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Jake morphing into a Siberian tiger

"And then there was Jake. Huge, curved claws grew from his fingers. A snake-like tail whipped out behind him. Orange and black fur covered him. And when he was done he was a full grown tiger. Almost ten feet from his nose to his tail. Easily four hundred pounds. If something deadly can ever be beautiful, it's a tiger."

The Siberian tiger is a subspecies of the tiger, the largest living cat species native to Earth. It was acquired by Jake and served as his main battle morph.


"A male Siberian tiger, to be exact. Ten feet long. Seven hundred pounds of deadly speed and unbelievable power. [...] I was already concentrating real hard on the tiger. I was concentrating on his teeth, I was concentrating on the rippling muscles under his pale orange and black pelt. [...] I started to pull away, but then I hesitated. It was a strange moment, because right then I realized what I was doing. It hit me. This tiger was becoming part of me. All that power and confidence was becoming part of me."

In The Invasion, set in 1997,[1] Jake and Marco found themselves inside the Siberian tiger exhibit of The Gardens. After Jake partially sat on a male Siberian tiger by accident, he acquired it to place it in a trance. He and Marco then ran for the exit while another Siberian tiger in the enclosure chased after them, nearly biting them.[2]


The Attack Illustration

Jake in tiger morph fighting a Howler

"My arms bulged and rippled. They were massive! My shirt ripped. I fell forward onto my hands, now my front legs. The power! It was electric. It was like a slow-motion explosion. I could feel the power of the tiger growing inside me. I watched claws, long, wickedly curved, tearing, ripping, shredding claws, grow from my puny human hands. I could feel the teeth sprouting in my mouth. My eyes looked through the darkness like it was broad daylight. But most of all, the power! The sheer, incredible power. I was afraid of NOTHING!"

Jake first used his Siberian tiger during his first trip to the Yeerk pool, where it became his official battle morph.[2] It became Jake's favorite and most used morph, and was used for the majority of all his battles against the Yeerks, which mostly consisted of Hork-Bajir-Controllers and the occasional bout against Visser Three in one of his numerous exotic morphs. Jake also used the tiger morph when he fought David in his lion morph, which David was able to win since the tiger lacked a mane to protect its throat.[3]


Known Morphers


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  1. The Andalite Chronicles is said to take place 10 years after the 1966 Yeerk exodus of The Hork-Bajir Chronicles and 21 years before Elfangor met the Animorphs. This places it in 1976, meaning the Animorphs met Elfangor in 1997.
  2. 2.0 2.1 The Invasion
  3. The Threat