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19th Jun '18 11:03:08 PM KBABZ
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* In ''VideoGame/GhostOfTsushima'', this is a possible opening move for Jin at the start of the battle, if the player intentionally waits for the enemy to make the first move and get in close.
12th Jun '18 1:44:59 AM Mukademaoh
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* Supernatural example in ''Manga/UshioAndTora'': Shinno, the leader of the Western Monsters, uses this style not with a katana but rather with a [[{{BFS}} massive, double-edged broadsword]]. What's more, said giant sword, called "Rubashiri", is normally invisible when "sheated", appearing in sight only when "draw".
13th May '18 9:34:37 PM Sumatris
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* Mako Mori does this in her sparring match with Raleigh Becket in ''Film/PacificRim''. She wields a quarterstaff instead of a sword, but the move set is clearly identifiable, including "re-sheating" the staff on her hip after every round. Also an example of TheCastShowoff - Creator/RinkuKikuchi is a known practitioner of the art in RealLife.

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* Mako Mori does this in her sparring match with Raleigh Becket in ''Film/PacificRim''. She wields a quarterstaff instead of a sword, but the move set is clearly identifiable, including "re-sheating" the staff on her hip after every round. Also an example of TheCastShowoff - Creator/RinkuKikuchi Creator/RinkoKikuchi is a known practitioner of the art in RealLife.
13th May '18 9:34:15 PM Sumatris
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* Mako Mori does this in her sparring match with Raleigh Becket in ''Film/PacificRim''. She wields a quarterstaff instead of a sword, but the move set is clearly identifiable, including "re-sheating" the staff on her hip after every round. Also an example of TheCastShowoff - Creator/RinkuKikuchi is a known practitioner of the art in RealLife.
16th Apr '18 12:52:54 PM bitemytail
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** In ''TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'', performing a charged attack while wielding a katana-type sword (such as the Eightfold Blade or the Windcleaver) will have Link perform a single powerful slash with the weapon from its sheath, rather than a SpinAttack like with other sword types. It isn't any more significantly powerful than a charged attack from any other weapon of similar power, however.

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** In ''TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'', ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'', performing a charged attack while wielding a katana-type sword (such as the Eightfold Blade or the Windcleaver) will have Link perform a single powerful slash with the weapon from its sheath, rather than a SpinAttack like with other sword types. It isn't any more significantly powerful than a charged attack from any other weapon of similar power, however.
27th Feb '18 2:31:32 PM Kadorhal
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* Being heavily inspired by Creator/AkiraKurosawa movies, it is no suprise that Obi-Wan shows this skill in the cantina scene in the first ''StarWars'' movie, in what is in fact the first scene ever of a lightsabre used in combat. It is after all "an elegant weapon for a more civilized age".
** It is revisited, a few years later... or earlier, actually, in Episode II. Obi Wan is "having a drink" at the bar of a club, luring his target, a female shape-shifting assassin into a false sense of security. When she comes in for the kill, Obi Wan turns around and in a split second disarms her -quite literally- with his lightsaber.

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* Being ''Franchise/StarWars'':
** The series being
heavily inspired by Creator/AkiraKurosawa movies, it is no suprise that Obi-Wan shows this skill in the cantina scene in the first ''StarWars'' movie, ''Film/ANewHope'', in what is in fact the first scene ever of a lightsabre lightsaber used in combat. It is after all "an elegant weapon for a more civilized age".
** It is revisited, a few years later... [[{{Prequel}} or earlier, earlier]], actually, in Episode II. Obi Wan is "having a drink" at the bar of a club, luring his target, a female shape-shifting assassin into a false sense of security. When she comes in for the kill, Obi Wan turns around and in a split second disarms her -quite literally- - [[AnArmAndALeg quite literally]] - with his lightsaber.



* ''StarWarsExpandedUniverse'' has Trakata, which is this style applied to lightsabers. Its point is to activate a lightsaber quickly when it's needed to deal an unblockable blow and then turn it off.
** It also takes advantage of the unique lightsaber feature that the blade can be triggered or extinguished at any point. So a {{Jedi}} using trakata can swing at an opponent and switch the saber on and off with perfect timing to pass through an opponent's defense unhindered.

