!![[Literature/{{Animorphs}} The books]]:

* AccidentallyAccurate: "In the Time of Dinosaurs" describes ''Spinosaurus'' as having shorter hindlegs than a ''Tyrannosaurus'', before discoveries in 2014 suggested this may have been true.
** The idea that the Animorphs would always morph an animal of the age of the acquired one was never explained, and used as a plot device so that they could look exactly like controllers who they acquired and impersonated. However, years after the books were published, the discovery of epigenetics, the way organisms' DNA changes while they are still alive, show that the DNA reflecting how old an acquired animal is was very accurate.
* AttentionDeficitCreatorDisorder: The ghostwritten era began so K.A. could work on ''{{Everworld}}'', although she seems pretty frustrated that it had to happen.
* AuthorAppeal: K.A's favorite things - Star Trek, the Rolling Stones, Dr. Pepper, Mustangs, etc - are all prominently featured. Similarly, her personal views creep often into her work.
* AuthorTract: A handful of the books exist for no other reason than to promote the views of K.A. (and later, her ghostwriters). #04 ''The Message'' (whales are sentient), #09 ''The Secret'' (logging is bad), and #28 ''The Experiment'' (eating meat is ''very'' bad) are the worst offenders. A more mild offender is #16 ''The Warning'' (the internet is weird), which is redeemed by strong characterization and a truly [[CreepyAwesome awesome]] villain.
* BigNameFan: Creator/NeilCicierega, who sometimes references the series in his videos.
* {{Blooper}}: There were quite a few in early books as K.A. established a series continuity, leading to the FanNickname of 'KASU' (K.A. Screws Up, for the uninitiated).
* ContestWinnerCameo: Erek King. See Promoted Fanboy.
* CreatorCouple: Creator/KAApplegate and her husband Creator/MichaelGrant. Though it never came out until after the series ended, the pair wrote Animorphs jointly. Grant has [[Literature/{{Gone}} since distinguished himself]] [[Literature/{{BZRK}} as a writer in his own right.]]
* DearNegativeReader: K. A. Applegate famously [[http://web.archive.org/web/20010807200502/www.morphz.com/posts/1061001.htm gave one]] to the many ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' fans who criticized the series' BolivianArmyEnding for being "too sad".
* FanNickname: Emohawk for Tobias. Hawkward for Rachel/Tobias moments. KASU for "Katherine Applegate Screws Up[=/=]Screw-Ups", or the mistakes between books by the author and her ghostwriters.
* HeAlsoDid: Melinda Metz, writer of ''Literature/RoswellHigh'' (which was the inspiration for the TV show ''Series/{{Roswell}}'') and ''Series/{{Fingerprints}}'', was the ghostwriter for ''The Sickness'' and ''The Prophecy''.
* {{Jossed}}: Every now and then K.A's come to answer a few questions and joss a few [[EpilepticTrees theories]].
* NamesTheSame: New readers of ''Literature/{{Everworld}}'' must have been surprised to see K.A. named the main hero of that series after the SixthRangerTraitor of this one.
* OlderThanTheyThink: Watch Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan, from 1982. Do those slug brain parasites - that crawl into your ear and take over your mind - seem a little familiar?
* PromotedFanboy: Erek King, the fan who won a contest to have a character named after himself. The Erek King character ended up becoming one of the most important secondary characters in the series.
** Although after what Erek did in the second to last book, you really have to feel sorry for the real Erek King.
** Why? Erek is amazing.
** Because his actions helped lead to Rachel's death, and his hypocritical lecture rubs a lot of people the wrong way. Why did Jake flush the pool? In the end because he wanted the Yeerks dead. Why did Erek not share what he had learned about the Howlers? Because he wanted them dead, and used the Animorphs to do it.
** Yes, that's what makes him awesome. He's a complex character who does both good things and bad things.
* [[HeAlsoDid She Also Did...]]: One of the ghostwriters for the series was Melinda Metz, who later went on to write ''Literature/RoswellHigh'', the basis for the TV show ''Series/{{Roswell}}''.
* ScienceMarchesOn: Tobias breaks the fourth wall at the end of ''In the Time of Dinosaurs'' to acknowledge that scientists dispute that several of the dinosaurs depicted in the book were alive at the end of the Cretaceous, asking the reader, who're you gonna believe, some scientists with nothing but bones, or a guy who was actually there?
** The pack mentality of wolves mentioned in the books has since been discarded by science along with the biology and mentality of many other creatures featured since they were written.
* TechnologyMarchesOn: #16 ''The Warning'', the "Internet is weird" book.
* TorchTheFranchiseAndRun: Never confirmed, but K.A has admitted Scholastic owns the full rights to Animorphs (much to her frustration), and it'd go a long way to explaining that BolivianArmyEnding.
* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: As mentioned under TotallyRadical, the original release is one for the 1990s.
* WriteWhoYouKnow: Applegate and Grant based most of the characters on people they knew. Applegate has said that the character Loren is based on herself. Grant is described as a lot like Marco but it's unknown if this was intentional (probably more of an author projection thing seeing as Marco's got an {{Expy}} in Grant's series).
** Applegate also said Cassie was most like her, while Marco was most like Michael Grant.

