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Red King (レッドキング - Reddo Kingu) is a monster that first appeared in the TV series, Ultraman. He appeared in episodes 8 and 25, "The Lawless Monster Zone" and "Strange Comet Cyphon" (respectively). He has since then become one of the most popular and reoccurring monsters in the Ultraman franchise.

Subtitle: Skull Monster (どくろ怪獣 - Dokuro Kaijū)

Character History

Ultraman

Red King appeared a few times throughout his original debut in the original Ultraman series, including the original pilot.

Ultraman is Born!

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Red King

In his official debut, Red King was one of the many monsters who lived on Tatara Island (along with Chandrah, Magular, Suflan, and Pigmon). Red King was seen in battle against Chandrah. The two monsters fought fiercely, with Red King taking full advantage of his much more superior strength over his opponent. Although Chandrah fought back with his Hurricane Winds and was able to draw blood from biting Red King's shoulder, Red King further demonstrated his brutish nature by tearing off one of Chandrah's wings without any trouble whatsoever. Mortally injured, Chandrah fled in great pain, unable to continue fighting, while Red King mocked his opponent by sadistically hurling both Chandrah's own wing and a boulder at the poor monster. When Magular suddenly appeared on the scene shortly after the two monsters' battle, he too was frightened away by Red King's presence as he quickly burrowed away.

Later on, Red King ambushed the Science Patrol when they were with Pigmon and the brutish monster attempted to crush the team with an avalanche of boulders. Arashi and Ide tried their best of fend off the Monster with their weapons, but Red King's tough hide makes their efforts futile. Even when Pigmon tried to distract Red King to help the Science Patrol, the heroic Monster's efforts were in vain as Red King sadistically attacked Pigmon by hurling some boulders at him instead, causing a landslide than struck and tragically killed Pigmon. While Arashi and Ide manage to outwit Red King into exposing the Monster's weakness in his feet, all it did was infuriate Red King even further. Luckily Hayata managed to transform into Ultraman, and the hero flew off to fight Red King instead. Unlike his previous victims, Red King was caught off guard and was no match for Ultraman's power as the hero swung Red King around multiple times by the Monster's neck. Ultraman then threw Red King one last time, this time over his shoulder by his neck, snapping it and killing the Monster both at the same time.

Red King II

Red King 2 - ultra series

Red King 2

In episode 25, (entitled "Strange Comet Cyphon,") another member of Red King's race was discovered residing in the Japanese Alps. Having somehow managed swim to the Okhotsk Sea and consume 6 dangerous Hydrogen Bombs and then burrow its way back home, Red King II was found sleeping in a Mountainside until he was awoken by the Monsters, Gigas and Dorako, who were fighting nearby. Red King II interfered in their fight to stop the noise, but was quickly provoked when Dorako shoved him into Gigas. Now angry, Red King II attacked Dorako, tearing off the Monster's wings and even managing to temporarily team up with Gigas to beat down Dorako until the Monster died of its injuries. At one point of their battle though, Red King II and Gigas ran into each other, thus they did battle until Red King II drove Gigas away with his superior strength.

Hayata, who was in the area with the Science Patrol, went off to stop Red King II on his own due to how dangerous the Monster was for consuming the H-Bombs. However, there was little he could do on his own, and he was knocked off a cliff by the angry Red King II after he shot at its tail. Luckily Hayata managed to transform into Ultraman again so that he could battle Red King II, but due to the Monster's instability from the H-Bombs in him, Ultraman had a harder time trying to fight back against the Monster, which allowed Red King II to beat him down in the process. After finding an opening though, Ultraman hit Red King II with a new attack: The Ultra Air Catch. Suspending the Monster in mid-air, Red King II was now vulnerable to attack, thus Ultraman sliced the Monster into thirds with his Ultra-Slashes, taking its head and neck piece into Space so the H-Bombs could be detonated more safely.

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Ultraman 80

Red King 80 - ultra series

Red King, as seen in Ultraman 80.

