Fanfic / The New Adventures of Invader Zim

The New Adventures of Invader Zim is an Invader Zim fanfic by Zim'sMostLoyalServant.

Beginning some time after the end of the canonical series, New Adventures continues the story of Zim's attempts to conquer Earth, opposed by his Arch-Enemy Dib Membrane. However, the battle between the two becomes more complicated when they encounter the vampire Norlock, who soon allies with Zim. This begins a whole new series of conflicts, as allies and enemies old and new join the fray, with the fate of the Earth hanging in the balance.

The series is ongoing. Season 1 can be found here.

The New Adventures of Invader Zim contains the following tropes:

  • Abhorrent Admirer: Just like when they showed up in canon, Zim finds the Children of the Bright and Shining Saucer disgusting, and doesn't want them around, even though they worship him.
  • Accidentally Broke the MacGuffin: The fight over the Meekrob crystal in Episode 13 just ends up shattering it.
  • A Day in the Limelight:
    • Episode 4 focuses on the sidekick group of GIR, Phil, Minimoose, and MIMI.
    • Episode 10 focuses almost exclusively on Tenn.
  • Affably Evil:
    • Skoodge, as Dib points out, is such a nice guy that it's sometimes easy to forget that he's an alien soldier dedicated to conquering planets.
    • Unless he's angered, Norlock is always unfailingly polite, even when he's about to kill someone.
  • Agree to Disagree: Dib ultimately gets Steve and Viera to settle on this regarding their Magic Versus Science debate.
  • Alien Blood:
    • Irken blood is dark green. And not edible to vampires, apparently.
    • Norlock has a black ichor in place of his own blood.
  • Alien Geometries: The inside of the crashed Meekrob ship is noted as being very confusing, with the passages twisting and turning in logic-defying ways. It's later established that this is a standard of Meekrob architecture, as they try to maximize the use of interior space.
  • Aliens Speaking English: Just like in canon, every species speaks the same language. Lampshaded by the surprise of the agents holding Tenn in Episode 13, when they try to figure out how to communicate with her, only to find out she already understands them.
  • Almighty Janitor: Nny is a dark example. He's of strong enough will to not be intimidated by the likes of Norlock, Gaz, or even Miss Bitters, but settles for just cleaning up messes around the skool. Admittedly, these messes tend to be the result of him killing people who piss him off...
  • Alternate Continuity: The fic does not consider the Invader Zim continuation comics as canon.
  • Ancient Evil: Exactly how old Norlock is has never been stated. Though at one point, he claims he built pyramids for a living when he was human.
  • Anti-Hero: Dib is a mild example, as he sometimes shows willingness to break rules or indulge in morally grey actions if it aids his goal of saving the Earth.
  • Arch-Enemy:
    • Zim and Dib, as per canon.
    • Viera quickly becomes one to Gaz, as neither can stand the other.
  • Ascended Extra: In canon, Tenn had a silent cameo in the pilot and a couple of scenes in one other episodes. Here, her presence helps give a massive boost to the Story Arc, and the Tallest end up ordering her to be Tak's partner in conquering Earth.
  • Astral Projection: How the Dream Walker spell works.
  • Awakening the Sleeping Giant: Viera's attempt to pull a Break the Haughty on Gaz just pisses her off enough that she actively starts tormenting Viera in return.
  • Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Steve and Viera argue a lot, but they do care about each other.
  • Bad Boss:
    • The Tallest, as per canon.
    • Zim isn't a very good master to his minions, either.
  • Badass Cape: Norlock wears one over his suit.
  • BFG: In Episode 11, Dib carts around one of his father's anti-Santa guns to fight Zim's plant monsters with. He later sets it to blow up and lets the Central Root eat it, destroying it.
  • Batman Gambit: In Episode 6, Dib plays on Zim and Tak's egos and tempers in order to get their pet monsters to attack each other, giving his team an opening to destroy them.
  • Bat Out of Hell: Norlock can transform into a giant demonic bat.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Don't mention Twilight, or any similar vampire movies, around Norlock.
    • Don't interfere with Gaz's video games, don't call her out on being selfish, and don't dare suggest Dib is saner than her.
    • Nny Hates Being Touched. Also, don't hurt the skool children.
  • Big Bad Ensemble: Zim and Tak, in competition to conquer Earth.
  • Big, Friendly Dog: Phil is this most of the time, unless he switches into aggressive mode.
  • Big Red Button: Dib's Spittle Runner (formerly Tak's) has one on its dashboard. It's an emergency brake.
  • Blue and Orange Morality: Nny has some weird morality — he hates most people and will kill them for the slightest offense (such as touching him), but at the same time has presented a protective nature over the skoolchildren.
