The Best Episodes of Invader ZIM

Last Updated: Nov 19, 2018

Invader ZIM is an eccentric alien soldier from the planet Irk. He was banished from the Irken Empire after nearly destroying his home planet on an early mission. After begging his superiors, the Almighty Tallest Red and Purple, for another chance, they decide to get rid of him once and for all. They trick him into going on a "secret mission" to an obscure planet at the edge of the universe, a planet with the unlikely name of Earth, in hopes that he'll die along the way. But their trick backfires when ZIM safely reaches Earth and begins his ever-so-subtle conquest of it. He disguises himself as a schoolboy, and now the only person who can stop him is one kid - Dib, a somewhat insane paranormal researcher, who sees straight through ZIM's disguise and is intent on stopping his reign of "terror". The only problem is that neither of them is very good at stopping the other.

The Frycook What Came from All that Space

#1 - The Frycook What Came from All that Space

Season 2 - Episode 10

When Sizz-Lorr, the owner of a restaurant on Foodcourtia, captures Zim and takes him back to Foodcourtia to continue his banishment, Zim must find a way to escape Sizz-Lorr’s wrath. While Zim managed to escape once by going out the door, the restaurant has been upgraded with new security features that will make him explode if he attempts to leave. The Great Foodening is also about to begin, so if Zim doesn’t escape before it occurs, he’ll be locked on Foodcourtia for twenty years; will Zim manage to find a way out, despite the fact that Sizz-Lorr is quite confident in his ability to make Zim suffer?

star 8.59
29 votes
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Backseat Drivers from Beyond the Stars

#2 - Backseat Drivers from Beyond the Stars

Season 2 - Episode 2

When Zim notices that the Almighty Tallest are very close to Earth, he wants them to view his newest scheme to destroy the humans: a monster that sucks out and eats the brains of people. The Tallest don’t care because they have their own problems to deal with, such as the group of resistance fighters that are trying to attack The Massive. Zim decides to take control of The Massive and force the Almighty Tallest to come to Earth, though his plans are interrupted when Dib uses Tak’s ship in order to take control of The Massive as well, not to mention the fact that the robo-parents are malfunctioning and that the brain eating monster is about to break free. Zim will need to work three times as hard if he wants to ensure his plan will be a success, though with the odds against him, will Zim be able to get the Tallest to Earth on time to witness his brilliance?

star 8.55
46 votes
Directors: Steve Ressel
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ZIM Eats Waffles

#3 - ZIM Eats Waffles

Season 2 - Episode 4

When Dib finally manages to get a spy camera inside Zim’s house, he plans to exploit the moment to show the Swollen Eyeball Network the truth about Zim’s nature. Unfortunately for Dib, Zim is more concerned with Gir’s waffles than his next evil plan, which causes Dib some complications as there is nothing special about waffles. However, when something out of the ordinary does occur, Dib believes he may just have a chance to succeed in his plans.

star 8.52
48 votes
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Mortos der Soulstealer

#4 - Mortos der Soulstealer

Season 2 - Episode 3

Dib summons Mortos der Soulstealer, a mystical being who emerges once every thousand years, in order to wish for him to steal ZIM’s soul. However, when it turns out that Mortos needs to recharge his power before he can complete the task that Dib requested, Dib must help him do many absurd things in hopes of putting an end to ZIM once and for all. Meanwhile, ZIM heads around town undergoing his latest evil scheme, which is the reason Dib was so eager to enlist Mortos’ help in the first place.

star 8.44
39 votes
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The Voting of the Doomed

#5 - The Voting of the Doomed

Season 2 - Episode 8

It’s time for the class elections at skool, in which Zim decides to participate in because he figures that if he wins the election, he’ll be one step closer to ruling the world. Dib wants to stop him but he knows that nobody would vote for him, so when Willy is nominated to compete against Zim, Dib decides to help Willy out in hopes that he’ll manage to defeat Zim in the polls. However, will Willy be able to do what Dib tells him, and even if he does, would he be able to prevent Zim from winning the election?

star 8.43
23 votes
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Bad, Bad Rubber Piggy

#6 - Bad, Bad Rubber Piggy

Season 1 - Episode 15

Zim finally finishes one of his self proclaimed brilliant inventions, a space-time-object-transfer device, in which he plans to send a giant robot into the past in order to put an end to Dib once and for all. However, when the robot isn’t compatible with the temporal field, he throws a rubber pig into the vortex instead, which turns out to be compatible and it causes Dib to crash his tricycle in the past. Zim decides to send many more rubber pigs into Dib’s past, which ultimately affect him in the future; though when Zim overdoes himself, he discovers that history isn’t something that should be messed with.

