Invader ZIM is an eccentric alien soldier banished from the planet Irk and tricked into going on a "secret mission" to Earth. ZIM is intent on bringing down the human race. He disguises himself as a schoolboy, and the only one who can stop him is Dib Membrane, an insane paranormal researcher, who is intent on stopping him.
Dib is a young paranormal investigator and the main antagonist of the series. Dib spends his time studying the supernatural and paranormal. He tends to thwart Zim in his schemes to take over the world making him Zim's arch enemy. Dib is generally hated by his classmates because they see him as annoying and crazy, his classmates also tend to bully him a lot, but Dib is determined to save them anyway. While they are often portrayed as enemies, they have at least once been forced to work as reluctant teammates, but of course they both hate each other with a passion and would like nothing better than to destroy each other. An episode revealed that when Dib lost interest in Zim and the paranormal, Zim gave up on destroying the earth and only got back up when Dib decided to hunt Zim. Dib is sensitive over the size of his head and usually overreacts when people point out its largeness,his head serves multiple purposes, like a portal into other worlds.
When dealing with people like the police, the F.B.I., NASA Place or the secret society that he belongs to called The Swollen Eyeballs, they all find Dib annoying and get mad whenever he calls or swings-bye. A precious few of these people realize just how sane Dib is and are kind enough to help him. The Swollen Eyeballs are a secret society dedicated to discovering the paranormal and separating the fake superstitions from the real ones. They all have secret code names and some of them are Dib's heroes. Dib's secret codename is Agent Mothman. Late in the series, Dib is actually seen arguing with some of these people and gets irritated when many of them decide not to help him or remind him of a situation of where he got no help when he really needed it.
Dib is seen spying on Zim by using a hidden video camera in his kitchen. As Dib talks to another member of The Swollen Eyeballs, the F.B.I. asks him if he ever got that ghost ninja out of his toilet. To which Dib replies angrily "Yes! No thanks to you!". Because he's cried wolf so many times, Dib finds it very hard for people to believe him and is thrilled on the rare occasion when he finds someone who does. Nonetheless he's willing and prepared to strongly defend the paranormal field of study whenever someone makes fun of it or says it's not a real field of study.
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