Characters / Ultraman

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The original red-and-silver hero of the Ultra Series and a pop culture icon in Japan. As most of us know, Ultraman is a being from the Land of Light in Nebula M78 who merged with a human named Hayata when he accidentally killed him. He was originally a low-ranking member of the Space Garrison, the universal police force that the Ultras make up. As the first of his kind to make a career out of protecting Earth from giant monsters and evil aliens, Ultraman has become a major figure in many stories since.
  • Art Evolution: Ultraman's design has actually changed a bit over the original series' run. The face has become smoother, the eyes have become wider, and the mouth has become shorter. In fact, it could be said that the first Ultraman suit was actually somewhat sinister looking! This is not without explanation as Ultraman was initially envisioned as an alien warlord for predecessor series Ultra Q, so perhaps the producers slowly removed aspects of the unmade villain's design over time. See here.
  • Badass Teacher: Before coming to Earth and beginning his long career as a superhero, Ultraman was the equivalent of a university professor on his home planet.
  • The Cape: As far as the franchise and even Japanese fiction goes.
  • Catch-Phrase: After Ultraman defeats his enemy, he slowly looks skywards, then flies away shouting: SHUWATCH!!!
  • Cool Old Guy: Ultraman is 20,000 years old. When presented with the chance to be revived and return to M-78, he demands that Hayata be revived instead, reasoning that the comparatively young human needs the time more than he does.
    • Note that, from his comments to Zoffy, it can be surmised that this is a ripe old age even by Ultra standards. Successive Ultras are also younger than that when they come to Earth, and have "younger" personalities to match. However, it is mentioned in Ultraman Leo that Ultraman King is a mighty 200,000 years old, being the oldest known Ultra (except Ultraman Tiga, who exists in a different canon). This means that Ultraman is the equivalent of an adult in his 30's.
  • Creepy Monotone: When he speaks to Hayata directly in the first episode, and to Zoffy in the last. It might be an effect of the Travelsphere, because he apparently speaks with a normal voice elsewhere.
  • Critical Annoyance: The Color Timer is pretty much the Trope Codifier in Japan, if not the Trope Maker period.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Many of his early battles were this. Antlar was the first opponent to put up a real challenge though.
  • Energy Weapon: He's got several, but prefers to use wrestling moves until his ray attacks are a certain kill or it's safe to use them.
  • Experienced Protagonist: Comes to Earth with a long lifetime of training, takes a host with a (shorter) lifetime of training. This is, in fact, Ultraman's defining characteristic as compared to later Ultras, and he is typically depicted as having a sense of justified assurance about him. (But, because this makes both Ultraman and Hayata a little harder to relate to directly, later series tend to have the protagonists be newcomers.)
  • Hour of Power: Ultraman can only appear for three minutes and then he's off. This is because solar power is harder to come by under atmosphere, and he's able to survive without a time limit in space.
  • Memetic Hand Gesture: Again, probably the Trope Codifier in Japan. The Specium Ray hand pose. Left hand horizontal, right hand vertical, connected at the wrist with the left in front.
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands: Though it's clear that they're old hat to him, and the "new" powers are just less convenient for him to use.
  • No-Sell: One of his unique abilities is that electric attacks simply don't work on him. Best shown when he just dusts himself off after one such attack hit him.
  • Psychic Powers: He's shown to be capable of Telekinesis and Teleportation, and might be using Telepathy to communicate when he speaks normally.
  • Rings of Death: The Ultra Slash is a Specium ring that he forms and throws. It cuts right through most monsters, but can be stopped by barriers.
  • Simple, yet Awesome: Most of his signature abilities are considered basic by Ultra standards (his signature Finishing Move is actually the most basic of all Ultra Beams), but he's so good with them that he doesn't need the fancier abilities his younger successors typically have.
  • Superpowered Alter Ego: Ultraman is this to Hayata. (In practice, it's not actually clear to what extent Ultraman-Hayata is Hayata, or is Ultraman. Ultraman acts pretty much like Hayata when he comes back to Earth and takes his form.)
  • Super Speed: Can fly at mach speeds.
  • Symbiotic Possession: The reason Ultraman takes a human host is to save Hayata's life, and in exchange Ultraman gets to stay on Earth for more than three minutes at a time. They remain two distinct beings, and in the last episode, they separate to let Hayata stay on Earth while the big guy goes back to M-78 to recover after his defeat at the hands of Zetton. Again, the show never goes into how their personalities work in a fused form, and it really might just be a tremendous coincidence that Ultraman accidentally killed the rare human he could see eye to eye on. (Later shows make it clear that the host and the Ultra are two different people; this one didn't bother.)
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: Of a sort. He's fused with Hayata during the first series, and they are separate entities, but takes his form in later appearances for some reason.


A high-ranking officer of the Space Garrison, Zoffy first appeared in the final episode to take Ultraman back to his home, the Land of Light. He has become a significant character in later entries, first reappearing in Ultraman Ace, as the captain of the Ultra Brothers (Ultraman, Ultra Seven, Ultraman Jack, Ultraman Ace, and Ultraman Taro) and the one who assigns Ultramen to Earth.
  • Alien Invasion: Specializes in eliminating massive ones from attacking the Milky Way as seen in a flashback in Ultraman Mebius where he singlehandedly destroy an entire alien armada.
  • Ascended Extra: First appeared as another member of Ultraman's species in the final episode, but from Ultraman Ace onwards, he has become a major character in the Ultra Series.
  • Badass Cape: As seen in Mega Monster Battle: Ultra Galaxy Legends and some scenes in Ultraman Mebius
  • The Captain: As the commander of the squad known as the Ultra Brothers.
  • Chest of Medals: Those studs on his chest and shoulders? They're medals of honour and rank. After all, there's a reason why he's such a powerful Ultraman.
  • Colonel Badass: Although not seen in action as often as the other Ultra warriors, he's even more capable of a warrior than any of them.
  • 11th Hour Ranger: Subverted. Zoffy only appears in the last episode, after Zetton was defeated.
  • Hero of Another Story: Has his own adventures offscreen, which include taking out entire invasion fleets on his own.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: The guy's specialty is taking out entire invasion fleets on his own long before they can reach Earth.
  • One-Man Army: Apparently regularly takes out entire invasion fleets on his own.
  • The Stoic: Unlike Ultraman, Zoffy displayed a stricter adhesion to protocol when the former asked for Hayata to be spared after the fight with Zetton.

