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Stop Changing the damn title card![edit]

Whoever keeps swapping the title card with the picture of Ultraman and Gyango. Stop!!! The title card goes on the top, all other pictures belong on the bottom!! — Preceding unsigned comment added by 00717F (talkcontribs) 04:56, 19 February 2014 (UTC)

No Picture of Ultraman?![edit]

How is there no picture of Ultraman on this page??


Better storyline than the sentai shows?[edit]

No two Ultraman shows seems alike from my watching of the series, the show could be carried without help(lets not hope not). I think it should be noted that every Ultraman series differs from the other shows in the Japan because it lacks an everyplot thus making it similar to shows like the X-files and Star Trek rather than the stock Kaiju shows in Japan. Anyone else agree? Although Ultraman episodes end with him beating the monster, he does it in different ways. Sometimes they don't fight at all...sometimes the science patrol wins with minimal help from red and silver etc etc.

  • I absolutely disagree... Original Ultraman is just a weekly monster-a-day show. I love the shows, but the originals are just same old every generation. Suredeath 13:13, 1 December 2006 (UTC)


  1. What is a VTOL?
  2. Ultraman Great @ Ultraman Towards the Future - is that @ correct?
  3. What does the last sentence mean? How do more than one Ultraman appear?
  4. Why was the original title of this article UltraSeven/Ultraman? What is UltraSeven? -- Zoe

Is this the favorite hero of Shin-Chan, Shinosuke or whatever that anime child is called? -- Error

No it's not, Shin-chan's favorite hero is called Action Kamen -- Zaim

Answers for Zoe from Joe Sewell, editor/author of The Ultra[man] FAQ:

  1. VTOL stands for Vertical Take-Off and Landing. It refers to an aircraft that can lift off and land without a runway. The vehicle Hayata was in was called a Jet VTOL, often mispronounced "Jet Beetle" (since Japanese has no real "V" sound).
  2. The @ is, indeed, not correct; my recent edit corrects this.
  3. I suspect the comment about the last sentence refers to a previous version, but just in case it's still not clear ... Series in Japan tend not to be renewed, as they are in the United States of America, but get sequel series. For example, Dragon Ball Z is a sequel series to the original Dragon Ball. The various Ultra-series were, for the most part, sequels to their predecessor(s).
  4. Ultraseven is the second "Ultra-brother" to appear. The series of the same name was the sequel to Ultraman. Neither Ultraman nor Hayata appeared in Ultraseven, although both appeared in later series. Perhaps I should create a list of all the different series and/or Ultras in each one? (Oh, there can be more than one Ultra around, too; each one is a separate individual.)

Joe Sewell 16:22, 27 Feb 2004 (UTC)

I actually played as an extra in Ultraman Millenium Live Show in Bangkok and I got some pictures, of which one has 2 actors wearing Ultraman suites, I made the pictures so the copyright lies with me. I want to upload them, do you think it will be a problem? (as the show was organized by the Thai company in a legal battle with the Japanese company)Waerth 09:35, 1 Apr 2004 (UTC)

Well, I'm relatively new here, so I probably should let one of the "experts" handle this, but as I understand it, you might be better off uploading those pictures to a more private area, such as one of the Yahoo! Groups that deal with Ultraman. --Joe Sewell 21:00, 22 Apr 2004 (UTC)
No complaints were heard on the Dutch wiki where I put the picture on my personal page, so I just go for it. Waerth 08:26, 3 May 2004 (UTC)
I type corrected, then. Go for it! --Joe Sewell 13:29, 14 May 2004 (UTC)

Removing picture[edit]

Can the anon in the 61 range please stop removing the picture on this page?? thx. Waerth 12:37, 24 Jan 2005 (UTC)

The picture of Ultraseven and Ultramother should be deleted, since this article belongs more to the original Ultraman series than to the whole franchise. We've got the Ultra Series article now. Black Condor 19:58, 11 Jun 2005 (UTC)

Remove most of the "dispute" section[edit]

April 4, 2005, I'm concerned that I may get into an EDIT war with someone very passionate for Tsuburaya. A bunch of info was added that was mostly speculation.

Actually, as of this writing (8/4/2005), the section is as fair, balanced and truthful as it gets. Whoever edited it put it much more eloquently than I could.  :)

Personally, I am very passionate for Tsuburaya. Chaiyo is a bunch of con-artists. The article seen on the Thai newspaper THE NATION (about Sompote Saengdeunchai's "court victory" and Tsuburaya's subsequently facing "financial difficulties") was a big lie, and it has gone too far.

FYI, as for the part where Sompote and his son Pirasith could go to jail for 5 years if they lose, it came from this article (which explains his side of the story):,8782,185619,00.html

And remember, this is the same guy who asked Toei for permission to do a Kamen Rider movie. When Toei refused, Chaiyo did it anyway: Hanuman and the 5 Riders. I guess Toei knew better . . .


Too much detail?[edit]

I see someone added tons of detail about the original Ultraman. Should we keep it, move it to a new Ultra-specific page, or what? (If the latter, we probably should flesh out the other Ultra-warriors' stories, too.)

