Ragon (ラゴン) are a race of aquatic humanoid monsters that were generally reclusive but easily provoked. A pair appeared on the island of Iwanejima and a mutated one appeared terrorizing the seaside some time later.
Subtitle: Undersea Humanoid (海底原人 Kaitei Genjin)
- 1 History
- 2 Data
- 3 Spark Doll
- 4 Other Media
- 5 Merchandise
The Ragon species once ruled the Earth after evolving from reptiles 200 million years ago. They eventually settled their lives somewhere in the deep ocean of 20,000 meters below the sea level.
Jun and Yuriko travel to the island of Iwanejima to investigate undersea volcanic activity. A young marine geologist, Dr. Ishii, has theorized that the entire island may soon be in danger of submerging beneath the sea. Ishii's theories, however, are met with indifference by the island's population, which relies on the local fishing trade to exist. When a mysterious object is retrieved by one of the fishing boats, a strange humanoid sea creature comes ashore and terrorizes the village at night. Dr. Ishii wonders if the ancient superstitions regarding a primitive race of beings called Ragon, which are believed to live beneath the sea, could be true. The creature enters Ishii's house, frightening the doctor's younger sister, Fumiko, before leaving. Jun notes that Ragon was momentarily drawn to the music from a transistor radio, which appeared to calm its hostile nature. Jun uses the radio to lure the creature to the edge of a cliff, where a sudden tremor causes it to lose its footing and fall to the rocks below. The escalating tremors indicate that Ishii's theories are true; but when the villagers try to leave the island, their path is blocked by a second Ragon, which surfaces in the harbor. The strange object turns out to be an egg, which hatches a baby Ragon. Furniko delivers the infant creature to its parent, who gently takes the baby and returns peacefully to the sea. Arriving in a helicopter, Ippei rescues Jun and Yuriko and the villagers flee the island in their fishing boats. Iwanejima is torn apart by a massive quake and vanishes beneath the waves, a frightening omen of what may one day happen to Japan.
- He is portrayed by Satoshi Furuya in suit, who later portrayed Ultraman in suit in the same name series.
- Ragon's design may have been based on concept art for Gaira from War of the Gargantuas.
- Ragon is one of the monsters that makes up Belyudra's body in Mega Monster Battle: Ultra Galaxy Legends The Movie.
- Ragon's roar was a sped up roar from the Toho variation of Toho's King Kong which was used for Gaira.
- Two Ragon suits were constructed for Ultra Q, a male and a female.
- One of the Ragon suits was used to interview Eiji Tsuburaya in the documentary Father of Ultra Q, along side M1.
A male Ragon was originally a human-sized beast until an atomic bomb accidentally went off in the ocean and caused it to grow huge. It then found another atomic bomb and destroyed a ship before it took it to shore where it attacked a seaside hotel. The monster then pursued Fuji, Hoshino and a young girl into the nearby forest, where the Science Special Search Party tried to stop it from a jet, but failed. Hayata turned into Ultraman and battled Ragon, which was hard because he had to keep the atomic bomb from going off. Eventually Ultraman killed the creature with his Spacium Beam and it fell off of a cliff. Ultraman then flew into space where the atomic bomb detonated.
- Suit Actor: Izumi Umenosuke
- Exclusive to this series, this gigantic Ragon (due to the radioactivity from the atomic bomb) was named as Giant Ragon (巨大ラゴン Kyodai Ragon) in certain media.
- The Ragon head from Ultra Q was the only original part of the suit, since the body was newly made for this series by Ryosaku Takayama. After filming ended, Ragon's suit would be heavily modified later for Alien Zarab. Some of Ragon's fins would be reused for both Guesra and Geronimon.
- His roar is a reused roar from the Toho Monster, Baragon. There are instances where he lets out snippets of Godzilla's roar.
- Unlike his appearance in Ultra Q, Ragon lost his movable eyelids in Ultraman. This would later be passed to Ultraman Ginga, 47 years after its debut in Ultraman.
- Ide and Captain Muramatsu of the Science Patrol estimated that Ragon's giant height is 30 meters; however, the official stats reveal that it is 50 meters.
Ragon was one of the monsters turned into a Spark Doll during the end of the Dark Spark War. He was brought to life by Alien Valky, who used the monster as a tool to disturb the friends of Chigusa. The poor girl whose dream to become an idol was shattered, became sucked into pure jealously because of the success of Hikaru's friend Misuzu, whom is an idol featured in a magazine. Valky, pleased by her suffering and emotional pain, sent Ragon to disturb the place, making one of the members of the photoshoot team run away in fear at night. Little he knew the monster was attracted to the pop-song on the radio. A day later, at morning, the Kaiju in human-size attacked a photoshoot of Hikaru, while the photographer screamed, Hikaru attacked the monster, letting Misuzu run away from the monster, who seemingly is attracted to her appearance. Hikaru fell, and just when Ragon was about to capture her, the pop song started to play, and the monster ignored her, searching for where the song came from. The monster fell to the ground, and turned into a giant.
