[[caption-width-right:275: [- Faust and Mephistopheles, by Harry Clarke (1925) -] ]]

''Faust'' is a dramatic duology by Creator/JohannWolfgangVonGoethe and an adaptation of the 16th century folk legend about the [[{{Faust}} eponymous sorcerer]] that supposedly sold his soul to the devil.

The first part is far better known than the second.

* ''Theatre/FaustFirstPartOfTheTragedy'' (1808): Faust makes a deal with the demon Mephistopheles and engages in a love affair with the innocent Gretchen which has dire consequences for the latter.
* ''Theatre/FaustSecondPartOfTheTragedy'' (1832): More incredible adventures of Faust and Mephistopheles, until Faust grows old and Mephisto makes ready to collect his prize.

!! Tropes present in both parts of ''Faust:''

* BigBad: Mephistopheles, AKA {{Satan}}, is responsible for everything with his manipulation of Faust.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: Mephistopheles openly addresses the audience in several scenes and even inserts some occasional meta commentary on himself as a mythological/fictional character.
* DeadpanSnarker: Mephistopheles, often at the expense of the humans that surround him. It doesn't come across very well in some translations, but when it does it renders him by far the most entertaining part of the play.
* DealWithTheDevil: Though Faust's contract with Mephistopheles here is a wager, not a trade.
* {{Familiar}}: As his part of his deal with Faust, Mephistopheles becomes Faust's permanent companion and servant. In other words, he is Faust's familiar.
* FlamingDevil: Mephistopheles is not 101% heterosexual.
* TheIngenue: Gretchen, the innocent young girl whose love eventually plays a part in redeeming Faust.
* LighterAndSofter: [[spoiler: The most famous version of the ''Faust'' story to end with Faust's salvation rather than damnation and fall into hell.]]
* ProtagonistTitle
** Ironically, many theatrical posters and book covers of ''Faust'' feature Mephistopheles and not the main character who is, you know, right there in the title.
* TheRemake: Goethe certainly knew ''Theatre/DoctorFaustus'' and to a degree the duology is a remake of the Marlowe play.
* {{Satan}}: While in previous embodiments of the {{Faust}} tale Mephistopheles was ''a'' devil, Goethe suggests that he may just be ''the'' Devil.
* SparedByTheAdaptation: Goethe is the first author that [[spoiler: has Faust go to Heaven.]]