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Films — Animated

  • The Brave Little Toaster has Toaster (the Realist), Lampy (the Optimist), Kirby (the Cynic), Radio (the Apathetic), and Blanky (the Conflicted).
  • The Incredibles: The Parr family.
    • Cynic: Violet
    • Optimist: Bob and Dash
    • Realist: Helen
    • Apathetic: Jack-Jack
  • Madagascar: Alex (the Realist), Marty (the Optimist), Melman (the Conflicted), and Gloria (the Cynic).
  • The Prince of Egypt: Moses (the Realist), Aaron (the Cynic), Miriam (the Optimist), and Tzipporah (the Apathetic)
  • Shrek:
    • Shrek (the Cynic), the abrasive and straight-laced Deadpan Snarker.
    • Donkey (the Optimist), the most lively and outgoing of the group who looks on the bright side the most often.
    • Princess Fiona (the Realist), the sensible one who often diffuses conflicts.
    • Puss in Boots (the Apathetic), who doesn’t join the group until Shrek 2 and has the most easygoing outlook.
  • The four main characters of The LEGO Batman Movie:
    • Cynic: Batman - aloof, brooding and self-serving.
    • Optimist: Robin - pure, idealistic and kind-hearted.
    • Realist: Barbara Gordon - level-headed, pragmatic and open-minded.
    • Apathetic: Alfred Pennyworth - not involved in the main part of the plot for a good chunk of the film, only joining the other three after the halfway point; nevertheless proves to be a good authority figure towards Batman and gets along well with the others.
  • Frozen:
    • Anna and Olaf (the Optimists) - determined, idealistic, selfless, blind faith, lack of forethought
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    • Kristoff (the Realist) - decisive, adaptable, willing to bend the rules
    • Elsa (the Cynic) - cautious, critical, skeptical, prioritizes survival
    • Hans (the Apathetic) - goals tend to differ from the rest of the cast's
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas: Jack (the Optimist), Sally (the Realist), Oogie Boogie (the Cynic), Zero (the Apathetic), the Mayor (conflicted).
  • Sleeping Beauty: Merryweather (the Cynic), Fauna (the Optimist), Flora (the Realist), Philip (the Apathetic), and Aurora (the Conflicted).
  • Wreck-It Ralph: Sgt. Calhoun (the Cynic), Vanellope (the Optimist), Fix-It Felix (the Realist), King Candy (the Apathetic), and Ralph (the Conflicted).


Films — Live-Action

  • The Avengers: Steve/Captain America (the Optimist), Tony/Iron Man and Bruce/the Hulk (the Cynics), Natasha/Black Widow (the Realist), Thor (the Conflicted), and Clint/Hawkeye (initially Conflicted as well, later Apathetic).
  • Casablanca: Rick Blaine (the Cynic), Ilsa (the Conflicted), Victor Laszlo (the Optimist), and Captain Renault (the Apathetic).
  • Ghostbusters (1984): Peter Venkman (the Realist), Egon Spengler (the Cynic), Ray Stantz (the Optimist), and Winston Zeddemore (the Apathetic).
  • High School Musical: Chad and Taylor (the Cynics), Kelsi and Ryan (the Optimists), Sharpay (the Apathetic), Gabriella (the Realist), Troy (the Conflicted). Each film essentially follows Troy's development into an Optimist and believing in his future with Gabriella, which Chad and Taylor criticize and Sharpay attempts to sabotage.
  • Inception: Cobb (the Cynic), Ariadne (the Optimist), Arthur (the Realist), Eames (the Apathetic), Yusef as second Apathetic by default as he's barely part of the group, and Saito is more of a Sixth Ranger than anything else.
  • The Indiana Jones films:
  • The various James Bonds:
  • Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels: Soap (the Cynic), Ed (the Optimist), Tom (the Realist) and Bacon (the Apathetic).
  • The four main adults in Mary Poppins: Mary Poppins (the Realist), George Banks (the Cynic), Winifred Banks (the Optimist), and Bert (the Apathetic).
  • Now and Then: Sam (the Cynic), Teeny (the Optimist), Chrissy (the Realistic), and Roberta (both Apathetic and Conflicted).
  • Reservoir Dogs gives us Messrs. White (the Optimist), Orange (the Realist), Pink (the Cynic) and Blonde (the Apathetic).
  • Star Trek (2009):
    • Optimist: Kirk (ironically)
    • Cynics: Spock, Uhura
    • Realist: McCoy
    • Apathetics: Scotty, Chekov, Sulu
  • Star Wars:
    • Original Trilogy: Luke (the Optimist), Leia (the Realist), Han (the Cynic), and Chewbacca (the Apathetic).
    • Prequel Trilogy: Padme (the Optimist), Obi-Wan (the Realist), Anakin (the Cynic), and, curiously enough, Jar-Jar (the Apathetic).
    • Rogue One: Jyn Erso (the Conflicted), Cassian Andor (the Realist), K-2SO (the Cynic), and Chirrut Imwe (the Optimist).
  • Sucker Punch: An all-girl Version — Sweet Pea (the Cynic), Rocket (the Optimist), Baby Doll (the Realist), Amber (the Apathetic), and Blondie (the Conflicted).
  • Sunshine:
    • Cynical: Mace (wants to just pass the Icarus-I)
    • Optimistic: Searle (wants to board the Icarus-I) and Cassie (doesn't want Trey to die despite the cost otherwise)
    • Realistic: Capa and Trey (the only two who actually calculate and solve the Icarus-I situation)
    • Apathetic: Harvey (later prioritizes self preservation over Capa despite their actual uses)
    • Conflicted: Kaneda and Corazon (both generally neutral)
  • The Untouchables: Eliot Ness (the Realist), Jimmy Malone (the Cynic), George Stone (the Optimist), and Oscar Wallace (the Apathetic).
  • The Usual Suspects: McManus (the Cynic), Keaton (the Optimist), Fenster (the Apathetic), Hockney (the Realist), and Kint (the Conflicted).
  • The Host: Hee-bong (the Conflicted), Gang-du (the Optimist), Nam-joo (the Apathetic), and Nam-il (the Cynic).


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