|Residents of the Land of Light|
Father of Ultra
Mother of Ultra
Any peaceful alien race
|First appearance:||Ultraman Episode 1|
|Latest appearance:||Ultraman Saga|
The Ultramen also known as the Residents of the Land of Light (光の国の住人 Hikari no Kuni no Jūnin?) aka. M78 Nebula people (M78星雲人 M78 Seiunjin?) are the race responsible for the formation of the Space Garrison and live on Planet Ultra. The beings of lights are known for their great powers and strong sense of compassion and justice which motivates them to protect peace across the universe and between its numerous species. There are many Ultramen in other universes, each with different origins, some of which are similar while others are completely different.
Within the original continuity, the Ultramen weren't always supernatural soldiers, they were once a perfectly normal but highly advanced race of beings resembling Humans, living on a planet located in Nebula M78. One day their sun went out leaving the planet in darkness. Unwilling to give up hope, the planet's greatest scientific minds toiled for an unknown amount of time until they created a solution: an artificial sun called the Plasma Spark.On the day that it was turned on the planet was flooded with light. However there were unexpected side effects, the people of the Land of Light became beings of light themselves as they began to change into strange, giant silver beings that could manipulate energy. The race had a strong sense of justice, believing they were given the power of Ultra for a reason they created the Space Garrison, an organization that enforced freedom and peace throughout the known universe. As they battled evil across the stars, more belligerent minded races began to see them as a threat and began forming plots to destroy them, such as the people of Barbarou, Temperor and Baltan. The greatest threat to the Land of Light came from a being called the Emperor, who with an army of monster and aliens, attacked the Land of Light in an event known as the Great Ultra War.
Though the Land of Light was conquered, the Ultras fought back and reclaimed their homeworld. The hero of this conflict was the Ultra named Ken, who dueled the Emperor in a battle that left both with matching wounds and forced the Emperor to retreat not to be seen again for thirty thousand years. After that, the next great threat to the Ultras came from within, a powerful Ultra named Belial. Belial was a veteran of the Ultra War and a comrade to Ken and Marie. However Belial's mind was poisoned for a need for more power after seeing the Emperor's might and when Ken was made the Space Garrison's Supreme Commander his shattered pride consumed him. He broke some of the highest and most revered laws of the Ultras and attempted to steal energy from the Plasma Spark for himself. For this crime, which could've destroyed or at least greatly troubled the people of Planet Ultra, the Ultraman was burned by the Plasma Spark itself and exiled by his fellow Ultras. However, many years later he returned as a dark mockery of an Ultra warrior. Fused with Alien Reiblood and wielding the Giga Battlizer, he marched with his hundred monster army on the Land of Light with the intention of destroying everything only to be bested by Ultraman King himself who locked him away forming the Space Prison and sealing his weapon in the Valley of Flames in the Monster Graveyard. Since then the Ultras have known relative peace as they continued their never ending battle against evil.
Ultramen are beings of light whose natural size is always that of a giant (the average adult is usually between 150 and 200 feet tall). They are usually red and silver (although several color variations have been seen in recent years) with yellow almond-shaped dome eyes (although there are exceptions to both the shape and color) and various abilities, most notably they are able to fire energy beams from various positions of crossed hands. Their primary weakness (in the Showa universe and a few others, this weakness is not absolute for Ultras of other universes) is a limited power supply, meaning that they cannot stay in giant form for long, usually no longer than three to five minutes. Ultras are beings of light and therefore feed on light but Earth's atmosphere naturally filters out most of the light that hits it, dwindling their energy supply. This is marked by a light, usually on their chest, sometimes on their forehead, called the Color Timer or Warning Light. It generally starts at blue, turns red and begins to blink with increasing frequency as the Ultra's power dwindles.
At this point the Ultra has a few options; find a way to finish the battle as soon as possible, leave the Earth's atmosphere to recharge, revert to human form or risk certain death. An Ultraman does not have this issue in space and some series say that the problem is that the Earth's atmosphere is so badly polluted, regardless they can survive much longer in space where unfiltered sunlight reaches them, thus there is no time limit in space or on planets lacking Earth like qualities. To counter this time limit, an Ultra will almost always gain a human form or merge with a host. If the host was recently killed then the Ultras powers will revive them as they share a life force with the Ultra.
