Four Temperament Ensemble / Film

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Disney Animated Canon

  • The five household appliances from The Brave Little Toaster: Lampy (choleric), Kirby (melancholic), Toaster (phlegmatic), Radio (sanguine), and Blanky (eclectic).
  • The Hunchbackof Notre Dame: Frollo is choleric (the control obsessed tyrant), Phoebus is melancholic (the morally conflicted knight), Esmerelda is sanguine (the upbeat and defiant rebel) and Quasimodo is phlegmatic (the empathetic recluse).
  • The Jungle Cubs: Shere Khan (choleric), Bagheera (melancholic), Baloo (phlegmatic), and Louis (sanguine).
  • The four main dogs in Lady and the Tramp: Lady (melancholic), The Tramp (sanguine), Jock (choleric), and Trusty (phlegmatic).
  • The Lion King: Mufasa is choleric (the extroverted leader who has a bit of a temper and is the most badass character in the film), Scar is melancholic (the introverted villain who is always unhappy), Simba is sanguine (the adventurous and cheery heir to the throne) and Nala is phlegmatic (the reasonable and Only Sane Man of the cast).
  • Mulan: Mulan and her companions: Mulan (melancholic), Mushu and Yao (choleric), Ling (sanguine), Chien Po and Cri-Kee (phlegmatic), Li Shang (eclectic).
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas: Jack Skellington (sanguine), Sally (melancholic), Oogie Boogie (choleric), and The Mayor (phlegmatic).
  • Pocahontas: Pocahontas' crew - Meeko (sanguine), flit (melancholic), Grandmother Willow (choleric), Nakoma (eclectic) and Pocahontas herself (phlegmatic).
    • The British Settlers: John Smith (melancholic), Thomas (phlegmatic), Ratcliff (choleric), Wiggins (sanguine).
  • The Princess and the Frog must have read this trope before it was written. Tiana (choleric), Louis (melancholic), Ray (phlegmatic), and Naveen (sanguine).
  • The Sword in the Stone: Merlin (melancholic), Arthur (eclectic), Archimedes, Sir Kay and Sir Ector (choleric), Sir Pellinore (phlegmatic), Madam Mim (sanguine).

Pixar

  • The Parr family from The Incredibles: Bob (melancholic), Helen (choleric), Violet (phlegmatic), and Dash (sanguine).
  • Inside Out: The five main emotions, Joy (sanguine), Anger (choleric), Sadness (melancholic), Fear (phlegmatic), and Disgust (eclectic).
    • Sadness really seems more phlegmatic (a good listener), and Fear - melancholic (he thinks a lot about scary things).

Dreamworks

Other studios

  • Angry Birds: Chuck (sanguine), Red (choleric), Bomb (melancholic) and Terence (phlegmatic).
  • The Herd in the Ice Age movies: Scrat (eclectic), Manny (melancholic), Sid (sanguine), Diego (choleric), and Ellie (phlegmatic, with some sanguine aspects, especially in the beginning).
  • Western Animation/Igor: Igor (choleric), Eva (phlegmatic), Scamper (melancholic) and Brain (sanguine)
  • The Last Unicorn: The Unicorn/Amalthea (melancholic), Schmendrick (sanguine), Molly Grue (choleric), Prince Lir (phlegmatic).

     Film — Live Action 

Non-Character Examples (mood and setting)

  • The four Alien films, not just in terms of their respectives tones but in light of their respective directors and the directors' general filmmaking styles: Alien is phlegmatic, Aliens is choleric, Alien³ is melancholic and Alien: Resurrection is sanguine.
  • For another odd, non-character example, the four Brosnan-era Bond films correspond nicely in their atmosphere and tone, with GoldenEye as the choleric; Tomorrow Never Dies as the phlegmatic (or, alternatively the melancholic); The World Is Not Enough as the melancholic (or phlegmatic); and Die Another Day as sanguine.

Marvel Cinematic Universe

  • X-Men: First Class:
    • Xavier (eclectic), Havok (choleric), Beast (melancholic), Mystique (phlegmatic), and Banshee (sanguine).
    • A villainous example: The pragmatic Emma Frost (choleric), the somber and competent Azazel (melancholic), and the quiet, silent Riptide (phlegmatic), and The Faux Affably Evil Sebastian Shaw (sanguine).

