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:

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  • Action Girl: Mikaela for the humans and the Arcee triplets for the Autobots.
  • Action Survivor: Sam Witwicky, Mikaela Banes, and Annabelle Lennox
  • Adaptation Expansion: More character moments are given to a number of characters, the Lennox family and Cybertonians who are not named Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, and Megatron in particular.
  • Adaptation Name Change:
    • In the films, the Arcee triplets are named Arcee, Chromia, and Elita-One. In the Black Crayons series, they are named Arcee, Chromia, and Flareup.
    • Dino and Que in Transformers: Dark of the Moon are named Mirage and Wheeljack respectively in A Child's Innocence.
  • Adaptational Badass:
    • The Arcee triplets are much more badass compared to their film counterparts.
    • 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.
    • In A Child's Innocence, Soundwave and Bumblebee's fight is extended and Bumblebee only managed to gain the upper hand when Soundwave stumbled across an explosive that Mikaela had left in a failed attempt to send the bomb at the Decepticon. Soundwave also managed to keep the Autobot from redirecting his Arm Cannon directly into his chest. Lastly, Soundwave survives the fight and retreats.
    • In Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Megatron easily leaves Sentinel for dead after turning on him. The Decepticon leader is then easily dispatched by an arm-less Optimus Prime. In A Child's Innocence, Megatron, Sentinel, and Optimus have a proper three-way fight.
  • 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.
  • Adult Fear: William Lennox shows concern when he discovers that Annabelle is unaccounted for in the evacuation of her school from Barricade and then goes into Papa Wolf mode.
    • In A Child's Innocence, Sarah Lennox is driven to tears when she sees Annabelle being kidnapped by Laserbeak. It happens again when she finds out that that Annabelle is in Chicago which is currently overrun by the Decepticons, she breaks down in tears at the thought of her child in such danger.
  • 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
  • Attack Its Weak Point: Cybertonians' armor can protect them from large blasts large-scale attacks, but small enough weapons can slip in between sections of their armor to get at the more delicate circuitry underneath. Mikaela causes some serious damage to Laserbeak by stabbing him with a screwdriver, getting under the armor of one of his wings.
  • Badass Army: The Autobots and the Decepticons.
  • 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.
  • Big Damn Heroes: In chapter 3 of My First Decepticon, Ironhide shows up to save Annabelle from Barricade.
    • In chapter 13 of A Child's Innocence, the Autobots show up to help Sam and the military deal with the Decepticon invasion in Chicago as well as save Mikaela from Dylan.
  • 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.
  • Boss in Mook Clothing: Arcee, Mirage, and Sideswipe fight a nameless Decepticon Mook in Chicago. Unlike the other mooks the trio have faced, this one proves to be a challenge to the three Autobots by himself and comes close to off-lining them before Sideswipe finally manages to bring him down by cutting him in half.
  • 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.
  • Broke Your Arm Punching Out Cthulhu:
  • 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.
      • Barricade recognizing Annabelle is a reference to their first encounter in My First Decepticon.
    • 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".
    It took all of her self-control, earned through endless practice dealing with rude customers, not to react to that insult to her boyfriend. She'd like to see this paper-pushing woman run through explosions to protect the Cube, face down Megatron, or risk his life to save Optimus. In fact, she'd love to see Mearing double-team a Decepticon with Bumblebee using a tow truck or run over that creepy metal girl who was hitting on her guy in his dorm room.
    Mikaela: I love this 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:
    • Sam and Mikaela choose to help the Autobots like they have done in the past when Sam gets Jerry Wang's files about the Moon Landing Conspiracy.
    • 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.
  • Combat Medic: Ratchet
  • Combat Stilettos: Averted Trope. Mikaela wears tennis shoes to the dinner party with Dylan Gould to avoid a situation where she has to run in heels. She made the right call.
