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"Hm. This thing I wear on my wrist says they're not poisonous."
Leela, Futurama

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Items on your wrist are easy to access, versatile, and just look awesome.

Can function as any number of useful tools, like a communicator, a firearm, a light, a scanner, a music player, a wristwatch, etc. Typically, this will appear in sci-fi shows as a device from which characters can access a wide variety of tools. Also, unlike a hand-held device, being wrist-mounted makes it "Hands Free", meaning it won't get lost, dropped or hinder the user by limiting the number of hands they might need in a given situation. Truly a remarkable device.

Compare: Tricked-Out Gloves, Comm Links (can be worn on the wrist), Gadget Watch (with other built-in special devices). See also Magical Accessory.


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    Anime & Manga 

    Comic Books 
  • Funky Koval used a gadget watch with a blaster on one occasion.
  • When the scene was spoofed in Górsky & Butch, there was no gadget involved — the watch was such a cheap replica that the villain fainted with disgust and fell over the railing.
  • Spider-Man's web shooters are not just this by default, but some alternate versions of the character add extra functions such as alternate web firing modes ("Impact Webbing" balls, webs laced with anti-villain Phlebotinum, etc.) and the capacity to launch tracers (or fire bullets).
  • Black Widow's gauntlets, which can fire grappling hooks, knock-out drugs, stun gun charges, explosives, and tracking devices. They were inspired by Spidey's web shooters in-universe (and doubtless out of universe as well).
  • Robin Series: Redback Spider's wrist mounted venomous "fighting needles". Inspired by Spider-man's webshooters since she's a villainous expy of the web-slinger.

    Comic Strips 
  • Dick Tracy's wrist radio. In the eighties it got updated to a wrist computer, and in the nineties it got a mini-CD-ROM player. By the 2010s, though, Technology Marches On and we actually have wrist phones with computers in them.
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    Films — Animation 
  • Subverted in Toy Story, where Buzz thinks he has a wrist gadget, but as Woody points out, it's just a sticker.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Spy Kids: Among various other examples on the series are the super-computer watches on The Island of Lost Dreams. Ironically enough, the variety of gadgets that were shoved into such a small thing were so extensive that there was no room left for the clock. The Giggles siblings appear later on with a Super Prototype version of the watches that do tells the time as well, but for added irony the watches look even more unwieldy.
  • The main character of Cowboys & Aliens wears one he stole accidentally from an alien ship, which turns out to be an Arm Cannon.
  • The watch James Bond wears usually has some non-wrist watch functions. Lasers, the capability of remotely detonating bombs, mini-buzzsaws and high-powered magnets, concealed Geiger counters and miniature grappling hook launchers are but a few examples.
  • The Predator has a cool wrist device that not only houses his wrist blades, but also a nuclear Self-Destruct Mechanism. The Aliens Vs Predator video games add even more gadgets to it, such as a compact first aid kit or hacking tool.
  • In Sky High (2005), Royal Pain has one that controls her suit (and the device that cuts off the antigravity of the school).
  • The stun guns used in Pandorum. According to the Word of God this was so the character could use his hands for all the physical activity required.
  • In Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014), Donatello has a wearable computer. Most of the components are on his back, but the interface is wrist-mounted, complete with a miniature holographic projector.
  • During the Stinger of Captain America: Civil War, Peter Parker discovers that his new web-shooters that Tony Stark made for him can also project the Spider-Signal.
  • By Iron Man 3, Tony Stark has adapted his suit to be used in assembling pieces, allowing the gauntlets to fulfill this function. In the later Marvel movies he has hidden ones not part of any suit that are dedicated to this purpose.
  • In Elysium Agent Kruger has one of these, as a part of his gear. It lets him stay in contact with his handlers at the CCB(as well as keep him apprised of his employment status), it gives him mission-specific information, including where weapon caches are; Keeps track of his credentials into Elysium, serves as a mount for his flying explosive drones that will attach themselves to Human bodies and embed themselves in their flesh, before being remotely detonated; and it also serves as a mount for his handheld personal force shield generator. Other members of his team, Crowe and Drakey; also have their own versions of these Super Wrist Gadgets.

