->''"I wish you could meet my girlfriend,''\\
''But you can't because she is in Canada.''\\
''I love her, I miss her, I can't wait to kiss her,''\\
''So soon I'll be off to Alberta!''\\
''...I mean Vancouver!''\\
''(Shit, her ''name'' is Alberta, she ''lives'' in Vancouver...)"''
-->-- '''Rod''', ''Theatre/AvenueQ''

A convenient way to imply that a character is [[TransparentCloset in the closet]], or covering for social ineptness: have them mention their girlfriend. [[CanadaEh In]] [[CanadaDoesNotExist Can]][[UsefulNotes/{{Canada}} ada]]. She doesn't visit very often, but when she does they [[HaveIMentionedIAmHeterosexualToday just spend]] [[HaveIMentionedIAmSexuallyActiveToday all day in bed]]. No, you can't see a picture.

A subtrope of TheBeard, the Girlfriend in Canada is convenient for writers as she doesn't actually exist, and thus doesn't require casting or characterization. Does not strictly need to be in Canada, but for works set in the U.S., Canada has the advantage of being far enough away to plausibly explain the girlfriend's persistent absence without being so exotic that her nationality requires much elaboration.

In the case where the girlfriend is actually fake, it is almost ''de rigueur'' that any discussion of her living situation more detailed than "in Canada" be comically inconsistent with any real Canadian geography or culture.

If the show takes place [[InvertedTrope in]] [[CanadianSeries Canada]] ([[CaliforniaDoubling regardless of actual filming location]]), then the likely counterparts are one of the following, in order of likelyhood:

* Whichever of the Contiguous ("Lower 48") States is farthest from the show's setting.
* Whichever of the Contiguous ("Lower 48") States is ''closest to'' the show's setting.
** If the show is in a Canadian version of EverytownAmerica, [[UsefulNotes/CanadianProvincesAndTerritories a province without a land border with "the US", or one of the territories]], then the "Girlfriend In The States" will be said to live in a randomly-picked State with a land border to Canada other than Alaska.
* Alaska, but only if the show has a specific location that is not within British Columbia or the Yukon territory (which both border it).

The UsefulNotes/UnitedKingdom and Continental {{UsefulNotes/Europe}} likely use each other in the manner described above. Don't expect this trope to show up in {{Anime}}; the rarity in Japanese media is due to the maximum range of probable places is too small if the character doesn't speak a second language. {{UsefulNotes/Australia}} and UsefulNotes/NewZealand seem to avert this as well due to a [[TheRival rivalry]] or [[{{TropesThatWillNeverHappen/Unknowable}} some other reason]]. A sci-fi or fantasy series will likely use a remote planet/colony or a distant land/other dimension respectively, while a modern setting with a FictionalCountry or two that has [[EveryoneLooksSexierIfFrench the relevant kind]] [[{{UsefulNotes/Brazil}} of good reputation]] will have the Girlfriend In Fictional Country. If telecommunications is involved in all conversations, the Girlfriend In My Contact List is real, [[TechnologyMarchesOn unless]] the work is set more than a few years ago.

If the character making the claims gets called out by his friends you can expect the girlfriend to show up before the episode ends. Unless the ''character'' claiming this is ''from'' Canada but the show is set in America (or vice-versa), in which case [[AvertedTrope expect nobody to question it]] ''[[AvertedTrope and]]'' [[AvertedTrope for it to be true]] (if so, [[Administrivia/ExampleSectionectomy No Examples, Please]]).

This trope is closely related to OperationJealousy. Could become an InventedIndividual. See also WeddingRingDefense and FalseWidow.



[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicStrip/KnightsOfTheDinnerTable'':
** Brian Van Hoose claimed to have a girlfriend named Alexis Marie. He sometimes pretended to call her or even booked motel rooms. He even once claimed they were engaged and sent out wedding invitations.
** Bob once claimed to have been caught in a ''FatalAttraction'' situation with a co-worker at the Harness & Hoe Insurance company. Dave found this claim hilarious.
* In one ''ComicBook/TeenTitans'' comic Kid Flash tells Robin that he has his own RoguesGallery in Canada.
* In one issue of ''ComicBook/TheSimpsons'' comics, Milhouse's dad claims to have a girlfriend onboard the cruise ship everyone is on, and he always uses some excuse whenever anyone asks where she is. Subverted in that he actually does, and she really was just in the bathroom or tired every time he wasn't with her. Used later in a Romeo and Juliet parody, where Romeo (Nelson) claims that Tybalt (Jimbo) is just jealous because he has a real girlfriend. Jimbo replies with the trope.
* Destra of ''ComicBook/TheIntimates'' claims to have a boyfriend in Niagara Falls when Dead Kid Fred approaches her. Destra is incredibly sexy and could easily get a real boyfriend at the drop of a hat, but none of the boys at her boarding school interest her, hence the lie.
* In ''Comicbook/Champions2016,'' the others make fun of Comicbook/MilesMorales for claiming that he has [[Comicbook/SpiderGwen a girlfriend in an alternate universe]].

