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He said, "Won't you walk up and down my spine? It makes me feel strangely alive."
I said "In these shoes?
I doubt you'd survive..."
Kirsty MacColl, "In These Shoes?"

A character whose weapon is greaves, shoes, a leg-mounted weapon, or a natural feature of their leg anatomy with lethal applications (e.g. clawed feet, or sharp bony spines). One of the less improbable weapon choices out there, but still odd. Like The Grand List of Console Role Playing Game Clichés says for vambraces, expect these characters to still buy their weapons in the weapon store, even if they logically should be in the armor store.

Related to Power Fist, except with boots instead of gloves; may overlap with Extremity Extremist. Close to, but not to be confused with, Murderous Thighs. See also Tricked-Out Shoes, Leg Cannon, Combat Stilettos and Shoe Slap. No relation to An Arm and a Leg.



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  • Old comic book ads for AAU Shoes featured villains such as Missile-Toe, who fired missiles from his toes, and the Dirty Sneaker, who had a death ray hidden in his sneakers. They would face utter de-feet from their superhero spokesman the AAU Shuperstar.

    Anime & Manga 
  • Speaking of rollerblades, pretty much everyone in Air Gear, but Nike takes it Up to Eleven by creating blades on his legs.
  • In physical combat, Luck in Black Clover fights using his lightning greaves, which he can add claws to for more power, to attack with kicks.
  • Fabiola Iglesias of Black Lagoon has heel blades in her shoes for one hell of a nasty surprise for any punks who try to mess with her. Also Roberta.
  • Black★Rock Shooter gives us a few examples from its stable of characters. Most notable are Chariot (sports bionic-looking legwear that ends in a razor-toothed wheel on each leg), and the illustration-only Black Rock Shooter Beast, who has small energy buzzsaws on the toes of her shoes, and some kind of articulated scythe-limbs on the backs of her shins.
  • Fuuma Kotaro from Brave10 S is a ruthless shinobi who wears large blades resembling bardiches on both his armlets and his greaves, plus a pair of sharp blades along his soles for good measure. A good part of the fight involves demolishing said blades.
  • In Bubblegum Crisis, Priss' Powered Armor not only has contact-triggered explosives on top of both its feet but rockets on both ankles. Attack sequence; 1). Jump. 2). Kick. 3). Activate rockets for rocket assisted kick. 4). Explosives go off once Mecha-Mook receives kick to head. 5). Get dustpan to sweep up remains of mook.
  • Buso Renkin:
    • The female lead, Tokiko Tsumura's buso renkin, the Valkyrie Skirt, consists of scythe-bladed Spider Limbs that attach to her nervous system through metal bands around her thigh, forcing her to fight in her short skirted Sailor Fuku style uniform as a longer skirts or trousers would rip when it is deployed.
    • Gota Nakamura can attach his Deadly Disc buso renkin, the Motor Gears, to his feet. While primarily intended to increase his movement speed, he can also use the razor-sharp spinning discs to enhance the power of his kicks.
  • Cyborg009: Cyborg 004, as part of being a Walking Armory, has missile launchers in his knees.
  • Kanae Takaya from Cynthia the Mission has blades built into her shoes, which she uses in one chapter in a very nasty Groin Attack. On another girl.
  • The pickpocket Paninya from Fullmetal Alchemist has rather unique automail legs, with a huge blade deployable from her right shin (complete with "snk" sound effect), and a 1.5" carbine housed in her left knee.
  • In Gamaran, a Ninja from the Tamagakushi school wears sandals with sharp hooks on them.
  • GaoGaiGar (in all its incarnations) has its Drill Knee attack.
  • The Type 17 Raiden and Type 17I Shinden in Gasaraki have a pair of pneumatic spikes mounted in each leg, one firing downward through the calf and the other upwards through the knee; admittedly, they're meant for making holes in concrete walls and floors, but they often see improvised use against other TA's, taking kneeing someone in the gut and curb stomping to new heights.
  • Gundam:
    • Mobile Suit Gundam SEED:
      • Infinite Justice from Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny has beam emitters that generate a cutting edge from knee to ankle giving it a rather nasty kick. Its distant ancestor the Aegis had beam sabers on all four limbs since it could transform into a claw-like flight mode. The unrelated Chaos Gundam from Destiny has beam claws in its feet and knees, mainly used in its flight mode.
      • The 105 Slaughter Dagger from Mobile Suit Gundam SEED CE.73: Stargazer has machineguns in its feet. This seems unusual until you see episode 2 and discover (the hard way) that they're anti-personnel guns.
      • After its first round of modifications the Blue Frame in Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Astray has a pair of "Armor Schneider" blades that pop out of the unit's feet and heels.
    • Mobile Suit Crossbone Gundam: The titular Crossbone Gundams have Anti MS knives concealed in the calves, with the blade able to pop out through the sole of each foot.
    • Mobile Suit Gundam 00:
      • The Arche Gundam has beam sabers mounted at the tip of its feet.
      • On the heroes' side, the Seravee Gundam has GN Cannons whereas other Mobile Suits have kneecaps. Taking this trope literally, they also mount "hidden hands" which can wield beam sabers.
      • Its successor in the movie Gundam 00: A Wakening of the Trailblazer, Seravee II is even better. Its feet are Detachable GN Cannons while it is docked on Raphael.
