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18th Sep '16 5:53:30 PM Dravencour
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* [[DrugsAreBad Drug addiction]]. Somebody offers you an offer of a great pleasurable experience beyond normal human sensations. It is also a great opportunity to capitalize in for profit. The catch is, once you are in, you can't get out and will probably suffer long-term psychological and/or physical deterioration if you dare to deviate from the "contract", or sometimes forced to do tricks for him, with death being the only apparent exit. There's a reason why "wiser" drug dealers don't get high on their own supply.

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* [[DrugsAreBad Drug addiction]]. Somebody offers you an offer of a great pleasurable experience beyond normal human sensations. It is also a great opportunity to capitalize in for profit. The catch is, once you are in, you can't get out and will probably suffer long-term psychological and/or physical deterioration if you dare to deviate from the "contract", or sometimes forced to do tricks for him, with death being the only apparent exit. There's a reason why "wiser" drug dealers don't [[GettingHighOnTheirOwnSupply get high on their own supply.supply]].
4th Sep '16 7:36:50 AM krimzonflygon2
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[[caption-width-right:350:Redefining soul music.]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:Redefining soul music.]]
[[caption-width-right:350:"Sign here, and here-DON'T READ THAT! Aaaand...here. Pleasure doing business with you...[[EvilLaugh heheheh]]..."]]
1st Sep '16 10:14:04 AM superboy313
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You know how it works. Want to be a [[{{Fiction 500}} millionaire]], TakeOverTheWorld, gain [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity Omnipotence]], or just to get back at that obnoxious JerkJock? Well travel down to [[AtTheCrossroads those crossroads]] and [[LouisCypher Mr. S]] will [[YourHeartsDesire guarantee your wildest dreams]], if you just sign on the dotted line with your own blood. This trope is OlderThanSteam, and does not even require the Abrahamic Devil; any {{trickster|s}} or evil deity [[EverybodyHatesHades roughly equivalent]] to {{Satan}} can be used. It reached its current version in the 16th-century legend of {{Faust}} selling his soul to Mephistopheles (who technically isn't ''quite'' exactly Satan or Lucifer, but still a high-ranking demon).

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You know how it works. Want to be a [[{{Fiction 500}} millionaire]], TakeOverTheWorld, gain [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity Omnipotence]], infinite power]], or just to get back at that obnoxious JerkJock? Well travel down to [[AtTheCrossroads those crossroads]] and [[LouisCypher Mr. S]] will [[YourHeartsDesire guarantee your wildest dreams]], if you just sign on the dotted line with your own blood. This trope is OlderThanSteam, and does not even require the Abrahamic Devil; any {{trickster|s}} or evil deity [[EverybodyHatesHades roughly equivalent]] to {{Satan}} can be used. It reached its current version in the 16th-century legend of {{Faust}} selling his soul to Mephistopheles (who technically isn't ''quite'' exactly Satan or Lucifer, but still a high-ranking demon).
1st Sep '16 10:13:21 AM superboy313
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You know how it works. Want to be a [[{{Fiction 500}} trillionaire]], TakeOverTheWorld, gain [[ThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow Omniscience]], or just to get back at that obnoxious JerkJock? Well travel down to [[AtTheCrossroads those crossroads]] and [[LouisCypher Mr. S]] will [[YourHeartsDesire guarantee your wildest dreams]], if you just sign on the dotted line with your own blood. This trope is OlderThanSteam, and does not even require the Abrahamic Devil; any {{trickster|s}} or evil deity [[EverybodyHatesHades roughly equivalent]] to {{Satan}} can be used. It reached its current version in the 16th-century legend of {{Faust}} selling his soul to Mephistopheles (who technically isn't ''quite'' exactly Satan or Lucifer, but still a high-ranking demon).

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You know how it works. Want to be a [[{{Fiction 500}} trillionaire]], millionaire]], TakeOverTheWorld, gain [[ThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow Omniscience]], [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity Omnipotence]], or just to get back at that obnoxious JerkJock? Well travel down to [[AtTheCrossroads those crossroads]] and [[LouisCypher Mr. S]] will [[YourHeartsDesire guarantee your wildest dreams]], if you just sign on the dotted line with your own blood. This trope is OlderThanSteam, and does not even require the Abrahamic Devil; any {{trickster|s}} or evil deity [[EverybodyHatesHades roughly equivalent]] to {{Satan}} can be used. It reached its current version in the 16th-century legend of {{Faust}} selling his soul to Mephistopheles (who technically isn't ''quite'' exactly Satan or Lucifer, but still a high-ranking demon).
31st Aug '16 6:22:50 AM Dravencour
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* [[DrugsAreBad Drug addiction]]. Somebody offers you an offer of a great pleasurable experience beyond normal human sensations. It is also a great opportunity to capitalize in for profit. The catch is, once you are in, you can't get out and will probably suffer long-term psychological and/or physical deterioration if you dare to deviate from the "contract", or sometimes forced to do tricks for him, with death being the only apparent exit. There's a reason why "wiser" drug dealers don't abuse their own drugs.

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* [[DrugsAreBad Drug addiction]]. Somebody offers you an offer of a great pleasurable experience beyond normal human sensations. It is also a great opportunity to capitalize in for profit. The catch is, once you are in, you can't get out and will probably suffer long-term psychological and/or physical deterioration if you dare to deviate from the "contract", or sometimes forced to do tricks for him, with death being the only apparent exit. There's a reason why "wiser" drug dealers don't abuse get high on their own drugs.supply.
31st Aug '16 4:32:35 AM Dravencour
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This trope includes both literal {{Magically Binding Contract}}s with a literal devil, and crooked deals between any corrupt exploiter (the Mephistopheles role) and a desperate pawn (the Faust role). The exploiter can be offering anything from some shiny new AppliedPhlebotinum to making a high school nerd [[InWithTheInCrowd popular]], to [[LeonineContract saving your life moments before death]]. Sometimes it has [[MadeOfTemptation no practical value whatsoever]]. But whatever the service, whatever the offer, when making this kind of deal, '''nothing comes without a price.''' The price can be anything -- their soul, their conscience, their firstborn, their loved ones, their voice, their eternal servitude, or even [[ForWantOfANail something that seems completely innocent]] -- but is calculated to bring about the Faust's total ruin when it is paid.

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This trope includes both literal {{Magically Binding Contract}}s with a literal devil, and crooked deals between any corrupt exploiter (the Mephistopheles role) and a desperate pawn (the Faust role). The exploiter can be offering anything from some shiny new AppliedPhlebotinum to making a high school nerd [[InWithTheInCrowd popular]], to [[LeonineContract saving your life moments before death]]. Sometimes it has [[MadeOfTemptation no practical value whatsoever]]. But whatever the service, whatever the offer, when making this kind of deal, '''nothing nothing comes without a price.''' price. The price can be anything -- their soul, their conscience, their firstborn, their loved ones, their voice, their eternal servitude, or even [[ForWantOfANail something that seems completely innocent]] -- but is calculated to bring about the Faust's total ruin when it is paid.
31st Aug '16 4:30:53 AM Dravencour
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This trope includes both literal {{Magically Binding Contract}}s with a literal devil, and crooked deals between any corrupt exploiter (the Mephistopheles role) and a desperate pawn (the Faust role). The exploiter can be offering anything from some shiny new AppliedPhlebotinum to making a high school nerd [[InWithTheInCrowd popular]], to [[LeonineContract saving your life moments before death]]. Sometimes it has [[MadeOfTemptation no practical value whatsoever]]. But whatever the service, whatever the offer, when dealing with the Devil, '''nothing comes without a price.''' The price can be anything -- their soul, their conscience, their firstborn, their loved ones, their voice, their eternal servitude, or even [[ForWantOfANail something that seems completely innocent]] -- but is calculated to bring about the Faust's total ruin when it is paid.

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This trope includes both literal {{Magically Binding Contract}}s with a literal devil, and crooked deals between any corrupt exploiter (the Mephistopheles role) and a desperate pawn (the Faust role). The exploiter can be offering anything from some shiny new AppliedPhlebotinum to making a high school nerd [[InWithTheInCrowd popular]], to [[LeonineContract saving your life moments before death]]. Sometimes it has [[MadeOfTemptation no practical value whatsoever]]. But whatever the service, whatever the offer, when dealing with the Devil, making this kind of deal, '''nothing comes without a price.''' The price can be anything -- their soul, their conscience, their firstborn, their loved ones, their voice, their eternal servitude, or even [[ForWantOfANail something that seems completely innocent]] -- but is calculated to bring about the Faust's total ruin when it is paid.
31st Aug '16 4:30:28 AM Dravencour
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This trope includes both literal {{Magically Binding Contract}}s with a literal devil, and crooked deals between any corrupt exploiter (the Mephistopheles role) and a desperate pawn (the Faust role). The exploiter can be offering anything from some shiny new AppliedPhlebotinum to making a high school nerd [[InWithTheInCrowd popular]], to [[LeonineContract saving your life moments before death]]. Sometimes it has [[MadeOfTemptation no practical value whatsoever]]. But whatever the service, whatever the offer, '''nothing comes without a price.''' The price can be anything -- their soul, their conscience, their firstborn, their loved ones, their voice, their eternal servitude, or even [[ForWantOfANail something that seems completely innocent]] -- but is calculated to bring about the Faust's total ruin when it is paid.

