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Gabora[3][4] (ガボラ) is an uranium-consuming Kaiju that appears in the TV series Ultraman. It terrorized several radioactive power plants and consumed all the radium it could find. Gabora was eventually lured out and defeated by Ultraman.

Subtitles:

  • Normal: Uranium Monster (ウラン怪獣, Uran Kaijū)
  • Shin:
    • Giant Unknown Lifeform No.8 - S-Class Species No.8 (巨大不明生物第8号 禍威獣第8号, Kyodai Fumei Seibutsu Dai-hachigō - Kaijū Dai-hachigō)
    • Gabora The Iron Fortress (鋼鉄のガボラ) (Shin Ultra Fight)

History[]

Ultraman[]

Gabora v Ultraman

Gabora vs Ultraman

Gabora was a Kaiju that was awoken after Hurricane 13 ravaged the land. Feeding on mass quantities of uranium, Gabora began to make its way toward the uranium mines. In order to stop it, the Science Special Search Party was joined by Japan's SDF and massive flamethrower units were deployed against the Kaiju in hopes of stopping it. The beast turned away from the flamethrower attack, changing direction, but now made its way towards a small camp of boy scouts.

In order to save the camp, the Science Patrol tried to lure it away via a small uranium capsule attached to a Science Patrol helicopter, but two small boys had gotten trapped in the path of the creature. As Fuji helped save the children, Shin Hayata released the capsule as Gabora's armor plates exposed its true face. Annoyed by Hayata's presence, Gabora brought down his aircraft with his Uranium Ray. Crawling toward its meal, the beast wasn't prepared to fight Ultraman as Hayata summoned the red and silver hero.

The Kaiju fought hard, but the hero ravaged the reptile. Slamming him down, Ultraman began to rip off the metal plates around Gabora’s head. Screaming in agony, the subterranean titan began to flail about until the pain became too much. The Kaiju fell limp, its eyes closing and life fading. Lightning Operation

Trivia[]

  • Suit actor: Haruo Nakajima.
  • Gabora is the fourth and final Kaiju to be created from a modified Baragon suit, along with Pagos and Neronga. Coincidentally, Gabora is portrayed by suit actor Haruo Nakajima. Gabora's head was slightly altered from Neronga's.
    • In some shots, yellow pattern is visible on Gabora's back from when the suit was Neronga.
  • Gabora's role was originally meant for Pagos, whom it shares many similarities with, like being made from the Baragon suit and having an appetite for uranium.
  • Gabora has slowed down and shortened Gaira's roars, some of them being speed ramped, in which some of these roars would later be sped up for Gudon.
    • In the Ultra Kaiju Encyclopedia video uploaded to Tsuburaya Productions' YouTube channel, Gabora had Magular's roars added to his own.
Right horn
  • Gabora is one of the Kaiju that makes up Belyudra's right horn in Mega Monster Battle Ultra Galaxy: The Movie.
  • Despite the episode being its first appearance, the comments by the SSSP and other made it clear that it was not the first of its species humanity dealt with.
    • It's likely this was oversight by the scriptwriter once Pagos was swapped out for Gabora.
  • Gabora makes a cameo appearance in Ultraman Mebius episode 5 when CREW GUYS explores the Ultra Zone, and later in episode 21.
  • The Kaiju "Raiju" from Pacific Rim is a direct homage to Gabora, having three-jawed head armor that encases its smaller, real head.
  • After Gabora was killed by Ultraman, the suit would be reverted back to Neronga for public relations. 
  • When Ultraman first throws Gabora, the wire rod controlling the tail can be seen in frame. The wire for the head is seen several times.
  • In the final episode of Ultraman, after Ultraman was defeated by Zetton, stock footage of Gabora can be seen along with Jirahs.
  • An unauthorized miniature toy of Gabora would serve as the inspiration for the Dungeons & Dragons creature know as the Bulette.

Ultraman: The Ultimate Hero[]

Gabaro

Gabora, as seen in The Ultimate Hero

Powered Gabora (パワードガボラ, Pawādo Gabora) was a Kaiju that fed ravenously on uranium that was being transported to a uranium mine. However, fearing that the mass quantities of uranium that it had fed on previously could ignite and create a nuclear explosion, WINR was forced to let the Kaiju feed until a solution could be found.

After feeding on the uranium, Gabora shifted its next target to the Havens Nuclear Power Plant. With the situation growing worse after a digested bomb failed to ignite inside of Gabora, Ultraman Powered appeared to take matters into his own hands. The battle was at a standstill until WINR exposed Gabora's weak spot: its head. Given this opportunity, Powered fired the Mega Spacium Beam at the Kaiju's head, destroying it. Monstrous Meltdown

Trivia[]

  • In this series, Gabora's appearance was very different, its claws were larger, it had four head plates instead of six, and the neck was longer than normal.
  • Gabora has a yellow back, likely a nod to Neronga.

