pemalite

Animorphs is of course famous for its moral greyness. The Yeerks are colonizers unquestionably in the wrong, but the Animorphs are not given a pass to just wipe them out: not only are there Yeerks who have tried to change the Empire from within, and even some who have created a symbiotic relationship with their host, but they are also a group separated from their home world with no where else to go, since any attempt to return will mean being killed by the Andalites. 

The Andalites, despite being the Animorphs’ allies, are self-righteous xenophobes operating under a propaganda military government that hides from its citizens its war crimes, including the attempted genocide of the Hork-Bajir. They only care about killing the Yeerks because they see the Yeerks as their fuck-up: Seerow gave the Yeerks technology on the misguided belief that they would cooperate and go on to better things as allies, so now the Andalites want to wipe out their mistake. They don’t care what other species fall as a result, and they certainly aren’t in a hurry to prioritize Earth.

Even the Animorphs’ other allies, the Chee, aren’t given a pass in their pacifism. Everyone knows the Chee could end this war in like a day if they would alter their programming. But the Chee have proven they don’t really care about humans; they side with the humans against the Yeerks so they can save humanity’s closest companions, dogs. And we also learn that they protest too much when it comes to their pacifism: when confronted with the species - the Howlers - that killed his creators - the Pemalites - Erek learned that the Howlers were in actuality nothing more than literal children, being sent to other worlds by the Crayak to wipe out civilizations but only thinking it a game; and Erek intentionally withholds this information, hoping the Animorophs would wipe out the Howlers regardless, despite knowing they were technically innocent, so he wouldn’t have to dirty his hands.

And even the Animorphs themselves have blood on their hands. They learned early on - were in fact told straight up front by Elfangor - that the Hork-Bajir are an innocent, enslaved species. They later meet freed Hork-Bajir, and the species is heartbreakingly humanized again and again. But even as the reader empathizes with these characters we come to know, the Animorphs continue to treat their species as collateral damage. They will try to go out of their way to avoid killing human controllers, but Hork-Bajir are still justifiable kills to them, because they are so dangerous by design. But this doesn’t excuse them. Toby and the free Hork-Bajir are never allowed to be completely forgotten, so we the reader are never allowed to see the Animorphs’ slaying of the Hork-Bajir controllers as anything glamorous.

So many children’s series fall into the romanticization of war when writing about kids going up against The System (whether it’s an invading alien species, the government, The Man, etc) but the Animorphs has consistently held onto its anti-war messages well, deconstructing the genre of “kids save the world.” The Animorphs are never given an easy answer.

anonymous asked:

What do you think would happen if Tom not Jake ended up leading the Animorphs?

  • Tom’s only at the arcade in the first place because he’s looking for Jake.  He finds Marco instead, and the two of them are talking—Marco’s noticed it too, how Jake never seems to be around these days—when Tobias jumps in to tell them that Jake’s been spending all his spare time at the Sharing lately.  Tom spots Rachel and Cassie next; at sixteen he’s trying responsibility on for size and so he announces that he’s getting them all home safe whether they like it or not.
    • Rachel protests, because of course she does, but Tom’s also the closest thing she has to an older brother and so when he puts his foot down she gives in.  She’s not happy about it, though, and she shows him that by charging off into the shortcut through the construction site and leaving the others to chase after. 
  • The day after everything happens, Tom snaps at the others not to tell their parents, not to morph, not to do anything at all until he figures out what they should do next.  
    • Cassie and Tobias try morphing anyway.  Rachel starts researching ways to fight off an alien invasion.  
    • Marco invites himself over to talk to Jake, who is strangely insistent on asking around about whether any of his friends believe those rumors about a UFO in the construction site last night. 
  • “Your brother’s one of them,” Marco tells Tom.  The ensuing shouting match lasts almost half an hour, only ending when they both conclude the only thing for it is to go and rescue him.  
  • Tom’s not Jake.  He doesn’t know a lost cause when he sees it.  He keeps right on fighting, claws bloody, bones breaking, while the others make a messy retreat.  As Jake watches from the cages, he catches a dracon beam to the head and crumples in a heap of fur next to the infestation pier.  
  • This time around, it’s Marco who becomes the first one to drag them up by the bootstraps.  “There are still three of us left,” he says, “four if you count Bird Boy, although I’m not sure how much help he’ll be.  And Jake’s my best friend.  I can’t leave him in that hell.”  
    • This time around, Cassie becomes the first to agree.  It’s Jake.  He means something to her that no one else ever has.  
    • Rachel’s not far behind.  It’s Jake.  They spent their whole childhood doing stupid dares together, and this one seems like the biggest dare of all.
    • Tobias agrees, but not for love.  For revenge.  He wants to avenge Tom, who was kind to him despite not knowing him from Adam.  He wants to avenge Elfangor, who died in order to give them a chance and who told him a million things he’d never known in those last five minutes of life.  He wants to avenge that unnamed voice from his dreams, the one that haunts him still even though Marco insisted and they all agreed that the risk of a rescue attempt was too big to take.
  • Two months later, Marco tells the Ellimist, “Yeah, we want to leave with our families.  Take us away,” and without Rachel he’d never figure out why the Ellimist doesn’t listen.
  • Eighteen days after that, Marco says, “I don’t care what you think.”  He takes the Pemalite crystal and reprograms Erek so that Erek will be forced to help them.  Erek infects himself with a computer virus that corrupts all his files; two hours later he’s a lifeless pile of circuitry on the ground.  
  • Forty-one days later, Marco says, “We should just morph Joe Bob Finestre, save ourselves some time,” and refuses to listen to any contradictions.
  • One week after that, Marco says, “If we drop the instant oatmeal into the water main, everyone will have to drink it,” and doesn’t foresee the consequences.  
  • Six months after that, Marco says, “I’m sorry” just before he shoots David in the head.  
  • Two weeks and four days later, Marco waits until he sees Jake leave the yeerk pool, and then he says, “Let’s blow it up.”  
    • Cassie quits the team on the spot.  Tobias tries to talk him out of it, but doesn’t succeed.  
    • Four thousand three hundred human hosts die when the modified nuke Marco stole from Peter’s lab drops into the yeerk pool, because he doesn’t want to leave any chance of too many slugs escaping.  Visser One’s human body is one of them; Marco will only find this out several hours too late.
  • Three days later, Marco and Rachel steal a Blade ship.  They don’t know how to fly it, but that’s a moot point, because they get the guns working. 
    • They incinerate the Pool ship, along with 20,000 yeerks and 15,000 hosts on board, and then turn to fire on the yeerk encampments on the ground.  The taxxons are annihilated, the hork-bajir-controllers as well.  Marco’s gotten used to the idea of killing humans, just as long as it’s no one he knows.
    • Tobias is outside the ship, unwilling to endorse this mission, unable to stay away.  He gets caught in the crossfire between the Bug fighters and Blade ship, spiraling to the ground, and Rachel loses her mind.  
    • She and Marco are so busy trying to kill each other, fueled by grief and rage and bloodlust and terror, that at first they don’t even realize they’ve won.
  • Three days after that, Jake is free.  He doesn’t talk to Marco—neither do Peter or Cassie or Rachel—but Marco figures that’s okay, because nowadays he has plenty of fans.  Maybe the andalites are pretty strict in their control of the U.N., and maybe it sucks that humans aren’t allowed off the planet anymore, but Marco won the war.  And isn’t that the whole point of war, winning?  

