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30th Oct '17 6:32:13 PM Malady
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** 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 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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** Cassie is practically the walking personification of this. Half of the fandom has practically taken up "[[ThePoparena "[[WebVideo/ThePoparena Cassie is a moron]]" as a catchphrase thanks to her 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.
10th Oct '17 7:55:59 AM NightShade96
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* AcceptableHobbyTargets: ''The Resistance'' features a family of ''Franchise/StarTrek'' loving campers who are, to put it altogether too mildly, not portrayed in a very positive light. ''Franchise/StarTrek'' fans reading the series later were not amused, though many of the Animorphs, particularly Marco and Tobias, are avowed fans of the franchise.
** 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 ''Franchise/StarWars'', ''Franchise/StarTrek'', and ''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.
*** 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.
* AcceptablePoliticalTargets: Surprisingly averted when the world's politicians have their summit meeting in the David trilogy. Played straight with Nazis, who are semi-regularly mentioned by the kids as a shorthand for evil. The most absurd example is in ''Megamorphs #02'', when Cassie randomly brings up a Nazi-Yeerk comparison that has [[NonSequitur nothing to do with what she was rambling about]]. Though the summit meeting scene manages to slip in a comical shot at a [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed certain world leader with a comical drinking problem]]. [[spoiler: Probably Boris Yeltsin, for those of you who aren't 90's literate.]]

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* AcceptableHobbyTargets: AcceptableHobbyTargets:
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''The Resistance'' features a family of ''Franchise/StarTrek'' loving campers who are, to put it altogether too mildly, not portrayed in a very positive light. ''Franchise/StarTrek'' fans reading the series later were not amused, though many of the Animorphs, particularly Marco and Tobias, are avowed fans of the franchise.
** 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 ''Franchise/StarWars'', ''Franchise/StarTrek'', and ''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 sci-fi geek.
*** 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 sci-fi geek that he ''could'' choose the scifi sci-fi franchise it most plausibly resembled to lessen suspicion.
* AcceptablePoliticalTargets: AcceptablePoliticalTargets:
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Surprisingly averted when the world's politicians have their summit meeting in the David trilogy. Played straight with Nazis, who are semi-regularly mentioned by the kids as a shorthand for evil. The most absurd example is in ''Megamorphs #02'', when Cassie randomly brings up a Nazi-Yeerk comparison that has [[NonSequitur nothing to do with what she was rambling about]]. Though the summit meeting scene manages to slip in a comical shot at a [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed certain world leader with a comical drinking problem]]. [[spoiler: Probably Boris Yeltsin, for those of you who aren't 90's literate.]]



* 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 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​: BaseBreakingCharacter:
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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 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.that.
** The Helmacrons are either stupid, pointless {{Filler Villain}}s or manage to single-handedly provide some of the series' funniest {{Breather Episode}}s.



** The Helmacrons are either stupid, pointless {{Filler Villain}}s or manage to single-handedly provide some of the series' funniest {{Breather Episode}}s.



* CreatorsPet: Arguably Cassie. She's the stated favorite of writer K.A, she is the only character in-series to win the SuperpowerLottery (being both an estreen ''and'' a temporal anomaly) and she is usually praised and defended by the narrative even when it's completely unwarranted - take for example ''Megamorphs #02'', when Marco privately compliments Cassie for going on a whiny rant about killing a Triceratops, or ''#53 The Answer'', when Tobias harshly criticizes Jake for excluding Cassie from the war council despite the fact that he had extremely good reason to (that reason being that she betrayed the whole team by allowing the blue box to be seized by the Yeerks, and all for a 'gut feeling' that [[GambitRoulette she's lucky to see pan out]]). She criticizes the others from start to finish, puts the whole team at risk on multiple occasions, and is the only character to [[IncorruptiblePurePureness never learn or grow in any way]]. [[spoiler:This even extends to the epilogue, where she is the only Animorph spared by the BolivianArmyEnding.]]
** 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 dilutes the negative aspects of this trope a fair bit.
* 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 [[Literature/TheSilenceOfTheLambs Hannibal Lecter]].

