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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.]]
11th Mar '17 1:40:32 PM rafi
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* Of all the evil entities, ComicBook/{{Mephisto}}, the Marvel Universe's version of {{Satan}}, is the major example of these trope. It his trademark.



* The case of Comicbook/GhostRider of the MarvelUniverse and ''Comicbook/{{Spawn}}''. In the movie adaptation of ''Film/GhostRider'', Mephistopheles plays a little hard and loose with the rules in order for the plot to portray Johnny Blaze more sympathetically. He pricks Johnny's finger while Johnny is just looking the contract over (and thus did not give clear, informed consent), and the splash of blood counts as a signature. then cures Johnny's father's cancer, but kills said father the very same day via a motorcycle accident. In the Ghost Rider comics, Blaze still made the deal with the devil, except [[spoiler:The Ghost Rider is actually an angel. Thus, when Johnny dies and goes to Hell, he can and does escape. If he dies without the Ghost Rider, however, he still goes to Hell permanently.]]

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* The case of Comicbook/GhostRider of the MarvelUniverse and ''Comicbook/{{Spawn}}''.Comicbook/GhostRider. In the movie adaptation of ''Film/GhostRider'', Mephistopheles plays a little hard and loose with the rules in order for the plot to portray Johnny Blaze more sympathetically. He pricks Johnny's finger while Johnny is just looking the contract over (and thus did not give clear, informed consent), and the splash of blood counts as a signature. then cures Johnny's father's cancer, but kills said father the very same day via a motorcycle accident. In the Ghost Rider comics, Blaze still made the deal with the devil, except [[spoiler:The Ghost Rider is actually an angel. Thus, when Johnny dies and goes to Hell, he can and does escape. If he dies without the Ghost Rider, however, he still goes to Hell permanently.]]



* The infamous ''ComicBook/SpiderMan'' arc ''ComicBook/OneMoreDay'' involves [[spoiler:Spider-Man allowing Mephisto, the MarvelUniverse's version of {{Satan}} to save his Aunt May's life in exchange for undoing his marriage to the woman he loves, thus wiping away the last twenty years of his life.]] For numerous reasons (including the fact that if Mephisto was actually powerful enough to do this, the entire MarvelUniverse would be screwed, since he'd use the power in far more evil ways than just wiping out Spidey's marriage), many ''Spider-Man'' fans consider this particular entry to be idiotic. Even Stan Lee disregards ''ComicBook/OneMoreDay''.
** In a mild subversion, Mephisto ''doesn't'' bargain for Peter or Mary Jane's souls, and in fact tells them that he stopped making that deal ages ago. That's because the souls of those who made the ultimate sacrifice to save another suffer nobly for all eternity... "and really, where's the fun in that?"
* Subverted in the ''{{Spider-Man}}'' comics in the 1990s by the Jason Macendale Hobgoblin, a B-list villain who had been struggling to increase his powers. During [[ComicBook/{{Inferno}} a demonic invasion of New York]], Macendale seeks out the demons' leader and offers to trade his soul for power. In a ghoulishly ironic twist, the demon openly laughs at the idea, considering Macendale's soul to be too pitiful to be worth taking ("What would I want with your soul?" laughs the demon. "Have you ''looked'' at it lately? ''Disgusting!''"), but goes ahead and gives Macendale the power of a demon anyway, just for making him laugh. Macendale's additional power made him a more formidable opponent, even coming close to killing Spider-Man on a couple of occasions, but it also ended up making him go AxCrazy and turning him into a fanatical KnightTemplar. Macendale wasn't exactly a ButtMonkey, but no matter what he tried to do to increase his powers, he just couldn't catch a break... (And then he got turned into a cyborg. And THEN he got killed by the original Hobgoblin... only for said original Hobgoblin to immediately retire and not do anything ever again for about ten years.)
* In ''ComicBook/SpiderGirl'', Spidey's clone Kaine also makes a deal with [[Comicbook/GhostRider the demon Zarathos]] to try and save Daredevil's life after a HeroicSacrifice. His [[IllGirl Ill Boy]] [[CloningBlues "nephew"]] ends up a victim of DemonicPossession instead. [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Nice Job Breaking It, Anti-Hero]].

