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Celebrate July 4th With Your Favorite Pop Culture Patriot

Ahh.. America the beautiful. Land of the free and home of no portion control. We are, after all, the birthplace of deep-fried butter, on-demand delivery services, and Tinder. But we’re also home to some great on-screen portrayals of what it means to truly be American. So to celebrate the birth of this great nation, here are 12 fictional characters — each a pop culture patriot — who live every day like it’s Independence Day.

Captain America

Pop Culture Patriot Captain America

“America” is in his name and his costume is basically an American flag, so… automatic pop culture patriot here.

Iron Man

Pop Culture Patriot Iron Man

Proof that American capitalism can do good things.

Claire Underwood, House of Cards

Pop Culture Patriot Claire Underwood

The woman behind the leader of the free world has unwavering support for the president… until she doesn’t.

Leslie KnopeParks and Recreation

Pop Culture Patriot Leslie Knope

Unabashedly optimistic in the face of local government bureaucracy. Loves powerful women in politics, Joe Biden, and waffles.

G.I. Joe

Pop Culture Patriot Duke

He’ll fight for freedom wherever there’s trouble. A real American hero… and ultimate pop culture patriot.

Thomas Whitmore, Independence Day

Pop Culture Patriot Thomas Whitmore

The president we all deserve, deliverer of great speeches, and commander of alien-busting forces.

Wonder Woman

Pop Culture Patriot Wonder Woman

A U.S. government agent AND an Amazonian warrior princess. Uses her gods-given superpowers to defend justice, truth, and gender equality.

Eddie HuangFresh off the Boat

Pop Culture Patriot Eddie Huang

Understands and fully takes advantage of the privileges his immigrant parents worked hard to give him.

Hank Hill, King of the Hill

Pop Culture Patriot Hank Hill

Just your regular propane-selling, beer-drinking, lawn-mowing, law-abiding, sports-loving Texan (born in Yankee Stadium, New York).

Forrest Gump, Forrest Gump

Pop Culture Patriot Forrest Gump

Army vet and Medal of Honor recipient, ping pong diplomat, shrimp boat captain — life really is a box of chocolates.

Selina MeyerVeep

Pop Culture Patriot Selina Meyer

A prime example that in America, anyone can be president.

Homer Simpson, The Simpsons

Pop Culture Patriot Homer Simpson

When the rest of the world thinks “American,” they imagine Homer: Beer, donuts, and power plants. D’oh!


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