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Top 10 Fictional Canadians for Canada Day

By Corey Atad | Seriously Random Lists | July 1, 2014 | Comments ()


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I know all you Americans are going to have your day to celebrate later this week, but today is July 1st, and that means only one thing: Canada Day! That’s right, today is the day that we celebrate the confederation of Canada on July 1st, 1867, with the enactment of the British North America Act. Our beautiful country is 147 years old and doesn’t look a day over 136.

To commemorate this wonderful occasion I thought it fitting to put together a list of The Top 10 Fiction Canadians. These are the Canadian characters from books, TV shows, movies and comics that make us proud. So without further ado…

The Top 10 Fictional Canadians

10. Danny Baker - 30 Rock

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As you’ll soon see in this list, we Canadians love us some self-depricating humour. And yes, that’s “humour” spelled with a “u.” Danny Baker was a short-lived character on 30 Rock, but he left an impression with his pronunciation of works like “about” and “out.” He’s also super good looking in that plaid shirt, and that’s got to count for something.

9. The Cross-Dressing Lumberjack - Monty Python’s Flying Circus

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Okay, fine, there’s not much to this “Canadian” character except a series of stereotypes, but those stereotypes are hilarious, and the song is catchy as hell:

You really can’t argue with that kind of brilliance, and Michael Palin makes for a great honourary Canadian. Again, that’s “honourary” with a “u.”

8. Seth Bullock - Deadwood

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Going the sexy route again with this one. I mean really, Timothy Olyphant playing a Canadian? And a Canadian in the Old West? And a U.S. Marshal? Obviously amazing. A great Canadian character, no question. (Though not technically fictional.)

7. Scott Pilgrim - Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

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Scott Pilgrim is one of the best comic characters I’ve ever read, and the fact that he’s Canadian only helps matters. He’s the ultimate Toronto slacker hipster. Completely relatable, even scarily so. He’s also a very realistic Canadian in that his Canadian-ness certainly defines him, but it’s not commented on too much. Bonus points for casting a Torontonian (Michael Cera) to play him in the movie.

6. Alison Hendrix - Orphan Black

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I suppose I could’ve put all of the clones from Orphan Black on here, or Tatiana Maslany, an actress so talented I sometimes think she must be a fictional creation herself. But no. Let’s get real. Alison is the best character on the show by a mile. Only Felix comes close, and it’s no wonder that the great dream is of an Alison/Felix spin-off.

5. Bob and Doug McKenzie - SCTV

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There’s embracing stereotypes and then there’s embracing stereotypes. Bob and his brother Doug are the ultimate Canadians. Working class, goofy drunks who call each other hosers and sing about the Great White North while wearing toques and plaid? Perfect. Their movie wasn’t all that great, but the sketches on SCTV remain a cherished part of the Canadian heritage.

4. Robin “Sparkles” Scherbatsky - How I Met Your Mother

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She’s the butt of so many Canada jokes on How I Met Your Mother, but she holds a special place in my heart. The Robin Sparkles video for “Let’s Go to the Mall” is still one of the greatest things to ever fictionally come out of Canada. It’s even got a Brian “Father of Ben” Mulroney reference!

Robin also taught Americans about Tim Hortons and other important pieces of Canadiana. Basically, she was doing God’s work on U.S. television.

3. Terrence and Phillip - South Park

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Fart jokes. Canadians love them. It’s a fact. Need I say more?

2. Wolverine - X-Men

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The most badass Canadian ever. He’s practically immortal. He’s got claws that come out of his fists. He’s been a comic book star for decades and a movie star played by a constantly shirtless Hugh Jackman for more than a decade now, and we couldn’t be more proud. How many Canadian characters do you know who get to headline several blockbuster action films? Worlverine has got it all. There really aren’t many better fictional Canadians out there. In fact, there’s only one …

1. Anne Shirley - Anne of Green Gables

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Anne Shirley, the loveable redhead from PEI (that’s a Canadian province), is a stalwart of Canadian culture. She’s been entertaining children and families around the world for more than a century, ever since debuting in Lucy Maud Montgomery’s novel. She’s plucky and kind, silly and smart, bubbly and fun, and her adventures in growing up have inspired millions of people. Anne of Green Gables is the Canadian we all aspire to be, and for that alone she deserves the No. 1 spot.


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  • csb

    He’s the ultimate Toronto slacker hipster. Completely relatable

    Those two sentences do not belong together.

  • If you were a slacker hipster in Toronto you wouldn't say that :)

  • csb

    I have the sneaking suspicion that there might be more people outside of that particular Venn diagram than inside it.

