In just about every superheroic version of a DealWithTheDevil, [[JustForFun/HowToGiveACharacterSuperpowers the hero is granted superhuman powers]] and/or brought BackFromTheDead in exchange for a price; usually [[NobleTopEnforcer servitude]], his [[OurSoulsAreDifferent soul]], or being [[MagicallyBindingContract bound to complete a certain task.]] Trouble is, the hero has no intention of being a pawn in the Devil's game, and after a short stint of doing Old Scratch's dirty work, breaks free and declares that he'll use the BigBad-given power against him and combat evil as a {{Badass}} DarkerAndEdgier AntiHero. The villain doesn't specifically have to be {{Satan}}; this trope applies to any story in which the hero is given powers by the bad guy and then rebels and uses them to combat evil.[[note]]Even the TropeNamer, {{Faust}}, doesn't actually make his deal with the capital 'D' Devil, but rather the archdemon Mephistopheles.[[/note]] This trope is often used as a way to give a hero [[EvilIsCool awesome Hell-themed powers]] without having to actually [[BadPowersGoodPeople make him evil]]. It even comes with a ready-made antagonist and his [[TheLegionsOfHell Legions Of Hell]] to boot, who will already be gunning for the blood of the renegade agent of Hell!

A common justification for why the BigBad [[BadassFingersnap apparently never has the ability to take his gifts back with the same snap of his fingers with which they were given]], is that breaking free from Old Scratch's control is the very thing that ''stops'' the Devil from taking the power back. (See [[Analysis/FaustianRebellion analysis page]]) Another possibility is that the transfer is one way--the villain never could take back the powers, but only claimed to be able to, or the powers were derived from [[ThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow knowledge which cannot be unlearned]].

Just because you create something doesn't mean it's easy to put it back in the box, regardless of what you may be, and sometimes FinaglesLaw works in the hero's favor.

This [[FridgeLogic makes you wonder why]] the villain would be [[VillainBall stupid enough]] to give this guy enough power to beat him- sometimes more power than the villain himself has, or unusual powers that he doesn't have, which are effective against their own creator, and why they do all this with no contingency plan should the hero choose to rebel. [[FridgeLogic If you think about it]], though, it's actually not as crazy as it might seem. There are any number of reasons that the hero might be able to successfully rebel:
* It could be that the evil patron...
** is StupidEvil- your typical demon is traditionally depicted as a being incapable of even EvilVirtues. Things like self-restraint, good judgement, and attention to nuance are simply beyond them- they're doing it ForTheEvulz, and [[DidntThinkThisThrough don't really think too far ahead]]. In older folktales the Devil was often a very gullible character, falling for various minor forms (often involving wealth) of Faustian Rebellion again and again, and this is one of the central tenants of any story involving outwitting a JerkassGenie.
** is just [[CosmicPlaything toying with the hero]]- In some modern works, even the Devil himself may be portrayed as FauxAffablyEvil, or even AffablyEvil. Like a parent with a three year old who decides to run away across the street, they're just letting the little tyke tucker himself out before reigning him in. Should the hero win some major victory that actually damages one of the {{Big Bad}}'s ''important'' plans, expect VillainousBreakdown, usually to the hero's detriment.
** is a ChallengeSeeker or a NobleDemon- Its only fair to give the hero a sporting chance to "win". If they find a way to break free, they keep the goods. Sometimes overlaps with the next one.
** is [[WhoWantsToLiveForever Bored]]- the whole thing is a game to pass the time for a SentientCosmicForce. Usually you get the simple pleasure of simultaneously breaking a former hero and gaining a new superminion, but sometimes you get the really fun ones who unleash a DestructiveSavior on the world and you get to spend decades or centuries playing TheChessmaster and finally getting to try out all those [[MonsterOfTheWeek cool monsters you've been building in the garage]].
** ''wants'' them to rebel- rarely, the hero makes their deal with a {{Starscream}}, GoodAllAlong minion, or DefectorFromDecadence who cannot rebel themselves, but use the hero to oppose their boss without breaking their own contract, possibly in an open ConspiracyRedemption. Rarely this one can overlap with the previous one in a convoluted XanatosGambit.
* Other possibilities are if the hero...
