Created By: chicagomel on March 22, 2013 Last Edited By: Arivne on June 2, 2016

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:


Examples

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. - ZCE

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 - ZCE

Western Animation
  • Dudley Do-Right, which was made into a live action film starring Brendan Fraser. - ZCE
  • Klondike Cat, who always gets his mouse. - ZCE
  • 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.

Community Feedback Replies: 69
  • March 22, 2013
    TonyG
    The Tex Avery cartoon Northwest Hounded Police, with Droopy as Sgt. McPoodle of the Mounties.
  • March 22, 2013
    maxwellsilver
    Newfoundland and Labrador also has its own provincial police force, the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary.
  • March 22, 2013
    WeAreAllKosh
    Live-Action TV

    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.
  • March 22, 2013
    WeAreAllKosh
    Music

    Blue Oyster 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
  • March 22, 2013
    WeAreAllKosh
    ^^^ So does every province, I think. I know Ontario has the OPP (yeah you know me... erm, I mean the Ontario Provincial Police).
  • March 22, 2013
    maxwellsilver
    No, just Ontario, Quebec and Newfoundland and Labrador.

    The other seven provinces and three territories have municipal police patrol the highways and the RCMP takes the role of provincial police. They also serve municipalities that don't have a local police force (the provincial police forces do that for municipalites in their provinces as well).
  • March 22, 2013
    randomsurfer
    Western Animation: Klondike Kat, a Funny Animal Mountie who "always gets his mouse," namely his nemesis Savoir Faire.
  • March 22, 2013
    Larkmarn
    Change the name to The Mounties. More recognizable, and less chance of weird camelcase issues.

    • 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.
  • March 22, 2013
    chicagomel
    • 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! Marvellous!". 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.
  • March 23, 2013
    Arivne
    Literature
    • Part of Robert 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.

    Edited: Expanded the Friday example.
  • March 23, 2013
    nielas
    "Newfoundland and Labrador" is actually just one province and both the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary and the RCMP operate as provincial police there.

    The RCMP is the federal and national police force which means it operates in all of Canada when it comes to matters beyond provincial law enforcement. Based on location it is also contracted as the provincial and/or municipal police.
  • March 23, 2013
    Wutaz
    Call them Mounties, or half of the Internet will have no idea what you mean.
  • March 23, 2013
    maxwellsilver
    Newfoundland's official name is Newfoundland and Labrador. It's also one province, not two.
  • March 23, 2013
    Treblain
    Gotta be called The Mounties or something. And when it launches, do a search and bluelink some of the existing mentions of them to get it going (I counted at least a dozen on Canada Eh).
  • April 2, 2013
    AgProv
    Live Action TV

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    {{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 transvestitism and arboreal deracination with a backing chorus of Mounties.
  • April 2, 2013
    maxwellsilver
    The description is a complete mess. It needs a complete rewrite before it could work.
  • April 2, 2013
    Waterlily
    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.
  • April 4, 2013
    chicagomel
    Maybe not complete mess, but the brief history paragraph was definitely a complete mess, and I rewrote it. Also redid the opening paragraph, I see the unneeded 'I' stuff now, which made it rather a mess. I'll definitely pull up the Canada Eh page tomorrow...can someone clarify about the bluelink part? Do you mean just copy some of the other page's examples that fit, or somehow link to the example on the other page? I'm just not totally clear on the meaning.
  • April 5, 2013
    StarSword
    I saw them in an hour-long John Wayne movie but glancing at the back cover of our DVD collection didn't give me the title. I'll have to rewatch to figure out which one it is.
  • April 5, 2013
    maxwellsilver
    The first part of the Friday entry should be rewritten. Friday, the main character, describes to the reader a fight involving a violent, previously unknown pseudo-religious sect who attacked a number of Scientologists and Harri Krishnas in an airport, and how it took nearly as many Mouties as there were rioters to break up, in contrast to the usual ratio of one Mountie:One riot.

    For what it's worth, she also mentions the Scientologist fought admirably and removed their wounded, the Harri Krishnas only managed to get out of the fight, leaving their wounded behind, and the pseudo-religious sect fought like madmen.
  • April 5, 2013
    maxwellsilver
    The description is better, but still needs help. Right now, it's a bit too clunky to launch.
  • April 7, 2013
    chicagomel
    What exactly is too clunky? im not sure exactly.
  • April 8, 2013
    Arivne
    Cleaned up the OP examples section, including adding Namespaces, italicizing work names, Example Indentation etc.

    Some of the examples are Zero Context Examples and need more information about the Mounties in them.
    • Suzannah of the Mounties starring Shirley Temple.
    • Sergeant Preston of the Yukon
  • April 8, 2013
    SKJAM
    • Sergeant Preston of the Yukon (originally titled "Challenge of the Yukon") was about a Mountie operating in the Yukon Territory during the Gold Rush of the 1890s. He was assisted by his sled dog Yukon King (the real star of the show) and horse Rex. This later became a comic book series and early television show.
  • April 8, 2013
    helterskelter
    This really needs to have a purpose behind the trope. Right now this is just about the Mounties anywhere at any time--it seems to me his is just Canada Eh but more specific.
  • April 8, 2013
    SquirrelGuy
    Western Animation: The Looney Tunes short Fresh Hare depicts Elmer Fudd as a (somewhat bumbling) Mountie.
  • April 8, 2013
    maxwellsilver
    What's wrong with it?

