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A standard piece of equipment for anyone from The Future. A backpack that lets the wearer fly by shooting jets of fire (or concentric rings of Pure Energy) out of the back, parallel to the wearer's legs. Strangely enough, nobody ever suffers Toasted Buns as a result. Nor do most ever run out of fuel, or even consume any fuel of any sort in the first place.

Also covered here are Rocket Boots and rocket packs, which can be ideal for robots, cyborgs, and androids with trumpet limbs.

Due to its ubiquitous appearances alongside the Flying Car as a predicted technological advance, it's one of the reasons why people declare I Want My Jet Pack (the main reason we don't have them, by the way, is the complete lack of protection for when you crash into something).

A Sub-Trope of Flight and Awesome Backpack. Not quite related to Stupid Jetpack Hitler, although Nazis with jetpacks may be involved there as well. Compare Helicopter Pack and Jump Jet Pack.

Strangely never accompanied by an additional jetpack on the chest, which would logically be required for horizontal flight (if the jetpack does not have wings) for the same reason that you wouldn't want to wear just one paraglider strap or one jet boot.



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    Anime & Manga 
  • Chachamaru of Negima! Magister Negi Magi is equipped with a jet pack, though even in her upgraded form, she can only use it for up to fifteen minutes before needing to recharge.
  • Mazinger Z: Mazinger-Z's Mid-Season Upgrade was a Jet Pack docked with Mazinger-Z. It was yellow with red Razor Wings and could shoot star-shaped shurikens to whoever tried attack Mazinger-Z from back. Its name was Jet Scrander.
    • Great Mazinger: Great Mazinger had a red Jet Pack folded from its back, and a second Jet Pack (Big Booster) docked with it. It was grey, with wide triangular wings, and was equiped with a spike to impale Robeasts. Venus-A also had an attachable Jet Pack, right like Mazinger-Z.
    • UFO Robo Grendizer: Grendizer had THREE jet packs (not counting its spaceship): Double Spacer -to fly inside and outside of atmosphere-, Marine Spacer -to fly and dive underwater- and Drill Spacer -to fly and burrow underground-.
  • The Principal in the Ranma ½ manga had a jet pack that exploded.
  • Samurai Gun: Kaishu Katsu has a Jet pack in the Tokugawa era.
  • In the first episode of Urusei Yatsura, a jet pack was used by Ataru Moroboshi in an attempt to catch Lum, despite her flying abilities. Instead the jetpack blows up when he starts it.
  • Astro Boy: The titular character has rocket boots.
  • Gundam:
    • The main propulsion/jumping thrusters for most Mobile Suits are mounted on a backpack. Some have secondary thrusters in the legs as well.
    • Zeon spacesuits sometimes include a belt with two thrusters for maneuvering in space. There's also a maneuvering backpack option for Federation suits.
  • The eponymous Strike Witches have a cross between Rocket Boots and Power Armor for the leg area, powered by magic.
  • In Code Geass, the Float systems used by Britannian Knightmare Frames look like Mecha-sized jet packs. The Air Glide Wing variation used by the Black Knights, and the Energy Wing system that appears later look less like jet packs, although they are much more refined.
  • Macross franchise:
    • Macross Frontier finally gives the franchise a real jet pack, standard on all EX-Gears.
    • The movies also give us the Gas Jet Cluster, which can be worn inside a skirt to help keep idols from falling to their doom in the middle of concerts. These, alongside EX-Gears, appear once again in Macross Delta.
  • Hanaukyō Maid Team La Verite episode 11. Konoe's Onee-sama has a jet pack as part of her armor, which she uses to pursue the protagonist party as they escape via elevator after rescuing Mariel.
  • In Pokémon the Series: Black & White, a much more formidable Team Rocket uses jet packs to avoid getting blasted off.
  • Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann: The eponymous mech uses the drills on its back to assimilate an enemy aircraft and turn it into a jet pack.
  • Before she got over her fear of birds, Green from Pokémon Adventures "wears" her Blastoise like a backpack, using its twin aqua jets to fly.
  • Panzer World Galient:
    • Marder's foot troops use jet packs.
    • In episode 4, Hilmuka and Chururu steal a pair of jet packs and use them to fly across a low-gravity area.

    Asian Animation 
  • Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf: Wolffy uses a jetpack in Pleasant Goat Fun Class: Sports are Fun episode 14 to boost his jump during the trampoline competition. This gets him disqualified since it's cheating.

    Comic Books 

    Fan Works 
  • Plan 7 of 9 from Outer Space. A recorded voice lampshades the No OSHA Compliance of this trope when our heroes strap on jetpacks to escape a Chekhov's Volcano (see Quotes). Facing an imminent death from being boiled alive by lava, they launch anyway.
  • Rocketship Voyager. The Space Marines have dirigible space armor. When one of them gets knocked off a launch gantry his jetpack fires automatically to break his fall, sending him careening across the hanger. Later there's a brief mid-air battle between the marines versus cyborgs with their own built-in jetpacks.
  • In New Beginnings (Smallville), Oliver Queen decides he needs a jet pack after seeing Clark Kent flying for the first time.
  • In the Star Trek: Voyager Uberfic The Artisans of War, B'Elanna Torres and Annika Hansen are extracted from a bladescraper via a Big Damn Gunship shooting out the windows, followed by a US marine jetpacking through the broken window, locking them into a hostage rescue harness and flying them back to the helicopter.
  • In Captain Proton and the Planet of Lesbians, Proton tries using his rocket pack while doing a Bridal Carry and finds he can't reach the chest controls to turn it off, causing them to ricochet around the room like a pinball until they crash.

