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Series: Ultraman Leo

The eye of the lion is shining... Ultraman... Leo!

Ultraman Leo is a tokusatsu series that was part of the Ultra Series. It ran from 1974-1975.

The alien Magma, intergalactic slavers, come to Earth to attempt to find more slaves for their expanding evil empire. However, the Ultra Warriors have sent an Ultra to protect the Earth from the Magma — Ultra Seven.

The Magma, along with a slew of monsters, overwhelm Seven and injure his leg. Just as Seven is about to be killed, a red giant comes to save him. Driving off the Magma and defeating the monsters, the mysterious red giant reveals himself to be Leo from Nebula L77, a neighboring galaxy near the Ultra Nebula M78. Experiencing the same situation as the Ultras, Leo's people (called the Galactic Lion people) also underwent a physical transformation into beings of light.

The Galactic Lion people were subjugated as slaves of the Magma, and being one of the people who has been on the run and fighting the Magma across the galaxy, Leo has tracked them down on Earth.

Ultra Seven, seriously wounded, requests that Leo take his place as the resident Ultra Warrior on Earth, and bestows upon Leo the title of "Ultraman Leo". Ultra Seven, as Moroboshi Dan, agrees to stay with Leo to train him as a mentor. Leo takes on the form of human "Ootori Gen" (a human guise rather than merging with an existing human), and with Dan, joins the M.A.C.—yet another monster fighting science patrol crew.

Over the course of his assignment on Earth, Leo reunites with his twin brother Astra, who escaped the slave pits of the Magma, and joins with Leo to combat evil monsters. Leo also meets up with the legendary, all-powerful Ultraman King, who comes to save Leo and Astra on a particularly disastrous fight.

The other Ultra brothers also come to help Leo and Astra, and occasionally gets help from the recovering Ultra Seven, proving his worth as an Ultra Warrior.

Ultraman Leo provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Adorkable: Gen
  • Adaptation Expansion
  • Advertised Extra: Mr. Oomura, whose actor is billed second in the main credits, only appears sporadically. Justified, as he's comic relief.
  • Against the Setting Sun: When both alien heroes promise to help each other fight any and all alien threats against Earth. Dan even compares himself to the setting sun and Leo to the rising sun. A clip appears at the end of the opening credits.
  • Alien Among Us
  • All-Loving Hero: Gen and Dan
  • All Your Base Are Belong to Us: A tragic example
  • Androcles' Lion: Rolan
  • Anti-Hero: Gen, but only because his good intentions got the best of him. Dan/Seven also qualifies, due to the Training from Hell he puts Gen through.
  • Anyone Can Die
  • Arc Number: Seven, as in Ultra Seven, the seventh Ultra Show, the seventh Showa Ultra Brother, MAC Team Member # 7 (Gen), seventh (counting the Ultra Brothers) kaijuu-fighting team (MAC), and planet L-7-7.
  • The Artifact: The Ultra Eye, given that Dan didn't get to use it more than once during the series run. Doubles as Memento MacGuffin.
  • Ascended Fridge Horror
    • Previous shows depicted violence, mayhem, pathos, or even death. However, in just one episode: Leo's home world is destroyed; Ultra Seven is maimed and weakened; Leo is in mortal danger; and even a few civilians die. And that's just for starters...
    • This show took Collateral Damage to new levels. Episode 1 deals with the destruction of Tokyo by flood and kaiju.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis
    • In Episode 13, Gen was suspended pending an investigation on charges of fatally attacking several people during a foot chase of an alien. By accident, Dan figured the alien himself used his invisibility powers to sneak up on and stab or strike the victims in question (making a distinctive sound), then filmed him in the act, shot him, and had MAC analyze the footage and clear Gen.
    • In Episode 7, Dan threw boomerangs at Gen to prepare him for Leo's upcoming fight against a kaijuu who used a similar attack.
    • In another episode, Gen trained with an imposing machine that reproduced a kaijuu attack.
    • To sum up, Gen's Training from Hell was very well thought out.
  • Back for the Finale: Ultra Seven
  • Badass: Leo, so very much. His later appearance on Ultraman Mebius, Ultra Galaxy the Movie and the straight-to-DVD Ultra Galaxy Gaiden solidified this even more. ESPECIALLY in the Ultra Galaxy Gaiden, damn...
