Sayid: I'm not going to hurt you, Hurley.
Hurley: Yeah, I saw you snap that guy's neck with that break dancing thing you do with your legs. I think I'll hang back here.The premise is simple. Whether to deliver a Neck Snap or slow strangulation, sometimes even other injuries, the (usually) girl takes hold of her victim between her thighs and either squeezes or twists, sometimes both. The result is either a painful death, or unconsciousness from strangulation. This move is often seen in combination with With My Hands Tied thanks to not requiring arms. This method of attack is far more commonly used by women than men, probably because of the sexual attractiveness of girls' thighs, and a woman's perceived greater lower-body strength. In Real Life, men's lower body strength is arguably greater than women's, but an average woman's lower body strength is greater than an average man's upper body strength and women are more likely to instinctively put it to use. That is why leg scissors are difficult to break if you only use your arms. Less risqué could be called "Murderous Calves" or "Murderous Ankles". Same general idea but lower on the legs. Men are rarely seen using this, partly because of their obvious vulnerability when attempting it. However, due the increased popularity of Mixed Martial Arts and awareness of the effectiveness of moves like the triangle choke or the figure four headscissors, it's slightly more common and generally used to demonstrate either Combat Pragmatism, legitimate fighting training, or both. The Professional Wrestling moves the frankensteiner and hurricanrana can overlap with this trope, but are more often used by a Fragile Speedster. Somewhat related to Ass Kicks You. Compare and contrast with Armed Legs. Truth in Television; see Real Life section.
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Anime and Manga
- Ryomou Shimei's fighting style in Ikki Tousen involves lots of grappling with her thighs.
- The title character from Kekko Kamen typically overpowers her opponents with a flying headscissors takedown. Naked.
- Hey, she's wearing clothes. A mask and boots...
- As an Homage to Kekko Kamen, Angel Blade's finishing move involves this. In accordance with the show's nature, it's done with extra focus on the space in-between.
- A favorite move of Shadow Lady, often (and deliberately) positioning her enemy's head just so his face presses against her bits.
- Happens every so often in Ranma ˝, particularly in the manga. Because Ranma's semi-speciality is his agility, and because his female form is particularly small and light, he's quite prone to bending around in melee range so that he can latch onto his opponent's neck and pull or flip them around. He gets it done to him in at least the manga version of the Pantyhose Taro arc.
- It's such a signature move that the third licensed fighting game, Chougi Ranbuhen, actually turned it into Ranma's standard throw move (for both genders.)
- Setsuna performs a mid-air Frankensteiner on Negi that rotated 3 times in the Mahora Festival Tournament Arc.
- In Speed Grapher Ginza actually kills someone with her thighs. The man was a leg fetishist. It was awkward.
- In Naruto, Deidara grabs Tobi's neck between his legs when Tobi refused to give back the arm and Akatsuki ring that Deidara lost earlier (this was pretty much Deidara's only option as he'd lost his other arm by this point as well).
- In Code:Breaker Aoba, recently revealed as a Code:Revenger, grabs Ogami's head tightly with her legs while lifting herself off the ground with her arms. Ogami has his face pressed into her crotch and (substantial) chest while she apathetically looks at him. This sounds more pleasant for him than it was since the girl in question has been shown to have incredible strength.
- On one of the many times Pokémon's Team Rocket are dangling from a tree, tied up, Jessie tries to throttle James with her thighs. Three episodes later they're pulling off a Totem Pole Trench and Jessie strangles him again, as a reminder of his fate should he drop her.
- In Gintama, Okita leg suplexes a girl who tried to stab him by latching onto her neck in this fashion. He ends up with his butt on top of her head and rubs her face in the dirt with it for extra measure.
- In the second Queen's Blade Grimoire OVA, Alicia and Tiina get captured by Liliana and her Ghost Pirate crew, and are stripped naked and tied up. When Alicia sees a walking skeleton pirate wearing her clothes, she gets so angry that she manages to lunge forward, trap his skull between her thighs, and crush it into dust.
- Abby Chase does this in Danger Girl hanging from an overhead beam, but not before she gets some information from the Hammer soldier. She's wearing a skimpy wetsuit at the time, which is par for the course for this series.
- From the Gold Digger series, a move called the Open-thigh knee jump - or something like it. Used to great effect, regardless whether it's a hot lady or an excessively muscled man doing it.
- Black Widow does this often.
- Spider-Man frequently does this to subdue enemies.
