YMMV / Black Crayons

YMMV entries for the Black Crayons series:

  • Angst? What Angst?: Subverted with Annabelle's encounter with Barricade in My First Decepticon. While she is initially fine after Ironhide rescues her. Nightmares shows that she is having, well, ''nightmares'' of the Decepticons.
    • Averted with Jolt and Flareup's deaths in A Child's Innocence. As their allies are shown to still be affected by their deaths from when they occurred to near the end of the story. Ironhide's near death also counts, especially with Annabelle.
  • Author's Saving Throw: A couple for A Child's Innocence:
    • Having Mikaela Banes in place of Carly Spencer. The story also lacks any pointless relationship drama between Sam and Mikaela.
      • Having there be less focus on Mikaela for Fanservice and more focus on her skills and abilities, such as her being mechanically inclined (which is how she gets hired by Dylan Gould) and the quick thinking she demonstrates when the Decepticons are invading Chicago.
    • Not having Ironhide being killed by Sentinel when the latter reveals his betrayal and the two actually having a fight.
    • Optimus Prime faking that the Autobots were dead and arriving to Chicago after the Decepticons have leveled the city was not done to prove a point about how Earth needs the Autobots but rather because he and the Autobots could simply not get to Chicago in time when they separated from the Xanthium. Optimus is very pissed knowing that the Decepticons slaughtered so many humans whilst he and the other Autobots were trying to get to Chicago as quickly as they possibly could.
  • Better Than Canon: Reviewers of A Child's Innocence (a rewrite of Transformers: Dark of the Moon) have commented that the story is much better than the movie the fanfic was based on.
  • Crowning Moment of Awesome: Has its own page.
  • Crowning Moment of Funny: Has its own page.
  • Crowning Moment of Heartwarming: Has its own page.
  • Heartwarming in Hindsight: In Summer Vacation, Sam gets nervous about the thought of marriage. In A Child's Innocence, he proposes to Mikaela.
  • Iron Woobie: Annabelle in A Child's Innocence, she gets kidnapped by the Decepticons only a few chapters into the story. When she gets rescued, she goes to NEST base to discover that Sentinel Prime, who the Autobots thought to be a friend, betrayed them and killed Jolt and Flareup and left Ironhide in critical condition. Then, she discovers that the world leaders are exiling the Autobots from Earth. Then, she watches as the Autobots are seemingly killed when the Xanthium explodes. Despite all of this, she still goes to Chicago even while it's being ravaged by the Decepticons to stop them and save Mikaela from Dylan because she feels like she has to do something to make sure the bad guys don't win.
    • Sam Witwicky also qualifies, he's so desperate to get a job that actually allows him to make a difference in the world but he keeps failing to do so. He also misses his best friend, Bumblebee who is too busy with NEST missions. Then, Charlotte Mearing dismisses his heroics from Transformers and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, saying he's just "a messenger". Then, Dylan Gould kidnaps Mikaela to force him into being a spy for the Decepticons. It gets worse when Optimus Prime tells Sam that they are friends whilst Sam is in the middle of betraying them and he is unable to tell them that the Decepticons have Mikaela and are forcing him into betraying them. Then, he seemingly sees his friends die in the Xanthium explosion. This does not stop him from going to Chicago while it's being torn apart by the Decepticons to rescue Mikaela and stop the Decepticons.
    • Mikaela Banes, she gets kidnapped by Dylan to be used as a bargaining chip against her boyfriend, Sam. Then, Dylan takes her to Chicago and gets a front row seat to the devastation the Decepticons are causing. She cannot do anything in her situation and can only watch as countless innocent people are being killed by the Decepticons. This does not stop her from trying to escape. And when Sam, Bumblebee and Wheelie rescue her, she pulls off some rather impressive stunts against the Decepticons.
    • Optimus Prime gets betrayed by his former mentor Sentinel Prime who has killed Flareup and Jolt. He and the other Autobots are then forced to leave Earth because the world leaders think that their exile will keep the Decepticons from attacking. While the Autobots have no intention of leaving Earth, Optimus and the other Autobots are forced to listen to Annabelle pleading for them to answer her without being able to respond in order to keep the Decepticons from possibly discovering that they did not die in the Xanthium explosion. By the time Optimus and the Autobots reach Chicago, god know how many people have been killed. Optimus clearly does not enjoy the fact that he practically let numerous innocent people die nor the fact that his former mentor and friend is now sided with his sworn enemy Megatron, but this does not keep him from being any less badass if his taking down of Shockwave's "Driller" bot or his three way battle with Megatron and Sentinel Prime are any indication.
      • On that note, all of the Autobots are this considering the loss they have suffered has not deterred them from continuously battling the Decepticons.
  • It Was His Sled: To those who have seen Transformers: Dark of the Moon, it won't be a surprise that Dylan Gould and Sentinel Prime are working with the Decepticons.
    • Or that the expensive car that Dylan gave Mikaela is actually Soundwave in disguise.
    • Or that the Autobots did not die in the Xanthium explosion.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Even if Sentinel had a point that Cybertron could only be saved by allying with Megatron, it's quickly lost when he kills Jolt and Flareup. Not to mention the fact that said plan to save Cybertron includes enslaving the entire human race to do the Cybertonians' bidding.
  • Memetic Badass: Readers will agree with the characters when they say that not even Cybertonians could stand up to Sarah Lennox.
  • Moe: Annabelle.
  • Take That, Scrappy!: Skids and Mudflap suffering a prank at the hands of Annabelle in Summer Vacation.
    • Judy and Ron Witwicky being almost entirely removed from the DOTM rewrite could be seen as this considering how disliked they are.
    • A possible one to Carly Spencer when Bumblebee presents rings to Sam and Mikaela, unlike DOTM where Sam does not go through with proposing, Sam actually goes through with proposing to Mikaela.
  • Tear Jerker: Has its own page.