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"Oh come on! I didn't even say that outloud!"
—-Salvage, after having mentally taunted Murphy with predictable results.

A Transformers: Prime Self-Insert Fic, Canonfodder follows the adventures of Salvage, a one-time human who, thanks to the intervention of a bored omnipotent being and a one-in-a-million shot to the Spark of a Vehicon, finds himself in the Transformers Aligned Universe - stranded on a lifeless Cybertron, and quickly finding himself with plenty of reasons to doubt his sanity...

Started as a Journal Fic on, but after a debate over whether it qualified as a fanfic or a Role Play became a more standard work of fan fiction. It has the occasional Rouge Angles of Satin but is a very worthwhile read, and an index can be found here.

This Transformers fanfic contains examples of:

  • Million to One Chance: A random Vehicon, shot in the Spark by Arcee while she and Cliffjumper escaped Shockwave's lab, has the shot empower him instead of killing him, changing him into a "Point One Percenter" (and replacing his consiousness with that of an alternate-universe human, but that's hardly important).
  • Mook Horror Show: The result when Starscream sends a squad of Seekers to Cybertron to investigate Shrapnel's activation signal, and they encounter Salvage.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Salvage's reaction to his berserker moments.
  • Mystery Box: When preparing to leave the moon of Cybertron he had been stranded on, Kup loads a large crate into one of Galactica's cargo bays. We still haven't learned what's in it...
  • No Fourth Wall: Early on the fic was a "journal fic" in which comments by posters in the thread were "sent through" to Salvage (leading to nightmares of scraplets at one point...). Later became a more "straight" Fan Fic that occasionally leans on the fourth wall instead of playing with it like Deadpool with his health bar.
  • No Mouth: As an upgraded Vehicon, Salvage's faceplate is the super-economy model.
  • Omake: Some readers of the story have written their own additional scenes for the fic from the viewpoints of other characters, a few of which have been accepted into canon.
  • Only the Worthy May Pass: Played with. Vector Sigma will only open for a Prime or someone with the Key to Vector Sigma, but Salvage manages to hack his way partially in. This is possibly a Chekhov's Gun.
  • Past-Life Memories / Split Personality: It's heavily hinted that something like this may be responsible for Salvage's combat bloodlust, and that his visit to Vector Sigma might be at least partially responsible.
  • Paint It Black: If Salvage spends too much time in 'battle mode', his color scheme starts changing...
  • Reluctant Warrior: Salvage would really rather have a desk job, and that's even without his going Ax-Crazy in combat.
  • Retroactive Precognition: Utilizing The World as Myth instead of time travel. Due to Salvage having been, originally, a human from "our" universe now Trapped in TV Land, he knows how canon is supposed to go. Of course, this makes him a Butterfly of Doom...
  • Right Behind Me: Despite Salvage taking every precaution not to get shot at by Kup while negotiating - including literally engraving an invitation to talk using his ship's lasers and then launching back into orbit - Kup still manages to get well within range before opening communications...
    Salvage: Kup, are you sitting on my ass in a gunship?
    Kup: Maybe.
  • Rock Beats Laser: Downplayed and discussed. Salvage notes how over the course of the war personal energy shields were downgraded to plate armor, due to said shields gradually becoming Cool, but Inefficient.
  • Seen It All: Ratchet isn't surprised in the least at Salvage's combat breakdowns.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Deliberately invoked when Salvage names his salvaged transport ship Galactica, and he winds up deciding his drone assistants should be called DRDs.
    • Lickity-Split claims installing retractable gun turrets would make Galactica 20% cooler. Incidently, Lickity-Split herself is a shout-out to a My Little Pony character.
  • Shown Their Work: The author captures the 'voices' of the canon Autobots, especially Optimus Prime, extremely well.
  • The Swarm: Many areas of Cybertron are too dangerous to visit due to wandering swarms of scraplets, who will Zerg Rush any Cybertronians who approach. It's speculated that the scraplets have become so vicious due to a lack of natural prey in the blasted landscape.
  • Take a Third Option: Discussed Trope. Salvage would rather not ally with either the Autobots or the Decepticons, being disgusted with the actions taken by the Autobots' predecessors in the past and, at the same time, recognizing that the Decepticons' original cause - which he actually believes in - has been so perverted by Megatron that the two sides have basically switched causes over the millenia without even realizing it. He would rather identify as a Cybertronian, but unfortunately, Megatron's faction would destroy any non aligned Cybertronian out of spite, and joining with the very much heroic Optimus Prime is his best bet at both surviving and not being forced to commit atrocities like he would have if he stayed a Decepticon.