"Sagat's always kickin', kickin' is for girlsAlways Female, hence the name) who fights almost entirely with kicks for the purpose of showing off her legs. She may occasionally throw a punch, but kicking is her primary means of offense. Why do some fighters do this? Perhaps it's because kicks have better range, or feet with shoes are less sensitive to pain than bare hands, or they have stronger legs than arms. However, in her case it's partly due to the Rule of Sexy. In reality, women note do instinctively use their lower bodies more than their upper bodies, which means that they're naturally more inclined to use kicks than punches. Also, as the first instinct of any attacker is to bind or otherwise incapacitate the arms (and leave the legs relatively free so that you don't have to carry her), it's quite practical to deal damage with your means of locomotion. And every girl knows the classic "kick 'em in the nuts" move for self-defense—it can hurt women too, by the way. Primarily an Action Girl trope. A sub-trope of Extremity Extremist, one that requires the character is female, that her fighting style is almost entirely kicks, and she has an essence of Fanservice to her kicking as well. Sometimes (but not always) have strapping lower bodies as a result of the reliance on and muscular development of their legs. See also Waif-Fu, and contrast White Magician Girl. Compare Roundhouse Kick. Compare Combat Stilettos and With My Hands Tied, where this trope may sometimes come into play when the other said tropes as used.
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Anime & Manga
- Angel Densetsu's Ryoko's favorite move is a high kick, though it's far from her only attack.
- Annie Leonhart from Attack on Titan uses an unique fighting style, influenced heavily by Muay Thai. She focuses primarily on kicks, allowing her to quickly disable larger and stronger opponents. It doubles as Fridge Brilliance, since the military's primary equipment depends so much on having incredible leg strength and flexibility.
- Ayane's High Kick is about exactly what it says. Though it isn't by choice, since Ayane aspires to become a pro wrestler, but gets duped into taking up kickboxing instead, by her unscrupulous coach, Kunimitsu.
- Ringo in Banana no Nana has, for lack of a better word, the superpower of incredibly strong legs. This results in fast running, high jumps, and, of course, this trope, typically applied directly to the face at maximum power.
- Sen Yarizui the Ice Witch from Ben-To. While the other fighting girls use their fists or Improvised Weapons of various sorts, she fights almost exclusively with kicks.
- Enju Aihara in Black Bullet fights with her feet when combating the Gastrea. Justified, as the soles and the tip of the boots she wears are made of Varanium, and she's a Rabbit-Type Cursed Child, making her exceptionally good at jumping and kicking.
- It's also implied the reason she fights strictly with her feet is because she absolutely refuses to kill a human being and want to fight the Gastrea at the same time.
- Bleach: Ex-lieutenant Mashiro has kicks so powerful a single "Mashiro Kiiiick!" can destroy a gigantic Hollow. When going berserk through Hollowfication in "Turn Back The Pendulum", Captain Shinji Hirako had to block her kicks with his sword, which didn't even scratch her shoes. She can fire even freaking Ceros with her kicks.
- Lenalee Lee of D.Gray-Man fights exclusively with kicks, due to her Empathic Weapon being a pair of supernaturally empowered boots.
- In Darker Than Black spin-off manga Shikkoku no Hana, a highschool girl named Tsukimori Azusa has gained contractor ability in a form of super strong legs. She proceeded to leap through city blocks In a Single Bound and kick people apart.
- Nikaido from Dorohedoro mainly uses kicks.
- Lucy Heartfilia from Fairy Tail usually summons her Celestial Spirits or uses her whip in a fight, but when she goes unarmed she usually uses mainly kicks. One of her attacks is even called "LUCY KICK!!!". Her kicks are sometimes Played for Laughs, but have also shown usefulness in real battle.
- Calynn from Gathering the Enchanted uses leg armor to enhance the power of her kicks. She uses her feet as her only weapon.
- Subverted in Is This a Zombie? you'd expect a Mystletainn Kick to be, well, a kick, but...
Anyone being hit with it: "THAT'S NOT A KICK!!!!!
- Kisara Nanjo from Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple is trained in Tae Kwon Do, a kick-heavy fighting style.