Red King reappeared in the series, Ultraman 80. He appeared in episode 46, entitled "The Feared Red King's Revival!"

In this series, Red King was created by Marjin the Genie, after 3 bullies stole his jar in order to wish for a toy of the Monster. Exhausted from granting wishes from before, Marjin granted their wish. However, the bullies didn't specify that they wanted a toy, and thus a REAL Red King was created instead, who proceeded to go on a rampage, to the bullies' horror. To make matters worse, not only did UGM fail to stop the Monster's rampage, but Marjin's jar was smashed during a scuffle between the children before they could wish Red King away. Taking matters into his own hands, Yamato transformed into Ultraman 80 and he faced Red King himself. The fight seemed to be at a standstill at first, but after Red King sunk its teeth into the Ultra's shoulder, the Monster proceeded to beat down the weakened Ultra. 80 however, determined to teach the children a lesson in not relying on easy solutions, refused help from Ryoko and he turned the tables on the Monster after receiving a second wind. Finally after striking the monster with the Moonsault Kick, 80 destroyed Red King with a shot from his Saxium Ray.

Ultraman Powered

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Ultraman Max

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Red King, as seen in Ultraman Max.

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Ultraman Mebius

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Red King, as seen in Ultraman Mebius.

Red King reappeared in the series, Ultraman Mebius. He appeared in episode 42, entitled "An Old Friend's Visit."[2]

In this series, Red King was resurrected by the Gaseous Life-Form, Gadiba, on Tatara Island. When GUYS caught wind of the Monster's appearance, they were quick to deploy in order to destroy him. Thanks to Gadiba possessing its body, this Red King's abilities were greatly enhanced from the previous ones from Ultraman and 80's timeline. Even after exposing Red King's weakness being in his feet (thanks to GUYS Supreme General Chairman assisting the team,) Red King continued to power through their attacks, and the monster then launched itself at George's ship to kill him. Fortunately, Red King was intercepted by the appearance of Ultraman Mebius. Despite Red King's enhanced abilities, the monster was no match for Mebius's strength and cunning, and after Mebius manage to outsmart Red King and find an opening, he finished off the monster with his Mebium Ray. While Red King was defeated however, Gadiba still lived off inside the Monster, and the Life-Form transformed Red King's body into another Monster that Gadiba had absorbed previously, Gomora.

Ultra Galaxy Mega Monster Battle

Red King reappeared a few times throughout both Ultra Galaxy Mega Monster Battle and its sequel, Never Ending Odyssey.

First Series

Red King first appeared in episode 1 of Ultra Galaxy Mega Monster Battle, entitled "The Lawless Monster Planet."[3]

In this series, Red King was one of the many Monsters that lived on Planet Boris. When Capt. Hyuga, Haruna, and Oki of the ZAP Spacy were exploring one of Boris's Excavation Site to go find help (shortly after crash-landing on the Planet,) the three of them witnessed the two monsters, Telesdon and Sadora, battling fiercely. Their fight however was interrupted by the sudden appearance of Red King, who managed to beat down Telesdon and strangle Sadora to death with ease. Red King then turned his attention to the ZAP Spacy after Oki's excited cheering alerted the Monster of their presence and Red King tried to kill them next. The Members' weapons on hand were no match for Red King's brute strength and they were nearly about to be killed until Telesdon recovered and resumed his fight with Red King again.

What became of their fight afterwards is unknown as after sometime passed, Red King went to go confront the ZAP Spacy on his own, intent on settling its unfinished business with them. Even with more weapons at their disposal now, including Missiles and Cannons, their weapons only wound up angering Red King even further. Suddenly during the commotion, the ZAP Spacy noticed that a man they had saved early (soon to be revealed as Rei) had escaped from the Pendragon and headed off to confront Red King himself. At that moment, Rei wiped out an unusual device known as the "Battle Nizer," and out from it appeared the monster, Gomora! Red King and Gomora battle fiercely, but unlike his fight with Telesdon and Sadora, the tables have turned, and now Red King was severely outmatched by Gomora! Ultimately, after blasting Red King with his Super Oscillatory Ray from his horn, Gomora stabbed Red King with his horn, charging the Monster's innards with his Super Oscillatory Ray from the inside, destroying Red King.

In episode 7, (entitled "The Stone Which Calls Monsters,") another Red King was summoned (along with the Monsters, Telesdon and Neronga) by the Life-Form, Bullton to fend off Rei and Gomora from attacking it. For most of the fight, Red King did not participate, letting Telesdon and Neronga double-team Gomora themselves. However, once Neronga, Bullton, and Telesdon were eventually destroyed, Red King was left to face Gomora on his own. Despite the other Monsters' involvement in weakening Gomora earlier, Red King was no match for both Gomora and Litra, and was eventually destroyed too after Fire Litra launched his Fire Strike attack down Red King's throat, which was then followed up by another Super Oscillatory Ray fired by Gomora.

Red King's last appearance was in episode 11, (entitled "Ultraman") where he engaged the Monster Arstron in battle. Their battle was responsible for the destruction of Belargo City's Observatory (as well as Karen Mikura finding Rei as an infant and rescuing him from them.) What became of their fight afterwards is unknown.

Grande's Red King

Red King first appearance in Ultra Galaxy Mega Monster Battle: Never Ending Odyssey was in in episode 10, entitled "The New Horizon of War."[4]

In this series, Red King was the second Monster that belonged to a Reiblood Alien Keel named "Grande," who was on Planet Hammer. Red King was first used against a King Joe Black that sent by the Alien Pedan to kill Grande in their quest to kill all the Reibloods on Hammer. Grande's Red King however proved to be a stronger Monster than expected, and the Brutish Monster easily overpowered the King Joe Black in battle until the Robot was quickly destroyed by a flying jump-kick delivered by Red King, leaving Grande victorious and able to flee from the Alien Pedan.

In episode 12, (entitled "Grande's Challenge,") Grande returned to challenge Rei to a rematch, and he did so by summoning his Red King to do battle, while Rei summoned Gomora to fight back. A fierce fight between the two monsters ensued, with their battle being at a standstill. After a while of trading blows and throws, Grande decided to get serious and he turned their battle into a Reionyx Battle to the finish, by giving Red King a power boost. With said power boost, Red King quickly overpowered Gomora physically, and he brutalized his opponent without mercy, even at one point igniting his own fists by setting them on Fire to cause even more damage. Despite being brutalized from the pain he must share with Gomora though, Rei refused to let Grande win, and thus he transformed into Reimon to give Gomora a power boost as well, and now it was Gomora's turn to overpower Red King physically without showing any mercy, leaving Red King and Grande to take blow after blow without Gomora stopping once. Finally, Gomora had Red King weakened to the point where he and Grande could be finished off with the Super Oscillatory Ray. However, Reimon stopped Gomora before he could fire his Ray, no longer wishing to kill anymore and feeling he has won the fight.

Red King's last appearance was in the series finale, (entitled "Planet Destruction") where he and Grande returned to assist Rei in fighting back against the Alien Reiblood-powered Armored Darkness. Red King and Reionic Burst Gomora proceed to double-team Armored Darkness, but even with two Monsters taking him on, Armored Darkness managed to take them simultaneously with little effort and he greatly weakened both Monsters with his Reionic Fusion attack fired from his Trident. As the Armor was about to finish off Red King though, the Pendragon arrived just in time and fired on the Armor with there weapons, even managing to greatly weaken Armored Darkness with a single blast from the Pedanium Launcher! Now with 3-on-1, Rei and Grande gave a significant power boost to their Monsters and they both transform into their most powerful forms: EX Gomora and EX Red King! (See EX Red King below)

Ultraman Zero

Mega Monster Battle: Ultra Galaxy Legends The Movie

Red King reappeared in the film, Mega Monster Battle: Ultra Galaxy Legends The Movie as one of Ultraman Belial's revived 100 Monster Army.

Red King teamed up with fellow monsters, Lunatyx, Roberuga II, Alien Valkie, Frogos (B), Mukadender, Jashrine, Angross, Gromite, Kelbeam, Birdon, Alien Temperor, Arstron, Alien Hipporit, Telesdon, and Zoa Muruchi to take on Ultraman Mebius and Gomora in the Monster Graveyard. He was eventually destroyed after being kicked numerous times by the returning Ultraman Zero.

Later, Red King joined the rest of Ultraman Belial's Monsters in forming the Conglomerate Monster, Beryudora. Red King is one of the monsters that makes up the left horn.

Ultra Zero Fight

Red King reappeared in the segment series, Ultra Zero Fight as THE Red King (THE・レッドキング - Za Reddo Kingu).[5]

In this mini-series, Red King served the Alien Bat known as "Glacier" as part of his "Four Beast Warriors of Hell." Red King was the first of the Beast Warriors to be Ultraman Zero's opponents and while he did not battle as himself persay, Red King did manage to batter around Zero for a brief moment while he was trapped in the Tector Gear Hatred until he was quickly transformed into EX Red King by his master. (See EX Red King below)

Ultraman Ginga

Red King reappeared a few times throughout the Ultraman Ginga series.[6] He first appeared in the "Ultraman Ginga Theater Special."

Original Series

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Red King, as seen in Ultraman Ginga.

Red King was one of the many Monsters (and Ultras) who were transformed into Spark Dolls during the Dark Spark War. His Spark Doll was first discovered by Hikaru's friend, Misuzu, who took a liking towards it. However, his Spark Doll (along with Seagoras, Bemstar, Hanzagiran, Barabas, and King Crab,) were stolen by Alien Icarus, who would then proceed to DarkLiving with all of the Spark Dolls, transforming him into Tyrant. However after Alien Icarus and Tyrant were both destroyed by Ultraman Tiga (Lived by Hikaru) and Jean-Nine, Red King's Spark Doll was returned to normal and was gathered up by Hikaru and his friends.

Later in episode 8, entitled "The Stolen Ginga Spark," Misuzu would use the Red King Spark Doll to transform after her prayers allowed her to summon a Ginga Light Spark in order to confront Professor Kuwabara, who had been DarkLived into Zaragas by Gray, the Alien Nackle. However even while being Red King, Misuzu's cowardice hindered her ability to fight, and Red King was quickly overpowered by Zaragas. Fortunately, Hikaru was reunited with the Ginga Spark (which had been stolen from him by Kuwabara,) and together, Ultraman Ginga and Red King managed to turn the fight back to their favor. Suddenly, Zaragas transformed even further by adorning his body with spikes, and with his new powers, Zaragas quickly defeated Red King by stabbing him with his spikes and electrocuting Misuzu, reducing her and Red King's Spark Doll back to normal.

  • During the Spark Doll Theater segment of episode 8, Red King is greeted coldly by Black King and Thunder Darambia, who are jealous of Red King being Spark Lived by Misuzu, only for the two monsters to be scolded by King Pandon and Ragon for being perverts.

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Ultraman X

Red King reappeared in the series, Ultraman X. He appeared in episode 18, entitled "Wataru's Romance".[7]

Unlike many monsters in this series, Red King was one of the few Spark Dolls that were still buried beneath the Earth, uneffected by the Ultra Flare. He was however transformed into a Monster after Dark Thunder Energy (which had unintentionally be attracted to Earth by the Space Monster Cat, Mu) rained down from the sky and struck him underground, where he emerged in Area T-3 to rampage! Luckily, Daichi was already on the scene and he quickly transformed into Ultraman X to fight back.

Ultraman X however was instead confronted by the amorous affection of Mu, allowing Red King, who was temporarily confused by the embarrassing scene, to take advantage by rampaging once more. Although weirded out by Mu's love, the Ultra insisted on fighting Red King, to which Red King prepared to fight back. Mu then became protective of her lover and she attempted to fight Red King as well, only for her to be tossed aside by the bigger, stronger Monster. No longer being held back, Ultraman X fought Red King with him prevailing (along with Mu trying to assist the Ultra by continuing to fight Red King as well.) Suddenly during the fight, more Dark Thunder Energy appeared and struck Red King, mutating the Monster by beefing it up and transforming him into EX Red King! (See EX Red King below)

EX Red King


EX Red King (EXレッドキング - EX Reddo Kingu) is a powered up variation of the original Red King. He first appeared in the video game, "Ultraman Fighting Evolution Rebirth." and episode 13, "Planet Destruction", the series finale of Ultra Galaxy Mega Monster Battle: Never Ending Odyssey.

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Ultra Galaxy Mega Monster Battle: Never Ending Odyssey

EX Red King made his TV debut in the series, Ultra Galaxy Mega Monster Battle: Never Ending Odyssey. He appeared during the series finale, entitled "Planet Destruction."[8]

During the final battle between Rei's Gomora, Grande's Red King, and the ZAP SPACY against the Alien Reiblood-powered Armored Darkness, once Armored Darkness was weakened by a blast from the ZAP SPACY'S Pedanium Launcher, Rei and Grande gave a significant power boost to their respective Monsters and Reionic Burst Gomora transformed into EX Gomora once more, while Red King transformed into EX Red King! Now at the peak of their power, EX Gomora and EX Red King vastly overpowered Armored Darkness without any effort at all. Once the armor was disarmed of his Trident and Sword, Armored Darkness was weakened once more by EX Red King's Flame Road attack, and was finally destroyed for good after being struck by EX Gomora's EX Super Oscillatory Ray, which obliterated Armored Darkness. With their ultimate enemy gone for good, Rei and Grande recalled their respective Monsters and took off on their separate journeys once more.

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Ultra Zero Fight

EX Red King reappeared in the segment series, Ultra Zero Fight as THE Red King (THE・レッドキング - Za Reddo Kingu).[9]

Shortly into his battle with Ultraman Zero, Red King was transformed into EX Red King his master, Glacier the Alien Bat to boost the Monster power. With Ultraman Zero also trapped in the Tector Gear Hatred by Glacier, EX Red King did not hesitate in beating down the weakened Ultra without mercy. Then as a stray Pigmon strays onto the scene (whom was accidentally revived by Glacier,) EX Red King attempted to crush the harmless monster, but was blocked by Ultraman Zero! Zero, disgusted by the Monster's actions, broke free from the Tector Gear and transformed into his Strong Corona form. With nothing holding him back now, Ultraman Zero hurled EX Red King into the air with his Ultra Hurricane attack and finally destroyed the Monster with the Garnate Buster.

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Ultraman Ginga: Theater Special Ultra Monster ☆ Hero Battle Royal!

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Ultraman Ginga S

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Ultraman X

EX Red King reappeared in the series, Ultraman X. He appeared in episode 18, entitled "Wataru's Romance".[11]

Shortly after Red King was struck by another strand of Dark Thunder Energy, he quickly transformed into EX Red King! With its new Darker powers, EX Red King briefly turned the tables on Ultraman X and Mu as his physical attributes allows the monster to shrug off their efforts to stop him, Ultraman X however would not give up, and he transformed into his Exceed X form instead. Exceed X managed to turn the tables on EX Red King, beating down the Monster with ease and the Ultra purified the monster with the Exceed X Slash attack, transforming the Monster back to normal Red King. Now with the Monster weakened, Exceed X turned back into Ultraman X and destroyed Red King with the Xanadium Beam, reducing it back into a Spark Doll.

EX Red King's last appearance was in part-2 of the series finale, (entitled "The Rainbow Land") where he (along with EX Gomora, and Tsurugi Demaaga) were temporarily revived and trasnformed into their mutated states after a Dark Lightning attack was fired at their Spark Dolls by Greeza. Shortly after reviving however, EX Red King (along with several other Spark Dolls that were conficated by Xio in the past) were then absorbed by Greeza to transform the life-form into his Ultimate Form.

