Video Game Examples:
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- Bayonetta does this in the air if you do 360 motion with a stick followed by kick button. It also has additional effects depending on the weapon equipped on her legs.
- Devil May Cry 3 has a move that's literally called Hurricane Kick (or Tornado, depending on version). For extra trope points, it's a follow-up to a Shoryuken move that involves stopping in mid air twice while ascending.
- The Matrix: Path of Neo has this, you can use it in mid-air, called a Tornado Kick.
- Transformers: Devastation has Bumble Bee do this as one of his rush attacks.
Beat Em Ups
- Guy's Senpūkyaku and Cody's Double Kick in Final Fightnote . Cody's brother Kyle can learn this as a counterattack in Streetwise.
- Every Double Dragon beat-em-up since Double Dragon II gave Billy and Jimmy the "Cyclone Spin Kick". Double Dragon III in particular gave them a "Double Cyclone Kick".
- The Lee brothers did had a spin kick in the first arcade game, but it was not a rotating move like the one in the sequels. Instead, it was a jumping sobat that functioned as a back attack. A similar move was featured in the NES version which replaces the roundhouse in a kick combo when the player reaches the highest level.
- Randy and Andy, their expies from River City Ransom, also had the Cyclone Kick.
- Wade in Violent Storm. Kyle from the same game do a spinning kick, fitting his Extremity Extremist style.
- Scott's special move from Scott Pilgrim vs The World is an EX Tatsumaki Senpuukyaku.
- Gene of God Hand has this as one of his Roulette Wheel specials.
- Asura from Asura's Wrath has this as a counter move in his special DLC Crossover with Street Fighter.
- Named from the move in Street Fighter that Ryu and Ken do, also known as the "Tatsumaki Senpuu Kyaku" ("Tornado Whirlwind Kick").
- In addition to Ryu and Ken's move, Chun-Li has her "Spinning Bird Kick", which is this, only upside down and with a full split and the "Tenshoukyaku", only she flies in an angle.
- Sakura also has one, of course, since all her moves are slightly odd copies of Ryu's. Her version (the "Shunpukyaku") is marginally more realistic, since she can't do the "floating-though-the-air" bit and has to jump in an arc instead.
- Sakura's "Haru Ichiban" is a sweeping hurricane kick (flying vertical hurricane kick in Marvel vs. Capcom). In some earlier versions, it counted as a low attack, making it a very powerful move due to being hard to block.
- Akuma ("Tatsumaki Zankuu Kyaku") and Sean (Tornado Kick) who also have movesets related to Ryu's, have proper floaty versions.
- In the VS. Series Akuma's variant is electrified.
- His second ultra combo in SFIV, the Akumacopter, takes this up to eleven: Akuma kicks his opponent into a dark void, then spins so fast that it looks like he isn't spinning and is surrounded by a white "ring" of kicks. He then flies into the void and stabs his foot into the opponent's chest.
- Resident Butt Monkey Dan has the Dankuukyaku ("Gale Kick"; also "Dan's Wind Kick"), which travels in a similar arc to Sakura's and is likely the only respectable move Dan has in his repetoire.
- In Street Fighter IV, Gouken has an even more awesome version where he flies upward.
- Also Juri second special does this
- Fei Long as well though his "Shienkyaku" is a very narrow, FLAMING cyclone, which hardly moves.
- Donatello in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Tournament Fighters on the SNES has a spinning kick where he spins on his head.
- The main characters in the Hiryu No Ken series (which includes Flying Dragon and Flying Warriors) typically have this kind of kick as an ultimate special attack.
- Liu Kang's "Fatality" in the original Mortal Kombat was a Helicopter Spin Kick, which basically involved him bending at the waist and twisting around to deliver two powerful kicks to the face, followed by an uppercut (which could throw people into the spike pit). While technically possible in Real Life, it telegraphs what you're doing far too much to be of any use.
- Apparently works well to finish off a dazed enemy that can't protect themselves, though.
- Captain Falcon does this as his "get up and knock everyone away" move in the Super Smash Bros. series. Slightly justified, given Falcon's style trends toward Muay Thai/Muay Boran, not to mention his absurd strength.
- Hinata Wakaba of Rival Schools has two variants. A regular attack where she's floating forwards and does 3 spinning sidekicks, and a super where she's floating stationary and dishing out a rapid volley of spinning back heel kicks. The super version gets remade into a rising attack in the sequel Project Justice.
- Hideo, being the series most blatant Shotoclone, also has this move.
- Orchid has a shortened version of this move in Killer Instinct.
- Tekken has its fair share with Kazuya and Heihachi's Spinning Demon.
- Yoshimitsu in both Tekken and SoulCalibur. He gets dizzy if he performs it too many times.
