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 the TARDIS act up?

In Doctor Who S10E9, after the TARDIS has delivered the Doctor to a place where the Doctor needs to be to solve problems and prevent bigger problems, the TARDIS suddenly decides to do a bad thing. ...
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Did Tahiri have sex with Jacen Solo?

Shortly before the Legends canon ended, Tahiri Veila was put on trial for her time as Jacen Solo's - er, Darth Caedus' - apprentice, and specifically for the murder of Gilad Pellaeon. During the trial,...
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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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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 did Voldemort want Florean Fortescue captured and subsequently killed?

Florean Fortescue was said to be captured and subsequently killed by Death Eaters during the Second Wizarding War (the capture happened in 1996, as mentioned in Half-Blood Prince). A few windows ...
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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 didn't the phantom of Saruman do anything when he saw the travellers on the borders of Fangorn?

Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli see Saruman's phantom while camping outside Fangorn forest, just after the battle between Uglúk's company and the Riders of Rohan. Who does he think he sees and why does he ...
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What was the point of the murder committed by Technical Boy?

There will be spoilers from the book here. In the "Interlude", after chapter 12, we see as she stands on the sidewalk of Sunset Boulevard. She is picked up a passing limo, which belongs to the ...
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Why didn't Aragorn arrive earlier to save Boromir?

In this scene, Aragorn was with Legolas and Gimli killing several Uruk-Hai. When Legolas hears the horn of Gondor, Aragorn hears it as well. Aragorn comes goes to aid him, but he was surrounded by ...
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How much did McGonagall know about Snape? [duplicate]

A follow-up question of What did Professor McGonagall know about the Order of the Phoenix? It seems that before the Battle of Hogwarts, McGonagall faced Snape in a brief battle. Snape escapes as a ...
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Why didn't Legolas translate the password at Moria?

The Doors of Durin, Lord of Moria. Speak friend and enter. Those words were written in Elvish. When the Fellowship was in the Walls of Moria, Gandalf translates the password. However, Gandalf could ...
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Why did Apocalypse destroy all nuclear weapons?

In X-Men: Apocalypse movie, when Apocalypse gained control of mankind, he simply used that superpower to destroy all nuclear weapons. At that time, I thought that he was going to enforce peace to ...
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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 did Voldemort need Hagrid's help to get past Fluffy?

In the Sorcerer's Stone, Voldemort, acting through Quirrell, gets Hagrid drunk and "loses" a dragon's egg to him in order to find out how to get past Fluffy. That seems like incredible overkill. ...
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Why did Snape give his loyalty to Dumbledore after Dumbledore failed to carry out his part of the deal?

When Snape learned that Lily Potter was in danger, he approached his enemy Dumbledore (remember, Snape was a Death Eater back then). In exchange for protecting Lily, Dumbledore asked for the loyalty ...
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Why did Voldemort feel the need to check if Harry is still alive?

When Harry 'dies' from Voldemort casting Avada Kedavra in the forest, why does he make Narcissa check if Harry is still alive? I am not asking why Narcissa was chosen, only why anyone was chosen at ...
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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 was the alien released on board the Covenant?

Why did let the Alien out on board the ship? He already had the crew fooled, so all he had to do was to wait for them to go into hypersleep and then he could conduct as many experiments as he ...
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If Nardole is robotic, why is he so concerned with having oxygen?

Nardole is a cybernetic companion of River Song and The Doctor, first introduced in the Christmas special "The Husbands of River Song". The Doctor later "rebuilds" him, prior to the events of the ...
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Why does Dumbledore compare Crouch Jr's Dark Mark to Harry's cut arm? Also, why does the cut then change to resemble a Dark Mark?

This happens at the end of Goblet of Fire, after Harry has returned from the graveyard through the Portkey. Crouch Jr then takes him to his office and is about to kill him before Dumbledore intervenes....
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Why did Gandalf not return to help Frodo and Sam?

It says on lotr.wikia: Gandalf returned as the White Wizard (named anew "Gandalf the White"), and he claimed leadership of the order of Wizards. Gandalf's power and wisdom were greatly increased, ...
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Why didn't Arthur Weasley help Molly when she was dueling Bellatrix?

When Molly Weasley and Bellatrix are dueling during The Battle of Hogwarts, why didn't Arthur Weasley help? Forgive me, as I don't know where he is during that duel in the books, I can only remember ...
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Why did the Basilisk obey Tom Riddle (or anyone)?

