All Canadian Police Are Mounties
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If a work is set in Canada, Eh?, and features the police at all, they will most likely be members of the RCMP, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. They will always be upstanding, polite, ready to help those in need, and they will always get their man. Usually, they will be wearing their trademark red and black uniforms. Horses are not required, but are often included.

In Real Life, the RCMP began in the 1800s as the Royal Northwest Mounted Police,and was created to enforce law and order in the wilderness of Canada's northern and western areas. Today,it is Canada's federal and national police force,and also acts as primary provincial law enforcement (along with city municipal police) in all but three provinces: Newfoundland and Labrador,Ontario and Quebec.

Works featuring only the RCMP as Canadian police:

Comic Books
  • Lucky Luke
    • When the Daltons flee North, the first thing they see is a red-uniformed man on a horse, to which Joe cries out "It's a policeman! Marvelous!". When his brothers note that it's the first time seeing a policeman makes him happy, he explains that they're now in Canada, so Lucky Luke can't arrest them. Later one they see the Mountie break up a bar fight between two lumberjack twice his size just by telling them to.
    • A far less sympathetic version shows up in the Alaskan gold rush, where he behaves more like a Meddlesome Patrolman. He eventually winds up stranded somewhere in Antarctica when he decides to confiscate Jolly Jumper.

Film
  • Suzannah of the Mounties starring Shirley Temple.

Literature
  • Janette Oke did a series of novels set in the 1800s about a Mountie and his girlfriend/wife.
  • Part of Robert A. Heinlein's Friday takes place in Canada, so Mounties appear twice.
    • One of the characters tells a story about seeing Mounties break up a riot between three groups of religious believers. It took almost as many Mounties to subdue one of the groups as there were members of the group, when the usual ratio is one Mounty, one riot.
    • When the title character illegally crosses the border between Canada and the Chicago Imperium, she sees Mounties face off with the Imperial police. One of the Mounties cleverly bluffs the Imperials and makes them back off.

Live-Action TV
  • Due South. One of the main characters is Constable Benton Fraser, a Mountie who comes to Chicago on the trail of the killers of his father. He's a perfect example of the Mountie stereotype in every way.
  • On an episode of That '70s Show, the guys drive up to Canada to buy beer, and are confronted by a couple of Mounties. All sorts of Canada, Eh? tropage is played for laughs by these guys.
  • Monty Python's Flying Circus. The performance of the Lumberjack Song begins as a spoof of the musical Rose Marie, but becomes a bravura celebration of transvestism and arboreal deracination with a backing chorus of Mounties.
  • An episode of Sabrina the Teenage Witch has a spell that turns Sabrina's life into a silent melodrama. Her boyfriend Harvey becomes a Mountie.
  • In How I Met Your Mother, Robin's Canadian origin is mocked quite often. As a result, Mounties are mentioned or even shown from time to time. (Notably in S 08 E 15 - P.S. I Love You - in Robin's old music video.)

Music
  • Blue Öyster Cult's "The Red and The Black" (and an earlier sort-of prototype version "I'm On the Lam But I Ain't No Sheep" on their previous album) was about the RCMP:
    Canadian Mounted baby, police force that works
    Red and black, it's their color scheme
    Get their man in the end

Professional Wrestling
  • The WWE's The Mountie was a notable aversion of the Mountie stereotype, apart from his "The Mountie always gets his man" tagline.

Radio
  • Sergeant Preston of the Yukon

Western Animation
  • Dudley Do-Right, which was made into a live action film starring Brendan Fraser.
  • Klondike Cat, who always gets his mouse.
  • An episode of Archer had the heroes escorting a prisoner to Canada for trial. When things went terribly wrong, not only did the Mounties show up, but also terrorists disguised as Mounties.

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