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In some media, a katana-wielding swordsman will dash toward his opponent, taking dainty little steps akin to a Japanese schoolgirl. Typically, this does not diminish his speed in any way. Mickey Mousing sound effects optional.

Based on actual kendo footwork, but exaggerated to the point of absurdity.

Examples of Twinkle Toes Samurai include:

Anime and Manga


  • Lucy Liu as O-Ren Ishii in Kill Bill during the meeting of the bosses, immediately before beheading Boss Tanaka. Justified as she was wearing traditional Japanese clothing at the time: If she didn't take those dainty little steps, she'd probably end up with a face full of table.

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