History MotiveDecay / LiveActionTV

14th Nov '16 9:26:32 AM HighCrate
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** [[EvilCounterpart Faith]] is another example. In the heat of fighting, she mistakes a passing human for a vampire, and stakes him. WhatMeasureIsANonHuman is a big deal to Buffy & co, because they really freak out about this. When it transpires that he was connected with [[BigBad the Mayor]], she argues that killing him wasn't that bad because he was a bad guy anyway. Only the audience, not the other characters, are shown how upset she actually is by the incident. Then, within a short time, she's ''working'' for the Mayor, and the reason for her switching from his enemy to [[TheDragon his Dragon]] is never really explained beyond 'she's evil now'.

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** [[EvilCounterpart Faith]] is another example. In the heat of fighting, she mistakes a passing human for a vampire, and stakes him. WhatMeasureIsANonHuman is a big deal to Buffy & co, because they really freak out about this. When it transpires that he was connected with [[BigBad the Mayor]], she argues that killing him wasn't that bad because he was a bad guy anyway. Only the audience, not the other characters, are shown how upset she actually is by the incident. Then, within a short time, she's ''working'' for the Mayor, and the reason for her switching from his enemy to [[TheDragon his Dragon]] NumberTwo is never really explained beyond 'she's evil now'.
21st Oct '16 10:34:29 AM NOYB
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* ''Series/{{Babylon 5}}'': The heroes defeat [[spoiler:the Vorlons and the Shadows]] by forcing them to acknowledge their Motive Decay. The most damning thing which ultimately convinces them to leave the galaxy is that they don't have [[spoiler:answers to their own Armor Piercing Questions anymore. The Vorlons no longer know who they are, and the Shadows don't know what they want.]]

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* ''Series/{{Babylon 5}}'': The heroes defeat [[spoiler:the Vorlons and the Shadows]] by forcing them to acknowledge their Motive Decay. The most damning thing which that ultimately convinces them to leave the galaxy is that they don't have [[spoiler:answers to their own Armor Piercing Questions anymore. The Vorlons no longer know who they are, and the Shadows don't know what they want.]]
15th Oct '16 5:58:28 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Series/{{V}}'': In the original series, which followed the mini-series and ''The Final Battle'', the visitors seem to have abandoned their original plan to steal all of Earth's water and use the people for food and have instead chosen to enslave the people for some reason. Even though they still use people for food, this appears to be a secondary motive rather than the primary purpose as it was in the original miniseries.

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* ''Series/{{V}}'': ''Series/{{V 1983}}'': In the original series, which followed the mini-series and ''The Final Battle'', the visitors seem to have abandoned their original plan to steal all of Earth's water and use the people for food and have instead chosen to enslave the people for some reason. Even though they still use people for food, this appears to be a secondary motive rather than the primary purpose as it was in the original miniseries.
27th Mar '16 8:34:58 AM ading
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* ''Series/{{Community}}'': The original reason the study group was formed was so [[TallDarkAndSnarky Jeff]] could seduce [[GranolaGirl Britta]]. This premise stopped being mentioned about half way through the first season, and towards the end of the third even the study group was temporarily dropped as an excuse to keep the group together. This does not go without a [[LampshadeHanging Lampshade]].
24th Feb '16 3:22:30 PM WillBGood
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* ''Series/{{Heroes}}'': Sylar's motivation has gone from "I want to be special" (first series) to "I have an uncontrollable Hunger which makes me lust after killing to get people's abilities" (second). By the third, though, he seemed to have decided that "this is just who I am and I'm happy with it." Now his aim seems to be simply KillAllHumansWithAbilities - Danko points out that "if we succeed, you'll be the only one left", and Sylar just smiles and agrees. After, he want to be the President replacing the actual. In final season, he want to be a good person. Believing that, without his abilities, he would not be a monster, Sylar asks Matt to rid him of them.

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* ''Series/{{Heroes}}'': Sylar's motivation has gone from "I want to be special" (first series) to "I have an uncontrollable Hunger which makes me lust after killing to get people's abilities" (second). By the third, though, he seemed to have decided that "this is just who I am and I'm happy with it." Now his aim seems to be simply KillAllHumansWithAbilities Kill All Humans With Abilities - Danko points out that "if we succeed, you'll be the only one left", and Sylar just smiles and agrees. After, he want to be the President replacing the actual. In final season, he want to be a good person. Believing that, without his abilities, he would not be a monster, Sylar asks Matt to rid him of them.
19th Feb '16 4:34:48 AM rafi
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* ''Series/{{Heroes}}'': Sylar's motivation has gone from "I want to be special" (first series) to "I have an uncontrollable Hunger which makes me lust after killing to get people's abilities" (second). By the third, though, he seemed to have decided that "this is just who I am and I'm happy with it." Now his aim seems to be simply KillAllHumans With Abilities - Danko points out that "if we succeed, you'll be the only one left", and Sylar just smiles and agrees. He doesn't even need to kill to steal abilities any more either.

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* ''Series/{{Heroes}}'': Sylar's motivation has gone from "I want to be special" (first series) to "I have an uncontrollable Hunger which makes me lust after killing to get people's abilities" (second). By the third, though, he seemed to have decided that "this is just who I am and I'm happy with it." Now his aim seems to be simply KillAllHumans With Abilities KillAllHumansWithAbilities - Danko points out that "if we succeed, you'll be the only one left", and Sylar just smiles and agrees. He doesn't even need After, he want to kill be the President replacing the actual. In final season, he want to steal abilities any more either.be a good person. Believing that, without his abilities, he would not be a monster, Sylar asks Matt to rid him of them.
27th Jun '15 9:31:13 PM nombretomado
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* ''Series/BattlestarGalacticaClassic'': The episode ''Space Croppers'' begins with the Galactica's fleet being attacked by the Cylons. The Cylons destroy the fleet's food supplies. Boy genius Dr. Zee comes up with a plan to send Troy and Dillon down to Earth to get some supplies. Troy and Dillon pick a farm at random and soon find out that the farmer is having problems with the local growers' association. Instead of picking another farmer to get supplies from, the motive decays into helping this farmer out with his problems and the rest of the episode revolves more around helping a farmer than it does about getting food for Galactica.

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* ''Series/BattlestarGalacticaClassic'': ''Series/BattlestarGalactica1978'': The episode ''Space Croppers'' begins with the Galactica's fleet being attacked by the Cylons. The Cylons destroy the fleet's food supplies. Boy genius Dr. Zee comes up with a plan to send Troy and Dillon down to Earth to get some supplies. Troy and Dillon pick a farm at random and soon find out that the farmer is having problems with the local growers' association. Instead of picking another farmer to get supplies from, the motive decays into helping this farmer out with his problems and the rest of the episode revolves more around helping a farmer than it does about getting food for Galactica.
10th May '15 8:30:52 PM nombretomado
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* ''{{Glee}}'':

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* ''{{Glee}}'':''Series/{{Glee}}'':
17th Mar '15 9:49:51 AM PyroWildcat
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* ''TheOffice'': In one episode, after Michael Scott left the show and Andy Bernard is in charge, Andy is having a family crisis trying to provide for his mother after his father skips town. For some reason that isn't explained in the show, everyone in the office is working on helping Andy with his problem, all on company time and none of them seem to think there's anything wrong with that. Instead of selling paper, they all work on Andy's problem as if it's what they're supposed to be doing.
15th Feb '15 9:09:22 PM MJC
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** Lord Zedd and Rita Repulsa suffer from this. They go from wanting to conquer the Earth to wanting to destroy the Power Rangers, or even simply just ruining their day. Sure, if they get rid of the Rangers, they'll be free to rule the planet, but their plans noticeably go from "This plan will provide us with an unending power source or ultimate weapon that will allow us to take over the Earth" to "This plan will ruin Kimberly's chance at joining the Pan Global Games."

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** Lord Zedd and Rita Repulsa suffer from this. They go from wanting to conquer the Earth to wanting to destroy the Power Rangers, or even simply just ruining their day. Sure, if they get rid of the Rangers, they'll be free to rule the planet, but their plans noticeably go from "This plan will provide us with an unending power source or ultimate weapon that will allow us to take over the Earth" to "This "[[EvilIsPetty This plan will ruin Kimberly's chance at joining the Pan Global Games.Games]]."
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