    • Mobile Suit Gundam Wing's Gundam Heavyarms and its later forms? It had shin and thigh-mounted missile launchers.
    • Mobile Suit Gundam AGE: The Gundam AGE-1 Titus has knee-mounted beam saber emitters, while the Spallow has knee-mounted needle guns.
    • From the original Mobile Suit Gundam, the Big Zam's clawed toes could fire off as missiles (the thing didn't have arms, though) and the Zaku grunts could have missile launchers equipped to their legs.
    • In Gundam: Reconguista in G, this seems to be a favorite design philosophy of the Capital Army suits, which are designed for aerial rather than ground combat and wouldn't have much use for their legs otherwise. Caitsiths have built-in beam sabers in the knees, Elf-Bull(ock)s have laser beam nozzles all over their bodies and massive beam sabers in their feet, and the Mack Knifes have not only toe-mounted lasers, but grenade launchers in the calves. The latter two machines also tend to do some impressive gymnastics during battle to take full advantage of their unusual weapon emplacements.
  • Gunsmith Cats has Bonnie from the early stories who got blown up by Minnie. She replaces her lost leg with a prosthesis outfitted with a shotgun. The 3 part OVA gives a Continuity Nod to this when one of the two exotic weapons Washington offers to Rally ends up as this (the other one is Grey's machete prosthesis from later stories).
  • The signature weapon of Ichi the Killer is a special boot with a blade sticking out of the heel. He makes good use of it throughout the story.
  • Lyrical Nanoha:
  • Morgiana from Magi: Labyrinth of Magic is a former slave from a clan of martial artists that specialize in kick attacks. Her feet alone are beyond deadly weapons, able to crack the earth just by stomping, but when she's made a Household Member by Alibaba she uses her former leg shackles as her Household Vessel. At first she has too little magoi to effectively use her Vessel and prefers to just stick to her martial arts, but after a Time Skip she's learned to lethally imbue her shackles with fire and can even use the chains on them like wings to fly.
  • The Mazinger series:
    • Mazinger Z: Mazinger-Z had one rocket on each foot. They were intended to allow it swim, but Kouji also used them like weapons -usually blasting a Mechanical Beast's face to force it to release Mazinger-Z). Several Mechanical Beasts also had weapons fitted on their legs (for example, Deviler X1 had a rocket launcher!).
    • Great Mazinger has two attacks based around this, the Knee Impulse Kick (a retractable knee spike) and the Backspin Kick (a cutting blade in the lower leg).
  • As Izuku Midoriya of My Hero Academia shifts to a more kick-centric fighting style, he gets his costume upgraded to support it. One such upgrade is a pair of iron boots which serve as both defense and offense. As Midoriya describes it, the moment he connects with a strong impact, the toes of his boots respond with a second motion, like the blowback function of a gun, which results in two attacks for the price of one.
  • One Piece:
    • Sanji is an Extremity Extremist who uses only his feet in battle. The second One Piece movie saw Sanji's shoes stolen, and Sanji unable to fight properly as they provided added protection for his feet.
    • Gold Lion Shiki from the movie Strong World chopped off his legs to escape Impel Down. He later replaced them with swords.
    • The fishman and pirate captain Vander Decken has sharp blades hidden in his sandals. Considering that he has four legs, he's far deadlier than the usual type.
  • Robot Romance Trilogy:
    • Combattler V: Combattler V has Battle Returns, a pair of frisbees it can launch from the ankles to reach enemies that are that much farther away.
    • Daimos has a retractable spike on each foot to simultaneously kick and stab Robeasts with.
  • Straight Cougar from Scryed can manifest his Alter as a pair of rocket boots and use them to make "bullet" attacks similar to Kazuma's.
  • Tsubasa from Senki Zesshou Symphogear has swords (especially katanas) as her Weapon of Choice. Apart from attacks involving dual-wielding swords, flaming swords, throwing swords, BFSs and rocket powered BFSs, her Gear design has vaguely airplane wing-like things coming out of her feet armor that, guess what, turn into swords.
  • Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann:
    • The Gurren-Lagann is capable of creating 3 Giga Drills on each knee-cap. As well as one on each leg to replace the lower legs.
    • It is also able to make perform a "Gurren-Lagann Impact!" as shown when they combine with Arc-Gurren... By transforming the lower half of Gurren-Lagann into a giant drill and actually Giga Drill Breaking the Arc-Gurren from up front. All their allies think Simon and Viral are against the Dai-Gurren-Dan.
    • Chouginga Gurren-Lagann (AKA Super-Galaxy Gurren-Lagann in English). It is capable of creating Chouginga Giga Drills wherever it wants to. And then it can create more drills on those drills. And more on the second layer of drills. And then to top it off, it can create small, drill-shaped laser cannons that can target the enemy not just anywhere, but also anywhen. Yes. The Time-Space continuum can go die in a fire when Chouginga Gurren-Lagann shows up.
    • The titular mech, Tengen Toppa Gurren-Lagann (meaning Heaven-Piercing Gurren-Lagann). It has 30 Probability Fluctuation Missiles in each shin. That means a total of 60 Missiles that can alter Probability itself. The same goes for the Tengen Toppa Dai-Gurren in the second movie.
  • Vash of Trigun has a pair of blades hidden in his boots that seemingly spring forth from a hard step.

