FIRST APPEARANCE: TRANSFORMERS # 22
your optical sensor to yourself."
When Breakdown is in his car mode, he thinks everyone
else is staring at him. Not just living creatures such as
other Transformers and humans, but humans' cars,
stoplights... anything mechanical. Heavy traffic
can be a particularly nerve-wrecking experience for him.
His circuits sometimes get so overloaded with worry that
he even stalls out. The root of his concerns is that
someone will see him for what he really is - an alien on
a strange world. Despite his earthly disguise, Breakdown
is constantly aware that underneath the hood he is different,
and the thought haunts him. He'd be happier if he were a
human - that way he feels he could just anonymously fit
in anywhere and be in a better position to help conquer
The rumbling vibration produced by Breakdown's engine
while he's in car mode can cause mechanical failures in
other vehicles. He can travel at speeds of up to 220 mph.
In robot mode, he uses a weapon of a similar nature - a
concussion cannon - to get the same results, except with
the cannon he's better able to target his prey, and the
effects are more devastating. He combines with his fellow
Stunticons to form the giant robot, Menasor.
Often Breakdown's extreme self-consciousness negatively
affects his performance, particularly in his role as a
scout in which he must venture into numerous
tension-producing situations. He also suffers from his
own mechanical problems - a sometimes leaky fuel pump in
both car and robot modes that can grind him to a halt.