This page contains SPOILERS for the whole series.
All the contradictions within the series are due to Loren using the Time MatrixWhen Loren used the Time Matrix to return Elfangor and herself to their own universe, she specified that everyone would remember her being older. Because of this, instead of returning them to their original universe, it created a copy and sent them there. Since it isn't the "true" universe, Cassie's existence causes "glitches". Since no one notices these glitches In-Universe, we must assume that Loren is better at creating universes then Crayak.
KA Applegate is a genius.Is deconstructing about five-hundred billion idealist tropes in a way that does not make us hate her not genius?
At least some, and possibly all of the characters are Unreliable NarratorsThis explains every contradiction in the series.
Tobias became a Nothlit on purpose.His home life sucked, he had no friends, literally no one cared about the guy, and compared to going back to all of that, the idea of flying all day was just too magical to give up. The merciless reality of the wild didn't set in till he actually had to face it firsthand. Corroborated by the way he spends every single moment he can as a hawk all throughout The Invasion, deliberately using the form as an escape, and in a later book, he refers to the moment he was trapped as a "choice."
The Yeerks were forced off Earth after #1 The Invasion, explaining every contradictionThe invasion of the Yeerk Pool was actually a resounding success, and they destroyed the Kandrona then and there. Afterwards the Yeerks left, and were killed by the Andalites, who were not the jackasses the series makes them out to be. Jake decides to write a book about his experiences. However, the other Animorphs found it, made some changes to it, and wrote sequels. THIS explains all the inconsistencies and extreme coincidences. It is simply a work of fiction for the most part.
The Helmacrons are related to the GenerationsCorporate and fungible sound like different terms for the same thing.
Helmacrons are Generations.The Ellimist never mentions how big Generations are. The Helmacron's "take over the universe" personality could be the result of a charismatic Generation/Helmacron convincing several others that they were destined to rule the universe and then their "infecting" the entire species when they died.
The Skrit Na have the most advanced technology in the universe.They simply use weaker technology when they visit other planets so that the other people in the universe won't try to steal their technology. Furthermore, they've implemented technology to ensure that the Time Matrix can't be used against them; hence, they took it to the Taxxon world rather then back to their home planet.
The unknown ship from the last book was a Space Hulk from Warhammer 40,000. Furthermore, the One is a daemon.
The beings that caused Jake's dream in #41 The Familiar played a large role in the series.Some of their other actions:
Erek and the Chee brought the Time Matrix to Earth.The Ellimist created both the Time Matrix and the Pemalites. The Pemalites created the Chee. The Skrit Na finding the Time Matrix is the catalyst to Elfangor and Loren's adventure, which is the catalyst to Visser Three and Elfangor's rivalry, which ends in Elfangor creating the Animorphs. Obviously, the Ellimist wanted all of this to happen. He had his "grand-creations" bring the all-important Time Matrix to Earth and set the whole mess in motion. The clincher? The Time Matrix was found beneath a pyramid, and Erek mentions helping build them soon after arriving on Earth.
Elfangor and Aldrea (and, by extension, Tobias and Toby) are descended from the Ellimist.The Ellimist spent time as an Andalite and had Andalite children. Somewhere waaaaaay back in Elfangor and Aldrea's family histories are one of those kids. This is why the Ellimist is so interested in Elfangor and Tobias, and why he brought Toby into his master plans.
Rachel doesn't die; she is saved by Crayak, who erases her memories and uses her as a minion, sort of like the Drode.Crayak and the Drode were showing way too much interest in her potential to let her disappear. This might be part of an agreement with the Ellimist - conveniently, Rachel only dies once the war is won. Crayak and the Ellimist had struck a deal where the Ellimist could keep her as one of his pawns for the duration of the war against the Yeerks, and then Crayak could get her. (Her choice in #7 should have removed her from the front lines of the war.)
The Drode is not an individual entity or servant to Crayak, but a PK phenomenon centered on Rachel that Crayak manipulatesThis explains his ugly appearance, his careless attitude, his humorous-psychopath demeanor, his appearances' restriction to Rachel-centric stories, and even his name - "Drode" means "Wild Card", which refers not to him, but Rachel.
Rachel becomes a servant of the Ellimist.She's already openly rejected Crayak's offers; it was a moot point by #48 when she realized that no power he could give her was worth the price of her soul. But notice how she only dies when the war is over. She was an important servant of the Ellimist during the war. Once she died, he was able to bring her in on the game. Crayak has the Drode, so we know they can have direct servants. And Ellimist made a point of comforting her and explaining to her why things are the way they are, explaining the secrets to her at last. It's likely that, when she died, Ellimist would take her into their higher dimension and make her one of his ambassadors. This would mean that she still exists. Therefore, since the war is threatening to erupt anew, she may have reason to assist the remaining Animorphs.
All the extremely unlikely events that worked in the Animorphs' favor were moves made by the Ellimist in his game against CrayakThis includes the Time Travel incident that warned Jake against stealing the bug fighter, the morphing cube surviving the destruction of Elfangor's ship, and their mass in z-space being snagged by an Andalite ship.
The Ellimist put the morphing cube in Elfangor's shipWhy would he be carrying the Escafil device around in his personal fighter? The Ellimist simply popped one into being after Elfangor staggered out of his ship, having already cleared the Animorphs' creation with Crayak (as implied in Back to Before). Elfangor suddenly realized that he could give morphing to the humans because the Ellimist just zapped his head with that knowledge, in the same way Tobias suddenly knew about the would-be Hork-Bajir valley in The Change. Let's face it, the guy usually operates via Dei Ex Machina.
The Gardens is Six Flags Marine World in Vallejo, California(Now known as "Six Flags Discovery Kingdom".) Think about it: It's been revealed that the series takes place in California somewhere. Both The Gardens and Marine World combine elements of a theme park, a water park, a zoo, and an oceanarium. No other park in California (or the West Coast) is like that.
A morpher's mind goes to Z-space with his or her original body and controls the morphed body remotely.It's like Neon Genesis Evangelion's EVAs. At one hour, there is 100% synchronization, and the mind is equally split between the original, grounding body and the morphed, controlled body. At two hours, when synchronization hits 200%, the mind is more used to the morphed form than the original form, and it can't go back and switch the bodies at the same time. A nothlit cannot regain the morphing power because the natural link to his or her own body has been severed; the artificial link to the morphed body is not strong enough to handle the morphing process. That time the animorphs got stuck in z-space had nothing to do with the size they tried morphing. It was because of the lack of a proper mental link. Time spent in morph counts toward how hungry the original body is, but not vice versa, because the original body is kept intact while the morphs are made from and returned to the nothing in z-space.
