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Sword Pointing
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A character points a sword forward, either to challenge an enemy or command an army. Depending on how heavy the weapon is, this might be hard as hell to do in real life for any extended time period.

Similar with Giving Someone the Pointer Finger, only with a weapon. Overlaps with Sean Connery Is About to Shoot You when the character is facing the audience. This can also be used with Rearing Horse for extra Cool points. Compare Stab the Sky and Sword Plant.


Examples

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     General  

  • Pretty much the default for any fencer (assuming it's portrayed properly). The same style (although the shape of the wrist means that the blade is naturally held at 45 degrees to it rather than pointed straight ahead) can be used in knife fighting where it's called the "sabre grip" amoungst other things.
    • It should be noted, though, that this "default" position should not have one's weapon arm fully extended; at the risk of sounding redundant, if one's arm is already fully extended then that arm can't be extended any further to parry attacks or take advantage of openings left by one's opponent.
    • However in the Spanish rapier style, the sword is held fully extended.
  • A practical application exists in foil and sabre fencing, in the technique known as 'point-in-line'. By fully extending the sword arm and pointing the sword's tip directly at the opponent's target areanote , the user establishes attacking priority. If the user successfully lands a hit without breaking the stance and without the two blades making contact, the point is his outright, regardless of whether or not the opponent also landed a hit.
  • A two-handed version shows up in European longsword fencing, where it's known as "langenort" or the long point. It's often held such to provoke the enemy or drive them back through superior reach, but it's not relied on as a guard as it can be gotten around with certain techniques. It's usually not a starting position, though.

     Anime And Manga  

  • Sunrise's "Brave Perspective", which is used in almost all of the animes made by Sunrise.
  • Bleach anime
    • Episode 22: When Gin Ichimaru tries to stop Ichigo and friends from entering the Seireitei, Ichigo points his sword at Gin while challenging him. Later on, when Ichigo is about to fight Ganju Shiba he points his zanpakuto at him first.
    • Episode 58: Ichigo does it twice to Byakuya during their duel: once while invoking his Bankai, and again just after he achieves Bankai state.
    • Episode 118: After unleashing his banaki, Ikkaku Madarame does this to his opponent, the Arrancar Edorad Leones.
    • Episode 174: Uryu Ishida points his Seele Schneider energy sword at Espada #8 Szayelaporro Grantz just before using the Quincy Sprenger technique on him.
    • Episode 176: Rukia does it to Doko Jinnai, the assassin she's fighting. In the same episode Kuzuryu does it to Uryu Ishida.
    • Episode 183: Kira does this to a ninja-like opponent.
    • Episode 185: Kira to Makoto Kibune during their duel.
    • Episode 186: Ichigo to Kumoi
    • Episode 187: Ichigo to Captain Amagai
    • Episodes 196, 199-202: During their duel Kenpachi Zaraki does it at least four times to the Espada Nnoitra and Nnoitra does it at least once to Kenpachi.
    • Episode 220: Captain Komamura does this to his Arrancar opponent Poww while unleashing his bankai.
    • Episode 234: Ichigo's hollow form does it to Muramasa while asking him who he is.
    • Episode 235: Ichigo's hollow form does it to Muramasa again, and Renji does it to his zanpakuto's spirit form.
    • Episode 241: Renji does it to Captain Kuchiki while arresting him.
    • Episode 242: Renji does it to Captain Kuchiki again while demanding that he not leave and Ikakku does it to his zanpakuto's spirit before the finale of their battle.
    • Episode 244: Captain Kuchiki's zanpakuto's spirit does it to Ichigo.
    • Episode 255: During their confrontation Ichigo and Muramasa do this to each other.
    • Episode 269: Ulquiorra does it to Ichigo while releasing his sword and changing to Resurrección form.
    • Episodes 273-274: During their fight, Captain Hitsugaya does it several times to Harribel.
    • Episode 281: Sosuke Aizen does it to the Arrancar Barragan after using his zanpakuto's illusion power on him.
    • Episode 298: Ichigo does it to Rangiku Matsumoto, who's playing the character of an evil alien in a film.
    • Episode 309: Ichigo points his sword at Aizen just before unleashing his Final Getsuga Tensho at him, and Aizen points his partially dissolved zanpakuto at Kisuke Urahara when they face each other.
    • Episode 322: When Rangiku Matsumoto and Reigei!Izuru Kira square off before their battle, they point their swords at each other.
    • Episode 324: Before their fight, Reigei!Kenpachi points his sword at the real Kenny. After he stabs Kenny in the chest and apparently defeats him, he points his sword at him again.
    • Episode 325: During their fight, Reigei!Hitsugaya points his sword at Byakuya before charging at him and trying to stab him.
    • Episode 326: Reigei!Soifon does it to Kenpachi Zaraki with her sword before having her men attack him, Kageroza Inaba does it to Ichigo with his weapon when confronting him, Kenpachi Zaraki does it back to Reigei!Soifon after wiping out her men, and one of the Reigei!Momos does it to the other Momo while they're fighting.
    • Episode 327. Captain Komammura does it to Reigei!Soifon during his battle with her.
    • Episode 334. Ichigo Kurosaki does it twice to Kageroza Inaba while confronting him. After the second one he fires a Getsuga Tencho at Inaba.
    • Episode 338. Captain Hitsugaya does it to Reigei!Hitsugaya and then to all of the reigei just before he and his reigei charge each other at the end of the episode.
    • Episode 340. At the end of the episode, after Ichigo gets his spirit energy and sword back he does this to the Big Bad Yushima.
    • Episode 341. Ichigo does it three separate times during his fight with Yushima.
  • Chrona from Soul Eater tended to assume a stance like this (when Ragnorak took the form of a broadsword) with hir sword pointed ahead and off hand arm folded across hir chest.
  • Signum of Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha does this on several occasions, such as to Fate near the start of their battle in Episode 9 of As.
  • Hanaukyō Maid Tai La Verite. Konoe Tsuragi's "sister" does this twice: once to Konoe in Episode 8 while training her in sword play, and once in episode 10 to Yashima Sanae.
  • Olivier Mira Armstrong in Fullmetal Alchemist does it numerous times, even to her own subordinate once.
  • Hiei of YuYu Hakusho enjoys this trope.
  • Bound to happen at least once an episode in Sengoku Basara. Masamune and Yukimura particularly like to employ it.
  • Inuyasha does this all the damn time. Because just pointing would be ridiculous.
  • Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle. Syaoran and his clone point their swords at each other at close range just before getting into a sword fight. Watch it here.

