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->''"Why did she have to be a ''cheerleader?'' If she was on the debate team I would've ''vaporized'' her by now!"''
-->-- '''Dr. Drakken''', ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible''

The tendency of fight scenes involving an ExtraordinarilyEmpoweredGirl or ActionGirl to also feature her doing impractical backflips, [[UnnecessaryCombatRoll gratuitous somersaults]], and gymnastic cartwheels to fight her opponents.

Appears to be descended from [[KungFuFighting "wuxia"-style martial arts action]] found in UsefulNotes/HongKong action films, though it may just be an excuse to show [[{{Fanservice}} her body from every angle]].

Other than that, it's pretty much a direct result of the strong reluctance, still active amongst modern-day writers, to feature an attractive young [[PositiveDiscrimination woman]] taking a [[WouldntHitAGirl full-on punch to the face]]. Unless, of course, it's from a person of the [[DesignatedGirlFight same gender]]. May overlap with the DanceBattler. For the extreme of fanservice over realism, see CatFight.

See also WaifFu and CombatParkour.

Do not confuse with ''VideoGame/ShaqFu'', or the character Shifu from ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'', whose name is (mis)pronounced the same way but spelled differently, and means "master" in Chinese (but only if you pronounce it correctly).


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Anita King, the youngest of the Paper Sisters in ''Anime/RODTheTV'' has a combat style that was designed by the animators via "observing monkeys, as well as the Royal Chinese Acrobats."
* Major Motoko Kusanagi in ''Franchise/GhostInTheShell'' exhibits She Fu thanks to her cybernetic body, to the point where her first response in a reasonably close-combat situation is usually to roundhouse kick the guy to the face.
* The Angels in ''Anime/KidouTenshiAngelicLayer''; possibly justified by the fact that they are [[TheKidWithTheRemoteControl mind-controlled]] robots and most operators appear to be adolescent girls that may or may not have [[IKnowMortalKombat seen]] too much She Fu on TV.
* Lenalee Lee of ''Manga/DGrayMan'' is guilty of this, as she's a DanceBattler whose primary weapon is a pair of superpowered boots that radiate holy power.
** Both Road Kamelot and Lulu Bell of the BigBad's QuirkyMinibossSquad are also capable of these movements in combat. In her first appearance, Road dodges attacks so lazily and easily that she looks ''bored.'' Justified in Lulu Bell's case as she truly does have [[IncrediblyLamePun cat-like reflexes.]]
* Kodachi Kunō of ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf''. Justified in that she ''is'' a gymnast, and the pirouettes and acrobatics are an essential part of [[MartialArtsAndCrafts Martial Arts Rhythmic Gymnastics]], her chosen discipline. Ranma Saotome also uses this sort of fighting style, even though he's ''male'', and fought this way ''before'' becoming a GenderBender. The anime tends to save it more for when he's in [[GenderBender female form]], but in both canons, even as a guy he's prone to using a lot of flips, jumps, handstands, rolls and tumbles, all to either evade attack or beat on his opponent. There's also an occasional usage of MurderousThighs, but possibly only in female form (and/or only in the manga).
** Justified in that Ranma's school specializes in adapting various other styles, many of which (at least in the world it exists within) appear to specialize in mid-air combat, thus, Ranma's ability to do this even in male form before the curse makes sense.
* Noel in ''Manga/{{Claymore}}''. Her rival, Sophia, favors a more brute-force approach. Most of the swordplay in the series is this and/or Flynning.
* Even Anzu/Téa of ''Anime/YuGiOh'' gets in on the action during the mummy fight in TheMovie. [[WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries The Abridged Movie]] drives this point home by adding the following line: "[[StreetFighter Spinning Bird Kick!]]"
* Maki of ''Manga/AirMaster'' uses a high-flying variant of She Fu. It's revealed that in her past she was a world-class gymnast. Unlike most instances of this trope, however, at least once it definitely loses a fight for her -- after an astonishing spinning, flipping ''thing'' which basically whips her martial artist father, she sticks the landing by reflex. He takes advantage of that moment to get her in a lock and take the victory.
