[[caption-width-right:350:[[ElitesAreMoreGlamorous An Irish Army Ranger Wing operator doing his normal work.]]]]

-> ''Barry got back to his feet inside the Bright Falls General Store and dusted himself off. Right next to the cans of baked beans was a locked case filled with flare guns. And yet, here was a conveniently placed barrel of crowbars! Barry's smile widened as he realized that this was the classic movie scene where the hero had to gear up and arm himself to the teeth. He threw himself into the role.''
-->-- ''VideoGame/AlanWake''

Similar to the TrainingMontage, it consists of the hero (and his optional team) gearing up for the big fight, preparing a multitude of weapons in anticipation of the need for MoreDakka, usually taken from a WallOfWeapons. Usually features close-up shots of guns being loaded, knives being sheathed, headbands being tied, etc. ''Never'' complete without a [[NoisyGuns veritable symphony of metallic clicking noises.]]

Whether or not all [[ChekhovsGun the weapons are used]] or whether the hero is held to the [[BottomlessMagazines limits of what is shown]] is up for grabs.

Frequently there will be one "special" weapon, a small and somewhat unusual one normally, which will play a critical role in the upcoming battle.

As the use of firearms is a modern contrivance, works such as ''Literature/TheIliad'' and ''Literature/{{Beowulf}}'' often depicted warriors donning their arms and armor in scenes heavy with ceremony and ritual.

The ATeamMontage might be seen as a variant. The TransformationSequence is a close cousin, and the ExtendedDisarming the opposite. Sometimes ends up as TechnologyPorn, and in military or law enforcement-themed media it frequently happens during RedAlert. The ActivationSequence could be considered a technological equivalent.

A SisterTrope to FighterLaunchingSequence, LipstickAndLoadMontage (the DistaffCounterpart).


* Parodied in the Parazone sponsorship thingies for ''Series/TheBill''. The cop-show obsessed character does this -- with cleaning products.
* Advertising/KevinButler: "Two words for you: Mon Tage."

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' devotes an inordinate proportion of its [[TransformationSequence Transformation Sequences]] to shots of the characters' magical armaments, which include a surprisingly large number of moving parts. These evolved into Lock And Load Montages by the second season, when the characters began literally loading their weapons with "cartridges" for extra oomph.
** One of these scenes replicates a similar scene in ''VisualNovel/TriangleHeart3SweetSongsForever'', replacing kunais with technomagic cartridges.
* Misato in ''[[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion End of Evangelion]]'', when preparing her pistol to go rescue Shinji from his HeroicBSOD. Misato's H&K USP makes some pretty satisfying metallic clicks.
* The ''Anime/CowboyBebop'' episode "Toys In The Attic" parodies Ripley's Lock and Load Montage in ''Film/{{Aliens}}'', with Spike equipping himself with a blowtorch, among other things. The whole episode, as a matter of fact, was one big ShoutOut to the original ''Film/{{Alien}}''.
* Yoko does this in ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'', though she ends up removing her clothes in favor of her flame-patterned bikini. [[MsFanservice Did we mention that she's the show's go-to girl for fanservice?]]
** ''Go-to'' girl? I think you mean poster girl. She's the frikkin' page image!
* It's "during" the battle rather than "before", but Kaze's Magun from ''Anime/FinalFantasyUnlimited'' has a pretty awesome pre-fire sequence: whenever he wants to take down a baddie with it, he loads three bullets full of "Soil" into it and fires -- [[AbnormalAmmo summoning a]] ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' [[AbnormalAmmo monster]].
* Done in chapter 15/episode 18 of ''Manga/SoulEater'' where, having been at a party, the students put on their usual outfits in order to face Medusa and her followers in battle.
* ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' series tend to feature these in the booting up format. If the Gundam is unused and being prepped for the debut battle, it will inevitably take much longer to suit up to give you the rundown. This comes complete with the interface completely opening up before your eyes. If the Gundam has weapons, they will be manually equipped.
* At the beginning of the TitleSequence for ''Manga/SamuraiGun''.
* ''Anime/FateZero'' has Kiritsugu and Maiya preparing themselves for combat, which usually involves ''at least'' one gun each (usually rifle and pistol, plus attachments like scopes and silencers), ammunition, knives, a couple of varieties of grenade and a few kilos of C4. Finally, there will always be Kiritsugu's Contender and its case of DepletedPhlebotinumShells.

[[folder: Comic Books]]
* Present in [[OncePerEpisode most]] [[ComicBook/ThePunisher Punisher]] stories.
-->'''O Brien''': Holy shit, did he just put an M-60 into the trunk of a Subaru?
* A frequent occurrence in the various ''Franchise/GIJoe'' comics. The Baroness gets one in IDW's ''G.I. Joe: Cobra'' #1 in contrast to a LipstickAndLoadMontage she undertook at the start of the issue.
* Jon gearing up for a mission was a standard scene in ''ComicBook/JonSableFreelance''. If the mission was something out of the ordinary, he would be shown packing something unusual in the way of armament.

[[folder: Fan Works]]
* In chapter 70 of ''FanFic/AGrowingAffection'', Hinata gears up after [[spoiler: Naruto is kidnapped while they are swimming.]]