Hikaru's instinct told her the Kaiju was actually result of the minus energy of Chigusa's jealousy, that turned her into the kaiju. She turned into a giant form, and Hikaru had no choice but to use Ultraman Ginga's power to use Ultlive on King Pandon to fight Ragon. Hikaru (as King Pandon) tried to calm down Chigusa's anger, to no effect. Misuzu turned on at full volume the popular pop-song Chigusa loves, and it called Ragon's attention, who stopped attacking Hikaru. Hikaru turned at the moment into Ultraman Ginga, and tried by force to stop Ragon. Ragon's physical strength was so weak it barely hurt Ginga, if at all. He tried to reason the angered kaiju-transformed girl, but she didn't listen. Misuzu, alongside Ginga, told Chigusa to remember her dream, but with that darkness in her heart she was unable to reach it. Chigusa agreed, and Ginga used his Ginga Comfort to calm down and clean Chigusa's of her jealousy and wrath. She turned to normal, and Ragon returned to his Spark Doll form.
In episode 7, Ragon along with many different monsters are seen cheering for Ultraman Ginga as he fights Dark Galberos.
It is likely that Ragon returned to space in her original form after Ultraman Ginga defeated Dark Lugiel.
- Voice actor: Akiko Tanaka
- The Ragon suit that appeared in Ultraman Ginga was reused from the Ultra Zone, which at that time was newly built. In addition, a new face was made.
- During one point of the episode, the suit actor's face was clearly visible in the episode's original broadcast. Because of this, Tsuburaya had to reshoot the shot entirely for the distributed DVD release.
- Thanks to the Spark Dolls Theater segment at the end of the episode, it shows that this Ragon is a female with an elegant persona, as shown by her use of 'san' when referring to other monsters and humans.
- Since every giants in the series (including Ultraman Ginga himself) were made comparably shorter than their original size, this Ragon is said to be 30 meters by the time it grew large.
- The decision for Ginga to use Ginga Comfort is that reverting Ragon to Chigusa using any devastating attacks would be hurtful to Hikaru's friend.
Two Ragon People (ラゴン人 Ragon Jin), a Ragon Parent (ラゴン親 Ragon Oya) and a Ragon Child (ラゴン子 Ragon Ko), appear in episode 8 of Ultraman Orb. The Ultraman Orb Perfect Super Complete Works named the young Ragon as Ragon Jr. (ラゴンJr. Ragon Junia).
Both Ragons lived in the ware house of the fishmonger Mr. Minamoto, who provided the Ragons with food and even gave the Ragon child a toy boat as gift. As mysterious earthquakes arose in the city, the adult Ragon went out of the ware house in disguise to get to the fish market, however she was noticed by two women who contacted the VTL. However once at the market, the Ragon's cover was blown when it was face to face with a woman, who screamed at the sight of the monster. Minamoto hurried the Ragon into the store as several more people came to investigate. Minamoto scolded the Ragon for coming out of hiding however the Ragon was trying to tell him that her child was not feeling well and needed a fish. So Minamoto lead her out of the store under the cover of her disguise and an umbrella all while Ittstsu, the SSP and the startled women. Shin and Jetta managed to capture some footage of the merman-like monster and decided to secretly go after them.
The SSP managed to follow the pair and sneak inside the warehouse in search of the monster using Shin's UMA detector. They eventually came up close and personal with one of the Ragons from behind them and all four of them freaked out and ran away. Shin came across the sick child Ragon and the fishmonger and offered to take a look at him, but the child started to cry until Naomi sang a lullaby to calm down the child. While the child was feeling better, another earthquake occurred and Gai rushed in to evacuate them. When they went outside they came outside the monster Gubila appeared in search of food. As everyone fled, the child Ragon then realized that he forgot his toy boat and went back inside the warehouse to retrieve it, only to find himself on Gubila's drill nose when the latter drilled his way in. He then proceeded to eat him, much to the horror of his parent and caretaker, but then Gai transformed into Ultraman Orb in his Hurricane Slash form and forced Gubila to spit him back out via water spout and was returned him in one piece.
Afterward, Mr. Minamoto, Ittetsu, Gai, and the SSP escorted the two Ragons to the nearest body of water and when the first former wished them farewell, the child broke down and gave him a big hug. As Naomi sang one last lullaby for the child, both Ragons went into the water and then disappeared.
The Ragons are later seen on the news where the two are fleeing from Japanese shores by riding on Gubila's back in light of Maga-Orochi's imminent return.
- As with the original adult Ragon, the Ragon Jr. was also reused from Ultra Zone.
- Hirotoshi Kobayashi had wrote the episode's storyline way before it would be implemented into the series. Once it got to be used, Hirotoshi uses the Ragon family as substitutes for the mermaids in his original draft.
- The grunting from the Ragon Parent was a reused Manda grunt.
Ultra Galaxy Fight: New Generation Heroes
- Height: 2 m (original), 50 m (giant), 14 cm ~ 30 m (Spark Doll), 1.5 m (Jr.)
- Weight: 100 kg (original), 20,000 t (giant), 150 g ~ 20,000 t (Spark Doll), 50 kg (Jr.)
