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Witwicky Family

    Sam Witwicky 

  • Action Survivor: By the time the series starts, he has already had numerous encounters with the Cybertronians and came out alive.
  • Amazon Chaser:
    • He's not bothered by his girlfriend's impressive physical stunts. And describes Mikaela defending him from Mearing as "hot".
    • He also finds Mikaela delivering an Armor-Piercing Slap to Emily for kidnapping Wheelie to be kind of hot, too.
  • Badass Normal: No military combat training, but he has still pulled off some impressive stunts against the Decepticons. In Chicago, he impales Starcream in the optic and uses an explosive to blow off the Decepticon's arm, forcing him to retreat.
  • Broke Your Arm Punching Out Cthulhu: Almost literally. He manages to drive Starscream into retreating by stabbing the Decepticon in the eye with a climbing glove and nearly blowing his arm off with a bomb but he ends up nearly getting his arm dislocated.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: In A Child's Innocence, he 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.
  • 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.
  • Give Geeks a Chance: Mikaela acknowledges that Sam is not usually the type of guy that she would date, but now that they're together, she can't imagine being without him. Sam even proposes to her near the end of A Child's Innocence.
  • It's Personal: He chooses 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.
  • Le Parkour: How he manages to get around the war-torn Chicago.
  • Official Couple: With Mikaela Banes and unlike Dark of the Moon, they are still together in A Child's Innocence (which rewrites said film). Sam even proposes to her near the end of story.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: In his final confrontation with Dylan. The Decepticon-collaborator mocks his attempts to be heroic, telling him that he picked the wrong side (the Autobots). He finishes with "I just saved a whole other world. You think you're a hero? You think you're a hero?" Sam's response: "No. I'm just the messenger." right before he knocks Dylan into the Control Pillar, electrocuting him to death.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Wheelie. They both tend to annoy each other, but Sam recognizes that Mikaela genuinely cares about him and he does not really bear any ill will towards the ex-Con.

    Mikaela Banes 


    William Lennox 
  • Action Dad
  • Badass Normal: He has nothing but his own military training and whatever equipment he's got on hand, but he's survived more encounters with Cybertronians than nearly anyone else in the series.
  • Birds of a Feather: His wife is every bit as badass as he is, even if she doesn't partake in physical combat.
  • Colonel Badass: His rank in A Child's Innocence.
  • Composite Character: Laserbeak pays a visit to his house where the avian disguises himself as a smaller, pink version of Bumblebee and interacts with his daughter. This essentially combines him with one of the Decepticon's human collaborators in Dark of the Moon.
  • Happily Married: With Sarah Lennox.
  • Not So Different: With Ironhide. They're both military trained. They both strive to do the right thing. They're both intimidated by Sarah. And they both care about Annabelle.
  • O.C. Stand-in: He is given more moments of being a loving husband to Sarah and a caring father to Annabelle.
  • Papa Wolf: He cares deeply about his daughter Annabelle and messing with her is an easy way to earn his scorn.
    • Epps thinks that Sentinel Prime is lucky that he is dead because otherwise he would be suffering the combined wrath of Will, Ironhide, and Sarah.

    Robert Epps 
  • Retirony: In A Child's Innocence, he retires to be with his wife and kids. Averted, as he survives the events of the story.


U.S. Government

    Seymour Simmons 
  • Break the Haughty: In Summer Vacation, his off-putting traits lead him to being outsmarted by Annabelle and intimidated by Sarah.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Eccentric personality aside, by the time of A Child's Innocence, he's a best-selling writer.
  • Eccentric Millionaire: Becomes one in A Child's Innocence.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: As obnoxious as he can be at times, he does have a good heart underneath. He even comforts Annabelle, who had previously given him some (not undeserved) grief, when she breaks down crying.
  • Noodle Incident: Apparently, he used to be an item with Mearing. He still holds feelings towards her. The feeling is mutual.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: In Summer Vacation, he acts very unpleasant to Sarah and Annabelle because they are civilians in a government facility. In A Child's Innocence, he has softened up quite a bit and even comforts Annabelle when the Autobots are seemingly killed in the Xanthium explosion.
  • Worth It: Near the end of A Child's Innocence, he plants a kiss on Mearing. This is his reaction when she promptly has him arrested. It also helps that he can use his arrest as an excuse to stay away from Sarah Lennox.

