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 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 ...
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Why did Madge give Katniss the mockingjay pin?

When Katniss volunteered in the 74th hunger games, her friend Madge, the mayor's daughter visited her and gave her a mockingjay pin and was very insistent that Katniss should wear it in the games: ...
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Why did Bucky Barnes ask “What did I do?”

In CA: Civil War, Bucky was triggered using the 10 words by Zemo, after being captured in Bucharest. He fought his way out of the facility, trying to steal a helicopter, until Steve stopped him. Later,...
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Why was Hermione always late when she used the Time Turner?

There are multiple scenes in the PoA movie where Harry and Ron are startled by Hermione "appearing from nowhere" to chime in during a lesson. They would ask her where she came from, and she never gave ...
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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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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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Jon Arryn & Bran Stark assassination motives [duplicate]

Why Littlefinger bothered to kill Jon Arryn and assassinate Bran Stark? Jon Arryn have already known too much about Lannisters' incest, so I would expect that he will be killed by Lannisters or ...
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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 “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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Does Tyrion despise the women he is romantically involved with?

In Tysha's case, Tyrion witnessed a gang rape scene, but it seems his (usually excellent) analytical abilities failed him and he readily believed that his lover betrayed him and was seduced by gold. ...
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Who did Cersei mean by 'silver-haired bitch'?

In the Season 7 finale of Game of Thrones, Just before she goes down to the Dragonpit, she gives the Mountain (Ser Gregor Clegane) a set of instructions: So we know that number 2 was Tyrion, and ...
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What is the basis for Melisandre's belief that Stannis is Azor Ahai?

As the title states, why does Melisandre believe that Stannis is Azor Ahai? Because he wields a shining sword? Thoros of Myr swings a burning sword at tournaments... The sword was even created by ...
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What are the motives of the aliens in the movie “Extraterrestrial”?

Watching the movie Extraterrestrial leaves me with mixed feelings. It is visually and atmospheric appealing, with a bitter sweet cynical ending. I would not say it is not worth watching. But what me ...
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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 would Arya reveal her fighting ability?

In the Game of Thrones episode The Spoils of War (S07E04), Arya lets everyone know that she is now a talented water-dancer. I found this scene very weird, when Brienne is training kicking Pod's ass, ...
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Why did Dumbledore take Harry along to the Sea Cave?

Dumbledore was looking for Voldemort's Horcruxes throughout Harry's 6th year. But he never took Harry on other occasions. However, he took Harry along to the Sea Cave. My question is, did Dumbledore ...
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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 didn't the Death Eaters just perform Alohomora on the locked doors in the Ministry?

During the Ministry fight in Order of the Phoenix there's an attempt by the kids to lock themselves in. Sorry about the long passage but it's necessary for context. He heaved Ron towards a door; ...
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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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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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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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Was the electric fence on Roku San sabotaged?

In "Starship Troopers 3: Marauder", the bugs were able to overrun the compound on Roku San because the entire power grid for the electric fence went down. This was apparently despite redundancies in ...
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Why didn't Harry kill Bellatrix at the Ministry of Magic?

In the Order of the Phoenix, when Bellatrix kills Sirius Black, Harry was in terror. Harry uses the spell "Crucio", thus incapacitating Bellatrix. Now, why didn't he just kill her? I have only ...
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Why didn't Obi-Wan give Jinn's lightsaber to Anakin?

When Obi Wan kills Darth Maul, he uses his master's lightsaber to defeat the Sith Lord. After that, the lightsaber's fate is unknown according to this answer. Anakin becomes Obi Wan's Apprentice after ...
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What is the reasoning behind Gollum not harming the Hobbits in their sleep? [duplicate]

The first time Gollum had attempted to kill the Hobbits didn't go as plan, as the Hobbits were aware of his presence and were able to trick him into thinking that they were asleep. However, Gollum ...
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Would the War of the Five Kings have occurred if Ned had refused Robert's request?

Early in Game of Thrones Robert asks Ned to become his Hand of the King, Ned accepts (grudgingly), and some of the Starks go south to King's Landing while others remain at Winterfell. While Ned is ...
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Why did Leeloo jump?

Why did Leeloo jump off the the Science building only to land in the cab? Was she attempting suicide to protect her knowledge, or was she taking some kind of temporal chance based on something only ...
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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 didn't Sauron attack the Beacons of Gondor?

I was just finishing the audio books of The Lord of the Rings and I'm a little bit confused. When Sauron's armies march to Minas Tirith they light the beacons to warn their neighbours and send a ...
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Why did Denethor choose to burn himself to death?

In LOTR Return of the King, Denethor Steward of Gondor decides to burn himself, and his son Faramir to death. Watching the part in the movie again, and I'm still a teeny bit unclear why he kills ...
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Why didn't Harry resurrect Dumbledore with the stone?

After reading the title to this question on Movies.SE, my initial reaction was that Harry DID use the resurrection stone, right before he gave himself up to Voldemort. My question is, why didn't he ...
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Why didn't Ultron attack the Hulk in Avengers Age of Ultron?

Ultron has had his fair share against the avengers fighting against Iron Man, Captain America, and Thor why didn't he fight against the hulk? Besides the hit that Banner gave him in the very end there ...
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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), ...