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In American media, Canada is a sweet, quirky and slightly backwards version of America. It's as if you took everyone from Minnesota, gave them an obsession with hockey note (OK, it's practically an unofficial religion), and made that an entire country. Everybody's white (except the First Nations), and everyone who isn't French has a Scottish note last name.
Canada basically consists of five distinct parts:
- Toronto: basically Chicago but cleaneror as Peter Ustinov put it, "New York run by the Swiss." Serves as Canada's own Big Applesauce in domestic productions and as a cheap stand-in for the original in American ones. Not actually the national capital, despite the fact many foreigners think it is. It's actually the provincialnote capital of Ontario. The CN Tower is its emblem.
- The Other Rainforest: filled with Mountain Men, including Mighty Lumberjacks (who are often okay) and Hunter Trappers. Also expect to see treacherous Indian Maidens (who are often Nubile Savages), moose, and beavers. Everyone here wears flannel and furs and is named Pierre (even the girl). If an urban environment shows up here, it's Vancouver, but you'll never see it, because it never plays itself.
- The Atlantic region: basically Maine but even colder. Full of lobsters, Scottish people, and fishermen clad in yellow raincoats with funny accents falling somewhere between Irish, Scottish, and Pirate.
- Quebec, full of artsy, ill-tempered, stuck up francophones who believe English is tongue of the devil (unless you're in Montreal) and hate the people in the other parts of North America and the people in France (and sometimes even the Brits). Abandoned by France in favour of the Caribbean, but who wouldn't, ostie de tabarnac?
- The Arctic, full of igloos, playful polar bears, and parka-wearing Inuit riding around on dog sleds, quite possibly penguins and maybe even yetis, and of course cute little baby seals... at least until the polar bears and people find them.
Keep in mind that Canada, Eh? has no West Coast (besides ALL of British Columbia), no Prairies (besides a fairly large hunk of the middle of the country), and certainly no mild winters (except for Vancouver). The warm weather stops right about at the border (unless it presents a passport).
For more simple-minded types, Canada consists of two parts:
- Toronto: Icy hellhole. Full of maple syrup, French people, moose, beavers, Mounties (who are Paul Gross clones) and people who say "eh."
- Not Toronto: Icier hellhole. More syrup, French people, moose, beavers, Mounties (again, clones) and people who say "eh." And frequently called Medicine Hat, Moose Jaw, Flin Flon, Dildo, Swastika, Asbestos, and so on.
Eeeeeh, Canadians eat nothing but Kraft Dinner even if they didn't HAVE to eat Kraft Dinner (which is Canadian for "macaroni and cheese"), Tim Hortons, doughnuts, poutinenote , and Canadian... er... peameal bacon. Anglophone Canadians all speak with a stereotyped West/Central Canadian English accent, putting "eh" at the end of questions or affirmations, and prominently raising the "ou" in aboot every word containing it. Also, as per the page image, Canadians are famed for shamelessly holding their maple syrup jugs on the non-handle side.
The army consists of a guy with a BB gun mounted on a moose, the air force a paper airplanenote , the coast guard a guy with a pair of binoculars and a rope, and the navy a guy in a canoe with a slingshot.
All policemen are Mounties, and they wear their red serge dress tunics and broad-brimmed Montana Peak hats constantly, even while on regular duty.
Canadian technology is always behind American tech.note In fact, if it wasn't for the Americans they'd have no culture at all.
Feel free to whack me over the head with a hockey stick. And doon't feel soarry aboot it, eh! I'll just apologize to you for possibly damaging your hockey stick, because that's the Canadian way, eh?
Oh, but remember: No matter how polite and well-mannered Canada, Eh seems to be, there is that ONE exception...
Useful Notes about non-fictional Canada now has its own page.
- My name is Joe, and I! AM! CANADIAN! Text for that commercial, and for its follow-up, can be found here. Thoroughly parodied here by great Canadian William Shatner.
- Midas.ca did a commercial featuring a Canadian car chase.
- One of Shaw Communications' radio commercials feature the delivery bots talking about how polite Canadians are, ending with them thanking the listener for listening to their commercial.
- Kate from Sketchbook ~full color'S~ comes from Canada (and for some reason writes "Canada" in kanji). She subverts Anime Accent Absence by having a very noticeable accent.
- In Axis Powers Hetalia, Canada looks exactly like America except for a different haircut (his hair is somewhat longer, and his haircurl is longer with a curl near the end — kind of like the one the Italy brothers have), is extremely quiet, says "Maple" and/or "Maple Hockey" when surprised, is constantly mistaken for his brother, America, and no one really remembers him. He is usually invisible to other nations, who sometimes think the "other presence" in the room is a ghost. And then the last part is reversed, when he's the host of Hetaween 2011. And he even gets people to tell him how good his work is. The fandom conveniently forgets it.
- The Canadian Gundam from G Gundam is a giant wood cutter, as is its pilot. All we get to see of the actual country is a forest where... there is wood cut.
- In an episode of Wandaba Style, the girls traveled back in time and saw Susumu's father leave on a spaceship to the moon. With their future knowledge that Susumu's father never made it to the moon, they assume he never returned, and when they go back in the present, they offer Susumu their condolences. Susumu replies that his father was stuck in space for five years, but is alive and well and living in Canada.
- An episode of Medabots had a Canadian medafighter travel to Japan to challenge Ikki to a battle. At one point he mentions that the insane blizzard Ikki's town was experiencing would be seen as a "light dusting" back home. In the English dub, he also insists on ending every single sentence with "eh?", until...
Ikki: Why do Canadians always say "eh"?!
Canadian medafighter: We do?
- One case of Team Rocket's twinkle in the sky exits in Pokémon ends with them landing in an indeterminate forest zone, with two onlookers dressed for warmth. The dub goes the extra mile with their accent.
- Galaxy Express 999 visits a planet where everyone is oddly nice and determined to be helpful, and surreal, disconcerting, and suspiciously NFB-animated-short-like things keep happening. Tetsuro becomes increasingly convinced that the planet hides a terrible secret beneath its pleasant exterior, and seems to be vindicated when his and Maetel's passes are mysteriously lost. When they get returned to them just before the train leaves, he relents and apologizes to everyone for having been so suspicious of their intentions.
- Marvel Comics' Alpha Flight was about Canada's superteam, written & drawn by Canadian John Byrne (born in the UK, but raised in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada - where Wolverine is supposedly from). The team pulls from classic Canadian imagery and tropes including a Bigfoot-like creature, two characters whose powers resemble the Northern Lights, and overall a mix of English, French, Native, and immigrant members. Only one character (Puck) had the "eh" verbal tic, and it specifically didn't appear in his thought balloons.
- In the X-Men books, Canada is an outright evil place. They're the ones responsible for inhumane genetic experimentation on minorities like the Weapon X program. They've put mutants in concentration camps and gassed them, including women and children. Basically, Marvel Canada = Nazi Germany.
- It's an odd fact that if a character in the Marvel Universe (and to a lesser degree, in the DC universe) is a sociopath (Wolverine, Wyldechild), a psychopath (Sabretooth, Deadpool), clinically insane (Aurora), gay (Northstar) or an elf (again Northstar), they're from Canada. If they're gay or an elf, they're from Quebec (Northstar and Aurora).
- Omega Flight seemed to strive to be as un-Canadian as possible to the point of having US Agent on the team, and making the current Guardian (as in, the guy with the maple leaf on his outfit) a former US postal worker. Only two members of the team were actually Canadian.
- Wolverine of the X-Men was their first Canadian member, and very proudly so, though he hardly advertises the fact. It's made complex because John Byrne made him Canadian, and Marvel didn't care because at the time, they didn't think he'd be a major character. As his popularity grew, Marvel repeatedly tried to retcon his history to make him American, with no success. He's now generally recognized as Canadian in the comic.
- A discarded version of the Wolverine: Origins storyline had Wolverine born and spend his early life in the Southern States and move to Canada after the reveal causes tragedy in his family. It was eventually decided that his Canadian origin was at this point too integral to his fan recognition to ignore.
- One issue of X-Men: First Class plays this straight, showing Wolverine to be a dedicated hockey fan ("It's my moral right as a Canadian!").
- Another issue had him describing to Kitty an early mission he had with Alpha Flight where he had to rescue the Governor General. His attempts to explain to Kitty who the Governor General is was hilarious.
- Like Wolverine, Deadpool is from Canada but doesn't talk about it that much, though he did tell Spider-Man that he was such an expert figure-skater because figure-skating is every Canadian's superpower.
- The Scott Pilgrim series, based in a surreal, video game-like version of Toronto, averts most of these stereotypes (it should be noted the author, Bryan Lee O'Malley, is Canadian himself), except for the occasional "eh." Also, American characters' dialogue will be spelled with words like "flavor", while the Canadian cast says "flavour". The film plays much more with this trope, see that entry below for more.
- Nelvana of the Northern Lights is a defender of the Canadian north from Canada's golden age of comics. Many classic images or tropes that can identify a work as "Canadian" come from this era, such as a nearly constantly winter setting or characters based around the Northern Lights.
- We Stand on Guard is set in a future Canada that's been invaded by the United States. American patrol robots issue directives in both official languages, and many iconic bits of Canadiana - CBC, Tim Hortons, Parliament - are shown or referenced to anchor the setting. The usual Canadian stereotypes are, for the most part, avoided, though Canadian = Hockey Fan is invoked in the first issue.
- One issue of The Simpsons depicts Canada as a snowy, conifer-filled mountainous wasteland, where the locals all watch ice hockey and wear plaid jackets, while foreigners are made to work in the maple syrup mines in exchange for socialised healthcare, watched over by brutally efficient Mounties. Principal Skinner gets sent there by one of Bart's pranks, and eventually escapes by throwing a beaver into a Mountie's face.
- Justice League United featured Miiyahben "Mii" Martin aka Equinox, a Cree Canadian girl from Ontario.
- The Yukon Ho storyline from Calvin and Hobbes has Calvin seceding from his family to go live as a mountain man in northern Canada. He doesn't get very far, obviously, as he seems to assume that walking from his unspecified hometown (generally assumed to be Chagrin Falls, Ohio) to the Yukon will only take an afternoon, but he says that once he gets there he'll be able to hunt walruses.
- In a story line in Peanuts, Charlie Brown runs away, but Sally finds him camping out on his pitcher's mound. When she asks him why he didn't go someplace farther from home, such as Canada, he tells her he was afraid of getting hit by a hockey puck.
- A lengthy storyline in Mark Trail was set in Canada and featured a Mountie named Sergeant McQueen who not only wore his red serge tunic at all times, but was clearly shown to have another red serge tunic hanging on his door, presumably in case the first one was damaged.
- Hong Kong comic The World of Lily Wong featured a Story Arc where Lily's no-good brother Rudy and his mates were thinking of holding up a store and wanted to get guns without paying a fee to the local Triads. The obvious answer? Ask an American! Rudy approaches his gwailo ("Ghost Man", aka Caucasian) brother-in-law, Stuart.
Rudy: Hey, gwailo, can I borrow your gun?
Stuart: What makes you think I have a gun?
Rudy: Aw, c'mon, all Americans have guns!
Stuart: Well I don't.
(Rudy returns disappointedly to his friends.)
Rudy: Bad news, lads. I think this one must be Canadian.
- The Company (and yes, they've even trademarked the name "The Company") featured in Event Horizon: Storm of Magic is a rare example of an evil Canadian mega-corporation.
- In XSGCOM Canada is described - admittedly in jest to simple-minded offworlders - as a Death World. They say [Sharp's] homeland is a frozen wasteland where the icy wind would cut you to the bone and where water only ever falls as snow, like it does here upon the mountaintops yonder... It is said the forests there are full of ferocious beasts with huge teeth and claws called bears, and that you must prove yourself worthy by defeating one with a traditional weapon of his tribe they call a hockey stick
- Matthew in Part Right, Half Wrong, a Third Crazy defines this trope. Even more than his canon counterpart. Which is impressive, because his canon counterpart is Canada.
