Annabelle Lennox is just another little girl, just starting school. She's clever and learns rather quickly. She hates bullies and will not tolerate them trying to be mean. She likes to draw and color in her free time. Her favorite subject of her drawings would be the black truck that is usually parked outside her house.

[[SecretKeeper She never tells anyone, however, that the truck isn't ''just'' a truck.]] It is her best friend, [[Film/TransformersFilmSeries Ironhide]].

Set after ''Film/TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen'', this series is a prime example of what happens when characters wrestle control away from the writer. [[ Black Crayons]] started out as a short one-shot about the idea of Will Lennox's daughter growing up with the knowledge of the Autobots and how this would affect the child. It was intended to be something short, but as its creator, Creator/BookwormGal, quickly learned, the tale was nowhere near finished. Currently, the series consists of sixteen stories. Most are short one-shots, but five are multi-chapter pieces including one that rewrites ''Film/TransformersDarkOfTheMoon''. The series was written out of order and most can be read separately, but taken as one long story as well.

''Black Crayons'' consists of (in order):

* [[ Black Crayons]]
* [[ Drawings]]
* [[ Babysitter's Nightmare]]
* [[ Night Sky]]
* [[ Bully]]
* [[ Parent-Teacher Conference]]
* [[ Everybody Needs a Birthday]]
* [[ Babysitting, Take Two]]
* [[ When I Grow Up]]
* [[ Party Time]]
* [[ Language Lessons]]
* [[ Summer Vacation]]
* [[ My First Decepticon]]
* [[ Nightmares]]
* [[ A Child's Innocence]]
* [[ Not According to Plan]]

Or they can all be read [[ here]]

In addition to the main stories of the series, a collection of drabbles was written.

* [[ 100 Black Crayons]]

While most of the stories are [[LighterAndSofter simply sweet and adorable tales]] about a little girl who just so happen to be friends with the Autobot Weapon Specialist, it manages to avoid being ''too'' sweet. Characterization of the relationships between the humans and Cybertronians is the main focus. Later stories, as Annabelle begins to grow older, become more serious in tone. Her father and best friend ''are'' in the middle of a war against the Decepticons and events begin to draw closer to home...

!!''Black Crayons'' contains examples of:


* ActorAllusion:
** Sarah Lennox is a MamaBear who will stand up to anyone, regardless of who they are. Her actress Samantha Smith also played [[Series/{{Supernatural}} Mary Winchester]] who is also a very badass MamaBear.
** In ''A Child's Innocence'', Dutch says [[{{Film/Serenity}} "I am a leaf on the wind. Watch how I soar."]]
* ActionGirl: Mikaela for the humans and the Arcee triplets for the Autobots.
* ActionSurvivor: Sam Witwicky, Mikaela Banes, and Annabelle Lennox
* AdaptationExpansion: More character moments are given to a number of characters, the Lennox family and Cybertronians who are not named Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, and Megatron in particular.
* AdaptationNameChange:
** In the films, the Arcee triplets are named Arcee, Chromia, and Elita-One. In the ''Black Crayons'' series, they are named Arcee, Chromia, and Flareup.
** Dino and Que in ''Film/TransformersDarkOfTheMoon'' are named Mirage and Wheeljack respectively in ''A Child's Innocence''.
* AdaptationalBadass:
** The Arcee triplets are much more badass compared to their [[WeHardlyKnewYe film counterparts]].
** In the ''Film/TransformersFilmSeries'', not much is known about Sarah Lennox. In the ''Black Crayons'' series, she intimidates soldiers (including her husband and Epps), Simmons, Mearing, and even some of the Autobots through sheer personality alone. This quote by Simmons to Mearing in ''A Child's Innocence'' sums it up:
-->'''Simmons:''' Charlotte, you might think you're an intimidating woman, but Sarah Lennox could leave Megatron whimpering in fear.
** In ''A Child's Innocence'', [[spoiler: Soundwave and Bumblebee's fight is extended and Bumblebee only managed to gain the upper hand when Soundwave stumbled across an explosive that Mikaela had left in a failed attempt to send the bomb at the Decepticon. Soundwave also managed to keep the Autobot from redirecting his ArmCannon directly into his chest. Lastly, Soundwave survives the fight and retreats.]]
** In ''Film/TransformersDarkOfTheMoon'', [[spoiler:Megatron easily leaves Sentinel for dead after turning on him. The Decepticon leader is then easily dispatched by an arm-less Optimus Prime.]] In ''A Child's Innocence'', [[spoiler: [[MeleeATrois Megatron, Sentinel, and Optimus have a proper three-way fight]].]]
* AdaptationalVillainy: [[spoiler: In ''Film/TransformersDarkOfTheMoon'', not much is known about Dylan Gould's father. In ''A Child's Innocence'', [[LikeFatherLikeSon Richard Gould is where Dylan got the whole "betray the human race" thing from as well as his lust for power.]]]]
* AdultFear: William Lennox shows concern when he discovers that Annabelle is unaccounted for in the evacuation of her school from [[spoiler: Barricade]] and then goes into PapaWolf mode.
** In ''A Child's Innocence'', Sarah Lennox is driven to tears when she sees Annabelle being kidnapped by Laserbeak. It happens again when she finds out that [[spoiler: that Annabelle is in Chicago which is currently overrun by the Decepticons, she breaks down in tears at the thought of her child in such danger.]]
* AliensAreBastards: The Decepticons, obviously.
* AliensSpeakingEnglish: Just like in the movies, the Cybertronians have downloaded the language. Also inverted when Annabelle begins learning to speak Cybertronian.
* AlternateUniverseFic: ''A Child's Innocence'' is a rewrite of ''Film/TransformersDarkOfTheMoon''. One of the differences is removing [[ReplacementScrappy Carly]] and putting Mikaela back in the storyline.
* AnArmAndALeg: In ''A Child's Innocence'', quite a few examples:
** [[spoiler: Starscream nearly has his entire arm blown off courtesy of Sam placing an explosive on the Decepticon's shoulder joint.]]
** [[spoiler: Megatron has his arm cut off by Optimus Prime.]]
** [[spoiler: Sentinel Prime cuts off Optimus Prime's arm.]]
* AnachronicOrder: Most installments in the series were published on Website/FanFictionDotNet out of chronological order (as described above).
* AngerBornOfWorry: Chromia scolds Ironhide for nearly getting himself killed [[ShipTease out of concern for him]].
* ArcWords: "It was important" is used by Annabelle as an explanation of why she does something. Early in the story, she uses this as to why she includes Ironhide (whether in vehicle or robot mode) in all of her drawings. [[spoiler: In ''A Child's Innocence'', she uses this as to why she went to Chicago while it was being ravaged by the Decepticons.]]
* ArmorPiercingSlap: Mikaela gives one to Emily for kidnapping Wheelie.
* AscendedExtra:
** [[AdvertisedExtra Compared to the movies]], the Cybertronians get more attention and focus.
** Sarah and her daughter, Annabelle Lennox, are given more focus and characterization.
** Also, as mentioned in AlternateUniverseFic, Mikaela is not PutOnABus in the rewrite of ''Film/TransformersDarkOfTheMoon''.
** [[Film/TransformersTheLastKnight Izabella]] appears in ''Not According to Plan'' [[spoiler:when her losing her parents to the Decepitcons when they laid waste to Chicago was still recent.]]
* AttackItsWeakPoint: Cybertronians' armor can protect them from large blasts large-scale attacks, but small enough weapons can slip in between sections of their armor to get at the more delicate circuitry underneath. [[spoiler: Mikaela causes some serious damage to Laserbeak by stabbing him with a screwdriver, getting under the armor of one of his wings, and Annabelle causes similar damage- adjusting based on the relative size of both weapon and Cybertronian- when she jams a piece of reinforcing bar into Sentinel's ankle.]]
* BadassArmy: The Autobots and the Decepticons.
* BadassFamily: The Lennox family. [[PapaWolf William Lennox]] who has served in the military and has gone into battle with the [[TransformingMecha Cybertronians]]. [[MamaBear Sarah Lennox]] who intimidates governments officials and the Autobots themselves through sheer personality alone. Their daughter [[LittleMissBadass Annabelle Lennox]] who stands up to bullies [[spoiler:and a couple of Decepticons]] ([[ItRunsInTheFamily is it really any surprise where she gets it from?]]). Then there's [[HonoraryUncle honorary family member Ironhide]] who is the [[TheBigGuy weapons specialist of the Autobots]].
* BadassInDistress: When [[spoiler: Mikaela is captured by Dylan]], [[spoiler: she]] spends the time trying to figure out a way to escape or imagining killing [[spoiler: Dylan]].
* BadlyBatteredBabysitter: While never actually hurt, Jennifer ends the night with her nerves frayed due to a "possessed truck" outside.
