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Series: Ultraman Ginga

Ultraman Ginga, a part of the Ultra Series, is a Japanese television series produced by Tsuburaya Productions which celebrates the 50th anniversary of the company and is part of the New Ultraman Retsuden programming block.

All of the Ultramen and monsters have been turned into figures known as Spark Dolls and became scattered throughout the universe. A young man named Hikaru Raidō finds an item called the Ginga Spark which not only allows him to become Ultraman Ginga, but also allows him to Ultralive with the figures to change them to their rightful size and become one with them.

Got a sequel series in 2014 called Ultraman Ginga S, which introduced a new Ultra named Ultraman Victory

Ultraman Ginga provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Action Girl: Misuzu when she uses the spark dolls.
    • Faux Action Girl: She's borderline useless though and Ginga consistently has to save her.
    • Dark Action Girl: As Super Grand King, who on the other hand poses one hell of a threat.
  • Alternate Universe: As revealed by Taro, this is a different universe from the M78 one, in this version, earth has never been attacked by monsters or aliens.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: From Hikaru to Ichijouji.
    Who are you to decide if our dreams are possible?!
  • Asshole Victim: Invoked, most of the people who get transformed into Monsters of the Week already being nasty people before being transformed is why they were chosen, to use the darkness in their hearts.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever
  • Badass: Ginga himself, obviously.
    • Ichijouji and his Humongous Mecha Jean Killer/ Jean-Nine, who fights Ginga 3 times and 3 times either wins or puts up a good fight, and later remains the only protagonist anywhere near as strong as Ginga,.
    • A villainous one in Seichiro Ichijouji's Ultra Dark/Seven Dark, who consistently hands Ginga his ass on a platter until Ginga undergoes an emotional powerup.
    • Ultraman Tarou when he finally grows big. He nearly defeats Dark Lugiel.
  • Big Bad: Dark Lugiel
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Anyone put under the control of the Darkness Spark(s). As of #5, we learn that enough faith and support from your friends can break the influence before it's too late.
  • Blade Below the Shoulder: Ginga Saber
  • The Chosen One: Hikaru himself.
  • Cool Gun: The Gunpad for Ichijouji which turns into a BFG for Jean-Nine, enabling it to use its ultimate attack, Jean Stardust.
  • Damsel in Distress: This seems to be Misuzu's role.
  • The Dragon: Valkie Seijin.
    • Later Icarus Seijin and Knackle Seijin take his place.
  • Elemental Powers
    • Playing with Fire: Ginga Fireballs
    • Shock and Awe: Ginga Thunderbolt
    • Healing Hands: Ginga Comfort
      • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Ginga's light-up panels change color for these moves - blue defaultnote , red for fireballs, yellow for thunderbolts, green for healing, white for a saber attack, and purple for the Ginga Slash. There's also a pink variation seen in the toys, but it's currently unknown what power it has.
  • Eleven Episode Toku: Excluding films, Ginga holds the record for being the shortest Ultra series in the entire franchise, with a total of 11 episodes.
  • Elite Mook: The Dark Ultras, who up till Super Grand King are the only minions of Dark Lugiel capable of posing a serious challenge to Ginga.
    • Seichiiro Isurugi's Ultra Dark/Seven Dark in particular, repeatedly outmatching and wiping the floor with Ginga.
  • Eye Lights Out: In Episode 6, when Ginga reaches inside Jeankiller's cockpit and crushes the Dark Dummy Spark that was powering it.
  • Finishing Move: Ginga Thunderbolt, Ginga Fireball, Ginga Slash, Ginga Cross Shoot, Ginga Saber, Ginga Sunshine, Ginga Comfort, and Ginga Especially.
    • Ichijouji's Jean Stardust
    • Zeppelium Ray for Tiga/Tiga Dark, Emerium Ray, Wide Shot and Eye Slugger for Seven Dark/Ultraseven, Specium Ray and Ultra Slash for Ultra Dark/Ultraman, Storium Ray for Ultraman Tarou
  • Heroic BSOD: Most of the heroes undergo one. Exploited by Dark Lugiel's dragons consistently.
    • Misuzu has a huge one when she finds out her father is the evil Ultra Dark/Seven Dark and in league with Dark Lugiel. As a result of her dark emotion she Darklives into Super Grand King.
    • Kenta gets one when he thinks she is being left out of the secrets the nakama share, and feeling abandoned takes an enormous level in jerkass. Is given a Doragory spark doll but never uses it.