- Bunnie Rabbot in Archie Comics' Sonic the Hedgehog does this to a brainwashed Sonic in one issue; made even worse for Sonic since she's a cyborg below the waist.
- Quite a few of the heroines of The DCU have techniques like this in their repertoire. Sometimes to enhance the sexy, sometimes because they promise to not lay a hand on someone, sometimes just because they're a Badass Normal Combat Pragmatist that uses every part of her body as a weapon. Quite common with the Birds of Prey including Black Canary and Huntress, as well as Batwoman Kathy Kane and former Batgirl Cassandra Cain when they weren't just beating you stupid the old-fashioned way.
- While The Punisher was partially paralyzed by a drug, a female captor with a thing for him tried to give him head, only for Frank to, well... "KRRACK".
Punisher: Goodnight, Deirdre.
- From Urusei Yatsura: The Senior Year by Gorgo, we have the Thunder-thighs Flying Takedown.
Films — Animated
Films — Live-Action
- In the Mortal Kombat film, Sonya Blade finishes Kano using this method.
- She does the Deadly Ankles thing to Ermac in the second film.
- Lust In the Dust. Rosie (played by Divine), but accidentally. She can even crack a lock with her thighs that a hail of bullets failed to open.
- In Blade Runner, Deckard almost gets his neck crushed between the legs of Pris, the pleasure-model replicant.
- James Bond:
- In Diamonds Are Forever, gymnast Bambi attacks Bond with this.
- In The Living Daylights, one Russian female assassin is said to kill her targets with her well-developed thighs. Moneypenny quips that it sounds like a perfect date for Bond. Foreshadowing, anyone?
- The favourite killing method of Dark Action Girl Xenia Onatopp from Goldeneye. She does this for her own enjoyment.
- Barbara Rose of The War of the Roses grabs her husband in a leg-lock when he's trying to get amorous, squeezing the breath out of him. The next day, the injury causes him to pull a muscle and results in Oliver believing he's having a heart-attack and dying... Which, apparently, inspires him to leave the house to Barbara in his will, which came back to haunt him later on.
- Tank Girl, after being captured by Water and Power, lures a W&P solder closer with the tease of a blow-job, then breaks his neck with her legs. The other soldiers, having already warned him, don't do anything about it.
- They probably came to the same conclusion as we do; that the man was Too Dumb to Live.
- Lena Olin's character tries to do this to Gary Oldman's character in Romeo Is Bleeding.
- In Anaconda, in a rare gender reversal Paul Sarone (Jon Voight's character) does this to Kari Wuhrer. It's done to show how Sarone is Not So Different from the movie's other villain.
- Mystique does this in the X-Men movies.
- Ćon Flux's titular character kills a Mook this way.
- Alice in the first Resident Evil movie kills a zombie this way.
- Chun-Li does this to M. Bison in Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li.
- In Lethal Weapon, Riggs chokes out his torturer this way while his hands are bound. He nearly does it again during the climactic battle with Mr. Joshua near the end of the film.
Murtaugh: Break his fuckin' neck!
- Jean-Claude Van Damme does this to a triad mook during the finale of Double Impact to break his neck. Soon afterwards, the Big Bad's dragon (played by Cory Everson) tries to do this to the other Jean-Claude Van Damme (he's playing both halves of a set of twins, you see), and looks MUCH better doing it, but ultimately fails (unfortunately) and eventually dies of a knife wound.
- In Universal Soldier: Regeneration, the NGU uses his superhuman strength augmented thighs to kill another Unisol. He was using it not only to break the Unisol's neck, but his collarbone, spine and parts of his upper ribcage, an act equivalent to using his thighs to break a column of reinforced concrete.
- Briefly and non-lethally used in Miss Congeniality. When Gracie and Matthews are on the wrestling mat, she gets Matthews' neck between her legs, and gives him a rough squeeze after Matthews starts being snarky.
- In Kick-Ass 2, Mother Russia is capable of snapping necks by putting people in a headlock between her thighs and twisting.
- Done to two bad guys by the male hero in The Phantom, although it appears as if it just puts them to sleep instead of killing them.
- Natasha Romanoff uses thigh chokes in combat at least Once per Episode and sometimes more. She has yet to use them as a killing move, though—when she's facing multiple opponents she uses it as a quick way to knock people down, and when she's only facing one they tend to be superhuman.
- In Haywire, Mallory chokes Paul unconscious with her thighs before finishing him off by shooting him in the head.
- Done by a man in The Gun Seller. In this instance the captor is strangled with his neck at the back of the captive's knee. It is described as a slow death.
