History YMMV / Animorphs

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.
3rd Nov '15 12:27:40 PM zealots
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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.

** Being the villainous analogue of Marco, the small segment of David fans among the fandom see him as this.

* BaseBreaker: The second Megamorphs book seems to be this. Fans either love it for the fanservicey premise (The Animorphs go back in time to fight dinosaurs!) and its fun action-movie pacing, or they absolutely ''hate'' it for its questionable logic, inconsistencies with the rest of the series and a particularly character-derailing ending. It's almost like the ''[[ComicBook/XMen Planet X]]'' of Animorphs books. ** Cassie is practically the walking personification of this. Half of the fandom has practically taken up "[[ThePoparena Cassie is a moron]]" as a catchphrase thanks to her CanonSue qualities and numerous instances of poor judgment, while the other half sees her as the most human and relatable of the Animorphs." Much like anything involving David, this can lead to ''major'' InternetBackdraft, so we'll just leave it at that.

* CharacterAlignment: For which your mileage [[http://s10.postimg.org/51zhipp2h/Animorphs_CA.png may or may not vary, naturally.]]

* CharacterAlignment: For ** Marco has some of this too for being Michael Grant's AuthorAvatar in the same way that Cassie was K.A's, but for whatever reason Marco's books are much better written, which your mileage [[http://s10.postimg.org/51zhipp2h/Animorphs_CA.png may or may not vary, naturally.]]dilutes the negative aspects of this trope a fair bit.

* CharacterAlignment: For which your mileage [[http://s10.postimg.org/51zhipp2h/Animorphs_CA.png may CriticalResearchFailure: Some of the later ghostwritten books where the Animorphs travel to places like Australia and faux-Atlantis have these. At this late date it's hard to say if they're just honest mistakes or may not vary, naturally.]]the result of TheyJustDidntCare.

* CharacterAlignment: For which your mileage [[http://s10.postimg.org/51zhipp2h/Animorphs_CA.png may or may not vary, naturally.]]EthnicScrappy: Some of the one-off side characters like Derek the Inuit from #25 and Yami the Aboriginial boy from #44 dance on the edge of this due to having little characterization beyond their respective ethnic stereotypes.

* CharacterAlignment: For which your mileage [[http://s10.postimg.org/51zhipp2h/Animorphs_CA.png may or may not vary, naturally.]]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.

* CharacterAlignment: For which your mileage [[http://s10.postimg.org/51zhipp2h/Animorphs_CA.png may or may not vary, naturally.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.]]

* CharacterAlignment: For which your mileage [[http://s10.postimg.org/51zhipp2h/Animorphs_CA.png may or may JerkSue: This is the sole noticeable holdover of Marco being co-author Michael Grant's AuthorAvatar. It's not vary, naturally.]]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''.

* CharacterAlignment: For which your mileage [[http://s10.postimg.org/51zhipp2h/Animorphs_CA.png may or may not vary, naturally.]]** Thanks to some offhand comments from Visser Three in the first two books about Jake's lion morph and Rachel's cat morph, "Visser Three loves kittens!" has turned into one of the more enduring inside jokes of the fandom.

* CharacterAlignment: For which your mileage [[http://s10.postimg.org/51zhipp2h/Animorphs_CA.png may or may not vary, naturally.** 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.]]

