%% Image selected per Image Pickin' thread: http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/posts.php?discussion=1498533537026623300
%% Please do not replace or remove without starting a new thread.
[[quoteright:350:[[Franchise/TheDCU http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/royalflushgang.jpg]]]]
[[caption-width-right:350:A villain carrying a card carrying villains.]]
%% Caption selected per above IP thread. Please do not replace or remove without discussion here:
%% http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/posts.php?discussion=1404492079030138900
%% Also, please DO NOT pothole CardCarryingVillian; it doesn't fit and it ruins the joke.

->''"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"

Playing cards have a wide and varied use in fiction. If they show up, they're to evoke an air of luck, gambling, and trickery.

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, 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.

The components of each deck, and the motifs associated with them, often represent the hierarchy within the card-themed organization in question. Note that the rankings of the cards vary between games.

* '''The Ace''': The highest rank (although some games have it as the lowest), and the origin of the term TheAce (and by extension, things like AcePilot).
** The '''Ace of Spades''' is the highest-ranking card, popularly known as the "card of death." Someone using this motif will likely be highly competent in battle.
* '''The Face Cards''' are a group of "court" cards (a king, a queen, and a jack or knave), ranked in that order. They are named on French decks, but not on English decks. Whom the "faces" are supposed to represent, if any at all, are points of contention, however recent years have seen them replaced by more generic court characters. For more details, see the [[Analysis/PlayingCardMotifs Analysis]] tab.
** The '''King''' cards traditionally rank below the ace and above the queen. When all four are collected, they are termed "the four horsemen." When not [[HenpeckedHusband overshadowed by the Queen]], often TheLeader of the playing-card themed organization in question.
** The '''Queen''' ranks below the king and above the jack. Such characters will often be [[TheHighQueen regal and imperious]].
*** The '''Queen of Hearts''' represents the biblical figure [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Book_of_Judith Judith]]. Thanks to ''Literature/AlicesAdventuresInWonderland'', if the Queen of Hearts shows up in a work you can damn well bet it's an AliceAllusion. If not, she will often be a LoveInterest or, at the very least, an object of romantic desire.
** The '''Jack''' or '''Knave''' typically ranks below the queen and above the 10, making him the lowest-ranking face card. Often the right-hand man to the King, the Queen, or both.
*** In an AliceAllusion, the '''Knave of Hearts''' is likely to show up alongside the Queen of Hearts. If not, he's going to be a TricksterArchetype, thanks to the nursery rhyme.[[note]]The poem/nursery rhyme "The Queen of Hearts," where the knave steals the queen's tarts.[[/note]]
* Cards ranking from '''ten''' to '''two''' (also known as '''deuce''') are portrayed with the card's number with as many symbols of the suit as the number. Commonly portrayed as {{Mook}}s.
* The '''Jokers''' (often two to a deck) are commonly portrayed as [[TheJester court jesters or fools]]. The use of the joker card, if any, varies 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. More recently, thanks to ComicBook/TheJoker, Jokers have also occasionally taken on more sinister roles as {{monster clown}}s.

Aside from the standard 52-card deck, other common decks include:
* 32-card "Piquet" deck: 52 cards minus '''two''' to '''six''' cards.
* 48-card Pinochle deck: '''Ace''' (high) through '''nine''' only, twice each in all four suits.
* French Tarot deck: 78 cards: 56 suited cards ('''Knight''' face cards are inserted between the queen and jack) plus 21 trump cards[[note]]which are NOT the Major Arcana from {{Tarot|Motifs}} in [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tarot_Nouveau modern decks]][[/note]] and the Fool.
* 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]] An extended deck of 50 cards also exist, it adds Eights and Nines in each suit, plus two Jokers.

