Created By: JusticeReaper on June 9, 2011 Last Edited By: randomtroper89 on August 17, 2013

The Kickmeister

A male fighter whose style focuses mainly on kicking.

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A sub-trope of Extremity Extremist and the Spear Counterpart to the Kick Chick, the Kickmeister is a man whose fighting style consists primarily of kicking or other footwork-based maneuvers. He may know how to throw punches, but for the sake of his style he almost never uses his hands to fight; if and when he does, it's to perform maneuvers that facilitate kicking techniques, or to hold weapons.

Such a person may wind up being a Dance Battler to facilitate more acrobatic kicks.

Compare and contrast Good Old Fisticuffs.

Examples:

Anime and Manga
  • One Piece:
    • Sanji, the cook of of the Straw Hat Crew, is perhaps one of the best-known examples of this in anime and manga, as his Red Leg style has him using only kicking techniques. He refuses to use his hands in battle except to perform hand-stands for kicking techniques, as he feels that a chef's hands are his most important assets in preparing food. The one time he's shown to use his hands in battle outside of hand-stands, it's to show that he's a scarily competent knife-fighter.
    • Mr. 2 Bon Clay, one of Sanji's rivals, is a male ballerina who has perfected the "Ballet Kenpo" style, which is nothing but kicks in ballet poses (as well as some special techniques, like the Swan Dash which can keep up with a chocobo expy and the ability to run up walls vertically).
  • Koga the Kicker from Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple.
  • Hitmonlee from Pokémon has this for the good majority of its attacks.
  • Syaoran of Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle uses a kicking-based fighting style to compensate for being blind in one eye.
  • Shinobu Sensui of YuYu Hakusho used a martial art that focused primarily on kicking. His signature spirit energy attack consists of him forming a ball of energy in his hand, then kicking it at the opponent.
  • Masaomi Kida, of Durarara!!.
  • Julietta Sakamoto, of Air Master.
  • Shu, one of the Nanto Rokuseiken, utilizes a fighting style which specializes in kicking techniques.

Comic Books

Films - Live Action
  • Louis, the main character of Only the Strong, is a Capoeira practitioner whose use of his fists in battle can be counted on one hand. Silverio, the Big Bad of the film, is a Capoeira user with heavy-hitting kicks as well.
  • The bleach blonde minion in Jet Li's Kiss of the Dragon. He almost exclusively uses kicks, and his signature move is to have another (giant) bleach blonde minion hold the incapacitated victim while he sets himself up for a neck-breaking finishing kick.
  • Lee Ho, from the Crippled Masters movie. His status of Handicapped Badass (read: having no arms) obliged him to become a Kickmeister.
  • The Jean-Claude Van Damme movie The Quest features a Spanish fighter who fights using Savate, a kick-based martial art, and who only uses his hands once to block his opponent's oncoming assault.
  • The final bad guy Jackie Chan fights in Drunken Master 2.

Professional Wrestling
  • Wrestling gives us Rob Van Dam, as well as the early years of Sean "X-Pac" Waltman.
  • Zack Gowan, a one-legged wrestler whose arsenal consists mostly of dropkicks and moonsaults.

Video Games
  • Kim Kapwhan of Fatal Fury and King of Fighters fame.
    • Robert Garcia's fighting style relies heavily on the use of kicks. As of King of Fighters XI and Neo Geo Battle Colosseum, he replaces his dragon punch with a somersault kick style air counter and now performs his 'dragon flash lower' with a kick. Even his arsenal of special normals is expanded (all kicks) to further emphasize this.
  • Baek, Hwoarang, and Eddy from Tekken. The first two are Taekwondokas, the third is a Capoeira practitioner.
  • Regal Bryant in Tales of Symphonia. He once fought with his hands too, but forbade himself to after mistakenly killing his lover. He wears greaves as weapons. Regal's such a Kickmeister that handcuffs don't weaken him. He exploits this to trick the bad guys in the sequel, getting arrested on purpose.
  • Seen in the anime, as outlined above, but used to extremes in Yu Yu Hakusho Final, where Sensui specializes in kick attacks (with corresponding spirit/energy moves) to the point that he had no punch/fist attacks.
  • The title character of the obscure NES game Kickmaster.
  • Street Fighter Online: The Mouse Generation gives us the character of Shin from South Korea, who received Tae Kwon Do training from his grandfather.
  • Duster from MOTHER 3.
  • While Sareth of Dark Messiah does have a sword (and/or daggers/staff/magic), the game is focused around physics abuse with convenient traps everywhere, making the kick every build's most powerful weapon (even after heavily nerfed in a patch and on harder difficulties).

