History YMMV / Animorphs

26th Aug '16 1:50:44 PM Cakeman
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* DarknessInducedAudienceApathy: Animorphs was never a particularly lighthearted series but by the end it's comparable to ''Game of Thrones''. The main characters are traumatized anti-heroes at best and psychopaths at worst, (see AlternativeCharacterInterpretation) both sides in the Yeerk vs. Andalite war have been shown to have committed atrocities to the point where it's hard to say that anyone is morally superior, most of the humans are horribly outmatched and have virtually no say in their fate, when the Animorphs finally call the Andalite homeworld the aliens' response is to "Quarantine" planet Earth, thereby mark it for destruction, and to top it off two god-like characters, one named Crayak and the other named the Ellimist, are locked in a "game" that might result in the universe being destroyed.

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* DarknessInducedAudienceApathy: Animorphs was never a particularly lighthearted series but by the end it's comparable to ''Game of Thrones''. The main characters are traumatized anti-heroes at best and psychopaths at worst, (see AlternativeCharacterInterpretation) both sides of the military in the Yeerk vs. Andalite war have been shown to have committed atrocities to the point where it's hard to say that anyone is morally superior, most of the humans are horribly outmatched and have virtually no say in their fate, when the Animorphs finally call the Andalite homeworld the aliens' response is to "Quarantine" planet Earth, thereby mark it for destruction, and to top it off two god-like characters, one named Crayak and the other named the Ellimist, are locked in a "game" that might result in the universe being destroyed.
11th Aug '16 4:59:06 PM drac0blade
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* 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 and eventually encountered in ''Megamorphs #03''. 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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* 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 and eventually encountered in ''Megamorphs #03''.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.]]
3rd Aug '16 7:25:15 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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** While she might not have operated on the same scale as [[BigBad Visser]] [[TheHeavy Three]] or [[PhysicalGod Crayak]], there were few antagonists in the series who could match [[SociopathicSoldier Subvisser Fifty-one]]--better known by her host's name of "Taylor"--when it came to sheer visceral cruelty. A case study in why one does ''not'' allow an already AxCrazy [[PuppeteerParasite Yeerk]] to infest a [[TheMentallyDisturbed mentally ill]] girl, "Taylor" combines her host's anger with her own Yeerk ruthlessness to deadly effect, acting as Visser Three's TortureTechnician. Capturing [[TheWoobie Tobias]] she subjects him to brutal [[ColdBloodedTorture torture]], using a device that tampers with the pain/pleasure centres of the brain, forcing him to relive the worst moments of his life, or inserting agony into even the fondest memories. When his friends try to rescue him, she runs off with him and starts torturing him physically even as she makes her escape, stopping only when Rachel finally frees him. Returning months later, the demoted subvisser reveals she has severed her mental link with her host, regaining much of her sanity, but none of her morality. Manipulating the Animorphs into helping her with a plot to [[TheStarscream kill Visser Three]], "Taylor" relentlessly taunts Tobias about her treatment of him, trying to provoke him into a fight so that she'll have an excuse to hurt him some more. She then reveals that her actual plan is to blow a gas main near the Yeerk Pool, killing thousands of her fellow Yeerks; she will then [[FrameUp pin the blame]] on the Yeerk Peace Faction. An insecure [[TheBully bully]] possessed of a raging [[InferioritySuperiorityComplex inferiority complex]], "Taylor" is the postergirl for everything wrong with the Yeerk military, and shows just how banal even the sickest individual can be.

