A Villain Named Zrg
Law of Alien Names, Xtreme Kool Letterz, Names to Run Away from Really Fast. Contrast Tom the Dark Lord. Not to be confused with Zerg Rush (though the Trope Namers for that trope are an example of this one).
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Anime and Manga
- King Zarkon from Voltron would be a near-example.
- Zeo Gattler from Space Warrior Baldios is another near-example.
- "Dark Master Zorc" and, flipping the letter order, "Gorz the Emissary of Darkness."
- Zoltar from Battle of the Planets. Also 7-Zark-7, though he's a good guy.
- Star Blazers has Prince Zordar.
- Super Dimension Cavalry Southern Cross has the invading Zor fleet. In Robotech, Zor was changed to a single character's name.
- GaoGaiGar has the sinister biomechanical alien invaders known as the Zondars. Individual Zondars that have names averts this, though, having Italian-sounding names that all begin with the letter P.
- Dragon Ball usually averts this despite the large number of aliens in the series, although Frieza's henchman Zarbon applies.
- Prince Zorzal from Gate is human but he's far from humane.
- Spoofed in Spirou and Fantasio with Zorglub (portmanteau of Zorg and "Arglub" which is a standard Written Sound Effect for accidental strangling in Franco-Belgian comics). Notable in that it is currently the older example known — even before Starcraft — and already a parody.
- The Mighty Thor has an enemy from the future named Zarrko the Tomorrow Man though's he nowhere near the level of Kang.
- The Micronauts battle the evil Baron Karza.
- Marvel Comics' early, pre-superhero giant monster comics had critters with names like Gruto, Zetora, Gigantus, Gargantus, Goom, Googam, Gorgilla, Groot, the Creature from Krogarr, Dragoom, Gor-Kill, Grottu, Orrgo, Rommbu, Spragg, and on and on. Stan seems to have really liked the letters G and R.
- Batman's enemy Ra's Al Ghul, which is Arabic.
- Heroic example: The "Batman of Zur-en-Arrh."
- One of Superman's greatest foes is the Kryptonian General Zod
- Alien invader Thrakkorzog in The Tick. In the cartoon he helpfully offers The Tick a pronunciation guide.
- A case of Aerith and Bob occurs in Betty Blue, where Zorg is a perfectly normal handyman in the France of the Eighties.
- The Fifth Element: Jean-Baptiste Emmanuel Zorg. Especially significant as the whole movie is a reconstruction of sci-fi movies and comics of the 1970s and 1980s.
- In the film Zathura, the evil lizard race are called the Zorgons.
- The Last Starfighter comes pretty close with Xur (pronounced "zur").
- Emperor Zhark from the Thursday Next books is a near-example (in two different ways). He's the villain of his own pulpy sci-fi series, but in the metafictional main story, he's one of the good guys.
- The Ax-Crazy Prince Serg from the Vorkosigan Saga might count, because his name is pronounced "zerg".
- The rat-things called Zoog in The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath, an almost-example.
- An inversion: in the Star Trek novel Yesterday's Son, Spock's son (a good guy) is named Zar (named by Zarabeth, a character from the original series.
- J. R. R. Tolkien's works have Orcs with names such as Azog and Bolg. note
- Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire has Prince Xizor (pronounced "SHEE-zor").
- Willy Wonka's most hated foes are the "Vermicious Knids" from the planet Vermes.
- Babylon 5: The episode Grey 17 is Missing has a humanoid predator species named Zarg. Tropes may not be bad, but in this case they were. Fortunately, the myth-arc half of the episode was far superior.
- Barizorg from Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger. The name is presumably a corruption/portmanteau from 'cyborg'.
- Zurgane from Power Rangers Ninja Storm.
- Land of the Lost has the Zarn.
- Star Trek: Voyager has the Kazon.
- Doctor Who gives us Zygons, Krotons, planet Skaro, planet Karn, Gavrok the Bannerman, and Izlyr the Ice Warrior (though Izlyr was a good guy).
- Nu Who gives us Mighty Jagrafess of the Holy Hadrojassic Maxarodenfoe, Raxacoricofallapatorians, and Bannakaffalatta.
- Inspector Spacetime from Community's Show Within a Show has the Blorgons, Vosrda, Crütonnes, and many, many more.
