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->'''Client:''' Aren't there more cards than that in a Tarot deck?\\
'''Reader:''' Usually, but in a portentous moment you don't want 'Three of Cups' or something. I got rid of everything except 'Death' and 'The Lovers'.
-->-- ''Webcomic/{{Oglaf}}'', "Cartomancy"

Originally created for European gambling games, the Tarot deck has now become almost synonymous with fortune telling and prophecy. For info on what the cards actually mean, see UsefulNotes/TarotCards.

But what is the point of all that? Isn't it more fun for a writer to use them to [[PortentOfDoom hint at terrible danger]]? After all, most people only know one Tarot card, Death, which makes an unambiguously sinister omen. As audiences grow more trope-savvy, writers instead use The Tower and/or The Hanged Man, which are often illustrated with alarming pictures, for the same purpose. [[note]]These make for good visual shorthand, but aren't quite true. One card, the Ten of Swords, ''does'' mean something like what people think Death means, but only knowledgeable Tarot readers could be expected to know that. Given that it actually ''does'' signify bad things depending on its position, one wonders why nobody ever uses the Devil.[[/note]]

Common writer tricks with the Tarot include the introduction of new cards, duplication of existing cards (usually Death), or a "good" card appearing ''reversed'', which the Tarot-reading character will explain means that the ''opposite'' will happen (i.e. another bad omen).

When themes are lifted from the Tarot but no actual reading takes place in the plot, that's TarotMotifs. See also PortentOfDoom for other ways an author can foretell danger for their characters.



[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]
* In ''Manga/CandyCandy'', Anthony's death is predicted by a fortuneteller, who repeats the lecture several times.
* Bakura in ''Anime/YuGiOh'' reads Pegasus' fortune, using Duel Monsters cards in the same fashion. When he reveals the last card ([[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Doma_the_Angel_of_Silence Doma the Angel of Silence]]), he [[spoiler:kills Pegasus and [[EyeScream takes his Millennium Eye]].]]
* In ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'', Saiou/Sartorius predicts several events with his tarot cards, including readings that include The Devil and The Tower. He also uses a deck based around TarotMotifs. Surprisingly, most of his readings are [[GeniusBonus fairly accurate]] to actual tarot, and make use of a much wider selection of the Major Arcana than you normally see. Death, The Hanged Man, and The Devil are all used correctly (to represent change, suspension, and entrapment, respectively). Even the Minor Arcana show up, though they're reserved to Spells and Traps. His Duels also tend to work as tarot readings; for instance, he uses the reversed Knight of Pentacles, upright Ten of Swords, and reversed Hanged Man against Manjoume/Chazz, reflecting that, after going through a personal crisis, his life isn't going anywhere.
* Hochin Meiru also does Tarot reading in her introductory episode of ''Anime/YuGiOhArcV''. As a MythologyGag, she actually uses the Arcana Force monsters used by Sartorius in ''GX'' instead of regular tarot cards.
* In ''Anime/TheVisionOfEscaflowne'' every episode is introduced with a Tarot card. The episode featuring the Tower card flat out spells doom.
** The other episodes feature some uncommon cards due to Hitomi using an alternate Tarot deck known as "The Merlin Tarot" and not the better known Rider-Waite Tarot deck.
* In ''Manga/SailorMoon'', a youma fortuneteller has the ability to make "The Devil" appear anywhere in the layout she likes, and has an unlimited supply of them. Magic is presumably involved.
** Also in the Stars Arc of the [[Manga/SailorMoon manga]], where the Starlights use tarot cards [[spoiler: to foretell the destruction of the ENTIRE GALAXY]] and the protagonist thinks they're just beautiful postcards.
* Nozomi in ''Anime/LoveLive'' reads tarot cards frequently, but this is mostly averted, except for when it's evoked as a joke (e.g. when they're waiting for the results of a round of the competition to come in, and they ask her what they cards say, and she just gives a gloomy look - but they make it through anyway).
* ''Anime/IlSolePenetraLeIllusioni'' has a heavy tarot theme and four tarot-using fortunetellers. So, this turns up. The first episode has things start going to shit after the main character gets "The Tower" in a tarot reading.
* In ''Manga/{{Aruosumente}}'', the Sage's Trial consists of arranging the first ten cards of the Major Arcana according to the given situation and allocating the right cards to the right people involved. Legna trying to determine who corresponds to each card takes up most of the story.
* ''Manga/CountCain'' has Merryweather, Cain's younger sister, who foretells danger with her tarot deck at various points in the series. Her readings typically reflect events surrounding Cain, both symbolically and, in some cases (such as in ''The Hanged Man''), literally.

