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Annabelle Lennox is just another little girl, just starting school. She's clever and learns rather quickly. She hates bullies and will not tolerate them trying to be mean. She likes to draw and color in her free time. Her favorite subject of her drawings would be the black truck that is usually parked outside her house.

She never tells anyone, however, that the truck isn't ''just'' a truck. It is her best friend, Ironhide.

Set after Transformers: Revenge of The Fallen, this series is a prime example of what happens when characters wrestle control away from the writer. Black Crayons started out as a short one-shot about the idea of Will Lennox's daughter growing up with the knowledge of the Autobots and how this would affect the child. It was intended to be something short, but as its creator, Bookworm Gal, quickly learned, the tale was nowhere near finished. Currently, the series consists of sixteen stories. Most are short one-shots, but five are multi-chapter pieces including one that rewrites Transformers: Dark of the Moon. The series was written out of order and most can be read separately, but taken as one long story as well.

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Black Crayons consists of (in order):

Or they can all be read here.

In addition to the main stories of the series, a collection of drabbles was written.

While most of the stories are simply sweet and adorable tales about a little girl who just so happen to be friends with the Autobot Weapon Specialist, it manages to avoid being too sweet. Characterization of the relationships between the humans and Cybertronians is the main focus. Later stories, as Annabelle begins to grow older, become more serious in tone. Her father and best friend are in the middle of a war against the Decepticons and events begin to draw closer to home...

Black Crayons contains examples of:

  • Aliens Speaking English: Just like in the movies, the Cybertronians have downloaded the language. Also inverted when Annabelle begins learning to speak Cybertronian.
  • Alternate Universe Fic: A Child's Innocence is a rewrite of Transformers: Dark of the Moon. One of the differences is removing invokedCarly and putting Mikaela back in the storyline.
  • An Arm and a Leg: In A Child's Innocence, quite a few examples:
    • Starscream nearly has his entire arm blown off courtesy of Sam placing an explosive on the Decepticon's shoulder joint.
    • Megatron has his arm cut off by Optimus Prime.
    • Sentinel Prime cuts off Optimus Prime's arm.
  • Anachronic Order: Most installments in the series were published on FanFiction.Net out of chronological order (as described above).
  • Anger Born of Worry: Chromia scolds Ironhide for nearly getting himself killed out of concern for him.
  • Arc Words: "It was important" is used by Annabelle as an explanation of why she does something. Early in the story, she uses this as to why she includes Ironhide (whether in vehicle or robot mode) in all of her drawings. In A Child's Innocence, she uses this as to why she went to Chicago while it was being ravaged by the Decepticons.
  • Ascended Extra:
  • Attack Its Weak Point: Cybertronians' armor can protect them from large blasts large-scale attacks, but small enough weapons can slip in between sections of their armor to get at the more delicate circuitry underneath. Mikaela causes some serious damage to Laserbeak by stabbing him with a screwdriver, getting under the armor of one of his wings, and Annabelle causes similar damage- adjusting based on the relative size of both weapon and Cybertronian- when she jams a piece of reinforcing bar into Sentinel's ankle.
  • Badass Family: The Lennox family. William Lennox who has served in the military and has gone into battle with the Cybertronians. Sarah Lennox who intimidates governments officials and the Autobots themselves through sheer personality alone. Their daughter Annabelle Lennox who stands up to bullies and a couple of Decepticons (is it really any surprise where she gets it from?). Then there's honorary family member Ironhide who is the weapons specialist of the Autobots.
  • Badass in Distress: When Mikaela is captured by Dylan, she spends the time trying to figure out a way to escape or imagining killing him.
  • Badly Battered Babysitter: While never actually hurt, Jennifer ends the night with her nerves frayed due to a "possessed truck" outside.
  • Bait-and-Switch: In DotM, Bumblebee presents rings to Carly and Sam, however Sam tells Bumblebee to "slow down", showing that's he's not ready for that step in a relationship. In A Child's Innocence, a similar scene happens (only with Mikaela in place of Carly) and Sam tells Bumblebee the same thing, only for him to immediately follow it up with afterwards that Bumblebee and Mikaela are better off as friends and Sam proposes to Mikaela himself.
  • Battle Couple: Two examples in A Child's Innocence:
    • Sam and Mikaela pull off some impressive stunts in Chicago.
    • Ironhide and Chromia approach this as well.
  • Battle of Wits: Between Annabelle and Simmons, who is trying to prove that a five year old girl can't possibly be trusted with a secret as massive as the Autobots. Too bad that he, like so many others, underestimated her...
  • Berserk Button: For Annabelle, anything that might put her Autobot friends in trouble. For Sarah, anything that could threaten her child or husband. For Ironhide, anything that could physically, mentally, or emotionally harm Annabelle.
  • Beware the Nice Ones:
    • The Autobots are mostly comprised of kind and caring beings, but they are also some of the greatest alien warriors of all time, fighting the likes of the Decepticons for longer than humans can even comprehend. This trope especially applies to Optimus Prime, their leader.
    • Sam Witwicky and Mikaela Banes are pretty upstanding citizens who are friends with the Autobots, but they have also walked straight into Autobot-Decepticon conflict and managed to prove their worth, all without military training.
    • This applies to the entire Lennox family:
      • William is a kind and caring father and husband, but he also serves in the military and fights alongside the Autobots in their conflict with the Decepticons so it is not a good idea to hurt those he cares about.
      • Sarah is William's wife and is normally a nice woman, but she will not hesitate to tell off anyone (whether they're a soldier, government official, or Cybertronian) if they risk the safety off her daughter. Anyone who suffers her wrath will never want to upset her ever again. You know she's not to be taken lightly when not even Ironhide wants to get on her bad side.
