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.
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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.
- 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 (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."
- Seen here.
- Spelljammer has the living suits of alien armor called Zodars.
- 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.
- Crystal Quest has the Zarklephaser enemy, which "emits bullets like a hailstorm".
The Order of the Stick: Invoked by 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.