[[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 (''Ultraman: The Adventure Begins '', ''Ultraman: Towards the Future'', ''Ultraman: The Ultimate Hero'', 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]]
* ''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)
* ''Anime/UltramanSuperFighterLegend'' (1996)
* ''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)
* ''Series/UltramanGeed'' (2017)

!! Movies
* ''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)

!! VideoGames
* ''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)

!! Literature
* ''Literature/AnotherGenesis'' (Novel, 2011-2012)
* ''LightNovel/UltramanSisters'' (LightNovel, 2012)
* ''Manga/{{Ultraman}}'' (Manga 2011, - Current)
* ''Manga/UltraKaijuuGijinkaKeikakuGalaxyDays'' (Manga 2014, - Current)
* ''Manga/UltraKaijuuGijinkaKeikakuFeatPOPComicCode'' (Manga 2015, - Current)
* ''Manga/UltraJourneyTwinTailGirlAndTwinTailMe'' (Manga 2017)

!! Related series developed by Tsuburaya include

* ''Series/KaijuBooska'' (1966-1967)
* ''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)

The many incarnations over time vary widely over tone, shifting into DarkerAndEdgier territory with ''Ultra Seven'', ''Ultraman Leo'', ''Ultraman Gaia'', and ''Ultraman Nexus''; others like ''Ultraman Cosmos'' were much LighterAndSofter; finally, series such as ''Ultraman Tiga'' 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.

!!The franchise in general provides examples of the following tropes:
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* 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 Ultraman Max, 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. Aparently, 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 Mega Monster Battle, Belial speaks to Rei, who is a human, and Rei himself clearly understands him, which may clear some doubts on the matter.
* AntiHero: While most Ultramen fall under the MessianicArchetype, some also have an anti-heroic attitude. Most notably: Ultraman Agul from Ultraman Gaia, Hunter Knight Tsurugi/[[spoiler: Ultraman Hikari]] from Ultraman Mebius and most recently, Ultraman Zero from the new Ultra Galaxy movie.
* AliensAndMonsters: The MOTW is either a giant monster or a giant alien.
* AlienInvasion: ''Ultra Seven'' and ''Ultraman Leo'' 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.
** The whole franchise in all runs on this trope with thousands of Kaiju.
* AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs: As faithful a tradition here as it is with Super Sentai.
* AnimatedAdaptation: One in its native Japan and a co-production with Hanna-Barbera.
* 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.
* BadassCrew: All the human support teams have their moments. The new Ultraman Zero the movie take this to new levels by featuring a team of giant beings formed by Ultraman Zero, called the Ultimate Force Zero.
* BadassBeard: Despite being alien energy beings, the Father of Ultra 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.
* BadassFamily: Father of Ultra, his wife Mother Of Ultra and son Ultraman Taro, and his adopted brother Ultraman Ace. In the new Ultra Galaxy movie, we have Ultra Seven, who's the nephew of the family, and his extremely powerful son, Ultraman Zero. The Ultra Brothers themselves count as well, while they may not be truly related by blood they still treat each other like one.
* 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. The Ultra Galaxy movie takes this even further for Hayata/Ultraman and Dan/Ultra Seven. 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 an alien, while Seven used hand to hand combat and Ultra Willpower to the same alien.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: Not just with the Ultras; some of the monsters rely on this.
* BigBad: Used sometimes. [[LargeHam YAPOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL!]] in ''Ultraman Ace,'' Baltan in ''Ultraman: The Ultimate Hero'', Chaos in ''Series/UltramanCosmos'', Emperor/Enpera in ''Series/UltramanMebius'', and Ultraman Belial in the ''Ultra Galaxy'' movie.) Jugulus Juggler looks to be this in ''Series/UltramanOrb'' as well.
* 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 Ultra Garrison while King rules the planet.
* BloodierAndGorier: Eiji Tsuburaya generally didn't like the use of blood, however after his death, the series became noticeably more violent and gorier.
* BroadStrokes: A canon timeline is... questionable, to say the least. Most of the Showa shows takes place together in one universe, but has a tendency to not line up because of TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture dating systems and general inconsistencies[[note]]Taro and Mebius 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 Eighty 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'' and ''Ultra Q'' series are related to the series they're sequels to, but they're not entirely in the timeline either. Then there's ''Ultraman Dyna'' and ''Tiga'', which are connected and apparently in an alternate universe, at least until they're not. And now the ''Ultraman Zero'' movies and ''Ultraman Ginga'' have everyone thrown together into one universe. It's just best not to think about it...
** And the AnimatedAdaptation TheUltraman seems to be in its own disjointed continuity as well, with classic foes appearing with origins intact, but the hero from a different star system.
* BusmansHoliday: The now-defunct fansite Absolute Ultraman used to joke that whenever a team member went on vacation something strange was bound to happen.
* 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 episode, "The Monster Graveyard". Aniversary Series Ultraman Mebius does this too, but manages to pay homage to a classic episode in the series.
* 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.
* CoolStarship: The Art-Dessai of Tiga.
%%* CostumeCopycat
* CrucifiedHeroShot: In many of the Showa series
* CursedWithAwesome: The Ultramen were once mundane HumanoidAliens. 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'' have been announced and will be published in a {{Seinen}} magazine, meaning it will be the third property in the franchise to be aimed exclusively for an adult audience after ''Dark Fantasy'' and ''Ultra Seven X''.
* DemonicPossession: This happens from time to time, about as much as {{Brainwashed}}.
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: Lots of this. Almost literal example with [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Gatanazoa]].
* TheDragon: Many intelligent aliens bring powerful kaiju to use against Ultramen. Bonus point for Zetton, who has the subtitle ''Space Dragon'' despite not looking like one.
%%* DrillTank
* DittoAliens: The Baltans. Justified, as they're apparently some sort of gestalt entity, able to separate and recombine at will.
* EldritchAbomination: Lots of them. Gatanazoa, Chaos, and many others.
* 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 the Tiga universe and a few others, the Ultras bleed light instead of blood.
* EvilCounterpart: There are several fake Ultramen, but they're mostly aliens in disguise or robots though. A more subtle example is Ace Killer/Mebius Killer, who doesn't look like Ultraman but has similar powers.
* {{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 ''Mirrorman'' and Jean-Bot is ''Jumborg Ace''.
* 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 Thai/Japan coproduction film.
* 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.
%%* FlungClothing
* FourthWallObserver: Ide talks to the audience in episode 2.
* 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
** ''Tiga'''s dub is chock-full of unfunny, mood-destroying jokes and loads of {{Bowdlerization}}. Surprise! It's from [[Creator/FourKidsEntertainment 4Kids]]!
** This happened even earlier, with ''Space Warriors 2000'', an unauthorized recut made using footage from the films ''Six Ultra Brothers vs. the Monster Army'' 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]]
* GivingSomeoneThePointerFinger: Zero uses this quite a lot whenever he's facing his enemy.
* GondorCallsForAid: Many of the [[GrandFinale Grand Finales]] have many of the heroes' allies return to aid them. In some cases such as ''Cosmos'' and ''Gaia'', 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 opponent, with weakening powers or both (as for poor Ultra Seven) but ''Mebius'', the Aniversary series, went all out and did a three-episode long finale/love letter to the entire series.
* GreenAesop: Occurs infrequently; a later series, ''Ultraman Great'', would thrive on this trope.
%%* HandBlast
* 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.
* HeroKiller
** Once or twice a season, a horribly powerful monster will defeat Ultraman. 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.
* HumanAliens: The Ultramen often become such, but they were once human-like before the Plasma Spark transformed them.
* 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.
* IsleOfGiantHorrors: The series has featured a couple over the years.
** One of the first and best-known episodes of the original ''Series/{{Ultraman}}'' was "The Lawless Monster Zone", in which the Science Patrol visit an island populated by various giant monsters like the dinosaur-like [[BreakoutCharacter Red King]], the bat-like Chandler, and a giant burrowing reptile called Magular. Another one appeared in their two-parter episode, this time home to relic dinosaur and EnsembleDarkhorse of the franchise Gomora.
** In ''Series/UltramanEighty'', the characters find an abandoned island resort where an evil alien monster called Gimyra has hypnotized everyone on the island to drink their blood and turn them into its giant monster minions.
** In one episode of ''Series/UltramanDyna'', the team visits an island populated by several monsters they have previously met. It soon turns out that the creatures are clones being used as practice targets for a MadScientist-made monster called Neosaurus.
** ''Series/UltramanMax'' homaged the original example in a two-part episode featuring Red King, as well as two new monsters - a giant newt called Salamandon and a gliding reptile called Paragler. [[spoiler:It's later revealed that the island is actually a dimension-hopping prison for Red King built by Atlantis, and the other two monsters are its guards.]]
** ''Series/UltraGalaxyMegaMonsterBattle'' kicks it up a notch with Bolis, an entire ''planet'' of giant horrors. Naturally, the story is that the main characters are stranded on the world in a botched space expedition and have to survive all the giant monsters (all pulled from previous series) that do nothing but attack anything they see.
* 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.
* KidHero: Honshino occasionally gets to save the day rather than merely serve as an annoyance.
* LawyerFriendlyCameo
** One MonsterOfTheWeek is none other than the Franchise/{{Godzilla}} costume from ''Film/MothraVsGodzilla'', renamed, with a large frill added to his neck. Possibly as a subversion of the trope, during the obligatory fight scene, Ultraman actually ''rips off the extra piece of the costume'' and thus the rest of the fight is with 100% pure Franchise/{{Godzilla}}.
** The BigBad of ''Ultraman Tiga'' is none other than [[Franchise/CthulhuMythos Ghatanothoa]] ([[SpellMyNameWithAnS Gatanazoa]]), complete with petrification ability.
* {{Leitmotif}}: The "Wandaba" scat theme that is used for the science patrol teams. Modified versions appear in Series/{{Fireman}}, Mirrorman and Jumborg Ace.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: With at least 31 spinoffs, this franchise has way too many characters to count - Ultra, human, kaiju and otherwise.
* LicensedGame: Lots of it.
** EdutainmentGame: Several titles for the Sega Pico.
* LightIsGood: The Ultramen are beings of light, after all.
* LongLived: Ultras are ''extremely'' long lived. For reference: Mebius is around 6,000 years old and considered ''young''.
* LongRunner: The entire ''Ultra Series'' has been running for almost 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, you just won't realise it as Ultraman (nearly) always averts their effect. Sometimes though, not even Ultraman is immune to the monstrosity.
** ''Tiga'' and ''Cosmos'' seemed to ''love'' this trope, an EldritchAbomination taking the role as BigBad in the latter, with a healthy dose of TheVirus.
* 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
* 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]].
* TheMovie: Several of these, see the list above.
* MultiformBalance: Tiga, Dyna and Cosmos.
* MythologyGag: Lots of monsters reference earlier seasons' beasties.
%%* NotUsingTheZWord
%%* OnlyMostlyDead
* 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. For example, he [[CurbstompBattle effortlessly defeated]] the incredibly powerful Ultraman Belial then ''created'' a moon around him to imprison him, and brought a [[spoiler:dismembered Ultraman Leo]] back to life with zero effort.
* OurDemonsAreDifferent
** Tiga's "Kileroid" line of monsters from deep beneath the Earth. Borders on being a minor EldritchAbomination.
** Enomena has also been described as looking similar to a Majin.
* OurGiantsAreBigger: A common nickname for the Ultras is 'Giants of Light.' Given they're 50 meter tall human-like beings, they certainly qualify.
* PhantomZone: The Monster Graveyard, Series/UltramanAce's bubble-shaped barrier for Alien Metron Jr. and [[Series/UltraSeven Alien Icarus' Fourth Dimension]]. [[Series/UltraSeven Alien Wild's camera]] is a PhantomZone projector.
* PsychoticSmirk - Often whoever's the EvilTwin of the titular giant(Once a season) makes this expression. Some kaiju seem to enjoy doing this too, Enomena from Tiga 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 new ''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.
** Ultraman Noa (at his full power) and Ultraman Legend are both considered deity level Ultras, though it's unclear whether they're on King's level.
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* RedOniBlueOni: 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 ''Dyna''.
** Rimu Eleking in ''Mebius''.
* SceneryPorn
** The new ''Ultra Galaxy'' 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, ''Ultraman Zero'' the Movie, has this by the boatload. Prime example being the betsu no uchu (another space-basically a multiverse) scene and the Mirror World.
* SizeShifter: A basic Ultra power, though normally they only shrink with some exceptions.
* SlasherSmile: Some kaiju manage to pull this off beyond just being toothy. Gazoto ([[SpellMyNameWithAnS Gazort]]) and Fake Agul glide smoothly to mind.
* SpaceWhale: One flies up in Cosmos, gentle as can be. Then Chaos shows up...
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Many 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.
* SpinoffBabies: [[http://ultra.wikia.com/wiki/Ultraman_Kids Ultraman Kids]], a LighterAndSofter 26-episode anime featuring kiddified versions of several different Ultras.
* SuperToughness: The Ultras in general, due to having literal armor for skin.
* SwissArmySuperpower: Ultraman Jack's Ultra Bracer takes the shape of any weapon needed.
* TankGoodness: Series/UltraSeven once fought a monster called the Dino-Tank. It was about [[http://pulog1.exblog.jp/1424309/ what you'd expect]].
* 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 (Nexus) 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.
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* TrainingFromHell: Series/UltramanLeo, anyone? Interesting because it was almost always self inflicted. [[spoiler:He later used this on Ultraman Zero, complete with restraining armor. It really paid off because it made Zero strong enough to do battle with the evil [[HeroKiller Ultraman Belial]].]]
* TheVirus: Chaos, from Cosmos, also an EldritchAbomination. Almost exclusively infects kaiju, making them into horrific travesties of their former selves. Also Godish from Ultraman Great.
* WhamEpisode: In the original series, an episode called "The Prince Of Monsters" shocked the viewers because it was the first time he actually LOST a fight. Same for when Zetton nearly killed him at the end of the first series with "Farewell Ultraman".