    The Science Patrol 

Shin Hayata

  • Badass Normal: Hayata has no special powers besides being able to put "Monster Extermination Specialist" on his business cards.
  • The Cape: As far as you could reasonably expect a public servant to be. (Later shows have the protagonist be a bit more human, and fallible.)
  • Henshin Hero: There were others, but Ultraman codified it.
  • Number Two: Takes over when Muramatsu is unavailable.
  • Playing Against Type: Susumu Kurobe actually played bad guys more, at that point in his career. (He's joked in interviews that he just happened to be in line for roles when they were casting.)
  • The Hero

Captain Toshio "Cap" Muramatsu

Daisuke Arashi

Mitsuhiro Ide

Akiko Fuji

Born in June, the only woman of the science patrol usually stays on base as the communications officer.

Isamu Hoshino

    Monsters and Aliens 


First Appearance: Ultra Operation 01

This ruthless alien reptile was the very first monster to battle an Ultraman, having fled to Earth with the hero in hot pursuit. Bemular has reappeared in several later series, starting with Mega Monster Battle: Ultra Galaxy Legends where he battles Ultraman Mebius.

Alien Baltan

First Appearance: Shoot the Invaders!
The first aliens to battle an Ultraman, Alien Baltan is one of a race of insectoids that destroyed their planet by nuclear war and decided to seize Earth for themselves. A second Baltan attacked later on in the series. Its immense popularity have made numerous appearances in the franchise including Ultraman Jack, Ultraman Eighty, Ultraman Cosmos, and Ultraman Max. Although, he's been Demoted to Extra since Ultraman Max, Baltan remains Ultraman's most famous foe to this day.
  • Arch-Enemy: Considering that these guys have shown up more frequently than most Ultraman foes, especially with the following series, it's only obvious that these guys truly are the arch-foes of the Ultra series.
  • Arm Cannon: The two big claws on their hands can used for this.
  • Attack Reflector: In his second appearance, he has one of these.
  • Doppelgänger Spin: Their signature technique.
  • Evil Laugh: It's what the Baltans are best known for
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: The second one's fate.
  • Insectoid Aliens: Resemble humanoid locusts or cicadas with pincer claws.
  • Kryptonite Factor: Their weakness is specium according to Muramatsu in their first appearance. Happens to be Ultraman's energy beams are composed of it.
  • Mascot Mook: Without a doubt, the most iconic alien in the franchise (excluding the Ultras, of course).
  • Sizeshifter: While all the aliens in the franchise can do it, Baltan takes it Up to Eleven. They're normally very small (insect-sized), but can grow to the size of a human or an Ultra.


First Appearance: Science Patrol Moves Out

An ancient monster that feeds on electricity, which somehow gives it the ability to become invisible. Neronga is famously created from a modified Baragon suit and has reappeared a few more times after its debut.

  • Acrofatic: He's surprisingly swift for his barrel-shaped body.
  • Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: He was just sleeping in the ground until he was disturbed one day.
  • Invisible Monsters: His main gimmick. His title is even Transparency Monster.
  • Shock and Awe: Shoots lightning from its antennae and feeds on electricity.
  • Villain Team-Up: Old promotional photos also show him as a minion of Alien Baltan, though the two have never worked together since.
  • Visible Invisibility: In his original appearance, he would appear in a ghostly form very briefly in some scenes.


First Appearance: Five Seconds Until the Big Explosion

One individual of a species of marine humanoids called Ragon that originally appeared in Ultra Q, the giant Ragon was the result of an atomic bomb being lost at sea and exploding. Ragon's reappearance also marks the first time a monster has appeared in more than one series.
Also see Ultra Q


First Appearance: Secret of the Miroganda

When scientists exploring Oirisu Island brought back a rare Miroganda Flower for study, one of the team experimented on it with gamma rays to try enlarge it. The result was a misshapen ambulatory biped named Greenmons that resembled the Miroganda Flower's carnivorous sprout form.
  • Kill It with Fire: Was killed by Ultraman's Specium Ray lighting it on fire. It's still a plant after all.
  • Man-Eating Plant: Upon being mutated, Greenmons begin attacking people.
  • Nuclear Nasty: Was the result of the Miroganda Flower being exposed to gamma rays.
  • Poisonous Person: Can spray poisonous pollen at enemies.


First Appearance: Coast Guard Command

An ordinary lizard from Brazil that fed on cocoa beans that was mutated by the polluted waters of Tokyo Bay into a shipwrecking monster. Gesura has appeared several more times in the franchise, but with a revamp to his design dubbed King Gesura, which gave the mutant lizard a more menacing appearance.
  • Achilles' Heel: Traditionally, tearing off his back fin.
  • Fish Eyes: Big goggly eyes in the original one, but not in King Gesura.
  • Meaningful Name: It comes from Japanese for sewer (gesuido), a reference to the Sewer Gator legends as evidenced by his backstory as a reptilian mutation from polluted waters.
  • Poisonous Person: Has numerous small quills loaded with poison capable of harming an Ultra.
  • Sea Monster: Was originally a normal lizard, but mutated into such.
  • Trademark Favourite Food: Cocoa beans, though this was removed in later appearances.


