Found on almost every Ultra, the Color Timer or Warning Light is an important organ for the Ultras.The Color Timer is a light formation usually on the Ultra's chest. The shapes may vary from the circle to a diamond or triangle. They usually have a silver or gold ring around it. But instead of blue, most evil ultras have a purple, yellow, or black timer. Also some Ultras have their color timer not on their chest but on their forehead such as Ultraseven. For example, the three ultras that comprise the Ultra Force. These are called Beam Lamps and some ultras also possess them as well as conventional color timers like Ultraman Zero who has a color timer and a beam lamp, it behaves as one even though they have a color timer. However it seemed to only behave as such when his life is in danger.
An Ultraman's greatest weakness is their need for solar energy. The earth's atmosphere weakens the Ultraman the longer they stay because it naturally filters out the majority of light that reaches it. This most likely occurs on other planets but Earth is part of a single star system, where as most planets have two or three stars that they orbit. The lack of adequate amounts of sunlight and the filtering effect of the atmosphere means an Ultra can only stay on Earth for 3 minutes. They do not have this problem in space as long as there is a light source. The Color Timer generally starts out blue showing that the Ultra is at full strength, When the energy gets low, it starts to flash red. It gets faster and faster until it goes out entirely. If it goes out, it may result in the Ultraman's death (In the English dub of Ultraman the narrator says, "If it is to go out, it will mean Ultraman will never rise again." this was probably just for added suspense). The result of the Color Timer going out would mean the Ultra is out of energy and can no longer fight or function. Their only options when this is about to happen would be to receive a large amount of energy from someone, usually an Ultra or their allies, revert to human form if they have one, immediately leave the planet's atmosphere or risk exhaustion and/or death. In Ultraman Zearth 2: Superman Big Battle - Light and Shadow, it was stated that the weak point of any and every Ultra is their color timer, this was shown when Zetton hit the original Ultraman in his Color Timer with a beam leaving him unable to fight even though his time was not up. In the case of Ultraseven, the Beam Lamp on his head does not function as a gauge of his time limit as Ultraseven does not have the weakness suffered by his predecessors and the subsequent Ultras. His Beam Lamp merely functions as an indicator of how critical the danger is as shown when he was fighting the alien monster Narse. This advantage is passed to his son, Ultraman Zero.
On the Planet Ultra, the Ultras do not have this problem because of the Plasma Spark, their artificial sun that powers the planet and lights it up. The light of the Land of Light is so intense a normal human would be killed without proper protection. If the color timer was removed from the chest of an Ultra, that Ultra will be became too weak to function and be left sprawled out on the ground, showing that it is a vital Organ.
Other Universes:EditIn some universes the color timer does not act as a clock but a gauge on how badly weakened the Ultra is, such as the Nexus and Gaia universes. This is because the warning light does not measure the Ultra's store of sunlight but the strength and stamina of the host who physically transformed into the Ultra. The only known exception to this rule was Ultraman Tiga whose Human form Daigo transformed into Tiga and was plagued by the Three minute rule.
In the Nexus universe, the color timer is known as the Energy Core and reacted to the physical strength of the Deunamst (The host of Nexus)
In the Gaia universe, the color timer was known as the life gauge, Gaia and Agul did not require sunlight because it was stated the drew strength from the mana of the Earth and Sea respectively. So the life gauge was for how much energy they had left. Due to the fact that they were constantly absorbing mana, their attacks steadily became more powerful.
In Superior 8 Ultra Brothers, set in an alternate Universe to all others the only Ultra shown to suffer the three minute rule was Mebius who had traveled there from the Showa Universe. Even though alternate versions of Showa Ultras and Tiga and Dyna who suffered the three minute rule their alternate selves did not seem to have that problem. It should also be noted that their color timers were green not the more common blue.
Ultra's may be the only race with color timers but other Tsuburya heroes possessed similar organs/devices that fulfilled the same function. Some examples would be Fireman who posses a light between his eyes, he posses a three minute rule in that he cannot survive under the rays of the sun for more than three minutes. Jumborg Ace and Nine also posses lights that flash as their energy supplies begin to wither.
- The Ultra N Project's version of the color timer is called an "Energy Core".
- In the Ultra Galaxy Legend movie, all the nameless Ultras did not have color timers, this was mainly due to the films budget and should not be taken on face value. All Ultras are stated to posses a color timer and/or beam lamp .
- This organ is a dangerous weak point for every Ultra. If the color timer was crushed / attacked, it can cause great pain for the Ultra and leave them paralyzed until their time runs out.
- This also mean that the Ultramen have the same weakness as Alien Babalou.
|Ultramen Powers, Traits and Objects of Interest|
|Ultra Traits and abilities||Ultra Beam | Crest Weapons | Color Timer | Ultra Armor | Mental Abilities | Ultra's Inner Light | Ultra Signs | Ultraman Factor|
|Ultra related Items
||Plasma Spark | Ultra Bell | Transformation Items | Ultra Dumbbell | Ultraman Suit|