A lefthander.

Traditionally, baseball fields were oriented so that the batter, catcher, and umpire faced east to ensure that the setting sun wasn't in their eyes. As a result, when a pitcher is on the mound facing home plate, his left hand pointed south, so lefty pitchers came to be known as southpaws. The term has since entered general usage to indicate left-handed people. There is a perception that southpaws have an [[http://www.newsweek.com/id/146842 advantage]], because they are different from right-handed opponents. And it has proven to be TruthInTelevision in quite a few sports, besides baseball. For example, left-handed sword fighters attacks come from an unusual angle compared to those by right handed opponents, making them more difficult to parry. And left handed--er, footed--soccer players have a likewise advantage over right handed goalkeepers, making them ideal for penalty kicks.

In fiction left-handedness is used as a defining characteristic, and is often treated as a slight positive. For left-handedness as a sign of evil see ASinisterClue.

Contrast IAmNotLeftHanded. Compare LeftHandedMirror.

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[[folder:{{Anime}} and {{Manga}}]]
* The majority of the ''Manga/LuckyStar'' cast is left-handed. Miyuki is the only main character who is right-handed, while Konata is ambidextrous.
* ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'''s Saitou Hajime. Since all Japanese sword techniques are taught strictly right-handed, the switch could be very useful in the context of kenjutsu.
* Mio Akiyama in ''KOn'' is a left-handed bass musician, and tends to be fascinated by other left hand objects.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'':
** Uryu Ishida is left-handed, noticeable even when he sews. He even fires his bow left-handed. WordOfGod addressed this in an in-character "Radio Kon" skit after learning from a fan that formal archery training requires left-handed people to fire bows right-handed: Uryuu has never been formally trained. His father, Ryuuken, is also left-handed, as seen when he fires his bow ''one-handed'' from his left hand. However, having been formally trained, he can fire his bow right-handed. As he's refused to train his son, Uryuu's mostly self-taught and does what comes naturally to him instead of what the rules tell him to do.
** Kūkaku Shiba most likely out of necessity. She lost her right arm (it is never disclosed how she lost it) making her left-handed out of necessity. In the manga she has only a stub of her right arm, in the anime she has a [[ArtificialLimbs prosthetic right arm]].
* The ability to box left-handed is a rare and (sometimes) major advantage in ''HajimeNoIppo''. The ability to switch between southpaw and a conventional stance at will is even better.
* ''{{FLCL}}'': Haruko and, supposedly, Naota's brother are southpaws (a guitar [[ImprobableWeaponUser "player"]] and baseball player respectively), as pointed out in the DVD commentary. Apparently it has something to do with their coolness, according to the director's opinion.
* ''{{Gundam00}}'s'' Graham Aker, naturally its applied to his mobile suit controls, all of them are configured with its main weapon in the left hand and the shield on the right arm.
* In ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'', main character Nanoha Takamachi noticeably wields [[EmpathicWeapon Raising Heart]] in her left hand. In addition, whenever she's shown using a writing utensil, she's holding it in her left hand. Her left-handedness is outright stated in [[https://sites.google.com/site/translationcd/home/nanoha-novel the character blurb of the light novel]].
** According to the movie, the late Alicia Testarossa was also left-handed. The fact that her clone/sister Fate was ''right''-handed was a key indication that she was her own person rather than just a copy, which led to her mother rejecting her.
** [[CoolBigSis Ginga Nakajima]] wears the left [[PowerFist Revolver Knuckle]] and she holds silverwares with her left hand.
** According to the manga, [[TheGunslinger Teana Lanster]] is ambidextrous. Considering her [[GunsAkimbo usual]] [[DualWielding fighting style]], it comes in handy.
* [[MemeticBadass The Fourth Raikage, Ay]], from ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' is left handed [[spoiler:until he loses his left arm.]]
** Suigetsu Hozuki is likewise left-handed. This is most evident when he's wielding his favorite {{BFS}}.
** A Genin impersonating Naruto in the Forest of Death is quickly discovered because he wears his kunai pouch on his left leg, while the real Naruto is right-handed. Presumably shinobi need to become ambidextrous if they're to succesfully [[BodyDouble replace another person.]]
* Edward Elric from ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' is not naturally left-handed, but had to learn how to write with his left because... [[ArtificialLimbs y'know]], though he tends to fight more with his right arm.
** It's never stated, but while Roy Mustang is seen several times writing with his right hand, he must have some ambidextrous tendencies. [[spoiler:When his ignition gloves are rendered useless in a fight against Lust, he uses his left hand to carve a transmutation circle into the back of his right hand. Transmutation circles are extremely detailed and complicated things, so for him to have done a correct one with his non-dominant hand - especially in a difficult medium like ''flesh'' - indicates strong motor skills in both hands.]]
* Zoro, Vivi, Shanks (until he lost his left arm), Tom (who can be seen using his left hand to hold chopsticks), Rayleigh, and many other characters (especially swordsmen) from ''Manga/OnePiece'' are left-handed.
