Freudian Trio: Literature
A Christmas Carol
: The ghosts of Christmas
A Series of Unfortunate Events
- Ghost of Christmas Past (Ego)
- Ghost of Christmas Present (Id)
- Ghost of Christmas Future (Superego)
- Sunny (id): a baby, impulsive, likes to bite things
- Violet (ego): the oldest, practical, an inventor
- Klaus (superego): super intellectual, a reader
When the group first meets the Ellimist they disagree about taking his offer to save some people and let the Yeerks have the rest.
Anne of Green Gables
- Marco is the Id, saying that it might be like the Noah's ark, but it would end up being more like a zoo.
- Ax is the Superego, who will go along with what the leader decides but doesn't trust the Ellimist.
- Cassie, oddly enough disagrees with everyone else and states the practical option of this being for the greater good.
In The Separation, Rachel morphs a starfish and is split in two halves. When she morphs back to human form, she has split into two versions of herself -
- The Id: A violently passionate but disorganised Rachel.
- The Superego: A gutless but intelligent Rachel.
- The Ego: What we get at the end of the book.
Avalon: Web of Magic
- Anne (id): impulsive, imaginative, emotional.
- Matthew (ego): quiet, shy, loving.
- Marilla (superego): strict, stern, snarky.
The Bartimaeus Trilogy
- Kara (id): impulsive, selfish, preoccupied with material pleasure, easily swayed by 'cute guys'
- Emily (ego): down-to-earth, sensible, mediator between Adriane and Kara
- Adriane (superego): the least morally corruptable, deep-rooted sense of right and wrong, self-righteous
, although only at the very end.
Brave New World
- Bartimaeus (id): the irrepressible, sarcastic and often lazy spirit of air and fire.
- Nathaniel (superego): the intellectual magician who, in general, disdains emotions (or tries to, anyway).
- Kitty (ego): a balance of impulsiveness and motivation, and, more importantly, very much the glue keeping the former two working together.
The Brothers Karamazov
- Watson (Id) - passionate, restless, impulsive.
- Bernard (Ego) - inferiority-complex, philosophical, outcast.
- John (Superego) - emotional, intensely moral, righteous, conscientious.
The Charlie Parker Series
- Dmitri (Id) - the elder brother is a womanizer, a drunkard and a hedonist.
- Alyosha (Ego) - the younger brother is a sweet, meek boy who wanted to become a monk and is the only member of the family who manages to keep a good relationship with the others.
- Ivan (Superego) - a cold, brilliant intellectual and atheist with much contempt for the rest of mankind.
- Angel (Id) - passionate, emotional, loving
- Parker (Ego) - the leader, acts as a balance between the id and superego (as stated in The Reapers)
- Louis (Superego) - cold, logical, detached
Chronicles of the Kencyrath
Circle of Three
- Jame (Id; Destruction) — the loose cannon, the shaker-up, the shatterer of rules and boundaries.
- Torisen (Ego; Creation) — the leader, the one whom men follow and admire, the seed.
- Kindrie (Superego; Preservation) — he ties them together, as the calming, healing influence.
The Dark Tower
- Cooper Rivers (Id) - Rocker girl, the rebel of the three
- Kate Morgan (Ego) - the "normal" of the three; frequently torn between what she wants and what others expect of her.
- Annie Crandall (Superego) - the brain of the three; approaches everything with cool, scientific logic
- One is a fairly traditional Freudian Trio:
- Roland: Instinct. (Id)
- Cuthbert: Wit and cunning. (Superego)
- Alain: Intuition and mediation. (Ego)
- The other is a more explicit interpretation of the Freudian roles (and is actually a set of Split Personalities):
- Detta: Murderous. (Id)
- Odetta: Ethical, but unable to fight. (Superego)
- Susannah: Functional blend of the two. (Ego)
- The last book also brought us the Three Stephen Kings:
- Fumalo: Badmouthed, uninhibited (Id)
- Feemalo: Goodmouthed, Polite (Ego)
- Fimalo: Arbiter, Id shuts up when he talks (Superego)
- Grubbs (Id): Impulsive, often doesn't think before acting.
- Kernal (Superego): Wanted to give up fighting the Demonata and withdraw to keep at least some beings alive. Oh, and he had his * eyes* dug out by Grubbs.
