YMMV / Ultraman

  • Cult Classic: The show is fondly remembered in Argentina, to quote: "it was the Power Rangers of our generation!"
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Alien Baltan, leading to many reappearances in other shows, and becoming one of the most iconic and famous villains in the series. Same with Gomora, who got his own show.
  • Ear Worm: That theme song for Ultraman is quite catchy.
  • Genre Turning Point: It's difficult to overstate just how much this show rebuilt and codified the Kaiju genre. Whereas before, a giant monster coming out of the sea to wreck up the place would be like a typhoon or hurricane: unstoppable, and the little humans scurrying away from it could only hope to rebuild afterwards or put up token resistance. The cost of stopping one would be horrendously high (Gojira) or worryingly public (King Kong), requiring military deployment. From this show onwards, it became entirely believable that those little humans could fight back on their own terms, and do it once a friggin' week at that. Oh, and the big guy on Earth's side - the idea that Earth could have external, fairly long-lasting help from elsewhere - is also a nice change of pace.
  • Heartwarming Moments: The episode "The Monster Graveyard".
  • Moe: e.g., "Pigmon"
  • Macekre: The English dubbed version of the original Japanese dialogue is not nearly the worst offender, but the differences are definitely noticeable.
    • BCI Eclipse's DVD releases of the series, thanks to having the uncut episodes, show at which points the show was or wasn't dubbed - a Japanese TV episode is a couple minutes longer than an American episode, so where there were undubbed moments, the dialogue just switches back to Japanese, and the subtitles come on. Whether it's incredibly distracting or just really distracting depends on whether or not you know why it's happening.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Dada and the Mummy will have you looking behind your back when you're alone in an office building...
    • Nightmare Retardant: ...until you imagine Muramatsu - not an especially big guy - tackling Dada to the ground and not even losing any momentum in the process. And locking him out, too.
  • Shout-Out: Hayata using a spoon instead of the Beta Capsule (he was eating curry when the call came in) is possibly the inspiration for The Tick using "Spoon!" as a battlecry.
  • Special Effect Failure: Occasionally. It was made in 1966, and not everything's going to look good after 50 years.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: Put it this way - it's 1966, and most of the crazy things you see in a typical episode would have looked good in a theatrically-released film. This was a half-hour kids' television show, filmed in color at a time when there were barely enough black-and-white TVs to watch it on. They could've fudged things here and there, but didn't, and wow does their effort show even nearly 60 years after the fact.
  • Tear Jerker: The episode of Jamila.
    • Zetton killing Ultraman in the finale was bad enough, but then when Zoffy comes to pick Ultraman up he begs his senior Ultra to let him die and give his life to his host Hayata instead. Luckily Zoffy happened to bring two lives along when he came to pick Ultraman up, but there's still the fact that Ultraman has to leave Earth forever afterwards.
      Ultraman: Zoffy... I would like to leave Earth by giving my life... To Hayata then.
      Zoffy: You don't care if you die?
      Ultraman: No, I don't. I've already lived for 20,000 years. Earthling's lives are very short. And Hayata is still very young. I don't want him to be a victim.