True to its name, it is a counterattack. The Mii Swordfighter will lean back and hold its sword in reverse grip upon activating, and if hit with an attack while in this pose, retaliate with a slash of the weapon. The move does 1.25x the damage of the attack that hits the Swordfighter, with a minimum of 8% damage. When the move is initiated, a jagged red line appears upon countering an attack, resembling the one that appears during Little Mac's Slip Counter.
In Ultimate, the counterattack has been altered: the retaliating slash is now an upwards lifting slash that sends opponents vertically. This gives it consistent KO potential regardless of the Swordfighter's positioning, but makes it harder to KO opponents near the side blast lines. It is relatively unknown that this attack triggers a unique animation for the opponent.
Special Move customization was added in Super Smash Bros. 4. These are the variations: