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A character that carries a sword will, at some point, drag the tip of the blade across a floor or wall. This is usually done to intimidate or to catch the attention of another character, or simply [[RuleOfCool to invoke the coolness factor]], but rarely does it have any [[JustifiedTrope practical application]]. It can also be associated with an AxCrazy character or a VillainousBreakdown, because if someone holding a sword goes into a PrimalStance or becomes LimpAndLivid, they tend to forget they're holding it and just let it drag. Or it might just be that they can't actually lift the sword for any length of time, either because [[CombatBreakdown they're tired]], [[{{BFS}} the sword is too big]], or the sword is just that heavy.

It generally causes SwirlingDust and SwordSparks, but with the floor, not another sword. Might also be the source of a SinisterScrapingSound.

Naturally, this would be a terrible maneuver to use in real life as it would wear down any good sword, slow down the wielder, and telegraph the coming attack obviously. Thankfully in fiction, we have the RuleOfCool to make up for that. [[IThoughtItMeant No, this is not about drag queens armed with swords.]]



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* {{Justified|Trope}} with Shishio in ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'' who does it to ignite the oil covering his sword and set the sword on fire. His sword also sharpens when worn down instead of dulling.
* Justified with Mikoto in ''Anime/MaiHime''; her {{BFS}} is just about as big as she is, and it's how she powers up her attack.
* Variation: Combusken's Sky Uppercut in the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' anime, starts with him dragging the tips of his claws along the floor, making some sparks and then doing the Uppercut. That only happened during a couple of instances in the Kanto Grand Festival. The attack isn't normally executed like that. Another variant: when Ash was battling to capture the Taillow that has been menacing the group, the Taillow drops to the river and dips its wings against the water while charging towards Pikachu.
* {{Justified|Trope}} in ''Manga/{{Claymore}}'', in which a secondary character does this to boost the power of her attack (and uses an unbreakable sword). The theory is that the drag slows down the swing, giving you more time to put kinetic energy into it for the same distance covered (which with a sufficiently spring-like blade and slow-twitch biased muscle development could actually work). Her opponent does note that it's a very predictable move that you can't pull twice.
* Found aplenty in ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', often with character's swords ripping clean through walls without breaking stride. It's justified due to the fact that their swords are actually a part of their soul, and regenerate all damage over time.
* Mugen of ''Anime/SamuraiChamploo'' does this once or twice. However, like much of the chambara expressed the series, it is portrayed more realistically, with Mugen sliding the side of his sword rather than carving into the floor with the tip.
* Acrobat Cabaji of ''Manga/OnePiece'' deliberately does this to kick up a blinding dust cloud. He [[CallingYourAttacks calls it]] Circus Trick: Murder at the Steam Bath.
* In the ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'' anime series, during his duel with Alucard, Father Anderson drags his bayonets along the floor ''and'' ceiling (one in each hand) of the subway car he is in. When he brings them together to strike Alucard, ''it causes the car to split in half''.
* Guts' sword in ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' frequently drags his {{BFS}} across walls and floors, often leaving smashed cobblestones behind him. It's also common for his sword to end up buried in the ground after a blow. {{Justified}}; the sword is never particularly sharp to begin with, used more like a bludgeon than a bladed weapon.
* Saya of ''Anime/BloodPlus'', and also her sister Diva in their final confrontation.
* Crona with Ragnarok in ''Manga/SoulEater'' in LimpandLivid moments when they're particularly unstable. Switches abruptly into -- slightly -- more reasonable movements when Medusa reminds Crona what they need to do. Can look as though Crona is being dragged by the EquippableAlly rather than vice-versa.
* Sasuke uses a variant with his Chidori in prior to the TimeSkip in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''. Whether he had any practical reason to do so, such as concerns over slicing off his limbs, is unknown, but what ''is'' known is that the owner of the hotel whose wall he gouged in half probably wasn't happy.
* [[spoiler:[[UsefulNotes/LEtatCestMoi Louis XV]], before he kills Anna,]] in ''Anime/LeChevalierDEon''.
* Amazingly inverted in ''Anime/HighlanderTheSearchForVengeance'' where Malike uses his chainsaw sword to propel him towards his opponent.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Comicbook/{{Wolverine}} does it too, running hunched with his claws carving the floor or walls. At least in his case he has the excuse that it's not like doing so is going to blunt them any. Most notably, he's depicted doing so on the iconic cover of ''Ultimate X-Men #1''.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In ''Film/RyanVsDorkman 2'', Ryan drags his lightsaber through a puddle of water. At another point in the film, Ryan swings his blade into the floor, throwing a shower of sparks into his opponent's face.