  • Badass Cape: Leo had the Leo Mant, which worked like the Ultra Bracelet. Commander Black wore a flowing black cape.
  • Badass in Distress: Gen in episode 50.
  • Bare-Fisted Monk: Every Ultra has their own fighting style... but Leo will kick everyone's ass at fisticuffs range. Somewhat amusingly, by the time he shows up in Mebius, he seems to have actually become a monk.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Rolan had a splinter pulled out of her paw by a human, so she befriended him and his son when she turned into a human.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Tohru and his friends.
    • The Paradai aliens, normally peaceful, only attacked when one of their youngest was bullied.
  • Big Bad: Alien Magma, but he eventually gets killed off by Leo. He's replaced in the last 12 episodes by Commander Black, who is much worse and Dangerously Genre Savvy.
  • Big Badass Bird of Prey: Satan Goa, who pecks Leo as he's propping up a crumbling building and sends out smaller versions of itself to attack humans on the street.
  • Big Damn Heroes
    • Leo pulls this in the pilot by saving Ultra Seven. Both Astra and Ultraman King would do this several times in the series. The boys and girls Gen trained pull one in the final battle by beating and stomping the BigBad to death so Leo can kill off his final monster.
    • Leo saving Zero in the Ultra Galaxy Gaiden and it was AWESOME.
    • The Ultra Brothers in Episodes 38 & 39. They don't call that the Ultra Rumble for nothing!
  • Bilingual Bonus / Gratuitous German: Silver Bloom comes from Silber Blume = Silver Flower
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Alien Vermin in episode 31, MAC Officer Uchida in Episode 36
  • Bloodier and Gorier: Evident from episode 1 onwards. Ultra Seven's leg is literally bent out of shape with bones cracking and everything. The sound effect used was appropriate given the level of violence. Also, see Darker and Edgier below.
  • Boring Invincible Hero: Averted with Leo (throughout) and Seven (see above). And, in a depressing turn, with MAC.
  • Boxing Lessons for Superman: Gen's Training from Hell
  • Broken Ace: Seven
  • Brought Down to Badass: Seven
  • By the Power of Grayskull!: He yells out, "Reo!"
  • Cane Fu: Dan kept human-sized aliens at bay, split a rock in half and even terrorized (um, trained) Gen a couple of times, with his crutch.
  • The Cast Showoff: Ryu Manatsu (Gen) sings the first theme song, does the awesome martial arts/gymnastics demonstration in the very first scene, as well as sings a song in which Gen yearns for his home planet.
  • Cat Folk: Alien Magma, more so than the Leo Brothers.
  • Changing of the Guard
  • Chekhov M.I.A.: Astra, whom Leo presumed dead after L77 was destroyed, showed up in Episode 22 to save his brother from two kaijus. Seven vanished in episode 40, but appeared in a vision in the last episode.
  • Chekhov's Gunman / Beware the Nice Ones: Tohru and his friends.
  • Cherry Blossoms: Episodes 4 and 51.
  • Cold Snap: Episode 50 is the best known example. Also, Leo vs Blizzard.
  • Colony Drop
    • After Commander Black is killed, his planet falls to Earth in attempted Taking You with Me, but Leo just blows it up.
    • Planet M-78 in Episodes 38 and 39.
  • Colourful Theme Naming: Members of MAC include Kuroda (black), Akaishi (red), Aoshima (blue), Shirakawa & Shiraido (white), and Momoi Haruko (pink). All died violently.
  • Commander Contrarian: Gen would oppose any and all plans Dangerously Genre Savvy Dan had in almost every episode. It may have been the main reason for the Training from Hell Dan put him through.
  • Continuity Nod: Music from Ultra Seven (the Dark Reprise of "Fight! Ultra Seven" from that show's Ep.39 was Dan's Leit Motif, but then the instrumental march theme came up in Ep. 40 when Dan disappeared in thin air before the MAC station was destroyed and 4 (Dan attacks Alien Tsuruk alone). Also, the Ultra Eye, Seven's teammates, and even M-78 appear.
