History NightmareFuel / Animorphs

10th Oct '17 5:51:54 AM NightShade96
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* Visser Three. Sure, he's a bad guy and he's an egomaniac. But it gets worse. It gradually becomes clear that his AffablyEvil personality is only a masquerade which does little to hide his psychopathic tendencies. He's a violent nutcase who flips out at little-to-no provocation and will often execute his own subordinates, or ''torture them for weeks'', for no other reason than the fact that he's pissed off, which is pretty much all the time. ''And'' he's got a variety of morphs hand-picked for the fact that they can kill you in the most grotesque ways possible (one of them can shoot acid, for instance). For Christ's sake, the guy has a personal collection of torture instruments from all over the galaxy ''for entertainment''.

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* Visser Three. Sure, he's a bad guy and he's an egomaniac. But it gets worse. It gradually becomes clear that his AffablyEvil personality [[FauxAffablyEvil is only a masquerade which does little to hide his psychopathic tendencies.tendencies]]. He's a violent nutcase who flips out at little-to-no provocation and will often execute his own subordinates, or ''torture them for weeks'', for no other reason than the fact that he's pissed off, which is pretty much all the time. ''And'' he's got a variety of morphs hand-picked for the fact that they can kill you in the most grotesque ways possible (one of them can shoot acid, for instance). For Christ's sake, the guy has a personal collection of torture instruments from all over the galaxy ''for entertainment''.



* The ending of the last book where [[spoiler:Ax ''[[BodyHorror smiles]]'' at them.]]

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* The One. [[spoiler: Aximili]], of all individuals, being reduced to just another tiny part of an unbelievable being's consciousness is already creepy as all get out, but then there's the mouth...
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The ending of the last book where [[spoiler:Ax ''[[BodyHorror smiles]]'' at them.]]



** When the Ellimist was talking about the origin of his battle with Crayak, he told the gang that Crayak was expelled from a far-distant galaxy hundreds of millions of years ago by an even more powerful entity. Also much like Sauron.
** The scariest thing about Crayak? His introduction. Jake experiences the Yeerk dying in his brain, and, just like that, is pushed face to face with something so awful, so utterly evil, that it nearly breaks him... with no explanation. None. Ellimist hasn't even shown up yet, and Jake won't know what it is for a very long time. He mentions having awful nightmares about it in ''The Attack''.
* The Howlers [[spoiler: are [[PsychopathicManChild literally children]], and believe their constant mindless killing of other races is actually a game, ''and they enjoy it.'']]

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** When the Ellimist was talking about the origin of his battle with Crayak, he told the gang that Crayak was expelled from a far-distant galaxy hundreds of millions of years ago by an even more powerful entity. Also entity, also much like Sauron.
** The scariest thing about Crayak? His introduction. Jake experiences the Yeerk dying in his brain, and, just like that, is pushed face to face with something so awful, so utterly evil, that it nearly breaks him... with no explanation. None. The Ellimist hasn't even shown up yet, and Jake won't know what it is for a very long time. He mentions having awful nightmares about it in ''The Attack''.
* The Howlers [[spoiler: are [[PsychopathicManChild literally children]], and believe that their constant mindless killing of other races is actually a game, ''and they enjoy it.'']]



* The One. [[spoiler: Aximili]], of all individuals, being reduced to just another tiny part of an unbelievable being's consciousness is already creepy as all get out, but then there's the mouth...



* Marco exhibits some slightly Machiavellian tendencies, especially in the later books. He often talks about "the straight line". It's a personal philosophy of his; there is a straight line from A to B, the simplest way to do it, ultimate efficiency. Sometimes following this line forces you to do some things that you'd rather not (like kill your family), and thus, you diverge from the line. But the line is still the line, and for that ultimate efficiency, it must be followed through (to the hilt, so to speak). This philosophy led him to [[spoiler:plan in detail—and execute to completion—a plan to throw his own mother off a cliff to kill the alien in her head]]...

