatest singer ever from Québec, Miss Céline Dion” and offers his house guests a “Québec pizza” which consists of a pop tart with ketchup.

    Margaret Tate in The Proposal

    Margaret Tate (played by Sandra Bullock) is an executive editor in chief of a book publishing company in New York City. After she finds out that she’s being deported back to Canada because she violated the terms of her work visa, she persuades her assistant, Andrew Paxton (played by Canadian actor Ryan Reynolds) to marry her.

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    She threatens Andrew and tells him that if she is deported he will no longer have a job and he’ll be set back in his dream of becoming an editor.

    A U.S. immigration agent informs the pair that he suspects they are committing fraud to avoid Margaret’s deportation and tells them that they’ll be asked questions about each other separately.

    If their answers don’t match up, Margaret will be deported to Canada permanently and Andrew will be convicted of a felony.

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    Bob and Doug McKenzie from SCTV

    Bob (Rick Moranis) and Doug McKenzie (Dave Thomas) are a pair of fictional Canadian brothers who host “Great White North” segment on SCTV.

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    The skit was created originally to mock CBC Television for their Canadian content demands but the brothers quickly became a pop culture phenomenon.

    The two brothers wear heavy winter clothing and toques, while drinking beer and commenting on various Canadian life and culture. The duo had a total of 41 segments on SCTV.

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    Terrance and Phillip are a comedy duo from Canada who star on The Terrance and Phillip Show.

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    The children of South Parklove to watch Terrence and Phillip in their Canadian TV show. Terrance is from Toronto and Phillip is from Montreal.

    “Phillip is Terrance’s best friend. They live together in Canada where they eat Kraft dinner and make fart jokes,” according to southparkstudios.com.

    Did we miss any other uniquely Canadian characters in film and TV? Let us know below.

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    Oh My Canada: 10 Most Powerful Canadians In Comics, Ranked

    While superheroes are a very common topic nowadays, most people don't debate who the greatest Canadian hero is. When it comes to Canada, most people just talk about it being cold and snowy, but in the comics, it's also full of heroes and villains.

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    Just like anywhere else in the world, Canada needs saving every once and awhile. Canada even has its own version of the X-Men called Alpha Flight. What else do they have that people do not know about? Here is Oh My Canada: 10 Most Powerful Canadians In Comics, Ranked.

    10 Snowbird

    Narya is the daughter of Nelvanna, goddess of the Northern Lights, and a normal human. Not only is she from Canada, but her powers will actually weaken if she ever leaves the country because her human form is bound there. Narya is also part of the X-Men-like team called Alpha Flight, where she kicks butt every chance she gets.

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    Narya has the power to turn into different arctic animals. Alongside this ability, she possesses the powers of flight, super-strength, mystical senses and resistance, healing, post cognition, and being able to compel others to help her. She is an interesting Canadian character that is often forgotten about, but deserves more time in the limelight.

    9 Squirrel Girl

    Doreen Green was born with an unknown gene that gave her squirrel-like abilities. While she has been around since 1991 with her first appearance was in Marvel Super-Heroes Vol 2 #8,  though she has only become popular within recent years.

    Because of her squirrel-like abilities, she has the power of superhuman strength, jaw strength, and leaping. She can also talk to squirrels and has a prehensile tail. She is a funny character that has a lot of heart and a lot of great little sidekicks.

    8 Sabretooth

    The beginning of Victor Creed's story is not a happy one. When Victor first discovered his mutant powers. he accidentally killed his own brother over a piece of pie. After that incident, Victor's father would chain him up and yank his teeth, or, technically, his fangs out. This torture went on for several years until Victor finally removed his hand in order to escape.

    Sabretooth has extremely sharp claws and teeth, but along with that, he also has superhuman strength, healing factor, and decelerated aging. With abilities like that and past like his, Victor is a major threat to humans and mutants alike.