[[folder:Fan Fiction]]
* In ''FanFic/ScottPilgrimVsSnowFlowerAndTheSecretHallPass'', Shizuo wishes he had a girlfriend in Canada so he could get out of being in an arranged marriage.
* In ''[[FanFic/TheDarknessSeries Harry Potter and the Breeding Darkness]]'' Draco ''assumes'' that Harry doesn't really have a [[SlashFic boyfriend]] because this mysterious boyfriend doesn't attend Hogwarts. [[SubvertedTrope He assumed wrong]].
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/8038419/5/The-Journey-Begins The Journey Begins]]'' Dominick Burke claims that he's bi and that his steady girlfriend is in Greece with her dying grandmother.
* In ''[[Fanfic/AftermathOfTheGames Integration]]'' it is revealed that Apple Bloom once lied that she had a coltfriend from the Crystal Empire. Applejack and Rainbow Dash also note that this might be the case with Princess Twilight's relationship with Human Flash Sentry because they have never actually met him. Averted however, as Twilight and Flash actually are in a relationship.
* ''[[Fanfic/TheAlarmaverse Beauty Will Tear Us Apart]]'': After Ditzy claims to be dating Time Turner, Trixie immediately insists that she, too, has a girlfriend. ''“But you can’t meet her now, because she’s getting a degree in Vanhoofer.”''

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Played with and inverted in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsonsMovie'':
-->'''Lisa:''' Oh wait, I didn't tell you the best part: he loves the environment. Ooh wait, I still didn't tell you the best part: he's got an Irish brogue! No no, wait wait, I still didn't tell you the best part: ''he's not imaginary''!
* ''WesternAnimation/InsideOut'': In Imagination Land, Joy, Sadness and Bing Bong meet Riley's imaginary boyfriend. When Bing Bong, confused, mentions that he's never heard of him before, the boyfriend tells them that he lives in Canada.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Storks}}'': Toady claims to have a girlfriend who's migrating and produces a photograph of a bird he introduces as her.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Anthony Michael Hall's character in ''Film/TheBreakfastClub'' claims to have a girlfriend living up in Niagara Falls, in addition to having had sex with several other girls. When pressed, he admits he made the whole thing up because he's embarrassed to admit he's a virgin. His character also has a distant girlfriend in ''Film/WeirdScience'' from later in the same year, 1985.
* Creator/LeslieCheung's character in ''TheChineseFeast'' hopes to get enough money to visit his girlfriend in Canada.
* Gil in Film/GoingGreek claims not only a foreign traveling girlfriend, but that she travels because she is a model. He is not believed, even by his cousin and all his frat buddies assume that he simply is an ArmoredClosetGay. The final frat party reveals that he is not only telling the truth, but that she is so devoted she got a "Property of Gil" tattoo on her neck.
* Played with in ''Film/DonnieBrasco''. Donnie is an undercover agent is infiltrating TheMafia in New York. He tells them he has a girlfriend "back in California" (because he actually has a wife, and doesn't want to cheat on her). The mobsters buy it hook, line, and sinker, despite never seeing him call, speak of, or show around photos of his alleged girlfriend.
* In ''Film/NapoleonDynamite'', Napoleon uses a sample modeling picture Deb gave him to convince Pedro that he has a girlfriend who lives in Oklahoma.
* The Mayor in ''Film/{{Chocolat}}'' uses this to attempt to cover up the fact that his wife has left him by claiming that she's on an extended holiday and will come home soon.
* Possibly director Corky St. Clair's wife Bonnie in ''Film/WaitingForGuffman'', though she supposedly lives in town with him, not in some distant locale. Nobody ever seems to have met Bonnie, and there are hints ("I buy most of her clothes") that "Bonnie" may be a cover story for [[WholesomeCrossdresser crossdressing]] or some more peculiar activity.
* In the movie ''Film/{{Prom}},'' mega-dork Rolo claims to have a Greek-Canadian girlfriend named Athena who looks like a model and who he's taking to prom. Everyone is certain she's fake until [[spoiler: Rolo arrives with the lovely Athena on his arm.]]
* In ''Film/SnakesOnAPlane'', every time the [[{{Camp}} highly effeminate male steward]] mentions his "girlfriend", the people listening roll their eyes and assume her to be this. [[spoiler:Until the end, where she shows up and they immediately start making out.]]
* In ''Film/AVeryBradySequel'', Jan, trying to make Marsha jealous, invents a boyfriend named George Glass using LineOfSightName. Subverted when she tracks down an actual George Glass by movie's end. This was a storyline on [[Series/TheBradyBunch the original TV Series]].
* A prospector in ''Film/PaintYourWagon'' admits that his girlfriend back home, Lisa, was entirely made up.
* In a deleted scene in ''Film/TrickRTreat'', Laurie claims she is not a virgin; citing an incident with Dave, an attorney at the law firm in Toronto where she interned. The other girls don't believe it for a moment. [[spoiler:Of course, 'virgin' has a different meaning in this circumstances.]]

