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[[caption-width-right:293:[-Some of the many Ultra Heroes (and two villains).-][[note]]From left to right, then top row to bottom row:Ultraman Belial, Ultraman King, Dark Clops Zero; Ultra Father (Ken), Ultra Mother (Mari); Zoffy, Ultraman Taro, Ultraman Ace; Ultraman Jack, Ultraman Leo; Ultraman Noa, Ultraman Gaia, Ultraman the Original, Ultra Seven, Ultraman Tiga, Ultraman Max; Glen Fire, Mirror Knight, Jean-Bot; Ultraman Cosmos, Ultraman Zero and Ultraman Dyna.]][[/note]]

->''"Born in the nebula known as M78, together they fight for peace and justice throughout the galaxy. Warriors of great compassion and courage."''
-->-- '''Opening narration''', ''Film/MegaMonsterBattleUltraGalaxyLegends''

In America, there is Franchise/{{Superman}}. In Japan, there is Series/{{Ultraman}}.

Created by the pioneer special effects team Creator/TsuburayaProductions (founded by [[Creator/EijiTsuburaya the man]] who brought Franchise/{{Godzilla}} himself to life) and with a reputation and cultural impact comparable to ''Franchise/StarWars'' and Superman in its native land, the live-action Japanese {{toku}}satsu-superhero [[SeriesFranchise franchise]] is a juggernaut spanning through generations since its creation in 1966, rivaling other [[TheVerse 'verses]] with expansive lore and merchandising that go from toys to museums to golf-caddies and beyond.

The franchise is usually based around humans who attain the power of gigantic, light-based alien heroes and fight [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever attacks of the fifty foot]] [[MonsterOfTheWeek monster/alien of the week]], often with the help of scientific paramilitary organizations with multitude of cool and futuristic gadgets along the way.

''Ultraman'' spawned a mini-genre of half-hour {{Kaiju}} action shows, such as ''Series/AmbassadorMagma'' (''The Space Giants'') which actually came 3 months before ''Ultraman'', ''Johnny Sokko and the Flying Robot'' (a.k.a.: ''Manga/GiantRobo''), and ''Series/{{Spectreman}}'', as well as several shows that extended the ''Ultraman'' lore, and helped transitioning {{toku}}satsu from the big screen features dominated by giant destructive monsters to great heroes fighting for peace and justice on television sets.

While many of its aforementioned imitators and successors are quite popular in Japan, no other {{Kaiju}}-based shows have been replayed anywhere in syndication as often as ''Ultraman'' in the United States or even hope to receive several attempts at Western adaptations (''Anime/UltramanTheAdventureBegins '', ''Series/UltramanTowardsTheFuture'', ''Series/UltramanTheUltimateHero'', even several attempts at an unmade American ''Ultraman'' movie).

[[http://www.crunchyroll.com/anime-news/2013/09/12/video-ultraman-gets-guinness-record-for-most-spin-off-shows Currently holds the world record for the most spinoff shows]], and you can easily see why below:

!!The franchise has undergone the following installments[[note]] Stars indicate the absence of an Ultraman from the series[[/note]]
[[index]]
* ''Series/UltraQ'' * (1966)
* ''Series/{{Ultraman}}'' (1966-1967)
* ''Series/UltraSeven'' (1967-1968)
* ''Series/UltraFight'' (1970-1971)[[note]]76 episodes were only stock-footage from ''Ultraman'' and ''Ultra Seven'', however, 130 original episodes were produced[[/note]]
* ''Series/ReturnOfUltraman'' (''Kaettekita Ultraman'', a.k.a. ''Ultraman Jack''; (1971-1972)
* ''Series/UltramanAce'' (1972-1973)
* ''Series/UltramanTaro'' (1973-1974)
* ''Series/UltramanLeo'' (1974-1975)
* ''Anime/TheUltraman'' (a.k.a. ''Ultraman Joeneus''; 1979-1980, {{Anime}} series co-produced with Creator/{{Sunrise}})
* ''Series/UltramanEighty'' (1980-1981)
* ''Series/AndroMelos'' (1983)
* ''Anime/UltramanTheAdventureBegins'' (a.k.a. ''Ultraman USA''; 1987, [[FiveEpisodePilot four-part animated pilot]] co-produced with Creator/HannaBarbera)
* ''Series/UltramanTowardsTheFuture'' (a.k.a. ''Ultraman Great''; 1990, produced in Australia, yet never aired there)
* ''Series/UltraSuperFight'' (1990)
* ''Anime/UltramanKids'' (1992)
* ''Series/UltramanTheUltimateHero'' (a.k.a. ''Ultraman Powered''; 1993, produced in the USA, yet never aired there)
* ''Series/UltramanTiga'' (1996-1997)
* ''Series/UltramanDyna'' (1997-1998)
* ''Series/UltramanGaia'' (1998-1999)
* ''Series/HeiseiUltraSeven'' (1998-2002; direct-to-DVD series)
* ''Advertising/UltramanNice'' (1999-2000; infomercial series that aired following reruns of ''Tiga'')
* ''Series/UltramanNeos'' (2000-2001; direct-to-DVD series)
* ''Series/UltramanCosmos'' (2001-2002)
* ''Series/UltramanBoysUltraColiseum'' (2003; infomercial series)
* ''Series/UltraQDarkFantasy'' * (2004)
* ''Series/UltramanNexus'' (2004-2005)
* ''Series/UltramanMax'' (2005-2006)
* ''Series/UltramanMebius'' (2006-2007)
* ''Series/UltraSevenX'' (2007)
* ''Series/UltraGalaxyMegaMonsterBattle'' (2007-2008)
** ''Ultra Galaxy Mega Monster Battle: Never Ending Odyssey'' (2008-2009)
* ''Franchise/UltramanZero'' (2009-Present)
** ''Ultraman Retsuden'' (2011-2013)
** ''Ultra Zero Fight'' (2012)
** ''Ultraman Zero: The Chronicle'' (2017)
* ''Series/UltraZone'' * (2011-2012)
* ''Series/NeoUltraQ'' * (2013)
* ''Shin Ultraman Retsuden'' (2013-2016)
* ''Series/UltramanGinga'' (2013)
* ''Series/UltramanGingaS'' (2014)
* ''Ultra Fight Victory'' (2015)
* ''Series/UltramanX'' (2015)
* ''Series/UltramanOrb'' (2016)
** ''Series/UltramanOrbTheOriginSaga'' (2016-2017)
** ''Ultra Fight Orb'' (2017)
* ''WebAnimation/KaijuGirls'' (2016, 2018)
* ''Series/UltramanGeed'' (2017)
[[/index]]