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* The final story in the film ''WesternAnimation/HeavyMetal'' combines this with some heavy {{Fanservice}} as Taarna, the last Tarakian, prepares to fight her zombie-like enemies, in a leather bikini and stripper boots.
* Appears in Disney's ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'' as she puts on her father's armor and leaves home to join the army in disguise.
* The teaser trailer for ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'' spoofed this, with Mr. Incredible suiting up. It's when the belt fails to buckle that the audience discovers that [[OldSuperhero he's let himself go]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Home}}'', Tip laying out her make-up kit before disguising Oh is treated as one.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/TheInterview'' has one, which ends with a sudden sex scene between Aaron and Sook. Justified, as they were trying to have sex earlier, but were interrupted.
* The ''Franchise/{{Rambo}}'' movie series features a number of iconic example, especially the one from ''Film/RamboFirstBloodPartII'', the most frequently parodied.
* ''Film/{{Commando}}'': There's two of them; one when Arnie's stealing the weapons and equipment from a surplus store (except he's loading them on a shopping trolley), the other when he's gearing up for StormingTheCastle.
* The 2004 ''[[Film/ThePunisher2004 Punisher]]'' movie has a great one as Frank gets ready to [[StormingTheCastle storm the]] [[JustForPun castle]], complete with Thomas Jane's broody narration.
--> This is not vengeance. Revenge is not a valid motive, it's an emotional response. No, not vengeance. Punishment.
* Another famous parody, this time with Charlie's brother Emilio Estevez, is in ''Film/LoadedWeapon1'', when Colt straps on so many weapons that he can't stand up. When we cut to the next scene, he's decided to storm the villain's hideout with just the ''one'' gun.
* Another parody appears in ''Film/ImGonnaGitYouSucka'', where Isaac Hayes' character preps for the final battle by holstering more than a dozen guns under his long coat. He then trips and falls while leaving the building, causing all the guns inside his coat to [[ReliablyUnreliableGuns go off]].
* The ''Film/BladeTrilogy'' has one of these per film. All of them show Blade loading guns, sheathing knives and his sword, and putting on various other weapons. In the second movie, Whistler and the Blood Pack suit up alongside Blade. In the third film, it's Blade and Abigail Whistler who are loading up.
* Shows up several times in ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' in the ceremonial donning of armour style.
** Théoden has his armour put on for him by Gamling and uses the free time to recite some (presumably traditional) poetry over a montage of the other men and boys of Rohan despondently taking up old weapons and putting on ill fitting armour.
** By contrast, Aragorn puts on all his own clothing and gear without a word, and looks very much the workman rapidly and methodically preparing for a hard day's work. (He has at least two decades on Théoden, and so might be expected to have more thoroughly put away childish things.)
** An earlier scene has a villainous example: goblins strapping armour onto Uruks, pressing weapons into their hands, and marking them with the White Hand of Saruman.
* ''Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan'' had a good one in Act 3 when the ''Enterprise'' makes its run for the Mutara Nebula and the big showdown with the starship Reliant. As James Horner's navy music plays, we see repair teams deploying to all sensitive areas of the ship, activity in engineering, and the now-famous shot of actual torpedoes being loaded. Considering the crew is primarily made up of cadets, they have passed their trial by fire and perform with the efficiency you'd expect students of Starfleet Academy to achieve.
** A callback to this scene appears in ''Film/StarTrek'' after Captain Pike gives the order to "prepare to fire all weapons" with crew members scrambling for their places and two six-round quick-loads of torpedoes being slammed shut.
* ''Film/StarTrekNemesis'' has a scene very similar to the Mutara Nebula scene as well, with keycode-locked wall panels that rotate to reveal stored phasers.
* The ''Film/{{Batman}}'' [[Film/TheDarkKnightSaga movies]] often have a sequence where Bruce dons the batsuit, punctuated with dramatic angles, closeups, and movements. This convention has since trickled down into some of the animated series.
* This is subverted in ''Film/BatmanReturns'', as while Bruce breaks off [[DatingCatwoman a date with Selina Kyle]] to suit up as Batman, it's intercut with Selina frantically trying to get into her catsuit while still ''driving''.
* ''Film/HotFuzz'' features a seriously amped-up version of this montage, as Nicholas Angel straps several gun racks' worth of pistols, shotguns and rifles to his body, then stomps out with thudding footsteps from the extra weight, and walks ''[[BrickJoke right past]]'' the main villain, who is too busy [[MundaneMadeAwesome eating ice cream]] to notice...
* Both ''Film/EvilDead2'' and ''Film/ArmyOfDarkness'' feature [[Creator/BruceCampbell Ash]] tooling up, complete with whooshes and zooms. "Groovy."
* Every single montage in ''Film/ShaunOfTheDead''. Hell, Edgar Wright even does Lock and Load Montages for "getting ready for work" or "going down the pub". [[RuleOfCool Take that, banality!]]
* In ''Film/ScottPilgrimVsTheWorld'', Scott gets one of these. Which pauses for several seconds while he ties his shoes. The original purpose of the scene was to get Scott into a new T-shirt for the final battle; the whole sequence, complete with shoelace gag, was worked out in only a few minutes on the set.
* Ripley locks, loads and duct tapes near the end of ''Film/{{Aliens}}'' in order to rescue Newt from the Alien Queen. Earlier in the film the entire crew of the Sulaco has a Lock and Load Montage preparing for the drop.
