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Character Tak

Homeworld Irk
Rank Janitorial Drone
Gender Female
Equipment SIR Unit, advanced ship made by modifying a Spittle Runner
Affiliation(s) The Irken Empire
First appearance Tak: The Hideous New Girl
Voice Actor(s) Olivia D'Abo (English)

Tak is a female Irken and one of the main antagonists of Invader Zim. Her main goal is to take Zim's "mission" because Zim had ruined her training as an Invader. Vicious and determined, she is more focused on trying to gain for herself an honorable title as an Invader than revenge; Zim just happens to be in the way of getting it.

Despite her repeated assertions, she does show an inordinate amount of anger and bitterness toward Zim with good reason: fifty Earth years prior to Zim's arrival on Earth, Tak was going through training to become an Irken Elite, with the possibility of being chosen as an Invader. Zim, however, caused a
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major blackout throughout half of Devastis when he chose to retrieve a snack from a faulty vending machine by using a large battle mech (possibly a Maim Bot, as seen in Hobo 13) and shooting straight at it.

The resulting explosion blasted half the planet's power grid and trapped Tak in a training cell on the day of examination. Despite the catastrophic power outage, all tests continued on the other still-working side of the planet, leaving Tak stranded. She pled her case to her assigned Control Brain in hopes for some leniency, but her request was promptly denied. She was put into a janitorial squad to do hard labor on Planet Dirt for the duration of seventy Earth years before she could retake the examination.

Appearance

Tak on Planet Dirt (Tak, The Hideous New Girl)
Tak on Dirt
Tak has dark purple eyes and square-curled antennae. However, she also has some rather distinctive features that make her stand out from ordinary Irkens. One is an implant in her head that possesses limited mind-altering abilities, such as mind control and erasing memories. However, it only works on the simple-minded.
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Tak in her disguise
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The other notable feature is her custom purple and pink uniform. Although it is modeled after the standard Irken uniform, it also resembles a tailcoat in the back and has a small insignia on the front. Her boots are steel-toed and buckled, similar to another one of Jhonen Vasquez's characters, Johnny the Homicidal Maniac. She also has a black beauty mark under her left eye and a crosshatched mouth, similar to GIR's.

Her  human disguise, which is holographic, has short dark blue hair in a bob cut, very pale skin, black eyeliner, gray eyeshadow, black pants, and two silver rounded earrings. Her clothing is similar to her normal Irken uniform save for some differences; it contains four different shades of purple and blue, has a backpack which covers her PAK, and the emblem on her shirt resembles a female human to help with her disguise. She also only has three fingers, while other humans have four. This is possibly the only flaw in her disguise, though Keef also has three fingers.

Personality

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Tak with MIMI
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Despite the fact that she appeared in only one episode, it is clear that Tak's defining characteristics are that she's vindictive, wild, mysterious and rather cunning. She was shown to have a far more advanced disguise than the actual Invaders, choosing a hologram over a paper-thin disguise, and taking advantage of the population's obliviousness. Because she was only featured in a single episode, her personality was not explored to an extensive degree. However, it is very clear that she would be a more-than-capable Invader. Often her behavior is misread by audiences as denial of wanting revenge. However, the suffering she inflicted on Zim before revealing herself can be interpreted as not just a joy but a means of throwing him off-track while she constructed an enormous magma pump disguised as a Deelishus Weenie stand.

She stated that she doesn't want revenge, but to claim what was rightfully hers: the status of Invader. She sought to achieve this by reducing the Earth to a hollow shell by pumping out all its magma, and by filling it with snacks instead. She hoped to appeal directly to the Tallest. Judging by Tallest Purple's dissappointment with the plan's failure, she likely would have succeeded in being reassigned as an Invader. 

Role in Invader Zim

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Her attempt to take over Earth and thus steal Zim's mission makes Tak an antagonist toward both Zim and Dib. Tak: The Hideous New Girl included her first and only appearance, but if the show had gone on longer, she would have made many appearances throughout the series, namely in Top of the Line. Her role would have mainly been getting in Zim's way of world conquest, making her a main antagonist. In the episode, she would have entered a competition among the other Invaders, during which their SIR Units would be put through a series of tests (not unlike a dog show). Tak's role would have been to sabotage the other SIRs, leaving all but MiMi, Skoodge's and Tenn´s SIR Units and GIR destroyed. Because the script was never recovered, her interaction with Zim during the course of the episode is to be determined.

Facts of Doom

  • She speaks with a English accent. Note her voice actress, Olivia D' Abo is also British. Also tending to dumb herself down when around humans, her voice sounds higher in tone when in disguise.
  • She designed her ship by modifying a Spittle Runner, painting it red, along with decorating it with her customized version of the Irken insignia. This may be a reference to similarly dark pen-and-paper RPG 40k Warhammer 40,000.
  • The purple-pink spark of light that comes out of her right eye and into her left eye has psionic properties, which she used to make Sara apologize to her and, as an added bonus, eat her eraser.
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    She tried to erase Dib and Gaz's memories, but they are apparently immune to her powers, because they are much smarter than the other Skoolchildren. This is thought to come from an implant that's placed on the left side of her head.
  • Her clothes are similar to Johnny C's when in disguise.
  • Tak is one of the few known Irkens to have purple eyes: Others include the Almighty Tallest Purple, Sizz-Lorr, Invader Zee and a handful of background Irkens.
  • Despite being enemies, Zim and Tak share one thing in common: they are not real Invaders.
  • Based on her unorthodox methods and abilities, many fans have theorized that Tak may be a "defective" like Zim. This seems to be supported by the fact that she abandoned her janitorial tasks on planet Dirt, much in the way that Zim (a known defective) abandoned his station on Foodcortia; both felt they were meant for something other than what the Control Brains assigned them.
  • Tak appears to have a high pain tolerance, as she reacts much less severely to Earth water than Zim.
  • While Tak is shown ejecting herself out of her ship at the end of Tak: The Hideous New Girl, the ship that crashes in Dib's yard is whole, leaving how she escaped alive up to debate.
  • Tak mentions Zim's Roboparents during her confrontation with Dib and Gaz although she had never actually met them, which would imply that she may have followed Zim for some time.
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  • Tak means "yes" in Ukrainian; whether this was intended by the episode's creator is unknown.
  • Tak's name is also shared by an extradimensional entity in several books by Stephen King.
  • Tak's name is also shared by the main character of another Nicktoon, Tak and the Power of Juju. However, neither the Nicktoon nor the video game which inspire it predate Invader Zim.
  • One of the working plot ideas for Invader Dib would have had Tak join forces with Dib for one final assault against Zim. However, they and their forces are soon defeated and banished to Saturn after conspiring to commit genocide on Tak's own species in order to defeat Zim.
  • In the Pendragon fantasy book series, there is a soft red mineral on the world of Denduron called tak. It has been seen to have explosive qualities (like an Irken's semi-maniacal bloodthirst) and disintegrates in water (like one weakness of Irkens). It is unknown if this could be connected to the show itself, or if it's pure coincidence.

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