In various media, characters kissing someone's hand
is used sometimes for romance, and other times to show humility. Sometimes, though, it's not the hand they kiss, but they aim much lower ...no, they don't stop there! Get your mind out of the gutter!
They kiss the foot.
While kissing hands can mean romance or humility, kissing feet can mean many different things. It often means an even greater humility than hand-kissing, or can be used to show submission ("now you have to kiss my feet!") or devotion. Less often, it is used romantically. In period settings, kissing the hem of a woman's gown is a common substitution.
Even when it's not meant to be... romantic, some people see it that way
. Not to be confused with It Tastes Like Feet
, although Ross Geller
might claim that there's some overlap.
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- The foot massage in that episode of Death Note is considered Fetish Fuel by some.
- Given the rather blatant religious symbolism in that series, the aforementioned massage can be interpreted in a number of ways.
- Akio in Revolutionary Girl Utena is a master of foot kissing, and memorably does it to Mrs. Ohtori. Of course, the entire thing is a mind game, so the whole "submissive" thing is more or less reversed.
- In Kunihiko Ikuhara's other series Mawaru-Penguindrum, the second OP has a scene where Yuri swings her foot and it looks she'll get this from Tabuki. There's a subversion, though. we see him kiss a little girl's foot instead of Yuri's. (Said little girl is Momoka, Tabuki and Yuri's deceased childhood friend/love)
- Since he has a foot fetish (among many others), Hideo Aiba from Sundome kisses Kurumi Sahana's feet several times.
- In Mahou Sensei Negima!, after Negi asks Evangeline if she will teach him magic. Her response:"Lick my feet and be my slave". She promptly gets kicked in the head by Asuna. Since Negi wasn't entirely aware of the implications it looks like he may have actually done it if Asuna had not stepped in on his behalf.
- Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple has Nijima attempting the same thing on Kenichi in exchange for some information. Kenichi decides to just beat it out of him.
- Princess Resurrection just comes out and calls the ED "Kneel Down And Lick My Feet."
- A bratty student in Great Teacher Onizuka has a teacher waiting on her hand and foot, but when she tries to blackmail Onizuka into licking her toes as well he just responds by removing one of his (incredibly stinky) socks and telling her to do it first.
- In Maria†Holic, Mariya has Shizu kiss his foot because of a technicality of Kanokon discovering Shizu's gender and Mariya trying to use that to his advantage.
- Used in Anatolia Story, when Urhi and Nakia use Rusafa to kidnap Yuri. Rusafa has a not-so-secret love for Yuri, and then Urhi leaves, saying Rusafa can finally do whatever he wants to her. Instead of doing something one might expect after everything else so far in the series, Rusafa just kisses Yuri's feet over and over.
- In Episode 2 of Umineko no Naku Koro ni, Beatrice demands that Kanon and later Battler kiss her feet to signify their surrender and total submission to her.
- In episode 9 of Black Butler an old man is seen briefly kissing the foot of the much younger Alois and later Ciel. In episode 10, Claude is basically orgasming over Ciel, even going as far as to kiss his foot, while Sebastian is watching outside of the mansion with a some-what jealous face.
- In chapter 91 of Code:Breaker, the main character Ogami defeats his self-proclaimed nemesis Haruto the Mercenary. After knocking him to the floor, Ogami steps on his face and says that he is "purchasing him", and demands that he lick and kiss his shoes and feet. Though he later reveals that it was all an act, to try and get Haruto to repent.
- In Accel World, Haruyuki does this for Niko after she agrees to teach him and Takumu about the incarnate system. She responds by kicking him.
- Used when X-Men member Chamber is forced to kiss the boot of a bully at the school where he was operating under cover. Having no mouth, Chamber instead spent the time down there tying the bully's shoes together.
- In Green Lantern, Star Sapphire hypnotized Aresia into kissing her Thigh High Boot-clad foot.
- The cover of a Superman issue has him being forced to kiss her feet.
- After undergoing the Ludovich technique, Alex from A Clockwork Orange is forced on stage into a series of humiliating situations to prove that he's been "reformed" — the first of which ends with him licking a bully's shoes in an attempt to stop him from further beating him up, since he can't fight back without becoming nauseous.
