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Playing cards

Circular playing cards

Queen of Hearts

A playing card was a type of card that was marked with symbols that belonged to a deck. A variety of card games could be placed with them. There were fifty-two cards to a standard deck. Cards bearing the face of a figure were known as picture cards.

While typically rectangular, playing cards might also come in a circular shape. (TOS: "Mudd's Women"; TNG: "The Measure Of A Man", "The Price"; VOY: "State of Flux")

In the final draft script of "Mudd's Women", circular cards that appear in that entry were described as "an odd-sized deck of cards."

Playing card knights

Fictional knights based on anthropomorphic playing card jack existed in the Earth classic Alice Through the Looking Glass. Several of [Artificial knaves 001|artificial knaves]] carrying pikes chased the landing party from the USS Enterprise during its second visit to the Shore Leave Planet in 2269. (TAS: "Once Upon a Planet")

In 2376, when Harry Kim was navigating through a Borg cube, he used playing cards to mark his path, in case he had to come back the same way. He placed a three of hearts on a transwarp conduit and a nine of diamonds on a data node. Mezoti, found one of the cards, a queen of hearts, and returned to him. (VOY: "Collective")

More anthropomorphic playing cards

In 2380, Q set a challenge for the bridge crew of the USS Cerritos by placing them on a giant chess board with elements of several different sports and games. In that challenge, the bridge crew's apparent opponents were anthropoplaying cards (some of which carried hockey sticks). (LD: "Veritas")


The term "trump card" has been used in behind-the-scenes sources, but not in canon.

Card games

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