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->''Chuck Norris once commented, "There are few problems in this world that cannot be solved by a swift roundhouse kick to the face. In fact, there are none."''
-->-- ''Website/ChuckNorrisFacts''

In fiction, the roundhouse kick is one of the most badass martial arts moves one can make, spinning in a full circle, thus giving the kick the force of 360 degrees of awesomeness.

In RealLife, such a move is CoolButInefficient. A proper roundhouse kick is spinning in just a partial circle, to give the kick some extra force, but without telegraphing the move too much. There is a risk of the opponent dodging the kick, countering with a foot-sweep, or even grabbing the leg if he is skillful enough, but a proper roundhouse kick is one of the faster kicks in martial arts and can be launched without a chambering motion without much loss of speed for force, which makes such a dodge or kick less likely.

Of course in fiction, RuleOfCool says that doesn't have to be a problem, although some fighting games give a nod to the slower speed by making the full circle kick the slowest, but most powerful, kick that several characters have.

In real life, the simple roundhouse was at one point considered to be the game-winning kick in many forms of competitive martial arts due to a combination of speed, power, ease of preparation, and speed of recovery (if the kick is blocked, the striker can use the force of recoil to power the next kick).

A SubTrope of SpinAttack.

A SuperTrope to HurricaneKick (doing several spinning kicks in the same move).

Compare KickChick, SpinningPiledriver, {{Shoryuken}}.

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[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]
* Suzaku in ''Anime/CodeGeass'' does this enough for for fans to make [[MemeticMutation the Spinzaku meme]].
* ''Anime/DigimonFrontier'': Arbormon's main attack is called Roundhouse Punt, which involves him jumping up into the air and swinging out either his left or right foot.
* In ''Franchise/DragonBall'' roundhouse kicks happen a lot, usually in a middle of a fight but sometimes used as a finishing move. [[https://pa1.narvii.com/6051/14d2efd9492edb13ce19e1a9b000800cef1f1697_hq.gif Android 18 did a savage roundhouse]] against Vegeta strong enough to break his arm.
* ''Anime/{{Naruto}}'' Rock Lee does it often, especially during his fight with [[DishingOutDirt Gaara]] though he [[http://24195-presscdn.pagely.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/tumblr_n68etqtiDJ1rvxid3o1_r1_500.gif blocks]] most of the kicks with his sand.
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'': During the End of Evangelion, Asuka delivers a ''reverse'' roundhouse kick to an ''aerial vehicle''.
* ''Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaVivid'': Resident KickChick Miura employs this for several of her stronger moves, such as Bakken Hien (magically enhanced mid-air roundhouse kick), Bakken Hiryu (a roundhouse kick that sends waves of projectiles), and Bakken Tenshō Seiōha (a FinishingMove capable of dealing over 23,000 points of damage)
* In ''Manga/OnePiece'' kick-extraordinaire Sanji doesn't just settle for one roundhouse kick, against Wanze he uses a [[https://cdn.mangaeden.com/mangasimg/94/94a243a39558f355e972c354f64180db609650f6f8bb10e8a406bd02.jpg triple roundhouse]] strong enough to send Wanze flying into the next room and gain the attention of [[MurderInc CP9]].
** Later in the Fishman island arc Jinbei the Whale Shark Fishman used a roundhouse kick against [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever Wadatsumi's fist]]. In short, he manages to kick back and ''flip over'' a giant the size of a small mountain.
* In ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'', Inner Moka, a vampire feared even by other monsters, often uses a roundhouse kick. In addition to being badass, it makes for a significant portion of the show's fanservice, as her DangerouslyShortSkirt guarantees a PantyShot.
* In ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'', the Dai-Gurren (a giant robot about the size of a battleship) [[UpToEleven runs up a mountain to perform a kick to a flying battleship. When they miss, they turn it into a flying roundhouse kick]].
* Yamada of ''Manga/YamadaKunAndTheSevenWitches'' has such a distinctive roundhouse kick people can recognise him by it when he's in another body.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/RedRobin'': Tim displays the downsides of telegraphing your kick to the head when he catches Vitoria's attempted roundhouse kick. In her case she's not usually terribly concerned about this since for the most part anyone trying to catch her would end up having their skin contact hers, which would [[TouchOfDeath cause their death in less than a minute]].

[[folder: Fan Works ]]
* ''Fanfic/StrangeTimesAreUponUs'': Meromi kills a slave hunter with one to the top of the head (he was scrabbling for a lost revolver at the time). Helps she was wearing steel-toed boots.