  • Cool Helmet: MAC members had one with an upper silver/blue piece reminiscent of horns.
  • Cool Old Guy: Dan (older than Gen, though not that much older in human form), also Gen when he appeared on Ultraman Mebius many years later, and the new MAC member from Episode 12.
  • Creepy Child: Pint-Sized Powerhouse alien Uri aka Uringa
    • Mayoko from Episode 45.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle
    • Bunyo (in human form) against a defenseless Leo before freezing and killing him.
    • Leo vs. Tsuruk (first fight); Tsuruk against his victims (except Dan, who fought him to a standstill).
    • Seven vs. the Gillas brothers, then Leo vs same opponents (episode 1).
    • Leo vs. Black End (in the beginning).
    • Silver Bloome vs. MAC; Silver Bloome vs. Leo.
    • Ultra Brothers vs. Ultraman Leo himself.
    • Gamelot vs Leo, until Carolyn intervened
    • Commander Black vs Tohru's friends
  • Crystal Ball: Commander Black's instrument for summoning kaijuu.
  • Da Chief: Dan
  • Dangerously Genre Savvy
    • Commander Black. The only Ultra Big Bad to decide to ambush the Ultra's support group before they even know he exists and actually wipe them out! He also shows a knack for more complicated planning than his fellows and actually managed to kill Leo once, only being foiled by Ultraman King showing up. He also uses Leo's best friend to hold him hostage in the final battle so Leo will have to let Black End kill him. Also, Bunyo in Episode 50.
    • Captain Dan Moroboshi. He never took anything for granted. See Awesomeness by Analysis.
  • Darker and Edgier: From the very beginning you can tell this isn't gonna be any ordinary Ultra series. The series eventually ends up becoming a huge Kill 'em All fest by the end. You have, among other highlights, a crippled Ultra Seven stuck in human form, people crushed, stabbed, shot, sliced in half, team members dying in combat, the whole team is later killed except for the two main characters (Dan vanishes and gets better), graphic kaiju (alien monster) combat and even the graphic dismemberment of a key character.
  • Darkest Hour: The end of episode 3 and beginning of 4 (Alien Tsuruk), episode 22 before Astra arrived, part 1 of the Ultra Rumble, the first half of episode 40, episode 50 (Bunyo and Commander Black), and Leo's temporary defeat against Black End in episode 51.
  • Death by Genre Savviness: Commander Black. He should have seen a Curb-Stomp Battle and a failed Colony Drop coming on when he took Tohru hostage.
  • Death by Secret Identity: Bunyo and Commander Black
  • Death Is Not Permanent: As long as you're not human...
  • Deconstruction: Of the Boring Invincible Hero trope, which Seven represented in his own show.
  • Decoy Protagonist: Played with in episode 1. Even though Gen appears first, Seven is shown fighting the Gillas Brothers, until he is outmatched and injured and Leo swoops in to save him.
  • Determinator
  • Deus Angst Machina: Gen's misfortunes never stop, but he shakes himself up and keeps going.
  • Deus Exit Machina: Ultra Seven; subverted, given Dan's savvy and resourcefulness. Played straight in Episode 40.
  • Deus ex Machina: Ultraman King fulfills this role in each of his appearances.
  • Deuteragonist: Captain Dan Moroboshi, with Tohru as the Tritagonist. In episode 40, Commander Black becomes the Deuteragonist.
  • Diabolus ex Machina: Commander Black, and to some extent, Bunyo.
  • Did Not Get the Girl: Neither Ultra hero did. Gen lost his to a tragic event. In episode 29, Dan thought he had found Anne, but the woman, who was singlehandedly raising alien child Uri aka Uringa, denied it was her and disappeared at the end with the kid.
  • Disney Death
  • Doppelgänger: Uri's mom, who looked exactly like Anne.
  • Doppelgänger Spin: Alien Flip in Episode 15.
  • Downer Beginning
  • Dramatic Thunder:
    • Alien Magma in Episodes 1 and 2.
    • Gen had a Heroic BSOD moment in Episode 2, complete with drenching rain, when he realized Momoko was still in critical condition after getting injured during the kaijuu-created tsunami that swept Tokyo.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: Many MAC members throughout, civilians in Episodes 3 and 6.