      • Annabelle is William and Sarah's daughter and she definitely takes after them. She is usually a sweet girl, but she can and will stand her ground against bullies and even the Transformers themselves.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Skids and Mudflap are pranksters and were given Butt-Monkey treatment in Summer Vacation, but in A Child's Innocence they show themselves to be capable fighters in Chicago by performing a Colossus Climb on a larger Decepticon and beating away at him. The fight against said Decepticon was actually going in the twins' favor even while they were arguing with each other. Skids defeats the Decepticon by snapping its neck and then ripping its head off.
  • BFG: Ironhide's arm-mounted cannons. Annabelle always makes sure to include them in her drawings.
  • Big Bad: Megatron, Leader of the Decepticons.
  • Big Damn Heroes:
    • In chapter 3 of My First Decepticon, Ironhide shows up to save Annabelle from Barricade.
    • In chapter 13 of A Child's Innocence, the Autobots show up to help Sam and the military deal with the Decepticon invasion in Chicago as well as save Mikaela from Dylan.
  • Big Good: Optimus Prime, Leader of the Autobots.
  • Bilingual Backfire: At one point, Ironhide begins teaching Annabelle some basics about how to speak Cybertronian. This allows her to listen in and participate on a few conversations she wasn't supposed to understand. This includes Skids and Mudflap's plans to pull a prank on Ironhide, use the universal greeting on Barricade, and hear a critical conversation about a traitor in the Autobot's midst.
  • Break the Cutie: Annabelle, in chapter 11 of A Child's Innocence, is reduced to a heart-broken, crying child after witnessing the Xanthium explode.
  • Broke Your Arm Punching Out Cthulhu:
  • Broken Masquerade: A Child's Innocence breaks the masquerade of the Transformers when the Decepticons broadcast a (false) message worldwide that if the Autobots leave Earth, they will leave the planet unharmed. It's broken even further when the Decepticons lay waste to Chicago and the Autobots arrive to stop them.
  • Bullying a Dragon: Sentinel Prime attempts to assert dominance over Megatron telling the Decepticon that he is working with him, not for him. Even if he is a Prime, Sentinel should probably know better than to antagonize the leader of the Decepticons himself. Mikaela, who is observing the two of them, notes that Megatron looked ready to kill Sentinel right then and there.
  • Car Fu: In A Child's Innocence, Mikaela pulls this off fairly well against a Decepticon.
  • Cerebus Syndrome: While most of the stories in the series have been fluffy, little tales intended to make you smile, things start becoming more serious around My First Decepticon and become positively dark at points in A Child's Innocence.
  • Cheerful Child: Annabelle.
  • Chekhov's Skill: Annabelle speaking Cybertronian. First, a cute way to learn about the Twin's pranking plans. Later, a life saving skill.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: In A Child's Innocence:
    • Sam and Mikaela choose to help the Autobots like they have done in the past when Sam gets Jerry Wang's files about the Moon Landing Conspiracy.
    • Annabelle goes into Chicago while the Decepticons and Autobots are fighting because she feels the need to do something and that villains should be punished for what they are doing.
  • Children Are Innocent: Dutch discusses this 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.
    • Dutch is proven right in Not According to Plan; there are a couple of new characters who have witnessed the Decepticons tear apart Chicago: a group of teenagers (Tommy, Mike, Emily, and Katie) who plan to destroy any sympathy for the Autobots in response to what happened in Chicago and a group of children (Danny, Luke, Izabella, Peter and Gwen) whom Annabelle befriends while her family assists in repairing Chicago. Unlike the teenagers, and Tommy in particular who believes all Cybertronians to all be complete monsters, the children believe Annabelle when she tells them that there are good and evil Cybertronians. They also befriend Wheelie when Annabelle shows them that he isn't dangerous. Izabella, who lost her parents to the Decepticons, is able to recognize Ironhide as one of the good guys despite his size and weapons and acknowledges the Autobots' heroics for stopping the Decepticons.
  • Combat Medic: Ratchet, for the Autobots.
  • Combat Stilettos: Averted. Mikaela wears tennis shoes to the dinner party with Dylan Gould to avoid a situation where she has to run in heels. She made the right call.
  • Composite Character:
    • Carly Spencer's role in Transformers: Dark of the Moon is given to Mikaela Banes in A Child's Innocence. Being Sam Witwicky's Love Interest, being employed by Dylan Gould, getting kidnapped by Dylan Gould to be used as leverage against Sam, et cetera. Annabelle Lennox is the one who convinces Megatron to turn against Sentinel Prime, although in her case, she does it unintentionally.
    • In Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Laserbeak goes to the house of one of the Decepticon's human collaborators and disguises himself as a smaller, pink version of Bumblebee and asks a little girl, "Is your daddy home?" In A Child's Innocence, the house that Laserbeak goes to where he disguises himself is the Lennox home and asks Annabelle the same question.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • In Summer Vacation, Sam calls Wheelie "Junior" referencing the time Annabelle thought Wheelie was a baby Cybertronian in Party Time.
    • Nightmares has Annabelle being haunted by her encounter with Barricade.
    • A few in A Child's Innocence:
      • Annabelle being able to understand Cybertonian dialect is a reference to Language Lessons and Summer Vacation.
      • Annabelle and Barricade thinking about their first encounter with each other is a reference to My First Decepticon.
      • Annabelle using Wheelie's advice to compliment Starscream when she is kidnapped by him is a reference to Nightmares.
      • Skids and Mudflap reference Summer Vacation when they discuss Annabelle pranking them.
      • Megatron is his introductory scene has him think about the time he was killed by Sam as well as losing The Fallen and the Sun Harvester.
      • Barricade recognizing Annabelle is a reference to their first encounter in My First Decepticon.
      • Mikaela brings up events from the first film and Revenge of the Fallen in her angry thoughts when Mearing says that Sam is just a "messenger". Specifically, Sam running through Mission City with the AllSpark, using the Cube to kill Megatron, and risking his life to save Optimus. Mikaela also thinks about the time hot-wired a tow truck to assist Bumblebee after the Autobot scout lost his legs in Mission City and running over Alice the Pretender.