  • Blunt "Yes": Zim, when Desmond Flapp asks if he thinks the Children of the Bright and Shining Saucer are stupid.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Bill is insane and incompetent, but somehow leads his own organization.
  • Butt-Monkey: Skoodge goes through a lot of crap.
  • Call-Back: Full of them. There's at least one reference to canonical episode, or earlier chapters, per chapter.
  • Caligula's Horse: The Trope Namer was apparently Norlock's idea. Though he does state that it was said in jest when they were both drunk, and didn't think that Caligula would actually do it.
  • Canis Major: Norlock's pet wolf Phil is described as being the size of a small horse and "built like a silverback gorilla".
  • Card-Carrying Villain:
    • Norlock openly refers to himself as evil, more than once.
    • Most Irkens, with the possible exception of Skoodge, are displayed as having an openly villainous mindset.
  • Casanova Wannabe: Norlock considers himself a ladies' man, but if his disastrous date with Miss Bitters in Episode 12 is any indication, his skills are lacking. Of course, he also says he hasn't been on a date since the Peace of Westphalia, which definitely puts his abilities in question.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Several in Episode 10. When Tenn first shows up, she barely escapes a monster called a Scuttling Flesh-Render, and later notes that she's got her rampaging SIR Units locked up. Later, she uses both of them on the Meekrob chasing her.
  • The Chew Toy: Skoodge. Something bad happens to him at least once per chapter.
  • Child Hater: Miss Bitters, as per canon. Though she specifies that she Hates Everyone Equally, children just specifically hit her worse.
  • Code Name: The Swollen Eyeball members, as per canon. In addition to the ones we've met, Steve is "Agent Silverfish", and Viera is "Agent Silver Sparrow".
  • Conspiracy Theorist: Bill, Dib's guide from the "Career Day" episode, appears in Episode 13 leading a whole group of these.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • In Episode 2, Zim mentions he keeps cows in his basement to experiment on, and fed Phil one of them. In the following chapter, when he's spraying Phil with a hose to stop him from eating Skoodge, Zim tells the wolf to stick to the cows.
    • MacMeaties gets blown up in Episode 4. Episode 6 mentions it's still being rebuilt.
    • While otherwise self-contained, the events of Episode 6 are a direct result of Episode 5.
    • In Episode 9, Dib notes that the powerpoint count on his spell drives is low, while Viera looks embarrassed. Clearly, the count is low from her use of spells against Gaz in the previous chapter, which neither girl has mentioned to anyone.
    • In Episode 11, part of a building falls on Skoodge. The following chapter shows that he's still in a full body cast from the damage he suffered.
    • In Episode 13, MIMI clearly recognizes and is still fearful of Phil after their encounter in Episode 4.
  • Cosmic Plaything: Dib alludes to feeling like this a few times.
  • Crossover: Johnny the Homicidal Maniac is the skool janitor.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle:
    • In Episode 6, Team Save Earth's first outing sees them effortlessly defeated by Tak, due to their infighting.
    • In Episode 12, Slab Rankle fights Norlock, and gets his ass kicked. In the end, he actually wins, but only by tricking Norlock onto a rocket and launching him out of the Mall.
  • Cult: The Children of the Bright and Shining Saucer are an alien worshipping cult, as was subtly played as in canon.
  • Cut His Heart Out with a Spoon:
    • An angry Norlock at one point threatens to make Skoodge eat his own face.
    • During a rant, Gaz says she's going to pound Viera's head in so hard it'll come out of her ass.
    • While angrily speaking with a superior over the phone, Miss Bitters threatens to rip their spleen out through their nose.
  • Cutting the Knot: A literal example — when Bill tries to distract Norlock with a tied and knotted rope (as per some vampire lore), the latter simply cuts it with scissors. Then he claims he taught that trick to Alexander the Great, the Trope Namer.
  • Death Trap: The Swollen Eyeball Network's private library is booby-trapped with plenty of these, to ward off intruders.
  • Death World: Planet Meekrob is this to anyone who isn't an evolved Energy Being.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: As usual, Zim has a tendency to fall into this when ranting.
  • Deuteragonist: The story is as much about Dib as Zim, with Tak as the Tritagonist.
  • Devil in Plain Sight: Just like Zim, Norlock is clearly an inhuman, evil monster, and most people don't notice or care.
  • Disappointed by the Motive: Norlock several times shows this towards Zim's plans. As well as towards the way the Tallest treat Zim.
  • Dismantled MacGuffin: In Episode 13, the Meekrob crystal leading to Project Domination is shattered, leaving all three teams in possession of a piece.