* ''Film/RawDeal'', another Schwarzenegger film, except Arnie stuffs the guns into a nylon bag instead of strapping them on.
* ''Film/ANightmareOnElmStreet4TheDreamMaster''. Alice suits herself up with articles of clothing that belonged to her dead friends before going off to fight Freddy.
* ''Film/PhantasmIVOblivion'', when Reggie loads his guns and straightens his bow tie before going off to guard the hearse.
** The second film has two: one where Reggie and Mike break into a hardware store to get any weapons they can improvise (and Mike makes a makeshift [[FireBreathingWeapon flamethrower]] while Reggie makes his [[IconicItem now-iconic]] [[BifurcatedWeapon four]]-[[{{BFG}} barreled]] [[ShotgunsAreJustBetter shotgun]]) and later on grab the weapons from their car's trunk to [[StormingTheCastle storm the Tall Man's base]].
* ''Franchise/{{Predator}}'' series
** In ''Film/{{Predator}}'', Dutch prepares primitive weapons and covers himself with mud prior to fighting the title opponent.
** In ''Film/{{Predator 2}}'', Harrigan strapping on and preparing his weapons before confronting the Predator in the slaughterhouse.
* ''Film/TheMatrix'': "So what do you need? Besides a miracle." "Guns. Lots of guns." We do not see the actual tooling up, just the [[WallOfWeapons racks of virtual weapons]] and Neo [[NoisyGuns slapping down the cocking lever]] on an [=MP5K-PDW=].
* Parodied in ''Film/ThePacifier'', when Vin Diesel's SEAL-turned-babysitter character gears up with baby bottles, diapers, and the like for a walk in the park.
* ''Film/ShortCircuit 2'' had robot Johnny 5 "suit" up for revenge in a Radio Shack after getting essentially pounded into scrap by a pair of crooks and having to rebuild himself. With random electronic components. To turn himself into a Punk Rock Android. ''Complete with'' '''''Mohawk.'''''
* Done in ''Film/TheLastSamurai'', with Katsumoto's whole village abuzz with training, meditating, and making arms, armor, and incendiaries. Algren's suiting up near the end is particularly contemplative.
* Though the protagonist hitman in ''Film/GhostDogTheWayOfTheSamurai'' does not decorate himself with tons of metal; he always meticulously checks his guns (but then, there are "meditative" scenes when he cleans barrels and even assembles a silencer).
* Parodied in ''Film/SpyHard''. When the protagonists are finally finished with gearing up, they are surrounded by mooks and get captured.
* ''Film/TheHebrewHammer'': The Kwanzaa Liberation Front has one of these every time they show up -- only it's made ''entirely'' of them cocking their guns.
* The Sylvester Stallone movie ''Film/{{Cobra}}'' had a different take on this; scenes of the bikers approaching the small town where he's hiding are intercut with Stallone slowly assembling his [[RareGuns Jatimatic submachinegun]] which had been carried [[IKEAWeaponry stripped down in a suitcase]].
* The Kevin Bacon film, ''Film/DeathSentence'', features such a montage where Kevin Bacon is in his shed [[ImportantHaircut shaving his head]] à la ''Film/TaxiDriver'' and fooling around with his newly bought weapons (up until this point of the film, Kevin Bacon plays a family man who has most likely never used a gun before in his life so he is most likely trying to figure out how the guns operate) before embarking on his RoaringRampageOfRevenge.
* The action flick ''Film/SupremeSanction'' subverts it (technically): during the opening, we see someone prepare a sniper rifle, but when the actual shooting occurs, the protagonist uses completely different weapon: an Austrian Steyr AUG assault rifle (and she uses it like a sniper rifle).
* Parodied in ''Film/RaisingArizona''. H.I. is going back and forth speechifying, putting another handgun in his pants every time he reappears on screen. Finally, he appears with a shotgun.
--> "So let's go, honey! (cocks gun) Let's go get Nathan Jr.!"
* Used in ''Film/MalcolmX'', where we see several men sitting around a table, loading numerous weapons. Inverted in that it's not a heroic moment--they're preparing to assassinate the title character.
* ''At the Opera Tonight'' of ''Film/RepoTheGeneticOpera'' consists of characters getting ready for the titular event. The [[KnifeNut Repo Man]] just can't help packing a couple of scalpels.
* In the Film/SpyKids films, this is seen quite a bit with the gadgets and such.
* In ''Film/LockStockAndTwoSmokingBarrels'', this trope is seen when Dog's crew and Rory Breaker's crew are on their way to ambush the main characters.
* ''Film/SplitSecond'' (the 1992 movie) had one of those near the end when the two cops prepare for their showdown with the monster.
* The 1984 vigilante movie ''Film/SavageStreets'' has Linda Blair's character Brenda, after the death of her friend Francine at the hands of the Scars, suiting up in black leather and grabbing a switchblade as John Farnham's "Justice for One" plays. The real weapons she uses against the gang (a crossbow and some bear traps) come later.
* In ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanAtWorldsEnd'', there is a montage of the pirate fleet hoisting their colours just before battle, after a RousingSpeech by the Pirate King [[spoiler:Elizabeth Swann]].
* ''Film/SinCity'' has one when Marv goes in for a rematch against Kevin.
* In ''Film/BatmanForever'' and ''Film/BatmanAndRobin'', the film begins with Batman suiting up, picking his gadgets, and getting in the Batmobile.
* ''Film/{{Gladiator}}'' has the opening sequence of the Romans preparing for battle against the Germanic tribe. Arrows are nocked, ballistas are wound, to much clicking and clacking.
* ''Film/{{Eraser}}''. Arnie has a brief one when he's with a group of federal agents gearing up to raid a house. It serves as a ChekhovsGun by showing the belt knife Arnie uses to escape TheMole later on.
* ''Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse'':