[[folder: ComicBooks ]]
* ''ComicBook/{{Promethea}}'':
** Averted when the magician Jack Faust realistically, if improbably, turns up the Ten of Swords, the Tower and the Aeon (a.k.a. Judgment), the three most potentially ominous cards in the deck.
** Averted again in one issue where Promethea receives a lesson in the Major Arcana of the tarot. Creator/AlanMoore uses the images and meanings of the cards to illustrate human (or at least ''European'') history.
* An issue of the ''ComicBook/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica'' comic book had them battling the actual characters of the Tarot, summoned by their enemy, Amos Fortune. They curse each hero with a weakness based on his or her respective personality. Of course, in the end not only do they free themselves, but Fortune [[HoistByHisOwnPetard ends up trapped inside The Tower card]].
* The original ''ComicBook/TheBooksOfMagic'' miniseries featured main character Tim Hunter getting a basic four card spread telling from ComicBook/MadameXanadu.
* ''Comicbook/{{Lucifer}}'' goes to get a foretelling done by a FallenAngel who created the original Tarot set. Unfortunately, they've become sentient and too powerful for said angel to control. The cards escape and begin to wreak havoc by speaking to and manipulating people who correspond to their archetypes.
* Deathlok in ''Comicbook/{{ABC Warriors}}'' is fond of using the tarot to see the future. As is common, he mostly draws aces and major arcana, but in his introductory duel, he drew the 10 of Swords ("a bad omen") for Hammerstein.

[[folder: Fanfic ]]
* ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'' has Trelawney give Harry a ten card reading with a magical tarot deck - the difference being that the faces of the Major Arcana change in response to the subject of the reading - in chapter 66, with the last card, Judgement, causing Harry to freak out spectacularly because [[spoiler: it depicts him as the Dark Phoenix]]. And unnervingly, most of it has so far come true.
* In the [=MSTing=] of ''Literature/TheEyeOfArgon'', Crow draws the Death card not one, not two, but ''nine'' times (once reversed, which Servo says "pretty much still means death"). And a [[MagicTheGathering Tor Giant]].
* When [[FanFic/UltimateSpiderWoman Mary Jane Watson]] visits her former enemy Tarot in prison, Tarot offers to give her a reading. Although reluctant at first, Mary Jane eventually agrees and Tarot performs a card reading for her. A variant occurs in that the results are not deadly but instead allude to Mary Jane's HiddenDepths, which comes as much of a surprise to Tarot as it does to Mary Jane herself.
* In a flashback in ''Fanfic/BlueSky'', the Oracle Turret gives a Tarot reading for Wheatley when he crosses her path unexpectedly. She dubs him TheFool, and predicts that he will "rise above us all." Her words more or less prompt Wheatley to instigate the events of ''VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}.''
** She also dubs Chell "Strength" (a card usually depicting a woman grabbing a lion by the mouth) and [=GLaDOS=] "The Empress".
* In ''FanFic/JusticeSocietyOfJapan'', a fortune teller [[spoiler:(actually Morgaine Le Fey)]] gives Milly Ashford an ominous reading that involves Death, The Tower, and the 10 of Swords, properly explaining what each of these cards mean; a metamorphosis in the recent past, a disaster in the present, and complete destruction in the future. [[spoiler: This seems to ring true; in a previous chapter, Milly underwent a literal metamorphosis in a previous chapter and gets kidnapped later on in the chapter she gets her fortune read. Only time will tell if that last card will be true.]]
* ''Fanfic/PonyPOVSeries'':
** In the Shining Armor arc, a fortune teller does a reading for several characters. For Princess Cadence, she gets three Temperance cards in a row, which freaks out the teller because her deck was supposed to only have one of each card. Cadence is literally the AnthropomorphicPersonification of Temperance, Harmony, and Music. For Minuette, she gets The Devil, The High Priestess, and Death. This represents how [[spoiler:Minuette used to be the villain known as [[Series/DoctorWho The Master]], but turned into a female pony with [[AmnesiacDissonance no memory of his evil]], then eventually made a positive change in her life by completely destroying The Master's personality to stop him from coming back]]. For Dima, she gets The Magician, The Chariot, and The Hanged Man. This represents how [[spoiler:he used to be manipulated, but will perform a HeroicSacrifice to help defeat Makarov]]. For Shining Armor, she gets three blank cards in a row, which again freaks her out. Shining is ImmuneToFate.
** During Queen Chrysalis' origin story, she went to a teller. The teller does several readings and repeatedly draws The Lust, alternately called The Hunger, which represents how Chrysalis is an EmotionEater who feeds on love. This freaks out the teller because she had been using an ordinary deck and The Lust came from a different version, and she was sure not to mix them up.
* In ''Fanfic/FateGenesis'', Amy Rose tries to use her Tarot cards to find Sonic, as the fortune she got helped them meet on Little Planet. However, she ends up getting the same fortune each time she shuffles the deck; That a great mistake is being made. [[spoiler: We then cut to Shinji foolishly telling Eggman about the Holy Grail, in the hopes of using the doc's weapons to beat the other Masters.]]

[[folder: Films -- Animated ]]
* In ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog,'' [[EvilSorcerer Doctor Facilier]] reads Naveen and Lawrence's fortunes. Though no cards are named, we clearly see TheFool, Three of Pentacles, and the Tower in Naveen's hand, while Lawrence is almost a replica of Ten of Wands - mirroring their situations in life perfectly. And it gets better. Naveen's hand also shows a card of himself between two lovely ladies, which resembles [[TarotMotifs The Lovers.]] However, the number itself on the card is XV - the number of the Devil, symbolizing temptation and a need for self-control.[[note]]And the Devil illustration traditionally shows two other figures in the background, a corrupted version of the Lovers.[[/note]] Next the card flips into something with a IX on it, probably the Nine of Pentacles (physical independence from marrying a wealthy woman). [[ShownTheirWork It all works, and it's not a little delightful.]]

