After being severely injured in a raid for Earth oil by the Decepticon Shockwave, computer genius Josie Beller was left paralysed in both legs and one arm. She developed cybernetic implants and an outfit that allowed her to not only move, but disrupt a robot's circuitry, causing it to malfunction and break down.
When her employer, industrialist G.B. Blackrock was about to unveil a robot destroying weapon following the capture of some of his operations by the Decepticons (including the oil rig where Josie was crippled) Jose (as Circuit Breaker) offered her services to Blackrock, who refused because he did not want her to be hurt by robots again. The next day (after forging an alliance with the Autobots) Blackrock's weapon was sabataged by Circuit Breaker, who then began to pressure Blackrock to tell the public she was his new weapon. Before he could do so, the Decepticons Starscream and Frenzy attacked the presentation, and soon found themselves battling the Autobots Jazz and Wheeljack. Circuit Breaker, not wanting to see a distinction between the two factions attacked both Autobot and Decepticon indescriminantly, until convinced by Blackrock to spare the Autobots after the two Decepticons fled the scene. Sparing Jazz and Wheeljack's life, Circuit Breaker left Blackrock, informing him her debt to him had been repaid.
Sometime later, during the holiday season when Jazz was driving his human companion Buster Wittwicky home, they get into a car accident because of the weather. Circuit Breaker witnesses the accident and believes that Jazz purposely endangered Buster and attacked him. However, Buster is able to convince Circuit Breaker that Jazz didn't purposely harm him and she spares his life for a second time.
Circuit Breaker would later join a government group known as the Rapid Action Anti-Robot Team (RAAT), which was funded and organized by the government agency known as Intelligance and Information Institute (III), and would operate under the command of RAAT leader Walter Barnet.
Her first mission would be aiding in the capture of seven Autobots: Beachcomber, Blaster, Cosmos, Perceptor, Powerglide, Seaspray and Warpath who were accidentally transported to Earth following a battle against Decepticon Lord Straxus on a device called the "Space Bridge" which was a transportation device that could bridge the gulf between the planets Cybertron and Earth. Following the Autobots capture they were disassembled and examined, their technology would be reverse engineered to create high tech weapons for RAAT to combat all robots.
When out-of-work comic book writer Danny Finkleberg become a pawn of RAAT, posing as a terrorist known as the Robot Master (to give the public image that the robots were controlled by a human) he soon became a prisoner of the Decepticons and were freed by the Autobots. Who in turned forced him to help them find their missing comrades, by holding a cheque he had earned for his stint as Robot Master. Finkleberg's greed tempted him to try and sell his Autobot companion Skids to RAAT, which also garnered the attention of the Decepticons who sent their Stunticons to attack.
When RAAT arrived with Cirucit Breaker, they saw that Skids was being "protected" by the Stunticons when the Aerialbots arrived ("disproving" Danny's claim that there was a distinction between Autobots and Decepticons in Circuit Breakers mind) Circuit Breaker would then captured Autobots Air Raid, Fireflight, Silverbolt, Skids, Skydive and Slingshot. The Stunticons, Danny and Skids would then make their escape, however Danny would eventually betray Skids and sell him off to RAAT. Because of this, Danny would be put on the RAAT payroll.
Circuit Breaker and RAAT would next get involved in a series of strange incidents involving two Decepticons (Runabout and Runamuck) who were following a family on their vacation across America, and would spray paint threats, insults and challanges to the humans. During this time, Danny would convince Circuit Breaker to use all the capture robots, jury rigging them into one giant being, to fight back the two Decepticons. Defeating them (but not before they defaced the Statue of Liberty, with graffiti proclaiming that "Humans are Whimps!"), Circuit Breaker then agreed to free the Autobots, which would cost her and Danny their jobs at RAAT.
During the time out of the public eye, Circuit Breaker presumably established a method of operating independently, she would reemerge when news reports came out about a creature called Skullgrin, an entity believed to be a Yeti-Sasquatch-like being who was in fact a Pretender Decepticon (a Decepticon who wears an outer shell making him appear to be a member of another species). Skullgrin, in order to gain oil for the Decepticons, agreed to allow a film producer to use him in a production, in return for oil as payment. Nobody but Circuit Breaker would suspect that Skullgrin was really a Transformer.
Circuit Breaker suspected Skullgrin to be a Cybertronian, going to California to investigate him. She had a glimpse of Skullgrin at a press conference held by the producer, but could not be certain if Skullgrin was a Transformer or not. However, she did run into Carissa Carr, who was to appear in the film with Skullgrin. Circuit Breaker, whom Carr believed to be a harmless physically challenged person, discovered that the filming with Skullgrin would commence in a couple of days at the Grand Canyon. During the making of the film at the Grand Canyon, Skullgrin took off his Pretender shell. Seeing this from nearby, Circuit Breaker finally had irrefutable proof that Skullgrin was a Transformer, and jumped into combat. She took control of Skullgrin's Pretender shell and attacked him with it. During the skirmish between Circuit Breaker and Skullgrin, Carissa Carr was caught on a crumbling cliff, but Skullgrin selflessly rescued her, though it gave Circuit Breaker the chance to press her attack. Before she could totally destroy Skullgrin, the Hollywood producer who had been dealing with Skullgrin called out to Circuit Breaker. He informed her that his workers taped her battle with Skullgrin, and that he would pay her a fortune to slay Skullgrin in front of the camera. Circuit Breaker, disgusted at the producer's greed destroyed the camera and left. Circuit Breaker would once more disappear and not resurface for quite some time.
She would later appear seeking to get the aid of a young man named Hector who could channel the energies of the Earth. This would bring her into conflict with the Decepticon Starscream, and G.B. Blackrock and his super-powered agents called the Neo-Knights. Eventually, Hector and Circuit Breaker would join the Neo-Knights and they would combine their powers against Starscream and fight him off.