- The series Boy Scouts ½ has one storyline where a group of Canadian terrorists seize control of Camp Moses in large part because they are living embodiments of this trope and don't like it. What exactly their goals were, and how seizing a Boy Scout camp in Western Massachusetts is supposedly the best way to accomplish their goals, is never quite made clear. As a Shout-Out, the terrorists are lead by a pair of brothers named Bob & Doug McKenzie.
- Terry Pratchett decreed that no part of the Discworld should resemble any part of North America. However, the canon expanded to include Red Indians (Reaper Man), a suspiciously New Orleans-like Delta (Witches Abroad) and a pre-conquest Mexico (Eric), thus breaking his own rule. Fanfic author A.A. Pessimal added the land of Acerianote , which is Canada with all the knobs turned Up to Eleven. It includes transvestite lumberjacks, maple syrup, Mounties, stroppy Quirmian-speakers in L'Acerie Quirmienne and (to be able to encompass Country and Widdershins Music) has an Eagleland-like annex called "Lower Aceria" which has states rather than provinces. Aceria is growing with the fanon. Assassins' Guild School students from Quirmian Aceria and Rimwards Howondaland speak about the cultural differences between Home and Ankh-Morpork in fanfic The Prospectus.
- According to Dante's Night at Freddy's 2: Animatronic Boogaloo, The Marionette is Canadian. This is treated as absurdly as it sounds.
- In Hellsing Ultimate Abridged, Maxwell's crusader army includes 509 holy hosers from Canada's Salvation Army.
- Twelve Red Lines has Jones, a Canadian Self-Insert who joins the Straw Hat Pirates. In addition, since Oda gave Chopper's real-world nationality as Canadian, the writer has expanded the culture of Drum Kingdom in a rather familiar direction.
- The Your Lie in April alternate story fic, His Lie in April sees a new character named Seiya Miyazono (uncle of Kaori) who lives and works in Canada, and he instills a love of the Canadian Football League's Saskatchewan Roughriders in her in the story.
- A very early example from 1941 propaganda film, 49th Parallel. Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, both British, pulled out all the Canadian stereotypes, mostly good. Theres Scenery Porn up the yingyang, showing Banff, Niagara Falls, and the Prairies; theres a French-Canadian fur trapper who sings French nursery rhymes; the Germans basically travel all across Canada meeting Native Americans, Hutterites, and average Canadians; theres a quick shout out to RCMP and the CBC; and last, but not least, a native Torontonian pronounces Toronto like Torrana.
- In Argo the Canadians help the US smuggle a group of embassy staffers out of Tehran after the embassy takeover. Which leads to a quite funny TV clip of a spokesman for the Iranian government swearing eternal vengeance on Canada with a look on his face saying nothing short of "WTF am I reading?"
- Played with in Bon Cop, Bad Cop. This is a movie in which the killer wears a hockey mask... in part because he's obsessed with hockey. Note that is an example of Canadians using their own stereotypes of their country, mostly those of Ontario and Quebec as seen by each other, to create the most "Canadian" movie ever made. Since it is the most lucrative Canadian movie ever, it can be said to have succeeded.
- Canadian Bacon: The bulk of the film is contrasting a satirical take on America with a satirical take on Canada. While America is full of easily manipulated, hair-triggered oafs, Canada is uniformly clean, friendly and childishly innocent.
- Inverted in C.S.A.: The Confederate States of America: in an Alternate History where the Confederates won the American Civil War, many of the writers, artists, and musicians we consider a part of American culture end up emigrating to Canada to avoid Confederate morality laws... making Canada the more sophisticated, economically sound, and culturally relevant country of the two, and the CSA the backwards country.
- Zig-zagged in Detention with Gord, Riley's uber-Canadian debate partner and an all-around jerkass who makes Riley wish that the stereotype of "polite Canadians" were true. Turns out he's not actually Canadian, though — or even human, for that matter.
- The Ginger Snaps films are all set in Canada, but while in the first two films the country was incidental to other facets of the setting (Stepford Suburbia in the first film, a rehab clinic in the second), the prequel Ginger Snaps Back: The Beginning is explicitly rooted in Canada's era of westward exploration, taking place at a 19th century fur trading outpost in the desolate wilderness with little resemblance to America's contemporary Wild West.
- La Grande Séduction, a Quebeçois movie about a small fishing town's attempt to convince a doctor to move there, and its English-language remake, The Grand Seduction, which moves the setting to Newfoundland, and gets most of its supporting cast from This Hour Has 22 Minutes and other CBC comedies. Both movies are chock full of jokes about rural Canada including random punctuation in the French version's town name and the entire town gathering for a hockey game but not for church.
- Mon Oncle Antoine is a study of life in a rural Quebec mining town sometime around the mid-20th century. It has been named the greatest Canadian film ever made, twice by the Sight and Sound poll and three times by the Toronto International Film Festival.
- Downplayed in Pacific Rim. The prequel comics revealed that the first Jaeger-prototype was Brawler Yukon, and the very first Kaiju kill by a Jaeger took place in Vancouver. One of the Mark 3 Jaegers was built in Canada, and appropriately piloted by a pair of Inuit cousins.
- In The President's Analyst, when the titular individual goes on the lam, along with being stalked by the FBI, the CIA and The Phone Company, he runs afoul of the Canadian intelligence service. They are very polite about abducting him and drugging him for classified info.
- Canadian cities are sometimes seen as interchangeable, even by other Canadians. For instance, the movie A Problem with Fear is set in Calgary's underground subway system. Unfortunately for the film, Calgary does not have and has never had an underground subway system; the film was shot in Montréal, as the French-language ads in the background of many shots will attest. (And to be honest, having French-language ads in a movie supposedly set in Calgary is actually weirder than inventing a subway system.)
- Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, with American audiences in mind, lampshades this trope in the intro, saying that the story takes place "In the faraway land of Toronto, Canada". There are plenty of jokes thrown in for Canadians, too, though, like the scene of Scott fighting Lucas at Casa Loma, where a Hollywood movie is being filmed. At one point, Scott gets thrown through a backdrop of the New York skyline, tearing a hole over the Empire State Building. Through the hole, the CN Tower can be clearly seen.
- Strange Brew, the movie that cemented stereotype Canada for most people.
- In Superman II, Lois and Clark go to Niagara Falls on an assignment, and the Canadian side of the falls—which is the side with all the hotels and observation decks—is presented as brightly-coloured and very clean.
- Taking Lives is an American thriller set for no particular reason in Montréal, which you can tell because everyone speaks French from France and there's an establishing shot of the Château Frontenac. Having the Château Frontenac in Montréal is the equivalent of showing the Statue of Liberty in Washington (and having Quebeçois speak with French accents is the equivalent of New Yorkers speaking with British accents). The inaccuracies get worse from there. There doesn't seem to be any discernible reason to call in the FBI to do the RCMP's job, and somehow they've found a magical train that gets from Montréal to Fredericton in nine hours, a trip that normally takes about 22 hours.
- Kevin Smith's "True North" trilogy (Tusk, Yoga Hosers and the as-of-yet-unreleased Moose Jaws), which is set in Canada and relies almost entirely on cartoonishly exaggerated stereotypes.
- The Whole Nine Yards almost averts this, taking place in Montreal because it was filmed there, but generally lacking in Canadian stereotypes except for Bruce Willis's rant about how Canadians put mayonnaise on hamburgers.
- The persistent mentioning that shots need to contain "more Canadian content" by the director in Windigo serves to spoof the Canadian obsession with having expressly Canadian movies to maintain their identity.
- X-Men Film Series:
- X-Men: Northern Albertans are depicted as rude, beer-loving, rough-and-tumble rednecks... And Wolverine.
- X-Men Origins: Wolverine: After Logan quits Team X, he returns to Canada and works as a lumberjack, and even wears a flannel shirt in one scene.
- Two months before the release of X-Men: Apocalypse, the official Library and Archives Canada Facebook page uploaded declassified documents on James "Logan" Howlett (a.k.a. Wolverine).
- Older Than Radio: In 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Verne feels the need, for some reason, to remind the readers about twice a page that Ned Land is from Canada. Whether the author considers this a bad thing is debatable. (Ned is certainly not very smart compared to the other two protagonists, but on the other hand, he is the only one who realizes that Nemo is the despot he is and that they should put more focus on escaping than studying the vessel that they are, in all but name, prisoners of.)
- The Blood Books and the Smoke and Shadows series by Canadian author Tanya Huff are set primarily in Toronto and Vancouver. She makes a point to occasionally lampshade Canadian life and behavior. For example, in Smoke and Shadows a wizard from another dimension discusses the conquest of her world by an evil wizard with the Canadian protagonist:
Tony: I'm sorry.
Arrah: About what?
Tony: I'm not sure. It's a Canadian thing.
- The Coyote Kings of the Space Age Bachelor Pad is set in Edmonton, and is notable for having a cast made up largely of black people. Then again, the author is a black Canadian who lives in Edmonton.
- British author Dick Francis' thriller The Edge, set on a cross-Canada train trip, which is generally respectful and affectionate but also features a character who literally does say 'eh' at the end of every freakin' sentence.
- A dark, noir version of Edmonton, Alberta appears in Fall From Grace, which, if you've ever been to Edmonton, is both hilarious and very reasonable.
- Canadian author Robert J. Sawyer likes playing with this, especially in Frameshift: "Britain is like Canada - socialized medicine.", "You really do that. You really say 'eh.' "
- Hollywood's Canada, by Canuck media legend Pierre Burton, thoroughly and hilariously deconstructs Canada's image in American film (hint: most of the flicks mentioned were marketed as 'cool and refreshing' viewing for hot summer days). Contains, among others in the same vein, this wonderful quote from British actor Arthur Treacher: "I say, you'd have to be a pretty virile bloke to live there, wouldn't you?"
- How to Be a Canadian, by Will and Ian Ferguson, is a novel-length deconstruction, subversion and general send-up of every Canadian stereotype in existence.
- Most books by Gordon Korman are either set in Canada or include at least one Canadian character, as Korman was raised in Ontario. In the Dive trilogy, it's somewhat of a running joke:
Kaz: I'm Canadian.
- The science-fiction novel series MARZENA is written by KT Martel, who is originally from Quebec, Canada, the land of Neverending Winter. Transhuman Ambrosia also makes a brief reference that something terrible is happening North of the United-States. What could possibly be happening there?
- Peacebreakers by Canadian-American writer Mindy Mackay both exemplifies and subverts this trope - set in Montréal, the book is about a bunch of terrible people who take over the country. Although they don't fit friendly Canadian stereotypes, they're all obsessed with hockey, poutine, and saying "eh".
- In Percy Jackson and the Olympians, the Laistrygonian giants live in Canada. They even have bizarre names like "Marrow Sucker", "Skull Eater" and "Joe Bob". Frank Zhang is also the only known Canadian-born Demigod. (He's from North Vancouver.)
- Played with in Pharmakembru. Although the story is set in Canada, it's specifically taking place in Saint John, New Brunswick, and focuses on the flavour of the Maritime Region over the whole country.
- After the airliner hijacking at the beginning of Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six is foiled by John Clark and his son-in-law, the plane touches down in Gander, Newfoundland, and the protagonists are met on the tarmac by a "Royal Canadian Air Force" officer. Canada's air forces have not been referred to by the RCAF moniker since 1968. Interestingly enough, in Real Life, AIRCOM had been renamed back to the Royal Canadian Air Force in 2011, so Rainbow Six could possibly be justified in this by being in an Alternate Universe, having done this 14 years ahead of our time.
