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17th Nov '17 2:25:47 PM AgProv
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* The yelllow goblins working for the WickedWitch in ''Series/DieLieweHeksie'' are Orcs in all but name - brutish, deceitful and stupid.
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13th Nov '17 11:57:29 AM Jasin_Moridin
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** Several characters are also half-orcs. While technically all of them are bad guys, Thog is a PsychoticManChild who's mostly ObliviouslyEvil, Bozzok is a business-minded gangster who negotiates with the heroes, and [[StalkerWithACrush Therkla]] is more of an AntiVillain with a good dose of VillainousValor. Therkla also subverts the trope of halfbreeds being born of rape: her orc mother and human father were happily married.

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** Several characters are also half-orcs. While technically all of them are bad guys, Thog is a PsychoticManChild who's mostly ObliviouslyEvil, Bozzok is a business-minded gangster who negotiates with the heroes, and [[StalkerWithACrush Therkla]] is more of an AntiVillain with a good dose of VillainousValor. Therkla also subverts the trope of halfbreeds being born of rape: her orc mother and human father were [[SickeninglySweethearts happily married.married]].
6th Nov '17 4:02:18 AM thatmadork
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''Stop poking meee!''

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''Stop poking meee!''''[[Series/SesameStreet It's not easy bein' green...]].''
27th Oct '17 6:41:00 PM fusilcontrafusil
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* Often have [[PigMan pig-like snouts]] or upturned noses that resemble pig snouts. (Sometimes taken one step further by actually giving them ''pig heads'', like in early editions of ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''.) May have tusks. This is likely drawn from the fact that "orc" is Welsh for "pig", and Welsh was the inspiration for Tolkien's Sindarin.

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* Often have [[PigMan pig-like snouts]] or upturned noses that resemble pig snouts. (Sometimes taken one step further by actually giving them ''pig heads'', like in early editions of ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''.) May have tusks. This is likely drawn from the fact that "orc" is Welsh for "pig", and Welsh was the inspiration for Tolkien's Sindarin. And/or it's a visual pun on "pork".
8th Oct '17 5:01:31 PM Zaptech
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** Interestingly, by the time of ''Literature/TheAlloyOfLaw'', set several hundred years after the ''Mistborn'' books and after [[spoiler: Ruin was absorbed into Harmony]], the koloss are less mindlessly violent, turning into a more Warcraft-style of orc with distinct cultures and tribal societies, and due to the influence of [[spoiler: Harmony recreating the world]], they have developed into their own distinct species capable of [[HalfHumanHybrid interbreeding with humans.]]
29th Sep '17 2:09:21 AM VVK
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* ''WebComic/{{Sluggy Freelance}}'s'' ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' parody naturally has its own version of orcs, called Gorks. The only notable thing about them is the joke that they're the race of choice for players who like to pretend they're playing as monsters when they're really green humans with tusks.
29th Sep '17 2:00:31 AM VVK
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The word ''orc'' comes from [[UsefulNotes/AngloSaxons Old English]] and shares linguistic roots with ''[[OurOgresAreHungrier ogre]]'', borrowed from French. Both terms are related to the Latin ''[[OrcusOnHisThrone Orcus]]'', the name of an Etruscan/Roman god of TheUnderworld which came to denote the place itself (like Greek ''Hades''). Later, ''Orcus'' was [[HijackedByJesus glossed]] as a term for a demon or hell itself. Thus, the Old English word ''orc'', as attested by medieval glossaries - as well as cognates in other languages like French ''ogre'' and Italian ''orco'' - denoted a kind of demon or monster. However, the only appearance of ''orc'' in surviving Old English literature comes from ''Literature/{{Beowulf}}'' in the form ''orcnéas'', "demon-corpses", sometimes translated as "living dead" - [[OurGhoulsAreDifferent ghouls,]] perhaps? ''Orcnéas'' are said to be evil creatures descended from [[TheDescendantsOfCain Cain]], together with ''eotenas'' ([[OurGiantsAreBigger giants]]), ''ylfe'' ([[OurElvesAreDifferent elves]]) and ''gigantas'' (giants, again, so ''eotenas'' is sometimes translated as ogres or [[AllTrollsAreDifferent trolls]]). [[note]]Confusingly, a homonym of ''orc'' also exists in Old English with the meaning of "cup" or some other sort of "vessel", with the plural ''orcas'' appearing in ''Beowulf''. This is also derived from Latin, but is completely unrelated to ''Orcus'' since it comes from ''urceus'', much later ''orca'' - which itself has a homonym meaning "whale", hence killer whales are called orcas.[[/note]]

