Weird History

13 Famous Historical Figures Who Allegedly Sold Their Souls To The Devil

Johann Georg Faustus (1480–1540) has the distinctive honor of bearing a name that is practically synonymous with devilish deal-making. When most people hear the term "Faustian," their immediate thought isn't of the historical figure himself, but rather his infamous – and now eponymous – pact with the Devil, in which he bargained his everlasting soul in order to gain limitless knowledge. Faust is undeniably the most notorious on the list of historical figures who've struck deals with the Big Man Downstairs, but there are several others whose bargaining history may surprise you. 

The concept of selling your soul to the Devil for fortune and fame is hardly recent. In fact, while not the first, the legend of Faust has largely served as a progenitor of this cultural motif. More recent developments to this trend could be the Internet-wide conspiracy that many celebrities are actually members of the Illuminati and the much more somber online theory of the 27 Club. Whatever form this recurring legend of soul-selling takes, the names of those below are thought to belong to a very elite list.