A brilliant short-story from a card gambling setting by Russian poet and writer AlexanderPushkin.

It has been adapted into opera and films, most notably the 1949 British film by Thorold Dickinson, starring Anton Walbrook.
!! Tropes provided by ''The Queen of Spade'':
* AccidentalMurder: [[spoiler: Countess ***]]
* DrivenToMadness: [[spoiler: Herman.]]
* GermanRussians: Herman.
* KarmicTwistEnding
* MadnessMantra: [[spoiler: Herman is driven into utter madness, and all he can mumble is "Three, seven, ace! Three, seven queen!"]]
* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: Did the magic formula really work? Did it ever exist in the first place?
* TheMusical: There is an opera adaptation.
* SpellMyNameWithABlank: Old countess *** in The Queen of Spades.
* VillainProtagonist: Herman deliberately tricks Lisaveta into falling in love with him and he never truly cared for her feelings.