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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 didn't Sentinel Prime kill Optimus Prime?

Sentinel Prime betrays Ironhide by killing him, which was his plan from the beginning since he was a traitor to the Autobots. Since he killed Ironhide, why not also kill Optimus Prime, the leader of ...
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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 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's master is gone and won't be ...
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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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Why did Snape become a Death Eater to begin with?

Snape was in love with a half-blood. So why in the world would he become a death eater, and join a cult which desired to rule over, and indeed often kill, half-bloods and muggles? Was this ever ...
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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 Voldemort hide his Horcruxes using Fidelius Charm?

I have seen many discussions here about locations where Voldemort hid his Horcruxes. The fans settle down with this: Voldemort chose those locations where he himself could easily reach. Why didn't ...
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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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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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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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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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Can someone explain the Bleach ending to me? [spoilers] [closed]

I just read the last issue of Kubo's Bleach - and I must admit I don't get it. Maybe I've missed many subtle hints, maybe I'm just dense, but - it seems like no major question was answered by the ...
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How does Gandalf's description of Smeagol relate to the story?

I am curious about the relationship between Smeagol's personality and his role in the story as either Smeagol or Gollum. Here is the description of young Smeagol, as told by Gandalf to Frodo in The ...
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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 doesn't Toht talk much?

In Raiders of the Lost Ark he seems to be quiet during the majority of the film. This is the character I am referring to:
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Why was Rorschach willing to forgive The Comedian's “moral lapse” with Sally Jupiter?

I do not have the book with me now so I cannot get the direct quote but when Laurie Juspeczyk confirms that The Comedian sexually assaulted Sally Jupiter, Rorschach dismisses the incident saying that ...
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Why didn't Count Dooku expose Palpatine?

In the Revenge of the Sith, when Count Dooku had Chancellor Palpatine captured, did he actually know that Palpatine was the same person as his master Darth Sidious? If he did, then why didn't he ...
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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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What is the motivation for this character to hide Spider-Man's true identity in Spider-Man: Homecoming?

In Spider-Man: Homecoming, discovers the true identity of Spider-Man. (Psst.. it's After things do not go well for him and he gets arrested because of Spider-Man, he doesn't reveal the true identity ...
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Why did the Starks kill this character by trial, and not by simply having Arya do it in secret?

Spoilers from Season 07 Episode 07, "The Dragon and the Wolf". Wouldn't it be more profitable if the three (Sansa, Arya, Bran) considered this character guilty on their own (in private), and order ...
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What's the deal with Andrew Loeb?

In Neal Stephenson's Cryptonomicon, the character Andrew Loeb takes some pretty drastic action [1] against the protagonist towards the end of the book. I find myself rather puzzled at this as I didn't ...
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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 does Henrik Johansson have the man killed?

In Orphan Black, Henrik Johansson orders Mark Rollins to kill Why?
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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 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 did Wilson betray Project Lazarus?

The opening sequence of Mass Effect 2 features Wilson, one of the specialists assigned to revive the dead Commander Shepard, betraying the team and trying to kill them all with the station's mechs. ...
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How was Spider-Man persuaded to join the side he did?

In Captain America: Civil War, when Stark recruited Parker to join the action, no mention was made of the cause for which they were fighting. All they talk about is how Stark could help Spidey ...
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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 does this character choose this action? [duplicate]

In S08E3, after We see a dramatic scene where What reason do they have to do this? Is there any connection with I know the show has gotten beyond the books, but is there any foreshadowing in ...
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Why did Newt Scamander carry the suitcase full of beasts, if he knew they could escape?

Why did Newt Scamander carry a suitcase full of beasts with him when he knew that they are prone to escaping? Also he lied at immigration saying that he brought nothing and he put New York City in ...
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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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How did Hermione become the Minister for Magic?

I don't like The Cursed Child at all, but since JKR has confirmed that it's canon, can someone tell me how Hermione ends up as Minister for Magic? It's quite evident that she probably has the ...
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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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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 did Admiral Piett allow the Shuttle Tydirium to pass?

Why would Admiral Piett allow a shuttle stolen by the Rebel Alliance to pass? In Return of the Jedi, the Rebel Alliance use a stolen Lambda-Class Shuttle (Tydirium) to infiltrate the Imperial held ...
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Why didn't Jane tell Ender that her origin was the Fantasy Game when they met?

We learn (in Xenocide and in Shadow of the Giant / First Meetings) that Jane's origins are the Fantasy Game that Ender played in Battle School. Why doesn't Jane reveal that Fantasy Game origin to ...
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Why did Snape tell Voldemort when Harry Potter was really going to be moved?

It seems suspicious that Snape told Voldemort when Harry Potter would be moved from his home. At that point of time, he had Voldemort's complete trust, having killed Dumbledore, why did he need to ...
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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 is Agent Scully still skeptical of Mulder?

I'm now starting season 3 of X-Files and for some reason, whenever Agents Mulder and Scully encounter weird, unexplainable phenomenon and Agent Mulder posits a theory involving aliens or supernatural ...
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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 would Arya Stark not disguise her face during these investigations?

In episode 7-5, Eastwatch, Arya follows Peter "Littlefinger" Baelish around Winterfell, suspicious of his intentions. During some of those moments, she seems half visible. Littlefinger receives a ...
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What was Gina Inviere's motivation for blowing up Cloud Nine?

In "Lay Down Your Burdens, Part II", Gina Inviere takes the nuke Baltar had given her and sets it off, destroying Cloud Nine and several nearby ships. The radiation from this explosion ultimately ...
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Why didn't Mr Bliss tell people what he was doing?

In Skulduggery Pleasant, Mr. Bliss betrays Skulduggery and steals the key for Serpine. However, we find out that he only did this so he would be able to predict Serpine's actions and try to stop him. ...
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Why didn't Malfoy just kill Harry in the Half Blood Prince?

Obviously Malfoy was sent to kill Dumbledore. But wouldn't it just have been easier to kill Harry? Why did Voldemort only have him kill Dumbledore, when there were countless opportunities to do them ...
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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 did Imhotep think Evie was Anck-Su-Namun reincarnated?

As we see in The Mummy Returns (2001), Evelyn Carnahan is the reincarnation of Princess Nefertiri, who is Seti I's daughter and the rival of Anck-Su-Namun. However, in the first film The Mummy (1999), ...
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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 ...