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A Girl and Her Bike is a Fusion Fic written by SwapAUAnon between RWBY and Transformers. The story is intended to be split into multiple volumes on FanFiction.Net and Archive of Our Own. The full series can also be found here on Current stories in the primary series are:

Volume 1 (AO3 link here) (Complete as of April 8, 2021)

Spotlight Collection 1 (AO3 link here)

The story also has a side-story/prequel titled Like Judas Thereupon Kissed (AO3 link here), which focuses more on the events that would lead up to the Great War.

Along with the story is Myths of Cybertron (AO3 link here), which is a series of lore and mythology shorts archived by Glyph of the Cybertronian Historical Preservation Society that elaborates on the lore and backstory of this series' version of Cybertron.

Another side-story, titled Jazz's Report, was also released, chronicling Jazz's reports to Professor Goodwitch regarding Cybertron and the war.

The story also has a comedy side series in the same vein as RWBY Chibi called A Girl and Her Bike: Super Deformed CHIBI (AO3 link here) first released following the completion of the first volume.

The series also has a Shattered Glass sub series, titled Through the Shattered Glass, with the first story in the series being Shattered Fragments (AO3 link here).

This series provides examples of:

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  • Adaptational Badass: Cybertronians are capable of having Aura and Semblance (referred to as Projected Spark Field and Distinction respectively).
  • Adaptational Superpower Change: See Adaptational Badass above. Various Cybertronian abilities are rooted in their version of Aura and Semblance.
  • A Boy and His X: A girl and her motorbike/alien robot. The friendship between Yang and Bumblebee is ultimately at the heart of the series.
  • Composite Character:
    • Bumblebee's personality is the general archetype of the character and he's a mixture of different versions across the franchise. He's rooted in his live-action reboot version, even being named B-127 and stating that he once had his voice box ripped out before it was replaced, but he also has the "stingers" of his Cyberverse incarnation. Him being a motorcycle also makes him similar to Prowl's Animated incarnation.
    • Arcee in this series has an appearance reminiscent of her G1 counterpart, the arm blades of her Prime version, and her relationship with Greenlight and role as Gauge's mother is taken from her 2019 IDW version.
    • Rampage is a member of Razorclaw’s inner circle like the G1 character, but his bond with Transmutate comes from the Beast Wars character.
  • Fusion Fic: Cybertron and Remnant inhabit the same universe, with Cybertronians even possessing their own variant of Aura and Semblance.
  • Patchwork Fic: For the Transformers side of the series, it draws primarily from Bumblebee, the IDW comics, Transformers: Cyberverse and the Aligned continuity as its sources.
  • Recycled In Space: The author says that the original basis for the series was that it's BumblebeeON REMNANT! Though it later subverts this trope and would distinguish itself as its own take on the Transformers mythos, diverging heavily from the film and introducing large changes to the status quo of RWBY before the first volume even begins.
  • Spiritual Antithesis: The series is this to its inspiration, Spark to Spark, Dust to Dust, which had a heavy emphasis on Dramatic Irony while the characters here are kept fully in the know. Additionally, how certain characters are portrayed is in complete contrast to their portrayals in Spark to Spark, on top of the story being more centric on the friendship between Bumblebee and Yang, with their Series Goal being to find the Ark and the Autobots while its inspiration had the Autobots and Yang work side-by-side at the beginning.

