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  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Is Professor Membrane really convinced everything strange is just a hallucination, or is he in deep denial from having his worldview shattered? There's enough evidence in the movie to suggest both, and according to fan theories, a third alternative is whether it's possible that Membrane is feigning disbelief because he's hiding something, typically non-human origin.
  • Author's Saving Throw:
    • It was always a subject of debate among the fandom whether Professor Membrane actually cared about his children, and even Jhonen of all people found the Membrane family dynamic to be a little much. Here, while Professor Membrane still won't be winning any father of the year awards, we learn that he does indeed love his children — and in one of the most touching moments in the series, he tells Dib himself that he's always been proud of him.
    • Following the tendency of the show's original run, which overexposed him too much at the beginning only to tone it down later, GIR and his random, surreal brand of humor are used sparingly, never overstaying their welcome.
    • In contrast to the show increasingly making Zim His Own Worst Enemy as it went on, Zim never really suffers from self-sabotage during the movie - which means Dib actually gets to be more heroic this time. Zim really only loses due to the combined efforts of the Membrane family and not foreseeing unlikely events like Dib having access to Tak's Ship or Clembrane pulling a Heel–Face Turn due to an unexpected consequence of his programming. It's not like his sucess would've actually been good news for him anyways, considering he'd also be dead.
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    • A constant theme in the old show is that Dib was a Knight Templar who just wanted to stop Zim for the recognition rather than actually wanting to protect the Earth. Granted, in this show the world is full of jerks, but still, it's a rather self-serving goal. Here, the whole conflict kicks off because Dib waited to show off Zim to the world rather than just capturing him, giving Zim the opportunity he needs to enact his plan. The film also provides the Freudian Excuse that Dib just wants his father's approval. When Professor Membrane confirms his love for his son is unconditional, that's all Dib needs to stop Zim and save the Earth for real, maybe for good.
  • Awesome Art:
    • The animation manages to retain the feel of the show, and yet is still fresh for a modern audience, with a more vibrant color palette that invokes the comics. To say nothing of the Florpus sequence at the climax, which involves flawlessly cycling through numerous different artstyles while the action keeps going.
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    • The anime-style opening is a fantastic mixture of awesome and hilarious.
  • Catharsis Factor: Plently:
    • Those who absolutely were tired of Gaz's Flanderization-induced treatment of Dib will be happy that she's more of a Jerk with a Heart of Gold than anything. The same can be said for those who always loved Gaz but wanted to see that she cares about her brother.
    • The majority of the human characters, including all the Skool children, finally pay for their frustrating stupidity when they unwittingly provide Zim the means to transport Earth across space right in the path of the Irken Armada. They spend days terrified for their lives before the Earth gets sucked into the Florpus. Given what assholes the Skool children tended to be in regards to how they treated Dib, it's immensely satisfying to see most of them scared shitless.
    • Dib finally getting some recognition by his father and a victory that doesn't blow up in his face or humiliate him, even if Membrane doesn't believe in the supernatural still.
    • The fact that the Tallest are finally taken down will be therapeutic for those who hated their treatment of Zim and the worlds they conquer.
    • To some, finally seeing Zim fully succeed in taking over the Earth, even if his reign only lasted a couple days, had this effect for those who finally got to see the Villain Protagonist have his day.
  • Crosses the Line Twice:
    • This piece of dialogue:
      GIR: I ate a baby there.
      Zim: He did.
    • "Children sing. People rejoice. Fatalities minimal."
    • Zim's Evil Plan involves putting children at risk of shark attacks and falling into a volcano, but that's okay because everything is solved with a song about peace and chicken with rice.
    • Zim and Dib end up inadvertently killing a planet of cute, larvae-like aliens who were celebrating their child's birthday.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Zim's Mecha-Mook army, especially Lawrence, has attained some popularity for their designs and providing one of the best action sequences in the film alongside Professor Membrane. The fact that Zim seemingly named each of them, implying that he had some attachment, also helped.
  • Fanfic Fuel: The Florpus, a Hyperspace Is a Scary Place dimension where alternate realities collide. Considering that at the end the Irken Armada is trapped in it it opens a way to all kinds of crossover fics.
    • The effects of the Irken Armada being trapped in the Florpus, seemingly for good is also a vast area which can lead to much potential exploration.
  • Foe Yay: As per the norm with Dib and Zim, who continue to be rather up in each other's space and whose common ground (not receiving respect from Prof. Membrane and The Tallests) becomes a plot point. There's also the moments the two are slightly casual in their interactions (for example, Zim's reaction to seeing Dib at the membracelet celebration is to happily say "Hi, Dib! What are you doing here?") and the moment Zim snaps the Membraclet onto Dib's happily proffered arm, neither of them considering the more natural route of just handing it off.
    • It really gets going right from the start, where Dib has not only wasted a few years of his life spying on Zim's house and waiting for him to make a reappearance, but when he and Zim finally reunite and Zim doesn't recognize him in his flabby state, he sounds genuinely hurt as he says "But I'm Dib! We know each other!" While on Zim's end, there's him doing stretches in preparation for coming face to face with Dib again, and vehemently denying that he set up sprinklers for it like it was a special occasion.
  • Fridge Brilliance:
    • Surprising yet fitting for a movie that is not just a long episode. One of Zim's plans actually works, even if it's stupidly borderline suicidal. The fallout reminds people how much of an actual threat Zim is, beyond being an overdramatic Woobie, and that he's still a homicidal alien maniac bent on enslaving and/or destroying the Earth, that hates all the humans on the planet. By making him the antagonist, it equally makes Dib the clear protagonist by actually defeating Zim and saving the Earth. What would be nothing out of the ordinary in any other movie is absolutely original in this one.
    • The Tallests don't want to change course, even when Earth and the Florpus are in the way. They're not just being stupid- in space, momentum is conserved, so the only things that actually cost fuel are slowing down and changing direction. By continuing straight, they're saving themselves from having to perform the complex maneuver that is a whole fleet changing course on short notice. Doing so when under immediate threat of Florpus, however...
    • Why does Clembrane have a stitched-up scar on his forehead? Zim probably had to operate on his brain to install any "programming" that would cause him to believe he was the real Dr. Membrane.
    • Professor Membrane’s character design here is noticeably bulkier than his design in the show, especially around the torso. This could be attributed to another major change in his character design - his robot arms. They’re probably much heavier than flesh and bone, so it’s basically like bench pressing all day, every day and built up his chest muscles.
  • Inferred Holocaust:
    • It's probably safe to say that, Earth aside, none of the planets (including, sadly, the adorable bee planet) in the Florpus' range were spared - and to make matters worse, the Florpus hole doesn't disappear after Membrane teleports the Earth back. Even Earth itself doesn't escape the hole without opening up a large fissure on its surface.
    • At one point, Dib and Zim end up running in place on a minuscule Baby Planet, causing it to rotate like crazy and likely killing all life in it while they're none the wiser.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • "NOT SCIENTIFICALLY POSSIBLE!" has proven a popular moment, sometimes unedited, sometimes edited to match another situation.
    • It's become popular for web-based artists to recreate the shot of Prof. Membrane introducing Dib as "my boy child" with different characters.
    • To a minor extent, some fans jokingly interpret a scene of the Red and Purple Tallest being comfortable with Zim's absence as a representation of Nickelodeon Studios nearly forgetting the show's existence after its cancellation.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Though they are as every bit as humorous as Zim, the Tallest were never meant to be as likable due to their relentless campaign of galactic conquest and their treatment of anyone shorter than them. But once they decided to destroy Earth just so they wouldn't have to put up with Zim anymore and so they wouldn't have to turn their fleet, you know they've officially reached the point of no return.
  • Narm Charm: After seeing his father fall to his (apparent) death, Dib crash-lands back on Earth, gives Zim an absolutely furious Death Glare, and snarls, "Give. Me. The moose." Ridiculous? Yes. Dramatic? Yes. Awesome? Absolutely!
  • Older Than They Think: Of some of the complaints, one is that Gaz now is too amicable towards Dib in this film, to the point of being out of character. But anyone who has kept up with the comics knows that this is the intended direction that Jhonen and company have taken her character for several years now. Opinions vary on this version of the character (see the show's main YMMV page), but Gaz has behaved like this for four years by this film's release.
  • Signature Scene: The final battle, specifically Professor Membrane using his robot arms to fire a Wave-Motion Gun and becoming a One-Man Army against all of Zim's robots.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Several fans were looking forward to the return of several Ensemble Dark Horse characters like Tak, Skoodge, Sizz-Lor, and the Resisty and the possibility that all of their plot threads would be tied up. The closest they got was Tak's AI-ship and maybe the fall of the Irken Empire, depending on how serious you want to take the Tallest and most of the Armada being trapped in the Florpus.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: The movie could have easily had Zim find out about how the Tallest really feel about him, but nope, Zim is still blissfully unaware of their disdain by the end of the movie.

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