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Ultraman Gaia is a {{Toku}} series that aired from September 5, 1998 to August 28, 1999 on TBS. It is the thirteenth entry in the UltraSeries, with ChiakiKonaka as head writer.

Ultraman Gaia takes place in yet another universe, one that is totally different from the world of the original Ultramen(the inhabitants of the Land of Light), as well as the world of {{Ultraman Tiga}} and {{Ultraman Dyna}}. It is the first series to feature two Ultramen as the main characters - Ultraman Gaia and Ultraman Agul, [[RedOniBlueOni both having conflicting philosophies in regards to defending the Earth]] from a mysterious, malevolent and extremely intelligent cosmic entity.

The first half of the series explores the growing tension between them, and their eventual clash. The second half has them reconcile their differences so they can defeat their common enemy
!! Ultraman Gaia contains examples of:

* AIIsACrapshoot: The CRISIS integrated-circuit supercomputer. Although it manages to predict in 1997 that Earth would be annihilated by something known as "Kongenteki Hametsu Shorai Tai" (Entity that Brings Radical Destruction), it calculations had been sabotaged by the monster Zorlim, and it gets infected by a computer virus in episode 27.
* AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs: In episode 27, a computer virus manages to completely override XIG's computer systems.
* AntiHero: Hiroya Fujimiya / Ultraman Agul is a Type V. Though he occasionally helps Gaia in certain battles, he reminds Gaia that their alliances is merely because it is his duty to protect Earth(the planet, not the humans on it) due to his [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters belief]]. [[spoiler: After getting a [[HeroicBSOD Anti-heroic BSOD]] in episode 26, [[PutonaBus presumably killed by Zorlim and not appearing again]] until ten episodes later and getting his powers back in episode 41 does he leaves this trope for good.]]
* AlternateUniverse: From the Showa era Ultras([[UltraMan Ultraman]] to [[UltramanEighty Ultraman 80]]) and [[UltramanTiga Tiga]]/[[UltramanDyna Dyna]]'s universe.
* AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever: It's an [[UltraSeries Ultra Series]]. Standard procedure.
* {{Badass}}: Gaia and Agul, naturally.
* BadassBookworm: Gamu Takayama. A scientist who can assume a superhero form to fight monsters. Hiroya Fujimiya too, but Gamu is the more obvious example.
* BadassCrew: XIG
* BashBrothers: Gaia and Agul, [[spoiler: after solving their differences]].
* BigBad:[[spoiler: Zogu]]
* BladeBelowTheShoulder: Agul's Agul Blade
* BlobMonster: Apatee(episode 3), Algyuros(episode 16) and Meemos(formed from the DNA of previous two in episode 27).
* BusmansHoliday: Gamu gets one in episode 5. He takes time off to visit his mom in Shiba. On that same day, the monster Bokurag appears to attack that very place.
* TheCape: UltramanGaia
* CriticalAnnoyance: The Color Timer. Standard series trope.
* {{Crossover}}: Happens in all movies Gaia appears in.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Compared to both [[UltramanTiga its]] [[UltramanDyna predecessor]] and most of the UltraSeries
* {{Deuteragonist}}: Hiroya Fujimiya / Ultraman Agul.
* TheDollEpisode: Episode 19 - Lilia's Maze.
* EverythingIsOnline: XIG's control systems, which is why a [[AIIsACrapshoot rogue computer virus]] was able to [[AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs severely disrupt the Aerial Base]]. After Atsuko manages to eliminate it, the virus went to Geobase, [[FromBadToWorse merged itself with the DNA samples of previously defeated monsters Apatee and Algyuros and transformed itself into an imitation of Ultraman Gaia]].
