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"Saviour from the stars..."

―Col. Arthur Grant of the UMA reflecting on Great's first appearance, Signs of Life

"My people didn't have a choice; it was fight the Gudis or say goodbye to the Universe."

―Ultraman Great to Jack Shindo, The Hibernator

Ultraman Great
Ultraman Great
Human Host/Form: Jack Shindo
Height: 60 m
Weight: 58,000 t
Age: 17,000 years
Home world: Planet Ultra
Voice actor(s): Matthew O'Sullivan (speaking voice and grunts, original series)
Masaaki Okabe (speaking voice, Japanese dub)
Masao Nakasone (grunts, Japanese dub)
Suit actor(s): Robert Simper
Steve Apps
First Appearance: Ultraman: Towards the Future Episode 1: Signs of Life
Last Appearance: Ultraman Zero The Movie: Super Deciding Fight! The Belial Galactic Empire
Number of Appearances: 13 (Towards the Future)
2 (Movies)
Race: Ultra
Status: Alive
Family: Unknown
Affiliation: Space Garrison
UMA

Ultraman Great (ウルトラマンG(グレート) Urutoraman Gurēto?) is the only Australian Ultraman to be produced in the Ultra series, as well as the first English-speaking Ultraman, the first Ultra produced outside of Japan, and the first Ultraman of the Heisei era. The series that Ultraman Great headlined was titled Ultraman: Towards the Future.

Design

Great's design is unique compared to those of the other Ultra Crusaders; his Color Timer is triangular, and his non-red body color is silver-white, as opposed to other Ultra Crusaders's red and silver colourations.

According to Suzuki Kiyoshi's remarks, from a producer who is also a photographer, the Ultra-suit which Steve Apps and Robert Simper alternated wearing during production was not adapted from a conventional rubber wetsuit; it was, instead, adapted from a wrinkle-resistant fiber suit. The mask was made of the same FRP as before; similar to Ultraman 80's suit, FRP parts were also attached to the back of the head. Slits in the mask were used for the eye-holes, out of which Apps and Simper found their visibilities less hampered, and this shape was adopted even in Heisei Ultra series after that. The power supply for the illumination of both Great's eyes and his triangular Colour Timer was wrapped around the wearers's ankle, in the same red fabric as the tights location, without charging in the suit as in the past. In the scenes reflecting the back, a suit with a fastener was used before the fastener was not visible.

History

Ultraman: Towards the Future

Jack Shindo and Stanley Haggard are members of the first manned expedition to Mars, and on the red planet find a giant slug-like monster called Gudis. Suddenly the giant warrior, Ultraman Great, arrives and fights Gudis, but is knocked down for a period. Shindo is pinned by a rockslide and Haggard tries to escape in their ship but is blown up by Gudis. It is then that Great gets up, and when he is on the verge of victory Gudis changes into a virus and travels to Earth, where it mutates other creatures into monsters and awakens existing ones. Needing a human host to survive on Earth, Great joins with Jack, allowing him to become the mighty alien when all seems lost. He joins the Universal Multipurpose Agency, or UMA, in order to help them battle the monsters.

Halfway through the series a new Gudis, more powerful than the first one, appears. It imprisons Ultraman, but Jack ultimately shows it the futility of its mission. Even if it does manage to corrupt all life, eventually there will be nothing else to corrupt, and Gudis is destroyed once and for all. For the rest of the series, the environmental themes are stronger, and the various monsters usually arise from human pollution. Indeed, whenever Great's Color Timer commences to blink, the voiceover narration explains, "Because of Earth's polluted atmosphere, Ultraman (Great) can only retain his gigantic form for three minutes. Time is running out."

In the series finale, a doomsday scenario begins with the appearance of three powerful monsters: Kilazee, Kodalar, and the Earth itself, which tries to wipe out the human race for abusing it. Ultraman is defeated by Kodalar, but Jack survives. Ultimately, the humans use an ancient disc to destroy Kodalar by reflecting its own power at it and Ultraman defeats Kilazee and carries it into space, separating Jack from him and restoring him on Earth as a normal human. The victory is seen as another chance for the human race.

Mega Monster Battle: Ultra Galaxy Legends: The Movie

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Powered, Great, and the Ultra Force about to fight against Belial.

After Ultraman Belial was freed from his prison, he went to cause rampage to the Land of Light. Ultraman Great, Ultraman Powered, and The Ultra Force, among many other Ultramen, fought Belial, only to be easily beaten by the traitorous former Ultraman.

Ultraman Zero The Movie: Super Deciding Fight! The Belial Galactic Empire

Much like his appearance in the previous film, Great does not make a prominent role in the film. He, along with the rest of the populations of the Land of Light, gives his light for Zero to another universe to solve the mysteries. When Belial sends his army to destroy the Land of Light, he and every Ultra went to space and fight his army but was defeated for a moment. Later, when Zero defeats Belial, he and the rest of the Ultraman populations were victorious.

