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This page details the minor-role humans from the Animorphs series.

Lore David Altman

Edriss 562's fourth human host, with whom she created The Sharing. He was originally a real-estate agent named Lawrence Alterman, but Edriss changed his name to Lore David Altman because she believed that leaders were more inspirational with three names. While his mind was a "wasteland" compared to Allison Kim's, he had a powerful voice and looked the part of a charismatic leader. He was later killed because Edriss said that humans always tear down a man who is alive but idolize one who is dead.

Tom Berenson

Tom Berenson is Jake's older brother. Described as almost identical to Jake, only taller with shorter, darker hair, Tom became an involuntary Controller after following a crush into an exclusive meeting of The Sharing. Tom was a Controller before Elfangor crash-landed on earth.

Marco realized that he was a Controller when he became very interested in the circumstances surrounding the crash landing, and in book 1 the Animorphs enter the Yeerk pool in an attempt to save him. Though the Animorphs learn that he is an involuntary host when they invade the Yeerk Pool in the first book, Jake does not learn exactly how he became a Controller until book six. It is revealed that Tom followed his crush into the Yeerk Pool and saw Visser Three in his stolen Andalite body. Jake learned of this when he was temporarily infested by the Yeerk Temrash 114 who informs him that Tom has been given to another Yeerk. During Temrash 114's dying moments, because of Kandrona starvation, Jake witnesses some of his memories, including how Tom was originally infested.

Tom's second Yeerk was an ambitious low-level grunt who rose quickly in the ranks after gaining the Escafil device (morphing cube). In the Animorphs TV series the Yeerk was referred to as Iniss 335. However, in the novels, the Yeerk's name was never revealed. He manages to prevent torture and execution by Visser One, who is angered by the incompetence showed by Tom who was living in the same house of one of the "Andalite" bandits, by stealing the Escafil device, and who is let off by Cassie who has the intuition that allowing Yeerks to morph would make them give up their conquest for habitable species given also the fact that they are constrained by the necessity to exit their hosts every three days to soak in their own true bodies Kandrona nutrients, something that the partially-blinded Andalites themselves would never dare to consider given the Yeerks' ruthless and cunning nature (her intuition is partially proved correct by Ax, who while initially feels deeply betrayed by her act and cannot thus forgive Cassie for what he perceives is treason that had she been Andalite would have been punished by immediate execution by her superiors, encounters during a fight a Yeerk in bird morph that tells him that he has almost consumed the entirety of the time-limit of the morph and that he will thus be trapped in the morph and therefore free). After gaining the Escafil device he eventually tries to betray the Visser in an attempt to start his own empire with his following in some other part of the galaxy by using Visser One's Blade Ship. He attempts to kill the Animorphs by making a double-deal given his contempt for them and for Jake, but Jake eludes him, and sends his cousin Rachel to kill him out of necessity. Tom dies at the age of 19.

John Berryman

Berryman is the host of the Yeerk formerly known as Visser Four. The Yeerk was demoted after the Yeerks lost the planet Leera in book 18. In Megamorphs #3, Elfangor's Secret, the Yeerk found the Time Matrix and used it to travel through time to try and weaken the human domination and make the Yeerk invasion of the future easier. When even Crayak and the Ellimist agree that he is a threat, they have a short truce and send the Animorphs to follow him. After several disastrous attempts to stop him, they finally catch up to him on an alternate D-Day, where Berryman is freed from the Yeerk. He is, however, erased out of existence as the Animorphs prevent his mother from meeting his father, so he was never born, which stopped the chain of events that led to his initial discovery of the Time Matrix itself.

Jenny-Lynne Cadwalader

Edriss 562's second human host and a character in Visser. She was referred to by Edriss and by most people as "Jenny Lines." She was addicted to drugs and aspired to be an actor. She was Edriss' first real experience with humans; Edriss' first host, an Iraqi soldier, was short-lived. Cadwalader's addiction to drugs led Edriss to initially consider using drugs to infest humans, but she later decided that it also impaired their usefulness. She was later killed when Edriss wanted to infest Allison Kim. Edriss dragged Kim into the deep end of a pool and transferred hosts; her last command was for Jenny to breathe.