    Films — Animation 

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Commando Cody (a.k.a. Larry Martin, a.k.a. The Rocketman) the interchangable hero of various Republic Film Serials in The '50s who battled criminals, supervillains, and alien menaces with the aid of an atomic-powered jetpack and a rather silly helmet.
  • The Rocketeer
    • Despite the name, this was a jetpack rather than a rocket, since it was fueled by alcohol but carried no oxygen to combust it with. Here, the hero stopped Hitler from creating an army of flying Nazi stormtroopers that would conquer America — and the world.
    • Hell, the first time they fire it up you can see an air intake fan start to move under the housing. Everything we're shown in the movie marks the device as a Jetpack, but everyone in the movie keeps calling it a "Rocket"—even Howard Hughes, who built it and presumably knows the proper name.
  • Star Wars
    • Both Fetts have jetpacks, and both of them fail them in one way or another. Since they wear armor, it's at least justified why they never get burned.
    • The Star Wars Expanded Universe has a very select cadre of (non-Mandalorian) mercenaries with jetpacks, also armored. And there are several varieties of clone and stormtrooper with jetpacks, each with different appellations like jet trooper, airtrooper, and Rocket Trooper. Since at least one of those was developed for a tabletop game, the type of jetpack troopers use comes with restrictions like fuel and where it can or can't be used.
    • Raises Fridge Logic issues, as repulsor-field technology otherwise suggests that jetpacks are obsolete as a means of aerial propulsion. Justified by Rule of Cool and as an homage to scifi tradition. It is noted in a few places that Repulsor packs are not small, and are not efficient when they are small. Even droids that use them don't use them constantly, because it drains their batteries. And really heavy loads still use wheels or legs to support them.
    • Granted, Boba's is probably nostalgic, because it belonged to his father. Mandalorians as a whole are traditionalist, since they made the art of bounty hunting they don't like people taking different approaches by altering the core of their tactics (flamethrowers, wristblades and personal missiles in a world with laser everything-else).
    • One of the clone troopers is called Commander Cody in a homage to the original Rocketman.
    • In Attack of the Clones, we suddenly discover that R2-D2 is equipped with leg rockets.
    • In The Rise of Skywalker, stormtroopers are revealed to have been issued with jetpacks (to the dismay of the heroes) but they turn out to be Awesome, but Impractical (a stormtrooper's aim isn't any better whilst flying and they crash with nice fiery explosions).
  • James Bond films
    • James Bond uses a jet pack to escape to top of a building at the beginning of Thunderball. Bonus points for this not being a special effect, but was an actual flight by a Bell Aerosystems Rocketpack provided for use in the film by the US Air Force (see the Real Life section below).
    • This same jetpack that appeared in Thunderball makes a cameo in Die Another Day.
  • Fahrenheit 451 (1966) film: The bad guy search squad has jet packs.
  • Minority Report: PreCrime enforcement units use jet packs.
  • Spy Kids has jet packs in use by the heroes and villains, of course. One of the villains gets her hair burned off by the flames shooting out of the engine of a pack.
  • Star Trek
  • Iron Angels: The third movie of the trilogy culminates with its protagonist, Alex, and his sidekick piloting jetpacks with twin-gatling guns attached, which allows them to mow down hordes and hordes of mooks within seconds.
  • J-Men Forever (1979). Rocket Jock (a re-dubbed Commando Cody) mutters constantly about the problems of using his atomic-powered jetpack, including the worry that his tailor might have forgotten to include the lead-lining, the need to hit his springboard in order to launch himself into the air, sore arches whenever he lands, his feet setting on fire, and the risk of drowning inside his full-face helmet should he get airsick.
  • Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (2004). Action Girl and Ace Pilot 'Franky' Cook ejects from her submersible airplane just in time to avoid a Macross Missile Massacre. After breaking the surface of the water a Jet Pack boosts her the rest of the way up to her Airborne Aircraft Carrier. Even the rival for the hero's affections is impressed.
  • The Running Man. A jet pack is used by the Stalker named Fireball.
  • Kick-Ass has the main character saving Hit-Girl by flying into the scene with a jetpack with mounted Gatling Guns that she and her father bought over the internet previously and unleashing Glorious More Dakka upon the Mooks. While set to Elvis Presley singing "Glory, Glory Hallelujah".
  • In Sleeper, Milo (Woody Allen) tries to use a jet pack to escape the security police, but it takes off without him. He then tries a backpack helicopter, also with comedic results.
  • The classic Buster Crabbe Buck Rogers serials had a jet pack strapped to the back of the eponymous hero in some of their more memorable moments.
  • In RoboCop 3, Murphy gets his hands on a prototype jet pack to aid him in foiling bad guys.
  • Gravity. An astronaut is sent hurtling into space, but fortunately another astronaut happens to be testing a Manned Maneuvering Unit (see Real Life section). As mentioned in that section however, it only has limited fuel to enable them to reach a nearby space station.
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe:
    • Iron Man's armors include repulsors in the legs and hands that allow him to fly.
    • Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Sam Wilson (aka The Falcon) is a former USAF Pararescuer. His flight suit is basically a jetpack with wings, and it doesn't work after the wings are torn off during the final battle — Sam has to deploy a parachute to land safely.
    • Guardians of the Galaxy. Quill (aka Starlord) uses rocket boots, and in the sequel the Guardians are using jetpacks (except for Drax the Destroyer, who complains that the chest strap hurts his sensitive nipples).
  • In Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Optimus uses Jetfire's parts to form a jetpack for a time.
  • The 1982 Hong Kong film Winner Takes All has a finale involving a jetpack jousting duel between the two heroes (respectively a Gentleman Thief and a Cowboy Cop) and their main nemesis, a Japanese assassin, while hovering on top of electrified floor panels. It sounds awesome on paper, but unfortunately because some Special Effects Failure (and for most of the fight the camera doesn't show what's below the three characters' feet) it's painfully obvious that all three combatants are fighting on a raised platform instead of actual jetpacks.
  • Used by the dwarf secret agent hero in the Filipino James Bond parody For Y'ur Height Only. Given his lack of stature, he probably found it more necessary than most.

  • Isaac Asimov's "The Tercentenary Incident": Lawrence Edwards begins the story with a flotron motor worn on his back, using it to hover two hundred feet above the crowd during the 300th anniversary of America's Declaration of Independence.
  • Bill the Galactic Hero shows how Awesome, but Impractical jet packs are in combat conditions. A soldier wearing Powered Armor that's too heavy to walk around in, so he uses booster jets until his fuel line is damaged by an enemy shot, whereupon he falls into a swamp and drowns.
  • Stewart Cowley's Great Space Battles: A law enforcement officer investigates the base of a band of mutant space pirates. After they detect his presence, he activates his backpack jet pack and lifts off, barely escaping their grasp. When he returns with the authorities, the pirates are gone. Illustrated using this thrilling picture by science-fiction artist Peter Elson.
  • Discworld: In The Last Hero, having already established dragon-power as the motive force of the Discworld's first rocketship, Leonard of Quirm invents a device that allows one to leave the ship with a dragon strapped to one's back, in emergencies. No-one else can think of an emergency that would be worse than having a dragon strapped to one's back.
  • In The Dreamside Road, Orson Gregory’s repulsor boot allows him limited flight. Powering the boot is an ongoing concern, notably in the battle against Master Nine.
  • Go-packs are used in the Priscilla Hutchins series, and in Chindi Hutch has to rescue someone on a runaway spacecraft but she's run out of fuel in her shuttle, so she ends up strapping a bunch of go-packs to her and jumping out into space.
  • In Robert A. Heinlein's Starship Troopers, among the many features of the Mobile Infantry's powered armor suits are jump jets. These don't allow for controlled flight, but do greatly increase the height and distance that the wearer can jump.
  • In Star Wars novels, the Fetts have jet packs that work in atmosphere and outer space.
  • In Bounders, the kids are taught to use blast packs so they can get around on planets with unusual gravity levels. On Jasper's first try, he accidentally flies into the ceiling and knocks himself out.

