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/Transformers}} Ironhide]].

Set after ''Film/TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen'', this series is a prime example of what happens when characters wrestle control away from the writer. [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5026037/1/Black_Crayons 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 four are multi-chapter pieces including the most recent one that attempts to rewrite ''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):

* [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5026037/1/Black_Crayons Black Crayons]]
* [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5039456/1/Drawings Drawings]]
* [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5066572/1/Babysitters_Nightmare Babysitter's Nightmare]]
* [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5071269/1/Night_Sky Night Sky]]
* [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5060907/1/Bully Bully]]
* [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5059167/1/ParentTeacher_Conference Parent-Teacher Conference]]
* [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5173390/1/Everyone_Needs_a_Birthday Everybody Needs a Birthday]]
* [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5073757/1/Babysitting_Take_Two Babysitting, Take Two]]
* [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5182664/1/When_I_Grow_Up When I Grow Up]]
* [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5212715/1/Party_Time Party Time]]
* [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5347566/1/Language_Lessons Language Lessons]]
* [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5456444/1/Summer_Vacation Summer Vacation]]
* [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5264011/1/My_First_Decepticon My First Decepticon]]
* [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6398626/1/Nightmares Nightmares]]
* [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7170395/1/A_Childs_Innocence A Child's Innocence]]

Or they can all be read [[http://archiveofourown.org/series/116641 here]]

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

* [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5593005/1/100_Black_Crayons 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...

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

* 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 Cybertonians 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 ''Franchise/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 ''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 former's shoulder joint.]]
** [[spoiler: Megatron has his arm cut off by Optimus Prime.]]
** [[spoiler: Sentinel Prime cuts off Optimus Prime's arm.]]
* AngerBornOfWorry: Chromia scolds Ironhide for nearly getting himself killed [[ShipTease out of concern for him]].
* AscendedExtra: Sarah Lennox and Annabelle Lennox
** Also, as mentioned in AlternateUniverseFic, Mikaela is not PutOnABus in the rewrite of ''Film/TransformersDarkOfTheMoon''.
* BadassArmy: The Autobots and the Decepticons.
* 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.
* 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. Annabelle always makes sure to include his cannons in her drawings.
* 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.]]
* 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 Skid and Mudflap's plans to pull a prank on Ironhide, [[spoiler: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]].]]
* CallBack: A few in ''A Child's Innocence'':
** Events from the installments in the series are referenced. To name a few:
*** 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.
** Mikaela brings up events from ''Film/{{Transformers}}'' and ''Film/TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen'' in her angry thoughts when Mearing says that Sam is just a "messenger".
-->It took all of her self-control, earned through endless practice dealing with rude customers, not to react to that insult to her boyfriend. She'd like to see this paper-pushing woman run through explosions to protect the Cube, face down Megatron, or risk his life to save Optimus. In fact, she'd love to see Mearing double-team a Decepticon with Bumblebee using a tow truck or run over that creepy metal girl who was hitting on her guy in his dorm room.
** [[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.
* CarFu: In ''A Child's Innocence'', [[spoiler: Mikaela pulls this off fairly well against a Decepticon]].
* CheerfulChild: Annabelle
* ChekhovsSkill: Annabelle speaking Cybertronian. First, a cute way 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.]]
* CombatMedic: Ratchet
* 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.
* 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 Decepticon which is why that the Decepticons kept Dylan alive while [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness they killed off the rest of their human collaborators.]]]]
* 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]].
* CuteMute: Just like in the films, Bumblebee.
* DamselOutOfDistress: In ''A Child's Innocence'', when Mikaela is kidnapped by [[spoiler: Dylan Gould]], she actually puts in an effort to try to escape.
* DarkerAndEdgier: While most of the stories in the series have been fluffy, little tales intended to make you smile, things start becoming more serious around ''My First Decepticon'' and become positively dark at points in ''A Child's Innocence''.
* 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.]]
* 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 amů\\
'''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.
* 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.]]
* 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.]]
* 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 Cybertonians 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 Cybertonians: Richard Gould with the Decepticons and William Lennox with the Autobots. Both Dylan and Annabelle also grew up with the knowledge of the Cybertonians, 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.
* FallenHero: [[spoiler:Sentinel Prime]]
* FanVerse
* {{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.]]
* 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.]]
* AGodAmI: [[spoiler: Sentinel has this mindset, seeing the Cybertonians to be worshiped by humans.]]
* GoingDownWithTheShip: [[spoiler:Wheelie and Brains. The former survived.]]
* 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.]]
* 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: 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.]]
* 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.
* InTheBack: Similar to the scene in ''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 fathers: [[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: 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 his 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]].
* LighterAndSofter: Most of the earlier-set stories are more light-hearted than the movies.
* LikeFatherLikeSon: [[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'']].
* 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]].
* 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.
* MeleeATrois: Optimus Prime vs. Megatron vs [[spoiler:Sentinel Prime]]
* AMillionIsAStatistic: [[spoiler: Practically the only reason why the Decepticons would 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 missing would not matter.]]
* TheMole: Just like in ''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: The Universal Greeting: [[TransformersTheMovie Bah wheep grana wheep ninny bahn]]
* 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''.
* 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 Cybertonian body, [[spoiler: Dylan Gould would be a fine replacement for Laserbeak after the latter's death.]]
** After Optimus Prime [[spoiler: kills his former mentor Sentinel]], he notes that the latter became no different than Megatron.
* 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.
* {{Papa Wolf}}: 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.
* 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]].
* 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.
* 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 Cybertonian is disuised as small, pink version of Bumblebee.
* 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]].
* TheSociopath: Laserbeak takes great joy in killing humans.
* 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]] (though he hasn't appeared in the series).
* 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 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. Watch how I soar.]]
** In the same story, Mikaela compares Sam to [[Film/DieHard John McClane]].
* 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]]]])\\
(later)\\
'''[[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]])
* 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.
* SparedByTheAdaptation: So far in ''A Child's Innocence'', [[spoiler:Ironhide, Starscream, Wheeljack, Soundwave, Wheelie, 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.
* 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]].
* TacticalWithdrawal: In ''A Child's Innocence'', [[spoiler: after being defeated in Chicago, Starscream, Soundwave, Megatron, and Barricade decide to retreat while they still can.]]
* TransformingMecha: It's a ''{{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
* VitriolicBestBuds: Ironhide reacts to Ratchet's checkups 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.
* 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.]]

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