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-> ''"The sound of rollin' dice to me is music in the air,''
-> '''Cause I'm a gamblin' boogie man, although I don't play fair!''
-> ''It's much more fun, I must confess, when '''lives''' are on the line,''
-> ''Not mine, of course; but yours, old boy! Now that'd be just fine."''
-->-- '''Oogie Boogie''', ''TheNightmareBeforeChristmas''

The gambler follows a card (or dice) theme, uses cards, dice, darts, [[HeadsOrTails coins]] and gambling implements as weapons, and is very well-versed in blackjack, {{poker}}, craps, and all sorts of casino games. They rely much more on luck and cunning than on skill and outright power, and very seldom take it too hard on the occasions they lose, usually due to believing it was due to chance.

They tend to be slick, either elegant or gaudy, just like professional card players from the past, and are more towards [[FragileSpeedster lean and nimble]] than [[MightyGlacier strong and resistant]]. Due to their very nature, they tend to fit the definition of {{tricksters}}, and one would be hard-pressed to find a particularly slow-witted person, or a grunt, in the position of the Gambler.

The entire theme around the gambler makes him usually either an AntiHero or an AntiVillain, due to a view that they usually revere luck and chance over pledged allegiances, and that they will usually be too chaotic to be too specifically good or evil, with Batman's Joker being a rather brutal exception to this rule. This trope is almost entirely populated by men, and it has been increasingly common as time goes by. See also: DeathDealer (using playing cards as weapons), as well as BornLucky and WindsOfDestinyChange (when the character has actual powers over luck).

For ''actual'' gamblers, see TheGamblingAddict or ProfessionalGambler.
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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* The Gambling King from ''[[RanmaOneHalf Ranma ]]''. He even has the same face as one of the king cards.
** Subverted - the Gambling King is an idiot who can only win against small children and the feeble-minded (i.e., Soun, but also Ranma, who can't keep a poker face to save his life.) Even then, he can only win by cheating, either through time-honored methods like hiding cards up his sleeves, to ceiling-mounted mirrors to spy on his opponent's hand, to ''using a motorized chair'' to drive behind his opponent and spy their cards from up close. Like Ranma, he is completely unable to keep a poker face. He's also fat, pudgy, as far removed from "elegant" as one can be, can hold deep-seated grudges, and hold small children responsible for upholding matters of honor.
** The "holding grudges" thing isn't really as bad as it sounds, though. Considering that he, a GROWN MAN, was tied up and kicked off a bridge by two six-year-olds, it would be a wonder if he didn't harbor some ill will toward Ranma and Ukyo.
** Ranma and many other characters was suffering idiot ball that entire story arc.Ranma was perfectly capable of playing shown in all the stories beforehand against his 2 school friends and other people.Seriously thinking someone that can't keep a straight poker face is able to learned Umi Sen Ken and able to manipulate strangers (who're at least average intellect) is beyond outrageous. Additionally Ranma was not the only one to acquire the idiot ball considering the Gambling King also managed to beat Nabiki.
* {{Kaitou}} Kid from ''DetectiveConan'' sometimes uses a gun (mostly in his own series, ''Magic Kaitou'') that fires out razor-sharp playing cards.
** That said, his day job is a magician.
* Duke Devlin in ''Anime/YuGiOh'' follows a dice motif. Joey's deck gradually accommodated a few chance cards to balance his lack of powerful cards. There were a few times where either luck was not in his favor, or it was to the opponent's benefit.
** One duelist who appeared in the second season of ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'' (who called himself "Boy" in the original, and "Pierre" in the dub) seemed to be so good at gambling that he drew a royal straight flush while playing poker. (In actual poker, the odds against getting that hand are nearly astronomical.) However, in Duel Monsters, he wasn't very lucky at all, needing a card that gave him a two chances at a coin toss in order to use any card that depended on chance.
** Yugi's grandfather was also said to be a very lucky gambler when he was young, rarely losing. After winning every game of chance he knew of, he made a bet with himself that if he ever lost one, he'd retire, open a store, and wear overalls for the rest of his life. (At the time the series takes place, he runs a card shop and overalls are his standard attire. One can only assume he eventually lost.)
** Charlie [=McCoy=] in ''Anime/YuGiOhZEXAL'' was a duelist with cards that relied on chance, but had a rather unfair advatage: a Number card that gave him supernatural luck. He lost after Yuma discovered the clause that broke the spell it bestowed on him.
