History DealWithTheDevil / Comics

7th Aug '16 10:14:33 AM nombretomado
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* In ''ComicBook/{{Hellblazer}}'', John Constantine, of TheDCU but mostly of VertigoComics, has a reputation of usually being able to get the upper hand in Infernal Contracts, earning him the irritation of Heaven and Hell. Most notably, he [[spoiler:sold his soul to all three archdemons, meaning he can't die until they've resolved who actually gets it. Being archdemons, they aren't inclined to compromise, and the only alternative is open war between them - something they are very keen to avoid. ]]

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* In ''ComicBook/{{Hellblazer}}'', John Constantine, of TheDCU Franchise/TheDCU but mostly of VertigoComics, has a reputation of usually being able to get the upper hand in Infernal Contracts, earning him the irritation of Heaven and Hell. Most notably, he [[spoiler:sold his soul to all three archdemons, meaning he can't die until they've resolved who actually gets it. Being archdemons, they aren't inclined to compromise, and the only alternative is open war between them - something they are very keen to avoid. ]]



* In TheDCU CrisisCrossover ''ComicBook/UnderworldUnleashed'' lots of villains (and a few {{Anti Hero}}es) sell their souls to the demon Neron in exchange for additional powers. (Well, most of them. Lex Luthor did it to cure his cancer. The Joker did it for a box of Cuban cigars.) Many find that the gifts have nasty side effects. [[spoiler:The demon's [[EvilPlan ultimate plan]] was to corrupt, and then buy, the soul of Captain Marvel. When Cap selflessly offers his uncorrupted soul in exchange for nothing but the safety of his friends, Neron has no choice but to accept the deal, even though Captain Marvel had offered exactly what Trickster had told him, and so was safe: Neron could not collect if there was nothing in the bargain for the other person.]]

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* In TheDCU Franchise/TheDCU CrisisCrossover ''ComicBook/UnderworldUnleashed'' lots of villains (and a few {{Anti Hero}}es) sell their souls to the demon Neron in exchange for additional powers. (Well, most of them. Lex Luthor did it to cure his cancer. The Joker did it for a box of Cuban cigars.) Many find that the gifts have nasty side effects. [[spoiler:The demon's [[EvilPlan ultimate plan]] was to corrupt, and then buy, the soul of Captain Marvel. When Cap selflessly offers his uncorrupted soul in exchange for nothing but the safety of his friends, Neron has no choice but to accept the deal, even though Captain Marvel had offered exactly what Trickster had told him, and so was safe: Neron could not collect if there was nothing in the bargain for the other person.]]
27th Jul '16 7:55:17 AM Taskmaster123
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** Lucifer in the Hellblazer series plays this perfectly straight. He ''always'' tells the exact truth, ''always'' advises people seeking to making a deal with him that they need to think it over and be absolutely sure, and ''always'' holds true to the contract by giving the person ''exactly what they asked for.'' There are a lot of OhCrap moments from people who make a deal with Lucifer, but they can't say they were't warned. ''There just isn't any fine print.''

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** Lucifer in the Hellblazer series plays this perfectly straight. He ''always'' tells the exact truth, ''always'' advises people seeking to making a deal with him that they need to think it over and be absolutely sure, and ''always'' holds true to the contract by giving the person ''exactly what they asked for.'' There are a lot of OhCrap moments from people who make a deal with Lucifer, but they can't say they were't weren't warned. ''There just isn't any fine print.''
27th Jul '16 7:51:57 AM Taskmaster123
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** Lucifer in the Hellblazer series plays this perfectly straight. He ''always'' tells the exact truth, ''always'' advises people seeking to making a deal with him that they need to think it over and be absolutely sure, and ''always'' holds true to the contract by giving the person ''exactly what they asked for.'' There are a lot of OhCrap moments from people who make a deal with Lucifer, but they can't say they were't warned. ''There just isn't any fine print.''
7th Jun '16 1:09:18 PM EDP
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** ''All-New Wolverine #6'' reveals her clone "sisters" made one with [[spoiler: Kimura]] to help them escape from Alchemax Genetics. [[spoiler: Bellona]] elected to be the one to pay the price to ensure [[spoiler: Gabby]] walked away free, but it's yet to be revealed just what that price is.

