History YMMV / Animorphs

24th Mar '17 11:17:33 AM MagBas
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* BaseBreakingCharacter​: 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.

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* BaseBreakingCharacter​: 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.
19th Mar '17 6:32:39 PM Scabbard
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* MagnificentBastard: Visser Three and Visser One approach this in their respective backstories, before the VillainDecay(and in Visser Three's case, insanity) set in. David and Tom both fancy themselves to be this, but are usually seen as just {{Smug Snake}}s. The one who probably comes the closest to this trope is, of all people ''[[TheHero Jake]]'' who really cracks out the gambits before diving into WhatTheHellHero territory.

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* MagnificentBastard: Visser Three and Visser One approach this in their respective backstories, before the VillainDecay(and VillainDecay (and in Visser Three's case, insanity) set in. David and Tom both fancy themselves to be this, but are usually seen as just {{Smug Snake}}s. The one who probably comes the closest to this trope is, of all people ''[[TheHero Jake]]'' who really cracks out the gambits before diving into WhatTheHellHero territory.
17th Mar '17 4:05:35 AM NightShade96
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* BizarroEpisode: Cassie has a book that's one, ''The Hidden''. A random buffalo somehow acquires morphing powers as the Yeerks cause trouble with Helmacron technology. It's as bad as it sounds.
** Book 41: The Familiar is this as it is really weird and often makes no sense, and at the end is revealed to be [[spoiler: some kind of dream or illusion]] making it unnecessary to the overall plot.
** ''Megamorphs 2: In The Time of The Dinosaurs'': [[ILoveNuclearPower A nuclear sub explodes, tearing a hole in space-time]] that sends all the Animorphs to the time of the dinosaurs. They meet [[AncientAstronauts the Nesk and the Mercora species]], getting caught in the war between the two. For reasons never explained, morphing won't heal Tobias's broken wing in this adventure.[[note]]Applegate later admitted that she wrote "Tobias breaks his wing" in her summary to her ghostwriter after forgetting that morphing can heal injuries. The ghostwriter thus wrote a scene of Tobias trying to heal it but finding it can't.[[/note]] The K-T extinction comet arrives and kills all the dinos and aliens, as well as rocketing the Animorphs back to their own time. After this adventure, [[StatusQuoIsGod the Animorphs find they can not morph into their acquired dinosaur forms]].
** ''The Forgotten'' also counts, for similar reasons. In fact, any book written with the ''Sario Rip'' effect is an instant candidate for a BizarroEpisode.
** ''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.
** For a 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.
** ''The Underground''. Near the end, Jake comes right out and ''[[LampshadeHanging says]]'' that this whole plot is stupid and this battle [[LetUsNeverSpeakOfThisAgain will be forgotten by history.]]
--->'''Jake:''' You know, from the point where Edelman said "maple and ginger oatmeal," I should have known this was going to end stupidly.
--->'''Cassie:''' Instant maple and ginger oatmeal.
--->'''Jake:''' Battles that involve oatmeal are just never going to end up being historic, you know? Gettysburg? No major oatmeal involvement. The Battle of Midway? Neither side used oatmeal. Desert Storm? No oatmeal.
** ''The Mutation'', in which the Animorphs find an {{Expy}} of Atlantis, then escape, and it's never brought up again, with the whole thing being an excuse for an {{Anvilicious}} "war is bad" message. It also doesn't help that the book's ghostwriter was a comedy writer way out of her depth.
** ''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.
* 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.
* BrokenBase: Some fans liked the secret-guerilla-war aspect of the series, and thought the final story arc ruined the series. Others, conversely, see the final arc as ten shades of epic, and see it as the best-written and greatest part of the series.