- Japan Trench, 5,000 meters below sea level (Ultra Q and Ultraman)
- Seaside area (Ultraman Orb)
- Liquitor, the Planet of Water (水の惑星リクエター Mizu no Wakusei Rikuetā) (Ultra Galaxy Fight)
- Powers and Weapons
- Adept Swimmer: In addition to be evolved from reptiles, the Ragon people are capable swimmers in their natural habitat and is able to withstand the heavy pressure for even the depths of the ocean.
- Amphibian: Despite the existence of gills, they can perfectly adapt to atmospheric environment.
- Superhuman Strength: An adult Ragon has strength on par with an elephant.
- White Ray (白色光線 Hakushoku Kōsen)/Radioactive Ray (放射能光線 Hōshanō Kōsen): Due to exposure from radioactive, Ragon can fire a white beam of concentrated radioactivity from their mouth, it is medium in strength. In Ultraman Ginga, it was strong enough to take down King Pandon in one hit.
- Size Change: Due to exposure from the radioactive from an atomic bomb, an adult Ragon grew into gigantic proportions at 50 meters the maximum height. In Ultraman Ginga, the Darklived Ragon can grow to 30 meters.
- ―Ragon Darklived via Dark Dummy Spark
Ragon became a Spark Doll in the conclusion of the Dark Spark War due to the Dark Spark's powers. Her Spark Doll was kept in Dark Lugiel's collection, and given to Alien Valky to give to evil-hearted humans and seed chaos.
After Dark Lugiel's defeat, Ragon's Spark Doll is likely to have reverted back into its original form and departed Earth to return home.
- Height: 14 cm
- Weight: 150 g
- To get back at Misuzu Isurugi for being asked to be a model instead of her, Ragon was Darklived by Chigusa Kuno, but soon challanged by Hikaru Raido, who had Ultlived into King Pandon. However, Ragon's radioactive breath soon took King Pandon out, causing Hikaru to swap King Pandon out for Ultraman Ginga, who calmed Ragon down and reverted it to Chigusa using Ginga Comfort.
Ragon appears throughout the majority of the series, Ultra Zone. He (as well as his wife and son later on) participate in several antics and skits throughout the show that sometimes entertain with those of his fellow monsters, Kemur and M1.
- Bin Furuya, the original suit actor of Ragon, made his guest appearance as a father of the family that Ragon come across in episode 12.
New Ultraman Retsuden
In episode 8, Alien Valky talked about Ragon's appearance in Ultraman in reference to one of his species' appearance in Ultraman Ginga. Ragon also appeared as one of the hosts of New Ultraman Retsuden in the "Kaiju Theature" section. She appeared in episodes 15 (talked about researched monsters), 16 (talked about the Ultra Galaxy series), 17 (appeared alongside Taro when he talked about the time when Cyphon headed the Earth), 27 (talked about more monsters they researched), 37 (talked about evil Ultramen they researched), and 52 (when they gathered around to hear about Taro's greatest adventures on Earth).
In Episode 15 she talked about the monster she researched: Snowgon, her master, Alien Black, and how they lost to Ultraman Jack. In Episode 37, she, along with Kemur and Black King, took on Chaos Ultraman and Chaosroids T and U. Ragon quickly took down Chaosroid U with her Radioactive Ray. The fight was actually Ragon's own delusion.
- Voice actress: Akiko Tanaka
Ultraman Story 0
|The Birth of Ultraman||Kanegon | Garamon | M1 | Red King | Alien Baltan | Antlar | Chandlar|
|Ultraman||Bemular | Alien Baltan | Neronga | Ragon | Greenmons | Guesra | Antlar | Red King | Chandlar | Magular | Suflan | Pigmon | Gabora | Jirahs | Gango | Mummy Man | Dodongo | Pestar | Gamakugira | Gavadon | Alien Baltan II | Bullton | Alien Zarab | Aboras | Banila | Hydra | Kemular | Underground People | Telesdon | Jamila | Gubila | Guigass | Dorako | Red King II | Suflan II | Gomora | Dada | Goldon | Woo | Keronia | Zumbolar | Alien Mefilas | Giant Member Fuji | Alien Baltan III | Kemur II | Alien Zarab II | Skydon | Seabozu | Zaragas | Re-Pigmon | Re-Dorako | Re-Telesdon | Geronimon | Keylla | Saigo | Alien Zetton | Zetton|
|Ultra Zone Kaiju|
|Sadola | Alien Temperor | Bemstar | Hoe | Eleking | Telesdon | Gudon | Alien Zarab | King Guesra | Gan-Q | Deathrem | Alien Magma | Alien Babarue | Zetton | Red King | Alien Guts | Alien Valky | Alien Pitt | Alien Metron | Dada | Suflan | Birdon | Pigmon | Banpira | Lunaticks | Alien Mefilas | King Joe | Bemular|
|Ultra Galaxy Fight: New Generation Heroes Kaiju|
|Ultra Dark-Killer | Dark Lugiel | Etelgar | Peguila | Ragon | Red King I and II|