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Bandoliers are belts that hold ammunition for CoolGuns, grenades, or just weapons in general (or even mundane items). They also give off [[RuleOfCool coolness]] and [[{{Badass}} Badassery]] when worn.

The fundamental concept is that a warrior will want to wear all of his equipment close at hand, so the bandolier sends a message that the wearer expects combat. Various cultures have used bandoliers for different purposes. In the age of muzzle-loading firearms, a wealthy soldier might wear multiple single-shot pistols so he could discharge them rapidly one after the other without reloading. Cavalrymen and banditos of the Old West might also wear multiple pistols, as reloading was still a laborious process through the 1800's. In the latter half of the 1800's, cartridge technology made it feasible to wear individual bullets or shotshells in the bandolier. It was a sort of status symbol to wear a fully-loaded bandolier, as this showed you were not only a warrior but also wealthy enough to maintain a full complement of ammunition.

The use of a bandolier is not without its problems, however. Munitions exposed to the elements may corrode and become unusable. Since the invention of the machine gun, soldiers in fiction tends to sling ammunition belts over their shoulders to present a menacing appearance. However doing this for an extended period would cause the belted ammo links to rust so that they cannot be fed into a weapon. In reality, ammo belts tends to be carried in metal boxes until they are needed. Hollywood often depicts soldiers with hand grenades dangling from their bandoliers (John Wayne being perhaps the most famous example of this). This is also a bad idea, as a hand grenade dangling from equipment may become snagged as a soldier crawls or moves through rough terrain, [[PineappleSurprise with unfortunate results]]. Unfortunately, young soldiers would try to emulate what they saw on television. Vietnam veteran David Hackworth once recalled a soldier telling him the Army would not provide grenade pouches because they believed John Wayne was wearing his munitions "the right way," another example of [[LifeImitatesArt life imitating art]].

In the modern world, cross-body bandoliers are only common among poor armies and militias. Pouches and magazines are used to avoid the problems mentioned above. The American army only uses canvas bandoliers to carry packaged bulk ammunition, while in combat all equipment is worn on vest and belt pouches.

Modern hunters who use slow-reloading bolt-action rifles or single-shot rifles would usually have a leather or canvas bandolier slung across the chest or around the waist in the time-honored manner, or a smaller 5-10 round bandolier wrapped around the rifle stock.

In Wild West settings, {{Bandito}}s will stereotypically be wearing them, in emulation of Pancho Villa.

The worn form of GunAccessories. Compare SuperheroPackingHeat, UtilityBelt.

