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Antagonist motivation help

last activity 6 months ago by System

Attribution notice added by user avatar System · 2019-12-08T03:06:14Z (6 months ago)
Source: https://writers.stackexchange.com/a/8976
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Initial revision by user avatar SF. · 2019-12-08T03:06:13Z (6 months ago)
Let me reach for _that_ resource and hope I don't sink in the process...

- [For The Evulz](http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/ForTheEvulz) - he's a destructive force, a person who "likes to watch the world burn". No deeper reasons, no hate, no revenge. Simple love for destruction.
- One I can't find the trope for, "Burn down a national park to steal a bag of french fries": the disaster and resulting chaos was an opportunity to perform a job: steal some radioactives, force people to vacate the nearby area (e.g. because there's something significantly more dangerous there), distract authorities and draw away forces from a distant area of a heist, engage rescue forces while an even more serious disaster is being prepared.
- [Disproportionate Retribution](http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/DisproportionateRetribution) - Whatever reason. He learned he's about to get fired. He lost something precious - say, wife left him. He's really tired with life. Let's go with a bang.
- A mystery never explained.
- Baptism of fire. People realize the value of their lives when these lives hang on a thread. People live to the fullest when they live as heroes. The daily dreary of work and boredom is the ultimate nightmare. Let's give them an opportunity to shine.
- [Well-Intentioned Extremist](http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/WellIntentionedExtremist). It's a _remote_ nuclear facility with an inherent security flaw. There are quite a few such facilities in densely populated locations. Only the disaster will force a global shutdown of the insecure facilities.
- Hostages/Blackmail. There are other antagonists: terrorists, agencies, whatever. They forced the hand of the one we know.

There are many more options...

Imported from external source by user avatar System · 2013-09-24T10:38:53Z (over 6 years ago)
Original score: 6