!! Movies
[[index]]
* ''Ultraman'' (1967; compilation film)
* ''Ultraman, Ultraseven: Great Violent Monster Fight'' (1969; compilation film)
* ''Film/HanumanVs7Ultraman'' (1974)
* ''Ultraman: Great Monster Decisive Battle'' (1979; compilation film)
* ''Ultraman'' (1979; compilation film)
* ''Film/UltramanZoffyUltraWarriorsVsTheGiantMonsterArmy'' (1984; compilation film with Zoffy's narration acting as a framing device)
* ''Film/UltramanStory'' (1984)
* ''Film/UltraQTheMovieLegendOfTheStars'' * (1990)
* ''Film/UltramanVsKamenRider'' (1993)
* ''Ultra Seven - Operation: Solar Energy'' (1994)
* ''Ultra Seven - The Ground of the Earthlings'' (1994)
* ''Film/ReviveUltraman'' (1996)
* ''Film/UltramanCompany'' (1996)
* ''Film/UltramanZearth'' (1996)
* ''Film/UltramanZearth2'' (1997)
* ''Film/UltramanTigaAndUltramanDynaWarriorsOfTheStarOfLight'' (1998)
* ''Film/UltramanGaiaBattleInHyperspace'' (1999)
* ''Film/UltramanTigaTheFinalOdyssey'' (2000)
* ''Film/UltramanDynaTheReturnOfHanejiro'' (2001)
* ''Film/UltramanCosmosTheFirstContact'' (2001)
* ''Film/UltramanCosmos2TheBluePlanet'' (2002)
* ''Film/UltramanCosmosVsUltramanJusticeTheFinalBattle'' (2003)
* ''Film/UltramanTheNext'' (2004)
* ''Film/UltramanMebiusAndTheUltraBrothers'' (2006)
* ''Film/SuperiorUltraman8Brothers'' (2008)
* ''Film/MegaMonsterBattleUltraGalaxyLegends'' (2009)
* ''Film/UltramanZeroTheRevengeOfBelial'' (2010)
* ''Film/UltramanSaga'' (2012)
* ''Film/UltramanGingaTheaterSpecial'' (2013)
* ''Film/UltramanGingaTheaterSpecialUltraMonsterHeroBattleRoyal'' (2014)
* ''Film/UltramanGingaSTheMovieShowdownThe10UltraBrothers'' (2015)
* ''Film/UltramanXTheMovieHereComesOurUltraman'' (2016)
* ''Film/UltramanOrbTheMovieLendMeThePowerOfBonds'' (2017)
* ''Film/UltramanGeedTheMovieConnectThemTheWishes'' (2018)
[[/index]]

!! VideoGames
[[index]]
* ''Compati Heroes'' series - Refer to the listing on the ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'' franchise page
* ''Ultraman Fighting Evolution'' series
** ''Ultraman Fighting Evolution'' ([=PS1=] - 1998)
** ''Ultraman Fighting Evolution 2'' ([=PS2=] - 2002)
** ''Ultraman Fighting Evolution 3'' ([=PS2=] - 2004)
** ''Ultraman Fighting Evolution Rebirth'' ([=PS2=] - 2005)
** ''Ultraman Fighting Evolution 0'' ([=PSP=] - 2006)
* ''Ultraman'' ([=PS2=] - 2004)
* ''Ultraman Nexus'' ([=PS2=] - 2005)
* ''Kaiju Busters'' (Nintendo [=DS=] - 2009)
* ''Mega Monster Battle'' series
** ''Mega Monster Battle: Ultra Coliseum'' (Wii - 2009)
** ''Mega Monster Battle: Ultra Coliseum DX: The Gathering of The Ultra Heroes!'' (Wii - 2010)
** ''Mega Monster Rush Ultra Frontier'' (Data Carddass - 2013)
* ''Ultraman All-Star Chronicle'' [=PSP=] - 2013)
* ''VideoGame/CityShroudedInShadow'' ([=PS4=] - 2017)
[[/index]]

!! Literature
[[index]]
* ''Manga/UltramanSuperFighterLegend'' (Manga 1993-1997, 2014 - Current)
* ''Manga/UltramanTheFirst'' (Manga 2003-2008; Manga adaptation of ''[=Ultraman=]'')
* ''Manga/UltramanStory0'' (Manga 2005-2013)
* ''Literature/AnotherGenesis'' (Novel, 2011-2012)
* ''LightNovel/UltramanSisters'' (LightNovel, 2012)
* ''Manga/{{Ultraman}}'' (Manga 2011, - Current)
* ''Manga/UltraKaijuAnthropomorphicProjectGalaxyDays'' (Manga 2014, - Current)
* ''Manga/UltraKaijuAnthropomorphicProjectFeatPOPComicCode'' (Manga 2015, - Current)
* ''Manga/UltraJourneyTwinTailGirlAndTwinTailMe'' (Manga 2017)
[[/index]]

!! Related series developed by Tsuburaya Productions include

[[index]]
* ''Series/KaijuBooska'' (1966-1967)
** ''Series/BooskaBooska'' (1999-2000)
** ''[=Booska+=]'' (Manga 2014-2015)
* ''Series/MightyJack'' (1968)
* ''Series/{{Mirrorman}}'' (1971-1972)
* ''Series/SilverKamen'' (1971; produced by Nippon Gendai, but carried over most of ''Ultra Seven'''s staff, including composer Toru Fuyuki, director Akio Jissoji and writer Shozo Uehara)
* ''Series/{{Redman}}'' (1972; 138 five minute segments in the ''Ohayo Kodomo Show'')
* ''Series/IronKing'' (1972-1973; not produced by Tsuburaya, but many of the staff carried over)
* ''Series/{{Fireman}}'' (1973)
* ''Series/JumborgAce'' (1973)
* ''Series/DinosaurGreatWarIzenborg'' (1977-1978)
* ''Series/DenkouChoujinGridman'' (1993-1994)
** ''Series/SuperhumanSamuraiSyberSquad'' (1994-1995)
* ''Series/BioPlanetWoO'' (2006)
[[/index]]

The many incarnations over time vary widely over tone, shifting into DarkerAndEdgier territory with ''Series/UltraSeven'', ''Series/UltramanLeo'', ''Series/UltramanGaia'', and ''Series/UltramanNexus''; others like ''Series/UltramanCosmos'' and ''Series/UltramanTaro'' were much LighterAndSofter; finally, series such as ''Series/UltramanTiga'' maintained a balance between the two extremes. Tonal shifts were sometimes brought on by ExecutiveMeddling, ie. ''Cosmos'' being toned down due to [[TooSoon current events]] or ''Nexus'' becoming edgier in an attempt to reverse declining ratings.