    Live Action TV 
  • In the Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode "Seeing Red", Warren of the Nerd Trio does a Villain: Exit, Stage Left using a jetpack hidden under his jacket. Andrew tries to follow suit, but fails to notice he's standing under an overhanging ceiling and knocks himself out.
  • Star Trek: Voyager. A jet pack is worn by Tom Paris in the holodeck program The Adventures of Captain Proton, in an affectionate homage to the old Commando Cody/Rocketman Republic Film Serials. Tom even wears the same jetpack controls as Cody on his Adventurer Outfit.
  • George Michael receives a jet pack in an Arrested Development episode, with predictable results.
  • Farscape. The engine room of a Peacekeeper Command Carrier is so large it requires jetpacks to conduct routine maintenance. Needless to say this leads to a mid-air jetpack fight between the protagonists and a group of Peacekeepers.
  • Jet packs are used a few times by John Robinson in the Lost in Space series. They actually filmed a stunt pilot using a Bell Rocket Belt.
  • The NCIS episode "Ignition" is about a murder committed over the design of a new jetpack. McGeek McGee unsurprisingly is a huge fan and bores his co-workers to tears with trivia on rocket belts, but when the guilty party tries to make a quick getaway in one at the end even Tony and Ziva look impressed.
  • One episode in Dai Sentai Goggle Five features a jet pack. Which never seems to work properly, so it doesn't become a staple to the series.
  • The Saturday morning kid's show Ark II used the "Jet Jumper" in practically every episode. It was a genuine, working jet pack flown by a stuntman. You can tell it was real by how huge and bulky it was, compared to more typically-streamlined Hollywood portrayals.
  • Jet packs are mentioned as being part of the equipment available to the crew of Babylon 5 when Sheridan is falling to his death, after leaping from a shuttle blown up as part of an assassination attempt, but never shown.
  • Jet packs are a piece of standard equipment available to Unicorn agents in the Japanese show Giant Robot (you may know it better from its movie compilation, Voyage Into Space).
  • Jet packs are mentioned in the Red Dwarf episode "Terrorform":
    The Cat: I say let's get into the jet-powered rocket pants and Junior Birdman the hell out of here.
    Kryten: An excellent and inventive suggestion, sir, with just two tiny drawbacks. A, We don't have any jet-powered rocket pants. And B, There's no such thing as jet-powered rocket pants outside the fictional serial "Robbie Rocket Pants".
    The Cat: Well, that's put a crimp on an otherwise damn fine plan.
  • Gilligan's Island: A military jetpack lands on the island. Due to his weight, Gilligan is the only one who can fly it. He flies into a cloud, causing a rainstorm that halts the military search for it. Later, he tries to fly to Hawaii, but forgets to strap it on properly.
  • Doctor Who. In the Two-Part Episode "Dark Water" / "Death in Heaven" the Cybermen have upgraded themselves with rocket boots. When the Doctor is put on a UNIT airborne command post to handle the crisis, they have no problem following.
  • The Mandalorian:
    • In "The Sin", the other members of the Mandalorian covert enclave arrive for their Big Damn Heroes moment by jet pack, and Paz Vizla briefly flies after the Razor Crest to salute him. It's not explained why the Mandalorian doesn't have one of his own, but he wants one.
      The Mandalorian: [after Paz Vizla flies off] I gotta get one of those.
    • He finally gets the desired Equipment Upgrade in the Season One finale, though the Mandalorian Armourer cautions our hero that he must train with it first as he hasn't used one since he was a foundling trainee. As it turns out circumstances force him to use it a lot sooner in a battle with a TIE fighter. The same episode also has a flashback to how he became adopted by the Mandalorians, with him being saved as a child by a Mandalorian in the middle of a battle and then carried to safety using a jetpack.
    • In the Season 2 premiere "The Marshal", Cobb Vanth, the self-appointed protector of a small settlement called Mos Pelgo, is revealed to be in possession of Boba Fett's armor and jetpack. Vanth and Mando use their jetpacks to aid them in their slaying of the Krayt Dragon terrorizing the locals. Mando even melees Vanth's jetpack to send him flying away to safety, referencing Boba Fett's defeat at the hands of Han Solo.
    • In "The Passenger", a bounty hunter is holding a knife at the Child's throat, so Mando trades his jetpack in exchange. As soon as he has the Child back, Mando remotely activates the jetpack and sends the bounty hunter shooting a long way up into the air, then drops him.
  • Cowboy Bebop (2021). In "Sad Clown A-Go-Go", the Villain of the Week Mad Pierrot uses the rocket boots version. Spike Spiegel defeats him by activating the rockets sending him flying off the asteroid they're fighting on.

  • The man and the woman in the unspecified future of The Atarians are each wearing a rectangular flying pack.
  • In the Gilligan's Island pinball, Gilligan is wearing a jet pack, which he uses to fly over Kona the Volcano God.
  • In The Party Zone, Captain B. Zarr's various female followers fly around with chrome jet packs shooting energy rings.
  • The alien invaders in Firepower use jet packs to get around.
  • Jet packs are used by the heroes in Mac Attack. One of the Video Modes involves flying up the side of a building and dodging enemy fire.

    Puppet Shows 

    Tabletop Games 
  • Warhammer 40,000 is full of these. Space Marine Assault Squads, Tau Crisis Suits, Chaos Marine Raptors, Ork Storm Boys, Sisters of Battle Seraphim, Eldar Swooping Hawks, and Yeld Spyrers all have some form of jet pack. Most jump infantry without wings are examples of this trope, and even some with wings are as well.

    Most of these groups have slightly more realistically designs. Crisis suits, Assault Marines, Raptors, and Seraphim have angled thrusters so that they don't set their butts on fire, Stormboyz don't really care about safety, and Swooping Hawks use anti-gravity vanes sculpted to look like wings instead of proper jetpacks. Also, given the rules' remarks that soldiers don't have unlimited ammunition but are instead assumed to have enough to last six turns of gameplay, it is reasonable to assume that these people merely have enough fuel in their jetpacks to last a normal-length battle instead of being unlimited-fuel affairs.

