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->''"His watch is really a radio / His gun, a pen...''\\
''He knows that it's / all gone, / no mom, / nobody wins."''
-->-- '''Music/WallOfVoodoo''', "Spy World"

A classic element of any SpyDrama or spoof thereof. A spy's PlotTechnology must inevitably be disguised as mundane objects. This can run the gamut from the practical to the ridiculous.

If an episode is to feature a gadget in some way, it will be introduced to the agent and the audience in a scene early on, usually by the TechnoWizard that built it. This scene has a few stock jokes of its own. They usually include the agent almost setting it off, not realizing it's really a gadget; a lecture by a Q-inspired briefing officer on the proper way to use it, and a stern warning not to play with it or break it as the agent did the last ones he was issued. In addition, nowadays the agent mistaking an actual mundane object for a gadget is practically required by all but the most serious examples.

And, in accordance with the Law of ChekhovsGun, every item introduced in the beginning ''will'' be used later in the story, even if it was just an ordinary object (except for Q's lunch, which is used off screen, by Q).

This trope owes its existence mostly to ''Film/JamesBond'', but real-life objects like this have been used by spies since the Revolutionary War or earlier.

'''Favorite objects to use as hiding places:'''
* Pens
* [[SuperWristGadget Wristwatches]]
* Cigarette cases (in the '60s at least)
* Lighters
* [[TrickedOutShoes Shoes]]
* [[BriefcaseBlaster Briefcases]]
* Umbrellas
* Canes and walking sticks [[SwordCane (great places to hide a long blade)]]
* Cell phones
* Hairdryers

The more mundane the object, the better. Can be subverted when an agent assumes that a mundane object is a gadget, when it is really just what it looks like. This appears enough to make it an UndeadHorseTrope.

Can be [[InvertedTrope inverted]] if a gadget (say, a gun or a grappling hook) is modded to be mundane (say, a pen).

A collection of seemingly mundane items that can be [[IKEAWeaponry assembled into a functional weapon]] is called a ScaramangaSpecial. See also ThisBananaIsArmed.
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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''JohnnySokkoAndHisFlyingRobot / GiantRobo'' had a neat little gadget with Unicorn: a little and ''very'' powerful emergency communicator hidden in the heel of their standard uniform boot. All the agents has to do is flip open the heel, pull out the device and use it.
* ''L/R'' is notable for having just about every one of the titular spies' gadgets built into ''cigarettes''.
** Ah, the old communicator cigarette trick!
* [[Creator/TatsunokoProductions Tatsunoko]] hero Gold Lightan is called such because it's a giant robot whose SleepModeSize is a gold cigarette lighter.
* Not a SpyDrama example, but Conan from ''Manga/DetectiveConan'' does a lot of this. Pretty much the only part of his uniform that ''isn't'' some kind of gadget is the suit he wears. (And even that had a tracking device disguised as a button.)
* In ''[[ScienceNinjaTeamGatchaman Gatchaman]]'':
** G-1 had a glass cutter in the heel of his civilian shoe; the heels themselves were used as suction cups to quietly remove the panel.
** G-3 carried ''explosives'' in the heel of her civilian shoe. Along with a fuse that needed merely to be tweaked to be lit.
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[[folder:Comic Books ]]
* The series ''[[ComicBook/MortadeloYFilemon Mortadelo y Filemón, agencia de información]]'' (German: Clever & Smart, French: Mortadel et Filemón or Futt et Fil, Dutch: Paling & Ko, English: Mort & Phil) by Spanish artist Francisco Ibáñez, which started in 1958 provides an early example, and heavily parodies the ''Film/JamesBond'' spy genre. The series is a bizarre slapstick comedy with even more bizarre gadgets in which the two titular agents are constantly surrounded by idiots, explosions and mad scientists and plagued by bad luck and their own semi-competence, not to mention their choleric superior. The series was never translated into English, though. Sometimes, both Mortadelo and Filemón have it, but usually it's only Mortadelo.
** Hilariously played with, as sometimes the Shoephone will have something that makes it ridiculous or painful (such as having an actual phone into the shoe, or an antenna that extends without warning into the ear of the listener) or Mortadelo has done something to the shoe that usually backfires on him (for example, making it sound like a cat and, the next time he is called, a huge bulldog is passing by).
** Another joke is having the phone ring at the worst minute possible. Mortadelo performs a mission needing some degree of stealth, for example a burglary. He has managed to not awake their sleeping enemy or bypassed a few guards. Then the phone rings, alerting everyone to his presence.
* The first issue of the ''GIJoe'' comic books had Cobra operatives disguise cameras as gun parts.
* ''ComicStrip/SpyVsSpy'' has several examples of this, as the two spies use these to kill each other. Examples include special shells that disguise their firearms as certain props like hair dryers and cameras. They disguise bombs as harmless items from time to time as well, like books, teeth, and credit cards.
* [[Comicbook/JetDream Jet Dream and her Stunt-Girl Counterspies]] have a wide array of spy gadgets and weapons, almost invariably disguised as stereotypically "girly" items, from a compact full of "Kayo Powder" to a radio hidden in an earring to Marlene's "Tunic Chute," a skirt that billows out into [[ParachutePetticoat an emergency parachute]].
