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This is a [[StockPoses standard pose]] of a character (usually TheHero) raising one or both arms up, holding a sword or other weapon (or mundane item in spoofs) straight up over the head. Often this is done as a VictoryPose or used as a signal by a ScreamingWarrior. Sometimes forms part of an ItemGet routine.

This is also common in film posters, because it helps create a cool image. Often used as a way to thank whatever god lives in HeavenAbove.

A SubTrope of RuleOfCool (since this is just because it looks cool) and GarnishingTheStory (since this pose is better than not having this pose).

Compare MilkingTheGiantCow, SeanConneryIsAboutToShootYou, RearingHorse.

See also LegCling.

Contrast SwordPlant.


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''[[Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar Raoh's]]'' [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome life was one lived without a single regret!!]]
* ''Anime/MazingerZ'': In the ''Mazinger-Z vs Great General of Darkness'' movie the titular HumongousMecha does this pose with the sword that ''Anime/GreatMazinger'' has [[GiveMeASword given it]] to [[spoiler:impale TheDragon]].
* ''Franchise/SailorMoon'' holds her scepter up in a few pictures.
* Sakura from ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura'' holds up her staff whenever she activates or converts a card in the second season.
* Oscar does this a few times in ''Manga/RoseOfVersailles''.
* The poster for the third season of ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' shows Subaru doing this with her PowerFist (See the series' article for a picture).
* As implied in the main article, several characters and HumongousMecha in ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' do this pose. Simon and Kamina have theirs, and even the Gurren pulls one: they stab the sky with their finger while giving a RousingSpeech about piercing the heavens. That's not to mention every time a mech pulls a Giga Drill Breaker usually involves some fire and explosions. Just see ''Literature/TheChildrenOfHurin'', below.
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'': In the final duel between rivals Amuro and Char, the badly damaged Gundam (minus head and left arm) fires its beam rifle upwards to take out Char's Zeong. This pose (officially dubbed "[[GratuitousEnglish Last Shooting]]") is insanely iconic in Japan, and receives {{Shout Out}}s both internal and external.
** Kira does the same thing at the end of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED''. His final attack is to use the severely damaged Freedom (missing it's head, an arm, and a leg) and impale [[spoiler:the Providence]] in the cockpit, skewering [[spoiler:Rau Le Cruset]] in the process.
** [[Anime/MobileFighterGGundam Take this! My love, my anger, and all of my sorrow!]] '''''[[FinishingMove SHINING FINGER SWOOOOORD!!!]]'''''
** The first opening of ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing Gundam Wing]]'' had Wing Gundam doing this with its Buster Rifle, silhouetted against the Earth.
* The [[Manga/TheLegendOfZelda 2005 manga]] adaptation of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast'' uses this trope when Link obtains the Master Sword.
* In OnePiece , Zoro was trapped in Mr. 3's [[DeathTrap Candle Set]] and was being coated in wax. Unable to cut himself free, he adopted a pose like this, so that when he suffocates and dies, he'll still be in a cool pose.
* Anime/{{Golion}}, aka the Lion Force Anime/{{Voltron}} does this ''every time'' he/it summons the Blazing Sword. He also has the odd moment where he will pose with the weapon while engulfed in lightning before delivering the final blow to an adversary.
