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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 LawOfAlienNames, XtremeKoolLetterz, NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast. Contrast TomTheDarkLord.

Not to be confused with ZergRush (though the {{Trope Namer}}s for that trope are an example of this one).


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* King Zarkon from ''Anime/{{Voltron}}'' would be a near-example.
* Zeo Gattler from ''Anime/SpaceWarriorBaldios'' is another near-example.
* ''Manga/YuGiOh'':
** "Dark Master Zorc" and, flipping the letter order, "Gorz the Emissary of Darkness."
* Zoltar [[note]][[Anime/ScienceNinjaTeamGatchaman Berg Katse]][[/note]] from ''Anime/BattleOfThePlanets.'' Also 7-Zark-7, though he's a good guy.
* ''[[Anime/SpaceBattleshipYamato Star Blazers]]'' has Prince Zordar.
* ''Anime/SuperDimensionCavalrySouthernCross'' has the invading Zor fleet. In ''Robotech,'' Zor was changed to a single character's name.
* ''Anime/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.
* ''Franchise/DragonBall'' usually averts this despite the large number of aliens in the series by adhering to ThemeNaming, although Frieza's henchman Zarbon applies, even if he still adheres to the EdibleThemeNaming rule much of the cast adheres to[[note]]In his case, Zarbon is named after the Japanese term for the Pomelo fruit, "Zabon"[[/note]].
* Prince Zorzal from ''Literature/{{Gate}}'' is human but he's far from ''humane''.
* Subverted with Zagato from ''Anime/{{MagicKnightRayearth}}''. He is presented to the Magic Knights (and to the audience) to be the villain- but he is actually not.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Spoofed in ''ComicBook/SpirouAndFantasio'' with Zorglub (portmanteau of Zorg and "Arglub" which is a standard WrittenSoundEffect for accidental strangling in Franco-Belgian comics). Notable in that it is currently the older example known -- even before ''Starcraft'' -- and [[UnbuiltTrope already a parody]].
* ComicBook/TheMightyThor has an enemy from the future named Zarrko the Tomorrow Man though he's nowhere near the level of Kang.
* ''The ComicBook/{{Micronauts}}'' battle the evil Baron Karza.
* Creator/MarvelComics' early, pre-superhero [[{{Kaiju}} 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. Creator/{{Stan|Lee}} seems to have really liked the letters G and R.
* ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'':
** His enemy Ra's Al Ghul, [[BilingualBonus which is Arabic]].
** Heroic example: The "Batman of Zur-en-Arrh."
* Several [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] ComicBook/{{Supergirl}} villains were called names like Drang, Zond, Klax-Ar . Nowadays she still has to contend with enemies like Xenon, Deimax or Vax.
* One of Franchise/{{Superman}}'s greatest foes is the Kryptonian General Zod
* [[AlienInvaders Alien invader]] Thrakkorzog in ''ComicBook/TheTick''. In the cartoon he helpfully [[http://youtu.be/kYmWRNZ_0ys offers The Tick a pronunciation guide]].
* In stories revealing {{Comicbook/Thorgal}}'s [[HumanAliens family history]], [[spoiler:his grandfather's and father's]] names are revealed to be Xargos and Varth, respectively.

* A case of AerithAndBob occurs in ''Film/BettyBlue'', where Zorg is a perfectly normal handyman in the France of the Eighties.
* ''Film/TheFifthElement'': [[FluffyTheTerrible Jean-Baptiste]] [[AerithAndBob 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 ''Film/{{Zathura}}'', the evil lizard race are called the Zorgons.
* ''Film/TheLastStarfighter'' comes pretty close with Xur (pronounced "zur").
* ''Film/Ghostbusters1984'' gives us Gozer the Gozerian, Vinz Clortho (pronounced "Klortho"), and Zuul.

