History Fridge / Animorphs

27th Jun '16 5:35:12 PM DrImpossible
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* When Ax first tries to use his Human friends to morph into Human kid that fits this planet better than a blue deer with a prehensile poleaxe whip for a tail, it makes sense and it's an easy way to explain away the Andalite being able to talk to the Humans in public. But...Animorphs can absorb the forms of other specific Humans. That's terrifying! An Animorph could murder controllers, letting themselves be recorded doing it, and leave splashes of their own blood and fingerprints and the murder-weapon, then show up to school the next day completely uninjured, under no suspicion, and watch as a different controller entirely gets sent to prison for it. Or at least leave the Yeerks having to cover up their own murders.



** Even just giving each other permission to use each other as a morph! Especially Tobias, when he gets his morphing back, because he has no normal life to cover for. He can give the others a perfect alibi while they morph. Jake could follow a controller around for almost two hours as a morph while "Jake" is at home, playing video games with Marco, where Tom the Yeerk-Controller can easily see him.

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** Even just giving each other permission to use each other as a morph! Especially Tobias, when he gets his morphing back, because he has no normal life to cover for. He can give the others a perfect alibi while they morph. Jake could follow a controller around for almost two hours as a morph while "Jake" is at home, playing video games with Marco, where Tom the Yeerk-Controller can easily see him.him.
** Even if you weren't planning to use the morph of someone you absorbed, having the ability to absorb their form is pretty useful, too. Even if you have already absorbed their form, you can always touch them again and "absorb" the form a second time, or a third, or a fourth, or a fifth... Just to induce the calm and subdued effects that absorbing something's DNA has on anything. Getting beaten up at school? Just concentrate for a moment and suddenly that guy holding your wrist to make you slap your own face has stopped and just letting you go.
27th Jun '16 5:21:26 PM DrImpossible
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* Why don't the five Human Animorphs use their ability to turn into specific individual creatures on other Humans? Yes, it is a little bit immoral (since the person in question doesn't know you're doing it,) but it seems perfectly acceptable by the standards of ''fighting off alien invasions!'' Especially when the aliens in question are taking over people's bodies! Would it really bother you to copy the appearance of a classmate or a random member of the Sharing? Because clearly the Animorphs are happy to murder Yeerk host bodies, why not first mimic them to frame them for crimes or infiltrate the Yeerk pools or whatever. Not to mention the much more sleazy potential that Marco at least might consider.

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* At first the franchise, ''Animorphs'', being about teenagers who turn into animals to fight an alien invasion is fairly straightforward. Human kids, given the ability to turn into creatures that they have managed to "absorb" the form of, begin a guerrilla war against an army of mind-controlling slugs. And then Ax comes along, one of the "good-guy" aliens, and uses ''their'' DNA to form a Human disguise. Still, makes sense, he wants to blend in on Earth, so he wants to look like a normal Human kid that they might hang out with. But then, reading it all over again a few times...
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Why don't the five Human Animorphs use their ability to turn into specific individual creatures on other Humans? Yes, it is a little bit immoral (since the person in question doesn't know you're doing it,) but it seems perfectly acceptable by the standards of ''fighting off alien invasions!'' Especially when the aliens in question are taking over people's bodies! Would it really bother you to copy the appearance of a classmate or a random member of the Sharing? Because clearly the Animorphs are happy to murder Yeerk host bodies, why not first mimic them to frame them for crimes or infiltrate the Yeerk pools or whatever. Not to mention the much more sleazy potential that Marco at least might consider.
27th Jun '16 5:09:48 PM DrImpossible
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* Why don't the five Human Animorphs use their ability to turn into specific individual creatures on other Humans? Yes, it is a little bit immoral (since the person in question doesn't know you're doing it,) but it seems perfectly acceptable by the standards of ''fighting off alien invasions!'' Especially when the aliens in question are taking over people's bodies! Would it really bother you to copy the appearance of a classmate or a random member of the Sharing? Because clearly the Animorphs are happy to murder Yeerk host bodies, why not first mimic them to frame them for crimes or infiltrate the Yeerk pools or whatever. Not to mention the much more sleazy potential that Marco at least might consider. Even just giving each other permission to use each other as a morph.

