History Main / PlayingCardMotifs

19th May '17 12:53:42 PM ScroogeMacDuck
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* The '''Jokers''' (often two to a deck) are commonly portrayed as [[TheJester court jesters or fools]]. The use of the joker card, if any, vary wildly from game to game. In TarotMotifs, it is comparable to TheFool. If a character is described as such, they may very well be TheTrickster or a WildCard.

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* The '''Jokers''' (often two to a deck) are commonly portrayed as [[TheJester court jesters or fools]]. The use of the joker card, if any, vary wildly from game to game. In TarotMotifs, it is comparable to TheFool. If a character is described as such, they may very well be TheTrickster or a WildCard. \n More recently, thanks to ComicBook/TheJoker, Jokers have also occasionally taken on more sinister roles as CreepyClown[=s=].
15th Apr '17 7:05:03 AM jamespolk
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* The ''Literature/ErastFandorin'' series often uses card motifs in connection to criminal world:
** Early in ''The Jack of Spades'', the eponymous [[VillainOfTheWeek Conman of the Novel]] goes into a prolonged InternalMonologue about the symbolism of the nickname he picked for himself.
** In ''He Lover of Death'', all Khitrovka gangs seem to be structured like card decks: the gang leader is referred as King, his girlfriend is the Queen and his [[TheDragon right-hand man]] is the Jack, while the regular gang members are spread out between ten and six (from most important to most expendable, respectively). The Ace is a King whose gang dominates the entirety of Moscow underworld.

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* The ''Literature/ErastFandorin'' Literature/ErastFandorin series often uses card motifs in connection to criminal world:
** Early in ''The ''[[Literature/SpecialAssignments The Jack of Spades'', Spades]]'', the eponymous [[VillainOfTheWeek Conman of the Novel]] goes into a prolonged InternalMonologue about the symbolism of the nickname he picked for himself.
** In ''He Lover of Death'', ''Literature/HeLoverOfDeath'', all Khitrovka gangs seem to be structured like card decks: the gang leader is referred as King, his girlfriend is the Queen and his [[TheDragon right-hand man]] is the Jack, while the regular gang members are spread out between ten and six (from most important to most expendable, respectively). The Ace is a King whose gang dominates the entirety of Moscow underworld.
7th Apr '17 3:44:12 PM nombretomado
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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 {{Poker}}.

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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 {{Poker}}.TabletopGame/{{Poker}}.
15th Mar '17 4:58:41 PM Sonofstranger
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** Supplement "C.L.O.W.N." (Criminal Legion of Wacky Non-conformists). One of the "villains" of C.L.O.W.N. was the Trump Knight. He had a sceptre that could change to Club, Diamond, Heart or Spade form, with each form having two powers usable in combat.

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** Supplement "C.L.O.W.N." (Criminal Legion of Wacky Non-conformists). One of the "villains" of C.L.O.W.N. was the Trump Drumpf Knight. He had a sceptre that could change to Club, Diamond, Heart or Spade form, with each form having two powers usable in combat.


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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).
6th Feb '17 7:06:22 PM mkmckoy
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->''I know that the spades are the swords of the soldier''
->''I know that the clubs are weapons of war''
->''I know the diamonds mean money for this art''
->''But that’s not the shape of my heart''
-->-- '''Music/{{Sting}}''', "Shape of My Heart"



* “Shape of My Heart” by Music/{{Sting}}
-->''I know that the spades are the swords of the soldier''
-->''I know that the clubs are weapons of war''
-->''I know the diamonds mean money for this art''
-->''But that’s not the shape of my heart''
** This DoubleEntendre is also worth noting:
-->''He may play the jack of diamonds''
-->''He may lay the queen of spades''

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* “Shape of My Heart” by Music/{{Sting}}
-->''I know that the spades are the swords
Music/{{Sting}}, quoted above, is composed of the soldier''
-->''I know that the clubs are weapons of war''
-->''I know the diamonds mean money for
this art''
-->''But that’s not the shape of my heart''
** This DoubleEntendre is also worth noting:
-->''He
trope, including this DoubleEntendre:
-->He
may play the jack of diamonds''
-->''He
diamonds
-->He
may lay the queen of spades''spades
3rd Feb '17 11:30:00 AM Lemia
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* In ''[[VideoGame/AmnesiaOtome Amnesia: Memories]]'', each main guy is represented by a different playing card suit that shows up somewhere on their clothes: Heart for Shin, Spade for Ikki, Clover for Kent, and Diamond for Toma. Ukyo, a special SecretCharacter, is represented by the Joker card instead.
20th Jan '17 11:06:23 PM SSJMagus
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* The eponymous character of ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'' has FacialMarkings shaped by Hearts, her mother has similar diamond-shaped markings, [[spoiler: and Ms. Heinous, the headmistress of St. Olga's Reform School for Wayward Princesses, has club-shaped markings.]]