* Tubalcain Alhambra from ''{{Hellsing}}'' OVA and manga is a vampire whose powers revolve around razor-sharp playing cards.
* Monaco from ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' is a rare female example. JustifiedTrope because... well, [[MoeAnthropomorphism it's]] ''[[UsefulNotes/{{Monaco}} Monaco]]''.
** She's joined by [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gambling_in_Macau Macau]], HongKong, and maybe Taiwan. China catches them making bets about... him. HilarityEnsues.
* Allen Walker from ''DGrayMan''.
* Princess Chinchiro of {{Manga/Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo}} [[TimeSkip Shinsetsu]] is a ''very'' rare female example of this trope.
* The D'Arby brothers from ''[[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure Jojo's Bizarre Adventure]]'', whose Stand powers allow them to take the souls of losers.
* [[MonsterClown Hisoka]] in ''HunterXHunter'' is first seen using playing cards to [[AbsurdlySharpBlade cut people with]]. When he has to go all-out against stronger opponents later in the series, we see him fighting using sleight of hand to trick his opponents.
* Rein Sunamoto from ''Anime/BestStudentCouncil'', who serves as a member of the assault squad but fights by throwing playing cards. She once took out a basement full of paparazzi with them.
** Also Rein's father, a traveling gambler who abandoned Rein at a young age, and who uses playing card sleight-of-hand to talk a troubled mother out of making the same mistake he did.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* The aptly named ComicBook/{{Gambit}} (pictured above), from ''ComicBook/{{X-Men}}'', energizes playing cards to explode on impact and tosses them with precision at his targets. He ''could'' use ''anything'' if he felt like it (various incarnations have used chains, billiard balls, and ''an overturned bus''), but playing cards are both convenient and stylish. The explosion is proportional to the size of the object, so cards, poker chips and other thematic objects are consistent and controllable.
* The Joker, from ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'', subverts this trope quite a bit in that he usually only dresses like a joker, and in that he's a sociopath. He ''does'' use the occasional playing card gimmick, however.
** While we're on Batman, there's Twoface, who does everything based on a coin flip. Also evil, though he is prone to [[FaceHeelTurn flip]] [[HeelFaceTurn back and forth at times]] considering his core gimmick and {{woobie}} backstory.
* TheDCU's Gambler is a [[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''.
** Also from TheDCU is Double Down, a hard luck professional gambler who was cursed. Now he can turn his skin into [[DeathDealer razor sharp, magic playing cards]], and speaks in gambling metaphors and puns.
** The Royal Flush Gang has always had a playing card motif, but not so much gambling... Except the ''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''.
* ''OneHundredBullets'' has an entire story arc is devoted to a dice throwing conman named Chucky.
* ''JusticeSocietyOfAmerica'' foe Roulette is a rare female version.
* [[MarvelComics Marvel]] villain Chance is a mercenary who doesn't charge for his services-rather, he bets his fee against the odds of his success. If he fails in his mission, he pays his employer rather than the other way around.
* In the SilverAge [[TheDCU DC Universe]], two gambling aliens named Rokk and Sorban force {{Superman}} and TheFlash to race to the edge of the galaxy and back, so they can settle a bet on which one is fastest. To keep things interesting, they imprison the rest of the JusticeLeague, and promise to destroy the home city of the loser. (It turns out these are actually two of the Flash's arch-enemies, disguised as the aliens--who are back on their home planet betting on volcanic eruptions.)
* An occasional SpiderMan villain is Nick Powell, aka Chance. A high-demand ProfessionalKiller who has become incredibly wealthy from his career, he not only loves to gamble, but has a unique way of billing his clients. He doesn't charge a fee at all, but rather wagers with a client against his success. To Chance, winning or losing a gamble really means nothing; it's the thrill of the gamble itself that matters.
* Villainess Casino from ''ComicBook/TheUltraverse''.
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[[folder:Film]]
* Writer and producer Tim Burton and director Henry Selick's ''TheNightmareBeforeChristmas'' has Oogie Boogie, who is shown to base his actions off the roll of a die when torturing his captives. He also has a couple of game-based traps in his dungeon: a giant spinning roulette platform, monolithic cards with swinging swords, and the base of spinning propeller blades resembles an 8-ball. Like The Joker, another rare example that manages to be outright evil - he even admits to being ready to cheat in his VillainSong.
** You forgot about the actual one-armed bandits. Complete with guns.
* Ace, one of the gunfighters in the Quickdraw Tournament in ''Film/TheQuickAndTheDead,'' is this, mixing card motifs, gun tricks, and lots of pompous boasting.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Matrim Cauthon from the ''WheelOfTime'', a compulsive gambler famously known for his luck that when he becomes a general dice are on his standard.
