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* SpiritualSuccessor: To ''Literature/EndersGame'', another KidHero focused SpaceOpera that [[GenreDeconstruction deconstructs]] Kid Hero focused space operas, though it should be noted that Animorphs, despite being geared toward a younger audience, is much [[DarkerAndEdgier bleaker]].

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* UnfortunateName: A large chunk of the Andalites we meet have very complex and difficult to pronounce names. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] for them in that they don't have mouths and therefore don't have to worry about the tongue twister names.


* RammingAlwaysWorks: In the series' arguably most iconic instance, [[spoiler: the final line in the series is Jake giving the order to ram an enemy ship, which could kill four of the Animorphs. Since it's a BolivianArmyEnding,]] we don't know whether it works or not.

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* RammingAlwaysWorks: In the series' arguably most iconic instance, [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the final line in the series is Jake giving the order to ram an enemy ship, which could kill four of the Animorphs. Since it's a BolivianArmyEnding,]] we don't know whether it works or not.



--><We have to get out of here. I have to demorph. Rachel? Find Washington. He must be the target. Stay on him. Whatever you do: Protect George Washington.>
-->"There's three words you never thought you'd say," Marco said with a low laugh.

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--><We have to get out of here. I have to demorph. Rachel? Find Washington. He must be the target. Stay on him. Whatever you do: Protect George Washington.>
-->"There's
>\\
"There's
three words you never thought you'd say," Marco said with a low laugh.



-->'''Rachel''': Look out, that lava lamp is about to fall and hit you in the head!
-->'''Employee''': Huh?
-->'''Marco''': <Huh?>
-->'''Rachel''': -DeathGlare- I ''said'', look out, that lava lamp is about to fall and hit you in the head!
-->'''Marco''': <Oh, right.> -TapOnTheHead-

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-->'''Rachel''': -->'''Rachel:''' Look out, that lava lamp is about to fall and hit you in the head!
-->'''Employee''': Huh?
-->'''Marco''': <Huh?>
-->'''Rachel''': -DeathGlare-
head!\\
'''Employee:''' Huh?\\
'''Marco:''' <Huh?>\\
'''Rachel:''' ''[DeathGlare]''
I ''said'', look out, that lava lamp is about to fall and hit you in the head!
-->'''Marco''':
head!\\
'''Marco:'''
<Oh, right.> -TapOnTheHead-''[TapOnTheHead]''



* RetGone: [[spoiler: Visser Four's host]] in Megamorphs #3.

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* RetGone: [[spoiler: Visser [[spoiler:Visser Four's host]] in Megamorphs #3.



--->'''Jake''': Ax?
--->'''Ax''': Yes, Prince Jake?
--->'''Jake''': Don't call me prince.
--->'''Ax''': Yes, Prince Jake.

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--->'''Jake''': Ax?
--->'''Ax''':
-->'''Jake:''' Ax?\\
'''Ax:'''
Yes, Prince Jake?
--->'''Jake''':
Jake?\\
'''Jake:'''
Don't call me prince.
--->'''Ax''':
prince. \\
'''Ax:'''
Yes, Prince Jake.



--> '''Jake:''' Andalites are very fast, those snakes are faster. One move from your boys and they will die... Now we stop playing games, you're not the Andalite fleet, and I'm not going to snap a salute and say 'Yes Sir!' We deal as equals. Which, to be honest, is generous of us under the circumstances.
-->'''Gonrod:''' I command here. Am I clear on that?
-->'''Jake:''' No, sir. This is Earth. This is a human planet. We are not the Hork-Bajir, we know how you 'rescued' them. As long as you're on earth, you'll get along with us. Am I clear on ''that?''

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--> '''Jake:''' Andalites are very fast, those snakes are faster. One move from your boys and they will die... Now we stop playing games, you're not the Andalite fleet, and I'm not going to snap a salute and say 'Yes Sir!' We deal as equals. Which, to be honest, is generous of us under the circumstances.
-->'''Gonrod:'''
circumstances.\\
'''Gonrod:'''
I command here. Am I clear on that?
-->'''Jake:'''
that?\\
'''Jake:'''
No, sir. This is Earth. This is a human planet. We are not the Hork-Bajir, we know how you 'rescued' them. As long as you're on earth, you'll get along with us. Am I clear on ''that?''



* SenseFreak: Ax in human morph, as Andalites are mouthless ("Cinnamon BUN-ZAH!!!"). The Yeerks aren't as obvious about it, but possessing a host is the only way they can enjoy the senses other species take for granted--Visser Three's favorite is sight. [[spoiler: His punishment after the war is simply to be kept alive in his slug form]].

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* SenseFreak: Ax in human morph, as Andalites are mouthless ("Cinnamon BUN-ZAH!!!"). The Yeerks aren't as obvious about it, but possessing a host is the only way they can enjoy the senses other species take for granted--Visser Three's favorite is sight. [[spoiler: His [[spoiler:His punishment after the war is simply to be kept alive in his slug form]].



* ShapeshifterDefaultForm: Anyone who can morph has their species of birth as this normally, but if one goes over the two hour time limit they whatever species they were morphed into becomes their permanent form, alongside losing the ability to morph at all [[spoiler: outside of the Ellimist's intervention, which was the case for Elfangor and Tobias.]]

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* ShapeshifterDefaultForm: Anyone who can morph has their species of birth as this normally, but if one goes over the two hour time limit they whatever species they were morphed into becomes their permanent form, alongside losing the ability to morph at all [[spoiler: outside [[spoiler:outside of the Ellimist's intervention, which was the case for Elfangor and Tobias.]]



** Interestingly, [[AWizardDidIt the Ellimist has used his superpowers]] to reverse a shapeshift lock twice: once for Elfangor, and once for Tobias. The two of them turning out to be [[spoiler: father and son]] probably factored into this, as it seems the Ellimist favored Elfangor.

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** Interestingly, [[AWizardDidIt the Ellimist has used his superpowers]] to reverse a shapeshift lock twice: once for Elfangor, and once for Tobias. The two of them turning out to be [[spoiler: father [[spoiler:father and son]] probably factored into this, as it seems the Ellimist favored Elfangor.



