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  • Reccomended by tastelightzim
  • Comments: All of Child's stories, especially her Zim ones, are just amazing. They are defiantly worth reading if you ever get the chance.


  • Recommended by CMR Rosa
  • Comments: One of the best Invader Zim writers around, she keeps everyone in character and reading her stores are like reading novelizations of episodes.


  • Recommended by fruitstripegum
  • Comments: One of the best Authors of Invader Zim fanfiction I have ever read. They tend to focus on Dib and Gaz, and while things can get a little dark at times, it's nothing worse than what happened in the series.


  • Recommended by fruitstripegum
  • Comments: OK, this is probably cheating, since several of this guy's fanfics have already been recommended, but he really is THAT good! Everyone's in character, and reading the stories feels as though you're watching an actual episode.


  • Recommended by N8han11
  • Comments: Notable for his The New Adventures of Invader Zim fanfic series, which reads like a bunch of actual episodes from the show, but he has also dabbled in loads of other well-written oneshots. His fics are especially worth reading if you're also a Gaz hater who wants to see her get some long-awaited karmic retribution.


  • Recommended by Aquaticnaho
  • Comments: I've never even set foot into the IZ fandom so all of this is completely new territory, but Bamsara's ongoing Future IZ series Cryptids, Emotions And The Possible End Of The World was what introduced me to the series. She does an amazing job with writing the characters in her fics (I absolutely LOVE how she writes Zim and Dib's developing friendship and the slowburn of the oncoming romance) and the way she gives so much thought to their personalities (Gaz and Gir included) has me waiting for more content from her.

    General Fics 
Stories focused on the family and the friendly relationships of the cast. Plot-focused stories or light day-in-the-life stories. Pretty much anything that isn't focused on romance.

Life is Change by csmann92

  • Recommended by: CMR Rosa
  • Status: Dormant
  • Synopsis: Dib's miserable high school life takes a strange turn when his long-time arch nemesis Zim proposes a temporary truce. What could Zim be up to this time? Eventual ZADR. ON HIATUS

Feast of Doom by Feebop.Recommended by: Blue Ivywaah

  • Status: Dormant
  • Synposis: The Tallest trick Zim into thinking he is being sent on a special mission to planet Manti - which is ruled by a queen who eats Defective Irkens. They proceed to prepare an oblivious Zim as an entree for a festival in a dark, hilarious, and perfectly-in-character read.

Mirror by Jaywings

  • Recommended by: CMR Rosa
  • Status: Completed
  • Synopsis: Zim builds a portal in his newest plan for world domination, but not everything turns out as planned.

Restitution by Lael Adair

  • Recommended by Extraintrovert
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Years after Zim disappeared, Dib is once again in the presence of the psychotic Irken, but there's just one problem: he doesn't remember him.
  • Comments: Restitution is what a large portion of Invader Zim fanfiction attempts to be. Zim and Dib retain their canon personalities while still heavily influenced by the events described in the story, but of far more significance is their interactions; the revulsion and loathing that oozes from every word exchanged between the two is both overwhelmingly potent and a welcome reprieve from the inundation of monotonous "romance" a large portion of the fandom produces.

Bitter End by Lael Adair

  • Recommended by Extraintrovert
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: The contest is long since over, and the victor muses on their existence and the fate of their former adversary.
  • Comments: By the same author as the recommendation above, it is of equal quality condensed into a single chapter.
    • Going to have to disagree here. The fic is well written, but its "twist" is far too obvious by the way it has to avoid identifiers. Silent Stranger

Revenge by SpeakingThroughWrittenWords

  • Recommended by Extraintrovert
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Zim and Dib's final confrontation, and the consequences thereof (thankfully no Antagonist in Mourning).
  • Comments: Even bleaker and more severe than Restitution. Not for those who don't appreciate Darker and Edgier in their fanfiction.