I tried to change some of the wording to indicate this isn't the only Ultraman around. --Joe Sewell 16:58, 24 May 2005 (UTC)

I notice there are links to all the other Ultraman series, which causes me to think we should have separate pages. Perhaps the individual who provided all the detail from the first series would like to move it to a new page, named "Ultraman (original)" or something like that? --Joe Sewell 01:32, 2 Jun 2005 (UTC)

The article was way too heavy with details (re: Monster names, explanations, etc.) this is a simple article for basic information, not an actual guidebook, or show bible. Most of the information can be found on fansites all over the web. I edited it down to make it more streamline, and easier to wade through. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 01:07, 15 July 2010 (UTC)

Don't amputate, transplant instead

Imagine if I were to recall that on some episode Ultraman sprayed a monster with water and came here to find out which one. What would it benefit me to know that Ultraman had a water spraying capability with mention of against whom it was used? Fans are going to be the reader of this article. Episodes and monsters are exactly what is called for. They will want this sort of information. You can't realistically link to some fanbook and say Ultraman can spray water, for details, see elsewhere. This is an encyclopedia and encyclo- means all encompassing. I recognize your good faith intention to keep this article wieldy, but simply cutting out the concrete details is not the way to improve an article like this. It would become useless to fans and non-fans will not read this article anyway. Try condensing verbose statements, repeated and redundant mentions of the same detail, without deleting the relevant details entirely. Or, if you find this article too big, move the details to a new, more focused article or articles, perhaps the separate article List of Ultraman Episodes, and List of Ultraman powers. If you need help creating your first article, read Wikipedia:Your first article or let me or someone else know. That is the valid way to handle unwieldy articles; transplantation, not amputation.μηδείς (talk) 13:20, 15 July 2010 (UTC)

The problem I see is that the material is unsourced. But then so is the rest of the article, as are almost all articles in the Japanese sci-fi genres. There are dozens of books on these series & films in Japanese, and a few have been written in English lately also. I've got quite a lot of old Japanese material on this genre, but have avoided working on these articles because they seem to be "owned" by editor(s) who will zealously enforce editor-made spelling/formatting nonsense while leaving the articles... unsourced. You are correct though, I believe, that when an article gets too detailed, we should break that detail off to a separate article. Unfortunately, again, I've seen stand-alone articles on subjects related to Ultraman be created and then deleted. Again, they could be sourced easily, but this Inclusion/Deletion nonsense makes it just an irritating game. And encyclopedia should be as encyclopedic as its materials allow. To intentionally do less, and to delete good work other have done, is censorship. Dekkappai (talk) 14:15, 15 July 2010 (UTC)
Not all material requires third party citationsμηδείς (talk) 18:49, 15 July 2010 (UTC)
I think that's one of the most irresponsible guidelines in all the nonsensical editor-written WP rules & regulations. It openly mandates original research, it encourages sneaky, difficult to find vandalism, and it is simply lazy. If any one of the unsourced, over-detailed sections at this article were rightly broken off to a stand-alone, it would be deleted for lack of sourcing. Just shows the shoddiness of the thinking behind this guideline-- and it's significant that those claiming to be "Deletionist" often support it. Dekkappai (talk) 15:32, 15 July 2010 (UTC)
The concrete details were not cut away. The names of the abilities (Japanese and English) were kept, as were the descriptions of how they worked. That is all that is needed in a list of powers and abilities. Specific, detailed examples, monsters the powers were used against, ways they were counteracted, etc, do not belong there. Otherwise you have mounds of expositional text that just turns into an unreadable mess. While fans of the show may be the primary readers of this article, it still has to be accessable to the general public. I like the suggestion of a detailed episode/monster/power article, but that is a job for someone else to tackle.Enelsonian (talk) 19:33, 15 July 2010 (UTC)Enelsonian

So, Dekkappai, can you let us know what you really think on the issue?  :D

That a work of fiction itself should be a proper source for its own plot details is reasonable. It is not like there is no reference, the work of fiction is itself the most authoritative reference. You still have to specify the episode or chapter. The material is subject to verification by reference to the work. No one is prevented from checking the facts for himself if he likes. I actually had to rent and watch Blue Velvet to confirm some plot details for the article. It was, admittedly, quite unpleasant. (I have always loved Isabella Rossellini, but the movie is pretentious and its supposedly shocking material is actually quite laughable, as is the interaction between Dern and MacLaughlin.) But I was able to obtain what I needed. Not all works have plot summaries available, and the work itself is always they highest authority even when they do exist. And commentary and analysis still require secondary sources. Perhaps people will make things up, and they can always invent references or attribute to real references claims which they do not actually make, but, in the end, that is always dealt with in the same way, by the oversight of other editors. No mere rule can prevent malfeasance without vigilant human oversight.μηδείς (talk) 18:49, 15 July 2010 (UTC)

Reading throught this article, as it was 2 days ago was a chore. There were too many instances of bad grammar, shift in tense, and way, way too much information crammed into it. I'm sure the person who added the info on the monsters, and examples of Ultraman's usage of various powers wanted to help by finding and posting the information, but this article is not the place. If a person wants to know What Ultraman can do, they can look at a list of abilities, and a brief description, if they want more they should be directed to a different section (as suggested above), they shouldn't have to wade through paragraph after paragraph of monster names and examples of how he used the ability and how it was counteracted, etc. Simply put, the article was too fat, and needed a lot of trimming to make it more readable, and at the same time retain the basic information needed. If the person who supplied the monsters and information would like to set up a seperate entry (an episode/monster/power guide) then they should, as that is where most of this information belongs. And for those who are crying censorship, I suggest you re-examine the definition of the word before you start throwing it around willy-nilly in discussion. Enelsonian (talk) 19:33, 15 July 2010 (UTC)Enelsonian

I encourage you to address any instances of bad grammar and poor style. But according to the policy on plot summaries we are either required to state in which episode an event occurs, or to provide a citation from a secondary source. A list of powers without either verifiable and notable secondary references or references to the plot violates the policy on citations of fictional works. "For consolidated articles discussing a work published or broadcast in a serial form, a citation to the individual episode is appropriate to help readers to verify the summary." Monsters in Ultraman episodes are notable by definition (monstrum monstrare means to show) and providing the name of the monster against whom a power is used serves the necessary end of identifying the episode. Deleting these references, rather than perhaps converting them into chart form, is simply unacceptable. If you do not provide a specific reference for each power then you cannot delete references to the specific plots.
You are right that censorship is the improper word for your actions. The proper word is vandalism.μηδείς (talk) 20:38, 15 July 2010 (UTC)
Here's a suggestion then, Get off your high horse, stop restoring a poorly written article and create a table or chart or section that goes into more detail. All of that information does not need to be there. Period. And nice try with the vandalism accusation. Vandalism is what was cleaned up a few days ago (check article history). Editing down unneeded information is not vandalism. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Enelsonian (talkcontribs) 21:49, 15 July 2010 (UTC)

