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.

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