* OlderThanPrint: In Mary de France's 12th-century poem, ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lanval Lanval,]]'' Sir Lanval responds to Queen Guinevere's insinuation that "women are not what you prefer, but that there are very many pretty boys with whom you prefer to take your joys" by saying that he ''does'' have a girlfriend... she's just... a mystical being... who Guinevere doesn't know... and whom Guinevere can never meet.... yeah, that makes sense. [[spoiler:Made all the more amusing by the fact that it's ''true''.]]
* In ''The Extinction Gambit'', the first novel of ''Literature/TheExtraordinaires'', Evadne claims to have a fiancé named Clarence and shows Kingsley a picture of him she keeps in a locket. At the end of the book, Evadne admits that Clarence does not exist and the picture is one she cut out of a postcard.
* In Marco Denevi's noirish novel ''Rosaura at 10 O'Clock'', a young man whose nosy neighbors get on his case about not having a girlfriend tells them he's having a secret affair with a married woman named "Rosaura", and sends himself perfumed letters. (Therefore, he's very surprised when one day his landlady tells him, "Rosaura was here this morning asking for you"...)
* In the Creator/GeorgetteHeyer novel ''Literature/TheUnknownAjax'', Hugo invents a fiancée back in Yorkshire as a way of gracefully getting out of an ArrangedMarriage to Anthea. She's already told him that she doesn't want to marry him, but apparently he feels that he must be more tactful. [[spoiler:They [[PerfectlyArrangedMarriage change their minds]].]]
* ''Literature/IAmJ'': J tells a girl he likes that he has a girlfriend in Philadelphia, but they're on the verge of breakup. This comes back to bite him several times later on.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{Chuck}}'': Emmett Milbarge claims to have a girlfriend named Henrietta in Ontario. Until it became the real thing, Chuck's relationship with Sarah was a variation of the trope in that Sarah existed, was not only in on the lie but came up with it, and everybody actually believed it.
* In the pilot episode of ''Series/{{Glee}}'', Sandy Ryerson claims that the scandal that got him sacked almost cost him his long distance girlfriend in another city. Will does not look convinced.
* Bohort's wife in ''Series/{{Kaamelott}}'' is an interesting example in that she's mentioned by Bohort as getting very sick whenever she goes anywhere, and is thus never seen. Everyone goes "Sick. Riiiiiiiight.", but at the end of the episode, we do see his wife. It should be mentioned that she shows up to enforce the character's heterosexuality, as Bohort's very... refined nature ended up putting the actor on the cover of a gay magazine.
* In ''Series/HowIMetYourMother,'' Ted regrets that he didn't know the Canadian Robin in highschool. "You could've been the Canadian girlfriend I told everyone I had!"
* Subverted in "Mr. Series/{{Monk}} and the Employee of the Month". Randy's girlfriend appears to be one of these: the picture he shows Sharona is the one that came with his wallet ("She's a wallet model!") and he gives what appears to be a LineOfSightName... except that at the end of the episode, she's actually shown waving to him from a taxi (and shouting that she loves him). Unfortunately for Randy, none of the others get to see her before she leaves, leaving her existence in CassandraTruth territory.
* ''Series/TheGoodwinGames'': Henry's fiancée, Kate exists but since she has yet to be seen by anyone in Granby ([[TheGhost and the audience]]), they assume he is making her up.
--> '''Keith''': Henry, is Kate, by any chance, Canadian?\\
'''Henry''': Are we really debating the existence of my fiancée?
* On ''Series/ThirtyRock'':
** Liz Lemon's man-bashing comedy book causes serious damage to her male friends' relationships, including Lutz, who complains that his girlfriend is very upset, in Canada. Lutz's girlfriend in Canada also has a website specifically dedicated to proving she exists.
** Lampshaded with Liz's ''real'' boyfriend:
--> '''Liz:''' I'm actually seeing someone right now. And he's never around because he's a pilot. His name is Carol.
--> '''Ritchie:''' That sounds really fake.
--> '''Liz''': I know how it sounds!
** And again with her next boyfriend with a throwaway line about having a "boyfriend in Canada" when Frank claims to have a girlfriend, conveniently explaining why he didn't show up in that week's episode.
--> '''Liz''': Seriously, Criss is in Canada this week.
* ''Series/TheOC'' did this twice. In Season One, Oliver Trask mentioned his girlfriend Natalie Bishop who "went to Pacific". [[spoiler:Natalie Bishop was a middle-aged woman who worked in the hotel Oliver lived in. She says she'd "known him since he was a little guy", which adds to the creepiness.]] In Season Two, The less crazy Zach Stephens mentioned a girlfriend he met in Italy named "Francesca".