“'Wasn’t it Journey to the Bottom of the Sea? Marco asked.

‘No, it was Voyage,’ Jake confirmed.

'Journey sounds better,’ Marco said.

Jake sighed. 'Hey, time marches on, right? We’re in a hurry. What are you thinking, Cassie?’

Calamari,’ she said with a grin.

'Snails?’ I said, frowning.

<I am not in favor of snails,> Ax said.

'Wait, that’s not—’ Cassie said loudly.

<I had the misfortune to inadvertently eat one while feeding,> Ax continued. <I did not see it in time. I stepped on it and digested it.>

'You ate a snail through your hoof?’ I asked. That picture temporarily replaced the image of me being squashed to the size of a Barbie doll on the ocean floor.

<Yes, and the meat portion was fine. However, once the snail’s body had been digested, the shell was very difficult to—>

'Ooookay, I think that’s probably enough about snails,’ Jake said.

'Yeah, especially since calamari does not mean snail,’ Cassie pointed out. ’Escargot means snail. I was talking about—’

<I have an idea: Let’s all just stick to speaking English,> Tobias grumped.

'Squid!’ Cassie yelled suddenly. The birds in the trees around us fell silent. So did we.

Until Tobias said, <Uh-uh. Calamari is octopus, not squid.>

'Oh. Who. CARES?’ Cassie cried. 'Squid. We can morph a giant squid! Giant squid dive really deep. And they have arms, so we could maybe get into the Pemalite ship.’

I met Marco’s gaze. 'Why didn’t she just say that to begin with?’

'Could have saved a lot of time,’ Marco agreed, playing along.

<What does any of this have to do with your Captain Nemo?> Ax wondered.

Cassie threw up her hands. 'It’s a book. Journey to—’

'Ah HAH! It was Journey!’

‘I mean Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea,’ Cassie grated. 'Captain Nemo was attacked by a giant squid.’

'Who won?’ Marco asked.

'Wait a minute,’ I said. 'It wasn’t Journey or Voyage. It was 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Jules Verne.’

Cassie looked like she might strangle me. Then she said, 'Oh yeah. Voyage was a TV show. They run it on the Sci-Fi channel.’

'I thought it was on Nick at Night,’ Marco said.

At which point everyone started giggling.

'Someone call the Chee and tell them they’re doomed,’ I said. 'Their only hope is a collection of idiot kids, standing around in the woods debating cable channels.'”

- Book #27: The Exposed, pg. 65 (by K.A. Applegate)

My favorite joke in Animorphs

Okay, hear me out.

