History NightmareFuel / Animorphs

21st Apr '18 3:52:18 AM sabrina_diamond
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* A little earlier in ''The Andalite Chronicles'', there's a passage that's not outright nightmare-inducing, but more chilling and sinister: while Elfangor works to clear away the Time Matrix from the rubble, he slowly realizes that their escape from the Taxxons and Yeerks was entirely ''too'' lucky. He then has a flash of insight: the other three people on his ship, who he'd thought were themselves, have been taken over by Yeerks and are waiting to ambush him. He turns out to be right... [[spoiler: One of them is Alloran, who is no longer himself, but now "The Abomination". That's right: Elfangor has created his and the Animorphs' worst enemy through his own actions.]]

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* A little earlier in ''The Andalite Chronicles'', there's a passage that's not outright nightmare-inducing, but more chilling and sinister: while Elfangor works to clear away the Time Matrix from the rubble, he slowly realizes that [[HopeSpot their escape escape]] from the Taxxons and Yeerks was entirely ''too'' lucky. He then has a flash of insight: the other three people on his ship, who he'd thought were themselves, have been taken over by Yeerks and are waiting to ambush him. He turns out to be right... [[spoiler: One of them is was Alloran, who is no longer himself, himself but now "The Abomination". Abomination", ''otherwise known in the future as Visser 3...'' That's right: Elfangor has had accidentally created his and the Animorphs' worst enemy through his own actions.]]actions!]]
13th Mar '18 10:36:10 AM ImperialMajestyXO
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-->'''Ax:''' <''In a matter of speaking. [[HorrorHunger One half of it is consuming the other half.]]''>

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-->'''Ax:''' <''In a matter of speaking. [[HorrorHunger One half of it is is]] [[{{Autocannibalism}} consuming the other half.]]''>
29th Jan '18 9:40:31 AM Typos
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* A little earlier in ''The Andalite Chronicles'', there's a passage that's not outright nightmare-inducing, but more chilling and sinister: while Elfangor works to clear away the Time Matrix from the rubble, he suddenly realizes that their escape from the Taxxons and Yeerks was entirely ''too'' lucky. He then has a flash of insight: the other three people on his ship, who he'd thought were themselves, have been taken over by Yeerks and are waiting to ambush him. He turns out to be right... [[spoiler: One of them is Alloran, who is no longer himself, but now "The Abomination". That's right: Elfangor has created his and the Animorphs' worst enemy through his own actions.]]

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* A little earlier in ''The Andalite Chronicles'', there's a passage that's not outright nightmare-inducing, but more chilling and sinister: while Elfangor works to clear away the Time Matrix from the rubble, he suddenly slowly realizes that their escape from the Taxxons and Yeerks was entirely ''too'' lucky. He then has a flash of insight: the other three people on his ship, who he'd thought were themselves, have been taken over by Yeerks and are waiting to ambush him. He turns out to be right... [[spoiler: One of them is Alloran, who is no longer himself, but now "The Abomination". That's right: Elfangor has created his and the Animorphs' worst enemy through his own actions.]]
29th Jan '18 9:39:45 AM Typos
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* A little earlier in ''The Andalite Chronicles'', there's a passage that's not outright nightmare-inducing, but more chilling and sinister: while Elfangor works to clear away the Time Matrix from the rubble, he suddenly realizes that their escape from the Taxxons and Yeerks was entirely ''too'' lucky. He then has a flash of insight: the other three people on his ship, who he'd thought were themselves, have been taken over by Yeerks and are waiting to ambush him. He turns out to be right... [[spoiler: One of them is Alloran, who is no longer himself, but now "The Abomination". That's right: Elfangor has created his and the Animorphs' worst enemy through his own actions.]]
19th Nov '17 5:37:15 PM DastardlyDemolition
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--> Jake's face seemed to open up, to spit open into a complex mess of valves. I think I would have thrown up, seeing that. Except that I, also, had no mouth.
--> Then, suddenly, his stomach exploded. It just exploded outward, guts flying everywhere. Eight huge spider legs appeared, like something in him was trying to crawl out.

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--> -->Lobster: Jake's face seemed to open up, to spit open into a complex mess of valves. I think I would have thrown up, seeing that. Except that I, also, had no mouth.
--> -->Spider: Then, suddenly, his stomach exploded. It just exploded outward, guts flying everywhere. Eight huge spider legs appeared, like something in him was trying to crawl out.
19th Nov '17 5:35:48 PM DastardlyDemolition
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--> Jake's face seemed to open up, to spit open into a complex mess of valves. I think I would have thrown up, seeing that. Except that I, also, had no mouth.
--> Then, suddenly, his stomach exploded. It just exploded outward, guts flying everywhere. Eight huge spider legs appeared, like something in him was trying to crawl out.
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.''
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