Appearances in other media

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Ultraman Fighting Evolution Rebirth

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Mega Monster Battle ULTRA MONSTERS

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Mega Monster Battle: Ultra Adventure

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Mecha-Mecha Iketeru!

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Ultra Zone

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Mega Monster Rush: Ultra Frontier

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Other appearances

Stage Shows

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Manga

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Video Games

Miscellaneous

Weapons and Abilities

Universally

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Exclusive to Ultraman Max

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EX Red King

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Behind the scenes

Portrayal

Red King

  • Red King is portrayed by suit actor Teruo Aragaki in the original Ultraman series.
  • Red King is portrayed by suit actor Tomohiro Sato in the series, Ultraman 80.
  • Red King is portrayed by suit actor Hiroshi Suenaga in the series', Ultraman Max and Ultra Galaxy Mega Monster Battle: Never Ending Odyssey.
  • Red King is portrayed by suit actor Arai Hiroyuki in the series, Ultraman X.

EX Red King

  • EX Red King is portrayed by suit actor Hiroshi Suenaga in the series, Ultra Galaxy Mega Monster Battle: Never Ending Odyssey.

Notes

  • After his debut, Red King's first suit was later used for Aboras in episode 19, The Demons Rise Again, then it was used again for Red King's appearance in Strange Comet Cyphon, then the arms and legs were used for Zetton in the episode Farewell, Ultraman, and last, the tusk were reused for his appearance in Ultraman 80.
  • Red King's roar is a combination of Godzilla and Gaira's roar.
    • During the final battle in Red King's debut episode, when Ultraman grabs him by the neck, Red King briefly has a combination of Godzilla and King Kong's roar.
  • Red King was one of the three capsule monster ideas for Ultraseven when it was in its early stages, along with Peguila and Antlar.

Gallery

Merchandise

Red King

EX Red King

References

  1. https://hicbc.com/tv/max/contents/kaiju/20050730/20050730_1.htm Tsuburaya's Official Website's profile on Red King's profile in "Ultraman Max"
  2. https://hicbc.com/tv/mebius/monster/rival/042-2.htm Tsuburaya's Official Website's profile on Red King's profile in "Ultraman Mebius"
  3. http://www.daikaijyu.com/galaxy1/monster/mons_redking.html Tsuburaya's Official Website's profile on Red King's profile in "Ultra Galaxy"
  4. http://www.daikaijyu.com/galaxy/monster/redking.html Tsuburaya's Official Website's profile on Red King's profile in "Ultra Galaxy NEO"
  5. http://blog.m-78.jp/zerofight/characters#content6 Tsuburaya's Official Website's profile on Red King's profile in "Ultra Zero Fight"
  6. http://m-78.jp/ginga/2013/characters/#content27 Tsuburaya's Official Website's profile on Red King's appearance in "Ultraman Ginga"
  7. http://m-78.jp/x/character/ Tsuburaya's Official Website's profile on Red King's profile in "Ultraman X"
  8. http://www.daikaijyu.com/galaxy/monster/exredking.html Tsuburaya's Official Website's profile on EX Red King's profile in "Ultra Galaxy NEO"
  9. http://blog.m-78.jp/zerofight/characters#content7 Tsuburaya's Official Website's profile on EX Red King's profile in "Ultra Zero Fight"
  10. http://m-78.jp/ginga/2014/character/#content7 Tsuburaya's Official Website's profile on EX Red King's profile in "Ultraman Ginga S"
  11. http://m-78.jp/x/character/ Tsuburaya's Official Website's profile on EX Red King's profile in "Ultraman X"
  12. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rQ64BzRm8hU "REDKING Hunting 01" on one of Tsuburaya's Official YouTube Channels
  13. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JaFbX5iOYAY "REDKING Hunting 02" on one of Tsuburaya's Official YouTube Channels
  14. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J2PLloA8wjE "REDKING Hunting 03" on one of Tsuburaya's Official YouTube Channels

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