Web Comics
  • Brought up with this Penny Arcade strip, with a MMA combatant who prefers a style called "kick kicking".

Web Original
  • One of the three Dragons in Xin fights this way, never taking his hands out of his pockets when he fights.

Community Feedback Replies: 75
  • June 9, 2011
    MikaruKeiko
    Hitmonlee from Pokemon has this for the good majority of its attacks.
  • June 9, 2011
    X2X
    • Baek, Hwoarang, and Eddy from Tekken. The first two are Taekwondokas, the third is a Capoeira practitioner.
  • June 9, 2011
    whereismytea
  • June 9, 2011
    Stratadrake
    Is it possible to call this Kickboxer or something like that? (Yes, I realize kickboxing is a formal art, but that aside...)
  • June 10, 2011
    JusticeReaper
    @ Stratadrake: "Kickboxer" infers that he uses his hands as well as his feet. As the description states, this is not the case.
  • June 10, 2011
    JusticeReaper
    A request: Can anyone find a good image of Sanji to post onto this page, since I consider him to be the Most Triumphant Example? Many thanks.
  • June 10, 2011
    whereismytea
    ^FYI, you're not supposed to include Most Triumphant Example on trope pages, specifically because it is just your opinion. I advise you edit that bit out of the actual entry on Sanji. If you can find a good picture of him that's cool and all, just be wary of the MTE tag.
  • June 10, 2011
    afuzzyduck
    Wrestling gives us Rob Van Dam, as well as the early years of Sean '[X Pac Heat]' Waltman
  • June 10, 2011
    erforce
    Brought up with this Penny Arcade strip, with a MMA combatant who prefers a style called "kick kicking".
  • June 10, 2011
    MC42
    @Justice Reaper, I suggest you read up on what kickboxing actually is.

    I don't think this should be a Spear Counterpart of Kick Chick because the whole reason for Kick Chick is the usage of kick-based combat as fanservice, in order to show off the female character's legs. Kick Chick should be contrasted with this trope also including any females who don't fall under Kick Chick, i.e. those that are "Hey look, she uses kicks" instead of it being fanservice-based.
  • June 11, 2011
    JusticeReaper
    @ MC 42, read the Kick Chick description, but Fan Service doesn't seem to feature in that description as much as you make it appear.

    As for kickboxing itself, I read the description on Wikipedia, but it doesn't look any different from what I've described kickboxing as here.
  • June 11, 2011
    JustDoIt2011
    • The bleach blonde minion in Jet Li's Kiss Of The Dragon. He almost exclusively uses kicks, and his signature move is to have another (giant) bleach blonde minion hold the incapacitated victim while he sets himself up for a neck-breaking finishing kick.
  • June 11, 2011
    hevendor717
    Regal Bryant in Tales Of Symphonia. He once fought with his hands too, but forbade himself to after mistakenly killing his lover. He wears greaves as weapons. Regal's such a Kickmeister that handcuffs don't weaken him. He exploits this to trick the bad guys in the sequel, getting arrested on purpose.
  • June 12, 2011
    Aralar
    I agree with Justice Reaper: Kick Chick is not related (well, not indeed) with Fan Service.