* In ''FanFic/YouAwakenInRazorHill'', a ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' Fanfic involving an Orc Hunter, Pyramid Hogger's presence is announced by the sound of his {{BFS}} scraping along the floor. ''Scrape''.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Cloud himself does this once at the end of ''Anime/FinalFantasyVIIAdventChildren''. But he had just gotten stabbed in nearly every part of his body by Sephiroth, then shot in the back by Yazoo and/or Loz with a glowing magically charged bullet that exits spectacularly out his chest, so we can't really blame him either.
* Done in the original animation called ''Dragonboy'' through a reverse on the common knight saves princess from dragon (twice when the dragon goes to save the princess and then the princess goes to save the dragon). In this animation the knight drags his sword for sinister effect. Can be found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=lIRMXJOtfMY&feature=endscreen

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Freddy Krueger of ''Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet'' does this with his claws against walls, but then, literally, his whole schtick is being as frightening as he can...
* There is a great example in ''Film/SuckerPunch''. When the first giant Samurai approaches Baby Doll to attack, [[http://youtu.be/rD6HagsWk8A he drags a bladed staff halfway across a plaza]].
* In ''Film/HotelRwanda'', the extremist Hutus intimidatingly slide their machetes along roads while marching toward the slaughter of Tutsi refugees.
* The Hutu extremists also do this in ''Film/SometimesInApril'', another movie about the Rwandan Genocide.
* Used realistically in ''Film/RobRoy'' to indicate that the character is so exhausted from less than five minutes' fighting that he can barely lift his sword.
* ''Franchise/StarWars'':
** As with Wolverine above, lightsaber users don't need to worry about dulling or damaging the blade, which removes the main FridgeLogic problem with doing this.
** ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'' features a scene in which General Grievous spins four lightsaber blades like propellers. The blades are shown to be chopping into the floor as he advances on Obi-Wan.
** In the novelization, Vader drags his lightsaber along the wall in a corridor, just for the fun of it, while slaughtering the Separatists.
* Film/{{Blade}} does this in the opening fight scene of his first film.
* ''Film/TheCrazies'' has a ''pitchfork'' drag. One of "the crazies" shambles toward a field hospital ward full of people who are strapped helplessly to beds and cannot move. [[NightmareFuel/TheCrazies Horror]] [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice ensues]].
* In ''Film/TronLegacy'', during the Lightcycle match, [[BigBad Clu]] drags his DeadlyDisc against the floor while speeding on his CoolBike, getting a nice trail of color-coded sparks. The Identity Discs appears to be indestructible, though, so it solely damages the floor.
* In ''Film/{{Alatriste}}'', when Íñigo Balboa duels with Gualterio Malatesta, [[RuleOfCool he pauses the fight to creating nice trail of sparks while dragging his rapier along the wall.]]
* Gipsy Danger pulls this off in ''Film/PacificRim''. Only it's actually done with a very long and narrow freighter, but the visual is the same.
* One of the zombies does this (though with a fire ax rather than a sword) in ''Film/ResidentEvil''.
* In ''Film/BlackRain'', Sato does this ''while riding a motorcycle'' [[spoiler: right before he kills Charlie]].
* The boyfriend drags a shovel this way as he decides whether to [[spoiler:finish off the MistakenForDead guy he was planning to bury.]] It's more a sign of reluctance than a deliberate intimidation tactic, but it's no less creepy for it.

* Quite a few people do this with lightsabers in the Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse, starting in ''Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy''. When you need to get to the next room, or the floor beneath this one, and you don't have time to find a door or a stairwell, it's just expedient to drag a lightsaber through it, either carving a hole or just weakening it enough to break.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In ''Series/{{Garo}}'', Suzumura Rei does this at least once to scare Kaoru.
* Used in the series ''Series/{{Highlander}}''.
* Terui Ryuu does this with the Engine Blade during episode 18 of ''Series/KamenRiderDouble'' prior to his transformation into Kamen Rider Accel. This may count as a subversion though, since it's not to look intimidating, but rather because the blade is to heavy to carry normally while untransformed.