  • kirbyjay

    Paternal grandparents were from Canada ( Newfoundland and Nova Scotia) so I'm very partial to Canadians.

  • Wednesday

    What, no Kids in the Hall? How can this be? Thirty Helens agree!

  • Benny Gesserit

    Tiny Helen Bryant was always my favourite.

    http://i1.ytimg.com/vi/_TXpY2w...

  • Quatermain

    Apparently someone is looking to get his head crushed.

  • llp

    It's a FACT.

  • 4am

    these two. Teaching Canadian values of politeness, respect and getting along to generations of Canadian children.
    Mr. Dress-up and the Friendly Giant.

    and although I know he's not fictional the telegraph guy who saved tried to stop the train heading to Halifax before the explosion. kinda a hero - https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

  • pthalio

    Vince Colman! My favorite!

  • Bert_McGurt

    I still remember the feeling of shock on the day I found out Mr. Dressup was born in the US. Still, he got his Canadian citizenship so he counts. Did you know he used to work with Fred Rogers?

  • And in case you're wondering who Wolverine was up against in the "Most Badass Canadian Ever" contest, consider the WWI soldiers who stood their ground during the first large-scale poison gas attack and kept Ypres from falling to the Germans: http://www.warmuseum.ca/cwm/ex...

    Not fictional, but definitely badass.

  • Temmere

    Then again, Wolverine might have been one of them.

  • But not all of them, surely. He's Wolverine, not Multiple Man.

  • Bert_McGurt

    Oh, shoot, I nearly forgot - as a nod to his OC* (don't call it that) naming today I'd like to find a place for Rick Mercer on this list even if he only did one long-term fictional character (Richard Strong on Made in Canada, Rick's very underappreciated sitcom also starring one of Canada's best character actors in Peter Kelaghan).

    *In this case it means Order of Canada, though.

  • llp

    Made in Canada was so good.

  • Bert_McGurt

    That and The Newsroom (the Canadian one with Ken Finkleman) are the pinnacle of late 90's Canadian sitcoms. Who says the CBC can't produce quality scripted television?

  • llp

    Harper?

  • OldSchool60

    ...fictional Canada is the greatest Canada in the world!

  • Anne Shirley! She may very well be why I love Canada so much. Oh, and all of the other reasons. I need to move to Canada.

  • Quatermain

    My grandmother is Canadian(she has since converted to the true faith) and she named my mother after Anne Shirley.

  • Mrs. Julien

    ME TOO!

  • llp

    Come to Canada!

  • I'd love to. Easiest way is probably to just marry a Canadian, yes?

    Dear Single Men of Canada,

    I would like to move to your country. I love your health care system and many of your people. I'm a Minnesotan so I'm used to your northern climate. In exchange for legal immigration, I will provide knitwear and an appreciation of hockey.

  • TacoBellRey

    You should throw in a hot dish with the deal too. My mom makes a great tater tot hot dish.

  • Like I said, Minnesotan. In fact, raised Lutheran in Minnesota. Hot dishes come with the territory. I am not even kidding when I say that my dad basically had me making hot dishes in exchange for living at home rent free for seven months after I graduated from college. I can make a hot dish on the fly out of most people's pantries and freezers.

  • TacoBellRey

    I'm a Minnesotan too. Not a Lutheran though. Basically half and half. On Christmas we would go Church hopping from Catholic church to the Lutheran church.

  • competitivenonfiction

    I know some single men up here who would absolutely take you up on that offer.

  • llp

    Ohhh, me too.

  • competitivenonfiction

    The Log Roller. Because he goes burlin down and down white water and that's why the log roller's waltz pleases girls completely. And there is nothing more Canadian than that.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

  • Bert_McGurt

    Shut it down! There's truly none with the style of a log driver.

    Aaaand now I'm down the ol' rabbit hole of NFB vignettes.

  • competitivenonfiction

    I only just figured out he's the log driver not the log roller. I have been singing this song since I was a toddler! This is just like when I figured out all the lyrics in Grease have innuendos.

  • Mrs. Julien

    [bouncing in seat and humming]

  • TK

    Wait wait wait wait WAIT. You're telling me that Canada is REAL? I thought it was a fake place invented for movies, like Narnia or Middle Earth or Montana.

  • idiosynchronic

    Coming from someone invented for a Mel Gibson-Danny Glover action comedy, that's a lot a nerve.

  • TK

    You take back that shit about Lethal Weapon RIGHT FUCKING NOW.

  • idiosynchronic

    Diplomatic immunity! Diplomatic immunity, Mr. Riggs!

