Fanfic / Black Crayons

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.

She never tells anyone, however, that the truck isn't ''just'' a truck. It is her best friend, Ironhide.

Set after Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, 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, Bookworm Gal, 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 Transformers: Dark of the Moon. 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):

Or they can all be read here

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

While most of the stories are 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:

  • A God Am I: Sentinel has this mindset, seeing the Cybertonians to be worshiped by humans.
  • Action Girl: Mikaela for the humans and the Arcee triplets for the Autobots.
  • Action Survivor: Sam Witwicky, Mikaela Banes, and Annabelle Lennox
  • Adaptation Name Change: Dino and Que in Transformers: Dark of the Moon are named Mirage and Wheeljack respectively in A Child's Innocence.
  • Adaptational Badass: In the Transformers Film Series, 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.
  • Adaptational Villainy: In Transformers: Dark of the Moon, not much is known about Dylan Gould's father. In A Child's Innocence, Richard Gould is where Dylan got the whole "betray the human race" thing from as well as his lust for power.
  • Aliens Are Bastards: The Decepticons, obviously.
  • Aliens Speaking English: Just like in the movies, the Cybertronians have downloaded the language. Also inverted when Annabelle begins learning to speak Cybertronian.
  • Alternate Universe Fic: A Child's Innocence is a rewrite of Transformers: Dark of the Moon. One of the differences is removing Carly and putting Mikaela back in the storyline.
  • An Arm and a Leg: In A Child's Innocence, quite a few examples:
    • Starscream nearly has his entire arm blown off courtesy of Sam placing an explosive on the former's shoulder joint.
    • Megatron has his arm cut off by Optimus Prime.
    • Sentinel Prime cuts off Optimus Prime's arm.
  • Anger Born of Worry: Chromia scolds Ironhide for nearly getting himself killed out of concern for him.
  • Ascended Extra: Sarah Lennox and Annabelle Lennox
  • Badass in Distress: When Mikaela is captured by Dylan, she spends the time trying to figure out a way to escape or imagining killing Dylan.
  • Badly Battered Babysitter: While never actually hurt, Jennifer ends the night with her nerves frayed due to a "possessed truck" outside.
  • Bait and Switch: 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.
  • Battle Couple: Two examples in A Child's Innocence:
    • Sam and Mikaela pull off some impressive stunts in Chicago.
    • Ironhide and Chromia approach this as well.
  • Battle of Wits: 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...
  • Berserk Button: 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.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Skids and Mudflap are pranksters and were given Butt Monkey treatment in Summer Vacation, but in A Child's Innocence they show themselves to be capable fighters in Chicago by performing a Colossus Climb 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. Skids defeats the Decepticon by snapping its neck and then ripping its head off.
  • BFG: Ironhide. Annabelle always makes sure to include his cannons in her drawings.
  • Bilingual Backfire: At one point, Ironhide begins teaching Annabelle some basics about how to speak Cybertronian. 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, use the universal greeting on Barricade, and hear a critical conversation about a traitor in the Autobot's midst.
  • Break the Cutie: Annabelle, in chapter 11 of A Child's Innocence, is reduced to a heart-broken, crying child after witnessing the Xanthium explode.
  • Call Back: 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 Transformers and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen in her angry thoughts when Mearing says that Sam is just a "messenger".
    • Once again Mikaela hotwires a car.
    • Skids and Mudflap climbing on a larger Decepticon.
  • Car Fu: In A Child's Innocence, Mikaela pulls this off fairly well against a Decepticon.
  • Cheerful Child: Annabelle
  • Chekhov's Skill: Annabelle speaking Cybertronian. First, a cute way learn about the Twin's pranking plans. Later, a life saving skill.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: In A Child's Innocence, 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.
  • Composite Character:
    • Carly Spencer's role in Transformers: Dark of the Moon is given to Mikaela Banes in A Child's Innocence. Being Sam Witwicky's Love Interest, being employed by Dylan Gould, getting kidnapped by Dylan Gould to be used as leverage against Sam, et cetera. Annabelle Lennox is the one who convinces Megatron to turn against Sentinel Prime, although in her case, she does it unintentionally.
    • In Transformers: Dark of the Moon, 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.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Jolt being disintegrated by Sentinel's rust gun thing.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: In My First Decepticon, Ironhide inflicts this on Barricade for trying to harm Annabelle.
  • Cute Mute: Just like in the films, Bumblebee.
  • Damsel out of Distress: In A Child's Innocence, when Mikaela is kidnapped by Dylan Gould, she actually puts in an effort to try to escape.