Has an index of {{Character Sheet}}s, all of which are in need of WikiMagic.

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!!The franchise in general provides examples of the following tropes:
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* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture / NextSundayAD: Most shows take place in some variation of this time period.
* AliensAreBastards: The franchise is ''loaded'' with evil aliens who oppose the Ultramen and seek to conquer Earth. Most of them are also capable of increasing their size to those of the Ultramen.
* AliensSpeakingEnglish: This trope is played with rather unclearly. While the audience hears the Ultras speaking Japanese and their host can understand them, they rarely ever speak while transformed (except their characteristic shouts) and even when they ''do'' talk, it's normally to each other and on occasion humans watching simply won't hear what they're saying. In ''Series/UltramanMax'', the rest of DASH asks Kaito if he 'understands their language' after he explains what Max and his superior were talking about, implying humans didn't understand the conversation. Apparently, the Ultras comunicate via telepathy, and most humans simply lack this capacity.
** Made all the more confusing by the fact the invading enemy aliens often play this trope straight and almost always speak fluent Japanese.
** In ''Film/MegaMonsterBattleUltraGalaxyLegends'', Belial speaks to Rei, who is a human, and Rei himself clearly understands him, which may clear some doubts on the matter.
* AliensAmongUs: A number of Ultramen take on human forms instead of hosts, like Series/{{Ultraseven}}, Series/UltramanLeo, Series/UltramanEighty, Series/UltramanMebius, and Series/UltramanOrb. Some series also feature non-Ultra aliens living peacefully on Earth among humans, like Pega from ''Series/UltramanGeed'' and Dr. Gourman [[SpellMyNameWithAnS (Guruman)]] from ''Series/UltramanX''.
* AntiHero: While most Ultramen fall under the MessianicArchetype, some also have an anti-heroic attitude. Most notably: Ultraman Agul from ''Series/UltramanGaia'', Hunter Knight Tsurugi from ''Series/UltramanMebius'', Ultraman Zero from the ''Franchise/UltramanZero'' movies, and Ultraman Victory from ''Series/UltramanGinga S''.
* AliensAndMonsters: The MonsterOfTheWeek is either a giant monster or an alien who can turn giant-sized.
* AlienInvasion: ''Series/UltraSeven'' and ''Series/UltramanLeo'' had almost nothing BUT alien invaders, but in the former series this was subverted on occasion by having some aliens be sympathetic at times and even had Seven questioning himself why he would protect humans since HumansAreTheRealMonsters.
* AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs: As faithful a tradition here as it is with ''Franchise/SuperSentai'', often, but not always, in the GrandFinale.
* AlternateUniverse: Most of the Heisei Ultra series take place in these, separate from the original Showa universe.
* AnimatedAdaptation: One in its native Japan called ''The Ultraman'' and a co-production with Creator/HannaBarbera called ''Anime/UltramanTheAdventureBegins''.
* AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever: It's a franchise consosting of TV shows where giant monsters and aliens attack every week, what did you expect?
* BackFromTheDead:
** Quite common with Ultra hosts, as a number of Ultras specifically chose someone who died a heroic death to be their host and bring them back as a reward.
** It's not entirely uncommon for Ultras to die and be resurrected, either through light or HeroicWillpower or ThePowerOfFriendship, and in fact the Land of Light has the means to resurrect them (with the Mother of Ultra being adapt at it). However, this also means that ''Belial'' is capable of this trope as well.
** Monsters also tend to get resurrected on a regular basis by the bad guys since the Monster Graveyard acts as a free supply zone for them.
* BadassBeard: Despite being alien energy beings, the Father of Ultra/Ultra Father and Ultraman King both have facial hair, albeit facial hair that looks like it's made of metal. Double so, since only Ultras that survive into the 40,000 year old range actually grow it.
* BadassCape: The Showa Ultras are often shown wearing these around the Land of Light. It's explained in [[AllThereInTheManual supplementary sources]] that in the Land of Light they symbolize the hero's status as a highly respected member of the Space Garrison.
* BadassCrew:
** All the human support teams have their moments.
** The first six Ultramen ([[Series/{{Ultraman}} Ultraman, Zoffy,]] Series/{{Ultraseven}}, [[Series/ReturnOfUltraman Ultraman Jack]], Series/UltramanAce, and Series/UltramanTaro) are collectively known as the Ultra Brothers.
** ''Film/UltramanZeroTheRevengeOfBelial'' take this to new levels by featuring a team of giant beings formed by Ultraman Zero, called the Ultimate Force Zero.
* BadassFamily: Father of Ultra, his wife Mother Of Ultra/Ultra Mother, and son Series/UltramanTaro, and his adopted brother Series/UltramanAce. In ''Film/MegaMonsterBattleUltraGalaxyLegends'', we have Series/UltraSeven, who's the nephew of the family, and his extremely powerful son, Franchise/UltramanZero.
* BadassGrandpa / CoolOldGuy: The human forms of the Showa Ultras. All of them are around their 50s and 60s, but that doesn't stop them from looking awesome and badass. ''Film/MegaMonsterBattleUltraGalaxyLegends'' takes this even further for Hayata[=/=]Series/{{Ultraman}} and Dan[=/=]Series/UltraSeven. In the movie, stuck in human form, they still manage to kick ass, HARD. To be specific, Ultraman uses a fucking assault rifle to blast Alien Shaplay, while Seven used hand to hand combat and Ultra Willpower to the same alien.
* BehemothBattle: The franchise built its success off bringing the trope from cinema to the small screen, using the same quality and innovation in special effects seen in Creator/EijiTsuburaya's Creator/{{Toho}} work.
* BigBad: Used sometimes. [[LargeHam YAPOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL!]] in ''Series/UltramanAce'', Chaos Header in ''Series/UltramanCosmos'', Empera in ''Series/UltramanMebius'', Ultraman Belial for ''Franchise/UltramanZero'' '''and''' ''Series/UltramanGeed'', Dark Lugiel in ''Series/UltramanGinga'', Dark Zagi in ''Series/UltramanNexus'', and so on and so forth.
* BigCreepyCrawlies: Many, ''many'' Ultra monsters are insect-based, such as Antlar, Zetton, Doragory, Mukadendar, Banpira, Aribunta, Bugbuzun, Kemujira, Kiyla, Sildron, and King Maimai. And we're not even including the InsectoidAliens!