      • Once again Mikaela hotwires a car.
      • Skids and Mudflap fight against a larger Decepticon involves them climbing on him.
      • Mikaela paraphrases Sam's line from the first movie after she accepts Sam's proposal.
      Mikaela: I love this car.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Dylan Gould, board member of Accuretta Systems, does not seems so bad when he first appears, he compliments Mikaela for her skills as a mechanic and even hires her to work on his private collection of cars. He also helps Sam get a job at Accuretta Systems and tells Sam that his reason was because he supports Sam and Mikaela's relationship. Although he gives Mikaela an expensive car which both Sam and Mikaela agree is not a very appropriate gesture that he probably only did to remind Sam of his status and wealth. But then it is revealed that he is allied with the Decepticons and though he tries to defend himself by saying he had no choice because his father Richard Gould was initially given the job of working with Soundwave and Laserbeak and Dylan "inherited" the job after Richard passed away, information from Soundwave shows that Dylan is actually more willing to help the Decepticons than he would admit because of his lust for power, same goes for his father. Soundwave actually had to make sure that Richard and Dylan were not Decepticon Pretenders and admits that Dylan would have made a fine addition to their ranks which is why that the Decepticons kept Dylan alive while they killed off the rest of their human collaborators.
  • Cover Innocent Eyes and Ears: After hearing the Wreckers argue with their human personnel, Sam promptly puts his hands over Annabelle's ears.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Jolt being disintegrated by Sentinel's rust gun thing.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle:
  • Curse Cut Short: In Not According to Plan, after Sarah dislocates one of Tommy's fingers.
    Tommy: She broke my finger. That stupid b-
    Sarah: Quit complaining, I only dislocated it. Unlike some people, I understand the concept of restraint.
  • Cute Mute: Just like in the films, Bumblebee.
  • The Cutie: Annabelle Lennox. 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.
  • Damsel out of Distress: Two examples in A Child's Innocence:
    • Annabelle Lennox is kidnapped by the Decepticons and she manages to escape her captors by first appealing to Starscream's ego and convince him to let another Decepticon watch her. Starscream then gives the task of watching Annabelle to Barricade and then the child convinces Barricade to let the Autobots get her back so that he can avoid the wrath of the Autobots (especially Ironhide).
    • Mikaela is kidnapped by Dylan Gould, she actually puts in an effort to try to escape. When Bumblebee, Sam, and Wheelie come to rescue her, she helps them kill Laserbeak.
  • Darker and Edgier: A Child's Innocence compared to Dark of the Moon, when characters die, there is much more attention to detail given to the deaths. When our heroes are in Chicago, more time is spent on making it clear how gruesome the carnage is with countless innocent people being killed by the Decepticons, simply For the Evulz. There is also the worries that comes with Annabelle being kidnapped by the Decepticons out of her own house and her entering a war zone.
  • Death by Adaptation: Brains, who survives the events of Transformers: Dark of the Moon, dies in A Child's Innocence.
  • Defensive Feint Trap: Megatron feigns not being in top condition to everyone around him to make them underestimate him should the time come for him to really fight. Annabelle inadvertently convinces him that this backfired when she assumes that Sentinel and Dylan are behind the events in Chicago leading the Decepticon leader to believe he is no longer seen as a credible threat. This leads to Megatron turning on Sentinel.
  • Defiant Captive:
    • While captured by Laserbeak and Starscream, Annabelle Lennox takes advantage of Starscream's ego to convince him to get another Decepticon to watch her. When Starscream gets Barricade to watch Annabelle, the girl convinces Barricade to let her go so that he will not suffer Ironhide's wrath.
    • Mikaela Banes is captured by Soundwave and Dylan Gould and spends her time either trying to figure out how to escape or thinking about killing Dylan.
  • Demoted to Extra: Two examples in the DotM rewrite:
  • Dented Iron: In A Child's Innocence, Sam, Mikaela, and Annabelle go through some intense danger in Chicago and have the injuries to show for it by the end of the story. To wit:
    • Sam nearly has his arm dislocated by Starscream.
    • Mikaela has more than a few scratches from pulling off the above mentioned Car Fu. She even has her arms almost entirely covered by gauze by the end of the story.
    • Annabelle is rendered unconscious and has her arm broken after getting knocked away by Sentinel Prime.
  • Determinator: Even when the Autobots are seemingly killed, Sam still goes to Chicago while the Decepticons are running rampant in the city to rescue Mikaela from Dylan.
  • Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: In My First Decepticon, Annabelle gives a "The Reason You Suck" Speech to Barricade:
    Annabelle: My name is Annabelle. And you're a big mean bully. You just act tough when you scare people. Like Carl does. But if someone isn't scared, you don't know what to do. You have to stand up to bullies or else they always will pick on you. [smiles] And bullies get in trouble. 'Cause good guys stop them.
    Barricade: Who can stop me, you?
    Ironhide: No, me. [cue Curb-Stomp Battle for Barricade]
    • Mikaela quickly gets fed up with Mearing, but really gets upset when Mearing dismisses Sam's heroics.
    Mearing: You are not a soldier. You are a messenger. You've always been a messenger.
    Mikaela: Well, thanks for listening so well. After all, any important information about the Decepticons must be taken serious since it could be vital, and not immediately ignored because it was brought by someone who isn't in your chain of command. Have a nice night, ma'am.
    Mearing: Don't call me 'ma'am.' I am…
    Mikaela: Yes, you are a 'ma'am.' You're a woman, you're not married, so you're a 'ma'am.' Get used to it. (turns to leave with Sam)
    Sam: [once he and Mikaela are out of earshot] That was so hot, 'Kaela. You can fight my battles anytime you like.
    Mikaela: I'll remember that.
  • Didn't See That Coming: The teenagers' reaction to Annabelle seeing Wheelie.
  • Double-Meaning Title: My First Decepticon could refer to Annabelle's first ever encounter with a Decepticon, Barricade and that Barricade is the first Decepticon to appear in the series.
