Freudian Trio/Film

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Airheads: The Lone Rangers.

  • Chazz (Ego)
  • Rex (Id)
  • Pip (Superego)

Apollo 13

  • Ego: Jim Lovell, flight commander.
  • Id: Fred Haise, Lunar Module pilot.
  • Superego: Jack Swigert / Ken Mattingly, Command Module pilot and intended CM pilot respectively.


  • Jake Sully (Id)
  • Grace Augustine (Superego)
  • Norm Spellman (Ego)

Battle Royale: the main characters.

  • Shuuya Nanahara (Id)
  • Noriko Nakagawa (Ego)
  • Shogo Kawada (Superego)

Beauty and the Beast: The Beast's servants.

  • Lumiere: Romantic and aloof (Id)
  • Mrs. Potts (Ego)
  • Cogsworth: desires the castle to run like clockwork (Superego)


  • The blackmailed men:
    • Mr. Green: Only Sane Man (Superego)
    • Professor Plum: Lecherous psychiatrist (Id)
    • Colonel Mustard: Boisterous would-be leader (Ego)
  • The blackmailed women:
    • Miss Scarlet (Id)
    • Mrs. White (Superego)
    • Mrs. Peacock (Ego)

The Dark Knight: The three central figures:

  • Batman/Bruce Wayne: Wants to keep order, and will use questionable means to do so. (Ego)
  • The Joker: Sadistic, determined to show that deep down, all people are heartless monsters. (Id)
  • Harvey Dent: Gotham's White Knight, wants to remain above chaos for justice. (Superego)

Enter the Dragon:

  • Lee (Superego)
  • Roper (Ego)
  • Williams (Id)

Ferris Buellers Day Off:

  • Ferris: Impulsive, interested entirely in pleasure and entertainment (Id).
  • Cameron: Rational, reluctant (Superego).
  • Sloane (Ego).

The First Wives Club

  • Id: Elise (Chain-smoking, slightly self-centered White Dwarf Starlet)
  • Ego: Brenda (Reasonable, frank but blunt)
  • Superego: Annie (Conciliatory, calm, emotional)

For a Few Dollars More: The two bounty hunters and The Big Bad

  • Monco: Interested only in the money, but can Pet the Dog on occasion (Ego)
  • Colonel Douglas Mortimer (Retired): Calm, focussed, and totally devoted to gaining revenge on Indio (Superego)
  • El Indio: Near psychotic Bandito; has rapid mood swings, spends most of the film in a drug-induced haze (Id)

Ghostbusters: The three main Ghostbusters.

  • Peter Venkman: Disinterested, Deadpan Snarker (Id).[1]
  • Egon Spengler: Rational, stoic (Superego).
  • Ray Stanz: Intellectually driven, though very passionate (Ego).[2]

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: The titular protagonists.

The Hangover

  • Alan (Id)
  • Phil (Ego) and Stu (replacement Superego when Doug goes missing)
  • Doug (the actual Superego; unfortunately he's the Macguffin Guy)

Heroic Trio

  • Tung - The Ego (a motherly woman and superhero)
  • Chat The Id (a ditzy and impulsive bounty hunter out for money)
  • San - The Superego (a stoic Action Girl who goes through a Heel Face Turn)

Highlander: The three main immortals.

Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey

  • Chance: Comical and mischievous, with initially no devotion to humans (Id).
  • Shadow: The leader who has to endure Chance and Sassy bickering (Ego).
  • Sassy: Indignant cat with no interest in adventures (Superego).

The Hunt for Red October: The three sub captains.