* Subverted in the ''Series/GroundedForLife'' episode "Space Camp Oddity", where Brad says that he had a girlfriend at Space Camp, and brings up several lame excuses when people want to meet her. Eventually, she appears, played by Creator/MilaKunis.
* According to ''Series/{{Misfits}}'', France is England's Canada:
--> '''Simon''': Then what's her name?
--> '''Nathan''': Errrr... Mon... Eiiiik... Ka. Moneeka. She's French.
--> '''Simon''': Well, you should invite her to the party.
--> '''Nathan''': Oh well, she's in France, on account of being French.
* In an episode of ''Series/TheBradyBunch'', Jan pretends to have a boyfriend named George Glass. She also does the same thing in ''A Very Brady Sequel'', and at the end of the movie, ends up finding a real boyfriend with the same name.
* On ''Series/ThirdRockFromTheSun'', Dick wants to invite Nina and her boyfriend to dinner, but Mary suspects that Nina's boyfriend doesn't actually exist. The quickness with which Nina turns down the invitation to a double-date does not assuage that suspicion.
* Harmony on ''Series/{{Buffy|the Vampire Slayer}}'' and ''Series/{{Angel}}'' did this a lot according to Willow. "Oh, he goes to a different school, you wouldn't know him." But when Willow cites this, Harmony is actually in a relationship with Spike.
* In ''Series/TheITCrowd'' episode "Jen The Fredo", Moss talks about a girlfriend he had "on holiday", causing Roy to snap "They're always on holiday, aren't they Moss?".
* Howard tells the others this in ''Series/TheBigBangTheory''. When he actually does get a girlfriend, she's out of town when Leonard's mom comes over... which is unfortunate, since Leonard's mom is convinced he and Raj are in the closet.
-->'''Howard:''' She had to go out of town, her grandmother died.
-->'''Mrs Hofstadter:''' I see. ''(To Sheldon, eyebrows raised)'' "Her grandmother died."
-->'''Howard:''' Honest to God - Leonard, tell her I have a girlfriend.
-->'''Leonard:''' [[ItAmusedMe I don't know what you're talking about.]]
** And Amy Farrah Fowler admits she once told her family she had a boyfriend who was a miniature horse breeder. The lie unravelled when she was asked where they met. She panicked and said "Woodstock".
* In ''Series/SoRandom'' on the "Learning Spanish" sketch, the Spanish "teacher" (Nico) remarks that Peter (Chad) is ugly, to which Peter replies, "I have a girlfriend.", then Nico says that his girlfriend is fake, to which Peter replies, "She lives in Canada." Then Nico remarks, [[DiscussedTrope "Canada is a country where fake girlfriends live."]]
* In ''Series/{{Victorious}}'', it's subverted in the episode "Prom Wrecker". Cat tells Robbie she can't go to the prom with him because she already has another date, who's from a different school. When Robbie accuses her twice of lying during the prom, she gives him an excuse as to why her date's not with her at the moment. But the second time, we learn her date actually is real and her stories were true after all.
* According to Creator/StephenColbert, this is what North Dakota is to South Dakota. It's a long story.
* In ''Series/{{Community}}'', Pierce, during his accidental phone call, tells his mother that he has one.
* On ''Series/{{Chef}}'', after Savannah develops a crush on Gareth, she invents an imaginary boyfriend who is constantly buying her flowers in the hope of [[OperationJealousy making Gareth jealous of the competition]]. It doesn't work.
* In ''Series/TheInbetweeners'', Jay claims to have had tons of sex with the girls at Caravan Club. When his friends call his bluff and agree to accompany him to Caravan Club, their suspicions that he has been lying are quickly confirmed.
* In ''Series/TheOfficeUS,'' when Dwight is calling various people out for having had sex in the eponymous office:
-->'''Dwight''': As has Angela, as has Ryan, as has Kelly, as has Meredith...
-->'''Kevin''': As has Kevin!
-->'''Angela''': With ''who?''
-->'''Kevin''': ''She goes to another school!'''
* ''Series/{{Frasier}}'': Gil's wife, "Deb" - an [[TheBeard Army reservist]], [[RunningGag owner of her own auto repair shop]], [[UpToEleven and graduate of Sarah Lawrence]].
* ''Series/TheMiddle'' has the (allegedly) CampStraight Brad, ex-boyfriend and close friend of Sue, references his own Canadian girlfriend when scolding her for talking about herself.
* ''Series/NewsRadio'' S03E01, Matthew (Andy Dick) insists that some women like his moustache, when challenges to provide examples he claims ''Jill... she lives in Canada, you wouldn't know her''.
* ''Series/TheFactsOfLife'': Everyone assumed Natalie's boyfriend, a motorcycle-riding bad boy named "Snake", was made up. He does eventually show up in the flesh, but not before an episode-ending UnReveal gag where Natalie [[BreakingTheFourthWall promises they'll actually show Snake next time.]]
* ''Series/RizzoliAndIsles'': In "Love Taps", the VictimOfTheWeek works for a company that provides imaginary online boyfriends for women.
* ''Series/RedDwarf'': In "Can of Worms", Cat claims that he is not a virgin because he knows these two lady cats that live on Z deck. And who the others have never met.

