The BEST Episodes of Invader ZIM

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Sep 23, 2020

Network: Nickelodeon

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 - Aired Aug 19, 2006

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 8.62
121 votes
Bad, Bad Rubber Piggy

#2 - Bad, Bad Rubber Piggy

Season 1 - Episode 15 - Aired Aug 24, 2001

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 8.59
150 votes
Directors: Steve Ressel
Writers: Eric Trueheart
Tak: The Hideous New Girl

#3 - Tak: The Hideous New Girl

Season 1 - Episode 32 - Aired May 10, 2002

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 8.58
160 votes
Directors: Steve Ressel
Writers: Eric Trueheart
The Most Horrible X-mas Ever

#4 - The Most Horrible X-mas Ever

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Dec 10, 2002

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 8.37
169 votes
The Girl Who Cried Gnome

#5 - The Girl Who Cried Gnome

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Jul 15, 2006

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 8.34
150 votes
Battle of the Planets

#6 - Battle of the Planets

Season 1 - Episode 27 - Aired Apr 5, 2002

When Zim goes to Mars to attempt to find a way to destroy the Earth, figuring that whatever killed the life on Mars may work for Earth as well, he stumbles across the face on Mars, which he later discovers that is actually the controls for a spaceship, in which the entire planet of Mars was the spaceship. Dib learns of this and he attempts to go to NASAPLACE in order to get them to see what Zim is doing, but they refuse to believe him as they can’t look at the monitors. Will Dib be able to find a way to stop Zim before he uses the red planet to squish all the life out of the Earth?

star 8.33
106 votes
Directors: Steve Ressel
Writers:
Dark Harvest

#7 - Dark Harvest

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Apr 20, 2001

When Dib finds out that Zim has no human organs, he attempts to exploit Zim’s ailment of head pigeons to get the skool’s nurse to examine Zim in hopes she will see the truth. However, when Dib blurts his plan out to Zim, Zim develops a device that will permit him to switch objects for organs, in which he begins to steal the organs of his fellow classmates in order to appear more human in time for his appointment at the nurse’s office.

star 8.23
305 votes
Directors: Steve Ressel
Writers: Eric Trueheart, Rob Hummel
The Nightmare Begins

#8 - The Nightmare Begins

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Mar 30, 2001

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 8.21
570 votes
Directors: Steve Ressel
Writers: Rob Hummel
ZIM Eats Waffles

#9 - ZIM Eats Waffles

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Jun 17, 2006

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 8.14
194 votes
FBI Warning of Doom

#10 - FBI Warning of Doom

Season 1 - Episode 26 - Aired Mar 29, 2002

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 8.10
105 votes
Directors: Steve Ressel
Writers: Frank Conniff
Germs

#11 - Germs

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Apr 20, 2001

After Zim watches an old movie where some invading aliens are defeated by some bacteria, he begins to study germs more. However, when he discovers that such germs truthfully are everywhere, he begins a crusade to kill every germ in his headquarters so that he can be safe, which is helped by the fact that Gir had some cleaning spray handy in the house; though when the cleaning bottle runes dry, Zim must attempt to go to the store and get some more, despite the fact that he knows just how many germs are out there.

star 8.06
221 votes
Directors: Steve Ressel
Writers: Rob Hummel
Bloaty's Pizza Hog

#12 - Bloaty's Pizza Hog

Season 1 - Episode 19 - Aired Sep 7, 2001

Dib believes he has figured out a way to successfully tunnel into Zim’s underground base, but when his father comes in and announces that it’s the Membrane family’s night out and that Gaz gets to pick the place to eat, Dib runs off saying that he will be back in time for them to leave. However, when Dib fails to arrive on time, Professor Membrane decides to wait until Dib gets back, which causes Gaz to become quite frustrated as she really wanted to get some of her favorite food; she decides to go find Dib at Zim’s place and despite the fact that Zim’s already taken Dib into an in-space laboratory, she refuses to miss her opportunity to eat out so she plans to let nothing get in her way.

star 7.96
141 votes
Directors: Steve Ressel
Writers: Rob Hummel
Vindicated!

#13 - Vindicated!

