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->'''Grytpype:''' My Card.\\
'''Neddie:''' But it's blank.\\
'''Grytpype:''' Business is bad.
-->-- ''Radio/TheGoonShow''

The scene plays out as follows:\\
Character #1 meets character #2 for the first time. Character #2 gives their name... their occupation... their credentials... and then "let me give you..." You guessed it, "My Card." Now it's official. Everything they said about themselves must be true. There's the proof in black and white. If they're a villain, then it's the thing that makes them a CardCarryingVillain.

This is a compound trope at best; sometimes there's a card, sometimes not. Sometimes it's just a membership card or other form of identification that's presented, but not given. Sometimes they say something else when it's presented... but you get the idea. If the card itself is important it occasionally becomes ChekhovsGun if the recipient discovers later they need its information.

'''Some variations to consider:'''
* "Let me give you my card", the abbreviated version "My card", or the incredibly formal "Allow me to introduce myself" accompanies some physical device, usually a business card in the trope's purest form, to remember them by.
* "Call Me" is often the dating version of the above business-like version. There is often a card, but just as often a phone number on any piece of paper.
* "If you should happen to remember anything else", and its many variants, are distinctly reserved for detectives or other government agents finishing primary questioning of a witness that seems incomplete.
* "I'm with" or "I'm from" followed by some company name usually precedes the displaying of identification, which may or may not be genuine.

Compare CallingCard and MembershipToken. See also VerbalBusinessCard.


[[folder:{{Anime}} and {{Manga}}]]
* Belldandy gives her business card to Keichii when they first meet in ''Manga/AhMyGoddess''.
* In ''Literature/{{Paprika}}'', the title character kisses her business card and then hands it to a man, which starts the OpeningTheme.
* The middle brother Shinonome of ''Manga/TheLuciferAndBiscuitHammer'' fame has two different sorts of cards he hands out. One of them describes his occupation as "HERO OF JUSTICE".
* The protagonist of ''Manga/SpecialDutyCombatUnitShinesman'' is observed to hand out his business card [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mnp6KuUtKVQ like he's performing a finishing move]].
* In ''Manga/{{Bakuman}}'', Akira Hattori gives the main characters his business card and e-mail address after his first meeting with the protagonists, asking them to submit any future work to Jump. He notes that they impressed him enough to get his e-mail address, but the truly impressive ones get his cell phone number.
* Early in ''Manga/BlackButler'', William T. Spears of the [[{{Psychopomp}} Grim Reaper]] [[CelestialBureaucracy Staffing Association]] gives Sebastian his card after coming to collect an unruly coworker [[spoiler:(the infamous Grell, a.k.a. Jack the Ripper)]].
* Yotsuba in ''Manga/{{Yotsubato}}'' has her own "business cards" - (poorly) hand-written and somewhat crumbled.

* SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker likes to use a literal Joker card, with or without useful information. Watch it though, it could be booby trapped with acid or poison, or it could simply [[MadeOfExplodium explode]].
* An issue of the ''ComicBook/MortalKombat'' official prequel comic features an out-of-uniform Sub-Zero presenting his Lin Kuei membership card. We don't make this stuff up.
* ComicBook/TheQuestion used to have the shtick that when he was asked to identify himself, he gave the questioner an apparently blank card, which then would smoke and a "'''?'''" would appear.
* ''WesternAnimation/StuntDawgs'': In the comic book, the Stunt Scabs' lawyer introduces himself to them by showing his card when Half-a-Mind says he's got half a mind to sue. He introduces himself as "Slyme (with a "y"), Whiplash attorney-at-law with the firm of Dewey, Cheatam and Howe."

