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On Thursday, as I was wandering around the Los Angeles Airport, I meandered past a Cinnabon. My very first thought? Animorphs, of course. Moments like these are not all that uncommon for me. I think of Tobias every, single time that I see a red-tailed hawk. It doesn't matter that it's been a while since I read any of the books and it doesn't matter that I'm almost twenty.

So here's my question: Do any of you ever have Animorphs moments? And if so, when? And why? How not alone am I in the universe of the Animorphs fandom? :D
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BBallGirl2009 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Whenever I see a red-tailed hawk I have the urge to scream "TOBIAS!!"

also whenever I read the books, I have this constant thought, "What if they ARE real?"

Or whenever I meet a total jerk, I think "I think he/she is a controller..."
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Solaris-Ember Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Would be both awesome and horrifying if they were real. :)
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SoulRaider116 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2010
Tch, every moment is an Animorphs moment when you have pets. Who's to say they didn't aquire my cat to spy on me...just in case I was a Controller or something.

But I have lots of Red Tailed Hawks, and yeah, Tobias occurs to me every time I see one. And the Cinabon thing definitely!

And when I see a fly...or any animal they've morphed, I think "OMG! Animorph!" XD

And...I'm 25, be 26 in August. Age doesn't matter when you've found something worth hanging on to!
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Solaris-Ember Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Oh indeed, especially when one of your pets decides to do something that they've never done before.
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SoulRaider116 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010
Yes!! Or when they just give you that look...like they know something. 0_0
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Solaris-Ember Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Indeed. o.0
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Anily-AKW-DPP-136 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2010  Student General Artist
Either last year or the year before that, I would always see hawks or some kind of raptor around (never a bald eagle, they don't live around where I do, but for most times they're way too far away for me to tell the exact type, only to know that they're a bird of prey and not a vulture) and usually 5 or 6 of them, but never more. So like, I'd be walking somewhere and then I look up and see them, before continuing as if I never saw them, but always think "OMG WHY ARE THE ANIMORPHS STALKING ME FOR?!?!" It happened for almost the entire year xD
That same year I think, I saw a red-tail while I was walking on my school track and it just swooped down randomly and landed less than five feet away from me. I was like "OMG ITS TOBIAS!!" and pointing at it while telling my friends- I didn't yell that out loud, though, so it wouldn't fly away. xD
Would it be crazy to think that maybe now Tobias lives in the woods near that track? Our school is surrounded with trees, and there was always a hawk flying up ahead while we were walking it...

My friend also showed me this "above the influence" (don't do crack) picture. It had ye- er slugs in suits sitting at a table and putting salt on their plates or something to eat. As soon as I saw that, I was like "YEERKS!!!" then "eeeeeeeeew... They look even uglier when they're half humanized..." and "hm... shouldn't that be oat meal though?"
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Solaris-Ember Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Oatmeal indeed. XD
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Erameline Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Hahaha, the Cinnabon thing is true for me also. I can't really think of any other specific, recurring moments, but there are always plenty of random ones. =)
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Solaris-Ember Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
I remember one time, we were driving on some secluded highway through the woods. I was half zoned-out as I stared off into the trees when I saw a brief flash of something blue. Two guesses what I thought it was. :XD:
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shonni-etta Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Call me weird, but I'm almost always thinking about Animorphs. Fantacising, one would say, that I am an Andalite in human morph, at times. Or thinking about what things may be like were Yeerks invading. I have a plushie hawk and a plushie Eagle too, and I named them Tobias and Rachel. x3
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Solaris-Ember Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
I don't think that's weird at all. :) I used to do that ALL the time with my best friend. :D
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shonni-etta Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
XD. Really? Awesome. x3
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Solaris-Ember Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Yep. :)
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KindaKrazy Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2010
lol After it rains, sometimes there are slugs all over the sidewalk. My sis has read the Animorphs books so I decided to be funny and screamed, "YEEEEERK!" And pointed at the slug. She was like, "GRRRROOOOOOSSSS!!! Does salt work on yeerks?"
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Solaris-Ember Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
:XD: That's a very good question, actually.
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C-y-n-d-i Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2010
I think of my OC Semeir when I see references to fairy tales. As a young Andalite she loved them, and sort of LIVED one until the Yeerks crashed into her life. Her story is called Map of a Dream.

I think of Elfangor's wild ride when I see a Mustang. (But if it's a Saleen cop car, I think OMG DECEPTICON!)

Hawks make me think of Tobias. We mostly have Sharp-shinned and Cooper's hawks here, but I once spotted a red-tail.

Sometimes, I do say "Bun-zuh" for the fun of it.

Sometimes I swear I'm an Andalite nothlit that lost my memory, because Elfangor's and Ax's narrations make more sense to me than the other characters.

