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Shinjiro Hayata / Ultraman II
The protagonist and new Ultraman.
- All-Loving Hero: Shinjiro cares for the well being of the innocent and even when he must fight his enemies, he still shows empathy for them. Just don't push him to the brink of anger. See Berserk Button below.
- Berserk Button: Never hurt an innocent or anyone close in front of Shinjiro or he will go into a rage-filled state. Bemular learned this the hard way.
- Blade Below the Shoulder: As Ultraman, Shinjiro uses the Specium Blades, a pair of energy blades underneath his forearms to use slashing attacks or to deflect projectiles such as lasers.
- Classical Anti-Hero: Shinjiro wants to help people, human or alien, but is often plagued by doubts over his performance as Ultraman and whether or not he's doing the right thing.
- Deadly Disc: The Specium Slash are a pair of energy rings that can be used in hand or thrown to slash through things, similar to the classic Ultraman's special attack Ultra Slash.
- Does Not Know His Own Strength: Shinjiro's attempts to stop a bully from harassing Rena Sayama end up with the bully's leg being broken unintentionally since the bully tried to kick Shinjiro, only for Shinjiro to catch his leg and accidentally crushed it, sending the bully to the hospital and in a cast afterwards.
- Flying Brick: Was born with Super Strength, Super Toughness and later develops Flight
- Good Feels Good: After saving a civilian from a fuel tanker car accident during his trial run as Ultraman, he starts to accept and enjoy the feeling of being the new Ultraman, saving and protecting the people in need. After all, his father, the original Ultraman, was his inspiration to becoming a hero.
- Heart Light: The Color Timer, a traditional piece that applies to many Ultramen. Shinjiro wears this on his suit and it can indicate when the suit's Specium energy levels are running low and glows when his limiters are released.
- Martial Pacifist: As Ultraman, he tries to reason with his enemies rather than jumping straight into battle. Moroboshi scolds at him for this.
- Nice Guy: Shinjiro is a genuinely friendly guy since childhood who stands up to protect the innocent and to fight for what's right.
- Power Source: Shinjiro uses Specium, a natural energy source from his body's Ultraman Factor, as the power source to activate the Ultraman suit.
- Powered Armor: Unlike his father's Ultraman form, Shinjiro's Ultraman suit is an advanced suit of powered armor developed by the SSSP and designed to tap into his Ultraman Factor.
- Saying Too Much: He almost lets slip to Rena that he's Ultraman, twice, barely catching himself the first time and doing a poor job of trying to deny it. The second time, he catches sight of Moroboshi shooting him a Death Glare and quickly clams up. However, Rena becomes suspicious and figures it out when he says he's going to call Ultraman but forgets his phone.
- Superpowerful Genetics: Shinjiro inherited his father's abilities.
- Super Mode: When Shinjiro releases the limiters in his Ultraman suit, he is able to use the powers of his Ultraman Factor to its fullest extent, allowing him to reach incredible speeds and gain greater strength, also enhancing his special moves. It even gives him a Power-up Full Color Change, making his Ultraman suit give a red glowing effect.
- Wave Motion Gun: Shinjiro's Ultra Beam is called the Spectrum Ray, a laser blast of energy that is activated from his forearms.
Shin Hayata / Ultraman I
The "original" Ultraman and Shinjiro's father.
- Adult Fear: He freaked out when he saw Shinjiro get into an accident and still was physically okay thanks to the Ultraman genes he has.
- Amnesiac Hero: After Ultraman left him, he forgot everything about his time as the Giant of Light's host up until Shinjiro and Ide jogged his memories.
- Asskicking Equals Authority: Known to be the Japanese Defense Minister and a major figure in the SSSP.
- Badass Grandpa: 60 years old and still kicking ass.
- Composite Character: His second Ultraman suit has a chestplate design not unlike Ultraman Zoffy's.
- Dented Iron: Shin's still a badass, but his powers have weakened due to his age.
- Experienced Protagonist: Known as the first Ultraman in his younger days with the SSSP.
- Living Legend: His younger days as Ultraman have earned him fame and many of the people still recognize him as a hero in the present day.
- Papa Wolf: He will destroy anyone who threatens his son.
- Powered Armor: He intervenes in Bemular's attempt to kill his son wearing a black suit of powered armor that gives him a slight resemblance to an Ultra, but isn't quite enough to let him beat an actual Giant of Light.
- Powers via Possession: Shin was the host of the original Ultraman, and still has superhuman strength and durability from his time as the alien's host, which he then passed on to Shinjiro.
