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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", "By Any Other Name"; 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 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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