** ''Air Master'' also tends to subvert the trope just in general; while all the martial artists of the series do at least some outlandishly impossible stuff, the ''damage'' that gets thrown around never shies away from leaving everybody in the fight a bloody mess-- assuming it wasn't just a beatdown to highlight how awesome the winner is. Nearly all the female combatants in the show break teeth and get bloodied noses from being punched, kicked, or having their faces smashed into the street at least once.
* [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] in ''Manga/{{Teppu}}'': all fighting girls there practice MMA.
* Casca from ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' centers most of her offensive and defensive maneuvers around flipping about the enemy, being the FragileSpeedster of the Hawks.
* ''Manga/GunslingerGirl''. Cyborg girl Rico backflips toward [[BigBad terrorist leader Dante]] while he shoots at her with an assault rifle during the Turin Nuclear Plant siege.
* In ''Manga/AssassinationClassroom'', Hinata Okano stood out from her classmates with her ability to combine her [[KnifeNut knife skills]] with her agile maneuvers (which is the result of being an ex-member of the gymnastics club). Even when she didn't have her knife, her kicks were still pretty dangerous.
* Anling from ''Manhua/CyberWeaponZ'' fights in a very graceful, dance-like style, aptly called "the Dance of the Phoenix".

* One of the most prominent comic book examples would have to be, [[GenderInvertedTrope ironic as it might seem]], Franchise/SpiderMan. As a consequence of his powers, he fights reflexively. However he is ''extraordinarily'' limber and agile, so by reflex he jumps, twirls, twists, and contorts all over the place to dodge blows and missiles. As a result, [[FemaleGaze everyone gets a good look at Peter Parker's toned gymnast body from all angles]].
** It should be noted, however, that this doesn't really stop Spider-Man from taking severe blows. Indeed, almost every videogame starring him features a costume selection that is torn up and ravaged from all the damage he takes during the game. Because of his SpiderSense, he's never really blind-sided, but his enemies just tend to be ''that'' fast and powerful.
* Another GenderInvertedTrope of this trope is ComicBook/{{Nightwing}}. He is also quite flexible and agile because of his [[CircusBrat circus background]], and he is often subject to FemaleGaze.
* In Creator/MarvelComics' ComicBook/TheNewUniverse series ''ComicBook/DP7'', housewife Stephanie Harrington feels silly doing moves that she admits were from her days as a high school cheerleader, but her power gives her a degree of protection, so it actually works well enough in a fight.
* ''[[ComicBook/JetDream Jet Dream and her Stunt-Girl Counterspies]]'' were, as the name implies, Hollywood stuntwomen, and their fights tended to involve a lot of colorful acrobatic maneuvers.
* In all of the ''ComicBook/SinCity'' stories, Miho only gets struck once when she is caught up in a grenade's explosion (although there is a mention of her being at the mercy of Triads at one point). This is mostly to show how dangerous she is, rather than trying to avert the "no hitting girls" rules. ''Sin City'' doesn't exactly shy away from violence.
* Unlike her genetic father, ComicBook/{{Wolverine}}, ComicBook/{{X 23}}'s fighting style is much more acrobatic and in many of her fight scenes she can be seen using flips and handstands to bring her foot claws into play. {{Justified|Trope}} since Laura is usually depicted as even ''[[PintSizedPowerhouse smaller]]'' than Logan and very lightly-built, and since only her claws are laced with adamantium her body is much less durable.

* ''FanFic/FutariWaPrettyCureDragon'' has this, and it shows in at least several episodes, as both Cure Dragon and Cure Fortune employ this against the villains (with the latter making some good use of pirouettes in her fighting style). It's implied that both have had at least some gymnastics training.
* {{Subverted}} in the Italian remake of ''FanFic/BattleFantasiaProject'': when [[Franchise/SailorMoon Sailor Venus]] gets the other Sailor Senshi to train for meelee, she also has them train in gymnastic... But only to ''condition their body'', as it exercises any and all muscles in the body (as with swimming. In fact, Mercury and Neptune, good enough swimmers they were tempted to try out for the Olympics, were the first to adapt), something the author of that particular side story admits he took from MMA (where gymnastics ''is'' used to train the athletes). When it comes to fight, they stick to more down-to-earth martial arts.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyondReturnOfTheJoker'', the Dee-Dee twins often She-Fu'ed.