- Size Shifter: In his younger days as Ultraman and as the alien's host, Shin was able to change his size to a larger stature to fight the giant monsters who attacked the city.
Dan Moroboshi / Seven
A high ranking SSSP agent as well as Shinjiro's handler.
- Anti-Hero: Moroboshi is one of the good guys, but also very cynical in his job as Ultraseven.
- Badass Normal: Unlike the other Ultras, Dan doesn't have any innate superpowers and must rely on Powered Armor in combat.
- Clean Cut: Moroboshi's experience with the sword allows him to cut through his opponents with ease.
- Death Glare: Moroboshi constantly sports a stern scowl, but when he catches Shinjiro almost letting slip to Rena that he's Ultraman his glare is so intense that Shinjiro interprets it as a furious rant and is intimidated into clamming up.
- Flash Step: His Ultraseven suit is fast enough to zoom past opponents and use a swift single slash from his sword to disarm his opponents in battle.
- Good Is Not Soft: Sure, he's one of the Ultramen and he fights to protect the Earth, but that doesn't mean he'll show mercy to the enemies that threaten the planet and its inhabitants. While he has good intentions, he's very blunt and strict towards Shinjiro as a newcomer to the SSSP organization.
- Heroes Prefer Swords: Dan's weapon of choice is a specium-powered katana.
- Human Aliens: It's later revealed that Dan is an alien and that his species just happens to look like humans.
- Jerkass: Reflecting Seven's personality in Ultraman Leo and the darkness of his own home series...
- Literal-Minded: When Seiji calls him and Shinjiro his "brothers", he assumes Seiji is indeed Shinjiro's sibling only to then believe he's his when Shinjiro denies it.
- Master Swordsman: His skill with Japanese swordsmanship is such that he can win a Single-Stroke Battle with a superhumanly-strong alien mercenary, without the alien even realizing he was mortally wounded.
- Smart People Wear Glasses: He wears a pair of glasses and is shown to possess a high level of intelligence and leadership.
- The Stoic: He's very serious about his job and doesn't show much emotion. Becomes Not So Stoic when someone or something angers him.
- Sword Beam: His specium katana is able to produce beams from the blade with a single slash.
Seiji Hokuto / Ace
A young man who wants to join forces with the other Ultraman.
Voiced by: Megumi Han (Japanese); Gunnar Sizemore (English)
- Ambiguously Bi: He's had feelings for an alien girl named Yuko since childhood, but his conversations with Shinjiro border on flirtation.
- An Arm and a Leg: Seiji is actually an amputee, his arms being prosthetics that constantly get damaged.
- Anti-Hero: Seiji is a mostly decent kid and sides with the heroes, but he isn't afraid to use shadier methods such as blackmail and petty theft in order to support his operation.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Normally he's friendly in a way, but he's not above giving evil-doers and villains a pummeling and taking their money as his income.
- "Blackmail" Is Such an Ugly Word: Funds his operations by extorting criminals.
- Curtains Match the Window: His golden eye color matches with his blonde hair.
- Cyborg: All of Seiji's limbs were amputated and replaced with prosthetics derived from the Ultra suits.
- Decomposite Character: In that Ultraman Ace is just Seiji, not a fusion of him and Yuko Minami.
- Face of an Angel, Mind of a Demon: Don't let his innocent looks fool you. He can get serious when he wants to. Even he's aware of the fact that others view him as weak due to his physical appearance, which he uses to hide his true nature and trick his opponents when he's not in his Ultraman suit.
- Jump Jet Pack: Seiji's Ultraman Ace suit is equipped with thrusters in his back that allow him to jump high, but can't keep him flying in the air for too long.
- Laser Blade: Wields Specium Blades like Shinjiro, but Seiji's blades form together to create a long inward blade for slashing through enemies that dare to charge at him.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: The shortest of the Ultramen and is able to handle many fights all on his own.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Against those responsible for the death of his family.
- Sword Beam: He can fire crescent-shaped green energy blades from his Specium Blades.
- Vigilante Man: Administers rough justice on criminals, be they human or alien. And takes their money if they're loaded.
- Ambiguously Human: It's not clear if he's a Human Alien or not, just that he appears normal but has enough strength to punch out an alien twice as big as him in a fight.
- The Big Guy: He's unnaturally strong, and it's taken further by his own Ultraman suit which is built like a tank.
