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  • Alternate Character Interpretation:
    • The Pegassa aliens' lack of response in episode 6 "Dark Zone." Did they not respond to the Ultra Garrison because they couldn't hear the message from Dan? Or they think so low of the humans, that they didn't take Dan's warnings seriously?
    • Was the Pedan pretending to be Dorothy Anderson telling the truth about the Pedans only invading because they mistook a human research rocket as an act of war? Or was it a big lie to earn sympathy from Dan, thus letting him and the Ultra Garrison's guard down. It's also worth noting that the Pedan's were always interested in invading Earth. So if the research rocket story was true, did they use it as an excuse to finally invade or did they think humans were giving the first strike?
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    • Beta capsule reviews puts forth the idea that the aliens Bados may be lying about some of their achievements and how mighty they are, especially since despite how powerful they claim they are they seem to have trouble getting through a human force field, get easily cleaned out by the Space Garrison and their leader's less than impressive fight with Ultraseven. It makes sense when you consider they're trying to scare the scientist into giving them the plans so it would make sense for them to overhyped themselves.
  • Angst? What Angst?: The beginning of Episode 49. At the end of Episode 48, it looked like Dan was dying. Turns out, he was sedated and resting.
  • Anti-Climax Boss: Alien Cool, Android Zero
  • Awesome Music:
    • ULTRA SEVEN, the AWESOME insert theme used in some cases...
    • "Fight! Ultra Seven", also known as "Ultraseven arrives" used as Theme Music Power-Up
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    • Part II of "The World's Greatest Invasion" features this classical number during both Dan's farewell to Anne and Seven's rematch with Reconstructed Pandon.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: Ultraseven's appearance in the first episode is not mentioned by any of the Ultra Garrison but they are already calling him Ultraseven by the second episode despite never discussing the giant alien hero.
    • Ultraseven transforming without the need of his Ultra eyes, Ultraseven turning tiny and being shot out of Furahashi's gun to kill Crazygon, this series has more than a few.
  • Complete Monster: Robot Chief ("Fourth Planet Android"), from "Nightmare on Planet 4", is the sociopathic racist robotic leader of the fourth planet. Long ago he was once part of the robots who were made to do the work on the planet, but when they noticed the inhabitants became lazy, he and the other robots took over the planet and enslaved them, treating them like an object to be disposed of. This happened so much that they needed to get people from another planet as slaves. Choosing Earth, Robot Chief uses remote control to hijack the spacecraft of Dan and Soga and bring them to his world. As he talks to Dan and Soga, he brutally beats his human secretary for making his coffee wrong. As he gives a tour, he shows the filming of the gangster movie where they use real ammunition against the human crew, killing them to make a scene in a movie, and brutally executing those who oppose him. When Dan and Soga escape, Robot Chief takes the assistant and another man who helped them escape to prepare them to be executed and readies his invasion force to attack Earth to collect more slaves.
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  • Dying Moment of Awesome: Aoki from "For Whom is Glory For?" redeemed himself before dying and got a nice sendoff.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Captain Kurata, complete with an awesome theme song for him and Kiriyama.
    • Seven himself in the franchise, to the point where he has countless tributes and even sequels and remakes dedicated only to him. He's practically the poster child of the franchise along with the original Ultraman.
      • By extension, model-turned-actor Kohji Moritsugu. He and Susumu Kurobe are still associated with their respective characters and have appeared in various shows and movies, even reprising their roles. Moritsugu got to be captain of a kaiju-fighting team three times (in Ultraman Leo, the movie Ultraman Zearth II, and the spoof Uchimura Sebun).
    • Eleking among kaiju, according to an informal survey from Tsuburaya Productions. Second place: Windam. Alien Metron has also become immensely popular.
  • Even Better Sequel: As good and as popular as its predecessor is, this show may even be much more popular, even compared to later shows.
  • Fair for Its Day: Anne went out in the field, flew the Ultra Hawk 3 (and one time, Ultra Hawk 1) by herself, and shot aliens often, more often than Fuji used to in her own show.
  • First Installment Wins: The original Ultraman may be superior as well as more popular. Also Compared to Sequel Series Ultraman Leo, the video specials, or Ultraseven X.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Robot Commander's plan to repopulate the Fourth Planet with Earthlings to sustain the machines is similar to what the machines did to humans in The Animatrix.
  • Fridge Horror:
    • The Earth is not in such a good shape after Seven leaves for M-78.
    • A bad case of Whatever Happened to the Mouse? and Paranoia Fuel: Aien Pegassa, who was going to blow up the Earth to avenge his people, vanished after a short firefight, never to be seen again. Hopefully he turned good (maybe Pega from Ultraman Geed is his offspring). If not, he could be plotting and scheming out there...
  • Harsher in Hindsight: The Banned Episodes, as well as the off-screen disasters (i.e. plane crash) caused by unsuspecting smokers in Episode 8.
    • "The Great Ape of Terror" features a human/ape hybrid who's super strong and aggressive, stronger than even Dan. That can be uncomfortable to watch after several incidents of chimps and some monkeys becoming super aggressive and mauling people, including gruesome face injuries.
