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[[caption-width-right:350:Everybody limbo!]]

A common maneuver in a SwordFight: one character will dodge a sword swipe by bending over backward as the opponent's blade whips horizontally over their body.

Often filmed from above and in SlowMotion to boot, a la BulletTime. Sometimes the shot will also employ an extreme zoom to show the sword [[CloseCallHaircut cutting through a loose strand of hair]]. Ooh, that CouldHaveBeenMessy.

While this can be done in real fencing or other styles of sword combat, it's generally not advisable. This is because it pretty much involves leaving your entire upper body open to attack if it doesn't work. That, coupled with the fact that it's [[AwesomeButImpractical pretty easy to predict and thus compensate for]], gives you a move that rarely works and very inefficient... [[RuleOfCool but looks awesome.]]

[[JustForFun/IThoughtItMeant Not at all about]] swords that [[HammerSpace disappear into nowhere]].



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Hei of ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack'' dodges a stream of blood (that {{Portal Cut}}s on contact) in this manner.
* Rock Lee pulls this off while drunk during his fight with Kimimaro in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''.
* ''Anime/SamuraiChamploo'' Mugen during his fight with Sara. Mugen also pulls this off in his first fight with Ukon/Shoryuu.
* Revy from ''Manga/BlackLagoon'' does this to duck Shenhua's throwing knives so that they can [[DeadlyDodging kill the bad guys they were meant for instead of her]].
* [[spoiler:Fakir]] pulls one off during the finale of the first chapter of ''Anime/PrincessTutu'' when attacked by sword-wielding ravens.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'':
** [[spoiler:Kaku]] does this during his fight with Zoro.
** And Brook in his fight with Ryuuma, complete with the CloseCallHaircut (kind of inevitable given the size of Brook's FunnyAfro).
* The title character of ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' does this several times, absentmindedly (he was more interested in looking at some photos), during his first real duel with the bokuto-wielding [[KidSamurai Tatewaki Kuno]]. The latter is extremely irked at Ranma's nonchalant dodging, claiming Ranma isn't taking him seriously (which is absolutely right).
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': Although the manga itself never uses this trope, the anime does when creating {{filler}}. One of the classic examples is during the penultimate fight [[spoiler:between Byakuya and Kouga]] during the Zanpakutou Unknown Tales filler arc. Both fighters force their opponent to undergo minor versions of this trope at various times, all done in slow motion and shown from very artistic angles.
* ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'': During the Tournament of Power Goku pulls this off ''while falling'', planting his feet into a broken piece of the arena floor so he can dodge [[spoiler:Kefla]]'s homing energy blast.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* The Bride in ''Film/KillBill vol. 1'', in her fight with Gogo and later the Crazy 88.
* The FilmOfTheBook ''Film/TheLionTheWitchAndTheWardrobe'': Peter dodged a stab from the White Witch in this way.
* ''Franchise/TheMatrix'' series:
** Popularized by Neo's bullet dodging sequence in ''Film/TheMatrix''. The sheer number of times this particular variation has been parodied itself is enough to warrant its own article. Why this trope wasn't titled "Neo Limbo" is a mystery in itself.
** Two melee examples occur in ''Film/TheMatrixReloaded''. The first, more a matter of dodging fists, occurs during the "Burly Brawl" battle where a ring of Smiths all bend out of the way when Neo swings at them (From the Knox voiceover: "Limbo!"). The second more appropriate example is seen in the Chateau fight, where several enemies use kamas, swords and maces all at once against The One. Neo ducks under every swing.
** It's also in ''Anime/TheAnimatrix''.
* In the first ''Film/SpiderMan1'' film, Peter Parker dodges a punch in this manner. He later avoids Green Goblin's razor blades with it.
* Similarly in ''Film/{{Daredevil}}'', during their first encounter, Daredevil is able to successfully dodge razors thrown by Bullseye with this, which naturally pisses the hell out of him.
* Luke Skywalker does this in his duel with Kylo Ren during the climax of ''Film/StarWarsTheLastJedi''. [[spoiler:Of course, since Ren was only fighting an AstralProjection, Luke was never in any real danger.]]

