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    Zim 
The titular alien invader, still intent on conquering Earth.

  • Arch-Enemy: To Dib, as per canon.
  • Ax-Crazy: As per usual.
  • Bad Boss: Is not a good master to his minions.
  • Berserk Button: Trying to infringe on his rivalry with Dib is sure to enrage him.
  • Big Bad: Is the main antagonist, constantly plotting to Take Over the World.
  • Big "WHAT?!": His reaction when Nyx reveals she knows he's Miz.
  • Black Cloak: Wears one in his "Miz" persona, along with a stylized red mask.
  • Blunt "Yes": When Desmond Flapp asks if he thinks the Children of the Bright and Shining Saucer are stupid.
  • Break the Haughty: He's absolutely crushed when he learns the truth about his mission, until Norlock snaps him out of it.
  • Competition Freak: Is determined to win in whatever situation he's in, at all costs.
  • Cut His Heart Out with a Spoon:
    • He threatens to make Mortos eat his own legs.
    • At another point, he also threatens to sew a live ferret into Norlock's stomach when he feels the vampire's being insolent.
  • Did Not Think This Through: One of his main flaws.
  • The Dog Bites Back: His rebellion against the Tallest after they cast him aside.
  • Entitled Bastard: Thinks that because he's so awesome, everyone should just bow down to him.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Finds the Children of the Bright and Shining Saucer disgusting enough to counter any benefits that come from them being dedicated to him.
  • Evil Is Petty: Nothing's too low for him to sink to if it makes him happy.
  • Evil vs. Evil: His rivalry with Tak.
  • Failed a Spot Check:
    • At the start of Episode 4, he and Skoodge somehow fail to notice Phil is in the same room as them, despite his size.
    • In Episode 7, he fails to notice Dib and Steve's presence in the Children of the Bright and Shining Saucer camp, until they speak up.
  • Fatal Flaw: Pride and shortsightedness.
  • Flat "What": His reaction, complete with Tranquil Fury, when Nyx reveals she put a hit out on Dib.
  • Foil: To Tak. Both fled demeaning assignments to prove themselves as Invaders, and are obsessed with proving themselves.
  • For Halloween, I Am Going as Myself: Does this once it's pointed out he doesn't need his disguise on Halloween.
  • Glad I Thought of It: Will often take credit for his minions' ideas.
  • Glory Hound: Everything he does is for the glorification of his ego.
  • Grudging "Thank You": To Norlock, after the vampire retrieves the Meekrob crystals for him.
  • I Hate Past Me: In Episode 19, he shows disgust towards his previous habit of blindly trying to please the Tallest.
  • I Reject Your Reality: Zim does this all the time, as Dib points out in Episode 12. He's finally forced to face facts in Episode 17 when the Tallest shove the truth in his face.
  • Imagine Spot: Has one in Episode 11 about his plot of the week.
  • Irony: Now that he knows the truth, he calls out Tak for being loyal to leaders who don't care for her, when not so long ago she said the same to him.
  • It's All About Me: Zim is the center of his own universe.
  • Jerkass: Absolutely doesn't like anyone and isn't shy about sharing that fact.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Him telling Tak that she's wasting her time trying to please leaders who don't care about her.
  • Lack of Empathy: Doesn't care about anyone but himself.
  • The Leader: For his group.
  • Let Us Never Speak of This Again: He and Dib apparently have this understanding regarding the canon episode "Bolognius Maximus".
  • Mala Proper: Hasn't met a metaphor or figure of speech he can't mangle.
  • Malevolent Masked Man: Wears a stylized mask and Black Cloak in the "Miz" persona he uses as the figurehead of his rebellion.
  • Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: The Tallest revealing how they've made a joke of him causes him to rebel against them.
  • Never My Fault: If things go wrong, it's because of his enemies or his minions, not him.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Episode 11 has Zim failing to put proper control precautions in his plants monsters, forcing him to team up with Team Save Earth to stop them.
  • Oblivious to Hatred: As per canon, he's completely blind to how much the Tallest hate him until they bluntly outright tell him.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: After retrieving the Meekrob crystals, he's so excited that he actually thanks Norlock for his work (in his own condescending way).
  • Person of Mass Destruction: Like in canon. One of the reasons Norlock is willing to mentor him is because he believes his capability for destruction can be channeled.
  • Pet the Dog: Actually thanking Norlock for retrieving the Meekrob crystals.
  • Prompting Nudge: Kicks Skoodge to get him to go along with the cover story of being his cousin.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: His "Miz" persona includes a Black Cloak and a red mask.
  • Rogue Agent: Rebels against the Tallest after they tell him the truth about his mission.
  • Sdrawkcab Name: His Miz alias. He says it's a matter of being so obvious, no one would expect him to use it.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Has a three letter name and a planet-sized ego.
  • Spanner in the Works: Ends up being one to Quis' "Scooby-Doo" Hoax in Season 2 Episode 5, as the Cyborg Death Clown he unleashes on the fake haunted house ends up exposing it to Dib before he can report the supposed haunting and fall into Quis' fraud trap.
  • Start My Own: Norlock ultimately convinces him to go rogue and create his own empire, before using it to conquer the other Irkens.
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: Pulls this on Dib in Episode 2.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You:
    • He makes it clear that Norlock that he won't let anyone else kill Dib but him. He later extends this to Tak as well.
    • When Nyx puts a hit out on Dib in a misguided attempt to please him, Zim is pissed. He assaults her to make her call off the hit, then intervenes to protect Dib from Havok when the latter keeps attacking him anyway.
  • Took a Level in Badass: He increases in strength, resources, allies, and abilities throughout the story.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Played straight for the most part, as he condescends or overlooks all help given to him by others. Notably subverted, however, when Norlock retrieves the Meekrob crystals; Zim's so pleased he actually thanks Norlock, albeit in a backhanded manner.
  • Unknown Rival: He 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.
  • Villain Protagonist: He's the main character.
  • Villainous BSoD:
    • Undergoes one in Episode 17 after the Tallest tell him the truth of his mission, until Norlock forcibly snaps him out of it.
    • He opens Season 2 in another one, being in a rut regarding plans to take over Earth. He's snapped out of it by Nyx's arrival, though he briefly slips back into it later on.
  • Villainous Rescue: Season 2 Episode 3, sees him intervening to save Dib when Havok tries to kill him, since he doesn't want anyone else killing his nemesis.
  • Villain Team-Up:
    • With Norlock right at the start of the series.
    • With Tak in Episode 13, to rescue Tenn. She ends up stabbing him in the back.
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    GIR 
Zim's insane robotic sidekick.