- Lyrical Nanoha
- The Combat Cyborg Nove, who was introduced in Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Striker S. While she will occasionally use punches, most of her attacks are kicks. This is probably done to contrast her to the mostly punching Subaru, who is the Abel to her Cain.
- Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha ViVid gives us Kung-Fu Kid Miura. While she uses punches when needed, the majority of her special moves are kick-based, and her Armed Device is a pair of armored boots that enhances her kicks.
- Being a member of a race of incredibly strong humans, Morgianna from Magi – Labyrinth of Magic has kicks that can shatter rock and instantly knock out tigers (a manga by the same author of Sumomo Mo Momo Mo).
- Syal Fineded in Mother Keeper uses a variety of weapons and fighting styles, but usually she'll get some kicks in and they're her main weapon against most enemies.
- Several female characters from One Piece. CP9 member Kalifa, anime-only character Arabelle, and the Warlord of the Sea Boa Hancock.
- Another example will be the Okama Kenpo and the Newkama Kenpo, two martial arts practiced by men with hearts of women (and some women with hearts of men, probably) which rely heavily on kicks.
- It's not known if Doflamingo's lacky Dellinger is trans-anything but he is rather effeminate, uses the girlish exclamation "Kyaaa!" and wears high heels with booty shorts.
- Crystal from Pokémon Special primarily used kicks to throw her Pokeballs instead of using her hands. This was due to at one time being unable to use her arms and hands for the task.
- Pretty Cure:
- Honoka/Cure White of Futari wa Pretty Cure was the kicking half of the team. Pretty noticeable in the Max Heart OP: Nagisa/Cure Black throws many punches but kicks only once or twice, whereas Honoka relays only on kicks to keep her opponents away.
- Her Expy Mai Mishou/Cure Egret/Cure Windy from Futari Wa Pretty Cure Splash Star goes the same way.
- The Fresh Pretty Cure! have even an attack called "[Double/Trio/Quartet] Precure Kick", but Miki/Cure Berry is the kick specialist.
- Nao/Cure March from Smile Pretty Cure!. Her strongest attack "March Shoot Impact", is a kick!
- Inner Moka from Rosario + Vampire. She defeats most of her battles with one single kick! She got it from her mom Akasha Bloodriver, the strongest vampire of all time (in that universe).
- Misao from Rurouni Kenshin has a signature joke move which consist of a flying kick.
- Sailor Moon's Sailor Moon Kick.
- Tsubasa Kazanari from Senki Zesshou Symphogear is primarily a swordswoman, but her fighting style also involves Capoeira-like spin-kicks with Armed Legs. She also performs drop kicks, but with a BFS below her foot (heavy emphasis on "big"). She rarely uses her arms without using her sword.
- In the Trigun movie, Amelia kicks the crap out of two bounty hunters to the point that they try to grab her legs to stop her. Later, though, like most characters in the series, she mostly uses her gun.
- Variable Geo: Kaori may not look it, but she's a master of Tae Kwon Do and one of the top competitors in the VG tournament; which she demonstrates in her opening match.
- Envy Adams, from Scott Pilgrim.
- When not using bladed weapons, Miho of Sin City fame kicks her way through Mooks.
- The female version of Judomaster in The DCU used a lot of kicks in her fighting (exactly the way that judo doesn't).
- Mystique has a pretty wide range of skills, but artists just love to show off her long blue legs by having her do all kinds of impossible kicks.
- The Good The Bad And The Demon has Hitomi Toni as this example, considering that she isn't badass in her work, but in the fanfic itself.
- High-Kick Girl. She... kicks high.
- Zen in Chocolate.
- Paula Garces in Clockstoppers as Francesca kicks Dr Dopler right in the face, and it has a lot more effect than hitting him - turns out she knows ballet. It wouldn't be worthwhile mentioning if they didn't threaten him with doing it again.
- B-movie queen Cynthia Rothrock has made her career around flipping about and kicking bad guys.
- Played for laughs in Scary Movie 2. When the girls go all Angels Pose on the butler, Brenda goes crazy with a flurry of kicks...and burns her shoe off.
