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

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: 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 Gorsky and 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).

    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.

    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 


    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.

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    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 has one, and she calls it "this thing on [her] wrist" which also has a built-in surgical laser for reattaching noses.
  • 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.