* Toyotomi Hideyoshi does this [[IncomingHam as part of his introduction]] in ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara'''s second anime season, leading to the clouds above him to part and the sun to shine down on him as the rest of of the battlefield remains overcast as the OminousLatinChanting swells to a crescendo. LightIsNotGood indeed.
* Erza Scarlet does one of these after [[spoiler: defeating 100 monsters alone]] during the Grand Magic Games arc of ''Manga/FairyTail'', clothing tattered and covered in blood.
* ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena:'' Combines this with ByThePowerOfGrayskull.
--> Grant me the power to bring the world revolution!
* Yugi does this in ''Anime/YuGiOhCapsuleMonsters'' after defeating the Five-Headed Dragon.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* The eponymous duck does it in Chapter 5 of ''ComicBook/TheLifeAndTimesOfScroogeMcDuck''
* Nightcrawler does it on the [[http://www.comicsblend.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/Excalibur-6.jpg cover]] of ''ComicBook/{{Excalibur}}'' #16 as a parody of the ''Literature/JohnCarterOfMars'' books.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* Three examples in ''Fanfic/WithStringsAttached'':
** The Hunter does this with his {{BFS}} several times, once to chase away some bandits and once as a VictoryPose after he slaughters Poison Wolves.
** As'taris stands up and does this while he's flying on George [[GiantFlyer (a pegasus at the moment)]], which breaks George's rhythm in the air and nearly throws his riders off.
** In a gender-bender, Aurion does it after (seemingly) defeating As'taris.
* Neville Longbottom, of all people, in ''Fanfic/HarryPotterAndTheMethodsOfRationality''.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* The poster for ''Franchise/StarWars Film/ANewHope'' shows Luke holding his [[LaserBlade lightsaber]] this way, and the poster art even makes a sort of "lens flare" effect that makes it look like the blade is shooting multiple directions.
* The poster for ''Film/NationalLampoonsVacation'' is a direct spoof of ''A New Hope''. With a ''[[MundaneMadeAwesome tennis racquet]]'' used as the weapon.
** The trope appears in the poster for ''European Vacation'' as well.
* The poster for ''WesternAnimation/HeavyMetal''. Also occurs during the "Taarna" sequence after the title character draws the sword from the pool in the temple.
* William Wallace does this in ''Film/{{Braveheart}}'' after the battle of Stirling.
* Used many times in ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' movies, such as when Boromir is cheering "For Gondor!".
* Conan does this with two swords in ''Film/ConanTheBarbarian1982'' [[spoiler:one of which got broken by the other]].
* The ''Film/{{Buffy|the Vampire Slayer}}'' movie spoofs this by having the medieval slayer hold up a stake, [[MatchCut and then we see a pom-pom]].
* The DVD cover art of ''Film/LawrenceOfArabia'', sometimes referred to as a [[http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51g0hbHcA2L.jpg "plane-swatter"]].
* ''Film/{{Tron}}'' and ''Film/TronLegacy'' both use have characters hold up their identity discs into the sky, opening a portal to outside the computer. Interestingly, the realm outside the computer is treated like a realm of gods, tying these exampes in with Heaven Above [[http://www.comingsoon.net/news/movienews.php?id=70894 See both here.]]
* Used on the VHS cover 1981 film ''Film/{{Scream|1981}}'', with a sickle.
* This is apparently necessary to use the powers of the Sword of Triton (Blackbeard's sword) in ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanOnStrangerTides''
* ''Film/SaturdayNightFever'': John Travolta stabbing upward with an index finger.