Profile

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Ultraman Great

Stats

  • Height: 60 m
  • Weight: 58,000 t
  • Age: 17,000 years old
  • Flight Speed: Mach 26
  • Running Speed: Mach 9
  • Underwater Speed: Mach 6
  • Jumping Distance: 1,500 m
  • Latent Ground Speed: Mach 3

Techniques

  • Burning Plasma (バーニングプラズマ Bāningu Purazuma?): Ultraman Great's signature move. Great pulls his arms apart in a vertical angle, and fires out two blue beams that can kill monsters in one blow. This can be charged for a much more powerful variation of the attack, which is red and fiery. It is Great's strongest attack.
  • Finger Beam (フィンガービーム Fingā Bīmu?): A needle-like beam Great fires from his fingertips.
    • Double Finger Beam (ダブルフィンガービーム Daburu Fingā Bīmu?): The Finger Beam fired from both hands.
  • Magnum Shoot (マグナムシュート Magunamu Shūto?): By absorbing his enemy's attack in his hands, Great can fire it back at them, either in the same way or as a sphere. This may purify foes of diseases like the Gudis virus or can cripple them.
  • Triangle Shield (トライアングルシールド Toraianguru Shīrudo?): Great can create a triangular shield with his hands and reflect whatever hits the shield.
  • Dissolver (ディゾルバー Dizorubā?): Atom smashing rays shot from the hands, used to destroy the corpse of a dead monster. Can also be fired as a projectile.
  • Disc Beam (ディスクビーム Disuku Bīmu?): Energy condensed and thrown in the shape of a disc.
  • Knuckle Bolt (ナックルボルト Nakkuru Boruto?): Electric currents fired from the fist.
  • Star Beam (スタービーム Sutā Bīmu?): A cutting ray Great can shoot from his fingertips. Used to defeat Bios.
  • Palm Shooter (パームシューター Pāmu Shūtā?): Great can shoot powerful energy balls from his palms.
  • Knuckle Shooter (ナックルシューター Nakkuru Shūtā?): Great can emit powerful energy balls from his knuckles.
  • Energy Beam: Great can emit powerful energy balls from his palms.
  • Arrow Beam (アロービーム Arō Bīmu?): A beam fired from the position of firing an arrow. Used to defeat Barrangas.
  • Great Slicer (グレートスライサー Gurēto Suraisā?): Great can generate blade-like energy from the fingers and cut through the enemy.
    • Double Great Slicer (ダブルグレートスライサー Daburu Gurēto Suraisā?): Great can create a blade of energy from his hands that can slice through just about anything.
  • Great Guard (グレートガード Gurēto Gādo?): Great uses his arms to protect himself from energy projectile attacks.
  • Perspective Ray (透視光線 Tōshi Kōsen?): Great can look for hidden enemies with rays of light that emanate from both eyes.
  • Great Shoot (グレートシュート Gurēto Shūto?): Great shoots twin energy bolts at point blank.
  • Great Punch (グレートパンチ Gurēto Panchi?): A powerful punch.
  • Great Chop (グレートチョップ Gurēto Choppu?): A powerful chop.
  • Great Kick (グレートキック Gurēto Kikku?): A powerful Kick.

Transformation

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Jack Shindo using the Delta-Plasma Pendant to transform into Ultraman Great.

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Ultraman Great's rise

The Delta-Plasma Pendant, which resembles Ultraman Great's Color Timer, is Jack Shindo's transformation artifact. He gingerly places it in his palm and closes his eyes as he concentrates. It then emits pulsating synthesizer noises and a light transforming him. The rise scene for the transformation show Great emerging from amidst an explosion. But after that Great is shown simply to grow taller.

Limits

Ultraman Great's activities were under a three-minute time limit; as stated above, the narrator pointed out in each installment at the approximate time his Color Timer commenced to blink, "Because of Earth's polluted atmosphere, Ultraman can only retain his gigantic form for three minutes. Time is running out."

Other Media


Trivia

  • Ultraman Great is the first Ultra whose suit is made entirely of spandex, as opposed to all the other Ultras in the series, who have rubber suits.
    • Great still uses a spandex suit in the later appearances.
  • Ultraman Great is the first Ultra shown fighting a monster before merging with his host or taking a human form.
  • Ultraman Great is the first and only Ultra flies supine after every battles.
  • Great was only be defeated by Kodalar in the series.
  • Great is the only main Ultra whose signature finisher is not a traditional Ultra Beam.
  • Great's Burning Plasma is the second Ultra's signature attack that isn't the traditional beam, the first was Ultraman Leo's Leo Kick.
  • He is the first Ultra to produce blades of Light Energy.
  • Ultraman Great was the first Ultra to be mistaken as an enemy.
  • In the Japanese dub, Ultraman Great's grunts are reused from Ultraman's produced by Masao Nakasone. However, his original grunts can be heard in some cases without dubbed or even "mixed" with Ultraman's grunts.
  • Great finishes most of his battles when his Color Timer started blinking (except on the battle with Gudis I in Mars).
  • Great's Color Timer's sound is unique in the original series. However, in the Japanese dub, it changed to a high pitch version of Ultraman's.
  • The name of Great's human host, Jack Shindo, is a reference to Ultraman Jack.
  • When Great's Color Timer starts blinking, the narrator will say "Because of Earth's polluted atmosphere, Ultraman can only retain his gigantic form for three minutes. Time is running out." because the director wanted to explain to the people about the environment due to the polluted environment at the time, eco-awareness was at a high and even many episodes included environmental themes.
    • However, in the Japanese dub, the narrator says "The Sun in the Earth doesn't supply energy enough so Ultraman Great can only retain his gigantic form for three minutes. Stand up, our hero!"
  • While he is not the Ultra to appear in the most alternative media, he is the one with the most starring roles, in sequential art media (manga and comics).
    • He is the only Ultra to star in both a Western comic and Eastern manga.

See also


Ultra Warriors
Showa Ultras Ultraman | Zoffy | Ultraseven | Ultraman Jack | Ultraman Ace | Ultraman Taro | Ultraman Leo | Astra | Ultraman 80 | Ultraman Joneus | Ultraman Chuck | Ultraman Scott | Ultrawoman Beth
Heisei Ultras


Ultraman Great | Ultraman Powered | Ultraman Zearth | Ultraman Tiga | Ultraman Dyna | Ultraman Gaia | Ultraman Agul | Ultraman Neos | Ultraseven 21 | Ultraman Cosmos | Ultraman Justice | Ultraman Legend | Ultraman Noa | Ultraman Nexus | Ultraman the Next | Ultraman Max | Ultraman Xenon | Ultraman Mebius | Ultraman Hikari | Ultraman Zero | Ultraman Saga | Ultraman Ginga | Ultraman Victory | Ultraman Ginga Victory | Ultraman X | Ultraman Orb | Ultraman Geed
Other Ultras Superior | Father of Ultra | Mother of Ultra | Ultraman King | Elek | Loto | Amia | People of U40 | Hanuman | Yullian | Ultra Nyan | Ancient Giants of Light | Tiga's companions | Ultraman Boy | Ultraman Pict | Ultraman Nice | Ultra Kamen Rider | Ultra Idemitsujin | Ultraman Neko | Ultraman Ribut
Counterparts/Alternate Universe versions Ultraman (Neo Frontier Space Timeline) | Zoffy (Neos Universe) | Ultraman (Superior Universe) | Ultraseven (Superior Universe) | Ultraman Jack (Superior Universe) | Ultraman Ace (Superior Universe) | Ultraman Tiga (Superior Universe) | Ultraman Dyna (Superior Universe) | Ultraman Gaia (Superior Universe) | Ultraman Tiga (Ultra Flare Timeline)
Manga Ultras Ultraman The First | Zoffy Story 0 | Ultraseven Story 0 | Ultraman Story 0 | Ace Story 0 | Jack Story 0 | Leo Story 0 | Astra Story 0 | Taro Story 0 | Gorian | Zaji | Drew | Colorless | Flare | Rutia | Alphonne | Ars | Acura | Remodeled Ultras | Manga Tiga | Ultraman (ULTRAMAN)
Another Genesis Giants Blast | Ultraman | Ultraseven | Belial | Jack | Ultrawoman Ace | Taro | Luna and Cosmos | Tiga | Jean-Bot | Father Burai | GlenFire | Mirror Master | Leo | King
Imitation and Evil Ultras Imitation Ultraman | Robot Ultraseven | Ace Robot | Imitation Astra | Delusion Ultraseven | Evil Ultraman Great | Imitation Ultraman Joneus | Ultraman Shadow | Evil Tiga | Imitation Ultraman Dyna | Terranoid | Imitation Ultraman Gaia | Imitation Ultraman Agul |Imitation Ultraman Cosmos | Chaos Ultraman | Chaosroids | Dark Faust | Dark Mephisto | Dark Mephisto Zwei | Dark Zagi | Fake Ultraman Mebius | Fake Hunter Knight Tsurugi | Imitation Ultraman Mebius | Ultraman Belial | Darklops Zero | Darklops | Robot Ultraman | Robot Zoffy | Robot Ultraman Jack | Illusion Ultraman Zero | Ultraman Geist | Ultraman Dark | Seven Dark
The Dark Giants Darramb | Hudra | Camearra