I'm sensing a pattern here...
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
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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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Klingons love the letter K. Star Trek: The Original Series gives us Kang, Kor, Koloth, and Kahless, and the movies have Kruge, Klaa, Koord, and Gorkon. In the Expanded Universe, their home planet used to be called Klinzhai, but the official canon later renamed it Qo'noS (pronounced "Kronos").
- Doctor Who gives us Zygons, Krotons, planet Skaro, planet Karn, Gavrok the Bannerman, and Izlyr the Ice Warrior (though Izlyr was a good guy).
- 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 (Reimagined). 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 evil aliens called the Zorgs, Spaceman Spiff has also had to deal with the Zargs, Zorkons, Zogwargs, and 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."
- Spelljammer has the living suits of alien armor called Zodars.
- Transformers has the Decepticon Scorponok's head, Lord Zarak.
- Zoids has the pterodactyl droid Radoz.
- Starriors has the transforming brontosaur / motorcycle named Strazor.
- Starcraft: What four tropers out of five thought when seeing the title.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.