Follow TV Tropes


Murderous Thighs

Go To
Probably not the sort of thing you'd want for your in memoriam.

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. The character takes hold of their victim between their thighs and either squeezes or twists, sometimes both. The result is either a speedy and painful death by Neck Snap or Head Crushing, or unconsciousness from strangulation. This move is often seen in combination with With My Hands Tied thanks to not requiring arms. It's usually used by female characters. One of the more impressive styles is using a handstand or handspring to get into position.

This method of attack is more commonly used by women than men in fiction, probably because of the sexualization of girls' thighs, and because women are generally considered more likely to have strong legs than 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 “throw” than “crush”, and may also be done with the lower legs.

Somewhat related to Ass Kicks You. Compare and contrast with Armed Legs. Truth in Television; see Real Life section.


    open/close all folders 

    Anime & Manga 
  • 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.
  • Done by accident in Ayakashi Triangle when Matsuri gets Punched Across the Room and collides with Suzu, causing a Twisted-Knee Collapse over Matsuri's head. Suzu instinctively pulls her legs together trying to cover herself, but just squeezes Matsuri's head and makes it harder for him to get out.
  • In Call of the Night, Susuki snaps Haruka's neck using nothing but her thighs. Being a vampire, he gets better.
  • 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.
  • A Rare Male Example in Cop Craft, with Matoba strangling the traitorous Agent Chan while tied to a chair.
  • Dragon Ball Z:
    • Rare male example comes from Yamcha while training with Bubbles on King Kai planet... you don't have be Sigmund Freud to notice how wrong that looks.
    • Played straight later in the Great Saiyaman Saga with Videl and Gohan.
  • 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.
    • Kagura does this to Gintoki by chocking him into Sleeper while Otae punches his stomach brutally because of the girls' jealous that Tae's little brother, Shinpachi is dating a Cat Girl named Eromes in Episode 34.
  • 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...
  • 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 Negima! Magister Negi Magi, Setsuna performs a mid-air Frankensteiner on Negi that rotated 3 times in the Mahora Festival Tournament Arc.
  • During the Skypiea arc in One Piece, Nami does this to Hotori to hold him still long enough to finish him off with a impact dial.
  • Pokémon: The Series: On one of the many times 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 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.
  • Happens every so often in Ranma ½, 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.)
  • A favorite move of Shadow Lady, often (and deliberately) positioning her enemy's head just so his face presses against her bits.
  • In Speed Grapher Ginza actually kills someone with her thighs. The man was a leg fetishist. It was awkward.

    Comic Books 

    Fan Works 
  • Development Heaven: Tabitha is amazed when she watches Natasha kill a man who works for the Purifiers this way.
    Tabitha: Why not just choke hold him?
    Natasha: In case I needed to shoot someone that came after him and I didn’t hear over his struggles.
    Tabitha: Remind me to never get between your legs.
    Natasha: Men and women have killed to be there, but you’re too young.
    Tabitha: (thinking) Killed? Yeah, and likely those same people died down there. Romanoff likely had her organs and fluids replaced with venom sacs or something.
  • One Punch: Disciples features Mizuki finishing off Beast King with the Head Crushing variant. This also covers her in gore, much to her disgust.
  • In Tales of the Hunger Games, Bluebell Janssen (Victor of the 21st Hunger Games) kills her district partner, Quagmire, by wrapping her legs around his chest tight enough to suffocate him to death. She also kills three other male tributes this way, earning her the moniker of "Lady Squeeze".
  • From Urusei Yatsura: The Senior Year by Gorgo, we have the Thunder-thighs Flying Takedown.

    Film — Animated 

    Film — Live-Action 
  • Æon Flux's titular character kills a Mook this way.
  • In Anaconda, Paul Sarone (Jon Voight's character) does this to Kari Wuhrer. It's done to show how Sarone is no different from the movie's other villain.
  • Asian School Girls: After one of the mooks forces her to sit on his face, May snaps his neck with her knees.
  • In Blade Runner, Deckard almost gets his neck crushed between the legs of Pris, the pleasure-model replicant.
  • Dereailed 2002: During a fight against one of Cole's mooks, Galina gets knocked to the floor but manages to lock her legs around his throat and choke him until she manages to grab the dropped gun and shoot him.
  • 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.
  • A very sleazy 1992 Hong Kong film, Faa gaai kwong ban, has a kung-fu fight between a (Chinese) man against a completely naked (white, blonde) woman, during which she has the guy by the neck in such a hold and then delivers a Groin Attack hit. The guy strikes back with a hit to her crotch that makes her thighs let go. And after throwing her off and then pinning her down with a Breast Attack kick, he starts to rape her.
  • In Haywire, Mallory chokes Paul unconscious with her thighs before finishing him off by shooting him in the head.
  • James Bond:
    • Bond himself kills one of Silva's henchmen by choking him with his thighs in Skyfall, possibly in a reference to GoldenEye.
  • In Kick-Ass 2, Mother Russia is capable of snapping necks by putting people in a headlock between her thighs and twisting.
  • 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!
  • 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 A Man Called Sledge, Kehoe jumps and Sledge and manages to would him with a knife. They roll around on the ground fighting until Sledge manages to lock his legs around Kehoe's throat: squeezing till he chokes the life out of Kehoe.
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe:
    • Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow's Signature Move. She 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. Black Widow (2021) shows she shares this with all other Black Widow operatives of the Red Room.
    • Subverted in Black Panther (2018). During T'Challa's crowning ceremony, M'Baku interrupts and challenges him to ritual combat. T'Challa forces him to submit to a triangle choke rather than finish the combat the traditional way by throwing M'Baku over the edge of a waterfall to his death.
    • Ant-Man and the Wasp shows Scott/Ant-Man II and Hope/Wasp II incorporating it in their unorthodox fighting styles—usually immediately after enlarging from micro-size.
  • 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.
  • This is Ilsa Faust's Signature Move in the Mission: Impossible Film Series.
  • Mortal Kombat:
  • 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.
  • Alice in Resident Evil (2002) kills a zombie this way.
  • Lena Olin's character tries to do this to Gary Oldman's character in Romeo is Bleeding.
  • Chun-Li does this to M. Bison in Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li.
  • The Suicide Squad have Harley, while subjected to Unwilling Suspension, using her thighs to choke the guard watching over her while he's distracted texting.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • In X-Men: The Last Stand, Mystique is in a prison transport held to the wall by her arms with large restraints. When Magneto stops the transport to rescue her, the guard riding with the prisoners falls back to Mystique, who uses her ankles to break the guard's neck.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • There was a Mortal Kombat novel. No, 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.
  • 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.
  • Kinda-sorta done by the Black Knight when he and Schofield are captive in the dungeons under the castle in Scarecrow. 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.

    Live-Action TV 
  • In the Continuum episode "Waning Minute", Curtis Chen breaks a Freelancer's neck with his legs in order to escape.
  • 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.
  • Farscape: The first meeting of John Crichton and Aeryn Sun has Aeryn holding John like this demanding that he identify himself.
  • 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 trope's quote.
  • In an early Mighty Morphin' 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.
  • In the second episode of the fourth series of Misfits, Sadie tries this on Finn to get him to untie her.
  • In the show Nikita (the one starring Maggie Q), the titular character breaks a burly henchman's neck with a triangle choke.
  • An unintentional example occurred in an episode of The Office, which had Erin accidentally suffocate Dwight by squeezing too hard during a Chicken Fight.
  • 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'.
  • 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.
  • The scene in Farscape is 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.
  • He doesn't succeed, but the rare time that it's clearly Shatner fighting in the Star Trek: The Original Series episode in "Space Seed" is when Kirk is trying to choke out Khan 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.
  • 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 climax of the Reliquary story on The Young and the Restless involved Brad Carlton strangling a man with his thighs.


  • Sega Pinball's GoldenEye has the "Xenia Encounter", where villainess Xenia Onatopp crushes a Naval Captain with her thighs.


    Professional Wrestling 
  • 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.
  • 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 sexy.
  • 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.
  • Carmella's "Code of Silence" finisher is 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.
  • Ken Shamrock once wrestled in a straitjacket, which meant he was only able to use his legs the whole match against Jeff Jarrett. He still managed to win, though, using quite an array of moves, including this one.

