CHARACTER MOTIVATION THESAURUS

BREAKING PEOPLE SO THEY ABANDON THEIR BELIEFS (DARK)



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HELPFUL TIP:

To understand why your character is driven toward a certain goal, take time to understand their personality and moral compass using the positive and negative trait thesauri. Also, dig into their backstory to find an unresolved emotional wound. Past trauma is disruptive and can generate unmet needs that, if strong enough, will motivate your character to chase a specific goal to satisfy this need.
NOTES:
A character with this goal is motivated by a twisted desire to break the will of others. Oftentimes, the most effective way to accomplish this is to divest the victim of what they hold most dear: the morals and deep-seated beliefs that define them. For a character who is more concerned with the beliefs themselves and bringing other people to their way of thinking, see FORCING A CONVERSION.

FORMS THIS MIGHT TAKE:
Torturing the victim
Brainwashing them
"Mentoring" someone with the goal of breaking them and rebuilding them in the character's own image
Putting the victim into no-win situations where an impossible choice must be made

HUMAN NEED DRIVING THE GOAL (INNER MOTIVATION):
There are five basic human needs that, when missing from a character's life, could motivate them to pursue this goal. The following needs are all possibilities, but only one of them should be the primary driver for any given character. For more information on the relationship between human needs and outer motivations, please see this Character Motivation tutorial.

Esteem and Recognition: People with this motivation are often power-hungry, believing that gaining this level of authority over others magnifies their own superiority and esteem.
Love and Belonging: A character who has never known love (or has only known a twisted version of it) may lash out against the real thing by trying to purge it from society. Because love is at the core of many people's moral codes, altering those morals could be a good way to accomplish that purpose.

HOW THE CHARACTER MAY PREPARE FOR THIS GOAL:
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POSSIBLE SACRIFICES OR COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH THIS GOAL:
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ROADBLOCKS WHICH COULD PREVENT THIS GOAL FROM BEING ACHIEVED:
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TALENTS & SKILLS THAT WILL HELP THE CHARACTER ACHIEVE THIS GOAL:
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WHAT'S AT STAKE IF THIS GOAL ISN'T MET?
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CLICHÉS TO AVOID:
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