[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6737580/1/Things_We_Dont_Tell_Humans Things We Don't Tell Humans]], by [[http://www.fanfiction.net/u/195772/Sinead_Rivka Sinead Rivka]] is an ongoing {{Transformers}} FanFic that follows the Autobots of the 2007 movie series as they learn to trust their new human allies with more and and more of their culture. As they make friendships and form alliances, it becomes plain that both the humans and the Autobots are more alike than they ever could have dreamed, and that the future of the Cybertronian race is far from over. It is organized into {{Story Arc}}s. '''Some spoilers.'''

Author's Summary: ''This was a first for us Autobots; never before have we come in contact with a species like these humans, so eerily similar to our own race and twice as tenacious as Sparklings. The question was, how far can we trust the humans with our culture? Gradual AU''


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!! [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6737580/1/Things_We_Dont_Tell_Humans Things We Don't Tell Humans]] contains examples of:

* ActionMom: Elita-One and Chromia, so, so much. Peace, Sarah, and Arcee, less obviously.
* AdultsAreUseless: Mostly averted.
* AFatherToHisMen: Optimus Prime.
* AliensSpeakingEnglish: Justified, the Cybertronians learned it through the internet and interaction with humans, and share the information amongst themselves. The Cybertronian children don’t have the capacity to learn human languages at first, though a few patient humans can get through to them using symbols, tone of voice, and body language.
* AncientTomb: The Tomb of the Primes is important during the Revenge of the Fallen arc, and becomes important again when Faust realizes the Primes in the Tomb [[spoiler:would have had their own Matrixes with them, not just the one they sealed themselves away to guard]].
* AngerBornOfWorry: Ratchet’s reaction to anyone he remotely likes.
* AngstComa: Prowl goes into these if he experiences an emotional extreme and/or an event his battle computer can’t rationalize. They can get very serious, especially when they involve the life or death of those close to him.
* AnguishedDeclarationOfLove: Ratchet and Wheeljack.
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: In full force! Especially when Bumblebee decides to remind Jolt ''exactly'' why he’s an officer, despite his young age.
* AwesomeMomentOfCrowning: Chapter 21: The ascension and renaming of Orion Pax, Ariel, and [[spoiler:Megivor]] to Prime, Prime’s Consort, and Lord Protector. Prowl has a badass speech, and even Sentinel Prime’s revelation that he’s become a NayTheist and can’t continue the ceremony only sets the stage for more awesome.
** Chapter 64, when [[spoiler: Faust is named as Sam's Lord Protector, and Elita-One, Bumblebee, Ratchet, Jazz, Hot Rod, and Will all become Primes. Chromia, Barricade, the Twins, Prowl, Ultra Magnus, and Ironhide are their Lady and Lord Protectors, respectively.]]
* BabyLanguage: The Cybertronian children have a pretty complex one that only those with Caretaker programming can understand.
* BackFromTheDead: Detrious [[spoiler:he doesn’t let it stick]], Optimus Prime, Sam, Megatron (Film/TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen), [[spoiler:and Jazz]]
* BadassBureaucrat: Ratchet is a senator. Also a medic, a war hero, a father several times over and doesn’t take nonsense from anyone.
* BadassFamily: The Autobots are practically made of this. Literally, in some cases.
* BadassGrandpa: Terratron, Jetfire/Skyfire, possibly Kup (although we haven’t seen him fight). Ratchet counts too, as he’s older than many of the adult characters and in human terms he’s [[spoiler: Barricade’s, Iris’, and Hudson’s]] grandfather.
* BadassTeacher: Terratron, Prowl, and Arcee.
* BattleCouple: Optimus Prime and Elita-One, Ironhide and Chromia, Prowl and Jazz.
* BedmateReveal: A variation. Wheeljack wakes up wondering why Prowl is in his apartment and giving him an amused look. It takes a moment for it to sink in: he's in Ratchet and Prowl's apartment, he was supposed to have left before Prowl returned, and he was sleeping on the couch with Ratchet in a pretty compromising position.
