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  • In 1977: The Comic, Bud's girlfriend's mother is a record producer/manager. She offers to sign up the band. when the contracts are signed, she reveals herself in her true form. Admittedly it gets each band member a $50,000 advance cheque. But at the price of Bud's soul.
  • Ray Smuckles of Achewood gains his musical talent (and, arguably, a heap of his subsequent successes) through one of these, but the consequences don't come about until over a year later.
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  • A major plot point in Archipelago. People who make the deal have a raven spirit enter their bodies through their left eye, turning that eye black with a red pupil. He's normally very good about fulfilling his end of the deal.
  • In Ava's Demon, the only way to rid oneself of their demon is to do this, Inverted slightly as the demon and the living participant both have to keep their end of the bargain or they will become a 'monster of failure'.
  • In DevilBear, the band members of Smooch (a parody of Kiss) are tricked into selling their souls in exchange for being rock stars for life. They have a What an Idiot! moment, however, and Die partying too hard after their first show.
  • Devoto: The main storyline follows a man who makes a deal with a demon for musical talent.
  • Subverted / inverted in a storyline of Fans!: The villain, who had sold his soul to Satan for power and the chance to become a hero to humanity, manipulated Rikk into traveling to an otherworldly realm and also selling his soul to protect his friends and thus get Rikk under his power. However, the villain's plan was flawed in that he had not considered that (a) each individual person encountered the realm — and the entity within that realm — in a different way depending on who they were, and that (b) Satan was not the only celestial being interested in doing deals for souls; Rikk, being a genuinely selfless person interested only in protecting his loved ones, actually sold his soul to The Big Guy Upstairs, thus enabling him to defeat the villain.
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  • Mentioned and subverted in Homestuck. Caliborn offers Jake English support but denies that this is a Deal With the Devil situation. Caliborn claims that Jake has nothing to offer Caliborn in return. Caliborn is merely doing this because he believes he and Jake are kindred spirits since they both have terrible social skills and because he believes Jake, being a Page, can become a Worthy Opponent.
  • Housepets!: When Keene ends up in hell and is trying to find a way to escape and rescue Breel, he realizes too late that he has accidentally made a deal with a devil when the cute demon he is talking to suddenly speaks in a less cute voice and says "THEN THE CONTRACT IS SEALED" after they agree to help each other. The consequences of this have yet to be seen.
  • IronCrown's main plot really starts with this, as a dictator's daughter on the run (our protagonist) bargains with a demon in the basement as the country falls to pieces around them.
  • Played straight in PK Comic when the giant fish sells his soul to resurrect Chester.
    • In "KITTEN", a Satanic cult has agreed to let Satan have a child with one of them in an attempt to create The Anti-Christ. He ends up becoming drunk and breeding with their cat on a dare instead, though.
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    • In "A Time for Healing", we hear the story of the zombie Jane, who had naively made a pact with a voodoo woman to become a zombie.
    • In "A Time for Hair Raising", Gwynn does a desperate deal with soul-trading demons who couple as Jackass Genies and make deals with mortals for free at first in order to persuade them to make a second deal for the price of one's soul. You can guess how well that goes.
    • Before the Dimension of Pain became the Dimension of Pain, one of the original inhabitants made a pact with the invading Legions of Hell. She gave them entrance to her city, thinking she could save her lover from dying in the war and flee with him. Naturally, he died anyway and she was cursed to become one of the demons.
    • K'Z'K the Destroyer has a good record of getting mortals to summon him into the world, even though that basically means The End of the World as We Know It — which he has caused several times. He has offered things such as "the ability to kill a demigod who offended your gigantic ego" and "sparing you and your loved ones since the End is coming soon regardless."
  • A deal with the devil is what starts the plot of My Best Friend Marneao. Jacob sells his soul in order to gain a best friend, and he gains it in the form of Marneao, the son of the king of Inferni, Lucifer. When a human sell their souls, the demon that accept the deal is bound by contract to give the human whatever it asked. Jacob became sad to hear this, thinking none of the fun they had was for real... and then it reveals Marneao never accepted his soul because no demon would accept Jacob' request, and simply escaped from home.
    Marneao: I'm not bound by any contract because there never was one! I'm having fun with Jacob because I want to have fun with him!
  • Clare's backstory in No Rest for the Wicked. She can tell the people feel guilty about their children because they look like her parents did after her father accidentally sold her to the devil — and never tried to give back the money.