Another thing of note, is the Ultras are apparently difficult to permanently kill, numerous times an Ultra has died only to be revived by another member of their species. Also a large amount of energy seems to revive them, usually supplied by their human allies, even when completely destroyed, such as Mebius who was killed by Alien Emperor and revived shortly thereafter by the life energy and bonds with his friends, combined with the nearby Knight Brace. Several Ultras have been killed in the Showa universe only to be revived 'in the nick of time' by another member of their species. It has later been stated by Ultraman Mebius, that though it is possible that an Ultra can gain a new life, there is no assurance, meaning the phenomenon is almost miraculous in nature.
- Ultra Armor: The skin of an Ultra, although it is sometimes used to refer to their actual bodies, its name comes from the fact that it acts like armor as much as it is skin. Each individual Ultra Armor is generally resistant to fire and lasers and unless the wound is a major gash, burn or otherwise very serious they do not show damage. The Ultra Armor is obviously the mechanism that absorbs light so it may be turned into energy. In the Showa universe every Ultra Armor was weak to the cold unless they had a direct light source such as a sun, although said Ultras have been seen fighting in the ocean depths without consequence. The Ultras in other universes don't all share this weakness and some of them have resistance to different attacks that others don't. A prime example of this is the original Ultraman, who is immune to electrical attacks, yet no other Ultra has shown such a resistance let alone immunity.
- Inner Workings: Despite what some people think it has been officially stated that the insides of Ultras are not pure energy. Their insides are physical things with bones and organs not unlike humans, however Ultras are an alien species which is much more evolved, meaning their skeletons and organs are different and they posses organs humans do not such as the color timer or beam lamp. It should be noted that injuries of an Ultra translates between their Ultra and Human forms (unless they are joined with a host, but there are exceptions) and several Ultras have been wounded in ways that imply organic inner workings. Some examples are: Taro, whose arm had been broken, Mebius had been poisoned by Birdon, Seven's compound injuries weakened his strength near the end of his original series.
- Inner Light: Besides their physical insides there is also another side to them, Ultras are known as beings of light, they feed on light and when wounded bleed it (Tiga once bled a golden substance as well as golden particles). Their inner light is monitored by their color timer/beam lamp. It seems that Ultras convert the light they absorb into some form of particle energy, an example is Ultraseven. When he was captured by the Alien Guts, he requested the Ultra Garrison supply him with Magnerium (Emerium in the English Dub) energy delivered to him via his beam lamp. The formula he supplied was later used to create a METEOR that revived Mebius who was in a similar situation. Another example is when Ace Killer held the first four Ultra brothers captive, he drained them of energy (Except Jack, he stole his bracelet) specifically the energy they used for their beams. In Ultraman Nexus it was shown that analysis of an Ultra's inner Light would allow one to replicate their Ultra Beam, in Nexus' case his Over-Ray-Storm, showing that their Ultra Beams are created by the energy they run on, described by TLT as a photo-electron particle energy. This heavily implies that the inner light of an Ultra is the exact same energy they use to fire their beams. One theory about type/form/mode changes is that they are accomplished by generating an energy field within the body that changes particle energy of the Ultra's inner light. This would imply that the particle energy/inner light is also synonymous or linked with an Ultra's genetic information.
Another more recent example is in the 2011 Ultraman Manga, the main character and his father both received the genes of the original Ultraman in the form of what is called the Ultraman Factor. They both have superhuman bodies which produce Specium energy used to power their battle suits.
Besides the literal inner light of an Ultra, there is also the spiritual light which is somehow linked to their literal light, they could even be considered the same thing. Several times Ultras have died only to be brought back by the energies of their bonds with others or even when a great deal of hope and determination is focused on them by a myriad of people. Examples of this are Ultraman Mebius and most famously Ultraman Tiga who returned as Glitter Tiga. This phenomenon has been coined a 'Nexus of Souls' by some circles of fans, although it has no official term. When this phenomenon occurs between Ultras themselves it often results in the merger of the two (or more) into a more powerful Ultra, very often referred to as a Super or Sacred Ultra by fans.