    Volume 1 
  • Adaptational Badass: Kali was reportedly a very tough fighter in the past, and Word of God confirms that in this universe she used to be Ghira's bodyguard.invoked
  • Adaptational Early Appearance: Since the story begins before the events of any of the trailers, a number of characters appear earlier than they did in canon.
    • Winter shows up in the first chapter as a Hero Antagonist to B-127 while her canon counterpart was first mentioned in Volume 2 and made her debut in Volume 3. Same for Ironwood as well, whose canonical first appearance was in Volume 2.
    • Blake's first appearance in canon was during the Black Trailer, where she subsequently defected from the White Fang. Here, she's still with the White Fang and serving under Adam when she first appears due to it being before the events of the train heist she and Adam attempted.
    • In Chapter 15 of Volume 1, Raven reveals her presence to save a wounded Yang by getting her to Tai well before they met again in canon, which was originally near the end of Volume 2.
  • Adaptational Expansion: The reasoning behind why Remnant's resources won't work outside its atmosphere is implied to be because the Brother of Light set things up that way, whereas canonically no reason is given for why they won't work.
  • Adaptational Villainy: While Trannis is already a Decepticon in other continuities, he starts as an abrasive crime-lord here. He's also like this before the Ascenticon movement and the Decepticon's existence, so he doesn't even have to be part of the villain's team as an excuse.
  • Aliens Speaking English: Cybertronians just naturally speak the same language as humans and Faunus without any issue in communication. Later, Bumblebee's best guess, outside of a massive coincidence, is that another Autobot woke up when their ancestors were developing their planet's language.
  • Ancient Astronauts: Bumblebee is surprised to find out that, while the symbols used are different, the Vytalese characters all have the same name as their corresponding character in the Cybertronian alphabet. His best guess as to why is that another Autobot woke up when the language was being developed.
  • Antagonist Abilities: Shatter and Dropkick naturally have many, many advantages and abilities that make them impossible for Bumblebee and Yang to face alone. They're bigger, stronger, have greater resources, and can have multiple vehicular transformations due to their statuses as triple-changers.
  • Appropriated Appellation:
    • Yang decides to name her new bike Bumblebee. B-127 decides that it's as good a name as any and takes it up as his new identity.
    • The Ascenticons were insultingly called Decepticons back on Cybertron. When Megatron's true nature started to surface, this would go on to become their new identity as well.
  • Asshole Victim: The two Atlas soldiers, Rose and Gil, harassed Yang, physically assaulted her without provocation, are racist to an absurd degree, and actively and gleefully try killing her and Ruby in chapter 12. Needless to say, readers were ecstatic to see Shatter and Dropkick finally axe them off.
  • Author Appeal: Inverted. The author very much likes the pair Blake and Yang are and dislikes seeing them split up. In this story, they're antagonistic towards each other at the start due to For Want Of A Nail.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: All prior appearances with Shatter and Dropkick showed them as a villainous buddy-cop duo with their antics being played for comedy. Then Chapter 4 rolls around and has them cruelly slaughter the White Fang and interrogate Bumblebee by torturing Yang and attempting to sadistically rip her arm off, showing the readers that despite their antics, they are downright monstrous.
  • Big Damn Heroes: B-127 saves the Rose/Xiao Long family from a deadly Ursa Major as his introduction to them.
  • Call-Forward:
    • After hearing that B-127 has Aura, Winter starts to draw parallels between him and Pietro's "pet project", referencing Penny's existence.
    • Bumblebee and Yang briefly talk about Yang almost losing her arm and getting a prosthetic, which would happen to her in canon after Volume 3 and actually happens to her later in Volume 1 of this series when she loses her arm in the final fight with Dropkick.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Shatter has Dropkick actively crush Yang to interrogate Bumblebee and then orders him to rip off her arm as slowly and painfully as possible.
  • Consummate Liar: Shatter lies about the true reality of the Autobots and Decepticons, as well as the Matrix of Leadership, in a way that completely convinces Winter that Bumblebee and the Autobots are the villains when in actuality it's the Decepticons.
  • Cool Bike: Yang's new bike is a kickass alien robot. It doesn't get much cooler than that.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: After Shatter and Dropkick arrive at the White Fang fight, calling what happens next a massacre is more accurate as Dropkick just casually slaughters the mooks and knocks out Adam with a single blast.
  • Curse Cut Short: Blake in Chapter 4, at least in her internal monologue.
    Blake (thoughts): Then we can contact the High Leader and find out what the fu- (cue Yang knocking into her)
  • Dad the Veteran: Alpha Trion is this to Orion/Optimus, being his creator and a retired veteran who was previously a frontline fighter in almost all Cybertron's previous wars.
  • Deliberate Values Dissonance: Cybertronian culture and mindset differ from Remnant's and it weirds the Rose/Xiao Long family out. Megatron turning the remains of his former mentor into his Fusion Cannon seems like a cruel and sadistic thing to do, with Ruby even comparing it to making Crescent Rose out of Summer's bones, but as Bee points out, they're still technology despite being sentient and that doing so is seen as honoring the dead.
    Bumblebee: Remember, we're living technology, but we're still technology. A lot of our practices are going to be different from an organic being's practices by default.
  • Dirty Coward: Starscream, as usual. Even back when he was an Ascenticon, he was still a coward who would run away when things got too tough, as seen when they were in a shootout with Trannis, where he flew away and abandoned his allies.
  • Domestic Abuse: Adam, as usual, is psychologically manipulative and physically abusive with Blake. He forces armor piercing questions on her that ensure that she remains loyal to him. He also forces her to not interact with the other members of the White Fang so that she relies only on him and violently shoves her into a tree when she fails to get Bumblebee's homing beacon. He even subjects her to gaslighting and prevents her from seeing or hearing from the rest of her family to keep her obedient to him.