  • In Eddie Murphy's comedy act, he mentions his mother would use her shoe to discipline her children.

    Comic Books 
  • In All-Star Western #7-9, Jonah Hex battles an organisation called August 7. One of its most dangerous members is Z.C. Branke; a gladiator who fights with blades mounted on her ankles like a gamecock's spurs.
  • Daredevil villain Stilt Man wears a set of weaponized extendable metal stilts.
  • Iron Man has repulsors in his boots, that let him fly as a rocket. They are not meant to be weapons, but can be used as such: if he's in the ground, and the enemy is in the right direction, he may turn on his foot rockets at his face. It's not nice.
  • New Gods: * Stompa of the Female Furies wears anti-matter boots that she uses to crush her opponents and which can create tremors or earthquakes by stomping on the ground.
  • Marvel villain Tarantula, who usually fought Spider-Man, had as his main weapon spikes protruding from the toes of his boots; these could be used simply for slashing or stabbing, or to poison/drug an adversary.
  • In The Transformers: Combiner Wars, the rebuilt combiners Menasor and Superion, as well as new combiners Defensor and Optimus Maximus all have guns built into their feet, matching the action figures (in the toy line, all figures that can become an arm or a leg have an accessory that can be either a hand with guns protruding from the knuckles or a foot with two guns for toes). Defensor actually uses his for extra punishment when he kicks Devastator in the head while simultaneously shooting the guns on that foot.
  • X-23, Wolverine's Opposite-Sex Clone, has one of her blades placed in each of her feet, which she uses for lethal kick attacks.

