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Dragon Age II:

Cynic Fenris traumatized, bitter and snarky warrior

Realists

Varric &

Aveline

the former as savvy, level-headed merchant prince;

the latter as protector and group conscience

Optimists

Merrill &

Sebastian

the former sweet and naive, wanting to help her people;

the latter deeply religious

Conflicted

Hawke Your character oneself as a Sad Clown who tries to maintain the peace in Kirkwall and amongst the companions, but often lets desire for stability prevent him/her from being more proactive.
Apathetic Isabela flighty hedonist
  • Anders straddles the line between Cynic and Idealist, being a Well-Intentioned Extremist who combines self-sacrificing loyalty to his ideals with hostility and ruthlessness.

Ever 17 female cast:

Apathetics

Cynic

Realist

Optimist

Sara & Coco Tsugumi Sora Player Character

Everworld:

Apathetic

Cynic

Realist

Optimist

Conflicted
Senna (somewhat) Jalil April David Christopher

All of the opposing and antithetical factions in Fallout 4:

Cynic The Institute Believing it is futile to allow the Commonwealth to continue existing and want to start anew in a new society underground. However, the same people they claim to want to help fear them due to many of their own actions. To them, the Synth is Just a Machine.

Realist

Brotherhood of Steel Ten years after the war with the Enclave, the original teachings of Elder Lyons have been lost since his death and the death of his daughter, Sarah Lyons. Arthur Maxson is in charge and wants to try and expand into the Commonwealth to oppose the Institute. To them, Synths are abominations against technology and to be detroyed down to the last.

Optimist

The Minutemen Their original goal was to protect settlements out of good will, but they were nearly wiped out after a string of bad luck. They can make a comeback, and they are even more idealistic than ever, despite all the crud they've been dragged through. They're flexible on policy when it comes to Synths.

Apathetic

The Railroad Views the Synths as living, thinking beings worthy of respect, and wants to liberate all Synths from the Institute. The problem is that this is their only goal, and they don't really care about anyone else in the Commonwealth.
  • And then, your companions:
Cynics Cait X6-88 Old Longfellow

Realists

Piper Deacon Hancock

Optimists

Preston Curie Nick Valentine

Conflicted

Paladin Danse Strong & Ada Porter Gage
Apathetics Dogmeat Codsworth MacCready

The Turks from Final Fantasy VII fall into this category:

Apathetic

Cynic

Realist

Optimist

Reno Tseng Rude Elena

Final Fantasy XIII:

Apathetic

Cynic

Realist

Optimist

Conflicted
Fang Hope Lightning Snow Vanille & Sazh

Gears of War 2:

Apathetic

Cynic

Realist

Optimists

Dizzy Baird Marcus Don & Cole

The two main protagonists of Guilty Gear and Blaz Blue fit this trope:

Apathetic

Cynic

Realist

Optimist

Ragna the Bloodedge Jin Kisaragi Sol Badguy Ky Kiske

Half-Life 2:

Apathetic

Cynic

Realist

Optimist

Dr. Mossman Barney Calhoun Dr. Kleiner Alyx Vance

The first Knights of the Old Republic:

Apathetic

Cynic

Realist

Optimist

Conflicted
Canderous Carth Juhani Mission (very much) Bastila
  • Canderous counts in being a Mandalorian on a boatload of Jedi and Republic sympathizers, and has nothing better to do.

Left 4 Dead:

Apathetic

Cynic

Realist

Optimist

zombie-knowledgeable Zoey Francis who hates everything Bill the experienced Hopeful Louis

The Legend of Dragoon:

Apathetic

Cynic

Realist

Optimist

Conflicted
Haschel, when he joins Rose Dart Lavitz Shana
  • This setup holds from the time when Rose joins all the way until Dragoon's It Was His Sled moment happens, where it transitions into a proper Five-Man Band.

Mega Man X: The Maverick Hunters, Commander, Mission Operator, and mechanic X5-X8:

Cynic Zero the Anti-Hero, Unfettered, with a killer-instinct

Realist

Signas the mediator who always admires X's pacifism, but always realistic about the need to fight for peace and justice.

Optimist

Douglas (X5-6); Axl (X7-8) the former as idealistic and confident, although this is not expanded upon; the latter seeks to rectify the wrongs of his former affiliation and believes he can take on the world

Conflicted

X Willing to fight for peace and justice at first, but a pacifist paranoid of breaking the first robotics rule (not to harm a human), then temporarily retires and reluctant to let Axl become a hunter
Apathetic Alia the Mission Operator, Computer Specialist and Navigator in the series, less in-story involvement otherwise

Mega Man Zero -- Counting the 1st game's Four Guardians and the four bosses in the 2nd's "Chase Elpizo" mission (three of the same, totaling five):

Cynic Phantom Out of fierce loyalty to Master X (a copy, rather), seldom thinks about anything besides antipathy toward "Mavericks" and, therefore, resorts easily to drastic Anti-Hero measures of explosive-detonation, for instance the factory in the first game.

Realist

Fefnir Mostly just a competitive Blood Knight into defense as a Guardian for the fun of it, a lot like Leviathan, but a more encouraging character.

Optimist

Burble Hekelot He does his job of protecting a Neo Arcadian forest very faithfully; driven least by selfish, prideful motives and farthest from Anti-Hero of all of them, besides Harpuia.

Conflicted

Harpuia Sense of honor and most merciful of all like an Optimist (and does Guardian tasks for only the right reasons, contrasting Leviathan), yet still not easily trusting of anyone on the opposite side of the conflict; often pondering whether to lean more to Cynic or Optimist in many situations.
Apathetic Leviathan Preoccupied with her pride as a Worthy Opponent to any "Maverick" and not being condescended upon for being a female reploid; Sociopathic Hero retiring hundreds of Resistance soldiers in the second game out of sheer boredom.

Metroid Prime 3: Corruption:

Apathetic

Cynic

Realist

Optimist

Ghor Rundas Samus Gandrayda

The boys in Nameless:

Apathetic

Cynic

Realist

Optimist

Conflicted
Yuri Lance Tei Red Yeonho
  • Yuri does care but either expects things to work themselves out or acts without consulting the others.

You and your many rivals in Pokémon Black and White (before Character Development):

Apathetic

Cynic

Realist

Optimist

N Cheren Hilbert/Hilda Bianca

The crash survivors from Remember 11:

Apathetic

Cynic

Realist

Optimist

Kuni Mayuzumi Yomogi Kokoro

Sly Cooper:

Cynic

Realist

Optimist

Conflicted
Bentley Sly Murray Carmelita
  • Sly has a lot of Apathetic aspects to him as well.

The Star Fox team:

Cynic

Realist

Optimist

Conflicted
Falco Fox Slippy Krystal
  • In earlier games, Fox was more the Conflicted while Peppy filled the Realist spot before Krystal replaced him.

Tales of the Abyss:

Cynics

Realists

Optimist

Conflicted
Jade & Anise Guy & Tear Natalia Luke

This actually becomes a gameplay mechanism in This War of Mine when it comes to emotion levels; the Optimist is much more eligible for mood swings than the Cynic, and the more emotional characters are better at curing depression.

Cynics Roman Bruno Emilia

Realists

Marco Pavle Katia

Optimists

Zlata Boris Cveta

Apathetics

Marin Arica Anton

The playable characters of the Touhou project:

Apathetics

Cynic

Realist

Optimist

Sakuya & Youmu

(taking turns)

Reimu Marisa Sanae
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