* In the ''L.E.G.I.O.N.'' {{Elseworld}} ''L.E.G.I.O.N. 007: [[Film/JamesBond James]] {{Lobo}} in: The Spy Who Fragged Me'', Garryn Bek, acting as Q, gives Lobo a golf cart that's a machine gun, a motor scooter that's a rocket launcher, and a cigarette carton that contains a dagger. Lobo's reaction is to "cut out the bull" by pulling them all out of the housings, and just carrying a load of weapons.
* Deuce employs a few devices like this in ''ComicBook/DangerGirl'', such as his pineapple communicator ([[AmbiguousSyntax which is a communicator built into a pineapple, not a device which allows him to communicate with pineapples]]).
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[[folder:Film]]
* Was subverted in ''Film/AustinPowersInternationalManOfMystery''. When the government supplies Austin with a toothbrush, toothpaste and floss, he figures the paste is a plastic explosive, the brush its detonator, and the floss is garrote wire. Actually, they just want him to do something about his [[BritishTeeth woeful teeth]].
** DoubleSubversion -- Austin actually manages to use all three items in a spy-gadget-like fashion in the course of the film.
*** ''And'' gets his teeth cleaned and fixed by the end of the film. It's a Subversion Hat Trick!
* The second ''SpyKids'' spoofs this with a gadget watch that does just about everything ''except'' tell time.
** And then there's the SuperPrototype that does all that *and* tells time.
*** Don't tell me I got the no-time watch!
* Subverted in, of all things, a ''Film/JamesBond'' movie (''Film/NeverSayNeverAgain''). Bond drags a goon into a cupboard and put a device that that looks like a cigarette case in his hand. He tell him it's a gyroscopically triggered bomb that will go off if he tilts it at all. Later, he returns to the cupboard, where the goon has made agonising attempts to keep it level. Bond takes it off him, opens it and takes out a cigarette. It was just a cigarette case.
** [[Series/GetSmart Missed the explosion by THIS much]]!
** Also, there's the classic moment in ''Film/GoldenEye'' when Q is in the middle of the gadget briefing, and Bond picks up and begins to examine a submarine sandwich. "Don't touch that! That's my lunch!"
** In ''Film/NeverSayNeverAgain'', Bond picks up a device that looks like an old-fashioned nasal inhaler and asks the Q (for that movie only) how it works. Q puts it up his nose and sniffs in, and explains how good it is for his asthma.
** And in ''Film/GoldenEye'' the BigBad is an ex-double O agent, so he knows those tricks. (Boris doesn't, and ends up with the [[StuffBlowingUp explosive pen]]).
* In the Bond-spoof ''Film/OurManFlint'', the hero Derek Flint turns down a briefcase full of spy weapons in favor of his cigarette lighter - which had 82 different functions. "83, if you want to light a cigarette."
* Subverted in ''Where The Spies Are'' (1965). The film opens with a KGB briefing on various gadgets used by British agents, which segues to a scene where a British agent is kidnapped by two Russians and uses one of these devices to break free, only to be gunned down as he's running away. Lampshaded in a later scene where the amateur spy played by David Niven runs into a veteran agent and is told to "throw away that rubbish and get yourself a bloody gun."
* Homaged in the action parody ''Film/CatsAndDogs'' with 'The Russian', a skilled cat-burglar armed with numerous gadgets including the dreaded 'stealth poo' -- a huge hairball that he coughs up which contains a container of fake doggy-doo that gets the canine guard thrown out of the house.
* Parodied in ''ThePinkPanther 2''. Steve Martin's Clouseau has a pen disguised as a tape recorder, so he can write down notes without peple noticing.
* In ''Film/CasinoRoyale1967'' James Bond is an old-school gentleman spy who, meeting with the secret service heads of the superpowers, contemptuously ridicules the gadgetry concealed on their persons.
* In ''Film/BatmanReturns'', the Penguin has a gun in his umbrella.
** And a sword. And a ''helicopter'' (try and wrap your mind around ''that'' one). A later scene implies that the Penguin has an entire arsenal of different weaponized umbrellas, but he's only seen with one at a time and only exchanges umbrellas in that one scene. Either the Penguin keeps two more umbrellas hidden in his coat, or his standard umbrella functions as both a firearm, a melee weapon, and a personal aircraft.
* Seen in ''Film/IronMan2'' when Whiplash escapes from prison with the help of someone sending him plastic explosives that look like his normal cafeteria food, with a note to "enjoy the potatoes."
* ''Film/UndercoverBrother''. The title character has two pairs of TrickedOutShoes and a GadgetWatch. Of course, the purpose of the watch is to spritz hot sauce on white people's food to make it edible.
* In ''Film/DrStrangelove'', a general accuses the Russian ambassador of trying to take pictures of the WarRoom using a camera disguised as a pack of cigarettes. The ambassador claims that the spy camera was planted. It turns out that the ambassador was telling the truth - ''his'' spy camera was disguised as his pocketwatch (Unless you believe that the ambassador brought two hidden cameras with him).
