Chun-Li: Putting the "kick" in "kick your ass" since 1991
"Chun-Li's always kickin', kickin' is for girls
I bet you Chun-Li kicks 'cause Chun-Li can't do curls"
A character (Always 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 generally have much stronger lower bodies than 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
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Anime & Manga
- Former Shinigami Lieutenant Mashiro Kuna from Bleach 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.
- 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.
- Calynn from Gathering the Enchanted uses leg armor to enhance the power of her kicks. She uses her feet as her only weapon.
- Kisara Nanjo from Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple is trained in Tae Kwon Do, a kick-heavy fighting style.
- 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).
- Lenalee Lee of D.Gray-Man fights exclusively with kicks, due to her Empathic Weapon being a pair of supernaturally empowered boots.
- Lyrical Nanoha
- 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.
- Nakajima Sanae from Sumomo Mo Momo Mo.
- 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).
- Shinatsu Azuki from Maken-ki!.
- Esmeralda from ADAMAS.
- Abe Rio from B-Reaction.
- Suzumebachi from Maoh Juvenile Remix.
- Valerie from Saga Of Queen Knight.
- Imawano Shizuru from Ga-Rei.
- Urushiba Rinka of Tokyo ESP.
- Angel Densetsu's Ryoko's favorite move is a high kick, though it's far from her only attack.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Brillheart from Defense Devil.
- Yaida Kirin from Dragon's Heaven.
- Sailor Moon's Sailor Moon Kick. More prominently, Sailor Venus's Sailor V Kick, which she employed quite often in the manga.
- Ayane Mitsui from Ayane-chan's High Kick.
- Elenore Baker from Madlax (especially ep. 6 and 24).
- Haruka from Kaitou Tenshi Twin Angel Finishing Moves the Angel Tornado.
- Subverted in Is This a Zombie? you'd expect Mystletainn Kick to be well a kick but...
- Elle Ragu from Shadow Skill.
- 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.
- 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.
- Lucy's "Lucy's Kick" from Fairy Tail.
- Asuna is noted for this very early on in Mahou Sensei Negima!.
- Misao from Rurouni Kenshin has a signature joke move which consist of a flying kick.
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Joshi wrestler Kana. 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Jam from Guilty Gear.
- 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.
- May Lee from The King of Fighters. Justified Trope: she's a Taekwondo practitioner, so her instructor and idol Kim Kaphwan is as much of an Extremity Extremist as she is.
- 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.
- And before either of them was King, who despite being a kickboxer, almost never uses her arms for attacking. She even throws out her Ki Attacks with her legs!
- Kaori Yanase from Advanced Variable Geo is another Taekwon user. Like King, she also throws out her Ki Attacks through her legs. Her gorgeous, insanely long legs.◊
- 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.
- Garnet from The Rumble Fish is a sexy nurse who fights only with kicks.
- 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.
- Kurokishi from Denjin Makai series.
- Cisty from Dungeon Magic/Light Bringer depending on where you live.
- Arcia Rinslet from Chaos Legion.
- In the second Nicktoons Unite game, Sam Manson primarily uses kicks, as opposed to Danny, who prefers punches.
- Kohak from Tales of Hearts, also known as "dat ass".
- 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.
- The Williams sisters do quite a bit of damage with their high-heeled kicks, but the real damage is done when they grab the opponent and start breaking bones.
- If you're not spinning together a near-endless series of sweeping Capoeira kicks from Christie Monteiro, you're doing it wrong.
- Maria from Star Ocean Till The End Of Time.
- From the same game, Mirage Koas.
- Maria's weapon of choice is actually a gun; she's a mid-to-long range character who uses quick kicks when the enemy gets too close. Mirage fights like resident Big Guy Cliff (they did grow up in the same dojo, after all), though, true to this trope, favors agility, palm strikes, and kicks. She also shares a few specials with Maria and for good reason; she was the one who taught Maria how to fight.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Sasha from Greek Ninja, when not using her katana, resorts to kicks.
- 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.
- 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.
- Jade of Jackie Chan Adventures seems to have a penchant for launching into useless flying kick attacks and using her feet in combat.
- Leela in Futurama has a pretty hard punch, but she uses kicks a lot more. "Hiiiii-YA!"
- 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.
- 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.
- Applejack kicks apples out of trees for a living. She even named her legs "Bucky McGillycuddy" and "Kicks McGee".
- 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.
- Chloe Bruce
- Female equines use kicking to not only repel predators, but to also deter unwanted mates while in heat.