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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 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.
* ''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 ''OnePiece'' Jinbei the Whale Shark Fishman use a roundhouse kick against [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever Wadatsumi's fist]]. In short, he manages to kick back and ''flip over'' a giant the size of a building.
* In ''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.

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[[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.
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[[folder: Film ]]

* ''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 ([[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.

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* In ''MaximumRide'' they use roundhouse kicks a lot, especially in the first book.

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[[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 ''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.

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[[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.

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* 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''.
* 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 ''JaggedAlliance 2'' can do this to knock down enemies in melee unarmed combat.
* In ''KingOfFighters'', 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 ''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 ''StreetFighter'' series has characters that do this as their strong kick, including Ryu, Ken, Chun-Li, Sagat.
** Many of {{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.
* This is one of the many moves Sketch Turner can perform in ''VideoGame/ComixZone'' - he can do it as he moves forward.
* In ''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.
* In the XWingSeries game ''Starfighters of Adumar'', Wes Janson K.O.'s a duel opponent with a roundhouse kick to the head.
* ''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.
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[[folder: Webcomics ]]

* In ''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]].

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[[folder: Real Life ]]

* [[TruthInTelevision Truth In]] MemeticMutation: 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."

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