** is a GuileHero - Most evil benefactors are typically portrayed as LawfulEvil- hence the common theme of a DealWithTheDevil requiring a literal contract. If EvilCannotComprehendGood, LawfulEvil cannot even remotely conceive of ChaoticGood. They can understand ''that'' a LawfulGood paladin will turn down the offer of a cushy gig as TheDragon, if not necessarily ''why''. They may anticipate or even expect their new toy to be a {{Starscream}} or ChaoticNeutral- the contingency plan for rebellion is to [[SignedUpForTheDental offer more perks and a better parking space]]. But that the same person might uphold the contract long enough to get the superpower payout and ''then'' enact a non-negotiable morally fueled rebellion with no regard to the personal cost [[InsaneTrollLogic never even occurs to them]].
** is a master of LoopholeAbuse- they manage to find a way to weasel their way out of the deal without [[ExactWords actually breaking the contract]]
** has HeroicWillpower- they were being mind controlled. Emphasis on the ''were''.
** finds out the contract was a MagicFeather- cue KnuckleCracking
** [[LikeABadassOutOfHell is just that freaking badass]]
** didn't get out of the contract without a price- Rarely, a villain will actually think to build in some sort of failsafe, such as some form of upkeep to retain RequiredSecondaryPowers preventing PowerIncontinence, PowerDegeneration, or the less pleasant aspects of having a LovecraftianSuperpower. This can be one of the more interesting forms of the trope, as the character will either have to live as a ReluctantMonster, or find some way of performing this upkeep on their own in a way they can live with. This can be difficult for a if it requires, for example, the [[PoweredByAForsakenChild sacrifice of a human soul]] or [[HorrorHunger drinking blood]] from time to time.

Sooner or later, may involve the Hero going ToHellAndBack and most likely fighting his way to stick it to Mephistopheles LikeABadassOutOfHell.

See also HoistByHisOwnPetard, and PhlebotinumRebel. Compare ProHumanTranshuman. For the reverse, where Satan (or the equivalent) actually ''is'' the biggest MagnificentBastard in the world, see EvilIsNotAToy. This trope can also be the cause of DarkIsNotEvil. Contrast ThePunishment and TheProblemWithFightingDeath.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* In ''{{Naruto}}'', Sasuke betrays Orochimaru. This trope is played to an even greater extent, because [[spoiler: instead of killing him, Sasuke ''absorbs'' Orochimaru, becoming even more powerful]].
* ''Anime/{{Mai-HiME}}''. The [=HiME=] eventually destroy the [=HiME=] Star using the powers it bestowed upon them in the first place. After that, the powers vanish.
* Both averted and played straight in ''TheSlayers''. Black Magic, the form of magic the protagonist uses, is basically getting powers from the local equivalent of Satan and his closest demon-minions. It is explicitly noted and shown that black magic ''does not work'' against the ones who give the powers. But nevertheless, Lina manages to use her powers indirectly to thwart the demons' plans, usually by using black magic on lesser demon mooks (which is okay).
** What's more, in the later light novels and the fifth season, Lina mannages to [[spoiler: use Shabranigdo's power to kill him because the vessel she used it on wanted to die.]]
* The main premise of ''UminekoNoNakuKoroNi'' is for the main character to deny the existence of witches. And the being he's holding this debate against? A witch. And his only tool to defeat her? To use her [[PaintingTheMedium magical colored text]] to prove and disprove certain aspects of the mysteries and show that the crimes were possible by human hands. [[spoiler: Fortunately Beatrice is GenreSavvy enough to catch on eventually, and starts intentionally using "red text starvation tactics" to deny Battler his handicap.]]
** It should also be noted that debating with Battler is the only way Beatrice can get him to admit the existence of witches (which would restore her power), and the red text was originally a weapon she was using against ''him'' (red text is always true, but also ExactWords -- and Battler figured out the latter).
* In ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'''s GrandFinale, [[spoiler:Madoka uses her wish to erase every single witch (past, present, ''and'' future) from existence, thereby keeping all Magical Girls from becoming witches themselves. Reality becomes [[CosmicRetcon a bit unstable]] and unfortunately, her wish doesn't come [[RetGone without a price]].]]
** Not to mention Homura Akemi, who [[spoiler:keeps using her time-based powers in order to relive her meeting with Madoka, in the hopes of saving her (which includes ''killing'' Kyubey repeatedly). While she didn't stop Madoka from becoming a magical girl as intended, she ''was'' just as much part of foiling Kyubey's plans as Madoka was -- First, by giving Madoka enough power as a magical girl so that her wish could work in the first place and secondly by getting Madoka to think thrice about becoming a magical girl. And when she did, it was solely in order to end Kyubey's plans.]]