So, I really like #27. I have lost track of how many times I have read it. And in this book, when the Animorphs leave Erek and Mr. King to go save Lourdes, this happens:

As we’d morphed, Erek had filled us in on accessing the Pemalite ship. Then we had bailed at top speed, pausing only long enough to change the channel on Erek’s TV. The two Chee would be stuck there for a while.

And then, in #45:

A TV playing on mute. A clip of the president talking to high school students. 

“That TV’s been on for a year now,” I said.

THEY NEVER TURNED OFF THEIR TV.

I mean, there are several reasonable explanations–Marco’s exaggerating, they just watch a lot of television–but shhhh. I want to believe this instead.

Animorphs this or that

Hork-Bajir or Andalite? Morphing for personal use or being a hero? Yeerk sympathizer or hater? Unrequited love or war-torn breakup? Stuck as a Taxxon or die in battle? Helmacron or Iskoort? Pemalite crystal or Helmacron shrinking ray? Violent Chee or loving Howler? Leera or Hork-Bajir homeplanet?

Short opinion: This is the best book.  Not the best Animorphs book, just the best book of all time.  Period.

Long opinion:

This is one of those books where plot and character are difficult to sort out, because the plot is so character-driven and the characters are so influential to the plot that they are irreparably wrapped up in each other—and the entire story is driven by the protagonists’ agency.  This book opens and closes on Jake’s dreams, and in that first dream sequence he’s this tiny, helpless human in the face of this ginormous cosmic power.  I love that this scene draws attention to the fact that Jake first encountered Crayak under circumstances when he was literally the most helpless he’s ever been in his life: Jake is literally paralyzed because of the dying yeerk inside his brain when he suddenly finds himself facing down this malicious all-knowing deity.  In that scene Jake describes himself as the “keeper” of his brother’s memories (Have I mentioned the Cain parallels recently?), foreshadowing both the fact that by the end of the book he’ll be the only being with Howler DNA or memories in the whole universe, and the fact that by the end of the series he’ll be the only being with Tom’s memories in the universe.

The next scene with the kids watching a production of Lion King (funny how that plot hinges on the villain killing his older brother…) in a way that makes them utterly themselves: Rachel is pretty much daring a guy to try and hit on her so she can release a little pent-up frustration on a harasser, Marco is pulling ridiculous stunts to get Jake to laugh, Cassie is totally zoned out because let’s be real she doesn’t give a crap about the fine arts, and Jake is enjoying the peace and quiet for a bit while also not giving a crap about the fine arts.  When Ax shows up he’s totally confused but goes into hyper-protective mode toward his team anyway, and when Tobias pops up he figures out in two seconds flat what it took everyone else a few minutes to catch on to: this is the Ellimist at work.  

One of my favorite subtle moments in the series is when Marco snarks at the Ellimist about the pinnacle of ketran evolution being the ability to look like a teenager with braces, and then almost immediately has a silent freak-out because he just sassed a divinity.  I really love how Marco’s quick thinking gets him in trouble almost as much as it gets him out, and how it shows that even his clever one-liners are a coping mechanism rather than a calculated attempt to appear cool.  His inability to get through a stressful situation without making dumb jokes literally almost gets the kids killed in #30 and #42, and here he has the good sense to realize that the Ellimist is the absolute last person he should be mocking—about ten seconds after he’s already gone and done it.

Also, Jake and Rachel’s relationship in this book is heartbreaking and awesome.  When the kids first learn about the conflict with the Iskoort they’re understandably reluctant to get involved in yet another cosmic war but Rachel especially argues that they shouldn’t get themselves killed needlessly in a conflict that has nothing to do with the yeerks… Until Jake admits that Crayak has been harassing him in his dreams.  Rachel does a one-eighty to “No Crayak space monster is gonna beat up on my cousin” the millisecond she finds out (#26).  Marco also jumps sides of the argument immediately with an eye to defending Jake, and before they know it they’re already off to the races.  Later on, just before the final battle, Rachel literally holds Jake in her arms in grizzly morph while he becomes a Howler for the first time, because she’s the only person Jake trusts to kill him without hesitation if he loses control of the morph.  These two share a level of trust—Jake trusts Rachel to defend his life, but also more importantly to know when to end his life when the cost of defending it would be too high, and Rachel has exactly the same level of trust in Jake—that we don’t see with any other pair on the team.  It goes way, way beyond their simple shared willingness to get their hands dirty; it’s about trusting each other with their lives but also with their deaths.  

This is also the book where (if he didn’t already have it) Jake definitely earns the title of “war-prince.”  Not only does he fight a battle against two infinitely more powerful beings and win, not only does he outmaneuver the most deadly alien species the kids ever face using the power of love, but he also plays the part of Team Mom throughout this nightmarish field trip while just as scared and lost as everyone else present.  He takes the time to check on Cassie in the middle of the night while also terrified the Howlers will attack at any moment.  He gently talks Marco down when Marco’s about to panic at the sheer foreignness of the situation.  He not-so-gently calls Erek on the fact that Erek is lying by omission for large parts of this book.  All the while he also weighs and balances everything he knows about the Howlers and the Iskoort, constantly gathering more information (frequently at risk to his own life, as with that awesome-nutso gambit with jumping off a cliff to acquire Howler DNA) until eventually he figures out the motivations of everyone else jerking him around.  He describes himself as “an ant on a chessboard,” but that doesn’t mean he can’t learn how to play.  By the end of the book he’s thinking on the same level as the Ellimist and Crayak, while also viscerally understanding the ordinary Howler or Iskoort.  As Rachel’s bulletin board says:  ’“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the results of a hundred battles.’ - Sun Tzu” (#4).  

