|This article is about a/an villain turned ally in Ultraman Orb and Ultraman Z.|
Jugglus Juggler (ジャグラスジャグラー Jagurasu Jagurā) is a demon that appeared in the TV series, Ultraman Orb, as the series's main antagonist. While he has made several appearances throughout his debut, his first appearance was in episode 1, entitled "The Sunset Wanderer".
Subtitle: Phantom Demon (無幻魔人 Mugen Majin)
- 1 Character History
- 2 Other Events
- 3 Personality
- 4 Other appearances
- 5 Powers and Abilities
- 6 Forms
- 7 Equipment
- 8 Behind the scenes
- 9 Notes
- 10 References
THE ORIGIN SAGA
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Juggler returns in Ultraman Z as the captain of STORAGE, Shota Hebikura (蛇倉正太 Hebikura Shōta).
Juggler's search for power to keep up with Gai's increasing and went to an alternate universe in which he joined the ranks of STORAGE under his current alias and eventually elevated to the rank of a captain. Around this time, the Land of Light was waging war against a new threat in form of Celebro who stole Z Risers and Ultra Medals via. Genegarg in a bid to take the advantage of the chaos resulted by the Devil Splinter, the same conflict that eventually made its way to the same Earth Juggler currently at. Following Ultraman Z's arrival and Genegarg's defeat, Hebikura had salvaged Ultra Medals of Tiga, Dyna and Gaia.
While maintaining his role as the group's captain, Juggler somehow deduced that Ultraman Z has chosen one of his men, Haruki Natsukawa, as his human host and partner after studying the Ultra's latest combat data and subsequently, the alternative for Dark Ring that had since failed him. He then "borrowed" Haruki's Z Riser, duplicate the device through a ritual in conjunction of Serpent-Hearted Ring, and returned the original Riser to the young man while secretly keeping the newly created copy right in the middle of Peguila's attack. After Haruki, as Ultraman Z, defeated the kaiju with Z Lance Arrow, Juggler decided to put his Dark Z Riser into a test by turning into Zeppandon for the first time in years and challenge the Ultra in combat. Although he wind up defeated by Ultraman Z in process, Juggler nevertheless satisfied by the results since the Riser worked as intended and celebrated it by letting out his usual maniacal laugher, but not before disciplined Haruki for his reckless use of Sevenger while he's gone.
Juggler usually presented himself with a proud and confident behavior to the point of being unpleasant. As shown in The Origin Saga, he was originally much nicer and while dismayed by the fact that the light of Orb chose Gai over him, Juggler reassured the latter that he was indeed worthy and would support him to the best of his ability. Unfortunately after a tragedy that awoke his dark powers, whatever resentment that was born from said rejection eventually consumed him and turned him into bitter, selfish, and calculating man who delved into the darkness so he could overcome Gai's light. His time in the darkness after the conflict against Psyqueen also resulted in him developing mental instability in the form of odd behaviors, including reminding others of their mortality, and occasional bouts of insanity.
Despite how far he had delved into the darkness, the good within Juggler revealed to persist, a fact that he realized through saving Natasha from an impending doom back at Rusalka long ago, and later, did a same thing to her descendant Naomi from a crashed Z-VTOL when he held the latter as a hostage. He soon fell into depression after this discovery, unable to fathom the fact that he shared Gai's desire to help others which he perceived as a weakness (when in fact it was what gave Gai his strength as an ultra). Nevertheless, he found a new resolve thanks to Naomi's persuasion, which led to his and Gai's eventual teamwork against Magata No Orochi, who he ironically unleashed to the world. Although still motivated by self-interest, his change of heart after said fight is evident through his actions in sealing away his Dark Ring, and aiding Gai in his fights against threats, but has made it clear that only he is allowed to defeat his rival nonetheless.
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- Jugglus Juggler reappeared in the Web Series, Kaiju Girls, under the name "JJ". He served as a minor antagonist after being possessed by the Shadow Mist, until he was subdued and freed by Alien Guts.
Powers and Abilities
- Demon Physiology: Juggler possesses the ability to transform into a demonic creature clad in copper armor.
- Demon Transformation: As stated previously, Juggler possesses special ability to transform into a black demon clad in copper exoskeletal armor which strong enough to withstand severe punishment, increasing his defense. The only time said armor failed was when he rescued Natasha from Maga-Zetton's Light Bullet explosion, creating a crescent-shaped scar on his chest (although such action can be justified to the explosion size compared to his human height).
- Energy Manipulation: Juggler possesses the ability to manipulate and harness energy for variety of purposes, be it his own lifeforce or energies channeled from external source such as Maga-Orochi's dark energy. The energy which he manipulates often takes either dark red or lilac coloration depending on the source.
- Dark Punch: Juggler can increase the strength from his punches by infusing them with dark energy.
- Energy Blast: Juggler can also project energy blasts through his hands as a long-range attack.
- Healing Wave: With use of some of his own life-force, Juggler can heal others from injuries, though this technique greatly exhausted him.
- Travel Sphere: On the same vein with Ultras, Juggler can form an energy bubble around himself to quickly travel to other places and even intersellar travel.
- Superhuman Strength: Juggler possesses superhuman strength even in his natural human form, able to pick an adult and throw him into the distance, or with enough force to leave a crater in a building if they are durable enough to withstand the impact.
- Superhuman Speed/Reflex: Juggler can also move very fast and has a reflex greater than normal humans.
- Teleportation: Juggler can also teleport at will. The manner he teleports can be either disappear in a blur, dispersing into a cloud of darkness, or simply disappears.
- Sword Mastery: As the elite warrior from his planet and Gai's best friend-turned-rival, Juggler is a master swordsman who specialized in the art of the Serpent-Hearted Way.
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Statistics (Regular → Giant)
- Height: 1.95 m → 49 m
- Weight: 100 kg → 47,000 t
- "Super Combination, Zeppandon!"
- "Zetton. Pandon. Maga-Orochi. Zeppandon."
-Transformation announcement in Dark Z Riser[src]
- Height: 60 m
- Weight: 45,000 t
- Dark Ring - Main summoning transformation device
- Kaiju Cards - Main summoning and transformation trinkets
- Dark Z Riser - Second transformation device
- Kaiju Medals - Second transformation trinkets
- Serpent-hearted Blade - Juggler's sword
Behind the scenes
- Juggler is portrayed by Takaya Aoyagi, who happened to be friends with Gai Kurenai's actor Hideo Ishiguro. The two are joined the auction for the role of Gai Kurenai, but despite losing to Ishiguro, he nevertheless delighted upon being appointed for Juggler's role, as Juggler is also one of the series' main cast members. He wishes to enjoy his time acting throughout the series, wanting his friends' children to watch his acting.
- Juggler can't stand the melody Gai plays on the Orbnica, and receives long lasting migraines if he hears it playing.
- According to Masayuki Goto, Juggler's Majin form supposedly resemble that of a traditional ninja. He also originally intended him to have a full 'moon' motif and nature over the 'sun' motif and nature of the Ultramen. Eventually, he combined the aspects of a 'Moon of Venice' motif with that of a western armor motif, leaving Juggler's Majin form's resemblance to ninja less obvious.
- Interestingly, rather than from the series' script, many of Juggler's sadistic traits (notably his mannerisms and his preening gestures) are achieved through an ad-lib by his own actor. Takaya also mentioned that children would be fearful of him because of this. Also, due to Takaya cannot whistle, the scene in episode 16 of Juggler whistling was dubbed over.