- Most of Robert W Service's stuff was written and set in the Gold Rush-era Yukon, presented as a hellish snowscape if you wander too far out of civilization. "The Cremation of Sam McGee" confirms a lot of Canadian stereotypes by presenting the inverse of them about Americans; Sam himself is "from Tennessee, where the cotton blooms and blows". He is presented as foul-mouthed and cranky, with far less tolerance for the cold than our Canadian narrator, although not too bad a guy.
- The Trolls has Aunt Sally both poke fun at and provide true facts about Vancouver. For the record, no one in her stories say 'eh?'.
- 30 Rock:
Jack: You sell your milk in bags!Avery: Your pavilion at Epcot doesn't have a ride!
- When the crew hired a new Canadian cast member for their fictional TV show, we saw a clip from his previous work, a Canadian high school football TV movie:
Danny Baker: Alright hosers, I want all twelve of us fighting for every metre on all three downs! We're going to make this a Boxing Day the prime minister will never forget.
- In another episode, Avery goes into labor in Toronto, and she and Jack decide to Run for the Border before their daughter is born a Canadian.
- When the crew hired a new Canadian cast member for their fictional TV show, we saw a clip from his previous work, a Canadian high school football TV movie:
- In one episode of The Adventures of Pete & Pete, Little Pete attempts to run away from home by riding a riding mower to Canada. A Mountie catches him at the border, hitches the mower to the back of his horse and drags him home that way.
- The Canadian series of Big Brother.
- While most series will occasionally allude to what country they are set in (Sometimes with a house design being based off of particular architectural styles), the Canadian edition has almost way too much fun with this trope. Not only is the house built completely indoors with the only outdoor area being the hot tub (And by their friends at The Brick dot Com!) but they will often dress the houseguests in the Canadian flag colours, have them compete in hockey-themed challenges, or give treats such as Poutine, Maple Syrup, Beavertails, and ketchup flavoured potato chips.
- The houseguests of course find the stereotypes hilarious and even join in themselves - Season 2 featured a Canadian flag that they all signed. Surprisingly, you don't hear a lot of "Eh?"s, although season 2 definitely features a lot of people with thicker Canadian Accents than the first season, which featured mostly people from Ontario. (Notable for Kyle, Jon, and Sabrina, whose East-Canadian and Francophone accents are definitely pronounced. Jon and Allison even got so drunk they spoke Newfie to each other) Many of the Canadian viewers even get a chuckle, especially in the second season where the first words heard on the live feeds were "Where's the Maple Syrup?"
- Nadia, From the Bitchin' Kitchen DOES finish most of her sentences with "eh", though it's more of an Italian thing than Canadian.
- The eponymous Bones once insulted a man so hard his arm stopped working. He was Canadian and the entire episode he appeared in was filled with the Canadians-are-polite stereotype. When told he should get angry and yell at Bones, he said:
Canuck: I couldn't possibly, I'm...
- Brooklyn Nine-Nine: It is a Running Gag that the NYPD detectives, their sergeant and captain snark at Canada or Canadians, emphasising how nice and safe or boring and useless Canada is compared to Brooklyn. Sometimes Canada just plain sucks.
- "The Slump": Rosa Diaz' advice to Jake about his slump and how to break his bad luck: "Fly to Montreal, hit a classy hotel bar, bone a stranger. Slump over." Jake is amazed.
- "Tactical Village": During the simulation, a group of armed men entered an embassy and have taken hostages. Jake, who always loves to fill in details and craft a persona for himself for such operations, asks which embassy. Sergeant Jeffords says it doesn't matter, so Jake decides it's Canada.
- "Full Boyle": According to detective Charles Boyle, the victim from Canada is a super nice guy.
Jake: How'd the interview with the victim go?
Charles: It went okay. The guy was from Canada, said it was probably his fault for getting robbed and apologized for wasting my time.
Jake: [chuckles] Oh, Canada. Truly Odie to America's Garfield.
- "Fancy Brudgom" and subsequent episodes: Charles's fiancee Vivian got a job in suburban Ottawa. She wants him to retire from the NYPD and go with her... Suburban Ottawa's great, Charles says. It has everything Brooklyn does other than his job and his friends and his family, his best friend Jake, interesting people, museums, restaurants, every other reason that he has to live. Ice-hockey and maple syrup are brought up, too, as conversation openers. Vivian is not into ice-hockey or sports, though.
- "Halloween II": During the office heist, Charles says that Canada is one giant hiding place. There are so many forests up there.
- In "Captain Peralta", Jake and Charles go to Drummondville, Quebec, to help Jake's estranged father who's a pilot and accused of smuggling prescription meds. Jake sings "O Canada, you home of crappy cops. Guess who just freed his dad from Canadian prison and slammed six free mimosas on the first-class flight home, sans the juice?" etc.
Captain Holt: Nice job in Quebec. I bet the local cops weren't happy you showed them up.
Jake: Maybe not at first, but by the end, they kept calling me a real "bâtard", which I can only assume means "hero".
Captain Holt: It means "bastard".
- "Sabotage": Jake says he always pays his power bill. Often late. One time in person with Canadian pennies.
- "Halloween III": Boyle is pranked hard on Halloween. He dresses up last minute in his secret backup costume. Others pretend they can't tell who he is (though he's obviously Elvis Presley.)
Captain Holt: Squad, that's enough. You're making Boyle feel bad on purpose. He's Elvis.
Holt: Elvis Stojko, the Canadian figure skater.
- "The Mattress": Jake buys a mattress as a Grand Romantic Gesture:
Jake: Submit order province? Oh no, we're on the Canadian website.
- "Yippie Kayak": One of the robbers turns out to be Canadian, much to Jake's disappointment (he wanted them to be German as it is his dream to experience real life Die Hard). When Jake impersonates him over the walkie-talkie, he does a hilariously exaggerated Canadian accent.
Jake: Uh, yeah, I was oot but now I'm back, eh?
Voice on walkie talkie: Meet me in the service corridor. We've got a situation with the hostages.
Jake: Okey dokey, sorry to hear aboot that.
- "Karen Peralta":
- Jake lists topics to avoid when his girlfriend Amy first visits his mom: how my dad left us and ruined our lives, how my dad got remarried twice and ruined our lives, how my dad moved to Canada and ruined our lives.
- Karen, Jake's mom, that Jakes father used to be a selfish jerk. Now he's so nice that he flew in on his day off just to bring her soup when she was sick. It was some weird Canadian soup, probably just all cheese, but it was really nice of him.
- "Skyfire Cycle": Jake's love for Die Hard has no limits:
Terry: You once took a train to Toronto to get a Canadian VHS copy of Die Hard.
Jake: There was a rumour it was better sound quality!
- "The Last Ride": One of Holt's mentoring advice to Amy: "Never vacation in Banff."
- Played straight in Season 7 of Canada's Worst Driver, featuring the maple leaf, moose, beer, curling, AND a snowplow.
- Castle wants to travel to Montreal alone to investigate his recent two-month-long disappearance; Beckett insists that it might be too dangerous. Castle (played by Canadian Nathan Fillion) responds with "It's Canada! How dangerous could it be?" to fellow Canadian Stana Katic.
- Corner Gas, one of the few acknowledgements that midwestern Canada exists.
- An episode involves an American tourist accidentally arriving in Dog River. One towns person (Hank) becomes smug and tries to mock the American for his lack of knowledge regarding Canada. However, the American turns out to be very well versed in Canadian politics and geography. The entire episode is an affectionate mocking of Canadian preconceptions about Americans.
- In another episode, Oscar has passport-related difficulties due to being in America when his expired. Brent senses a potential prank and runs with it, convinces Oscar to act out every possible Canadian stereotype to "convince the CRTC that he really is Canadian", culminating in trying to have him sing the national anthem in public knowing he'll mess it up. Brent ends up singing the anthem instead due to his mother's interference, and he screws it up entirely because his attempts to confuse Oscar result in him forgetting which lyrics (O Canada or Star Spangled Banner) go with which melody.
- Anytime The Daily Show covers a Canadian election: they either pile on the Canada jokes or are flabbergasted that Canada somehow matters enough to be featured on the show.
- Two words: Lumberjack Song. Though, seeing as it was from Monty Python's Flying Circus the stereotyping was there for irony, and was also greatly subverted by the whole transvestitism thing.
- Degrassi did a self-parody of this when Kevin Smith guest-starred, making a movie titled Jay and Silent Bob Do Canada, Eh. (Smith is a fan of predecessor Degrassi Junior High.)
- Due South: Inverted when Canada's officials are irritated by how polite and upstanding Mountie Benton Fraser is. It's also lampshaded that the red tunic is not everyday mountie wear, and he's choosing to wear a dress uniform at all times.
- Varies considerably in How I Met Your Mother, thanks to Robin being Canadian.
- On one end of the spectrum, Ted and Robin have this discussion:
Ted: You guys are weird and you pronounce the word 'out', 'oot'.
Robin: You guys are the world's leader in hand gun violence, your health care system is bankrupt and your country is deeply divided on almost every important issue.
Ted: [pause] Your cops are called 'Mounties'.
- In the DVD commentary for "Slap Bet," Cobie Smulders says that when the show's creators approached her with the idea of having Robin be Canadian, they said it was so they could make jokes at America's expense. Cue the joke above (pretty much the only time Robin wins the U.S. vs. Canada debate), followed by season after season of Canada, Eh jokes.
- On the other, The '80s didn't get to Canada until 1993, the characters have made fun about Canadian Thanksgiving being in October ("What do Canadians have to even celebrate aboot?") and, when Robin got drunk once, she became "Super-Canadian," and started playing hockey in the apartment: "Stanley Cup. Game six, eh? The Rangers are aboat to be soarry they aever played shinny with the Canucks,"
- They also love playing with Canadian stereotypes, such as they are. There was a whole episode on the stereotype that Canadians are afraid of the dark.
- Robin has a habit of mentioning Canadian celebrities or pop culture icons as if they should mean something to her friends, on one occasion leading Barney to ask, "What's the opposite of 'name-dropping'?"
- On one occasion, Robin checks she's in a Canadian bar by walking into the back of someone else; he promptly apologises and insists on buying her a drink to make up for it. Also offers her a doughnut... on the hoose.
- Another episode has her criticise Lethal Weapon as being a rip-off of a fictional but apparently iconic Canadian action movie, McElroy and LaFleur involving a renegade Mountie whose horse has been shot by American gangsters. We don't get far enough into the description to find out if the plot also involves a heroin-smuggling operation run by an ex-Vietnam War era special ops unit.
- Robin tends to drop Canadian sayings that don't actually exist.
- In the "Old King Clancy" episode, Barney shows the gang the website http://www.canadiansexacts.org/, a listing of Canadian sex acts posted by the fictional Canadian Ministry of Community Wellness and Public Service. There is a list of sex acts like the Reverse Rick Moranis, the Newfoundland Lobster Trap and the Sneaky Snowplow...but if you click on any of the links, it leads to a photo of Alan Thicke with the Maple Leaf Flag in the background and a funny caption saying the site is temporarily unavailable.
- In one episode from Season 5, Robin and Barney end up in a Tim Horton's in Toronto (Dunkin Donuts being the rest of the world's answer to Tim Hortons). The restaurant is a very authentic replication. The moment gets funnier when Barney goes out of his way to insult every Canadian in the restaurant (although he admits to loving the coffee), which results in a little kid barring the door with a hockey stick and Barney getting the snot beat out of him.
- "Robin, I'm proud of you, eh."
"USA! USA! USA!"
"CANADA! CANADA! CANADA!"
"SHRIMP FRIED RICE! SHRIMP FRIED RICE!"
- Like all Canadians, Robin is immune to cold.
- Another running gag is that aside from the pop songs Robin recorded in her youth, the only song any Canadians know seems to be "Mmm mmm mmm mmm" by Crash Test Dummies.
