Crazy Prepared: Comic Books

aka: Comics

Batman — Does this so much that this section is multi-medium. Everything else aside, he still a comicbook character.

  • Batman apparently spends most of his time devising contingency plans to use in the event that he has to fight a given individual, to the point that it's widely said that Batman can beat anyone or anything "if he's prepared". For example, he carries a chunk of Kryptonite on his utility belt at all times, "just in case". He also prepares himself to an almost unhealthy extent, regularly injecting himself with antitoxins in the off chance a poison-wielding villain might attack him, and training most of his day. There are some things you just can't ever see coming, like zombie Abraham Lincoln armed with an assault rifle. Such are his preparation skills that he's earned a place amongst the Trope Pantheons, specifically, in the House of Mentalism.
  • Dick Grayson (Nightwing/the first Robin) is also highly prepared. In the first volume of the threepart series Trinity a villain by the name of Swashbuckler steals Nightwing's mask. Which Grayson promptly has destroyed via an explosive charge set for voice activation. The command phrase was only "Autodestruct."
  • Batman has attempted to be prepared in case of the inevitable superhero Face-Heel Turn, most notably in two infamous incidents. In the "Tower of Babel" arc of the Justice League comic, it was mainly confined to the League. The second was shortly after Identity Crisis where Batman decided to secretly tab every superhero/metahuman on Earth he could, so he built the Brother Eye program to monitor them. Both blew up in his face horribly (Ra's found and used the files and Brother Eye was hijacked by Max Lord and, later, Alexander Luthor). That being said, while they did indeed blow up in his face, they did so by incapacitating every member of the league, who all needed to be saved by the backup plans to THE BACKUP PLANS! Yes, indeed; Batman is so prepared, he even prepared for his contingency plans to get stolen.
  • Tim Drake, Robin III, is similarly prepared. In his own comic, while fighting another vigilante, they fall through the roof into a bowling alley, with Tim landing on an enormous display bowling ball. He stands up, and uses his feet to start rolling it toward his opponent, thinking, "Believe it or not, I actually trained for this. I told Bruce it was stupid at the time. We'll have a good laugh when I get back home."
  • Tim defeated Lady Shiva. Lady Shiva who's the best Assassin in the world, and (aside from Bronze Tiger and Richard Dragon) probably the best martial artist in the world. You wanna know how? He had poisoned some complimentary chocolates from the hotel she was staying at, before she wrote the letter challenging him. The poison was a paralytic triggered by an increased heart rate. Like in a fight. Against Robin.
  • In one issue of Young Justice, the new team goes on a camping trip to get to know each other better. Around the campfire they start a game of "truth or dare," and Superboy promptly dares Robin to remove his domino mask. He does... revealing another domino mask underneath. He admits that he had put the extra mask on before they left, figuring that this game would come up.
    Arrowette: You were toilet trained at six months, weren't you...
  • In an issue of The Batman Adventures, a criminal "artist" named Kim escapes from Arkham and begins leaving clues at crime scenes in a manner reminiscent of the Riddler. Riddler is furious that someone is stealing his gimmick and tracks Kim down himself. As they fight, Riddler asks what all the "clues" were supposed to mean. Kim reveals that they were actually references to an art film by a foreign director, and he was merely making an artistic statement. Riddler rants about how that is completely pointless, as nobody will ever understand such a reference, and the point of leaving clues is to give your opponent a fighting chance. Whereupon Batman shows up and reveals that he understood the clues just fine. When asked why he would watch random films and memorize the biographical information of their directors, Batman replied "In case I had to."
  • In one issue of JLA, the Martian Manhunter has shapeshifted into a Japanese woman using the name Hino Rei. Batman recognises J'onn instantly, and mentions that "the name is a giveaway". Yes, Batman knows enough about Sailor Moon to spot the name of Sailor Mars. Amusingly, this is because the author got pranked; he asked a friend for a Japanese woman's name that would translate out to 'Poet of Mars', thus establishing Batman's linguistics genius; instead his friend deliberately gave him the secret ID of Sailor Mars, and so the author inadvertently established Batman's otaku cred.
