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"Key that hides the power of the stars, show your true form before me. I, Sakura, command you under our contract. Release!"
― Sakura Kinomoto, Cardcaptor Sakura
"I want you to make contracts with me and become Magical Girls!"
― Kyuubey, Puella Magi Madoka Magica

The ability to give a person a power or gain a power, or change an event through an agreement. Sub-power of Oath Manipulation. Variation of Power Bestowal, Self-Power Bestowal and Wish Granting.

Also Called

  • "Deal With The Devil" (SCP Foundation)
  • Dealing
  • Faustian Bargain
  • Oath/Pact Creation

Capabilities

The capabilities of contract bestowal vary from case to case however the capabilities and limitations often entail the following rules:

. The user has almost omniscient power and is able to achieve almost anything within the realm of thought, almost like a genie

. The users effects on other people are limited to the form of a contract and any impact on others made using this power must be agreed upon and followed to the letter.

With this in mind users of contract bestowal often are quite manipulative with their choice of words, as due to the nature of the power extreme caution is often used in order to not slip up and leave a gap in ones own words to accidentally give the user of contract bestowal a chance to warp the what the receiving party has asked for. For example if one was to agree to a contract entailing extreme strength or power the user of the power could transform the recipient into an uncontrollable beast or a destructive force of nature.

Contract bestowal is commenced in many forms and is often down to the recipient to begin the process. One may initiate the power as a ritual or as simple as signing a piece of paper or shaking hands, contract bestowal also often requires one to give in order to gain. For example one may have to take a life or give up a great deal to gain what they ask for, though the price varies between users of contract bestowal and is down completely to the powers limitations.

Associations

Limitations

  • Users may require a lot of power to make a deal.
  • If the payment is the power source used to make contract happen (Souls).
  • Destroying the contract may nullify it.
  • Contract can be void if contracted item is destroyed.
  • User can only give power or gain powers within their limits.
  • To receive any payment the user may need a lot of power.
  • The user must follow the nearly unbreakable rules of the contract not filled with loopholes which they can exploit to their own ends.
  • There is a small chance of a loophole being created in the agreement by a low level user.
  • Payment may be paid at a later point as agreed upon in the contract.
  • Payment can be anything even things yet to come.
  • May be overruled by a higher power. For example -: A Deity.
  • Payment can be transferred to a third party if the said party agrees to it (knowingly or not).
  • May be more conditions to the deal than expected or wanted.
  • Breaking a contract may come at a cost, for the user or the the others.

Examples

"In putting on this suit and entering the sleigh, the wearer waives any and all rights to any previous identity, real or implied, and fully accepts the duties and responsibilities of Santa Claus in perpetuity until such time that the wearer becomes unable to do so by either accident or design."
The Santa Clause

Known Users

Anime/Manga/Manhwa

  • Go Okada (Alive: The Final Evolution)
  • Devil (Bible Black)
  • Demons (Black Butler); via Faustian Contract
  • Terra Guardians (Black God)
  • Giriko Kutsuzawa (Bleach); via Fullbring, "Time Tells no Lies"
  • Sakura Kinomoto (Cardcaptor Sakura)
  • Devils and Fiends (Chainsaw Man)
  • Seven Demons of the Seven Flames of Purgatory (Code:Breaker)
  • C.C. (Code Geass)
  • V.V. (Code Geass)
  • Contractors (Darker than Black)
  • Celestial Spirits (Fairy Tail)
  • Servants/Master (Fate/stay night)
  • Devils (Highschool DxD)
  • Magicians (Highschool DxD)
  • Nen Users (Hunter x Hunter)
  • Black Cat of Contract (Kyōkai no Rinne)
  • Rokumon (Kyōkai no Rinne)
  • Shiroe (Log Horizon)
  • Beast Knights (The Lucifer and the Biscuit Hammer)
  • Summoning Technique users (Naruto)
  • Chains (Pandora Hearts)
  • Kyubey/Incubator (Puella Magi Madoka Magica)
  • Spirits (Re:Zero)
  • Artifical Spirits (Re:Zero)
  • Demons (Seraph of the End)
  • Merlin (The Seven Deadly Sins)
  • Onmyoudou (Tokyo Ravens)
  • Grimoire (Trinity Seven)
  • Yuuko Ichihara (xxxHolic)
  • Him (Yakusoku no Neverland) via “Promises”
  • God of Death (Yu-Gi-Oh! GX)

Cartoons/Comics

  • Lorenzo (American Dad!)
  • Calvin Dion Avericci (Archie's Weird Mysteries)
  • Felix Faust (DC Comics)
  • Neron (DC Comics)
  • Hades (Hercules)
  • Malebolgia (Image Comics)
  • Bill Cipher (Gravity Falls)
  • Yono the Destroyer (Kim Possible)
  • Ursula (The Little Mermaid)
  • Dr. Facilier (The Princess and the Frog)
  • Rumpelstiltskin (Shrek Forever After)
  • ManBearPig (South Park)

Folklore

  • Demons (Christian Folklore)
  • Lucifer/The Devil (Christian Folklore)
  • Mephistopheles (Folklore)

Live Television/Movies

  • Demons (Ángel o Demonio)
  • Grendel’s Mother (Beowulf)
  • Zahn (Charmed)
  • Sabrina Spellman (Chilling Adventures of Sabrina)
  • Donna Gilchrist (Being Human)
  • The Devil/Roarke (Ghost Rider)
  • Dream Demons (A Nightmare on Elm Street)
  • Rumplestiltskin (Once Upon a Time)
  • Crossroad Demons (Supernatural)
  • The Djinn (Wishmaster series)

Video Games

  • Nulgath (Adventure Quest Worlds)
  • Umbra Witches (Bayonetta)
  • Lumen Sages (Bayonetta)
  • Lucifer (Dante's Inferno)
  • Igor (Persona series)
  • Philemon (Persona series)
  • Phantom Thieves of Hearts (Persona 5)
  • Dyshana (Record of Agarest War)
  • Mimel (Record of Agarest War)
  • Summon Spirits (Tales series)
  • Gaunter O'Dimm (The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt)

Other

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