The Curious Workings of a Mechanical Mind by IndigoClockwork

  • Recommended by Extraintrovert
  • Status: Dead
  • Synopsis: A completely unnecessary backstory for a relatively minor thing. Spaceship dogfights, interstellar romance, political intrigue, and all the angst you can handle.
  • Comments: Quite possibly the only thing you will read in which the main character is a ship's computer.

Dib in the PITS by JoeMerl

  • Recommended by Extraintrovert
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Dib decides to acquire some allies in his fight against Zim, but in this Crapsack World of his, settling for second best is the optimistic position.
  • Comments: Inexplicably manages to be hilarious while not sacrificing the significant drama of the story, make Dib simultaneously competent and a Butt-Monkey, and make Zim simultaneously threatening and a moron. In summation, capturing the series perfectly.
    • Joe Merl: I'm very happy a story I wrote wound up here! Though, being a relentless self-critic, I feel it fair to warn people that one of the characters does get a bit Sueish as the story goes on. But I think the ending makes up for that. Heh-heh.

Fly in a Web by Maiden of the Moon

  • Recommended by: Sephirose
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairings: ZADR
  • Synopsis: Zim finally has Dib in his clutches, and the human boy isn't getting away.
  • Comments: The author brings to light a side of Zim that is rarely seen in the series. A side that we all know he has, but almost never shows. If IZ was less of a comedy and more of a drama, this would be Zim. It keeps you on the edge of your seat with each passing sentence, culminating in a nail-biting finale.

Dark Harvest by Swing-21 (Disturbing content)

  • Recommended by Rambie
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: 'So, you say that Zim is out there, stealing organs left and right and leaving empty torsos in parking lots and no one was ever able to stop him?!'
  • Comments: A short, satisfying read that's somehow even more horrifying than the episode it's named after, with an awesome Twist Ending.

Karma Circle: Alternate by JoeMerl

  • Recommended by Theweirdwarrior
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Dib and Gaz mess around with the new Spell-Drive they acquired in Gaz: Taster of Pork. Meanwhile, a Dib and Gaz from a Bizarro Universe are simulaneously fiddling around with their own Spell-Drive. Hilarity Ensues.
  • Comments: Our favorite Irken isn't in this fic, but this one is still worth any reader's time. Kind of like Rambie's review for Dark Harvest, I'd have to say this is short and satisfying. If you wish Dib took less abuse in the show, you'll find this little baby to be downright theraputic.

What If I Never Was? by Intyalle

  • Recommended by Golden Sandslash
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: One day, Dib wakes up and Zim is completely gone, along with any signs of him ever having been on Earth. No one remembers Zim, except for Dib himself. Whenever Dib mentions Zim, everyone thinks Dib is insane, but with no evidence of Zim's arrival on Earth, he just might be, as this fanfic explores Dib's inner psyche.
  • Commentary: Despite the author being fairly inexperienced, she actually does a rather good job with this one. The reviews are nothing but positive, and she updates very frequently.

Dad Promised by JoeMerl

  • Recommended by Dellanotte
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: "Dib stays up, hoping his father will come home like he promised. In another time, a boy called Mem does the same thing. One-shot."
  • Commentary: Even moreso than "Karma Circle," Joe manages to tug the heartstrings with the simple things: like a little boy waiting for his dad to come home, again. The suspense builds up perfectly as the clock ticks on, just enough, that you really hope that one of these boys actually has their dad be a dad... and you will awwwwww when Mem's dad shows up, and it's (super secret spoiler) Dib, who not only named his son after his dad but is actually trying (and succeeding) in the role when his own dad didn't. There's gonna be a funny feeling in your chest.

Possessed by HeCallsMeHisChild

  • Recommended by Dellanotte
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: "With Dib branded as Irken property and Zim locked deep inside Membrane labs, two wills grapple with the loss of their freedom and question their ability to endure when they don't even possess their own names."
  • Commentary: Oddly enough, this troper actually found this fic through TV Tropes' own "Nightmare Fuel" Fics page. Where it undoubtedly deserves to go, with every last Ironic Hell twist only making the situation worse. The author once again excels in torture both physical and psychological, carried out by perfectly understandable practitioners. Fifteen chapters so far, and the stage seems set for all hell to break loose.