- Double Reverse Quadruple Agent: His moral ambiguity is highlighted when he sends a vengeful giant alien after Shinjiro in order to force him to fight, and the final episode implies he's working for the Star Cluster Alliance when he abducts Yapool and takes out the SSSP agents guarding him.
Kotaro "Taro" Higashi
A photographer who unexpectedly acquires superpowers and decides to be New York's Ultraman.
- Beta Outfit: His first costume was a spandex throwback to Ultraman Taro's original appearance. After Dave's death, he abandons the superhero identity and is now normally a nude human engulfed in fire with two fans of flames on his head being nods to Taro's iconic horns.
- Break the Cutie: He was an optimistic photojournalist who was thrilled to be gifted superpowers so he can properly dish out justice. Eventually, his best friend ends up being killed due to his activities as New York's Ultraman and he becomes much more vengeful and cynical as a result.
- Camera Fiend: His initial attempts to dish out justice was as a photojournalist.
- Playing with Fire: His primary ability is to engulf himself in flames.
- That Man Is Dead: Following Dave's death, Kotaro now refers to himself as "Taro."
Voiced by: Ken Uo (Japanese); Brian Palermo (English)The friend of Shin Hayato and Shinjiro. He, along with Shin Hayato, is one of the original members of the SSSP team and is the technician of the current organization.
- Cool Old Guy: Ide's an outgoing and friendly man, as well as an uncle figure towards Shinjiro.
- Mission Control: He assists the Ultramen by mapping out their missions and analyzing their suits status and limiters.
- Living Legend: One of the original members of the SSSP, but not known as well as his friend Shin.
- Nice Guy: He's overall a pretty friendly guy.
Voiced by: Shigeru Ushiyama (Japanese); D.C. Douglas (English)A surviving member of the Zetton alien race, and a liaison for the Universe Alliance Council.
- Ambiguously Evil: It's revealed that the Star Cluster Alliance Council were behind the plane explosion, framing Bemular, and it's implied that Edo was secretly one of the masterminds given that Yapool panics upon seeing him and flees to the SSSP.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: He's dressed in a three-piece suit when Shinjiro first meets him.
- Cyclops: Like other Zetton aliens, he only has one eye.
- The Unmasqued World: His agenda includes the exposure of aliens living amongst humans.
- Vocal Dissonance: His voice alternates between being deep and very deep.
Voiced by: Kaiji Soze (Japanese); Matthew Mercer (English)An enigmatic Giant of Light who serves as the series' first antagonist.
- Absurdly Sharp Claws: His gauntlets are tipped with claws sharp enough to rip through advanced combat armor, and he puts them to good use in combat.
- Combat Pragmatist: He doesn't hesitate to use surprise attacks or slash at opponents with his armor's claws and bladed protrusions.
- Evil Sounds Deep: His voice has a deep, metallic tinge.
- Fallen Hero: He is introduced destroying a plane, then twelve years later attempts to kill Shinjiro. He is later revealed to be the alien half of the original Ultraman. This becomes a subversion when it's revealed he was trying to save the plane.
- Good All Along: He didn't actually destroy the plane, he was trying to save it.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: A bright blue, which foreshadows the revelation that he's not actually evil.
- Hand Blast: He can fire beams and blades of energy from his hands, trying to kill Shinjiro with an enormous star-like energy ball.
- Healing Factor: He regenerated one of his arms after getting it blown off by Ultraman.
- Kame Hame Hadoken: As a Giant of Light, he can fire a Specium Beam even more powerful than Shinjiro's, capable of annihilating the Universe Alliance Council's missile and orbital ship in one shot.
- Just Toying with Them: Shin mentions that Bemular was holding back significantly during their fight, and could have easily killed him and Shinjiro at any time.
- Major Injury Underreaction: His response to getting an arm blasted off by Shinjiro's Specium Beam is to glance at it and ask if that's the best he can do.
- Rogue Agent: Formerly working for the Star Cluster Alliance, he has now gone rogue. However, it is implied that this is only because the Alliance Council has become corrupt.
- Starter Villain: He outright calls himself "the first enemy". He is really more of a Sink-or-Swim Mentor.
Voiced by: Xander Mobus (English)A miniaturized Baltan feeding off Tokyo's human population, Adacic is the second alien opponent Shinjiro faces as Ultraman.
- Arc Villain: Of the third and fourth episodes.
- Ax-Crazy: Brutally kills people with childish glee.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: The fight between Shinjiro and Adacic evokes a Wake-Up Call Boss fight in an RPG, with the protagonist's allies deciding This Is Something He's Got to Do Himself, the villain No Selling attacks that had worked well prior to that point, and finally, Mission Control prompting the protagonist to Level Up.