    Skoodge 
One of Zim's fellow Invaders, and only real friend, stuck on Earth with him.

  • Affably Evil: As Dib points out, he's such a nice guy that it's sometimes easy to forget that he's an alien soldier dedicated to conquering planets.
  • Anti-Villain: As Dib points out, he's a genuinely nice guy. But he's still just as dedicated to conquering Earth as Zim or Tak.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Despite being the nicest of the Irkens, he shows a more dangerous side on occasion. Most prominently when he sides with Zim against the Empire.
  • Bring My Brown Pants: Upon seeing the monster army in Episode 16, he states that he needs to change his pants.
  • Butt-Monkey: Something bad happens him to pretty much once a chapter.
  • The Chew Toy: As noted above, he goes through a lot of crap.
  • The Dog Bites Back: Joining Zim's rebellion, in response to the Tallest treating him like crap.
  • Eye Scream: Gets zapped in the eye by a malfunctioning retinal scanner in Season 2 Episode 4.
  • Failed a Spot Check: At the start of Season 1 Episode 4, he and Zim somehow fail to notice Phil is in the same room as them, despite his size.
  • Foil: To Tenn, as they're both Hypercompetent Sidekicks to more maniacal partners.
  • For Halloween, I Am Going as Myself: Does this along with Zim in the Halloween Episode.
  • Grew a Spine: He's usually pushed over by absolutely everyone, but he finally stands up for himself in Episode 17, when he rebels against the Tallest with Zim.
  • Hidden Depths: Turns out to be harvesting some serious resentment towards the Tallest for their treatment of him. Which is why he joins Zim's rebellion.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: He genuinely believes that he and Zim are best friends, when it's clear Zim doesn't care about him.
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: To Zim.
  • Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: The Tallests' constant abuse of him causes him to join Zim in rebelling against them.
  • My Hovercraft Is Full of Eels: He apparently has this problem with other languages. For example, he once somehow turned a simple greeting in Vortian into "I would like to fill your pants with shrimp"; this led to a waitress slapping him.
  • Nice Guy: He's a genuinely friendly and decent person, despite everything else.
  • Only Friend: To Zim, though Zim only sees him as a minion.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Has one just as bad as Zim's.
  • The Pollyanna: He never lets anything get him down.
  • Token Good Teammate: Downplayed. He's this for Zim's faction, but is still very much a bad guy.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: He honestly believe that every little thing he does helps Zim.

    Minimoose 
Zim's other, more competent robot minion.

  • Beware the Nice Ones: Is usually pretty quiet and genial, but when he actually gets into a fight, he's extremely dangerous.
  • Humiliation Conga: Gets put through the ringer 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.
  • Rage Breaking Point: When the above Humiliation Conga ends with him being tossed into the aforementioned meat processor, he snaps and blows up the whole restaurant he's in.
  • The Unintelligible: Can only communicate through squeaks, which everyone can nevertheless understand.

    Norlock 
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An ancient vampire who allies with Zim at the start of the series.