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The word ''orc'' comes from [[UsefulNotes/AngloSaxons Old English]] and shares linguistic roots with ''[[OurOgresAreHungrier ogre]]'', borrowed from French. Both terms are related to the Latin ''[[OrcusOnHisThrone Orcus]]'', ''Orcus'', the name of an Etruscan/Roman god of TheUnderworld which came to denote the place itself (like Greek ''Hades''). Later, ''Orcus'' was [[HijackedByJesus glossed]] as a term for a demon or hell itself. Thus, the Old English word ''orc'', as attested by medieval glossaries - as well as cognates in other languages like French ''ogre'' and Italian ''orco'' - denoted a kind of demon or monster. However, the only appearance of ''orc'' in surviving Old English literature comes from ''Literature/{{Beowulf}}'' in the form ''orcnéas'', "demon-corpses", sometimes translated as "living dead" - [[OurGhoulsAreDifferent ghouls,]] perhaps? ''Orcnéas'' are said to be evil creatures descended from [[TheDescendantsOfCain Cain]], together with ''eotenas'' ([[OurGiantsAreBigger giants]]), ''ylfe'' ([[OurElvesAreDifferent elves]]) and ''gigantas'' (giants, again, so ''eotenas'' is sometimes translated as ogres or [[AllTrollsAreDifferent trolls]]). [[note]]Confusingly, a homonym of ''orc'' also exists in Old English with the meaning of "cup" or some other sort of "vessel", with the plural ''orcas'' appearing in ''Beowulf''. This is also derived from Latin, but is completely unrelated to ''Orcus'' since it comes from ''urceus'', much later ''orca'' - which itself has a homonym meaning "whale", hence killer whales are called orcas.[[/note]]
8th Sep '17 10:59:09 AM ImperialMajestyXO
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* ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'' uses Orks, which are [[RecycledInSPACE Orcs from Warhammer IN SPACE]] with {{Funetik Aksent}}s and XtremeKoolLetterz. They have Mekboyz, who have an instinctive knowledge of technology, and a gestalt [[PsychicPowers psychic ability]] that improves the functionality of many machines and can be channeled by Weirdboyz to more dramatic effects (long story short, Ork technology operates on ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve). Orks are extremely durable and persistent; because they reproduce through spores that fly off from their skin, ork infestations are hard to eliminate once they have set foot on a planet. Orks are genetically engineered to fight and win, and any ork that's not participating in a Waaagh! against aliens is probably participating in some intra-ork civil war. ''40K'' is such a CrapsackWorld that, due to their straightforward attitudes, hooligan-style {{Funetik Aksent}}s, and InsaneTrollLogic, these bloodthirsty, amoral monsters are the ''comic relief''.

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* ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'' uses Orks, which are [[RecycledInSPACE Orcs from Warhammer IN SPACE]] with {{Funetik Aksent}}s and XtremeKoolLetterz. They have Mekboyz, who have an instinctive knowledge of technology, and a gestalt [[PsychicPowers psychic ability]] that improves the functionality of many machines and can be channeled by Weirdboyz to more dramatic effects (long story short, Ork technology operates on ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve). Orks are extremely durable and persistent; because they reproduce through spores that fly off from their skin, ork infestations are hard to eliminate once they have set foot on a planet. Orks are genetically engineered to fight and win, and any ork that's not participating in a Waaagh! against aliens is probably participating in some intra-ork civil war. ''40K'' is such a CrapsackWorld that, due to their straightforward attitudes, hooligan-style [[FootballHooligans hooligan]]-style {{Funetik Aksent}}s, and InsaneTrollLogic, these bloodthirsty, amoral monsters are the ''comic relief''.
5th Sep '17 8:09:10 AM CaptainCrawdad
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** During the events of ''[[{{Literature/TheSilmarillion}}The Silmarillion]]'', Elves first meeting Orcs thought them former Elves degraded and gone barbarian due to life in the wilderness. Which means they still looked Human/Elvenlike, not monstrous.
5th Sep '17 4:51:25 AM Nautilus1
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** During the events of ''[[{{Literature/TheSilmarillion}}The Silmarillion]]'', Elves first meeting Orcs thought them former Elves degraded and gone barbarian due to life in the wilderness. Which means they still looked Human/Elvenlike, not monstrous.
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