- On one end of the spectrum, Ted and Robin have this discussion:
- In JAG, Clayton Webb getting assigned to a station in Canada was considered punishment for leaking classified information, and Harm expresses sympathy that he was getting assigned there, despite Canada's status as a first world country that's culturally a fair bit like the US, speaks the same language, and is a short flight from his home in the DC area.
- Jeopardy!'s emcee, Alex Trebek, was born in Ontario. He sometimes exaggerates his Canadianisms for a laugh.
- Kim's Convenience proudly shows Toronto as a backdrop, but goes out of its way to defy every Canadian stereotype. For one thing every episode through the first two seasons has taken place during hot summer weather. The show emphasizes that Canada is a very multicultural place, and the Toronto is a very cosmopolitan city. Finally you dont hear any ridiculous Canadian accents or constant talk about hockey and fishing.
- A recurring sketch on Kroll Show was "Wheels, Ontario", a Degrassi parody that practically beat you over the head with its Canadian-ness and political correctness refraining from going mad but staying within pitching distance of madness.
- Letterkenny is about a pair of hicks from a small town in Ontario, who play up their accents as much as they can and drop "eh?" after every other sentence.
Daryl: You have a dad, but half your friends have a "dee-ad" for some reason.
*cuts to Wayne*
Wayne: Dee-ad! Hey dee-ad!
- On Lost Ethan claims to be from Canada when talking to Hurley, to which Hurley replies "Cool, I love Canada! They've got great... Uhh..." Cue Ethan's good-hearted laugh. Of course, he was actually born on the island and was lying. Everything involving Canada was synonymous with lying, except in Nathan's case, but that was to fool the audience into thinking he was lying.
- One Madam Secretary episode has Secretary of State Elizabeth McCord get into a very polite standoff with her Canadian counterpart over an environmental report on an oil pipeline, which she resolves by threatening to revoke the visas of every Canadian in the NHL. The Canadians later let Liz use their embassy in Washington as a Truce Zone so she can meet privately with the Iranian foreign minister and salvage the nuclear program talks.
- Another Rick Mercer production, Made in Canada, satirizes Canadian show business and sometimes broadens its targets to include more about Canada:
- In the episode "People of the Fish", the Canadian characters trot out a variety of stereotypically negative aspects of life in Canada to scare off an annoying American producer who wants to move there, including absurdly high income tax (which TV producer Richard claims have resulted in the government seizing his car), long wait times for even the most basic medical procedures (Richard's colleague, Veronica, claims to have spent all night in the hospital waiting to be treated for a paper cut), and draconian requirements that Canada-produced media include a certain amount of "Canadian content" (leading Richard to suggest Steve Smith as the lead for the series they are producing).
- Inverted whenever dealing with characters who are American. Often Americans are portrayed as dumb, culture-unaware, and occasionally gun-loving. The Vice President of NBC is a good example of being a Fake American when Richard visits Los Angeles in the episode "Second in Command"; he thinks Maine is a Canadian province, and believes Richard when he tells him July is Canada's coldest month.
- In one episode of Malcolm in the Middle, the family discover their granddad's second family who live in Manitoba. Cue funny accents, a very prim-and-proper Canadian grandmother who keeps everything bottled up (as opposed to Malcolm's violent Ruritanian grandmother), and a family who are essentially them but better and happier. Also, Reese loves it because he can go out shooting small animals.
- Mike and the 'bots of Mystery Science Theater 3000 once had to suffer through a Canadian film called The Final Sacrifice, which inspired them to write an "homage" to their northern neighbor.
Tom Servo: Enough! There's been too much Canada bashing for far too long! I say no more!
Mike Nelson: Don't you mean, "No more, eh?"
- Episode 606, Zombie Nightmare, was also panned, with lines like:
Tom Servo: This is either America ten years ago or Canada today.
- Servo has also speculated that Space Mutiny may be Canadian-made ("it's just rife with the smell of back-bacon"). Poor Tom goofed; the film was actually made in South Africa during The Apartheid Era, which may explain why everyone on the ship is white.
- Episode 606, Zombie Nightmare, was also panned, with lines like:
- The MythBusters have done a few myths that involve Canada somehow (Exploding Hair Cream and at least two border-crossing myths); the jokes and stereotypes tend to fall into this trope.
- In NCIS, McGee is up at the border working with the Mounties on a joint operation, and when seen in the background they're wearing the scarlet tunics, and obviously traveled on horseback.
- On NewsRadio Dave's office mates are shocked and horrified to learn that Dave was actually born there (though raised in Wisconsin). He mentions a childhood fear that his family would be mistaken for spies. Canadian spies.
Jimmy: You poor misguided Canadian bastard.
- Red Dwarf: Robert Llewellyn apparently based his performance as Kryten on a Canadian accent. Of course, Canadians claim they don't sound anything like that. Robert Llewellyn later admitted that what he eventually came up with was a bad Canadian accent.
- The Red Green Show both embraces and pokes fun at nearly every Canada, Eh stereotype.
- There's a scene in The Movie where Red and Harold are crossing the border, and engage in this exchange with the customs officer, played by Dave Broadfoot:
Customs Officer: Citizenship?
Red: Canadian. Need proof?
Customs Officer: Nah. It's pretty obvious.
- From another episode:
Red: Well, I'm not gonna be calling the U.S. Air Force, Harold. What do I say? We've got a missile? They take that as a threat, we're in real trouble.
Harold: Well, then, contact the Canadian Air Force.
Red: Harold, it's after six. He's gone home.
- There's a scene in The Movie where Red and Harold are crossing the border, and engage in this exchange with the customs officer, played by Dave Broadfoot:
- The Rick Mercer Report lovingly pokes fun of Canadian stereotypes in both satirical news format, and with the host travelling across the country to feature different events, locations, and celebrities.
- CBC's long running, now finished sketch comedy series, Royal Canadian Air Farce, poked fun at bunches of these.
- Saturday Night Live: A sketch from early 2011 depicts "Celebrity Scoop", a fictional Canadian entertainment news show based in Winnipeg. The hosts are so nice that they miss the entire point of this kind of show.
Edna Ledouf: First up in the gossip world, Celebrity Scoop has received some red-hot photos of Ryan Philippe and Amanda Seyfried canoodling.
Thomas: Yeah, yeah, that's right, you know. But we're not gonna show 'em, you know, 'cause that's private.
- Schitt's Creek: While it's subtle, Canadian viewers can spot numerous Canadian references woven into the dialogue and in Season 4 show creator Daniel Levy confirmed that the town's never stated location is somewhere in Canada. Cities like Winnipeg and Montreal are mentioned. Stevie has a Sarah Mclaughlin poster in her apartment and David once went as Alanis Morisette for Halloween. Moira once partied with The Rolling Stones and Maggie Trudeau. Jocelyn makes Nanaimo bars. Most importantly, however, the tiny town has a curling rink.
- In addition to the "Great White North", any parody of Canada done by SCTV mocks the preconceived notions of the country held by... well, just about everyone else. One specific episode had the SCTV channel picking up a signal from Canada to play on their channel due to a strike at the station building. These programs include fake commercials for the Canadian Broadcasting Channel, their take on the "Hinterland Who's Who" (little vignettes during commercial breaks, mainly during children's programming, about wildlife), and a parody of the seminal Canadian classic, "Goin' Down the Road" (featuring appropriate speech patterns, woodchucks and Stompin' Tom Connors). What's it all aboot?
- The characters of Bob and Doug McKenzie were created as a response to the CBC which said any program had to have "two minutes of distinctly Canadian content" in it. Incredulous, the creators went "what are we supposed to do, wear toques and talk about beer?" That's exactly what they ended up doing as a way to mock the regulation, with Bob and Doug being blatantly, stereotypically Canadian as possible. It backfired by creating the two most popular characters in the show's history, as Canadians loved it, seeing it as Affectionate Parody.
- The Sliders standard excuse for why they don't understand customs (or cutting edge technology) on the various worlds they slide into is that they're from Canada. It usually works, with the locals assuming Canada is just that different.
Lt. Col. Sheppard: C-what now?
- In Stargate Atlantis, Rodney McKay is a brilliant Canadian scientist, arguably the smartest person on the show. While many Canadians will use "zee" instead of "zed" while mostly around Americans, McKay always uses "zed". This leads the Zero Point Module to be called "Zed-Pee-Em"—even, on occasion, by American characters. During an episode where the team has to travel to Canada to track someone down, McKay states that CSIS ("see-sis") is assisting in the search, much to John Sheppard's amusement.
Dr. McKay: Canadian Security Intelligence Services. They're kind of like your CIA.
Lt. Col. Sheppard: [sarcastically] CSIS, that's the best you guys can do, huh?
- Stargate SG-1: After SG-1 rescues a little girl named Cassandra from the devastation of her home planet and bring her to Earth, they remind her that the Stargate is secret and she was born in Toronto. She then explains her fascination with swings by saying "We never had anything that that... in Toronto."
- On Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Michael Eddington carries a "lucky Loonie" (one-dollar coin), which would seem to imply Canadian background. He's a lot more hardcore than the national stereotype. SRSLY. He also seems to have a kind of reactionary attitude towards the Federation, much the way some Canadian nationalists and jingoists have towards American influences.
- Played hilariously straight in That '70s Show when the guys travel to Canada to buy beer, and are detained by a couple of Mounties (played by Joe Flaherty and Dave Thomas) when Fez misplaces his Green Card.
- Parodied in Rick Mercer's This Hour Has 22 Minutes sketch (and eventual special) "Talking to Americans", in which he interviewed American citizens, playing off their ill-conceived notions of what life is like in Canada (i.e. asking people if they would visit "Canada's national igloo", making them believe the Canadian time zones run on 20-hour clocks, convincing them that moose are being pelted with Tim Hortons Timbits, having them think Canada goes through a period of nocturnal darkness every year, etc.) One of his favorite traps is to try and get U.S. politicians to say that Toronto is the national capital. The Funny Moment comes when he's asking a woman if she can name all the Canadian states, and her young son points out that Canada has provinces, not states.
- Twin Peaks, set in Washington state, featured plaid-wearing Quebecois drug dealers who live in British Columbia. In fairness, though, the American characters wore a lot of plaid, too, and many of them were, indeed, lumberjacks.
- USA Network showed a pilot for a series (Underfunded) that would involve a character working for the "Canadian Secret Service" (CSS). In addition to not being particularly well-researched (Canada's foreign intelligence service is the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, or CSIS), the end of the pilot involved the main character being assigned a semi-permanent post in Washington, D.C., thereby rendering the whole exercise pointless. It was not picked up for a full series.
- In Veronica Mars the girls are pressured to join a dorm-wide party where everyone decorates their rooms like a different country. They give a Take That! to the whole thing by picking Canada, with the country spirit consisting of a picture of a moose, saying "Eh," and playing Barenaked Ladies songs.
- Whose Line Is It Anyway?:
- Colin Mochrie and Ryan Stiles being from Canadanote frequently made them targets for these kinds of jokes, especially from Drew Carey.
- Incidentally, it would also appear that Colin is contractually-obligated to appear in every Canadian sitcom for now to the end of time.
- A game of Foreign Film Dub, which involves two of the actors faking a foreign language while the other two "translate" for them. One time, the "foreign language" given to them to fake and translate was "Canadian". In addition to the "film" being entitled "Oot 'n' Aboot", the "Canadian" language as faked consisted of nothing but the word "eh," interspersed with words like "hoser", and various hockey-related terms. Here it is.
- Colin Mochrie and Ryan Stiles being from Canadanote frequently made them targets for these kinds of jokes, especially from Drew Carey.
- A Season 4 episode of Z Nation sees the group trying to reach a rumored safe zone in Canada. As soon as they reach the border, they're attacked by zombie mounties, zombie hoosiers, and zombie hockey players.
Doc: I hate to stereotype, but those were the nicest zombies I ever met.