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** ''All-New Wolverine #6'' reveals her clone "sisters" made one with [[spoiler: Kimura]] to help them escape from Alchemax Genetics. [[spoiler: Bellona]] elected to be the one to pay the price to ensure [[spoiler: Gabby]] walked away free, but it's yet to be revealed just what that price is.is.
* The ''ComicBook/DylanDog'' story "Baba Yaga" is centered about two such deals made by the same person. Said person was terminally ill and stole from a gangster so his family could live well after he died, and the gangster in retaliation [[KickTheDog killed his family after he told him why he had done so]]. To have his revenge, the man sold his soul to the devil so the gangster and his men would die before him... [[JackassGenie And then the devil tells him he'll kill them right before he dies]], [[KickTheDog so he won't be able to see them dying and enjoy his revenge]]. Furious, the man makes ''another'' deal, offering his soul to Literature/BabaYaga in exchange for their death. Yaga delivers ''immediately''... And the devil shows up because the man had sold the soul to him first, and refuses to let him die (and thus let Yaga claim his soul) until he can take said soul.
28th May '16 8:22:52 PM Doug86
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* In ComicBook/{{X-Men}} ''Comicbook/FearItself'', Cyclops sent Illyana, Shadowcat and Colossus to Cytorak in the hopes of getting the Juggernaut depowered a little. It worked, though Piotr took his sister's place and became the new Juggernaut. [[spoiler:Illyana knew he would do this, and allowed it just to show Piotr that demonic corruption changes people forever. Worse, she could have freed him at any time with her own powers but let him suffer just to make her point.]]

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* In ComicBook/{{X-Men}} ComicBook/XMen ''Comicbook/FearItself'', Cyclops sent Illyana, Shadowcat and Colossus to Cytorak in the hopes of getting the Juggernaut depowered a little. It worked, though Piotr took his sister's place and became the new Juggernaut. [[spoiler:Illyana knew he would do this, and allowed it just to show Piotr that demonic corruption changes people forever. Worse, she could have freed him at any time with her own powers but let him suffer just to make her point.]]
18th Apr '16 12:38:37 PM Ambaryerno
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** She later enters into a bit more of a conventional one during ''Circle Of Four'', in which Mephisto offers to restore her, Red Hulk, Ghost Rider, and Venom to life after they've been killed by Blackheart, in exchange for stopping his machinations to unleash hell on earth. They succeed and Blackheart is defeated, and all four are revived as Mephisto agreed. Unfortunately, they ''also'' owe him another favor at a later date, the terms of which have yet to be revealed...

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** She later enters into a bit more of a conventional one during ''Circle Of Four'', in which Mephisto offers to restore her, Red Hulk, Ghost Rider, and Venom to life after they've been killed by Blackheart, in exchange for stopping his machinations to unleash hell on earth. They succeed and Blackheart is defeated, and all four are revived as Mephisto agreed. Unfortunately, they ''also'' owe him another favor at a later date, the terms of which have yet to be revealed...revealed...
** ''All-New Wolverine #6'' reveals her clone "sisters" made one with [[spoiler: Kimura]] to help them escape from Alchemax Genetics. [[spoiler: Bellona]] elected to be the one to pay the price to ensure [[spoiler: Gabby]] walked away free, but it's yet to be revealed just what that price is.
14th Apr '16 9:53:50 AM Ambaryerno
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* Comicbook/{{X 23}} combines this with a variation of ChessWithDeath in the first arc of her Liu series. Throughout the story Hellverine, a demon using Comicbook/{{Wolverine}} as a MeatPuppet, is attempting to seduce Laura into his service as leader of his armies ([[FoeRomanceSubtext and possibly just plain attempting to seduce her]]). He argues that her refusal is pointless because she ''already'' belongs to him as a result of being a clone (who he claims don't have souls), and because of all the blood on her hands. Laura continues to resist him, eventually culminating with Hellverine attacking her (sort of) boyfriend, Hellion. He then offers to spare him if Laura agrees to serve him. Instead she makes a bargain: If she can prove his assertions about her wrong, he'll leave her alone and restore Julian. Commence a BattleInTheCenterOfTheMinde where Laura revisits her past traumas and, with the help of [[spoiler: the [[Comicbook/CaptainUniverse Enigma Force]]]], comes to terms with the fact that she wasn't born evil and was herself a victim. Thus winning the contest and saving both herself and Hellion.

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* Comicbook/{{X 23}} combines this with a variation of ChessWithDeath in the first arc of her Liu series. Throughout the story Hellverine, a demon using Comicbook/{{Wolverine}} as a MeatPuppet, is attempting to seduce Laura into his service as leader of his armies ([[FoeRomanceSubtext and possibly just plain attempting to seduce her]]). He argues that her refusal is pointless because she ''already'' belongs to him as a result of being a clone (who he claims don't have souls), and because of all the blood on her hands. Laura continues to resist him, eventually culminating with Hellverine attacking her (sort of) boyfriend, Hellion. He then offers to spare him if Laura agrees to serve him. Instead she makes a bargain: If she can prove his assertions about her wrong, he'll leave her alone and restore Julian. Commence a BattleInTheCenterOfTheMinde BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind where Laura revisits her past traumas and, with the help of [[spoiler: the [[Comicbook/CaptainUniverse Enigma Force]]]], comes to terms with the fact that she wasn't born evil and was herself a victim. Thus winning the contest and saving both herself and Hellion.
14th Apr '16 9:53:30 AM Ambaryerno
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* Many a heroine of a ''ComicBook/{{Misty}}'' story would make one of these, for various reasons.