- In X-Men: Days of Future Past, Mystique chokes out one of her victims. With one foot. Executing perfect martial arts form. And casually looking through his mail, just to show off how good she is at this.
- Calynn from Gathering the Enchanted has literal feet of steel.
- Kylaia Al Jmaa from Tamora Pierce's Tortall Universe short story Student of Ostriches. She starts developing her self-taught fighting style by watching ostriches kicking a wild dog (although she does develop and use techniques other than kicks).
- Ninette from Reserved For The Cat borders on this when she kicks an attacker into a wall. Justifiable because ballet requires both strong legs and precise movements with them.
- Kate Daniels prefers to fight with a saber most of the time, but when she and the local head Werelion engage in some Good Old Fisticuffs, she really prefers kicking because it's the only thing she's got that can put a dent in his regeneration.
- The Honored Matres in the Dune universe have this as their signature style of unarmed combat, and have developed it to the point where a single kick can be instantly lethal. They are also, for reasons connected with specific training and possibly selective breeding, extremely fast. Some of the best Bene Gesserit adepts are a match for them, but that's about it.
- In Bloodhype protagonist Kitten Kai Sung throws a knee-capping kick from a sitting position, pretty much giving away the fact she is a trained agent.
Live Action TV
- Kat in Power Rangers Turbo.
- In Batman, Batgirl (played by trained ballerina Yvonne Craig) never threw punches, relying on kicks and the occasional Improvised Weapon.
- Lori from Big Wolf on Campus took kickboxing, so that was how she usually fought.
- When Seven of Nine is kidnapped to fight in a gladiatorial arena in the Star Trek: Voyager episode "Tsunkatse", her fighting style included rather more kicks than most of the other combatants seen on-screen.
- In Alias, Sydney Bristow is primarily a kickboxer. One episode lampshades this very trope when her opponent (played by Quentin Tarantino), who is primarily a pugilist, observes that the problem with kick boxers is that they lack the upper body strength for either doling out or taking powerful punches. While Sydney accepts his criticism as valid, she eventually manages to prove that he can't take the kicks of a really good kick boxer either.
- Although she's generally a well-rounded fighter, Sarah on Chuck has strong shades of Kick Chick. Whether or not she fights as a Kick Chick usually boils down to Rule of Sexy and how fanservice-y the writers want a particular fight scene to be.
- Amy in Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger. And by extension, Shelby in Power Rangers Dino Charge.
- Purdey of ''The New Avengers has a long, strong and deadly pair of legs.
- One of Trish Stratus' finishers was a roundhouse kick dubbed the Chick Kick.
- When Mickie James was playing Trish's fan/stalker and was copying all of her moves, she called it the Mick Kick. The Long Kiss Goodnight finisher also used by Mickie James was a vicious spin kick to the back of the head. She occasionally still uses it.
- In All Japan Womens Pro Wrestling, Toshiyo Yamada and Yumiko Hotta used a lot of kicks.
- Stacy Keibler, though she's better known for a leg choke than a kick.
- Joshi wrestler Kana (billed as Asuka in NXT). Like Yumiko Hotta, she's also known for being extremely stiff with them.
- Sara Del Rey, of SHIMMER, CHIKARA, Ring of Honor and many other promotions, uses the Koppo Kick a lot, particularly against male opponents.
- Layla El uses various kicks as signature moves and in 2012 developed a kick to the head called The Bombshell as a Finishing Move.
- Anarchy Championship Wrestling and IWA Texas put Mia Yim together with ACH to form Team Kick!...for a dark match, but it was aptly named. Both Daizee Haze and La Rosa Negra are among those who tried their feet at trading kicks with Yim and lost horribly.
- Evie stands out this way on SHIMMER, whose roster is largely defined by pinning combinations, submission holds and head drops. She frequently tags her Twitter posts #TeamKick
- Street Fighter
- The possible Trope Codifier: Chun-Li, pictured above.
- Strangely enough, she had some effective (and pretty hard) punches in both 2 and the Alpha games. It wasn't until 3 that her "legs that took down an organization" status really took hold, with most of her punches replaced by ineffective/silly looking chops or slaps. In particular, her crouch hard punch took a big hit.