  • Dramatic Irony:
    • While holding Annabelle captive, Starscream converses with Barricade out loud in Cybertonian, thinking the child would not be able to understand them. She is capable of picking up bits and pieces of the conversation and warns the Autobots that there is a traitor, who turns out to be Sentinel Prime.
    • Most of the entertainment of Not According to Plan comes from the teenagers thinking one thing that is completely far off from what the audience knows.
  • Dying Moment of Awesome: Jolt who continuously holds onto Sentinel Prime to keep him from shooting anyone else before succumbing to the effects of Sentinel's rust gun.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Izabella is one of children left orphaned during the Decepticons' attack on Chicago.
  • "Eureka!" Moment: Ironhide discovering that Sentinel Prime is the "Autobot traitor", its also what keeps him from being killed by Sentinel's attempt to shoot him in the back as the weapons specialist had already turned around to face the traitor before he got a chance to fire.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Sentinel does not understand why Optimus and the other Autobots do not choose to be worshiped as gods by the humans. Optimus replies, "Freedom is the right of all sentient beings" which is something that the former taught him.
  • Evil Counterpart: Dylan Gould and Soundwave to Sam Witwicky and Bumblebee, respectively. Both Sam and Dylan's families have a history with the 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. Bumblebee was sent to Earth as Sam's guardian while Dylan inherited the job of working with Soundwave after Richard passed away.
    • Dylan Gould could also be considered one to Annabelle Lennox. Both of their fathers worked with 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.
  • Exact Words: Sam invokes this trope during his conversation with Optimus Prime when the Autobots are being forced to leave Earth to clue him in on the fact that the Decepticons are listening in on them by telling him that "no other human" will know whatever Optimus tells him. Optimus understands and does not tell Sam that the Autobots have no intention of leaving Earth.
  • Eye Scream: Starscream courtesy of Sam Witwicky suffers this in A Child's Innocence.
  • Face Doodling: Annabelle does this to the twins, Mudflap and Skids, in Summer Vacation. Glitter was also used.
  • Failed a Spot Check: Laserbeak transforms into a smaller, pink version of Bumblebee in an effort to get Annabelle's trust. However, he neglected to change his eyes and Annabelle quickly figures out that he's a Decepticon.
  • Failed Attempt at Drama: Tommy's attempt at filming the anti-Cybertronian video quickly becomes this with Annabelle (and later the other kids who had been kidnapped along with her) constantly interrupting him.
    Tommy: Do you remember when our only enemies were each other? When the only threats came from Earth? Now look at us. Our cities are crumbling. Our people are dying. Our children cower in fear. All because of these giant, inhuman, monstrous aliens that invaded our world. Those Cybertronians ruined everything. And the worst part is that they've managed to trick some people into thinking some of them aren't a threat.
    Annabelle: They aren't. Decepticons are the bad robots. Autobots are nice.
    Tommy: [hisses] Hey.
    Mike: Just keep going, I'll edit it out later.
    Tommy: Don't be fooled by the propaganda. They are not our friends. They are not our allies. All these transforming robots are alike.
    Annabelle: No, Autobots have blue eyes. Decepticons have red ones. And they're really mean. They're nothing alike.
    Tommy: Untrustworthy. Violent. Dangerous. They are not like us. They don't have hearts.
    Annabelle: They have sparks.
    Tommy: They don't have any real feelings.
    Annabelle: Do too. They're people. They're not human, but they're still people. Stop lying.
    Tommy: All Cybertronians are murderous monsters and we should drive them from our home while we still have the chance.
    Annabelle: That's dumb. Carl was a bully at my school and has red hair. That doesn't mean all red-heads are bullies. And not all Cybertronians are bad either.
    Tommy: This is our world. Not theirs. We won't let them take it.
    Annabelle: The Autobots don't want to steal. We can share. We can all live together. We can be friends.
    Izabella: [weakly smiles] I'd like that.
    Tommy: [pointing the camera towards the children] Look at what they've already taken from us. Look at these children orphaned by those aliens.
    Luke: Nuh-uh, Daddy is helping fix the city. So are Annabelle's parents. And Danny's family is just missing.
    Tommy: Think of the children. Is this what you want for their future? Are these the horrors you want them to face?
    Emily: [arriving] Hey. What's with all the shouting?
    Mike: Your boyfriend being dramatic.
  • Fallen Hero: Sentinel Prime
  • Fan Verse
  • Fantastic Racism: Tommy, who lumps the Autobots and Decepticons into the same pile of "evil aliens looking to kill humans".
  • Fingore: Sarah dislocates one of Tommy's fingers after finding out that he kidnapped her daughter along with a few other children.
  • For Want Of A Nail: A few examples in A Child's Innocence, different choices made by the characters leads to different events happening compared to Dark of the Moon:
    • Annabelle being captured the by Decepticons leads to her picking up on the fact that there is a traitor among the Autobots. She delivers the message to Ironhide, allowing him to piece together that the traitor is Sentinel Prime. This results in Ironhide avoiding Sentinel's assassination attempt.
    • While holding some of the Autobots captive, Barricade and Soundwave choose to execute Bumblebee first, meaning Wheeljack avoids being killed like in DotM. Just as Soundwave is about to execute Bumblebee, he is distracted by the sight of the Decepticon fleet falling from the sky which the Autobot scout takes advantage of and headbutts Soundwave. During their fight, Soundwave manages to retreat, avoiding his death from the film.
    • During his encounter with Starscream, Sam places the explosive in the Decepticon's shoulder joint. When it goes off, Starscream nearly loses his arm and retreats, but lives to fight another day.
  • Foreshadowing: Annabelle listens to Starscream and Barricade converse in Cybertonian about the "Autobot traitor" and hears that the traitor's name is "...Prime". Since she knows what Optimus Prime's name sounds like in Cybertonian, the traitor cannot be him. There's also only one other Prime: Sentinel, who turns out to be the traitor.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: NEST and the other Autobots are as annoyed with Skids and Mudflap's accents and personalities as everyone who saw Transformers: Revenge of The Fallen.