* Emperor Zhark from the ''Literature/ThursdayNext'' books is a near-example (in two different ways). He's the villain of his own pulpy sci-fi series, but in the {{metafiction}}al main story, he's one of the good guys.
* The AxCrazy Prince Serg from the ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga'' might count, because [[AllThereInTheManual his name is]] [[ItIsPronouncedTroPAY pronounced "zerg"]].
* The rat-things called Zoog in Creator/HPLovecraft's ''Literature/TheDreamQuestOfUnknownKadath'', an almost-example.
* An inversion: in the ''Franchise/StarTrek'' novel ''Yesterday's Son,'' Spock's son (a good guy) is named Zar (named by Zarabeth, a character from [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries the original series.]]
* Creator/JRRTolkien's works have Orcs with names such as Azog and Bolg. [[note]]Tolkien intentionally used this trope, he was of the opinion that evil creatures should have an evil-sounding language.[[/note]]
** In ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'', when Sauron was taken [[TrojanPrisoner "prisoner"]] by the Númenóreans, they dubbed him ''Zigûr'', meaning [[EvilSorcerer wizard]] in their native language (Adûnaic). Given that Adûnaic is heavily implied to conform to a consonantal root system, like Hebrew and Arabic do in real life, Sauron's name while in Númenor would have been spelled simply as ''Z-G-R''.
* ''Franchise/StarWars: Literature/ShadowsOfTheEmpire'' has Prince Xizor (pronounced "SHEE-zor").
* [[Literature/CharlieAndTheGreatGlassElevator Willy Wonka's]] most hated foes are the "Vermicious Knids" from the planet Vermes.
* Literature/LoneWolf absolutely lives off this trope, especially with its double A phoneme; Zagarna being a fine example, the Negud-Kor-Adez, Kaag, Helshezag, if it sounds harsh and gutteral it's probably somewhere in the language of evil. This isn't strictly reserved to the bad guys however, with noble if dangerous places named things like "Zaaryx".

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/BabylonFive'': The episode ''Grey 17 is Missing'' has a [[PeopleInRubberSuits humanoid predator species]] named Zarg.
* Barizorg from ''Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger''. [[spoiler:The name is presumably a corruption/portmanteau from 'cyborg'.]]
* Zurgane from ''Series/PowerRangersNinjaStorm''.
* ''Series/LandOfTheLost'' has the Zarn.
* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' has the Kazon.
** [[Franchise/StarTrek Klingons]] love the letter K. ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' gives us Kang, Kor, Koloth, and Kahless, and the movies have Kruge, Klaa, Koord, and Gorkon. In the ExpandedUniverse, their home planet used to be called Klinzhai, but the official canon later renamed it Qo'noS (pronounced "Kronos").
* ''Series/DoctorWho'' 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 [[UpToEleven Mighty Jagrafess of the Holy Hadrojassic Maxarodenfoe]], [[UpToEleven Raxacoricofallapatorians]], and [[RuleOfThree Bannakaffalatta]].
* JustForFun/InspectorSpacetime from Series/{{Community}}'s ShowWithinAShow has the [[CaptainErsatz Blorgons]], [[MadScientist Vosrda]], [[PunnyName Crütonnes]], and many, many more.
* Series/JasonOfStarCommand fought the evil Emperor Dragos.
* The Series/TattooedTeenageAlienFightersFromBeverlyHills fight the evil Emperor Gorganis.
* Tom Zarek from ''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003''. Not stereotypical for a SciFi villain (he begins the series as a [[WellIntentionedExtremist 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.
* ''Series/PeeWeesPlayhouse'' has Zyzzybalubah, who starts out evil (well, incredibly self-centered at any rate) but turns out OK at the episode's end.

* ''Music/{{Gloryhammer}}'' has Zargothrax, Dark Sorcerer of Auchtermuchty.

* Scientology, of course, has the evil lord Xenu.

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' loved this trope. Besides the three-plus different evil aliens called the [[http://calvinandhobbes.wikia.com/wiki/Zorg Zorgs]], Spaceman Spiff has also had to deal with the [[http://www.gocomics.com/calvinandhobbes/1986/04/10 Zargs]], [[http://calvinandhobbes.wikia.com/wiki/Zorkon Zorkons]], [[http://calvinandhobbes.wikia.com/wiki/Zogwarg Zogwargs]], [[http://calvinandhobbes.wikia.com/wiki/Zondarg Zondargs]], and three different [[http://calvinandhobbes.wikia.com/wiki/Zog 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 ''ComicStrip/FlashGordon'', who's one of the good guys.

