Orc is a word used to refer to various tough and warlike humanoid creatures in various fantasy settings, appearing originally in the stories of Middle-earth written by J. R. R. Tolkien and derivative fictions. Orcs are often portrayed as misshapen humanoids with brutal, warmongering, sadistic, yet cowardly tendencies, although some settings and writers describe them as a proud warrior race with a strong sense of honor. They are variously portrayed as physically stronger or weaker than humans, but always high in numbers. They often ride wolves or wargs. In many role-playing and computer games, though not in Tolkien's works, Orcs have green skin (earning the name "Greenskins" in such games) and have faces that resemble a cross between a pig and a porpoise.

However, in many other representations of Orcs they have been portrayed closer to being resembled as twisted Humans or Elves, therefore they share a similar anatomy that appears to be stockier.

Popular Culture


  • Orcs appear in the Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated episode The Wild Brood.

Video Games

  • Orcs appear in all Scribblenauts games.
  • Orcs appear in the Elder Scrolls games.
  • Orcs are enemies in Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor