CHARACTER MOTIVATION THESAURUS

PROTECTING A LOVED ONE



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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.
FORMS THIS MIGHT TAKE:
Keeping them from hurting themselves
Protecting them from being victimized
Protecting them from physical harm
Protecting a child from being bullied
Fighting for the rights of a loved one who can't stand up for themselves (due to mental illness, physical disability, etc.)

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: If one's lack of protection in the past toward the loved one has lowered them in the eyes of others, they may realize that standing up for the loved one will address their respect problem.
Safety and Security: When a character's loved one is being threatened, the need to keep them safe will drive them to great lengths to make sure that happens.

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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