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[[caption-width-right:350:En garde!]]

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 GivingSomeoneThePointerFinger, only with a weapon. Overlaps with SeanConneryIsAboutToShootYou when the character is facing the audience. This can also be used with RearingHorse for extra Cool points. Compare StabTheSky and SwordPlant.




[[folder: Anime And Manga ]]

* Creator/{{Sunrise}}'s "[[Anime/BraveSeries Brave]] [[AssKickingPose Perspective]]", which is used in ''almost all'' of the animes made by Sunrise.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' anime
** In the very first episode, Rukia Kuchiki does this to Ichigo Kurosaki - not as a threat, but as an invitation to impale himself on her zanpakuto and absorb some of her soul reaper power so he can fight the hollow threatening them both.
** 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 bankai, 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 BigBad Yushima.
** Episode 341. Ichigo does it three separate times during his fight with Yushima.
** Episode 361. Ichigo does it to Ginjo just before attacking him with Getsuga Tencho.
* Chrona from ''Manga/SoulEater'' tended to assume a stance like this (when [[EquippableAlly Ragnorak]] took the form of a broadsword) with hir sword pointed ahead and off hand arm folded across hir chest.
* Signum of ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'' does this on several occasions, such as to Fate near the start of their battle in Episode 9 of ''[[Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs A's]]''.
* ''Anime/HanaukyoMaidTai 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 ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' does it numerous times, even to her own subordinate once.
* Hiei of ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'' enjoys this trope.
* Bound to happen at least once an episode in ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara''. Masamune and Yukimura particularly like to employ it.
* [[Manga/InuYasha Inuyasha]] does this ''all the damn time''. Because just pointing would be ridiculous.
* ''Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle''. Syaoran and [[spoiler:his clone]] point their swords at each other at close range just before getting into a sword fight.
* In the end of the first episode of ''{{Anime/K}}'', Kuroh does this to Shiro right after saving him from the guys that were trying to set him on fire.
* In ''Manga/Brave10'', Saizo strikes this pose often for dramatic effect.
* In ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'', Polnareff's stand ''Silver Chariot'' often does this, given that said sword is a rapier and is thus best used for stabbing.

[[folder: Fan Works ]]
* In ''Webcomic/HowIBecameYours'', [[WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender Sokka]] does this during [[http://howibecameyours-rehost.tumblr.com/image/70007940960 his confrontation with an amnesiac Azula]]. He and Sho later [[[[http://howibecameyours-rehost.tumblr.com/image/77935953653 do this again]] in their duel.

[[folder: Film ]]
* Théoden uses this gesture when commanding the Rohirrim to charge during ''Film/TheTwoTowers''.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wDiUG52ZyHQ&t=39s This trailer]] for ''Film/ThreeHundred'', done by Leonidas.
* In ''Film/{{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 [[RuleOfCool the very tips crackle and spark when they come in contact with each other]].
* The ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' movies include too many examples to list. Creator/IanMcShane, playing Blackbeard in [[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanOnSTrangerTides the fourth film]], is particularly good at it.
* ''Film/TheMatrixReloaded''. 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 ''Film/RobRoy'' 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.
* ''Film/{{Serenity}}''. The Operative does this to Captain Mal when he first draws his sword during their fight in Mr. Universe's complex.
* In ''Film/ThePrincessBride'', 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 ''Franchise/StarWars'', but especially notable in ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'' where the lightsabers are given points.
* ''Film/KillBill Vol. 2''. Just before The Bride has her brief sword fight with Elle Driver, they point their katanas at each other.


[[folder: Literature ]]

* ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' actually establishes standard signal for "charge" as "the commander lifts his sword/spear/whatever upwards, then swings it down to point at the enemy".
* From the ''[[Literature/TheActsOfCaine Blade Of Tyshalle]]'':
-->'''BigBad''': ...You've learned a new trick. Come, then: Let us meet as men, standing face-to-face, for the surrender of the sword. [[LargeHam I applaud your sense of ceremony: Grant and Lee at Appomattox Courthouse, rather than Brutus at the feet of Ant-]]
-->'''Caine''': (''points [[AbsurdlySharpBlade Kosall]] at him'') You talk too fucking much. You and me, we both know what's going on here, and it has nothing to do with surrender.
* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''. After the Starks have reason to believe the Lannisters were behind Bran Stark falling from a tower and being crippled for life, Robb Stark greets a visiting Tyrion Lannister with an [[ImpliedDeathThreat unsheathed sword across his knees]], which he points at the Imp when Tyrion refers to him as 'boy'.
-->'''Robb:''' I am the Lord of Winterfell while my father is away.
-->'''Tyrion:''' Then you might want to remember a lord's courtesy.
* ''Literature/TheWayOfKings'' (first book of ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive''): Dalinar Kholin does this as a gesture of respect to Bridge Four.


[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': 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.
* ''Series/Vikings'': In "Homeland," Bishop Heahmund points his sword at Ivar the Boneless after killing several Norsemen during the Battle of Yorktown.


