CHARACTER MOTIVATION THESAURUS

RESCUING A LOVED ONE FROM A CAPTOR



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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:
Saving a loved one who is in a cult
Helping someone escape an abusive relationship
Freeing a prisoner of war
Emancipating someone who is being enslaved
Rescuing a victim of human trafficking
Freeing someone being threatened in a hostage situation
Aiding in the escape of someone who has been kidnapped

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.

Love and Belonging: If a loved one is taken (kidnapped, held in a hostage situation, or even unfairly charged with a crime) the character would do everything in their power to have that person restored to them.
Safety and Security:  By default, if a loved one is in a dangerous situation, their safety is in question. The character would go to great lengths to set them free. 

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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