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A character points a sword forward, either to taunt an enemy or command an army. Depending on how heavy the weapon is, this would be hard as hell to do in real life for any extended time period.

Similar with Giving Someone the Pointer Finger, only with a weapon. Overlaps with Sean Connery Is About to Shoot You when the character is facing the audience. This can also be used with Rearing Horse for extra Cool points. Compare Stab the Sky and Sword Plant.

Examples of Sword Pointing include:


  • Pretty much the default for any fencer (assuming it's portrayed properly). The same style (although the shape of the wrist means that the blade is naturally held at 45 degrees to it rather than pointed straight ahead) can be used in knife fighting where it's called the "sabre grip" amoungst other things.
  • A practical application exists in foil and sabre fencing, in the technique known as 'point-in-line'. By fully extending the sword arm and pointing the sword's tip directly at the opponent's target area[1], the user establishes attacking priority. If the user successfully lands a hit without breaking the stance and without the two blades making contact, the point is his outright, regardless of whether or not the opponent also landed a hit.
  • A two-handed version shows up in European longsword fencing, where it's known as "langenort" or the long point. It's often held such to provoke the enemy or drive them back through superior reach, but it's not relied on as a guard as it can be gotten around with certain techniques. It's usually not a starting position, though.

Anime and Manga

  • Sunrise's "Brave Perspective", which is used in almost all of the animes made by Sunrise.
  • Bleach
    • Episode 55: Ichigo does it twice to Byakuya during their duel: once while invoking his Bankai, and again just after he achieves Bankai state.
    • Episode 176: Rukia does it to Doko Jinnai, the assassin she's fighting. In the same episode Kuzuryu does it to Uryu Ishida.
    • Episode 183: Kira does this to a ninja-like opponent.
    • Episode 185: Kira to Makoto Kibune during their duel.
    • Episode 186: Ichigo to Kumoi
    • Episode 187: Ichigo to Captain Amagai
    • Episode 220: Captain Komamura does this to his Arrancar opponent Poww while unleashing his bankai.
    • Episode 234: Ichigo's hollow form does it to Muramasa while asking him who he is.
    • Episode 235: Ichigo's hollow form does it to Muramasa again, and Renji does it to his zanpakuto's spirit form.
    • Episode 241: Renji does it to Captain Kuchiki while arresting him.
    • Episode 242: Renji does it to Captain Kuchiki again while demanding that he not leave and Ikakku does it to his zanpakuto's spirit before the finale of their battle.
    • Episode 244: Captain Kuchiki's zanpakuto's spirit does it to Ichigo.
    • Episode 255: During their confrontation Ichigo and Muramasa do this to each other.
  • Chrona from Soul Eater tended to assume a stance like this (when Ragnorak took the form of a broadsword) with hir sword pointed ahead and off hand arm folded across hir chest.
  • Signum of Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha.
  • Hanaukyo Maid Tai La Verite. Konoe Tsuragi's "sister" does this twice: once to Konoe in Episode 8 while training her in sword play, and once in episode 10 to Yashima Sanae.
  • Olivier Mira Armstrong in Fullmetal Alchemist does it numerous times, even to her own subordinate once.
  • Hiei of Yu Yu Hakusho enjoys this trope.
  • Bound to happen at least once an episode in Sengoku Basara. Masamune and Yukimura particularly like to employ it.


  • Theoden uses this gesture when commanding the Rohirrim to charge during The Lord of the Rings.
  • This trailer for 300, done by Leonidas. (at 0:39)
  • In Spaceballs, Lone Starr and Dark Helmet duel with their lightsaber-like Schwartz sabers. At one point, they circle each other menacingly, sabers pointed at length, so the very tips crackle and spark when they come in contact with each other.
  • The Pirates of the Caribbean movies include too many examples to list. Ian Mcshane, playing Blackbeard in the 4th film, is particularly good at it.
  • The Matrix Reloaded. Morpheus does it to the Agent with a samurai sword while fighting him on the top of the truck.
  • Archibald Cunningham does this a few times in Rob Roy to toy with his opponent in the final duel. He holds his rapier out in front of Rob's face, and every time Rob swings his heavy claymore around to bat it away, Cunningham just flicks it right back to the same position.
  • Serenity. The Operative does this to Captain Mal when he first draws his sword during their fight in Mr. Universe's complex.
  • In The Princess Bride, Wesley uses this pose to threaten Prince Humperdink into surrendering, despite the fact that we know he's barely strong enough to stand. "Drop. Your. Sword."


  • The Wheel of Time actually establishes standard signal for "charge" as "the commander lifts his sword/spear/whatever upwards, then swings it down to point at the enemy".
  • From the Blade Of Tyshalle:

 Big Bad: ...You've learned a new trick. Come, then: Let us meet as men, standing face-to-face, for the surrender of the sword. I applaud your sense of ceremony: Grant and Lee at Appomattox Courthouse, rather than Brutus at the feet of Ant-

Caine: (points Kosall at him) You talk too fucking much. You and me, we both know what's going on here, and it has nothing to do with surrender.

Tabletop Games

  • The fourth edition essentials knight in Dungeons and Dragons has this as one of his powers to draw an enemy closer to him. It's described as challenging a specific monster and allowing his allies peer pressure to do the rest of the work.

Video Games

Web Comics

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  1. before the opponent begins an attack and while he/she is outside the user's lunging distance
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