* ''WesternAnimation/DragonsFireAndIce'' has Kyra using loads of flips and kicks during her duel with Dev, who just uses archaic and brutish forms of "swing the sword in that general direction until something dies".
%%* ''WesternAnimation/DCShowcaseCatwoman''

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/LiveFreeOrDieHard / Die Hard 4.0'' features a henchwoman named Mai (played by Maggie Q) whose super-agile backflips and kicks almost manage to defeat John [=McClane=], a super-muscular man MadeOfIron; in fact, she only dies after being thrown from an elevator shaft (and exploded). [=McClane=] even comments on this:
-->'''John:''' I'm tired of this kung-fu bullshit!
* Though not technically combat, Agent 99 uses nimble backflips and other gymnastics moves to thread her way through a laser web in the 2008 ''Film/GetSmart'' movie.
%%* ''Film/JayAndSilentBobStrikeBack''.
* The ''Film/CharliesAngels'' films features copious over-the-top She Fu.
* In ''Film/BatmanReturns'', some of the circus acrobats uses both She Fu and He Fu. Catwoman also uses the same.
* In ''Film/BladeRunner'', the replicant Pris beats up Deckard by using She Fu. The contrast between super-powered replicant's weird style and the pragmatic survival skills of Deckard is the central drama of their fight.
* In ''Film/IronMan2'', Black Widow uses over-the-top She Fu (and a dash of [[MaskedLuchador Lucha Libre]]) to clear the way to the BigBad's computer system. In ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'', the character makes further user of She Fu to escape an interrogation, including seemingly disarming a henchman with her hair. The sequel shows that Black Widow training involves some ballet.
* Bambi and Thumper from ''Film/DiamondsAreForever'', making this OlderThanYouThink.
* In the original ''Film/TotalRecall1990'', Sharon Stone's character uses relatively sedate martial arts moves against Arnold's character, but thanks to some good fight choreography and Paul Verhoven's superb direction, they actually look like they could punch a hole through Arnold!
* ''Wendy Wu, Homecoming Warrior'' on Creator/DisneyChannel.
* Mystique from the ''Film/XMenFilmSeries'' is acrobatic, prefers hand-to-hand combat ([[KickChick kicks in particular]]), and even ''slides''.
* In ''Film/SuckerPunch'' Baby Doll uses this kind of fighting in the first fantasy sequence, which is inspired by {{Wuxia}}. She does a few cartwheels and gymnastics to dodge attacks. In the other fantasy sequences, this is averted - as the rest of the girls rely on their weapons and typical hand-to-hand combat.
* ''Film/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' sees the titular Buffy employing a lot of flips, handsprings and cartwheels in her fights. This one is slightly justified by her being a cheerleader. The TV series (see below) mostly averted the trope.
* ''Film/HouseOfFlyingDaggers'' incorporated some of this. Zhang Ziyi doesn't have any martial arts training, but she has been dancing since she was eleven. As a result many of Mei's fight scenes use elements of dance.
* ''{{Film/Serenity}}'' usually has River Tam employing WaifFu against enemies. But in the bar scene, she does show some She Fu moves. This is down to Creator/SummerGlau being a trained ballerina.

* Put to work by Rachel from ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'', most notably in ''The Solution'' and ''Back to Before''.
* Shakuntala in ''Literature/BelisariusSeries'' may be a subversion. While her skill would be unusual for anyone, she does not do things physically impossible.
* Defied by Ferrari in ''Literature/MrHooksBigBlackBox'', who points out that all those fancy flips and acrobatics are only used in movies and aren't practical in a real fight.
* Pernica in ''Literature/OpusGemini'' plays it straight first by flipping through an open window into a surgery room. When she tries to escape by the same way, however, she gets tangled in her dress and awfully hurts herself at the windowsill.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Aversion: Creator/JossWhedon's ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' was fairly free of this, no matter which Slayer we're talking about, whether it be Tae Kwon Do-kicking Buffy, down-and-dirty Faith or even some of the other Slayers like Kendra or Nikki Wood. It can be noticed, though, if you watch e.g. ''Buffy'' closely: it's not jarringly over-abundant throughout the show, but it ''is'' there occasionally nonetheless. Might depend on the director of the episode in question. Probably the most ''bizarre'' case of weird flip-stunts occurs in the season 3 episode "Earshot", when Buffy uses a combination of flips that ''defy the laws of physics'' to get up to her high school's clock tower as fast as possible. Not surprisingly, Whedon himself lampshaded this in the commentary for the episode "The Harvest", where he states that he dislikes the use of it since it's more time-consuming to deal with the stunts and choreography.
* ''{{Series/Charmed}}'':
** After becoming an [[IKnowKarate instant twelfth-degree black belt]] followed by gaining levitation abilities, Phoebe began to express the trope. Phoebe actually lost her levitation powers because these special effects were too costly.
** In the episode "Blinded By The Whitelighter" Prue displayed some of this in a TrainingMontage when preparing to fight a warlock called Ames. In-universe it's justified by her telekinesis helping out.
** Billie likewise dabbled in some of this in Season 8, as she had telekinesis as her power as well.
* ''Series/{{Andromeda}}'' had many fights scenes which contained She-Fu.
* ''Series/BirdsOfPrey'' was chock-full of She-Fu.
* ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'':
** Xena is the queen of She Fu, and yet she still takes ''plenty'' of punches. It is an established part of Xena canon, based on WordOfGod, that cartwheeling/backflipping across an area is ''faster'' than running the same distance, so this is largely justified in series.
** Callisto in the same series is also a skilled practitioner. Over the course of the series Gabrielle also (slowly) learned the art, though generally she failed humorously when she tried.
** The [[Series/HerculestheLegendaryJourneys show which spawned her]] had a unique case of He Fu pointed out the time that [[ItMakesSenseInContext Hercules was being taught how to dance]]. After statements such as "I don't twirl", the teacher (Iolaus' actor playing a woman) goes on to prove he does it all the time while fighting... And they proceed to get into a very twirly, flippy, ballet-like fight that is ''nothing like the way Hercules usually fights''.
* ''Series/{{Cleopatra 2525}}'', by the same production company, also featured vast amounts of She Fu, usually performed by Sarge or Hel.
* ''Series/PrettyGuardianSailorMoon'' (the live-action version of ''Franchise/SailorMoon'') is rife with this kind of "fighting", even though the [[Anime/SailorMoon original anime]] never had it. It's considerably more stylized (and substantially sillier), though; some observers have called it "[[DanceBattler ballet-fu]]". There is a notable difference in the style of fighting after the first 10 or so episodes. The first ten or so featured the so-called "ballet-fu" and it was hard to watch. The rest of the episodes feature the more straightforward She-Fu.
* ''Series/MakeItOrBreakIt'' has two main characters launch into textbook She Fu because they were being flirted with in an unwanted way at a gas station. Although they only use their gymnastic skills to feign the ability and willingness to fight. Had the guys not been intimidated by their faux martial arts things would have gotten uglier.
* One of ''Series/{{Chuck}}'''s adversaries was a former gymnast who used He Fu to escape from the protagonists. His mistake: [[spoiler:he stuck the landing, whereupon Sarah shot his kneecap out.]]
** Sarah herself is a practitioner of She-Fu. Though it varies from episode to episode, Sarah's fighting style often includes flips, rolls, and other DanceBattler moves. Usually depending on [[{{Fanservice}} how short her skirt is]]. Also subverted, as she at times gets into some downright ''brutal'' beat-downs (both giving and receiving).
* Purdey of ''Series/TheNewAvengers'' fought with moves learnt from her ballet career.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** In "The Doctor's Daughter", Jenny can backflip her way though a corridor of deadly laser beams.
** In "The Crimson Horror", (another) Jenny defeats at least ten henchmen in a few seconds.
* The Queen in ''Series/QueenOfSwords'' mixed a large amount of acrobatics into her fight scenes.
* Yvonne Craig, who played Batgirl in ''Series/{{Batman}}'', was a trained ballerina. Batgirl's fighting style was heavily [[DanceBattler dance-influenced]], with lots of spins and high kicks. Unlike Batman and Robin, she never threw or took a punch (though she would fairly often throw or wield an ImprovisedWeapon). There's one interesting exception to the above rule about punching. Batgirl takes several punches in "The Entrancing Dr. Cassandra" -- all from henchmen who are invisible.
* Creator/AmyJoJohnson used to be a pro gymnast, so her character Kimberly from ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' naturally used She Fu in her fight scenes. The second Pink Ranger Kat was a dancer, so she had some of it too. That being said, the male Blue Ranger Billy also used a lot of it too - due to his actor David Yost being a champion gymnast.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones''. In "First of his Name" Arya Stark is practising the water-dance fencing technique, finishing with a one-handed cartwheel. The Hound is watching and is not impressed, quickly demonstrating its uselessness against an armoured opponent.
* Very much averted in the case of ''Series/AgentCarter'' whose fighting style is to punch somebody as hard and as fast as possible, preferably with the aid of the nearest piece of furniture. Or a stapler. This is FridgeBrilliance, as all the other women we see fight in the Marvel Cinematic Universe were specifically taught SheFu. Peggy learned to fight in a time and place where the only 'martial art' available to her was probably ''boxing'', and then spent a year or so hanging out with Steve "Bash The Heck Out Of It" Rogers.

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* Princesa Sugehit is usually a lunging bite your leg, punch you nether regions fingers under your eye lids broken bottle wielding {{rud|o}}a. She's used a convoluted acrobatics approach as a {{tecnic|o}}a though. Only 5'1 so she usually has to make up the discrepancies she often runs into ''somehow''.
* While Sumie Sakai is competitive judo practitioner and later, mixed martial artist, she's also 5'1, so as a professional wrestler she employs a more acrobatic style to compensate for the fact wrestling promoters tend to care a whole lot less about things like "weight classes" or "mismatches", especially in the USA, where a large bulk of pro wrestling career has been spent.
* Tons of Characters/WWEDivas, which made it somewhat surprising to see it significantly averted by [[Wrestling/CarleneMoore Jazz]](unless you saw her earlier work), whose approach was very power/mat-based and who avoided all but the most basic of aerial offense. Put in LaymansTerms, she'd rather throw her opponents around and tie them in knots than come off of the top rope. Also, despite her participation in the photo shoots for the 2002 ''WWE Divas Undressed,''[[note]]Cover girl: Wrestling/TorrieWilson[[/note]] 2003 ''WWE Divas: Desert Heat,''[[note]]Cover girl: Torrie Wilson again[[/note]] and the 2004 ''WWE Divas: South of the Border''[[note]]Cover girl: Wrestling/StacyKeibler[[/note]] [=DVD=]s, she was '''NOT''' pushed as a MsFanservice character, rather as [[ScaryBlackMan someone who was to be feared]].[[note]]See the example for EyeTake on Wrestling/TrishStratus's page.[[/note]]
* Wrestling/CheerleaderMelissa used to have a very aerial based offense early in her career. Ironically, she's come to resemble her former partners, the Spartans/Ballard Brothers more as she's since become separate from them, taking on a much more smash face wear down style and as time further went on, various power moves. She's occasionally fallen back on her old style against larger brutes such as La Nazi though.
* Wrestling/MercedesMartinez has always had a very technical approach and was always deceptively strong but used to rely on quickness and tumbling to gain the advantage over her foes. While her preferred moves did not change too drastically, she became more direct and strike reliant over the years, which always made a nasty surprise possible those who don't know her history or else forgot she never lost the ability to fly around the ring when necessary.
* {{Subverted| trope}} by Wrestling/BlackRose of WWC/WWL fame (or [[Wrestling/NationalWrestlingAlliance NWA]] or WWN), whose entrance often includes lots of tumbles, cartwheels and splits but whose wrestling style includes lots of forearms, shoulder lifts, elbows, grounded headlock punches, back submissions and power slams. She's even been known to scoop up noticeably larger opponents like Terra Calaway and Missy Sampson. Still, as her showoff entrances indicate, she ''can'' hit [[Wrestling/UltimoDragon La Quebrada]], matrix and kick your throat ''from her back'' you let her.
* Female wrestlers that come from a gymnastics or cheerleading background tend to incorporate handsprings and cartwheels into their matches (though plenty of males do so as well). Krissy Vaine said that WWE's intent is for the women's matches to be more fast-paced. That being said, Wrestling/KellyKelly is probably the most notable modern example. Wrestling/EveTorres as well to a much more limited extent - combining her gymnastics with her jiu-jitsu training.