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''FanFic/TakamachiNanohaOf2814'' gives all other {{Magical Girl}}s she finds her contact information so they can reach her when they need help. She does this because, as the Sector's GreenLantern, she is responsible for 1/3600th of the known universe instead of just a city or planet like most of them and so her jurisdiction encompasses all of theirs.
* ''FanFic/QueenOfAllOni'': [[EnigmaticMinion Blankman]] gives Jade his business card when she hires him as her [[NumberTwo foreman]]. As you might expect from his name, it's [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin blank]].
* In ''TurnaboutSubstitution'', Rhea gives Apollo her card for her funeral home, which has a skeleton on it. [[spoiler:This ends up {{foreshadowing}} the true identity of the Mysterious Bust Killer.]]
* At one point in ''Fanfic/TheNewAdventuresOfInvaderZim'', an impressed [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Norlock]] gives a card to [[EnfantTerrible Gaz]], in case she ever wants [[EvilMentor mentoring]].
* In the ''WesternAnimation/MiraculousLadybug'' fanfic ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/12651228 Marinette's Halloween Group]]'' Lila combines this trope with AndImTheQueenOfSheba: apparently her usual delivery is so smooth that whoever she's talking to takes it at face value, and solved the problem this way. [[NiceGirl Rose]] came up with the idea, much to everyone's surprise.

[[folder:{{Film}} -- Live Action]]
* ''Film/MeanGirls'': "Kevin Gnapoor: Math Enthusiast/ Badass MC"
* ''Film/MenInBlack'': The MIB card is as vague and mysterious as the agents who carry it, to the point where K has to hand-write the address on one.
* In ''Film/USMarshals'', after letting his subordinates badger their fugitive's girlfriend for a few minutes, Girard calls them off... then hands her a business card, asking her to call ''him'' if she had any information.
* ''Film/AmericanPsycho'': Patrick Bateman and his fellow yuppies treat their business cards with [[SeriousBusiness ludicrous gravity]]. In one scene, they take turns one-upping each other's business cards. In spite of the fact that their cards all look almost identical, the yuppies pore over the minute differences in font and cardstock with reverence. When Bateman's card gets bested by another yuppy, he nearly has a breakdown and [[EvilIsPetty resolves to kill the man]].
** Naturally, while obsessing over various tiny details of the cards, nobody notices the typos on all of the cards.
* ''Film/JayAndSilentBobStrikeBack'' has the [[WeirdTradeUnion United Brotherhood of Dealers union]] member cards prominently displayed, followed by a discussion of a lack of dental insurance benefits and a possible strike in New Jersey.
* Abused within an inch of its life in ''Film/HelloDolly'': Dolly Levi is able to produce a business card proclaiming her expertise in just about anything at a moment's notice, usually one comically specific to the situation at hand.
* ''Film/FightClub'': Tyler Durden gives the narrator his card when they first meet on the plane; the narrator uses it to call him after his apartment blows up.
* In the film ''Film/OhGod'', God gives the main character His card. The card says, simply: [[foldercontrol]]

[[folder: God ]]