* BaitAndSwitch: In ''DOTM'', Bumblebee presents rings to Carly and Sam, however Sam tells Bumblebee to "slow down", showing that's he's not ready for that step in a relationship. In ''A Child's Innocence'', a similar scene happens (only with Mikaela in place of Carly) and Sam tells Bumblebee the same thing, only immediately afterwards he follows it up with telling Bumblebee that he (Sam) should be the one proposing.
* BattleCouple: Two examples in ''A Child's Innocence'':
** Sam and Mikaela pull off some impressive stunts in [[spoiler: Chicago.]]
** Ironhide and Chromia approach this as well.
* BattleOfWits: Between Annabelle and Simmons, who is trying to prove that a five year old girl can't possibly be trusted with a secret as massive as the Autobots. Too bad that he, like so many others, underestimated her...
* BerserkButton: For Annabelle, anything that might put her Autobot friends in trouble. For Sarah, anything that could threaten her child or husband. For Ironhide, anything that could physically, mentally, or emotionally harm Annabelle.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: The protagonists
** The Autobots are mostly comprised of kind and caring beings, but they are also some of the greatest alien warriors of all time, fighting the likes of the [[RoboticPsychopath Decepticons]] for longer than humans can even comprehend. This trope especially applies to [[BigGood Optimus Prime, their leader]].
** Sam Witwicky and Mikaela Banes are pretty upstanding citizens who are friends with the Autobots, but they have also walked straight into Autobot-Decepticon conflict and managed to prove their worth, [[BadassNormal all without military training]].
** This applies to the entire Lennox family:
*** William is a kind and caring father and husband, but he also serves in the military and fights alongside the Autobots in their conflict with the Decepticons so it is not a good idea to hurt those he cares about.
*** Sarah is William's wife and is normally a nice woman, but she will not hesitate to tell off anyone (whether they're a soldier, government official, or Cybertronian) if they risk the safety off her daughter. Anyone who suffers her wrath will never want to upset her ever again. You know she's not to be taken lightly when not even [[TriggerHappy Ironhide]] wants to get on her bad side.
*** Annabelle is William and Sarah's daughter and she definitely takes after them. She is usually a sweet girl, but she can and will stand her ground against bullies and even the Transformers themselves.
* BewareTheSillyOnes: Skids and Mudflap are pranksters and were given ButtMonkey treatment in ''Summer Vacation'', but in ''A Child's Innocence'' they show themselves to be capable fighters in [[spoiler: Chicago]] by performing a ColossusClimb on a larger Decepticon and beating away at him. The fight against said Decepticon was actually going in the twins' favor even while they were arguing with each other. [[spoiler: Skids defeats the Decepticon by [[NeckSnap snapping its neck]] and [[OffWithHisHead then ripping its head off]].]]
* {{BFG}}: Ironhide's [[ArmCannon arm-mounted cannons]]. Annabelle always makes sure to include them in her drawings.
* BigBad: Megatron, Leader of the Decepticons.
* BigDamnHeroes:
** In chapter 3 of ''My First Decepticon'', [[spoiler: Ironhide shows up to save Annabelle from Barricade.]]
** In chapter 13 of ''A Child's Innocence'', [[spoiler: the Autobots show up to help Sam and the military deal with the Decepticon invasion in Chicago as well as save Mikaela from Dylan.]]
* BigGood: Optimus Prime, Leader of the Autobots.
* BilingualBackfire: At one point, Ironhide begins teaching Annabelle some basics about how to speak Cybertronian. [[ChekhovsSkill This allows her to listen in and participate on a few conversations she wasn't supposed to understand.]] This includes Skids and Mudflap's plans to pull a prank on Ironhide, [[spoiler:[[MythologyGag use the universal greeting on Barricade]], and hear a critical conversation about a traitor in the Autobot's midst]].
* BreakTheCutie: [[spoiler:Annabelle, in chapter 11 of ''A Child's Innocence'', is reduced to a heart-broken, crying child after witnessing the Xanthium explode.]]
* BrokeYourArmPunchingOutCthulhu:
** [[spoiler: Sam manages to drive Starscream into retreating [[EyeScream by stabbing the Decepticon in the eye with a climbing glove]] and [[AnArmAndALeg nearly blowing his arm off with a bomb]] but he ends up nearly getting his arm dislocated.]]
** [[spoiler: DownplayedTrope. Mikaela hotwires a police car, backs it into a Decepticon and then drives it up a piece of debris used as a ramp, getting out at the last moment, where it goes up in the air and lands on top of another Decepticon. This stunt leaves her with more than a few scratches.]]
** [[spoiler: Annabelle drives a piece of reinforcing bar into [[EvilAllAlong Sentinel Prime]]'s leg. She gets knocked unconscious for her efforts and is later shown to have broken her arm, but she did manage to drive it into Sentinel's leg which ends up causing a distraction for him in [[MeleeATrois his fight with Optimus Prime and Megatron]].]]
* BrokenMasquerade: [[spoiler:''A Child's Innocence'' breaks the masquerade of the Transformers when the Decepticons broadcast a (false) message worldwide that if the Autobots leave Earth, they will leave the planet unharmed. It's broken even further when the Decepticons lay waste to Chicago and the Autobots arrive to stop them.]]
* BullyingADragon: [[spoiler: [[SixthRangerTraitor Sentinel Prime]] attempts to assert dominance over [[BigBad Megatron]] telling the Decepticon that he is working ''with'' him, not ''for'' him. Even if he is a Prime, Sentinel should probably know better than to antagonize the Leader of the Decepticons. Mikaela who is observing the two of them notes that Megatron looked ready to kill Sentinel right then and there.]]
* CarFu: In ''A Child's Innocence'', [[spoiler: Mikaela pulls this off fairly well against a Decepticon]].
* CerebusSyndrome: While most of the stories in the series have been fluffy, little tales intended to make you smile, [[DarkerAndEdgier things start becoming more serious around]] ''My First Decepticon'' and become positively dark at points in ''A Child's Innocence''.
* CheerfulChild: Annabelle
* ChekhovsSkill: Annabelle speaking Cybertronian. First, a cute way to learn about the Twin's pranking plans. [[spoiler:Later, [[ChekhovsBoomerang a life saving skill]]]].
* ChronicHeroSyndrome: In ''A Child's Innocence'':
** [[spoiler: Sam and Mikaela choose to help the Autobots like they have done in the past when Sam gets Jerry Wang's files about the Moon Landing Conspiracy.]]
** [[spoiler: Annabelle goes into Chicago while the Decepticons and Autobots are fighting because she feels the need to do something and that villains should be punished for what they are doing.]]
* ChildrenAreInnocent: Dutch discusses this in Chapter 12 of ''A Child's Innocence''.
-->'''Dutch:''' Most people think 'innocence' means that a child is too ignorant of the world to understand. That they cannot see the world for what it is. I would like to think that they are less blinded by the distrust and suspicions adults gain from experience. An innocent child is not one who cannot see what is right in front of them; they are often the only ones who can see the truth of things.
** Dutch is proven right in ''Not According to Plan''; there are a couple of new characters [[spoiler:who have witnessed the Decepticons tear apart Chicago]]): a group of teenagers (Tommy, Mike, Emily, and Katie) who plan to destroy any sympathy for the Autobots in response to what happened in [[spoiler:Chicago]] and a group of children (Danny, Luke, Izabella, Peter and Gwen) whom Annabelle befriends while her family assisting in repairing [[spoiler:Chicago]]. Unlike the teenagers, Tommy in particular believes all Cybertronians to all be complete monsters, the children believe Annabelle when she tells them that there are good and evil Cybertronians. The children befriend Wheelie when Annabelle shows them that he isn't dangerous. Izabella especially as she recognizes Ironhide as one of the good guys despite his size and weapons and acknowledges the Autobots' heroics for stopping the Decepticons.
* CombatMedic: Ratchet, for the Autobots.
* CombatStilettos: AvertedTrope. Mikaela wears tennis shoes to the dinner party with Dylan Gould [[Film/TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen to avoid a situation where she has to run in heels]]. [[spoiler: She made the right call.]]
* CompositeCharacter:
** Carly Spencer's role in ''Film/TransformersDarkOfTheMoon'' is given to Mikaela Banes in ''A Child's Innocence''. Being Sam Witwicky's LoveInterest, being employed by Dylan Gould, [[spoiler: [[IHaveYourWife getting kidnapped by Dylan Gould]] to be used as leverage against Sam]], et cetera. [[spoiler: Annabelle Lennox is the one who convinces Megatron to turn against Sentinel Prime, although in her case, she does it unintentionally.]]
** In ''Film/TransformersDarkOfTheMoon'', Laserbeak goes to the house of one of the Decepticon's human collaborators and disguises himself as a smaller, pink version of Bumblebee and asks a little girl, "Is your daddy home?" . In ''A Child's Innocence'', the house that Laserbeak goes to where he disguises himself is the Lennox home and asks Annabelle the same question.