  • Batman's crazy preparation is shown to an extreme in the Batman R.I.P. storyline, in which we find that in case of psychological attack, he has created a backup personality known as "The Batman of Zur-En-Arrh". Said personality might actually be crazy, making this a literal example. This is not, however, not the first time he's done something like this. In a Gotham Knights story, Bruce uses a contingency plan that involves hypnotizing himself to essentially strip the Batman part of his identity and leave only the Bruce Wayne part, in case someone found out and he needed to take extra measures to convince them (and others) otherwise.
  • In Batman #666, it was shown that in a possible Bad Future, Damian Wayne would become Batman. However, since he knows he's not as skilled as his predecessors, he makes up for it by booby-trapping every major building in Gotham in case he has to fight there.
  • Rather infamously in JLA 59 Batman engineered the defeat of Polaris to end with the JLA victorious, Superman's healing accelerated by the hole in the ozone layer and himself standing on a teleportation disk he had hidden in the arctic for just such an occasion. Appropriately he ends the comic with the words "always plan ahead".
  • In an issue of Superman/Batman, it is revealed that Batman carries around a lead-lined mirror just in case Superman ever turns evil and Batman can't avoid his heat vision. Because, you know, that situation comes up so often.
  • During the Hush arc of Batman, it is revealed that if he is ever knocked unconscious, his helmet will release tear gas on anyone brave enough to reach for his mask, as well as his suit tasering anyone stupid enough to touch him. The taser shows up in The Dark Knight.
  • Lampshaded by Jaime Reyes, the Blue Beetle, in one of his teamups with Batman. An enemy has just ambushed them by essentially spawning an arctic blizzard ramped Up to Eleven above them, causing them to get buried in a few meters of snow. After Beetle breaks out and stops the blizzard by scaring off their attacker...
    Blue Beetle: Batman! Hold on! I'll find you and get you out! Can you break out the Bat-Snowblower or something?
    (minor explosion)
    (Batman digs his way out of the hole caused by the explosion)
    Blue Beetle: (in awe) Please don't tell me you actually have a Bat-Snowblower...
    Batman: Heating flare capable of melting through ice in a hurry. You'd be surprised what you pack after going up against Mr. Freeze enough times.
  • Further demonstrated in an issue of Superman/Batman where the world is under the control of Gorilla Grodd except for Batman. Batman's arm is robotic and Superman is gone in space because the atmosphere has Kryptonite in it. By the end of some long convoluted that proves enough how Crazy-Prepared Batman is, it turns out that it was just a simulation of that potential scenario just in case and Batman reveals to Alfred that he does these all the time.
  • There was an Elseworlds comic called JSA: The Liberty Files which had an alternate reality version of Batman, Hour Man, and Mid-Nite on a train in their civilian identities. They were simply eating dinner when they were suddenly attacked by a villain. Batman, as Bruce Wayne, opens his jacket and throws two grenades. One of the heroes remarks, "You brought grenades to dinner?" to which Bruce replied, "I needed them, didn't I?".
  • In The Dark Knight Strikes Again, Batman is well prepared for Superman coming to pay him a visit. He has The Atom punch Superman's inner ear to keep him off balance, then has the Flash place small charges all over Supes, after which Green Arrow shoots him with a Kryptonite arrow, all before Batman then hands his ass to him with Green K gloves. And then for the clincher, Superman tells the Bat he only came to talk, to which Batman replies, 'We're done talking. Get out of my cave.'
  • In one issue of Gotham Adventures, Harley Quinn writes a trashy romance novel that controls the mind of whoever reads it. Tim and Barbara were controlled while Bruce wasn't. Why? He wore leather gloves while reading it.
  • Batman Does Not Like Guns, but he still takes his proteges to the firing range. When asked why, Batman explained that it's useful to know as much about guns as possible even if he doesn't use them.
  • In one The Brave and the Bold comic, Batman reveals that he keeps a one-way one-shot handheld teleporter preset to the vicinity of a black hole in his utility belt. Just in case.
  • Jean-Paul Valley, during his time as Batman, was certainly this. Emphasis on "Crazy": he rigged the Batmobile to self-destruct and set up lethal dart launchers in the grandfather clock entrance.
  • In the New 52, a plot point in Forever Evil is that Batman created contingency plans in case he ever needed take down the Justice League. He and Catwoman end up having to recycle the plans to use them against the Crime Syndicate, the JLA's Mirror Universe counterpart.
