Anne Shirley or Wolverine? One couple debates


We are into the third round of the great Canadian character showdown. Only eight characters remain, going head-to-head to see which one has what it takes to move on to the final four.

Jacob Two-Two versus Pi Patel.

White Fang versus Winnie-the-Pooh.

Superman versus The English Patient.

And Anne Shirley versus Wolverine.

The match-up perhaps getting the most attention is that last one -- the iconic character from Lucy Maud Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables versus a Canadian superhero best known for his role in the X-Men comic books.

CBC's Mainstreet in Nova Scotia decided to put this match-up to the test. They asked two Haligonians to take sides on these characters -- and it just so happens they are also married. 

Ashley Nunn-Smith, the youth collection development librarian for Halifax Public Libraries, made the case for Anne Shirley.

Alex Hall, a member of Halifax's Geeks versus Nerds squad and former employee of Quantum Frontier Games & Comics, defended Wolverine.

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Why is Anne Shirley the most iconic Canadian character?

"When people think Anne Shirley, Anne of Green Gables, they think of Canada. The novel was first published in 1908, it sold 15,000 copies in the first five months alone. It's been translated into more than 30 languages. It has sold more than 50 million copies worldwide. Anne of Green Gables the Musical was first staged in Charlottetown in 1965. It's the longest running Canadian musical in history. Every year, 150,000 thousand people visit the Anne of Green Gables historic site in Prince Edward Island. Even the former Governor General of Canada, Adrienne Clarkson, learned about Canadian culture by reading Lucy Maud Montgomery's books. So if it's good enough for the governor general, well, it's good for me."

Why is Wolverine the most iconic Canadian character?

"Wolverine is cool. Canadian kids, American kids, kids and adults the world over know that he is Canadian and cool. Now, if we look at the sales figures of comic books featuring Wolverine in the title in 2013 alone, there are more than three million Wolverine books sold, and this is only counting English language books. Last year, Wolverine, the sequel to the universally panned X-Men Origins: Wolverine, managed to pull in more than $400 million. Logan is a Canadian war hero. He served with the first Canadian paratroopers on D-Day. He even embraces multicultural foundations that make Canada wonderful. He speaks many languages fluently. and this is all in an effort to politely explain why he is stabbing someone in their mother tongue."

Whether you agree with Ashley or Alex, you can have your say! Voting in round three is open until Monday, April 7 at 5 p.m. ET. The competition will continue until Monday, April 21, so be sure to follow along!

Ashley and Alex's quotes were edited and condensed from the original Mainstreet interview. Be sure to listen to the whole debate in the audio player above.