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  • Inverted in this trailer. Apparently the devil sold himself to our protagonist.
  • Death By Dying: The Angel of Death explains that The Angel of Life offers people the chance to revive their dead loved ones but doesn't tell them that the deal will cost them their own life. She makes this deal with Charlotte and is implied to have tried to make this deal with Isaiah Goodwin.
  • Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog: an interesting twist version of the Ordeal, where the Mephistopheles's (Bad Horse) offer to the Faustus (Billy) is, effectively, to help rule "Hell" if he'll just kill one person, anyone (but don't back out- then the blood on the ground might be his)... the Faustus accepts, believing he will be able to use this authority to reconstruct a better world, but by carrying out his assignment ends up abandoning his original motivations, ethics, and, indeed, everything he ever made the deal for in the first place... which was, presumably, the point of the ordeal to begin with. Ladies and gentlemen, Dr. Faustus: The Musical!
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  • Fantasy Powers League: The Broker's main schtick, name your superpower and it's yours, as long as you're willing to pay it forward...
  • Whateley Universe:
    • The mutant codenamed Gypsy gave her soul to The Kellith and accepted a demon mark in exchange for what Gypsy wanted most. Confidence. Since Carmilla has killed The Kellith, Gypsy is now bonded to Carmilla, and things are looking a lot better for her.
    • One of the Bad Seeds, Nephandus, is well-known for making deals with malevolent entities from Beyond. Too bad for his ally Jobe that he didn't think to ask Nephandus for help when she tried the same thing with her arch-enemy Carmilla.
    • When three dark sorcerers summoned the demon BKCRMWDJVG, they failed to secure it completely inside of the summoning circle. The result was that the demon ate all three and proceeded to start hunting virgins in Los Angeles. The difficulty the demon had in finding virgins of the appropriate age in LA is lampshaded by Phase, who was the one who discovered it - at a beauty contest.
  • In The Nostalgia Critic's review of Care Bears II, he made a deal with the Bennett The Sage who was pretending to be the devil. Instead his soul, Critic gave Bennett all of his money to forget all about Sequel Month. Bennett pointed out that he wasn't really the devil but still made the deal anyway when Critic said he'd give him everything. note 
    • Word of Malcolm says that if Hyper ever made a deal, Satan would give her Critic's soul in exchange.
    • In the DVD review of "The Review Must Go On", he mocks and acknowledges that it's played more like Doug selling his soul to the Critic-devil rather than just bringing a show back.
    • Nothing gets Linkara into an angry rant like One More Day, in which "Spiderman! Makes a deal! With the devil!!!" It has almost become one of his Catch Phrases.
  • The Demon was Just Under Three Feet Tall.
  • The cast of Sevenshot Kid are absolutely terrible with this.
  • The entire premise of Lilium is essentially this.
  • In Dark Dream Chronicle, going through Session gives you enhanced strength, stamina, endurance, brainpower, you name it, all at the low low price of giving your Soul to "the Master". Also, if you aren't Immune, you die horribly around the age of 27. Oh, and if you get picked to be an Enforcer, you get all of your emotions removed. Have fun~
  • SCP Foundation
    • SCP-738 is a usually invisible entity that makes such deals. The price paid for a deal is something intended to cause emotional pain to the person making the deal, like the death of a best friend or losing all memories of one's mother. Interestingly, when a test subject who is severely mentally handicapped is sent in to make a deal, the entity accepts the ridiculous terms (a sloppy joe sandwich for a toy)... but then sighs once it's complete. And when they sent one of their lawyers in, the result was a 900+ page document detailing the terms of the deal, which didn't even get finished because the lawyer collapsed from exhaustion after spending 41 hours negotiating with the entity. When the lawyer woke up, he found a note in his pocket: "Please come back any time. I haven't had so much fun in years."
      • They try to use it to get rid of SCP-682. Specifically, a researcher asks it "What would you want in exchange for permanently destroying the entity which we refer to as SCP-682 while leaving this planet, its biosphere, its human population, its human civilization, the SCP Foundation, and the rest of the universe intact?" It replies "Your Foundation couldn't afford it, and you personally definitely couldn't afford it."
      • An alien, eventually classified as SCP-ES-007-B, from the Spanish section of the site, came to Earth from Europa seeking the entity's help, calling it "the trickster, the dragon charmer, the inconceivable, the ineffable, the rite", which trades anything for some thing he finds attractive. He also mentions it's not the only one, that no one knows why it does whatever it is that it does or even how, and that it has altered its shape many times from whatever Time Abyss spawned it. While the observers were not privy to the details of the discussion, the poor guy collapsed in despair after finally talking with the entity.
    • SCP-2791 ("Fauste Bank plc"). When someone wants to make a deal with the forces of Evil, they can use the services of SCP-2791 to avoid the nasty consequences of doing so. How? By constructing a ludicrously complex network of deals with tens of thousands of devils in such a way that all the incurred debts pay themselves and/or fall on someone else, leaving you to benefit.
    • Played for Laughs with SCP-3061, a demon named Fendsmul who offers deals often in exchange for the souls of the summoner's children rather than their own. The Foundation recovered their copy of the book detailing the rituals to summon it from a man who was readily willing to sacrifice his own children to pay off his debt, which royally pissed it off. Later on the Foundation offers it a deal in which they'd get rid of other annoying "clients" in exchange for information on their whereabouts, to which it responds "...Did you just offer me a fucking deal?" before accepting.