* ContinuityNod:
** In ''Summer Vacation'', Sam calls Wheelie "Junior" referencing the time Annabelle thought Wheelie was a baby Cybertronian in ''Party Time''.
** ''Nightmares'' has Annabelle being haunted by her encounter with [[spoiler:Barricade]].
** A few in ''A Child's Innocence'':
*** Annabelle being able to understand Cybertonian dialect is a reference to ''Language Lessons'' and ''Summer Vacation''.
*** Annabelle and Barricade thinking about their first encounter with each other is a reference to ''My First Decepticon''.
*** Annabelle using Wheelie's advice to compliment Starscream when she is kidnapped by him is a reference to ''Nightmares''.
*** Skids and Mudflap reference ''Summer Vacation'' when they discuss Annabelle pranking them.
*** Megatron is his introductory scene has him think about the time he was killed by Sam as well as him losing The Fallen and the Harvester.
*** [[spoiler:Barricade recognizing Annabelle is a reference to their first encounter in ''My First Decepticon''.]]
*** Mikaela brings up events from ''Film/{{Transformers}}'' and ''Film/TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen'' in her angry thoughts when Mearing says that Sam is just a "messenger". Specifically, Sam running through Mission City with the [=AllSpark=], using the Cube to kill Megatron, and risking his life to save Optimus. Mikaela also thinks about the time hot-wired a tow truck to assist Bumblebee after the Autobot scout lost his legs in Mission City and running over Alice the Pretender.
*** [[Film/{{Transformers}} Once again Mikaela]] [[Film/TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen hotwires a car.]]
*** [[Film/TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen Skids and Mudflap climbing on a larger Decepticon.]]
*** Mikaela paraphrases Sam's line from the first movie [[spoiler: after she accepts Sam's proposal.]]
--->'''Mikaela:''' I love this car.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: [[spoiler: Dylan Gould, board member of Accuretta Systems, does not seems so bad when he first appears, he compliments Mikaela for her skills as a mechanic and even hires her to work on his private collection of cars. He also helps Sam get a job at Accuretta Systems and tells Sam that his reason was because [[ShipperOnDeck he supports Sam and Mikaela's relationship]]. Although he gives Mikaela an expensive car which both Sam and Mikaela agree is not a very appropriate gesture that he probably only did to remind Sam of his status and wealth. But then it is revealed that he is allied with the Decepticons and though he tries to defend himself by saying he had no choice because his father Richard Gould was initially given the job of working with Soundwave and Laserbeak and Dylan "inherited" the job after Richard passed away, information from Soundwave shows that Dylan is actually more willing to help the Decepticons than he would admit because of his lust for power, same goes for his father. Soundwave actually had to make sure that Richard and Dylan were not Decepticon Pretenders and admits that Dylan would have made a fine addition to their ranks which is why that the Decepticons kept Dylan alive while [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness they killed off the rest of their human collaborators.]]]]
* CoverInnocentEyesAndEars: After hearing the Wreckers argue with their human personnel, Sam promptly puts his hands over Annabelle's ears.
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: [[spoiler:Jolt being disintegrated by Sentinel's [[BuffySpeak rust gun thing]]]].
* CurbStompBattle:
** In ''My First Decepticon'', Ironhide inflicts this on [[spoiler: Barricade]] [[PapaWolf for trying to harm Annabelle]].
** [[spoiler:Ironhide himself is on the receiving end of this trope, courtesy of [[EvilAllAlong Sentinel Prime]]. At least in this version of events, [[SparedByTheAdaptation Ironhide gets to avoid his fate from]] ''DOTM''.]]
** [[spoiler:Sentinel Prime's assault on NEST HQ: [[OneManArmy he takes on all of the Autobots]] (barring Chromia and Optimus Prime), either off-lines or incapacitates them, and makes off with the pillars.]]
* CurseCutShort: In ''Not According to Plan'', after [[MamaBear Sarah]] dislocates one of Tommy's fingers.
-->'''Tommy:''' She broke my finger. That stupid b-\\
'''Sarah:''' [[ShutUpHannibal Quit complaining, I only dislocated it.]] Unlike some people, I understand the concept of restraint.
* CuteMute: Just like in the films, Bumblebee.
* TheCutie: Annabelle Lennox. She endears herself to both other characters and the audience. She is good friends with [[TheBigGuy Ironhide]] and continuously makes crayon drawings of him in both vehicle form and robot form.
* DamselOutOfDistress: Two examples in ''A Child's Innocence'':
** Annabelle Lennox is kidnapped by the Decepticons [[spoiler:and she manages to escape her captors by first appealing to Starscream's ego and convince him to let another Decepticon watch her. Starscream then gives the task of watching Annabelle to Barricade and then the child convinces Barricade to let the Autobots get her back so that he can avoid the wrath of the Autobots (especially Ironhide).]]
** Mikaela is kidnapped by [[spoiler: Dylan Gould]], she actually puts in an effort to try to escape. [[spoiler: When Bumblebee, Sam, and Wheelie come to rescue her, she helps them kill Laserbeak.]]
* DarkerAndEdgier: ''A Child's Innocence'' compared to ''Dark of the Moon'', [[spoiler:when characters die, there is much more attention to detail given to the deaths. When our heroes are in Chicago, more time is spent on making it clear how gruesome the carnage is with countless innocent people being killed by the Decepticons, simply ForTheEvulz. There is also the AdultFear that comes with Annabelle being kidnapped by the Decepticons out of her own house and her entering a war zone.]]
* DeathByAdaptation: [[spoiler: Brains]], who survives the events of ''Film/TransformersDarkOfTheMoon'', dies in ''A Child's Innocence''.
* DefensiveFeintTrap: Megatron feigns not being in top condition to everyone around him to make them underestimate him should the time come for him to ''really'' fight. [[spoiler:[[SpannerInTheWorks Annabelle inadvertently convinces him that this backfired when she assumes that Sentinel and Dylan are behind the events in Chicago leading the Decepticon leader to believe he is no longer seen as a credible threat. This leads to Megatron turning on Sentinel.]]]]
* DefiantCaptive:
** [[spoiler: While captured by Laserbeak and Starscream, [[PluckyGirl Annabelle Lennox]] takes advantage of Starscream's ego to convince him to get another Decepticon to watch her. When Starscream gets Barricade to watch Annabelle, the girl convinces Barricade to let her go so that he will not suffer [[PapaWolf Iron]][[TriggerHappy hide's]] wrath.]]
** [[spoiler: [[ActionGirl Mikaela Banes]] is captured by [[EvilCounterpart Soundwave and Dylan Gould]] and spends her time either trying to figure out how to escape or thinking about killing Dylan.]]
* DemotedToExtra: Two examples in the ''DOTM'' rewrite:
** Judy and Ron Witwicky are only mentioned near the beginning of the story.
** Carly Spencer is also only mentioned near the beginning of the story [[CompositeCharacter due to her role in the story being given to Mikaela Banes]].
* DentedIron: [[spoiler: In ''A Child's Innocence'', Sam, Mikaela, and Annabelle go through some intense danger in Chicago and have the injuries to show for it by the end of the story. To wit:]]
** [[spoiler: Sam nearly has his arm dislocated by Starscream.]]
** [[spoiler: Mikaela has more than a few scratches from pulling off the above mentioned CarFu. She even has her arms almost entirely covered by guaze by the end of the story.]]
** [[spoiler: Annabelle is rendered unconscious and has her arm broken after getting knocked away by Sentinel Prime.]]
* {{Determinator}}: [[spoiler: Even when the Autobots are seemingly killed, Sam still goes to Chicago while the Decepticons are running rampant in the city to rescue Mikaela from Dylan.]]
** [[spoiler: Same goes for Annabelle, who chooses to go there [[ChronicHeroSyndrome because she feels like she has to do something]].]]
* DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu: In ''My First Decepticon'', Annabelle gives a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech to [[spoiler: Barricade]]:
-->'''Annabelle:''' My name is Annabelle. And you're a big mean bully. [[SmugSnake You just act tough when you scare people]]. [[TheBully Like Carl does]]. But if someone isn't scared, you don't know what to do. You have to stand up to bullies or else they always will pick on you. ''(smiles)'' And bullies get in trouble. 'Cause good guys stop them.\\
'''[[spoiler: Barricade:]]''' Who can stop me, you?\\
'''[[spoiler: Ironhide]]:''' [[spoiler:[[PreAssKickingOneLiner No, me.]]]] ''[[spoiler:(Cue CurbStompBattle for Barricade)]]''
** Mikaela quickly gets fed up with Mearing, but really gets upset when Mearing dismisses Sam's heroics.
-->'''Mearing:''' You are not a soldier. You are a messenger. You've always been a messenger.\\
'''Mikaela:''' [[SarcasmMode Well, thanks for listening so well. After all, any important information about the Decepticons must be taken serious since it could be vital, and not immediately ignored because it was brought by someone who isn't in your chain of command. Have a nice night,]] ''[[SarcasmMode ma'am]]''.\\
'''Mearing:''' Don't call me 'ma'am.' I am\\
'''Mikaela:''' [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Yes, you are a 'ma'am.' You're a woman, you're not married, so you're a 'ma'am.' Get used to it.]] (turns to leave with Sam)\\
'''Sam:''' (once he and Mikaela are out of earshot) That was so hot, 'Kaela. You can fight my battles anytime you like.\\
'''Mikaela:''' I'll remember that.