Please maintain civility. I am not required to edit at your command. Good faith edits are not vandalism. But removing references to specific episodes after you have been reminded that policy on fiction articles requires that plot elements be identified amounts to vandalism. You are the one who wants to delete. Rather than keep doing the same old illegitimate deletion, try a more focused deletion that leaves in references that identify the episode to readers. Otherwise we will simply have to delete the list of powers as unreferenced.μηδείς (talk) 22:05, 15 July 2010 (UTC)

And what you are requesting will make this article read as if it was written by a Junior High Student with no training in formal writing. This article as it is now, is, to be be generous, amateurish at best, at worst absolute trash. There is too much information to make this easy to read, or understandable except by the most ardent fanboy. The items I removed were, for the most part, names of monsters, and plot points, which again, have no place in a list of powers. The simple fact is stated on the heading that these powers were demonstrated in the tv series itself, should stand as source of reference that is all encompassing. Your ability to spout quaint phrases, give reminders to remain civil, and cry vandalism is quite good, but it seems your ability to remain objective, and see the whole picture regarding the horrible state of this article, and the need for severe editing is quite lacking. If you can't see that this article needs work, then you are being purposely obtuse. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Enelsonian (talkcontribs) 22:34, 15 July 2010 (UTC)

Maintain civility and assume good faith. I have nowhere said that the article is ideal, and I agree entirely that there is plenty of poor writing. The problem is that when one mentions such things as the ability to shoot water one either has reference it, either to a secondary source or to the episode itself. Something like this is fine: "Ultraman has the ability to spray water, called "Ultra-Shower". In My Home is Earth he used it to attack the mutated human monster Jamila, killing him." That is superior to a lot of poor prose. But if we remove any reference to the episode in which the ability is used it has to then have a formal ref from a notable source. This is all very simple. In the meantime, we simply cannot remove relevant and notable material wholesale with repeated reversions of same wholsale deletion. As I said,if you have the time and desire, try doing the edit without deleting references to episodes or the monsters they featured.μηδείς (talk) 23:08, 15 July 2010 (UTC)

Kirby/Ultraman question[edit]

Dear author: On your Ultraman page, it mentioned that one of the episodes of Kirby Right Back at Ya' had a reference to Ultraman in it. Which episode (name/number) was it? Can you give me some detail on what happened in this episode? Thanks. ---Solara

Issues with Godzilla?[edit]

I noticed that some contributors cut out much of the parts that explain Godzilla in them (BTW, these were my contributions).

I don't exactly know why people have issues with my mentioning Godzilla in this Ultraman article. I'm thinking maybe because he doesn't "fit in" the superhero agenda (especially since the original Ultraman is, first and foremost, a science fiction series, not just a superhero show). Maybe I'm telling people what they don't want to hear - the truth.

Then you're going to find that Godzilla will get quite a bit of mention in the Ultraman article, becuase his (and other Toho tokusatsu) influence to the original series (and perhaps the entire Ultra Series) cannot be denied. For several reasons, which I intend to include in the article:

  • He and Ultraman were created by Japan's FX wizard Eiji Tsuburaya (this was already covered in the article).
  • He inspired the many maurauding monsters on the show, just like in Ultra Q. (In fact, like said show, some people in Japan call Ultraman a "giant monster show", which it essentially is!)
  • Like in Ultra Q, he made an appearance on the show (as another monster).
  • He and Ultraman are the two greatest tokusatsu icons in and out of Japan, especially in America. (And besides, how many people in the US even know about Kamen Rider, Japan's other greatest superhero, and not confuse him with Ultraman?)

I am in no way trying to push Godzilla on Ultraman fans. I am a very big fan of both Godzilla and Ultraman (not to mention Eiji Tsuburaya). It cannot hurt to do an analysis of Godzilla's influence on the creation and being of Ultraman (and it's been done many times by Japanese fans also). You could be doing the same thing by comparing this show (as well as Ultra Q and Ultra Seven) to shows by Gerry Anderson, which were also an influence to this show (which is evident, as Eiji was a big fan of his shows).

What do you think?


I'd have to go back through the history to see just how much got cut, but it's pretty obvious that this page is slowly mutating to something beyond a description of the entire genre. I agree that Godzilla is an important influence, especially in the USA, but I'm not sure now how it would fit in. I would suggest omitting the part about Godzilla "making an appearance on the show." --Joe Sewell 16:18, 9 August 2005 (UTC)

Should we move many of the info to Ultra series page[edit]

I think that some of the introduction, the ultra phenomenon, and whole legal dispute section should be move to the ultra series page in my opinion. This should be about the first Ultraman, not the the whole series... which we do have an article on.

Okinawan Background[edit]

Should information on the Okinawan ties of Ultraman be tied into this page? Or somewhere else?

Ultraman monsters[edit]

I'm the guy who keeps adding heaping portions of detail on the original Ultraman over the past few months (since about December 2005), and as time permits, I continue to flesh out individual monsters and the episode plots each was a part of. I hope that's okay with the "keeper" of this page; I'm not sure if that person is Joe Sewell, who I see has numerous entries in the discussion section. Bottom line, I do not mind if these entries are eventually incorporated into the Ultraman page instead of remaining separate. I just figured the Ultraman page itself was getting kind of overloaded (and that's partly my fault as well, for adding several entries on Ultraman's powers.) - MattBattison

5/22/06: I realize that someone else here is also going to the trouble of describing some of these monsters. That's great, in terms of cutting down my work and still achieving the objective of being informative about Ultraman monsters. I would just ask that whomever is erasing my descriptions completely, sometimes replacing them (Gomora), sometimes not (Hidora), please consider incorporating what I have written along with any information like the "stats." A detailed description of the plot for Gomora was blown away in favor of a completely different account of it, and many of the details were lost. Where I come from, that's not editing. The two accounts could have been merged to flesh out more details overall. I did the same in some pre-existing descriptions for other Ultraman monsters; where someone else's description was sufficient, I either added to it (Z-ton) or left it completely alone (Baltan). At least the Gomora description is on the mark. My description of Hidora was simply deleted.