Jake also verbally embraces the title of “prince” for the first (possibly only) time in the series during this book, twice ordering Ax to defend his own life against the Howlers.  Jake doesn’t totally get andalite culture, evident in the fact that he’s not sure why Ax cares so much about having run from an unwinnable battle.  But he also knows and understands (and cares about) Ax, enough so to grasp that what Ax needs is the reassurance of his prince that he didn’t do anything wrong.  Jake has to practically step on Rachel’s toes to stop her from volunteering for the suicide mission (because of course) but he does it, aware that Ax will view this as a chance to reaffirm his place on the team and regain what “honor” he lost by running from the Howler.  Jake is never comfortable with the leadership role, and least comfortable of all when someone puts a formal title on his leadership.  However, he also understands that when Ax is literally ready to die in order to affirm his place on the team, the whole “prince” bit is not about him; it’s about helping Ax.  And so he calls himself Ax’s prince, not once but twice, in order to save Ax’s life.  Because it’s what needs doing in order to keep the team alive.  

In addition to the spot-on characterization and the mind-bogglingly huge plot, this book also has some vicious commentary on philosophy of war.   Marco actually calls Erek on the fact that, when the Animorphs are about to be slaughtered by a far more powerful enemy, Erek’s decision not to act is an action in and of itself.  Maybe Erek doesn’t have a choice about not causing harm, even at the expense of preventing a murder, but Erek also sure as hell does not have the moral high ground.  Pacifism is not a righteous course of action in the face of atrocity, and Erek standing by to watch his friends get slaughtered—knowing all the while that the entire Iskoort species also hangs in the balance—is not the moral high ground.  Jake actually feels loathing for the Pemalites as he frantically flies back toward the hopeless battle that might have cost Cassie and Rachel their lives, thinking that he’ll never forgive them if they got his friends killed with their short-sighted, obsessive nonviolence when they programmed the Chee.  

The social comment in this book isn’t a particularly comforting or comfortable one (but then when are they ever, in Animorphs books?) but it is an important message: that the world is an ugly place in which simple neutrality is the prerogative of the privileged.  One cannot call oneself moral simply by standing by and refusing to fight back while evil triumphs (X).  As Cassie points out to Jake, only slave owners and Nazis have ever had the luxury of branding entire groups of people as uniformly evil and one’s own cause as uniformly good (#26).  In order to stop a terrible wrong, the kids have to commit a terrible wrong.  The war is not won through anything as easy as standing on principle, because no lofty abstract principle ever works in 100% of cases in the real world.  Erek is no better or worse than any of the kids because he is held to a certain standard of behavior by external constraints; even an idea as pure as “do no harm” does not stand up when one has the chance to stop genocide and cannot.  

Crayak understands the idea better than the Pemalites did, when he designs the Howlers: the opposite of love isn’t hate; it’s indifference (X).  The Chee aren’t programmed to hate—or to love—any other species.  

More specifically, this book also calls Erek out on his tendency to consider himself above the Animorphs because of his nonviolence.  Erek is every bit as vengeful (bloodthirsty, even) as Ax or Rachel throughout this whole conflict, but he also refuses to acknowledge that fact.  He conveniently forgets to mention the fact that the Howlers are innocent (relatively speaking) in their childish indifference to death and ignorance of failure until Jake also discovers that fact.  Years before the Animorphs use Erek to do their dirty work in the fight against Tom’s yeerk, Erek uses them to do his dirty work through setting up the fight with the Howlers and letting them annihilate another species without even having all of the facts about who they’re fighting.  

The motif is writ large throughout the series: war is won through sacrifice, and most of those sacrifices are not as clean or glorious as simply dying for one’s cause.  Erek stands by, choosing to give up the fight after only one battle turns too ugly for his liking (#10), and as a result the entire species of Howlers gets wiped out by Crayak.  As a result of his later actions, both Tom and Rachel get killed and the Blade ship remains free to conquer another planet (#53).  And yet this is a being who (allegedly) never hurts anyone for any reason.  Erek is self-righteous, vengeful, and morally hypocritical.  That fact gets a little lost in books like #20, #32, or #45, but here Jake makes the contrast between his friends—who are running headlong into a deadly battle for the sake of some yeerk-descendants—and the Chee—who are forced to stand by and risk nothing with nothing gained—painfully clear.  

This book offers no simple answers, and it shows that in war, there are no simple answers.  However, it also ends with Jake surrounded by his friends, taking triumph from the fact that he’s just a helpless little human facing down a malicious all-knowing deity whose ass he just kicked.  USING THE POWER OF LOVE.  Have I mentioned that this is the best book ever written?  

psychalchemist  asked:

How do you think the series Animorphs would have played out if the Voltron universe existed within the books?

Well. I mean Animorphs takes place in the 90s, and as far as I’m aware Voltron (at least the current one) takes place in the future. BUT, just for argument’s sake, let’s say our favorite nerd paladins were around the same time as the Animorph kids. There’s a high chance Ax and the Andalites would have heard of Voltron before, probably in the same way Ax knew of the Ellimist: a deity, a campfire story told to children. And, much like the Ellimist, it would prove to be real.

(Sidenote: this has probably happened to Ax more than once and he probably hates it.)

I’d say the Andalites and the Alteans probably wouldn’t get along all that. Mostly because of how goddamn pretentious the Andalites are and come on, they wouldn’t stand for the ‘tech’ that goes into Voltron being kept a secret. I’d bet good money that Visser Three has definitely tried in the past to acquire the DNA of the lions, or maybe King Alfor. MAN, I bet he would have been a huge target of the Yeerks’. Probably Allura and Coran, too. If the Yeerks didn’t have some Controllers in the Altean Empire I’d be surprised. They’re sneaky asshole slugs, those Yeerks.

That said, after Allura and Coran’s 10,000 year sleep, if they had prior knowledge to the Yeerks’ plans, they’d probably try to catch up on that. Let’s be honest, Pidge probably picked up some Yeerk chatter on her scanner and went, ‘I KNEW IT.’ She’d mention it and Allura and Coran would go, ‘WAIT STOP WHAT.’

Cue the Paladins, freaking out because hello that’s our planet we were being invaded and we didn’t even know it (Keith and Pidge in the background: ‘WE TOTALLY CALLED IT’). Shiro’s heard rumors that he barely remembers - the Yeerks and the Galra do not get along, it’s nothing personal, it’s just a thing that happens when you’re two different evil empires trying to rule the universe. So there were Yeerk prisoners on the Galra ships - you could always tell who was a Controller, because they went through Kandrona starvation and then, usually, their host once they’re free just shuts down. Out of the frying pan and into the fire, you know. There’s probably Galra Controllers, though probably not many.

Now, imagine the many effed up things we know about the universe in Animorphs. The fate of the Pemalites and the Chee, the Hork-Bajir, the worlds that we probably don’t even know about, because the Animorphs universe and Voltron universe have several things in common but my favorite is that there’s so much we don’t know, so much world-building in there that we as fans can just run away with.

God, I love sci-fi.

But also? Imagine Pidge finding Matt and Commander Holt. Now imagine they’re Controllers. Imagine Shiro finding out that he can’t remember what happened to Matt because shortly after the last time he saw him, he’d been taken in a Yeerk raid and made a Controller. Imagine Lance and Hunk both worrying about their families, because how do they know that their families aren’t Controllers? How do they know their lives are actually untouched by this?

Slightly happier imagines: Imagine Pidge and Hunk being incredibly excited by the idea of morphing tech and Z-space and all of the tech that the Andalites and Yeerks have created throughout the years. Lance would love to have morphing abilities, he’d totally want to be a dolphin or what if he was a lion just like Blue how awesome would that be?

When they finally get back to Earth, they hear about the Animorphs and the Yeerks hear about them, and I want to see Lance and Marco in the same room. Allura and Coran would be thrilled to see that Pemalites’ spirits live on in dogs, the Yeerks would be furious that Voltron is still a thing and those damn Paladins bringing the Galra with them, they’re not invited to this party, they can’t sit with us, go away. Hunk would love the Hork-Bajir colony. He’d love them. He’d become best friends with them. I still want to see Lance and Marco go head to head. Marco can turn into a gorilla, but Lance has a giant lion. And they both have the same horrible sense of humor. Seriously I want this so bad.

(On the flip side? Mixing the two, as in either Animorphs-as-Paladins or Paladins-as-Animorphs? Has potential to be emotionally devastating. Lord help us all.)

‘How do you…how do you live with the memory?’ he asked me.

I knew what he meant. See, win or lose, right or wrong, the memory of violence sits inside your head. It sits there, like some lump you can’t quite swallow. It sits there, a black hole that darkens hope, and eats away at everyday happiness like a cancer. It’s the shadow you take into your own heart and try to live with.

I shrugged. 'I guess I try not to think about it. I try and forget. And after a while, the nightmares don’t happen as much.’

Erek put a finger to his head. 'Android,’ he said. He made a bitter, ruined smile. 'I can’t forget. See? I can never forget…anything.’

I looked at him. Already in my own human mind, the memories of that night’s horror were fading. The flash of blades and the pain and the sickening feeling of my fist closing around the Hork-Bajir’s throat…they were being covered over by scar tissue.

What if I could never forget?

What if all those memories were fresh forever?

I realized then why the Pemalites had forbidden their creatures to kill. The Chee live forever. Forever was a long time to remember what Erek had done.
—  Book #10: The Android, pg. 164 (by K.A. Applegate)
5 Things That Prove The Animorphs Wasn't Just a "Kids Book Series

   

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If there is one thing I love more than 90s television shows and sitcoms, it’s the Animorphs. 

     The Animorphs, a story about five human children and a young alien cadet who fight against the parasitic, mind-controlling Yeerks and the possible enslavement of the entire human race. Written by Kathrine Applegate and her husband/co-author, the series ran from 1996-2001, covered a wide variety of adult themes, and was actually pretty funny. 

     Unfortunately, I’m rarely able to bring up my love for the series without someone mentioning the abysmal 1999 Nickelodeon series, starring a very bland Shawn Ashmore as Jake, or that the books are meant for children.

     While the books were officially published as a 9-12 series, I’m here to provide 5 reasons why the books are NOT only for kids.

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5) Genocide

The Offender: Jake, Alloran-Semitur-Corrass, Tobias.

The Book(s): Animorphs 10: The Android, The Andalite Chronicles, Megamorphs 2: In the Time of the Dinosaurs, The Hork-Bajir Chronicles, Animorphs 26: The Attack, Animorphs 54: the Beginning.

The Victims: 17,000 Yeerks, Most of the Hork-Bajir planet, the Mercora, and the Dinosaurs.

     Bet you weren’t expecting genocide, were you? And these weren’t the mindless sort of evil aliens that you see in horror films. The Yeerks were intelligent, albeit physically limited creatures, capable of controlling bodies significantly more complex than their own; with access to memories, capable of copying every quirk and mannerism of their host.

     Genocide, as a theme, is first alluded to in the Android, where Erek King tells the gang about the annihilation of his creators, the Pemalites. The topic returns in the Andalite Chronicles—one of the tie-in novels that discussed the backstory of the Andalite-Yeerk war:

It took me a few seconds to realize what he was saying. If we opened the outer hatch while we were still in space, the vacuum would suck everything in the hold out. Out into the airless cold. The Yeerks would die almost instantly.

<Prince Alloran, we can’t just kill them all,> I said. I looked closely at him to see if maybe he had been joking.

His eyes were cold. <Aristh Elfangor, I give the orders. You obey the orders.>

<But they’re helpless,> I protested.

<They are Yeerks. And this is war…>” (Andalite Chronicles, 79).

     In this book, Elfangor, the same War-Prince who gives the Animorphs their powers, is confronted with a difficult decision: whether or not he should flush, and therefore kill, thousands of hostless Yeerks into the cold vacuum of space. Ultimately, he refuses the order, deeming it immoral to flush thousands defenceless Yeerks into space. Oh, and the guy giving the order—Prince Alloran? He releases a quantum virus that eliminates a significant portion of the Hork-Bajir in a separate even preceding this book.

Jake, leader of the Animorphs and our hero, is faced with the exact same dilemma some twenty years later in the main series:

“Seventeen thousand. Living creatures. Thinking creatures. How could I give this order? Even for victory. ..They could have stayed home, I thought. No one had asked them to come to Earth. Not my fault. Not my fault, theirs.  No more than they deserved. Aliens. Parasites. Subhuman. <Flush them,> I said. (The Beginning, 151-152).

And, while there are plenty of Yeerks left alive after Earth has won the war, the books come pretty close to a species-wide genocide when all the Yeerks present on Earth—which, it is pointed out, is a lot– are forced to morph and remain trapped in animal bodies.

     Then there’s Megamorphs Two: In the Time of the Dinosaurs, another tie-in novel, where Tobias, allows the very same meteor that supposedly killed the dinosaurs to hit earth, despite having the opportunity to do otherwise. Only, it was not just the dinosaurs that went extinct, but a peaceful and sentient race of crab-like creatures called the Mercora, who cultivated broccoli (makes sense in context), had families, and were rather technologically advanced.

     But yea, I can totally see how they’re just kid’s books.

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4) Slavery:

     The Offender: The Yeerks

     The Book(s): The point of the whole series

     The Victims: Humans, Hork-Bajir, Taxxons, one Andalite, at least one Garatron, Leerans, and supposedly others…

In their natural states, the Yeerks are practically slugs: blind, deaf, with only the sensation of touch at their disposal. Hardly a threat, really…

 

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Pictured here: Earth’s biggest threat?

Until they slip into your head, wrap their bodies around your brain, and completely hijack your body; leaving you as a helpless voice in your own head, forced to watch as the alien effortlessly pretends to be you! The Yeerks enslave not just the human race, but several other races. In Animorphs 41: The Familiar, Jake witnesses an alternate future for Earth, where humans are mere tools for the Yeerk  conquerors, breeding only for the sake of keeping up the population and providing bodies for other Yeerks; where newborns are separated from their parents and raised without emotion or thought. Similar to European colonists in the nineteenth century, the Yeerks see it as their birthright to enslave those races they deem as inferior.

     But not all Yeerks, it seems, are evil, imperialists. There exists in the series a faction of Peace Keepers, who wish to live a truly symbiotic relationship with their hosts, and even consider their hosts to be their friends. This brings us to our next big reason why Animorphs is much more than a children’s series:

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3) A Grey-and-Grey morality:

     Book(s): Most of the series; but specifically Animorphs 19: The Departure, Animorphs 29: The Sickness, Animorphs 38: The Arrival, The Hork-Bajir Chronicles. 

     For the first eight books of the series, things are more or less black and white: the Andalites and the Animorphs are the good guys; the Yeerks are evil, plain and simple. Aside from the fact that the Yeerks plan on enslaving the entirety of the human race, everything the Animorphs know about the Yeerks comes from Elfangor and his younger brother, Aximili, who becomes the Animorphs resident alien expert in Animorphs 4: the Message. It would be an understatement to say the Andalites hate the Yeerks. Naturally, both sides are going to raise their young to believe that the other is the enemy. The Yeerks are imperialist, conquerors who force whole races into slavery. The Andalites, as the Yeerks see them, stand in the way of the latter fulfilling their destiny. Ultimately, both sides are arrogant, overly-patriotic, militaristic, and paranoid of the possibility that the other side will out-do them in technology.

     Propaganda is rampant amongst the young Andalite and Yeerk generations; they are raised to loathe the other. This idea of the Yeerks as evil and the Andalites as completely benevolent is passed on to our heroes up until Animorphs 19: the Departure, where Cassie, the overly-ethical tree-hugger of the group, gets lost in the woods with a controller no older than nine named Karen. Cassie and the Yeerk debate some ethics in the woods when Aftran, Karen’s Yeerk bursts out with this gem:

“Kill! Kill, he cries. Kill the parasite! Kill the Yeerk. Now where is your human morality? Now tell me again, Cassie, how you humans and your Andalite friends are better than we are!”

 <We don’t crawl into people’s brains and make them slaves,> Marco said. He flapped down from the tree to the ground and began to demorph.

“Of course not. You’re predators. So you think being a predator is fine. Well, we think being parasites is fine,” Karen said, smirking. “Your morality is real simple. Anything humans do is okay, anything Yeerks do is wrong.”

 Marco was mostly human now. Human enough to speak and to jab his finger angrily at Karen. “Hey, Slug-girl, we didn’t start this fight, you did. We didn’t go to the Yeerk planet and start killing Yeerks. You started this war.”

 "Who started the war between humans and cows? Or humans and pigs? Or humans and chickens?“ Karen demanded, laughing derisively. "Cows weren’t eating humans, were they?”

“Hey, we’re not cows,” Marco snapped. “You can’t compare what you do to humans with what we do to cows.”

“Sure I can. You’re our meat!“ Karen said (Animorphs 19: The Departure).

A Yeerk lives a pitiful existence: blind, deaf, with only the vaguest sense of touch, and without access to all those things in life that other organisms, like humans, take for granted. Are the Yeerks actually evil, or are they just trying to get what we want out of life: a chance?

     Then there are the Taxxons: cannibalistic, worm-like creatures that ally themselves with the Yeerks in exchange for meat. Elfangor calls them evil when they first appear in Animorphs 1: The Invasion, but really they’re simple creatures driven mad by an insatiable hunger.

     The Hork-Bajir, at a glance, look like absolute killing machines: covered with blades on their wrists and legs. Almost all of the Hork-Bajir are used as shock troops for the Yeerks. In reality, the Hork-Bajir are vegetarian, and use their blades to strip bark on their homeworld. They are pacifists, and not all that bright.

     Vice-Principal Hederick Chapman, a high-ranking human controller, nearly sells out the human race to the Yeerks in the Andalite chronicles—before he’s enslaved! The Animorph-turned-traitor, David, uses the morphing power for his own selfish purposes, and is implied to have killed Jake and Rachel’s dying cousin. The Animorphs—our heroes!—kill and maim countless Hork-Bajir and Taxxon Controllers, but avoid harming human controllers, as they are “sentient beings.” Cassie once erases an entire human being from existence. Jake flushes and kills 17,000 Yeerks. Tobias kills the dinosaurs and the Mercora. Marco admits to wanting to kick a dog. And, by the end of the series, the Animorphs use disabled kids as cannon fodder. In Animorphs 38: the Arrival, a group of Andalites land on Earth and are revealed to be part of a terrorist plot to wipe out the Yeerk presence on Earth—at the possible expense of the human population. Alloran, an Andalite warrior, decimates the Hork-Bajir population via biological warfare.

     Here the so called bad guys are capable of love, peace, and maintain friendships with each other; while the heroes often succumb to hypocrisy, violence, and cruelty. In the Animorphs universe, nothing is ever as it seems.

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2) Visser Three’s Twin is a Freaking Cannibal!    

     The Offender: Esplin 9466 Lesser, Taxxons. 

     Book(s): Specifically, Animorphs 16: The Warning.

     I’ve already mentioned the Taxxons—who have on at least one occasion resorted to eating themselves!—but there has been one other instance of cannibalism in the series. When I was twelve, I hadn’t even discovered the term, let alone grasped the gravity of the concept. A creature that eats it’s a member of its own species?! That’s got squick written all over it!

