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** In one of the books, the main characters find an online message board, revealing that certain other people have gotten an idea about what's going on. One poster, who's clearly very young, asks how he can tell if his father's a Controller. Another poster (who the main characters have pegged as a Controller) tells him to ''ask him about it''. (The other posters ''immediately'' tell him otherwise.) Given what would almost certainly happen to that child if his father was a Controller and found out his son knew about it, this should tell you something about Yeerk empathy... or lack thereof.

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** In the book where the group initially acquires and morphs common houseflies, Cassie, as the most-skilled morpher, goes first. She does so...and the first thing that changes is her eyes, which ''explode'' into the compound eyes of a fly, only proportionally sized to be enormous. Rachel immediately rushes out of the barn and [[VomitDiscretionShot vomits everywhere]], while the rest of the group is too terrified to move.


** In one particularly terrifying moment, Loren and Elfangor enter an Earth portion of the new dimension and see a [=McDonald's=] that Loren inadvertently created with her memories. Elfangor suggests that Loren get something to eat to recover her strength, so they go inside...and see that the guy behind the counter is a young man whose ''entire face'' is essentially made of pulsating acne, which is described in [[NauseaFuel loving detail]]. It turns out he's based on an actual employee that Loren knows at her own local [=McDonald's=], but since the thing she notices the most about him is his bad skin, the Time Matrix responded in kind. What makes it worse is that Acne-Face is essentially a StepfordSmiler who, despite his horrific skin condition, mindlessly acts like a perfect fast food worker.

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** In one particularly terrifying moment, Loren and Elfangor enter an Earth portion of the new dimension and see a [=McDonald's=] that Loren inadvertently created with her memories. Elfangor suggests that Loren get something to eat to recover her strength, so they go inside...and see that the guy behind the counter is a young man whose ''entire face'' (to the point where he [[EyelessFace doesn't even have eyes]]) is essentially made of pulsating acne, which is described in [[NauseaFuel loving detail]]. It turns out he's based on an actual employee that Loren knows at her own local [=McDonald's=], but since the thing she notices the most about him is his bad skin, the Time Matrix responded in kind. What makes it worse is that Acne-Face is essentially a StepfordSmiler who, despite his horrific skin condition, mindlessly acts like a perfect fast food worker.


* In ''The Andalite Chronicles'', during the Time Matrix sequence, Elfangor and Loren walk into a [[ItMakesSenseInContext Mickey D's]] and see someone who's face is practically ''made of acne!''
** That whole sequence in general--given three conflicting instructions on where to go, the Time Matrix splits the difference by generating an AcidTripDimension that's a mishmash of its users' memories of Earth, the Andalite homeworld, and the Yeerk homeworld.

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* In ''The Andalite Chronicles'', during the whole Time Matrix sequence, Elfangor and Loren walk into a [[ItMakesSenseInContext Mickey D's]] and see someone who's face is practically ''made of acne!''
** That whole sequence in general--given
sequence: given three conflicting instructions on where to go, the Time Matrix reality-warping device splits the difference by generating an AcidTripDimension that's a mishmash of its users' memories of Earth, the Andalite homeworld, and the Yeerk homeworld.homeworld.
** In one particularly terrifying moment, Loren and Elfangor enter an Earth portion of the new dimension and see a [=McDonald's=] that Loren inadvertently created with her memories. Elfangor suggests that Loren get something to eat to recover her strength, so they go inside...and see that the guy behind the counter is a young man whose ''entire face'' is essentially made of pulsating acne, which is described in [[NauseaFuel loving detail]]. It turns out he's based on an actual employee that Loren knows at her own local [=McDonald's=], but since the thing she notices the most about him is his bad skin, the Time Matrix responded in kind. What makes it worse is that Acne-Face is essentially a StepfordSmiler who, despite his horrific skin condition, mindlessly acts like a perfect fast food worker.

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** Later in the same book, Jake notes how one section of the book houses all the enslaved controllers in cages, but right next to it is a nice waiting room where the voluntary ones lounge about and watch television. Jake notes that even through the cries and screams of the enslaved, he can hear the voluntary controllers laughing at whatever program was being shown. Imagine just how cruel and evil you would have to be to watch and enjoy a tv show while literally right next to you people are being locked in cages and begging to be let out. And the Yeerks have made it their mission to FIND people like this.