- Nanny Ogg threatens to do this to Igor in Carpe Jugulum. Yes, you heard me, Nanny Ogg, the jolly grandmother in her eighties. It is stated in another book that three marriages and an adventurous youth have given her thigh muscles that could crack nuts.
- Kinda-sorta done by the Black Knight when he and Schofield are captive in the dungeons under the castle. Of course, this being Matthew Reilly, he has to attract a tiger shark to scare the enemy into range, then crush his ribs with his legs, then kill him with a blowtorch while blocking the return fire from his allies.
- Referenced by crime-writer and criminologist Colin Wilson in his book Order of Assassins. He debates if this is physically possible, noting its use in pornography, both written and filmed, and comes up with historical accounts of thigh-strangulation.
- There was a Mortal Kombat novel. Non, it isn't canon. In it Sonya did this twice, first squeezing Baraka unconscious and then nearly killing Kano. Kung Lao also did it to Shang Tsung - he was wearing an amulet at the time that used a mild Life Drain on Shang Tsung while Lao applied the hold. Also subverted - when he tried it on Goro, Goro just yanked his legs apart like a wishbone and nearly tore him in half.
Live Action TV
- In Season 5 of 24, Jack Bauer snaps Bierko's neck with his legs. He does it again in 24: Redemption and again in season 8.
- The climax of the Reliquary story on The Young and the Restless involved Brad Carlton strangling a man with his thighs.
- Though it isn't actually used in Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, on the DVD commentary, the graphics designer for the T-888 mentioned that he deliberately designed the skeletal thighs of the Terminator to have sharp edges on the inside, so that they could be used as scissors to lop off a human's head if it got its legs around them. Though to be fair, he did design the entire T-888 to have as much improvised weaponry as possible built into it, and that's far from the only way the machine has to kill someone.
- Sayid Jarrah from Lost does this to a Red Shirt in the season 3 finale. With his hands tied behind his back. The conversation he had with Hurley after this event provides the trape's quote.
- In an early Power Rangers episode, Kimberly, while lying on a park table on her back, grabbed a putty patroller's neck in between her ankles, squeezed for a few seconds and then threw him to the side.
- According to TV game show Would I Lie to You?, Patrick McGuinness was once defeated in an impromptu wrestling contest by Andy McNabb who got his head in a leg-lock. It was a lie.
- The first meeting of John Crichton and Aeryn Sun has Aeryn holding John like this demanding that he identify himself.
- Echoed in Stargate SG-1 when Vala (Claudia Black, the same actress who played Aeryn) hops onto Daniel Jackson from behind and scissors him into submission.
- In the show Nikita (the one starring Maggie Q), the titular character breaks a burly henchman's neck with a triangle choke.
- An episode of Scrubs had J.D. mention how strong Elliot's thighs are, which she demonstrates by snapping a lunch tray with them, and then supporting both J.D. and Turk as the bottom tier of their 'World's Most Giant Doctor'.
- In the second episode of the fourth series of Misfits, Sadie tries this on Finn to get him to untie her.
- In the first season finale of Defiance, Nolan uses his legs to break the neck of one of the Earth Republic soldiers holding him and Irisa.
- Another non-lethal example takes place in an episode of the cop drama Silk Stalkings. When Chris and Rita investigate the murder of a male ballet dancer, Chris questions a ballerina who was the victim's mistress. She tries to seduce him, tightly wrapping her legs around his midsection and refusing to let go until Rita walks in on them.
- In the Continuum episode "Waning Minute", Curtis Chen breaks a Freelancer's neck with his legs in order to escape.
- An unintentional example occurred in an episode of The Office, which had Erin accidentally suffocate Dwight by squeezing too hard during a Chicken Fight.
- In wrestling, this trope is literally Older Than Television—early 20th-century wrestler Joe Stecher became known as "The Scissors King", with his preferred finisher being the body scissors. He is said to have developed his legs by squeezing 100-pound (45 kg) sacks of grain on the family farm in Nebraska until they burst.
- Mildred Burke, one of the pioneers of women's wrestling in the USA and also a legitimate shooter who wrestled men in competitive matches at carnivals, utilized a crooked headscissor as one of her hooks.
- Christie "Asya" Wolf, a female bodybuilder with quads bigger than those of most male wrestlers, used a headscissor variation called a figure 4 headscissor as a finishing move after being put in a wrestling role by WCW. According to Eric Gargiulo, the figure four headscissors had previously been a favorite of wrestlers who decided to go into business for themselves.
- The triangle choke, as mentioned in the Real Life section, is used sometimes as a resthold and occasionally as a finisher, especially in wrestling promotions which try to emulate MMA style fights.
- Somebody involved in producing the game WWF Atttitude was a big fan of this trope. It has two different sets of female create-a-wrestler dialogue centered around this trope, and the normal headscissor (which is normally a resthold) was a potential finisher in this game. Furthermore, all three female wrestlers in the game (Chyna, Jacqueline and Sable) had the headscissor in their movesets even though none of them used it in real life.
- Ivory didn't use it in wrestling often, but in a commercial for Stacker 2 Fatblocker, she put some random guy in one and squeezed his neck while talking about Stacker 2 "crushing cravings."
- Randy Orton used to make heavy use of the body scissors when he was the "legend killer". Amusingly, Tyson Tomko showed Randy didn't even know to get out of a basic side head scissor because his cheating tactics made the ref break holds before his opponents did.
- Melina Perez, while acting as a valet for MNM, would use a headscissor choke on MNM's opponents while they distracted the ref. While not exactly murderous, the male wrestlers actually sold it as painful rather than sexay.
- While she didn't kill anyone, Sienna Duvall's face down "diva trap" choke was nasty enough to draw disqualification.
- Zeuxis's Cabellete, a quintessential lucha libre hold, involves squatting with a suspended opponent's head trapped between your thighs, twisting their own for maximum effect.
- NXT's Carmella has a modified crooked headscissor in which she lies across a face-down opponent's shoulders and then rolls backwards, pulling up on the chin and neck. It's her finisher, but doesn't have a gimmick name yet.
- Catwoman has a few different varieties of this in Batman: Arkham City, like wrapping her right leg around the left side of a Mook's neck and yanking him to the ground to strangle him or swinging down from the ceiling and choking them. Batman can also do the ceiling variant, though he holds their necks closer to his ankles.
- In one of the opening cutscenes of Bayonetta, she flies at an enemy crotch first, wrapping and restraining it with her unusually long legs.
- One of Noel's specials in BlazBlue has her grab her opponent between her thighs, flip him over, then shoot him.
- Incidentally, some official art implies that she's almost certainly Going Commando under that Magic Skirt. This is completely at odds with her normal personality, but... she's complicated.
- This was later followed by Makoto and Bullet.
- Dead or Alive has a Fanservice moves for Kasumi (and her clones), Ayane, Tina, La Mariposa / Lisa Hamilton, Mila, Ninja Gaiden's Momiji, Marie Rose, Nyotengu, and Honoka.
- The PSP game Def Jam Fight for NY: Takeover changed the movelist of most fighters, giving them new fighting styles. Some of the ladies gained the submission attribute, granting them a couple of "murderous thighs" moves. Lauren has a grounded head-/armscissors, Cindy got the Christo (headscissors armbar) and Kimora can pull her opponent face first into her crotch into a tight triangle choke. Kimora must have immensely powerful thighs, since her submission seems to do more damage then most other holds.
- Gloria uses this in Devil May Cry 4. In Vapor Wear, no less.
- In Dragon Age: Inquisition, Leilana does this in the bad future. She's suspended from the ceiling by her wrists, but when her guard turns his back she gets him in a headscissor and snaps his neck.
- In the third Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi game, Fasha (the girl in Bardock's squad) does this as part of her ultimate attack. Being a Dragon Ball character, she does it while flying, and slams her opponent head-first into the ground.
- In Fable III, the hero sometimes does this as a finishing move when fighting humans with a sword. Doing it while wearing a chicken outfit is more absurd than sexy, though.
- Blue Mary Ryan, Momoko, Vice and Shermie from The King of Fighters. Especially Shermie.
- In a non-fanservice way, Clark does this for his Frankensteiner (like Cammy, above). And then he turns to the screen, holds out his hands, and yells "HEY!"
- Mai Shiranui also got move of this kind in KOF'99. It was initally quite useless and the animations suggest that it was probably intended to be Fetish Fuel to compensate for the loss of Shermie and Vice in that game. The attack is probably based on one she does to a mook in the Fatal Fury movie. She also has had the "Murderous Ankles" version as one of her throws since her debut in Fatal Fury 2.
- Snake did this to a Mook in Metal Gear Solid 4. It deserves stressing that he is an old man, and still managed to pull off playing it for fanservice.
- The Assassin in Super Monday Night Combat features a grapple in which she flips forward and grabs her opponent's face with her crotch, after which she stabs him / her with her knife.