** Tony Stark suiting up before he takes the fight to the Afghan warlords in ''Film/IronMan1'' is TechnologyPorn, a Lock and Load Montage, and a CrowningMomentOfAwesome mixed into one.
** In ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'', there's a brief sequence with Captain America arming his motorcycle with weapons and wielding his shield right before the proper montage of him and his team in action against the forces of HYDRA.
** In ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'', once our heroes decide to collectively start, erm, avenging, we're treated to a montage of Iron Man making repairs to his armor (prepping the new one comes later), Captain America suiting up, Black Widow arming her gauntlets, Thor grabbing {{Mjolnir}} and donning his full armor, and Hawkeye checking his bow.
** In ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'', before taking on the Big Bad. The montage exhibits the style of each character : [[HiddenWeapons knife in the boot for Gamora]], no vest for Drax The Destroyer, and Rocket Racoon's {{BFG}}.
** In ''Film/{{Doctor Strange|2016}}'', after [[spoiler: the Ancient One dies]], there's a scene of Strange putting his (sentient) cloak on and setting the collar upright. The moment is then completely ruined when the cloak (who noticed Strange's face was still [[ManlyTears wet from crying]]) starts [[Heartwarming/DoctorStrange2016 wiping his tears off]].
--->'''Strange:''' ''[irritated]'' Stop.
* In ''Film/TheWildHunt'', one occurs as Bjorn, Erik and their allies prepare a raid into the Celts' camp. Tamara even "equips" her cleavage.
* In ''Film/BlackHawkDown'', there's a montage of the Rangers gearing up for their mission, complete with rock music blaring in the background.
* The trailer of ''Film/{{Skyfall}}'' features one. This also occurs before the final battle at the titular household of the same name, complete with training with the weapons and setting up booby traps.
** In ''Film/{{Spectre}}'', [[spoiler: Bond and M get a low-key for the trope but epic one as they prepare to go rogue in order to bring down C. Madeleine, the audience surrogate, watches on in a mix of awe and shock as they lock and load.]]
* ''Film/{{Tank}}'' features a "lock and load montage" as the protagonist fires up his Sherman tank to rescue his son.
* In ''Film/GIJoeRetaliation'', the Joes (and [[spoiler: Storm Shadow]]) go to General Joe Colton's house to arm themselves. We are greeted to a montage showcasing his over-the-top stockpile of weaponry concealed in his suburban kitchen.
* ''Film/{{Hooper}}'' starts with a long scene of the stuntman Sonney Hooper (played by Burt Reynolds) donning protective gear.
* The short film parody ''Night of the Living Bread'' has the male protagonists attaching extension cords and turning on electric toasters before taking on the zombie bread slices.
* ''Film/ManOnFire'' has a variation. We see John Creasy ''buy'' the guns alongside other pieces of equipment (like additional cell phones presumably for calling without being traced), [[ChekhovsArmory most of which get used at some point afterwards in the movie]]. [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic Set to Nine Inch Nails' "The Mark Has Been Made".]]
* ''Film/{{Dredd}}'' opens with the titular Judge suiting up for work. It's the ''only'' scene in the movie where Dredd doesn't wear his helmet, [[TheFaceless but since he spends the entire scene in shadow with his back to the camera, you still can't see his face]].
* Dom, Brian, and Shaw go through one before the FinalBattle in ''[[Film/TheFastAndTheFurious Furious 7]]''. [[AwesomeMusic Set to]] "Tempest" by Music/{{Deftones}}.
* Happens in ''Film/TheHeat'', where Sarah and Shannon are gearing up as they prepare to infiltrate Larkin's warehouse.
* Lampshaded in ''Film/{{Cooties}}''.
-->'''Wade:''' Remember that suiting-up montage in every action film? ''This is that scene!''
* ''Film/TheMummyReturns'' shared between Ardeth Bay and Rick O'connell as they prepare to rescue Evelyn close to the beginning of the film
* ''Film/KickAss''. Hit Girl arming for her RoaringRampageOfRevenge from a WallOfWeapons is intercut with Kick Ass in the adjourning bathroom, cleaning blood off his face after being tortured.
* The opening scene of ''Film/JackReacher'', with emphasis on the load part. Scenes of the killer using a reloading press to handload his ammunition are intercut with the sniper carrying out the murders that set forth the plot.
* Happens in ''Film/SuicideSquad'', when the Squad gears up at the airport before entering Midway City. Probably also counts as a LipstickAndLoadMontage for Harley Quinn.
* ''Film/RobinHoodPrinceOfThieves'' shows the Sherwood gang making themselves into a fighting force. Including casting metal arrowheads, attaching them to shafts, and fletching them. It turns out casting metal is something you can do camped deep in the woods, with just a hot enough fire and simple equipment.
* ''Film/JohnWick'' has two - the first is his "suiting up" sequence where he digs up his [[HiddenSupplies old hitman gear]] and prepares to defend himself against another home invasion. Afterwards, he spends his first night at the Continental loading up for the Red Circle shootout. [[Film/JohnWickChapter2 The sequel]] has another one set at the Continental in Rome, where Wick buys up all the gear he'll need for the mission. In the second movie, the process of getting his equipment is treated like preparing for a formal event: John going to a tailor to get his [[BadassInANiceSuit suit measured]], and visiting a Sommelier for a "tasting" - in which the Sommelier recommends various weapons for different roles, treating each one like a fine vintage of wine, and even offers up a set of freshly-ground knives for "dessert."
* ''Film/BringMeTheHeadOfTheMachineGunWoman'': Santiago undergoes a lock-and-load montage when he decides to return to the Tango Club and rescue the Machine Gun Woman. He straps on all of the weapons he finds in the back of the Machine Gun Woman's jeep; transforming himself into a skinny version of Rambo.