[[folder: Films -- Live-Action ]]
* In the movie version of ''Film/LiveAndLetDie'', Film/JamesBond uses a tarot deck consisting of nothing but ''The Lovers'' to seduce Solitaire.
** Played straight when Solitaire reads of James Bond's arrival in the cards.
-->''A man comes. He travels quickly. He has purpose. He comes over water. He travels with others. He will oppose. He brings violence and destruction.''
* The opening scene of ''Film/CleoFrom5To7'' is a tarot reading in which the final card drawn is, of course, Death.
* Blink and you'll miss it, but there's a bit in ''Film/{{Tombstone}}'' where the wife of one of the Earp brothers is having her fortune read soon after the famous [[BlastOut Showdown at the O.K. Corral]]. The fortune has a number of ominous cards being drawn, including Death and The Tower. That same night the Cowboys attempt to assassinate the Earps and attack their wives as well.
* The final segment of the anthology horror film ''Film/{{Death 4told}}'' is about a fortune teller whose card readings keep ending with a Death card - and not the Death card that is a normal part of the deck (which she finds when she checks), but a new card with art that perfectly predicts the imminent death of the subject. Naturally, the last reading is her own.
* In ''Film/TheLifeAndDeathOfPeterSellers'', when Sellers consults psychic Maurice Woodruff a tarot reading is part of the consultation; the Fool is the card that comes up for him. As the movie sees Sellers as more ''foolish'' than ''Fool'', the filmmakers might not have been aware of the positive connotations of the card.
* In ''Film/TheRedViolin'', tarot cards are used to predict the fate of a violin.
* In ''Film/SherlockHolmesAGameOfShadows'', Holmes gives Simza Heron a fortune reading with her own cards that ends with a Devil card, to inform her that her brother is working for Moriarty.
* In ''Film/HenryAndJune'', a tarot reading is in progress at the party where June returns. They turn up the Death card and June quite correctly points out "That could be good luck, too." It's not, though.
* In ''Film/TheImaginariumOfDoctorParnassus'', the Doctor performs a Tarot reading that includes the Devil (who's currently harassing him in the person of Mr. Nick), the Wheel of Fortune (probably representing the Doctor's new [[DealWithTheDevil bet with the devil]]), and the Hanged Man-- Tony is promptly introduced in the next scene having been hanged by his neck off a bridge (he gets better).
* In ''Film/NowAndThen'', twelve-year-old Samantha Albertson and her three best friends come to believe they have resurrected the spirit of a boy named 'Dear Johnny' they tried to contact during a seance in the local cemetery (through a variety of circumstances, mainly a thunderstorm striking just as they finish the seance and then later finding his tombstone cracked down the middle) and embark on a mission to find out how he died. They visit a local fortune teller who through the use of tarot cards determine he was murdered. They later learn this to be in fact true, as they come across newspaper clippings in Samantha's late grandfather's scrapbooks which tell them Dear Johnny was murdered along with his mother in an apparent home robbery gone wrong.
* In ''Film/TouchOfEvil'' Hank Quinlan's professional psychic girlfriend Tanya (played by Creator/MarleneDietrich) does a reading for him in the movie's final act. He gets ''nothing but'' Death cards.
* In ''Film/TheLastWitchHunter'', Axe and Cross uses Tarot to determine whether the suspect is guilty. In this case, the trouble comes from the fact that they determine him to be guilty, but acting alone, while the latter clearly isn't the case.

