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A deal with the Devil, pact with the Devil, or Faustian bargain is a cultural motif widespread wherever the Devil is vividly present, most familiar in the legend of Faust and the figure of Mephistopheles, but elemental to many Christian folktales. In the Aarne-Thompson typological catalogue, it lies in category AT 756B – "The devil's contract."

According to traditional Christian belief in witchcraft, the pact is between a person and Satan or any other demon (or demons); 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 recognising the Devil as their master, in exchange for nothing. Regardless, the bargain is a dangerous one, for the price of the Fiend's service is the wagerer's soul. 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. Among the credulous, any apparently superhuman achievement might be credited to a pact with the Devil, from the numerous European Devil's Bridges to the superb violin technique (now attributed in part to Marfan syndrome) of Niccolò Paganini.


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Deals with the Devil in popular culture

The idea of making a deal with the devil has appeared many times in works of popular culture.

The theme enjoyed a large run of popularity in the 20th century. At one point Anthony Boucher, editor of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, "reported that fully 50 percent of his unsolicited submissions consisted of deal-with-the-devil stories or "formalities of the hereafter", which as often as not involved the Devil".

In print

  • In many variants of the Aarne-Thompson type 361, of which Bearskin is an instance, the hero escapes, but the devil still comes off the better: the heroine's sisters have killed themselves, and he has gained two souls instead of one.
  • The story of Theophilus of Adana, a saint who made a deal with the devil, predates the Faust legend and is a likely partial inspiration.
  • The compact between human hubris and diabolical intelligence raises the old tale to its cultural peak in Goethe's Faust.

Other works depicting deals with the devil include:

