42 Character Motivation Ideas

42 Character Motivation Ideas

Character motivations are the driving force behind a character's choices in a story. People in real life are driven by goals and desires. Without motivations, characters may come across as flat or one-dimensional.

When readers or viewers understand why characters are doing what they're doing, they become more invested in the story. It makes the characters' choices clearer. 

This is a list of broad ideas for your character's motivation:


1. Wealth
2. Connection
3. Health
4. Independence
5. Honour
6. Recognition
7. Safety
8. Conquest
9. Growth
10. Defiance
11. Perseverance
12. Curiosity
13. Identity
14. Obscurity
15. Redemption
16. Survival
17. Revenge
18. Power

 


19. Knowledge
20. Adventure
21. Love
22. Ambition
23. Escape
24. Justice
25. Legacy
26. Self-Discovery
27. Acceptance
28. Innovation
29. Altruism

 


30. Retribution
31. Conformity
32. Rebellion
33. Unity
34. Harmony
35. Adoration
36. Chaos
37. Reparation
38. Solitude
39. Supremacy
40. Atonement
41. Emancipation
42. Assimilation

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