  • Game-Breaking Injury: Ironhide suffers a stab wound from Sentinel Prime. Later in Chicago, a Decepticon mook provokes the Autobot's injury and Ironhide would have been off-lined if Chromia had not saved him.
  • Genre Savvy:
    • Barricade is aware that trying to harm Annabelle will cause one to suffer the wrath of Ironhide as well as the other Autobots who care for her. In A Child's Innocence, it is this reason that he decides to let Annabelle go when she is taken prisoner.
    • Mikaela deliberately avoids wearing heels to Dylan's dinner party to avoid a similar situation to the one where she had to run through the desert in high heels. She made the right choice.
  • The Ghost:
    • Leo Spitz does not appear in this series apart from some mentions of him by Simmons.
    • Sunstreaker is mentioned to be Sideswipe's twin brother, but has not made an appearance in the series.
  • A God Am I: Sentinel has this mindset, seeing the Cybertronians to be worshiped by humans.
  • Going Down with the Ship: Wheelie and Brains. The former survived.
  • Groin Attack: Annabelle delivers one to Tommy for his Fantastic Racism, Mike who is watching shares his sympathies.
  • Grumpy Old Man:
    • Ratchet; the portrayals of the character in Transformers: Animated and Transformers: Prime come to mind.
    • Ironhide can be this at times, especially when someone has a laugh at his expense or he has to go to Ratchet for a check-up.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: A few examples in A Child's Innocence:
    • Flareup is on the receiving end of this trope courtesy of Sentinel Prime.
    • Sideswipe inflicts this on a Decepticon in Chicago.
  • Hero Killer: Sentinel Prime kills Jolt and Flareup and almost did the same to Ironhide.
  • Hero-Worshipper: Annabelle looks up to her father who served in the military and the Autobot Ironhide who both work in NEST.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Ironhide and Annabelle. It is portrayed as a platonic relationship.
    • Ironhide and Chromia are approaching a more romantic version of this trope.
  • Humans Are Warriors: Aside from the army, the other human characters get their moments in Chicago in A Child's Innocence. Especially:
    • Sam who manages to force Starscream into retreating by impaling him in the eye and nearly blowing his arm off.
    • Mikaela who pulls off some impressive Car Fu against a Decepticon, Wheelie doesn't call her "Warrior Goddess" for nothing.
    • Annabelle Lennox who manages to distract Sentinel Prime by driving a piece of rebar into his leg.
  • Humans Through Alien Eyes: Ironhide, and later Bumblebee, have initial trouble with how the crayon drawings are supposed to represent reality.
  • Hypocrite: Sentinel Prime, who betrayed the Autobots and everything they stood for, is outraged at Megatron betraying him. Obviously, Optimus Prime calls him out on this.
  • I Have Your Wife: Two examples in A Child's Innocence:
    • Annabelle Lennox is kidnapped by Laserbeak and Starscream so that the Autobots will be distracted with trying to get her back.
    • Mikaela Banes is kidnapped by Dylan Gould and Soundwave to force Sam Witwicky into being The Mole for the Decepticons.
  • I'll Kill You!: Sam promises this to Dylan for forcing him to betray the Autobots or risk Mikaela's life. He makes through with his promise when the two meet again in Chicago.
  • Immediate Sequel: Not According to Plan beings right after the end of A Child's Innocence with Ironhide transporting the Lennox family from the hospital Annabelle was admitted in, recovering from the injuries she sustained from trying to take on Sentinel Prime, to their home before they make the decision to stay in Chicago to assist in repairing the city.
  • Impersonating an Officer: Well, Impersonating an Officer's Vehicle with Barricade, but it accomplishes a similar effect. Although Barricade has used a hologram of a police officer to help sell the illusion. Characters acknowledge that it is rather ingenious for Barricade to impersonate a vehicle that would inspire trust from humans.
    • In My First Decepticon, Annabelle and Carl think that Barricade in his vehicle form is an actual cop car and do not realize until too late that he isn't.
    • Near the end of A Child's Innocence, Barricade uses his vehicle form to escort Megatron out of Chicago.
  • Improvised Weapon:
    • Mikaela stabs Laserbeak's wing with a screwdriver which gets into the more delicate circuitry of the avian Decepticon.
    • Sam uses one of the grappling hook climbing gloves given to him by Wheeljack to stab Starscream in the eye.
    • Mikaela also uses one of the grappling hook climbing gloves to launch an explosive to distract Soundwave from executing Bumblebee. She misses, but later when Soundwave is fighting Bumblebee, the Decepticon's leg hits the explosive and allows Bumblebee to gain the upper hand.
    • Annabelle tries to fend off Laserbeak with a tree branch, but is not quite successful. Later, she jams a piece of reinforcing bar into Sentinel Prime's leg. Even though she's knocked out for her efforts, this does stall Sentinel in his fight with Optimus and Megatron.
  • In-Series Nickname: Wheelie tends to refer to Annabelle as "Mini-Ironhide".
  • Innocent Inaccurate: Annabelle thinks the skeletons in Chicago are Halloween decorations.
  • Interspecies Friendship: Annabelle (human) and Ironhide (Cybertronian). Other noticeable examples include Sam and Bumblebee and Mikaela and Wheelie. Actually, just like in the movies, there is a lot of this going on with the main characters.
  • Interrupted Declaration of Love: After saving Ironhide from a couple of Decepticons, Chromia is about to tell the weapon specialist how important he is to her, but stops herself. Ironhide is about to reply but is cut off by the space bridge activating.
  • In the Back: Similar to the scene in Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Sentinel attempts to do this to Ironhide. This time, however, Ironhide is able to react in time and make the traitor face him head-on instead.
