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Body Horror and Double Entendre in a single scene. Good show, show.

  • One of the most notable and hideous examples is the image of Bloody GIR, a drawing of GIR in his combat mode covered in blood hidden within a single frame semi-transparent in several episodes. The easiest to spot being the one hidden in the intro of "Mortos Der Soul Stealer", which was also the only one Nick noticed (or thought young viewers would notice), since it's the only one removed from Nicktoons reruns.
  • The second most notable is the body count. Hamstergeddon being a good example, with at least one school bus being eaten, and two people being stomped on but totally not killed, or so Nick says. The writers know better.
    • Five people die in "Attack of the Saucer Morons," according to the Invader Zim wiki.
    • According to the very same wiki, 70 people die in Hamstergeddon.
  • The computer used to evaluate the students' tests in Career Day? The POS 2000.note 
    • From the same episode, one of the adults supposed to teach a kid their profession is wearing an orange prison jump suit and a hockey mask, and is miming strangling someone.
  • Also in the first episode, the call letters of the radio station that can be seen while Zim does the flyover of the planet? WTFU.
    • The Zim wiki claims it stands for "Wake The Fuck Up."
  • In "Battle of the Planets," the seat Dib's sitting on while piloting the butt on Mercury is in the very center of the butt.
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  • '"Halloween Spectacular of Spooky Doom,"' just... Halloween Spectacular of Spooky Doom. If you've read Jhonen's previous work and you have not seen Invader Zim, or have seen Jhonen's previous work... lets just say it's what you'd expect of Jhonen if you had him write for a kids show and then make a halloween episode. Which is exactly what he did in, say, Johnny the Homicidal Maniac. (speaking of him, he appears amid a mob of monsters in the episode!) It is crammed full of nightmare fuel from start to finish, broken only by snatches of nightmarish, surreal humor or GIR, so much Nightmare Fuel that even Jhonen has said he has no idea how it got aired. They even managed to get blood past the radar-when Dib manages to crawl through the portal in his head, for a brief moment his body is inside out, he hits a fence, and you can clearly see blood on it. And, you know, his organs. Very realistically and Squick-inducing too.
  • Dirty Chicken. That is all.
  • In "A Room with a Moose”, we get this line from one of Dib’s classmates:
    Chunk: I'm gonna punch you in your wormhole!
    • Zim threatens to send Dib to a dimension of "PURE DOOKIE!” We don't actually see the screen, but it emits a light that turns Dib and the whole room brown. Comic Issue 17 later confirms that "dookie" does indeed mean "manure", so this could be considered a rather literal application of the trope.
  • Right at the beginning of "Dark Harvest,"
    Zim, after getting hit with a dodgeball: OW! MY SQUEEDLYSPOOTCH!
    Dib: Squeedlyspootch? Did you hear that, Gaz? That's not a human organ! Humans don't have squeedlyspootches!
    Gaz: I've got a squeedlyspootch.
    (Dib’s eyes momentarily move to look right where the double entendre would suggest.)
  • Speaking of "Dark Harvest," that whole episode must have been slipped in under the radar. Way too much Body Horror for Nickelodeon.
    • At one point, Dib is looking at a female classmate with his x-ray goggles and sees that something in her lower abdomen has been replaced with a cat.
      • Wait, Zim was taking organs... OH MY -
  • The episode "Plague of Babies" has Zim walking in on GIR blowing into a power amplifier. Unfortunately, it looks more like he's smoking a bong.
    • The power amplifier emits "deadly waves of stupidness", and GIR floats when he uses it. To him, it probably is a bong.
    • Since this episode has a large plot point taking place in a maternity ward, there is always a risk of The Talk coming up. Zim, of course, Lampshades it.
  • From the episode "Walk For Your Lives," Zim says, "Even as a small Irken smeet, my dream was to pass Probing Day like a Sloor beast passes her young. JIGGLY! And full of juice!, and his eye twitches when he says "juice."
    • When Zim asks his computer to analyze the time stasis core as to why it hasn't exploded, the computer explains that the explosion is co-bonded with the time stasis field, and as a result, the explosion is expanding really, really slowly, that it cannot be extinguished, and that it must expand to it's-*cough, cough*-inevitable size. Yes, you read that right. The writers managed to sneak in an orgasm/climaxing joke in a kid's show.
    Zim: What is that size? And why is my computer coughing?
    • Also from the same episode, there's a meat salesman selling meat out of his trenchcoat. A man in a trenchcoat walking around showing his meat to people? Sounds like a public flasher.
  • One alien in “Abducted” bends over, and its head looks like a pair of naked breasts.
  • The frequent references to "dookie" are a literal example of Getting Crap Past the Radar.
  • A policeman gets a squid brain in one episode. One of his comments:
    '''Policeman: I can't squirt ink anymore! All that comes out it... Uh, you don't want to know what comes out.
  • In “Tak the Hideous New Girl”, Tak introduces herself to her classmates with sausages as Valentines Day gifts. This elicits the quotes "Yeah! Weiners!" and "Weiners roooock!". In the context of a Valentines Day episode, this is definitely pushing the limits of censorship as far as it can go.
    • The entire idea of celebrating a love holiday by handing out meat. Think about it...
      • At one point, Dib questions how Valentine's Day moved from cards and candy to meat. Ms. Bitters simply replies with “You don't wanna know.
  • In "Parent Teacher Night," when Zim's robot father has his arm blown off:
    Robot Dad: That was my squeezing arm!
  • Zim reads about the creation of "artificial beavers" in the newspaper.
  • "Dib-Ship" sounds an awful lot like "Dipshit".
  • In ''Dib's Wonderful Life of Doom", Dib is shown to have been in shallow relationships with three girls (and undoubtedly more) through out his artificial life, giving him a bit of a Really Gets Around image.
    • It doesn't help that one of them looks somewhat like Gaz.
  • "GO HOME AND SHAVE YOUR GIANT HEAD OF SMELL WITH YOUR BAD SELF"!. Yes Dib, there are all kinds of things wrong with that.
  • How exactly does Zim get out of Dib's body at the end of "Nano Zim"? By Dib going to the bathroom...
  • Zim and Dib's teacher, Ms. Bitters, is named after an alcoholic product used in preparing cocktails. Considering she's a disgruntled middle school teacher who's always in a bad mood, her name may have been meant to suggest that she drinks heavily to cope with the stress of her thankless job. Though given how she is just so bitter...
  • "Bad, Bad Rubber Piggy" revolved around Zim's attempt to brutally murder Dib via time traveling rubber pigs, leading to Dib actually dying onscreen before Professor Membrane revives him.
  • In "Bolognius Maximus", among the bathroom stall writings there are multiple instances of "Eat Meat".


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