Happy Canada Day folks! Today’s the day to knock back a pint of maple syrup and celebrate… *checks Wikipedia* …the enactment of the British North America Act of 1867! Here at StickTwiddlers, we decided to commemorate the day by taking a look at some of the greatest Canadian characters in gaming history. Folk like…

5) MAXIMA

Mentioned in hushed tones wherever people have a burning desire to kick the crap out of each other, the King Of Fighters series has a massive worldwide following. A former Canadian soldier, Maxima debuted in King Of Fighters ’99 and is a strong all-round character and fan favourite. Oh yeah, did we mention that he’s also a FREAKING CYBORG!

Maxima is a former police officer and former officer of NESTS. No, not some sort of bird watching brigade, NESTS are a secret underground organisation which featured heavily through the KOF series. In short, Maxima is Canadian, cyborg, has built-in weaponry and has been taught various forms of arsekickery by the police, the army and a secret spy network.

“MAKES YOU PROUD TO BE CANADIAN” MOMENT: Maxima is a former Canadian soldier. Canada is frequently mocked for having no army. Well Maxima says otherwise. Not only does Canada have an army, but they breed their soldiers so damn tough, you can slap robot bits on to them and they don’t even die.

4) MICHAEL EDWARDS

If you don’t recognise the name Michael Edwards, you’ve obviously never played what is, to my mind, one of the greatest survival horror titles of all time. Yes, it’s Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem. During one section of the story, you take control of Michael Edwards, a Canadian firefighter. He’s Canadian, he fights oil fires and many who’ve played Eternal Darkness consider him one of the best characters to play as, given his high health level and wide range of weaponry.

Most importantly, Edwards is a key protagonist in a game which has become a cult classic. Eternal Darkness has thousands of fans (who are crying out for the sequel that is struggling to come to fruition through Kickstarter) and it just wouldn’t be the same without Michael Edwards.

“MAKES YOU PROUD TO BE CANADIAN” MOMENT: This man fights fires. Not just “oh lummy, my curtains!” type fires, but “ARGH JESUS WEPT THE OIL WELL EXPLODED” type fires. That’s when he’s not blowing up ancient cities and dealing with mystical forces, of course. Michael Edwards is a god damn hero.

3) BRET HART

OK, I know Bret Hart is a real person and not technically a video game character, but as anyone who follows wrestling will know, Bret Hart is the best there was, the best there is and…well, you know the bit. A true icon of the wrestling world, Hart has featured in a staggering 21 video games, from 1992 to the present day. Top that, Nathan Drake.

Debuting in WWF Wrestlemania: Steel Chair Challenge (as the cover star, no less), Hart starred in several WWF titles, before moving to WCW and appearing in a number of games there. Following appearances in two Legends Of Wrestlemania titles, Hart has returned to WWE titles in recent years and the fans are loving it. I for one will never tire of locking in the Sharpshooter or beating Mcmahon to a pulp. ‘Rasslin!

“MAKES YOU PROUD TO BE CANADIAN” MOMENT: “The best there is, the best there was, the best there ever will be”. Says it all, really.

2) DEADPOOL

One of Marvel’s most popular characters (and arguably one of the best written), Deadpool started life as Wade Wilson, a gun-for-hire who. Following a battle with cancer, some genetic manipulation at the hands of the Weapon X squad and a strange penchant for belts and pouches, he became the wise-cracking anti-hero that we know and love.

Obviously “The Merc With The Mouth” has recently appeared in his very own title (which we recently reviewed) but he’s popped up in many-a-Marvel game over the years and he’s always very welcome, as far as we’re concerned. Deadpool pops up in both Marvel: Ultimate Alliance titles, makes an appearance in Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions, is quite frankly one of the best things about Marvel Vs Capcom 3, and is the character that I am most excited about seeing in the upcoming LEGO Marvel Super Heroes.

“MAKES YOU PROUD TO BE A CANADIAN” MOMENT: The “friendly” rivalry between America and Canada is well known. Well, thanks to the wonder of technology you can fire up Marvel Vs Capcom and have Deadpool kick the everlovin’, all-American crap out of ol’ stars and stripes himself, Captain America.

1) WOLVERINE

Of course Wolverine is number one, how could he not be? Everyone’s favourite fuzzy ball of bloodthirsty rage has appeared in countless titles. He’s popped up in X-Men games, Spider-Man games, solo titles, he even put in an appearance in Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3 as an unlockable character skin. No, we don’t know what the hell was going on with that either.

His skeleton is infused with near-indestructible Adamantium, his regenerative abilities render him practically immune to harm, his strength, speed and feral instincts make him damn near unstoppable. Hell, Wolverine has gone toe to toe with the Incredible Hulk and the fact that he’s not a pancake right now makes him one of the most impressive characters to come out of…well, anywhere. Ever. Now throw into the mix the fact that Wolverine is not only Canadian, but has actually worn the garb of Captain Canada and is a key member of the Canadian superhero team, Alpha Flight, and I don’t think for one minute that you can argue with his position in this list. If you do have a problem, take it up with Wolverine himself. No? Thought not.

“MAKES YOU PROUD TO BE A CANADIAN” MOMENT: Oh, come on! He’s the most famous Canadian who isn’t Jim Carrey. They call him “Ol Canucklehead”, although never to his face. HE WAS CAPTAIN CANADA AND CLAWS COME OUT OF HIS HANDS!

Who’s your favourite Canadian character from video game history, past and present? Have we made a major oversight in our Top 5? Let us know in the comments below or hit us up on Twitter and Facebook.

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