Created By: fulltimeD on May 24, 2011 Last Edited By: fulltimeD on May 27, 2011
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All Success Is Faustian

All success is spawned by a deal with the devil.

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There ain't no such thing as a free lunch. Any form of success, career-oriented, technological, artistic, what-have-you, is spawned from a Deal with the Devil. It may also be Powered by a Forsaken Child. Beware shades of And Man Grew Proud. Related to Ambition Is Evil. As a rule, this means that anything a person creates will blow up in their face:

Frankenstein: Victor creates the creature (and neglects it terribly); the creature turns on him.

Star Trek: Every single new technology, with only a few exceptions that are usually developed off-screen like quantum torpedoes or faster warp drives, ends up like this.

Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson: Jackson becomes President only to come to despise the office and the people.
Community Feedback Replies: 12
  • May 25, 2011
    Frank75
    Definitely related to Ambition Is Evil.
  • May 25, 2011
    TwoGunAngel
    Nominating this for the page quote:

    Behind every great fortune, there is a great crime.
    -- Honore de Balzac

  • May 25, 2011
    CharacterInWhite
    ^Oooh, I like that.

    I'm drawing a blank for examples right now but I swear there are more. I'll be back.
  • May 25, 2011
    Rolf
    Theres few real life cultures that has this, if too successful or at different time (like farming boom of growth while rest of farmlands is wilting)
  • May 25, 2011
    X2X
    Western Animation
    • In the Futurama episode "The Devil's Hands Are Idle Playthings", Fry makes a deal with The Robot Devil so that he can play the holophonor better in order to impress Leela. With The Robot Devil's hands, Fry goes talentless to an incredibly gifted musician. However, when The Robot Devil uses a Xanatos Gambit to get his hands back, Fry returns to being a talentless hack.
  • May 25, 2011
    jaytee
    It seems like the vast majority of this trope, as you've defined it, has nothing to do with Faustian deals. It is very possible for a genius idea to backfire without the maker being in league with the devil.
  • May 26, 2011
    fulltimeD
    Any suggestions on fixing this then?
  • May 26, 2011
    jaytee
    Well, all I was commenting on was the title. I don't see what the trope has to do with Faust.
  • May 26, 2011
    fulltimeD
    Anyone got ideas for a better title?
  • May 26, 2011
    Rolf
    All Success Thanks To Devil Deal? bit long but points out trope...
  • May 26, 2011
    Irrisia
    If you're sticking with "Success blows up in your face", Success Is Its Own Punishment?
  • May 27, 2011
    Ardiente
    A Song Of Ice And Fire is made of this trope, so is Code Geass.
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