History YMMV / Animorphs

27th Jun '16 9:21:15 AM spiritsunami
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** Though if you look hard enough...in Taylor's second book, there's a brief moment where she freezes up mid-conversation and then whispers "Don't trust her"; Taylor the Yeerk was indeed deceiving the Animorphs throughout that book. This warning can be construed as Taylor the human managing to briefly reassert control; compare Chapman and his wife fighting their Yeerks in book #2 to protect their daughter and you have to wonder...
26th Jun '16 11:03:30 PM spiritsunami
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** For a non-Saario Rip example, there's ''The Prophecy''. A sequel to The Hork-Bajir Chronicles where a recording of Aldrea's personality is put into Cassie. Except the process comes off as pure voodoo that sticks out strongly in this mostly hard sci-fi series, and Aldrea is inexplicably considered to have ''chosen'' to become a Hork-Bajir nothlit rather than being knocked out. Plus, there's a glaring editing mistake that makes the Animorphs look like idiots when they're all shocked and appalled that Aldrea doesn't known where the book's MacGuffin is, ''after'' she already told them.

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** ''The Attack'' isn't a Sario Rip book, but it nevertheless doesn't allow the Animorphs to keep the morphs they acquire. The Ellimist transports the six of them plus Erek to a far-off planet to battle a group of Howlers as part of a game against Crayak, and meet the Iskoort, who have WeirdTradeUnion as their [[PlanetOfHats hat]]. It ends when Jake manages to morph a Howler and upload his memories to their racial memory, destroying their [[ChildrenAreInnocent Crayak-enforced innocence]] and ensuring that the next time they're sent to destroy a race, they'll instead try to kiss everything in sight rather than killing it.
** For a non-Saario non-Sario Rip example, there's ''The Prophecy''. A sequel to The Hork-Bajir Chronicles where a recording of Aldrea's personality is put into Cassie. Except the process comes off as pure voodoo that sticks out strongly in this mostly hard sci-fi series, and Aldrea is inexplicably considered to have ''chosen'' to become a Hork-Bajir nothlit rather than being knocked out. Plus, there's a glaring editing mistake that makes the Animorphs look like idiots when they're all shocked and appalled that Aldrea doesn't known where the book's MacGuffin is, ''after'' she already told them.


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** ''The Separation'', in which Rachel gets split in half while in starfish morph and the halves regenerate into two Rachels that are both {{Flanderization}}s of certain character traits of hers.
16th May '16 8:51:38 PM Angeldeb82
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** When the tiny Helmacron spaceship lands in a Goodwill store, Jake pretends to have accidentally donated his toy spaceship and asks the worker if he can get it back. The worker suspiciously asks him what ''kind'' of spaceship, and rattles off a list of alien spacecraft from ''StarWars'', ''StarTrek,'' and ''BabylonFive'', leading Jake to mutter about of all the workers in all the Goodwills, they got the one who happened to be a scifi geek.

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** When the tiny Helmacron spaceship lands in a Goodwill store, Jake pretends to have accidentally donated his toy spaceship and asks the worker if he can get it back. The worker suspiciously asks him what ''kind'' of spaceship, and rattles off a list of alien spacecraft from ''StarWars'', ''StarTrek,'' ''Franchise/StarWars'', ''Franchise/StarTrek'', and ''BabylonFive'', ''Series/BabylonFive'', leading Jake to mutter about of all the workers in all the Goodwills, they got the one who happened to be a scifi geek.



* AuthorAvatar: It was eventually revealed in interviews that Cassie and Marco were written from the start as this for K.A. Applegate and her husband/co-writer Michael Grant respectively. What makers this a particular ''puzzling'' example of this trope is how successfully it worked for one versus the other: Marco is very much the Tony Stark/Iron Man of Animorphs, the resident {{Jerkass}} who approaches JerkSue territory at points but is unquestionably seen as a JerkWithAHeartOfGold with an AwesomeEgo to boot. Cassie, on the other hand, ties with [[HateSink David]] as one of the most divisive characters in the series, and unlike Marco she only has a couple of well-written books, with most of the others being either forgettable at best or downright bad at worst.

