Phlebotinum-Handling Equipment. See also Power Fist (basically the weaponized brother), Tricked-Out Shoes (the shoe counterpart), Electric Joybuzzer, Arm Cannon, and Ring of Power. Opera Gloves are for elegance instead of cool abilities but on a character who is Silk Hiding Steel they could be both. See also Magical Accessory for other pieces of cool stuff enabling jewelry and trinkets.
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Anime and Manga
- Roy Mustang from Fullmetal Alchemist has gloves that allow him to create large amounts of fire by snapping his fingers, since his gloves have an alchemical circle inscribed on the back of the hand, allowing him to transmute the air around his target into flammable gases, and is covered in a special substance, which allows him to make sparks (and ignite aforementioned gases into a fireball).They're also utterly (yet entirely understandably) useless if they're wet.
- Most of the other State Alchemists also wear gloves/gauntlets with their specialty Alchemy circle inscribed. Alex Louis Armstrong would be another notable example, with his dual purpose, cestus-esque gauntlets. Just as good for punching as using alchemy!
- Bleach: Rukia's skull symboled glove that lets her separate Ichigo's soul from his body to fights Hollows (he later gets a license, letting him do it himself) and the Quincy Sanrei Glove which makes using their abilities harder but is good for training (especially if they take it off but only for a while, then it's very bad).
- Blarouse from Tower of God has a launching glove for her Boomerang Ball.
- Subaru's Swordbreaker, a sleek glove introduced in Magical Record Lyrical Nanoha Force that serves as a defensive complement to her Power Fist. Its main purpose is Exactly What It Says on the Tin, as she showed during her melee with Veyron when she caught his Divider with her glove and proceeded to crush it.
- Durarara!!: Celty gives Shizuo special gloves that protect him from sharp blades.
- Goldenglove I and II from Astro City, with gloves taken from a UFO crash.
- Emerald Gauntlet from PS238. His gloves (and those of his father) act like Green Lantern Rings. Another student, Angie, has her "Power Glove", which contains all kinds of tools an 11-year-old Gadgeteer Genius finds useful, like various screwdrivers, a dremel...and a squirt gun.
- Usually overshadowed by his utility belt, but Batman has more than a couple spare tools in his gloves. Played straight with Nightwing, who carries all his gear in pouch rings on his gloves and boots in lieu of the belt.
- The Love Glove, a member of the second Brotherhood Of Dada in Doom Patrol has the ability to use several magical gloves from the psychadelic Glove Tree, such as the Love Glove, the Shove Glove and the Tech Glove.
- In the Elseworlds comic JLA The Nail, the Joker gets handed a pair of high-tech gloves with functions like energy blasts and telekinesis, which he uses to kill Robin and Batgirl while forcing Batman to watch. After his death, Batman and Catwoman (having taken up the identity of Batwoman) each wield one of the gloves during the final battle.
- Azrael wore a pair of golden gauntlets that contained a number of weapons. These later became part of Manhunter's arsenal.
- In American Flagg, Mandy makes Raul a pair of cybernetic gloves. Their only real feature is opposable thumbs, but when you're a housecat, that's enough.
- The Infinity Gauntlet lets you warp reality. Can't get much more tricked out than that.
- Roger Zelazny seems to like this trope: Agni in Lord of Light has a glove that allows him to use the Fire Wand without burning his hand off, and Set in Creatures of Light and Darkness has a glove that, once worn, expands to cover the entire body in an armored mesh.
- In Centaur Aisle, Smash Ogre gets a pair of metal gauntlets that drastically improves his namesake ability. They're not magical, but their solid construction allows him to apply more force. It's a very good thing he's a good guy.
- Warden Carlos Ramirez of The Dresden Files wears a gauntlet covered in Aztec or possibly Olmec pictograms. He uses it as a focus for a shield spell, like Harry's bracelet.
Live Action TV
- Yet another Power Glove appearance: in the music video for "Na Na Na" by My Chemical Romance, the Killjoys wield Power Gloves and laser blasters.
- Johnny Mnemonic has a magnetic glove that captures balls in order to place them on the Matrix for an award.
- There is/was the "Coal Miner's Glove" Gimmick Match, where said glove was on a pole (or hidden in one of several boxes). If you got the glove you could put it on and hit your opponent with it. Presumably that's better than just hitting them with your fist.
- Even a "normal" glove allows you to punch harder by reducing the damage to the skin on your knuckles, and thus the pain.
- The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past had the Power Glove, enabling you to lift white rocks, and the Titan's Mitt, enabling you to lift black rocks. Both are required to access certain areas.