* ''Film/BruceAlmighty'': God's business card says "God."
* Apparently, deities from the LowestCosmicDenominator like this one, because [[{{Satan}} the Devil]] in the remake of ''Film/{{Bedazzled 2000}}'' gives Elliot the card as an attempt to convince him that she is, in fact, the Princess of Darkness. The card simply says "The Devil."
* Done in the original ''Film/{{Bedazzled 1967}}'' - George Spiggot introduces himself to Stanley Moon as the Devil. Stanley is skeptical so George presents his card (which apparently reads "The Devil"). Stanley is still skeptical ("You're a nut case!") so George offers him a free trial wish. Stanley off the top of his head wishes for a popsicle, and George grants it - taking him on a bus to a popsicle stand and borrowing money from Stanley to pay for it. Somehow Stanley is ''still'' skeptical.
* In ''Film/{{Harvey}}'', Elwood P. Dowd goes through the same routine with everyone he meets, including giving them his card. This applies even to the doctors at the mental asylum.
* Felicity Huffman's character in ''Film/TheSpanishPrisoner'' leaves behind a business card that turns out to be an important part of a larger [[MassiveMultiplayerScam plan]].
* In ''Film/CastADeadlySpell'' Lovecraft introduces himself by handing people his card, but he keeps mistakenly handing over the business cards of his landlady's dance class.
* Happens twice in ''Film/DrNo''.
** The messenger M sends to get Film/JamesBond in the club asks the attendant to give Bond his card.
** While in the club Bond gives Sylvia Trench his card (which has his phone number on it) and asks her to call him if she'd like to go out with him.
* ''Film/TheDarkKnight:'' After the Joker faces down a room full of gangsters, he finishes with "So, why don't you give me a call when you wanna start taking this a little more seriously? Here's...my...card." It's a Joker [[VisualPun from a deck of playing cards]], [[ContinuityNod similar to]] [[CallingCard one he left at a crime scene]] at the end of ''Film/BatmanBegins''.
* The Laurel and Hardy short ''Another Fine Mess'' has Lord Leopold Plumtree, who insists on giving Hardy his card each time he gets his name wrong. At one point, Hardy actually takes out the cards he already has, and sorts in the one he just got.
* ''Film/{{Water 1985}}''. After blowing up a well and nearly throttling Creator/MichaelCaine to death, the mercenary commander leaves him his card. "[[PrivateMilitaryContractors If you are in need of an army]], just call."
* ''Film/{{Aliens}}''. Company troubleshooter Burke leaves a transparent plastic card with his contact details marked on it with Ripley, in case she changes her mind about going on the mission to find out what happened to the colony on [=LV426=]. After her next CatapultNightmare, Ripley sticks the card in her {{videophone}} where it automatically connects her to a sleepy Burke.
* ''Film/ClearAndPresentDanger''. Jack Ryan has some cards done up showing that he's the acting CIA Deputy Director of Intelligence, which comes in handy on a couple of occasions.
-->'''Jack:''' Do you take a [[{{pun}} Company]] cheque?
* In ''Film/RisingSun'', WesleySnipes's character (a police detective) arrives to a Japanese company to investigate the murder of a woman. He knows enough about Japanese customs to immediately offer his card to the underling assigned to talk to him. The Japanese man spends several seconds studying the card and even asks if this is the detective's personal number. Creator/SeanConnery's character is an expert on Japanese culture and does this naturally.
* When Max comes face to face with the eponymous ''Film/FunnyMan'', he asks who he is. Funny Man presents a joker card and says; "My card."
* In ''Film/OceansEleven'', Danny Ocean slips his card to Linus after watching him pickpocket a stockbroker. The card has his name embossed into it, but ''nothing else'' is printed on it - no address, no telephone number, no clever motto. (The directions for Linus to follow are hand-written.) So presumably either Danny spends a lot of time jotting his details on his own cards, or he only gives them to people who already know how to get hold of him...
* ''Film/NightOfTheDemon'' - psychologist John Holden is in a library doing research on debunking cult leader Julian Karswell, who shows up and cordially invites him to his estate house, handing Holden his card and leaving. Holden is startled to see the card shows the name of his late associate with the cryptic line 'allowed two weeks' in glittery script...when he shows the card to a librarian the script is gone, with no sign of it showing up on a chemical analysis.
* ''Film/ThePresidentsAnalyst'' - psychiatrist Dr. Schaefer is taken aback when a patient, a good-humored quiet-natured guy, tells him that he'd killed a man with a knife just before his appointment...then he produces an ID card and admits he's a government agent. Shaefer is surprised by his own accepting reaction as anything:
-->Fascinating, Don...I suppose it's the conditioning of motion pictures or television, or maybe it's just the times we live in, but...killing is a serious matter, and yet this little card somehow makes it less - shocking...acceptable in a way!
* ''Film/MrHolmes''. SherlockHolmes is hired by Mr Kelmot to follow his wife, and poses as an amateur fortune teller to get close to her. But she's not fooled, having already discovered Holmes' card while doing her husband's laundry.