  • The Ace: Is great at what he does.
  • Affably Evil: Unless he's angered, he's always unfailingly polite, even when he's about to kill someone.
  • Alien Blood: Well, he's not an alien, but he has black ichor in place of normal blood.
  • Ancient Evil: How old he exactly is never gets specified. But he knew Caligula personally, and claims he built pyramids for a living when he was human.
  • Arbitrary Skepticism: Despite being a vampire (and thus himself a paranormal creature) he doesn't initially believe Dib when he says he arrived at his castle in an alien's spaceship.
  • Arc Villain: Is only present for Season 1 which he dies at the end of.
  • Awakening the Sleeping Giant: He was perfectly content to stay in his castle minding his own business. Then Dib accidentally blew his castle up, causing him to ally with Zim, upping the latter's threat level considerably.
  • Badass Boast: Gives one to Dib during the lead up to the first season's Final Battle, after Dib calls him a coward.
    "You insignificant little worm," Norlock growled, "You dare talk to me like that? I have guided the rise and fall of civilizations. Human history has been my plaything. And before this night is done, I will have set in motion the creation of an empire that I will guide in dominating your pathetic species long after your bones have rotted into dust."
  • Badass Cape: Wears one over his suit.
  • Bat Out of Hell: Can transform into a giant demonic bat when he needs to fly.
  • Been There, Shaped History: Has guided some of history's most evil people.
  • Berserk Button: Don't mention Twilight, or any similar vampire movies, around him. And don't call him useless or a coward.
  • Black Speech: Occasionally, when using magic, he's described as speaking in a language no one can understand.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: He openly refers to himself as evil, repeatedly.
  • Casanova Wannabe: 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. Though to be fair, it did go fairly well until his Berserk Button was pushed.
  • Con Man: Dib calls him out on being this, using his students to live vicariously through, and then abandoning them when the tide turns against them.
  • Cut His Heart Out with a Spoon: At one point, while angry, he threatens to make Skoodge eat his own face.
  • Cutting the Knot: A literal example — when Bill tries to distract him with a tied and knotted rope (as per some vampire lore), he simply cuts it with scissors. Then he claims he taught that trick to Alexander the Great, the Trope Namer.
  • The Dragon: Becomes this to Zim.
  • Devil in Plain Sight: Just like Zim, he's clearly an inhuman, evil monster, and most people don't notice or care.
  • Dirty Coward: He ultimately turns out to be this, as it's pointed out that he always abandons his students when things turn against them too much and he dies begging for help from the last person he betrayed.
  • Disappointed by the Motive: Shows this several times towards Zim's plans, as well as towards the way the Tallest treat Zim.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: In Episode 12, he tries to kill an entire convention of vampire movie fans, just because he doesn't like their portrayal of vampires.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Clearly cares deeply about his pet, Phil.
  • Even Evil Has Standards:
    • Downplayed, as he's slightly unnerved when he first meets Nny in the process of flaying a man.
    • He also directly references this trope when he displays his disgust at the thought of entering people's dreams.
  • Evil Mentor: His main occupation.
  • Evil vs. Evil: Episode 12 sees him face off with Slab Rankle.
  • Eviler Than Thou: Dib feels that he's much more of a threat than Zim's cartoony evil.
  • Finger-Lickin' Evil: Does this twice in the first chapter, as a way of taste testing samples of Dib and Zim's blood.
  • Flat Scare: Pulls this on Dib when they meet for the first time after Norlock follows him and Zim back to Doomsville.
  • For Halloween, I Am Going as Myself: Along with his Irken partners, doesn't bother with a disguise in the Halloween Episode.
  • Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: In Episode 17, when Zim goes into a Villainous BSoD over learning the truth of his mission, Norlock snaps him out of it by hitting and insulting him until he's angry and starts fighting back.
  • Grievous Harm with a Body: In Episode 12, he 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.
  • Groin Attack: Pulls one on Mortos during their fight.
  • Historical Rap Sheet: He has acted as Evil Mentor to most of history's most famous warlords, conquerors, and criminals.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Played with. He is aware of Zim's flaws, but believes he can be a great conqueror if he can overcome them.
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: To Zim, even more than Skoodge is.
  • Immortals Fear Death: Despite being countless centuries old, he still spends his last moments pleading for his life.
  • Irony: Thoughtout the first season, Norlock was the only person to see Zim's potential, even scolding the Tallest for underestimating him, only for him to turn around and underestimate Zim during the seasonal climax which costs him his life.
  • I Warned You: He warned the Tallest not to underestimate Zim's capabilities, something he reminds them of when they toss Zim aside and he rebels against them.
  • Killed Off for Real: At the end of Season 1.
  • Knight of Cerebus: His presence tends to send the story on a darker path. And it's him who inspires Zim to rebel against the Tallest, completely upending the status quo.
  • Lean and Mean: Being a walking corpse leaves him with a desiccated form.
  • Les Collaborateurs: Monster or not, he's still a native of Earth who is actively aiding an alien invader in attempts at conquering it. Later inverted, when he convinces Zim to go rogue and conquer the Empire.
  • The Man Behind the Man: He has been this to his pupils through the ages, and intends to do so with Zim as well. Until he decides to just take power for himself.
  • Muscles Are Meaningless: Is a walking rotted corpse, and thus has little muscle tone. Yet he's still the most physically powerful character in the story.
  • Must Be Invited: He 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.
  • My Card: Gives one to Gaz for in case she ever wants some mentoring.
  • Nobody Calls Me "Chicken"!: He is pissed when Dib accuses him of being a coward who hides behind his pupils.
  • No Body Left Behind: He's vaporized when Project Domination explodes with him attached to it.
  • Obviously Evil: Even more than Zim himself. But of course, no one but Dib and the twins realize it.
  • One-Winged Angel: During the climax of Season 1, he transforms into a demonic bat monster.
  • Only Sane Man: To Zim's group.
  • Original Character
  • Our Vampires Are Different: He 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: Zim makes him wear one (a wig and Groucho glasses) when he attends Parent Teacher Night.
  • Pet the Dog: Literally. He cares greatly for his wolf Phil and gets very upset when others hurt him.
  • Playing with Fire: His primary offense power.
  • A Rare Sentence: 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."
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: Partially subverted by his pale corpse-like skin, but otherwise played straight. He wears black and red, and his eyes contain both colors.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: The sclera of his eyes are blood red, highlighting his black pupils and irises.
  • Revenge: His main reason for allying with Zim is to get revenge on Dib for destroying his castle.
  • Sarcastic Clapping: Does this after the Epic Fail of Team Save Earth's first outing.
  • Seen It All: His reaction to seeing the massive energy storm over the city in Episode 14? Casually commenting on it and calmly going back inside the base.
  • Ship Tease: With Miss Bitters, of all people.
    • Ship Sinking: After their disastrous date in Episode 12, no comment is ever made about their relationship again.
  • Sixth Ranger: To Zim's team, along with Phil.
  • Spanner in the Works: Is this throughout the first season, constantly shaking up the status quo — in Episode 3, he convinces the Tallest to set up Zim and Tak's competition. In Episode 10, he causes the Tallest to check in on Tenn, which leads to her bringing the Meekrob crystal to Earth. In Episode 17, he convinces Zim to rebel against the Tallest, which he later does even after Norlock himself is gone. In Episode 8, he gives Gaz his card, which she uses to call him in Episode 19 in order to give Zim the location of Project Domination. And in Episode 21, his betrayal of Zim causes a series of events which means that ultimately no one gets the weapon.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Gets a somewhat disproportionate amount of focus in the first few chapters. The author later realized this, and started trimming back on his appearances.
  • The Starscream: During the first season's climax, he betrays Zim to take Project Domination for himself.
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: Does this all the time.
  • The Svengali: Has been this to warlords and tyrants repeatedly throughout history, with Zim being his latest student.
  • Sympathy for the Hero: Downplayed. When he sees how dumb everyone is, he almost feels sorry for Dib for having to deal with them.
  • This Cannot Be!: He's left flabbergasted that Dib and the others managed to escape his Lotus-Eater Machine, and right before he's vaporized says that it can't end like this, and that he can't die.
  • Through His Stomach: Believes in this. Nny thinks he's being stupid.
  • Unusual Euphemism: His swears, such as "Mother of Hell" and "Satan's hemorrhoids".
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight:
    • Despite his skepticism, he is quick to see that Zim's an alien when he first sees him, and is quite nonplussed about it.
    • Also, as noted above under Seen It All, he has almost no reaction to the energy storm destroying the city.
  • Villain Ball: Stealing the control node for Project Domination from Zim, which sets in motion the events that lead to his death. He would have been better off continuing to manipulate Zim while he conquered Earth with the weapon.
  • Villain Cred: The Tallest are both impressed and disturbed by him.
  • Villain Has a Point: Even though Norlock betrayed him, Zim still decides to take his advice and start to rally Irkens to rise up against the Tallest under an alias.
  • Villainous Breakdown: During the climax of Season 1, he snaps after the key to Project Domination is destroyed, rendering it useless. He goes One-Winged Angel and mindlessly tries to kill everyone.
  • Villainous Friendship: Quickly strikes up a friendly rapport with Tallest when they first meet. This lasts until he inspires Zim to rebel against them.
  • Villainous Legacy: He may be dead by the end of the first season, but his training of Zim and him inspiring Zim to turn again the Tallest and make his own empire will have an effect in future seasons.
  • Villainous Rescue: In Episode 6, he swoops in and saves Dib's new team from Tak, knowing Zim wants Dib for himself.
  • Villain Team-Up: With Zim right at the start of the story.
  • Villains Want Mercy: His last interaction with Zim is begging the Irken to save him. Given his betrayal, it's no surprise that Zim leaves him to die.
  • Who Wants to Live Forever?: Downplayed. He admits that immortality can cause boredom, but he deals with it by mentoring evil people.
  • 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.

