Rachel Santorelli
Name Rachel Santorelli
Nationality American
Race Human (Caucasian)
Gender Female
Age 20
Height 5'10"
Weight 150 lbs.

Rachel was one of the original five Animorphs. She is Jake's cousin and was Cassie's best friend and is also Tobias's wife. She is regarded as the most reckless of the Animorphs, and is feared by many.

Canon History

Contains Spoilers
Rachel lived a more or less perfect life. Her parents, Naomi and Dan Berenson were divorced, but aside from that minor hitch, her only problem was that she didn't think she was any good at gymnastics. That all changed when she, along with Jake, Marco, Cassie, and Tobias encountered the dying Prince Elfangor in an abandoned construction site and became one of the first Animorphs.

Rachel was very enthusiastic about the war; so much so that the other Animorphs worried about her mental state. She became increasingly bloodthirsty as the war went on and, despite several events that slowed her progression, reached nearly psychotic levels by the end. She stopped getting along with her family and most of the other Animorphs. Ironically, perhaps the only thing that held her to sanity was her relationship with Tobias.

Rachel died at the end of the series after Jake ordered her to make a suicide attack on the Blade ship.

Neomorphs History

Rachel returned to life in book 59: The Revival as the result of a deal Jake made with Crayak. Rachel served in her usual capacity for the next few books. She also became even closer to Tobias, and to his half-brother, Al. However, Rachel became more of a background character after book 64: The Liberation, in which she learned that she was pregnant with Tobias's child. Thinking that morphing would most likely harm their child, she withdrew from the war.

She remained a visible character even after her withdraw from active duty, sitting in on the Animorphs' war counsels and even going with them on several missions, especially in book 68: The Redemption. She was kidnapped in the beginning of megamorphs-5, and served actively in the war against the Yeerks and Pythagi during that book as well. In book 74: The Union, she and Tobias were married. capnnerefir has stated that their child will be born in Megamorphs 6, meaning that she will most likely be back in action as a full Animorph in upcoming books.

Personal Life

Rachel and Tobias are very close. They have lived together since her re-introduction to the series in book 59. Tobias and Rachel were married at the end of 74: The Union. She and Al are very close; somewhere between a sister-brother and mother-son relationship. Rachel and Cassie were best friends until Cassie was killed.

She does not get along well with her mother, mostly due to Naomi's well-known hatred of Tobias. Rachel and Jacques seem largely indifferent to each other. She and Jeanne, her step-sister are rather close.

Notable Changes

Rachel has not changed much from the girl she was at the end of the canon series, with the exception of her pregnancy.


  • African Elephant
  • Bald Eagle
  • Shrew
  • Cat
  • Wolf
  • Trout
  • Dolphin
  • Seagull
  • Ant
  • Cockroach
  • Housefly
  • Great Horned Owl
  • Grizzly Bear
  • Rat
  • Termite
  • Skunk
  • Bat
  • Hork-Bajir (Jara Hamee)
  • Horse
  • Parrot
  • Hammerhead Shark
  • Mole
  • Mosquito
  • Flea
  • Anteater
  • Seal
  • Polar Bear
  • Sperm Whale
  • Giant Squid
  • Chimpanzee
  • Eel
  • Starfish
  • Squirrel
  • Cockatiel
  • Orca (Swoosh)
  • Cheetah
  • Honey Bee
  • Human (Michele Leary)
  • Beaver
  • German Shepherd (Champ)
  • Dragonfly
  • Human male
  • Rat (bolts)
  • Yeerk


  • Rachel's inability to cook food well is a recurring joke throughout the series.
  • Oddly enough, capnnerefir's girlfriend, Gina claims that she cannot cook, yet he started making jokes about Rachel's cooking before he and Gina met.
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