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Basically, holding the grip of a [[KnifeNut dagger]], a [[SwordFight sword]], a [[KatanasAreJustBetter katana]] or [[WeaponOfChoice whatever]] so that the blade points the direction opposite to the thumb. Usually only done with single-edged blades.

The reasons for using a reverse grip vary, depending on the character and work. The grip might be a tactical choice to facilitate blocking, slicing, downward stabbing motions or any combination thereof. It might be used in conjunction with DualWielding to provide a more diverse range of strikes. It might be the most convenient grip to use on a weapon that is drawn quickly. Of course, it also simply [[RuleOfCool looks cool]] and might be used to indicate that the user is a hardened or experienced killer.

See also GangstaStyle, for an alternative grip with guns.

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Many ninja in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' hold kunai in this position, generally for melee combat.
** Asuma Sarutobi's [[spoiler:and later Shikamaru Nara]]'s trench knife-style "chakra blades" are designed to be used this way.
* Kensei Muguruma of ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' does this, most prominently in the chapters where Ichigo is battling [[spoiler: his inner Hollow]]. Appropriately, the shikai form of Kensei's zanpakuto is a bowie knife.
* Alita/Falis from ''MurderPrincess'' does the katana+wakizashi variety and switches from saber-grip to reverse-grip and back all the damn time with ease.
* In ''{{Gekiganger 3}}'' they used the Gekigan Sword this way against a ninja-like robot once.
* Kadaj of ''FinalFantasyVIIAdventChildren'' does this with a double bladed (as in the blades are side-by-side) katana, despite the fact that this would be incredibly difficult in RealLife. He gets away with it, though, thanks to the RuleOfCool.
* Kaku occasionally uses ReverseGrip DualWielding on a pair of katana in ''OnePiece''. Also "Bohemian Knight" Doma who reverse-grips a saber in each hand. His fighting style seems to center around defeating opponents from behind him.
* Caldina from ''Manga/MagicKnightRayearth'' favors this style when she's not just [[MasterOfIllusion manipulating her foes into offing themselves]].
* [[Franchise/{{Digimon}} Leomon]] wields his sword reverse grip.
* Integra ''{{Hellsing}}'' reveals just how badass she can be by facing an army of vampires holding her saber in a reverse grip. On a side note, Alexander Anderson who appears soon thereafter switches from reverse grip to normal and back with ease all the time.
* Aoshi Shinomori from ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'' normally grips his kodachi the standard way, but will switch to a reverse grip for his FinishingMove.
** Enishi Yukishiro reverse-grips his Chinese sword for his FinishingMove.
* [[AcePilot Kallen Kozuki and Li Xingke]] from ''Anime/CodeGeass'' actually have their ''HumongousMecha'' hold their blades this way.
* This is the usual grip for ''Characters/LupinIII'''s [[{{Samurai}} Goemon Ishikawa XIII]].
* [[BadassGrandpa Old Man Fuu]], Ling Yao's manservant from ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', wields his sword this way. He is, after all, a ninja-like character, despite being from a nation that's an {{Expy}} of China rather than Japan.
* Take a look at the standard cover for ''PrincessMononoke''. Either dude has the strongest wrists in the world, or things will become very unfortunate, very quickly.
* Rival player Yuujirou Kai in ''ThePrinceOfTennis'' plays normal-grip right-handed at first, but reveals he is actually Reverse Grip [[IAmNotLeftHanded LEFT-handed]] during his match with Kikumaru.
* Shiki of ''KaraNoKyoukai'' often switches her grip several times over the course of a fight, and at one point even throws her knife from a reverse grip.
* Kureha from ''{{Tokko}}'' usually wields her twin daggers with a reverse grip.
* Death the Kid from ''Manga/SoulEater'' wields his dual pistols reversed. [[RuleOfCool Yes, he pulls the trigger with his pinky]].
* In the ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' movie, Shirou switches between several grips while fighting Archer, including reverse grip on one and [[DualWielding two blades]].
* Meanwhile, in ''LightNovel/FateZero'', there's a brief [[RuleOfCool but cool]] moment where [[http://24.media.tumblr.com/4777a931ee5613f68cf1266a2cbf55c8/tumblr_msf7ehDmk31r3maj7o1_500.gif Saber does this against Lancer]] during their second duel.
* Akira of ''VisualNovel/TogainuNoChi'' holds his knife like this whenever he's fighting.
* [[Manga/SaitamaChainsawShoujo Fumio Kirisaki]] does this, as the series' title indicates, [[ChainsawGood with a chainsaw]].
* ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' characters will on occasion use this style, and it's usually a mark of extreme skill on the part of the pilot, since the MS's are usually designed to wield their swords normally. Users include [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam0083StardustMemory Anavel Gato]] during his mid-show duel with Kou, and [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamAGE the Gundam AGE-1 Spallow]], which does this by default. [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeed Mu la Flaga]] (in the Perfect Strike) is also shown using this method during the {{Eyecatch}}.
* In ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' Lance Corporal Levi does this with the sword he holds in his right hand when he utilizes his EverythingIsBetterWithSpinning technique.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Cutter in ''ElfQuest'' uses his short curved sword New Moon in a reverse grip to slash his opponents. Panel 5 of this page from #15 of the original series (WARNING: violent battle scene) is [[http://www.elfquest.com/gallery/OnlineComics/OQ/OQ15/DisplayOQ15.html?page=27 the first time we see him use this technique]].
** Note that the manga ''KamuiNoKen'' (''Anime/TheDaggerOfKamui'') was a major influence on the artist, Cutter gets his technique straight from Kamui (which makes him some sort of elf-ninja).
* The ninjas from ''Comicbook/{{Empowered}}'' also do it this way.
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[[folder:Film]]
* This grip is favored by {{Zatoichi}}, which makes sense since it saves him the trouble of changing his grip on his [[SwordCane walking stick]].
* John Preston absolutely ''owns'' everyone when he switches his katana(s) to ReverseGrip in ''{{Equilibrium}}''. WordOfGod says that this was a ShoutOut to Zatoichi.
* Bride vs Copperhead in ''KillBill'', where the Bride uses the reverse grip.
* Halle Berry in ''Film/DieAnotherDay'', but only while DualWielding, and only with her off-hand.
* Both hero and villain hold their knives this way in the climactic fight of the film ''UnderSiege''.
* ''ConanTheBarbarian'' does this sometimes, usually as part of a combination, but only for an attack or two before he switches back.
* In ''Film/{{Dragonheart}}'', Bowen briefly uses DualWielding two broadswords, holding one in a reverse grip.
* ''Film/TwelveAngryMen'' uses the trope as a point of contention between the jury. Allegedly the accused stabbed downwards into the victim using the reverse grip. However, one of the jurors who is from the slums points out that nobody who has experience in knife fights would ever use that grip with a switch blade as it would be suicide to pause for a second to change to it in a fight
* ''TheRaid'': The protagonist, Rama, is an absolute beast with a T-BAR, switching between forward and ReverseGrip as he carves a gory swathe through hordes of goons.
* ''Film/{{Avatar}}'': Colonel Quaritch holds a knife not only in reverse grip, but with the blade [[UpToEleven towards the arm]], too. While in a [[MiniMecha three-meter-tall]] suit of PoweredArmour.
* In ''Film/TheChroniclesOfRiddick'', this is how the eponomous AntiHero holds his blades.
* Per the below example,. ReverseGrip DualWielding ''[[RuleOfCool of lightsabers]]'' is actually seen briefly in the background in ''AttackOfTheClones''.
* Used in ''Film/{{Hero}}'' several times, both by the Nameless Hero and Broken Sword.
* In ''Film/{{Faster}}'', [[DwayneJohnson The Rock's]] character wields an icepick against a man with a larger knife. Ironically, it's The Rock who flips his weapon into reverse grip.
* This grip was also used by Mitsu in ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesIII'', with a small dagger. Blink and you'll miss it, but it really helps cement the character.