Perhaps the most remarkable thing about Ultras is their life spans, Ultras like Mebius and Zero who are considered very young, teenagers in their early years of high school, are actually a couple thousand years old in human years. All the Ultra brothers, from oldest to youngest, range from Twenty Five thousand years old to eight thousand years old and are considered young adults or older teenagers in the Land of Light.
The oldest known Ultra in the Showa universe was Ultraman King at over three hundred thousand years, followed by Ken, Belial and Marie who are around half his age. Also Ultras seem to grow stronger as they get older as the Ultra Brothers rank each other not only by who arrived on Earth first but age. Zoffy, the leader is a few thousand years older than Ultraman, that is not to say age completely determines how powerful an Ultra is but it clearly plays a role.
Another thing to note is that when Male Ultra's reaches forty thousand years of age, the begin to grow facial hair (or the equivalent) starting with sideburns. How long this takes is unknown as Ultra Father is many thousands of years beyond that age but only had side burns, while Ultraman King who is near twice his age has a full beard and moustache, assuming no grooming is involved it seems they grow at a very slow rate.
The markings on an Ultra's body and their facial appearance are determined in similar ways to humans appearances, by their bloodlines. A prime example is Taro, who bears the horns that appear on the males of Ultra Father's bloodline. Taro also bears similar markings as his cousin Ultraseven and it could assumed to be an atavism due to the fact their mothers were sisters. Zero, Seven's son bears similar markings and Eye sluggers like weapons but a mixture of blue and red markings since his mother was an unknown blue Ultra.
One oddity among Ultras is the similarities between Ultraman, Zoffy and Jack along with Seven as his unnamed superior. Despite no obvious genetic relations the three look almost the same in terms of markings and their faces. Seven's superior may be of family relation, his father or brother (the latter would explain why they look exactly alike) or simply how his psychic message was perceived by Seven. Another theory is that Ultraman and Zoffy were originally suppose to represent the police division of the Space Garrison while Seven and his superior where the military division, implying Ultras were originally not going to have a great deal of genetic diversity.
Something to note is that the Ultras with red bodies (Red Tribe) tend to have bodies more suited to combat while the Blue Tribe Ultras are usually better Scientists that fighters.
Ultra Body Colors, Form/Mode/Type Change
- Body Colors: Ultras are not limited to one color, while have silver bodies, they also have have another color that covers their skin or just markings. While most Ultras observed across the multiple continuities of the Ultra series have been red in later years it has been shown that there are blue Ultras. In the Mebius series it was shown that there were tribes of Ultras, the red tribe that made up all of the Space Garrison until Hikari who was a member of the Blue tribe that comprised all if not most of the Science Community of the Ultras. While this would immediately seem racist there is actually a logical reason for this.
Red Ultras have bodies more fit for battle, their bodies are better at producing the natural steroids in their bodies on demand to enhance their strength when they want. Blue Ultras are shown to have better atonement to their natural mental abilities and are faster thinkers (better reflexes) compared to their red counterparts. Because of these factors Red UItras are more likely to join the Space Garrison while the Blue Ultras often join the Space Information center. In recent years it is shown there are Blue Ultra candidates in the Space Garrison, perhaps due to Hikari's enrollment. It has been shown there are Ultras bearing both Red and Blue bodies in the land of Light (Besides Zero).
- Form/Type/Mode Change: There are also Ultras who can change the color of their bodies and/or markings, giving themselves alternate abilities or modifying their physical attributes. This was first seen with Ultraman Tiga who was the first multi-colored Ultra to star in his own series. Tiga's basic form was called Multi type, here his strength and mobility was balanced. He had Power Type where his body became all read and his traded mobility for physical power and Sky Type where he traded power for mobility. Type change, a power he shared with Ultraman Dyna is where he alters his body (and therefore markings) to better adapt to the opponent he was facing, the Ultra restructures their attributes, Speed and Power to better suit the situation.