  • Dramatic Irony:
    • Two Atlesian soldiers apprehend Yang while she was driving around with Bumblebee due to believing her to be possessing what they were looking for (i.e. Bumblebee, who they refer to as the Mantlite Bomb), with Winter chastising them for harassing a normal civilian simply driving for groceries. If only she knew they were actually right in their assumption. She figures it out later in Chapter 8: Part 1.
    • In Chapter 6 during a meeting between Headmasters, Theodore comments that the idea of a robot with an Aura is outlandish, given that unlike Ironwood and the audience, he's completely unaware of Penny's existence.
      Theodore: I probably wouldn't have believed it if James hadn't verified your claims by mistake. I mean, a robot with aura? Come on!
      Ironwood: (nervously chuckling): Yeah... It's just ridiculous…
  • The Empire: Like in the film, the Decepticons are an empire spanning across multiple planets, with their sights now set on Remnant. Shatter and Dropkick even introduce themselves as officers of the Decepticon Empire when they meet Winter in Chapter 7.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: The members of the White Fang are shown to not all be bad. In Chapter 13 of Volume 1, they express disgust at Schwarz's declaration of killing human children as well as his belief that any Faunus who doesn't fight for the White Fang deserves to die as much as any other human. Said Faunus even ditch the White Fang at the end of the chapter and join the heroes.
  • Fairytale Motifs: Aside from canonical examples, Akai is a reindeer Faunus who is specifically based off Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.
  • Fallen Hero: "World of Cybertron" is a long recount of Megatron's turn from the noble, if aggressive, advocate for the rights of every Cybertronian, to a totalitarian dictator and sociopath who devastated his homeworld out of spite.
  • Fantastic Racism:
    • Yang discusses this with Bee while running errands. She states that humans idiotically treat Faunus like freaks just because of a few minor physical differences and brings up a few cases she heard from her sister regarding this.
    • Cybertronians have this a lot, usually regarding size and form. Bumblebee got a lot of rough treatment before the war due to being small by Cybertronian standards, while Beastformers are derided for their animal forms and Minicons are treated like garbage for their height. In fact, bigger Cybertronians often managed to get a slap on the wrist for stepping on Minicons.
  • Fastball Special: While fighting the White Fang, Bumblebee throws Yang at Blake to catch up to her.
  • Foil: Bumblebee and Adam as far as how they treat their partners. Adam is nothing but abusive and manipulative towards Blake while Bumblebee is caring and brotherly towards Yang. This is reflected after their first battle, as a scene of Adam violently reprimanding Blake for her failure is immediately juxtaposed by Bumblebee caring for Yang and carrying her to safety. Word of God even states that Bumblebee's present self is voiced by Adam's voice actor, Garret Hunter, to further play up the differences between the two.
  • Heel–Face Turn: In Chapter 13 of Volume 1, many members of the White Fang, including Blake, abandon Adam and join up with Ruby, Bumblebee, and Yang to stop Shatter and Dropkick.
  • Hero Antagonist: Winter isn't really a villain despite her opposition to Bumblebee. She's just doing her job in protecting the peace and assumed him to be a dangerous threat.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Yang attempts this so Ruby can get away from the Ursa Major. Thankfully, B-127 rushes in and saves her.
  • I Hate Past Me: Bumblebee isn't really fond of his past life as a delinquent and thief. He's also not fond of how he supported Megatron given what became of that.
  • Inspector Javert: Winter and the Atlas Military are convinced that all Cybertronians are evil. While she did let B-127 try to explain himself, she immediately starts attacking when he goes over the potential weapons on the Ark.
  • Interrogated for Nothing: Shatter and Dropkick interrogate Bumblebee and torture Yang to try and get the location of the Ark, which Bumblebee has no idea of anyway.
  • Ironic Name: Optimus's name is derived from the term "Optimistic", which he was as Orion Pax. By the time he became Optimus Prime, he had long since lost his optimistic attitude.
  • It Can Think: The Ursa Major that ambushed the Rose/Xiao Long family is disturbingly intelligent. It snuck up on Tai, used Ruby as bait to lure out Yang, can take the loss of its eye personally, and take advantage of its environment. Ruby found it scary how something that should be mindless is that cunning and even emotive.
  • Jerkass Gods: The Brother Gods. Ozpin recollects that the Brother of Light once smited people for attempting space flight because he saw it as "abandoning the land gifted to them."
  • Last Episode, New Character: Several new characters appear in the last full chapter and epilogue of Volume 1.
  • Legacy Character: Megatron is this to the Fallen, having taken up his original name and turned his remains into the Fusion Cannon housed on his arm. Not to mention that he works against the current Prime like his predecessor did.
  • Maligned Mixed Marriage: When Sienna Khan took control of the White Fang, one of the first things that she did was declare that any Faunus with a human spouse in White Fang territory had to divorce them or be declared a traitor. However, it's later revealed her reasoning was far more complex, as it was to avoid potential spies and only done on false information given to her by Adam.
  • The Mentor:
    • The Fallen was Megatron's master when he was left to die on Tsiehshi, having helped foster his current mentality.
    • Megatron was this to B-127, having trained him how to fight and was basically like a father-figure to him.
    • Qrow takes up this role with Amber since he's guiding and training her to manage her new Maiden powers.
  • The Mole: As revealed in the epilogue of Volume 1, Sideways is an undercover Decepticon who sabotaged Optimus' stasis pod, only to get trapped himself when the God of Darkness' stunt of breaking the moon caused him to end up in the wrong pod.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • Rusty's surname is "Witwicky", the same as Spike and Sparkplug of the Witwicky family in Transformers.
