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A 1991 Japanese SF[=/=]action film, directed by Creator/KeitaAmemiya, in which a nigh-unkillable alien creature (Zeiram) arrives in on Earth (landing [[TokyoIsTheCenterOfTheUniverse in Japan]], naturally). It is followed by Iria, a female bounty hunter from another planet who has been pursuing Zeiram. Upon arriving, Iria, Zeiram, and two electrical workers are drawn into an alternate dimension where they only have a certain amount of time to kill Zeiram.

Zeiram was followed by a sequel, ''Zeiram II'', as well as an OAV prequel, ''IRIA: Zeiram the Animation,'' which depicts Iria's first encounter with Zeiram. There were also two video games - ''Hyper Iria'' for the UsefulNotes/SuperFamicom and ''Zeiramzone'' for the UsefulNotes/PlayStation.

!!This film and its followups contain examples of:

* AerithAndBob: Iria and Bob. The supporting cast also includes such names as Fujikuro and Glen.
* AlienLunch: Teppei eats a large white cockroach, {{squick}}ing Kamiya heavily. It was actually Iria's, as she is shown eating one in the anime.
* AnimeHair: Iria's hair is considerably spikier in the anime than in the live-action movies.
* BadJobWorseUniform: Teppei and Kamiya don't dislike their jobs, exactly, but they're not happy with the eye-aching pastel jumpsuits they're required to wear; Kamiya wears a black motorcycle jacket over his uniform. Their company car is painted in similarly garish colors.
%%* {{Bifauxnen}}: [[spoiler:Kei]] in the animation.
%%* BountyHunter
* {{BFG}}: The cannon that's used to defeat Zeiram's [[spoiler: [[YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle supposedly]]]] final form.
%%* CoolMask
* EnemySummoner: Zeiram; also crosses over with CloningBlues and MookMaker when it spawns a whole army of biological weirdos in the animation.
** One of the [[CrowningMomentOfFunny funniest moments]] in the movie is when Zeiram summons an enemy... who ends up just being [[BodyHorror a puddle with a head and half of a torso.]] Zeiram grunts at it while pointing forwards, and the two argue in an alien language, presumably about how the puddle literally can't do what Zeiram is telling it to, then Zeiram [[FacePalm facepalms]] and stomps on it.
* FanService: The anime shows Iria taking two [[ShowerOfAngst Showers of Angst]] over the space of six episodes.
* HealingFactor: Zeiram... kinda; [[spoiler: it starts as a HollywoodCyborg, then turns into the cyborg head and a skeleton, then turns into a flying hat, then turns into an EldritchAbomination. It technically can heal, but it [[OneWingedAngel changes form every time.]]]]
* HeroKiller: In Iria: Zeiram The Animation, Zeiram kills her brother Glen.
* HumanAliens: Iria and those of her species.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Fujikuro from The Animation. He postures as TheRival to Glen, Bob, and Iria, but when the chips are down he's willing to cooperate in order to stop Zeiram.
* JerkWithAHeartOfJerk: Fujikuro from the second film -- an unpredictable DirtyCoward [[PutTheLaughterInSlaughter with a tendency to fits of vicious laughter]], who repeatedly double-crosses and backstabs the other characters to get his hands on the MacGuffin they're all chasing.
%%* KickTheDog
%%* KillUsBoth
* MadeOfIron: Zeiram takes a ''lot'' of punishment.
* NiceHat: Played with in the first movie and the Animation; [[spoiler: what ''looks'' like Zeiram's hat is actually part of its body. Played straight in the second movie, where it actually ''is'' a hat.]]
* OminousLatinChanting: Ominous Sutra Chanting, in this case.
%%* OneWingedAngel
%%* PerpetualMotionMonster
* PocketDimension: Called Zones. Iria and Bob create one in the first film and the Zeiram unit creates one in the second.
%%* RestrainingBolt
%%* {{Salaryman}}: Teppei and Kamiya in the live-action films.
* SamusIsAGirl: in the anime, [[spoiler: Kei.]]
%%* ShowerOfAngst: Twice in the animation.
%%* SmallGirlBigGun
%%* StreetUrchin: Kei.
* ThoseTwoGuys: Teppei and Kamiya, who serve as recipients for most of the exposition in the live-action films, and who remain stubbornly mundane even as they step up to full-blown heroism.
* UsedFuture: The animation has a nice lived-in feel to it, despite taking a few cues from CrystalSpiresAndTogas.
%%* WeCanRebuildHim
%%* WhipSword
%%* WholesomeCrossdresser: [[spoiler: Kei]] from the Animation.
* XtremeKoolLetterz: ZËIЯAM