First Appearance: The Blue Stone of Barraj

An ancient insect-like monster from the Middle East that terrorized the lost city of Barraj. Antlar remains one of Ultraman's most famous enemies due to its formidable combat prowess and beetle-like appearance making it popular with the bug-loving children of 60s Japan. It hasn't always been associated with Barraj in later appearances though.
  • Achilles' Heel: The Blue Stone of Barraj.
  • Antlion Monster: Often creates massive sand pits from where only its head is visible, much like a real antlion.
  • Arch-Enemy: To the city of Barraj, which, depending on the series, was destroyed by him a long time ago or simply terrorized by him long enough that everyone forgot about the city as they wouldn't dare go into Antlar's territory to visit Barraj.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: An enormous bipedal mix of ant lion and a stag beetle
  • Breakout Villain: Asides from Ultraman Mebius, Antlar has reappeared almost regularly since his return in Ultraman Max.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: Seen blasting sand at Ultraman's face.
  • Four-Legged Insect: The suit only has two legs and two arms.
  • The Juggernaut: His exoskeleton's tough enough to withstand almost anything.
  • Magnetism Manipulation: His signature skill is a powerful beam of magnetic energy capable of pulling a jumbo jet from the sky.
  • Selective Magnetism: As part of the Magnetic Beam. He's been shown to be able to magnetize living beings too.
  • Stone Wall: This guy doesn't even flinch when hit by an Ultra's beam.
  • Tunnel King: A powerful burrower, often creating large sand pits like an ant lion.
  • Wake-Up Call Boss: Compared to the previous 6 opponents, Antlar was no pushover and probably the first monster where Ultraman's defeat became a real possibility.

Red King

First Appearance: The Lawless Monster Zone

The brutal ruler of primeval Tatara Island, Red King made a living out of terrorizing any creature that entered its territory, including Science Patrol when they came to rescue scientists trapped on the island. The creature would later reappear in the Japanese Alps when it had swallowed a lost cluster of hydrogen bombs while a comet that could potentially cause the bombs to explode was passing by Earth. One of the most iconic and popular monsters in the Ultra Series, Red King has made numerous appearances in the franchise since the original, starting consecutively in Ultraman Max. One of his most notable would be Ultra Galaxy NEO where he is the main monster of rival character Grande (after the death of his Tyrant), and gains the ability to encase his fists in flame and transform into EX Red King.

  • Adaptational Badass: Depending on which incarnation of him you refer him to.
  • Attack Its Weak Point: His feet are his weak spot.
  • Badass Normal: Despite possessing no abilities (until Ultra Galaxy NEO), Red King is still strong enough to rip monsters to pieces, LITERALLY limb-from-limb
  • Back from the Dead: In Ultraman Eighty when the genie Marjinn mishears some boys' wishes for a Red King toy.
  • Breakout Villain: After Red King returned in Ultraman Max, he has appeared in nearly every Ultraman-related series or product since then.
  • Dumb Muscle: As evidenced by his inability to stand up against an Ultra in battle and his internal anatomy which shows he has a very small brain for a creature of his size.
  • Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: If you can even call him one.
  • For the Evulz: Most of Red King's appearances usually portray him as an evil monster, or more or less a bad monster.
  • Jerk Ass: Enjoys beating up weaker monsters, even going as far to shove himself into their fights and kill both combatants (Best shown in the original Ultra Galaxy where he hands Telesdon and Sadora's asses in).
  • The Juggernaut: Is often portray as this when surrounded by other monsters since he does not have any special abilities.
  • Kick the Dog: Loves doing it.
    • Tore off Chandler's wing and killed Pigmon in their first episode
    • Killed Dorako and beat the crap out of Gigass even after teaming up with him.
  • Non-Indicative Name: He's not actually red (except in Powered). It was just that he was intended to be the series' Big Bad when Ultraman was still in the works as "Redman".
  • Off with His Head!: His second death in the original series.
  • Signature Roar: His iconic "SHHPAARRR", created from mixing Gaira with Godzilla.
  • Villain Team-Up: Teamed up with Gigass to fight Dorako, only to turn on him once Dorako was killed.
  • Weapon of Choice: Rocks and boulders.
  • Worf Effect: Despite being able to defeat other monsters with relative ease, he's pretty much Ultraman's bitch any time they fight.
  • Wrestler in All of Us: Red King's fighting style literally looks like something out of WWE. Mind you he came in the late 1960s.


First Appearance: The Lawless Monster Zone

A bat-like monster first encountered on Tatara Island, Chandler is best known for being the first monster to battle Red King (and starting the grand tradition of having Red King brutally pummel other monsters). He did manage to injure Red King unlike the rest, but Red King tore one of his wings off, forcing the mortally wounded Chandler to flee.
  • Bat Out of Hell: Bears a resemblance to a giant bat, though he can't fly at all.
  • Buttmonkey: The sole reason Chandler appears in both of his incarnations is to act as Red King's punching bag.
  • Wings Do Nothing: Though, he can flap them to create powerful winds.


First Appearance: The Lawless Monster Zone

Another monster made from a modified Baragon suit, Magular was a burrowing monster on Tatara Island, keeping out of Red King's way. He would later stumble across Hayata and Muramatsu, but they managed to kill him with napalm bombs. Magular has reappeared a few more times since then.

  • Butt-Monkey: In the original series, he was defeated by the Science Patrol with ease.
  • Dirty Coward: He won't pick a fight with anyone bigger than him, but he has no problem attacking humans or teaming up with an opponent.
  • Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: Giant tunneling ones for that matter.
  • Tunnel King: More or less the only things he's capable of.
  • Villain Team-Up: Old promotional images also featured Magular and Red King fighting Ultraman together even though Magular had never fought Ultraman.