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* CreatorsPet: CreatorsPet:
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Arguably Cassie. She's the stated favorite of writer K.A, she is the only character in-series to win the SuperpowerLottery (being both an estreen ''and'' a temporal anomaly) and she is usually praised and defended by the narrative even when it's completely unwarranted - take for example ''Megamorphs #02'', when Marco privately compliments Cassie for going on a whiny rant about killing a Triceratops, or ''#53 The Answer'', when Tobias harshly criticizes Jake for excluding Cassie from the war council despite the fact that he had extremely good reason to (that reason being that she betrayed the whole team by allowing the blue box to be seized by the Yeerks, and all for a 'gut feeling' that [[GambitRoulette she's lucky to see pan out]]). She criticizes the others from start to finish, puts the whole team at risk on multiple occasions, and is the only character to [[IncorruptiblePurePureness never learn or grow in any way]]. [[spoiler:This even extends to the epilogue, where she is the only Animorph spared by the BolivianArmyEnding.]]
** 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, better-written, which dilutes the negative aspects of this trope a fair bit.
* CreepyAwesome: Despite appearing in only one book, Joe Bob Fenestre stands out as one of the series' most intriguing antagonists. Possibly antagonists, possibly because he's the Animorphs equivalent of [[Literature/TheSilenceOfTheLambs Hannibal Lecter]].



* 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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* DarknessInducedAudienceApathy: Animorphs ''Animorphs'' was never a particularly lighthearted series but by the end it's comparable to ''Game of Thrones''.''Series/GameOfThrones''. 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.



* EnsembleDarkhorse: Tobias and Ax both qualify. They were given only one book per ten-book cycle because Scholastic didn't think they'd be as popular as the four main kids. Boy were they wrong about that...

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* EnsembleDarkhorse: Tobias and Ax both qualify. They were given only one book per ten-book cycle because Scholastic didn't think they'd be as popular as the four main kids. Boy Boy, were they wrong about that...



* 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 receives far more positive male attention than the real thing:

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* EvilIsSexy: Subverted. Taylor EvilIsSexy:
** Subverted with Taylor, who
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 receives far more positive male attention than the real thing:



* FanonDiscontinuity: A lot of fans simply gloss over some of the more awful ghostwritten books.

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* FanonDiscontinuity: FanonDiscontinuity:
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A lot of fans simply gloss over some of the more awful ghostwritten books.



** The ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' Animorphs tie-in action figures are disregarded by both Animorph and TF fandoms because, like the TV series, they sucked, though the concept ''sounded'' pretty good on paper. It was the ''execution'', specifically the KibblesAndBits syndrome that hit the line hard (due to the fact that toys can't mimic the Animorph's transformation fluidly); ''that'' was the downfall. (The Mutant Beast Wars animal-to-animal toys that came out afterward were intended for this line; you can tell because one head is clearly an Andalite head.) The later ''Star Wars'' and Marvel TF toys have been better received.

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** The ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' Animorphs tie-in action figures are disregarded by both Animorph Animorphs and TF fandoms because, like the TV series, they sucked, though the concept ''sounded'' pretty good on paper. It was the ''execution'', specifically the KibblesAndBits syndrome that hit the line hard (due to the fact that toys can't mimic the Animorph's transformation fluidly); ''that'' was the downfall. (The Mutant Beast Wars animal-to-animal toys that came out afterward were intended for this line; you can tell because one head is clearly an Andalite head.) The later ''Star Wars'' and Marvel TF toys have been better received.



* 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), the thrill he gets from morphing her body, and how he relates her to himself.

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* FoeYay: FoeYay:
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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), the thrill he gets from morphing her body, and how he relates her to himself.



** 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...

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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...



** Taylor - lost her arm, leg, and face in a fire. Became a human-Controller in exchange for getting them back. Got infested by a psychotic Yeerk, whose fusion with her own unbalanced mind drove them ''both'' over the edge. She'd be pitiable if she weren't so evil (this applies to Taylor the Girl, and not her Yeerk Subvisser Fifty-one).
* 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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** Taylor - lost her arm, leg, and face in a fire. Became a human-Controller in exchange for getting them back. Got infested by a psychotic Yeerk, whose fusion with her own unbalanced mind drove them ''both'' over the edge. She'd be pitiable if she weren't so evil (this applies to Taylor the Girl, and not her Yeerk Yeerk, Subvisser Fifty-one).
** Alloran [[GeneralRipper released a quantum virus on the Hork-Bajir homeworld]] in an attempt to prevent the Yeerks from using their bodies. His actions resulted in thousands of innocents dying painfully. At the same time, it's kind of hard to ''not'' feel bad for him. He spent years [[AndIMustScream imprisoned in his own body]], ''begging'' Ax to kill him when he was free momentarily. He had to watch, powerless, as his body was used to murder countless people and even eat them alive. He had a wife that he named his ship after and two children that he went decades without seeing. After he was freed in ''The Beginning'', he was shouting in excitement because he could move out of his own volition. Given Visser Three's penchant for [[BadBoss torturing those under his control]], one can only imagine what additional torment Alloran was forced to endure as a captive mind in the brain controlled by the Visser. Alloran's exuberance when the Visser is defeated is palpable, as he swings his tail blade for the first time in decades on his own accord.
--> '''Alloran:''' <Do you know who did that? Do you know who moved my tail? I did. I did. I did it.>
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Visser Three and Visser One approach this in their respective backstories, before the VillainDecay (and in Visser Three's case, insanity) set in. in.
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David and Tom both fancy themselves to be this, but are usually seen as just {{Smug Snake}}s. Snake}}s.
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The one who probably comes the closest to this trope is, of all people people, ''[[TheHero Jake]]'' who really cracks out the gambits before diving into WhatTheHellHero territory.