* ''Literature/{{Fablehaven}}'': One of the minor villains gives Seth and Kendra some fake business cards to trick them into stealing [[spoiler:a demon.]]
* Claire in the ''Literature/KeepersChronicles'' series by Creator/TanyaHuff has a magical version of this, which changes slogan every time you look at it.
* Common in SherlockHolmes stories, appropriately enough for the Victorian setting.
** Charles Augustus Milverton leaves his calling card.
** Played with in ''Literature/TheHoundOfTheBaskervilles'' with a visitor who visits Baker Street when Holmes and Watson are out and instead of leaving a card forgets his stick. Holmes then challenges Watson to figure out who the visitor is based on that. By combined efforts, they manage to figure out that the person both walks a lot in the country, has a dog, is a doctor and his name and career before he comes back.
** In "The Illustrious Client", Watson assumes the alias of Dr Hill Barton in order to get information from the villain. Holmes already has a card printed with the name and an address.
* In the Franchise/SherlockHolmes[=/=]Literature/DoctorWhoNewAdventures crossover novel ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoNewAdventuresAllConsumingFire All-Consuming Fire]]'', the Doctor leaves a card with Mrs. Hudson that simply reads "The Doctor - Travelling". Holmes deduces firstly that the card was printed especially for the purpose (because it hasn't the imprint of another card on the back, and was clearly printed recently), and secondly that he was ''meant'' to make the first deduction (because the card is deliberately uninformative, left just for the sake of leaving a card).
* Creator/DouglasAdams' Dirk Gently has a collection of cards with various aliases and professions. In ''Literature/TheLongDarkTeaTimeOfTheSoul'', he ends up giving Kate his ''real'' card, after debating for a while which alias he should use.
* Cassanunda's card in ''Discworld/LordsAndLadies'':
-->''Giamo Casanunda''\\
[[Literature/{{Discworld}} World's]] Second Greatest Lover\\

[[folder: We Never Sleep ]]
Outrageous Liar - World's Finest Swordsman\\
Soldier of Fortune - [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Stepladders Repaired]]
** In ''Discworld/WyrdSisters'', when Hwel and Tomjon find the Fool being robbed by some members of the ThievesGuild, the thieves show them their card.
* The title character in Elizabeth Ann Scarborough's ''The Godmother'' presents her business card by way of introduction: "Dame Felicity Fortune, Godmother. Fair Fortunes Facilitated, Questers Accommodated, Virtue Vindicated."
* ''Eveless Eden'' by Marianne Wiggins. The protagonist comes home to his London apartment to find his OneTrueLove has run off with some Romanian diplomat. He's desperate to find out who this mysterious lover is, only to find [[KickTheDog he's left his card propped up on his toilet]] where he can find it "[[HumiliationConga with his dick hanging out]]."
* In the ''Literature/NickVelvet'' stories, Nick carries a collection of legitimate business cards he has collected over the years in his wallet. He uses these to create cover stories on the fly to help him with his thefts. For example, in one story he uses the business card of a vet to help him by the tranquilizers he needs to sedate a guard dog.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/OurMissBrooks'': The shyster lawyer in "Hospital Capers" gives his card to Miss Brooks and Mr. Boynton.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** In "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS25E2TheHappinessPatrol The Happiness Patrol]]", people who are unhappy (which is punishable by death) are befriended by a man, who says he understands them. He gives them his card: [[/folder]]

[[folder: Silas P. ]]
He says, "Other side." [[/folder]]