- Bec (ego): Mediates between the other two members of the Kah-Gash. Especially at the end, where she negotiates with Lord Loss and brings about the end of both universes.
The Dresden Files
- The Witches of Lancre
- Granny Weatherwax (Superego; although she's described as having a big ego, she's definitely the most rational and chilly of the three.)
- Nanny Ogg (Id)
- Magrat Garlick (Ego, her role being specifically described as "running around getting the other two to make up after they'd had a row". A rare example of the ego definitely not being the leader.)
- Lt. Murphy: Dutiful Policewoman (superego).
- Harry Dresden: Somewhat rebelious, but never for the sake of rebeliousness alone (ego).
- Thomas Raith: Hedonistic, pleasure-seeking. Hell, he feeds off of emotions just to live (id).
- The times Harry's three-man team switches around, the other characters usually fill one of these slots (Michael Carpenter: superego, Kincaid: id, etc. If Sanya is brought into the mix, Harry is oftentimes shoved to the id, and Sanya becomes the ego.)
- Gard—concerned with battle and survival: Id
- Hendricks—philosopher, moralist: Superego
- Marcone: Ego
The Eighth Doctor Adventures
swaps the roles around a few times over the course of the series:
- Id: Fitz (A consummate hedonist who loves smoking, drinking and sex)
- Ego: Sam (While her characterization is all over the place, she ends up at ego by default. She's more serious and logical than Fitz, but much more openly emotional and idealistic than the Doctor)
- Superego: The Doctor (Capable of making hard choices that neither of the others can make [like Mercy Killing the villain in Revolution Man)
- Id: Fitz (Still the same)
- Ego: The Doctor (More logical and driven than Fitz, but passionate and in constant wonder at the universe)
- Superego: Compassion (Coldly logical and ruthlessly pragmatic. However, Compassion offers an interesting take on Id of all things. Coming from a society completely controlled by the media signals constantly pouring into their heads, the Remote would change opinions and actions depending on the currant mood of the collective as a whole, making them extremely impulsive)
- Id: Fitz (natch)
- Ego: The Doctor (Often the balancing act between Fitz and Anji's Sibling Rivalry arguments, he's the confident leader even with his amnesia)
- Superego: Anji (The Only Sane Man in the team, who serves to bring both of them back to reality when they're off getting distracted. Also the most driven of the group since she just wants to get home)
- Id: Trix (Hedonistic and impulsive, with questionable loyalties)
- Ego: Fitz (Fitz finally graduates from Id, due in part to vast amounts of Character Development but also just comparison to Trix)
- Superego: The Doctor
In the The Emerald Atlas
- Oldest child Kate is the ego.
- Middle child Michael is the superego.
- Youngest child Emma is the id.
and its sequels have a power trio of the three major sentient species:
Flowers for Algernon
- Buggers: Highly organized, virtually no concept of the individual, communicate psychically faster than the speed of light, very technologically advanced, put the survival of their species first but don't seek to destroy other species. (Superego)
- Humans: Very high-tech, artistic, individualistic, but also prone to irrational decisions and chaos. Have a bad habit of nearly destroying other sentient species. Good overall, but can still be pretty dastardly. (Id)
- Pequeninos: Very low-tech compared to other species, tied to their traditions, have a much greater concept of the individual than buggers but still less than humans, generally open-minded. Tribes fight with each other, but outside of these battles, they try to avoid conflict. (Ego)
- One can group the three Wiggin children in the same way:
- Peter Wiggin: Borderline(?) psychopath, extremely ambitious, driven (id).
- Valentine Wiggin: Responsible, conscientious (superego).
- Andrew "Ender" Wiggin: Strikes a balance between the two (ego).
- Charlie: self-doubting, rational, and scientifically-minded, emotionally unfulfilled (Superego)
- Faye Lilliman: Overtly sexual, artistic, and whimsical (Id)
- Alice Kinnian: Compassionate, emotionally mature, educated, balances intellect and emotions (Ego)
The later books of The General
series by S.M. Stirling
and David Drake
- The computer known as Center (Superego)
- The "ghost" of Raj Whitehall (Id)
- Their victim (i.e. the poor yutz barbarian they've roped into being the person who will bring civilization to his homeworld) gets to be "Ego" as he has to put together Raj's wise experience with war and humanity with Center's cold logic and near-infinite knowledge.
