History DealWithTheDevil / Comics

18th Jan '18 4:54:30 AM jormis29
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* Subverted by Thanos in Marvel's ''[[ComicBook/TheInfinityGauntlet The Infinity Crusade]]''. Mephisto offers a key piece of information in subduing the Goddess in exchange for one of her [[CosmicKeystone cosmic containment units]]. When Mephisto later returns after the conflict has concluded to collect his payment, he decides to test his new toy against Thanos, only to realize that it is powerless. Thanos then clarifies that, while he had honored their agreement by providing Mephisto with a unit, [[ExactWords it was never specified]] that he wanted one that ''functioned''.

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* Subverted by Thanos in Marvel's ''[[ComicBook/TheInfinityGauntlet The Infinity Crusade]]''.''ComicBook/TheInfinityCrusade''. Mephisto offers a key piece of information in subduing the Goddess in exchange for one of her [[CosmicKeystone cosmic containment units]]. When Mephisto later returns after the conflict has concluded to collect his payment, he decides to test his new toy against Thanos, only to realize that it is powerless. Thanos then clarifies that, while he had honored their agreement by providing Mephisto with a unit, [[ExactWords it was never specified]] that he wanted one that ''functioned''.
10th Jan '18 12:58:05 PM lillolillo
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* Subverted (twice) in the novel ''{{Superman}}: Literature/MiracleMonday'':
** After Lex Luthor accidentally releases a demon from Hell named Saturn on Earth, the demon offers him a bargain... except it turns out it was really Superman in disguise, tricking Luthor into revealing where the Hell portal was located.
** Saturn tries to get get Superman to break his no-killing vow (to morally break him down) by possessing an innocent girl, then telling the hero the only way to stop him from further ruining the World would be to kill her. However, Superman refuses, even if it means the two would be locked in eternal combat. It turns out that by refusing, Superman actually ''won'' a wish from the demon (the rules governing demons demanded it) and Superman uses it to return everything to normal.
* In what may well be his greatest moment, when ComicBook/JohnConstantine discovered he had terminal cancer, he sold his soul to Lucifer for a cure. Naturally, Lucifer reneged and showed up as John was dying, gloating on all the tortures he would give him. Suddenly, in come the other two Lords of Hell, Satan and Bellezuub to show up and relate that John sold his soul to each of ''them'' as well. They argue before John points out the issue: All three of them have a claim to his soul and would have to go into a war so vicious that God himself would have to step in to wipe out all three. The only way to get out of this jam? Cure John of cancer and call the deals off. Nothing says MagnificentBastard like this.



** Averted the classic Silver Age "Death of Superman" imaginary story. On trial in the bottle city of Kandor for Superman's murder, Luthor smugly thinks he'll get out of this. After being found guilty, Luthor offers to restore the Kandorians to their full size in exchange for his freedom, certain they'll take the deal. To his shock, the Kandorians would rather stay in the bottle than owe their freedom to Superman's killer and send Luthor to the Phantom Zone.
** During a late 90s arc, Lex Luthor bought out the Daily Planet for the express purpose of shutting it down. Later, Perry White found backers to help him buy the Planet back, rehiring Clark, Lois, Jimmy and the rest of his staff to put out the paper... Only for Lex to sell it to Perry for the price of one dollar. It was later revealed that Lois had secretly brokered a deal with Lex for the sale of the Planet; in exchange, Lois agreed to kill a story of Lex's choice at an unspecified date in the future. It turned out to be a story that would've sunk Lex's presidential campaign.
*** Lois gets out of it by telling Clark, who writes the story himself (after all, ''he'' didn't make a deal with Lex).