  • Darker and Edgier: 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.
  • Death by Adaptation: Brains, who survives the events of Transformers: Dark of the Moon, dies in A Child's Innocence.
  • Dented Iron: 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:
    • Sam nearly has his arm dislocated by Starscream.
    • Mikaela has more than a few scratches from pulling off the above mentioned Car Fu. She even has her arms almost entirely covered by guaze by the end of the story.
    • Annabelle is rendered unconscious and has her arm broken after getting knocked away by Sentinel Prime.
  • Determinator: 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.
  • Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: In My First Decepticon, Annabelle gives a "The Reason You Suck" Speech to Barricade:
    Annabelle: My name in Annabelle. And you're a big mean bully. You just act tough when you scare people. 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.
  • Dying Moment of Awesome: Jolt who continuously holds onto Sentinel Prime to keep him from shooting anyone else before succumbing to the effects of Sentinel's rust gun.
  • Eureka Moment: Ironhide discovering that Sentinel Prime is the "Autobot traitor", its also what keeps him from being killed by Sentinel's 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.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: 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.
  • Evil Counterpart: 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.
  • Eye Scream: Starscream courtesy of Sam Witwicky suffers this in A Child's Innocence.
  • Face Doodling: Annabelle does this to the twins, Mudflap and Skids, in Summer Vacation. Glitter was also used.
  • Fallen Hero: Sentinel Prime
  • Fan Verse
  • Genre Savvy: 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. In A Child's Innocence, it is this reason that he decides to let Annabelle go when she is taken prisoner.
  • Going Down with the Ship: Wheelie and Brains. The former survived.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: A few examples in A Child's Innocence:
    • Flareup is on the receiving end of this trope courtesy of Sentinel Prime.
    • Sideswipe inflicts this on a Decepticon in Chicago.
  • Hero Killer: Sentinel Prime kills Jolt and Flareup and almost did the same to Ironhide.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Ironhide and Annabelle. It is portrayed as a platonic relationship.
  • Humans Are Warriors: Aside from the army, the other human characters get their moments in Chicago in A Child's Innocence. Especially:
    • Sam who manages to force Starscream into retreating by impaling him in the eye and nearly blowing his arm off.
    • Mikaela who pulls off some impressive Car Fu against a Decepticon, Wheelie doesn't call her "Warrior Goddess" for nothing.
    • Annabelle Lennox who manages to distract Sentinel Prime by driving a piece of rebar into his leg.
  • Humans Through Alien Eyes: Ironhide, and later Bumblebee, have initial trouble with how the crayon drawings are supposed to represent reality.
  • I Have Your Wife: 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.
    • Mikaela Banes is kidnapped by Dylan Gould and Soundwave to force Sam Witwicky into being The Mole for the Decepticons.
  • Innocent Inaccurate: Annabelle thinks the skeletons in Chicago are Halloween decorations.
  • Interspecies Friendship: Annabelle (human) and Ironhide (Cybertronian). Actually, just like in the movies, there a lot of this going on with the main characters.
  • In the Back: Similar to the scene in Transformers: Dark of the Moon, 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.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Barricade attempts to kidnap Annabelle in Carl to try and bargain for his escape in My First Decepticon, and later gets utterly curb stomped by Ironhide.
  • Lighter and Softer: Most of the earlier-set stories are more light-hearted than the movies.
  • Like Father, Like Son: 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.
  • Little Miss Badass: Annabelle Lennox is not to be taken lightly, to wit:
  • Little Stowaway: Annabelle in A Child's Innocence.
  • Killed Off for Real: Jerry Wang, Jolt, Flareup, Laserbeak, Shockwave, Brains, Dylan Gould, and Sentinel Prime.
  • Mama Bear: Sarah Lennox. Don't mess with her daughter. It's a bit of a Running Gag for characters to believe that not even the Decepticons could stand up to her.
  • Knight of Cerebus: The Decepticons; they appear in the much more serious and darker installments, My First Decepticon and A Child's Innocence.
  • Mle Trois: Optimus Prime vs. Megatron vs Sentinel Prime
  • The Mole: Just like in Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Sam is forced to serve as one against his will.
  • Most Writers Are Adults: Averted. Great care is taken to make sure Annabelle acts like a child, albeit a clever child.
  • Mythology Gag: The Universal Greeting: Bah wheep grana wheep ninny bahn
  • No Endor Holocaust: 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.
  • Not Allowed to Grow Up: Averted. Annabelle begins the series at age four, but she's six by A Child's Innocence.
  • Not So Different:
    • Soundwave takes note of 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, Dylan Gould would be a fine replacement for Laserbeak after the latter's death.