  • Capt. Marko Ramius, Red October (Superego)
  • Capt. Bart Mancuso, USS Dallas (Ego)
  • Capt. Tupolev, V.K. Konovalov (Id)

Ice Age:

  • Manny: The unofficial leader who is just an everyman trying to get by. (Ego)
    • Actually I would think that Manny is the Superego due to his anti-social behavior towards others and his overwhelming family and life ideals while Diego would be the Ego considering he acts more as the mediator of the group. (Though Diego also shows Id qualities especially in the third movie when he wanted to have another adventure just for his own pleasure and self assurance)
  • Diego: The Stoic as well as the resident Heel Face Turn guy. (Superego)
  • Sid: Occasional Cloudcuckoolander who can have bouts of clarity at times. (Id)

The Indiana Jones films:

Raiders of the Lost Ark

  • Indiana "Indy" Jones (Ego)
  • Marion Ravenwood (Id)
  • Sallah (Superego)

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

  • Indy (Ego)
  • Willie Scott (Id)
  • Short Round (Superego)

Indy's companions from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

  • Henry Jones, Sr. (Ego)
  • Marcus Brody (Superego)
  • Sallah (Id)

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

  • Indy (Ego)
  • Mutt Williams aka Henry Jones III (Id)
  • Marion Ravenwood (Superego)

Alternately, Indy's allies:

  • Mutt (Id)
  • Marion (Ego)
  • Professor Harold "Ox" Oxley (Superego)

The villains:

  • Raiders of the Lost Ark
    • Rene Belloq (Ego)
    • Colonel Dietrich (Superego)
    • Major Toht (Id)
  • Kingdom of the Crystal Skull:


  • Hooper: Idealistic, adopts a scientifically rational and methodical approach to shark hunting. (Superego)
  • Quint: Anger prone, colourful personality and language, harbours grudges and vendettas. (Id)
  • Brody: Mediator between the feuding Hooper and Quint. (ego)

The Lord of the Rings:

  • The Ring Bearing Trio
    • Frodo (Ego)
    • Samwise (Superego)
    • Gollum (Id)
  • The Warring Trio
    • Aragorn (Ego)
    • Legolas (Superego)
    • Gimli (Id)

The Marx Brothers (in their various films):

  • Groucho (superego)
  • Chico (ego)
  • Harpo (id)

The Matrix:

  • Neo (Id)
  • Trinity (Superego)
  • Morpheus (Ego)
    • If they are meant to represent the conflicting forces of the id and the superego, Neo and Trinity seem to get along rather well... any freudian elements in The Matrix (e.g. Agents = id) operate on a wider and more general level than a "power trio".
  • Rogue programs Smith and The Merovingian (Id)
  • Rogue humans Neo and Morpheus (Ego)
  • Creators/ Chessmasters The Oracle and The Architect (Superego)

Mortal Kombat (movie):

  • Liu Kang: Blend of reasonable thought and mystic wisdom (Superego)
  • Sonya Blade: Hotheaded, yet calculating of rational explanations for the supernatural (Ego)
  • Johnny Cage: Fun-loving wise-cracker, flirts with Sonya despite dire circumstances (Id)

Mystery Men:

  • The Shoveler (Ego)
  • Mr. Furious (Id)
  • The Blue Rajah (Superego)

Mystery Team:

  • Jason (Ego)
  • Charlie (Id)
  • Duncan (Superego)

National Treasure

  • Riley: Wisecracker who hopes to get rich out of their adventures (Id).
  • Ben: Wants to find the treasure, but is sensible about it (Ego)
  • Abigail: Smart, studious, and reluctant to join them (Superego).

Ocean's Eleven trilogy:

Office Space

  • Peter (Ego)
  • Michael (Id)
  • Samir (Superego)

Pirates of the Caribbean

  • Jack: (Id: Chaos) Will use conversation to avoid bloodshed (especially his own) but is prone to trickery and can resort to some pretty underhanded tricks.
  • Will: (Super Ego: Order) Traditional, straightforward and honest but stubborn and unyielding to a fault.
  • Elizabeth: (Ego: Reason) Tries to use the method that best fits the situation and utilizes bluffs and honest diplomacy almost equally.
    • While the following are hardly a power trio, The Curse of the Black Pearl sets up a nice id-ego-superego dynamic with, respectively, Jack, Will and Norrington: "[My place is] right here - between you and Jack." (Fun fact: Schopenhauer's analogue of the id was called the Will.)