Attack of the Mary Sue by The One They Called Quail

  • Recommended by lillop3
  • Status: Dormant
  • Synopsis: "When a new, glittery girl shows up in Zim's class, he knows something is wrong; no one is that perfect. Can he manage to prove it, though, when even Dib has been caught in her net?"
  • Commentary: This is a great Parody Sue story. Everyone is in character (except for Dib in a couple scenes, but it's Played For Laughs). The author manages to make a Parody Sue that you can hate, but isn't so annoying that you don't want to read the story anymore. Perfect for anyone sick of reading about Sues, and one of the better Zim fics this Troper has read.

Zims War by Invader Aag

  • Recommended by BNSF 1995
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Its been 5 years and Zim is still trying to take over earth, but his plans may be halted by an old friend who shows up for a "visit." And whats this about an Irken Civil War!
  • Pairing: ZATR
  • Commentary: This was the first Invader Zim fanfic I ever read, and it remains one of the best. Taking place several years after the series ended, this story involves an Irken Civil War, and actually gets pretty dark with explicit references to the Holocaust and Adolf Hitler. I won't explain the whole story, so just read it for yourself.

Sick Day of Doom by Baby Charmander

  • Recommended by fruitstripegum
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Zim is planning to unleash something awful at skool tomorrow, but Dib is ready for it! What he's not ready for is waking up with a vicious flu bug...

The New Adventures of Invader Zim by Zim'sMostLoyalServant

  • Recommended by N8han11
  • Status:
    • Season 1: Complete
    • Season 2: Ongoing
    • Mature Edition: Ongoing (non-canon spinoff)
  • Synopsis: The Invader Zim gang are back! Joined by allies and enemies old and new, Zim, Dib, and the others are off on exciting, epic new adventures. Hop on board and join the fun!
  • Commentary: A fanfic with episodes that really feel like they could be official, with how well they get the setting and characters down.

The Irken and the Eggplants by DeterminedX2

  • Recommended by: fruitstripegum
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Zim lets MiniMoose be Minion of the Day. Soon they find a plant nursery, which Zim mistakes for a human breeding facility. Oneshot.

Dib in Wonderland by Spectra

  • Recommended by: fruitstripegum
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: When everyone's favorite paranormal investigator chases a certain bunny-suited alien down a rabbit hole, he ends up in a world of madness even MORE insane than... y'know, the usual amount he deals with. And for Dib, that's saying a lot. Something for everyone, as it includes just about every single 'Invader Zim' character there is, but this one's largely for the Dib fans.

Invader Imposter by Danni B

  • Recommended by: fruitstripegum
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: When Zim makes a robot clone of himself to send to skool anything can go wrong.

The Flitting by Sideos

  • Recommended by: BobSaget9
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Zim is put into an asylum with Dib as company. He has no idea why he's there, although perhaps one can see why if they look hard enough. Sometimes one has to read between the lines and notice the little things to get the full picture.
  • Comments: The story, admittedly, is vague about the whole situation, but it's just vague enough to keep things interesting. Also, the Author makes a point to mention that you can figure out what's going on by paying attention to Dib, but they unintentionally provided a simpler suggestion by mentioning they had been watching Fight Club a lot.

Science Knows No Bounds by namelessDrifter

  • Recommended by: fruitstripegum
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Professor Membrane finds a space ship crashed in his back yard. He is not prepared for how much this will change his life.
  • Comments: One fan's take of the identity of Dib and Gaz's Missing Mom. Be warned - it WILL break your heart.

The Discount Smeet by dib07

  • Recommended by: fruitstripegum
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: AU story. It all started when Dib went to an alien market to buy supplies. He didn't realize he'd be going home with a smeet. Only, the young smeet slowly becomes Dib's whole world, and the human space explorer soon has to defend Zim against all those who want defectives dead.

The Smeet series (also available here)

  • Recommended by: fruitstripegum
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: Ilk is a naturally birthed-smeet, child of Tallest Red, who has a special gift that makes her the target of the revenge-driven power. Blue is a Sobrekt whose team was assigned to retrieve the smeet and bring her back to Sobr, but ends up biting more than he can chew. Tallest Red and Purple are the emperors of the Irken Empire, who now must get used to their new respective roles as a father and uncle. Lena is a taller-than-average medical drone who seeks to find her place in the Armada and unintentionally catches Red's eye. And Zim is... Zim.
    These are their stories.
  • Has its own page.

Gaz Dreams of Genie by Eduard Kassel

  • Recommended by: fruitstripegum
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: An ill considered destructive act finds Gaz matching wits with a genie, and the consequences of reality altering wishes. Can she beat the odds of wishes gone wrong or will the Genie have the last laugh?

Snow Day, Foe Day by Cookiemonster 2000

  • Recommended by: fruitstripegum
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Gaz just wants to take advantage of the day off school to pick up the newest Vampire Piggy Hunter game from the mall. How was Zim supposed to know it was a "snow day"?

Top of the Line by Editor-Bug

  • Recommended by: fruitstripegum
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: The Almighty Tallest are holding the first-ever SIR Unit Tourney, and Zim wants nothing more than to emerge victorious. But with Tak competing against him, that'll be no simple task.

It's Called Life by luverofralts

  • Recommended by: fruitstripegum
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: A philosophical look at Dib's life. Based loosely on the Halloween episode, Dib falls into a coma and in order to escape, he must confront his own demons.

I've Been Harboring a Secret by Juana la Cliker-Rooster

  • Recommended by fruitstripegum
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Zim isn't the evil alien Dib knows. The Irkens, sick of being oppressed by the Tallest, are fighting back. Twists and turns happen at every corner of this epic battle, and nothing is ever as it seems.

Deadly Harvest by Maran Zelde

  • Recommended by fruitstripegum
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: A retelling of Dark Harvest, slight AU. Zim puts human meat in his body to hide his squeedlyspooch from the nurse. Dib finds out what he's up to and swears to take back the stolen organs.

The Aliens Next Door by Poppun

  • Recommended by rougehistoria
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: Dib is finally living his dream of traveling from Vort and exploring undiscovered planets, what was supposed to be a short stint in a human school becomes longer when he learns about the circumstances of one classmate. Zim is a stubborn child who dreams of world conquest, he says he wants Dib's Alien tech to make that happen, but maybe what he really needs is a friend.

Not Your Enemy by ChaoChao0071

  • Recommended by PAPERBOAT 2001
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: As far as norms go in this insane version of reality, something as amusingly absurd as exchanging meat slabs for Valentine's Day is passable. A standard "skool" child is caught up in a situation much less so.
  • Comments: A very dark and depressing take on the Invader Zim series. Contains: self-harm, suicide attempt, death

Saving Zim by Dib07

  • Recommended by Zimothy
  • Comments: Genuinely one of the most well written and artistic stories I've ever read. Feels more like a novel than a fanfic.

    Shipping Fics 
Stories focused on the romantic relationships between the cast.

Keyword:Destiny By Azula Always Lies (Tak/Gaz romance, one minor sex scene but nothing explicit. Both age appropriate)

  • Recommended by His Majesty the Emperor, KentuckyTroper1990
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairings Tak/Gaz
  • Synopsis Parameters: Six years after the last episode of Invader Zim. Target: Gaz, Tak, and a whole bunch of other people who had no idea that what started with a stolen Game Slave, a shaken-up can of soda, and a showdown in an abandoned lemon factory would end up turning the universe upside-down. Keyword: Destiny.
  • Comments: One of the most well written and intriguing stories I have read in a while. I am not normally interested in romance stories or shipping in general, but this story is just amazing in it's faithfulness to the characters and their personalities.

