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* The BigBad of [[WesternAnimation/ToyStory4 Toy Story 4's]] entire goal is based on this.

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* The BigBad of [[WesternAnimation/ToyStory4 Toy Story 4's]] entire goal is based on this. She was designed as a talking doll, but her voicebox doesn't work, which she thinks is the reason she was never adopted by a child. As such, her plan is to get Woody's voicebox for herself, hoping it will make her more lovable.



* The main character of ''Film/FiveHundredDaysOfSummer'' has this motivation.
* All of the daughters in ''Film/EatDrinkManWoman'', to various degrees.

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* %%Administrivia/ZeroContextExample* The main character of ''Film/FiveHundredDaysOfSummer'' has this motivation.
* %%Administrivia/ZeroContextExample* All of the daughters in ''Film/EatDrinkManWoman'', to various degrees.

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* The BigBad of [[WesternAnimation/ToyStory4 Toy Story 4's]] entire goal is based on this.


* [[DestroyerDeity The God of Darkness]] in ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' has a terrible reputation among humanity. His domain is lifeless and eternally night, spawning only the Creatures of Grimm and death for anyone who travels there. As a result, he receives no worshipers; no-one seeks his blessing, asks for his help or leaves him votive offerings -- they always seek out his brother instead. As a result, when a mortal woman comes to him seeking his help to save her lost love, he's thrilled to have the opportunity to prove he's just as worthy of human faith as his brother. He therefore does exactly what the woman asks of him with no strings attached. When his brother shows up to chastise him and undo the resurrection, the God of Darkness bitterly claims that the rules they live by are stacked in the God of Light's favor, leaving him jealous and angry with the adoration and reverence and power that his brother receives compared to him.

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* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'': [[DestroyerDeity The God of Darkness]] in ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' has a terrible reputation among humanity. His domain is lifeless and eternally night, spawning only the Creatures of Grimm and death for anyone who travels there. As a result, he receives no worshipers; no-one seeks his blessing, asks for his help or leaves him votive offerings -- they always seek out his brother instead. As a result, So when a mortal woman comes to him seeking his help to save her lost love, he's thrilled to have the opportunity to prove he's just as worthy of human faith as his brother. He therefore does exactly what the woman asks of him with no strings attached. When his brother shows up to chastise him and undo the resurrection, the God of Darkness bitterly claims that the rules they live by are stacked in the God of Light's favor, leaving him jealous and angry with the adoration and reverence and power that his brother receives compared to him.

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* ''Fanfic/WhiteSheepRWBY'': It was implied in [[WebAnimation/{{RWBY}} canon]], but made explicit here. The God of Darkness lived out in the middle of a monster infested wasteland, so when a woman came to him and offered to be his first worshiper in exchange for resurrecting her husband, he did so happily. [[spoiler:Thousands of years later, Yang manages to get the God of Darkness on their side not only by pointing out how the God of Light has rigged the deck in his favor (where he gets all the love and credit while the God of Darkness gets nothing despite doing half the work), but also by promising humans will worship him forever if he defeats the God of Light and saves the world from annihilation. After the God of Darkness defeats his brother, the humans make good on their promise and dedicate a yearly Festival of Darkness in his honor]].

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* ''ComicBook/TheUltimates'': Wolverine opines that Quicksilver's incestuous attachment to his sister stems from his MissingMom and abusive father rendering him desperate for ''any'' kind of love and affection. Quicksilver later confirms this.

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* Alice in ''Film/ReadyOrNot2019'' confesses to Becky that while her various foster parents weren't bad, she's always wanted to have a real family of her own.

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* In ''Manga/DemonSlayerKimetsuNoYaiba'', a place to belong with people who wish good things upon him, thatís what Zenitsu wanted as he laments never having a place to himself by being orphaned, possibly abandoned at birth, and no one ever expecting anything out of him, labeling him as worthless; Zenitsu felt prey to people in the past who took advantage of his need to belong by faking a bond with him, using and abusing the guy, however thatís all in the past as Zenitsu realizes that meeting with his master, Jigoro, changed that situation, with his master he found a place to be and someone who honestly wished him good, and that extends even more when Zenitsu finds Tanjiro, Nezuko and Inosuke, his honest friends.


* A later episode of the Powerpuff Girls had the Gangreen Gang become good at thieving working for Sedusa. The whole episode it comes off as her playing on the teenagers' sexual attraction to her, but a double-cross reveals the Gang was looking for more parental love.

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* A later episode of the Powerpuff Girls ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' had the Gangreen Gang become good at thieving working for Sedusa. The whole episode it comes off as her playing on the teenagers' sexual attraction to her, but a double-cross reveals the Gang was looking for more parental love.


* The Franchise/{{Pokemon}} Mimikyu wears a Pikachu disguise in hopes that people will love it the same way that they love the series mascot.

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* The Franchise/{{Pokemon}} Mimikyu wears a Pikachu disguise in hopes that people will love it the same way that they love the series mascot.SeriesMascot.