  • 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.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Dylan Gould, board member of Accuretta Systems, does not seems so bad when he first appears, he compliments Mikaela for her skills as a mechanic and even hires her to work on his private collection of cars. He also helps Sam get a job at Accuretta Systems and tells Sam that his reason was because he supports Sam and Mikaela's relationship. Although he gives Mikaela an expensive car which both Sam and Mikaela agree is not a very appropriate gesture that he probably only did to remind Sam of his status and wealth. But then it is revealed that he is allied with the Decepticons and though he tries to defend himself by saying he had no choice because his father Richard Gould was initially given the job of working with Soundwave and Laserbeak and Dylan "inherited" the job after Richard passed away, information from Soundwave shows that Dylan is actually more willing to help the Decepticons than he would admit because of his lust for power, same goes for his father. Soundwave actually had to make sure that Richard and Dylan were not Decepticon Pretenders and admits that Dylan would have made a fine Decepticon which is why that the Decepticons kept Dylan alive while they killed off the rest of their human collaborators.
  • 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: Two examples in A Child's Innocence:
    • Annabelle Lennox is kidnapped by the Decepticons and she manages to escape her captors by first appealing to Starscream's ego and convince him to let another Decepticon watch her. Starscream then gives the task of watching Annabelle to Barricade and then the child convinces Barricade to let the Autobots get her back so that he can avoid the wrath of the Autobots (especially Ironhide).
    • Mikaela is kidnapped by Dylan Gould, she actually puts in an effort to try to escape. When Bumblebee, Sam, and Wheelie come to rescue her, she helps them kill Laserbeak.
  • 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.
  • Defensive Feint Trap: Megatron feigns not being in top condition to everyone around him to make them underestimate him should the time come for him to really fight. Annabelle inadvertently convinces him that this backfired when she assumes that Sentinel and Dylan are behind the events in Chicago leading the Decepticon leader to believe he is no longer seen as a credible threat. This leads to Megatron turning on Sentinel.
  • Defiant Captive:
    • While captured by Laserbeak and Starscream, Annabelle Lennox takes advantage of Starscream's ego to convince him to get another Decepticon to watch her. When Starscream gets Barricade to watch Annabelle, the girl convinces Barricade to let her go so that he will not suffer Ironhide's wrath.
    • Mikaela Banes is captured by Soundwave and Dylan Gould and spends her time either trying to figure out how to escape or thinking about killing Dylan.
  • Demoted to Extra: Two examples in the DOTM rewrite:
  • 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 is 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.
    Barricade: Who can stop me, you?
    Ironhide: No, me. (Cue Curb-Stomp Battle for Barricade)
    • Mikaela quickly gets fed up with Mearing, but really gets upset when Mearing dismisses Sam's heroics.
    Mearing: You are not a soldier. You are a messenger. You've always been a messenger.
    Mikaela: Well, thanks for listening so well. After all, any important information about the Decepticons must be taken serious since it could be vital, and not immediately ignored because it was brought by someone who isn't in your chain of command. Have a nice night, ma'am.
    Mearing: Don't call me 'ma'am.' I am
    Mikaela: Yes, you are a 'ma'am.' You're a woman, you're not married, so you're a 'ma'am.' Get used to it. (turns to leave with Sam)
    Sam: (once he and Mikaela are out of earshot) That was so hot, 'Kaela. You can fight my battles anytime you like.
    Mikaela: I'll remember that.
  • Dramatic Irony: While holding Annabelle captive, Starscream converses with Barricade out loud in Cybertonian, thinking the child would not be able to understand them. She is capable of picking up bits and pieces of the conversation and warns the Autobots that there is a traitor, who turns out to be Sentinel Prime.
  • 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.
    • Dylan Gould could also be considered one to Annabelle Lennox. Both of their fathers worked with Cybertonians: Richard Gould with the Decepticons and William Lennox with the Autobots. Both Dylan and Annabelle also grew up with the knowledge of the Cybertonians, however Dylan was influenced by the villainous Decepticons whilst Annabelle was influenced by the heroic Autobots. This is best exemplified in Chicago where Dylan stops at nothing to ensure the Decepticons' victory while Annabelle stops at nothing to keep the Decepticons from winning.
  • Exact Words: Sam invokes this trope during his conversation with Optimus Prime when the Autobots are being forced to leave Earth to clue him in on the fact that the Decepticons are listening in on them by telling him that "no other human" will know whatever Optimus tells him. Optimus understands and does not tell Sam that the Autobots have no intention of leaving Earth.