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* ''StarWarsExpandedUniverse'' ''Franchise/StarWarsLegends'' (i.e. the pre-''Film/TheForceAwakens'' [[Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse Expanded Universe]]) has Trakata, which is this style applied to lightsabers. Its point is to activate a lightsaber quickly when it's needed to deal an unblockable blow and then turn it off.
** It also takes advantage of the unique lightsaber feature that the blade can be triggered or extinguished at any point. So a {{Jedi}} Jedi using trakata can swing at an opponent and switch the saber on and off with perfect timing to pass through an opponent's defense unhindered.
26th Feb '18 7:58:27 PM Kadorhal
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* Ghi Yeghi, and to that extent all Parivirs, in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsA2''.
** Takes the trope rather seriously in a sense, since the actual skill Parivirs can learn - which is aptly named the Iai Blow - is explained quite well in-game (specifically saying that the skill sheathes and draws the sword suddenly and quickly against the enemy), and has a chance to [[OneHitKill instantly kill your target]], much in the same way a real-life practitioner of Iaijutsu would if done correctly.

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* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'':
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Ghi Yeghi, and to that extent all Parivirs, in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsA2''.
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''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsA2''. It takes the trope rather seriously in a sense, since the actual skill Parivirs can learn - which is aptly named the Iai Blow - is explained quite well in-game (specifically saying that the skill sheathes and draws the sword suddenly and quickly against the enemy), and has a chance to [[OneHitKill instantly kill your target]], much in the same way a real-life practitioner of Iaijutsu would if done correctly.correctly.
** The ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy'' games reference this with the equippable ability "Iai Strike", which has a small chance (about 1 or 2 percent, before any multipliers) of instantly putting your opponent into "Break Mode" (basically rendering them unable to inflict HP damage on you until they either land another HP strike or wait it out; in either case, their Bravery points return to their default number. [[ItMakesSenseInContext It's a slightly tricky system.]]). [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyII Firion]] has this move in both games with his Swordslash Bravery Attack. Justified because [[MultiMeleeMaster each of Firion's attacks uses a different weapon]], and by drawing-and-resheathing his sword in the iaijustu style, Firion leaves his hands free to perform a different attack when Swordslash is finished. [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyV Gilgamesh]] in ''012'' also has this ability as standard, but it involves him drawing Zantetsuken (out of 8 possible weapons) with an attack, [[ConfusionFu which the player has no control over]].
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyV'' has Iainuki, the final power granted to Samurai. The move has them charge across the battlefield, presumably in a draw-and-re-sheath attack that attempts to slay all enemies instantly.
** [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI Cyan Garamonde]] has effectively the same attack as his level 8 Bushido attack, by the name of Oblivion. For bonus points, the monsters unlucky enough to be hit by it [[DiagonalCut are cloven into pieces]].
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics'' has a rather strange variation for its Samurai class, in which they draw a katana other than the one they're currently equipped with and in the process somehow cause the sword's "spirit" to be released as if it were SummonMagic. This results in some nice effects, but also runs the risk of breaking the sword.
** In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'', Yojimbo uses his wakizashi in this style.
** The ''Stormblood'' expansion for ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'' adds the Samurai class, with one of its techniques naturally being this. You can even change the effect it unleashes upon the target depending on how many combinations of other weapon skills you use before unleashing it. Just as naturally, this is also a trademark of the person who gives you the initial equipment for the class and then challenges you to a duel to test if you're worth being his student, using it no less than three times on a single reckless gladiator (once to knock him out in a prior duel after the master deems him unworthy and sheathes his sword, only to do this when the gladiator rushes him in a rage; once to cut his sword in half when he interrupts your duel to try again with his own weapon; and once to knock him out ''again'' when he and [[FlunkyBoss some of his boys]] come back after your duel for revenge, wherein the master decides to let you handle the situation, at which point they find themselves ''still'' completely outmatched, and the gladiator decides [[TooDumbToLive attacking the master who'd already shown him up twice before]] will go better than continuing to fight you).



