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Fanfic Recs: Transformers
Proof that the remaining 10% is more than meets the eye here:

These are recommendations made by Tropers for Fan Fics, all of which have been signed. After a few samples, you will be able to judge whether you might be interested in the 'fic, based on who recommended it. No-name recommendations will be zapped. Nobody would back up the rec. Discussion of the recommendation is welcome on the discussion page. As such discussion is important, do remember to add the discussion page to the watchlist, if need be.
Authors, and Websites
EnvySkort
  • Recommended by rrcandthemuse
  • Envy Skort is an writer/artist who has compiled an exceedingly entertaining and rather insightful collection of transformer comics comprised of both G1 and Transfomer Prime continuities. Some are one shots and short two-parters, while others, such as A Very Decepticon Christmas, span over one hundred pages. She also seems to have a soft spot for minions and the less utilized characters, such as Cosmos. Also, her Smug Scream. Primus, her SmugScream...
    • Seconded wholeheartedly. The range of facial expressions is amazing to see, especially the contrast between Starscream, Thundercracker, and Skywarp. Everyone is surprisingly identifiable and in-character, but are just put in the most ridiculous situations, leading to such phenomenons such as Depressed!Hook, Big Damn Hero!Cosmos, Fanboy!Blitzwing, etc. The dialogue is excellent, and the artist's notes are hilarious sort-of Non Sequiturs. Tons of Crowning Moment of Heartwarming buried in each comic, as well as a Crowning Moment of Funny almost every page. Go read.

Other Vengeance 2.0 by Wayward (Warning! Implied nonsexual nudity)
  • Recommended by Haystackthegreat
  • The Vok decide to get rid of the Beast Warriors once and for all...by transforming them into all-too-vulnerable humans. Probably the best TF's-as-Humans out there, taking a very realistic approach. I can't recommend this enough.
  • Status: Fic is not finished, which was very disappointing, because it is SO GOOD. Read it anyway.
    • Strike that, as of January 7, 2013, updates are starting up again.

The Primus Trilogy by DragonTail, and occasionally others (AU, crossover)

The Botosphere

Megara-Liancourt's Fanfiction
  • Recommended by Tick, seconded by Flyairth
  • Why did I choose a fanfiction writer instead of a website? Simple: she's the whole reason I became a Transformers fan! Seriously, read her stories - they are fantastic with a capital F. Admittedly, her grammer isn't very good (she's French), but that doesn't detract from the awesomeness of her stories. Oh, a quick warning to you slash haters: she's a huge slash fan, especially where Megatron and Starscream are involved. Seriously, nearly every story she has written features these two as lovers. And she portrays it in a 'realistic' way, i.e. the way it would have happened in canon: the relationship isn't sugary-sweet, but it isn't violent and abusive either (well, except when the two 'Cons have a really bad falling out). Her stories also contains a LOT of smut. So if you're anti-slash/anti-smut, steer clear. Otherwise, enjoy.

Sakon76
  • Recommended by Cedarleaf
  • An excellent author with some very intriguing ideas and a quirky sense of humor. Also very versatile, writing for both G1 and the movie'verse. She's very character-centric, focusing a lot on character relations and their reactions to all the weird stuff around them that makes this series so much fun, but also still down to earth at the same time. Features Sam a lot, and has a few Prowl/Jazz fics. One of the staples of this troper's Transformers fanfic collection. Specific fic recommendations include The Language of After, Simulacra, Good Fences, Things Miles Notices, Cow Tipping, and Ghost Stories.

Aspirare
  • Recommended by Cedarleaf
  • Another very character driven writer, Aspirare is one of those true gems of an author who's just a pleasure to read. While she tends to write for Sam/Bumblebee and Ironhide/Ratchet, many of her fics have few or no pairings at all. Her writing is just wonderful and smart, and her later fics especially have this beautiful, dark eeriness to them, she can play you, and your heartstrings, like a virtuoso, and leaves you as enchanted as you are disturbed. Specific fic recommendations include That Still Small Voice, Nemesis Theory, Birds Through a Window (no pairings), Heaven's Shore (Ratchet/Ironhide), Another Gate and Beautiful Day (Bumblebee/Sam if you want them to be).

Karategal
  • Recommended by Zephyr77
  • Just everything by her is just amazing. She wrote an amazing series focusing on a young Bumblebee (ages could range from toddler to child to teenager-ish) and his interactions with others, particularly with Optimus and Ironhide (and even Megatron). She does a great job on characterizations, adding humor, fluff and angst in a perfect balance. Some of her stories include Nightmare, Little Brother and Youngling.

MikePriest83/Thunderwing
  • Recommended by Jeysie
  • Mike's works basically fall into two categories. One, several series of utterly hilarious photocomics that skewer, satirize, and Affectionate Parody various aspects of the Transformers characters and series, as well as often also comic books in general. Two, a number of brilliant fanfics which often expand upon the existing comic and cartoon plots to give them interesting new twists, fill in missing scenes, or smooth over plot holes.

Princess Artemis (scroll down to the Transformers G1 section)
  • Recommended by Jeysie
  • A big Perceptor fan who does an excellent job of exploring the various aspects of the scientist's personality, especially involving why a relatively mild-mannered academic is still heavily-armed and has a tank for a third altmode. She also has a hilarious fanfic staring Perceptor and Jazz that satirizes Mary Sues, human!TFs, and gender-bending, and another fanfic that's an equally hilarious Deconstruction Fic of Wheeljack's mad inventions.

Transmasters UK/The Underbase
  • Recommended by Jeysie
  • An utterly massive shared universe written by various UK-based authors that continues on from the end of the Marvel UK comic, detailing the days after the Great War ended and before the Beast Wars started. Notable for helping launch Nick Roche and James Roberts' careers.
  • One of their fics now has a page on this site: Eugenesis.

TransFiction
  • Recommended by Jeysie
  • Technically less a website in and of itself, but rather a Group on deviantART devoted to collecting quality TF-themed fanfics posted on DA. Although a sizable chunk of the fics in the gallery are 600-word entries for IDW's monthly Writing Contest, which has produced a number of high-quality short fics for a variety of characters and continuities.

Transformers: Mosaic
  • Recommended by Jeysie
  • A unique project involving many, many individual teams of writers and artists creating self-contained one-page fancomics starring dozens of different characters from almost every single Transformers continuity. Some of the official writers and artists have even contributed stories to the project.

optimus prime 007
  • Recommended by beeruckz
  • This author is amazing! She has the best sad, heartwarming, cheer-worthy and hilarious stories, the best OC's, the best character development, and the best storylines ever! She's a big fan of Prowl/Jazz and Optimus/Elita.
    • This troper couldn't get past the blatant Mary Sue-ness of the favored OC, Optimus' daughter.
      • This troper heartily agrees.

Hearts of Eternity
  • Recommended by Sayacha
  • Easily has some of the best stories this troper has read, ever, her War Eternal series in particular. Her fics mostly focus on the relationships between all the bots, but she also writes wonderful fight scenes, and her sense of humor is in no way lacking either. Some parts can get a little cheesy at times, but overall, this is one author you don't want to miss out on. Not to mention, her O Cs (most notably Chase Banes and Virus/Moonfly) are absolutely wonderful and very well fleshed out. Definitely worth browsing her stuff.

CasusFere
  • Recommended by Error404_File_Not_Found
  • A brilliant author, who tends to focus on the less prominent characters of Bayverse and G1. Casus Fere's Vortex fics, particularly "Under Scrutiny", "The ExProblem", and "A Rock and a Hard Place", are definitely the best Black Comedy this troper ever had the fortune to see. Besides Vortex and the Combaticons, (s)he also writes for many other characters such as Smokescreen, Red Alert and Inferno, the Wreckers, Blackout, and more.

lol-mech
  • Recommended by fruitstripegum
  • A truly wonderful author, who has written some of the best Megatron/Starscream stories I've ever read. Granted, (s)he's not the fastest updater in the world, but when (s)he DOES update, it'll have been worth the wait. There's always something that will make you cheer, cry, or go "Aw". Each story occurs in its own mini continuity, but all of them are a delight to read.

