I think this is the most important thing about a character. It's the thing that controls their deepest motives that can conflict with the plot. Not only that but it's something that can change and still remain so strong and compelling. I have came up with about 25 different ones but I'm just wondering if I'm missing any obvious ones. Family is a big one. I once met a young girl who told me everything she did, she did for her nephew. I'm sure in reality it's not quite extreme but I know that there are plenty of people like that. Fathers and mothers working late shifts to provide for their children. Their families drive them, they're what give them that inner strength to take almost anything tomorrow will throw at them. Anger and Revenge are big ones used Patriotism Religion Employment Money A legacy Pride Self improvement Guilt An ambition Love All things that I think we can make idealism about and base our whole life chasing that, to me it's what makes characters most compelling and I'd like to get as wide a variety as possible. Just wondering can you name any that drive you every day or the people around you? Even if it's listed already I just want to get an idea which really are the most powerful and relatable.