  • In Batman: Endgame, Bruce finally ends up having to put use his contingency plans when the members of the Justice League are taken over by The Joker.

Batman in Live-Action:

  • This was done to ridiculous extents in the '60s Adam West Batman, where, instead of being simply prepared, Batman had an inane gadget for every situation. This came to a ridiculous head in Batman: The Movie, where Batman is attacked by a shark while hanging from a helicopter, but thankfully, the helicopter has a canister of shark repellent bat-spray. The shot of the cabin reveals the helicopter also has barracuda, whale and manta ray repellent sprays.
    Music Meister: Even without shark repellent/he's tougher than he seems...
    • In an episode where Batman and Robin are saved by a seal, using a live fish Batman had in his utility belt. Robin asks "Where did you get a live fish?" Batman says "The true crimefighter always carries everything he needs in his utility belt, Robin."
    • Alphabet Soup Bat Container.
    • To survive an attack by Mr. Freeze, in one episode he and Robin have on their Bat Thermal Underwear!
    • To counter the situation of Bruce Wayne Held Hostage, he carries around dehydrated Batsuit tablets, so that he can turn into Batman given a glass of water.
    • When The Joker tried to hypnotize the Dynamic Duo using his hypnosis box, it doesn't work. Robin informs the Joker they had taken their Bat-Anti-Hypnosis Pills from the Bat-Pill Dispenser on their Bat-Utility Belts!
    • Parodied in a DC/Wildstorm crossover miniseries here. The members of Planetary are fighting various Alternate Universe incarnations of Batman, and at one point the Adam West version uses a can of "BAT-FEMALE-VILLAIN-REPELLENT" on Jakita Wagner.
    • This was parodied in an episode of The Simpsons where Krusty was a guest-villain in an old rerun of Batman. Krusty's plan was to spin Batman and Robin on a carousel so rapidly that they would apparently "blush themselves to death". Fortunately, Batman happened to have a can of Carousel Reversal Spray with him.
      Krusty: Uh, what don't you have in that belt?!
      Batman: Patience! For harlequin hoodlums like yourself!
    • In the very first episode where bars of a window high above the ground needed to be welded, Batman told Robin not to drop them due to pedestrian safety. He then uses a bat-hanger to hang those bars.
    • He also had all-purpose bat-swatter in case of an insect attack.
  • In the 1989 movie, the Batplane is outfitted with oversized scissor blades to cut the tethers of the poison-filled balloons in The Joker's parade. Okay, but why would you have giant scissors at all if you didn't know you'd one day have to use them at a holiday parade?
  • In Batman & Robin, Batman and Robin run into Mr Freeze for the first time and slip on his ice. They then reveal that they had ice skates hidden in their boots despite there being no possible reason for them to ever install/use them before Mr Freeze who they didn't know about before he showed up.
  • In The Dark Knight, The Joker was often even better prepared than Batman himself. It helps that he's both a Magnificent Bastard and completely insane.
  • It's been confirmed that the long-awaited smackdown at the center of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will involve Batman donning a suit of Powered Armor in order to go toe-to-toe with the Man of Steel.

Batman in Animation:

  • In Batman: Under the Red Hood Nightwing is yet again Crazy Prepared. Of all the things to carry around in his utility belt, all the cool gadgets, and he just so happens to carry a staple gun with him. Because you never know when you might need to staple something!
  • The series finale of The Batman has a rather odd case where this comes in handy. Aliens have stolen the powers of Justice League of America members, and the methods to defeat them are used by the superheroes they were originally planned for.
  • Before that, The Batman episode "Seconds" starred someone-totally-not-the-Clock-King-or-Chronos who could rewind time and relive a battle every time he loses, correcting any mistakes — the equivalent of emulator-Save Scumming. This power allowed him to fight Batman to a draw.
  • Taken to Crazy Awesome levels while lampshaded in the Batman Beyond episode "Black Out". When the shapeshifter Inque hitches a ride to the Batcave incognito by blending in with the paint, the computers detect the weight imbalance of a lone shapeshifter on a vehicle which has to weigh many tons. She shows herself, so Bruce quickly dons a large hat and sunglasses to hide himself (a Continuity Nod; it was the original Gray Ghost uniform). Inque is eager to find out where she is exactly, so she tries to escape through the access tunnel. The following ensues:
    Terry: She's trying to escape! (Bruce pushes a button, steel doors close over the tunnel.)