* KingArthur is depicted this way many times after he pulls that one sword from the stone.

* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}''
** Serves a purpose in the novel ''Discworld/{{Pyramids}}'', where Teppic stands on a pyramid and stabs the sky with his knife to provide a conduction point for the time flaring out of it.
** Spoofed on the cover of ''Discworld/GoingPostal'', with Moist von Lipwig apparently trying to stab the sky with a ''letter'', in what artist Paul Kidby said was a ShoutOut to the ''New Hope'' poster above.
* One of the books in ''Literature/TheBelgariad'' by David Eddings has the main character do this on accident. He was trying to attach the Orb of Aldur to the {{BFS}} on the wall, only for said sword to fall off into his hands. Expecting it to be incredibly heavy, he overcompensates when lifting the surprisingly weightless sword so it points skyward. Everyone is suitably impressed nonetheless, though the fact that he didn't die when the sword caught fire probably helped.
** Later on in the same series another character gives several speeches to gather an army (incidentally the betrothed of the above character). After each speech, she jumps on her horse and brandishes her sword. Nearing the end of the series, said betrothed convinces the protagonist to do the same thing for his army, which has fought for him and deserves something in return. He gives in, but is very self-conscious about the whole thing.
* Túrin, in Creator/JRRTolkien's ''Literature/TheChildrenOfHurin'', gives a RousingSpeech, does this, and then has a magic fire ignite behind him. Which does heavily resemble [[Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann that same thing that this trope isn't to be confused with]].
** In ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'', Feanor and his sons raise their swords, which gain a bloody sheen from nearby torches, as they swear an oath that will royally screw up Middle-Earth for many, many years to come.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* {{Series/Zorro}} combines this with RearingHorse for extra awesome.
* In the ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' episode "Crackers Don't Matter" John Crichton prepares for his battle with T'raltixx; LockAndLoadMontage - heat-absorbent paste(pre-digested by Zhaan to increase its potency[[note]]''"IT'S PUKE?!"''[[/note]]), dorky flight goggles, a cap soaked in the same bio-paste, a cape (solar-reflecting flare wrap), a shield (an armored section of Aeryn's Prowler), and D'Argo's Qualta blade. He then strikes this pose while humming "Music/RideOfTheValkyries". Upon seeing this Aeryn simply folds her arms and says: "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ltn1s-v-XjE We are going to die.]]"
* Whenever a warrior wins a battle with their sword on ''Series/DeadliestWarrior'', chances are high that they'll perform this move.
* ''Series/{{Highlander}}'' loved to use this during Quickening sequences.

* Music/{{Manowar}} likes to do this in their covers.
** So much in fact that you could probably get away with renaming this trope "Swords in the Wind".

* Done by the main character in ''Pinball/{{Hercules}}'' on the playfield art.
* Luke Skywalker does this on the backglass and cabinet for ''Pinball/StarWarsDataEast''
* The unnamed woman on the playfield of ''Pinball/TheAtarians'' does this.

[[folder:Stand-Up Comedy]]
* Gallagher does this in his 1984 special ''Over Your Head'', during his signature Sledge-O-Matic routine. He smashes open a reticent newspaper box which has taken his money, retrieves his paper, and poses like this afterward.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Many TabletopGames figurines, including one used in ''Webcomic/IrregularWebcomic''. The reason for this, aside from the RuleOfCool justification used everywhere else, is because many of these figurines are cast from metal or resin as a single piece, and it means a certain "narrowness" is needed to get the material to flow evenly through the cast. Hence, weapons like swords tend to either be held straight up, or are lowered down and flush with the body.
* Several character models in TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}} and TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}. Probably the most prominent examples are the High Elf Prince Tyrion, Bretonnian King Louen Leoncoeur, Supreme Grandmaster Azrael of the Dark Angels (fitting, since their chapter symbol is a sword), and the Black Templars' Emperor's Champion.
** The animation for, of all things, "Deflect Oil" for the Swordsmaster in ''VideoGame/WarhammerOnline: Age of Reckoning'', is this pose. There's also an emote for it.
* The current art of the ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' card [[http://magiccards.info/autocard.php?card=holy%20Strength Holy Strength]] takes this pose (though the arms aren't overhead. The card's direct opposite, [[http://magiccards.info/autocard.php?card=unholy%20Strength Unholy Strength]], inverts this trope.
** [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=270445 Thalia]] from Innistrad adopts a similar pose

