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->''"I think you did a little more than winding. I think you cranked him up."''
-->-- '''Hobbes''', ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries''

A StockPhrase. When a character is struck speechless, stunned, going through a HeroicBSOD, or generally unresponsive for whatever reason, another one will tell the responsible "I think you broke him/her." Or someone in the peanut gallery will just comment, "I think X broke Y," or any variation thereof. Most often whispered as an aside.

Frequently used for comedy, but can be part of a dramatic setup too.



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* In the first episode of ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex'', Batou chases down a terrorist. Batou tackles him, and puts him in a choke hold. Then some device attached to his neck [[CyanidePill fries his cyber brain]]. Batou's reaction? To turn to the others with a big goofy grin and say...
-->'''Batou:''' ...I think he broke!
* In chapter 75 of the ''Manga/HajimeteNoAku'' manga, Jiro is seemingly unaffected by Kyoko [[AccidentalKiss accidentally kissing him]] on the cheek. When Kyoko turns to him to demand he tell their [[EveryoneCanSeeIt teasing friends]] the kiss was accidental, [[PostKissCatatonia he is still in the same position]]. Then, [[FunnyMoments his legs give out]].
-->''"AAAH!!! '''SHE BROKE AKUNO!!'''"''
* Used amusingly when Hayate of ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler'' doesn't want to change out of [[DraggedIntoDrag Ayumu's clothes]], and Nagi comments to herself that she may have broken him. In actuality, he just doesn't want to [[UnsettlingGenderReveal reveal to Luca]] that he's actually a guy.
* In ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'', hearing Kotetsu has a daughter shocks Karina so much that Antonio gives up trying to get her help in the situation at hand with a sigh of "No good, something's broken."

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'': Garfield asks Odie to choose between a chewy bone or a squeaky bone for Christmas, and the decision is [[https://garfield.com/comic/2014-12-03 too much for the poor pup to handle.]]
-->'''Garfield:''' I think he locked up.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''[[Fanfic/{{XSGCOM}} XSGCOM: Terra from the Deep]]'', crossover with ''VideoGame/XCom'' and ''Franchise/{{Stargate|Verse}}'', has a moment where a Tollan scientist finds out and tells the Atlantis expedition that [[spoiler:Earth humans are actually biological weapons designed by the Ancients to fight the Wraith.]]
-->"It can't be true," Weir said to herself quietly, "we can't just be the [[spoiler:leftover war-toys of some precursor civilisation]]" she tried to convince herself before a thought occurred and she suddenly stood up and thumped her clenched fists down on the conference table. "I refuse to accept that Russell Sharp is a first class representative of what we were intended to be!" she shouted out into the universe before collapsing back into her chair, her eyes glassing over as she considered the bleakness of creation.\\
"I think you just broke the boss," Sheppard told Travoc, who at least had the decency to look apologetic about it.
* In ''Fanfic/WalkingInTheShadowOfDreams'', a ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' fanfic, Rei is vividly describing what she did to Kensuke on their first meeting, including the phrase "Seven hours." And several others that were not made explicit. At the end of all this, Hikari, who had been sitting sitting nearby has a teacup half raised in the air, and a glazed look. Toji then turns to Rei and says: "I think you just broke my wife."
* ''Franchise/HarryPotter'':
** In ''Mutant Storm'', that's what Hermione says to Ginny after she kisses Harry.
** In ''All the Dementors of Azkaban'', a dementor hugs Hermione (long story). The teachers rush to her defense, and Ron jumps to its defense, saying, "It's perfectly harmless!" Snape starts rocking back and forth, muttering under his breath.
--->'''Luna:''' I think you broke him.
* A non-romantic example is present in ''Fanfic/AnEntryWithABang'', when a person of Native American descent learns Motherlode has numerous tribes surviving upon it.
* In ''Fanfic/KyonBigDamnHero'', Haruhi asks Tsuruya if she broke Kuyou Suou when she freezes after being asked by Tsuruya about her intentions with Kyon. The reason of her freeze was actually something that happened immediately before: [[spoiler:Yuki made some modifications to Kuyou using Haruhi's RealityWarper powers, allowing Kuyou to retain memories; Kuyou was just overwhelmed from accessing a memory for the first time]].
* Vegeta in ''WebVideo/DragonBallAbridged'', who becomes so furious that he begins speaking in sentence fragments, hallucinating, and seeing things in bizarre rainbow colors. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nCOxVaQQrbk&t=1m34s And Nappa's ghost says it.]]
-->'''Ghost Nappa:''' I think your rage broke, Vegeta.\\
'''Vegeta:''' Shut up, ghost of Nappa!\\
'''Krillin:''' What was that?\\
'''Vegeta:''' I'm not crazy! ''You're'' crazy!! Especially you, Nappa!\\
'''Ghost Nappa:''' Ayyyy.
* A variant from ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'', leading to the page quote:
-->'''Hobbes:''' Uh... Socrates?\\
'''Socrates:''' Yes, Hobbo?\\
'''Hobbes:''' Why'd you do that?\\
'''Socrates:''' Simple: to wind him up!\\
''[Hobbes glances at Calvin, [[HighPressureEmotion who is beet red with steam is leaking from his nostrils]]]''\\
'''Hobbes:''' [[ExaggeratedTrope I think you did a little more than winding.]] I think you cranked him up.\\
''[Calvin then proceeds to unleash a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown on Socrates]''
%%* ''Roleplay/EquestriaChronicles'': Iron Hoof gets this ''a lot.''