  • Dynamic Entry
    • Leo introduces himself to Magma-seijin foot-first, going between the twin monsters to do so.
    • Commander Black also pulls this off in a way that likely outdoes Leo's. He introduces himself by wiping out MAC, becoming the first, and to date only Ultra villain to successfully destroy the Ultra's support team, forcing Leo and the JSDF to fight him without any help.
    • Speaking of which, Silver Bloome didn't waste any time wiping out MAC and Gen's friends.
    • Gen is introduced during a gymnastics/martial arts demonstration at the Jounan Sports Center.
    • Seven is introduced during his fight against Red and Black Gillas, kicking one of the kaiju.
    • Alien Magma appeared out of thin air, surrounded by Dramatic Thunder. Too bad it became a Running Gag of sorts given how many times he did it in Episode 2.
  • Earth-Shattering Kaboom: Planet L77 on the Leo Nebula.
  • Eldritch Abomination: Most of Commander Black's Saucer Monsters. Only two of them were even humanoid (and one of those was a mercenary).
  • Empathy Doll Shot: Episode 40, with a talking doll no less, after the shopping center was destroyed, killing Momoko, Takeshi and Kaoru.
  • Eureka Moment: Dan (and later Gen) in Episode 13 discover the key to predicting Alien Vibe's moves (sound) by accident.
  • Everybody's Dead, Dave: MAC (except Dan, who just vanished) and Gen's True Companions (only Tohru survived).
  • Everything Is Better With Spinning: All over the place.
  • Evil Doppelganger: Alien Babaloo impersonated Astra to steal the Ultra Key.
  • Excited Title! Two-Part Episode Name!: "Battle! The Leo Brothers vs. The Ultra Brothers", "When Seven Dies! Tokyo Submerged"
  • Expy: There are so many similarities between Leo and Seven. Also, Leo and Bruce Lee, as well as Leo and Superman with a little Sonny Chiba thrown in.
    • Gen's actor's name is Ryuu (=dragon) Manatsu.
  • Eye Scream: Black Terrina's shells would stick to people's eyes. Even Gen wasn't spared, and Leo sported an injured eye.
  • Family-Unfriendly Death: Not just kaiju and aliens this time...
  • Friend to All Children: Gen, who found out just how much children loved him in return at the end.
  • Game-Breaking Injury / Shapeshifter Mode Lock: Seven's leg, leaving Dan stuck in human form once he transformed back, which did not preclude him becoming a Handicapped Badass.
  • Good Times Montage: Gen, Kaoru and Momoko at the end of Episode 10, right after Kaoru got Ron the dog from Gen. The same scene re-appeared halfway into Episode 40 as a reminder of happier times after Silver Bloom killed his True Companions.
  • Gut Punch: Seven's leg, the annihilation of MAC, and Leo's death
  • Guttural Growler: Commander Black and Gen.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: Kaiju Kanedoras in episode 5 (vertically), as well as Tohru's father and a MAC team member in episode 3 (horizontally).
  • Heroic BSOD: Gen and Tohru right after the events in episode 40. Dan in episode 1 after his Shapeshifter Mode Lock. Tohru in Episode 5, due to the death of his father in a previous episode.
  • Heroic RROD: Seven in episode 1, Leo many times, the best example being the end of episode 3.
  • Heroic Second Wind: Against Black End in the last episode.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Gen's old rival Hiroshi saved a baby's life in episode 48. In an earlier episode, Alien Carolyn took down Gamelot.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Commander Black would have lived to fight another day had he not taken a hostage, especially not one who would fight back and the brother of one of his victims.
    • Antlar from Episode 14.
  • Hope Spot
    • Coming off the Ultra Rumble, Leo and Astra were officially inducted into the Ultra Brothers, MAC was celebrating a teammate's birthday, and everybody was happy, that is until Silver Bloom attacked...
    • Dan thought he had found Anne, though the woman denied it...
    • Gen had settled on Earth after planet L77 blew up, but Alien Magma had other plans...
    • Leo had the upper hand on Black End, until Commander Black took Tohru hostage...