* EvilEye: Gan Q. It's basically a giant walking eye.
* EvilTwin: Played with by several [[MonsterOfTheWeek Monsters of the Week]] in this series.
** Episode 2 has Gaia fighting against Apatee, said monster has a Color Timer identical to Gaia's, even imitates Gaia's fighting pose at the start of their battle.
** Later on in episode 16 Algyuros transforms itself into an imitation of Ultraman Agul, but with [[RedEyesTakeWarning red eyes]] and a [[SlasherSmile creepy smile]].
** Then in episode 27, Meemos, a monster which contains the DNA of both the previously mentioned monsters, manages to transfrom itself into an imitation of Ultraman Gaia Version 1.
** Yet another imitation of Ultraman Agul appears to fight Gaia in episode 38 after being summoned by the Queen Mezard.
** The most obvious example - Episode 42: Gamu vs. Gamu.
* GadgeteerGenius: Gamu. He designed the [[TransformationTrinket Esplender]], as well as the repulsor lifts that allow Aerial Base and the XIG fighters to defy gravity.
* {{Kaiju}}: Two types. Those from Earth and those from space.
* MeaningfulName: Ultraman Gaia appropriately gets his name from the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaia_Theory Gaia hypothesis]], which states that the Earth functions like a giant, living creature.
* MonsterOfTheWeek: Following the tradition of a typical [[UltraSeries Ultra Series]].
* TheMovie: Ultraman Tiga & Ultraman Dyna & Ultraman Gaia: Battle in Hyperspace(1999) and Superior Ultraman 8 Brothers(2008), both [[NonSerialMovie unrelated to the series' storyline]].
* MythologyGag: In episode 45, Blitz Blotz, a black and white avian monster destroys a G.U.A.R.D. base resembling the [[UltraMan Science Patrol headquarters]].
** Before Gamu using his Esplender to store Gaia's essence, Gamu transform into Gaia with photoelectron tube, mirroring [[UltraMan Shin Hayata's transformation as Ultraman via Beta Capsule]].
* NextSundayAD: The series is set in the year [[TurnoftheMillennium 2000]], with flashbacks to key events taking place in the late [[TheNineties 1990's]].
* PeopleInRubberSuits
* RedOniBlueOni: Gamu Takayama / Ultraman Gaia and Hiroya Fujimeya / Ultraman Agul. [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Just look at their respective skin colors when they are Ultramen.]]
* RewindReplayRepeat: Happens a few times with Kenji Tabata and his videotapes.
* ScienceHero: Gamu Takayama, who gets help from his friends at Jonan University too.
* ShoutOut:
** [[ActionGirl Catherine 'Cat' Ryan]] dresses up like [[Franchise/{{Terminator}} Sarah Connor]].
** Episode 42 has Gaia engaging in a swordfight with [[MonsterOfTheWeek Bizorm]] using [[Franchise/{{StarWars}} laser beams]].
** Episode 5 feature monster call Bokrug. The direct-to-DVD ''Once again Gaia'' has a flying monster called Byakhee and underwater city Celephais. Yeah, tributes to Franchise/CthulhuMythos.
* SuperpoweredAlterEgo:
** Gamu Takayama - Ultraman Gaia
** Hiroya Fujimiya - Ultraman Agul
* SuperMode: Gaia's Supreme Version and Agul's Version 2.
* SymbioticPossession: Between both Ultras and their human hosts. Par for the course for Ultramen (unless they [[UltraSeven make]] [[UltramanLeo them]] [[UltramanMebius up]].)
* ThemeSongPowerUp: Happens in episode 49.
* TransformationTrinket: Gaia's Esplender and Agul's Agulator.
* TokyoIsTheCenterOfTheUniverse: Subverted. Despite most monster attacks taking place in Japan, Gaia has fought monsters in Canada, United States and Germany.

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~~[[{{Formats}} DramaticHalfHour]] [[CategoryShowGenres ActionSeries]]~~

Ultraman Gaia is a {{Toku}} series that aired from September 5, 1998 to August 28, 1999 on TBS. It is the thirteenth entry in the UltraSeries, with ChiakiKonaka as head writer.

Ultraman Gaia takes place in yet another universe, one that is totally different from the world of the original Ultramen(the inhabitants of the Land of Light), as well as the world of {{Ultraman Tiga}} and {{Ultraman Dyna}}. It is the first series to feature two Ultramen as the main characters - Ultraman Gaia and Ultraman Agul, [[RedOniBlueOni both having conflicting philosophies in regards to defending the Earth]] from a mysterious, malevolent and extremely intelligent cosmic entity.

The first half of the series explores the growing tension between them, and their eventual clash. The second half has them reconcile their differences so they can defeat their common enemy
!! Ultraman Gaia contains examples of:

* AIIsACrapshoot: The CRISIS integrated-circuit supercomputer. Although it manages to predict in 1997 that Earth would be annihilated by something known as "Kongenteki Hametsu Shorai Tai" (Entity that Brings Radical Destruction), it calculations had been sabotaged by the monster Zorlim, and it gets infected by a computer virus in episode 27.
* AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs: In episode 27, a computer virus manages to completely override XIG's computer systems.
* AntiHero: Hiroya Fujimiya / Ultraman Agul is a Type V. Though he occasionally helps Gaia in certain battles, he reminds Gaia that their alliances is merely because it is his duty to protect Earth(the planet, not the humans on it) due to his [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters belief]]. [[spoiler: After getting a [[HeroicBSOD Anti-heroic BSOD]] in episode 26, [[PutonaBus presumably killed by Zorlim and not appearing again]] until ten episodes later and getting his powers back in episode 41 does he leaves this trope for good.]]
* AlternateUniverse: From the Showa era Ultras([[UltraMan Ultraman]] to [[UltramanEighty Ultraman 80]]) and [[UltramanTiga Tiga]]/[[UltramanDyna Dyna]]'s universe.
* AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever: It's an [[UltraSeries Ultra Series]]. Standard procedure.
* {{Badass}}: Gaia and Agul, naturally.
* BadassBookworm: Gamu Takayama. A scientist who can assume a superhero form to fight monsters. Hiroya Fujimiya too, but Gamu is the more obvious example.
* BadassCrew: XIG
* BashBrothers: Gaia and Agul, [[spoiler: after solving their differences]].
* BigBad:[[spoiler: Zogu]]
* BladeBelowTheShoulder: Agul's Agul Blade
* BlobMonster: Apatee(episode 3), Algyuros(episode 16) and Meemos(formed from the DNA of previous two in episode 27).
* BusmansHoliday: Gamu gets one in episode 5. He takes time off to visit his mom in Shiba. On that same day, the monster Bokurag appears to attack that very place.
* TheCape: UltramanGaia
* CriticalAnnoyance: The Color Timer. Standard series trope.
* {{Crossover}}: Happens in all movies Gaia appears in.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Compared to both [[UltramanTiga its]] [[UltramanDyna predecessor]] and most of the UltraSeries
* {{Deuteragonist}}: Hiroya Fujimiya / Ultraman Agul.
* TheDollEpisode: Episode 19 - Lilia's Maze.
* EverythingIsOnline: XIG's control systems, which is why a [[AIIsACrapshoot rogue computer virus]] was able to [[AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs severely disrupt the Aerial Base]]. After Atsuko manages to eliminate it, the virus went to Geobase, [[FromBadToWorse merged itself with the DNA samples of previously defeated monsters Apatee and Algyuros and transformed itself into an imitation of Ultraman Gaia]].
* EvilEye: Gan Q. It's basically a giant walking eye.
* EvilTwin: Played with by several [[MonsterOfTheWeek Monsters of the Week]] in this series.
** Episode 2 has Gaia fighting against Apatee, said monster has a Color Timer identical to Gaia's, even imitates Gaia's fighting pose at the start of their battle.
** Later on in episode 16 Algyuros transforms itself into an imitation of Ultraman Agul, but with [[RedEyesTakeWarning red eyes]] and a [[SlasherSmile creepy smile]].
** Then in episode 27, Meemos, a monster which contains the DNA of both the previously mentioned monsters, manages to transfrom itself into an imitation of Ultraman Gaia Version 1.
** Yet another imitation of Ultraman Agul appears to fight Gaia in episode 38 after being summoned by the Queen Mezard.
** The most obvious example - Episode 42: Gamu vs. Gamu.
* GadgeteerGenius: Gamu. He designed the [[TransformationTrinket Esplender]], as well as the repulsor lifts that allow Aerial Base and the XIG fighters to defy gravity.