    • In "Fly to the Mountain of Evil", Dan was temporarily trapped in Alien Wild's camera, after which the UG presumed him dead. Hot-Blooded Soga, who was Dan's closest ally other than Annenote , didn't take it well. His Screams Like a Little Girl crying (complete with a mournful martial dirge playing) looks worse in retrospect after actor Shinsuke Achiha's suicide over his work prospects and health.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
  • Macekre: TNT's editing of the Cinar dub.
  • Moe: Anne, when she's not being Badass.
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • Once the Pedans decided to go back on their promise not to attack Earth and continue their invasion, there was no turning back. Even Dan considered this action as such.
    • The Godolans crossed theirs when they took the crew of the Max for a "space walk".
    • The Guts aliens reached the point of no return when they killed Windam.
    • The Ghos aliens reached theirs when they destroyed all those cities.
  • Narm:
    • An awkward moment from the first Seven vs. King Joe fight where for over 30 straight seconds King Joe is on Seven's chest and Seven keeps struggling to get the robot to stop grabbing his head. It goes on far too long with no cut-aways and was likely meant to be showing how unstoppable King Joe is. It's been getting a little more traction in recent years.
    • Don't look too closely, but Gandar is reminiscent of Gary B. Snail on a bad day.
    • In the Cinar dub, Alien Bado becomes Wayne, Lord of the Universe! He'll turn Earth into Wayne's World!
    • From said dub, the Buffins from Abbadon (actually, Alien Guts)
    • From Episode 46, the alien device used to extract Seven's secrets from Dan's brain is called...The Talk Machine!
    • From later in the same episode, the tug-of-war between Seven and his robot knockoff.
    • Near the end of the penultimate episode Dan angrily throws down the Ultra Eye when he is reminded that he might die if he transforms. Pandon has already surrounded several of his friends with fire but then decides to crush them with a boulder. Torn between his life or his friends Dan decides to risk the ultimate sacrifice. Except instead of stooping down and picking up the Ultra Eye he spreads his arms and face plants onto the eye. Standing up then transforms.
  • Narm Charm: Seven vs Windam. Also, Alien Bado.
  • Older Than They Think:
  • One-Scene Wonder: Seven's boss in the Grand Finale, Dorothy Andersen in "The Ultra Garrison Goes West Part II", Aoki in "Glory for whom?", and Captain Kurata in three episodes, including the Grand Finale.
  • Paranoia Fuel: A truck driven by aliens constantly chased the poor old man whom nobody believed in "Searching for Tomorrow". Luckily, Dan and Kiriyama listened...
  • Retroactive Recognition: Hiroshi Minami (Kurata), who went on to play Captain Amada in Mighty Jack.
  • Signature Scene: Ultraseven is often remembered for his battle against Eleking in a lake, his sunset duel with Alien Metron and the giant smackdown in Kobe's harbour with King Joe.
  • The Scrappy: In-Universe example. Aoki from "For Whom is Glory For?" frustrated the rest of the team with his Glory Seeker personality and refusing to take his job seriously. The reality hits him hard when Alien Plachiku shows up.
  • Squick: The Robot Commissioner's chewing sound in "Nightmare on Planet 4" as stated on Most Annoying Sound.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Impostor!Dan from "Come In Max" could have been a saboteur, a mole, or even storm the UG base. Instead, he quickly blows his cover and tries to kidnap Anne before Seven smacked him in the forehead with his Eye Slugger, forcing him to flee.
  • Uncanny Valley: The featureless aliens in "Searching for Tomorrow" wear masks with blank eyes (think Batman in the comics) and unmovable mouths (like Michael Myers).
    • Seven: A stylized alien design with no nose! Camera angles and Chiaroscuro lighting sometimes made Seven look strange...
  • Unfortunate Character Design: Is nobody going to comment on how Alien Burako looks like a sentient lump of poop with arms and legs?
  • Unintentionally Sympathetic: In the episode "Super Weapon R-1", it's meant to send a Humans Are the Real Monsters message for the Ultra Garrison making a weapon that can destroy planets. However, it's very hard to blame them up to this point and after when 95% of the aliens introduced in the show have always attempted to destroy or invade the Earth.
    • Earthlings in "Dark Zone" did the right thing and averted disaster for themselves at the expense of the Pegassa aliens. They had no other choice.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: Like Dan, we are suppose to feel terrible for the Pegassa aliens when the Ultra Garrison destroyed the Pegassa's space station city to prevent it from crashing into Earth. The problem is that the Pegassa came across as ignorant jerks who not only viewed humans as less intelligent lifeforms, but were perfectly willing to destroy Earth themselves without hesitation to do the same. It's even worse when it's implied that they refused to negotiate with the humans for a 3rd option.
  • Vindicated by History: At the time, Ultraseven was considered a Contested Sequel to Ultraman due to its focus on the science-fiction elements rather than monster-stomping superhero action. It also didn't help around this time the Kaiju boom was dissipating with people becoming less interested in the genre. However the show gain traction with reruns that played with Return of Ultraman, and now Ultraseven is considered one of the all time classics, and is as iconic as the original series itself.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: Seven's transformation, several kaiju costumes (like Alien Guts and Eleking) and miniature scenery could have easily gone toe-to-toe with many of the feature-film releases at the time.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: This was a very mature, serious, and violent show, especially for the time.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: Seven vs. Alien Perolinga (who was actually designed to look like something out of an acid trip; hey, it was the 60s).

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