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''{{Berserk}}'': Guts has a bandolier of throwing knives, as did Judeau.
* Kujiranami Hyougo from ''Manga/RurouniKenshin''.
* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'': Ukyou wears a bandoleer of spatulas to cook with (that she also [[ImprobableWeaponUser uses as weapons]]).
* Meru on ''SayonaraZetsubouSensei'' has a bandolier filled with cell phones. Kind of a weapon, since she uses them to troll people.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'': Captain Smoker has a bandolier of [[SmokingIsCool cigars]].
* Roberta from ''Manga/BlackLagoon''.
* Kuroko Shirai from ''Manga/ACertainScientificRailgun'' often uses her teleporting ability to teleport spikes and she usually keeps the spikes holstered under her skirt. But in one episode there is a scene where she prepares for the battle by arming herself with a long bandolier with spikes.
* ''MahouSenseiNegima'': Negi put on one with magic potions when he went to fight Evangeline.
* Coyote Starrk from ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' has a pair at the back of his BadassLongcoat in his Resurrecion, to compliment his ''[[TheGunslinger lone-wolf-gunslinger]]''-theme. They don't hold bullets however - they let him summon a [[SavagesWolves an army of spirit wolves]] and a pair of energy swords if he needs them.
* Triela from ''GunslingerGirl'' typically has a bandolier around the stock of her Trenchgun. From her actions in episode 9, she uses it as a ready source of specialized shot, to be thumbed in on top of her regular loadout. She fires one shot, the bandolier is missing one shell, and it's a tire-shot, (presumably a slug).
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* [[Comicbook/SgtRock Sgt. Rock]] is often shown carrying a belt of .50-caliber machine gun ammunition over his shoulders... despite the fact that Easy Company seldom actually ''uses'' heavy machine guns.
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[[folder:Film]]
* In ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'', HowlingCommandos machine-gunner Gabe Jones - [[{{Badass}} who used a Browning machine gun as his main weapon all by himself, even while running through the woods under a volley of mortars]] - is seen with a single bandolier wrapped around him. CaptainAmerica himself is seen sporting the Pancho Villa version in a propaganda MovieWitinAMovie, despite him using a drum-magazine Tommy gun. Justified in that these are just props and the in-universe filmmakers probably didn't care.
* In the ''Franchise/{{Rambo}}'' series the title character has worn bandoliers of ammo for his machine gun.
* In ''Franchise/StarWars'' Chewbacca [[http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2464/3813196386_db53ef31ca.jpg wears a bandolier of ammunition for his crossbow]].
* In ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay'', the T-800 wears a bandolier of grenades across his chest for his GrenadeLauncher.
* In [[TheWestern Western]] movies some characters (such as Mexican banditos) were portrayed as wearing pairs of crossed bandoliers across their chests.
** Several bandits in ''[[Film/ThreeAmigos Three Amigos!]]'', including El Guapo's TheDragon Jefe.
** ''Film/BlazingSaddles'': the bandito who gives the "Badges? We don't need no stinking badges!" speech.
* ''Film/KickAss'': Kick-Ass wears one during the film.
* Animal Mother in ''Film/FullMetalJacket'' carried two ammo belts for his M60 machine gun crossed over his torso. Other Marines in the film can also be seen with bandoliers containing extra magazines for their weapons.
* Nicholas Angel wears one near the end of ''Film/HotFuzz''.
* Rattlesnake Jake of ''{{Rango}}''.
* Realistic version: In ''Film/{{Heat}}'', Neil wears a utility vest stuffed with spare magazines for his assault rifle during the bank robbery and the shootout that follows.
* In ''Film/Another48Hours'', one of the villains wears boots with bandolier-inspired bullets on the ''toes''.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* In the ''Literature/OldKingdom'' trilogy, necromancers (and Abhorsens) keep their seven necromantic bells in bandoliers.
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}''
** In ''Discworld/NightWatch'', Carcer acquires a bandolier of ''[[FantasyGunControl knives]].''
** Darktan, the head of the Trap Squad in ''Discworld/TheAmazingMauriceAndHisEducatedRodents'', wears bandoliers to store his trap-disarming tools. This is one of two exceptions to the rule that rats don't wear clothes, the other being Sardines's NiceHat.
* In HarryTurtledove's ''TheGunsOfTheSouth'', General Jeb Stuart takes to wearing crossed bandoliers, but gets contrite when Robert E. Lee points out that the leather could have better been used to make shoes for the soldiers. Lee was just teasing, adding afterwards that a few feet of leather won't make or break the Confederacy.
