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 anybody Summon the Triwizard cup in the maze?

We know that the Triwizard cup itself was Summonable. After all, Harry did Summon it in the graveyard. So why didn't any of the contestants Summon it while in the maze? Canonical answers, please.
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Why didn't Elrond or Círdan take the ring from Isildur by force and destroy it?

'Alas! yes,’ said Elrond. 'Isildur took it, as should not have been. It should have been cast then into Orodruin’s fire nigh at hand where it was made. But few marked what Isildur did. He alone stood ...
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Why are the B-1 battle droids in the Star Wars prequels and The Clone Wars (2008-2014) so dumb?

The everyday infantry droids in the Star Wars prequels and The Clone Wars TV series are dumb as rocks. They are constantly confused, hoodwinked and bamboozled by paper-thin schemes, when they aren't ...
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Why doesn't Harry live with the Weasleys?

As we know, whenever school ends, Harry is sent back to live with the Dursleys, where he suffers from abuse. He would much prefer to live with the Weasleys, and often visits there before returning to ...
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Why did Tywin Lannister allow Jaime to join the Kingsguard?

I can't imagine Tywin allowing his son Jaime to join the Kingsguard. Wouldn't he insist that Jaime stay at Casterly Rock, marry, have children, and carry on the family name? He certainly did not want ...
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Why does Saruman travel to Fangorn forest?

When Aragorn, Gimli and Legolas find the dead bodies of the orcs that they had pursued to the edge of Fangorn, they see an old man robed in white: Suddenly Gimli looked up, and there just on the ...
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Why does Ava act this way?

Obviously, spoilers for Ex Machina below. Towards the end of the film; Why would Ava do that?
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What's the use of Littlefinger's latest shenanigans (Season 5 Episodes 6+7)?

(Spoiler alert for, well, Game of Thrones TV show up to Season 5 Episode 6, obviously.) This question is about the events in the show, not the books (in which things happen very differently) - ...
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Why did Dumbledore make it less difficult to get to the Sorcerer's Stone?

The Sorcerer's/Philosopher's Stone was removed from Gringotts to be placed under the most impenetrable of protections at Hogwarts under Dumbledore's custody. But it seems clear Dumbledore took ...
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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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How did Slughorn's information on horcruxes actually help Voldemort?

It's no secret that Horace Slughorn gave Voldemort information on making horcruxes, and a major thrust in the sixth book is Harry and Dumbledore trying to find out what Slughorn told him. With that ...
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Why was Professor McGonagall sitting outside the Dursley's house?

Dumbledore gave her the news about the death of the Potters while they were sitting outside the Dursley's house. She had been watching the house all the previous day & into the night. So when she ...
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Why did Voldemort kill Lily Potter instead of stunning her?

Voldemort offered Lily Potter mercy at Snape's request, demanding that she get out of the way so he could kill Harry. When she refused, why didn't he simply stun her or put her in a full body-bind or ...
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Why is Voldemort so obsessed with not dying?

Before he had even left Hogwarts, Tom Riddle had developed a deeply unhealthy obsession with trying to obtain immortality. Not only did he consult numerous dark magic tomes but he also risked exposure ...
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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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Did Obi-Wan need to sacrifice himself to Vader?

As far as I understand it, Obi-Wan Kenobi's motivation for engaging Darth Vader in combat and was to buy time for Luke et al to escape from the Death Star. After the battle, he urges Luke, "Run, ...
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Why did Voldemort choose Bellatrix Lestrange for this very important task?

In Harry Potter and the Cursed Child we come to know that:
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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 the Nazgûl not attack a second time at Weathertop?

Even Aragorn and the Hobbits are surprised at Weathertop that the Nazgûl did not try a second attack to take the ring. The following possible reasons are offered or implied: The Nazgûl where ...
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Did Captain Kirk underact when he found his brother dead?

In the episode Operation: Annihilate! Kirk finds his brother dead. He didn't seem very upset (definitely no tears, was able to continue with work immediately). Was there any reason in particular for ...
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Was Harry's use of Liquid Luck coercive?

Was it coercive to use Liquid Luck to get the characters to act in a certain way? In particular, is it coercive to use Liquid Luck with the express purpose of getting someone else to behave in a ...
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Is President Snow sadistic or simply ruthless?

Related: How did Snowe's agreement with Katniss not to lie to each other square with him lying about District 13? In the linked question, I asked why President Snow lied to Katniss about the ...
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Why did “Moody” suggest to Harry that he should consider becoming an Auror?

"Moody" (Barty Crouch Jr) suggests this to Harry after he is almost caught out of bed in the middle of the night. "You ever thought of a career as an Auror, Potter?" "No," said Harry, taken ...
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Why does Agent Smith call the Oracle “Mom”?

In The Matrix Revolutions, Agent Smith and the Oracle finally meet. Before he assimilates her, they have this conversation: ORACLE: You are a bastard. SMITH: You would know, Mom. But earlier ...
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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 ...
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Why didn't Quirrell try to kill Ron and Hermione?

Quirrell attempts to assassinate Harry during the Quidditch match in Philospher's Stone. "But Snape tried to kill me!" "No, no, no. I tried to kill you. Your friend Miss Granger accidentally ...
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What was Voldemort's ultimate ambition in HPMOR?

The ultimate fan-fiction Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality by Eliezer Yudkowsky covers the story of Harry Potter-Evans-Verres, who is raised by Petunia Evans-Verres and her professor husband ...
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Why do Hastur & Cthulhu hate each other?

Everything's in the title. Hastur & Cthulhu are both Great Old Ones, yet the former lives on Aldebaran whereas the latter lives in R'lyeh. And both of them hate the other, taking it to the point ...
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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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Was it out of character for “Mad Eye” Moody to punish Draco Malfoy the way he did?

In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, we see Alastor "Mad Eye" Moody dole out punishment to Draco, by turning him into The Amazing Bouncing Ferret. Of course, later we learn that it wasn't really ...
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How did Snow's agreement with Katniss not to lie to each other square with him lying about District 13?

When President Snow visited Katniss in District 12, he suggested that they agree not to lie to each other to speed their discussion along. He becomes very angry when Katniss lies about her feelings ...
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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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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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Why did Vizzini want to start a war?

In The Princess Bride, there are at least two different people who aim to start a war between Florin and Guilder by assassinating the princess: Vizzini and Prince Humperdinck. Now rulers seeking ...
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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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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 did Snape want the Dark Arts job?

There's a lot of talk about why Snape was denied the Defense Against the Dark Arts teaching job, but why did Snape want it in the first place? He is shown to be very skilled at two branches of magic: ...
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Why do the Weasleys have to de-gnome the garden at the Burrow?

Wouldn't it be possible to simply magically erect a gnome-proof fence around the garden? The Weasleys collectively are fairly good wizards, both practical and theoretical. Hard to believe they could ...
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Why did Adrian Veidt choose such an obvious password?

In Watchmen, Rorschach (Kovacs) and Nite Owl (Daniel) discover Ozymandias' (Veidt) plan after breaking into his office computer. The password he used was incredibly easy to crack: Rameses II. There ...
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Why did Mundungus Fletcher want to join the Order of the Phoenix?

This question about whether Mundungus was a full member of the Order of the Phoenix got me thinking. Why would somebody like him even want to join the order? Members of the Order risk their lives. ...
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Why did Amanda Grayson marry Sarek?

I'm curious how the marriage of Spock's parents came about. How did they meet? What drew Amanda to Sarek? I can understand why Sarek, as the Vulcan ambassador to Earth, might find it logical to ...
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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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Did Jaime realise what Bolton's motivation was?

In A Storm of Swords 1, when Jaime Lannister and Roose Bolton meet in Harrenhal, the following conversation takes place (Jaime's PoV): What does Jaime mean by 'knowing the game they are playing'? ...
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Does Logan (Wolverine) get drunk?

It's not difficult to find scenes of Logan drinking. Here's one (NSFW) Does Logan get drunk? If not, why does he drink? If yes, shouldn't his healing factor ...
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Did the duke's daughter dreaming of goblets of sour blood have any influence on Vassily's decision?

While revising What did Vassily see when he looked at the sleeping woman? I read "The Hunt" again, just for the fun of it, and wondered about Vassily's motivation in the end of the story. While ...
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Why does Newt Scamander use Accio instead of Expelliarmus to get the bad guy's wand?

In the movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them, the protagonist uses the Accio spell at the end to get the bad guy's wand (don't want to say his name to avoid potential spoilers). Why doesn't ...
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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 Chancellor Palpatine create the Clone Wars?

I'd like to know why did Chancellor Palpatine created the Clone Wars? It doesn't make sense to me that the Chancellor was both head of the Republic and the Sith.
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Why didn't McGonagall send only Parkinson to the dungeons?

It always struck me as odd that everyone's favorite house (Slytherin) were seen as not wanting to defend Hogwarts. Despite being sent to the dungeons, later in the movie some of them escaped and ...
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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 ...