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** While she might not have operated on the same scale as [[BigBad Visser]] [[TheHeavy Three]] or [[PhysicalGod Crayak]], there were few antagonists in the series who could match [[SociopathicSoldier Subvisser Fifty-one]]--better known by her host's name of "Taylor"--when it came to sheer visceral cruelty. A case study in why one does ''not'' allow an already AxCrazy [[PuppeteerParasite Yeerk]] to infest a [[TheMentallyDisturbed mentally ill]] girl, "Taylor" combines her host's anger with her own Yeerk ruthlessness to deadly effect, acting as Visser Three's TortureTechnician. Capturing [[TheWoobie Tobias]] she subjects him to brutal [[ColdBloodedTorture torture]], using [[AgonyBeam a device that tampers with the pain/pleasure centres of the brain, brain]], forcing him to relive the worst moments of his life, or inserting agony into even the fondest memories. When his friends try to rescue him, she runs off with him and starts torturing him physically even as she makes her escape, stopping only when Rachel finally frees him. Returning months later, the demoted subvisser reveals she has severed her mental link with her host, regaining much of her sanity, but none of her morality. Manipulating the Animorphs into helping her with a plot to [[TheStarscream kill Visser Three]], Three, "Taylor" relentlessly taunts Tobias about her treatment of him, trying to provoke him into a fight so that she'll have an excuse to hurt him some more. She then reveals that her actual plan is to blow a gas main near the Yeerk Pool, killing thousands of her fellow Yeerks; she will then [[FrameUp pin the blame]] on the Yeerk Peace Faction. An insecure [[TheBully bully]] possessed of a raging [[InferioritySuperiorityComplex inferiority complex]], "Taylor" is the postergirl for everything wrong with the Yeerk military, and shows just how banal even the sickest individual can be.
3rd Aug '16 7:22:08 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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** Crayak, is a SufficientlyAdvancedAlien who acts as the series' {{satan}} equivalent. A nearly omnipotent [[TheSocialDarwinist Social Darwinist]], Crayak seeks to create a universe ruled by one species and one species alone. To that end, Crayak engineered the Howlers, a race of psychopathic {{child soldier}}s who think that killing is a game, and used them to gruesomely exterminate countless species, including the [[PerfectPacifistPeople pacifistic]] Pemalites and Graffen's Children. In order to ensure that the Howler's HiveMind is never contaminated by memories of defeat, Crayak obliterates any Howler's who [[YouHaveFailedMe fail him]]; he also destroys any Howlers who realise that their victims are people too. Not content with having created one of the most feared races in the galaxy, Crayak also lends his godlike might to other vicious species, secretly backing the Yeerks and other would-be {{galactic conqueror}}s; he plans, for example, to have the Yeerks enslave humanity, [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness only to then be wiped out by the Howlers]]. In a series filled with shades of grey, Crayak was as close to pure, unadulterated evil, as one was likely to get.
** While she might not have operated on the same scale as [[BigBad Visser]] [[TheHeavy Three]] or [[PhysicalGod Crayak]], there were few antagonists in the series who could match [[SociopathicSoldier Subvisser Fifty-one]]--better known by her host's name of "Taylor"--when it came to sheer visceral cruelty. A case study in why one does ''not'' allow an already AxeCrazy [[PuppeteerParasite Yeerk]] to infest a [[TheMentallyIll mentally ill]] girl, "Taylor" combines her host's anger with her own Yeerk ruthlessness to deadly effect, acting as Visser Three's TortureTechnician. Capturing [[TheWoobie Tobias]] she subjects him to brutal [[ColdBloodedTorture torture]], using a device that tampers with the pain/pleasure centres of the brain, forcing him to relive the worst moments of his life, or inserting agony into even the fondest memories. When his friends try to rescue him, she runs off with him and starts torturing him physically even as she makes her escape, stopping only when Rachel finally frees him. Returning months later, the demoted subvisser reveals she has severed her mental link with her host, regaining much of her sanity, but none of her morality. Manipulating the Animorphs into helping her with a plot to kill Visser Three, "Taylor" relentlessly taunts Tobias about her treatment of him, trying to provoke him into a fight so that she'll have an excuse to hurt him some more. She then reveals that her actual plan is to blow a gas main near the Yeerk Pool, killing thousands of her fellow Yeerks; she will then pin the blame on the Yeerk Peace Faction. An insecure [[TheBully bully]] possessed of a raging [[InferioritySuperiorityComplex inferiority complex]], "Taylor" is the postergirl for everything wrong with the Yeerk military, and shows just how banal even the sickest individual can be.