    Fan Works 
  • When Sakura joins the TSAB in Devil Ärms: ReturnerS, her Intelligent Device, Sound Harken, takes the form of a pair of ice skates, the blades of which constitute her main weapon. They can also be used to grind on the chains created by her Armed Device, Rivet Rail.
  • In My Huntsman Academia, Izuku's weapon, Emerald Gust, consists of a pair of armored gauntlets and a pair of iron-soled boots. Each of these are equipped with built-in shotguns designed to go off whenever he punches, kicks, or stomps on something particularly hard, pumping his opponent full of buckshot. He actually has to remember to disengage the safeties again while delivering the finishing blow to those who have exhausted their Aura, lest he accidentally kill them.
  • In Ruby and Nora, Lily has a gun in her prosthetic leg.
  • The fan-made chapter of Space Marines, the Angry Marines, created power feet. These are like Power Fists, but in the form of large armored boots, which allows them to kick through tank armor, or infantry armor, to Groin Attack even the most heavily armored foes.
  • The world of The Secret Return of Alex Mack contains a Buffy who never became a vampire Slayer, and instead is an Olympic-level ice skater. When a four-man snatch squad tries to kidnap her, she lures them onto a rink and gives them a reminder that ice skates are based on blades and sharp points moving at high speed.
  • This Bites!: Main character Jeremiah Cross defaults to a brawler style and uses greaves and gauntlets to amplify his otherwise mediocre physical abilities, though he grows stronger as the story goes.

    Film — Animated 
  • In Yellow Submarine, one group of The Blue Meanies' Mooks wears shoes that open up to reveal hands holding pistols.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Played for laughs with Random Task of Austin Powers, who throws his shoes like a certain James Bond villain throws his hat. "Who throws a shoe? Honestly!"
  • In Tim Burton's Batman (1989), towards the climax Batman faces one of the Joker's mooks, who attempts to drop-kick him while blades extend from his boots. Batman instead simply punches him in the nuts and moves on.
  • Big Trouble in Little China: Jack Burton keeps a knife in the straps at the side of his boot. Normally this is just for storage, but at one point, he kicks it down into a Mook who is on top of him. It works rather too fast and he's sidelined for a while by the body's weight.
  • In Bring Me the Head of the Machine Gun Woman, the Machine Gun Woman drives the stiletto heel of her boot through Longara's eye while he is lying on the floor.
  • In The Chronicles of Riddick, Kyra has blades on the back of her shoes.
  • Jade Fox tries it in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon against Li Mu Bai.
  • The Dark Knight Trilogy:
    • The Joker in The Dark Knight has a knife hidden in his shoe.
    • In The Dark Knight Rises, Selina's high heels are blades, allowing her to use them for kick attacks.
      Phillip Stryver: Do those heels make it hard to walk?
      Catwoman: (stamps heel through Stryver's foot) I don't know, do they?
  • In Darkman, Durant's henchman Skip has a micro Uzi concealed in his artificial leg.
  • An undercover police officer gets kicked in the balls by a shoe with a retractable blade in Don't Open Till Christmas.
  • James Bond:
    • Rosa Klebb in From Russia with Love has poison blades hidden in her shoes.
    • In For Your Eyes Only, one of the mooks disguised as an ice hockey player attempts to kill Bond by aiming a kick at his head with his razor sharp ice skate. Bond dodges but the skate staves in part of the ice rink fence.
  • In Kingsman: The Secret Service, the Kingsmen have special shoes where a blade will come out of the toe if you click your heels together. Also, the Big Bad's henchwoman, Gazelle, has two prosthetic legs with blades attached to them.
  • Tien Hao from Legendary Weapons Of China have twin swords hidden in his trousers, and in one fight scene, sprouts swords underneath his pants and repeatedly lashes out by kicking.
  • As in her comics counterpart, Laura of Logan has a claw in each foot.
  • In The Naked Gun, one character briefly demonstrates a shoe that at first appears to have a knife that extends from the toe, in a classic example. Then he also extends a corkscrew and a bottle opener. It turns out to just be a throwaway gag and a Red Herring—the Swiss Army Shoe never actually gets used.
  • One of the Carnival of Killers sent to assassinate Clouseau in The Pink Panther Strikes Again tries to kill the detective with a knife hidden in his boot.
  • Taken to its logical conclusion in Robert Rodriguez's Planet Terror, wherein Rose McGowan's character loses her leg and has it replaced with a machine gun/missile launcher.
  • Tanaka's daughter in The Punisher (1989) has hidden blades on her shoe, which are first displayed when she uses them to slit one guy's throat.
  • In Road House, one of Brad Wesley's goons has a blade hidden in the toe of his boot that he tries to use on Dalton. Alas, the goon proves to be "too stupid to have a good time," and so Dalton easily defeats him anyway.
  • In Salt, a man the CIA were interrogating escapes from their custody using bladed shoes.
  • In The Sign of Four: Sherlock Holmes' Greatest Case, Jonathan Small is an expert at using his wooden leg as a weapon, and bludgeons several characters with it, including Holmes.
  • Tango & Cash: Cash's boots have concealed derringers on the sole that he uses to shoot people twice throughout the film (once to fend off an assassin that knocked him to the ground, once to Shoot the Hostage Taker). Tango at one point deridingly calls them "bazooka-boots", after meeting the LAPD scientist that invented them.
  • Gordon puts a retractable toe blade in James' boot in Wild Wild West. It comes in handy once when he kicks a Mook in the chest, but fails miserably when he (rather tongue-in-cheek) tries to use it to "duel" another Mook who has MUCH larger swordhands.

