History YMMV / Animorphs

24th Jan '17 12:59:50 AM K
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* HypocriticalFandom: Partly due to a deliberately-written case of HateSink, but fans are often quick to lionize Rachel while demonizing fallen SixthRanger David, even though the two share ''many'' similar characteristics and are separated primarily by virtue of being written as protagonist and antagonist respectively. [[spoiler:David crosses the MoralEventHorizon much sooner than Rachel, and in a much more villainous way, but Rachel's spiral into SociopathicSoldier territory is drawn out over many more books, and as a result she gets many more chances to KickTheDog than he does.]]
11th Jan '17 5:53:34 AM Pren
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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.

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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. Though this one is rather more fondly remembered than the others here, thanks to acting as Applegate's big final story before turning the series over to ghostwriters, plus Jake and Cassie's RelationshipUpgrade.
18th Dec '16 4:58:25 AM Morgenthaler
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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. Also, in alternate timelines, they both dated other people (Rachel was dating Marco in one timeline, Tobias was dating Melissa in another).

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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}} 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. Also, in alternate timelines, they both dated other people (Rachel was dating Marco in one timeline, Tobias was dating Melissa in another).
4th Dec '16 1:32:19 PM tropette
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** Jake, skilled leader, or just some insecure jock who made everything up as he went along and led five child solders to their inevitable War-is-Hell mental breakdown?

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** Jake, skilled leader, hardened manipulator who use his friends as tools, or just some insecure jock who made everything up as he went along and led five child solders to their inevitable War-is-Hell mental breakdown?
22nd Oct '16 9:27:54 PM Benbeasted
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* MoralEventHorizon: [[spoiler:David]] murdering Jake and Rachel's cousin Saddler is played this way. Previously given some sympathy due to his having lost his parents and been forcibly recruited by the Animorphs into a war he doesn't want to fight, [[spoiler:David]]'s attempts to kill on Tobias and Jake were the start of a slide down the slope to straight up villainy. [[spoiler:David]]'s decision to unplug Saddler, stash the body, and replace him, is the point at which the characteres and the narrative stop treating him with any sympathy, and the point at which the audience realises that there is going to be no reconciliation.

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* MoralEventHorizon: [[spoiler:David]] murdering Jake and Rachel's cousin Saddler is played this way. Previously given some sympathy due to his having lost his parents and been forcibly recruited by the Animorphs into a war he doesn't want to fight, [[spoiler:David]]'s attempts to kill on Tobias and Jake were the start of a slide down the slope to straight up villainy. [[spoiler:David]]'s decision to unplug Saddler, stash the body, and replace him, is the point at which the characteres characters and the narrative stop treating him with any sympathy, and the point at which the audience realises that there is going to be no reconciliation.
12th Oct '16 5:16:04 PM K
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*** As Applegate is very clearly a Trekkie, it might just be a couple gentle ribbings that got taken out of context.

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*** As Applegate is very clearly a Trekkie, it might just be a couple gentle ribbings that got taken out of context. Note that the main reason Jake went to the Goodwill with Cassie and Rachel was because he himself is enough of a scifi geek that he ''could'' choose the scifi franchise it most plausibly resembled to lessen suspicion.
15th Sep '16 6:45:40 PM themisterfree
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* CounterpartComparison: You can draw a lot of parallels between the Animorphs and the gang from ''Series/That70sShow''- just merge Donna and Jackie together into Rachel and it's fairly similar.



* SurprisinglySimilarCharacters: You can draw a lot of parallels between the Animorphs and the gang from ''Series/That70sShow''- just merge Donna and Jackie together into Rachel and it's fairly similar.
7th Sep '16 6:20:10 AM themisterfree
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* SurprisinglySimilarCharacters: You can draw a lot of parallels between the Animorphs and the gang from ''Series/That70sShow''- just merge Donna and Jackie together into Rachel and it's fairly similar.
4th Sep '16 12:04:03 AM Cakeman
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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.
26th Aug '16 1:50:44 PM Cakeman
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* DarknessInducedAudienceApathy: Animorphs was never a particularly lighthearted series but by the end it's comparable to ''Game of Thrones''. The main characters are traumatized anti-heroes at best and psychopaths at worst, (see AlternativeCharacterInterpretation) both sides in the Yeerk vs. Andalite war have been shown to have committed atrocities to the point where it's hard to say that anyone is morally superior, most of the humans are horribly outmatched and have virtually no say in their fate, when the Animorphs finally call the Andalite homeworld the aliens' response is to "Quarantine" planet Earth, thereby mark it for destruction, and to top it off two god-like characters, one named Crayak and the other named the Ellimist, are locked in a "game" that might result in the universe being destroyed.

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* DarknessInducedAudienceApathy: Animorphs was never a particularly lighthearted series but by the end it's comparable to ''Game of Thrones''. The main characters are traumatized anti-heroes at best and psychopaths at worst, (see AlternativeCharacterInterpretation) both sides of the military in the Yeerk vs. Andalite war have been shown to have committed atrocities to the point where it's hard to say that anyone is morally superior, most of the humans are horribly outmatched and have virtually no say in their fate, when the Animorphs finally call the Andalite homeworld the aliens' response is to "Quarantine" planet Earth, thereby mark it for destruction, and to top it off two god-like characters, one named Crayak and the other named the Ellimist, are locked in a "game" that might result in the universe being destroyed.
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