In Short Supply (slash, mpreg note )

  • Recommended by Kila, Puck, Extraintrovert, Marls, Intyalle
  • Status: Dead
  • Pairings: Zim/Purple, some implied-but-not-official Red/Purple
  • Synopsis: Tallest Purple discovers a worrying shortage of average-height Irkens in the population, suggesting that the Irken race may be evolving into two separate species of tall and short Irkens. Having failed to convince Tallest Red of his concerns (namely, that more average-height Irkens are needed to restore balance to the population), he decides that the only way to save the species is to go behind Red's back and combine his own Tallest DNA with that of the shortest Irken in the empire. To his horror, this means making smeets with his least favorite invader: Zim.
  • Comments: Fantastic characterization for everyone included, and one of the most complex, well-thought-out plots this troper has ever seen- in fan fiction or published. The clincher? It manages to do this while being about ZAPR MPREG, something I've long hated. Even if you hate slash, just look at it. You'll be blown away.
    • Extraintrovert: Seconded, seconded, oh [insert deity here], seconded. The background detail to Irken society alone makes this worth reading, and as a believer that anything can be good if written well enough this is an injection of pure win.
    • Bozeia: Thirded as well. And I actually am not really a big fan of either slash or MPREG (especially not MPREG in fact). But...this is good. I love how everything is set up; structure, society, class, Irken occupations, Control Brain Conspiracies (apparently?), and the exploration of (or at least a fan's interpretation of) Irken emotions and Irken biology. Basically, it all takes from the Zimverse, subtracts and adds, multiplies, divides, and then combines it all, allowing the author to effectively make Jhonen's brainchild a fictional mutation that is now part their brain child. As in, their own universe of the pre-established universe so-to-speak. Oh, yayness abounds.
    • Joe Merl: Fourthed. I generally don't like slash, but this story's plot just seemed so interesting that I started reading, and I'm hooked; there's so much interesting stuff here other than the romance that you can overlook the weirdness there. Some of the aspects of Irken culture created for this story seem to defy canon (I'm pretty sure Zim's heard the word "dance" before without any misinterpretation), but it's all so clever and interesting you can pretty much ignore it.
    • Captain Planette: Fifthed. I have always been one of the few people who tends to give mpreg a chance. This was because the first mpreg fic I read was one of the most stunning stories I've ever seen. This wasn't it—but it certainly comes toe to toe with it, if not above and beyond. The author takes small hints towards Irken life from the series and expands it into a detailed, rich history and culture. Character development turns these fictional people into real personalities, however manic they may seem. And the plot is balanced unbelievably well, despite having so many things going on at the same time. This is truly an amazing story, and I would gladly shell out money for it if I found it published in a bookstore.
    • Upside Pickle: Sixthed. I, personally, am an avid slash avoider. I dislike ZADR and I really don't appreciate mpreg at all. But this? Holy *insert adjective here* *insert noun here*, this is one of the best, if not THE best, fanfiction I've ever read, not to mention way up there in the PUBLISHED outlook. I loved it, every word and paragraph. I can't think of one person who would give this a bad review, flame or even consructive criticsm! The plot, characters, backstory, and setting is flawless - leaving you, the reader, wondering how such an unlikely couple would ever slip its way into your heart. Proud to proclaim myself a ZAPR fan...and all because of this. And just like Captain Planette up there, I would glady pay for this if found in a bookstore.
    • Intyalle: Recommendation from me too. It's too bad it's still unfinished, because this is absolutely amazing. Just... wow. Still very in-character (aside from *maybe* the Tallest, but neither of them had much character yet in the show so this was inevitable - they're still believeable) while expanding and exploring those characters much more than the show ever did.

