07/15/2012 02:25 pm ET | Updated Sep 13, 2012

What Are All of the Items Batman Has Carried in His Utility Belt?

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By Zachary Davidson, Actor, playwright, musician

Not to brag or anything (HUMBLEBRAG AHEAD), but I wrote the entry on this for ComicVine (my go-to comics encyclopedia). Heeeeeere you go!

In case you were too lazy to click the link, here are some of the items listed:

  • Batarangs: Shuriken or boomerang-based throwing blades made to resemble the symbol of a bat. Some alternate versions of his Batarangs explode, emit electrical blasts, and sometimes come with detonators.
  • Grappling Hook: Also known as the Bat-Claw. Batman can use this to grapple onto high locations or can grab hold of a criminal by directing it at him. He sometimes uses it to catch run-away street thugs that cannot put up a fight against him.
  • Gas Mask: This is used to protect Batman from dangerous fumes and other airborne chemicals. This fits over the bottom half of the mask.
  • Re-breather: Allows Batman to breathe underwater or in a vacuum.
  • Night Vision Goggles: This allows for Batman to see in dark or dim-lit areas. It also grants him the ability to view the infrared spectrum. (Now built into his mask.)
  • Sonar: Used in his mask to locate criminals.
  • Tracers: Bat-shaped signal tracers that can adhere to most if not all surfaces.
  • Communicators: Batman communicates with different members of his team and also with other superhero allies using closed-circuited signals.
  • Lock Picks: Batman uses these to open locked doors.
  • Cuffs: Special cuffs that only few enemies and heroes can break out of. Batman can quickly lock a enemy to a pole or deliver him to the police.
  • Bolas: Batman swings these Bat-Bolas over his head to wrap up an enemy.
  • Smoke Grenades and Pellets: Batman can throw these grenades in order to use a stealth technique, distract an enemy, escape a situation, or plan his next course of action.
  • Sonic Grenades: These disrupt electronics and disorient enemy hearing.
  • Flash Grenades: This gadget is used to temporarily blind enemies.
  • Mini-Mines: Mines that can fit in any small area or used as low-grade explosives during combat.
  • Thermite Explosives: Capable of burning through most materials.
  • Plastique: Small exploding devices that have a timer or detonator switch to activate.
  • Tasers: Batman carries this to shock or neutralize an enemy. This weapon was often used in the Golden Age/movies.
  • Brass Knuckles: Used to engage an enemy with more force behind his blows.
  • Tactical Knife: Batman does not use this in combat, but he has used this to cut through many durable materials.
  • Mini-Computer: Batman carries two of these. One is located in his utility belt and another is located in his left arm. It appears as a virtual computer that he can contact other heroes or find out strategic areas in certain places.
  • First Aid Kit: Used to aid in treating wounds. Alfred normally uses this to tend to his master's wounds.
  • Forensics Kit: Batman keeps two of these, one in his utility belt and the other in his vehicles.
  • Kryptonite Ring: Inside a lead-lined box is a ring with a green kryptonite jewel to battle Superman if he ever goes rogue.

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