* BigGood: In the Showa timeline, this is a role is held by [[PhysicalGod Ultraman King]], though the Ultra Father also counts, as while beneath Ultraman King, he's still the direct leader of the Space Garrison.
* BloodierAndGorier: Creator/EijiTsuburaya generally didn't like the use of blood, however after his death, the series became noticeably more violent and gorier, like ''Series/UltramanAce'' and ''Series/UltramanLeo''. This would be toned down with the Heisei series.
* BlueIsHeroic: If they aren't red, the Ultra are usually blue, such as Series/UltramanCosmos, [[Series/UltramanGaia Ultraman Agul]], and [[Series/UltramanMebius Ultraman Hikari]]. Of course there are also those who are a mixture of both blue and red, like Series/UltramanTiga and Series/UltramanDyna.
* BossSubtitles: All Ultra monsters have these.
* BreathWeapon: Countless kaiju have these, from fire to acid to lightning to poison gas to energy beams.
* BridgeBunnies: The Showa series tended to feature women in MissionControl (usually, they're [[TheSmurfettePrinciple the only female]] team members too). The Heisei series would subvert this by having male examples or TwoGirlsToATeam, with the other being an ActionGirl.
* BroadStrokes: A canon timeline is... questionable, to say the least. It's just best not to think too hard about it...
** Most of the Showa shows takes place together in one universe, but has a tendency to not line up because of dating systems and general inconsistencies[[note]]''Series/UltramanTaro'' and ''Series/UltramanMebius'' both show the events of the shows happened "in real time", that is, the years the shows were released, however prior series take place a couple decades after they were made, and ''Series/UltramanEighty'' doesn't really have the year it is in stated, either way Tsuburaya has not really stated if the timeline is in real time or not.[[/note]] -- not to mention ''Series/UltraSeven'' wasn't even in the canon originally, and ''Series/UltraQ'' is still an oddity.
** The Heisei ''Ultra Seven'' (Heisei ''Ultra Seven'' and ''Series/UltrasevenX'') and ''Ultra Q'' (''Series/UltraQDarkFantasy'' and ''Series/NeoUltraQ'') series are related to the series they're sequels to, but they're not entirely in the timeline either.
** Then the 2010s Ultras like the ''Franchise/UltramanZero'' movies, ''Series/UltramanGinga'', and ''Series/UltramanOrb'' have everyone thrown together into one universe.
* BusmansHoliday: The now-defunct fansite ''Absolute Ultraman'' used to joke that whenever a team member went on vacation something strange was bound to happen.
* TheCaptain: No Ultra series is complete without one, with such examples as Toshio Muramatsu of Science Patrol, Kaoru Kiriyama of Ultra Garrison, Megumi Iruma of GUTS, Shingo Sakomizu of GUYS, and Hiroshi Hyuuga of ZAP SPACY.
* ChestBlaster: Many monsters have these, but starting with ''Series/UltramanAce'', many Ultras have them as well as an alternative FinishingMove. It's often depicted as one of their more powerful attacks, and several Heisei series Ultras use it or a powered up version of their basic one as an EleventhHourSuperpower to destroy the FinalBoss.
* ChestInsignia: The Color Timer, which measure how long how long an Ultraman can safely fight before needing to revert to human form and reacharge, is generally located on the Ultraman's chest.
* ClipShow: A mercifully brief sequence in the original ''Series/{{Ultraman}}'' episode, "The Monster Graveyard". MilestoneCelebration series ''Series/UltramanMebius'' does this too, but manages to pay homage to a classic episode in the series. They tend to have these in 2010s Ultra Series, usually around the middle of the show's run, such as ''Series/UltramanGeed'' and ''Series/UltramanOrb''.
* ComesGreatResponsibility: The Showa Ultras gained their immense power thanks to a MassSuperEmpoweringEvent. While at first they weren't happy about it, they came to believe there must be a reason for them to gain such power. They decided that meaning was to become protectors of the entire universe.
* CoolPlane: Every defense team has one or more of these. Many are also capable of combining with each other and are can fly through space as gracefully as they can through the sky.
* CoolStarship: The Artdessei of ''Series/UltramanTiga'', the Pendragon from ''Series/UltraGalaxyMegaMonsterBattle'', Phoenix Nest Flight Mode in ''Series/UltramanMebius'', and plenty of others.
* CriticalAnnoyance: When an Ultraman runs low on Colour Timer energy, their timers will begin beeping and flashing.
* {{Crossover}}: Ultra heroes tend to show up in each other's series, especially in ''Series/UltramanMebius'' and ''Series/UltramanX''. Likewise, classic Ultra monsters tend to do the same, notably in ''Series/UltramanMax'' and ''Ultraman Mebius''. The original Series/{{Ultraman}} also teamed up with the [[Series/KamenRider first]] Franchise/KamenRider in a short made in the 90s.
* CrucifiedHeroShot: In many of the Showa series
* CursedWithAwesome: The Ultramen were once HumanAliens. When they built the Plasma Spark to replace their dying sun, it somehow mutated them into the silver giants. According to Mebius, they weren't happy with this at first, but believed that there must be meaning for them to gain such power, and decided to use it to protect peace in the universe.
* DarkerAndEdgier: ''Series/UltraSeven'', ''Series/UltramanLeo'', ''Series/UltramanGaia'', ''Series/UltramanNexus'', ''Series/UltraQDarkFantasy'' and ''Series/UltraSevenX'' are much darker and have a more adult tone than the other series' in the franchise. A manga adaptation by the creator of ''Manga/LinebarrelsOfIron'' was published in a {{Seinen}} magazine starting 2011, making it one of the few properties in the franchise to be aimed exclusively for an adult audience.
* DemonicPossession / MindControl: This happens from time to time, due to the fact that many of the aliens of the ''Franchise/UltraSeries'' are able to control humans in some way to make them do their bidding.
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: Lots of this -- most of the bad guys of these shows are living forces of nature, after all. Almost literal example with Series/UltramanTiga's [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Gatanazoa]].
* TheDragon: Many intelligent aliens bring powerful kaiju to use against Ultramen.
* DrillTank: The Magmalizer from ''Series/{{Ultraseven}}'' and the Peeper from ''Series/UltramanTiga''.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: ''Series/UltraQ'' may be the first entry in the franchise, but rather than the superhero action that defines the franchise, it featured ordinary humans have encounters with giant monsters and supernatural occurrences, as stories were written as half-hour sci-fi movies instead. ''Series/UltraSeven'' may also be this for some as alien invaders were the main focus instead of kaiju, with a significant number of them not being able to turn giant-sized. It is only with ''Series/ReturnOfUltraman'' and ''Series/UltramanAce'' does the ''Franchise/UltraSeries'' as known today ''really'' begin to take shape.
