A Planet Named Zok
Pronounceable alien planet (and other) names that use high-scoring letters in Scrabble.
"No, the mod team are not secretly space aliens from the planet Tropelon. Stop derailing."Oftentimes, fictional aliens have bizarre names with Z's, G's, and apostrophes. So it should come to no surprise to any Genre Savvy Science Fiction viewer that the planets, moons, stars, and other celestial objects from which the aliens hail from carry on this strange tradition - despite the fact that they still use the human alphabet and can still be pronounced by English speakers? Most of these planets use lots of "weird" letters (ones that are often utilized in Scrabble Babble), like X, K, Z, Q, R, and N. - given their underuse in regular words, using them in alien contexts works all the better for writers. Among other variants include planets that follow the "X-tar" or "X-lar" pattern. A few planets end with "I". Oftentimes, they're Punny Names. Sometimes, it becomes a Brick Joke when a planet like this is first introduced, then finds itself utilized in Scrabble Babble (as mentioned above). While the trope may seem a bit hypocritical on the part of us humans, given that Mars (for example) is kind of a strange name, bear in mind that it has roots in Roman mythology, and the term has managed to become a standard term to our species. A Sub-Trope of Law of Alien Names. Compare Numbered Homeworld. See also Xtreme Kool Letterz.
-- ShadowHog on the page picture for Left Fielder
Examples:Anime and Manga
- Namek from Dragon Ball Z.
- The late and ever-iconic Krypton counts.
- The trope is named for an alien planet in Calvin and Hobbes III: Double Trouble and Calvin and Hobbes: The Series.
- Highlander II has Planet Zeist - which is a real street name in Germany.
- Some of the planets of Star Wars fit this, the best example being Kashyyyk from Revenge of the Sith.
- The original Calvin and Hobbes also had this in the various alien worlds that Spaceman Spiff found himself crash-landing on.
- The Zorgons of Brewster Rockit: Space Guy!, who come from the planet Zorgo.
- An extremely early Dilbert strip has cow-looking aliens from the planet Moothron visit Dogbert.
- Planets mentioned in the Cthulhu Mythos have especially weird names, the most obvious example being Yuggoth.
- Some of the planets in Outernet, like Vered II, fit.
- Downplayed example: Alf's recently-destroyed home planet was named Melmac, which was also an old brand of plastic dishware.
- Rita Repulsa and her crew, when making some monsters to combat the Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers, would sometimes comment that they had done well in committing genocide on a certain planet named like this.
- When Russell T Davies was talking about a more Earth-bound Doctor Who, the widely distributed pull-quote was something like "The audience doesn't care about the Zogs from Planet Zog". And then he gave us the planet Raxacoricofallapatorius.
- In-series, several planets fit the convention (like Skaro, the Daleks' home planet).
- Babylon 5 has Z'ha'dum (also has apostrophes!), and in The Technomage Trilogy, the Rim planet and Shadow/Drakh stronghold Thenothk.
- A famous example is Planet Vulcan from the original Star Trek.
- The Neverhood has planet Idznak, home of the Skullmonkeys (where the sequel takes place).
- Each level in Ristar is a planet, and Freon (according to the actual Scrabble rules) just barely qualifies.
- Similar to the above, some of the planets in Milky Way Wishes (from Kirby Super Star) fit, with names like Cavius. (Ones like Skyhigh and Hotbeat don't really count.)
- Metroid has, among others, Planet Zebes.
- Planets in StarCraft share this trait, like Aiur and Zerus (the homeworlds of the Protoss and Zerg).
- The Stylistic Suck flash game A Game About Courage (made by the creator of Riddle School) has you unlock a secret ending by getting a haircut while playing as Cloud. It reads:
- Ratchet & Clank: The former character comes from Veldin.
- Escape Velocity Nova have many planets and systems with names like Tre'ar Zalom, Z'precti Hem, Ver'ar Noriout, Nil'ar Kemorya in the east and northeast.
- Homestar Runner's Show Within a Show "Limozeen - 'but they're in space!'" is located on Groupulon 5, a Shout-Out to Babylon5.
- Downplayed quite a bit in Homestuck with the troll planet Alternia.
- Dinosaur Dracula: While explaining the backstory of a marshmallow space craft, Matthew notes that the pacifist Starmals come from the planet Dextrosa.
- Irk from Invader Zim.
- The Yolkians, whose home planet Yolkus features prominently in the Jimmy Neutron movie.
- Likewise, the spinoff Planet Sheen revolves around Sheen crash-landing on the planet Zeenu.
- The planet Marklar from South Park. This also the title of every noun on Marklar. As one could guess, much smurfing ensues.
- Futurama has a few, like Vergon 6, Chapek 9, and Trisol.
- According to Scientology, the planet we live on was previously called "Teegeeack" before Xenu deposited humanity there.
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