* ParanoiaFuel: Thanks to their fantastic capacity for imitating their hosts, Yeerks can be anywhere, even inside the people you know intimately. Yes, you could be talking to an alien parasite who's putting on an elaborate act and doesn't mean a word he/she says while your genuine best friend/close sibling/beloved parent/ significant other is watching you be fooled, and is mentally sobbing because no one realizes they're a prisoner inside their own head, and you'd have no way of knowing. ''At all.'' The yeerks make a few rare mistakes, due to having their own agendas and personalities, but aside from a couple isolated incidents the yeerks are absolutely undectectable. Combined with the books' LiteraryAgentHypothesis setup, this makes for some very creepy MindScrew.
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* ParanoiaFuel: Thanks to their fantastic capacity for imitating their hosts, Yeerks can be anywhere, even inside the people you know intimately. Yes, you could be talking to an alien parasite who's putting on an elaborate act and doesn't mean a word he/she says while your genuine best friend/close sibling/beloved parent/ significant other is watching you be fooled, and is mentally sobbing because no one realizes they're a prisoner inside their own head, and you'd have no way of knowing. ''At all.'' The yeerks make a few rare mistakes, due to having their own agendas and personalities, but aside from a couple isolated incidents the yeerks Yeerks are absolutely undectectable. Combined with the books' LiteraryAgentHypothesis setup, this makes for some very creepy MindScrew.

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* ParanoiaFuel: Thanks to ** The Helmacrons are an entire ''race'' of Scrappy aliens, especially after being brought back long past their fantastic capacity expiration date for imitating their hosts, Yeerks can be anywhere, even inside two of the people you know intimately. Yes, you could be talking to an alien parasite who's putting on an elaborate act worst books in the series (#39 and doesn't mean #42) ** David was very deliberately created by the author to be a word he/she says HateSink character, and boy does he ever sink the hate! Fandom often describes him as the "[[Literature/HarryPotter Umbridge]] of Animorphs", and while your genuine best friend/close sibling/beloved parent/ significant other is watching you be fooled, and is mentally sobbing because no one realizes they're he has a prisoner inside their own head, and you'd have no way small segment of knowing. ''At all.'' The yeerks make fans who appreciate his HiddenDepths, most fans see him as a few rare mistakes, due to having their own agendas and personalities, but aside from a couple isolated incidents the yeerks are CompleteMonster who absolutely undectectable. Combined with the books' LiteraryAgentHypothesis setup, this makes for some very creepy MindScrew.deserved his FateWorseThanDeath.

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* ParanoiaFuel: Thanks 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 fantastic capacity for imitating their hosts, Yeerks can be anywhere, even inside the people you know intimately. Yes, you could be talking to an alien parasite who's putting on an elaborate act and relationship hve been acknowledged, such as how Rachel doesn't mean a word he/she says 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 your genuine best friend/close sibling/beloved parent/ significant other is watching you be fooled, respecting him as a fellow warrior, was still perfectly willing to kill him if she needed to. The subtle and is mentally sobbing because no one realizes they're a prisoner inside their own head, and you'd have no way more organic aspects of knowing. ''At all.'' The yeerks make a few rare mistakes, due to having their own agendas and personalities, but aside from a couple isolated incidents the yeerks are absolutely undectectable. Combined with Marco/Rachel pairing has led it to slowly supplanting Rachel/Tobias as the books' LiteraryAgentHypothesis setup, this makes for some very creepy MindScrew.FanPreferredCouple of choice.

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* ParanoiaFuel: Thanks ** Also, Marco, who never stops whining about his mommy issues whenever it's his turn to their fantastic capacity for imitating their hosts, Yeerks can be anywhere, even inside the people you know intimately. Yes, you could be talking to an alien parasite who's putting on an elaborate act and doesn't mean a word he/she says while your genuine best friend/close sibling/beloved parent/ significant other is watching you be fooled, and is mentally sobbing because no one realizes they're a prisoner inside their own head, and you'd have no way of knowing. ''At all.'' The yeerks make a few rare mistakes, due to having their own agendas and personalities, but aside from a couple isolated incidents the yeerks are absolutely undectectable. Combined with the books' LiteraryAgentHypothesis setup, this makes for some very creepy MindScrew.narrate.
1st Nov '15 4:28:26 PM Pren
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** [[spoiler:Loren has an incredibly emotional reunion with her son Tobias and gets morphing powers herself during her rescue, and then mostly just sits around for the remaining few books.]]
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