* SiblingMurder: Tragically attempted three different times in the series: Esplin 9466 the Greater (aka Visser Three) attempts to kill his younger twin brother Yeerk; Arbat attempts to kill Visser Three (whose host body is Alloran, Arbat's brother), and Jake eventually sends [[spoiler: Rachel]] to kill Tom. [[spoiler: Out of these three situations, the last one is successful.]]

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* SiblingMurder: Tragically attempted three different times in the series: Esplin 9466 the Greater (aka Visser Three) attempts to kill his younger twin brother Yeerk; Arbat attempts to kill Visser Three (whose host body is Alloran, Arbat's brother), and Jake eventually sends [[spoiler: Rachel]] [[spoiler:Rachel]] to kill Tom. [[spoiler: Out [[spoiler:Out of these three situations, the last one is successful.]]



* SixthRanger: David is the straight example, identified on book covers as the "Sixth Animorph". [[spoiler: He did a FaceHeelTurn pretty quickly, though]]. Ax is the more commonly accepted example, though the books gave the subtle implication that [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg as an Andalite Ax wasn't a true Animorph]] (the blurb on the back of the books always starts "<narrating character>, the other Animorphs, and Ax..."). James and the Auxiliary Animorphs count as ''eighth'' rangers.

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* SixthRanger: David is the straight example, identified on book covers as the "Sixth Animorph". [[spoiler: He [[spoiler:He did a FaceHeelTurn pretty quickly, though]]. Ax is the more commonly accepted example, though the books gave the subtle implication that [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg as an Andalite Ax wasn't a true Animorph]] (the blurb on the back of the books always starts "<narrating character>, the other Animorphs, and Ax..."). James and the Auxiliary Animorphs count as ''eighth'' rangers.



-->'''Cassie:''' Those are all fine plans, but how about if we just look him up in the phone book?
-->{{Beat}}
-->'''Jake:''' ''*sheepishly*'' Or we could just look him up in the phone book.

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-->'''Cassie:''' Those are all fine plans, but how about if we just look him up in the phone book?
-->{{Beat}}
-->'''Jake:''' ''*sheepishly*''
book?\\
''{{Beat}}''\\
'''Jake:''' ''[sheepishly]''
Or we could just look him up in the phone book.



** In the Megamorphs novel "Elfangor's Secret", Visser Four has used the Time Matrix to alter key events in human history to make the Yeerk invasion much easier. [[spoiler: In order to undo the changes to the timeline (and Jake's death), the Animorphs ensure that Visser Four's host, John Berryman, was never born by preventing his parents from meeting, thus ensuring that Visser Four was never able to alter the timeline to begin with.]]

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** In the Megamorphs novel "Elfangor's Secret", Visser Four has used the Time Matrix to alter key events in human history to make the Yeerk invasion much easier. [[spoiler: In [[spoiler:In order to undo the changes to the timeline (and Jake's death), the Animorphs ensure that Visser Four's host, John Berryman, was never born by preventing his parents from meeting, thus ensuring that Visser Four was never able to alter the timeline to begin with.]]



* SurvivorGuilt: [[spoiler: Jake and Tobias]] both get with this ''hard'' following the war's end. [[spoiler:Marco]] doesn't seem too troubled by it though, and ironically enough, [[spoiler:neither is Cassie, supposedly TheHeart of the team]].

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* SurvivorGuilt: [[spoiler: Jake [[spoiler:Jake and Tobias]] both get with this ''hard'' following the war's end. [[spoiler:Marco]] doesn't seem too troubled by it though, and ironically enough, [[spoiler:neither is Cassie, supposedly TheHeart of the team]].






--> '''Creator/{{UPN}} Executive:''' You want to put this lunatic on the air? Try [[Creator/FoxNewsChannel Fox]], I'm not interested.

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--> '''Creator/{{UPN}} --->'''Creator/{{UPN}} Executive:''' You want to put this lunatic on the air? Try [[Creator/FoxNewsChannel Fox]], I'm not interested.



--> '''Marco''': Anyway, she tells me, 'Some kid went crazy and ate an entire pan of cinnamon buns.' Now, who, I ask you all, ''who'' do we know who would eat an entire pan of cinnamon buns?

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--> '''Marco''': -->'''Marco:''' Anyway, she tells me, 'Some kid went crazy and ate an entire pan of cinnamon buns.' Now, who, I ask you all, ''who'' do we know who would eat an entire pan of cinnamon buns?



* TrojanPrisoner: [[spoiler: Jake's ultimate plan in the last two books involves using Erek, disguised as Cassie, as one, with the guards being played by free Hork-Bajir. Also works as a literal Trojan horse, since the other Animorphs are in morph as flies hidden on Erek's body.]]

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* TrojanPrisoner: [[spoiler: Jake's [[spoiler:Jake's ultimate plan in the last two books involves using Erek, disguised as Cassie, as one, with the guards being played by free Hork-Bajir. Also works as a literal Trojan horse, since the other Animorphs are in morph as flies hidden on Erek's body.]]



--->'''Marco:''' "Kiss me and I'll become a prince. I'll be the Prince Formerly Known As Toad. You know you want me. You can't help it. After all, you're female, and I'm... well, I'm me."

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--->'''Marco:''' "Kiss Kiss me and I'll become a prince. I'll be the Prince Formerly Known As Toad. You know you want me. You can't help it. After all, you're female, and I'm... well, I'm me."



-->[[spoiler:'''Marco''': He told me the whole story. And every word was another nail in my coffin, because what was I going to do, refuse to save Ax? How many times had I been down for the count and only that lightning blue tail had brought me out alive?]]

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-->[[spoiler:'''Marco''': -->[[spoiler:'''Marco:''' He told me the whole story. And every word was another nail in my coffin, because what was I going to do, refuse to save Ax? How many times had I been down for the count and only that lightning blue tail had brought me out alive?]]