    • Chigusa gets one when she fears she will never achieve her ambition to become a model and especially when Misuzu is stealing her limelight. As a result she Darklives into Ragon.
  • Wave Motion Gun / Kamehame Hadoken: Ginga Cross Shoot
  • Giant Robot Hands Save Lives: When Ichijouji takes back his Hero Killer aspiration and saves Hikaru.
  • Good Costume Switch: To a degree. When Jeankiller is reborn as Jean-Nine, its glowing eyes go from red to yellow.
  • Gotta Catch 'Em All: All Ultramen and Ultra Monster sofubis, referred in-series as Spark Dolls.
  • Henshin Hero
  • He Who Must Not Be Seen: The Big Bad has only been seen in shadow or just his hand so far.
  • Humongous Transforming Mecha: The Jeankiller, intended as an anti-Ultraman weapon and piloted by Ichijouji.
  • Kaiju
  • Living Toys: The Ultra Heroes and Monsters got turned into this, so far only Taro and Ginga seem to keep their consciousness.
  • Milestone Celebration
  • Monster of the Week
  • Multiple Head Case: While King Pandon in #3 is controlled entirely by a single human, the Spark Dolls Theatre reveals this trope is in play normally.
  • Mythology Gag: "Urutora Nenriki!"
    • Taro's flashbacks of being a child, along with his tendency to abuse the Ultra Psychokinesis are callbacks to the non-canon-but-now-influential Ultraman Story.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero In Episode #4 Mizusu is chosen to be an Idol, made Chigusa angry and transform her into a monster.
  • Non-Lethal K.O.: As opposed to previous series, the enemy monsters aren't killed when Ginga destroys them, instead simply leaving the human host stunned, but alive, and the Spark Doll intact.
  • People in Rubber Suits
  • Power Copying: Not only can Hikaru become Ginga or previous Ultramen, but he can also become monsters as well. Up until #6, in fact, he can only become Ginga after first taking a monster form.
  • Pyro Maniac: Yuuka in #3 is one, even before she transforms into King Pandon.
  • Redemption Demotion: Seichiiro Isurugi is hell of alot more useless and weaker when a hero than a villain.
    • To a much lesser extent, Isurugi, who although remaining competent unlike the above, is no longer Ginga's equal.
  • Sizeshifter
  • The Mentor: Ultraman Taro
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Ichijouji tells Hikaru this at the end of Episode 6, after he makes his full Heel-Face Turn and Jeankiller is reborn as Jean-Nine, helping Ginga defeat Valkian and Tiga Dark.
  • Super Mode: Averted- unusually for a recent series. Ginga doesn't have a super mode(s) or upgraded forms like Cosmos, Mebius or Nexus. On the other hand, that doesn't stop him from simply becoming exponentially stronger with every major battle.
    • Played straight in Ginga S with the introduction of Ultraman Ginga Storium, which he combines with Ultraman Taro and gains the power of the 6 Ultra Brothers
  • Something Completely Different:
    • For once there's no paramilitary group with massive vehicles backing up our heroes, just a Secret Keeper circle much like Kamen Rider does.
      • This is corrected in Ginga S with the UPG (Ultra Party Guardians)
    • The red bleeping time limit is due to the Ultralive's own limitation, not Earth's polluted atmosphere.
  • Super-Powered Evil Side: Unbeknownst to everyone, Shinrai Kyoko was possessed by the Big Bad and has to be expelled from her body before he takes over.
  • Swiss Army Tears: In Episode 6, after seeing an inactive Jeankiller (due to Ginga somehow reaching inside Jeankiller's cockpit and destroying the Dark Dummy Spark that was powering it) get knocked aside during the battle between Ginga, Tiga Dark and Valkian, Ichijouji sheds a single tear at the thought that he'll never be able to fulfill his dream of defeating and surpassing Ginga - a single tear that somehow transforms into a new Gunpad, which reactivates Jeankiller and restores it to its original form of Jean-Nine.
  • Sword Beam / Anatomy Arsenal: Ginga Slash, also a Call Back to Ultra Seven's Eye Slugger, since it fires from the crest panel on Ginga's forehead.
  • Toilet Humor: Kemurian does this in the fight with Thunder Darambia.
  • Toku
  • Transformation Trinket: Ginga Spark and Darkness Spark.
  • Transformation Sequence
  • Victim of the Week see Brainwashed and Crazy.
  • Villainous BSOD: Happens often to the Monsters of the Week who were Asshole Victims after being completely consumed by their inner darkness and then freed. Yuuka probably had the best one.
  • Wham Episode: #3 Taro is kidnapped, and he knows the servant of the Big Bad.
    • #4 Jeankiller debuts and hands Ginga his first defeat.

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