I have also noticed "flags" on other entries I have made for monsters (such as Dorako) suggesting that I incorporate the information into the Ultraman page. If the "keeper" of all things Ultraman on Wikipedia wishes to do so, I have no objection. I will not do it myself, partly out of respect to those who constructed the Ultraman page in the first place, and partly out of my newness to the system and etiquette. I wouldn't want to presume how they would like the information (re-)organized, while still presented in its entirety.

I have also received a flag on my Bullton entry to "wikify" the monster description. Again, I'm not a battle-tested veteran of Wikipedia, but I believe I have followed the instructions. My entry may not have all the bells and whistles that the Baltan and Bemular entries have -- I do not own the rights to pictures of any of these monsters -- but it remains functional. By all means, if there's something missing from the structure of this entry, please respond here in specifics, and I will do what I can.

I have read the rules, and parroted existing structure as a primer for learning the system, but if someone wants to contribute pointers or work further on what i have contributed that's fine with me -- hopefully they do so without completely destroying information I have provided. - MattBattison

6/14/06: I think I'm done helping out. Paging through to see what's happened lately, I noticed that descriptions I left for Aboras and Bullton have been linked in a vicious circle back to the Ultraman page, instead of to the information I wrote. I could understand if it linked to better substantiated info, but the current set-up is a disservice to everybody. I have also been asked to document/cite sources my entry for Banila. I watched the video and took notes. That's about as direct a form of documentation as I can provide, but I realize that may not be what Wikipedia expects. Oh well. I guess some badly translated Japanese account of the episode will be cited sometime later, and that will have to suffice. Siyonara. - MattBattison

Have you thought to even try and confront the person doing so? Or, as I would suggest, making a single "Ultra Kaiju" article? -- Majin Gojira 18:29, 6 July 2006 (UTC)
Hi, MattBattison. I noticed the absurd situation in re the Ultramonsters on this page just the other day. Click on any one of them and you are redirected back to this same page. This is clearly wrong. I see now that you had individual articles for each of the monsters. I think this is fine. Or, as Majin Gojira suggests, one Ultra-monster article with some sort of table/description/image (if we dare) on each of them. Either way would work, but the present re-redirecting situation certainly does not work. Most of the redirects were done without justification, I notice one says "not notable." I would question that. And if these monster characters are determined to be not notable, certainly a group "Ultra kaiju" would still be justified. -- Rizzleboffin 18:48, 6 July 2006 (UTC)
I jumped the gun and already started to work on one, though my knowledge is very limited, it's little more than an incomplete list of Ultraman monsters - Majin Gojira 15:21, 20 July 2006 (UTC)

7/31/06: My thanks to Majin Gojira and Rizzleboffin for your points. This is the first time in a long time that I visited to see what's happening. I do not know who destroyed the monster descriptions, but since the damage hasn't continued, I'll try to get back to reconstructing them. If a reasonably good explanation is put up already, I won't quibble on the details. As always, I am completely open to this info being pasted into the Ultra Series or Kaiju pages. - MattBattison

A lot (all?) of the monster links redirect back to the Ultraman page... Not exactly useful! 21:36, 3 October 2006 (UTC)

Ultraman Shadow[edit]

Ever heard of Ultraman Shadow?He is the evil ultraman zearth. 02:36, 16 December 2006 (UTC)

Yeah... on the ultraman zearth's page.Suredeath 11:06, 16 December 2006 (UTC)

Seo Taiji Album/Song Ultraman[edit]

Seo Taiji (a huge korean rockstar) has an album with a song called Ultramania which deals with Ultraman. I don't know if it should be mentioned here though... a link to translated lyrics are: 22:51, 16 March 2007 (UTC)

Who is Zoffy?[edit]

I see several references to "Zoffy" in the article but there is no explanation or link of who he is.

In answer to your question, Zoffy appears in the original Ultraman television series, though he is not identified as such. He was Ultraman's mentor, and he rescues Ultraman after his battle with Zetton (Z-ton). Some sources, although I cannot confirm them, have claimed he is a relative, possibly Ultraman's big brother, cousin, or uncle. He is very similar in appearance to Ultraman, but has a series of rivet-like bumps in a U-shape across his chest. MattBattison 13:15, 11 July 2007
The references you mention are plentiful; they come often from "background story" provided unofficially by Tsuburaya Productions or some of their employees, though some of the manga stories claim to include some of the back-story as well. Whether they're considered canonical or not is up to the individual. --Joe Sewell (talk) 16:37, 23 July 2008 (UTC)

Fair use rationale for Image:Ultraman logo.jpg[edit]

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Arashi in the US[edit]

I believe the notation that Arashi was called "Iyoshi Ishii" in the US is incorrect. The actor may have been called that, but the character's name was rendered Arashi, even in the US. (This is from memory, though, so I cannot provide citations to "prove" it.) --Joe Sewell (talk) 16:39, 23 July 2008 (UTC)

The original Ultraman show in the U.S.[edit]

I heard that this show was brought to the U.S. during the time the 1960s Batman television series went on the air, but never did succeed well enough to have several its successors brought outside of Japan until one or two others like Ultraman Tiga came over. I looked in this article and don't see any information about the show's runs outside of Japan, should this article include information about the U.S. version or not? Parrothead1983 (talk) 03:36, 15 January 2009 (UTC)