Mode Change is similar but different, Mode Change can be seen as a temporary upgrade to the Ultra's body and/or powers. One exampled is Mebius' Burning Brave which enhanced his speed and power in a way similar to Ultraman Nexus Junis and Junis Blue Modes. Interestingly Hikari's comments heavily imply that Mebius was not the first Ultra in the Showa Universe to gain a Burning Mode and that it also increases Mebius' resistance to heat, enough that he was one of the few Ultras (and beings in general) that could enter the Valley of Flames.
The manner in which these changes are invoked is unknown, but fans have theorized that it may be tied to the Ultras' Inner Light. It is believed that the alteration to this energy field results in the change to their bodies seen in Type Change and Form Change.
There is also Version Up which is only seen in Ultraman Gaia. This can be treated as permanent mode change, as both Gaia and Agul have their V2 Mode as their new default modes after the change. Gaia gained Version 2 after being given Agul's power and Supreme version is the instance where all that power is exercised within him making it somewhat natural and more akin to Type Change than Mode Change.
Among the numerous Ultras introduced there are a few who stand above the rest, whose powers are to normal Ultras what the comic book characters, Superman's abilities are to humanity. These Ultras are known as Sacred or Super Ultras and their appearances are often treated as special.
- Sacred Ultras: Of these Ultras there are those treated specifically as Sacred, Ultras of legend often wielding great power above and beyond the likes of even Father and Mother of Ultra. There are only three known Sacred Ultras, Ultraman King, Ultraman Noa and, though it is debated whether he seperated to form Cosmos andJustice, Ultraman Legend. What makes these three Sacred is not just their might but that they are topics of Legends among Ultras themselves. Ultraman King predates the people of M78 and may of had a part to play in their gaining the power of Ultra, Ultraman Noa was said to be born of a supernova and was regarded as a god within his home universe, he also gained entry into the history of M78 when he chased his doppleganger Zagi there after they fell into a dimensional rift to the Showa universe. Ultraman Legend and to a smaller degree Justice is a figure known and respected by the god-like Delaxion and respected in the legends of Alien Gyashi. It is unknown if Cosmos is a topic of legends like Justice and Legend.
- Fusion Ultras: Of the Ultras that reached the status of Super Ultra many of them acquired this power for only a brief instant of time through merging with others of their kind. Among these number are Ultraman Taro, who merged with all the previous Ultra Brothers to defeat Grand King, Ultraman Mebius Infinity Mode, Mebius acquired that power and became the strongest Ultra to ever see Earth by merging with the prior Ultra brothers (save Leo and 80), Ultraman Legend also falls under this category since he appeared after Ultraman Cosmos and Justice merged together but certain dialogue implies that Legend was their original form, the definitive truth is currently unknown and up for debate. There is also Ultraman Saga, who was born of Ultraman Cosmos, Dyna and Zero, their merger created an Ultra powerful enough to take on Hyper Zetton alone.
Not all Ultras have the same origins as the ones from the Land of Light. In other universes, other Ultras came into existence in different ways.
- Main article: Ultraman (series)
The original continuity for the Ultra series, its history is documented above. The three minute rules first appears here. Also, this one can be considered as the Prime reality universe. Though all Showa Ultra exist here, but only some Heisei Ultras to appear as of Powered, Neos, Ultraseven 21, Max, Xenon, Mebius, Hikari and Zero. The prime reality version Powered, Neos, Ultraseven 21, Max and Xenon are different from their TV Series version as they never came to Earth but instead reside in the Land of Light.
Heisei Ultraseven Universe
The continuity of the Heisei Ultraseven, here Seven was the first and only Ultra to visit Earth. The three minute rule obviously still applies here but Seven is the exception, it is reasonable to believe that all the Ultras in the Showa universe exist here as well. It shoulde be noted the Ultraseven was originally intended to be seperate from Ultraman and the later series.
Main Article:Ultraman Joneus
The universe of the animated Ultra series, in Ultraman Jonia' universe Ultras hail from the planet U40, they all posses natural human forms, but only a select few have the power to change their size, through training. The three minute rule applies here in a different form.