NiGhT-sTaLkEr13
  • Recommended by fruitstripegum
  • One of the best, if not THE best, writers of Megatron /Shockwave slash in existence. His portrayal of the characters is close to canon, and while most of his work is Not Safe for Work, none of them are Porn Without Plot. Truly, an exceptional author.

Inkcrafter
  • Recommended by ladyofthelibrary
  • Okay; I know I've recommended 2 of this person's fics. But they're a good writer and they handle their topics well...even if they seem to like torturing Jack a bit much. While not exceptional, if you have some time to kill, Inkcrafter is worth your time.

YukiOni
  • Recommended by fruitstripegum
  • A truly skilled artist, and creator of the Eons Ago doujinshi. Be warned, some of her work is Not Safe for Work, but don't let that put you off enjoying her wonderful comic and non-comic artwork.

Meiza
  • Recommended by Soledad
  • Her fics, though incomplete and likely abandoned, are fantastic works featuring Prowl, Bluestreak, Elita-1, and G1 humans as prominent characters (to name a few) and would be especially enjoyable to fans of these characters. However, all of it is brilliant.

Stories focused on the family and the friendly relationships of the cast. Plot-focused stories or light day-in-the-life stories. Pretty much anything that isn't focused on romance.

Ariadne's Thread by The Toe of Sauron
  • Recommended by Deceptibot1998
  • Synopsis: IDW-AU. They told Sideswipe it was the only way; they had to abandon Sunstreaker to fight the Decepticons, to preserve the greater good. So what is he supposed to do now, when the greater good isn't good enough? Sequel to Us Against the World.
  • Comments: It's a sequal to another great story that she wrote, focusing on the IDW Twins, but can be read on its own. I can't describe what its about without spoiling to much, but it stars Hunter O'Nion and Sideswipe. And then Simmons joins the fun. Just... This is what should have happened in canon.

Dirty Little Secrets by Foxbear
  • Recommended by Holylight88
  • Synopsis: 'The Autobots are forced to come to grips with the foulest aspects of human nature as a darkness from Miko's past threatens to reclaim her and destroy the other humans in the process. NOT slash, some physical violence and refrences to past bad things.'
  • Comments: Awesome story that deals intelligently and compassionately with a very touchy subject. There are technical errors here and their, but the basic writing is fantastic and technical errors are easily ignore. The author does a very good job making Miko seem a Broken Bird here. We feel sorry for her, but at the same time it doesn't feel forced, like we're just going through the motions of tragedy.

Loyalty by Inkcrafter
  • Recommended by ladyofthelibrary
  • Synopsis: This is just an idea I got, tell me if you want me to continue! When Jack gets captured by the 'cons for information, the 'Bots learn just how loyal their human friend is. some father/son moments between Jack and Optimus.
  • Comments: Well-written and handles its torture segments in a surprisingly tasteful manner. Enough is shown so that you cringe for Jack but not enough is shown to make anyone but the most weak-stomached person sick.

TFA Kaleidoscope by Emotwo
  • Recommended by Deceptibot1998
  • Synopsis: AU: A retake on TFA with some characters and plotlines shuffled around. Some things are different. Some things are the same. A Repair-crew consisting of six Autobots will learn that when they stumble across the legendary AllSpark and... something else.
  • Comments: This story is one of the gems of TF:A fanfiction- it's an AU of the show, but the way he did it doesn't seem like a rehash of the show- some things in the universe are very similar to TFA Canon, and some things are very different. The new dynamic between Sari and Optimus is one of the best things about the story, and I reccomend it to any transformer fan!

Get Animated by Strawberrytop007
  • Recommended by Deceptibot1998
  • Synopsis:High School Junior Erin Parker is swept up in the adventure of a lifetime after being caught in a fight between two giant alien robots from outer place- and things only get more complicated from there. (Comic)
  • Comments: Get Animated was one of my first forays into the Transformers Fandom, and I still love it! The story is still being posted, but the character of Erin and what happens to her are interesting, and I found myself really getting invested in what happens to her. While the art starts off a little bit rough, it only improves with each update and all of the latest pages look amazing. Also, has a page in need of some Wiki magic.

Basic Program by Black Widow3.
  • Recommended by Haystackthegreat
  • Synopsis: A valley of pure energon is the source of power and problems for the Maximals and Predicons.
  • Comments: In my eyes, this is the piece of goshdarn flippin' ART that has set the standard for all Transformers fanfiction, and so far, in all my years of reading Transformer fanfiction, only TWO fanfics has reached this level of excellence, and NONE have yet to surpass it. This is the holy grail of Beast War fanfics, and any fan of the show should read it.

Shambleau by kepulver
  • Recommended by Rebecca Hb.
  • Synopsis: Vortex runs into trouble of the alien menace variety on Monacus. Slashy overtones and a bit dark.
  • Comments: A crossover with some classic adventure science-fiction, Northwest Smith by C.L. Moore. Kepulver does a good job of writing a science-fiction adventure that doesn't involve Autobots vs. Decepticons, but rather Decepticons vs. aliens. The shambleau is a nasty thing to run into as it is able to use its lures and life-drain powers on the living robot Transformers.

Beast Wars: Make it Real Big
  • Recommended by Slyfoxdeveraux
  • Synopsis: Exceedingly difficult to put into words. A highly highly absurdist take on Beast Wars. It's straight humor and difficult to imagine it wasn't written on acid. Much of the humor comes from the continual upping the ante of increasingly bizarre plot twists.
    • It's a Crack Fic, but they have some measure of plot. The first one revolves around winning the personified love of the forests, and is resolved via a race between Megatron and Optimus, who has evolved into Rapidash. The second deals with a zombie outbreak (seeming to very vaguely parody The Walking Dead in one instance) and a strain of cancer that effects all characters not present in the pilot episode of the series.
  • Comments: Absolutely pure comedy, you'll likely either find it complete unreadable gibberish or the funniest thing you've ever seen.

Mechanical Miracle
  • Recommended by Silver Wings.
  • Synopsis: Ten years after DOTM Autobots have been integrated into human society and things are peaceful. Ian is the son of a diplomat who grew up around Autobots. He meets a girl that seems to fear anything Cybertronian. When he and his guardian try to help her get over her fears, they get into much more than they could have ever imagined.
  • Comments: It's a very unique story. It starts off looking like a drama about a boy and his Autobot guardian that want to help a girl get over her fear of Cybertronians, but quickly evolves into a Magic Versus Science plot that revolves around the trio's adventures fighting off enemies both Decepticon and human.

Nightmares by Inkcrafter
  • Recommended by ladyofthelibrary
  • Synopsis: A big rainstorm hits Jasper, so now everyone is stuck in base. Jack is, for some reason, scared to fall asleep, even though he's exhausted. Soon, the 'bots, Miko and Raf find out why. They knew Jack and June never talked about Jack's dad...now they know why. Suggestions of abuse, lots of angst, and NO, I don't like torturing Jack, just had to use the idea.
  • Comments: Despite the touchy subject matter, everyone is in character and this feels like it could be in canon.
    • Eh... the writing turned this troper off of the fic- this troper couldn't get through it.

Con Job by kepulver
  • Recommended by Rebecca Hb.
  • Synopsis: Bobby Bolivia meets Swindle, in a battle of the fast talkers. Mixes G1 and 2007 movie continuity.
  • Comments: Does exactly what it says on the tin. Better yet, does it well.

The Truth by Silver Rayan
  • Recommended by fruitstripegum
  • Synopsis: The Decepticon Air Commander's quarters seemed like a good place to get information from. He didn't expect to find out about the family he didn't know he had.
  • Comments: Told in first-person, with the viewpoint changing between characters, the fic tells the story of Mirage discovering the Seeker Trine's biggest secret - I'd tell you more, but that would spoil the whole story. While I advise you to read it for yourself, I will tell you one thing - the secret involves an Autobot.
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  • Dead Aces by Lex1
    • Recommended by Rebecca Hb.
    • Synopsis: Half a year after the Aerialbots arrive on Earth, a mission goes somewhat awry.
    • Comments: This story is told as Smokescreen delivering a collected after-action report from the Aerialbots on a very nasty encounter with the Decepticon jets that almost got the gestalt killed. One of the very best Aerialbot character pieces out there.

