I’ve been reading a lot on Tumblr about people’s theories/headcanons on the background of Breakdown and the Breakdown/Bulkhead conflict.
And here’s mine!
I’m actually working on getting this all written up into a rather lengthy bit of fanfiction but at the moment time is not on my side and won’t be for a good month or two or longer. But here’s the layout.
(I’m taking all kinds of liberties and incorporating a lot)
Breakdown was brought online long LONG after the war started. He was created by Shockwave. He was one of five created for the sole purpose of giving an edge to the Decepticons by being the first fully functioning gestalt. And they were, briefly. Unlike previous experimental groups, they could combine successfully. But they couldn’t stay combined. The bond existing between the five of them was seriously weak. This weak bond brought about a dysfunctionality between them that couldn’t be fixed and violence quickly erupted within the group (which shouldn’t happen with a healthy strong bond).
Though the group was deemed a failure, Megatron wasn’t willing to dispose of able-bodied individuals who could fight. Unfortunately, a host of mental issues plagued the group with Breakdown being deemed the only one “fit” for integration into Decepticon ranks. Breakdown is actually happy about this, the members of his group tend to exacerbate his own mental/emotional issues but with their absence and the already weak bond closed tight on his end, he can actually interact and appear normal.
He’s given a menial job, patrol, something he couldn’t really “screw up” and doesn’t require a tremendous amount of responsibility. Breakdown preforms perfectly, after all, he’s a follower not a leader.
It’s after he’s been working patrol for sometime he accidently meets Knock Out. This meeting quickly escalates into a relationship, one Breakdown honestly believes will be short lived. After all, Knock Out’s not known for his monogamy. However Knock Out is thrilled he’s finally found someone who listens to him, does what he says, when he says it, and exactly how he says it. The added bonus being he genuinely enjoys Breakdown’s company.