* In the Music/TheyMightBeGiants song "Withered Hope", it's mentioned "Withered Hope says she has a soul-mate / Living in a city in another state".
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MEjutUbgpH8 Wait a minute...]]
* "Jesse" by Ivri Lider mentions that the singer's crush supposedly has a girlfriend (or at least a crush) elsewhere. Whether he actually does or is just saying so is hard to tell.
-->''I love a boy named Jesse, but Jesse doesn't love me back''
-->''He says he has a girl in Chelsea he wants so much''

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* In one arc in the ''ComicStrip/{{Alex}}'' comic strip, Alex and Clive end up in [[Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia Narnia]] where they meet all kinds of creatures that only exist in 'make-believe'. This includes the 'girlfriend in London' Clive claimed to have had while at university.

* In ''Radio/WarhorsesOfLetters''. the surreal BBC Radio 4 series about the relationship between Wellington's horse Copenhagen and Napoleon's horse Marengo, Marengo's StalkerWithACrush, Marcie, claims he's got a girlfriend that no-one's ever met. Then she dies, and he goes through the [[FiveStagesOfGrief Four Stages of Grief]]: Denial, Following Marengo Around, Sexual Promiscuity and Acceptance. Copenhagen isn't convinced.

* ''Theatre/AvenueQ'': Possibly the most famous example, [[TransparentCloset Rod]] sings "My Girlfriend Who Lives in Canada", which provides the page quote.
** And the song ends with an incredibly unexpected and exaggerated shout of [[spoiler:[[HaveIMentionedIAmHeterosexualToday "AND I CAN'T WAIT TO EAT HER PUSSY AGAIN!!!!!"]]]]
** A slightly bowdlerized version of the show used "boink her beaver", which adds another CanadaEh joke.
* In ''Theatre/TheSorcerer'', J. W. Wells invents a fiancee in the South Pacific to try (unsuccessfully) to deter [[GrandeDame Lady Sangazure]] from pursuing him. He admits in an audience aside that it's all a lie.
* [[Theatre/DearEvanHansen Dear Evan Hansen's]] Jared Kleinman mentions that he got to second base under-the-bra with a girl who is going to be in the army while he was at summer camp.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/SonicChronicles'', Amy will go on and on about her boyfriend Dexter, who's smart and funny and kind and resourceful and heroic and basically everything she ever wanted Sonic to be, minus the habit of telling her to buzz off when she's trying to be affectionate. Yet we never get to actually meet Dexter, because Sonic happens to have rolled into town when Dexter's away on business. If you choose enough "nice" dialog choices over the course of the game, she'll eventually own up that she made up Dexter in an attempt to get Sonic jealous so that he'd acknowledge that she is, in fact, "his woman".
* In the mobile phone game, ''SurvivingHighSchool 11'', in the episode "The New Girl," One of the male cheerleaders, Keith, tells your character (the titular new girl) that he has a girlfriend who lives in Canada. Since the character is also portrayed as [[CampGay being interested in musicals, with 'immaculately gelled hair' and wearing designer jeans]], this could be seen as a way of letting the player know Keith is gay.
* In ''VideoGame/LeisureSuitLarry: Magna Cum Laude'':
-->Are you a virgin?
-->No, she lives in Canada.