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In one of [[VideoGame/SoulSeries Nightmare's]] victory poses, he thrusts his [[{{BFS}} sword]] skyward.
** His ([[EnemyWithout former]]) [[BrainwashedAndCrazy host]], [[TheAtoner Siegfried]], also had this as a victory pose. He stopped doing this in ''Soulcalibur IV'', instead using another win pose from previous games where he brings the sword out of the sky and holds it in front of his face.
* In ''VideoGame/RaidouKuzunohaVsTheSoullessArmy'', you can make Raidou do this - just call your demon to you while standing still. Raidou will raise his sword above his head. He does nothing out of the ordinary while running, though, so it seems he just has a taste for being flashy.
* Usually, in the ''[[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Zelda]]'' games, Link just [[ItemGet holds new items over his head]]. But with a sword, he often does this pose instead.
** Every time Link draws the Master Sword, there is a short kick-ass {{Cutscene}} involving this.
** In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'' (where it is practically a TitleDrop to do so), this position is used to charge up the [[SwordBeam Skyward Strike]] and trigger certain puzzles. [[spoiler:Ghirahim in his third fight and his master/wielder Demise can do the same]].
* Frog in ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'' does this as part of the unsealing of the Magic Cave.
* [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in ''[[VideoGame/FancyPantsAdventures Fancy Pants Adventure 2]]'' when Fancy Pants does this with an ice cream cone after winning it, and the nearby mayor thinks, ''"Why do they always do that?"''
* Marth in ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Brawl'', in his introductory sequence, one of his taunts, and CriticalHit Final Smash.
** Also, Marth's Up Smash attack in both ''Melee'' and ''Brawl''.
** Much like Marth's Final Smash, Eliwood's critical hit animation in ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Fire Emblem: Blazing Sword]]'' begins with one of these dramatic flourishes.
** Marth's own critical animation in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAkaneia''.
** One of [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Link's and Young Link's]] victory poses has this also, and the trope is also exhibited with their respective Up Smash attacks. Link, Young Link, and Toon Link's Up Aerial attacks (Up Thrust; drawn from the technique from ''VideoGame/ZeldaIITheAdventureOfLink'') also feature the swordsmen holding their swords in an upwards fashion, with the blade actually glowing in ''Super Smash Bros. Brawl''.
* A few of your [[LimitBreak "Master Stroke" special attacks]] in ''VideoGame/DragonQuestSwords'' require you to do this with your Wii remote.
* In another ''Dragon Quest'' spinoff game, ''VideoGame/DragonQuestHeroesTheWorldTreesWoeAndTheBlightBelow'', the main characters do this before unleashing their {{Limit Break}}s.
* Done by Gadwin of ''VideoGame/{{Grandia}}'' when he performs his legendary Dragon Cut attack. [[TheHero Justin]] does it as well when he uses the move himself, as well as with his ultimate move, Heaven and Earth Cut (which is basically an evolved version of Dragon Cut anyway).
* ''VideoGame/MegaMan10'''s retro-style "box art" has Mega Man pointing his Mega Buster at the sky and shooting a beam, looking similar to the poster for ''Film/ANewHope''. There are also floating images of the main characters and space-ships battling in the sky, also in a similar fashion to the ''Film/ANewHope'' poster.
** In ''VideoGame/{{Mega Man X5}}'', Maverick Zero will use this before executing his [[OneHitKill infamous]] [[SwordBeam Genmurei]] attack.
* The box art of the HD UpdatedRerelease of ''VideoGame/SeriousSam'' has Sam doing this with [[GatlingGood his trademark minigun]] AtopAMountainOfCorpses.
* In the DS remake of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'' [[GoodCostumeSwitch Paladin]]!Cecil does this as a level-up animation.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'': Celes does this for her ''Runic'' ability, which allows her to absorb magic spells through her sword.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'''s Squall Leonhart does this as part of his Blasting Zone LimitBreak.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'' has Lord (Prince) Rasler do this in the opening cutscene for dramatic effect, to rouse his army's spirits for the upcoming battles.
* Prince Cornelius in ''VideoGame/OdinSphere'' uses this pose when using psypher skills or absorbing phozons into his sword.
* Parodied in ''VideoGame/AdventureQuestWorlds'' during the Introduction. On a dark [[{{Foreshadowing}} stormy]] night, on a hill overlooking Swordhaven Castle, the PC proudly thrusts his sword in the air, and lightning flashes and the game's title logo appears on the screen...a few seconds later, a bolt of lightning strikes your sword and shocks you so badly that you fall off the mountain and to bounce all the way onto a flat rock, which breaks and sends you falling down the rest of the way as dramatic music plays in the background.
* In ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'', using the two-handed special ability of the Stone Greatsword in involves this, casting a spell that slows all nearby enemies down. The Stone Giant enemies that drop them can do it too.
* In ''VideoGame/RuneScape'', the player and Wally are occasionally seen exhibiting this trope while wielding the sword Silverlight during the Demon Slayer quest.
* Playing as a Jedi Consular in ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'', you'll need to build a lightsaber for yourself eventually. When you do, the cutscene shows you picking up the hilt, holding it up above your head, and igniting the weapon so that the green energy blade shoots up toward the sky.
** Activating one of the Jedi Knight's stances does this briefly.
** A poster for ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic II'' is an InternalHomage to the one for ''A New Hope'', with a male PC stabbing the sky as Luke did.
* In ''VideoGame/LEGOHarryPotter Years 5-7'', when [[TookALevelInBadass Neville]] draws the Sword of Gryffindor from the [[BagOfHolding Sorting Hat]], he holds it up high like in Star Wars, complete with Hermione in Princess Lea's spot, Ron taking over as C-3PO, and Pigwidgeon portraying R2-D2. Voldemort promptly ends it, blowing the other characters away.
* This is the opening shot of ''VideoGame/GetsuFumaDen''.
* ''VideoGame/TheLegendaryAxe II'' begins with Prince Sirius grabbing the Royal Sword and thrusting it straight upward as the screen flashes dramatically. It's also his VictoryPose.
* Humorously, the titular heroine in ''VideoGame/ChildOfLight'' does this for her VictoryPose. Well, she ''tries to'', but being a little girl with a [[{{BFS}} full-size longsword]], she struggles to keep it up in the air with one hand, so the sword comes down to the ground with a heavy clunk and she barely keeps her balance.

