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Ginormica (real name Susan Murphy) is the main protagonist of the Monsters vs. Aliens. She is a young woman from Modesto, California. She was hit by a meteor filled with quantonium, which caused her to grow to 49 feet 11 inches tall (15 meters) on her wedding day, and was captured in 2008.
The exact feet of how much she can lift is unknown, but is seen in the movie lifting up the top half of the hand of the massive alien robot for a long period of time also whilst placing her foot in-front of a sliding car at the edge of the broken bridge to stop it from falling in the river. She is also seen breaking the impenetrable force field that was holding her captive in Gallaxhar's Spaceship and also breaking many walls in a charging force. One could think of her as invincible because of being almost resistant to any physical or energy attack, but that is not proven in the movie, except from being hit by the massive meteorite and the ball of quantonium, making her still fit to stand up! In the series, Susan has gained the ability to alter size ranging from her normal height to her ¨Ginormica¨ height.
Besides growing to an enormous size, Susan has displayed, on countless moments, to possess unbelievable genius level intellect. She has even shown to be far more intelligent than Dr. Cockroach on several occasions. Susan has a squeaky clean record and has passed every subject in school. She has never displayed signs of inferiority, unlike other characters.
Susan is also an expert athleticist, able to perform jumps, somersaults, cartwheels and full body flips far beyond the limits of an olympic gymnast. She has also shown to be very flexible and limber. She also has lightning fast reflexes, and can easily dodge fast flying objects, and sometimes catch them. Susan will sometimes utilize her athleticsm in combat. Susan is an unbelievably great combatant, even able to take down Sta'abi with little to no effort at all. Susan is most likely self taught.
If she loses focus, she could change size uncontrollably.
People are sometimes seen taking advantage of Susan's morality.
She also can't grow to be Ginormica if there's a metal binding on her.
Susan has peach-colored skin, blue eyes, and brown hair (now platinum white due to her mutation). Her lips are reddish-pink. She is usually seen wearing a sleek, light-blue (originally gray) jumpsuit, that shows off her plump bottom, and white and orange-striped Converse sneakers. The suit has orange-colored stripes along the sides and orange pockets. As of the TV series she wears her hair in a ponytail with a gold-colored scrunchie, and red and white sneakers, along with a slight outfit change, no longer a dark grey (80%) but rather blue and hold shape with her grow/shrink patterns.
At first, Susan was reluctant to accept her status as a monster and desperately wishes to return to her old life, thus spending much of her first three weeks in captivity attempting to reverse the mutation caused by the Quantonium and become normal again (through several experiments conducted by Dr. Cockroach). However, after she and the other monsters defeat Gallaxhar's robot probe and Derek breaks up with her shortly afterwards, she realizes that her life has been greatly improved by becoming a monster and fully embraces her new lifestyle. Due to her exposure to the meteor's radiation, in addition to her height, she also possesses incredible strength and a high resistance to atomic and nuclear forces which helps her destroy Gallaxhar's weapons.
Behind the scenes
Susan is a parody of the protagonist in Attack of the 50 Foot Woman (Susan is 49-feet-11-inches tall). She was inspired by Nancy Archer. After an alien encounter, a wealthy heiress grew to be 50 feet tall and sought revenge on her cheating husband. References to the Amazing Colossal Man Regards her character. She is voiced by Reese Witherspoon, to whom she bears some resemblance. In all of her appearances, her hair's reworked: It was brown before her mutation and when she was younger she had it in pigtails, now it's white and in a ponytail.
Monsters vs. Aliens (TV Series)
In the TV series, Susan is voiced by Riki Lindhome, and she gained a new ability; she has the power to change her size from giant to normal (she might be able to grow at least 50 feet). It is also confirmed that she's the main leader of the monster group. In When Nature Shrieks it's revealed that she was once a butterfly scout, but only earned a badge for protein bar selling. This changed at the end of the episode where she received one for camping from General Monger. Another fact recently brought to light by Monger in When Nature Shrieks was that sometime after her Butterfly Girls tenure, Susan had an incident addressed as simply the 'Cheerleader Faux Paus'. Though Susan attempted to deny it, Monger had the photographic evidence. In The Sound of Fear, she reveals she was a perfect teacher's pet. Her favorite dish is Turkey Tetrazzini. In It Got Out of Hand Susan reveals she loves April Fool's Day and once tricked her class to believe that there was an alien invasion. She later admits it was now ironic given her current situation. In This Ball Must Be Dodged, it was revealed that she was always last pick for dodgeball even after a practice dummy. Her anger made her learn to be amazing at the sport. In The Grade that Wouldn't Pass!, it was revealed that she had one A minus in wood shop. She thinks it was because Mr. Holtziter, her teacher, had it out for her because her birdhouse was prettier than his. During the events of Debtor Alive!, It's revealed that she uses her loan from Sqweep to start a Bedazzled Cupcakes business.
