A Planet Named Zok
Pronounceable alien planet (and other) names that use high-scoring letters in Scrabble.


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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.

Examples:

Anime & Manga

Comic Books
  • The late and ever-iconic Krypton counts.

Fan Fic

Film

Newspaper Comics
  • 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.

Literature
  • 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.

Live-Action TV
  • 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).

Video Games

Web Animation

Web Comics
  • Downplayed quite a bit in Homestuck with the troll planet Alternia.

Web Original

Western Animation

Real Life
  • According to Scientology, the planet we live on was previously called "Teegeeack" before Xenu deposited humanity there.
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