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Related to UnorthodoxReload and UnorthodoxHolstering, you have [[RuleOfCool Cool]], but [[AwesomeButImpractical often inefficient]] ways of sheathing and unsheathing your swords.

Can sometimes overlap with WeaponTwirling.

[[JustForFun/IThoughtItMeant Has nothing to do with]] SheatheYourSword, despite the name.


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'': Cho performs a Reverse Mid-Air Unsheathing and Sheathing technique...with a '''[[WouldHurtAChild baby]]''' hanging on the sheath of the sword.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'': Zoro has been known to resheath his swords by throwing them into the air and then catching them with the sheaths. And, of course, he does it with three at the same time.
* ''Manga/{{Inuyasha}}'' cheats; Tessaiga's sheath can summon the sword to it, up to some distance. He's used this twice.
* ''Anime/DragonBallZ'': After testing Goku's combat prowess, Future Trunks re-sheathes his sword by lobbing it into the air, then leaning to the side slightly so it falls into the sheathe on his back. This gets a CallBack in ''VideoGame/DragonBallXenoverse'', where he does it again after engaging the PlayerCharacter in a mock battle at the start of the game.
* ''Manga/MysteriousGirlfriendX'': Urabe wears a pair of scissors tucked into her panties at all times. When she uses them she moves fast enough to create what seems like a whirlwind and then puts them back under her skirt.
* Toboso Yana seems to like this trope. In ''Manga/BlackButler'''s anime season two, [[spoiler:Hannah keeps a demon sword in her esophagus]]. In ''Manga/RustBlaster'', [[spoiler:Kai literally is the sheath]].
* In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', Orochimaru retrieves the Sword of {{Kusanagi}} by [[StomachOfHolding vomiting it]]. Occasionally it comes out tip first as a surprise attack, or hilt first to be wielded.
-->'''Zetsu:''' There he goes again, puking stuff up and just being creepy and gross.
* Franchise/{{Gundam}}s store their beam sabers anyplace the designers like, including hips, shoulder armor, backpacks, forearms, back of shield, knees, inside the palm of the hugely extensible limb, etc.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': After Ichigo unlocks its first alternate form, [[{{BFS}} Zangetsu]] gains an extendable bandage on the pommel which can wrap or unwrap the blade at will.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In ''ComicBook/{{Thriller}}'', the assassin Scabbard got his name because he carried his sword in a sheath that was mounted beneath the skin over his spine.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In the ''{{Discworld}}'' of Creator/AAPessimal, his expansion of canonical Assassin Madame Deux-Epées has her carrying both swords in the conventional manner, sheathed at her hips on a sword-belt. Only once is she seen following canon and wearing a sword at her back so it can be fast-drawn over the shoulder: the reason for this is a very context-specific one, as she has to edificeer her way into a fortified castle and climb a tower, therefore requiring both her hands free to climb without having a sword dragging off her belt and impeding her ascent. Emmanuelle is heard to note that people wear swords at their waist for a reason, so why seek to fix that which is not broken?

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/CrouchingTigerHiddenDragon'' has the characters unsheath their swords several times by launching the sheath across the battlefield like a missile.
* ''Franchise/StarWars'':
** While not having an actual sheath, Qui-Gon Jinn in ''[[Film/ThePhantomMenace Star Wars: The Phantom Menace]]'' ignites his Lightsaber before it's fully left his belt, making it look like he's "drawing" the energy blade. He does the same thing when "sheathing" it.
** Yoda clearly believes that physically reaching over to your sheathed weapon is for chumps who don't have {{Telekinesis}}.
* In the ''Film/NightWatch'' movie EvilSorceror Zabulon pulls a sword ''out of his own spine'' (or maybe uses the spine itself as a sword).