* In the HeroesRUs series ''Soldiers of Barrabas'', the mercenary protagonists visit El Salvador and encounter a communist guerrilla leader who wears a heavy ammo belt [[{{fanservice}} for the apparent purpose of pulling her shirt tight to expose her cleavage]].
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[[folder: Live Action TV]]
* In ''Series/DoctorWho'', the forgotten incarnation of the Doctor that fought in the Time War is depicted wearing one of these, using it to hold his sonic screwdriver. "The Night of the Doctor" reveals before being worn by the War Doctor, the bandolier [[TragicKeepsake belonged]] to a prospective companion, who upon discovering the Eighth Doctor was a [[TheDreaded Time Lord]], elected to die [[TakeMyHand rather than be saved]].
** The mercenary gunrunners in "The Caves of Androzani" wear bandoliers of DeadlyGas grenades.
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[[folder:Music]]
* In a few earlier concerts, some of the members of Music/{{Rammstein}} wore fake bandoliers.
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[[folder:Pinball]]
* ''Pinball/{{Raven}}'' wears one, though it fails at making her look badass.
* In ''Pinball/BoneBusters,'' the team members' backpack straps double as bandoliers.
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[[folder:Tabletop RPG]]
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'': in older editions characters could buy bandoliers to hold daggers or darts for use as throwing weapons. (Your character can still have one in newer editions, but since the game has grown less concerned with nit-picking details, it's just a flavorful explanation of having a bunch of them in your [[{{hammerspace}} abstract inventory]].)
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[[folder:Toys]]
* Most ''GIJoe'' toys had the grenade variant, and sometimes bullets as well. These bullets were very rarely ever actually ''used'' in combat.
* Once again [[NerfBrand Nerf]] comes to the rescue with [[http://www.amazon.com/Nerf-94671-Bandolier-Dart-Kit/dp/B002QG1B9U a bandoleer dart kit]] that holds both darts and magazines (and even a clip useful for small pistols) for when you need as much foam as you can carry.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Link starts wearing a bandolier of pockets in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime''.
** Technically a baldric since it's used to hold on his sword, but still very awesome. Crosses into CostumePorn in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess''.
* ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'': The Heavy, Soldier, Demoman, and Pyro wear one. Cosmetic items can replace the grenades and ammunition held in them with such things as Christmas tree ornaments, batteries, bongos, and {{cartoon bomb}}s, and human skulls.
** ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' participated in a costume crossover deal with the Steam version of ''MondayNightCombat''. Gamers who bought MNC before February 1st got a bunch of crossover gear the characters could wear. The Gunner's gear was the Heavy's bandolier.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Battlefield 3}}'', the US Support class wears one like a scarf.
* In ''VideoGame/Left4Dead2'', Whitaker and the Fallen Survivor infected (which is a infected model of Whitaker).
* A bandolier can be bought in ''RedDeadRedemption''. It doubles the amount of rifle and repeater ammo you can carry. Once you buy it you will always be wearing it and receive its benefits, even when wearing an outfit that hides it. In a nice graphical touch as you burn through your ammo stock the number of rounds on the belt disappear.
* The protagonists and character classes in ''VideoGame/BattlefieldBadCompany 2'' generally wear grenades on their chests. The snipers, however, subvert expectations by wearing ''shotgun shells'' on a bandolier over their chests.
** That's because that class is not the ''Sniper class''; it's the ''Recon'' class.
* Several Armor Permutations in ''HaloReach'' feature the GrenadeLauncher variant, including the Ua/Multithreat, Base Patrol, and Grenadier variants. However, this is purely aesthetic, and doesn't do anything other than [[RuleOfCool look cool]].
* In ''VisualNovel/{{Yarudora}} series vol.3: VisualNovel/{{Sampaguita}}'', one of the {{Triad}} members wears [[http://www.catsuka.com/gengal/sampaguita/shirow/charashirow_131.jpg a bandolier full of shotgun ammo.]]
* Several armors in ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' & ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' have decorative bandoliers.
* The Vietnam version of the ''[[VideoGame/{{Battlefield}} Battlefield 2]]'' mod ''ProjectReality'' has the Automatic Rifleman class for the US Army & US Marines wearing two bandoliers of ammo for their M60 machine guns crossed over their torso.