    • Bumblebee's Remnant Bike form is called a G1-Dustfire, which is a reference to G1, the first Transformers cartoon.
    • Bumblebee having a motorcycle alt-mode is one to a toy of Bumblebee which also had a motorcycle alt-mode.
    • One of the bikes Yang peruses over is a blue motorcycle with pink highlights, much like Arcee from Transformers: Prime.
    • One of the bike models in the motor store is called an Elita-7, an obvious nod to Elita-One.
    • The Xiao Long family car, like RWBY Chibi, is named Zippy.
    • Ruby makes a small reference to "World of Remnant" in that while they have technology that could feasibly allow for space travel, Dust doesn't work outside of Remnant's atmosphere.
    • Megatron's past identity as D-16 being one to the aligned universe.
    • The Primes being ancient tribal leaders is one to the IDW continuity.
    • The Fallen being a nomad on a barren planet (Tsiehshi rather than prehistoric Cybertron) is one to the IDW comics.
    • After Megatron kills Trannis, there's one to when Adam killed Sienna.
      Orion Pax: Nobody had to die today.
      Megatron: He disagreed.
    • Shatter's explanation for why they call themselves Decepticons is the same as the one Megatron gave Orion Pax in Transformers: Prime.
    • Starscream's Distinction being a sonic scream attack is a reference to Transformers: Animated, where he gained this ability.
  • Nightmare Sequence:
    • Yang has a nightmare about when she went with her then four-year-old sister to look for her mother, only Qrow doesn't come to save them and an Ursa Major bites Ruby's head off. The Grimm then proceeds to mock her for being too weak to save her sister and an apparition of Summer appears and disowns her while calling her Tai's greatest mistake.
    • Yang has another nightmare in Chapter 5 where she's at Dropkick's mercy as he slowly uses a buzzsaw to rip her arm off. This particular one was so terrifying it left her a hyperventilating mess after she woke up.
  • No-Sell:
    • In the first chapter, the bullets fired from the Atlesian Knights don't even dent B-127's Projected Spark Field and just harmlessly bounce off it.
    • Bumblebee's Semblance/Distinction works by solidifying the Aura/Spark Projected Field of the target temporarily. If the target has no Aura, either by lacking it naturally like a Grimm or having it be depleted, it does jack squat.
  • One-Steve Limit: Averted. It causes a bit of confusion for Tai when Bee starts talking about the Great War for Cybertron since it shares the same name as Remnant's Great War from 80 years prior.
  • Otaku: Ruby as usual when it comes to weapons. She even interrupts Bumblebee's flashback when Megatron identifies his weapon as an Energon Mace to point out that the spike ball attached to the rope-like cord would make it a flail, not a mace.
  • Papa Wolf: Tai is fiercely protective of his daughters and makes it clear to Bumblebee that he will put him through Hell if anything happens to Yang. It's telling that Bumblebee, an extremely experienced robot warrior, is deeply afraid of facing Tai's wrath.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Bumblebee states that he's been fighting in battles for over 2 million years at this point, which completely shocks Tai after a delayed reaction.
  • Right for the Wrong Reasons: The two Atlesian soldiers that suspected and harassed Yang about her bike being the Mantlite bomb/Bumblebee weren't wrong in their assumption since that was the case, it's just that they had no evidence to support this and were looking for a quick and easy promotion.
  • Scars are Forever: Come the end of Volume 1, besides Yang's lost arm, both Yang and Ruby are scarred by the events on Vytal.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: According to Soundwave, this was the only reason why they kept Starscream around during the Ascenticon movement despite his utter cowardice.
    (After Starscream flies away)
    Megatron: Coward!
    B-127: Why do we keep him around again?
    Soundwave: He has connections.
  • Sneeze Cut: When Yang expresses skepticism at the idea of an Ancient Conspiracy ruling the world from the shadows, Taiyang sneezes loud enough that it can be heard through the entire house.
  • Start My Own: After the Ascenticons grew more radical in their beliefs and methods, Orion and some others left the group to start the Autobots, working for the same goals through more noble and less brutal means.
  • Time Skip: In Chapter 15, after Optimus is awakened and Shatter and Dropkick are defeated, the story of the first volume skips forward two months.
  • Villain Team-Up: The Decepticons and Predacons form different alliances with the various RWBY villains. Shatter and Dropkick team up with the Atlas Military, Starscream allies with Salem's cabal, and the Predacons team up with the White Fang.
  • The Watson: Both Bumblebee and the Rose/Xiao Long family to each other. Since Bumblebee is unfamiliar with how things work on Remnant, he often needs clarification to understand his new environment, which helps convey to the audience how Remnant works. The Rose/Xiao Longs also need to ask questions whenever Bee says something or makes reference to something only those familiar with Cybertron could understand and by extension convey information to the reader on how this version of Transformers lore works.
  • Waxing Lyrical: Every now and again, song lyrics are worked into the dialogue.
    • In Chapter 7: "And the Rest", General Ironwood quotes a part of his image song, "Hero".
      Ironwood: Remember Winter, emotions topple strategy.
    • In Chapter 11, Megatron quotes a lyric from Adam's image song, "Lionize".
      Megatron: Then it's time to turn the tables on who's tyrannized.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Ultimately averted in Chapter 11. Despite Winter actively trying to remind herself that Bumblebee is a machine and that she should feel nothing for him, she was completely horrified when watching his memories of Megatron ripping his voicebox out.
  • Whole Episode Flashback: "World of Cybertron" is a large flashback chapter that chronicles B-127 and Megatron's beginnings, as well as the events that led to the start of the war.
  • The Worf Effect: Shatter and Dropkick casually slaughter the White Fang and defeat Bumblebee and Yang with as much effort as it takes to swat a fly, establishing their own threat level and just how much of threat the Decepticons as a whole are.