* Kallen Stadtfeld[=/=]Kouzuki from ''Anime/CodeGeass'' is another left-handed mecha pilot, but it may not look that way at first since her AceCustom Guren has a literal RightHandOfDoom. However, it's ''because'' she's left-handed that the radiant wave is on the Guren's right arm: the radiant arm is large and awkward, meaning it can't be used for normal manipulation, and for that reason it's equipped on the pilot's non-dominant side.
* Raphael from ''AngelSanctuary'' is left-handed.
* There are many in ''ThePrinceofTennis'', specifically Ryoma.
* In ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'', all characters associated with Z-One (including Bruno, Paradox, and Aporia's three incarnations) are left handed; all are androids, so they were presumably designed that way for some reason.
* Kikuchiyo from ''Anime/SamuraiSeven'' appears to be this, he typically wields his sword with his left hand and uses chopsticks with it too.
* ''Manga/BlackCat'': In his first fight against Creed, it's shown that he's originally left-handed, and therefore has greater control with it.
* Riffael Raffit of Manga/CountCain is left-handed, though it turns out not to be natural-- his right hand was injured badly enough after [[spoiler: his suicide attempt in the hospital]] that he had to learn to use his left. After it heals, he remains left-handed. [[spoiler: When his evil SplitPersonality regains control over his body, it's right-handed-- and when good-Riff starts his SplitPersonalityTakeover, he shoots himself in the right arm to hamstring evil-Riff.]]
* Former #1, Cassandra the Dust Easter from ''Manga/{{Claymore}}'' wields her claymore in her left-hand.
* Midorima Shintarou of KurokoNoBasuke. As part of [[BunnyEarsLawyer his many efforts]] to succeed in anything he does, he specially tapes the fingers of his left hand to preserve their condition.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Rorschach of ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}.
* ComicBook/{{Hellboy}} has a big right hand made out of stone, which isn't really useful for doing anything other than punching things, which makes him left-handed out of necessity. Conveniently, Ron Perlman who portrays him in the films is also left-handed.
* Over time Alan Scott, the Golden Age GreenLantern, developed into this, until it has become Canon that "he always was left-handed".
** Also from ''GreenLantern'', {{Sinestro}} is sometimes shown as left-handed (meant as a pun on his name rather than deliberately being ASinisterClue).
* In Dan Slott's run on She-Hulk, there's a minor villain/supporting character called Southpaw. She has a large (depending upon the artist) gauntlet over her left arm, hence the name.
* Calvin and Susie in ''CalvinAndHobbes'' are both left-handed.
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[[folder:Film]]
* In ''Little Big League'', the kid manager shows his expert knowledge by correctly identifying a subversion of this effect. (A case when instead of pinch hitting for the left handed batter against the left-handed pitcher, he keeps the left-handed batter in the game). This situation comes up again in the climactic scene when the southpaw heroic batter is matched up against the southpaw Randy Johnson, [[BigGuy The Big Unit]], for the final out, [[spoiler:and flies out to lose the game, as he statistically should when southpaw batter goes up against southpaw pitcher. Additionally, the catch that ends the game is made by ''another'' southpaw, Ken Griffey Jr.]]
* ''Film/{{Rocky}}'' was a left-handed boxer, which led (in his backstory) to opponents refusing to face him out of fear that it would mess with their mechanics. He defeats the world champion by learning to fight righty for most of the fight, and then switch to his natural stance and go for the KO... which of course occurred in maximum {{Narm}} mode.
* Ofelia in ''Film/PansLabyrinth'' is left-handed. It doesn't give her any specific talents, but it is a clue to her otherworldly origins, as left-handedness was once attributed to changelings.
* In ''Film/ThePrincessBride'', both the Man in Black and Inigo Montoya fight left-handed in their duel as a way of handicapping themselves to give their opponent more of a fight. Eventually they both [[IAmNotLeftHanded drop the act]] and fight better with their right hand.
* [[Film/DieHard John McClane]] is a left-handed. As is BruceWillis, who portrays him. Video game adaptations tend to forget this for some reason.
* Enforced in the ''Franchise/EvilDead'' films, in which Ash actually ''loses'' his right hand. Of course, Sam Raimi probably decided that Ash should lose his right and not his left hand because Creator/BruceCampbell in RealLife is left-handed.
* Played with in ''Film/ForAFewDollarsMore''. The Man with No Name shoots with his right hand, but he does just about everything else with his left.
* Then in ''Film/LordOfTheRings'' film adaptions there's King Theoden (played by Bernard Hill) who wields a sword with his left hand.
** Frodo uses his left hand at one point when he uses Sting to tame Gollum during the struggle for the Ring.
** Isildur has his swords' scabard on his right hip and holds his father's swords' handle in his left hand.
* In ''Film/{{Tron}}'' and ''Film/TronLegacy'', Tron throws his discs left-handed. This is because Bruce Boxleitner himself is left-handed.
* In ''[[Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan The Amazing Spider-Man]]'', Dr. Curt Connors introduces himself to Oscorp's new interns by indicating [[GeniusCripple his missing right arm]]: "[[BlackHumor And yes, in case you're wondering, I'm a southpaw]]."