    • Lee Ho, from the Crippled Masters movie. His status of Handicapped Badass (read: having no arms) obliged him to become a Kickmeister.
  • June 12, 2011
    cocoy0
    Seen in the anime, but used to extremes in Yu Yu Hakusho Final, Sensui specializes in kick attacks (with corresponding spirit/energy moves) that he had no punch/fist attacks.
  • June 12, 2011
    ThornKing
    I can't recall the name, but web animation Xin had one of these as part of the student council.
  • June 15, 2011
    X2X
    ^^ Sensui only used his hands to block/parry incoming attacks, setting up his opponent for one of his fatal kicks.
  • June 15, 2011
    Hadashi
    There are plenty of girls who do this. In real life girls have quite strong legs so it is preferable for them to learn a variety of kick moves.
  • June 15, 2011
    jaytee
    How is the gender important to the trope except to distinguish it from Kick Chick? If there's no other reason for separating the two, that indicates to me that they should merge and Kick Chick should be renamed.
  • June 15, 2011
    MikaruKeiko
    Pokemon is a video game, or for those who can't/won't do the research, it is a cartoon loosely based on the game.
  • June 16, 2011
    Flioro
    Get Your Kicks for an alternate title option?
  • June 16, 2011
    JusticeReaper
    @ jaytee: Surprising how nobody ever thought about that before now.

    @ Mikaru Keiko: Does the example show as well in the video games as it does in the TV series?
  • June 16, 2011
    jaytee
    ^Seriously :) I might run Kick Chick thru the Trope Repair Shop and see what they have to say about it.
  • June 16, 2011
    jaytee
    See here.
  • June 16, 2011
    MikaruKeiko
    @ Justice Reaper Unless you breed, use a TM on it or raise it from the non-Kick Meister tyrogue, Hitmonlee will never learn a punching move on its own.
  • June 17, 2011
    JusticeReaper
    @ jaytee: I just read the discussion thread. And...what have I unleashed? xD
  • June 17, 2011
    SalFishFin
    Hitmonlee's attacks show more in the Pokemon Video Game than in the series (mainly because Hitmonlee doesn't shoe up that often in the series). Essentially, all of his Signature Moves have the word "Kick" in them, and the only punch move that it can use is usable by all fighting types by default.
  • June 17, 2011
    jaytee
    So the consensus seems to be that Kick Chick is distinctly female and should be left as-is (perhaps with some tweaking to the description to make it more clearly feminine).

