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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.)
16th Jan '16 3:34:26 PM StFan
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* A light-hearted parody. In the Hong Kong comic ''TheWorldOfLilyWong'' the hero worked for a deeply immoral advertising agency named Faust Associates whose logo was a devil.

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* A light-hearted parody. In the Hong Kong comic ''TheWorldOfLilyWong'' ''ComicStrip/TheWorldOfLilyWong'', the hero worked works for a deeply immoral advertising agency named Faust Associates whose logo was is a devil.
13th Jan '16 6:47:06 PM nombretomado
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* Invoked by name in the ''SquadronSupreme'' limited series when Tom Thumb tries to get a cancer cure from the Scarlet Centurion, a ConquerorFromTheFuture.

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* Invoked by name in the ''SquadronSupreme'' ''ComicBook/SquadronSupreme'' limited series when Tom Thumb tries to get a cancer cure from the Scarlet Centurion, a ConquerorFromTheFuture.
4th Jan '16 7:43:16 AM SeptimusHeap
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* In what was likely a case of StupidEvil taken UpToEleven, DoctorStrange's old enemy Baron Mordo tried to obtain power by selling his soul to not one, but ''two'' powerful demonic entities, Mephisto and Satannish. He got greater power, but it wasn't enough to defeat Strange, and things got much, much, worse when both demons came to collect. Mordo had counted on Strange to save him, but the two demons started fighting ''each other'' over Mordo's soul, each one apparently willing to destroy the Earth before letting the other have it. (Strange managed to drive them away with a ritual that would have merged them together into the evil singularity they originally were, forcing them to flee to avoid it, and seeing as they haven't bothered Mordo since, the contracts he made with them seem to have been annulled somehow.)

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* In what was likely a case of StupidEvil taken UpToEleven, DoctorStrange's ComicBook/DoctorStrange's old enemy Baron Mordo tried to obtain power by selling his soul to not one, but ''two'' powerful demonic entities, Mephisto and Satannish. He got greater power, but it wasn't enough to defeat Strange, and things got much, much, worse when both demons came to collect. Mordo had counted on Strange to save him, but the two demons started fighting ''each other'' over Mordo's soul, each one apparently willing to destroy the Earth before letting the other have it. (Strange managed to drive them away with a ritual that would have merged them together into the evil singularity they originally were, forcing them to flee to avoid it, and seeing as they haven't bothered Mordo since, the contracts he made with them seem to have been annulled somehow.)
28th Dec '15 3:57:48 PM Anddrix
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* DoctorDoom made a deal with a cabal of demons in the "Irredeemable" story arc that involved selling his former childhood love's soul to them and wearing her skin as his new armor. He nearly defeats Reed thanks to his new power, but then he arrogantly claimed he wasn't subservient to any other power. The demons responded by dragging him into hell.

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* DoctorDoom Doctor Doom made a deal with a cabal of demons in the "Irredeemable" story arc that involved selling his former childhood love's soul to them and wearing her skin as his new armor. He nearly defeats Reed thanks to his new power, but then he arrogantly claimed he wasn't subservient to any other power. The demons responded by dragging him into hell.
27th Dec '15 8:57:03 PM nombretomado
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* A variant occurs in the ''{{Sleepwalker}}'' comics, where the demonic genie Mr. Jyn manifests on Earth by pretending to serve a human "master" and get back at those who wronged him, only to manipulate him into letting Mr. Jyn cause more and more mayhem until the demon is released in the process.

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* A variant occurs in the ''{{Sleepwalker}}'' ''ComicBook/{{Sleepwalker}}'' comics, where the demonic genie Mr. Jyn manifests on Earth by pretending to serve a human "master" and get back at those who wronged him, only to manipulate him into letting Mr. Jyn cause more and more mayhem until the demon is released in the process.
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