* DidntSeeThatComing: The teenagers' reaction to Annabelle seeing Wheelie.
* DoubleMeaningTitle: ''My First Decepticon'' could refer to Annabelle's first ever encounter with a Decepticon, [[spoiler:Barricade]] and that [[spoiler:Barricade]] is the first Decepticon to appear in the series.
* DramaticIrony:
** [[spoiler: While holding Annabelle captive, Starscream converses with Barricade out loud in Cybertonian, thinking the child would not be able to understand them. She is capable of picking up bits and pieces of the conversation and warns the Autobots that there is a traitor, who turns out to be Sentinel Prime.]]
** Most of the entertainment of ''Not According to Plan'' comes from the teenagers thinking one thing that is completely far off from what the audience knows.
* DyingMomentOfAwesome: [[spoiler:Jolt who continuously holds onto Sentinel Prime to keep him from shooting anyone else before succumbing to the effects of Sentinel's rust gun.]]
* EarlyBirdCameo: [[Film/TransformersTheLastKnight Izabella]] [[spoiler:is one of children left orphaned during the Decepticons' attack on Chicago.]]
* EurekaMoment: Ironhide discovering that [[spoiler: Sentinel Prime is the "Autobot traitor", its also what keeps him from being killed by Sentinel's [[InTheBack attempt to shoot him in the back]] as the weapons specialist had already turned around to face the traitor before he got a chance to fire]].
* EvilCannotComprehendGood: [[spoiler: Sentinel does not understand why Optimus and the other Autobots do not choose to be worshiped as gods by the humans. Optimus replies, "Freedom is the right of all sentient beings" which is something that the former taught him.]]
* EvilCounterpart: [[spoiler: Dylan Gould and Soundwave to Sam Witwicky and Bumblebee, respectively. Both Sam and Dylan's families have a history with the Cybertronians and both Sam and Dylan were dragged into the war between the Autobots and the Decepticons because of this: Sam's great great grandfather discovered Megatron's frozen body and had the location to the Allspark imprinted on his glasses. Dylan's father, Richard Gould, took Soundwave as a "client" as the Decepticon had him crunch numbers to make further trips to the moon by NASA improbable, so that no one would discover the ''Ark''. Bumblebee was sent to Earth as Sam's guardian while Dylan inherited the job of working with Soundwave after Richard passed away.]]
** [[spoiler:Dylan Gould could also be considered one to Annabelle Lennox. Both of their fathers worked with Cybertronians: Richard Gould with the Decepticons and William Lennox with the Autobots. Both Dylan and Annabelle also grew up with the knowledge of the Cybertronians, however Dylan was influenced by the villainous Decepticons whilst Annabelle was influenced by the heroic Autobots. This is best exemplified in Chicago where Dylan stops at nothing to ensure the Decepticons' victory while Annabelle stops at nothing to keep the Decepticons from winning.]]
* ExactWords: [[spoiler:Sam [[InvokedTrope invokes]] this trope during his conversation with Optimus Prime when the Autobots are being forced to leave Earth to clue him in on the fact that the Decepticons are listening in on them by telling him that "no other ''human''" will know whatever Optimus tells him. Optimus understands and does not tell Sam that the Autobots have no intention of leaving Earth.]]
* EyeScream: [[spoiler:Starscream courtesy of Sam Witwicky]] suffers this in ''A Child's Innocence''.
* FaceDoodling: [[spoiler:Annabelle]] does this to [[spoiler:the twins, Mudflap and Skids,]] in ''Summer Vacation''. Glitter was also used.
* FailedASpotCheck: Laserbeak transforms into a smaller, pink version of Bumblebee in an effort to get Annabelle's trust. However, he neglected to change [[RedEyesTakeWarning his eyes]] and Annabelle quickly figures out that he's a Decepticon.
* FailedAttemptAtDrama: Tommy's attempt at filming the anti-Cybertronian video quickly becomes this with Annabelle (and later the other kids who had been kidnapped along with her) constantly interrupting him.
-->'''Tommy:''' Do you remember when our only enemies were each other? When the only threats came from Earth? Now look at us. Our cities are crumbling. Our people are dying. Our children cower in fear. All because of these giant, inhuman, monstrous aliens that invaded our world. Those Cybertronians ruined everything. And the worst part is that they've managed to trick some people into thinking some of them aren't a threat.\\
'''Annabelle:''' They ''aren't''. Decepticons are the bad robots. Autobots are nice.\\
'''Tommy:''' (hisses) ''Hey''.\\
'''Mike:''' Just keep going, I'll edit it out later.\\
'''Tommy:''' Don't be fooled by the propaganda. They are not our friends. They are not our allies. All these transforming robots are alike.\\
'''Annabelle:''' ''No'', Autobots have blue eyes. [[RedEyesTakeWarning Decepticons have red ones]]. And they're really mean. They're nothing alike.\\
'''Tommy:''' ''Untrustworthy''. Violent. Dangerous. They are not like us. They don't have hearts.\\
'''Annabelle:''' They have sparks.\\
'''Tommy:''' [[JustAMachine They don't have any real feelings]].\\
'''Annabelle:''' Do too. They're people. They're not human, but they're still people. Stop lying.\\
'''Tommy:''' All Cybertronians are murderous monsters and we should drive them from our home while we still have the chance.\\
'''Annabelle:''' That's dumb. [[EvilRedhead Carl was a bully at my school and has red hair]]. That doesn't mean all red-heads are bullies. And not all Cybertronians are bad either.\\
'''Tommy:''' This is our world. Not theirs. We won't let them take it.\\
'''Annabelle:''' The Autobots don't want to steal. We can share. We can all live together. We can be friends.\\
'''Izabella:''' (weakly smiles) I'd like that.\\
'''Tommy:''' (pointing the camera towards the children) Look at what they've already taken from us. Look at these children orphaned by those aliens.\\
'''Luke:''' Nuh-uh, Daddy is helping fix the city. So are Annabelle's parents. And Danny's family is just missing.\\
'''Tommy:''' Think of the children. Is this what you want for their future? Are these the horrors you want them to face?\\
'''Emily:''' (arriving) Hey. What's with all the shouting?\\
'''Mike:''' Your boyfriend being dramatic.
* FallenHero: [[spoiler:Sentinel Prime]]
* FanVerse
* FantasticRacism: Tommy, who lumps the Autobots and Decepticons into the same pile of "evil aliens looking to kill humans".
* {{Fingore}}: [[MamaBear Sarah]] dislocates one of Tommy's fingers after finding out that he kidnapped her daughter along with a few other children.
* FiveBadBand: The Decepticons and other allies
** BigBad: Megatron [[spoiler:([[BigBadDuumvirate shares this status with]] [[SixthRangerTraitor Sentinel Prime]] in ''A Child's Innocence'')]]
** TheDragon: Starscream, Soundwave
** EvilGenius: Megatron, Soundwave
** TheBrute: Shockwave, The Driller, Laserbeak
** DarkChick: Barricade, Laserbeak, Crankcase, Crowbar, Hatchet, [[spoiler:Dylan Gould]]
* FiveManBand: The Autobots and other allies
** TheLeader: Optimus Prime
** TheLancer: Ironhide, Sam Witwicky, William Lennox
** TheSmartGuy: Ratchet, Wheelie, Wheeljack, Brains, Mikaela Banes, Charlotte Mearing
** TheBigGuy: Ironhide, Sideswipe, Skids, Mudflap, Mirage, Leadfoot, Roadbuster, Topspin, Robert Epps, Dutch
** TheChick: Bumblebee, Jolt, Arcee, Chromia, Flareup, Mikaela Banes, Sarah Lennox, Annabelle Lennox, Seymour Simmons, Charlotte Mearing
** TagalongKid: Annabelle Lennox
** SixthRangerTraitor: [[spoiler:Sentinel Prime]]
* ForWantOfANail: A few examples in ''A Child's Innocence'', different choices made by the characters leads to different events happening compared to ''Dark of the Moon'':
** [[spoiler:Annabelle being captured the by Decepticons leads to her picking up on the fact that there is a traitor among the Autobots. She delivers the message to Ironhide, allowing him to piece together that the traitor is Sentinel Prime. [[SparedByTheAdaptation This results in Ironhide avoiding Sentinel's assassination attempt]].]]