[[folder: Literature]]
* The Trumps in Creator/RogerZelazny's ''Literature/ChroniclesOfAmber'' series mostly just ''look'' like Tarot cards (they're actually a communication/transportation device), but there are times when one or another of the characters uses them for fortune-telling. It's usually downplayed by the character doing it as something to pass the time or help focus their thoughts ("Oh, Benedict, I hadn't thought about him, I wonder how he will react to my latest Secret Plan") as opposed to something they really believe in, though.
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':
** Cutwell manages to draw several Death cards in ''Discworld/{{Mort}}'', while trying to do a reading for Princess Keli. (And although he makes a point of mentioning that the Death card doesn't necessarily mean actual ''death'', in her case it really does -- although not in quite the way you're probably thinking.)
-->'''Cutwell''': Ah, you see the Death card doesn't mean death in all cases...
-->'''Princess Keli''': You mean it doesn't mean death in cases where the client is getting over-excited and you don't want to tell them the truth?
** A wise woman does a caroc (the Disc version of tarot) reading on Twoflower in ''Discworld/TheColourOfMagic'', but the cards have the wrong (but plot-relevant) images.
* In ''Literature/HarryPotter'', this is done also with the Tower, and pretty instant too. Professor Trelawney draws the "Lightning-Struck Tower", which is what the Tower card traditionally depicts, and interprets it as a bad omen, which is its traditional reading. However, Harry ignores her predictions because A: she's been predicting his death for years and B: [[spoiler:he's far more interested in what she says about Snape]]. Later, there ''is'' a chapter called the Lightning-Struck Tower, and [[spoiler:a fatal disaster does indeed take place]].
* In ''Literature/JonathanStrangeAndMrNorrell'', Mr. Childermass, servant of the titular Mr. Norrell, and Vinculus, a street magician, do tarot readings for each other and Mr Norrell. Childermass does a competent, if rather orthodox, reading; Vinculus does an astoundingly accurate reading he doesn't know how to interpret; then they both try Norrell and get repeated Emperor cards which look more and more like the Raven King.
* "Only the End of the World Again" by Creator/NeilGaiman: The lycanthropic protagonist gets a tarot card reading and the fortuneteller pulls out a Werewolf card (not in the standard deck) and a Cthulhu card (also not in the deck). The rest are plain cardboard.
* Even the "lots of Deaths" version is not always used for comedy purposes. In the ''Literature/BlackLondon'' books, Jack Winter gets a reading from a gifted reader. She ends up possessed, and that which possesses her makes all the cards some variation of "nothing but your death awaits you".
* In ''Literature/TheDarkswordTrilogy'', Joram's reading reflects the prophecy: Death, King Of Swords, Death reversed. The man doing the reading is confused because this deck shouldn't be the crooked one.
* ''The Literature/{{Illuminatus}} Trilogy'' talks about tarot for a great length, and discusses the importance of the symbolism.
* An anthology of ''ComicBook/TheSandman'' short stories had one character doing a reading involving "The King of Anchors", "Hiroshima", "Little Nell", and the like. Justified because said character was Delirium.
** Made more absurd by the fact that her deck was made up of one card, the imagery of which changed every time it was flipped over.
* Creator/TimPowers's ''Literature/LastCall'' is ''all'' about the power of the Tarot. The main character ends up at risk of losing both body and soul due to a card game from years ago, and goes to Tarot readers at two points for an answer of how to get out of it. The first reader, an amateur, gets three cards in before a sudden rain storm descends on Las Vegas, then says he's quitting the business because he'll never be able to read the Tarot again, as the cards will now be reading ''him''.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Ravenloft}}'' novel ''Vampire Of The Mists'' featured a [[FriendlyNeighbourhoodVampire tragic and remorseful vampire]] getting an accurate Tarot reading. (True to form, though, it does include the Death card, which signifies his present). The final card is The Sun. This is an extra hard knife twisting, since he used to worship a sun god when he was alive, and has missed it desperately through his centuries as an undead. [[spoiler:At the end of the story he willingly walks into the dawn rather than be used and manipulated by the Dark Powers that control Ravenloft.]]
** [[spoiler: Later materials establish this as a case of YankTheDogsChain, as the Dark Powers prevent Jander's death and deposit him elsewhere. They don't like to let go of their toys.]]
*** Or they [[spoiler:[[AlternateCharacterInterpretation don't want their champions committing suicide.]]]]
* In ''Literature/TheHouseOnMangoStreet'', in the chapter “Elenita, Cards, Palm, Water”, Esperanza has her fortune told by the neighborhood "witch woman." This includes scrying and a tarot reading, although the cards the narrator describes don't suggest any [[TarotMotifs actual tarot cards]].
** Maybe they're ''Loteria'' cards instead?
* TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} prominently features cartomancy on several occasions, typically using a deck developed sometime in the distant future:
** In two Literature/HorusHeresy short stories, ''The Dark King'' and ''The Lightning Tower'' Konrad Curze and Rogal Dorn both get a strangely similar card reading, featuring The Moon, The Martyr and the Monster (this Tarot has a number of unconventional cards), as well as The Emperor and The Dark King (which both take to mean The Emperor and Curze respectively) and finishing with the obligatory Death card for Curze (who believes this means he will die by the Emperor's hand) and the titular Lightning Tower for Dorne - achievement at a high price. For the reader who knows the outcome of these stories, several obvious meanings present themselves.
** In Graham [=McNeill=]'s ''The Killing Ground'' the Grey Knight Leodegarius uses this to predict the character and fate of several people involved in a really messy situation on a planet. Exiled Ultramarine Uriel Ventris also ends up with Lightning struck Tower as his card, and is even referred to as the ''Sentinel of the Tower'' on several later occasions. Other cards drawn include The Hierophant, The Sorceror and Justice. No Death card this time.
* ''Literature/DuneMessiah'' mentions the fact that Paul's reign has caused a massive resurgence in interest in the tarot, especially a brand new deck designed with symbolism relevent to him in mind. While Paul dismisses this trend, it turns out to be a plot point; the conspiracy against him started the trend in the hopes that the massive amount of low-level prescience would cause enough static to throw Paul's accuracy off slightly.
* Creator/TSEliot's ''Literature/TheWasteLand'' features a tarot reading by Madame Sosostris, "the wisest woman in Europe,/With a wicked pack of cards". Eliot makes up most of his (ominous-sounding) card names (the Drowned Phoenician Sailor, Belladonna), and includes a blank card, which Madame Sosostris says represents something "which I am forbidden to see". (Some versions of Death ''are'' blacked out, but whether Eliot knew or cared is doubtful.)
* In Creator/PatriciaAMcKillip's "The Fortune-Teller", Merle uses the stolen cards to fake a fortune. It does not sound like a conventional deck, but then Merle is faking all her knowledge with deliberate purpose to reassure.
* In Creator/SusanDexter's ''The True Knight'', Galvin had been reading swords before Wren found Titch, unconscious in the snow. He tells her that he had just read the nine of swords, suffering and desolation, and the ten, for disaster. (Which is accurate.)
* A major part of ''Literature/TheRavenCycle'', since the heroine's mother is a professional psychic. Many of the main characters ask for tarot readings when they're in trouble and need guidance.
* In ''Literature/{{Pact}}'', the Behaim circle and Duchamp coven use the Tarot as a means of augury to analyze their enemies Rose and Blake Thorburn, the heirs to a powerful [[TheLegionsOfHell diabolist]] and their enemies. Rose receives the Hanged Man, drawn from the right hand, and the Chariot drawn from the left hand, while Blake receives the Fool and the High Priestess, respectively. A fellow practitioner later explains to Blake that these are symbolic of the way that the two of them go about life, with right hand being most common and left hand being what might come out under pressure and during their darkest moments.
* In ''Literature/VampireAcademy'', Rose sits through two tarot readings. Her cards tend to appear ominously reversed.
* In the ''Literature/JacobsLadderTrilogy'', Jacob Dust performs a tarot reading for Samael using a special deck with six suites. When Samael questions whether Dust believes in fortunetelling, Dust responds that he believes in stacking the deck.
* The Deck of Dragons in the ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'' is this in general, as a two-way mirror that gives insight into the workings of gods and acsendants. An especially intense reading is presented in ''Literature/DustOfDreams'': Fiddler is forced to do a reading of the Deck in the beginning of the book. It is implied that this isn't a simple reading, but more like an active call on ancient gods who promptly mark their players. By throwing the people attending the meeting across the room.
* There are two readings in ''[[Literature/{{Lyra}} The Raven Ring]]'', using the Lyran version of the Tarot deck. One uses the cliche "ominous-sounding cards every time", including a fake "Shadow Mage" card, and turns out to be a mismanaged attempt to magically doom Eleret so the villain can steal her ring. The other is a more [[InfoDump informative]] reading with the intent of learning about her situation, coupled with a scrying spell that gives her dream-like visions about each card's meanings.
* In ''Literature/YouKnowMeWell'', Mark and Kate receive a joint reading that features the reversed World, the Eight of Swords, and the Tower. Both the physical descriptions of the cards and their interpretations are [[ShownTheirWork faithful to the real deal]]. The reader even says, "But after the tower burns to the ground, and you've picked yourselves up off the rocks, and the fire ends and the night passes, it's going to be morning again," [[GeniusBonus possibly a reference]] to the progression from the Tower to the Star, the Moon, and the Sun.

