Invader Zim Fan Theories

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Vote up the most believable theories.

Since Invader Zim is a crazy show, it stands to reason that there are some crazy theories about Zim and all the Irkens. Invader Zim fan theories range, from seeking to explain the PAKs the Irkens wear all the way to connecting the universe to Toy Story. And more than one theory aims to explain the reproductive practices of these strange aliens. 

While few people consider Invader Zim to be one of the greatest animated shows of all time, it does have a loyal following and is sometimes mentioned in the same breath as Rick and Morty. For those who aren't familiar, Zim is an alien of the species known as Irkens, seeking to infiltrate and conquer Earth, but his own stupidity and that of his companions often makes that goal nigh impossible.

These Invader Zim theories from Reddit and other such communities ask deeper questions about the Irkens and their human counterparts. Are they all as dumb as they seem?

  • 1
    387 VOTES

    The Humans Are Portrayed As Stupid Because We’re Seeing Them From Zim’s Perspective

    From Redditor /u/yay855:

    Invader Zim was known for its very stupid characters, disgusting imagery, and all-around disturbing elements. I propose that we are seeing the world how Zim sees it.

    Zim is a highly advanced alien; to him, all humans are deformed morons. The only exception is Dib, whose features are closer to Irken than human and who is one of the smartest people Zim had ever met. This is because his father genetically engineered him to be a genius, but something went wrong, causing deformities but allowing him to see the 'supernatural' elements that others ignore.

    The cities and food is so disgusting because Zim comes from a more clinical people. The Irkens are created, not born, and likely live in a much more sterile and orderly environment. Compared to that, and the food they eat (pre-packaged snacks, mostly), Earth's urban environments and food is disgusting, and filled with way too much grease than is healthy.

    387 votes
  • 2
    270 VOTES

    Zim Was Exiled From His Planet

    From a TVTropes user:

    If the Tallest don't like someone, then it doesn't matter if they are a successful Invader. A conquered Earth would lead to the Tallest being direct about it, just like they did to poor Skoodge. Thus, Zim keeps up his charade of conquest to prevent himself from facing the fact that his own species doesn't want him. Thus, he constantly puts GIR in charge of the crucial part of his plans.

    270 votes
  • 3
    273 VOTES

    Professor Membrane Experimented On His Children

    From Redditor /u/mateogg:

    Dib is a genius. He's incredibly good at computers, but the rest of the children his age are shown to be average, if not dumb. He also does really well in the test to enter his father's show, even though he is insecure about the parts about Dr. Membrane's obscure life trivia (the other part of the test is all science. Since he got a 94.1, I think, then he probably got a perfect score in the Science part). Most importantly, he's immune to Tak's technology and, according to Tak, it's because of his superior intelligence.

    It's also possible this is why Dib is paranoid (just because he's right about Zim it doesn't make him less paranoid, specially since he already was into all the supernatural stuff before meeting Zim, and since there are various mentions of him mistakenly taking something natural as supernatural) and why he has a huge head (though in my opinion is not that large compared with other heads in the show, the size of his head is a running gag on the show).

    273 votes
  • 4
    297 VOTES

    Zim Isn't An Idiot But Just Too Proud To Admit He Couldn't Be An Invader

    From Redditor /u/UOUPv2:

    I think that in terms of science Zim is a genius, replacing a man's brain with an octopus' brain and improving the accuracy of an Irken GPS chip for example. Though when it comes to bring a soldier and a spy Zim lacks all the qualities like when he thought the tallest were honest about GIR being advanced or when he decided to ditch Dib by flying through an asteroid field. Being chosen for the first invasion had to be a great honor and being so short meant he only had to prove his worth that much more. Zim may be a great Irken scientist but what he really wants is to be a great invader.

    297 votes
  • 5
    227 VOTES

    Irkens Are Controlled By Their PAKs

    From a former Reddit user:

    We have no idea what the PAKs really are or where they come from, only that they're essential to modern Irken life and are controlled by a central artificial intelligence. (As seen when Zim is reassigned to the role of frycook.) Were these systems made by the Irkens? Or were they introduced by some other race? Perhaps they started out as a sort of simple body enhancement, but gradually added features until the devices became the all-encompassing network we see in the show. This would explain why the Irken elite seem to be so incredibly stupid yet still manage to run an empire. They aren't actually conquering anything - it's their PAKs, and by extension their supercomputers, which do all the work. Whoever built the original technology seems to have done so with the intention of creating a race of mindless slaves with which to rule the galaxy.

    227 votes
  • 6
    282 VOTES

    Zim Subconsciously Loves Earth And Dib

    From Redditor /u/EmperorJoker:

    Okay so here's something that I find funny for all Zim's talk and planning to conquer Earth I think he at least subconsciously loves Earth. I think this because he has yet to conquer it and when it comes to Dib, Zim he never really goes to great lengths to get rid of him even his tactics against Dib are never really that bad. I think Zim knows he's not liked or loved by his people and can't bring himself to admit it that's why he goes so over board is so over the top to hide how lonely and insecure he is basically I think he's in complete denial...

    Another reason I think this is Zim never gets rid of Gir even though he's clearly very incompetent. However I feel the biggest proof is the flash back of Zim's birth he clearly had a deep need to express love for what he perceived as his "parent" I think Zim can't admit he's unloved and tries to compensate or rather fill that void by pleasing the Tallest and I think he relates to Dib because he on some level recognizes that they are looked down on by their people and are outsiders so he keeps Dib in his life because Dib's the one person he can relate to. 

    282 votes