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  • Even though Dib is only in middle school, he has been shown to possess the ability to create complex machines to put a stop to Zim's plans.
    • And by extension to the above, over the course of several episodes, Gaz has been shown to possess multiple abilities such as demonic powers, the ability to fly an Irken ship despite no experience, and stopping an elevator in just ONE PUNCH. She is strong as hell for a kid.
  • Zim and Dib in "Bad, Bad, Rubber Piggy". The fact that Zim brings Dib to near-death or the fact that Dib was revived and put into a badass robot to get revenge.
    • Membrane building Dib's exoskeleton in the first place to help out his "accident-prone son." The guy's rarely there for his kids, but when he is, you can really tell.
  • Zim reaches the peak of his awesome in the episode "The Wettening", where he flattens an entire city with a giant water balloon.
  • "The Sad, Sad Tale of Chickenfoot": Dib sets out to expose a hoax...and succeeds.
  • Zim's very first appearance. The Tallest don't even have to see him to have the crap scared out of them.
    Red: That voice!
    Purple: It can't be!
    Red: Zim!
    • Zim nonchalantly telling the Tallest that he quit being banished when they asked why he was at the great assigning instead of Foodcourtia. That's right. He QUIT being BANISHED.
  • "Hobo 13" is an amazing Crowning Moment of Awesome for Zim, who not only sacrifices everyone and survives 'til the end, but even wins the last fight on his own.
    • Skoodge deserves props for successfully escaping the "Ferocious Meat-Thirsty Hogulus" and being the ONLY other member of Zim's squad to not be eliminated.
  • GIR gets a Moment in "GIR Goes Crazy and Stuff", delivering the following "Reason You Suck" Speech to Zim just before he almost kills him, showing the SIR programming lying behind his slipshod Cloud Cuckoo Lander programming and why Zim should be glad the Tallest gave him a unit literally built from garbage instead of a fully functional SIR:
    GIR: You are no commander. You are a threat to the mission! Your methods are stupid! Your progress has been stupid! Your intelligence is stupid! For the sake of the mission, you must be terminated!
  • Zim and Dib's battle in the episode "Battle of the Planets", which is completely literal, as they pilot Mars and Mercury respectively to fight, using the entire solar system as their battleground. Special mention also goes to Zim for catapulting moons at Dib.
  • Gaz effortlessly and brutally defeating Zim's mecha in "Nanozim", thinking it was a video game the entire time. And then Dib proceeds to poop Zim out.
  • One of the most climactic scenes in the show, how Gaz and GIR are able to sabotage Mimi by connecting GIR via SIR memory chip in "Tak, the Hideous New Girl". How do they do this? By dancing!
    • From the same episode, Tak's entire plan to hollow out the earth and fill it with snacks for the Tallest. Ridiculously awesome, and it really establishes how much of a competent badass Tak is, especially compared to Zim.
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    • Also, Zim has a pretty major CMOA by beating Tak in an outer-space spaceship brawl with the Earth's magma flying around. Not only is it a CMOA for the animators, but one for both Tak and Zim for being able to maneuver and battle in it. Worth mentioning twice that Zim wins.
      • A minor moment is when Zim has his voot cruiser so damaged that he has to shoot his "windshield" into space to replace it, making him completely vulnerable to the vacuum of space before the new one is up, and then goes right back into the battle like it's nothing. It's a very small moment but it's pretty awesome.
      • Also his casualness as he interrupts Tak's evil monologue to shoot her into deep space at the end of their duel. He can't even bother to do his evil laugh or listen to her in the first place because he's too busy enjoying a soda.
  • Dib using a Humongous Mecha to destroy Zim's equally massive rampaging nanomachine exoskeleton in "The Most Horrible Xmas Ever". This time, he won.
  • Another moment for Gaz would be the utter Mind Rape she put Iggins through after he cheated to get the last Gameslave 2. It's perhaps the one time we really see Gaz go all-out against someone, and it's both an awe-inspiring and frightening thing to witness.
    • Even after being tormented the entire night over a stupid game system, Iggins still has the guts to insult Gaz to her face:
      Iggins: Go ahead! I'll ALWAYS be the superior gamer! ALWAYS!
    • And then he survives a fall down an elevator shaft.
  • Sizz-Lorr. Even his job title is awesome.
    Zim: My apologies my FRYLORD!
    • His insanely awesome change into his "Frylord" suit (Complete with a multi-panel comic book screen moment), and then chasing after Zim mercilessly in one of the show's best chase scenes.
  • Zim's speech to Dib in "Bolognius Maximus".
    "THERE IS NO CURE! And I'll never make it stop! You might as resign yourself to your meaty fate! I told you you would forever rue the day you messed with ZIM! NOW! BEGIN YOUR RUING! I'll just sit here, and watch." *Evil Laugh with "Meats of Evil" playing in the background*
  • Zim signaling for GIR to fire a sandwich out of his head at Dib's head. He fires it so hard that it sends Dib flying through the air and crashing through the wall of the nearest building. Zim then laughs and walks away with GIR.
  • In the unfinished episode script "The Trial", it shows tons of never-before-seen footage of Zim's past, such as him pointing out 5 "shmillion" errors in the entire collection of the Irken database 5 minutes after being born, escaping from an underground Irk, killing 2 former Tallest, and a montage of him blowing up planets. One of the planets blew up with him on it. And it was suggested that the planet exploded because he scratched his butt. The best though is the end though, when his faulty PAK is being drained of all data by the Control Brains. However, the filtered data is so completely horrible that the Control Brains malfunction and title Zim as the greatest Irken ever!
    • Rodger Bumpass voicing the Control Brains. It has to be heard to be believed. He manages to give a voice so deep and ominous that you'd think it was machine altered. He caused the audience to gasp in awe.
  • Dib's wonderful life of doom. He fights off a swarm of fighters in space, tears apart the Irken flagship with his bare hands, jumps off, gliding into the atmosphere all the way to the ground, riding a stream of lightning, lands perfectly, accepts the greatest person to ever live award before off-handedly blocking the debris of the flagship.
  • Keef in "Bestest Friend." Not only does the kid survive all the torture Zim puts him through, from electrocution to having his freaking eyes ripped out...but he never once loses his cheerful, sunny demeanour, and continues trying to make friends with Zim in an unproduced episode!
  • Skoodge gets an offscreen Moment of Awesome when he conquers an entire planet of voracious alien rodents.
  • When GIR rescues Zim from the Saucer Morons. It's the only time he's been (semi) competent without being in duty mode.
  • Dib is sneaking into Zim's house with an invisibility suit. GIR somehow manages to detect him and splash him with a soda, shorting out his suit and exposing him.
  • Tallest Red gets his turn in "Backseat Drivers from Beyond the Stars," when Zim takes over the Massive and proceeds to drag the thing to Earth through several planets and a star. While Purple is panicking and wolfing down donuts, Red runs a manual check and discovers that Zim has remotely latched onto the power core. He then swaps cores with the Resisty ship that's been taking potshots at them the whole episode, thus regaining control. This, from one of the two figureheads who demand reports be given as puppet shows.
  • In "Plague of Babies", an army of evil alien babies invade Zim's home to take his ship. Zim proceeds to stay one step ahead of them, and quickly comes up with a plan to take them down at the last moment. It's awesome for showing that when Zim isn't given time to allow his ego to interfere with his decisions, he's actually a capable and dangerous opponent.
  • In the unproduced episode "The Trial", GIR conquers the earth on his own.
  • Zim's Big Damn Heroes moment in "Halloween Spectacular of Spooky Doom" when he rescues Dib from the Halloweenies by bursting through the window in a giant mecha stolen from Nightmare!Membrane that is scary enough to make all the Halloweenies back off.
  • The oft-ignored fight in the first episode, is ridiculously awesome. From Dib revealing his anti-alien handcuffs to the actual fight, which goes across the city, and features the two jumping from car to car. Doubles as a ton of Funny Moments.
  • Zim escaping from Foodcourtia in the "The Fry Cook What Came From All that Space".
  • Special note must be made to one Smikka Smikka Smoodoo in the episode "Megadoomer". An enslaved alien under Irken rule, he commits one seemingly small act of rebellion by switching the addresses of two packages. This has some pretty massive effects for such a small gesture, putting a likely expensive war machine in Zim's less than competent hands (who get's the machine destroyed in it's first deployment) and sending out a bunch of malfunctioning SIR Units to Invader Tenn, which wreck her base and likely blow her cover. Not bad for a thirty second revolution.
  • "Planet Jackers" is a stunning example of the resource and tenacity Zim can summon when his mission is on the line. Unable to invoke Irk's treaty with the Planet Jackers to his advantage (it only applies to planets marked for conquest, of which Earth is not one), he intentionally stands his ground and gets beaten to a punch-drunk pulp, his typical obliviousness to his own limitations actually working in his favor, as he distracts his opponents long enough to cut through the sphere they're using to transport Earth, so that they end up unwittingly hurling an empty shell into their sun. If that's not enough for you, consider this: had Zim not ended up on Earth, the planet and everybody on it would have died within a year of his arrival.
    Zim: The Earth is safe! I did it, GIR! Now let's go destroy it.
  • A meta one for the fans: getting the main four of the voice cast as well as various production people to come to the first InvaderCon, even more for the second convention and Jhonen Vasquez himself, who hates traveling far for conventions. Icing on the cake for Invadercon II was the letter-writing campaign to get the show back and a sneak preview of a fan animation team's production of Mopiness of Doom.
    • It is also reasonable to believe that the continued fan support for the show well over a decade after its cancellation helped to bring about the creation of the revival Invader Zim comics (2015-2021) produced by Oni Press as well as the 2019 TV movie Enter the Florpus released on Netflix.


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