    Charlotte Mearing 
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Is initially brusque and dismissive towards Sam, despite his having helped save the world twice over, which earns her his and Mikaela's scorn. She later apologizes to him and is willing to accept his input regarding the Decepticons' next possible move or any other information he might have. And when the Autobots are being exiled, she allows Sam to see them off. Unfortunately, Sam is currently being forced by the Decepticons to spy on the Autobots.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Not even she wants to get on Sarah's bad side.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Optimus admits she has a point when she blames him for Sentinel's assault on NEST HQ as he made the decision to trust Sentinel.
  • Ma'am Shock: She doesn't like being called "ma'am". Mikaela points out how nonsensical this is as Mearing is an unmarried woman.
  • Noodle Incident: Apparently, she and Simmons used to be involved romantically. The feeling is apparently still mutual on both ends considering her reaction to him kissing her is to smile and, without changing expressions, have Simmons arrested.

  • Battle Butler: For Simmons. Sarah also "borrows" him.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: He's generally a nice guy, but he has incredible combat skills that he will not hesitate to use if you tick him off.
  • Children Are Innocent: He discusses this trope in Chapter 12 of A Child's Innocence.
    Dutch: Most people think 'innocence' means that a child is too ignorant of the world to understand. That they cannot see the world for what it is. I would like to think that they are less blinded by the distrust and suspicions adults gain from experience. An innocent child is not one who cannot see what is right in front of them; they are often the only ones who can see the truth of things.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Is implied to have one.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Not even he wants to get on Sarah's bad side.
  • That Man Is Dead: After disarming someone, he smiles and says, "I am sorry. That is the old me."


Lennox Family

    Sarah Lennox 
  • Badass Normal: She's a housewife and has no combat training, but that does not stop her from being one of the most threatening characters in the series.
  • Berserk Button: Anything that could threaten her husband or her child.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: She's usually really sweet, but tick her off or endanger her family and she will make you pay.
  • Birds of a Feather: She's every bit as badass as her husband and she accomplishes this without engaging in much physical combat.
  • Death Glare: She is very good at giving these. The person on the receiving end is usually scared into submission.
  • The Dreaded: Everyone who meets her immediately does not want to get on her bad side.
  • Happily Married: With William Lennox.
  • Horrifying the Horror: Discussed. Characters say with absolute sincerity that not even Megatron could stand in her way. She also plays this straight as Mearing and Dutch are intimidated by her within seconds of meeting her.
    Sarah: (to Katie) And they [Annabelle, Danny, Izabella, Luke, Peter and Gwen] better be safe or so help me, I'll come up with something that'll make Megatron pity you.
  • Mama Bear: She proves to be this for her daughter Annabelle, telling off soldiers, politicians and Transformers alike with a passion if she even thinks that her daughter is in danger. Ironhide once thought of a scenario where she was given a cannon and unleashed on the Decepticons, which ended in her standing on what's left of Megatron's chassis.
    • In A Child's Innocence, a soldier who recognizes her allows her into NEST HQ, she quickly intimated Mearing when asking where her daughter is, grabs Simmons and Dutch by their collars and demands to know where Annabelle is, and "borrows" Dutch to drive her to the hospital where Annabelle is. Epps considers Sentinel Prime to have gotten off lucky because otherwise the traitor would be on the receiving end of the combined wrath of Will, Ironhide, and Sarah.
    • In Not According to Plan, she quickly intimidates Katie into telling her where the other teenagers have taken her daughter and the other children.
  • Nerves of Steel: When she first met Ironhide, it only took her a moment for her shock to fade before she made it clear that if he had any intentions of hurting her family, she would make him deeply regret it. The Autobot has no doubts that she would accomplish that task.
  • Non-Action Guy: The most she does is grab someone by their collar. Though she does a great enough job of intimidating people into submissions, so there's no point for her to get physical.
    • She subverts this a bit in Not According to Plan where she dislocates Tommy's finger after finding out that he kidnapped her daughter and other children and he continues to disrespect the Autobots and Annabelle.
  • O.C. Stand-in: Bookworm Gal cements her as a badass Mama Bear who makes soldiers, government officials, and Cybertonians quiver in her wake.
  • Tranquil Fury: She can perfectly convey her anger at people who have pissed her off without raising her voice.