  • Disproportionate Retribution:
    • In Episode 8, Gaz's response to Viera humiliating her with a prank is to send her security dolls to maul her. Lampshaded by Viera.
    • In Episode 11, Nny kills a man for touching him.
    • In Episode 12, Norlock tries to kill an entire convention of vampire movie fans, just because he doesn't like their portrayal of vampires.
  • Divided We Fall: Team Save Earth's first outing falls apart pretty quickly, due to Steve and Viera's ongoing magic vs science feud. Fortunately, the next time around, Dib gets them to agree to focus on the mission, not their feelings about it.
  • Doomy Dooms of Doom: As per canon, the word "doom" is used a lot in dialogue, it pops up in a few chapter titles, and at its logical extreme, the unnamed-in-canon city the series takes place in is named "Doomsville".
  • Door Stopper: Shaping up to be one — at thirteen chapters, it's already nearly 140,000 words long. And Word of God is that it's nowhere near done.
  • The Dragon: Norlock takes on this role to Zim after beginning their partnership. And given his raw physical power, he's clearly the worse threat.
  • Dramatic Thunder: Lightning cracks when Zim first sees Norlock's castle, despite there not being a cloud in the sky.
  • The Dreaded:
    • Gaz is this to her classmates, and most everyone else.
    • Likewise Ms. Bitters, who is even more feared than Gaz.
  • Dream Walker: Dib spends most of Episode 9 doing this. Deconstructed quite a bit, as the moral implications of entering other people's subconsciousness are discussed.
  • Eagleland: Slab Rankle is presented as a Type 2 — he's boisterous, aggressive, has flags planted everywhere just so they can flutter behind him dramatically when he wants to make a point, and his answer for why he built a rocket beneath the Mall is simply "Because America!"
  • Enemy Mine:
    • In Episode 3, Dib and Tak team up to fight off Norlock when he shows up to kill her.
    • In Episode 11, when Zim's plant monsters turn on him, he's forced to team up with Team Save Earth to destroy them. And then Tak shows up to reluctantly help as well.
    • In Episode 13, Zim and Skoodge team up with Tak to rescue Tenn from CREAM. Lampshaded by Tak quoting the Trope Namer, when Norlock points out that they don't have to like each other to get it done.
  • Enfant Terrible: Gaz is agreed upon by everyone to be this.
  • Epic Fail: Team Save Earth's first fight, against Tak. Norlock unfavorably compares it to the Charge of the Light Brigade.
  • Establishing Character Moment: All the OCs get them.
  • Even Evil Has Standards:
    • Zim finds the Children of the Bright and Shining Saucer disgusting enough to counter any benefits that come from them being dedicated to him.
    • Norlock directly references this trope when he displays his disgust at the thought of entering people's dreams.
    • Also a little bit downplayed with Norlock earlier, as he was unnerved when he came across Nny flaying someone.
  • Evil Mentor: Norlock has a hobby of doing this to pass the ages, having mentored some of history's vilest people. Now he's trying to mentor Zim (though he's hampered somewhat by Zim's ego).
  • Evil vs. Evil:
    • Zim and Tak are in competition for conquest of Earth.
    • Episode 12 sees Norlock face off with Slab Rankle.
  • Eviler Than Thou:
    • Miss Bitters and Nny are both completely unaffected by Gaz's demeanor. And in the case of the former, most people actually consider her scarier.
    • Dib feels that Norlock is much more of a threat than Zim's cartoony evil.
  • Failed a Spot Check:
    • Dib does this twice in the first chapter — first, when he overlooks the Big Red Button on the Spittle Runner's console, and later when he's trying to escape Norlock's castle and doesn't see a nearby window right away.
    • In Episode 2, Dib is keeping an eye out for Zim at the Parent Teacher conference, and yet Zim's whole group sneaks up behind him.
    • At the start of Episode 4, Zim and Skoodge somehow fail to notice Phil is in the same room as them, despite his size.
    • In Episode 7, when Dib and Steve are hiking through the woods to reach the unburied Meekrob ship, they completely miss a dirt road leading right there. Though Dib comments it wasn't on the map, so it's not their fault.
    • Also in Episode 7, Zim fails to notice Dib and Steve's presence in the Children of the Bright and Shining Saucer camp, until they speak up.
  • Fire-Forged Friends:
    • Defied in Episode 3, as Tak makes it clear to Dib that just because they fought Norlock together out of necessity, that does not make them friends.
    • Played straight with Dib, Steve, and Viera. They don't really work as a team at first, but after fighting Zim and Tak at the climax of Episode 6, they come together and become great friends.
