Breakdown may refer to:

Breaking down

  • Breakdown (vehicle), failure of a motor vehicle in such a way that it cannot be operated
  • Chemical decomposition, also called chemical breakdown, the breakdown of a substance into simpler components
  • Decomposition, the process by which tissues of a dead organism break down into simpler forms of matter
  • Drop set, also called a breakdown, a bodybuilding and weight training technique
  • Electrical breakdown, the failure of an electric circuit or a rapid reduction in the resistance of an electrical insulator that can lead to a spark
  • Mental breakdown, an acute, time-limited phase of exhibiting symptoms of a specific disorder, most commonly, depression and anxiety
  • Script breakdown, a step in the production of a play, film, or comic book

    Arts and media

    Comics and games

  • Breakdown (comics), a 2000s comic written by Chuck Dixon, and drawn by Dave Ross, about Paragon, the world's first superhero
  • Breakdowns (comics), 1977 collection of comics by Art Spiegelman
  • Breakdown (Transformers), several fictional nervous and cowardly robot supervillain characters in the Transformers robot superhero franchise
  • Breakdown (video game), a 2004 first-person action game for the Xbox, noted for unique gameplay mechanics and deeper method of storytelling

    Film and television

  • Breakdown (1952 film), a film noir starring Ann Richards
  • The Loveless, originally titled Breakdown, a 1981 outlaw biker film starring Willem Dafoe
  • Breakdown (1997 film), a 1997 thriller starring Kurt Russell
  • Breakdown (2016 film), a 2016 British thriller film
  • Breakdown: In Your House, a 1998 professional wrestling pay-per-view event


  • Breakdown (music), an instrumental or percussion section or interlude during a song
  • Breakdown (band), a 1980s New York hardcore band


  • Breakdown (Melissa Etheridge album), a 1999 Melissa Etheridge album
  • Breakdown (Old & In the Way album), a 1997 bluegrass album by Old and in the Way
  • Breakdown (Paulinho da Costa album), a 1987 fusion studio album by Paulinho da Costa
  • Break Down (EP), a 2011 mini album by South Korean Kim Hyun Joong of SS501
  • Break Down (album), a 2013 album by South Korean boy band Super Junior M


  • "Breakdown" (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers song), 1977 (later covered by Grace Jones)
  • "Breakdown" (Fu-Schnickens song), 1994
  • "Breakdown" (Group 1 Crew song), 2010
  • "Breakdown" (Jack Johnson song), 2005
  • "Breakdown" (Mariah Carey song), 1998
  • "Breakdown" (Seether song), 2008
  • "Breakdown" (Tantric song), 2001
  • "Breakdown" (Clock DVA song), 1983
  • "Breakdown" (Queensr├┐che song), 1999
  • "Breakdown," by The Alan Parsons Project from the album I Robot
  • "Breakdown", by Black Gold
  • "Breakdown", by Breaking Benjamin from the album We Are Not Alone
  • "Breakdown", by Daughtry from the album Daughtry
  • "Breakdown", by Gravity Kills from the album Superstarved
  • "Breakdown", by Guns N' Roses from the album Use Your Illusion II
  • "Breakdown", by J. Cole from the album Cole World: The Sideline Story
  • "Breakdown", by Meg & Dia from the album Cocoon
  • "Breakdown", by Parliament
  • "Breakdown", by Ryan Adams from the album Prisoner
  • "Breakdown", by Suede from the album Suede

    Other media

  • Breakdown (book), a book by Bill Gertz regarding the policies of the United States intelligence services during the Clinton administration
  • Break Down (Landy artwork), a 2001 artwork by Michael Landy
  • The Breakdown, a controversial 1926 painting about the Jazz Age

    Other uses

  • Breakdown (rugby union), the period of open play immediately after a tackle and before and during the ensuing ruck in Rugby Union
  • Lance Hoyt (born 1977), American professional wrestler who previously used the ring name Breakdown