* The uncle in ''Film/{{Bunraku}}'' holds one of his sushi knives this way when he fights.
* Conan does this fairly frequently in ''Film/ConanTheBarbarian2011''. At one point he [[DualWielding dual-wields]] longswords, both in reverse grip.
* In ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'', the Winter Soldier wields his combat knife in this manner. When he needs more strength behind it, he grabs the pommel with his [[ArtificialLimbs cybernetic left arm]].
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[[folder:Literature]]
* There is a lightsaber combat style based on ReverseGrip in the ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse'' called Shien (not to be confused with the Form V variant of the same name). It is seen, for example, in Stackpole's ''[[JediAcademyTrilogy I, Jedi]]'' and used by several EU characters, including Adi Gallia, [[VideoGame/TheForceUnleashed Galen Marek]], and [[WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars Ahsoka Tano]]. Vader might also be accomplished in this style, considering that he taught the latter two. The style described in ''I, Jedi'' is a two-handed variant, with one hand on the grip and the other grasping the pommel, allowing the wielder to lever the blade around by its end using the grip hand as a fulcrum.
* A key point raised by the dissenting juror in the play ''TwelveAngryMen'' is that the accused was seen plunging a knife down into the victim's chest. The juror points out that the switchblade found on the accused is not held using that particular grip, but with the blade pointing upwards.
* The knife technique of [[GauntsGhosts the Tanith First-And-Only]] has "the blade descending from the fist and tilted in towards [the] body".
* In ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'', the sword form Heron Wading in the Rushes has the sword held reversed over the head, while standing on one leg. According to the main character's teacher, it's good for practicing balance and [[RealityEnsues getting yourself killed]]. Used ([[ChekhovsGun at the end of the book it was introduced in]]) as sort of a weaponized TakingYouWithMe or MyDeathIsJustTheBeginning: by exposing himself to lethal damage, Rand gets his opponent to over-commit and thus expose ''himself'' to lethal damage.
* In HBeamPiper's ''LastEnemy,'' Verkan Vall picks a knife duel and blinks in astonishment when he notices his opponent using this style. After killing the fellow -- "Only eight seconds from the time you closed with him" -- Vall, who learned knife-fighting from pirates, remarks that he feels like a murderer of children; evidently Piper didn't think much of the Reverse Grip.
* Abbie Hoffman, in a section of ''Steal This Book'' focusing on knives, advocates against using this grip:
--> "Having seen too many Jim Bowies slash their way through walls of human flesh, they persist in carrying on this inane tradition. Overhead and uppercut slashes are a waste of energy and blade power. The correct method is to hold the knife in a natural, firm grip and jab straight ahead at waist level with the arm extending full length each time. This fencing style allows for the maximum reach of arm and blade. By concentrating the point of the knife directly at the target, you make defense against such an attack difficult."
** ''Prison's Bloody Iron'' by Harold Jenks and Michael Brown argues otherwise, pointing out that such a grip makes it easier to hold on to the knife, essential when blood is flying and your opponent is close enough to grapple with you.
* KnifeNut Aly from ''Literature/DaughterOfTheLioness'' usually holds one knife in ReverseGrip and the other normally.
* Averted in ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'', where professional killers think the dramatic, overarm backstabbing gesture favored by newspaper illustrators is much less preferable to the underarmed stab that goes under the ribcage and through the heart.
* ''TheVorkosiganSaga'' never goes into exact detail about the technique involved in "the two swords", a relic of Barrayar's [[LostColony Time of Isolation]] used for [[DuelToTheDeath duelling]], but it's probably the sword-and-parrying dagger type of DualWielding so this trope likely crops up sometimes.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Frequently employed by Duncan [=McLeod=] in ''Series/{{Highlander}}'' with his katana. Used at least once with a regular sword.
* Richard does this quite often in ''LegendOfTheSeeker''. In the books, he's occasionally mentioned as doing this with his off-hand dagger.