The Carpenters

Richard, Lewis, and Emily Carpenter are three campers whom the Animorphs meet in the novel The Resistance in the Hork-Bajir valley. Richard is the father, while Lewis and Emily are his two kids. They are avid Star Trek fans. In that book, the Yeerks capture a free Hork-Bajir. Although the Animorphs want the other Hork-Bajir to evacuate, they want to stay and fight. Tobias conducts aerial reconnaissance and finds three campers. Jake and Marco attempt to frighten them off, but they don't believe it, so they tell them the truth. The Carpenters are then only too eager to help the "good aliens" against the "bad aliens".

However, Richard didn't quite understand what Jake meant, and thought that "killed" meant "stunned" or temporarily paralyzed or captured (despite Jake's warning about "spilled guts, severed limbs, and psychological horror"). When he found out, he wanted to leave, but Lewis wanted to stay and fight. The Animorphs couldn't let him go anyway because the battle was about to begin. The Animorphs stage a successful defense and force the Yeerks to retreat before evacuating the valley. Tragically, during the intense fighting, Richard is killed. Emily and Lewis' fates after they are evacuated are unknown.

Ronnie Chambers

Along with Cassie, Ronnie Chambers is one of the assigned protectors of the Hork-Bajir. Although they presumably have many duties, the only one that is seen is scouting for new places for the Hork-Bajir to inhabit. He is Cassie's boyfriend at the end of the series.

Hedrick Chapman

Hedrick Chapman was captured by Skrit Na in The Andalite Chronicles with Loren. After they were rescued by the StarSword, an Andalite ship, he was forced to detour onto the Taxxon homeworld where he was infested by Esplin 9466 after revealing Earth's location to them while trying to make a deal. After that Yeerk infested Alloran-Semitur-Corrass, the ship was attacked, drained of its energy, and was drifting to a black hole. Esplin, Elfangor, and Loren escaped in the Time Matrix, but Chapman, who was unconscious, was about to be sucked in, and Elfangor believed that he was dead. However, the Ellimist saved him, wiping his memory and returning him to Earth, as he still served a purpose.

When the Animorphs continuity begins, Chapman is the vice-principal of the school that the Animorphs attend. He is also the head of the Yeerk front organization The Sharing. He plays a critical role in plot of the first novel - Jake watches him enter the Yeerk pool via the janitor's closet, which the Animorphs would use in their first invasion.

He became a voluntary host to prevent the infestation of his daughter, Melissa Chapman. When the Yeerk was threatening to turn Melissa over, Chapman rebelled and caused much trouble. This was the Animorphs' first evidence that Controllers could rebel against their Yeerks.

In the second-last book of the series, Chapman is kidnapped by Ax and Marco, and used as a hostage in order to force Erek to cooperate. Jake threatened to kill Chapman should Erek disobey his orders, and Erek, a Chee, was programmed to always choose the least violent path; therefore his cooperation, however unwilling, would minimize casualties.

Chapman is presumably freed from his Yeerk parasite at the end of the series, but he is never mentioned again.

Melissa Chapman

Melissa Chapman is the daughter of Hedrick Chapman, and was once one of Rachel's best friends. She owns a cat named Fluffer McKitty.

Melissa thought her parents no longer loved her and became depressed (leading to the dissolution of her friendship with Rachel). However, in reality, her parents gave up their freedom and became voluntary Controllers to protect her from becoming infested. Rachel types up a short, unsigned letter in an attempt to help cheer her up.

In the altered reality seen briefly in Megamorphs #3: Elfangor's Secret, Melissa was an Animorph and was Tobias' girlfriend and Cassie's best friend. This is because Rachel was in a re-education camp in that reality and never joined the Animorphs or met Tobias.