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* Why don't the five Human Animorphs use their ability to turn into specific individual creatures on other Humans? Yes, it is a little bit immoral (since the person in question doesn't know you're doing it,) but it seems perfectly acceptable by the standards of ''fighting off alien invasions!'' Especially when the aliens in question are taking over people's bodies! Would it really bother you to copy the appearance of a classmate or a random member of the Sharing? Because clearly the Animorphs are happy to murder Yeerk host bodies, why not first mimic them to frame them for crimes or infiltrate the Yeerk pools or whatever. Not to mention the much more sleazy potential that Marco at least might consider.
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Even just giving each other permission to use each other as a morph.morph! Especially Tobias, when he gets his morphing back, because he has no normal life to cover for. He can give the others a perfect alibi while they morph. Jake could follow a controller around for almost two hours as a morph while "Jake" is at home, playing video games with Marco, where Tom the Yeerk-Controller can easily see him.
27th Jun '16 5:00:15 PM DrImpossible
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** Even better than that, he could have simply turned into any morph at all. (Yes, reading the Andalite Chronicles reveals that he lost his morphing abilities, but it also revealed that the Elimist gave them back!) So he would have been healed of all his injuries and be able to leave, possibly with the children or possibly as a distraction from the children. Either way, safer for everybody and with no need for him to die.

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** Even better than that, he could have simply turned into any morph at all. (Yes, reading the Andalite Chronicles reveals that he lost his morphing abilities, but it also revealed that the Elimist gave them back!) So he would have been healed of all his injuries and be able to leave, possibly with the children or possibly as a distraction from the children. Either way, safer for everybody and with no need for him to die.die.
* Why don't the five Human Animorphs use their ability to turn into specific individual creatures on other Humans? Yes, it is a little bit immoral (since the person in question doesn't know you're doing it,) but it seems perfectly acceptable by the standards of ''fighting off alien invasions!'' Especially when the aliens in question are taking over people's bodies! Would it really bother you to copy the appearance of a classmate or a random member of the Sharing? Because clearly the Animorphs are happy to murder Yeerk host bodies, why not first mimic them to frame them for crimes or infiltrate the Yeerk pools or whatever. Not to mention the much more sleazy potential that Marco at least might consider. Even just giving each other permission to use each other as a morph.
27th Jun '16 4:54:20 PM DrImpossible
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* Melissa Chapman pretty much just disappears after the first few books. But it's not an oversight at all. It's the natural result of someone becoming an Animorph, and Rachel at that, and as a consequence losing touch with pretty much all her "normal" friends. Given that Melissa is depressed as it is even before her best friend drops her for seemingly no reason, her life must be awful. Well, awful in her perspective anyway...

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* Melissa Chapman pretty much just disappears after the first few books. But it's not an oversight at all. It's the natural result of someone becoming an Animorph, and Rachel at that, and as a consequence losing touch with pretty much all her "normal" friends. Given that Melissa is depressed as it is even before her best friend drops her for seemingly no reason, her life must be awful. Well, awful in her perspective anyway...anyway...

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* When Elfangor gives the Animorphs their ability to absorb other forms, and spends some time implanting lots of information about the setting as a whole into Tobias using a telepathic link, he knows that the Yeerks are on their way, but also that they are a few minutes away. Reading this scene the first time seems to make sense. He is injured and the Yeerks are coming so, after giving the Animorphs their powers and teaching Tobias how to use them, he just lies there till the Yeerks come and kill him. But then, reading it all over again a few times...
** He had plenty of time between mind-melding with Tobias and the arrival of the Yeerks to let each of them touch him for long enough to absorb an Andalite morph. This would have made things a lot easier later on for them all. It would have let them "prove" that they were indeed Andalite bandits, by transforming from Humans "back" into Andalite forms. It would also immediately give them a form that has horse-like running ability ''and'' a super-strong whip-like tail that wields a super-sharp blade.
** Even better than that, he could have simply turned into any morph at all. (Yes, reading the Andalite Chronicles reveals that he lost his morphing abilities, but it also revealed that the Elimist gave them back!) So he would have been healed of all his injuries and be able to leave, possibly with the children or possibly as a distraction from the children. Either way, safer for everybody and with no need for him to die.
4th Jan '16 7:09:18 PM tropette
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* AdultFear: Much of the NightmareFuel of the series can go over the heads of its target age group, who are more likely to just focus on the cool adventures and animals. However, if you're an adult who decides to do a nostalgic re-read (this troper did), not only do you catch everything this time around, but it's compounded by the fact that all of it is happening to young children ''and'' teenagers.

