America. Sean Hannity knows that is "the greatest, best country God has ever given man on the face of the earth." No hyperbole there. America has a storied history, a ton of freedom, and some handsome citizens. We also have some incredible icons. Uncle Sam, The Statue of Liberty, and Rosie the Riveter are just a few of our many treasured American Icons. While they are all timeless, there hasn't been a new American icon in a while. Let's change that.
We are interested in answering the question, Who is the Greatest American in pop culture? To do that, we have assembled a list of our 32 favorite pop culture Americans from the usual fields of television, film, and video games with the addition of some essential Americans from professional wrestling for the first time in Mad Bracket Status history.
We have split them into four divisions (Live Action Television, Cartoons and Wrestling, Film and Comics, Video Games and Anime) and seeded them based on perceived Americanness. We realize it is pretty arbitrary but it led to some great match ups, so give us a break. Here are the first round match ups.
Live Action Television
Stephen Colbert (The Colbert Report) vs Jack Bauer (24)
Ron Swanson (Parks and Rec) vs Cordell Walker (Walker, Texas Ranger)
Leslie Knope (Parks and Rec) vs Ronald McDonald (McDonalds)
Sam the Eagle (The Muppets Show) vs Ralph Hinkley (The Greatest American Hero)
Hulk Hogan (WWF) vs Stan Smith (American Dad)
Hank Hill (King of the Hill) vs Homer Simpson (The Simpsons)
Dusty Rhodes (WWF) vs Kurt Angle (WWE)
General Joe Colton (GI Joe) vs Stone Cold Steve Austin (WWE)
Captain America (Marvel Comics) vs President Dwayne Elizondo Mountain Dew Hubert Cammacho (Idiocracy)
Apollo Creed (Rocky) vs Rocky Balboa (Rocky)
The Iron Patriot (Marvel Comics) vs Forrest Gump (Forrest Gump)
Superman (DC Comics) vs Gary Johnson (Team America: World Police)
Guile (Street Fighter) vs Liberty Prime (Fallout 3)
Chibodee Crocket (G Gundam) vs Bandit Keith Howard (Yu-Gi-Oh!)
Lt. Surge (Pokemon) vs Jax (Mortal Kombat)
Duke Nukem (Duke Nukem) vs President Michael Wilson (Metal Wolf Chaos)
You can vote on the first round here. Check out the bracket here. Keep up with us on Facebook and Twitter for updates on the bracket. Listen to our most recent podcast featuring our analysis of the bracket at the bottom of this page. You can subscribe to us on iTunes, Soundcloud, and Stitcher. Now get out there and vote! America!