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Because of how popular and influential the Ultra Series is, particularly in its homeland of Japan, it has been referenced by many other works.

When an Ultra series is referenced it's usually the original Ultraman or Ultraseven, since they're the most popular and iconic series. In the west, where the franchise is more obscure, the reference will usually be just in the cross-shaped arm pose made when the Ultra heroes fire their rays, or a brief appearance from Ultraman. In Japan, well-known monsters might be seen more, as many are just as popular and recognizable as the heroes. You can also expect to see Godzilla appear too every now and then.


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    Anime and Manga 
  • Chi Chi's helmet in the original Dragon Ball is based on Ultraseven's Eye Slugger and Emerium Beam.
  • Joseph Joestar performs an Ultraman rising transformation pose in one episode of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure.
  • A robot resembling Alien Baltan appears in one episode of the Ranma ½ anime.
  • Endlessly in the Reference Overdosed series Sgt. Frog. Here just a handful:
    • A Zetton parody called Zezeze Tototoso appeared in episode 154. Gan Q from Ultraman Gaia appears in the same episode.
    • A Chupacabra version of Jirass called Capras appeared in another episode. And parodying how Jirass was clearly just Godzilla with a frill, Fuyuki calls out the monster as just being "a chupacabra with a frill" (that then gets ripped off...).
    • The genetically engineered Wettle Kings are parodies of Ultraman.
    • Angol Mois and her two counterparts wear hair clips resembling the emblems of Science Patrol, Ultra Garrison, and MAT.
    • Ultraman Taro's Ultra Badge made a cameo appearance in Dororo Character Special.
    • A Beta Capsule parody called the Flash Spoon appears in episodes 30 and 57. Also counts as a Genius Bonus for Ultraman fans, referencing a scene in episode 34 of the show where Hayata mixes up his Beta Capsule with a spoon when about transform.
    • In episode 57, Keroro retells a spoof of episode 19 of Ultraman with himself as Aboras and Giroro as Banila.
  • Greymon from Digimon is based on Gomora.
  • The intro to Lucky Star features Konata Isumi performing a Specium Ray pose.
  • The entirety of episode 93 of Gintama is a Whole Plot Reference to the original Ultraman.
  • The Crayon Shin-chan movie The Storm Called: The Adult Empire Strikes Back has scenes of the Nohara family (sans Hiroshi) wearing Science Patrol uniforms and a Gomora parody fighting a Hiroshi-headed version of Ultraman.
  • Windam appears as one of the villainous Dark Matter Thieves in One-Punch Man, as seen here.
  • Ultraman Zero, Pigmon, and Alien Metron appear in episode 1 of Wooser No Sono Higurashi
  • Yuki Yuna is a Hero frequently featured the Ultraman rising transformation pose due to the usage of Kaiju in this Magical Girl series.
  • Nephilim Nova from Senki Zesshou Symphogear G is based on Zetton, right down to being the hero's final foe.
  • In one episode of Yo Kai Watch, Kuma dreams of being "Super Kuma Man", a blue parody of Ultraman.
  • An Imagine Spot in Food Wars! sees Hisako Arato as Gamera battling Senzaemon Nakiri as Ultraman King.
  • In Haiyore! Nyarko-san, we have this line from Nyarko while she performs a Specium Ray pose.
    Nyarko: "Let's leave the rest to the Space Guard. A team of elite warriors from the Land of Light."
    • The scene from episode 12 where Mahiro is trapped in crystal, Nyarko says "This is the light!", and the light that revives Mahiro is a reference to the finale of Ultraman Tiga, where Daigo was revived in the same manner to become Tiga again and face Gatanozoa (fitting when you consider that both Nyarko and Gatanozoa are based on HP Lovecraft's works).
  • Hideaki Anno is an Ultra Series fan, so this appears a fair bit in Neon Genesis Evangelion.
  • Moe Anthropomorphisms of King Joe, Eleking, Alien Temperor, Zetton, and Alien Mephilas made their appearance in the 20th episode of Haitai Nanafa.
  • In the third episode of Kill Me Baby, Yasuna Oribe tries to "unlock" her psychic potential with a spoon, later using both to imitate Ultraman's eyes before Sonya punches her in a similar manner of an Ultraman rise.
    • In episode 5, Yasuna pretends to be an assassin and wears an Ultraman mask until Sonya knocks her out.
  • The title character of Akira Toriyama's Jaco the Galactic Patrolman is based on Ultraman. It's also worth noting that Toriyama has admitted to be a huge fan of the Ultraman franchise.
  • Birdy the Mighty is a Whole Plot Reference to Ultraman, featuring an alien who comes to Earth in pursuit of bad guys and accidentally kills an ordinary guy in the process, so she decides to merge with him to continue the mission.
  • Gundam
  • Mantaro Kinniku, the main character for Ultimate Muscle is physically based on Ultraman Taro and Ultraseven.
    • The Ultra Brothers make a cameo in Kinnikuman, where they are too busy vacationing at a hot spring to save the world.
  • The Humongous Mecha anime Patlabor, pays multiple tribute to the Ultra Series, mainly the final episodes of Ultraman and Ultrasevenin the fifteenth episode of The New Files.
  • Ultraman, his foes, and his allies, (as well as Gamera and Godzilla and co.) make many cameos in Urusei Yatsura
  • Nobunagun features an anti-monster organization with uniforms based on those of Science Patrol, as shown here.
  • Grosse Augen from Concrete Revolutio is an expy of Ultraman, but inverts Ultraman's backstory by being revived by a human who merges with him.
  • Ultraman's silhouette can be spotted in the first chapter of My Hero Academia amongst those of many other superheroes, including Superman and Kamen Rider.
    • Yui Kodai is a walking Shout Out to the Ultras. Her hero costume is designed to look like a female version of Ultraman, has Ultraseven's slugger on her head, has a Color Timer, and a color scheme of red and silver.
  • In the Pretty Cure movie All Stars New Stage: Mirai no Tomodachi, some girls at Ayumi's school discuss the Pretty Cures, and one of them performs a "Pretty Cure beam" by placing her hands in a "+"-position like the ones used in Ultras' beam attacks.
  • One Azumanga Daioh strip titled "Osaka-man" had Osaka trying to scare people with an Ultraman mask (without much success).
  • Pokémon
    • Jesse and James imitate Baltan while wearing Corphish claws on their hands during a performance of their motto in the Advanced Generation series episode "A Corphish Out of Water". Like this.
    • One Best Wishes! episode "An Epic Defense Force!" has Ash, Pikachu, and Pignite as Science Patrol-like officers of the Unova Defense Force against a "Mecha-Tyranitar" in a parody of kaiju movies.
  • Yuki Yuna is a Hero: The franchise as a whole as multiple references to the Ultra Series.
    • In the visual novel Yuki Yuna is a Hero A, Inubouzaki Itsuki makes a reference to Ultraman Orb's Fusion Up sequence, saying "Karin! Yuna! I'm borrowing the power of Heroes!". In another chapter, the characters discuss a planned school play in which Togo Mimori's role in the play is "a robot created by the enemies who rampages in the harbor and throws ships around".
    • In the smartphone game Yuki Yuna is a Hero: A Sparkling Bouquet, Doi Tamako says her favourite hero is Ultramen (Urutoramen; lit. Ultra Noodle), who she describes as a "short-period fighter who could only fight while making cup noodles", whose finishing move is the Calcium Ray (implied to add calcium to cup noodles), and has a time limit of "one-two minutes".
  • In episode 7 of Konosuba, Vanir makes a "Murder Ray" pose with his arms at Wiz, mimicking the iconic "L"-shaped Ultraman beam attack posture.
  • In episode 4 of Watashi, Nouryoku wa Heikinchi de tte Itta yo ne!, Mile claims she named her Ultra Freeze spell after a scene from a show clearly based on Ultraman Taro and Taro's battle against Cosmoliquids and Live King (where he froze both monsters to destroy them). See here.
  • In episode 35 of Death Note, Near is seen playing with several Ultraman-like and kaiju figures.
  • In the fourth volume of AKIRA, an Ultraman-like statue can be seen in the middle of the wreckage. See here.
  • At the end of episode 11 of HaruChika, Haruta can be seen wearing a mask that resembles Ultraman.
  • In episode 6 of Attack on Titan: Junior High, when Annie asks Jean to go to the park after school, Jean runs out of the school and does a pose that resembles Ultraman Taro's rise.
  • In episode 5 of My First Girlfriend is a Gal, a fight scene between two of Junichi's mental images of himself parodies Series.Ultraman Orb's fusion power-ups, like this.
  • In chapter 110 of My Monster Secret, Asahi Kuromine imagines Akane Kumoto as Ultraman, Akaranger, and Kamen Rider.
  • In episode 62 of Ranma ½, Ranma and Ryoga are racing against each other in a desert wasteland in order to win a trip to China, and one of the obstacles they encounter is a sand trap with a robot resembling Baltan.
  • Haruhi Suzumiya: During the Endless Eight arc, Yuki Nagato always buys a mask resembling Ultraman at a Bon Festival and can be seen wearing it in multiple scenes.
  • In the prologue of episode 4 of Sasameki Koto, an Ultraman mask is visible on Sumika's desk and discovered by her housekeeper.

