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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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How did Scorpius find out that this character had become a Death Eater in Cursed Child

I've not seen the play(s), but I read the book version of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and am a little confused. At the end of Act II, Scorpius returns to the present to find that his friend, ...
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Dropped plot line in Dafydd ab Hugh's DS9 novel "Fallen Heroes"

In Dafydd ab Hugh's DS9 novel, "Fallen Heroes," the Odo and Quark are displaced into a future in which DS9 is devastated and almost everyone is dead, and the plot alternates between the past ...
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Was Minnie seeking revenge, or was she thwarting the demonic entities in "Late Night with the Devil"?

In the 2023 horror film Late Night with the Devil, it was revealed that Lilly, a guest on the talk show hosted by Jack Delroy (played by David Dastmalchian), is possessed by a demonic entity she calls ...
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What was Silk Spectre II's relationship with superheroics?

Why did Silk Spectre II put her costume back on in Watchmen #7? What did putting on a costume and being a superheroine do for her? I know Laurie hated being a superheroine but I never got why she also ...
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Why doesn't Captain Pike get security guys skilled in hand to hand combat?

In Star Trek (2009), why does Captain Pike ask for officers skilled in hand-to-hand combat from the bridge instead of getting personnel from security to do the job? Why take Sulu away from his ...
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Why didn't Emperor Shaddam have Irulan marry Paul at the beginning of Dune?

Emperor Shaddam Corrino IV orchestrated the fall of the Atreides because his adoptive cousin Leto was becoming too popular in the Landsraad, and the Atreides army was beginning to rival his own ...
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Why does Gambit not carry heavier objects to throw as explosives?

Gambit's (X-Men) signature move is throwing game cards which he charges with kinetic energy, making them explode with the firepower of a hand grenade. However, the power of these explosions is often ...
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Who is Sasha in the movie Iron Man: Rise of Technovore?

In the animated movie Iron Man: Rise of Technovore, Ezekiel Stane was working with Sasha. Who is Sasha? What was her role in the development of Technovore, and her bond with Ezekiel? Is she present in ...
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Why did Kamala wear her bangle at the end of "The Marvels" (2023)?

If Kamala's powers were unlocked by her grandmother's bangle, but not necessary for her to sustain her powers, why did she wear the bangle at the end of The Marvels if she didn't need it to have ...
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In Three Thousand Years of Longing, why does the Djinn try to lie to Alithea about something that just happened?

It's difficult to ask this question about Three Thousand Years of Longing without spoiling anything, but hopefully I kept the title vague enough for this purpose. Here's my question: So, why his ...
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What did the doctor think was wrong with Bob in "Needle"? Why didn't Clement say?

In Hal Clement's novel Needle, after Hunter established communication with Bob, Bob and Hunter spend a lot of time trying to figure out how Bob can get back home from boarding school. Meanwhile He [...
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Did Hal 9000 cheat at chess?

Before HAL starts killing the crew, he seems to visibly cheat at chess when playing against Frank Poole. Why does he do so? If he has been programmed not to lie, this should be impossible. Frank: ...
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Why didn't the first overseer of Vault 11 just admit the sacrifice was a lie to save himself?

In Fallout: New Vegas, there's a Vault 11 where the first overseer told everyone they needed to sacrifice somebody or else the computer would kill the whole vault. The dwellers did not take kindly to ...
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Why didn't Wong answer the question "are you happy?"?

At the end of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022), Dr Strange asks Wong a question: Dr Strange: Are you happy? Wong: That's a, um, interesting question. Dr Strange: You'd think that ...
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Why did Doctor Fate sacrifice himself to Sabbac?

In the Black Adam (2022) movie, Doctor Fate first surrounded the castle with a force field, fought Sabbac, and in the middle of the fight freed Black Adam from the prison. If Doctor Fate had the power ...
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Why did Snape tell Bellatrix about Dumbledore knowing he was returning to the Dark Lord?

Snape: By allowing Dumbledore to think that I was only returning to the Dark Lord’s side because I was ordered to, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2005) I am probably being a bit naive, as I'...
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Why wasn't Aragorn more stealthy at Weathertop?

In the first book, Aragorn and the Hobbits set up camp and start a fire on the side of Weathertop. Why is stealth no longer necessary? Between setting off from the Shire and reaching Weathertop, the ...
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What is Charles Burnside's relation to Albert Fish and how much of his deeds is of his own volition?

In Stephen King's and Peter Straub's novel Black House a Wisconsin small town is haunted by a serial killer named the "Fisherman" because he seems to copy the methods of serial killer Albert ...
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Why did Trinity not take Neo to Morpheus when meeting him in the club?

In The Matrix (1999): Neo first meets Trinity in a club Neo then goes back home and goes to bed He then wakes up and is late for work He then has to escape his workplace Why didn't Trinity take him ...
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Why aren’t Ned Leeds and Peter Parker still friends? [closed]

Ned and Peter Parker were friends before the whole Spider-Man Incident. Then, during No Way Home, Why isn’t Ned still friends with Peter Parker?
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In Star Trek: TNG S06E20, "The Chase", why is Ocett outraged by Nu'Daq's comment regarding biscuits?

In "The Chase," the Cardassian commander, Ocett, says that the thing they are chasing "might just be a recipe for biscuits." The Klingon commander, Nu'Daq, tells her she can go ...
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Was Kip's defiance relevant to the Galactics' decision?

In Heinlein's Have Spacesuit, Will Travel, when humanity is being evaluated to determine if the galactic authorities will destroy it, Kip gives a defiant speech threatening them - and the Galactics ...
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Why did Greedo want Han dead?

Something that has made little sense in the Mos Eisley cantina scene is why Greedo wanted Han Solo dead GREEDO: You can tell that to Jabba. He may only take your ship. HAN: Over my dead body. GREEDO: ...
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Why did Mayday Parker want to fight crime like her father did?

Mayday wanted to fight crime like her dad, Peter Parker/Spider-Man, did before he retired in the MC2 continuity. He told her not to, but she decided to do it anyway. Why?
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What was the original Barrayaran plan for the Komarr invasion

In The Warrior's Apprentice, Aral Vorkosigan is described by the highly competent Tung as producing the most complex strategy laid out logically as a wiring diagram—politics, economics, and all—I ...
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Why do the humans in Solaris keep trying to hide the "visitors"?

In the novel Solaris, there are 8 main entities on the space station Solaris: 3 living humans (Kris, Snow, Sartorius), 1 dead human, and 4 visitors. At around the middle of chapter 6, it has become ...
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In X-Men: First Class, why did Shaw kill Darwin?

When Eric attacks Shaw on the boat, he tells Emma that "We don't harm our kind", but then he kills Darwin, who didn't even attack him. How does that fit into his 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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At the end of Star Trek: Nemesis, why didn't Captain Picard immediately deactivate the Thalaron weapon?

In Star Trek: Nemesis, after with only one minute left until full Thalaron weapon activation, why did he just stand there frozen instead of trying to deactivate the weapon? This is around 1:40:26, ...
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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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