I'm Queen of the Andals,
Queen of the Meereen
Yeah! You can kiss m' sandals."
In various media, characters kissing someone's hand is used sometimes for romance, and other times to show humility. Sometimes, though, it's not the hand they kiss, but they aim much lower ...no, they don't stop there! Get Your Mind Out of the Gutter!
They kiss the foot.
While kissing hands can mean romance or humility, kissing feet can mean many different things. It often means an even greater humility than hand-kissing, or even more often can be used to show submission ("now you have to kiss my feet!") or devotion. Less often, it is used romantically. In period settings, kissing the hem of a woman's gown is a common substitution. Quite a few egotistical and evil characters demand from their underlings this gesture as a sign of acceptance of their dominance, without always seeing The Starscream who swallows his pride and plays along for some time.
- In an old Italian commercial for Ollis socks, after a man plays footsie with two women in a restaurant and one of them starts to dance in her socks, the man takes off one of her socks and kisses her bare foot.
- The foot massage in that episode of Death Note is considered fetish material by some, but given the rather blatant religious symbolism in the series, it can be interpreted in a number of ways.
- In Akame ga Kill!, Esdeath makes Numa Seika lick her boots, on his knees, naked, and on a chain. She also tortured him enough to where he's euphoric about this.
- Akio in Revolutionary Girl Utena is a master of foot kissing, and memorably does it to Mrs. Ohtori. Of course, the entire thing is a mind game, so the whole "submissive" thing is more or less reversed.
- In Kunihiko Ikuhara's other series Mawaru-Penguindrum, the second OP has a scene where Yuri swings her foot and it looks she'll get this from Tabuki. There's a subversion, though. we see him kiss a little girl's foot instead of Yuri's. (Said little girl is Momoka, Tabuki and Yuri's deceased childhood friend/love)
- Since he has a foot fetish (among many others), Hideo Aiba from Sundome kisses Kurumi Sahana's feet several times.
- Shimoneta: In episode 8, Kosuri plays on Tanukichi's insecurities by claiming she had accomplished more for SOX than he had, and mused she could easily convince Ayame to kick him out. Unless, he could persuade her not to by licking her foot. It's implied that he submits, though isn't shown onscreen.
- Prison School: During the boys first day in prison Meiko orders Andre to lick her boots for shielding Jo from one of her beatings. She relents when Kiyoshi points out that she's taking things too far. Oddly enough Andre gets angry at Kiyoshi since he actually likes being bullied by Meiko.
- In Mahou Sensei Negima!, after Negi asks Evangeline if she will teach him magic. Her response:"Lick my feet and be my slave". She promptly gets kicked in the head by Asuna. Since Negi wasn't entirely aware of the implications it looks like he may have actually done it if Asuna had not stepped in on his behalf.
- Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple has Nijima attempting the same thing on Kenichi in exchange for some information. Kenichi decides to just beat it out of him.
- Princess Resurrection just comes out and calls the ED "Kneel Down And Lick My Feet."
- A bratty student in Great Teacher Onizuka has a teacher waiting on her hand and foot, but when she tries to blackmail Onizuka into licking her toes as well he just responds by removing one of his (incredibly stinky) socks and telling her to do it first.
- In MariaHolic, Mariya has Shizu kiss his foot because of a technicality of Kanokon discovering Shizu's gender and Mariya trying to use that to his advantage.
- Used in Anatolia Story, when Urhi and Nakia use Mind Control on Rusafa to kidnap Yuri. Rusafa has a not-so-secret love for Yuri, and then Urhi leaves, saying Rusafa can finally do whatever he wants to her. Instead of doing something one might expect after everything else so far in the series, Rusafa just kisses Yuri's feet over and over.
- In Episode 2 of Umineko: When They Cry, Beatrice demands that Kanon and later Battler kiss her feet to signify their surrender and total submission to her.
- In episode 9 of Black Butler an old man is seen briefly kissing the foot of the much younger Alois and later Ciel. In episode 10, Claude is basically orgasming over Ciel, even going as far as to kiss his foot, while Sebastian is watching outside of the mansion with a some-what jealous face.
- In chapter 91 of Code:Breaker, the main character Ogami defeats his self-proclaimed nemesis Haruto the Mercenary. After knocking him to the floor, Ogami steps on his face and says that he is "purchasing him", and demands that he lick and kiss his shoes and feet. Though he later reveals that it was all an act, to try and get Haruto to repent.