[[folder: Undercover Agent, Happiness Patrol ]]
. (There's a minor blooper: The actor actually hands the card over "Undercover Agent" side up, so his victim has to turn it over before reading it).
** The Doctor's card (as seen in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS25E1RemembranceOfTheDaleks Remembrance of the Daleks]]") just has a stylized question mark on it and is just used to make the Daleks angry.
** The new series Doctor often does this, albeit with [[AppliedPhlebotinum psychic paper]] that shows the recipient what he wants and they expect to see. However it has limits; [[Recap/DoctorWho2010CSAChristmasCarol when he tries to use it]] to claim he's a mature and responsible adult, it shorts out and shows a mass of squiggly lines instead - this is one lie that's too big for it to handle.
** Played with in ''The Vampires of Venice''. When the Doctor attempts to flash his psychic paper (forgetting he left it with Rory), he ends up flashing his slightly [[CallBack out of date]] [[TheNthDoctor library card]] instead.
* In ''Franchise/LawAndOrder'', ''Series/{{CSI}}'', etc., the investigators will often give a witness their card and say "call me if you remember anything."
** An episode of ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'' had Stabler give a child (who they suspected was being abused by his mother) his card. He calls for help in the night and ends up being murdered by his mother and over-compliant brother. Olivia does it for practically every victim.
** In an episode of ''Series/{{CSINY}}'', one of the [=CSIs=] gives a relative of the VictimOfTheWeek his card; a detective criticises him and says "You can't afford to have the lab's phone ringing off the hook".
* In ''Series/{{Heroes}}'', Pinehearst and Primatech give out cards like any good shadowy mysterious organization. [=URLs=] on the cards lead to a website for the AlternateRealityGame.
* ''Series/TheTwoRonnies'' serial "The Phantom Raspberry Blower of Old London Town":
-->'''Phantom:''' ... please to give him my card.\\
'''Butler:''' Why has it no name upon it, sir?\\
'''Phantom:''' Modesty forbids it.\\
'''Butler:''' But it has no address either, sir.\\
'''Phantom:''' I'm never at home.\\
'''Butler:''' ''[AsideGlance]''
* Played with on an episode of ''Series/{{Cheers}}''. Carla's ex-husband Nick drops by and shows Sam the card for his latest business. As Sam starts to put it into his shirt, Nick asks for it back saying "Only got one."
* An episode of ''Series/SanfordAndSon'' had someone introducing himself with a variation on this. Fred Sanford responds in obvious fashion.
-->'''Timmy:''' "I'm Timmy, the sign man! My sign!" ''holds up a sign which looks like a gigantic business card''
-->'''Fred:''' "I'm Freddy, the junk man! My fist!" ''waves his fist threateningly''
* Used hilariously in ''Series/InLivingColor'' with ''Funky Finger Productions'', two shady entrepreneurs who would burst into meetings, trying to sell whatever they had at the time. David Alan Grier's character would offer his card and start rummaging around in his coat, then all of a sudden Tommy Davidson would whip out a card inches from the target's face and shout "BAM!!"
* In at least one episode of ''Series/TheRockfordFiles'' the PrivateDetective had a small printing press on the back seat of his car, producing cards as the situation required (with occupations such as funeral director and psychiatrist).
* Gus from ''Series/{{Psych}}'' has a tendency to give his business card to hot girls involved in their cases, writing his home phone number on the back "in case they need anything" to show off his neat handwriting. Shawn finds this incredibly strange.
* In one episode of ''Series/TheAvengers'', Steed "goes undercover" by strolling into the villain's office, producing a large collection of business cards, sorting through them and finally handing one over.
* Classic western ''Series/HaveGunWillTravel'' was named for the advertisement on the main character's business card.
* In one episode of ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' the Janitor offers to paint Eliot's new office, handing her a card that says "PAINTER - Call Janitor".
-->'''Eliot''': Thank you! Now I just have to find someone who can replace this rug.\\
'''Janitor''': ''{riffling through a stack of cards)'' Aircraft controller ... Gemologist ... Captain of Industry ... Middle Reliever ... Ruggist! ''{off her look}'' I invented a machine that prints business cards.\\
'''Eliot''': [[ItsBeenDone That's already been invented.]]\\
'''Janitor''': Oh, yeah, I know. But mine [[SwissArmyWeapon also fires paint pellets.]]
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''. In "Something Blue" D'Hoffryn offers Willow the chance to become a vengeance demon. When she refuses he leaves her his talisman. "You change your mind, give us a chant."
* ''Series/{{Angel}}''. Cordelia has some cards done up for Angel Investigations, leading to a RunningGag where people keep trying to work out what the stylised angel is supposed to be. ("It looks like a lobster.")
** One episode has a [[DealWithTheDevil demon looking for Gunn to collect a debt]] and leaves behind some business cards. When the gang realizes he may be in danger, [[BigDamnHeroes they know where to find him]].
* In ''Series/AlloAllo'' The undertaker Monsieur Alphonse's "Swiftly and With Style. My Card"
* ''Series/StargateSG1'' has Daniel create a box of relevant information to give to any peaceful aliens they found on their trips through the Star Gate. It's one of the reasons why he's TheFace of TheTeam.
* In ''Series/NewGirl'', Winston, pretending to be Nick's law partner, hands some lawyers his card in case they ever want to "play with the big boys." When he leaves, the lawyers notice that it's a baseball card.
* ''Series/AgentCarter''. [[BattleButler Jarvis]] leaves his card with Peggy Carter, who tears it up in a fit of anger after she realises how Jarvis and Howard Stark have lied to and manipulated her.

