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[[caption-width-right:350:It's like a Wal-Mart you clip around your waist!]]

->'''Robin:''' Where'd you get a live fish, Batman?\\
'''Batman:''' The true crimefighter always carries everything he needs in his utility belt, Robin.
-->-- ''Series/{{Batman}}''

[[AppliedPhlebotinum Gadgets]] are a requisite for any BadassNormal {{Superhero}}, especially if he's CrazyPrepared. But where does he keep all of his [[WhereDoesHeGetAllThoseWonderfulToys wonderful toys]]? Why, in his UtilityBelt, of course!

Stuff that might be found in a UtilityBelt:
* A GrapplingHookPistol.
* [[SmokeOut Smoke bombs]] and/or Stun Grenades.
* A lock pick or SkeletonKey.
* A flashlight.
* [[FetishFuel Handcuffs]].
* [[{{Asspull}} Bat-shark repellent]].
* [[HyperspaceArsenal Anything they need]].
* Snacks.
* [[Comicbook/AnimalMan Your keys, money, and stuff.]]

Note that this is ''usually'' not the same as a BagOfHolding. A BagOfHolding is generally used to just pile in as much as you can when looting (ie removing stuff from the enemy base/dungeon) while a utility belt holds carefully chosen key items in specific, easy to access places to take them with you for use ''at'' the enemy base/dungeon.

Contrast with TooManyBelts, where the belts are fashion accessories which [[GogglesDoNothing Do Nothing]].

Not to be confused with Creator/RobLiefeld's pouches, which are '''[[UselessAccessory NEVER USED]]'''.


* Franchise/{{Batman}}, natch. In every incarnation. There is even a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Batman%27s_utility_belt Wikipedia article]] about it. In the Planetary crossover, in which it turns out that ''every'' universe has a version of Batman ''except'' the usual Planetary universe, the Batman who resembles the TV show from the Sixties pulls, from a normal-sized belt pouch, an aerosol can the size of a can of spray paint containing "Bat-Female-Villain-Repellent-Spray". It actually works, too.
** The original [[ComicBook/{{Batwoman}} Kathy Kane]] had a utility ''[[TheChick purse]]''.
** ComicBook/{{Nightwing}} shakes things up a bit by keeping his stuff in wristband/gauntlets and boot tops from time to time, since his costume does not always include a belt.
** Red Hood kept most of his gadgets in simple jacket pockets for a while.
** In one [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] comic book story ("The Joker's Utility Belt!", featured in ''Batman'' #73), ComicBook/TheJoker devised [[http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_HGHxpUhDKRs/SY2lDyeT5lI/AAAAAAAACSQ/U15pB-zy2CM/s400/jokers+utility+belt.jpg his own utility belt to counter Batman's]]. It failed when Batman (stripped of his own utility belt) swiped items from the Joker's belt to [[HoistByHisOwnPetard use against him]].
** Batzarro wears his upside down with all of the pouches open giving you the sense that everything has fallen out.
* Stephanie Brown tried to bring a bit of realism to the utility belt when she assumed the ComicBook/{{Batgirl}} identity in [[ComicBook/{{Batgirl 2009}} her series]]. She wore the traditional waist-belt, but also wore numerous ''other'' belts to give her enough pockets and pouches to actually ''carry'' all this equipment. She [[HyperspaceArsenal skirted the edges a bit]], like all the Bats, but never outright broke the well-established real world physics of pockets.
** And that mysterious utility belt that she wore on her thigh since her debut? [[spoiler: It was empty. She wore it because she liked the way it made her look.]]
* ComicBook/SpiderMan wears a utility belt to hold extra web cartridges, spider-tracers, his camera, and his "Spider-signal" flashlight buckle. He wears it under his shirt but since it leaves only a small bulge, and he is usually moving around so much, most people don't even realize he has one. Ben Reilly wears his on the outside with his ComicBook/ScarletSpider costume.
* Top Cow Productions comic book series ''ComicBook/{{Freshmen}}''. The character Norrin has no abilities except for a fairly useless utility belt.
* In ''ComicBook/QuantumAndWoody'', Quantum has a fully-laden utility belt.
* ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}'': As the above quote shows, Nite Owl had one.
* ''Comicbook/JudgeDredd'' has the titular future lawman and his co-workers wearing these. Contents include spare ammo, handcuffs and other general police-work equipment, as well as more comic-booky gadgetry such as gas grenades and [[GrapplingHookPistol cling lines]].
* ''Comicbook/CaptainAmerica'' is sometimes depicted as wearing one post-2000, DependingOnTheArtist. It's usually shown carrying explosives, or other more specialised weapons for when Cap's shield isn't the best option.

* In ''Franchise/StarWars Film/ANewHope'', Luke swipes a utility belt from a Stormtrooper, and later uses a grapple and line to swing himself and Leia to safety.
** In some of the later EU books, Luke still carries a grappling hook and rope around, despite being the most powerful Jedi out there.
** Later on, [=R2D2=] turns into a walking, mostly not talking, self aware utility belt.
* In ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory2'', Buzz takes one from a newer Buzz Lightyear toy, whose box says "New Utility Belt!"
* The combat robot Johnny Five from ''Film/ShortCircuit'' has a waist-mounted rotating multitool containing, among other things, wire cutters, lockpick, and a soldering iron. In the second movie, he replaces his shoulder-mounted laser with a utility pack with a magnetic grappling hook, hang glider, camera, and metal cutter.
* Spoofed in ''Film/BattleBeyondTheStars'', where SpaceTrucker 'Cowboy' has a belt that dispenses a belt -- specifically Scotch, soda and ice.

* Literature/CaptainUnderpants has a "waistband utility belt."
* Franchise/DocSavage has a utility vest. May be the TropeCodifier, if not the UrExample.
* ''Literature/SeptimusHeap'': Both Septimus Heap and Marcia Overstrand have such belts, that include things such as lenses.
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':
** Rincewind's Luggage follows him around, devours his enemies, and opens (if it likes you) with whatever item is needed found on top (smelling faintly of lavender in the case of clothes).
** The trainee Assassin in ''Discworld/{{Pyramids}}'', who, for his final proficiency test, loads himself with so much equipment for every conceivable outcome that he takes a step forwards and falls over. He discards most of it and takes just a few carefully selected items he can access easily.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* [[Series/{{Batman}} Batgirl, Batman & Robin]] from the Sixties tv show, the show that inspired research into real life "Bat-Shark-Repellent-Spray", will always win with the "dehydrated Bat costume", a pill taken from the utility belt that, when soaked, produce a new costume complete with ''a new utility belt''.
** [[MatryoshkaObject Does the new utility belt have one of those pills in it?]]
* Paladin has one in ''Series/HaveGunWillTravel''. Not the superhero style, but his belt carries bullets, and he keeps a derringer behind the belt buckle.
* The ''Franchise/KamenRider'' franchise famously uses belts that act as {{Transformation Trinket}}s. Some of them also have compartments to hold other gear.
* ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' and ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' don't use transformation belts all that much - that's ''Kamen Rider'''s shtick - but in recent years the buckle has been used to store whatever the collectible little doodad of the year is (discs in ''Shinkenger''/''Samurai'', cards in ''Goseiger''/''Megaforce'', keys in ''Gokaiger'', batteries in ''Kyoryuger''...). ''Dekaranger''/''SPD'' also kept handcuffs in the buckle and cop badges in a compartment in back.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Heward's Handy Haversack, in ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'', would normally be just a BagOfHolding . However, whatever you want at the moment is exactly on top, and it consists of multiple pouches as well as the main bag. This means it tends to get used as a Utility belt instead of a looting sack, and pre-loaded with all those things that might be useful, but are just too bulky or heavy to carry around, such as an iron bar, portable ram, etc.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil2'', you can take a police utility belt from the RCPD locker which gives 2 extra inventory slots.
* In the ''VideoGame/DarkForcesSaga'' series, Kyle Katarn.
* Link starts wearing one across his chest in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime''.
** In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'', you can even expand it by buying or finding additional pouches.
* ''7.62 High Caliber'' lets you purchase various utility belts for holding small items, especially ammunition (either magazines or boxes of loose ammo). Some of them also have a holster for fitting a handgun, and the simplest belt available is nothing but a holster and a single magazine pouch; all of them can also accept one or two separate pouches that differ in the size of the GridInventory slots added.
* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 5}}'': One of your party members, the PhantomThief Morgana, has a leather belt with two large pouches on the hips that he uses to store various thievery tools, like smoke bombs and lockpicks.