The One was the being that caused Jake's hallucination in The Familiar, hoping to study humans before he had to fight them directly.Furthermore, The One is also the being that forced Crayak out of his own galaxy before he met the Ellimist.
The Yeerks are the victims in the series, the Andalites are the bad guys, and the Animorphs (for the most part) are pawns who do what Andalites tell them.It is incredibly important to note that a Yeerk taking a host is a natural function. Humans kill animals to eat; the human thrives at the expense of the animal. This is not good, but it is natural. Similarly, Yeerks take hosts - they benefit at the expense of the host body. This is not good, but it is natural. To expect Yeerks to not take bodies is akin to expecting humans to not eat meat — it can be arranged, but it will cause discomfort and difficulties, especially if they are breaking an established habit. One must note that while Yeerks themselves are
There is no Crayak.The Ellimist's experiences with Father are enough to drive anyone off the deep end. After he defeats Father, he absorbed dozens, if not hundreds, of minds. He had more knowledge than anyone was ever meant to have, and he explicitly mentioned the sensory overload and impulses to move body parts he didn't have. All of this, combined with the millenia he spent wandering alone, drove him crazy. And then the Crayak shows up, an opponent who is always strong enough to challenge him and to drive him to greater achievements, but never quite good enough to defeat him. The Crayak is a split personality the Ellimist unknowingly created to give himself purpose in what would otherwise have been a long, lonely life.
Crayak is Tyler Durden.See above.
K.A. Applegate is a Controller.The Yeerks do exist, and she wrote the books to ensure that no one would believe anyone who told them that the world was being invaded by alien slugs.
Everybody on TV Tropes is a controller.
Marco has an Oedipus complex.Which explains why he describes his mom the way that he does.
Carry On Wayward Son by Kansas is the theme song of TobiasJust listen to it. I am convinced this song had something to do with his character development somewhere along the line.
Visser Four from #18 The Decision and Megamorphs #3 is Visser Two from #46 The DeceptionOk, bear with me for a moment. First of all, Visser Two is unlikely to be the "missing" visser from the earlier books because he's fiercely loyal to Visser One (that is, Esplin 9466, formerly Visser Three) and it would be extremely out of character for a Yeerk Visser to show so much loyalty to someone promoted ahead of them like that. So it stands to reason that Visser Two was a lower ranking visser who got promoted at the same time as Visser Three. In #18 a Leeran controller mentions that Vissers Three and Four are very good friends. Visser Two doesn't remember the events of Megamorphs #3 because that timeline was erased, and the Animorphs don't recognise him because he has a different rank and host.
Everything in the book, from Yeerks to Andalites, are real. The world is currently being controlled by YeerksK.A. Applegate is warning us.
World leaders who don't appear to care about the environment are trying to make things worse for the Yeerks.If the environment is hostile to us, then it'll be even more hostile to the Yeerks when they take over. Then again, if the world leaders cared, then they would just start a nuclear war.
The Ellimist is the G-Man, or vice-versaThe Ellimist's ability to stop time - and his use of it to deliver exposition and orders to the heroes - is suspiciously similar to everybody's favorite briefcase-carrying Chessmaster. Even their MOs are the same, using carefully-placed pawns to fight "evil". Both of them appear as ordinary humans, but there is almost always something not quite right with them. Sure, the Ellimist is, on the surface, kinder, but he doesn't have the strictly-professional Doctor Freeman to work with, he has a bunch of teenagers. Brings up the question of what Crayak is doing, though...
The Half Life universe is one in which Visser Four succeeded.Not much is known about the Combine as a whole, but they have enslaved many different species throughout a number of dimensions. Their leadership is a mystery, and they control populations through mind control, something Visser Three was looking into. It's possible that they are just occupying Earth until they can ship enough Yeerks in for a full, planetwide infestation. After all, they are invading and occupying quite a few other worlds as well. This was all brought about by John Barryman's yeerk realizing a new point in history he could exploit. The Black Mesa incident interfered with the Time Matrix and opened up hundreds of new worlds to invade. He set off and built his own new empire, and then came back to start the Seven Hour War.
Someone (Crayak? The One?) created the Yeerks.Think about it: how the hell could they have evolved naturally? Did the local animals fall head-first into a pool every ten minutes? Even if they did, what advantage would there have been to traveling that way before they evolved their control abilities? The abilities couldn't have come first, there would be no point.
Crayak is the good guy and the Ellimist is the bad guyThe Crayak wanted the Iskoort destroyed so the Yeerks (his chosen race) would never submit to the tyranny of the Andalites (the Ellimist's chosen race). The andalites have proven ruthless and manipulative, and the Crayak wanted to prevent the militial destruction of Earth, under the guise of "defending the universe's sentient races." The yeerks couldn't try to find a paceful alternative, because the moment they did, the andalites would decimate them in order to rule the cosmos. Which is also why the andalites get involved in conflicts: to get rid of any race that may interfere with their universal monopoly. All along, the Crakay has been trying to destroy races with potential for aggression. Since the Ellimist engineered the andalites, the crayak couldn't touch them, so instead made the yeerks develop into what would eventually threaten the andalites' control. The ellimist used time-shifting and elfangor to construct a team of wildcards to ensure the andalite race's dominance in the universe. Also, the Kelbrid are fairy tales imposed by the high command to make them seem to be peacemakers.