    Asian Animation 
  • Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf: In episode 14 of Pleasant Goat Fun Class: Travel Around the World, where the gang goes to Japan, Paddi is seen in a costume of the original Ultraman for a split-second. The costume appears again in the episode's song segment, this time worn by Sparky.



  • In the novel Ready Player One, Wade Watts transforms into Ultraman to fight Nolan Sorrento as Mechagodzilla III/Kiryu. There's even an entire section where they talk about having to enact all 39 episodes of the original series, complete with an explanation of the show for those unfamiliar with it and Wade getting the Beta Capsule as a reward.

    Live-Action TV 

    Video Games 
  • Kirby's Cutter power is based on Ultraseven's Eye Slugger.
  • Pokémon's famous Pokeballs were based on Ultraseven's Capsule Monsters. In fact, the original name of the franchise was going to be Capsule Monsters.
    • Staryu and Starmie are basically a walking Shout Out to the Ultra Series. Let's count them — Staryu's Japanese name is Hitodeman. It has a crystal core which apparently tells its status, like the Ultras' Color Timers. It has a fondness for the night sky, referencing how the Ultras come from space. It learns a lot of beam moves, referencing the iconic but multiple variations of Ultraman beam attacks. Its anime cry is a human-sounding grunt and shout similar to how the Ultra characters never speak outwards, instead only grunting and shouting. And this Pokémon Music short solidifies it (fighting kaiju-inspired Pokémon Nidoking, Rhydon, and Tyranitar even).

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