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

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

Subtrope of Video Game Sliding. Also see Diving Kick, Dash Attack and Videogame Dashing. Compare Rolling Attack.

Not to be confused with the cryptanalysis term

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

    Live Action TV 
  • The Kamen Rider franchise is best known for the heroes' use of Diving Kicks as their Finishing Moves, but in the Kamen Rider OOO movies, both the time-traveling Kamen Rider Aqua and OOO himself (in his Burakawani Combo) use sliding kicks instead.
  • Octavia from The 100 performs a sliding kick down a hallway to knock a guard off his feet.

    Video Games 
  • Raiden in Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance can perform a slide attack by pressing the strong attack button during a Ninja Run and then follow that up with either a overhead sword slash with his other foot thanks to his prehensile feet or Blade Mode, which is also the only variety of it that keeps him moving forward during it.
  • In Gravity Rush, Kat can justifiably hover across the ground with her Gravity Slide. Enemies she comes into contact with will be automatically hit with her Slide Kick. This move is also used as her Down + Triangle in Playstation All Stars Battle Royale to duck beneath projectiles and giver her more ground maneuverability.
  • The SNES game of Alien vs. Predator lets the player do a slide kick.
  • In Stampede Run, the slide can be used to break small obstacles and knock other runners out of the way.
  • Hiryu in the Strider series has a slide kick in most of his incarnations. Usually done by pressing diagonally down + Attack, its used to both traversing low obstacles and attack, except in the NES game and the 2014 game, where he can use it offensively only after getting the Attack Boots in the NES Game and the Slide Assault item in the 2014 game. Most of Strider's Spiritual Successors have the Slide Kick as a starting attack as well, including Cannon Dancer, Run Saber, Hagane and Moon Diver.
  • Kage-Maru's Jisuberibashiri in Virtua Fighter.
  • Bit.Trip Runner features a slide mechianic to slip beneath obstacles.
  • Warframe has several flavors. Standard slides simply move you quicker, but hitting the jump key while sliding allows you to jump-kick an enemy in the face, knocking them over. Hitting the melee button while sliding will usually make you whip out your sword and swing it in a full 360 degree arc, though some weapons have unique attacks for sliding..
  • Tiny Toon Adventures games:
    • In Buster's Hidden Treasure, Buster can slide into enemies if he gains enough speed.
    • In Buster Busts Loose, when played on the Normal or Challenge modes, Buster must use a slide attack when he is running to avoid damage from enemies. In the Children mode, Buster can defeat enemies simply by running into them.
  • "Slide Kick" is one of Batman's specials in Injustice: Gods Among Us (Back, Forward, Heavy).
  • One Must Fall has the Shadow's Shadow Kick special, which sends a Hard Light clone of itself sliding across the floor to trip up opponents. The Katana and Chronos have sliding kicks as their heavy crouching kicks, and though it lacks proper legs, the Flail's 'lawnmower' attack with its spiked wheels is fairly close in spirit.
  • All characters in Dragon's Crown has a sliding kick attack for extra mobility, some percent chance of knockback even against blocking enemies, and low damage. Due to the low damage, most players don't invest the Sliding skill, save for certain Elf builds since the added mobility fit perfectly with the Elf's evasion-based play style. In Ultimate difficulty, you could also acquire accessories that add Fire, Ice, or Lightning properties to your character's slide attacks for added damage and status effects.
  • A sliding kick is one of the melee moves available in First Encounter Assault Recon, activated by pressing the melee button while crouching in the first game, or while sprinting in the second and third. It's one of the more powerful moves available to you, able to dispatch just about any non-mechanical or supernatural enemy with one kick to the shins.
  • In River City Ransom: Underground, Dance Battler Provie can use a dashing slide kick to trip up her enemies.
  • Metroid Dread: While the slide itself is primarily used for mobility, countering during it will have Samus throw out a bicycle kick. This can easily be seen during the boss battle against Corpius, where you can use this combination to have Samus slide under the boss and kick them in the face before leaping at them to start an extended counterattack.

    Webcomics 
  • In El Goonish Shive, Nanase uses this to duck under Elliot's attack and counterattack with a kick from behind.
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    Professional Wrestling 
  • In the high-profile fight between Muhammad/Ali vs. Antonio Inoki, Inoki started the first round with a sliding kick before spending the rest of the match on his back, furiously kicking at Ali's legs.
  • "The baseball slide" is actually a type of drop-kick in pro wrestling.
  • FMW's First Son, Masato Tanaka, and his sliding dangan!
  • Willow The Wisp's sliding elbow drop.
  • Downed Dragon Gate wrestlers know they have to get moving quickly, less they get hit with Naruki Doi's Bakatare Sliding Kick.

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


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