Quotes / Deal with the Devil

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    Fan Fiction 

I'm Giving You A Taste Of What It's Like To Make A Contract With Me. Pretty Ok, Isn't It? Totally Worth A Small Portion Of Your Strange Mortal Soul.
The River Spirit, Bird of Earth, of Sky, of Sea

The demon was suddenly all around her, in her throat, in her eyes, in her lungs, scraping against her skin, raking her across her back, lifting her up, sliding between her toes and fingers, impossible tongues of shadow all around her, licking at her quivering flesh, whispering sweetly into her ears, so sweetly, promising justice, promising punishments and power, if only, if only she'll serve, if only she'll serve the lords of Hell, be their arbiter, their magistrate, carry their laws into Creation and make the dragon-bloods and their Scarlet Empire fear her judgement. The promises permeate her mind, the images of dragon-bloods in gallows, Empires shattering, the dragons thrown aside, the gates of Heaven thrown wide by demons and shadows and there, in the middle of it all, there she is, and she is tall, and powerful and blind and beautiful, and it is so perfect, even as the noose descends on the mightiest gods, and they're all squirming, all dying, even her previous victims, they were all dying, again and again, and it was all too much, it rushed over her and she was overcome, and she couldn't help but urgently plead: "Yes, yes, yes, yes..."

She felt no remorse for the men and women who had fallen at her feet; frankly, it was impossible. Ruby Rose lived without the ability to feel guilty. Ruby Rose lived without a part of her soul. She’d traded it with the Elders, for powers and immortality. But so had seven others. And all of them were ready to throw her off the throne, because that’s what had been happening for hundreds of years. Their eternal damnation for wanting power, was to constantly pine for the throne of Vale. Each of them lost an emotion with a part of their soul, which warped their minds in different ways.

    Film - Animated 

If you want to cross the bridge, my sweet
You've got the pay the toll
Take a gulp and take a breath
And go ahead and sign the scroll
Flotsam! Jetsam! Now I've got her, boys!
The boss is on a roll
This poor unfortunate soul

Friends, I know I'm in hock to y'all pretty deep already, but it seems our little froggy prince lost his way, and I need your generous assistance gettin' him back. (nervous laugh) I hear ya- now what's in it for y'all? Well, as soon as I dispose of Big Daddy Lebouff, and I'm runnin' this town, I'll have the entire city of New Orleans in the palm of my hand... and you'll have all the wayward souls your dark little hearts desire. Ya'll love that, doncha? So, we got ourselves a deal?
Dr. Facilier, The Princess and the Frog

    Film - Live-Action 

I... I went to the police, like a good American. These two boys were brought to trial. The judge sentenced them to three years in prison, and suspended the sentence. Suspended the sentence! They went free, that very day! I stood in the courtroom like a fool, and those two bastards, they smiled at me! And I said to my wife, "for justice, we must go to Don Corleone."
Amerigo Bonasera, The Godfather

Dan Marino: I can't stand retirement. Come on, just let me win one Superbowl.
Satan: In exchange for eternal damnation of your soul? You're much too nice a guy for me to want to do that to you, Mr. Marino.
Marino: You did it for Namath!
Satan: Yeah, but Joe was coming here anyways.
Marino: This sucks. (storms off) I'll just go to the Superbowl as an announcer! And I'll win myself an Emmy!
Satan: That's the spirit!
Nicky: You're a good Devil, Dad.
Satan: And I also happen to be a Jets fan.

Do you fear death? Do you fear that dark abyss? All your deeds laid bare, all your sins punished. I can offer you an escape. [...] I offer you a choice. Join my crew, and postpone the judgement. One hundred years before the mast. Will ye serve?

Lando Calrissian: That was never a condition of our agreement, nor was giving Han to this bounty hunter!
Darth Vader: Perhaps you think you are being treated unfairly?
Lando: ...No.
Vader: Good. It would be unfortunate if I had to leave a garrison here.
Lando: (after Vader leaves) This "deal" is getting worse all the time!


Elder Seth: Colonel Presley could have made a deal with me. I have always taken an interest in music. His life would have been different.
Krokodil: Better?
Seth: Different.

Go-go gadget Faustian bargain!
Harry Dresden, The Dresden Files

And, by any chance, does all this knowledge and power and good advice come for only three easy installments of nineteen ninety-five plus shipping and handling? Or maybe it comes with a bonus set of knives tough enough to saw through a nail, yet can still cut tomatoes like this.
Harry Dresden, The Dresden Files

If you think you've gotten a good deal from a Deveel, first count your fingers, then your limbs, then your relatives.
Aahz, Myth Adventures

If it were only the other way! If it were I who was to be always young, and the picture that was to grow old! For that - for that - I would give everything! Yes, there is nothing in the whole world I would not give! I would give my soul for that!
Dorian Gray, The Picture of Dorian Gray

    Live-Action TV 

Mr. Morden: What do you want?
Vir Cotto: What do I want? I want to live just long enough to be there when they cut your head off and stick it on a pike, as a warning to the next ten generations that some favors come with too high a price. I want to look up into your lifeless eyes and wave like this.

Justin Crowe: I am reminded of the old saying "To make a deal with the devil."
Tommy Dolan: (uncomfortable laugh) Oh, but I'm not that bad, am I?
Justin Crowe: No, you're right. You aren't.


There is... one thing... I mean, everything has a price... I really hate to repeat myself, but... NOTHING'S "FREE."
Alice Cooper, "Gimme"

I answer your prayers for greed and lust
More than evil, I laugh at your trust
MEGADETH, "Prince of Darkness''

She says "I can help you, but what do you say?"
But it's not free baby, you'll have to pay
Savage Garden, "Break Me Shake Me"

When was this bargain made, or did you dream it in your sleep?
the lady's waiting there and it's a promise you must keep
for the power that you sought, for just one day in your life
she must be repaid - must be repaid...
— "Hour of the Wytch", by Adrienne Piggott

    Tabletop Games 

See, demons - they're predictable. They come right at you, like bundles of white-hot rage given fangs and claws. But a devil - he'll be your friend, and like a friend, he'll help you out of a jam, see. Need a few coins to get by? The devil's got a few to spare. Need a warm body to fill your bed? The devil knows the best ladies. Want status? Riches? Property? Power? The devil has the answers. He'll give you all you want and more. And what does he want in exchange? Just a little thing - a trifle, really. And it won't affect you in the slightest. All he wants is your soul.
Conner Smithson, Seeker of Virtue, Fiendish Codex II: Tyrants of the Nine Hells

So help us, they say. We cannot act, but we can give you power that will make the bickering gods of field and storm that ruin your crops every other year quail in terror. We cannot free ourselves, but we can give you a guide to help you set us free. We cannot reach beyond the bounds of our prison, but we will give you the strength to brush the stars out of the sky and set armies fleeing in terror before you. We cannot save those you love, but we can give you the cosmic might to do it yourself. All you have to do is serve us, and help us, and you will be Exalted above all other men when we are free, and the world will be yours.
They're lying with every second breath, but they're also telling you everything you want to hear. So you say okay. You say, yes, I'll change the world. And then the demon explodes into a hideous web of Essence and viscera, and closes about you, and your heart leaps in terror and revulsion and horror, but it's too late.
Word of God explaining the mindset of Infernal Exalted

"I am the power of death incarnate. I am the sword's edge; I hungrily cut the flesh and drink deep of the bloody well beneath. Give me your body, and I promise you glory, I promise you vengeance and I promise you immortality – if you will only let me..."
Antwyr, the Sword-God, Warhammer 40,000

When the night is over, people bitten seriously by the gambling bug find they owe Cavendish considerable sums. They might even stand on financial ruin. Again, Cavendish acts very understanding: realizing that he is dealing with good, honest working people, he will agree to give three-fifths back if they sign a paper, promising their immortal souls as collateral. With that, the Ringmaster produces a piece of paper adorned with a caricature of a 1950s spandex devil with a pitchfork, giving a piece of paper to an astonished businessman. It reads:
I, __________, hereby let it be known that I lost my soul gambling at Anastagio's Olde Time Lunar Carnival and Midnight Circus. I hereby forfeit all rights, entitlement and obligations of said immortal soul to Devyn Cavendish, proprietor. Signed, on behalf of the Board of Directors,
X Devyn Cavendish
Tremere himself had dabbled in diabolism after his failed attempted, centuries past, to take over the Order of Hermes, but had abandoned it after pinpointing its central paradox: demons weakenough to be dominated by a mortal mage are never powerful enough to perform workings worthy of the trouble involved. Demons mighty enough to grant great boons cannot be dominated; they always cheat the magus in some way. Tremere forbade his followers from engaging in infernal dabblings, not out of moral or spiritual qualms, but because the spells weren't effective enough.
Vampire: The Dark Ages - House Of Tremere

    Video Games 

I have come to take my leave. But first there is a small thing I require from you. That scroll you have used so often... did you read what it says? It's written in ancient demon script. Impossible to read. What is written is thus... You have agreed to a contract with Satan. Borrow over 30 thousand gold pieces, and your soul is forfeit. You have taken far more than this amount. I now enforce the contract.
Renon, Castlevania 64

God Stone bearer, with me now do treat...

Ares! Destroy my enemies, and my life is yours!
Kratos, God of War

One must be wary in dealing with the Spirit Forges: the Wraiths and Shades that inhabit them offer items beyond mortal dreams, in exchange for a sampling of your blood. The Wraith Smiths forge their items with forfeit souls...
Kain, Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain

Yes. YES! He bought it! I win! AA HA HA HAAAAA!

To swear contract with demons is to embrace a false change. It is an easy power, a basic power, with only one outcome: destruction without echo.
The Dragon in the aftermath of "Hell Hath No Vacancy," The Secret World

Look around. Witness the legacy of those who were brave and dared to dream. You can rise higher and reach further than they ever did... if you only accept our help and our gift to you.
Some choose material wealth, mere shadows of true wealth, true power. You will have no need for paper and metal when you carry within you something much greater.
Some choose to be made into figureheads, pale shadows of those who walk the true and enlightened path, alongside us. Become the one who pulls the strings, not the puppet on the throne.
Some choose to be granted the gift of sight, to envision and recreate beauty... but beauty is hollow compared to true power.
Some choose to be granted the gift of language, to use words to seduce and change the world... but true power cannot be contained by words, and true power can shape the world to your will.
Come, and we'll speak of your future. We are fascinated by you. We want to hear everything about you.
The time has come to accept our gift to you. We can give you everything... The world. You only have to choose to accept it.
The Dreamers, The Secret World

The more of my power you use, the more control I gain over your body. You use your power to get what you want, and I come a little closer to my own goals. You scratch my back, I crush yours. Pretty sweet, huh?

Gul'dan: Drink, Hellscream. Claim your destiny. You will all be conquerors.
Grom Hellscream: And what, Gul'dan, must we give in return?
Gul'dan: (lifts hood) Everything.
World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor

"Excuse my song," The monstrous siren said. "The tune's purpose was your attention. For I knew you had troubles, and I can offer absolutions."
Talm Kench, League of Legends

"You know how it works with witches, Enzo. They make a deal with the devil, and when they die, the devil gets his due. Ya get sucked down into hell, and wandering around scared shitless for eternity. Kinda comes with the territory."

We can reach a compromise.
You still have something I want.
Give it to me.
And I will bring this world back.
♥ Yes
Then it is agreed.
You will give me your SOUL.
The Fallen Child after a No Mercy run, Undertale


Inkyrius: Who did this to you?
Varsuvius: No one. I did this to myself, so that I might vanquish the dragon.
Inkyrius: To yourself? You - what did you do??
Varsuvius: I negotiated an exchange with three gentlemen from... other planes of existence.
Inkyrius: Which planes?
Varsuvius: ...Those in the ventral position?
Varsuvius: Technically, it is more of a fixed-term lease with an occupancy date yet to be determined.

    Web Original 

Gentlemen, today is your lucky day. I am here to make you the offer of your lifetime. Wanna hear? Oh, why am I even asking, of course you do. I offer you whatever your hearts' desire, be it women, money, power or fame. Or maybe just a really good steak. All I am asking for in return is your signature on this... (snaps fingers, massive roll of parchment appears in his hand) ...piece of paper, promising me your immortal souls upon your eventual demise. A small price to pay for the things I am offering, am I right?

Tragically fated Gentle Rose,
Yes, choose death... but should it be yours? Is it justice that you should be killed for seeking to protect what rightfully belongs to you, or for avenging yourself on those who have wronged you? Is it enough for you to martyr yourself for the sake of your dearly departed mother and your beloved country?
No. I believe you can do much, much better than that.
Of course, this blessing will not come without cost. When you swear to follow us, we expect unquestioning loyalty. Still, I think you will agree that this is a small price to pay for the power to change the world and return it to the shape you know it should have. We are not an unfair master, and you will have the freedom you need to ensure your fiefdom's prosperity. If that is unacceptable to you then you can turn your eyes away from the clouded heavens, take your tiny knife, and see what good fortune comes your way... but we both know that you will not do that. It is not in your nature to accept a tragic fate when you have a choice.

    Western Animation 

Fry: That could be my beautiful soul sitting naked on her couch. If I could just learn to play this stupid thing.
Bender: Oh, but you can. But you may have to metaphorically make a deal with the devil. And by "devil," I mean Robot Devil. And by "metaphorically," I mean get your coat.

Bart: I'd sell my soul for a racing car.
Devil Ned Flanders: (appears in a puff of smoke with a racing car) That can be arranged...
Bart: Meh, I changed my mind.
Devil Ned Flanders: (disappears, pissed)
Marge: Bart, stop pestering Satan.

Bill : Well, well, well. Someone's looking desperate! I can help you, kid. You just need to hear out my demands! ...All I want is a puppet! ...Seems to me one little puppet is a small price to pay to learn all the secrets of the universe. Besides, what's your sister done for you, lately? How many times have you sacrificed for her, huh? And when has she ever returned the favor? Tick tock, kid.
Dipper: Uh, just one puppet? Fine! So what puppet are you gonna pick anyway?
Bill: Hmm, let's see. Eenie meenie mynie... YOU!


It is the magician's bargain: give up our soul, get power in return. But once our souls, that is, ourselves, have been given up, the power thus conferred will not belong to us. We shall in fact be the slaves and puppets of that to which we have given our souls.
C. S. Lewis, The Abolition of Man

Satan frequently runs into credit payment risks.

If you just made a deal with the devil and think you got the better end of it, I'd advise you to first count your fingers and toes, then your siblings, then the rest of your family, and then your friends. Because you got screwed and you're just too stupid to realize it.
Jack Butler, Out Where the Buses Don't Run