** Mat is almost a subversion of this, noting that he's ''so'' supernaturally lucky that games of chance don't really qualify as gambling. He's naturally pretty good, but a side effect of his WeirdnessMagnet trait ramps this UpToEleven, so much so that none of his friends will play cards or dice with him.
* Le Chiffre from about all versions of ''Literature/CasinoRoyale'' is something of a mathematical genius who uses his smarts to gamble about. It's when this doesn't work out so well for him that Bond steps in to deliver the killing blow.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Pro wrestling example (though perhaps more of a subversion): Wrestling/{{WCW}} had [[http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/profiles/g/gambler.html The Gambler]], a generic-looking wrestler whose only references to his alleged gimmick were 1) a satin ring jacket with "The Gambler" embroidered on the back, and 2) playing cards that he flashed at the camera before his matches. In later years he upgraded his ring attire, actually dressing as a riverboat gambler, but his perennial {{jobber}} status kept him from portraying the character with any more depth than that.
** Before The Gambler was Vinnie Vegas, who wrestled in WCW in 1992, using a finisher called Snake Eyes which Wrestling/TheUndertaker still uses to this day. Vinnie was briefly part of Wrestling/HarleyRace and [[Wrestling/DiamondDallasPage DDP]]'s stables before leaving WCW to become...[[Wrestling/KevinNash Diesel]].
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[[folder:Music]]
* [[KennyRogers You got to know]] [[KnowWhenToFoldEm when to hold 'em...]]
* {{Gorillaz}} song "Sweepstakes" turns BigBad Sun Moon Stars into a villainous gambler, playing with the lives of the people who make bets with him.
* In Hitsoshizuku's song ''Ikasama [[LuckyCharmsTitle <=>]] Casino'', [[Music/{{Vocaloid}} Rin and Len]] are both this.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Hucksters in ''TabletopGame/{{Deadlands}}''. They are mages who cast spells by playing poker with demons, and most of their spells are card-themed.
* Card Shark from ''Dark {{Champions}}''
** And Blackjack from ''European Enemies''
* Third edition ''DungeonsAndDragons'' has the Fatespinner and Luckstealer prestige classes. Both require training in the Profession (gambler) skill and both have class features that revolve around manipulating the players' and DM's die rolls (increasing or decreasing the difficulty of rolls, or simply forcing retools).
* [[TabletopGame/GeistTheSinEaters Sin-Eaters]] of the Forgotten Threshold, having been offered their [[BackFromTheDead Bargain]] on account of their death by random chance, often pick up a gambling motif. That "the {{Curse}}" is one of the common Manifestations available to all Sin-Eaters is just icing on the cake.
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[[folder:Theatre]]
* In ''Theatre/TwiceCharmed'', Franco [=DiFortunato=] uses gambling motifs in his wordplay and songs.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Setzer, from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' uses cards, dices, 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.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' has no distinct character classes, but Cait Sith can be considered a Gambler for the fact that his two {{Limit Break}}s are based on rolling dice and spinning a slot machine, respectively.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'''s Wakka is normally [[FantasyCharacterClasses the ranger of the group,]] being the only character capable of using long-range weapons. His [[LimitBreak Overdrive]], however, involves spinning three reels to give him an attack with an added element or effect.
** In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX2'', the Lady Luck Dressphere grants the equipper gambling-themed abilities.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI'' has Corsairs, who are gambler ''{{pirate}}s''. WordOfGod claims that they went this route due to market research revealing that gambling has a negative connotation in the US. Their Phantom Rolls boost specific stats by random amounts, and can be improved through a blackjack-like mechanic.
** 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.
* Oswald of ''TheKingOfFighters'' uses playing cards to cut his opponents. The names of his special moves are the names of suits and some cards. The name of his Leader Desperation Move is Joker, and one of his special moves hits, ideally, 21 times (an important number in blackjack, a card game). Furthermore, his color scheme is the one of playing cards: Black suit, red shirt (not [[RedShirt that kind]] of red shirt) and glasses, white hair, and yellow tie for the details in the figure cards.
** Just to drive the Gambler point home, he has a move called Ace that could either do very little damage and expose him terribly to his enemies, or done right, end with [[http://youtube.com/watch?v=O4HQnR5IRg8 these]].
*** 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.
* 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 numbers that make up his HP (091 might become 910, 901, 190, 109, 091 and 019).