** [[spoiler:While holding some of the Autobots captive, Barricade and Soundwave choose to execute Bumblebee first, meaning Wheeljack avoids being killed like in ''[=DOTM=]''. Just as Soundwave is about to execute Bumblebee, he is distracted by the sight of the Decepticon fleet falling from the sky which the Autobot scout takes advantage of and headbutts Soundwave and fights him.]]
** [[spoiler:During his encounter with Starscream, Sam places the explosive in the Decepticon's shoulder joint. When it goes off, Starscream nearly loses his arm and retreats, but lives to fight another day.]]
* {{Foreshadowing}}: [[spoiler:Annabelle listens to Starscream and Barricade converse in Cybertonian about the "Autobot traitor" and hears that the traitor's name is "...Prime". Since she knows what Optimus Prime's name sounds like in Cybertonian, the traitor cannot be him. There's also only one other Prime: Sentinel, who turns out to be the traitor.]]
* TheFriendNobodyLikes: NEST and the other Autobots are as annoyed with Skids and Mudflap's accents and personalities as everyone who saw ''Film/TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen''.
* GameBreakingInjury: [[spoiler:Ironhide suffers a stab wound from Sentinel Prime. Later in Chicago, a Decepticon {{mook}} provokes the Autobot's injury and Ironhide would have been off-lined if Chromia had not saved him.]]
* GenreSavvy:
** [[spoiler:Barricade]] is aware that trying to harm Annabelle will cause one to suffer the wrath of Ironhide as well as the other Autobots who care for her. [[spoiler: In ''A Child's Innocence'', it is this reason that he decides to let Annabelle go when she is taken prisoner.]]
** Mikaela deliberately avoids wearing heels to Dylan's dinner party to avoid [[Film/TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen a similar situation to the one where she had to run through the desert in high heels]]. [[spoiler:She made the right choice.]]
* TheGhost:
** [[Film/TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen Leo Spitz]] does not appear in this series apart from some mentions of him by Simmons.
** Sunstreaker is mentioned to be Sideswipe's twin brother, but has not made an appearance in the series.
* AGodAmI: [[spoiler: Sentinel has this mindset, seeing the Cybertronians to be worshiped by humans.]]
* GoingDownWithTheShip: [[spoiler:Wheelie and Brains. The former survived.]]
* GroinAttack: Annabelle delivers one to Tommy for his FantasticRacism, [[ShareTheMalePain Mike who is watching shares his sympathies]].
* GrumpyOldMan:
** Ratchet; the portrayals of the character in ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' and ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' come to mind.
** Ironhide can be this at times, especially when someone has a laugh at his expense or he has to go to Ratchet for a check-up.
* HalfTheManHeUsedToBe: A few examples in ''A Child's Innocence'':
** [[spoiler: Flareup is on the receiving end of this trope courtesy of Sentinel Prime.]]
** [[spoiler: Sideswipe inflicts this on a Decepticon in Chicago.]]
* HeroKiller: [[spoiler: Sentinel Prime kills Jolt and Flareup and almost did the same to Ironhide.]]
* HeroWorshipper: Annabelle looks up to her father who served in the military and the Autobot Ironhide who both work in NEST.
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: Ironhide and Annabelle. It is portrayed as [[HonoraryUncle a]] [[PapaWolf platonic]] [[BigBrotherInstinct relationship]].
** [[spoiler: Ironhide and Chromia are approaching a more romantic version of this trope.]]
* HumansAreWarriors: Aside from the army, the other human characters get their moments in [[spoiler: Chicago]] in ''A Child's Innocence''. Especially:
** Sam [[spoiler: who manages to force Starscream into retreating by [[EyeScream impaling him in the eye]] and [[AnArmAndALeg nearly blowing his arm off.]]]]
** Mikaela [[spoiler: who pulls off some impressive CarFu against a Decepticon]], Wheelie doesn't call her "Warrior Goddess" for nothing.
** Annabelle Lennox [[spoiler: who manages to distract Sentinel Prime by driving a piece of rebar into his leg.]]
* HumansThroughAlienEyes: Ironhide, and later Bumblebee, have initial trouble with how the crayon drawings are supposed to represent reality.
* {{Hypocrite}}: [[spoiler: Sentinel Prime, who betrayed the Autobots and everything they stood for, is outraged at Megatron betraying him. Obviously, Optimus Prime calls him out on this.]]
-->'''[[spoiler: Sentinel Prime:]]''' [[spoiler:(to Megatron) Traitor.]]\\
'''[[spoiler: Optimus Prime:]]''' [[spoiler:[[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech You have already betrayed those around you. You betrayed]] ''[[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech yourself.]]'' [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech Why are you so surprised to receive such treatment? Especially from Megatron]].]]
* IHaveYourWife: Two examples in ''A Child's Innocence'':
** Annabelle Lennox is kidnapped by Laserbeak and Starscream so that the Autobots will be distracted with trying to get her back.
** [[spoiler: Mikaela Banes is kidnapped by Dylan Gould and Soundwave to force Sam Witwicky into being TheMole for the Decepticons.]]
* IllKillYou: [[spoiler:Sam promises this to Dylan [[SadisticChoice for forcing him to betray the Autobots or risk Mikaela's life]]. He makes through with his promise when the two meet again in Chicago.]]
* ImmediateSequel: ''Not According to Plan'' beings right after the end of ''A Child's Innocence'' with Ironhide transporting the Lennox family from the hospital Annabelle was admitted in, [[spoiler:recovering from the injuries she sustained from trying to take on Sentinel Prime]], to their home before they make the decision to stay in Chicago to assist in repairing the city.
* ImpersonatingAnOfficer: Well, Impersonating an Officer's ''Vehicle'' with Barricade, but it accomplishes a similar effect. Although Barricade has used a hologram of a police officer to help sell the illusion. Characters acknowledge that it is rather ingenious for Barricade to impersonate a vehicle that would inspire trust from humans.
** [[spoiler: In ''My First Decepticon'', Annabelle and Carl think that Barricade in his vehicle form is an actual cop car and do not realize until too late that he isn't.]]
** [[spoiler: Near the end of ''A Child's Innocence'', Barricade uses his vehicle form to escort Megatron out of Chicago.]]
* ImprovisedWeapon:
** [[spoiler: Mikaela stabs Laserbeak's wing with a screwdriver [[AttackItsWeakPoint which gets into the more delicate circuitry]] of the avian Decepticon.]]
** [[spoiler: Sam uses one of the grappling hook climbing gloves given to him by Wheeljack to [[EyeScream stab Starscream in the eye]].]]
** [[spoiler: Mikaela also uses one of the grappling hook climbing gloves to launch an explosive to distract Soundwave from executing Bumblebee. She misses, but later when Soundwave is fighting Bumblebee, the Decepticon's leg hits the explosive and allows Bumblebee to gain the upper hand.]]
** Annabelle tries to fend off Laserbeak with a tree branch, but is not quite successful. [[spoiler: Later, she jams a piece of reinforcing bar into Sentinel Prime's leg. Even though she's knocked out for her efforts, this does stall Sentinel in his fight with Optimus and Megatron.]]
* InSeriesNickname: Wheelie tends to refer to Annabelle as "Mini-Ironhide".
* InnocentInaccurate: [[spoiler:Annabelle thinks the skeletons in Chicago are Halloween decorations]].
* InterspeciesFriendship: Annabelle (human) and Ironhide (Cybertronian). Other noticeable examples include Sam and Bumblebee and Mikaela and Wheelie. Actually, just like in the movies, there is a lot of this going on with the main characters.
* InterruptedDeclarationOfLove: [[spoiler:After saving Ironhide from a couple of Decepticons, [[AbortedDeclarationOfLove Chromia is about to tell the weapon specialist how important he is to her, but stops herself]]. Ironhide is about to reply but is cut off by the space bridge activating.]]
* InTheBack: Similar to the scene in ''Film/TransformersDarkOfTheMoon'', [[spoiler:Sentinel ''attempts'' to do this to Ironhide. This time, however, Ironhide is able to react in time and make the traitor face him head-on instead]].
* ItsPersonal: [[spoiler: Both Sam and Annabelle choose to go to Chicago which has been recently invaded by the Decepticons in an effort to stop them from using the pillars to bring Cybertron to Earth because of the role they played in Mikaela's kidnapping and the (supposed) deaths of the Autobots.]]
* JuniorCounterpart: Annabelle Lennox to Sam Witwicky, they were both regular people who became aware of the Cybertonians because of their respective families: [[Film/{{Transformers}} Archibald Witwicky discovered Megatron when he was frozen in ice and had the location of the Allspark imprinted on his glasses; William Lennox was attacked by a number of Decepticons and works with the Autobots in NEST.]] Sam and Annabelle have also befriended one Autobot in particular, Bumblebee and Ironhide, respectively.