First Appearance: The Lawless Monster Zone

A small monster that lived in the shadows of Tatara Island's gigantic denizens, Pigmon was friendly towards humans and protected the surviving scientists. It later returned to warn Science Patrol of Geronimon when the Monster Chief resurrected an army of monsters to destroy humankind.
  • Art Evolution: His Powered design gives him different hands, and later incarnations of the character after Ultraman Max make him look more cuddly.
  • Benevolent Monsters: The Ur-Ultra example.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Two in this series, but many more in later appearances.
    • Distracts Red King in his first appearance, only to be killed.
    • Distracts Dorako, but is killed in his second appearance.


First Appearance: The Lawless Monster Zone

Vine-like carnivorous plants that attacked Fuji and Ide on Tatara Island. Arashi managed to burn the plants down though. Were later spotted on Johnson Island with Gomora and in Space X created by Alien Bell in Ultraseven.


First Appearance: Operation Lightning Stone Fire

Gabora was the final Ultra monster to be made from a modified Baragon suit and a uranium-eating monster awoken by a hurricane passing the region.


First Appearance: The Mysterious Dinosaur Base

Created by the Loch Ness Monster-obsessed Dr. Nikaidou, Jirass was hidden in a lake where it was fed fish every night. The thing that makes Jirass stand out the most though is that his design is simply Godzilla with a frill (Ultraman actually tears off the frill mid-battle though, creating the closest thing to Ultraman vs. Godzilla). This has made him quite popular with many fans, but just as many also find his design to be quite dull in a series full of unique monster designs.
  • Breath Weapon: No, not atomic breath, but he can shoot an electric beam from his mouth.
  • Dinosaurs Are Dragons: Lives in a lake and has a Breath Weapon. Well, his creator was a mad scientist.
  • Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: Especially if they're Godzilla with a frill!
  • Not Zilla: His roar is a modified Godzilla, and they've got the same suit actor too! Interestingly, Eiji Tsuburaya never intended Jirass to look like Godzilla with a frill, but the show was having serious budget issues in the early episodes, so he went to his good friends at Toho and borrowed the Godzilla body from Mothra vs. Godzilla and the head from Invasion of the Astro-Monster, and made some modifications.
  • Pet Monstrosity: To the scientist who created him. The man even mourns the monster's death.
  • Stock Ness Monster: The mad scientist who made Jirass was obsessed the Loch Ness Monster, so he decided to make his own living lake "dinosaur"...
  • Worthy Opponent: Ultraman seemed to consider him this, considering that he put the torn-off frill back on Jirass' corpse and gave a moment of silence before leaving. Perhaps a Godzilla nod?


First Appearance: The Ruffian from Space

Gyango was actually a rock from space that took on the form of whatever one wished for. Luck had to be that an unscrupulous man got his hands on it and wished for a monster, resulting in a colourfully bizarre-looking creature.
  • Harmless Villain: He was definitely one of Ultraman's more comical opponents considering the fight was largely slapstick more than an actual battle.
  • Literal Genie: The man who wished it into existence started with a human-sized creature. He decided to wish it was bigger. It got too big.
  • Our Monsters Are Weird: It's not every day in the Ultra Series that the Monster of the Week is a scaly humanoid with colourful chest patterns and rotating ears formed from a magical stone.
  • Make My Monster Grow: His wisher than wished for the monster to become big. He should have specified.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Gyango or Gango?

Ancient Mummy

First Appearance: The Cry of the Mummy

A bizarre mummy was found in a cave and brought to the lab for study. It turned out that being was Not Quite Dead, and it reawoke, going on a murderous rampage.
  • Ambiguously Human: His species is never specified in the episode, but human mummies definitely don't have fur, pointed ears, and monkey-like features.
  • Eye Beams: His power.
  • Mind over Matter: Used telekinesis to activate the necessary switches needed to jolt his body into mobility.
  • Mummy: What did you think?
  • Not Quite Dead: Thousand year old corpses don't have the power to turn on switches with just their mind...
  • Summon Bigger Fish: In his dying cries, he called forth Dodongo.
  • Tragic Monster: Science Patrol notes that the Mummy really just wanted to return to his tomb after being rudely taken away from it.


First Appearance: The Cry of the Mummy

The guardian of the Ancient Mummy, Dodongo was awoken by his master's death.


First Appearance: Oil S.O.S.

A starfish-like monster that fed on oil, Pestar caused trouble all across the oceans by attacking oil tankers.


First Appearance: Pearl Oyster Defense

A sea beast that fed on pearls, Gamakujira cost the pearl oyster industry millions with its vast appetite.


First Appearance: The Terrifying Cosmic Rays

Not one but two versions of a single monster, Gavadon was a child's drawing brought to life by z bizarre form of cosmic radiation. Fortunately, the monster's sole interest was sleeping, but the presence of a giant monster in Tokyo was enough to unnerve Japan that Science Patrol still needed to dispose of the creature.
  • Art Evolution: In-Universe example. When the children first draw Gavadon, he looks like a giant cartoonish larva. Impressed with what they saw, the kids give him a more fearsome appearance with legs and a more-defined head, though it's every bit as harmless when in the new form.
  • Art Initiates Life: His backstory is that he was created through such manners.
  • Gentle Giant: The first genuinely non-violent Kaiju in the series.
  • Non-Malicious Monster: All he wants to do is sleep!
  • Sleepyhead: Never mind why a living drawing would be solely interested in sleeping, but his presence was still enough to unnerve the citizens of Tokyo.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Gavadon or Gabadon?
  • Stars Are Souls: Ultraman transforms Gavadon into a constellation instead of killing him.


