Created By: gleefan90210 on April 24, 2012

Everybody is Ambidextous

When a character is Left-Handed one scene, and Right-Handed the other.

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Up for Grabs, Needs More Examples, Seen It a Million Times.

Everybody is Ambidextrous (or Ambisinistrous) One moment the main character is righting with his/her right hand one scene, and suddenly when the main evil attacks, (s)he will draw his/her sword with his/her left hand. No one uses the same hand all the time, but this happens a lot.
Community Feedback Replies: 10
  • April 24, 2012
    Koveras
    It doesn't need "more" examples, it needs any examples first. I vaguely remember reading about an obscure tabletop RPG system where all characters are considered ambidextrous by default but that's it.
  • April 24, 2012
    Stratadrake
    There's a good reason nobody uses "sinistrous" for "left-handed" these days. If you want a generic term encompassing both varieties, maybe try "cross-dominant".
  • April 25, 2012
    Routerie
    If your description really describes what you want the trope to be, this is not Everybody Is Ambidextrous. It's just Ambidextrous.
  • April 25, 2012
    Koveras
    If this is about ambidextrous characters in general, it could be a valid trope, since such characters are likely to use Dual Wielding, Guns Akimbo, Gun And Sword, and similar combinations. Also, we already have a trope on left-handedness called A Sinister Clue.
  • April 25, 2012
    Stratadrake
    ^ Wrong. A Sinister Clue is about left-handedness as an evil omen (hence the name), whereas left-handedness as a positive trait is The Southpaw.
  • April 25, 2012
    HyperTurbina
    I second the suggestion of a general ambidextrous trope.
  • April 25, 2012
    TheNinth
    Wait... isn't this I Am Not Left Handed?
  • April 25, 2012
    Koveras
    ^ That's a revelatory trope, this is characterization.
  • April 25, 2012
    SingingRain
    Keep in mind, footage is often flipped for aesthetics, so many examples could just be accidental trivia.
  • April 25, 2012
    Dacilriel
    Sometimes when manga gets translated there are pages that get flipped and some that are not flipped, so a character's dominant hand switches back and forth. In a lot of video games and computer games the sprite will just flip back and forth to change direction. In a lot of animation characters will hold things in their "upstage" hand so that they're not blocking themselves from view of the audience, regardless of which way they're facing.
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