- The Canadian band Barenaked Ladies occasionally plays up this stereotype for fun in their songs, like in "If I Had A Million Dollars", which contains the line "We wouldn't have to eat Kraft Dinner—" "But we would eat Kraft Dinner?" "Of course we would, we'd just eat more." "And buy really expensive ketchups with it..."
- As does the Canadian group The Arrogant Worms. (1, 2, 3, 4)
Worms: We've got rocks and trees and trees and rocks and rocks and trees and trees and rocks and rocks and trees and trees and rocks and rocks and trees and trees and rocks and... water!
- The semi-satirical, mostly serious folk/rock band of the '90s called Moxy Früvous notably averted the "stereotypes", despite singing about Canada in a great deal of their songs. It didn't stop them from taking a dig at both Spain and Canada on of their most famous songs.
- By the way, that's Jian Ghomeshi with the longest hair (known to much of Canada now as the former host, now subject of a sex scandal, of the program Q on CBC Radio).
- "Weird Al" Yankovic's "Canadian Idiot" is about stereotypical Canadians sung from the perspective of a stereotypical Type 2 Eaglelander.
- Rush are national heroes in Canada, eh?
- So is Stompin' Tom Connors, who wrote a song about every city he visited during his career. Some of these include "Sudbury Saturday Night" and "Tillsonburg," and he wrote about Canadian subjects such as potatoes from Prince Edward Island (including a Shout-Out to the Ontario Provincial Police) and hockey.
- "Take Off" by Bob & Doug McKenzie (like, those hosers from SCTV's "Great White North", eh?) with guest vocals from Geddy Lee of Rush. Ten bucks is ten bucks, eh?
- The Crash Test Dummies' (who are from Manitoba) music video for their cover of XTC's "The Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead" (used in the film "Dumb And Dumber") makes fun of this. It starts with main character Harry walking down a street trying to talk to Canadians: "Bonjour, eh? Oh Canada, eh? Man, I thought Canadians were supposed to be friendly!"
- Five Iron Frenzy's "Oh, Canada" mentions lumberjacks, mounties, yaks, lemmings, venison slurpees, milk in bags, and William Shatner. They say 'eh' instead of 'what' or 'duh' that's the mighty power of Canada.
- The Canadian rock band The Tragically Hip, with their notable hits, such as "Little Bones", "Wheat Kings", "Queen of the Furrows", "Bobcaygeon" (actually named that because it was the only town they could think of to rhyme with "constellation"), "Courage (For Hugh MacLennan)", and "Three Pistols" (which starts with the line "Tom Thomson came paddlin' past").
- Canadian band The Birthday Massacre talked about this in this fanmail video, where they were asked: 1, do they speak with a Canadian accent, and 2, is saying 'eh' at the end of every sentence a regional thing. They answered that 1, they don't think that they speak with a Canadian accent, but in Canada nobody cares if you have an American accent, whereas in America they've been teased for their accents and saying stuff like 'aboot' for 'about' and 'soary' for 'sorry', and 2, it's not a regional thing but more a polite thing, indicating that it's the other person's turn to talk.
- Darkthrone, with their stirring anthem Canadian Metal. This song caused some controversy among Canadian metalheads when it was first released, as for some it is hard to tell if it was meant as mockery or a genuine tribute. In interviews from around the same time they clarified that yes, they actually really like a lot of Canadian metal bands, and the lyrics are taken from song titles of classic Canadian metal bands.
- The band Great Big Sea likes to highlight their Canadian origins - fully half of their songs reference Newfoundland (specifically, St. John's) or other areas in Canada, or else are old British drinking/sailing songs with the lyrics redone to reflect Canadian sensibilities. (Played straight, too - no tongue-in-cheek.)
- Vancouver-based folk-rock band Spirit of the West exemplified the 'soary' ideal in their song "Far Too Canadian". They also celebrated the Canadian-Scot heritage in "The Old Sod", and touched upon canadian life in many other songs.
- Jon Lajoie, who is Canadian, parodies this in his song "WTF Collective 2" with MC Canadian Stereotype:
Hello, I'm MC Canadian-StereotypeI'm aboot to get started so let me get off the iceBut I don't want any trouble and I am always politeNow lets hop on my snowmobile and I will tell you what I likeBut first I'll turn off curling and turn down Avril LavigneEt je vais dire une phrase en francais, parce qu'ici on est bilingue noteOh boy, I fell off my igloo and I hurt my kneeLet's go to the hospital! Don't worry, here in Canada it's free, eh?
- Classified's ''Oh, Canada'' has been declared as the Canadian hip hop National Anthem.
- Canadian, Please by Gunnarolla, extolling the many virtues of Canadian citizenship.
- Kelowna-based folk punk band The Dreadnoughts merge Canadian stereotypes with Irish and Eastern European ones, which is to say, lots of alcohol references. "Ivanhoe" is about a bar of the same name in Kelowna, and "Poutine" is about discovering a love for a certain Quebecois dish while on tour in La Belle Provence.
- Still in Kelowna, we have one dubstep artist called Excision, who makes disemboweling brostep with drops influenced by brutal death metalnote and harsh noisenote . So much for hailing from a quaint little lakeside village, eh?
- The Cat Empire, an Australian jazz-funk act, describe visiting Montreal on a tour in "So Long". They describe it as a "super town".
- Almost everything Stan Rogers ever did. Particular mention goes to "Barrett's Privateers" and "Northwest Passage".
- Torontonian metal band Annihilator once wrote a song about how awesome Kraft Dinner is (with the T removed to avoid copyright issues). Jeff Waters was only able to pay for the band's rehearsal space by living off the stuff.
- Joni Mitchell, like Céline Dion,note is practically a national icon. She avoids being a professional Canadian, but just now and again her nationality receives a nod.
I wish I had a River, I could skate away on... (The River)On the back of a cartoon coaster,In the blue TV screen light,I drew a map of Canada...Oh Canada! (A Case of You)
- Two members of the original Blue Öyster Cult, the Boucher brothers, are from so far upstate New York as to be from Quebec. This may well explain frequent references to timber wolves, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and other Canada, Eh? archetypes in early BOC albums.
- Gob, Canada's resident punk rock brats in The '90s, couldn't resist having curling, hockey and snowboarding in one of their first videos, "You're Too Cool".
- Three Dead Trolls in a Baggie, yet another Canadian group, presents a mock-jingoistic version of this trope in its War of 1812.
They ran so fast, they forgot to take their culture,Back to America, and Gulf and Texaco
- It's Just a Show: The hosts are unabashedly Canadian, and it shows. Early on it's relatively subtle, with some "aboots" here and there, but as the show goes on they really lean into the Canada-ness, with one segment in the episode "Don't Eat the Good Bug" being a speech about a construction project in Canada with "O Canada" playing in the background.
- Oddly enough, Professional Wrestling completely averts this trope (well, almost completely; after all, WWE did have a heel The Mountie in full dress uniform for a while; ironically, WWE wasn't allowed to use him in Canada at all), even though they embrace every single other stereotypical ethnic trope out there. This may be because half the wrestlers in North America (at least the well-known ones) are from either Canada or Texas. In fact, professional wrestling may be the only form of popular fictional entertainment where Canadians can be portrayed as jerks or outright evil, such as the Garvins in Wrestling/NWA\AWA.
- Canadians tend to have their own stereotype within Professional Wrestling involving superior in-ring skill and charisma ranging between "average" and "a wet slab of concrete." This is likely due to the fact that most notable Canadian wrestlers came from the infamous Hart family Dungeon whose graduates tended to fall into this stereotype. Notable exceptions include Edge and Christian, who are from Ontario, and Chris Jericho, who did train with the Harts but is simply a straight-up subversion. In his autobiography, Chris Jericho mentions during his run as a heel in WCW, he'd play up his Canadian-ness heavily, including putting strong emphasis on certain words to sound more Canadian, such as the "ain" part of "again".
- One of the best places to find quirky, backwards, overly nice Canadians in pro wrestling ironically is in Canada itself, specifically Quebec. This doesn't stop them from being heels though, quite the opposite actually, especially not in Northern Championship Wrestling(nCw) and International Wrestling Syndicate.
- While Chris Benoit, in the latter period of his career while he usually face, was often described (truthfully) as "residing in Atlanta, Georgia", shows in Canada always reverted to describing him as being from Canada. Benoit himself tried to hide his Canadian accent on the mic (usually straining to say "uh-BOUT" rather than "uh-boat").
- Happened with Chris Jericho too. He was born in New York (his father Ted Irvine played for the NY Rangers), raised in Manitoba, and then moved to Orlando. He was billed from "Manhasset, New York" during the Y2J era, wasn't billed at all during the first few years of his return as the "Saviour of WWE", and then was billed from "Winnipeg, Manitoba" circa 2010.
- Ring of Honor:
- Steve Corino is an aversion of the usual pro wrestling type, being sufficiently charismatic and also of the wider media type, being an unapologetic money grubbing Card-Carrying Villain. His little sister was much the same, only less about money and more about hedonism, but became nicer when ROH began showcases for her own company.
- It also had a straight (as in the general sense) example in graduate Grizzly Redwood, a lumberjack from Yukon they unleashed on Chasyn Rance at Driven 2008.
- Kevin Steen is the jerkass from Quebec, although he initially loved ROH, believing it to be his sanctuary from CZW. It wasn't until he was sent back out by El Generico and barred from reentry by Jim Cornette that he began to hate the world in general...also, he's cut entire promos in Quebecois.
- Kyle O'Reilly, meanwhile, is the standard pro wrestling version, at times approaching parody, being a hotheaded mixed martial arts studying grappler who often comes off as nonsensical and rambling when trying to cut an intimidating promo(though he will break your arm if he gets you down on the mat).
- Sinn Bodhi is originally from Orangeville, Ontario, but he averts this due to presenting himself as a circus freak from "Wizard Beach, Las Vegas".
- Subverted by the Champions 4th edition supplement Champions of the North, which for all that it did bring up the various cliches also invested a fair bit of page count into describing the actual real life Canada of its time and a surprisingly accurate and informative historical overview (in addition to the usual writeups of local superheroes, -villains, and scenario ideas, of course).
- In the Advance Wars series, Blue Moon resembles Canada about as much as it does Russia. Its national anthem, sung by Olaf in one of his winquotes, starts out "O, Blue Moon, my home and native land..."
- In Anachronox, the Canadian Dollar became the standard currency of the galaxy due to "a freak of galactic economics".
- In Champions Online, the Canada area is presented as an icy heckhole gripped in the throes of NO ORDINARY STORM and contains the Hunter Patriots, terrorists planning on taking over the world employing weaponised versions of stereotypically Canadian things, like nanite-infused poutine. Its local superhero is Ravenspeaker, a first nations/luchador hybrid who doesn't wear trousers (when standing outside in the middle of the NO ORDINARY STORM).
- In Civilization, Canada was represented by non-playable city-states of Vancouver, Quebec City and Toronto until the sixth entry's Gathering Storm expansion made it a full-fledged civilization. True to national stereotypes, Canada's unique improvement is an ice hockey rink, its unique unit is a Mountie, its leader ability enhances tundra terrain, and the legendary Canadian politeness is represented by its "Four Faces of Peace" ability that makes Canada unable to declare, or be the target of, surprise wars.
- Darkstalkers has Sasquatch, the Canadian-born big foot monster from the Rocky Mountains, complete with snowman buddies and lumberjack-like stature.
- Dead or Alive 5: Rig, subverted. His actual nationality isn't known.
- As can be inferred from the title, the central goal of Death Road to Canada is to survive the trip to Canada, which has been untouched by the zombie apocalypse that has gripped the USA. Many Canadian stereotypes here are played up for all they're worth. If you survive to reach the border, some mounties help to fend off the zombie hordes, alongside some moose and beavers. Hockey sticks are also usable as fairly handy melee weapons, something which characters can sometimes attribute to how Canada held out so well against the zombies.
