Horrible Fanfiction #157: Dibra (part 10), an Invader Zim fanfiction
This chapter was just really boring, guys. I had a hard time slogging through it. Here you go, anyway.
Heads-up for sexual assault in this chapter. It’s fairly mild, but just be warned.
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Well… no, probably not, they probably just read your story and left reviews without paying much mind to your promises of imaginary penguins.
Then again, from what I’ve seen of your reviewers, maybe they really did want imaginary penguins.
Well I had to think very hard about what to give you that was penguin related, and then I remembered that I had a certain person still tied up in my closet…so I give you a choice.
You can either have Gir dressed up like a purple penguin or Jhonen Vasquez dressed like a pink penguin princess ;)
(I made Jhonen Vasquez come out of the closet, so don’t kill me jhonen-crazy-girl…*giggles* come out of the closet. I am such a dork!) :P
Ever wonder why Jhonen Vasquez is sometimes known to make negative comments about his own fanbase?
Well, now you know.
Incidentally, what does a pink penguin princess dress look like?
I will do the reviewer thing at the end of the chapter. So sit back, grab your penguin prize, tease a piranha, and enjoy today’s short chapter.
Another short one? Good.
Chapter 9 – Uh-Oh! part 2
I slowly stand up and clutch my bag tightly. Torque looks really pissed off, and I’m worried this may lead to bodily harm…mine!
Okay, so we all know where this is headed. But why? Plotwise, what purpose does this scene serve? Torque Smacky makes kind of a lousy villain; he’s physically threatening, but he’s no match for alien weaponry of the sort Zim has, and we all know Zim’s going to end up defending Dib(ra) here. Incidentally, our protagonist is perfectly capable of going to their dad and getting something with which to defend themself. Setting up Torque as some sort of arch-rival really doesn’t work.
“What do you want, Torque?” I ask calmly, while inside I’m freaking out.
“I want you to be my girl, that’s what I want.” He tells me clenching his fists.
The author has decided to make Torque into a misogynist for, as far as I can discern, no reason at all. Not only is this trope tired as all hell — I mean, I’m pretty sure most Suefics/sex-swap stories involve a sexual assault scene — it’s bad writing, and it’s misogynist in itself because in most cases the female character can’t fight off the threat on her own and has to turn to a male companion or love interest for help.
“Well, I simply must decline your offer. Now if you’ll just let me leave-“
“You’re not leaving.” He cuts me off, as he blocks the exit. “Torque Smacky always gets what he wants, and I want you.”
Ok now I’m freaking out, no exit and a boy who is pissed! This doesn’t look good for me.
Can we get this over with quickly? I really don’t want to read this. It isn’t so much out of discomfort with the material as it is discomfort with the author’s decision to write this scene to begin with.
“Let me leave Torque, you don’t want to do this.” I try to reason with him.
He walks towards me and grabs me by my hips. “Oh trust me, I definitely want this.” He tells me with a predatory look in his eyes.
My bag falls to the floor as I struggle to get free. Torque squeezes me hips hard and I squeak in protest to the harsh treatment.
Again, I have to wonder: why? What’s the point of this scene? Like I said, Torque doesn’t make much of a villain. There are plenty of ways to establish a character as antagonistic without having them sexually assault the protagonist. The fact that this trope basically never come into play unless the protagonist is a cute girl (or looks like one, at least) cements it as problematic.
“Let me go!” I yell at him, as I hit him with my fists.
He merely laughs and mashes our lips together. I struggle harder for a few seconds before I cease moving completely. I just stand there and feel him tighten his grip on my waist.
Torque must have thought that my cease in movement was a sign of surrender because he pulls back and grins at me.
Take the opportunity to knee him in the groin.
I stare starry eyed for a second. “That…was my…first kiss.” I say slowly.
I finally understand what just happened and I’m pissed. “That was my first kiss, you jackass! How dare you just take it!” I scream at him.
Or, you know, maybe get mad because he grabbed you and did something to you without your consent, not simply because it was your first kiss. This wouldn’t really be any better if you’d been kissed before. But whatever.
I pull my arm back and clench my fist. Pushing all my power into my arm, I swing forward and catch Torque right between the eyes.
I step back quickly as Torque fall forward landing on his face.
“That’s gonna smart when you wake up.” I tell his unconscious body.
Shit, the kid knows how to punch. That is indeed going to smart when he wakes up.
This is better than I anticipated, I have to say. I was fully expecting Zim to show up and rescue Dibra. Where is he, anyway?
I quickly grab my discarded bag and race out of the classroom and right into the arms of a certain green boy.
Oh, there he is.
“Where were you?” Zim asks me. I open my mouth to answer but he cuts me off. “No time, we have one minute before the bell rings.” He tells me quickly.
Can you actually picture Zim saying any of this dialogue? I can’t.
