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Ultraman Ace
He's the ace of outer space!

Ultraman Ace is tokusatsu show that aired from 1972 to 1973. It is the fifth installment in the Ultra Series.

Yapool, an interdemensional creature, seeks to take over the Earth with Choujuu, his monster experiments. Ultraman Ace goes to combat him not in one, but two guises: TAC officers Seiji Hokuto and Yuhko Minami. Together, Seiji and Yuhko (and later just Seiji) must combat Yapool's forces for the peace of the Earth.


Ultraman Ace provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Action Girl: Yuhko
  • Action Dad: Father of Ultra, who adopted Ace into his family when Ace was orphaned as an infant.
  • A Day In The Lime Light: Ushimado is the lead in episode 16 when he returns to his hometown during vacation.
  • All Your Powers Combined: Ace Killer absorbed the powers of all the crucified Ultras in episodes 13 and 14 to defeat Ace. It didn't work.
  • Badass Bystander: Hokuto and Minami started out as this, before they became Ace's hosts. Ace selected them after he watched their valiant efforts to save people from Velokron.
  • Badass Santa: Father of Ultra, and especially when he uses his disguise.
  • Bait-and-Switch Credits: Where Bemstar and Pigmon show up, but not Ace.
  • Baleful Polymorph: Takai, who desecrated the tomb of Okayama's bovine god, was turned into Cowra, a cow Choujuu.
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  • Bat Signal: The Ultra Sign, which is different for each Ultra Hero, allows Ace to call for help.
  • Bloodier and Gorier: This series is much gorier than the previous shows.
  • By the Power of Grayskull!: Or rather, "Ring Touch", "Ultra Touch", or something similar.
  • Big Bad: Yapool
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Alien Simon
  • The Bus Came Back: The Christmas episode, with two returning Ace characters. Rumiko, Jiro, and Goh from Return of Ultraman in Episode 10. Minami in the last episode.
  • Cassandra Truth:
    • Pursue the Mystery of the Transformation Terrible-Monster: After Koyama gets possessed by the choju Brocken, Koyama's son tries telling his friends and the TAC that his father has been used as host to a parasitic monster. It doesn't work for most of the episode until Koyama/Brocken reveals himself at the end of the episode.
    • A Gift From Zoffy had the choju Dreamgillas appearing randomly whenever Yukio is daydreaming had the boy reporting to the TAC of the monster's presence, only for the monster to repeatedly disappear due to existing only in the child's mind. Even Hokuto have difficulties believing the boy, until Zoffy personally intervenes telling Hokuto that Yukio is in fact telling the truth.
    • Revenge of Verokron have this happening to Hokuto himself, where after being lured into having a device implanted into his mind by Yapool, he then hallucinates Verokron from episode 1 returning, which nobody believes until the end of the episode.
  • Cold Snap: Episodes 13 & 14.
  • Commuting on a Bus: Zoffy, Ultraman, Ultra Seven, and Ultraman Jack.
  • Continuity Nod: The five Ultra pledges.
  • Critical Annoyance: The Color Timer, again.
  • Crucified Hero Shot: Episode 13. Even Ace ended up in such a pose after fighting Barrabas to exhaustion.
    • Minami in Episode 25
    • TAC members late in the show.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death:
    • Muruchi having his jaw and leg torn off by Doragory
    • Metron Jr. being sliced in half.
    • Barabas. In an act of stupidity, he fires his sword off at Ace, who catches it, just as he did in his previous fight. However, Ace throws the sword back at Barabas this time, impaling him through the chest. Barabas is still alive, and continues to fight, but then Ace strikes him so hard on the back of the head that his eyes burst out of their sockets, held up only by their optic nerves. The creature then hops about, screaming in pain. Ace then dislocates Barabas' axe-arm and uses it to decapitate him.
    • Utraman Ace paralyzing Unitang and melting him alive.
    • Black Satan gets electrocuted, set on fire, and blown up by Ace's metallium ray.
    • Sabotendar getting his tongue shot off before being cut open and eviscerated.
  • Dare to Be Badass: In Episode 6, when Ace was knocked down by Brocken, an Ultra Sign from M-78 appeared in the sky, which read, "On your feet! Fire! Slice" That was all Ace needed to get his Heroic Second Wind and defeat Brocken.
  • Dimension Lord: Yapool
  • Disney Death: the four Ultra Brothers and Father of Ultra
  • Dramatis Personae: Used in the last episode at the very end for identifying TAC members.
  • Evil Counterpart: Ace Killer
  • Evil Doppelgänger: Hideki Goh is impersonated by an alien in episode 10.
  • Evil Knockoff: Ace Robot, which Ace Killer used for target practice. Not really evil, but still an imitation of the real thing.
  • Eye Scream: Barabas.
  • Foreshadowing
    • Both hosts would suffer the effects of Ace's injuries and energy depletion, Minami more so that Hokuto. Then, she had to leave Earth for good.
    • In Episode 28, Minami sees strange lights on the moon; then Lunatyx appears...
    • In Episode 26, Alien Hipporito leaves behind an Ace action figure, which an angry child throws across the room in disgust, beheading it. Hokuto took it back to TAC HQ. Ace ended up falling in Hipporito's trap, not really losing his head, but still...
    • Minami is big on classical music, especially with Moon in the title, which she even plays in future appearances (Moonlight Sonata).
    • Speaking of which, the sad background music playing throughout Episode 28 is Debussy's Clair De Lune, a piece about the Moon.
