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:
- 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.
- 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 (and later marries) a girl named Bonnie, who is essentially a female version of himself (much to Red's horror).
- 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 really enjoys his job and likes talking about it. The problem is, women don't like hearing about it. He once managed to have an entire conversion with a woman without mentioning sewage, which he felt rather proud of since that was a difficult achievement for him.
- Running Gag: Between segments, he would recite a jingle about his company ("If your nose is stinging, our phone should be ringing!").
- 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:
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 with a penchant 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.
- 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, 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.