Gnorcs are squat, unintelligent creatures who first appeared in Spyro the Dragon. They vary in appearance—some resemble and sound like frogs and toads, while others look more like trolls and goblins. The most notable Gnorc is Gnasty Gnorc. The most common Gnorc skin color is green, but they can also come in yellow, blue, pink, brown, purple and orange colors.
The term "gnorc" is technically short for "Gnorcii Tuconsis." Their origin is unknown, but they are generally believed to have spawned from swampy regions. Long ago, when dragons first started to encounter gnorcs in the Dragon Realms, there was a difference of opinion on what to call them. Artisans tended to think the gnorcs would bring them good luck due to their squat appearance and apparent harmlessness, and so called them "Gnomes." On the other hand, Peace Keepers were immediately suspicious of the slimy race, and referred to them as "Orcs."
Tuco the balloonist called a meeting among the Dragons to decide the matter, and they settled on calling the creatures "Gnorcs" and created the scientific name "Gnorcii Tuconsis" in honor of Tuco.
Spyro the Dragon
In Spyro the Dragon, Gnasty Gnorc created Gnorcs out of gems and used them as his military soldiers.
Spyro 2: Ripto's Rage!
In Spyro 2: Ripto's Rage!, Gnorcs made a cameo as friendly characters in Dragon Shores, where they are the attendants of each of the rides/games, apparently now reformed after the defeat of Gnasty. One is named Gniles.
Spyro: A Hero's Tail
Gnorcs appeared again in Spyro: A Hero's Tail as enemies when Gnasty Gnorc returned, and are featured in almost every homeworld and level (even after their master's defeat). It was revealed in Red's Laboratory that Red had converted most of the Gnorcs into improved robot forms with the help of the captured Professor. They have not reappeared since.
|Spyro the Dragon - Sparx the Dragonfly|
Fairies - Balloonists
Toasty - Doctor Shemp - Blowhard - Metalhead - Jacques - Egg Thieves
|Artisans - Peace Keepers - Magic Crafters - Beast Makers - Dream Weavers - Gnorc Gnexus|
|Stone Hill - Dark Hollow - Town Square - Dry Canyon - Cliff Town - Ice Cavern - Alpine Ridge|
High Caves - Wizard Peak - Terrace Village - Misty Bog - Tree Tops - Dark Passage - Lofty Castle
- Haunted Towers - Gnorc Cove - Twilight Harbour - Gnasty's Loot
|Sunny Flight - Night Flight - Crystal Flight - Wild Flight - Icy Flight|
|Toasty - Doctor Shemp - Blowhard - Metalhead - Jacques - Gnasty Gnorc|
|Dragons - Treasure - Dragon Eggs|
|Spyro the Dragon - Hunter the Cheetah|
Sparx the Dragonfly - Sgt. James Byrd - Blink the Mole
|Red (Mecha Form)|
Gnasty Gnorc - Ineptune - Mammoth
|Amp - Aqua - Astor - Bentley the Yeti - Ember - Flame - Fredneck - Freezia - Ice Princess - Lily - Magnus|
- Mergatroids - Moneybags - Mother Turtle - Mrs. Shoutfire - Otto - Peggy - Phil - Professor - Teena - Titan
- Tomas - Trina - Wally - Zoe
|Dragon Kingdom - Lost Cities - Icy Wilderness - Volcanic Isle|
Dragon Village - Crocovile Swamp - Dragonfly Falls - Coastal Remains - Cloudy Domain - Sunken Ruins
- Frostbite Village - Gloomy Glacier - Ice Citadel - Stormy Beach - Molten Mount - Magma Falls - Dark Mine
- Red's Lab
|Gnasty's Cave - Watery Tomb - Red's Chamber - Red's Lair|
|Island Speedway - Cloudy Speedway - Iceberg Aerobatics - Lava Palaver|
|Gems - Dark Gems - Light Gems - Dragon Eggs|