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** Averted the classic Silver Age "Death story ''Superman #149: Death of Superman" imaginary story.Superman''. On trial in the bottle city of Kandor for Superman's murder, Luthor smugly thinks he'll get out of this. After being found guilty, Luthor offers to restore the Kandorians to their full size in exchange for his freedom, certain they'll take the deal. To his shock, the Kandorians would rather stay in the bottle than owe their freedom to Superman's killer and send Luthor to the Phantom Zone.
** During a late 90s arc, Lex Luthor bought out the Daily Planet for the express purpose of shutting it down. Later, Perry White found backers to help him buy the Planet back, rehiring Clark, Lois, Jimmy and the rest of his staff to put out the paper... Only for Lex to sell it to Perry for the price of one dollar. It was later revealed that Lois had secretly brokered a deal with Lex for the sale of the Planet; in exchange, Lois agreed to kill a story of Lex's choice at an unspecified date in the future. It turned out to be a story that would've sunk Lex's presidential campaign.
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campaign. Lois gets out of it by telling Clark, who writes the story himself (after all, ''he'' didn't make a deal with Lex).Lex).
** Subverted (twice) in the novel ''Literature/MiracleMonday'':
*** After Lex Luthor accidentally releases a demon from Hell named Saturn on Earth, the demon offers him a bargain... except it turns out it was really Superman in disguise, tricking Luthor into revealing where the Hell portal was located.
*** Saturn tries to get Superman to break his no-killing vow (to morally break him down) by possessing an innocent girl, then telling the hero the only way to stop him from further ruining the World would be to kill her. However, Superman refuses, even if it means the two would be locked in eternal combat. It turns out that by refusing, Superman actually ''won'' a wish from the demon (the rules governing demons demanded it) and Superman uses it to return everything to normal.
* In what may well be his greatest moment, when ComicBook/JohnConstantine discovered he had terminal cancer, he sold his soul to Lucifer for a cure. Naturally, Lucifer reneged and showed up as John was dying, gloating on all the tortures he would give him. Suddenly, in come the other two Lords of Hell, Satan and Bellezuub to show up and relate that John sold his soul to each of ''them'' as well. They argue before John points out the issue: All three of them have a claim to his soul and would have to go into a war so vicious that God himself would have to step in to wipe out all three. The only way to get out of this jam? Cure John of cancer and call the deals off. Nothing says MagnificentBastard like this.
17th Oct '17 10:14:46 PM Daedalis
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* Doxta of ''ComicBook/BlackScience'' is happy to bargain with those who approach, sometimes by offering to give them back something she just took in exchange for some greater sacrifice. It's implied she's amused by the suffering endured as her victims live out their lives knowing what they've lost.
30th Sep '17 12:43:00 PM SeptimusHeap
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** "The Contract" is almost certainly intended as a {{Deconstruction}} of ''TheDevilAndDanielWebster'', while "Angels" is an over-the-top TakeThat to rock music. It's not clear whether Jack Chick really believes Satan has ever showed up in person and tried to buy anyone's soul, though he's willing to work with the idea as a hypothetical situation in his stories.

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** "The Contract" is almost certainly intended as a {{Deconstruction}} of ''TheDevilAndDanielWebster'', ''Literature/TheDevilAndDanielWebster'', while "Angels" is an over-the-top TakeThat to rock music. It's not clear whether Jack Chick really believes Satan has ever showed up in person and tried to buy anyone's soul, though he's willing to work with the idea as a hypothetical situation in his stories.
26th Sep '17 9:04:21 PM Pichu-kun
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* One Franchise/ArchieComics story has Jughead discovering a [[LittleShopThatWasntThereYesterday Diner On The Hill That Wasn't There Yesterday]] (Heck, nobody's sure if the hill was there either!). Inside, the only waitress, Darlene, offers the house special, a... well, put bluntly it's like a DagwoodSandwich made with pizzas instead of bread and topped with ''cheeseburgers'', but in exchange Jughead must give up his most important aspect- his metabolism! Confused, Jug nonetheless goes along with it. However, a BigEater lifestyle minus the needed metabolism causes Jughead to bloat up very quickly. Archie learns about the trade and gives up his pure heart to get the metabolism back. But without his pure heart, Archie is just another womanizing boy. BettyAndVeronica decide to go after the pure heart and give up their compassion and status, respectively, but because Veronica's status came from her father's fortune, this causes the Lodge family to go broke, and without her compassion Betty becomes a female [[JerkAss Reggie]]. To add salt to the wound, Darlene is a con artist who didn't really give anything up. With the help of ComicBook/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch, Jughead is able to set things right by forcing Darlene to take on the pure heart and compassion, making Darlene nice enough to push the ResetButton. (Well, not quite- Jughead has to work off the weight he put on). There's also a RunningGag about the gang assuming Darlene wanted their souls, followed by an ImagineSpot of said soul annoying Darlene somehow. When the girls do this, Darlene, she shouts, "What is it with you kids and souls!?"

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* ''Franchise/ArchieComics'':
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One Franchise/ArchieComics story has Jughead discovering a [[LittleShopThatWasntThereYesterday Diner On The Hill That Wasn't There Yesterday]] (Heck, nobody's sure if the hill was there either!). Inside, the only waitress, Darlene, offers the house special, a... well, put bluntly it's like a DagwoodSandwich made with pizzas instead of bread and topped with ''cheeseburgers'', but in exchange Jughead must give up his most important aspect- his metabolism! Confused, Jug nonetheless goes along with it. However, a BigEater lifestyle minus the needed metabolism causes Jughead to bloat up very quickly. Archie learns about the trade and gives up his pure heart to get the metabolism back. But without his pure heart, Archie is just another womanizing boy. BettyAndVeronica decide to go after the pure heart and give up their compassion and status, respectively, but because Veronica's status came from her father's fortune, this causes the Lodge family to go broke, and without her compassion Betty becomes a female [[JerkAss Reggie]]. To add salt to the wound, Darlene is a con artist who didn't really give anything up. With the help of ComicBook/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch, Jughead is able to set things right by forcing Darlene to take on the pure heart and compassion, making Darlene nice enough to push the ResetButton. (Well, not quite- Jughead has to work off the weight he put on). There's also a RunningGag about the gang assuming Darlene wanted their souls, followed by an ImagineSpot of said soul annoying Darlene somehow. When the girls do this, Darlene, she shouts, "What is it with you kids and souls!?"souls!?"
** Issue 75 of ''Betty and Veronica'' has Betty making a deal with "Mr Inferno" (who has an angular NonstandardCharacterDesign) to get Archie's heart. As it turns out, Veronica also made a deal with him. When the two get pissed at him, he calls off the deal and goes back to Hell.
11th Jun '17 3:00:11 PM nombretomado
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%%* The ''XXXenophile'' story "Demonstration of Affection".