    The Space Marine version actually has a slightly plausible explanation for how it works. Power from the backpack reactor is used to convert reaction mass to a superheated plasma, which is directed to launch and maneuver. This explains why the Jump Pack only allows the user to make short hops, not full flight - it takes a short while to convert enough mass to perform the next Jump.
  • Monsterpocalypse's Sky Sentinel, Defender X, and Nova-ESR all wear giant jet-turbines to help them jump and fly their way across the battle maps.
  • GURPS:
    • GURPS Ultra-Tech has a nuclear jet pack that lets out a torrent of irradiated plasma below it. It's cool but neither particularly safe nor stealthy.
    • GURPS Supers supplement Supertemps. The heroes Clone and New Javelin each have a jet pack that allows them to fly.
  • Rifts:
    • Most flying models of Powered Armor use heavy jet systems mounted on the back, though the armor itself is usually hanging/pushed along from them in an upright position. Jetpacks are otherwise fairly rare on Rifts' Earth, though the Three Galaxies setting uses gravity-based versions fairly extensively.
    • Also noted are a set of rocket boots used to enhance jumping ability. They fire once on takeoff, and again to brake for landing. Notable in that it's also mentioned that one has to be superhumanly tough to be able to use them without breaking your legs.
  • Battletech:
    • Specially trained "Jump infantry" with jetpacks formed some of the least useless unarmored units in the original game, though their mission was frankly suicidal: to fly in, swarm huge mechs and hope to plant explosive charges before you were swatted like the vermin that, to the mech pilot, you resembled. Armored infantry also had jetpacks, a similar attack and a higher survival rate, but both were nearly useless in any area with clear fields of fire.
    • Certain BattleMechs had jump capability themselves, allowing a "Death From Above" attack on other mechs which, in the original rules, allowed EVERY ENEMY MECH within range a free shot before your mech slammed into your target mech, hopefully mashing its head, and everyone fell down.
  • Champions supplements:
    • Gadgets!. The Rocket Pack allows powered flight at a speed of 65 m.p.h. in combat and 130 m.p.h. out of combat, with a maximum flight duration of 1 hour.
    • Enemies. The supervillain Lazer uses one which allowed him to fly at 65 m.p.h. Interestingly, it is powered by his own Endurance rather than an onboard fuel supply.
    • Enemies II. The supervillain Death Commando, a member of Deathstroke, has such a device that allows him to travel up to up to 40 meters before having to be re-charged (more like a jump pack).
    • Organization Book 2 PRIMUS and DEMON. After DEMON steals the Earth Crown of Krim from PRIMUS headquarters, a Morbane (supervillain) wearing a jet pack flies with it to the local DEMON base.
  • Iron Crown Enterprises' Cyberspace RPG has jet packs for police, military and corporate use. They can reach over 60 k.p.h. and are controlled by extended handgrips. Some models can be controlled through cyberware.
  • The Hollow Earth Expedition main rules and the supplement Secrets of the Surface World has jet packs as a possible Artifact Resource for characters. They have a speed of 100 m.p.h. If the wearer carries another person, top speed is cut in half and maneuverability is reduced.
  • Laserburn Sci-Fi Combat Rules (1980). In combat, jetpacks allow long, low leaps from cover to cover. They are normally used by assault troops, either for moving into close combat range or for a quick getaway. They're powered by chemical fuel cannisters.
  • Maid RPG. A Rocket Pack is in the Great List of Items, so it can be used by maids.
  • Mongoose Publishing's Starship Troopers Role Playing Game. Both Mobile Infantry Marauder armor and the similar Skinny armor have jet packs on the back.
  • Terran Trade Authority RPG. Space Combat Armor has a built-in jet pack on the back designed for use - IN SPACE!
  • DC Heroes has a jet pack that allows the wearer to fly at 100 m.p.h.
  • Marvel Super Heroes Adventure Game Adventure 3 Fantastic Four: Fantastic Voyages. In the adventure "Hands of the Ravager", there are three jet packs stored aboard the Skrull scout ship Kell'rr Anelle, and the Kree Jon-Larr has one as well.
  • Spirit of the Century. The NPC hero Jackson "Jet" Black, the Flying Soldier, had a jetpack that he used to fly into battle during World War I.
  • Fantasy Games Unlimited's Aftermath!. Rocket packs were a high-tech way of getting around before the Ruin that ended civilization. Some of them are still available for the finding by survivors.
  • Toon supplement Tooniversal Tour Guide, "Supertoons" setting. Toons can fly using either a Jet Pack or a Rocketpack. If you fail your skill roll, get ready for a crash!
  • SPI's Universe. A Jet Pack is a rocket powered (solid fuel) backpack that allows flight in any type of atmosphere, including vacuum. Using one requires the Jet Pack skill, which determines speed (up to 200 km/hour) and the chance to crash.
  • Villains & Vigilantes. In the original main rules, Intercrime Power Infantry were said to wear jet packs with a maximum airspeed of 65 m.p.h.
  • Carcosa: Weird Science-Fantasy Horror Setting. Among other high tech items, the space aliens on the planet Carcosa have jet packs.
  • Encounter Critical. One of the items that can be purchased is a jet pack. It allows flight at a speed of 20" (by comparison, human ground movement speed is 7") and has a 23% chance of being defective. Another item on the equipment list is a Contra-Gravity Belt that doubles the jet pack's speed. The Combat Gravbelt in the Asteroid 1618 supplement triples jet pack speed.
  • TSR's Marvel Super Heroes, Uncanny X-Men boxed set Adventure Book. At the end of Chapter 9 "Let the Game Begin", if the heroes don't find Arcade within 15 minutes after the end of the basketball game, he will put on a jet pack and try to escape.
  • It Came from the Late, Late Show II adventure "Bjorn on the Bayou, or Escape from Alkatrazz XII". Alkatrazz XII is a prison planet. The cyborg warden Skrank and his bodyguard Jorj have jet packs as part of their standard equipment.
  • Tales of the Space Princess RPG. One example of a Super Science device is the Jet Pack. A character wearing one can fly at at a movement rate of 60 yards/10 seconds (15 m.p.h.) for 1 hour before needing to refuel.
  • Shadowrun supplement Paranormal Animals of Europe. In one story, a shadowrunner escapes the charge of a wild minotaur when her jetpak (sic) automatically activates and lifts her off the ground out of its way.
  • In Rocket Age, the United States was originally the only country to have mastered jet pack technology and kept it a closely guarded secret. The US Rocket Rangers use them as part of their standard equipment and Erisian 'Knight' Armor often included something similar.
  • Judges Guild's Wilderlands of High Fantasy (Issue N) has a plethora of relic high tech items with little description, including a "fully operational flyer harness".
  • Princess Ryan's Star Marines. One of the Black Guard opponents the title characters can fight are platoons of armored grenadiers wearing jet packs.
  • Ares magazine #14 game "The Omega War". Infantry units used in the war can fly using jet packs.
  • The Steve Jackson Games game Battlesuit, which involves infantry wearing Power Armor. The troops have a limited flight ability using jetpacks.
  • Judge Dredd, White Dwarf magazine #88 adventure "A Night in the Death of Sector 255". If the Judges attack the Big Bad Grag Peppard in his candy factory, he will try to escape using a jet pack.
  • Top Secret. Polyhedron magazine #9 has a list of new gadgets for the game, including the Model Jet Pack (MJP) - Defender Series. The wearer can travel at 30 miles per hour for up to five hours.
  • Battlelords Of The 23rd Century supplement Lock-N-Load: The Battlelord's War Manual. The T-5 jet pack can fly at a speed of 240 kilometers per hour for three hours.