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* AdultFear: Much of the NightmareFuel of the series can go over the heads of its target age group, who are more likely to just focus on the cool adventures and animals. However, if you're an adult who decides to do a nostalgic re-read (this troper did), not only do you catch everything this time around, but it's compounded by the fact that all of it is happening to young children ''and'' teenagers.teenagers.
* Melissa Chapman pretty much just disappears after the first few books. But it's not an oversight at all. It's the natural result of someone becoming an Animorph, and Rachel at that, and as a consequence losing touch with pretty much all her "normal" friends. Given that Melissa is depressed as it is even before her best friend drops her for seemingly no reason, her life must be awful. Well, awful in her perspective anyway...
3rd Dec '15 7:05:39 PM Typos
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* Ax's books are among the most light-hearted of the books. It could be because of his humorous interpretations of humanity… But when Tobias morphed Ax in ''The Illusion'', he was struck by the powerfully optimistic nature of the Andalite mind, and he was subsequently told by Ax that the Andalites do their rituals to ''temper'' that innate optimism. This could be another reason why Ax's books are more lighthearted - his natural optimism is seeping through into his writing.

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* Ax's books are among the most light-hearted of all the books. It could be because of his humorous interpretations of humanity… But when Tobias morphed Ax in ''The Illusion'', he was struck by the powerfully optimistic nature of the Andalite mind, and he was subsequently told by Ax that the Andalites do their rituals to ''temper'' that innate optimism. This could be another reason why Ax's books are more lighthearted - his natural optimism is seeping through into his writing.
3rd Dec '15 7:04:52 PM Typos
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* Ax's books are among the most light-hearted of the books. It could be because of his humorous interpretations of humanity… But when Tobias morphed Ax in ''The Illusion'', he was struck by the powerfully optimistic nature of the Andalite mind, and he was subsequently told by Ax that the Andalites do their rituals to ''temper'' that innate optimism. This could be another reason why Ax's books are more lighthearted - his natural optimism is seeping through into his writing.
22nd Nov '15 12:26:19 PM Typos
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* In ''The Message'', the kids muse why Cassie and Tobias (and Visser Three) would hear Ax's telepathic SOS but the rest of them wouldn't. They conclude that it must be some connection between Andalites and morphing; and that therefore Cassie can hear it because of her connection with animals and natural morphing talent, and that Tobias can hear it because he's stuck in morph. This could be true, or it could be subtle foreshadowing of Cassie's temporal anomaly superpower and Tobias being Elfangor's son (and therefore part Andalite in a way).

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* In ''The Message'', the kids muse why Cassie and Tobias (and Visser Three) would hear Ax's telepathic SOS but the rest of them the Animorphs wouldn't. They conclude that it must be some connection between Andalites and morphing; and that therefore Cassie can hear it because of her connection with animals and natural morphing talent, and that Tobias can hear it because he's stuck in morph. This could be true, or it could be subtle foreshadowing of Cassie's temporal anomaly superpower and Tobias being Elfangor's son (and therefore part Andalite in a way).
22nd Nov '15 12:23:59 PM Typos
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* In ''The Message'' the kids muse why Cassie and Tobias (and Visser Three) would hear Ax's telepathic SOS. They conclude that it must be some connection between Andalites and morphing; and that therefore Cassie can hear it because of her connection with animals and natural morphing talent, and that Tobias can hear it because he's stuck in morph. This could be true, or it could be subtle foreshadowing of Cassie's temporal anomaly superpower and Tobias being Elfangor's son (and therefore part Andalite in a way).

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* In ''The Message'' Message'', the kids muse why Cassie and Tobias (and Visser Three) would hear Ax's telepathic SOS.SOS but the rest of them wouldn't. They conclude that it must be some connection between Andalites and morphing; and that therefore Cassie can hear it because of her connection with animals and natural morphing talent, and that Tobias can hear it because he's stuck in morph. This could be true, or it could be subtle foreshadowing of Cassie's temporal anomaly superpower and Tobias being Elfangor's son (and therefore part Andalite in a way).
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