Tobias, the hawk Nothlit.

is a word in the Andalite language that describes one who has passed the two-hour morph time limit, becoming trapped in their current form. It is normally impossible to regain morphing ability afterwards. Two exceptions to this are Tobias and Elfangor, both regaining their forms with the Ellimist's aid. A third is Cassie, whose morphing ability was "jump-started" by the metamorphosis from caterpillar to butterfly, the naturally-occurring morphing 'resetting' the morphing clock. Nothlits who become so by choice are often shunned by Andalite society, accidental nothlits to a lesser degree. The Animorphs at several times have avoided becoming nothlits, but Tobias failed, starting in just the first book, The Invasion.

Known Nothlits Edit


While evading the Yeerks, Tobias became trapped in the form of a red-tailed hawk. He was able to regain his ability to morph in Book #13: The Change, but in this case his hawk form remained his 'default' body. While he was able to regain his human form, this was the result of him being briefly sent back in time to acquire his own past self, with the result that his human body is just another morph rather than his natural state.


Elfangor volutarily became a human Nothlit, choosing a life on Earth, under the name Alan Fangor, and being married to Loren, after becoming disillusioned with the war. The Ellimist however returned him to his Andalite body, erasing most traces of his life as a human, and transported him back to the Andalite-Yeerk war. All of this took place in The Andalite Chronicles.


Cassie became a caterpillar nothlit as part of a deal she made with the renegade Yeerk Aftran 942, but her new form's natural metamorphosis into a butterfly effectively reset the morph time limit, allowing her to become human again. All of this took place in Book #19: The Departure.


In an effort to prevent David from exposing their secrets, the Animorphs executed a plan to trap him in the body of a white rat.


While on a secret mission to the Taxxon homeworld, Arbron became a Taxxon Nothlit while evading the Yeerks. He would go on to become a hero among the Taxxons.

Aftran 942

A Yeerk who longed for peace, Aftran was granted morphing ability by the Animorphs and became a humpback whale. All of this took place in Book #29: The Sickness.


Aldrea became a Hork-Bajir nothlit, living out the rest of her life with Dak Hamee.

Taxxon Rebels

The Taxxons who served under Arbron were granted morphing ability by the Animorphs, becoming anaconda nothlits. This stemmed from the desire to end their hunger, while retaining a similar form.


Menderash became a human nothlit in The Beginning, so that the Kelbrids would not see an Andalite on board.


In Alternamorphs 2, The Next Passage, in one of the "death" endings, the Animorphs nothlit You as a fly, due to you killing Cassie. 


  • In the TV Series, Ax pronounces the word nothlit as "not-lith" however, this could be because his voice is echoey and due to Jake speaking straight after, making it sound off.
  • Applegate has said the word is almost an anagram of "Hilton."
  • Tobias was the first Animorph to become a nothlit. Jake, Cassie, Rachel and Marco nearly became nothlits in wolf form (Tobias even mentioning that two hours had passed) but they managed to demorph. Cassie became a caterpillar nothlit in The Departure, although she later metamorphoses into a butterfly, the natural morphing allowing her to demorph back to human. In The Threat, the Animorphs (including David) have been in insect morph for exactly two hours, prompting everyone to demorph immediately. Everyone except Marco manages to demorph, with Marco yelling that he can't. Instead, Marco begins to grow, becoming the size of a dog while remaining a flea, and eventually stops growing, due to the time limit running out. While Jake and the others begin to horribly wonder whether Marco is now trapped as a giant flea, Cassie manages to calm Marco down and cause him to demorph, despite the time limit well being over. Ax then adds that while Andalites don't believe in miracles, this definitely was one. David became a nothlit as well, trapped in a white rat morph, although by that time he was not considered an Animorph anymore.

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