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  • Awesome Music
    • Wandabada wandabada.... That's just the last part of the tune (M.A.T. Theme). Part I sounds suspenseful, Part II is slow, like a 007 leitmotif by John Barry, Part III sounds like a Western tune by Ennio Morricone (no wailing vocal, though!), then on to the (much faster) Wandaba part. Is Tohru Fuyuki a genius or what?
    • Episode 34 has this gem.
    • "The Ultraman who Rises at Twilight", an instrumental version of which was the Theme Music Power-Up.
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    • The awesome, but ultimately unused opening theme, "Fight, Ultraman!".
  • Complete Monster: Alien Nackle ("Assassin Alien") is a sadistic and brutal alien invader. Learning of Jack's human host, Nackle would gleefully have his best friend Ken Sakata run down by a car while Aki, his sister and Goh's girlfriend, is Forced to Watch. Aki herself is then murdered by being dragged behind the same car, all in an attempt to emotionally break Goh. Releasing his monster Black King, Nackle would have the monster restrain Jack while the alien spends several minutes brutally beating the hero unconscious, before parading his battered body around Japan, then back to his home planet to be executed. Nackle then has MAT brainwashed and forced to capture one another, before trying to have them execute Goh when he escapes back to Earth. When finally mortally wounded, Nackle dies laughing in Jack's face that his final weapon will take all of Japan with him. Despite his defeat, his near victory would loom over Earth for the rest of the series by inspiring many other aliens to try their hand.
  • Designated Villain: The series is somewhat infamous for having a bunch of monsters basically doing nothing out in the middle of nowhere far from humans but MAT deciding they need to die anyway.
    • Gorbagos was doing basically nothing in a valley minding its own business but MAT decides to go kill it.
    • Ghostron similarly was just minding its own business it's only became a threat because MAT accidentally put a timed bomb into it tail.
    • Zagoras just wanted to go home, his method for leaving Earth was to transform a bit of land where humans were living into a meteorite but Jack could have easily just given him a lift.
    • When MAT finds Kupukupu their instinct is to immediately blow it up because it's from space. It comes back as a giant monster but it's understandable why it's pissed.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Oka. See below.
    • Among the monsters, we have Gudon, Twin Tail, Bemstar, Alien Nackle, and Black King. To a lesser extent, Muruchi, as his episode is considered one of the all-time best of the Ultra Series.
  • Fair for Its Day: Even though the show kept her in the background, M.A.T. Team Member Oka was one of the toughest teammates in any Ultra show of the era. How tough? She singlehandedly fought off her Brainwashed and Crazy male counterparts not once but twice in the same episode.
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  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Not funny but upbeat to begin with, the Theme Music Power-Up's name becomes sad in retrospect considering Ultraman Jack's defeat (and near death) at the hands of Black King and Alien Knackle happened at twilight.
  • Growing the Beard: While the show started off pretty good it had poor ratings early on in its life. Some found its attempts at drama to be boring to kids, the early monster having uninspired designs, and the show’s effects lacking. The production took these criticisms to heart by ramping up the spectacle like with the Seagorath two-parter with its amazing weather effects. The episode Ultraseven Arrives! with its introduction of the classic monster, Bemstar and the Ultra bracelet is when the show completely won over its audiences.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Bemstar swallowing a space station wasn't scary enough back then, until it was retread with Silver Bloome 3 years later, who did the same to the show's entire attack team as a Darker and Edgier entry for the Ultra Series.
    • Here's some Fridge Horror. Whoever decided to stand up the main MAC base in a space station (as opposed to establishing a detachment or small outpost there) DID know that at least one space station had been destroyed by aliens for each of the previous three teams (MAT, TAC, and ZAT). MAT lost two: one to Bemstar, and another to the Nackle aliens. TPC (the higher-ups for these teams) knew the danger inherent in space stations as military bases and yet did nothing to protect their soldiers or come up with alternative plans (i.e subterranean bases like the Ultra Garrison had back in the day). Dan Moroboshi certainly knew the risks; he must have witnessed or have heard first-hand accounts of these alien attacks.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Episode 23 features Vacuumon, an infinitely large cloud monster that eats planets. This sounds kinda familiar.
