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Airheads: The Lone Rangers.

  • Ego: Chazz
  • Id: Rex
  • Superego: Pip

Apollo 13

  • Ego: Jim Lovell, flight commander.
  • Id: Fred Haise, Lunar Module pilot.
  • Superego: Jack Swigert / Ken Mattingly, Command Module pilot and intended CM pilot respectively.


  • Ego: Norm Spellman
  • Id: Jake Sully
  • Superego: Grace Augustine

Battle Royale: the main characters.

  • Ego: Noriko Nakagawa
  • Id: Shuuya Nanahara
  • Superego: Shogo Kawada

Beauty and the Beast: The Beast's servants.

  • Ego: Mrs. Potts — Jovial caretaker
  • Id: Lumiere — Romantic and aloof
  • Superego: Cogsworth — desires the castle to run like clockwork

The Breakfast Club

  • Id: Bender — a brash loud mouthed punk who has no regard towards authority
  • Superego: Andy — a Big Man on Campus Jerk Jock who frequently clashes with Bender trying to keep him in line
  • Ego: Brian — the nicest of the three, a calm intellectual who tries to (but fails) to reason with Bender & Andy


  • Id: Andrew — wants to use his powers to lash out at the world
  • Superego: Matt — firmly believes in using his powers safely and responsibly
  • Ego: Steve — wants to use his powers for fun and amusement but also seems to realize the importance of using his powers safely (just not to as great an extent as Matt)


  • The blackmailed men:
    • Superego: Mr. Green — Only Sane Man
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    • Id: Professor Plum — Lecherous psychiatrist
    • Ego: Colonel Mustard — Boisterous would-be leader

  • The blackmailed women:
    • Superego: Mrs. White
    • Id: Miss Scarlet
    • Ego: Mrs. Peacock

The Dark Knight: The three central figures:

  • Ego: Batman/Bruce Wayne — Wants to keep order, and will use questionable means to do so.
  • Id: The Joker: Sadistic, determined to show that deep down, all people are heartless monsters.
  • Superego: Harvey Dent: Gotham's White Knight, wants to remain above chaos for justice.


  • Id: Deadpool, the wisecracking, Ax-Crazy mercenary.
  • Superego: Colossus, the calm, principled X-Man.
  • Ego: Negasonic Teenage Warhead, Colossus' protege who is stuck between Deadpool and Colossus

Ferris Bueller's Day Off:

  • Id: Ferris — Impulsive, interested entirely in pleasure and entertainment.
  • Superego: Cameron — Rational, reluctant.
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  • Ego: Sloane — Level-headed, balances out their craziness.

Finding Nemo

  • Superego: Marlin — An overprotective clownfish father, looking for his son.
  • Ego: Nemo — The main clownfish hero of his story.
  • Id: Dory — A hippo tang who suffers from short-term memory loss.

The First Wives Club

  • Id: Elise — Chain-smoking, slightly self-centered White-Dwarf Starlet
  • Ego: Brenda — Reasonable, frank but blunt
  • Superego: Annie — Conciliatory, calm, emotional

For a Few Dollars More: The two bounty hunters and the Big Bad

  • Ego: Monco — Interested only in the money, but can Pet the Dog on occasion
  • Superego: Colonel Douglas Mortimer (Retired) — Calm, focused, and devoted to gaining revenge on Indio
  • Id: El Indio — Near psychotic bandito; has rapid mood swings, spends most of the film in a drug-induced haze

Ghostbusters — Combo Trio of the three main Ghostbusters:

  • Id and Ego: Peter Venkman — Disinterested but practical, Deadpan Snarker.
  • Ego and Superego: Egon Spengler — Rational, stoic.
  • Id and Superego: Ray Stanz — Intellectually driven, though very passionate. note .

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: The titular protagonists.