- In the Discworld novel Carpe Jugulum, Igor describes the Old Count as "a gentleman, whose boots I was not fit to lick clean", before adding that, nonetheless, he did.
- In A Song of Ice and Fire: There are numerous mentions of bare feet in many, many chapters (including males, but especially Sansa, Arya, and Daenerys). Daenerys in particular ends up getting her bare feet kissed numerous times, often while astride a horse.
- The Death Eaters do this with Voldemort, specifically upon his return in the Little Hangleton Graveyard.
- A variant in Andre Norton's historical novel Shadow Hawk: the hero Rahotep, at an audience with Pharaoh Kamose, was about to kiss the ground in front of the ruler's feet in accordance with protocol. But Kamose slid a foot forward, granting Rahotep the special honor of touching the royal person. Particularly impressive to the witnesses as the hero had just recently been under suspicion of treason.
- You want to know why The Bible makes such a big deal about Jesus washing the feet of the Apostles? Just like the modern Arabs, Hebrews regarded feet as particularly loathsome, and foot-washing was the closest one could get to foot-kissing without debasing oneself. That Jesus would wash somebody else's feet was a mark of exceptional humility for someone claiming to be a Messianic Archetype and the rightful King of the Jews.
- Mentioned several times in Lois Mcmaster Bujold's Chalion universe, especially in The Curse of Chalion. Normal respectful greetings involve kissing the back of a person's hands. When it's a high superiornote one add their feet as well.
- In Edith Wharton's The Age of Innocence, Newland Archer kisses Countess Olenska's shoes.
- In The Scarlet Pimpernel, Percy kisses every step that his estranged wife has taken, showing that despite their problems, he is still desperately in love with her.
- In the second Circle Opens book, Evvy kisses the foot of Lady Zenadia (the Big Bad of the book) after she's been kidnapped and taken to the lady's home, but it's only part of her act to fool the lady into thinking she's grateful to be living with and working for her.
- A scene in Bentley Little's The Store has a rather...zealous... shoe department associate kiss and suck a customer's toes while trying on a pair of sandals she ordered. Said customer asks for two pair of the sandals.
Live Action TV
- Devoted husband Mack in Clocking Off kisses his unfaithful wife Catherine's foot in one episode.
- In Ugly Betty, Bradford Mead had a foot fetish, which is how Wilhemina got her hooks into him.
- In V's second miniseries, the human collaborator Daniel forces some college schlub to lick his boots.
- In Oz Schillinger forces Beecher to lick his boots after the latter spoke up without permission.
- Used in a demeaning fashion by the female party on an episode of Blind Date. Being a real demeaning type, she told the man to kiss her ankle — and he DID!
- In Blackpool, DI Carlisle does this to Natalie. This happens to be one of the most sickeningly adorable scenes in the entire show.
- In the 1980s sitcom Alice, southern waitress Flo used "Kiss My Foot!" as a general purpose euphemism
- Flo used to say "Kiss my grits!"
- In the Star Trek: Voyager episode "Q2", Q tries to kiss Captain Janeway in the bathtub, but she blocks him from getting closer by raising her foot, so he kisses that instead.
- On the former news show Countdown With Keith Olbermann, Keith names Bill O'Reilly the "Worst Person In The World" (first time THAT'S happened, right?) for running an interview with the late George Carlin where Bill questioned Carlin about the use of profanity as a selling point when Bill used profanity in the now infamous Inside Edition outtake (which Bill reran the day after Carlin's death). Keith mentioned that Bill was "insulting a man whose boots he was not worthy to lick."
- An especially ugly example in the Cold Case episode "Who's Your Daddy?", in which a sleazy construction foreman blackmailed the wives of his illegal immigrant workers into providing sexual favors for him in exchange for not turning them in to the INS. He'd make them start out by licking his boots, presumably before forcing them to move. . .upward.
- In Once Upon a Time Rumplestiltskin, before becoming The Dark One, was forced to do this to prevent his son from being drafted into a war against ogres. When he became The Dark One, he made other people do it.
- Rome. Atia's slave kisses her feet in gratitude after she says she won't geld him for a screw-up, though only because eunuchs aren't fashionable at the moment.