Main Article:Ultraman Zearth
The alternate reality universe where the two Zearth movies takes place. While the Ultras of M78 are mentioned Ultraman Zearth is from the Land of Sparkles (Pikari no Kuni) in Nebula Z95 who do not seem bothered by the three minute rule.
Main Article:Ultraman: Towards the Future
In this universe the only documented Ultra on Earth was Ultraman Great, he hails from M78 and operates on the three minute rule, it is an alternate Showa universe.
Main Article:Ultraman: Towards the Future
It is just like the Great Universe but Powered is the only Ultra seen. Although two other Ultras appear in the form of red balls of light to take Powered back to the Land of Light. It is an alternate Showa universe.
Main Article:Ultraman Tiga
Here Ultras protected ancient Earth but the first Ultra seen in modern times was Ultraman Tiga who was one a group of giants of light from millions of years in the past who lived on Earth in a colony from what is theorized to be an alternate Land of Light. Later his successor Ultraman Dyna who would come to protect the Alternative Earth in modern times after him, there was also an instance where Tiga went into the past and met an alternate Ultraman (the original) who existed in his continuity, implying the Ultras of the Showa universe also exist here. The ancient Ultras, along with Tiga and Dyna, also possess gemstone on their foreheads similar to the crystals Tiga and Dyna have, however only Tiga and Dyna have shown the power to type change.
Main Article:Ultraman Neos
Like the Great and Powered Universes but the star Ultra is Ultraman Neos who fought along side Ultraseven 21 against Dark Matter monsters. An alternate Zoffy is also seen. It is an alternate Showa universe.
Main Article:Ultraman Gaia
Here only two Ultras were ever seen on Earth, Ultraman Gaia who is an Ultra first seen in a strange dimension, and came to the main dimension thanks to Gamu who encountered him after an experiment to contact the will of the Earth. There is also Ultraman Agul appeared first as light form a water tank after another experiment to communicate with the earth's will, but previously appeared to Fujimya after several visions. The three minute rule does not exist here. This is the first Universe where the Ultras originate from Earth.
Ultraman Tiga, Ultraman Dyna, & Ultraman Gaia: The Decisive Battle in Hyperspacee
In this universe Ultras exist as TV programs but Gaia, Tiga and Dyna appear thanks to an object that granted wishes, to battle similarly summoned and conjured monsters. There was no evidence of the three minute rule.
Main Article: Ultraman Cosmos
In this universe the only Ultras seen are Ultraman Cosmos and much later Ultraman Justice and their fusion Ultraman Legend. Their origins are unknown but dialogue in the third movie implies they were originally Ultraman Legend but for some reason split into the two Ultras. The Ultras here were bound to the three minute rule.
Main Article: Ultra N Project
The only natural Ultra in this universe seen was Ultraman Noa who was supposedly created from a supernova, and was probably considered a god by many races in that universe. Later a race of beings tried to clone Noa to create their own protector creating Dark Zagi, ruler of the Space Beasts and creator of the Dark Ultras, Faust, Mephisto and Mephisto Zwei. Noa later fought Zagi and his minions as Ultraman The Next, Ultraman Nexus and his original form. The three minute rule did not exist here. Due to the presence of Ultraman Noa, it is theorized that this is the universe where Zero fought against Belial's Empire.
Main Article: Ultraman Max
Like the Showa, Great, Powered and Neos universes, but the only Ultras to visit Earth were Ultraman Max, his superior Xenon and a alternate Ultraseven who fought Alien Metron is implied. It is an alternate Showa universe.
Main Article: Ultraman Nice
Here the previous universes are TV shows and there was Ultraman Nice, who came to Earth from planet TOY-1, and it would seem his race can only be active on Earth just for one minute.
Ultraseven X Universe
Main Article: Ultraseven X
The universe where presumably Showa Ultraseven, or the Heisei Ultraseven, fought against the Shadow Rulers as Ultraseven X. The comments of the aliens encountered suggest that Ultras either do not exist in this universe or never visited that part of space.