* The SixthRanger in ''Series/SamuraiSentaiShinkenger'' and ''Series/PowerRangersSamurai'' combines this with ''[[IaijutsuPractitioner iaido]]'', the art of sheathing and unsheathing your sword for a fast strike. AwesomeButImpractical, you say? [[LethalJokeCharacter Don't bet on it.]]
** Another ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' example is ''Series/ZyudenSentaiKyoryuger'''s Kyoryu Green, who specifically developed his feral reverse-hand grip style in opposition to his father's strict swordsmanship.
* Masato Kusaka, Kamen Rider Kaixa of ''Series/KamenRiderFaiz'' does it mostly by necessity, since his sword blade extends from the butt of his gun. There are a few times he flips the weapon around and wields the sword in a normal grip ([[spoiler:such as an instance where Takumi was incapacitated and Kusaka was preparing to murder him]]).
* In ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', Sam and Dean often hold electric torches like this, for reasons described in the "Real Life" section of this page.
* In the third episode of ''Series/StargateSG1'', Carter fights the [[SpaceRomans Space Mongol]] chieftain with her combat knife in a reverse grip.
* Eliot from ''Series/{{Leverage}}'' demonstrates the difference between cooking and combat:
-->Hold a knife like this (places knife blade-down on cutting board), slice an onion. Hold a knife like this (switches to ReverseGrip), slice through like, eight Yakuza in four seconds.
** For reference, he's a master at both.
* An important plot point in one episode of ''{{Quincy}}''. From the angle of the knife wound, Quincy could tell that the murderer stabbed his victim using such a grip. This cast doubt on their prime suspect, because their prime suspect had been in the Army and military people are taught to stab upward, with their knife in a forward grip.
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[[folder:Music]]
* Richard and Roland of SonicSyndicate occasionally held their ''microphones'' in reverse grip.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In ''{{GURPS}}: Martial Arts'' holding a weapon this way makes certain attacks more effective and others more difficult. It's most effective with knives and tonfas.
* The Red Mantis Assassins in TableTopGames/{{Pathfinder}} are noted as DualWielding ''both'' their serrated sabers in ReverseGrip, in emulation of mantis claws.
* The original model for Drazhar, Master of Blades, a Dark Eldar special character in ''TableTopGames/{{Warhammer 40000}}', did this with two swords.
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[[folder:Theater]]
* ''TwelveAngryMen'': The murderer used a reverse grip on a switchblade to kill the victim. The defendent's experience with knife-fighting is used as evidence against him. However, one of the jurors is familiar with switchblades and states that street toughs like the defendant never use a reverse grip.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Corvo of ''{{Dishonored}}'' uses a reverse grip when he's in sneak mode, using his sword for stealth kills from behind. When he stands up straight, he holds the blade by the hilt.
* Vader's apprentice does it in ''TheForceUnleashed'' and ''SoulCalibur IV'' with a [[LaserBlade lightsaber]]. While still not ''wholly'' practical, this is probably one of the best opportunities to use it since it's uni-directional blade.
** It's worth noting that when the apprentice actually attacks, he switches to a standard grip. Guess the lack of range just doesn't work for him.
* Vyse in ''VideoGame/SkiesOfArcadia'' using his JokeWeapon (icepick, with a Giant Tuna in his other hand).
** Vyse always holds his smaller, second sword this way, probably for parrying. His primary sword is held normally.
*** He actually holds the smaller sword '''by the crossguard''', so it's more like a bladed tonfa than a reverse-grip sword.
* KnifeNut Shiki in ''{{Tsukihime}}'' often does it when the situation gets dire.
** It is usually the first sign that [[spoiler: [[SuperPoweredEvilSide Nanaya]]]] is taking over.
* Twin Blades in ''VideoGame/DotHackGU'', as well as the original four games, [[strike:always]] usually hold their blades like this; Sora from ''Anime/DotHackSign'' averts this standard by using a pair of katars.
