|Almighty Tallest (Red and Purple)|
|Assignment||To rule the Irken Empire|
|Gender|| Male (current rulers)|
Any gender (previous and future rulers)
|Eye Color||Red and Purple (current rulers)|
|First appearance||The Nightmare Begins|
DescriptionThe Irken Empire has a hierarchical class structure in which shorter individuals are both figuratively and literally looked down upon.
The tallest Irken alive at the time in a specific generation takes command of the entirety of the Empire.
However, in the event that two Irkens are exactly the same height, they will rule simultaneously, such as in the case of Red and Purple. In such a case, which is likely rare, the two may or may not take responsibility for different aspects of the Empire, something that may be alluded to by the general attitudes of Red and Purple.With Red being more outspoken, active, and generally "in-charge", and Purple generally paying more attention to eloquence, social situations, and creature comforts such as food or drink. There is no known official enthronement ceremony for the Almighty Tallest, however, and the only confirmed ceremony is that in which the thumbs of the recently ascended Tallest are amputated (though it has been implied that the current Tallest have forgone this by simply hiding their thumbs inside their massive gauntlets, which has been seemingly confirmed by their new design in the teaser trailer of Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus!).
The Irken race as a whole almost fanatically refers to their leaders as "My Tallest", highly akin to the way humans participating in a monarchical societal structure refer to their rulers only as "Your Majesty". As a general rule of both grammar and respect, "My Tallest" is never pluralized, even when two Tallest rule in tandem.
Presently, the two current Almighty Tallest, Red and Purple, travel around to observe and supervise Operation Impending Doom II in the Massive, the largest and most powerful ship in the Irken Armada. It also serves as Red and Purple's personal vessel. While they appear to have a casual interest in expanding the Empire, as well as take great amusement from watching the process of such, the two are rather lazy and prefer to spend most of their time lounging around or eating junk food. Previous Tallest, such as Almighty Tallest Miyuki, seem to have been more productive.
Presumably, one might assume that this is due to complacency on account of the Empire's incredible size as well as lack of need for worry as it keeps expanding every day. As in a judge / jury system, though, the Tallest can occasionally overrule a Control Brain's decision (e.g. when they alter Larb's assignment from Blorch to Vort). Although they are seen to have the ability to do anything that they please, it's likely that they really just don't want to do anything else, content with their already-leisurely condition of life.
Although they are same species as their subjects, the Almighty Tallest differ from their subordinates in many ways other than height: They appear to only have two fingers (as opposed to the normal Irken amount of 3), and their waists are unnaturally thin. Explaining the former, it was stated by the Invader Zim crew that when a Tallest is chosen, their thumbs are usually chopped off in order to prove that they can rule without them.
As for the waists, it's possible that the seemingly impossible effect was achieved by an extreme form of corsets, which, while impossible to do with a human torso, is quite possible with that of an Irken, as the only organs in their midsection are their spine and squeedly-spooch, a type of super-organ resembling a human stomach.
Role in Invader Zim
The Almighty Tallest hold near-omnipotent power in the Irken Empire, and are practically worshiped by their subjects. They regularly appear at major events and gatherings, either playing a major role or simply providing their presence to raise morale.
For example, on an Irken holiday known as Probing Day, it's the duty of the Almighty Tallest to check up on all the Irken Invaders and ask them to conduct a presentation on how they plan to conquer their assigned planet.
However, as is to be expected, the generally-frivolous Red and Purple force the Invaders to instead do a puppet show on how they are going to conquer the planet. Failure to meet the Tallest's standards is met with punishment by whacking the individual on the head with mechanical mallets - referred to as a "pummeling". It's unknown how long this part of the tradition has been in place.
Red and Purple may possibly be the first co-rulers to be active for a very long time, since Miyuki and Spork were both lone rulers. As leadership is determined by height alone and not competence, it's probable that Red and Purple are simply the same height and as such were both promoted at the same time.
|21. "Backseat Drivers from Beyond the Stars":||Appears|
|22a. "Mortos der Soulstealer":||Absent||22b. "Zim Eats Waffles":||Absent|
|23a. "The Girl Who Cried Gnome":||Cameo||23b. "Dibship Rising":||Absent|
|24a. "Vindicated!":||Absent||24b. "The Voting of the Doomed":||Absent|
|26. "Gaz, Taster of Pork":||Absent|
|27. "The Frycook What Came from All That Space":||Appears|
|28. "The Most Horrible X-mas Ever":||Cameo|
|1. "Roboparents Gone Wild":||Does Not Appear||2. "Simon Sez Doom":||Does Not Appear|
|3. "Invader Poonchy":||Does Not Appear||4. "Nubs of Doom":||Does Not Appear|
|5. "Ten Minutes to Doom":||Does Not Appear||6. "GIR's Big Day":||Unconfirmed|
|7. "Return of Keef":||Does Not Appear||8. "Day of da Spookies":||Does Not Appear|
|9. "Mopiness of Doom":||Does Not Appear||10. "Those!":||Unconfirmed|
|11. "Top of the Line":||Unconfirmed||12. "The Trial":||Confirmed|
|13. "It Feeds on Noodles":||Unconfirmed||14. "When Pants Ruled!":||Unconfirmed|
|15. "Squishy: Hugger of Worlds":||Unconfirmed||16. "Invader Dib":||Unconfirmed|
|1. "Issue 1":||Absent||2. "Issue 2":||Appears|
|3. "Issue 3":||Absent||4. "Issue 4":||Appears|
|5. "Issue 5":||Absent||6. "Issue 6":||Absent|
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|15. "Issue 15":||Absent||16. "Issue 16":||Absent|
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|41. "Issue 41":||Absent||42. "Issue 42":||Absent|
|43. "Issue 43":||Appears||44. "Issue 44":||Absent|
|45. "Issue 45":||Absent||46. "Issue 46":||Absent|
List of Known Tallest
The following table displays every known tallest in the order they have ruled.
|Almighty Tallest Miyuki||Deceased †|
|Almighty Tallest Spork||Deceased †|
|Almighty Tallest Red||Active|
|Almighty Tallest Purple||Active|
- Despite Red and Purple being the leaders of the Irken Empire, they are never seen on Irk either doing their role in leading their people or working to shape morale, and it's unlikely that they do anything of importance from the Massive aside from expanding the Empire.
- It was revealed in an interview with Wally Wingert that there was going to be an episode where it was revealed that the Tallest weren't actually tall, but were smaller Irkens wearing robot suits to make them appear taller.
- At San Diego Comic Con 2018 Wally Wingert was asked how many Tallest the Irken Empire had before Red and Purple and he replied "twenty six and a half."
- Red and Purple nearly died during "Backseat Drivers from Beyond the Stars", but unlike Tallest Miyuki and Tallest Spork who were killed by Zim, they were almost killed by Dib who flew the Massive towards a star.
- Since Irkens value height over everything else, one could assume that the Tallest are Irk's equivalent of "celebrities" rather than actual leaders.
- Irken Society
- Almighty Tallest and Zim's Relationship
- Almighty Tallest and Skoodge's Relationship
- Almighty Tallest Red and Almighty Tallest Purple's Relationship
- Almighty Tallest/Images
|Advisor • Almighty Tallest • Control Brain • Irken Elite • Fast Food Drone • Frylord • Irken Invader • Janitor • Navigator • Service Drone • Soldier|