* BeingPersonalIsntProfessional: Prowl subscribes to this, but he always gains much more respect in the ranks when he shows he’s NotSoStoic.
* BerserkButton: Many!
** Hurting or threatening children of any species pisses off all of the Autobots and the fathers in NEST. And Megatron too.
** Sentinel Prime is a walking BerserkButton for Prowl. He irritates everybody else too, but Prowl truly hates him.
** Another one for Prowl: people nosing about in his personal life. Too bad everyone loves doing it.
** Don't interrupt Elita-One if she's trying to get some time alone with her husband. Just don't.
* BetterAsFriends: Justified temporarily between Bumblebee and [[spoiler:Barricade]], as the latter is a spy in the Decepticon ranks and the former an advance scout for the Autobots. They eventually decide to throw caution to the winds.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Prowl, Optimus Prime, and Bumblebee. Prowl unleashes BewareTheQuietOnes too.
* BloodBrothers: Pre-war Megatron and Optimus Prime; Terratron and Sentinel Prime.
* CameBackWrong: Detrious. His son, [[spoiler:Prowl]], has to deal with the consequences. Optimus worries about this [[spoiler: when he tries to resurrect Jazz]]. Given Prowl’s history, it’s not surprising that Prowl panics.
* CanonWelding: Spinox, one of Terratron's more spiritual students, eventually changes his name to [[spoiler:[[WesternAnimation/BeastWars Rhinox]] ]] and is part of a crashed team in Africa with experimental nanite camouflage technology. (which Ratchet is really jealous that he didn't get to test). Oh, and he's one of Wheeljack's grown-up sparklings. Likewise,from the same continuity,[[spoiler:Dinobot]] is Ironhide and Chromia's wayward youngest child, and [[spoiler:"Optimus" Primal]] is [[spoiler:Ultra Magnus/Dion's]], and earned his nickname from his habit of acting uncannily like his uncle [[spoiler:Optimus Prime]].
* CannotSpitItOut: Ratchet, about [[spoiler: liking Wheeljack as much more than a friend]].
* ChildhoodFriendRomance: Jazz and Prowl, though they knew about the future romance from the beginning. Sideswipe, Sunstreaker, and [[spoiler:Bluestreak]], also Bumblebee and [[spoiler:Barricade]].
* CooldownHug: Prowl sometimes finds himself in need of the Cybertronian version (giant robots can’t really ''hug'').
* CoolOldGuy: Ratchet, Ironhide, Terratron, and Kup.
* CurbStompBattle: Bumblebee vs. Jolt, and Optimus and Megatron’s first-ever fight.
* CultureClash: This is what drives the original list of “things we don’t tell humans”. The Autobots are slow to share their views on gender, family, relationships, politics and religion.
* DeathGlare: Prowl is really good at these.
* DeepCoverAgent: [[spoiler: Nightbird]], once the war begins. [[spoiler:Barricade]] tries this too, but Megatron knows all about him. [[spoiler:And doesn’t mind.]]
* DidYouThinkICantFeel: Prowl to Jazz, before they finally become friends.
* DisappearedDad: Detrious, for Prowl, and Sideswipe and Sunstreaker’s Caretakers (if you could call them that).
* DoctorsOrders: Ratchet and First Aid.
* DrowningMySorrows: Happens once each to [[spoiler:Prowl and Elita-One]], under strict supervision by their friends and medics. It’s mentioned that Prowl takes after Ratchet in this.
* EmbarrassingFirstName: Sepia and Sunstreaker heartily dislike their original names.
* ElectiveMute: Bumblebee after he gets his voice back.
* FakeDefector: See DeepCoverAgent above.
* FightingFromTheInside: [[spoiler:Megatron, and later Barricade]] in the Peril Arc.
* FlashbackNightmare: Prowl has one, revealing what happened when he learned that Jazz had died.
* ForeignCussWord: The Cybertronians’ swearing. The humans start to use them too.
* FriendlyAddressPrivileges: Terratron is Master to his students when they’re training, Lord Terratron everywhere else, but Terra to his friends.
** It seems only Terratron gets to call Sentinel Prime “Nel”.
** Elita-One occasionally calls Optimus Prime “Orion Pax”, as do the Primes Past.
* FriendToAllChildren: Optimus [[spoiler:and Sam.]] It’s a core personality trait of all Primes.
* FriendVersusLover: Sam and Barricade, over Bumblebee.
* {{Futureshadowing}}: After Prowl is informed of both [[spoiler: sparklings on Earth]] and Jazz's death he thinks he might adopt [[spoiler: a sparkling]] and rely on that to give himself a reason to live. It becomes a TearJerker when one realizes [[spoiler: this is essentially what his first caretaker was doing before he committed suicide]].
* GenderIsNoObject: For the Cybertronians, despite the fact that "Femmes" are relatively rare.
* GenderRarityValue: Femmes are valued as they are the least common of the three genders in a dying race, but they avoid being enslaved or worshiped because they are not strictly necessary to reproduce and because of the above trope.
* GoodCostumeSwitch: [[spoiler:Barricade]] is more streamlined and graceful around his Autobot family, and paints himself black so that he isn’t confused with his Caretaker, [[spoiler:Prowl]]. ''After'' he gleefully scares the pants off Sam, of course.
* GoodParents: Many –it’s easier to list the bad parents, but there are a few surprises in the GoodParents category: [[spoiler: Barricade, Sideswipe, Sunstreaker, and Sam]]
* GoodPeopleHaveGoodSex: The good guys generally have healthy sexual relationships. When that starts to go downhill for Megatron and [[spoiler:Nightbird]], she ''knows'' something is wrong.
* HappilyAdopted: Prowl, Sideswipe and Sunstreaker, later [[spoiler: Faust, Æether, Alchemy, Hudson, Cobalt, Iris, Torch, Quicksilver, Sepia, Viridian, and Wheelie]]
* HappilyMarried: Quite a few of the characters.
* HardHead: PlayedForLaughs when Ratchet conks Optimus over the head with his own damaged armor after a fight. Horrifyingly subverted and PlayedForDrama with the head injury Megatron received in the second film.
* HeadbuttOfLove: How you properly say hello to a Cybertronian child. It seems to be the equivalent of a hug.
* HonoraryUncle: Epps, for [[spoiler:Sepia and Viridian]]
* HighPriest: Optimus Prime is of the PriestKing variety.
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: Optimus Prime and Elita-One.
* HumansThroughAlienEyes
* IAmNotMyFather: One of Prowl’s deepest motivations.
* IllegalGuardian: Sideswipe’s and Sunstreaker’s Creators, if they weren’t AbusiveParents instead (or also).
* IncompletelyTrained: ''Megatron'', and it comes back to bite him in the butt more than once. Bumblebee too…but that doesn’t stop him from wiping the floor with Jolt, unarmed, using the fighting style he is half-trained in.
* InsecureLoveInterest: What's keeping Ratchet and Wheeljack (Ratchet especially) from their RelationshipUpgrade.
* IntercontinuityCrossover: Sam is related to [[spoiler:IndianaJones]]. And [[spoiler:Hogarth Hughes, of TheIronGiant fame]].
* InterspeciesAdoption: Faust, Æther, Alchemy, Quicksilver, Viridian and Wheelie.
* InYourNatureToDestroyYourselves: One of the reasons why the Autobots are wary of sharing their technology.
* IUhYouToo: Prowl and Jazz becoming friends.
* JerkassFacade: Ratchet wields this to make his patients live to “stay mad at [him] longer”.
* JustAKid: Starscream thinks this of Faust.
* KungFuKid: Prowl and Jazz as children, and any child Prowl teaches. Especially Faust.
* LetsWaitAwhile: Jazz and Prowl.
* LikeAnOldMarriedCouple: Everyone’s first impression of Prowl and Jazz as adults, even before their RelationshipUpgrade. There is general astonishment that they actually aren’t official. Ratchet has this with Wheeljack too.
* LongLived: The Cybertronians. And now [[spoiler:Dana, Tom Banachek, and Sam]]. More recently, [[spoiler:Mikayla]].