    So that leaves us here, with a kick-specialist trope that's only gender-based because there's an opposite-gender-counterpart. I'm wondering if there are any female kick-specialists that aren't Kick Chick, which would allow us to make this more of a kick specialist supertrope. It would lean heavily male due to the existence of Kick Chick, but wouldn't necessarily be gendered?
  • June 17, 2011
    Flioro
    Perhaps this could be regular kick specialists, where Kick Chick is something like girls using kicks to emphasize femininity?
  • June 17, 2011
    jaytee
    ^Yeah, that's what I was getting at in a roundabout sort of way.
  • June 17, 2011
    Chabal2
    One of the three Dragons in Xin fights this way, never taking his hands out of his pockets when he fights.
  • June 17, 2011
    Discar
    Masaomi Kida, of Durarara.
  • June 17, 2011
    genewitch
    Real Life Example: Muy Thai. I'll kick you in the head to death.
  • June 18, 2011
    TBTabby
    The title character of the obscure NES game Kickmaster.
  • June 19, 2011
    Lavalyte
    The final bad guy Jackie Chan fights in Drunken Master 2.
  • June 19, 2011
    randomsurfer
    Zack Gowan, a Real Life one-legged wrestler whose arsenal consists mostly of dropkicks and moonsaults.
  • June 21, 2011
    JusticeReaper
    @ randomsurfer, is Zack Gowan of the Professional Wrestling variety, or is he of a different type of wrestling?
  • June 22, 2011
    Flioro
    Hitmontop could be another Pokemon example. Instead of just regular kicks, though, he uses capoeira while upside-down.
  • June 22, 2011
    randomsurfer
    ^^Professional.
  • June 24, 2011
    JusticeReaper
    Can anyone please assist by finding a good picture of either Sanji or Kim Kapwhan for the page image, preferably kicking? I can't find any pics that fit the maximum length/width. Many thanks!
  • June 24, 2011
    kyun
    Bleach has Yoruichi, Soifon, and Mashiro Kuna, who all showcase their legwork in their signature fighting style, even more so in an anime about fighting with a weapon.
  • June 24, 2011
    JusticeReaper
    @ kyun: All three of those are female. This trope calls for male examples.
  • June 24, 2011
    jaytee
    @Justice: have you read the most recent discussion in Trope Repair Shop? It might be worth it to make this the all-encompassing kick-specialist trope and keep Kick Chick focused specifically on female examples in which Shes Got Legs (or other fanservice-y tropes) are invoked. I don't know if there are any examples on Kick Chick that could actually move over (the hypothetical example that kept coming up was an elderly, wrinkled woman that specializes in kicks).
  • June 24, 2011
    hevendor717
    The Bleach examples are pretty contentious. On one hand, Yoruichi is a sleek, dark exhibitionist. Mashiro's boobs tend to hang out and her butt bulges through her clothes. Yet when kicking, their legs are generally quite covered.
  • June 26, 2011
    JusticeReaper
    @ jaytee: I can't find the exact topic there...and anyway, the Shes Got Legs and Fan Service aspect of the Kick Chick trope isn't played up as much as you make it seem, based on my understanding of that trope's description.
  • June 26, 2011
    dotchan
  • June 26, 2011
    Raso
    ^ none of those are strictly kicks Nunchucks are a majority of the moves and only early charge attacks (C1-C4) are kicks.
  • June 26, 2011
    JusticeReaper
    Okay, found the trope repair discussion...reading it now
  • June 26, 2011
    Aielyn
    How about punning off the classic fighting game, and calling this trope Feet Fighter?
  • June 26, 2011
    JusticeReaper
    Okay, I've read it...but to me, the Kick Chick trope still doesn't seem to be necessarily for Fan Service based on its page description.
  • June 28, 2011
    MiinU
    Video Games

    • Robert Garcia's fighting style relies heavily on the use of kicks. As of King of Fighters XI and Neo Geo Battle Coluseum, he replaces his dragon punch with a somersualt kick style air counter and now performs his 'dragon flash lower' with a kick. Even his arsenal of special normals is expanded (all kicks) to further emphasise this.
  • July 5, 2011
    Confusion567
    • Also in One Piece, Mr. 2 Bon Clay is a male ballerina who has perfected the "Ballet Kenpo" style, which is nothing but kicks in ballet poses (as well as some special techniques, like the Swan Dash which can keep up with a chocobo expy and the ability to run up walls vertically).
  • July 5, 2011
    Hukky
    Duster from MOTHER 3.
  • July 6, 2011
    ThePope
    I still don't care for the title. Even "Kickmaster" would probably be better.

    Or maybe just The Kicker.
  • July 6, 2011
    MiinU
    @Justice Reaper concerning picture request.

    name suggestion 'Badass Kicker'
  • July 6, 2011
    randomsurfer
    Tiger-Man, a villain with no arms.
  • July 7, 2011
    Deboss
    I strongly dislike The Kicker, it makes me think of a sports character, rather than a fighter. I'm fine with the gratuitous German, but think you should add The Kickmaster as a redirect.

    If Kick Chick is about mixing this with Shes Got Legs and Fanservice, you might want to change the description a bit to reflect that.
  • July 7, 2011
    Bailey
    The current YKTTW description tells us this is meant to be a Spear Counterpart to the Always Female Kick Chick, but there's nothing here that tells me anything specific about male kicking specialists.