* OlderThanFeudalism: The gearing up scene is one of the most frequent formulae (that is, groups of lines periodically repeated almost identically with a few significant variations) of ''Literature/TheIliad''. Several heroes get one and each one reveals something about them: while Menelaus has the "standard" scene, Paris is seen donning borrowed armour (which marks him as not a real warrior), and Patroclus puts on Achilles' but is unable to lift his great spear, a foreshadowing of him being ultimately unable to fill Achilles' shoes and dying because of it. Later, when ''Achilles'' has his own Lock and Load Montage and is seen grabbing said spear, you know HesBack and arse is going to be kicked.
* ''Literature/{{Beowulf}}'' also includes a scene in which the character donning his armor is described as an almost religious ritual.
* The ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novel ''Discworld/{{Pyramids}}'' begins with Teppic the student assassin preparing for his final exam by loading up an arsenal of knives, poison darts, climbing gear, [[strike:piano]] cheesewire, etc. He then puts on his hat, stands up to look in the mirror, and falls over backward. With echo scenes [[ChekhovsGun later]], involving crazy symbolic ceremonial gear or being ordered to [[ExtendedDisarming throw down all weapons]].
** Also done in ''Wyrd Sisters'' when Granny Weatherwax puts on her black cloak and secures her pointy witch hat with hairpins.
--->[The pins] slid on one by one, as unstoppable as the wrath of God. No samurai, no questing knight, was ever dressed with as much ceremony. Finally she surveyed herself in the mirror, gave a thin little smile of satisfaction, and left via the back door. The air of menace was only slightly dispelled by the sound of her running up and down outside, trying to get her broomstick started.
* In ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'', Jerin decides that [[NonActionGuy man]] or not, he is still a [[BadassFamily Whistler]] and must do everything he can to protect his wives from the impending threat, so he puts on his old walking-robe with the pockets, goes to his wedding chest, and straps on his lockpicks, knife, and derringer - a tiny pistol. [[SubvertedTrope He is then]] [[DistressedDude promptly kidnapped]].
* Long running action/adventure book series ''Literature/TheExecutioner'' frequently features scenes with the protagonist Mack Bolan(and sometimes his allies) loading assault rifles, holstering pistols, sheathing blades, and putting grenades into pouches. This is often accompanied by a [[GunPorn description of the caliber and features of the various guns]] and sometimes giving specific reasons why Bolan chose a particular weapon or weapons.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* The ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' episode "Valiant" features one before the [[spoiler: ill-fated]] battle.
** The station itself gets one in "The Way of The Warrior" after revealing that Deep Space Nine now sports a complement of ''5000 photon torpedos'', there's a sequence of the photon launchers deploying from various parts of the station.
* Captain Janeway, in the ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' episode "Macrocosm," got to do her own Ripley impression as she girded for battle with giant flying one-celled organisms.
** Another one occurs in "Scorpion, Part I" as ''Voyager'' approaches Borg space (specifically, a Borg-free corridor running through the region) and the crew prepares for a possible confrontation.
* ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' features one in "Countdown" before the battle to rescue [[DamselInDistress Hoshi Sato]] and destroy [[EarthShatteringKaboom the superweapon]].
* A mild spoof in ''Series/{{Chuck}}'': as Chuck and Sarah prepare for their first date, we see a montage of Sarah strapping on body armor, prepping poisoned darts, checking throwing knives, and loading her gun, intercut with Chuck combing his hair, choosing a shirt, tying his shoes, etc.
** The entire series starts with one of these. It turns out to be a subversion, as it's actually Morgan trying to sneak Chuck out of the house. Even funnier is that Morgan has a grappling hook to "climb down" from Chuck's window... Chuck lives on the first floor.
* One ''Series/BabylonFive'' episode, "No Surrender, No Retreat", combined this with the CaptainsLog; the log is read over shots of fighters launching, White Stars flying in formation, etc.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' liked using these in the first season, though they're common enough to be understated when they happen now.
* Parodied in ''Series/{{Misfits}}'', where several of the characters are shown "gearing-up" for their confrontation with the Virtue organization. Their "gear" consists of ipods and rubber gloves (it ''sort of'' [[ItMakesSenseInContext makes sense in context]], but still looks really silly).
* The ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' episode "War Stories" featured one of these.
** Subverted in "Objects in Space" when Jayne hears something moving around upstairs, pulls a blanket off the wall to reveal a rack full of weapons... wraps the blanket around himself, and rolls over in bed.
* Appears in ''Series/KamenRiderAgito'', while Agito, Gills, and Another Agito get the usual TransformationSequence, G3/G3-X has to manually don his armor and weapons in a dramatic fashion.
* Spoofed in the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode ''Dalek'' when the Doctor goes through van Statten's collection of alien weaponry tossing them aside with comments like "broken - broken - hairdryer". When he finds one that he thinks is suitable, he says "Lock and load!" just in case we missed the point.
* Parodied in ''Series/{{Spaced}}'' - Mike pulls a ''Film/{{Commando}}''-style montage (with knife/grenades) getting kitted up for ''{{paintball|Episode}}ing'' before dropping in [[Franchise/EvilDead Ash's]] 'Groovy'.
* ''Series/TeenWolf'' has Chris Argent and his associates preparing to hunt down Derek, Scott, and the Season 1 Alpha.
** Allison's preparations to hunt down Derek for the death of her mother.
* ''Series/TheAquabatsSuperShow'' episode "Showtime!" has a musical number appropriately titled "Showtime!" in which the band gears up to stop a downtown menace.
* ''Series/FullMetalJousting'': Several times during the series, we are shown scenes of the contestants suiting up in modern versions of 16th century jousting armor.
* ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' features one when Team Gibbs prepares to defend an abandoned naval black-ops ship from Russian pirates.
* ''Series/TheDefenders2017'': The fifth episode "Take Shelter" opens with such a montage as the Hand leaders Madame Gao, Murakami and Sowande plus their henchmen gear up to assault the heroes at the Royal Dragon Restaurant, accompanied by orchestral music. Much of the lock-and-load element of the montage is of Sowande and his men riding in the back of a van, with the men on the passenger's side sharpening knives while the men seated on the driver's side load bullets into assault rifles.
* Series/{{Arrowverse}} has a suit-up trailer that features many of the heroes from [[Series/{{Arrow}} its]] [[Series/TheFlash2014 four]] [[Series/LegendsOfTomorrow live-action]] [[Series/Supergirl2015 series]] (with Series/BlackLightning2018 making a cameo despite not currently being a part of the Arrowverse). There are some humorous moments, such as almost everyone being ready when Barry walks in, clearly unprepared (not even shaven) and munching on a Big Belly Burger. Then again, it takes him only a second to get ready and speed out the door, once again annoying Oliver, who likes the more deliberate approach. He turns to Kara and sees that she also managed to change in her costume in only a second.