--> '''The Ellimist''' (laughing) Did I? [[MagnificentBastard That would have been very clever of me]].

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--> '''The Ellimist''' (laughing) Did I? [[MagnificentBastard That would have been very clever of me]].me.



* 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 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.

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* MoralEventHorizon: MoralEventHorizon:
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[[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 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.



** 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|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.]]
* {{Narm}}: Rachel threatening David with a plastic fork in the ear. It's both intensely disturbing and somehow hilarious in its simple and straightforward language.

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** 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|s}} ForTheEvulz and then nearly committing vehicular homicide on the mild-mannered Captain Olston. [[spoiler:It's implied that even Rachel herself realize realizes that she's too far gone when she agrees to go on that last mission for Jake.]]
* {{Narm}}: Rachel threatening David with a plastic fork in the ear. It's both intensely disturbing [[NightmareFuel intensely]] [[NarmCharm disturbing]] and somehow hilarious in its simple and straightforward language.



* 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: ParanoiaFuel:
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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 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.



* RetroactiveRecognition: Shawn Ashmore (Jake) would go onto the ''Franchise/XMenFilmSeries'' and Paulo Costanzo (Ax) would later go onto ''{{Series/Joey}}'' and ''Series/RoyalPains''.

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* RetroactiveRecognition: Shawn Ashmore (Jake) would go onto the ''Franchise/XMenFilmSeries'' and Paulo Costanzo (Ax) would later go onto ''{{Series/Joey}}'' ''Series/{{Joey}}'' and ''Series/RoyalPains''.



** The Helmacrons are an entire ''race'' of Scrappy aliens, especially after being brought back long past their expiration date for two of the worst books in the series (#39 and #42)



* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter: An unfortunately inevitable outcome of combining ghostwriters with a series featurings LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters. Some of the best villains the series produced, like Joe Bob Fenestre in ''The Warning'' and Arbat-Elivat-Estoni from ''The Arrival'', were one-shot characters that were never seen again. Other characters, like Aftran 942 and David, returned irregularly but are lamented among fandom for never being utilized in the way they deserved to be.

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* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter: TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter:
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An unfortunately inevitable outcome of combining ghostwriters with a series featurings featuring LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters. Some of the best villains the series produced, like Joe Bob Fenestre in ''The Warning'' and Arbat-Elivat-Estoni from ''The Arrival'', were one-shot characters that were never seen again. Other characters, like Aftran 942 and David, returned irregularly but are lamented among the fandom for never being utilized in the way they deserved to be.



* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot: The two ChooseYourOwnAdventure books, The Alternamorphs, have been criticized for leaning heavily on DoNotDoThisCoolThing. The first one for having no actual [[MultipleEndings branching paths]] and the second for ''only'' having [[DownerEnding Downer Endings]].
* TrappedByMountainLions: ''Rachel'', of all people, is subjected to this in the first Megamorphs book, ''The Andalite's Gift''. The first half of the book has her contracting an unfortunate case of EasyAmnesia and wandering around the woods while her friends are fighting for their lives.

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* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot: The two ChooseYourOwnAdventure books, The Alternamorphs, ''The Alternamorphs'', have been criticized for leaning heavily on DoNotDoThisCoolThing. The first one for having no actual [[MultipleEndings branching paths]] and the second for ''only'' having [[DownerEnding Downer Endings]].
* TrappedByMountainLions: TrappedByMountainLions:
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''Rachel'', of all people, is subjected to this in the first Megamorphs book, ''The Andalite's Gift''. The first half of the book has her contracting an unfortunate case of EasyAmnesia and wandering around the woods while her friends are fighting for their lives.



* {{Wangst}}: [[FanNickname "Emohawk!"]]

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[[FanNickname "Emohawk!"]]



* 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...
** This also apples to Hildy in the same book; he was heavily implied to be an alcoholic. To get him to talk, Visser Three said he'd give him a "bottle", but Applegate couldn't exactly say what was in the bottle.

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* WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids: WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids:
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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...
** *** This also apples to Hildy in the same book; he was heavily implied to be an alcoholic. To get him to talk, Visser Three said he'd give him a "bottle", but Applegate couldn't exactly say what was in the bottle.