  • It's Personal: Both Sam and Annabelle choose to go to Chicago which has been recently invaded by the Decepticons in an effort to stop them from using the pillars to bring Cybertron to Earth because of the role they played in Mikaela's kidnapping and the (supposed) deaths of the Autobots.
  • Junior Counterpart: Annabelle Lennox to Sam Witwicky, they were both regular people who became aware of the Cybertonians because of their respective families: Archibald Witwicky discovered Megatron when he was frozen in ice and had the location of the Allspark imprinted on his glasses; William Lennox was attacked by a number of Decepticons and works with the Autobots in NEST. Sam and Annabelle have also befriended one Autobot in particular, Bumblebee and Ironhide, respectively.
  • Killed Off for Real: Jerry Wang, Jolt, Flareup, Laserbeak, Shockwave, Brains, Dylan Gould, and Sentinel Prime.
  • Knights Of Cerebus: The Decepticons; they appear in the much more serious and darker installments, My First Decepticon and A Child's Innocence.
  • Laser-Guided Karma:
    • Carl who scares other kids by claiming all aliens are monsters has the ever living daylights scared out of him with his encounter with Barricade.
    • Barricade attempts to kidnap Annabelle in Carl to try and bargain for his escape in My First Decepticon, and later gets utterly curb stomped by Ironhide.
    • Dylan Gould 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 kills him by sending him into the pillar, electrocuting the businessman to death.
    • Sentinel Prime betrays the Autobots to work with Megatron in order to rebuild Cybertron. He later tries to assert power over Megatron. This all leads to Sentinel being caught in a fight between Megatron and Optimus Prime. And later, Optimus executes the traitor with Megatron's gun.
  • Let Me Get This Straight...: Sarah Lennox summarizing the teenagers' plan to destroy any sympathy for the Autobots.
    Sarah: So your friends kidnapped my daughter and other children, loaded them into a van, and drove them into Chicago itself. Which is still dangerous because not all the structures are stable anymore. And your friends did this for a video?
  • Lighter and Softer: Most of the earlier-set stories are more light-hearted than the movies.
  • Like Father, Like Son:
    • 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.
    • Both Richard and Dylan Gould have no qualms with letting the Decepticons enslave the human race in exchange for power. Soundwave notes the similarities between them and the Decepticons.
  • Little Miss Badass: Annabelle Lennox is not to be taken lightly, to wit:
  • Little Stowaway: Annabelle in A Child's Innocence when the military and Sam are heading to Chicago while the city is being overrun by the Decepticons.
  • Ma'am Shock: Charlotte Mearing does not like being called "ma'am". Mikaela Banes points out how nonsensical this is as Mearing is an unmarried woman.
  • Male Might, Female Finesse: Ironhide and Chromia. The former is a Mighty Glacier who blasts foes to nothingness with his arm-mounted BFGs. The latter is a Fragile Speedster who uses precise shots to kill her enemies.
    • When the two engage in target practice, Ironhide claims to have won when he destroys all of the targets, to which Chromia argues that she actually lined her shots so she wouldn't destroy anything in her target's immediate vicinity.
  • Mama Bear: Sarah Lennox. Don't mess with her daughter. It's a bit of a Running Gag for everyone who meets her to believe that not even the Decepticons could stand up to her.
  • Mechanical Lifeforms: The Cybertronians.
  • Mêlée à Trois: Optimus Prime vs. Megatron vs. Sentinel Prime.
  • A Million Is a Statistic: Practically the only reason why the Decepticons would kill everyone in Chicago despite their plans to use the human race as a slave work force to rebuild Cybertron. When there are billions of humans, a few thousand or even a few million gone would not matter.
  • The Mole: Just like in Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Sam is forced to serve as one against his will.
  • Most Writers Are Adults: Averted. Great care is taken to make sure Annabelle acts like a child, albeit a clever child.
  • Mythology Gag:
  • Named by the Adaptation: Dylan Gould's father is named Richard Gould in A Child's Innocence.
  • Narrative Profanity Filter:
    • Sam overhears the Wreckers converse with their human personnel and immediately slaps his hands over Annabelle's ears.
    • After getting attacked by Annabelle and the other children, Tommy lets out what is described by Izabella as "words that [her] parents would have never allowed under their roof".
  • No Endor Holocaust: Unlike the third film, this is averted in A Child's Innocence. Having Cybertron coming through the space bridge is mentioned to be causing earthquakes near fault lines and that there is the distinct possibility that having the planet completely come through could rip Earth apart.
  • Not Allowed to Grow Up: Averted. Annabelle begins the series at age four, but she's six by A Child's Innocence.
  • Not Enough to Bury:
    • Jolt, after suffering the effects of Sentinel's rust gun.
    • A number of the people in Chicago after the Decepticons lay waste to everything.
  • Not in Front of the Kid:
    • Ironhide and the other Autobots are refrained by Sarah and Will from swearing in Cybertronian in front of Annabelle.
    • Mearing refers to the Wreckers as "idiots" rather than "assholes" because Annabelle is present.
  • "Not So Different" Remark:
    • 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.
    • After Optimus Prime kills his former mentor Sentinel, he notes that the latter became no different than Megatron as they both consider themselves above other beings, cruel, merciless, and unwilling to relinquish any of their power.
  • O.C. Stand-in: Annabelle and her mother Sarah Lennox only barely made appearances in Transformers. In this series, they get more attention and development such as solidifying the former as a Plucky Girl who looks up to her father William Lennox and the Autobot Ironhide and the latter as a badass Mama Bear who makes soldiers, government officials, and Cybertonians quiver in her wake.
    • A number of Autobots outside of Optimus Prime and Bumblebeee get more development. Some noticeable examples include: Ironhide, Ratchet, Wheelie, and Chromia.
  • Official Couple: Sam Witwicky and Mikaela Banes. Also, unlike Transformers: Dark of the Moon, they are still together in A Child's Innocence (which is a rewrite of said film) and Sam even proposes to Mikaela near the end of the story.