star 8.37
54 votes
Directors: Steve Ressel
Writers: Eric Trueheart
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Walk for Your Lives

#7 - Walk for Your Lives

Season 1 - Episode 36

During Probing Day, the day where the Tallest evaluate the Invaders’ performances, Zim has Dib captured in a space-time-field prison which is keeping him in slow motion, in which Zim wants to perform experiments on him for the Tallest. However, when a malfunction causes the prison to explode, Zim finds a piece of explosion that is expanding very slowly; in which Zim believes he can end if he throws it into the city’s cesspool. However, when he discovers that getting the explosion to the cesspool is much more difficult than he expected, he finds that he may just have to use unconventional means to complete the task.

star 8.34
29 votes
Directors: Steve Ressel
Writers: Eric Trueheart
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Game Slave 2

#8 - Game Slave 2

Season 1 - Episode 21

When Gaz sees an advertisement for the new handheld gaming console, the Game Slave 2, she decides that she really needs to go to the mall in order to get one. However, when her father insists that she takes Dib to the mall as well, he forces her to wait until Mysterious Mysteries goes off, which causes them to arrive at the mall late. Gaz, in rage, tricks Dib into running off into the underground parking lot while she attempts to get a Game Slave 2; though Gaz discovers an annoying kid managed to get the last copy so she seeks to steal his copy, all the while Dib must attempt to get out of the underground parking lot, which is filled with rat-like people who just annoy him.

star 8.27
52 votes
Directors: Steve Ressel
Writers: Eric Trueheart
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Gaz, Taster of Pork

#9 - Gaz, Taster of Pork

Season 2 - Episode 9

When Dib finally manages to get his book of spells somewhat fixed, he casts a spell on his sister in order to test and see if things work properly. However, when the spell makes everything Gaz eat taste like pork, Gaz threatens to destroy him if he doesn’t help her get back to normal. All their father could do was put Gaz in a cage and treat her like a freak so Dib goes off to ask the Swollen Eyeball Network if they have any advice on the situation; there is only one way Gaz can get her sense of taste restored: she must travel to an alternate dimension and get The Pork King to return her back to normal.

star 8.27
26 votes
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Vindicated!

#10 - Vindicated!

Season 2 - Episode 7

When Dib messes up during gym class, he is forced to go see the skool’s counselor, Mr. Dwicky, in which Dib mentions what happened with Zim. However, when it turns out that Mr. Dwicky believes in Dib and proposes to work with him to prove Zim’s nature to the world, they forge a plan to lure Zim into a trap through the use of an alien translation device; however, Dib doesn’t realize the true nature of Mr. Dwicky’s intentions.

star 8.26
31 votes
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Dib's Wonderful Life of Doom

#11 - Dib's Wonderful Life of Doom

Season 1 - Episode 34

While at school one day, Zim throws another fit about the lunch food so Dib throws a muffin at him, which causes Zim to run away in anger. The next day, a pair of Meekrob come to Dib in his sleep and grant him marvelous super powers, in which Dib decides to use to put an end to Zim once and for all. When Dib manages to suppress Zim quite easily, he decides to use his power for the greater good and he lives out the wonderful life he always wanted to have; though perhaps it’s too wonderful.

star 8.25
32 votes
Directors: Steve Ressel
Writers: Eric Trueheart
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FBI Warning of Doom

#12 - FBI Warning of Doom

Season 1 - Episode 26

Gir has recently been watching a movie he rented from the local mall, in which Zim just happens to be in the room when the FBI Warning is displayed on screen. Just as Zim realizes this, he gets a phone call from the mall saying they need the video back, in which Zim begins to panic because he believes that there is foul play at hand. When his computer tells him that the FBI must be an alien hunting group, he grabs the movie and makes his way to the mall, despite the fact that he doesn’t know what to expect when he arrives.

star 8.25
36 votes
Directors: Steve Ressel
Writers: Frank Conniff
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Tak: The Hideous New Girl