The Hangover

  • Id: Alan
  • Ego: Phil
  • Superego: Stu (Superego when reduced to a trio, even if he fits Ego more) and Doug (the actual Superego; unfortunately he's the Living MacGuffin)

Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle and its sequels

  • Superego: Harold Lee
  • Ego: Kumar Patel
  • Id: Neil Patrick Harris


  • Superego: Abe Sapien
  • Ego: Hellboy
  • Id: Liz

Heroic Trio

  • Ego: Tung — a motherly woman and superhero
  • Id: Chat — a ditzy and impulsive bounty hunter out for money
  • Superego: San — a stoic Action Girl who goes through a Heel–Face Turn

Highlander: The three main immortals.

Hocus Pocus:

  • Winifred (Superego), Mary (Ego), and Sarah (Id).

Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey

  • Id: Chance — Comical and mischievous, with initially no devotion to humans.
  • Ego: Shadow — The leader who has to endure Chance and Sassy bickering.
  • Superego: Sassy — Indignant cat with no interest in adventures.

The Hunt for Red October: The three sub captains.

  • Superego: Capt. Marko Ramius, Red October
  • Ego: Capt. Bart Mancuso, USS Dallas
  • Id: Capt. Tupolev, V.K. Konovalov

Ice Age:

  • Superego: Manny — Grumpy and kinda antisocial, and so level-headed he ends up being an unofficial leader.
  • Ego: Diego — Offers both seriousness and combat.
  • Id: Sid — Occasional Cloud Cuckoo Lander who can have bouts of clarity at times.

The Indiana Jones films:

Raiders of the Lost Ark

  • Marion Ravenwood (Id), Indiana "Indy" Jones (Ego), and Sallah (Superego).

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

  • Indy (Ego), Willie Scott (Id), and Short Round (Superego).

Indy's companions from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

  • Henry Jones, Sr. (Ego), Marcus Brody (Superego), and Sallah (Id).

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

  • Indy (Ego), Mutt Williams aka Henry Jones III (Id), and Marion Ravenwood (Superego)

Alternately, Indy's allies:

  • Mutt (Id), Marion (Ego), and Professor Harold "Ox" Oxley (Superego).

The villains:

  • Raiders of the Lost Ark
    • Rene Belloq (Ego), Colonel Dietrich (Superego), and Major Toht (Id).

  • Last Crusade

  • Kingdom of the Crystal Skull:

The three emotions that stay behind when Joy and Sadness are sucked out in Inside Out:

  • Id: Anger - main driving force behind the idea of Riley running away, reckless and impractical, resorts to stealing money
  • Superego: Fear - main opposition to Riley running away for practical and moral purposes
  • Ego: Disgust - somewhere in between the other two, mediates the two ideas


  • Superego: Hooper — Idealistic, adopts a scientifically rational and methodical approach to shark hunting.
  • Id: Quint — Anger prone, colourful personality and language, harbours grudges and vendettas.
  • Ego: Brody — Mediator between the feuding Hooper and Quint.

The Jungle Book

  • Superego: Bagheera
  • Ego: Mowgli
  • Id: Baloo

Kung Fu Panda

  • Franchise-wise, the three existing films form a Freudian Trio based on the sides of kung fu they cover:
    • Id: Kung Fu Panda - the first film covers the physical side of kung fu, demonstrating the basic understanding of what it involves.
    • Superego: Kung Fu Panda 2 - the second film covers the mental side, discussing how to let your mind be at piece while keeping your actions in control.
    • Ego: Kung Fu Panda 3 - the third film covers the spiritual side, with the message about developing yourself into your best you.
  • Correspondingly, the main villains of each film that Po faces also form one:
    • Id: Tai Lung - the hot-tempered Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy bent on seeking revenge on those he feels have done him wrong.
    • Superego: Lord Shen - the cold and devious mastermind lord of Gongmen City with a desire to conquer China and eliminate kung fu with his slew of cannons.
    • Ego: Kai - the spirit warrior who wants to destroy Oogway's memory by stealing the chi from every kung fu master and demolishing the Jade Palace, who doesn't really rely on either strength or intelligence and mostly uses his supernatural powers when confronting his opponents.

Lawrence of Arabia:

  • Ego: Lawrence. A quiet, calculating man who only acts before careful planning and consideration. Freud believed the ego was the conscious manifestation of a man, or the part of him that we see (just as Lawrence is the face and title of the eponymous film), and that the ego was constantly trying to balance the desires of the basal, instinctive id and the moralistic superego, just as Lawrence takes his battle advice from his two commanders, Auda and Ali. The scene before the Arab Army massacre a band of Turks on their way to take Damascus before the British is as close to a literal interpretation of the role Freud believed the ego played as you can get: Auda (id) and Ali (superego) lean over his shoulders, shouting commands of what they think should be done about the Turks on the horizon (who have themselves just departed from burning down a village that the Arabs have ridden into, and slaughtering its inhabitants) in his ears, leaving him to choose. Ali's advice? "Damascus, Aurens [what the Bedouin called Lawrence]. Think of Damascus". His advice is to stick to the plan and not take lives for revenge. Very moralistic. Auda's advice? After a soldier in Lawrence's cavalry rides toward the Turks in defiance of Lawrence's command to wait as he deliberates, Lawrence starts to ride off to stop him, but then Auda interrupts: "No, Aurens. Let him. This was his village." Lawrence listens to Auda.
  • Id: Auda Abu Tayi. A battle-hardened warrior who readily switches sides to join Lawrence when offered a greater sum of loot for his labors. He is prone to outbursts of rage, furiously smashing the camera of a photographer who attempts to take his picture (he believes cameras 'steal his soul'), and is extremely self-centered, only embarking with Lawrence on his campaigns to destroy the Turkish railways through Arabia so he can plunder the loot on the trains. You can see how highly he views himself during his Badass Boast to Lawrence and Ali (even if it is completely justified; he proves himself a badass several times later in the film) when they offer for him to join them.
  • Superego: Sherif Ali. Proud, intelligent, and always thinking of what is best for the greater good. He shows rabid opposition when Lawrence leaves the party crossing the Nefud to storm Aqaba to rescue Gazim, as the saving of one man, in this case Gazim, might mean the destruction of their entire party and any resistance to the Turks. He is a Sherif of the Harith tribe, and is thus a guardian to his people [i]and its ideals[/i], just as the superego concept is all about ideals. He is the most meditative character in the film, and concerns himself so much with matters of ideals and what is right that after his land is freed from the Turks, he hopes to become a politician in Faisal's new kingdom.

The Lion King: The three male lions, each of whom is king for part of the movie

  • Id: Mufasa. A strong, passionate, and well-respected leader.
  • Superego: Scar. A brooding, resourceful villain and skilled liar and planner.
  • Ego: Simba. Clearly inherited his father's bravery and his uncle's resourcefulness.

The Lord of the Rings:

  • The Ring Bearing Trio
    • Frodo (Ego), Samwise (Superego), and Gollum (Id).

  • The Three Hunters
    • Aragorn (Ego), Legolas (Superego), and Gimli (Id).

  • The Wizards in The Hobbit
    • Gandalf (Ego), Saruman (Superego), and Radgast (Id).

The Circus Trio in Madagascar 3:

  • Superego: Gia, the one who comes between the other two, the more level headed.
  • Id: Vitaly, the leader of the group.
  • Ego: Stefano, the hyperactive one who's ready to try out new things.

The Marx Brothers (in their various films):

  • Groucho (Superego), Chico (Ego), and Harpo (Id).

The Matrix:

  • Neo (Id), Trinity (Superego), and Morpheus (Ego).
    • If they are meant to represent the conflicting forces of the id and the superego, Neo and Trinity seem to get along rather well... any freudian elements in The Matrix (e.g. Agents = id) operate on a wider and more general level than a "power trio".

  • Id: Rogue programs Smith and The Merovingian
  • Ego: Rogue humans Neo and Morpheus
  • Superego: Creators/ Chessmasters The Oracle and The Architect

Monster House:

  • DJ (Ego), Chowder (Id), and Jenny (Superego).

Mortal Kombat (movie):

  • Superego: Liu Kang — Blend of reasonable thought and mystic wisdom
  • Ego: Sonya Blade — Hotheaded, yet calculating of rational explanations for the supernatural
  • Id: Johnny Cage — Fun-loving wise-cracker, flirts with Sonya despite dire circumstances

Mystery Men:

  • Mr. Furious (Id), the Shoveler (Ego), and the Blue Rajah (Superego).

