Okay, grimdark seems to love this plot like I love butter.

  • The thing must be accomplished at all costs, because reasons.
  • Hahahaha, reason.
  • Using methods the character never would have considered at the outset (and they considered more than a few things), the thing is accomplished!
  • And now they don’t want it, because the cost was too high.
  • But DAMN if it didn’t get accomplished.

I really, really love this type of story.  Mark Lawrence’s Prince of ThornsThe Lies of Locke Lamora, the Kingkiller Chronicles (so far).  Fullmetal Alchemist.  Even Frankenstein does this.

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