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Authors and Websites

CzarnaArcher

  • Recommended by Alyssa Macki
  • A great author with one series that created three pairings for TFP, June Darby/Megatron, Miko/Bumblebee and Arcee/Shockwave. Mixes Prime canon with some of the comics and G1, and really fleshes out the characters. Her current story, Blast from the Past focuses on the characters' histories and gives great depth to them. Some grammar mistakes due to english not being her first language, but she is great.

Inkcrafter

  • Recommended by ladyofthelibrary
  • Okay; I know I've recommended 2 of this person's fics. But they're a good writer and they handle their topics well...even if they seem to like torturing Jack a bit much. While not exceptional, if you have some time to kill, Inkcrafter is worth your time.

LuisJM

  • Recommended by Flameal15k
  • Currently working on his own version of Season 3, which addressed many issues he had with the series, and also brought MECH back into the fray. His works are very good, and he also posts sides stories in addition to his main ones, providing interesting stories for everyone.
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General Fics

All That Remains by Sabari

  • Recommended by Alyssa Macki
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: 'A strange energon reading gets the attention of Decepticons and Autobots alike, the ensuing battle sets it off, with disastrous consequences for all. What do you hold onto when all hope is lost? How do you see, when all light is gone? Probably AU. Non-slash/non-pairing.'
  • Comments: A very good character focused fic that shows how bots would handle depression when it's not a natural thing for Cybertronians. Focuses on Bumblebee, Smokescreen, Knockout and Soundwave, and it does and amazing job at it.

Caro Transmutata Metallo by Foxbear

  • Recommended by fruitstripegum
  • Status: Dormant (last updated August 2017)
  • Summary: Jazz; rumored to be the most dangerous of the Autobots, friendliest most cheerful mech you will ever meet, his name spoken in hushed whispers by friend and foe alike. Captured and separated from his unit he plays a dangerous mind game with a shadowy Decepticon rumored to rival Megatron in ambition and cruelty.
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A Day in the Life of Dr Rafael Esquivel, PhD by White Aster

  • Recommended by Asher Tye
  • Summary: Someone needed a nanite specialist. Someone kidnapped the best.
  • Comments: One of the earliest Prime stories, a fantastic character piece focusing on Rafael and Soundwave.
  • Status: Complete

Dirty Little Secrets by Foxbear

  • Recommended by Holylight 88
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: 'The Autobots are forced to come to grips with the foulest aspects of human nature as a darkness from Miko's past threatens to reclaim her and destroy the other humans in the process. NOT slash, some physical violence and references to past bad things.'
  • Comments: Awesome story that deals intelligently and compassionately with a very touchy subject. There are technical errors here and their, but the basic writing is fantastic and technical errors are easily ignored. The author does a very good job making Miko seem a Broken Bird here. We feel sorry for her, but at the same time it doesn't feel forced, like we're just going through the motions of tragedy.

Forgiveness by Foxbear

  • Recommended by Asher Tye
  • Status: Complete
  • Summary: When a mysterious Decepticon surrenders to the human military he is handed over to the Autobots. There is no doubt that the quiet mech carries as many secrets as he does scars. What happens to Cybertronians who dare defy Megatron?
  • Comments: Another stellar masterpiece from a talented authoress. Though it features an OC, Driver is very well crafted and fits completely into the Prime universe without overshadowing any of the canon characters.
  • Status: Complete

Loyalty by Inkcrafter

  • Recommended by ladyofthelibrary
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: This is just an idea I got, tell me if you want me to continue! When Jack gets captured by the 'cons for information, the 'Bots learn just how loyal their human friend is. some father/son moments between Jack and Optimus.
  • Comments: Well-written and handles its torture segments in a surprisingly tasteful manner. Enough is shown so that you cringe for Jack but not enough is shown to make anyone but the most weak-stomached person sick.