    Bruce: It pays to be prepared.
    Inque: Somebody's got a secret. (She tries to pull the door off.)
    Terry: She's getting through! (Bruce pushes another button, door becomes electrified.) Man. You really are prepared.
    Bruce: (Cue Inque slithering up to the ceiling.) She won't get through that way either, there's a foot of solid steel up there.
  • Batman: The Brave and the Bold gives us this conversation:
    Jaime: OK OK, here's one. Poison Ivy has used her Mind Control spores on Superman to pit him against Batman. Oh, and Batman has no kryptonite. Who wins?
    Paco: Easy: Superman.
    Jaime: Wrong, Batman, by using his kryptonite.
    Paco: You just said he had no kryptonite.
    Jaime: Trick question. Batman always has kryptonite.
    You can stun Superman. It just takes a lot of electricity.
    • This is also a Shout-Out the Hush story arc, when Poison Ivy does just that to Supes in an elaborate plan of Hush's to corner Bruce into trusting him. He didn't have kryptonite at the time, but started keeping it after this incident, with Supes' blessing. Also, this exact scenario came up the one time he didn't have kryptonite, but he did have a back up plan: he tricks Superman into punching into the power cables for all of Metropolis. And then snaps him out of mind control by having Catwoman drop Lois Lane out a window, so that his subconscious desire to protect her will break through the effect of the Ivy-spores.
    • There's a fantastic example in the first season finale, where it appears that he has planned for the specific situation of "forced to team up with the Joker and use back-up vehicle" by including a Big Red Button in that vehicle that would spray knock-out gas into the passenger seat, knowing that Joker wouldn't be able to resist pushing it.
    • Joker himself shows tendencies of this. When Batman put him in handcuffs, he revealed that he was wearing fake, detachable hands (as well as having a number of other objects up his sleeve).
    • In one of the later episodes, Batman reveals that he actually has at least one back-up Batcave, which he and the JLI use as a hideout during Darkseid's invasion of Earth.
    • In general, the campy, tongue-in-cheek tone of Brave and the Bold allowed them to get away with more preposterous instances of Crazy-Prepared that would seem over-the-top even in the mainstream comics. This includes a can of Amnesia spray, a Batsuit with a built-in life support system and jetpack in case of space emergencies, and a Batmobile that transforms into a Mini-Mecha in case of superhuman smack downs!
  • Some episodes of The Super Friends carry the versatility of Batman's utility belt to ridiculous extremes. If every episode is to be believed, his utility belt holds a Bat Glue Ray, a Bat Invisibility Ray, and a Bat-Belt Mouse Compartment.
  • The movie Justice League: Doom is all about this. A bunch of villains gets a hold of Batman's secret countermeasures against the Justice League and proceeds to almost kill all of them using them. What does Batman do? Simple; he has countermeasures against his countermeasures so he uses those to save the JLA. The only member he doesn't have a countermeasure for is Cyborg, who isn't a member of the JLA at the moment. He even has a countermeasure against himself if he ever pulled a Face-Heel Turn: the JLA itself.
  • Young Justice - Robin is crazy prepared and this is lampshaded by Kid Flash when Robin has his utility belt while wearing civilian garb.
    Kid Flash: You have your utility belt?!
    Robin: Never leave home without it! First thing Batman taught me.
    Kid Flash: Yeah, right after never go to the bathroom without it.

Batman in Video Games

  • Batman does it again in the game Batman: Arkham Asylum:
    • It is revealed early-ish in the game that Batman has secretly built a second Batcave on Arkham Island just in case, after he found an extensive cave as a side effect of saving a convict from committing suicide. This is in canon with the comics. He has several smaller "satellite" Batcaves all throughout Gotham City, including a sub-basement underneath the Wayne Foundation building, an abandoned underground subway station, and the aforementioned.
    • Batman decided that just in case he would be hanging people from random points in Arkham, he should bring in a large amount of rope to do so.
    • He also has an apparently infinite supply of Batarangs at his disposal as well.
    • He does it again just before trekking into Killer Croc's lair. Just before he enters it proper, he takes the time to spray some explosive gel on a seemingly random spot on the sewer floor for no apparent reason. It turns out to be how Batman defeats Killer Croc by blowing up the floor and sending Croc into a deep pit.