    • After Optimus Prime kills his former mentor Sentinel, he notes that the latter became no different than Megatron.
  • Papa Wolf: Not only does Annabelle have Will Lennox, but she also has Ironhide. Not to mention most of the Autobots have become rather fond of her...
  • Official Couple: Sam Witwicky and Mikaela Banes. Also, unlike Transformers: Dark of the Moon, they are still together in A Child's Innocence (which is a rewrite of said film) and Sam even proposes to Mikaela near the end of the story.
  • Oh Crap!: In A Child's Innocence, Barricade has this reaction when he assigned with guarding Annabelle because he is afraid of what Ironhide (not to mention the other Autobots who care about her) will do to him if he finds out.
  • Plucky Girl: Annabelle. She's sweet and friendly, but she can be as brave and stubborn as her parents (or Ironhide) when she needs to. She sneaks her way into a warzone because she thought she needed to be there.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: 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).
  • The Quisling: Just like in Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Dylan Gould.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: 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.
  • Rollerblade Good: Sideswipe and the Arcee triplets move around on wheels in their robot forms.
    • Arcee, Mirage, and Sideswipe fight a Decepticon who also moves around on wheels when in robot form.
  • Sacrificial Lion: To show how Darker and Edgier A Child's Innocence is in compared to other stories in the series, Jolt and Flareup are killed by Sentinel Prime.
  • Save the Villain: For a certain value of "villain." In My First Decepticon, when Barricade shows up, Annabelle serves as a distraction so that Carl can escape.
  • The Sociopath: Laserbeak takes great joy in killing humans.
  • Secret Keeper: Not including those connected to the government or NEST, those who know the truth about the Cybertronians include Sam, Mikaela, Annabelle, their families, and Leo (though he hasn't appeared in the series).
  • Shipper on Deck: Annabelle is waiting rather impatiently for Ironhide and Chromia to realize they belong together.
  • Ship Tease: 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 Anger Born of Worry, Chromia scolding Ironhide for risking himself.
  • Shout-Out: At one point in A Child's Innocence, Dutch says I'm a leaf on the wind. Watch how I soar.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: Just like in Transformers: Dark of the Moon:
    • Sam finds himself facing off against Dylan Gould, a human who has agreed to assist the Decepticons in their takeover of Earth, provided that 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 Dylan, who ignores his pleas and turns on the final Pillar for the Space Bridge, warping Cybertron into Earth's atmosphere. 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:
      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... I'm just the messenger! (Rams Dylan with the metal bar, causing Dylan to collide with the Pillar's energy beam, electrocuting him to death.)
    • Optimus Prime does this to both Megatron and Sentinel Prime.
      Megatron: (as he's about to finish off 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?
      Sentinel Prime: I don't know. Who would he be without you?
      Optimus Prime: Time to find out. (Cuts Megatron's right arm off with his axe and later beats Megatron with his own arm)
      Sentinel Prime: 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) As I said before you didn't betray me, Sentinel. You betrayed yourself. (takes aim at Sentinel)
      Sentinel Prime: NO, OPTIMUS...!
      Optimus Prime: (Fires the gun, killing Sentinel)
  • Spanner in the Works: In A Child's Innocence, Annabelle tells Megatron that she thinks Dylan Gould and Sentinel Prime are responsible for 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 Dylan and Sentinel have overshadowed him. He then attacks Sentinel. Note that Annabelle really does believe that Dylan and Sentinel are the ones responsible for what is happening in Chicago and has no idea that Megatron is actually the one who is behind everything.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: So far in A Child's Innocence, Ironhide, Starscream, Wheeljack, Soundwave, Wheelie, and Megatron have survived their fates from Transformers: Dark of the Moon.
  • The Starscream: Starscream, obviously. A few characters, especially Megatron, take note that he is planning to usurp control and become leader of the Decepticons.
  • Stop Hitting Yourself: In A Child's Innocence, Optimus beats Megatron's with the latter's severed arm in the Final Battle in Chicago.
  • Tactical Withdrawal: In A Child's Innocence, after being defeated in Chicago, Starscream, Soundwave, Megatron, and Barricade decide to retreat while they still can.
  • Transforming Mecha: It's a Transformers fanfic, what do you expect?
  • Treacherous Advisor: Sentinel Prime
  • Trickster Twins: Mudflap and Skids
  • Undying Loyalty: Soundwave to Megatron
  • W.A.F.F.: If you do not go "aww..." at some point, you have no soul.
  • Water Guns and Balloons: The ideal weapons whenever Annabelle decides to team up with Ironhide against Sam, Wheelie, or the Twins.
  • Whip It Good: Jolt and Mirage have one on each arm which they use in robot form.

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