    Spotlight Collection 1 
  • Amicable Exes: Subverted. In the first Spotlight chapter, it's confirmed that Ratchet and Drift used to be a couple. However, they're shown arguing and bickering, with Bumblebee even commenting that the fallout of their break-up was a nasty one.
  • Anachronic Order: The chapters are not published in chronological order.
  • Battle Couple: Arcee and Greenlight form one during Winter's Spotlight chapter. The two even flirt amidst a battle with the Decepticons, much to Clampdown's annoyance.
  • Dramatic Irony: When discussing the odd behavior of the Grimm (ignoring an Autobot that hasn't scanned an alt-mode native to Remnant yet, prioritizing attacking humans over Cybertronians in general, etc.), it's suggested that they're being manufactured by someone to attack humanity. Not knowing about Salem's existence though, they assume that Megatron is the one behind it.
  • Hidden in Plain Sight: After the other girls and Bumblebee free Blake from the Nightmare's control, it hides in her bow while the heroes fight hollow copies of it.
  • Internal Reveal:
    • In Winter's Chapter, Ironwood reveals to her the existence of Salem and the Maidens, as well as his plans to have her inherit Fria's power when she finally dies.
    • Ironwood only realizes what the readers know, that Yang is Taiyang's daughter, when Winter mentions her name.
  • Nightmare Sequence: The first Spotlight chapter opens with one from Bumblebee, which is brought about by his Guilt Complex. In it, he's forced to watch as Yang and Megatron lash out at him for dragging the former into his war, as well as being helpless to stop those he cares about from dying or worse.
  • Noodle Incident: A talk with Penny reveals that Winter once defended her heterosexuality to someone by saying that her relationship with May Marigold was before the latter realized that she was trans. Also, that Winter once dated May at all.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: Bumblebee and Jetfire's relationship is very close, comparable to a Condunx Endura (the Cybertronian equivalent of marriage) In-Universe, but strictly platonic in nature.
  • Power Copying: In Blake's chapter, the Nightmare possessing her takes some cues from her Semblance, leaving behind hollow shells as decoys for the heroes to chase. It also allows her dream self to use Adam's Semblance.
  • Propaganda Machine: It's noted that Megatron, in his obsession with control, keeps the Decepticon civilians on his side through a constant stream of propaganda.
  • Take That!: When Blake is possessed by the Nightmare, the Dream Actors of Ruby and Yang (prior to them entering the dream to save her, at least) are both toxic caricatures with hardly any resemblance to their actual selves. The author states that this is one to how the series' hatedom typically reads into their characters.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Discussed in Ruby's Spotlight chapter. She admits that she doesn't feel any guilt or remorse for killing Dropkick and questions if she'd feel the same way if he was a human.
  • Whole Episode Flashback: Ruby's Spotlight chapter is framed as a series of flashbacks during her talk with Ozpin at the police station, chronicling what she'd been up to since the end of the previous volume.

