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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 main characters in The Emperor's New Groove: Kuzco as the sanguine, due to his energetic, confident, but self-absorbed behaviour; Yzma as the choleric, being ambitious and hardworking but vindictive; Pacha as the melancholic, playing the Only Sane Man to Kuzco and occasionally snarking at the latter's expense; and Kronk as the phlegmatic, being a sweet-natured Minion with an F in Evil.
  • Frozen has very upbeat, active and optimistic Anna as the sanguine, her elegant and ridden with fear sister Elsa as the melancholic, laid-back, snarky-but-staunchly-moral Kristoff as the phlegmatic and ambitious, hard-working, do-whatever-it-takes-to-get-my-goal Hans as the choleric.
  • The Hunchback of 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).
  • 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), Ratcliffe (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).
Western Animation/Tangled: Rapunzel (sanguine), Flynn (phlegmatic), Pascal (melancholic), Maximus (Choleric).
  • Tarzan gives us the four main non-humans: Kerchak (choleric), Kala (melancholic), Terk (sanguine), and Tantor (phlegmatic).
  • The main characters of Wreck-It Ralph: Ralph is the melancholic, being a Misunderstood Loner with a Heart of Gold who is sad about his role as the bad guy of his game and wants something better out of life, Vanellope is the sanguine, being an energetic and brash Bratty Half-Pint, Felix is the phlegmatic, being the most sweet-natured of the four and is initially really gentle and docile to the point of being spineless, and Sgt. Calhoun is the choleric, being very task-oriented and emotionally distant, but nevertheless bold and diligent.


  • 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).


Other studios

  • Angry Birds: Chuck (sanguine), Red (choleric), Bomb (melancholic) and Terence (phlegmatic).
  • G-Force: Darwin (eclectic), Juarez (choleric), Mooch (melancholic), Hurley (phlegmatic), and Blaster (sanguine).
  • 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).
  • 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.

