"Your short life will soon burn out. With that light, I will suck it all up!"

―Dark Mephisto Zwei

Dark Mephisto (Zwei) (ダークメフィスト(ツヴァイ) Dāku Mefisuto (Tsuvai))[1][2], also known as Dark Mephist <Zwei>[3], was an evil Ultra Warrior that appeared in Ultraman Nexus. He was created as the successor of Dark Mephisto.

Subtitles:

  • Giant of Darkness (闇の巨人 Yami no Kyojin)
  • Black Devil (黒い悪魔 Kuroi Akuma)

Conception

Etymology

Like the real Mephisto, he is named after the German devil Mephistopheles. The "Zwei" suffix on his name refers to the digit number "2" in German, since he is a clone of the aforementioned Dark Giant.

Despite his real name being Dark Mephisto Zwei, he is only refered to as Dark Mephisto in the series, at the end, Zagi only mentions Faust and Mephisto, either not caring or grouping the two together.

History

Ultraman Nexus

"I was a manipulated human. Just like that Misawa guy. He (Unknown Hand) uses the darkness within the heart."

Shinya Mizorogi.

The exact origin of Dark Mephisto (Zwei) was unknown, but he possessed the Memory Police officer Hiroyuki Misawa during Mizorogi's attempt to escape captivity from the Freedom Fortress. At least according to Mizorogi in his last breath, the Unknown Hand (Dark Zagi) manipulated Misawa into a dark giant by corrupting his heart, exactly as how the original Mephisto did to the former Night Raider sub-captain before.

"You should already...have lost the ability to transform!"

―Dark Mephisto Zwei

Mephisto Zwei defeated Mephisto

Misawa exposed himself to Nagi and Komon by shooting his predecessor and transforms in order to take Mizorogi's place as the bringer of darkness. Even with Ultraman Nexus' intervention, the two giants are evenly matched in speed before Zwei pinned him to absorb his energies. The redeemed Shinya transformed into Dark Mephisto through sheer will and join the fight against his successor. Although it appeared that Zwei has the advantage again, Mephisto turn the tables by holding his duplicate while Nexus Junis Blue fired his Arrow-Ray Schtrom, reducing Zwei to light particles. Shadow - Unknown Hand -

Profile

Dark Mephisto Zwei front shot.jpg

Dark Mephisto Zwei as his name implies, is a clone of the original Dark Mephisto. In theory he has all the same statistics, powers, abilities and attacks as the original Mephisto but only demonstrated the following attacks:

Stats

  • Height: 50 m
  • Weight: 50,000 t

Body Features

  • Eyes: Mephisto (Zwei)'s eyes. Initially black, they turned red as he becomes intense in the fight. The change in color allows him to distinct himself from the original Dark Mephisto.
  • Energy Core: Mephisto (Zwei)'s Color Timer-like anatomy, as a dark Ultra, is black and flashes red when he is injured.
  • Armed Mephisto (アームドメフィスト Āmudo Mefisuto): The bracers on his arm, they work in a similar way to Nexus' Armed Nexus.
  • Ultra Armor: Mephisto (Zwei)'s skin is resistant to fire and laser beams like any Ultra Armor.

Transformation

Being a clone of the first Mephisto, he transform in the same way. Hiroyuki uses the Darkevolver, where he pulls the two ends of the device apart, and transforms into Dark Mephisto Zwei in a dark pillar.

Abilities

  • Speed: Zwei has greater speed and agility to keep up with Nexus' Junis Blue, unlike his template.
  • Strength: Zwei is apparently much stronger than his predecessor. Even accounting for his injuries, Zwei was easily able to overpower the original Mephisto.

Weapons

  • Mephisto Claw (メフィストクロー Mefisuto Kurō): Zwei also uses the claw form from the modified Armed Mephisto on his right arm.
    • Dark Phalanx (ダークファランクス Dāku Farankusu): Zwei rapidly attacks the enemy using his Mephisto Claw.
    • Mephisto Shot (メフィストショット Mefisuto Shotto Unused): Fires green energy blasts from the Mephisto Claw.

Techniques

Special

  • Dark-Ray Schtrom (ダークレイ・シュトローム Dākurei Shutorōmu): Same as the original, only demonstrated in Ultraman Nexus video game.
  • Dark Ray Feather (ダークレイフェザー Dāku Rei Fezā): (Zwei) can fire arc shaped bursts of energy, just like his template. However, (Zwei) can fire it in three consecutive bursts.
  • Burst Cluster (バーストクラスター Bāsuto Kurasutā): (Zwei) uses the same Dark Ray Cluster attack as his predecessor. Unlike his template, his has a homing effect.
  • Dark Flame (ダークフレイム Dāku Fureimu): (Zwei) can fire an energy blast from his right hand. Can be fired in succession.

Other

  • Energy Drain: (Zwei) can absorb the energy of other beings. Something the original never exhibited.

Merchandise

Play Hero VS

  • Ultraman Nexus (Junis Blue) VS Dark Mephisto Zwei (Play Hero VS 2-pack, 2005)
    • Release Date: December 2005
    • Price: 300
    • JAN/ISBN: 4543112332004
    • Materials: PVC (figures)
Released as part of the Play Hero VS "Invasion! The Strongest Enemy" lineup, this Dark Mephisto Zwei is a small figure (about 8cm) and he sports 3 points of articulation and entirely casted in red plastic with black, silver and gold paint operations. He also comes with Ultraman Nexus Junis Blue.
Package images with Nexus & Dark Mephisto Zwei includes the said figures.
  • Dark Mephisto Zwei (Ultraman Heroes Single Packs)
The Dark Mephisto Zwei figure is also available individually in a windowed bagged packaging outside Japan.

Gallery

Ultraman Nexus

Miscellaneous

Trivia

  • Despite his supposedly greater power, Mephisto (Zwei) appeared to have been losing against his template. It is argued by fans that without his prior wound, Mizorogi could have defeated him.
  • When (Zwei) first rose, he looked the same as the original Mephisto, but his eyes turned red after Ultraman Nexus appeared and struck him.
  • He and Dark Zagi are the only Dark Giants in the series never to help the protagonists in Ultra form. Coincidentally, the Ultras who helped the protagonists have black eyes and had more than one appearance, and the Ultras who didn't have red eyes had a single appearance.

References

  1. https://hicbc.com/tv/nexus/secret/b_ultra/
  2. 『ウルトラマンネクサス&ウルトラマンマックス』講談社〈テレビマガジン特別編集〉、2006年9月。ISBN 4061784331。 page 25
  3. 『ウルトラマンネクサス ヒーローピクトリアル Vol.2 <千樹 憐編>』小学館〈てれびくんデラックス愛蔵版〉、2005年12月10日。ISBN 4-09-105106-5。 page 55
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