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** Crayak, is a SufficientlyAdvancedAlien who acts as the series' {{satan}} equivalent.[[SatanicArchetype equivalent]]. A nearly omnipotent [[TheSocialDarwinist Social Darwinist]], Crayak seeks to create a universe ruled by one species and one species alone. To that end, Crayak engineered the Howlers, a race of psychopathic {{child soldier}}s who think that killing is a game, and used them to gruesomely exterminate countless species, including the [[PerfectPacifistPeople pacifistic]] Pemalites and Graffen's Children. In order to ensure that the Howler's HiveMind is never contaminated by memories of defeat, Crayak obliterates any Howler's who [[YouHaveFailedMe fail him]]; he also destroys any Howlers who realise that their victims are people too. Not content with having created one of the most feared races in the galaxy, Crayak also lends his godlike might to other vicious species, secretly backing the Yeerks and other would-be {{galactic conqueror}}s; he plans, for example, to have the Yeerks enslave humanity, [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness only to then be wiped out by the Howlers]]. In a series filled with shades of grey, Crayak was as close to pure, unadulterated evil, as one was likely to get.
** While she might not have operated on the same scale as [[BigBad Visser]] [[TheHeavy Three]] or [[PhysicalGod Crayak]], there were few antagonists in the series who could match [[SociopathicSoldier Subvisser Fifty-one]]--better known by her host's name of "Taylor"--when it came to sheer visceral cruelty. A case study in why one does ''not'' allow an already AxeCrazy AxCrazy [[PuppeteerParasite Yeerk]] to infest a [[TheMentallyIll [[TheMentallyDisturbed mentally ill]] girl, "Taylor" combines her host's anger with her own Yeerk ruthlessness to deadly effect, acting as Visser Three's TortureTechnician. Capturing [[TheWoobie Tobias]] she subjects him to brutal [[ColdBloodedTorture torture]], using a device that tampers with the pain/pleasure centres of the brain, forcing him to relive the worst moments of his life, or inserting agony into even the fondest memories. When his friends try to rescue him, she runs off with him and starts torturing him physically even as she makes her escape, stopping only when Rachel finally frees him. Returning months later, the demoted subvisser reveals she has severed her mental link with her host, regaining much of her sanity, but none of her morality. Manipulating the Animorphs into helping her with a plot to [[TheStarscream kill Visser Three, Three]], "Taylor" relentlessly taunts Tobias about her treatment of him, trying to provoke him into a fight so that she'll have an excuse to hurt him some more. She then reveals that her actual plan is to blow a gas main near the Yeerk Pool, killing thousands of her fellow Yeerks; she will then [[FrameUp pin the blame blame]] on the Yeerk Peace Faction. An insecure [[TheBully bully]] possessed of a raging [[InferioritySuperiorityComplex inferiority complex]], "Taylor" is the postergirl for everything wrong with the Yeerk military, and shows just how banal even the sickest individual can be.
3rd Aug '16 7:19:10 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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** Crayak, is a SufficientlyAdvancedAlien who acts as the series' {{satan}} equivalent. A nearly omnipotent [[TheSocialDarwinist Social Darwinist]], Crayak seeks to create a universe ruled by one species and one species alone. To that end, Crayak engineered the Howlers, a race of psychopathic {{child soldier}}s who think that killing is a game, and used them to gruesomely exterminate countless species, including the [[PerfectPacifistPeople pacifistic]] Pemalites and Graffen's Children. In order to ensure that the Howler's HiveMind is never contaminated by memories of defeat, Crayak obliterates any Howler's who [[YouHaveFailedMe fail him]]; he also destroys any Howlers who realise that their victims are people too. Not content with having created one of the most feared races in the galaxy, Crayak also lends his godlike might to other vicious species, secretly backing the Yeerks and other would-be {{galactic conqueror}}s; he plans, for example, to have the Yeerks enslave humanity, only to then be wiped out by the Howlers. In a series filled with shades of grey, Crayak was as close to pure, unadulterated evil, as one was likely to get.
** While she might not have operated on the same scale as [[BigBad Visser Three]] or [[PhysicalGod Crayak]], there were few antagonists in the series who could match [[SociopathicSoldier Subvisser Fifty-one]]--better known by her host's name of "Taylor"--when it came to sheer visceral cruelty. A case study in why one does ''not'' allow an already AxeCrazy [[PuppeteerParasite Yeerk]] to infest a [[TheMentallyIll mentally ill]] girl, "Taylor" combines her host's anger with her own Yeerk ruthlessness to deadly effect, acting as Visser Three's TortureTechnician. Capturing [[TheWoobie Tobias]] she subjects him to brutal [[ColdBloodedTorture torture]], using a device that tampers with the pain/pleasure centres of the brain, forcing him to relive the worst moments of his life, or inserting agony into even the fondest memories. When his friends try to rescue him, she runs off with him and starts torturing him physically even as she makes her escape, stopping only when Rachel finally frees him. Returning months later, the demoted subvisser reveals she has severed her mental link with her host, regaining much of her sanity, but none of her morality. Manipulating the Animorphs into helping her with a plot to kill Visser Three, "Taylor" relentlessly taunts Tobias about her treatment of him, trying to provoke him into a fight so that she'll have an excuse to hurt him some more. She then reveals that her actual plan is to blow a gas main near the Yeerk Pool, killing thousands of her fellow Yeerks; she will then pin the blame on the Yeerk Peace Faction. An insecure [[TheBully bully]] possessed of a raging [[InferioritySuperiorityComplex inferiority complex]], "Taylor" is the postergirl for everything wrong with the Yeerk military, and shows just how banal even the sickest individual can be.

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** Crayak, is a SufficientlyAdvancedAlien who acts as the series' {{satan}} equivalent. A nearly omnipotent [[TheSocialDarwinist Social Darwinist]], Crayak seeks to create a universe ruled by one species and one species alone. To that end, Crayak engineered the Howlers, a race of psychopathic {{child soldier}}s who think that killing is a game, and used them to gruesomely exterminate countless species, including the [[PerfectPacifistPeople pacifistic]] Pemalites and Graffen's Children. In order to ensure that the Howler's HiveMind is never contaminated by memories of defeat, Crayak obliterates any Howler's who [[YouHaveFailedMe fail him]]; he also destroys any Howlers who realise that their victims are people too. Not content with having created one of the most feared races in the galaxy, Crayak also lends his godlike might to other vicious species, secretly backing the Yeerks and other would-be {{galactic conqueror}}s; he plans, for example, to have the Yeerks enslave humanity, [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness only to then be wiped out by the Howlers.Howlers]]. In a series filled with shades of grey, Crayak was as close to pure, unadulterated evil, as one was likely to get.
** While she might not have operated on the same scale as [[BigBad Visser Visser]] [[TheHeavy Three]] or [[PhysicalGod Crayak]], there were few antagonists in the series who could match [[SociopathicSoldier Subvisser Fifty-one]]--better known by her host's name of "Taylor"--when it came to sheer visceral cruelty. A case study in why one does ''not'' allow an already AxeCrazy [[PuppeteerParasite Yeerk]] to infest a [[TheMentallyIll mentally ill]] girl, "Taylor" combines her host's anger with her own Yeerk ruthlessness to deadly effect, acting as Visser Three's TortureTechnician. Capturing [[TheWoobie Tobias]] she subjects him to brutal [[ColdBloodedTorture torture]], using a device that tampers with the pain/pleasure centres of the brain, forcing him to relive the worst moments of his life, or inserting agony into even the fondest memories. When his friends try to rescue him, she runs off with him and starts torturing him physically even as she makes her escape, stopping only when Rachel finally frees him. Returning months later, the demoted subvisser reveals she has severed her mental link with her host, regaining much of her sanity, but none of her morality. Manipulating the Animorphs into helping her with a plot to kill Visser Three, "Taylor" relentlessly taunts Tobias about her treatment of him, trying to provoke him into a fight so that she'll have an excuse to hurt him some more. She then reveals that her actual plan is to blow a gas main near the Yeerk Pool, killing thousands of her fellow Yeerks; she will then pin the blame on the Yeerk Peace Faction. An insecure [[TheBully bully]] possessed of a raging [[InferioritySuperiorityComplex inferiority complex]], "Taylor" is the postergirl for everything wrong with the Yeerk military, and shows just how banal even the sickest individual can be.


