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Zim's Base
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Name Zim's Base
Located On Earth
Known Residents Zim
First Appearance The Nightmare Begins

Zim's Base, or Zim's House, is the home of Zim and GIR, and later on, Minimoose. When Zim and GIR reached Earth, they found an area between two apartment buildings (located within a cul-de-sac), and, using an Irken device resembling a tablet computer, he created a base founded on what Zim thought was normal Earth housing (since GIR was of minimal help at the time).

It's a tall, green house with a purple roof and door (which appears to have come from a men's bathroom). It has a satellite dish on one side of the roof, and the front yard is covered in lawn ornaments, including a flamingo, two puffer fish, and a flag that says "I Love Earth".

The house also has four large robotic Lawn Gnomes, which serve as the base's first line of defense - though they can easily destroy humans, it has been seen in many episodes that passersby can slip by them with ease (although they may remain harmless most of the time in order to avoid suspicion).

Zim's house is located in a cul-de-sac in a suburban neighborhood of the City, just a block or two away from the Membrane Home.

The walls of the house appear to be capable of changing shape on command; in the episode "Plague of Babies", Zim was able to order the house to create a round window in the rear wall of the house, which subsequently disappeared autonomously after he used it.



The entry room of Zim's base.

Zim's base has a main floor, an attic, and a series of underground floors which lead into the actual base. The main floor has two large rooms, about equal in size.

The first room is a hallway/living room/television room. It consists of the front door, two closets (where the Roboparents are stored), a large pink couch, an arm chair, a very large television set (an equivalent to a wall-mounted plasma TV), a picture of a green monkey that doubles as a two-way video communication screen with the Tallest, and an entryway to the kitchen. There is a small picture of a squid by the doorway.

The front door has a very interesting feature: Instead of a peephole, Zim presses a handprint-scanning device that appears on the door, causing the door to become transparent from the inside and reveal to Zim anyone who knocks on the door or rings the doorbell, as revealed in "Tak: The Hideous New Girl".

The second room is the kitchen: It contains the typical furnishings found in any ordinary kitchen: a table with two or more seats, kitchen supplies, cabinets, a refrigerator, and a toilet by the far wall that functions as an elevator to the lower levels of the base.

Above the toilet is a poster that says "I eat food" (taken directly from Johnny the Homicidal Maniac, as one of Nny's constantly-changing shirts) and on another wall is a poster that says "Earth Food Rocks!". On the other wall, facing the living room and next to the table Zim and GIR eat on, are posters that say (from right to left) "Biohazard (with logo)" and "Meat is Best!", as revealed in "Battle of the Planets". The first floor's ceiling seems to be made of an arrangement of claw-like pipes.

Zim's bathroom

Concept art for Zim's bathroom.

There is also a hall in front of the living room with a statue of a pig, some more bizarre pictures, and a door which presumably goes to the bathroom. The bathroom has a statue of a giant chicken, a birdhouse, some windows, a mirror which is connected to a bathroom cabinet, a bath mat, an upside down sink, a bathtub on the wall, and claw-like pipes.

Interestingly, the hall may have been seen in "Walk for your Lives", but other than that, the hall and bathroom were never seen in the show. However, the fact that concept art was made, implies that Zim's bathroom is also a part of the house's structure but its unknown in what part of the house its located, ironically the fact that Zim has a bathroom he did not install the toilet inside of it.

Zim's Base PJ

Zim's Base, as seen in Planet Jackers.

The layout and over all floor plan of the subterranean base itself is not entirely known, but the rooms that have been seen include a repair bay, a large circular room containing the house's brain, several labs, a holodeck, a storage room, an observatory, a "scheming nook" (seen in the comics), a large room with a control panel and a huge viewscreen, a holo-chamber (seen in the comics), a teleporter bay (used to access Zim's space station), and various other rooms and hallways, though when zooming in through the dirt it seems to be composed of spherical chambers connected by pipes.

Zim's technology

The screens and panels in Zim's lab.

The observatory appears to be the largest and deepest part of the underground base. As with all Irken architecture and technology, the color scheme of the underground floors consists mostly of shades of red, magenta, pink, and purple.

The attic is where the Voot Cruiser is located. It is also known as the "Launch Hangar" in "Battle of the Planets". The attic is also located in the roof, which can open up for access to the Voot Cruiser's flight capacity. The attic has also been seen receiving long-range space probes that were sent out into space.

Facts of Doom[]


The house's robotic dog form.

  • The house is capable of separating from its base and moving on its own via its robotic dog form. This occurred when GIR's mind was accidentally inserted into the house's brain in "Invasion of the Idiot Dog Brain". How GIR knew or activated this is unknown.
  • It's shown in "The Nightmare Begins" that Zim's base requires an incredible amount of power, as shown by the massive power cables going into two next-door homes. The residents, even though plagued by power loss, don't seem to either notice or care.
    I Eat Food - JtHM, IZ
  • Above the toilet in the kitchen is a poster, saying "I Eat Food". This is referencing one of Jhonen's earlier comics, Johnny the Homicidal Maniac. In one comic, his ever changing shirt bears the same message.
  • In "Bloaty's Pizza Hog" when Dib broke into the base, he told Gaz that there were things in it that he never even dreamed of, implying the technology within is hundreds or maybe even thousands of years ahead of anything humans currently have.
  • Unlike Dib, Gaz was unimpressed with Zim's base when they were finding out about Tak's plan in "Tak: The Hideous New Girl".
  • It's shown in "Backseat Drivers From Beyond the Stars" that Zim's base is located somewhere around Pennsylvania in the American Midwest, when the Massive locks on to Zim's signal, displaying Zim's location.
  • One of the DVD releases of Invader Zim, known as the "house set", came in a box shaped like Zim's house, and also included an exclusive Duty Mode GIR figure.
  • Zim's base can be seen in the background in the final level in the 2006 video game Nicktoons: Battle for Volcano Island.
  • It was stated by Zim that the base is capable of repairing itself.
  • In Issue 10, rather than merely the roof of the base opening to let the Voot Runner fly out, as has always previously been the case, the entire house opens up and withdraws into the ground.
  • Despite being far more advanced than anything made by humans, the technology in Zim's base seems to be prone to defects and is quite possibly outdated by Irken standards. In fact, Tak's ship was stated by Dib in "Backseat Drivers from Beyond the Stars" to be more than a match for the entire base, and in Issue 39 the SON Unit confirmed the ship is the most advanced piece of technology on Earth.