  • Flat Scare: Norlock pulls this on Dib when they meet for the first time after Norlock follows him and Zim back to Doomsville. He sneaks up on Dib at Parent Teacher Night and when Dib turns around and sees him, merely says "Boo". Dib ends up shrieking like a monkey and scuttling away.
  • Flaying Alive: Nny is doing this to some poor bastard (whom Nny implies is a pedophile) when he first appears in Episode 2.
  • Foil: Gaz and Viera — both are Goths, but while one is every anti-social, misanthropic cliche in the book, the other is a genuinely nice and caring person.
  • Foreshadowing: Episode 5 is set up by a throwaway line of dialogue in Episode 4.
  • Fun with Acronyms: Episode 13 gives us the Conspiracy Reaction Engagement Analysis Monitors. Steve is quick to lampshade it, and one of the group's agents admits they didn't look at how it was written until after they had copyrighted the name.
  • Garden of Evil: Episode 11 (which is actually titled "Zim and the Garden of Evil") features Zim unleashing genetically-engineered plant monsters on Doomsville.
  • Gilligan Cut:
    • At the start of Episode 2, Dib makes a comment about planning for whatever evil plot Zim is up to, and it cuts to Zim and Skoodge simply having breakfast.
    • In Episode 11, Zim is bragging to himself about his newest plan, only for it to then cut to the Computer disagreeing:
    Zim: I'm a genius!
    (cut to the lab)
    Computer: You're an idiot.
  • Go-Karting with Bowser: In Episode 12, Zim and Team Save Earth both sit back together to enjoy the show as Norlock verbally bashes fans of a cheesy vampire movie franchise, and then fight Slab Rankle.
  • Good Victims, Bad Victims: Nny's first onscreen victim is an implied pedophile. Later victims, however, are chosen at random, usually for petty reasons.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: Averted in Nny's first appearance (which has him flaying a man), but played straight in later chapters, where things tend to cut away before he can kill anyone.
  • Grievous Harm with a Body: In Episode 12, Norlock at one point uses the MC of a vampire movie fan convention as a bludgeon against the assembled fans. Later, he throws the movie's stars at Slab Rankle.
  • Hates Being Touched: Nny, to the point he'll kill someone for it.
  • Hates Everyone Equally: Miss Bitters clarifies this is the case with her. She just hates children a bit more than everyone else.
  • Historical Rap Sheet: Norlock has acted as Evil Mentor to most of history's most famous warlords, conquerors, and criminals.
  • Humans Are Morons: Just like in canon. Though Norlock notes that he remembers them being smarter back in the old days.
  • Human Resources:
    • In Episode 4, Nny kills several food delivery men in order to replace some lost meat supplies in the cafeteria.
    • Episode 12 would imply that the skool got into the habit of this after the above, as Nny says the meat he's serving Norlock and Miss Bitters came from a box labeled "long pig".
  • Humiliation Conga:
    • Minimoose in Episode 4, as he gets dragged across the city by GIR and Phil, repeatedly getting slammed into things, and finally getting tossed into a meat processor.
    • Viera puts Gaz through this in Episode 8 in an attempt at teaching her humility, first through a bad luck curse, and then magically dressing her up as a clown in front of the whole skool.
  • Hypocrite:
    • Viera gives Dib a speech about responsible use of magic, one chapter after using it to pull a Humiliation Conga on Gaz. Word of God points this out, and offers a partial justification by stating that she's young, so it's to be expected.
    • As Dib points out, Bill's attempts to expose government conspiracies just leads to him carrying out his own.
  • Hypocrite Has a Point: Despite Viera's hypocrisy for criticizing Dib's use of magic irresponsibly one chapter after pursuing a personal vendetta against Gaz, she's still right.
  • I Reject Your Reality: Zim does this all the time, as Dib points out in Episode 12.
  • Imagine Spot: Zim has one in Episode 11 about his newest plan.
  • Insane Troll Logic:
    • Zim, all the time, as per canon.
    • Slab Rankle and Bill both run on this as well.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Dib's superiors in the Swollen Eyeball Network are mostly dicks to him, but they're right that he has a very poor track record with them.
  • Kaiju:
    • In Episode 6, Tak's latest plan is an enhanced, giant cyborg rat. And then Zim shows up with a similarly enhanced snake.
    • Episode 11 has Zim unleash an army of genetically-engineered plant monsters, which turn out to be a single network controlled by the monstrous Central Root.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Everything Viera does to Gaz in Episode 8 should be considered cruel, but it is Gaz, after all.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: The Humiliation Conga Viera puts Gaz through in Episode 8 is a direct result of the latter being exceptional cruel to her for no reason.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: A couple of times, Dib rushes into things without fully thinking them through.
  • Lesser of Two Evils:
    • In Episode 3, Dib states this as the reason he helps Tak fight Norlock.