- Faux Affably Evil: Is able to pass as a normal human between feeding frenzies.
- The Illegal: His species has been banned from Earth, so he snuck in illegally.
- Impersonating an Officer: Disguises himself as a human security guard.
- Meaningful Name: Adacic is "Cicada" spelled backwards.
- Me's a Crowd: Pulls this when he decides to get dangerous.
- To Serve Man: Feeds on humans. It's implied he could easily buy the nutrients he needs in the alien city, and that he hunts humans For the Evulz.
- No True Scotsman: He was hoping that the Ultraman that would come after him would be Ultra Seven or maybe even the original. He could tell from Shinjiro's inexperience that he's neither and expresses some disappointment that he's not facing the "real" Ultraman.
- Villainous Breakdown: Throws a childish tantrum once his defeat is imminent.
Voiced by: Michael Yurchak (English)An Igaru who fled to the alien city on Earth after his homeworld was destroyed, Pigmon has an unhealthy obsession with Rena Sayama, and is connected to a series of murders that the SSSP is investigating.
- Alas, Poor Villain: All he wanted was to enjoy Rena's work as an idol. He even did his best to protect Rena when Adad seemingly threatens Rena on the stage.
- Arc Villain: For episodes 5-8 of the anime.
- Big Bad Wannabe: His real crime was just a poor choice of friends. And he's easily dispatched by the True Final Boss of his arc before he can fight an Ultraman.
- Early-Bird Cameo: First appears in the third episode's "Aliens Among Us" montage that also introduces Adacic.
- Hikikomori: Spends most of his time in a dingy apartment glued to a computer screen.
- In the Hood: Wears a hoodie that conceals his upper set of eyes enough to pass as human.
- Last of His Kind: Is believed to be the last surviving member of his species.
- Loony Fan: Of Rena.
- The Unfought: Adad kills him before he has a chance to fight Ultraman.
- You Can't Go Home Again: In his case, because his homeworld was destroyed.
A kaiju who frequently participates in the alien city's underground fight clubs, Black King is related to a previous kaiju who fell in battle to the original Ultraman, and becomes Shinjiro's third alien opponent as Ultrman.
- Avenging the Villain: One of his older relatives fell in battle against the original Ultraman, and he's harboring a serious grudge.
- The Brute: Crude, violent, and not very smart.
- Canon Foreigner: He's unique to the anime, essentially filling the role Red served in the manga.
- Continuity Nod: Implied to be the son or younger brother of the original Black King.
- Does Not Like Shoes: Like all aliens, he is supposed to disguise himself as a human while in public, but he doesn't like to wear his transformer apparatus and rarely bothers with it.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: The general implication is that his role in the alien city is "drunken violent troublemaker."
- Kaiju: A relatively man sized one, standing at a still towering 12 feet.
- Mythology Gag: In the original toku, his opponent was Ultraman Jack. In the anime, he is introduced battling Jack at the alien fight club.
- Off with His Head!: Is decapitated by Shinjiro's Specium blade.
- Spikes of Villainy: Has numerous sharp, bony protrusions.
- The Voiceless: Is never seen speaking, communicating only in roars and grunts.
- Wrestler in All of Us: His fighting style involves a lot of grapples and throws that take full advantage of his size.
- Ambiguously Evil: Introduced taking hostages at one of Rena's concerts, threatening to kill her, and battling Ultraman... but this turns out to be just an elaborate undercover operation. After this, he settles into John le Carré levels of moral ambiguity.
- Cowboy Cop: Has this sort of reputation in the Alliance, since he sometimes behaves with no concern for his mission or his orders. He's also something of a de facto Sheriff for the alien city, he prefers to deal with it's criminals quietly and pragmatically and sees breaking the laws of Earth or the Alliance as a small price to pay for keeping the peace between humans and aliens.
- Double Reverse Quadruple Agent: Is working for the Star Cluster Alliance, which is implied to be corrupt, but also appears to be working against it on some level as he continues to support Bemular after he goes rogue.
- Jabba Table Manners: From a human perspective (Jack seems to think so), but this is probably how his species normally eats.
- Knife Nut: Highly skilled with a knife, good enough that he can counter Ultra Seven's katana with it.
- Really 700 Years Old: He's 271 standard years at the time of his first appearance.