* WagonTrainToTheStars: The journey that Marco, Santorelli, Menderash, Jeanette, Tobias and Jake take aboard the [[spoiler: ''Rachel'']] to find the Blade ship was, at least according to Marco. We never get the details of their adventures, though.
* WakeUpCall: In ''The Ellimist Chronicles'', unambitious gamer Toomin is deeply shocked when he discovers his neighbor Lackofa has been selected for a position aboard Ket's first manned deep space expedition. Having previously been content to waste time repeatedly losing the same game, he takes this as a "[[HoldYourHippogriffs wake-up memm]]" indicating that he should start taking his life seriously. [[spoiler: And then the Capasins arrive and start wiping out the Ketrans, prompting Toomin to assume leadership of the survivors - beginning his centuries-long transformation into [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien the Ellimist]] [[TheTrickster we know and love]].]]

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* WagonTrainToTheStars: The journey that Marco, Santorelli, Menderash, Jeanette, Tobias and Jake take aboard the [[spoiler: ''Rachel'']] [[spoiler:''Rachel'']] to find the Blade ship was, at least according to Marco. We never get the details of their adventures, though.
* WakeUpCall: In ''The Ellimist Chronicles'', unambitious gamer Toomin is deeply shocked when he discovers his neighbor Lackofa has been selected for a position aboard Ket's first manned deep space expedition. Having previously been content to waste time repeatedly losing the same game, he takes this as a "[[HoldYourHippogriffs wake-up memm]]" indicating that he should start taking his life seriously. [[spoiler: And [[spoiler:And then the Capasins arrive and start wiping out the Ketrans, prompting Toomin to assume leadership of the survivors - beginning his centuries-long transformation into [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien the Ellimist]] [[TheTrickster we know and love]].]]



--->'''''Marco''': It's got to be kids. Adults are too reality-bound. It's too hard for them to suspend disbelief for all this weirdness, even when it hits them square in the face.''

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--->'''''Marco''': --->'''Marco:''' It's got to be kids. Adults are too reality-bound. It's too hard for them to suspend disbelief for all this weirdness, even when it hits them square in the face.''



** [[spoiler: Jake's parents are said to be freed after the war was over, and Rachel's mother was at her funeral. None of the parents, or Rachel's sisters, are mentioned again. As Tobias took off, it is unclear if he even stayed in contact with his mother.]]

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** [[spoiler: Jake's [[spoiler:Jake's parents are said to be freed after the war was over, and Rachel's mother was at her funeral. None of the parents, or Rachel's sisters, are mentioned again. As Tobias took off, it is unclear if he even stayed in contact with his mother.]]



** Peter's second wife, Nora. The last we saw of her she was taken and made a Controller. After that, no mention. Peter doesn't even seem to remember she existed when [[spoiler: his first wife Eva is freed of Visser One and comes back to him]].

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** Peter's second wife, Nora. The last we saw of her she was taken and made a Controller. After that, no mention. Peter doesn't even seem to remember she existed when [[spoiler: his [[spoiler:his first wife Eva is freed of Visser One and comes back to him]].



-->'''Aftran''': What choice do we have? Back to the Yeerk pools? Back to our home planet, with Andalite Dome ships in orbit above us, waiting for one of us to rise from the sludge, then blow us apart? Leave the universe to the almighty Andalites and the species they happen to like?

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-->'''Aftran''': -->'''Aftran:''' What choice do we have? Back to the Yeerk pools? Back to our home planet, with Andalite Dome ships in orbit above us, waiting for one of us to rise from the sludge, then blow us apart? Leave the universe to the almighty Andalites and the species they happen to like?



* WhatTheHellHero: Fairly common, though usually ''just'' over the line. Rachel plays it well, Marco recognizes the need. [[spoiler: For the last two books, it's plainly stated that what Jake is doing is wrong, and he ''knows'' it's wrong, and ''everyone'' knows it's wrong, no one actually calls him out on it. By that point Jake has become such an unquestionable authority figure that no one, not even the kids' parents, are allowed to question anything he says or does. But at the end of the series, Erek and Visser One (!) have called him out on his actions.]]

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* WhatTheHellHero: Fairly common, though usually ''just'' over the line. Rachel plays it well, Marco recognizes the need. [[spoiler: For [[spoiler:For the last two books, it's plainly stated that what Jake is doing is wrong, and he ''knows'' it's wrong, and ''everyone'' knows it's wrong, no one actually calls him out on it. By that point Jake has become such an unquestionable authority figure that no one, not even the kids' parents, are allowed to question anything he says or does. But at the end of the series, Erek and Visser One (!) have called him out on his actions.]]



* [[WhamEpisode Wham Novel]]: Novel #23: The Pretender. [[spoiler: Prince Elfangor was Tobias' father. Tobias learns this in a literal ''wham moment'' while seated right next to a human-morphed Visser Three, pretending to be his cousin Aria offering him a real home... and he listens to it all while having to pretend he thinks his father is delusional and his "cousin" was a total nut.]]
** Turns into even more of a TearJerker when [[spoiler: the only reason Tobias survives the encounter is because he has ''forgotten how to show emotions as a human''.]]
** #49: The Diversion, where Tobias [[spoiler: discovers that his mother is alive and lives right near where he grew up. When he rescues her from Yeerks who want to enslave her to get to the Animorphs, he discovers that she is blind and amnesiac from a car accident when he was an infant. Giving her the morphing power restores her sight but not her memory.]]

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* [[WhamEpisode Wham Novel]]: Novel #23: The Pretender. [[spoiler: Prince [[spoiler:Prince Elfangor was Tobias' father. Tobias learns this in a literal ''wham moment'' while seated right next to a human-morphed Visser Three, pretending to be his cousin Aria offering him a real home... and he listens to it all while having to pretend he thinks his father is delusional and his "cousin" was a total nut.]]
** Turns into even more of a TearJerker when [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the only reason Tobias survives the encounter is because he has ''forgotten how to show emotions as a human''.]]
** #49: The Diversion, where Tobias [[spoiler: discovers [[spoiler:discovers that his mother is alive and lives right near where he grew up. When he rescues her from Yeerks who want to enslave her to get to the Animorphs, he discovers that she is blind and amnesiac from a car accident when he was an infant. Giving her the morphing power restores her sight but not her memory.]]



* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield: "Hard to explain elephants and rhinos attacking here in... well, never mind where ''here'' is." Eventually averted in the last book, when the series is revealed to have taken place [[spoiler: in California.]] Granted, this was deducible fairly early on, given the presence of forest, desert, ocean, and mountains within two hours flight-by-bird from their home city within the United States, with non-invasive wild animals roughly consistent with the area.

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* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield: "Hard to explain elephants and rhinos attacking here in... well, never mind where ''here'' is." Eventually averted in the last book, when the series is revealed to have taken place [[spoiler: in [[spoiler:in California.]] Granted, this was deducible fairly early on, given the presence of forest, desert, ocean, and mountains within two hours flight-by-bird from their home city within the United States, with non-invasive wild animals roughly consistent with the area.



* WindmillCrusader: Possibly the case with the Kelbrids in the final book. They are a race that are supposedly mortal enemies of the Andalites, though we [[RememberTheNewGuy never hear about them until the final book]] and the Andalites are afraid to enter Kelbrid Space in case it starts a war. The weird part is none of the Andalites have ever actually ''seen'' a Kelbrid, meaning they could just be some kind of hoax. Nonetheless, at one point the kids are called to investigate Kelbrid Space, as, due to not being Andalites, the kids won't risk causing a war be being there. [[spoiler: While we never find out if the Kelbrids are real or not, the kids do discover something really scary in Kelbrid Space: The One!]]

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* WindmillCrusader: Possibly the case with the Kelbrids in the final book. They are a race that are supposedly mortal enemies of the Andalites, though we [[RememberTheNewGuy never hear about them until the final book]] and the Andalites are afraid to enter Kelbrid Space in case it starts a war. The weird part is none of the Andalites have ever actually ''seen'' a Kelbrid, meaning they could just be some kind of hoax. Nonetheless, at one point the kids are called to investigate Kelbrid Space, as, due to not being Andalites, the kids won't risk causing a war be being there. [[spoiler: While [[spoiler:While we never find out if the Kelbrids are real or not, the kids do discover something really scary in Kelbrid Space: The One!]]






* YouDidTheRightThing: Twice, after the war. Jake's most heinous act by far was [[spoiler:flushing the Pool ship's pool into space, which killed approximately seventeen thousand unhosted Yeerks.]] After the battle, Cassie meets with Erek, who is shocked and disgusted that Jake would do such a thing. Defending Jake, Cassie heatedly replies that Jake "did what he had to do":
--->'''Erek''': I see. He feels guilty.\\
'''Cassie''': No. Not guilty.\\
'''Erek''': Then what?! He [[spoiler:used me, blackmailed me, manipulated my programming to get me to crack the engine systems and take control of the ship.]]\\
'''Cassie''': [[spoiler:You drained the Dracon beams.]]\\
'''Erek''': What did Jake expect me to do? I had given him control when he needed it. I wasn't going to [[spoiler:enable him to kill.]]\\
'''Cassie''': [[spoiler:Jake had Rachel with Tom. Rachel and Tom are both... And the ship got away anyway. Thanks to you.]]\\
'''Erek''': And I'm supposed to feel regret because [[spoiler:Jake ordered his cousin to take out his brother and I wasn't going to let him kill everyone else on the Blade ship?!]] So, you too, huh Cassie?\\
'''Cassie''': Jake did what he had to do.\\
'''Erek''': Did he? Somebody [[spoiler:flushed the onboard pool into space.]] Did he have to do that too? They were [[spoiler: unhosted Yeerks. They were ''harmless''!]]\\
'''Cassie''': We needed a div -\\
'''Erek''': A what? A what did you need? A ''diversion''?! You're telling me you needed a diversion so Jake [[spoiler: massacred seventeen thousand sentient creatures?! A ''diversion''?!]]

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* YouDidTheRightThing: YouDidTheRightThing:
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Twice, after the war. Jake's most heinous act by far was [[spoiler:flushing the Pool ship's pool into space, which killed approximately seventeen thousand unhosted Yeerks.]] After the battle, Cassie meets with Erek, who is shocked and disgusted that Jake would do such a thing. Defending Jake, Cassie heatedly replies that Jake "did what he had to do":
--->'''Erek''': --->'''Erek:''' I see. He feels guilty.\\
'''Cassie''': '''Cassie:''' No. Not guilty.\\
'''Erek''': '''Erek:''' Then what?! He [[spoiler:used me, blackmailed me, manipulated my programming to get me to crack the engine systems and take control of the ship.]]\\
'''Cassie''': '''Cassie:''' [[spoiler:You drained the Dracon beams.]]\\
'''Erek''': '''Erek:''' What did Jake expect me to do? I had given him control when he needed it. I wasn't going to [[spoiler:enable him to kill.]]\\
'''Cassie''': '''Cassie:''' [[spoiler:Jake had Rachel with Tom. Rachel and Tom are both... And the ship got away anyway. Thanks to you.]]\\
'''Erek''': '''Erek:''' And I'm supposed to feel regret because [[spoiler:Jake ordered his cousin to take out his brother and I wasn't going to let him kill everyone else on the Blade ship?!]] So, you too, huh Cassie?\\
'''Cassie''': '''Cassie:''' Jake did what he had to do.\\
'''Erek''': '''Erek:''' Did he? Somebody [[spoiler:flushed the onboard pool into space.]] Did he have to do that too? They were [[spoiler: unhosted [[spoiler:unhosted Yeerks. They were ''harmless''!]]\\
'''Cassie''': '''Cassie:''' We needed a div -\\
'''Erek''': '''Erek:''' A what? A what did you need? A ''diversion''?! You're telling me you needed a diversion so Jake [[spoiler: massacred [[spoiler:massacred seventeen thousand sentient creatures?! A ''diversion''?!]]