Some selfish-gene speculations about Yeerk evolutionThe first datum to explain is that the Yeerks obviously have a very strong drive for individual status. The second point is that they have a very un-individualistic means of reproduction: the individual Yeerks who reproduce die in the process, and produce hundreds of offspring at a time. The third point to remember is that Visser Three and the other high-status Yeerks live a long time without ever reproducing: The Hork-Bajir Chronicles implies that Visser Three is one of the oldest Yeerks alive today, and he is about forty years old. Which may not sound that old, but remember that most animals on Earth have a far shorter life expectancy than that—especially animals with the size and fecundity of the Yeerks. Anytime the species produces hundreds of offspring for every three parents, it has to be the case that only a few individuals are the lucky ones who get to have distant descendants. It's also the case that only a small minority of Yeerks get to control a host species, and most of them don't. Now, the thing to keep clear is that the drive to infest a host and climb the status hierarchy wouldn't be there if it weren't helpful in a strategy to be one of the Yeerks who does reproduce (possibly an unconscious strategy rather than one deliberately pursued). The desire to have a powerful position and a strong host seems obvious to humans and also to Yeerks, but the Yeerks would only evolve to be motivated this way if it helps them reproduce. If the best way to reproduce were to just be hanging around the Yeerk pool at the right time, then evolution would favor the Yeerks who spent all their time in the Yeerk pool, and not exploring the world in a Gedd body. And this is so even though it's presumably beneficial to the group to have plenty of Yeerks with host bodies, who can do far more things in the world than a mere unhosted Yeerk. From here it's obvious that the Yeerks in hosts must be the same ones who reproduce. It's most likely that the actual process of reproduction uses nutrients that are only available to the Yeerks who have a Gedd host. And in fact, if the Yeerks with hosts have these fierce competitions with each other, it's likely that it even matters which Gedd they live in, that a Yeerk may need to be living in one of the best Gedds before it has a chance of reproducing properly. So that's the ancestral environment that Yeerks evolved for: a world with Gedd hosts that are needed for reproduction, and apparently no other useful hosts. On the other hand, things are different today, with all the other host species. And it certainly doesn't seem that the highest-status Yeerks today, the Council of Thirteen and the Vissers, are the ones who reproduce. They also have their choice of host bodies, and they choose to inhabit one of their strong host races rather than a Gedd. Just as some men would rather pursue status and become Pope, even though they will have no descendants that way; so most Yeerks would rather pursue status and become a Visser, live in a powerful Hork-Bajir (or human, or Andalite) host body, and still leave no descendants. Their status-seeking instincts tell them that the stronger host bodies are the best ones to live in, and the Gedds are much weaker than most other host bodies. But in terms of reproductive activity, the Yeerks who live in an actual Gedd are the ones who reproduce, and so in the Yeerk Empire today, there is no longer a correlation between very high status and reproductive success. (But the Yeerks who live in a Gedd are still higher-status than the unhosted Yeerks, and probably higher than certain other low-status species in the Empire. Also, it's likely that high respect is attached to reproduction itself even though it obliterates the individual identity of the Yeerks who participate in it.) So that's the situation with the Yeerks: The life story of an evolutionarily successful Yeerk would be to infest a Gedd, reproduce, and probably take only five or six years at most to do so. But the successful Yeerks today, like all of the Yeerks who the Animorphs meet, are the ones who win the competition for a powerful host like a Hork-Bajir or human; and their life doesn't end after five or six years since they're not reproducing, it's the Yeerks who were inhabiting a Gedd. It kind of explains a lot about the perverse cultural values we see in Visser, where the Yeerk Empire is fanatically focused on power and Visser One is on a trial in which her worst offense was being a loving mother. This is also why Aftran explains the Yeerk reproductive cycle as if even she finds it paradoxical and embarrassing, and she didn't address the question of which Yeerks it is who reproduce—although from an evolutionary standpoint, this is a very important question. It's also rather surprising that the Yeerks the Animorphs never actually meet any Gedds and hardly ever even have to think about them, until you consider how the Gedds must occupy an unusual position in any species that naturally evolved to have a close relationship with the Gedds, but is exploring the artificial possibilities of infesting all kinds of other species.
Crayak or the Ellimist created the taxxons as a jokeIt would be an understatement to say that the taxxons kinda suck. While they are immensely intelligent and evidently very good pilots, the simple fact is, they're giant fluid-filled condoms that will break into a feeding frenzy at the sight of blood. In other words, you have a creature whose fragility is virtually a running gag, and who'll completely wig out and cannibalize one another, or even themselves given the slightest suggestion of a chance. At a lesser scale, this wouldn't be so bad. We're physically unimpressive, but good with technology, even though our brains can make us do silly things. But consider a human controller, like Tom. He sees his family constantly, knowing the yeerks are going to get them, but his yeerk maintains perfect control of him at all times. A taxxon controller, aboard the Blade Ship with Visser Three no less, sees the animorphs and gets cut in half for his trouble. Rather than say something, it immediately sees its blood-soaked ass sitting in front of it, and starts chowing down. So we have a species of bulbous, fluid-filled condoms that could probably be busted open by harsh language, who have a feeding instinct apparently greater than self preservation, or the preservation of one's loved ones, and is triggered by blood. Imagine what taxxon controllers go through. Imagine one of their coworkers getting a papercut. For the love of Crayak, they're water balloons perched atop dozens of little needles! I cannot see natural selection favoring these guys under any circumstances. And we've already established that the Ellimist and Crayak have both created life forms that they like(Ellimist has the pemalites, Crayak has the Howlers). Is it a stretch to say that Crayak created the taxxons for the sheer audacity of it?
The One is the monster of the same name from "Ultraman: The Next"Both are aliens, both are shapeshifters, both assimilate other organisms in order to alter their form, both are, you know, called "The One". Naturally, we can also conclude that the series ends with Ultraman swooping in to save the day.
Stephenie Meyer's Novel 'The Host' takes place in an alternate universe of Animorphs.Bear with me here for a minute. The very first moment I started reading The Host, the description of the aliens that control your body made my mind jump to Yeerks. It's an alternate universe where the Yeerks took over Earth so quickly that the Animorphs never had a chance, and were either killed or turned into Hosts themselves.
'The Host' by Stephenie Meyer is actually a piece of Yeerk fanfiction.A lonely Yeerk that infested a human teenager learned about the concept of fanfiction, and subsequently used the host body to write a story where the Yeerk invasion went much more smoothly - no pesky Andalite bandits - and where the Yeerks themselves weren't ugly slugs, but beautiful, feathery creatures called Souls. When the Yeerks surrendered, the human host found the story on her computer and decided to publish it as a piece of "original" fiction. This human was....Stephenie Meyer. No ideas about the sparkly vampires, though.
Just an observation...The Fictional Counterpart for America Online (AOL) is Web Access Amercia. Is it any wonder that its initials are WAA?