    Video Games 
  • Apocalypse: Airborne Mooks on rocket packs are a recurring enemy after the city stage, and they have a habit of appearing near catwalks, platforms, and areas where your hero have the most amount of difficulty dodging. Which makes them Goddamn Bats for players without homing missiles or a Smart Bomb.
  • Battlefield Secret Weapons Of World War Two had one as a jetpack pick up. However, it was pretty much only good for getting to roof tops, since it had a short range. Also, contrary to the intro video, you were limited to the smg it came with, and not the rocket launcher shown. It mostly landed in the Cool, but Inefficient territory.
  • HeroSmash has some examples.
    • Some players have jet packs even though they can fly without them.
    • Rocker from Skull Deep has a jet pack.
    • In the trailer, Mr Purple has a jet pack.
  • The original Dangerous Dave features a jetpack that can be picked up and used on certain levels.
  • Halo:
    • Halo: Reach and Halo 4: What's cooler than a Halo multiplayer match? A multiplayer match with jetpacks!
    • Halo 2 introduced the Ranger-class Elites, who were equipped for EVA with anti-gravity packs and fully-enclosed helmets, though they fight planetside as well. Ranger units in later games use more traditional jetpacks, as do the Brute Jumpers introduced in Halo 3.
  • In all Starsiege: Tribes games, the jetpack is an EXTREMELY integral piece of the gameplay. Someone in juggernaut armor can only achieve any significant height gain by standing still while the same person in scout armor is nigh unstoppable on flag runs. And then we have the skiing ability of players, which originally came by as a bug, but is explained away in-game via micro-bursts from the jets. By the way, only scout and assault armors have jetpacks; juggernaut armors have jetboots instead.
  • Metroid Prime Trilogy:
    • Pirate Aerotroopers from Metroid Prime, which not only have jet packs but also go kamikaze on you after being defeated.
    • Metroid Prime 2: Echoes had an item that lets you rise up while underwater for a limited time, so it was an underwater-only jetpack.
  • Rocket Knight Adventures has Sparkster, a Rocket Knight, who, as the name implies, is a armored knight with a rocket pack, along with a sword that creates energy slashes. It's just as awesome as it sounds.
  • Dark Void:
    • Jet packs are the main selling point of the game.
    • Its Retraux cousin, Dark Void Zero, also features the use of jetpacks, although slightly more limited in scope.
  • Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas has a jet pack, and it was arguably one of the most fun vehicles in the entire game. It was also highly necessary to collect all the items on the rooftops in the Las Vegas-like city.
  • You eventually get a jet pack in Cave Story. Notably, it comes in two, mutually-exclusive forms. The Booster 0.8 can only angle its thrust straight down and is acquired in a normal playthrough. But, if you perform a bit of precision platforming, you can skip that Booster, which allows you to later acquire the Booster 2.0, which can fly in any direction and is required for the Golden Ending.
  • Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine has a slightly more realistic take on its jump packs, the thrusters are angled such that they aren't going to fry Titus' ass (and given his Powered Armor it might not do much damage anyway), and at the end of every jump pack level Tidus comments that he's out of fuel and takes it off.
  • Earth Defense Force has the Wing Divers (and their predecessor, the Pale Wings), female soldiers who use jet packs to navigate the battlefield. To keep their weight down and make the most of their mobility, they also forego using traditional ballistic weapons in favor of Energy Weapons. The challenge from this comes from the fact that the jet pack and weapons both draw from the same energy source, so careful management of the Wing Diver's energy is necessary to avoid running out and being left unable to fly or effectively fight back.
  • City of Heroes:
    • You get a Jet Pack and a rocket pack as a reward item for finishing a mission.
    • Rocket boots (and piston boots) are also an unlockable costume part, though they're purely cosmetic, only adding a special effect to existing flight powers.
  • Pey'j from Beyond Good & Evil has Jet Boots, although they don't propel him very high.
  • In the Dragonball Z games, Hercule has a jetpack to fly... but from the Tenkaichi series onwards, they only get him in the air for several seconds.
  • FLUDD's Rocket Nozzle in Super Mario Sunshine. It substitutes plumes of fire for a blast of boiling water.
  • Mega Man:
  • Duke Nukem 3D has one you can use whenever you want provided you still have fuel for it. Duke Nukem: Manhattan Project has it as a timed Power-Up.
  • In Elite Beat Agents, the "Makes No Difference" stage has the agents entering the scene via jet packs.
  • Fallout 4 allows players to mod their power armor with a jet pack that allows them to fly, but eats through fusion cores like a ravenous radroach.
  • Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire. A jet pack has finite fuel, so you must learn to manage it.
  • Jetpack (obviously), where the jetpack provides Video Game Flight.
  • Jetpack Joyride. The gameplay revolves around flying a jet pack.
  • Jetpac. In this game, the main character wears it. Not the same game as Jetpack.
  • JumpJet Rex has this as its main gameplay mechanic. Rex can use his rocket boots to hover, jump, rocket upwards and dash forward, and the player needs to master these abilities to traverse the levels quickly.
  • Killzone 3 has a jet pack, though it is Awesome, but Impractical. Though it is obviously useful for flying around, you can't crouch while using it, and using it to fly leaves you open to enemy fire. The Jetpack does have a machine gun, but it's surprisingly weak, considering that it's supposed to be an LMG.
  • In LittleBigPlanet a jet pack is one of the powerups, and there are two versions that people can use in their levels: The Tethered Jetpack', which has a certain range that can be set by the level creator, and the Tetherless Jetpack, which has no restrictions, save for people placing Powerup Removers everywhere.
  • In the Pilot Wings series, the "Rocket Belt" is one of the vehicles that can be piloted.
  • Nancy Drew, of all people, gets a jetpack in the game The Haunting of Castle Malloy.
  • You can make a jetpack in Satisfactory after unlocking it in one of the later Tech Tree tiers. The jetpack itself has finite fuel, but it automatically refills from fuel carried your inventory as long as you're on the ground.
  • Warhawk's latest expansion pack adds jetpacks.
  • Wario has a hat version of this in Wario Land, the aptly named Jet Cap/Jet Wario, which allows him to fly forward for a certain amount of time. Underwater too, apparently.
  • Cortex Command has nearly all units equipped with jet packs, which is a good thing, because the "realistic" physics and inability to jump makes simply walking on anything besides completely flat ground almost impossible. However, if a unit carries too much weight, the jetpack becomes nearly useless, and not all units have jetpacks. Plus, they're a little fudgy to use, and if you come down too hard, you break your legs off. Or break your body. Losing legs and non-vital parts does mean losing weight, however, which makes it that much easier to fly.
  • Diddy Kong:
    • He has a Rocketbarrel Jetpack in Donkey Kong 64, which becomes his recovery move in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
    • He also uses one in Donkey Kong Country Returns, though it looks much different from the Rocketbarrel in DK64 and Brawl as it has a little rocket that comes out of a backpack to help Diddy (and Donkey Kong if he has Diddy on his back or if you combine in Co-op) float for a short while.
  • Rocket Boots are a powerup in Backyard Football.
  • World of Warcraft:
    • Engineers have access to rocket boots, though their intended purpose is for horizontal travel rather than vertical.
    • The Icecrown Citadel gunship battle from Wrath of the Lich King gives players a somewhat limited form of jetpack to fool around with (it rathers serves as an improved jump to assault the enemy ship in practice).
    • In Battle for Azeroth, the Mechagone area has jet packs available for players so they can move more freely in the landfills. It is particularly useful for players who are farming the reputation, as the latter is a requirement to unlock the flying abilities for flying mounts in the expansion pack's zones.
  • The side-scrolling shooter Jets'n'Guns is full of jetpacked mooks, and in some levels in the Gold Edition, you have to leave your spacecraft and infiltrate an enemy base wearing a jet pack.
  • The shop in Clash at Demonhead sells jetpacks. They're useful, but quite expensive.
  • The old ZX Spectrum game Jet Pac and its successor Lunar Jetman both have jet packs.
  • The protagonist of Dark Side uses one. (Be careful not to run out of fuel in mid-air!).
  • Jet packs can be found/purchased/stolen in Spelunky. In the first game, they were a Game-Breaker. The sequel nerfed it by making it blow up if you get hit by fire or bullets.
