A Villain Named Zrg
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.
Anime and Manga[edit | hide | hide all]
Comic Books[edit | hide]
- 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.
- Calvin and Hobbes loved this trope. Besides the evil aliens called the Zorgs, there were the Zargs, Zorkons, Zogwargs, and Zogs (close).
- 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.
- A case of Aerith and Bob occurs in Betty Blue, where Zorg is a perfectly normal handyman in the France of the Eighties.
Literature[edit | hide]
- 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".
Video Games[edit | hide]
- 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.