Mrs. Chapman

Mrs. Chapman is Hedrick Chapman's wife. Like her husband, she voluntarily became a Controller to protect her daughter. Mrs. Chapman revolts against her Yeerk, which causes the Yeerk to request that Mr. Chapman try to talk Visser Three out of taking the cat. In The Weakness, it is revealed that she owns a barbershop, which the Animorphs invade and tear up.


The human son of Edriss 562 and Essam 293, and twin brother of Madra. His name was a joke on said Yeerks' part, for he represented something that had never evolved, the product of not two but four parents, two human and two Yeerk. Darwin was captured by Visser Three and made a Controller. Visser Three tried to force Edriss to shoot him in an attempt to prove her loyalty, but the Animorphs attacked before she could pull the trigger. One of the Animorphs knocked him unconscious.


DeGroot (pronounced 'de-groat' and rhymes with 'boat') is Elfangor's (Alan Fangor) lawyer. Although the Ellimist had erased all traces of Elfangor and Alan Fangor's existence on Earth, he was able to leave a final testament. DeGroot found the letter, and brought Tobias in, as it stated that it would be read on his birthday. However, it is revealed that DeGroot is a Controller, and that Visser Three is using the letter to try to trap Tobias (although the letter is genuine)


Derek is an Esquimau/Eskimo teenager who lives in the Arctic where the Animorphs visit for a mission in The Extreme (book #25). He believes that the Animorphs are special spirits; thus, the Animorphs feel friendly and don't try to hide anything. He helped the Animorphs acquire 'Nanook' the Polar Bear for a cold-weather morph. He trades fur pelts and likes Star Trek.

Sam Doubleday

Samuel Doubleday is a three-star Army general is in charge of Alien Task Force One (ATF1), a U.S. Army group assembled to knock out the Yeerk's plans for global conquest. The Animorphs pay him a visit. After he throws Jake in jail three times, thinking that he was an alien, he eventually listens to Jake's plan. He agrees to send a ground force involving tanks, men, and helicopters to provide as a distraction force while the Animorphs attempt to sneak on the Pool Ship. He loses most of his men, but the Animorphs succeed.

George Edelman

George Edelman is a Controller who goes insane after eating oatmeal. He tries to throw himself off a building, but he is saved by the Animorphs. Edelman tells Rachel that the Yeerks used microwavable maple-and-ginger oatmeal as a substitute for Kandrona, but that the food also made the Yeerks go insane; although the Yeerk no longer needs to leave Edelman's body, The yeerk in his head, periodically blanked out and allowing Edelman to regain control. With this fact, the Animorphs acquire mole morphs and dig a tunnel down to the Yeerk pool and dump lots of oatmeal into it. The Animorphs succeed. At the end of the novel, Rachel's mother represents him in a court case, but Rachel (in bear morph) helps him escape from the psychiatric asylum, recalling a comment he made about how he would prefer to enjoy the times when he is in control in the real world rather than in the asylum.

Jeanne Gerard

Jeanne Gerard is a student of French descent who is in Jake's morphing academy. Jake selects her as one of two students to join his mission to save Ax. She is picked for both her skill and lack of any close family (as they may never come back from the mission).

Hildy Gervais

Hildy Gervais is Essam 293's second human host body. For about a year both he and his superior Edriss 562 (who had infested a woman named Allison Kim) were cut off from the Yeerk Empire; during this time the human personalities proved overwhelming for them and they lived as humans - he married Edriss/Allison and fathered two children: Madra and Darwin. But while Edriss ended up reverting back to the Yeerk way Essam did not - Hildy and Essam had become friends and Essam wanted to stay as a human. Hildy Gervais suffered the agony of having Essam 293 die inside him of Kandrona starvation - once Essam was at the point of death he began crawling out of Hildy's ear as is reflex to do.

