Ookla the Mok is a companion of Thundarr the Barbarian. He first met Thundarr when he was captured and enslaved by the evil wizard Sabian, where he helped in the slave revolt. He has been with him ever since.
As a Mok, Ookla has great strength, usually fighting by ripping up a nearby sapling or piece of wreckage to club his enemies. On a few occasions he is shown to use a longbow that fires a type of paralyzing arrow. However, he is also the most likely of the heroes to charge right into an enemy attack or to be enraged by unusual nuisances or threats.
Both Thundarr and Ariel generally understand the howls that make up Ookla's speech, but Thundarr seems to know more about Mok culture than Ariel, perhaps because he and Ookla met and worked together as slaves before either met Ariel. Whereas Thundarr and Ariel ride horses for transport, Ookla's steed is another quadrapedal species called an equort.
Ookla is a large, muscular lionman like humanoid, with a black and dark-gray beastly face, amber eyes, with cat-like pupils, black pointy ears, blond mane, three-fingered (plus thumb) claws, and cinnamon-brown fur. He is dressed in black boots and underwear. Ookla, like Chebbacca the Wookie, doesn't talk in any human language, but Thundarr and Ariel seem to understand like Han Solo does his companion in the Star Wars mythology.
The name "Ookla" actually comes from University of California, Los Angeles (commonly known as UCLA), and the puppet charactor Kukla, from Kukla, Fran and Ollie. Ookla was named by series creato Steve Gerber and his friend Martin Pasko.
Powers & Abilities
Ookla has incredible strength and is great at improvising melee weaponry. He is also a decent shot with a bow. Combined with his fierce looks, Ookla is a force to be reckoned with.
Ookla once donned a disguise as an old woman and tricked two guards into letting him into the prison holding Thundarr and Ariel. Ookla, like Thundarr, can get his aquart to run for many hours or days without stopping and perform jumps even into perilous situations.