* In ''Series/KamenRiderDragonKnight,'' Kamen Rider Wrath will scrape his {{Absurdly Sharp Blade}}s against each other, creating SwordSparks. You'd think it'd dull them, but his ability to [[CurbStompBattle curb stomp]] good Riders never suffers.
* In ''Series/ChinesePaladin'', a BrainwashedAndCrazy Ah Nu does this [[spoiler: after killing Mo Yixi]].
* The Governor does this [[ShovelStrike with a shovel]] in ''Series/TheWalkingDead'', while he's hunting [[spoiler:Andrea]] through a dark, empty building. Serves to demonstrate that while his quarry is desperately trying to avoid making any sound, he's [[SoMuchForStealth not afraid to give away exactly where he is]] (partly because he also has a gun).
* ''Series/GameOfThrones''. In the climatic finale of Season 4, [[spoiler:Tyrion Lannister takes a crossbow, and the goats-foot-lever used to cock it, off his father's WallOfWeapons, letting the latter drag along the stone floor as he walks down the corridor towards the privy where Lord Tywin is. Tyrion has crossed the DespairEventHorizon after finding his former {{Love Interest|s}} in father's bed and strangling her, so it signifies his general I-don't-give-a-fuck-anymore attitude.]]
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': In "Before the Flood", Moran's ghost stalks Cass while dragging an axe along the floor. Cass cannot hear him approaching because she is deaf.
* ''Series/BreakingBad'': In the episode "One Minute", one of the cousins does this with his axe while [[spoiler:going after Hank.]]

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Kai Leng is ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' is reduced to this after being beaten by Shepard.
* [[spoiler:Roxas]] does this [[spoiler:with his Keyblades]] during a cutscene fight in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII''.
* Enemies with weapons like lead pipes and heavy flashlights will occasionally do this in ''VideoGame/BioShock1''.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'''s motorcycle chase sequence has Cloud do this with his [[{{BFS}} Buster Sword]].
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'', the Seifer vs. Squall fight in cutscene makes use of this extensively.
* ''Franchise/SilentHill''
** Pyramid Head in ''VideoGame/SilentHill2'' is perhaps the most famous example in the series. The [[SinisterScrapingSound loud scraping/whining noise of his giant blade dragging over the ground]] becomes [[OhCrap a signal of his approach]]. Justified in that Pyramid Head's weapon, the Great Knife, is a meat-cleaver blade roughly the size of a Buick.
** James also does this when wielding the Great Knife, as he's barely strong enough to swing the thing, let alone carry normally.
%% NOTE: All references to the Great Knife trick have been commented out, until we get video proof that overturns the following: https://youtu.be/U81JzUj9i10?t=8m58s
%% This even becomes a game mechanic; dragging the Knife in the dark will cause enemies to think James is the Pyramid Head and [[TheDreaded run the hell away]].
** The scenario is revived in ''VideoGame/SilentHillOrigins'' with [[SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute The Butcher]] and his Meat Cleaver.
* The Flame Blade in ''VideoGame/DynastyWarriors 8'' (DLC in the base game, made Sun Quan's main weapon in ''Empires'') weaponizes this: the friction from dragging it across the ground [[FlamingSword sets the blade alight]], powering up its attacks temporarily.
* Dullahan's entrance in ''VideoGame/VagrantStory'' is heralded by the sound of his sword scraping on the floor. When he enters, he drags it for another moment, and then cuts a mystic circle around himself.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2WYH2sFCGvE The first trailer]] of ''VideoGame/BrutalLegend'' sees Eddie do this with an ''[[AnAxeToGrind axe]]''.
* ''VideoGame/DiabloII''
** The Stranger with the huge Broadsword in the intro.
** The expansion pack features the Reanimated Horde, skeleton warriors with big two-handed swords that drag on ground as they walk.
* ''VideoGame/TombRaiderLastRevelation'' has undead warriors who do this.
* ''[[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes]]'' has the Cyborg Ninja sweep his sword along the ground while fighting Snake for the first time. Possibly justified, since his sword was impossibly strong and sharp, and Snake was lying on the ground at the time.
** Jetstream Sam does it in his TraintopBattle with Raiden at the beginning of ''VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance''. In this case he's standing on top of an oil tank at the time, so it has the added bonus of [[FlamingSword lighting his sword on fire]] and setting off a huge explosion.