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



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''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.
* The Cures from ''Anime/DokiDokiPrettyCure'': Mana/Cure Heart (hearts), Rikka/Cure Diamond (diamonds), Alice/Cure Rosetta (clubs), Makoto/Cure Sword (spades) and Aguri/Cure Ace (aces).
* ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'': In the anime, 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.
* ''Manga/HighSchoolDXD'': The Brave Suits of the Seraphs. Michael is Spades, Gabriel is Hearts, Uriel is Diamonds, and Raphael is Clubs.
* ''Franchise/{{Jewelpet}}'': Some 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.
* ''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.
* ''VideoGame/HeartNoKuniNoAlice'': Being a dating sim adaptation of ''Alice's Adventures in Wonderland'', it's quite rife with this.
** The Country of Hearts is divided into three conflicting factions with a neutral territory in the middle. The grandiose Castle of Hearts is associated with, well, hearts, the mafia territory Hatter Mansion is associated with spades, the cheery Amusement Park is associated with diamonds, and the neutral Clock Tower is associated with clover.
** Wonderland itself is divided into "countries." So far, the Countries of Heart, Clover, and Diamond have been seen.
** Joker oversees the prison realm, and seemingly has a SplitPersonality to match there being two jokers in a deck of cards.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Franchise/TheDCU's Gambler is a [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] villain and MasterOfDisguise who gets by mostly on luck. His grandfather was a riverboat gambler and bandit, and the primary inspiration for his villainous turn. He committed suicide after losing at a rigged casino. His grandchildren, the second Gambler and Hazard, follow much the same gimmick, though Hazard has luck ''powers''.
* As TheGambler, ComicBook/{{Gambit}} uses a playing card motif, with particular fondness for the Joker and the Ace of Spades. In Gambit-related storylines in which [[ComicBok/XMen Rogue]] appears as his love interest, it's common to see her represented in his motif as the Queen of Hearts.
* The Royal Flush Gang has always had a playing card motif, as they were originally formed by the BornLucky gambler Amos Fortune. The gambling aspect quickly disappeared when they and Amos went their separate ways...except the ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' version, who first appeared in an episode that took place entirely in Las Vegas. They were also {{Shout Out}}s to the ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans''.
* ''ComicBook/TheJoker'', [[ComicBook/{{Batman}} Batman]]'s nemesis, corresponds well to his eponymous card by being chaotic and unpredictable. He also tends to use the Joker itself as a CallingCard.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* In ''Disney/{{Pinocchio}}'', Honest John tricks Pinocchio into going to Pleasure Island by giving him his "ticket", an Ace of Spades card.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* 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.
* ''Film/{{Maverick}}''. During a scene where Maverick tries to choose which card he draws from a deck, he picks the Queen of Hearts - a {{Foreshadowing}} of his romantic encounter with Annabelle Bransford.
* Callum Change's (former) mansion in ''Film/FunnyMan'' is decorated with card motifs, especially jesters. Film's main villain is based equal amounts on a standard jester as he is on [[Theatre/PunchAndJudy Punch]].
* In ''Film/{{Heroes}}'' Henry Winkler plays a Vietnam vet trying to round up his old buddies to start a worm farm, he and his buddies had nicknames of the higher ranked Hearts.
* In ''Film/CasinoRoyale2006'', the AnimatedCreditsOpening puts two bullet holes through a Seven of Hearts, thus identifying 007.
* Ace Hanlon in ''Film/TheQuickAndTheDead'' uses an ace as his calling card to let everyone know he's TheAce. [[FakeUltimateHero He really isn't.]]

[[folder:Light Novel]]
* Gambling imagery sees frequent use in ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'', being as TheMafia and the ''camorra'' play significant roles in the series. Playing card imagery is no exception: the opening credits sequence of the anime styles the kooky thief duo Isaac and Miria as the Joker, and indeed they have a tendency to shake up any situation they unwittingly wander into. TheDreaded killer-for-hire Claire Stanfield, meanwhile, is sometimes associated with the Ace of Spades in its capacity as the "death card."