- In ReZero Priscilla tells Subaru to lick her feet. He almost does so.
- In Accel World, Haruyuki does this for Niko after she agrees to teach him and Takumu about the incarnate system. She responds by kicking him.
- In Shokugeki no Soma, Erina Nakiri's eggs benedict is so exquisite, it causes people to instinctively bow down to her and kiss her foot◊. It's just an imaginary reaction, of course.
- In Yuri!!! on Ice, after Yuri does his best-ever performance of the Eros program, his proud coach and boyfriend Victor kisses his boot on international TV.
- Inu × Boku SS: Soushi kiss Ririchiyo's foot in the first episode as a vow to serve her. Also used later in Soushi's backstory as characterization with Kagerou commanding him to kiss his foot upon their first meeting. Soushi went to do it without hesitation but Kagerou didn't actually expect him to do it.
- Used when X-Men member Chamber is forced to kiss the boot of a bully at the school where he was operating under cover. Having no mouth, Chamber instead spent the time down there tying the bully's shoes together.
- In Green Lantern, Star Sapphire hypnotized Aresia into kissing her boot-clad foot.
- The cover of a Superman issue has him being forced to kiss her feet.
- In Batman: It's Joker's Time, The Joker gets Barry Dancer to get down on his hands and knees and lick the top and bottom of his shoes.
- In Batman & Robin: Adventures #8, Poison Ivy brainwashes and enslaves Robin, and the first thing she gets him to do is kiss her foot.
- Gahan Wilson once drew a cartoon for The New Yorker which depicts a psychiatrist kissing his (male) patient's foot, while the patient growls "Doctor, this is not helping my messiah complex!"
- In The Lion King, when Pumbaa finds out that Simba is the king, he starts groveling in this manner, trying to kiss Simba's paws.
- In Baazigar, Villain Protagonist Ajay kisses the feet of girlfriend Seema, the daughter of his nemesis Chopra before pushing her to her death.
- The producer in Barton Fink tries to make his assistant kiss Fink's feet, but when the confused assistant fails to do so, he does it himself. Which makes the Downer Ending even more of a downer.
- Used sort of in Batman (1989). While being forced up the steps of Gotham Cathedral by the Joker, Vicki Vale falls and loses one of her shoes. The Joker then picks the shoe up, kisses it suggestively, and throws it over the side of the bannister.
- Call Me by Your Name (2017): After Elio (Timothée Chalamet) gets a bloody nose, Oliver (Armie Hammer) gives him a secret foot massage, and then he kisses Elios foot.
- In Cherry Falls (2000), Jody Marken (Brittany Murphy) tells her boyfriend Kenny (Gabirel Mann) to bite her toe and as he sucks her toe, she continuously tells him to "bite harder" as she slaps his face with her other foot.
- An instance between Kirill and Nikolai occurs very briefly in Eastern Promises. It's because Kirill's ridiculously drunk, though, and crushing on him to boot. Given how uncoordinated he is, it's more like falling on his shoes, too.
- In From Dusk Till Dawn (1996), there's a scene where Richard Gecko (Quentin Tarantino, who has a well-known foot fetish) sucks tequila from Santanico Pandemonium's (Salma Hayek) toes.
- From Russia with Love - Red Grant is enough of a psycho sadist that merely killing Bond wouldn't be enough:
The first shot won't kill you. Neither will the second, nor the third...not until you crawl over here and kiss my foot!
- Goldengirl (1979). The title character is an Olympic-grade track runner. When James Coburn's character goes to kiss her, she pushes him away and tells him to kiss her feet, as "you owe a hell of a lot to them."
- The titular heroine in Great Catherine (Jeanne Moreau) tickle-tortures Peter O'Toole's character (who is tied up at her feet) with her toes, and then makes him kiss her bare foot.
- In Local Hero Danny Olsen meets Marina on the beach - during some tenuous flirtation he starts to kiss her foot (as she's in a full-body wetsuit, it's about the only exposed skin) and discovers with some surprise that she has webbed toes.
- In Malcolm X, Malcolm makes his white girlfriend do this, showing that he has some measure of control over her.
- Used in the Indian movie Mohabbatein: Raj points out that touching someone's feet should be done out of respect, but most students in the school do this to the principal out of fear. Then at the end of the movie, when the principal announces that he's going to step down and leave Raj in charge of the school, Raj does touch his feet. It's all very dramatic.
- Most Bollywood movies have an example of this since touching your elder's feet is a traditional sign of respect in India.