He died halfway, and Edriss pulled Essam out and put him in her pocket. This resulted in bits of Essam still being attached to Hildy's nerve endings, affecting his mental stability. After trying to attack Edriss (who was in the body of Allison), he was declared insane. Edriss did not kill him (like she did with previous hosts) because nobody believed anything he said anyway. Some years later, during the trial of Visser One, Visser Three brings Hildy in as a witness for the prosecution. During the period, Hildy had since become homeless, decrepit and alcoholic, answered to the nickname "Spacey," and had changed so much that Edriss did not recognize him at first. His testimony incriminates Visser One of treasonous activities.

The Governor

The Governor is a gray-haired woman described as 'frumpy, lumpy and dull' by Marco. She is alluded to in several earlier books, but in The Absolute (#51), the Animorphs decide to contact her to publicly announce the Yeerk invasion threat. The Animorphs actually believe that the governor is a man; when Marco, Ax, and Tobias first meet her, Marco yells to her husband to not shoot. The Yeerks later attempt to capture her, but Marco morphs into the governor in a feint to lead the Yeerks away. Marco notes that the governor seems similar to Rachel in certain ways.

Allison Kim

Allison Kim is Edriss 562's third human host body. Edriss took much information about the human race from her and also found herself respecting and admiring her, in comparison to her previous host Jenny Lines. Allison tried to commit suicide while under the control of Edriss by closing one eye Edriss had allowed her control over and almost causing a car crash - this was a key moment where Edriss realised the "liberty-or-death" mentality possessed by humans. She believed Allison to be more passionate and alive than any Yeerk - so much so that for about a year Edriss took on many aspects of her personality and "became human" - going so far as to fall in love with and marry Essam 293 (a subordinate who was infesting a man named Hildy Gervais) and have two children: Madra and Darwin. She was later killed by Edriss, who had taken on the host of Lore David Altman.


Loren was first introduced in The Andalite Chronicles, a prequel to Animorphs. She was a human captured by the Skrit Na along with Hedrick Chapman. The two were rescued by Elfangor, whom Loren later married. Their son is Tobias. Loren's memory and sight were lost in a car crash (that left her scarred) after the Ellimist takes Elfangor – who had morphed and become a human to be with her – away, returning him to his own timeline.

Loren is reunited with Tobias near the end of the series when the Yeerks discover who the Animorphs really are, which puts their families in danger. She is given the morphing power to escape, although her only morph is Tobias' red-tailed hawk form. The morph returns her eyesight permanently, but not her memory.

Loren's father is a disturbed veteran of the Vietnam War. Tobias' aunt is her sister, and his uncle must be either her brother or her sister's husband or ex-husband.

It is noted that Loren is considered to be a very compassionate person, and Tobias briefly wonders how a woman so openly loving towards most all of what she called "God's creatures" never sought out her son. Loren is not close to her sister, whose perception of her is warped and blackened by negativity. Tobias, though her son, feels uncomfortable using such endearing terms as "Mom" to describe a woman who was absent from his life for his childhood and the better part of his teenage years; however, he does show some compassion for her in a local convenience store, replacing her soured milk with a carton of fresh beverage. Loren,however, due to her inability to see, is unaware of this fact.

Loren is not at all surprised at Tobias's sudden reentry into her life. When she awakes one morning to find him in her kitchen, she only muses as to the amount of time it took her son to locate her. Loren owns a trusted guide dog by the name of Champ, and it is revealed that she is rather intelligent. It is never said what happened to Loren at the end of the series.


Visser One's human daughter and twin sister of Darwin. Madra was named by her Yeerk-controlled parents – Visser One and Essam 293 – after the tiny, bright moon of the Yeerk home world. Visser One advocated for a slow infiltration to prevent the possibility of Madra being killed if all-out war broke out. In Visser, Visser One thinks about one day finding her, as she still desires her "daughter's" love---though she also considers having Madra infested to "force" her to love her, showing Visser One's understanding of human emotions is not very deep. Madra is never actually seen in the series, and her fate is unknown.

