|Behind the scenes|
The Threat (mentioned)
Severely injured in an automobile accident and then hidden and left for dead by David
Saddler is Jake and Rachel's cousin.
Saddler is the eldest child of George and Ellen and the older brother of Justin, Brooke and Forest. One of his parents is the sibling of Dr. Steve Berenson and Dan Berenson, making Saddler Tom, Jake, Rachel, Jordan and Sara's first cousin.
Growing up, Saddler occasionally played with Jake, but Jake (along with Rachel) considered him to be a "jerk". Saddler would often break things and then blame it on Jake. At a young age Saddler and his family moved to a different city. Little else is known about Saddler's life.
Accident and deathEdit
One day while riding his bike, Saddler was hit by a car and severely injured. He was rushed to the local hospital, but later he was transferred to an intensive care unit in a children's hospital in the Animorphs' home town. Jake was informed of Saddler's condition by Tom who also let him know their other cousins would be staying with them while Saddler was in the hospital.
Because Rachel's mother had become estranged to the Berensons after the divorce, Rachel had not heard about Saddler's accident. Jake informed her and the other Animorphs one night during a meeting at Cassie's Barn.
David, the newest member of the Animorphs, decided to acquire Saddler and live out his life as a way to regain the normal life he lost. He planned to demorph every two hours to avoid becoming a nothlit and retain his morphing ability, excusing his lack of information about Saddler's family as a byprouduct of the accident. He and Saddler were of physically similar build so he would be able to fit Saddler's clothes and sleep demorphed, Rachel acknowledging that he would look enough like Saddler in the dark to avoid too many questions.
David seized his opportunity when Saddler was being rushed to surgery after his heart stopped, his doctors convinced he would be 'gone in an hour'. While Saddler and the medical team were in the elevator, David cut the power, acquired Saddler and took his place, leaving the real Saddler (or Saddler's body, it is not known if he was already dead) in the elevator shaft. Because David acquired Saddler's DNA, he was able to morph an uninjured, healthy Saddler. To everyone's amazement, it appeared Saddler had made a complete recovery.
After briefly considering to allow David to live out Saddler's life, the Animorphs finally decided David need to be stopped. Saddler's body was eventually found a few days after the Animorphs trapped David in rat morph.
- If George is the brother of Steve and Dan, Saddler's surname would be Berenson. However, it remains unclear if Saddler is related to the Berenson family through his mother or father.
- Saddler is two years older than Jake.