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:

  • Action Girl: Mikaela for the humans and the Arcee triplets for the Autobots.
  • 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": Starscream, Megatron and Optimus Prime all suffer this.
  • Anger Born of Worry: Chromia scolds Ironhide for nearly getting himself killed out of concern for him.
  • Ascended Extra: Sarah Lennox and Annabelle Lennox
  • Badly Battered Babysitter: While never actually hurt, Jennifer ends the night with her nerves frayed due to a "possessed truck" outside.
  • 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.
  • 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: In "A Child's Innocence", once again Mikaela hotwires a car.
  • 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.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Jolt being disintegrated by Sentinel's rust gun thing.
  • 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".
  • Dying Moment of Awesome: Jolt who continuously holds onto Sentinel Prime before succumbing to the effects of Sentinel's rust gun.
  • 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.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Ironhide and Annabelle. It is portrayed as a platonic relationship.
  • Humans Are Warriors: The human characters get their moments in Chicago in "A Child's Innocence". Especially Sam towards Starscream as mentioned in An Arm and a Leg and Eye Scream and Mikaela towards a Decepticon as mentioned in Car Fu, Wheelie doesn't call her "Warrior Goddess" for nothing.
  • Humans Through Alien Eyes: Ironhide, and later Bumblebee, have initial trouble with how the crayon drawings are supposed to represent reality.
  • 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.
  • Lighter and Softer: Most of the earlier-set stories are more light-hearted than the movies.
  • Little Miss Badass: Annabelle Lennox stands up to bullies and in "A Child's Innocence", drives a piece of debris into Sentinel Prime's leg.
  • 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.
  • 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 Cybertonians as well as comparing the former to Megatron.
    • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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: Chromia and Ironhide have a few of these, 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)
      (later)
      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 inadvertently convinces Megatron to turn on Sentinel Prime when she says that Dylan Gould and Sentinel Prime are responsible for Megatron's plan. Note that Annabelle really does believe that what happened in Chicago was the work of Dylan and Sentinel.
  • 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.
  • 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?
  • Trickster Twins: Mudflap and Skids
  • 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.


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