  • 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.
  • Failed a Spot Check: Laserbeak transforms into a smaller, pink version of Bumblebee in an effort to get Annabelle's trust. However, he neglected to change his eyes and Annabelle quickly figures out that he's a Decepticon.
  • Fallen Hero: Sentinel Prime
  • Fan Verse
  • Foreshadowing: Annabelle listens to Starscream and Barricade converse in Cybertonian about the "Autobot traitor" and hears that the traitor's name is "...Prime". Since she knows what Optimus Prime's name sounds like in Cybertonian, the traitor cannot be him. There's also only one other Prime: Sentinel, who turns out to be the traitor.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: NEST and the other Autobots are as annoyed with Skids and Mudflap's accents and personalities as everyone who saw Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.
  • 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.
    • Mikaela deliberately avoids wearing heels to Dylan's dinner party to avoid a similar situation to the one where she had to run through the desert in high heels. She made the right choice.
  • A God Am I: Sentinel has this mindset, seeing the Cybertonians to be worshiped by humans.
  • 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.
  • Hero-Worshipper: Annabelle looks up to her father who served in the military and the Autobot Ironhide who both work in NEST.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Ironhide and Annabelle. It is portrayed as a platonic relationship.
    • Ironhide and Chromia are approaching a more romantic version of this trope.
  • 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.
  • Hypocrite: Sentinel Prime, who betrayed the Autobots and everything they stood for, is outraged at Megatron betraying him. Obviously, Optimus Prime calls him out on this.
  • 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.
  • Impersonating an Officer: Well, Impersonating an Officer's Vehicle with Barricade, but it accomplishes a similar effect. Although Barricade has used a hologram of a police officer to help sell the illusion. Characters acknowledge that it is rather ingenious for Barricade to impersonate a vehicle that would inspire trust from humans.
    • In My First Decepticon, Annabelle and Carl think that Barricade in his vehicle form is an actual cop car and do not realize until too late that he isn't.
    • Near the end of A Child's Innocence, Barricade uses his vehicle form to escort Megatron out of Chicago.
  • Improvised Weapon:
    • Mikaela stabs Laserbeak's wing with a screwdriver which gets into the more delicate circuitry of the avian Decepticon.
    • Sam uses one of the grappling hook climbing gloves given to him by Wheeljack to stab Starscream in the eye.
    • Mikaela also uses one of the grappling hook climbing gloves to launch an explosive to distract Soundwave from executing Bumblebee. She misses, but later when Soundwave is fighting Bumblebee, the Decepticon's leg hits the explosive and allows Bumblebee to gain the upper hand.
    • Annabelle tries to fend off Laserbeak with a tree branch, but is not quite successful. Later, she jams a piece of reinforcing bar into Sentinel Prime's leg. Even though she's knocked out for her efforts, this does stall Sentinel in his fight with Optimus and Megatron.
  • Innocent Inaccurate: Annabelle thinks the skeletons in Chicago are Halloween decorations.
  • Interspecies Friendship: Annabelle (human) and Ironhide (Cybertronian). Other noticeable examples include Sam and Bumblebee and Mikaela and Wheelie. Actually, just like in the movies, there is 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.
  • It's Personal: Both Sam and Annabelle choose to go to Chicago which has been recently invaded by the Decepticons in an effort to stop them from using the pillars to bring Cybertron to Earth because of the role they played in Mikaela's kidnapping and the (supposed) deaths of the Autobots.
  • Junior Counterpart: Annabelle Lennox to Sam Witwicky, they were both regular people who became aware of the Cybertonians because of their respective families: Archibald Witwicky discovered Megatron when he was frozen in ice and had the location of the Allspark imprinted on his glasses; William Lennox was attacked by a number of Decepticons and works with the Autobots in NEST. Sam and Annabelle have also befriended one Autobot in particular, Bumblebee and Ironhide, respectively.
  • Killed Off for Real: Jerry Wang, Jolt, Flareup, Laserbeak, Shockwave, Brains, Dylan Gould, and Sentinel Prime.
  • Knight of Cerebus: The Decepticons; they appear in the much more serious and darker installments, My First Decepticon and A Child's Innocence.
