Kaijin

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The H-Man, an example of a kaijin

Kaijin (怪人) is a Japanese word that literally means "mysterious person." In Japanese, kaijin is a relatively broad term that encompasses any fictional human-like character that possesses strange supernatural abilities, and is usually used to refer to villains. Kaijin has no true equivalent in English, but possible approximations include "supervillain," "superhuman," "mutant" or simply "monster." The word kaijin is closely related to "kaiju," a Japanese word that is also usually translated as "monster" and is often used by English-speakers to refer to powerful giant creatures such as Godzilla. Unlike kaiju, kaijin are usually human-sized and humanoid in appearance, but possess monstrous traits or abilities. Outside of Japan, kaijin is often used to refer to human-like or human-sized kaiju featured in Japanese media, such as the titular characters from Toho's Transforming Human Series films; The H-Man, The Secret of the Telegian and The Human Vapor.

Examples of kaijin

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Titanus Gojira

9 months ago
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yup @keizer zilla
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Keizer Zilla

18 months ago
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So Ultraman and Frankenstein are Kaijin?
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Les

5 months ago
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Frankenstein is, but Ultraman is more ambiguous. As the page notes, kaijin are typically villains. Ultraman is usually just considered a “hero” or “kyodai hero” who fights kaiju and kaijin. The monsters from the original Kamen Rider are kaijin, for example.
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SkullIsland

43 months ago
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So 50 foot woman and the amazing colossal man would fall in this category?
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Titanollante

43 months ago
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What about kyojin?
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SkullIsland

43 months ago
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Would the Eva's and angels count?
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SkullIsland

43 months ago
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Then there's the giant warrior
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Titanollante

43 months ago
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Pretty cool!!