Rachel becomes The One becomes CrayakI don't know why I decided this but it actually fits in some ways. We never actually see what happens to her. Her death is kind of implied but... and she was on the Bladeship which Ax was after when he got taken over. It shows an assimilation simuler to the type the Ellimist went through in his book. Kay maby other characters would work better. Crayak has an interest in Rachel out of all the Animorphs.
The alternate future in #7 is caused by Jake's infestation in an altered timelineThe future shown in The Stranger happens because in an alternate timeline, the Animorphs did not rescue Ax, but Jake was still infested at the hospital in #6. If Ax had not been with them at the hospital, nobody would have noticed Jake was a Controller and he could have easily turned them over to Visser Three. This also explains why future-Rachel was confused by Ax's presence.
How Aftran 942 got back into the Yeerk Pool at the end of #19You might wonder how Karen got out of the Yeerk Pool complex/cave without Aftran. Here's how I think they did it: Aftran/Karen runs of away from the Animorphs after they let her go. (This is after Cassie has been "trapped" as a caterpillar.) She runs off to the State police-Controllers, and says she lost track of the Andalite Bandits, but she's safe now. Aftran doesn't tell Yaheen 747 and the others what she knows, as part of Cassie's peace treaty. The next time Aftran and Karen go to the Yeerk Pool, Aftran gives her instructions. At the unloading pier, she tells the Hork-Bajir-Controller guard there that Karen is a voluntary host (now?) and has permission to go to the cafeteria (or wherever). Aftran instructs Karen to wait in the café for a few minutes, and then walk out as if she's a Controller. This is how Karen gets away free while Aftran stays in the pool as per her promise to Cassie.
Father and the Yeerks are somehow related evolutionarily.
The Ellimist Uplifted the Andalites.Upon reading The Ellimist Chronicles, I wasn't under the impression that the Ellimist actually gave the Andalites any technology. He instead just planted the seeds of intelligence in them. With their physically capable bodies, there would have been no reason to for Andalites to evolve intelligence, unlike humans with our physically weak bodies compared to other Earth animals.
The Pemalites are the race that uplifted humans in 2001: A Space Odyssey.
Tobias is a comment on the Otherkin subculture from before most people knew Otherkin were a thing!We are not suggesting that Applegate was psychic or anything but consider. A whiny Emo Teen with an awful home life and no real friends inside the body of a beautiful predatory creature with wings and shapeshifting powers? Yeah.
The Ellimist sympathizes with humanity.Visser One described the human mind as constantly in conflict with itself, arguing, doubting. Sounds a bit like the Society of Mind hypothesis. And we know that the Ellimist is a Mind Hive so we're like him/them, except without the god-like powers. Certainly explains why he gives the Animorphs such special treatment.
David is a sociopath, Visser Three has Intermittent Explosive Personality Disorder.There's enough evidence in the trilogy to show that David only thinks about himself and violates the rights of others, refuses to take responsibility for his actions and rationalizes them ("Murder is one animal killing another", "I'm going to kill you before you can kill me"), is incapable of maintaining serious relationships, is extremely easy to frustrate and anger, has problems with impulse control, does not conform to societal moral norms (such as laws against stealing), is consistently deceitful, does not express guilt, is egomaniacal and takes what is described as a "sick pleasure" in manipulating others. His animal abuse is further proof. All this remains true even in his return in #48, wherein his actions are mostly an act to gain Rachel's sympathy in order to manipulate her for his own benefit
"Intermittent Explosive Disorder (abbreviated IED) is a behavioral disorder characterized by extreme expressions of anger, often to the point of uncontrollable rage, that are disproportionate to the situation at hand." Nuff said.
I'm also fairly sure Rachel has some sort of psychiatric issue but I don't know of a medical term for a disorder characterized by a psychological addiction to stress and adrenaline.
The Andalite-Yeerk War was a long bet by the Ellimist, who was attempting to create an Andalite-Yeerk-Human military alliance to prepare for the upcoming Kelbrid war, which is the next phase in his game against Crayak.The common humanity, so to speak, shared between Yeerks, Andalites and humans is repeatedly emphasized (Hork-Bajir, less so), as is the possibility of artificial, non-living host bodies. The massive faction of Yeerks left on Earth after the war, combined with the new treaty, implies an eventual assimilation of all three cultures. The uprising against the Andalites on the Yeerk homeworld shown in The Hork-Bajir Chronicles was simply, in the end, a way for the Ellimist to get all three species together and hash out their differences in time to confront a new and (if The One is any indication) massively more inhuman and dangerous threat.
After the war, the Hork-Bajir become a Proud Warrior Race Guy culture.In The Hork-Bajir Chronicles, Hork-Bajir culture is so pacifistic that the idea of violence hasn't even occurred to them yet. Over the course of the book much is made of how Dak Hamee's birth - the coming of a "seer" - heralds the rejection of old Hork-Bajir values, in this case, for the purposes of survival against the Yeerks. Ultimately, as we all know, the Hork-Bajir homeworld was sterilized by the Andalites and the majority of the Hork-Bajir species were killed by a virus. So after the war on Earth, you either have a) Hork-Bajir who have been born and raised as guerrilla soldiers, living in hiding or b) Hork-Bajir who have been born and raised by Yeerks for the sole purpose of combat. The end result is a Hork-Bajir population that doesn't really know much about anything except for fighting. I imagine a "you-looking-at-me" attitude similar to Israel, where the ability to fight is promoted for the purposes of avoiding another Hork-Bajir tragedy in the future. Doubly possible considering the Hork-Bajir refugees on Earth are regularly targeted by terrorists.
Tobias didn't actually change anything by disabling the Mercora bomb, apart from the impact locationIf the mercora had successfully deflected the comet, it would move into an orbit that would intercept Earth again in a few months, a few years, or so. By that time, the Mercora would have been so busy with something (Nesk perhaps), and would not be able to deflect the comet a second time. Any butterfly effects end up suppressed, with nothing different about human origins, earth history ,etc. However, the Mercora's unsuccessful deflection changes the impact site of the comet, moving it to a harder to discover spot on the planet, leaving scientists much more confused about dinosaur extinction in modern times without an obvious potential impact site.
Tobias and Ax genocided the Mercora based on faulty logic.They based their decision on the lack of fossil evidence of the Mercora, but by inference they lived on what is now the Yucatan peninsula, which due to its geology and climate is very unfriendly to fossils and their recovery. A promise to limit themselves to their colony and leave when they were back on their feet may well have done the trick anyway.
The city the series takes place in is Bahia BayIt fits. Located in California, contains a convenient mall, beach, amusement park, is within driving distance of mountains/desert, etc.
The events of Book 48 led to the Yeerks figuring out the Animorphs were human in Book 49.It didn't seem like there was ever any explanation as to how the Yeerks suddenly knew, other than some speculation about them always leaving blood behind at battles. When Rachel scares off the two thugs working for David, she's concerned that they'll tell their story where a Controller will hear, and the Yeerks will find David and get information from him. This is why she decides that she has to do something about David (what this something is, of course, is left ambiguous). However, she doesn't seem to do anything about, or even mention, the fact that their story also includes a girl who can turn into a rat and a bear, with nary a mention of freaky blue centaurs. Also, while she says there's no threat of Visser One recognizing Super-Rachel as one of the Andalite bandits, it's possible that his encounter with her could make him more open to the possibility that the bandits are human, at least subconsciously.
The alternate dimension in #41 was the Crayak/EllimistI personally don't see why the Crayak or Ellimist can't disguise their voices, and pretend that they're some other god-like being.
"The One" was actually Satan himself.Not only would it be an awesome moment of Faux Symbolism, it would also explain his ability to "assimilate" others and transform their bodies.
The events of Book 8 led to the events of Book 9.In Book 9, the Yeerks start searching the woods behind Cassie's farm, thinking they'll find the Andalite bandits' feeding ground (which is partly right, since that's where Ax and Tobias live). They really have every reason to do this at pretty much any point in the series, but at the end of Book 8, Ax finds the meadow Visser Three feeds in and nearly succeeds in assassinating him. Visser Three's definitely arrogant and paranoid enough to feel the need to immediately retaliate, and that's what they're doing in Book 9.
David backed off in The Solution because of Cassie, not a humpback whale.Throughout the David Trilogy the titular character has an impressive combat streak. He decisively defeats Jake in a one-on-one fight between his lion and Jake's tiger, beats Rachel in a fight between her great horned owl and his golden eagle, incapacitates Marco and Ax, and even kicks butt on Visser Three, backing off only when Cassie is taken hostage. The one time he is beaten in a combat situation is when he's fighting the Animorphs in dolphin morph while he's in orca morph. In that fight, Jake has Cassie morph humpback whale out of sight, then come in as the cavalry. David retreats and Rachel as narrator speculates it was because 'there's something about seeing a creature the size of a house that makes you want to leave the area'. But the thing is, David goes out of his way to avoid conflict with Cassie. She's the only Animorph he doesn't go after when he betrays the team. When he backs off from Visser Three in the book before, it's because she's in trouble. Even when he threatens to go to the Yeerks with what he knows, he pointedly threatens Jake and Rachel only. Now, giving up one Animorph would give them all up, but there's a good chance that David, with his lack of experience, simply didn't realize that. Is it too much to suppose that the reason why David retreated was because he didn't want to harm Cassie, rather than out of fear as Rachel suggests? Cassie identifies herself to him right before he retreats. If it had been any other Animorph in that humpback whale morph, would David have stuck around and fought it out?
Leland Chee, Keeper of the Holocron is actually a CheeHis name has Chee in it, and his job is just to keep track of near-infinite amounts of information about aliens, higher-than-earth-level technology, and other planets, as well as the history of intersteller conflict. Under Leland Chee, the Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse is full of facts and information about actual aliens!
Andalites reproduce using therant treesA number of fans assume andalites reproduce like horses, but that isn't necessarily the case, since they eat with their feet. Instead, this WMG proposes that Andalites reproduce by impregnating therant trees (a type of tree native to their homeworld). The most compelling reason for this is that andalites worship trees, cultivating cuttings of blossoms and praying to them for successful conception, and seeking emotional comfort from adult trees. As noted in the books, therant trees are capable of very limited empathic communication, suggesting that they have limited animal characteristics like a nervous system and senses of smell and touch. Furthermore, what little sparing between andalites we've seen seems to have a vaguely erotic emotional charge to it when performed between a male and a female. An andalite's "genitals" are located in their tail, the blade having evolved as a protective sheath. To reproduce, a male and a female andalite perform a courtship ritual involving a combative dance that culminates in wrapping and rubbing their tails together to stimulate orgasm, at which point they ejaculate on a therant tree chosen to incubate the embryo. A given tree can only incubate one fetus at a time and conception is less successful than human reproduction, involving repeated attempts to impregnate the tree. Is is a traditional custom for a flower (called a "wish flower") to be taken from the tree and prayed to for good luck in conceiving. The flower, if tended to, can eventually grow into a tree itself. The tree that gave birth to a particular andalite is known as their Garibah, or "guide tree," to which they sometimes retreat to seek advice and comfort. So all andalites would have three parents: their mother, father, and garibah. Why exactly would andalites evolve such a relationship with therant trees? Considering that therant trees have a partial animal nature, they may actually be a stage in the andalite's lifecycle rather than a separate species. "First generation" therant trees might be born from spores released by (perhaps dying and decomposing) andalites, and subsequently the trees will reproduce themselves like other plants through pollination and parthenogenesis. Less frequently, the trees might give birth to andalites without needing to be fertilized by an andalite couple, completing the lifecycle and ensuring redundancy.
A Frolis Maneuver CAN be used to combine two different species to create a new morph.But only if those species can naturally breed and produce hybrid offspring. For instance, a lion and tiger morph could be combined into a tiglon/liger, or a horse and donkey into a mule or hinny.
The deconstruction of all the tropes in Animorphs was partly unintentional.When you look at how the series is made, it becomes clear that there were more books being released every year than most authors manage in a decade. Applegate was releasing one regular book a month, plus one Megamorphs and one Chronicles every year. Because of this, she did not have time to plan an overarching plot for the series, and was forced to write the first plot idea that came to her. This explains why there are so many inconsistencies in the series, yet there are tons of deconstructed tropes: Wake Up, Go to School, Save the World, Kid Hero, Always Chaotic Evil, Always Lawful Good, Justice Will Prevail… the list goes on. Based on how the series was made, Applegate was simply doing whatever came to her first, and didn't care about deconstructing these tropes, whereas normally, there has to be an active effort to do so. When asked by a fan if she thought of Animorphs as a deconstruction of kids shows or an addition to the typical ones, she said, "Basically, we thought "This is a really awesome idea for a kids series." note This is actually where the most brilliance of the series comes in - even though Applegate was forced to release one book every month, she still managed to create something that can be enjoyed by kids and adults, almost without realizing it.