Why would the giant, hungry, blood-crazed basilisk obey Tom Riddle or Ginny under his influence, or really anybody, and not simply go out and eat on its own?
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Why does the landlord refuse to answer the Doctor's question?

In Doctor Who episode S10E4 Knock Knock, the Doctor is suspicious about the background of the landlord, and at one time he asks him if the landlord knows who the current Prime Minister is. But the ...
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Why didn't Julian put Caitlin's necklace back on once she came back to life?

Once Caitlin had passed away Julian took off Caitlin's necklace in hopes of bringing her back to life (which he did), but instead of putting it back on he stood there and let her escape. Why?
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Why didn't Draco do anything to Hermione after she punched him in the face?

In the Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban book/movie, Draco took revenge on Buckbeak after it injured him in Hagrid's class by getting Buckbeak sentenced to death by the Ministry of Magic. ...
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Why didn't Beren kill Morgoth when he had the chance?

Beren had Morgoth at his mercy, and he could've drove his knife into Morgoth while he slept. Suddenly he fell, as a hill sliding in avalanche, and hurled like thunder from his throne lay prone ...
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Why does Emmit Otterton scream about the Night Howlers just befor going savage?

In the scene where Judy and Nick visit Mr. Big's driver Mr. Manchas who just after telling them about Mr. Otterton, a florist who had disappeared, who kept screaming about the Night Howlers before ...
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What was the reason Yoda did not continue his fight with Sidious?

In Episode 3 Yoda fought Sidious and in the end, ran away. Why? Did he realize that Sidious is stronger than him OR did he realize he is not meant to defeat him? Wasn't Yoda able to tell how strong ...
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Why did this Babylon-5 character turn against the Vorlons?

In the episode Falling Toward Apotheosis, the piece of Kosh that was inside Sheridan came out of him to fight against Ulkesh. The plan was to get Ulkesh off the Babylon-5 station so the Vorlons would ...
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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 aren't Marvel heroes more concerned with everyday life?

In the Marvel 616 continuity, there are several heroes - namely Reed Richards and Tony Stark - who could single-handedly improve the quality of life for millions of people... yet never do. Those men ...
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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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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 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 did Madame Jocasta Nu leave the Jedi Council?

According to this article on StarWars.com, Madame Jocasta Nu - Chief Librarian of the Jedi Archives, played by Alethea McGrath in Attack of the Clones (rest in peace) - was once part of the Jedi ...
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Why would C-3PO consider the Millennium Falcon to be old?

In both Legends AND the new Disney canon, the original components of C-3PO (his droid brain, frame, etc.) were nearly 100 years old by the time Anakin Skywalker found him prior to Episode I. The ...
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Why does Gandalf act in this way in the Houses of Healing?

The Istari were sent to "advise and persuade Men and Elves to good" and they were forbidden to fight Sauron directly. But apparently they are not forbidden to fight creatures which are not Sauron, ...
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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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In Ex Machina, what did Nathan try to achieve?

In the movie we are shown that Nathan want's to create a true AI, that pass the Turing test. Later we are revealed that the test isn't what we and Caleb first thought but goes farther. What I am not ...
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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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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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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 would Harry not help Dudley by telling him to eat chocolate?

In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, when the Dementors attack Harry and Dudley, why did Harry not tell Vernon and Petunia to give Dudley chocolate to help ease the effects of the Dementors? ...
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What exactly was the reason for Denethor's dislike of Faramir?

The movies establish that Denethor doesn't really like Faramir, without offering any explanation of motive. Are we really given any reason in the books for why Denethor seemed to always favour ...
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Why was this spell cast in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them? [duplicate]

Near the end of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Newt casts Thus, why did Newt cast this spell?
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Why was this individual attempting to defeat the Lich King?

When questing in Northrend, players find that Grand Admiral Westwind of The Scarlet Onslaught is Westwind was practically running the Onslaught, and says the following during the fight: My Onslaught ...
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Why did Nathan, in “Ex Machina”, do that?

I asked a version of this question (here) and found it had been asked several times. (here, here, here) One of the consistent answers was but implicit in that is Why would Nathan do that? ...
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Why did Reginald Barclay join Starfleet when he can play the Holodeck all year round as a loafer?

In the episode "Hollow Pursuits", Barclay built really creative and fun holodeck fantasies. Why did he join Starfleet and be burdened with huge responsibilities and stress when he can simply be a ...
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Why did Snow laugh at the end of Mockingjay?

Why does (former) president Snow laugh when Katniss shoots Coin to death? Is he happy because he tricked Katniss into killing her own ally, or does he laugh because he actually seeks a proper ...