Ogres (feminine: Ogress) are large monsters, often portrayed as being cruel and hideous (as the word denotes). Ogres are often depicted in fairy tales and folklore as feeding on human beings, and have appeared in many classic works of literature. In art, ogres are often depicted with a large head, abundant hair and beard, a huge belly, and a strong body. The term is often applied in a metaphorical sense to disgusting people who exploit, brutalize or devour their victims.

Popular Culture


  • An ogre named Shrek appeared in a childrens book called Shrek!.


  • The Shrek book has been adapted into five films.

Video Games

  • Ogres appear in all Shrek games.
  • Ogres appear in Scribblenauts.