    Power Cut
    • Recommended by Gecko
    • Synopsis: Megatron is busy plotting. Unfortunately, so is Sideways.
    • Comments: Set in ''Armada, and does a wonderful job portraying delving into all the different characters' personalities. It's a bit lengthy, and features a bit of Starscream x Jetfire, but you should enjoy it even if you aren't a slash fan

    28 Starscreams
    • Recommended by Flyairth
    • Seconded by sablin27
    • Synopsis: He is treacherous and screechy - so much we know, but even under his polished and guarded shell there's more than meets the eye.
    • Comments: 28 (well, not really) stories about everyones favourite whiny backstabber. Some are hilarious, some are heartwrenchingly sad, but all are fantastically written.
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  • The More Things Change
    • Recommended by Flyairth
    • Synopsis: G1: Over a hundred thousand vorns ago, the great Cybertronian scientist Skyfire was lost. Now he is found, but things have changed more than he could possibly have imagined. An AU fic.
    • Comments: This fic takes a look at what might have happened if the episode "Fire in the Sky" had started differently. One of the best platonic Starscream/Skyfire fics out there.

    Masks
    • Recommended by Danel
    • Seconded by sablin27 and Thornwitch
    • Synopsis: Follows Revenge of the Fallen, but goes in drastically different directions. A very long and as yet incomplete fic, with a very large ensemble cast bringing in more characters from G1. To quote the summary: After Egypt, the Autobots cannot remain a secret. They are Earth's first contact. In some ways they are truly alien, in others they are much like us.
    • Comments: It's surprisingly hard to provide a synopsis of this fantastic fic, since it's more of a serial than anything else - new characters and plots appear and develop, and things just keep moving forward. The first element is Wheelie struggling to become an autobot in the face of justified suspicion and paranoia, but it's a lot more than that. A brief warning, however - some of these developments include unconventional relationships, including slash amongst others, that some tropers may wish to avoid. It also has politics, drama, action and humour and Loads and Loads of Characters, and this troper - who usually avoids slash entirely - can't but recommend it in the strongest possible terms.
    • It manages to weave a lot of the incoherent plot points of ROTF into a logical whole.

    Vigil

    Retail Hell
    • Recommended by Interrobang
    • Synopsis: Swindle learns the hard way that you don't mess with gamers.
    • Comments: A very short aftermath of just what happened Swindle attempted to steal some P S3s. It's not pretty. Surprisingly realistic, and a great snapshot of Swindle and Vortex's sibling relationship.

    Transformers Frontier By Ghengis Quan.
    • Recommended by: SAMAS
    • Synopsis: An Autobot ship is shot down over a planet, leaving the survivors and victors with a mystery. The planet is marked as the homeworld of the mighty Insecticons, but they seem to be gone. Instead, the planet has been colonized by Humans, squishy organic creatures with crude transforming technology. Crossover/AU with Macross Frontier, taking elements from G1, Movie, and Animated.

    Purple rain by Taipan Kiryu
    • Recommended by Sparrow
    • Synopsis: While on leave to Cybertron, Thundercracker confronts his past, visiting someone he hasn't seen since the war began.
    • Comments: Creates a heart-wrenching and believable origin story for Thundercracker and deals with his present attempts at dealing with it, both at the same time. It also has one of the most plausible "family" relationships I've seen handled in a Transformers fic. The sequel Deviant is also highly recommended reading, dealing with Thundercracker's search for redemption. Both fics characterize him extremely well, taking his canon personality and exploring depths that neither the comics or cartoon ever reached, and the supporting cast is also brilliantly done. In particular, the platonic Thundercracker/Skywarp friendship is handled excellently, both heartwarming and at times heartbreaking.

    Transformers Animated: Cybertronian Genesis by Darth T-Rex
    • Recommended by Ninja Master 551
    • Synopsis: 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.
    • Comments: With the advent of fanfiction predicting how Animated would continue I feel this is another fanfic worth checking out. It may not be as innovative as Return to Cybertron but it definitely follows a decent story and has slow but very tense pacing that keeps you waiting for what happens next.
    • Seconded. It fleshes out the more minor 'bots and 'cons, and everyone is amazingly in character. Certainly one of the best TFA fanfics out there.
      • Has a sequel currently in progress.
      • This troper couldn't get past the fact that the writer punctuates oddly. If speech like " 'Look at this', said Character A. 'That's strange'. " puts you off, you might find this a difficult read.

    SEEDs of Transformation by Arthur Hansen and Fanboyimusprime
    • Recommended by SAMAS
    • Synopsis: Perceptor and his crew are running low on energy, and decide to stop by Earth and trade some parts for it. Unfortunately, the Earth is in the middle of a war over genetic augmentation, and as the Autobots' ship enters the space Colony Heliopolis, the war comes knocking on their door. Naturally, the Autobots' own problems also follow behind...

    The World's Translated Thus by Abyssal1
    • Recomended by Thornwitch
    • Much harder scifi than most fanfictions. Considerably darker, more alien look at Cybertronian culture. Explores cultural, religious and linguistic differences between Autobots and Decepticons. Cybertron is ruined after aeons of war, and its citizens are starving for energon. Prime needs to make political alliances.
    • Pairings: Optimus/Starscream (It makes sense in context) Plus relations between genderless aliens. Check out its page here.
      • Actually, this troper thought she got the majority of the characters grotesquely OOC, so...yeah.

    Hate the Dark by NKfloofiepoof
    • Recommended by Do I
    • Synopsis: After Cybertron's destruction, two survivors wait out their final months after crashing on a forsaken and dangerous planet. Takes place during/after the 1986 movie.
    • Comments: Heavily AU and slash (Optimus/Starscream - it also makes sense in context). For being her first Transformers fic, the author did a good job with the characters. A few things could have been pulled off better, but she got their characters almost spot-on. All-in-all, it's a good read. This troper thinks it goes better in general than shipping since the actual pairing of the characters isn't the focus of the story.

    StepFather by Consuelo Higdon
    • Recommended by Calamity Jane
    • Synopsis: Even after all Hot Shot had gone through, in the end, he still had absolutely no idea who Rodimus Prime was.
    • Comments: As this is centered on OC Stand In characters, there's a good chance this never happened in canon. However, this fic simply cannot be recommended enough. It is only one chapter, so it is a rather quick read. But don't be fooled; it is also chock full of believable characterization, completely void of homosexual innuendo, and tosses a curveball on the fandom's idea that Animated Hot Shot is a pyromaniac, instead making him pyrophobic. The dialogue is full of life, details never go overboard, and it is an overall compelling and rewarding read.

    Transformers: Juxtaposition by ''Vaeru.
    • Recommended by The Violent Tomboy
    • Synopsis: Transformers AU. A car wreck on a rainy night leads to one of the oddest partnerships imaginable. A disembodied voice, possessed cars, alien robots, kidnapping, rescue, abduction, sparks, keys, and tomato sandwiches... Read if you dare
    • Comments: The first of the Sparkbearer Saga series, independent of any established universes but with most of the characters based off of their G1 counterparts, this is simply epic. Evy may be the OC-centric puny Earthling, but damn if she isn't one of the best, well-written characters I've ever seen. The story's original (dude, there's the consciousness of Sideswipe stuck inside her body) and the interactions between her and the Autobots who inadvertently kidnapped her are amazing. There are several other spin-offs in her profile.
    • Seconded by Zalein! And this fic now comes with a shiny new sequel, found here!

    How It Is by NightElfCrawler
    • Recommended by Jinxed Blackcat
    • Synopsis: 2007 movieverse - War affects even the most innocent. Changes are inevitable. For Sam, adjusting to life after becoming introduced to the Autobots and Decepticons was nearly as hard as facing the changes in his own life...and the consequences with it.
    • Comments: It's her take on the whole Allspark Sam idea. And it is brilliantly well written. All lot of bots from the cartoons appear and hold plot relevant rolls as the author is a long time fan from the cartoons. I'd recommend reading her other works as well.