    Like Judas Thereupon Kissed 
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: Alpha Trion's background is rooted in the IDW version as one of the thirteen tribal leaders of ancient Cybertron. However, compared to his less benevolent and smug comics version, his personality here is instead rooted in the classic version of the character, being wise, compassionate, and polite to almost all he interacts with.
  • Bad Boss: Affluous, between shocking his employees, underpaying them, and refusing to remember their names, is a horrible boss on pretty much every level.
  • Call-Forward: Maccadam makes a few of these to future events, like how Deadlock will later go by Drift and that B-127 will later go by Bumblebee.
  • Cool-Down Hug: Downplayed in that he isn't having a Freak Out like most examples, but Orion is in very clear distress as a result of Alpha Trion's worsening health. Gauge gives him a hug to help put him at ease.
    Gauge: You looked like you needed a hug. I know I would if Greenlight or Arcee were hurt…
    Orion: Thank you, Gauge.
  • Corrupt Politician: It's set before the Great War that shook Cybertron and explores the political tensions that preluded the war in the first place. Naturally, this trope crops up quite a bit. Jhiaxus and Starscream, given their penchant for assassinations and attacks on political adversaries and their loved ones, are among such examples.
  • Disabled in the Adaptation: In all other continuities, Alpha Trion was physically able even in his old age. Here, his advanced age and sacrificing portions of his Projected Spark Field to give life to Orion has led to his body breaking down. As a result, he needs to use the Cybertronian equivalent of a wheelchair to get around.
  • Hanging Judge: Nominus serves as this for Megatron's trial, having falsified evidence of his guilt as a means to get rid of him. Thankfully, he's found out and stripped of his rank as Prime.
  • Hate Sink: Jhiaxus is a creepy, sleazy, sexist, bigoted Corrupt Politician who openly desires to lobotomize Arcee. Word of God even states that he's deliberately written to be as unlikable as possible, and later stating that he's more or less the answer to whether it's possible for someone to be more repugnant than Adam Taurus.
  • Mythology Gag: When Wheelie defeats Gauge in a boardgame, Gauge gives one to Team RWBY's playing of Remnant: The Game.
    Gauge: … I hate this game of emotions we play…
  • Restraining Bolt: Affluous installed stasis chips on the t-cogs of all his staff to keep them from transforming if need be.
  • Saved by Canon: Considering it's a prequel to the main A Girl and Her Bike series, it's clear that Orion Pax, B-127, Jetfire, and Megatron among others will survive the events of the story.
  • Take That!: Jhiaxus' entire character (his design resembling live-action Starscream, his sexism, and desires to lobotomize Arcee) is a deliberate jab towards the lowest aspects of the Transformers franchise.