* "Jerusalem", of all things.
-->''Bring me my [[ElementalCrafting bow of burning gold]]!\\
Bring me my [[InsubstantialIngredients arrows of desire]]!\\
Bring me my spear, o clouds, unfold!\\
Bring me my [[IncendiaryExponent chariot of fire]]!''
* [[WesternAnimation/{{Metalocalypse}} Dethklok]] uses an absolutely lovely one in ''Murmaider'', illustrated in the song's official music video:
-->There are no fingerprints underwater
-->Nothing to tie one to your crime
-->And if you seek vengeance,
-->You will need your instruments of pain
-->You'll need your:
-->{{Kni|feNut}}ves, check
-->[[WhipItGood Rope]], check
-->[[KnifeNut Dagger]], check
-->{{Chain|Pain}}s, check
-->[[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown Rocks]], check
-->[[RayGun Laser beams]], check
-->[[HollywoodAcid Acid]], check
-->Bodybag, check
-->But beware, for when you quench your bloodthirst,
-->Others will seek vengeance on you
-->And they won't rest until you're dead.
-->They'll have their:
-->{{S|inisterShiv}}hiv, check
-->[[ImprovisedWeapon Pipe]], check
-->[[DropTheHammer Hammer]], check
-->{{A|nAxeToGrind}}xe, check
-->[[RoaringRampageOfRevenge Subject, check]]
-->[[RoaringRampageOfRevenge Location, check]]
-->[[YouKilledMyFather Desire, check]]
-->[[CycleOfRevenge Vengeance, check]]