* The Literature/ErastFandorin series often uses card motifs in connection to criminal world:
** Early in ''[[Literature/SpecialAssignments 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 ''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.
* ''Literature/AlicesAdventuresInWonderland'': In Wonderland is the court of the King and Queen of Hearts, in which all the royalty and soldiers are anthropomorphic playing cards.
* In ''Literature/HouseOfLeaves'', Johnny freaks out over someone giving him a King of Hearts lighter.
* Both the book version and the original film version of ''Literature/TheManchurianCandidate'' have the Queen of Diamonds be the trigger for Raymond Shaw's brainwashing. Discussed by the Army psychologist as a reference to Shaw's mother.
* In ''[[Literature/TalesOfTheKettyJay Retribution Falls]]'', Darian Fray loses a hand of [[TabletopGame/{{Poker}} Rake]] when he draws the Ace of Skulls, which also happens to be the name of a passenger liner carrying the son of a duke that he was conned into attacking with the lie that it was a freighter carrying gemstones.
* In ''Literature/WaxAndWayne'', the villainous [[OmniscientCouncilOfVagueness Set]] codenames its ranks in card puns, to wit: TheHeavy is a "Suit," The ReluctantMadScientist in the Set's employ is an "Array", TheHeavy's superior is a "Sequence", and member of the council are titled "Series." %%Someone please check to see if I have the ranks right.


[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/KamenRiderBlade'' uses this for its overarching motif. There are 52 [[MonsterOfTheWeek Undead]], which are organized by the playing card suits based off their relative PowerLevels. The Riders defeat the 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 suits, while being named for the corresponding [[TarotMotifs Tarot suit]]: Blade is Spades, 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 Clubs. There's also a Joker Undead, which is fittingly enough the series' wild card.
* ''Series/{{Alice 2009}}'', being an adaptation of ''Literature/AlicesAdventuresInWonderland'', is naturally rife with this, but manages to sneak in a StealthPun regarding this: Winston, the King of Hearts, [[spoiler: is DrivenToSuicide. The King of Hearts is nicknamed "the Suicide King" since the way he holds his sword makes it look like he has stabbed himself in the head.]]
* In ''Series/JAKQDengekitai'', each of the four heroes is named after a different suit/rank combo: Spade Ace, Clover (Club) King, Heart Queen, and Dia(mond) Jack. The team's SixthRanger, Big One, is basically the Joker in this analogy even if he's not as blatant about it as the others. The team name (pronounced "Jacker"), besides being an acronym of the ranks, also sounds similar to "Joker".

* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rE-U5e78WHc Desperado]]", originally by Music/{{Eagles}}, contains the lyrics:
--> Don't you draw the queen of diamonds, boy. She'll beat you if she's able. You know the queen of hearts is always your best bet.
* David Pomeranz's ''King and Queen of Hearts'' have the eponymous King and Queen as a romantic couple.
* In [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LsCiaxPhtVY "A Deck of Cards"]] a soldier gets in trouble for pulling out a deck of cards in church. The soldier explains why:
-->The Ace reminds me that there is but one God. The duce tells me that the Bible is divided into two parts: The Old and New Testaments. When I see the tray I think of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost ... my deck of cards serves me not only as a Bible, Almanac, but also a prayer book.
* Music/{{Motorhead}}'s 1980 single ''Music/AceOfSpades'', from the album of the same name. Guess what it's about.
* The Music/{{Vocaloid}} song "Alice Human Sacrifice" uses this motif (as part of a bigger AliceAllusion). In order, Meiko is represented by a red Spade, Kaito is represented by a blue Diamond, Miku Hatsune is represented by a green Clover, and both Rin and Len Kagamine are represented a yellow Heart.
* "Queen of Hearts" by Juice Newton:
-->Playing with the queen of hearts\\
Knowin' it ain't really smart\\
The joker ain't the only fool\\
Who'll do anything for you
* [[HouseMusic House DJ]] Danny Tenaglia featured a king of clubs on [[http://www.discogs.com/viewimages?release=91258 the cover of his mix album ''Back to Basics'']], playing off Danny's nickname as [[{{Pun}} "the king of clubs"]].
* "The Red And The Black" by Music/IronMaiden uses plenty of these motifs, with some lines implying the narrator may be TheGamblingAddict.
* “Shape of My Heart” by Music/{{Sting}}, quoted above, is composed of this trope, including this DoubleEntendre:
-->He may play the jack of diamonds
-->He may lay the queen of spades

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Hucksters in ''TabletopGame/{{Deadlands}}'' are mages who cast spells by playing poker with demons, and most of their spells are card-themed.
* Card Shark from ''Dark TabletopGame/{{Champions}}''
** And Blackjack from ''European Enemies''.
** 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.
* Four of the Queens from ''TabletopGame/PrincessTheHopeful'': The Clubs believe in [[InHarmonyWithNature harmony with nature]], The Diamonds believe in [[RomanticismVersusEnlightenment enlightenment]], The Hearts believe in [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure politeness, duty and social interaction]], and The Spades believe in [[LovableRogue good humor and practical thinking]].
* A set of Light-Elemental Warrior cards in ''Tabletopgame/YuGiOh'' are based around the tradition King, Queen and Jack. Normal summoning a [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/King%27s_Knight King's Knight]] while having a [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Queen%27s_Knight Queen's Knight]] on the field special summons a [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Jack%27s_Knight Jack's Knight]]. There is also a Fusion Monster summoned by fusing the three, [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Arcana_Knight_Joker Arcana Knight Joker]].

* In ''Histoire du Soldat'' (''The Soldier's Tale'') by Creator/IgorStravinsky and C.F. Ramuz, the Soldier plays cards with the Devil to get rid of his ill-gotten money so he can go on to claim the Princess. The Devil, holding the VillainBall, wins every round, and on the last round the Devil holds the Ace of Spades and the Soldier holds the Queen of Hearts.
* In ''Love's Old Sweet Song'' by William Saroyan, the ConMan, having finally fallen in love with Ann, asks her to PickACard, and she draws the Queen of Hearts.
* In ''Theatre/{{Fiorello}}'', "Politics and Poker" has a group of Tammany hacks playing poker while discussing political strategy:
-->'''Second Hack''': How's about we should make Jack Riley the guy?\\
'''Third Hack''': Which Riley are you thinking of? Jack B. or Jack Y.?\\
'''Ben''': I say neither one, I never met 'em.\\
'''Fourth Hack''': I say: when you've got a pair of jacks, bet 'em!
* In the opera ''The Rake's Progress'', Tom Rakewell wagers his soul against Nick Shadow on correctly guessing three cards drawn from a deck, and wins by relying on symbolic coincidences. For the first card, Tom thinks of his LoveInterest Anne, and names the Queen of Hearts. When a spade propped against a gravestone crashes down, Tom exclaims, "The deuce!", which leads him to name the second card as the Deuce of Spades. Nick craftily reinserts the Queen of Hearts, but before Tom can guess the third card, he drops the words "love" and "return."

* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'':
** Setzer, from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' uses cards, dice, darts and slots in his attacks. His airship is named Blackjack. And he joins the party by losing a (rigged) coin toss. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nb2lnpKtl9k#t=2m13s This clip]] shows how badass a Setzer can be: He's a wispy silver-haired {{Bishonen}} that sails his airship at top speed, unfazed by the wind as he stands at the rudder, who ''destroys a heavily-armed gunship'' by tossing a few sharpened cards at it. Ante up, indeed.
** And the Trickster class in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsA2'', who throw playing cards and use magic chants to, for instance, ''convince'' opponents that they've been poisoned (which is the same as poisoning them). The tricksters fought in the mission to unlock the class are all dimwitted thugs, though.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX2'': The heroines each have a different suit motif while using the Lady Luck dressphere: spades for Yuna, diamonds for Payne, and clubs for Rikku. [[GoldfishPoopGang Leblanc]], whose outfit heavily resembles the Lady Luck, has hearts.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyType0'': The game starts with 14 teens, originally 12 plus 2 new members Rem and Machina, all of which are cadets at Akademeia as Class Zero. Aside from the 2 new recruits, the members of Class Zero are named after the Japanese pronunciations of "trumps" or playing cards. The original 12 members are Ace, King, Queen, Jack, Nine, Eight, Seven, Deuce, Trey, Cater, Cinque and Sice.
* 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, 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.
** 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''.
*** 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.
* Sneff, from ''VideoGame/ChronoCross'', throws playing cards at his opponents, and two of his moves revolve around playing cards: Big Deal, in which he tosses an entire deck, and HP Shuffle, in which he shuffles the three digits that make up his HP (091 might become 910, 901, 190, 109, 091 and 019).
* In ''VideoGame/LuigisMansion'', the keys obtained from beating major bosses have playing card suit motifs.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Mercenaries}}'', you fight against the North Korean Army with each member of the regime having cards for their ranking. The lowest you start with is the Two of Clubs before working your way up to the Ace of Spades. More money is brought in if you bring the targets in alive.
* ''VideoGame/MegaManStarForce 3'' features as its main villains a criminal syndicate named "Dealer". It is led by one Mr. King, and has among its high-ranking members ''Queen'' Tia, Jack, and Joker. [[spoiler:There's also Ace, who [[DefectorFromDecadence deserted the organization]].]] Furthermore, three of the ([[TheCorruption unwitting]]) major bosses of the game are ''Spade'' Magnes, ''Diamond'' Ice, and ''Club'' Strong, while King's [[TheDragon Dragon]] is named ''Heart''less. Their base's inner sanctum is even decorated like a gigantic card table.
* In ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry 4'', Dante's unique Gilgamesh attacks reference poker while Nero's sword attacks reference casinos/gambling. The sword itself is called the Red Queen to fit this.
* ''VisualNovel/NineHoursNinePersonsNineDoors'': One of the rooms in which you get trapped is a Casino room, themed around finding numbered playing cards, which you use to solve puzzles to get more cards, and to escape the room. One of the puzzles is a Baccarat table, and there's a conversation about the rules for Baccarat (specifically that the strongest hand is [[ArcNumber a Nine]]) which is used as foreshadowing for the inspiration of the Nonary Game.
* ''VideoGame/{{REFLEC BEAT}}'': Colette has an event and four songs based on this motif. To play these songs you have to beat bosses named after the suits.
** SPEED BLADE by L.E.D. The boss is Francis Club.
** Ambitious by S-C-U. The boss is Rose Heart.
** Arcanos by Dj Torriot. The boss is Lily Dia (as in Diamond).
** Velvet Sentiment by seiya-murai. The boss is Cecil Spade.
** Beating all four unlocks a new song and Boss: CLAMARE by MAX MAXIMIZER. The boss is called "Joker".
* In ''VideoGame/SuperMarioRPG'' the player characters had suits associated with them; Mario was Spades, Mallow Clubs, Peach Hearts, Bowser Diamonds and Geno Stars (possibly representing the Joker).
* In ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'', Jack of Hearts Twisted Fate, Ace of Spades Ezreal, King of Clubs Mordekaiser, Queen of Diamonds Syndra and Wild Card Shaco.
* In ''VideoGame/ShowByRock'', the band Criticrysta has hair decorations (in FunnyAnimal form) and outfits (in Human form) based on the suits, Rosia's suit is Hearts, Tsukino's suit is Spades, Jacklyn's suit is Clubs and Holmy's suit is Diamonds. Rosia and Holmy's color schemes even adhere to the red association of their respective suits.
* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 5}}'': The protagonist has a GuardianEntity with multiple hearts on its shoulders, and goes by the thief CodeName JOKER. Another party member even justifies this code name by saying it's because the player character is their BadassCrew's "Wild Card."
* A meta example from ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'':[[http://fallout.wikia.com/wiki/Fallout:_New_Vegas_promotional_items#Gallery one of the promotional items]] that shipped with the Collector's Edition of the game was a deck of cards. The deck assigned each suit to a major in-game faction/ending and each card to a character or minor faction, with each suit's king being that faction's leader.
** The suit of clubs is used for [[TheHorde Caesar's Legion]], a [[AppealToForce brutal conquering army]] in Roman centurion cosplay. Diamonds are used for the technocrat [[EmperorScientist Robert House]] and the employees of his rebuilt Vegas Strip. Hearts are the NCR, the [[DividedStatesOfAmerica New California Republic]], trying to rebuild America. And spades are everyone else, those caught in the crossfire as the other three factions try to take Vegas for themselves.
** Special mention goes to the [[StealthPun king of spades]], which is the King, the roguish, Robin Hood-esque leader of Freeside, who stumbled onto a stash of old tapes of [[Music/ElvisPresley a great pre-war hero]]... Now he and his gang, the Kings, are {{Elvis impersonator}}s, although sadly none of them wear Elvis's [[http://www.elvisconcerts.com/jumpsuits/1974-24.htm iconic rhinestone-encrusted white jumpsuit]]: the 1974 Arabian, also known as the King of Spades.
** [[WildCard The jokers]], fittingly, are [[PlayerCharacter the Courier]] and [[{{Foil}} Benny]].

