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Skoodge
Invader Skoodge full body
Homeworld Irk
Assignment Blorch, home of the Slaughtering Rat People
Rank Invader
Gender Male
Eye Color Ruby
Weapons PAK lasers
Equipment PAK
Affiliation(s) Irken Empire
Notable facts Was the first to conquer his planet in Operation Impending Doom II.
First appearance The Nightmare Begins
Voice Actor(s) Ted Raimi

Melissa Fahn (Invader Con script voice over)


Invader Skoodge is among the shortest Irken Invaders, but possibly the most competent since not only was he the first one to finish his mission during Operation Impending Doom II but also survived the Slaughtering Rat People of Blorch.

However, despite his success as an Invader, Skoodge is scorned by the Tallest for being "so short and ugly", most likely because his success proved that height has no effect on an Invader's competence.

Appearance

The Tallest Frowning Upon Skoodge (The Nightmare Begins)

Invader Skoodge looking worriedly at his judgmental Tallest leaders.

Skoodge is a very short and chubby Irken, something that causes him to be looked down upon (both figuratively and literally) by the Tallest, and is considered “too short and ugly” by them.

He wears a standard Irken Invader uniform, but with no horizontal stripes, which has several dark spots or stains on it, and wears pink gloves and boots rather than the usual black, although these changed to the standard black in "Hobo 13".

He has a wide, pudgy, stubby body, and ruby eyes, though he had red-violet eyes in "The Nightmare Begins". He is also usually shown without a PAK (in "The Nightmare Begins" and throughout the entirety of "Hobo 13").

Personality

Skoodge Proud (Battle of the Planets)

Invader Skoodge victorious.

Skoodge has shown that he can be very gullible, believing the Tallests' claim that they changed the tradition for Organic Sweep (the conquering Invader was launched from a cannon as part of the Organic Sweep as opposed to ordering the sweep to be commenced themselves).

He is nervous and seemingly afraid of the Tallest sometimes, choosing to be aware that Red and Purple despise him due to their cruel and uncaring height-based society, causing him to have a very mellow and kind personality.

As mentioned above, being the first to take over a planet for Operation Impending Doom II indicates that Skoodge is indeed a skilled Invader, but this is never acknowledged by anyone due to his minimal size.

Sightings



Assignment

The Slaughtering Rat People (Skoodge, The Nightmare Begins)

A drawing of Skoodge's presumed fate as shown by the Tallest during "The Great Assigning."

Skoodge was the last one called during "The Great Assigning" by the Tallest, and he was given the mission to conquer planet Blorch, home of the Slaughtering Rat People. Blorch was originally assigned to Invader Larb, but as Larb had increased in height, he was assigned to the planet Vort, and Blorch was given to Skoodge due to his aforementioned shortness. Much to the surprise of the Almighty Tallest, Skoodge became the first Invader to successfully conquer a planet in Operation Impending Doom II.

Skoodge as a part of organic sweep

Skoodge being launched into Planet Blorch as part of the Organic Sweep.

However, not wanting such a short Invader to be “the poster boy of galactic conquest” in a society discriminated against height, the Almighty Tallest convinced the gullible Skoodge that it had now become customary to fire conquering Invaders from the main cannon before the Armada commenced the Organic Sweep on their assigned planet.

After the real Skoodge had been ejected onto the surface of Blorch, Tallest Purple selected a taller candidate, Invader Grapa, to receive the glory for Skoodge's work.

Role in Invader Zim

Before Operation Impending Doom 2

During the events shown in the cancelled/unfinished episode, "The Trial", Skoodge apparently went to school with Zim beneath Irk's surface. Zim hatched a plan to escape (which was against the rules), which Skoodge went along with, which resulted in them getting beaten up and expelled.

Post-Operation Impending Doom 2

Skoodge survived being launched into Blorch, and went on to test with Zim on Hobo 13, hoping for a promotion (Zim was there seeking the same goal). When Zim expesses surprise that Skoodge is alive, Skoodge simply says that he's "okay now." Zim sacrificed Skoodge to the Hogulus during one of the trials in order to ensure his own safety, but, incredibly, Skoodge somehow survived again and made it to the Fortress of Pain, only to get dragged away once more by the Hogulus, this time with Sergeant Hobo 678 hitting him against the beast.

In the canceled/unfinished episode "Day of Da Spookies", it was said that Skoodge had been living in Zim's basement ever since he destroyed Blorch. He helped Zim in his plan to discredit Dib, which, like most of Zim's plans, failed. The plan involved Zim dressing up as a ghost along with Minimoose and GIR.

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Facts of Doom

  • In "The Nightmare Begins", Skoodge has no lines, and therefore no voice actor. In "Battle of the Planets" and "Hobo 13 ", he is voiced by Ted Raimi.
  • Originally in "Hobo 13", Skoodge was going to have to eat his own skin to survive. This was scrapped due to it looking too gross and the writers Eric Trueheart and Danielle Koenig thought it was "a bit too much" even by the show's standards.
  • It was revealed that Skoodge survived on Blorch for over a year by eating some really nasty things.[citation needed]
  • It's unknown which planet Skoodge was originally set to conquer before the Tallest gave him Invader Larb's mission.
  • Despite his status as an Invader, Skoodge seems to be easygoing and respectful of others, and isn't one to seek destruction, the total opposite of what is presumed to be a standard trait of his Invader peers.
  • On the cover of the fourth DVD of the Invader Zim House Box Set, Skoodge is seen along with his SIR Unit as he planted the Irken Flag after conquering Blorch.
  • Skoodge's SIR Unit never made an appearance in the show.
  • In the unfinished episode, "Day of Da Spookies", it's revealed that ever since he conquered Blorch, he has been living in Zim's basement (yet, somehow never trips the security system). [citation needed]
    • The fact that he never returned to Irk after conquering Blorch, implies he was either exiled by the Tallest or that Skoodge fears going back to his homeworld.
    • Surprisingly, as seen in the script for this episode, Zim is the only one who acknowledges that Skoodge is the conqueror of Blorch, while the rest of the Empire praised Invader Grapa for Skoodge's work, as seen in "Battle of the Planets."
  • In the commentary for "Zim Eats Waffles", It was revealed that Ted Raimi was very enthusiastic about voicing Skoodge and that Jhonen Vasquez was looking forward to making him much more of a regular, since he had planned for Skoodge to have a bigger role in future episodes.
  • Ironically, Zim is aware that the Tallest hate Skoodge and want him out of their way, yet is oblivious to them feeling the same about him.
  • He's occasionally seen without a PAK. However, this is likely a mistake on the part of the artists, as Skoodge is shown with his PAK in "Battle of the Planets", though it's again missing in "Hobo 13".
  • On one of the InvaderCon 2014 posters, Skoodge can be seen trying to join Zim, GIR, and Minimoose on a platform.
  • Ironically, Skoodge should be Zim's superior, not only because he is an actual Irken Invader, but because he's a few inches taller than Zim as seen in "The Nightmare Begins". .
  • Comicbook colorist Fred Stressing made a comment that Skoodge is the only character that Nickelodeon has not provided the rights to use in the comic series.[1] However, the context could make it possible that he was only joking.
  • While still not appearing in person, Skoodge is eventually mentioned in Issue 46, when GIR mentions him alongside Tak as the Irkens other than Zim who have come to Earth. However, Zim doesn't remember this, in a possible acknowledgement by the writers of the fact that the canonicity of the unfinished episodes is questionable.

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