* EldritchAbomination: Lots of them. Gatanazoa, Chaos Header, Greeza, Maga-Orochi, Bullton, Gan-Q, Kyrieloid, Yapool and his Choju, the Space Beasts, and many others.
* ElementalPowers: Almost every example has been featured in the franchise with its enormous menagerie of monsters, but some Ultras have them as well, like Series/UltramanMebius and Series/UltramanOrb.
* EnergyAbsorption / AttackReflector: A lot of the tougher monsters possess the ability to consume Ultraman's energy attacks and even reflect it back at the hero, often rendering standard {{Finishing Move}}s useless. Good examples of simple EnergyAbsorption include Bemstar, Tyrant, and Gan-Q, while the more advanced versions are used by the likes of Zetton (who killed Series/{{Ultraman}} with it in his debut), Blitz Blots, Goldras, and Alien Reflect.
* EnergyBeing: The Ultras are this to varying degrees depending on the continuity. The Showa Era Ultras have bones and organs, but are primarily made of Light. However, in other continuities (such as the Series/UltramanTiga-Series/UltramanDyna universe), the Ultras bleed light instead of blood.
* EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs: Dinosaur kaiju are very popular in the Ultra Series, like Gomora, Red King, Golza, Black King, Bemular, Gomess, Gudon, Telesdon, Jirass, Dinosaur-Tank, Kingsaurus III, etc.
* EvilKnockoff: There are several fake Ultramen, but they're mostly aliens in disguise or robots though. A more subtle example is Ace Killer, who doesn't look exactly like an Ultraman but has similar powers.
* EvilIsNotAToy: Happens a fair bit to various aliens trying to gain control of the {{Big Bad}}s -- Alien Zarab and Ultraman Belial, Alien Nackle and the Yapool-possessed U-Killersaurus, Alien Salome Herodia and Darklops Zero, Alien Chibu Exceller and Dark Lugiel, etc.
* ExposedExtraterrestrials: Most aliens in the franchise don't wear any obvious clothing unless they assume human form. This includes the Ultras themselves, who simply have biological armor and occasionally wear a BadassCape or small medals of honor at most.
* {{Expy}}:
** Each member of the Ultimate Force Zero (other than Zero, obviously) are modeled after Tsuburaya's giant heroes outside of Ultra Series, update with [[TookALevelInBadass some level in badass]]. [=GlenFire=] is ''Series/{{Fireman}}'', Mirror Knight is ''Series/{{Mirrorman}}'' and Jean-Bot is ''Jumborg Ace''.
** Monsters in later series are often expies of ones from earlier series. A few based on non-''Ultraman'' kaiju appear as well (Mecha-Gillas from ''Series/UltramanEighty'' comes to mind).
* EyeBeams: Many monsters have this ability.
* FallenHero: Belial was once a mighty and noble hero like most Ultramen. However, he become obsessed with seeking more strength to uphold the order of the universe. So he directly touched the Plasma Spark, [[DrunkWithPower and became the demon we know]].
* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath / FamilyUnfriendlyViolence:
** Mostly in the '70s series, with both Kaiju and Ultras being sliced to bits, decapitated, stabbed, blinded, and even eviscerated.
** A young kid getting shot in the face in the infamous Thai/Japan coproduction film ''Film/HanumanVs7Ultraman''.
* FinishingMove: It's a required part of the Ultraman arsenal, usually a variation on a KameHameHadoken that makes the MonsterOfTheWeek explode spectacularly. Although not every episode ends with the monster being blown up.
* FirstEpisodeResurrection: More often than not, the explanation for the protagonists' human forms.
* FunWithAcronyms: With exception of ''Series/{{Ultraman}}''[='=]s Science Patrol and ''Series/UltraSeven''[='=]s Ultra Garrison, the anti-monster teams almost always have fancy acronym names.
* FusionDance: Ultras are shown to have this ability in most continuities, though how it works varies between the power booster type and forming a new being.
* GagDub
** ''Series/UltramanTiga'''s dub is chock-full of unfunny, mood-destroying jokes and loads of {{Bowdlerization}}. Surprise! It's from [[Creator/FourKidsEntertainment 4Kids]]!
** The TNT ''Series/UltraSeven'' dub is rather notorious for not taking itself very seriously.
** This happened even earlier, with ''Space Warriors 2000'', an unauthorized recut made using footage from the films ''Film/HanumanVs7Ultraman'' and ''Ultraman Zoffy''. Due to it's unofficial nature, it was quickly pulled from television by Tsuburaya's lawyers. Here is a "hilarious" excerpt: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qTG8llop3LU]]
* GentleGiant: The Ultramen themselves are 50-meter benevolent aliens of light, but many series also feature peaceful kaiju that the Ultras usually don't fight, but instead have to assist them.
* GiantEqualsInvincible: Played with. About 80-90% of the time, the monsters can only be defeated by the Ultramen after the humans have exhausted everything they can do against the enemy, but the human characters are often key in helping defeat the monsters in the first place. The teams have been shown to be capable of defeating monsters without the help of Ultras but it often takes a hell of a lot of time, effort, and powerful, one-of-a-kind weaponry.
* GiantFlyer: There are lots of flying kaiju, mainly bird or pterosaur-based. Examples include Birdon, Bemstar, Maga-Basser, Lidorias, Melba, Dexador, Hydra, and Arigera.
* GondorCallsForAid: Many of the {{Grand Finale}}s have many of the heroes' allies return to aid them. In some cases such as ''Series/UltramanCosmos'' and ''Series/UltramanGaia'', this included the kaiju. ''Gaia'' was noteworthy as it made a token effort to avert WhatMeasureIsANonHuman towards its end and the kaiju showed it while coming forward and facing off against Zogu's army.
* GrandFinale: Each series tends to end with the Ultraman being faced with an uber-strong monster or the BigBad and having to leave Earth or split from their host, but ''Series/UltramanMebius'', the MilestoneCelebration series, went all out and did a three-episode long finale/love letter to the entire franchise.
* GratuitousEnglish: Shows up quite frequently, particularly in the acronyms of defense team names. ''Series/UltramanMax'' and ''Series/UltramanGaia'' also featured defense team members with English as their native tongue in the main cast.
