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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 the three consonants Z, R and G (sometimes with a K instead of a G and an X instead of a Z), with a random vowel in-between and possibly some letters before or after. When these villains are not of this world, they likely hail from A Planet Named Zok.

Compare Law of Alien Names, Xtreme Kool Letterz, Names to Run Away from Really Fast, Name-Tron. 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). noreallife


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    Anime and Manga 

  • 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.

    Comic Books 

    Comic Strips 
  • Calvin and Hobbes: 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.

    Films — Animated 
  • The alien villain in Space Chimps and its sequel is named Zartog.
  • Buzz Lightyear's archnemesis from his in-universe franchise in Toy Story is called Emperor Zurg. His action figure appears in Toy Story 2 and he's a (very obvious) Darth Vader knockoff.
    • Zurg also appears in Lightyear, which is about Buzz Lightyear's universe and not toys anymore.

    Films — Live-Action 

  • Lone Wolf 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 guttural 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".
  • Fighting Fantasy also uses this trope on occasion. Notably in Zagor, the name of the warlock from the first book (not that we find it out during the book, though).

  • Prince Zorzal from Gate is human but he's far from humane.
  • 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 H. P. Lovecraft's 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. Tolkien intentionally used this trope, he was of the opinion that evil creatures should have an evil-sounding language. In The Silmarillion, when Sauron was taken "prisoner" by the Númenóreans, they dubbed him Zigûr, meaning 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.
  • 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.
  • Murderous Maths has the recurring Evil Gollarks from the planet Zog, who repeatedly try to invade Earth. And to knock over our wastepaper baskets.
  • The Big Bad in Shirley Rousseau Murphy's Dragonbards Trilogy is named Quazelzeg.
  • The three alien villains of Captain Underpants and the Invasion of the Incredibly Naughty Cafeteria Ladies from Outer Space are called Zorx, Klax, and Jennifer.
  • Wars of the Realm: quite a few of the Fallen have names like this. Examples include Durgank, Tinsalik Barob, Guldomak, Poxel, and Tulgard. Perhaps the most literal example of this trope is the demon commander Zurock.

    Live-Action TV 

  • Gloryhammer has Zargothrax, Dark Sorcerer of Auchtermuchty.


    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", in the same sense as "fuck off".
  • The Big Bad of HeroQuest got hit with this in the American Dub Name Change, becoming "Zargon" (instead of "Morcar").

  • 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 

  • 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.
  • qxlkbh has a group of villains named the zvillainsrg to parody this. All of the members have names fitting this format, even zOption 12rg and zAlicerg.
  • Sluggy Freelance: In "A Very Big Bang", the bad guy race in the Punyverse are called the Zorgons. The main reason for this seems to be so that their leader, Zorgon Gola, can be a pun on "gorgonzola".
  • In TRU-Life Adventures, the Show Within a Show Johnny Blastoff features the villainous Emperor Zarnack.

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Especially significant as the whole movie is a reconstruction of sci-fi movies and comics of the 1970s and 1980s.

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