** Given the context, it's somewhat hilarious that the subtitle of [[TheMovie the sequel film]] is ''The Rebellion Story''.
* In the battle vs Galaxia in the ''Stars'' season of the ''Anime/SailorMoon'' anime, [[spoiler: Neptune and Uranus sell out to Galaxia, turn on Pluto and Saturn and take their star seeds...then reveal their true intention by turning the star seed stealing bracelets on Galaxia.]] To their surprise, [[spoiler:it doesn't work, because Galaxia had no star seed, and the two are killed shortly after]].

* ''ComicBook/{{Spawn}}'' one of the best known examples. Which is really too bad, because [[LostInImitation in its original form]] it was an ''inversion''. Spawn was sent back to Earth with a finite amount of power. In a [[BreakingLecture demoralizing lecture]], the devil explains quite coldly how he ''does not care'' [[XanatosGambit what Spawn does with the powers]] -- if he uses them to do evil, great, Hell's cause is advanced on Earth. If he uses them to do good, great, he's sending evil souls down to Hell to swell the devil's army and thus hastening the final war against Heaven. If he refuses to do anything with them, great, he'll eventually turn cold and emotionless if not outright insane from the emotional stress of never getting involved with anything, the powers will drain away anyway (although much more slowly), and he'll return to Hell with a mindset much more befitting the general the devil wants him to be. Now ''that's'' a devil [[MagnificentBastard who knows how to bargain]]. Even the loophole of not killing while doing good seems thought-of, as that way, Spawn is setting a positive example of faustian bargains.
* Before Spawn there was ''Comicbook/GhostRider'' (though the premise changes later). Most Marvel heroes Mephisto decides to mess with as well.
** [[ComicBook/OneMoreDay With one unfortunate exception]].
* The Saint of Killers in ''ComicBook/{{Preacher}}''. Initially being obedient to God, he hesitates in killing the protagonist when he learns that Jesse has information regarding the deaths of his wife and child, and eventually [[spoiler:turns on God with the same guns he was given.]]
** Though at least in this case God is pretty much an egomaniac who wants to see how much he can get away with and still make people love/obey him.
** Don't forget that [[spoiler:the very ''first'' he does with those guns is turn them on the Devil and the Angel of Death, right after they give them to him.]]
* The comic and movie adaption ''Faust''.
* Constantine in ''ComicBook/{{Hellblazer}}'' has played around with variations of this at times.
* The ComicBook/SilverSurfer from ''Fantastic Four''. In [[Comicbook/FantasticFour the comics]], the Surfer just refused to work for Galactus, and as punishment, [[FlyingDutchman was condemned to never return to his homeworld and girlfriend ever again]] (he and the FF eventually figure a way to get him off Earth and Surfer does Galactus a favor big enough to fully release him). In [[Film/FantasticFour the movie]]... well, he seemed to be fully capable of killing his almighty master at the cost of his own life [[spoiler:or maybe not]].
* Subverted in ''ComicBook/EarthX'', where Mephisto's goal is to create as many alternate universes as possible, so that the world will never entirely end and he will never face divine judgment. Mephisto deliberately creates as many heroes by such bargains as possible (certain none of them will ever be powerful enough to truly defeat him) as well as many other "devils" to rule their own versions of hell. The result is a multiverse in constant chaos, with people continually travelling back in time in hopes of changing the past.
* In the Atlas/Seaboard comic ''Grim Ghost'' the titular character is given enhanced powers by Satan for the purpose of fighting a demon plotting against Satan on Earth. The Ghost immediately asks Satan how he knows the Ghost won't use these powers against Satan. Satan tells him that the Ghost's existence stems directly from Satan; if Satan is destroyed, so is the Ghost. [[spoiler: The Ghost later reveals this to the renegade demon, pointing out that if Satan took this precaution with a lesser servant like the Ghost it must be true of him as well. The demon suicides out of despair.]]

[[folder:Fan Fiction]]
* In ''FanFic/DecksFallEveryoneDies'', there is an example with monetary power instead of superpowers. The duelists get funding for their club/theater from Duke Devlin. He orders the players to promote dice games as a way of running the country (over card games). The players, most of whom are duelists, don't agree with this and plan to revolt. Duke doesn't seem to be able to take the money back after signing their contract.