  • Hostage Situation
    • In episode 50, alien Bunyo pretends to be injured to capture Mrs. Miyama, luring Gen to take her place.
    • In the last episode, Commander Black takes Tohru hostage so that Leo won't fight Black End.
  • Hot-Blooded: Gen and a couple of his teammates, especially Aoshima (MAC # 5).
  • Hour of Power: Only 2 min. 40 sec. as opposed to 3 min.... Not that it matters much in practice.
  • Humanoid Aliens: Dan, Gen, Commander Black, Bunyo, and others.
  • I Can Still Fight: Gen pulls this stunt a few times (episodes 4 and 39 come to mind) and goes on to save the day. Dan tries this after meeting Gen, and didn't do very well.
  • Idiot Hero: Impetuous and rough around the edges, Gen's actions get him and others hurt (or even killed) unless he listens to Dan and trains to the point of exhaustion.
  • Implacable Mecha: Gamelot and Sevengar.
  • I'm Melting: Commander Black's death
  • Improbable Weapon User: Leo must fight a spear-armed Kettle-seijin at one point, way before he ever meets Ultraman King. He's unarmed and at a disadvantage, so what does he do? Rip some red-and-white smokestacks out of a building, bring them together, magically join them with a chain, and voila — NUNCHUCKS.
    • Dan and his cane.
    • Alien Carolyn rammed herself against Gamelot to destroy it.
    • Gen threw a piece of rebar to scare off Black Dome.
  • Informed Attractiveness: Rolan, "the most beautiful monster in the universe". Actually, she looked like Snowgon.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Dan Moroboshi
  • Karmic Death: Black End, killed by the alien device that summoned him, namely Commander Black's crystal ball.
    • Maybe even Commander Black himself. Being separated from his little trinket may have sped up his (literal) meltdown into green goo.
    • The Gillas Brothers, whom Leo defeated with a spinning kick.
  • Killer Doll: In Episode 45, Gen and Tohru fight a china doll that freezes its victims to death.
  • Knight of Cerebus: While the series was quite serious to begin with, Commander Black's arrival makes it even darker.
  • Large Ham: Gen and Dan (both engage in frequent Ham-to-Ham Combat), Bunyo, but especially Commander Black.
  • Looks Like Cesare: Commander Black (what is it with Ultramen and creepy humanoids, anyway?)
  • Mauve Shirt: Some members of MAC, like Matsuki Momoi, the young lady who was celebrating a birthday when the Space Station was attacked; and Gen's True Companions. The rest of MAC were Red Shirts, (Matsuki's sister Haruko died unexpectedly in an earlier episode) including deaths throughout the show, except the two main characters.
  • MacGuffin: The Ultra Key and the Seven ball.
  • Made of Iron
  • Make My Monster Grow
  • Meaningful Echo: Dan's "rising sun and setting sun" speech from the first episode were words of encouragement in Gen's vision of Ultraseven at the end of the show.
  • Meaningful Name: Ootori = phoenix. Also see the trope example for Seven.
  • The Medic: Triage nurse Mrs. Miyama
  • Memento MacGuffin: The Ultra Eye, which burned and partially melted down in Episode 1, when Gen and Dan first met. Many times, Dan pulled it out of his pocket and stares at it whenever the situation becomes dire. Hideki Goh took it back to M-78 for replacement at the end of Episode 34.
  • Mood Whiplash: Compared to Taro. In-universe, episodes tend to start on a happy note, then verge into horror, then straight into tragedy, on to ass-kicking, then back to happy times and so on.
    • Episode 1, for example, jumps from the opening song (about Leo preventing The End of the World as We Know It) to Gen demonstrating his gymnastic and martial arts skills at the Sports Center (set to peaceful music), to Seven fighting the Gillas Brothers (set to foreboding music). By the time Leo arrives, the music is triumphant, but when Alien Magma leaves, the music turns somber...
    • Episode 40, a Tear Jerker, is not for the squeamish...
  • Mythology Gag
    • Hideki Goh wears the same costume when he delivered Sevengar to Dan as his visit to Kohtaro Higashi (along with the Ultra Brothers) in Ultraman Taro.
