Robin: Where'd you get a live fish, Batman?
Batman: The true crimefighter always carries everything he needs in his utility belt, Robin.
Batman: The true crimefighter always carries everything he needs in his utility belt, Robin.
"What else have you got in there? Chocolate rations? Boy Scout knife? Army-issue contraceptives?"Gadgets are a requisite for any Badass Normal Superhero, especially if he's Crazy-Prepared. But where does he keep all of his wonderful toys? Why, in his Utility Belt, of course! Stuff that might be found in a Utility Belt:
— Silk Spectre II to Nite Owl, Watchmen
- A Grappling-Hook Pistol.
- Smoke bombs and/or Stun Grenades.
- A lock pick or Skeleton Key.
- A flashlight.
- Bat-shark repellent.
- Anything they need.
- Your keys, money, and stuff.
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- Batman, natch. In every incarnation. There is even a Wikipedia article about it. In the Planetary crossover, in which it turns out that every universe has a version of Batman except the usual Planetary universe, the Batman who resembles the TV show from the Sixties pulls, from a normal-sized belt pouch, an aerosol can the size of a can of spray paint containing "Bat-Female-Villain-Repellent-Spray". It actually works, too.
- The original Kathy Kane had a utility purse.
- Nightwing shakes things up a bit by keeping his stuff in wristband/gauntlets and boot tops from time to time, since his costume does not always include a belt.
- Red Hood kept most of his gadgets in simple jacket pockets for a while.
- In one Silver Age comic book story ("The Joker's Utility Belt!", featured in Batman #73), The Joker devised his own utility belt to counter Batman's◊. It failed when Batman (stripped of his own utility belt) swiped items from the Joker's belt to use against him.
- Batzarro wears his upside down with all of the pouches open giving you the sense that everything has fallen out.
- Stephanie Brown tried to bring a bit of realism to the utility belt when she assumed the Batgirl identity in her series. She wore the traditional waist-belt, but also wore numerous other belts to give her enough pockets and pouches to actually carry all this equipment. She skirted the edges a bit, like all the Bats, but never outright broke the well-established real world physics of pockets.
- And that mysterious utility belt that she wore on her thigh since her debut? It was empty. She wore it because she liked the way it made her look.
- Spider-Man wears a utility belt to hold extra web cartridges, spider-tracers, his camera, and his "Spider-signal" flashlight buckle. He wears it under his shirt but since it leaves only a small bulge, and he is usually moving around so much, most people don't even realize he has one. Ben Reilly wears his on the outside with his Scarlet Spider costume.
- Top Cow Productions comic book series Freshmen. The character Norrin has no abilities except for a fairly useless utility belt.
- In Quantum and Woody, Quantum has a fully-laden utility belt.
- Watchmen: As the above quote shows, Nite Owl had one.
- Judge Dredd has the titular future lawman and his co-workers wearing these. Contents include spare ammo, handcuffs and other general police-work equipment, as well as more comic-booky gadgetry such as gas grenades and cling lines.
- Captain America is sometimes depicted as wearing one post-2000, Depending on the Artist. It's usually shown carrying explosives, or other more specialised weapons for when Cap's shield isn't the best option.
- In Star Wars A New Hope, Luke swipes a utility belt from a Stormtrooper, and later uses a grapple and line to swing himself and Leia to safety.
- In some of the later EU books, Luke still carries a grappling hook and rope around, despite being the most powerful Jedi out there.
- Later on, R2D2 turns into a walking, mostly not talking, self aware utility belt.
- In Toy Story 2, Buzz takes one from a newer Buzz Lightyear toy, whose box says "New Utility Belt!"
- The combat robot Johnny Five from Short Circuit has a waist-mounted rotating multitool containing, among other things, wire cutters, lockpick, and a soldering iron. In the second movie, he replaces his shoulder-mounted laser with a utility pack with a magnetic grappling hook, hang glider, camera, and metal cutter.
- Spoofed in Battle Beyond the Stars, where Space Trucker 'Cowboy' has a belt that dispenses a belt — specifically Scotch, soda and ice.
- Captain Underpants has a "waistband utility belt."
- Doc Savage has a utility vest. May be the Trope Codifier, if not the Ur-Example.
- Septimus Heap: Both Septimus Heap and Marcia Overstrand have such belts, that include things such as lenses.
- Rincewind's Luggage follows him around, devours his enemies, and opens (if it likes you) with whatever item is needed found on top (smelling faintly of lavender in the case of clothes).
- The trainee Assassin in Pyramids, who, for his final proficiency test, loads himself with so much equipment for every conceivable outcome that he takes a step forwards and falls over. He discards most of it and takes just a few carefully selected items he can access easily.