* The recurring theme in ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory2'' is this. Woody fears that Andy doesn't want him anymore because he's broken, so he considers auctioning himself to a museum in Tokyo to be "loved by millions forever". Jessie is traumatized by her previous owner abandoning her. The villain, Prospector Stinky Pete, has never been opened from his box and [[AlasPoorVillain has been corrupted by the isolation]]. Even the second Buzz Lightyear's arc ends with him [[spoiler: reconciling with his father, Zurg.]]

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* The recurring theme in ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory2'' is this. Woody fears that Andy doesn't want him anymore because he's broken, so he considers auctioning himself to a museum in Tokyo to be "loved by millions forever". Jessie is traumatized by her previous owner abandoning her. The villain, [[spoiler: Prospector Stinky Pete, Pete]], has never been opened from his box and [[AlasPoorVillain has been corrupted by the isolation]]. Even the second Buzz Lightyear's arc ends with him [[spoiler: reconciling with his father, Zurg.]]


* The recurring theme in ''Film/ToyStory2'' is this. Woody fears that Andy doesn't want him anymore because he's broken, so he considers auctioning himself to a museum in Tokyo to be "loved by millions forever". Jessie is traumatized by her previous owner abandoning her. The villain, Prospector Stinky Pete, has never been opened from his box and [[AlasPoorVillain has been corrupted by the isolation]]. Even the second Buzz Lightyear's arc ends with him [[spoiler: reconciling with his father, Zurg.]]

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* The recurring theme in ''Film/ToyStory2'' ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory2'' is this. Woody fears that Andy doesn't want him anymore because he's broken, so he considers auctioning himself to a museum in Tokyo to be "loved by millions forever". Jessie is traumatized by her previous owner abandoning her. The villain, Prospector Stinky Pete, has never been opened from his box and [[AlasPoorVillain has been corrupted by the isolation]]. Even the second Buzz Lightyear's arc ends with him [[spoiler: reconciling with his father, Zurg.]]

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* The recurring theme in ''Film/ToyStory2'' is this. Woody fears that Andy doesn't want him anymore because he's broken, so he considers auctioning himself to a museum in Tokyo to be "loved by millions forever". Jessie is traumatized by her previous owner abandoning her. The villain, Prospector Stinky Pete, has never been opened from his box and [[AlasPoorVillain has been corrupted by the isolation]]. Even the second Buzz Lightyear's arc ends with him [[spoiler: reconciling with his father, Zurg.]]

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* ''VideoGame/FateGrandOrder'': Mata Hari's wish is just to have a loving family. However, she's painfully aware she's an InUniverse low-TierInducedScrappy and is never going to have the chance to make that wish.

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* ''Manga/KaguyaSamaLoveIsWar'':
** Kaguya was starved of affection her entire life due to her family's SocialDarwinist philosophy and emotional neglect from her father, so the things that motivate her the most are a desire for both romantic and familial love. Unfortunately her desire for the former is hampered by her inability to confess to the boy she likes due to conditioning from the environment she grew up in.
** Hayasaka has this to a lesser degree (since her parents actually are a part of her life despite their busy work schedules). She mentions at several points that she wants to be able to fall in love just like Kaguya has, though she doesn't have anyone that she's interested in.


* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Jack Gleeson mentions in ''Inside HBO's Game of Thrones'' that deep down, Joffrey wants his father's acknowledgment and the peoples' love. But obviously, between his wanton sadism, entitlement issues, his mother's rearing, his father's less-than-stellar example as King, and the little fact that everyone hates him, his chances of ever getting his wish are somewhat slim.

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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Jack Gleeson mentions in ''Inside HBO's Game of Thrones'' that deep down, Joffrey wants his father's stepfather's acknowledgment and the peoples' love. But obviously, between his wanton sadism, entitlement issues, his mother's rearing, his father's stepfather's less-than-stellar example as King, and the little fact that everyone hates him, his chances of ever getting his wish are somewhat slim.



* Chrysothemis in Richard Strauss's opera ''Elektra'', who does not share her sister Elektra's thirst for revenge, and just wants to be a simple wife and mother -- and this wish is what sustains her in her dark, fearful time as a prisoner. (Note: this is not her characterisation in the original Sophocles play.)

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* Chrysothemis in Richard Strauss's opera ''Elektra'', who does not share her sister Elektra's thirst for revenge, and just wants to be a simple wife and mother -- and this wish is what sustains her in her dark, fearful time as a prisoner. (Note: this is not her characterisation characterization in the original Sophocles play.)



* A later episode of the Powerpuff Girls had the Gangene Gang become good at thieving working for Sadusa. The whole episode it comes off as her playing on the teenagers sexual attractions to her, but a double-cross reveals the Gang was looking for more parental love.

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* A later episode of the Powerpuff Girls had the Gangene Gangreen Gang become good at thieving working for Sadusa. Sedusa. The whole episode it comes off as her playing on the teenagers teenagers' sexual attractions attraction to her, but a double-cross reveals the Gang was looking for more parental love.

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