  • In the Gentleman Bastard Sequence, Capa Barsavi's daughter Nazca, at the age of seven, demanded a pair of boots with iron spikes on the toes so she could enact the Little Girls Kick Shins trope more effectively.
  • Played very practically by Adora Belle Dearheart in Going Postal. She isn't an Action Girl, but as she calmly points out, being stepped on by stiletto heels is like "being stepped on by a very pointy elephant" due to the sheer amount of pressure concentrated in one heel point. Possibly a stealth pun, given that this is the design philosophy behind actual stilettos of the non-footwear variety. By focusing the full force and weight of your body behind a small enough point, they could be fairly easily driven through even well-crafted chain armor.
  • In The Elenium, queen Ehlana's bodyguard Mirtai has managed to embed daggers into her boots so that only the tips emerge, making them mostly inconspicuous unless she happens to kick someone… especially where she prefers to kick them. She also had blades built into her leg armor that protruded out when she bent her knee.
  • In Clive Cussler's The Oregon Files novels, main character Juan Cabrillo has his "combat leg", a prosthetic leg which can store a variety of weapons, and has a single-shot, large-bore gun built into it, which is fired through the sole of the foot.
  • In A Series of Unfortunate Events, Esme Squalor at one point wears stiletto heels that are actual stilettos. They're for fashion, though, not for fighting.
  • Splinter of the Mind's Eye. One of the hostile miners Luke and Leia encounter on the planet Mimban has Tricked-Out Shoes - boots which extend blades when activated.
  • Dark Action Girl Eris in Thaïs of Athens wears sandals with blades hidden in them, as a leftover of her days as a priestess, and uses them at least once against unwanted suitors.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Jethro on The Beverly Hillbillies rigged up a boot to extend a blade, which he immediately managed to get stuck in some furniture.
  • In Cutey Honey The Live, one of the main villains of the show has very long blades extending out of his feet.
  • On Deadliest Warrior, the KGB came with a shoe knife as their close range weapon.
  • Get Smart:
    • The episode "Ship of Spies" had a villainous sea captain with a gun concealed in his wooden leg. He had a spare leg that had a knife hidden in it.
    • "When Good Friends Get Together" had Max armed with boots that fire nuclear-powered bullets.
  • Kamen Rider has a few characters do this, given that the franchise's signature finisher is a kick attack.
    • Kamen Rider 555: Faiz and Kaixa are equipped with laser pointer weapons that are attached to their ankles before releasing an energy drill, which the Riders propel into a target for their Rider Kicks.
    • Kamen Rider Kiva doesn't have an actual weapon, but his right leg has chain-shaped Power Limiters on it; for his Finishing Move, the chains shatter and the armor opens up like bat wings, making his kicks more powerful. His legs also manifest energy blades for his Rider Kick in Emperor Form, as do Dark Kiva's.
    • Most of Kamen Rider OOO's alternate leg forms grant appropriately animal-themed weapons or attacks; the Condor Legs grant talons while the Alligator and Tyrannosaurus Legs generate spectral images of their respective animals' heads when OOO kicks. To a lesser extent, the Elephant Legs let him perform Shockwave Stomps and the Octopus Legs can split into tentacles which he uses to barrage the enemy.
    • Kamen Rider Fourze takes the cake, with his Astroswitches granting a total of 20 different weapons and abilities to his legs alone. This list includes a missile launcher, a Gatling gun, a toe-mounted chainsaw, and a pogo stick; his most commonly used is a drill used to perform his version of the Rider Kick. Furthermore, the arcade game Ganbaride gave Fourze access to Legend Rider powers, which mounted a few Riders' signature weapons (like X-Rider's cane and Blade's sword) on his legs.
  • Super Sentai and its U.S. counterpart Power Rangers use this periodically.

