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Motivations are the reasons characters do anything. It brings them to action and directs their choices. These are not WHAT characters do, such as SavingTheWorld or TakeOverTheWorld, but WHY they do it, such as ForGreatJustice or ForTheEvulz. See the GoalsAndObjectivesIndex for what characters are trying to accomplish.

!!Tropes of motivation
* BecauseDestinySaysSo: Characters want to fulfill a prophecy.
* BecauseYouWereNiceToMe: One character is loyal to another due to a single kind act.
* CareerBuildingBlunder: When an early mistake provides the motivation for a character
* ChronicHeroSyndrome: Character is compelled to help everyone, all the time.
* CommunityThreateningConstruction: When a planned construction site motivates residents to defend their home, which is subject for demolition.
* ConceptsAreCheap: Characters have vague one word motivations that could really mean anything.
* DarwinistDesire: A character wants to reproduce with the fittest mate possible.
* DebtDetester: Character repays debts as soon as possible so as to not owe others.
* DeclarationOfProtection: A person has their entire motivation built around protecting a vulnerable person (usually a girl).
* DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife: A character on a journey to find a meaningful place in the world.
* DespotismJustifiesTheMeans: Bad guys who want only power and will do anything to achieve it
* {{Dismotivation}}: Characters try hard to achieve nothing.
* DrivenByEnvy: A character wants something someone else has, and resents them for it.
* DystopiaJustifiesTheMeans: Bad guys whose goal is to create a nightmarish CrapsackWorld.
* EmbodimentOfVirtue: A character is driven by the desire to achieve perfection in a certain moral virtue.
* EnemiesEqualsGreatness: Opposition or mistreatment from others is what gets a character highly motivated to do great things.
* EveryonesBabySister: Threats on a character that everyone cares about gets characters to act against the threat.
* FailureKnight: A character failed to protect someone once, and is determined not to fail again.
* FamilyHonor: A character wants to live up to their family name, and bring credit to their family.
* FightingForAHomeland
* FoodAsBribe: Some people will do anything for food.
* ForGreatJustice: Good guys fight so that JusticeWillPrevail.
* ForHappiness: A character wants to spread joy and cheer.
* ForScience: A character wants to make scientific discoveries with no real practical purposes.
* ForTheEvulz: Bad guys do evil because they love evil.
* ForTheFunnyz: A character makes a joke, usually against their own self-interest, because they love jokes.
* TheFourLoves: A character searches for love, in any form.
* FreudianExcuse: Something in a villain's past causes them to act the way they do, often parental abuse.
* GlorySeeker: A character wants other people to consider him/her to be a badass.
** GloryHound: The more villainous counterpart, a character who wants to be remembered and will commit atrocities in order to achieve that.
* GoalInLife: A character's main motivation through life.
* GottaCatchThemAll: A character wants to pursue a collection.
* HiddenAgendaVillain: They ''have'' a motive, but we're not sure what it is.
* HomeSweetHome: A character is just trying to settle things so they can stay home.
* HonorBeforeReason: A character only wants to do the right thing above all else.
* HumbleGoal: A character wants to do or have something that happens to be simple.
* IJustWantToBeBadass: A character wants to be strong.
* IJustWantToBeBeautiful: A character wants to remain or become beautiful.
* IJustWantToBeFree: A character wants freedom from some sort of bondage.
* IJustWantToBeNormal: A character living an abnormal life wants to live a life without excitement.
* IJustWantToBeSpecial: A character living a mundane life wants to be more exciting.
* IJustWantToBeYou: A character wants to be literally the person they envy.
* IJustWantToHaveFriends: A character or a person who wants friends.
* InHarmsWay: Characters want excitement and danger in their lives.
* InspirationalInsult
* IOweYouMyLife: A character feels indebted to someone who saved their life.
* ItAmusedMe: A character who acts purely for their own entertainment.