Nightmares by Inkcrafter

  • Recommended by ladyofthelibrary
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: A big rainstorm hits Jasper, so now everyone is stuck in base. Jack is, for some reason, scared to fall asleep, even though he's exhausted. Soon, the 'bots, Miko and Raf find out why. They knew Jack and June never talked about Jack's dad...now they know why. Suggestions of abuse, lots of angst, and NO, I don't like torturing Jack, just had to use the idea.
  • Comments: Despite the touchy subject matter, everyone is in character and this feels like it could be in canon.
    • Eh... the writing turned this troper off of the fic- this troper couldn't get through it.

Observations by Kit_SummerIsle

  • Recommended by fruitstripegum
  • Status: Complete
  • Summary: Optimus has plenty of time to observe Seeker heels...

One Human, One Spark by Whozawhatcha

  • Recommended by Spiritstrike
  • Status: Complete
  • Summary: What would have happened if Bulkhead DID die? Wheeljack learns hard lessons about taking care of his new human friend, and maybe likes her spunk at times . . . But what happens when a plan for revenge is hatched? Getting tangled up with a femme and the importance of memories making you who you are. War stories, detonations, protoform sleepovers.
  • Comments: A fantastic story that tells a what-if a character dies, which will send you on an emotional rollarcoaster. Whozawhatcha does a wonderful job at playing with your feelings and it never stops until the very end. A very Bittersweet Ending.

The Predacon's Prisoner by DONOVAN 94

  • Recommended by fruitstripegum
  • Status: Complete
  • Summary: "It didn't start out that way. He had been proud, ferocious, domineering... yet lonely. The first and last of his kind in eons. Yet now it was different. He'd known, somewhere in his spark, that fate had brought them together. A child banished his demons as he guarded her from hers. They were kin. As strange as it was, they were two creatures made to quell the other's loneliness."

Purple Beneath the Skin by TheSealer

  • Recommended by fruitstripegum
  • Status: Complete
  • Summary: In Shattered Glass fics, everyone shows Evil 'Bots and Heroic 'Cons. But what if that reflection also applied to the humans? The story of three corrupted young humans allied with the corrupted and tyrannical Autobots.

Redeem the Stars by megadoomingir

  • Recommended byfTropers/fruitstripegum
  • Status: Complete
  • Summary: Starscream was left at the mercy of the Predacons. This time there was no escape. Will he allow death to consume him or will he accept another chance? One he is assured will be the last if he cannot fix his ways and help shape the world he will soon live in.

Suddenly by Ardent-Aspen

  • Recommended by fruitstripegum, CommanderVisor
  • Status: Complete
  • Summary: Shattered Glass AU: "Airachnid, what is that?" "Starscream, I can explain!" When Airachnid returns to the Nemesis with a tag-along, life aboard the Decepticon ship changes.

Positron Fusion by BMillsWrites

  • Recommended by Asher Tye
  • Status: Dormant
  • Summary: Raf feels betrayed when he discovers Optimus Prime and others have made secret plans for his own good. However, The Autobot leader must risk losing the young boy's friendship forever to save the entire human planet.
  • Comments: Taking its cue from the fallout of "One Shall Fall," this story is written with a clear understanding of the characters. While it takes a bit before the plot starts moving, the pay off is more than worth it.

Trampled Butterflies by Ardent-Aspen

  • Recommended by Asher Tye
  • Summary: When MECH tampers with the past in an attempt to gain an advantage over the future, the present is thrown wildly out of balance. The Autobots and the kids must find each other again before they are erased from existence entirely. Throw in some superstitious peasants, four warring tribes of Cybertronians, and a power-hungry magistrate, and you've got the makings of an adventure!
  • Comments: A well written AU for Transformers Prime featuring not one, but TWO worlds created by MECH's tampering. Both are quite engaging and show tremendous talent for world-building.
  • Status: Complete

Uninstall by Zombieheroine.