[[folder: Film ]]
* Naturally Creator/ChuckNorris does it a lot in his movies.
** [[http://img2.tvtome.com/i/u/a6a7d89416af43d1c350b1d76ed0a40e.gif Invasion U.S.A ]].
** [[https://i.imgur.com/urB4K7n.gif?1 ''Lone wolf Mcquade'']].
** [[https://media.giphy.com/media/l1J3nY7N7LBrBobVm/giphy.gif Firewalker'']]
*** However when facing Bruce Lee in ''Film/WayOfTheDragon'' Lee [[http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-iqgYuQJebXE/UepNiqfscRI/AAAAAAAAAYA/lIXAgoRAzFY/s1600/Lee-Vs-norris-b.jpg successfully]] NoSell(s) Chuck's roundhouse and manages to kill him by taking advantage of Norris's [[CarpetofVirility chest hair]].
* Speaking of Creator/BruceLee, he [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AFv3nt33rPs excelled at the roundhouse kick]].
* ''Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse'':
** In ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'' when Loki is fighting Captain America in Stuttgart after he demands that Cap kneel before him, Rogers [[DefiantToTheEnd responses]] with a [[https://i.pinimg.com/originals/a4/d0/c5/a4d0c5897a67c8171cb82d7e8938f6ec.jpg roundhouse to Loki's face]].
** In the ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'' Georges Batroc a practitioner of Savate (French kickboxing) does a roundhouse to Steve but is bashed away by Cap's shield]], then when Batroc asks him to fight [[LetsFightLikeGentlemen without the shield Cap finishes him off with a somersault kick.
* ''Franchise/TheMatrix'' films:
** In the first ''Film/TheMatrix'', both Neo and Morpheus during the training fight, Trinity does it to a soldier during the battle in the lobby, and Neo does it to Agent Smith during the battle in the subway station.
** In ''Film/TheMatrixReloaded'', both Neo and Seraph, during their brief battle, Neo does it during the Burly Brawl sequence and the fight against the Merovingian's goons, and during the fight on top of the truck both Morpheus and the upgraded Agent use it.
* Creator/JeanClaudeVanDamme is fond of a variant in his movies where he leaps up and lands the kick while both feet are in the air. This should have left JCVD even more vulnerable to a counterattack than usual, but lucky for him no baddies ([[Film/TheExpendables2 or heroes]]) ever intercepted the kick.
** Self-parodied in ''Film/{{JCVD}}'', where he fantasizes about taking out a gun-wielding crook using this move, but then in real life settling for a quick elbow to the stomach.

[[folder: Literature ]]
%% * In ''Literature/MaximumRide'' they use roundhouse kicks a lot, especially in the first book.
* In the ''ComicBook/XWingSeries'' novel ''Starfighters of Adumar'', Wes Janson K.O.'s a duel opponent with a roundhouse kick to the head.

[[folder: Live Action TV ]]
* ''{{Series/Firefly}}'':
** The Saffron character does a lot of roundhouse kicks to the head.
** In "Objects In Space", [[BountyHunter Jubal Early]] gets punched in the face, and recovers by spinning around to do this kick.
* ''Series/WalkerTexasRanger'' liked to finish his fights with this move, often knocking the bad guy into CardboardBoxes. ''Creator/ConanOBrien'' showing such clips a lot also led to jokes about roundhouse kicks being quite popular in ''Website/ChuckNorrisFacts''.
* ''Series/KamenRiderKabuto'''s FinishingMove, while named "Rider Kick" after the traditional DivingKick typical of the franchise, is actually a tachyon-powered standing roundhouse. Late in the series, Kamen Rider Gatack uses a jumping roundhouse as his own version, while ClimaxBoss Kamen Rider Caucasus from TheMovie uses a standing roundhouse with less motion applied to it.
** ''Series/KamenRiderFourze'' has Miss Haruka Uesugi, the new homeroom teacher who kickboxes in her off-time and has her own distinctive roundhouse (begun with a quick hop on each foot). When the MonsterOfTheWeek does it as well, suspicion falls on her. [[spoiler:It turns out not to be the case; the actual MOTW is a student who hates Uesugi and is deliberately aping her fighting style to implicate her.]]
* The AwesomeButImpractical nature of this move is {{discussed}} in ''Series/BurnNotice'' when Michael, playing a [[TheMafiya Russian mobster]], has to fake a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown against his brother Nate, playing a government agent holding Michael and a human trafficker prisoner. While delivering the roundhouse kick to Nate's shoulder, Michael explains in his customary voiceover that the move is showy but probably survivable (Nate is knocked out of sight of the trafficker and ends up with a couple cracked ribs).
* Sam Beckett's signature move in ''Series/QuantumLeap''. In the episode, where he and Al switch places, Al delivers one to a romantic rival. When Sam asks how he knows how to do it, Al says he doesn't. Extra/missing knowledge is a known side effect of leaping, though.