- In Polish Wedding (1998), Hala tells her boyfriend to take off her shoe and kiss her now bare foot.
- In Howard Stern's autobiographical film/book Private Parts, Howard kisses his co-host, Robin Quivers' foot as part of an attempt to get her back on his radio show.
- In Trouble Bound (1993), Patricia Arquette's character orders a guy to kneel before, kiss and lick her toes. When he is licking her toes, she fires at his car.
- The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, Alexei drops a hors d'oeuvre on the toe of his boot and forces Angelica to lick it off to demonstrate that he owns her.
- After undergoing the Ludovich technique, Alex from A Clockwork Orange is forced on stage into a series of humiliating situations to prove that he's been "reformed" — the first of which ends with him licking a bully's shoes in an attempt to stop him from further beating him up, since he can't fight back without becoming nauseous.
- In Bearhead, Madame Hexaba demands Bearhead kiss her feet to show his sincere remorse after his first mess-up. He does as he's told, but rather than kneeling to reach her feet, he pulls her feet up to his face.
- In Carpe Jugulum, Igor describes the Old Count as "a gentleman, whose boots I was not fit to lick clean", before adding that, nonetheless, he did.
- In the Hurog duology, a slave does this to the master. Bastilla to Kariarn, more precisely. The main characters think it is disgusting, as it serves mainly as symbol of slavery and subservience.
- In A Song of Ice and Fire: There are numerous mentions of bare feet in many, many chapters (including males, but especially Sansa, Arya, and Daenerys). Daenerys in particular ends up getting her bare feet kissed numerous times, often while astride a horse.
- Lampshaded when an old enemy hiding among the slaves Daenerys has freed uses the opportunity for an attempted assassination. "I knew you'd come to get your feet kissed one day."
- The Death Eaters do this with Voldemort, specifically upon his return in the Little Hangleton Graveyard.
- A variant in Andre Norton's historical novel Shadow Hawk: the hero Rahotep, at an audience with Pharaoh Kamose, was about to kiss the ground in front of the ruler's feet in accordance with protocol. But Kamose slid a foot forward, granting Rahotep the special honor of touching the royal person. Particularly impressive to the witnesses as the hero had just recently been under suspicion of treason.
- You want to know why The Bible makes such a big deal about Jesus washing the feet of the Apostles? Just like the modern Arabs, Hebrews regarded feet as particularly loathsome, and foot-washing was the closest one could get to foot-kissing without debasing oneself. That Jesus would wash somebody else's feet was a mark of exceptional humility for someone claiming to be a Messianic Archetype and the rightful King of the Jews.
- Mentioned several times in Lois Mcmaster Bujold's Chalion universe, especially in The Curse of Chalion. Normal respectful greetings involve kissing the back of a person's hands. When it's a high superiornote one add their feet as well.
- In Edith Wharton's The Age of Innocence, Newland Archer kisses Countess Olenska's shoes.
- In The Scarlet Pimpernel, Percy kisses every step that his estranged wife has taken, showing that despite their problems, he is still desperately in love with her.
- In the second Circle Opens book, Evvy kisses the foot of Lady Zenadia (the Big Bad of the book) after she's been kidnapped and taken to the lady's home, but it's only part of her act to fool the lady into thinking she's grateful to be living with and working for her.
- A scene in Bentley Little's The Store has a rather...zealous... shoe department associate kiss and suck a customer's toes while trying on a pair of sandals she ordered. Said customer asks for two pair of the sandals.
- In Fear, the fourth book in the Gone series, Penny (who has powers of illusion) makes Cigar see hallucinations and makes him believe that she has candy and that they were delicious. She eventually she made him lick her foot in order for him to get some red vines from her.
- Outlander has Jaime Fraser giving a foot massage to his wife, Claire, and kissing the tip of her toe while discussing his reasons for not killing Jack Randall and declaring that he's her husband no matter what. There's also the fifth book, The Fiery Cross where Claire is sleeping and having an Erotic Dream as a horse in a heat until she woke up and found out that someone has been fondling and ticking her feet. The scene is described in good detail, as if a fetish is being played out.
- In Fifty Shades of Grey, there were scenes of Christian caressing and kissing Anastasia's feet, particularly during their first time of having sex. This is just more of arousing Anastasia rather than submitting to her since Christian is the dominant. However, there's that one time that Anastasia wanting to lick Christian's feet which is a straight example.
