chicagomel on Mar 22nd 2013 at 4:37:14 PM
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alnair20aug93 on Jul 11th 2018 at 1:04:30 PM
Page Type: Trope
Upped for Grabs by Alnair. No Launching, Eh.
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. The Mounties are also contracted to provide local policing in small towns and rural areas. The main exceptions are Ontario and Quebec, where a provincial police force does the same role. Large cities have their own municipal police service.
So despite being by far the most famous Canadian police force, the Mounties' don't do much in Canada's cities and its two most populous provinces. Horses and the iconic red uniforms are mostly reserved for ceremonial use — everyday uniforms are gray and black.
Works featuring only the RCMP as Canadian police:
- In Batman: A Word to the Wise, Batman is contacted to come to Canada to stop The Joker by the RCMP as opposed that by regular Canadian police.
- 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.
- 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 Mountie, 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.
- 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 "P.S. I Love You" - in Robin's old music video.)
- 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 worksRed and black, it's their color schemeGet their man in the end
- The WWE's The Mountie was a notable aversion of the Mountie stereotype, apart from his "The Mountie always gets his man" tagline.
- Jay Ward's cartoon series Dudley Do-Right of the Mounties centers on an Idiot Hero serving with the Canadian Mounties in full dress uniform. While Dudley's arch-nemesis, Snidely Whiplash, dabbles in a few federal-class offenses, most of his misdeeds are lesser felonies such as grand larceny or kidnapping. Further, the Mounties' headquarters is a classic frontier log fort, which suggests that the Mounties not only double as Canada's police force, but as its standing army as well. Can't accuse Canada of Crippling Overspecialization that way. It was made into a live action film starring Brendan Fraser.
- Klondike Cat from Underdog, who always gets his mouse. He belongs to the Klondike Kops, who are Mounties in all but name.
- 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.
- Droopy played Sergeant McPoodle of the Mounties in "Northwest Hounded Police", taking Always Gets His Man to new heights.
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