In film

  • Satan Triumphant (Template:Lang-ru, translit. Satana likuyushchiy) (1917) :Pastor Talnoх furiously urges the flock to fight temptations, but he himself becomes a victim of temptation. In his house appears Satan, pushing the hero to theft and spiritual fall,
  • The Temptation of Barbizon (Template:Lang-fr) (1946): a demon tries to trick a young couple into a deal, but an angel foils the Satanic plot.
  • Doctor Faustus (1967): a film based on Christopher Marlowe's The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus, starring Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor and Andreas Teuber.
  • Bedazzled (1967): In this film, the main character exchanges his soul for seven wishes, each of which leads to disaster, only for him to escape the deal when the devil spares him out of pity.
  • Rosemary's Baby (1968): Guy Woodhouse offers his wife Rosemary to the devil for wealth and success, resulting in the birth of the Antichrist.
  • The Mephisto Waltz (1971), people transferring their personalities from one body to another with Satan's help, each such change "paid for" by committing a murder.
  • Poor Devil (1973), a TV movie comedy about a bumbling minor devil (Sammy Davis Jr.) trying to get the soul of a bumbling human (Jack Klugman) on orders of Lucifer (Christopher Lee).
  • Belladonna (1973), a film inspired by 19th century perceptions of medieval witchcraft, centres on a woman's pact with the devil
  • Phantom of the Paradise (1974): Swan makes a pact with the devil to remain youthful forever and photos will age and fester in his place.
  • The Devil and Max Devlin (1981): A crooked landlord, now deceased and in Hell, is offered redemption by the devil if he succeeds in getting three others to forfeit their souls in exchange for his own.
  • The Transformers: The Movie (1986): Megatron makes a deal with Cybertron's version of the devil, named Unicron, in order to continue his "destiny" of galactic conquest, but in turn becomes his unwilling minion.
  • Crossroads (1986): A young man attempts to investigate Robert Johnson's legend.
  • Little Shop of Horrors (1986): Audrey II offers Seymour riches and women in return for human sacrifice.
  • Angel Heart (1987): The devil tries to claim the soul he was promised by a man whose attempt to escape his deal resulted in him losing his memory.
  • The Phantom of the Opera (1989): Erik Destler makes a deal by selling his soul to the devil in exchange for the world to love him for his music but came with a price: Destler's face became hideously disfigured.
  • The Toxic Avenger Part III: The Last Temptation of Toxie (1989): The Toxic Avenger made a deal with the devil in order to get money for the eye operation for his blind girlfriend, Claire.
  • Faust (1994): Mixed live-action and animation, directed by Czech surrealist Jan Švankmajer.
  • The Day of the Beast (1995): A priest attempts to sell his soul to the devil so that he can be there for the birth of the Antichrist so he can kill him.
  • The Devil's Advocate (1997): A Florida attorney begins working for a law firm that is run by the devil.
  • Spawn (1997): A military soldier/assassin sells his soul to a demon warlord named Malebolgia to become his eternal servant and leader of his army in Armageddon, in order to return to Earth to see his beloved fiancée, Wanda Blake.
  • H-E Double Hockey Sticks (1999): A demon-in-training convinces a rising hockey star to sell him his soul for the Stanley Cup.
  • Sleepy Hollow (1999): Lady Van Tassel tells Katrina that her family was driven from their ancestral home by the Van Garretts, who then sold it to the Van Tassels. She proceeded to pledge her soul to Satan and become a witch, summoning the Horseman to kill Van Garrett, his new wife, and unborn child and every villager who knew about the new will. At the movie's climax, the Headless Horseman, whose head was returned to him, takes her into the underworld to fulfill her end of the deal.
  • End of Days (1999): Satan offers to bring back the murdered family of ex-police officer Jericho Cane in exchange for information on a woman he is looking for.
  • Bedazzled (2000), a remake of the aforementioned 1967 original, the main character making a different set of wishes that end when he uses his seventh and final wish to make an unselfish wish that negates his contract.
  • O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000): A trio of chain gang escapees in Depression-era Mississippi encounter a black youth named Tommy Johnson, who claims to have sold his soul to the devil in exchange for being able to play the guitar.
  • Faust: Love of the Damned (2000): A man sells his soul in order to get revenge on his girlfriend's killers, only to be turned into a demon in exchange.
  • The Hire (2001-2002): In the episode "Beat the Devil", James Brown made a deal with Satan that he sell his soul for a life of fame and talent. In his late age, he feels his life coming to a quick end prompting him to make a second deal that if the driver could beat Satan in a drag race, James Brown would regain his youth.
  • Constantine (2004): Having informed Satan of his son's attempted coup of Hell, Constantine asks Satan to repay their debt by releasing Isabel, the twin sister of Constantine's ally Angela, rather than simply asking Satan to bring him back to life. Satan's desire for Constantine's soul was thwarted upon the realization that Constantine's self-sacrifice earned him a place in Heaven, prompting Satan to allow Constantine's resurrection so that Constantine would have another chance to fall.
  • Pact with the Devil (2004): A modern retelling of the Oscar Wilde novel The Picture of Dorian Gray.
  • Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005): In the metaphorical sense of the term, Anakin Skywalker pledges himself to the teachings of Darth Sidious to save his wife from the visions of death in childbirth he's been having, in that sense damning himself to get what he wants and becoming Darth Vader in return.
  • Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny (2006): A rock group quests for a pick that was once a tooth belonging to Satan, and which it is implied that all rock legends used to achieve their legendary status.
  • Shortcut to Happiness (2007): A modern film adaptation of the classic short story "The Devil and Daniel Webster".
  • Ghost Rider (2007): A young stunt rider sells his soul to the interdimensional demon Mephisto to cure his father's cancer. As with Faust, Mephisto takes liberties with his end of the bargain, the stunt rider's father surviving his cancer only to die in an accident.
  • The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009): Doctor Parnassus, a prominent storyteller, made a deal with the devil that would allow him to keep telling his stories, unaware that the world would move past its interest in his narrative style.
  • Heartless (2009): Jamie Morgan makes a devil's deal with Pappa B to have his birthmarks removed and to live a normal life; in return he is suddenly informed that the terms of the deal can change whenever Pappa B wishes it.
  • The Witch (2015): Thomasin signs her name in the devil's book so that she can join a murderous coven of witches.
  • Vox Lux (2018): In the final scene of this hyperstylized but otherwise realistic drama, the narrator reveals that the main character, Celeste, made a deal with the devil in order to both survive a school shooting and attain pop superstardom. Whether this should be read as literal truth or simply something Celeste herself believes to be true is left ambiguous.