    Purpose by SeekerFreefall
    • Recommended by lurker Green Chick.
    • Synosis: What is the reason for a Prime to exist?
    • Comments: If you think this is about Rodimus being wishy-washy about his promotion, a reluctant Autobot questioning their impossibly perfect leader, or musings on the new show guess again! This is set in the real world and centers around a fan, and isn't some lame self-insert story. If you're part of the newer generation of Transformers fans, like this troper was, and never understand why Optimus mother-friggin' Prime was so important to the Geewuners, this story explains it, and may have you believing. Very melodramatic, but still truthful and touching in its approuch. If you are a Geewuner, prepare to weep.

    A Bolt Out Of The Blue by Ryuuza Kochou
    • Recommended by Cedarleaf
    • Synopsis: There are so many kinds of energy who's to say it only has one purpose? After the All Spark was destroyed, weird things start happening to Sam. Nearly electrocuting Bumblebee is just the beginning. 2007 movievers pre-RotF.
    • Comments: One of the better fics dealing with possible repercussions of the AllSpark discharging in Sam's unprotected hands prior to the release of the sequel. Both funny and serious, often at the same time, with plenty of engaging action, and Ryuuza's characterizations just sparkle.

    Thinking 'Bout The Future by Epona Harper
    • Recommended by Cedarleaf
    • Synopsis: You didn't think Sector Seven would let Bumblebee go home with Sam without protest, did you?
    • Comments: Optimus and SecDef Keller give the boys in Sector 7 an epic verbal smacking. Very funny.

    Security Breech by Cyndi
    • Recommended by Cedarleaf
    • Synopsis: CHRISTMAS FIC. Will finds a way to freak Ironhide out.
    • Comments: If you're gonna prank your guardian Autobot around the holidays, THIS is how you do it.

    Glances Into A Spark by Saesama
    • Recommended by Cedarleaf
    • Synopsis: A series of random ficlets of everything from cyperpets to Halloween costumes, from horoscopes to the horrors of war, from "what the slag is a tooth-fairy?" to "Ironhide, meet Sarah. Sarah, put the gun down." 2007 movieverse.
    • Comments: What makes this fic so great is all the possibilities it proposes. In thirty one short stories, Saesama gives us snippets of thirty one plot lines, giving us just enough for the imagination to run wild with them, with too many shoutouts and callbacks to list. This troper's favorites include chapters 1 through 5, 9, 12 through16, 19 through 21, 27, and 29 through 31.

    Bone Garden by Dierdre
    • Recommended by Cedarleaf
    • Synopsis: The next time Starscream set foot on human soil, it was in a forgotten place. Post-2007 Movieverse
    • Comments: In the author's own words, This is what happens when one turns to the pairing generator for inspiration, and it smugly tosses Starscream/Captain Archibald Witwicky/Touch into one's lap. After an understandable amount of brain-breakage at the ensuing mental pictures, I came up with this. The personal aspects of Archibald's life are a product of the movie canon and some sleep-deprived guesswork. While NOT actually a Starstream/Captain Witwicky fic, this story is nonetheless haunting and awesome.

    Fidelis by The Starhorse
    • Recommended by Zephyr77
    • Synopsis: Even Optimus Prime has to wallow sometimes.
    • Comments: I think this may be one of the best Optimus Prime fics I've ever read. Tired and feeling that he was unfit to lead the Autobots, Optimus gets a little present made by Spike to help him get rid of that guilt. The best part was that Spike's present at first had nothing to do with Optimus and wasn't even made for that purpose (it was a school project). And as I was reading it, I kept wondering what this had to do with Optimus in the first place. By the time the story was over, everything fit and it made perfect sense, as well as warming the heart. Definitely recommend this amazing piece.

    Sunrise Sunset by Purple Aussie
    • Recommended by Zephyr77
    • Synopsis: G1. Prowl, forced into having a day off, has no idea what to do with himself.
    • Comments: A delightful fic where the workaholic Prowl has nothing to do and is bored. He takes Jazz's recommendation to go out in the sun but his actions simply confuses and alarms the rest of the Autobots, who all try to comfort and help Prowl in their way. It's quite cute to see the rest of the Autobots trying to help Prowl who really doesn't need their help but nevertheless is touched by their concern for him.

    CSI: Ark by MoonMadKitty/Tanaigre
    • Recommended by Jeysie, seconded by NK
    • Synopsis: When Jazz boasts that solving a case based on just gut feeling and the right attitude is easy based on watching episodes of CSI, Prowl (who feels it's really based on logic, procedure, and time) challenges him to prove this assertion by solving a mock crime that Prowl will think up for him. But when Prowl ropes just about every Autobot on the Ark into it, the contest might prove harder than Jazz thinks...
    • Comments: A rare Prowl & Jazz fic that doesn't involve them as lovers and makes a fair amount of sense in their characterization/interactions. It also involves an equally rare instance of Optimus pitching into having some fun and showing a downright dangerous sense of humor.

    Do You Know What it Feels Like by ajremix
    • Recommended by Jeysie
    • Synopsis: An exploration of what IDW Arcee was like before Jhiaxus changed her in Spotlight: Arcee, what the process involved, how Arcee reacted to it, and why it warped her the way it did.
    • Comments: I can't help but admire how this fic takes what IMHO was a crazy and bizarre canon idea that raised more questions than it answered, and makes it actually make a certain amount of sense by giving convincing fanon explanations of Jhiaxus' motivations and what turning Arcee "female" actually meant.

    Limelight: Dreadwind by Loganprime
    • Recommended by Jeysie
    • Synopsis: 22-page fancomic focusing on the dour Dreadwind, his equally morbid frenemy Darkwing, and the massive amounts of trouble that Darkwing's antics get the two involved in.
    • Comments: A delightful little character portrayal that not only reads like a professional Spotlight but looks like one as well with some incredibly excellent art.

    Transformers: War Journal by Various Authors
    • Recommended by Jeysie
    • Synopsis: 22-page fancomic focusing on the last stand of the Aerialbots, Protectobots, and other Autobots on a planet overrun by Decepticons, and their desperate attempts to survive and wring some kind of victory out of certain death.

    Absent and Minded by HSBacklash01
    • Recommended by Adrian
    • Synopsis: Thundercracker tries to save face and stave off a nervous breakdown when Starscream decides to take the day off, with some non-help courtesy of Skywarp.
    • Comments: Smart, hilarious and in-character. An amusing take on the relationship between the three Seekers that definitely rings true. Starscream getting hammered is reason enough to check it out, but everything else about this story is equally awesome.

    Best First by SkyShadow
    • Recommended by Adrian
    • Synopsis: Finding himself at the mercy of Optimus Prime, Thundercracker bargains with the only thing that he has to offer: a story. It is a tale from a time when the Autobots were led by an Iaconian lawman named Sentinel Prime.
    • Comments: There is good reason why this novella is on Lexicon's Top Ten list. Best First is a deftly crafted war story that lends a remarkably mature perspective on the Autobot-Decepticon conflict and the political power-play involved. It centers on Thundercracker, but features a host of characters from both factions, as well as some clever shout outs to the fandom. Do yourself a favor and check this classic out, if you haven't already. It's very long and absolutely worth it.