Films in general

  • The Italian movie Amici Miei and its sequels: Mascetti (choleric), Necchi (melancholic), Melandri (sanguine), Sassaroli (phlegmatic), and Perozzi (eclectic).
  • Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy: Ron Burgundy (sanguine), Champ Kind (choleric), Veronica Corningstone (melancholic), Brick Tamland (phlegmatic), and Brian Fantana (eclectic).
  • Baby's Day Out: Eddie (choleric), Norby (sanguine), and Veeko (phlegmatic).
  • Braveheart: William Wallace (choleric), Campbell the Elder (melancholic), Hamish Campbell (eclectic), and Stephen the Irishman (sanguine).
  • The Breakfast Club: John Bender (sanguine), Claire Standish (choleric), Brian Johnson (melancholic), Allison Reynolds (phlegmatic), and Andrew Clark (eclectic).
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: The four bad children at the factory tour: Augustus Gloop (phlegmatic), Violet Beauregarde (choleric), Veruca Salt (sanguine), and Mike Teavee (melancholic).
  • The Charlie's Angels movies: Natalie (sanguine), Dylan (choleric), Alex (melancholic), and Bosley (phlegmatic).
  • Chronicle: Andrew (melancholic), Steve (sanguine), and Matt (starts out phlegmatic but becomes more choleric as the story progresses).
  • Cinderfella: Rupert (choleric), Cinderfella (melancholic), Princess Charming (phlegmatic), Maximilian (sanguine), and the stepmother (eclectic).
  • Clerks: Randall (sanguine), Jay (choleric), Dante (melancholic), and Silent Bob (phlegmatic).
  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind: Roy Neary (choleric), Jillian Guiler (melancholic), Ronnie Neary (phlegmatic), and Barry Guiler (sanguine).
  • Courageous: The four main cops: Adam Mitchell (choleric), Shane Fuller (choleric), Nathan Hayes (melancholic), and David Thomson (phlegmatic), plus their non-cop friend Javier Martinez (sanguine).
  • The Craft: Sarah (melancholic), Nancy (choleric), Bonnie (phlegmatic) and Rochelle (sanguine).
  • DEBS: Dominique (phlegmatic), Janet (sanguine), Max (choleric) and Amy (melancholic).
  • Descendants: The four villain kids:
    • Mal is Choleric: determined, authoritative and with leading skills.
    • Carlos is Melancholic: analytical, anxious and more at ease with things than with people.
    • Evie is Phlegmatic: shy and passive but also sensible.
    • Jay is Sanguine: charismatic and prone to action but often impulsive.
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Frank Heffley (eclectic), Rodrick (choleric), Greg (melancholic), Susan (phlegmatic), and Rowley (sanguine).
  • Dirty Dancing:
    • The Houseman Family: Baby (melancholic), Jake (choleric), Lisa (sanguine), Marjorie (phlegmatic).
  • Elf : Buddy (sanguine), Walter Hobbs (choleric), Michael Hobbs (melancholic), Jovie (phlegmatic).
  • Eurotrip: Scotty (eclectic), Cooper (sanguine), Jenny (choleric), Jamie (melancholic), and Mika (phlegmatic).
  • Ferris Bueller's Day Off: Ferris (sanguine), Cameron (melancholic), Sloane (phlegmatic), and Jeanie (choleric).
  • The 40-Year-Old Virgin: Andy (melancholic), Jay (choleric), David (phlegmatic), and Cal (sanguine).
  • Four Brothers: Bobby (choleric), Jeremish (melancholic), Jack (phlegmatic), and Angel (sanguine).
  • In Freaky Friday (2003): Tess (melancholic), Anna (choleric), Harry and Grandpa (phlegmatic), Jake (sanguine), and Ryan (eclectic).
  • Everyone but Gaz in The Full Monty fits this scheme nicely: Gerald (choleric), Dave and Lomper (melancholic), Horse (phlegmatic), and Guy (sanguine).
  • G-Force: Darwin (eclectic), Juarez (choleric), Mooch (melancholic), Hurley (phlegmatic), and Blaster (sanguine).
  • The Ghostbusters: Peter Venkman (choleric), Egon Spengler (melancholic), Winston Zeddemore (phlegmatic), and Ray Stantz (sanguine).
  • The Godfather: The brothers Corleone are a perfect example: Sonny (choleric), Michael (melancholic), Fredo (sanguine), and Tom (phlegmatic).