* This is the premise of the movie ''Faust: Love of the Damned'', in which the Faustian character uses his powers to become a superhero, and, in typical b-movie violence, takes on the hordes of Hell.
* The entire plot (such as it is) of the Rudy Ray Moore blaxploitation epic ''Petey Wheatstraw, the Devil's Son-In-Law''. After he is gunned down, Petey is allowed to return to life with Crazy Satan Powers if he marries the devil's hideous daughter. Petey agrees, and almost immediately begins scheming to use his powers to get out of the arrangement. Hilarity ensues.
* In ''Angel On My Shoulder'', Paul Muni plays a gangster who is murdered by his own men. He dies and goes to Hell, where the Devil (Creator/ClaudeRains) offers Muni a chance to go back to Earth, occupying the stolen body of an honest judge (also played by Muni) providing Muni does the Devil's work while wearing the judge's body and identity. In this second chance at life, Muni repents his evil ways and decides to go straight. He defies the Devil by announcing that he intends to live an honest life this second time, so that when he dies in this second body he'll go to Heaven. But of course the Devil gets the last word: since Muni is occupying a body he stole from someone else, he continues to commit evil so long as he wears it: in order to do good, Muni must accept that he's had his one chance at life by giving up the stolen body and returning to Hell. He does this.
* The film version of Film/LittleShopOfHorrors, as opposed to [[Theatre/LittleShopOfHorrors the stage version]], which is a straight DealWithTheDevil story.
** The directors cut, which came out about 25 years after the original movie, restraightens the story, and includes the (quite spectacular) bad ending.
* The ''Film/GhostRider'' film plays this trope straight. The Devil offers to remove the power from Blaze, but at no point does he say he can reclaim the Ghost Rider power against the wielderís will. (And in fact, if he could, [[spoiler:Carter Slade’s ]] rebellion wouldnít have been possible to begin with.) For the record, he canít claim Johnnyís soul for refusal to surrender the curse either, as he had specifically contracted that if Johnny [[spoiler:defeated Blackheart]], his soul would be freed, with no other conditions mentioned.
** It should also be noted that the incident in the quote does happen: he ''offers'' to take the curse away, and Johnny denies the offer. This implies that he ''can'' remove the curse, but only if Johnny lets him as he no longer owns his soul.
** It isn't just a power set either; Johnny has a spirit bound to him and ''it'' grants the powers.
* The protagonist in the remake of ''Film/{{Bedazzled 2000}}'' does this ''accidentally''. By making the "truly selfless wish" for [[spoiler:[[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy Allison to have a happy life]]]], his contract with the devil is voided, he gets to keep his soul, ''and'' he [[spoiler:seems to end up dating a girl [[DoppelgangerReplacementLoveInterest who is Allison's long-lost twin sister]]]].
* The Silver Surfer in the second ''Film/FantasticFour'' movie somehow has enough power to defeat Galactus with a HeroicSacrifice, even though Galactus gave him his power. [[spoiler: And TheStinger reveals he didn't even die]].

* Subverted in ''MemorySorrowAndThorn'', when [[spoiler: Pryrates uses the power the Storm King gave him in an attempt to bind the Storm King to his will. Of course, Pryrates is far from a good guy, and the power he gained is [[EvilIsNotAToy insufficient]].]] A KarmicDeath results.
* "That Hell-Bound Train" is a fantasy short story by Creator/RobertBloch from 1958 that won the HugoAward in 1959. Martin makes a DealWithTheDevil that he would be able to stop time for himself whenever he wanted. In other words, once he found a point in his life he enjoyed, that happy moment would last forever for him. He found out that TheDevil had tricked him, others have tried this wish, but they never found the perfect moment, always waiting for something better, until they died. Martin [[spoiler:dies and has to ride the Hell-Bound Train with the Devil to Hell. At that point, knowing Hell awaits and enjoying the company of minor sinners (gambling, sex, etc.) all having their last and greatest time, Martin stops time on the train, trapping everyone there (including the Devil) forever]].
* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'':
** By ''White Night'' [[spoiler:the Shadow of Lasciel, the Fallen in Harry's head for the past four years or so is shown by Harry if he could be swayed to the dark side, then as she is just as malleable as his own mind, the Shadow can be turned good. Harry has endured her for so long, whose to say she cannot be changed even more? This breaking in her self-confidence allows her to rethink her existence, knowing that if Harry would take up the coin one of two things would happen. Either Lasciel Proper would absorb her back into her being or because she was so corrupted by this mortal she would destroy the Shadow. Either way was a death sentence. The nail to drive this home was Harry Naming her Lash, giving her a definite and unique identity from Lasciel. Because of this, and her growing feelings for Harry, she did rebel and planned on helping Harry from then on without getting him to call on the Coin. Sadly, the first act she did with this new freedom was choose to take a psychic bullet that would have killed Harry]].
** A few words of wisdom from ArchangelUriel help [[spoiler:Harry Dresden]] realize that, even as the new Winter Knight, Mab has no true control over him because he has free will. It's up to him how or even if he obeys Mab's orders. [[spoiler: Which is just what she wants.]]
* JohannesCabalTheNecromancer ends up as this.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Sam on ''{{Reaper}}'' is trying to find a way out of the DealWithTheDevil his parents made that ended up ensnaring him to serve as Hell's bounty hunter. However, when a solid opportunity comes along, he gives it up to aid another, noting that Satan would probably find another way to get him back on Hell's roster.
** Furthermore, several ''demons'' have considered knocking over Satan and setting up a new rule in Hell. It hasn't exactly worked out well for most of them...
* In the Mexican superhero comedy ''ElChapulinColorado'', one episode has the hero narrating the story of Faustus. In this version, Faustus regains his youth from a deal with the Devil, who also throws in a magic wand in the bargain. When the Devil comes to claim Faustus' soul, Faustus asks to be shown the contract. When The Devil produces it, Faustus uses the wand to make it disappear. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny The Devil cried like a little girl afterwards]].
* Subverted in ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''. An agent of Lucifer gives Sam mystical powers that allow him to exorcise and even destroy demons with his mind. Seems a little stupid of Lucifer, right? [[spoiler:Except that there are a number of seals keeping Lucifer bound in Hell, and the final one is the archdemon Lilith... and Sam ends up using his power to kill Lilith, unwittingly releasing Lucifer. [[EvilPlan Which was the plan all along.]] NiceJobBreakingItHero.]]
** Not entirely unbelievable, however. Since Lucifer is locked up, he has no real power over demons or Hell till he's released, as a demoness told Dean that no demon had ever seen Lucifer prior to his release. Azazel did speak to him in a flashback, but only after years of "wandering the desert", whether he meant wandering Earth or literally searching in, say, Jerusalem, for Lucifer's Cage Door. Not all demons are complete devotees and, much like humans, some just want to preserve their own interest. [[spoiler: Crowley, for an example, wants Lucifer out of the picture, since Lucifer would eventually destroy all demons after conquering Earth. He takes it up to becoming King of Hell in the new season, so it's possible that one demon or another try to go against Lucifer and his followers. Of course, there remains to see if at least ONE DEMON will ever go against the stereotypical traits to actually help without having second or traitorous intentions.]]

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Perfectly possible for Abyssals and Infernals in ''{{Exalted}}''; however, there are backdoor penalties for defying the will of their undead/demonic masters. Abyssals get Resonance, which builds up as they adopt the trappings of life; if it's not bled off, it can result in an explosion of necrotic energy that basically kills everything the Abyssal holds dear. Likewise, the Infernals get Torment, which allows their master to hijack them if it builds up too much; the only way to bleed it off is to act like a supervillain. Seriously; this is what happens when the Ebon Dragon has a hand in the creative process.
** Yes, [[NiceJobFixingItVillain he often ends up screwing himself over in the long term]]. For example: Infernal Genius Declaration is one of said ways to act like a supervillain, and it basically involves [[JustBetweenYouAndMe informing the enemy of your plans while beating the guy over the head with how stupid he is]]. Now, ask yourself: [[WorldOfCardboardSpeech Is there any way]] ''[[WarriorTherapist for a hero]]'' [[BatmanGambit to use this]]?
*** The Infernals now have a number of Heresy Charms that allow them to eat their coadjutor, reformat their Exaltation, plug in an Urge that is basically a carbon copy of their motivation, and snap the tethers linking their shard to the phylactery-womb. It is believed that the Ebon Dragon's expression when this happens is going to be priceless... Even if it was AllAccordingToPlan. Himself being a subset of things that are real, he can't help screwing himself over any more than anyone/thing else.