!![[Series/{{Animorphs}} The TV series]]:

* [[ActingForTwo Acting for Thousands]]: Because only one Hork-Bajir costume existed, a single Hork-Bajir was the only representation of an ''entire race''. Still a better deal than the Taxxons got; they were cut from the show altogether.
* DawsonCasting: A mild example, as the age of the book characters had not yet been revealed when Ani-TV went into production.
* DisownedAdaptation: Applegate was quite vocal in her distaste for Ani-TV, going so far as to insert a TakeThat to it in ''The Return''.
* NoBudget: Painfully obvious in some scenes. [[LiteralMetaphor The slug-like Yeerks were, well,]] [[CallARabbitASmeerp slugs]], [[OffTheShelfFx the Dracon beams were merely repainted flashlights]], and the Andalites were played by PeopleInRubberSuits.
** It's also very obvious that there was only one Hork-Bajir costume, and the Taxxons never appear as they would clearly be impossible on the show's budget.
* RecursiveAdaptation: ''Meet the Stars of Animorphs'', a companion book released shortly after Ani-TV started airing.
* TheOtherDarrin: Tom Barnett replaces Eugene Lipinski as Visser Three in Season 2.
** Given that this is a series where people can change into anything alive (within reason), it is more easily explained then other examples of the trope.

!!The games:

* AdaptedOut: All the non-Yeerk villains.
* AntiClimaxBoss: There's only one boss in ''Shattered Reality'' - [[BigBad Visser Three]], fighting in a kind of {{Golem}} morph. He's not very hard.
** CowardlyBoss: He'll spend more time shielding himself from your attacks than actually attacking.
** PlatformBattle: You're more likely to die from falling off the moving platforms than you are from combat with the visser.
** PivotalBoss
* ButtonMashing: The combat sections of ''Know the Secret'' basically amount to this. There's a kind of {{Combo}} system to it, but it's very rudimentary.
* FillerVillain: Mostly seen in ''Shattered Reality''. In addition to renditions of the baddie aliens, new enemies were created, some of which make more sense than others. The crowning moment of absurdity comes when you end up fighting ''pterodactyls'' in the Gardens level.
** On the other hand, the new 'Kaa' alien was pretty cool. [[http://assets1.ignimgs.com/1999/05/19/KAA1-107553_640w.jpg See for yourself]].
* GameMusic: It must be said, the music in the Animorphs games is [[AwesomeMusic truly excellent]]. ''Shattered Reality'' is worth owning for the soundtrack alone.
* GameplayRoulette: Hoo boy, yes.
** ''Animorphs: Shattered Reality'' ([[{{Playstation}} PSX]]) - Straightforward 2D PlatformGame.
** ''Animorphs'' ([[GameBoyColor GBC]]) - RolePlayingGame
** ''Animorphs: Know the Secret'' ({{PC}}) - 3D ActionAdventure game.
* {{Narm}}: All three games give generous helpings. ''Shattered Reality'' and ''Know the Secret'' have truly narmalicious voice acting.
* ObviousBeta: The GameBoyColor Animorphs game.
** BlindIdiotTranslation
** GameBreakingBug: There are a couple places where you can walk into but not get out of, causing you to have to restart the game.
** ShoddyKnockoffProduct: This game was basically a poor man's ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' with the Animorphs property tacked on.
* PolygonCeiling: In ''Know the Secret''. It gives the game a really dated look, which is a shame, because it's quite serviceable in other respects.
* SaveGameLimits: There is no regular save feature on the GBC game. Think about that... a game clearly modeled after ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'', with the same basic menu screen and gameplay mechanics has ''no save feature''. Instead, either by pressing Select or reaching a checkpoint you be given a password that you have to write down that will return you to something approaching your current party next time you start the game. This means that unless you are either using an Emulator with savestates or trying to [[SpeedRun marathon the whole damn thing]] [[BladderOfSteel in one sitting]] (which is theoretically possible, thanks to unlimited continues), it's virtually impossible to beat the game in a way that feels like a continuous, complete narrative.
* TheProblemWithLicensedGames
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