* In ''FinalFantasyVIIAdventChildren'', there are no less than 7 left-handers: Sephiroth (obviously), Kadaj, Loz, Yazoo, Reno, Cid, and Barret.[[note]]In Barret's case, he suffered a gunshot wound that made his right arm unusable. It's likely he was right handed before this wound. However, he might have simply gotten used to using his left by this point, as his gun-arm is now capable of assuming the form of a usable hand.[[/note]]
* In ''Franchise/StarWars'' the original trilogy, Mark Hammil is left-handed so Luke obviously is too, this can be seen when he's shooting and his lightsaber is kept in his right hip. Probably explains why in ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'' Luke [[AnArmAndALeg lost his right arm]] instead of his left.
* In ''Film/TheAvengers'', Black Widow and Hawkeye are played left-handed by lefties Scarlett Johansson and Jeremy Renner.
* Neo in ''Film/TheMatrix'' (as Anderson) writes with his left hand but during the fight scene against the {{Mook}}s in Reloaded he holds the sword in his right hand.
** Justified since the tutorial program was probably designed for right handed people.
* General Joseph Colton from ''Film/GIJoeRetaliation''. (Bruce Willis, again)
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[[folder:Literature]]
* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'':
** Arya Stark. When her dominant hand is revealed to her fencing master, he reacts favorably because fighting left-handed will reverse her stance and movements, which will help confuse her opponents. Of course, her left-handedness might also be ASinisterClue about her future.
** Quorin Halfhand learned to fight with his left hand after getting several fingers of his swordhand chopped off.
** Jaime Lannister is forced to start learning to fight left-handed after losing his right hand.
* In HarryTurtledove's ''Tales of the Fox'' series, the main character is left-handed, and he remarks that it makes it easier to get around enemy shields for a couple of reasons.
* In the ''{{Emberverse}}'' novels Rudi Mackenzie's right arm is wounded and has to learn to use his left arm as his sword arm. When practicing with youths in the Free Republic of Richland they complain that he has an unfair advantage as a southpaw. His mentor responds "Yah hey, if someone attacks you using different moves, or if they're a leftie you're just going to say you're taking your bat and ball and going home 'cause it ain't fair? Christ, Weiss, I've known you were a dumb little punk for years, but do you have to show it off in front of strangers?"
* In ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'', [[HandicappedBadass Maedhros]] learns to wield to his sword with his left-hand after a LifeOrLimbDecision. He becomes even more deadly afterwards (though this is probably for psychological reasons than anything physical.)
* Alanna from the Literature/TortallUniverse deliberately practices at using her sword left-handed after her right arm is injured during training to become a knight. She keeps up the ambidextrous sword usage even after she's healed, which becomes a ChekhovsSkill in a duel against the BigBad.
* Caramon Majere of the ''{{Dragonlance}}'' novels fights left-handed. Not much comes of it, but the narration mentions it occasionally.
* Major Perigord Habile [[MeaningfulName Sinistra]] of ''[[{{Redwall}} The Long Patrol]]'' is left-pawed, and mentions it while taunting the Painted Ones. In a later book, ''Lord Brocktree'', there is a minor character named Southpaw, though it's never touched upon whether or not he's actually left-pawed.
* Orm, the main character from ''Literature/TheLongShips'', is left-handed as a result of rowing a starboard oar on a slave galley for five years. It is commented upon when he duels, that this makes shieldwork more difficult both for him and the right-handed man he's fighting.
* In ''Literature/TalesOfKolmar'', Lanen Kaelar is left-handed like her mother. Her beloved, after [[HumanityEnsues he becomes human]], discovers that he is not when he tries to learn what she know of swordfighting from watching her.
* Though it doubtfully makes a difference in her fighting technique, chapter 21 of ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'' implies that Hermione Granger is one (Harry holds out his own left hand to take her right, and thereafter Hermione casts two spells). This merits mention, as Hermione is the best spell-caster of the core three, and it's plausible that left-handed-ness is a sign of a more powerful wizard (and further cements her as an AuthorAvatar, given J. K. Rowling is left-handed).
* It can also be surmised that, having lost his right hand in a fight with PeterPan, Captain Hook is a left-handed fighter.
* ''Literature/ArtemisFowl'': The title character is ambidextrous, but it's noted in the text that he's slightly more steady with his left hand.
* ''Literature/MarginPlay'': The protagonist, Amber Eckert, is a lefty, although that fact is never specifically mentioned. There are plenty of clues though, starting in the very first chapter when she carries a rolled-up newspaper in her left hand as she approaches an AngryGuardDog. It becomes rather important late in the book.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/DharmaAndGreg'' - Greg's father trained his naturally right-handed son to switch so he'd have an advantage in baseball. When Greg points this can actually be psychologically unhealthy to do to a child, his father seems a little sheepish: "Sorry, son... Won't do it again."
* Mcgee in ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' always uses his sidearm with his left hand.
* If you ever closely watch any JimHenson productions, like ''TheMuppetShow'' or ''FraggleRock'', you'll notice a lot of the characters are left-handed. This is due to most of their puppeteers being ''right-handed'', which they use to control the head of the puppet. Their left hand is used to control the hands, hence why so many Muppets are left-handed. It also doubles as a ShoutOut, since Henson himself was left-handed.
