You might not be aware, but Ultraman is a pretty popular guy in Japan. Although the show has never reached fame outside of Japan, Ultraman has become a global icon of Japanese television and popular culture. In this article, we are going to rank the 10 best Ultraman villains in history.
10. Dark Lucifer
Debut: Ultraman Nexus
Dark Lucifer is the last Dark Ultra created by Dark Zagi. He appeared in 2012, three years after the death of his master. Dark Lucifer does not have a suit, but his design was created by Yasushi Torisawa. This giant combines the aspects of all the main antagonists that appeared in the Ultra N project.
Three years after the destruction of Dark Zagi, Kazuki Komon had been appointed as the leader of the Japanese Night Raider division. One day, strange cases occurred in which several people claimed to have lost their memories of the Space Beasts. Komon and Nagi found out that the culprit was a member of the Memory Police, who was soon revealed to be a dark giant named Dark Lucifer. Reunited with Ultraman Noa, Komon and Nagi faced this new threat.
Dark Lucifer was supposed to be the final antagonist of Ultraman Nexus, but due to the low viewership of the series, Zagi became the final boss instead. Originally he was supposed to be the revived form of Zagi, but thanks to the novel, he is now a final creation.
9. Absolute Tartarus
Debut: Ultra Galaxy Fight: The Absolute Conspiracy
Absolute Tartarus is an absolutist warrior from the kingdom who can transcend space and time, as well as a formidable strategist who makes his plans from the shadows. As part of his plan to forcibly take over the Land of Light to control it as a second home planet for the Absolutian people, he set out to gather accomplices and monsters from various timelines to help him accomplish his mission.
Among those he recruited and expelled were Reibatos, Maga-Orochi, Leugocyte, Mold, and Juda. Tartarus conspired with an alien named Sran, whom he had rescued in the past, to supply Maga-Orochi on the planet Mikarito with Gudi’s cells to accelerate his evolution into Magatano-Orochi and destroy the universe.
While Sran accomplished his task and captured and infected Ultraman Max to use him as an energy source for Maga-Orochi’s growth, Tartarus jumped to several dimensions (including the future Earth). But, his presence was detected by Delacion of Universal Justice in the form of a mysterious signal that sent Ultraman Cosmos and Ultraman Justice to track down its source.
Debut: Ultraman Ace
Yapool is an evil entity and the main antagonist of the Ultraman Ace TV series. He has been defeated many times but is shown to be immortal due to his eternal hatred for Ultras. He also tends to avoid death due to his ingenuity and intelligence, and the use of his alternate forms and creations, the Choju, to evade detection.
7. Dark Zagi
Dark Zagi is a demonic clone of Ultraman Noa and the main antagonist (Super Villain) of Ultra N Project. An alien race created him as a biological weapon against the Space Beasts until Zagi turned on his creator, and they tried to stop him by destroying their home planet but failed. Zagi then takes on an army of creatures known as Space Beasts and begins universal destruction on any planet in his path.
Despite his bestial behavior in his Ultra form, Zagi proves to be somewhat intelligent, having devised long-term plans that actually work. His human possession also exhibits extraordinary skills by hacking and analyzing, even being able to turn off TLT security, to help the Night Riders save Ren.
Even in stage performances, he has been more self-controlled in battle, but his film and TV appearances show him as akin to a berserker in battle. An example is in Ultraman Ginga’s stage show; he is not afraid to fight his fellow antagonists if they get in his way, even going so far as to brutally attack EX Zetton who gets in his way.
6. Cicada Human
Debut: Ultra Q
The Cicada Man disguised himself as a human to steal the Tilsonite meteor because he needed it to control two incoming Garamons. The alien being hid in the forests of Japan and ordered the two giants to reduce Tokyo to rubble, but he did not expect humanity to track him down. When the soldiers arrived, their weapons floated out of their hands and fired at them, ending their lives.