  • Four Is Death: How many Ultramen were crucified on planet Golgotha? Four. They happened to be the same ones who came down to rescue Ace from Alien Hipporito only to fall into the same trap as Ace. Subverted when Father of Ultra joined the fray, and ultimately had to Sacrifice himself to resurrect Ace, bringing the number up to five.
  • Fusion Dance: Ultraman Ace's first method of transforming.
  • Gorn:
    • A lot of the kaiju's deaths are pretty gruesome, especially Muruchi's.
    • Aribunta's secretions melting humans down to the bone.
  • Groin Attack: Ace does this in several fights, every now and then driving his foot / knee into a monster's private regions.
  • Henshin Hero: Two-in-one.
  • Human Aliens: Minami, who came from the Moon. Hokuto is a human host.
  • Humanoid Aliens: The Ultra Brothers.
  • Idiot Hero: Hokuto was perhaps the first instance of this in Ultra History... even in Ultraman Mebius he still showed signs of being the hothead of the Ultra hosts.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be : Tends to happen whenever Ace uses the Ultra Guillotine as a Finishing Move.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Barabas. This happens to him twice in the same rematch.
  • Impostor Forgot One Detail: Goh is left handed, loves rice cakes, and knows how to use chopsticks. Yapool should know that.
  • Large Ham: Tessho Genda chews the scenery as YAPOOOOOL!
  • Last Note Nightmare: In some of the cliffhangers.
  • Honor Before Reason: Captain Ryuu's superior officer trying to blow up planet Golgotha with a missile. Ryuu ordered Hokuto to disregard that order. Hokuto took a third option.
  • Made of Phlebotinum: The Specium Missiles wielded by TAC's planes. Because they utilise the elements used by the original Ultraman, they are significantly more powerful than other weapons utilised by the humans.
  • Meaningful Name
    • Hokuto = North Star or Big Dipper, one of the Asterisms used to discern which direction is north.
    • Minami = South, Yuh = Moon.
    • Golgotha was the name of the planet where Ace Killer lured the Ultra Brothers in Episode 13, the same planet where all of them, except Ace, were crucified!
    • Barabas was the name of Ace Killer's kaiju.
    • Lunatyx, from the Latin Luna = Moon
  • Mix-and-Match Critter: Jumbo King, Yapool's last monster, is created from many of his previously destroyed beasts.
  • Mood Whiplash: See Mythology Gag below. This seemingly lighthearted moment leads to a much darker plot concerning that alien.
    • Ace performing Sumo Wrestling poses with King Crab.
    • Ace playing "Toreador" with a kaiju (complete with Bizet playing in the background). Everything was funny until the kaiju knocked him silly.
  • Moon Rabbit / Hair-Raising Hare: Lunatyx
  • Mythology Gag: Sort of. In the last episode Zoffy, Ultraman, and Ultra Seven (actually, three kids in Halloween masks) are attacking an alien. Seven even shoots an Eye Slugger.
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: Alien Simon
  • Off with His Head!: Often
  • Phantom Zone: Yapool's dimension, from whence they release their Choujuu.
  • Put on a Bus: Minami in episode 28, Father of Ultra in episode 27.
  • Recycled Soundtrack: From Ultraseven, with some selections from Return of Ultraman.
  • Retool: After Minami left, Hokuto became the sole human host for Ace, and the show became a bit Darker and Edgier.
  • The Reveal
    • Minami is from the Moon.
    • In the last episode, the seemingly benign Alien Simon turned out to be Yapool, who has created Jumbo King (a kaijuu made up of parts of other kaijuu), and turns children against Hokuto, who then reveals his Secret Identity to everybody.
  • Secret Keeper:
    • For Hokuto and Minami, TAC. Also, the children who were deceived by Alien Simon, for Hokuto.
    • Hokuto and Minami transform and save Jiro at the same time, so it's possible he (and Rumiko) knows.
    • In Episode 2, Captain Ryuu kind of lets it slip that he knows Hokuto is Ace.
  • Shapeshifter Mode Lock: If Ace transforms in front of people who don’t know his identity, he will become trapped forever in his Ultra form. But Hokuto still manages to appear in human form later on.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: Out of uniform and in her true form, Minami.
  • Significant Reference Date: July 7th, the birthday for Hokuto and Minami, was actually Eiji Tsuburaya's birthday. At the end of Episode 14, Konno wonders whether they're siblings or sweethearts.
  • Sir Not-Appearing-in-This-Trailer: Ace in the opening credits, which feature Kaijuu from Return of Ultraman and Ultraman.
    • The kaijuu are an inversion, as they don't appear in this show.
  • Spoiler Title: "Goodbye Minami, Moon's little Sister"
  • Transformation Trinket: The Ultra Rings.
  • Transformation Sequence: Tsuburaya, in a direct attempt to compete with Kamen Rider's transformation sequences, featured Hokuto and Minami doing stunts such as leaping several feet into the air to transform.
  • Up to Eleven: The Choujuu, beefed-up Kaiju created by the Yapool.
  • Wham Episode: Episode 28, when Minami leaves the team.
  • Wonder Twin Powers: How Hokuto and Minami summon Ace, after each of their rings shines. They don't need to be in actual physical contact; just a hand on a video screen will do!
  • Worf Had the Flu: Father of Ultra, Ace's adoptive father, fights Alien Hipporito and, while doing the best out of everyone to fight him, gets beaten down. He then sacrifices himself by tearing out his colour timer (but revives Ace who finishes the job). Father of Ultra had actually been weakened due to a combination of things (depending on the source, he either expended too much energy going to Earth top speed or was tired from training Taro). Later appearances show that he would have otherwise crushed Hipporito without breaking a sweat.


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