Curiosity by Moe-chama

  • Recommended by emolawyer23, Intyalle, The Togekiss
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing(s): Zim/Dib
  • Synopsis: Skool has finally decided to have a normal Valentine's Day this year, with the candy, hearts and puppy love. Zim, however, doesn't know anything about this holiday. Unfortunately, Dib does.
  • Comments: Curiosity is, at the very least, a good read. It's very in character, despite being a ZADR fic, and manages to still through in adorable-ness that will make ZADR fans squeal. Also, GIR makes a convincing robot lovechild.
    • Intyalle: Still only part-way through, but it's a blast so far. Really shouldn't be reading it during a lecture, because I'm going to burst trying to hold all the laughter in soon. Honestly, absolutely hilarious, and very much still in character at this stage.
    • The Togekiss: Definitely one of my favorite Invader ZIM fanfictions. Finding a ZADR fanfiction that is kept in character is very difficult to come across, but Curiosity is an exception. It made me burst out laughing, squeal from fangirling, and read it again and again. It's a very enjoyable story, and I highly recommend it.

Sleeper Agent by Emo Fox

  • Recommended by: Oracle Seven
  • Status: Dormant
  • Pairing(s): Zim/Dib, Keef/Zim (horribly one-sided)
  • Synopsis: Dib and Zim must join forces to defeat a new alien threat. Loyalties are questioned. The Tallest are in danger.
  • Comments: A solid, serious fic with a great plot. Characterization is spot-on, even as it moves into ZADR - the relationship seems to flow into the story naturally. It IS rated M for a VERY good reason, so consider yourselves warned.

I Left My Heart At Schloogorgh's by Serendipity1

  • Recommended by Maxi 12345
  • Status: Dead
  • Pairing: OC/Skoodge (but you'd love it, trust me)
  • Synopsis: Deep in the greasy, cholesterolladen bowels of Foodcourtia, a romance blossomed. A romance...of DOOM!
  • Commentary: I rarely recommend deadfics, but this one is just too good to be forgotten in the depths of the internet. Five whole chapters of complete and utterly Zimmy madness topped off with a brilliant OC and Skoodge love. Yes, Skoodge love. Read it, you won't regret it.

My Hostage, Not Yours byRavenFollower13

  • Recommended by UpsidePickle, YinDragon
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing: Zim/Gaz
  • Synopsis: Bound by secrecy, Zim and Gaz are forced to cooperate with one another until further notice. With a possible invasion on the way because of Gaz's mistake and having to spend every day with Zim, are they just pretend friends, or on the verge of more?
  • Commentary: I have yet to find an Invader Zim fanfiction that portrays ZAGR in a more realistic way. The characterization is great, the plot keeps you hooked, the romance is well-thought out, and the author updates every day. (As long as the story goes, anyhow.) Humor, romance, action and actually tolerable OCs make My Hostage, Not Yours a great fic to read. Rated T for a good reason, though. If you aren't comfortable with pretty graphic kissing scenes, you might want to skip this. But, all in all, a highly recommended read.

The Rats of NIMH by Raha

  • Recommended by Reality Phobia
  • Status: Dormant
  • Pairing: Zim/Dib
  • Synopsis: One: All will bow to the Irken Reformation Company. Two: All will conform to the Irken image. Three: All non-Irken activities will cease immediately. Four: All individual thought will be banned. Five: All defects will be terminated. ALL! HAIL! IRK!
  • Comments: I could sit here and praise this story until the cows come home, but I'll keep it short. This is a story with a dark atmosphere and out-of-this-world characterization, and it's one of my personal favorites of all time. It takes a darker tone than the show (though not quite as dark as the synopsis makes it sound), which makes sense as it is set approximately ten years later. It also has one of the better descriptions of Irken society I've seen. Everyone in this story is made into a person in their own right, including the villian. The plot is interesting and horrifying, simultaneously. All in all it is a beautiful piece of storytelling, riveting in its execution, that will leave you begging for more.