The human race was a creation of the Cryak.The series, as well as most of Real Life, seem to support that Humans Are Bastards. My theory is that the Cryak originally intended the humans to be one of his pawns, like the yeerks, but he realized that he had made a tactical error by giving the humans weaker bodies and relying on their intelligence to make them dangerous. So he just left them to their own devices, letting them be evil.
The Cassie that we see from The Hidden on was actually a starfish regeneration of her.It's hard to pinpoint an exact book, but everyone who's read the series knows that somewhere along the line, Cassie's moralizing stopped being rational and just became pointless window-dressing for her character. The reason? She was cut in half as a starfish, and the half that didn't care about moralizing was killed by the yeerks. So instead, we were left with someone who can only think in abstract terms of 'right' and 'wrong', hardly even knowing what the two words mean. This explains why she objected to every single plan the Animorphs had in the later books, and why she would possibly think it was a good idea to let Tom have the morphing cube (just for example).
Rachel has multiple personality disorder.It's not uncommon for people who go through severe trauma to develop this condition, and Rachel certainly shows signs of it - sometimes, she's casual and snarky, sometimes she's calm but reckless, and sometimes she's almost outright insane. Each of these traits are (usually) directly proportional to how much stress she's under, which is the same way MPD works. This wouldn't be out of place with the Animorphs' realistic signs of detachment and PTSD, and it would certainly explain her wild and inconsistent characterization in the later books.
Rachel's younger sisters, Sarah and Jordan, think she's the Slayer
The Leerans were originally destined to bring down the Yeerk Empire...Both the Ellimist and Crayak engineer entire species just to get their game going, and the Leerans happened to have a lot of natural advantages against Yeerks. Their telepathy means that they can let everyone know if they have a Yeerk in their head, and freeing a Leeran Controller is really easy. Even their main environment is an obstacle for Yeerks, they would have to adapt to fight underwater. It's like they evolved to be Yeerks' natural predators. If they were the Ellimist's original plan against Yeerks, it's likely that he quited it because Leerans never got technology advanced enough to find the Yeerks and fight them on equal foot, or they never really were hero's material in first place and weren't going to risk their asses saving the Universe, or worse, they could have became Yeerks' allies. Even so, if Andalites were to get over their arrogance and their nature as Heroism Addicts, an Andalite-Leeran alliance would have meant game over for Yeerks' invasions in any front.
The Mercora survived the comet by moving underground......where they continued to evolve—into Crab People, waiting for the day they could pay mankind back for their treachery. CRAB PEOPLE, CRAB PEOPLE...
Rachel, Cassie and David are both psychopaths.This'll be a pretty long entry. I'm going to use Dr. Hare's Psychopathic Checklist to prove that both of the above characters are psychopaths. (David in particular - I had to stretch it a bit to make and Cassie Rachel fit.) Here we go:
The hork-bajir are Obfuscating Stupidity.This may seem unlikely, even for a WMG entry, but it makes a bit of sense. The hork-bajir were genetically engineered by the arn to be stupid, but it's almost impossible that the arn would get it right the first time - they'd be likely to kill any specimens that didn't turn out stupid enough. The first hork-bajir they created might've realized this, and obfuscated stupidity to avoid being killed. After this, the hork-bajir made a law that they would have to obfuscate stupidity for as long as they could, to avoid extermination. The seers were actually dumber than most hork-bajir, which is why they weren't smart enough to follow the law. Once the era of the free hork-bajir started, the hork-bajir weren't familiar enough with English to express their thoughts adequately. (Toby was better at it because... um… she's magical. Yeah, that's why.) The hork-bajir have been shown to be much more resourceful and intelligent than the humans in the main series - the only thing they do to seem stupid is speak in broken English.
The only reason we don't have a relationship between Tobias and Ax is because of Executive MeddlingWhy not? The two of them have a lot more chemistry than Tobias does with Rachel, and we know that the same thing happened in Remnants. (Rage, rage, rage.) So, Applegate saw the opportunity to make Tobias Elfangor's son (she stated outright in an interview that she didn't plan it from the beginning), and just decided to give them a friendship, and even an Implied Romance. Another bit of evidence for this (I'm aware that this section doesn't flow at all): the constant references to Xena: Warrior Princess, which contains the most famous example of an implied romance in television history. And besides, in the earlier books, it was pretty clear that Marco and Rachel had the potential to start a Slap-Slap-Kiss romance. But Scholastic didn't want Applegate to do this because it would draw attention to the fact that Tobias and Ax don't have love interests, and they have tons of chemistry with each other. So, my theory is above.
Applegate and her husband originally planned the final arc to start at The SicknessIt makes a lot more sense than what actually happened. This book was supposed to give some resolution to Aftran's arc. Book 30 would've ended the Visser One storyline by killing her and Marco's mother, and book 31 would've ended with Tom figuring out that Jake was one of the 'Andalite bandits'. Book 32 would've played out exactly as The Return did. Book 33 would've been similar as well, except that Marco would've told his dad about the yeerks instead of Jake telling his family. From there on out, Marco's father would've worked on the z-space transmitter. Books 34 and 35 would've been exactly the same as they are now, and The Ellimist Chronicles would've taken the place of Visser. Book 36 would've had the Animorphs contacting the Andalites and the Andalites deciding to blow Earth out of orbit, and contain the same plot of the Animorphs trying to destroy the yeerk pool. From there on out, everything would be the same. Applegate stated several times that she never meant for the series to go on for as long as it did, and it makes sense that she wouldn't have wanted to work on two series at once and have half of Animorphs ghostwritten. Also, after Visser, the overarching plot didn't advance in any meaningful way until the final arc began, which would suggest that Applegate wanted the end to play out as similarly to her original plan as possible. And finally, the final arc was much more coherent and logical than anything that came before it in the ghostwritten period, suggesting that Applegate had planned it out much more carefully than the others. I honestly think that if this had happened, both Animorphs and Everworld would've benefited, and it makes sense that this was Applegate's intention.