* LoveAtFirstSight: Legitimate and physically possible for Cybertronians. Optimus and Elita; Ironhide and Chromia; and Techni and Blues, Jazz’s parents, had this. Also Jazz and Prowl, much to their initial irritation.
* MasterApprenticeChain: In effect whenever Optimus and Megatron fight, or Bumblebee and Barricade, since they were trained by Prowl and/or Terratron, Prowl’s master.
* OldMaster: Terratron
* MechanicalLifeforms: The Cybertronians.
* MindlinkMates: The Bonded (married) Cybertronians. It requires a great deal of trust, and causes big problems if one of the pair dies. This is one of the reasons [[spoiler: Prowl and Jazz]] aren’t Bonded at the beginning of the story, despite everyone’s assumptions that they are. This is also why the mysterious Decepticon Powers-That-Be won’t let [[spoiler:Megatron Bond with Nightbird]].
* MindRape: Installing restrictive programming (which can create an alternate personality) in someone else’s mind. It’s almost as bad when you do it to yourself.
* MindVirus: The restrictive programming that [[spoiler:Megatron]] was under is infectious.
* ModestRoyalty: Optimus Prime, Elita-One, Megatron, and Nightbird
* MoralityAdjustment: Type 2 for [[spoiler:Megatron]] during the Peril Arc.
* MoreDeadlyThanTheMale: Elita-One is physically tiny (compared to her mate –she’s still huge in human terms). She is also much more violent and downright terrifies Megatron and Sentinel Prime. This seems to be the norm in-universe –a traditional femme frame might not be as strong as a mech’s but it is usually faster and potentially more lethal.
* MouthyKid: Torch, Wheelie. Young Jazz had touches of this. Sunstreaker and Sideswipe used to be this, and still embrace it as a persona.
* NatureVersusNurture: A big question for the Autobots.
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: Prowl gives one of these to Juryrig when Juryrig rips Prowl’s “doorwings” off.
* NotAMorningPerson: Optimus Prime
* NotStayingForBreakfast: Lampshaded /inverted. Wheeljack wasn’t supposed to stay at Ratchet's all the way ‘till morning, but he does. An amused Prowl gets them breakfast.
* ObfuscatingInsanity: [[spoiler:Megatron]] post Peril Arc.
* OldSoldier: Ironhide, Ratchet.
* OnlyMostlyDead: Jetfire at the end of TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen.
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: Megatron in the Peril Arc so, so much. Two words: [[spoiler:"Save me."]]. His first out of character moments in the flashbacks from the beginning of the war as well. Also, Prowl’s breakdown when Jazz dies.
** Mikayla's [[spoiler:breakup with Sam and her treatment of Wheelie and Bumblebee]] seemed a little abrupt and unnecessarily vicious for her character. We should have been paying attention!
* PapaWolf: Ratchet, Optimus Prime, and Ironhide. Optimus scares ''everyone'' when he finds out how badly the agents who took Quicksilver in treated him, and Ratchet tries to shout down a general who keeps disrespecting Prowl.
* PrecisionFStrike: Prowl rarely swears, but when he does, it’s heartfelt and spectacular. He learned from the best. (Detrious, Ratchet, and Terratron) Also notable is Ratchet’s AnguishedDeclarationOfLove to [[spoiler:Wheeljack]], and Faust’s reaction to Starscream’s offer of training.
* RaisedByNatives: [[spoiler:Faust, Æther, Alchemy, and Viridian. Quicksilver and Wheelie]] as well, at least somewhat.
* ReallySeventeenYearsOld: Skids and Mudflap
* RelegatedMentor: Terratron embraces this with grace and dignity. Sentinel Prime does ''not''.
* RenownedSelectiveMentor: Terratron, so much so that his students aren’t usually allowed to meet each other. It's a very big deal when he finally allows it.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: Pre-War Megatron, Optimus, Elita, and Nightbird are well-known and loved on Cybertron for this. They were working-class before becoming the leaders of Cybertron, and they still like doing things with their hands, Optimus especially.