    Phil 
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Norlock's dimwitted pet, a massive direwolf.

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    Nyx 
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A female Irken Defective who joins Zim's team in Season 2, along with her SIR unit butler, Ying.

    Ying 
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Click here to see him in his battle mode 

Nyx's SIR unit, who acts (and speaks) like a stereotypical British butler, and along with her joins Zim's team in Season 2.


  • Affably Evil: Nyx's loyal servant and collaborator, willing to help her in any act of violent revolution. Despite this, is still perfectly polite at all times.
  • Battle Butler: Serves as a butler to Nyx, and has a Battle Mode which turns him into a formidable opponent.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Serves Nyx of his own free will because she gave him free will in the first place.
  • Eye Scream: Gets an eye blown out by Steve in his second fight with Team Save Earth.
  • The Jeeves: Has the personality of your typical British butler, complete with upper class accent.
  • Nothing Personal: Only fights Team Save Earth because they're fighting Nyx.
  • Original Character
  • Servile Snarker: Is absolutely loyal to Nyx, but doesn't let that stop him from snarking at her as much as he does everyone else.
  • Sixth Ranger: Along with his mistress, he only joins Team Zim in Season 2.
  • Stiff Upper Lip: Never breaks his stoicism.
  • Super Mode: His Battle Mode, in which he transforms into a seven foot tall robotic knight.
  • Super OCD: Is rather obsessive with cleanliness.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Nyx.
  • The Worf Effect: Team Save Earth's attacks barely even phase him.

Team Save Earth

    Dib 
Zim's human nemesis, a young paranormal investigator determined to stop Zim and save the world.

  • All of the Other Reindeer: As per canon. Bitterly lampshaded in Episode 7, when he points out that he can go wherever he wants, with no one caring if he's not around.
  • Anti-Hero: A mild example. He sometimes shows a willingness to break rules or indulge in morally grey actions if it aids his goal of saving the Earth.
  • Arch-Enemy: To Zim, as per canon.
  • BFG: Uses one of his father's anti-Santa cannons against Zim's plant monsters in Episode 11. And ends up having to sacrifice it to destroy the Central Root.
  • Big Brother Instinct: For Gaz, who doesn't want or need it.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: His reaction to Tenn joining the skool in Episode 14 is to casually mention that a new alien arriving to Take Over the World is just another Tuesday to him by now.
  • Butt-Monkey: At first, though things get better for him later on.
  • The Cassandra: Par for the course.
  • Code Name: Still has his "Agent Mothman" handle from canon.
  • Cosmic Plaything: Feels this way, though ironically his situation gets better as time goes by.
  • Deuteragonist: The story is as much about him as it is about Zim.
  • Dream Walker: Spends most of Episode 9 doing this. And later uses it to free his friends from Norlock's Lotus-Eater Machine.
  • Dressing as the Enemy: Dresses up as Zim for Halloween, in order to troll him.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: Is pretty resentful of how unappreciated he is.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Dib may believe in just about anything, but even he thinks that Bill's outlandish theories are insane.
  • Failed a Spot Check:
    • 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, he's keeping an eye out for Zim at the Parent Teacher conference, and yet Zim's whole group sneaks up behind him.
    • In Episode 7, when he and Steve are hiking through the woods to reach the unburied Meekrob ship, they completely miss a dirt road leading right there.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: With Steve and Viera, given how roughly their first mission goes.
  • Free-Range Children: Along with the twins, runs around with no adult supervision all the time.
  • Irony:
    • He alludes to feeling like a Cosmic Plaything a few times, but things have been getting better to the point it's almost like the universe is apologizing to him.
    • He gets out of the Lotus-Eater Machine by acknowledging that his life could never be that good, in spite of the fact that his life has improved greatly over the course of the story.
  • Jerkass with a Heart of Gold: He can be a little aggressive sometimes, but he's a decent person deep down.
  • Kid Detective
  • The Leader: For Team Save Earth.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: A couple of times, he rushes into things without fully thinking them through.
  • Let Us Never Speak of This Again:
    • He and Zim apparently have this understanding regarding the canon episode "Bolognius Maximus".
    • He and Viera quickly come to this understanding in Episode 21, with him never bringing up her dream illusion presenting her as an anime magical girl in exchange for her not questioning how he's so experienced with the Dream Walker spell.
  • Motive Rant: A heroic example in Episode 6, as he gives one to the Swollen Eyeball leaders for criticizing his methods for fighting Zim.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!:
    • Him accidentally blowing up Norlock's castle leads to the vampire allying with Zim in the first place.
    • His "The Reason You Suck" Speech to Norlock causes him to try and take Project Domination for himself. Subverted, however, as this just leads to Norlock and the weapon being destroyed.
  • Power Fist: The plasma gauntlets that he builds for himself near the end of Season 1.
  • Power Trio: With the twins.
  • Refuse to Rescue the Disliked: Defied in Episode 2, when he decides to protect everyone at the Parent-Teacher Night despite them being a bunch of "oblivious jerks".
  • Science Hero: To a certain extent, though he also uses magic on occasion.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: How he justifies breaking into the Swollen Eyeballs' library to get a book that might help him beat Norlock.
  • She Is Not My Girlfriend: Says as such to Gaz in regards to Viera. And again to Bill later on.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: When Havok starts ranting about considering him a Worthy Opponent, Dib tells him to shut up, saying that at least Zim's rants are mildly entertaining, whereas Havok just sounds like a cliche.
  • Spit Take: During the above-mentioned She Is Not My Girlfriend incident.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: How he feels about everyone's inability to see through the Irkens' disguises. By Season 2, he's starting to question why he even bothers trying to expose them.
  • Took a Level in Badass: He increases in strength, resources, allies, and abilities throughout the story. Something he lampshades in Season 2 Episode 3.
  • Waking Non Sequitur: After being slapped awake following dozing off during Bill's conspiracy rant in Season 2 Episode 4, he blurts out "Bigfoot's tonsillitis".
  • Weapon of Choice: The above-mentioned plasma gauntlets.
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • Episode 6 opens with him getting chewed out by Swollen Eyeball leadership for breaking into their private library. Later in the same chapter, he reads the twins the riot act for their poor performance in the group's fight with Tak.
    • Episode 9 sees him being given the riot act by Norlock, of all people, for his continued use of the immoral Dream Walker spell.
  • Worthy Opponent: Havok comes to consider him one. Dib's not impressed.