I see buff guys and they make me think of Gafinilan.
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Solaris-Ember Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
The Andalite narrations really do make the most sense. :XD:

I sometimes internally play with sounds when I think of chocolate.
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C-y-n-d-i Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010
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Doodlee-a Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Well, I have never seen a Cinabon in real life, so I can't say anything about that...
But when I walk dogs at our SPCA (at least 4 times a week) I always pet the dogs, wishing I could morph them, and then imagining what I would do and how I'd get along with the animal. I'll hear the birds flying overhead and wonder how I would catch one to morph it. I even wonder how I could get access to some of the more powerful animals, as I've almost run into a moose before.
As for the actual characters, I got to see the TV show, and the guy who plays Jake is also Iceman on X-Men, and I keep picturing him as Jake.
I'm six books away from the complete set, and boy, do I love Animorphs!
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Solaris-Ember Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
I have an X-Men poster, it's currently hanging right next to my bookcase that is chock-full of Animorphs. XD I've been lucky with getting the whole series. Just a couple summers ago, I managed to find the last six that I had needed on Amazon. Actually ended up with duplicates of a couple books, somehow.
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Doodlee-a Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Nice! I've been browsing second hand right now, so I hope I'll strike it rich!
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Solaris-Ember Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Which six are you missing?
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Doodlee-a Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010  Student Digital Artist
41, and 48-52. So close!
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Solaris-Ember Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Those later ones can be so hard to find.
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Doodlee-a Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010  Student Digital Artist
SO true! But I shall prevail!
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Solaris-Ember Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Good luck! :)
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traycon3 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2010
I think of Tobias whenever I see a hawk. (I can never tell if it's a red-tail because they're too far away! D: ) But one time a hawk did dive in front of me while I was driving. I slammed on the breaks and screamed out "OMG TOBIAS!"
My friend was in the car next to me and we started cracking up.

As for the Cinnabun experience...I...actually never new one existed (neither did some of my friends, stop laughing :P ) until the new mall opened when I was like...12? (I'm 21 now...God...Is that series really that old? I feel old now...>.>)

My first reaction: O.O IT EXISTS???
My second reaction: Ok, where's Ax?
My friends had the same reaction.

And now whenever I'm craving one, my one friend (who works at McDonalds, XDDD, tell you that story in a sec) always says "Bunzuh."

Now to the McDonalds story. I worked there for 6 months. (I never did find the enterance in the walk-in fridge.) Anyway, it was like my second day and I was exhausted and wiping down some trays.

Someone comes up and is like: Hey, can I order a Happy meal?
I had to stop myself from responding: Only if you order it with extra happy.

(This MickyD's is also where I met afformentioned friend. x) We became fast friends when I found out he was an Ani-fan too, lol.)

-t3
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Solaris-Ember Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
That's hilarious about the hawk! :lol:

I didn't (and still don't) live in a town that even had a mall, so it was several years before I ever saw one in real life too. XD

I've only ever had one friend that was also an Animorphs fan, and I had to introduce her to it. But, man, once she got started, it was a BLAST. :D
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KiyaraSabel Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
All of this. I was so obsessed with the series I'd had myself half convinced that I could morph through sheer force of will and that I could communicate with animals if I thought hard enough. I was sure that they were located around the town of my residence, and that I'd get to join them.

Also there were boys who came to visit their grandparents next door and me and my little brother and them would all roleplay as animorphs. The older brother was always Jake, The younger Ax or Tobias, my brother would be Marco, and I'd be Cassie or an original character (I couldn't stay in canon as a kid).

Nowadays I actually practice therioshamanism, and I use several quotes from the books on a regular basis, and I still have the moments where every little detail will remind me of the series.
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Solaris-Ember Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
I've tried to morph into animals may times and was always really disappointed when I failed.

My best friend and I used to run around her yard rping Animorphs. We usually played as OC Andalites, because it was just more fun to interact with the actual characters. Didn't even matter that there was nobody there to play as the other characters, because our imaginations were insane. :XD:

Therioshamanism? I don't think I've ever heard of that.
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KiyaraSabel Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, I maintained my imaginary friends until I was 12.

Therioshamanism is a branch of magic concerned mostly with interacting with animal spirits. It's a new branch under development started by Lupa.
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Solaris-Ember Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
I never had an imaginary friend. I just had my stuffed animal that I carried everywhere, and that stopped pretty early I think. School got in the way. :P
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KiyaraSabel Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I pretty much had no real friends as a kid. :feelsbadman.jpg:
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Solaris-Ember Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
I didn't either, until second grade. Was completely alone in Kindergarten and First Grade. Kinda surprising that I didn't have an imaginary friend, considering.
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KiyaraSabel Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, I had temporary friends in first grade. One I could only hang out with after school in day care, and the other stopped being my friend to hang out with other boys.
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Solaris-Ember Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Don't think I ever even had that much until 2nd. Wasn't the type to seek friends and most of the people at my school had somehow already formed their little groups. I guess they knew each other from preschool. :shrug:
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SageKiller Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2010
What Animorph fan doesn't think of Ax every time they see a cinnabon? Or a yeerk whenever they see a slug?

I also think of the Skrit Na every time I hear about alien abductions. And whenever I go to a museum or zoo I look at the animals and either remember when the Animorphs morphed each one or think of situations where that morph would be useful.
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Solaris-Ember Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Are you truly a fan if you don't think of Animorphs whenever you see a Cinnabon or a slug?
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Mockingbirdflyaway Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I feel a bit terrible saying this....