    • In Episode 8, Mr. Elliot is ordered (threatened) by Miss Bitters to punish Gaz for an accident. Caught between a student who might make his life hell for the rest of the school year and a co-worker who will torture him forever, he follows the order.
  • Let Us Never Speak of This Again: Zim and Dib apparently have this understanding regarding the canon episode "Bolongius Maximus".
  • Literal-Minded: In Episode 11, Norlock comments on Zim developing a green thumb (in regards to his Garden of Evil plot). A confused Zim points out that both of his thumbs have always been green.
  • Literal Surveillance Bug: Zim uses one to spy on Dib in the first chapter.
  • Lost Superweapon: Invoked with the Meekrob device known as Project Domination. The other Meekrob were so offended by its existence that they imprisoned its creator and sent it to drift in space so no one would find it.
  • Made of Iron: Phil seems to be able to shrug off just about anything.
  • Magic Versus Science: When first introduced, Viera and Steve have a rivalry based on their differing views of which of these are more important. Dib finally gets them to Agree to Disagree, and thus work together better.
  • Man-Eating Plant: In Episode 11, Zim unleashes an army of these on Doomsville. Unsurprisingly, they eventually turn on him.
  • Mêlée à Trois: The story quickly becomes this when Tak returns, as she competes with Zim for conquest of Earth, with Dib opposing them both.
  • Metaphorgotten: Norlock drifts into this when first taking note of how oblivious the general human population is.
    "[He felt] like a wolf among the sheep. Admittedly, a very large wolf among a bunch of sheep who all appeared to be blind and deaf, and probably collectively lacking a sense of smell too… where was he going with this again?
  • Misanthrope Supreme:
    • Gaz outright refers to herself as misanthropic, and makes it clear she doesn't care if Zim or Tak Take Over the World.
    • Played with in regards to Nny. He hates most people, but shows protective tendencies towards the the skool children.
    • Miss Bitters clarifies in Episode 12 that she hates everyone, it's just that children are particularly annoying to her.
  • Motive Rant: A heroic example in Episode 6, as Dib gives one to the Swollen Eyeball leaders for criticizing his methods for fighting Zim.
  • Must Be Invited: Norlock needs an invitation to enter someone's home. Interestingly, though, it doesn't need to be given at the house to work. Also, anything adjacent to the house (say, a garage) doesn't count.
  • Mutagenic Goo: Zim uses some in Episode 11 to create his plant monsters.
  • My Card: Norlock gives Gaz one for in case she ever wants some mentoring.
  • My God, You Are Serious:
    • During their first conversation in Episode 3, Norlock states that the Tallest must have seen something in Zim to send him on his mission to Earth. The Tallest burst into laughter, and it's only when they note Norlock's confusion that they realize he hasn't figured out yet that Zim's mission is fake.
    • Steve and Viera are shocked when Dib suggests teaming up with Zim in Episode 11.
  • My Hovercraft Is Full of Eels: Skoodge apparently has this problem with other languages. For example, he apparently once somehow turned a simple greeting in Vortian into "I would like to fill your pants with shrimp".
    Zim: …Huh, I always wondered why that waitress slapped you.
  • Mythology Gag: Despite being in a different continuity from the comics and most of the unproduced episodes, the fic occasionally references them:
    • Truth Shrieker, the paranormal magazine/website introduced in the comic, is referenced a few times.
    • This exchange from Episode 2 is lifted almost verbatim from the first issue of the comic:
    Zim: [You're]] A constant squak in my shmoopsquizz.
    Dib: A what in your huh?
    • Episode 9 has Dib mention a dream he had where Zim conquered the city with organic pants. This references both the cancelled episode "When Pants Ruled", and issue 8 of the comic, which adapted it.
    • Zim's dream in Episode 9 has him dressed up like Emperor Zim, his future self from issue 12 of the comic.
    • In Episode 10, the Tallest try to torment Zim by sending him after a Snarl Beast on Sylvestria (which he does of his own volition in issue 10), but are thwarted by the fact he's already left the planet to go to a "space mall" (which he does prior to the events of of issue 7).
    • Episode 11 has Dib referencing Gretchen's conspiracy theories about Miss Bitters' origins from issue 15. He also mentions the rumor that she never leaves the skool and it was built around her, which has been floating around the fandom for years.
    • In Episode 8, Nny mentions having been to Hell, and how an Eldritch Abomination used to live in his basement wall. Both are a reference to his own comic series.
    • Episode 12 features a cameo by Jeff Sheffy, a TV reporter introduced in Issue 3.
    • Episode 13 has an unnamed cameo by Agent Batflaps, Dib's online nemesis from the comics.