* In ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'', gambling is a frequent bad habit of [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsCompact2 Kyosuke Nanbu]]. He doesn't really use card-based attacks, but his HumongousMecha's strongest attack is called "Trump Card" and his CatchPhrase is ''"[[MillionToOneChance I don't mind betting]] [[ILikeThoseOdds on the tough odds]]!"''. Of course, "the devil's luck" is practically his superpower, and he's frequently [[NoOneCouldSurviveThat seen surviving impossible odds]]. Presumably, {{Fanon}} dictates he doesn't do too badly in poker either.
** What's odd about Kyosuke's luck is it's mostly a plot-centered mechanic: it only kicks in during scripted events, and isn't a game mechanic like the "Luck" Spirit Command[[labelnote:*]]Doubles money earned for one attack, doesn't really fit this theme[[/labelnote]] or the "Lucky" pilot skill[[labelnote:*]]When activated, the character automatically evades or makes a critical hit, regardless of normal chance to hit[[/labelnote]] other characters carry.
** Haken Browning from SpinOff ''EndlessFrontier'' makes up for every card and gambling pun Kyosuke didn't get to make. His attacks have names like Texas Hold'em, Five Card Stud and Jackpot, uses exploding cards in some of his attacks and his [[LimitBreak Overdrive]] involves switching his gun to "Klondike Mode". Unlike Kyosuke, however, he apparently cheats: one of his exclusive accessories is called "Loaded Dice".
* Joshua in ''FireEmblem 8'', though he just has no luck at it. And he's a swordsman, so he doesn't use cards or such.
** Although he is a swordsman in a class which specializes in critical hits, aka luck, in terms of actual gameplay mechanics.
** Also we don't get to see much of his gambling luck; he knows how to cheat very well, even using normal coins.
** In ''Path of Radiance'' is Makalov, whose only interests are gambling and doing as little work as possible.
* Genjuro Kibagami of the ''VideoGame/SamuraiShodown'' series of fighting games uses gambling as his sole source of income. He is, apparently, an avid player of Hanafuda, and cards from the game figure heavily (though it would seem figuratively, at times) into many of his moves.
* ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'' - Luxord, the Gambler of Fate fits this trope to a T. He uses cards and his power to control time to engage Sora in a very unorthodox time-based battle. He also possesses an advanced vocabulary and a classy British accent, which give him an air of sophistication.
** The same goes for the [[TheHeartless Nobodies]] under his command - the appropriately named [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Gamblers]].
** The Juggle Pup dream eater in ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts3D'' is a lesser example of this, rolling a die for one of their primary attacks, which will then proceed to attack a random target (Be it friend or foe) based on which side lands face up.
* The South Korean's head honcho, Agent Mitchell Buford, in the first ''{{VideoGame/Mercenaries}}'' title. The folksy CIA man enjoys spinning Poker metaphors, beginning with the struggle for Kaesong which Buford warns they "can't afford to lose this early in the game." He later takes to calling you the "ace in the hole" and your final assignments the "last hand." This is contrasted with Buford's Chinese foil, Colonel Peng, and his love for [[TheChessmaster chess]] metaphors.
* One of the three semi-final bosses of ''VideoGame/ShadowTheHedgehog'' is an Eggman robot called the Egg Dealer, which selects its attacks slot-machine style... a fact that can easily be turned against it.
** Eggman actually does this a lot. In ''{{Sonic X}}'', he had all of his robots on cards, which he then stuck into a slot machine to pick which one to use. Also note that every single one was situation appropriate, and this was practically OnceAnEpisode.
** In ''Knuckles' Chaotix'', Metal Sonic first fights by inserting himself into a large roulette nearby (which is normally used to pick stages to visit next). Four of the five spaces cause weapons to come out and attack the player character if the roulette lands on any of them, with the fifth disabling one of them. You have to disable all four weapons to defeat him.
* A custom car set in a ''{{Need for Speed}}'' title has the four aces as a paint job.
* Ronfar from ''VideoGame/LunarEternalBlue'' uses dice and cards in some of his special attacks. Interestingly, he used to be a priest before indulging in games of chance.
* Nero from ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry 4'' has several moves named after gambling terms (Double Down, Maximum Bet, Roulette Spin, High Roller), so he could technically count. Plus, he's the only one who has to play [[ScrappyLevel that damn dice game...]]