Mystery Team:

  • Charlie (Id), Jason (Ego), and Duncan (Superego).

National Treasure

  • Id: Riley — Wisecracker who hopes to get rich out of their adventures.
  • Ego: Ben — Wants to find the treasure, but is sensible about it
  • Superego: Abigail — Smart, studious, and reluctant to join them.

No Country for Old Men

Ocean's Eleven trilogy:

Office Space

  • Michael (Id), Peter (Ego), and Samir (Superego).

Pirates of the Caribbean

  • Id: Jack — Chaos. Will use conversation to avoid bloodshed (especially his own) but is prone to trickery and can resort to some pretty underhanded tricks.
  • Superego: Will (Order) — Traditional, straightforward and honest but stubborn and unyielding to a fault.
  • Ego: Elizabeth (Reason) — Tries to use the method that best fits the situation and utilizes bluffs and honest diplomacy almost equally.
    • While the following are hardly a power trio, The Curse of the Black Pearl sets up a nice id-ego-superego dynamic with, respectively, Jack, Will and Norrington: "[My place is] right here - between you and Jack." (Fun fact: Schopenhauer's analogue of the id was called the Will.)

The Philadelphia Story

  • George (Superego): stable, moral, and unimaginative
  • Mike (Id): impulsive, sensitive, and romantic
  • Dexter (Superego): more laid-back than the former but more mature than the latter

The Roaring Twenties (1939)

  • Eddie (Ego)
  • Lloyd (Superego)
  • George (Id)

Robin Hood: The villains

  • Prince John (Id)
  • Sir Hiss (Superego)
  • The Sheriff of Nottingham (Ego)

Shaun of the Dead

  • Shaun (ego) is pulled two ways by:
  • Ed (id) who draws him into impulsive and self-destructive behaviour, and
  • Liz (superego) who wants him to behave better.
    • It could be argued that several characters are aspects of a composite superego, Liz, Philip and Pete among them. Pete and Ed's roles as Shaun's superego and id become very pronounced during the big fight before Shaun decides to sort his life out.


  • Shrek (Ego)
  • Princess Fiona (Id)
  • Donkey (Superego)

Sleeping Beauty (1959)

  • Id: Merryweather (impulsive, short tempered, slightly selfish).
  • Ego: Fauna (gentle and deferring)
  • Superego: Flora (intensely concerned with fulfilling her promise to king Stephen and very strict in her rules between the fairies)

While all Star Trek movies have the trio on the main page, Star Trek Into Darkness also offers:

  • Kirk (Id)
  • Spock (Superego)
  • Uhura (Ego)

Star Wars:

  • In the prequel trilogy:
    • Id: Anakin
    • Ego: Padme
    • Superego: Obi-Wan
      • Also in the prequel trilogy, the Freudian trio concept of the Jedi Order are represented by Anakin (id), Obi-Wan (ego) and Yoda (superego). The Jedi are destroyed by the id and the remaining two have to bring it back in the original trilogy. At the end Return of the Jedi when the Jedi actually return and balance is restored Luke sees the ghosts of all three.

  • In the original trilogy - the lead heroes:
    • Luke: Balances the two (ego)
    • Leia: Coolheaded, pragmatic, devoted to duty (superego)
    • Han: Impatient, hotheaded, operates on instinct (id)

  • In the original trilogy and late in the prequel trilogy - the Imperials:
    • Emperor Palpatine: Power-hungry, maniacal, obsessive tyrant who ultimately lets his confidence get the better of him (id)
    • Darth Vader: Balances the two, and has far more reasonable intentions (ego)
    • Grand Moff Tarkin: Cold, calculating tactician who feels no remorse destroying planets (superego)

  • The Sith apprentices in the saga:
    • Darth Maul: Aggressive fighter. (Id)
    • Count Dooku aka Darth Tyranus: Erudite enforcer. (Superego)
    • Darth Vader: Mix between the two. (Ego)

  • In the sequel trilogy - the heroes of the Resistance:
    • Rey: Emotionally-troubled scavenger (Superego)
    • Finn: Ex-Stormtrooper hoping to do the right thing (Ego)
    • Poe Dameron: Wise-cracking ace pilot (Id)

  • In the sequel trilogy - the figures of the First Order:
    • Kylo Ren: Conflicted enforcer, alternates between stoicism and anger (Ego).
    • General Hux: Ambitious, impulsive military strategist (Id).
    • Captain Phasma: Emotionless military officer (Superego).