Jeremy Jason McCole

Teen superstar Jeremy Jason McCole was a major character in the hit TV series Power House. He willingly becomes a Controller when offered greater wealth, fame, and glory by Visser Three. McCole goes on tour to promote The Sharing on the Barry and Cindy Sue Show. However, when the Animorphs storm the studio, McCole is nearly killed by a crocodile- created when Rachel's body expelled the DNA of a morph that she was allergic to- and the Yeerk in him dies when Rachel in bear form steps on it. His stardom and fame shattered, McCole disappears from the public eye and retires to Uzbekistanmarker. He is likely a parody/analogue of Jonathan Taylor Thomas on Home Improvement.

Captain Olston

Captain Olston is the head commander of the National Guard detachment around the Animorphs hiding location. In The Sacrifice (#52), the Animorphs decide to blow up the Yeerk pool, so they send the adults in as lost campers to distract the Guard while the rest of them invade warehouses of explosives to steal. When they are stopped, Jake introduces himself, and states that he needs explosives. Olston is reluctant. Rachel's lawyer mother, Naomi, introduces herself as well, and Olston thanks her once again for defending his son, who was wrongfully accused of a car theft. If he hadn't been cleared, Olston would likely have left the service in order to continue the case. Naomi stands firmly behind her nephew Jake, and Olston concedes. He later escorts the trucks full of explosives into town.


An Amazon Indian tribal leader. Polo helps Jake and the others fight a group of pursuing Hork-Bajir in Animorphs #11 The Forgotten, providing Jake with a poisoned spear to use against Visser Three (Although the timeline where this confrontation occurred was erased at the conclusion(Sario Rip)).


Saddler is a cousin of both Jake and Rachel and is two years older than them. One of his parents is a sibling of their fathers, Steve and Dan. He was hit by a vehicle while riding his bike and was in intensive care. David later morphed Saddler (presumably disposing of the real Saddler) and displayed himself to Jake's family. Since a morph is made from a DNA copy, David-as-Saddler was healthy, and the family marveled over the seemingly miraculous recovery. However, when the Animorphs trapped David in morph, the family realized that there were no miracles, and that Saddler had really died, at the age of 16. Saddler's parents are Ellen and George and his siblings are Justin, Brooke, and Forrest (a two year-old). When the cousins played together as small children, Saddler would break things and then blame it on Jake.


Santorelli is a student at Jake's morphing academy. Like Jeanne, Jakes selects him because he does not have any close family. Jake calls him the "best BS artist" after Marco. When Jake and the others finally find the lost Blade Ship, Jake orders Santorelli to pose as the captain of their ship. Santorelli performs the job superbly, but The One senses and unmasks the deception.


Sub-Visser Fifty-One, more commonly known as Taylor, is a character featured in the book series Animorphs, in The Illusion (#33).

Sub-Visser Fifty-One is Visser Three's first lieutenant on Earth. Her host's name is Taylor, who was, at first, a voluntary controller. Taylor was once the homecoming queen, tennis champion and president of the student body, but was horribly burned in a house fire one night. Because she lost her beauty, she lost her popularity among the students. Upon hearing about The Sharing, she joined, after being convinced that she would some day regain her lost prestige. Taylor was granted her wish, at an enormous cost; to relinquish control over her own body and betray Earth and humanity. Thus, she became the host body for Sub-Visser Fifty-one.

Taylor's new body was composed of her original burned flesh, and metal and plastic alloy prostheses. She was also able to paralyse opponents with a crystal substance projected from nozzles in her prosthetic fingers. A certain dosage could knock a victim down for a long duration.