In music

In television

  • ABC's television series 666 Park Avenue portrays many pacts resembling deals with the devil, including a violinist paying for talent with his soul and a man forced to murder adversaries of the titular apartment building in return for his wife's return from the grave.
  • In the Fox series Brimstone, Ezekiel Stone, a police detective who was killed and sent to Hell for murdering his wife's rapist, makes a deal with the devil to recapture escaped sinners from Hell in return for which he will be allowed a second chance at life.
  • The Collector, about a former monk who sold his soul to the devil in the 14th century
  • An episode of The Muppet Show featured a plot in which Alice Cooper attempts to sell the Muppets a contract that promises "fabulous riches and worldwide fame" on behalf of the devil. Several characters consider the offer, while Gonzo fervently pursues the deal. Ultimately, he becomes frustrated at not being able to find a pen to sign away his soul.
  • In the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Devil's Due", an alien planet's population had made an agreement with the devil, whereby their world's problems would be solved and they would have peace and prosperity for 1,000 years, in exchange for their servitude at the end of that time; when that time runs out, a being appears claiming to be the devil, but the Enterprise crew are able to prove that she is an impostor using technology to create the deception.
  • The television series G vs E featured several people who made deals with the forces of evil. These people were known collectively as "Faustians".
  • The television series Supernatural features Crossroad Demons, who can be summoned by burying a box containing key items at crossroads, subsequently making a deal with the summoner where the demon will grant any request in exchange for the summoner's souls in 10 years' time. In the episode "In My Time of Dying", John Winchester makes a pact with the Yellow-Eyed Demon (Azazel)-who subsequently is implied to have contacted a Crossroad Demon-to bring his son, Dean, out of a coma which he has no hope of recovering from, with John dying and going to Hell a few moments later once Dean wakes up. In the later episode "All Hell Breaks Loose, Part 2", Dean makes a similar deal to save his brother Sam, where he will go to Hell a year after making the deal, but he escapes from Hell after four months when an angel drags him out. Other characters are seen making deals throughout the series, ranging from wishing to improve their professional lives to saving the lives of those they love, with the Winchesters' interest in saving the deal makers varying depending on the nature of the deal (they typically work to save those who made deals to benefit others rather than themselves). The episode "Season Seven, Time for a Wedding" featured a renegade Crossroads Demon who was making deals and then immediately killing those he had made the deal with so that he could claim their souls immediately, but Crowley, the Winchesters' sometimes-ally/sometimes-enemy and king of the Crossroad Demons, rejected this method of playing the system, informing the demon in question that Hell must have integrity and adhere to the rules of such deals or risk losing their market.
  • In the Metalocalypse episode "Bluesklok", the band is told to make a deal with the devil to get blues-playing skills.
  • The television series Reaper is about a young man, Sam Oliver, whose parents made a deal with the devil to save the father from a serious illness in exchange for the soul of their firstborn child (although, in their defence, they attempted to abstain from conception to prevent Satan from receiving anything). He must now work as Satan's bounty hunter, or his mother's soul is forfeit.
  • In the third season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the primary villain was the mayor of Sunnydale, who had ascended to power as the mayor in preparation for either ascending to immortal demonic status himself or losing his power and soul, after founding the town 100 years previously as a place for demons to feed. From the third season onwards, the show also introduced the concept of 'vengeance demons', a race of powerful demons who grant wishes to those seeking revenge for various reasons-vengeance demons shown have 'specialised' in helping wronged women or neglected children-but while there is no indication that these wishes cost the wishmakers their souls, the wishes made are inevitably twisted against their makers, such as a wish that Slayer Buffy Summers never came to Sunnydale creating a world where vampires rule the town or Dawn Summer's wish that people would never leave her resulted in people being trapped in Buffy's house.