- The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time had the Silver Gauntlets, allowing you to lift rocks and move large blocks; and the Golden Gauntlets, allowing you to lift and throw aside huge rock pillars.
- The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening and The Legend Of Zelda Oracle of Ages had the Power Glove, an upgrade to the Power Bracelet allowing big blue statues to be lifted.
- The Legend Of Zelda Oracle of Ages had the Magnetic Glove, which allowed you to repel or attract either yourself or an object towards or away from you.
- Oracle of Seasons and The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords had the Magnetic Gloves, allowing you to attract or repel magnetized objects.
- The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap had the Mole Mitts, allowing you to dig rapidly through earth.
- The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword had Digging Mitts and Mogma Mitts used for digging.
- Zelda II The Adventure Of Link had the Handy Glove, allowing you to break blocks with your sword.
- Bioshock 2: the Hack Tool does Exactly What It Says on the Tin, in addition to deploying sentries.
- Precis from Star Ocean: The Second Story has one attached to her backpack.
- Pickpocketing gloves.
- The Time Manipulation Device in Singularity.
- In Ratchet & Clank, Ratchet gets several gloves that dispense different projectiles, from bombs to mines to automated turrets.
- The Wraithguard gauntlet from The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind lets you handle Kagrenac's tools.
- Runescape has several kinds of special gloves like basic ice gloves needed to pick up some of the hot items.
- Team Fortress 2 has a few of these:
- The Heavy's Gloves of Running Urgently increases movement speed.
- The Killing Gloves of Boxing grant the Heavy critical hits for a short time if he scores a kill with them.
- The Heavy seems to be a collector of Tricked-Out Gloves. It helps that he's the bruiser of TF2. In addition to the aforementioned KGB and GRU, our Russian heavyweight has gloves that make people explode, gloves made from bear paws, oversized metal gauntlets that protect him from bullets and pointy brass knuckles that turn him into a Lightning Bruiser.
- There are also cosmetic items which qualify, such as the Quadwrangler, which supposedly "siphons blood from your heart, where it is not needed, to your shooting arm, where it is!"
- The Oni Gauntlet from Onimusha series, most notably 1 and 3. It allows you to absorb souls.
- The Gauntlets of the Necromancer in Heretic blast constant green rays of harmful magic at the user's will. When enhanced by the Tome of Power, the rays become red, reach farther and transfer the target's life force to the wearer.
- The demon-summoning COMP in several Shin Megami Tensei games is wrist-mounted.
- Van Von Hunter: Van's sidekick obtains a pair of "Gloves of Lifting", which allows her to lift almost any load. She doesn't get any other physical capabilities you would find related to such strength (she can't punch, throw, push or crush with super-strength), just lifting. Although lifting things and then dropping them on opponents is an option.
- Suburban Knights revolves around the search for the Gauntlet of Malachite, which is supposed to have magical powers, although The Nostalgia Critic just wants to sell it. However the glove itself is meaningless, the important thing is the gem on it, which allows one to use magic without penalty. In fact when they actually find it the gem has been moved... onto a Power Glove. Complete with Shout-Out.
- SWAT Kats: The SWAT Kats' Glovatrix- in the first season they were Super Wrist Gadget, in the second season they were Power Fists.
- Invasion America had the Exotar, which gave the hero telekinetic powers.
- On one House of Mouse short, Mickey Mouse gets his trademark White Gloves mixed up with a magician's, which enables him to do magic tricks.
- In Kim Possible, Shego's energy blast powers were originally said to be generated by her gloves. This was later retconned into her having genuine superpowers, along with the rest of her family.
- One episode of Danny Phantom revolved around a villain trying to obtain the Reality Gauntlet, a homage to the Infinity Gauntlet mentioned above.
- A recurring villain of Aladdin: The Series, Mozenrath, is practically built on this trope—all his magical powers come from a life-draining gauntlet.
- Inverted by the Dai Li of Avatar: The Last Airbender: their gloves are nothing more than specially cut pieces of rock worn over the hands, but since the wearers are Earthbenders they can be used for everything from finger bullets to grabbing opponents from a distance.
- The Power Glove. Its a cool looking glove that has motion sensors in the fist itself! Sadly, its motion sensors hardly work, making it basically useless. It at least has a controller at the top.
- The Playstation and the Nintendo 64 also had a glove controller that was simply called "The Glove". It worked better than its predecessor but never had the power of memes to be able to surface from obscurity.
- How about gutting a real Power Glove and filling it with modern technology to allow it to control complex camera operations remotely? Dillon Markey of the Robot Chicken staff did exactly that.