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 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!


  • 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, and hopes that she can be redeemed.
  • 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.
  • Assimilation Plot: In his timeline, Gigatron succeeded in absorbing the sparks of every Cybertronian (including Sari), Vector Sigma and the AllSpark. And now that he's in the present, he intends to do it all over again.
  • 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 Bad: Megatron for Cybertronian Genesis. His evil alternate timeline future self Gigatron for the sequel.
  • Big Damn Heroes: The Steelhaven's appearance at Polyhex is a godsend to the Autobots as they prepare to make their escape.
  • Bizarre Alien Senses: The Quintesson facilities are bathed in lights that appear pure white to Cybertronians but are projecting colors that visible in the spectrum that Quintessons see the world in.
  • Brought Down to Normal: Starscream comes back to life, but he has no AllSpark fragment keeping him immortal this time. Megatron lampshades this.
  • 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.
    • Optimus was supposed to be this to Megatron. The events of the show enraged Megatron to such an extent that one of Megatron's major goals in Cybertronian Genesis is to kill him so he can finally forget his name and make him just another Prime he's killed over the years. When Optimus evaded death at his hands again, that's when Megatron left a space between the helmets of the two Magnuses he had defeated, specifically for him.
  • Cliffhanger: Chapter 32 of Mercy of Prime ends with Megatron deciding to absorb the AllSpark.
  • Consummate Liar: Gigatron. He tells Soundwave that Slipstream abandoned him when Gigatron came for their sparks in the alternate timeline. Megatron's visions reveal that Slipstream stood and fought by his side to the end.
  • 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.
  • Duel to the Death: The last leg of the Siege of Polyhex is Optimus and Megatron fighting to the death, while the Decepticons are content to stand by and watch while the Autobats prepare to evacuate to the Steelhaven.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: Waspinator gets his name cleared and is reunited with Ironhide.
  • 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.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones:
    • In addition to Lugnut and Strika's long-standing relationship, Soundwave and Slipstream (of all bots) develop feelings for each other.
    • In a platonic version, Megatron knew that one of his high ranking officers would probably turn on him for the Autobot/Decepticon alliance, but he despairs that it had to be Shockwave.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Even Megatron and Lugnut are disgusted by Gigatron's actions.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Even Lugnut is forced to admit that Megatron forcibly kissing Blackarachnia to piss off Optimus Prime is nothing to praise about in any fashion.
  • 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.
  • Future Me Scares Me: Gigatron manages to be this to Megatron, being completely and utterly insane. In fact, his mere existence is enough to snap Megatron out of his Sanity Slippage, out of fear and disgust of becoming him. When he's given visions of the alternate timeline where he became Gigatron, he was so disgusted by what he became that he begged Optimus to kill him.
  • 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.
  • Hive Mind: The Quintessons communicate through one.
  • It's Personal: Optimus' 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.
  • 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.
  • The Lost Lenore: A variation in Elita-1 for Optimus Prime. While she is still alive as Blackarachnia, it's all but stated that the Elita-1 Optimus and Sentinel knew is dead. Her metaphorical "death" is a significant influence on Optimus' ideals and actions throughout the narrative.
  • 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 (though it's implied that, despite being in a relationship with Sentinel, Elita did feel something for Optimus).
  • Loving a Shadow: Elita-1 was Optimus Prime's One True Love, hence his fixation on her new identity Blackarachnia, whose organic form repulses everyone else, including potential suitors. However, as far as Blackarachnia and everyone else is concerned, Elita-1 is dead. And some, including Megatron, believe that the Elita Optimus loved may have never existed in the first place.
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane:
    • Starscream's resurrection. Was he able to come back to life due to the unusual nature of his death or was it just because his sheer determination allowed him to hightail out of the afterlife when Optimus "opened the doors to the afterlife" while communing with the AllSpark? Starscream doesn't even know which one it was.
    • Ultra Magnus' Sanity Slippage. Was it due to Sigma Supreme's death (Magnus having been bonded with Sigma like Ratchet was with Omega) or did he just snap due to the chaos of Optimus' radical decisions? Sentinel thinks it's the former while Optimus thinks it's the latter.
  • 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.
  • Mythology Gag: Many, a noticeable one is that Gigatron's speech in the Mercy of Prime is almost identical to Megatron's in Beast Machines.
  • I Never Said It Was Poison: Inverted. When Gigatron is extracting Optimus' Spark, he gloats about how it's now going just the way he wants it. Optimus is able to deduce that something went wrong in Gigatron's original timeline through this statement.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: Blitzwing is the one who kills Lockdown.
  • 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.
  • Properly Paranoid: Megatron was very right to install an override command in Protoform X in case the Quintessons tried to backstab him.
  • 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.
  • Shout-Out: In The Mercy of Prime, Megatron uses Hot Shot and Hupcap to recreate the messenger scene from Mulan.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: Optimus doesn't even entertain the idea of starting a romantic relationship with anyone else besides Elita-1/Blackarachnia. He outright states that she was the love of his lifecycle, and it becomes very clear that Optimus would rather spend his life alone than with someone that isn't her. As for her, while she did date Sentinel, it's all but stated that the only bot she ever felt attracted to was Optimus.
  • The Sociopath: Even before she became Blackarachnia, Elita-1 showed hints of this, which Megatron comments on during his duel with Optimus at the end of Cybertronian Genesis. Kip named her Elita-1 due to her high opinion of herself, and she would've graduated already on her own before the Archa Seven incident had she not been enjoying her time with Optimus and Sentinel, a development she didn't expect to happen. At the very least, she was very self-absorbed and had issues forming meaningful attachments beyond simple companionship. As noted above, it's implied that she felt nothing for Sentinel during their relationship, and it seems her closest emotional connection was actually with Optimus, who was in love with her — in fact, he was the only bot she seemed to feel anything for. That's why she is much harsher on him than she is with Sentinel, as Optimus is the one who ultimately left her behind.
  • 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.
  • Thrown Out the Airlock: Shockwave's ultimate fate.
  • 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.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Megatron has a minor one when he requests an upgrade from Scalpel, only to learn that he's already so powerful that he can't be upgraded further. Megatron then loses control of his anger and demands the doctor give him a way to defeat Optimus.
  • 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. By the end of the first story, the fact that the designated spot for Optimus' helmet in Megatron's trophy room is between the two Magnuses he personally defeated indicates that Megatron views Optimus as his greatest enemy, and (hopefully) his defeat as his greatest triumph.