YMMV: Ultraman Leo

  • Angst? What Angst?: Tohru seems to take all the tragedy in his life in stride. Look at how calmly he buries Leo after Bunyo and Commander Black tortured and killed him.
  • Audience-Alienating Premise: The show is a Deconstruction of most Toku tropes, back before deconstruction became widespread in Japanese media. This show was so much Darker and Edgier than expected that it may have led to the lowest ratings so far in the franchise (single digits). Also, Gen's Training from Hell got old quick. It may also account for the slight Re Tool after Episode 13, when Leo began using more energy-based attacks, as opposed to his Bare-Fisted Monk exploits early on.
  • Base Breaker: Dan. Is he a stern teacher that's just frustrated with Gen's hotheadedness and only wants to help him become a true hero, or is he an abusive bully who torments Gen for things that are out of his control?
    • Another side of this is that Dan may be more frustrated with his current situation: He's powerless to stop possibly one of the most aggressive waves of kaijuu ever, his men are constantly outgunned and being killed off left and right, and the only thing he has for backup is a hot-headed rookie. Of course he's going to project this on Gen as (sometimes) unreasonable expectations.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: Episode 12, which told a story of a brave but reckless man who joined MAC off the street, had only three characters if you count the kaijuu (MAC and the rest of the cast show up at the end), and ended with the man leaving MAC for parts unknown. It was all the more startling because it was Played for Laughs.
    • Episode 29 came out of the blue, has nothing to do with future episodes, and it brought no closure for Dan. It was just a case of Mistaken Identity.
  • Complete Monster: Commander Black wants to take over the Earth, and he'll do whatever it takes to do so. He actually kills off the entire MAC group except Leo in his first appearence! He manages to top himself later by slicing Leo into pieces alive (Ultraman King revived him but still!) and using a little kid to force Leo to let his final monster beat him down. Needless to say, when he gets beaten to death by the kids Gen trained to defend themselves, its well deserved.
    • Bunyo would put humans in jeopardy to ensure Leo's capture.
    • Tsuruk was just ruthless and violent.
  • Crazy Awesome: That MAC team member from Episode 12, the one who looked like a homeless man. He was very lucky...
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: Both theme songs, Gen's training music from Ep. 7 (involves his True Companions throwing boomerangs at him), and the Theme Music Power-Up from Ep. 1 as Leo swooped down to save Seven (reprised in Ep. 22, during Astra's first scene).
  • The Determinator / Iron Woobie: Gen, complete with optimism and a big smile...
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Ultraman King, Astra, and Tohru.
  • Hell Is That Noise: Leo's Color Timer when he fought Black End and was losing, before the Zerg Rush saved the day.
  • It Was His Sled: Most people watching the show for the first time know that Seven is disabled and MAC is annihilated.
  • Jerk Sue: Dan.
  • Memetic Mutation: Reoooo! Taichouuuu!
  • Narm: Episode 26, featuring a prankster alien (looking a lot like a mutated, evil Teletubby) and a shrunken Leo escaping the alien's clutches and looking for Dan. It got better.
    • A Killer Doll that freezes its victims with its breath might have been scary had there not been footage of it flying.
  • Nightmare Face: Alien Pressure.
  • The Scrappy: To many people, Dan. His abusive treatment of Gen, hypocritical nature, lack of empathy, and punishing Gen for things that are out of his control make him a truly detestable character.
  • Special Effects Failure: More so in this show, due to the 70s oil crisis. That, and budget/schedule overruns in Ultraman Taro. For example, Seven's costume in Episode 1 had no ears.
  • Squick:
    • Commander Black's messy demise
    • Bunyo has a human form, a "humanoid" form with green skin, a small alien form, and a kaijuu form. As soon as he transforms from his human form, he tracks slime everywhere.
    • Speaking of slime, Silver Bloom.
  • Villain Decay: From the destruction of both planet L77 and Tokyo to the courting of "the most beautiful monster in the universe", Alien Magma lost his edge between Episode 2 and 30.
  • Vindicated by History: Poor ratings, but a lot of adult fans like seeing an Ultra show this dark for once.
    • Vindicated By Video On Demand: Became the third Ultraman series released on Crunchyroll after the more recent shows Max and Mebius. Leo made a reappearance in the latter.
  • The Woobie: Poor Gen Ootori. All he wanted was justice for his home planet and to live peacefully on Earth thereafter...
    • Tohru, who loses his father in gruesome fashion and then his Nakama, too.
    • Leo ends up as an Iron Woobie by the time he gives Mebius a hand.