  • In the Charmed episode "Soul Survivor", Paige discovers a businessman who sold his soul to a demon in exchange for success, and tries to rescue him after his deal comes to an end; the first-season episode "The Wedding from Hell" sees a rich woman forced to deal with the consequences of a deal she made two decades ago when a powerful demon seeks to marry her eldest son and conceive a demonic child.
  • In the Futurama episode "Hell is Other Robots", Bender is sent to Robot Hell for his sins. Fry and Leela enter Robot Hell to save him, where the Robot Devil tells them that the only way to win back Bender's soul is to beat him in a musical contest using a solid gold fiddle (in accordance to "The Fairness in Hell Act of 2275"). The terms of the pact were similar to the song "The Devil Went Down to Georgia". In another Futurama episode "The Devil's Hands are Idle Playthings", Fry makes a deal with the Robot Devil so that Fry can play the holophonor and show his love for Leela. The Robot Devil asks for nothing in return, apparently just hoping to use the deal as an excuse to torment an innocent robot. When his penchant for random torment (and, ironically, his penchant for irony) leads to his own hands being given to Fry, the Robot Devil makes a deal with Bender that causes him to deafen Leela, then a deal with Leela to give back her hearing in exchange for her hand in marriage as she wants to hear Fry's opera about her, all in a ploy to get his own hands back as he threatens to take her to Hell. Bender remarks in this episode that "you may have to make a metaphorical deal with the devil, and by devil, I mean Robot Devil, and by metaphorical, I mean get your coat." The later episode "Calculon 2.0" sees Fry and Bender make another deal with the Robot Devil to resurrect Calculon, their favourite actor, but the Robot Devil deliberately lets them win the deal as he is annoyed at Calculon's overly-dramatic nature.
  • In Sleepy Hollow, police captain Frank Irving is tricked into selling his soul to the Horseman of War when he signs a contract appointing Henry Parrish—the Horseman's human identity—as his lawyer, cutting his finger on the pen in the process and thus essentially signing it in blood. The Horsemen depicted in the series—including Henry as the Horseman of War and Abraham van Brunt as the Horseman of Death—have been revealed to have come into their powers after making a deal with the demon Moloch for power, with Moloch's words implying that he has made similar deals to create other Horsemen in the past. These deals can apparently be broken with the death of the soul's new 'owner', with Henry being freed from his deal after he kills Moloch and Frank being restored to normal—despite being briefly being killed and resurrected under Henry's control—when Henry is killed, although Abraham remains the Headless Horseman of Death even after Moloch's destruction. In the fourth season, new antagonist Malcolm Dreyfuss is revealed to have sold his soul to get the life he feels he was meant to have, driving him to take various steps to ensure his own longevity in order to 'cheat' the deal so that his soul will not go to Hell. At the conclusion of the season, Ichabod makes his own deal with the devil to defeat Dreyfuss, but expresses confidence that his allies will be able to help him find a way out of the deal.
  • In The Monkees episode, "The Devil and Peter Tork", Peter finds himself inadvertently trading his soul with a pawn shop proprietor, who is really Mr. S. Zero who has come to purchase another soul, for the ability to play the harp. The other Monkees had to engage in a court battle to save Peter's soul and convince Zero that Peter does not need Zero's magic to play the harp. To prove this, Zero took his magic away from Peter and made the harp appear. With the urging of his bandmates, Peter went to the harp and played "I Wanna Be Free" to save his soul and send Zero back to Hell empty-handed.
  • In Derren Brown's television series Trick or Treat, prior to choosing a card, the participants must sign a Faustian Contract, which lets Derren do anything he pleases.
  • In the Yu-Gi-Oh! GX anime series, Professor Viper makes a deal with Yubel's severed arm to revive his deceased foster son.