- Tanya in Mortal Kombat has this as one of her throws, and a more extreme version as a fatality.
- The Mortal Kombat movie example was likely based on the in-game Sonya Blade, who had a leg-grab style throw as a special manoeuvre from the first game. Scorpion had one in MKII.
- And Sonya has a fatality version in MK 4 and MK 9 where she cuts the opponent in half.
- The Mortal Kombat movie example was likely based on the in-game Sonya Blade, who had a leg-grab style throw as a special manoeuvre from the first game. Scorpion had one in MKII.
- In Outlaw Volleyball, Russian Bridgette Nielsen lookalike Natasha performs the move on a volleyball in one of her victory animations. One of the possible accompanying soundbites is "I could have been Olympic champion... if coach didn't have unfortunate accident." Also, a now-defunct Outlaw Sports game website featured a soundclip of her remarking "These thighs can crush a man's head. [sigh] I really should get new hobby..."
- Playing as Jill in the Resident Evil 5 mercenaries minigame gives you the oppurtunity to do this to random majini provided you are behind them and they are stunned, grabbing their knee.
- In Resident Evil 6, Jake kills a J'avo this way as his hands are handcuffed.
- In Rise of the Kasai, Tati does this regularly. This would probably be hotter if, A. We didn't see Tati as a scared child in the prequel, Mark of Kri, and B. if Tati wasn't absolutely brutal if her fighting style. Squicky kills are practically a trademark of this series, but Tati manages to outdo her brother Rau, who can slice through about five bodies or more with one swing of an ax. This was probably intentional though, because it characterizes the difference between Rau and Tati quite nicely.
- In the Rival Schools sequel Project Justice, Tiffany gains a super where she wraps her thighs around the opponent's head and... spins around their head a bit. Considering her role as the series' Ms. Fanservice, this is definitely plays more into the "sexy" part of this trope than the "deadly" part.
- In the first game, Kyoko has a super move called "The Breaker" that's a string of various submission holds. A triangle choke is the final hold in the series.
- In Shinobido, one of Kinu's One-Hit Kill attcks consist in a mid-air version of this. Goh can do a similar trick if he's hanging from a platform and catch a victim on said platform: he will grab the victim, drag him/her down, catch his/her neck with his legs and break it.
- This is an attack used by Sophitia in the Soul Series. Worse yet, it's called "From Heaven To Hell." It's an accurate description.
- Also used by other characters to set up weapon attacks, such as Taki's A+G and Talim's B+G throws. Talim's command throw, a modification of her B+G, has her break the opponent's arm using her legs before moving on to the weapon hits.
- Cammy's various frankensteiner variations in the Street Fighter series. Although the frankensteiner doesn't necessarily fit this trope, Cammy's use of it pretty clearly does.
- In Street Fighter Alpha 3, she's joined by Rainbow Mika, Zangief's disciple who utilize a butt attacks and thigh grapples.
- In Street Fighter IV, adds El Fuerte, who only has multiple thigh grapples, some of which involve spinning around the opponent's head like the Rival Schools example above. Since El Fuerte's a dude (and a rather goofy one at that), this is probably more comedy than fanservice.
- Super Street Fighter IV edition brings in Hakan, who takes this trope to a whole new level. His second Ultra involves lying on the ground, and if his opponent so much as touches him, he/she will slip on him, whereas upon Hakan will get on top of his opponent, squeeze him/her between his thighs, and launch him/her out of his ass and into the wall. Here it is in action.
- Kings, Roger family (and Alex) and Dr. Boskonovich, including Julia Chang from Tekken are fans of the Frankensteiner as well. No female characters in this franchise have Murderous Thighs but Nina and Anna Williams, being assassins, do know how to dislocate or break pretty much any bone in the opponent's body with their legs. Anna has a move that does include a headscissor, but the headscissor is used as leverage to break the opponent's leg. Xiaoyu has a Murderous Ankles attack in Tekken 5, but it's tricky to pull off.
- Jun was once had an armbar, prior Tekken Tag 2 had the move removed for an unknown reason.
- Julia's old moves is later transferred to her step-mother Michelle in Tekken Tag 2, when Julia is currently Jaycee.
- Michelle's tag throw to Julia / Jaycee in Tag 2 has her daughter perform a frankensteiner and triangle hold.
- Ayame from the ninja game Tenchu can do this as a stealth kill. Yeah, a stealth thigh based Neck Snap. She's that awesome.
- In some World Heroes games Kim Dragon has a slow squeezing version of this, whooping it up as he grinds. The actual females (Janne and Ryoko) notably do not do this in their grapples (Ryoko has various judo throws; Janne either shoulder-throws you or slaps you around).