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* Marco exhibits some slightly Machiavellian tendencies, especially in the later books. He often talks about "the straight line". It's a personal philosophy of his; there is a straight line from A to B, the simplest way to do it, ultimate efficiency. Sometimes following this line forces you to do some things that you'd rather not (like kill your family), and thus, you diverge from the line. But the line is still the line, and for that ultimate efficiency, it must be followed through (to the hilt, so to speak). This philosophy led him to [[spoiler:plan in detail—and detail -- and execute to completion—a completion -- a plan to throw his own mother off a cliff to kill the alien in her head]]...head...]]



* Any time a controller manages to briefly reassert control can come off this way. In #2, Chapman and his wife are nearly ''tearing themselves apart'' trying to fight off the Yeerks to protect Melissa.
* The Yeerks themselves. An alien slug forces its way through your ear canal and wraps itself around your brain—then takes over controlling your body while you are trapped helplessly in your own head.

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* Any time a controller Controller manages to briefly reassert control can come off this way. In #2, Chapman and his wife are nearly ''tearing themselves apart'' trying to fight off the Yeerks to protect Melissa.
* The Yeerks themselves. An alien slug forces its way through your ear canal and wraps itself around your brain—then brain -- then takes over controlling your body while you are trapped helplessly in your own head.



** One of the worst things seen about the Yeerks really drives home how horrible it would be to be a controller. In the Yeerk pool, the humans whose Yeerks are feeding in the pool are put in cages. Most of them either cry, scream, curse, or rage at the guards, but some just sit there in silence, and wait to be called back, because they have literally lost all hope of ever being free again.
** On occasion, the Yeerks encounter a species that they can't make controllers out of. These species are simply [[FinalSolution enslaved and worked to death]].
* The [[{{HiveMind}} Nesk]], plain and simple. A race of aliens attempting to colonize Earth in the time of the dinosaurs, they are capable of forming into [[WormThatWalks any size and shape by acting in tandem with each other,]] allowing them to operate stolen machinery and wage war with other creatures. WordOfGod said they survive [[NukeEm their cataclysmic defeat at the hands of the Animorphs]] as modern-day ants.

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** One of the worst things seen about the Yeerks really drives home how horrible it would be to be a controller.Controller. In the Yeerk pool, the humans whose Yeerks are feeding in the pool are put in cages. Most of them either cry, scream, curse, or rage at the guards, but some just sit there in silence, and wait to be called back, because they have literally lost all hope of ever being free again.
** On occasion, the Yeerks encounter a species that they can't make controllers Controllers out of. These species are simply [[FinalSolution enslaved and worked to death]].
* The [[{{HiveMind}} [[HiveMind Nesk]], plain and simple. A race of aliens attempting to colonize Earth in the time of the dinosaurs, they are capable of forming into [[WormThatWalks any size and shape by acting in tandem with each other,]] allowing them to operate stolen machinery and wage war with other creatures. WordOfGod said that they survive survived [[NukeEm their cataclysmic defeat at the hands of the Animorphs]] as modern-day ants.



* The animorphs' ages are never specified until near the end of the series. Those violent battles, having their limbs torn off, being forced to kill innocents, watching the people around them being puppetted by alien invaders? They started when they were ''thirteen''.

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* The animorphs' Animorphs' ages are never specified until near the end of the series. Those violent battles, having their limbs torn off, being forced to kill innocents, watching the people around them being puppetted by alien invaders? They started when they were ''thirteen''.
10th Oct '17 5:45:17 AM NightShade96
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* The TV Series gives us such gems such as Marco attempting to morph into a rat for his first time, and getting stuck halfway, resulting in [[http://i.imgur.com/7I2aC77.png this.]]

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* The TV Series series gives us such gems such as Marco attempting to morph into a rat for his first time, and getting stuck halfway, resulting in [[http://i.imgur.com/7I2aC77.png this.]]



* ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' gave us the nightmarish puppetmaster Yeerks, the Taxxons, insane-with-hunger giant centipedes (who are also cannibals and will eat themselves if they are injured/hungry enough—and they're always hungry), and the Hork-Bajir, benign but enslaved bladed lizard men (who started out as mooks but turned out to be really sympathetic), as well as [[PainfulTransformation morphing]] in general and the terror at getting stuck in animal form—or, worse, between forms—in particular.