* Wrestling/TheFunkadactyls employ this style, with their gimmick being of a DanceBattler team[[note]]Though only Naomi is a former dancer[[/note]]. As such you see a lot of rolls and flips incorporated into their moves - not to mention one of their double teams involving dropping into a split onto a grounded opponent.
* Parodied with Fight The World and Wrestling/{{WSU}}'s Candy Cartwright, such as when she threw victory against Portuguese Princess Ariel away by doing ''way'' too many cartwheels.
* Wrestling/AlexaBliss takes this to new levels. She performs a somersault off the top rope for no reason at all. Surprise surprise, she's a former gymnast and cheerleader. She also does a moonsault into a ''knee drop''.
* This trait distinguishes Taeler Hendrix from the other [[Wrestling/RingOfHonor Women Of Honor]], [[UpToEleven even Sakai]]. Where most people jump or roll as a means of offense or defense, Hendrix seemingly uses handstands, spins, splits and cartwheels as a means of locomotion...though she does often find ways to transition into offense, sometimes in [[TryingToCatchMeFightingDirty really callous ways]] such as landing in a manner that she [[GroinAttack hits someone's crouch]].
* Surprisingly averted by {{Wrestling/Carmella}} who is a former dancer and cheerleader, and yet rarely employs this style (aside from the odd countering of a snapmare by landing on her feet). Presumably because in {{Kayfabe}} she is meant to be a girl who came in off the streets to be trained by Enzo and Cass - and so she employs more of a brawling style.
* Wrestling/LivMorgan is a former cheerleader and incorporates a few Matrix dodges and handsprings into her offence. One of her moves involves doing a handspring to the ropes and back-rolling into a headscissor takedown.
* Usually subverted by Momono Mio, who ''is'' a practitioner of parkour and frequent example of WaiFu. However, when she actually attacks, her striking and holds tend to be fairly conventional. She's even smaller than Sakai, so she tries to first [[IShallTauntYou frustrate and tire opponents before locking up or shooting in.

* Applies to just about any female character in ''Toys/{{BIONICLE}}''. They tend to have higher "Agility" stats and lower "Strength" and "Toughness" stats than their male counterparts. [[GratuitousNinja Lariska]] is probably the most obvious example in-story, however, being incredibly acrobatic with ninja-like abilities.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* The girls' throws in the ''[[VideoGame/SoulSeries Soul Calibur]]'' series tend to be like this, often putting their opponent between their legs.
* Kasumi and Ayane in the ''VideoGame/DeadOrAlive'' series.
* ''VideoGame/TombRaiderLegend''; if the "duck" button is used while running, Lara Croft jumps, dodges and does backflips, traversing the same amount of ground in the same amount of time she does when running normally. Now and then, the two men who comprise her MissionControl randomly cheer her on when she does this. Other times they'll complain about her doing it, presumably because watching through the camera attached to the Mic she's wearing is making them ill.
* ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry 4'' introduces a new character named Gloria, whose debut scene involves extensive She Fu complete with numerous [[PantyShot upskirt]] and [[MaleGaze cleavage shots]]. This scene is a particularly blatant example considering that [[spoiler:she is actually Trish in disguise and you never fight her or play as her in the game]].
** Also, Lady of ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry 3'' fights this way, when she's not [[SarcasmMode simply]] [[GunFu shooting]] her enemies. In one cutscene, she sits with one leg over the other on a scythe stuck in a wall before ''spreading her legs'' in order to kick at two enemies simultaneously.
* Samus Aran, especially in ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros.'' While she's in her [[PoweredArmor Power Suit]], though, she becomes considerably less acrobatic but gains an ArmCannon with which to blast things.
* Chun Li. Say it with me, ''Franchise/StreetFighter'' fans: "Spinning Bird Kick!!"
** Also played straight with Cammy.
* Mai Shiranui of ''VideoGame/FatalFury'' and ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters''
* [[GenderInvertedTrope Gender inverted]] in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2''. Not only does it give its men {{Spy Catsuit}}s, but also she-fu cartwheel kicks.
* Also {{gender inverted|Trope}} in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4''. PlayerCharacter Leon S. Kennedy performs multiple evasive backflips and wall-jumps. Then again, Ada and Krauser manage to top it off with even more pointless backflips. Then, Leon learns LeParkour...
