Executive Summary: -Freud's Id, Ego, and Super-ego are represented in a recurring character trio in fiction. -The constant, back-and-forth status jockeying between the characters mirrors the conflicting desires of Id, Ego, and Super-ego. -This happens in TV shows, movies, and buddy comedies especially. The three character archetypes and common traits are as follows: -Super-ego is usually (not always) taller, law-abiding/logical/nerdy ("are we supposed to be doing this?") -Ego is usually middle height, everyman/group leader/mediator ("get it together, guys!") -Id is usually shorter, rude/hungry/"simple" ("hey, that looks shiny...") Maybe those "walking philosophers" had the right idea... After way too long at the computer desk, I went walking to stretch my legs. I was meditating on writing stuff when I had an idea. "What about writing characters based on the Freudian concepts of Id, Ego, and Superego? How would that go?" Five seconds of sketching out characters later, I realized that I had seen these three characters before. Many many times before. I've seen people lose interest in an idea once they realized "it's been done". Why bother working on something "unoriginal"? Here's why: Originality is overrated. Novelty is unreliable. But if you can find a pattern that repeats over and over... You have a blueprint for success. The Hollywood Formula, The Hero's Journey, a bacon cheeseburger from Five Guys... They're all repetitions of a same basic pattern, speaking to something powerful within us. I don't know if Freud's work is factually true, but I know it's mythically true. Because the story keeps getting told. From The Three Musketeers, to Star Trek, to The Hangover... Freud's Id, Ego, and Superego are represented in a particular recurring character trio. So what is this character trio? What traits belong to what archetypes? First, a quick recap. According to wikipedia: Id, ego and super-ego - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia | https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Id,_ego_and_super-ego "According to this model of the psyche, the id is the set of uncoordinated instinctual trends; the super-ego plays the critical and moralizing role; and the ego is the organized, realistic part that mediates between the desires of the id and the super-ego. The super-ego can stop one from doing certain things that one's id may want to do." Each character will have traits that symbolize their aspect. The Super-ego symbolizes law, morality, reason, etc. Super-ego characters are often the "teacher's pet", "follow the rules" character. Can anyone give me an example of this character? Very good, Ms. Granger. 10 points for Gryffindor. The Id symbolizes base instinct, animalistic desire, etc. Id characters often eat a lot, sleep around, or otherwise lack basic self-control in some way. Expect them to grab the shiny thing they aren't supposed to grab. The Ego is usually the protagonist, incorporating feedback from the Id and Super-ego to find a solution to life, love, and The Plot. Spock gives the logic, Bones emotes, Kirk finds a way to save the day. Generally speaking: -Super-ego is usually (not always) taller, law-abiding/logical/nerdy ("Are we supposed to be doing this?") -Ego is usually middle height, everyman/group leader/mediator ("Get it together, guys! We have work to do.") -Id is usually shorter, rude/hungry/"simple" ("I'm hungry. Hey, that looks shiny...") Alvin and the Chipmunks is the most pure example I can think of to illustrate the basic traits. Alvin is the troublemaker whose hijinks drive the plot. Simon is the reasonable, intellectual, "stay out of trouble" one. Theodore is the simple dude that likes food. I mean, just look at them: Now that you've seen them here, you'll see them everywhere. The taller, nerdy superego. The short, impulsive id. The everyman ego that mediates between them to complete the plot. If meme magic has taught us anything, it's that people think in terms of stories, characters, and emotions. Having a basic grasp of character archetypes will help you communicate/persuade/connect with people. If nothing else, it's great fodder for insight porn.