Later, the Neo-Knights would get involved in a battle between two warring factions of Decepticons (and the Autobots caught in the middle) which threatened to destroy New York City. This battle would be interupted when the Transformers were all summoned to Cybertron by their creator Primus, in order to battle Unicron. Faced with the idea of being on an entire planet of robots, Circuit Breaker would fall into a catatonic state. Later, when the Transformers were losing their fight against Unicron, Circuit Braker is goaded by G.B. Blackrock to fight back against Unicron, and somehow managed to generate enough power to temporarily stun the demi-god long enough for a counter attack, which would ultimatly lead to Unicron's destruction. Circuit Breaker would return to her comatose state.
She and the other Neo-Knights, along with Hi-Q (the Powermaster component of Optimus Prime who was left behind when Prime sacrificed his life to destroy Unicron) would then be confined to a cell until the Transformers were ready to return them home. The Knights (along with the still comatose Circuit Breaker) would be left behind on Cybertron (which is in the throes of destruction) when Hi-Q convinced them that he was also Optimus Prime (Prime's mind had merged with Hi-Q's body when his own was destroyed) to find the Last Autobot, which could save Cybertron from destruction. The Knights eventually managed locate the Last Autobot, save Cybertron, and ressurrect Optimus Prime. What happened to Circuit Breaker and the Neo-Knights remains unknown, but it is presumable that they were returned to Earth following Cybertrons restoration.
Circuit Breaker employs a special circuitry mesh that covers her whole body, this mesh reproduces and replicates the functions her damaged nervious system used to provide. Without this suit, she is paralized and only has slight mobility of her right hand.
In addition, the suit allows her to fly via magnetic repulsors, fire bolts of energy that can destroy, or disrupt electronic machinery, as well as collect encript, change and steal data from any electronic device.
The exact limitations to her abilities are unknown, in most cases her powers seemed to be strong enough to merely stun and cause circuit damage in average sized Transformers, however in one instance she was capable of generating enough power to stun Unicron for a few moments.
When she was an employee of RAAT she had access to their resources which included many devices that would aid in the incapacitation and capture of Transformers.
When posing as a disabled person, Circuit Breaker would use a wheelchair and a handi-capable RV.
Circuit Breaker is a villain whose pathological hatred of robots knows no bounds. She refuses to make the distinction between Autobot and Decepticon, blaming the Transformer race as a whole for the attack which left her crippled. As such, she is more likely to do harm to the Autobot cause than to be of assistance.
Circuit Breaker was genius Josie Beller. Hired by Blackrock Industries only a few years out of high school, she was responsible for designing the most advanced oil-drilling platform in the world. Despite her well-publicized technological achievements, Beller was humble; to her, it was merely part of her job. She continues to be extremely devoted to her employer, G.B. Blackrock.
But after being paralyzed during a Decepticon attack on the platform, she invented a uniform to enable her to walk again. Her computerized suit not only allows her to move, but grants her the power to shoot electricity, disrupt circuitry, and fly. This costume does not cover much of her body, but having the power to manipulate electricity gives a you a good defense against inappropriate catcalls.
(Events from UK-only stories are in italics.)
After Josie Beller appeared on the news Shockwave attacked the oil-drilling platform that the news report was showcasing. Beller, who was operating the defense systems, fired harpoons at Shockwave. As Shockwave reeled in pain, he yanked away from the rig, ripping out the harpoon launchers, which, as a chain reaction of debris fell through the construct, caused the electrical systems to malfunction. Josie Beller was electrocuted. This paralyzed her entirely from the neck down, other than the ability to use her right arm., her life took a tragic turn when the Decepticon
Hospitalized, Beller blamed herself. She told Blackrock that she had failed him, and swore she would make it up to him. Blackrock tried to explain that Beller owed him nothing, but she would not listen to him. Her devotion was, perhaps, pathological. She hated robots, she hated what they did to Blackrock Industries, and she hated them for paralyzing her.
Blackrock sought to equip himself better against attacks from the Transformers. Soon, he planned to unveil a new secret weapon to the press, the Anti-Robot Photonic Multi-Cannon. Josie Beller broke into Blackrock's office and disrobed, revealing an electrical costume which allowed her to move again. She declared her name to now be Circuit Breaker. The next day, when Blackrock unveiled the Anti-Robot Photonic Multi-Cannon to the press, it had been sabotaged by Circuit Breaker. She wished for Blackrock to introduce her as the real weapon he had intended to announce all along. But then, the Decepticons Starscream and Frenzy arrived, intent on stealing the cannon. Circuit Breaker's hatred did not distinguish between Autobot and Decepticon and attacked both. However, as the Autobots refused to attack humans, both Jazz and Wheeljack suffered heavily from her electrical attacks. Blackrock pleaded to her, demanding she realize that not all robots were her enemy. She again refused to listen. In need of a recharge, she left, vowing to return to finish the job she started.
Much later, she totally fried Unicron. Holy crap, man.
Though she was created for use in the pages of Transformers, her first appearance was a brief but major cameo in the pages of Secret Wars II #4. This was done so that Marvel could claim copyright over the character (a similar trick was used for Marvel UK character "Death's Head").
Because of this, Marvel owns the character (though not the character's civilian identity Josie Beller). This in turn has created a major pickle for IDW, who can not reprint any of the Marvel Transformer Comics starring Circuit Breaker (meaning TF #9, 22, 23, 46, 68, 72-80).
By providing improved failsafes, the Rook Industries Circuit Breaker increases power output from all generator models.
|Base Element Type||Energy Aux|
|Crafted at||Not Crafted|
|Attaches to||Basic Generator|