Slide Attack

Not just for kicks.

Primarily used to trip enemies, duck under attacks or traverse low obstacles, this involves a character being able to slide quickly along the ground to strike low, almost like a baseball-player sliding into home plate. This will commonly show up in the form of a kick, as it's most often done foot-first, however some characters have been known to slide on their belly. Cases where the user appears to hover across the ground falls under Artistic License.

Since this technique is hardly considered a conventional method of attack, those utilizing it can be expected to be a Combat Pragmatist, Fighting Clown or have some elements of Confusion Fu in their style.

Also see Diving Kick, Dash Attack and Videogame Dashing. Compare Rolling Attack.

Not to be confused with the cryptanalysis term


Examples:

Anime and Manga
  • Sera of Detective Conan performed such a sweep in Chapter 771, bringing down a man who had taken the detective agency hostage.
  • One of the titular Claymores, Cassandra, has this as her fighting style; however she hides the technique as it looks strange and undignified. One of her comrades eventually witnesses the tactic, & gives her the humiliating epithet Cassandra the Dust-eater.
  • The signature attack of the Chuunibiyou in the anime adaptation of Chuunibyou Demo Koiga Shitai!, often combined with Dynamic Entry.

Live-Action TV
  • The slide kick is another kick-based move used in Kamen Rider, though not as associated with the franchise as the famous Diving Kick.
  • Octavia from The 100 performs a sliding kick down a hallway to knock a guard off his feet.

Professional Wrestling

Video Games

Professional Wrestling
  • In the high-profile fight between Muhammad/Ali vs. Antonio Inoki, Inoki started the first round with a sliding kick before spending the rest of the match on his back, furiously kicking at Ali's legs.
  • "The baseball slide" is actually a type of drop-kick in pro wrestling.

Sports
  • In baseball, deliberately "spiking" a baseman by sliding into his ankles with cleated shoes is an attack. Ty Cobb was infamous for this technique and was particularly reviled for his penchant to do this to basemen of the opposing team, often even sharpening the cleats first.
  • Sliding tackles in football were once allowed in some parts of the world, but nowdays you'll get a foul if it's a deliberate attack, or if you touch the opposing player before the ball.
  • Tom Brady of the New England Patriots infamously tried to slide kick Ed Reed of the Baltimore Ravens, nearly nailing him in the groin and was later fined $10,000 for it (though he did text an apology to Reed).