Visser Three's evil aura is because of his Andalite bodyAndalites communicate by thought-speak, and just as humans can convey emotions wordlessly via tone and volume, Andalites can subconsciously emit their emotions into other people's minds. The Visser, having a one-track-mind on the lines of Attack! Attack! Attack!, naturally people around him will feel his aggressiveness, and the fearful revulsion it inspires.
The hopelessness of the ending was due to a Creator BreakdownBoth Applegate and her husband have described in great detail the enormous pressure of releasing a book every month, of not being given time of to give birth, of having to keep up with multiple series at once (even if one of them was ghostwritten), and Applegate even mentioned being borderline depressed when she wrote this series. It makes sense that she would feel pretty depressed when it came to the outcome of her characters' storyline - everything was hopeless in the ending of Animorphs because she was hopeless herself.
The Yeerks don't enter the brain through the ear canal...They enter through the nose. This way, they don't have to worry about breaking the ear drum.
Infesting Alloran drove Visser Three madWe know that the Yeerks are heavily influenced by who they infest. Visser One, for instance, develops an addictive personality after Jenny Lines and Essam falls in love with humanity after his strong hosts. "Going native" is a really big problem. Visser Three was a bit thick at times pre-Alloran but there was no indication that he was mad. Alloran, we know, was rather unstable. When he was on the Taxxon world right before his infestation, Elfangor and even Arbron were looking for a way out and Alloran wasted his time making sure those Yeerks he wanted to kill were still there to kill should he miraculously get off-planet and he decided making sure the Yeerks didn't get their hands on a time machine was less important than making Elfangor kill a bunch of Yeerks when he really could have done it himself. Getting infested after Elfangor betrayed and attacked him and then later Elfangor was hailed as a hero and he was seen as an abomination couldn't have helped with those sanity issues. Flash forward a few years and we have the insane Visser Three we see in the series.
Tobias is a Horney neurotic with schizoid tendencies.While writing a fanfic, it struck me that I was using the word neurotic to describe Tobias without a full understanding of what that meant. So I looked it up, and found this which immediately rang out as matching Tobias' life story to a T. Now get your mind out of the gutter. He started off with guardians who had no love for him whatsoever. His first impressions of the world were therefore extremely hostile ones. All he had were his dinosaurs to play with, so he invested himself in that little world of predators and prey, learning all he could about them. Any attempts to extract interest or attention from his uncle using his fantasies/interests as a bridge were immediately shot down (like the flashback in #33 with his drawing), causing him to draw further into the world he'd constructed in his head. Presumably the same thing happened with his aunt. This lead to the development of his schizoid tendencies, which I'll get to. His world view was basically built around his interest in dinosaurs. The predators especially appealed to him, representing in his mind the control over the environment that he lacked, as well as various other positive traits: strength and confidence (T. Rex), family cohesion and cunning (Deinonychus), freedom and grace (Pteranadon), and so on. Predatory nature was his idealized solution to all the problems in the world. He'd developed his idealized self, so naturally, when the opportunity to fully realize it in a physical form arose, you bet he freaking jumped on it without even thinking. He kept pushing his luck with the time limit in the first book, and immediately after getting stuck, he was remarkably calm about it. Realizing that getting trapped might have been a mistake only occurred to him later. When that regret hit in book 3, it was because of his aunt and uncle. They'd taught him from the cradle that being dependent on someone is the surest way to get hurt. To him, dependency only meant letting a person stomp all over your emotions while not giving a damn whether you were still even alive or not. He'd never killed a living thing before, so naturally he was squeamish. At the same time, relying on the guy he hero-worshiped (who was one of the last humans left that he could even hope to relate to) to feed and house him was opening the door to a soul-crushing betrayal and heartbreak. Toss in the new hawk instincts he couldn't get a single break from, and you have a recipe for a complete meltdown. Squeamishness proved easier to get over than a decade of neglect, thus kicking off his powerful drive for complete independence. Even staying at a friend's house now meant weakness in his mind. He accepted his fantasy self completely, and began holding himself to the standards of the free, independent predator he'd always idolized. It became a point of pride, and he would act defensively whenever anyone questioned his decision to live in the woods and risk starvation to the point of eating roadkill. There was no self-esteem underlying that pride, and that made it a vulnerable point for him. On some level, he knew he was acting irrationally, and even started questioning it occasionally (like thinking about how if Marco were the nothlit hawk, he would have no problem letting Rachel pamper him). Things happened in the war, and he maintained his anxiety-driven compulsive behavior throughout. As he matured, the “solution” to his insecurities and conflicts became further withdrawal. The episode with Taylor certainly didn’t help here. After #33, every character commented on Tobias being more quiet and introverted. Taylor had managed to open him up, make him identify with her, and then hurt him like no one ever had before. At this point, he basically saw no choice but to hide himself deeper within his hawk shell. Just seek shelter in his now reinforced schizoid personality disorder. Now, SPD is typified by a number of traits:
The Ellimist is the Doctor, parallelly universified.And Aguella was a manifestation of the Tardis. Think about it... No? Okay.
Cassie has Creator's Pet status because she's a temporal anomaly, not vice versa.In Megamorphs #4, we learn that Cassie has the ability to see how the timeline is supposed to be, and can disrupt any alterations just by thinking about it. So maybe, whenever she gets an inexplicable feeling about how something should be (I should cripple Jake so that he can't catch Tom and get the cube back), or just knows something she really has no clue about (you can't mess with free will, mmkay?), or takes some idiotic risk (no way this yeerk's gonna betray me if I let her infest me), she's unconsciously working to keep the timeline on a beneficial path. This is basically the reason she has no character development. No one can possibly prove her irrational gut feelings wrong, because they never will be. This does make her seem like a bit of a Sue at first glance. No plot element can really stand up to her ideals, so there's little room for growth. But, consider the implications. Is she aware of the course of the timeline? Is she making it up as she goes? If it's all being fed to her, then what or who is giving it to her? My theory: Cassie is Aguella. The Ellimist planted her here in an unstable little spot in the timeline as part of his setup. Coincidentally, what happened around the time Cassie was conceived/born? Loren and Elfangor accidentally create their own warped mini-universe with Visser 3, bring their time-shifted selves back to Earth with the Time Matrix, and then the Ellimist alters the timeline in order to get Elfangor back in the right spot. All that screwing around caused glitches, some of which the Ellimist realized he could exploit. So, he reached into his collective mind, pulled out Aguella, and inserted her consciousness into a convenient local spot, right in a gap in the timeline where she can "see beyond the walls" and act as a safeguard. Being a part of the Ellimist's hivemind consciousness, she instinctively knows what he would want her to do, and can act on it without it actually counting as direct interference from him. Of course, he keeps it a closely guarded secret from absolutely everyone because it would make Crayak pissed (he'd almost definitely see it as cheating) and Cassie a prime target, but that's just what he does anyway.