* Used (like just about every other spy trope) in the Leslie Nielson film ''Film/SpyHard''.
* In ''Film/SherlockHolmesAGameOfShadows'', one of [[ColdSniper Sebastian Moran's]] weapons is a gun which fires curare darts, hidden inside a walking stick. He uses it when he needs to commit killings in public and then sneak away undetected.
* Spoofed in ''Film/JohnnyEnglish'': Johnny remarks that the secretary's pen looks just like a spy gadget he used in a previous mission. It looked and functioned like an ordinary pen, but click the end three times and it would turn into a gun that fired sleep darts... he does so, and knocks the secretary unconscious when the pen-gun accidentally misfires.
** In the sequel, Johnny assumes that a particular umbrella is actually a bulletproof shield when opened. His assistant keeps insisting it's a portable rocket launcher. Naturally, Johnny scoffs at this assumption. As expected, the assistant is right.
* In ''Film/RomanHoliday'', the two reporters use a camera hidden in a cigarette lighter to take pictures of the princess without her noticing it.
* In ''Film/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets'', Lucius Malfoy keeps his wand concealed in a walking stick with an ornate head. When he surrenders it to Voldermort in ''Film/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'', Voldy unceremoniously breaks off the top and dumps it on the table in front of Lucius.
* Partly subverted in ''Film/ISpy''. When Alex receives his "spy gear" for the upcoming mission, he is incredulous that the stuff he's getting looks like they bought it at a [=RadioShack=] with no attempts to disguise it. He contrasts it with the gear intended for the bureau's super-spy Carlos, which looks like typical Bond gear, including the latest two-way contact lenses that allow one person to see the image transmitted by the second lens and vice versa. While the tech guys aren't looking, Alex pockets the lenses and uses them during the mission.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Parodied in the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novel ''Discworld/ThiefOfTime'' with the devices of Qu, a History Monk who designs advanced, and often explosive, versions of Ninja weaponry, all disguised as the meagre possessions of an ordinary [[FantasyCounterpartCulture "Buddhist"]] monk (rice bowl, prayer blanket, tambourine etc.)
-->"No no no! It's tap-tap-throw-duck!"
* ''Franchise/DocSavage'', the pulp hero of the 1930's and 40's, was famous for his gadgets (which he usually invented himself).
* Late in ''Franchise/TheDarkTower'' series by Creator/StephenKing, a town full of people under watch develop plate weapons. They look like dinner plates, can be stored in the cabinet, but thrown just right they can take someone's head right off. Don't grab the wrong side.
* Used liberally throughout the Literature/AlexRider series, with Alex being given gadgets disguised as all kinds of things; Gameboys, i-pods, books, and pens, to name just a few. Smithers really enjoys designing them.
* The key to the Solitaire encrypt in Neal Stephenson's ''Literature/{{Cryptonomicon}}'': a completely ordinary deck of cards. (Although it turns out Solitaire wasn't as secure as Stephenson had originally thought, so ignore the Perl program in the back of the book.)
* Subverted in the ''[[Literature/BernardSamsonSeries Game, Set & Match]]'' trilogy by Len Deighton. A DoubleAgent's house is searched and found to have various spy gadgets disguised as household items. The protagonist says that the KGB gives these gadgets to their agents simply to give their treachery a glamorous ''Film/JamesBond'' aura, rather than because they're useful.
* In Creator/EdmondHamilton's ''Starwolf'' books, all mercenaries have them. Examples include a radio disguised as a button, another button that can be used as a blowtorch (enough to cut a prison bar or two), and a detachable rope running along all the seams of a shirt.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''MockTheWeek'': "Now watch carefully, 007, this may look like an ordinary suitcase, but if you push this button a handle comes out and you can wheel it..."
** "It's not just a baseball bat, Bond, It's a baseball bat with a nail through it!"
** "Ingenious Q, a bomb that's also a rucksack!"
** "This is no ordinary pen, Bond! Turn it upside down, the woman's clothes drop off and you can see her tits."
* ''Series/GetSmart'' had a number of ridiculous devices; the most famous is the pre-cellular wireless dress shoe that makes this series the TropeNamer. [[http://www.wouldyoubelieve.com/gadgets.html A full list can be found here]].
** The shoe phone was used to [[LampshadeHanging hang lampshades]] as soon as it was introduced in the series pilot: in one famous sequence, the shoe phone went off in a theatre, breaking any cover Max might have had. In the first season, Max is identified at least once by his ringing shoes.
** A RunningGag in the show was whenever Max and Siegfried met face to face, the latter would greet him by [[WorthyOpponent clicking his heels and saluting.]] Max would then do the same, causing an unpleasant "crack" and a loud "DING!" to be heard followed by Max cringing, either from the sound or the fact that he may have broken (another) phone.
** Other spy devices were improvised all the time. In one episode where Max and 99 are undercover as news agents, they are given (a) a camera disguised as a tape recorder and (b) a tape recorder disguised as a camera. When the Q-type is asked why he didn't just give them a camera and a tape recorder, he replies "my mind doesn't work that way".
*** In another episode, Max used the cigarette lighter in his car as a phone. He then had to use the car phone to light his cigarette.