- Discussed in Grand Theft Auto V. Trevor Phillips is Canadian and grew up along the Canadian-American border but shows no Canadian stereotypes. If someone makes fun of his slight accent, or he believes someone is making fun of his accent, he flies into an Unstoppable Rage.
- The King of Fighters: Maxima. If it wasn't All There in the Manual, you'd probably never guess his nationality.
- Kingdom of Loathing features the zone Little Canadia, as well as the effect "Canadianity", which randomly adds 'eh?' and changes 'about' to 'aboot' in chat. A donation of $10 USD will get you a Mr. Accessory, often abbreviated to "Mr. A". $10 Canadian, on the other hand, will net you a "Mr. Eh?" which gives a bonuses to your stats based on the current exchange rate between the Canadian and American Dollars. Sadly, the KoL people have said that in the event that the Canadian Dollar is worth more than the American one (as it briefly was in recent years), the bonuses granted by the Mr. Eh? will not exceed those granted by the Mr. A.
- The survival simulator The Long Dark is set in the northern Canadian wilderness, so the few human characters speak with Canadian accents, as well as the Canadian flag is prominently seen outside of some huts and logs.
- Mass Effect:
- After the creation of the United North American States in 2096, Vancouver is mentioned as having unified with Seattle into one large Megacity and serves as one of the headquarters of the Systems Alliance on Earth. It's also the location of Shepard's trial during the prologue of the third game and one of the first locations attacked by the Reapers during their invasion of Earth.
- Fanon generally holds that Commander Shepard is of Canadian descent, due to Shepard's voice actors (male and female) hailing from Canada. Lampshaded in the third game (possibly as Ascended Fanon) if Shepard is in a romance with Samantha Traynor, who begins to worry about humanity ending up like the quarians:
Shepard: Don't worry. When all of this is over, I'll buy us drinks back in Vancouver. I promise.
Traynor: Vancouver? Not Paris or Venice. Vancouver.
Shepard: It's a great city!
Traynor: You never take me anywhere nice.
- Kaidan is mentioned as being Canadian and has roots in Vancouver. Lampshaded in the Citadel DLC from the third game, during the scene when he offers to cook using the meager supplies in Shepard's apartment.
Kaidan: We have beef, bacon, we have beer... the foods of my people.
- An old platform game from WAY back in 1982 called Miner 2049er featured a fat mountie named Bounty Bob, searching through Nuclear Ned's abandoned uranium mines for the villainous Yukon Yohan. A remake was made in 2007 (which also let you play the original version).
- In The Nameless Mod: The Protagonist, Trestkon, (Who is voiced by a German) is Canadian, and while he does doesn't speak with "oo"'s or "eh"'s, the fact that he is Canadian is mercilessly snarked about by King Kashue though. The real Trestkon doesn't do it either, going by video interviews with him.
- The Konami shmup Otomedius Gorgeous has Canada as a level as a featured ice world full of penguins.
- This is how the Bumpties from Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door speak, with "you betchas" thrown in.
- The Judge's brother in Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Trials and Tribulations is Canadian, or at least has a Canadian accent. He occasionally replaces his 'u's with 'oo's or uses the stereotypical 'eh' and is also a fan of hockey. The first time he shows up, he calls Phoenix a hoser. Mia's inner monologue comments that he sounds Canadian, if the player couldn't tell from the (text only) context. This is because the Judge's brother trained at a law school in Canada.
- Punch-Out!! has Bear Hugger, shown above. He's a woodsman from Salmon Arm, British Columbia, who drinks maple syrup, chops down trees, plays hockey, and hugs bears. When not being trained by one. He talks like a stereotypical Canadian in the Wii game, often saying "eh" and calling Little Mac a hoser. Incidentally, that installment was developed by Canadian developer Next Level Games, and both the developer and the character are from Salmon Arm.
Bear Hugger: Hey, hoser! I'm gonna hit you so hard, you're gonna see Northern Lights, eh!
- In Sam and Max: The Bright Side of the Moon Sybil gets the job as the Queen of Canada, she gives a 100 billion Canadian dollar bills with the images of Celine Dion. And several item referring to Canada have "eh?" added to their regular description.
- Sang-Froid: Tales of Werewolves may very well be the most Canadian game ever. It stars two Irish-Canadian lumberjacks setting traps and wielding lumberjacking axes to defend their house from hordes of wolves and werewolves sent by The Devil. Whenever they get a little bit beaten up, they drink typical Canadian alcoholic drinks to recover.
- In The Sims 2 DS, Bigfoot will always greet you with a "tira mah, eh?".
- In Sly 2: Band of Thieves, the Klaww Gang member Jean Bison is a Canadian lumberjack, and his levels feature all sorts of Canadian stereotypes, such as log rolling, lots of snow, moose, accents, and flannel. In his case, his antiquated beliefs are due to him being a lumberjack of the 18th century who was put on ice for a century.
- South Park: The Stick of Truth has a whole chapter of the game set in Canada, which is rendered completely differently in the style of a top-down 8-bit RPG video game, riffing on the show's Running Gag that Canada and its residents are crudely drawn and animated. Canada as a whole is simplified to a few cities that are quickly walked between, featuring a few residents, royalty, and lots of roaming dire bears. The typical mounties and moose jokes are also thrown in.
- Street Fighter has Abigail, whose nationality is only acknowledged through his maple leaf shaped buzzcut and a few names of his moves.
- Virtua Fighter has Wolf Hawkfield. Of the Great North Woods variety. Wolf cuts down giant red woods with an axe, lives in a log cabin, and trains outside in the snow.
- Northern Idenau in the fantasy satire The Fourth.
- The Inexplicable Adventures of Bob! has had guest appearances by the comically sinister Rogue Canadian Scientists (in a Shout-Out to Wolverine's backstory in the X-Men) as well as the Saskatchewanian Sasquatch from Saskatoon.
- Calamities of Nature comments on how Canadian currency shamelessly copies American currency.
- Kate Beaton, whose webcomics focus mostly on historical leaders and political figures, is from Canada and has plenty of strips about it. Who knew that John Diefenbaker could be funny? See this one in particular for Canadian stereotypes.
- Sluggy Freelance features the Canadian mafia, led by Snideloni Whiplashi, who smuggled evil Canadian drugs into the United States until Oasis killed them all.
- Ménage à 3 is set in Canada (probably because so is the creator). It's not heavy on the stereotypes, but it invokes the politeness thing once or twice, and bilinguality looms significantly.
- In Antihero for Hire, the Canadians have conquered a decent portion of America in the backstory, and the only Canadian seen so far is basically a walking tank. Put simply, don't mess with Canada in Antiheroforhire.
- Scandinavia and the World has Canada being polite while saying "eh" and America's hat. He's so apologetic that he'll say sorry to a door he accidentally bumps into. It's actually a case of Truth in Television!
- Spinnerette has the Legion of Canadian Superheroes. Their big entrance features Katt o' Nine Tails providing a French translation of Green Gable's big speech. Green Gable himself is the first male in the costume, making him a Wholesome Crossdresser, and the third member of the team is a wolfman in a Nice Hat known as The Werewolf of London, Ontario (London for short).
- Subnormality may not explicitly be set in Canada, but there are enough maple leaves and hockey references imply that it is.
- Manly Guys Doing Manly Things has Canadian Guy, who dresses like a lumberjack, speaks with a ludicrously exaggerated Canadian accent that contains practically no consonants, and constantly does stereotypically Canadian things like living in a specially cooled area of the office, wrestling moose, riding moose, gutting deer and hunting beavers. According to Commander Badass (who arguably isn't the most objective judge of Canadian Guy), this is the basic state of all Canadians and the soft-spoken people the Americans see in Canadian cities are red herrings to throw them off from the 'true' nature of the nation.
- Ruth from Dumbing of Age is Canadian, but had to move to the US after a drunk driver killed her parents. She's a die-hard Maple Leafs fan, but that's about as far as the stereotype gets.
Billie: Aren't you people supposed to be nice?Ruth: May I please punch your sternum?
- Wasted Talent takes place in Vancouver, following the author as she goes through engineering at the University of British Columbia and later works as a mechanical engineer. The comments at the bottom often provide explanations to non-engineer readers, but sometimes have to explain Canadian things such as federal elections, the iron ring, the Vancouver hockey riot, the playoff beard or the fact that Vancouver doesn't get as cold as the rest of the country.
- Powerup Comics has Shadow snark "More like, Can'tada." in response to Teabag's love of Canadian music.
Man in flannel shirt standing next to igloo: Boot it's troo eh! We loove too sing aboot seal humping and maple syrup eh!
- Captain Canada! at Whateley Academy in the Whateley Universe pretty much runs on this trope whenever he tries to psyche himself up to use his powers. The other Canadian students hate him for this.
- Arkada of the DesuDesBrigade enjoys playing up his nationality, to the point of Memetic Mutation where he's claimed for being responsible for holding Narwal population in check by punching out the huge beast to make peanut butter from their skulls
- LoadingReadyRun does a Canada Day special once per year. Some specials will be in-jokes directed at their countrymen, but others play on Canadian stereotypes for laughs:
- "Canada is Sorry" plays to the perception that Canadians are the most instantly contrite and apologetic beings in the known universe.
- "Canadaman" builds a mythology around a song by The Arrogant Worms. Graham portrays Canadaman in aboot the most outlandish voice he can muster, eh, and Paul plays his Quebecois archenemy.
- In Canada, milk comes in bags. This is true, but in Eastern Canada (excluding Newfoundland) and parts of British Columbia and not to the exclusion of cartons. It's also not unique to Canada as a packaging method.
- All the hosts of Video Games Awesome! are Canadians, and so love anything set in said country. Their fanbase, in turn, loves teasing them about it.
- Phelous. In his early Mortal Komedy videos, characters frequently spoke of having to travel to "Oatworld."
- Epic Meal Time takes place in Canada. In fact, Muscle Glasses' dad is a lumberjack.
- Derek the Bard of Warning! Readers Advisory! is from Canada, and points it out in the episode where he mentions "World War Zed".
- "Yes, I said 'zed.' I also say lef-tenant instead of lou-tenant, and I have Thanksgiving in October. I'm Canadian. Get over it."
- Canadian World Domination, which existed during the late 1990s and early 2000s, depicted a parodical strategy of Canada taking over the world. Since then, it has been put back online by a third party for posterity.
- The map that circulated after the 2004 elections, labeling the blue states and Canada as the "United States of Canada" and the red states as "Jesusland," and all its variations. One variation that stood out in particular showed Alberta as part of Jesusland, in keeping with the strong political conservatism in the province.
- ProtonJon of The Runaway Guys is Canadian, and gets a lot of ribbing from the American members of the Guys due to this.
- Rock Lee is Canadian in Naruto: The Abridged Series. Two Sound ninja were able to distract him by offering him maple syrup and a hockey stick.
- Andrew from Sailor Moon Abridged speaks with a stereotype Canadian accent, and ends every sentence with "eh?". Although, he denies being Canadian. (He's North Mexican)
- From Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series, we find out that Bandit Keith is ironically Canadian.
- Lieutenant Jee from Avatar: The Abridged Series has a stereotypical Canadian accent as well.
- All of the members of Two Best Friends Playnote are Canadians living in Montreal. This has been known to surprise fans due to Matt, one of the heads of TBFP, loved shouting "AMERICA!" as one of his catchphrases for a long timenote . Matt explained this in an interview by stating that one of his parents actually is from the United States and because of this classmates used to tease him growing up by calling him "an American," and that he always had a love for certain aspects of American culture and superheroes like Captain America. It's worth noting that that both Matt and Pat have stated that they don't particularly care for Quebec (granted they may have been referring to the city and not the province, which they live in, but it wasn't entirely clear). Pat and Liam have been known to sometimes play this trope straight by saying "eh?" at the end of a decent amount of their sentences.