* GreenAesop: Occurs infrequently due to the shared theme of protecting Earth; the Australian-produced series, ''Series/UltramanTowardsTheFuture'', would thrive on this trope.
* HalfTheManHeUsedToBe / OffWithHisHead: Very common fate for Ultra monsters in the Showa era TV shows, especially ''Series/{{Ultraseven}}'' and ''Series/UltramanAce''.
* HandBlast: The Ultramen often use these, but lots of monsters and aliens also have them.
* HeartLight: Ultraman, no matter the incarnation, always has one of these. The faster it's flashing, the closer he is to running out of power.
* HenshinHero: Considered to be the TropeCodifier and UrExample, especially in Japan.
* HeroKiller
** Once or twice a series, a horribly powerful monster will defeat Ultraman, with notable examples including Zetton and Birdon. He gets better, and usually with a shiny new upgrade.
** Ultraman Belial. The only ''two'' Ultras in the entire universe capable of even fighting him without being [[CurbstompBattle curbstomped]] are [[PhysicalGod Ultraman King]] (''who curbstomped him'') and [[spoiler:Ultraman Zero, who'd spent several years undergoing TrainingFromHell at Ultraman Leo's hands.]]
* HeroSecretService: Nearly every Ultra has one in the form of their military group they're teamed with, who perform support fire, wear down the monster for them, sometimes even ''kill'' lesser monsters by themselves so the hero can focus on the main baddie, and are often the ones to resurrect the Ultra in the event that they fall in battle in newer entries.
* HoldingOutForAHero: This trope is sometimes given as the reason ''why'' 'transform into Ultraman' isn't the response to the monster showing up and the Anti-Monster group helping that particular Ultra have to make an effort first: the Ultras don't want humanity to DEPEND on them, they want them to progress to the point they can fight side-by-side WITH them.
* HongKongDub: Some of the later Ultra series were dubbed in Malaysia; the bad voice acting and extremely thick accents make the dubs almost incomprehensible to English-speaking viewers.
* HourOfPower: It's well-known that Ultras can only stay around for three minutes, as tracked in their Colour Timers. Traditionally, this is justified as Earth's atmosphere not being suitable for the enormous absorption of solar energy required to keep them alive, but some Ultras don't seem to have this problem and can stay around much longer unless the plot demands it. However, this idea was originally made as a way to keep Ultraman from being completely invincible and because it helps keep the special effects budget in check.
* HumanAliens: The Ultramen often become such, but they were once human-like before the Plasma Spark transformed them.
** Many aliens (both good and evil) appear as such too, but it's often unclear whether this is a disguise or not, since many aliens in the franchise can take human forms.
* HumansAreSpecial: The reason that the Ultramen put Earth on a very high priority. Humans are identical to them before the Plasma Spark turned them into their current forms, so they think of humans as a reflection of themselves.
* HumongousMecha: Plenty of giant robots. King Joe, Windam, Imperiser, Galactron, Darclops Zero, Grand King, Mecha-Gomora, Jean-Bot, Deathfacer, etc.
* HybridMonster: Plenty, often serving as super-powerful foes for the heroes. They include Tyrant, Izmael, Jumbo King, Giga Chimera, Five King, the Belial Fusion Beasts, Zeppandon, and Beryudora.
* InternationalCoProduction: ''Anime/UltramanTheAdventureBegins'' and ''Series/UltramanTheUltimateHero'' with USA (although neither ever aired there), as well as ''Series/UltramanTowardsTheFuture'' with Australia (also never aired there).
* IsleOfGiantHorrors: The series has featured a couple over the years, such as Tatara Island in the original ''Series/{{Ultraman}}'', Subject Phantom from ''Series/UltramanMax'', and the Kapuya Islands of ''Series/UltramanCosmos''.
* TheJuggernaut: Some of the kaiju are so strong that even the Ultramen have trouble defeating them. Good examples include Antlar, Tyrant, Fire Golza, and King Joe.
* {{Kaiju}}: Where would the franchise be without them? They run the gamut of appearances and origins, and many are just as famous as the Ultramen themselves.
* KameHameHadoken: Almost all Ultramen possess some variant of this, typically done by putting their arms into a cross-like shape.
* TheKiddieRide: There's one by Sega with a simple racing game built in that you get to pick and race against several Ultras, and one strange ride that you get to ride on the back of Ultraman, the latter has been copied endlessly by Chinese knockoff ride manufacturers and is the basis of various knockoff "ride on a superhero's back" rides that are quite common in Asia.
* LawyerFriendlyCameo
** One MonsterOfTheWeek from the original ''Series/{{Ultraman}}'' is none other than the Franchise/{{Godzilla}} costume from ''Film/MothraVsGodzilla'', renamed Jirass, with a large frill added to his neck. Possibly as a subversion of the trope, during the fight scene, Ultraman actually ''rips off the extra piece of the costume'' and thus the rest of the fight is with 100% pure ''Ultraman vs. Franchise/{{Godzilla}}''.
** The BigBad of ''Series/UltramanTiga'' is none other than [[Franchise/CthulhuMythos Ghatanothoa]] (or rather "[[SpellMyNameWithAnS Gatanazoa]]"), complete with petrification ability.
* {{Leitmotif}}: The "Wandaba" scat theme that is used for many of the defense teams. Modified versions appear in ''Series/{{Fireman}}'', ''Series/{{Mirrorman}}'' and ''Jumborg Ace''.
* LighterAndSofter: ''Series/UltramanTaro'', ''Series/UltramanDyna'', ''Series/UltramanCosmos'', and ''Series/UltramanMax'' are all much less somber and often more comical in tone.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: With at least 31 spinoffs, this franchise has way too many characters to count - Ultra, human, kaiju, alien, and otherwise.
* LicensedGame: Lots of them, such as the infamous ''Series/UltramanTowardsTheFuture'' for the SNES and the more well-received ''Ultraman Fighting Evolution'' series.
** EdutainmentGame: Several titles for the Sega Pico.
* LightIsGood: The Ultramen are beings of light, after all.
* LongLived: Ultras are ''extremely'' long lived. For reference: Series/UltramanMebius is 6,800 years old and considered ''young''.
* LongRunner: The entire ''Franchise/UltraSeries'' has been running for over 50 years and still going. The number of episodes is so mind-boggling huge that why would you even bother to count?
* LovecraftLite