First Appearance: Passport to Infinity

Two small meteors with powerful reality warping abilities were causing havoc on the scientists who found them. Science Patrol confiscated the rocks, and when they locked them away, the meteors created Bullton, a "monster" with far greater power than the two! Bullton's oddness has also scored it a few more recurrences in the franchise, most notably Ultraman Fighting Evolution Rebirth and Ultra Galaxy.

Alien Zarab

First Appearance: Brother from Another World

A mysterious shapeshifting alien who came to Earth, claiming to be a friend of mankind, Alien Zarab's intentions were much more sinister. As the very first Evil Knockoff in the franchise, Alien Zarab has made several more appearances since his debut.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: He pretends to be friendly with the people of Earth, referring himself as an older brother to the human race. Of course, his true intentions are discovered soon enough.
  • Evil Knockoff: His whole combat gimmick.
  • Manipulative Bastard: In almost all his appearances, he's this to some degree.
  • Meaningful Name: His name is intended to be brother pronounced backwards. In fact, older supplements refer him as Therrob, a more literal translation of the name.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: The first alien in the series to be able to disguise himself as an Ultra.


First Appearance: Evil Repeated

The first of two monsters sealed away by a prehistoric civilisation as liquid in a canister, the red Banila is characterized as the mortal enemy of Aboras and having the ability to breath fire.


First Appearance: Evil Repeated

The second of two monsters sealed away by a prehistoric civilisation as liquid in a canister, the blue Aboras is characterized as the mortal enemy of Banila and having the ability to breath acid.
  • Achilles' Heel: High frequency sounds.
  • Arch-Enemy: To Banila.
  • Breath Weapon: A spray of acid.
  • Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: Was around during the time of the dinosaurs, and looks the part too.
  • Hollywood Acid: He killed Banila with it, but Ultraman somehow managed to shrug it off (possibly his alien biology at work?).
  • The Juggernaut: Able to withstand 2 consecutive Specium Rays fired on him by Ultraman without so much as flinching (although he was eventually killed by the 3rd one,) you still gotta give him props for that.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Although physically blue, he seems to be the Red Oni based on his more fearsome head and roar (Varan's guttural bellow).
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: He and Banila were both sealed away thousands of years ago, but curious scientists decided to try find out what was inside the canisters...


First Appearance: The Terror on Route 87

An avian dragon created by the ghost of a boy named Akira, who was hit by a reckless driver. Hydra had a particular vendetta against motorists.
  • Breath Weapon: A stream of flames.
  • Giant Flyer: An enormous bird/dragon, of course.
  • Mythology Gag: His design was based on the oldest concept for Ultraman, a bird-like humanoid named Bemlar.
  • Non-Indicative Name: No he's not anything like the Hydra of Greek Myth.
  • Non-Malicious Monster: Well, sort of. While he did cause a lot of havoc on the highway, he was simply interested in avenging the death of Akira more than anything else.
  • Not-So-Imaginary Friend: Akira imagined him up alive, and in death, he brought his imaginary friend to life.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: A bird-like beast created as a boy's imaginary friend.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Upon emerging, Hydra immediately heads for the highway and destroys as many vehicles as it can.
  • Tragic Monster: Being the embodiment of a ghost's anger against his death, gives Hydra a certain element of this.


First Appearance: Break Through the Smoke

A strange monster that belched vast amounts of poison gas, Kemular made its presence known when wildlife in a mountain park bean to drop dead and people reported huge glowing eyes in the fog.
  • Achilles' Heel: Its brain, which is underneath underneath its carapace.
  • The Juggernaut: Completely immune to the Specium Ray.
  • Planimal: The shell on his back resembles two massive leaves. In Ultraman Powered, it's explained that he uses them to convert sunlight into toxic gas.
  • Poisonous Person: Spews tons of toxic gas from his mouth (or tail in Powered)
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Referred as Kemura in Powered.

Underground Woman

First Appearance: Surface Destruction Maneuver

For thousands of years beneath the earth, a second species of humans lived, longing to conquer their surface brethren. One disguised herself as a French Science Patrol agent and kidnapped Hayata to try and enslave Ultraman for their goals, and sic Telesdon against the world. The Underground Woman also appeared in Ultraman X, where she is left largely mysterious. Several other subterranean humans have appeared in the franchise, but they will be detailed on their appropriate pages.
  • Beneath the Earth: Her homeplace.
  • Eyeless Face: Like all subterraneans, she has no eyes, giving her an uncanny appearance.
  • Human Subspecies: Her kind are descended from humans trapped underground in the Ice Age.
  • Impersonating an Officer: The original one disguised herself as a Science Patrol agent named Annette, telling Science Patrol she was taking Hayata to SP headquarters in Paris.
  • Legacy Character: Several other species of subterranean humans have appeared since her kind's debut. Some were much friendlier to their surface kin than others.
  • Sinister Shades: Wears these on the surface to protect her from the light and hide her lack of eyes.
  • Weakened by the Light: The light does this to her in the original Ultraman to the point where the intensity of Ultraman's killed her, but she's totally unharmed in Ultraman X.


First Appearance: Surface Destruction Maneuver

A dinosaur-like monster controlled by the Underground Woman, Telesdon was sent to the surface in the dead of night while she and her goons attempted to mind control Ultraman. The subterranean terror was later made part of Geronimon's monster army alongside Dorako. Telesdon has made numerous reappearances in the franchise, although not always under control of the Undergound People.