* Invoked in a dialogue option in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins''.
-->'''Jowan:''' A few months ago, I told you that I... met a girl. This is Lily.
-->'''Mage PlayerCharacter:''' Ah. I was beginning to doubt her existence.
* In the ''Franchise/MassEffect'' series, Conrad Verner occasionally makes reference to an unseen wife who puts up with his obsession with Shepard. The third game reveals that he just made her up.
* In ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2'', after Qara questions the size of "Ironfist manhood":
-->'''Khelgar:''' Wh-what?! I'll have you know ''plenty'' of women know about Ironfist manhood! Plenty! They just all live up... around Waterdeep... or they'd tell you!

* In ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'', Dora mentions that Sven actually had a Canadian girlfriend, and that his resulting screaming fight with the enraged ''Quebecoise'' was "the best Thanksgiving ever".
** [[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=643 Deathbot 9000]], on the other hand, apparently plays this trope entirely straight.
** In addition, Raven briefly has a ''boyfriend'' in Canada. He eventually appears in person... and turns out to be a hobo.
** Sven’s claim to own a “’65 Les Paul” guitar is [[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=943 treated as such]], as Gibson didn’t build any Les Pauls in 1965.[[spoiler: Turns out he ''[[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=945 thought]]'' he owned one. He got swindled and his guitar was [[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=947 built in 1983]], not 1965.]]
* Ash in ''Webcomic/{{Misfile}}'' doesn't want to deal with the [[{{Squick}} awkwardness]] of a boyfriend [[GenderBender while being a girl]] or having to explain who [[OurAngelsAreDifferent Rumisiel]] is, so she claims that he's her boyfriend from Canada who is visiting through a foreign exchange program.
** And so is his visiting brother. Who both live with her.
* A non-relationship variant/parody in a ''Webcomic/{{Narbonic}}'' "[[http://www.webcomicsnation.com/shaenongarrity/narbonic_plus/series.php?view=archive&chapter=49811 Continuity Repairs With Rob and Andy]]" strip. How did Dave get a 1984 action figure in 1983? From his cousin in Canada, of course! "You wouldn't know him, since he's from Canada."
* In Shaenon's ''[[Series/TheXFiles X-Files]]'' parody webcomic ''Webcomic/MonsterOfTheWeek'', Pheobe Green from the episode "Fire" is introduced by Mulder saying "Hey, Scully. Remember how I told you I did so have a girlfriend but she lives in England and you wouldn't know her?"
* Referenced in Webcomic/EightBitTheater, after Drizz'l claims to have summoned the Four Fiends.
--> '''Black Mage:''' I mean, where'd he get them? From his girlfriend, she's from Leflein, we don't know her?
--> '''Drizz'l:''' We were pen pals.
* ''Webcomic/SaturdayMorningBreakfastCereal'' [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/?id=3066#comic gives St. Anselm a Canadian girlfriend]].
* In ''Webcomic/SkinHorse'' when Nick discovers that Aimee, the girl he's been talking to, "doesn't exactly ''exist''", the obnoxious animatronic unicorn Baron Mistycorn finds this hilarious. Nick retorts that Phoebe, the Canadian model who's into unicorns, doesn't exist either.