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler:Jerry Wang, Jolt, Flareup, Laserbeak, Shockwave, Brains, Dylan Gould, and Sentinel Prime]].
* [[KnightOfCerebus Knights Of Cerebus]]: The Decepticons; they appear in the much more serious and darker installments, ''My First Decepticon'' and ''A Child's Innocence''.
* LaserGuidedKarma:
** [[TheBully Carl]] who scares other kids by claiming all aliens are monsters has the ever living daylights scared out of him with his encounter with [[spoiler:Barricade]].
** [[spoiler:Barricade]] attempts to kidnap Annabelle in Carl to try and bargain for his escape in ''My First Decepticon'', and later gets [[CurbStompBattle utterly curb stomped]] [[PapaWolf by Ironhide]].
** [[spoiler:[[CorruptCorporateExecutive Dylan]] [[TheQuisling Gould]] betrays the entire human race to the Decepticons and coerces Sam Witwicky into spying on his friends, the Autobots by [[IHaveYourWife kidnapping his girlfriend, Mikaela Banes]]. Dylan later tries to turn on the pillars that will lead to Cybertron destroying and replacing Earth. Sam kills him by sending him into the pillar, [[ShockAndAwe electrocuting the businessman to death]].]]
** [[spoiler:[[FallenHero Sentinel Prime]] betrays the Autobots to work with Megatron in order to rebuild Cybertron. He later tries to assert power over Megatron. This all leads to Sentinel being caught in [[MeleeATrois a fight between Megatron and Optimus Prime]]. And later, Optimus executes the traitor with Megatron's gun.]]
* LetMeGetThisStraight: Sarah Lennox summarizing the teenagers' plan to destroy any sympathy for the Autobots.
-->'''Sarah:''' So your friends kidnapped my daughter and other children, loaded them into a van, and drove them into Chicago itself. Which is still dangerous because not all the structures are stable anymore. And your friends did this for a ''video''?
* LighterAndSofter: Most of the earlier-set stories are more light-hearted than the movies.
* LikeFatherLikeSon:
** Annabelle's desire to be a hero comes from her father and [[HonoraryUncle Ironhide]]. Her [[BewareTheNiceOnes generally being kind but not the kind of person you want to anger]] comes from her mother. [[spoiler:In ''A Child's Innocence'', she tries to stand her ground against Laserbeak and chooses to go to Chicago in the midst of its destruction because she believes that's what a hero like Ironhide would do.]]
** [[spoiler: Both Richard and Dylan Gould have no qualms with letting the Decepticons enslave the human race in exchange for power. Soundwave notes the similarities between them and the Decepticons.]]
* LittleMissBadass: Annabelle Lennox is not to be taken lightly, to wit:
** In ''Bully'', she punches [[TheBully Carl]] when he badmouths aliens and scares the entire class.
** In ''My First Decepticon'', [[SaveTheVillain she distracts Barricade so Carl can escape]].
** In ''A Child's Innocence'', she [[spoiler: tries her best to keep cool when she is captured by Laserbeak, persuades Barricade into letting her go, goes into Chicago while the Decepticons rampage through the city because [[ChronicHeroSyndrome she feels like she has to do something]], and jams a piece of rebar into [[HeroKiller Sentinel]] [[TreacherousAdvisor Prime]]'s leg.]]
* LittleStowaway: [[spoiler:Annabelle in ''A Child's Innocence'' when the military and Sam are heading to Chicago while the city is being overrun by the Decepticons]].
* MaamShock: Charlotte Mearing does not like being called "ma'am". [[DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu Mikaela Banes points out how nonsensical this is as Mearing is an unmarried woman]].
* MaleMightFemaleFinesse: Ironhide and Chromia. The former is a MightyGlacier who blasts foes to nothingness with his {{arm|Cannon}}-mounted {{BFG}}s. The latter is a FragileSpeedster who uses precise shots to kill her enemies.
** When the two engage in target practice, Ironhide claims to have won when he destroys all of the targets, to which Chromia argues that she actually lined her shots so she wouldn't destroy anything in her target's immediate vicinity.
* MamaBear: Sarah Lennox. Don't mess with her daughter. It's a bit of a RunningGag for everyone who meets her to believe that not even the Decepticons could stand up to her.
* MechanicalLifeforms: The Cybertronians.
* MeleeATrois: Optimus Prime vs. Megatron vs [[spoiler:Sentinel Prime]]
* AMillionIsAStatistic: [[spoiler: Practically the only reason why the Decepticons would kill everyone in Chicago despite their plans to use the human race as a slave work force to rebuild Cybertron. When there are billions of humans, a few thousand or even a few million gone would not matter.]]
* TheMole: Just like in ''Film/TransformersDarkOfTheMoon'', [[spoiler:Sam is forced to serve as one against his will]].
* MostWritersAreAdults: Averted. Great care is taken to make sure Annabelle acts like a child, albeit a clever child.
* MythologyGag:
** It is mentioned that Sideswipe has a twin brother named Sunstreaker. [[TheGhost Although he has not appeared in the series yet]].
** The Universal Greeting: [[WesternAnimation/TheTransformersTheMovie Bah wheep grana wheep ninny bahn]].
** Ironhide and Chromia's [[ShipTease interest in each other]] is a reference to their relationship in [[WesternAnimation/TheTransformers the original cartoon series]].
** Chapter 17 of ''A Child's Innocence'' is entitled "More Than Meets The Optic".
** Among the children Annabelle befriends in ''Not According to Plan'' are [[WesternAnimation/TransformersTheMovie Danny]] and [[Creator/PeterCullen Peter]].
** Sarah Lennox temporarily leaves [[Anime/TransformersArmada Alexis]] in charge of the soup kitchen she is running while going to visit her daughter.
* NamedByTheAdaptation: Dylan Gould's father is named Richard Gould in ''A Child's Innocence''.
* NarrativeProfanityFilter:
** Sam overhears the Wreckers converse with their human personnel and [[CoverInnocentEyesAndEars immediately slaps his hands over Annabelle's ears]].
** After getting attacked by Annabelle and the other children, Tommy lets out what is described by Izabella as "words that Izabella's parents would have never allowed under their roof".
* NoEndorHolocaust: Unlike the third film, this is averted in ''A Child's Innocence''. Having Cybertron coming through the space bridge is mentioned to be causing earthquakes near fault lines and that there is the distinct possibility that having the planet completely come through could rip Earth apart.
* NotAllowedToGrowUp: Averted. Annabelle begins the series at age four, but she's six by ''A Child's Innocence''.
* NotEnoughToBury:
** [[spoiler:Jolt, after suffering the effects of Sentinel's rust gun.]]
** [[spoiler:A number of the people in Chicago after the Decepticons lay waste to everything.]]
* NotInFrontOfTheKid:
** Ironhide and the other Autobots are refrained by Sarah and Will from swearing in Cybertronian in front of Annabelle.
** Mearing refers to the Wreckers as "idiots" rather than "assholes" because Annabelle is present.
* NotSoDifferent:
** Soundwave takes note of [[spoiler: Dylan and his father Richard Gould and their thirst for power]], even having to make sure that they were not Pretenders and even thinking that the former would be a great Decepticon and that if there were a way to implant a human mind into a Cybertronian body, [[spoiler: Dylan Gould would be a fine replacement for Laserbeak after the avian's death.]]
** After Optimus Prime [[spoiler: kills his former mentor Sentinel, he notes that the latter became no different than Megatron as they both consider themselves above other beings, cruel, merciless, and unwilling to relinquish any of their power.]]
* OCStandIn: Annabelle and her mother Sarah Lennox only barely made appearances in ''Film/{{Transformers}}''. In this series, they get more attention and development such as solidifying the former as a PluckyGirl who [[HeroWorshipper looks up to her father William Lennox and the Autobot Ironhide]] and the latter as a badass MamaBear who makes soldiers, government officials, and Cybertonians quiver in her wake.
** A number of Autobots outside of Optimus Prime and Bumblebeee get more development. Some noticeable examples include: Ironhide, Ratchet, Wheelie, and Chromia.
* OfficialCouple: [[TheHero Sam Witwicky]] and [[ActionGirl Mikaela Banes]]. Also, unlike ''Film/TransformersDarkOfTheMoon'', they are still together in ''A Child's Innocence'' (which is a rewrite of said film) [[spoiler: and Sam even proposes to Mikaela near the end of the story.]]
* OhCrap:
** In ''A Child's Innocence'', [[spoiler: Barricade]] has this reaction when he assigned with guarding Annabelle because he is afraid of what [[PapaWolf Ironhide]] (not to mention the other Autobots who care about her) will do to him if he finds out.