* ItIsBeyondSaving: A character or group of characters wants a society destroyed and/or abandoned under the impression that it is beyond saving.
* ItsPersonal: A character does something for a personal reason.
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: A character wants the person they love to be happy, even at the risk of their own happiness.
* IWantSong: Exposition of a character's motivation in the form of a song at the beginning of the story.
* IWantToBeARealMan: A character wants to be masculine or prove his masculinity.
* IWillFindYou: A character wants to find a lost or kidnapped loved one, whatever the cost.
* LovesOnlyGold: A character is obsessed with a particular form of wealth and will do anything to obtain it.
* MacGuffin: It doesn't matter what it does, but all the characters want it.
* MissionCreep: The mission you signed up for, you are going to have to do a lot of grinding, sidetracking and unrelated tasks to achieve it, risking compromise and failure.
* MoralPragmatist: You can turn a villain into a hero, if you can convince them that their methods hurt their motivation.
* MotivatedByFear: Fear is a powerful motivator.
* MotivationOnAStick
* MotiveDecay: A character has a great motivation, but forgets it eventually.
** TheDarkSideWillMakeYouForget: A character who uses evil means to accomplish a good goal loses sight of the goal over time.
* NeverBeHurtAgain: A character seeks to ensure that no one will ever hurt or take advantage of them again, usually by becoming a badass.
* NewYearsResolution: A character tries to use the promise of a New Year to create motivation.
* NotInThisForYourRevolution: A character is involved in an admirable pursuit for un-heroic reasons. Not necessarily evil, just not heroic.
** OnlyInItForTheMoney: A SubTrope of the above, in which the un-heroic motivation is specifically wealth.
* PinocchioSyndrome: A character wants to be human, or to regain their humanity.
* ThePowerOfFriendship: A character is motivated by his friends.
* ThePowerOfHate: A character desires what's worst for others.
* ThePowerOfLove: A character desires good.
* PursueTheDreamJob: A character desires a specific job and follows his heart.
* RageAgainstTheHeavens: A character wants the gods to pay for what they've done.
* {{Revenge}}: A character wants another character to pay for what he's done.
* RestartTheWorld: A character wants to destroy the world and start over.
* RichBoredom: A character wants to need to do something.
* SamaritanSyndrome: A character feels guilt over the people they could save, but don't.
* ScrewDestiny: Characters want to go against a prophecy and prove it wrong.
* SeeksAnothersResurrection: One character seeks to resurrect another character who has died.
* SevenDeadlySins
** {{Greed}}: Characters just want more.
** {{Lust}}: Characters just want sex.
** [[GreenEyedMonster Envy]]: Characters want what other people have.
** {{Pride}}: Characters value themselves and want to feel as if they're worth something.
** [[LazyBum Sloth]]: Characters just want to do nothing.
** [[UnstoppableRage Wrath]]: Characters just want you to suffer.
** [[VillainousGlutton Gluttony]]: Characters just want to consume.
* SurvivorGuilt: A character doesn't want anyone else to die in their stead.
* TheresNoPlaceLikeHome: A character wants to go home again.
* ToCreateAPlaygroundForEvil: A character wants to make the world a more evil place.
* TheyCalledMeMad: A character is motivated by the mockery he's received in the past.
* TragicDream: The character is motivated by the desire for something they can never have.
* TrappedInVillainy: A villain only performs villainous acts because, if they dont, they'll die.
* ThrillSeeker: A character is motivated by his search for excitement.
* UndyingLoyalty : A character is motivated by desire to help someone or something they care about.
* UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans: Characters, usually bad guys, who wish to create a better world but will go to extreme lengths to achieve it.
* WellDoneSonGuy[=/=]WellDoneDadGuy: A character wants someone to acknowledge them.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: A character has noble goals, but goes about achieving them ruthlessly.
* WorkingForABodyUpgrade: Characters want their boss to repair or improve their physique/looks/abilities.