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24th Jul '16 3:09:03 PM Lionheart0
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* 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]].
9th Jul '16 9:03:20 AM Berrenta
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* 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 the result of TheyJustDidntCare.

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* 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 whether or not they're just honest mistakes or the result of TheyJustDidntCare.mistakes.
27th Jun '16 9:21:15 AM spiritsunami
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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...
26th Jun '16 11:03:30 PM spiritsunami
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** For a non-Saario 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.

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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.
** For a non-Saario 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.


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** ''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.
16th May '16 8:51:38 PM Angeldeb82
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** 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 ''StarWars'', ''StarTrek,'' and ''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.

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** 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 ''StarWars'', ''StarTrek,'' ''Franchise/StarWars'', ''Franchise/StarTrek'', and ''BabylonFive'', ''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.



* 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}} who approaches JerkSue Jerk Sue 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.



* AwesomeMusic: The TV show may have been terrible, but many agree the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0IfboJUVBI8 theme song]] was pretty damn awesome; it exemplifies the dark pathos of the series even in watered-down TV form.

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* AwesomeMusic: SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: The TV show may have been terrible, but many agree the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0IfboJUVBI8 theme song]] was pretty damn awesome; it exemplifies the dark pathos of the series even in watered-down TV form.



** For a non-Saario 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.

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** For a non-Saario 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}} MacGuffin is, ''after'' she already told them.



* 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 [[TheSilenceOfTheLambs Hannibal Lecter]].

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* 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 [[TheSilenceOfTheLambs [[Literature/TheSilenceOfTheLambs Hannibal Lecter]].



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

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



* GameBreaker: Cassie, in-universe. Her natural ability as a 'temporal anomaly' allows her to see through the [[RealityWarper reality warping]] powers of beings like the Drode, and her presence in any timeline that's not the 'real' one will ensure the fake timeline breaks down. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by the Drode himself, who angrily accuses the Ellimist of '[[FixingTheGame stacking the deck]]' by including her on the team.

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* GameBreaker: Cassie, in-universe. Her natural ability as a 'temporal anomaly' allows her to see through the [[RealityWarper reality warping]] {{reality warp|er}}ing powers of beings like the Drode, and her presence in any timeline that's not the 'real' one will ensure the fake timeline breaks down. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d by the Drode himself, who angrily accuses the Ellimist of '[[FixingTheGame stacking the deck]]' by including her on the team.



** The final arc, which featured a WarIsHell {{Aesop}} was gut-wrenching, incredibly sad... and came no more than four months before the U.S. entered an actual war.

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** The final arc, which featured a WarIsHell {{Aesop}} {{A|nAesop}}esop was gut-wrenching, incredibly sad... and came no more than four months before the U.S. entered an actual war.



* JerkSue: This is the sole noticeable holdover of Marco being co-author Michael Grant's AuthorAvatar. It's not 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''.
* MarySue: Deconstructed with Estrid. Gets hit on by a main cast member, genius, expert tail fighter, estreen, got into a university despite sexist Andalite beliefs...[[spoiler: And all it did was get her recruited into a secret project to eliminate the Yeerks via biological warfare, a mission it's implied that they would have executed her for by the end of it to keep it covered up and avoid controversy.]]



** Some members of the fanbase--and Jake himself for that matter--view his [[spoiler:execution of 17000 defenceless Yeerks]] as one of these. While Jake clearly feels bad about it, it's an action from which there is indeed, no going back.
** 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.]]

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** Some members of the fanbase--and Jake himself for that matter--view his [[spoiler:execution of 17000 defenceless defenseless Yeerks]] as one of these. While Jake clearly feels bad about it, it's an action from which there is indeed, no going back.
** 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}} {{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.]]



* 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…

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* 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…was...
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