    Small Problems by Ghost of the Dawn
    • recommended by Swordfish Cloud
    • Synopsis: Megatron gets a hold of a shrinking ray gun causing several Autobots to be shrunken to the size of toddlers in a big city. Now the only thing that might help them may be a human.
    • Comments: A wonderful fic where the oc actually isn't annoying and drives the plot. The series that goes along with it is quite nice and shows character development of transformers who barely had any screentime. So good I think it deserves its own trope page.
      • Has one in need of Wiki Magic now!
    • Series Small Problems Ghost in the Machine The Autobot Files The Secret Lives of Decepticons Rising Generations

    Black Crayons by Bookworm Gal
    • recommended by Hedgi
    • Synopsis: The first in a series of one-shots and multi-chaptered stories centered around Ironhide and Captain Lennox's family, particularly on the preschooler daughter, Annabelle. there are a lot of them, ranging from sweet to adorable, as Annabelle colors (and occasionally gets in trouble) with her best friend- her father's truck.
    • Comments: These are really cute stories, and my favorites to read. Mostly about annabelle and Ironhide, sometimes the other autobots and human characters show up, and Annabelle's antics drive everyone a little nuts. They are very good stories! The later additions become more action-oriented since Annabelle is growing older, but they still retain the sense of youth and adorableness. Others stories for the Black Crayons series include Drawings, Babysitter's Nightmare, Night Sky, Bully, Parent-Teacher Conference, Everyone Needs a Birthday, Babysitting, Take Two, When I Grow Up, Party Time, Language Lessons, Summer Vacation, My First Decepticon, Nightmares, and A Child's Innocence. To finish it off, 100 Black Crayons is a collection of prompt sentences scattered thoughout the series.
    • This is so good this fic needs it's own trope page!
    • And now it does
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  • Hope's Journey by optimus prime 007
    • Recommended by beeruckz
    • Synopsis: Optimus Prime is unaware that Elita had given birth to his daughter. A daughter who is now alone and trying to find her father. Will she find him? Will he learn the fate of his sparkmate?
    • Comments: Amazing! Read it if you're a Transformers fan! Also if you're a Optimus/Elita fan! It's sequel My Beautiful Rising Star is also amazing... Just amazing!!! I'm serious! Trying to explain it anymore would make it sound awful! Trust me!

    Property Of by hydraling110
    • Recommended by TF Latte, Mariko-chan
    • Synopsis: During Cybertronian "peace," ex-Cons hide the sentience of and sell humans as pets to secure Earth. Sam and Mikaela might just be the first to grasp the reality of the situation alongside their new owner.
    • Comments: An incredibly enthralling story with plenty of focus on how alien humans and Cybertronians are to each other. I couldn't get to sleep until I finished it! It's a fascinating fic, and has a lot of fun and sweet moments.
      • Seconded. I'm always excited whenever there's a new chapter.

    Isola Di Poveglia by Alaskan Olive
    • Recommended by Kryptoncat
    • Synopsis: G1: Halloween Fic. A simple mission quickly becomes a nightmare when Rumble and Frenzy land on one of Earth's most haunted locations. Rated: T. Horror/Supernatural.
    • Comments: This is a perfect story to read if you are craving an unnerving horror tale or simply wanting an adventure with the cassetticons. Be sure to read the (longer -currently unfinished-) sequel, The Poveglian Vendetta, which features all sorts of ghostly happenings down in the Nemesis and great character moments for a lot of the Cons.

    Things We Don't Tell Humans by Sinead Rivka
    • Recommended by Mariko-chan, seconded by Kaidariel
    • Pairings: Sam/Mikayla, Sam/Carly, Optimus/Elita, Ironhide/Chromia, Ratchet/Wheeljack, Jazz/Prowl, Megatron/Nightbird, Megatron/?, Springer/Arcee, Bumblebee/Barricade, Tom Banachek/OC
    • Synopsis: "This was a first for us Autobots; never before have we come in contact with a species like these humans, so eerily similar to our own race and twice as tenacious as Sparklings. The question was, how far can we trust the humans with our culture? Gradual AU"
    • Comments: An outstanding fic in my opinion that has the Autobots hold back on their culture and background to all but their close human friends. It's broken up into 'Arcs', none of which are long; the longest is the Revenge Arc so far, which is twelve chapters. It starts sometime after the first movie, with the arrival of Sideswipe, Arcee, Jolt, and the Twins, and introduces other 'Bots as it goes into ROTF. It has a page now! Things We Don't Tell Humans

    Ragnarök Rising : Optimus along with the sequels Ragnarök's Eve: Prowl and Ragnarök by vericus ciaris
    • Recommended by Mariko-chan
    • Pairings: Optimus/Elita, Jazz/Prowl, Chromia/Ironhide
    • Synopsis: From Ragnarök: "When they said they'd 'never' fight side-by-side again, clearly they meant 'only when Unicron shows up'."
    • Comments: These three one - shots give me chills every time I read them. Set in Movieverse, the first one shot is of the Autobots and Decepticons first learning of Unicron's arrival, the second of Prowl finally bonding with Jazz, and the third and final one - shot of the devastating battle with Unicron.

    Thunderstruck
    • Recommended by fruitstripegum
    • Synopsis: The Decepticons find themselves stricken with a plague. Time is ticking away fast and Thundercracker struggles to unravel the mystery behind the deadly illness before he and his wingmate, Skywarp, die.
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  • The Fugitive
    • Recommended by fruitstripegum
    • Synopsis: Succumbing to temptation, Starscream finds himself on the run from an enraged Megatron and his death squad. After a week long game of cat and mouse, Starscream finds himself an area to hide until either Megatron's temper blows over, or he is captured and killed.
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  • Seeker Of Vengance
    • Recommended by fruitstripegum
    • Synopsis: Going insane from isolation from his own kind, Starscream, revived from the dead, must face the daunting task of returning to Cybertron and facing his deadly enemy: Galvatron.
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  • The Red Sky
    • Recommended by fruitstripegum
    • Synopsis: 6.5 million years ago a young and determined Field Commander, has a plan to return the Decepticons to the sky. Starscream can no longer stand life fighting on the ground and decides to do something about it. Unfortunately, he is captured and he has a new fight on his hands, a fight to freedom.
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  • Best Laid Plans by dfastback68
    • Recommended by Error 404 File Not Found
    • Synopsis: Pre-ROTF. Demolisher arrives on Earth too late, and Sideways brings with him more trouble than he's worth.
    • Comments: This covers what the Decepticons were up to in the two years between Transformers and ROTF, mainly from Demolishor's POV. It's a bit of a character study and development of two extremely minor bad guys with not much more than their toy bios to go on with. Even so, the author has an engaging style and solid characterizations. Despite some minor spelling errors, this is one of the of the best fics I've ever read, even though the storyline remains canon faithful.

    Without by Bibliotecaria.D

    Lost Voices by Padawanjinx
    • Recommended by fruitstripegum
    • Synopsis: Prime's voice asked again, so softly, it barely carried in the short distance between them. "Could you give the order, Prowl? Could you sentence Bumblebee to termination?"
    • Comments: You WILL cry. A lot.
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  • A Child Shall Lead Them by Kenya Starflight
    • Recommended by fruitstripegum
    • Synopsis: Upon Optimus Prime's death, the Matrix of Leadership falls into the hands of a surprising candidate, and the Dinobot Swoop finds himself bearing a burden he could never have imagined.
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    • Dichotomy of Good and Evil by NightElfCrawler
    • Recommended by rrcandthemuse
    • Pairing: Starscream/Optimus Prime. Waaay better than it sounds. There is a background mention of Prowl/Jazz, but the fic doesn't explore it much.
    • Synopsis: The War for Cybertron is over, Optimus Prime is retired, Megatron has long since been excecuted, and the Decepticons are prisoners serving sentences for war crimes. The world of Cybertron is at peace, but trouble still manages to spring up in the form of contaminated energon and a rapidly spreading sickness. When Optimus Prime travels to the mines to investigate the epidemic, he discovers some ugly truths about the hard won "peace" of his world, and soon realizes that a Decpticon's aid may hold the key to unlocking the disturbing mystery before him.
    • Comments: I hesitated to recommend this fic because 1) I really don't read slash fiction 2) particularly ones with a detailed sex scene in them. I realized, however, that to snub it for those reasons would be unfair because this fic is excellent. Its beautifully descriptive and introduces some fascinating ideas. The slash fiction part is actually more of a component rather than the sole focus of the story, and the reader can pretty much take it or leave it depending on taste. As a slash fiction, the progression of the relationship is handled well, all those involved remain completely in character, and the explanation of the pairing, however bizarre, is reasonable. Even the afore mentioned scene was well written. My reasons for my (repeated) reading of this fan fiction, however, are primarily: 1) it introduces some interesting musings on the characterization of Starscream. I haven't added all of to to my personal canon, but the insight is well done and appreciated. 2) It explores a post-war Cybertron with the Autobots on the winning side, but the depiction is far from a Utopia. It dares to question how the Autobots, after millions of years of tragedy, loss, and warfare, would treat their enemies after conquering them... Overall, I recommend this fic for its gusty take on the Transformers universe and it's populace, it's well-written characterization and descriptions, and it's ability to inspiring musing and feeling in its readers.

