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Fan Fic: Transformers Animated Cybertronian Genesis

Transformers Animated: Cybertronian Genesis by Darth T-Rex is a TFA continuation fic detailing the events after Season 3.

Summary on fanfiction.net: Fanfiction picking up where Season 3 left off, dealing with the aftermath of the last great battle and the impact it has on the Autobots, the Decepticons and Cybertron. Carries on into a new story with familiar characters and expanding others.

Finished on June 10, 2010. There is an in-progress sequel called Transformers Animated: The Mercy of Prime, detailing the renewed Autobot-Decepticon war.

Warning: spoilers for the last season of Transformers Animated!

Tropes:

  • Achilles' Heel: When questioned on how he was going to take care of Optimus at the Siege of Polyhex by Starscream, Megatron succinctly replies that everybot has one fatal weakness. His optics then shift slightly towards the oblivious Blackarachnia.
    Starscream: "Ah. Hello, weakness."
  • All Love Is Unrequited: Both Optimus and Sentinel had feelings for Elita. While it seemed at the time that Elita had only platonic feelings for both of them (though it's implied she reciprocated Optimus's feelings, if only a little bit), she ended up with Sentinel because he asked her out first. Now, as Blackarachnia, she hates both of them, while Optimus is still hopelessly in love with her.
  • Arch-Enemy: Optimus and Megatron's relationship from the show has now evolved into this, much like how they are in the rest of the franchise.
  • Back from the Dead: Starscream. He couldn't stand all the peace and harmony within the AllSpark and skedaddled at the earliest opportunity. Noticeably averted with Prowl.
  • Big Damn Heroes: The Steelhaven's appearance at Polyhex is a godsend to the Autobots as they prepare to make their escape.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: Megatron has no memory of Kup's stand against him at Kaiba-3 due to how many planets he's conquered over the years.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Everybody in the main cast, both Autobot and Decepticon, get some of the spotlight.
  • Determinator: You can take Optimus down, but you can't keep him down — much to Megatron's ire.
  • Defiant to the End: Megatron thinks Optimus is being this after being defeated at the Lost Planet. It's only as his blade is descending does he realize that it's not defiance, but triumph.
  • The Dreaded: Megatron is the obvious one, but Optimus also incites this reaction as his reputation grows. It's to the point that even Starscream (who noticeably had no issue taking on the entire crew during the pilot) makes it a point not to antagonize Optimus directly without some backup or something separating them. Only Megatron is willing to take him on one-on-one, and vice versa.
  • Enemy Mine: Once it becomes clear that Gigatron is a threat to all of them, Optimus and Megatron establish a ceasefire and a temporary alliance between the Autobots and the Decepticons.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Megatron has a hard time understanding why Optimus stood against him so many times — it's neither for glory or for justice or even for some convoluted sense of duty. Rather, Optimus stands against him for the sake of his friends, something that perplexes Megatron to the point of obsession.
  • Killed Off for Real: It's almost as bad as the third season of TFA. Cyclonus, Lockdown, Kup and Perceptor are just a few of them.
  • Love Triangle: There was one between Optimus, Elita, and Sentinel prior to the events of Archa Seven. Both Optimus and Sentinel had a thing for Elita, while Elita wasn't interested in any romance.
  • Go-Karting with Bowser: The sequel reveals that to pass the time, the Decepticons played Poker, which the Autobots join them after establishing their alliance. Apparently, Lugnut is a very good poker player, but folds on purpose so Megatron may win.
  • Hero-Worshipper: The ever faithful Lugnut is still present, and in the sequel, Optimus's heroics has sequestered him one in the form of Rodimus Minor. Megatron lampshades it by comparing Rodimus to Lugnut.
  • It's Personal: Optimus's continued struggle with Megatron has never truly been personal, at least on his side — his determination is ultimately fueled by his desire to protect his friends, never for personal glory or even for duty. Megatron in turn outright despises him for robbing him of his self-assuredness, his need for control over any given situation. So their conflict was only personal on one side. And then Megatron had to go and kiss Blackarachnia. Suddenly, Optimus had no issue trying to offline him by strangling him with his axe.
  • Myth Arc: While Sari's origins are resolved fairly early into the first story, there is still a mystery surrounding her powers and her connection with the AllSpark.
  • Official Couple: Ratchet/Arcee is a given, and of course, Lugnut/Strika, but this fic is also infamous for creating the Crack Ship Soundwave/Slipstream.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Megatron's obsession with Optimus is one of the major plot points of the sequel. There's a spot between the helmets of the two Magnuses Megatron has personally defeated reserved especially for Optimus. The obsession grows to the point that Megatron arranged a battle on a planet with a heavily fortified fortress that resulted in heavy casualties on both sides. Since the planet was well-known for having a large amount of protoform matter, it was assumed that was why he attacked it. It wasn't. After the battle is over, in which Optimus escapes him once more, Megatron cites the operation as a failure, despite conquering the fortress, stating that they didn't complete their primary objective for the assault.
  • The Resenter: Sentinel resents Optimus for becoming the Hero of Cybertron. It only grows when Optimus is declared Ultra Magnus's chosen successor.
  • Sanity Slippage: By the time the sequel rolls, it becomes obvious that Megatron's obsession with Optimus is gradually making him more unhinged, which, in an alternate future, eventually facilitated him into becoming Gigatron. It becomes so bad that Starscream, of all 'bots, calls him out on it.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: As you can see by the sheer number of tropes mentioning them here, Optimus and Megatron all but function as the main protagonists, regardless of the fact that they are bitter enemies on opposing sides. The only characters who get close to the amount of introspective focus they get is Sari (thanks to the overarching Myth Arc surrounding her powers) and Blackarachnia (and that is only by proxy of her relationship with Optimus, the underlying romantic tension offset by her resentment and pride, and his lingering guilt).
  • The Starscream: Take a guess. And for bonus points, he partnered up with Sentinel to go off and join Gigatron.
  • Take-That Kiss: Megatron gives one to Blackarachnia in order to drive Optimus into accepting his offer and join the Decepticons. All it did was piss him off.
  • Took a Level in Badass: While it was never truly highlighted in the show (barring Prowl's mastery of Processor over Matter), the team has obviously grown during their time on Earth. None more so than Optimus, who is now acknowledged as the Hero of Cybertron and one of, if not the only, Autobot (let alone Cybertronian) that can go one-on-one with Megatron.
  • Undying Loyalty: Strangely, Starscream of all 'bots was incredibly loyal to Megatron. His greatest desire was for his efforts to be acknowledged by his lord — and they were, when Megatron named him as his second-in-command and successor. However, Greed and Ambition over the realization that the entire Decepticon empire would one day be his turned him into, well, The Starscream.
  • Villain Episode: The fic focuses almost as much on the Decepticons as it does the Autobots. Optimus's antagonistic relationship with Megatron is one of the main focus points of the narrative, and the story frequently delves into the mind of Megatron in order to illustrate how Optimus's continued defiance slowly begins to deteriorate his psyche.
  • Worthy Opponent: Megatron has acknowledged Optimus as such several times, regarding him to the best 'bot he's ever fought. During one of the Villain Episodes, he acknowledges that the reason he hates Optimus so much is because he respects him so much, and that he respects him so much because he hates him so much.

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