The result of Taylor and Sub-Visser Fifty-One's experiences developed a Yeerk brand of split-personality disorder. In The Illusion, she tortures Tobias after failing to force him to demorph with the Anti-Morphing Ray (AMR). Taylor tortures the nothlit with a machine that controls the parts of the brain that induce pain and pleasure. He almost went insane and nearly died after receiving heightened, alternating doses of painful and pleasant memories. Here, he experienced an Utzum, a vision Andalites believe happens at the moment of death. Following Tobias' rescue by the other Animorphs, she was stripped of her rank, and faced certain death at the hands of Visser Three.

Much to the rude shock of Tobias and the other Animorphs, she reappears in book #43, The Test. She appears to Tobias, attempting to enlist his help in overthrowing Visser Three and creating a democratic Yeerk society by hijacking the Pool. This was to be achieved by holding the inmates - both Yeerk and host - hostage by threatening to destroy the Pool with a gas explosion. The Animorphs discover that this conspiracy was really Visser Three's instrument to annihilate the Animorphs and the Yeerk Peace Faction. The plan failed, and Taylor was blown away by the pressure of the gas. Her death is probable but not definite. Tobias discovers that Taylor and the Yeerk's relationship had been severed, when Taylor momentarily regains control over her body and warns him not to listen to the former Sub-Visser. In this episode, Tobias acquires Taylor's DNA. Taylor also has her own website, She also introduces Ax and Tobias to their first Taxxon morph.

To Tobias and the Animorphs, she appeared to be a weak, deluded, and power-hungry Yeerk. However, Tobias could understand her lust for power, because she saw herself as a weak individual. In spite of this analogy, it can be said that Taylor is stronger than anyone perceived her to be, since she returned from certain death at the hands of Visser Three.

William Roger Tennant

William Roger Tennant is a Yeerk Controller and media personality. Marco first noticed him when he was channel surfing and saw Tennant recommend the Sharing (a front organization for the Yeerks) to an old, lonely lady. Tennant's Yeerk is constantly at odds with his host, as seen when the Yeerk rants about his host's pleas to not hurt his birds. The Animorphs begin a harassment campaign against Tennant to try to knock him off the air. In a grand finale, Tennant begins choking Marco (while in a toy poodle morph) in front of a television camera on the TV set. Ax hacks into the computers and sends a live feed out to the country, exposing Tennant as a lunatic. He is promptly disconnected from the air and disappears.

Mr. Tidwell

A teacher at the middle school, Mr. Tidwell is the Yeerk Illim's host. He was depressed and unhappy because of his wife's death last year and presumably joined the Sharing to help himself. Tidwell was initially an involuntary Controller, but as Illim became part of the Yeerk Peace Movement (not wanting to dominate their hosts), they soon developed a friendship of sorts, working together to help each other.

He contacts Cassie when Aftran 942 was captured. Because Ax and the other four Animorphs were disabled by an Andalite flu, yamphut, Cassie had to go in there herself to save Aftran. To defeat the system (which only permits entry of Yeerks and humans), Cassie morphs into Illim and slides into Tidwell's ear canal. Cassie places Illim in a bag of water and lets him out when she drops into the Yeerk pool. Cassie successfully rescues Aftran and does brain surgery on Ax, to remove his Tria gland.

Captain Torelli

Captain in charge of Zone 91 (the Animorphs' version of Area 51marker). Cassie, Rachel and Marco give him fake names and phone numbers when they are captured, and then escape as insects, leaving Torelli bewildered and furious. Although Zone 91 contains proof of alien existence, the sole exhibit is an obsolete Andalite Toilet.

They later encounter him at The Gardens during an attempt by Yeerks to infest the staff of Zone 91, and are forced to rescue him from Hork-Bajir (Torelli is unconscious at the time, so has no memory of the incident).


An Aboriginal Australian who Cassie encounters after accidentally coming to Australia. Lives near Alice Springsmarker in the Northern Territory, and believes Cassie could be distantly descended from his spiritual ancestors, owing to the Dreamtime tales of people turning into animals.

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