    Steve 
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One of a pair of twin Swollen Eyeball members assigned to partner up with Dib. Specializes in science.

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    Viera 
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Steve's twin sister, she's also assigned to work with Dib. Specializes in magic.

Tak's Team

    Tak 
Zim's fellow Irken rival, she's still determined to conquer Earth before him and prove her superiority to him.

  • The Ace: Is highly skilled and good at what she does.
    • Broken Ace: Her obsession with beating Zim seriously warps and damages her.
  • Ax-Crazy: When her self-control slips.
  • Became Their Own Antithesis: Her obsession with conquering Earth before Zim can has led her to being Not So Different from him.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Don't compare her to Zim.
    • Don't hurt MIMI.
    • And along with Tenn, she has a button towards anyone insulting the Tallest.
  • Can't Take Criticism: At all, from anyone. It just pisses her off.
  • Cassandra Truth: Is the only one who realizes that "Miz" is Zim, but her beliefs are written off as part of her revenge obsession.
  • Characterization Marches On: In her first appearance in-story, she keeps her canon attitude. But as time goes on, she becomes more obsessed with beating Zim, becoming Not So Different from him in the process.
  • Competition Freak: One of the ways she's actually similar to Zim. She doesn't like to lose.
  • Control Freak: When she does something, she has to be totally in charge of it. This makes working with Tenn rather difficult.
  • Dark Action Girl: While not officially an Invader, is still a talented fighter.
  • Deuteragonist: Well, Tritagonist at any rate. Is just behind Zim and Dib as far as story focus goes.
  • Entitled Bastard: Feels she deserves success due to being denied her chance to be a proper Invader.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Genuinely cares for MIMI.
  • Evil Is Petty: Regarding her rivalry with Zim. Tenn finds it annoying.
  • Evil vs. Evil: Is in competition with Zim to conquer Earth.
  • Fatal Flaw: Pride.
  • Foil: To Zim. Both fled demeaning assignments to prove themselves as Invaders, and are obsessed with proving themselves.
  • Freudian Excuse: Tak becomes so obsessed with beating Zim because he defeated her last time, and this is her last chance to prove herself as an Invader.
  • Glad I Thought of It: Often takes credit for Tenn's ideas.
  • Glory Hound: While not quite as much as Zim, everything she does is to prove how great she is.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: In Season 2 Episode 4, she ends up having the fight the same Ham Demon she once unleashed to attack Zim.
  • I Coulda Been a Contender!: Constantly grouses about how she's only where she is because Zim screwed her over.
  • Irony: When she first came to Earth, she really was just focused on conquering it, despite Zim's belief she was out for revenge on him. Now, despite her denials, she really is obsessed with making him miserable and showing him up.
  • It's All About Me: All that matters to her is gaining the recognition she feels she deserves.
  • Jerkass: Has no problem telling people exactly what she thinks of them.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Though it's not a major focus, there's the awful things she does to the cruel skoolchildren on occasion.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: She hacks the Job Evaluator to cheat the Career Day system and get herself assigned to her own front company. But this leads to a sequence of events that sees her having to fight the Ham Demon, and ultimately blamed for the damage it causes.
  • The Leader: For her group, though Tenn tries to make it an equal partnership.
  • My Greatest Second Chance: Views as her current mission on Earth as this.
  • Never My Fault: Not quite to the same extent as Zim, but she often finds ways to blame others for her mistakes.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!:
    • In Episode 13, her desire to one up Zim leads to her breaking their truce, which ultimately results in the Meekrob crystal everyone's fighting over being broken, delaying either her or Zim from finding Project Domination.
    • Then in Episode 14, when her ignoring Tenn to carry out her latest plan leads to it backfiring and almost destroying her base and killing them both.
  • Not So Different: Her ego and ambitions make her very similar to Zim.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: In Episode 11, she's 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".
  • Pet the Dog:
    • Any time she shows affection to MIMI
    • Giving Tenn the honor of activating the Project Domination transponder codes.
  • Revenge Before Reason: She has developed shades of wanting to beat Zim no matter the cost.
  • Skyward Scream: Screams Zim's name at the end of Episode 16, when she realizes that he, or rather, Norlock, has stolen her Meekrob crystal.
  • Took a Level in Dumbass: Somewhat, as several times her desire for revenge on Zim overrides her usual cunning.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: While she could at least be professional and coldly civil within the show, here she has become nasty, petty and spiteful, oftentimes picking pointless fights with Zim and stopping to gloat to him about how superior she is.
  • Villainous Rescue: In Episode 11, she shows up in time to save Zim and Team Save Earth from the Central Root.
  • Villain Team-Up: With Zim in Episode 13, to rescue Tenn. She ends up breaking the truce early to stab him in the back.
  • You Are What You Hate: She is becoming more like Zim as time goes on.

    MIMI 
Tak's SIR unit, who is still a bit faulty from her canon encounter with GIR.

  • Morality Pet: Is the only being Tak shows any compassion to.
  • Split Personality: Has developed a GIR-like alternate persona that emerges on occasion.

    Tenn 
One of the finest Invaders, the hunt for Project Domination sees her reassigned from Meekrob to aid Tak on Earth.