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Generally speaking, most shooter games where the player can carry [[LimitedLoadout more than two guns]] will tend to have in-game moments like this, although they are most common ''after'' big shootouts, as once the player has emptied all their guns clearing a large area of mooks they'll have to [[RealityEnsues sit down for a moment and reload all of them.]]
* ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' has a lock and load montage right before [[spoiler: you take the Normandy through the Omega-4 Relay]]. From a story perspective, the ''entire freaking game'' is this, as everything you do (recruiting and getting squad members loyal to you, upgrading the ship and weapons, etc.) is in preparation for the final mission.
** There's also a brief montage during Kasumi's Loyalty mission where she [[SeanConneryIsAboutToShootYou points a gun at the camera]].
* ''VideoGame/BodyHarvest'' for the N64 features an opening cinematic where the protagonist suits up while the aliens invade his space station. It looks bad ass up until the part where he gets shot.
* Similarly, the first ''VideoGame/{{Worms}}'' game starts by showing one of the worm soldiers loading and strapping on everything from pistols to a bazooka, readying them to rock and roll. After a moment of standing there looking like a badass, he topples over. This itself was a parody of the intro sequence to Operation Wolf.
* In the Xbox remake of ''VideoGame/NinjaGaiden'', Ryu Hayabusa is shown tightening the straps on his outfit and putting three kunai into holders.
* Although the player starts with only one weapon, the demo for the video game ''[[VideoGame/DarkForcesSaga Dark Forces]]'' began with a sequence of PlayerCharacter Kyle Katarn strapping on his equipment. Strangely, this montage was absent from the full version of the game, though fan-created mods put it back in.
* Done every time you make a major kill in ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedI'', but with the most notable being Altair's preparation for the final assassination target, in which he does the most well-recognized form of the montage (swinging his swords to test the balance, tightening straps etc.).
* The 1987 arcade shooting gallery game ''VideoGame/OperationWolf'' began with a Lock and Load montage sequence based loosely on a similar sequence from the 1985 action film ''Franchise/{{Rambo}}: First Blood Part II''.
* The ''VideoGame/TraumaCenter'' games always show a quick sequence of the main surgeon dramatically donning surgical gear and striking a pose just before each operation.
* The beginning of the first ''VideoGame/SplinterCell'' game features Sam Fisher gearing up en route to his first mission to The Crystal Method's "Name of the Game".
* ''VideoGame/TheWitcher'''s opening sequence features a prolonged montage as Geralt prepares his monster-hunting tools, his swords, a knife, a silver chain, drinks potions etc...
* Happens to Barry in episode 4 of ''VideoGame/AlanWake''. It's off-screen, but we learn about it via a manuscript page, which also {{lampshade|Hanging}}s it.
* ''VideoGame/ArmoredCore'' series ''love'' this. Even the very first game feature an Armored Core being constructed, from each individual parts starting from the Core selected, attached, ''briefly tested'' before finally the head is attached and the mecha is activated. Several variations exist like in Master of Arena's powerup opening or more recently, For Answer's White Glint being armed ''by having a rifle airlifted using an AH-64''.
* The openning cutscene of ''VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved'' features the Pillar of Autumn's Marine complement gearing up to repel boarders.
* ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'''s Medic gets one of these in his Meet the Team video, where he prepares to set out to the battlefield with the Heavy.([[TheHeavy Not that other heavy.]])
* At the end of ''VisualNovel/{{Policenauts}}'', Jonathan Ingram has one near the beginning of the climactic final act of the game.
* In ''VideoGame/PerfectDark'', the cutscene before the last level shows Joanna loading a series of guns while preparing for an assault on the Skedar homeworld.
* Sgt. Rex Power Colt does this in the opening cutscene of ''VideoGame/FarCry3BloodDragon'', and finishes it off by grabbing his crotch.
* The intro video of ''VideoGame/WarCraftII'' has soldiers running past a rack of spears and swords, each grabbing one as they go past, along with shots of cannon crews loading their pieces and running them out the gun ports of the fortress.