* {{Kaiju}}: Two types. Those from Earth and those from space.
* MeaningfulName: Ultraman Gaia appropriately gets his name from the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaia_Theory Gaia hypothesis]], which states that the Earth functions like a giant, living creature.
* MonsterOfTheWeek: Following the tradition of a typical [[UltraSeries Ultra Series]].
* TheMovie: Ultraman Tiga & Ultraman Dyna & Ultraman Gaia: Battle in Hyperspace(1999) and Superior Ultraman 8 Brothers(2008), both [[NonSerialMovie unrelated to the series' storyline]].
* MythologyGag: In episode 45, Blitz Blotz, a black and white avian monster destroys a G.U.A.R.D. base resembling the [[UltraMan Science Patrol headquarters]].
** Before Gamu using his Esplender to store Gaia's essence, Gamu transform into Gaia with photoelectron tube, mirroring [[UltraMan Shin Hayata's transformation as Ultraman via Beta Capsule]].
* NextSundayAD: The series is set in the year [[TurnoftheMillennium 2000]], with flashbacks to key events taking place in the late [[TheNineties 1990's]].
* PeopleInRubberSuits
* RedOniBlueOni: Gamu Takayama / Ultraman Gaia and Hiroya Fujimeya / Ultraman Agul. [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Just look at their respective skin colors when they are Ultramen.]]
* RewindReplayRepeat: Happens a few times with Kenji Tabata and his videotapes.
* ScienceHero: Gamu Takayama, who gets help from his friends at Jonan University too.
* ShoutOut:
** [[ActionGirl Catherine 'Cat' Ryan]] dresses up like [[Franchise/{{Terminator}} Sarah Connor]].
** Episode 42 has Gaia engaging in a swordfight with [[MonsterOfTheWeek Bizorm]] using [[Franchise/{{StarWars}} laser beams]].
** Episode 5 feature monster call Bokrug. The direct-to-DVD ''Once again Gaia'' has a flying monster called Byakhee and underwater city Celephais. Yeah, tributes to Franchise/CthulhuMythos.
* SuperpoweredAlterEgo:
** Gamu Takayama - Ultraman Gaia
** Hiroya Fujimiya - Ultraman Agul
* SuperMode: Gaia's Supreme Version and Agul's Version 2.
* SymbioticPossession: Between both Ultras and their human hosts. Par for the course for Ultramen (unless they [[UltraSeven make]] [[UltramanLeo them]] [[UltramanMebius up]].)
* ThemeSongPowerUp: Happens in episode 49.
* TransformationTrinket: Gaia's Esplender and Agul's Agulator.
* TokyoIsTheCenterOfTheUniverse: Subverted. Despite most monster attacks taking place in Japan, Gaia has fought monsters in Canada, United States and Germany.
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7th Aug '13 3:57:32 AM JuanAditya
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** Before Gamu using his Esplender to store Gaia's essence, Gamu transform into Gaia with photoelectron tube, mirroring [[UltraMan Shin Hayata's transformation as Ultraman via Beta Capsule]].
5th Aug '13 6:58:28 AM JuanAditya
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* DarkerAndEdgier: Compared to both its [[UltramanDyna predecessor]] and most of the UltraSeries

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* DarkerAndEdgier: Compared to both its [[UltramanTiga its]] [[UltramanDyna predecessor]] and most of the UltraSeries
18th Jun '13 6:29:00 AM SeptimusHeap
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* AntiHero: Hiroya Fujimiya / Ultraman Agul is a Type V. Though he occasionally helps Gaia in certain battles, he reminds Gaia that their alliances is merely because it is his duty to protect Earth(the planet, not the humans on it) due to his [[HumansAreBastards belief]]. [[spoiler: After getting a [[HeroicBSOD Anti-heroic BSOD]] in episode 26, [[PutonaBus presumably killed by Zorlim and not appearing again]] until ten episodes later and getting his powers back in episode 41 does he leaves this trope for good.]]

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* AntiHero: Hiroya Fujimiya / Ultraman Agul is a Type V. Though he occasionally helps Gaia in certain battles, he reminds Gaia that their alliances is merely because it is his duty to protect Earth(the planet, not the humans on it) due to his [[HumansAreBastards [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters belief]]. [[spoiler: After getting a [[HeroicBSOD Anti-heroic BSOD]] in episode 26, [[PutonaBus presumably killed by Zorlim and not appearing again]] until ten episodes later and getting his powers back in episode 41 does he leaves this trope for good.]]
2nd Jun '13 1:19:25 AM sabu
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* EldritchAbomination: Gan Q. We barely known what this thing from other dimension is, but those little info really match this trope. It has [[BlueAndOrangeMorality alien mind]] that found everything on our side ''funny'', and only get ''funnier'' when destroyed. It digest by absorb matter through its giant eye, and its mere present is enough to drive people mad - even Gaia is almost succumb to this.
5th Apr '13 2:12:05 AM merantau
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* RedOniBlueOni: Gamu Takayama / Ultramen Gaia and Hiroya Fujimeya / Ultraman Agul. [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Just look at their respective skin colors when they are Ultramen.]]

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* RedOniBlueOni: Gamu Takayama / Ultramen Ultraman Gaia and Hiroya Fujimeya / Ultraman Agul. [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Just look at their respective skin colors when they are Ultramen.]]
23rd Feb '13 1:17:41 PM SeptimusHeap
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* CellPhone: The Psycho Mezard and Queen Mezard uses it as a means of [[PeoplePuppet controlling humans]].
16th Jan '13 10:33:46 PM Kuruni
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** The direct-to-DVD ''Once again Gaia'' has a flying monster called Byakhee and underwater city Celephais. Yeah, tributes to Franchise/CthulhuMythos.

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** Episode 5 feature monster call Bokrug. The direct-to-DVD ''Once again Gaia'' has a flying monster called Byakhee and underwater city Celephais. Yeah, tributes to Franchise/CthulhuMythos.
14th Jan '13 10:41:27 PM Kuruni
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* EldritchAbomination: Gan Q. We barely known what this thing from other dimension is, but those little info really match this trope. It has AlienMind that find everything on our side ''funny'', and only get ''funnier'' when destroyed. It digest by absorb matter through its giant eye, and its mere present is enough to drive people mad - even Gaia is almost succumb to this.

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* EldritchAbomination: Gan Q. We barely known what this thing from other dimension is, but those little info really match this trope. It has AlienMind [[BlueAndOrangeMorality alien mind]] that find found everything on our side ''funny'', and only get ''funnier'' when destroyed. It digest by absorb matter through its giant eye, and its mere present is enough to drive people mad - even Gaia is almost succumb to this.
14th Jan '13 10:40:21 PM Kuruni
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* EldritchAbomination: Gan Q. We barely known what this thing from other dimension is, but those little info really match this trope. It has [[BlueAndOrangeMoral alien mind]] that find everything on our side ''funny'', and only get ''funnier'' when destroyed. It digest by absorb matter through its giant eye, and its mere present is enough to drive people mad - even Gaia is almost succumb to this.

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* EldritchAbomination: Gan Q. We barely known what this thing from other dimension is, but those little info really match this trope. It has [[BlueAndOrangeMoral alien mind]] AlienMind that find everything on our side ''funny'', and only get ''funnier'' when destroyed. It digest by absorb matter through its giant eye, and its mere present is enough to drive people mad - even Gaia is almost succumb to this.
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