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* ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' ''Animorphs'' gave us the nightmarish puppetmaster Yeerks, the Taxxons, insane-with-hunger giant centipedes (who are also cannibals and will eat themselves if they are injured/hungry enough—and they're always hungry), and the Hork-Bajir, benign but enslaved bladed lizard men (who started out as mooks but turned out to be really sympathetic), as well as [[PainfulTransformation morphing]] in general and the terror at getting stuck in animal form—or, worse, between forms—in particular.
14th Aug '17 2:37:11 AM Watermist
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** ...''and Rachel killed Tom.''

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** ...''and [[spoiler:''and Rachel killed Tom.'''']]
14th Aug '17 2:36:55 AM Watermist
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** To make this worse, though? The Drode's exact words weren't "Kill Jake," but rather ''this'':
-->'''The Drode:''' If you ever find yourself desperate, Rachel. At the end. In need. Remember this: ''Your cousin's life'' is your passport to salvation in the arms of Crayak.
**...''and Rachel killed Tom.''
14th Jun '17 12:45:58 PM Kafkesque
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** That whole sequence in general--given three conflicting instructions on where to go, the Time Matrix splits the difference by generating an AcidTripDimension that's a mishmash of its users' memories of Earth, the Andalite homeworld, and the Yeerk homeworld.
14th Jun '17 12:33:23 PM Kafkesque
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** It's noted a couple of times that the Taxxons voluntarily gave themselves to the Yeerks, not as a surrender but in the hopes that Yeerk infestation could control their endless hunger. And even then, we see multiple cases of Taxxon hunger overwhelming its Yeerk's control.
31st Mar '17 10:19:42 AM Dustbunny3
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** And the covers are nothing compared to the books' descriptions of morphing.
31st Dec '16 9:56:34 AM nombretomado
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[[WakeUpGoToSchoolSaveTheWorld Wake up, go to school, save the world...]] [[{{Animorphs}} by morphing into different animals]] and fighting a violent maniac, [[EliteMooks walking salad shooters]], and [[HorrorHunger giant cannibalistic centipedes.]] WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids Seriously, ''Animorphs'''s motto might as well be, "Scaring small children since 1996."

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[[WakeUpGoToSchoolSaveTheWorld Wake up, go to school, save the world...]] [[{{Animorphs}} [[Literature/{{Animorphs}} by morphing into different animals]] and fighting a violent maniac, [[EliteMooks walking salad shooters]], and [[HorrorHunger giant cannibalistic centipedes.]] WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids Seriously, ''Animorphs'''s motto might as well be, "Scaring small children since 1996."



* ''{{Animorphs}}'' gave us the nightmarish puppetmaster Yeerks, the Taxxons, insane-with-hunger giant centipedes (who are also cannibals and will eat themselves if they are injured/hungry enough—and they're always hungry), and the Hork-Bajir, benign but enslaved bladed lizard men (who started out as mooks but turned out to be really sympathetic), as well as [[PainfulTransformation morphing]] in general and the terror at getting stuck in animal form—or, worse, between forms—in particular.

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* ''{{Animorphs}}'' ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' gave us the nightmarish puppetmaster Yeerks, the Taxxons, insane-with-hunger giant centipedes (who are also cannibals and will eat themselves if they are injured/hungry enough—and they're always hungry), and the Hork-Bajir, benign but enslaved bladed lizard men (who started out as mooks but turned out to be really sympathetic), as well as [[PainfulTransformation morphing]] in general and the terror at getting stuck in animal form—or, worse, between forms—in particular.



* The beginning of the first book, when we first realized this wasn't ''Literature/{{Goosebumps}}''. The kids meet a dying alien that gives them the power to morph. In a gentler story, Elfangor would have become the quirky alien mentor or something. But since this is {{Animorphs}}, guess what? Visser Three turns into the first of his [[OneWingedAngel many horrendous morphs]] and ''eats him.''