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* AuthorAvatar: It was eventually revealed in interviews that Cassie and Marco were written from the start as this for K.A. Applegate and her husband/co-writer Michael Grant respectively. What makers this a particular ''puzzling'' example of this trope is how successfully it worked for one versus the other: Marco is very much the Tony Stark/Iron Man of Animorphs, the resident {{Jerkass}} who approaches JerkSue Jerk Sue territory at points but is unquestionably seen as a JerkWithAHeartOfGold with an AwesomeEgo to boot. Cassie, on the other hand, ties with [[HateSink David]] as one of the most divisive characters in the series, and unlike Marco she only has a couple of well-written books, with most of the others being either forgettable at best or downright bad at worst.



* AwesomeMusic: The TV show may have been terrible, but many agree the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0IfboJUVBI8 theme song]] was pretty damn awesome; it exemplifies the dark pathos of the series even in watered-down TV form.

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* AwesomeMusic: SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: The TV show may have been terrible, but many agree the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0IfboJUVBI8 theme song]] was pretty damn awesome; it exemplifies the dark pathos of the series even in watered-down TV form.



** For a non-Saario Rip example, there's ''The Prophecy''. A sequel to The Hork-Bajir Chronicles where a recording of Aldrea's personality is put into Cassie. Except the process comes off as pure voodoo that sticks out strongly in this mostly hard sci-fi series, and Aldrea is inexplicably considered to have ''chosen'' to become a Hork-Bajir nothlit rather than being knocked out. Plus, there's a glaring editing mistake that makes the Animorphs look like idiots when they're all shocked and appalled that Aldrea doesn't known where the book's {{MacGuffin}} is, ''after'' she already told them.

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** For a non-Saario Rip example, there's ''The Prophecy''. A sequel to The Hork-Bajir Chronicles where a recording of Aldrea's personality is put into Cassie. Except the process comes off as pure voodoo that sticks out strongly in this mostly hard sci-fi series, and Aldrea is inexplicably considered to have ''chosen'' to become a Hork-Bajir nothlit rather than being knocked out. Plus, there's a glaring editing mistake that makes the Animorphs look like idiots when they're all shocked and appalled that Aldrea doesn't known where the book's {{MacGuffin}} MacGuffin is, ''after'' she already told them.



* CreepyAwesome: Despite appearing in only one book, Joe Bob Fenestre stands out as one of the series' most intriguing antagonists. Possibly because he's the Animorphs equivalent of [[TheSilenceOfTheLambs Hannibal Lecter]].

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* CreepyAwesome: Despite appearing in only one book, Joe Bob Fenestre stands out as one of the series' most intriguing antagonists. Possibly because he's the Animorphs equivalent of [[TheSilenceOfTheLambs [[Literature/TheSilenceOfTheLambs Hannibal Lecter]].



* EvilIsSexy: Subverted. Taylor is described as very attractive, but is so artificial and emotionally screwed up that no one cares. Pointed out by Tobias when he morphs Taylor and recieves far more positive male attention than the real thing:

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* EvilIsSexy: Subverted. Taylor is described as very attractive, but is so artificial and emotionally screwed up that no one cares. Pointed out by Tobias when he morphs Taylor and recieves receives far more positive male attention than the real thing:



* GameBreaker: Cassie, in-universe. Her natural ability as a 'temporal anomaly' allows her to see through the [[RealityWarper reality warping]] powers of beings like the Drode, and her presence in any timeline that's not the 'real' one will ensure the fake timeline breaks down. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by the Drode himself, who angrily accuses the Ellimist of '[[FixingTheGame stacking the deck]]' by including her on the team.

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* GameBreaker: Cassie, in-universe. Her natural ability as a 'temporal anomaly' allows her to see through the [[RealityWarper reality warping]] {{reality warp|er}}ing powers of beings like the Drode, and her presence in any timeline that's not the 'real' one will ensure the fake timeline breaks down. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d by the Drode himself, who angrily accuses the Ellimist of '[[FixingTheGame stacking the deck]]' by including her on the team.