Don't Leave Me by Andyh

  • Recommended by Boatmurdered
  • Status: Dormant
  • Pairing: Zim/Gaz Dib/Tak
  • Synopsis: Gaz is a solo-gamer who needs a team partner to compete in a national video game competition, but doesn't think much of the humans around her. Neither does Zim, a solo-invader. And how will they manage all that happens after? An eventual ZAGR piece, but it won't happen the way you think it will. It wouldn't be IZ unless something went haywire. Will build up slowly.
  • Comments: Basically it's Invader Zim done right. I've read a lot of fics where characters fall in love, or hate each other, or kill one another in the Zim universe, but this one does it right. It explores the characters, and develops them in interesting ways, and doesn't just throw the pairings together. Instead it explores why they are the way they are, and it gets them together in an Invader Zim way with madness, misunderstandings, and explosions all over the place all the while understanding that Zim is, in fact an alien, and he's not just going to "love" someone other than himself, or even understand it because he's an alien. I can't recommend it highly enough. It's ongoing, updated fairly often, and is over 250k words, and still going strong. It's like watching, or reading another episode of the show.

Conquer Me by Mouko

  • Recommended by Sephirose
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing: Red/Purple (explicit)
  • Synopsis: In the days before Impending Doom, only one Tallest reigned supreme. However, his days were numbered and a successor was needed. But what happens when there isn't one successor... but two?
  • Comments: An oldie but goodie from the first years of the fandom, and a few liberties are taken due to this. A genuinely good read for RAPR shippers.

Close Encounters of the Idiot Kind by TrashqueenofAngmar91

  • Recommended by rougehistoria
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Pairing: Almighty Tallest Purple/Reader
  • Synopsis: All it took was a crash landing in a part of the nature preserve and state park you lived in and patrolled. Now you find yourself dealing with a rather spoiled and bossy alien ruler that is marooned on Earth. And from what it looks like, he’s not getting out of your hair anytime soon.

Going On by Dust Traveller

  • Recommended by LeviathanTheGirl
  • Status: Dormant
  • Pairing(s): Dib/(OC Irken Medical Drone)
  • Synopsis: A question posed to you, is it really hatred when it's all that keeps you alive? If you're all that's left of the human race can you really be called human? When do the lines blur...
  • Comments: A sobering example of what Dib has always prevented. Intermingling with a message of hope in a vast, uncaring reality. Overall In-Character and a bit darker than Canon.

    Crossover Fics 
Fanfiction that combines elements, characters, etc. from two or more different franchises.

Invader Zym by Unsubstantiated Assertion

  • Recommended by TheDragonFan
  • Status: Complete
  • Crossover with: The Dragon Prince
  • Synopsis: Zim and GIR are swapped with Zym and Bait.

Be Careful Making Wishes in the Dark by Jaywings

  • Recommended by superboy313
  • Status: Complete
  • Crossover with: Gravity Falls
  • Synopsis: "So we have a deal, then?" There was something in Bill's tone that Dib wasn't sure he liked, but he pushed the feeling to the side. If this was a chance to expose Zim, he had to take it. Nothing else he'd tried had ever worked. "Yeah."
  • Comments: Basically, Dib summons Bill Cipher to have a false memory planted in Zim's mind telling him not to wear his disguise in public. It goes as well as you'd expect.

Wish by Jaywings

  • Recommended by CMR Rosa
  • Status: Dead
  • Crossover with: The Fairly OddParents
  • Synopsis: "This is the last straw!" he shouted, flinging the case file at the wall. Papers, newspaper clippings, and blurry photos flew everywhere. Dib huddled on the floor, pulling his trench coat tightly around him. The last straw for what? He didn't know. But it was too much!
  • Comments: It has its own tropes page, Invader Zim Wish
    • Now a Dead Fic, unfortunately - it's been canceled.

Mass Effect: Records of an Irken Defective by KiwiDayDreams

  • Recommended by N8han11
  • Status: Dormant
  • Crossover with: Mass Effect
  • Synopsis: An Irken stasis pod is discovered on Earth and Shepard finds herself saddled with the megalomanic Irken, Zim. Things become more complicated when they discover Zim's home planet has been reaped during Zim's stint on Earth. Set post ME2/IZ end.
  • Comments: A gripping adventure that merges the ME and IZ worlds together in a well-written way.