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* The eponymous character of ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'' has FacialMarkings shaped by Hearts, her mother Queen Moon Butterfly has similar diamond-shaped markings, [[spoiler: and Ms. Heinous, the headmistress of St. Olga's Reform School for Wayward Princesses, has club-shaped markings.]] Star and Moon's (and likely Heinous's) distant ancestor, [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Eclipsa the Queen of Darkness]] had spades]]. It's later shown that females of the Butterfly family can have cheek markings of a variety of shapes, not limited to the card suites, but those four have to date been the most plot-significant.
11th Jan '17 2:09:30 PM wootzits
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* ''Anime/ShugoChara'' has the Guardians of Amu's school: The King's Chair, the Queen's chair, the Jack's chair, and the Ace's chair. The Joker's chair can only be filled by someone with at least three charas, making an actual Joker [[WildCard quite rare]]. Amu's charas, Amulet Spade, Amulet Heart, Amulet Clover, and Amulet Diamond also fit the suit part.
* In ''Anime/OnePiece'', Doflamingo's CoDragons have card suit themes: Diamante (diamond), Trebol (club) and Pica (spade). Doffy himself sometimes go by his alias "Joker". Even his former protege (who was intended to be his right-hand man but ended up betraying him eventually), Law, has the theme of "heart", Corazón in spanish.
* ''Anime/MobileFighterGGundam'': The Shuffle Alliance acts as the BigGood of the setting. They're a quintet of Gundam Fighters who have playing card themed titles. Who chooses the Shuffle Alliance isn't clear; the current generation simply seemed to have [[BirthmarkOfDestiny the crests of their title]] appear on the back of their hands, and the old Shuffle Alliance knew they had to take over.
* One story arc in ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'', has the regulars playing TabletopGame/{{Poker}} against the "Gambling King", who resembles a king from a deck of playing cards.
* In the anime of ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'', the very first arc has villains with this motif: The gang leaders are named after the suits (Spade, Diamond, Club, and Mr. Heart), Shin's Dragon has a Joker motif, and Shin himself is the King.
* The Brave Suits of the Seraphs in ''Manga/HighSchoolDXD'': Michael is Spades, Gabriel is Hearts, Uriel is Diamonds, and Raphael is Clubs.

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* ''Anime/ShugoChara'' has ''VideoGame/AmnesiaOtome'': the Guardians of Amu's school: The King's Chair, the Queen's chair, the Jack's chair, and the Ace's chair. The Joker's chair can only be filled by someone with at least three charas, making an actual Joker [[WildCard quite rare]]. Amu's charas, Amulet Spade, Amulet Heart, Amulet Clover, and Amulet Diamond also fit the suit part.
* In ''Anime/OnePiece'', Doflamingo's CoDragons have card suit themes: Diamante (diamond), Trebol (club) and Pica (spade). Doffy himself sometimes go by his alias "Joker". Even his former protege (who was intended to be his right-hand man but ended up betraying him eventually), Law, has the theme of "heart", Corazón in spanish.
* ''Anime/MobileFighterGGundam'': The Shuffle Alliance acts as the BigGood of the setting. They're a quintet of Gundam Fighters who have playing card themed titles. Who chooses the Shuffle Alliance isn't clear; the current generation simply seemed to have [[BirthmarkOfDestiny the crests of their title]] appear on the back of their hands, and the old Shuffle Alliance knew they had to take over.
* One story arc in ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'', has the regulars playing TabletopGame/{{Poker}} against the "Gambling King", who resembles a king from a deck of playing cards.
* In the anime of ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'', the very first arc has villains with this motif: The gang leaders
routes are named after the suits (Spade, Diamond, Club, and Mr. Heart), card suits; Shin's Dragon has a Joker motif, is hearts, Ikki's is spades, Kent's is clubs and Shin himself Toma's is diamonds. SecretCharacter Ukyo, whose route is unlocked after completing all four, is the King.
* The Brave Suits of the Seraphs in ''Manga/HighSchoolDXD'': Michael is Spades, Gabriel is Hearts, Uriel is Diamonds, and Raphael is Clubs.
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* In ''VideoGame/AmnesiaOtome'', the routes are named after card suits; Shin's is hearts, Ikki's is spades, Kent's is clubs and Toma's is diamonds. SecretCharacter Ukyo, whose route is unlocked after completing all four, is the joker.
* Some Franchise/{{Jewelpet}}s have card suit symbols as necklaces; Jasper and Nephrite have diamonds, Alex has a spade, King has a club, and Ryl and Diana have hearts.
* In ''LightNovel/NoGameNoLife'', the former King of Elchea's appearance is based on the King cards. Additionally, Tet, the God of Games, has the four suits as his motif, [[MotifMerger combined with other game-related motifs]].