Susan and B.O.B. are shown to be great friends. Susan is sensitive to B.O.B.'s feelings, and B.O.B. will always try to help Susan, even though he might not be successful.
Susan is often irritated by Dr. Cockroach's experiments, the insanity that comes with it, and his maniacal laugh when having made a breakthrough. Yet Susan is always open to his ideas.
The Missing Link
Susan considers Link a crucial part of the time, even at times when he shows his boastfulness, and his need for causing mayhem.
Susan is glad to help Sqweep with her earth studies field trip assignment, regardless of the collateral damage it sometimes ends up.
They are the strongest females of their respective groups, on occasion they help, stop and try to coax the other to her way of thinking.
Insectosaurus is Team Monster's mode of transport. Both of them are the biggest members of the team and they show genuine concern for their safety.
Ginormica is enemies with Vornicarn. She is shown in the opening song to step on him and then be thrown to the floor as Vornicarn jumps on her head.
Susan was enemies with Gallaxhar, considering he attacked her home and put all those she loved in terrible danger, all because he wanted her quantonium. Fortunately, Gallaxhar was destroyed in his ship's explosion.
The two are arch-enemies because they are both leaders of their respective groups, although they do tolerate and be civil with one another. A clear dislike of him was shown in The Bath Effect where attempting to tell the monsters to protect him made her want to vomit.
Susan is enemies with her ex-fiance Derek because he is a selfish jerk. He told Susan they are not going to Paris. He says they're going to Fresno, so he can have the job interview, which she was okay with at first. He said he wasn't looking to get married and spend the rest of his life in someone else's shadow (literally), which hurts Susan deeply. She realized the type of person he is, and berated herself for not seeing it sooner. In general he will use anyone to help forward his career.
The only reason that the Robot Probes are an enemy because one of them destroyed part of San Francisco and nearly killed Susan.
- She is the most popular character.
- Her name, Ginormica, comes from the words giantess and enormous.
- Her last name, Murphy, comes from the greek word μορφή that means form.
- She is debatably the smartest of the Monsters, along with Dr. Cockroach.
- She is also debatably the strongest of the Monsters, along with Link.
- She is shown to be a skilled prankster in "It Got Out of Hand".
- Susan has shown the least amount of hostility towards the Aliens.
- Susan's hairstyle is revised slightly in the Monsters vs. Aliens (television series), where she now ties it back in a ponytail with a scrunchie.
- Her hair also has slightly less detail to it in the TV series than it does in the movie and the TV specials.
- Throughout the entire Monsters vs Aliens franchise, Susan has had three romances (two of them being one-sided).
- Susan has had the most romances.
- In "Bride of the Internet", it is revealed her favorite puppy breed is the Labradoodle, she never calls soda by pop, and the grossest thing she ever ate was as butterfly.
- She is in her mid-20s.
- For some reason, when Susan grows huge or shrinks back down, her gold scrunchie does the same.
- Both Susan's voice actors bear a resemblance to her.
- A running gag from the film that made all the way to the series is Susan getting electrified.
- She is one of the youngest of the main characters.
- It is revealed in "The Sound of Fear", that Susan can sing very well.
- Both of her actresses have appeared in the episode "Walk the Swine" of The Muppets.
- She appeared in the early drafts of production as the 50,000 pound woman.
- In the 51 years of Area 5?'s history, Susan's time of being immured for 3 weeks has been the shortest of any member of Team Monster.
- "Throw the switch, doctor. But- don't do the laugh."
- "Sorry mom. B.O.B.'s just a hugger."
- "But I don't want a poster. I want a real kitten hanging from a real tree."
- "Three weeks ago, if you were to ask me to fight a giant robot, I would have said "no can do". But I did it! Me! I'm still buzzing! Did you see how strong I was? There probably isn't a jar in this world I can't open!"
- "I wouldn't be that sure. And the name is Ginormica."
- "I feel like I got hit by a meteorite."
- "Doctor Cockroach, I would really appreciate it if you didn't do your mad scientist laugh while I'm hooked up to this machine."
- "So, Even Steven?"
- "Stickier than expected."