Are you talking about this version of the show with no japanese people in it?It should get a mention I think as well. (talk) —Preceding undated comment added 00:34, 16 October 2012 (UTC)


This article definitely deserves a good fair use image. I have taken a screenshot I think is especially illustrative since it shows Ultraman in the context of a fight with a monster amid buildings to demonstrate scale. I think the picture would actually serve as a much better main image than the current logo, but am adding it lower in the text to ask for comments before replacing the current one. μηδείς (talk) 00:55, 20 April 2011 (UTC)

We've had slow motion edit warring over this for almost three years now. This is the English wikipedia, and an illustrative image for the infobox is appropriate. The Japanes title will be meaningless to most readers of the article, and conveys no informations about the title character or the nature of the show. μηδείς (talk) 19:47, 20 February 2014 (UTC)
Seriously, why can't we have a title card at the top instead of a picture. All the other "Ultra" Pages have title cards at the top. Why not Ultraman. 00717F (talk) 23:00, 22 February 2014 (UTC)
Frankly you're both wrong. The title card should be in the infobox itself and it does not matter that it's in Japanese. It still illustrates the article by identifying the subject.—Ryūlóng (琉竜) 18:19, 15 March 2014 (UTC)

The "40th Ultraman Episode".[edit]

Currently, for the episode list of Ultraman, the 1996 film Revive! Ultraman is listed as the 40th episode.... which it isn't. I've personally never seen Tsuburaya Productions list it as a 40th episode of the original Ultraman.

I thought that I should post something here before removing it. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Zemistar (talkcontribs) 23:45, 5 January 2014 (UTC)

Why Can't We Have a Title Card at the Top?[edit]

Seriously, why can't we have a title card at the top instead of a picture. All the other "Ultra" Pages have title cards at the top. Why not Ultraman. Continuity people!. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 00717F (talkcontribs) 22:56, 22 February 2014 (UTC)

As you see, we have had the title card at the top for a few weeks with ultraman's image. I prefer the English card, but will leave the Japanese card since the English name is given. In any case, readers should see the image of ultraman himself, since they may recognize it while not recognizing the japanese title card. μηδείς (talk) 18:51, 15 March 2014 (UTC)
The infobox is not the place for such content as it is not indicative of the entirety of the program. The screenshot works fine in the article proper, though.—Ryūlóng (琉竜) 19:01, 15 March 2014 (UTC)
Medeis, stop putting the Gyango screencap in the infobox and stop moving the title cards around.—Ryūlóng (琉竜) 19:02, 15 March 2014 (UTC)

And fine Medeis, here are all the messages I sent you regarding this page on your user talk that you demand be here rather than there.—Ryūlóng (琉竜) 19:43, 15 March 2014 (UTC)

Please use the television program's title card in the infobox and a photo of the character in the article itself. Not the other way around.—Ryūlóng (琉竜) 11:52, 15 March 2014 (UTC)

Again, the title card belongs in the infobox. Not a screencap from the TV show. And just because the title card is Japanese does not mean it's not to be used. Also, the English language title card should not be in the "title" parameter of the infobox.—Ryūlóng (琉竜) 18:16, 15 March 2014 (UTC)

And at this point, you have to recognize that you have had your preferred version reverted by multiple editors over the course of 3 years since you uploaded File:Ultraman gyango ruffian from outerspace 19660925.JPG. Give it a rest already.—Ryūlóng (琉竜) 18:28, 15 March 2014 (UTC)

Okay, here's the thing about your file. It's still too big. Non-free images on Wikipedia should be as small as they can be (generally the auto thumbnail size) which means 600x500 or whatever it is too big. Whenever I upload things like this I make the max width 300 pixels because non-free images like these usually show up as 220 or 250 pixels wide. And stop futzing around with the article's images. You've been reverted by multiple editors over the course of 3 years. Take a hint that your version isn't the one that everyone wants. Hell, Gyango isn't even a particularly iconic Ultra Monster. You don't have anything of Baltan or Dada or Pigmon?—Ryūlóng (琉竜) 19:08, 15 March 2014 (UTC)

Where is the article about the race?[edit]

I came here to find out about the race in Hawaii. Normally there is a link at the top of the page if you go to the wrong page with the same title, but I can't find out where the Ultraman race is. Thanks! — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 02:19, 12 May 2014 (UTC)

non-free unlicensed images[edit]

Please do not add images described as public domain that were made in the 1960, or describe as "screenshots" unlicensed images taken from commercial websites. See WP:FAIRUSE. μηδείς (talk) 18:37, 29 August 2014 (UTC)

What do these things matter? If it's a screenshot it's a screenshot. You just seem to be intent at this stage on keeping the Gyango one on the article because you uploaded it 3 years ago.—Ryūlóng (琉竜) 19:05, 29 August 2014 (UTC)
I've replaced the image with one that is completely different, has proper sourcing, and shows the character more clearer than either your screencap or the ones uploaded by Teridax. Now drop it.—Ryūlóng (琉竜) 19:23, 29 August 2014 (UTC)

I see a "new" editor who's never editted this article and whose edit history matches that of banned user ryulong has decided not only to make ryulong's upload of costumed people in a trade show the main picture, he's also deleted a screen captue actually showing ultraman in action in an episode. I'd suggest leaving the sreen capture as the main image and allowing ryulong's picture to remain, although it does not depict the "actual" character in an "actual" situation. μηδείς (talk) 01:23, 28 February 2015 (UTC)