  • The fourth-to-last and second-to-last levels in Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back feature the use of a jetpack as a game mechanic, although this example barely averts the Never Trust a Trailer trope by showing up just by the end of the game, after teasing up with its awesomeness right before the main title screen. It's also an example of Unexpected Gameplay Change, as the difficulty of the commands is arguably why these stages have been put in the fifth Warp Room. With this said however, the levels themselves make up for everything you've just read.
  • Actual rocket boots are an unlockable powerup in the Toy Story 2 game.
  • Metal Slug: From 3 onwards, players will be occasionally granted access to jetpacks, which allows them to fly after enemies in airborne missions instead of pursuing on foot. Said jetpacks also has a missile launcher built in.
  • Metal Fatigue. The game has jet packs as optional flight accessories for combots. MilAgro and Neuropa have jetpacks with wings while Rimtech uses mundane jetboots. Mounting jetpack/jetboots make combots behave like aircraft when ordered to move beyond a certain distance; they can even use ranged attacks without landing and cannot be attacked via melee until they do land. Now the drawback: while flying, combots get zero armor and all hits do full damage which means bad news, as flying parts have about 20 HP which is INSANELY low. It's still the fastest form of travel, though.
  • The Cyborg class in Ghouls vs. Humans has a jetpack, which has limited fuel. Apart from flying, it can be used for super-jumps, or to make a rapid dodge forwards, not unlike a Flash Step.
  • Dead Space 2: Isaac has thrusters in his boots and shoulders. However, they only work in zero gravity (and certain cut scenes).
  • Reapers in Starcraft II are Terran close-combat infantry with jetpacks and dual pistols. Their jets, actually mounted on the shoulders of their Powered Armor, don't let them outright fly, but they are very fast on the ground and can hop over cliffs.
  • Jables's Adventure. Jables even lampshades the fact that, since you have the jet pack, you must be near the end of the game.
  • In the Command & Conquer: Tiberium series, GDI has specialist infantry units with jetpacks in Tiberian Sun. The Zone Troopers, Zone Raiders, and Commandos in Tiberium Wars also use jetpacks, although they are for leaping rather than flying.
  • Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 has Allied rocketeers, hovering light infantry. Soviets has the Astrounaughts in expansion which are prcticaly the same, just with laser weaponry. These are however used only on Moon. In Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3, Japanes has the deadly Rocket Angels. They funtion basically the same, but instead of light anti-infantry weapons they use Macross Missile Massacre.
  • The hero of Jett Rocket has a jet pack, although the use is limited.
  • Ratchet & Clank series
  • The Rocket Boots can be purchased and used in Terraria.
  • The Jet ability in Kirby Super Star basically grants Kirby a Jet Pack. He can use this not only to fly, but to charge at enemies and fire energy pulses, and even perform an aerial throwing attack.
  • Fassad from Mother 3 sports a jet pack from Chapter 7 onward. Presumably this is because Fassad lost the ability to walk when he was put back together ala Humpty Dumpty after his fall from Thunder Tower. So he flies instead.
  • In Twilight Heroes, a hero with enough time and resources can undertake the game's biggest construction project, the Jetpack. The diagram for building it has its own page on the game's wiki. But once you complete the task, the Jetpack serves as one of the game's best forms of transport - Range 5 (meaning it can go anywhere on the map; there are very few Range 5 vehicles), flying, and without any level limit. And the only requirement to use it is the Passable Pilot skill, available in any run to any hero with five turns, 500 chips, and access to Downtown (which only takes a Moped).
  • Automated Simulations' Star Warrior. Depending on which method you use to create your character, you can either choose a suit with a built-in jet pack for him or pay for a jet pack as one of his custom suit's options.
  • In Sly Spy, some enemies fly in on jetpacks, and when killed will sometimes drop theirs for you to use.
  • Kerbal Space Program gives its astronauts a Manned Manoeuvring Unit similar to the one used in Real Life. On Kerbin it does next to nothing, but on some lower-gravity bodies it's possible to achieve orbit with them.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog:
    • Sonic the Hedgehog Chaos and Sonic Triple Trouble have rocket shoe power-ups in certain stages if you play as Sonic.
    • Shadow the Hedgehog also has rocket shoes, but the only time he's ever used them to hover is in the second Dark Story cutscene of Sonic Adventure 2. Most of the time, he uses them like a pair of roller skates.
    • Sonic Lost World has Dr. Eggman in possession of a jet pack, and he does use it. He also uses one in Sonic CD after his first boss machine is wrecked and he makes his escape.
  • In 007: From Russia with Love Both James Bond and his opponent Grant can use a jet pack to fly.
  • In MySims Kingdom, one of the figurines depicts Trevor wearing a jetpack. Victor wonders why.
  • Rocket Ranger is a deliberate homage to the original Rocketeer in video game form.
  • In certain levels of MDK2, Max makes use of a jetpack with limited fuel.
  • Space Engineers has every character equipped with a small rocket pack for maneuvering in zero-gravity. The jetpack is fairly realistic affair, with multiple jets on both their front and back for movement in all three directions, and is aligned with the character's center-of-mass.
  • The Aero-Divers as well as Joe Fang fly using jet packs in Virtua Cop 2.
  • Infinifactory has jetpacks as standard issue on the bright red space suits the Overlords issue to all their servant engineers. It's an essential tool for designing your factories.
  • Every hunter in ''Evolve has a jetpack. This allows the mobility to traverse the maps, which are filled with canyons, cliffs, and rivers, and the agility to dodge attacks.
  • The Rocketeer is one of Pulp Adventures available party members and has flight-related abilities, from hovering above ground while being able shoot, to ramming the target. There's also the Nazi Rocket Troopers, who are Nazi mooks with jetpacks; the Rocketeer initially appears ingame because he has been hired by the protagonists especially to not be too disavantaged against the Nazi Rocket Troopers.
  • Destroy All Humans!. Crypto's suit has a built-in jet pack that can pop out and allow him to fly around.
  • Two examples in Risk of Rain: the Rusty Jetpack only increases jump height, whereas the Photon Jetpack gives limited flight.
  • Iva's movement ability in Battlerite is provided by a jet pack. It also leaks oil onto any enemy she passes over, putting them at risk of being lit up.
  • Jet packs are used by some Mooks as well as one Boss in Xaind Sleena. The Laser Blade ones are the nastiest, as they love dives to either attempt to impale you with their weapons or in "kamikaze" fashion.
  • Plants vs. Zombies 2: It's About Time: The Far Future world introduces the Jetpack Zombie, who travels quickly, and can also fly over most plants to bypass them. There's also the Disco Jetpack Zombie, a disco version summoned by the Disco-Tron 3000. Finally, the expanded levels have the Blastronaut Zombie, a faster and tougher Jetpack Zombie whose Almanac entry subverts it, funnily enough — the jetpack is just for show, and his flight capability comes from a deep meditative state and being full of helium.
  • Mass Effect: Andromeda: The Andromeda Initiative gives out turian Jump Jets, borrowed from the turian elite forces, as standard equipment to its explorers. No more getting waylaid by three foot high ledges! They're pretty powerful, even capable of taking the weight of a krogan. One quest ends with the quest giver asking, as terms of a deal, for one of them in trade.
  • Fighting Force Has a boss with a jet pack.
  • Get Off My Lawn (2014): The second variety of aliens has them wear a jetpack. It allows them to dodge incoming shots at least once.
  • Splatoon 2's Inkjet special weapon causes the player to don a large jet pack that constantly fires continuous streams of ink out of it as a means of propulsion while arming the player with a rocket launcher that fires explosive globs of ink. The means of propulsion also means that flying over enemies causes them to take damage.
  • The Horus Hersey: Legions: Units that have the Unstoppable ability have the ability to ignore units with Front Line ability. Cards that have them, are shown with jet packs on their cards to identify, and emphasis their ability.
  • Club Penguin features several instances of jetpacks:
    • The minigame "Jetpack Adventure'' requires the player to fly to the finish line with a jetpack without touching anything.
    • The character Jet Pack Guy is a secret agent who is always seen with this flying device.
    • In the minigame "Catchin' Waves", when the player is rolled over by a wave, a penguin with a jetpack will put him back on his feet.
  • Splitgate: All players get a recharging jetpack that allows just a little flight each jump, and near-instantly restocks while not in use. While it won't let you fly across the map on its own it's definitely helpful, especially while taking a portal-enhanced leap.