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This trope includes both literal {{Magically Binding Contract}}s with a literal devil, and crooked deals between any corrupt exploiter (the Mephistopheles role) and a desperate pawn (the Faust role). The exploiter can be offering anything from some shiny new AppliedPhlebotinum to making a high school nerd [[InWithTheInCrowd popular]], to [[LeonineContract saving your life moments before death]]. Sometimes it has [[MadeOfTemptation no practical value whatsoever]]. But whatever the service, whatever the offer, when dealing with the Devil, '''nothing comes without a price.''' The price can be anything -- their soul, their conscience, their firstborn, their loved ones, their voice, their eternal servitude, or even [[ForWantOfANail something that seems completely innocent]] -- but is calculated to bring about the Faust's total ruin when it is paid.
31st Aug '16 4:29:29 AM Dravencour
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This trope includes both literal {{Magically Binding Contract}}s with a literal devil, and crooked deals between any corrupt exploiter (the Mephistopheles role) and a desperate pawn (the Faust role). The exploiter can be offering anything from some shiny new AppliedPhlebotinum to making a high school nerd [[InWithTheInCrowd popular]], to [[LeonineContract saving your life moments before death]]. Sometimes it has [[MadeOfTemptation no practical value whatsoever]]. But whatever the service, whatever the offer, this deal ''always'' comes with a price, a ruinous and often hidden cost that the Mephistopheles will either ask or demand of the Faust as "payment" for their generous service. It could be ''anything'' -- their soul, their conscience, their sanity, their firstborn, their loved ones, their voice, their eternal servitude, or even [[ForWantOfANail something that seems completely innocent but with bad consequences]].

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This trope includes both literal {{Magically Binding Contract}}s with a literal devil, and crooked deals between any corrupt exploiter (the Mephistopheles role) and a desperate pawn (the Faust role). The exploiter can be offering anything from some shiny new AppliedPhlebotinum to making a high school nerd [[InWithTheInCrowd popular]], to [[LeonineContract saving your life moments before death]]. Sometimes it has [[MadeOfTemptation no practical value whatsoever]]. But whatever the service, whatever the offer, this deal ''always'' '''nothing comes with without a price, a ruinous and often hidden cost that the Mephistopheles will either ask or demand of the Faust as "payment" for their generous service. It could price.''' The price can be ''anything'' anything -- their soul, their conscience, their sanity, their firstborn, their loved ones, their voice, their eternal servitude, or even [[ForWantOfANail something that seems completely innocent innocent]] -- but with bad consequences]].
is calculated to bring about the Faust's total ruin when it is paid.
21st Apr '16 2:40:26 PM Dravencour
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This trope includes both literal {{Magically Binding Contract}}s with a literal devil, and crooked deals between any corrupt exploiter (the Mephistopheles role) and a desperate pawn (the Faust role). The exploiter can be offering anything from some shiny new AppliedPhlebotinum to making a high school nerd [[InWithTheInCrowd popular]], to [[LeonineContract saving your life moments before death]]. Sometimes it has [[MadeOfTemptation no practical value whatsoever]]. But whatever the service, whatever the offer, what defines a Deal with the Devil is that the deal ''always'' comes with a price, a ruinous cost that the Mephistopheles will either ask or demand of the Faust as "payment" for their generous service. It could be ''anything'' -- their soul, their conscience, their sanity, their firstborn, their loved ones, their voice, their eternal servitude, or even [[ForWantOfANail something that seems completely innocent but with bad consequences]].

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This trope includes both literal {{Magically Binding Contract}}s with a literal devil, and crooked deals between any corrupt exploiter (the Mephistopheles role) and a desperate pawn (the Faust role). The exploiter can be offering anything from some shiny new AppliedPhlebotinum to making a high school nerd [[InWithTheInCrowd popular]], to [[LeonineContract saving your life moments before death]]. Sometimes it has [[MadeOfTemptation no practical value whatsoever]]. But whatever the service, whatever the offer, what defines a Deal with the Devil is that the this deal ''always'' comes with a price, a ruinous and often hidden cost that the Mephistopheles will either ask or demand of the Faust as "payment" for their generous service. It could be ''anything'' -- their soul, their conscience, their sanity, their firstborn, their loved ones, their voice, their eternal servitude, or even [[ForWantOfANail something that seems completely innocent but with bad consequences]].



An alternate form is a deal where the Mephistopheles offers the Faust exactly what he wants, if not more, but to get it, he has to undergo an ImpossibleTask Mephistopheles obviously does not think the Faust can complete, with Faust's soul as the penalty if he fails. Alternately, the deal truly has no strings attached, as it's a XanatosGambit where the Faust's good fortune or success will deliver the soul of another to Mephistopheles.

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An alternate form is a deal where the Mephistopheles offers the Faust exactly what he wants, if not more, but to get it, he has to undergo an ImpossibleTask that Mephistopheles obviously does not think the Faust can complete, with the Faust's soul as the penalty if he fails. Alternately, the deal truly has no strings attached, as it's a XanatosGambit where the Faust's good fortune or success will deliver the soul of another to Mephistopheles.
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