The screenshot sucks. The convention pic has the main character front and center. We don't need an "action" shot. - Strongjam (talk) 01:39, 28 February 2015 (UTC)
Fair use (1) only allows one picture, and (2) requires that it illustrate some relevant aspect of the subject discussed in the text. That Ultraman is a giant being who fights godzilla-like monsters is a relevant aspect mentioned in the text, the Tokyo festival is not--that picture of two people on a stage in a convention hall would be fine for an article on the Tokyo festival. Complaining about the quality of the picture is off topic, only low-res cropped images under a certain size can be used, as Diannaa has explained. μηδείς (talk) 17:57, 2 March 2015 (UTC)
My problem with the screenshot is that Ultraman is not the main subject of the picture, only occupying the left third of the frame. The press event shot has features Ultraman front and centre and as it's a press kit shot the fair use case for using that is stronger then a still from a copyrighted broadcast. — Strongjam (talk) 18:17, 2 March 2015 (UTC)
  • I'll repeat, No trademarked or copyrighted material is of valid use unless it is commented upon in the text of the article. Since one cannot accurately describe ultraman in words, a picture is entirely reasonable, and a low quality picture with commentary in the text meets this requirement. But it is perfectly simply to say that a title card says "ultra man" in white letters on a red background without having a picture. Second, there's no policy that a text-only title card be used in an infobox, only a suggestion that a show's titlecard be used if it is iconic. See, for example, the title card for The Lone Ranger. Third, uploading another copy of the same file under a different file name will simply get one blocked for disruption and non-free use violation. Having two copies of a titlecard and no image of the character in an article is simple unhelpful. Edit warring to keep an non-free image and remove a fair use image will simply draw the attention of the administrator's notice board and a sock-puppet inverstigation, and result in sanctions. μηδείς (talk) 03:00, 26 April 2015 (UTC)

The pictures of the title cards are free because they are just text on a background so there is nothing extra needed. And you need to stop adding your screencap into the infobox. The infobox is for title cards. That picture of Ultraman and Gyango belong next to text describing what Ultraman looks like. Look at any other page on TV shows and you see that they're set up in the same way. Title card in the infobox. Other images in the rest of the article. You are the one who should be sanctioned μηδείς because it looks like you've been fighting over this for many years. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2601:A:1700:516E:A49C:E96B:123E:FA6A (talk) 06:30, 30 April 2015 (UTC)

Edit War on the page[edit]

It seems to me that User:Medeis feels the need to monopolize the page. Any new edits made and he reverts them back to his version and the centerpiece of these edits are his constant needs to add and re-add his image (which he's uploaded years ago) into the infobox, which is not an appropriate spot for such a picture. Like I've stated before, wiki's infobox TV guidelines states that a title card should typically be used for the infobox's image, however, Medeis keeps adding the Gyango image instead, always referring to wiki's MOS (never specifying which rule) as his justification, however, WP:TVIMAGE clearly states this, The image presented in the infobox of the main article should ideally be an intertitle shot of the show (i.e., a screenshot capture of the show's title) or a promotional poster used to represent the show itself. Looking at the page's history, this same edit has been reverted by multiple editors. I've placed his image under the HEROES & MONSTERS section of the article (as a compromise) because I believe it's an appropriate spot because the image illustrates the subject of the section, which is heroes and monsters and exactly what the picture shows but again, Medeis reverted back to his version with the gyango picture in the infobox, claiming that the "named character belongs in infobox", which wiki's guidelines/rules DO NOT STATE. A consensus must be reached before this completely turns into an all out edit war. If no consensus or compromise can be reached, I think it would be fair to bring a third opinion to help settle this. Armegon (talk) 03:44, 26 April 2015 (UTC)

He did it again. He's been doing this forever. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2601:A:1700:516E:A49C:E96B:123E:FA6A (talk) 06:25, 30 April 2015 (UTC) Cite error: There are <ref> tags on this page without content in them (see the help page).

Armegon I think it's obvious that Medeis doesn't care about third opinions because of how long he has been fighting over this one screencap being in the infobox. There are so many messages on this page left by other people asking why the Ultraman and Gyango picture is at the top while the title cards aren't, and the title cards are apparently free too Medeis just wants to be special and have his picture on the page or else no one has their picture on the page. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2601:A:1700:516E:A49C:E96B:123E:FA6A (talk) 06:38, 30 April 2015 (UTC)

Medeis still doesn't want to listen to anyone else. He keeps adding that bad picture when people have been getting rid of it over and over again. He just wants his screencap at the top of the page and saying everyone is a sockpuppet. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2601:A:1700:516E:9015:C39E:5C31:E615 (talk) 06:59, 3 May 2015 (UTC)

  • The characterization above is false, I have not been removing both title cards from the infobox, just using the combo titlebox/screenshot. Also, the guidelines do not mandate a titlebox or a titlebox alone or disallow a picture of the title character. Nor have I reverted textual changes to the article. The article has gone for months at a time in this state with the dual card and image, I think its funny to be accused of edit warring when the last four edits on the page besides mine have been anonymous single purpose IP's one of which was just blocked for two years as a proxy. μηδείς (talk) 03:22, 4 May 2015 (UTC)

Discussion of image(s) for infobox[edit]

Hopefully we can finally settle this. Once again, I must stress that the infobox image should only represent the show's title card, per WP:TVIMAGE and the very fact that the article is about the show and not the character, so an image showing the character is not the best image for the infobox. User:IJBall, I hope you can still lend your help on this matter. Armegon (talk) 02:25, 4 May 2015 (UTC)

OK, I think I'd like to hear the point of view Medeis, before I offer any of my own comments... --IJBall (talk) 02:53, 4 May 2015 (UTC)
Again, Armegon is insisting on a non-existent standard. If you go back through the article history, you will see that when I first uploaded the image of Ultraman, I replaced the title card entirely. After some BRD I was happy to leave it with the title card as well as the picture of Ultraman in the infobox. The dual image infobox format was worked on and perfected by several users over time.
It's an elegant solution. After all, the article is about Ultraman the monster fighting hero, not about the title card. This is so obvious it's absurd to have to point it out. Users will wish to see who Ultraman is at the top of the article, without having to wonder if they scroll down will they see him. He is unique as far as superheroes goes, he's not some white guy in tights and a cape. μηδείς (talk) 03:13, 4 May 2015 (UTC)

OK, for a "third party" opinion on this, here goes:

  1. WP:TVIMAGE does seem to prefer using a 'title card' as the image in infoboxes, and they are widely used in TV series articles.
  2. WP:TVIMAGE says nothing about using a second image in the Infobox, neither endorsing nor discouraging it. This is almost certainly not the only TV article that has more than a 'title card' image in the infobox (I think I've seen others, though I can't find any currently), though most seem to have only a 'title card' or DVD cover. Bottom line: I think use of a second image in the infobox is probably allowed, as long as it's the Consensus.
  3. In any case, WP:TVIMAGE is a guideline, which means it should generally be followed, but it's not entirely "binding" either.