  • Recommended by Manga Forever
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Summary: The Omega Keys revive Cybertron, and the battlefront of the Autobot-Decepticon War moves back to the homeworld. Troops of both sides roaming the galaxy start to return, and the war goes on. But after eons and eons of seemingly meaningless battles over the devastated Cybertron and energon scraps everyone is feeling tired and bitter, and the will to fight is at all-time low. This is the perfect time to dig up some old traditions and laws and push the guilt and responsibility on the shoulders of those who started it all, thus allowing the rest to move on towards the dream of a peaceful future. But getting rid of the consequences and burdens of the past is a long, painful process, far from happy and even further from the end, and no scapegoat is strong enough to carry away all the grief, loss and grudge of a people with a history of such oppression and cruel war.
  • Comments: A very good AU about the Autobots and the Decepticons's conflict on Cybertron as well as their own ways of trying to live together.
  • Has its own tropes page.

United We Stand by mckeown

  • Recommended by Wildpaw 1
  • Summary: Megatron was a gladiatorial slave, why would he condone any type of slavery? The Cybertron War is more than it appears, but neither side has any inkling to the other's point-of-view until the yellow scout Bumblebee gets bot-napped. An innocent mission to find energon mounts into more than either side can handle alone, they must unite or fall.
  • Comments: This story is very well-written, with powerful HONF; not for the faint of heart. This troper was very impressed with good reason.
  • Status: Complete

Zero Tolerance by Lizwuzthere

  • Recommended by Imjustme, Commander Visor
  • Summary: Post-Predacons Rising: It's finally time to start rebuilding Cybertron, and what better time to start healing the deep divisions left in their species by this terrible war? Unfortunately for the Autobots, most of the Vehicons are not especially interested in teaming up with them. Specifically, the one Vehicon who is in charge of organizing all the rest of them. It's up to Ultra Magnus to find a way to appease this 'Con and get them all working together peacefully... And also quietly investigate whether or not something more sinister is afoot.
  • Comments: A very good fic from a talented author. Not only is there some fun to be had with Magnus' investigations but that combined with some excellent character development for Autobot and vehicon alike and a plot that keeps a reader on their toes with the looming question of "what's going on with the vehicons?" makes this a very hard fic to put down until you've ended up reading all of it in just one go.
  • Status: Complete

After The Fall by Hexalys

  • Recommended by Winterbornbree
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Summary: For every scenario, there's more than one outcome. Arcee did not escape MECH as quickly, meaning June doesn't survive her encounter with Airachnid. Silas, after seeing a spark firsthand, implements a new approach to Project CHIMERA, and through MECH, Jack is changed in ways no one thought possible. The result? War between the Autobots and Decepticons will never be the same.
  • Comments: A very well written AU that explores Jack's psyche while he deals with the trauma of losing his mother and being stripped of his humanity.

Shipping Fics

Bathing with Eradicons by Jen Kristo

  • Recommended by fruitstripegum
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing: Vechicon/Starscream
  • Summary: Unable to wash himself after losing an arm, Starscream shows up unannounced in the eradicons' shower room looking for someone to bathe him after an accident...and things progress from there.
  • Has its own trope page. The story also has a sequel Easing Tension (Complete)

Beauty Of The Beast series by CzarnaArcher

  • Recomended by Alyssa Macki
  • Status: Dormant (last updated October 2017)
  • Pairings: Megatron/June Darby, Miko/Bumblebee, Shockwave/Arcee, hints of others.
  • Synopsis: Set just after the season 2 finale. Megatron captures June and have a chat with her, while William Fowler is retrieving two fallen autobots: Wheeljack and Optimus Prime; under Decepticons' very olfactory receptors. Will he make it in time? Is Optimus still alive? Will June survive her "chat" with Megatron? Alternate Timeline, ignores Beast Hunters.
  • Comments: A great story, doesn't rush the romance and makes the rare/nonexistent pairings believable. Has some mature scenes, but nothing too graphic. The sequels really bring forth the romance and even addresses the complications of Human-Cybertronian relationships.

Dear Megatron by Scarlet Thorrn

  • Recommended by fruitstripegum
  • Status: Dormant
  • Pairing: OCs x Starscream, Megatron x Starscream
  • Summary: When in writing, the past is never forgotten. And it just may shift the whole of the future. Starscream never intended that the many unsent letters he had written to his Bondmate ever be found...