    Pro Wrestling 
  • Jake Crist wrapped barbed wire around his leg and delivered a super kick to CZW's bad boss DJ Hyde, whipping him across the face with it as the impact knocked Hyde over.
  • The Young Bucks did this in Pro Wrestling Guerilla by stamping thumbtacks into their boots.

  • Canadian comedy troupe The Frantics have their famous "Boot To The Head" sketches.

  • Toa Pohatu from BIONICLE.
  • Black★Rock Shooter Beast's Figma accurately reproduces the leg-scythes and feet-buzzsaws mentioned above.
  • Footi from Mixels has knives for toenails, which, combined with long legs and ballet dances, turns him into a whirlwind of blades.

    Tabletop Games 
  • In Age of Aquarius Second Edition, a number of heavy footwear increases your character's kick damage and lets it deal lethal, not subdual wounds. These include combat boots, Russian army jackboots, safety boots, Grinders and Dr. Martens. The first edition lacks subdual damage mechanics and only has the army jackboots in the weapon table.
  • Most practical BattleMech melee weapons in BattleTech are, as one would expect, arm-mounted. The big exception are talons, about the one melee weapon system originating with the Clans who normally disdain close combat in 'Mechs — these are instead added to the legs and increase the damage of kick and death-from-above attacks by 50%. (Some 'Mechs will also carry leg-mounted conventional weapons, but those generally fall more under the Leg Cannon trope.)
  • In Exalted , artifact weapons are not called by the same names as their mundane equivalents. Swords are called daiklaives, spears are called direlances. And then there is a type of artifact weapon called "God-Kicking Boots".
  • The Forgotten Realms setting has blade boots as a weapon (think From Russia with Love, above). The boots can be used to attack, in exchange for not being able to run with the blade extended.
  • The Boots of Asskicking from Munchkin have a huge spike on the top. Guess what it does?
  • In Space 1889 there is one of the few times this trope is justified. The flying High Martians carry close combat weapons (that do not really correspond to any weapons humans use with their hands but mostly resembles spears or scythes) in their prehensile feet while using their webbed arms for flying. You can see it in the illustration in the background in the Space 1889 article.
  • Traveller, The Space Gamer magazine #49 article "Tools for Terrorists". When activated, Blade Boots will extend an 80 mm long blade from the toe, allowing the wearer to attack as if using a bayonet and doing 2d6 Hit Points of damage. The wearer can use either Brawling or Unarmed Combat skill as a bonus to hit and the blades can be coated with poison if desired. They're available starting at Tech Level 5, weigh one kilogram and cost 250 credits.
  • Boss Zagstruk from Warhammer 40,000 is a melee-oriented Ork with a Jet Pack. After his legs were torn off by a Space Marine dreadnought, he made sure his replacement "bioniks" were made from Power Klaws, letting him execute even more devastating diving attacks.
    • 4Chan in their /tg/ board has the homebrew Space Marine chapter Angry Marines (ALWAYS ANGRY! ALL THE TIME!) who have Power Feet. They are the shoe version of the Power Fist. And like the Fist, they're freaking huge metal cyborg-exoskeleton armored boots that can't be lifted by ordinary feet. Only those of sufficient constant rage can properly use them.

