History Main / PlayingCardMotifs

9th Jun '18 9:59:43 AM HGpan
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The standard international deck (also known as [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Standard_52-card_deck the French deck]]), is the most widely-used in fiction as it is in card games. It consists of four suits -- clubs (♣), diamonds (♦), hearts (♥) and spades (♠) and 13 cards of each suit, plus two jokers. Respectively, the suits traditionally represent the peasantry, clergy, merchant class, and nobility. When it comes to [[ColorCodedCharacters color-coding]], hearts and diamonds are red while spades and clubs are black. If the four suits are used in a work, more often than not they'll be to differentiate factions. The suit of spades in particular is associated with death, while the suit of hearts is likely to turn up in an AliceAllusion.

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The standard international deck (also known as [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Standard_52-card_deck the French deck]]), is the most widely-used in fiction as it is in card games. It consists of four suits -- clubs (♣), diamonds (♦), hearts (♥) and spades (♠) and 13 cards of each suit, plus two jokers. Respectively, the suits traditionally represent the peasantry, clergy, merchant class, clergy, and nobility. When it comes to [[ColorCodedCharacters color-coding]], hearts and diamonds are red while spades and clubs are black. If the four suits are used in a work, more often than not they'll be to differentiate factions. The suit of spades in particular is associated with death, while the suit of hearts is likely to turn up in an AliceAllusion.
11th May '18 12:07:30 PM Lopiny
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* Troup Gramarye heavily features these in ''VisualNovel/ApolloJusticeAceAttorney'': the insides of each of their capes are emblazened with a suits pattern, and each member has a brooch shaped like one of the four suits: spade for Magnifi, club for Zak, heart for Valant, and diamond for Thalassa (and Trucy, whose costume is based off of hers).

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* Troup Gramarye heavily features these in ''VisualNovel/ApolloJusticeAceAttorney'': the insides of each of their capes are emblazened with a suits pattern, and each member has a brooch shaped like one of the four suits: spade for Magnifi, club for Zak, heart for Valant, and diamond for Thalassa (and Trucy, whose costume is based off of hers). Mr. Reus was the Joker in this arrangement once, but they kicked him out.
16th Apr '18 6:39:26 PM SneaselSawashiro
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* Oswald from ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters XI'' is a DeathDealer and thus his attacks from his fighting style of Karnoffel have playing card theme: Spade, Club, Diamond and Heart can be cancelled into each other up to three times, while Ace is an attack that can either deal minor or massive damage, simialr to the value of the card. King and Queen are CounterAttack and projectile moves respectively. HHis super move Four Suits, via its C version, does 21 hits (Blackjack) while Joker has him unload his 52 (53 in ''XIV'') cards at his victim. Furthermore, his color scheme is the one of playing cards: Black suit, red shirt and glasses, white hair, and yellow tie for the details in the figure cards.

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* Oswald from ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters XI'' is a DeathDealer and thus his attacks from his fighting style of Karnoffel have playing card theme: Spade, Club, Diamond and Heart can be cancelled into each other up to three times, while Ace is an attack that can either deal minor or massive damage, simialr to the value of the card. King and Queen are CounterAttack and projectile moves respectively. HHis His super move Four Suits, via its C version, does 21 hits (Blackjack) while Joker has him unload his 52 (53 in ''XIV'') cards at his victim. Furthermore, his color scheme is the one of playing cards: Black suit, red shirt and glasses, white hair, and yellow tie for the details in the figure cards.
16th Apr '18 6:38:44 PM SneaselSawashiro
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* Oswald from ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters XI'' is a DeathDealer and thus his attacks from his fighting style of Karnoffel have playing card theme: Spade, Club, Diamond and Heart can be cancelled into each other up to three times, while Ace is an attack that can either deal minor or massive damage, simialr to the value of the card. King and Queen are CounterAttack and projectile moves respectively. His super move Four Suits, at its strongest, does 21 hits (Blackjack) while Joker has him unload his 52 cards at his victim. Furthermore, his color scheme is the one of playing cards: Black suit, red shirt and glasses, white hair, and yellow tie for the details in the figure cards.
** This even extends into the game's soundtrack: "Joker" is the New Hero Team's theme (Oswald is on this team, by the by), "Queen" is the Rival Team's Theme, "King" is Adelheid's theme, and "Jack" is used for some sub-bosses.