First Appearance: My Home is Eart
The most famously tragic monster in the Ultra Series, Jamila was a human astronaut sent by a mysterious third party in the Space Race between America and the Soviet Union. The astronaut crash-landed on an alien world and was left for dead. Instead, his body adapted to the waterless environment, and eventually, he rebuilt his ship and headed home with vengeance for humankind on his mind.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: The Science Patrol is very reluctant to kill the mutant man and even sets up a plaque in memory of his death.
  • Breath Weapon: A stream of fire.
  • Invisibility: Not Jamila himself, but he does have a spaceship that moves so fast it's invisible.
  • Kill It with Water: His famous weakness. Not seen in Powered though.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Upon returning to Earth, Jamila began to kill any politicians he could, believing them to be the reason why he was abandoned on an alien world to die.
  • She's a Man in Japan: Inverted. In the English dub, he's a woman.
  • Tragic Monster: The whole gimmick to him.
  • Was Once a Man: A big part of his tragedy.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Water. Explained that this was due to evolving in the waterless environment of the planet he was stranded in.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Part of what made Jamila's episode so tragic was that the writers handled his human origins so well.


First Appearance: The Underwater Science Base

A narwhal-like beast, Gubila is equipped a drill-like horn on his snout capable of smashing through the toughest of steel. He has also made a few reappearances in the franchise, starting with Ultraman Saga.


First Appearance: The Dreaded Comet Tsuiphon

Gigass was one of three monsters to appear in the Japanese Alps when the passing comet Tsuiphon's energy waves threatened to detonate nuclear arsenals across the globe. The yeti-like beast was deemed a threat by the Science Patrol and tricked into fighting Dorako. Then, Red King appeared, teaming up with Gigass to kill Dorako before turning on him. Gigass managed to escape, but was finished off by Science Patrol.
  • Bigfoot, Sasquatch and Yeti: His upper half in akin to a yeti with the snow-white fur while his lower half is a sasquatch due to the brown fur.
  • Buttmonkey: One of the few monsters in the series killed by Science Patrol weaponry.


First Appearance: The Dreaded Comet Tsuiphon

Dorako was a monster hitching a ride on the Tsuiphon Comet as it passed over Earth. Upon landing on Earth, Dorako was lured by the Science Patrol into battling Gigass until Red King showed up to crash the party. He tore off Dorako's wings, killing him, but it would not be the last that viewers saw of Dorako. Geronimon revived Dorako (albeit without his distinctive wings and hook-hands). Science Patrol killed the monster, but Dorako managed to crush Pigmon underneath his palm. He would later go on to make many reappearances in the franchise, unlike Gigass.
  • Back from the Dead: A couple times. In the original series, it was by Geronimon. Notably, he also gets physical changes when this happens (referred as Re-Dorako). He gets small horns on his head, loses his wings, and gains normal hands in place of hook-hands.
  • Buttmonkey: Mostly serves to get his ass handed in by other monsters like Red King or Rei's Eleking. In fact, he has never fought an Ultraman with the exception of Powered and an implied offscreen one in Ultraman X. Also in nearly every battle he's in, he gets his wings torn off.
  • Hook Hand: Beating Gigan by 6 years!
  • Kick the Dog: In his revival, he kills Pigmon.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: With hook-like hands and insectoid wings.
  • Sinister Scythe: His hook hands. Loses them when revived by Geronimon.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Sometimes referred as Draco.
  • Villain Teamup: A few.
    • Used alongside Telesdon by Geronimon.


First Appearance: The Monster Prince Pt. 1

Gomora was a living dinosaur on Johnson Island discovered by an expedition team. The men wanted to capture the beast for science and display him to the world (Sound familiar?). They tranquilized Gomora and roped it up before wrapping it in netting and having Science Patrol move it. However, the tranquilizers wore off early and Gomora struggled free from their trappings, falling to the ground near Osaka, where he would cause a great amount of chaos, and even defeat Ultraman!

Undeniably the most popular monster in the franchise, Gomora was both the Monster of the Week in the Ultra Series' first multi-part episode and the first monster to defeat Ultraman! He has made numerous reappearances, having been in in almost all the series since Ultraman Max. Notably, he is the first one to also become the hero of his own series with Rei, Ultra Galaxy Mega Monster Battle, where he was given some powers, received an EX form, and even teamed up with the Ultramen to fight Belial's monster army. This heroic Gomora trend continued in Ultraman X where he is protagonist Daichi's prized companion, even if he is stuck in Spark Doll form for most of the series.

  • Badass Normal: In the original series, he was the first monster to defeat Ultraman AND was the ONLY monster with a 2-part episode, despite having nothing to show off but his brute strength and burrowing.
  • Breakout Character: Big Time. This guy has 2 of his own TV shows, One movie has his star for half of as the hero, and 2 specials that prequel the preceding movies.
  • Determinator: So much so that he continues going on a rampage after having his tail and one of his head crest destroyed.
  • Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: A Gomorasaurus to be exact!
  • The Juggernaut: Is definitely this in his first appearance. Being able to defeat Ultraman with relative ease, having his tail severed off by the Science Patrol, getting the crap beat out of him by the SDF and Ultraman.
  • Monumental Damage: Demolishes Osaka Castle.
  • Non-Malicious Monster: Starts out as this. It's not until once the Science Patrol decide to drug him and show him off that he turns into an unstoppable monster.
  • Signature Roar: The distinctive "CCHHAA-AAARRR" formed from Gaira mixed with an elephant.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": In the English dub, he is called "Gohora".
  • Tail Slap: Gomora likes to use his tail in combat A LOT. His tail is how he managed to subdue Ultraman in their first battle.
  • Tunnel King: His primary weapon before his received his Oscillatory Ray was burrowing.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Does this really need to be stated after it already has multiple times?