[[folder:Web Originals]]
* ''Website/TheOnion'' has played with this trope:
** ''[[http://www.theonion.com/content/node/38767 Canadian Girlfriend Unsubstantiated]]'': "And he said Audrey couldn't come here because she didn't get any time off from school for Christmas, since they don't observe it in Canada. At least not in the French-speaking parts like Alberta."
** ''[[http://www.theonion.com/articles/area-homosexual-thinks-hes-still-in-the-closet,690/ Area Homosexual Thinks He's Still In The Closet]]'' also uses this trope as part of a TransparentCloset. Dates from 1999, making it the oldest Canada-specific example on this page, and therefore possibly the TropeNamer.
* [[http://web.me.com/magwier/albruno3/The_Binder_Of_Shame.html Al Bruno III's]] Literature/BinderOfShame, a series of satirical stories about a tabletop gaming group. One character claims to have a girlfriend in Canada. No one believes him, of course. He leaves for a year or so. In the meantime, a second fellow gets a girlfriend who actually shows up to gaming sessions. When the first fellow returns, he is very upset that the girl (yes, his girlfriend) has been cheating on him, and the second fellow gets upset that the girl failed to tell him she was Canadian.
-->"I told you I was from [[Literature/TheShadowOverInnsmouth Shadowed Innsmouth]] because I was afraid there would be a stigma."
* Urban Dictionary entry [[http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=my%20girlfriend%20who%20lives%20in%20canada here]].
* WebAnimation/HomestarRunner: Strong Bad claims to have many, many girlfriends... who we never see because they're supposedly visiting other planets, such as the "very special lady" from the WebAnimation/StrongBadEmail "autobigraphy" or Delilelia from "senior prom".
-->'''Strong Bad''': And she was a very, very special lady. And she loved me so much and had skinny blonde hair and was always hanging out at the beach, gazing at a photo of me... Too bad when she had to go to another planet for reasons too complex to elaborate on. I'll probably never see her again. And neither will any of you.
** A more literal example occurred in episode 6 of Marzipan's Answering Machine, in which he says his girlfriend "lives up in the other country."
* [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/loadingreadyrun/3643-Canadian-Girlfriend This]] ''WebVideo/LoadingReadyRun'' skit, complete with highlighting the issues of this problem if you live in Canada.
* One ''[[WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick Vampire Reviews]]'' episode opens with Maven/Elisa wearing a shirt that says "My Boyfriend is a Vampire."
-->"What? He is! So what if he lives in Canada? Our love is pure!"
* After ''WebVideo/ToBoldlyFlee,'' WebVideo/ToddInTheShadows and [[Creator/AllisonPregler Lupa]] have one awkward date before she winds up going out with [[WebVideo/{{Phelous}} someone else]]. Todd tries to reassure himself that the new guy probably isn't even real, since he "lives in Canada" or something. ([[DontExplainTheJoke The joke, of course]], being that [[RealLife he actually does]].)
** Todd had earlier joked about this trope in his review of Kelly Clarkson's "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)," when he suggested that the JerkAss ex-boyfriend she was singing about wasn't real.
--> "Spends a lot of time in Canada, does he?"
* ''WebVideo/TheLizzieBennetDiaries'': Mr. Collins claims to have a fiancée in Canada, which Lizzie is distinctly skeptical about. Charlotte refuses to confirm or deny the existence of said fiancée and implies that Mr. Collins has made her sign non-disclosure agreements about it. [[spoiler:Subverted by the novelization, which confirms that she's real and does in fact live in Canada -- Mr. Collins met her online.]]
* ''WebVideo/DragonballZAbridged'' takes Zarbon's {{camp}}-ness from canon and ups it oh so much... and then he reveals he has a girlfriend and had no idea everyone thought he was gay. Though Zarbon is implied to have been telling the truth, said girlfriend is never seen, and Freeza is convinced she's named Chuck.
* According to ''Podcast/PlumbingTheDeathStar'', the one problem with dating [[Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet Freddy Kruegar]] is that everyone would assume you're just making him up to puff your ego, since he only exists in the dreamworld. Zammit is very put off by this, not wanting to be "that guy."