* Creator/GeorgeMacDonaldFraser wrote, in one of his ''Literature/McAuslan'' stories, about how the officers of his Highland regiment once experimented with drawing their claymores from over their shoulders:
-->''So he had us out behind the mess, practicing, and and how the adjutant didn't decapitate himself remains a mystery. Even the Colonel had to admit, reluctantly, that to have all his officers minus their right ears would present an unbalanced appearance, so the idea was shelved.''
* ''Literature/TheIliad'' poetically describe Greek warriors as "drawing their blades from their thighs". The parody in ''Literature/TheClassicsReclassified'' takes this metaphor literally.
* Shardblades in ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'' vanish into {{Hammerspace}} if you let go of them, and can be resummoned later.
* In the ''{{Discworld}}'', the canonical Assassin Madame Deux-Epées is depicted as carrying one of her two swords on her back, for a speedy over-the-shoulder draw.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/FireEmblem'': In the GBA games, the Hero classes sheathe their weapon into their shield while in midair. Their critical hit animation has them throwing their shield in the air before jumping after it, unsheathing their weapon, and hitting their opponent.
* ''VideoGame/MuramasaTheDemonBlade'': after finishing a battle, Kisuke throws his sheath in the air and catches it with his sword.
* Haohmaru of ''VideoGame/SamuraiShodown'' throws his sword in the air and catches it with his sheath.
* Yuri Lowell in ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia'' will swing his sword's sheath off the blade.
** Yuri has been known to toss his sheaths off of '''mountain ledges''', amongst other places where it should be easily lost. How the hell he keeps getting them back is a mystery.
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'': One of Lloyd Irving's {{Victory Pose}}s is to throw a sword into the air, sheath the other with a spin, and then catch the first one and sheathe it the same way.
* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'':
** Link performs two slashes before him, then three spins to the side before sheathing the sword on his back. He does it in the cut scenes after six of the eight dungeon bosses (and two minibosses), but he'll also do it if the player manually resheathes immediately after clearing an area of enemies. It also appears as one of Link's taunts in ''[[VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Super Smash Bros. Brawl]]''.
** Darknuts from the same game will swing the scabbard off their longswords after they toss their {{One Handed Zweihander}}s when you strip them of all their armor. The scabbard can actually strike Link for light damage.
* Vergil and Dante of ''Franchise/DevilMayCry'' sheathe the Yamato in odd ways after performing its aerial attack. After performing his aerial rave move, Vergil moves the sword and its sheath behind him at hip level, sheathing the sword behind his back horizontally, the same form was used by Dante in homage to his brother once acquiring Yamato. [[HalfHumanHybrid Naturally]], they're able to do this with flawless precision in less than half a second. Vergil, the weapon's original owner, also has variants of his sheathing technique in holding the sheathe behind him, moves the sword over his head and drops it directly down into the sheath after decimating a Hell Abyss ambush. He also sheathes Yamato in the same way as he does with his aerial rave technique -- behind him at hip-level -- after confronting Beowulf. Vergil does the same behind-the-back sheathing in his ''Ultimate VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3'' victory animation.
* [[VideoGame/BlazBlue Jin]] has a behind-the-back katana-sheathing after his ''CT'' [[FinishingMove Astral Heat]] which is practically identical to Vergil's, as described above.
* ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara'':
** Keiji Maeda, whose {{BFS}} sheath descends from the heavens and lands perfectly over the blade after the end of each battle (with the implications that he threw it away at the beginning and can summon it back at will).
** Mitsunari has a tendency to pretty much throw his sword back into its sheath, due to his less-than-reverent attitude towards it.
* Patroklos of ''[[Videogame/SoulSeries Soul Calibur V]]'' has his sword's sheath built into his shield. He basically sheathes it by stabbing at his hand and missing.
* Honedge from ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'' is a Steel/Ghost sword that comes with a sheath. When in battle, it unsheathes itself using the prehensile tassel on its handle, and holds it during the fight.
* Witchers in ''Franchise/TheWitcher'' wear their swords across the back and it's stated that witchers are the only ones who really do so. In the games, they wear both swords with the hilt over the right shoulder, except in the first game, where they're crossed.
* ''FinalFantasyXIII:'' Lightning straddles the line between this trope and UnorthodoxHolstering; her {{gunblade}} is stored in firearm mode, but during combat she keeps it in sword mode except for certain attacks. Consequently, a few cutscenes have her drawing it and switching it to blade in a flashy manner for intimidation.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'': Adam Taurus unsheathes his his sword by firing it out of his [[MixAndMatchWeapon gun-sheath]], then catching it when it bounces off the head of the enemy.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* For reasons that make no sense out of context and which are too complicated to explain concisely, some characters in ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' keep swords impaled in their [[HumanPincushion midsections]] when not in use.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', Piandao, Sokka's sword instructor, has his butler throw the sheath to him and he catches it by holding the blade out and letting the sheath slide on--while he was blinded by sand thrown in his eyes, no less.
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'''s tiny cat assassin [[KillerRabbit Me-mow]] draws her sword by vomiting it out her mouth.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Wakfu}}'': With his introduction in the first episode of Season 2, Remington Smith shows off his skills by sending his Shushu dagger twirling in the air before landing straight in its sheath.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* According to Samurai experts, female samurai and ninjas in old Japan exploited a [[ChastityDagger very natural place]] to hide a Weapon of Last Resort, usually a long knife -- in a suitably shaped sheath, naturally. Given the difficulty of extracting it whilst wearing the required layers of formal clothing and kimonos, the circumstances in which this dagger could be employed would be limited -- and possibly very effective.
* Although frequently worn on the back in most games and popular culture, in reality swords were almost ''never'' worn on the back except for rudimentary transport. Unless using an improbably short and dangerous scabbard, a sword worn on the back cannot be any longer than the arm of its wielder or else it could never be drawn without first taking it off of the back. There are interesting ways to work around this problem, such as a sheath that is partially open-sided, but this would introduce rattling and exposure to the elements that would be unwelcome in actual use.