The Spinning Bird Kick (スピニングバードキック Supiningu Bādo Kikku?) is one of Chun-Li's original attacks in the Street Fighter II series. It debuts along with Chun Li's other special move, the Hyakuretsukyaku, in Street Fighter II. This move also appears in Street Fighter: The Storytelling Game.
|Street Fighter II and most other appearances||+|
|Several other appearances||+|
|Street Fighter EX||+|
Chun-Li jumps up, feet first in the air, and does a split. She then twirls her upside-down body and attacks, with her legs like helicopter blades. It is similar to Ryu and Ken's Tatsumaki Senpukyaku; if the opponent is standing, Chun-Li's feet will repeatedly hit the opponent in the face until the attack ends. Its controller input depends on whatever game Chun-Li was in, as shown above. A few games allow Chun-Li to perform this move in the air.
The EX Special version introduced in Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike does not move forward, instead remaining stationary (not unlike a Shinku Tatsumaki Senpukyaku) and acting more as an anti-air reversal attack. If the opponent is standing just close enough to be hit by the move, they will be sucked in a vacuum-like effect for additional hits.
- British rock band Arctic Monkeys released a song in 2007 titled "Chun Li's Spinning Bird Kick."
- The Spinning Bird Kick is referenced in Saints Row IV by Female Voice 1 (provided by one of Chun-Li's voice actresses, Laura Bailey). Occasionally, when using a taunt, the character will shout "Spinning Bird Punch!".
- In the Bleach manga/anime series, the humorous Panty-Flash Tornado is most likely inspired by the Spinning Bird Kick.
- The Turning Kick from Little Fighter may also be inspired by it.
- The Spinning Bird Kick is referenced in the opening of Shrek 2 in which Princess Fiona fights off a group of hunters who snared Shrek with a Spinning Bird Kick before performing a Shoryuken on one of the guards.