- In an episode of Saturday Night Live featuring actor Zac Efron, one skit involved Efron's character going to his "brother" (played by Jason Sudeikis) for advice on how to act during an intimate date. Sudeikis begins giving Efron advice on how to give a foot massage, and as it progresses into odder and odder territory, Sudeikis begins demonstrating on Efron's bare foot - at one point, Sudeikis decided to stick as much of Efron's foot as possible into his mouth. This moment was unscripted, making Efron's look of horror as Sudeikis sucks his toes a genuine reaction.
- An unusual instance occurs in a clip on The Smoking Gun Presents: World's Dumbest when a drunk driver desperate to not get arrested tries to convert to Christianity on the spot and offers to kiss the officer's feet.
- Gahan Wilson once drew a cartoon for The New Yorker which depicts a psychiatrist kissing his (male) patient's foot, while the patient growls "Doctor, this is not helping my messiah complex!"
- Early on in his tenure in the WWF in 1987, Ted DiBiase paid a fan $100 to kiss his foot in the ring, as a way of showing that "everyone has a price, for the Million Dollar Man". The fan grew up to become Rob Van Dam.
- After winning the King of the Ring competition, WWE superstar Booker T became "King Booker", an arrogant Heel who made other wrestlers kiss his foot, sometimes by force.
- Jerry "The King" Lawler initiated a match against then-rival Bret Hart at King of the Ring '95, where the loser had to kiss the winner's foot. Lawler lost the match, and it was not pleasant for him, to say the least.
- That was mentioned during Lawler's feud with Michael Cole leading to another Kiss My Foot Match at Over The Limit 2011 and Cole's Humiliation Conga.
- And then there's Vince McMahon's much, much cruder version, "The Kiss My Ass Club".
- Occasionally put into use on the independent circuit, notably by Davey Richards (who then will follow up with spitting in his opponent's face and/or kicking them in the head).
- Pistol in William Shakespeare's Henry V has these lines:
The king's a bawcock, and a heart of gold,
A lad of life, an imp of fame;
Of parents good, of fist most valiant.
I kiss his dirty shoe, and from heart-string
I love the lovely bully.
- In RENT, when Maureen is attempting to make up with Joanne over the phone, she offers total submission:
"I'll kiss your doc martens; let me kiss your doc martens; your every wish I will obey!"
- This lasts about a month and a half before Maureen gets bored of playing that role and goes back to playing herself in full-on diva mode.
- Azure Dreams: Selfi, one of the potential romantic interests in the game, at one point suggests that you kneel down and worship her beautiful body, starting by kissing her foot.
- In Umineko no Naku Koro ni Beatrice demands Battler, once he loses the game, to take off his clothes, kneel down and kiss her feet - as a sign of humiliation and submission. And he evetually does it, though the scene itself is not drectly shown in the novel. She also forces Kanon to do this, though without getting naked.
- The creator of 1977: The Comic freely admits this is the reason why draws his female characters barefoot and often focuses on their feet.
- Scandinavia and the World illustrates the tale of a time the king of the Franks told a party of Danes to kiss his feet. He had a rather, unique interpretation of that demand.
- Many times in Looney Tunes cartoons.
- In Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law, Blue Falcon is demoted to restroom attendant. When Harvey Birdman comes by, Blue Falcon starts groveling, kissing Birdman's feet. Then he insists on being kicked and spat on, and takes it as an insult that Birdman declined.
- Animaniacs: The Goodfeathers, Bobby, Pesto, and Squitt, all kiss the godpigeon's feet every time he appears. Usually both Bobby and Pesto kisses one foot, and Squitt kisses the other.
- This is frequent in many children's cartoons.
- In Batman: The Animated Series episode "Fear of Victory", Scarecrow mentions using his Fear Toxin to bring the people of Gotham to their knees and in his own words "...Kissing my feet!"
- Rarity kissing Princess Celestia's hooves in My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic episode "Sweet and Elite", much to Celestia's discomfort.
- Barney nearly makes Fred kiss his in an episode of The Flintstones.
- Referred to in The Powerpuff Girls episode "Him Diddle Riddle." Blossom is using an abacus to determine when two trains will collide with each other (one of Him's riddles). When Buttercup sputters "Can't you abacus any faster?", Blossom replies "Aba-kiss my foot!"