There's a fellow with Tourettes who is on the bus I take in the morning. He (thankfully for him) has managed to dodge the swearing tic that's stereotypical of the disorder, but he repeats syllables a lot and clicks his teeth, along with other tics.

.... He reminds me of Ax >.>
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Solaris-Ember Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
I once saw somebody working at a McDonald's with really, really bad acne. I flashed back to the Andalite Chronicles.

Not quite the same thing, but my point is, I don't think that's all that terrible.
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Trapila Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I think of Ax whenever I pass through the Cinnabon, and of course whenever I'm in the movie theatre. I myself always order popcorn and "chocolate globales" to eat when I'm there.

I almost always see red tailed hawks in groups of two or three from where I come from, so I think of Tobias and Rachel on one of their sort-of-not-really dates. And if you've seen the movie Ladyhawke, Isabeau D'Anjou is who I qualify the third hawk to be. That, or I think of the hawk that Tobias freed in The Encounter.

The common class clown/flirt always makes me think of Marco. And the pizza Joint "Marco's" of course. And video games make me think of the brotherly love between Marco and Jake.

Whenever I eat oatmeal, I think of how Yeerks wouldn't stand a chance against me.

My tall, blonde,gutsy little sister reminds me of Rachel.

And my other sister has always had a love for overalls, and prefers to wear comfortable, if mildly tacky-looking clothing. Guess who her influence was? And even she is a lot like Cassie in personality as well.

Whenever I am in a zoo, I think of how brave the Animorphs had to have been to be willing to face these dangerous animals and acquire their dna for the first time.

I used to role play Animorphs with my cousin when I was younger. He'd always be Jake and Tobias, I'd always be Rachel, and whenever one of my sisters was around, she'd be Cassie. We'd morph into dolphins when we played at the beach, and have a ton of adventures in my basement. The bond between my cousin and I reminded me of the bond Rachel had with Jake.

It used to be, I'd hear a random quote from one of the books (most commonly a Marco Joke or a human -Ax misadventure) and I could name the exact book that the reference came from. I can't do that anymore; a sure sign that I need to reread the series again. Lucky thing that I own mostly all of them, save maybe ten. Though I have sworn to NEVER own the last book "The Beginning"...I wanted to chuck that thing out of my window and beat the crap out of it after.........*won't say more and spoil things...*

Any way....I think it's safe to say that this series had a deep impact on me since my childhood. I had been reading books since before Kindergarten, and this series was what caused that to happen. My mom and brother had a small collection that they read and broadcasted on our bookshelf, just above my reach. the covers looked intriguing and I reaaaaaallly wanted to read them. So I did. And voila, I was a fluent reader before entering grade school. I will never forget the glorious cast of characters, nor the uniqueness of their battle. They will always hold a special place in my heart.
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Solaris-Ember Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
I used to be able to do that too, with the book quotes. That, and I could randomly spout off the plot, cover art, title, and narrator of every single book through at least 30 something. I can still do that with some, but it's been too long since I read them "religiously."

I remember reading the last book. My best friend had borrowed it from somebody in her class and we were reading it together on the bus. Got to that part where *censored* and we just stared at each other. I genuinely believed that it was some kind of cruel joke or something. There had to be more to it. It really didn't help that we hadn't read the stuff leading up to that, so we had no CLUE what was going on. Course, when I finally got to read the parts leading up to it years later, I still didn't really know what was going on. The "mission" was completely pointless and stupid.

I started reading the books in I think 4th grade. The series actually ended while I was in fifth grade, so I never did the whole bit where I went to the book store every month to get the next one. It was YEARS of work to finally read the whole series. I am quite proud of the fact that I now possess every single book, even the thrice-damned number 54.
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tygerwolfe Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm 27, going to be 28 in February.

Every time I see a red-tail, I think Tobias. I hear "<Be happy for me, and for all who fly free.>" in my head.

When I pass a Cinnabon, especially one in a mall, I think of Ax. I imagine what it would be like to hear him freaking out over the "Bun-zuh!" and being there.

I see a bear, or an elephant, I think Rachel. Sometimes I even get tears in my eyes.

When I see reports on war vets, I think of Jake, and the heavy price paid for winning a war by a mind so young.

I hear about gallows humor or of someone losing a parent very young, and I think of Marco and his own personal struggle, his personal war.

I hear about environmental battles and I think of Cassie. Wildlife rehabilitation comes on the news and I think of the barn. I see a swallowtail butterfly and I remember the morph timer being reset.

No other series, movie, or TV show has ever affected me as deeply, strongly, and lastingly as Animorphs.

In short, no. You are not alone. After all...

<Together we fight.>
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Solaris-Ember Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Harry Potter has had quite the effect on me, just in a very different way. So much of that series takes place in a fictional magical realm or at the very least, in the UK. I don't live in the UK, so I have no chance of passing King's Cross Station and turning into a scary fangirl. :XD: I think that's part of the wonder of Animorphs, it's actually possible to see this world and interact with it. :)
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