    Super Deformed CHIBI 
  • Adapted Out: Adam is completely removed from the Chibiverse. The In-Universe reasoning being that he sees himself as "too cool for this cutesy comedy spin-off", as Schwarze puts it.
  • Art Shift: Parodied and discussed. When Yang gets hit in the head and Bumblebee worries about its swelling, Yang waves it off as it just being the art style. Bumblebee reminds her that they're in a text-based work, meaning there is no art style.
  • Casting Gag: For Halloween, Optimus dresses as Eeyore, who was also voiced by Peter Cullen.
  • Complexity Addiction: All of Cinder's plans to claim the Fall Maiden powers from Amber fall into this. For instance, she puts a check in Amber's pocket and rigs the bags of money in the bank to explode so she'll get blown up when she cashes it... even though she could have just killed Amber when she slipped the check into her wallet.
  • Denser and Wackier: Much like the main Chibi spin-off of RWBY, the shorts follow this mindset, with fourth wall breaks, over-the-top antics, and character exaggeration all Played for Laughs.
  • Lethal Chef: Yang and Bumblebee's attempt at making cake is...well, it's something. Yang somehow burns the scrambled eggs in an inferno that would horrify the chickens who laid them.
  • Lighter and Softer: Meant to be much more lighthearted and tamer in comparison to the main A Girl and Her Bike series after the rather gruesome Volume 1 finale.
  • Negative Continuity: Word of God is that there is no actual continuity to any of the chapters, and the only time past continuity is acknowledged depends entirely on Rule of Funny.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: Shatter and Dropkick robbing a bank prevents the bombs Cinder was using to try and kill Amber from reaching her.
  • No Fourth Wall: Yang's first line in the first short establish that these shorts ignore any fourth wall altogether. Many characters outright acknowledge that they're in a Chibi sketch or poke fun at when the story cuts away to another character.
  • Oven Logic: Yang and Bee throw Fire Dust crystals into the oven and crank it up to the highest setting so that the cake will cook in under ten minutes. Cue massive explosion.
  • Spared By Adaptation: As revealed in "As is Costumary", Amber is still alive. It's all Played for Laughs of course.

