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A popular pose for swordsmen, gunslingers, or [[AnAxeToGrind any]] [[SinisterScythe other]] [[BladeOnAStick title]] that is describing a specific weapon user. This is when someone who forgoes carrying a sheath or holster and instead lets their weapon rest lazily slung over their shoulder when not in use. This is often invoked by characters whose weapon diagonally SticksToTheBack. It [[IncrediblyLamePun carries]] the I-Don't-Give-A-Damn effect while making the weapon look [[CoolSword cooler]]. Much like GunTwirling, this is purely for RuleOfCool since anyone in this pose runs the risk of hurting themselves. It does have some level of practicality: a particularly large [[{{BFS}} blade]] or [[{{BFG}} gun]] is difficult to hold in any other way.

[[EveryJapaneseSwordIsAKatana Because of the presence of katanas]], this has become a popular Eastern media trend. Related to StabTheSky and StaringThroughTheSword.

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!!Examples:

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[[folder:{{Anime}} & {{Manga}}]]
* Ichigo of ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' loves this. The sheer size of his sword make accidentally cutting himself unlikely, as the sharp edge is above his head level.
** Kenpachi will often be seen with his shikai, a rusty old katana with a heavily chipped edge, slung across his right shoulder and his little pink-haired girl lieutenant Yachiru on his left.
* Zelgadis of ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'' does this sometimes. Having [[MadeOfIron skin like rock]], he can let the sword rest on the sharp end if he likes (probably damaging the blade).
* Eishun Konoe of ''MahouSenseiNegima'' has been seen doing this. Also Jack Rakan on the photo of Nagi's group Ala Rubra.
* Guts of ''{{Berserk}}'' is also fond of doing this. The Dragon Slayer isn't sharp like most {{BFS}}'s, and mainly generates cutting power through its mass and the blinding speed with which the freakishly strong Guts swings it. Parodied in the English [[HilariousOuttakes outtakes]]: Guts places his sword on his shoulder, and his voice actor starts screaming in agony.
* Mimiru from ''Anime/DotHackSign''.
* Zabuza Momochi of ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', like anyone else using a {{BFS}} and carrying their sword diagonally, is partial to this.
** Kisame Hoshigaki, another {{BFS}} user, also does this. Though as his sword doesn't so much ''cut'' as ''shred'' there's less risk of decapitation.
* Rena Ryuugu from ''VisualNovel/HigurashiNoNakuKoroNi'' does this with her [[GirlWithPsychoWeapon cleaver]].
* Manga/{{Inuyasha}} has done this, but rarely, since his {{BFS}} transforms back to a normal sized katana when sheathed. So he only does it when he's taking a wait-and-see attitude towards the action being over.
** In ''[[LicensedGame The Secret of the Cursed Mask]]'' for the PlayStation2, this is his battle pose.
* Kayin and Eiji from the ''VideoGame/BattleArenaToshinden'' OVA do this.
* The iconic shot from ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' depicts Kamina resting his katana on the shoulder like this.
* Alto in ''MacrossFrontier'' does a different version: instead of fully resting his weapon on his Valkyrie's shoulder, he only puts the muzzle onto it; he's an [[WholesomeCrossdresser ex-Kabuki actor]] and does a pose from that[[note]]nicknamed the "Sakurahime Pose" by fans[[/note]], prompting [[CampGay Bobby]] to remark that [[DudeLooksLikeALady he looks beautiful even in Battroid mode]].
* Early in the series, Sanosuke carries his massive zanbatou sword over his shoulder as he heads to face [[RurouniKenshin Kenshin]].
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[[folder:ComicBooks]]
* Chakaal the warrior-woman in early issues of ''GrooTheWanderer''. Since her neck is drawn quite thin and her sword is very thick it always surprised me that she didn't manage to decapitate herself accidentally.
* Literature/SnowWhite does this in one issue of ''ComicBook/{{Fables}}''. With the [[PublicDomainArtifact Vorpal Blade]]. Sheriff Bigby promptly tells her [[AbsurdlySharpBlade why that's a bad idea]].
* Gennosuke from ''UsagiYojimbo'' carries his katana like this. A better idea than most examples, since his sword has a sheath, but one still wonders why he doesn't tuck it into his belt along with his wakizashi.