     Fan Works  

     Film  

  • Théoden uses this gesture when commanding the Rohirrim to charge during The Two Towers.
  • This trailer for 300, done by Leonidas (at 0:39).
  • In Spaceballs, Lone Starr and Dark Helmet duel with their lightsaber-like Schwartz sabers. At one point, they circle each other menacingly, sabers pointed at length, so the very tips crackle and spark when they come in contact with each other.
  • The Pirates of the Caribbean movies include too many examples to list. Ian Mc Shane, playing Blackbeard in the fourth film, is particularly good at it.
  • The Matrix Reloaded. Morpheus does it to the Agent with a samurai sword while fighting him on the top of the truck.
  • Archibald Cunningham does this a few times in Rob Roy to toy with his opponent in the final duel. He holds his rapier out in front of Rob's face, and every time Rob swings his heavy claymore around to bat it away, Cunningham just flicks it right back to the same position.
  • Serenity. The Operative does this to Captain Mal when he first draws his sword during their fight in Mr. Universe's complex.
  • In The Princess Bride, Wesley uses this pose to threaten Prince Humperdink into surrendering, despite the fact that we know he's barely strong enough to stand. "Drop. Your. Sword."
  • Seen a lot in Star Wars, but especially notable in Revenge of the Sith where the lightsabers are given points.
  • Kill Bill Vol. 2. Just before The Bride has her brief sword fight with Elle Driver, they point their katanas at each other.

     Literature  

     Live Action TV  

  • Game of Thrones: In "The Ghost of Harrenhal," Ser Loras Tyrell points his sword right in Littlefinger's face and accuses the older man of wanting to sell him and his sister to Stannis Baratheon as hostages.

     Tabletop Games  

  • The fourth edition essentials knight in Dungeons & Dragons has this as one of his powers to draw an enemy closer to him. It's described as challenging a specific monster and allowing his allies peer pressure to do the rest of the work.
  • Space 1889 historically in 1889 most officers had swords as part of their uniform. They mostly used them for pointing while commanding troops, though. In some illustrations and some miniatures you can see precisely that.

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     Web Comics  

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