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** At the end, after it seems that the crowd will take to Dib's speech of how Christmas should be a time for family and not fake Santas Zim proceeds to persuade the crowd into beating Dib up under the guise of an Easter platypus thing. Oh yeah, this is also the last time Dib is beaten in the series, luckily.[[labelnote:note]] "The Most Horrible X-Mas Ever" being the last episode in production until itís actual final episode "The Frycook What Came From All That Space". [[/labelnote]]

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** At the end, after it seems that the crowd will take to Dib's speech of how Christmas should be a time for family and not fake Santas Zim proceeds to persuade the crowd into beating Dib up under the guise of an Easter platypus thing. Oh yeah, Though luckily, this is also the last time Dib is beaten in the series, luckily.series.[[labelnote:note]] "The Most Horrible X-Mas Ever" being the last episode in production until itís actual final aired episode "The Frycook What Came From All That Space". [[/labelnote]]


** At the end, after it seems that the crowd will take to Dib's speech of how Christmas should be a time for family and not fake Santas Zim proceeds to persuade the crowd into beating Dib up under the guise of an Easter platypus thing. Oh yeah, this is also the last time Dib is beaten.[[labelnote:note]] "The Most Horrible X-Mas Ever" being the last episode in production until itís actual final episode "The Frycook What Came From All That Space". [[/labelnote]]
* In "Parent Teacher Night", Zimís flashback as a smeet can be kinda of a tearjerker. Just by hearing Zimís first words "I love you, cold unfeeling robot arm!" is heartwarming to hear him say that but also very heartbreaking since THIS Zim has grown from such an [[UsedToBeASweetKid adorable loving smeet]] to a [[AllTheItherReindeer very unpopular Invader]] who is hated by everyone on Irk.

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** At the end, after it seems that the crowd will take to Dib's speech of how Christmas should be a time for family and not fake Santas Zim proceeds to persuade the crowd into beating Dib up under the guise of an Easter platypus thing. Oh yeah, this is also the last time Dib is beaten.beaten in the series, luckily.[[labelnote:note]] "The Most Horrible X-Mas Ever" being the last episode in production until itís actual final episode "The Frycook What Came From All That Space". [[/labelnote]]
* In "Parent Teacher Night", Zimís flashback as a smeet can be kinda of a tearjerker. Just by hearing Zimís first words "I love you, cold unfeeling robot arm!" is heartwarming to hear him say that but also very heartbreaking since THIS Zim has grown from such an [[UsedToBeASweetKid adorable loving smeet]] to a [[AllTheItherReindeer [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer very unpopular Invader]] who is hated by everyone on Irk.


* In "Parent Teacher Night", Zimís flashback as a smeet can be kinda of a tearjerker. Just by hearing Zimís first words "I Love you cold unfeeling robot arm!" is heartwarming and breaking since THIS Zim has grown from such an adorable loving smeet to a very unpopular Invader who is hated by everyone on Irk.

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* In "Parent Teacher Night", Zimís flashback as a smeet can be kinda of a tearjerker. Just by hearing Zimís first words "I Love you love you, cold unfeeling robot arm!" is heartwarming and breaking to hear him say that but also very heartbreaking since THIS Zim has grown from such an [[UsedToBeASweetKid adorable loving smeet smeet]] to a [[AllTheItherReindeer very unpopular Invader Invader]] who is hated by everyone on Irk.Irk.
** The similiar thing happens to Dib, we get a brief flashback in "Mysterious Mysteries" of Dib and Gaz as babies. The band-aid on Dibís head makes you think that [[TinyTyrannicalGirl Gaz]] bullied him. And just seeing Dib using building blocks to spell "ALIENS" is very cute.. but Gaz just kicks the blocks out of her way only for Dib to just look in sadness.
** Just seeing Zim and Dib in their baby stages is SO sad and also adorable it makes you want to hug them.

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* In "Parent Teacher Night", Zimís flashback as a smeet can be kinda of a tearjerker. Just by hearing Zimís first words "I Love you cold unfeeling robot arm!" is heartwarming and breaking since THIS Zim has grown from such an adorable loving smeet to a very unpopular Invader who is hated by everyone on Irk.


** At the end, after it seems that the crowd will take to Dib's speech of how Christmas should be a time for family and not fake Santas Zim proceeds to persuade the crowd into beating Dib up under the guise of an Easter platypus thing. Oh yeah...this was also Dib's last moment in the original series. [[labelnote:note]] "The Most Horrible X-Mas Ever" being the last episode in production despite the rest of season 2 premiering nearly four years afterward. [[/labelnote]]

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** At the end, after it seems that the crowd will take to Dib's speech of how Christmas should be a time for family and not fake Santas Zim proceeds to persuade the crowd into beating Dib up under the guise of an Easter platypus thing. Oh yeah...yeah, this was is also Dib's the last moment in the original series. time Dib is beaten.[[labelnote:note]] "The Most Horrible X-Mas Ever" being the last episode in production despite the rest of season 2 premiering nearly four years afterward.until itís actual final episode "The Frycook What Came From All That Space". [[/labelnote]]

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** At the end, after it seems that the crowd will take to Dib's speech of how Christmas should be a time for family and not fake Santas Zim proceeds to persuade the crowd into beating Dib up under the guise of an Easter platypus thing. Oh yeah...this was also Dib's last moment in the original series. [[labelnote:note]] "The Most Horrible X-Mas Ever" being the last episode in production despite the rest of season 2 premiering nearly four years afterward. [[/labelnote]]

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** Dib going into a breakdown after Dwicky leaves with the aliens and Zim rubs it in (AND takes the super weapons that Dib unwittingly helped him acquire) is just the icing on this cake.


* When the Santa suit sucks up Zim completely in ''The Most Horrible X-Mas Ever'', he sounds like that he lost all hope. When he curls into a [[TroubledFetalPosition fetal position]], he looked like he hoped that everything was all a dream and that he was still in his smeet tube. Luckily, Dib accidentally rescues him.

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* When the Santa suit sucks up Zim completely in ''The ĒThe Most Horrible X-Mas Ever'', Ever", he sounds like that he lost all hope. When he curls into a [[TroubledFetalPosition fetal position]], he looked like he hoped that everything was [[AllJustADream all a dream dream]] and that he was still in his smeet tube. Luckily, Dib accidentally rescues him.


* When the Santa suit sucks up Zim completely in ''The Most Horrible X-Mas Ever'', he sounds like that he lost all hope. When he curls into a [[TroubledFetalPosition fetal position]] as if he hoped that everything was all a dream and that he was still in his smeet tube, luckily, Dib accidentally rescues him.

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* When the Santa suit sucks up Zim completely in ''The Most Horrible X-Mas Ever'', he sounds like that he lost all hope. When he curls into a [[TroubledFetalPosition fetal position]] as if position]], he looked like he hoped that everything was all a dream and that he was still in his smeet tube, luckily, tube. Luckily, Dib accidentally rescues him.

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* When the Santa suit sucks up Zim completely in ''The Most Horrible X-Mas Ever'', he sounds like that he lost all hope. When he curls into a [[TroubledFetalPosition fetal position]] as if he hoped that everything was all a dream and that he was still in his smeet tube, luckily, Dib accidentally rescues him.


* ''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 [[GoMadFromTheRevelation go insane]] and [[DespairEventHorizon live all alone]] in an apartment with assorted Chicky Licky toys that he calls his "[[CompanionCube friends]]".
* ''Bad, Bad, Rubber Piggy'' doubles as both horror and TearJerker 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!!!!"
* ''Bloaty'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 [[ParentalNeglect situation]], this certainly counts.

