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* Harry Dresden, of ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' finds himself on the receiving end of a Heavenly Bargain in Ghost Story.

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* Harry Dresden, of ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' finds himself on the receiving end of a Heavenly Bargain in Ghost Story.''Literature/GhostStory''.

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* A downplayed version with Aramis of ''Series/TheMusketeers'' in the second season finale. Having been arrested and awaiting execution with most of his loved ones either arrested and facing death, fugitives, or in some other danger, the devout Aramis prays to God to spare them. While he doesn't initially expect God to save him, he promises to resign from the musketeers and become a monk if God lets him live too. After they've all survived Aramis keeps his promise and quits. The first episode of the third season involves him trying to keep his promise after his friends show up and he has to utilise his musketeer skills again to save lives.


* Vestal virgins, in theory. They'd serve the goddess for twenty years, getting high social status and more political power than any other woman had in return, and then could leave and live a comfy life. The downside was that, if things went wrong, the politicians would look for a vestal virgin whom they could accuse of having violated the rules, and bury her alive.(But from the point of view of believers, the goddess would of course protect her faithful virgins from wrong accusations ...)

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* Vestal virgins, in theory. They'd serve the goddess for twenty years, getting high social status and more political power than any other woman had in return, and then could leave and live a comfy life. The downside was that, if things went wrong, the politicians would look for a vestal virgin whom they could accuse of having violated the rules, and bury her alive. (But from the point of view of believers, the goddess would of course protect her faithful virgins from wrong accusations ...)


* Dealing with [[JerkassGods The Truth]] in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' starts out as a DealWithTheDevil, what with its penchant for extracting payments in the form of [[AnArmAndALeg bodily parts.]] But it's inverted right at the end of the series. [[spoiler:Edward offered the ultimate price, [[BroughtDownToNormal his entire ability to perform alchemy,]] but Truth was absolutely ''thrilled'' at the offer, congratulated Edward for giving the correct answer, and grant him the ultimate prize in return: Alphonse's body, whole and unspoiled.]]

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* Dealing with [[JerkassGods The Truth]] in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' starts out as a DealWithTheDevil, what with its penchant for extracting payments in the form of [[AnArmAndALeg bodily parts.]] But it's inverted right at the end of the series. [[spoiler:Edward offered the ultimate price, [[BroughtDownToNormal his entire ability to perform alchemy,]] but Truth was absolutely ''thrilled'' at the offer, congratulated Edward for giving the correct answer, and grant granted him the ultimate prize in return: Alphonse's body, whole and unspoiled.]]

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* This manages to be played with twice in ''WesternAnimation/JohnCallahansQuads''
** The first is when Riley, who's already a quadriplegic, starts suffering erectile dysfunction as well. He pleads to the heavens and tries to make a deal with God, promising to go to church and even give to the collection plate (sometimes), if only God will cure it. When he gets no answer, his attention shifts to the ground and he says "Hey, if ''you're'' listening!" [[DealWithTheDevil Cue rumbling thunder...]]
** A later episode has Riley meet God during a NearDeathExperience and discovering, in spite of the plot of the above example, that Hell doesn't exist and it's just a ploy by God to scare people into being good and/or repenting. God immediately tries to cut a deal in exchange for Riley's silence, but just then Riley gets "recalled" to Earth and the deal's off because, obviously, nobody's going to believe his mad ramblings anyways.
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* Discussed and zigzagged in ''Creator/WillEisner'' 's ''ComicBook/AContractWithGod''. In the story, a Jewish man vows to be good and devout in exchange for a happy life, after he is told that it seems God favors him (this is the eponymous contract). However, after years of following God's ways, his daughter dies. He chooses to abandon his faith, at which point he becomes wildly successful... [[spoiler: But he is miserable anyway. In the end he goes upon a group of rabbis to draft up a new contract...]]


* Jean Valjean ''Theatre/LesMiserables'' was once a petty burglar who was caught after stealing silverware from a local bishop. Since he's already on parole and this could mean a much longer sentence back in jail, the bishop lies and tells the police the silverware was a gift. In doing so, he warns Valjean that he bought his soul for God and afterward, the guilt-stricken Valjean changes his ways and becomes an honest man. He mentions this bargain again later in the play during his [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome epic song]] and CrowningMomentOfAwesome, ''Who am I?''

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* Jean Valjean ''Theatre/LesMiserables'' was once a petty burglar who was caught after stealing silverware from a local bishop. Since he's already on parole and this could mean a much longer sentence back in jail, the bishop lies and tells the police the silverware was a gift. In doing so, he warns Valjean that he bought his soul for God and afterward, the guilt-stricken Valjean changes his ways and becomes an honest man. He mentions this bargain again later in the play during his [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic epic song]] and CrowningMomentOfAwesome, SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome, ''Who am I?''