    The Legend of Elita by Cydra
    • Recommended by fruitstripegum
    • Synopsis: The Decepticon army has invaded Cybertron and a mech from every family must serve in the army. To save her aged and wounded father, Elita impersonates a mech to take his place. Will she bring honor to her family or face her doom?
    • Comments: A Transformers version of Mulan.
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  • Hopeless by Wayward
    • Recommended by Zearth
    • Synopsis: 'Darkstar is a Decepticon who used to be a seventeen year old girl. Now she’s trapped on Cybertron with no friends, no idea how to function, and no help but Mindwipe, who was the one that changed her in the first place.'
    • Comments: The ultimate deconstruction of the Human-turned-into-Transformer concept. Darkstar is lost and alone in basically every conceivable way. She can't control her body, is conscripted in an army of mechanical enemy aliens threatening to destroy her race for reasons she can't understand, and she's Primus-knows-how-many light-years from Earth. This fic stresses how strange and alien the Transformers are, as Darkstar struggles to adapt to her new environment and tries to find ANY way to go back home. Don't let the cliched premise fool you, I cannot recommend it enough.

    Domestic Electronics by Bibliotecaria D
    • Recommended by Kenya Starflight, seconded by NK
    • Synopsis: Once upon a job in retail, an average Joe took home a returned domestic electronic from the Transformers brand. These are glimpses into a normal life with tiny electrodomestics running rampant through the apartment.
    • Comments: The premise of this fic is that the Transformers are NOT giant robots from another world, but tiny manmade (but still sentient) robots that turn into personal electronics, small appliances, etc. And they are the freaking CUTEST things ever. The author does a wonderful job of keeping the characters in character despite the fact that they are now action-figure-sized little buggers who talk in beeps and chirps and make life difficult for their human owners. If, by the time you've read a few chapters, you do not want a Domestic Electronic of your own, consider yourself de-humanized.

    Dark Storm Rising by T.L. Arens
    • Recommended by fruitstripegum
    • Summary: G1. Earth date 2038. The Quintessons hit Earth with an invasion force from hell. Some Autobots and Humans are lucky enough to escape but they have few allies, no rescources and their leaders are dying.
    • Comments: Has a continuation here.
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  • Communique by Maria Shadow
    • Recommended by Soledad
    • Summary: G1 A peek into the chaos that is the daily lives of the 'bots...via their paging system

    Redemption by Nightwindand Frostbite
    • Recommended by fruitstripegum
    • Summary: This is our big, huge story about Megatron, Starscream, and Skyfire. It's the first story of an AU, but this particular story is not AU until the very end. It's also slash.
    • Comments: Don't be fooled by the summary, there's only one story in this particular AU (apart from the epilogue here), and the slash isn't a huge part of the story. That said, this is one of the BEST Transformers A Us I have ever read, and I can't recommend it enough.
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  • Canonfodder by Mizuki_Stone
    • Recommended by SAMAS
    • Synopsis: A Self-Insert in which the Author finds himself turned into a Transformer. Problem is, He's in the Aligned Continuity, He's on Cybertron, and the closest living being is Shockwave, who's still wounded from a recent run-in with Arcee and Cliffjumper. And to make matters worse, he's stuck in the chassis of a Vehicon. On the bright side, at least he's a flying type, and he seems to have a Fourth Wall Mail Slot through the fic itself to the other members of the Spacebattles Forums.

    Thundercracker's Glory by Kenya Starflight
    • Recommended by fruitstripegum
    • Summary: Thundercracker's life is turned upsidedown when he's entrusted with the care of an orphaned Decepticon sparkling.
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  • Glory and Honor by Kenya Starflight
    • Recommended by fruitstripegum
    • Summary: Sequel to Thundercracker's Glory. Coming of age in the wake of a war is never easy, especially when you're on the losing side... and Glory must find her own path in an increasingly dangerous galaxy.
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  • The Beginning by BT Fly 009
    • Recommended by Arcee6
    • Summary: The first instalment of a fan comic called Troller!. It follows the Cybertronians who stayed behind on Earth after the war and a small group that interact with a teenager named Mindy. Troller is a humorous character and Mindy's reactions to everything from Femmes to Transformers-sized Subways are hilarious. It is in an Animesque style and translated to English. The Grammar can be off but it is quickly corrected once pointed out. It updates every Tuesday. Surely this deserves its own page?
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  • Running Wild by Acidgreenflames
    • Recommended by fruitstripegum
    • Summary: After being shot down by Autobots, Thundercracker's trine is forced to leave him behind. With no way home, he seeks shelter in an empty horse trailer, and its owner is less than thrilled…

    A Good Run For Your Money by Acidgreenflames
    • Recommended by fruitstripegum
    • Summary: While struggling with confusing and conflicting feelings, Starscream and his trine struggle to fit in amongst the Autobot crew; mean while Sunstreaker's hurtful words have chased his twin's new found friend away and he is sent to bring her home. What should be an easy mission will reveal a deadly threat to the Autobots and all their allies.

    Nobody's Victim by Carlough
    • Recommended by fruitstripegum
    • Summary: Breakdown reads a book on abuse and starts to wonder if he has been mistreated. After a violent beating, he runs away from the Decepticon base to start a new life. The only problem is, he didn't expect his brothers to actually be hurt by his departure.

    Turning Points by Alathea2
    • Recommended by Peggy Pegs
    • Summary: He was created to be one of the greatest tacticians Cybertron has ever seen. He was destined to become Second in Command of the Autobots; a friend, tactical adviser and confidant to Optimus Prime. Every story, every life, is made up of a series of turning points that set the course for the future. Prowl's journey from Lead Decepticon Tactician to Autobot SIC is no different.
    • Comments: Summary says what the author delivers. Ongoing story that skillfully shows Prowl's problem with using his battle computer to pick which side of the war he should join.

    Rise by Oni-Gil
    • Recommended by Rexan
    • Summary: The war is over, the Autobots victorious. But a young Autobot Seeker will soon discover that there is more to the Decepticon slaves, and to himself, than meets the eye.
    • Comments: Essentially another post-war fic. Excellent plot, in this troper's opinion. Note: Later chapters get a little darker than the rest of the fic. Rated M for a reason. Readers be warned. Also, slash.

    Function by pink_shoes
    • Recommended by Soledad
    • Pairings: Optimus/Elita, Starscream/Skyfire, implied Lancer/Greenlight, and minor Silverbolt/Motormaster in the bonus chapters. Never anything explicit.
    • Summary: After millions of years of absence, the Quintessons have returned to enslave their creations once more. The Autobots and Decepticons agree to unite their forces until the outside threat is driven away. In the meantime, Silverbolt and his brothers are learning more than they ever wanted to know about their unique place in the Autobot army.

    Suddenly by Ardent-Aspen
    • Recommended by fruitstripegum
    • Summary: Shattered Glass AU: "Airachnid, what is that?" "Starscream, I can explain!" When Airachnid returns to the Nemesis with a tag-along, life aboard the Decepticon ship changes.

    Purple Beneath the Skin by TheSealer
    • Recommended by fruitstripegum
    • Summary: In Shattered Glass fics, everyone shows Evil 'Bots and Heroic 'Cons. But what if that reflection also applied to the humans? The story of three corrupted young humans allied with the corrupted and tyranical Autobots.

    The Re-Creation Of Starscream by Gage39
    • Recommended by fruitstripegum
    • Summary: After Starscream is viciously attacked by Megatron and Soundwave the Star Saber mini-Cons and Swindle escape with him to Earth where Red Alert is faced with the daunting task of fixing the broken Seeker. Rated for non-con.