*** In one episode of the 1990s revival, Max's son is equipped with a gun that's really a flashlight and a flashlight that's really a gun.
** There was also the episode where Smart and 99 had to get in contact with an imprisoned man. They had taken away his shoes, but fortunately the man had a ''sock phone''.
** In "Ship of Spies", Max and 99 have phones in their ''guns''. Needless to say, there were design flaws. ("99, I'm gonna have to hang up now. I may have to fire my phone.")
*** There was an episode where Max wakes up when his phone rings, and he picks up various items around his house, starting with his shoe, and including the log on the fireplace before actually answering the real phone which was the one ringing. One wonders why CONTROL had so many phone devices...
*** The more one watches this show, the more one becomes convinced that about 90% of CONTROL's R&D budget was allocated to finding new weird places to hide cell phones. Max seems to have ''at least'' two dozen hidden phones in his apartment.
*** Similarly, "Satan Place" (episode 9 of season 1) features a scene in which Max talks on six hidden phones at once: watch, wallet, tie, garter, belt, and the obligatory shoe.
** You know what's even funnier? The Russians had experimented with a shoe recorder and the show was once investigated by the CIA for their cone of silence.
*** Especially funny since one of the {{Running Gag}}s was that the Cone of Silence never worked (In an amazing variety of different ways).
** We can't forget the ''Car'' Phone, which had Max accidentally dialing the operator every time he turned the steering wheel. %%Is that the exploding paint episode?%%
*** Of course, that item does exist, just as a special software feature you install in your car.
** Even Agent 99, arguably the most level-headed member of CONTROL, was not immune:
-->'''Max:''' You carry soap in your purse?
-->'''99''': Well, it looks like soap, and it feels like soap, but it's really a secret carrying case.
-->'''Max:''' What do you carry in it?
-->'''99''': Soap.
** The [[Film/GetSmart 2008 movie]] shows several of the original gadgets in a museum, including the shoe phone [[spoiler: which Max actually uses, routing a call from it through his cellphone to throw off triangulation.]] And introduces a few new ones such as a Geiger counter watch.
* ''Series/TheWildWildWest'' did it during the Reconstruction era.
* ''Series/MissionImpossible'' used it to a lesser degree.
* ''TheManFromUNCLE'' was one of earliest instances of this trope on television, with many (though not all) of their gadgets disguised as mundane items.
* Such tools were a major part of Joel Hodgson's prop comedy stand-up routine, and therefore made their way into many of the Invention Exchange segments on ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000''. The most outlandish was a submachine gun hidden inside a casserole dish, complete with casserole.
* ''Series/{{Alias}}'' uses this, pretty traditionally, in nearly every episode. However, at least they go to the trouble of designing the gadgets specifically for the mission at hand, or the mission for the gadget, depending on your cynicism. Their "Q" Marshall managed to accidentally set off nearly every one, despite being the one to design them.
* ''Series/{{Ultraman}}'' went one better with the Science Patrol having a standard communicator pin that was even ''smaller'' than the type in ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''. All the agents have to do is pull up a tiny antenna to activate it and send a message.
* Creator/StephenColbert once had a shoe phone on ''Series/TheColbertReport''. It was just a telephone receiver glued to the bottom of a shoe, complete with trailing cord. "Just looking at it, you wouldn't know it was a phone! ... And just wearing it, [[http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/156748/february-28-2008/cold-war-update you wouldn't know it was a shoe]]."
** And in another [[TheGreatPoliticsMessUp Cold War Update]], his watch [[http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/223483/april-02-2009/cold-war-update---russia--cuba---space is also a gun]]. You can't tell!
* In ''Series/KamenRiderKiva'', it's revealed that the IXA Riser used to access IXA's SuperMode was, in fact, his mouthpiece the whole time.
* Almost all the weapons used by the Riders in ''Series/KamenRiderFaiz'' resemble ordinary objects like cellphones or cameras.
* ''Series/KamenRiderDouble'' has an interesting variation, where the main character's gadgets can turn into robot animals to improve their function, such as a camera that turns into a bat and can capture images[=/=]video autonomously, or a wristwatch that turns into a spider, making it a "smart" GrapplingHookPistol.
* Subverted in the ''{{Spooks}}'' episode "Nest of Angels". An Algerian agent listens politely as MI5 show him a number of disguised communication and bugging devices for his mission to infiltrate a radical Islamic group. The next scene shows him dumping this highly compromising equipment into a canal.
* ''Series/TheEqualizer'' always used spy gadgets that could be bought commercially in real life.
* ''Series/MIHigh'' has communicator pencils and various 'gadgets of the week' that are invariably disguised as innocuous pieces of school paraphenalia.
* In the original live action version of ''JohnnySokkoAndHisFlyingRobot[=/=]GiantRobo'', Johnny gave orders to the titular robot via a communicator hidden in his wristwatch.
* Darnell from ''MyNameIsEarl'' has been shown to have several pieces of his hair turn out to be phones - they [[ThisPageWillSelfDestruct self destruct]] after use.
* ''Series/{{Chuck}}'' has a phone in his wristwatch. He keeps on expecting other gadgets to have hidden uses, but they never do.