** More broadly, the creation of Exalts in the first place was essentially the gods using this trope to their advantage. They ''specifically'' designed Exaltation to be something they couldn't take back, because they needed the Exalted to fight the Primordials and the Primordials could've just ordered the gods to remove the powers of the Exalted.
* Incredibly common among the [=PCs=] in ''TabletopGame/{{Deadlands}}''. Heroic [[MagiciansAreWizards Hucksters]] tend to be more common than villainous ones, thanks in no small part to the fact that they don't so much deal with devils as [[CardSharp gamble with them for power]]. MadScience (which comes from the same source as Huckster Magic), is behind the creation of the [[InfinityPlusOneSword Holy Wheel Gun]]. But Hucksters and [[MadScientist Mad Scientists]] pale in comparison to the [[EverythingsDeaderWithZombies The Harrowed]] who have [[BackFromTheDead their]] [[DemonicPossession own]] [[BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind problems]] [[StagesOfMonsterGrief to deal]] [[FightingFromTheInside with]].
** Mad Scientists are somewhat of a subversion though. Once one of them comes up with the idea of splitting the Ghost Rock Atom (basically creating magical nukes capable of reducing the world to slag), the Demons giving them their creativity/power immediately stop giving and Mad Scientist the ability to make anything *except* these Nukes. Sort of a "Lets make all their wild plans come true until one comes up with something suitably destructive, then we'll give it (and nothing else) to everyone"
* In ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' 4th edition, this is pretty much expected of any Warlock, especially those who made a very literal DealWithTheDevil. A sample Infernal Pact is, in fact, actually an ancient warlock who tried to pull this trope off, but failed, and now teaches other humans the arts of infernal magic in hopes that one of them will become skilled enough to come and set him loose.
* Liliana Vess in TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering, who made a deal with four archdemons from throughout the multiverse for immortality. She's killed two so far and is currently seeking out the other two. For extra hilarity, she killed the first archdemon with the very artifact (the Chain Veil) that he ordered her to bring to him. It apparently never occurred to the demon that Liliana might pull a stunt like this, or that the Veil would give her the power to pull it off.

* Raziel in the ''VideoGame/LegacyOfKain'' series. Brought back from the dead (for the second time) as a wraith by the Elder God in the first game of the ''Soul Reaver'' subseries, he starts showing off some true RageAgainstTheHeavens by the second game, after he learns what he used to be [[spoiler:(a Sarafan general, leader of the army that killed nearly every vampire in the land of Nosgoth in genocide)]], the Elder's true nature [[spoiler:(a parasite who feeds on the souls of the dead, and who despises vampires because he cannot feed on their undying souls)]] and Kain's true motives [[spoiler:(to bring the world of Nosgoth back to vampire rule, as it originally was)]].
** Raziel is actually an aversion on two counts. 1) While he does turn on the Elder God, neither he nor it are able to directly harm each other. 2) It's actually implied that [[spoiler: the Elder God didn't actually create or even empower him. It told Raziel that to manipulate him.]]
** Kain's own transition to a vampire in the first game was actually intended to end this way, since the necromancer brings him back to take his vengeance for his murder, when the necromancer himself had arranged it.
* Ares grants Kratos his powers in ''VideoGame/GodOfWar''. Kratos stays thoroughly evil throughout, but Ares manages to piss him off enough that he resolves to murder Ares.
** To Ares' minor credit [[spoiler: when the fight with Kratos starts to go against him he ''does'' remove Kratos' powers and weapons, and if it hadn't been for a conveniently placed giant sword, he would have killed Kratos.]]
* Averted in ''SonicUnleashed''; Sonic's Werehog form is the result of Sonic inadvertently absorbing some of Dark Gaia's essence, and Sonic spends most of the game using the form to beat up Dark Gaia's minions. Before he gets a chance to fight the big guy, however, it takes back the essence from Sonic, robbing him of the Werehog form.
* ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'': Hades becomes increasingly frustrated in his attempts to defeat Hercules, since the hero kills every opponent the Lord of the Dead throws at him. At Pete's suggestion that he [[spoiler:"send somebody already dead and save him the trouble," Hades decides to summon [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyX Auron]], offering to let him out if he kills Hercules. Auron declines and insults him, telling him that "This is my story, and you're not part of it." Hades, in a rage, attacks him just as Sora comes in, and the group escapes, later foiling Hades's next attempt at Hercules's life.]]