    • After taking down Bane, Bats and Gordon walk outside and start talking about the events going on at Arkham while Bats fiddles with his arm computer for a moment on something we don't see. In the middle of the conversation, Bane explodes out and grabs Bats and lifts him up to have this exchange:
      Bane: I will break you Batman!
      Batman: No, Bane. This time, I break you. *the Batmobile drives through and takes Bane with it into the water*
    • The Riddler also shows signs of Crazy-Prepared: He spread out not only his own personal trophies around Arkham, but he also spray painted hard to find question marks that can only be seen by Batman's cowl, he set interview tapes around Arkham, and he made riddles for every area in Arkham. He did all that just on the off chance that Batman might have to spend a lot of time at Arkham (though he might have been privy to the Joker's plan, which would indicate extreme resourcefulness on relatively short notice).
  • With Batman: Arkham City, Batman (and a few other characters even) gets to continue showing off how prepared he is for any and every situation under the sun. The best part? The game is designed so the player themselves gets to instigate most of the preparations this time around!
    • Right off the get go, Bruce Wayne is captured by Arkham City guards and incarcerated, Bruce convinces a guard to attack him and snaps his radio off and quickly steals the SD chip before getting processed into the prison. When he changes to Batman, he slips the SD chip into his Sequencer and taps into the guards radio transmissions, ensuring he'll know about their movements ahead of time well into the rest of the game.
    • Batman obviously keeps empty spots on his belt for any gadgets he obtains while in Arkham City. The only gadgets he needs to get dropped in is the Grapnel Boost (which is explained as that gadget is still being tested but of course Batman basically says "this will be the test") and the Line Launcher (which Batman explains as it would make his belt too heavy if he always took it with him). But then again who needs to take every gadget with you when you can just call the Batwing to bring you that particular gadget?
    • Batman gets another one in Harley Quinn's Revenge. His Utility Belt is rigged to shock anyone who tries to tamper with it.
    • If for whatever unlikely reason Batman should ever get kidnapped, he knows Robin will save him before too long. When Robin saves him in Harley Quinn's Revenge, he only says "what took you so long?".
    • Riddler again gets to show he's even more crazy prepared then Batman, by hiding trophies and riddles in places he shouldn't even have access to, or know exist!
    • The Riddler also had the foresight to plan ahead for Catwoman teaming up with Bats, strewing trophies and riddles around Arkham City for her as well.
    • Mr. Freeze seems to have been taking lessons from Batman. His suit can be programmed to counter any of Batman's successful attacks. He also has a chip that can stop his freeze gun from being used against him, and he has some sort of override in case that falls into the wrong hands.
  • DC Universe Online has Kevin Conroy reading through Batman's contingency plans. Some are simple enough - Kryptonite for Superman, paralysis for Flash, and so on - but others are more elaborate, like inducing hydrophobia in Aquaman through an altered fear toxin from Scarecrow. Of course, Batman is prepared for not only the other superheroes, but also himself.
    Agamemno Contingency - Codename: Detective. While Batman is a master strategist and combatant... he is only human. The best way to disable his strategic abilities would be to distract him. His parents are an excellent blind spot, as is his endless crusade to protect the innocent. Taking hostages is a good distraction, particularly if they're friends or family. [Angrily] Think carefully before you do this.

Not Batman

  • In a Swedish comic book series for children called Bamse, one of the main characters is a turtle called Skalman (which translates to "Shellman"). He carries literally everything "except trains, spaceships and Atlantic steamers" around inside his shell. Think "Deus ex Machina armory".
  • Grant Morrison, during his run on JLA, introduced Prometheus, a deliberately designed anti-Batman who decided to destroy "the forces of justice" after watching a cop gun down his bank-robber parents. In addition to possessing a helmet that allows him to hardwire his brain to duplicate everything another person knows, including how they move and speak, allowing him to defeat Batman in hand-to-hand combat, he also has plans worked out to disable every single member of the JLA, including the ones who just joined in the previous issue. He is only vanquished when he fails to predict that Catwoman would have snuck onboard the Watchtower to rob the trophy room. Since he didn't plan for her, she takes him out with a surprise whip crack to the soft bits. He has since undergone varying levels of Badass Decay in later appearances.
  • In JLA: Year One, Martian Manhunter had files on every superhero he knew of, including weaknesses and secret identities. They were again swiped and used by the bad guys.
  • The Punisher demonstrates this all the time, for several reasons. One, he's a ex-Marine combat veteran who knows the importance of always being ready and having a back-up plan. Second, he's knows he's pretty much always going to be outnumbered and outgunned, so he plans out each mission well in advance, and actively hates other so-called vigilantes who don't plan properly, thereby endangering innocents. In one story, he walked into a birthday party for a mob boss and gunned the man down, leaving immediately thereafter. As he exits the building, he's mentally counting down how long it will take for the shock to wear off, tempers to flare, and for guns to be drawn. At the exact moment he thinks "here they come", a whole pack of mooks bursts through the door after him - to find themselves in the kill zone for the M-60 he was emptying into them, having pre-positioned it earlier.
    • In another storyline, a group of Special Operations soldiers who'd been sent after him by some corrupt Generals expressed open admiration for his tactics and methodical planning. Frank let the soldiers live but killed all the Generals.
  • John Constantine, Hellblazer. Sometimes all you need is a bottle of stout, box of ciggies, and a stinky goat to defeat a powerful demon.
    • Lampshaded so much in every battle forum he's been, to the point that the comic book community would call him prep god[1] or the #1 prepster in DC (Arguable rivals those of Batman's and Lex Luthor).[2]
    • Mr E, one of the Trenchcoat Brigade from The Books of Magic, as John Constantine discovers during the following conversation. Emphasis on the crazy.
    Constantine: I heard a joke about you once, E.
    Mr E: A joke?
    Constantine: I think it was a joke. Bloke I met in a bar in Kathmandu. Said you always carried a pocket full of stakes, in case you meet a vampire; and a gun loaded with silver bullets, in case you ever met a werewolf.
    (E pulls a stake out of his Badass Longcoat)
    Constantine: Blimey.
  • X-Men:
    • Professor X has at one point plans to be put into play in the event that any given X-Man executed a Face-Heel Turn. For example, the plan for dealing with Wolverine — immolating his body, severing his head with a laser and sealing it in an adamantium safe.
    • A word of caution before using this procedure: it will just make him angry.
    • He's even Genre Savvy enough to know that he isn't immune to being used by villains whose Mind Fu Is Stronger — the first entry in the "Xavier Protocols" is how to take him down. His Genre Savvy-ness also extended to include specific people be required to activate each protocol, so that no one person could access it. Unfortunately, he wasn't quite Genre Savvy enough, since the computer itself went evil...
    • Grant Morrison has suggested that as part of that protocol Xavier is armed at all times with a high caliber handgun just so he can shoot himself in the head should he ever lose control of his mind.
    • As revealed in Wolverine, Cyclops apparently has his own set of such protocols. Apparently he has multiple plans for each member, although the only one shown so far are the ones for Wolverine.
    • Cyclops himself once told someone who suggested he go to Plan B that he didn't use that system, because it would imply he only had 26 plans.
  • In The Incredible Hulk #375, Rick Jones is caught on an exploding Skrull spaceship. He manages to escape because he has on a parachute, which — as he explains to a boggled Bruce Banner — he carries around just in case he's ever on an exploding Skrull spaceship. It could have been a Shout-Out to Golden Age Captain America, who happened to have a parachute every time it was convenient, with little or no explanation.
  • Flaming Carrot always wears flippers, in case he has to swim.
  • Norman Osborn of Spider-Man. According to Mac Gargan he has rooms filled with plans and counterplans. Interestingly enough, Peter Parker himself mentions in one installment that he's pre-planned any fight with any superhero, just in case they go rogue, and also claims that they all do it. Apparently, it didn't work too well when fighting Captain America. That's because Captain America's specialties lie... elsewhere.
  • In one issue of Impulse, the title character attempted to become Crazy-Prepared by obsessively writing up plans for every conceivable scenario. Despite carrying around reams of paper and Max trying to tell him that he can't possibly plan for every contingency, the plans do wind up saving him when he's attacked by a helicopter — by clogging up its intakes while he furiously searched for his plan on defending himself from a helicopter. This is incredibly funny when you realize that not only did Impulse almost never plan ahead... neither did the writers of the book. Their method of writing the Impulse comic was "we'll make it up as we go along"... and it worked. And is probably the only sane way to write Impulse.