* In ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy'', Garland does this constantly with his shapeshifting sword. You can hardly blame him -- in its [[{{BFS}} default form]], it puts Cloud's to shame -- being longer, wider, thicker, and just generally ''[[BiggerIsBetter larger]]'' than the ''entire heroic cast''.
* In ''VideoGame/SamuraiShodown'', one of (DualWielding) UsefulNotes/YagyuJubei's special attacks (the "''Nikakurato''") has him charging towards the opponent with a shoulder smash while dragging his wakizashi along the ground- leaving sparks behind. After a solid hit or few with the shoulder smash, he then lunges upward with his katana into a soaring slash capable of a CleanCut if it finishes off the opponent.
* One of the cutscenes in ''VideoGame/HaloWars'' has the AxCrazy Arbiter do this, [[LaserBlade with obvious justification]].
* A magazine ad for ''Franchise/StarWars: [[VideoGame/DarkForcesSaga Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast]]'' has Kyle doing this with a lightsaber after {{Zorro Mark}}ing the wall with the game's insignia.
* Slayers in ''VideoGame/TheSuffering'' will often drag one hand-blade along the ground as they charge. The sound is often the first sign that they're coming. It also often kicks up sparks which are sometimes the first thing you see if they're coming out of the darkness.
* Although it's not in the actual game, the main character Hawke drags his BladeOnAStick while charging a DualWielding qunari in a cinematic trailer for ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII''.
* In ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedBrotherhood'' , a Follower of Romulus does this in Cestius' Pyramid. It was not him doing the ass-kicking.
* The Raincoat Killer from ''VideoGame/DeadlyPremonition'' does this with his axe.
* This happens in ''VideoGame/{{Fable|I}}'' if you try to wield a heavy weapon without sufficient strength.
* Occurs twice in ''VideoGame/{{Prototype}}'', both with Alex Mercer and Captain Cross. Mercer's example comes when he finally defeats the parasite that's been restricting his powers; in a fairly awesome scene, he develops both the Armor and the Blade powers, dragging the tip of the blade in a circle around him. Cross's example is dragging his shock staff across the ground in anticipation of fighting Infected. Both examples are justified, somewhat: Alex's blade is a shapeshifter weapon, so he can easily repair any potential damage, and Cross's staff doesn't have an edge to ruin.
* Kojuro in ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara'' does this when he enters [[UnstoppableRage Berserk Mode]], apparently to seem more threatening toward opponents. In the anime season 2 he pulls it off in fine style against Hanbe and his mooks.
* The ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'' champion [[TheBerserker Tryndamere]] runs around dragging his sword behind him with one hand. But then again, [[{{BFS}} with a sword like that]], you have to wonder if he kills stuff by cutting with the blade's edge or just smashing with the weight of it.
* The Black Knights from ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'' tend to do this a bit. Semi-justified, since it's usually the prelude to a big, air-launching upwards sweep attack. A player armed with a Black Knight weapon can do this as well.
* Solange from ''VideoGame/CodeOfPrincess'' does this with the [[{{BFS}} DeLuxcalibur]] because the sword really is too big for her that she has to drag it around just to move.
* The Redeads in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess Twilight Princess]]'' carry their ginormous cleavers this way.
* In ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'', both videogame and film incarnations, [[GiantMook the Executioner]] drags his [[AnAxeToGrind axe]][[DropTheHammer hammer]] on the ground. Again, justified because the weapon is [[{{BFS}} only slightly smaller]] than the Executioner himself.
* In ''[[Characters/SoulcaliburIII Soul Calibur III]]'' if you are playing as Nightmare or Siegfried, there are two versions of the same cutscene with slightly different dialogue upon reaching the Forgotten Cathedral, wherein Nightmare arrives and approaches Siegfried while dragging a new version of '''[[ArtifactOfDoom SOUL EDGE]]'''. Justified, naturally, as this is one of the more famous of video game {{BFS}}s. It is made all the more sinister by the fact that Nightmare is actually the will of the cursed sword made solid and given "life". So, Soul Edge is effectively Sword Dragging ITSELF in order to achieve this effect. The creepy eye doesn't make it any less frightening, nor does the [[SinisterScrapingSound menacing sound of the blade]] [[SwordSparks sparking on the ancient stone]]. Later, in Nightmare's ending, he does this while sliding down a castle wall before slaughtering the knights within.