#13 - Tak: The Hideous New Girl

Season 1 - Episode 32

It’s Valentines Day and everyone is celebrating by giving out meat valentines, but when a new girl named Tak arrives and starts giving out sausages, Zim believes she has a crush on him so he exploits the opportunity to examine human love rituals. However, when such doesn’t turn out so well, he decides to head home, only to discover later that Tak followed him home and that she is actually a member of the Irken race. Tak plans to take over Zim’s mission so she can show the Tallest that she is worthy of being an Invader, but that’s not something Zim is going to permit so easily so he vows to prevent her from doing this, as the Earth is his planet to destroy.

star 8.21
39 votes
Directors: Steve Ressel
Writers: Eric Trueheart
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Halloween Spectacular of Spooky Doom

#14 - Halloween Spectacular of Spooky Doom

Season 1 - Episode 22

It’s Halloween and the entire town is getting into the Halloween spirit; much to Zim’s dismay because he considers the entire concept to be insane and he doesn’t want filthy Earth children coming to his house. Meanwhile, Ms. Bitters sends Dib to an insane asylum because he has been acting crazier than normal, in which in truth he has been getting sucked into a nightmare world that was created due to his meddling with one of his father’s inventions. After finally getting out of the nightmare world and out of the insane asylum, Dib sees Zim’s house and decides to force Zim to come with him into the Nightmare world because he believes Zim will have the capability to put an end to all the madness, but will they manage to work together despite the fact that they’re enemies and that Zim didn’t want to help him in the first place?

star 8.20
50 votes
Directors: Steve Ressel
Writers: Rob Hummel
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The Nightmare Begins

#15 - The Nightmare Begins

Season 1 - Episode 1

The Irken race consists of beings that have desires of gaining universal domination. Their leaders, the Almighty Tallest Red and Purple, have just begun assigning Invaders, the elite soldiers who will capture the universe’s most dangerous planets. However, when Zim, an Irken soldier who was banished from the Irken Empire, returns and demands to be assigned a task as an Invader, the Tallest decide to send Zim to a “planet that nobody has ever heard of”: Earth. Zim gets assigned a cheap robot that is malfunctioning and he begins the trek towards Earth, but little does he know that a human child on Earth named Dib is already aware that he is coming, and plans to prevent Zim from completing his goal.

star 8.17
221 votes
Directors: Steve Ressel
Writers: Rob Hummel
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The Most Horrible X-mas Ever

#16 - The Most Horrible X-mas Ever

Season 2 - Episode 1

This episode takes place in the future, in which a robotic snowman named Sludgy is telling children the story of the most horrible Christmas ever. It all started when Zim, Gir and Minimoose were on the streets trying to make money; he notices that fat men in red coats and white beards were making a lot of money. He captures one and he discovers the story of Santa Claus, in which he is amazed over how much power Santa has over the humans. Zim decides to create a giant Santa suit that he can use in order to pretend to be Santa, in order to have more power over the humans and become their ruler,so zim collects all info on santa and creates his suite, though Dib figures out Zim’s scheme and heads out to stop him in order to not only save Christmas, but to save the entire human race as well.

star 8.17
47 votes
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Bolognius Maximus

#17 - Bolognius Maximus

Season 1 - Episode 20

When Dib once again notices that Zim isn’t eating his food, he throws a piece of bologna at him in order to taunt him, in which the bologna fuses with Zim’s skin, causing him immense pain. Zim vows to get his revenge and during the next day of school, Dib sits on a tack, which causes Zim to begin laughing hysterically. Dib believes Zim is just being pathetic, but when Dib begins to transform into a living piece of bologna, he realizes that Zim’s plan was better than he had thought and he must formulate a method of curing himself before it’s too late.

star 8.16
45 votes
Directors: Steve Ressel
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Planet Jackers

#18 - Planet Jackers

Season 1 - Episode 16

Zim is upset because all of the other Invaders are doing much better in their tasks than he is, though he inadvertently discovers that his signal to the data hub has been interrupted. When Zim takes a closer look, he discovers that the Earth has actually been hijacked by the Planet-Jackers, an alien race who must throw other planets into their dying sun in order to survive. Zim begins to formulate a plan to stop the Planet-Jackers, but when Dib refuses to believe him, he realizes that he must save the world he plans to destroy by himself, just for the sake of being the one who gets to destroy it.

star 8.15
52 votes
Directors: Steve Ressel
Writers: Rob Hummel
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Mysterious Mysteries