- Batgirl, Batman & Robin from the Sixties tv show, the show that inspired research into real life "Bat-Shark-Repellent-Spray", will always win with the "dehydrated Bat costume", a pill taken from the utility belt that, when soaked, produce a new costume complete with a new utility belt.
- Paladin has one in Have Gun — Will Travel. Not the superhero style, but his belt carries bullets, and he keeps a derringer behind the belt buckle.
- The Kamen Rider franchise famously uses belts that act as Transformation Trinkets. Some of them also have compartments to hold other gear.
- Super Sentai and Power Rangers don't use transformation belts all that much - that's Kamen Rider's shtick - but in recent years the buckle has been used to store whatever the collectible little doodad of the year is (discs in Shinkenger/Samurai, cards in Goseiger/Megaforce, keys in Gokaiger, batteries in Kyoryuger...). Dekaranger/SPD also kept handcuffs in the buckle and cop badges in a compartment in back.
- Heward's Handy Haversack, in Dungeons & Dragons, would normally be just a Bag of Holding . However, whatever you want at the moment is exactly on top, and it consists of multiple pouches as well as the main bag. This means it tends to get used as a Utility belt instead of a looting sack, and pre-loaded with all those things that might be useful, but are just too bulky or heavy to carry around, such as an iron bar, portable ram, etc.
- In Resident Evil 2, you can take a police utility belt from the RCPD locker which gives 2 extra inventory slots.
- In the Dark Forces Saga series, Kyle Katarn.
- Link starts wearing one across his chest in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.
- In The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, you can even expand it by buying or finding additional pouches.
- 7.62 High Caliber lets you purchase various utility belts for holding small items, especially ammunition (either magazines or boxes of loose ammo). Some of them also have a holster for fitting a handgun, and the simplest belt available is nothing but a holster and a single magazine pouch; all of them can also accept one or two separate pouches that differ in the size of the Grid Inventory slots added.
- Justice Squad: The Batman Expy, Nightflyer, wears one.
- New York Magician has Wibert's bandolier. Interestingly enough, it only has a few, precisely defined, very useful items in it. Strangely, Michel can apparently get away with openly wearing a bandolier in a major city in the 21st centur-oh, right, it's New York.
- In Vaguely Recalling JoJo, Oingo uses a Kamen Rider-like belt buckle for his transformations.
- Ayla/Phase of the Whateley Universe was the first character to buy one. The creator, "Mobius", had made a belt that had pockets that worked like Bags Of Holding. Phase paid Mobius several times the asking price, pointed out how much the uber-Utility Belt was really worth, and offered to help market the device for a small percentage of the huge amounts of profit he would be making for Mobius.
- Several other characters have various alternatives. They tend to be Bags Of Holding.
- For instance, Hank/Lancer has a 0-range Telekinesis power that usually just makes him a Flying Brick, but he carries two sword shapes made of paper, that can roll up to fit in a normal pocket. When he applies his telekinetic forcefield to them, they work like regular swords but much sharper and much tougher.
- In Worm, Skitter's costume includes an armor panel with an open space inside it for storing her smaller pieces of equipment.
- In Dynomutt Dog Wonder, his master the Blue Falcon had a variety of tools in his utility belt.
- In the VeggieTales spinoff The Animated Adventures of Larry-Boy, the title character had a utility belt.
- In The Simpsons episode "The Homer They Fall", Bart obtains a "Tactical Pants Retaining System" which contains compass, matches, whistle, saw, panic button, squirrel snare, radon/lie detector, sphygmomanometer and cute turn signals. To Bart's detriment the "Panic" button only consists of a recording which simply repeats the word help and shoots off a rocket with "Call Police".
- In Team Umizoomi Geo has a shape belt that only carries you know what, but with his powers he can still make whatever a utility belt carries with the shapes he has.
- Swiss Army Knives / Gerbers / Leathermans fit this trope.
- Somewhat disappearing due to the integration of multiple devices into cell phones, but geeks of yore used to carry a wide variety of electronics and tools on their belts, and in geek parlance they were often referred to as "Bat-Belts."
- Many people in Real Life find a need for having a variety of tools or equipment readily accessible, though usually going by a variety of names. What handyman would be complete without his handy tool belt? Cops wouldn't have enough pockets to keep their badge, holster, handcuffs, etc. if they didn't have a belt to hang it all off of.
- American soldiers call the heavy nylon belts they wear in the field "Web Belts", and many accessories (including canteens, flashlights, and a wide variety of pouches) are specially designed to attach to it. The belt can be attached to a shoulder harness to help support the weight, or it can be replaced with a utility vest. Nowadays, most soldiers just carry their gear in pouches attached to their Bulletproof Vest.
- Photographer's vests.