** In the games, the blades come in x general variants. A rough description would of each would be daggers, katars, bladed shields, and claws. The daggers are held in a reverse grip, while every other weapon fits over the hand and wrist. Most Twin Blade weapons are daggers, and it is considered their "iconic" weapon. The purpose, in any case, is so that the character model can quickly go from a resting position to an attack strike, rather than having to raise its arm for leverage, like every other class. It's part of their LightningBruiser motif.
* Ayame from ''{{Tenchu}}'' uses her daggers in this fashion. The prequel indicates that she started off using a reverse grip in one hand and a forward grip in the other before switching to a double-reverse grip later on.
* Used in ''DragonQuest: DaiNoDaibouken'', for the 'Avan Slash' attack and other based on it...Dai does this with knives, short swords and BFS alike.
* Grey Fox of ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' holds his katana this way.
** Snakes (as in Solid (Old) and Naked (Big Boss)) hold their CQC blades this way, but that makes sense as it's in their off hand and it's basically dual-wielding, but with a firearm in the strong hand. Big Boss actually talks about it in ''MetalGearSolid3'' when he's whittling the grip on his shiny new 1911.
* Baiken in ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear'' does this with her katana (which is her main weapon -- she doesn't have an offhand weapon because she only has one arm, but she stuffs a lot of weapons in her other sleeve InspectorGadget style). In her case, however, it's partly out of practicality and partly out of habit - she lost her right arm, which was most likely her dominant arm. Considering the weapons crammed into her right sleeve, a sheath there might get in the way, and so she wears it on the left, usually drawing it in a reverse grip because that would be the easiest way to draw it when the arm and sheath are on the same side. Of course, some of her fancier RuleOfCool steps in.
** Can't bring up ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear'' without mentioning Sol's fighting style, too.
** Or [[VideoGame/BlazBlue Ragna's]].
* When playing for the Lotus Clan in ''VideoGame/BattleRealms'', Blade Acolytes dual-wield their swords this way.
* The Dragon dagger is the only weapon to be wielded that way in ''RuneScape'', all other daggers are wielded normally.
* Most classes in ''ProjectReality'' that aren't able to [[BayonetYa mount a bayonet]] on their main weapon will usually still carry a knife, and will often wield it this way when using it.
* Krauser in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4'' holds his knife this way. Justified as he's clearly had military service (U.S. SOCOM).
** He also defies part of this trope in that, in his knife-fight with Leon (who usually uses a sabre grip), he didn't win. The fight was also something of a showcasing of various knife grips, seeing as they both switched from one grip to another so many times.
** Jill held her knife in a reverse grip in [[VideoGame/ResidentEvil the original 1996 title]].
* In ''[[VideoGame/{{Diablo}} Diablo II]]'', all dagger-class weapons are wielded in ReverseGrip, thus distinguishing them from swords.
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI'', "katana" (which are actually ninja-to, kunai, and wakazashi) are always held like this. Naturally, the one class that gets skill in these weapons is Ninja, and it quickly gains access to DualWielding capability.
* Hawkeye from ''VideoGame/SeikenDensetsu3'' holds his [[DualWielding two daggers]] this way.
** So does Zidane from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX''.
** And Rei from ''BreathOfFireIII''.
** And Rikku from ''[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyX2 Final Fantasy X-2]]''.
** And any Assassin-class unit in ''FireEmblem''s 7 and 8.
* Kid from ''VideoGame/ChronoCross''.
* Fiora from ''VideoGame/{{Xenoblade}}''. She holds her knives this way, paired with DualWielding. [[spoiler:Although she changes her WeaponOfChoice after she is turned into a RobotGirl]].
* Jyuji Kabane from ''{{Gungrave}}: Overdose'' deserves a special mention as he '''[[DualWielding dual-wields]] [[SwissArmyWeapon gun]]-[[KatanasAreJustBetter katanas]] in reverse grip''', thereby making him an automatic BadAss. He also happens to be an undead, blind swordsman with a penchant for fire, but [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot that's....]]
* Knives in every ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty'' game starting with ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare'' can only be used in this way. In earlier games it could be interpreted that the reasoning is for a [[QuickMelee quicker draw]]. ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps'' added a ballistic knife that could have its blade shot out to kill enemies at range, which would be harder to aim properly in a normal grip, but then its sequel lets you forgo a primary or secondary weapon and just use a knife all the time, which is also held in this manner just because.
* In ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Brawl'', Pit can split his bow into two swords. He holds one normally, while the other is held like this in order to speed the reattaching process.
* In ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedI'' Altair holds the short blade like this. Appropriately, the short blades are slightly better than long swords when surrounded by multiple enemies, drastically reducing the times needed to parry blows, dodge, and counterattack (the downside being less base damage).
** His descendant Ezio Auditore follows in his footsteps with his own short blades. He actually draws and replaces them from his belt in a standard grip, then flips it over in the transition to his fighting stance.
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'', Judge Magister Gabranth holds the smaller of his two blades, ''Highway Star'', in this manner when he splits [[DoubleWeapon his weapon]] in two. Which is odd, because the artwork (particularly the iconic logo) depicts him wielding both blades in a standard grip.
* In ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep'' Ven wields his Keyblade like this, while his starting blade is designed with this in mind, with the grip on the side, all of his other blades are standard, straight Keyblades.
** To say nothing of Sax, who reverse-grips a frickin' ''[[{{BFS}} claymore]]!''
*** And in ''358/2 Days'''s Mission mode, secret character Sora flips to a reverse grip for the last hit of his ground combo when wielding the Dream Sword.
** Sora in general is prone to this since [[KingdomHeartsII the second]] PlayStation2 game, where his Drive forms sometimes granted him a second Keyblade that he held in a reverse grip, [[spoiler:serving as foreshadowing the fact Sora's heart houses Ventus's heart.]]
** In Riku's final cutscene [[spoiler: prior to the TrueFinalBoss]] in ''KingdomHearts3D'', he does this to break free from [[spoiler: Ansem-[=SoD=], who was sitting on top of him: he "un-summons" his Keyblade, only to re-summon it immediately, only backwards, in order to swing it upwards.]]
* The Spy from ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' uses standard grip when attacking normally, but switches to Reverse Grip when {{Back Stab}}bing.
** Despite the fact that a reversed blade would be harder for actually stabbing someone, the effect is actually designed for player convenience. Since taking a swing with the knife drops the spy's disguise effect, the animation of turning the knife indicates "if you swing now, you'll get your backstab". A handy tool for novice spies not yet used to the exact of their melee weapon yet. Experienced spies learn to fire off the stab within frames of the animation starting.
*** Though the Spy does a backstabbing motion without the grip reversal when he performs a CriticalHit, except there are two limitations to this: First, the attack isn't insta-kill; second, ''the Spy's knives cannot perform a CriticalHit naturally.''
* Knife-wielders in the ''FireEmblem'' games, or at least Sothe and Volke, appear to wield their knives this way in combat.
** Though in ''Path of Radiance'' it appears to be limited to the Thief class, as Volke switches to a much more relaxed forward grip.
** There are no knives in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'', so all classes that would normally utilize knives use swords instead. Units in these classes hold their swords in a reverse-grip, which looks rather awkward (holding a long-bladed weapon in this fashion doesn't seem very comfortable or effective).
* More ''SoulCalibur'' fun. Taki carried two ninjato into battle; her primary seemed to be held conventionally, while her secondary, on the rare occasion it's used, is held this way. In addition, in ''Soul Calibur 3'' you could give the 'Wave Sword' skill set to a generic character; these were twin swords used normally that just curved around the wielder's hands like a basket hilt then continued downwards.
* ''VideoGame/SamuraiShodown''[='s=] Nakoruru seems to use this form often. It also applies to Cham Cham; even though it's a giant boomerang, when she holds it in paw and swings it, it's done this way. Starting with the 3rd game, Ukyo Tachibana holds his sword this way for several of his attacks, usually strong normal sword strikes. Sogetsu Kazama also uses it, mainly in his standing strong slash.
* The Bard from ''TheBardsTale'' can learn to dual wield a sword with a dagger, holding the latter backwards.