** The final arc, which featured a WarIsHell {{Aesop}} was gut-wrenching, incredibly sad... and came no more than four months before the U.S. entered an actual war.

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** The final arc, which featured a WarIsHell {{Aesop}} {{A|nAesop}}esop was gut-wrenching, incredibly sad... and came no more than four months before the U.S. entered an actual war.



* JerkSue: This is the sole noticeable holdover of Marco being co-author Michael Grant's AuthorAvatar. It's not often noticed, as Marco books tend to be much more well-written than Cassie ones, but in comparisons between Marco and David it becomes fairly noticeable. The ghostwritters picked it up from time to time too, ''especially'' in #37 ''The Weakness''.
* MarySue: Deconstructed with Estrid. Gets hit on by a main cast member, genius, expert tail fighter, estreen, got into a university despite sexist Andalite beliefs...[[spoiler: And all it did was get her recruited into a secret project to eliminate the Yeerks via biological warfare, a mission it's implied that they would have executed her for by the end of it to keep it covered up and avoid controversy.]]



** Some members of the fanbase--and Jake himself for that matter--view his [[spoiler:execution of 17000 defenceless Yeerks]] as one of these. While Jake clearly feels bad about it, it's an action from which there is indeed, no going back.
** It's hard to say ''where'' exactly [[spoiler:Rachel]] crosses it, due to #32 being a case of a SuperpoweredEvilSide run amok and #37 having some inconsistent writing, but by the time of #52 she's firmly in SociopathicSoldier territory, chasing down a deserting Yeerk {{Mook}} ForTheEvulz and then nearly committing vehicular homicide on the mild-mannered Captain Olston. [[spoiler:It's implied that even Rachel herself realize she's too far gone when she agrees to go on that last mission for Jake.]]

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** Some members of the fanbase--and Jake himself for that matter--view his [[spoiler:execution of 17000 defenceless defenseless Yeerks]] as one of these. While Jake clearly feels bad about it, it's an action from which there is indeed, no going back.
** It's hard to say ''where'' exactly [[spoiler:Rachel]] crosses it, due to #32 being a case of a SuperpoweredEvilSide run amok and #37 having some inconsistent writing, but by the time of #52 she's firmly in SociopathicSoldier territory, chasing down a deserting Yeerk {{Mook}} {{Mook|s}} ForTheEvulz and then nearly committing vehicular homicide on the mild-mannered Captain Olston. [[spoiler:It's implied that even Rachel herself realize she's too far gone when she agrees to go on that last mission for Jake.]]



* WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids: In ''VISSER'', there are several implicit references to drugs. Jenny Lines is heavily implied to be a drug addict when Edriss said in the narration, "The only thing she really cared about was [[GRatedDrug a certain human substance]]." They couldn't actually say what the substance was…

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* WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids: In ''VISSER'', there are several implicit references to drugs. Jenny Lines is heavily implied to be a drug addict when Edriss said in the narration, "The only thing she really cared about was [[GRatedDrug a certain human substance]]." They couldn't actually say what the substance was…was...
2nd May '16 3:02:46 PM Berrenta
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* HilariousInHindsight: More than a decade after the series ended, Applegate wrote another book featuring talking animals, specifically a gorilla and an elephant. Granted, they had no similarities to Marco and Rachel whatsoever, and since it was based of real events, they had to be those animals, but it's still pretty funny.

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* HilariousInHindsight: HilariousInHindsight:
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More than a decade after the series ended, Applegate wrote another book featuring talking animals, specifically a gorilla and an elephant. Granted, they had no similarities to Marco and Rachel whatsoever, and since it was based of real events, they had to be those animals, but it's still pretty funny.



