Trivia / Ultraman

  • Name's the Same: Superman had an evil counterpart also named Ultraman, who preceded the series by about two years.
    • Also, the main character of the TV series My Secret Identity called himself "Ultraman", but never actually used such an identity.
  • Prop Recycling: The iconic V-TOL/Beetle is a modified prop from Calamity Star Gorath.
    • A few monster suits come from Godzilla movies since Eiji Tsuburaya owned the suits, not Toho. Apparently there were considerable difficulties in getting new monster costumes. Later costumes were, in a number of cases, simply recycled from earlier ones.
      • Bemular was recycled into Gyango.
      • Alien Baltan was made from the Cicada Man in Ultra Q. Several sources have expanded on this, saying that the Baltans are indeed related to the Cicada People.
      • Baragon's suit was famously remade into Neronga, Magular, and Gabora. Likewise, Magular's reappearances are recycled from Neronga's reappearances, which are in turn recycled from a Baragon-like monster called Geronga from Ultraman Max.
      • Gesura was reused from the giant lizard Peter in Ultra Q with added fins from the Ragon suit.
      • Red King's suit was made into Aboras and then back into Red King for his reappearance.
      • Chandler was a loosely disguised Peguila (the only difference is Peguila has a small horn) while friendly Pigmon was made from malevolent Garamon (both from Ultra Q).
      • Godzilla was blatantly used for Jirass. More specifically, the body of the Invasion of Astro-Monster suit was combined with the head of the Mothra vs. Godzilla suit (the body had been turned into Gomess) and given a few adjustments like a frill.
      • Dodongo's head was taken from Pagos.
      • Gamakujira was remade into Skydon.
      • Gavadon was initially going to be remade into Gubila, but they saved the suit for Zambolar.
      • Alien Zarab was made from Ragon. Likewise, Ragon's appearance in Ultraman was simply the Ultra Q suit.
      • Hydra was made into Gigass.
      • Gomora's suit was made into Zaragas. Ironically, appearances in later series have often had the two fighting each other.
      • The Zettonian was made from the Kemur suit with the face turned sideways. Kemur's cameo in Episode 33 was reused from the original suit. The suits are now separate from each other though.
      • Zetton used Red King's arms and Kemular's shell. With Red King and Zetton often appearing in later series (sometimes together), Zetton's parts is no longer recycled from Red King.
  • What Could Have Been: Ultraman was originally going to be in an Ultra Q episode, where he was going to be an alien villain, instead of a superhero.
    • Ultraman was originally going to be a bird-like alien monster named Bemlar. Due to the fear that children wouldn't know who to cheer for, they turned Ultraman into a more humanoid alien. The name for the Bird man was given to Ultraman's first enemy while it's design was later used for Hydra.
    • The show was originally also envisioned as Redman with Red King as the king of all monsters. Red King's name stuck around while the hero's name was reused for a different series.
    • Another early draft for the show was WoO. This time, Ultraman was a comical, bug-eyed alien named Woo who befriended a news reporter named Joji Akita, but had to fight monsters and avoid the armed forces who saw him as a threat. Essentially, it was envisioned as a Japanese Dr. Who with kaiju. The alien's name was recycled and the concept was revived in 2006 as a separate series called Bio Planet WoO.
    • In "The Small Hero", the monsters, Geronimon was supposed to revive were to be Gomora and Red King. However, the suits were not available (Red King was too deteriorated and Gomora had just been modified into Zaragas), so Telesdon and Dorako were chosen. Amusingly, the English dub still refers the revived monsters as Gomora and Red King.
    • "The Dreaded Comet Tsuiphon" was originally going to have the Rock Monster Gorgos from Ultra Q instead of Red King.
    • "The Forbidden Words" was originally envisioned as the ultimate alien episode in which Mefilas, Zarab, Baltan, Dada, and Kemur team-up to conquer Earth.
    • Neronga was originally pitched as Alien Baltan's monster minion and Pestar was originally to be a two-headed monster rather than a two-bodied monster.
    • An unused script called "Aurora Line Freeze" featured Peguila as the Monster of the Week.
    • The final episode was originally going to have Zoffy kill Zetton after Ultraman's defeat.
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