* In the ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'' sketch "The Bishop", the Bishop has a phone embedded in his crosier (that is, his staff of bishopishness).
* In ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'', Sarah Jane Smith carried a sonic device similar to [[Series/DoctorWho the Doctor's]] [[IconicItem Sonic Screwdriver]], concealed in a lipstick.
* ''ThePrisoner'' episode "The Girl Who Was Death" shows Potter, one of Number 6's fellow spies, undercover as a shoe-shine man. He communicates with HQ via a phone disguised as a polishing brush. ''Almost'' a literal ShoePhone.
* The game song styles on ''Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway'' gives us the aptly titled [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FpVd_IRTRug&t=2m51s My Shoe Is A Phone]].
* The Series/{{Mythbusters}} once successfully chased a myth about an umbrella that hides a gun. they made a replica that was fully functional and could have fatally wounded someone, and they actually needed special permission to make that kind of disguised weapon.
* ''{{Series/MASH}}'' had an inversion of the "it's exactly what it appears to be" sense, even though the case it was inverting wasn't exactly an example:
--> '''Major Winchester:''' (''looking at various medicinal herbs'') What does this cure?
--> '''Traditional Korean doctor:''' Hunger. That's my lunch.
* In ''Series/PowerRangersZeo'', Bulk and Skull seemed to have their jobs as cops confused with spies as they once used a shoe phone that was in the form of a shoe.
* Similarly in ''Series/HikoninSentaiAkibaranger'' Season 2, Tsu a corporate spy took her job name too literally and had a shoe phone that also looked like a shoe.
* ''SpittingImage''. A spoof of the ''Spycatcher'' scandal had Peter Wright being equipped with some retirement gadgets after being booted out of {{MI5}}.
-->'''Q:''' This little device looks like a harmless flamethrower. In fact, it's a pen.
-->'''Peter Wright:''' Ingenious. And what other devilish ideas have you got for me, eh?
-->'''Q:''' A book. Cunningly disguised as a sensational story, but when you open the pages, you find it's a load of whinging self-pity from a rather suspect right-wing snooper, droning on about his pension rights.
** An Australian radio skit about the scandal had a bookseller being exposed as an MI5 assassin when his shoe started ringing, though the fact that he was selling copies of ''Spycatcher'' written in invisible ink should have given him away earlier.
* In "Our Man Bashir," the ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' homage to ''Franchise/JamesBond'', an earring turns out to be a bomb.
* One episode of ''Series/DiagnosisMurder'' has an assassin who's hired to kill someone at the hospital. In order to smuggle a weapon into the hospital, one of her accomplices designs a set of crutches with a removable handle that conceals a pistol.
* ''Series/KCUndercover'' to the most part plays this trope straight, where a lot of the Cooper families gadgets look like ordinary appliances and objects. Examples include KC's glasses ([[GogglesDoSomethingUnusual built in with facial recognition and x-ray features]]), KC and Kira's bracelets (Acts as a communication device) and Pop's cane (sprays sleeping Gas).
* An episode of ''Series/{{Jake 2.0}}'' has the titular character being sent to Germany to infiltrate a hacker group, who has never seen one another's face. Being a tech geek, Jake is a perfect person to send. Besides himself being the agency's secret weapon (or, rather, the nanites in his body), he is supplied with a tricked-out cell phone that instantly transmits the images taken with its camera to the NSA headquarters. When asked where he plans to keep the phone, Jake suggests the lining of his jacket, only for the incredulous Duarte to point out that it's a ''phone'', so he should treat it as such. When meeting the hacker group, Jake tries to stealthily take pictures, only for the NSA to start receiving dozens of group selfies, since the hackers assume he just wants some pics.
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[[folder:Theatre]]
* Kurt Weill's music-theatre piece ''The Tsar Has His Photograph Taken'' (''Der Zar lässt sich photographieren'') is about a group of revolutionaries' attempt to assassinate the Tsar using a gun hidden in a studio camera. Their plan falls through as the female "photographer" develops UnresolvedSexualTension with her prospective victim.
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[[folder:Toys]]
* Secret Sam... a briefcase with hidden camera gun and missile launcher [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-l_4xMjZu5g inside]], and Six Finger, basicly [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8hmDs2vKASo&feature=related the old toy gun and real pen in the extra finger trick.]]
* {{Franchise/Transformers}}! Think back to G1: even if the robots that turn into cars and jets don't count, the ones that turn into a radio (Blaster and Soundwave), cassette tapes (dozens of little buggers), and a microscope (Perceptor and in the recent movie, Scalpel). The original Megatron deserves mention since he's an interstellar despot disguised as a Walther P-38 -- oddly enough, original James Bond's favorite gun.
** The all-time winner has to be Ejector, also from the ''Revenge of the Fallen'' toyline. He transformers in a freaking ''toaster''. (He's also an AscendedMeme, having first appeared in a really funny Mountain Dew commercial which also exemplifies this trope.)