[[folder:Web Originals]]
* In the [[RealTrailerFakeMovie trailer]] for ''VideoGame/PeasantsQuest'', Rather Dashing, who finally looks, smells, and is on fire like a peasant, holds his sword high to an AudibleGleam... for a second or two before his arm is tired. Then he walks away,

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In the ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' episode "Virt-U-Ron" Ron completes the HeroicFantasy episode in true style.
* [[WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983 He-Man]] and [[WesternAnimation/SheRaPrincessOfPower She-Ra]] do this to active their {{Transformation Sequence}}s.
* Carl does this on the poster for WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce [[ColonCancer Colon]] [[TheMovie Movie]] [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment Film For Theaters]].
* Thunder! Thunder! ''THUNDER!'' '''''[[WesternAnimation/ThunderCats THUNDER]][[WesternAnimation/ThunderCats2011 CATS]]!! [[ByThePowerOfGreyskull HOOOOOO!!!]]'''''
* This is spoofed by the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "Make Love, Not Warcraft". Randy gets a flash drive containing a patch for a manna-draining Runeblade for the MMO ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarCraft''. When he's given it, and just before inserting the flash drive into a USB port, he stabs the sky with it.
* The poster for [[WesternAnimation/SeaLab2021 Tinfins]] is a direct parody of the ''Film/ANewHope'' poster with Captain Murphy holding a [[http://cdn.buzznet.com/assets/users16/liat/default/tin-fins--large-msg-119291295056.jpg pipe wrench above his head]].
* The title sequence for ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime''.
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' has this in a parody of the ''StarWars'' scene in the above image in the box art of one of the films parodying it.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* In modern fencing, the salute has three steps, the first one is Stab The Sky, the second one is StaringThroughTheSword. The third is SwipeYourBladeOff, but without the blood.
* This posture resembles Jōdan-no-kamae, vom Tag and posta di falcon.