* ItGetsBetter: The beginning of each book is loaded with the same exposition about the Yeerks and "I can't tell you my last name" and "We can't stay in a morph for more than 2 hours" and "You see, every three days they have to..." and so on.


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* SlowPacedBeginning: The beginning of each book is loaded with the same exposition about the Yeerks and "I can't tell you my last name" and "We can't stay in a morph for more than 2 hours" and "You see, every three days they have to..." and so on.
1st May '16 7:01:00 PM themisterfree
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* SpiritualLicensee: ''Film/TheFaculty'' seems to be the closest we're gonna get to ''Animorphs'' on the big screen.
20th Dec '15 4:01:39 PM Tuckerscreator
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* AuthorAvatar: It was eventually revealed in interviews that Cassie and Marco were written from the start as this for K.A. Applegate and her husband/co-writer Michael Grant respectively. What makers this a particular ''puzzling'' example of this trope is how successfully it worked for one versus the other: Marco is very much the Tony Stark/Iron Man of Animorphs, the resident JerkAss who approaches JerkSue territory at points but is unquestionably seen as a JerkWithAHeartOfGold with an AwesomeEgo to boot. Cassie, on the other hand, ties with [[HateSink David]] as one of the most divisive characters in the series, and unlike Marco she only has a couple of well-written books, with most of the others being either forgettable at best or downright bad at worst.

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* AuthorAvatar: It was eventually revealed in interviews that Cassie and Marco were written from the start as this for K.A. Applegate and her husband/co-writer Michael Grant respectively. What makers this a particular ''puzzling'' example of this trope is how successfully it worked for one versus the other: Marco is very much the Tony Stark/Iron Man of Animorphs, the resident JerkAss {{Jerkass}} who approaches JerkSue territory at points but is unquestionably seen as a JerkWithAHeartOfGold with an AwesomeEgo to boot. Cassie, on the other hand, ties with [[HateSink David]] as one of the most divisive characters in the series, and unlike Marco she only has a couple of well-written books, with most of the others being either forgettable at best or downright bad at worst.
13th Dec '15 6:19:59 AM zealots
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* AbandonShipping: The events of the final arc pretty much torpedo the Jake/Cassie ship to the bottom of the ocean.



* DoNotDoThisCoolThing: An in-universe example: many of the first twenty books in the series open with the Animorphs engaging in comedic shenanigans using their powers while in the process breaking a wide range of laws from breaking-and-entering to theft to assault and possible ''[[FridgeHorror murder]]'' towards people [[KickTheSonOfABitch they judge as deserving it]]. Skip ahead to the David trilogy and the team contracts a shared case of MoralMyopia, with Jake threatening new Animorph David for the relatively tame sin of breaking into a hotel room.



* FanPreferredCouple: Two words: Marco/Rachel. An interesting case in that it wasn't very popular when the series was originally being printed, but has experience a resurgence in later years as the fanbase has grown older. The StrangledByTheRedString qualities of the official Rachel/Tobias pairing help too.

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* FanPreferredCouple: Two words: Marco/Rachel. An interesting case in that it wasn't very popular when the series was originally being printed, but has experience experienced a resurgence in later years as the fanbase has grown older. The StrangledByTheRedString qualities of the official Rachel/Tobias pairing help too.



** David was very deliberately created by the author to be a HateSink character, and boy does he ever sink the hate! Fandom often describes him as the "[[Literature/HarryPotter Umbridge]] of Animorphs", and while he has a small segment of fans who appreciate his HiddenDepths, most fans see him as a CompleteMonster who absolutely deserved his FateWorseThanDeath.