First Appearance: Human Specimens 5 and 6

A sinister race of aliens, the Dada saw humans in the way humans see lab rats. A Dada agent was sent to Earth to capture 6 of the finest humans with a shrinking gun, and he chose Muramatsu as specimen number 6. Dada is one of the most famous aliens in the franchise for the bizarre and creepy appearance. Thus, he mad made numerous reappearances.
  • Affably Evil: Despite his unsettling appearance, he's very polite when spoken face to face.
  • Alien Abduction: Their main gimmick whenever they appear is that they kidnap humans for various reasons.
  • Bizarre Alien Biology: Has three faces, but never all at once. He switches between them randomly.
  • Enemy Mime: His skin colour is meant to resemble a mime's clothing, upping his creepy factor.
  • For Science!: His reason for invading Earth? To find test subjects!
  • Meaningful Name: After the Dada art movement, which inspired part of his strange design.
  • Nightmare Face: Three of them, in fact.
  • Our Monsters Are Weird: Befitting of an alien named after the equally surreal art form.
  • Pokémon Speak: DA-DA in a very deep voice
  • Shrink Ray: In his debut and Ultraman X, he carries one.
  • Villain Teleportation: His main combat power. Also uses it to cheat at rugby in Ultraman X.
  • You Are Number 6: Dada do not have names. They're referred by a kind of registration code. For example, the original Dada was Agent #271.


First Appearance: Challenge to the Underground

Goldon was not one monster, but two (of unclear relation) that lived in the Japanese mountains eating various minerals (particularly gold). So much, that their bodies are partially made of it!


First Appearance: The Phantom Snow Mountain

Woo was the legendary beast of Phantom Snow Mountain. She was the ghost of the mother of a girl named Yuki, protecting her daughter from all harm in this new form. Unfortunately, Yuki was greatly feared by the mountain village for this, and when Woo started to attack bullying villagers and frighten a ski resort, Science Patrol was called in.


First Appearance: Who Goes There?

Deep in the Amazon Jungle, a race of plant-men evolved, hidden from humanity. Descended from blood-sucking, ambulatory plants, the Keronia desired to enslave humanity. One individual impersonated a scientist returning from an Amazon expedition, planting his kind's seeds across Tokyo.
  • The Amazon: Where the Keronia come from.
  • Dead Person Impersonation: The leader disguises himself as a Science Patrol member who was exploring the Amazon in search of the Keronia. We can all guess whether the scientist was successful or not.
  • Eye Beams: They're also capable of paralysis.
  • Mind over Matter: Was shown to be able to extinguish fires with a snap of his fingers.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: A race of blood-sucking plant people.
  • Plant Person: Meant to resemble a humanoid mass of rotting leaves.
  • Ultraterrestrials: Although Keronia come from the Amazon Jungle, they're shown to be incredibly advanced, so it's something of a miracle that they were able to hide for centuries there.


First Appearance: The Endless Counterattack

Zambolar's presence was first announced by a series of forest fires and boiling rivers. The quadrupedal monster had been awoken by land development in his home, setting a chemical plant ablaze.

Alien Mefilas

First Appearance: The Forbidden Words

Unlike all invaders before them, Alien Mefilas abhorred violence. That being said, he was not benevolent, preferring to use cunning, manipulation, and minions to do his conquering. He kidnapped Hayata, Fuji, and her little brother Satoru. Mefilas transformed Fuji into a rampaging giant, revived Baltan, Zarab, and Kemur as warnings to Earth, paralyzed Hayata, and gave Satoru the authority of handing Earth to him. As one of the most popular aliens in the Ultra Series, Mefilas has made many appearances including Ultraman Taro, Ultraman Mebius, and Ultra Galaxy NEO. The latter also introduced the Armoured Mefilas, a ruthless fighter armed with a powerful sword. The Mebius version notably is one of Empera's 4 Heavenly Kings and encounters the original Ultraman (Some sources even say he's the original Mefilas).
  • Affably Evil: Very calm and polite to his enemies and allies alike.
  • Anti-Villain: The original one. Later incarnations were more malevolent.
  • The Chessmaster: His general role whenever he appears.
  • Deal with the Devil: Hus whole gimmick in his original appearance was that he was trying to make one with a mortal foolish enough to trade Earth for another world.
  • Evil Counterpart: Is meant to be one to Ultraman.
  • Kick the Dog: As affable as he is, he's definitely capable of this. In his original appearance, he kidnaps Hayata (and paralyzes him), Fuji (whom he turns into a giant monster), and Satoru (whom he tries to entice into handing Earth to him).
  • Improbably High I.Q.: Apparently it's over 10 thousand!
  • Manipulative Bastard: In almost all his appearances.
  • Meaningful Name: It's based on the demon Mephistopheles, befitting of his devilish personality.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Mefilas or Mephilas?
  • We Will Meet Again: His final words to Ultraman and later Mebius.
  • Worthy Opponent: Considers Ultraman to be such. In fact, he simply leaves after a few minutes of battle for this reason.


First Appearance: Gift from the Sky

An impossibly heavy monster, Skydon fell from the sky one day and Science Patrol had to figure out how to get rid of him.


First Appearance: The Monster Graveyard

An undead monster, Seabozu's appearance introduced an important location in later entries of the franchise: the Monster Graveyard - a realm in space where all monsters and aliens killed by Ultramen go upon death; their ghosts just floating around in suspended animation. A rocket passed through the region, picking Seabozu up by accident. Science Patrol soon realized the monster is not dangerous though, just wanting to return to the grave.


First Appearance: Don't Shoot, Arashi!