Superior 8 Ultra Bros Universe
Main Article: Superior Ultraman 8 Brothers
The alternate world where Ultraman was seen as just an old TV series, however due to the machination of an evil born in this world, Ultraman Mebius of the Showa universe and various monsters were summoned here. Several humans gained the power to become Ultras but the first four Ultra brothers also appear. From dialogue with their wives and the end scene of the movie, it would suggest they were aliens from M78 who inspired the TV series but forget their true origins as they lived human lives. Though Mebius obviously had to deal with the three minute rule none of the Ultras native to this universe seemed to suffer from it. It should be noted that all the native Ultras had green color timers instead of blue.
Ultraman Saga Universe
Main Article: Ultraman Saga
The world where Ultraman Zero, Cosmos and Dyna from their respective worlds, fought the Multiversal evil Alien Bat and his monsters, particularly Hyper Zetton. There does not appear to be any Ultras in this universe but if there are they never visited that Earth. Monsters exist here however, due to the need for a Earth Defense Force. It is unknown if the three minute rule exists here since all the Ultra seen were from universes where the rule existed.
Ultraman Manga Universe
Main Article: ULTRAMAN 2011 Manga
This universe is considered an alternate Showa universe, but it appears the history of the Showa Era series in intact here. Due to his merger with Ultraman, Shin Hayata was reborn with Ultra Genes giving him incredible strength and durability. Some forty years later Shin is married and has a son Shinjiro Hayata who also inherits his Ultra DNA.
Another Genesis Universe
Main Article: Ultraman: Another Genesis
In this universe the Ultras hail from the Kingdom of Light, which appears to be just an alternate version of the Land of Light. While the Ultras have features like Color Timers (which appear to be natural) their overall features not so uniform as in other realities, with an Ultra resembling a merman, another resembling a centaur and a female with wings (although they are the only ones with these appearances and are said to have received blessings from other beings). Also some Ultras appear to have hair on their heads and some have facial hair that actually resembles human hair. There have been no instances to suggest the three minute rule exists here. It should also be noted that the Ultras of this universe are not referred to as such, instead they are mainly referred to as 'Giants' or 'Supermen'.
Main Article: Ultraman Ginga
This is where the events of the Ginga Series takes place, it is another Alternate Showa Universe, though Ultras from other Universes have been seen (perhaps alternate versions of them).
- Ultra Beam: Most if not all Ultras can fire a variation of the Ultra Beam in the from of a crossed hand position in either a T, L or even X style. There are other ways in which a beam can be fired like a simple outstretched hand or from a jewel on their forehead, etc. Though each beam varies in power, the basic Ultra Beam and all other variations are powerful enough to destroy the average monster in one shot.
- Light Bullets: A lesser form of their beam abilities, Ultras can fire small bursts of energy at a target, varying in strength and shape to each Ultra and the technique they use to perform this ability, each blast is generally as strong as the standard missile. This technique can also be known as Energy Bullets and Energy Blasts.
- Strength: All Ultras have super strength which is not usually seen unless they are at human size. They can easily lift monsters their own size and larger over their heads and throw them, it should be noted that the punches and kicks from Ultras have caused monsters immune to conventional weaponry to stumble and show physical pain. For all their strength, they are weakened by Earth like atmospheres and cannot exert all of their vast strength in such an environment or they will quickly run out of energy, thus all members of the Space Garrison are trained to pace themselves, this weakness also extends to Ultra's with solar panels, as they can only circumvent their limit so long as they do not expend more energy than they can absorb. Examples of this can be seen with Ultraseven, who in his original series ripped apart jail bars with his bare hands at human size, later in the Heisei era, Ultraseven was shown tearing the barrels off of two pistols at once with his bare hands. The strength of the Ultras is explained that their bodies produce steroids on command, meaning they can augment their strength at will.
- Mental Abilities: All Ultras have the power or potential for telepathy even between solar systems, but some are trained to use a form of telekinesis called Ultra Willpower. All Ultras are also able to speak to their own kind or any other being, through telepathy.
- Outer Space Adaption: Ultras can survive in space, in fact they are more at home there than in earth's atmosphere since there is no oxygen to filter out light and weaken them. As such they are stronger in space or on non-earth like planets than here, where their energy is quickly used up. They can also survive underwater as they do not breath.
