This article is about a/an monster in The Return of Ultraman.

Black King (ブラックキング - Burakku Kingu) is a monster that first appeared in the TV series, The Return of Ultraman. He appeared in the show's iconic 2-part 37th and 38th episodes, "Ultraman dies at Twilight" and "When The Ultra Star Shines" (respectively).

Subtitle: Bodyguard Monster (用心棒怪獣 - Yojimbo Kaijū)

Character History

The Return of Ultraman

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Ultraman Zero

Mega Monster Battle: Ultra Galaxy Legends The Movie

Black King reappeared in the film, Mega Monster Battle: Ultra Galaxy Legends The Movie.

In this film, Black King appears in this film as a revived monster, a member of Ultraman Belial's faceless entourage. Sent to kill Rei, along with the surviving ultras, Mirai Hibino, Shin Hayata, and Dan Moroboshi under the command of an Alien Shaplay, Black King was the alien's last attempt to kill the weakened Ultras. This time however, Black King was confronted by Rei's Gomora, who challenged the monster to battle, allowing Hayata, Dan, and Mirai to escape and reunite with Ultraman Taro to regain their powers once more. Like Alien Shaplay's other monsters, Black King was no match for Gomora, and the monster was destroyed after Gomora stabbed him with his horn, and charged Black King's innards with his Super Oscillatory Ray from the inside.

Ultraman Saga/Retsuden

Black King reappeared in the film, Ultraman Saga.

In this film, Black King was one of the many Monsters revived by Hyper Zetton with the use of Spheres (along with Antlar, King Pandon, Velokron, and Tyrant) to assist him in battling against the newly-formed Ultraman Saga. Fortunately the fusion ultra received some backup as well in the form of the Ultra Brothers (whom were earlier notified of the disturbance in Dyna's universe,) and they battled against Hyper Zetton's Monsters while Saga resumed his battle with Hyper Zetton. Ultraman Jack fought with Black King for a short period of time and eventually, Black King was killed after being impaled by Jack's Ultra Lance attack.

Ultraman Ginga

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Spark Doll Theater

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Ultraman X

Black King Drill Custom EXTRA

Black King Drill Custom

Black King reappeared in the series, Ultraman X.[2]

In this series, Black King was accompanied by an Alien Nackle named "Bandello," who had come to Earth to steal any valuable weapons that he could find. Black King first appeared out of a Mountainside, where the monster ambushed Xio while they were transporting the Spark Dolls to their Particle Research Lab. Despite Xio's efforts, Black King proved to be a tough adversary as he fended off Xio with its Flamethrower, and even withstood a blast from Wataru's Ultlaser at point-blank with no trouble at all! During the attack, Daichi fled the scene to transform into Ultraman X, and the Ultra battled with Black King instead. During Black King and Ultraman X's fight, Bandello appeared himself by growing into his giant form to assist Black King in double-teaming Ultraman X. Ultraman X was quickly overwhelmed by the combined efforts of Bandello and Black King and was left weakened and unable to fight back.

Suddenly, a portal opened up in the sky and out of it appeared Ultraman Zero. The arriving Ultra proved to be much stronger than X and even managed to break off Black King's horn with his Ultra Zero Kick. As Zero was busy however, Bandello took advantage of the distraction to steal the Spark Dolls, and together both Alien Nackle and the injured Black King retreated to Planet Guillermo, with Zero in hot pursuit. On Planet Guillermo, Bandello upgraded Black King by replacing his broken horn with a Drill Feature, thus christening him as "Black King Drill Custom" (ブラックキングドリルカスタム - Burakku Kingu Doriru Kasutamu). Some time later, Zero arrived on Guillermo to re-confront the Alien Nackle. Bandello then unleashed Black King Drill Custom to assist him, and like X, Bandello and Black King Drill Custom proceeded to double-team Zero in battle. During the fight however, Ultraman X arrived on Guillermo too, now wearing the same Aegis Armor as Zero's. Working together, Ultramen Zero and X battle against Bandello and Black King Drill Custom. Ultimately, neither Alien nor Monster were any match for the Ultras, and Black King Drill Custom was destroyed by Ultraman X's Xanadium Beam. When the Aegis Shines

Ultraman Orb

Black King reappeared in the series, Ultraman Orb. He appeared in episode 10, entitled "Juggler Dies!."[3]

In this series, Black King was the strongest Monster Card that was in the possession of the Planetary Invasion Syndicate run by Don Nostra. The Alien Mefilas lent the Monster Card to Jugglus Juggler for him to fight back against Kurenai Gai in the Syndicate's newest plan to kill Ultraman Orb. After Gai and Juggler fought to a standstill in a physically fierce battle, Juggler decided to get serious and he summoned Black King to kill Gai immediately. Gai however retaliated by transforming into Ultraman Orb Hurricane Slash to fight back against the Monster. Hurricane Slash's speed was able to outmaneuver Black King with ease, but Monster's physical strength overpowered the Ultra, and Black King's dense hide allowed it to shrug off the Ultra's attacks with little effect. Even after Orb switched into his Burnmite Form, Orb's enhanced strength was just barely enough to match Black King's own strength as well, and the fight began to get difficult once the Monster start blasting the Ultra with his Hell Magma. Orb however would not give up, and after witnessing Juggler being double-crossed by Nagus of the Syndicate, disgusted by the alien's actions even against his enemy, Orb wasted no further time in destroying Black King by obliterating the Monster with his Stobium Dynamite attack.

Ultraman R/B

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Appearances in other media

Andro Melos

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Ultraman Fighting Evolution 0

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Mega Monster Battle ULTRA MONSTERS

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Other appearances

Stage Shows

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Video Games

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  • Black King was a participant in the Japanese Game Show, "Takeshi's Castle" in the special "Monster" themed episode. He participates in the segments: The Great Wall, Quake, Boulder Dash, and Showdown. In the U.S. variation of the show known as "MXC," he only appears in the Boulder Dash segment (and briefly in the Great Wall segment) and is called "Tupacashaft," and is the star of monsploitation films of the 1970s.

Weapons and Abilities

  • Hell Magma (ヘルマグマ - Heru Maguma): Termed in the arcade game "Mega Monster Battle ULTRA MONSTERS", Black King can fire a red energy beam from his mouth. Later incarnations retconned this attack as being either a Flamethrower or a Fireball.
  • Smokescreen: Black King can fire a white gas from his mouth that acts as a Smokescreen. It can cover an entire area in seconds.
  • Dense Skin: Due to Alien Nackle analyzing Ultraman Jack's Signature Abilities, Black King's Skin is modified to shrug off the Ultra's more powerful attacks such as the Specium Ray and the Ultra Bracelet.

Black King drill custom - ultra series

Black King Drill Custom.

In addition to the powers he carries over from his original form, Black King Drill Custom also possesses:

  • Drill Blaster (ドリルブラスター - Doriru Burasutā): Thanks to the modifications made by Bandello, Black King Drill Custom can fire a purple energy beam from the Drill attachment on his head.

Behind the scenes


  • Black King is portrayed by suit actor Kazunori Yokoo in the series, Ultraman X.


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  1. Tsuburaya's Official Website's profile on Black King's appearance in "Ultraman Ginga"
  2. Tsuburaya's Official Website's profile on Black King's profile in "Ultraman X"
  3. Tsuburaya's Official Website's profile on Black King's profile in "Ultraman Orb"
  4. Tsuburaya's Official Website's profile on Black King's profile in "Ultraman R/B"