Shin Ultraman[]

Shin Ultraman Gabora 2021

Gabora appeared in Momoyama District of Kamikita City, some time after Neronga was defeated by Ultraman, targeting a nuclear waste storage facility to consume the radioactive materials there like Pagos once did. With Gabora currently out of reach of the SSSP's weapons, the SSSP purchased MOPII bunker buster bombs from the United States, which conducted a bombing run along the route Gabora was taking. While Gabora was agitated by the bombs and eventually surfaced from the ground, his armour plating meant that he hadn't been injured by the blasts, and to make matters worse, he was only a short distance away from his intended destination. As Gabora proceeded to the facility above-ground, the SSSP seemed to be out of luck and were tempted to simply destroy Gabora when it appeared, despite the nuclear contamination doing so would have caused. Hearing of their plight, Shinji Kaminaga went out into the forest to transform into Ultraman.

Ultraman fought against Gabora just outside of the facility, avoiding his drill attacks and using his body as a shield to block Gabora's radioactive beam. Gabora attempted to put all of his strength behind the beam, but Ultraman was unstoppable, and he continued to walk towards Gabora while taking the brunt of the beam with seemingly no effect. When Gabora stopped firing the beam, Ultraman immediately responded by killing Gabora with a single, extremely powerful punch to the head. He then carried the monster's lifeless body into space where it could be dealt with without harming the Earth.

Later on, Mefilas had a conversation with Ultraman, who had by now fused with Shinji Kaminaga after accidentally killing him when he first landed. Mefilas revealed that he was the one behind all the Kaiju emergences, specifically using the next-generation biological weapons Neronga and Gabora to lure out Ultraman. Shin Ultraman

Trivia[]

Shin Ultraman - Gabora Motion Capture
  • Gabora was chosen in a line of succession after Pagos and Neronga, doing so as to save the budget for producing CGI for monsters while being a tribute to the conception of the three monsters' original suits from a single Baragon suit during the production of Ultra Q and Ultraman.
    • Gabora's head sculpt was made so as to avoid looking too much like a creature and better resembling a machine. Since Gabora is a subterranean monster, it was given the frills which can be closed to form a drill. The drill in question is designed after the Archimedes' screw.
    • To reinforce Neronga's transition into Gabora even further, the Neronga suit used for filming in recent Ultraman Series was utilized by the production crew to provide an accurate motion capture of Gabora's CGI, with a cone placed over the suit's head to represent the latter's head armor.[5]
  • The fictional MOP II bombs used on Gabora are the same weapons used in Shin Godzilla, where they succeeded in dealing heavy damage to the titular monster.

Data​[]

Gabora
Gabora Emage
Stats
  • Height: 50 m
  • Weight: 25,000 t
  • Origin: Tokyo suburbs
  • Weakness: If Gabora's armor 'petals' are torn off, Gabora suffers extreme pain. If enough of these petals are torn off, it will die of shock.
Powers and Weapons
  • Uranium Beam: Gabora can fire a light blue Uranium Beam from its mouth.
  • Armor Plates: The plates that surround Gabora's head act as head armor. They can enclose and make a pointed shape ideal for burrowing.
  • Burrowing: When the plates that surround its neck are closed, Gabora can burrow underground at moderate speeds.

Powered Gabora
Powered-Gabora
Stats
  • Height: 45 m
  • Length: 85 m
  • Weight: 50,000 t
  • Origin: Underground
  • Weakness: If Gabora's head is exposed it becomes vulnerable to attack.
Powers and Weapons
  • Petal Armor: Gabora's head is covered in flower-like petals that it can open and close to protect its head from attack.
  • Uranium Absorption: Gabora can absorb uranium presumably for nutrition. As it does this, Gabora disrupts communication devices and remotes.
  • Burrowing: Gabora can burrow at low speeds.
  • Explosion: If Gabora takes an extreme amount of damage, it can explode with the force of a nuclear weapon.

Gabora (Shin Ultraman)
Shin Ultraman Gabora render
Powers and Weapons
  • Armor Plates: Gabora's head is covered in flower-like petals that he can open and close to protect its head from attack.
    • Drilling: Gabora closes its armor plates, which rotate along with a set of corkscrew-like plates on its back and tail to allow him to move through the terrain or attack an opponent.
  • Climbing: Gabora is capable of moving on steep terrain with ease, and can scale hills without difficulty.
  • Radioactive Beam: Gabora can fire a pale blue radioactive beam out of its mouth.

Merchandise[]

Ultra Monster Series[]

Powered Gabora toys
  • Powered Gabora (Powered Monster, 1993)

Powered Gabora is the only Gabora to get an Ultra Monster Series figure treatment. As with all of the UMS toys, Powered Gabora features limited articulation on the arms and legs. His armor "petals" were molded permanently open.

Ultra Mega Monster Series 5000[]

  • Gabora (2020)
    • Release Date: June 2020
    • Price: 5,500 yen
    • Materials: PVC

Gallery[]

Ultraman[]

Ultraman: The Ultimate Hero[]

Shin Ultraman[]

Shin Ultra Fight[]

Miscellaneous[]

References[]

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