- Captive Prince: This is a common occurrence where the slaves declared to serve for their masters. For example, Damen vows to serve for Laurent but to do that, he has to kiss Laurent's boot.
- In The Redemption of Althalus, a dead duke's (largely ignored) advisor remarks that if he knew who had arranged the duke's death, he'd lick the "benefactor's" feet in gratitude. Unbeknownst to him, the woman he was talking to was, in fact, the unknown "benefactor". She remarks that her feet are a bit dirty at the moment, but she'd be willing to discuss the idea once she's had time to bathe.
- In A Sorceress Reconstructed, there are many times when Zara's loyal supporters kiss her always bare feet.
- In the 1980s sitcom Alice, southern waitress Flo used "Kiss My Foot!" as a general purpose euphemism.
- Flo used to say "Kiss my grits!"
- In Blackpool, DI Carlisle does this to Natalie. This happens to be one of the most sickeningly adorable scenes in the entire show.
- Used in a demeaning fashion by the female party on an episode of Blind Date. Being a real demeaning type, she told the man to kiss her ankle — and he DID!
- Devoted husband Mack in Clocking Off kisses his unfaithful wife Catherine's foot in one episode.
- An especially ugly example in the Cold Case episode "Who's Your Daddy?", in which a sleazy construction foreman blackmailed the wives of his illegal immigrant workers into providing sexual favors for him in exchange for not turning them in to the INS. He'd make them start out by licking his boots, presumably before forcing them to move... upward.
- On the former news show Countdown With Keith Olbermann, Keith names Bill O'Reilly the "Worst Person In The World" (first time THAT'S happened, right?) for running an interview with the late George Carlin where Bill questioned Carlin about the use of profanity as a selling point when Bill used profanity in the now infamous Inside Edition outtake (which Bill reran the day after Carlin's death). Keith mentioned that Bill was "insulting a man whose boots he was not worthy to lick."
- Firefly. Mal is so thrown when his new "bride" Saffron offers to wash his feet that he leaves the room. Inara doesn't see the big deal, as it's part of her repertoire as a professional courtesan. This is an early clue that Saffron has the same training and is playing Mal.
- The tirade of the chef in the Monty Python "Dirty Fork Sketch", after the manager has a meltdown over the fork:
You bastards! You heartless vicious bastards! He's worked his fingers to the bones to make this place what it is, and you come in here with your petty, heartless, vicious quibblings and you grind him into the dirt??! (Becoming emotional) This fine, honorable man whose boots you are not worthy to kiss?! Oh, it makes me mad! (drives cleaver into the table) Stark-stirring mad!!
- In Once Upon a Time Rumplestiltskin, before becoming The Dark One, was forced to do this to prevent his son from being drafted into a war against ogres. When he became The Dark One, he made other people do it.
- In Oz Schillinger forces Beecher to lick his boots after the latter spoke up without permission.
- Rome. Atia's slave kisses her feet in gratitude after she says she won't geld him for a screw-up, though only because eunuchs aren't fashionable at the moment.
- In an episode of Saturday Night Live featuring actor Zac Efron, one skit involved Efron's character going to his "brother" (played by Jason Sudeikis) for advice on how to act during an intimate date. Sudeikis begins giving Efron advice on how to give a foot massage, and as it progresses into odder and odder territory, Sudeikis begins demonstrating on Efron's bare foot — at one point, Sudeikis decided to stick as much of Efron's foot as possible into his mouth. This moment was unscripted, making Efron's look of horror as Sudeikis sucks his toes a genuine reaction.
- In the Star Trek: Voyager episode "Q2", Q tries to kiss Captain Janeway in the bathtub, but she blocks him from getting closer by raising her foot, so he kisses that instead.
- In Ugly Betty, Bradford Mead had a foot fetish, which is how Wilhemina got her hooks into him.
- In V (1983)'s second miniseries, the human collaborator Daniel forces some college schlub to lick his boots.
- An unusual instance occurs in a clip on World's Dumbest... when a drunk driver desperate to not get arrested tries to convert to Christianity on the spot and offers to kiss the officer's feet.
- Ali Project's "Hizamazuite Ashi Wo Oname (English Subs)." The title translates to "kneel down and lick my feet."
- The Blue Öyster Cult's song "She's As Beautiful As A Foot" fits here...
- Skillet's "My Obsession" mentioning kissing one's feet, more specifically Jesus, while proclaiming the singer's love for Him.