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Jul 22, 2006

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 7.89
150 votes
Backseat Drivers from Beyond the Stars

#14 - Backseat Drivers from Beyond the Stars

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Jun 10, 2006

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 7.89
222 votes
Directors: Steve Ressel
Writers:
Door to Door

#15 - Door to Door

Season 1 - Episode 25 - Aired Mar 29, 2002

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 7.85
162 votes
Directors: Steve Ressel
Writers: Courtney Lilly, Eric Trueheart
The Wettening

#16 - The Wettening

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Apr 27, 2001

When it begins to rain one day, Zim becomes worried because he’s never experienced rain before. Dib takes notice of his fear and he coaxes Zim into stepping into the rain, only to discover that the Irken race has an innate weakness to water, which causes a burning sensation upon impact. Dib decides to exploit this new fact to create the ultimate weapon to stop Zim once and for all, but Zim himself attempts to find a way to protect himself from this new found weakness, which all leads up to a confrontation that neither of them would have expected.

star 7.84
262 votes
Directors: Steve Ressel
Writers:
Halloween Spectacular of Spooky Doom

#17 - Halloween Spectacular of Spooky Doom

Season 1 - Episode 22 - Aired Oct 26, 2001

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 7.83
119 votes
Directors: Steve Ressel
Writers: Rob Hummel
Parent Teacher Night

#18 - Parent Teacher Night

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Apr 6, 2001

After another day at the Earth skool, Ms. Bitters reminds the children that it’s Parent Teacher Night and that all the parents must come to the skool at the end of the day. Zim becomes worried because his robotic parents aren’t programmed for such a task yet and he cannot permit them to blow his cover, so he attempts to help them become the parents they should be, but Gir’s carefree nature soon puts his plans in jeopardy.

star 7.83
342 votes
Directors: Steve Ressel
Writers: Rob Hummel
Future Dib

#19 - Future Dib

Season 1 - Episode 24 - Aired Mar 22, 2002

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 7.82
99 votes
Directors: Steve Ressel
Writers: Rob Hummel
Walk of Doom

#20 - Walk of Doom

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Apr 6, 2001

When Zim gets annoyed by Gir’s inept nature for the last time, he finally gets around to upgrading Gir’s guidance technology and he wishes to test its capability. Initial tests look good so Zim wants to take Gir into the city to test and see if Gir can get them safely back to their headquarters. However, when Gir forgets to bring the new guidance chip with him, Zim and Gir must find a way to get back home, despite the fact that they have very little understanding of the way the city functions.

star 7.81
300 votes
Directors: Steve Ressel
Writers: Rob Hummel
Invasion of the Idiot Dog Brain

#21 - Invasion of the Idiot Dog Brain

Season 1 - Episode 14 - Aired Aug 24, 2001

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 7.78
184 votes
Directors: Steve Ressel
Writers: Rob Hummel
NanoZIM

#22 - NanoZIM

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Apr 13, 2001

When Dib finally manages to get a picture of Zim without him in his disguise, Zim formulates a plan to shrink himself down into a microscopic size to get into Dib’s body and perform a brain wipe to prevent him from remembering where he located the picture. Fortunately for Dib, his father has been working on some technology that may just help Dib stop Zim before it’s too late, though he’ll been to be careful because he’s extremely vulnerable due to the fact that Zim is inside of him.

star 7.76
256 votes
Directors: Steve Ressel
Writers: Rob Hummel
Mysterious Mysteries

#23 - Mysterious Mysteries

Season 1 - Episode 23 - Aired Mar 22, 2002

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 7.75
168 votes
Directors: Steve Ressel
Writers: Courtney Lilly, Rob Hummel
Abducted

#24 - Abducted

Season 1 - Episode 28 - Aired Apr 12, 2002

When Zim is attempting to explain to the Almighty Tallest that the humans are both dumb and tall, he gets interrupted when the doorbell rings and his transmission to the Tallest is cut short. The two individuals at the door claim to be human, but Zim doesn’t believe them and he attempts to tell them that their spaceship is jamming his signal; they respond by merely sacking both Gir and Zim and taking them to their spaceship. Will Zim be able to get back to his base and finish his report to the Tallest, and what will Zim do to the two aliens who dared to capture him?

star 7.74
95 votes
Directors: Steve Ressel
Writers: Rob Hummel
Career Day

#25 - Career Day

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired May 4, 2001

Ms. Bitters is assigning students their mentors for Career Day through the use of an aptitude test and a machine. Both Dim and Zim attempt to get their desired professions on the test, in which Dib manages to get paired with a Paranormal Investigator while Zim gets stuck working at a fast food facility. However, when Zim misinterprets the 8 billion served sign and thinks that the individuals in charge of the company are the leaders of the planet, he becomes dedicated to his job in hopes of being promoted to Lord of All Humans. However, thanks to the alignment of the planets, Zim is about to go through some uncontrollable changes that could jeopardize his mission; which Dib is looking to exploit, though both Zim and Dib find their situations to go much different than they anticipated.

star 7.71
250 votes
Directors: Steve Ressel
Writers: Rob Hummel