  • The Devil and Daniel Mouse, a Halloween special based on the Washington Irving short story
  • In the tokusatsu series Kamen Rider Kiva, Otoya Kurenai was rumored to have sold his soul to the devil in creating the Bloody Rose violin. At the start of the series' 17th episode, Niccolò Paganini is referenced in the opening scenes.
  • In Kuroshitsuji or Black Butler, Ciel Phantomhive makes a Faustian contract with the demon Sebastian, making the demon his obedient servant for a life period in exchange for his soul after death, what would undoubtedly come after his final wish (and the original reason for making the contract in the first place) would be fulfilled.
  • Friday the 13th: The Series is about a man named Lewis Vendredi who made a deal with the devil to sell cursed antiques. When he broke the pact, the devil killed him and claimed his soul, leaving his niece Micki Foster and her cousin Ryan Dallion to find the cursed antiques and lock them away in the store's vault in order to neutralize their evil powers.
  • The anime Puella Magi Madoka Magica and its adaptations contain many allusions to Goethe's Faust as the central motif of the series is the protagonists' "contracts" with the devil-like figure Kyuubey.
  • In Season 2 Episode 4 of the cartoon Gravity Falls , Dipper Pines makes a deal with Bill Cipher, a dream demon, and is tricked into exchanging his physical being for a secret password to a mysterious laptop. (Sock Opera)
  • In an episode of American Dad!, Roger the Alien sells his soul to the devil to beat a hippie in a guitar challenge at his favorite coffee shop. After beating the hippie, Roger is ready to leave, but the hippie tells Roger that he clearly won and will do anything to keep playing the guitar at the coffee shop, since he works there. In return for letting him keep his job, Roger tells the hippie to cover his lessons for his guitar practice. The hippie agrees and shakes Roger's hand happily. After this, a fiery hand grabs the hippie and takes him down to Hell, since the price of Roger's lessons was his eternal soul.
  • In 2013, a Super Bowl commercial featuring Willem Dafoe comically portrayed dealing with the devil in exchange for a Mercedes Benz.
  • In The Simpsons Halloween episode "Treehouse of Horror IV", Homer makes a deal with the devil-who turns out to be Ned Flanders-to sell his soul for a doughnut. Although Homer fails to 'cheat' the deal when he finishes the doughnut as a midnight snack, when Lisa suggests a trial to determine the fate of Homer's soul, the subsequent case reveals that Homer had pledged his soul to Marge when they got married, resulting in the devil being unable to claim Homer's soul due to Marge's pre-existing claim. In the noted sketch 'Steamed Hams' in the episode '22 Short Films About Springfield', Principal Skinner makes an allusion to a deal with the devil, immediately after making the decision to swap his meal for Krusty Burgers (the eponymous 'Steamed Hams').
  • In The Simpsons episode "Bart Sells His Soul", Bart sells his soul to Milhouse for $5.00 when he believes that it is worthless by writing down "BART SIMPSON'S SOUL" on a piece of his church's stationery. He has a change of heart after he experiences abnormal changes in his everyday life, and spends the episode searching for it. Milhouse had sold Bart's soul to the Comic Book Guy, who in turn sold it to Lisa, who bought it to return to Bart. When it is returned, he eats the paper to have his soul return to him.
  • In season 1, Episode 6 of The Twilight Zone ("Escape Clause"), David Wayne bargains his soul in exchange for immortality and winds up sentenced to life in prison.
  • In season 3, episode 11 (76 overall) of The Twilight Zone ("Still Valley"), a Confederate soldier during the American Civil War in tempted to make a pact with the devil in order to achieve a Confederate victory in the Battle of Gettysburg, but in the end rejects it and states that "if the Confederacy is to die, let it be buried in hallowed ground".
  • In season 4, Episode 9 (111 overall) of The Twilight Zone ("Printer's Devil"), small town newspaper editor Robert Sterling makes a deal with the devil, Burgess Meredith where everything he writes on the linotype machine comes true in order to boost circulation and save the newspaper from going out of business.
  • In season 5 episode 6 (Vice: "Baby Shower", XAR05009) of Archer, Sterling Archer refers to Kenny Loggins as a "possible Faustian deal-maker", implying that he may have sold his soul to the devil for the success of the song "Danger Zone".