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[[folder:{{Film}}]]
* [[Film/SevenSamurai Toshiro Mifune]] locked this trope in waaaay back in [[TheFifties dinosaur times]].
* In ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' movies, Gimli often carries his axe like this. As do some of the Uruk-Ai with their blades.
* In ''Film/WhiteSunOfTheDesert'', Comrade Sukhov carried his Lewis machine gun this way.
* Animal Mother stands like this during the interview segment of ''Film/FullMetalJacket''.
* Creator/KateeSackhoff carrying her fifty-calibre sniper rifle out of the spacecraft in ''Film/{{Riddick}}''. Thanks to her tight-fitting top, the position has the [[FanService added advantage of emphasizing her breasts]].
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[[folder:Literature]]
* During his travels as an itinerant torturer/executioner, Severain of ''BookOfTheNewSun'' caries his CoolSword, Terminus Est, in this manner.
* In the ''{{Dragaera}}'' novel ''Dzur'', Telnan is described as being able to sit casually with a {{BFS}} strapped to his back, which happens to be the [[EvilWeapon soul-eating variety]].
* Requisite pose for many WorldWarTwo or TheVietnamWar action-adventure novels where the cover features the protagonist armed with a belt-fed medium machine gun. If they were [[SightedGunsAreLowTech holding the weapon at the hip]], the novel just looked like a {{Rambo}} rip-off. Having it resting on the shoulder accompanied by {{permastubble}} and a [[ShellShockedSenior war-weary expression]] made the hero look authentically BadAss.
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[[folder:LiveActionTV]]
* During the roll call for ''Series/SamuraiSentaiShinkenger'', Shinken Red and Shinken Pink do this when they announce their names. (To a lesser extent Shinken Yellow too.)
* The title character of ''Series/{{Angel}}'' often has his sword slung over one shoulder like a baseball bat, or resting behind his neck across both shoulders, while he and the rest of the gang are doing a PowerWalk.
* ''Series/{{Highlander}}'' also has occasional use of this stance, rather naturally, though sometimes Duncan would also bring his up so it was resting against his arm, pointing upward, but still ready to bring into use if he had to.
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[[folder:TabletopGames]]
* Has a long standing presence in ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' artwork, as [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=1651 Dakkon]] here can attest, all the way up to the recent [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=262861 Champion Of The Parish]]
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[[folder:VideoGames]]
* The page picture in {{BFS}} of [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Cloud Strife]] has this. Sephiroth often holds his impossibly long sword this way as well, probably because it would scrape grooves in the ground if it was held in any kind of sheath, and lop off the knees of anyone standing next to him every time he turned a corner.
** Cid also does it with his spear when casting magic.
** This is essentially Squall's victory pose in both ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' and ''DissidiaFinalFantasy''.
** In the DS remake of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'', [[{{Ninja}} Edge]] holds [[DualWielding one of his two]] [[KatanasAreJustBetter katana]] this way.
** This is how [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyX Auron]] carries his sword (when it's not in HammerSpace) as well as his victory pose. Justified, given how [[{{BFS}} big it is]].
** [[http://images1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20100312142126/kingdomhearts/images/8/8c/KH_Sora.jpg Sora]] from ''Franchise/KingdomHearts''. He tends to default to doing this when he's running around with the Keyblade out when there are no enemies around.
* Dante of ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry'' does this very often... on the ''sharp'' side of the blade. He never seems to notice, even though [[AllThereInTheManual extra material says]] his sword is sharp enough to cut through anything in human existence.
** It's implied that Rebellion is an EmpathicWeapon, so it may be a case of it simply not wanting to cut its own master; the times Dante is injured with Rebellion, it's from someone else taking it from him and stabbing or {{throwing|YourSwordAlwaysWorks}} it at him.
** ''[=DMC4=]'' has non-sharp variants for both player characters; Nero rests his sword across his shoulder like Dante does in multiple cutscenes, but is in no danger of cutting himself because it's a single-edged blade. Dante likewise rests Yamato across his shoulders during a late-game cutscene, which is again no danger because A) it's a katana, and B) it's in its sheath
* In the ''Franchise/FireEmblem'' games for GameboyAdvance, this is the battle pose for mercenaries, berserkers, fighters, journeymen and post-promotion Hector, though mercenaries are the only of these to wield swords; the rest do it with [[AnAxeToGrind axes]].