- Lampshaded in you could make a life when Dan thinks to himself that Marc is proof alone that the "polite Canadian" stereotype is bullshit as his Swedish friend Larsson is far politer than him.
- It's a Running Gag in Matthew Santoro's web videos that Matt is Canadian.
- Even though A Dose of Buckley often mentions that he's from London, Ontario, he claims that he's not very Canadian; he doesn't follow hockey, hates winter, thinks The Tragically Hip sucks, and doesn't drink Tim Hortons coffee.
- CollegeHumor features a video called "If Canadians Made a Rap Diss Video" in which a couple of highly-stereotypical backwoods Canadians try to diss America...but are just too polite to pull off properly.
- JonTron brings this up in his reviews of the Goosebumps and Are You Afraid of the Dark? TV shows, which were both made in Canada.
- "I can't wait to see more Canadian actors doin' their thing. Saying things like 'aboot'. Why are both Are You Afraid Of The Dark? and Goosebumps Canadian shows? Hey dere, dis is, uh, Canada. Our main export is campy children's harror. Is that a Canadian accent? I don't know."
- "Look at these credits. It reeks of Canada."
- "Here's a loonie for your time, here's a toonie for your wife, OUR MONEY' A CARTOON, OUR MILK'S IN BAGS, SCREW IT, I'M OUTTA HERE!"
- "Don't Go To Sleep" has a cameo from famous Canadian hockey commentator Don Cherry, playing a demented hockey coach. Jon doesn't realize who he is, but still picks up on Cherry's absolute insanity.
- Web novels El Club De Hopewell and Bienvenidos A Hopewell take place in a very, over-the-top version of Canada: bears wander around the local school hallways and the moose is referred as the "Canadian Unicorn".
- In Resident Evil Musicals, Steve retains his voice from his original game in text form, only it is outright stated his voice is horrible and sounds more like a Canadian on Crack.
- Bro Team Pill hails from Toronto, and makes a few jokes about, such as this from the Beyond: Two Souls video:
Observe: a young, not yet offended Nova Scotian. She's one of the few who's gone there and made it back. [...] But the eyes of a Nova Scotian are accustomed to the dark!
- Let's Player Christopher Odd is from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, and has an almost comically stereotypical accent.
- Cracked likes to call upon these tropes from time to time when making fun of their Canadian correspondents. Usually it's making fun of the stereotypical overzealous politeness of Canadians, but at one point, they wrote that Canadians cannot be captured on film, in the same vein as many supernatural creatures.
- Never explicitly confirmed, Froge from Froghand's constant references to Canadian culture, British spelling (such as replacing z's with s's like in "realise", or using words like "colour", "honour", and "favourite"), liberal use of "eh", usage of Stephen Harper as a stand-in for Donald Trump (where Harper was considered by many to be a horrible Prime Minister, as evidenced by his party's landslide defeat in the next election followed by his resignation), knowledge of obscure Canadian laws, his "Big Up" to legal opinions using a Canadian judgement, and criticisms of the United States all point to a Canadian point-of-view, or at the very least somebody infatuated with the country.
- As both hosts are Canadians, Fat, French and Fabulous has more than a few jokes at Canada and its various regions' expense. Many of the episodes are Canadian-themed, but of particular note is episode 27, on the Great Maple Syrup Heist, a 2012 incident where 13.4 million dollars of syrup was stolen from a warehouse in Quebec. The episode also covers the 2017 theft of a giant commemorative Canadian coin the size of a bike tire made of solid gold and ends with a full symphony rendition of the Canadian national anthem in French in place of the usual outro.
- The Tim Tebow CFL Chronicles concerns American football player Tim Tebow joining the Canadian Football League. The story leans more on absurdism than the usual Canadian stereotypes. There are some jokes about bagged milk and Canadian politeness—but this is intermingled utterly bizarre details, like use of shout-tubes instead of telephones, and the majority of consumer goods being tie-ins for really forgettable American movies, and the fact that anyone can be the mayor of Toronto just by asking.
- Despite living in Canada, this is subverted in the case of Pink Kitty Rose, who almost never does or says anything stereotypical. She does, however, take the time to lampshade the stereotypes in Mega Man 6's Blizzard Man stage.
- In Teen Lit Wasteland, British Columbia survives World War III and, by 2152, is in control of large swaths of Alberta and Saskatchewan as well. Canada's penchant for political progressivism (at least, by early 21st century standards) has survived mostly unscathed, especially given that the hostile rump United States on their southern border is dominated by theocrats, white nationalists, and the wealthy elite, producing many political and economic refugees over the years. On the other hand, it's also a highly militarized state that, while genuinely democratic, has seen only one party in power for seventy-five years with minor parties existing only as protest votes, and what was once considered progressive has long since ossified into a parochial conservatism with overtones of '50s America in its conformity and paranoia — in other words, Canadian politeness taking on all the worst stereotypes of Minnesota Nice.
- When Canadian figure skater Roman Sadovsky introduces himself in his very first vlog (his YouTube channel is called Romsky), one of the first things he does is drown his breakfast in maple syrup. Near the end of his 12th vlog, his bestie Alex Zahariev barbecues in the cold when there's still snow on the ground. In his 16th vlog, Sadovsky praises Tim Hortons' (which is referred to as "Tim's" and "Timmy's" in the video) breakfast menu and its turkey bacon club, while his friend and fellow skater Nam Nguyen prefers the sausage breakfast wrap and iced coffee. Roman's 17th vlog reveals that he has a large framed poster of Toronto in his room, which includes the iconic CN Tower. note
- Animaniacs has a Rita & Runt skit where they end up in the Yukon rather than Florida where Rita wanted to go, and Runt becomes a sled dog.
- In Aqua Teen Hunger Force, when Meatwad enlists himself, Frylock, and Master Shake in the Marines, Frylock refuses and goes to Canada, which leads to a Saw parody where he is captured by a man in a hockey mask inside a barn with "CANADA" painted on it. The motto was "Come for the crepes, stay for the curling."
Shake: They should focus more on the natural beauty instead of the horror.
- Pixar's short, Bao is set in Toronto and it focuses on a Chinese-Canadian woman.
- Bob and Margaret a cartoon series made in Canada, originally set in London, moved to Toronto during a corporate switch to air the show on Can West Global networks. The rather neurotic and stereotypically British titular couple began a new Fish out of Water life with the "colonists". Canadian characters on the show are portrayed as varied individuals, some who exhibit these Canadian tropes and many who subvert them. Bob also learns that Indo-Canadians are just as plentiful, and make as good a take-away curry, as Anglo-Indians. Lastly the couple has a pair of Canadian relatives who constantly look for Kraft Macaroni and Cheese all over London.
- Chilly Beach plays up the ridiculous side of Canada Eh!, even to the point where the titular town is built on an iceberg.
- In the Bobby's World episode "Fish Tales", the family travels to Canada, where everyone says "Eh?" constantly. Bobby meets the Mooseheart brothers, two guys who dress like lumberjacks, own a log trailer, and teach him how to be Canadian. (There's not much to it besides liking maple syrup and hockey.)
- Rutt and Tuke from Brother Bear play this trope like there's no tomorrow.
- From Dan Vs. "Canada":
Dan: Here's what I know about Canada. England and France had a baby out of wedlock, and that baby was Canada. Now, as for Canadians, first, they drink maple syrup directly out of the bottle. Second, most Canadians are at least half-bear.
Chris: I don't think they're actually half-bear, Dan.
Dan: What do you know about it?
Chris: A little bit, actually.
Dan: Okay, Prime Minister, you tell me.
Chris: Canadians thrive in cold climates. They live in the shadow of a massive glacier, blissfully unaware of the horrific fate that would befall them, should the glacier ever collapse. [...] You could put a Canadian in a line up with a bunch normal people, and you wouldn't be able to tell. You have to wait until they drop "eh" or an "aboot," or (this is a good one) they say "sor-y."
Dan: You're right! Normal people never apologize!
- The DuckTales (1987) episode "Ducky Mountain High" is set in the Great North Woods and parodies many of the region's stereotypes, especially with the local Beagle Boys.
- Ed, Edd n Eddy once did a self-parody, calling turkey basters "Canadian Squirt Guns".
- Other than that, there are more references to where the show originated. In Take This Ed and Shove It, Jimmy's job was a lumberjack, and he wore a cap with a maple leaf on it.
- In one scene of Who's Minding the Ed? Ed was dressed in what was supposedly a hockey uniform, which is actually a hockey jersey, a scuba mask, socks tied around his neck, shorts, and one of the shoes on his feet is a sandal, while he was holding a tennis racket.
- "Canadians are weird."
- In an episode of El Tigre, White Pantera gets depressed and can do nothing but lie on the couch and watch "Canadian soap operas". ("Don't talk to me aboot love!")
- One episode of Evil Con Carne pokes fun of Canada, when Hector, who claims to have conquered it, lists that as one of his achievements to a council of other villains. None of them even care.
- The Fairly OddParents!:
- Crocker's Uncle Albert is from Canada, eh?
- From a comic story in which Timmy wishes for Cosmo and Wanda to conjure up a cousin for him to justify a lie he told:
Vicky: How come I've never met [him] before?
Timmy: Because he lives in, uh, Euro...Litha...Bulga...Slavia.
Vicky: A Canadian, huh?
- In one episode, they visit the North American Museum of Pencil Pushing, conveniently located about five feet from the Canadian side of Niagara Falls; in the same episode, Cosmo refers to Canada as the Greatest Country on Earth, because they have a leaf on their flag!
- The first Christmas Episode "Christmas Every Day" depicts Northern Quebec as a duplicate of Paris, complete with kids wearing striped shirts and black berets, heavy French accents, and eating snails.
- Norm the Genie wants to destroy Canada because "they've had it too good for too long". Which is hilarious because Norm the Genie's voice actor, Norm MacDonald, is Canadian.
- Canadians on Family Guy are typically depicted as polite and generous to the point of going against common sense ("I thought it would be rude to intrude upon your plane crash"). Quagmire also once mentioned that Canadian strip clubs are one of his favorite places, as the girls tend to be missing most of their teeth due to playing hockey for most of their childhood.
Prisoner of "Canadian Alcatraz": Can I get oot through here?Guard Just be back by bedtime.Prisoner: Okay.
- The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy:
Billy: Do you know what language they speak in Canada?
- In the episode Test of Time, Billy, Mandy, and Irwin are studying book reports. Mandy had Drums of the American Revolution, Irwin had The Canadian Revolution, and Billy had A Not-So-Brief History of Time. While Billy was goofing off and not studying at all, Irwin called him on the phone 3 times. The first time, Billy was eating pie and Irwin was dressed as a mountie. The second time, Billy was watching a monster truck show and Irwin was dressed as a lumberjack. The third time, Billy was taking a bath, and Irwin, oddly enough, instead of wearing an outfit stereotyping Canadian culture, wore a Little Bo Peep outfit.
- In "The Secret Snake Club", Lake Ontario was the home of the legendary 8 km long snake Shnissugah, who would protect the nerds from bullies by swallowing them whole. It turns out that Shnissugah isn't as mighty as the Secret Snake Club thought as it is 8 cm long, and can't eat the cool kids because Shnissugah says they're full of "trans-fatty acids".
- The Histeria! episode "North America" gives half its focus to Canada in the form of the Kid Chorus singing a song about it, a countdown of the 5 greatest people in Canadian history (with Wayne Gretzky taking both #5 and #1), and Loud Kiddington doing a Cal Worthington-type ad for the Gold Rush and then playing a mountie who has to get rid of some Native Americans.
