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Batman's utility belt is a vital component of the crime fighters gear. It would seem to make sense that both of the Caped Crusaders would utilize such a useful addition to their costumes. What canon evidence is there(from any universe) to confirm or deny the existence of Batman's side kick, Robin, of having his own utility belt?

  • Rolled back tag edit. There wasn't room for Comics/TV series/movies tags, so I went with Batman, Costume, and Robin. – Major Stackings Jun 17 '14 at 5:40
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From Batman Issue 203 (as far as I can tell):

utility belts

  • My favorite part in the above diagram is that Batman carried a mini wire recorder. That issue is from 1968 and magnetic tape recorders were available (just watch Mission Impossible) but I guess they figured a wire recorder could better be miniaturized. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wire_recording – steveha Feb 19 '14 at 6:42
  • Can you read all the little labels about the equipment containers on Batman's belt? Here's my guesses: 1. infrared flashlight, 2. smoke capsule, 3. ----t kit, 4. miniature camera, 5. skeleton keys, 6. tear-gas pellets, 7. t--- power source, 8. miniature wire recorder, 9. bat-rope with automatic reel, 10. laser torch, 11. plastic-explosive grenades, 12. contact lenses assortment. – b_jonas Feb 19 '14 at 19:52
  • @b_jonas, here is a clearer scan of Batman's belt. Another here, but a different source image. – phantom42 Feb 19 '14 at 19:56
  • @b_jonas you're missing the fingerprint kit and a transistorized power source – phantom42 Feb 19 '14 at 19:57
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It definitely depends on the canon you choose.

TV Canon

In the 1960s TV series, you can clearly see that Robin is wearing a belt that is nearly identical to the Batman utility belt from the comic series, even down to the vertical capsules. We see him use a grappling line, smoke pellets and a homing transmitter (built into the buckle) on at least one occasion;

Robin Buckle

New TV Canon

In "Young Justice", Robin (AKA Nightwing) is described as having a belt containing a grappling gun, numerous Batarangs (regular and explosive), taser, gas pellets and a rebreather

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In New Comic canon

In Teen Titans Go, Robin's Utility Belt is described as containing;

"...a variety of projectiles with a vast array of different effects, a retractable bo-staff and a cape made of high-density polymerized titanium that is ten times as strong as steel. From razor-sharp Bird-a-rangs and freeze-disks to complex circuitry capable of hacking the most intricate of portable computer systems"

Robin Teen Titans

In Batman Chronicles Robin's belt is described as containing a "conceal[ed] radio set to talk to Batman"

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Late to this question, but I happened to find the following evidence in idle re-rereading of old comics just the other day. From "Teen Titans" Annual #1 (1982), Robin and the Titans are prisoners of aliens. Here are two of the green chaps discussing Robin's utility belt (and being unimpressed):

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Further visual proof that Robin A) sports a gold and black belt and B) it is a utility belt full of cool toys.

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  • Are you sure it's not Cyborg's belt they're referring to? He's the one who has a visible belt in this picture. – Laurel May 12 at 1:28
  • An odd question indeed! If Cyborg's belt is visible, then it can't very well be the belt in the Gordanian's hand, then can it? – Blaze May 12 at 1:55
  • Ah ok I see.... – Laurel May 12 at 1:56

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