A Villain Named Zrg

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Be it because of its outlandish sound or its harsh structure, there seems to be a trend of naming sci-fi villains — and especially stereotypical ones — after these three consonants (sometimes with a K instead of a G), with a random vowel in-between and possibly some letters before or after.

Compare 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).

Examples:

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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.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!:
    • "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.
  • Subverted with Zagato from MagicKnightRayearth. He is presented to the Magic Knights (and to the audience) to be the villain- but he is actually not.

    Comicbooks 
  • 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 he's 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.
  • In stories revealing Thorgal's family history, his grandfather's and father's names are revealed to be Xargos and Varth, respectively.

    Film 
  • 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").
  • Ghostbusters (1984) gives us Gozer the Gozerian, Vinz Clortho (pronounced "Klortho"), and Zuul.

    Literature 
  • 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 
    • In The Silmarillion, when Sauron was taken "prisoner" by the Númenóreans, they dubbed him Zigûrun in their native language (Adûnaic), which means wizard. Since Adûnaic is implied to conform to a consonantal root system, like Hebrew and Arabic in real life, Sauron's name while in Númenór should have been spelled as Z-G-R, -un being a masculine agentive suffix.
  • 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.

    Live-Action TV 

    Newspaper Comics 
  • 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, Zondargs, 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.

    Radio 

     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."

    Tabletop Games 
  • Dungeons & Dragons editions 3.0 and 3.5 has multiple characters with such names.
    • Graz'zt, Prince of the Dark, is one of the top three demons in the Abyss after Demogorgon and Orcus.
    • Exemplars of Evil has Zargath Human-bane, an orc warlord with plans to commit genocide against humans, elves, and dwarves.
    • The last chapter of Elder Evils is about Zargon the Returner, one of the ancient Baatorians who ruled Baator before the arrival of Asmodeus and the other baatezu devils.
  • 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").

    Toys 
  • Transformers has the Decepticon Scorponok's head, Lord Zarak.
  • Zoids has the pterodactyl droid Radoz.
  • Starriors has the transforming brontosaur / motorcycle named Strazor.

    Video Games 

    Webcomics 
  • 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.

    Western Animation 
  • 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.note 
  • 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.
  • Being a rebooted continuity, it only makes sense for Voltron: Legendary Defender to be helmed by the villainous Emperor Zarkon.


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