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* TheTropeFormerlyKnownAsX:
** Ax always calls the leader of the group Prince Jake. (Ax is an Andalite, and 'Prince' is a military title.) During one issue where only the pair of them were left, Jake tells Ax that there aren't enough people around, so he should be called The Jake Formerly Known As Prince. Later, when the group is back together, the two go through their RunningGag ("Don't call me Prince." "Yes, Prince Jake") and Ax says, instead, "I will call you The Jake Formerly Known As Prince."
--->'''Marco:''' Now he's telling jokes. Bad, ''bad'' jokes.
** When Rachel [[BluffTheImpostor tests Marco]] by saying "You know you're a toad, right?" his answer is:
--->'''Marco:''' "Kiss me and I'll become a prince. I'll be the Prince Formerly Known As Toad. You know you want me. You can't help it. After all, you're female, and I'm... well, I'm me."


* ShipTease: While there definitely seems to be some BelligerentSexualTension between Marco and Rachel, they never go beyond being VitriolicBestBuds.

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* ShipTease: While there definitely seems to be some BelligerentSexualTension between Marco and Rachel, and they go on a date in ''Megamorphs #4'''s alternate timeline, in the main series they never go beyond being VitriolicBestBuds.

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* ShipSinking: The events of the final arc pretty much torpedo the Jake/Cassie ship to the bottom of the ocean.


* ShapeshifterModeLock: More than two hours in a morph traps you in that body. Tobias spends most of the series as a falcon because he missed the deadline. Besides him, [[spoiler:there are an alarmingly large number of characters who fall prey to this fate (although many did so voluntarily)--Elfangor, David, Aldrea, Aftran, Menderash, the ''entire Taxxon race'', and temporarily Cassie.]]

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* ShapeshifterModeLock: More than two hours in a morph traps you in that body. Tobias spends most of the series as a falcon Hawk because he missed the deadline. Besides him, [[spoiler:there are an alarmingly large number of characters who fall prey to this fate (although many did so voluntarily)--Elfangor, David, Aldrea, Aftran, Menderash, the ''entire Taxxon race'', and temporarily Cassie.]]

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* ShipTease: While there definitely seems to be some BelligerentSexualTension between Marco and Rachel, they never go beyond being VitriolicBestBuds.

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* VolatileSecondTierPosition: Pity anyone who makes the mistake of getting themselves assigned to the role of Visser Three's assistant; even if you don't screw up, chances are his latest scheme will get you killed anyway.


** 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.

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** [[AlphaAndBetaWolves The pack mentality of wolves 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.



* ShapeshiftingExcludesClothing: Only skintight clothes will transform with you when one morphs. The kids have to wear [[DressedInLayers leotards and bike shorts under their regular clothes]], and can't morph shoes. Late in the series they learn to morph normal clothing, but still can't do shoes. This limitation is because the Andalities, who invented morphing tech, [[ExposedExtraterrestrials don't wear clothes]] and so didn't take them into account. It's considered a sign of one's talent when a visiting Andalite is able to morph clothes when turning into a human.

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* ShapeshiftingExcludesClothing: Only skintight clothes will transform with you when one morphs. The kids have to wear [[DressedInLayers leotards and bike shorts under their regular clothes]], and can't morph shoes. Late in the series they learn to morph normal clothing, but still can't do shoes. This limitation is because the Andalities, Andalites, who invented morphing tech, [[ExposedExtraterrestrials don't wear clothes]] and so didn't take them into account. It's considered a sign of one's talent when a visiting Andalite is able to morph clothes when turning into a human.



* TokenMinority: The series was actually pretty groundbreaking in its handling of minorities. In the '90's, it was ''extremely'' unusual for a middle-grade novel to have a minority protagonist at all, let alone ''nearly all'' of them. (Jake was revealed to be Jewish midway through the series -- and by extension, Rachel has Jewish heritage, although the fact that she merely references her father being Jewish suggests that her parents' marriage was interfaith; Judaism considers itself to be inherited from the mother, so not identifying as Jewish herself if Naomi isn't Jewish is accurate -- Cassie was black, and Marco was Hispanic). It also [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar got away with]] discussing prejudice a few times, a biracial relationship (and it was even acknowledged a couple times), and a little racism portrayed when the ultimate message wasn't about the evils of racism (specifically, the society at the beginning of the third Megamorphs, and the racist guy Cassie meets when she travels through time). They even acknowledged the existence of gay people, which was almost ''never'' done and in fact even a ''male'' bisexual was a part of the team (though this was never stated or hinted at in the series itself and was only revealed via WordOfGod decades later). Oh, and there were two female protagonists, and they weren't treated any differently than the males in terms of their ability to kick ass, making the series one of the first middle-grade series to have a cross-gender appeal. All in all, it was one of the most inclusive series of its day. And in later books, Creator/KAApplegate proved even more that she was dedicated to diversity without stereotypes.

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* TokenMinority: The series was actually pretty groundbreaking in its handling of minorities. In the '90's, it was ''extremely'' unusual for a middle-grade novel to have a minority protagonist at all, let alone ''nearly all'' of them. (Jake Jake was revealed to be Jewish midway through the series -- and by extension, Rachel has Jewish heritage, although [[note]]although the fact that she merely references her father being Jewish suggests that her parents' marriage was interfaith; Judaism considers itself to be inherited from the mother, so not identifying as Jewish herself if Naomi isn't Jewish is accurate accurate[[/note]] -- Cassie was black, and Marco was Hispanic).Hispanic. It also [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar got away with]] discussing prejudice a few times, a biracial relationship (and it was even acknowledged a couple times), and a little racism portrayed when the ultimate message wasn't about the evils of racism (specifically, the society at the beginning of the third Megamorphs, and the racist guy Cassie meets when she travels through time). They even acknowledged the existence of gay people, which was almost ''never'' done and in fact even a ''male'' bisexual was a part of the team (though this was never stated or hinted at in the series itself and was only revealed via WordOfGod decades later). Oh, and there were two female protagonists, and they weren't treated any differently than the males in terms of their ability to kick ass, making the series one of the first middle-grade series to have a cross-gender appeal. All in all, it was one of the most inclusive series of its day. And in later books, Creator/KAApplegate proved even more that she was dedicated to diversity without stereotypes.



* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Ax never really does avenge his brother's death, does he?
** There's a fair amount of these, actually: We never hear very much about Tobias, Cassie, and Jake's parents following the war, the being that caused Jake to see the alternate future in book ''The Familiar'', the fates of Mertil and Gafinilian, and whatever happened to Chapman and his family?

