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For questions about Animorphs, a book series that ran between 1996-2001, about an invasion of parasitic alien slugs and a group of kids who formed a small resistance to it. It is also the name the kids gave themselves due to their ability to morph into any animal they touch.

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Why do Animorphs have a two hour limit?

Why is there a two hour time limit on a morph? Is there anything in canon that explains why?
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How could Marco's dad use "Yahoo! Maps" two years before it was launched?

#45 The Revelation was published in 2000. On page 21 of that book: Where would "they" be waiting? His computer screen was still up — no screen-saver. At the bottom was a minimized "window," the ...
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Smallest creature an Animorph can change into?

In the Animorphs series book series, you see them change into mosquitoes, fleas and all sorts of small creatures. Could they go into single celled organisms? Also, when they changed into mosquitoes, ...
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Reading order for Animorphs

In what order should the Animorphs, Megamorphs, Chronicles, and Alternamorphs be read?
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In Animorphs why can't a nothlit reuse the Escafil Device?

In Animorphs why can't Tobias reuse the Escafil Device or the Morphing Cube once he becomes a nothlit (stuck as a red tailed hawk)? In the book The Change the Ellimist restores his power to morph. ...
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(Why) can’t Andalites use thought-speak in human morph?

I don’t recall any instance of thought-speak use by Ax when in human morph or by Tobias (post The Change) as a human; if I’ve forgotten one and thus the premise is wrong please tell me. Why is it ...
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How do Andalites excrete waste (poop)?

I was having a conversation with some coworkers about how Andalites eat using their feet. Someone said that eventually they would run out of food due to all of the nutrition having been absorbed. ...
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Where does the extra mass come from in a high-mass morph?

So, in Animorphs, the kids gain the ability to morph into any animal they can touch. For the most part, the exact mechanics are hand-waved due to it being magic-like alien technology, but one in ...
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Did the Yeerk or Goa'uld influence each other?

The Yeerk from Animorphs and the Goa'uld from Stargate seem overbearingly similar. They were both introduced within a year of each other. Has there been any reference from anyone assoicated with ...
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Can Yeerks communicate with each other when they're in the Yeerk pool?

How about back home in the natural pools of their homeworld? If yes, how do they communicate?
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Are the Animorphs the only non-Andalites with morphing technology?

In the very first Animorphs book, the five human kids (Jake, Marco, Rachel, Cassie, and Tobias) gain morphing powers from Prince Elfangor before his death. These powers were created by Andalites and ...
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Is Cassie a vegetarian or a vegan?

I'd guess that Cassie is a vegetarian, based on her love for animals and general character. But are there any examples where it's explicitly stated that she is? I found one quote by Cassie from book #...
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Why are injuries sometimes not healed by morphing and demorping?

In Megamorphs 2: In the Time of Dinosaurs Tobias is injured while in his "own" hawk-form. He tries to heal himself by morphing and demorphing, but it doesn't work, his injuries remain. Normally, your ...
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What was Cassie planning to morph into when assaulting the Yeerk Pool?

In the first Animorphs book The Invasion, the group decide to attack the Yeerk Pool in order to save Jake's brother Tom. In order to achieve this, they all acquire animal DNA that would be suitable ...
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How did the Yeerks help the Gedds survive?

The Animorphs Wiki states that Because they are slow and inefficient, the Gedds formed a symbiotic relationship with the Yeerks, who helped them survive in exchange for being hosts. How exactly ...
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Why did K.A. Applegate write that there are five Megamorphs books?

At the end of the last Animorphs book, Applegate writes (emphasis mine): Well, here it is at long last: the final chapter in the Animorphs story. It began in the summer of 1996. It ends in the ...
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Who was the first non-Gedd to be taken by a Yeerk as a host?

I know that the original host species of the parasitic Yeerks was the Gedd species. Who was the first non-Gedd individual to be taken by a Yeerk? How did it happen? Was it before or after Seerow's ...
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Why is the morphing time limit exactly two Earth hours?

By using Andalite tech, the Animorphs can absorb the DNA of animals and turn into them. The time limit to this is 2 Earth hours. However, this tech was developed 80+ light-years away, and the hour ...
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Are the Andalites from the the same galaxy as Earth?

We know that intergalactic travel is possible in the Animorphs universe. As Ax says: A massive force of human-Controllers will enable [the Yeerks] to effectively push out into other galaxies. #52 The ...
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When receiving thought-speak, does one know who else it's addressed to?

For example, Jake is using private thought-speak to talk to only Cassie and Marco, excluding Ax, Tobias and Rachel who are also present. When Cassie "hears" the thought-speak, does she automatically ...
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Why did the Animorphs knock Jake unconscious, kidnap him and throw him into the ocean?

In #54 The Beginning, during the trial of Visser One, after Jake is accused of being a war criminal, he sort of loses himself a little bit. It's not described in detail what he says or does, though. ...
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Why was Ax surprised that Visser Three could morph a kafit bird?

In Animorphs #18, The Decision, Ax is shocked when Visser Three morphs a six-winged kafit bird, a creature native to the Andalite home world. His shock stems from realizing the evil Visser must have ...
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Why didn't the Animorphs use their Leeran morphs after returning home?

In #18 The Decision, the Animorphs all acquire Leeran morphs. Since Leeran are telepathic and can read minds, it seems like quite a useful morph for espionage or interrogation of captured Yeerks. Why ...
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What are the limitations for what species Yeerks can take as hosts?

I know from the Yeerks' experiences with the Hawjabran that the Yeerks can only take as hosts species that have a central, unified nervous system. But are there any other limitations? Does the ...
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How do you recognize who is talking to you in thought-speak?