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* In addition to the ways found in [[TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons its parent game]], ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'' also includes the Celestial Bloodline for sorcerers, which is a counterpart for the Infernal and Abyssal Bloodlines that [[DealWithTheDevil made pacts with the other end of the alignment scale]]. One of the ways a character can get the Celestial Bloodline is making one of these deals with a Good-aligned outsider. There's also the possibility that such a deal was made by the sorcerer's ancestor, which can result in a LightIsNotGood scenario.


The classic example is Literature/{{Samson}} and his deal with YHWH to never cut his hair.

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The classic example is Literature/{{Samson}} and his deal with YHWH to never cut his hair.
hair (although interestingly, that deal was actually made for him by his mother).


The classic example is {{Samson}} and his deal with YHWH to never cut his hair.

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The classic example is {{Samson}} Literature/{{Samson}} and his deal with YHWH to never cut his hair.


Generally, to be an example of this trope, at least 3 of these conditions should apply, but there are exceptions, such as the ''"I am the Lord"'' loophole in western culture where ''any'' deal made with God/YHWH/Allah automatically counts and the one in eastern cultures where most deals with nature spirits may also qualify.

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Generally, to be an example of this trope, at least 3 of these conditions should apply, but there are exceptions, such as the ''"I am the Lord"'' loophole in western culture where ''any'' deal made with God/YHWH/Allah automatically counts and the one in eastern cultures where most deals with nature spirits may also qualify.
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Compare/contrast DealWithTheDevil, which once upon a time was TheDarkSide sub trope of this but broke away and became even bigger than the original. It's also one of the FiveStagesOfGrief.

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Compare/contrast DealWithTheDevil, which once upon a time was TheDarkSide sub trope sub-trope of this but broke away and became even bigger than the original. It's also one of the FiveStagesOfGrief.


* Every player character who becomes an Angel in ''[[NexusWar Nexus Clash]]'' makes one of these, and the parallels with the DealWithTheDevil that Demons make are very much intended. Angels get extraordinary supernatural power at the price of being bound to keep their KarmaMeter in top condition for the rest of their days. Given that the god in charge of the KarmaMeter defines goodness mainly in terms of [[KnightTemplar killing his enemies]], the catch becomes apparent rather quickly.

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* Every player character who becomes an Angel in ''[[NexusWar Nexus Clash]]'' ''VideoGame/NexusClash'' makes one of these, and the parallels with the DealWithTheDevil that Demons make are very much intended. Angels get extraordinary supernatural power at the price of being bound to keep their KarmaMeter in top condition for the rest of their days. Given that the god in charge of the KarmaMeter defines goodness mainly in terms of [[KnightTemplar killing his enemies]], the catch becomes apparent rather quickly.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Bayonetta}}'': Much like how the Umbra Witches [[DealWithTheDevil make a pact with the Demons of the Inferno]], their [[LightEmUp light-based]]/[[DistaffCounterpart masculine]] counterparts the Lumen Sages make a pact with the [[OurAngelsAreDifferent Hierarchy of Laguna]], granting them enhanced physical prowess and WhiteMagic on par with the Umbra Witches. When they die, their souls ascend to Paradiso where they are [[AngelicTransformation reincarnated as high-ranking angels in the Hierarchy]].

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* At the climax of the ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' episode "[[Recap/StarTrekDeepSpaceNineS06E06SacrificeOfAngels Sacrifice of Angels]]", Sisko bargains with [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien the Prophets]] to wish away the fleet of Dominion warships traveling through the wormhole to reinforce the fleet. The Prophets tell him there will be a penance exacted:
-->'''Prophet!Dukat:''' The Sisko is of Bajor, but he will find no rest there.\\
'''Prophet!Kira:''' His ''pagh'' [soul] will follow another path.

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** The 5E Warlock Celestial patron has this as the default, being good beings of the Upper Planes providing power under the terms of a pact to the warlock. It does have the same qualifier as the DealWithTheDevil Fiend pact, though -- there's nothing saying the ''warlock'' can't have conned the patron into a pact that provides power without actually requiring anything of the warlock, in terms of actions or soul-ownership.
** This was a twist to a ''TabletopGame/ScarredLands'' story -- a man sold his soul to a stranger to become a sorcerer, and then used the sorcerous power to be as good a person as possible, on his death bed telling the stranger come to claim him that he'd done his best to make certain others wouldn't have to damn themselves the same way he did. The stranger chuckled and said the world would be a much darker place if fiends were the only ones who heard desperate prayers, enveloping the man in white wings...

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