Super Wrist Gadget
"Hm. This thing I wear on my wrist says they're not poisonous."just look awesome. Can function as any number of useful tools, like a communicator, a firearm, a light, a scanner, a music player, a wristwatch, etc. Typically, this will appear in sci-fi shows as a device from which characters can access a wide variety of tools. Also, unlike a hand-held device, being wrist-mounted makes it "Hands Free", meaning it won't get lost, dropped or hinder the user by limiting the number of hands they might need in a given situation. Truly a remarkable device. Compare: Comm Links (can be worn on the wrist), Gadget Watch (with other built-in special devices). See also Magical Accessory.
— Leela, Futurama
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Anime & Manga
- In Shinryaku! Ika Musume by turning her braclets, Ika Musume is able to alter her weight.
- Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Discs.
- Several Magical Girls wear their Transformation Trinket on their wrist: Corrector Yui, Magical Star Magical Emi, Yes! Pretty Cure 5 (before switching to the cellphone-like CureMos in GoGo), Kämpfer, later seasons of Ojamajo Doremi, and the Frilly Upgrade powerup in Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch.
- Science Ninja Team Gatchaman (AKA Battle of the Planets). G-Force had wrist band communications devices which also allowed them to change between their team uniforms and civilian clothing.
- Funky Koval used a gadget watch with a blaster on one occasion.
- When the scene was spoofed in Gorsky and Butch, there was no gadget involved - the watch was such a cheap replica that the villain fainted with disgust and fell over the railing.
- Spider-Man's web shooters are not just this by default, but some alternate versions of the character add extra functions such as alternate web functions and the capacity to launch tracers (or fire bullets).
- Spy Kids: Among various other examples on the series are the super-computer watches on The Island Of Lost Dreams. Ironically enough, the variety of gadgets that were shoved into such a small thing were so extensive that there was no room left for the clock. The Giggles siblings appear later on with a Super Prototype version of the watches that do tells the time as well, but for added irony the watches look even more unwieldy.
- Subverted in Toy Story, where Buzz thinks he has a wrist gadget, but as Woody points out, it's just a sticker.
- The main character of Cowboys and Aliens wears one, which turns out to be an Arm Cannon.
- The watch James Bond wears usually has some non-wrist watch functions. Lasers, the capability of remotely detonating bombs, mini-buzzsaws and high-powered magnets, concealed Geiger counters and miniature grappling hook launchers are but a few examples.
- This is given a nod in the video game of GoldenEye, in which the watch is both used in-game as a gadget and is also the pause menu/user interface/mission briefing.
- The Predator had a cool wrist device that not only houses his wrist blades, but also a nuclear Self-Destruct Mechanism. The Aliens Vs Predator video games add even more gadgets to it, such as a compact first aid kit or hacking tool.
- In Sky High, Royal Pain has one that controls her suit (and the device that cuts off the antigravity of the school).
- The stun guns used in Pandorum. According to the Word of God this was so the character could use his hands for all the physical activity required.
- In Please Don't Tell My Parents I'm a Supervillain, the Machine, an all purpose materials recycling thing, is a device that is stored as a big bulky bracelet on Penny's wrist when not in use.
Live Action TV
- A lot of Power Rangers and Super Sentai morphers.
- Doctor Who: Jack Harkness keeps his vortex manipulator (capable of teleporting and time travel) in a fashionable leather strap on his wrist. So does fellow ex-Time Agent John Hart, who brags that his is bigger. Jack retorts that his lasts a lot longer (at least when it's not inconvenient for the plot).
- The eponymous heroines of the Krofft Brothers production Electra Woman And Dyna Girl both had wrist-mounted ElectraComs, Swiss Army Weapons (or at least Gadgets) which could produce whatever power was required of them to defeat the villain of the moment.
- The Fallout series' PipBoy 3000 was introduced as a bulky, Zeerust tablet computer complete with vacuum tubes, but its incarnations in Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas are as smaller, wrist-mounted devices. The PipBoy's uses include but are not limited to data storage, inventory management, topographical mapping, assisted targeting, medical diagnostics, and radio receiver.
- Commander Keen's ComputerWrist
- The Omnitools from the Mass Effect series. By the third game you can stab people with them.
- That thing that Sonya Blade wears on her arm in Mortal Kombat can, at the very least, be used as a communicator, firearm and metal-cutter. One might speculate that it probably also works as a watch.
- The Poketch in Pokémon Diamond/Pearl might just as well be called an iPhone on the wrist, with all the various apps that can be installed on it. In addition to a clock, these apps include a device to check the status of your Pokemon, another to check the Pokemon you left in daycare, a history of Pokemon you recently caught, a markable map, a step counter, a sketch pad, a timer, a virtual coin flip, etc. If only there were real-life watches that could do all that...
- Geo Stelar's Transer in Mega Man Star Force. A combination Facebook and email account, that also contains an antiviral weapons array and an alien Energy Being that he fuses with to engage in thrilling heroics.
- This is essentially what the hidden blades in the Assassin's Creed series are. While Altair's blade is pretty plain, consisting of little more than a bracer with a retractable blade, Ezio's gains a lot of nifty additional functions after a certain Leonardo da Vinci gets his hands on it: such as, a poison capsule for low-profile delayed assassinations, a concealed gun barrel for ranged kills, lockpick module, poison dart launcher, mini-crossbow, and a hookblade. Oh, and Ezio eventually started packing two of the things for maximum destructive power.
- Assassin's Creed: Unity features a mini-crossbow that shoots KNIVES.
- Call of Duty: Black Ops 2: David Mason has a wrist-mounted computer that allows him to hack enemy networks, call in airstrikes, fire grappling hooks, etc..
- Phaeton had multi wrists before it blew up, the UDA salvaged some and called them wrist gadgets, now that none of them work, Trayen thinks of making one that holds his smart phone.
- Bob's Glitch from ReBoot, though it is strongly overlaps with Gadget Watch.
- Ben 10's Omnitrix.
- Parodied in Futurama: Leela has one, and she calls it "this thing on [her] wrist" which also has a built-in surgical laser for reattaching noses.
- Space Ghost had his Power Bands.
- The titular hero of Phantom 2040 has a pair.
- Partway through the fourth and final series Kim Possible gets a new Kimmunicator in the form of a watch. It even has a grappling line in it, somehow.
- Both of the SWAT Kats wear the Glovatrix, a wrist-mounted item featuring multiple weapons and tools.
- In Star Wars: The Clone Wars:
- Part of Bounty Hunter Cad Bane's original arsenal was a box on his wrist, that worked as a communicator, a taser, a multifunction remote control, a flamethrower and somesort of pistol. After breaking Moralo Eval out of prison, he acquired another, bit tamer version, that sprayed stungas to his opponent's face, and also worked as a grappling-cabel-launcher.
- Similarly to Cad Bane, the wrist part of Pre Vizsla's armor contains at least a flamethrower, a grappling-cabel-launcher and some sort of shuriken-launcher.
- Steampunks seem to have a fascination for cool wrist-mounted gadgets, from guns to chronometers to computers◊.
- Cybergoths are fond of this too, though their tend to look less gadgety compared to Steampunks.
- Company Armstar produces an armoured gauntlet, marketed to body guards, that has a built in taser, video camera and flashlight. It now also has an armoured iPhone dock.
- IT'S FINALLY HERE POST 2010 - THE SMARTWATCH. Basically, they take the CPU of a smartphone, put it in a digital watch, and make the display a touch-screen. It's more of a novelty than a marvel of science, but it should be more fun than something that just ticks and tells you what you can look at on any regular computer.