    • In Episode 9, Tohru and a human-sized kaijuu become friends. The boy is in an amusement park in some kind of trance, and at one point he's floating in mid-air. The pulsating background is the same as the opening credits of Ultra Seven.
    • Speaking of Seven, Dan's pose as he lies unconscious after his defeat at the hands of the Gillas Brothers is the same as the pose he made (arms and legs spread out) after his RROD near-defeat against Pandon. In both scenes, the music is identical, the surface he was lying on was very similar, he's wearing a uniform and a helmet both times, and both times Seven shrinks back to human size on-screen (the shrinking effects are different, though).
    • Two heroes swearing to defend the Earth together, one of them the titular Ultraman, Against the Setting Sun? Jack and Hideki Goh did this first!
    • Leo (and later Astra) swooping down in a fiery red ball.
    • Training in human form to defeat a kaijuu after transforming? Jack did it, too!
    • Two Paradai aliens do a mid-air transformation into King Paradai.
  • Near Villain Victory: Many times, as early as the first ten minutes of the first episode!
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands
    • Leo got more energy beam powers after the first 13 episodes, especially after Astra's arrival. In the beginning, he used brute force, improvised weapons, and even a burning kick or two.
    • From Episode 2 onwards, Dan was able to concentrate and generate some kind of aura he used to weaken kaijus. This power (Urutora Nenriki = Ultra Will-Power, a form of psychokinesis) wore him down severely. There was no indication whatsoever in the previous shows that he could do this as Dan.
    • Sometimes, Gen could see aliens even in human form.
    • Ultraman King never uses the same power twice!
  • No Endor Holocaust: Played straight and averted.
  • Non-Human Sidekick: Sevengar; Ron
  • Nothing Is the Same Anymore: Dan becomes Leo's mentor after Seven was maimed by the Gillas Brothers. Gen fled his dying planet only to have to face the one responsible once on Earth; then, he takes over Earth's large scale defense with MAC in a support role. Gen ends up fighting alone after Episode 39. Dan's role as a mentor is over at that time. Tohru's True Companions fill the role of parents after the loss of his father; later, Gen and the Miyamas fill that role.
  • Not of This Earth: That little souvenir Alien Tsuruk left behind in episode 3 was made of an alien metal.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain
    • In human form, Bunyo is bumbling, goofy and can't fight to save his life. Gen gave him a beating on their first encounter. Even Commander Black thought he was worthless. Now, once Bunyo figures who Gen is and he and Black set their plan to get Leo in motion, Mood Whiplash and tears are just around the corner.
    • Alien children invoke the trope.
    • So does the old man handing out flowers left and right in Episode 31. Children were Genre Savvy that time.
  • Obi-Wan Moment: Dan lectured Gen about his ongoing responsibilities as Leo before punching and pushing him aside, and had a brief quiet moment before vanishing. This is even more dramatic as the space station is falling apart in the middle of Silver Bloom's attack, which had already killed the rest of the crew. Gen is hysterically yelling "Taichou!" (Commander).
  • Oh Crap: A couple of minutes into Episode 40, Dan and Gen are taken by surprise when the alarm sounds and that big dot on the radar approaches the MAC space station at high speed...
  • Older and Wiser: Two guesses, one for this show and one (actually two) for Mebius and Zero.
  • On the Next
  • Our Hero Is Dead
  • Outside-Context Villain: Commander Black
  • Panthera Awesome: The lion motifs used throughout.
  • Phlebotinum Breakdown:
    • The Ultra Eye
    • The Ultra Key
  • Psycho for Hire: Bunyo Seijin, a mercenary Commander Black hires.
  • Rage Against the Mentor
    • Many times Gen refrained from actually hitting Dan, who could be pretty ruthless and strict. They actually got into a fistfight in Episode 38 when Dan used his Ultra Willpower during the Ultra Rumble to even the odds against fake Astra.
    • Around episode 13, Gen got suspended pending an investigation into the death of a cop. That didn't stop from intervening in a chase of the very same alien who then killed the cop, resulting in a MAC member being injured. He bitterly argued his innocence with Dan, but his impulsiveness got a teammate hurt. When he threatened to quit MAC, Dan upheld the suspension instead. Gen quit anyway...