Still Valley

  • The Korean drama “nightmare teacher” also known as “nightmare high, in which students make deals with a teacher in which they sign a contract to get everything they want. When the contract delivers, the students don’t get what they expect and the teacher traps their souls in a mirror. Although no direct mention is made to the devil, the teacher and the contract in which he can create work in mystical, supernatural ways.

In games

  • In the Skyrim DLC Dragonborn the antagonist (Miraak) sells his soul to the daedric prince of knowledge Hermaeus Mora in exchange for knowledge and power.
  • In Grim Grimoire, devil's contracts are a recurring theme in the game's story. It is first used when character Bartido Ballentyne sells his soul to the devil teacher Advocat in exchange for Lillet Blan's safety, however time reverts five days and the contract no longer exists because the event has technically not taken place yet. The next time it is used by Lillet herself in exchange for use of the grimoire "Lemegaton", and while she keeps the Lemegaton going back in time, the event is removed from history. It is used one more time by Lillet in exchange for a single wish from Grimlet, a powerful devil, but Grimlet is forced back to Hell after refusing to do what Lillet commands, worshiping God. The contract is destroyed, and she banishes Grimlet as she had intended.
  • In the Tekken series, Kazuya Mishima makes a deal with the devil in order to obtain enough power to defeat his ruthless father, Heihachi. This deal has dire consequences, as it strips Kazuya of all the good within him, gives him a Devil Gene, and passes a Devil Gene onto his son, Jin Kazama, whose influence with the devil has made him into the main antagonist of Tekken 6.
  • In Doom 3, Dr. Betruger made a deal with the forces of Hell for supernatural power and command of the demons in an attempt to conquer Earth.
    • This theme also appears in its sequel, Doom (2016), as Olivia Pierce, a scientist working for the UAC, made a deal with an unnamed demon in the hope of improving her medical conditions.
  • In the Deception video games, Faustian bargains are a recurring theme. The character Allura inadvertently agrees to a deal with the demon Malphas by allowing her to create powerful traps to kill her enemies in exchange for devouring the victim's soul.
  • In the Soul series, Siegfried Schtauffen made a deal with the demonic sword Soul Edge for power and the ability to avenge his father's death, resulting in Soul Edge possessing him and turning him into the dark knight Nightmare. One of Siegfried's weapons is named Faust in reference to this story element.
  • A similar concept of a pact with the devil was featured in the game The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. The antagonist of the game, Zant, makes a pact with Ganon (the series' equivalent to Satan) for power and authority to conquer the Twilight Realm and Hyrule. This was mutually beneficial for both parties so that they both become rulers of said realms.
  • In the video game Bayonetta, the main character Bayonetta signed a pact with the demoness Madama Butterfly which grants her immense abilities including weaving her hair through magic to summon powerful demons to fight her enemies. In the history of the game, it is stated that all Umbra Witches traded their souls to demons via a diabolical pact.
  • In Devil Maker: Tokyo, an anime-inspired role-playing card battle adventure for iOS and Android, players make a deal with devils to discover deep and dark dungeons full of wickedness.
  • In Guacamelee!, it is revealed that the primary antagonist Carlos Calaca dealt with the devil to win a horse race. He was claimed moments after his victory. In vengeance, Calaca made another deal—this time to win a cockfight-and with the help of a witch turns the devil into a rooster.
  • In The Binding of Isaac, the player can sell health to the devil in exchange for other in-game benefits in "Devil Rooms".
  • In Starcraft 2: Wings of Liberty, Tychus Findlay made a metaphorical deal with the devil (i.e. the arch-villainous, but strictly human, Emperor Arcturus Mengsk) which sealed his fate.
  • The card game Magic: The Gathering features a powerful sorceress named Liliana Vess, who makes deals with numerous devils and demons in exchange for eternal youth as well as dark knowledge. After acquiring the power of the Chain Veil, however, she finds herself on a quest to free herself of these contracts.
  • In the RPG The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt expansion pack "The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Hearts of Stone", the charming bandit Olgierd von Everec makes a pact with a devil figure named Gaunter O’Dimm in exchange for immortality and wealth, with the cost of his own soul.
  • In The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, there is a demonic-looking Goddess Statue called the Horned Statue which is actually a demon sealed by the goddess Hylia long ago as punishment for making Faustian bargains with mortals. During the game's events, in Hateno Village built where the Horned Statue rests Link is led to the statue by a boy named Teebo. If Link prays in front of the Horned Statue it assumes he is paying homage to it and is surprised when he hears it speak. The demon tells Link his history with Hylia and that he has no intention of changing his ways after centuries of punishment and neglect by the villagers who did not even bother to clean the bird droppings off it. The Horned Statue then steals one of the Heart Containers or Stamina Vessels (which the statue calls Essence) that Link obtains from trading four Spirit Orbs to Hylia via praying to her Goddess Statues. This results in "The Statue's Bargain" side quest in which Link must convince the statue to return the stolen essence. The Horned Demon states that his intentions are purely business-related and offers to provide Link the service of exchange Heart Containers for Stamina Vessels and vice versa. First the Statue will purchase either essence for 100 Rupees, then sell him the essence of his choice for 120 Rupees (with the statue making a 20 Rupee profit). This service allows Link to exchange either essence which increase his Heart Containers (health meter) and Stamina Wheel (used to perform actions like running, swimming, climbing, gliding, and charged attacks). It also effectively allows the player to change their mind as to how they invested their Spirit Orbs. Link can either ask that the Statue return the essence he took or trade it for another to complete the side quest. This unlocks the statue's essence trading service.
  • In the game Cuphead, the main characters lose a bet with the devil and owe him their souls. They make a different deal with the devil, where they can get out of losing their souls by collecting the souls of various monsters scattered around the map. Those monsters presumably owe their souls to the devil by some other means.
  • In Shadow of the Colossus, the main character makes a deal with an evil deity named Dormin, who has the power of death, reflective of a devil-like character; even having horns protruding out of his head.

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