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    Live-Action TV 
  • A lot of Power Rangers and Super Sentai morphers.
  • Doctor Who: Jack Harkness keeps his vortex manipulator (capable of teleporting and time travel) in a fashionable leather strap on his wrist. So does fellow ex-Time Agent John Hart, who brags that his is bigger. Jack retorts that his lasts a lot longer (at least when it's not inconvenient for the plot).
  • The eponymous heroines of the Krofft Brothers production Electra Woman and Dyna Girl both had wrist-mounted ElectraComs, Swiss Army Weapons (or at least Gadgets) which could produce whatever power was required of them to defeat the villain of the moment.
  • Kai's brace in Lexx: The Dark Zone. Yo-Way-Yo!
  • Mostly averted in Star Trek. The only gadgets usually strapped to wrists in this universe are SIMs beacons - what we would call torches or flashlights. Communicators turn into wrist gadgets in Star Trek: The Motion Picture, but go back to being hand-held in the later films.
  • The Attilans in Series/Inhumans have wrist communicators based on some sort of memory metal, so when they take it off it can flex into a tablet shape.
  • While in Kamen Rider the primary transformation trinket will always be belt mounted, several include wrist mounted devices, either as weapons or as secondary transformation devices to unlock additional forms or their Super Mode. Some examples include Kamen Rider Kiva, Kamen Rider Wizard and Kamen Rider Build.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Warhammer 40K: The storm bolter is a double-barreled version of the setting's iconic boltgun that is attached to the forearm, freeing the hand for melee weapons such as glaives or lightning claws.

    Video Games 
  • James Bond's gadget watch is is given a nod in the video game of GoldenEye, in which it is both used in-game as a gadget and is also the pause menu/user interface/mission briefing.
  • The Fallout series' Pip-Boy 3000 in Fallout 3, Fallout: New Vegas, and Fallout 4 are wrist-mounted devices used by the player. The Pip-Boy's uses include but are not limited to data storage, inventory management, topographical mapping, assisted targeting, medical diagnostics, and radio receiver. In Fallout: New Vegas, after an unmarked quest connected to the quest "How Little We Know", the player can get the "Pimp-Boy 3 Billion" which is a gold-plated and diamond encrusted Pip-Boy 3000. It does everything a Pip-Boy 3000 does but with the added benefit of lookin' pimpin'.
  • Commander Keen's ComputerWrist. Even includes a small Pong game that's fully playable.
  • The Omnitools from the Mass Effect series. By the third game you can stab people with them.
  • That thing that Sonya Blade wears on her arm in Mortal Kombat can, at the very least, be used as a communicator, firearm and metal-cutter. One might speculate that it probably also works as a watch.
  • The Poketch in Pokémon Diamond and Pearl might just as well be called an iPhone on the wrist, with all the various apps that can be installed on it. In addition to a clock, these apps include a device to check the status of your Pokemon, another to check the Pokemon you left in daycare, a history of Pokemon you recently caught, a markable map, a step counter, a sketch pad, a timer, a virtual coin flip, etc. If only there were real-life watches that could do all that...
  • Your wrist-computer in Rama, used in-game to receive vidmails and read datacubes found throughout the environment. Also has a map which shows your current location.
  • The KI in Uru: Ages Beyond Myst, though in this case it's worn on the left hand, with a holographic screen to view data. Combination security pass, GPS, and camera. The online version of Uru adds more functions.
  • Geo Stelar's Transer in Mega Man Star Force. A combination Facebook and email account, that also contains an antiviral weapons array and an alien Energy Being that he fuses with to engage in thrilling heroics.
  • Assassin's Creed:
    • This is essentially what the hidden blades in the series are. While Altair's blade is pretty plain, consisting of little more than a bracer with a retractable blade, Ezio's gains a lot of nifty additional functions after a certain Leonardo da Vinci gets his hands on it: such as, a poison capsule for low-profile delayed assassinations, a concealed gun barrel for ranged kills, lockpick module, poison dart launcher, mini-crossbow, and a hookblade. Oh, and Ezio eventually started packing two of the things for maximum destructive power.
    • Assassin's Creed: Unity features a mini-crossbow that shoots KNIVES.
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops II: David Mason has a wrist-mounted computer that allows him to hack enemy networks, call in airstrikes, fire grappling hooks, etc..
  • Several games in Shin Megami Tensei has these known as COMPs, short for 'COMPuter', a specialized terminal with a wrist-mounted keyboard/chipset and HUD goggles with just enough possessing power to run the Devil Summoning Program in combat. They end up being supplanted by more advanced (and somewhat strange and unergonomic) designs later on and by modern (often still wrist-mounted, for some reason) smart-devices most recently. The first title to introduce them was Megami Tensei II; at one point of that game, your arm gets lost and is replaced with an artificial arm that has the same function as a COM Ps.
  • In the Metroid series, Samus's Arm Cannon sometimes has enough extra functions (from data ports to a welding torch to a grappling hook) to count as one of these. In particular the Metroid Prime Trilogy depicts the cannon changing shape and function based on gestures from the hand within it, and has a section at the back which flips around to reveal an array of buttons.
  • Practically a staple trope of the Ratchet & Clank series, a large number of Gadgets attach to his wrist, allowing him to swing across gaps, activate hardlight platforms and teleport. This isn't even mentioning Weapons on the wrist that can lay down electric fence poles or drop dummies with arm cannons.

    Web Comics 

    Web Original 
  • Phaeton had multi wrists before it blew up, the UDA salvaged some and called them wrist gadgets, now that none of them work, Trayen thinks of making one that holds his smart phone.
  • In The Thrilling Adventure Hour, Sparks Nevada's robot fists are revealed to have this function, giving him a way to hack into computers if needed.

    Western Animation 
  • Bob's Glitch from ReBoot, though it is strongly overlaps with Gadget Watch.
  • Ben 10's Omnitrix.
  • Parodied in Futurama: Leela always wears a vambrace-like device, which is occasionally used for whatever a scene calls for—the most ridiculously being a surgical laser that reattached removed limbs. She calls it "this thing on [her] wrist".
  • Space Ghost had his Power Bands.
  • The titular hero of Phantom 2040 has a pair. One contains his "analytical" (pocket supercomputer) and the other generates an apparently endless amount of adhesive rope for Building Swinging.
  • Partway through the fourth and final series Kim Possible gets a new Kimmunicator in the form of a watch. It even has a grappling line in it, somehow.
  • Both of the SWAT Kats wear the Glovatrix, a wrist-mounted item featuring multiple weapons and tools.
  • In Star Wars: The Clone Wars:
    • Part of Bounty Hunter Cad Bane's original arsenal was a box on his wrist, that worked as a communicator, a taser, a multifunction remote control, a flamethrower and somesort of pistol. After breaking Moralo Eval out of prison, he acquired another, bit tamer version, that sprayed stungas to his opponent's face, and also worked as a grappling-cabel-launcher.
    • Similarly to Cad Bane, the wrist part of Pre Vizsla's armor contains at least a flamethrower, a grappling-cabel-launcher and some sort of shuriken-launcher.
  • Super 4: Gene's wristband is a portable computer with a holographic display. He uses it about all the time for many diverse functions, including an Everything Sensor.

    Real Life 
  • Steampunks seem to have a fascination for cool wrist-mounted gadgets, from guns to chronometers to computers.
    • Cybergoths are fond of this too, though their tend to look less gadgety compared to Steampunks.
  • Company Armstar produces an armoured gauntlet, marketed to body guards, that has a built in taser, video camera and flashlight. It now also has an armoured iPhone dock.
  • IT'S FINALLY HERE POST 2010 — THE SMARTWATCH. Basically, they take the CPU of a smartphone, put it in a digital watch, and make the display a touch-screen. It's more of a novelty than a marvel of science, but it should be more fun than something that just ticks and tells you what you can look at on any regular computer.

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