** Sheva and later [[spoiler: Jill]] perform lots of acrobatic somersaults and cartwheels for their physical attack follow-ups in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil5''. Mercenaries Reunion would let Excella Gionne get in on the action, as well. Surprisingly averted with Rebecca Chambers, who's more of a CombatPragmatist.
* Morrigan Aensland of ''VideoGame/{{Darkstalkers}}'', combining Shotoclone goodness with [[HornyDevil sexy]] [[HelloNurse moves]]. Including hitting people with her PrehensileHair. Felicia also falls in this with her movements, showing just how flexible her cat body is, including using her own tail as a stand or weapon.
* Swordmasters of both sexes in most ''Franchise/FireEmblem'' games.
** Dodges in VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening also invoke this. Lucina in particular back flips to avoid being hit by anything, such as giant axes.
* Tiffany Lords from ''VideoGame/RivalSchools'', who mixes up cheerleading acrobatics with a little bit of boxing, including [[RedBoxingGloves comically oversized boxing gloves]].
* Echidna, from Squaresoft's ''VideoGame/TheBouncer'', through Capoeira.
* Jade from ''VideoGame/BeyondGoodAndEvil'' has a fairly impressive talent for backflips (and front-flips) in battle. Then again, she does practice yoga, so perhaps she's just [[JustifiedTrope really flexible.]]
* Until the second game the only practitioners in ''VideoGame/BloodyRoar'' (Long and crossdresser Fox) were MALE. Then Long takes the now-defused {{Tykebomb}} Uriko under his wing. Alice's kicks and flips are moderately more functional, being short, quick, and not too flashy, at least until she breaks out her beast form. Justified in that her beast form is a rabbit, though.
* ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'':
** Aqua in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep''. Her male friend Terra gets a long-distance forward dash, and her 'little brother' Ven gets the series-standard "Dodge Roll" somersault. Not Aqua. She ''cartwheels'' away from enemies.
** Larxene as well. Her game play and battle style are ''full'' of this, especially in ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts358DaysOver2''. Flips, cartwheels, mid-air spins and mid-air ''drilling'', somersaults, etc.
** VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII BigBad Xemnas fights this way flipping and spinning like crazy in his boss battles.
* Lili from ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}}'' fits this trope to a T. Has stylish balletic moves, with liberal use of flips. And a move where she does an aerial somersault; if she lands on the opponent's head, she does a double snap kick in the air. Take that, Reality!
* ''Franchise/MortalKombat'': Sonya Blade does this, despite having Kenpo and Tae Kwon Do as her fighting styles in previous games. Her signature move is doing a backflip, grabbing the opponent between her legs, and throwing them. She also uses this move to break Kano's neck in one of the movie versions, and in ''Mortal Kombat 4'' she has a fatality where she does a handstand and ''tears the opponent in half with her legs''.
** There's also Li Mei.
** Nitara's Unicorn Kick special is the deadliest cartwheel you'll ever see.
** Unlike Sub-Zero, who slides around Iceman-style to escape from sticky situations in Deadly Alliance, Frost prefers to perform backflips. Subverted, however, in that several of the male characters (such as Shang Tsung and Hsu Hao) also use backflips to escape.
* This list wouldn't be complete without mentioning ''VideoGame/{{Bayonetta}}''. Acrobatic backflips are her standard dodge, so expect to be doing this a lot since it triggers [[BulletTime Witch Time]]. She can even do this in mid-air!
* ComicBook/MsMarvel's fighting style in ''VideoGame/MarvelUltimateAlliance'' involves lots of high kicks and flips, perhaps justified as she's a FlyingBrick.
* Lightning from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII''. Partially justified in that she has a gravity manipulator and, once that breaks, magical l'Cie powers. Seriously, her fourth ATB attack is backflipping and firing a gun simultaneously.
* Alora, a Dark Jedi and TheDragon in ''[[VideoGame/DarkForcesSaga Jedi Academy]]'', moves very acrobatically the second time she's fought, even compared to the other Force users in the game, who can all or almost all do flips easily. Her no-nonsense outfit eliminates the element of showing off anything thereby, though.
* Tidus from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' is a rare male example, most notably with his 'Spiral Cut' Overdrive.
