Related to Unorthodox Reload and Unorthodox Holstering, you have Cool, but often inefficient ways of sheathing and unsheathing your swords. Can sometimes overlap with Weapon Twirling. Has nothing to do with Sheathe Your Sword, despite the name.
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- Rurouni Kenshin: Cho performs a Reverse Mid-Air Unsheathing and Sheathing technique. With a baby hanging on the sheath of the sword.
- One Piece: 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.
- Inuyasha cheats; Tessaiga's sheath can summon the sword to it, up to some distance. He's used this twice.
- Dragon Ball Z: Trunks has sheathed his sword at least once by catching it out of midair with its sheath. At least once, he lets out a good sentence before the thing fall down. Partially justified in that Trunks is strong enough to throw his sword into orbit. Another time he does this without taking the sheath off his back, simply leaning to the side as the blade slides in.
- Mysterious Girlfriend X: 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 Black Butler's anime season two, Hannah keeps a demon sword in her esophagus. In Rust Blaster, Kai literally is the sheath.
- In Naruto, Orochimaru retrieves the Sword of Kusanagi by 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.
- Gundams 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.
- Bleach: After Ichigo unlocks its first alternate form, Zangetsu gains an extendable bandage on the pommel which can wrap or unwrap the blade at will.
- In Thriller, the assassin Scabbard got his name because he carried his sword in a sheath that was mounted beneath the skin over his spine.
- Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon has the characters unsheath their swords several times by launching the sheath across the battlefield like a missile.
- Star Wars:
- While not having an actual sheath, Qui-Gon Jinn in 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 Night Watch movie Evil Sorceror Zabulon pulls a sword out of his own spine (or maybe uses the spine itself as a sword).
- Witchers in The Witcher 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.
- George MacDonald Fraser wrote, in one of his 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, practising, 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.
- The Iliad poetically describe Greek warriors as "drawing their blades from their thighs". The parody in The Classics Reclassified takes this metaphor literally.
- Shardblades in The Stormlight Archive vanish into Hammerspace if you let go of them, and can be resummoned later.
- Muramasa: The Demon Blade: after finishing a battle, Kisuke throws his sheath in the air and catches it with his sword.
- Haohmaru of Samurai Shodown throws his sword in the air and catches it with his sheath.
- Yuri Lowell in Tales of Vesperia 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.
- Tales of Symphonia: One of Lloyd Irving's Victory Poses is to throw his blades spinning up into the air which both land perfectly into their sheaths without him even moving them. It's somewhat justified, however, by the fact that Lloyd Irving is empowered by an Exsphere, which gives him superhuman strength and reflexes... and, by virtue of being the protagonist, he has the most powerful one among his allies.
- Link has one of these in The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. Mostly it just involves lots of random spinning until he gets around to putting it back in. He always does it in cutscenes, 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 Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
- Darknuts from the same game will swing the scabbard off their longswords after they toss their One Handed Zweihanders when you strip them of all their armor. The scabbard can actually strike Link for light damage.
- Vergil and Dante of Devil May Cry 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. 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 Marvel vs. Capcom 3 victory animation.
- Jin has a behind-the-back katana-sheathing after his CT Astral Heat which is practically identical to Vergil's, as described above.
- Keiji Maeda from Sengoku Basara, 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 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 Pokémon X and Y 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.
- In Avatar: The Last Airbender, 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.
- Adventure Time's tiny cat assassin Me-mow draws her sword by vomiting it out her mouth.
- According to Samurai experts, female samurai and ninjas in old Japan exploited a 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.