* The Black Prince gets an elaborate arming scene before the Battle of Poitiers in Shakespeare-and-unknown-writing-partner's ''Edward III''.
* The surviving fragment of Creator/{{Sophocles}}' ''Theatre/TheProgeny'' was apparently part of one:
->'''Speaker A''': gobbling the whole, sharpening the flashing iron.\\
'''Speaker B''': And the helmets are shaking their purple-dyed crests, and for the wearers of breast-plates the weavers are striking up the wise shuttle's songs, that wakes up those who are asleep.\\
'''Speaker A''': And he is gluing together the chariot's rail.

* ''Webcomic/CryHavoc'' features a page of the mercenaries loading machine guns and swords before setting off across the jungle.
* The "Let's kick fang!" sequence in ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'', when Riff, Aylee, Kiki and Bun-bun prepare to rescue Torg and Zoë from vampires. Featured weapons include sharpened stakes, a stake-launcher, a Star of David, high-power lamps, a whoopee cushion filled with holy water, a ferret flying device, Bun-bun's switchblade (now with silver-plating) and Aylee's claws (which really don't need any improving).
* Spoofed in [[http://samandfuzzy.com/archive.php?comicID=1246 this]] ''Webcomic/SamAndFuzzy'' strip, adding in (for no apparent reason) pouring a fizzy solution into a test tube and building a snowman to the more standard montage fare.
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' has a variety of these, getting lengthier as the strip developed a plot and the battles got bigger. The most elaborate one to date was when Azure City was about to be invaded, and the characters' preparations included writing new spell scrolls, forging a new sword, and making out.
* ''Webcomic/TheSenkari'' has one whenever Freija dons her armor.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* The Street Fighters have this in ''WebVideo/StreetFighterTheLaterYears'' complete with [[SuspiciouslySimilarSong a cheap imitation]] of the song [[Film/KillBill Battle Without Honor Or Humanity]] and ending with Zangief [[{{Squick}} wearing a too short speedo]].
* Parodied in the first part of ''Film/{{Kickassia}}''. The Nostalgia Critic's team is loading up for battle, with characters like Eight-Bit Mickey having Film/ThreeHundred-style muscles drawn onto his chest, Paw putting on a pair of headphones dramatically, the Cinema Snob taking off his glasses, spinning around, and putting them back on, and Handsome Tom simply standing there, having changed to a red "Villain" shirt off screen, and shrugging.
* A standard feature of ''FIGHT THE PATRIARCHY'' photosets on Website/{{Tumblr}}.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The penultimate episode of ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' has Kim suiting up in battle armor, then picking up Ron in her CoolCar, making it seem like she's going to take down Drakken for good. [[spoiler:Turns out it's for a puma in a tree.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/RamboTheForceOfFreedom'' had a stock version of this montage, ending with Rambo tying his headband, that appeared in every episode.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' heavily parodies the scene from the ''[[Film/Batman]]'' movie, as Monarch henchman [[AscendedFanboy Number 21]] puts on his minion uniform while singing "Mars, Bringer Of War".
* ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'' loved this one, naming it the "suit up" sequence which made [=DeeDee=] squeal with glee whenever it happened.
* ''WesternAnimation/SwatKats'' used a "suit up" sequence for the characters, especially in the later episodes. A long "suit-up, get in plane, have plane lower on its elevator for takeoff, engage engines, fly through tunnel to surface" sequence more like. Looked cool of course, most things on that show did, but it was [[EngagingChevrons a little long]].
* When WesternAnimation/TheTick and Arthur are in the lair of the otherwise unassuming Sewer Urchin, they watch as the underground superhero undergoes one of these, strapping up with such objects as lemons, guns that shoot melted butter, large claw-crackers, and soap. All of these items prove indispensable.
* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsCloneWars'' "Chapter 21" has a montage of the ARC Troopers arming themselves just before they swoop in to [[BigDamnHeroes rescue the Jedi]].
* Spoofed in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'', also of the OldSuperhero variety. Captain Righteous and his sidekick suit-up, but as they're already quite old, the montage takes [[OverlyLongGag around ten times as long as it would have if they were younger.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' had a few. The episode "Coming of the Fuzors Part 1" had a subversion: as Rattrap summarizes the current dire situation to Dinobot, Dinobot loads up on weapons and ammunition ''out of sight''. The next time Dinobot's on-screen, he's more than ready to meet the enemy.
** ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' has one for both the second and third season finales displaying the Autobots checking and equipping powerful weaponry before teleporting to the respective climatic battles.
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' recently had Lois do this in order to kill [[spoiler:her son Stewie]] for the sake of the whole world. Luckily, [[spoiler:the whole episode turned out to be a computer simulation being seen by Stewie himself, to the dismay and relief of fans.]]
* A ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' cartoon has [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick going through one as they prepare for a day of jellyfishing.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' had a very dramatic one before the Day of Black Sun invasion. [[DeadlyDoctor Katara]] loads up on [[ElementalBaggage four pouches of water]], [[BadassNormal Sokka]] puts on his [[ThunderboltIron sword]] and [[AnimalMotifs cool wolf armor,]], [[LittleMissBadass Toph]] gets Earthbender gear and a [[CoolHelmet helmet]], Appa gets [[BlingOfWar some badass armor]] made by Sokka, [[BadassAdorable Aang]] dramatically [[ImportantHaircut shaves his head]] and Zuko takes ''off'' his armor and unfixes his hair in preparation for his HeelFaceTurn.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' - Toph's daughter Lin gets one in "Out of the Past", metalbending her armor onto herself from across the room. Tony Stark would be impressed.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', "Dragonshy" features a montage of Twilight's friends getting ready to track down a hibernating dragon and convince him to sleep elsewhere so his smoke will stop fouling up the air over Equestria.
* Gnomeo gets one before his first raid into the Red yard in ''WesternAnimation/GnomeoAndJuliet''.
* Invoked [[WeaponForIntimidation for intimidation purposes]], lampshaded and parodied all at once on ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'';
-->'''Archer:''' ''Do you get it?'' Because I swear to god, I will strip back down and show you all over again-\\
'''Pharmacist:''' Yeah I get it, I get it! You have a lot of guns!\\
'''Archer:''' And a knife!
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'' has a scene like this in the series finale, after the Avengers decide to call their other superhero friends (Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, Black Widow, Wolverine, etc.) for help.
* The GrandFinale of ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'' has a sequence where all of the members of the extended League ([[MyFriendsAndZoidberg and Hawkman]]) gear up for the fight with [[spoiler:Darkseid and his army]].