[[folder: Music ]]
* Music/LindseyStirling's dancing often involves a few of these, though they're done more as delicate pirouettes than vicious attacks. When a video includes her in several places, she sometimes cuts to each place while continuing the spin.

[[folder: Pro Wrestling ]]
* a signature move of Tommy End who works for companies such as Wrestling/{{Progress Wrestling}}
* The high roundhouse kick was popularized as a pro wrestling move by Nobuhiko Takada
* Masaaki Mochizuki of Wrestling/DragonGate is an ExtremityExtremist with a karate-based style focused on kicking. As such, he employs both left (Saikyo High Kick) and right (Shin Saikyo High Kick) roundhouses as finishing moves. There's also the Illusion - if his opponent ducks under a high roundhouse, Mochizuki immediately throws a reverse roundhouse with the other leg.
* ProfessionalWrestling/KofiKingston uses a roundhouse kick as his finisher.

[[folder: Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamSeries'': roundhouse kicks are one of the FinishingMove(s) Batman will use on the last goon standing.
** In ''VideoGame/BatmanTheTelltaleSeries'' (Season 2) a roundhouse Kick is one of the two optional attacks to finish off The Riddler in the opening scene, the other option is a body slam but most people pick the roundhouse.
* In ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'' games, NinjaMaid Persephone [[EveryProperLadyShouldCurtsy does a curtsy]] before doing a jumping vertical roundhouse kick at the player.
* A standard melee attack in ''VideoGame/{{Crackdown}}''.
* In the [=fmv=] for ''VideoGame/{{Dissidia}}'' [[KickChick Tifa]] does a awesome roundhouse against [[TheBigBad Sephiroth]], [[https://78.media.tumblr.com/ec45f29d6a940bc1a7eb80b219998019/tumblr_nabhw71RM11tw58h4o1_500.gif he catches her foot however]].
* One of Kimahri's Overdrives in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' is a turning kick, called a Mawashigeri in some translations.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFight'' has [[BloodKnight Cody]] and [[MyKungFuIsStrongerThanYours Guy]] who both perform this. Though Guy's is more like a [[StreetFighter Tornado kick]]. MightyGlacier [[MightMakesRight Hagar]] has a Spinning Clothesline instead.
* In ''VideoGame/JackieChansActionKungFu'', Jackie can do 180-degree and 360-degree spin kicks.
* Martial artists in ''VideoGame/JaggedAlliance 2'' can do this to knock down enemies in melee unarmed combat.
* In ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters'', characters such as [[SharpDressedMan Robert]] (Ryuu Geki), [[{{Bifauxnen}} King]] (Muay Thai), and [[HotBlooded Kim Kaphwan]] (Tae Kwon Do) have this as either their standing strong kick, or performed during their special attacks. Robert's Genei Kyaku and King's Trap Shot, in particular, both end with roundhouse kicks.
* The 2D ''Franchise/MortalKombat'' games have one of these for every character, executed by holding back when doing a high kick, that does decent damage and great knockaway. Rain from ''Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3'' gets special mention for using one so powerful that the opponent flies off the screen and ends up behind him.
* Signature move of Ty, one of the three playable characters in ''VideoGame/PitFighter''.
* Rolling Kick from ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'', whose Japanese name is Roundhouse Kick.
* In one cutscene in ''Videogame/SonicTheHedgehog2006'' Silver telegraphs a punch and runs at Shadow. Shadow responds by stopping time with Chaos Control, calmly walking behind Silver and roundhouse kicking him in the back of the head. Widely considered one of the better moments of that game.
* The ''Franchise/StreetFighter'' series has characters that do this as their strong kick, including Ryu, Ken, Chun-Li, Sagat.
** Many of Creator/{{Capcom}}'s early fighting games actually used "Roundhouse" as a universal term for what is now known as the "hard kick", regardless if they were actual roundhouses or not.
* In ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4'' roundhouse kicks are part of Leon's QuickMelee skills that are about as powerful as a bullet from a rifle for the standard Ganados and [[http://images6.fanpop.com/image/photos/39300000/Melee-Kick-resident-evil-4-39355869-500-281.gif can kick their heads off]]. It's not nearly as effective in cutscenes however like when Leon [[https://orig00.deviantart.net/26b4/f/2009/296/a/f/leon_kennedy__s_fail_by_shiila.gif tries]] to roundhouse Mendez who just catches his foot and sends his ass flying.
** Taking after her partner from ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil2'' Claire Redfield has a [[https://78.media.tumblr.com/8f1279ce612a00c9a668613376f7d115/tumblr_nf7edzwBDK1tfwp79o1_400.gif identical roundhouse]] to Leon in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvilRevelations2''. Ada also does [[https://78.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_mbm7hyXWIA1rdagfgo1_500.gif one]] in cutscene during ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil6''.
* This is one of the many moves Sketch Turner can perform in ''VideoGame/ComixZone'' - he can do it as he moves forward.
* In ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', this is the standard animation for human rogues (other races kick differently) using the Kick ability (which doesn't do any damage but interrupts the target's spellcasting.) With the advent of the [[BareFistedMonk Monk]] class, the Blackout Kick uses a similar animation for all races and is a bread-and-butter damage dealing ability the monks use when fancier moves are on cooldown. Male Blood Elves also use a head-height roundhouse kick for some specific action animations, such as commanding a strong-but-stupid henchman to retrieve things in some quests.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Xenoblade}}'', Melia's Starlight Kick is a clumsy leaping roundhouse kick that causes her to land on her rear. It hurts about as much as you'd expect it to, coming from a SquishyWizard, but it can knock almost ''anything'' off its feet as well, two story tall dragons and robots included.
* ''VideoGame/TheMatrixPathOfNeo'' has a roundhouse kick, like all ''Franchise/TheMatrix'' examples above.
* In ''VideoGame/GoldenAxe III'', this is Sarah Barn's Forward+Attack+Jump attack. It can be blocked, but it is fast and the single most damaging move in her movelist.
* ''VideoGame/{{Shantae}} and the Pirate's Curse'' has the Heavy Kick move. It deals more damage than a single, fully-upgraded hair-whip, but its slightly shorter range and long wind-up time from the spinning animation means Shantae will deal more damage with her faster hair-whips in the long run.