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* ''ComicBook/SpiderMan''
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The infamous ''ComicBook/SpiderMan'' infamous arc ''ComicBook/OneMoreDay'' involves [[spoiler:Spider-Man allowing Mephisto, the MarvelUniverse's version of {{Satan}} Mephisto to save his Aunt May's life in exchange for undoing his marriage to the woman he loves, thus wiping away the last twenty years of his life.]] For numerous reasons (including the fact that if Mephisto was actually powerful enough to do this, the entire MarvelUniverse would be screwed, since he'd use the power in far more evil ways than just wiping out Spidey's marriage), many ''Spider-Man'' fans consider this particular entry to be idiotic. Even Stan Lee disregards ''ComicBook/OneMoreDay''.
** *** In a mild subversion, Mephisto ''doesn't'' bargain for Peter or Mary Jane's souls, and in fact tells them that he stopped making that deal ages ago. That's because the souls of those who made the ultimate sacrifice to save another suffer nobly for all eternity... "and really, where's the fun in that?"
* ** Subverted in the ''{{Spider-Man}}'' comics in the 1990s by the Jason Macendale Hobgoblin, a B-list villain who had been struggling to increase his powers. During [[ComicBook/{{Inferno}} a demonic invasion of New York]], Macendale seeks out the demons' leader and offers to trade his soul for power. In a ghoulishly ironic twist, the demon openly laughs at the idea, considering Macendale's soul to be too pitiful to be worth taking ("What would I want with your soul?" laughs the demon. "Have you ''looked'' at it lately? ''Disgusting!''"), but goes ahead and gives Macendale the power of a demon anyway, just for making him laugh. Macendale's additional power made him a more formidable opponent, even coming close to killing Spider-Man on a couple of occasions, but it also ended up making him go AxCrazy and turning him into a fanatical KnightTemplar. Macendale wasn't exactly a ButtMonkey, but no matter what he tried to do to increase his powers, he just couldn't catch a break... (And then he got turned into a cyborg. And THEN he got killed by the original Hobgoblin... only for said original Hobgoblin to immediately retire and not do anything ever again for about ten years.)
* ** In ''ComicBook/SpiderGirl'', Spidey's clone Kaine also makes a deal with [[Comicbook/GhostRider the demon Zarathos]] to try and save Daredevil's life after a HeroicSacrifice. His [[IllGirl Ill Boy]] [[CloningBlues "nephew"]] ends up a victim of DemonicPossession instead. [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Nice Job Breaking It, Anti-Hero]].
4th Mar '17 12:27:01 PM nombretomado
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* Subverted by the ComicBook/BlackPanther, the MarvelComics hero. The Black Panther pledged his soul to Mephisto (yes, [[SpiderMan that Mephisto]]) in exchange for Mephisto agreeing to depower an enemy of the Panther's that he had given great demonic power to. Mephisto lived up to his end of the bargain, and so did the Panther...but when Mephisto tried to claim the Panther's soul, Mephisto found that it was linked to the souls of the Panther God and every single previous Black Panther warrior in existence, whose sheer goodness threatened to destroy him. Mephisto requested that the Black Panther agree to release him from the pact, and the Panther agreed. This is probably one of the only cases where the ''Devil'' is the one who asks that the contract be voided.

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* Subverted by the ComicBook/BlackPanther, the MarvelComics hero.ComicBook/BlackPanther. The Black Panther pledged his soul to Mephisto (yes, [[SpiderMan that Mephisto]]) in exchange for Mephisto agreeing to depower an enemy of the Panther's that he had given great demonic power to. Mephisto lived up to his end of the bargain, and so did the Panther...but when Mephisto tried to claim the Panther's soul, Mephisto found that it was linked to the souls of the Panther God and every single previous Black Panther warrior in existence, whose sheer goodness threatened to destroy him. Mephisto requested that the Black Panther agree to release him from the pact, and the Panther agreed. This is probably one of the only cases where the ''Devil'' is the one who asks that the contract be voided.
15th Feb '17 8:01:50 AM VampireBuddha
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* The trope is referenced in ''Comicbook/{{Nikolai Dante}}'', when Akita Sagawa hires Nikolai to help apprehend Katarina. Nikolai turns the tables, taking out the {{Yakuza}} air force that was going to destroy Katarina's {{pirate}}s and 'accidentally' kill him.
--> '''Murakami:''' We made a ''deal''...\\
'''Nikolai:''' You'd be better off dealing with ''the devil''.
8th Feb '17 11:56:14 AM Anddrix
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* In ''ComicBook/AlphaGods'', Cravely is granted immortality by Malak, but in exchange he is forced to serve him.
7th Feb '17 5:12:08 PM Anddrix
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* In ''ComicBook/AlphaGods'', Cravely is granted immortality by Malak, but in exchange he is forced to serve him.
17th Jan '17 1:01:58 AM M84
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* In ''Comicbook/{{Birthright}}'', Mikey Rhodes agreed to serve God King Lore after he failed to defeat him. Lore sealed the deal by attaching a Nevermind (a malevolent spirit that is an extension of his own will) to Mikey's soul. The Nevermind gives Mikey advice and grants him power while they serve Lore, but it also enforces Lore's will. Removing it isn't really an option either, since being bonded to Mikey's soul also made it necessary for Mikey to survive. If it goes, Mikey goes with it.
6th Jan '17 4:44:03 PM nombretomado
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* DC's ''HiHiPuffyAmiYumi'' #2 had "Dark Agent." The girls get rid of Kaz and sign a contract to make the Devil their agent, for which in return they will get success and riches beyond their dreams. But they become bored with it after awhile, and they can't reneg because the contract was for all eternity. Kaz arrives and challenges the Devil to a duel with guitars to win back the girls.

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* DC's ''HiHiPuffyAmiYumi'' ''WesternAnimation/HiHiPuffyAmiYumi'' #2 had "Dark Agent." The girls get rid of Kaz and sign a contract to make the Devil their agent, for which in return they will get success and riches beyond their dreams. But they become bored with it after awhile, and they can't reneg because the contract was for all eternity. Kaz arrives and challenges the Devil to a duel with guitars to win back the girls.
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