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* The beginning of the first book, when we first realized this wasn't ''Literature/{{Goosebumps}}''. The kids meet a dying alien that gives them the power to morph. In a gentler story, Elfangor would have become the quirky alien mentor or something. But since this is {{Animorphs}}, Literature/{{Animorphs}}, guess what? Visser Three turns into the first of his [[OneWingedAngel many horrendous morphs]] and ''eats him.''
2nd Sep '16 5:36:21 AM XtinaS
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* ''{{Animorphs}}'' gave us the nightmarish puppetmaster Yeerks, the Taxxons, insane-with-hunger giant centipedes (who are also cannibals and will eat themselves if they are injured/hungry enough--and they're always hungry), and the Hork-Bajir, benign but enslaved bladed lizard men (who started out as mooks but turned out to be really sympathetic), as well as [[PainfulTransformation morphing]] in general and the terror at getting stuck in animal form--or, worse, between forms--in particular.
** In one book, we get to see how a Taxxon thinks--which is basically a never-ending, overwhelming sense of fear of starvation. Oh, and Tobias attempts to ''eat'' his friends while in this morph. Not fun.

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* ''{{Animorphs}}'' gave us the nightmarish puppetmaster Yeerks, the Taxxons, insane-with-hunger giant centipedes (who are also cannibals and will eat themselves if they are injured/hungry enough--and enough—and they're always hungry), and the Hork-Bajir, benign but enslaved bladed lizard men (who started out as mooks but turned out to be really sympathetic), as well as [[PainfulTransformation morphing]] in general and the terror at getting stuck in animal form--or, form—or, worse, between forms--in forms—in particular.
** In one book, we get to see how a Taxxon thinks--which thinks—which is basically a never-ending, overwhelming sense of fear of starvation. Oh, and Tobias attempts to ''eat'' his friends while in this morph. Not fun.



** Not to mention that Rachel and Ax are forced [[spoiler: to wait the two hours with him to make sure he's stuck.]] As Rachel said, you can't block out thought-speak, and she notes that she would hear his screams and pleads and threats everytime she fell asleep.

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** Not to mention that Rachel and Ax are forced [[spoiler: to wait the two hours with him to make sure he's stuck.]] As Rachel said, you can't block out thought-speak, and she notes that she would hear his screams and pleads and threats everytime every time she fell asleep.



** All the worse because there's some evidence that her transformation took place not just because she wanted it to, but because her friends needed it to, even if they wouldn't admit it (Jake, for instance, expresses guilt at using Rachel for the dirtiest work - [[spoiler:given where it gets her, you can't blame him]]). Rachel herself doesn't really become conscious of this until her little tete-a-tete with Crayak, a conversation that culminates in an argument with Cassie. When Cassie starts (as usual) objecting to Rachel's latest morally troubling but wholly necessary choice:
---> '''Cassie'''': I don't think you can do it a second time.

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** All the worse because there's some evidence that her transformation took place not just because she wanted it to, but because her friends needed it to, even if they wouldn't admit it (Jake, for instance, expresses guilt at using Rachel for the dirtiest work - [[spoiler:given work—[[spoiler:given where it gets her, you can't blame him]]). Rachel herself doesn't really become conscious of this until her little tete-a-tete with Crayak, a conversation that culminates in an argument with Cassie. When Cassie starts (as usual) objecting to Rachel's latest morally troubling but wholly necessary choice:
---> '''Cassie'''': '''Cassie''': I don't think you can do it a second time.



---> '''Cassie''': (taken aback) I...I don't...

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---> '''Cassie''': (taken aback) I... I don't...



** Don't forget Alloran. Not only is he himself being forced to eat his previous protege, but he's from a non-meat-eating species, making the experience a whole new level of horrifying. In fact, Andalites are most likely a prey species. (V3 may very well have gotten into the habit of eating his Andalite enemies just to bully Alloran.)

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** Don't forget Alloran. Not only is he himself being forced to eat his previous protege, protégé, but he's from a non-meat-eating species, making the experience a whole new level of horrifying. In fact, Andalites are most likely a prey species. (V3 may very well have gotten into the habit of eating his Andalite enemies just to bully Alloran.)



