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Questions tagged [character-motivation]

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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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?

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." Robb ...
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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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Why does a Boggart scare people? What is their end goal?

Boggarts turn into their victim's worst fears. Why do they do this? What is their ultimate goal?
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Was Ginny really used as bait because she was Ron's sister?

In the end of Half-Blood Prince Harry explains to Ginny why they can't be together anymore: "Voldemort uses people his enemies are close to. He's already used you as bait once, and that was just ...
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What was the slight flaw in Master Li's character?

In the Barry Hughart Master Li and Number 10 Ox books, Master Li always introduces himself thusly: "My surname is Li and my personal name is Kao, and there is a slight flaw in my character," he ...
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Does Saruman invade Rohan to please Sauron, or is it a desperate last-ditch attempt to recover the ring?

I don't really understand most of the politics of Sauron and Saruman during the time-period between the departure of the fellowship from Lórien and the moment where Aragorn shows himself in Orthanc's ...
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What does it signify when Denna goes barefoot for miles?

In The Wise Man's Fear, in one scene, Kvothe meets Denna, and she walks with him for miles, barefoot, through the city (including on cobblestones) and the countryside. Now when Kvothe has gone ...
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Why could Isildur retain the ring? (from a “legal” point of view) [duplicate]

In this question, we've learned about the difficulty for Elrond and/or Círdan to do anything amounting to taking the ring from Isildur, once the latter decided it was his loot. It seems they tried to ...
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Why didn't B'Elanna Torres have her cranial ridges removed?

It's clear from a number of episodes of Star Trek The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine etc. that Starfleet surgeons have the ability to alter a person's appearance to imitate that of someone from ...
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Did Hammond not pay Nedry well?

During the initial tour of Jurassic Park in a scene in the command center John Hammond and Dennis Nedry have the following exchange: Hammond: Dennis, our lives are in your hands and you have butter ...
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Why did Nazgul spare the other hobbits at Weathertop? [duplicate]

In the fight at the Weathertop, the Nazgul injured Frodo and left. They waited for him to pass to the shadow and become a wraith, but they did not kill the other hobbits on Weathertop, Sam, Merry, and ...
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Why did Barry in Flashpoint (s3e1) release his captive?

Barry was going to accept losing his memories about the original timeline, but he changed his decision when the Kid Flash was injured and then released Thawne. Why wasn't his mom's life more important ...
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Why didn't Beckett just shoot everybody?

Near the end of the movie Solo: A Star Wars Story, Tobias Beckett... I understand his reason for not leaving Chewbacca was, But why not kill the rest? Tobias clearly had the upper hand, the others ...
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Was Couladin a Darkfriend or just nuts?

When Rand undertook his journey to become Car'a'carn, his chief rival was Couladin, an Aiel warrior who declared himself to be clan chief of the Shaido Aiel. Couladin hated Rand from the instant he ...
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Why didn't the Jedi contact Kaminoan cloners, or run some checks on the clones after learning that Tyranus who ordered them, was Dooku? [closed]

So, As multiple questions have answered, the Jedi by the end of the war, learnt that Tyranus was Dooku. As Obi Wan says, "Tyranus? You are the man called Tyranus?" Now, during Attack of the ...
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How does equestria justify the changling famine (if it exists)?

So in the season two finale for mlp:friendship is magic it's revealed that's there's a whole nation of changlings that feeds on love kept segregated from the rest of pony society. Now I get that ...
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Since Voldemort wanted Dumbledore dead, why didn't he just kill him?

In the Half-Blood Prince, Correct me if I am wrong that Voldemort wanted Dumbledore dead due to: fear of the Headmaster of Hogwarts, personal hatred towards Dumbledore, Dumbledore is the only man ...
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In the Lord of the Rings movies, why didn't Aragorn just reforge Narsil at the beginning?

In the books, Aragorn reforges the sword Narsil in Rivendell. He named the remade sword "Anduril". He carries the sword throughout the Quest of the Ring, even in battles such as in Amon Hen, Helm's ...
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What was Obi-Wan's plan on Mustafar?

Obi-Wan knew that his best-friend and student, Anakin had fallen to the dark side. Knowing the truth, he was shocked in terror. Obi wan even told Master Yoda that he would not kill Anakin, because he ...
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Why was Rukh spared in the episode DUME?

Are there any in-universe justifications for why Sabine Wren and Zeb Orrelios spared Rukh in the episode DUME? The rebels have demonstrated that they have no problem killing imperial agents like ...
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Why does this character not reveal SG-1's location in “Secrets”

In the closing moments of Stargate SG-1 S02E09 "Secrets", Amaunet looks directly at Daniel but does not give up SG-1's position to Apophis. Given that nowhere else in canon can the host best a goa'uld,...
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Why was only one person used as the template for the Clone Army?

So in the Star Wars prequels the Kaminoans make a clone army using the DNA of only Jango Fett for the Republic rather than using a few different people as templates for different roles. I can see a ...
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Why did Thanos wipe out this race?