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/MissionHill'': Played straight with both Kevin and George. When told by Toby that George had a girlfriend in Singapore, Kevin mentions that he claimed to have a girlfriend in Canada ("because it's so far away, no one could ever check"). When he asks George if he's also lying, George responds "It's a more believable ethnic variation." Toby then asks them to stop bragging about their girlfriends.
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePenguinsOfMadagascar'': King Julien claims he has girlfriends in Canada, but you can trust him that they are made up... with lipstick and mascara, he means, but tastefully.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** At an ice-skating event, Moe insists that all figure skaters are gay. Canadian figure skater Elvis Stojko points out that this is a common misconception as he has a girlfriend in Vancouver, to which Moe retorts, "Made up girlfriend, [[EskimosArentReal made up city]]."
** Subverted in the Treehouse of Horror XI segment "Scary Tales Can Come True" which parodies the story of Hansel and Gretel. Captured in the witch's gingerbread cottage, Lisa mocks her for not having a social life. The witch claims to have a boyfriend named George Cauldron (a riff on ''The Brady Bunch'' episode mentioned above) but Lisa and Bart are less than convinced. At the end of the segment, after Homer cooks the witch in her own oven, a handsome and real George Cauldron arrives and asks for her.
** One episode had Lisa bemoan being unable find a date to a dance, even among the nerds. Turns out their claims of having girlfriends at other schools were true.
** In the episode "Barthood," Milhouse says he'll make up a girlfriend from Alberta named Alberta so that he doesn't have to remember two lies.
** Subverted in an episode in which Bart tells Groundskeeper Willie that he has a new girlfriend, who awkwardly replies that he also has a girlfriend who happens to be a bikini model from Sweden. As soon as Bart walks away, said model comes out of his shack asking him to come back to bed.
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'': [[ButtMonkey Meg Griffin]] occasionally pretends to be in a relationship, although none of her family members ever believe her.
-->'''Meg:''' Don't mind me, guys, I'm just writing a letter to my boyfriend. ''(reading aloud as she types on a laptop)'' "Dear [[HelloInsertNameHere My Boyfriend]], thank you for making out with me, recently, on purpose. That was cool. Those flowers that you totally sent me were really pretty, just like you say I am."
-->'''Chris:''' You're so full of shit, Meg.
* ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'', "Impostor's Home for Make-'Em-Up Pals": Frankie spent most of an episode trying to expose a new imaginary friend as a real human pretending to be imaginary. The friend claimed his maker lived in Canada. Then it was revealed he really was imaginary and his maker really did live in Canada.
* ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'' has Beth claim to have acquired a hot boyfriend at the start of ''[[NewSeasonNewName Action]]'', her constant prattling about him drives everyone crazy until they finally chew her out about it... then comes the after show after she's booted off, where it turns out she really ''does'' have an incredibly hot and talented boyfriend, [[JawDrop to the utter shock of everyone else]].
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'', Connie is upset that Bobby didn't get their tickets to the school dance early because all the nerds who claimed to have girlfriends from different schools were telling the truth and the dance was already sold out because of it.
* The ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' episode ''The 42 Year Old Virgin'' plays with a lot of classic sex tropes by applying them to [[ARealManIsAKiller killing]] instead of sex. Stan is outed as a "virgin" when he can't name the first person he killed, instead claiming it was a Soviet Agent, "but you wouldn't know him, he was from Canada".
* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'': In "Restaurant Wars", Steven comes up with a plan to stop the feud between Mr. Fryman and Kofi Pizza that involves Kiki and Ronaldo pretending to be dating. Ronaldo protests, claiming he has an actual girlfriend. No one believes him. [[SubvertedTrope He's not kidding, though.]] While the two are enacting Steven's plan, said girlfriend actually shows up and Ronaldo is MistakenForCheating.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'': Kaeloo, Quack Quack, [[TheSmartGuy Mr. Cat]] and [[AlphaBitch Pretty]] do not believe that Stumpy's girlfriend [[TheUnseen Ursula]], who he claims to have met online, exists, since nobody has seen her. [[spoiler: The trope is subverted when Episode 116 reveals, to everyone's shock, that she's a real girl.]]

[[folder:Real Life]]
* A non-gay version was done by undercover FBI agent Joseph Pistone AKA Film/DonnieBrasco. Pistone was married but was posing as an unattached jewel thief, and so needed a plausible reason for the other mobsters why he didn't put the moves on other women, or was away to see his real family. So he'd pretend to have an out-of-state girlfriend.
* Played with, in the 2018 Justin Trudeau "My Canadian Boyfriend" [[https://globalnews.ca/news/3887716/justin-trudeau-canadian-boyfriend-calendar/ calendar]].