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** David was very deliberately created by the author to be a HateSink character, and boy does he ever sink the hate! Fandom often describes him as the "[[Literature/HarryPotter Umbridge]] of Animorphs", and while he has a small segment of fans who appreciate his unintentional HiddenDepths, most fans see him as a CompleteMonster who absolutely deserved his FateWorseThanDeath.
30th Nov '15 10:54:14 PM UrthWyrm
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** "Dapsen", implied to be a vulgar word in the Yeerk's language, frequently shows up in humorous fanfics from Yeerk characters' points of view.
21st Nov '15 10:50:34 AM Typos
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* StrangledByTheRedString: OfficialCouple Rachel/Tobias is a curious case. Back when the series was originally being printed it was '''the''' Animorphs pairing of choice, to the point where the TV show reinvented Tobias from TheChewToy into the resident {{Badass}} to better mesh him up with her. But as the fandom's matured, a lot of the more uncomfortable aspects of their relationship hve been acknowledged, such as Tobias's attraction to other females - namely the female red-tailed hawk and especially his obsession with Taylor - and how Rachel doesn't seem interested in Tobias so much as she is the ''idea'' of Tobias, to the point where when she was split in two during ''The Separation'' her "good" side had no interest in Tobias at all, and her bad side, while respecting him as a fellow warrior, was still perfectly willing to kill him if she needed to. The subtle and more organic aspects of the Marco/Rachel pairing has led it to slowly supplanting Rachel/Tobias as the FanPreferredCouple of choice.

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* StrangledByTheRedString: OfficialCouple Rachel/Tobias is a curious case. Back when the series was originally being printed it was '''the''' Animorphs pairing of choice, to the point where the TV show reinvented Tobias from TheChewToy into the resident {{Badass}} to better mesh him up with her. But as the fandom's matured, a lot of the more uncomfortable aspects of their relationship hve been acknowledged, such as Tobias's attraction to other females - namely the female red-tailed hawk and especially his obsession with Taylor - and how Rachel doesn't seem interested in Tobias so much as she is the ''idea'' of Tobias, to the point where when she was split in two during ''The Separation'' her "good" side had no interest in Tobias at all, and her bad side, while respecting him as a fellow warrior, was still perfectly willing to kill him if she needed to. Although, real Rachel has said "I love you" to Tobias, while he's never said it back. The subtle and more organic aspects of the Marco/Rachel pairing has led it to slowly supplanting Rachel/Tobias as the FanPreferredCouple of choice.choice. Also, in alternate timelines, they both dated other people (Rachel was dating Marco in one timeline, Tobias was dating Melissa in another).
21st Nov '15 10:47:51 AM Typos
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* StrangledByTheRedString: OfficialCouple Rachel/Tobias is a curious case. Back when the series was originally being printed it was '''the''' Animorphs pairing of choice, to the point where the TV show reinvented Tobias from TheChewToy into the resident {{Badass}} to better mesh him up with her. But as the fandom's matured, a lot of the more uncomfortable aspects of their relationship hve been acknowledged, such as Tobias's attraction to other females (the female red-tailed hawk and Taylor) and how Rachel doesn't even seem interested in Tobias so much as she is the ''idea'' of Tobias, to the point where when she was split in two during ''The Separation'' her "good" side had no interest in Tobias at all, and her bad side, while respecting him as a fellow warrior, was still perfectly willing to kill him if she needed to. The subtle and more organic aspects of the Marco/Rachel pairing has led it to slowly supplanting Rachel/Tobias as the FanPreferredCouple of choice.

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* StrangledByTheRedString: OfficialCouple Rachel/Tobias is a curious case. Back when the series was originally being printed it was '''the''' Animorphs pairing of choice, to the point where the TV show reinvented Tobias from TheChewToy into the resident {{Badass}} to better mesh him up with her. But as the fandom's matured, a lot of the more uncomfortable aspects of their relationship hve been acknowledged, such as Tobias's attraction to other females (the - namely the female red-tailed hawk and Taylor) especially his obsession with Taylor - and how Rachel doesn't even seem interested in Tobias so much as she is the ''idea'' of Tobias, to the point where when she was split in two during ''The Separation'' her "good" side had no interest in Tobias at all, and her bad side, while respecting him as a fellow warrior, was still perfectly willing to kill him if she needed to. The subtle and more organic aspects of the Marco/Rachel pairing has led it to slowly supplanting Rachel/Tobias as the FanPreferredCouple of choice.
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