** Post-promotion Hector can use swords too (Though in his case they look like {{BFS}}s).
** In the [[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Tellius]] games, Greil carries his axe like this. His son Ike will pick up the habit upon promoting to Vanguard, for both swords and axes. He also has it as one of his idle animations in SuperSmashBrosBrawl.
* Played with in ''VideoGame/MuramasaTheDemonBlade'' with Kisuke, as he has the blade sheathed when carrying it over his shoulder.
* The idle animation for two-handed weapons in ''Age Of Decadence'' has them rested on the shoulder.
* [[BadAss Yuri Lowell]] from ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia'' does this in the opening movie, his character artwork, and a few victory poses.
** [[SwordAndGun Alvin]] from ''VideoGame/TalesOfXillia'' as well as ''VideoGame/TaleOfXillia2'' holds his BFS like this with one hand, regardless of if he's equipped with a single edge sword, and lets his gun dangle in his other hand. He does this whenever he's not using the sword: even when he's firing his gun and thus assumes a less relaxed pose, his sword rests on his shoulders.
** ''Xillia 2'' also has the protagonist Ludger Will Kresnik do a two-handed variation as a victory pose if he defeats an enemy with his [[DropTheHammer Sledgehammer]].
* Any class that can equip the [[{{BFS}} Sword]] class weapons in ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarOnline'' can do this if you walk instead of run.
* Motochika from ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara'' carries his enormous bladed [[AnchorsAway anchor]] like this. Keiji does this too, though his sword is normally sheathed across his shoulders, and Yoshihiro rests the blunt edge of his gigantic sword this way sometimes.
* All of the three ''VideoGame/AgarestSenki 2'' protagonists do this trope. Doesn't matter what kind of weapon it is.
* Dan Smith in ''VideoGame/{{Killer7}}'' rests his massive revolver on his shoulder.
* In reference to the above, Leon in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4'' is shown in the inventory screen to hold the HandCannon in this manner.
* Angela from ''VideoGame/RustyHearts''.
* Large weapons like the Greatswords, Greataxes, and Great Hammers are held this way in ''VideoGame/DarkSouls''.
** In ''VideoGame/DemonsSouls'', any large sword being only one handed will be held on the shoulder, which makes more sense as it would be dragged across the ground otherwise.
* [[Franchise/GodOfWar Kratos]] loves this one.
* Travis Touchdown does this in ''VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes2DesperateStruggle'' with the third blade. Death Metal also does this with his blade in the first game. Justified with Death Metal since it was the non laser side, while Travis most likely angles his off of his body.
* [[Franchise/{{Kirby}} King Dedede]] does this with his [[DropTheHammer hammer]] while [[IdleAnimation idling]] in the ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros.'' series. As mentioned above [[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Ike]] also does this with his [[BigFreakingSword broadsword]].
** In his reveal trailer, [[VideoGame/{{Xenoblade}} Shulk]] does this with his Monado.
* Darunia in ''VideoGame/HyruleWarriors'' carries the Megaton Hammer this way.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', during a FantasySequence montage of deciding which movie to rent, Nanase [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=359 sports this pose with a katana to portray a far east character]].
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[[folder:RealLife]]
* Renaissance ''Landsknechte'' are often depicted this way, with their [[{{BFS}} Zweihaender]] slung over their shoulders.
* In RealLife a pose very much like this is an actual stance in Joachim Meyer's German school of swordsmanship, known as the ''guard of wrath'' or ''zornhut''. This actually more of a reactionary pose than an example of this trope.
** A less extreme example in ''vom tag'', with the hilt generally held much lower, but the blade still resting against and point over the shoulder.
* With large claymores and other 4'+ weapons, they generally were not carried in complex sheathes on the back. Instead, they were carried resting against the shoulder while marching, similar to a soldier's rifle in later times. Just don't trip over anything, OK?
* In Italian longsword fighting, the standard posture is called Posta di Donna (guard of the woman), which consists of holding the blade across your shoulders at such an angle that you can see the tip and far third out of the corner of your eye.
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