* The Howlers [[spoiler: are literally children, and believe their constant mindless killing of other races is actually a game, ''and they enjoy it.'']]

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* The Howlers [[spoiler: are [[PsychopathicManChild literally children, children]], and believe their constant mindless killing of other races is actually a game, ''and they enjoy it.'']]



* For a series about aliens, Animorphs made some of Mother Earth's own children into pure horror for many a child. In ''The Predator'' Marco describes Jake morphing into a lobster and his face "exploding" into valves. Imagine seeing a human being's face [[http://farm1.static.flickr.com/56/151929993_93b08a7c11.jpg turn into this.]] Or in ''The Suspicion'', Cassie describes a giant (from her perspective) [[http://en.wikivisual.com/images/2/2a/Wolf_spider_attack_position.jpg wolf spider]].

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* For a series about aliens, Animorphs made some of Mother Earth's own children into pure horror for many a child. In ''The Predator'' Marco describes Jake morphing into a lobster and his face "exploding" into valves. Imagine seeing a human being's face [[http://farm1.static.flickr.com/56/151929993_93b08a7c11.jpg turn into this.]] Or in ''The Suspicion'', Cassie describes a giant (from her perspective) [[http://en.wikivisual.com/images/2/2a/Wolf_spider_attack_position.[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Wolf_spider_attack_position.jpg wolf spider]].



* Marco exhibits some slightly Machiavellian tendencies, especially in the later books. He often talks about "the straight line". It's a personal philosophy of his; there is a straight line from A to B, the simplest way to do it, ultimate efficiency. Sometimes following this line forces you to do some things that you'd rather not (like kill your family), and thus, you diverge from the line. But the line is still the line, and for that ultimate efficiency, it must be followed through (to the hilt, so to speak). This philosophy led him to [[spoiler:plan in detail - and execute to completion - a plan to throw his own mother off a cliff to kill the alien in her head]]...

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* Marco exhibits some slightly Machiavellian tendencies, especially in the later books. He often talks about "the straight line". It's a personal philosophy of his; there is a straight line from A to B, the simplest way to do it, ultimate efficiency. Sometimes following this line forces you to do some things that you'd rather not (like kill your family), and thus, you diverge from the line. But the line is still the line, and for that ultimate efficiency, it must be followed through (to the hilt, so to speak). This philosophy led him to [[spoiler:plan in detail - and detail—and execute to completion - a completion—a plan to throw his own mother off a cliff to kill the alien in her head]]...



* Tobias getting tortured as a means to fool the yeerks into thinking the demorphing ray doesn't work. Tobias lost a sizable chunk of his sanity there, and it's really obvious.

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* Tobias getting tortured as a means to fool the yeerks Yeerks into thinking the demorphing ray doesn't work. Tobias lost a sizable chunk of his sanity there, and it's really obvious.



** What's worse is that in the next book narrated by Tobias, he mentions how he has been [[SanitySlippage having audio hallucinations of her voice taunting him]], and things go FromBadToWorse [[spoiler: when she shows up again, and in the middle of a conversation freezes up and says in a quiet voice [[ParanoiaFuel "Don't trust her"]] ]]. It's never clarified whether the "her" referred is the yeerk or just Taylor herself.

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** What's worse is that in the next book narrated by Tobias, he mentions how he has been [[SanitySlippage having audio hallucinations of her voice taunting him]], and things go FromBadToWorse [[spoiler: when she shows up again, and in the middle of a conversation freezes up and says in a quiet voice [[ParanoiaFuel "Don't trust her"]] ]]. It's never clarified whether the "her" referred is the yeerk Yeerk or just Taylor herself.



* The Yeerks themselves. An alien slug forces its way through your ear canal and wraps itself around your brain - then takes over controlling your body while you are trapped helplessly in your own head.

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* The Yeerks themselves. An alien slug forces its way through your ear canal and wraps itself around your brain - then brain—then takes over controlling your body while you are trapped helplessly in your own head.