** Some of the monsters are truly Eldritch in nature (like Bullton or Gan-Q), you just won't realize it as Ultraman (nearly) always averts their effect. Sometimes though, not even Ultraman is immune to the monstrosity.
** ''Series/UltramanTiga'' and ''Series/UltramanCosmos'' seemed to ''love'' this trope, an EldritchAbomination taking the role as BigBad in the latter, with a healthy dose of TheCorruption.
* MascotMook / BreakoutVillain: Virtually every series has a handful of kaiju or aliens who become amongst the Ultras' most iconic foes and end up recurring in later series.
* MassSuperEmpoweringEvent: The OriginStory of the Showa Ultras: they replaced their dying sun with the Plasma Spark, which mutated their entire species into the powerful giants they are now.
* MeaningfulName: The usage of "''Ultra''" originates the 1964 Tokyo Summer Olympics, in which the gymnasts had created an impressive maneuver dubbed the "Ultra C", turning the word "Ultra" into a catchphrase by the announcers. Creator/EijiTsuburaya (developing ''Series/UltraQ'' under the title ''Unbalance'' at the time) was inspired by the English word's popularity, and the rest, as they say, is history.
* MerchandiseDriven: Thrives heavily off this, with so many heroes, monsters, vehicles, and {{Transformation Trinket}}s just begging to be turned into toys. 2010s series like ''Series/UltramanGinga'', ''Series/UltramanOrb'', and ''Series/UltramanGeed'' kick it UpToEleven with the Spark Dolls, Ultra Cards, Ultra Capsules, etc. becoming an integrated part of the show.
* MoeAnthropomorphism: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oxLK9aZXq94 It's official]], various kaiju got this in ''Ultra Kaijuu Gijinka Keikaku'' (''Ultra Monsters Anthropomorphization Project''). The project also got three manga series (two traditional and a 4koma) and a [[WebAnimation/KaijuGirls web anime short series]].
* {{Mons}}: The Capsule Monsters from ''Series/UltraSeven'' and the Maquette Monsters of ''Series/UltramanMebius''. Then there's ''Series/UltraGalaxyMegaMonsterBattle'', which focuses almost entirely around this.
* MonsterOfTheWeek: With the exception of ''Series/UltramanNexus'' (in which a single monster takes anywhere between 2-6 episodes to finally kill off), this forms the formula of the franchise's series.
* TheMovie: Several of these, see the list above.
* MultiformBalance: Many Heisei Ultras can do this. Some like Series/UltramanTiga, Series/UltramanDyna, and Series/UltramanCosmos simply change type as they wish, while others like Series/UltramanOrb and Series/UltramanGeed do so by using items containing the powers of other Ultras for brand new forms and new sets of powers.
* MultiPartEpisode: Many of these, but the most notable is "The Monster Prince" two-parter from the original ''Series/{{Ultraman}}'', which introduced Gomora and saw Ultraman get defeated for the first time.
* MythologyGag:
** Lots of monsters reference earlier series' beasties,. If they're recycled from a previous show, they'll do something that references their actions in their debut episode.
** Some series just thrive of this to the point of ContinuityLockout. ''Series/UltramanMebius'' is a good example.
* NewPowersAsThePlotDemands: Although the Ultras always have a set base of powers, many develop and use one-shot attacks for specific monsters that are never seen again, or, even, completely pointless in the face of a preexisting one. And each time they would re-appear in another series, they'd only have the base powers they were known for. However, the worst offender is [[Series/ReturnOfUltraman Ultraman Jack]] and his Ultra Bracelet, which can shapeshift into whatever is needed at the time.
* OddballInTheSeries:
** The franchise tends to produce some that deviate a fair bit from the standard formula, like ''Series/UltraSeven'' (which dealt almost entirely with alien invaders instead of kaiju), ''Series/UltramanCosmos'' (in which the hero would try to pacify monsters instead of killing them), and ''Series/UltramanNexus'' (a DarkerAndEdgier reboot attempt where monsters are dealt with more seriously and form story arcs, taking multiple episodes to kill).
** ''Series/UltraQ'' and ''Series/UltraGalaxyMegaMonsterBattle'' (although technically they're considered spinoffs) are also notable, as the Ultramen have little to no role in those series.
** In the 2010s, this became more regular, as the defense team formula was usually eschewed for more varying casts, like a gang of paranormal investigators in ''Series/UltramanOrb'' and the protagonist's friends in ''Series/UltramanGeed'' and ''Series/UltramanGinga''.
* TheOmnipotent: Ultraman King, the God of the Ultras. He's referred to as almighty and so far has never shown anything close to the limit of his power. He's [[CurbstompBattle effortlessly defeated]] the incredibly powerful Ultraman Belial then ''created'' a moon around him to imprison him, brought a [[spoiler:dismembered Ultraman Leo]] back to life with zero effort, and merged with the universe to save it from cosmic destruction.
* OncePerEpisode: ''Every'' episode has to have the main character become the series' Ultra at least once, and 90% of the time, he has to fight the MonsterOfTheWeek.
* OneRiotOneRanger:
** In the universes where Ultras are an organized military group, the Ultra Space Garrison normally only sends a single Ultra to deal with a planet's current monster infestation/run of alien invasions. It's normally enough. However, often times other Ultras are often shown to be ready to jump in and help if things get too much for that one Ultra.
** Taken UpToEleven with the fact Zoffy is shown to be frequently deployed to wipe out entire alien invasion fleets on his own.
* OurGiantsAreBigger: A common nickname for the Ultras is 'Giants of Light.' Given they're 50 meter tall human-like beings, they certainly qualify.
* OurMonstersAreWeird: It's a well-known fact that the Ultra Series has lots of bizarre kaiju and aliens, even amongst their more standard-looking foes. Many have become popular and iconic in their own right ''for their wierdness'', such as Bullton, Gan-Q, Dada, Alien Metron, and Nova.
* PhantomZone:
** The Showa universe's Monster Graveyard (introduced in Episode 35 of the original ''Series/{{Ultraman}}''), a pocket of space that essentially acts like another dimension, as every monster and alien killed by the Ultras goes there upon death in a dormant and spectral form.
** Lesser examples include Series/UltramanAce's bubble-shaped barrier for Alien Metron Jr. [[Series/UltraSeven Alien Icarus' Fourth Dimension]], and Series/UltramanNexus' Meta-Field. [[Series/UltraSeven Alien Wild's camera]] is a PhantomZone projector.
* PsychoticSmirk: Often whoever's the EvilKnockoff of the titular giant makes this expression. Some kaiju seem to enjoy doing this too, Enomena from ''Series/UltramanTiga'' being a prime example, thanks to the wonders of CGI.