- Early on in his tenure in the WWF in 1987, Ted DiBiase paid a fan $100 to kiss his foot in the ring, as a way of showing that "everyone has a price, for the Million Dollar Man". The fan grew up to become Rob Van Dam.
- After winning the King of the Ring competition, WWE superstar Booker T became "King Booker", an arrogant Heel who made other wrestlers kiss his foot, sometimes by force.
- Jerry "The King" Lawler initiated a match against then-rival Bret Hart at King of the Ring '95, where the loser had to kiss the winner's foot. Lawler lost the match, and it was not pleasant for him, to say the least.
- And then there's Vince McMahon's much, much cruder version, "The Kiss My Ass Club".
- Occasionally put into use on the independent circuit, notably by Davey Richards (who then will follow up with spitting in his opponent's face and/or kicking them in the head).
- Delirious has been known to wrestle barefoot and stick his bare in the faces and or trample his opponent's heads with them after working up a sweat.
- On a March 2015 edition of TNA Impact, Brutus Magnus kissed the boot of Bram to stop him from beating his wife with a 'cue ball'.
- Pistol in William Shakespeare's Henry V has these lines:
The king's a bawcock, and a heart of gold,
A lad of life, an imp of fame;
Of parents good, of fist most valiant.
I kiss his dirty shoe, and from heart-string
I love the lovely bully.
- Caliban in William Shakespeare's The Tempest has these lines:
Ill show thee every fertile inch o' th' island
And I will kiss thy foot. I prithee, be my god.
- In RENT, when Maureen is attempting to make up with Joanne over the phone, she offers total submission:
"I'll kiss your doc martens; let me kiss your doc martens; your every wish I will obey!"
- This lasts about a month and a half before Maureen gets bored of playing that role and goes back to playing herself in full-on diva mode.
- Azure Dreams: Selfi, one of the potential romantic interests in the game, at one point suggests that you kneel down and worship her beautiful body, starting by kissing her foot.
- In Umineko: When They Cry Beatrice demands Battler, once he loses the game, to take off his clothes, kneel down and kiss her feet - as a sign of humiliation and submission. And he evetually does it, though the scene itself is not drectly shown in the novel. She also forces Kanon to do this, though without getting naked.
- Scandinavia and the World illustrates the tale of a time the king of the Franks told a party of Danes to kiss his feet. He had a rather unique interpretation of that demand. (As noted in the commentary below the comic, this is based on a historical anecdote.)
- In Seiyuu CRUSH!, Hiroki clearly has a thing for Masuji's feet, and has kissed them on a few occasions.
- A frequent source of fetish material in Tales of MU, between Mackenzie and Amaranth or Mackenzie and Sooni. Mack most certainly does not want to worship at their feet. Nope. Not at all.
- In Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law, Blue Falcon is demoted to restroom attendant. When Harvey Birdman comes by, Blue Falcon starts groveling, kissing Birdman's feet. Then he insists on being kicked and spat on, and takes it as an insult that Birdman declined.
- Subverted with Mort in The Penguins of Madagascar, who is obsessed with King Julien especially his magestys feet being more than just a fetish.
- Animaniacs: The Goodfeathers, Bobby, Pesto, and Squitt, all kiss the godpigeon's feet every time he appears. Usually both Bobby and Pesto kisses one foot, and Squitt kisses the other.
- In Batman: The Animated Series episode "Fear of Victory", Scarecrow mentions using his Fear Toxin to bring the people of Gotham to their knees and in his own words "...Kissing my feet!"
- Rarity kissing Princess Celestia's hooves in My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic episode "Sweet and Elite", much to Celestia's discomfort.
- Barney nearly makes Fred kiss his in an episode of The Flintstones.
- In Spongebob Squarepants, SpongeBob and Patrick travel back to medieval times and King Krabs realizes that they are the heroes an ancient prophecy depicts. He then starts kissing their feet as an apology for trying to execute them moments earlier.
Patrick: I guess this is what they call the royal treatment.
- The significance of the gesture was famously subverted or averted in a (possibly apocryphal) incident in 911 AD, when the French King Charles III granted the region of Normandy to the Viking leader Rollo (in exchange for Rollo stopping raiding French territory, and in fact defending it against other Vikings), thus founding the Norman dynasty. The story goes that a French bishop said that Rollo should kiss the king's foot as a sign of fealty; Rollo, a proud war-chief, wasn't going to abase himself that far, but eventually agreed that one of his own followers should do so; the follower then grabbed the king's foot and lifted it to his mouth, tipping Charles onto his back.