** Music Label Soundwave has a fully functional Mp3 player integrated into his torso, and he maintains his full transforming functionality. Other such Device Label Transformers include Ravage, who becomes a flash drive, Rumble and Frenzy, who become a set of earphones, and Blaster who is also a fully functional USB hub (though the hub takes the shape of a tiny laptop computer).
** Movie-toyline Real Gear Transformers become surprisingly realistic devices, including a camera, an mp3 player, a handheld gaming console shaped vaguely like the Wonderswan, a camcorder, a set of electronically enhanced binoculars, and a flip-phone.
* Mattel produced the [=ZeroM=] line of toys to cash in on the '60s superspy craze. They included a transistor radio that unfolded into a rifle, a 35mm camera that unfolded into a pistol, a Super 8 movie camera that unfolded into another gun, and even a BriefcaseBlaster... and all of which are now illustrations of [[TropeNamer Zeerust]].
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/NoOneLivesForever'' gives Cate Archer a wide array of girly themed destructive items (Mascara laser, hairspray flamethrower, and the like) one could conceal in one's purse.
* The Spy in ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' has, fittingly enough, a disguise kit built into his cigarette case and a cloaking device for a wristwatch.
** The [[http://www.teamfortress.com/sniper_vs_spy/day04_english.htm "Dapper Rogue" catalogue]] also sells things like these. The Camera Beard eventually became an unlockable item for the Spy.
* In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3'' you can pickup a knockout-gas cigarette case, one of the only weapons that can be used when Snake is disguised as an enemy soldier or scientist. It's also strangely effective against two immune-to-bullets bosses near the end of the game.
** Also lampshaded during a discussion between Snake and Major Zero about James Bond, in which Snake comments that (for example) a gun-pen would make him look stupid in the jungle, at which point Zero insists they could build him a gun shaped like a snake, that "folds up into an attache case." In which Snake then replied that it was even sillier (then Zero gets upset at Snake for "Bashing" Bond).
* ''VideoGame/PerfectDark'' has a laptop that can turn into a machine gun and a heat-seeking, wall-sticking turret gun. Apparently it has basic computer functions, too.
* ''Franchise/JamesBond''
** ''VideoGame/AgentUnderFire'' has a cell phone that also comes with a [[FrickinLaserBeams laser]], a password cracker, a switch activator, and a grapple hook that can somehow extend for 10 meters or more.
** In ''VideoGame/GoldenEye1997'', Bond's wristwatch serves as the game menu and health/armor indicator and contains a built-in magnet and laser that are used to get out of certain level-specific [[DeathTrap death traps]] in a ShoutOut to the movies.
** In ''VideoGame/{{Nightfire}}'', the password cracking cellphone from ''Agent Under Fire'' makes a return as well as a digital camera disguised as a (working) Zippo lighter and a flashbang grenade disguised as an electric shaver.
* ''VideoGame/SplinterCell'' has Sam's wristwatch. Dear God, what '''can't''' it do? It can hack computers, disarm bombs, pick locks, scan eyeballs, get fingerprints from a surface, playback voices for getting into voice-locks, show a map with the locations of bad guys, and operate as a standalone computer for storing files and the like. ''In a goddamn watch.'' Granted, you ''are'' the [[TheAce best spy the NSA has.]]
* These compose [[Franchise/RatchetAndClank Clank's]] armaments in ''VideoGame/SecretAgentClank'', including shuriken bowties, an umbrella that shoots electricity, and a briefcase[=/=]flamethrower, to name a few.
* The ''SpyFox'' point-and-click games, being an AffectionateParody of spy fiction, features several as a matter of course. They run the gamut from toothbrush lasers to safe-cracking cheese-and-cracker snacks to instant ski pellets (JustAddWater) [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking to]]... [[MundaneMadeAwesome Silly Putty]].
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* ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney'' features these. The first one to show up is Matt Engarde's watch/cell phone in the fourth case of ''Justice for All'' (unless you count the statue/clock of The Thinker from Case 1-1/1-2).
** A few of these show up in ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies''. [[spoiler: They all belong to the BigBad of the game, the spy known as the Phantom. He has a wristwatch with a [[GrapplingHookPistol grappling hook]] and a jamming device in it, and a lighter that conceals a .10 caliber gun.]]
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* The [[GenderBender T-Girls]] of ''Webcomic/JetDream'', the RemixComic, play this trope even harder than [[Comicbook/JetDream their original comic book counterparts]].
* In one arc of ''Webcomic/TwentyFirstCenturyFox'' Jack is given a shoe phone after being temporarily recruited by SHADO, even though [[BarefootCartoonAnimal he doesn't wear shoes]].
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* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' has a number of recurring devices, notably her GrapplingHookPistol/hair dryer. There are briefing scenes in many episodes, but not all. In her case, it's a stylistic thing; she isn't really trying to [[SecretIdentity hide anything]].
* ''TotallySpies'' has a briefing scene in every episode, and all the gadgets look like they came out of the Barbie doll aisle at the toy store or the contents of a Teenage Girl's purse.
