|First Appearance||The Nightmare Begins|
|Voice Actor(s)|| Michael McDonald (Robodad)|
Mo Collins (Robomom)
The Roboparents are Zim's robotic "parent" decoys, which he uses to appear more human (as Irkens do not appear to have actual families in the animated series).
They are poorly built, and have a limited vocabulary, primarily consisting of "Welcome home, son!" However they are still able to fool humans as no one other that Dib and Gaz can tell that they're actually machines.
The Roboparents debuted in "The Nightmare Begins", and have shown up frequently throughout the series onwards. However, the episode "Parent Teacher Night" was their first major appearance, where they were upgraded by Zim to behave more parent-like.
They also played a role in "Backseat Drivers from Beyond the Stars" by distracting Zim from both piloting the Massive and monitoring the levels of the containment unit that housed a brain-eating monster.
Both "parents" seem oblivious to the fact that they're actually robots, and appear to think that they are actually Zim's parents. This was emphasized in the unfinished episode "Roboparents Gone Wild", when there is a malfunction and the Roboparents act as if they were Zim's real parents.
The Roboparents have made several small appearances in the comic series, such as greeting Zim when he returns from gloating to Dib in Issue 1, and helping him gather animals to attack Dib with in Issue 11.
They also briefly cameo in Issue 9, where doing maintenance on them is one of the chores that Dib/"Derb" is tasked with as Zim's intern. In Issue 12, once transported to the future, Zim encounters heavily upgraded versions of the Roboparents, who are highly armored; they confront him upon approaching Emperor Zim's palace, and once they recognize him, escort him to a waiting room.
The Roboparents' biggest comic appearance to date is in Issue 19. They arrive in Ms. Bitters' class during a Jobs Day presentation by the Skoolchildren's parents, and present themselves as zookeepers (having been inspired by a commercial for the Town Zoo).
When a suspicious Dib encourages the other kids to head to the zoo they supposedly work at, Zim hastily constructs one outside his base, containing poorly created fake animals which the Roboparents care for.
However, since the animals are clearly fake, the Zoo Crimes Division decides that they're grifters and arrest them, carting them off to jail. The Roboparents were implied to have been replaced by the time of future appearances, as Zim told Immola Krom that he had "Fresh Parents" in the cellar.
In Issue 23, the Roboparents break the fourth wall to tell Dib he's not in that issue, becoming the first characters other than Recap Kid to do this. They also appear in Issue 24, trying (and failing) to fool Dib that Zim's not home, and also briefly in Issue 36, where they greet trick-or-treaters who are visiting the base.
- Main article: Robomom
Robomom started malfunctioning early on in the show; she often loses her eye and has faulty vocabulary. In the episode "Backseat Drivers From Beyond the Stars", she became a shutterbug who loved snapping pictures of Zim, Robodad, and whatever other thing amused her. She once mistook Gaz for a boy, much to Gaz's irritation.
Robomom wears overalls, yellow gloves, and a ballerina tutu, and has blue hair that is styled somewhat similarly to Zim's human wig. She also has wheels, like Robodad.
- Main article: Robodad
Robodad is Zim's other robot parent decoy. He has glasses and wears a vest over his shirt, and always has a pipe with him. Unlike Robomom, he has clearly-mechanical clamps for hands. Robodad lost his arm in the episode "Parent Teacher Night", which Zim then covered up by claiming that his "father" had lost his real arm in "the war". Taking it from there, Robodad began to dramatically lament the loss of his "squeezing arm".
Later, he became obsessed with spending "quality time" with Zim in the episode "Backseat Drivers from Beyond the Stars", and would do anything to have it, including "playing in the toilet."
Facts of Doom
- Zim only referred to the Roboparents as the "Parent Decoys" once for the entirety of the series, which was fittingly in "Parent Teacher Night".
- Due to the Tallest's hatred of Zim, they provided him with such terrible equipment, which programmed the Roboparents, albeit poorly.
- Robomom was voiced by Mo Collins. In the Latin American dub, she was voiced by Rocío Prado.
- Robodad was voiced by Michael McDonald. In the Latin American dub, he was voiced by Carlos del Campo.
|21. "Backseat Drivers from Beyond the Stars":||Appears|
|22a. "Mortos der Soulstealer":||Absent||22b. "Zim Eats Waffles":||Non-speaking|
|23a. "The Girl Who Cried Gnome":||Appears||23b. "Dibship Rising":||Absent|
|24a. "Vindicated!":||Absent||24b. "The Voting of the Doomed":||Absent|
|25. "Gaz, Taster of Pork":||Absent|
|26. "The Frycook What Came from All That Space":||Absent|
|27. "The Most Horrible X-Mas Ever":||Absent|
|1. "Roboparents Gone Wild":||Confirmed||2. "Simon Sez Doom":||Does Not Appear|
|3. "Invader Poonchy":||Does Not Appear||4. "Nubs of Doom":||Confirmed|
|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":||Does Not Appear|
|13. "It Feeds on Noodles":||Unconfirmed||14. "When Pants Ruled!":||Unconfirmed|
|15. "Squishy: Hugger of Worlds":||Unconfirmed||16. "Invader Dib":||Unconfirmed|
|1. Issue 1:||Appears||2. Issue 2:||Absent|
|3. Issue 3:||Absent||4. Issue 4:||Absent|
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|7. Issue 7:||Absent||8. Issue 8:||Absent|
|9. Issue 9:||Cameo||10. Issue 10:||Absent|
|11. Issue 11:||Appears||12. Issue 12:||Appears|
|13. Issue 13:||Absent||14. Issue 14:||Absent|
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|17. Issue 17:||Absent||18. Issue 18:||Absent|
|19. Issue 19:||Appears||20. Issue 20:||Absent|
|21. Issue 21:||Absent||22. Issue 22:||Absent|
|23. Issue 23:||Cameo||24. Issue 24:||Cameo|
|25. Issue 25:||Absent||26. Issue 26:||Absent|
|27. Issue 27:||Absent||28. Issue 28:||Absent|
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|31. Issue 31:||Absent||32. Issue 32:||Absent|
|33. Issue 33:||Absent||34. Issue 34:||Absent|
|35. Issue 35:||Absent||36. Issue 36:||Cameo|
|37. Issue 37:||Absent||38. Issue 38:||Absent|
|39. Issue 39:||Absent||40. Issue 40:||Absent|
|41. Issue 41:||Absent||42. Issue 42:||Absent|
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|47. Issue 47:||Absent||48. Issue 48:||Absent|
|49. Issue 49:||Absent||50. Issue 50:||Absent|
|Characters of Invader Zim|
|Zim • GIR • Dib Membrane • Gaz Membrane|
|Almighty Tallest Purple • Almighty Tallest Red • Ms. Bitters • Professor Membrane|
|Invader Skoodge • Keef • Minimoose • Tak • President Man • Roboparents • Lard Nar • Skool Principal|
|Adult Dib • Old Kid • Hobo • Alan • Meef • Skoolchildren|
|Mortos der Soulstealer • Sergeant Slab Rankle • Sergeant Hobo 678 • Shadow Hog • Chickenfoot • Sizz-Lorr • Gashloog • Willy • Iggins • Walton Chunky • Pigboy|
|Louie • Digestor • Almighty Tallest Spork • Almighty Tallest Miyuki • Bloody GIR • Cthulu • Cybernetic Kitten • Dinky • Little Timmy|