* Creator/SternPinball's ''[[Pinball/BatmanStern Batman]]'' requires the player to collect three of the Joker's playing cards to start "Joker Multiball".

* ''Radio/TheGoonShow'' parodies this a few more times, eg:
-->'''Moriarty:''' My Card.\\
'''Neddie:''' My Card.\\
'''Butler (Sellers):''' My Card.\\
'''Moriarty:''' SNAP!

-->'''Grytpype:''' My Card.\\
'''Neddie:''' [=McCard=]? Oh, a Scotchman!

-->'''Neddie:''' But it's blank!\\
'''Grytpype:''' Look on the other side.\\
'''Neddie:''' That's a strange place to print it - on the back!

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Parodied in the ''TabletopGame/{{Clue}}'' VCR game. Mr. Green hands Professor Plum a card that says "Lyman Green, business."

* In the musical ''Theatre/LuckyStiff'', Annabelle (the eventual LoveInterest) introduces herself to Harry (the protagonist) this way.
* In ''Theatre/{{Thespis}}'' by Creator/GilbertAndSullivan, Jupiter introduces himself to the title character this way.
* This is a running gag in ''Theatre/HelloDolly''. Originally, the cards say something about Dolly's matchmaking service, but gradually expand to things such as financial consultation and dancing lessons.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/SuikodenV'': Oboro does this to promote his detective agency, but it doesn't catch on.
* In ''VideoGame/RaidouKuzunohaVsKingAbaddon'', demons may give Raidou their card upon being recruited or fused; this makes it less expensive to summon them from the Demonic Compendium. Demons met in random encounters may also comment on the cards Raidou has. (The idea of enemies pausing mid-battle to flip through Raidou's demonic Rolodex doesn't make that much sense if you think about it, but it's pretty amusing.)
** In [[VideoGame/RaidouKuzunohaVsTheSoullessArmy the previous game]], it is revealed [[TheChick Tae]] often gives Narumi her card. He's tired of them.
* Done humorously in ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyJusticeForAll''. In the first case, Phoenix Wright eventually presents his own business card to the court; the judge thanks him and gives him ''his'' business card before remembering there's a trial going on.
** Also done (less humorously) in ''Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth'', where Edgeworth and Shi-Long Lang exchange cards with each other in case 3.
* In ''VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo'', on Shizune's route, her father gives Hisao his card when they meet, prompting Hisao to note how prepared he is.
* ''VideoGame/RecettearAnItemShopsTale'': Adventurers of their eponymous guild give cards to those who they want to work for.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In ''Webcomic/DarthsAndDroids'', Maul says he'd give Obi-Wan his card, but Obi-Wan's too busy holding on for dear life.
* In ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'', Carson produces his card...for a position that hasn't had any meaning in years, the Doom Bell Ringer.
--->Oh I'm not saying business hasn't been slow ... but the pay isn't bad ... and there're signs (sidelong glance at [[TheChosenOne Agatha]]) that things could be picking up.
** Princess Xerxsephnia [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20150605 gives Agatha her card]] and asks her to pay her a social visit while she's in [[TruceZone Paris]].
* ''[[http://tallcomics.com/?id=2 Unwinder]]'': Career Criminal (and indie musician). MEET ME AT THE DOCK!!!
* In [[http://xkcd.com/1032/ this]] ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'' strip, the man in the beret has a business card which just says, "This is my business card."
* In [[http://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=638 this]] ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'' Raven has business cards with her contact info on for giving to guys that she is interested in.
* In ''Webcomic/FullFrontalNerdity'' the [[Franchise/TheSlenderManMythos Slender Man]] apparently has [[http://ffn.nodwick.com/?p=1173 business cards]]
* In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', the Linear Guild has [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0257.html business cards]] declaring their inclination to take [[DisproportionateRetribution disproportionate revenge]] over [[HairTriggerTemper quasi-imagined slights]].
* ''ComicBook/{{PS238}}'':
** The Revenant (local ComicBook/{{Batman}} expy) equips his sidekick, Moon Shadow, with business cards in addition to the standard BadassNormal gear of magnetic grappling hooks, smoke bombs, etc. These help cement Moon Shadow's MemeticBadass status among his classmates.
** The Revenant seems to like business cards in general. Once he officially recruits Cecil Holmes, the first thing he does is note that Cecil needs business cards.
* The vigilante duo [[PunnyName Guinea and Pig]] from ''Webcomic/TryingHuman'' hand one of these to Hue after [[BigDamnHeroes rescuing him]] and his friend form a crazed [[TheMenInBlack agent]].