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%%* The ''XXXenophile'' ''ComicBook/XXXenophile'' story "Demonstration of Affection".
1st Jun '17 5:18:18 AM ultimomant
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* In ''Series/{{Angel}} and Faith #10 and #11'', two of Giles' spoiled and snobbish aunts come to Angel and Faith for help. They made deals with several demons in exchange for eternal youth, beauty, perfect health, etc. As the demons come out of the woodwork looking to collect on their bargains, Angel and Faith slay them one by one, with the aunts refusing to lift a finger to help. One of the demons says that the aunts bargained a kiss for his gift, [[CrowningMomentOfFunny so Angel and Faith let him pass. As the demon forcefully French-kisses the complaining aunts, the next demon that comes calls a truce and says he will leave satisfied if Angel and Faith let him watch]].

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* In ''Series/{{Angel}} and Faith ''ComicBook/AngelAndFaith #10 and #11'', two of Giles' spoiled and snobbish aunts come to Angel and Faith for help. They made deals with several demons in exchange for eternal youth, beauty, perfect health, etc. As the demons come out of the woodwork looking to collect on their bargains, Angel and Faith slay them one by one, with the aunts refusing to lift a finger to help. One of the demons says that the aunts bargained a kiss for his gift, [[CrowningMomentOfFunny so Angel and Faith let him pass. As the demon forcefully French-kisses the complaining aunts, the next demon that comes calls a truce and says he will leave satisfied if Angel and Faith let him watch]].
20th May '17 4:22:46 PM nombretomado
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* In ''ComicBook/{{Hellblazer}}'', John Constantine, of 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. ]]

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* In ''ComicBook/{{Hellblazer}}'', John Constantine, of Franchise/TheDCU but mostly of VertigoComics, Creator/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. ]]
19th May '17 11:28:36 AM MikeW
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* In what may well be his greatest moment, when ComicBook/JohnConstantine discovered he had terminal cancer, he sold his soul to Lucifer for a cure. Naturally, Lucifer reneged and showed up as John was dying, gloating on all the tortures he would give him. Suddenly, in come the other two Lords of Hell, Satan and Bellezuub to show up and relate that John sold his soul to each of ''them'' as well. They argue before John points out the issue: All three of them have a claim to his soul and would have to go into a war so vicious that God himself would have to step in to wipe out all three. The only way to get out of this jam? Cure John of cancer and call the deals off. Nothing says MagnificentBastard like this.
22nd Apr '17 4:26:02 AM erforce
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* Frank Castle, alias Comicbook/ThePunisher, makes one in the alternate timeline [[Comicbook/ThePunisherMAX Marvel MAX]]. The comic ''Born'' depicts his final battles in Vietnam before being sent back home, and has him stationed at a run-down base manned mostly by drug addicts and slackers. So when a massive Vietcong offensive comes, the base is quickly overrun. Before long, Castle is the last man facing hordes of [=NVC=] in close combat, and a voice that had coaxed him to accept an agreement throughout the comic returns forcefully. It rams home the concept that he can either die here, never to see his wife and children again, or he can accept its terms, which will require a payment but will allow him to continue fighting a war forever. As the combat reaches a brutal fever pitch and the voice is practically shouting in his head, the Punisher growls '''''[[WhamLine "Yes."]]''''' [[spoiler: Later on, when he meets his wife and kids at the airport, the voice returns. It casually reminds him that it had mentioned a price, and Frank sees Maria and the children outlined by the infamous Punisher skull.]]

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* Frank Castle, alias Comicbook/ThePunisher, makes one in the alternate timeline [[Comicbook/ThePunisherMAX Marvel MAX]]. The comic ''Born'' ''[[ComicBook/ThePunisherBorn Born]]'' depicts his final battles in Vietnam before being sent back home, and has him stationed at a run-down base manned mostly by drug addicts and slackers. So when a massive Vietcong offensive comes, the base is quickly overrun. Before long, Castle is the last man facing hordes of [=NVC=] in close combat, and a voice that had coaxed him to accept an agreement throughout the comic returns forcefully. It rams home the concept that he can either die here, never to see his wife and children again, or he can accept its terms, which will require a payment but will allow him to continue fighting a war forever. As the combat reaches a brutal fever pitch and the voice is practically shouting in his head, the Punisher growls '''''[[WhamLine "Yes."]]''''' [[spoiler: Later on, when he meets his wife and kids at the airport, the voice returns. It casually reminds him that it had mentioned a price, and Frank sees Maria and the children outlined by the infamous Punisher skull.]]
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