    Video Games 
  • In Arc the Lad II, if you equip the singer Shante with shoes as a weapon, she'll take her high heels off and beat the monsters/terrorists/etc over the head with them. B. Jenet from Garou: Mark of the Wolves also does this to her opponents as a part of her hidden Counter-Attack Limit Break.
  • Shao Jun in Assassin's Creed uses a Hidden Blade that projects from her boot rather than the conventional wrist-mounted Hidden Blades. Justified as she is extensively trained in several forms of Chinese martial arts, which place a greater emphasis on the use of leg-based attacks, and was also a concubine favoured for her dancing ability before she became an Assassin, which allows her to take advantage of her natural agility and flexibility. To say she has a lethal kick is not hyperbole.
  • Azure Striker Gunvolt: Viper, in his transformed form, has large, wheel-like spurs on his heels that he can set on fire and be used to kick his enemies.
  • Used interestingly in Bayonetta: the title character is capable of quadruple-wielding guns by virtue of strapping a pair to her heels and using her witch powers to fire them. The result is a very literal example of Combat Stilettos. Also by attaching other weapons to her feet, such as shotguns, revolvers, fire/electricity energy claws, and a pair of tonfa/rocket launchers. One of these days, these boots are gonna walk all over you.
    • Bayonetta 2 expands on the idea. In addition to the returning handguns, she can equip her feet with swords, chain swords, flamethrowers, and whips.
      Bayonetta (in 2): You know what I need? Some heels without guns.
  • Rayne of the BloodRayne series wears high heels that are actually silver blades for taking out vampires and other monsters.
  • Dante in Devil May Cry 3 wields these with his Beowulf weapon, alongside a pair of Power Fist. It returns in the form of Gilgamesh in Devil May Cry 4 and later Balrog in Devil May Cry 5.
  • Gale from Digital Devil Saga keeps a concealed blade in his shoe which extends when he kicks. He only ever uses it in cutscenes, as when he fights in human form, he uses his assault rifle instead. Appropriately, in his devil form, he attacks with his feet exclusively for physical attacks.
  • Downwell has gunboots as your only weapon.
  • The "Sabatons" DLC Weapon in Dynasty Warriors 8.
  • Aschen Brodel from Endless Frontier uses Rocket Fists and calf-mounted shotguns.
  • In Fate/EXTRA CCC and Fate/Grand Order, the Alter Ego Meltryllis has prosthetic legs that, from the knees down, consist entirely of giant blades. Said blades are also incredibly sharp and she makes full use of them in her Dance Battler style.
  • Duster from Mother 3 fights with kicks and thus needs shoes.
    • Duster has a club foot (which is why he limps), so the extra-thick soles provide more buttkicking power.
    • Also played with in Earthbound after fighting the Kraken; the captain claims to have thrown his slippers at the monster as they fought.
  • League of Legends has a few champions with these:
    • Camille, the Steel Shadow, comes equipped with prosthetic bladed legs that makes up much of her fighting style. According to her backstory, before she was converted into a cyborg, her preferred weapon was the Shon-Xan footed glaive.
    • Urgot, the Dreadnought, walks around with 6 crab-like legs, with an explosive shotgun built into each of them, making a bulk of his overall damage.
  • The King of Fighters: Kula Diamond can create ice-skating blades under her shoes made of ice. Aside from ice skating, she can use it to augment her kick attacks.
  • Jian Campbell from Lunar: Dragon Song.
  • Jude The Dude, a killer cowboy boss from MadWorld. His roller skates have blades that he uses in kicking attacks.
  • Mega Man:
  • Metal Fatigue Combots could roll out of the assembly bay packing light artillery, missiles pods, or lasers mounted on their legs. Armed Legs are the earliest leg research options available.
  • Variant in Metal Gear Solid 4 and Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance. Raiden's cyborg body doesn't have any weapons in its legs, but he has rubberized heels that allow him to grip knives and swords with his feet. Most of his stronger slices are executed with his feet.
  • Mavado uses these during one of his fatalities in Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance.
  • No More Heroes features Holly Summers, a boss whose left leg is proesthetic. While she mostly prefers to fight with her shovel, sandpit traps, and smattering of small explosives, she's able to fire a massive storm of missiles from it (one wonders how they fit given each one appears to be just as big as the leg itself).
  • Chie in Persona 4, despite the fact that most of her weapons are not metal, they are still bought from a metal smith.
  • The Bouncer class from Phantasy Star Online 2 wields Jet Boots as one of their main weapons. They're not actual boots per se; they're a bladed attachment to your feet that allow you to Double Jump, float in midair while casting a Technic, and perform some crazy acrobatic kicking while dropping a buff or two at the same time.
  • One of Hinata's special moves in Rival Schools is kicking her shoes at the enemy from midair, complete with pretty rainbow trail effects.
  • Kisala's secondary weapons in Rogue Galaxy are shoes as well.
  • To some degree, M. Bison of Street Fighter II uses this. His metal greaves are one of his most distinct traits and his kicks do tend to be Muay Thai-style shin kicks that would seemingly employ them.
  • The Grieve Edge fighting style in Soul Calibur consists entirely of kicking with bladed feet. Valeria in the third game uses this style.
  • With Loads and Loads of Characters, it was only natural to have at least one entry from the Suikoden series fight with their feet. In this case, it's Wakaba, whose "Shin Guards" can actually be improved by a blacksmith as the game progresses; presumably, her Armed Legs add to her fierce, Chun-Li-style kicks.
  • Regal in Tales of Symphonia, owing to the fact that his hands are bound for most of the game. He continues to use his greaves in the sequel even after he removes his handcuffs, after vowing never again to use his hands as weapons of death. He takes his vow literally, as he won't hesitate on using his feet to kill (including a man who was beyond salvation along with Presea).