The Philadelphia Story

  • George (Superego): stable, moral, and unimaginative
  • Mike (Id): impulsive, sensitive, and romantic
  • Dexter (Superego): more laid-back that the former but more mature than the latter

Robin Hood: The villains

  • Prince John (Id)
  • Sir Hiss (Superego)
  • The Sheriff of Nottingham (Ego)

Shaun of the Dead

  • Shaun (ego) is pulled two ways by:
  • Ed (id) who draws him into impulsive and self-destructive behaviour, and
  • Liz (superego) who wants him to behave better.


  • Shrek (Ego)
  • Donkey (Id)
  • Princess Fiona (Superego)

Sleeping Beauty (1959)

  • Id: Merryweather (impulsive, short tempered, slightly selfish).
  • Ego: Fauna (gentle and deferring)
  • Superego: Flora (intensely concerned with fulfilling her promise to king Stephen and very strict in her rules between the fairies)

Star Trek (2009 film)

  • Kirk (Id)
  • Spock (Superego)
  • McCoy (Ego)

Star Wars:

  • In the prequel trilogy:
    • Id: Anakin
    • Ego: Padme
    • Superego: Obi-Wan
      • Also in the prequel trilogy, the Freudian trio concept of the Jedi Order are represented by Anakin (id), Obi-Wan (ego) and Yoda (superego). The Jedi are destroyed by the id and the remaining two have to bring it back in the original trilogy. At the end Return of the Jedi when the Jedi actually return and balance is restored Luke sees the ghosts of all three.
  • In the original trilogy - the lead heroes:
    • Luke: Balances the two (ego)
    • Leia: Coolheaded, pragmatic, devoted to duty (superego)
    • Han: Impatient, hotheaded, operates on instinct (id)
  • In the original trilogy and late in the prequel trilogy - the Imperials:
    • Emperor Palpatine: Power-hungry, maniacal, obsessive tyrant who ultimately lets his confidence get the better of him (id)
    • Darth Vader: Balances the two, and has far more reasonable intentions (ego)
    • Grand Moff Tarkin: Cold, calculating tactician who feels no remorse destroying planets (superego)
  • The Sith apprentices in the saga:
    • Darth Maul: Aggressive fighter. (Id)
    • Count Dooku aka Darth Tyranus: Erudite enforcer. (Superego)
    • Darth Vader: Mix between the two. (Ego)

Terminator 2: Judgement Day:

  • John Connor (Ego).
  • Sarah Connor (Id).
  • T-800 Mark 2 (Superego).

The Three Stooges in their various films:

  • Moe (Superego)
  • Larry (Ego)
  • Curly (Id); After Curly left, Shemp filled this role.

To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar

  • Vida Boheme (Superego)
  • Noxeema Jackson (Ego)
  • Chi-Chi Rodriguez (Id)

Top Gun:

  • Maverick (Id)
  • Goose (Ego)
  • Iceman (Superego)


  • Autobots
    • Id: Ironhide (bloodthirsty impulsive killer) and Bumblebee (party animal)
    • Superego: Ratchet (Calm, meditative medic)
    • Ego: Optimus Prime (balances the two and acts as the leader)
  • Decepticons
    • Id: Megatron (ruthless megalomaniacal brute)
    • Supergo: Starscream (treacherous, scheming usurper)
    • Ego: The Fallen (balances the two)

Tron Both the programs and their respective users.

  • Id: Flynn - reckless-as-hell Man Child of a Playful Hacker
  • Ego: Ram / Roy Kleinberg (Yori / Lora Baines also fills this role)
  • Superego: Tron / Alan Bradley - Stern, serious

Tron: Legacy

  • Id : Sam Flynn (proving the apple really didn't fall far from the tree)
  • Ego: Quorra "profoundly naive, yet infinitely wise", prone to a few reckless stunts of her own, but overall much more focused than Sam is.
  • Superego: Kevin Flynn inverts his role from the first, but twenty-one years of exile and humility learned in the harshest way possible will do that.

Zardoz: The Eternals

  • Id: Friend
  • Ego: May
  • Superego: Consuella and Avalow