[[folder: Web Comics ]]
* In ''Webcomic/TsunamiChannel'', [[http://www.tsunamichannel.com/index.php?date=2003-10-13&comic=MaMi Magical Mina actually deflects a punch with one]].
* Mary in ''Webcomic/KnightsOfBuenaVista'' is TheRealMan kind of player. So when her character is attending a formal event, she makes sure her PimpedOutDress has lots of pleats on the skirt so [[KickingAssInAllHerFinery she can do roundhouse kicks with no problems]].

[[folder: Real Life ]]
* [[TruthInTelevision Truth In]] MemeticMutation: Creator/ChuckNorris, after retiring from his acting career, went to create his own martial art style: Chun Kuk Do, inspired on Tang Soo Do, which is indeed heavy on kicking, including roundhouse kicks.
* In traditional karate--that is, actual traditional karate, not what people think is traditional today--the roundhouse kick was not typically used as an entry move for the obvious "telegraphing" reason. A practitioner would dodge his or her opponent's attack, and then use a roundhouse kick as appropriate to strike at an open target.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FAGrlxLJrZA Legendary MMA fighter Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic]] is ''infamous'' for his left roundhouse kick, which has given him highlight-reel amounts of knock-outs, especially when hitting the head. He was for a time the most feared striker in MMA, and you'd see other fighters ''[[OhCrap visibly nervous]]'' at the prospect of fighting him. In fact, [[NoSell any fighter who noticeably was NOT knocked out by the kick]] (like Mark Hunt, Hidehiko Yoshida and Fedor Emelianenko) instantly shot up to MemeticBadass status as a result. Famously, in an interview, Cro Cop was asked what the difference between his right and left roundhouse kick were. His response?
--> '''Mirko Cro Cop:''' [[BadassBoast Right leg: hospital. Left leg: cemetery.]]
** Ironically, it was that very same kick that Gabriel Gonzaga used to knock out Cro Cop in 2007 in one of the biggest upsets in UFC history. As Joe Rogan said on commentary, "Gonzaga essentially Cro Copped Cro Cop."
** In fact, the roundhouse kick is quite common in MMA, particularly to attack the ribs/liver of an opponent.