Tropes provided by The Queen of Spade:
- 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.