Created By: Alucard on February 13, 2013 Last Edited By: Alucard on February 25, 2013
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Slide Attack

Sliding along the ground as an attack

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Primarily used to trip enemies, duck under attacks or traverse low obstacles, this involves a character being able to slide quickly along the ground to strike low, almost like a baseball-player sliding into home plate. This will commonly show up in the form of a kick, as it's most often done foot-first, however some characters have been known to slide on their belly. Cases where the user appears to hover across the ground falls under Artistic License.

Since this technique is hardly considered a conventional method of attack, those utilizing it can be expected to be a Combat Pragmatist, Fighting Clown or have some elements of Confusion Fu in their style.

Also see Diving Kick and Videogame Dashing. Compare Rolling Attack.

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  • Deliberately "spiking" a baseman by sliding into his ankles with cleated shoes is an attack.
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  • February 13, 2013
    Larkmarn
    Your description needs work. The "while nearly on their back" bit is confusing because no one slides like that in baseball.

    • Starting in Megaman 3 this has been a staple in the Megaman series.
    • One of Sub-Zero's special moves in the first Mortal Kombat and a signature moves in subsequent games.
  • February 13, 2013
    Koveras
    • The Slide Kick is one of the most efficient attacks in Mirrors Edge, since it is almost guaranteed to land a Groin Attack on unprotected enemies.
  • February 13, 2013
    Alucard
    @Larkmarn: What would you suggest? Anything I could add or try to cover?
  • February 13, 2013
    Larkmarn
    Well... I really have no idea what the "slide on your back" thing means, as other than very comical works (like the KOF example), I can't see that happening.

  • February 13, 2013
    Alucard
    So apparently in baseball it's ideal to slide on your butt or possibly your hip. According to That Other Wiki, pro wrestlers use this as a form of attack, so maybe it'd be better to follow their example.

    I suppose theoretically a psychic character would be able to float across the ground as if sliding on their back, though at what point that becomes a Diving Kick in unclear.

    Maybe I should get rid of that line entirely.
  • February 13, 2013
    KZN02
    Compare Rolling Attack.
  • February 13, 2013
    Darthcaliber
    a note on Mega Man's silde: it does not work as an attack. If Mega Man slides into an enemy he will take damage but the enemy will not. The one exception in in Mega Man 5 where the Charge Kick weapon allows him to cause damage to enemies by sliding.
  • February 13, 2013
    troacctid
    • Batman (and the other characters) can do this in Batman Arkham City by pressing crouch while running. (Is it in the first game too? I can't remember.)
  • February 13, 2013
    Alucard
  • February 13, 2013
    Lumpenprole
    Real Life: deliberately "spiking" a baseman by sliding into his ankles with cleated shoes is an attack.

  • February 13, 2013
    troacctid
    ^^ I know you can do it in Arkham City. It's Arkham Asylum I'm not sure about.
  • February 13, 2013
    Alucard
    Looks like it's impossible in Asylum. I'll change that line.
  • February 14, 2013
    Chabal2
    Ganondorf's side-B attack in Super Smash Bros.
  • February 14, 2013
    Arivne
    In the Street Fighter and Soul Series examples in the original post, the work names have been de-Pot Holed as per our How To Write An Example - State the source rule.
  • February 14, 2013
    Larkmarn
    Ganondorf's Side B move is a Facepalm Of Doom, you mean his down B.

    That said, I'm pretty sure the Down B is still just a kick, not a slide.
  • February 14, 2013
    troacctid
    ^ Yeah. There's some dash attacks that fit, though, aren't there? Mario and Donkey Kong both have sliding kicks as their dash attacks.
  • February 14, 2013
    Alucard
    @troacctid: Could I see some examples of those attack in use? Based on this video, Ganondorf doens't have any such move, and I want to be sure.

    I'm noticing a trend towards Fighting Clowns and users of Confusion Fu having this attack in some form. Should I add that to the intro?
  • February 14, 2013
    Larkmarn
    He doesn't.
  • February 14, 2013
    troacctid
    Smash Bros Wiki confirms my memory: [1] [2] Also points out that Mario's slide attack was originally from Super Mario 64, so that's an additional example.

    Also:
  • February 14, 2013
    Alucard
    @troacctid: Alright, I've just confirmed the Mario example myself. That looks like a sliding attack to me. Time to add it.
  • February 15, 2013
    Alucard
    Can anybody tell me when Sonic first used a sliding kick? I distinctly remember it being one of his unique attacks in Sonic Heroes, but I can't find any proof of it.
  • February 17, 2013
    troacctid
    • Illusion Of Gaia: One of Will's attacks is a sliding kick that can be used to pass through low crevices.
  • February 18, 2013
    TonyG
    Fancy Pants Adventures: Fancy Pants can slide to knock out enemies. If done on an incline it becomes a Rolling Attack.
  • February 18, 2013
    TrueShadow1
  • February 21, 2013
    Alucard
    You know, I'm starting to think this has enough examples to launch, and I re-worked the description to what I think is satisfactory.

    Does anyone disagree?
  • February 24, 2013
    troacctid
    It looks good to me, except for the "penguins in general" example, which isn't from a specific work and needs to be deleted.
  • February 24, 2013
    TheGunheart
  • February 24, 2013
    Alucard
    @troacctid: How about if I split the penguin examples to their respective spaces on the page? Now that I think of it, Crash Bandicoot can slide kick when running while the player presses the crouch button (I think it was circle).
  • February 24, 2013
    troacctid
    As long as there's no entry that doesn't refer to a specific work.
  • February 24, 2013
    Alucard
    You know, after I tried to enter it into the body of work, I kind of saw your point: mentioning penguins too many times could get out of hand. I don't think that will make it into the final article.
  • February 24, 2013
    randomsurfer
    Real Life: In the high-profile Muhammad Ali vs Antonio Inoki boxer vs wrestler match, as part of the pre-match stipulations Inoki was prohibited from using any actual wrestling moves. So he spent 15 rounds lying on his back and kicking at Ali's legs.
  • February 25, 2013
    Alucard
    @randomsurfer: Do you have a video or something (maybe an article)? Because unless there was sliding involved, I don't think that counts.
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