- Immune Systems: Ultra have shown greater immunitites to diseases and biological weapons and the powers of aliens. If not outright immunity then some degree of resistance greater than their human counterparts. A fine example is Daigo Madoka, whose Ultra genes gave him immunity to the pollen of Gijera and immunity from Vampirism.
- Ultra Twinkle Way: Ultras can create worm holes to travel the vast distances of space under reasonable time.
- Flight: All Ultras can fly under their own power, this ability is perhaps the lease stressful one they have. They have also been known to fly interstellar or even intergalactic distances. It is stated in numerous profiles about of Ultras that they have organs in their legs that generate the anti-gravity waves that allow them to fly.
- Teleportation: Some Ultras use teleportation to travel across great distances instantly. However the trade-off for using this ability is a massive energy drain which leaves the ultra severely weakened and causes their Color Timer to blink red after use. In recent years some Ultras have shown the ability to teleport without massive energy drains implying the energy drain depends on the distance and the user's skill.
- Self Molecular Manipulation: As highly evolved and advanced beings, Ultras have complete control over their molecular structure, this feat is the corner stone of many of their other abilities such as...
- Transformation Item: Humans serving as the host to an Ultra require a method to transform into their counterpart. Since humans do not have any special abilities of their own they require a transformation item. Examples would be the Beta capsule, Ultra Eye, Ultra Badge. This also rule also applies to Ultras in human form, with the exception of Ultraman Jack, and The Ultra Force who transform at will. A thing of note an Ultra or their host can mentally operate their transformation device so long as it is on their person or nearby so long as they have the mental will to do so.
- Light Metamorphic Powers: Ultras, as beings of light, can manipulate it for various effects, from missile strength energy blasts, cell altering beams, a burning aura to incinerate a latched on foe, energy constructs etc. Their limit is only to the individual's training and experience.Ultra Signs: a form of long distance communication using their light powers, they appear as a series of alien characters made of light, usually only other Ultras can see them but some aliens and monster can also see them and replicate, or destroy them.
- Travel Sphere: Ultras are known for traversing space in the form of spheres of light, generally they are red or yellow energy spheres used to traverse the great expanse of space
- Barriers: Ultras can erect energy barriers to protect themselves from enemy fire.
- Healing: When injured, the injuries of an Ultra are not visible to the human eyes, and wounds, bleeding light close on their own when the obstruction is removed. Ultras who take on hosts are able to fully heal themselves between battles which may be days apart, while Ultras in human form are not able to heal as quickly, but their injuries do no seem to impair them for the most part until they become too severe or numerous
- Endurance: Ultras are more durable than humans, they have shown remarkable resilience to attacks that would vaporize most monsters. Many Ultras have shown they are resistant to their own Ultra beams, living with great injuries instead of being blown up. In the Heisei Ultraseven the ultra stood up to heavy machine gun fire, even at point blank range, and was clearly unfazed by the attack. It has been stated and shown several times that Ultras are resistant to lasers and even their own beams. Many Ultras, especially those from the Showa Universe are stated and shown to be resistant to Lasers, fire and high temperatures. In some Universes are even resistant/immune to the Showa Universe weakness of cold temperatures.
- Size Alteration: Ultras can change their size from giant to microscopic and anything in between, some can even enlarge themselves beyond their regular size.
- Form/Mode/Type Change: Several Ultras have displayed the ability to partially alter their bodies' anatomy to increase/alter certain aspects of their abilities, often changing the markings and colors of the Ultra Armor (Their skin). Ultraman Tiga and Dyna type change using a gemstone located on their foreheads. This has not been displayed by all the Ultras in the Tiga Universe however.
- Assimilation: An Ultra can share their life energy with a human, fusing the two into one being, they can transform back into ultra form using a special device they always have. This act also can revive a recently killed person, though they will require the Ultra's energy to survive since their life force is gone.
- Human Mimic: An Ultra may simply take on a human form, though this body works on the same principle as a host body, it also shares any injuries with the Ultra form and vice versa.