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: When Dan uses his Ultra Will-Power. Coincidentally, Dan is the Blue counterpart to Gen's Red in...
  • Red Herring: Saeko from Episode 17 subverts this and plays it straight.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni
  • Red Shirt Army: MAC
  • Replaced the Theme Tune: Episode 14.
  • Re Tool
    • A minor one happened after episode 13, with a more upbeat theme song and Leo's frequent use of energy attacks.
    • On episode 40, the whole show premise changed with Commander Black's arrival and ensuing mayhem. Halfway through the episode, Gen and Tohru move to Mrs. Miyama's place. Gen is unemployed and needs to face emerging threats alone for the first time since he met Dan.
  • Ridiculously Human Robot: Alien Carolyn
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Leo's fights with Magma and later Commander Black's forces are this. Most notably, after Silver Bloom kills MAC and causes the deaths of a number of Leo's human friends, Leo guts the monster alive before finishing it off.
  • Rock Beats Laser: Commander Black -who was very athletic, had a sword for defense and a crystal ball to summon monsters- was taken down by kids with sticks.
    • Ultraseven was defeated by twin leg-twisting Kaijuu who had few energy attacks.
  • Say My Name: "REO NIISAN!" "REOOOOOO"
  • Secret Keeper: Apart from the Ultras, at the end there was Tohru, Gen's romantic rival Hiroshi (Episode 48), and possibly the Miyamas.
  • Scare Chord: Every episode begins with one and an Earth-Shattering Kaboom.
  • Sequel Series
    • To Ultra Seven.
    • Mega Monster Battle Ultra Galaxy Legends was a sequel to this and Ultraman Mebius, the latter being a sequel to Leo and other Ultra shows.
  • Shoo Out the Clowns: Mr. Ohmura is not seen or heard from again after the Ultra Rumble. Gen's True Companions? Gone, too, except for Tohru.
  • Shoutout: Victims of Alien Atlar would end up covered in silver paint.
  • Sickening Crunch: Episode 1, during that infamous fight.
  • Soundtrack Dissonance: That song Gen sings about yearning for his home planet is set to rather cheerful music.
    • The disappearance of Dan as the MAC station is destroyed and Gen barely gets out alive is scored to "Fight! Ultra Seven" (an instrumental about Seven kicking ass).
    • Whenever that peaceful song with the trumpet solo plays at the beginning of an episode, beware!
  • Stern Teacher/Drill Sergeant Nasty: Seven/Dan for Leo/Gen. Later, Leo himself becomes this for Mebius when he appear in Ultraman Mebius and in the new Ultra Galaxy movie, for Ultra Seven's son, Ultraman Zero.
  • Stock Footage
    • Footage from Return of Ultraman was used in episode 34 when Ultraman Jack guest-starred.
    • Disaster footage from episodes 1 & 2 was used in episodes 38 & 39 when Planet M-78 was on a collision course with Earth.
    • Episode 29 reused Dan's farewell to Anne when Dan encountered Uri's mother.
  • Strolling Through the Chaos: Commander Black in his very first scene was calmly strolling through Tokyo while Silver Bloom crushed a building at his behest.
    • Alien Babaloo was laughing maniacally while looking at the floods and fleeing crowds in Episode 39.
  • Student and Master Team: Zero and Leo in the Ultra Galaxy Gaiden, Dan and Gen (reluctantly) in this show.
  • Take Me Instead: How Gen rescues Mrs. Miyama from Alien Bunyo.
  • 10-Minute Retirement:
    • Gen quit the team in anger after Alien Vibe framed him for the death of a cop, an injured teammate, and an injured construction worker. After Dan cleared his name and Vibe was defeated, Dan reinstated Gen.
    • In Episode 43, a possessed man attacked Gen, claiming to know his secret identity. Afraid of endangering Tohru if he tried to stop Commander Black, he left the Miyama's place and wrote a farewell letter to Tohru. Fortunately, he realized there were more people in danger that just his loved ones and went on to save the day and reunite with Tohru.
  • There Is Another: Actually, more than one...
  • Throwing Off the Disability: Gen in episodes 4 & 39.
  • Title Scream
  • To Know Him I Must Become Him: Gen's Training from Hell.