[[folder: Tabletop Games ]]

* The fourth edition essentials knight in ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' 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.
* ''TabletopGame/{{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.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' has plenty of models on all sides who uses swords for this, suiting the blend of sci-fi and fantasy the setting is known for. Especially Space Marines and leaders of the Imperial Guard is fond of this, but even faction with few to no melee units, like the Tau, are prone to this.


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* Dante, Vergil, and Nero frequently done this in ''Franchise/DevilMayCry''. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R_53jO8Ht7Y Vergil's scene]].
* In ''VideoGame/MegaManZero'', [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9g5rZRZGzrg&t=32s Harpuia's]] DesperationAttack involves this, albeit aimed lower at an angle, as he's floating high on the air.
* [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyV Bartz]] does this when confronting his ArchEnemy Ex-Death during a pre-battle cutscene in ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy''. For the {{Squee}} of the audience, he does this while holding [[DittoFighter his partners's weapons]]: the [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Buster Sword]] [[SticksToTheBack to his back]] and the [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII Revolver Gunblade]] pointed at the opponent. In the same game, this is also the [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyI Warrior of Light's]] pre-battle AssKickingPose.
** In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'', this is Seifer's standard combat pose with his Gunblade. Amusingly, it's also Laguna's pose when play-acting as a sword-wielding knight for a movie, setting off theories that Seifer saw this movie and was thus inspired.
* In the ''VideoGame/SoulSeries'' of video games, in a couple of each of their victory poses, Siegfried and Nightmare point with their {{BFS}}.
* In ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaJudgment'', one of Death's winposes is pointing his scythe downward at the opponent/camera.
* During the [[VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Subspace Emissary]]; Ike, Marth, and Meta Knight do this at the same time before part 3 of the Battlefield Fortress.
** And before facing off with [[BestBossEver Galleom]].
* From the ''Franchise/{{Kirby}}'' games, the aforementioned Meta Knight also does this before the fight with Kirby.
* ''VideoGame/MegaManX4'': [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A1xqwFArReA&t=16s Colonel does this to X]].
* [[Franchise/DevilMayCry Trish]] does this with her [[SinisterScythe Sparda]] in one of her hypers in ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3'' ([[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=meTmG4m_Q7k&t=27s see here]]).
* The Lich King does this often and during the intro to ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BCr7y4SLhck Wrath of the Lich King]]''.
* Caim's IdleAnimation in ''VideoGame/{{Drakengard}}'' is pointing his weapon with one hand. He can do this even with [[{{BFS}} Hymir's Finger]], which is otherwise the heaviest weapon in the game.
* [[VideoGame/RecordOfAgarestWar Leonhardt]] does this all the time in cutscenes. His great-grandson Rex does this too in the True End Route [[EverythingsBetterWithSpinning with style]].
* Riku does this before you fight him in the original ''{{Kingdom Hearts}}'' Game
* Sora, Riku, and King Mickey do this with their [[CoolKey Key]][[CoolSword blades]] in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'' upon confronting Xemnas. They soon relax once they start talking to him.
* Link in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'' ends up doing this a lot due to the motion controls and most players' habit of pointing the Wiimote directly at the screen.
* Aden does this in the beginning of ''[[VideoGame/RuneFactoryOceans Rune Factory Tides of Destiny]]''.
** Also the Masked Man does this before the final battle ensues.
* In the cross over game ''VideoGame/ProjectXZone'', Sanger, Kaguya, Zero, Yuri, Soma, and Gemini [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nt5Qd7Mh8DU&t=1m25s do this in the opening]].
* Zacharias Barnham from ''VideoGame/ProfessorLaytonVsPhoenixWrightAceAttorney'' does this in lieu of the usual (for the ''Ace Attorney'' series) GivingSomeoneThePointerFinger.
* The Legion Etiquette gesture in ''VideoGame/DarkSoulsIII'' basically consists of this, and is used to salute an enemy. The Abyss Watchers boss actually performs it towards the player in their pre-battle cutscene, as it is a symbol of the Undead Legion the Watchers belong to.
* Generals and captains do this in ''VideoGame/RomeTotalWar'' when units are ordered around the battlefield. There are also some variations, from a simple point forward with the sword to the commander spinning the sword above his head to the commander's horse (when he's mounted) rearing as the commander sweeps the sword forward in a grand gesture.
* At the end of ''VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance'', Raiden dramatically points the SwordOfPlotAdvancement at the FinalBoss before they fight each other.

[[folder: Web Comics ]]
* ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'': [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=423 Robot S1]] does this, prior to his fight with the Bullbot.
* ''Webcomic/ErrantStory'': [[http://www.errantstory.com/2007-04-27/651 Sarine]] does this at the beginning of her DesignatedGirlFight (which turns out to be more of a sparring bout) with Sara.

[[folder: Web Original ]]
* In ''WebAnimation/DeadFantasy 2'', Rinoa does this toward her opponents when she first confronts them.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Pretty much the default for any fencer. 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.
* 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 area[[note]]before the opponent begins an attack and while he/she is outside the user's lunging distance[[/note]], 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.
** The one-handed-plus-buckler version is refered to in [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_Armouries_Ms._I.33 Medieval treatises]] as "the center of swordplay" not because of it being effective as a guard (see above), but because most movements would involve (briefly) adopting this position (so a fencer must knew what to do from and against it).