Created By: StarryEyed on November 13, 2011 Last Edited By: StarryEyed on November 18, 2011

Charming Gambler

He\'s got a way with the cards...and the ladies

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"I guess Lady Luck has got the hots for old Duke Devlin-- like everyone else."
--Duke Devlin, Yu-Gi-Oh!

There's just something about a gambling man. Maybe it's his carefree attitude. Maybe it's his smooth talk and knack for reading people. Maybe it's that charming smile. Maybe it's the fat pile of cash/casino chips that he's raking in. Whatever the reason, fictional gamblers have a tendency to be portrayed as The Charmer and a highly successful ladies man. Depending on personality, he may be the The Casanova, Handsome Lech, or Chick Magnet, but he will almost assuredly NOT be a Chaste Hero. Will usually be a Loveable Rogue.

Examples:

Anime and Manga
  • Duke Devlin of Yu-gi-oh (see page quote), inventor of Dungeon Dice Monsters and possessor of legions of fangirls--in-universe and out.

Comics
  • Gambit, obviously.
  • The DCU's Bat-Lash, who was inspired by Maverick (see Television example below)
  • There's one Lucky Luke where a perpetually-unlucky guy is on the winning streak of his life, with all the saloon beauties hanging on his arm.

Film

Literature
  • Dale Rowan in the Beka Cooper series by Tamora Pierce. He manages to utterly charm the very prickly Beka, who previously resisted the Rogue's advances.

Television
  • Brett Maverick as played by James Garner in the 1950's series Maverick.
Commander Riker from Star Trek: The Next Generation

Video Games
  • Parodied in Ratchet & Clank 3, where Clank has the main role in a James Bondesque TV show called "Secret Agent Clank". The first scene we see of it is Clank in a tuxedo, playing in a casino while surrounded by a bunch of robotic babes. Not too surprising since he is the Chick Magnet of the series (despite being a 2 ft. tall robot...)
Community Feedback Replies: 13
  • November 13, 2011
    foxley
  • November 14, 2011
    Chabal2
    Should probably mention that sometimes these ladies are attracted by the fat pile of cash/casino chips first and the guy's good looks second, though he may delude himself on their priorities.

    • James Bond, especially the casino scenes.
    • There's one Lucky Luke where a perpetually-unlucky guy is on the winning streak of his life, with all the saloon beauties hanging on his arm.

  • November 14, 2011
    Mith4
    Is this referring more to the person running the "Casino" or whatever, dealing the cards, or one of their customers who is gambling?

    Jarlaxle, from "The Legend of Drizzt" (e.g. The Dark Elf Trilogy) is a houseless rogue/mercenary with an eyepatch and lots of rings, whose gang can be hired to do favours such as spying and assasinating. He's not a gambler, technically, but most of his other attitude sort of matches your description, particularly how he bargains for a better reward.
  • November 15, 2011
    fulltimeD
    Commander Riker from Star Trek The Next Generation
  • November 15, 2011
    Chabal2
    Oh, and Lucky Luke is in Comic Books.
  • November 16, 2011
    Koveras
    • The eponymous protagonist of the Trinity movies is a gambler, a ladies' man, and a Gunslinger.
  • November 16, 2011
    Caveat
    Isn't this just a more realistic take on the Magnificent Bastard?
  • November 16, 2011
    StarryEyed
    ^Uh...first off, the term "Magnificent Bastard" was coined about an actual person, so I'm not sure what you mean by more realistic. Second, the only thing this trope has in common with Magnificent Bastard is the high charisma factor. The Charming Gambler doesn't have to be intelligent, manipulative, or deceptive (They could simply be extremely lucky, for example, or actually be a really terrible gambler). There also definitely doesn't have to be a "magnificent" factor at all.
  • November 16, 2011
    Lyendith
    Video Games:
    • Parodied in Ratchet And Clank 3, where Clank has the main role in a James Bondesque TV show called "Secret Agent Clank". The first scene we see of it is Clank in a tuxedo, playing in a casino while surrounded by a bunch of robotic babes. Not too surprising since he is the Chick Magnet of the series (despite being a 2 ft. tall robot...)
  • November 17, 2011
    Arivne
    Film
    • Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery. In the Las Vegas casino scene the suave Number Two (Robert Wagner) is gambling and has his sexy confidential secretary by his side, while Austin Powers has the beautiful Vanessa Kensington. They exchange pointed quips in a parody of the Thunderball scene.
  • November 17, 2011
    azul120
  • November 17, 2011
    CrypticMirror
    In Discworld Cassanunda the Dwarf.
  • November 18, 2011
    Hello999
    Rhett Butler from Gone With The Wind
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