* The prophet Zarquon from ''Radio/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'', though he isn't evil. The [[PardonMyKlingon common galactic obscenity]] "zark off" is derived from his name as well.

[[folder: 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 [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=K3chTCJExNQ#t=168s here.]]

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' 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.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Spelljammer}}'' has the living suits of alien armor called Zodars.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'': The ork word "zog" occasionally sees use in a name. It carries multiple meanings, from "go away" to "annoyance" to "[[Literature/CiaphasCain I doubt your veracity]]".
* The BigBad of ''TabletopGame/HeroQuest'' got hit with this in the American DubNameChange, becoming "Zargon" (instead of "Morcar").

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

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/StarCraft'': [[ZergRush The Zerg]], a HordeOfAlienLocusts.
* Zorg: An alien race in the video games ''VideoGame/StrangeAdventuresInInfiniteSpace'' and ''Weird Worlds: Return to Infinite Space''. They weren't exactly villains, though. Just... alien.
* ''VideoGame/YarsRevenge'' is set in the Razak Star System and uses the Zorlon Cannon (neither of which is evil, however)
* ''VideoGame/{{Gorf}}'' has the evil Gorfian Empire.
* The Deadly Six in ''VideoGame/SonicLostWorld'' are named Zavok, Zazz, Zeena, Zik, Zomom and Zor. In addition, they are members of a species known as Zeti.
* Zelgius from ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius'' might count, especially given that Japanese does not distinguish between L and R.
* The evil emperor in the original ''VideoGame/BreathOfFire'' is named Zorgon in the original Japanese version; his US name, Zog, is a lesser example.
* The BigBad of ''VideoGame/MediEvil'' is an EvilSorcerer named Zarok, who one day decides to turn the population of Gallowmere into [[ZombieApocalypse zombies.]]
* First episode of ''VideoGame/CommanderKeen'' has the Gargs.
* ''VideoGame/CrystalQuest'' has the Zarklephaser enemy, which "[[MoreDakka emits bullets like a hailstorm]]".
* The evil cyborg race known as the Grox in ''{{VideoGame/Spore}}''.
* The [[AntagonistTitle eponymous]] antagonist of Creator/EpicGames' platformer ''{{VideoGame/Xargon}}'' (pronounced Zargon).
* ''[[VideoGame/TheHobbit2003 The Hobbit]]'' had orcs named Ugslap and Krugbit, in typical Middle-earth fashion.

* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'': 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.


[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The archnemesis of Buzz Lightyear in ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory2'' (and its spin-off series, ''WesternAnimation/BuzzLightyearOfStarCommand'') is called Zurg. Another reconstruction, by the way.
* WesternAnimation/SpaceGhost's arch-nemesis Zorak (who was promoted to TokenEvilTeammate for ''Space Ghost: Coast to Coast.''
* The alien villain in ''WesternAnimation/SpaceChimps'' is named Zartog.
* The eponymous [[VillainProtagonist protagonist]] from the series ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim''.
* "[[NoIndoorVoice I AM]] [[WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}} 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 StarfishAliens.
** Subverted with Zoidberg, who's an alien but a good guy.[[note]]Though his patients generally think otherwise.[[/note]]
* The twin villains Tomax and Xamot from the old ''Franchise/GIJoe'' 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 ''WesternAnimation/MuzzyInGondoland''. This also makes him the OddNameOut, since everyone else in Gondoland have names like Bob, Sylvia or Amanda.
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' 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 ''WesternAnimation/VoltronLegendaryDefender'' to be helmed by the villainous Emperor Zarkon.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'' featured {{Puppeteer Parasite}}s possessing Dexter's family to stage an AlienInvasion. The parasite who had intended to possess Dexter was named [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Zigor/Zygor]].