[[folder: Live Action TV ]]
* Turns up in ''Series/{{Chucklevision}}''.
* The first episode of ''Series/FatherTed'' has several Death cards. The fortune teller lampshades that this shouldn't be possible, since there's only supposed to be one Death card in the set.
* Averted in an episode of ''Series/{{Castle}}'', when Castle has to reassure Becket that the Death card only means change.
* From the TV series ''Series/{{Reaper}}'': VillainOfTheWeek tarot reader lady understood that Sam is working for Satan by drawing several devil cards in a row.
* Used in one episode of ''Series/{{Degrassi}}'', using accurate descriptions from the major arcana. As with most fortune telling aspects in serials, they're generally true until the end - specifically until they lie about the meaning of one of the readings.
* ''Series/DropTheDeadDonkey'' had Dave get Damien to do a reading for him, leading to this exchange (and a possible reference to the [[ShownTheirWork Ten of Swords]]):
-->'''Dave''': ''What's that card?''\\
'''Damien''': ''Death.''\\
'''Dave''': ''And that one?''\\
'''Damien''': ''The Hanged Man.''\\
'''Dave''': ''I'm not sure I like the look of that one with all the swords, either.''
* Of ''course'' when Temperance Brennan gets a tarot card reading on ''Series/{{Bones}}'', the cards drawn include the Lovers and her own name card.
* ''Series/ThatsMyBush'' had the "Gay" card come up in every reading.
* In ''Series/TheCrowStairwayToHeaven'' a flashback shows [[StarcrossedLovers Eric and Shelley]] at a fair getting their fortune told by a gypsy woman. she has them each choose a single card from her tarot deck. Shelley chooses The Lovers, but the gypsy woman refuses to let them see the card Eric selected, gives them their money back and asks them to leave. It's later revealed that he--of course--chose the Death card.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS15E3ImageOfTheFendahl Image of the Fendahl]]" showed a couple of Tarot spreads in progress: yep, Death ''and'' the Tower make appearances.
** In "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS25E4TheGreatestShowInTheGalaxy The Greatest Show in the Galaxy]]", when Morgana offers to tell the Doctor his future she draws The Hanged Man card from her tarot deck. This serves as {{Foreshadowing}} to a later scene where the Doctor is hanged from a rope by his ankles while performing an escapology trick.
* ''Series/TheLastDetective'' episode "Dangerous and the Lonely Hearts". Dangerous draws the Hanged Man, which the script implies is a dire portent; it's actually associated with transformation (like much-maligned Death) and hard-earned wisdom.
* Captain Jack Harkness gets a reading in flashback in the ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' episode "Fragments".
* As part of the bachelorette party in ''Series/HarpersIsland'', the girls visit a fortune teller who gives them all Tarot readings. During the preparations for the party, CreepyChild Madison steals the Tower card, which she interprets as "Someone is going to die." During the party itself, the bride Trish is given the Death card, which the fortune teller interprets as "A betrayal by someone close to you."
* The killer in ''Series/TheXFiles'' episode "Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose", who is obsessed with psychics, goes to a tarot-card reader. He's about to leave when the reader informs him there's one card left. He replies "no, that card doesn't belong to me. It's for you", and turns over the Death card before killing him.
* An episode of ''Series/TalesFromTheDarkside'' focused on a tarot reader unexpectedly being tricked into owning a set of cursed cards that always make grim, inevitable predictions. The woman finds the previous "owner" who explains the only way she can get rid of the deck is to have some other reader take possession of them. So she goes to another fortune teller and switches decks. [[spoiler: However, the woman should've waited until ''after'' her reading was done to make the switch. She ends up dying, and now some other unfortunate woman is stuck with the cursed cards.]]
* ''Series/MurdochMysteries'': In the episode "Blood and Circuses", Murdoch is investigating the death of a lion tamer and is particularly frustrated by the fortune teller's refusal to answer questions directly. The woman prefers to communicate using her cards and refers to their predictive power, despite Murdoch's objections that he doesn't believe in such things. Crabtree insists her prognostications are valuable, and eventually Murdoch goes along with her conversational style to get information out of her. Interestingly, her cards sometimes need to be taken literally: as the deaths continue among the circus performers, she produces first [[spoiler: the magician]] card and later [[spoiler: the Queen of Swords]], which refer to people involved in the murders. Murdoch also gets two contradictory predictions about his love-life, which the fortuneteller explains away by saying the future isn't fixed.
* Parodied in the ''[[Series/{{MASH}} M*A*S*H]]'' episode "Hawkeye Get Your Gun". Klinger, in yet another attempt to get discharged, pretends to be a gypsy and at one point offers to give BJ a Tarot reading about the missing Hawkeye and Col. Potter's fate. He pulls five cards from an ordinary ''Poker'' deck, announcing each one with a flourish... then breaks character as he realizes in amazement that he just dealt himself a ''Straight.''

[[folder: Music]]
* The video for Music/PoetsOfTheFall's "[[https://youtu.be/MKk1u5RMTn4?list=PLjACqN5i5sDWIIpg-5EB4WcitMMqnXhFP Carnival of Rust]]" has Zoltar, the fortune-telling automaton at a [[CircusOfFear Carnival of Fear]], give his [[PostApocalypticGasMask gas-masked]] customer a tarot reading via a pair of trivision-style prismatic signs flanking his case. He considers her "The Star," a good-hearted MessiahFigure, but the second card he pulls (complete with electric guitar ScareChord) is one of its opposites, The Nine of Swords, symbolizing anguish, despair and being trapped. On doing this, he begins the song's chorus, a blatant demand that she love him or he'll be stuck there, all but confirming he's tainting the reading with his desperate WishfulProjection.

[[folder: Tabletop Games]]
* The Tarot is used extensively in ''TabletopGame/SeventhSea''.
** In-universe, it is popular with the aristocracy of all nations, but in Vodacce (a FantasyCounterpartCulture for Renaissance Italy), the Tarot is a key tool used by the Fate Witches as part of their magic.
** As part of character creation, players are encouraged to have the GM do a Tarot reading for their characters. Cards that determine the past and present are used to flesh-out character background (sometimes giving the character bonus advantages as part of that) while the "future" card gives the player and the GM ideas for future stories involving that character.
* TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} has the Emperor's Tarot, which uses a similar deck structure to modern day tarot but with different cards. In-universe belief says that it's possible for anyone to use the deck to generate accurate predictions (with their faith in the Emperor allowing him to guide their hands) but in practice only [[PsychicPowers psykers]] have been shown to actually provide semi-accurate (although not always clear) predictions.
** This is a ShoutOut to the variant Tarot mentioned in ''Literature/DuneMessiah''.
* ''TabletopGame/WraithTheOblivion'': ''Mediums: Speakers with the Dead'' has a sidebar about the vampire Antonio Giovanni, who decided to perform one of his infrequent Tarot readings... and drew nine copies of the Hanged Man from a deck he knew only had one, scaring him senseless. When he was subsequently invited to be a candidate for the Ebon Bench, governing body of the necromantic Orphic Circle, he refused the invitation, suspecting the reading foretold doom for the nine members of the Ebon Bench, and practically wore out his deck seeing if it would happen again - which it hadn't, by the time of the book. (According to later ''TabletopGame/OldWorldOfDarkness'' books, things indeed didn't go well for the Orphic Circle - albeit not in the way Antonio had thought.)