** In ''Not According to Plan'', [[MassOhCrap Tommy, Mike and Emily have this reaction]] when confronted with [[ActionGirl Chromia]] and [[TheBigGuy Ironhide]] [[TranquilFury who are not happy to find out that the teenagers]] [[MamaBear have kidnapped Annabelle]] [[PapaWolf and several other children.]]
* OneManArmy: [[spoiler:Arcee, Mirage, and Sideswipe fight a nameless Decepticon {{Mook}} in Chicago. Unlike the other mooks the trio have faced, this one proves to be a challenge to the three Autobots by himself and comes close to off-lining them before Sideswipe finally manages to bring him down [[HalfTheManHeUsedToBe by cutting him in half]].]]
* OnlySaneMan: [[spoiler:Barricade is one of the only Decepticons who recognizes the [[PapaWolf consequences]] of attempting to harm Annabelle Lennox.]]
* PapaWolf: Not only does Annabelle have [[BadassNormal Will]] [[HumansAreWarriors Lennox]], but she also has [[TriggerHappy Ironhide]]. Not to mention most of the Autobots have become rather fond of her... Just take these lines of dialogue in ''A Child's Innocence'' after the Decepticons kidnap her as proof.
--> '''Will:''' They will not have her long, Sarah. I'll make sure of that.\\
'''Ironhide:''' No, Will. ''We'll'' make sure of it.
* PardonMyKlingon: "Slag" tends to be thrown around a bit. Both by Cybertronians and Annabelle. Ironhide still gets some grief for using that term in front of her.
* PluckyGirl: Annabelle. She's sweet and friendly, but she can be as brave and stubborn as her parents (or Ironhide) when she needs to. [[spoiler:She sneaks her way into a ''warzone'' because she thought she needed to be there]].
* PosthumousCharacter: [[spoiler:Richard Gould is already deceased when he is mentioned in ''A Child's Innocence''. [[SmallRoleBigImpact Although it is because of him that Dylan grew up into collaborating with the Decepticons]].]]
* PragmaticVillainy: [[spoiler:Barricade decides that it would be safer for him if he let Annabelle go so that he would avoid suffering the wrath of the Autobots who care about her (mainly Ironhide).]]
* TheQuisling: Just like in ''Film/TransformersDarkOfTheMoon'', [[spoiler: Dylan Gould]].
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: In ''Summer Vacation'', Ironhide forcing Skids and Mudflap to not speak in their annoying accents and avoid swearing while Annabelle was visiting NEST Headquarters was due to the fact that the author did not want to raise the age rating of the story.
* RealityEnsues:
** In ''My First Decepticon'', Annabelle seems perfectly fine after her encounter with [[spoiler: Barricade]]. ''Nightmares'' however shows that said encounter did in fact take a psychological toll on her.
** In ''A Child's Innocence'':
*** While Mikaela and Sam both want to help the Autobots, Mikaela has to go to her job because they need the income.
*** [[spoiler:Ironhide is almost killed by Sentinel Prime and although Ratchet manages to help him recover a bit, he warns Ironhide that he should not be considering doing anything strenuous. Not too long after Ironhide has to help his fellow Autobots fight Decepticons in Chicago, one of the Decepticons [[GameBreakingInjury aggravates the weapon specialist's injury from where he was stabbed, and giant alien robot or not, this nearly gets Ironhide killed]].]]
** The opening chapter of ''Not According to Plan'' details [[spoiler:the aftermath of the Decepticons' attack on Chicago with numerous children orphaned and a large group of people working to rebuild the city.]]
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech:
** Annabelle gives one to [[spoiler:Barricade, saying that him and the other Decepticons are just a bunch of bullies.]]
** Optimus Prime gives one to [[spoiler:Sentinel, for betraying everyone around him as well as himself.]]
** Sarah gives to Katie for conspiring with her friends to kidnap children (including Annabelle) and take them into Chicago, [[spoiler:even though its still recovering from the Decepticons' assault.]]
* RedEyesTakeWarning: Averted with Wheelie, but played straight with the other Decepticons. In ''A Child's Innocence'', Annabelle quickly figures out that Laserbeak is a Decepticon even while the Cybertronian is disuised as small, pink version of Bumblebee.
* TheRichHaveWhiteStuff: Dylan Gould's house is white and is described by Sam Witwicky as a cross between the Sydney Oprea House and Disney World's Epcot.
* RollerbladeGood: Sideswipe and the Arcee triplets move around on wheels in their robot forms.
** [[spoiler: Arcee, Mirage, and Sideswipe fight a Decepticon who also moves around on wheels when in robot form.]]
* SacrificialLion: To show how DarkerAndEdgier ''A Child's Innocence'' is in compared to other stories in the series, [[spoiler: Jolt and Flareup are killed by Sentinel Prime.]]
* SaveTheVillain: For a certain value of "villain." In ''My First Decepticon'', [[spoiler:when Barricade shows up, Annabelle serves as a distraction so that [[TheBully Carl]] can escape]].
* ScrewThisImOutOfHere:
** [[spoiler:In ''A Child's Innocence'', Starscream decides to get the hell out of dodge after Sam [[EyeScream impales him in the eye]] and [[AnArmAndALeg nearly blows off his arm with an explosive]].]]
** In ''Not According to Plan'', [[TeensAreMonsters Tommy]] tries to run for it when he is noticed by Chromia and Ironhide, Chromia keeps him from escaping.
* SecretKeeper: Not including those connected to the government or [=NEST=], those who know the truth about the Cybertronians include Sam, Mikaela, Annabelle, their families, [[AndZoidberg and Leo]] ([[TheGhost though he hasn't appeared in the series]]).
* SequelEscalation: ''A Child's Innocence'' compared to the preceding entries which were SliceOfLife stories that were overall [[LighterAndSofter light in tone compared to the films]]. This entry involves [[spoiler:kidnapping, {{Character Death}}s, large scale destruction, countless innocent people being killed, and an all out brawl between two factions of giant alien robots.]]
* ShipperOnDeck: Annabelle is waiting rather impatiently for [[spoiler:Ironhide and Chromia]] to realize they belong together.
** Dylan tells Sam that the reason he gave a letter of recommendation to Accuretta Systems to help Sam get a job there was because he supports his and Mikaela's relationship. [[spoiler:It's actually part of his plan to get [[TheMole a spy who is close to the Autobots in the form of Sam]].]]
** Bumblebee is this to Mikaela and Sam, just like how he was in ''Film/{{Transformers}}'' and ''Film/TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen''. This continues into ''A Child's Innocence'' (which rewrites ''Film/TransformersDarkOfTheMoon'') [[spoiler: where he encourages Sam to propose to Mikaela and is disappointed when Sam seems to not want to go through with it.]]
* ShipTease: There are moments in the series that tease Chromia and Ironhide, to list a few:
** In ''A Child's Innocence'', Chromia's thoughts show that she would save Annabelle even if she did not care about the child because she knows that Ironhide cares about her and she hates seeing Ironhide upset.
** As mentioned in AngerBornOfWorry, Chromia scolding Ironhide for risking himself.
* ShoutOut:
** At one point in ''A Child's Innocence'', [[ActorAllusion Dutch]] says [[{{Series/Firefly}} "I'm a leaf on the wind.]] [[{{Film/Serenity}} Watch how I soar."]]
** In the same story, Mikaela compares Sam to [[Film/DieHard John McClane]] [[spoiler:when he arrives at Dylan's penthouse and holds the businessman at gunpoint, demanding to know where Mikaela is.]]
** Among the children Annabelle befriends in ''Not According to Plan'' are [[Franchise/StarWars Luke]], [[Franchise/SpiderMan Peter, and Gwen]].
* ShutUpHannibal:
** Just like in ''Film/TransformersDarkOfTheMoon'':
*** Sam finds himself facing off against [[spoiler: Dylan Gould]], a human who has agreed [[TheQuisling to assist the Decepticons in their takeover of Earth]], provided that [[spoiler: he]] is unharmed after the takeover (and possibly gets a fair share of the spoils; such as being leader of the human slaves, which is made more clear in ''A Child's Innocence''). Sam tries to reason with [[spoiler: Dylan]], who ignores his pleas and turns on the final Pillar for the Space Bridge, warping Cybertron into Earth's atmosphere. [[spoiler: Dylan]] then kicks Sam to the ground, telling him "You chose a side? You chose wrong!" Moments later, Sam appears with a metal bar in his hands, leading to this final conversation:
--->'''[[spoiler:Dylan]]:''' See that? (Points to Cybertron) I just saved a whole other world! You think you're a hero? You think you're a HERO!?"\\
'''Sam:''' No... [[MeaningfulEcho I'm just the messenger]]! (Rams [[spoiler: Dylan]] with the metal bar, causing [[spoiler: him]] to collide with the Pillar's energy beam, electrocuting [[spoiler: him]] to death.)
