The title character of the show. He's a deadpan, gravelly-voiced everyman who's faced with all the concerns of a middle-aged man in rural Canada. Besides keeping the audience informed on what's going on at the lodge he's the head of, he offers advice to any middle-agers just like him. Played by comedian Steve Smith, who also does comedy tours as the Red Green character.
Tropes associated with Red:
- Afraid of Blood: Faints at the sight of it. Harold delights in finally finding something at which Red is more of a wimp than he is.
- Badass Beard
- Catch Phrase: Several: "If the women don't find you handsome, they should at least find you handy", "Remember, I'm pullin' for ya. We're all in this together", "Keep your stick on the ice", "...the handyman's secret weapon, duct tape", etc.
- Cool Old Guy
- Creator Thumbprint: Red shares Steve Smith's love of cars and beer.
- Deadpan Snarker
- D.I.Y. Disaster: Often.
- Duct Tape for Everything: It's the handyman's secret weapon, after all.
- Embarrassing First Name: Red's first name is not "Red"; Harold finds out what it really is and understands why he uses his nickname.
- According to Red's biography seen online and on DVDs, Red's mother originally wanted to name him "Plaid", but his father disagreed. She got even when she bought Red his first plaid flannel shirt.
- Happily Married: Red ends every show with a message for his wife, with whom he apparently has a very good relationship.
- Nice Hat: His green fishing hat.
- Vocal Evolution: Steve's voice for Red started out rather flat, hesitant and monotone, but became more dynamic over time.
Red's nerdy nephew, and the butt of many jokes. He's also the "technical" man on the show, using a strange looking gadget to "control" the many Idiosyncratic Wipes
. Played by Patrick McKenna.
Tropes associated with Harold:
- Annoying Laugh
- Butt Monkey
- Embarrassing Middle Name: Harold Spooner Dortmund Mepps Green.
- Lookalike Lovers: Eventually starts dating a girl named Bonnie, who is essentially a female version of himself (much to Red's horror). They become engaged late in the series' run and the series finale involves their wedding.
- This trope even applied when they both got makeovers to become more attractive to each other without the other's knowledge, and their new outfits turn out to be identical.
- Nerd Glasses
- Put on a Bus: After the show's eighth season, McKenna began having personal difficulties and decided to leave the show. Harold was shown getting a job in the city and was phased out of the show over the next two seasons. Once McKenna got his issues sorted out, Harold returned, having been explained as being named his company's community liaison to Possum Lake.
- Verbal Tic: He sometimes makes a "whaaaaah" sound.
The owner of "Humphrey's Everything Store" but a rather tight-fisted individual. Also rather henpecked by his unseen wife, Ann Marie. Played by Bob Bainborough.
Tropes associated with Dalton:
Owner of Rothschild's Sewage and Septic Sucking Services. Mostly around to make Toilet Humor
and/or make cute jingles about his company. Played by Jeff Lumby.
Tropes associated with Winston:
- Added Alliterative Appeal: Rothschild's Sewage and Septic Sucking Services.
- Casanova Wannabe: Winston has an active but massively unsuccessful love life. This is the result of him being...
- Married to the Job: He finds his line of work endlessly fascinating, and will go on at length about it at any opportunity. He once sat next to a woman on a plane and managed to talk to her throughout the entire flight without mentioning sewage once ("Not even when they brought us our meals!"). He was very proud of this achievement, as it was very difficult for him.
- The Pig Pen: To be expected, given his job.
- Running Gag: Between segments, he would recite a slogan about his company (i.e., "If your nose is stinging, our phone should be ringing!", "Service with a smile — even on hot days!").
- In later seasons, it appears he's increased his advertising budget, since his commercials became full-blown parodies of real-life commercials, TV shows, and movie trailers.
- Toilet Humor: And often.
- "Well Done, Son" Guy: Winston's dad always wanted him to be a lawyer, and the two still haven't worked things out.
The subject of the black and white
"Adventures with Bill" segments. He's mostly there for the subject of physical abuse. Played by Rick Green.
Tropes associated with Bill:
- The Chew Toy / Iron Buttmonkey: Even Wile E. Coyote would be amazed at how many injuries Bill sustains.
- Gravity Is a Harsh Mistress: See above.
- Put on a Bus: Green left the show for a few years to focus on his educational comedy show History Bites. Unlike with McKenna and Harold, Bill's disappearance was never explained, with the rest of the cast joining Red in the Adventure segments. When History Bites ended and Green came back, Bill returned as if nothing had ever happened.
- Trouser Space / Hyperspace Arsenal: He fits everything in his overalls.
- The Voiceless: The only sounds in the Adventures with Bill segments are usually the ambient noise and Red's voiceover; this is justified by Steve Smith, who said that the camera had a bad mic. However, there was a time when Bill could be plainly heard chattering away; turns out he's really a Motor Mouth.
A not-too-with-it forest ranger assigned to a tower, in which he has been cooped up for 13 years by the time Red finds him. Portrayed by Peter Keleghan.
Tropes associated with Gord:
A criminal, on parole from prison. Portrayed by Wayne Robson.
Tropes associated with Mike:
- Disappeared Dad: Mike frequently mentions his dad... but it's usually prefixed with a day of the week ("my Friday dad... two weeks running!"). Mike's mom Really Gets Around, apparently.
- When Red, Mike, and Dalton are discussing what they would do with a time machine, Mike says he would go back to nine months before he was born so he could finally find out who his real dad is.
- Irony: By the end of the series, he gets a job as a police officer… but crime is super low because he now has a job.
- Keet: He gets very excited when introducing the Possum Lodge Word Game.
- Limited Wardrobe: Black shirt and jeans.
- Sticky Fingers
Edgar K.B. Montrose
A hearing-impaired explosive enthusiast. He solves everything by blowing it up. Portrayed by Graham Greene.
Tropes associated with Edgar:
An old man who operates a water taxi service but is better known for lying blatantly about his entire life. Portrayed by Gordon Pinsent.
Tropes associated with Hap
- Blatant Lies: It's not that Hap is a Bad Liar in as much as his stories are so over the top that there's no way he could've done all of it.
- Hypocrite: He's usually the first one to call out other people for lying or exaggerating.
- Know-Nothing Know-It-All: And proud of it.
- The Munchausen: Hap is practically the poster boy for this trope.
A highly paranoid animal control officer. Played by Jerry Schaefer.
Tropes associated with Ed:
- Animals Hate Him: The creatures of the wild want nothing to do with Ed.
- Cowardly Lion: And how. He seems deathly afraid of most of the animals, but manages to pull through.
- Meaningful Name: "Frid" looks and sounds a bit like "afraid".
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Subverted; he replaced another animal control officer character with a completely opposite personality (his name was Garth Harble), perhaps because Ed's personality was funnier.
A roofer and aspiring country singer.
- Dreadful Musician: He really can't sing.
- The Klutz: Implied by his constant injuries. He's often wearing casts, in a wheelchair, etc.