With that out of the way, now here are my specific opinions:

  • I personally think two 'title card' images in the infobox is overkill.
  • I strongly prefer using the English title card in the Infobox (it's the article's title, and under WP:ENGLISH I think it's the appropriate one to use) over the Japanese 'title card'.
  • Medeis' image from the show itself should be used somewhere in the article, if not in the infobox.
  • Whichever 'title card' is not used in the infobox should also be placed in the article somewhere.
  • I have no strong feelings whether the infobox should contain just the 'title card' image, or the 'title card' and Medies's image.

So, I suspect on the most contentious issue, I may not be of much help, as I really don't object to the infobox having just one image, or two. --IJBall (talk) 03:32, 4 May 2015 (UTC)

I strongly suggest we follow the WP:TVIMAGE guidelines and limit ourselves to one infobox image. If we allow to even use a secondary image for the infobox, then where will it end? What if someone updates the secondary image with a new image and Medeis reverts the new image back to the one he uploaded? It would cause another edit war on the page and we'd be back here. This is what caused the issue in the first place, Medeis wanted his image to be the secondary image in the infobox while I (originally) wanted the English title card as the secondary image. Medeis' image is better suited for the "Heroes and Monsters" section of the article because the image itself illustrates the subject in question, the hero (Ultraman) and the monster. As IJBall said, WP:TVIMAGE is a guideline and it is meant to guide users in situations of uncertainty like the issue before us. I believe it is in the best interest of everyone and the article if the infobox image be limit to one image, again per WP:TVIMAGE. As I've said, if we allow a secondary image on the infobox, others will eventually want to replace the image with a new image they'd find better or favorable and given Medies' history of adding and re-adding his uploaded image back into the infobox, examples shown here, here, and here, the infobox image issue will never be settled and edit wars between users switching the secondary infobox image back and forth will never end. This is why I believe WP:TVIMAGE is the best solution. It is fair and it meets Wiki's TV guidelines criteria. Armegon (talk) 18:27, 4 May 2015 (UTC)
Again, you are quoting a guideline suggestion as a policy requirement, and ignoring the template page itself which says an image relevant to the show is fine in the infobox. You simply say the same untruth louder and louder. μηδείς (talk) 02:43, 5 May 2015 (UTC)
My preference is just the Japanese title card since it's a Japanese show, and then the English title card in the Story section as that's where the English dub is first mentioned. I don't feel that strongly about that though, and would be fine if that was swapped. The screencap with Gyango would fit perfectly with the Heroes and Monsters section. — Strongjam (talk) 20:10, 4 May 2015 (UTC)
I agree 100% with Strongjam. Armegon (talk) 00:48, 5 May 2015 (UTC)

Both title cars can't be used, the policy on trademarked logos is that fair use allows only one usage. There's no reason to remove Ultraman from the infobox, he was there for months on end with no problem, the issue has however been argued on "I don't like it" by sock puppets — Preceding unsigned comment added by Medeis (talkcontribs) 02:43, 5 May 2015‎ (UTC)

The template page is a guide on how to set up a TV infobox. WP:TVIMAGE sets up the rules that a TV infobox should follow. It is not a matter of "I don't like it", it is a matter of meeting the encyclopedic standards of MOS:TV. Medeis, the fact that you're calling my arguments (based on official Wiki guidelines) as "untruth" just proves that your choosing to ignore Wiki's official MOS:TV guidelines because it does not meet the official criteria to keep your image in the infobox and as I've said it many times before, WP:TVIMAGE clearly states, "The image presented in the infobox of the main article SHOULD ideally be an intertitle shot of the show (i.e., a screenshot capture of the show's title) or a promotional poster used to represent the show itself". Additionally, that same paragraph also goes on to say that, "For episode articles, a screenshot may only be used if it meets the Non-free content criteria, i.e., (typically) if it is required to illustrate a significant element of the episode". With that being said, the appropriate spot(s) for Medeis' image is better suited somewhere else in the article or an article of the episode from which Medeis' image originates from, per WP:TVIMAGE guidelines. Armegon (talk) 04:52, 5 May 2015 (UTC)
Both images are public domain, fair use has nothing to do with it. Both images can be used in the article without issue. — Strongjam (talk) 12:13, 5 May 2015 (UTC)

I still think (strongly) the English title card should be used in the infobox – this is English Wikipedia, and WP:ENGLISH seems pretty straight-forward here (it's also how most readers will have come to know of the show – from the English-language dub). The fact that the origin of the show is Japanese is mentioned elsewhere, and that's where the Japanese language title card can go. --IJBall (talk) 03:55, 6 May 2015 (UTC)