* Revolver Ocelot of the ''Franchise/MetalGear'' series carries bullets on his bandolier and belt. He ''really'' enjoys [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything reloading his revolvers in battle]].
** Then-''Major'' Ocelot didn't start out wearing one in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3'', since he was using a magazine-fed pistol at the start, but after Naked Snake suggests his technique is more suited to revolvers, the Major starts wearing one to go with his Single Action Army pistols.
*** Also in ''[=MGS3=]'', Volgin wears a pretty long ammo belt around his waist and over his shoulder. It might seem like a bad idea, considering his PsychoElectro powers, but he is wearing them over a rubberized suit. [[spoiler:It does come back to bite him in the ass in the final battle when he's struck by lightning.]]
* In ''[[VideoGame/{{X}} X3: Reunion]]'', ''Terran Conflict'', and ''Albion Prelude'', several SpacePirate NPC portraits wear ammo belts as bandoliers. One [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Split]] portrait also has them, occasionally causing confusion for those who haven't memorized the race portraits yet.
* Frank West in ''DeadRising'' can wear criss-crossing bandoliers as an unlockable outfit.
* Nathan Drake wears one of these for the last act of the third Uncharted game.
* In ''VideoGame/TheGodfather II'' one of the rewards you can unlock for capturing a set of fronts is doubled ammo capacity, which is shown in the aversion of InformedEquipment as [[LiteralMetaphor ammo worn as a belt.]]
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[[folder:Web Animation]]
* On ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'', Fightgar of the Cheat Commandos wears one, along with a Rambo-esque headband.
** In the WebAnimation/StrongBadEmail "your funeral", a FutureBadass version of Pom Pom is seeing wearing a bandolier while facing off against a zombified Strong Bad.
* Agent Blue [[spoiler: (Agent Florida/Butch Flowers)]] of Project Freelancer sports one in ''Machinima/RedVsBlue''.
* Since it's a parody of ''VideoGame/{{Battlefield 3}}'' mentioned above, any character in ''WebAnimation/BattlefieldFriends'' using the [[MoreDakka Support Class]]] wears an ammo belt like a scarf.
** The Badass part largely only applies to [[PhysicalGod Colonel]], though, since the other two primary users of the class are [[TheNoob Noob]] and [[CloudCuckooLander Simon]].
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Parodied in ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'', where the footnote points out that the bandoliers the bad guys are wearing are completely unnecessary, since in the future bulky ammunition stores are nonexistent. It then goes on to theorize they are instead filled with chewing gum.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* Michel Wibert in ''NewYorkMagician'' has a bandolier full of various magical artifacts.
* In the ''[[InsaneCafeSeries Insane Cafe 2]]'' and its sequel, bandoliers are worn by Mr. Bigmouth, Deimos and Rime. Interestingly, Mr. Bigmouth also uses a ''much less'' badass but equally useful messenger bag. Also, Deimos and Rime use assorted pockets in their armored vests to carry stuff.
* ''GaiaOnline'' has Bullet Belts purchasable at Gold Mountain.
* Faun Reinaka of ''{{Tasakeru}}'' wears one [[{{Stripperiffic}} strategically]] across her considerable assets. It has dozens of pouches to hold her {{Trick Bomb}}s.
* Invoked in ''Literature/TheFountainheadFilibusterTalesFromObjectivistKatanga''. The feeding mechanism on Che Guevara's drum-fed machine rifle breaks, forcing him to tear the ammo belt out of the drum and wrap it around himself while feeding the end directly into the gun.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Dinobot in the "Coming of the Fuzors" arc in ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' sports one of these towards the end of part 1. Along with (at that point) the largest gun seen on the show.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blackbeard Blackbeard]] the pirate wore bandoliers full of pistols (as well as [[DualWielding a sword in each hand]] and ''[[RuleOfCool burning fuses in his hair]])''.
* Wearing two bandoliers of bullets in an "X" across the body became Pancho Villa's trademark.
* Bandoliers are [[http://hoboken411.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/12/mexican-bandolier-hoboken-2.jpg somewhat iconic]] for Mexican fighters in general.
* The British Army uniform included bandoliers called cross-belts up until they did away with the bright red coats.
* A "revolutionary seaman", in a striped sleeveless shirt with two criss-crossed bandoliers full of machine-gun ammo, is an iconic image of [[RedOctober the Russian Civil War]].
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