The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy
John Dies at the End
- Ford Prefect is reactionary, prone to acting first, planning later (if ever), wild and unpredictable. (id)
- Arthur Dent is generally on an even keel, even when outlandish things happen he keeps (moderately) cool. (ego)
- Tricia McMillan is smart, idealistic, and usually the one drolly commenting on the situation. (Super-ego)
Lockwood & Co.
- Les Amis
- Courfeyrac (Id): The Center - warm, friendly, loves women and fashion.
- Combeferre (Ego): The Guide - "Revolution, but Civilization."
- Enjolras (Superego): The Chief - the marble lover of liberty.
Looking for Alaska
- Lucy: Highly sensitive Talent who bases her decisions on instincts and gut reactions. Constantly fighting with George. (Id)
- George: Analytical and intelligent; bases decisions on copious amounts of research. Constantly fighting with Lucy. (Superego)
- Lockwood: The leader and decision-maker who is constantly mediating between Lucy and George. (Ego)
Lord of the Flies
- Alaska Young: Intelligent, but brash, impulsive, and arrogant; does what she feels like doing and doesn't care how it impacts anyone else until later. (Id)
- Miles "Pudge" Halter: Calm, kind, withdrawn, intelligent, and usually the most reasonable person of the three. (Superego)
- Chip "The Colonel" Martin: Short-tempered, but incredibly intelligent, meticulous, and well-spoken. (Ego)
The Lord of the Rings
- Ralph: Wants to get off the island but is practical about it (Ego)
- Piggy: Smartest and only one who remains logical throughout (Superego)
- Jack: Instinctual and acting on the most immediate need (Id)
The Lord of the Rings
- Frodo: Ego
- Sam: Superego
- Gollum: Id
, the Three Walkers
The Lord of the Rings
- Aragorn: Ego
- Legolas: Superego
- Gimli: Id (in the movie, anyway)
- That's also the way their respective races work; Humans are Ego, Elves are Superego, and Dwarves are Id.
, the three main Wizards
Percy Jackson and the Olympians
- Gandalf: Ego
- Saruman: Superego
- Radagast: Id
- Do we have one for The Hobbit? Bilbo, Gandalf and Thorin certainly have airs of this, but matching them is trickier than you'd think- is Bilbo the reconciliatory ego between the driven Thorin and the detatched Gandalf, or is it Gandalf between the instictual Id Bilbo and the proud, calculating Thorin? Or is it even Gandalf who is the Id, tempting the irresponsible Tookish side out of Bilbo while Thorin would rather he do the sensible thing and stay at home, out of the way of those more qualified for the quest?
- Percy: Id
- Annabeth: Superego
- Grover: Ego
Annabeth, Thalia, And Luke, before Grover found and took them to Camp Half-Blood, count as well
The Picture of Dorian Gray
- Annabeth: Superego
- Luke: Id
- Thalia: Ego
The Mystery Kids
- Basil Hallward: Superego
- Lord Henry: Id
- Dorian Gray: Ego
- Holly Adams: the most enthusiastic mystery fan and the best at deductive reasoning (Ego)
- Miranda Hunt: the impulsive one who loves bad jokes but has occasional inspirations (Id)
- Peter Hamilton: the technical expert with a love of gadgetry and a car numberplate collection (Superego)
The Other Boleyn Girl
- Nancy Drew (Ego)
- Bess Marvin (Id)
- George Fayne (Superego)
keeps it all in the family:
- George Boleyn: Manages between Mary and Anne. Follows the family norms for the most part but also sometimes goes after his own desires. (Ego)
- Anne Boleyn: Passionate, prone to temper-tantrums, driven by her desires (Id)
- Mary Boleyn: For the most part, follows what society and her family expects of her. (Superego)
A Song of Ice and Fire
- The Sword of Shannara: Shea and the two criminals who captured him form one after they agree to team up.
- Shea Ohmsford: Nice Guy and the only one to have all the information about what is going on; the only one who can complete the mission and defeat the Big Bad (Ego)
- Panamon Creel: Flamboyant highwayman and professional criminal who makes friends at the drop of a hat, believes in living life to the fullets, and has a Hair-Trigger Temper that can be set off without warning (Id)
- Keltset: Calm, rational, messianic figure who doesn't let his emotions get the best of him. Mute. (Superego)
- Elfstones Of Shannara: The Dagda Mor and his Co-Dragons form a villainous one.
- The Reaper: A being forged of pure insticnt, created to be the ultimate predator. Killing is as insinctual to it as breathing; when it wants something it just keeps on coming until you or it is dead. (Id)
- The Changeling: Cautious and manipulative, using its Shapeshifting abilities to confuse and mislead; waits for the perfect opportunity to strike despite being more or less driven by spite. (Superego)
- The Dagda Mor: Repressed Chaotic Evil, he prefers to work through subordinates but isn't afraid to confront his opponents directly when the opportunity presents itself. A planner with the ability to be flexible. (Ego)
- The Heritage of Shannara: The trio tracking Par in Talismans form one.
The Spiderwick Chronicles
- Played with in the Baratheon Brothers:
- Robert Baratheon is devoted only to the physical pleasures of life; food, drink, sex and glorious battle! (Id)
- Stannis Baratheon is cold, rational and entirely devoted to upholding justice and the laws of the realm as they are. He often feels dishonoured by his brother Robert's impulsive actions in court, or his impulsive actions in general, such as having a casual sexual encounter on Stannis' wedding night, in Stannis' marital bed. (Superego)
- Renly Baratheon is more level-headed and down to earth, neither overly impulsive like Robert nor extremely strict like Stannis. However, he subverts part of the trope in that he offers no mediation between Robert and Stannis. In fact, he adds to it somewhat as Stannis percieves Robert as favouring Renly over him. (Ego)
- Played straight in the meeting in A Clash of Kings between Renly, Stannis and Catelyn Stark:
- Stannis demands that Renly submit to Stannis and accept Stannis as king due to Stannis, by law, having the superior claim by being the elder brother. (Superego)
- Renly demands that Stannis accept him as king, due to him seeing himself as fulfilling a more romantic ideal of king, basically. (Id)
- Catelyn Stark desperately tries to mediate between them and get them to come to a compromise and join together against their extremely powerful common enemy, the Lannisters. (Ego)
- Also, before the series even began, the triumvirate that overthrew the Targaryens:
- Robert Baratheon: Again, loud, boisterous, lecherous, gluttonous, etc. (Id)
- Eddard Stark: Honorable and self-controlled, even to a fault. (Superego)
- Jon Arryn: The real ringleader of the rebellion, and, as a foster father to both Robert and Eddard, the one who mediated between the two. Self-controlled, but also practical. (Ego; not surprisingly, things fell apart pretty quickly once he died.)
- Then there's the Lannnister trio.
- Cersei seems like the archetypal Lannister but as the books progress, we see that her scheme to put an incest-born pureblood Lannister on the Iron Throne was her own power grab and that she resents er gender because it makes her powerless. (ID)
- Tyrion is loyal to the family no matter how much they hate him until book 3. (Superego)
- Jaime loves his siblings. (Ego)
- The Starks who made the journey to King's Landing.
- Sansa is the superego because she really wants to play her role as a potential queen.
- Arya is the id. She just wants to go home and always disregards her duty as a lady.
- Poor Ned is the ego playing referee to his teenage girls.
- Three Targaryens from the backstory. Viserys II ran the kingdom (ego) while his nephews Daeron warred (id) and Baelor prayed (superego).
- The surviving Greyjoy brothers
- Aegon and his sister wives.
- Aegon the leader of the Targaryens, just and fair to everyone. (superego)
- Visenya passionate, stern and sensual. (ego)
- Rhaenys younger then Visenya, graceful and more lady like (id)
The Stainless Steel Rat
- Mallory: Ready to fight, somewhat grumpy (Id)
- Jared: Both mischievous and level headed (Ego)
- Simon: Calm and pacifistic (Superego)
- Kind of a subversion, as he's a criminal genius, but "Slippery" Jim DiGriz is definitely the Superego.
- Angelina (no, not that Angelina) is the Id.
- James and Bolivar, their twin sons, are the Ego.
The three dragons in Age of Fire
are practically cut out around this.
Star Trek: Myriad Universes
- Auron(Id) inclined to rash actions and going it alone. Advocates a "back to nature" philosophy.
- The Copper(Ego) A rational and calculating politician.