A monster capable of emitting blinding flashes from its body, Zaragas also possessed the ability to adapt and strength every time it was attacked. Zaragas has made several reappearances in the franchise beginning with Mega Monster Battle: Ultra Galaxy Legends, where he battles Rei's Gomora.
  • Adaptive Ability: Aside from blinding flashes, he's got this one too. It's rarely seen in his later appearances though.
  • Blinded by the Light: Zaragas's main ability. He can emit blinding flashes from the sockets all over his body.
  • Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: A one-horned one that emits bright lights for that matter.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: Was supposed to be capable of doing so, but because of the constraints of 60s special effects, it was dropped in favor of a simpler design.


First Appearance: The Small Hero

The Chief of all Monsters, Geronimon resurrected Dorako, Telesdon, and Pigmon as part of a plan to create an army of monsters to defeat Ultraman and destroy all humans. Despite having only one appearance in the shows, Geronimon has proven to be among the most popular Ultra Monsters. He did eventually appear in the video game Ultraman Fighting Evolution Rebirth as one of the main villains, reviving various monsters from the Monster Graveyard to defeat the Ultras.
  • Beard of Evil: A big white one on his chin.
  • Breath Weapon: He can fire a white mist that can levitate his opponents.
  • Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: Resembles one strongly.
  • Evil Sorcerer: In some ways.
  • Feather Flechettes: Can fling these out from the tip of his tail, but they are limited in numbers.
  • Glass Cannon: Despite all of the abilities he has (as well as the ones stated that he has), not only did Ultraman subdue him with ease (AFTER he took out Geronimon's Feather Flechettes) but he's also one of the few monsters in the series to be killed NOT by Ultraman, but by the Science Patrol.
  • Meaningful Name: Geronimon is named after a prominent Apache chief.
  • Magical Native American: The feathers on his head are meant to resemble those of a stereotypical Native chief.
  • Monster Lord: As chief of all Earth monsters, he's this.
  • Necromancer: He is pretty much a kaiju version of Shang Tsung. He can revive monsters from the dead and have them do his bidding. It's also stated that he can revive up to 60 monsters!


First Appearance: Spaceship Rescue Mission

An insectoid monster from the alien world of Kodon, Kiyla was first spotted when an enormous eye was caught by a probe and blinded all the viewers. It also fried the circuitry of the probe and a space station controlling the probe, stranding the astronauts and forcing Science patrol to head to Kodon. Kiyla also made an obscure but noteworthy appearance in the Toho TV drama He of the Sun, where he battles Gaira of War of the Gargantuas, making the first official Crossover between a Toho and Tsuburaya kaiju. Unfortunately, not enough information exists to tell us what happened and who won.


First Appearance: Spaceship Rescue Mission

An odd lizard-like beast from the same world as Kiyla, Saigo was first spotted by Science Patrol while they were on Kodon. The monster was fighting Kiyla, and Kiyla blinded Saigo with his eye flashes. Saigo ran away and encountered Science Patrol. It attacked them, but they used a freeze ray on it, turning the monster to ice and shattering it.

Alien Zetton

First Appearance: Farewell, Ultraman!

Sometimes referred as Zettonians (or Alien Z-Ton), these aliens formed a massive invasion fleet headed for Earth, starting with Japan, of course. Although the Zettonians only appeared very briefly in their first appearance (they were not even referred by any name!), they've become a staple of the franchise, playing significant roles from Berume in Ultraman Ginga S to an unnamed individual in Ultraman Max. As their name suggests, they're almost always in control of Zetton.
  • Ascended Extra: Only appeared very briefly (and was already dead) in the original series, but has become one of the most frequently appearing alien races in the franchise.
  • Cyclops: More or less resembles Kemur-Man but with one eye instead of two.
  • Sharp Dressed Man: The original one was seen with a suit from his disguise. Berume and the Ultraman X Zettonian both wore a golden tux.


First Appearance: Farewell, Ultraman!
The ultimate weapon of the Alien Zettons, the namesake monster attacked Science Patrol headquarters, but Hayata became Ultraman to defeat it. The dreaded Zetton was the very first monster to kill an Ultraman, giving him the title of being one of the most powerful Monsters of the Week that Ultramen face. He has appeared in numerous entries, especially since Ultraman Max. Like Gomora and Red King, he also received an EX form, but has also received the form Hyper Zetton in Ultraman Saga.
  • Ascended Extra: During production stages, Zetton was going to be a warmup monster in the final episode with Saigo was the final opponent. However, Tsuburaya realized that Zetton's design was too good to waste. Hence why Saigo was Demoted to Extra.
  • Barrier Warrior: Can create a powerful barrier capable of blocking even Ultraman's Specium Ray.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: Resembles a humanoid beetle.
  • The Blank: Has a orange blotch on his head where a normal face is. Apparently it's his mouth.
  • Breakout Villain: After Zetton returned in Ultraman Max, he has appeared in nearly every Ultraman-related series or product since then.
  • The Dreaded: Used in almost all his appearances, but best shown in Ultraman Jack, where Jack actually forbids Hideki Goh from transforming when he learns that Zetton is the enemy!
  • Eyes Do Not Belong There: Those big orange spots on his chest? Those are his eyes.
  • Hero Killer: As the first monster to kill an Ultraman, duh.
  • Non-Indicative Name: His title is "Space Dinosaur". Apparently, it was a leftover from when Saigo was intended to be the final opponent of Ultraman.
  • Playing with Fire: Can shoot fireballs from his "face".
  • Pokémon Speak: Solely says "Zetton" followed by a series of whirring and beeping noises.
  • Power Copying: His most powerful ability is to catch opponents' beams with his fists and use them right bask at them. It was the technique that killed the original Ultraman.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Referred as Z-Ton in older sources.
  • Teleport Spam: Teleporting is one of his main techniques.
  • The Worf Effect: The first monster to kill Ultraman and emphasized as one of the most powerful monsters (the most powerful in his debut).