Mephistopheles in popular culture

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This article lists cultural references to Mephistopheles, the fictional devil from Faust and Doctor Faustus. Mephistopheles has appeared in numerous pieces of literature, film, comics and music.

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Film[edit]

  • In the 1981 movie Mephisto, which won an Oscar in 1982 for Best Foreign Film, actor Klaus Maria Brandauer plays a German stage actor whose abiding ambition is to play Mephistopheles on the stage - but in order to achieve it, he "sells his soul" to the Nazi regime and in effect becomes Faust in real life.
  • Mephistopheles is the name of the character in the 2007 movie Ghost Rider who turns Johnny Blaze into the Ghost Rider.

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Literature[edit]

  • In Goethe's Faust Mephisto is the personified principle of negation, betting with god that he would succeed to make Faust turn away from god.
  • In Jack Faust by Michael Swanwick, the book's main character, Johannes Faustus, gives himself up for knowledge of the truth, becoming Jack Faust, led by the alien being Mephistopheles.

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