    The first paragraph doesn't belong at all.

    The sister tropes should go at the end of the description.

    Spaces between commas and the following words are missing.

    The examples sentence should have !! on the left to get the proper format.
  • April 8, 2013
    Larkmarn
    It could be made into a Useful Notes page with little changing.

    Alternatively, it could be changed to "All Canadian Police Are Mounties" and only feature works that show Mounties as if they're the only peacekeeping force in all of the Great White North.
  • April 15, 2013
    chicagomel
    OK, both of those work for me...I was leaning toward the second, though I'll need some tips on which works to keep and which have to be tossed. I'm short on time tonight, but I'll get back in here Wednesday (more time then as opposed to tomorrow)and rewrite the thing. Unless it'd be better to throw out this version and re-YKTTW it under the new title, but that probably isn't necessary.
  • April 18, 2013
    chicagomel
    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.)
  • April 19, 2013
    chicagomel
    OK, I ditched the first paragraph, and scanned for any missed spaces...also re-titled it. Not sure if any examples need deleting, but let me know if they do.
  • April 19, 2013
    helterskelter
    My issue with this trope is that almost no examples of it are going to be separate or unique from Canada Eh. They will often coincide with many other Canadian stereotypes. The issue is this is one facet of the shorthand for 'funny Canadian stereotypes', and has no personal identity of its own. This is just singling out one facet of it, a facet that doesn't need to--and almost never does--stand on its own.
  • April 19, 2013
    KTera
    Would Flashpoint count as an aversion? It's about a police tactical response team and the series is set in a No Communities Were Harmed version of Toronto, but there are no Mounties in sight.
  • April 19, 2013
    chicagomel
    Oh ok. Maybe I should ditch the examples and go Useful Notes.
  • April 19, 2013
    StarSword
    ^I got no opinion on that, but ditch the All X Are Y snowclone.
  • April 19, 2013
    chicagomel
    Ok. My question is,why are the French,Russian and NYPD depictions given pages but this isnt deserving of one? I'm confused.
  • April 19, 2013
    StarSword
    Huh? I'm just talking about the title.
  • April 19, 2013
    Larkmarn
    If the trope is about all Canadian police being portrayed as Mounties, then it's not a bad snowclone.

    But yeah, if you opt for useful notes, obviously it's got to be just The Mounties.
  • April 19, 2013
    chicagomel
    sorry, Star Sword, I should've been more clear...I started with yours but then went into my confusion on the trope itself. It was my fault.
  • April 20, 2013
    helterskelter
    ^^ Yes, but this often goes hand-in-hand with other Canadian tropes like the accent, snow, moose, etc. The issue is that it's not actually distinct (near as I can tell) from Canada Eh. It's just as unnecessary as at trope like Canada Is Always Snowy. The only way I see this being a trope is when we have a work that isn't doing Canada Eh, yet inexplicably has Mounties present as a police force where they shouldn't be. But I can't really think (nor do I see) any examples like that.
  • April 20, 2013
    Prfnoff
    @helterskelter: You appear to be claiming that Mounties have "no personal identity." This is false in many works.
  • April 21, 2013
    helterskelter
    No. That isn't what I said. Let me put it plainly:

    This is not a trope on its own. It's a cut-out from Canada Eh. Not a separate trope.

    Motion to discard?
  • April 21, 2013
    Waterlily
    I think there definitely is a stereotype of Canadian Mounties but I'm not sure how many examples fit. Mounties were considered a contrast to the police system in the American West. They hardly had to use violence and kept law and order mostly through strength of character (a strong jaw is often mentioned as well). They "always got their man" even if it meant running all over Canada to catch the criminal. They wore the recognizable uniform with the red shirt and brimmed hat. They always stood up straight and looked manly yet kind. In short, they were the ultimate heroes.

    Some of those facts were more true than others but are largely just a myth. Recently, me and another Canadian were discussing the fact that most countries and/or cultural groups seem to have their origin myth. The Mounties seem to be a big part of Canada's.
  • April 21, 2013
    Waterlily
    This Canadian Heritage Minute about legendary Mountie Sam Steele plays up the whole "keep order through strength of character" thing. Special points for the obnoxious American who gets owned. http://youtu.be/Lab6gyWsMXo
  • April 22, 2013
    helterskelter
    ^^ Then the page should reflect that. It should be about the portrayals of Mounties in Canadian media. This is about Canadian stereotypes and Mounties perceived by the rest of the world--i.e. Canada Eh.
  • April 24, 2013
    chicagomel
    Can someone explain the other police pages though,the French,Russian and NYPD ones?
  • April 24, 2013
    DennisDunjinman
    This trope was twisted in an episode of Where On Earth Is Carmen Sandiego. Zack and Ivy pursue Carmen to Canada where she is trying to steal a Native American totem pole, only to spot one a red-suited Mountie. Zack calls him out as a fake because mounties aren't common and they only wear red on ceremonial occasions. Zack's suspicions were correct; the false Mountie was one of Carmen's henchmen.
  • April 25, 2013
    maxwellsilver
    Second the Motion To Discard.
  • April 26, 2013
    maxwellsilver
    The Friday example doesn't fit, since both instances happen in Manitoba, which lacks a provincial police force. The first happened in an airport, where the RCMP are usually quick to respond, while the second happens at the border, which the RCMP patrols on the Canadian side.

