History Series / Ultraman

1st Jan '17 12:09:03 PM SuperFeatherYoshi
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* SciFiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale: Zetton's fireballs are explicitly said to be ''one trillion degrees'' hot. That much energy would probably be enough to destroy the Earth several times over, yet all it does is light the ground on fire and break a few windows in the Science Patrol HQ.
9th Nov '16 6:35:19 AM Morgenthaler
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'''''Ultraman''''' is a SciFi SuperHero television show in the Japanese {{Kaiju}} tradition, which aired on Creator/TokyoBroadcastingSystem (TBS) from July 17, 1966 to April 9, 1967, with a total of 39 episodes (40, counting the pre-premiere special that aired on July 10, 1966). It was created by Creator/EijiTsuburaya from Tsuburaya Productions, a pioneer in special effects who was responsible for bringing Franchise/{{Godzilla}} to life [[Film/{{Gojira}} in 1954]].

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'''''Ultraman''''' ''Ultraman'' is a SciFi SuperHero television show in the Japanese {{Kaiju}} tradition, which aired on Creator/TokyoBroadcastingSystem (TBS) from July 17, 1966 to April 9, 1967, with a total of 39 episodes (40, counting the pre-premiere special that aired on July 10, 1966). It was created by Creator/EijiTsuburaya from Tsuburaya Productions, a pioneer in special effects who was responsible for bringing Franchise/{{Godzilla}} to life [[Film/{{Gojira}} in 1954]].
9th Nov '16 6:35:08 AM Morgenthaler
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* {{Badass}}: Ultraman, of course, do you even need to ask?
** BadassTeacher: Before coming to Earth and beginning his long career as a superhero, Ultraman was a university professor on his home planet.

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* {{Badass}}: Ultraman, of course, do you even need to ask?
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BadassTeacher: Before coming to Earth and beginning his long career as a superhero, Ultraman was a university professor on his home planet.
7th Nov '16 6:29:15 AM GojiBiscuits
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** "My Home Is Earth", a beautifully-shot episode where the MOTW is revealed to be a Space Race astronaut named Jamila who was mutated by exposure to an alien atmosphere and painstakingly repaired his ship to return to Earth, only to be hunted down by the Science Patrol because his return threatened to expose the cover story over his initial disappearance. Emotions run wild amongst the group, with PluckyComicRelief Ide symphasizing with his plight as a pioneer of science. Jamila appears on Earth, and is truly enraged, storming towards a UN Conference and destroying all in his wake. Ultraman tries to stop him, but ultimately is forced to kill the mutated human. Jamila dies on waterlogged ground in horrific pain, mere yards from the very people he wanted to stop. A memorial plaque is placed in this spot, but Ide bitterly notes that the lofty words of politicians mean nothing compared to their actions.

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** "My Home Is Earth", a beautifully-shot episode where the MOTW is revealed to be a Space Race astronaut named Jamila who was mutated by exposure to an alien atmosphere and painstakingly repaired his ship to return to Earth, only to be hunted down by the Science Patrol because his return threatened to expose the cover story over his initial disappearance. Emotions run wild amongst the group, with PluckyComicRelief Ide symphasizing sympathising with his plight as a pioneer of science. Jamila appears on Earth, and is truly enraged, storming towards a UN Conference and destroying all in his wake.kicking down the flags and construction cranes outside as he tries to advance on the building. Ultraman tries to stop him, but ultimately is forced to kill the mutated human. Jamila dies at the hands of Ultraman's Ultra Shower on waterlogged ground in horrific pain, mere yards from the very people he wanted to stop. A memorial plaque is placed in this spot, but Ide bitterly notes that the lofty words of politicians mean nothing compared to their actions.
7th Nov '16 6:19:55 AM GojiBiscuits
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* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath[=/=]FamilyUnfriendlyViolence: Despite most series being kid's shows, monsters, and sometimes Ultras are often blown up, have limbs sliced off, or are brutally killed. Series creator Eiji Tsuburaya took note of this and decided to tone down the violence after the first 10 episodes or so. Though monsters like Red King II still get sliced into thirds, there is no gore present.

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* Expy: Just as ''Series/UltraQ'' had its own expy of Godzilla, Gomess (who has gone on to appear in some of the newer Ultraman series entries), ''Ultraman'' has Jirass, who looks ''even more like Godzilla'',. Like Gomess, Jirass's suit was made of two Godzilla suits (a body and a head) put together, repainted and modified. Unfortunately, Jirass has yet to make another appearance outside of
* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath[=/=]FamilyUnfriendlyViolence: Despite most series being kid's shows, monsters, and sometimes Ultras are often blown up, have limbs sliced off, or are brutally killed. Series creator Eiji Tsuburaya took note of this and decided to tone down the violence after the first 10 episodes or so. Though monsters like Red King II still get sliced into thirds, there is no blood present. However, Eiji soon decided to include blood and gore present.in the second Ultra Series show, ''Series/{{Ultraseven}}'', but much less criticism resulted.
3rd Jul '16 2:42:02 AM Juicehead_Baby
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* WrestlerInAllOfUs: In contrast to some of the later Ultras who rely more on fancy energy attacks, Ultraman relies mainly on good old fashioned wrestling moves. This is even reflected in his design, the red markings on his skin(?) resembling an Olympic wrestler's singlet.
10th Nov '15 10:45:36 AM DeusDenuo
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* CreepyMonotone: Ultraman himself when he and Hayata first met.

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* CreepyMonotone: Ultraman himself when he and Hayata first met.met - he has an odd echo to his voice, and this appears to be his speaking voice rather than telepathic inter-alien communication.



* ADayInTheLimelight: The Nintendo DS game ''Kaiju Busters'' functions as this for the Science Patrol. The game is a more sciency take on the VideoGame/MonsterHunter formula, featuring Science Patrol members who manage to defeat various classic Ultraman monsters without an Ultraman's help. [[spoiler:Unless you unlock the hidden Legend Weapons, which are all red and silver with a little blue Warning Light/Color Timer on them, and are even created from Specium ore.]]

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* ADayInTheLimelight: The Nintendo DS game ''Kaiju Busters'' functions as this for the Science Patrol. The game is a more sciency sciencey take on the VideoGame/MonsterHunter formula, featuring Science Patrol members who manage to defeat various classic Ultraman monsters without an Ultraman's help. [[spoiler:Unless you unlock the hidden Legend Weapons, which are all red and silver with a little blue Warning Light/Color Timer on them, and are even created from Specium ore.]]



* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: There's many, just because this show pretty much kick-started the genre. Unlike the later defense organizations, for example, the Science Patrol has a more 'civilian defense' feel to it, more public servant than military. The alien invasions are largely one-man shows, the defense team's jet is borderline indestructible, etc.



* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath[=/=]FamilyUnfriendlyViolence: Despite most series being kid's shows, monsters, and sometimes Ultras are often blown up, have limbs sliced off, or are brutally killed. Series creator Eiji Tsuburaya took note of this and decided to tone down the violence after the first 10 episodes or so. Though monsters Red King II still get sliced into thirds, there is no gore present.

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* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath[=/=]FamilyUnfriendlyViolence: Despite most series being kid's shows, monsters, and sometimes Ultras are often blown up, have limbs sliced off, or are brutally killed. Series creator Eiji Tsuburaya took note of this and decided to tone down the violence after the first 10 episodes or so. Though monsters like Red King II still get sliced into thirds, there is no gore present.



* FrickinLaserBeams: Played a little realistically and in most cases averted - the Science Patrol's weapons don't have recoil, and none of them, strictly speaking, are 'lasers' in the usual sense. The Supergun is rendered as more of an electric wave, the Spidershot gets used more as a flamethrower, etc. Even the Mars 133, which is depicted with the usual 'laser' effect, is actually a Specium ray gun.

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* FrickinLaserBeams: Played a little realistically and in most cases averted - the Science Patrol's weapons don't have recoil, and none of them, strictly speaking, are 'lasers' in the usual sense. The Supergun is rendered as more of an electric wave, the Spidershot gets used more as a flamethrower, etc. Even the Mars 133, which is depicted with the usual 'laser' effect, is actually a Specium ray gun.gun and is fired from a mounted or recoil-absorbing position like a rifle.



* HourOfPower: It became a hallmark of the series that after transforming, Ultraman only had a few minutes [usually three] to deal with the monster or he'd die.

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* HourOfPower: It became a hallmark of the series franchise that after transforming, Ultraman only had a few minutes [usually three] to deal with the monster or he'd die.



* ImprobablyHighIQ: Alien Mefilas's IQ is stated as 10,000

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* ImprobablyHighIQ: Alien Mefilas's IQ is stated as 10,00010,000. He's also the only other alien who communicates directly with humans, without a translation device.



* {{Kaiju}}: The backbone of the series.

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* {{Kaiju}}: The backbone of the series. The Science Patrol is, essentially, a specialized response to them and other supernatural phenomena.



* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: The opening shot of the second episode appears to be Ide talking about how he got his black eye to someone we can't see - but he tells his story directly to the camera.

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* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: The opening shot of the second episode appears to be Ide talking about how he got his black eye to someone we can't see - but he tells his story directly to the camera. (This is because that's the ''pilot'' episode.)



** Pigmon, who despite being quite monstrous-looking is only human-sized and just wants to help people (unlike Garamon from ''Series/UltraQ'', which seems to have worked against him in his second appearance]]. And then there's Gavadon, who really doesn't do much except sleep, and Skydon, who sleeps and is ''really'' heavy.

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** Pigmon, who despite being quite monstrous-looking is only human-sized and just wants to help people (unlike Garamon from ''Series/UltraQ'', which seems to have worked against him in his second appearance]].appearance). And then there's Gavadon, who really doesn't do much except sleep, and Skydon, who sleeps and is ''really'' heavy.



* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Quite a few things. For example, the space monster/thing "Bullton"? ''Almost certainly'' comes from [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andr%C3%A9_Breton Andre Breton]] - and that explains the whole episode, doesn't it.

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* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Quite a few things. For example, the space monster/thing "Bullton"? ''Almost The name ''almost certainly'' comes from [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andr%C3%A9_Breton Andre Breton]] - and that explains the whole episode, doesn't it.
5th Nov '15 7:28:38 AM Teridax122
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* ArchNemesis: Baltan aliens.

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* ArchNemesis: Baltan aliens.The Alien Baltans, and Alien Mefilas.



** This actually happens a few times (Keronia, Mephilas-seijin, etc.), but Zetton is unique in deploying an effective ''counter-attack'' before Ultraman can find something that works.

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** This actually happens a few times (Keronia, Mephilas-seijin, Alien Mefilas, etc.), but Zetton is unique in deploying an effective ''counter-attack'' before Ultraman can find something that works.



* ImprobablyHighIQ: Alien Mephilas's IQ is stated as 10,000

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* ImprobablyHighIQ: Alien Mephilas's Mefilas's IQ is stated as 10,000



* KnowWhenToFoldEm: Once Mephilas acknowledges that his and Ultraman's powers are too evenly matched, he calls off the fight, declares that he will return to conquer the Earth another time and teleports out.

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* KnowWhenToFoldEm: Once Mephilas Alien Mefilas acknowledges that his and Ultraman's powers are too evenly matched, he calls off the fight, declares that he will return to conquer the Earth another time and teleports out.



** MascotMook Red King, Gomora, Zetton, Baltan, Mephilas, Sadora, and Pigmon just to name a few.

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** MascotMook Red King, Gomora, Zetton, Baltan, Mephilas, Alien Mefilas, Sadora, and Pigmon just to name a few.



* NightmareFace: Dada, Mummy Man, Gyango, Alien Zarab, Alien Mephilas, and even Ultraman (type A mask, [[SpecialEffectsFailure who looks like he's falling apart]]).

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* NightmareFace: Dada, Mummy Man, Gyango, Alien Zarab, Alien Mephilas, Mefilas, and even Ultraman (type A mask, [[SpecialEffectsFailure who looks like he's falling apart]]).



* TranslationConvention: Justified as a rule. Any time any non-human (including Ultraman) is heard speaking Japanese, there's either a justification along these lines (Zarab-seijin can't actually communicate with anyone else without a computer to go through, the Dadas are only intelligible when speaking to each other, the Baltans have to posses a human or go through the Pan-Universal Translator, etc.) or they've obviously taken the time to learn an Earth language (notably Keronia, whose broken Japanese is explained as Gotou having been away from Japan for so long that he's begun to forget it). Mephilas-seijin doesn't get one, but it's entirely within his character to have learned Japanese somehow.

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* TranslationConvention: Justified as a rule. Any time any non-human (including Ultraman) is heard speaking Japanese, there's either a justification along these lines (Zarab-seijin can't actually communicate with anyone else without a computer to go through, the Dadas are only intelligible when speaking to each other, the Alien Baltans have to posses a human or go through the Pan-Universal Translator, etc.) or they've obviously taken the time to learn an Earth language (notably Keronia, whose broken Japanese is explained as Gotou having been away from Japan for so long that he's begun to forget it). Mephilas-seijin Alien Mefilas doesn't get one, but it's entirely within his character to have learned Japanese somehow.



** Mephilas sees Ultraman as this, and honourably calls off the battle when he realises that he's beaten.

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** Mephilas Alien Mefilas sees Ultraman as this, and honourably honorably calls off the battle when he realises realizes that he's beaten.
31st Aug '15 7:45:22 AM nanakiro
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There's a [[Manga/{{Ultraman}} manga continuation]] that is serialized in Japan by Shogakukan and in North America by Viz Media that deals with the aftermath of the series [[GenerationXerox when his son continues with his Ultraman duties.]]

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There's a [[Manga/{{Ultraman}} manga continuation]] that is serialized in Japan by Shogakukan and in North America by Viz Media that deals with the aftermath of the series [[GenerationXerox when his son continues with his Ultraman duties.]]
]] A Anime/JapanAnimatorExpo short called ''The Ultraman'' based on Mamoru Uchiyama's manga was released on September 4, 2015.
18th Aug '15 9:29:49 PM Ominae
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There's a manga continuation that is serialized in Japan by Shogakukan and in North America by Viz Media that deals with the aftermath of the series [[GenerationXerox when his son continues with his Ultraman duties.]]

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There's a [[Manga/{{Ultraman}} manga continuation continuation]] that is serialized in Japan by Shogakukan and in North America by Viz Media that deals with the aftermath of the series [[GenerationXerox when his son continues with his Ultraman duties.]]
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