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"The Helmacrons were the tiniest sentient species known, barely bigger than a grain of sand, but with enormous egos."
Edriss 562[src]

Helmacrons are a sentient thought-speak capable race of tiny aliens about the size of a flea.


"These were some seriously ugly aliens. Heads: wide and perfectly flat on top. Eyes rolled around up there like big green marbles. Faces: upside-down pyramids. Chins: barbed. Teeth gnashed in from either side of their mouths. And an extra set of legs made them look like walking tables."
Helmacrons close up book 24 inside cover

Close-up of many Helmacrons

Helmacrons are a tiny alien race, being about a sixteenth of an inch tall. They appear humanoid-insectoid with blue skin, two pairs of legs, heads shaped like upside-down cones, two googly eyes sitting on top, and vertical mouths. Female Helmacrons are larger and more aggressive than male Helmacrons.

Helmacrons have the unusual mental ability to transfer their minds to another when their bodies are destroyed. Therefore, one can never really "kill" a Helmacron mind, since it dwells within other Helmacrons. Despite this, the Helmacrons seem to be no wiser than if they had only one, or even no mind at all; despite their tiny size and relative weakness, they have inflated personalities and further inflated egos, constantly proclaiming that they will crush all other races.[1]


"We are the Helmacrons! We are the rulers of the galaxy! All who oppose us will be utterly annihilated!"

Helmacrons all wear silver jumpsuits with turquoise collars. Female Helmacrons are dominant to male Helmacrons. Female Helmacrons hold important military and leadership positions on a spaceship, while male Helmacrons have more menial tasks such as janitorial work or guard duty.

The Helmacrons kill their leaders before promoting them to make sure the captain will never make an error in judgment and thus have to be executed for making mistakes. Helmacrons (or at least the males) do not have names. A male, whom Marco dubs "Wuss", did not even know the meaning of the word "name".

They are quite fanatical about ruling the galaxy, except they lack the seriousness of the Yeerks to carry out these plans. They're also impossible to kill since they're a fungible species. When a Helmacron "dies", its mind gets absorbed by another. Helmacrons along with dracon beams also carry swords or another kind of bladed weapon.

After the Animorphs first Helmacron encounter, Marco and Cassie had given the male Helmacrons a pep talk, inspiring them to revolt from their slave-like existence.[1] The subsequent revolt of male Helmacrons throughout their empire has ultimately destabilized their already shaky social order. When last they appear, the Helmacrons are well on their way to engaging a massive civil war between the sexes.[2]


"The Helmacrons are an exceptionally tiny, exceptionally annoying species with delusions of grandeur and egos the size of Montana. Unfortunately, they also have very advanced technology."

Helmacrons are technologically advanced; they have a shrink ray that can shrink people down to their size (Although it is implied that they required the energy of the morphing cube to develop this weapon). They have also developed Dracon beams and mastered interstellar travel.[1]


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  • Helmacron spaceships have grandiose and violent names such as Galaxy Blaster or Planet Crusher, despite the fact that they are the size of childrens' toys.
  • Helmacron spaceships resemble the Romulan D'deridex starship from the TV series Star Trek: The Next Generation (Although this may just mean that they closely resemble the original ships, as Rachel and Cassie simply guessed that the ship was Romulan and neither of them regularly watch the show)
  • First observing the male-female dynamic of the Helmacrons prompted Marco to comment that they were "an entire species of Rachels".
  • The Yeerks are aware of the Helmacrons. Visser Three was known to regard the destruction of a Helmacron ship as no great challenge, even mockingly referring to the damaged ship as 'cute' after he had destroyed it with a hand-held Dracon beam. They are also somewhat of a joke among the Yeerks, as Visser One mocks Visser Three's pride by saying he had been hanging around with the Helmacrons.