** Also [[DoubleSubversion doubly subverted]] in that later, during your second visit to Olympus Colosseum, [[spoiler:Hades is able to exert power over Auron by stealing his free will and forcing him to fight Hercules without mercy. After several more events happen, Sora and the group steal back Auron's will (which was in the form of a small statue of him) and break Hades' control over him.]]
* Sparda, the demon father of ''Franchise/DevilMayCry'' protagonist Dante, literally sealed off the demon world because of his love for a human woman. The result: he's presumably dead (and thus stuck in Hell with all of his enemies), and the entire family is stuck in the business of devil hunting right up until the present day. Still, it pays, and who can disagree with being able to stack bullets or cut through walls with one arm and a sword?
* The Knights of the Ebon Blade in ''{{World of Warcraft}}'' certainly qualify. After being sent on a suicide run to draw out Tirion Fordring, head of the Argent Dawn (soon to be Argent Crusade), they turn on Arthas and decide to join the fight against the Scourge. It doesn't seem that there's any explanation why Arthas doesn't just take back the spell or magic he used to bring them back or failing that just get rid of the Death Knight powers that ''HE'' gave them in the first place.
** Or better yet, push his will on them a bit harder, and take them back into the fold of the Scourge at the best possible time. Like when the Death knights are working with said paladin, to shiv him right up the Light.
** Doesn't the final fight involve [[spoiler: the Lich King personally killing all of the [=PCs=] present, including any Death Knights, and stating that he only let them get this powerful so that he could recruit them all as undead? This would seem to indicate that he has the same reason not to stop the PC death knights from rebelling, and possibly that letting the Ebon Blade [=NPCs=] keep their free will was all part of either than plan or some other plan (they did, after all, get you readmitted into your faction.)]]
*** The same question could apply to the Forsaken, who were also slaves of the Lich King. [[WildMassGuessing Presumably,]] regaining your free will is enough to make the Lich King's getting you back either impossible or not worth the time.
** Similarily, what Warlocks mostly do is make the Burning legion and its fel energy turn on itself. In fact, a big part of warlock [=PCs=] lore is that they are pretty much always an example of BadPowersGoodPeople, or else they would have gone rogue/
* The Cerberus head honcho Illusive Man in ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' resurrects the KIA Commander Shepard (in the course of "[[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic Project Lazarus]]", no less) in return for the latter's help in fighting back the Collectors. Since the Collectors are a [[EnemyMine common enemy]], even Paragon Shepard cooperates with Cerberus willingly (although their methods differ), but the actual FaustianRebellion can come in the end of the game, when [[spoiler:Shepard decides whether to destroy the Collector base for good (Paragon choice) or let Cerberus reverse-engineer it, potentially leaving a backdoor for the Reapers]].
** Justified in that the Illusive Man believed that only Shepard had the qualities needed for success (which is why only Shepard could succeed in the first game), making her/him more receptive to Cerberus may have had completely unforseen consequences on her/his psyche. The Illusive Man acknowledged that Shepard could easily screw him over, but hoped that she/he would see things from his perspective (which Shepard does most of the time). This doesn't stop him from getting mad at the end.
** Miranda also performs one if she's taken along during the final leg of the Suicide Mission. She informs the Illusive Man that she's ''not'' going to stop Shepard from [[spoiler: destroying the Collector Base]], this is her ''[[DefectorFromDecadence resignation]]'' from Cerberus and promptly ''[[ShutUpHannibal hangs up]]'' when he begins [[VillainousBreakdown furious ranting.]] For extra irony, during Project Lazarus she wanted to install a MindControl chip in Shepard's brain to make him/her subservient to Cerberus only for the Illusive Man to veto her due to the aforementioned reasons.
* Zig-zagged in all kinds of ways with Oswald in ''VideoGame/OdinSphere''. His adopted father Melvin [[DealWithTheDevil offered him]] ''as a baby'' to [[TheGrimReaper Queen Odette]]. She granted his Psypher sword [[BlackMagic dark power]] [[InfinityPlusOneSword without equal]]. However, this power [[DeadlyUpgrade rots his body]] and dooms him to become Odette's consort upon his own death. When Oswald meets his true "master", he discovers that his hellish power cannot harm its master. [[spoiler: However, it IS the only thing that can hurt King Gallon, whom Odette preserved in endless undeath.]]