  • My Species Doth Protest Too Much: Inverted in the case of Ch'rell. Most Meekrob are Space Elves who want nothing to do with the rest of the universe, but he believed they were a Master Race and wanted them to conquer all other species.
  • Named by the Adaptation: The host of Mysterious Mysteries was never given a name in canon. Here, he's christened as John Mysterioso.
  • Narrative Profanity Filter: The story does this for the most part.
  • Negative Continuity: Averted. Word of God is that, unlike the source material, this trope won't be at play in this story.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!:
    • Dib accidentally blowing up Norlock's castle leads to the vampire allying with Zim.
    • Viera's attempt to pull a Break the Haughty on Gaz just makes the other girl actively and personally despise her (rather than just a general dislike).
  • Noodle Implements:
    • When GIR first appears, he's coated in chocolate pudding. And the only explanation we get for this is from Minimoose, so we don't really learn why.
    • Dib and Steve are "initiated" into the Children of the Bright and Shining Saucer after being carried into a tent filled with torture tools, gym equipment, old fashioned medical tools... and livestock. We then cut to them being welcomed into the group.
  • Noodle Incident:
    • Dib references a "Radioactive Macaroni" incident in Episode 6. We get no details on this.
    • According to Viera in Episode 9, when they were eight, Steve strapped himself to a rocket for some reason.
    • In Episode 12, Dib offers a critique of Slab Rankle's zombies, with the implication that he's got experience with them, but doesn't offer clarification on how. According to the author, this is a reference a canon Noodle Incident where Membrane implied that Dib raised the dead once.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: In Episode 12, Norlock attacks a fan convention for a Twilight knockoff called Sunset, complete with actors who are parodies of the Twilight cast.
  • No-Sell:
    • Laser blasts bounce right off of Phil. As do cars.
    • Nny is completely unaffected by one of Gaz's Death Glares.
    • The Central Root is impervious to exterior attack. It has to be blown up from within.
  • Obstructive Bureaucrat: The Swollen Eyeball leaders act as this towards Dib in Episode 5, blocking his mission with red tape.
  • Obviously Evil: Norlock, even more than Zim himself. But of course, no one but Dib and the twins realize it.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: In Episode 11, Tak is seen being attacked by a swarm of Zim's plant monsters. Later, she appears almost entirely unharmed and manages to track down the Central Root. The author merely says that it's because "she's just that good".
  • Only Sane Man:
    • Norlock for Zim's group.
    • Downplayed with Dib at first with Steve and Viera, though it evens out later.
  • Operation: [Blank]: The Meekrob Mad Scientist Ch'rell created a Weapon of Mass Destruction he rather bluntly titled "Project Domination".
  • Original Character: Norlock, Phil, Steve, and Viera are the most prominent. There are also a few minor oneshot ones as well.
  • Original Flavour: Strives very hard to be this. The consensus so far is that it's succeeding.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: Norlock actually looks like a corpse, is burned by direct sunlight, sleeps in a coffin, has a Healing Factor fueled by the blood he drinks, can hypnotize victims, can see astral projections, knows magic, Must Be Invited into a home, and can transform into a demonic bat monster. Later, he also establishes that he can cross running water, doesn't have Super OCD, and holy symbols only burn him if the wielder has faith in them.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Just like in canon, Zim gets by with these. And he makes Skoodge and Norlock go with them too.
  • Paranoia Gambit: Norlock messes with Dib a bit by spending night after night by sitting outside his house watching him, dropping threats of attacking the house, knowing it'll keep him from sleeping and slowly drive him crazy.
  • Pardon My Klingon: The alien characters often drop phrases from their native language into dialogue (usually swears).
  • Pass the Popcorn:
    • In Episode 3, MIMI goes into blue-eyed mode during Norlock's fight with Tak and Dib, and starts eating popcorn while watching. The fact that she's got no mouth to eat with doesn't slow her down.
    • In Episode 7, GIR does this while Zim's fighting Tak in the Meekrob ship's control room.
    • In Episode 12, Zim eats popcorn out of GIR's head while watching Norlock attack the fan convention. Viera and Steve help themselves to some later on.
  • The Password is Always "Swordfish": The code for opening the entrance to the crashed Meekrob ship? "Open the door." The one for the ship's Self-Destruct Mechanism is simply "Blow up."
  • Perky Goth: Viera is a Goth, and a very nice person, in sharp contrast to Gaz.
  • Playing with Fire:
    • Norlock's favorite magical attack is to launch blasts of black fire.
    • In Episode 11, Viera gains an amulet called the Eye of Fire, which shoot fire on command.
  • Previously On: Every chapter (except ones where the author forgot) opens with a recap of what happened in the previous one.