    The fact that male kicking specialists exist is already covered by Extremity Extremist, so unless we've got something specifically to say about male, kicking Extremity Extremists, this is an arbitrary split.

    Needs A Better Description to avoid being The Same But More Specific of Extremity Extremist.
  • July 10, 2011
    Quillwarrior
    • Mienshao from Pokemon is a Martial Arts Pokemon, so it's no wonder it can know Low Kick, Low Sweep, Jump Kick, and Hi Jump Kick.
  • July 12, 2011
    MiinU
    Hey, it's back. So what's the verdict? In light of TRS discussion, is this one still "guys only", or are non-servicey female examples permissible? If so, I've got a couple of examples lined up already, but I'll wait til I know what's what before posting them. I'll see if I can find a few more in the meantime though... just in case.

    Oh, and I still propose 'Badass Kicker'.
  • July 12, 2011
    demonofsarila
    First off, it seems to be guy exclusive so I don't think it should be merged with Kick Chick, that seems to be typically for the Rule Of Sexy, at least to me it does.

    Secondly, I'm not really sure why we would need a page exclusively for male kick fighters. There's already the Extremity Extremist, which includes guys who fight exclusively by kicking. Though I could see having a page for kick fighters (male and female) then have Kick Chick for the female fighters who do it as Fan Service.
  • July 12, 2011
    Bailey
    Really, if we can't explain how a subtrope is treated differently in various media than its supertrope, then it's not a distinct trope.

    If there was a thing where all male kicking experts have certain characteristics unique from examples of Extremity Extremist in general, then that would work. But, again, there's nothing in the current description like that, so the examples may as well go in the supertrope.

    Kick Chick gets its own trope because kicking experts are likely to be women, because women in fighting games are likely to be kicking experts, and because we can point to various reasons for this as a trend that create commonalities in how Kick Chicks are treated in various works where they appear. There's no real Spear Counterpart if men are only kicking experts sporadically and because they reasonably could be.
  • July 14, 2011
    blueflame724
    Medaka Box: Zenkichi. While his savate style does incorporate punches and strikes, he still primarily relies on kicks to handle opponents. At one point, he fights Medaka, and manages to match her in kicking speed.
  • August 4, 2011
    JusticeReaper
    Kick Chick, as it stands right now, still remains (to my understanding) female-oriented Fan Service to show off the fact that Shes Got Legs. If anybody can somehow incorporate this suggested sub-trope into that page or Extremity Extremist, you're welcome to do so, but I still think this is trope-able.
  • August 5, 2011
    deuxhero
    While Sareth of Dark Messiah does have a sword (and/or daggers/staff/magic), the game is focused around physics abuse with convenient traps everywhere, making the kick every build's most powerful weapon (even after heavily nerfed in a patch and on harder difficulties).
  • August 12, 2011
    MikaruKeiko
    @Quill
  • I agree that this should remain part of Extremity Extremist.
  • February 17, 2012
    MarqFJA
    Bump.
  • August 16, 2013
    Noah1
  • August 16, 2013
    Larkmarn
    This should stay as Extremity Extremist. The reason Kick Chick is distinct is because it's a notable trope to make a girl a kicker for fanservice.
  • August 16, 2013
    spacemarine50
    Family Guy: Their deception of Road House is the protagonist only using kicks. So did Peter, who goes extreme with this and overkicks [1] his activities. Not sure if the real movie is this.
  • August 17, 2013
    DAN004
    So the components of this trope are:
    • A male
    • He focused on kicks

    While Kick Chick has
    • A female
    • With sexy legs
    • And uses kicks to show the sexiness

    If we can expand on this trope's components then it's cool. Otherwise I guess this is already covered by Extremity Extremist.
  • August 17, 2013
    Alucard
    Shun Akiyama in the Yakuza series fights like this.
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