The Invasion of Bikini bottom by Linda J

  • Recommended by: fruitstripegum
  • Status: Complete
  • Crossover with: Spongebob Squarepants
  • Synopsis: Zim will search the world over to find his antigravitation apparatus, even to the bottom of the sea.

Mad World by ia.m.writing

  • Recommended by: ZimFan89
  • Status: Complete
  • Crossover with: Johnny the Homicidal Maniac
  • Synopsis: Group projects are the worst- especially when you're partnered with your alien nemesis. But when Dib uncovers disturbing ties between his reoccurring nightmares and the homicidal maniac they are researching, he is thrown into the most dangerous battle of his life. At least he'll have some help from an unexpected new ally. Hey, what kind of name is Nny anyway...?

InvadED by AMX

  • Recommended by ZimFan89
  • Crossover with: Ed, Edd n Eddy
  • Synopsis: A few weeks after Cartoon Network Invaded, a new student moves to Peach Creek. However, what is his true motive? The Eds are about to find out! Ed Edd n Eddy/Invader Zim crossover.

The Arching and The Doomed! by otherrealmwriter

  • Crossover with: The Venture Bros.
  • Recommended by ZimFan89
  • Status: Dormant; last updated September 2018
  • Synopsis: When Dib takes an internship at Venture Industries and Dean takes a job at Membrane Labs, things get interesting. The Monarch is looking for a new arch, in Professor Membrane? and what chaos will Zim cause when he follows Dib around? And not to mention an ever growing rivalry between Rusty and Professor Membrane in the name of Super Science

DIB: Dib in Black by otherrealmwriter

  • Crossover with: Men in Black
  • Recommended by ZimFan89
  • Status: Dormant; last updated June 2020
  • Synopsis: The Irkens and Meekrob are starting a war using Earth as a base and are after Invader Tenn as well. In a fight with Zim, Dib is noticed by Agents J and K of the Men in Black and is made an agent.

Friendship is Doom by tsmall1259

  • Recommended by ZimFan89
  • Crossover with: My Little Pony: Equestria Girls
  • Status: Dead; last updated September 2019
  • Synopsis: After the Florpus, Zim decides to move to avoid further interferences from Dib. Unfortunately, he meets several teens, who keep trying to befriend him. As if something so petty could stop him from taking over the Earth!

Policy of Truth by Maran Zelde

  • Recommended by: fruitstripegum
  • Status: Complete
  • Crossover with: Lilo & Stitch: The Series
  • Synopsis: Dib jumped and spun around. Standing in the driveway was a Hawaiian girl with long, straight hair. And there was a blue THING next to her.

Invader Train by Psycheprincess

  • Recommended by Spectacular Troper
  • Crossover with: Infinity Train
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Pairings: Dib/Zim
  • Synopsis: Finding yourself on the Infinity Train is always odd, but it means you have issues. Issues that four teenagers and one alien really do need fixing.

I Come From Scientists and Atheists byhairscythe_sansbones

  • Recommended by: Peef Eater
  • Crossover with: Gravity Falls and Johnny the Homicidal Maniac
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Pairings: Dib/Dipper
  • Synopsis: Dib Membrane has drove off to West Virginia to attend university, just to learn that someone he never thought he'd grieve had died. But he's got friends across the country to help him out, and there's promises to be kept between enemies.


    Fanfics To Avoid 

How to Write IZ Fanfiction in 6 Steps by Maran Zelde

  • Recommended by Dellanotte
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairings: One or two mentioned.
  • Synopsis: "Do your fanfics suck? Make them suck less by following these steps."
  • Comments: A nice, snarky to-do list on how to make your fanfics suck more—aka deserve to be under this section. Extremely self-aware, if not outright Trope Overdosed, Zelde wastes no time in laying into the sucky section of Sturgeon's Law. Sadly, nothing has changed in the two years since this was written.