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"Now...I'll believe in Ultraman!"

―Taiga Nozomu before he transforms to Zero to the final Battle, Ultraman Saga
Taiga Nozomu
DAIGO - Nozomu Taiga
Ultra: Ultraman Zero
Age: Unknown
Gender: Male
Transformation Item Ultra Zero Eye
Home world: Planet Earth (Giants of Light Timeline)
First Appearance: Ultraman Saga
Last Appearances None
Type: Hero
Family Unknown
Affiliation Super GUTS
Team U
Portrayed by DAIGO

Nozomu Taiga (タイガ・ノゾム Taiga Nozomu?) is the former human host for Ultraman Zero as of the events of Ultraman Saga. He can transform into Ultraman Zero by his Ultra Zero Eye like Ultraseven's.

History

Ultraman Saga

Some time in his childhood Taiga witnessed firsthand a monster attack, while Dyna was able to defeat the monster, his parents were lost in the cross fire and his cries for help and to Ultraman went unanswered. Since then he refused to accept the power of Ultras and held the view that mankind had grown past the need for their help as a mask for his trauma and spite. Some time later, Taiga Nozomu became a new rookie pilot from Super GUTS, with a cocky attitude similar to Shin Asuka. However, unlike Shin, who ultimately respected his predecessors, Taiga was disrespectful to the memory of his MIA superior due to his dislike of all ultras. When a set of Gran Sphere drones attacked the Mars colony Taiga took a fighter and defeated them despite being ordered to return to base by his commander.

Eventually, Taiga found himself lodged into the energy sphere of an unknown ship and transported to Earth in another universe. The same one that Zero was transported to. Watching the Ultra battle the alien fighter drones, Taiga refused to fight out of spite he directed to the Ultra.

However, after learning that the members of Team U, who had claimed to be with the Earth Defense Force, had really been faking it to protect the children, he decided to believe in Ultraman, and voluntarily transformed into Ultraman Zero in order to rescue Shin Asuka and Ultraman Dyna.

His first debut is in the movie, which he fused with Asuka and Musashi to become a new hero called Ultraman Saga.

Transformation

Ultra Zero Eye: Taiga stretches his left hand out and the Ultra Zero Eye appears above the Ultimate Bracelet. The device levitates to his face and he transforms in swirls of white, red, and blue energy.

Powers and Abilities

  • Piloting skills: Like any Super GUTS member, Taiga is trained in the use of the machines. He is also mentioned to act like Asuka by the original Super GUTS members.
  • Combat Training: As any Super GUTS member, Taiga is trained in combat, obviously armed combat and unarmed combat
  • Superhuman Feats: Under possession of Ultraman Zero, Taiga is capable of performing superhuman abilities such as agility and enhanced balance.
  • Ultimate Bracelet: While he was the host of Ultraman Zero, Taiga could transform using the Ultra Zero Eye.

Gallery

Trivia

  • Taiga's actor, Daigo is from the band, "Stardust Breakerz."
  • According to some earlier reports by Tsuburaya, Taiga had a great dislike for Ultraman, Aliens, and Monsters in general after his parents were killed in the battle between Ultraman Jack and the original Alien Bat. This is proven false as that battle took place in the Tiga universe, not the Showa universe.
  • Nozomu Taiga's name is similar to Nobori Taiga's from Kamen Rider Kiva series. Ironically, Taiga's rider form before he becomes Dark Kiva is Kamen Rider Saga, however, the characters share few other similarities. 
Human Hosts/Forms
Showa Heroes Shin Hayata | Dan Moroboshi | Hideki Goh | Seiji Hokuto | Yuko Minami | Kotaro Higashi | Gen Ohtori | Takeshi Yamato | Choichiro Hikari
Heisei Heroes Masaki Kazimori | Jack Shindo | Kenichi Kai | Genki Kagura | Katsuto Asahi | Daigo Madoka | Tsubasa Madoka | Amui | Ginga Yumeboshi | Shin Asuka | Gamu Takayama | Hiroya Fujimiya | Musashi Haruno | Julie | Kaito Touma | Mirai Hibino | Kazuya Serizawa | Ryuu Aihara | Shingo Sakomizu | Jin | Run | Shin Moroboshi | Nozomu Taiga | Hikaru Raido | Shou | Daichi Ozora | Gai Kurenai | Riku Asakura | Leito Igaguri | Katsumi Minato | Isami Minato
The Ultra Force Chuck Gavin | Beth O'Brian | Scott Masterson
Deunamists Shunichi Maki | Jun Himeya | Ren Senjyu | Nagi Saijyo | Kazuki Komon
Evil Ultra Hosts Keigo Masaki | Riko Saida | Shinya Mizorogi | Hiroyuki Misawa | Mitsuhiko Ishibori | Arie Ishikari
Other Hero Hosts Kyotaro Kagami | Goro Kirishima | Daisuke Misaki | Naoki Tachibana | Naoto Sho | Takeshi Todo | Sam Collins | Ai Kumasiro | Akira Kageyama | Nao | Tomoya Ichijouji | Daisuke Misaki (Stage)