* ''Literature/JusticeSquad'': The Franchise/{{Batman}} {{Expy}}, Nightflyer, wears one.
* ''Literature/NewYorkMagician'' has Wibert's bandolier. Interestingly enough, it only has a few, precisely defined, very useful items in it. Strangely, Michel can apparently get away with openly wearing a bandolier in a major city in the 21st centur-oh, right, [[ApatheticCitizens it's New York]].
* In ''WebVideo/VaguelyRecallingJoJo'', Oingo uses a Series/KamenRider-like belt buckle for his transformations.
* Ayla/Phase of the WhateleyUniverse was the first character to buy one. The creator, "Mobius", had made a belt that had pockets that worked like [[BagOfHolding Bags Of Holding]]. Phase paid Mobius several times the asking price, pointed out how much the uber-UtilityBelt was really worth, and offered to help market the device for a small percentage of the huge amounts of profit he would be making for Mobius.
** Several other characters have various alternatives. They tend to be [[BagOfHolding Bags Of Holding]].
** For instance, Hank/Lancer has a 0-range Telekinesis power that usually just makes him a FlyingBrick, but he carries two sword shapes made of paper, that can roll up to fit in a normal pocket. When he applies his telekinetic forcefield to them, they work like regular swords but much sharper and much tougher.
%%* JustForFun/TropeTan.
* In ''Literature/{{Worm}}'', Skitter's costume includes an armor panel with an open space inside it for storing her smaller pieces of equipment.

* In ''WesternAnimation/DynomuttDogWonder'', his master the Blue Falcon had a variety of tools in his utility belt.
* In the WesternAnimation/VeggieTales spinoff ''The Animated Adventures of Larry-Boy'', the title character had a utility belt.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "The Homer They Fall", Bart obtains a "Tactical Pants Retaining System" which contains a compass, matches, whistle, saw, panic button, squirrel snare, radon/lie detector, sphygmomanometer and cute turn signals. To Bart's detriment the "Panic" button only consists of a recording which simply repeats the word help and shoots off a rocket with "Call Police".
* In ''WesternAnimation/TeamUmizoomi'' Geo has a shape belt that only carries [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin you know what]], but with his powers he can still make whatever a utility belt carries with the shapes he has.

* Swiss Army Knives / Gerbers / Leathermans fit this trope.
** [[http://www.thinkgeek.com/gadgets/tools/8b97/ Some of them would make the goddamned Batman's jaw drop]]
* Somewhat disappearing due to the integration of multiple devices into cell phones, but geeks of yore used to carry a wide variety of electronics and tools on their belts, and in geek parlance they were often referred to as "Bat-Belts."
* Many people in RealLife find a need for having a variety of tools or equipment readily accessible, though usually going by a variety of names. What handyman would be complete without his handy tool belt? Cops wouldn't have enough pockets to keep their badge, holster, handcuffs, etc. if they didn't have a belt to hang it all off of.
** American soldiers call the heavy nylon belts they wear in the field "Web Belts", and many accessories (including canteens, flashlights, and a wide variety of pouches) are specially designed to attach to it. The belt can be attached to a shoulder harness to help support the weight, or it can be replaced with a utility ''vest''. Nowadays, most soldiers just carry their gear in pouches attached to their BulletproofVest.
%%* [[http://www.caferace.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=C&Product_Code=RBW2LH&Category_Code=B Band-O-Gear]]. You know you want one.
* Photographer's vests.