Freudian Trio / Live-Action TV
- Ego: Edina—insecure, impetuous, self-conscious uber-consumer looking for the next big thing.
- Superego: Saffron—moralistic, frustrated daughter trying to keep her mother from destroying everything.
- Id: Patsy—Toxic Friend Influence always pushing Eddie down the destructive path.
Also for the human characters
- Id: Sparx—fiery, energetic, always jumping into action without thinking, cocky
- Ego: Ace Lightning—idealistic, naive, courageous, fails to understand human emotions, the leader
- (Except when he gets human emotions and goes a bit Id on us).
- Superego: Random Virus—has a Split Personality and is constantly struggling between the two.
The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr.
- Ego: Brisco County Jr. — leader
- Superego: Socrates Poole — thought
- Id: Lord Bowler — action
- Id: Howard Stark, preoccupied with women, technology and using his technology to woo women.
- Ego: Edwin Jarvis, does damage control for Howard and maintaining his estates when Howard is away, but assisting Peggy in her missions.
- Superego: Peggy Carter, attempting to rein in Howard's impulses and Jarvis' nerves, while remaining in complete control in the field.
''All in the Family
- Id: Archie — Loud, Brash, Jerk with a Heart of Gold, Will make an arguement any chance he gets especially with intellectuals, Book Dumb
- Superego: Michael — Intellectual, Very Opinionated, Quite Socially Conscious, Very vocal against Conservative views, often snarks against those who antagonize him
- Ego: Edith — Warm, Motherly, can be a bit ditzy but is not stupid, a very good moral center especially for Archie
And whenever Gloria is involved depending on the episode she has played all of these roles at least once.
— Early Seasons
- Ego: Randy Jackson — provides a balance between the two extremes
- Superego: Simon Cowell — Critical, finds something bad to say 90% of the time
- Id: Paula Abdul — Supporting, finds something good to say 90% of the time
(in the first couple of seasons):
- Superego: Wesley — Intellectual, ineffectual
- Ego: Angel — Leader, balanced
- Id: Cordelia — Insensitive, acquisitive
(which, being a Neo Noir
, isn't as clear-cut as other examples):
Battlestar Galactica (1978)
- As races
- Id: Shadows— believe in war and chaos for evolving
- Superego: Vorlons — believe in discipline and pure order.
- Ego: Younger Races — have to chose a middle point between them
- As characters
- Id: Garibaldi on the crew and Londo on the ambassadors; both love the good life and often act base on their emotions, love women with passion and have anger issues. No wonder they become friends.
- Ego: Sheridan on the crew and G'Kar on the ambassadors, practical men that are capable of let their feelings behind for taking the right action, not totally emotionless at all, but smart enough to plan in advance (in the case of G'Kar this was more of a character development).
- Superego: Ivanova on the crew and Delenn on the ambassadors; both moral voices and often stick to the rules and bylaws of their respective profession/culture.
The Big Bang Theory
- Superego: Apollo — The most moralizing
- Id: Starbuck — The most emotional and desire driven
- Ego: Boomer — Tries to balance out the other two
Big Wolf on Campus
- Id: Penny
- Ego: Leonard
- Superego: Sheldon
(from Season 2 on):
- Ego: Tommy
- Id: Merton
- Superego: Lori
(Series 1 and 2)
- Id: Blake — idealistic, charismatic, and the leading figure of the Rebellion
- Superego: Avon — holds self-preservation as the only real value (and wealth the best tool to achieve it)
- Ego: Jenna — quite possibly as ruthless as Avon, respects Blake for his ideals but won't follow him off the metaphorical cliff
- The three strongest personalities aboard Liberator, and her first crew. Though Jenna drifted out of focus in later episodes, they're still often called the Power Trio. Exemplified by this quote:
Blake: No, not until free men can think and speak! Not until power is back with the honest man.
Avon: Have you ever met an honest man? [...] Listen to me! Wealth is the only reality, and the only way to obtain wealth is to take it away from somebody else. Wake up, Blake! You may not be tranquillised any longer, but you're still dreaming.
Jenna: Maybe some dreams are worth having.
Avon: You don't really believe that.
Jenna: No, but I'd like to.
: The surviving Reagan siblings
- Id: Danny, the Hot-Blooded Cowboy Cop
- Superego: Erin, the lawyer who always insists on following procedure
- Ego: Jamie, the Harvard-educated beat cop who gets caught in the middle of Danny and Erin's arguments
Boy Meets World
- Id: Little Joe
- Ego: Hoss
- Superego: Ben and Adam
- Id: Shawn
- Ego: Cory
- Superego: Topanga
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
- Cory and Topanga sometimes trade places.
- The Trio
- Superego: Jonathan — generally good and unrelenting
- Ego: Andrew — easily susceptible to whatever the others demand
- Id: (definitely) Warren — overpoweringly dominant and evil
- Early Buffy, Willow and Xander
- Superego: Willow — sensible, calmer under pressure, intelligent
- Ego: Buffy — needs to balance violent slaying with moral decisions
- Id: Xander — Constantly thinking about sex, comes up with the so-simple-it's-brilliant ideas
- The three activated Slayers absolutely personify the Freudian Trio:
- Superego: Kendra — Buffy's polar opposite, thinks solely about her duty without any time for a social life or even emotional attachment.
- Ego: Buffy — More or less balances out her slayer duties with her emotions, believes in always doing the right thing (no matter the rules), but is careful to avoid becoming too reckless.
- Id: (definitely) Faith — Buffy's "road not taken", gets hyped on sex and violence, the instinctual/primal nature of a slayer unleashed.
- Superego: Sam — Moralizer (well, relatively), ex-Navy SEAL, consistent
- Ego: Michael — Ex-CIA, mediates between Sam and Fi
- Id: Fiona — Former IRA Agent, smuggler, on a short fuse
- Superego: Prue Halliwell — protective, (relatively) reasonable
- Ego: Piper Halliwell — mediating between the other two
- Id: Phoebe Halliwell — impulsive, emotional
Early Season 4 (Because of the shift in sister status they were learning to develop new roles):
- Superego: Piper Halliwell — Reserved, critical
- Ego: Phoebe Halliwell — Mediater between the young Paige and the critical Piper
- Id: Paige Matthews — Young, impulsive, emotional
Eventually the sisters settled into these roles. Seasons (majority of) 4-8:
- Superego: Piper Halliwell — reserved, critical
- Id: Phoebe Halliwell — impulsive, emotional
- Ego: Paige Matthews — ambitious
In "Which Prue Is It, Anyway?", Prue uses a spell that create two duplicates
, and to distinguish them, they each wear different colored sweaters
- Superego: Real Prue (black sweater)
- Ego: Prue 1 (pink sweater)
- Id: Prue 2 (blue sweater)
: While they switch around a bit, generally their roles are...
Chou Sei Shin Series
- Id: Bert — Driven primarily by his own desires, whether it to bed a woman or to just have fun
- Ego: Cecil — Mostly sensible, but also driven by a desire to be liked due to his rejection from joining the army
- Superego: George — The most principled of the three
- Superego: Chuck — Usually the moral voice, the one who wants to help people rather than view everything as a mission.
- Id: Casey — Violent. Impulsive. Usually angry. Usually at Chuck.
- Ego: Walker — A professional, less emotionally involved than Chuck and (although capable with the ass-kicking) less violent than Casey. Tends to moderate between their extremes.
- In practice, though, the trio can switch roles as necessary, though Casey is almost always the Id, with Chuck sometimes moderating between Casey and Walker.
- It could be argued that Chuck, while more intelligent than Casey, is the id, as his emotions and especially his feelings for Sarah almost always cause the missions to come dangerously close to failure. Casey, while aggressive, is disciplined and dedicated to national security above all else.
Since they started living together in season 3:
- Id: Patrick — Only cares about sex. Always the last to understand the moralities/neuroses of others, if ever.
- Superego: Jeff/Oliver — Completely overwhelmed by thoughts about what others think, too concerned about relating to others properly to ever relate to others successfully.
- Ego: Steve — A balance between the two. Has both of their problems sometimes, but can actually overcome them.
Also the girls:
- Id: Jane — completely self absorbed and self centered
- Superego: Sally — constantly worried about how she looks/ how people see her/ what people will think about her
- Ego: Susan — sensible down-to-earth balance between both.
- Ego: JJ (as Media Liasion, she's the mediator)
- Superego: Prentiss (for her compartmentalization)
- Id: Garcia (pretty obvious)
The Boys (technically, it's a quartet, but it still applies):
- Superego: Reid (The Genius)
- Ego: Hotch/Rossi (the Leaders)
- Id: Morgan (The Action Man, though still smart)
Degrassi Junior High
- Id: Geoff — The Brawniest of the three, most emotionally involved in the carnage
- Superego: Armand — Cerebral Doctor
- Ego: Max — Brainy enough to program the computer, but enjoys a good gusher
- Superego: Snake — Points out when plans will go wrong; most morally conscious.
- Id: Joey — Immature, comes up with stupid plans, tends to get them in trouble.
- Ego: Wheels — Goes along with Joey up to a logical point.
- Joey and Wheels often switch roles
Doctor Who (Season 1 & 2, 1963)
- Superego: Clare
- Id: Eli (also been Ego)
- Ego: Adam (also been Id)
Doctor Who (Season 6)
- Ego: Barbara — Neurotic and morally conflicted. Does not act without kindness, but sides with either the Doctor or Ian depending on who seems most pragmatic.
- Superego: Ian Chesterton — Likes to make decisions based on what is most righteous, Chronic Hero Syndrome, always the first to call out the Doctor for being unreasonable.
- In some stories, this gives him the feeling of passionate and instinctive behaviour to contrast with the Doctor's calculating mind (Id), which causes the Doctor to switch to Superego.
- Id: The Doctor — Selfish, inflexible, full of emotion and with self-centredness for miles.
- In some stories, his genius causes him to make inflexible moral judgements about things which he holds everyone else to regardless of Ian's emotional appeals (Superego), which causes Ian to switch to Id.
Doctor Who (The villains in
- Ego: The Second Doctor — Goofy but intelligent
- Superego: Zoe — Cold and logical
- Id: Jamie — Brash and emotional
- These characterizations are also given a strong in-universe reason, as Zoe is from the the "future" year 2000 where she studies astrophysics, and Jamie is a 16th century Highlander who never really had any need for science.
The Talons of Weng-Chiang)
Doctor Who (original series Seasons 16-18)
- Ego: Magnus Greel, alias Weng-Chiang — Makes the decisions.
- Superego: Li H'sen Chang — A sympathetic Anti-Villain. Tries to remind his master that some things are not workable.
- Id: Mr. Sin — Glories in destruction For the Evulz.
- Also a Comic Trio.
Doctor Who companions in Season 19
- Id: The Fourth Doctor — Wild and emotional, often stopping the latest Monster of the Week for the fun of it rather than a desire to save lives.
- Ego: Romana — Intensely moral and often critical of the Doctor (and everyone else she meets), as a Superego at first, but loosens up a lot by her second incarnation.
- Superego: K-9: A Robot Buddy allegedly driven by pure logic and incapable of independent thought. Often sided with Romana over the Doctor.
- Also a Comic Trio.
— Combo Trio:
Doctor Who (Series 1-4)
- Id and Ego: Tegan — Driven by love, compassion, anger and occasionally pure whinyness, shes probably not going to listen to logic if there's some impulsive action to be done first.
- Ego and Superego: Nyssa — A logical scientist from a utopian civilization. Tellingly gets along with both Tegan and Adric.
- Id and Superego: Adric — When he's not annoying eveybody with his know-it-all math skills, he's annyoing everyone with his seeming inability to sympathize with anyone else. You could call it Inverted Ego.
Doctor Who episodes Human Nature/The Family of Blood
- Superego: The Ninth and Tenth Doctor — Cerebral, must unravel the mystery.
- Ego: Rose, Martha or Donna — Gets distracted by the weird stuff around her, but knows how to pull it together at the appropriate moment.
- Id: Captain Jack Harkness — Loves the weirdness of it all and spends most of the episode flirting with anything that moves.
- (These characterizations only really apply whenever Jack shows up. The Doctor, Rose, Martha and Donna tend to be all over the place.)
Doctor Who (Series 5-6)
- Id: John Smith — Running on love, fear and pain.
- Superego: Martha Jones — Knows that it's up to the Doctor to set things right and knows she must accomplish her goal at all costs.
- Ego: Nurse Renfrew — At first skeptical of Martha's claims and in love with John Smith. She eventually sees what has to be done and convinces John Smith to do it.
Doctor Who (The Paternoster Gang)
- Id: The Eleventh Doctor — Footloose and fancy free (unless Amy is in danger). Loves when things are weird and actively goes after unusual stuff.
- Superego: Rory — Down to earth, cares about Amy's safety above all else and thinks more practically.
- Ego: Amy — Not so much balancing the two as balanced by them, as without Rory around she and the Doctor are usually pretty lalaland, and without the Doctor she's willing to settle down.
- Superego: Madame Vastra — Calm, collected and logical.
- Id: Nurse Strax — Runs on instinct and a thirst for war (Id).
- Ego: Jenny Flint — Skilled at hand-to-hand combat, but also very compassionate.
Also, in the lighter gray
corner, we have:
- Ego: Victor/Anthony — Soldier pre-Dollhouse, Thinks of plan quickly.
- Id: Sierra/Priya — wants nothing more than to be safe with Anthony.
- Superego: November/Madeline — wants the Dollhouse and Rossum Corp. to be responsible for its actions
- The Crawley sisters:
- Superego: Mary understands her duties and will carry them out even though it might cost her personal happiness.
- Ego: Edith was the Id, always hankering to beat Mary as the favorite but she becomes the referee when Sybil becomes more rebellious.
- Id: Sybil started as the Ego but she comes out of her shell and learns to become self-reliant even if it means she disobeys her family in her choice of lifestyle and husband.
- The Crawley matriarchs:
- Superego: The conservative and old-fashioned Dowager Countess.
- Id: Isobel the working-class do-gooder.
- Ego: Lady Cora, the current mistress of Downton.
Everybody Loves Raymond
- The Hill brothers:
- Id: PFC Randy Hill, the wide-eyed, emotional and childish youngest brother.
- Superego: Cpl Derrick Hill, the sarcastic and bitter middle child.
- Ego: Sgt Pete Hill, the oldest and the leader of the platoon all three brothers are in, who's more cynical than Randy but not as jaded as Derrick.
- The female soldiers:
- Id: PFC Cindy "Dark" Park, the cheerful Genki Girl with a hidden temper and violent streak.
- Superego: Sgt Jill "Lone Wolf" Perez, the straight-laced professional soldier.
- Ego: Pvt Tanisha Robinson, the grounded, "normal" one.
- Id: Debra
- Ego: Ray
- Id + Superego: Frank
- Superego: Marie & Robert
- Id: Rigel, Chiana, or sometimes D'Argo
- Ego: John
- Superego: Aeryn & Zhaan
- Id: Father Jack — obnoxious Jerk Ass who only cares about drinking and chasing women
- Ego: Father Ted himself — Self-centered and money-hungry but also frequently shows signs of being a classic Jerk Witha Heartof Gold
- Superego: Father Dougal, despite being the resident Ditz, makes the most effort at being a good person if not a good priest
- Ego: Captain Mal Reynolds
- Superego: Zoe Washburns
- Id: Jayne Cobb
- Id: Sam — impetuous, frank, frequently concerned with food
- Superego: Milner — rational, frequently rigid and often plays "bad cop"
- Ego: Foyle — tolerant, compassionate, leader
— a guy and a girl each:
- Id: Joey and Phoebe
- Ego: Chandler and Rachel
- Superego: Monica and Ross
- Id: Walter — Slightly insane, obsessed with food
- Ego: Olivia — Mediates between father and son, compassionate
- Superego: Peter — Is different, has his own ideas
Game of Thrones
- The adults
- Id: Joey and Jesse
- Superego: Danny
- Ego: Becky
- The three girls
- Superego: DJ
- Ego: Stephanie
- Id: Michelle
- The Baratheon brothers: True to the Crapsack World, the brothers resent each other and cannot cooperate rather than working together as an effective Power Trio.
- Id: Robert - The hot-blooded and impulsive warrior.
- Ego: Renly - The affable and easygoing politician.
- Superego: Stannis - A skilled strategist but not at all a people person.
- Renly, Loras and Margaery:
- Id: Loras - Provides emotional support to Renly's ego.
- Ego: Renly - Aforementioned affable and easygoing politician.
- Superego: Margaery - Provides the coldly logical and strategic advice such as the necessity of an heir.
- Tyrion, Grey Worm and Missandei: They form this dynamic when they have to work together to rule over Meereen in Daenerys' absence.
- Superego: Grey Worm - A stoic and strict military commander of the Unsullied.
- Ego: Missandei - A Cunning Linguist who can go from serious-minded to relaxed depending on who she's around.
- Id: Tyrion - A lot snarkier and emotive than either of them will ever be, and after working with them for a while he decides that he wants them to relax and have a glass of wine for once.
- House Baratheon of King's Landing:
- Id: Joffrey, an Ax-Crazy ruler who does everything that he wants, mostly For the Evulz.
- Ego: Myrcella, the most grounded of the siblings.
- Superego: Tommen, a genuinely good person who wants to rule justly, but a very Weak-Willed Puppet King.
The Ghost Busters
- Superego: Yahtzee
- Ego: Yug
- Id: Matt
- Ego: Kong — The level-headed leader
- Id: Spenser — The bumbling comic relief
- Superego: Tracy — The endearing, long-suffering gorilla
Good Girls Revolt
- Id: Skipper
- Ego: Gilligan
- Superego: Professor
The Greatest American Hero
- Id: Patti — pursuing her cause with much energy but relatively little planning
- Ego: Cindy — in the middle, trying to keep the team together and sometimes hesitant (at least in the beginning) but ultimately willing to do what it takes
- Superego: Jane — initally trying to play by the rules, once she joins the others she immediately calls out their lack of research
The Gruen Transfer
- Ego: Ralph
- Superego: Bill
- Id: Pam
H2O: Just Add Water
- Id: Todd — Advertising must appeal to feelings
- Superego: Russel — You must present cold facts to convince.
- Ego: Will — Comedic balancing of the two with snarky remarks.
Seasons 1 and 2
- Id: Rikki — Crass, insensitive, quickest to suggest using powers for amusement.
- Superego: Emma — Responsible, refined, always has a plan for anything.
- Ego: Cleo — Middle of the road, always bridging the gap between the above pair.
Halt and Catch Fire
- Superego: Rikki — Runs her cafe, maintains that their secret is more important than what they want.
- Id: Bella — Easily swayed by her crush on Will, lets her heart get her into trouble.
- Ego: Cleo — …still middle of the road trying to keep the other two on speaking terms.
- Id: Cameron Howe — The idealistic and free-spirited programmer
- Superego: Gordon Clark — The realist and logical thinking engineer
- Ego: Joe MacMillian — The ambitious and charismatic salesman
- The main police officers form a Power Trio whose lineup changes often:
- Id: The village bobby (Rowan, Bradley, Crane, Walker, Mason): Courageous, heroic, known to go against protocol.
- Ego: PC Bellamy (later Wetherby): Friendly, less disciplined than Superego, but doesnât break rules.
- Superego: The sergeant (Blaketon, Craddock, Nokes, Merton, Miller): Their boss who enforces police rules.
- A few seasons in, a second Power Trio formed for the subplots, this one being of the Comic Trio variety:
- Id: Claude Greengrass (later Vernon Scripps, Peggy Armstrong) — Always making get-rich-quick schemes.
- Ego: David Stockwell — Warm-hearted, has good morals, but naÃ¯ve enough to follow Id.
- Superego: Bernie Scripps — Ego's wise old mentor who sees flaws in Id's schemes.
(in this case quite literally)
- Id: Animal
- Ego: Angel
- Superego: Genius
, Series 2 (Episodes "Mutiny" and "Retribution")
- Ego: Horatio — well-intentioned, heroic, hesitant to mutiny.
- Id: Archie — quicker to speak/act, instinctive, emotionally driven.
- Superego: Bush — calm, rational, observant but not impulsive.
How I Met Your Mother
- Id: Wilson — The one who feels a need to "fix" the vulnerable women he meets
- Ego: Cuddy — Ever-conscious of the the Rules and Regulations hospital administrator who can stand up to house and understand Wilson
- Superego: House — The hyper-rational and scientifically-minded one who is an emotionally stunted and impatient Dr. Jerk
- Id: Cameron — Emotionally oriented, empathetic, often butts heads with Foreman
- Ego: Chase — Laid-back, balances logical thinking and emotions/spirituality
- Superego: Foreman — Rational, cerebral (hey, he's not a neurologist for nothing), less emotionally expressive
- Id: Barney — Magnificent Bastard of the boys.
- Superego: Marshall — The sensitive giant.
- Ego: Ted — Right between the two.
- Ego: Chance — Problem-solver, balance between experience & instinct
- Superego: Winston — The organizer, former cop, link to Law & Order (no, not that one)
- Id: Guerrero — Unencumbered by morality, says whatever pops into his head, kills without provocation or concern
- The actors have proposed another formulation: Chance is the recovering addict, Winston is his sponsor, and Guerrero is his dealer.
- Ego: Carly is the caring one
- Superego: Freddy is the technical producer
- Id: Sam in is it for herself
(The first season, the three main rangers)
Last of the Summer Wine
- Id: Reese Bennett
- Ego: Joe Riley
- Superego: Chad Cooper
Law & Order
- Id: Compo
- Ego: Cleggy
- Superego: Blamire / Foggy
- Id: Jack McCoy — Brash, passionate, rule-bending firebrand.
- Ego: Claire/Serena/all of them — Calmer, less experienced, less cynical lawyer; occasionally The Watson.
- Superego: Schiff/Branch — The Boss, serving as the voice of reason from behind a desk.
Lost in Space
- Id: Locke — A reckless, impulsive and emotionally frustrated man who often relies on blind faith in the Island and his belief that he is "special", and is willing to endanger other people's lives with little hesitation.
- Ego: Jack — A medical professional who tries to act as a strong rational leader but can fall victim to his own insecurities and subsequently let his emotions take over.
- Superego: Sayid — A calm, intelligent and resourceful ex-soldier whose first reaction to a problem is to figure out a logical solution to solve it.
Madan Senki Ryukendo
- Id: Dr. Smith — selfish, emotional, always searching for his own pleasures, esentially the Freudian description of what the Id is.
- Ego: Will — compassionate even toward Dr. Smith, yet smart enough to distrust him and many of the enemies they encounter.
- Superego: The Robot — cold, logical, often the voice of reason, he worries for the crew's well being more than anything else, including himself.
- Id: Kenji/Ryukendo — naive and innocent, charges into battle.
- Superego: Fudou/Ryugunou — calculates all his strategies.
- Ego: Koichi/Ryujinou — acts on motivation, but thinks things through.
- Superego: Timon — logical, thinks of long-term consequences before acting, tends to hold back from fights unless he's turning into a mini Nennog, in which case all bets are off.
- Id: Boomer — unimaginative, acts almost entirely on instinct.
- Ego: Garland — plans ahead but can be swayed by her emotions, keeps the peace between the other two.
- Hawkeye/Trapper: (Id/Superego), Frank/Houlihan: (Superego/Id), and Henry (Ego).
- Hawkeye/B.J. (Id/Superego), Frank/Houlihan (Superego/Id), and Potter (Ego).
- Hawkeye/B.J. (Id), Potter (Superego), and Houlihan/Winchester (Ego).
- Arthur, Merlin, Guinevere:
- Id: Arthur — Arrogant, aggressive, impulsive, is driven by his emotions, usually puts the individual before the bigger picture.
- Superego: Merlin — Calm, secretive, has made at least one Sadistic Choice in which he sacrificed a dear friend in order to save a greater number of people.
- Ego: Guinevere — The Heart, motherly, adored by both men as a Love Interest/Sister Figure.
- Isn't it more likely that Merlin is the Ego mediating between the magical power respresented by the wise Gaius (Superego) and the human world of the impulsive Arthur (Id)? (With the caveat that, I think, needs to be applied liberally here: if it ACTUALLY IS a freudian power trio...)
- Arthur, Merlin, Gwaine:
- Superego: Arthur — Stoic, serious, courageous
- Ego: Merlin — Balance, neutral, the mediator between Arthur and Gwaine
- Id: Gwaine — Fun-loving, rebellious, daredevil
- The parents:
- Superego: Mike
- Id + Ego: Frankie
- Their kids:
- Id: Axl
- Ego: Sue
- Superego: Brick
Mystery Science Theater 3000
- Rudy's split personalities:
- Ego: Rudy One, The "real" Rudy — the front Rudy puts on to hide his vulnerability
- Superego: Rudy Two — Calm, sensible, honest, acts as Rudy's conscience
- Id: Rudy Three — Angry, obsessed with killing
actually has two:
The Muppet Show
- Joel or Mike and the robot pals:
- Id: Crow T. Robot — Silly, child-like, often the butt of jokes and prone to spontaneously making costumes and believing himself to be characters from the movies they watch.
- Superego: Tom Servo — A commanding presence, often makes the most erudite and literary riffs, frequently manages to put one over on Crow. Once scored higher than an omniscient being on an IQ test.
- Ego: Joel/Mike — Acts like a father/big brother to the robots, generally mediates between them, and often gets the better of both.
- In the Sci-Fi seasons, the Mads:
- Id: Professor Bobo — A Gorilla from a world where apes evolved from men. Can lift about ten times his own body weight, obsessed with bananas, parasitic insects and flinging his own filth.
- Superego: "Brain Guy" — Exactly What It Says on the Tin. A Sufficiently Advanced Alien who carries around his brain in a pan with the body he claims he doesn't have.
- Ego: Pearl Forrester: Relentlessly browbeats and overpowers them, playing off their stupidity for her own purposes.
- Superego: Kermit — The Only Sane Man.
- Id: Gonzo — Daredevil, thrill-seeking, girl-crazy.
- Ego: Fozzie — Alternately sensible and comical.
Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide
- The three main adults:
- Id: Fran Fine: Sexy, unconventional.
- Superego: Maxwell Sheffield: Reserved, sensible.
- Ego: Niles — Shipper on Deck between Fran and Maxwell.
- The Sheffield children:
- Ego: Maggie
- Id: Brighton
- Superego: Gracie
- The Broadway adults:
- The Fine women:
- Ego: Fran — Mediator between the others
- Id: Sylvia — Voracious, short-tempered Big Eater
- Superego: Grandma Yetta — Senile Cloud Cuckoolander
- The men in the Sheffield household:
- Superego: Maxwell
- Id: Brighton
- Ego: Niles
- The women in the Sheffield household:
- Ego: Fran
- Id: Maggie
- Superego: Gracie
- Ego, with a touch of Superego: Ned — Reasonable and logical for the most part, but will more than occasionally go mad trying to reach his goals.
- Superego, with a touch of Ego: Moze — Intelligent and friendly. Usually has a logical and effective solution to the others' problems, but can be incredibly unreasonable when it comes to her own.
- Id: Cookie — Knows technology, but is totally socially inept. Immedeatly uses the most complicated and ineffective way of solving problems.
The Office (US)
- Id: Sarah
- Ego: Cosima
- Superego: Alison
Parker Lewis Can't Lose
- Id: Michael — Childish and impulsive
- Superego: Dwight — Moralistic (after a fashion) and scheming
- Ego: Jim — Sensible and balanced; caring yet rational; drives the office forward
- Ego: Parker—the leader
- Superego: Jerry—smart
- Id: Mikey—cool
: The Shelby brothers:
Power Rangers Dino Thunder
- Id: Arthur — very emotional and hot-headed.