    Both occur in Manitoba, which does not have a provincial police force.

    That's also not what happens in Archer. The RCMP show up to check for passports on the train.

  • May 3, 2013
    chicagomel
    I likely will discard...no one knows the reason behind the other country/city police pages though?
  • May 4, 2013
    randomsurfer
    I support this being a trope, even if it needs work. The RCMP are a trope IMO.
  • May 25, 2013
    chicagomel
    I'd like to, but most of the votes are for discard. Any others for keeping?
  • May 25, 2013
    Treblain
    Keep. The idea that this is covered by Canada Eh doesn't make sense. It's far too recognizable an image to just be part of a national stereotype (and it's not like it's given more than a mention on Canada Eh), and I've seen plenty of places on the wiki where it would have been used had a page existed already.
  • May 25, 2013
    Waterlily
    I vote to keep it too. I meant to mention before that the stereotype I mentioned earlier seems to exist in other countries too. It just may be a bit dated. For example, Canadian tourist shops are usually filled with Mountie memorabilia.
  • May 26, 2013
    maxwellsilver
    Discard. There's just nothing that obviously differentiates it from Canada Eh. There's a trope there, but this isn't it.

    If it were about Mounties showing up where they shouldn't be (such as when provincial or municipal police would take that role), it might be useable, but none of those examples fit.

    Right now, it's just "Mounties appear in a work", which isn't a trope.
  • May 27, 2013
    randomsurfer
    I can't speak to Canadian media, but generally speaking in US media if a Canadian cop appears it will be a Mountie, even if a Mountie isn't appropriate to the situation. It'd be like an FBI or CIA man handing out traffic citations, or a New York cop walking the beat in Muncie, Indiana.
  • May 27, 2013
    chicagomel
    hm ok. Can we get examples like that, which would fit? I can rework it with those, but if there aren't that many, I'll dump it.
  • June 7, 2015
    Str8taim
    • Johnny Test. One episode had Johnny and Dukey watch a horror movie that featured Mounties protecting a group of teenagers from the movie's monster. Later, Bling Bling accidently causes his body to grow unseemly amounts of hair in his attempt to grow a mustache, causing people to think he's a real monster. After Johnny and crew help him evade the U.S. military, they cross the Canadian border only to run into some real Mounties who reveal their horses are actually high-tech robot horses that shoot lasers and missles. The gang promptly flees back to the other side of the border as they dodge fire from the Mounties....and run right back into the U.S. Army.

    • Subverted in an episode of Rugrats, where Grandpa gets into the back of the wrong car, falls asleep and wakes up seeing a "North of the Border" sign and thinks he ended up in Canada. In reality, it's a Canada-themed amusement park. When he spots what he thinks are real Mounties he hides as he doesn't have a passport. After he hides, it's shown the "Mounties" are just park employees picking up trash.
  • June 7, 2015
    Rjinswand
    This should be a Useful Notes article really.
  • June 7, 2015
    chicagomel
    I can still do that if desired.
  • March 22, 2016
    Str8taim
    ^^ I personally think it should be a trope, since many fictional works, especially those from outside Canada have been known to showcase the RCMP, It's been true in my own country (the U.S).

    That being said, there really should be a Useful Notes article on the RCMP anyway, seeing as how they are so well known.
  • March 23, 2016
    henke37
  • March 23, 2016
    Penguin883
    I know this example doesn't involve a police character, but one update for Subway Surfers (a mobile game that changes setting every month) was set in Vancouver, with the train inspector dressed as a mountie.
  • March 24, 2016
    Arivne
    • Examples section
      • Added a line separating the Description and Examples section.
      • Add the word "Examples".
      • Namespaced work names.

    Several examples are Zero Context Examples and have been marked as such (ZCE). Each one needs more specific information about how it fits the trope.
  • March 28, 2016
    Pichu-kun
    "A"?
  • March 29, 2016
    Arivne
    ^ You must admit, it's the shortest Laconic it could have. :)
  • March 29, 2016
    stewyworks333
    Also more proof that this trope is quite common up here within Canadian Media as well.

    Western Animation

  • June 16, 2016
    ANTMuddle
    -
  • June 2, 2016
    ANTMuddle
    Film: Canadian Mounties vs. Atomic Invaders?
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