- Wistala(Superego) Moralistic, dislikes fighting (especially later on) and wants everyone to just get along. Often ends up being the mediator.
: "The Chimes At Midnight"
Star Wars Expanded Universe: X-wing: Starfighters over Adumar
- Ego: Captain James T. Kirk
- Id: Commander Thelin (an Andorian who is first officer because Spock died in childhood in this universe)
- Superego: Dr Leonard McCoy!
Star Wars Expanded Universe: Hand of Thrawn Duology
- On a mission to a world that at first seems to have the hat of pilot-worship, four of the New Republic's best pilots try to sort things out. This is possibly the funniest book in all of Star Wars.
- Id: Wes Janson, dubbed "the Darling One" by Adumarians. Loves making jokes, snarky observations, believed to have very little maturity. (Really he is mature when it counts, but he mouths off a lot.)
- Superego: Derek 'Hobbie' Klivian, "the Dour One". He's the group's cynic, though far from The Eeyore.
- Ego: Both Tycho Celchu, "the Doleful One" and Wedge Antilles, "the Dilligent One". They're both more inclined to leadership and somewhat more serious. Somewhat. Tych is given to occasional, devastating one-liners, and while Wedge is usually there to be appalled at jokes, after he gets laid and later gets back into his starfighter he briefly surpasses Wes.
Wedge: "We have the right tools to subvert our Imperial admiral."
Hobbie: "What tools?"
Wedge: "Oh, Wes's maturity, your optimism, and my diplomatic skills."
Hobbie: "We're doomed."
Tales Of MU
- Id: Flim, the con artist physically impersonating Thrawn; his ambition is mostly to survive and get paid. His grasp of strategy and tactics is negligible, and to keep up the deception he needs
- Superego: Major Tierce, strategist, feeding Flim tactics.[[supersecretspoiler: A clone with a bit of Thrawn burning in his head]]
- Ego: Moff Disra, who set the triumvirate up in the first place, provider of supplies, handler of political fallout. Doesn't really get along with Tierce, but they need each other and are undeniably effective.
The Three Musketeers
- Steff: Impulsive, death-obsessed necromancer and self-proclaimed future villainess (id).
- Amaranth: The most moral; believes in love and peace and being closer to nature (superego).
- Mack: The protagonist; between the two above extremes (superego).
- Tends to vary somewhat: Mack occasionally drifts into Id territory with Ian often taking her place as Ego.
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
- Athos (ego)
- Aramis (superego)
- Porthos (id)
- Id: Ned Land (impulsive, violent, mostly concerned with food, hunting and escape)
- Superego: Conseil (imperturbably calm and reasonable, cares about nothing except his master's welfare and cataloguing wildlife)
- Ego: Professor Aronnax (mostly calm and scientific but also gets upset about being held prisoner; mediates between his comrades)
- The book is, anyway, one massive psychoanalysis: being captured and dragged down to the depths in a mysterious vessel, to encounter frightening alien-looking creatures and to descend into a maelstrom., etc. etc. etc. ...
Undead on Arrival
- The main love "triangle"
- The Cullen women:
- The Cullen guys:
- Emmett (Id)
- Jasper (Ego)
- Carlisle (Superego)
- The Volturi
- Caius (Id)
- Aro (Ego)
- Marcus (Superego)
Vampire of the Mists
- Novak (Ego)
- Pulaski (Id)
- Stew (Superego)
features a set in the residents of Castle Ravenloft:
The Wardstone Chronicles
- Jander Sunstar: the voice of reason, restraint, responsibility, and conscience (superego).
- Trina: impulsive, selfish, animalistic, and without conscience (id).
- Strahd von Zarovich: in charge, mediates between the two, listens to Jander's advice, while at the same time shares many of Trina's urges (ego).
The Wheel of Time
- Alice: Witch-to-be teetering on the edge between good and evil. Is always willing to use the dark to accomplish her aims but does not wish to belong to it. (Id)
- Tom: The Spook's apprentice, always torn between his duty to his master and his friendship with Alice. He always wants to do what is right, but often isn't sure what that is. (Ego)
- The Spook. Former priest who has decades protecting the County from ghosts, witches and other monsters. He is always sure of what the right thing to do is, and tries not to let mercy or human emotion get in the way (Superego).