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* Oswald from ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters XI'' is a DeathDealer and thus his attacks from his fighting style of Karnoffel have playing card theme: Spade, Club, Diamond and Heart can be cancelled into each other up to three times, while Ace is an attack that can either deal minor or massive damage, simialr to the value of the card. King and Queen are CounterAttack and projectile moves respectively. His HHis super move Four Suits, at via its strongest, C version, does 21 hits (Blackjack) while Joker has him unload his 52 (53 in ''XIV'') cards at his victim. Furthermore, his color scheme is the one of playing cards: Black suit, red shirt and glasses, white hair, and yellow tie for the details in the figure cards.
** This even extends into the game's soundtrack: "Joker" is the New Hero Team's theme (Oswald is on this team, by the by), "Queen" is the Rival Team's Theme, "King" is Adelheid's theme, and "Jack" is used for some sub-bosses. Oswald retains a remix of "Joker" in his reappearance in ''XIV''.
23rd Mar '18 6:32:51 PM SneaselSawashiro
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* Oswald from ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters XI'' is a DeathDealer and thus his attacks from his fighting style of Karnoffel have playing card theme: Spade, Club, Diamond and Heart can be cancelled into each other up to three times, while Ace is an attack that can either deal minor or massive damage, simialr to the value of the card. King and Queen are CounterAttack and projectile moves respectively. His super move Four Suits, at its strongest, does 21 hits (Black Jack) while Joker has him unload his 52 cards at his victim. Furthermore, his color scheme is the one of playing cards: Black suit, red shirt and glasses, white hair, and yellow tie for the details in the figure cards.

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* Oswald from ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters XI'' is a DeathDealer and thus his attacks from his fighting style of Karnoffel have playing card theme: Spade, Club, Diamond and Heart can be cancelled into each other up to three times, while Ace is an attack that can either deal minor or massive damage, simialr to the value of the card. King and Queen are CounterAttack and projectile moves respectively. His super move Four Suits, at its strongest, does 21 hits (Black Jack) (Blackjack) while Joker has him unload his 52 cards at his victim. Furthermore, his color scheme is the one of playing cards: Black suit, red shirt and glasses, white hair, and yellow tie for the details in the figure cards.
20th Mar '18 6:53:12 PM SneaselSawashiro
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* Oswald from ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters XI'' is a DeathDealer and thus his attacks from his fighting style of Karn have playing card theme: Spade, Club, Diamond and Heart can be cancelled into each other up to three times, while Ace is an attack that can either deal minor or massive damage, simialr to the value of the card. King and Queen are CounterAttack and projectile moves respectively. His super move Four Suits, at its strongest, does 21 hits (Black Jack) while Joker has him unload his 52 cards at his victim. Furthermore, his color scheme is the one of playing cards: Black suit, red shirt and glasses, white hair, and yellow tie for the details in the figure cards.

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* Oswald from ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters XI'' is a DeathDealer and thus his attacks from his fighting style of Karn Karnoffel have playing card theme: Spade, Club, Diamond and Heart can be cancelled into each other up to three times, while Ace is an attack that can either deal minor or massive damage, simialr to the value of the card. King and Queen are CounterAttack and projectile moves respectively. His super move Four Suits, at its strongest, does 21 hits (Black Jack) while Joker has him unload his 52 cards at his victim. Furthermore, his color scheme is the one of playing cards: Black suit, red shirt and glasses, white hair, and yellow tie for the details in the figure cards.
20th Mar '18 6:52:17 PM SneaselSawashiro
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* Oswald from ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters XI'' is a DeathDealer and thus his attacks have playing card theme: Spade, Clover, Diamond and Heart can be cancelled into each other up to three times, while Ace is an attack that can either deal minor or massive damage, simialr to the value of the card. King and Queen are CounterAttack and projectile moves respectively. His super move Four Suits, at its strongest, does 21 hits (Black Jack) while Joker has him unload his 52 cards at his victim. Furthermore, his color scheme is the one of playing cards: Black suit, red shirt and glasses, white hair, and yellow tie for the details in the figure cards.
** This even extends into the game's soundtrack: "Joker" is the New Hero Team's theme (Oswald is on this team, by the by), "Queen" is the Rival Team's Theme, "King" is Adelheid's theme, and "Jack" is used for some sub-bosses.

