The Zurg Empire is the primary antagonistic faction of Buzz Lightyear of Star Command, a spinoff TV show from Disney/Pixar's popular Toy Story films. It is an oppressive empire based on Planet Z that seeks to dominate the entire galaxy, bringing them into conflict with Star Command. The empire's name is derived from its evil ruler Emperor Zurg.


It is unknown if there are more planets that are under the control of the Zurg Empire, though it is shown in the episode Shiv Katall that the Zurg Empire owns a mining planet. Also in Tag Team, Zurg's second-in-command Warp Darkmatter is shown to own an unnamed moon, which he uses as a vacation resort during personal days.

As stated in the series, the Zurg Empire is at war against the Galactic Alliance and Star Command, as Zurg and his forces plan to conquer the entire galaxy, which has incited Buzz Lightyear to form Team Lightyear to stop Zurg in his tracks. To that end, Zurg formed numerous evil schemes such as these:

Needless to say, thanks to the efforts of Team Lightyear and their allies, they were able of foil Zurg's schemes one by one, much to Zurg's anger and disapproval. It is unknown what happened to the Zurg Empire as the series ended after two seasons as it still remained in power.

Villainous Acts

  • Stealing and corrupting the Uni-Mind to bring every planet of the Galactic Alliance under his control (Buzz Lightyear of Star Command: The Adventure Begins)
  • Creating a robot vampire named Nos-4-A2 to destroy Star Command, as he can control any machine he bites (Nos-4-A2)
  • Freeing the wanted criminal Torque and giving him a cell-separating device to have him defeat Star Command (The Torque Armada)
  • Creating a weapon that can seemingly destroy planets when it can actually transport them to another dimension in order to coerce the Galactic Alliance to surrender at will (The Planet Destroyer)
  • Kidnapping and placing a bounty on XR in order to obtain stolen intelligence of Star Command stored in XR's memory banks (Downloaded)
  • Inventing an animate sheet known as the Shape Stealer to assasinate Buzz Lightyear (The Shape Stealer)
  • Creating a gas that can transform and morph anyone into a blob in order to hack and take over into Star Command (The Crawling Flesh)
  • Creating clone versions of Team Lightyear using their DNA to take them down from the inside out (The Clone Rangers)


  • It is similar to the Galactic Empire from Star Wars, as they are both empires seeking to take over and maintain control over their respective galaxies.


           PIXAR Villains

Animated Features
Sid Phillips | One-Eyed Bart | Attack Dog with Built-in-force-field | Hopper | Grasshoppers (Thumper) | Fly Brothers | Stinky Pete | Al McWhiggin | Emperor Zurg | Zurg Empire (Zurg Bots, Warp Darkmatter, Hornets, Brain Pods & Grubs) | Dr. Porkchop | Henry J. Waternoose III | Randall Boggs | Syndrome | Omnidroids | Mirage | The Underminer | Bomb Voyage | Chick Hicks | Boost, DJ, Wingo & Snot Rod | Chef Skinner | AUTO | GO-4 | Charles F. Muntz | Alpha | Beta and Gamma | Lots-o'-Huggin' Bear | Lotso's Gang (Ken, Big Baby, Stretch, Chunk, Sparks, Twitch & Monkey) | One-Eyed Betty | Miles Axlerod | Lemons (Professor Zündapp, Grem & Acer) | Mor'du | Jangles the Clown | Thunderclap | Thunderclap's Flock | Velociraptors (Bubbha) | Ernesto de la Cruz | Security Guards | Screenslaver | Gabby Gabby | The Bensons | Curse Dragon | Pixie Dusters (Dewdrop)

Shorts, Television & Video Games
Kabuto | Big D | Ronald Tompkins | Mr. Jones | The Cleric | Battlesaurs (Goliathon & Reptillus Maximus)

           ToyStoryLogo Villains

Toy Story: Sid Phillips | One-Eyed Bart | Attack Dog with Built-in-force-field
Toy Story 2: Stinky Pete | Al McWhiggin | Zurg Empire (Emperor Zurg & Zurg Bots) | Dr. Porkchop
Buzz Lightyear of Star Command: The Adventure Begins: Zurg Empire (Emperor Zurg, Warp Darkmatter, Hornets, Brain Pods & Grubs)
Toy Story 3: Lotso's Gang (Lots-o'-Huggin' Bear, Ken, Big Baby, Stretch, Chunk, Sparks, Twitch & Monkey) | One-Eyed Betty | Sid Phillips
Toy Story 4: Gabby Gabby | The Bensons

Television specials
Toy Story of Terror: Ronald Tompkins | Mr. Jones | Al McWhiggin
Toy Story That Time Forgot: The Cleric | Goliathon | Reptillus Maximus | Battlesaurs

Video games
King of Toys

           BuzzLightyearOfStarCommandTitle Villains

Zurg Empire
Emperor Zurg | Warp Darkmatter | Hornets (Hyper-Hornet) | Zurg Bots | Brain Pods | Grubs | Shiv Katall | Gravitina | Nos-4-A2 | Wirewolf | Torque | Shape Stealer | Zzub | Feara | Blister | XL

Valkyran Raiders
Brun | Hilda | Sig | Valkyran Guard

Evil Buzz Lightyear | Rentwhistle Swack | Spyro Lepton | Gularis | Guzelian | Lardak Lurdak | Flint | Natron

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