Voiced by: Mick Wingert (English)An illegal extraterrestrial immigrant and fugitive from the Star Cluster Alliance who works as a mechanic in the alien city.
- Adaptational Heroism: His namesake was actually the Big Bad of Ultraman Ace. Here, he's a major supporting character and an ally to Seiji who he also sees as a surrogate son.
- Gadgeteer Genius: He built Seiji's prosthetic limbs, and managed to reverse engineer the SSSP Ultraman Armor for him to use.
- Like a Son to Me: He looks after Seiji and expresses consternation regarding the human youth's vengeful streak. Seiji doesn't reciprocate or appreciate the sentiment, however.
- Oh, Crap!: When he sees Edo approaching him, he panics and flees to the SSSP.
Voiced by: Hiroaki Hirata (Japanese); Ray Chase (English)The captain of an elite mercenary hit squad.
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Though he can back it up most of the time.
- Ax-Crazy: When Moroboshi tells him that he is not as professional as a mercenary should be, his response amounts to At Least I Admit It.
- But for Me, It Was Tuesday: The airplane bombing was just another day at the office for him.
- Final Boss: Of Season 1.
- Flash Step: His charge/dash attack is so fast it appears to human eyes as if he is teleporting.
- Hate Sink: A cruel, petty Smug Snake who spends most of his screentime cycling between "douchebag" and "sadistic monster."
- Kick the Dog: After incapacitating all three Ultramen, Ace Killer beats, shoots, and trolls them for his own amusement.
- Made of Iron: Has a Healing Factor that enables him to regenerate from lethal injuries, and even resurrect him as long as his head is attached to his body.
- No Body Left Behind: Shinjiro completely vaporizes him with a supercharged Specium Beam.
- Powered Armor: He wears a suit of armor that strongly resembles the Ultra Suits, but is even more powerful.
- Psycho for Hire: Moroboshi backhandedly calls him one, and Ace Killer takes it as a compliment.
- Sword and Gun: Wields a blaster pistol and a bladed weapon that looks like a cross between a sai and a tomahawk.
Voiced by: Sumire Morohoshi (Japanese); Tara Sands (English)An idol singer who has an interest in the current Ultraman and seeks him out.
- Adaptational Jerkass: While her crush on Ultraman is genuine in the manga, it was not only for publicity reasons in the anime but she secretly hates Ultraman since she blames him for the death of her mother while during one of the original Ultraman's battles. She later drops the behavior after he saves her life.
- Dating What Daddy Hates: Her father, a police detective, despises Ultraman - something she's well aware of. However, she has a crush on him in the manga, though in the anime her interest in Ultraman is more an act for publicity purposes and she actually hates Ultraman just as much as her father does... at least until Shinjiro-as-Ultraman risks his life to save her.
- Forgotten First Meeting: She finds Shinjiro so forgettable that she forgets him twice after he saves her from some thugs who accosted her. She's embarrassed when he reminds her who he is for the second time.
- Hidden Depths: Her dad's police skills have rubbed off on her, as she proves to be a skilled-enough amateur detective to figure out that the Ultraman Museum is a front for the SSSP and that Shinjiro is the new Ultraman. She has a long way to go in terms of crafting disguises, however.
- Idol Singer: She's a popular idol singer who Shinjiro has a massive crush on, to the point where he considers telling her that he's Ultraman. Rena Sayama is her stage name, and her real name is Rena Endo, the daughter of a police detective.
- Jerkass Realization: She blamed Ultraman for the death of her mother and refused to see him as a hero. But after being used in Adad's Sadistic Choice against him, she's forced to realize that what Ultraman does is no easy walk in the park.
- Loves My Alter Ego: In the manga Rena has a genuine crush on Ultraman. In the anime, however, she initially holds a grudge against him due to one of the original Ultraman's battles (implied to be the fateful encounter against Zetton) causing the death of her mother. Unlike her father, however, she's able to recognize that her mother's death was a tragic accident, and stops blaming Ultraman for it.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: Her idea of an adequate disguise is nothing but a pair of glasses, and is shocked when Shinjiro immediately recognizes her when she adds a hat. Her manager scolds her for being so thoughtless as to think that would actually work.
- Put On The Bus: In the end of the first season, she leaves for New York to look for work after her disastrous concert tour. She and Shinjiro exchange numbers to keep in touch. This won't be the last we'll see of her though.
- Secret Keeper: She ultimately figures out that Shinjiro is the new Ultraman, but decides to keep it a secret out of recognition that he's trying to be a hero.