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    Web Original 
  • Whateley Universe:
    • The best known thing about Peril is that he tested a jetpack for an inventor, and the thing exploded at about two hundred feet up. Fortunately for Peril, he's super-strong and regenerates.
    • Chaka got to use one in a holographic sim (where she stole it off a badguy), and she wanted one for real. She just didn't want to lug it around when she wasn't in battles.
  • Baron von Fogel of The League of S.T.E.A.M. wears a rocket backpack.
  • Red vs. Blue: The Project Freelancer Saga:
    • In Season 9, the Freelancers face a group of Elite Mooks equipped with jetpacks during the freeway battle.
    • In Season 10, the Freelancers themselves use jetpacks to navigate around an Insurrectionist controlled space station. It's also established that Agent Georgia had suffered a vague horrible fate involving a jetpack.

    Western Animation 
  • Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies
    • A standard piece of equipment for Wile E. Coyote and Sylvester the Cat in their never-ending quest to chase the Road Runner, Tweety Bird and – sometimes, for Sylvester – Speedy Gonzales. Never worked.
    • In "Lighter Than Hare," spaceman Yosemite Sam uses one, which Bugs Bunny eventually replaces with a keg of dynamite.
  • Jimmy Neutron: Jimmy's school backpack included a jet pack function, which he used every once in a while (notably the time he and Jet Fusion used it to escape an avalanche).
  • In Buzz Lightyear of Star Command, Space Rangers have these as standard issue with their spacesuits (and Chassis for XR). They also include a pair of wings, except for Booster's suit, which he has a double engine jetpack instead of wings.
  • Kim Possible: Jet packs are often used by Kim and sidekick Ron. Shego uses a bigger rocket pack at one point. And Dr. Drakken once used one to escape Kim and forgot that he was indoors. He embedded himself head-first in the ceiling.
  • Jonny Quest TOS
    • "The Invisible Monster". The Quest team uses jet packs to fly around the island and find the title creature, then to escape it when it pursues them.
    • "Turu The Terrible". Dr. Quest and Race Bannon use jet packs to ascend to the top of the plateau and face the title monster, who can fly himself because he's a pteranodon.
  • Transformers
    • Transformers Animated
      • Bumblebee has to get a volatile compound into the atmosphere real quick. His solution: Bulkhead throws him and Prowl, Prowl throws him, and by then he is high enough up that he uses his turbo boosters as a form of jetpack. Prowl himself has a jetpack that lets him fly short distances.
      • Sari gets a scooter that can transform into one after her Plot-Relevant Age-Up. She, her Dad and Ratchet build one (in pretty good time) for Optimus during the Grand Finale.
    • G1:
      • Skyfire's toy had a jetpack that clipped on.
      • Sideswipe also had one, but only in the fluff (though a later toy would finally reproduce it in plastic form). Optimus Prime borrows it to reach the Decepticon ship at the end of the three-part pilot miniseries 'More Than Meets The Eye'.
  • Dr. Wakeman from My Life as a Teenage Robot was often seen using these. Brad and Tuck have stolen them for their own use before.
  • Batman Beyond has jet boots.
  • In Filmation's Ghostbusters, the Ghost Packs could transform into "Buster Thruster Packs" at the press of a button.
  • Agent K from The Replacements.
  • Used regularly by Batman in Batman: The Brave and the Bold.
  • Used frequently by the girls in Totally Spies!.
  • In Xiaolin Showdown, the Jet Bootsu are... jet boots.
  • Dexter's Laboratory probably has a few of these, but the JET BOOTS! that Mandark installed in the giant statue of George Washington stand out.
  • In Exo Squad, James Burns and the Venus Resistance make extensive use of jetpacks.
  • G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero makes a lot of use of these as well, particularly in the opening of the first mini-series, and even more spectacularly in the opening of G.I. Joe: The Movie. Cobra has their own version in the C.L.A.W., which is essentially a jet pack with wings.
  • Slade's Mecha-Mooks in Teen Titans have Rocket Boots.
  • In Jackie Chan Adventures, Section 13 has one.
    Jade: Oooh, when're you gonna finish your jetpack? (accidentally takes off)
    Kepler (not noticing): Yesterday.
  • Heloise on Jimmy Two-Shoes. She even uses it in the second season opening. Lucius also uses one in several first season episodes.
  • As well as having one in Codename: Kids Next Door, Numbah One also has jet shoes, and they see a good amount of use throughout the series.
  • There was one that was one of the inventions made by Double-D in an episode of Ed, Edd n Eddy in which the Eds show up uninvited to Jimmy's birthday trying to be spy-like. The Jetpack didn't work so well, probably because it was damaged from Ed catching Eddy in mid-air when he used it.
  • The SWAT Kats had them. It was even the special for Razor in the SNES game of it. They only used them a couple times in the show, though.
  • Space Ghost
    • Jan, Jace and Blip used them to fly through space. In the episode "The Drone" Space Ghost called them "rocket packs".
    • In "Brago" a young boy used one to go for help against the title bandit.
    • At the beginning of "The Web" a man uses one to escape the lair of the Black Widow.
  • The Herculoids
    • "Queen Skorra": Queen Skorra's attack robots use jet packs to fly while fighting the Herculoids.
    • "The Pirates": The pirates wear jet packs while flying their "flying torpedoes" (hover vehicles). When Tundro smashes one of the vehicles and Zok destroys another one with his laser eye beams, the pirates piloting them fly away using their jet packs.
  • A sketch from Robot Chicken has a scientist complain that he's sick of people asking him all the time, "It's the future now, where's my jetpack?" They tried and failed, so they gave up on it and just decided to keep making iPods smaller.
  • On The Venture Bros., 21 tries to get 24 to become full-fledged archvillains with him, using stolen jet packs as their motif - 24 burns his shoes with his, and 21 is too heavy to fly more than a foot off the ground.
  • Recess. The cast found a note worth a large amount of money. Each of them talks about their fantasy of what they would use the money for, which all happen to feature a jet pack in some capacity, but they decided to try to find its owner instead. They did, and T.J returned it, only to be told to leave. The person he returned it to reappeared wearing a Jet Pack and explained that he did this all the time, and the gang was the only one to actually return the note to him and then offers each of them a ride on his jet pack.
  • In "The Fast & the Feathery", Duck Dodgers uses rocket boots to get back in his spaceship after falling out, only to jump out again as he's just set the seat on fire.
  • In the Justice League: Unlimited episode "To Another Shore," King Faraday and his fellow Secret Service agents use jet packs to provide air support for Wonder Woman and Green Arrow.
  • Skye of the PAW Patrol has a variation, being a glider pack equipped with twin mini-thrusters and retractable wings.
  • Birdman
    • "The Purple Moss". At the end the villains escape their ship by donning jet packs and flying away. Unfortunately they're too high in the atmosphere and end up going into orbit around the Earth.
    • "Wings of FEAR". Several FEAR mooks fly using a combination of wings and a jet pack. They use them to kidnap people by swooping down, grabbing them and flying away.
  • Rocket Robin Hood. Robin and his Merry Men sometimes used jet packs to fly through space.
  • Wishfart: The first wish Dez ever granted was giving a jet pack to his babysitter Muriel. But due to Dez's wonky wishing magic, Muriel can't ever take off or turn off the jet pack.
  • Fantastic Voyage. The protagonists had jet packs that they could use to fly around, as in the episodes "The Menace from Space", "The Atomic Invaders" and "The Master Spy".
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars has Cad Bane, the bounty hunter. While he's skilled with his pistols, his jet boots — and the mobility they provide — help put him on equal footing with Jedi.
  • In the Toonami Immersion Event The Intruder, TOM 1 puts one on in order to go outside and investigate a breach in the ship.
  • Filmation 1960's series The New Adventures of Superman. In the Superboy episode "The Revolt of Robotville", the robots that capture Clark Kent and Lana Lang and later rob a steel foundry use jet packs to fly.
  • Superman: The Animated Series. In "World's Finest", Batman has come to Metropolis and is working with Superman. Being unable to fly himself, he uses a jetpack with bat-like wings that the Joker promptly mocks him for.
    Joker: Copy-bat! Copy-bat! Suffering from propulsion-envy, Batboy?
  • Jet from Ready Jet Go! has one. He uses in a few episodes like "Mindy's Moon Bounce House" and "My Fair Jet".
  • Escape from Planet Earth. In a bid to stop their son from launching a spaceship, Kira carries hubby Garry from home to a launch-area by means of a rocket boots.
  • The Fairly OddParents: When Timmy wishes that his life was an action movie, he gets a "jet pack out of nowhere". At the end, the villain's Right-Hand Cat gets one.