I hear Torque groan inside the abandoned classroom. “We’ll never make it.” I tell Zim.
Zim picks me up bridal style and his spider legs snap out.
Man, I love that “bride of an arachnid” look. Classic.
“Hang on tight.” Zim tells me before taking off.
I throw my arms around his neck and look behind us. I see Torque stumble out of the classroom, he is clutching his face. He looked in our direction and that was all I saw before Zim turned the corner.
So he wasn’t out for very long. I guess that’s realistic? I don’t have any personal experience with being knocked out (or knocking someone out); I don’t know how long it typically lasts.
We were one corner away from Ms. Bitters room so Zim quickly put me on the floor and retracted his spider legs.
Oh, like anyone would notice or care if you busted in there with your spider legs, Zim.
Though canon!Zim is paranoid as hell, he can also be careless about this sometimes (such as when he’s preoccupied with running away from someone). I feel like this is an instance in which he’d bust into the classroom, spider legs still out, then sheepishly retract them and try and play it off like nothing happened.
Of course, that’s canon!Zim we’re talking about and not whoever this guy is.
We both broke into a run and dashed into the classroom and sat in our seats just as the bell rang.
Torque stumbled into the room and glared at me murderously. He started charging at me and I couldn’t help but whimper.
“Torque Smacky! You are tardy!” Ms. Bitters yells as she materializes from the shadows. “You are going to the underground classrooms and your parents will be ordered to love you less!”
Borrowing dialogue for ol’ Bitters again, cool.
The floor beneath Torque gives away and he falls through the floor.
Man, I dunno why the “underground classroom” joke was such a huge hit with the fandom. It was pretty good, yeah, but is it really deserving of this many reiterations in fanfic?
I breathe a sigh of relief and smile over at Zim.
“You owe me an explanation.” He mouths silently at me. I nod and turn my attention to my scary teacher that probably just saved my life.
The chapter’s over. That probably just saved my life, too.
Another short chapter and I’m sure you all hate me now.
Writing a sexual assault scene for no reason doesn’t generally win you any points, author.
Don’t worry, Torque Smacky isn’t done here. I have a horrible doom planned for him 3:)
Why would you make Torque Smacky a bad guy? No, really, why? He’s no more of a bully than anyone else in Zim’s class, and he’s given a sympathetic portrayal in at least two episodes that I can think of. What about him inspires such hatred?
It is a very big deal to be late for class in my world. Your punishment is the underground classrooms, which I will write about…at some point :P
Come to think of it, as much as I’ve seen the underground classroom joke reused in Zimfics, I’ve never seen anyone go into detail as to what it actually is.
Is this author going to try to rectify that? Because, if so, I don’t know how to feel.
Lilykinz200 – I love spoiling my readers, it means you come back for more. Or do you all come back because I am too awesome and random to abandon? *giggles* random and abandon…they rhyme :P
All you need to know about reviewerLilykinz200 is that they were one of the “I don’t like ZaDR except when Dib is a girl” reviewers.
Daisy’sDeadRose – I hate cliff hangers too, it was horrid for me to write. But if I hadn’t, this chapter would have gone on forever. Although I doubt you all would have minded ;)
This reviewer expressed a dislike for cliffhangers.
Also, author, c’mon, they’re fun! You get to leave your readers in suspense! Not that your story actually has any of that, but y’know.
crazyone256 – are you pleased with your penguin prize? and I like waffles too, but not the kind with soap :P
I’m not even bothering to look up what this person was talking about.
Sydney – I’m glad you’re pleased. Your blonde kitten is pleased herself, never thought I’d make it this far :D
I don’t know if I want to know.
– I love hearing things! Especially if they are praises :D (Why didn’t come up at the beginning of my sentence? Computers are so weird [O_o]
What’s she even on about now?
Ican’tThinkOfAWittyNickname – I gets a cookie? …thank you…I..I love you ;’)
Demented llama – firstly..I just love your login! Its so cute! :P
and secondly. Torque no get rapey with the Dibra…but he shall return and I doubt I will be as generous…jk Dibra will not be raped, harmed mentaly…maybe :)
He already got “rapey” with the Dibra, if we’re taking “rapey” to mean “did sexual things to them without their consent.”
Also, I wouldn’t consider “Demented llama” to be a cute username, but to each their own, I guess.
Manel – Thank you for my 100th review! I love you so so so much! You make me a very happy author! :D
Next chapter will take awhile, I need to write more or I will be all caught up and that’s no fun. I will write faster if you all torure a Torque Smacky doll. Because Torque is lame…and I really hate him…please review …I want a penguin…ok I’m done now :D
Readers who are fellow Zim fans — do any of you hate Torque Smacky? Can you think of any reasons to hate Torque Smacky, apart from him being a bully since that would apply to every skoolchild in IZ? I’m honestly befuddled.