  • Iron Woobie: Hideki Goh
  • Magnificent Bastard: While not combat efficient like his father Alien Baltan Jr. is surprisingly intelligent. He sets up his base at a construction site, tries to bait Jiro to investigate the building, (It’s his friend who does instead but has the same effect), and kidnaps said friend to lure MAT to investigate. When they do, he traps them in the robot he secretly created around the building, having them as hostages so Jack can’t fight it. The only reason his plan fails is that before the friend was kidnapped, he told the construction crew that a wall in the building was different to the blueprints which caused them rebuilt that wall, having it be made of weaker material which gave them an opening to escape.
  • Narm: The monster Detton's roar isn't exactly intimidating as it sounds like loud snoring.
    • Zetton's revival in the finale is supposed to be an Oh, Crap! and an utterly horrifying moment but the Zetton suits is noticeably worse than his first appearance with its floppy horns and fat appearance making it look like a bunny rabbit.
  • Narm Charm: The English dub of the first four episodes is either this or utterly unlistenable.
  • Seasonal Rot/ Tough Act to Follow: Many fans feel that the series should have ended with the Alien Nackle/Black King two-parter (considered to be among the best episodes of the Ultra Series), as the remaining episodes had lackluster writing and special effects, as well as excessive alien invader storylines.
  • "Seinfeld" Is Unfunny:
    • It’s hard to overstate how much this series not only changed the Toku genre but Japanese fiction in general. With it’s blending of sci-fi/fantasy elements and more down to earth drama and it’s attempt to reflect the real world. The main character, Hideki Goh himself was quite influential with this Hot-Blooded, Everyman personality inspiring many other Japanese heroes. A Westerner watching this show almost 50 years later would probably see it as a regular tokusatsu show.
    • Aki and Ken's death in the Nackle two-parter was seen as extremely shocking back then, that a superhero tokusatsu show would actually kill off significant characters including the love interest in a genre that usually stayed hard in the status quo. but now this happens so often to the point of being criticized as a way to get cheap drama.
  • Signature Scene: Ultraman Jack vs Bemstar
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: The opening theme is essentially Koichi Sugiyama's(yes, that Koichi Sugiyama) version of the original Ultraman theme song.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: The main problem with the Terochilus two-parter. The plot involves Goh trying to clear the name of a character named Saburo Matsumoto, who was thought to be responsible for killing a bunch of people on a yacht. The problem is while the real culprit was the monster Terochilus, Saburo was planning blowing up the yacht anyway because his childhood friend decided to marry someone else besides him and still shows joy when he thinks his ex is dead. The only reason he didn't blow the yaht up was because Terochilus did it first. He comes across as Asshole Victim than anything else
  • Values Resonance: The episode Poison Gas Monster Appears! Involves a monster named Mogunezun consuming copious amounts of mustard gas canisters that were dumped illegally by the Imperial Japan military. Kishida, who takes great pride in his family discovers that his father was involved in the experimentation of the mustard gas which shakes him to his very core and eventually becomes obsessed with making up for his family's past by taking out the monster. Considering Japan still has trouble acknowledging the sins there country did in World War II the episode still quite relevant.
  • What an Idiot!: Why, oh why, no matter how dire the situation, did you fly into the sun, Ultraman? Who do you think you are, Ultra Seven? Go back to Earth, indeed!
    • However one could argue that Jack was simply trying to absorb more energy from the sun since that is how Ultras stay alive.
      • Fine, except Seven (who, by the way, is the only Ultra who successfully did just that — Episode 25 of Ultraseven) doesn't even have to share a human body with anybody else; Dan IS Seven in human form, and even he had to deal with extreme cold, a missing Ultra Eye, and energy spent just transforming and flying off. Plus, Jack couldn't even let himself be visible until he "possessed" Goh (check out Episode 1), and you have a severely weakened Jack in a polluted Earth with an enemy that wore him out desperately trying to do something a peer of his with no such problems barely managed to do, and you have a recipe for disaster.
      • It should be noted that Ultra Seven can last longer in Earth's atmosphere than virtually other Ultras in the franchise save for Gaia and Nexus, so naturally it would make sense for him to store more energy in his body. Ultras have required to possess humans to stay on Earth safely, Jack really isn't that different. Not to mention Jack is the only Ultra in the franchise to actually survive being torn to shreds (while being frozen no less).
  • The Woobie: Jiro Sakata. Poor kid...


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