    7 Equinox

    Miiyahbin "Mii" Marten is a young teenage girl from Moose Factory Island, Ontario. When Mii turned sixteen she was followed, captured and tortured by a creature named Whitago. Mii found out though, that if she said the word "Keewatin" she would become her other form called Equinox.

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    Equinox has the power to connect to her roots and change the seasons. She also has the power of flight and energy projection. She is one of DC's newer characters, so it will be interesting to see what develops with her character.

    6 Puck

    Eugene Judd is a member of the team Alpha Flight. Eugene was born in the year 1914 and was able to catch a bear by himself at only eight years old. He grew up to be about 6'6 and sought adventure. He left to find the Black Blade of Baghdad, but when he retrieved it, he had to fight a spirit that was trapped in the blade. In the end, Black Razer, the spirit, gave Eugene an extended lifespan and incredible strength but reduced his size to a mere 3'6.

    Puck also has the power of Compressed Rubber Physiology, which makes his body almost like rubber. With a rubber-like body, stunted height, great speed, and strength, this is a guy you do not want to fight.

    5 Graviton

    Dr. Franklin Hall used to work at Research City in the Canadian Rockies where he was a physicist. A great tragedy struck when an explosion happened and intermingled his molecules. He now has the power of Gravitikinesis, allowing him to control gravitons with his mind. Dr. Franklin Hall is known to be a villain to the Fantastic Four.

    When Franklin sensed a cosmic cube causing a planetary-level reality-warping he went crazy and starting thinking his random theories about the world were correct.

    4 Aurora

    Jeanne-Marie is the twin sister of Jean-Paul, also known as Northstar. Due to the fact they were separated at birth, they were not aware of each other. Jeanne-Marie was born in Canada and was raised in Quebec at the Madame Dupont's School for Girls.

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    Jeanne-Marie has superhuman speed, Gestalt Photokinesis, and a few other abilities. She, along with her brother, is a part of team Alpha Fight. She is also known to have multiple different personalities, eight to be exact.

    3 Guardian

    James Hudson is Guardian who is known for discovering the team Alpha Fight. He is from London, Ontario, Canada and was one of three other siblings. When James got older, he worked for the Am-Can Oil Corporation. There, he decided to build a suit to make his work better, but when he left the company when he learned they planned to use the suit for evil.

    This special suit allows him to fly at supersonic speed, use a force field, and gravitationally propel himself. Later, when James became a cyborg, these abilities become one with him.

    2 Deadpool

    Of course, the next person on this list is Deadpool. He was born with the name Wade Wilson and he is from Canada, but nobody knows where exactly. Deadpool's first appearance was in New Mutants #98 all the way back in 1991.

    When Wade left home, he joined the army, but it did not work out because he did not listen to orders well enough. Then, he joined a CIA group that was in need of his great skills. He became the Deadpool everyone knows when he was diagnosed with cancer but was cured through the Weapon X facility. Since that day, everything else is in the past and Deadpool remains the merc with a mouth we all know and love.

    1 Wolverine

    The most powerful Canadian in comics is, of course, Wolverine. Wolverine is a mutant that made his comic debut in 1974 with the Incredible Hulk #180. Since that fateful day, he has shown up throughout all  Marvel platforms and has become a favorite hero to fans.

    Wolverine's real name is James Howlett and he has had quite a mysterious and confusing background. He was born in Alberta, Canada, but the year is uncertain. It is estimated he was born between 1882 and 1885, but it again, it's not clear. Wolverine is a very powerful mutant with adamantium claws, a healing factor, and many animalistic traits. He is someone that can not die easily, and if he does die, he will return with a vengeance.

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    Top 10 Fictional Canadians

    Donuts! Hockey! Beer! Foxy Prime Ministers that appear on Marvel comic book covers! Canada has a lot to offer including me, Cei, the only Canadian on the Bomb Squad. I am a proud Canadian and I love to take any opportunity I can to talk about Canadian things. Something you may not know is that Canadians are ferociously loyal and supportive of our own to the point that even I, a hardened sourpuss, make excuses for Justin Bieber from time to time. This doesn’t just extend to real-life humans; we are incredibly proud of our fictional brothers and sisters as well, which is precisely why I wrote this list.