  • In The Order of the Stick, Vaarsuvius tries to get one of these deals to get enough power to save their family. This zigzags wildly — the fiends claim that they don't really want V's soul for eternity, but just a proof of concept that the different fiend types can work together, so their deal is for X minutes of damnation each fiend for however long V holds onto that fiend's power. But as they point out, V committing Evil acts while Drunk with Power is on their soul and is likely to lead to their eternal damnation anyway. But the worst snag is when the contracted damnation will take place; V assumes it will be immediately after their death and before whatever afterlife their alignment earns, but it's actually whenever the hell the fiends say so, as V learns to their dismay when they try to stop Roy from destroying Girard's Gate.
  • Sinfest begins with this...
  • Parodied in this strip of Sandra and Woo as Sandra accidentally sells her soul to the devil for a glass of lemonade.
    • "...but now I don't have to! Thanks, whoever did that!" You think it'd be so easy...
    • Comes up again with Larisa during the Divine Comedy arc. In order to save Sandra's life from one of the human god's pranks, she signed a contract with the devil that would condemn her soul to hell upon death (the contract would be rendered void if they failed to save her). Although, it was more like a job offering than an eternity of torment (the devil wanted to put her talents to use as a succubus).
  • College Roomies from Hell!!! has the devil as a main antagonist. There are two student satanists (Steve and Waldo); it is unclear what they "sold" to obtain it, but they gain certain magical powers (or perhaps hallucinations thereof) from the devil. Eventually, Mike makes a deal with the devil to protect his loved ones at the cost of being controlled by the devil for ten minutes at an unspecified later time. Much later, this leads directly to him cheating on his fiancee to allegedly conceive the antichrist, the disintegration of his entire circle of friends, and his fatal stabbing..
    • While he's dead, it turns out he's apparently Michael the Archangel. Oh, great, Mike. Remembering that would have been good before you turned yourself over to the enemy.
  • Remember does this, with Igon's bargain with Levistus. Unusually however, we later see Levistus explaining his reasons for accepting what at first looks like a bad deal for him.
  • Demon Candy: Parallel starts off with TWO of these for the same character. The first is when Johnathan accidently sells his soul to Noelle for a Klondike Bar, and the second is when he makes a deal to stay in Hell with Victoria for a year to get his soul back.
  • Subverted in this comic of Little Worlds, where Derby insists to The Accountant that he is not making a "soul-bargain" when he demands the answers to life, the universe, and insomnia.
  • Evil Diva Take your daughter to work and brag of how you get them to sign on.
  • Noah of El Goonish Shive once considered doing this, but he was talked out of it while his plans were still in the research phase.
  • Justified (from the demon's point of view) in Goblins. Demons feed by inflicting suffering on immortal souls, and if they can gain ownership of a soul, it can provide them with nourishment for the rest of eternity. But most of them aren't powerful enough to take souls by force; they need to persuade mortals into giving their souls up willingly.
  • See this Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal strip
  • According to Something*Positive, Alan Moore gained his writing abilities from the Devil. The deal was for Moore to stop beating the Devil up during school.
    • The To Hell and Back sequence there also references the Robert Johnson folk-tale. Also, Ray falls ass backwards into money like a pig into mud, it ain't even a thing.
  • Used, abused, and put away wet on Sluggy Freelance. Also done seriously.
    • One of the earliest strips has Riff and Torg making a deal with a demon for beer and pocket change. Luckily, the demon is short on coins, so they just get the beer and he doesn't get to conquer the world.
    • Gwynn makes some kind of a vague deal to get magic power from the Book of E-Ville early on that continues to haunt her forever in different forms.
    • Spoofed during the Vampires arc when Torg suggests the vampires should stop sneaking around and just openly sell vampirism.
      Lysinda: "Foolish Mortal... do you really think humanity would give up its immortal soul forever just to look good?"
      ** thinks about it**
      Lysinda: "Sylvia..."
      Sylvia: "Infomercials, next quarter, check."
  • In Sonic the Comic – Online! Sonic goes to the Drakon Empire and makes a deal with Master Scholar in order to try and save Mobius from Dr. Zachary and Shadow.
  • [un]Divine: One of the main characters, Daniel, kickstarts the plot when he summons a demon who he would call Esther to willingly give up his soul for her servitude. And he did all of this on a whim, mind you.
  • xkcd was all over this as a way to make fun of End-User License Agreements. [1]
  • In Zoophobia, it's a demon's job to trick mortals into selling their souls.
  • Daughter of the Lilies: Many of the older or more intelligent drath do this in order to possess you. The teacher of the Magical University that held drath summoning courses noted that the drath are able to sense and latch onto peoples' insecurities, although no one is sure how.
  • Narbonic: Subverted. Demons, as former angels, have to honor the spirit of any deals they make and put customer satisfaction over their own interests. They are therefore very happy that humans believe deals with demons always end badly; the demon just gives the human some minor gift like a candy bar, and the human counts himself lucky to have come out ahead.

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