** So is Noel Kriess from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII-2'', who does a lot of backflips with his attacks.
* In a very bizarre example from ''Videogame/MonsterHunter'', Rathian's special attack is a draconic air-backflip.
** So help you if you don't take care to [[BewareMyStingerTail beware her stinger tail]].
* Currently, the image for this page is a shot of ComicBook/{{Catwoman}} in ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity''. Her acrobatic fighting style definitely qualifies.
* Elhaym "Elly" Van Houten from ''VideoGame/{{Xenogears}}'' has some of her deathblows either doing somersault or backflip kick.
* Rayne from ''VideoGame/BloodRayne'' is very acrobatic in combat, such as when she is done feeding on minion enemies, she can just throw them around with blackflip kicks or ''break their necks with her ankles''.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Oasis from ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' uses this in spades, what with being a gymnast assassin and all. Likewise her "sister" Kusari.
* Satin in ''Webcomic/SatinSteele'' incorporates gymnastic moves in her fights. As ''Webcomic/ContestJitters'' (a prequel) reveals, she had an extensive background in gymnastics.

[[folder: Web Original]]
* Chaka of the Literature/WhateleyUniverse specializes in this style of fighting. {{Justified|Trope}} in that her [[KiAttacks ki powers]] make it extraordinarily easy for her to do so. In her first superhero fight with a bunch of ninjas, she drives her opponent up the wall by dodging his attacks with unnecessary flips.
* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'':
** In a {{justified|Trope}} example, Ruby of uses a SinisterScythe and she needs to flip and roll around to get enemies into her kill zone. The "Red" trailer brilliantly showcases this.
** Being a female ninja who can leave after images of herself, Blake also uses a lot of this.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' lives by it. Got her on the cheerleading team, too.
* The former circus acrobat Ty Lee in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' makes use of cartwheels, leaps, reverse backflips, etc., to enable her to execute her close-range, effective [[KiAttacks chi-blocking (Kyusho-jitsu) techniques]]. Due to the show's strong sense of realism, her feats as well as her uncanny resemblance to the show's title character cause many in the {{fan|on}}dom]] to [[EpilepticTrees rabidly speculate]] on the "possibility" that ''somehow'', she is part Air Nomad.
* The heroine of ''WesternAnimation/CyberSix''.
* ''WesternAnimation/AeonFlux'', to the point that you start wondering whether she has any extra vertebrae. (which, given the BioPunk world she inhabits, is a plausible possibility.) At one point, another character gets similiar agility with a cybernetic removable vertebrae.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Stripperella}}'' is prone to using sexy martial arts and "killer stripper moves" derived from her pole-dancing routine.
* Turanga Leela from ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' frequently parodies this trope by showing the audience her martial-arts moves at the drop of a hat (doing a handstand to sneak over a subway turnstile, for instance).
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'':
** Robin actually had a fighting style like this. He was a trapeze artist in a circus before becoming Robin.
** In a straighter example, Batgirl was a skilled gymnast, and a girl in a skin-tight outfit, so she had this kind of fighting style.
** Harley Quinn did so on rare occasions, although she normally prefers the ranged novelty-weapon attack. Part of her backstory is that she was a champion gymnast in school too.
* Yumi from ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko'' frequently uses such moves when fighting in the virtual world, thanks to her increased agility and the low gravity of Lyoko. Less so in the real world, though, where she sticks to more basic martial arts.
* The girls of ''WesternAnimation/TotallySpies''.
* Blackarachnia in ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' did this to a small extent, but when she got a new, sexier body in ''WesternAnimation/BeastMachines'', she was suddenly all about twisting and stretching.
* ''WesternAnimation/TronUprising'': Beck is one of the rare male examples and the most frequent offender, fighting a lot like Rinzler in ''Film/TronLegacy'' (he seems to be chary of using his disc in tight quarters because of this).
** Averted with Paige, the major female combatant, who's pretty straight forward and practical when she fights, relying on brute strength and leverage to push foes around.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfZelda'': Princess Zelda usually fights like this. Sometimes so does ''Link''.
* In ''WesternAnimation/BewareTheBatman'', Magpie's fighting style consists almost entirely of high kicks and acrobatic flips.