Eitri states that Thanos Knowing Thanos' fixation with
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Why did Willie Scott get on the plane with Indiana Jones?

In the beginning of the Temple of Doom, why wouldn't Willie just stay at the airport with Earl Weber? Maybe even go back to work for Lau Che? She didn't steal the diamond, and Indy basically ...
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Why did Umbridge collaborate with Voldemort?

We know that Dolores Umbridge was not associated with Death Eaters before Voldemort’s return. We also know that Umbridge collaborated with Voldemort and Death Eaters after the death of Rufus ...
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Why is Luke so indecisive in The Last Jedi? [closed]

I'm not talking about why he is so pessimistic and miserable, but why he constantly considers changing his mind throughout the film in the briefest of moments before reverting back to how he ...
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Why didn't Dobby just steal the diary?

Dobby's motivation in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets seems to be to protect Harry at all costs from the opening of the Chamber. "No, no, no," squeaked Dobby, shaking his head so hard his ...
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Is Alan from “The Amazing World of Gumball” really a good guy?

During most episodes he appears in, Alan Keane is portrayed as a good "person", always striving to take care of others to the point of sacrificing himself in multiple occasions. This has always been a ...
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Why did Biff not pursue a relationship with Lorraine in the original timeline?

It seems pretty clear to me that Biff was maniacally obsessed with Lorraine, even in the original timeline, and not the kind of guy who takes "no" for an answer. We know that Biff eventually gave up ...
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Perfect Percy's transformation [closed]

At the Battle of Hogwarts we see the usually pompous and humorless Percy quipping and fighting like a duelist to everyone (and especially Fred's) surprise: “Hello, Minister!” bellowed Percy, ...
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Why did the Red Marker want to return to Aegis VII?

During the events of the first Dead Space game, the Red Marker is transported from the cargo deck of the USG Ishimura to the planet below: Aegis VII. This is where (Altman's) Red Marker was originally ...
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Godfather, Sirius Black - Dogfather as well?

Is there any evidence that Sirius Black mated with other dogs while he was in his animagus form? Assuming that such a thing happened, what would the offspring be? A dog or a human?
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Why did Eddard Stark bring Ice to King's Landing?

I don't remember if it was explicitly confirmed , but the fact that Tywin gets his hands on Ice, while being in King's Landing, says that Eddard Stark must've brought it with him when he moved from ...
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Did Garak know Julian was to join section 31

in the first season of DS9 garak seems to specifically seek out Julian Bashir and then across the duration of the TV show has regular lunch with him and involves him in assorted Obsidian order Hi-...
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Did Darth Sidious ever intend for Darth Vader to kill him and take his place?

Throughout the first six Star Wars Skywalker Family Saga Films, viewers understanding of the Dark Side primarily relied on the philosophical beliefs of Emperor Palpatine/Darth Sidious, a Sith Lord who ...
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Is Sarah G.Lato actually the creator?

Lately, I have been thinking about the role of the character Sarah G.Lato in the Amazing World of Gumball show and I have begun wondering what her actual intended power is. Let me explain what I mean....
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Was Schokn-Itrch Lev Abalkin's friend?

As described in the novel The Beetle in the Anthill, the Golovan Schokn and Lev Abalkin worked as a duo in several missions, and we know from Abalkin's report on the Dead World that he considered ...
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Why does Larry Benson raise the “disclaimer” topic in this scene in Small Soldiers? [closed]

In the science fiction movie Small Soldiers (1998), Larry Benson presents his idea for the Commando Elite, a special task force of sentient action figures to GloboTech CEO Gil Mars. He shows Gil Mars ...
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In Wanted (2008), why was The Exterminator in the location where he got shot?

Rewatched Wanted last night and noticed an odd bit. While chasing Cross, Wesley quickly turns around and shoots someone behind him. This turns out to be The Exterminator--the guy with who liked to ...
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In the Dark Knight, does the Joker killing his men in bank robbery make sense? [closed]

He has said he is not motivated by money and proves it so why kill competent men? EDIT: I understand the Joker does irrational things but at the same time he must function as a criminal, had ...
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Why did Barty Crouch Jr. accuse Malfoy of cowardice for attacking Harry Potter given his own behavior?

Given that he and several other Death Eaters (namely Bellatrix, Rabastan and Rodolphus Lestrange) had attacked the Longbottoms, with four people attacking two, why did Barty criticize Draco Malfoy for ...
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Why did Snape claim that Tonks's Patronus looked weak?

Why did Snape claim that Tonks's Patronus looked weak in the 6th book? Did he know how she felt about Lupin? If so, how? Did he read her mind? And why did he say that given what his Patronus was?
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What makes the Whomping Willow so valuable to Snape?

At the start of Harry's second year, Harry and Ron arrived at Hogwarts in a flying Ford Anglia which crashed into the Whomping Willow. Snape had several objections to this theatric arrival, his main ...