Tearjerker / Invader Zim

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Zim just left him.
    The Show 
  • The Sad, Sad Tale of Chickenfoot, where Chickenfoot talks about his past life with Dib where he was a normal man named Chewie Rodriguez until an accident occurred when the microwave was splashed with water while Chewie was wearing the suit and cooking chicken in a microwave, generating an explosion that "created an unholy fusion of man and chicken", causing him go insane and live all alone in an apartment with assorted Chicky Licky toys that he calls his "friends".
  • Bad, Bad, Rubber Piggy doubles as both horror and Tear Jerker worthy because of what Zim does to poor Dib by crippling him horribly by tossing rubber pigs into Dib's past through a time machine, replacing seemingly random objects in ways that cause Dib to have horrible accidents, progressively crippling Dib to the point that he almost dies.
    • "WHYYYYYYY?!? MY PIGGIE!!! I LOVEDED YOU, PIGGIE!! I LOVEDED YOOOU!!!!"
  • Bloatey's Pizza Hog, Gaz yells at Dib for going off to fight Zim because she "just wants to go out to eat with dad." Considering the situation, this certainly counts.
    • Bloaty. The poor man is completely miserable, and its possible we see him pass away at the end.
      • Although his situation is no less tearjerky, Rikki Simons confirms that Bloaty is alive.
  • How could one forget the MASSIVE tearjerker in the episode "Abducted" where we see an adorable experiment in an isolated room of a spaceship, who hopes someone will rescue him... only to have ZIM nonchalantly leave? The poor creature is left to cry softly...
  • The ending of Dib's Wonderful Life of Doom. Poor Dib. Just when things were starting to look better...
  • "OH, GIR! GIIIIR! THEY'VE TURNED YOU INTO GROUND BEEF! HOW? WHY?????"
  • Even though the squid brained cop is far too ridiculous a character to be taken seriously, his earlier mention of his family becomes rather harsh when you realize he doesn't even remember them anymore thanks to Zim.
  • Dib and Gaz's whole family situation. Their dad is so busy, they only go out to eat together ONCE A YEAR. Which seems sort of funny... until you think about it.
    • Though Dib seems to care far less than Gaz, interestingly enough. He was more than willing to miss out on that annual family outing without even a hint of regret.
  • Dib finding out Dwicky's been lying to him in "Vindicated!" When you see how he joyfully and rather innocently reacts to someone extending a measure of kindness and tolerance towards him, it starts to kind of hit you just how ridiculously YOUNG the poor kid is, and when his "ally" is taken from him it becomes almost impossible not to see just how thankless and lonely a life he lives in trying to save his own people from extinction.
    Dib: You don't believe me! You... (builds towards rage, then regresses to pleading, and winds up just staring at the ground in defeat) I thought you were different.
    Dwicky: Look, I know you think I lied, and I—I did, but I was only trying to help.
    Dib (bitter): Isn't this just great?! While you waste my time, Earth gets one step closer to being taken over! That's my problem right there! My problem is that the human race seems to want to be destroyed!
  • The hints to Miss Bitters' past, if you think there's any truth to them. Think about it: the creepy Humanoid Abomination that terrifies her students on a daily basis was at some point a normal person with hopes and dreams who got mutated into her current state by a freak accident. Miss Bitters may be a monster, but if these stories are true, can you really blame her?
    Miss Bitters: I had a valentine once.
  • The ending of "Gaz: Taster of Pork". Ok, Dib might have deserved some punishment for using Gaz as a test rat for his spell drive (even though he did not do it out of ill will), but not only tricking Dib into believing she was still in danger when she obviously was not but also forcing him to clean up Shadow-Hog dookie with his head while he's crying for forgiveness? Not to mention all the horrific (and very graphic) death threats and beatings that Dib took from her while he was trying to help her? No wonder Gaz has a bit of a Base-Breaking Character status.
  • The intro of "The Frycook What Came from All That Space" marks an especially saddening moment for Dib. After spending possibly minutes to hours attempting to explain to his classmates that Zim is an alien and that they do exist, the kids continuously mock him and cause him to have a momentary mental breakdown in front of the entire class. After cooling down, he tries again only to have a large and imposing alien (alter revealed to be another Irken) kidnap Zim interrupt him while stating it came from outer space. Dib tries to use this as evidence to his statements about aliens only for bird poop to fall on his shoulder from the hole in the roof that the alien created. The kids totally ignore the roof and alien and simply start to laugh at Dib for having been pooped on by a bird. Cue a single tear from a heartbroken and embarrassed Dib.
  • Despite everyone loving it, the show ended after just two seasons. Even though the team had a huge finale planned.
    • Cry no longer, Zim is back, IN COMIC FORM

     The Comics 
  • The ending of Issue 2 can count, with Dib secluding himself in his room once again in order to hide from ridicule after Zim transmits that embarrassing video to everyone in the galaxy. Dib being wrapped up in his blankets with bloodshot eyes and looking like he's about to break doesn't help.
    • Also in this issue, Gir has his legs blown off and is paralyzed, yet Zim and Dib both abandon him.
    • Then there's also Zim being trapped on the Gargantis Array after Dib denied him a ride, especially after Zim even referred to Earth specifically as his home. Though to be fair, Zim did have it coming.
  • Issue 5. At first, Membrane appears to be keeping up with the streak of being a decent parent to his kids... until it's revealed that he built that alternative world machine for Gaz with complete knowledge that she was going to use it to torture Dib AND participated in the kidnapping sequence.
    • Taking a look at this issue from Dib's perspective makes the situation, while still the epitome of Black Comedy, heart wrenching. Yes, Dib should have known by now that not only does Gaz have absolutely zero interest in his hobbies but is, in all accounts, an extremely vicious-minded individual with an extremely short fuse if interrupted. Problem is..even if Dib acknowledges and accepts that he has absolutely no one outside of her or Membrane to turn to given his circumstances. Apparently, he'll risk abandonment, ridicule, and horrific punishment trying to find support from his own family before trucking on completely alone.
    • Gaz also makes herself out to be a bit of a hypocrite too. She claims that Dib was selfish for trying to get her involved with his interests, but at the same time not only is she never willing to spare Dib any time but her obsession with video games is at such a violent level that even Dib's obsession with the paranormal can't compete. And another thing, even when Dib chooses (after the fact) to try and do things that she enjoys (which, she made crystal clear that she'd never do the same for him) she STILL finds some reason to hurt him (beating Dib up because he happen to win a game). In conclusion, Jhonen was right about this issue making issue 2 look tame to Dib.
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