[[folder: Theatre ]]
* In ''Theatre/{{Carmen}}'', Frasquita, Mercedes and Carmen tell their fortunes with cards. The cards for Carmen spell death. She says that no matter what the cards say, you can redraw and get a different fate, as long as it isn't death. If the cards say death, you're certainly doomed. This may be what makes her decide to meet her {{Yandere}} alone - if YouCantFightFate, might as well look it right in the eye.

[[folder: Video Games ]]
* ''VideoGame/TheCurseOfMonkeyIsland'' has Guybrush Threepwood draw ''five Death cards in a row'', which confuses and alarms the fortuneteller. Threepwood also comments how there should be only one. [[spoiler:He later uses them to cheat at poker.]]
** ''VideoGame/TalesOfMonkeyIsland'' has [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep The Voodoo Lady]] do a Tarot reading at the start of most chapters to recap the story so far. However, she pulls cards that aren't actually in standard tarot deck. For example, in recapping Episode 1, she draws "[[BroughtDownToNormal The Transformation]]", "[[MadScientist The Scientist]]", and "[[HatePlague Disease]]", among others.
* In ''VideoGame/MaxPayne'' Max finds a hand of tarot cards on a table in Don Punchinello's mansion: The Tower, The Devil, and Death. Max interprets The Tower as representing the mansion, The Devil as Don Punchinello, and Death as Max himself.
** Of course, after the Punchinello Manor, we meet Nicole Horne, and the final fight takes place in her gigantic MegaCorp tower of [[DoomyDoomsOfDoom doom]], with Nicole being more of a [[BigBad devil]] than Punchinello ever was. Max still might count as Death though, being the change card. The only problem is that he potentially changes the world for the worse.
** Although Max's reading is amateurish and inaccurate, the real meaning of these cards for him is also true. The Tower card is his past, with all the dead family and ruined life. The Devil is his present, a fight with his enemies. Death is his future, meaning an epiphany and finally getting rid of his massive guilt complex (at least, until the second game).
* In ''VideoGame/{{Fahrenheit}}'', Carla and an old friend break out a tarot deck for fun. The entire event is scripted, rapidly becoming a total mood-killer as Carla's predicted future becomes more grim with each card turned over.
** If you walk into the event with a low SanityMeter, this might well ''kill'' Carla - she loses twenty points over the course of the reading.
* Averted in ''VideoGame/QuestForGloryIV'', which actually had pretty accurate Tarot readings. However, it did create a fictional Void card to show the influence of the monster, which becomes more and more common as the game progresses, to the point where the gypsy is drawing nothing but Void cards near the end.
** From the LetsPlay:
-->'''Gypsy:''' At the moment, every card I draw is the Void, and I can get no clear answers.\\
'''Hero:''' Why do you have so many Voids in your deck?\\
'''Gypsy:''' I don't.\\
'''Hero:''' [[OhCrap Ooh.]]
* In ''VisualNovel/{{Clannad}}'' (VisualNovel), Ryou receives a deck of tarot cards as a present and her predictions instantly went from "hilariously dead-on in setting but completely wrong in result" to just "dead-on". Eventually, one of her predictions with the cards helped to bring about the conclusion of the route.
* Averted in ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'', ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' and ''VideoGame/{{Persona 5}}'', where tarot cards are a central motif and ''always'' depicted accurately. There's even a series of school lectures in the former running down the meaning of each card.
** What's also interesting is that the start of [[VideoGame/{{Persona 4}} the 4th game]], Igor does a brief tarot reading drawing the Moon and the Tower card. He basically tells you of an impending catastrophe and if you want to find out what the hell is going on and why, you're always going to be one step behind on your search for the truth.
* ''[[VideoGame/TheRoomMobileGame The Room 2]]'' features a tarot deck illustrated in a [[TheGayNineties Gay 90s]]/SteamPunk style. You actually have to solve several puzzles with the tarot cards, laying them down on a table to conduct a SpookySeance. Since the cards are designed specifically for the game, the deck includes a card for [[spoiler:the Null Entity, the Big Bad of the third game.]]
* ''VideoGame/TheBindingOfIsaac'' features the Major Arcana as fairly common items and a rarer deck of cards you can find and then draw from as a special move. Remembering the effects of each card is tricky, as they are usually only tangentially related to the card's associations. For example, Death is obviously a SmartBomb, but The Hermit teleporting you to the floor's shop is a bit unexpected.
* Tarot readings figure into small events in two Creator/{{Sierra}} FMV games, ''[[VideoGame/GabrielKnight The Beast Within: A Gabriel Knight Mystery]]'' and ''VideoGame/{{Phantasmagoria}}''.
* In the ''VideoGame/{{Dishonored}}'' DLC ''The Knife of Dunwall,'' player character Daud doesn't actually get a reading, but an optional objective sees him messing around symbolically with a Tarot deck. He must draw The World, place it on an altar to [[EnigmaticEmpoweringEntity the Outsider]], spatter the card with his own blood, then burn it in the hearth of an ambitious and avaricious man. In other words, Daud places a symbol of his future/ultimate reward at the feet of a strange god, coats it in blood, then allows it to be destroyed by greedy flames. Incidentally, Daud killed the Empress and threw the city into chaos using powers given to him by the Outsider on the orders of a paranoid noble trying desperately to claim control while plague ravaged the population. You might say the whole thing's been on his mind since then.
* A tarot reading in ''VideoGame/{{Curses}}'' turns up Death, The Fool, and The Drowned Sailor.
* While it is unclear just what cards turned up in her reading, ''VideoGame/SonicCD'' has Amy discover that Sonic will be on Little Planet via tarot cards.
* ''VideoGame/TwistedMetal Black'' has tarot cards show up in Raven's story. Complete with a slow-motion close-up of the Death card absolutely ''loaded'' with {{Narm}}.