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* Even though it might seem "minor" compared to the many instances of wartime violence and atrocity, it is extremely unnerving reading ''Visser'' from Edriss's perspective, considering her penchant for murdering her former host bodies. Be it the host body who Edriss used to become a mother, or an innocent Hork-Bajir, or a terrified soldier, or a drug-addled young woman... The last one is particularly cruel: Edriss disposes of Jenny Lines by diving her host body into a pool, taking control of her next host and then, as her last command, forcing Jenny to breathe, resulting in her drowning. Jenny's first moment of freedom from Edriss was also her last moment alive.


** The implications of the Yeerk going about your life for you. Have a husband or boyfriend? Do a lot of casual hooking up? Anything in between? Well, your Yeerk is going to go on with it. Which means you don't get to decide when you have sex anymore, or how, or who with.
*** Forget sex. Your body will be forced to kill people, or worse, force another slug into their head. You will betray everyone who ever loved and trusted you. And there's nothing you can do about it.

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** Your body will be forced to kill people, or worse, force another slug into their head. You will betray everyone who ever loved and trusted you. And there's nothing you can do about it.
** The implications of the Yeerk going about your life for you. Have a husband or boyfriend? Do a lot of casual hooking up? Anything in between? sex life? Well, your Yeerk is going to keep up appearances and go on with it. Which means you don't get to decide when you have sex anymore, or how, or who with.
*** Forget sex. Your body will be
with. Even if you don't normally, your Yeerk may see a use for it. Tom is a Controller because a pretty girl was forced by her slaver to kill people, flirt with him. When they came to Earth, Edriss and her minion took hosts who seemingly didn't even know each other and had them breed. For a whole year Edriss was still pretending to be Eva and didn't want to fight or worse, force another slug into argue with Eva's husband, so Peter believes that it was the happiest year of their head. You will betray everyone who ever loved and trusted you. And there's nothing you can do about it.marriage.

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---> '' Its eyes were disturbingly blank, absent of human recognition and intelligence. ... It was listening, too, gauging the tones of our communication and on the alert for any type of alarm call. A buffalo in human skin. It was unnerving.''

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--> '''Narrator (Elfangor):''' ''More luck. Too much luck. I really was a fool. I felt a cold shiver crawl up my spine.''

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* The final book has the Andalites show up and explain why they never actually returned to Earth to try and free it - Andalite military command thought that it wasn't that bad, that the few times that the Animorphs made contact and asked for help, the Andalites assumed they were exaggerating to try and get additional support. Just... For fifty plus books, the Animorphs have been a guerrilla (no pun intended) fighting force, the ONLY line of defense against an invading alien species, and the only people who were in a position to even try sending help thought that they were making things up.


* In ''The Underground'' it's revealed that Instant Maple & Ginger Oatmeal drives Yeerks insane. The Animorphs' first encounter is when a host throws himself out a window trying to commit suicide. Later on the Animorphs shoot open a barrel of oatmeal in a Yeerk pool, and it's implied the Visser will simply let the thousands of Yeerks affected die.

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* In ''The Underground'' it's revealed that Instant Maple & Ginger Oatmeal drives Yeerks insane. The Animorphs' first encounter is when a host throws himself out a window trying to commit suicide. Later on the Animorphs shoot open a barrel of oatmeal in a Yeerk pool, and it's implied the that Visser Three will simply [[WeHaveReserves let the thousands of Yeerks affected die.Yeerks die]].


[[WakeUpGoToSchoolSaveTheWorld Wake up, go to school, save the world...]] [[Literature/{{Animorphs}} by morphing into different animals]] and fighting a violent maniac, [[EliteMooks walking salad shooters]], and [[HorrorHunger giant cannibalistic centipedes.]] WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids Seriously, ''Animorphs'''s motto might as well be, "Scaring small children since 1996."

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[[WakeUpGoToSchoolSaveTheWorld Wake up, go to school, save the world...]] [[Literature/{{Animorphs}} by morphing into different animals]] and fighting [[AxCrazy a violent maniac, maniac]], [[EliteMooks walking salad shooters]], and [[HorrorHunger giant cannibalistic centipedes.]] WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids Seriously, ''Animorphs'''s motto might as well be, "Scaring small children since 1996."



* In #31, Jake orders Ax to torture Chapman. Ax still is still an adolescent like the other Animorphs. To make it worse, throughout the night he can hear Melissa Chapman crying for her father. It is such a terrible experience that Ax tells Jake will will never do anything like it again, saying <I will gladly fight this Controller and even, in fair battle, kill him, but I am not a torturer.>
** Ax is so furious at Jake for making him do this, that for the first time in the ''entire'' series, Ax coldly refers to him as just "Jake", no prince title.

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* In #31, Jake orders Ax to torture [[ColdBloodedTorture torture]] Chapman. Ax still is still an adolescent like the other Animorphs. To make it worse, throughout the night he can hear Melissa Chapman crying for her father. It is such a terrible experience that Ax tells Jake will will never do anything like it again, saying <I will gladly fight this Controller and even, in fair battle, kill him, but I am not a torturer.>
** Ax is so furious at Jake for making him do this, that for the first time in the ''entire'' series, [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness Ax coldly refers to him as just "Jake", no prince title.Prince title]].


* A little earlier in ''The Andalite Chronicles'', there's a passage that's not outright nightmare-inducing, but more chilling and sinister: while Elfangor works to clear away the Time Matrix from the rubble, he slowly realizes that their escape from the Taxxons and Yeerks was entirely ''too'' lucky. He then has a flash of insight: the other three people on his ship, who he'd thought were themselves, have been taken over by Yeerks and are waiting to ambush him. He turns out to be right... [[spoiler: One of them is Alloran, who is no longer himself, but now "The Abomination". That's right: Elfangor has created his and the Animorphs' worst enemy through his own actions.]]

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* A little earlier in ''The Andalite Chronicles'', there's a passage that's not outright nightmare-inducing, but more chilling and sinister: while Elfangor works to clear away the Time Matrix from the rubble, he slowly realizes that [[HopeSpot their escape escape]] from the Taxxons and Yeerks was entirely ''too'' lucky. He then has a flash of insight: the other three people on his ship, who he'd thought were themselves, have been taken over by Yeerks and are waiting to ambush him. He turns out to be right... [[spoiler: One of them is was Alloran, who is no longer himself, himself but now "The Abomination". Abomination", ''otherwise known in the future as Visser 3...'' That's right: Elfangor has had accidentally created his and the Animorphs' worst enemy through his own actions.]]actions!]]


-->'''Ax:''' <''In a matter of speaking. [[HorrorHunger One half of it is consuming the other half.]]''>

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-->'''Ax:''' <''In a matter of speaking. [[HorrorHunger One half of it is is]] [[{{Autocannibalism}} consuming the other half.]]''>


* A little earlier in ''The Andalite Chronicles'', there's a passage that's not outright nightmare-inducing, but more chilling and sinister: while Elfangor works to clear away the Time Matrix from the rubble, he suddenly realizes that their escape from the Taxxons and Yeerks was entirely ''too'' lucky. He then has a flash of insight: the other three people on his ship, who he'd thought were themselves, have been taken over by Yeerks and are waiting to ambush him. He turns out to be right... [[spoiler: One of them is Alloran, who is no longer himself, but now "The Abomination". That's right: Elfangor has created his and the Animorphs' worst enemy through his own actions.]]

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* A little earlier in ''The Andalite Chronicles'', there's a passage that's not outright nightmare-inducing, but more chilling and sinister: while Elfangor works to clear away the Time Matrix from the rubble, he suddenly slowly realizes that their escape from the Taxxons and Yeerks was entirely ''too'' lucky. He then has a flash of insight: the other three people on his ship, who he'd thought were themselves, have been taken over by Yeerks and are waiting to ambush him. He turns out to be right... [[spoiler: One of them is Alloran, who is no longer himself, but now "The Abomination". That's right: Elfangor has created his and the Animorphs' worst enemy through his own actions.]]

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