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Happens with Samantha Carter in the "Emancipation" episode of ''Series/StargateSG1'', albeit with a knife.
* ''Series/LegendOfTheSeeker'':
** Kahlan and Cara do this ''all the goddamn time''. It turns out that when you have magic and you're fighting mooks with swords and all you're armed with is daggers or an Agiel, this is the proper way to not be exsanguinated. For those who don't know, an Agiel is a torture device that looks like a cheap dildo. We have no idea either, but it certainly doesn't have reach on [[VisualInnuendo swords]] or [[HurricaneOfPuns polearms]].
** Sisters of the Light and Sisters of the Dark occasionally do this, often against Richard.
* Not a sword, but in the first episode of ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'', Phil Coulson leans backward to avoid being hit by the flying door of van propelled at high speed by a metahuman with SuperStrength.

[[folder:Music Videos]]
* OK GO's "A Million Ways" throws one of these into its choreography, complete with impersonated bullet time.

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* Though they're dodging fists instead of swords, WWE Divas Wrestling/TrishStratus and Wrestling/{{Melina}} both use this style of dodge frequently, and a few male superstars (Wrestling/ReyMysterioJr and Wrestling/JeffHardy most notably) have used versions of it once in a while.
* In limbo, Wrestling/BlackRose would have been disqualified for touching the ground with her hand but she used it to push back up and elbow La Amazona after dodging a sidekick in an IWA Puerto Rico women's title match.
* In Wrestling/ProWrestlingZero1, Wrestling/LowKi and Toshie Uematsu have been known for doing this.
* Mixed martial artist Ta'Darius Thomas, perhaps best known as a wrestler for his run in Wrestling/RingOfHonor, will use matrix evasions to transition into moves.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Sam Gideon does this in ''VideoGame/{{Vanquish}}'' when Robert Burns slices at him at the start of the game, Sam successfully limbo dodges thanks to his PoweredArmour but also gets his cigarette cut in half in SlowMotion.
* This is a standard dodge animation of trolls in ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights'', both more justified than normal in that they can bend much farther backwards than humans, and less justified in that they may do this even if you're using a downwards slash that you can clearly see going right through them.
* ''VideoGame/DawnOfWar 2'' opening. Performed by an Eldar Banshee to evade a fuckhueg chainsword.
* Pulled of by [[Videogame/MassEffect3 Thane]] if he's still alive to fight [[SwordAndGun Kai]] [[ArrogantKungFuGuy Leng]], in a particularly awesome confrontation between two assassins. [[spoiler: Thane can't pull it off the second time, however.]]
* Performed by [[MasterSwordsman Geralt of Rivia]] when he's fighting with [[AntiVillain Letho]] in ''VideoGame/TheWitcher2AssassinsOfKings''.
* In [[http://youtu.be/IzMnCv_lPxI?t=1m29s this trailer]] for ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'', Katarina and Master Yi engage in one, {{undercrank}} and all.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' has [[ActionGirl Carolina]] dodging a combat knife by performing a back handspring.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}: Bender's Big Score!'', Hermes shows off his skills by literally limbo dancing under a sword. It's subverted when he [[spoiler:gets his head severed by the ''other'' sword that was mounted on one of those sword/shield/wall mount thingies]].
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' has done this three times.
** Aang in the "Blue Spirit" when two Fire Nation soldiers slice at him with polearms.
** Zuko to Jet in "City of Walls and Secrets" -- in a "Making Of" special, Bryan Konietzko and Sifu Kisu were doing a motion-reference for the Sword Fight between Jet and Zuko (Bryan was Jet, Kisu was Zuko) and they did this part in slow-mo (as in they intentionally did it very slow to show of the rate of time; Bryan even had a blade of grass in his mouth).
** Sokka in "Sokka's Master", as shown above.