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?
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.
of Law of Alien Names
. Compare Numbered Homeworld
. See also Xtreme Kool Letterz
Anime & Manga
- The late and ever-iconic Krypton counts.
- 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).
- 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.
- Downplayed quite a bit in Homestuck with the troll planet Alternia.
- According to Scientology, the planet we live on was previously called "Teegeeack" before Xenu deposited humanity there.