Questions tagged [character-motivation]

Use this tag when asking about the motivation of a character. Character motivation is what motivates characters to behave in a particular way and describes why a particular character does so. It propels the personality of the character.

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When Snape did this to Dumbledore, why didn't Fawkes protect him?

Fawkes was genuinely loyal to Dumbledore and even protected him once by taking Avada Kedavra on itself (and then being reborn from its ashes). Why didn't Fawkes protect Dumbledore once again when ...
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Why were Mordo's group of heroes so disastrously overconfident in confronting this enemy?

In Doctor Strange In The Multiverse of Madness, Mordo reveals a group of heroes who are sent to confront an enemy who has intruded from another universe. The individuals involved are: The group are ...
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Why does Cersei keep telling Margaery she can "come to her with anything she needs"?

I've been rewatching Game of Thrones recently, and I am really confused by this scene in S05E03 - "High Sparrow". It goes on for a couple minutes and I can't really make sense of it. INT. ...
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What's Chelsea doing going to Heaven, did I miss something?

Chelsea, Siri Keeton's ex, may not be a militant radical but she was a Realist, to the point of taking her sex in the raw, which it is suggested the Realists don't even do any more. As far as I could ...
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What's so awful in Dobby's words?

In the Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets film, Harry Potter speaks to Dobby: Harry Potter: You can't have met many decent wizards then. Dobby: No, I haven't. That was an awful thing to say. Bad ...
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Why did Hermione lie about the troll? [duplicate]

I have tried to look at many answers to this question, since it is a rather common one, but with no satisfactory answer up until now. The truth of the story is: Hermione was crying in the girls ...
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In-universe reason for Peter Purves having two distinct parts in "The Chase"

This question asked about actors who appeared in Doctor Who as various characters and then went on to play the Doctor. This question is about the First Doctor story The Chase. In this story, Peter ...
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Why did Martia disguise herself as Kirk?

In Star Trek: The Undiscovered Country, while Martia the shapeshifter, Kirk and McCoy are escaping, after Martia's treachery is revealed she transforms herself into Kirk. Then when the guards come, ...
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Why did Spock ask McCoy to help him reconfigure a torpedo?

I don't understand how/why McCoy would be able to help with the torpedo setup. He's a doctor, not an engineer.
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Why didn't Snape defend himself against Nagini?

When Voldemort ordered Nagini to kill Snape, Snape had his wand with him. As he was a powerful wizard, he could easily counter Nagini. Why didn't he do that? Talking about Voldemort (who wouldn't have ...
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Is there a reason why Peeves would not invade the common rooms or dormitories?

Being Peeves mischievous, why wouldn't he occasionally break into the houses' common rooms or dormitories to wreak havoc? He does not need a password insofar as he is ghost-like and can thus go ...
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Why did Kenny Ackerman give away the Syringe?

During the 10th episode of Attack on Titan Season 3, Kenny Ackerman gives away a syringe to Capt. Levi, why? He's depicted as a survivor, hungry for power character, and still he gives away his only ...
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Why didn't Tony use E.D.I.T.H. against Thanos? [duplicate]

When Thanos and his army attacked Avengers HQ in Avengers: Endgame, E.D.I.T.H. was in existence because Tony so he couldn't build it after the battle. Why didn't he use E.D.I.T.H. in the battle? I ...
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Why was Snape so concerned with exams if he wanted to join the Death Eaters?

Snape is shown to be putting a great deal of effort into his exam in Order of the Phoenix. He's writing in answers up until the last minute. After the exam Snape is still reviewing his notes, ...
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Is Dobby's reasoning for his early actions against Harry ever explained?

I'm finding it very hard to read Chamber of Secrets. Every time that I open chapter 2, I find a new apparently senseless character decision that makes me put the book down (e.g. Harry's ineffective ...
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What are Geralt's killing principles?

I have just seen Netflix's show The Witcher. In the first episodes, I got the feeling that Geralt doesn't kill live being if they are intelligent unless it is in defense. He says to the Sylvan in the ...
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Why was Kylo Ren wrong about Rey's lineage?

With the big reveal that this whole bit Kylo Ren says in The Last Jedi is definitely not true (slightly edited for brevity) Do you want to know the truth about your parents? Or have you always ...
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Why didn't Vader execute Piett?

In The Empire Strikes Back Darth Vader has little to no compunction toward executing screw-ups such as Ozzel and Captain Needa, but at the end when the Millennium Falcon escapes to hyperspace despite ...
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Why was T'Pol exempted from Starfleet uniform protocol?

Beginning in Season 4 of "Star Trek: Enterprise", science officer T'Pol received a Starfleet commission granting her the rank of Commander. However, afterwards she continued to wear civilian Vulcan ...
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What is the meaning of Mr. Deltoid with Alex in Alex's home

Re-watching this scene after many, many years. Had not remembered (or maybe never saw this version?) where Alex, in his underwear, is laying next to Deltoid on the bed. This is a very disturbing scene ...
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Is there an in-universe reason how Princess Leia kept herself and her hair so tightly groomed during the events of the Star Wars movies?

In A New Hope, we see Princess Leia in her signature "cinnamon" buns: On present-day Earth, that hairstyle is very difficult to maintain: The iconic if ludicrous hairdo—Carrie Fisher, who starred ...
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Why choose the name "Morpheus" when it is the name of the Greek god of dreams

Why did the writers of The Matrix choose to call the awakener of Neo by the name "Morpheus"? A priori that is a random question, but the question becomes more pertinent after appreciating that ...
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Why did Snape hate Sirius?

I know he made Snape's life miserable, but he seemed to particularly hate him in book three, hunting him and calling dementors to destroy his soul, even going against Dumbledore to punish Sirius. Did ...
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What would Saruman join forces with Sauron for?

Curumo (Saruman) is not known, AFAIK, to have forgotten his identity and his mission from the Valar. Even ignoring his commitment to the Valar - he knows that Mairon (Sauron)'s master, Melkor, is gone;...
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Why is Szeth allowed to sully his grandfather’s reputation?

Szeth says in The Way of Kings that, as he is Truthless, he doesn’t go by Szeth-son-Neturo, so as not to insult his father. Instead he goes by Szeth-son-son-Vallano. Why is it alright, in his mind, to ...
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Why didn't the Avengers simply jump 5 years back?

In Avengers: Endgame, the Avengers decided to Why didn't they simply jump back 5 years just before Thanos destroyed the Infinity Stones? This way they could get all six Infinity Stones at once.
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What was the Soul King?

In Tite Kubo's Bleach (the manga), what exactly was the Soul King? What was its function within the metaphysical arrangement of the Bleach world? The Bleach wikia page says: The Soul King is the ...
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In Orphan Black, who shot the woman, and who saved her?

At the end of season 3, in a parking garage, someone shoots Who was it? Was it at the instigation of And who saved her, and why?
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On Orphan Black, why did Alison and Donnie become drug dealers?

On Orphan Black, did Alison and Donnie have any reason to become dealers in black-market prescription drugs? Were they just being rebellious? Currying favor the make Alison popular (and electable) in ...
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Why did the other Lords accept to be part of the Six Kingdoms so easily? [duplicate]

In the Game of Thrones finale, S08E06 The Iron Throne we can see Bran the Broken being chosen as King of the 7 Kingdoms, but Sansa claims for the North to be independent hence making the realm of 6 ...
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Did the lords know the truth?

At the last episode of Game of Thrones the council of the lords of Westeros is summoned and they When they do that, is the fact that Jon known to them? We know Samwell and Starks know. But what ...
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Why did Captain America cheat on his girlfriend?

In the end of Avengers: Endgame, It was surely an emotional moment, but why did he do it especially when he already had a girlfriend named Sharon Carter (ref: Captain America: Civil War). Why ...
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Why can't The Control also jump to future?

The main assumption in recent episodes of Star Trek: Discovery is that But, I see two flaws in the plan: The Control will eventually get to the future by waiting out because it can't age and die. ...
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Why did Bronn offer to be Tyrion Lannister's champion in trial by combat?