  • The Goonies: Mikey (choleric), Data (melancholic), Chunk (phlegmatic), and Mouth (sanguine).
  • The Green Mile: Paul (phlegmatic), Dean and John (melancholic), Percy and Wild Bill (choleric), Harry and Toot-Toot (sanguine), and Brutus and Del (eclectic).
  • The Hangover: Phil (choleric), Stu (melancholic), Alan (sanguine) and Doug (phlegmatic).
  • The Hateful 8: the "lawful" characters: Chris Mannix (sanguine), Major Marquis Warren (choleric), John Ruth (melancholic), and O.B. (phlegmatic).
  • Horrible Bosses: The three bosses (choleric, especially Harkin), Nick (phlegmatic), Dale (melancholic), and Kurt (sanguine).
  • Inception: Cobb (melancholic), Ariadne (phlegmatic), Arthur (eclectic), Eames (choleric), Yusef (sanguine).
  • Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade: Indy (choleric), Henry Jones Sr. (melancholic), Marcus Brody (phlegmatic), and Sallah (sanguine).
  • The various James Bonds:
  • Jawbreaker: Courtney (choleric), Marcie (sanguine), Julie (phlegmatic), and Fern/Vylette (melancholic). Liz was probably eclectic.
  • Juno: Juno (choleric), Paulie (phlegmatic), Vanessa (melancholic), and Mark (sanguine).
  • Villainous example from Kill Bill: Elle Driver (choleric), O-Ren Ishii (melancholic), Bill (phlegmatic), Budd (sanguine), and Vernita Green (eclectic).
  • La Grande Bouffe: Ugo (choleric), Philippe (melancholic), Michel (phlegmatic), and Marcello (sanguine).
  • The villains of the Lethal Weapon films: Jack Travis (choleric) from the third, Wah Sing Ku (melancholic) from the fourth, General McAllister (phlegmatic) from the first, and Arjen Rudd (sanguine) from the second.
  • The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe: The four Pevensies fit into this. Peter (choleric), Susan (melancholic), Edmund (phlegmatic), and Lucy (sanguine).
    • For the first half of the movie, the brothers reverse roles but for the rest of this movie and the other two, Peter is the Choleric and Edmund is the Phlegmatic.
  • The main villains from Mad Max films: The main villains from each movie: Toecutter (Sanguine) from the first, Lord Humungous (Phlegmatic) from the second second, Aunty Entity (Melancholic) from the third and Immortan Joe (Choleric) from the fourth.
  • Mad Max: Fury Road: The wives.
    • The Dag (sanguine), the Large Ham Cloudcuckoolander.
    • Splendid Angharad (choleric), the confident, charismatic leader of the wives.
    • Toast (melancholic), the cynical, snarky, practical wife.
    • Capable (phlegmatic), The Stoic, the kindest and most softhearted wife who manages to win over Nux.
    • Cheedo the Fragile (eclectic), the youngest, regarded as Everyone's Baby Sister and the resident Fragile Flower.
  • Mean Girls somewhat fits this trope: Cady (phlegmatic), Regina (choleric), Gretchen (melancholic), and Karen (sanguine).
  • The Mummy (1999): The four Americans in the first film: O'Connell (choleric), Daniels (melancholic), Burns (phlegmatic), and Henderson (sanguine).
  • Night Of Living Dorks: Rebecca (choleric), Konrad (melancholic), Philip (phlegmatic), and Wurst (sanguine).
  • Now and Then: Roberta (choleric), Samantha (melancholic), Chrissy (phlegmatic), and Teeny (sanguine).
  • The Pirates of the Caribbean:
    • Sanguine: Jack Sparrow
    • Choleric: Barbossa
    • Melancholic: Will
    • Phlegmatic: Gibbs
    • Eclectic: Elizabeth
      • The Villains: Captain Barbossa (before his heel-face turn) and Davy Jones (choleric), Lord Cutler Beckett (melancholic), Blackbeard (phlegmatic).
  • Pulp Fiction: Jules (choleric), Vincent (melancholic), Butch (phlegmatic), and Mia (sanguine).
  • The Purge: The Sandins: James (choleric), Mary (melancholic), Charlie (phlegmatic), and Zoey (sanguine).
  • Reservoir Dogs: Mr. Pink (choleric), Mr. Blonde (melancholic), Mr. Orange (phlegmatic), and Mr. White (sanguine).
  • The Room is a good example of the four central characters manifesting all of the negative aspects of their respective humours, and none of the positive ones: Lisa (choleric), Johnny (melancholic), Mark (phlegmatic), and Denny (sanguine).
