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- Superman: The late and ever-iconic Krypton of the Superman and Supergirl comics is one of the most famous examples. Krypton, however, has a Greek root and means "The Hidden", as in 'cryptic', 'cryptography', and for that matter: 'crypt'. It is also the name of a chemical element (No. 36, a noble gas).
- In the Red Daughter of Krypton storyline Supergirl visited some weirdly-named world such like Ysmault, Grax or Primeen.
- In Krypton No More, Superman and Supergirl have to protect Xonn (a planet located in Cygni-Gi system) from an Alien Invasion.
- In War World, after appropriating the eponymous super-weapon, Mongul headed straight for the Raydor galaxy.
- In the Pre-Crisis universe, the survivors of Krypton settled in a world they called Rokyn (meaning "Rao's gift").
- Fantastic Four: Skrulls originally come from the planet Skrullos.
- 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.
- The eponymous K-PAX from the book series by Dr. Gene Brewer. The K-PAXian visitor/possible mental patient "prot" also calls his planet's two suns K-MON and K-RIL, discusses the planets FLOR, NOLL and TERPSION, and refers to Earth in his own language as B-TIK. The all-caps spelling of planets, stars and constellations is also part of their naming convention, while the names of individuals and most locations smaller than a celestial body are left uncapitalized.
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. Presumably those planets were the galactic equivalent of Ruritania.
- Several planets from Doctor Who, including Raxacoricofallapatorius and 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.
- Of course those familar with B5 will know that Z'ha'dum is really an homage to Khazad-dûm (along with boatload of other nods to LOTR).
- A famous example is Planet Vulcan from the original Star Trek.
- Zig & Zag, a pair of children's tv puppets that originally appeared on Irish children's television and later on various Channel 4 shows in England apparently originally came from Planet Zog.
Mythology and Religion
- According to Scientology, the planet we live on was previously called "Teegeeack" before Xenu deposited humanity there.
- The Mormons have Kolob, described as the planet/star closest to God's throne.
- 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.
- Some of the planets in Milky Way Wishes from Kirby Super Star have 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. Granted this is because of the way the Polaris speak.
- Planet Bazoik in Chex Quest, the setting of the first game.
- Massmouth 2: The planet Zeeble, home of the protagonist.
- Features heavily in No Man's Sky with such worlds as Gorogohl, Sayall, Achaia, Yaasirj, and Ikdlak. Even a few star systems get in on the fun with such charming names as Xonnas, N'glik, Toniberli, Oaster, and Ethaedair.
- 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 and Trisol.
- Yugopotamia from Fairly OddParents.
- Alien's home planet Quome from Wanda and the Alien.
- The scientists who decide on official planet names tend to not approve too exotic-sounding monikers unless they are based in ancient mythology, but every once in a while Pop Culture Osmosis wins out. (For example, one of the proposed names for a planetoid is Xena.) That one ended up getting the classical name Eris (the Goddess of strife from Greek mythology). Its satellite, however, did end up with an oblique popcultural reference: it's called Dysnomia, after the Anthropomorphic Personification of lawlessness - referencing Lucy Lawless, the actress playing Xena.
- The solar system features planets named 'Vee-nus' and 'Nep-tune', which makes one wonder if these names really are silly, or only sound silly because they are unfamiliar.
- Unfamiliar for Americans, maybe. Venus and Neptune are the Roman Latin names for the gods Aphrodite and Poseidon, respectively the goddess of beauty and the god of the sea.