** They also tend to have cutesy names like [[IncrediblyLamePun Stuntan Lotion]].
** Items for Male Agents seem to exist as well. Instead of a compact, Jerry (the Girls' boss) has a communicator disguised as a wallet. A humorous example was a fake beard designed to hold items, that the girls had to test once. (It didn't pass. Heavy objects made them fall over and it looked goofy on them)
* While we're on the subject of Creator/CartoonNetwork spy cartoons, let's also remember ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'' and its 2X4 technology. ''All'' the weapons, gadgets, and vehicles are made out of standard props and everyday items. It's amazing how they are able to do it.
* ''InspectorGadget'' was himself the hiding object for his gadgets. Penny and Brain had communicators in their watch and collar respectively, and Penny had a "computer book" in the pre-laptop era.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'', Brock throws away his disguised spy-gear in disgust in "Assassinanny 911", claiming it either never works right or is outright useless. He's especially disappointed that the cigarettes he's issued aren't real ones for smoking. In flashback, he almost eats a baguette, but is stopped by his fellow agent who warns him "Do not eat that! That is C4!."
** The heroes however ''do'' have video phones in their watches. Dr. Venture's brother JJ does him one better by hiding a phone in the collar of his shirt, allowing him to use it even if he is captured and tied up.
* Parodied in the ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'' episode "In Like Ed". The Eds have somehow become convinced Kevin is spying on the other kids in the neighborhood, and Edd starts preparing spy-gear, including listening devices disguised as household objects and a smoke bomb disguised as a jawbreaker. Ed finds a coathanger, and asks:
-->'''Ed''': What's this do, Double-Dee?\\
'''Edd''': That's just a coat hanger, Ed.\\
'''Ed''': Oh... mum's the word.
* ''Series/{{Thunderbirds}}'' does this all the time. The boys all wear communicator watches, there are the portraits that they use to speak through and even light-up drink straws when they want to subtly attract someone's attention. Lady Penelope has a teapot communicator as well as a powder compact one. And probably many more examples this editor has forgotten.
* Both ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'' and its {{Time Skip}}ped sequel, ''WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce'' indicate that although the Omnitrix (and even moreso in the Alien Force variation, which has an onboard AI) looks like a watch, it does not tell time.
* Inverted in ''TheTick''. When he first enters Arthur's apartment, Tick nearly tears the place apart looking for the switch that activates his secret crime lab. Of course, there isn't one. In the comic book, this leads to the rather awkward question of why Arthur would invite a large, muscular man in tight spandex up to his apartment in the first place.
* Butch has a radio concealed in his ring in ''ButchCassidyAndTheSundanceKids''.
* ''WesternAnimation/AeonFlux'' has a few. Trevor Goodchild owns a golden cigarette case that transforms into a pistol. Aeon herself has a self-destruct mechanism hidden in her backpack that goes off [[TheyKilledKennyAgain whenever she dies]] to prevent enemies from looting her corpse & a gimmick tooth with a small compartment in it.
* Parodied on the ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' episode "Spy Buddies": among [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick's spy gear are Spongebob's 'coin operated' pants-phone and Patrick's laser shorts, which mess up and fire everywhere when [[spoiler:he has to go to the bathroom.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo'' uses these in its spy parody episode "Bravo, James Bravo". Includes a (weak) laser hidden in a mirror and a bomb-comb.
* The short lived ComedyCentral animated series ''WesternAnimation/FreakShow'' inverted this ''and'' played it straight in the same episode: The villain was a sinister paparazzo whose camera looks like a sniper rifle (for utility purposes rather than disguise). He doesn't understand what's wrong with this, it's not like it can hurt anybody -- the inverse, a gun that looks like a camera, would be a thousand times worse. Cut immediately to a guy in the media pool below shooting people with his camera-gun.
* The indie computer-animation short ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jEjUAnPc2VA Pigeon: Impossible]]'' has a pigeon accidentally fall into a CIA agent's briefcase which contains JetPack thrusters, guns that fire FrickinLaserBeams, and a BigRedButton. HilarityEnsues.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' episode "The Time Traveller's Pig", Blendin Blandin's time machine resembles an ordinary tape measure.
* CoolMcCool has a moustache for a phone.
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* TruthInTelevision: Several gadgets used by WorldWarII spies. A camera hidden in a match box, playing cards that had hidden maps, an actual pen gun (good for one shot), and shoes that looked like feet (when landing on beaches, foot prints with toes were less conspicuous than combat boots, which would draw attention). When in the business of being a spy, you don't want to draw attention to yourself, and these toys did just that. All saw action with a moderate reported success rate.
** This technique was also used to smuggle supplies to [=POW=]s to aid in escapes, with things like hacksaw blades hidden in pencils, radio components in chess pieces, and [[http://www.truthorfiction.com/rumors/m/monopoly-game.htm Monopoly sets with secret maps, compasses, files, and (real) money]].
** At the Pencil Museum in Keswick, there are a few examples of pencils in which had been hidden a tiny compass and a rolled-up map of Germany, again for [=POW=]s.
** Also in WWII, the OSI developed a plastic explosive that looked just like Aunt Jemima pancake mix for use by resistance groups. It was even edible.
** Related: the CIA's explosive flour that, when baked into cakes and bread, could be smuggled in then kneaded into plastic explosive as required.