    Myths of Cybertron 
  • Accidental Murder: Adaptus once accidentally murdered Primus while trying to get his attention, wanting to shake thing up. Luckily for everyone involved, it's impossible to truly kill a god, so he could be restored to life without any Resurrection Sickness.
  • Allergic to Routine: Adaptus, as befits the embodiment of transformation, dislikes when things stay the same for too long and will try to shake up the status quo for everyone every now and then.
  • Anthropomorphic Personification: Each of the five Cybertronian deities represents one of Daiakuron's five aspects. Primus is Light, Mortilus is Death, Solomus is Wisdom, Adaptus is Transformation, and Epistemus is Knowledge.
  • Expy: Adaptus, according to Word of God, takes heavy inspiration from Loki in Norse Mythology, being a gender-fluid trickster deity who shakes things up for everyone.
  • The Gadfly: Adaptus really likes messing with others in mythology. There's no real malice behind these antics, it's all just to shake up the status quo and keep things from getting too boring.
  • Manipulative Editing: Glyph mentions that in the past, the Functionist party kept trying to stop Alpha Trion from cataloging and preserving Cybertronian mythology because they wanted to censor out any myths that didn't fit with their political agenda.
  • Pieces of God:
    • Unicron and Daiakuron were each created from the primordial deity known as the One, dividing its essence into the two vessels. The former started consuming everything to fill the void inside itself, while latter started creating worlds to fill the external void.
    • When Unicron attacked Daiakuron over the world that would become Cybertron, the latter split his essence into his five faces to escape being consumed, forming a new god for each of his aspects. Light became Primus, Death became Mortilus, Wisdom became Solomus, Knowledge became Epistemus, and Transformation became Adaptus.
  • Slave Race: The Mini-Cons were originally created as mass-produced servants by a collaborative project from Quintesson and Transformer scientists, but they came out as a sapient race, yet were still enslaved. "The Thief Who Stole a Thousand Forms" is the myth of how they gained the ability to Transform and throw off their oppressors to form their own nations, using Galvatron, a legendary figure from their oral history, to avoid ratting out the one who gave them the ability.
  • Worldbuilding: The primary purpose for Glyph's entries on Cybertron's mythology is to expand upon Cybertronian lore in the context of the A Girl and Her Bike series.
  • You Cannot Kill An Idea: Galvatron, while mortally wounded, outright says as such.
    Galvatron (as he dies): Now, I shall become the one thing you can never kill. An idea.

    Jazz's Report 
  • Alien Blood: As Jazz describes, Cybertronians bleed different kinds of Energon. Normal Cybertronians and Eukarians bleed pink while Mini-Cons bleed blue. Quintessons, meanwhile, bleed green.
  • Always Chaotic Evil: Subverted. Jazz clarifies to Goodwitch that not all Quintessons are villainous, with the Ark having a heroic, if grumpy, one as a member of their crew, and the most noble among them are noted to be fun in conversation.
  • Full-Circle Revolution: The Decepticons began as the Ascenticons in a crusade against the ruling Functionist system. But they ended up becoming the very same monsters they once opposed, even going so far as to do similar things they previously condemned.
    Jazz: Fragging hypocrites. Just Functionism with a new coat of paint.
  • Gender Flip: The traditionally male Jazz is female in this universe.
  • Noodle Incident: The fact that, apparently, Drift and Star Saber used to date.

    Through the Shattered Glass 
  • Mirror Universe: It's a Shattered Glass story, so this goes without saying, as the character alignments are all inverted.
  • Spared By Adaptation: Rhodes wasn't killed by Cinder and got to live to her reaching adulthood.