    Web Comics 
  • The Adventures of Dr. McNinja: James invented jet boots. He used them to kick people.
  • Tikedi in Prophecy of the Circle use metal claws strapped to their feet in their hunting routine for chasing tekk, a much bigger reptilian/avian species.
  • Tagon in Schlock Mercenary has Dorothy Wire in his boot heels, so named because the user clicks their heels together to activate it. Only used a few times due to the rather limited utility (it's only effective against things you can get between your feet), but it makes for a handy surprise in those rare instances that it is practical.

    Web Animation 
  • Melanie Malachite from RWBY fights with bladed high heels. Mercury Black, Co-Dragon to Cinder, has guns in his greaves, which are actually cybernetic prosthetics, as his real legs are missing from the knees down.
  • Death Battle's Boomstick has a shotgun for a leg that he liberally likes to fire off, especially when drunk. Side materials reveal that it's actually the Super Shotgun from Doom II.

    Western Animation 
  • The Bronze Kneecap from The Fairly OddParents conceals a multitude of weapons in his prosthetic knee, the most famous being a small rocket launcher.
  • In the Family Guy episode "Mr. and Mrs. Stewie", during Stewie's fight with Penelope, she attacks him with a hidden blade in her right shoe and slashes the area right below Stewie's left eye.
  • Samurai Jack: The Scotsman has a machine gun for his left leg.
  • In Star Wars: Clone Wars, General Grievous can wield lightsabers with both feet, so long as he uses his arms for support. In a battle, he's agile enough to switch from using them with his hands, to feet, and back to hands within seconds. Even unarmed, his feet are clawed, and capable of crushing metal. (Or clinging to the side of a spaceship, seeing as he's a cyborg and can apparently survive in the vacuum of space for at least for a little while.)
  • Cyborg of Teen Titans has a rocket in his feet. He even sings about it when he makes up his own version of the theme song!
  • American Maid from The Tick. Her preferred weapons are her high heeled shoes which can both kick an opponent and be thrown to incapacitate opponents.
  • Most versions of Fortress Maximus in Transformers have featured large fold-out cannons mounted in his lower legs.
  • The Venture Bros.: After a failed raid, Henchmen 21 and 24 give a presentation suggesting they upgrade their weaponry by attaching blades to their feet (basically wearing ice skates).

    Real Life 
  • Real life example: Near the end of George W. Bush's term, an Iraqi reporter threw his shoes at him. note  Bush ducked, though. Makers of Political Cartoons were overjoyed, as the incident provided a handy visual metaphor for anything for the next few months. Bush's handling of it was great, though. "It was a size 10".
  • Steel-toed boots were created to prevent dropped objects from crushing workers' feet. It was soon discovered that they come in handy for kicking as well.
  • Steel-toed boots with a small blade concealed in front have been used as weapons by some lesser gangsters, under the supposition that a powerful kick may disembowel the opponent. However, to be able to walk in the first place, the blade has to be very short and handheld knives are more effective.
  • Velociraptor, Deinonychus, and other raptor-type dinosaurs with a huge sickle-claw on each foot. Originally thought to have been used to kick and disembowel prey, scientists now think that it was instead used to hold struggling prey down while it was Eaten Alive.


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Valentine's enforcer, Gazelle, has a pair of prosthetic legs with blades built into them, and she fights with flips and kicks, something she's more than happy to demonstrate to the pile of chopped offal formerly known as Princess Tilde's bodyguards.

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