- Jacob Two-Two (the Canadian animated series) probably qualify as a Weird Canadian Thing. It's got everything: a specific setting (Montreal), hockey obsession, overstuffed jackets, a token Quebecois, and homework assignments on Canadian explorers (in which Jacob is assisted by the ghost of a bumbling French-Canadian trapper). In fact, other small instances of Canada, Eh? are common on shows made by Nelvana. The show was adapted from a series of kids' books by Mordecai Richler, a Jewish Montrealer who famously resented this particular brand of Canadian-ness.
- Johnny Bravo, the "Yukon Yutz" episode.
- Johnny Test averts this for the most part. They got the usual mounties whenever they visit there but otherwise not too many stereotypical tropes. A few exceptions include:
- An early episode named "Johnny Gets Mooned" features two Canadian astronauts that end almost every sentence with "Eh?".
- In the Kick Buttowski episode "Luigi Vendetta", Kick is tired of Brad messing with him, so Kick was suggested to go to Foggetaboodit, an Italian-Canadian restaurant where he meets Luigi. He is Italian, but his henchpeople are Canadian stereotypes.
- In an episode of Kim Possible, a top secret Canadian spy who's actually Joe the Janitor introduced earlier ends his explanation speech with "eh", but it's delivery makes it sound like it's mocking the trope. Kim also uses the trope earlier in the episode, commenting "Canada, eh?" when she's told that Drakken is in Canada. (Drakken wants to take over Canada partially because he thinks it'll be easy)
- King of the Hill had a family of Canadians staying in Boomhauer's place who acted passive-aggressively rude and inconsiderate to everyone, even going so far as to put down on Hank's lawn. The episode also depicts Boomhauer meeting up with a French speaker in Guelph, Ontario, very improbable in real life, and them kayaking with mountains in the background - something which, as anyone who has been to Ontario will tell you, the province lacks.
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. Snails in the duo of unicorns Snips & Snails is a good, slightly more subtle example. He speaks at first with a lightened version of the stereotypical accent, to the point where it's ambiguous whether it's a Northeast American one or Stereotypical Canada, Eh? one. Confirmed finally when he in one scene adds the 'Eh?' to one of his sentences in frustration. (Possibly an inside joke as the show is produced in Vancouver) He's, of course, voiced by "notorious" Canadian voice actor, Richard Ian Cox. Oddly, this is one of his first roles where he plays up the stereotypical accent, which he doesn't actually have.
- Ponyville also has a hockey team (whose jersey colours are, for some reason, patterned after Toronto's team rather than Vancouver's).
- Phineas and Ferb:
"Paaaaaaul Bunyan's! Where food is good!" "But not too good, eh?"
- There's a pancake restaurant called Paul Bunyan's. Its jingle:
- The episode "Sidetracked" (where Perry team-up with a Canadian agent) is full of Canadian references.
- In The Hub's Pound Puppies series, the episode "Homeward Pound" introduced the Royal Canadian Pound Puppies. Extremely good-natured and polite, occasionally self-deprecating, and dressed in red sweaters with a white maple leaf on them.
- The Ren & Stimpy Show:
Our country reeks of treesOur yaks are really largeAnd they smell like rotting beef carcassesAnd we have to clean up after themAnd our saddle sores are the bestWe proudly wear womens' clothingAnd searing sand blows up our skirtsAnd the buzzards they soar overheadAnd poisonous snakes will devour us wholeOur bones will bleach in the SunAnd we will probably go to HellAnd that is our great rewardFor being the Roy-oy-al Ca-nadian Kilted Yaksmen!
- Worth noting is that one magazine article previewing the RCKY episode stated that Canada's greatest natural resource would be revealed, and that "No Canadian authorities will be happy." Turns out Canada's greatest natural resource is...dirt.
- It's also a land chocked filled with wieners separated from America by a river of beans in the episode "Wiener Barons".
- It also helps that some of the episodes are done in Canada by Carbuncle Cartoons, and that John Kricfalusi himself is from Canada as well.
- In one episode of Rugrats, the Pickles stop at "North of the Border," a Canadian-themed theme park/tourist trap. Some of its attractions are a mini version of Niagara Falls and an igloo-shaped restaurant where everything is made with maple syrup. When Grandpa wakes up in the car, he thinks he's actually in Canada without a passport and tries to hide from the "Mounties" (which are actually just park handymen in mountie uniforms).
- In The Simpsons:
- In "The Regina Monologues", when Homer is forced to apologize to the British government:
Homer: I know we don't call as often as we should, and we aren't as well behaved as our goody-two-shoes brother Canada - who by the way has never had a girlfriend... I'm just saying.
- In "The Bart Wants What It Wants", Homer, when asked if the family can visit Canada:
Homer: Canada? Why should we leave America to visit America junior?
- This is followed by the Simpsons visiting Toronto. They are seen on a bus with an RCMP officer, a hockey player, and a Sasquatch.
- In "You Only Move Twice", Bart is placed in a remedial class and meets one of the classmates:
Boy: I moved here from Can-a-da, and they think I'm slow, eh?
- "Boy Meets Curl" featured the 2010 Winter Olympics, which took place in Vancouver, and the ceremonial release of the beavers ("the Canadian dove"). Also featured was Bart's new friend, Milhoose ("your sister's loonier than a one dollar coin, eh"), and a bully modeled on Nelson who trips and taunts Milhoose with the words, "Hoo hoo!"
- In "The Regina Monologues", when Homer is forced to apologize to the British government:
- South Park:
- Canada is the home of Terrance and Phillip, which were originally intended as a parody of South Park itself: a crudely drawn and animated show about farts. However, later episodes turned Terrance and Phillip into real people and made all Canadians look and act like them: they are all crudely drawn, move their mouths by "flapping" the tops of their heads, speak in a rapid-paced and stylized accent, address each other as "buddy" or "guy," and fart a lot. More traditional Canadian stereotypes, such as moose, Mounties, maple syrup and Kraft Dinner are also commonly addressed.
- Ike being Canadian by birth is a retroactive case, since he has been featured since the beginning of the show (therefore, before even Terrance and Phillip were introduced), but Trey Parker and Matt Stone found the flapping heads' coincidence too noticeable to let it slide, so he was retconned into being adopted.
- The Blizzarians in Storm Hawks are a race of mountain-dwelling Canadian furries. "Who needs all that dirt and rock when you can have nice, cold snow, eh?" The show was made in Canada, so it was probably tongue-in-cheek.
- Total Drama's original cast is all Canadian, but only Ezekiel behaves according to the stereotypes. The Canadian-produced show itself has numerous Canadian references, though, especially in the locale-specific World Tour season.
- Toy Story 4 features Duke Caboom, a toy of "Canada's Greatest Daredevil". He has maple leaves all over his outfit and bike, his Leitmotif is O Canada, his previous owner was francophone, and his catchphrase is "Yes I Can-a-da". His commercial shows a hockey rink playset in the background.
- Badass of the Week's article on Ernest "Smokey" Smith both lampshades this and mocks it in the first paragraph:
"Canada gets a bad rap these days, with many Americans looking down on them as our pussier, slightly-British neighbors to the North, but anybody who's ever watched footage of the 1970s Philadelphia Flyers teams knows that Canadians can be some seriously hardcore motherfuckers who would just as soon cold-cock you in the chops as slash you between the legs with a goalie stick. These crazy bastards have an underappreciated history of badassery, and nowadays we don't really respect the fact that Canadians can be hard-drinking, hard-fighting, lumber-jacking motherfuckers who destroy all who oppose them in a flurry of bare knuckles, bizarre accents, and the Metric System."
- Vancouver-based media personality Nardwuar the Human Serviette is straight-up obsessed with Canadian history minutiae, a passion sparked by his mother, a local historian. He frequently plays up the Canadian connections his non-Canadian interview subjects have, he has an affinity for Canadian imagery, and many songs by his band The Evaporators reference obscure Canadian historical events and figures.
- The Niagara's Fury attraction in Niagara Falls, Ontario begins with a featurette starring a number of woodland creatures endemic to Canada (at one time or another,) including a polar bear and a team of hockey-playing wooly mammoths, all of whom speak with a thick prairie accent and pepper their speech with "eh?"
- On the Nobody's Listening Podcast, there are frequent jokes about the Canadian host, Trevor.
- Gleefully played with in the Vancouver 2010 Olympics Closing Ceremony. Canadians apologizing excessively, giant bobblehead mounties, ice dancing hockey players, guys in canoes and girls dressed as sexy maple leaf kites, giant floating moose and beavers, and so on. Even the organizer threw in a gratuitous "Now you know us, eh?" for the crowd. The whole thing could be summed up as an exercise in squeezing as many Canadian stereotypes as possible into 15 minutes of show. Note that Vancouver is the least "Canadian" part of the country.
- Canada: America's Hat eh? Also, a possible response.
- "Canada is like having a loft apartment over a great party."
- Another version has him saying "a sweet apartment over a meth lab".
- An old joke is that Canada was originally spelled Cnd. However, Sir John A. MacDonald had an American secretary when Cnd first became a country. He asked her to write up the documents on the new country, and she asked him how it was spelled. The Prime Minister replied "C, eh. N, eh. D, eh."
- Ever heard an angry French Canadian swearing in French? Even if the words themselves are beyond your grasp, the emotion and passion in their delivery will make it impossible to miss their intent. To expand, English swearing basically has "fuck", "shit", and a few variations of "damn" which express generic anger. French Canadian has pretty much the entire Church vocabulary bastardized to sound terrifying. "Fuck" is actually a fairly mild word in comparison - francophone children who use it are rarely corrected by their parents (as a point of comparison, one of the mildest québécois "sacre"note there is, "crisse", actually means "Christ". Don't ask what the English equivalents of the stronger ones would be unless you don't mind a deluge of blasphemies). Note that this is also a completely different system of swearing to that from France, which generally sounds mildly comical to French Canadian ears.
- The Quebec Catholic Church has once put out a slightly tongue-in-cheek billboard campaign where they would print out the various sacres in giant letters and provide the technical religious definition below. It is probably fair to say that no other organization on Earth can plaster the downtown core with every profanity in the book without being fined.
- And vice versa, as a matter of fact. The French just don't take religion seriously enough to cuss by it. There, "Mon Dieu" is what old ladies say.
- In fact, Québécois swear so loud and so often that Spanish-speaking Floridians (lots of them go down there every winter) have taken to nicknaming them "los tabarnacos", after a particularly strong Quebec cuss word.
- Some Québécois also enjoy playing a prank on foreigners - or even oblivious Canadians. Tell them a French phrase, have the say it to a nearby adult, then watch the show.
- For a full list, check The Other Wiki's page.
- When Michael J. Fox joined the Screen Actors Guild, the name "Michael Fox" was already taken. He considered using his real middle initial, "A" (for "Andrew"), but he wanted to avoid headlines like "Michael 'Eh?' Fox" or "Michael, A Fox!", so he went with a "J" instead, in homage to actor Michael J. Pollard.
- With the exception of the NFL (given they have their own gridiron), Canada is present in the other three American major leagues. Thus, there can be a passive-aggressive stance with both athletes (no-move clauses, refusing to play for the Canadian team that drafted them, complaints about differences) and fans (best example being the Boston Bruins-Montreal Canadiens rivalry). Much, in the stereotypical polite Canadian way, can be seen in this comedic article, which uses as a starting point Dwyane Wade not interrupting his practice while the stadium played "O Canada".
- In 2007, the Canada Pavilion at Walt Disney World's Epcot updated its "Oh, Canada!" movie. It begins with this fun narration over a blizzard...
Narrator: CANADA! Big! Wide! And very, very cold!Martin Short: What?Narrator: Here in the Great White North, it snows 24 hours a day!Short: No, no...Narrator: Every day of the year.Short: Excuse me?!Narrator: Its frozen landscape is dotted with igloos, penguins, polar bears...
- Short then hosts a look at the real Canada emphasizing its summer weather as much as winter.