  • Oh, Crap!:
  • One-Man Army: Arcee, Mirage, and Sideswipe fight a nameless Decepticon Mook in Chicago. Unlike the other mooks the trio have faced, this one proves to be a challenge to the three Autobots by himself and comes close to off-lining them before Sideswipe finally manages to bring him down by cutting him in half.
  • Only Sane Man: Barricade is one of the only Decepticons who recognizes the consequences of attempting to harm Annabelle Lennox.
  • Papa Wolf: Not only does Annabelle have Will Lennox, but she also has Ironhide. Not to mention most of the Autobots have become rather fond of her... Just take these lines of dialogue in A Child's Innocence after the Decepticons kidnap her as proof.
    Will: They will not have her long, Sarah. I'll make sure of that.
    Ironhide: No, Will. We'll make sure of it.
  • Pardon My Klingon: "Slag" tends to be thrown around a bit. Both by Cybertronians and Annabelle. Ironhide still gets some grief for using that term in front of her.
  • Plucky Girl: Annabelle. She's sweet and friendly, but she can be as brave and stubborn as her parents (or Ironhide) when she needs to. She sneaks her way into a warzone because she thought she needed to be there.
  • Posthumous Character: Richard Gould is already deceased when he is mentioned in A Child's Innocence. Although it is because of him that Dylan grew up into collaborating with the Decepticons.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: Barricade decides that it would be safer for him if he let Annabelle go so that he would avoid suffering the wrath of the Autobots who care about her (mainly Ironhide).
  • The Quisling: Just like in Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Dylan Gould.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: In Summer Vacation, Ironhide forcing Skids and Mudflap to not speak in their annoying accents and avoid swearing while Annabelle was visiting NEST Headquarters was due to the fact that the author did not want to raise the age rating of the story.

  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech:
    • Annabelle gives one to Barricade, saying that him and the other Decepticons are just a bunch of bullies.
    • Optimus Prime gives one to Sentinel, for betraying everyone around him as well as himself.
    • Sarah gives to Katie for conspiring with her friends to kidnap children (including Annabelle) and take them into Chicago, even though its still recovering from the Decepticons' assault.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Averted with Wheelie, but played straight with the other Decepticons. In A Child's Innocence, Annabelle quickly figures out that Laserbeak is a Decepticon even while the Cybertronian is disuised as small, pink version of Bumblebee.
  • The Rich Have White Stuff: Dylan Gould's house is white and is described by Sam Witwicky as a cross between the Sydney Oprea House and Disney World's Epcot.
  • Rollerblade Good: Sideswipe and the Arcee triplets move around on wheels in their robot forms.
    • Arcee, Mirage, and Sideswipe fight a Decepticon who also moves around on wheels when in robot form.
  • Sacrificial Lion: To show how Darker and Edgier A Child's Innocence is in compared to other stories in the series, Jolt and Flareup are killed by Sentinel Prime.
  • Save the Villain: For a certain value of "villain." In My First Decepticon, when Barricade shows up, Annabelle serves as a distraction so that Carl can escape.
  • Screw This, I'm Out of Here!:
  • Secret-Keeper: Not including those connected to the government or NEST, those who know the truth about the Cybertronians include Sam, Mikaela, Annabelle, their families, and Leo (though he hasn't appeared in the series).
  • Sequel Escalation: A Child's Innocence compared to the preceding entries which were Slice of Life stories that were overall light in tone compared to the films. This entry involves kidnapping, Character Deaths, large scale destruction, countless innocent people being killed, and an all out brawl between two factions of giant alien robots.
  • Shipper on Deck: Annabelle is waiting rather impatiently for Ironhide and Chromia to realize they belong together.
  • Ship Tease: There are moments in the series that tease Chromia and Ironhide, to list a few:
    • In A Child's Innocence, Chromia's thoughts show that she would save Annabelle even if she did not care about the child because she knows that Ironhide cares about her and she hates seeing Ironhide upset.
    • As mentioned in Anger Born of Worry, Chromia scolding Ironhide for risking himself.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!:
    • Just like in Transformers: Dark of the Moon:
      • Sam finds himself facing off against Dylan Gould, a human who has agreed to assist the Decepticons in their takeover of Earth, provided that he is unharmed after the takeover (and possibly gets a fair share of the spoils; such as being leader of the human slaves, which is made more clear in A Child's Innocence). Sam tries to reason with Dylan, who ignores his pleas and turns on the final Pillar for the Space Bridge, warping Cybertron into Earth's atmosphere. Dylan then kicks Sam to the ground, telling him "You chose a side? You chose wrong!" Moments later, Sam appears with a metal bar in his hands, leading to this final conversation:
      Dylan: See that? [points to Cybertron] I just saved a whole other world! You think you're a hero? You think you're a HERO!?"
      Sam: No... I'm just the messenger! [rams Dylan with the metal bar, causing him to collide with the Pillar's energy beam, electrocuting him to death.]
      • Optimus Prime does this to both Megatron and Sentinel Prime.
      Megatron: [as he's about to finish off Sentinel Prime] But I'll have to finish off Optimus as well this time, he and his followers have gotten in the way once too many times. I have to wonder, though... what will it be like without him around? Who will I be without him?
      Sentinel Prime: I don't know. Who would he be without you?
      Optimus Prime: Time to find out. [cuts Megatron's right arm off with his axe and later beats Megatron with his own arm]
      Sentinel Prime: Optimus... all I ever wanted... was the survival of our race... You must see why I had to betray you...
      Optimus Prime: [picks up Megatron's gun] As I said before you didn't betray me, Sentinel. You betrayed yourself. [takes aim at Sentinel]
      Sentinel Prime: NO, OPTIMUS...!
      Optimus Prime: [fires the gun, killing Sentinel]
    • In Not According to Plan, Annabelle to the teenagers who are trying to make a video that will discredit the Autobots.
    • From the same story, Sarah to Tommy when the latter tries justifying his actions (kidnapping Annabelle, Izabella, Danny, Luke, Peter and Gwen) and generally refusing responsibility for his actions.