    Annabelle Lennox 
  • Berserk Button:
    • Anything that could put her Autobot friends in danger.
    • She's also not particularly fond of bullies.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: She is usually a sweet girl, but she can and will stand her ground against bullies and even the Transformers themselves.
  • Break the Cutie: In chapter 11 of A Child's Innocence, she is reduced to a heart-broken, crying child after witnessing the Xanthium explode.
  • Cheerful Child: She's absolutely adorable and sees Ironhide and her dad as her personal heroes and unbeatable. She also has the weapon specialist essentially wrapped around her finger.
  • Chekhov's Skill: Her speaking Cybertronian. First, a cute way to learn about the Twins' pranking plans. Later, a life saving skill.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome:
    • She 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.
    • When Danny, Izabella, Luke, Peter and Gwen are kidnapped, she joins them because someone has to watch over them.
  • Composite Character: Laserbeak pays a visit to her house where the avian disguises himself as a smaller, pink version of Bumblebee and asks her, "Is your Daddy home?". This essentially combines her with the daughter of one of the Decepticon's human collaborators in Dark of the Moon.
    • She also takes Carly Spencer's role in DOTM of convincing Megatron to turn on Sentinel Prime. Although in her case, she does it unknowingly. Overlaps with Decomposite Character as Mikaela Banes takes the bulk of Carly's role and Carly is still mentioned in the story (but not by name).
  • The Cutie: She endears herself to both other characters and the audience. She is good friends with Ironhide and continuously makes crayon drawings of him in both vehicle form and robot form.
  • 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.
    • After getting kidnapped by teenagers who are looking to discredit the Autobots, she rallies the other children with her and stands her ground against the group's Fantastic Racism.
  • Good Cannot Comprehend Evil: She cannot understand why Dylan Gould and Sentinel Prime would betray the entire human race and the Autobots, respectively, to the Decepticons.
  • Handicapped Badass: Gets her arm broken in the climax of A Child's Innocence from trying to take on Sentinel Prime. This doesn't stop her from standing up to the teenagers in Not According to Plan, rallying the other kidnapped children behind her, and punching Tommy with her uninjured arm.
  • Hero-Worshipper: Looks up to her father, William Lennox who serves in the military and Ironhide, the weapons specialist of the Autobots.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Is a platonic version of this with Ironhide.
  • In-Series Nickname: Wheelie tends to refer to her as "Mini-Ironhide".
  • It Runs in the Family: Annabelle's desire to be a hero comes from her father and Ironhide. Her generally being kind but not the kind of person you want to anger comes from her mother. In A Child's Innocence, she tries to stand her ground against Laserbeak and chooses to go to Chicago in the midst of its destruction because she believes that's what a hero like Ironhide would do.
  • It's Personal: She chooses 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: 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. Incidentally, the first Decepticon Sam and Annabelle ever met was Barricade.
  • Little Miss Badass: She is not to be taken lightly, to wit:
    • In Bully, she punches Carl when he badmouths aliens and scares the entire class.
    • In My First Decepticon, she distracts Barricade so Carl can escape.
    • In A Child's Innocence, she tries her best to keep cool when she is captured by Laserbeak, persuades Barricade into letting her go, goes into Chicago while the Decepticons rampage through the city because she feels like she has to do something, and jams a piece of rebar into Sentinel Prime's leg.
    • In Not According to Plan, she stands her ground against Tommy's Fantastic Racism and punches him in the crotch for his attitude. She also leads the other kids with her to attack Tommy, Mike and Emily.
  • Little Miss Snarker: She has her moments.
  • O.C. Stand-in: Bookworm Gal cements her as a Plucky Girl who looks up to her father William Lennox and the Autobot Ironhide.
  • Plucky Girl: 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 war zone because she thought she needed to be there. Keep in mind that she's six years old at the time.
  • Screaming Warrior:
    • She lets out a Big "NO!", in response to Sentinel Prime saying that his plan of enslaving all of humanity to rebuild Cybertron will succeed, before jamming a piece of reinforcing bar into Sentinel's leg.
    • She lets out a shrill, wordless cry of anger before attacking Tommy and leading the other children into attacking him, Mike and Emily.
  • Shipper on Deck: Is rather impatient when it comes to waiting for Chromia and Ironhide to admit their feeling for one another. In Summer Vacation, she suggests that the two should have a race together. And Optimus Prime suggests to her that she should just wait and let Chromia and Ironhide figure it out on their own.
  • Spanner in the Works:
    • A Child's Innocence:
      • When Annabelle was initially held captive by the Decepticons, she overheard them talking in Cybertronian, which Annabelle understands enough of to recognise them mentioning a Prime who isn't Optimus. As a result, Annabelle is able to pass on a warning that alerts Ironhide to Sentinel Prime's treachery just in time for Ironhide to avoid suffering a fatal wound.
      • 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.
    • In Not According to Plan, the teenagers' plan to make anti-Cybertronian propaganda would have gone much better if Annabelle didn't decide to join the other kids that the teenagers had kidnapped.