Ax-perger's Syndrome.The stock joke with Ax throughout the series (apart from Cinnabon) is that he doesn't understand human interaction because he's an alien. He doesn't really pick up on social cues, and this is somewhat understandable as Andalites do have their own set of body language. Even just nodding or shaking his head is said to be a learned behavior from spending so much time with humans. However, it goes deeper than that. He's capable of speaking with the others, and he's a highly intelligent guy. Basic communication shouldn't really be as much of an obstacle as it is most of the time with him. I think Ax has Aspergers, or at least whatever the Andalite equivalent would be. He doesn't get humor, just writing it off as a strange human thing. Thing is, other Andalites throughout the series do seem to have a sense of humor. Just look at Arbron with Elfangor. Ax just doesn't know how to read between the lines when other people are talking. Sarcasm and subtle implications go right over his head most of the time because he's so darn literal. He tends to push the Spock Speak more than other Andalites typically do, sometimes to the point of making his speech inefficiently circumstantial. He has a pretty narrow set of interests, and the human sense of taste takes up a good chunk of it. When he's in his human morph, he gets so fixated on his speech that he doesn't even realize how awkward he's making any given situation. Whenever the other Animorphs give him any advice on how to interact properly with other people, he immediately takes it to heart and rigidly applies it in some hilariously awkward way (the dance scene with Allison in #29 The Sickness felt extremely familiar for those of us with well-meaning Aspie friends in high school). Also, Ax-perger's is really fun to say. Ax-pur-gur-zuh.
The One is Crayak’s mockery of the Ellimist.Kay, here’s a wild speculation on the origins of The One. We know that there’s a big star ready to go supernova at any moment in Kelbrid space. Fact: supernovas are frakking huge. If it’s in the right spot, it could sterilize every planet in Kelbrid space of all life with a monstrous wave of radiation. There’s really nothing you could possibly do to stop this, short of being on the level of Crayak or the Ellimist. The Kelbrid see this, and know they have to do something. They’re said to be a warlike people, so it’s not very likely that they’d be willing to become refugees in alien territory. That basically leaves them with taking shelter as their only option. Problem with that is, you can’t really shield yourself from an entire star’s worth of radiation. Even if they could, every ecosystem of every planet they control is going to be erased from existence. Conventional shelters won’t cut it. They don’t need bunkers. They need an ark. They get the idea to create a massive artificially intelligent starship in order to digitally store and preserve their species, along with who knows how many others. When the star finally dies, their physical bodies won’t even be there to be affected by the radiation. The ship can float along until things become livable again, at which point it reconstructs everyone aboard, and they can continue their civilization. The fact that the ship is powered by ion engines supports this, as ion engines are an extremely low-thrust, high-efficiency propulsion system. Definitely something you’d see on an exploration probe, or maybe a colony ship where everyone’s in long-term stasis, but not any sort of warship. It only has such an absolute beast of a weapon because the Kelbrid are a warlike people. It’s the most pragmatic way they can see to protect their assets. They build the ship, but as they’re creating the AI to run the deconstruction/reconstruction system, Crayak takes interest in the project. He begins communicating with the developing intelligence. He teaches it about ambition, and the will to act in its own interest. The reason he goes after this AI is more than the fact that its dominating and conquering capabilities fit his MO. It’s because this thing resembles Father, and the irony was just irresistible. Crayak wants to create his own little Ellimist, and have it destroy everything the real Ellimist loves. Launch day comes. They get the ship operating at full capacity, and activate the AI. It immediately turns on them. It selects what it feels are the most intelligent and the genetically superior out of the Kelbrid population, archives them, and then begins bombarding the Kelbrid from orbit with its insanely huge beam cannon, blowing them back into the stone age. The survivors start worshiping it as a deity, ensuring loyalty through fear, so it doesn’t even have to incorporate them all. It becomes known to all as The One. It goes around from planet to planet, doing the same thing until the Kelbrid empire is on on its knees. Andalite explorers show up. Crayak doesn’t want his pawn to reveal his hand just yet, so they never make direct contact, not even just ship-to-ship. The treaty is signed remotely, and it provides the perfect excuse for a war as soon as The One is ready to make a move. Far away and much later, the Yeerk invasion of Earth comes to an end. Crayak’s chances at crippling or wiping out the Andalites, Humanity, Leerans, Chee, and countless others under the Yeerk Empire are now basically nil. And that’s all thanks to the leadership of his most favoritest human ever. Crayak is absolutely pissed at the Animorphs by this point. The One becomes his new tool for this personal vendetta. Crayak has The One intercept and capture the blade ship, the events of book #54 follow, and Jake is brought into the picture with most of the remaining Animorphs. It’s just bait for some easy revenge on Crayak’s part. What happens after is something we may never know, outside of whatever fanfiction we write or choose to accept as canon. Wow, that sentence made me feel kinda sad. Another tangential thought: Ax described the mysterious ship as being a starburst shape, but what if it actually looked like a spiderweb, and Ax just wasn’t familiar enough with spiders to recognize that? It would fit thematically, The One does seem to like laying traps and ambush hunting.
The answer to why the Taxxons were the way they were is in The Abolition of Man by C. S. Lewis.In ancient times, some Taxxons decided to remake the species in their image, using genetic engineering. In the process, they parted with all decency and (envying the meaning to ordinary Taxxons' lives) decided to make future generations as miserable as possible.
The Hork-Bajir homeworld's sun is either solar mass or only slightly more.Low-end F-stars do, when turning red giant, last long enough for a Goldilocks planet to have complex life. However, the Hork-Bajir homeworld's orbit is such that it was "early-warm" in 1966 but "late-cool" in 1969. Therefore, it has to have been a G-star while still on the main sequence. And the age of the universe rules out it having a mass significantly lower than Sol's.