  • The Sociopath: Laserbeak takes great joy in killing humans.
  • Spanner in the Works:
    • In A Child's Innocence, Annabelle tells Megatron that she thinks Dylan Gould and Sentinel Prime are responsible for what is happening in Chicago. This serves as a blow to Megatron's ego as he takes this to mean that the Autobots and their human allies see him as less of a threat and that Dylan and Sentinel have overshadowed him. This leads him to attack Sentinel to reassert his status. Note that Annabelle really does believe that Dylan and Sentinel are the ones responsible for what is happening in Chicago based on what she was told 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 were going to be in the propaganda.
      • Wheelie also throws a wrench into the works by uploading an unedited video of Annabelle and the other children befriending him all over the Internet.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: So far in A Child's Innocence, Ironhide, Starscream, Wheeljack, Soundwave, and Megatron have survived their fates from Transformers: Dark of the Moon.
  • The Starscream: Starscream, obviously. A few characters, especially Megatron, take note that he is planning to usurp control and become leader of the Decepticons. Megatron only keeps him around as long as Starscream proves to be useful and as the saying goes "Keep your friends close, keep your enemies closer."
  • Stating the Simple Solution: When Annabelle is kidnapped by Laserbeak and Starscream with the latter watching over her, she appeals to Starscream's ego and points out that as the second in command of the Decepticons, he could use the chain of command to drop tasks that he feels are beneath him onto someone else. As much as Starscream hates humans, he does concede that she has a point and gives the task of watching Annabelle to Barricade. This leads into another example when Barricade does not want to hold Annabelle captive because he is afraid of what Ironhide will do to him when he finds out. Annabelle tells Barricade that he could drop her off at a location where an Autobot will pick her up. Barricade concedes to it as Annabelle will have already served her purpose as a distraction for the Autobots if he does drive her to said location.
  • Stop Hitting Yourself: In A Child's Innocence, Optimus beats Megatron with the latter's severed arm in the Final Battle in Chicago.
  • Sudden Name Change: The name of the third Arcee sister was originally "Moonracer" before the author changed it to "Flareup" to match with invokedWord of God of the Transformers Film Series.
  • Switching P.O.V.: The series switches between the POV of various characters.
  • Tactical Withdrawal: In A Child's Innocence, after being defeated in Chicago, Starscream, Soundwave, Megatron, and Barricade decide to retreat while they still can.
  • Teens Are Monsters: In Not According to Plan, a group of teenagers have kidnapped a number of children, including Annabelle and some of these children who 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 want them either dead or gone and Mike is only interested in being famous.
  • Think of the Children!: Tommy tries to convince people to get rid of all Cybertronians (both Autobots and Decepticons) by emphasizing that they are a threat to kids.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: In Summer Vacation, Simmons acts very obnoxious 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.
  • Transforming Mecha: It's a Transformers fanfic, what do you expect?
  • Treacherous Advisor: Sentinel Prime
  • Trickster Twins: Mudflap and Skids
  • Trigger-Happy: Ironhide with his cannons. Chromia is also this to some extent.
  • Undying Loyalty: Soundwave to Megatron
  • Ungrateful Townsfolk: There are humans who act pretty dismissive to the Autobots, despite the fact that they're pretty much the only reason why the Decepticons have not killed or enslaved the entire Earth's population.
    • In A Child's Innocence, the world leaders buy that the Decepitcons will spare the Earth's population if the Autobots are exiled. Sam, Lennox, Epps and Simmons are aware of the fact that the Decepticons will most certainly not keep their word and that the Autobots are the Cybertronians who don't wish humans any ill will. Also, the Decepticons will attack and Earth is forcing their only real chance at combating them off the planet. Simmons refrains from saying "I told you so." when the Decepticons unsurprisingly go against their end of the deal and blow up the Xanthium.
    Epps: I can't believe that anyone would think that getting rid of a few Cyertronians would fix anything.

    Sam: If we just do what they want, how are we ever going to live with ourselves?

    Simmons: Years from now they're going to ask us, 'where were you when they took over the planet'? We're gonna say, 'we stood by and watched'.
    • In Not According to Plan, Tommy, Mike, Emily and Katie are trying to destroy any sympathy for the Autobots with an anti-Cybertronian video. Tommy, in particular, believes all Cybertronians to be murderous psychopaths and Mike is only interested in being famous at the Autobots' expense. This is played up for the catharsis when Annabelle stands her ground against them and Sarah chews out Katie for trying to spread fear and hate.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Ironhide reacts to Ratchet's checkups in ways that are comparable to a child who doesn't want to go the doctor and Ratchet has gotten more than a few laughs at Ironhide's expense. Despite this, they do show camaraderie with one another.
  • Water Guns and Balloons: The ideal weapons whenever Annabelle decides to team up with Ironhide against Sam, Wheelie, or the Twins.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye:
    • Not much development or attention is given to Jolt and Flareup before Sentinel Prime off-lines them.
    • There's not much change to Shockwave's role in DotM before Optimus Prime off-lines him.
  • We Will Meet Again: In A Child's Innocence, after being defeated in Chicago and having his plans involving using the space bridge to bring Cybertron to replace Earth foiled, Megatron makes it clear that while the Autobots have won the battle, they have not won the war.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Sentinel Prime truly believes that the only way to rebuild Cybertron is by allying with Megatron, unfortunately their plan to rebuild Cybertron involves destroying the Earth to replace it with Cybertron and enslaving the entire human race so naturally the Autobots don't really side with him. Not helping Sentinel is that he killed Jolt and Flareup and almost killed Ironhide.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Barricade contacts Wheelie and the latter immediately assumes that the former is going to force him into being The Mole for the Decepticons. When Wheelie tries to stand his ground, Barricade tells him that the reason he contacted Wheelie was so that he could give the location of Annabelle Lennox, whom the Decepticons had kidnapped earlier.