* Astute viewers noticed that on ''Series/BabylonFive'', Sheridan and Garibaldi had their communicators on their right wrists, while everyone else had them on their left wrists. When asked why this was, [[WordOfGod series creator]] Creator/JMichaelStraczynski explained that this is because both actors are left-handed.
* On ''Series/HomeImprovement'', both Tim and Al are left-handed. They dedicated one episode to showcasing tools designed for use by lefties.
* Apollo from the original ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Classic}}'' shoots left-handed with a laser, though Richard Hatch is ambidextrous in real life.
* [[Series/StarskyAndHutch David Starsky]] is the lefty of the pair, as evidenced with handling a gun. Also, Captain Dobey's daughter Rosie as evidenced in the end of the episode, "Captain Dobey, You're Dead" where Starsky is pleased to learn she can draw with her left hand.
* Sam Axe on ''Series/BurnNotice'' shoots left-handed because, as previously mentioned, Creator/BruceCampbell is a lefty.
* Both Bishops in ''Series/{{Fringe}}'' are left-handed, partly because actors John Noble and Joshua Jackson are both real life lefties, and partly because their handedness visually and symbolically sets them apart.
* Many fans note that Lex Luthor from ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' fences and plays pool left-handed. Michael Rosenbaum who portrays him is left-handed.
** Whitney Fordman, Lionel Luthor, and Lois Lane are all lefties too.
*** However, Lionel fences right-handed.
* Ian Fowles AKA Eagle Bones Falcon Hawk from ''TheAquaBatsSuperShow'' is left-handed.
* Sawyer from ''Series/{{Lost}}'' is left-handed.
* Dr. John Watson on ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'', as is his actor, Martin Freeman.
* Justin and Ashley from ''PowerRangersTurbo'' both write left-handed, while T.J. pitches left-handed.
* Shown on ''Series/TooCloseForComfort'' with Jackie. Deborah van Valkenburgh, who plays her, is left-handed.
* In the last season of ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', part of [[TheNthDoctor Ezri Dax]]'s disorientation as a new host was thinking she was right-handed when she's really left-handed.
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[[folder:Music]]
* The PeterPaulAndMary song "Right Field" is about a Little League baseball player who never has anything to do in right field because "Little leagues never have lefties that pull."
* [[Music/{{Queen}} Freddie Mercury]] played guitar right-handed on "Crazy Little Thing Called Love".
* An important visual aspect of Music/TheBeatles' stage presence was PaulMcCartney playing his bass left-handed, creating a nice symmetry with the two right-handed guitarists, especially when sharing a microphone.
** JohnLennon and PaulMcCartney were also known to write their songs face to face, with a guitar each, in the early days. Paul being left-handed allowed both of them to quickly understand what chords the other was playing, as though he was looking at himself in a mirror.
** Part of RingoStarr's appeal was playing left-handed drums on a right-handed drumset.
** Paul being left-handed is often cited as a "clue" in the "Paul is Dead" urban legend. For example, the fact he's shown holding a cigarette in his ''right'' hand on the album cover for Abbey Road is said to be further "proof" that it's actually an imposter.
* Other left-handed guitarists like Music/JimiHendrix, [[Music/BlackSabbath Tony Iommi]] (helpful given he cut the tips of two right hand fingers) and [[KurtCobain Kurt]] [[Music/{{Nirvana}} Cobain.]] (who could play ambidextrously, but chose to use the left)
* Subverted by [[DireStraits Mark Knopfler]], who is a natural left-hander but plays his guitar right-handed.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Although this never really becomes terribly relevant to the gameplay or plot, Link in most ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' games is left-handed, and anyone who depicts him with his sword in his right hand will be subject to [[FandomBerserkButton much backlash from the fans.]] The following games are aversions of the trope:
** The Wii version of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess''. It was originally designed for the {{Gamecube}}, where Link was a lefty as usual, but the Wii version used motion controls and it was felt that Link's dominant hand should match most players'. To program this in a hurry, ''the entire game'' was flipped left-to-right so that Link would be right-handed, even though his handedness does not affect gameplay at all. Ganondorf, normally right-handed, becomes left-handed as a result of the flipping.
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'' also portrays Link as a righty because of motion controls; in fact, it's the first game since the original where the ''official art'' depicts him as right-handed. Holding the Wii remote in your left hand hardly affects gameplay at all, though.
** WordOfGod is that Link is, in fact, ambidextrous. The majority of his incarnations simply seem to prefer the left hand, however. Indeed, in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast'', where no matter which way he faced (left or right), the hand most visible to the player was the one holding the sword, due to AmbidextrousSprite issues. It was given an in-game explanation that [[JustifiedTrope actually made sense]] - Link carries his shield so that it always points toward [[IDontLikeTheSoundOfThatPlace Death Mountain]] for superstitious reasons, and so his sword goes in his other hand.
* Sol Badguy in ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear'' wields his sword left-handed, in ReverseGrip no less. Naturally, he regularly defeats his right-handed [[TheRival rival]] Ky Kiske whenever they go at it. The same applies to Ragna the Bloodedge, the protagonist if Guilty Gear's SpiritualSuccessor ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'', right down to the ReverseGrip.
* ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry'' has Nero in the fourth game, who is a lefty. Though, that most likely has more to do with the fact that his right hand is a demonic claw. The new Dante of the AlternativeContinuity is ambidextrous but prefers his left hand. Contrasting classic Dante who was good with both hands but preferred his right.
* Sheva Alomar from ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil5'' is left-handed. This is so the camera would be in a more advantageous position during split screen co-op. Dom from ''GearsOfWar'' is a lefty for similar reasons.
* [[DemonicSpiders Hunters]] from ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil'' are lefties, so remember to run to their right (your left) if you're trying to evade their slashes.
* Luciana in ''YggdraUnion''. This is one of the handful of ways we're given tell her and her twin sister Aegina apart, other than slight differences in their hairstyles and the colors of their armor.
* Cid Highwind from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' is the only left-handed member of the group, unless you count Barret. On the Shinra side Reno wields his baton in his left. Sephiroth oddly enough wasn't left handed in the original game.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyII'' has no less than ''four'' southpaws--Leon, Ricard, Leila, and Scott.
* Also from ''Final Fantasy'' is [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV Kain Highwind]], though like Link, his dominant hand is somewhat inconsistent; his original artwork shows him as right-handed, but he equips weapons to his left hand in-game. The DS version inverts this; the artwork shows him as a lefty, but he equips weapons to his right hand now! He is generally considered to be left-handed, and he fights this way is ''Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy'' (though his artwork shows him right-handed to resemble his original art). There's Golbez and Palom.
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyDimensions'', Nacht's left-handedness is shown in a subtle fashion--he equips shields in the right-hand slot of the status screen, one-handed weapons in the left.
* Kokoro from ''{{Remember11}}''
* ''VideoGame/SoulSeries'':
** Raphael Sorel, first introduced in ''[[VideoGame/SoulSeries Soul Calibur II]]'', is one of only two left-handed fighters in the entire series (and it's heavily implied he personally trained the other one). It's also on the fence whether he is completely insane, in addition to being [[ASinisterClue irredeemably evil]], despite having unintentionally saved the world. This is probably because the two of them fence, and this is the only way they can face the audience when controlled by Player 1 instead of having their backs to them. The Nightmare in ''VideoGame/SoulCalibur V'' is left-handed. [[spoiler:This is mostly a clue as to who he's pulled a GrandTheftMe on.]]
** Amy Sorel, Raphael's adopted daughter, is also left-handed.
** Siegfried Schtauffen and thus Nightmare are ambidextrous, but Nightmare prefers to wield his sword in his left hand. In-game, Siegfried wields his sword in his left hand, too, but many promo materials show him wielding with his right hand.
* Katakura Kojuro from ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara'' is the only left-handed character in the series. He is also one of the most superior swordsmen in terms of sheer skill and technique, and mostly relies on {{Diagonal Cut}}s from the opposite side than would be expected from a right-handed fighter. But despite how rare it was for samurai back then, no one ever comments on this.
* Soda Popinski is the only left-handed boxer in the entire ''PunchOut'' series (though King Hippo seems to be ambidextrous), as seen in both the NES and Wii versions.
* Luke fon Fabre in ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'' is left-handed. It isn't a major plot point, but it does make for a touching moment at the end of the game, where CoolOldGuy[=/=]ColonelBadass Jade offers his own left hand for Luke to shake, despite being right-handed himself, out of respect for the [[CharacterDevelopment personal growth]] Luke experiences throughout the game. It's also because, in Japan, shaking ones left hand is considered to be a greater sign of trust since that's the one you hold your shield in. Jade is not only recognising Luke's development, but also indicating that he trusts Luke enough to let his guard down in front of him. [[spoiler:Luke is [[LeftHandedMirror "mirrored"]] from Asch due to being his replica--his hair sweeps in the opposite direction from Asch's, too, so it's only natural that they have opposite dominant hands.]] [[spoiler: Asch]] is left handed as well, he just [[BadAss trained himself to use his right hand for everything]] including eating, writing, and sword play because it let him interact with the world better and gives him the advantage of being ambidextrous.
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia'' has a few, with a total of three people who swordfight using their left. Yuri being one, though he is just ambidextrous with a preference for his left. Schwann does, [[spoiler: and by extension, probably Raven is left-handed]] as does Gauche. Which is of course a case of both BilingualBonus and PunnyName, as Gauche actually ''means'' "left" in French.
* Aika from ''SkiesOfArcadia'' wields her boomerang with her left hand.
* ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'': Crono is left-handed.
* Amongst the four protagonists in VideoGame/WildArms3, Jet is the only one that uses his ARM in his left hand. He does however, cast spells from his right hand and since he's essentially a [[spoiler: living reincarnation of a past Filgaia]] and hence are able to do...stuff with his right hand, he might just have been conditioned.
* Guybrush Threepwood, TheHero of the VideoGame/MonkeyIsland series, is a weird example. He appears right handed on [[http://miwiki.net/File:BoxartMI1front.jpg the cover of the first game]], yet the same game provides us [[http://miwiki.net/Insult_swordfighting this picture]]. (Guybrush always fights in the same direction, so he does not have an AmbidextrousSprite.) Guybrush is [[http://blog.icepick.co.za/wp-content/uploads/2009/03/insult.gif right handed in the Curse of Monkey Island]] and left handed again in the TalesOfMonkeyIsland. (But not on the cover.) Could he be ambidextrous?
