Alex Rider

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This article is about the fandom. For the character, see Alex Rider (character).
Name: Alex Rider (Series)
Abbreviation(s): AR
Creator: Anthony Horowitz
Date(s): 2000 – present
Medium: Books, Movie, TV Series
Country of Origin: United Kingdom
External Links: Alex Rider Books
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Alex Rider is a series of YA spy novels by British author Anthony Horowitz about a 14–15-year-old spy named Alex Rider. The series is comprised of twelve novels, five graphic novels, several short stories and four supplementary books.


The series originally ended in 2011 with Scorpia Rising, the intended series finale. However, in 2016, an announcement was released on Anthony Horowitz's website that he was continuing the series.[1]

The first novel, Stormbreaker, was released in the United Kingdom in 2000 and was adapted into a motion picture in 2006 starring Alex Pettyfer. As of 2020, the book series has a web television series adaptation which premiered on Amazon Prime Video in the United Kingdom on June 4. The first season is based off of the second novel, Point Blanc, and filming for Season 2 is currently underway.

Popular charaters include: Alex Rider, Yassen Gregorovich, K-Unit (Fox, Wolf, Eagle, Snake), Tom Harris

Main Series Graphic Novels Movies TV Series
Stormbreaker (1) Stormbreaker Stormbreaker
Point Blanc (2) (Point Blank in the US) Point Blanc Alex Rider, Season 1
Skeleton Key (3) Skeleton Key
Eagle Strike(4) Eagle Strike Alex Rider, Season 2
Scorpia (5) Scorpia
Ark Angel (6)
Snakehead (7)
Crocodile Tears (8)
Scorpia Rising (9)
Russian Roulette (10)
Never Say Die (11)
Nightshade (12)
Supplementary Books Other Works
Alex Rider: The Gadgets Secret Weapon: Short Story Collection
Alex Rider: The Mission Files Undercover: Four Secret Files
Stormbreaker: Behind the Scenes
Stormbreaker: The Official Script


The Alex Rider series has a fairly small fandom, dubbed the "Sock Drawer" and its fans the "socks".[2] Due to the TV adaptation, the fandom has grown considerably. It is also quite old, with many old communities and members owning accounts on LiveJournal. There is also a fandom server, Cub's Army, that was made in 2018 by Hollow Rosewood.[3]

Fandom Tropes

  • Yassen Gregorovich Lives - Many in the fandom prefer to ignore the end of Eagle Strike, as evidenced by this being one of the top 10 additional tags on AO3
  • Alex joins Scorpia - The most popular fic for this trope is pongnosis' The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea. There are several fanfics set in this universe and also many fanfics with their own take on this trope.
  • Alex returns to Brecon Beacons - This is an older trope that has fallen out of favour. It would often involve Alex's class joining him at the training camp with Alex having to hide his identity (amitai's Hell is Other People is a popular example of this).

Pairings & Shippings

The chart covers categories within the AR fandom, specifically the Alex Rider - Anthony Horowitz tag, i.e. not fics that only include the Alex Rider (TV 2020) tag. 49.4% of the AR fics on AO3 are gen.
Graph depicting the top five Alex Rider Ships and the number of fics tagged with each pairing. Yassen Gregorovich/Alex Rider has 241, Tom Harris/Alex Rider has 26, Yassen Gregorovich/John Rider has 16, Helen Rider/John Rider has 15, and Alex Rider/Wolf has 14. The data was current as of February 28th, 2021.

The fandom is unusually focused on Gen, with 49.4% of fanworks being Gen compared to the AO3's average of 17.1%.[4] The shipping fanworks are dominated by one pairing, Yalex, which has more than nine times the number of fanworks than the second most popular pairing, Tomlex.[5] This is perhaps due to the solo nature of the books and the lack of recurring characters who have interesting interactions with Alex.


Yalex – Yassen Gregorovich/Alex Rider: Yassen has only appeared in three books in the series but he has made a big impact on the fans, evidenced by the movie and TV show putting his character into a much larger focus. He has an unusual relationship with Alex--he is an assassin antagonist but he refuses to kill Alex, and he has a link to Alex's father. Their characters also mirror each other, both being forced into an adult world after their childhood was destroyed at age 14, but on opposite sides. Although the pairing can be very dark many creators choose to age Alex up and reimagine their relationship in a happier context.


Tomlex – Tom Harris/Alex Rider: As Alex's closest school friend, Tom did not show up in the book series until book five 'Scorpia'. The TV show, however, has centred their friendship as a much bigger part of Alex's normal life. This has proven to be a welcome development for AR fans, as approximately half of Tomlex fanfic on AO3 was written after the show aired.[5]

Other Pairings

Other pairings include: Yassen Gregorovich/John Rider | Alex Rider/Wolf | Yassen Gregorovich/Ian Rider | Fox/Alex Rider | Sabina Pleasure/Alex Rider | AlexmisArtemis Fowl II/Alex Rider | Ian Rider/Jack Starbright | Wolf/Jack Starbright| Fox/Jack Starbright| Eagle/Jack Starbright | Yassen Gregorovich/Jack Starbright | Derek Smithers/Wolf | Alex Rider/James Sprintz | Ian Rider/John Crawley | Julius Grief/Alex Rider | Snake/Eagle | Fox/Snake | Eagle/Fox | Fem!Alex/Eagle

Fandom Events

  • SpyFest – the first AR fic-exchange. It is no longer running.
  • SpyFest Revival – an AR fest. This event takes place every July.
  • Flufftember – This took place in September, 2020, in an attempt to produce more fluffy content for the fandom. Due to the small turnout, it seems this event was not very successful.
  • Angstober – This took place next month, with a much larger turnout. AR fans seem to greatly enjoy angst.
  • Alex Rider Febuwhump - A whump prompt fest for every day in February 2021
  • Alex Rider Ship Week - This took place on the 22-28 March 2021 and featured a choice of two prompts--one naughty and one nice--for each day.

Fannish Resources


Fanwork Recs




  1. ^ New Alex Rider novel coming in 2017!, 19 October 2016. (Accessed 07 April 2021)
  2. ^ The Alex Rider Fandom is a Sock Drawer, 18 April 2015. (Accessed 07 April 2021)
  3. ^ Hollow Rosewood. HEY SOCK DRAWER!, 31 August 2018. (Accessed 07 April 2021)
  4. ^ Alex Rider Ship Week. Shipping in AR Fandom. A Not Entirely Scientific Look at the AR Fandom by rirren and pongnosis, 21 February 2021. (Accessed 07 April 2021)
  5. ^ a b Alex Rider Ship Week Popular Ships, 01 March 2021. (Accessed 07 April 2021)