History YMMV / Animorphs

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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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.
21st Nov '15 10:46:41 AM Typos
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* FoeYay: Largely averted between Taylor and Tobias. It is ''possible'' to read her obsession with capturing and breaking Tobias (and some of the [[WeCanRuleTogether lines she says to him]]) as rather FoeYay-y, but it requires you to ignore her personality. She's described as so cold, nasty, and downright insane that most of it comes off exactly the way it's supposed to: as the behaviour of an insecure, sadistic bullying bitch who doesn't like letting her victims get away. {{Yandere}} she ain't. The attraction seems to come more [[StockholmSyndrome from Tobias's end]], with the way he compares and contrasts her with Rachel (especially Taylor's physical beauty, which he mentions several times) and relates her to himself.

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* FoeYay: Largely averted between Taylor and Tobias. It is ''possible'' to read her obsession with capturing and breaking Tobias (and some of the [[WeCanRuleTogether lines she says to him]]) as rather FoeYay-y, but it requires you to ignore her personality. She's described as so cold, nasty, and downright insane that most of it comes off exactly the way it's supposed to: as the behaviour of an insecure, sadistic bullying bitch who doesn't like letting her victims get away. {{Yandere}} she ain't. The attraction seems to come more [[StockholmSyndrome from Tobias's end]], with the way he compares and contrasts her with Rachel (especially Taylor's physical beauty, which he mentions several times) times), the thrill he gets from morphing her body, and how he relates her to himself.
21st Nov '15 10:44:57 AM Typos
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** If you squint really hard, you can see that Esplin might have a VillainousCrush on Aldrea.
21st Nov '15 10:06:48 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 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 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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