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Ogra in Gorgo
Alternate names Gorgo's mother, Gorgo[1], Mama Gorgo #1, #18, #19, #22, and GR#1, Critter Issue #2
Species Dinosaurian sea monster
(Ograsaurus narasi)[2]
Prehistoric amphibian Charlton Comics
Height 76.2 meters[3][4]
Relations Gorgo (son), unnamed mateGorgo Legacy
Allies Gorgo
Enemies Humans, Deep sea killer
Created by Eugène Lourié
Played by Mick Dillon
First appearance Gorgo
Do not confuse with Orga.
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Ogra is a giant monster who appears 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.


In Gorgo (1961) and its comic book adaptation by Charlton Comics, "Ogra" is a sea spirit of Nara Island folklore and used by Sean and other characters exclusively to refer to Gorgo; characters and narration describe the monster's mother in generic terms. In the film's novelization, however, Sean's sister Moira also calls the mother "Ogra." In an anatomy drawing made by Matt Frank for Vinegar Syndrome's 2023 4K Ultra HD release of the film, the species' name is given as Ograsaurus narasi.[2]


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 and leaves with her son peacefully.



Ogra first appeared 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 set a course for London, following the phosphorous trail left by Gorgo during his transport. The British armed forces threw everything they had 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 stomped one of the walls of Gorgo's enclosure into rubble and the two of them returned to the sea.


Physical abilities

Due to her great size and weight, Ogra possesses great physical strength and power.


Ogra, much like her son Gorgo, is amphibious, and spends large amounts of time underwater.


Ogra's 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, even so, she still barreled through them after a few moments. In the Charlton Comics comic book series and its spin-off miniseries, her durability was even greater, as both she and her son were able to withstand attacks from atomic bombs, along with withstanding advanced alien weapons that were powerful enough to destroy a planet.


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.


Main article: Ogra/Gallery.

In other languages

Language Name Meaning
Flagicon Japan.png Japanese オグラ Ogura Transcription of English name


Gorgo and Ogra's roars


  • Stock footage of Ogra's efforts to storm through high-tension wires appears in the Bill Nye the Science Guy episode "Electricity."

See also


This is a list of references for Ogra. 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]


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