Canada is a country that is featured, and parodied, often throughout the series. It and its citizens have appeared often in many episodes. Most things in Canada are depicted as being square-shaped or rectangular, even wheels on automobiles.
Canadians are portrayed as having oval shaped flappy Pac-Man-like heads with black beady eyes. The rest of their bodily layout is very rectangular and straight, and in some episodes, individuals are depicted as wearing shirts with their first initials emblazoned on the front. They speak with an exaggerated accent and usually end all of their sentences with 'Eh', 'Buddy', 'Pal', 'Guy' or 'Friend'. They also pronounce 'about' as 'aboot'.
Often, Canadian celebrities portrayed on South Park do not have the distinguishing features that traditional Canadian characters do. This is likely to make them more identifiable.
Some Canadians are prominent characters. Ike Broflovski, the adopted brother of Kyle Broflovski originally came from Canada. Also, the comedy duo Terrance and Phillip come from Canada and have been featured prominently over the seasons.
Despite not being Canadian himself, Saddam Hussein is depicted with the flappy, oval shaped head, and Canadian accent and mannerisms in the show, along with his Iraqi bodyguards. However, he is heavily obsessed with Canada. In "Terrance and Phillip in Not Without My Anus", with help from Scott the Dick, he gains access to Canada and attempts to take it over. He is foiled by the Canadians though, who all fart at the same time during a Football game and stop him. In "It's Christmas in Canada", he again tries to take the country over by posing as the new Prime Minister and making strange laws. He is exposed by the boys though and once again foiled from taking over Canada.
Aboriginal Canadians appear in the episode "Royal Pudding". Scott the Dick, Ugly Bob, and Ike come across them while looking for the soon to be princess of Canada. It is stated in the episode that they hate Canadians for taking over the country.
The culture of Canada tends to revolve around toilet humor, especially fart jokes as seen in several episodes featuring Canadians. The popular Canadian duo, Terrance and Phillip, are shown to constantly use this type of gag in their routines. It is also a known fact that the majority of the Canadian entertainment industry relies on Terrance and Phillip.
Canadian culture seems to be based on exaggerated stereotypes. It depicts all Canadians as loving Kraft Dinner and Maple Syrup. The Canadians also seem to like baseball in "Terrance and Phillip in Not Without My Anus" and Shakespearean theater in "Terrance and Phillip: Behind the Blow". Although Canada held its own war against America in the South Park movie, the Canadians were almost completely helpless to stop Saddam Hussein from taking over Canada, having to rely on the power of farts to save their country, and live in constant fear of another American invasion, as they hid from sight when the boys crash landed in Canada. Once they were sure they were not invading, they became friendly and welcoming (except for Scott, because he's a dick).
The economy of Canada is based on Terrance and Phillip, with more than 1/3rd of the economy depending on Terrance and Phillip. Terrance and Phillip's show is on the Canada Channel.
The American-Canadian War
This event took place in South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut. This war broke out after the boys saw the Terrance and Phillip movie Asses of Fire, and Sheila Broflovski started an Organization entitled MAC (Mothers Against Canada) in order to ban the movie and lead a nationwide protest against Canada and Canadian products. She receives the support of then-president Bill Clinton, and places Terrance and Phillip under citizens arrest while they are on the Conan O'Brien show. Canada responds to this by bombing Baldwin's mansion, which leads the two countries to declare war on each other. Canada bombs the Arquette residence and in retaliation America leads a full-scale invasion of Toronto. All Canadian citizens residing in America are forced into death camps, or 'Happy Camps'. The Canadians launch a preemptive strike against America but this is repulsed. However, their agents get as far as Colorado. Terrance and Phillip are scheduled to be executed by electrocution at a USO show, but it is interrupted by a Canadian attack and they are saved by Eric Cartman.
The battle stops when Sheila Broflovski kills Terrance and Phillip, allowing Hell to open up to Earth and bringing Satan and Saddam Hussein to rule for a million years. Satan decides against it though and kills Saddam. He grants Kenny McCormick one wish for helping him stand up to Saddam, which is for everything to go back to the way it was before the war. Everyone who died in the events leading up to the battle comes back to life, and the friendship between America and Canada is restored, but Kenny is still dead and rises up to Heaven as an angel.
In the Season 12 episode, "Canada on Strike", The World Canadian Bureau (Abbreviated as the WGA) leader Stephen Abootman leads all of Canada into a national strike after the U.S. does not respect Canada on "National Canadian Appreciation Day". They demand respect and "Some of that Internet money" for Canada. They are internationally ignored though and are replaced by the Danish (The Canadians of Europe). The strike causes many Canadians to die from starvation and disease. In the end, the rest of the world gives Canada coupons to Bennigans and bubble gum for them to end the Strike. Stephen Abootman and The World Canadian Bureau declare it a victory, but Terrance and Phillip figure out that the strike cost Canada millions of dollars, much more than they gained, and set Stephen Abootman and his aides adrift on a piece of ice out on the ocean as punishment.
In the Season Eighteen" episode, "Freemium Isn't Free", The Canadian Bureau of Mobile Gaming create addictive mobile cell phone games that get's the boys to spend all of their money on a game that is marketed as "free". The Bureau is revealed to be operated by the Canadian Devil named Beelzaboot.
The player must go to Canada to Translate the abortion Clinics Client list, that's in French, so the girls can find out who the dirty traitor is. You get to Canada by going in the lost woods and going up, up up, and up again, but need a passport from Cartman, you can only get after getting assigned the quest by the girls. Canada is in 16 bit classic style and features many In Show Canadians including the King and Queen.
Canada technically appears in every episode that shows Terrance and Phillip, for it is broadcast there. A list of these can be found here. Canada's appearances outside of Terrance and Phillip are documented below.
- "Terrance and Phillip in Not Without My Anus"
- South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut
- "Terrance and Phillip: Behind the Blow"
- "It's Christmas in Canada"
- "Cartoon Wars Part II"
- "Canada on Strike"
- "Eat, Pray, Queef"
- "Royal Pudding"
- "Taming Strange"
- "South Park: The Stick Of Truth"
- "Freemium Isn't Free"
- "Where My Country Gone?" - Canadians moving to U.S.