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 Thorns, The Lies of Locke Lamora, the Kingkiller Chronicles (so far). Fullmetal Alchemist. Even Frankenstein does this.