When someone talks to you in thought-speak, how do you know who it is? (For example, if Jake talks to Cassie, how can she recognize that it's Jake without him having to say it?) Do you "hear" the ...
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Could the animorphs change into anything with DNA?

Since all living things have cells, could it be possible for someone with the morphing ability be able to change into a bacteria, or even a plant?
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How old is the morphing technology in Animorphs?

In the Animorphs book (and shortly-lived television) series, the ability to morph into animals is conferred via touching an Escafil Device, a blue cube named for its Andalite creator. However, the ...
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Why didn't Jake ever use his Howler morph again?

In #26 The Attack, Jake acquires a Howler morph. In my opinion, this is hands-down the most dangerous battle morph Jake has ever acquired. (As evident from the events in said book.) However, in the ...
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What did Jake mean for Rachel to do on the Blade Ship?

In #53 The Answer, Jake plans for Rachel to go after Tom's Yeerk on the Blade Ship. Obviously, Jake wants to prevent Tom and the other Yeerks from getting away with the Blade Ship and the morphing ...
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What happened to the Yeerks after the war?

In the last Animorphs book, after the Andalites captured the Pool Ship, the Yeerks didn't stand much of a chance against the Andalites. So some ships fought and were destroyed, others surrendered. At ...
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Why would Tom's Yeerk have to torture Cassie?

In #53 The Answer, Tom's Yeerk brings what he thinks is a bludgeoned and beaten Cassie (not in morph) to Visser One. He then says: One of the Animorphs, Visser. My people captured her and ...
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How could Karen go free?

Due to her interaction with Cassie, Aftran decided to let her host, Karen, go free. Near the end of #19 The Departure, Aftran is inside Karen's head, in the woods, talking to Jake. Karen's body is ...
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Did any Yeerks other than Illim and Aftran know who the Animorphs were?

In #29 The Sickness, the Yeerk Illim tells Cassie: I know your friend is an Andalite,” (...) “I also know who you are and what you are. All of you,” Thankfully for the Animorphs, Illim is a ...
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What happens if a Yeerk infests someone in morph and then demorphs?

We know that it's possible for Yeerks to infest individuals while in morph. In The Hork Bajir Chronicles, a Yeerk called Esplin manages to temporarily infest an Andalite while the Andalite is in morph:...
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After the helicopter was destroyed, what happened to the bug fighter and the sharks?

In Animorphs #39, The Hidden the Yeerks are chasing the Animorphs using a helicopter and a bug fighter. The Animorphs are in the ocean in dolphin morphs. The bug fighter is shooting at them, and they ...
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Did Visser Three think the whales attacking him were Andalites?

Near the end of #4 The Message, when Visser is in his Mardrut morph, racing after the Animorphs, he is attacked by whales (real ones) just as he was about to catch up. They attack him in a highly ...
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Which non-human Earthlings did the Yeerks try to take as hosts?

Just like the Animorphs, the Yeerks could have probably benefited from a dog's sense of smell, or an eagle's sight, in certain circumstances. Did the Yeerks ever try to take any species (from Earth), ...
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Can a morphed non-nothlit use the Escafil Device again to get morphing powers in the morph?

Case 1: Get a morph, get morphing powers again, get another morph and be able to keep switching through first level and second level morphs all the time without needing to morph through the original ...
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What can Animorphs become?

Is it possible for an Animorph to become Gojira or another Kaiju\Titan? Also, is it possible for them to become a Cybertronian? I just wanted to know if there are limits based on size or biology. I'm ...
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Do you actually time travel using the Time Matrix?

Something I didn't quite understand when reading "The Andalite Chronicles" was the Time Matrix. It was hyped up to be this ancient time traveling device, but whenever it was first used, it looked ...
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Did the Hork-Bajir relocate after the Yeerks invaded their valley?

In #47 The Resistance, the Yeerks discover where the valley of the free Hork-Bajir is, and subsequently invade it. The Yeerks are eventually forced to retreat. In the following books, the Animorphs, ...
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At what range can Leerans read minds?

The Leerans can read other people's minds. But they can't do it if they're too far away from the being they're trying to read. What is the maximum distance from which they can read minds clearly?
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In the tenth Animorphs book, why does Ax have his arm reattached with a scar left?

Could he not have just morphed into another creature then demorphed back to Andalite? In book 10, The Android, it says: < [...] He even reattached my arm. > I saw a scar on Ax's left arm. ...
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Max-speed in Z-Space

It's obvious that Z-Space travel is faster than light, but how fast? It's also obvious it isn't instantaneous, since they mention that there is boring travel times while in Z-Space. Is there any ...
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Can a being morph into himself by getting the DNA from his clone or an unattached part of his body (read as "severed limb")?

Something along the lines of: Marco -Oh, the iskoorts made a clone with my DNA, let's acquire him so I'll be able to transform into myself. Or also: A dracon beam makes Jake's shoulder explode, ...
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How do Andalites have babies?

Is it said anywhere in the series how Andalites have babies? The same way as humans do, another way (explained please) or it isn't told in the Animorphs books?
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Andalite measurement units?

Do the Andalites specify anywhere throughout the series what measurement units they use? I'm interested mainly in the time units. (...) <Two of your hours and seven of your minutes,> Ax said. &...
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How did the Yeerk Peace Movement manage to keep secrets from Visser Three?

In #29 The Sickness, Visser Three plans to interrogate Aftran. <You will tell me everything about the so-called peace movement,> Visser Three told Aftran, blasting his thought-speak loud ...
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