- In World of Warcraft, female dwarves have a flirt line where they claim to be able to flatten steel between their thighs.
- Someone on the development team of WWF Attitude for the N64 and PlayStation was a fan of this trope. All three women in the game (Sable, Jacqueline and Chyna) used the headscissor in the game, even though none of them used it in real life. Furthermore, although the move was used as a rest hold in real life, it was a potential finisher in the game. And there were two sets of Create-a-Wrestler dialogue, "Legs" and "Thunder Thighs" centered around this trope.
- Pella from Looking for Group kills a guard through the bars of her cage with this technique, promising to compose a song about it later. Fans have since done so, naming this trope. Set to the tune of "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" no less!
- Ménage ŕ 3 plays this for laughs with non-lethal accidents. Statuesque Stunner DiDi is noted for her physical strength and sexual frustration, and one of the print collections has a non-canon bonus story in which she puts a new husband in hospital after an ... energetic ... honeymoon. Then the unfortunate Kiley discovers how to solve DiDi's anorgasmia problem, and starts suffering physical danger as a result. See, for example, strip #1082 (October 15, 2015; NSFW).
- A crazed catgirl does this to a very unfortunate man in Something*Positive. The author was told it "looks like she's cumming a brain." He responded that he "wasn't drawing it again."
- Done by Chuck Norris to Batman in The Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny, crushing his head between his thighs.
- Though, unlike in most uses of this trope, the victim's head explodes.
- It doesn't really explode, more like it sort of pops and the top half goes flying off.
- Though, unlike in most uses of this trope, the victim's head explodes.
- Done in Kingdom of Loathing, of all things. In text form, obviously.
Stella does a series of handsprings toward you, ending with her sitting on your shoulders with her thighs clamped around your neck. That's pretty hot, but then she starts stabbing you in the eyeballs, which is less appealing. Eek! Oof! Argh!
- One of the possible methods of demise for Dreadsylvania sleaze zombiesnote is "who crushed her head between her own thighs."
- Doctor What from AH.com: The Series was dead for several minutes when a girl he was with accidentally squeezed his neck with her thighs as he practised oral sex on her. The squeezing cut off the blood flow to his brain. Based On A Real Story, even.
- The Simpsons episode "You Only Move Twice" [3F23]: A sexy henchwoman of Scorpio performs the Death Thighs maneuver on one of the attacking government troops: she leaps atop of him, encasing his neck with her thighs, squeezes, twists and snaps his neck. It's not a very PG moment.
- This Wonder Woman screen cap.
- On The Angry Beavers, a recurring character was a luchador named El Grabadura ("The Stapler") whose signature move was squeezing his opponent between his "Legs of Wrath".
- Done by June during a bar fight in the Avatar: The Last Airbender Grand Finale.
- In Batman Unlimited: Animal Instincts Cheetah uses this technique twice in her first encounter with Nightwing to overwhelm him in two different occasions.
- Truth in Television: Most martial arts that include ground grappling as part of their curriculum have submissions that look like this, such as the gogoplata and the triangle choke, for fairly good reason: a person's legs are much, much stronger than their arms. In fact, for someone with no training in grappling, just wrapping your legs around the other person, if their arms are down their sides, is effective in restraining them and giving you a more advantageous position note . This is especially advantageous for note women note , since they have much stronger lower bodies than upper bodiesnote .
- Judo has a banned move called do-jime, which is essentially a good ol' bodyscissors (it is banned because it works with brute strength, which is conceptually not the point of judo - and because a big opponent could crush your ribcage). The sankaku-jime or triangle choke is quite tournament legal - but very dangerous in the case of negligent referees (fully SFW)note
- Catch wrestling has some neck- and headscissors moves to the sake of breaking.
- Straight scissors techniques are rare in MMA, but not impossible to see. Minoru Suzuki once submitted Vernon White with a armlock headscissors, and Kim Couture (Randy Coture's ex-wife) lost a match to Sheila Byrd via neckscissors.
- Tsuyoshi Kohsaka, who knew both judo and catch wrestling, was especially fond of using his legs to scissors his opponents and counter their positions.
- Vietnamese martial arts like Viet Vo Dao are really fond of this trope.
- Here's a news story about a female kickboxer who was attacked by a rapist and ended up knocking him out with a triangle choke.
- This is a good way to crush used milk cartons for the sake of recycling.
- Granted, a watermelon is not a head, but still..