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The Deal with the Devil.

Faustian Bargain or Deal with the Devil is a negotiation between a demon and a human where the two parties meet and the demon makes the wishes of the mortals it deals with come true.

Description

According to traditional Christian belief in witchcraft, the pact is between a person and Satan or a lesser demon. The person offers his or her soul in exchange for diabolical favours. Those favours vary by the tale, but tend to include youth, knowledge, wealth, or power.

It was also believed that some persons made this type of pact just as a sign of recognizing the devil as their master, in exchange for nothing. The bargain is considered a dangerous one, as the price of the Fiend's service is the wagerer's soul.

Overview

The tale may have a moralizing end, with eternal damnation for the foolhardy venturer. Conversely, it may have a comic twist, in which a wily peasant outwits the devil, characteristically on a technical point.

The person making the pact sometimes tries to outwit the devil, but loses in the end; example being that the man sells his soul for eternal life because he will never die to pay his end of the bargain. Immune to the death penalty, he commits murder, but is sentenced to life in prison.

Faustian Bargains

  • Johann Georg Faust: Made a bargain with Mephistopheles in order to gain knowledge and worldly joys.
  • Peter the Great: Made a bargain with SitriBeleth and Yomyael, in order to win the Great Northern War.
  • Varvara Rasputin: Made a bargain with Yomyael in order to exact her revenge on her father Grigori Rasputin.
  • Vlad Tepes: Made a bargain with Satan in order to gain unspeakable dark power to destroy the Ottoman Empire.
  • Dorian Gray: Unknowingly made a bargain with Mephistopheles to have his painting age instead of himself.
  • Izumi Curtis: Made a bargain with Mephistopheles to have her deceased stillborn child be resurrected.
  • Robert Johnson: Made a bargain with Mephistopheles or Papa Legba to enhance his musical skills.

Specific Bargains

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