  • The Ace: As noted above, she's one of the best Invaders.
    • Broken Ace: Her skills are crippled by a healthy dose of PTSD from her failed mission on Meekrob.
  • Arch-Enemy: Nyx rapidly becomes one to her.
  • Ascended Extra: In canon, she had a silent cameo in the pilot and a couple of scenes in one other episode. Here, her presence helps give a massive boost to the first season's Story Arc, and the Tallest end up ordering her to be Tak's partner in conquering Earth.
  • Berserk Button: Shares with Tak a button towards anyone insulting the Tallest.
  • Best Served Cold: Wants to use Project Domination to finish her conquest of Meekrob.
  • Competition Freak: Has this in common with Zim and Tak.
  • Dark Action Girl: A highly trained combat fighter.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: Does this with soda and doughnuts to deal with the stress of being forced to work with Tak.
  • Entitled Bastard: Feels owed success after all the work she put into Meekrob.
  • Even Evil Has Standards:
    • She feels that Tak is far too petty in her rivalry with Zim.
    • Subverted when she finds out about Slab Rankle selling the rat people for slave labor. She's initially wary when she hears about it, but only out of worry that her association with it will get her in legal trouble, not out of morals. Upon finding out that it's not technically illegal, she stops caring.
  • Evil Is Petty: Defied. She feels that an Invader should be above base pettiness.
  • Foil: To Skoodge, as they're both Hypercompetent Sidekicks to more maniacal partners.
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: To Tak, though the competency gap is smaller than other examples of this trope.
  • I Coulda Been a Contender!: While not as frequently as Tak does, she complains often about how she feels cheated out of her success in life.
  • Number Two: Is assigned to be this to Tak, to both their annoyances.
  • O.C. Stand-in: One of the most popular ones in the IZ fandom. Word of God is that this interpretation of her takes elements from various other versions he's seen elsewhere.
  • Sixth Ranger: To Tak's little group.
  • Sympathy for the Devil: Inverted, Implied, and Downplayed when she tells Tak not to mock Zim when he learns his mission is fake, as she sees it as petty and unprofessional.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: Is the only one in "Career Day 2" not to end up in detention.
  • Underestimating Badassery: Is willing to write off Zim as a threat after Norlock dies and Project Domination is destroyed, in contrast to Tak, who thinks he's still dangerous.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Crazy robots give her panic attacks.

Secondary and Minor Characters

Irken Empire

    The Tallest 
The co-rulers of the Irken Empire, they still find themselves annoyed by and caught up in Zim's antics.

  • Bad Boss: It doesn't pay to work for them.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: In Episode 17, Purple moans about wanting something exciting to happen to alleviate his boredom. By the end of the chapter he's gotten plenty of excitement, in the form of Zim revealing he has the whole Meekrob crystal, later followed by him going rogue. Preemptively lampshaded by Senior warning him that he shouldn't be Tempting Fate.
  • Broken Pedestal: They become this to Zim and Skoodge after revealing just how little they care about them.
  • Can't Hold His Liquor: Purple gets deliriously drunk from two and half drinks. Red, by contrast, is still totally sober.
  • Disappointed in You: Express this towards Tenn after she fails to retrieve Project Domination for them.
  • Entitled Bastard: Even after they effectively exile Zim and Skoodge, they still expect the two to give them blind obedience.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: To the conflict on Earth.
  • It Is Pronounced Tro Pay: They have a long standing argument over the pronunciation of "caramel". Red thinks it's "car-a-mel", while Purple is sure it's "car-mel".
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: In Episode 17, after Zim reveals he has the Meekrob crystal.
  • Jerkass Has a Point:
    • Not wanting someone as unstable as Zim to have Project Domination.
    • They repeatedly chew out Tak and Tenn for their failures over the course of the Story Arc, but given the circumstances their anger is understandable.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: The way they treat Zim and Skoodge — while both are utterly loyal to them, Zim is a cruel Invader who brings destruction to all around him, while Skoodge is, despite his genial personality, just as dedicated to conquering the Earth as Zim is.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Their treatment of Zim ultimately results in him going rogue and costing them Project Domination.
  • My God, You Are Serious: During their first conversation with him 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.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Their decision to tell Zim the truth ultimately causes them to lose their best chance at Project Domination, due to a rebelling Zim fighting to regain the transponder crystal.
  • Oh, Crap!: Their reaction in Episode 17 when they learn that Zim has the Meekrob crystal.
  • Prompting Nudge: Red does this to Purple to keep him from accidentally revealing to Tenn that they forgot all about her.
  • Spit Take: Happens to them a few times.
  • Underestimating Badassery: Do this with Zim in the first season's epilogue, where they decide that his threat level is severely diminished by the loss of Norlock and Project Domination, even while others point out that desperation might just make him more dangerous.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Towards Zim and Skoodge. Justified with Zim because of the destruction he causes the Empire. But played straight with Skoodge, who is in fact a skilled Invader that the Tallest mock and abuse for their amusement because of his height.
  • Villainous Friendship: Get along pretty well with Norlock until he convinces Zim to rebel.
  • Waking Non Sequitur: When Red shoves Purple awake, he blurts out "Potato dumplings!"

    Senior 
The Massive's Senior Communications Officer, he's a genial guy who isn't afraid to say things as he sees them.

    Grissom 
The boss of one of the largest crime syndicates in Irken space, and an associate of Nyx's.

    Havok 
An Irken cyborg, a former soldier turned bounty hunter.

  • Artificial Limbs: All four of his limbs have been replaced.
  • Ax-Crazy: Is utterly psychotic.
  • Blood Knight: He cares more about a good fight than the money he gets for his work.
  • Bounty Hunter: Though he cares more about the fight than the payday.
  • Cyborg: Has been heavily modified with cybernetics, including all his limbs and half his head.
  • Dual Wielding: His Weapon of Choice is a pair of plasma-tipped broadsword blades, one installed in each of his arms.
  • Not Quite Dead: He barely survives his fight with Dib, with Zim recovering him and putting him on life support.
  • Original Character
  • Psycho for Hire: Is clearly insane, who as a bounty hunter is always for hire.

Earth

    Gaz 
Dib's sister, she still doesn't care about his war with Zim, and is annoyed at all the new people showing up as part of it.