    • SCP-4002 was a deal between a Sumerian king named Etana and a hostile deity known as the Black Moon, who made him sacrifice magic and humanity's biblical longevity for an unspecified amount of time in exchange for a son. The anomalies the Foundation have encountered are supposedly a result of humanity's end of the deal concluding.
    • SCP-4166 was a girl who made a deal with the devil seeking protection from the Pedophile Priest abusing her. In return she was turned into a succubus that requires 1 cc of human semen a week to live while being accosted by shadowy demons on a regular basis.
  • This news story from The Onion suggests that Beyoncé made a deal with a witch for talent and fame in exchange for her first child. And as soon as Blue Ivy Carter was born...
  • In Fate By Blades there is a devil-esque figure who makes deals with mortals, often with the condition that someone involved with said deal take a Horny Devil consort. The opening antagonist, Gilliam, does this but later breaks his end of the deal, causing his whole rebellion to fail, while Lucas makes a similar deal to acquire a demonic consort to tempt Kona over to his side. Lucas is more successful as Kona ends up joining him.
  • Kyle from Statless and Tactless considers any deal made with Joe to be a devil's bargain. The fact Joe is clearly evil and makes his posts in red text doesn't help.
  • The Cleanser from the Sporewiki Fiction Universe seems to zig-zag this trope. On one hand, he often grants people deals in exchange for their souls. On the other hand, he uses his ownership of your soul for benevolent purposes, and, though he often tricks you, he does so to maximize the benefit he gains from the deal, and any harm this causes you is merely a side effect. In addition, most deals with him are stated to go fine.
    • To make it even more confusing, he does collect the souls he owns after their deaths and put you in a lake filled with lava and instruments of torture, but, once he feels you have made up for your accumulated sins, he alters you such that this results in orgasmic pleasure rather than agonizing pain.
    • Ultimately, whether or not a deal with the Cleanser counts as a deal with the devil depends on whether or not you view the Cleanser as a good or evil character.
  • According to SF Debris Janeway became a Starfleet captain by sacrificing the souls of Omicron Theta to the Devil (by means of the crystalline entity), and has him on speed dial. It's definitely a business relationship, because she dismisses the advice of her shoulder devil as "religious crap".
  • "Who Do You Want Me To Kill" has the devil come to a young man named Simon with the offer to kill one, and only one, person of his choice. Simon decides to have the devil kill "the person who has hurt him the most". Simon immediately drops dead.
  • Sweden makes one in this Polandball comic.
  • Pokemon Pals: Misty compares making a deal with Giovanni to this.
  • Averted in Void Domain. Demons tend to be more mercenary than wish granters. Fae fulfill the deal with the devil role in their place.
  • The first episode of My Little Pony: Totally Legit Recap reveals that Shinning Armour (with help from Twilight) made one these to get Princess Candace to marry him, in exchange for his first born child. This causes some issues, when Flurry Heart is born...
  • Not Always Learning has a student telling the professor they don't have a soul because "I sold mine to the Devil to finish my senior thesis."
  • Dreamscape: Keela made one with The Master of the Dammed in order to become a demon.
  • My Little Pony Meets: Cuphead reveals that the Rainbow Dash of G4 is actually the same pony as the Rainbow Dash of G3, before the latter made a deal with The Devil to become the former. This causes problems, when Cuphead and Mugman are sent after her...
  • Played for laughs in one Achievement Hunter Let's Play involving Mario Kart 8, where Michael Jones suggests that Matt Bragg's insane skill with the game is because of this trope.
  • Under The Cold Moon reveals two-thirds of the way in that Siegfried made one with Ithaqua. In exchange for immortality, Siegfried planned on summoning Ithaqua into our universe, and it would end up freezing the entire planet for Siegfried to control.
  • In Hazbin Hotel: we have Alastor the Radio Demon offer to sponsor Charlie's sinner-redeeming hotel in what is implied to be a part of some evil scheme. The funny part is that Charlie, being the daughter of Lucifer, technically outranks him. She's also Genre Savvy enough to do her best to Defy the trope: she refuses to make an explicit deal with him and instead orders him to help out... for as long as he desires.
  • In the first series episode of Helluva Boss Stolas forces Blitzo into a rather one-sided deal for the grimoire Blitzo stole after sleeping with Stolas. On the full moon Blitzo returns the book and he and Stolas spend a night of "passionate fornication" together, in return Blitzo gets to keep the book the rest of the month and use it to produce portals to the mortal realm for his Murder, Inc.. For bonus points Stolas calls while Blitzo is running for his life from a surprisingly well-armed target and is in no position to negotiate.
  • Happens throughout both campaigns in Critical Role
    • In Campaign 1, it's implied in his backstory video that Percy's inspiration when creating Exandria's first firearm was diabolical in nature. It's later revealed that he unknowingly made a deal with a shadow demon named Orthax, who promised him vengeance against the people who murdered his family, in exchange for the souls of those whose names appear on The List. He then went on to do it again on purpose - this time with an actual devil - to get the party access to Hotis before he could regenerate
    • Campaign 2 has Fjord, a Hexblade warlock who made a deal with a mysterious entity after nearly drowning in a shipwreck. As the campaign progresses, we learn it's identity: Uk'otoa, a sealed demi-god who would very much like to be released by his new follower, and has no qualms with turning nasty when Fjord feels reluctant about following through.
  • The New Hansel and Gretel: Mathair sells Jack and Jamie the Miller House very cheap. Unfortunately for them, the contract they signed was magical and they lose their free-will and autonomy, turning them into her own "adopted babies" for the rest of their lives. But hey, they got a pinball machine out of it, right?


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