"The Magnetic Terror"

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Godzilla Episodes
"Island of Lost Ships"
"The Magnetic Terror"
"The Breeder Beast"
"The Magnetic Terror"
The Magnetic Terror
Series Godzilla
Episode # 10
Air date November 11, 1978

"The Magnetic Terror" is the tenth episode of Godzilla.


A pilot named Eddie is flying his plane through a thick patch of fog. Suddenly, the engine of the plane stalls and the rest of its controls go haywire, forcing Eddie to bale out. Elsewhere, a giant monster that resembles a sea turtle appears from out of the water and swallows the plane whole before re-submerging. Meanwhile, the Calico crew is also stuck in the same fog, suffering from similar malfunctions. They theorize it is from a magnetic disturbance in the area nearby. At that moment, the crew notices Eddie parachuting from the sky and landing in the freezing waters. Luckily, he is saved by Godzooky and the rest of the crew nurse him back to full health. Eddie reveals to the crew what had happened to his plane, being hijacked by a similar magnetic disturbance while he was headed towards Antarctica towards an oil rig to deliver supplies. Hoping to get some answers themselves, the crew set sail for Antarctica.

At the oil rig, the magnetic turtle reveals itself and attacks the site, consuming all the metal in the area by firing magnetic waves from its mouth, and pulling them, as well as causing a massive oil spill. The crew arrives on the scene to discover the turtle on its rampage, revealing who had been behind the spike in magnetic energy. At that moment, the turtle notices the Calico and attempts to eat it too. Luckily, Majors calls on Godzilla, who arrives just in time to save their ship from the giant turtle's waves. Godzilla battles with the magnetic turtle, but its incredibly powerful magnetic waves causes all of Godzilla's attacks to bounce off of it. At one point, a fireball that was repelled by the turtle lands on the oil spill, causing a massive fire that traps the Calico inside of it. Realizing that the crew is in danger, Godzilla goes off to rescue them and to put out the fire, but in doing so, the turtle retreats from the fight.

With the magnetic turtle having retreated, Quinn notes that it's heading straight for the South Pole. Quinn then states that if its magnetic energy comes into contact with the South Pole's magnetic properties, it would cause the entire ice cap to be destroyed by their magnetic polarities being repelled off of one another. Majors and Brock agree to follow after the magnetic turtle in the Calico's mini-sub to make sure it doesn't reach the South Pole. Eddie is left to keep track of the radio waves from the mini-sub while Quinn, Pete, and Godzooky look for the turtle on land in the Calico's hovercraft. Suddenly inside the mini-sub, the engine goes haywire and ultimately stalls, causing it to crash into the crevice of an ice formation. To make matters worse, Majors cannot contact Godzilla for help due to the magnetic field jamming the Godzilla signal. Quinn and Pete also have trouble of their own. With the magnetic turtle getting closer, the magnetic field on the South Pole continues to get more and more unstable, causing an earthquake and forcing them to retreat back to the hovercraft for safety.

Suddenly, the magnetic turtle appears before the mini-sub, and swallows it up (along with Majors and Brock) with its magnetic waves. The turtle then surfaces on the Arctic, notices Quinn, Pete, and Godzooky, and attempts to kill them. Luckily Godzooky manages to call out to Godzilla, who arrives on the scene by bursting through the ice from underneath. As Godzilla and the magnetic turtle resume their fight, Quinn and Pete learn that Majors and Brock are stuck inside of the turtle and they fear that they might be killed by Godzilla and the monster's fight. Despite their fears, Majors and Brock tell them to get away as the Earth's safety is more important than their own. Back to Godzilla and the magnetic turtle's fight, Godzilla attempts to overpower the turtle, but just as it seems he's winning, the turtle begins feeding on the magnetic energy of the South Pole, increasing its power and size and continuously letting it bounce Godzilla's attacks off of it.

Eventually the magnetic turtle becomes so big from the excessive magnetic energy it's fed off of that it dwarfs Godzilla in size. At one point, the turtle even attempts to swallow Godzilla whole, but luckily Godzilla managed to resist. At that moment, Quinn gets an epiphany: If the turtle is placed directly under the South Pole, it would get too much energy for it to handle and possibly kill it. As Quinn and Pete relay the information to Godzilla, Godzilla manages to lure the now titanic turtle directly under the pole and sure enough, the monster swells up like a balloon and explodes. During the explosion, the mini-sub (as well as the rest of the material that the monster ate) is sent flying, but luckily is caught by Godzilla, saving Majors and Brock.




In other languages

Language Name Meaning
Flagicon Japan.png Japanese 超磁力の恐怖 Chōjiryoku no Kyōfu[1] Supermagnetic Terror


Part 1 of "The Magnetic Terror"
Part 2 of "The Magnetic Terror"
Part 3 of "The Magnetic Terror"


  • The Magnetic Monster is the first opponent in the series to be significantly larger than Godzilla.
  • This is the only episode in the series in which Godzilla breathes fire from his nostrils.


This is a list of references for The Magnetic Terror. These citations are used to identify the reliable sources on which this article is based. These references appear inside articles in the form of superscript numbers, which look like this: [1]

  1. Godzilla 1954-1999 Super Complete Works. Shogakukan. 1 January 2000. p. 205. ISBN 978-4091014702.


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