*** These could be prepared with a special OSI variant of the Fairbairn-Sykes combat knife which when sheathed could be used as a fully functional spatula.
* One can easily find sandals that have bottle openers on the sole. Not quite as cool as a phone or bomb, but much more practical.
** So long as one keeps careful track of where one has stepped before popping open a cold one...
* Bulgarian defector Georgi Markov was killed in London by a poisoned pellet hidden in an umbrella. "Bulgarian Umbrellas" are still occasionally used as a British UnusualEuphemism to describe unorthodox means of murder.
* The mobile phone zip gun used to be an increasing security risk. Then came the smartphone, and a few years later carrying a brick-phone with a physical keyboard no longer makes one inconspicuous.
* The non-fiction {{doorstopper}} ''Spycraft'' by Robert Wallace and H. Keith Melton tells the history of the CIA's Office of Technical Services. It not only details the numerous gadgets, but has a large section detailing the philosophy and tactics behind their deployment. One interesting fact is how fictional spy gadgets spurred the creation of real life devices, as agents in the field began demanding the miraculous do-anything devices they saw in the movies and TV.
* Back in the 60s, the KGB really did have a radio transmitter that fit in the heel of a shoe.
* Also back in the 60s, the CIA reportedly went to elaborate lengths to fit a microphone and a radio inside a... [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acoustic_Kitty cat]]. A live one. [[FinaglesLaw It got run over by a taxi]] [[EpicFail almost immediately after it was first deployed in the field.]] The program was scrapped shortly after that.
* While it will probably become mainstream pretty quickly, for now most people will assume you are insane when they say you talking to your watch, and will be amazed to realize [[http://www.samsunghub.com/2009/07/22/samsung-unveils-worlds-thinnest-watchphone-s9110/ it's actually]] [[http://www.engadget.com/2009/10/16/lg-gd910-watch-phone-review/ a phone]].
* [[http://www.beststungun.com/cell-phone-stun-gun.html A taser that looks like a cell phone]].
* Eff-in Science showed a hand-phone. Well, actually a glove phone. They disassembled a Bluetooth earpiece, attached the speaker portion to the tip of the thumb of a glove and the microphone to the tip of the pinky. The demonstrator could hold his hand up with his thumb near his ear and his pinky near his mouth and talk over the cell-phone. "Add voice dialing," they said, "and you'd have a fully functional hand phone."
** Alternatively, they could just use the pad from the watch-phone above to the same effect. A glove and a watch are very inconspicuous, while [[IncrediblyLamePun going hand-in-hand]] with each other.
*** Although speaking to one's hand is much more suspicious that using laryngophone/earpiece combo, not to mention you cannot use your hand while speaking. It looks cool though.
* The International Spy Museum in Washington DC has all sorts of obsolete spy devices such as lipstick guns. Some of these devices make one wonder what modern intelligence agencies really have.
* A partial subversion is the gun knife that was used by the KGB. It looks like a combat knife and it is one, but it also able to fire the knife portion using gunpowder hidden in the base. As you can imagine, it has very limited uses unless you are not able to shoot someone who might shoot a hostile or you somehow lost all your guns. That's not saying it won't [[CrazyPrepared save your life.]]
** Russian Special Forces also allegedly have a combat knife with a single-shot derringer built into the handle, firing a 5.45mm rifle round. It's not clear whether or not they actually ''use'' this feature, however, as the shot fires from the pommel of the gun; anyone brave or foolhardy enough to fire the thing has to point the blade directly at themselves in order to aim it, and the recoil is said to be formidable. There's a similar weapon purported to be of Chinese origin that can fire three .22 bullets, which lacks the aforementioned design flaw of its Russian counterpart. Video footage of at least one example in private hands can be seen on the Internet, so it's quite possible that it's being made and sold as a (probably highly illegal) novelty somewhere in East Asia rather than a military-issue weapon.
** NRS-2 (Scout Knife, Shooting, Mk.2) is an actual Spetsnaz weapon. However, it is chambered for a PSS silent pistol round, not a 5.45 rifle round.
* Various spring-loaded blades have been disguised as innocuous items like matchboxes or lipsticks for concealed carry.
* [[TurnOfTheMillennium As of the 2000s]], the small size of cellphone cameras and memory chips poked the manufacturers to embed them in most unlikely devices: [[http://img.diytrade.com/cdimg/326815/7201967/0/1224909136/spy_USB_Pen_Camera_Recorder_camera_video_camera_8GB.jpg a pen]], an [=USB=] [[http://www.securitybees.com/blogs/home/11273733-mini-usb-flash-drive-spy-camera-dvr-mini-u8-instruction-manual thumb drive]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hpk-cGeHk0w a coat button]], even your dog's collar. Very much unlike the UsefulNotes/ColdWar age, they are ''affordable''. Nowadays, literally everyone can be a spy.
* Shaquille O'Neal has a literal shoephone; there's a cellphone embedded in the bottom of the left half of one of his famous Size 22 pairs of shoes. And that's a ''nineties'' cellphone, children.
** Size 22? That's the second biggest pair of shoes I've seen!
** The old 'big cellphone hidden in the size 22 shoe' trick. That's the fifth time I've fallen for it this week!
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