Meltdown is a term generally referring to a nuclear meltdown or the melting of a nuclear-reactor core as a result of a serious nuclear accident.

The term has also been borrowed to describe the following:


  • Tabitha Smith, a Marvel Comics character who was a member of the New Mutants and X-Force under the names Boom Boom, Boomer and Meltdown


  • Meltdown (film), a 1994 film from Hong Kong starring Jet Li
  • Ice Age: The Meltdown, a 2006 film by 20th Century Fox



  • Meltdown, a villain in the 2008 Transformers: Animated series

Series episodes

  • "Meltdown" (Farscape episode), an episode of Farscape
  • "Meltdown" (JAG), an episode of JAG
  • "Meltdown" (Red Dwarf), an episode of Red Dwarf
  • "Meltdown" (The Batman), an episode of The Batman, a Kids' WB animated television series

TV films

  • Meltdown: Days of Destruction, a 2006 film from USA starring Casper Van Dien

Video games

  • Meltdown (8-bit video game), a 1986 isometric video game developed by Alligata Software
  • Meltdown, the original name for the video game character Cinder (Killer Instinct)
  • Meltdown, a game by Jagex.
  • Meltdown, a (status) magic attack in Final Fantasy VIII which basically nullifies the targets vitality




  • "Meltdown" (song), a song on AC/DC's Stiff Upper Lip album
  • "Meltdown" (Timbaland song), a song on Timbaland's second studio album Shock Value: Volume 2
  • "Meltdown", a song on Live's The Distance to Here album
  • "Meltdown", a song on Lisa Gerrard and Pieter Bourke's Duality album
  • "Meltdown", a song on Loverboy's Keep It Up album
  • "Meltdown" a Requiem for a Dream theme song
  • "Meltdown", a song on The Aquabats' Charge!! album
  • "Metal Meltdown", a song on Judas Priest "Painkiller" album
  • "Meltdown", full name: Nuclear Fusion ~Meltdown~. A song by Asami Shimoda and Vocaloid
  • "Meltdown", a song on Vinnie Moore

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