Defying Stereotypes: 15 Tough-Ass Canadians


Happy Canada Day everybody! On July 1, 1867 the friendly people of Canada declared their own version of independence from the British Empire, though their separation was a lot less violent than when it happened down here. We know Canadians have the reputation of being polite, quiet, and peaceful, but they also have their share of people we wouldn’t want to mess with. Take a look at 15 tough Canucks after the jump. The list includes rebels, spies, hockey players, and space travelers.

1. Tie Domi

For 16 years, this NHL enforcer racked up far more penalty minutes than goals or assists.

2. Louis Riel

Perhaps the Che Guevara of the North, Louis Riel was a political leader who fought for the rights of Metis people in central Canada. He was elected three time while simultaneously on the run from the Canadian Government.

3. Carrie-Anne Moss

Although Moss is probably best known for her role as Trinity in the Matrix, we like to think of this Canadian as a poor actor and a true-life badass.

4. Sir William Samuel Stephenson

Under the codename “Intrepid,” this Canadian spy is believed to be the inspiration behind Ian Fleming’s James Bond character.

5. Bret “Hit Man” Hart

This seven-time WWE World Champion described himself best with his tagline: “The best there is, the best there was, and the best there ever will be.”

6. Alanis Morissette

Back in the days of Jagged Little Pill, Alanis Morissette was not a person you’d want to upset, especially if your name is Dave Coulier.

7. Wolverine

Hailing from Alberta, Canada, this X-Men character is one of the most ferocious mutants of all time. Just look at those blades.

8. The Famous Five

Five women changed Canadian law forever by arguing before the Supreme Court of Canada that women should be included under the definition of the term “Persons.” Their argument was rejected at first, but they didn’t give up. The Famous Five are: Emily Murphy, Irene Marryat Parlby, Nellie Mooney McClung, Louise Crummy McKinney, and Henrietta Muir Edwards.

9. William Shatner

Space is the final frontier, and this man lead the charge forward.

10. Don Cherry

Don’t let the flamboyant suits fool; this hockey player, coach, and now announcer is for real. He was voted seventh greatest Canadian by the hockey-crazed nation.

11. Captain Canuck

Canada’s answer to Captain America.

12. Georges St-Pierre

When this French-Canadian enters the octagon for UFC, all stereotypes are forgotten. He was named Fighter of the Year at the 2009 World MMA Awards.

13. Sam Steele

One of the original Canadian Mounties, Steele lived a life of adventure. When WWI began, Steele tried to join the military at the age of 65, but was rejected because he was too old. He was given an administrative post instead.

14. Angela James

Another Canadian hockey superstar, James scored 22 goals and 12 assists in 20 games throughout four women world championship tournaments. She is also one of the first females ever to enter the International Ice Hockey Federation Hall of Fame.

15. Pat Kiernan

As New Yorkers, we should be thankful this brave NY1 anchor exists. Imagine having to read all of the city’s daily papers ourselves…