    Reality TV 

    Video Games 
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • Kasumi in particular has a fairly famous move resembling a Frankensteiner where she jumps on her opponent's shoulders to sit on them (from the front so their face will be blocked by her body), coils her legs around their head and then does a back-flip with the opponent in tow. Unlike a regular Frankensteiner, she doesn't need to touch the ground for it, she does it in the air.
  • 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. Not played for fanservice, considering Leliana's attitude, her jagged-looking metal greaves, and the fact that she'd been tortured for a year and had her skin harvested repeatedly for experiments. And looked it.
  • 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.
    • Clark Still does this for his Frankensteiner (like Cammy, above). And then he turns to the screen, holds out his hands, and yells "HEY!". Fitting, as Clark is of similar build to Scott Steiner, the wrestler who created and named the Frankensteiner.
    • Gato is another male example.
    • 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 appeal 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.
  • 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."
    • The Red Fox, a semi-rare encounter on The Red Zeppelin, also does this. She's a parody of the Dark Action Girl style Femme Fatale that shows up in spy movies - the whole questline that she's part of is a parody of spy movies.
      She locks her thighs around your torso and squeezes until you can only breathe in shallow yiff yiff yiffs. You black out and crumple to the floor like a sack full of meat and doorknobs.
  • Like a Dragon:
    • In Yakuza 4, one of Tanimura's Heat Moves, "Essense of Combos I", has him use a hook kick to grapple an enemy to the ground with his right thigh wrapped around their neck. He then twists it to perform a Neck Snap, complete with a Sickening "Crunch!" that comes part and parcel with most of Tanimura's Heat Actions. Of course, given this is the Yakuza series, it's completely non-lethal.
    • Yakuza: Like a Dragon repurposes Tanimura's thigh snap for the "Luscious Guillotine" move employed by the Night Queen class. As before, Saeko or Eri will hook kick an opponent to the ground and then twist their thigh with the opponent's head trapped inside. Unlike with Tanimura, the sexual aspect is very much played up, as the Night Queen is essentially a Dominatrix.
      Damage an enemy by dropping your leg on their neck. It might feel good at first, but this attack may knock them out.
  • 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.
  • Mortal Kombat:
    • One of Sonya's Signature Moves has her do a handstand and grabs the opponent with her legs before slamming them behind her. She also has this as a fatality, where she does the splits after grabbing the opponent, ripping them in two.
    • Tanya has this as one of her throws, and a more extreme version as a fatality: she jumps on the opponent's shoulders, squeezing their head between her thighs, then twists violently, resulting in a Neck Snap.
  • 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 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.
    • 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, they will slip on him, whereas upon Hakan will get on top of his opponent, squeeze them between his thighs, and launch them 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. 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, and 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.
    • In Tekken 7, Nina Williams was given a Murderous Thighs move, combined with Wrestler in All of Us - her hyper move is a Rey Mysterio style multiple rotation flying headscissor into a proper triangle choke.
  • 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.

  • Furry Fight Chronicles:
    • Roora and Fenny do this to each other. The former does it to the latter twice and it's implied to be a Signature Move on account of her being a kangaroo.
    • Nyarai does this to Muko in Chapter 14 to torture her in front of Cookie to cement her betrayal of the two.
  • 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 à 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."

    Web Animation 
  • Helluva Boss in "Truth Seekers", has Millie start crushing a D.H.O.R.K. agent's head and neck with her thigs appearing to struggle with breaking the neck. But after drinking some water offered by Blitzo she snaps the neck just fine.

    Web Original 

    Western Animation 
  • On The Angry Beavers, a recurring character was a luchador named El Grapadura ("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 Beyond "A Touch of Curare" Curare attempts to do this with Terry when the two get suspended over the same cable. She begins crushing his body with her thighs but he is able to escape by ramming her against a wall and using the cable to trap her over spinning blades.
  • In this Justice League screencap of the episode "Starcrossed", Wonder Woman has her arms and upper body tied to a metal pillar and appears to be defending herself with a bodyscissor. Judging by the Thanagarian's grimace, it hurts.
    • In the episode "To Another Shore", Wonder Woman defeats Devil Ray while underwater through swimming behind him, wrapping her long legs around his stomach, and squeezes until it causes his helmet to crack. Judging by the way that Devil Ray's moans, this move is very painful.
  • 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.

    Real Life 
  • 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.
    • Judo has a banned move called do-jime, which is a bodyscissors applied across the ribcage. It is banned because it works with brute strength, which is conceptually not the point of judo, and because it can easily lead to injury. The sankaku-jime or triangle choke (as it known in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts) 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. The woman in the clip is named Kortney Olson, and as of August 2022, she holds the Guinness Record for 'fastest crushing of 3 watermelons between one's legs.' It took her seven and a half seconds.
  • On a British dating gameshow, a woman tells three bachelors that her thighs are the strongest part of her body and that she's capable of crushing walnuts between them. She then asks them what the strongest part of their bodies is. One of them quips, "Hopefully, my walnuts."


Video Example(s):


Xenia Onatopp

Xenia kills targets by making them enjoy a good squeeze from her thighs mid-coitus.

How well does it match the trope?

5 (5 votes)

Example of:

Main / MurderousThighs

Media sources: