The Death card usually depicts a skeleton, sometimes riding a horse but more often wielding a sickle. Surrounding it are dead and dying people from all classes, including kings, bishops and commoners. The Rider-Waite tarot deck depicts the skeleton carrying a black standard emblazoned with a white flower along with the Crashing Towers from The Moon raising with The Sun setting behind them in the background. Some decks, such as the Tarot of Marseilles, omit the name from the card. The number 13 card shows positive meaning in reverse reading .
According to Eden Gray and other authors on the subject, it is unlikely that this card actually represents a physical death. Typically it implies an end, possibly of a relationship or interest, and therefore implies an increased sense of self-awareness—not to be confused with self-consciousness or any kind of self-diminishment.
Death 13 is the name of the Mannish Boy's Stand in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, appearing as a grim reaper with a clown's face that drags its victims in its nightmares, when they go to sleep near to his user. Most of the other Stands in Part III Stardust Crusaders are also named after Tarot Cards.
In the 1996 video game Titanic: Adventure Out of Time, the player can win a Death Tarot card in a poker game. The death card serves as a free pass to the lifeboats.
In the Virtua Fighter series, Death is the name of one of the six branches of Judgment Six, the antagonistic sponsors of the fighting game series' tournaments. This particular branch manufactures atomic, biological, and chemical weapons.
In the SNES video game Ogre Battle: The March of the Black Queen, the Death Tarot card depicts a black-winged Grim Reaper skeleton wearing a tattered orange robe, holding a huge scythe and stepping forward. On drawing the card after liberation of one of the towns, it decreases the Reputation Meter by 2 points, and summons said Grim Reaper skeleton to wipe out weak enemy units, sending all the experience points from slain units to the main character when used in battle.
The American metalcore band Sworn In's debut album is named The Death Card. The album cover depicts the flower shown on the flag that the reaper carries on the cover and also features the "XIII" symbol. To coincide with the XIII theme, the album carries 13 tracks and the band also used the "XIII" symbol and the flower on much of the band's merch to promote the album.