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* Oswald from ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters XI'' is a DeathDealer and thus his attacks from his fighting style of Karn have playing card theme: Spade, Clover, Club, Diamond and Heart can be cancelled into each other up to three times, while Ace is an attack that can either deal minor or massive damage, simialr to the value of the card. King and Queen are CounterAttack and projectile moves respectively. His super move Four Suits, at its strongest, does 21 hits (Black Jack) while Joker has him unload his 52 cards at his victim. Furthermore, his color scheme is the one of playing cards: Black suit, red shirt and glasses, white hair, and yellow tie for the details in the figure cards.
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** This even extends into the game's soundtrack: "Joker" is the New Hero Team's theme (Oswald is on this team, by the by), "Queen" is the Rival Team's Theme, "King" is Adelheid's theme, and "Jack" is used for some sub-bosses. sub-bosses.
*** Oswald's case once more is even a case of ShapedLikeItself; all of his listed moves in his official movesets use the playing card icons as their names! Examples include Q = Queen, ♠♥♦♣ = Four Suits and so forth.
17th Mar '18 3:20:38 AM LinTaylor
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* ''Series/KamenRiderBlade'': Each of the 52 [[MonsterOfTheWeek Undead]] corresponds to a single card in the deck, with the four Riders using the Aces to transform and capturing the other Undead of their suit to use their powers. Blade represents Spades, Garren (based on the word ''galleon'') represents Diamonds, Chalice represents Hearts (parallel to Cups in the Tarot), and Leangle (a type of Aborigine war-club) represents Clubs. Additionally, [[spoiler:there are also Joker Undead]].

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* ''Series/KamenRiderBlade'': Each of the ''Series/KamenRiderBlade'' uses this for its overarching motif. There are 52 [[MonsterOfTheWeek Undead]] corresponds to a single Undead]], which are organized by the playing card in suits based off their relative PowerLevels. The Riders defeat the deck, with Undead by sealing them into cards, which allows them to draw on their power: Aces are used to transform, the face cards give access to {{Super Mode}}s, and the others grant a variety of power-ups. The Riders themselves each represent one of the four Riders using suits, while being named for the Aces to transform and capturing the other Undead of their suit to use their powers. corresponding [[TarotMotifs Tarot suit]]: Blade represents is Spades, Garren (based on the word ''galleon'') represents Garren[[note]]a corruption of "galleon", an old form of coinage[[/note]] is Diamonds, Chalice is Hearts, and Leangle[[note]]from "liangle", a type of club[[/note]] represents Hearts (parallel to Cups in the Tarot), and Leangle (a type of Aborigine war-club) represents Clubs. Additionally, [[spoiler:there are Clubs. There's also a Joker Undead]].Undead, which is fittingly enough the series' wild card.
1st Mar '18 10:39:06 AM Synchronicity
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Compare TarotMotifs and AliceAllusion. TheGambler will often have this as his scheme, as will the DeathDealer. Supertrope to DeadMansHand. See also TabletopGame/{{Poker}}.

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Compare TarotMotifs and AliceAllusion. TheGambler will often have this as his scheme, as will the DeathDealer. Supertrope to DeadMansHand.DeadMansHand, which is a specific group of cards (two black eights and two black aces) that symbolizes death. See also TabletopGame/{{Poker}}.



* In "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest", anarchistic Irishman R.P. McMurphy has a tattoo of a poker hand containing "spades and eights". This is colloquially called "Dead Man's Hand", and it foreshadow's his eventual death.

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* In "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest", anarchistic Irishman R.P. McMurphy has a tattoo of a poker hand containing "spades and eights". This is colloquially called "Dead Man's Hand", and it foreshadow's his eventual death.
11th Feb '18 10:27:21 AM AM_NK
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* Spanish Conquian deck: 40-card deck. Ace through Seven, Page, Knight, and King of Swords, Clubs, Cups, and Coins.[[note]]In Spanish, the Coins are called "Oros" (literally, "Golds"), despite this breaking modern grammatical rules.[[/note]]

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* Spanish Conquian deck: 40-card deck. Ace through Seven, Page, Knight, and King of Swords, Clubs, Cups, and Coins.[[note]]In Spanish, the Coins are called "Oros" (literally, "Golds"), despite this breaking modern grammatical rules.[[/note]]
[[/note]] An extended deck of 50 cards also exist, it adds Eights and Nines in each suit, plus two Jokers.
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