* Patrick Galloway in ''VideoGame/CliveBarkersUndying'' is notable as one of the few FPS protagonists to hold most, if not all of his weapons in his left hand during gameplay.
* Subverted by Dunban in ''VideoGame/{{Xenoblade}}''; he lost the use of his right arm. But still being right-handed or no he kicks ass.
* ''{{VideoGame/Pokemon}}'': Red appears to be left-handed.
* ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'': Shauntal is seen holding a book in her right hand and a pen in her left.
** It's subtle, but Bianca appears to be left-handed or at least ambidextrous; she generally waves with her left hand (in her official art and the anime) and holds a Poké Ball in her left hand in her trainer sprite, although to support the ambidexterity theory she wears her Xtransceiver on her left wrist, and the anime and ''Black and White 2'' show her throwing Poké Balls with her right hand.
** Roxie from ''VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2''.
* ''VideoGame/PandorasTowerUntilIReturnToYourSide'': Aeron wields his sword or whatever other weapon he has equipped in his left hand. There's a very strong case he's ambidextrous, though, as he launches and controls the Oraclos Chain from his right wrist, and has the arm strength to toss himself or others around with it.
* When fighting [[spoiler:Magolor]] in ''VideoGame/KirbysReturnToDreamland'', he mostly uses his left hand to attack.
* [[Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog Shadow the Hedgehog]] is left handed in [[VideoGame/ShadowTheHedgehog his own game]]. This is most likely to oppose him to Sonic, who is right-handed.
* In official art and cutscenes for ''VideoGame/MegaManX'', Zero consistently wields his saber with his left hand. He may have wanted to keep his right arm free for his [[ArmCannon buster]], but he uses it much less often than the saber. In-game sprites and models are not so consistent.
* Although she is shown as right-handed in gameplay, in some cutscenes Xion from ''[[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsThreeFiveEightDaysOverTwo Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days]]'' wields her Keyblade in her left hand. Also, Ventus from ''[[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep Birth By Sleep]]'' is seen as a lefty in the secret video by that name in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'' - although, like Xion, he wields his Key right-handedly in the game itself.
* Akihiko Sanada of ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'' is an avid [[BareFistedMonk boxer]], and fights from a Southpaw stance.
* Some {{FPS}} games, such as ''VideoGame/CounterStrike'' allow the player to use either left or right handed models in first person view.
* A funny aversion: all console versions of ''VideoGame/GuitarHero'' and ''VideoGame/RockBand'' have a Lefty Flip; however, even if it's on, your character will always play right-handed.
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* Haruka of ''VisualNovel/LittleBusters'' is left-handed. It comes up while they're setting her up for the baseball team and they briefly discuss the way she has a small advantage because of it. [[spoiler:It wasn't so advantageous when her BigScrewedUpFamily assumed left-handedness was a sign of weakness and beat her for it, though.]]
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* KarateBears have a [[http://www.karatebears.com/2011/12/southpaw.html hell of a left hook.]]
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* There are many left-handed or ambidextrous characters in the ''HomestarRunner'' universe, a list of characters and examples can be seen [[http://www.hrwiki.org/wiki/Left_Handedness here]]
* Sabastian, from ''Literature/TheGraystoneSaga'', has been confirmed to be a left-handed swordsman.
* Pumkin from ''BamanPiderman'' is left-handed.
* Film Brain from ''WebVideo/BadMovieBeatdown'' is the only leftie known among the TGWTG crew.
* Tagg, Sakura, and Mezzo from ''RolePlay/WeAreAllPokemonTrainers'' are left handed, Mezzo being of particular note because she specializes in [[DarkIsNotEvil Dark types.]]
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* A DoubleSubversion occurs in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "Homer at Bat" where, at the company softball championship, Mr. Burns (correctly, according to this trope) sends Homer (a right-handed batter) to pinch hit against a left-handed pitcher. Made clearly ridiculous by the fact that the batter Homer replaced was major leaguer Darryl Strawberry [[spoiler:though Homer wins the game for his team anyway since the pitcher hits him with the ball with the bases loaded.]]
** Then there's Ned Flanders, who specifically opens the Leftorium, a shop for left handers. When he's in danger of going out of business, Homer calls up every left handed person he knows (and then some) to call up to Ned and buy stuff.
** Bart Simpson is a straight example, in homage to Matt Groening.
* Doug, in Nickelodeon's ''{{Doug}}'', was left-handed. It was occasionally a plot point, such as when his friends couldn't figure out why he was such a poor beet-ball player until they realized they had been trying to make him bat right-handed.
** It's shows up again in another episode where his much-beloved journal goes missing. No one can read it, partly because of his poor handwriting, but also because as a lefty, he drags his hand through everything he writes, leaving it a smudged mess.
* Tiana, from ''ThePrincessAndTheFrog'', is meant to be left-handed, as a ShoutOut to her voice actress, Anika Noni Rose. (Close viewing, however, reveals that she's more ambidextrous than anything else.)
* {{Mulan}} is left-handed (but she uses her right hand to hold a sword).
** The archer Hun is left-handed too.
* William Murderface in ''{{Metalocalypse}}'' is possibly this, he signed his contract with his left hand, as did ThePeteBest that had been there. Also: both Ofdensen and Melmord fenced with their left hands.
* Hiccup in ''Film/HowToTrainYourDragon''. Interestingly, the film subtly hints at the old superstitions against lefties: He uses his right hand whenever he is around others and defaults to his left when alone.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Coraline}}'', Coraline writes with her left hand, as changelings were said to do.
* Let's not forget Chuckie from ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}''. After finding out, his father goes on a shopping spree at a left-handed store, the gag being that a baby wouldn't have much use for a left-handed steam iron, whisk or shoehorn.
** The other, more obvious joke is that NOBODY needs a lefty version of any of these items, as they're not made for a specific hand in the first place. (Unlike say, a baseball glove)
* Ed from ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy''.
* Francine from ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' was revealed to be one, but in Catholic school, she was raised to believe that lefties are bad people.
* Wheezey from DragonTales is the left side of a two-headed dragon, so it makes sense that she's left-handed.
* [[PhineasAndFerb Phineas]] and Vanessa are left-handed. Dan Povenmire, the creator of the show himself, is left-handed.
** Perry the platypus is ambidextrous.
* Nickelodeon:
** SpongeBobSquarePants, the titular character is said to be left-handed in several episodes (in Neptune's Spatula he had two left hands) and in several others he says he's ambidextrous, but he can be seen using his left hand more often than not.
** FairlyOddParents, Timmy Turner is ambidextrous but prefers to lead with his left hand.
* In ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'', Finn the human is technically ambidextrous, but he seems to prefer to lead and write with his left hand. This trope becomes [[spoiler:a little more... [[AnArmAndALeg prominent]] after "[[WhamEpisode Escape From the Citadel."]]]]
** Marceline utilizes a left-handed bass. She appears to be ambidextrous.
** The Earl of Lemongrab is left-handed, ASinisterClue?
** Billy the Hero is also left-handed, this is evidenced by the fact his gauntlet glove is a left hand glove and he wield his sword in his left hand.
** Shoko was left-handed [[AnArmAndALeg by necessity]].
* Brain and Mr. Marco from Arthur
* Lola Bunny and her parents from TheLooneyTunesShow are all left-handed, literally south ''paws''.
* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'':
** In a murder case, all clues pointed to Toby Determined who is left-handed. [[spoiler: It turns out to be Wax Sherlock Holmes who holds his magnifying glass in his left hand]]
** Quentin Trembley, [[spoiler: the actual founder of Gravity Falls]] appears to be this as he salutes with his left hand (untraditionaly), rips his pants with his left hand, and holds his key with his left hand.
** Dipper appears to be ambidextrous.
** Rumble [=McSkirmish=] is an AmbidextrousSprite.
* While all the characters from [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic]] seem more or less ambidextrous, Fluttershy tends to use her left hoof in situations where all other characters favor their right, such as when bowing at the end of Hearth's Warming Eve.
* [=McFist=] from WesternAnimation/RandyCunninghamNinthGradeNinja, not by choice though he has a mechanical RightHandOfDoom with a brain in it, not very good for menial tasks.
* Young Macintosh of ''{{Brave}}'' is shown to be left-handed by the way he shoots his bow.
* Adam Lyon from ''WesternAnimation/MyGymPartnersAMonkey'' seems to use his left hand more often.
* In ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', Stan Marsh might be an example of this. While continuity tends to be inconsistent, episodes such as "My Future Self n' Me" and "W.T.F." show him writing with his left hand. Adding on to this, he's the AuthorAvatar of Trey Parker, who is a left-handed person in real life.
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* The word ''sinister'' comes from the Latin meaning "left-handed." It came to be corrupted [[ASinisterClue to mean wicked or evil]]. In the Middle Ages it was believed that when a person was writing with their left hand they were possessed by the Devil. (This was uncommon, particularly as there were fewer literate people.) Left-handed people were therefore considered to be evil.
* Historical aversions include the Greek Phalanx and Roman Legions. Both of these forces required soldiers to fight right-handed. However, this was because unit maneuvers required men to cover their left neighbor's vulnerable right sword hand with their shield. If sword and shield were reversed, the cooperative ability would not exist. There are a few rumors of an attempt in Roman times to field an entirely left-handed legion, so that it would be reversed for every soldier.
* For similar reasons to baseball, left-handed cricketers are very useful both with the bat and with the ball: for example, it is generally a good idea for a batting partnership to consist of a right-hander and a left-hander, to put bowlers off their line and tire the fielders when the batsmen cross.
** Australian bowler Bill O'Reilly (no, not [[BillOReilly that one]]) hated bowling to left-handers and said they should be drowned at birth. A leg spinner is essentially an off spinner against a left-handed batsman, as the ball spins towards them instead of away.
* This advantage is also often attributed (rightly or wrongly) to southpaw players of tennis and other racquet-based games.