In the story, A Game of Thrones, Tyrion Lannister demands a trial by combat after being wrongly accused of trying to kill Bran Stark and conspiring to kill Lord Jon Arryn. The halls of the Eyrie ...
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Why is Section 31 a big deal to USS Discovery?

In the end of S02E12 of Star Trek: Discovery, I can understand that Section 31 possesses advanced technologies and USS Discovery can't stand a chance in a direct battle. But, USS Discovery has one ...
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Why didn't Tina check the facts regarding Newt's engagement to Leta?

Most Aurors are shown in the series to be incompetent buffoons. However, Tina was shown to be very competent and was an essential part of Newt's success in the first movie. However, in The Crimes of ...
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Why is Van Pelt trying to kill Alan?

In the first Jumanji film, during one of Alan's turns and is presented with the following message from the game; A hunter from darkest wild, make you feel just like a child. To which Alan responds, ...
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Why didn't Dumbledore create Horcruxes after learning that he was going to die due to a curse?

Dumbledore was the only wizard Voldemort ever feared. Dumbledore certainly knew that he could be a great asset to the upcoming wizarding war against Voldemort. After learning that he was going to die ...
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Why didn't Dumbledore accuse Tom Riddle of opening the Chamber?

Why didn't Dumbeldore accuse Tom Riddle of being behind the chamber opening? Although he already knew that Riddle can speak Parseltongue (from their first meeting at the foster house), he could at ...
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Why did President Snow tell Katniss to "let it fly" when she was pointing her bow and arrow at him?

Very related: Is President Snow sadistic or simply ruthless? At the end of the Hunger Games movies when President Snow is facing execution with Katniss's arrow, Snow could be seen grinning ...
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Why did Voldemort have to torture Garrick Ollivander for information on the Elder Wand?

Related: Why did Bellatrix rely on torture and the word of a goblin to get information from Hermione, and not use the Imperius curse? Very loosely related (although a lot of the reasons given there ...
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Why did Cersei blow up the Sept?

I get that Cersei hated those religious extremists who made her parade naked in the city, but what was the point of blowing up the entire Sept? It killed lots of innocents (surrounding buildings also ...
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Why does this character want to kill Anton specifically?

This question contains spoilers of the Final watch (and previous books)! In the Final watch (or Last watch) novel by Sergei Lukyanenko, the vampire wants to kill Anton because he blames him for ...
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Why should Anton be useful to the Final watch in this action?

In the Final Watch (or Last Watch) novel by Sergei Lukyanenko, the Final Watch trio kidnapped Anton because they wanted him to help them to find the Crown of All. But one of the trio members, ...
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Did Zabulon really love Alisa?

In the Day Watch novel by Sergei Lukyanenko and Vladimir Vasilyev, at the end of Vitaly Rogoza part, we discover that Was his previously stated love real? Was he just using Alisa for the whole time?
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Why did Aegon I Targaryen join the alliance against Volantis?

After Doom of Valyria, a century of violence and turmoil engulfed Essos. Volantis, the strongest of the 9 daughters claimed herself to be the successor of the Valyrian Empire and sought to subjugate ...
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Does Voldemort have other options? [duplicate]

In the battle of Hogwarts, after Voldemort knew that all Horcruxes were destroyed and the curse Avada Kedavra will not affect Harry a second time, does Voldemort never think of fleeing the scene and ...
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Was Robb a virgin before marrying Jeyne?

As this question shows we don't know much about Robb and Jeyne's wedding. However, what is clear is why Robb decided to wed in the first place... "I took her castle and she took my heart." ...
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In David Brin's "Kiln People," why is Ritu's head shaved?

In David Brin's novel Kiln People, there is an unclear reference--once--to Ritu having a shaved head, but no explanation as to when or why or how this happened. This is mentioned at the point where ...
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What was Quirrell's motive? [duplicate]

A recent Q&A brought up a particular quote that made me wonder about Professor Quirrell's character. The quote is from Dumbledore: Quirrell, full of hatred, greed and ambition, sharing his soul ...
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