[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In the very first scene of ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'', Joker sneaks into Arkham Asylum and offers a surprised orderly "My card," while advancing on him. Next time we see the guy, he's been given the classic Joker smile treatment.
* [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Wile E. Coyote's]] "Super Genius" card.
** "Operation: Rabbit", the short in which Wile E. Coyote tries to catch and eat WesternAnimation/BugsBunny. Wile E. gives Bugs his card, which says "Wile E. Coyote, Genius".
** In ''[[WesternAnimation/PorkyPigsFeat Porky Pig's Feat]]'', a hotel manager presents Daffy Duck with his card after [[GloveSlap glove-slapping him]] and challenging him to a duel. Daffy takes the card and punches it full of holes, telling him, "You've had your coffee ration for this week, Robespierre!" Daffy then hands him his own card - a piece of flypaper, which he sticks right in the manager's face. To add further injury, Daffy later takes it back.
* [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Bart Simpson]] once gave his sister a card. She then points out that he lives in the same house and he makes a note to order fewer cards in future.
** In another episode where Bart becomes an emancipated minor, he meets Tony Hawk, who offers his card by tossing it forward and having it weave impossibly through the air until it reaches Bart's hand. Then Hawk realizes it was an outdated card and recalls it in a reverse playback of the event.
** In ''yet'' another episode, Homer and some of his buddies become celebrated firemen. Because of this, Moe prints himself new business cards, stating "Moe Szyslak, Hero" - onto the backside of his old cards, which say [[CardCarryingVillain "Moe Szyslak, Villain"]], complete with a picture of Moe as DastardlyWhiplash.
** In "Bart Gets Hit By a Car", Lionel Hutz gave homer a business card that "turns into a sponge" when wet.
** When Goose Gladwell gave his business card to Bart, Goose realized the card was outdated so he tried to write the new number on it only to learn the pen was out of ink. Since the pen had the number written on it, Goose would have given Bart the pen but then he realized it was the old number.
* ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'':
** In "The Looney Beginning", Plucky presents his card to Buster and Babs when he auditions to be a part of their show.
** In "Gang Busters", after Buster cleared his name and Montana Max was arrested, Max asked for a lawyer. Plucky showed up and gave him his card, much to Monty's chagrin.
** The episode, "Sepulveda Boulevard" has two of these scenes. The first is when Plucky takes over as the voiceover, much to Monty's chagrin. Plucky presents his "Voice-over Union" Membership card to Monty. Later, Monty presents his "Cartoon Writer" card ([[StealingTheCredit with Mike Maltese's name crossed out and his name in its place]]) to Elmyra when she needs help rewriting her script.
** The episode, "Washingtoon" has the villainous MoralGuardian displaying her card to Buster, which proudly displays her rear end.
* In ''WesternAnimation/Shrek2'', the Fairy Godmother's business card is also a means of communicating with her, although when they try to use it they are connected to her answering service.
* To show what a refined Brazilian gentleman he is, [[Disney/SaludosAmigos José Carioca]] introduces himself to Donald with a card. Donald mispronounces the entire thing, requiring José to read it out loud for him.
** Donald then gives José his card: an [[IncrediblyLamePun ace of spades]] with "WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck, Hollywood" written on the back.
* The card of an [[ExecutiveMeddling complaining executive]] on an episode of ''[[WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends U.S. Acres]]'':
[[{{Sting}} DA DUM!]]\\
* Crosses into FourthWall territory in an old ''RaggedyAnn'' Christmas special, where antagonist Alexander Graham Wolf introduces himself directly to the viewer, with a closeup of his business card.
* When first meeting Mikey Simon in ''WesternAnimation/KappaMikey'', Ozu presents him with a card that says, "I HATE CARDS!!"
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'': Zoidberg's business card is just a chunk of cardboard with ZOIDBERG written on it.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'': Denzel Crocker had a card reading "Denzel Crocker - Fifth Grade Teacher". In order to trick Timmy's Dad, he altered the card by crossing out "Crocker" and adding "Di Caprio", the name of his fake occupation and, instead of crossing out "Fifth Grade Teacher", he added [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial "and not a"]] before it.