  • Prompting Nudge:
    • Zim kicks Skoodge to get him to go along with the cover story of the latter being the former's cousin.
    • Red does this to Purple to keep him from accidentally revealing to Tenn that they forgot all about her.
  • A Rare Sentence: Norlock in Episode 13, after he accidentally shatters the Meekrob crystal:
    "Don't blame me! This wouldn't have happened if your moose hadn't electrocuted me! (beat) Wow, that's a sentence even I've never had a reason to say before."
  • Ray Gun: In addition to the energy weapons that the Irkens all have at their disposal, Steve creates some makeshift ones for his team. They work pretty well, except they seem to short out after too much use.
  • Reality Ensues: Dib tries to stake Norlock in the heart with a piece of wooden debris, but it can't penetrate the vampire's rib cage.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Agent Darkbootie, in contrast to the other senior Swollen Eyeball agents, is willing to give Dib a chance more often than not.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over:
    • While his pale, corpselike skin is an aversion of this trope, Norlock otherwise fits. His clothes are red and black, as are his eyes.
    • Subverted with Viera. She wears a black and red theme, but is one of the good guys.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: The sclera of Norlock's eyes are blood red, highlighting his black pupils and irises.
  • Remember When You Blew Up a Sun?: Dib and Zim will often bring up past exploits, often to the confusion of the new characters.
  • Revenge: Tak both averts this and plays it straight. She makes it clear that her mission to conquer Earth instead of Zim is more about getting the recognition she feels she deserves, rather than petty revenge on him. But at the same time, she says she'll settle for simple revenge as far as things with Dib (and Gaz, by extension) go.
  • Running Gag:
    • Zim insists on referring to Norlock as his minion, rather than partner, to Norlock's annoyance.
    • Zim is also completely unable to remember who Steve and Viera are.
    • Miss Bitters getting a phone call from her bosses that so angers her that she destroys her phone.
  • Sarcastic Clapping: Norlock does this after the Epic Fail of Team Save Earth's first outing.
  • Self-Destruct Mechanism: The crashed Meekrob ship in Episode 7 has one, which ends up accidentally triggered during the fighting. Fortunately, it's also equipped with an emergency teleport system that get everyone clear in time.
  • Serial Killer: Nny, as per canon.
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: Dib spends all of Episode 5 trying to retrieve the journal of Abraham Van Helsing, hoping that it'll contain information he can use against Norlock. After fighting his way through various death traps, he ultimately finds out that the journal is useless, just containing random ramblings.
  • Ship Tease: Between Norlock and Ms. Bitters, of all people.
  • Sibling Rivalry: Steve and Viera, though it goes from intense to more friendly later.
  • Sibling Team: Dib's new partners are the twins Steve and Viera.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Steve and Viera, Dib and Gaz.
  • Sinister Surveillance: Zim seems to regularly deploy spy drones on Dib personally, and the city in general.
  • Sixth Ranger: Norlock and Phil for Zim's team, Steve and Viera for Dib's, Tenn for Tak.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Zim, of course. Slab Rankle and Bill as well.
  • Spit Take: In Episode 10, when Norlock tells the Tallest about the crashed Meekrob ship, Purple chokes on a mouthful of fries and Red spits out his soda.
  • Split Personality:
    • MIMI has one like GIR's, alternating between a cold, dedicated robotic servant, and a crazy Cloudcuckoolander. Though in an inversion of GIR, the former personality is dominant.
    • Phil has something similar, usually being a big lovable puppy, but turning into a fierce beast when angry.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Norlock gets a somewhat disproportionate amount of focus in the first few chapters. The author later realized this, and started trimming back on his appearances.
  • Squick: In-Universe, Zim and Skoodge have this reaction to Norlock flirting with Miss Bitters.
  • Stealth Hi/Bye:
    • Zim pulls this on Dib in Episode 2.
    • Norlock, as a vampire, is capable of doing this. And does so, more than once.
  • Swiss Cheese Security: Meekrob security measures mostly qualify as this, due to how complacent they are in their defenses. At least some of this is actually invoked.
  • Synchronous Episodes: Episodes 7 and 8 take place over the same three day period, but focusing on different characters.
  • Take Over the World: As per canon, this is Zim's goal, with Tak now in competition with him.
  • Take That!: Norlock, an actual vampire, does not like Twilight. Episode 12 even sees him attack a fan convention for a Serial Numbers Filed Off version of the franchise, taking the time to air a lot of the same complaints people have about Twilight in real life (though the story also takes the time to lampshade how petty some haters of the series can be).
  • Team Title: Dib and his friends ultimately choose the name "Team Save Earth" for their group.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Steve and Viera, when first introduced. Dib helps them get over this.