* In ''VideoGame/RuneScape'' there is a two-handed melee ultimate ability that does this.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Transistor}}'', the protagonist Red drags the titular Transistor behind her at all times, [[JustifiedTrope since it's almost as tall as she is]]. The "wear down the sword" bit comes up in an unused line where [[spoiler:Royce]] expresses his distaste upon watching Red drag it around. It's still sharp enough to [[spoiler:stab through Red]] at the end.
* In ''VideoGame/TwistedMetal'' for UsefulNotes/PlayStation3, you can drag a chainsaw on the ground to make it red hot so it does more damage.
* Lucina does this in her approach to attack Captain Falcon in her and Robin's reveal trailer for ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros for Wii U/Nintendo 3DS''. {{Justified}} in that Falchion is an unbreakable magic sword which presumably wouldn't suffer too much from such an act.
* Heavy Blades in The World and Edge Punishers in The World R:2 of ''Franchise/DotHack'' tend to hold their blades low with tips barely touching the ground. This is more obvious during CG cutscenes where sparks are rendered to accompany the effect.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'': The White Fang Lieutenant drags an active [[ChainsawGood Chainsaw Sword]] along the floor of a moving train, presumably to save his strength given that it's as tall as he is and he wields it one handed repeatedly during the fight with Weiss.
* ''WebAnimation/DeathBattle'': [[VideoGame/TwistedMetal Sweet Tooth]] drags his signature machette on the floor as he walks toward ComicBook/TheJoker to finish him.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* In the trailer for the WebVideo/RedLetterMedia review of ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'' (yes, they released a ''trailer'' for an upcoming ''movie review''), Nadine drags the tip of her machete along an alley wall as she goes to confront Plinkett and seek revenge for what he did to her and her baby during the previous two ''Star Wars'' prequel reviews.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In the ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' episode "Sokka's Master", Sokka uses the tip of his sword to throw sand into Piandao's eyes.
* Huey did this for a moment in a fight with Riley on ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks'', ensuring at least some damage to the floor.
* In the beginning of episode "Dethwater" of ''WesternAnimation/{{Metalocalypse}}'', Nathan Explosion does this with an ax in the music video for "Thunderhorse", just before decapitating Murderface.
* ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko''
** William (as XANA's Dragon) tends to do that; not surprising given the [[{{BFS}} size and weight of his sword]]. He even draws a full Eye of XANA on the floor the one time he is translated to the real world, but there he is just being a show-off.
** Ulrich is also guilty of this while riding his Overbike. Of course, being in a virtual world their swords won't dull.
* When Gigabyte has Bob and Dot cornered in the ''WesternAnimation/ReBoot'' episode "Gigabyte", he drags his giant claw across the alley wall in this fashion, apparently for no reason other than to further intimidate the people he'd already cornered.
* Snake Eyes does this occasionally in ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeRenegades''.
* In ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' [[spoiler:Moded!]]Blue Beetle does a menacingly good job with his blades in "Intervention".
* In ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'', the Grand Inquisitor does this in "Gathering Forces" using his own [[RedAndBlackAndEvilAllOver red lightsaber in one hand]] and the knocked out [[BlueIsHeroic Kanan's blue lightsaber]] (exemplified by the whole thing taking place in a dark, abandoned base) as he menacingly approaches and taunts Ezra about how he's going to die.
* During Season Five of ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' Jack faces off against a very tall assassin who wields a very large sword he controls musically; it flies around at his command. When Jack, stripped of his other weapons, finally cuts Scaramouche down he drags that sword over before heaving it up for the strike.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* One technique commonly used by cavalry involves holding your sword downwards and out to the side while riding. Doing so allows you to utilize the forward momentum of your mount to increase the power of an upward slash. Occasionally, the sword may drag along the ground: this is usually either unintentional, or done for psychological reasons.
* Knife fighters fight from a low crouch and, if they're on a hard surface like pavement or concrete, will sometimes scrape the tip of the blade along the ground to psych out an opponent.
* Some haunted houses and mazes (including Theatre/HalloweenHorrorNights and Theatre/HowlOScream) have actors drag their prop blades across walls and floors to scare the guests, sometimes while running at them.
* In 1924, the Chilean military had a budget raise stuck in congress, who at the time were more concerned with [[ObstructiveBureaucrat stalling whatever laws were being written rather than get anything done]]. Thus, a small squad went to protest by way of dragging their sabers all over the congress floor as they walked. It worked, as that week saw a massive outpour of backed-up laws being passed.