We all know this one: Little girls kick people in the shins when they're angry. There doesn't seem to be any particular reason for it, but fiction writers everywhere seem to have agreed that when little girls are violent, the ideal expression of this violence is to kick people in the shins. Girls' lashing out violently at everyone about them is treated as cute and adorable, rather than, say, a sign of instability.
Of course it doesn't have to be a girl, pretty much any Bratty Half-Pint
of both genders can do this.
Compare with Agony of the Feet
. Probably related to Girl Scouts Are Evil
when it is invoked. It seems pretty likely that a girl who does this is going to grow up to be a Kick Chick
(in fact both tropes might come from a similar line of thinking).
Compare Groin Attack
, in which the kick happens...quite a bit higher up.
Anime and Manga
- Sakura from the Cardcaptor Sakura anime and manga kicks her older brother in the shin with her rollerblades in the first issue/episode, as well as a couple other times in other episodes.
- Happens to poor Aoki-sensei in Kodomo no Jikan, among other things.
- Rozen Maiden has Shinku, who often kicks Jun when he displeases her enough. Suiseiseki, the other tsundere, isn't averse to this tactic either.
- In Chrome Shelled Regios, Felli usually kicks things when she gets upset. If said thing is a person, it's usually in the shins. Note that she once kicked a refrigerator so hard she dented the door, so you can probably guess this hurts a lot. Indeed, when really angry, she once kicked her brother's shin so hard that it broke.
- Pharaoh's son kicks Moses in the shins in The Ten Commandments, presumably so we don't feel too bad when the little brat dies.
- A little girl kicks Patrick in the shins for taking away her "toy" (Actually one of the Smurfs.) in the film version of The Smurfs.
- In It Happened at the World's Fair Elvis Presley gets kicked in the shins by a very young Kurt Russell.
- The First Law gave us the daughter of Crummock-i-Phail, who gets away with quite a bit more than her siblings do. Her father remarks that he always remembers who she is by her kicking.
- Nazca (of the Gentleman Bastard Sequence) was given steel-toed boots by her father for the very purpose of indulging in this practice whenever she so pleases.
- Turtle from The Westing Game is known for this, especially in response to her braid being touched.
- In The Wee Free Men, when the nine year old witch needs to distract the Elf Queen: "Tiffany kicked her on the leg. It wasn't a witch thing. It was so nine-years-old, and she wished she could have thought of something better".
- A generation earlier, Esk from Equal Rites likewise used kicks against the Dungeon Things.
- Subverted in To Kill a Mockingbird: Scout Finch tries to do this. In the book she's surprised to see her victim fall back in real pain — "I had meant to kick his shin, but aimed too high."
- One of the "Punishment Games" in Silent Library involves having a player stand there and let a little girl walk into the library and kick him in both shins.
- In the Buffy the Vampire Slayer Series Finale Dawn returns, after having been drugged and kidnapped so she would be out of harm's way for the final battle. Buffy ordered Xander to do it and gave her a note explaining...Dawn stops mid way through, tazers Xander and takes control of his car, driving back. When she sees Buffy Dawn punts her in the leg, which hurts the Slayer.
- Married... with Children: In a two-part episode, Al wouldn't allow a woman to breastfeed her baby in the shoe store. In retaliation, Marcy brings several women with babies to protest. He then recognizes one of them as Jefferson holding a doll. Enraged, Al took it from him and asked if he knew what Al intended to do with it. Then a little girl appeared and Jefferson suggested returning it to the little girl he took it from. Al did and got kicked for that.
- Done in I Love Lucy when Lucy takes on a babysitting job. However the mother neglected to mention it would be for twins (when she met Lucy to drop one of them off. She waited till both were out of sight to drop off the other twin). So when Lucy goes to get one of them snacks and encounters the other who demands the same thing. The twin start whining and kicks her in the leg.
- In a Deleted Scene of Firefly, River Tam kicks her older brother's shin when he calls her "really crazy" after suggesting they get married. River is older than usual for this trope, so it's probably to suggest her childlike nature as The Ophelia.
- During the shopping trip in Freefall, Florence's friend's daughter does this on occasion. Most notably when she punishes a stranger for grabbing Florence's tail ("You pull the doggy's tail again, I kick you again!").
- Happens to Pete in A Goofy Movie when he tries to show Goofy how much better he is at handling children.
- Though they're teenagers, the spirit of this trope still applies when Kim Possible and her sidekick Ron switch bodies and are confronted by Shego. Ron (in Kim's body), always more The Chick of the pair, kicks her in the shin and they run away.
- Gender-swap version in Teen Titans Mas can’t do much without his brother Menos, but how many other twelve-year-olds will run up and kick someone who’s six times bigger than they are?
- Done multiple times to one bad guy by Molly of TaleSpin, to the point that he yelled "No! Not the shin!"
- Velma does this in the Scooby-Doo episode "Jeepers, It's The Creeper."
- In the episode "Nightmare on Pound Street" of The Hub's Pound Puppies, Mr. McLeish's niece gives her uncle a kick, in part because she believes (along with her brother) the only reason McLeish bothers to spend time with them is to kiss up to their father, the city's mayor.