Cicada Man’s technology was great, but Jun managed to knock the device out of the alien’s hand. When his plans began to fail, the being was shot, forcing him to abandon his human disguise and reveal his true appearance.
After losing the meteor and the two Garamons, the creature stumbled to the alien ship that emerged from the lake. His own people did not forgive him for his failure and killed the fiend with a beam of light that ignited the creature in a blazing inferno.
5. Ultraman Tregear
Debut: Ultraman R/B The Movie: Select! The Crystal of Bond
As a child, Tregear was an antisocial boy with a penchant for taboo subjects by normal standards, hence his name, which means “mad curiosity.” This includes entering a sacred crypt and studying the concept of darkness in the library. Despite his friendship with Taro, over time the hardships he endured after graduating and discovering Belial and Hikari’s fall from light shook his sense of justice and led to his self-imposed exile to his former homeworld.
Since absorbing Grimdo into his body, Tregear has transformed into a sadistic and ruthless deceiver who deceives people by offering to “make their dreams come true.”
Whether as Ultra or in his human form (Kirisaki), he prefers to watch the end result of his actions from the sidelines, having triggered a chain of events that lead to despair and suffering in others rather than causing it directly. Some of his crimes may even be as insignificant as popping a young girl’s balloon. He is on no side because of his watered-down morals and would rather see everything destroyed.
Debut: Ultraman Tiga: The Final Odyssey
Camearra, also known as Kamila, is the leader of the Three Dark Giants and the main antagonist of the 2000 film, Ultraman Tiga: The Final Odyssey. Ultraman Tiga was one of his comrades before choosing light, with his Multi Type and Glitter form bestowed upon him by his powers. He has stronger dark powers than the other two dark giants, but weaker than Ultraman Tiga’s dark powers.
3. Alien Empera
Debut: Ultraman Taro
Alien Empera, also known as Lord of Darkness and simply Emperor, is the main antagonist of Ultraman Mebius. He is the sole survivor of the alien race, having embraced darkness to survive on a dying planet. He was the master of the Empera Army and the commander of the Four Heavenly Dark Kings.
Although originally mentioned in Ultraman Taro, He made his physical appearance in the last four episodes of Ultraman Mebius. He is one of the few powerful foes in the Ultra Series to date, on par with his Armored Darkness. Despite its name, “Empera” is neither the name of its kind nor the name of the planet itself.
Bemular, also known as Bemlar, is a greedy, alien, reptilian monster that somehow escaped from the Giant’s Tomb. It was confronted by Ultraman on Earth and destroyed. Another Bemular who escaped from the Monster Graveyard was intercepted and defeated by Ultraman Mebius. Whether the two are the same is unknown and impossible.
Bemular fled the monster graveyard while Ultraman pursued him across the universe. He made his way to Earth and landed in Lake Ryugamori, where he hid while Ultraman crashed into Shin Hayata’s ship, killing him and merging with him out of grief to better protect the planet.
Meanwhile, the Science Patrol tracked Bemular, who was still hiding in the lake, and used Sub S22 (piloted by the revived Hayata) to lure Bemular out of hiding. Bemular, however, grabbed the ship with his teeth, hurled it to the ground, and set it on fire with his heat beam.
1. Ultraman Belial
Debut: Mega Monster Battle: Ultra Galaxy Legends The Movie
Ultraman Belial was a very powerful Ultra Hero, until greed overpowered him and he tried to steal the Plasma Spark. After his failure, he was discarded and transformed by Rayblood into a Reionic Ultra. His attack on the Land of Light ended in failure after being sealed away by Ultraman King, then thwarted by Ultraman Zero thousands of years later during his freedom.
He then established an empire in the Other Space before Zero foiled him again, resulting in his death. As a remaining spirit, Belial seeks the help of some aliens and possesses Zero but his defeat allows him to be revived. In Ultraman Geed, Belial manages Crisis Impact and fathers a boy/trick named Ultraman Geed.