    Carl Matthews 
  • The Bully: Likes scaring the other children with made-up stories and lies.
  • Evil Redhead: Downplayed. Carl has red hair and certainly qualifies as a bully at Annabelle's school.
  • 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.

    Dylan Gould 
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: He is a board member of Accuretta Systems and 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 addition to their ranks which is why that the Decepticons kept Dylan alive while they killed off the rest of their human collaborators.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Sam Witwicky. Both Sam and Dylan's families have a history with the Cybertronians 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. They were also both visited by Cybertronians to get their help in their respective faction's cause: Bumblebee was sent to Earth as Sam's guardian while Dylan inherited the job of working with Soundwave after Richard passed away.
    • He could also be considered one to Annabelle Lennox. Both of their fathers worked with Cybertronians: Richard Gould with the Decepticons and William Lennox with the Autobots. Both Dylan and Annabelle also grew up with the knowledge of the Cybertronians, 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.
  • I Fight for the Strongest Side: He joins the Decepticons because he believes that they will win the war against the Autobots. The fact that he will be among their ranks in their new world doesn't hurt either.
    Dylan: My father always said 'when the war isn't yours, always join the winning side'.
  • Karmic Death: He betrays the entire human race to the Decepticons and coerces Sam Witwicky into spying on his friends, the Autobots, by kidnapping his girlfriend, Mikaela Banes. Dylan later tries to turn on the pillars that will lead to Cybertron destroying and replacing Earth. Sam manages to send Dylan into the pillar, electrocuting the morally bankrupt businessman to death.
  • Like Father, Like Son: He and his father Richard have no qualms with letting the Decepticons enslave the human race in exchange for power. Soundwave notes the similarities between them and the Decepticons.
  • 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 Cybertronian body, Dylan Gould would be a fine replacement for Laserbeak after the avian's death.
  • The Quisling: He's one of the Decepticon's human collaborators and unlike the others, he's being kept alive because he truly believes in the Decepticon cause.
  • Shadow Archetype: He's basically what Annabelle could have grown up into had she been influenced by the Decepticons since childhood.
  • Shipper on Deck: He tells Sam that the reason he gave a letter of recommendation to Accuretta Systems to help Sam get a job there was because he supports his and Mikaela's relationship. It's actually part of his plan to get a spy who is close to the Autobots in the form of Sam.
  • Token Evil Teammate: He and his father were this to the Decepticons' human collaborators. While the other collaborators only worked with the Decepticons out of fear for their lives, Dylan and his father Richard truly believed in the Decepticon cause. Soundwave even notes that Dylan would have made a fine Decepticon.
  • Walking Spoiler: There's not much to say without spoiling anything beyond him being Mikaela's rich boss who owns numerous expensive cars.