*** Optimus Prime does this to both Megatron and [[spoiler: Sentinel Prime]].
--->'''Megatron:''' (as he's about to finish off [[spoiler: Sentinel Prime]]) But I'll have to finish off Optimus as well this time, he and his followers have gotten in the way once too many times. I have to wonder, though... what will it be like without him around? Who will I be without him?\\
'''[[spoiler:Sentinel Prime]]:''' I don't know. Who would he be without you?\\
'''Optimus Prime:''' Time to find out. ([[spoiler:Cuts Megatron's right arm off with his axe and later [[StopHittingYourself beats Megatron with his own arm]]]])\\
'''[[spoiler:Sentinel Prime]]:''' [[spoiler:Optimus... all I ever wanted... was the survival of our race... You must see why I had to betray you]]...\\
'''Optimus Prime:''' (picks up Megatron's gun) [[spoiler:As I said before you didn't betray me, Sentinel. You betrayed yourself.]] (takes aim at [[spoiler:Sentinel]]) \\
'''[[spoiler:Sentinel Prime]]:''' NO, OPTIMUS...!\\
'''Optimus Prime:''' (Fires the gun, killing [[spoiler:Sentinel]])
** In ''Not According to Plan'', Annabelle to the teenagers who are trying to make a video that will discredit the Autobots.
** From the same story, Sarah to Tommy when the latter tries justifying his actions (kidnapping Annabelle, Izabella, Danny, Luke, Peter and Gwen) and generally refusing responsibility for his actions.
* TheSociopath: Laserbeak takes great joy in killing humans.
* SpannerInTheWorks:
** In ''A Child's Innocence'', Annabelle tells Megatron that she thinks [[spoiler: Dylan Gould and Sentinel Prime]] are responsible for [[spoiler: what is happening in Chicago.]] This serves as a blow to Megatron's ego as he thinks that humans do not believe that he is the leader of the Decepticons or a significant threat and that [[spoiler: Dylan and Sentinel have overshadowed him. He then attacks Sentinel.]] Note that Annabelle really ''does'' believe that [[spoiler: Dylan and Sentinel]] are the ones responsible for what is happening in [[spoiler: Chicago]] and has no idea that Megatron is actually the one who is behind everything.
** In ''[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Not According to Plan]]'', the teenagers' plan to make anti-Cybertronian propaganda would have gone much better if Annabelle didn't decide to join the other kids that were going to be in the propaganda.
*** Wheelie also throws a wrench into the works by uploading an unedited video of Annabelle and the other children befriending him all over the Internet.
* SparedByTheAdaptation: So far in ''A Child's Innocence'', [[spoiler:Ironhide, Starscream, Wheeljack, Soundwave, and Megatron]] have survived their fates from ''Film/TransformersDarkOfTheMoon''.
* TheStarscream: Starscream, obviously. A few characters, especially Megatron, take note that he is planning to usurp control and become leader of the Decepticons. Megatron only keeps him around as long as Starscream proves to be useful and as the saying goes "Keep your friends close, keep your enemies closer."
* StatingTheSimpleSolution: [[spoiler: When Annabelle is kidnapped by Laserbeak and Starscream with the latter watching over her, she appeals to Starscream's ego and points out that as the second in command of the Decepticons, he could use the chain of command to drop tasks that he feels are beneath him onto someone else. [[PunyEarthlings As much as Starscream hates humans]], he does concede that she has a point and gives the task of watching Annabelle to Barricade. This leads into another example when Barricade does not want to hold Annabelle captive because he is afraid of what [[PapaWolf Iron]][[TriggerHappy hide]] will do to him when he finds out. Annabelle tells Barricade that he could drop her off at a location where an Autobot will pick her up. Barricade concedes to it as Annabelle will have already served her purpose as a distraction for the Autobots if he does drive her to said location.]]
* StopHittingYourself: In ''A Child's Innocence'', [[spoiler: Optimus beats Megatron with the latter's severed arm in the FinalBattle in Chicago]].
* SuddenNameChange: The name of the third Arcee sister was originally "[[WesternAnimation/TheTransformers Moonracer]]" before the author changed it to "Flareup" to match with WordOfGod of the ''Film/TransformersFilmSeries''.
* SwitchingPOV: The series switches between the POV of various characters.
* TacticalWithdrawal: In ''A Child's Innocence'', [[spoiler:after being defeated in Chicago, Starscream, Soundwave, Megatron, and Barricade decide to retreat while they still can.]]
* TeensAreMonsters: In ''Not According to Plan'', [[spoiler:a group of teenagers have kidnapped a number of children, including Annabelle and some of these children who are now orphans because of the Decepticons, in order to drum up sympathy for their plan to get all of the Cybertronians off Earth. Tommy hates all of the Cybertronians and want them either dead or gone and Mike is only interested in being famous.]]
* ThinkOfTheChildren: Tommy tries to convince people to get rid of all Cybertronians (both Autobots and Decepticons) by emphasizing that they are a threat to kids.
* TookALevelInKindness: In ''Summer Vacation'', Simmons acts very obnoxious to Sarah and Annabelle because they are civilians in a government facility. In ''A Child's Innocence'', he has softened up quite a bit [[spoiler:and even comforts Annabelle when the Autobots are seemingly killed in the Xanthium explosion]].
* TransformingMecha: It's a ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' fanfic, what do you expect?
* TreacherousAdvisor: [[spoiler:Sentinel Prime]]
* TricksterTwins: Mudflap and Skids
* TriggerHappy: Ironhide with his [[{{Main/BFG}} cannons]]. Chromia is also this to some extent.
* UndyingLoyalty: Soundwave to Megatron
* UngratefulTownsfolk: There are humans who act pretty dismissive to the Autobots, despite the fact that they're pretty much the only reason why the Decepticons have not killed or enslaved the entire Earth's population.
** In ''A Child's Innocence'', [[spoiler:the world leaders buy that the Decepitcons will spare the Earth's population if the Autobots are exiled. Sam, Lennox, Epps and Simmons are aware of the fact that the Decepticons will most certainly not keep their word and that the Autobots are the Cybertronians who don't wish humans any ill will. The Decepticons will attack and Earth is forcing their only real chance at combating them off the planet. Simmons refrains from saying "I told you so." when the Decepticons unsurprisingly go against their end of the deal and blow up the ''Xanthium''.]]
-->'''Epps:''' I can't believe that anyone would think that getting rid of a few Cyertronians would fix anything.\\
'''Sam:''' If we just do what they want, how are we ever going to live with ourselves?\\
'''Simmons:''' Years from now they're going to ask us, 'where were you when they took over the planet'? We're gonna say, 'we stood by and watched'.
** In ''Not According to Plan'', Tommy, Mike, Emily and Katie were trying to destroy any sympathy for the Autobots with anti-Cybertronian propaganda. Tommy, in particular, believes all Cybertronians to be murderous psychopaths and Mike is only interested in being famous at the Autbots' expense. You really can't help but cheer when Annabelle stands her ground against them and Sarah chews out Katie for trying to spread fear and hate.
* VitriolicBestBuds: Ironhide reacts to Ratchet's checkups in ways that are comparable to a child who doesn't want to go the doctor and Ratchet has gotten more than a few laughs at Ironhide's expense. Despite this, they do show camaraderie with one another.
* {{WAFF}}: If you do not go "aww..." at some point, you have no soul.
* WaterGunsAndBalloons: The ideal weapons whenever Annabelle decides to team up with Ironhide against Sam, Wheelie, or the Twins.
* WeHardlyKnewYe:
** [[spoiler:Not much development or attention is given to Jolt and Flareup before Sentinel Prime off-lines them.]]
** [[spoiler:There's not much change to Shockwave's role in ''DOTM'' before Optimus Prime off-lines him.]]
* WeWillMeetAgain: [[spoiler:In ''A Child's Innocence'', after being defeated in Chicago and having his plans involving using the space bridge to bring Cybertron to replace Earth foiled, [[BigBad Megatron]] makes it clear that while the Autobots have won the battle, they have not won the war.]]
* WellIntentionedExtremist: [[spoiler:Sentinel Prime truly believes that the only way to rebuild Cybertron is by allying with [[BigBad Megatron]], unfortunately their plan to rebuild Cybertron involves destroying the Earth to replace it with Cybertron and enslaving the entire human race so naturally the Autobots don't really side with him. [[NotHelpingYourCase Not helping Sentinel is that he killed Jolt and Flareup and almost killed Ironhide.]]]]
* WhipItGood: Jolt and Mirage have [[DualWielding one on each arm]] which they use in robot form.
* WrongGenreSavvy: [[spoiler:Barricade contacts Wheelie and the latter immediately assumes that Barricade is going to force him into being TheMole for the Decepticons. When Wheelie tries to stand his ground, Barricade tells him that the reason he contacted Wheelie was so that he could give the location of Annabelle Lennox, whom the Decepticons had kidnapped earlier.]]