Doing My Job For Me by valeriange

  • Recommended by fruitstripegum
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing: Megatron x Optimus
  • Summary: Starscream doesn't have to worry about offlining Megatron anymore, because clearly his infatuation with the Autobot leader will do it first.

Eons Ago by Yuki Oni

  • Recommended by Manga Forever
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing: Megatron/Starscream and others.
  • Summary: How did Starscream become Megatron's second-in-command? What made them fall for each other?
  • Comments: Eons Ago is a Transformers Prime doujinshi focused on Decepticons, divided into many arcs. The comic explores Megatron and Starscream's past as well as their growing relationship until its downfall. However, the comic also deepens different others characters in an unexpected way, making the comic very interesting.

Glitch by unknown ghost author

  • Recommended by Manga Forever
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing: Starscream/Knockout
  • Summary: These feelings were dangerous. There was no telling what would happen, should Starscream imagine that Knockout was making an honest move toward him. Still, the opportunity, the chance for success, was too great to pass up.
  • Comment: A great story which deepens the relationship between Starscream and Knockout behind the scenes during season 1 full with a lot of character development in.

I'll Follow You Forever by Darksidekelz

  • Recommended by Manga Forever
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing: Megatron/Soundwave Megatron/Starscream
  • Summary: Megatronus was outspoken, and full of dangerous ideas, ideas that only a mech with nothing to lose could afford to indulge in. And that was why Soundwave hated him.
  • Comments: The story is focused on Transformers Prime characters's past, especially Pre-War Megatronus, Orion Pax and Soundwave. The story is very well written that you have the feeling it could have happened in an actual episode. Megatronus and Soundwave's is extremely well developed. The appearance of some characters from others continuities is also a good add.

Promise by Nitro Station

  • Recommended by fruitstripegum
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing: Optimus/Airachnid
  • Summary: 'A fallen queen stripped of her crown...' Airachnid never was the 'motherly' type. But saddled with a sparkling, alone and starving, she accepts help from the intriguing Autobot leader himself. Little does she know just how close they are... or once where.

The Ties That Bind series by Rogue-Scholar-Blue

  • Recommended by Winterbornbree
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing: Jack/Arcee
  • Summary: The Autobots find themselves besieged by allies turned enemy... (II)
  • Comments: A well-written series focused not just on the believable romance, but on the engaging adventures (and sometimes misadventures) of the Autobots and their human partners. The pairing may not be for everyone, but the read is very much worth it.

Wheel Of Misfortune by Zombieheroine

  • Recommended by Manga Forever
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing: Megatron/Starscream Knockout/Starscream
  • Summary: Starscream hates Megatron but has his own unique way of making up his several failures to him, just like Megatron hates Starscream but lets him make things up to him and also grants him rewards that no one else gets. Both are stuck in a spiral of nasty things that neither one is able to control any better than come out of them on the top. As the doctor of the Nemesis Knockout gets to see things no one else does, and so he finds himself in a difficult and extremely sensitive position between his fellow officer and their Lord. The war is taking a new turn and as Starscream has once again joined the Decepticon ranks, the wheel of misfortune is starting to turn again
  • Comments: A very beautiful story displaying Hidden Depths about characters during season 3. The Decepticons are much more nuanced characters, especially Starscream's feelings about his twisted relationship with Megatron.

You Need Me by rainbowstarscream

  • Recommended by fruitstripegum
  • Status: Dormant
  • Pairing: Megatron/Starscream
  • Summary: Megatron and Starscream share quite a history. We've seen the result of it, but how did it begin? How did they come to be the Decepticon warlord and second-in-command that we all know?

Crossover Fics

In The Path Of Glory by FujurPreux

  • Recommended by fruitstripegum
  • Status: Complete
  • Crossover with Predator.
  • Synopsis: Before the start of Transformers: Prime, Megatron is out there looking for Dark Energon. As he does, he stumbles into a group of relentless hunters.
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