Orcs are a fictional race seen in many modern fantasy mediums (such as books and games), made of large, savage, and sometimes irredeemably evil humanoids. Created by J.R.R Tolkien, and their name was intended to be based on Old English words for "demon" or "ogre."

In Tolkien's works, smaller Orcs are sometimes referred to specifically as "Goblins," so in this sense one may consider an Orc to be a larger and more brutish type of Goblin, however outside of Tolkien's works this is rarely true, and Orcs are often made out to be a distinct race from Goblins, although in the Warhammer setting Orcs and Goblins are related races, part of a larger family of races known as "Greenskins."

Orcs are almost always savage and/or warlike, and are usually made out to be evil, unintelligent and pitiful monsters, and are often a creature simply used for "slaying fodder" for quests. However in the Warhammer settings Orcs or "Orks" are playable armies, and there is a sense of whimsy and glorified stupidity about them.

The Warcraft setting they are also playable; and their bloodlust and depravity came from being controlled by a demon curse which they have freed themselves from, and now have a sense of honour. In some other settings they are also from time-to-time given this "noble savage" image.
"The orcs are coming!"

"Well don't just stand there, slay them all!"
by DanCornelius September 22, 2011
Another name for a goblin, invented by JRR Tolkien. The word was taken from Anglo-Saxon "orc-nea" meaning monster or demon, which itself comes from Latin "Orcus," a god of the dead.

Orcs are goblin warriors that were created in the First Age of Middle-Earth by Melkor, an evil Valar (read, demon with godlike power), who captured a number of Elves and tortured and maimed them until they became Orcs.
I have a +2 sword of Orc-slaying, and since I'm a ranger with Favored Enemey (goblin-kind), I get another +4 to damage orcs! Sweet!
by Anonymous September 10, 2003
Something you don't wanna get in a fight with.
"I don't want to fight you, i want to keep my intestines."
by 3052 April 01, 2005
Mythological creature beast like, you can find in the most rpg games. Orc is a creation of Tolkin. The word orc is based on the greek word orkos=oath. And that because orcs and ogres are the minions of the ancient mythological roman god Orcus, familiar with greek underworld god Hades. Orcus was also the god of oaths.
oo monster!! you look like an orc
by stpr December 05, 2007
A race in the Elder Scrolls video game series.

Orcs, also called Orsimer in ancient times, are sophisticated barbarian beast peoples of the Wrothgarian Mountains, Dragontail Mountains, and Orsinium. They are noted for their unshakable courage in war and their unflinching endurance of hardships. In the past, Orcs have been widely feared and hated by the other nations and races of Tamriel, but they have slowly won acceptance in the Empire, in particular for their distinguished service in the Emperor's Legions. Orc armorers are prized for their craftsmanship, and Orc warriors in heavy armor are among the finest front-line troops in the Empire, and are fearsome when using their berserker rage. Most Imperial citizens regard the Orc society as rough and cruel, but there is much to admire in their fierce tribal loyalties and generous equality of rank and respect among the sexes.

The Hero of Daggerfall reported Gortwog gro-Nagorm united his people by establishing an autonomous enclave, and forced the Emperor Uriel Septim VII to recognize Orsinium as an equal of the other lesser kingdoms (such as Daggerfall or Sentinel).

Their religion centers around the worship of the Daedric Prince who governs outcasts, Malacath.
Orc names always follow a strict format, being that they have a main name, and a gender prefix preceding a last name. For example, Burz gro-Kash, or Shingro gra-Gubbug. (gro = male, gra = female)

Orcs also make excellent warriors who excel in combat with Blunt weapons in Heavy Armor.
by Elder Scrolls January 24, 2008
A person who is not only horribly ugly but uncompromisingly evil as well; from the Orcs in J.R.R. Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings".
I don't trust that guy. He seems like a real orc to me.
by pentozali March 09, 2009
A supporter of Rangers Football Club.
''Look at those scummy orcs smashing up Manchester city centre.''

''The bigotry and violence of the orcs must be an escape from their miserable poverty-stricken lives.''

''That orc really reeks.''



by Rory the sheep April 13, 2009
Orcs are the ugliest, But strongest, race in most rpg's and mmorpg's. They are fun to play because you can smash things up like a maniac killer.
Jim: Hey, man! Why are you playing as a stupid orc?
Tom: Cause, dude, I can smash up anything anywhere. You ever Played as on of the orcs?
Jim: No
Tom: They're like Micheal Myers on steriods!!!
by NinjaGamer300 June 23, 2008

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