Happy Canada Day! My beautiful home has been an established, sovereign nation for 149 years. To commemorate the annual celebration I decided to take a look at Canada’s greatest characters in fiction.
Here is the top 10…
10. Dudley Do-Right
This noble Mountie was featured in segments from the Rocky and Bullwinkle Show from 1961 to 1970. Also a major box office flop from 1999, starring, who else, Branden Fraser. This polite, cheerful, yet much dim-witted hero and his horse named ‘Horse’ are seen in quick gags about saving the damsel in distress, Nell. She at least has the eyes to see that Horse is the true hero, while Dudley is lucky to survive to the next episode.
9. Red Panda
This hero is the centre of a long running podcast, done in the style of an old timey radio drama. Tagged as ‘Canada’s Greatest Superhero’, Red Panda and his teenage sidekick, Flying Squirrel, have been protecting the streets of Toronto since pre-WWII. The radio exploits have won many pod cast awards, and are worth a listen.
8. Alpha Flight
I have had a love-hate relationship with Alpha Flight since I was a little nerd. The super powerful protectors of the Great White North are always seen flashing the Maple Leaf around, that’s not us, that’s an American thing. Put the Avengers in all stars and stripes, continuously mentioning that they are from the U.S.A., and the appeal would go down too. However, when ever Alpha Flight had their cameos in a main title, it was exciting and fun. Culminated by the teams appearance in an episode of the great 90’s X-Men cartoon. Puck and Sasquatch are true favorites up north, and the two of them should break off and get their own title.
7. Anne Shirley
The little orphan from the Maritimes is a centre of Canadiana. Originally appearing in the 1908 novel, Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery. Anne has been featured in many films and television shows. In 2014 CBC had a vote in contest, in the end deciding that Anne Shirley was Canada’s most iconic fictional character.
6. Terrance and Philip
Then there is these two… Can’t help it, they are hilarious. Featured in early seasons of South Park; after their important roll in the movie, South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut, things kind of sizzled off. The epic score of the film ‘Blame Canada’ may be a precognitive fall back for Trump. One specific episode in which Terrance and Phillip cross Canada, in an homage to the Wizard of Oz, is a personal favorite.
Canada’s own animalistic villain. The viscous assassin has retractable claws, cat-like reflexes, and a healing factor. First appearing in Iron Fist #14 (Aug. ’77). Sabretooth has appeared on multiple television shows, feature films and video games. Making him Canada’s most popular villain, showing not all Canadians are polite.
4. Wayne Gretzky
Oh yes, Canada’s hockey hero, is also one of Canada’s greatest animated characters. The 1991 Saturday morning cartoon, ProStars, featured Michael Jordan as the scientifically inclined leader, Bo Jackson as the superhuman muscle, and Wayne Gretzky as the always hungry, comic relief? Combining three of the biggest names in sports to battle villains, help children and save the planet. Gretzky being a favorite character among the youth in Canada, for that one short season.
The merc with the mouth is from the Great White North. Where in Canada? Well, just… Canada. I guess it was not important enough to say which city or province Wade Wilson is from. Based on his impoliteness and bad attitude, I would assume he is from downtown Vancouver. No matter how he acts or if he is from dark corners of our beautiful country, we still love him. A petition has gone up to build a statue of Deadpool in Regina. Which would be open season for the characters signature fourth-wall-breaking jokes, if it were revealed that he was from a town that rhymes with certain genitalia.
2. Scott Pilgrim
Scott Pilgrim is the hero Canada deserves. Scott represents life in Canada so well. Brian Lee O’Malley made sure to give his character a proper winter jacket for the cold winters. That being the only provision the young, strapped for cash Scott has, is very recognizable to most of the local young twenty somethings. Spanning comics, film, and video games, he has become a recognizable Canadian icon, and we love him for not feeding into stereotypes.
Undoubtedly Canada’s most popular comic character. Did we really expect him not to be topping this list. The beer drinking, plaid wearing, no bull shit attitude fits proper with the back country of northern Alberta, and we love him for it. Canada makes commemorative stamps and coins dedicated to Superman, because one of his creators was born here and moved away before he ever published a comic. It is Wolverine that deserves his image on a loonie ($1 coin). We can rest assured that if any villain were bent on destroying Canada, Wolverine would be there as our loyal protector.
Thanks Booknerds, eh?