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Four Philosophy Ensemble: Western Animation
  • The animals in Adventures from the Book of Virtues: Plato as the Realist, Aristotle as the Cynic, Aurora as the Optimist, and Socrates as the Apathetic.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender :
    • Season 1: Sokka (the Cynic), Katara (the Optimist), Aang (the Realist — ironically the mediator most of the time while the siblings argue), and Zuko or Momo/Appa (the Apathetic).
    • Season 2: Toph (the Cynic), Katara (the Optimist), Aang (the Realist), and Sokka (the Apathetic, or a milder Realist). Alternately, for the dark version which fits it even better: Zuko (the Cynic), Ty Lee (the Optimist), Azula (the Realist), and Mai (the Apathetic).
    • Season 3: Aang (the Realist), Katara (the Optimist), Sokka (the Cynic), Toph (the Apathetic), Suki (another Apathetic), and Zuko (another Cynic).
  • Codename: Kids Next Door: Numbuh One - Nigel Uno (the Cynic), Numbuh Two - Hoagie P. Gilligan Jr. (the Optimist), Numbuh Three - Kuki Sanban (the Apathetic), Numbuh Four - Wallabee Beetles (the Cynic), and Numbuh Five - Abigail Lincoln (the Realist).
    • Numbuh One potentially fits better as The Conflicted, shifting constantly from optimistic (almost dangerously so) to cynical depending on the circumstances.
  • Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers: Shane Gooseman (the Cynic), Zachary Foxx (the Realist), Niko (classic Optimist — the only one of the lot who volunteered for it all), Doc (the Apathetic — with Word of God saying he only enlisted "reluctantly").
  • Gargoyles: Demona (the Cynic), Goliath (the Optimist), Eliza Maza (the Realist), and Xanatos (the Apathetic).
  • Goof Troop:
    • The Optimist: Max, who comes up with harebrained schemes on a regular basis.
    • The Cynic: Pete, who is overtly antagonistic and seems to think that he can't win without cheating.
    • The Realist: PJ, the pessimist with a strong moral code.
    • The Apathetic: Goofy, mostly because he's, well, goofy.
  • Gumby has Gumby (the Optimist), Pokey (the Cynic), Prickle (the Realist), and Goo (the Apathetic).
  • Jackie Chan Adventures (season 2 onward): Jackie (the Realist), Jade (the Optimist), Uncle (the Cynic), and Tohru (the Apathetic).
  • King of the Hill: Hank Hill (the Realist), Dale Gribble (the Cynic), Bill Dauterive (the Optimist), and Boomhauer (the Apathetic).
  • The kids in Ms. Frizzle's class on The Magic School Bus:
    • The boys: Carlos (the Cynic), Arnold (the Optimist), Tim (the Realist), and Ralphie (the Apathetic).
    • The girls: Keesha (the Cynic), Phoebe (the Optimist), Dorothy Ann (the Realist), and Wanda (the Apathetic).
  • Mr. Bogus:
    • The Realist: Bogus
    • The Apathetic: Brattus
    • The Cynic: Ratty
    • The Optimist: Mole
    • The Conflicted: Tommy
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: The Mane Six:
    • The Cynic: Twilight Sparkle
    • The Optimist: Applejack
    • The Apathetic: Pinkie Pie
    • The Cynic: Rainbow Dash
    • The Realist: Rarity
    • The Conflicted: Fluttershy
  • Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated: Fred (the Optimist), Velma (the Realist), Daphne (the Apathetic), and Shaggy (the Conflicted). The role of the Cynic is filled by various secondary character. Most notably Sheriff Stone. Interesting to note is that while they fit this pattern both philosophically and functionally Fred, Velma and Daphne have personalities more closely associated with Apathetic, Cynic and Optimist respectively.
  • The Simpsons: Homer and Bart (the Cynics), Marge (the Optimist), Lisa (the Realist), and Maggie (the Apathetic).
  • South Park: Stan (the Realist), Kyle (the Optimist), Cartman (the Cynic), Kenny (the Apathetic), and Butters (the Conflicted).
  • Teen Titans: Robin (the Realist), Starfire, Beast Boy and, to some extent, Cyborg (Optimists), and Raven (both the Cynic and the Apathetic).
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Leonardo is disciplined, balanced and the group leader (Apathetic, yet the Realist); Donatello is intelligent, has special skills and always busy (Conflicted, yet the Apathetic); Raphael is hostile, skeptical and rude (the Cynic); Michaelangelo is foolish, determined and optimistic - (obviously the Optimist).
  • ThunderCats (2011): Lion-O and Wily Kit (the Optimists), Tygra (the Cynic), Cheetara (the Apathetic), Panthro (the Realist), Wily Kat (both Realist and Apathetic), and Snarf (the Conflicted).
  • Young Justice: At the beginning when there were only 4 members, it was Speedy/Red Arrow (the Cynic), Kid Flash (the Optimist), Aqualad (the Realist), and Robin (Apathetic). Later, when Speedy/Red Arrow left and Superboy joined them, he replaced Speedy as the Cynic and Miss Martian came in as the Conflicted.
    • Robin is sort of an odd duck in that he fits the apathetic definition most of the time, but this is at least partly because he doesn't like to slow down long enough to actually consult with his team members much less debate philosophy. Whenever he actually does slow down to talk strategy with the rest of the team, it's usually because the situation has gotten so bad that Robin has taken over as de facto commander at which point he doesn't debate, he just gives orders which the others meekly follow.
  • The Belchers from Bob's Burgers: Linda is the Optimist, Louise is the Cynic, Bob is the Realist, Gene is Apathetic, and Tina is Conflicted.


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