CHARACTER MOTIVATION THESAURUS

OBLITERATING AN ENEMY (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.
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Someone with this motivation sees a certain group of people as their enemy and wants to wipe them completely off the map. The hatred for this people group may be based on demographics (race, gender, age, nationality, etc.), beliefs (religion, political affiliation, etc.), greed (because they have something the character wants, such as wealth or a desired piece of land), or other criteria.

FORMS THIS MIGHT TAKE:
A military invasion with the intent to kill everyone
Employing a weapon of mass destruction (nuclear, biological, cyber, etc.) to destroy them in one fell swoop
Infiltrating the enemy's ranks and subtly corrupting them from within
Enslaving and oppressing the populationwith the goal of eradicating their culture and way of life over time

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: A character may pursue this goal if they feel unworthy and they believe that the enemy group has something that can alleviate that lack of value. For example, if the character believes that power or wealth will fill a void in their life, they may try to achieve it by destroying the group of people and taking their possessions.
Love and Belonging: If a character who lacks belonging is suddenly embraced wholeheartedly by a group of people, he could easily be drawn into their way of thinking, even if contradicts his own moral beliefs. He may abandon his own sense of right and wrong to embrace the ideals of the group, which could lead him to do unconscionable things in an effort to be accepted.
Safety and Security: This level of hatred is often driven by an intense fear of the enemy that may or may not be misplaced—fear that the people must be destroyed before they can destroy the character, fear that the group's values will destroy his own people's ideals, etc. If the character believes that the enemy's existence is a threat to their own safety or that of their loved ones, they may seek to eliminate that group altogether.
Physiological Needs: This goal could be adopted (and has been throughout history) if the character's existence is being physically threatened by others. In this case, he or she may believe that the only way to ensure their own survival is to eliminate the other people group.

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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