* ReverseMole: [[spoiler:Barricade]]
* RulingCouple: Optimus Prime & Elita-One, as well as Megatron and Nightbird. Despite Optimus and Megatron being the ones with the Matrix/official title, their consorts are held as equal (or at least, equally capable) ruling partners. It's Elita who takes over as leader of the Autobots in the [[Film/TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen Revenge Arc]], rather than Prowl, his second-in-command in the military aspect.
** Now that Elita-One [[spoiler:is a Prime in her own right]] as of Ch. 64, [[spoiler:it's a more straight example]].
** [[spoiler:Bumblebee and Barricade]] and [[spoiler:Jazz and Prowl]], too.
* StoryArc
* ScrewPolitenessImASenior: Skyfire ''loves'' doing this.
* ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight: When the NEST soldiers take Optimus’ body to Egypt during the Revenge Arc, and when Optimus Prime authorizes Ratchet to use nanites to heal Dana.
* SexForSolace: Averted with Prowl and Sunstreaker. Not that Smokescreen and Kup believe Sunstreaker and Bluestreak about this right away.
* SexlessMarriage: One of the reasons Nightbird knows something’s very wrong with Megatron in the Overture Arc flashbacks
* ShipperOnDeck: (also AmazinglyEmbarrassingParents ) The Autobots really enjoy this. Ratchet, Wheeljack, Blues, Techni, and Terratron all ship Jazz and Prowl, who in turn ship their son with Bumblebee (Optimus Prime ships this too), as well as Bluestreak with Sideswipe and Sunstreaker. Optimus Prime also ships Sam and Carly.
* TangledFamilyTree: Hoo boy. Ratchet and Wheeljack’s dysfunctional clan of children and adopted children is huge. Apparently this is true for many Cybertronian families.
* TheBard: Jazz and Bumblebee
* TheStoic: Soundwave. Prowl has a touch of this. He exaggerates it as part of his officer persona.
* TimeAbyss: Alpha Trion and Skyfire.
* TitleDrop: After [[spoiler:Elita One, Chromia, Springer, and Hound land on Earth]], Ironhide mentions this as the nickname for a handbook.
* TrainingFromHell: For Barricade and [[spoiler:Nightbird]].
* TrialByCombat: A time-honored tradition, both on Cybertron and among the Autobots on Earth.
* TrueCompanions: Much of the cast, Autobots and NEST
* TwinTelepathy: Sideswipe and Sunstreaker, probably [[spoiler:Æther and Achemy]].
* UnderestimatingBadassery: Jolt does this to Bumblebee, and Megatron does this Optimus when they have their first fight as Prime and Lord Protector. Terratron’s other students (besides Jazz and Megivor) do this to Prowl –but only once! Starscream underestimates Faust, too.
* VictoriousChildhoodFriend: Bumblebee and [[spoiler:Barricade]]; Sideswipe, Sunstreaker, and [[spoiler:Bluestreak]]
* VillainEpisode: The Peril Arc
* WallGlower: Sentinel Prime perfects his when Optimus becomes the ruling Prime.
* WartimeWedding: Type II between [[spoiler:Jazz and Prowl]].
* WhamEpisode: The Peril Arc, especially Chapter 49, where it’s revealed that [[spoiler: part of why Megatron is the monster he is because he’s been hacked]].
* WhatTheHellHero: Elita-One calls Sam out on his avoiding responsibility in Film/TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen.
** Ratchet and Prowl call Sentinel Prime out on resurrecting Detrious and then ignoring his unstable mental state. And also waiting to reveal the fact that he's become a NayTheist until the worst (or best) possible moment.
** Megatron, Optimus, and Elita give him a what-for for breaking into Optimus' office (and then lying about having called ahead) and interrupting a moment between Optimus and Elita.
* WhileYouWereInDiapers: Ratchet, Ironhide, and Kup try to one-up each other. Kup wins.
* WhoWantsToLiveForever: [[spoiler: Dana and Tom]] aren’t worried about this, but [[spoiler:Sam is]]
* WillNotBeAVictim: Faust, neither of the war, nor of Starscream.
* WiseBeyondTheirYears: Prowl, Faust, Æther, Alchemy