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* 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.
* 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.
* In menus and promotional images for ''VisualNovel/KissedByTheBaddestBidder'', the main cast are represented with playing cards: Eisuke as the Ace of Hearts, [[TheTriadsAndTheTongs Hong Kong gangster]] Soryu Oh as the King of Spades, GentlemanThief Mitsunari Baba as the Joker, Ota Kisaki as the Queen of Diamonds, and Detective Mamoru Kishi as the Jack of Clubs. In-game, the high-class hotel and casino around which most of the action revolves is called the Hotel Tres Spades ("three spades"), and has fifty-two above-ground floors.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''WebOriginal/GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse''
** Supervillain Blackjack uses tricked out, weaponized playing cards as weapons, and dresses in a costume reminiscent of the Jack of Spades.
** The Card Sharks are the [[CaptainErsatz GGU's version]] of DC's Royal Flush Gang.
* Richard Bartle's 1996 article titled ''[[http://mud.co.uk/richard/hcds.htm Players Who Suit MUDs]]'', describing four types of PlayerArchetypes: Diamonds are achievers (they sparkle), Spades are explorers (they dig), Hearts socialize (they care) and Clubs are fond of PlayerVersusPlayer content (they...hit things).
* Wiki/{{SCP|Foundation}}-[[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-2156 2156]], a college student who became so obsessed with solitaire and/or numerology that she ''broke reality''.

* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'':
** The Midnight Crew, each of whom is themed and named after a specific suit.
** The troll quadrants of romance use the four suits as their symbols.
*** [[LoveInterest Matespritship]], the flushed quadrant, uses hearts, similar to how humans use hearts as a symbol for love.
*** [[PlatonicLifePartners Moirallegiance]], the pale quadrant, uses diamonds.
*** Auspisticism, the ashen quadrant, involves three parties: a "mediator" between two opposing personalities, hence the uses of the three-lobed club.
*** [[TheMasochismTango Kismesissitude]], the caliginous[[note]]dark[[/note]] quadrant, uses spades, which may reference the fact that such relationships are based on feelings of hate as spades represent weapons such as swords or spears.
* In ''Webcomic/AliceAndTheNightmare'', social castes, organizations and even sayings all derive their names from cards - castes are named after four French suits, the elite forces are called Jokers and teams are referred to as "decks".
* ''Webcomic/TheStrongestSuit''… obviously, since it stars anthropomorphic playing cards.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Poker-Face, from ''WesternAnimation/SilverHawks''. His weapon is a staff that releases a card-suit shaped laser. His eyes are slots that change to match the occasion ($ signs when thinking about money, for instance).
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'' (specifically, an episode parodying the ''Film/JamesBond'' series), Dr. Necrosis' [[TheDragon Dragon]] had power over playing cards, and always spoke in metaphors and puns related to them. "The deck is stacked in our favor! We have the upper hand!" "Dealer calls a new game!" "I thought he folded..."
* Ezekial Clench of ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' was a WildWest–style villain with a slight playing card motif; The spurs on his boots were shaped like spades, he had a card in his hat... Oh, and his cybernetic hands, the wrists of which had the playing card suits on them. The hands had a special ability depending on which suit was facing up. (He changes the setting by turning the wrist so that the desired suit is on the back of the hand.) He's also a bounty hunter, and on the run from his ex-wife, so luck is a big deal to him. (He does decide to call a truce with her to go after Jack, which turns out to be [[NoHonorAmongThieves a very bad idea.]]
* On ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'', the Royal Flush gang are a villainous team example, taking their names from the cards that make up a royal flush in poker: King, his wife Queen, their children Jack and Ten, and the robotic [[TheBigGuy Big Guy]] Ace. In their debut episode, Bruce is able to predict their next heist after realizing that their crimes thus far have also followed a (somewhat tenuous) playing card motif:
-->'''Bruce Wayne:''' All of their crimes are playing-card related, and the earliest playing card decks had swords, not spades.
-->'''Batman:''' How does the yacht fit in?
-->'''Bruce Wayne:''' It was part of a yacht ''club''.
-->'''Batman:''' [[LamePunReaction Ouch]].
* Other versions of the team are featured in the ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' episode "Wild Cards" and the ''Justice League Unlimited'' episode "Epilogue." In "Wild Cards" the team was assembled by the Joker after he freed them from a [[PlayingWithSyringes government metahuman research facility]]; that team's Ace went on to form the "Epilogue" version of the team by using her [[RealityWarper reality-warping abilities]] to give superhuman powers to the other four members.
* Even earlier in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'', a sleazy billionaire discovered he'd spent too much building a casino-hotel and was teetering on the edge of bankruptcy. He promptly changed all the style and decor of the casino to obviously rip-off The Joker's image. Though it was all a ploy to get the Joker to blow the place up and clean up from the insurance, he played it off saying it was only a playing card gimmick.
-->"Please, the joker is a time-honored symbol long associated with cards and games. I can't help it if it bears a passing resemblance to some costumed lunatic."
* Used widely in ''WesternAnimation/TheMagician'': TheHero is a [[DeathDealer death-dealing]] MagicianDetective named Ace Cooper. The BigBad's name is [[DarkIsEvil Black Jack]], and his [[TheDragon dragons]] are called Diamond and Spade. On top of that, Black Jack owns a [[TheCasino casino]], and even the clothes he and his henchmen wear have a [[RedAndBlackAndEvilAllOver red and black]] color motif.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', Homer & Marge are at the movies and see a trailer for their universe's version of ''Cars'' called ''Cards'', about anthropomorphic playing cards.
-->'''Announcer:''' Fifty-two jokers, playing the game of their lives.
-->'''Child card:''' I don't wanna be a 3! I wanna be a 7!
-->'''Adult 5:''' Shut up, kid. You're as crazy as an 8, I'm telling you.
-->'''Announcer:''' With Eddie Murphy as the Jack of Clubs!
-->'''Jack of Clubs:''' You don't understand, officer. I thought that king was a queen.
-->'''Announcer:''' This summer, the house is full and the deuces are wild in ''Cards''.
-->''at a card game''
-->'''Drunken 8:''' Hey, Jack, you got any twos?
-->'''Jack of Diamonds:''' You can't handle the twos!
* The four plot-important Mewni royals in ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'' have FacialMarkings based off of playing cards. Star has hearts and her mother, Queen Moon Butterfly has diamond-shaped markings. [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Eclipsa, Queen of Darkness]] has spades. Ms. Heinous - headmistress of St. Olga’s Reform School for Wayward Princesses [[spoiler: and Eclipsa’s daughter]] has club-shaped markings.

[[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.