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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 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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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 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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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 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 was only one person used as the template for the Clone Army?

So in the Star Wars prequels the Kaminoans make a clone army using the DNA of only Jango Fett for the Republic rather than using a few different people as templates for different roles. I can see a ...
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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 Harry tell Snape's secret to everyone?

In the climax of the Battle of Hogwarts, when he duels the Dark Lord for the last time, Harry Potter explains to the Dark Lord that Professor Snape was in love with Lily Potter. (Harry addresses the ...
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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 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 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 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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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 did Drax call Gamora a whore?

Drax: You, Quill, are my friend. This dumb tree is my friend. And this green whore is now my... Gamora: You must stop! Drax's statement seems incongruous with reality and his character. There ...
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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 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 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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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 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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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 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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Why did Doc Brown take so long to write to Marty?

At the end of Back to the Future II, Marty receives a letter from the Doc from September 1885, just a few days before his death. He explains in that letter that he had been living in 1885 for the past ...
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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 the Dursleys give Harry glasses?

Why does Harry wear glasses before he found out he was a wizard? Here are the facts: He lived with the Dursleys, a family of relatives that didn't care about him, to the point that Harry didn't get ...
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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 Nazgul spare the other hobbits at Weathertop? [duplicate]

In the fight at the Weathertop, the Nazgul injured Frodo and left. They waited for him to pass to the shadow and become a wraith, but they did not kill the other hobbits on Weathertop, Sam, Merry, and ...
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Why does Kylo Ren keep hitting the side of his body?

In The Force Awakens Kylo Ren is shot in the side by Chewbacca. Later on in the forest, we see him hit himself repeatedly in the area where he was shot. Why does he do this? Wouldn't that, like... ...
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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 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 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 did Humperdinck want to start a war?

We know that Vizzini was paid by Humperdinck to start a war between Florin and Guilder. What made Humperdinck want to go to war with Guilder?
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Why did Obi-Wan hand off his lightsaber to Anakin in the fight against Count Dooku?

This has always bothered me. I'm talking about their encounter on Geonosis in Attack of the Clones. The whole scene can be seen here with the saber hand-off in question at 1:37. After Obi-Wan is ...
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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 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 would Mrs. Weasley believe Daily Prophet's Skeeter about Hermione?

In Goblet of Fire, Mrs Weasley is seemingly upset with Hermione, and it appears to be due to reading what Rita Skeeter wrote about her in the newspaper. Mrs. Weasley knew Hermione pretty well at the ...
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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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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 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 Harry let Ron destroy the locket horcrux?

Dumbledore's hand was badly affected by using the sword of Gryffindor to destroy the ring Horcrux. (The after-effects were killing him, IIRC.) They were about to destroy the locket by the same ...
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Why did Arya just walk away instead of killing this character?

In the book and the show things don't go too well for the Hound. In both cases, he gets horribly wounded and asks Ayra to kill him. However, she does not. Why is this? What message was she trying to ...
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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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Why wouldn't escaping be Obi-Wan's plan?

VADER: Obi-Wan is here. The Force is with him. TARKIN: If you're right, he must not be allowed to escape. VADER: Escape is not his plan. I must face him alone. It seemed like Obi-Wan was ...
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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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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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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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Why doesn't Luke ask about his mother?

Luke Skywalker always seems to care heavily about his father, and even after getting to know that Vader is his father, he never seems to ask who his mother was. After all, the stories that his Uncle ...
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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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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 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 ...