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* ''The "The Sad, Sad Tale of Chickenfoot'', 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 [[GoMadFromTheRevelation go insane]] and [[DespairEventHorizon live all alone]] in an apartment with assorted Chicky Licky toys that he calls his "[[CompanionCube friends]]".
* ''Bad, "Bad, Bad, Rubber Piggy'' Piggy" doubles as both horror and TearJerker 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.
** GIR's reaction to Zim using his rubber piggies for this is a bit of minor example
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"WHYYYYYYY?!? MY PIGGIE!!! I LOVEDED YOU, PIGGIE!! I LOVEDED YOOOU!!!!"
* ''Bloaty's "Bloaty's Pizza Hog'', Hog", Gaz yells at Dib for going off to fight Zim because she "just wants to go out to eat with dad." Considering the [[ParentalNeglect situation]], this certainly counts.



* The ending of ''Tak: The Hideous New Girl'' has a moment of genuine reflection and realisation on Zim's behalf of the fact that he consistently fails the Tallest and that they don't like him at all. It's rare to see him with any sort of self-awareness, so seeing his delusions and facade slip a little to reveal some shame implies that he might know that they hate him and still wants them to be proud of him anyway.
* ''Dib's Wonderful Life of Doom''. Dib enjoys a life of many achievements in technology and the humanities, and defeats the Irkens in battle forcing them to surrender...until it [[YankTheDogsChain turns out]] that [[LotusEaterMachine it was all a simulation]] ran by Zim. Why? ''[[DisproportionateRetribution Because he wanted to know who threw a muffin at him in class.]]'' Zim could've just interrogated Dib in a more straightforward manner, but he wanted to twist the knife more by making Dib believe his wildest dreams were coming through before tricking him into admitting it.
* ''Career Day''. Dib gets matched up with Bill, a paranormal investigator; sounds like the match made in heaven, right? Except Bill believes in everything ''but'' the existence of aliens, dismissing the Galactic Equinox molt as hogwash. Just to rub salt in the wound, Bill believes Count Cocofang, a cereal box mascot, is real, and chases after the poor man dressed as Cocofang while Dib tries ''desperately'' to get him to look at the restaurant where [[BodyHorror Zim is molting through the doors and windows]], without any luck. The molt comes and goes, the only hint of evidence being the completely-destroyed restaurant, and Dib loses his chance to not only expose Zim as an alien but to do so to someone who he thought would be interested in the subject!

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* The ending of ''Tak: "Tak: The Hideous New Girl'' Girl" has a moment of genuine reflection and realisation on Zim's behalf of the fact that he consistently fails the Tallest and that they don't like him at all. It's rare to see him with any sort of self-awareness, so seeing his delusions and facade slip a little to reveal some shame implies that he might know that they hate him and still wants them to be proud of him anyway.
* ''Dib's "Dib's Wonderful Life of Doom''. Doom": Dib enjoys a life of many achievements in technology and the humanities, and defeats the Irkens in battle forcing them to surrender...until it [[YankTheDogsChain turns out]] that [[LotusEaterMachine it was all a simulation]] ran by Zim. Why? ''[[DisproportionateRetribution Because he wanted to know who threw a muffin at him in class.]]'' Zim could've just interrogated Dib in a more straightforward manner, but he wanted to twist the knife more by making Dib believe his wildest dreams were coming through before tricking him into admitting it.
* ''Career Day''. "Career Day": Dib gets matched up with Bill, a paranormal investigator; sounds like the match made in heaven, right? Except Bill believes in everything ''but'' the existence of aliens, dismissing the Galactic Equinox molt as hogwash. Just to rub salt in the wound, Bill believes Count Cocofang, a cereal box mascot, is real, and chases after the poor man dressed as Cocofang while Dib tries ''desperately'' to get him to look at the restaurant where [[BodyHorror Zim is molting through the doors and windows]], without any luck. The molt comes and goes, the only hint of evidence being the completely-destroyed restaurant, and Dib loses his chance to not only expose Zim as an alien but to do so to someone who he thought would be interested in the subject!subject!
* "A Room With a Moose" really shows how much Dib is disliked by his classmates, with them constantly glaring at and insulting him. Dib actually wonders if they're worth saving, and when he does manage to, it's not because they're listening to him, it's because they all just want to sit away from him.
* "Voting of the Doomed" also shows how unpopular Dib is. When he's feeding Willy lines for his campaign and gets him to request that Dib be treated with respect, it proves so unpopular that he has to quickly change tracks in order to get Willy popular again. Worse, Zim -- who also isn't liked by the other students -- has no problem winning them over.