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* Many a heroine of a ''ComicBook/{{Misty}}'' story would make one of these, for various reasons.reasons.
* Comicbook/{{X 23}} combines this with a variation of ChessWithDeath in the first arc of her Liu series. Throughout the story Hellverine, a demon using Comicbook/{{Wolverine}} as a MeatPuppet, is attempting to seduce Laura into his service as leader of his armies ([[FoeRomanceSubtext and possibly just plain attempting to seduce her]]). He argues that her refusal is pointless because she ''already'' belongs to him as a result of being a clone (who he claims don't have souls), and because of all the blood on her hands. Laura continues to resist him, eventually culminating with Hellverine attacking her (sort of) boyfriend, Hellion. He then offers to spare him if Laura agrees to serve him. Instead she makes a bargain: If she can prove his assertions about her wrong, he'll leave her alone and restore Julian. Commence a BattleInTheCenterOfTheMinde where Laura revisits her past traumas and, with the help of [[spoiler: the [[Comicbook/CaptainUniverse Enigma Force]]]], comes to terms with the fact that she wasn't born evil and was herself a victim. Thus winning the contest and saving both herself and Hellion.
** She later enters into a bit more of a conventional one during ''Circle Of Four'', in which Mephisto offers to restore her, Red Hulk, Ghost Rider, and Venom to life after they've been killed by Blackheart, in exchange for stopping his machinations to unleash hell on earth. They succeed and Blackheart is defeated, and all four are revived as Mephisto agreed. Unfortunately, they ''also'' owe him another favor at a later date, the terms of which have yet to be revealed...
1st Apr '16 2:28:25 PM ObsidianFire
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** This is because Mephisto screwed Thanos over in ''ComicBook/TheInfinityGauntlet'', and Thanos has gotten GenreSavvy.

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** This is because Mephisto screwed Thanos over in ''ComicBook/TheInfinityGauntlet'', and Thanos has gotten GenreSavvy.smart.



* Subverted by Mephisto again in [[ComicBook/EarthX Universe X]], when he offers Captain America a device that can spirit him away to an extratemporal limbo any time he's in danger of dying. In fact, [[BatmanGambit Mephisto is counting on Cap rejecting it]]; the real temptation is for the Captain to ''reject offers of help'' and depend on his own abilities to a fault. He dies shortly thereafter, nearly derailing Mar-Vell's plan to defeat Mephisto and Death (and when Cap bats the device away, it activates and sets another temporal {{plan}} in motion). That Mephisto guy is getting DangerouslyGenreSavvy about this sort of thing....

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* Subverted by Mephisto again in [[ComicBook/EarthX Universe X]], when he offers Captain America a device that can spirit him away to an extratemporal limbo any time he's in danger of dying. In fact, [[BatmanGambit Mephisto is counting on Cap rejecting it]]; the real temptation is for the Captain to ''reject offers of help'' and depend on his own abilities to a fault. He dies shortly thereafter, nearly derailing Mar-Vell's plan to defeat Mephisto and Death (and when Cap bats the device away, it activates and sets another temporal {{plan}} in motion). That Mephisto guy is getting DangerouslyGenreSavvy about catching onto this sort of thing....
26th Jan '16 12:13:03 PM MoPete
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* [[ComicBook/ChickTracts Jack Chick]] has used this motif several different times, notably in "[[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/0034/0034_01.asp Angels?]]" and "[[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/0078/0078_01.asp The Contract]]". This is arguably a subversion, since the point of these tracts is to contend that Jesus could save you even from one of those contracts if you have the requisite faith. (And if you ''don't'' have faith in Jesus, the devil gets you whether you sign a contract or not.)

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* [[ComicBook/ChickTracts Jack Chick]] has used this motif several different times, notably in "[[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/0034/0034_01.asp Angels?]]" and Angels?]]," "[[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/0078/0078_01.asp The Contract]]". Contract]]", and "[[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/1109/1109_01.asp It's A Deal]]." This is arguably a subversion, since the point of these tracts is to contend that Jesus could save you even from one of those contracts if you have the requisite faith. (And if you ''don't'' have faith in Jesus, the devil gets you whether you sign a contract or not.)
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