Jake Berenson
Name Jake Berenson
Rank Prince (honorary)
Nationality American
Race Human (Caucasian)
Gender Male
Age 20
Height 6'2
Weight 180 lbs.

Jake Berenson was the original leader of the Animorphs and retained this position until book 58: The Retirement, when he relinquished it to Tobias. Jake remains Tobias's second in command and leads the Omegamorphs in their defense of Omega Front.

Jake is tall and sturdily built, with brown hair and eyes. He is an average looking man. He is the son of Jean and Steve Berenon, younger brother of Tom Berenson, cousin to Rachel, Jordan, and Sara , Jeanne's step-cousin, and nephew to Dan Berenson and Naomi's

Canon History

Contains Spoilers
Jake was a normal kid living a normal life. He got along with his parents and looked up to his older brother, Tom. that all changed the day he and his friends, Marco, Rachel, Cassie, and Tobias took a shortcut home from the mall. In an abandoned construction site, they met the dying Andalite Price Elfangor, who told them about the Yeerk invasion of Earth and gave them the power to morph to fight against it. Later, these five were joined by Elfangor's younger brother, Aximili, who took Jake as his Prince.

Jake became the leader of the Animorphs and led them on uncounted guerrilla missions against the Yeerks. In the end, he and the Animorphs successfully defeated the Yeerks, but it came at a price: Rachel's life; and Tom's. After the war, Jake went into severe depression over causing his cousin and brother to die. After a year or so, Marco and Cassie managed to pull him out of his downward spiral. He eventually found employment training some of Earths's special operations forces in morphing.

At the end of book 54: The Beginning, Jake was contacted by Menderash-Postill-Fastill, who served under Aximili. Aximili had been captured by renegade Yeerks and taken to a foreign sector of space. Jake led the mission to rescue him, along with Marco, Tobias, Menderash, and two of his students, Santorelli and Jeanne. The series ended with Jake giving Menderash the order to ram the Yeerk ship with their own.

Neomorphs History

Jake led the Animorphs once again at the beginning of the Neomorphs series. However, he had doubts about his ability to make the necessary sacrifices as he did in the First War. For this reason, he passed control of the Animorphs over to Tobias in book 58: The Retirement. Later in that same book, Jake died when he caused the explosion of a Yeerk Pool Ship, bringing 20-30 thousand Yeerks with him.

In book 66: The Hunters, Jake returned (alongside Santorelli). Azmaveth had offered them a deal: Whichever one of them killed the Yeerk leader Mersa 528 would be allowed to remain among the living. Santorelli and Jake both agreed that Jake would be the one to do the deed. Together, they set out to assassinate the Yeerk rebel.

However, this mission put them in direct conflict with the Animorphs, who were allied with Mersa against The Visser. In book 67: The Loss, Mersa betrayed the Animorphs and returned to the Visser's side. Because of this, Jake and the Animorphs united once again in an effort to destroy him. At the end of that book, Mersa betrayed the Yeerks once again, this time fleeing to the Pythagi Conglomerate. Now, Jake, Santorelli, the Yeerks, and the Animorphs joined forces to destroy him. Mersa was finally killed in book 68: The Redemption; he died at Jake's hands. However, Jake was able to free his host, Hedrick Chapman.

In A New Foe, Jake became an advisor to the Andalite-Leeran forces on Leera, but was forced to abandon the planet when the Andalite fleet was called away to defend its own world from a Yeerk attack.

In book 69: The Division, Jake was appointed by Tobias to be the leader of the Omegamorphs. In that same book, he presumably entered into a relationship with Melissa, the newest of the Animorphs.

It is speculated that there may be a growing rivalry between Jake and the Yeerk Salheer 671 due to the fact that Salheer led the attack on Leera (which put him in contention with Jake) and that Salheer advises the Visser on Omega Front. this would not be dissimilar to the rivalry between Tobias and Guraff, though it would presumably be on a much more hostile basis.

Personal Life

Jake has little going on in his personal life. While he maintains contact with his parents, he lives with his aunt Naomi in order to remain closer to the other Omegamorphs. He appears to be in a relationship with Melissa, and is apparently on friendly terms with her family.

Notable Changes

Jake was a far different man after the war. What he did at the end of the First War was necessary, but it broke the man he once was. He knew that he could not bring himself to make such a sacrifice again. He expressed doubts about his leadership abilities in 56: The Organization and gave Tobias command of the Animorphs in The Retirement. Aside from this loss of confidence, he is largely the same person he was in the canon series.


  • Golden Retriever (Homer)
  • Green Anole Lizard
  • Siberian Tiger
  • Peregrine Falcon
  • Flea
  • Wolf
  • Trout
  • Dolphin
  • Seagull
  • Lobster
  • Ant
  • Cockroach
  • Housefly
  • Great Horned Owl
  • Termite
  • Skunk
  • Bat
  • Horse
  • Parrot
  • Hammerhead Shark
  • Rhinoceros
  • Mole
  • Mosquito
  • Leeran
  • Dragonfly
  • Human (Random Human-Controller)
  • Anteater
  • Seal
  • Polar Bear (Nanook)
  • Howler
  • Giant Squid
  • Chimpanzee
  • Eel
  • Hork-Bajir
  • Squirrel
  • Cockatiel
  • Orca (Swoosh)
  • Beaver
  • Anaconda
  • Pythag


  • After the First War, Jake was made an honorary Prince by the Andalites. The only time this rank seems to be official is when Jake least wants it to be.
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