    Well... That Wasn't Supposed To Happen by ladydragon76
    • Recommended by fruitstripegum
    • Summary: Fanon assures us that seekers love sparklings and are excellent caregivers. What if that's a trait that all Decepticons secretly share? And no one seems to realize this until a few Autobots accidentally get turned into sparklings due to some manner of whoops and the 'cons snatch 'em up. Cue a very confused Mirage reporting back that the bitty-bots are doing just fine and that it's very odd to see Megatron acting as if they were his very own creations.

    Primary Mechanisms by Ulur Naga
    • Recommended by Fan Girl 2292
    • Summary: A woman named Tessa (not to be confused with the one from TF: Age of Extinction) gets a job as a mechanic at NEST and intends to teach what she knows about machines to those who work there but after actually meeting the Autobots, finds that the "machines" have a lot to teach her as well. Starts sometime before the events of Revenge of the Fallen and goes through the movie timeline from there.
    • Pairings: some Optimus Prime/OC but the story focuses on the main OC's relationships with the other Autobots and fellow humans in addition to the romance.
    • Comments*: there is some Artistic License regarding Diego Garcia's location as the author did not know it was an island when she first started writing the story but it doesn't detract too much from how well written it is otherwise. For those who want to read a story where the OC/Canon romance is slowly built up to, this is one of the few in the Transformers section of fanfiction.net that has that and the author does a good job with it. It is 118 chapters so far (and on the events of Dark of the Moon, timeline wise) so be prepared to spend a lot of time reading it.

    Stories focused on the romantic relationships between the cast.

    The Alone Place by Kenya Starflight
    • Recommended by Darkholme
    • Pairing: Swoop/Arcee(No! Wait! Don't go!)
    • Synopsis: G1, pre-movie. Arcee arrives on the Ark to find her preconceptions regarding a certain 'Bot false, and an unlikely friendship blooms.
    • Comments: Before this fic I generally disliked cartoon Arcee, who always looked pathetic next to comics Arcee. Now I love her. This is more than mushy fluff. Aside from the romance, it serves as an excellent look at the internal conflict between the Dinobots and the other Autobots. I'm generally cautious when it comes to any romance at all in a Transformers fic but this was a pleasant surprise. The authors admits it was chosen because it's a crack pairing but I think I just found my OTP, and only pairing at that, for Transformers.

    The Dividing Wall by Kenya Starflight
    • Recommended by Darkholme
    • Pairings: Swoop/Arcee
    • Synopsis: Sequel to The Alone Place. The Dinobots have gone missing, and Arcee is chosen to find them and bring them back to Cybertron. But do the Dinobots want anything to do with the Autobots now? Takes place after the 1986 movie.
    • Comments: As mentioned in the synopsis, this is a continuation of the above fic. Just as good as the second one and just as adorable. The pairing is a sub-plot but due to its nature I decided to place this in the Shipping section. Does something I've never seen another TF fic do: examines how the deaths of Ratchet and Wheeljack affected the Dinobots.

    Sound and Fury by Mirage Shinkiro. Hot Stuff between androgynous but male-pronouned bots... That means smut... and lots of it.
    • Recommended by Flyairth
    • Pairing(s): Starscream/Megatron, implied!Thundercracker/Skywarp
    • Synopsis:G1. After his latest fight with Megatron, Starscream finds himself facing his true reasons for hating the tyrant. What is his hate driven by, and can there ever be anything other than hate between them? The answer shocks them both.
    • Comments: This is the fic that convinced me that Megascream was plausible in any way. Great writing, great backstory, great... everything really! Every character is written well, and the Author actually manages to make the... less canonical aspects of the characters relationships actually believable. I honestly could not love this fic more.
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  • Belonging By Lyricality
    • Recommended by Xaun
    • Pairing: Megatron/Optimus Prime
    • Synopsis: What if both Megatron and Optimus had been sucked into the space bridge in "A Bridge To Far"?
    • Comments: This has been touted by some to be the best Transformers Animated Fanfiction ever written in fact it has been said to be the best Transformers Fanfiction ever written. I would have to say that that is true. It is the best in the pairing fandom and far surpasses all I have ever read about other pairings. It keeps the characters almost perfect in their voice and personality and the character development is believable and realistic. The story is not that far-fetched and uses as much canon back ground as possible. All in all it is a extremely good story even if your not a fan of Megatron/Optimus Prime slash any fan of Transformers will want to read this tribute to the series.

    When Did You Become Perfect? by Hearts of Eternity
    • Recommended by Zephyr77
    • Pairing: Sam/Mikaela
    • Synopsis: When did Mikaela stop seeing Sam as that goofy kid who stammered when he was nervous, talked to much when he was scared, and gave one too many wisecracks when his life was in danger, to a man she loved more than she could comprehend?
    • Comments: An interesting perspective from Mikaela, on how her life changed and how her relationship with Sam was defined throughout the first movie and bit more than that. I thought the writing and characterizations were just perfect and despite not being a complete Mikaela fan, I was very intrigued by this insight on her.

    WereCars_of_Cybertron and Werecar Diptychs
    • Recommended by sablin27
    • Pairing: Prowl/Rhythm
    • Synopsis: "2007 movieverse. mostly pre-war and pre-earth: some archetypes are universal. some legends transcend species. and sometimes there's nothing left to do but out race the moons."
    • Bored with her horror movie marathon, Mikaela is intrigued by Jazz's reference to the parallels between werewolves and transformers. The story she persuades him to tell of the war's beginning is both very alien and very familiar.

    Nine Rings of Vos
    • Recommended by sablin27
    • Pairing: Primarily Starscream/Skywarp/Thundercracker.
    • Synopsis: G1. "The Seekers have a plan, one that spans the entire length of the war, and is only now coming to fruition. Soundwave and the Cassettacons get caught up in the plot, and somehow cannot find it in their sparks to regret any of it. As for the Autobot and Decepticon factions, well, they are all just really, really confused."
    • Comments: Short chapters combine into several different sub-plots, each following a person or relationship.
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  • An Adjustment of Plans
    • Recommended by NK, Mariko-chan
    • Pairing: Soundwave/Ratchet and Steeljaw/Frenzy
    • Synopsis: G1 - Soundwave is captured by the Autobots after being severely and permanently damaged in battle.
    • Comments: An excellent, still in-progress character study of the four characters above and how they all deal with the situation at-hand. The author goes to great pains to portray the Steeljaw/Frenzy relationship not as bestiality despite Steeljaw's appearance due to his high intelligence.

    These Games We Play by peacewish
    • Recommended by faustishlurve
    • Pairing: Soundwave/Jazz
    • Synopsis: Postwar AU with triumphant Decepticons and enslaved Autobots. Jazz has come into Soundwave's possession in the Cybertronian equivalent of a poker bet. Alternates between domestic comedy moments of Jazz acclimating to the family atmosphere of Soundwave and his cassettes, and strangely romantic/sexual powerplays as Soundwave and Jazz struggle for control over Jazz's senses of independence and self.
    • Comments: Unlike a lot of postwar fics, the politics of pacifying remaining renegade Autobots and the subtle possibility of an empire-wide slave revolt remain a solidly present background thread, even pulling into the foreground at times. Additionally, the culture of Cassettes and their symbiotic hosts is explored in depth for once, and the reader actually gets a solid picture of what Soundwave does in a peacetime situation. Kudos to peacewish for updating fairly steadily over the last nearly two and a half years.
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  • Insatiable by Acteon Carolsfeld
    • Recommended by fruitstripegum and Aly208
    • Pairing: Megatron/Starscream
    • Summary: AU. Vos: independent, isolated, and self-governed by absolute monarchy…until a miner turned gladiator caught the optics of its young Crown Prince. Not all is fair in love and war. Warning: Slash; sticky. Based on M:Origin & G1 while taking liberties.
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  • A Dream is a Wish the Spark Makes by Fayola
    • Recommended by fruitstripegum
    • Pairing: Jazz/Prowl
    • Summary: One dreams of something — anything — more than what he has, while the other longs for the return to his previous, lesser life. They never expected to find what they desired in each other. Prowl/Jazz. NOT crack, and better than it sounds, I swear!
    • Comments: A Transformers version of Cinderella.
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  • Show me the way to Paradise by Acteon Carolsfeld
    • Recommended by fruitstripegum and Aly208
    • Pairing: One-sided Vechicon/Starscream
    • Summary: "To him, I was nothing. To me, he was everything." A tragic love story on the Nemesis.
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  • Home by Acteon Carolsfeld
    • Recommended by fruitstripegum and Aly208
    • Pairing: Megatron/Starscream
    • Summary: Starscream leaves the war behind, taking refuge on a small, uninhabited planet. Just as he thinks he has finally found peace, the terrible, familiar sight of the Nemesis descends from the sky. His ex-abuser has come to find him.
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  • Dr Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying by Cyrelia J
    • Recommended by Interrobang
    • Pairing: Skywarp/Hook
    • Summary: An experiment in human sexuality yields some rather unexpected results.
    • Comments: Yes, you read that pairing right. It starts off pretty light, with Skywarp crashing in Hook's lab every so often, but gets deeper with how Earth has been affecting the Decepticons more than they'd like to admit, and possibly the best explanation to why Skywarp is... well, Skywarp. It's awkward, hot, hilarious, heartwrenching, and a great example of how you could make a Crack Pairing work.