    1) Wolverine

    If you’ve been here before, you may already know that I have an unhealthy obsession with Wolverine. I admit to being completely biased on this subject, but that doesn’t change the fact that currently, Wolverine is undoubtedly one of the most recognizable fictional Canadian characters. His face can be seen in comic books, cartoons, movies, video games and endless merchandise, and it seems people aren’t sick of the brash berserker yet.

    The mutant known as Wolverine was born James Howlett in northern Alberta in the late 1800s. He has been on a number of superhero teams, most famously the X-Men, but Logan is a hero enough on his own. With his lumberjack fashion choices and fierce loyalty, Wolverine just screams Canada. The relatively warm reception Hugh Jackman received when he took on the role of Wolverine speaks to the undying mutual love between Australians and Canadians.

    2) Robin Scherbatsky

    Or perhaps you’d rather we call her by her stage name, Robin Sparkles. How Met Your Mother‘s Robin is a whiskey-swilling, cigar-smoking badass with a hard to pronounce last name and an undying love of the Vancouver Canucks. Honestly, I relate to Robin on so many levels it’s not even funny, and even though she was involved in one of the worst endings in sitcom history Robin is a standout character from pop culture. She’s headstrong and tough as nails, but she also has a softer side that makes her lovable.

    Robin is played by Canadian actress Cobie Smulders and her love of the Canucks is based on Smulder’s own love of the team. Robin’s plucky patriotism is unparalleled; she often butts heads with Barney on the subject, but is unwavering in her Canadian pride. Her incredibly vocal love for the Great White North and her hilarious past as a teenage pop star are why Robin landed so high on this list.

    3) Deadpool

    There was a time when, despite his fame, the fact that Deadpool is Canadian was a bit surprising. Casual fans might not have known, but after the wildly popular Deadpool movie, starring Canadian hunk Ryan Reynolds, it is pretty widely known now.

    Unlike Wolverine, Wade Wilson has fewer of those classic Canadian traits, but nonetheless, he was born in Saskatchewan… probably. OK, let’s face it, it’s hard to pin down any real facts about Wade, but he claims to be Canadian and that’s good enough for me.

    His first appearance was in 1991 in The New Mutants #98, and since then, he has been a fan favourite, likely because of his cheeky habit of breaking the fourth wall. Ryan Reynolds will revise his role in Deadpool 2. Reynolds played Wilson once before but honestly, it’s best if we never speak of it again.

    4) Dudley Do-Right

    The Royal Canadian Mounted Police are iconic and their uniforms are recognized all across the world, but there is one chipper Mountie that stands out: Dudley Do-Right. Dim-witted but helpful as heck, Dudley Do-Right started as an animated segment on The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show but grew into much more from there. Dudley not only got his own animated show, but in 1999, a live-action Dudley Do-Right movie came out starring the ever-so likable Brendan Fraser in the titular role. Admittedly, that movie wasn’t great, but if you happen to be a fan of the cartoon, the nostalgia factor should be enough to get you through the whole thing. I suppose I could have just listed Dudley’s charming horse, Horse, as number four, but it wouldn’t be a list of Canadian characters without a Mountie.

    5) Bob and Doug McKenzie

    This is cheating a little, but these beer-drinking brothers were such a huge part of my childhood, I had to include them both. I was comedy-obsessed as a kid and I loved SCTV, and these chilled out brothers made a huge impression on heaps of other Canadians and Americans alike. Lots of characters from SCTV are memorable but these boys got their own movie, Strange Brew, which really cemented their place a pop culture icons.