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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: There's a fair amount of these:
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Ax never really does avenge his brother's death, does he?
** There's a fair amount of these, actually: We never hear very much about Tobias, Cassie, and Jake's parents following the war, the being that caused Jake to see the alternate future in book ''The Familiar'', the fates of Mertil and Gafinilian, and whatever happened to Chapman and his family?



* WindmillCrusaders: Possibly the case with the Kelbrids in the final book. They are a race that are supposedly mortal enemies of the Andalites, though we [[RememberingTheNewGuy never hear about them until the final book]] and the Andalites are afraid to enter Kelbrid Space in case it starts a war. The weird part is none of the Andalites have ever actually ''seen'' a Kelbrid, meaning they could just be some kind of hoax. Nonetheless, at one point the kids are called to investigate Kelbrid Space, as, due to not being Andalites, the kids won't risk causing a war be being there. [[spoiler: While we never find out if the Kelbrids are real or not, the kids do discover something really scary in Kelbrid Space: The One!]]

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* WindmillCrusaders: WindmillCrusader: Possibly the case with the Kelbrids in the final book. They are a race that are supposedly mortal enemies of the Andalites, though we [[RememberingTheNewGuy [[RememberTheNewGuy never hear about them until the final book]] and the Andalites are afraid to enter Kelbrid Space in case it starts a war. The weird part is none of the Andalites have ever actually ''seen'' a Kelbrid, meaning they could just be some kind of hoax. Nonetheless, at one point the kids are called to investigate Kelbrid Space, as, due to not being Andalites, the kids won't risk causing a war be being there. [[spoiler: While we never find out if the Kelbrids are real or not, the kids do discover something really scary in Kelbrid Space: The One!]]



* YouAreGrounded: The most notable example is in the MegaMorphs #1, where Jake is grounded after he comes back late from a mission (but is allowed to go out again after he cleans the garage). Starting with #25, the Chee begin impersonating the kids whenever they have to go away for long periods of time.

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* YouAreGrounded: The most notable example is in the MegaMorphs Megamorphs #1, where Jake is grounded after he comes back late from a mission (but is allowed to go out again after he cleans the garage). Starting with #25, the Chee begin impersonating the kids whenever they have to go away for long periods of time.

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* WindmillCrusaders: Possibly the case with the Kelbrids in the final book. They are a race that are supposedly mortal enemies of the Andalites, though we [[RememberingTheNewGuy never hear about them until the final book]] and the Andalites are afraid to enter Kelbrid Space in case it starts a war. The weird part is none of the Andalites have ever actually ''seen'' a Kelbrid, meaning they could just be some kind of hoax. Nonetheless, at one point the kids are called to investigate Kelbrid Space, as, due to not being Andalites, the kids won't risk causing a war be being there. [[spoiler: While we never find out if the Kelbrids are real or not, the kids do discover something really scary in Kelbrid Space: The One!]]

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* WakeUpCall: In ''The Ellimist Chronicles'', unambitious gamer Toomin is deeply shocked when he discovers his neighbor Lackofa has been selected for a position aboard Ket's first manned deep space expedition. Having previously been content to waste time repeatedly losing the same game, he takes this as a "[[HoldYourHippogriffs wake-up memm]]" indicating that he should start taking his life seriously. [[spoiler: And then the Capasins arrive and start wiping out the Ketrans, prompting Toomin to assume leadership of the survivors - beginning his centuries-long transformation into [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien the Ellimist]] [[TheTrickster we know and love]].]]


* TokenMinority: The series was actually pretty groundbreaking in its handling of minorities. In the '90's, it was ''extremely'' unusual for a middle-grade novel to have a minority protagonist at all, let alone ''nearly all'' of them. (Jake was revealed to be Jewish midway through the series (and by extension, Rachel has Jewish heritage, although the fact that she merely references her father being Jewish suggests that her parents' marriage was interfaith; Judaism considers itself to be inherited from the mother, so not identifying as Jewish herself if Naomi isn't Jewish is accurate), Cassie was black, and Marco was Hispanic). It also [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar got away with]] discussing prejudice a few times, a biracial relationship (and it was even acknowledged a couple times), and a little racism portrayed when the ultimate message wasn't about the evils of racism (specifically, the society at the beginning of the third Megamorphs, and the racist guy Cassie meets when she travels through time). They even acknowledged the existence of gay people, which was almost ''never'' done and in fact even a ''male'' bisexual was a part of the team (though this was never stated or hinted at in the series itself and was only revealed via WordOfGod decades later). Oh, and there were two female protagonists, and they weren't treated any differently than the males in terms of their ability to kick ass, making the series one of the first middle-grade series to have a cross-gender appeal. All in all, it was one of the most inclusive series of its day. And in later books, Creator/KAApplegate proved even more that she was dedicated to diversity without stereotypes.

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* TokenMinority: The series was actually pretty groundbreaking in its handling of minorities. In the '90's, it was ''extremely'' unusual for a middle-grade novel to have a minority protagonist at all, let alone ''nearly all'' of them. (Jake was revealed to be Jewish midway through the series (and -- and by extension, Rachel has Jewish heritage, although the fact that she merely references her father being Jewish suggests that her parents' marriage was interfaith; Judaism considers itself to be inherited from the mother, so not identifying as Jewish herself if Naomi isn't Jewish is accurate), accurate -- Cassie was black, and Marco was Hispanic). It also [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar got away with]] discussing prejudice a few times, a biracial relationship (and it was even acknowledged a couple times), and a little racism portrayed when the ultimate message wasn't about the evils of racism (specifically, the society at the beginning of the third Megamorphs, and the racist guy Cassie meets when she travels through time). They even acknowledged the existence of gay people, which was almost ''never'' done and in fact even a ''male'' bisexual was a part of the team (though this was never stated or hinted at in the series itself and was only revealed via WordOfGod decades later). Oh, and there were two female protagonists, and they weren't treated any differently than the males in terms of their ability to kick ass, making the series one of the first middle-grade series to have a cross-gender appeal. All in all, it was one of the most inclusive series of its day. And in later books, Creator/KAApplegate proved even more that she was dedicated to diversity without stereotypes.