    Real Life 
  • The primary reason why this trope has not become reality is not impossibility but impracticality; you can make a jet pack, but humans are not aerodynamic, jet packs are terribly fuel inefficient, and flying is dangerous enough in a plane. Thus it is unlikely that jet packs per the popular imagination will ever be a common form of transportation on Earth. There's also the Toasted Buns issue: the classic jetpack would incinerate your butt with the jets of flame, and inflict severe burns on your shoulders and/or back (because the engines themselves are hot). Even the compressed air and high-pressure water variants have the danger that if the tanks experience catastrophic failure, the explosive result is the same as having a bomb strapped to your body would have been - and they don't allow for much control or safe travel distance.
    • The USA did devise a working steerable rocket-pack that did what it should and did not kebab the user. It was dropped because it could only carry 21 seconds worth of flight time, the pilot was too obvious a target to ground fire, and because the heavy cumbersome hi-tech device did nothing that could not already be done as well, using low-tech resources and equipment. (For example, a parachute is cheaper, lighter, and proven technology as a means of disembarking men from aircraft in flight; ejector seats already existed for pilots to use in emergency; men could cross rivers more effectively using combat engineer bridges; and special forces could attack on the ground more effectively, without needing to fly.)
    • Contrary to popular belief, the original military projects experimenting with jetpacks were only intended for short jumps. The idea was to allow soldiers to quickly leap across a river or bounce over a minefield, rather than sustained flight. Those designs (when they worked) did avoid most of the practicality issues like Toasted Buns, poor aerodynamics, etc. But other concerns like safety, weight, and especially noise (even modern jetpack engines are unbearably loud) made alternate methods more attractive. So they were still impractical but for different reasons.
    • There was an actual turbine powered version too, the Bell Flying Jet that was the first true jetpack. It was even to the point that it was (relatively) more practical, being a good bit lighter and with a longer flight time than the Rocket Belt, and likely could have become more practical in due time. Unfortunately, the creator and driving force behind it, Wendell Moore, died while it was still in the testing phase, and without his mind and driving force to perfect it, the United States military lost interest and the program died with him.
  • The opening ceremonies of the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles included a Bell Rocket Belt (the Thunderball device) flown across the stadium.
  • Many people spend lots of time/money (attempting a successful run at) making these. A fair number had military funding some decades ago.
  • The Other Wiki has this.
  • A Swiss man named Yves Rossy used a winged jet pack to cross the English channel in ten minutes.
  • Goin' public!
  • The space shuttle astronauts' Manned Maneuvering Unit is kind of like a jetpack, although its thrust levels are so low that it's only useful in Earth orbit. (It would run out of gas after only 25 meters per second of delta-v.)
    • The MMU's predecessor, jet shoes, is a literal rocket boot.
    • There was also consideration of giving the Apollo astronauts these for additional mobility on the lunar surface, but this seems to have been shelved when somebody realized how phenomenally dangerous it was going to be to just walk around up there, never mind trying to fly. (Seriously, the regolith is basically composed of very small bits of broken glass, and that's about as good an idea to walk around in wearing something that will cause you to die if it breaks down as it sounds. As it was the suit materials were seriously damaged by the lunar dust that got into them.)
  • Hydro jet packs and "flyboards", although not self-contained, allow for some impressive stunt maneuvers and can propel much greater loads than any air-jet or rocket-based version.
  • The JB-9 is much smaller than the Martin motorbike-sized version, is capable of vertical takeoff and landing unlike Yves Rossy's rocket wing, and claims to contain enough fuel for 10 minutes of flight time unlike various rocket belts used in shows. If it lives up to these claims, it is perhaps the single closest example to this trope's use in fiction.
  • Want an ApolloTurbine? It's one of the traditional jetpacks.
  • Trek Aerospace, Inc. has an entire line of personal aircraft.


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Alternative Title(s): Rocket Boots


Splatoon 2 - Inkjet

The Inkjet is a jet pack propelled by the user's ink. It also comes with a rocket launcher that allows you to rain down ink missiles.

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