Zim is the titular protagonist of the Nickelodeon animated series Invader Zim. He is an incompetent alien invader from the planet Irk who is overzealous, impulsive, and convinced of his own greatness.
Appearances in Christmas specials
In the series' Christmas episode "The Most Horrible X-Mas Ever," Zim finds out how everyone on Earth shows great devotion to the man named Santa Claus, so he creates a giant Santa suit and uses it to disguise himself as Santa so that the humans will make him their ruler. He manages to gain the support of almost every human on Earth and commands them to build him a teleporter, which he plans to use to send the humans to be enslaved by the Almighty Tallest. However, Zim's Santa suit develops a mind of its own and starts taking over his body. Eventually, his nemesis, Dib, battles the sentient Santa suit and frees Zim from its grasp, but Zim gets back at him by dressing up as the Easter Platypus and tricks the people of Earth into thinking Dib has killed Santa.
Other Christmas productions
At around the same time "The Most Horrible X-Mas" premiered, Zim also made a few cameos in the Merry Nickmas interstitial shorts. His most notable cameo in these was "Holiday Party", in which he parodies the role of the Boss Elf from Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. When Jimmy Neutron tells him that SpongeBob SquarePants wants to be a fry cook instead of an elf, Zim responds by screaming "Who's SpongeBob?! TELL ME!!!" Zim also appeared as one of the citizens of Toonville in "How the You-Know-Who Stole You-Know-What!" In that short, Angelica Pickles tries to steal Zim's chocolate, but despite the fact that he appears to be sleeping, he keeps a very tight grip on the chocolate. Zim and his robot sidekick GIR can also be seen in the crowd of Nicktoon characters singing "The 12 Days of Nickmas".