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* BizarroEpisode: Cassie has a book that's one, ''The Hidden''. A random buffalo somehow acquires morphing powers as the Yeerks cause trouble with Helmacron technology. It's as bad as it sounds.
** Book 41: The Familiar is this as it is really weird and often makes no sense, and at the end is revealed to be [[spoiler: some kind of dream or illusion]] making it unnecessary to the overall plot.
** ''Megamorphs 2: In The Time of The Dinosaurs'': [[ILoveNuclearPower A nuclear sub explodes, tearing a hole in space-time]] that sends all the Animorphs to the time of the dinosaurs. They meet [[AncientAstronauts the Nesk and the Mercora species]], getting caught in the war between the two. For reasons never explained, morphing won't heal Tobias's broken wing in this adventure.[[note]]Applegate later admitted that she wrote "Tobias breaks his wing" in her summary to her ghostwriter after forgetting that morphing can heal injuries. The ghostwriter thus wrote a scene of Tobias trying to heal it but finding it can't.[[/note]] The K-T extinction comet arrives and kills all the dinos and aliens, as well as rocketing the Animorphs back to their
Has [[BizarroEpisode/{{Animorphs}} its own time. After this adventure, [[StatusQuoIsGod the Animorphs find they can not morph into their acquired dinosaur forms]].
** ''The Forgotten'' also counts, for similar reasons. In fact, any book written with the ''Sario Rip'' effect is an instant candidate for a BizarroEpisode.
** ''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.
** For a 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.
** ''The Underground''. Near the end, Jake comes right out and ''[[LampshadeHanging says]]'' that this whole plot is stupid and this battle [[LetUsNeverSpeakOfThisAgain will be forgotten by history.]]
--->'''Jake:''' You know, from the point where Edelman said "maple and ginger oatmeal," I should have known this was going to end stupidly.
--->'''Cassie:''' Instant maple and ginger oatmeal.
--->'''Jake:''' Battles that involve oatmeal are just never going to end up being historic, you know? Gettysburg? No major oatmeal involvement. The Battle of Midway? Neither side used oatmeal. Desert Storm? No oatmeal.
** ''The Mutation'', in which the Animorphs find an {{Expy}} of Atlantis, then escape, and it's never brought up again, with the whole thing being an excuse for an {{Anvilicious}} "war is bad" message. It also doesn't help that the book's ghostwriter was a comedy writer way out of her depth.
** ''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.
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* 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.
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BaseBreakingCharacter​: 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.
* BrokenBase: BrokenBase:
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Some fans liked the secret-guerilla-war aspect of the series, and thought the final story arc ruined the series. Others, conversely, see the final arc as ten shades of epic, and see it as the best-written and greatest part of the series.


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** The second Megamorphs book. 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.
13th Mar '17 10:37:55 AM Scabbard
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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 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 - females- namely the female red-tailed hawk hawk- and especially his obsession with Taylor - and how Rachel Taylor.Then on Rachel's side, she doesn't seem interested in Tobias himself 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, side- while respecting him as a fellow warrior, 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.back. Not too mention, in alternate timelines, they both dated other people (Rachel was dating Marco in one timeline, Tobias was dating Melissa in another). 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).
12th Mar '17 10:38:40 AM Scabbard
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* RetroactiveRecognition: Shawn Ashmore as Jake would go onto do Xmen and Paulo Castanzo as Ax would later go onto to {{Series/Joey}} and later RoyalPains.

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* RetroactiveRecognition: Shawn Ashmore as Jake would go onto do Xmen and Paulo Castanzo Costanzo as Ax would later go onto to {{Series/Joey}} and later RoyalPains.
12th Mar '17 10:31:59 AM Scabbard
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* AssPull: Creator/KAApplegate's a good enough writer to usually avoid these, but there's a really glaring one in the David Trilogy. ''The Threat'' ends with the cliffhanger that Tobias has been killed, showing David gloating over a very dead red-tailed hawk. Along comes ''The Solution'' and what happens? Tobias is very much alive, handwaved as just having 'gotten lost' looking for David, and that red-tailed hawk he killed? Just a random red-tailed hawk. Never mind the extreme unlikeliness of a red-tailed hawk following a golden eagle, a species known to be one of its few predators, into the enclosed area of someone's wrecked home, ''in the dead of night''. (red-tails are very much diurnal animals, a fact which is pointed out in Tobias books before this more than once.)

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* AssPull: Creator/KAApplegate's a good enough writer to usually avoid these, but there's a really glaring one in the David Trilogy. ''The Threat'' ends with the cliffhanger that Tobias has been killed, showing David gloating over a very dead red-tailed hawk. Along comes ''The Solution'' and what happens? Tobias is very much alive, handwaved as just having 'gotten lost' looking for David, and that red-tailed hawk he killed? Just a random red-tailed hawk. Never mind the extreme unlikeliness of a red-tailed hawk following a golden eagle, a species known to be one of its few predators, into the enclosed area of someone's wrecked home, ''in the dead of night''. (red-tails (Red-tails are very much diurnal animals, a fact which is pointed out in Tobias books before this more than once.)
19th Feb '17 7:50:10 PM CrowTR0bot
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** One RunningGag had Jake and Marco arguing whether Batman or Spider-Man would win in a fight. WebVideo/DeathBattle has since done a segment featuring the two [[spoiler: Spider-Man wins with a lack of prep-time on Batman's part]], and later still, Spider-Man ends up fighting Batman [[Creator/MichaelKeaton in a manner of speaking]] in Film/SpiderManHomecoming.
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).
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