  • Rogue One:
    • Jyn Erso: Unscrupulous hero (Id).
    • K-2SO: Skeptical droid (Superego).
    • Cassian Andor: Balances the two (Ego).

Terminator 2: Judgment Day:

  • Sarah Connor (Id - eager to break out of sanitariums or kill people).
  • John Connor (Ego - mix between the two).
  • T-800 (Superego - as cold and calculist as a machine can be).

Thirteen Days

  • Jack Kennedy (Id)
  • Kenny O'Donnell (Ego)
  • Bobby Kennedy (Superego)

Tragedy Girls

  • McKayla ( Id)
  • Sadie (Ego)
  • Jordan (Superego)

The Three Stooges in their various films:

  • Moe (Superego)
  • Larry (Ego)
  • Curly (Id); After Curly left, Shemp filled this role.

To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar

  • Vida Boheme (Superego)
  • Noxeema Jackson (Ego)
  • Chi-Chi Rodriguez (Id)

Top Gun:

  • Maverick (Id)
  • Goose (Ego)
  • Iceman (Superego)

Trading Places:

  • Louis Winthorpe (Superego)
  • Billy Ray Valentine (Id)
  • Ophelia (Ego)


  • Autobots
    • Id: Ironhide (bloodthirsty impulsive killer) and Bumblebee (party animal)
    • Superego: Ratchet (Calm, meditative medic)
    • Ego: Optimus Prime (balances the two and acts as the leader)

  • Decepticons
    • Id: Megatron (ruthless megalomaniacal brute)
    • Supergo: Starscream (treacherous, scheming usurper)
    • Ego: The Fallen (balances the two)

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre:

  • The Gold Hunters
    • Id: Dobbs, whose Sanity Slippage and Protagonist Journey to Villain are the focus of the film, and who decides to act impulsively and murder his comrades, putting Greed in place of everything else.
    • Ego: Curtin, originally Dobbs' partner-in-crime, but later starts to become rational after realizing that Dobbs does not intend to let any of them live.
    • Superego: Howard, the experienced propsector who is the only one of the three not to succumb to Gold Fever and usually offers a peaceful, non-violent solution.

TRON Both the programs and their respective users.

  • Id: Flynn — reckless Manchild of a Playful Hacker
  • Ego: Ram / Roy Kleinberg (Yori / Lora Baines also fills this role)
  • Superego: Tron / Alan Bradley — Stern, serious

TRON: Legacy

Universal Horror's three main monsters (particularly evident in crossovers)

The White The Yellow The Black

  • Id: Blanc "Swiss" LeBlanc, the Lovable Rogue outlaw.
  • Superego: Sheriff Edward "Black Jack" Gideon, who is stern and inflexible.
  • Ego: Sakura, the mild mannered, easily impressionable servant.

Wizard of Oz:

  • Id: The Tin Man (Heart)
  • Superego: The Scarecrow (Brain)
  • Ego: The Cowardly Lion (Courage)

X-Men: Days of Future Past:

  • The Protagonists
    • Logan (Id), Hank (Ego), and Charles (Superego).

  • The Antagonists
    • Mystique (Id), Trask (Ego), and Magneto (Superego).

Zardoz: The Eternals

  • Friend (Id), May (Ego), and Consuella and Avalow (Superego).


  • Superego: Columbus — relies on rigid adherence to rules
  • Id: Tallahassee — violent and impulsive; motivated by Twinkies and revenge
  • Ego: Wichita/Little Rock — rely on their cunning


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