Interestingly enough due to Character Development
these change to
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
presents a neat inversion: the trio accompanying Dorothy are defined by what they lack
. Double-subversion in that their perceived lack is actually their defining trait.
- Scarecrow (No brain - the anti-Spock), and really The Smart Guy
- Tin Man (No heart - the anti-McCoy) and really The Heart
- Cowardly Lion (No courage - the anti-Kirk) and proof of The So-Called Coward
- How perceptive! The idea of "lack" is central to the writings of Jacques Lacan, who developed Freud's ideas. So this must be the classic "Lacanian Power Trio".
The Princess Series
- Original Series
- Firestar (Id)
- Graystripe (Ego)
- Sandstorm (Superego)
- The New Prophecy
- Brambleclaw and Stormfur (Ego)
- Squirrelflight and Crowfeather (Id)
- Leafpool,Feathertail,and Twanypelt (Superego)
- The Power of Three
- Lionblaze (Id)
- Jayfeather (Ego)
- Hollyleaf (Superego)
- Omen of the Stars
- Lionblaze (Id)
- Dovepaw (Ego)
- Jayfeather (Superego)
The Men in the Jungle
- Snow (Id)
- Danielle (Ego)
- Talia (Superego)
- Willem Vanderling (Id): Adapts to the endless brutality on Sangre quite easily, becoming a murderer and cannibal in a matter of weeks.
- Bart Fraden (Ego): Is willing to commit stupefyingly horrid war crimes for the sake of overthrowing the planet's corrupt elite (It Makes Sense in Context).
- Sophia O'Hara (Superego): Has the most conscience of any character in the novel (though that isn't saying much). Frequently questions Fraden's "leadership" and attempts to instruct him morally, despite ultimately being ineffectual.
The Fire-Us Trilogy
- Steerforth (Id): Troublemaker, selfish, tries to influence David.
- David (Ego): Everyman type, kind enough, but goes one way or the other.
- Agnes (Superego): Selfless, loving, tries to lead David down the right path, is actually referred to as his "good angel".
: The three (original)
older children fill out a trio.
- Id: Mommy is motherly, making decisions based on emotion, even if they are impractical or downright dangerous. She also has violent fits.
- Ego: Hunter, the sole balanced member of the family, who attempts to mediate when Mommy and Teacher disagree on how to lead it.
- Superego: Teacher, an introvert who spends all of her time writing in and/or studying the Book, and thinks as practically and unsentimentally as she needs to in order to protect those that she cares most about.
: The three brother-protagonists, as reflected in the roles they chose in childhood.
- Id: Joesai is "the loins", the tough, taciturn brawler.
- Ego: Gaet is "the heart", the cheerful, carefree one who makes friends easily and always finds ways to resolve disputes.
- Superego: Hoemei is "the brain", the dour, detail-oriented family administrator.
: the three most senior members of the alien Race's conquest fleet:
Romance of the Three Kingdoms
- Id: Straha, third in the hierarchy, is so aggressive, radical, adaptable and short-term oriented his superior compares him to humans (not a compliment). After the conquest suffers setbacks, he tries to overthrow his commander and take over the fleet. When that fails, he takes refuge with humanity, only to later regret his choice.
- Ego: Atvar, the fleetlord, tries to balance tradition and change, caution and initiative, and play off the other two against each other.
- Superego: Kirel, the second-in-command, is focused on not making any mistakes, and never deviating from the path laid down, almost regardless of price or consequence.
has the three sworn brothers of Shu:
- Superego: Liu Bei, in a rare case of the Superego leading the trio, is (with a notable exception or two) constantly calm and very concerned with high-minded ideals such as virtue and integrity.
- Ego: Guan Yu, the middle brother, is the practical ego; he usually sides with Liu Bei in calming the impulsive Zhang Fei, but occasionally, with Liu Bei's benevolent nature leads him to do things that are obviously going to screw them over, he takes Zhang Fei's side instead. Nevertheless, he always lets Liu Bei have the final word.
- Id: Zhang Fei, the youngest brother, is Boisterous Bruiser par excellence, who lives wine and fighting, particularly if he's fighting against anyone who dares look at either of his brothers the wrong way. Despite frequently disagreeing with superego Liu Bei, however, he's always unswervingly loyal.