* From the Halloween episode of ''WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain'', [[DealWithTheDevil "Mister Itch: Proprietor of Wayward Souls."]]
* ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'': In "The Main Man", when Superman demands to know the name of the interstellar bounty hunter shooting up a Metropolis police station, Lobo answers, "Oh, I'm sorry; My Card", and promptly delivers a [[MegatonPunch right hook]] that sends the Man of Steel flying.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* In Japan, exchanging business cards is SeriousBusiness. There's a fairly specific etiquette for receiving a business card. One must take with both hands, make a show of reading it in front of the person, and then put it in card carrier or wallet. People often exchange business cards when they first meet. This is because of how the Japanese language is structured. A name could be written using several different characters. Without seeing it written, it's difficult to know how to write someone's name.
* It was very fashionable during the Victorian era to have printed cards with your name and title. Setting up a social visit required a rather elaborate two-step-shuffle where you would go to the other person's door and leave your card; then, if the other person wanted to see you, he (or more likely his servant) would come to your house and leave his card, and only then can you write to set up the actual meeting. Laura Ingalls Wilder described in her books how upon being introduced to her future husband Almanzo Wilder, they exchanged cards.
* Creator/PhilipJoseFarmer had a business card that described him as an "Unreal Estate Agent and Stock Baroquer", claimed to have choice lots available in "{{Ruritania}}, [[Creator/JamesBranchCabell Poictesme]], [[Creator/KurtVonnegut Illium]], [[Franchise/CthulhuMythos R'lyeh]], [[Literature/JohnCarterOfMars Barsoom]], Literature/MiddleEarth, [[Myth/RobinHood Hallamshire]], and [[Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz Oz]]", offered shares in the "[[Franchise/DocSavage Hidaglo]] Trading Company", and said he could be reached care of "[[Franchise/{{Tarzan}} Lord Greystoke]], Nairobi, Kenya".
* Voldi Way of WayForwardTechnologies likes to play with this trope. His actual title, as printed on his business cards, is ''"Tyrannical Overlord"'' instead of "Founder and CEO".
* Upon discovering that his son was the gay lover of Creator/OscarWilde, the Marquess of Queensbury stormed into Wilde's club to confront him. However, Wilde was not there and Queensbury settled for leaving his card with a message accusing Wilde of being a "posing somdomite" [sic]. This led to the infamous libel case, which ended with Wilde being sent to Reading Gaol for homosexuality, which probably contributed to his early death.
* For a while, Mark Zuckerberg's official business card read ''"I'm the CEO, [[ThisIsForEmphasisBitch Bitch]]."''
* Infamous hacker-turned-security-consultant Kevin Mitnick's business card [[https://www.mitnicksecurity.com/shopping/kevin-mitnick-lock-pick-business-card doubles as a lockpicking kit]].
* [[UsefulNotes/TwoWayRadio Ham radio operators]] have something called QSL Cards. These cards contain, at a minimum, the operator's callsign and some basic information about their radio station, such as the location they operate from. When two hams contact each other, it is traditional for them to trade cards (usually by mail, although in the information age, electronic versions are common) with details of their contact. At a minimum, this information is expected to include the date and time they made contact, the frequency they contacted each other on, and their signal report (how loud and how clear they heard the other person). These cards can be used as proof for various achievements (such as contacting a radio operator on every continent), or just to collect. It's also pretty common for each ham to make their card as unique as possible, containing photos of their operating location, funny cartoons, or other assorted things.
** Naturally, some hams also have regular business cards with the same information for face-to-face meetings. These are called "Eyeball QSL Cards." If you're curious, "QSL" is a ham radio shorthand meaning a verified two-way contact.