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Greatest Multitools in Movies

Chris Bent

Posted on September 17 2013

In scouring my memory and researching films best multi-tools, it soon became apparent that the best, and only, multi-tools were the deadly ones. I challenge you to think of a protagonist who got his moneys worth out of a Swiss Army Knife or Leatherman throughout the course of the film. People want to see new tools, innovative, futuristic tools, but most of all lethal tools. Shooting blanks at blood packets just don't cut it anymore, so directors are forced to find new ways of killing characters. This list contains some of films best multi-tools. 

The Zorg ZF-1: The Fifth Element 


Described as "lightweight, easy to use for both righties and lefties, undetectable by x-ray...The ZF-1 is powered by a titanium recharger and takes a 3000 round clip with firing bursts of three to three hundred...also contains a rocket launcher, an arrow launcher with exploding or poisonous gas heads, a net launcher, a flamethrower, and the "Ice Cube System" – a freeze gun which fires a cloud of liquid nitrogen." 

I remember watching the Fifth Element for the first time when I was 9 and after seeing this weapon demonstration knowing exactly what I wanted Santa to bring me that year. Luckily I got Hotwheels instead, but this bad mamma jamma left a permanent imprint on my impressionable mind as the be all, end all of badass weapons. A true multi-tool for its plethora of dangerous devices, if you can't kill something with the ZF-1, you should probably join the Peace Corps. 

Sharks with Frikin' Laser Beams: Austin Powers 

A tank of piranhas is too cliche, pit of snakes not deadly enough and a trapped door holding a Rancor... its almost like villains aren't trying anymore. Enter Doctor Evil, who combined the deadliest of all deadly weapons- laser beams and somewhat domesticated sharks. A shark alone would not qualify as a multi-tool but strap a lethal laser to its thrashing head and you've got yourself a weapon that could make Mini-Me's hair stand on end.

The T-1000: Terminator 2

I tried to pick up a sample to test for this blog, but they were on backorder from Skynet, which might be a good thing in retrospect. I was a bit hesitant to include the T-1000 on this list because I couldn't help but feel I was cheating a bit, the same feeling I got watching the movie when he morphed into anything, summoned any weapon from his arms and camouflaged as a floor just for kicks. The T-1000 is made of liquid metal, meaning if he wasn't programmed for murder, he could be a real contender on the Iron Chef. No need to look for the spatula or paring knife, just use his right hand. The T-1000 comes in as one of the baddest, and only, multi-tool villains to make the list.

The Paperclip: Macgyver

They say its now what you have its how you use it. Part paper organizer, part office supply and part bomb diffuser, this looped steel wire originating from the 1890's is the only multi-tool you need, assuming you work in a cubicle or save the world from poorly made bombs.  This little wonder also works as a bread tie, fingernail cleaner, emergency zipper replacement, fish hook, ornament hanger and key chain. 

I'm glad you took the time to read this, please use the comments to add your favorite, preferably deadly, multi-tool to round out the list. If you would like to learn more about some non-lethal and notable un-deadly multi-tools you can actually purchase (ignore paperclip) you can go to to learn more.  

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