** The David Trilogy is a merciless deconstruction of the RecruitTeenagersWithAttitude, SixthRanger and ChildSoldier tropes. As it turns out, the average kid ''isn't'' eager to jump into a war against space aliens when he's been forcibly kidnapped and recruited, battle-hardened 14 year old are still 14 year olds, and when that average kid with an average kid's immaturity is given power but no incentive for loyalty, the results are tragic to all involved.



* RebelliousRebel: David.

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* RebelliousRebel: David.David starts out as a very-reluctant new addition to the team's anti-Yeerk resistance movement, only to rebel against them and briefly become a side unto himself.



** The climax of ''The Threat'' features Jake and David fighting it out in their respective battle morphs atop the roofs of the local mall.



* SadClown: Marco.

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* SadClown: Marco.Marco uses humor as a coping mechanism to deal with his grief at the loss of his mom and what it's done to his dad. After he discovers that his mom is the host to Visser One, he loses the Sad and becomes an Angry/Determined Clown.



** [[SixthRangerTraitor David]].

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** [[SixthRangerTraitor David]].David becomes one after his FaceHeelTurn.



** It's implied this happens again in ''The Arrival'' when the kids stage a massive breakup.

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** It's implied this happens again in ''The Arrival'' when the kids stage a massive breakup.breakup for the benefit of the Unit 0 Andalites.



* StoryBreakerPower: For some reason, the ''Tyrannosaurus Rex'' morphs that Marco describes as "fourteen thousand pounds of trouble" become unusable once the kids return to the present.

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* StoryBreakerPower: For some reason, the ''Tyrannosaurus Rex'' morphs that Marco describes as "fourteen thousand pounds of trouble" become unusable once the kids return to the present. The same happens to Rachel and Tobias's Deinonychus morphs.



** Type 0: [[StarterVillain Principal Chapman]], Tom ([[BastardUnderstudy pre-morpher]]), [[BigBadWannabe Visser Four]], [[InsaneAdmiral Visser Two]]
** Type 1: [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Joe Bob Fenestre]], [[TheBaroness Taylor]],Visser One

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** Type 0: [[StarterVillain Principal Chapman]], Melissa Chapman, Tom ([[BastardUnderstudy pre-morpher]]), [[BigBadWannabe Visser Four]], [[InsaneAdmiral Visser Two]]
** Type 1: [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Joe Bob Fenestre]], [[TheBaroness Taylor]],Visser Taylor]], Visser One



* SurvivorGuilt

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* SurvivorGuiltSurvivorGuilt: [[spoiler: Jake and Tobias]] both get with this ''hard'' following the war's end. [[spoiler:Marco]] doesn't seem too troubled by it though, and ironically enough, [[spoiler:neither is Cassie, supposedly TheHeart of the team]].



* TimeAbyss: The Chee

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* TimeAbyss: The CheeChee are at least five thousand years old and by all indications will live for five thousand more.



* TimeStandsStill: The Ellimist.

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* TimeStandsStill: The Ellimist. Ellimist can do this at will and typically does it whenever he wants to get the Animorphs' attention.



* TokenMinority: The series was actually pretty groundbreaking in its handling of minorities. In the '90's, it was ''extremely'' unusual for a middle-grade novel to have a minority protagonist at all, let alone ''nearly all'' of them. (Jake was Jewish (and by extension, Rachel has Jewish heritage, although the fact that she merely references her father being Jewish suggests that her parents' marriage was interfaith; Judaism considers itself to be inherited from the mother, so not identifying as Jewish herself if Naomi isn't Jewish is accurate), Cassie was black, and Marco was Hispanic). It also [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar got away with]] discussing prejudice a few times, a biracial relationship (and it was even acknowledged a couple times), and a little racism portrayed when the ultimate message wasn't about the evils of racism (specifically, the society at the beginning of the third Megamorphs, and the racist guy Cassie meets when she travels through time). They even acknowledged the existence of gay people, which was almost ''never'' done and in fact even a ''male'' bisexual was a part of the team (though couldn't be acknowledged openly due to the series being released at a time when explicit lgbt characters were frowned upon). Oh, and there were two female protagonists, and they weren't treated any differently than the males in terms of their ability to kick ass, making the series one of the first middle-grade series to have a cross-gender appeal. All in all, it was one of the most inclusive series of its day. And in later books, Creator/KAApplegate proved even more that she was dedicated to diversity without stereotypes.

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* TokenMinority: The series was actually pretty groundbreaking in its handling of minorities. In the '90's, it was ''extremely'' unusual for a middle-grade novel to have a minority protagonist at all, let alone ''nearly all'' of them. (Jake was revealed to be Jewish midway through the series (and by extension, Rachel has Jewish heritage, although the fact that she merely references her father being Jewish suggests that her parents' marriage was interfaith; Judaism considers itself to be inherited from the mother, so not identifying as Jewish herself if Naomi isn't Jewish is accurate), Cassie was black, and Marco was Hispanic). It also [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar got away with]] discussing prejudice a few times, a biracial relationship (and it was even acknowledged a couple times), and a little racism portrayed when the ultimate message wasn't about the evils of racism (specifically, the society at the beginning of the third Megamorphs, and the racist guy Cassie meets when she travels through time). They even acknowledged the existence of gay people, which was almost ''never'' done and in fact even a ''male'' bisexual was a part of the team (though couldn't be acknowledged openly due to this was never stated or hinted at in the series being released at a time when explicit lgbt characters were frowned upon).itself and was only revealed via WordOfGod decades later). Oh, and there were two female protagonists, and they weren't treated any differently than the males in terms of their ability to kick ass, making the series one of the first middle-grade series to have a cross-gender appeal. All in all, it was one of the most inclusive series of its day. And in later books, Creator/KAApplegate proved even more that she was dedicated to diversity without stereotypes.



** TomboyWithAGirlyStreak

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** TomboyWithAGirlyStreakTomboyWithAGirlyStreak: Rachel is this in spades.