  • Singin' in the Rain: Cosmo Brown (sanguine), Don Lockwood (melancholic), Lina Lamont (choleric), and Kathy Selden (phlegmatic).
  • Son in Law: Travis (choleric), Tracy (melancholic), Becca (phlegmatic), and Crawl (sanguine).
  • The Sound of Music has several.
    • The children: Lisel and Louisa (sanguine), Friedrich and Brigitta (melancholic), Kurt (choleric), Marta and Gretl (phlegmatic).
    • The nuns: Mother Abbess and Sister Sophia (phlegmatic), Sister Margaretta (melancholic), and Sister Berthe (choleric).
  • Spotlight: The four person Spotlight investigative team consists of Mike (sanguine), Robbie (choleric), Matt (melancholic) and Sacha (phlegmatic).
  • Stand by Me: Chris Chambers (choleric), Gordie LaChance (melancholic), Teddy Duchamp (sanguine, although he mostly displays the more negative traits, such as impulsiveness, self-indulgence and being a space case), Vern Tessio (phlegmatic).
  • A case could be made for this in the new Star Trek movie:
    • Sanguine: Kirk, the fun-loving fly-by-the-seat-of-his-pants tactical genius.
    • Choleric: "Bones" McCoy, the grumpy-but-compassionate healer.
    • Melancholic: Uhura, the perfectionist omniglot with a nurturing side.
    • Phlegmatic: Spock, the calm, rational Vulcan scientist unless someone insults his mother.
    • Eclectic: The neutral Scotty, who loves his job as Chief Engineer aboard the Enterprise.
    • However, in the original television series, they were different: Kirk was the choleric one, Spock was melancholic, McCoy was sanguine, Scotty was phlegmatic, and Uhura was eclectic.
  • The film version of Starsky & Hutch switched the personalities from the TV show to fit into the typecasts of Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson: Starsky (Stiller, melancholic), Dobey (choleric), Hutch (Wilson, sanguine) and Huggy Bear (phlegmatic).
  • Strange Days: Mace (choleric), Lenny (melancholic), Iris (phlegmatic), and Faith (sanguine).
  • Super 8: Charles (choleric), Martin (melancholic), Joe (eclectic), Cary (sanguine), and Preston (phlegmatic).
  • Sushi Girl is another all-negative-no-positive example, given that all of the leads are, for the most part, soulless thugs: Duke (melancholic), Crow (sanguine), Max (choleric), Francis (phlegmatic), Fish (eclectic).
  • Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy: The suspected "moles" — George Smiley (melancholic), Bill Haydon (phlegmatic), Roy Bland (eclectic), Toby Esterhause (sanguine), and Percy Alleline (choleric).
  • UHF: Harvey (choleric), Teri (melancholic), George (phlegmatic), Stan (sanguine), and Bob (eclectic).
  • The Untouchables: Eliot Ness (choleric), Jimmy Malone (melancholic), Oscar Wallace (phlegmatic), and George Stone (sanguine).
  • V for Vendetta has this with the main opposers to the Norsefire government: V (choleric), Finch (melancholic), Evey (phlegmatic), and Gordon (sanguine).
  • Waitress: Apart from the protagonist Jenna, the other five main characters follow this scheme.
    • Sanguine: Becky
    • Choleric: Earl (showing all the negative aspects and almost none of the positive ones). Also Cal is choleric, and a more equilibrate one.
    • Melancholic: Old Joe, despite his Jerkass Façade.
    • Phlegmatic: Dawn.
    • Eclectic: Dr. Pomatter.
  • The Watch: Evan (choleric), Bob (sanguine), Franklin (melancholic), and Jamarcus (phlegmatic).
  • Zombieland:
    • Sanguine: Tallahassee, the loud, short-tempered, wacky, and enthusiastic zombie hunter.
    • Choleric: Wichita, a smart and savvy con-artist girl who will do anything to survive.
    • Melancholic: Columbus, the quiet and nerdy, but secretly personally idealistic, former Hikikomori and Combat Pragmatist.
    • Phlegmatic: Little Rock, Wichita's reliable little sister/side kick.

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