Actually, unless I'm missing something, this article is actually light on info on when this show aired in the English-language world (e.g. when, and how) – that info actually needs to be added to the article... --IJBall (talk) 03:58, 6 May 2015 (UTC)
  • These points don't invalidate your comments, but you are missing several items. First, the gamergate crowd that were taken to arbcom recently (see Ryulong have long claimed ownership of the various Ultra- articles (Ultraseven, Ultraman Ace, and many others, and they all have Japanese language title cards as their infobox images. This did not become evident to me until I started trying to upload images of monsters that were mentioned in several series. The bottom line is that EVERY ULTRA- ARTICLE MUST HAVE A JAPANESE TITLE CARD AND ONLY A JAPANESE TITLE CARD for the header.
The second issue is that we have had endless edit warring from now banned users and edits by single purpose anonymous socks screaming in the edit summaries that we should not have that ugly picture of Ultraman in the head. Ryulong supported two unlicensed images as alternatives to it, both taken of the web but without proper attribution to the source, and hence both deleted as not fair use. The image I uploaded is the only one that has been uploaded with a proper license.
If another image showing Ultraman and a monster both in full view were easy to capture I'd have captured another, but that's a lot simpler in the imagination than it is in reality. Look on my talk page at the demands that I upload a better picture. The bottom line still remains that both a titlecard of whichever language and a picture of Ultraman fighting a monster have long been available in the infobox. There's no practical, policy, or user-friendly reason to change that, or to make readers scroll through half the article to see what Ultraman himself actually looks like. When whas the last time someone told you, "You have to watch this show, the opening credits are spectacular"? It's absolutely absurd. μηδείς (talk) 04:58, 6 May 2015 (UTC)
  • Once again, the article is about the show, NOT THE CHARACTER. If this were an article completely dedicated to the character, like the Godzilla and Mario articles are, then yes, Medeis' pic would be appropriate for the infobox but unfortunately for Medeis, the article is ABOUT THE TELEVISION SHOW. Many TV show articles, like The Incredible Hulk (1978 TV series), Daredevil (TV series), and Arrow (TV series) articles for example, follow the guidelines of WP:TVIMAGE, they all have the title card of the show as the image for the infobox. On top of that, each of those articles I've referenced have images representing the characters placed in latter sections of the article(s) and not in the infobox, examples shown here for Hulk, here for Daredevil, and here for Arrow.
Tell me, what makes the Ultraman article so different and special from those articles that its infobox must be above those articles and above WP:TVIMAGE guidelines? Medeis' reason for keeping his image in the infobox is so that readers don't "scroll through half the article to see what Ultraman himself actually looks like", which is a question of personal taste instead of meeting the encyclopedic standards of MOS:TV. Medeis, I challenge you to try to pull the same stuff on those articles as you have with the Ultraman article and I can guarantee you they'll remove your character-image from the infobox and strike you with the same guidelines I've been referencing, just go ahead and try it, if you truly believe your way is not wrong. There's no practical, policy, or user-friendly reason to keep Medeis image in the infobox but there are guidelines that clearly state that a title card "SHOULD" be used as the main image for TV infoboxes.
ANOTHER THING, it seems some of you think I'm in defense of keeping the English title card in the infobox? Honestly, I don't really mind if it stays or if it goes. My defense is simply keeping one image (the Japanese title card) in the infobox, rather than two. I agree that keeping two images is over-kill, however, if my 2-cents count for something, I'd rather see the English title card moved to a later section of the article. Armegon (talk) 06:48, 6 May 2015 (UTC)
I'd prefer the Japense title card as well, but IJBall makes a good point about WP:ENGLISH. If there is consensus to keep just the English title card in the infobox I'm fine with that. — Strongjam (talk) 11:12, 6 May 2015 (UTC)
I'd be fine with it as well. I'm still all for keeping the Japanese title card in the infobox because the show is Japanese after all and there's very little information about the English dubbed version. Armegon (talk) 21:46, 6 May 2015 (UTC)
  • Perhaps we can make a new section about the English dub using what we can from these sources, here and here, and move the English title card to the new English dub section to illustrate the subject in question and keep the Japanese title card in the infobox, as I said before, since the show is Japanese. Armegon (talk) 09:46, 7 May 2015 (UTC)

English Title Card[edit]

Medeis There is no policy that restricts us to only one title card. They are free images from the commons. I believe you are referencing WP:TRADEMARK which says Note that non-free logos should only be used in the infoboxes of the primary article(s) to which they are affiliated. Note it says non-free logos. That is not the case here and doesn't apply. For example, the article on Dell freely makes use of 3 non-copyrighted trademark images without issue. — Strongjam (talk) 12:09, 19 May 2015 (UTC)

Yes, actually there is a policy which says stylized trademarks can only be used once per article and only in the info box. (And since the item is still for sale, neither trademarked logo is "in the public domain" as you have screamed above. The usage rationale is fair use, or there wouldn't even need to be a policy.) Didn't I link to that above? I'll do so again if necessary. μηδείς (talk) 16:05, 19 May 2015 (UTC)
Neither image is tagged as fair use rationale, both are on Wiki commons and tagged as public domain (File:Ultraman Japanese TV Series Title Card.jpg, File:Ultraman English Language Title Card.jpg.) Feel free to link to any policy the restricts the usage of PD images, but I'm not aware of any. — Strongjam (talk) 17:16, 19 May 2015 (UTC)

Should Ultraman have a character page?[edit]

Almost all of the Kamen Riders have a page dedicated to the titular rider of each series, I think that at least Ultraman and Ultraseven should also have their own pages dedicated to their own history, powers & abilities, etc. There is now a lot of places on the internet to find the necessary information about each character so that information can be sourced, e.g. the Japanese Wikipedia, Ultraman Wiki, and several forums and fan-subs of the series.

I feel that these characters deserve their own pages just as much as Superman or Godzilla because they are just as iconic and loved as them. Ultraman and Ultraseven were pioneers in Japanese monster craze back in the late 60's and it's safe to say that Kyodai Heros wouldn't be as popular with out the two crusaders from the Land of Light (the home of Ultraman and Ultraseven in Nebula M78). And they are still very popular today with over 40 spin-offs (composed of sequels show, side stories, and cartoons), and 19 movies with two additional short films. I think we really need to give these characters the credit they deserve.Teridax122 (talk) 14:47, 18 June 2015 (UTC)