in a story treated by both Christopher Marlowe
. Sells his soul
to the devil
in return for magical
powers. The story is both a tragedy
(Faustus is dragged off to Hell
at the end) and a love story (Faustus does, truly, fall in love with Helen of Troy
The story and elements of it permeate much of Western literature, with ideas of selling your soul to get something, of making a deal with the devil, and of the Faustian Bargain.
Comic references to Faustus include Eric by Terry Pratchett and Faust Among Equals by Tom Holt.