|Aliases||Thomas Jefferson In Heels|
|Family||Rachel † (eldest daughter)
Sara (youngest daughter)
Jake Berenson (nephew)
Tom Berenson † (nephew)
Steve Berenson (ex-brother-in-law)
|Behind the scenes|
|First appearance||The Visitor|
|Last appearance||The Beginning|
- "How many times do I have to say it, Mom? We're trying to stop the Yeerks from taking over the planet. And we're trying to stay alive while doing it. Trying to keep you alive, too. These past months, while you were busy fighting battles on paper and arguing in court, Jake and me and the others? We’ve been fighting."
"I am sick to death of your insults. How did you turn out to be so arrogant? So sure nothing can be solved by compromise or negotiation. So sure all disagreements have to be settled by force or violence."
- ―Rachel and Naomi
History[edit | edit source]
Career[edit | edit source]
Naomi works as a lawyer, and tries to bring home her work in order to spend time with her kids. While Naomi loves her children, she happens to be unusually polite with Dan during the times which they meet. She was also once described as more accustomed to the 'yuppie' life, as exhibited from her experiences while hiding with the Hork-Bajir valley.
- "You tried to get away, didn't you? How many times do I have to tell you not to leave the camp? Are you actually trying to get everybody killed?"
"This is outrageous. This is some kind of loony cult. Or a particularly weird and paranoid militia movement. If you don't let me contact the proper authorities, I'll—"
"What authorities, Mom? The police, the FBI, and the CIA have all been infiltrated by Yeerks. So, who are you going to call? Your partner? He could be a Yeerk, too."
"This isn't one of your bogus lawsuits, Mom. This isn't something you can fix on paper. Okay? It's a war. We're not worrying about being sued. We're worried about being killed. Look, you're a lawyer. Maybe that's something back in your old life. But here it's useless and means nothing. But you can at least stay out of the way, follow orders, and try not to get us all killed."
- ―Rachel, Naomi and Jake
After the Yeerks discovered that Animorphs were in fact humans and not Andalite bandits, the Animorphs had to evacuate their families. After moving Cassie's parents, Rachel's family was alerted. In contrast to Jordan and Sara, who are immediately excited by the Animorphs and especially Ax, Naomi is skeptical of the Yeerk threat to Earth. Rachel begins to morph into a grizzly bear to prove their story; Naomi tries to rescue her children by lunging at Rachel with a spice rack, much to her daughter's amusement. Rachel, with Ax, Jake, and Tobias' help, ultimately manages to move Naomi and the girls.
Naomi finds herself uncomfortable with the Hork-Bajir colony, attempting several times to restore what she sees as human order to the small, hunted community. She is tasked with educating the Hork-Bajir, which becomes a source of irritation to her. She tries to escape the Hork-Bajir valley numerous times. Naomi also tries to make a Hork-Bajir constitution, but it ends with bad results.
Out of all the parents, she is one of the most opposed to Jake as the leader of the human resistance. She disapproves of Jake and the other Animorphs fighting the war, and believes it should be handled by the authorities. Her arguments frustrate Jake and Rachel the most. Rachel eventually lashes out at her. They later reconcile.
Naomi is still unaware of Jake's crucial decision to order Rachel to kill Tom by herself on Blade Ship; a decision which resulted in the deaths of both Tom and Rachel. When the Andalites brought Rachel's remains back to Earth, Cassie accompanied Naomi to identify her body. Later, during Rachel's funeral, Naomi tearfully allows Tobias to take Rachel's ashes with him.
Personality[edit | edit source]
- "Rachel's mother is quite quarrelsome. I am told that is because she is something called a "lawyer." A lawyer seems to be an odd type of human. Intelligent but in a way that is not terribly useful. At least to my Andalite sensibilities. All they seem to use their intellect for is argument. Not philosophical contemplation or artistic pursuit. I am told that although people often find themselves in need of a lawyer, lawyers are not very popular. After the last few days, I understand why."
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Trivia[edit | edit source]
- Naomi is the only Animorphs' parent to have the same first name in both the book series and the television series.