Literature: The Queen of Spades
A brilliant short-story from a card gambling setting by Russian poet and writer Alexander Pushkin.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:
- Accidental Murder: Countess ***
- Driven to Madness: Herman.
- German Russians: Herman.
- Karmic Twist Ending
- Madness Mantra: Herman is driven into utter madness, and all he can mumble is "Three, seven, ace! Three, seven — queen!"
- Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: Did the magic formula really work? Did it ever exist in the first place?
- The Musical: There is an opera adaptation.
- Spell My Name with a Blank: Old countess *** in The Queen of Spades.
- Villain Protagonist: Herman deliberately tricks Lisaveta into falling in love with him and he never truly cared for her feelings.