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

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Ultraman Saga/Retsuden

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Ultraman Ginga

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Spark Doll Theater

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Ultraman X

Black King reappeared in the series, Ultraman X. He appeared in episode 5, entitled "When the Aegis Shines".[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 newly arrived 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 Gilmo, with Ultraman Zero in hot pursuit. On Planet Gilmo, Bandello upgraded Black King by replacing his broken horn with a Drill Feature, thus christining 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, Ultraman Zero arrived on Gilmo 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 Gilmo too, now wearing an Aegis Armor much like Zero! Working together, Ultramen Zero and X battle against Bandello and Black King Drill Custom. Ultimately, neither Alien Nackle nor Monster were any match for the Ultras, and Black King Drill Custom was destroyed by Ultraman X's Xanadium Beam.

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.

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

  • 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 purplish 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"