    Skies of Vermillion by Crescent Moon Demon
    • Recommended by fruitstripegum
    • Pairing: Soundwave/Tracks
    • Summary: AU. One regular routine check-up on the local market, and suddenly the Emperor's councilor is bringing a new item home: in the form of a silent, winged Autobot. Is the chance of love too much to hope for, or is his new slave forever "a damaged bird"?
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  • Cantabile by Iratepirate and Taipan Kiryu
    • Recommended by fruitstripegum
    • Pairing: Soundwave/OC
    • Summary: G1. Soundwave’s life takes an unexpected twist when Megatron gives him a female Autobot as his personal slave.
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  • Beauty Within by StSE
    • Recommended by fruitstripegum
    • Pairing: Bumblebee/OC
    • Summary: After being captured and left for dead; Bumblebee falls in love with the most grotesque of mechs.
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  • Bathing with Eradicons by Jen Kristo
    • Recommended by fruitstripegum
    • Pairing: Vechicon/Starscream
    • Summary: Unable to wash himself after losing an arm, Starscream shows up unannounced in the eradicons' shower room looking for someone to bathe him after an accident...and things progress from there.
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  • Baby Bone Lullaby by P.A.W.07
    • Recommended by fruitstripegum
    • Pairing: Sentinel Prime/ Optimus Prime
    • Summary: Soundwave decided to strike out at Optimus and Sentinel got in the way. The Con had never realized how different he was from Cybertronians and decided to experiment with the extra 'bits'. Now Sentinel never wants Optimus, anyone, to know what happened that night in the Con's clutches. It is a manner of honor and he'll try to suffer the consequences alone. Mpreg.
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  • King Nothing by redseeker
    • Recommended by fruitstripegum, seconded by NK
    • Pairing: O Cs x Starscream, Optimus x Starscream, Megatron x Starscream
    • Summary: 1000 years after the battle of Earth, Starscream awakes on a distant planet. With Megatron long-defeated by the Autobots, Starscream sets out on a journey to claim the Decepticon army for himself, its rightful leader. However, he soon learns that the universe has moved on.
      • Comments: Now has sequels here and here.
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  • Dear Megatron by Scarlet Thorrn
    • Recommended by fruitstripegum
    • Pairing: O Cs x Starscream, Megatron x Starscream
    • Summary: When in writing, the past is never forgotten. And it just may shift the whole of the future. Starscream never intended that the many unsent letters he had written to his Bondmate ever be found...
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  • The Many Incidents of Courtship by Jane Lu
    • Recommended by fruitstripegum
    • Pairing: Megatron x Starscream
    • Summary: A courtship in the middle of war was both untimely and inappropriate, although Megatron frankly did not care when he set his sights on the newly-recruited Starscream. But neither of them expected that whatever relationship they developed would sustain them during the trials and difficulties of the Great War.

    Sin City by itsu-sual
    • Recommended by Dread Pirate Cat
    • Pairing: Megatron/Starscream
    • Summary: A look into Megatron's life in Kaon, set in IDW's "Megatron Origins". Slash in later chapters.

    Transformers Version 2.0 by peteynorth
    • Recommended by throwaawy
    • Comments: A reboot of the Transformers story combining elements from television-G1, Comics, Beast Wars, Toyline Flavor Text and other elements into a singular, cohesive universe. It contains Loads and Loads of Characters, re-imagined story arcs, and overall is quite an impressive "do-over" for the series. And it's still going. Slight warning: Whilst the forum it's posted on does have the completed works to current day, there's no table of contents as far as this troper has been able to determine so far.

    Alternate Universe Fics
    Fallout and Fallout: Apocalypse by Nan00k
    • Recommended by throwaawy
    • Synopsis: Fifty years after Mission City, Earth has lost hope. Galvatron's drones scour the land. Eleven humans, Autobots, and Decepticons struggle to survive. Now has it's own page.
    • Comments: A series of snippets detailing a time where the events of the first live-action film went very very differently. Both the Autobots and Decepticons have been all but wiped out, with humanity not faring much better. The characterizations are compelling, especially in how the disparate personalities involved mesh together and interact.
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    Crossover Fics
    The Animorphs Enter the Beast Wars by Gaz42
    • Recommended by The Rich Sheik
    • Synopsis: Exactly What It Says on the Tin. Erik warns the Animorphs that Visser 3 has obtained an almost functioning time machine. During the battle to seize it the device is hit by a dragon beam, activating it and sending the group, Visser 3, and 30 controllers back in time to the Beast Wars.
    • Comments: Humans that become animals teaming up with Robots that become animals. Explores the parallels in character personalities between the heroes and villains. Sadly no Villain Team-Up here. (Terrasoar and Waspinator can beat the controllers.)

    Through Time And Space by lady-warrioress
    • Recommended by fruitstripegum
    • Synopsis: Starscream's creator wants him back so he sends a bounty hunter to catch him. Starscream won't go down without a fight and the hunter gets more than he bargined for.
    • Comments: A crossover with Metroid.
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  • Destination, Darkness by AzarDarkstar
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  • Small World: Overture by Nan00k
    • HUGE crossover with Supernatural,Doctor Who, Sherlock, Good Omens, and Transformers. So it's in the authors words, Super Who Lock Formers Omens. And there has already been a cameo from Merlin.
    • Recommended by Deceptibot1998
    • Status: Ongoing
    • Synopsis'': Yes, this is a Super Who Lock Formers Omens fic. Yes. Yes, you read that correctly. Here is the prologue of the insanely long series called Small World, in which I've blended about five different fandoms (plus many cameos in the background of others), which focuses mainly on Superwholock. Small World, the actual main story, will debut once the fourteen prologue stories are published here. They are all separate one-shots that create the basis of this little world you are soon to fall head over heels into.
    • Comments: Don't run away! This is written by the same person as Fallout: Transformers, and ohmygosh I can't reccomend it enough! She has been planning it out for a while, and knows exactly what she's doing- for the person who only wants the Transformers bits, then chapter 6 is the part that introduces them. I would recommend this JUST for that part. And she made the Impala Tracks! Just... it needs SO much more love!

    More Than Meets the Eye by The Writer With no Name.
    • Recommended by SAMAS
    • Synopsis: A retelling of the first live-action Movie, with a lot more G1 elements added. Oh, and instead of Sam, Bumblebee ends up with none other than one Peter Parker.

    Hottie 4: Even Better Sequel by Chris Jackson
    • Recommended by chrishouserez
    • Synopsis: Hottie 4: Even Better Sequel is a Milestone Celebration that not only commemorates the 5th anniversary of Hottie, the the anniversaries of many works of fiction including Transformers, celebrating it's 30th anniversary.


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