- Elena from Street Fighter III takes it another step by not ever using her hands (being a Dance Battler and practitioner of Capoeira). She even throws with her legs.
- Newcomer Juri in Super Street Fighter IV, is a Tae Kwon Do prodigy. She even manages Ki Attacks with her feet. Her fierce punch command is also a kick.
- Blair Dame from Street Fighter EX.
- The possible Trope Codifier: Chun-Li, pictured above.
- Virtua Fighter
- Included in Sarah Bryant's arsenal are the knee, jumping knee, jumping spin kick, legsweep, flamengo stance kicks, kickflip, and the beat gatling throw.
- Pai-Chan mainly uses kicking attacks in The Anime of the Game. However, the bad guys catch up with her fighting style, and she's ended up useless in any non-mook battle. More exactly, Pai's Enseiken fighting style is said in-TV series to be useless in some battle conditions. The Genre Savvy Big Bad, Liu Kowloon is also a martial artist and knows about this very well — often sending out non-Mooks that are specially trained into creating said conditions and neutralising Pai so they can bring her back to him (there's even a whole scene in the beginning in which Kowloon explains this to Pai). Said conditions don't apply in the games for obvious reasons, so she retains her fighting competence.
- Wakaba from Suikoden II does this, and her personal weapon is a pair of shin guards to protect her legs.
- Carmelita Fox has this in Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves as a secondary attack option when enemies get too close for her to effectively employ her shock pistol. Her roundhouse kick is powerful enough to send mooks twice her size flying several feet.
- Chie Satonaka from Persona 4 lives this trope. Taking out items is the only thing she'll do with her hands, but beyond that, attacking, invocation, or even defending are all done with her legs. HWA-TAAAAAAAA!
- In the character creation mode for Soulcalibur III, the Grieve Edge weapon is essentially a metal shoe with a blade attached to it. Although none of the characters in the main storyline use it, the busty shopkeeper Valeria is an unlockable character who uses this weapon.
- Lucia from the third Final Fight game almost exclusively uses kicks.
- Nayuki Minase (awake) from Eternal Fighter Zero fights exclusively with kicks, given that she's the captain of the school's track team.
- Sheva of Resident Evil 5 mainly uses kicks as her physical attacks, in contrast to Chris, who uses his ridiculously large arms for all his melee moves.
- Also to contrast Chris, Jill uses kick physicals but are straighter than Sheva's acrobatics.
- The King of Fighters:
- King is the series' foremost example, being a practicioner of the Nak Muay style of kickboxing. While her punches consists of jabs, hooks, and elbow strikes that inflict light damage, her kicks are generally stronger and are her chief means of attack. Even her "Venom Strike" and "Phantom Venom" are performed with her legs.
- May Lee's a Taekwondo practitioner like her instructor and idol Kim Kaphwan.
- Ditto Chae Lim, of KOF's Spin-Off Alternate Continuity Maximum Impact. As a matter of fact, she fights so much like Kim, that she might as well be his Distaff Counterpart. When Kim appeared in the sequel, they had to readjust her moves so that she fought at least a little differently from her teacher.
- Advanced V.G. II:
- Two girls from Arcana Heart fight with kick based styles: Tsuzura Saki and Inuwaka Akane. While Saki has some punches in her arsenal, Akane relies on kicks exclusively.
- Eve from Daemon Bride is a miniskirted dominatrix rock singer who fights by kicking with blades on her boots. She throws Ki Attacks from her legs as well. Those blades were actually the Demon she made contract with and she abuses him like a dominatrix, said Demon (Beelzebub) doesn't seem to mind.
- Liu Yungmie from Fighter's History Dynamite is probably the very first Fighting Game chick to kick with punch buttons, block with her legs, throw opponents with her legs, and send out Ki Attacks with her legs.
- In the second Nicktoons Unite game, Sam Manson primarily uses kicks, as opposed to Danny, who prefers punches.
- Karin from Enchanted Arms - her weapons are boots, and her techniques are either kicks, water elemental attacks, or healing skills.
- Iji uses either her BFG or her cybernetically-enhanced legs. She can kick enemy soldiers across the room.