- World of Warcraft added the Monk class in the Mists of Pandaria expansion which are chinese inspired martial Artists. A basic move in their arsenal is the Spinning Crane Kick, which is precisely this trope. Oddly enough this ability (while obviously an attack) also HEALS ALLIES that it hits for monks that specialize in healing.
- Later, monks gained access to a level 100 ability specifically named "Hurricane Strike", which shares the Spinning Crane Kick animation with some extra effects and splits its damage between all enemies in a small radius. Paradoxically, this means this Herd Hitting Attack is in fact much more dangerous when used against a single opponent.
- Jak and Daxter can both do a Spin Kick.
- This is one of the R-Trigger tricks in the Sonic Advance series starting in 2.
- Courtney Gears and her backup dancers in Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal.
- Jackie Chan's Action Kung Fu has a variation in Jackie Chan's special Tornado Attack, which lets him damage enemies by somersaulting in mid-air.
- Top Spin from Mega Man 3.
- Zero's Rasetsusen in Mega Man X8, become this when the K Knuckle is equipped.
- As it is based on Homestar Runner as mentioned below, it should probably not come as any surprise that 1-Up has this as his attack in Stinkoman 20X6. Tap once to kick, hold to keep his leg extended, and press a directional button to spin in place. It also serves as 1-Up's jump attack.
- In Final Fantasy X, the Jecht Shot seems to involve doing twenty-some revolutions while hovering at the apex of your jump for five seconds. What's interesting is how the shot is used both underwater and on land, and is just as implausible in either scenario.
- The Martial Monk garb in Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII upgrades the Punt attack to Whirlwind Kick, which increases its base damage and significantly increases its Perfect Hit multiplier.
- Noa's strongest Hyper Arts attack in Legend of Legaia.
Non-Video Game Examples
Anime and Manga
- Suzaku Kururugi's patented Spinzaku kick in Code Geass was previously the cover image for the Martial Arts Do Not Work That Way page.
- Sanji of One Piece is particularly guilty of this trope.
- Higurashi: When They Cry: Akasaka pulls off one of these in his fight against the Yamainu in Matsuribayashi-hen, kicking out a guy who was coming at him from behind and facing front again by the time he lands.
- Nove performs one in her battle against Teana in of Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS. In her case, not only is she a Magitek Cyborg, but in the DVD version, she's also shown needing the jets of her skates to do the "sail through the air while spinning multiple times" part.
- Naruto's Rock Lee's Leaf Hurricane.
- Naruto himself has performed spinning kicks...underwater.
- Pokémon: While in the video games the appearance of Blaze Kick is variable, in the anime it's always depicted like this.
- In the games and anime, Hitmontop is built around this, being designed after a top and Capoeira practitioner. Its Signature Move is Triple Kick.
- Sekai Kamiki's Senpu Tatsumaki-Geri takes this up to eleven in Gundam Build Fighters Try as not only does he do with with a Gundam (albeit a plastic model), but it's shown to cause a powerful enough vortex to suck in all the missiles on the battlefield.
- Code Geass: Awesome of the Rebellion includes Suzaku performing the Spinzaku as his signature move. In one chapter, he uses it as a very literal hurricane kick. In later chapters, he is able to use it to turn his legs into helicopter blades. Later, he combines the two helicopter blades into a sword, that he launches as a boomerang.
- Tommy Oliver of Power Rangers was introduced this way in the show, as a demonstration of his skill and featured in the opening credits. Although it was a legitimate skill done by Jason David Frank and landing in between the consecutive kicks.
- Super Kakure Dai Shogun can pull this off, too.
- Kamen Rider Double FangJoker's Finishing Move involves him sprouting a blade on his heel and spinning to hit the Dopant.
- Kamen Rider Den-O Sword Form's new Finishing Move exhibited in the Onigashima Battleship movie.
- Capoeira practitioners often pull a variant of this, basically Chun-Li's Spinning Bird Kick done with handstands instead of Chi levitation. This was also the way Chun-Li pulled it off during her battle with Vega in the very-slightly more realistic Street Fighter II anime film.
- Certain martial art styles practice kicking with both legs right after each other, rotating 360 degrees in the progress. Most commonly performed with a roundhouse kick and a following backwards roundhouse kick. Crescent kicks are pretty common too.
- Truth in Television: They also tend to be some of the most powerful kicks widely taught, but are more or less useless in sparring unless they are used as a fake out - because the opponent can see what's happening just as much as the audience can.
- The windmill in breakdancing, which is supposedly adapted from a kung fu move.
- Daniel Graham's Hurricane Kick. Practicality is far less important to tricking than is style and pulling off these sorts of "video game" moves. The "flash kick" in tricking is also similarly derived from Guile / Charlie's move in Street Fighter.