  • Action Girl: When she feels like actually fighting.
  • Adaptational Villainy: She was always snarky, cruel, and mean-spirited in canon, but both the show and comics (more the latter) did occasionally show a lighter side and an ability to care for Dib. Here, she openly identifies as a misanthrope who doesn't care what happens to Dib or the world.
  • Aloof Big Brother: Inverted in her relationship with Dib.
  • Arch-Enemy:
    • Viera becomes this to her. They can't stand each other.
    • Technically, Iggins is this for her, as far as gaming goes, even though he only shows up once.
  • Ax-Crazy: When she gets really angry.
  • Berserk Button: Don't interfere with her video games, don't call her out on being selfish, and don't dare suggest Dib is saner than her.
  • Big Brother Bully: Inverted in her relationship with Dib.
  • Birds of a Feather: Bonds with Nyx over a shared love of video games.
  • Challenging the Chief: When facing off with Iggins in Episode 18, he wagers his position of Grandmaster of Gaming on the outcome of the competition. He ends up losing, and she takes control of SMOG.
  • Cut His Heart Out with a Spoon: During a rant, Gaz says she's going to pound Viera's head in so hard it'll come out of her ass.
  • Death Glare: Has a powerful one.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: In Episode 8, her response to Viera humiliating her with a prank is to send her security dolls to maul her. This gets lampshaded by Viera.
  • The Dreaded: To her classmates, and most everyone else she meets.
  • Enfant Terrible: She's agreed upon by everyone to be an absolutely evil and terrifying child.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: As bad as she is, she still cares about her father.
  • Evil Is Petty: Relatively downplayed, compared to Zim or Tak, but she can be cruel and violent for the least appropriate reasons. Then she reaches their level when she gives Zim the location of Project Domination, to spite Dib and try to get Viera killed.
  • Evil vs. Evil: When she takes on Iggins (who in some ways is as bad as her) in Episode 18.
  • Face–Heel Turn: While never a good person, she decides she's Neutral No Longer in the worst way in Episode 19 when she gives Zim the location of Project Domination to spite Dib and in the hope that Viera will get killed in the process.
  • Foil: To Viera — both are Goths, but while she is every anti-social, misanthropic cliche in the book, Viera is a genuinely nice and caring person.
  • Goth Girls Know Magic: Implied, though she doesn't flaunt it like Viera does.
  • Hate Sink: Due to her more negative attributes being played up, with no redeeming qualities, she's pretty much universally despised by the readers.
  • Humans Are the Real Monsters: Thinks that the world is full of disgusting and stupid people who deserve to be conquered.
  • Humiliation Conga: Viera puts her through one in Episode 8 in an attempt to pull Break the Haughty. All it does is make Gaz despise her.
  • Hypocrite: She wants nothing to do with her brother's mission to save Earth and is annoyed when he bothers her by asking for help. But when he finally leaves her alone, she's still petty enough to consider sabotaging Dib's ship and ends up selling his team out to Zim even though she finally got what she wanted.
  • It's All About Me: She doesn't care about other people's thoughts and feelings.
  • Jerkass: Is petty and cruel and doesn't care about anyone else.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Her pointing out rather bluntly that Dib is wasting his time trying to talk about the paranormal to most people, who have no interest in it.
  • Kindness Button: Her love of video games allows her to bond with Nyx, who feels likewise.
  • Lack of Empathy: Seems physically incapable of caring about other people.
  • Laser-Guided Karma:
    • The Humiliation Conga Viera puts her through in Episode 8 is a direct result of being exceptional cruel to her for no reason.
    • In the first season's epilogue, she tries to sabotage the Spittle Runner in order to spite Dib, and ends up electrocuting herself and triggering a security system which launches her through the air to crash into the Skool, where Miss Bitters and Nny force her to clean up the resulting mess.
    • In Season 2 Episode 4, she spends her whole internship at Game Slave Incorporated headquarters goading the boss to have employees beaten by security guards as "discipline". In the end, one of them turns the tables on her, leaving her to be "disciplined".
  • The Leader: Becomes this to SMOG after beating Iggins.
  • Leave Me Alone!: She just wants to play her video games, and does not care at all for the battle for Earth. Which doesn't stop her from betraying Dib to Zim out of spite in Episode 19.
  • Les Collaborateurs: She gives Zim the location of Project Domination just to spite Dib, not seeming to care that she'd end up enslaved if he actually conquers Earth (even though he does promise her a Gilded Cage).
  • Misanthrope Supreme: Outright refers to herself as misanthropic, and makes it clear she doesn't care if Zim or Tak Take Over the World.
  • Mugging the Monster: The SMOG members take her by surprise, tasering and abducting her. Once she regains her senses, she breaks loose and kicks all their asses.
  • Neutral No Longer: Throughout the first season, she steadfastly refuses to get involved in Dib's war with the Irkens. Then in Episode 19, she ditches her apathy towards things by giving Zim Project Domination's location in order to spite Dib and hopefully kill Viera.
    • Then subverted in Season 2, as she makes it clear that this was a one time thing, and she's back to being neutral.
  • No Sympathy: For her brother or anyone else.
  • No True Scotsman: She views Viera as a fake Goth due to being so nice, and Iggins as not a real gamer since he doesn't hold to the same standards she does.
  • Odd Friendship: Mostly because it's odd just for her to be friendly with anyone at all, but her striking up a friendship with Nyx of all people is particularly strange.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Played for laughs, as her being friendly with Nyx is treated as a sign of the apocalypse.
  • Pet the Dog: Asking Zim to spare Dib, if only so their father won't be upset.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: While she doesn't care about the fight with the Irkens, she's disgusted by how easily everyone's fooled by their disguises.
  • Technician vs. Performer: Her fight with Iggins comes down to this, as he focuses on beating the games quickly, while she focuses on winning by points.
  • This Means War!: She declares this in Episode 8, after Viera magically dresses her up as a clown.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: While never exactly nice, her bad temper and violent tendencies are more prominent here then they are in canon, culminating in Episode 19 when she betrays Dib to Zim in order to spite him and hopefully kill Viera.

    Professor Membrane 
Dib and Gaz's father and the smartest man in the world, he's still oblivious to Zim's true nature.

    Miss Bitters 
Zim and Dib's teacher, who clearly isn't human, and doesn't care about anyone or anything.

    Nny 
Johnny the Homicidal Maniac, now working as a janitor at Zim and Dib's Skool.

    The Children of the Bright and Shining Saucer 
A UFO cult who get dragged into Dib and Zim's fights several times.