* PhysicalGod:
** Ultraman King. Not only is he considered to be god of the Ultras, throughout his appearances he is shown to be all-knowing and omnipotent. He is even shown capable of [[spoiler:reviving a dismembered Ultraman Leo]] without breaking a sweat. In the ''Ultra Galaxy'' movie, he is able to easily defeat Ultraman Belial who managed to [[spoiler:defeat every Ultraman except Zero]] and form a space prison around him -- which also acts as a moon to the Land of Light -- singlehandedly. And in ''Geed'', he ''recreates the universe'' after Belial destroys it.
** Ultraman Noa (the original, true form of Series/UltramanNexus) and Ultraman Legend (the FusionDance of Series/UltramanCosmos and Ultraman Justice) are both considered deity-level Ultras, though it's unclear whether they're on King's level.
* RedIsHeroic: All red Ultramen have some amount of silver in them, with those with more red (eg: Series/{{Ultraseven}}, Series/UltramanTaro, Series/UltramanLeo, Series/UltramanMax, and Series/UltramanMebius) being typically stronger than those with less (eg: Series/{{Ultraman}}, [[Series/ReturnOfUltraman Ultraman Jack]], Series/UltramanAce, and Series/UltramanEighty).
* RedOniBlueOni: If a show has two main Ultramen, they often form this dynamic. An excellent example is Ultraman Gaia and Ultraman Agul from ''Series/UltramanGaia''.
* {{Retcon}}: As of 2011, most of the Ultra Shows have been retconned into one continuity, with most Ultras coming from or claiming M78 as their home. More like, it has confirmed there are AlternateUniverse counterparts for all these Ultras in the M78 continuity. The latest ''Franchise/UltramanZero'' movie confirms that the Ultraman {{multiverse}} exists.
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter: Hanejiro in ''Series/UltramanDyna'' and Rimu Eleking in ''Series/UltramanMebius'', who are incidentally both the TeamPet of their shows.
* RoguesGallery: Countless recurring kaiju in the franchise's 50-year history pulled from nearly every series are reused on a regular basis to menace new generations of Ultra heroes.
* RoguesGalleryTransplant: Kaiju from later series tend to be recycled from previous ones, especially if they're extremely well-known or popular.
* SceneryPorn
** ''Film/MegaMonsterBattleUltraGalaxyLegends'' showed, for the first time, the Land of Light -- the home planet of the Ultras -- in its full glory, and ''it is gorgeous''.
** The sequel, ''Film/UltramanZeroTheRevengeOfBelial'', has this by the boatload. Prime example being the multiverse scene and the Mirror World.
* SecretIdentity: Most Ultraman human hosts/forms keep their alter egos secret from their teammates until the end of the series.
* SeaMonster: Many of the aquatic kaiju, like Eleking, Gubira, Muruchi, Reicubas, Maga-Jappa, Lagoras, Gesura, Seagorath, Pestar, and Takkong.
* SealedGoodInACan: Some series feature the Ultramen as such, like Series/UltramanTiga's petrified statue, the Spark Dolls of ''Series/UltramanGinga'', and Series/UltramanX's consciousness becoming data.
* SizeShifter: A basic Ultra power, though normally they only shrink with some exceptions. Many of the aliens in the series can perform this as well. Series/UltramanMax s unique in that he can also ''increase'' his size to a maximum of 900 meters, [[NewPowersAsThePlotDemands though like a lot of one-off Ultra powers]], he seems to only use it if it is ''absolutely'' necessary.
* SlasherSmile: Some kaiju manage to pull this off beyond just being toothy. Gazote ([[SpellMyNameWithAnS Gazort or Gazoto]]) and Algyuros/Fake Agul glide smoothly into mind.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS:
** Almost all of the monsters' names, especially for the series that haven't been localized for English speaking countries -- which is pretty much all of them. This can make a massive headache out of dub watchers trying to hunt around for info on kaiju from this series.
** Series/UltraSeven, Ultraseven, Ultra-7 (English dub only), there's really no official way of spelling his name
* SpinoffBabies: [[http://ultra.wikia.com/wiki/Ultraman_Kids Ultraman Kids]], a LighterAndSofter 26-episode anime featuring kiddified versions of several different Ultras and monsters.
* SuperToughness: The Ultras in general, due to having literal armor for skin.
* ThematicRoguesGallery: All the Ultras' enemies can be summed up as "[[{{Kaiju}} Giant Monsters]] and [[AliensAreBastards Alien Invaders]]". Of course, they come in a diverse array of origins, motifs, appearances, and much more, but they're all generally defined as being threats to what the Ultramen have sword to protect -- the peace of Earth and humans.
* TimeAbyss: Ultras are ''extremely'' long lived beings, and thus even the youngest qualifies. For reference: Ultraman Mebius is over 6,000 years old and Ultraman Zero is 5,900. Both are considered ''teenagers'' by Ultra standards. In contrast, the Father of Ultra, the oldest known normal Ultra, is 140,000 years old. However, the reigning champs are [[PhysicalGod Ultraman King]] and Ultraman Noa (the original form of Series/UltramanNexus) who are both in the 300,000 year old range.
* TouchedByVorlons: According to the Manga, those who merged with Ultras may gain some of their abilities even after the Ultra has departed. This has been touched upon in some of the series as well, but mostly the main benefit of being an Ultra's host is being brought BackFromTheDead.
* TrainingFromHell: Series/UltramanLeo, anyone? Interesting because it was almost always self inflicted. [[spoiler:He later used this on Franchise/UltramanZero, complete with restraining armor. It really paid off because it made Zero strong enough to do battle with the evil [[HeroKiller Ultraman Belial]].]]
* TransformationTrinket: The human hosts/forms (with the exception of [[Series/ReturnOfUltraman Ultraman Jack]]'s Hideki Goh, who used his own willpower) use these in order to become Ultramen. In the 2010s series, these were expanded to the monsters as well, such as the Kaiju Capsules and the Spark Dolls.
* VillainTeamUp: With so many kaiju, aliens, and {{Big Bad}}s, it's not uncommon for later series to pair up bad guys from different shows to fight different Ultramen.
* WhamEpisode: Lots of these. For example, in the original ''Series/{{Ultraman}}'', an episode called "The Monster Prince" shocked the viewers because it was the first time Ultraman actually LOST a fight. Same for when Zetton killed him at the end of the first series with "Farewell, Ultraman".

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