|Assignment||To serve the Irken Empire|
|Eye Color||Various colors|
|First appearance||Parent Teacher Night|
Irken Smeet is the term commonly used for Irken children and infants. Despite the fact that all modern smeets are created underground, in large unnamed facilities on their homeworld of Irk as clones, it's very likely that the smeet has changed very little over time. Notably, smeets are created by Control Brains.
Creation and Birth
Although the exact methods used in the creation of smeets are vague, it's widely accepted that the Control Brains mix either selected or randomized DNA and fuse them in order to create an embryo. Then the embryo is either placed within a capsule for gestation, or it was in the capsule in the first place, staying within the presumably life-sustaining green fluid within as it grows.
Notably, it's unknown how long a smeet gestates and grows for, though it's very likely the Control Brains or the capsules themselves will indicate when it has reached sufficient maturity to be born.
Upon sufficient maturity, the holographic face on one end of the capsule turns green and smiles. Within the hatcheries found beneath Irk's surface, robotic arms unscrew the capsule from a wall filled with other baby Irkens, steam emitting from the formerly-filled space in the wall. This is very likely an indication that the chambers the capsules sit in are heated, likely to keep the smeet warm before birth.
Following the removal of a capsule from the wall, the robotic arms haul the capsule over the tiled ground and flexes it upwards. Notably on the capsule, there's a hinge in the middle between each end of the capsule, likely for re-usability or safety as the glass shatters, with the smeet and fluids pouring out. Then the smeet flops onto the ground, and then two robotic arms swing down, one with a PAK.
The PAK-wielding arm acts first, pressing two heated spikes (likely to cauterize the inflicted wounds) into the smeet's back and attaching the PAK immediately after, likely connecting to the spine more easily through the holes. The other arm comes down after as the other retreats into the ceiling, and then the sweet is activated with a presumably-electric shock and welcomed into the world, with orders to report for duty. Zim's birth was revealed in "Parent Teacher Night", and it was also the source of much of the information regarding birth.
Unlike human babies, smeets can speak as soon as they are born, as seen in the depiction of Zim's past in "Parent Teacher Night". When they're about two minutes old, they're given a name, a personality, and the supposed whole of Irken knowledge (likely culture, history, geography, and the like), which is transferred into their PAK (seemingly save for military knowledge, as they spend much of their early lives learning battle tactics).
Like human babies, they have a few teeth (usually one or two) but when they hit growth they start to develop their full-grown teeth. This part of smeethood can decide where they'll end up being in the Irken Society, due to the fact that their knowledge can vary and that they can be Defective or Affective.
It was mentioned by Zim in "Bolognius Maximus" and "Halloween Spectacular of Spooky Doom" that Irken babies play with toys, like human children. These toys are described as advanced (even more than Professor Membrane's lab technology), but it's unclear what they look like.
In Issue 7, a smeet that looks similar to Zim was born out of his DNA, the fluid of his Voot Cruiser, and the environment of the formerly lifeless planet. What's important about this is that this was the first Irken smeet born naturally rather than created by the Control Brains, and he didn't even need a PAK to be able to talk. Unfortunately, the Zim-like smeet was killed by the other lifeforms who called the poor smeet a heretic and "false Zim".
Upon receiving data in the birthing facility when he was born, Zim complained that he wasn't given enough, and that there were many mistakes in his PAK's programming ("40 schmillion", to be precise), which is likely the reason he's a Defective.
Over the course of their childhood, smeets are trained underground in military tactics for ten years until they're old enough to be referred to as Irkens in full potential. Notably, Zim's first words were, "I love you, cold, unfeeling, robot arm!" when he embraced the arm of the Control Brain that welcomed him into the world.
The cancelled episode "The Trial" would've shown more scenes from Zim's smeethood, as well as more on some of the Tallest's past. These flashbacks prove that Zim, Red, and Purple actually trained together, and that Zim has been causing planet-wide chaos since he was literally two minutes old.
Facts of Doom
- The Irken word "Smeet" may have come from "Shmee" the name of Squee's dilapidated teddy bear.