First Comic Appearance: Transformers # 22
"Keep your optical sensor to yourself."
Profile: 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-wracking 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 Earth!
Abilities: 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 concusslon 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.
Weaknesses: 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.
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