* The ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy'' games reference this with the equippable ability "Iai Strike", which has a small chance (about 1 or 2 percent, before any multipliers) of instantly putting your opponent into "Break Mode" (basically rendering them unable to inflict HP damage on you until they either land another HP strike or wait it out; in either case, their Bravery points return to their default number. [[ItMakesSenseInContext It's a slightly tricky system.]]). [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyV Gilgamesh]] DOES have this ability as standard, but it involves him drawing Zantetsuken (out of 8 possible weapons) with an attack, [[ConfusionFu which the player has no control over]].
** Before Gilgamesh showed up in ''012'', [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyII Firion]] had this move in both games with his Swordslash Bravery Attack. Justified because [[MultiMeleeMaster each of Firion's attacks uses a different weapon]], and by drawing-and-resheathing his sword in the iaijustu style, Firion leaves his hands free to perform a different attack when Swordslash is finished.



* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyV'' has Iainuki, the final power granted to Samurai. The move has them charge across the battlefield, presumably in a draw-and-re-sheath attack that attempts to slay all enemies instantly.
** [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI Cyan Garamonde]] has effectively the same attack as his level 8 Bushido attack, by the name of Oblivion. For bonus points, the monsters unlucky enough to be hit by it [[DiagonalCut are cloven into pieces]].
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics'' has a rather strange variation for its Samurai class, in which they draw a katana other than the one they're currently equipped with and in the process somehow cause the sword's "spirit" to be released as if it were SummonMagic. This results in some nice effects, but also runs the risk of breaking the sword.
** In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'', Yojimbo uses his wakizashi in this style.
15th Jan '18 3:20:11 AM jormis29
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* This is one of the special skills on offer in the ''Literature/{{Fighting Fantasy}}'' book ''Sword of the Samurai''. It has the result that the player will automatically hit their opponent in the first round of combat and do 3 (rather than the usual 2) points of [[AC:[[{{Hit Points}} stamina]]]] damage.

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* This is one of the special skills on offer in the ''Literature/{{Fighting Fantasy}}'' book ''Sword of the Samurai''.''Literature/SwordOfTheSamurai''. It has the result that the player will automatically hit their opponent in the first round of combat and do 3 (rather than the usual 2) points of [[AC:[[{{Hit Points}} stamina]]]] damage.
12th Dec '17 7:18:27 AM secretfan14
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* The ''[[{{Webcomic/Homestuck}} Rex Duodecim Angelus]]'' fan-animation has ([[SuperSenses lega]][[IncrediblyLamePun ly-]])BlindWeaponmaster Terezi demonstrate this technique with her [[DualWielding dual]] SwordCane against the [[CombatTentacles tentacles]] of the [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever Black King]]. An interesting variation in that each sword is sheathed in the part of the cane that functions as the handle of the other, thus allowing her to make the standard (and [[RuleOfCool cool]]) motion of gripping the sheathe to draw while still [[AwesomeYetPractical leaving her holding both swords]] once she's done so.

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* The ''[[{{Webcomic/Homestuck}} Rex Duodecim Angelus]]'' fan-animation has ([[SuperSenses lega]][[IncrediblyLamePun ly-]])BlindWeaponmaster Terezi demonstrate this technique with her [[DualWielding dual]] SwordCane against the [[CombatTentacles tentacles]] of the [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever Black King]]. An interesting variation in that each sword is sheathed in the part of the cane that functions as the handle of the other, thus allowing her to make the standard (and [[RuleOfCool cool]]) motion of gripping the sheathe to draw while still [[AwesomeYetPractical leaving her holding both swords]] swords once she's done so.
9th Dec '17 4:56:33 PM tropower
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* In ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep'', this is how Terra does his version of the Zantetsuken, a command that only he can use.
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