Films in general

  • The 40-Year-Old Virgin: Andy (melancholic), Jay (choleric), David (phlegmatic), and Cal (sanguine).
  • Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy: Ron Burgundy (sanguine), Champ Kind (choleric), Veronica Corningstone (melancholic), Brick Tamland (phlegmatic), and Brian Fantana (eclectic).
  • Avengers: Tony (Melancholic), Cap (Choleric), Thor (Sanguine), Bruce (Phlegmatic), Natasha and Clint (Eclectic)
  • 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 (2000) 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).
  • The Craft: Sarah (melancholic), Nancy (choleric), Bonnie (phlegmatic) and Rochelle (sanguine).
  • Dawn of the Dead (1978): Stephen (choleric), Roger (sanguine), Francine (melancholic) and Peter (phlegmatic).
  • D.E.B.S.: 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).
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them:
    • Phlegmatic: Newt
    • Melanchonic: Tina
    • Sanguine: Queenie
    • Choleric: Jacob
      Newt and Tina are the introverts, and Jacob and Queenie the extroverts. Relatively to each other, Tina is more of a thinker and for justice, and Newt is more of a feeler and for mercy, and he fits the "humble, thoughtful, compassionate" character. Queenie is charming and quirky, Jacob is a hard worker and goal oriented.
  • Ferris Bueller's Day Off: Ferris (sanguine), Cameron (melancholic), Sloane (phlegmatic), and Jeanie (choleric).
  • Four Brothers: Bobby (choleric), Jeremiah (melancholic), Jack (phlegmatic), and Angel (sanguine).
  • Get Out (2017): The Artimage Family: Rose (melancholic), Dean (sanguine), Missy (phlegmatic), and Jeremy (choleric).
  • Ghostbusters (1984): Peter Venkman (choleric), Egon Spengler (melancholic), Winston Zeddemore (phlegmatic), and Ray Stantz (sanguine).
    • Ghostbusters (2016): Erin Gilbert (melancholic), Abby Yates (phlegmatic), Jillian Holtzman (sanguine) and Patty Tolan (choleric).
  • 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).
  • Guardians of the Galaxy: Peter Quill (sanguine), Gamora (melancholic), Rocket (choleric), Groot (phlegmatic) and Drax (eclectic).
  • The Hangover: Phil (choleric), Stu (melancholic), Alan (sanguine) and Doug (phlegmatic).
  • The Hateful Eight: 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.
  • Jumanji:
    • Sanguine: Judy.
    • Choleric: Alan.
    • Melancholic: Sarah.
    • Phlegmatic: Peter.
  • Played with in Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. In the real world, the teenagers are Bethany (Sanguine), Fridge (Choleric), Martha (Melancholic), and Spencer (Phlegmatic). Within the game, they play characters with opposite personalities. Bethany is Professor Shelly Oberon (Melancholic), Fridge is Franklin "Mouse" Finbar (Phlegmatic), Martha is Ruby Roundhouse (Sanguine), and Spencer is Smolder Bravestone (Choleric).
  • 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).
  • L.A. Confidential:
    • Sanguine - Jack Vincenes
    • Choleric - Ed Exley
    • Melancholic - Lynn Bracken
    • Phlegmatic - Bud White
    • Eclectic - Dudley Smith
  • 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.
  • Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels: Ed is Sanguine, Bacon is Phlegmatic, Soap is Melancholic and Tom is Choleric.
  • The main villains from Mad Max films: Toecutter (Sanguine) from the first, Lord Humungous (Phlegmatic) from the 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 who is Prone to Tears.
  • 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).
  • The Italian movie My Friends and its sequels: Mascetti (choleric), Necchi (melancholic), Melandri (sanguine), Sassaroli (phlegmatic), and Perozzi (eclectic).
  • 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).
  • Pirates of the Caribbean:
    • The Pirates of the first three movies:
      • Sanguine: Jack Sparrow (Quirky, charmer)
      • Choleric: Barbossa (No-nonsense, goal-oriented) and Elizabeth (Strong-willed, brash)
      • Melancholic: Will (Less expressive than the above two, quick thinker)
      • Phlegmatic: Gibbs (The most meek of the five; kind-hearted)
    • The major antagonists, as well:
      • Sanguine: Armando Salazar
      • Choleric: Davy Jones
      • Melancholic: Cutler Beckett
      • Phlegmatic: Blackbeard
  • 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).
  • The four leads of Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) fill these roles:
    • Sonic (Sanguine): the carefree daredevil who loves living life to its fullest and longs for true friendship
    • Tom (Melancholic): the competent officer who is great at what he does but wants to prove himself more
    • Maddie (Phlegmatic): the caring veterinarian who is willing to sacrifice her conveniences to help others
    • Robotnik (Choleric): the brash, arrogant, and eccentric super-genius who cares only for his machines and inventions
  • Son in Law: Travis (choleric), Tracy (melancholic), Becca (phlegmatic), and Crawl (sanguine).
  • 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 Star Trek (2009):
    • 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.
  • Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country: With Kirk and McCoy framed for killing the Klingon Chancellor Gorkon, and Sulu now commanding the USS Excelsior, the remaining TOS officers on the Enterprise who investigate the assassination:
    • Sanguine: Chekov
    • Choleric: Scotty
    • Melancholic: Spock
    • Eclectic: Uhura
  • 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).
  • Star Wars:
    • The female leads:
      • Sanguine: Padme. Idealistic, passionate, kind, and serves as The Heart of the main trio.
      • Choleric: Leia. Aggressive, brash, defiant, and an effective leader.
      • Melancholic: Jyn. Cynical, aloof, distrustful, but not without emotion.
      • Phlegmatic: Rey. Forgiving, optimistic, stubborn, and can mediate between tasks and people.
    • The main characters of the sequel trilogy:
      • Sanguine: Rose Tico.
      • Choleric: Poe Dameron.
      • Melancholic: Finn.
      • Phlegmatic: Rey.
      • Eclectic: BB-8.
    • The Sith:
      • Sanguine: Emperor Palpatine. The over the top Sadist who hides in plain sight.
      • Choleric: Count Dooku and General Grievous. Driven and passionate natural leaders.
      • Melancholic: Darth Vader, Darth Maul and Kylo Ren. Conflicted, but driven enforcers battling their own demons.
      • Phlegmatic: Supreme Leader Snoke. Laid-back but cunning with a dry sense of humour.
  • 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 is Becky, Earl is Choleric (showing all the negative aspects and almost none of the positive ones). Melancholic is Old Joe, despite his aloof and jerkish behaviour; Phlegmatic is Dawn, and lastly, Dr. Pomatter is Eclectic.
  • The Watch: Evan (choleric), Bob (sanguine), Franklin (melancholic), and Jamarcus (phlegmatic).
  • X-Men: First Class: A villainous example: The pragmatic Emma Frost (choleric), the somber and competent Azazel (melancholic), the quiet, silent Riptide (phlegmatic), and The Faux Affably Evil Sebastian Shaw (sanguine).
  • 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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