     In Animorphs 16: The Warning (typically known to fans as the one with Cannibalism!) we are introduced to Visser Three’s twin brother, Esplin 9466 Lesser, who inhabits the body of the founder of the Animorphs’ version of AOL. This Yeerk lives in isolation, and resorts to tricking other human controllers into his mansion, kills them, and rips out their Yeerk for the Kandrona rays. And this is something he’d have to do every three days! It’s a wonder that he managed to get away with it for so long.

     This book was supposed to be a metaphor for the dangers of the internet and meeting strangers online. But really, all the fans remember is the fact that holy crap! The Animorphs meet a cannibal! And what happens to this particular Yeerk? We don’t know. He’s never mentioned again!

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1) Rachel Nearly Gets Sexually Assaulted:

     The Offender: A Guy Probably in High School or College

     The Book: Animorphs 2: The Visitor

     The Victim: Nearly Rachel!

     That’s right, it’s the SECOND book in the series, and the thirteen year old Rachel nearly gets assaulted on her way home from Gymnastics. She is followed by a significantly older gentleman and the following exchange takes place:

“I was walking down the sidewalk that runs along the boulevard when suddenly I realized that a car had pulled up just a little way down the sidewalk from me. A guy got out. He looked like he was in high school or even college. He also looked like trouble.I should have turned around and run back toward the mall. But sometimes I don’t always do the sensible thing. Sometimes I regret not doing the sensible thing. This was one of those times.

"Hey, baby,” he said. “Want to go for a little ride?”

I shook my head and clutched my gym bag close. What an idiot I was to be so careless!

“Now, don’t be stuck-up, sweet thing,” he said. “I think you’d better get in the car.”

The way he said it didn’t sound like an invitation. It sounded like an order. Now I was really afraid.

I clutched my gym bag close as I passed him.

“Don’t ignore me,” he hissed.

He reached for me and missed. I walked faster. He was behind me. I broke into a run. He ran after me.

“Hey. Hey, there! Come back here.” (Visitor, 20).

Rachel never does get assaulted. She half-morphs an elephant and the guy gets scared off. Now, it isn’t explicitly said that assault is on the guy’s mind. But it doesn’t take a genius to see what’s going on here. What’s the age of the series again? 9-12? Wow.

 

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I have realised, while compiling a list, that there are so damn many people I love and OCs that I love I cannot possibly give them all an ask; I would hit the limit a thousand times over. Plus, some might get eaten! THUS, LET THE SHOUTOUTS BEGIN. I’m sorry in advance if I forget anybody; holy crap there are SO MANY.

They’re all under the cut because each name has its own little paragraph, so this post is STAGGERINGLY LONG. They’ve been alphabetised so you can find yourself!
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Does anyone else get really upset whenever they think of Erek King?

He’s lived for thousands of years. He’s a complete pacifist. He loves and plays with dogs because they’re all that’s left of the Pemalites, the closest thing he had to parents.

No one knew he or the rest of the Chee existed. He could have lived the rest of his life in peace. But despite the fact that he couldn’t hurt anyone, he helped the Animorphs fight their war against the Yeerks. He fought for freedom without ever fighting.

He promised to help them. He did. He realized that they’re just kids, idiot kids with a death wish, and that it’s a miracle that they weren’t caught sooner. He continued to help them. Took their place so they could get out of class, faked deaths, helped them sneak onto the Pool ship…But then the end of the series happened and he was just done because Jake, how could you do that, that is so low and so beneath you.

‘We could not save the Pemalites. They would die. But we could try and rescue some part of them. We hoped we could keep their hearts, their souls alive somehow. We looked for an Earth species we could use to harbor the essence of the Pemalites. Their decency. Their kindness. Their playfulness and love.’

'Wolves,’ Cassie said, once again way ahead of me.

Erek looked surprised, but he nodded his holographically projected human head. 'Yes. They looked most like the Pemalites themselves. We grafted the essence of the Pemalites into the wolf species. And from that union, dogs were created. To this day, most dogs carry within them the essence of the Pemalites. Not all, but most. Wherever you see a dog playing, chasing a stick, running around barking for the sheer joy of life, you see the remnants of the race of Pemalites.’

'That’s why all these dogs are here,’ Jake said. 'They’re your…what, friends? Creators?’

'They are our joy,’ Erek said, 'because they remind us of a world without evil. The world we lost. We Chee are all that is left of Pemalite technological genius. The dogs of Earth are all that is left of Pemalite souls.’
—  Book #10: The Android, pg. 106 (by K.A. Applegate)
❮Since the Pemalites considered everyone a friend, their ship’s adapted to accommodate different life-forms. You touch one of the interface panels throughout the ship, your life-form is analyzed, and the ship provides you with the correct environment.❯

❮How do we get in and shut off the signal?❯ I said, heading for a deserted dune far away from the crowd around the whale.

❮Mr. King gave us an access code that’ll get us into the main computer,❯ Jake said, his tone sardonic. ❮Everybody memorize it: Six.❯

❮Six?❯ I said.

❮Six,❯ he confirmed.
—  Book #27: The Exposed, pg. 82 (by K.A. Applegate)

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