* TragicHero: Jake.
** The entire main cast, to some extent.

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* TragicHero: Jake.
** The
Jake primarily, but the entire surviving main cast, cast are this to some extent. an extent following the war's end.



* VillainBall: Visser Three, first by [[spoiler:being a total dick to the Taxxons and denying them access to the morphing cube when he got it]], and by [[spoiler:refusing to promote Tom's Yeerk.]]
** His management style reeks of this, often [[YouHaveFailedMe killing subordinates for mistakes]] and making it clear that objections and inconvenient facts aren't tolerable, leading to problems right from the start of the series when yeerks who suspect that the 'Andalite Bandits' are actually humans are too scared to come forward and tell him that he might be wrong.
** And Chapman, who inadvertently caused his own infestation thirty years in advance by being dumb enough to think that a species of parasites intent on conquering the galaxy would keep their end of a bargain after they had no more use for him.
** And David, who brought the entire Animorphs to their knees only to be beaten by suddenly developing BondVillainStupidity.
* VillainOfTheWeek: Sometimes. Notable examples include: [[TheNapoleon The Helmacrons]], [[OurMermaidsAreDifferent The Nartec]], [[{{Tykebomb}} The Howlers]], the SmugSuper Yeerk known only as The Inspector, and [[AxeCrazy Taylor]].

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* VillainBall: As good as she was at writing diverse characters, K.A. wasn't great shakes when it came to writing three-dimensional villains. Frequently her villains indulged in CartoonishSupervillainy and tended to be HoistByHisOwnPetard, as evidenced by the following examples:
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Visser Three, Three spends all three years of the invasion with the Ball straddled to his back. His underlings suspect the Animorphs might be human within ''the first five books'', yet it isn't until the 49th book that they confirm it, solely because the Visser is obsessed with Andalites and said underlings know he'll decapitate them at the drop of a hat, so they just go along with his "Andalite bandits" theory. He's constantly micromanaging everything out of the belief that he's SurroundedByIdiots, wastes months on overcomplicated supervillain schemes that his underlings (again) are too terrified to tell him won't work, and he winds up costing his side the war by [[spoiler:being a total dick to the Taxxons and denying them access to the morphing cube when he got it]], and by [[spoiler:refusing to promote Tom's Yeerk.]]
** His management style reeks of this, often [[YouHaveFailedMe killing subordinates for mistakes]] and making it clear Visser One realizes that objections and inconvenient facts aren't tolerable, leading to problems right from the start Marco is one of the series when yeerks Andalite bandits after ''The Reunion'', but she never acts on this knowledge. Sure, the Animorphs threaten to expose her treason to the Council of Thirteen if they catch any whiff of retaliation on her part, but there's nothing stopping her from having some discreet Controller observe Marco from a distance long enough to figure out who suspect the rest of the Animorphs are and then taking them all at once. The Council's priorities seen during ''VISSER'' shows us that the 'Andalite Bandits' are actually humans are too scared to come forward and tell him that he they wouldn't give two craps about any rules Edriss might be wrong.
have broken along the way after a victory like that, but she allows the Animorphs to carry on unimpeded hoping to DivideAndConquer them and Visser Three. This, along with never setting any contingency plans in place that would expose Marco's identity in the event of her death (a huge oversight for a character as strategic as she is), allows the Animorphs to rescue her host and kill her without any reprisals.
** And Chapman, who Chapman inadvertently caused causes his own infestation thirty years in advance before the start of the series by being dumb enough to think that a species of parasites intent on conquering the galaxy would keep their end of a bargain after they had no more use for him.
** And David, who brought David brings the entire Animorphs to their knees only to be beaten by suddenly developing BondVillainStupidity.
** Even [[spoiler:the Crayak]] is hit by this, as he [[spoiler:could just kill the Ellimist upon meeting him but chooses instead to torment him with {{Sadistic Choice}}s and cosmic {{Deadly Game}}s. Even when they do eventually get around to fighting, Crayak can't just kill the Ellimist outright, he has to go for the showy finish and lead him to a black hole, allowing the Ellimist to AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence]].
* VillainOfTheWeek: Sometimes. Notable examples include: [[TheNapoleon The Helmacrons]], [[OurMermaidsAreDifferent The Nartec]], [[{{Tykebomb}} The Howlers]], the SmugSuper Yeerk known only as The Inspector, and [[AxeCrazy [[AxCrazy Taylor]].



* WeAreEverywhere
* WeComeInPeaceShootToKill

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* WeAreEverywhere
WeAreEverywhere: Oddly enough, the Yeerks aren't. They concentrate mostly in the Animorphs's hometown, and them only having one Yeerk Pool becomes a plot point in "The Threat" when Visser Three has to acquire the president's chief of staff rather than having him infested because there's no Pool anywhere close to Washington D.C. yet.
* WeComeInPeaceShootToKillWeComeInPeaceShootToKill: Skrit Na visit Earth before any other extraterrestrial species, but the first prolonged contact humans have with aliens is a secret invasion by a race of body snatchers.



* WhyWontYouDie

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* WhyWontYouDieWhyWontYouDie: Taylor to Tobias in ''The Illusion''.



* WriterOnBoard: The ghost-written book "The Experiment" is a heavy-handed anti-meat screed, so much that Applegate stepped in to rewrite the final chapter so that the Animorphs are happily chowing down on hamburgers as a {{Take That}} to the real author. Though Applegate herself doesn't have much room to throw stones, as "The Secret" is just as much of an excuse to rant about the logging industry.

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* WriterOnBoard: The ghost-written book "The Experiment" is a heavy-handed anti-meat screed, so much that Applegate stepped in to rewrite the final chapter so that the Animorphs are happily chowing down on hamburgers as a {{Take That}} to the real author. Though Applegate herself doesn't have much room to throw stones, as "The Secret" is just as much of an excuse to rant about the logging industry.industry and "The Warning" is half story and half snide commentary about the Internet (Web 1.0 specifically).


** Played straight with [[spoiler:Tom's Yerk]].

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** Played straight with [[spoiler:Tom's Yerk]].Yeerk]].

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