- Jason Of Star Command fought the evil Emperor Dragos.
- The Tattooed Teenage Alien Fighters from Beverly Hills fight the evil Emperor Gorganis.
- Tom Zarek from Battlestar Galactica (2003). Not stereotypical for a Sci-Fi villain (he begins the series as a political activist prisoner) but other than the Cylons themselves (heck, even compared to a lot of the Cylons) is one of the most antagonistic characters on the show.
- Pee-Wee's Playhouse has Zyzzybalubah, who starts out evil (well, incredibly self-centered at any rate) but turns out OK at the episode's end.
- Calvin And Hobbes loved this trope. Besides the three-plus different evil aliens called the Zorgs, Spaceman Spiff has also had to deal with the Zargs, Zorkons, Zogwargs, and three different Zogs (close).
- Dutch comic Scribbly has Lord Zirtox, evil alien warlord and father of protagonist's-best-frient, Zark (and his twin Kraz).
- Inversion: Hans Zarkov from Flash Gordon, who's one of the good guys.
Stand Up Comedy
- Comedian and ventriloquist Mason Taylor has a bit where he flips his pig puppet, named Paco, upside down and "realizes" that he could make a new puppet out of the hole for his hand. He named it "Zarkon, the alien Teletubby."
- Seen here.
- Spelljammer has the living suits of alien armor called Zodars.
- Warhammer 40,000: The ork word "zog" occasionally sees use in a name. It carries multiple meanings, from "go away" to "annoyance" to "I doubt your veracity".
- The Big Bad of HeroQuest got hit with this in the American Dub Name Change, becoming "Zargon" (instead of "Morcar").
- Starcraft: The Zerg, a Horde of Alien Locusts.
- Zorg: An alien race in the video games Strange Adventures In Infinite Space and Weird Worlds: Return to Infinite Space. They weren't exactly villains, though. Just... alien.
- Yars Revenge is set in the Razak Star System and uses the Zorlon Cannon (neither of which is evil, however)
- Gorf has the evil Gorfian Empire.
- The Deadly Six in Sonic Lost World are named Zavok, Zazz, Zeena, Zik, Zomom and Zor. In addition, they are members of a species known as Zeti.
- Zelgius from Fire Emblem Tellius might count, especially given that Japanese does not distinguish between L and R.
- The evil emperor in the original Breath of Fire is named Zorgon in the original Japanese version; his US name, Zog, is a lesser example.
- The Big Bad of MediEvil is an Evil Sorcerer named Zarok, who one day decides to turn the population of Gallowmere into zombies.
- First episode of Commander Keen has the Gargs.
- Crystal Quest has the Zarklephaser enemy, which "emits bullets like a hailstorm".
- The evil cyborg race known as the Grox in Spore.
- The eponymous antagonist of Epic Games' platformer Xargon (pronounced Zargon).
- The Order of the Stick: Invoked by Xykon, in his print-only prequel Start of Darkness.
Xykon: Hey, I should give myself a cool name with an "X" in it ... I've got it — "Xykon." Yeah, that's badass. Xykon the sorcerer.
- The archnemesis of Buzz Lightyear in Toy Story 2 (and its spin-off series, Buzz Lightyear of Star Command) is called Zurg. Another reconstruction, by the way.
- Space Ghost's arch-nemesis Zorak (who was promoted to Token Evil Teammate for Space Ghost: Coast to Coast.
- The alien villain in Space Chimps is named Zartog.
- The eponymous protagonist from the series Invader Zim.
- "I AM LRRR OF THE PLANET OMICRON PERSEI 8!"
- In addition, new students at Mars University have to wait in one of three lines by alphabetical order of name: A-L, M-Y, and Z. The line for Z is by far the longest and consists solely of Starfish Aliens.
- Subverted with Zoidberg, who's an alien but a good guy.
- The twin villains Tomax and Xamot from the old G.I. Joe cartoon probably count, as they were always named together and their names respectively end with a "ks" or start with a "z" sound.
- Corvax from Muzzy in Gondoland. This also makes him the Odd Name Out, since everyone else in Gondoland have names like Bob, Sylvia or Amanda.
- Adventure Time has a Villain of the Week in the episode "The Silent King" called Xergiok, the X at the beginning of his name being pronounced as a Z.