  • In JLA/Avengers, Hawkeye effortlessly takes out human hydrogen bomb Captain Atom with... well, just listen:
    Iron Man: Well, that was easy. I didn't even know you still had your lead foil containment arrow.
    Hawkeye: Never know when you're gonna run into Radioactive Man, Shellhead.
  • Iron Man himself. One of the major Oh Crap! moments in the first issue of AXIS is when he realizes that the Red Skull has stolen all the files Iron Man made about his fellow heroes during Civil War.
  • Black Panther had Galactus protocols under Priest's pen. Hudlin showed he also had Skrull Invasion protocols which... Oh shit, forgot about that.
    • In New Avengers, he whips out some shiny new energy claws to deliver a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown to Namor after he goes against the wishes of the team and blows up a populated world. Presumably he had this tech installed just in case he ever needed to beat the shit out of a Flying Brick.
  • In Watchmen, Nite Owl has at least three different suits including an underwater owl suit, a radioactive suit, and a snow suit. He also had a couple of spare identities just in case something happens to him for several years.
  • On the villainy side of things, Lex Luthor does plenty of work to keep himself safe from Superman, but these tend to come back and bite him. He at one point carried a kryptonite ring around on his person at all times just in case Superman would attack, but the radiation from the ring wound up giving him cancer. Another protection he had set up was lining all his buildings in lead to keep Superman from looking into any with his X-Ray vision. When one of the buildings collapsed while he was trapped inside, Superman couldn't find him to bring medical aid.
  • While not at the same level of crazy as Batman, Green Arrow definitely counts. The guy's got a trick arrow for any situation: boxing glove arrows, fire extinguisher arrows, net arrows, geiger counter arrows...
  • In Gold Digger by Fred Perry, archmage Theodore Diggers faces off against his father, who has become an evil undead abomination. He dodges one of his father's spells by teleporting behind him, where he's most vulnerable. Unfortunately he runs into the invisible time-delayed exploding fireball his father had put there just in case. Then again, if you look carefully, you can see him casting it a few panels before he teleports... Lich King is just Genre Savvy. And knows how Theodore thinks.
  • Scott Pilgrim:
    "Yes! I had a sword built into Envy's dress in case of emergency! THAT'S JUST THE KIND OF GUY I AM!"
  • Immortal wizard Quinton Zempfester takes this over the top. As in "I planted this tree 100 years ago because I knew I'd probably need it right about now."
  • In Secret Six Deadshot is speaking to a priest, trying to understand why he has recently felt such strong urges to just kill everybody he sees, and he relates the story of the first time he fought Batman. At the climax he has Batman dead to rights at point-blank range and shoots him the chest, but Batman does not die as planned and then disarms and apprehends Deadshot. The priest then asked how Batman survived the encounter. Did Deadshot miss? Did the bullets bounce off him? No, he explains that the answer is actually scarier than a person who can dodge bullets or withstand gunshots: Batman had foreseen an eventual confrontation between the two of them, gotten to his gear before the fight and replaced his bullets with blanks!
  • In a reversal, in Batman: Cacophony Deadshot is hired to kill the Joker, when another, new character shows up, and shoots him in the head at point blank range with a Desert Eagle. Once Batman is on the scene, The Commissioner informs him that the only casualty seems to be Deadshot. He mentions that Deadshot's suit has some kind of sealing mechanism they need to figure out how to get off. Cut to the ambulance, where Deadshot is unzipping his bodybag from the inside. Batman then goes to explain how he is extremely impressed with Deadshot's new suit, double plated helmet with blood squibs in case of a head shot, and bite-trigger-activated self sealing mechanism to mask vital signs, all just so he can "play possum" if ever incapacitated.
  • Remember how Darkseid used the Omega Sanction on Batman? Well, just in case his plan in Final Crisis failed, he would get his final revenge on Earth by sending Batman to the Stone Age and letting him get reincarnated over and over again, building up Omega energy in his body with each cycle. When he finally reaches the present... Earth-Shattering Kaboom. Fortunately, the heroes figured it out and saved the day.
  • Quantum of Quantum and Woody, being an Expy of Batman complete with all-purpose Utility Belt. As but one example, he can pull an electronics-disrupting bolo, a portable forensics kit, a grappling hook gun, and a pocket Tibetan dictionary out of his costume without hesitation.
  • In the Season Eight Buffy the Vampire Slayer comics, Andrew is very knowledgable about what to do if his giant-sized team mate is in combat with a mechanized version of herself.
  • Superman: Secret Origin gives us this:
    Soldier: I thought we confiscated his camera!
    Jimmy Olsen: A good reporter is always prepared! I have a dozen spares! (blinds the soldiers with the camera's flash and escapes)
  • The Junior Woodchucks of Uncle Scrooge fame have a medal ready for "Speed reading, ancient languages division, subsection Lydian" to award immediately after completing the feat. When asked, they comment that they are ALWAYS prepared.
  • In All Fall Down, IQ Squared proves to be this, for programming AIQ Squared, an AI version of himself in the event that he ever lost his super-level genius.
  • Red Hood and the Outlaws: He's one of the Sons of Batman, so obviously Red Hood is going to be this. A confrontation with gangsters in China shows he hides guns in the potted plants just in case he gets held up without weapons.
    • Arsenal has a detonation device in his quiver, in case it's ever taken from him.
  • My Little Pony Micro Series Issue #3: Packing away a huge supply of creativity products despite it being a vacation for her pays off for Rarity and her new friends in the end.
  • The title character of Diabolik could give Batman a run for his money. In one particular occasion we found out he keeps a version of the formula of his perfect plastic masks altered in such a way a mask realized with it will shrink and suffucate the wearer when exposed to intense sunlight, in case he was being forced to give up the formula to someone who lived in a poorly lighted environment, and has a specific code to stealthily tell Eva it's time to take out that formula. We found out because it happened.
  • Nick Fury has used S.H.I.E.L.D. resources to build a number of hidden bases and safe houses around the world that only he knows about. He keeps files on every super-powered individual on the planet and to combat Secret Invasion used both to find recruits to combat the Skrull invasion. Brought to new heights by the end of Secret Warriors.
    • This extends to the movies as well. In Captain America: The Winter Soldier, he manages to evade an assassination attempt by injecting himself with a drug that induces a Faux Death state, and then heads off for a secret safe house that only his closest associates know about.
    • He programed the S.H.I.E.L.D. computer to accept his blind eye's retinal scan just in case his enemies deleted his normal eye retinal scan from the database.
  • Dr. Doom has increasingly become this through a series of retcons. Hence being the Trope Namer for Actually a Doombot.
    • Thanos as well. Writer Jim Starlin introduced the concept of the Thanosi, Expendable Clones that Thanos has just in case of emergencies. These have mostly been used to Retcon away embarrassing defeats or Out of Character moments by saying "Oh, that wasn't the real Thanos who got his ass kicked by D-Man." This practice was later mocked by writer Dan Slott, by having Squirrel Girl show up and kick Thanos's butt in one story while Uatu The Watcher informs the reader it's the real Thanos and not a robot, clone, or stand-in. Thanos showed up again in a later issue to inform the reader that no, it's just a clone so accurate it even fooled the Watcher.
  • Superman tends to do this, too. In some stories, Superman's New Powers as the Plot Demands plot device is Hand Waved by the statement that he constantly theorizes or practices new ideas for his powers. For example, in one issue of Justice League, a magical enemy removes all gravity from the Earth. How the heck does Superman save the planet? By grabbing a tiny sun he keeps laying around in his Fortress of Solitude, flying it to the Earth's core, and then alternating Heat Vision and Freeze Breath on it until the star collapses and produces enough gravity to hold everything on Earth in place long enough for Superman to go kick the Big Bad's ass. Superman knew he could do this, despite this situation being so ludicrously unlikely to happen.
  • Arsenal in Convergence: Titans. Since being trapped in Gotham, he didn't just use the Wayne Foundation money to create Lian's Place and create his own surveillance hub, he also installed weaponry and defence systems throughout Gotham in case of an emergency.
  • Spider-Man: Peter Parker once explained to his wife Mary-Jane that one of the things in the super-hero community that no-one talks about is the fact that everyone is observing each other in case they find themselves having to take down another hero. He said that he could for example stop The Hulk, but it would mean killing him.

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