  • Tempting Fate: Characters often do this. Usually lampshaded.
  • The Internet is for Porn: A throwaway joke in Episode 7 has Tak reflecting on how she's installed a filter on her computer's scans of the internet, in order to avoid the Brain Bleach-worthy content (alluding to the infamous "2 Girls 1 Cup" video).
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Zim makes it clear that Norlock that he won't let anyone else kill Dib but him. He later extends this to Tak as well.
  • This Means War!: Gaz declares this in Episode 8, after Viera magically dresses her up as a clown.
  • Through His Stomach: Norlock believes in this. Nny thinks it's stupid.
  • Thrown Out the Airlock: In Episode 10, the Tallest do this to a technician who points out that they've been ignoring an emergency beacon from Tenn for a year.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: The SEN assigning the twins to work with Dib, giving him both backup and friends.
  • Too Dumb to Live: It's commonly held by the main characters that this is a problem for most of humanity.
  • Torches and Pitchforks: The Children of the Bright and Shining Saucer whip these out from Hammerspace when they realize that Dib and Steve are anti-alien, and proceed to chase them.
    Dib: Question logic later, run now!
  • Torture Cellar: Nny apparently uses his spacious janitor's closet as this.
  • Twitchy Eye: A common occurrence among the characters.
  • Überwald: What little we see of Bransloatia, the country Norlock lives in when Zim and Dib first encounter him, seems to paint it as one of these.
  • The Unintelligible:
    • Minimoose, as per canon, can only speaks in squeaks, but everyone can understand him just fine.
    • The Blotch, which is kept as a prophet by the Children of the Bright and Shining Saucer and can only speak in squeals and moans. Subverted, in that even its spokesperson, Yoa, admits she can really understand it and is just guessing.
  • Unknown Rival: Zim seems completely incapable of remembering Steve and Viera's names, referring to them both as "Not Dib". And that's when he can even remember who they are.
  • Unusual Euphemism: Norlock's swears, such as "Mother of Hell" and "Satan's hemorrhoids".
  • Villainous Friendship: The Tallest and Norlock quickly gain a rapport with each other.
  • Villainous Rescue:
    • In Episode 6, Norlock swoops in and saves Dib's new team from Tak, knowing Zim wants Dib for himself.
    • In Episode 11, Tak shows up in time to save Zim and Team Save Earth from the Central Root.
  • Villain Team-Up: Zim and Norlock at the end of the first chapter.
  • Waking Non Sequitur: In Episode 3, Red nudges Purple awake, and he blurts out "Potato dumplings!"
  • Weirdness Censor: Just like in canon, normal people tend to overlook or outright ignore evidence of the paranormal. Norlock, Steve, and Viera are all shocked at the level it gets to (while Dib is himself shocked that this doesn't apply to the twins).
  • We Can Rule Together: Near the end of Episode 12, Slab Rankle repeats his offer to Zim to rule the Mall with him. Since Zim still wants to conquer the entire Earth, he once again turns it down.
  • We Have Become Complacent: The Meekrob, due to their highly evolved nature and advanced technology, along with the natural defenses provided by their Death World, don't put much effort into security measures. Which means Tenn is very easily able to infiltrate them once she finds the weak spots.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist:
    • Slab Rankle will do anything to protect the order of the Mall.
    • Bill is fighting for a greater good. At least, according to his delusions.
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • Episode 6 opens with Dib being reprimanded by the SEN leadership for his actions in the previous chapter.
    • Later in the same chapter, Dib chews out Steve and Viera for letting their petty personal grudge interfere in fighting Tak.
    • Episode 9 sees Dib being given the riot act by Norlock, of all people, for his continued use of the immoral Dream Walker spell.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Tenn has developed a fear of crazy robots.
  • Wicked Cultured: Norlock puts on airs of this, with the fine suit he always wears, and his insistence on always acting as melodramatically polite as possible.
  • World of Snark: Just about every character gets their Deadpan Snarker on at one point or another. Dib, Steve, Viera, Gaz, Tak, Red and Norlock are the most frequent suppliers
  • Xanatos Gambit: At Norlock's prodding, the Tallest set up Zim and Tak's competition for control of Earth as this — if Tak wins, Zim finally dies. If Zim wins, they appoint him ruler of a completely out of the way planet, keeping him out of their hair. And either way, they add another planet to the Empire.
  • You Have Got to Be Kidding Me!: A common reaction to the insanity that happens in the series.
  • You Keep Using That Word: In Episode 12, Norlock calls out Slab Rankle for his continued use of the word "punk".
  • You're Insane!: Dib states that Zim is this for teaming up with Norlock.
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