** In recent years, the books have had a relatively large following with adults who read the series as kids. Some adults are just now discovering it, without knowing that it was intended for children. It's not hard to see why - it's ''incredibly'' dark and violent, and there are some concepts (such as drug abuse) subtly (or not-so-subtly) presented in the text that a kid simply wouldn't get.

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** In recent years, the books have had a relatively large following with adults who read the series as kids. Some adults are just now discovering it, without knowing that it was intended for children. It's not hard to see why - -- it's ''incredibly'' dark and violent, and there are some concepts (such as drug abuse) subtly (or not-so-subtly) presented in the text that a kid simply wouldn't get.



** The worst part is that he honestly feels his new situation is an improvement. Stuck fighting an alien invasion involving thousands of conspirators with only four human kids while trapped in the body of a hawk and fighting the instincts of the hawk to retain his own humanity is a step UP for him.
** Tobias is more of an IronWoobie, really.

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** *** The worst part is that he honestly feels his new situation is an improvement. Stuck fighting an alien invasion involving thousands of conspirators with only four human kids while trapped in the body of a hawk and fighting the instincts of the hawk to retain his own humanity is a step UP for him.
** *** Tobias is more of an IronWoobie, really.
7th Oct '17 10:48:17 PM MegaJ
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* OvershadowedByControversy: In his later years, Michael Grant has become notorious for picking online fights with anyone who gives him the slightest bit of criticism, especially if they point out ways that his work might be considered racist. Many fans have expressed their dismay that a co-author of the series has turned into a stereotypical cluelessly offensive and belligerent old white guy.
7th Oct '17 8:45:32 PM tropette
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** In book #22, Rachel mentions that the Yeerks could get human-Controllers to machine-gun them inside a Taco Bell and it would barely register as news to humans. For context, this book came out before Columbine, let alone before mass shootings became a regular occurrence.
4th Oct '17 10:51:33 AM Pren
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* OvershadowedByControversy: In his later years, Michael Grant has become notorious for picking online fights with anyone who gives him the slightest bit of criticism, especially if they point out ways that his work might be considered racist. Many fans have expressed their dismay that a co-author of the series has turned into a stereotypical cluelessly offensive and belligerent old white guy.
3rd Oct '17 11:21:35 AM JediMasterDraco
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** An early example of this came in the ninth book, The Secret. The gang fools Visser Three into taking a bath in grape juice to get rid of the smell of skunk. This becomes even more hilarious when it is later revealed that Andalite females are purple.
30th Sep '17 11:09:37 PM tropette
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** Arguably, David and Rachel -- he also gets in a WeCanRuleTogether line in book 22 (his specific words are "we could hook up," though that might just be '90s slang), and there are hints that the team (well, mostly Cassie) picked up on the dynamic between them and used it to trap him. Though [[NoYay in Rachel's case]], it wasn't even remotely reciprocated.

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** Arguably, David and Rachel -- he also gets in a WeCanRuleTogether line in book 22 (his specific words are "we could hook up," though that might just be '90s slang), and there are hints that the team (well, mostly Cassie) picked up on the dynamic between them and used it to trap him. him because he'd "get so much sick pleasure out of forcing her to obey him." Though [[NoYay in Rachel's case]], it wasn't even remotely reciprocated.
5th Aug '17 3:17:21 PM smasll_lordvoice
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** There's a rather [[InternetBackdraft infamous]] spoof cover of Cassie morphing into a watermelon.

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** There's a rather [[InternetBackdraft infamous]] spoof cover of Cassie morphing into [[CrossesTheLineTwice a watermelon.watermelon]].
14th Jun '17 11:34:55 AM Kafkesque
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** Even though the Chee are good guys, the concept of people around you being NighInvulnerable extraterrestrial robots using holograms to make themselves look human is rather unsettling.

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** Even though the Chee are good guys, the concept of people around you being NighInvulnerable extraterrestrial robots using holograms to make themselves look human is rather unsettling.[[note]]Pretty much the only difference between the Chee and [[Franchise/{{Terminator}} Terminators]] is that the Chee are [[ActualPacifist Actual Pacifists]]. Now imagine if that weren't the case...[[/note]]
28th May '17 7:14:06 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.

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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.''Series/That70sShow''.



* RetroactiveRecognition: Shawn Ashmore as Jake would go onto do Xmen and Paulo Costanzo as Ax would later go onto to {{Series/Joey}} and later RoyalPains.

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* RetroactiveRecognition: Shawn Ashmore as Jake (Jake) would go onto do Xmen the ''Franchise/XMenFilmSeries'' and Paulo Costanzo as Ax (Ax) would later go onto to {{Series/Joey}} ''{{Series/Joey}}'' and later RoyalPains.''Series/RoyalPains''.
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