    Katie, Mike, Tommy & Emily 
A group of teenagers who planned to discredit the Autobots. Their plans don't go as well as they'd expect when Annabelle gets involved.

  • Didn't See That Coming: They didn't expect Annabelle to stand up for the Autobots and rally the other children they'd kidnapped behind her. They also didn't anticipate that Annabelle would know Wheelie.
  • Didn't Think This Through: They really didn't anticipate that the Autobots would be able to find them or how they would protect the children they kidnapped from harm even if the Autobots were actively trying to harm humans. Both Sarah and Ironhide point the latter out.
    Sarah: And what if something happened? What if someone got hurt? Or lost. What if a Decepticon is still hiding there, keeping out of sight after the battle? How would you handle that? What would you do if that happened and you had to look a grieving parent in the eye and tell them that you got their child killed just so you could make a video to post on the internet?

    Ironhide: Not even the twins [Mudflap and Skids] would have tried such a stunt. They will not be leaving this place without being thoroughly educated on why their actions were a very bad idea. That was foolish, dragging all these children out here. What if something happened? Did they believe they could protect all the younglings themselves?
  • Dirty Coward: Tommy chooses to abandon the children when they're noticed by Chromia and Ironhide. It's a good thing that they're the Autobots or those children would have died, something that Izabella, Wheelie, Mike and Emily call him out on.
  • Dramatic Irony: Most of the entertainment of Not According to Plan comes from them assuming something that is completely far off from what the audience knows.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Emily and Mike call Tommy out for trying to abandon the children to save his own skin.
  • Fantastic Racism: Tommy believes all Cybertronians to be nothing but monsters.
  • Glory Seeker: Mike is only interested in using the Cybertronian video to become famous.
  • Hate Sink: They're all perfectly willing to let children (who are probably not in the best mental state considering that they all probably witnessed the Decepticons tear Chicago apart) into a war-torn city for the sake of a video.
  • Humiliation Conga: In Not According to Plan, not only are their plans of destroying sympathy for the Autobots foiled, but they are beaten up by Annabelle and the other children, cornered by the Autobots, and suffer the wrath of Sarah Lennox.
  • Just a Machine: Tommy thinks this of all Cybertronians, believing they don't have hearts. Annabelle counters that they have sparks.
  • Large Ham: Tommy is overly dramatic in the video the teenagers are filming.
  • Literal-Minded: Katie confesses every bad thing she's ever done when Sarah demands she tell her everything.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Tommy chooses to hightail it out of here when noticed by the Cybertronians. Chromia keeps him from escaping.
  • Share the Male Pain: Mike winces in sympathy when Annabelle punches Tommy in the crotch.
  • Teens Are Monsters: They have kidnapped a number of children, including Annabelle and some of these children are now orphans because of the Decepticons, in order to drum up sympathy for their plan to get all of the Cybertronians off Earth. Tommy hates all of the Cybertronians and wants them either dead or gone and Mike is only interested in being famous.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Really, you bring a group of children to the deeper parts of a city that is still recovering from a battle between giant alien robots? Sarah obviously calls them out on this.
    • They also go to Chicago where other Cybertronians are present (also taking the children with them). They apparently didn't anticipate that these alien robots don't need to see them to know they're there (they have audio receptors and thermal detectors). It's a good thing that the Cybertronians are Autobots and not Decepticons.

    Danny, Izabella, Luke, Peter & Gwen 
A group of kids Annabelle befriends after the Autobot-Decepticon battle in Chicago.


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