  • llp

    It's real, and it's SPECTACULAR.

  • Lord Inferno

    No Stargate love? No Rodney McKay?

  • Al Borland's Beard

    Re: Orphan Black. Technically, isn't Helena Ukranian and Sarah British?

  • emmalita

    Yes they are. And I think Cosima is American.

  • PDamian

    Koo-ROO-koo-koo-koo-koo-KOO-KOO!

  • Bert_McGurt
  • Jennifer Schmennifer

    "...and John Cleese makes for a great honourary Canadian."

    Michael Palin, you heathen!

  • But I DID say Michael Palin... *winkWINKwink*

  • lowercase_ryan

    I was about to say this. CARDINAL SIN MIXING THEM UP!!

  • Modernlove

    Best number one choice. I let our a joyous squeal because those books will forever hold a special place in my heart.

  • Parsnip

    What, no Julian, Ricky, Bubbles or J-Rock? Tis a sad, sad day indeed.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

  • TacoBellRey

    I will never pronounce khaki the same way again.

  • kirbyjay

    khaki? In Boston, that's what you start your car with.

  • Bert_McGurt

    The best part about Rickyisms is that they almost kind of make sense. I've been using "getting two birds stoned at once" for years now.

  • thatsmrsnyder
  • emmalita

    Red Green! My uncle was on a Red Green bender for years. I have his shows on VHS. They came to me wrapped in duct tape.

  • thatsmrsnyder

    As well they should.

  • NateMan

    Red Green is a GODDAMN GENIUS and a national treasure. Possibly the only one Canada actually has.

  • Bert_McGurt
  • NateMan

    Hell yes, thanks!

  • emmalita

    Thanks for posting that interview. It was a pleasure to watch.

  • Mrs. Julien

    If the women don't find you handsome, they should at least find you handy.

  • thatsmrsnyder

    Always remember the Man's Prayer:

    I'm a man. I can change. If I have to. I guess.

  • Bert_McGurt

    Now is the winter of our discount tent.

  • Bert_McGurt

    And in true Canadian fashion I'm actually at work today, since some people wanted the long weekend and the rest of us are too polite to complain.

  • Fabius_Maximus

    Where's Constable Benton Fraser?

  • Jessie Coffey

    The most Canadian of Canadian characters! Portrayed by the most Canadian of Canadian actors.

  • I don't support shows created by Paul Haggis.

  • CRTL + F "Rob Ford"
    No results
    /closes browser

  • Sara_Tonin00

    He's all toooooooooo real.

  • Benny Gesserit

    Let's not forget the alternate "Anne of Green Gut"

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

    "Up?"

  • Mrs. Julien

    11. kushiro
    12. Uriah Creep aka Pucks Poutine
    13. llp
    14. Lauren_Lauren
    15. Bert_McGurt
    16. Sparkletits
    17. Admin
    18. theothergreg
    19. bleujayone (honourary)
    20. Benny Gesserit
    21. competitivenonfiction
    22. Fleetwood Mac Sex Pants
    23. kkirkpat
    24. Fabio's friend the lurker
    25. [pointing at self]

    Who ELSE did I miss? I'm sorry, eh?

  • Ziver

    Missed me :(

  • kirbyjay

    Where has Bluejayone been? Funniest honorary Canadian,ever!

  • Uriah_Creep

    Pucks Poutine is in the house! But getting ready to watch fireworks. Let the spectacle begin!

  • kkirkpat

    Over here, eh.

  • Mrs. Julien

    Robert is your mother's brother.

  • kkirkpat

    The best part is that Robert actually is my mother's brother.

  • Fleetwood Mac Sex Pants

    *raises hand and then immediately apologizes*

  • Mrs. Julien

    Bob's your uncle!

  • Bert_McGurt

    [blushes]

  • kushiro -

    Let me know when you get to #87 or so, and then I'll say "me".

  • Sara_Tonin00

    While I would kinda love to see some Slings & Arrows love, really the only thing you did wrong was not include the mandatory video reference for Terrance & Phillip:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

    Also: 7/1 isn't JUST Canada Day - it's my dad's birthday, too. (75 today!)

  • Mrs. Julien

    I would have gone with "I wanted to throttle a swan" myself.

  • emmalita

    Happy Canada Day!

  • Parsnip
  • emmalita

    Party on you lumberjack commando.

  • Benny Gesserit

    Ta! It's not fancy but we like it.

  • Lord Inferno

    That's the most fucking Candadian reaponse I've ever seen.

  • Benny Gesserit
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