- Ego: Tommy — The Stoic, who plans everything.
- Superego: John — The middle ground, who treats both his brothers better than either treats the other.
Power Rangers Ninja Storm
Pretty Little Liars
- Superego, later Id: Conner — The Hero, soccer jock, reluctant red
- Id, later Superego: Ethan — The Smart Guy, geek with capital G
- Ego: Kira — Action Girl, punk-lite musician, Ego who favors whoever isn't being an idiot
- Superego: Spence
- Ego: Emily and Aria
- Id: Hanna
- Alison varies between Superego and Id.
- Emerson: Id. Says whatever's on his mind. Appears more concerned about money than morality; seems willing to flex morals when it benefits him. Likes eating and drinking.
- Chuck: Superego. By far the best-read of the trio. Concerned about what's right, fixing things, finding solutions. (Considerable overlap with ego — she's very compassionate, a quality which the other two often lack, and is much better at relating to people than either abrasive Emerson or aloof Ned.)
- Ned: Ego. Mediates between the two. Takes input from both; but, since the power is his, the final decisions tend to be also. (Considerable overlap with superego — he often overthinks things, and can be distant.)
- Ego: Rimmer
- Superego: Kryten
- Id: Cat
Lister, the one portrayed as the most 'normal', is a mix of all three. Holly is just bonkers.
Sabrina the Teenage Witch
- Rimmer is not the ego—he is in no way a moderator. In fact he combines both superego and id qualities (authoritarian and selfish). If there actually is a "power trio" here then Lister must = ego.
- I agree, therefore, taking the original trio and ignoring Holly and Kryten (who kind of out-superego everyone despite their flaws) the trio works out as:
- Id: Cat
- Ego: Lister
- Superego: Rimmer
- Id: Hilda — The childish, easy-going, outgoing, fun-loving aunt.
- Superego: Zelda — Scientist and college professor, the rational and level-headed aunt and often the voice of reason when Hilda or Sabrina uses magic irresponsibly.
- Ego: Sabrina — She has traits of both aunts: responsible and book smart but also bubbly, perky, regularly casting spells that land her in troubles.
The Secret Circle
- Id: Elliot—over-emotional
- Ego: JD—balanced
- Superego: Turk—most rational
- I thought Elliot would be Superego for being so neurotic and Turk the Id for being the most impulsive?
- Ego: Cassie
- Superego: Diana
- Id: Faye
- Ego: Sherlock — Genius and self-identified 'high functioning sociopath'. Insists he runs entirely on logic, but this is very obviously not the case. Most of his character development is about learning how to balance his terrifying, amoral intellect with what he knows to be good and right, and he tends to find that what is 'good' is somewhere between 'logical' and 'nice'.
- Id: John — Smart and well-educated, but no genius. Tends to rely mostly on common-sense, gut instinct and his own innate knowledge of what the nice thing to do would be. Tends to butt heads with Sherlock over this—his natural kindness gets on Sherlock's nerves, but often reveals things Sherlock would otherwise have completely missed, and serves as a good influence on Sherlock's character.
- Superego: Mycroft — A genius so brilliant that, by his standards, Sherlock is 'thick'. While he comes across as sinister due to being The Stoic, he is nonetheless a force for good, albeit the kind of good that has no room for human emotions or behaviour. He tends to mock his brother for doing such unacceptable things as making friends with people and feeling sexual impulses towards Irene, and constantly urges his brother to use his logical gifts over his stunted feelings.
- Superego: Dr Harry Cunningham — logical and scientific, generally uncomfortable dealing with emotional family members, and the least likely to be affected emotionally by the case of the week.
- Id: Dr Nikki Alexander — empathic and emotional, the best candidate for comforting bereaved families, and the team member most likely to become emotionally involved in a case.
- Ego: Professor Leo Dalton — The team leader, and thus the one who mediates between the two extremes and finds the midpoint when neither approach is being helpful.
- Id: Cook
- Ego: J.J. (occasionally Superego)
- Superego: Freddie (occasionally Ego).
- They also have this with Mini's initial gang in Generation 3:
- Id: Liv
- Ego: Mini
- Superego: Grace
- Ego: John Sheppard
- Superego: Elizabeth Weir
- Id: Rodney McKay
- Id: Vala
- Ego: Mitchell
- Superego: Daniel
Star Trek: The Original Series
Star Trek: The Next Generation
- Ego: Kirk — Leader
- Superego: Spock — Reason
- Id: McCoy — Emotion
According to Shatner's book Get A Life, he met a woman who had multiple personalities, including the three above. Her psychologist said they performed the exact functions listed above.
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
- Id: Worf (and before him Tasha Yar) always wanted to attack; sometimes Riker got involved in matters he shouldn't have (usually romantic/groinal in nature) and dragged the crew in after him.
- Superego: Data, usually. (Sometimes it was Laforge saying why something wouldn't work, but he usually TechnoBabbled himself into a solution involving the Deflector Dish or polarity reversal.)
- Ego: Picard.
- The three main Malcorians from the Next Generation episode "First Contact" (not to be confused with the film Star Trek: First Contact):
- Superego: Mirasta Yale
- Ego: Chancellor Durken
- Id: Minister Krola
- Enterprise command trio:
- Ego: Picard
- Id: Riker
- Superego: Data
- In the episode "Loud as a Whisper", Riva the diplomat's psychic chorus.
- In "Frame of Mind", when Riker is undergoing a psychiatric procedure in the mental institution, a hologram of Worf represents his id, Troi represents his superego, and Picard his ego.