- Reimi from Star Ocean: The Last Hope will flip-kick an enemy into the air for her close range attack, and has a special that delivers Rapid-Fire Kicks, but being The Archer, she's predominantly a long-range character; It's a good Idea to keep her away from her opponents.
- The Nekomata in the Disgaea series fight almost exclusively with kicks, only using their hands to deliver Ki Attacks in most of the games.
- Rouge the Bat in Sonic Adventure 2 uses attacks with kicks rather than punching. It becomes even more evident in Sonic Battle where her entire fighting style is centered around kicks that make her attacks both powerful and fast. She even gets an upgrade which allows her to dig using her legs.
- Wind goddess Fuuka from Izuna 2: The Unemployed Ninja Returns. The only available weapon type she can use is a set of boots, so she has little choice but to use her feet as weapons.
- Prier from La Pucelle, to the extent she neglects to use (for the most part) the rod she's TRAINED how to fight with. Of course, with legs like this...◊
- Bayonetta's default fighting style combines this with Guns Akimbo, although her kicks also fire guns in the enemy's face.
- Homura Akai of Tokimeki Memorial 2, whose signature attacks are the "Dragon Kick" and the "Kaichou Kick" (Student Council President Kick), complete with Calling Your Attacks.
- Leggy school nurse Kyoko Minazuki from Rival Schools.
- Katt's fused form from Breath of Fire II trades away her Simple Staff in favor of kicking enemies to death.
- Sun Sun Xiang in Dynasty Warriors 7. Her Limit Break even involves her stretching her bow using her legs.
- Dynasty Warriors 8's DLC includes the Sabaton moveset that allows you to apply this to any character.
- Renamon, though only theoretically female, in Digimon Rumble Arena. Aside from her Diamond Storm special, all of her attacks are kicks.
- Natasha from Rusty Hearts uses flip-heavy kicks along with guns.
- In Alien vs. Predator (Capcom), the female human character, Linn Kurosawa, is equipped with an automatic pistol and katana, but also does more kicking than any other playable character.
- In the Touhou fighting games, Reimu's physical attacks consist mostly of about two different strikes with her gohei and tons of kicks.
- The Archer class in Dragon Nest can specialize in the Acrobat tree, which mixes in a lot of kicks with her standard arrow attacks.
- Ii Naotora of Samurai Warriors fights using bladed boots that she can perform some impressive kicks with, including a spinning dropkick that drills through the opposition.
- Mad Stalker: Full Metal Force has Silpheed, a mecha that focuses on kicks for basic attacks due to its arms being a pair of Arm Cannons and pilebunkers.
- Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars has Serina Leaf, who uses a special mechanical boot that amplifies the power of her kicks and also allows her to float slightly off the ground when walking.
- In Double Dragon Neon, Linda's feet are her primary weapon when she's not wielding a whip.
- Phantasy Star Online 2 introduced Jet Boots in Episode 3, which features nothing but kicks. If your character is female and they wield these, you're qualified. Additionally, a female character is seen wielding them in trailers and promotional art.
- Elly from Xenogears has kicks as her secondary attack with her rods being primary and Ether attack spells being the Finishing Move.
- Marvel vs. Capcom 3 has some female characters being this, most notably Trish, Crimson Viper, and Jill Valentine.
- Misa from Mitsurugi Kamui Hikae primarily uses her legs to perform hand-to-hand attacks.
- Dragon's Crown: In contrast to their punching male counterparts, the female physical classes in the game uses kicks when fighting unarmed.
- The Amazon was specifically called a Lightning Kicker in Atlus' character video for her. If she loses her Blade on a Stick, she will instead fight with a series of kick combos and butt slams.
- Kicking is the Elf's default way of fighting when forced to go melee. In fact, Elves have a specific skill in Deadly Boots that allow her to increase the damage of her kicks.
- Super Smash Bros. has Zero Suit Samus, notably in the fourth game after she got Rocket Boots and her attacks and animations were changed to better emphase her agility. Also Zelda to a lesser extent, who is mostly a Lady of Black Magic but is known for delivering powerful magic-enhanced Lightning Kicks almost as powerful as Captain Falcon's knee.