  • Laser-Guided Karma:
    • Carl who scares other kids by claiming all aliens are monsters has the ever living daylights scared out of him with his encounter with Barricade.
    • 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.
  • Ma'am Shock: Charlotte Mearing does not like being called "ma'am". Mikaela Banes points out how nonsensical this is as Mearing is an unmarried woman.
  • Mama Bear: Sarah Lennox. Don't mess with her daughter. It's a bit of a Running Gag for everyone who meets her to believe that not even the Decepticons could stand up to her.
  • Mechanical Lifeforms: The Cybertonians.
  • Mle Trois: Optimus Prime vs. Megatron vs Sentinel Prime
  • A Million Is a Statistic: Practically the only reason why the Decepticons would kill everyone in Chicago despite their plans to use the human race as a slave work force to rebuild Cybertron. When there are billions of humans, a few thousand or even a few million gone would not matter.
  • 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.
  • O.C. Stand-in: Annabelle and her mother Sarah Lennox only barely made appearances in Transformers. In this series, they get more attention and development such as solidifying the former as a Plucky Girl who looks up to her father William Lennox and the Autobot Ironhide and the latter as a badass Mama Bear who makes soldiers, government officials, and Cybertonians quiver in her wake.
    • A number of Autobots outside of Optimus Prime and Bumblebeee get more development. Some noticeable examples include: Ironhide, Ratchet, Wheelie, and Chromia.
  • 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.
  • 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... Just take these lines of dialogue in A Child's Innocence after the Decepticons kidnap her as proof.
    Will: They will not have her long, Sarah. I'll make sure of that.
    Ironhide: No, Will. We'll make sure of it.
  • 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.
  • Posthumous Character: Richard Gould is already deceased when he is mentioned in A Child's Innocence. Although it is because of him that Dylan grew up into collaborating with the Decepticons.
  • 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.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: In Summer Vacation, Ironhide forcing Skids and Mudflap to not speak in their annoying accents and avoid swearing while Annabelle was visiting NEST Headquarters was due to the fact that the author did not want to raise the age rating of the story.
  • Reality Ensues: In My First Decepticon, Annabelle seems perfectly fine after her encounter with Barricade. Nightmares however shows that said encounter did in fact take a psychological toll on her.
  • 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 him 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.
  • Stating the Simple Solution: When Annabelle is kidnapped by Laserbeak and Starscream with the latter watching over her, she appeals to Starscream's ego and points out that as the second in command of the Decepticons, he could use the chain of command to drop tasks that he feels are beneath him onto someone else. As much as Starscream hates humans, he does concede that she has a point and gives the task of watching Annabelle to Barricade. This leads into another example when Barricade does not want to hold Annabelle captive because he is afraid of what Ironhide will do to him when he finds out. Annabelle tells Barricade that he could drop her off at a location where an Autobot will pick her up. Barricade concedes to it as Annabelle will have already served her purpose as a distraction for the Autobots if he does drive her to said location.
  • Stop Hitting Yourself: In A Child's Innocence, Optimus beats Megatron 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
  • Trigger Happy: Ironhide with his cannons. Chromia is also this to some extent.
  • Undying Loyalty: Soundwave to Megatron
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Ironhide reacts to Ratchet's checkups are comparable to a child who doesn't want to go the doctor and Ratchet has gotten more than a few laughs at Ironhide's expense. Despite this, they do show camaraderie with one another.
  • 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.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Sentinel Prime truly believes that the only way to rebuild Cybertron is by allying with Megatron, unfortunately their plan to rebuild Cybertron involves destroying the Earth to replace it with Cybertron and enslaving the entire human race so naturally the Autobots don't really side with him. Not helping Sentinel is that he killed Jolt and Flareup and almost killed Ironhide.
  • Whip It Good: Jolt and Mirage have one on each arm which they use in robot form.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Barricade contacts Wheelie and the latter immediately assumes that Barricade is going to force him into being The Mole for the Decepticons. When Wheelie tries to stand his ground, Barricade tells him that the reason he contacted Wheelie was so that he could give the location of Annabelle Lennox, whom the Decepticons had kidnapped earlier.