    As hosts of their show Great White North, Bob and Doug are not unlike a Canadian version of Wayne and Garth from SNL. Played by Canadian comedians Dave Thomas and Rick Moranis, Bob and Doug are as goofy as they are relaxed.

    6) Captain Canuck

    Captain America might be all the rage right now thanks to Chris Evans’ Dorito-shaped body, but Captain Canuck has his charms as well. He was created by Richard Comely and Ron Leishman in 1975 and has gone through a number of changes since. One thing that has not drastically changed is the source of Canuck’s power, which is always related to aliens. Canuck is often mistaken for Guardian of Marvel’s Alpha Flight due to their similar costumes, but Captain Canuck is an independent comic, completely unrelated to Marvel.

    For over forty years, the publication dates have been few and far between but comics starring CC have been released as recently as February of this year. After a successful web series in 2013, rumors of a Captain Canuck movies began floating around but unfortunately, it seems unlikely at this point.

    7) Scott Pilgrim

    Created by Bryan Lee O’Malley, Scott is the star of a series of graphic novels and a live-action movie, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, starring Michael Cera, directed by Edgar Wright. Scott is a Canadian musician and a bit of a hapless romantic. He plays bass in a band called Sex Bob-omb in Toronto, Ontario, and he falls in love with American import Ramona Flowers. In both the graphic novels and movie, soft-spoken Scott must defeat Ramona’s seven evil exes to win her over forever. The graphic novels have a strong fan base and the movie was well-received by critics and fans alike. Michael Cera, a Canadian himself, was perfectly cast and this movie marks the first time I have found him likable since Arrested Development.

    8) Ed the Sock

    Much Music has long been a staple for Canadian kids, and over the years, many great talents have passed through the iconic gothic building in downtown Toronto. George Stroumboulopoulos, Rick Campanelli, even New Girl‘s Hannah Simone took up the coveted mantle of VJ, but one VJ in particular stands out among the rest: Ed the Sock. The foul-mouthed, green-haired sock puppet is a fan favourite for one reason: he doesn’t take crap from anyone. I fondly think of Ed as Canada’s pervy, cigar-chomping uncle. Ed’s most popular contribution to Much Music is undoubtedly his years hosting Fromage, the end-of-the-year roast of the year’s worst music videos. Ed was created and voiced by Steven Kerzner in the early nineties.

    9) Alpha Flight

    I am cheating with this one, but I couldn’t exclude any of Alpha Flight, Canada’s answer to X-Men. Alpha Flight is a veritable cornucopia of badass characters with rich histories and important ties to pop culture. Take Northstar for instance, who is one of the first openly gay comic book characters and was one-half of the first same-sex marriage ever depicted in mainstream comics. Then you’ve got Sasquatch, a perfectly Canadian version of the Hulk. Don’t get me wrong, Dr. Langkowski is his own person, but it’s hilariously perfect that his attempt to experiment with gamma radiation lead to him becoming a hairy, orange behemoth with super strength. Most of the numerous members of Alpha Flight have exceptionally Canadian superhero alias, like Puck and Aurora. If you have not delved into the awesome backlog of Alpha Flight comics, I highly recommend that you do so.

    10) Terrance and Phillip

    South Park has long been established as a cultural mainstay, but their take on Canada is a hot topic for many to this day. Canadians are portrayed as having heads that completely dislocate when they speak, their mouths flapping wildly. Terrance and Phillip are the Canadian comedy duo that the boys from South Park love watching so much. Love them or hate them, without the gassy, obnoxious, foul-mouthed Terrance and Phillip, we would never have experienced the joy of watching Robin Williams perform the song “Blame Canada” from South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut during the 72nd Annual Oscars.

    Honorable mentions:

    Chicken Lady (Mark McKinney) from Kids in the Hall. Honestly, just go look her up. Yikes.

    Constable Benton Fraser (Paul Gross) from Due South. Easily the most handsome and charming Mountie in pop culture history, but without Dudley, there would be no Fraser.

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