  • Too Dumb to Live: The Oba kid in Episode 41 tried to get Black Dome's attention with a mirror. Bad idea!
  • Took a Level in Badass: Gen, who was very Badass from the get-go. Tohru too.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Dan, but only because he had hot-headed Gen to train. He was more of a Jerk with a Heart of Gold.
  • Training from Hell
    • Gen is trained by Ultra Seven to be a martial artist and better Ultra very rigorously. Very, VERY rigorously. How did he train? With Dan using Cane Fu, boomerangs and even Car Fu, Gen spinning in mid-air like a corkscrew and coming down HARD to land on whatever object or kaiju he wanted to destroy, using strange machines at the Jounan Sports Center and even doing Le Parkour on a mountain ledge.
    • He can also be very hard on himself sometimes.... In episode 6, Gen's friends are visibly uncomfortable at the sight of Gen negotiating two heavy swinging logs, hoisted by ropes that could break off anytime. Dan arrives and it seems like he himself is going to get hit in the face with them a couple of times.
  • Transformation Is a Free Action: Episode 50 subverts this when Gen/Leo was unable to grow to giant size, as Bunyo tied him up while in human form and Commander Black had wounded him.
  • Transformation Trinket: The Leo Ring.
  • The Unfettered: Dan wants to protect Leo and humans at all costs. Leo wants to jump in the fray at all times.
  • Villanous Breakdown: Commander Black lost his cool at the end of every other episode he appeared in, but Episode 50 had him down to one Black Star creature and he saw his and Bunyo's plan fail.
  • Waistcoat of Style: MAC members could wear a shiny silver vest, open at the sides of the lower back. Gen and Dan sometimes wore them.
  • Walking the Earth / Save the Day, Turn Away: Gen, having killed off the Saucer Beasts for good and with Commander Black dead, throws away the Leo Ring and sails off. (By the time Mebius comes to Earth, he's tending the Twin Island originally submerged by the Gillas bros in the first episode.)
  • Wham Episode: Episode 1 (Seven's role in Earth's defense changes dramatically), 3 & 4 (Leo realizes just how tough his job is), 22 (Astra — Leo is not the only survivor of L77 after all), 26 (Ultraman King — the mythical hero appears), 38&39 (The Leo Brothers prove their worth to the Ultra Brothers after a rough start)..
    • Up to Eleven in Episode 40: The entire MAC team is wiped out by Silver Bloom. Also doubles as a major Tear Jerker.
  • Wham Line: "Seven no more..."
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Mr. Ohmura is never seen or mentioned again.
  • Wonder Twin Powers
    • Leo can only use his most powerful attack, the Ultra Double Flasher, when he's together with Astra.
    • They can also use the Ultra Double Spark, which can fix anything, when together.
    • The Gillas Brothers always attack together; in fact, that's how Seven was disabled. They even huddle and spin together.
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Bunyo's first encounter with Gen was an excuse to confirm that Gen was Leo. Nurse Miyama was lured into a trap when Bunyo called her pretending to be injured.
  • Wronski Feint:
    • Dan vs Giant Tsuruk in Episode 4, using a plane and some power lines.
    • Leo vs Uringa, using a satellite dish.
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: Momoko, not so much in the way she dresses, but her demeanor and values qualify.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain
    • Gen had his True Companions, his MAC teammates, his brother whom he thought dead, as well as the support of both his Captain and the legendary Ultraman King, and he was an honorary Ultra brother to boot. He'd even managed to take his revenge on Alien Magma by impaling him through the heart. Then Silver Bloom appeared...
    • Tohru, who was an orphan, had Gen, his little sister, and his True Companions. Enter Silver Bloom...
  • You Are Not Alone
  • Your Eyes Can Deceive You: Episode 15, as part of Gen's Training from Hell. The lesson was delivered by a one-shot character. Dan even blinds Leo using some foamy substance to defeat a giant Alien Flip.
  • Zeerust: MAC: the mecha, their Comm Links, their uniforms, all scream 1950s Sci-Fi
  • Zen Survivor: Dan in this show, Gen in Mebius.
  • Zerg Rush: Children pulled this on Commander Black in the last episode.

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alternative title(s): Ultraman Leo
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