* The fate of the Venber in ''The Extreme''. The Yeerks had cloned an extinct alien species, the Venber, to make shock troops specially adapted for cold temperatures. The problem is [[spoiler: a) they can't survive in temperatures above freezing, and b) the Venber clones are being controlled to follow programing instead of a Yeerk]]. So in the book's climax the kids run into area where there a large amounts of powerful lights. And the Venber follow. ''[[spoiler: They melt]].'' [[spoiler: And even as they slowly die [[{{AndIMustScream}} their programming forces them to twitch and writhe around and try to follow the Animorphs as their body liquefy]].]] Yikes.

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* The fate of the Venber in ''The Extreme''. The Yeerks had cloned an extinct alien species, the Venber, to make shock troops specially adapted for cold temperatures. The problem is [[spoiler: a) they can't survive in temperatures above freezing, and b) the Venber clones are being controlled to follow programing programming instead of a Yeerk]]. So in the book's climax the kids run into area where there a large amounts of powerful lights. And the Venber follow. ''[[spoiler: They melt]].'' [[spoiler: And even as they slowly die [[{{AndIMustScream}} their programming forces them to twitch and writhe around and try to follow the Animorphs as their body liquefy]].]] Yikes.



* The description of the man's gangrenous leg that Cassie had to cut off in #44, The Unexpected.

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* The description of the man's gangrenous leg that Cassie had to cut off in #44, The Unexpected.''The Unexpected''.



* In ''The Experiment'', the Animorphs have to infiltrate a slaughterhouse using cow morphs. Ax, before he has a chance to demorph, is herded onto the killing floor, and sees the cows ahead of him in line die, one by one, as the butcher approaches...Even after he's rescued and demorphs, Ax "could not stop trembling...could not stop shaking."
* There's the BadFuture seen in #7 The Stranger. Apparently they made Rachel a controller and forced her to eat Tobias with barbecue sauce. Bad enough for friends and comrades in arms, but they were in love.

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* In ''The Experiment'', the Animorphs have to infiltrate a slaughterhouse using cow morphs. Ax, before he has a chance to demorph, is herded onto the killing floor, and sees the cows ahead of him in line die, one by one, as the butcher approaches... Even after he's rescued and demorphs, Ax "could not stop trembling...trembling... could not stop shaking."
* There's the BadFuture seen in #7 The Stranger.''The Stranger''. Apparently they made Rachel a controller and forced her to eat Tobias with barbecue sauce. Bad enough for friends and comrades in arms, but they were in love.



* In "The Underground" it's revealed that Instant Maple & Ginger Oatmeal drives Yeerks insane. The Animorphs' first encounter is when a host throws himself out a window trying to commit suicide. Later on the Animorphs shoot open a barrel of oatmeal in a Yeerk pool, and it's implied the Visser will simply let the thousands of Yeerks affected die.
* Rachel taking command in "The Weakness," where she decides to [[HarsherInHindsight fly a jet into a tower controlled by the Yeerks.]] Thousands of Yeerks die in the inferno, and before that one of her plans leads to Cassie being captured and tortured by the Yeerks.

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* In "The Underground" ''The Underground'' it's revealed that Instant Maple & Ginger Oatmeal drives Yeerks insane. The Animorphs' first encounter is when a host throws himself out a window trying to commit suicide. Later on the Animorphs shoot open a barrel of oatmeal in a Yeerk pool, and it's implied the Visser will simply let the thousands of Yeerks affected die.
* Rachel taking command in "The Weakness," ''The Weakness,'' where she decides to [[HarsherInHindsight fly a jet into a tower controlled by the Yeerks.]] Thousands of Yeerks die in the inferno, and before that one of her plans leads to Cassie being captured and tortured by the Yeerks.
9th Jul '16 10:59:55 AM Chiropteru
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** And everyone basically knew it was going to happen. Jake, at least, realised that it was the ultimate plan before Tobias himself did, but needed to wait for Tobias to volunteer. The team basically forced doubt and indecision aside and threw their friend in the grinder to protect themselves, showing a lot less consideration for his safety and well-being than they do for many of their enemies.
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