- Morte from Sands of Destruction does carry a BFS, but uses kicks as a secondary attack. Several cutscenes also show her kicking people, usually in the back.
- In the Tales of... series, there are a few female characters who specializes in kicking:
- Tales of Hearts has Kohaku Hearts who is a unique hybrid of a fire mage, healer and a martial artist with her specialty being kicking. Kicking is also one of her traits as her wanted poster in a skit in Tales of Hearts R noted.
- Tales of Graces'' has Sophie who is a healer and a martial artist. She is small, but her kicks are deadly.
- Tales of Innocence'' has Hermana.
- In Holy Umbrella, Saki attacks enemies by kicking them, can do a "wall-kick jump," and slides through narrow passages feet-first.
- Tomoyo and Kyou from CLANNAD have both dealt great physical harm to Sunohara using their kicks. Tomoyo has been known to deal a combo attack for over 100 kicks to Sunohara before he even hit the ground.
- Umineko: When They Cry has Gaap spin-kicking at George with Combat Stilettos.
- Ange Ushiromiya in the spin-off Fighting Game Ougon Musou Kyoku fights mostly with kicks, justified as she has her hands occupied with Maria's diary, which she uses to call the Stakes of Purgatory.
- Sasha from Greek Ninja, when not using her katana, resorts to kicks.
- Black Widow and Zarda from Avengers Assemble. In the first season, Widow tends to have some closeups where whenever she kicks her legs appear as very attractive. but in the second season, the designs of her hair, eyes, body, legs, arms, and costume improve. whenever there is a closeup of widow kicking with her legs(or crossing them), they are shown to be very powerful and curvaceous.
- To an extent, Blackarachnia from Beast Wars. In her first appearance, she let Cheetor shoot away all her ranged weapons as he charged at her, only to stick her foot out and kick him to the ground. Later, she KO'ed a mode locked Dinobot by kicking him in the face repeatedly. Though she did not actually have hands for much of her life.
- Leela in Futurama has a pretty hard punch, but she uses kicks a lot more. "Hiiiii-YA!"
- Cricket from Generator Rex is an E.V.O. whose main mutation is having absurdly powerful legs (Hence her name) that she regularly uses to beat her enemies. To the point Rex is shown having a hard time fighting her.
- Jade of Jackie Chan Adventures seems to have a penchant for launching into useless flying kick attacks and using her feet in combat.
- In Justice League Unlimited, Black Canary uses her legs way more than her fists when fighting. Not that she can't punch - she just uses sweeps and kicks noticeably more.
- Same with the eponymous character of Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman.
- From the The Looney Tunes Show episode "Eligible Bachelors", Granny as a spy during World War II, throwing exactly one punch during her flashback, performing kicks the rest of the time.
- In My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic Applejack kicks apples out of trees for a living. She even named her hindlegs "Bucky McGillycuddy" and "Kicks McGee". Being a quadruped, it is a bit difficult to not be one.
- Most ponies (who are mostly female) avert this, tending to stand up on their hind legs and 'box'. Your opinion may vary on whether this counts or not.
- Mercy Graves from Superman: The Animated Series almost exclusively uses high kicks, except for her gun. She also wears a short minidress which almost always gives the viewer a great view of her legs even when she isn't fighting. No Panty Shots, though.
- In the Teen Titans Go! episode "Legs", Raven discovers she is talented kicker, so she adopts an alternate superhero identity named Lady Legasus. She only returns to her original identity when she discovers that her cloak has corrupted Cyborg.
- Ivy, from Where on Earth Is Carmen Sandiego?, has flying kicks as her preferred method of combat. She has also kicked open doors bolted by heavy pieces of lumber, and her legs are strong enough she once freed herself from a pillory just by flexing her legs.
- Mystique once again, this time in Wolverine and the X-Men. There's a particularly memorable kick in her introductory episode, when she's fighting Wolverine. He swipes at her, and she ducks...but while she's there, she throws out a back kick over her own head and nails him in the face. It's right at the beginning of this video if you want to see it.
- Chloe Bruce
- Female equines use kicking to not only repel predators, but to also deter unwanted mates while in heat.