- Superego: Odo, Dax (both Jadzia and Ezri)
- Id: Kira Nerys, Julian Bashir
- Ego: Benjamin Sisko, Miles O'Brien
- Multiple combinations arise throughout the series, but the most typical combinations are Odo/Kira/Sisko and Dax/Bashir/O'Brien.
- The three Klingon Dahar Masters from the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode Blood Oath:
- Superego: Koloth
- Id: Kor
- Ego: Kang
- The three originated as antagonists in The Original Series with Kor reappearing later in Deep Space Nine. They had this dynamic in this episode.
The three main races of the Dominion:
Star Trek: Voyager
- Id: The Jem'Hadar, who are bred solely for combat.
- Ego: The Vorta, who are superficially charming but also manipulative and deceitful.
- Superego: The Founders, who consider themselves above the affairs of "Solids" and seek to control everything.
Star Trek: Enterprise
- Command trio
- Superego: Tuvok
- Id: Chakotay
- Ego: Kathryn Janeway
- Junior trio
- Superego: Harry Kim
- Id: B'Elanna Torres
- Ego: Tom Paris
- Exotic trio
- Superego: Doctor (seasons 1-2), Seven of Nine (seasons 3-7)
- Id: Neelix
- Ego: Kes (seasons 1-2), Doctor (seasons 3-7)
- Ego: Archer (sometimes Id)
- Superego: T'Pol
- Id: Tucker (sometimes Ego)
Species in Star Trek
- Ego: Humans — Well-balanced, diplomatic, hatless, special
- Superego: Vulcans and/or Borg — Logical, orderly, scientific
- Id: Romulans and/or Klingons — emotional, militaristic, brawny
- Ego: Kirk
- Superego: Picard
- Id: Archer
The 24th century captains:
- Ego: Janeway
- Superego: Picard
- Id: Sisko
- Season 1 to 3:
- Id: Dean Winchester — The Leader, Badass Normal, Big Brother Mentor or The Mentor (for Sam), Hot-Blooded, Boisterous Bruiser, Large Ham, Green-Eyed Monster, Loveable Rogue, The Charmer, Handsome Lech, promiscuous, ladies' man, Street Smart, Book Dumb, mechanically-minded, gluttonous, Deadpan Snarker, passionate, hot-headed, extroverted, loud, smart-aleck, rough, rather goofy.
- Superego: Sam Winchester — The Smart Guy, Techno Wizard, Badass Bookworm, Genius Bruiser, Guile Hero, book-smart, intelligent, logical, intellectual, empathetic, moral, proud, polite, introverted, sensitive, compassionate, shy, reserved, and quieter than Dean (overlaps with Ego due to conflict between hunting and normal).
- Ego: Bobby Singer — The Mentor, The Obi-Wan, Team Dad, Papa Wolf, Only Sane Man, Mr. Exposition, experienced, mature, responsible, practical, balanced, much calmer than Sam and Dean, balances street smarts and book-smarts, and can get the boys to stop quibbling long enough to figure out a plan of action.
- Season 4 to 6:
- Id: Sam Winchester — Hot-Blooded, Sociopathic Hero, The Determinator, Hair-Trigger Temper, The Corruptible (to Lucifer, Azazel, Lilith, Ruby, demon blood and demons), Ambiguously Evil, Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy, Well-Intentioned Extremist, Knight Templar, dark/evil tendencies, rash, power hungry, vengeful, obsessive, proud, impulsive, addictive, hell-bent on killing demons and supernatural beings (overlaps with Ego in Season Five due to being The Atoner and overlaps with Superego in Season Six due to being soulless).
- Ego: Dean Winchester — The Leader, The Face, The Heart, The Conscience, Morality Chain (for Sam and Castiel), Reasonable Authority Figure, Only Sane Man, responsible, confused, conflicted, mediator, peacemaker, well-intentioned, penitent, trying to reach a balance.
- Superego: Castiel — The Stoic, Knight Templar, The Quiet One, Kuudere, aloof, logical, unemotional, obedient, objective (though doubt makes him overlap with the Ego eventually).