[[folder: Web Comics ]]
* At the beginning of the WebOriginal/JennyEverywhere story ''[[http://TheShifterArchive.com/STORIES/MakeshiftMultiverse/index.html Makeshift Multiverse]]'', Jenny meets a fortuneteller who somehow has five World cards.
* ''WebComic/{{Housepets}}'' lampshades the common use of the Death card in [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2010/01/06/the-real-culprit/ this strip]], then uses the trope straight with the next card being The Tower.
* In an alternate ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' universe, alt-Gwynn offers to read the "main" Torg's fortune. She gasps and declares that "Death is near!" before revealing the spread: The "Death" card, followed by the "Is Near" card. Later, they attempt to play blackjack with the deck (which prophecies that Gwynn's robes will chafe forever)
** This actually turns out to be a FunnyAneurysmMoment. Near the climax of that arc, Gwynn's robes start chafing... and the story takes a very dark turn.
* In ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'', Tarvek chats with a fortune-telling robot (one-sidedly; she's mute), [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20060426 and she draws a "Whirlwind" card in response.]] Tarvek notes different possible interpretations of the card - and all of them wind up becoming true in some way or another.
-->"Huh. The Whirlwind. 'Great power at great risk.' -Or possibly, 'Beware of things underground.' -Or 'Expect an unexpected friend.' -Or even 'Learn a new piece of music.' [[SarcasmMode Thank you, O Muse of Mystery.]]"
* After failing to use a crystal ball, Jackson Adler tells Nicholas Thomas' fortune with these in [[http://thewretchedoneswebcomic.com The Wretched Ones]] (while slightly drunk). When Nicholas does not know how to reply to the fortune, Jackson tells him to keep drinking wine.
* In a ''Webcomic/BasicInstructions'' [[http://basicinstructions.net/basic-instructions/2011/8/28/how-to-discuss-a-decision-with-which-you-do-not-agree.html strip]], Rick goes to a tarot reader for advice. He got the death card and the ten of swords. Scott tries to assure him those aren't necessarily bad, but it's the "unmarked shallow grave" card - which even the card reader didn't know about - that convinced him he was doomed.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Oglaf}}'', a man is invited to draw from the "Portentous Moments" tarot deck, [[ParodiedTrope consisting of only two cards]] -- "The Lovers" and "Death". The tarot reader's explanation is that "in a portentous moment you don't want 'Three of Cups' or something." [[spoiler:Inexplicably, the Three of Cups is exactly what the man draws.]]

[[folder: Web Original ]]
* In the Literature/WhateleyUniverse, Gypsy (her codename) tries to do a reading for Carmilla with Gypsy's ancestral Tarot deck, which is alive in some way. It reacts very badly to being asked to give a reading to someone who is actually a baby [[CosmicHorror Great Old One]].
* In [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yT5sgTXeh4A one of]] ''WebVideo/LoadingReadyRun'''s Crap Shots, Alex just can't catch a break, no matter how much benefit of the doubt fortune-teller Kathleen gives his very disturbing sequence of draws.

[[folder: Western Animation ]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** Averted in the episode "Lisa's Wedding": when the Death card comes up, Lisa is terrified, but the gypsy calmly explains that Death just means change and isn't automatically a bad thing. Then she freaks out after drawing The Happy Squirrel.
** In the ''WesternAnimation/TreehouseOfHorror'' "Hex and the City", Homer destroys the room of a fortunetelling gypsy who asks herself: "Why didn't I see it coming?" Afterward, she draws the Bumbling Fool and Ruined Gypsy cards from her Tarot deck.
** This was the basis for a CouchGag where the family appears as tarot cards, with Maggie as the death card. It then turns out the gypsy from the above-mentioned segment is handing them to Grampa, who then turns the card towards her and kills her.

[[folder: Other ]]
* This Creator/StevenWright joke: "Last night I stayed up late playing TabletopGame/{{poker}} with Tarot cards. I got a full house and four people died."