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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 Constantine make a deal with Nergal to stop Zed from becoming the second Mary?

In one of the Hellblazer books, the main character discovers that the demon Nergal is trying to kill Constantine's girlfriend Zed, When Constantine is wounded, Nergal visits him in the hospital and ...
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House bias among Hogwarts Headmasters?

Headmasters and Headmistresses of Hogwarts should be above the petty squabbling between the four houses, but are they really? Being raised to a higher level and becoming (supposedly) neutral is a ...
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What is BPO's and Mr. Whispers' motivation?

I just finished watching the first season of Sense 8, and one major part of the plot just didn't add up for me: The motivation of the antagonists (BPO and Mr. Whispers). Spoilers Ahead:
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Was Sauron guaranteed to win in a struggle for control of the Ring?

Leaving aside the quest to destroy the ring; but rather approaching the war from Sauron's perspective: is the winner of the conflict already pretty much guaranteed? Sauron always assumed that a ...
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Why did Kyle Reese still tell this to the boy?

In the end of Terminator: Genisys, Why would he do that if they think they
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Caleb's inconsistent intelligence; how is he unable to predict the end?

I looked through the other questions/answers about this movie and I didn't see an answer to a question I had. About halfway through the movie, perhaps a little less than halfway, So,
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Why did Brand give Mann vital info. about Plan A?

When the astronauts in Interstellar reach Mann (the planet and the ..man) they receive a disturbing message from Cooper's daughter Murphy. She states that Dr. Brand (senior) had already 'solved' ...
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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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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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Who is the model for Callaghan in Big Hero 6?

Background: Professor Callaghan is the head of the robotics program at the San Fransokyo Institute of Technology. It is later revealed that He is described (decently, IMO) in the Disney Wiki as: ...
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Why does Kieran MacDuff become first officer rather than captain?

In the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Conundrum", the entire Enterprise crew experiences amnesia, and a new crew member appears: Commander Kieran MacDuff, the first officer. Given that I ...
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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 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 does Nathan program his artificial intelligences like this?

Spoilers for Ex Machina below, obviously. Towards the end of the film; It seems like a strange omission when building an AI, an omission that Nathan must have been aware of and decided to make - I ...
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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 did Seska care about Tuvok's “betrayal”?

In "Worst Case Scenario," which occurs after Seska's death, she reveals through her hologram incarnation that she was upset at Tuvok for his betrayal of the Maquis crew, describing herself as: A ...
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Why did Ozymandias open his vivarium?

In Chapter XII of Watchmen, Ozymandias opened, and thus destroyed, his vivarium. I cannot see a meaningful reason being that. I believe he didn't destroy it per se and there must be a meaning of that,...
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In Jurassic Park, why did Nedry use this exit plan?

Introduction Tonight, me and my partner are rewatching Jurassic Park for the third time this year and we started wondering about Nedry's journey to the East Docks. Questions Why DID Nedry turn the ...
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Why did Luke leave his landspeeder when Sandpeople were coming?

When Luke and C3PO find R2D2 in the canyon area, R2D2 informs them of several life forms headed their way. Luke concludes they must be sandpeople, so he... Leaves the landspeeder and heads for a ...
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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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Why did Beleg choose the sword, Anglachel, to wield in his quest for Turin?

When Beleg asked Thingol to let him go find Turin, Thingol let him take any sword in the realm (save his own). Beleg chooses Anglachel, although there were probably plenty of nice Elven swords to ...
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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 would Koss join the sunspears?

In Guild Wars - Nightfall there's a character called Koss who has some less than reputable contacts among thieves, smugglers and corsairs. He frequently annoys his superiors and buys information from ...
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What faction is Tori?

In Divergent, there are 5 factions. Abnegation (the selfless) Amity (the peaceful) Candor (the honest) Dauntless (the brave) and Erudite (the intelligent) Which faction does Tori (who administers ...
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Why did Jon Osterman never contact his father?

In Chapter IV ("Watchmaker") of Watchmen, during Dr. Manhattan's reflection of his life, there is a scene where he mentions his father's death and says In 1969, I'm receiving news of my fathers ...
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Why would Cornelius send back the message?

In Manifold: Time, by Stephen Baxter, why would Cornelius send back a message back in time through the blue portal to himself that identified Cruithne? If he didn't send the message, he would never ...
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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 Griphook stop working at Gringotts Bank?

In the final Harry Potter movie we see that Griphook the goblin isn't working at Gringott's Bank. Is there an explanation why he doesn't he have a job there any more?
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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 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 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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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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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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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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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 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 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 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 do the Wise always wait and watch until they are destroyed? [closed]

We have seen throughout the Silmarillion and other Middle Earth related histories that the forces of "Good" (Elves, Edain, Naugrim etc) constantly sit and wait for their enemy to get stronger before ...
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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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In X-Men: First Class, in the beginning scene, why doesn't the child Erik attempt to kill Shaw?

Near the beginning of the movie, in the Shaw's office scene, after Shaw shot Erik's mother, Erik got really mad and he killed the two soldiers and messed the room up. Why didn't he attempt to kill ...
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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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Which categories of information were battle school teachers most interested in gaining about students via the Fantasy Game?

In Ender's Game, its broadly known that the Fantasy Game was used by the Battle School faculty to gain information about students as they undergo training, and that the faculty is looking for the ...
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Is there a way to reconcile Janeway's behaviour after having left the anomalous void?

In the Voyager episode 7x15, Voyager is sucked into an anomaly known as The Void (not to be confused with the region of space of the same name). The point of the episode is to show that ideals can be ...
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Clash of Kings: Why didn't Arya reveal who she was?

I'm still reading A Clash of Kings for the first time, so please don't answer with anything that would spoil things for me, but I was wondering: In the chapter where Roose Bolton finally assumes ...
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How did Smaug know about the treasure within Erebor?

It is presumed that Smaug hears about the treasure within the Lonely Mountain and decides he will take it, but as the dwarves had been mining there for a long time there must've been a significant ...
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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 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 does Miro fly to Trondheim without destroying all the ecosystem of the planet with Descolada?

I have only read Ender's Game and the Speaker for the Dead, and did not yet read the other books from the series. So it might be already explained in other books. But I could not find the explanation ...
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Why wasn't the codex enough for Zod, in Man Of Steel?

I was under the impression that all Zod needed was Aren't the contents of the ship superfluous?