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** Reinforced that he has children, but [[MissingMom not a wife]]. What became of his kids?



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* 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 BlackComedy, ''freakin'' 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 [[HairTriggerTemper an extremely short fuse]] [[EvilIsPetty if interrupted.]] Problem is..even if Dib acknowledges and accepts that he has ''absolutely no one'' outside of her or [[ParentalNeglect Membrane]] to turn to [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer given]] [[NoRespectGuy his]] [[TheUnfavorite 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 kind of a hypocrite here 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 him any time of her own vocation but her obsession with video games is at such a violent level that even Dib's obsession with the paranormal can't compare. And another thing, even when Dib chooses (after the fact) to try and do things that she enjoys, [[UngratefulBitch she STILL finds some reason to hurt him]] (beating Dib up because he happens to win a game fairly). In conclusion, Jhonen was absolutely right about this issue making issue 2 look tame to Dib.
* In Issue 12, Dib travels to an alternate future where Zim rules the world and eliminates the human race. Membrane's hologram message laments that the only members of their kind he was able to save were his family...except for "poor insane Dib" because Dib still wanted to fight Zim even if he had to do it alone. Even with that logic, it's obvious Membrane made no attempt to rescue his son for his own good, try to look for Dib if he was captured, or even try to assist Dib at a time where it was obvious Zim was the enemy and winning.
* In Issue 21, the main 4 cast members get their bodies switched. When Dib (In GIR's body) and Zim (In Gaz's body) realize that Gaz (In Zim's body) tricked them into getting her famous, Dib feels utterly betrayed.
-->'''Dib''': She played us. My own sister totally played us.
* In Issue 43, Dib is so happy that he's managed to beat Zim for the position of leader of the Plim, and starts talking about how he's going to help them improve their society and place in the galaxy... [[YankTheDogsChain and then the Irkens show up and take over the planet]]. Worse, this only happens [[NiceJobBreakingItHero because Dib took down the anti-technology field surrounding the planet]].
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* In ''Enter the Florpus'', Zim despairs over the realization that the Tallests had no intention of coming to the Earth, [[VillainousBSOD becoming completely despondent]] and not even putting up a fight when Dib comes to capture him and ''agrees'' to let Dib expose him to the world. [[spoiler: Of course, this doesn't last long before he's back to trying to conquer Earth.]]
** Dib's clear frustration and anger at his father refusing to believe him about Zim or other paranormal stuff. Special mention goes to when Dib tells Membrane that he wishes that he had his back, only for Membrane to respond along the lines of wishing not being scientific.


* In ''Enter the Florpus'', Zim despairs over the realization that the Tallests had no intention of coming to the Earth, [[VillainousBSOD becoming completely despondent]] and not even putting up a fight when Dib comes to capture him. [[spoiler: Of course, this doesn't last long before he's back to trying to conquer Earth.]]

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* In ''Enter the Florpus'', Zim despairs over the realization that the Tallests had no intention of coming to the Earth, [[VillainousBSOD becoming completely despondent]] and not even putting up a fight when Dib comes to capture him.him and ''agrees'' to let Dib expose him to the world. [[spoiler: Of course, this doesn't last long before he's back to trying to conquer Earth.]]

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