  • Abhorrent Admirer: Zim is absolutely disgusted and creeped out by their devotion, to the point that it cancels out any possible benefits of recruiting them as minions.
  • Cult: As noted above, they're a UFO cult who think that aliens are messengers of intergalactic peace and love.
  • Killed Off for Real: The Blotch gets eaten by Phil.
  • The Leader: Desmond Flapp.
  • Rule of Three: The group shows up three times in Season 1.
  • Torches and Pitchforks: Pull these out of Hammerspace to chase Dib and Steve after finding out that they're "alien haters".
  • The Unintelligible: The Blotch. Even his "translator" Yoa admits she can't really understand him and is just guessing.
  • Unwitting Pawn: They're used as a diversion when Team Save Earth need to sneak into CREAM's base.

    Slab Rankle 
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The head of security at Doomsville Mall. Is a little too obsessed with his job.

  • Anti-Hero/Anti-Villain: Which one he is depends on how you look at the situation, but either way, he's not exactly a clear-cut hero.
  • Eagleland: A Type 2. He's boisterous, obnoxious, plants American flags everywhere just so that they can flutter behind him whenever he's being dramatic, and his explanation for why he built a giant rocket under the mall is "Because America!"
  • Evil vs. Evil: His fight with Norlock.
  • Fantastic Racism: Considers the rat people in the garage to be "freaks" who blemish the perfection of his Mall, and has no problem selling them as cheap labor to pad out his budget.
  • Large Ham: Doesn't do anything subtly.
  • I Reject Your Reality: When a crowd doesn't applaud him for his efforts in "defending" the mall from Norlock, he happily imagines them doing so, which somehow evolves into imagining the President congratulating him personally.
  • We Can Rule Together: Repeats his canon offer to Zim to help him rule the mall. Zim, just like in canon, flatly refuses him.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Has developed weapons-grade security measures in order to protect his mall.
  • You Keep Using That Word: Norlock calls him out on his repeated usage of the word "punk".

    Bill 
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Dib's one-time Career Day guide, now the head of the paranormal investigative group CREAM.

  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Despite being certifiably crazy, he's somehow organized a large paramilitary organization under his control.
  • Conspiracy Theorist: An utterly delusional one, at that.
  • Hypocrite: He claims his only desire is to expose the existance of the supernatural, when all he ends up doing is secretly locking it away from the public, like the government conspiracies he claims to despise.
  • Insane Troll Logic: His beliefs all run on this.
  • The Leader: Of CREAM.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy:
    • His attempts to fight Norlock all rely on various bits of vampire folklore, which don't apply in this setting.
    • He's convinced that Dib is conspiring against him, due to totally misinterpreting the events of their interactions as being malicious on Dib's part.

    Squidman 
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An old experiment of Zim's, who is now a self-appointed guardian of the beach.

  • Deus ex Machina: As lampshaded by Viera, he shows up with a random MacGuffin that just happens to destroy the sea hydra. She also calls him out on not using it before the long fight to immobilize said hydra.
  • Harbinger of Impending Doom: First appears as a beach hermit to warn everyone of the sea hydra slumbering just off the shore.
  • Unexplained Recovery: Zim last saw him apparently being eaten by a shark. He simply shrugs it off as saying he survived.
  • Walking Spoiler: His identity is hidden until the last moment, for shock value.

    Mortos der Soulstealer 
A demon man from another dimension who Dib has met before, he's accidentally summoned by Norlock as part of his monster army in the Halloween Episode.

    Iggins 
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Gaz's gaming rival, who returns to get revenge on her.

  • Arch-Enemy: To Gaz, as far as gaming goes.
  • Black Cloak: Wears one with gold trim as the Grandmaster of Gaming.
  • Challenging the Chief: Puts his title as Grandmaster on the line when he challenges Gaz to face him in a tournament. He ultimately loses.
  • Evil vs. Evil: Is just as obsessive and smugly self-centered in his gaming as Gaz is, and ends up facing off with her.
  • Failed Attempt at Drama: After having Gaz abducted and brought before him, he tries to give a dramatic speech in a deep voice in order to intimidate her, only for her constant snarky commentary to undermine him until he slips up and reveals himself.
  • The Leader: As the Grandmaster of Gaming, he's this for SMOG.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: Threatens to use his connections to blacklist Gaz from the gaming community if she doesn't agree to his challenge. While she thinks her own connections could outdo his, she doesn't take the risk.
  • Technician vs. Performer: His fight with Gaz comes down to this, as he focuses on beating the games quickly, while she focuses on winning by points.
  • Unexplained Recovery: Admits that it makes no sense that he survived that elevator crash in canon.

    Arnold Quis 
A member of the Swollen Eyeball Network, who hates Dib out of envy for how much more experience with the paranormal he's had.

  • Code Name: Is known as "Agent Spider Monkey" among the SEN.
  • Driven by Envy: Despises Dib because he's had so many genuine paranormal encounters where Quis hasn't, has actual friends, and even a somewhat better family life.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: First appears briefly in Episode 2 of Season 2, as a random Jerkass. It's not until Episode 5 that he shows his truly villainous colors.
  • Hate Sink: A spiteful, petty, envious Jerkass with no apparent redeeming qualities. According to Word of God, he's based on real life internet Trolls, so it shouldn't be too surprising.
  • Jerkass: Is quick to anger and overreacting on it.
  • Never My Fault: When his actions lead to him getting kicked out of the SEN, he blames Dib, who isn't even aware of what's happened.
  • Parental Neglect: Apparently his rich socialite parents are too busy to ever spend time with him.
  • Shadow Archetype: To Dib, as both are outcasts and paranormal investigators with big egos. However, Quis is what Dib would have become if he let his ego get out of control, being utterly self-centered, petty, and spiteful.
  • Unknown Rival: To Dib, who barely knows he exists and doesn't know just how much he hates him. And when Quis' actions get him kicked out of the SEN, he blames Dib, who isn't even aware of it. This is lampshaded by the title of his first major appearance, which is "Rise of the Unknown Rival".

Other

    Dwicky 
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A former guidance counselor at the skool, who through Dib met aliens and began a new life in space, where he's since become a bounty hunter.

  • Bounty Hunter: Became one at some point since going into space.
  • Easily Forgiven: Averted. Dib does not fully forgive him for pretending to believe him about aliens when they first met, though he does let go of most of his grudge eventually.
  • Noodle Incident: How, exactly, he became a bounty hunter is never explained beyond being the result of "a series of thrilling adventures".
  • Took a Level in Badass: Has become significantly tougher since his canon appearance.
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