* Cynder from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfSpyro'' did this to some degree. Once Spyro sets her free from Malefor's spell, she retains enough of his darkness to use four elements no other dragon can; Shadow, Poison, Wind, and Fear. How does she use these powers? Why to fight Malefor's evil army and help Spyro kick his butt of course! [[spoiler:Though said darkness does let him take over her mind to some degree, but he has to drive her over the DespairEventHorizon first and the PowerOfLove is an effective antidote.]]
* In ''VideoGame/UndeadKnights'', [[spoiler:Fatima]] made a deal with the Beast, but broke free of his control (leaving her with the awesome supernatural powers) by isolating the Beast's blood within her in a stone. [[spoiler:After the Bloods kill her in the final battle, she claims that the Beast was pulling their strings the entire time. Her last act before dying is to give the stone to the Bloods so they can free themselves from the Beast like she did. The Bloods do so, though the Beast angrily declares that they are still damned after everything they have done throughout the game and he's keeping a spot warm for them in hell.]]
* In ''VideoGame/TheBindingOfIsaac'', you can buy powerful upgrades from the Devil Room at the cost of your hearts. When you get far enough in the game to actually fight the Devil, these upgrades make killing him that much easier.
* Judas in ''VideoGame/TalesOfDestiny2'' was brought back to life by [[spoiler: Elraine]] and told he would be rewritten as a hero if he assisted her in reviving [[spoiler: Fortuna]]. Possibly because [[TheBerserker Barbatos]] was so quick to agree to the same deal, [[spoiler: she]] didn't seem to have any kind of failsafe for when he said no, and he spends the game trying to stop her instead.

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* In ''SailorNothing'', [[spoiler:Himei and all of the Sailors were given their extremely effective Yamiko-killing powers by a rebel Yamiko general... who was easily dispatched via the same powers when he rejoined the Yamiko.]]. Of course, being [[{{Deconstruction}} the story it is]], there are more reasons too.
* [[MemeticBadass Chuck]] [[ChuckNorris Norris]] agreed to trade his soul to the Devil in exchange for his [[{{Badass}} incredible martial arts abilities]] and [[MrFanservice rugged good looks]]. As soon as the exchange was completed, Norris used his newfound powers to kick the Devil's ass and retake his soul. The Devil, appreciating the {{irony}}, became friends with Norris. They now play poker in Hell every second Wednesday.

* A subversion occurs in ''Webcomic/DominicDeegan'' with [[FanNickname Tim]] the infernomancer. He shows up with powers enough to rip through the legions of Hell... only for us to discover that he had the balls to ''steal'' these from his master.
** His master then notes that he couldn't take the power (a set of gauntlets) back even if he wanted to; the gauntlets had somehow bonded to Tim. However, he hides this fact, making Tim believe he could take back the power at any time, but offering to let him keep them if he kills their mutual enemies, the Deegan family. Dominic figures the truth out and tells Tim, hoping he'll stop his highly-motivated killing spree. Instead, Tim simply decides that now he's free to [[ColdBloodedTorture take his time]].
* In ''{{Panthera}}'', after it's revealed that [[spoiler:Ari is actually Oosterhuis, Panthera wastes no time in transforming and getting ready to kick ass.]]

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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'', episode "Ghost In The Machine", Starscream's ghost makes a deal with Unicron's disembodied head. Starscream will help repair Unicron's body and Unicron will bring him back to life. At first, Starscream makes the repairs by taking over host bodies, but they get destroyed or lost over the course of the episode. Eventually, Starscream convinces Unicron that bringing him back to life (thus making him solid) is the only way to complete the repairs. Unicron does it and orders him to complete the repairs, but Starscream says, "Do it yourself!" and escapes, with Unicron powerless to stop him.
** Megatron, after becoming Galvatron tried something like this earlier. After stealing the Matrix like Unicron ordered him to, he then decided to turn on Unicron and destroy him with the Matrix's power. It didn't work out exactly how Galvatron would have liked.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'', when the demon lord Trigon decides not to honor the deal he made with Slade, Slade angrily attacks him, only for Trigon to laugh and say, "I granted you these powers and I can take them away!" He absorbs the powers out of Slade and makes him disappear.