* The Crowmaster enemies in ''VideoGame/PrinceOfPersiaWarriorWithin'' are seen wielding scimitars in a reverse grip.
** The Prince in ''VideoGame/PrinceOfPersia2008'' shifts his scimitar into this position when in a defensive/blocking stance.
* [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyI Garland]] wields his sword this way in ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy''. It makes sense considering that [[{{BFS}} said sword]] probably weighs more than him, [[TinTyrant armour and all]]. There's no way even he could wield it the normal way.
* [[SonicStorybookSeries Lancelot (or Shadow)]] does this in ''Sonic and the Black Knight'', with a freaking sword that's as [[{{BFS}} TALL AS HIMSELF]]. ''WITH ONE HAND.''
* Tatsumaru from ''VideoGame/{{Tenchu}} 2''.
* Nero from ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry 4'' uses a RG for his launcher move, compared to Dante's standard grip. Dante also switches to RG when using his Drive shockwave move.
* In ''PhantasyStarOnline'' and ''Universe'', all daggers are held with a reverse grip.
** Rare ones, at least. The generic photon daggers have the blade come out the top, and actually circle around the knuckles so that they're effectively wielded reverse style.
* In ''VideoGame/DynastyWarriors 6'', Gan Ning holds his two daggers with a reverse grip.
* The [[SuperSoldier SPARTANs]] from ''Franchise/{{Halo}} Reach'' do this with their assassination knives. ALL the time. Even in midair.
* Edge of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'' does this in the DS remake after you've input a command but before he's done it, as well as his artwork for The After Years
* Kotaro from ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara'' holds his ninja-to like this. In the anime, the one time Sasuke is shown wielding a katana, he holds both the sword and its sheath this way, so he can effectively dual wield.
* In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'', "Reversed Grip" is an advanced DualWielding technique (unlike in the first game, dual-wielding is only possible with daggers in part two).
* Titus and Tactical Marines in ''VideoGame/Warhammer40000SpaceMarine'' use the reverse grip when wielding the [[SwordAndGun Bolt Pistol and Combat Knife]].
* While Yosuke of ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' uses a standard grip with his weapons, he switches to reverse when summoning his persona.
** Also the persona [[EvilCounterpart Magatsu Izanagi]] holds his lance like this.
* In ''DarksidersII'', [[RuleofCool Death dual wields his scythes this way.]] [[AwesomeButImpractical Scythes already have extremely short range]], but then again, '''he's friggin' Death!'''
* The VisualNovel for ''PhantomOfInferno'' has [[ReiAyanamiExpy Ein]] train [[BadassNormal Zwei]] in using a reverse grip fighting style with combat knives, the [[FridgeLogic logic]] behind it being that the length of the blade doesn't lend itself to a traditional grip. The style she trains him in revolves around using the the blade to deflect any swipes or stabs from an enemy in order to create an opening to be exploited.
* In ''NinjaGaiden 3: Razor's Edge", [[CanonImmigrant Kasumi and Ayane]] wield their weapons this way. Kasumi with her [[KatanasAreJustBetter katana]], and Ayane with her [[DualWielding two wakizashi]].
* [[HumansByAnyOtherName Ethian]] women (or {{player character}}s, at least) in ''{{Rift}}''.
* Frank Fly's battle sprite in ''Videogame/{{Earthbound}}'' has a knife in both hands, with the left one in the reverse grip. Due to the constraints of the battle system, how this benefits him is never actually shown.
* A number of dagger-type weapons in ''VideoGame/{{Warframe}}'' use this gripm, such as the Ceramic Dagger and Dual Ether Daggers.
* ''VideoGame/DustAnElysianTail'' has the titular Dust holding his sword in a reverse grip when out of combat, but during combat can swap to a normal or double-handed grip as needed.
* Ken Ryugasaki's mecha in ''[[VideoGame/{{Genocide}} Genocide 2: Master of the Dark Communion]]'' is holding its sword in a reverse grip instead the normal grip from the previous game. It's not just for looks though, as you can block some attacks by holding the attack button while standing or crouching.
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* Kit from ''FeyWinds'' holds one of her swords with a normal grip, and the other reversed.
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* Ahsoka Tano from [[WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars The Clone Wars]]. Apparently it's better at deflecting blaster bolts. Anakin has been trying to break her of this habit, and she now switched between them. Wookieepedia calls this the "Reverse Shien grip", a variation on Form V lightsaber combat.
* ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' holds his sword in his left hand like this, when his right arm is incapacitated in ''Jack Tales''.
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* There is a similar distinction in table tennis: the shakehand grip is the "traditional" grip with the racket's "blade" above the thumb, and the penhold grip is the reverse with the racket's grip pointing upwards, as if it were a pen.
* Police and other emergency and security workers are often taught to hold flashlights in this way. Not only does this bring the beam of the flashlight to eye level, it also places the arm, the hand, and the torch itself up into a defensive position to protect the head should the need arise. It also allows them to keep their sidearm steady, should they need it: they can rest their wrist across their flashlight arm to keep better control over their weapon and shine the light at the same time, as seen [[http://www.combatreform.org/harriesstanceandgrip.jpg here]]. And finally, it's the simplest way to hold a torch with a tailcap switch, as well as one of the most comfortable. In case the torch [[ImprovisedWeapon has to be employed as a weapon]], this positioning allows the user to strike with the tail end, which normally is sturdier and has less possibly-breakable parts than the front end of the light, while smaller ones can be used as a Yawara-like impact device, which is particularly nasty when it has a bezel full of teeth and it strikes a PressurePoint.
* Some styles of Kung Fu, when using a short knife as a weapon, will teach students to use a backhanded grip. Most techniques from this grip are strikes or jabs with the pommel, rather than blade techniques; it's the defensive techniques that use the blade, and mostly for non-flashy disabling cuts. "Yeah, you're not using that arm without some serious surgery..." The stabbing motion with the backhand grip also uses the same action as the (karate) chop, which lends itself well to open-hand styles.
* Parrying daggers are often used in this way. As the name suggests, they're mostly for blocking the other guy's sword. And they often are more useful when held in a ReverseGrip because doing so decreases the strain on wrists (as the parrying weapon is supported with the entire arm this way), thus allowing for a firmer hold on the weapon when blocking. It's worth mentioning that NO western fighting manuals from XVI to XVIII century actually teach holding a parrying dagger in RG. But it's a common grip only to daggers itself in XV-XVIc. manuals.
* Both swords and daggers / combat knives operate mainly by punching holes into vital organs and arteries. Slashing and chopping attacks are much less deadly and more suited to axes and axe-like falchions. A sword with at least an arm's length allows one to impale another without being touched in return, so it is used in the forward grip maximizing the reach, while using the pommel and crossguard as a secondary weapon against the head up close. A dagger or knife doesn't work at range, and the reverse grip is used to more easily reach the vital spots on the neck and chest in a brawl, as the forward grip results in much less deadly strikes to the gut and legs.
* In kenjutsu and battōjutsu, the katana is usually held like this when wielded one-handed, since one has more control. Even then, different motions are called for; the sword is moved in arcs or figure-8s rather than straight cuts, again to keep more control of the blade.
* One defensive stance for a two-handed sword has the blade pointed down with the hands at about face-height; this allows for relatively quick strikes at the legs and, due to the weight and balance of the blade, allows for more efficient thrusts. (Instead of swinging the sword down to line up your thrust and then stopping the movement, you just relax and let the hilt drop towards you, and shove up and out. If you're going to be wielding a {{BFS}} for the duration of a battle, the more work gravity's doing for you the better.)
* In a street fight or brawl, reverse grip is very efficient for both offense and defense. It allows you to keep your hands up for blocks, while still letting you attack without having to extend your whole arm for a thrust. In addition, if you try to punch someone and whiff, you've still got 4 or 5 inches of sharp steel following your hand to follow up and allow for sweeping slashes.
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