#19 - Mysterious Mysteries

Season 1 - Episode 23

When Mysterious Mysteries is having trouble in ratings due to their lack of stories, they decide to take drastic measures and they finally let Dib onto the show. Dib believes this is his best chance to reveal Zim for what he is and he plays a short clip of Zim and Dib in the woods, which actually makes the anchor of the series quite pleased. However, when Zim gets on the show the next day to attempt to prove Dib wrong, they soon get into a battle of words over the real events that occurred on that day as they both attempt to persuade the host of Mysterious Mysteries to believe what they have said.

star 8.13
47 votes
Directors: Steve Ressel
Writers: Rob Hummel, Courtney Lilly
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GIR Goes Crazy and Stuff

#20 - GIR Goes Crazy and Stuff

Season 1 - Episode 33

When Zim attempts to taint the Earth’s cow-meat supply with sewer water is ruined because of Gir’s antics, he decides to increase the power on Gir’s behavioral modifier, which will permit him to stay in serious mode all the time. However, when the serious Gir starts to consider Zim a threat to the mission and runs off to learn things on his own accord, it’s up to Zim and Squidman to find Gir and turn down the power on his behavioral modifier before too many individuals see them and jeopardize their mission.

star 8.11
40 votes
Invasion of the Idiot Dog Brain

#21 - Invasion of the Idiot Dog Brain

Season 1 - Episode 14

When Zim’s headquarters are having security problems, Zim attempts to upgrade the security system and get the job over with. He decides to put Gir in charge of ensuring nothing goes wrong while he replaces the computer’s AI, but when Gir begins to mess around with things, he inadvertently causes the house to shut down along with himself. However, Zim soon discovers that Gir’s AI has been uploaded into the central hub of the house, which worries Zim quite a lot since Gir is being unresponsive and uncontrollable, which soon puts their mission in jeopardy.

star 8.10
62 votes
Directors: Steve Ressel
Writers: Rob Hummel
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Rise of the Zitboy

#22 - Rise of the Zitboy

Season 1 - Episode 17

When Zim comes home from a lousy day at skool because he found out that Dib knows a flaw in his security system, Gir attempts to cheer him up by rubbing bacon oil all over his face. However, when Zim develops a pimple due to the grease, he fears that he will be considered abnormal and that it will jeopardize his mission. Zim believe he can use some acne medicine to get rid of the pimple, but when it only gets worse and when Gir draws a little face on the pimple, Zim believes all hope is lost; though Zim soon discovers the pimple has hypnotic powers and he hopes to exploit this new power in order to get Dib to reveal his secret.

star 8.07
54 votes
Directors: Steve Ressel
Writers: Frank Conniff, Roman Dirge
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Future Dib

#23 - Future Dib

Season 1 - Episode 24

Professor Membrane has just unveiled a world changing machine that will completely remove the entire need for fuel, though if the machine were to malfunction, it could cause a giant shockwave that would destroy all life on Earth. However, Professor Membrane refuses to turn the machine on until his children are present, in which Dib is absent because he is attempting to prevent Zim from sabotaging the machine. However, things soon take a turn for the worse as Dib falls into one of Zim’s traps and the crowd in front of Professor Membrane beings to grow uneasy over the fact that they’ve waited so long, so Professor Membrane decides to send Gaz to go find Dib and put an end to his foolishness.

star 8.03
31 votes
Directors: Steve Ressel
Writers: Rob Hummel
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Door to Door

#24 - Door to Door

Season 1 - Episode 25

The skool is holding a candy drive in order to get some finances, in which the individual who sells the most chocolate bars will get a secret mystery prize. Zim becomes interested and he attempts to find a way to sell the most chocolate bars, which causes Dib to get into the contest in order to gain a defeat over Zim. Zim soon realizes, however, that he may have to take drastic measures in order to sell more candy bars than Dib.

star 8.03
38 votes
Directors: Steve Ressel
Writers: Eric Trueheart, Courtney Lilly
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The Girl Who Cried Gnome

#25 - The Girl Who Cried Gnome

Season 2 - Episode 5

When a girl named Moofy comes to Zim’s house and attempts to sell him cookies, he freaks out and sends a robot gopher to get rid of her. However, when Moofy falls into a hole, the story breaks out and a crowd of people and a news agency shows up to cover the breaking events. Zim is worried because he doesn’t want his identity to be revealed, though he begins to formulate a method to exploit the moment to free Moofy and help him destroy the world.

star 8.03
33 votes
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