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* ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'': In ''VideoGame/AmnesiaOtome'', the routes anime, the very first arc has villains with this motif. The gang leaders are named after card suits; the suits (Spade, Diamond, Club, and Mr. Heart), Shin's is hearts, Ikki's is spades, Kent's is clubs Dragon has a Joker motif, and Toma's is diamonds. SecretCharacter Ukyo, whose route is unlocked after completing all four, Shin himself is the joker.
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* ''Manga/HighSchoolDXD'': The Brave Suits of the Seraphs. Michael is Spades, Gabriel is Hearts, Uriel is Diamonds, and Raphael is Clubs.
* ''Franchise/{{Jewelpet}}'':
Some Franchise/{{Jewelpet}}s Jewelpets have card suit symbols as necklaces; Jasper and Nephrite have diamonds, Alex has a spade, King has a club, and Ryl and Diana have hearts.
* In ''LightNovel/NoGameNoLife'', ''Anime/MobileFighterGGundam'': The Shuffle Alliance acts as the BigGood of the setting. They're a quintet of Gundam Fighters who have playing card themed titles. Who chooses the Shuffle Alliance isn't clear; the current generation simply seemed to have [[BirthmarkOfDestiny the crests of their title]] appear on the back of their hands, and the old Shuffle Alliance knew they had to take over.
* ''LightNovel/NoGameNoLife'':
the former King of Elchea's appearance is based on the King cards. Additionally, Tet, the God of Games, has the four suits as his motif, [[MotifMerger combined with other game-related motifs]].
* ''Manga/OnePiece'', Doflamingo's CoDragons have card suit themes: Diamante (diamond), Trebol (club) and Pica (spade). Doffy himself sometimes go by his alias "Joker". Even his former protege (who was intended to be his right-hand man but ended up betraying him eventually), Law, has the theme of "heart", Corazón in spanish.
* One story arc in ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'', has the regulars playing TabletopGame/{{Poker}} against the "Gambling King", who resembles a king from a deck of playing cards.
* ''Anime/ShugoChara'': The Guardians of Amu's school; The King's Chair, the Queen's chair, the Jack's chair, and the Ace's chair. The Joker's chair can only be filled by someone with at least three charas, making an actual Joker [[WildCard quite rare]]. Amu's charas, Amulet Spade, Amulet Heart, Amulet Clover, and Amulet Diamond also fit the suit part.
2nd Jan '17 8:13:56 PM mkmckoy
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* As in the comics, the Joker serves as a CallingCard for [[ShapedLikeItself the Joker]] in the [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Batman movies]].
** In ''Film/{{Batman}}'' Jake Napier pulls a Joker from his "lucky deck" right before being sent on a UriahGambit mission that ends with him falling into a vat of chemicals and becoming the Joker.
** At the end of ''BatmanBegins'', Lieutenant Gordon hands Batman a Joker card found at the scene of a crime, [[{{Foreshadowing}} foreshadowing]] [[SequelHook the Joker's prominent role]] in ''TheDarkKnight''.
** ''TheDarkKnight'' is the one occasion where a cinematic Joker personally uses the Joker card as a CallingCard.


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* “Shape of My Heart” by Music/{{Sting}}
-->''I know that the spades are the swords of the soldier''
-->''I know that the clubs are weapons of war''
-->''I know the diamonds mean money for this art''
-->''But that’s not the shape of my heart''
** This DoubleEntendre is also worth noting:
-->''He may play the jack of diamonds''
-->''He may lay the queen of spades''
2nd Dec '16 2:29:53 AM Morgenthaler
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* During the Second Gulf War, the United States distributed a deck with the 52 "most wanted" Iraqis with UsefulNotes/SaddamHussein being the Ace of Spades. During that time, they also distributed a deck of missing artifacts.
* The state of Florida released a deck with unsolved cases for inmates to play around with.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* During the Second Gulf War, the United States distributed a deck with the 52 "most wanted" Iraqis with UsefulNotes/SaddamHussein being the Ace of Spades. During that time, they also distributed a deck of missing artifacts.
* The state of Florida released a deck with unsolved cases for inmates to play around with.
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