Ogra is a giant monster that appeared in the 1961 British-American film Gorgo. The main characters do not suspect her existence until more than halfway through the story, assuming that her son Gorgo is a fully-grown member of the species.
Ogra's name is partially derived from the name of her son, Gorgo. In-universe, "Ogra" is the name of a legendary sea spirit known to the people of Nara Island.
Ogra has dark green skin with a tan belly and glowing red eyes. She has a pair of small fins on the sides of her head, and also has large and powerful hands. As they were depicted with the same suit, Ogra and her son differ only in size.
Ogra goes about her rescue mission in a straightforward fashion, pausing only on occasion. For instance, she surfaces to sink a light cruiser, and throttles Big Ben after rockets fired from the ground travel through its massive clock to strike her. After rescuing Gorgo, she ends her attack on London immediately.
Ogra first appears on Nara Island in a fury, several weeks after her son Gorgo was captured offshore by a group of treasure hunters and sold to a London circus. She sets a course to London, following the phosphorous trail left by Gorgo during his transport. The British armed forces throws everything they have at her short of nuclear weapons, but she proved impervious to naval cannons, torpedoes, anti-submarine nets, a massive gasoline fire in the Thames, tanks, rockets, fighter jet bombardments, and high tension wires. After demolishing many of the city's landmarks, Ogra stomps one of the walls of Gorgo's enclosure into rubble, and the two return to the sea.
Ogra has no special forms of attack apart from brute force. She is amphibious. Her durability is notable for a non-Japanese monster of the period, as she was unfazed by large-scale assaults from the Royal Navy, British Army, and Royal Air Force in quick succession. Unlike her son, fire had no effect on her. Only high tension wires were able to halt her advance, and she still barreled through them after a few moments.
- Gorgo (1961)
Comics and Books Edit
Ogra appears in nearly every issue of Charlton Comics' Gorgo series. Sometimes she works in tandem with her son against a variety of human, alien, and monstrous threats, but more often than not she plays the role of rescuer when he wanders off and gets into trouble.
- Gorgo #1-19, 22
- Gorgo's Revenge #1
- The Return of Gorgo #2
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