* Tai Ho, member of the 108 stars of destiny in the first two ''{{Suikoden}}'' games. An unapologetic DeadpanSnarker, you must prove your luck to him via gambling in order to advance the plot of at least one of the games, and in the second game you must beat him at gambling in order to recruit him.
* Patty Fleur, of the ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia'' PS3 remake, uses many luck based skills and attacks, most notably her [[LimitBreak Mystic Arte]], where you have a chance to heal everyone, max out everybody's overlimit, or summon [[VideoGame/TalesOfDestiny Barbatos]] to destroy just about every enemy on field, amongst many other things. Also notable the it takes on the look of a gigantic roulette table with poker chips all around.
* [[SuperMarioBros King Boo]] seems to have a love of gambling. In his debut in LuigisMansion the keys to the various parts of the mansion have playing card suit motifs. Later, in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioSunshine'', he hides in Hotel Delfino's casino, where he battles Mario while holding a water-powered slot machine that can summon enemies, coins, or fruit.
* In ''VideoGame/Left4Dead2'', Nick used to do this before the infection hit.
* In the {{MMORPG}} ''VideoGame/{{Dofus}}'' and its sequel ''WesternAnimation/{{Wakfu}}'', the Ecaflip class is a based partially around gambling (with attacks that involve throwing cards or rolling dice, and spells that have completely random effects), partially around their [[PettingZooPeople feline nature]]. The class symbol is a single die in Dofus and a pair of dice in Wakfu, and their [[SetBonus special class outfit]] is decorated with playing cards and card suits (including a cape that's just a giant ace of spades). Even their name is the French for "heads or tails" backwards.
* Johnny from ''GuiltyGear'' is one. He attacks using coins and his Instant Kill move turns the opponent into a Joker card before he slices them in half. Additionally, some of his move names have a gambler motif to them.
* Twisted Fate of ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'' is an assassin with abilities named after gambling terms, many gambling-related quotes, and throwing cards as his primary weapon. One of his signature abilities is picking between three cycling colored cards to determine his next attack's effect. His ultimate ability shows the opponent's hand, so to speak, by [[DefogOfWar revealing all enemy locations]] and allowing him to teleport a huge distance to either ambush a lone foe or escape from impending danger.
* ''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. 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. None of them really use playing card motifs ''in battle'', but they do get bonus points for having their base's inner sanctum decorated like a gigantic card table.
* ''VideoGame/MegaManXCommandMission'' has Spider, who has the look of a gambler with a "well-dressed card shark" design motif with gloves, folded 'sleeves', tailcoat, and his NiceHat. He also uses cards as his weapon, and his LimitBreak requires a combination of luck and knowledge of five-card poker. The better your hand, the better the resulting attack will be. Oddly enough, he is never shown actually gambling, and while he'll make references to his cards, he mercifully spares us from any [[IncrediblyLamePun bad gambling puns]].
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''{{Homestuck}}'': [[Characters/HomestuckTrollsFour Vriska Serket]] is an interesting variation on this. She fights with a set of eight [[InfinityPlusOneSword Infinity Plus One]] TabletopRPG dice, the Fluorite Octet, in keeping with her characterization as a quite ''literal'' KillerGameMaster who loves high risk games of chance. The dice execute [[ConfusionFu a wide range of]] [[WildMagic highly unpredictable attacks]] when rolled. Her dice once belonged to her FamousAncestor, leader of a fleet of pirates known as "Gamblignants", famous for their obsession with pure chance. They eventually died out because they took too many crazy risks.
** Although in her case, it's not really much of a gamble because [[WindsOfDestinyChange she has all the luck]]. [[MemeticMutation ALL of it]].
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''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.
** The Gambler is a street-level foe of Battlecat who has an [[{{Idiosyncrazy}} obsession with games of chance]] and commits gambling-themed crimes.
* Renard of ''{{Oktober}}''.
* Tetras in ''FanFic/TheMotleyTwo'' (a fanfic of sorts of ''{{Homestuck}}''), a descendant of ''Homestuck'''s Vriska, as described above. She also uses WildMagic dice as weaponry, though her IMPERIAL DUET has powerful effects with both extremely low and extremely high rolls. Which is good, since she's unlucky and tends to roll low.
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[[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).
** Wait...if they change to match what he's thinking about, doesn't that actually defeat the point of a poker face?
*** He wore sunglasses, which may just lead to further questions.
* 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 ''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's also a bounty hunter, and on the run from his ex-wife, so luck is a big deal to him.
* On ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'', the Royal Flush gang were a villainous team example. A different version was featured in a ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' episode.
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