- Season 8 to 10:
- Id: Dean Winchester — Hot-Blooded, Blood Knight, The Berserker, Hair-Trigger Temper, Ax-Crazy, Knife Nut, Cute and Psycho, The Corruptible (for Crowley, the MOC, and Amara), Knight Templar Big Brother (to extreme levels towards Sam), Crazy Jealous Guy (for Sam), Yandere tendencies (towards Sam), Sociopathic Hero, Sociopathic Soldier, angry, aggressive, forceful, determined, impulsive, rash, hell bent on killing, dark or morally corrupt tendencies, violent tendencies
- Ego: Sam Winchester — The Heart; The Chick; All-Loving Hero; The Pollyanna; Morality Pet, Morality Chain, Living Emotional Crutch and The Conscience (for MOC!Dean); diplomatic; balanced/trying to find a balance (between a normal life and hunting); conflicted (about living or dying); calm; down-to-earth; inferiority-complex; peacemaker; mediator; empathetic; loving; supportive; philosophical; compassionate yet pragmatic; balances between emotions and logic, the most normal and human within the trio (overlaps with Superego)
- Superego: Castiel — The Stoic, Knight Templar, The Quiet One, Kuudere, intellectual, aloof, obedient, level-headed, logical, practical, reasonable, goal-oriented, detached, reserved
- Season 11 to 12:
- Id: Dean Winchester — The Leader, Action Hero, Blood Knight, The Corruptible (for Amara), Genius Bruiser, dark tendencies, impulsive, morally grey (overlaps with Superego and Ego)
- Ego: Sam Winchester — The Pollyanna, The Heart, Morality Pet, Living Emotional Crutch and The Conscience (for Dean and Castiel), compassionate, understanding, mediator, peacemaker, supportive, balanced, balances between emotions and pragmatism
- Superego: Castiel — The Stoic, Knight Templar, Deadpan Snarker, Only Sane Man, serious, practical, reserved, sensible (overlaps with Id and Ego)
: Some series' have done this, usually of the Three Plus Two
- Taiyou Sentai Sun Vulcan (The only team to compose of 3 members)
- Ego: Ryusuke/Takayuki/Vul Eagle, the leader
- Superego: Kin'ya/Vul Shark, the serious one
- Id: Asao/Vul Panther, a big eater
- Choujuu Sentai Liveman (pre-Black Bison and Green Sai)
- Ego: Yuusuke/Red Falcon, the leader
- Id: Jou/Yellow Lion, the hothead
- Superego: Megumi/Blue Dolphin, the smart girl
- Ninpuu Sentai Hurricaneger (pre-Gouraigers)
- Id: Yousuke/Hurricane Red, the determined hothead
- Ego: Nanami/Hurricane Blue, the cute one
- Superego: Kouta/Hurricane Yellow, the planner
- Bakuryuu Sentai Abaranger (pre-Black)
- Id: Ryouga/Aba Red — Bursting energy, the energetic enthusiast
- Superego: Yukito/Abare Blue — Explode Seriously, the cold stoic
- Ego: Ranru/Abare Yellow — Dashing with courage, the gutsy cutie
- Juken Sentai Gekiranger (pre-Violet)
- Id Jan/Geki Red — Unbreakable Body, he is childlike and simple-minded (also the seasons Tarzan wannabe)
- Ego: Ran/Geki Yellow — Honest Heart, the positive leader
- Superego: Retsu/Geki Blue — Fantastic Technique, smart and selfish
- Engine Sentai Go-onger (pre-Green and Black)
- Id: Ssuke/Go-On Red — Mach Full Force, the confident one
- Superego: Renn/Go-On Blue — Just Correct, the smart one
- Ego: Saki/Go-On Yellow — Smile Blooming, the positive one
- Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters (pre-Beet and Stag)
- Superego: Hiromu/Red Buster
- Ego: Ryuji/Blue Buster
- Id: Yoko/Yellow Buster
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles
- Ego: Scott — The Heart, Big Good, The Leader, empathetic, kind, selfless
- Superego: Stiles — The Smart Guy, intelligent, Deadpan Snarker, practical, logical
- Id: Derek — Hot-Blooded, aggressive, impulsive, violent tendencies, brash, power hungry
Tom Corbett, Space Cadet
- Id: Sarah Connor
- Ego: John Connor
- Superego: Cameron
- Superego: James May — The Smart Guy and often teasingly referred to as Captain Slow, because he does most things slowly and carefully, and often scolds the other hosts for being careless. Has a tendency towards Gosh Dang It to Heck! and Unusual Euphemism. Also, he plays piano.
- Id: Jeremy Clarkson — A loud, brash Smug Snake. He's rude, likes explosions and luxury cars, is exceedingly vocal in his dislikes, and let's not get into his politics.
- Ego: Richard Hammond — A risk-taking adrenaline junkie prone to Cluster F Bombs... also most likely the id. But he's somewhat nicer than Clarkson and less pushy, and also seems to have a bit more of a rapport with the other two than they have with each other, so he may narrowly qualify as the Ego.
- Ego: Gwen — The Everyman, er, woman...not that anyone on this show cares.
- Superego: Jack — An immortal, level-headed Sufficiently Advanced Alien.
- Id: Owen — When The Captain can turn a stopwatch into a sex toy and you're the resident Lovable Sex Maniac, what does that make you?
- Tosh and Ianto alternate between Ego & Superego throughout the series.
The Vampire Diaries
- Id: Jake Collins — Gets thrust into the world of supernatural critter wrangling, and is an avid superhero buff.
- Superego: Felix Garcia — The Smart Guy who is somewhat more level-headed, but still acts somewhat spaztastic as Jake does at times.
- Ego: Hayley Steele — Started out as the Alpha Bitch and still acts as such, but her new responsibilties in saving the planet have made her more of the matriarch of the group as well.
The Walking Dead
- Main Trio (Elena, Stefan, and Damon)
- Ego: Elena — Stable, balanced, The Heart
- Superego: Stefan — Serious, stoic, reasonable
- Id: Damon — Impulsive, dangerous, selfish
- The Girls (Elena, Bonnie, and Caroline):
- The Originals (Klaus, Rebekah, and Elijah)
- Id: Klaus — Reckless, impulsive, dangerous, selfish
- Ego: Rebekah — Balance, sensitive, intuitive, The Heart
- Superego: Elijah — Logical, stoic, practical, reasonable
uses this trope to great effect to highlight different characters.
- Ego: Rick (S1, S2, & S 4 A), Deanna, Maggie, Michonne (S4 on)
- Superego: Shane, Rick (S3, S 4 B-Present), Carol (from S3 on)
- Id: Dale, Glenn, Hershel, Morgan, Daryl, Abe, Michonne (S3)
- Superego: Myka
- Ego: Artie
- Id: Pete
- And also:
- Ego: Leena
- Superego: Mrs. Fredrick
- Id: Claudia
Whose Line Is It Anyway?
- Id: Rerun
- Superego: Raj
- Ego: Dwayne Wayne
(American edition): The three regular players
Wizards of Waverly Place
- Id: Wayne Brady
- Ego: Colin Mochrie
- Superego: Ryan Stiles
- Superego: Justin
- Id: Alex
- Ego: Max and Harper
- Id: Adam
- Ego: Blake
- Superego: Anders
- Although sometimes they might switch around depending on the situtation