* Averted in golf, though. Since golf is (if you'll excuse the terms) PlayerVersusEnvironment rather than PlayerVersusPlayer, and the slopes of most golf courses are designed for right-handers, there are relatively few left-handed golfers at the highest level (although Phil Mickelson and Mike Weir are two relatively recent left-handed major winners).
* Left-handed auto racers benefit greatly from keeping their dominant hand on the wheel while shifting gears. Averted by the more modern FormulaOne steering-wheel controls: now they use the left hand to shift down and the right hand to shift up.
* In late antiquity/early medieval warfare, a common trick (the Saxons and maybe the Normans made good use of this) was to fight as though left handed, thus minimizing the enemies' shields and throwing them off.
* Left-handed bowlers can be seen as having a significant advantage over right-handed bowlers. Since most bowlers bowl right-handed, they're all throwing their ball along roughly the same path as each other, which can throw off the oil pattern significantly. Left-handed bowlers generally have fresh oil, since few people bowl along the left side of the lane, and are thus able to get a much more consistent shot. Having a fresh oil track on the lane is a very good thing, as it allows the ball to travel faster, and with more spin, meaning that the pins can be stuck harder, and allowing for greater control of the curve, which is essential in getting a strike, since the best way to get a strike is to hit the pins behind the first pin, with the ball curving slightly to the center of the cluster, so that the pins hit each other in a mushrooming pattern.
* One defense used in medieval castles was to make spiral staircases twist clockwise as they went up so that a right handed defender's body was shielded by the center wall. This made left handed troops a valuable resource when trying to storm such castles.
* This trope also applies to fencing; lefties are MUCH harder to hit if you're used to fighting righties due to the fact that you have to hit the opposite side of their body.
** Same goes for swordplay; in general you are encouraged to fight from your good side for the obvious advantages in free fights (but also because it is a pain to fight from your weak side - or to re-train your good side when you started learning on the wrong side.). Once you get used to how to attack a right handed opponent on his left (vulnerable) shoulder when your opening position has the sword on your left shoulder it is no big deal anymore. (However most lefties also learn to do at least the basic moves also from the right side. Which is of high advantage when your opponent finally got used to you being a leftie and adjusts his attacks... so you can attack him from the right. (still, learning from the other side IS a pain. Which, however, pays off.)
* There exists a beer company in Colorado named "[[http://www.lefthandbrewing.com Left Hand]]". They produce [[AccidentalPun sinister]] brews.
* The [[SemperFi United States Marines]] have found that shooting a bolt action rifle southpaw allows a sniper to shoot slightly faster; the bolt on the M40A3 is on the right, meaning that a right-handed shooter would have to remove his hand from the grip and trigger, work the bolt, and return to firing position. A left-handed shooter can keep his eye on target and his left hand by the trigger and work the bolt with his right hand: as the firing hand does not leave the trigger, the interval between firing is reduced.
* A large number of players in the {{NHL}} learn to shoot left-handed even if they aren't natural lefties. If they find themselves in a situation sprinting or otherwise only holding their stick with one hand, it ends up being in their dominant right giving them more control. More importantly though, is shooting angles. Generally left-handed shooters will play the left wing and righties will play the right wing although it's not a hard rule and sometimes a coach will flip them depending on how he wants a play set up.
** It's also just a good idea to be able to handle both directions since sticks frequently break in the middle of play. If that happens your option is skate to the bench and grab one from a teammate so you can get back in quickly and it's not always going to face the way yours normally does.
** Most goalies catch with their left hand and hold their stick in their right but some do the opposite and the opposing team generally has to use a different scoring strategy against them because the types of shot a left-winger might normally take on the blocker side won't be as effective if the goalie has his glove on that side (and vice versa).
* For soldiers, law enforcement, and other such lines of work, being able to shoot using either hand adds versatility to the positions one can fire from. If exposing the smallest portion of your body to return fire requires switching hands to take better advantage of available cover, then so be it. And if injury or other circumstances make it difficult to favor one's dominant hand, being able to continue fighting while relying on the offhand can come in handy.
* There have been nine American Presidents who were known to be left-handed: UsefulNotes/JamesGarfield, UsefulNotes/HerbertHoover, UsefulNotes/HarryTruman, UsefulNotes/GeraldFord, UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan, UsefulNotes/GeorgeHWBush, UsefulNotes/BillClinton, and BarackObama.
* Students learning the use of compound microscopes often turn the wrong knobs by mistake, causing parts of the scope to loosen and shift out of line. Once left-handed students are shown how to rotate the eyepieces so the microscope is properly configured for a lefty, those wrong knobs face away from them and thus can't be twisted in error.
* Left handed arm wrestlers have a much easier time against right handed ones due to the fact that "righties" often neglect their southpaw.
* Thouroughly averted in the world of power tools. Almost all of them are designed for people favoring the right hand, and using them in the left can be awkward at best, and extremely dangerous at worst. Probably the worst example is lawn edgers or weedeaters, since, by their nature, they fling rocks, dirt clods, and other debris out from them, and, for left handed users, the guard is located ''on the wrong side''.
** Video game controllers designed for left-handed people are also rare to nonexistent, as the companies that make such things know that lefties make up no more than 10% of the potential market.
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