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Used in an unfunny way (unless you've got a [[BlackComedy sick sense of humor]]) in ''Film/TheCrow'' when [[BrotherSisterIncest Top Dollar and Myca]] inadvertently kill a woman during a threesome. Hardly nonplussed, [[DepravedBisexual Myca]] decides to keep the woman's [[EyeScream eyes]] as a souvenir.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* There is one episode of ''Series/{{Monk}}'' in which Sharona's kid Benji and his friend dump a puzzle on the floor for Monk to sort, which ends up leading the detective to a EurekaMoment, holding up two pieces and staring at them. One of the kids comments, "Uh oh. I think we broke him."
* A deeply unfunny usage of this occurs in the "Beauty and the Beasts" episode of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', when Buffy confronts a girl being abused by her boyfriend and forces her to look at her bruises in the mirror:
-->'''Buffy:''' Look at yourself. Why are you protecting him? Somebody who ''really'' loved you ''couldn't'' do this to you.\\
'''Debbie:''' ''[becoming catatonic]'' You're wrong. He does love me. He does love me. He does love me. He does...\\
'''Willow:''' ''[horrified]'' I think we broke her.\\
'''Buffy:''' She was broken before this.
* In ''Series/TheOfficeUS'', after a prank makes Andy so angry that he punches a hole in the wall, Pam tells Jim that she thinks they broke his brain.
* Creator/CraigFerguson said this of Creator/VinDiesel during an "interview" on ''Series/TheLateLateShow'' when Diesel apparently got stuck endlessly clapping his hands.
* On an episode of ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'', Penny is giving Sheldon acting lessons, and they are acting out a play Sheldon wrote when he was 10 about being taken to live in the future by [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Mr. Spock]]. He is acting as his mother, and Penny suggests he try playing it as ''sad'' to be losing her son, so he begins to improvise, relating it to his real life. When he breaks down and starts crying, Penny calls up his mother and says:
-->'''Penny:''' Mrs. Cooper? Hey, it's Penny. Yeah, I think I broke your son...\\
''[hands the phone to Sheldon]''\\
'''Sheldon:''' Mommy, I love you! ''[sobbing]'' Don't let Spock take me to the future!
* Done literally by Chip Esten who rode Ryan Stile's back in ''Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway''.
-->'''Chip:''' I broke Ryan.\\
'''Ryan:''' GET THE @#$%^ OFF!!! GET THE @#$%^ OFF!!!
* ''Series/{{Community}}'': Happens a couple of times to [[TheMovieBuff Abed]].
** After a few too many drinks in the episode "[[Recap/CommunityS1E16CommunicationStudies Communication Studies]]":
--->'''Abed:''' [[BuffySpeak It's like... that movie... with that guy....]] I think you broke me.\\
'''Abed:''' ''[hungover]'' Ugh... movie reference...
** And again in "[[Recap/CommunityS3E16VirtualSystemsAnalysis Virtual Systems Analysis]]", Abed goes catatonic after Annie messes with the Dreamatorium.
--->'''Annie:''' I broke Abed!
* ''Series/That70sShow'', in one episode during the sub-arc where Kelso is trying to become a cop, he is with Fez and Hyde in "the circle" (a.k.a. doing drugs) and refuses to partake in it due to his new duties. After a few seconds in, he decides to flush their stash down the toilet. Though Fez panics, Hyde reassures him he won't actually do anything. Cue toilet flushing sound.
-->'''Hyde:''' ''[in a distraught voice]'' ... Baggy...!?\\
'''Fez:''' No! Not baggy!... ''[looks at Hyde sobbing, then in an increasingly angry voice]'' You broke Hyde you '''''[[PrecisionFStrike son of a bitch!!]]'''''
* ''Series/{{NCIS}}'': In the episode "We Build, We Fight", Jimmy gets news about his wife Breena going into labor, and suffers from the Heroic BSOD.
-->'''Tim:''' I think you broke him.\\
'''Abby:''' ''[slightly panicked]'' What do we do?\\
''[Gibbs comes up from behind and [[DopeSlap Gibbs-slaps]] Jimmy, knocking him out of the BSOD and into full-on panic mode]''\\
'''Jimmy:''' Baby go-bag! I need my baby go-bag! {{This is not a drill}}! Impending father coming through!

* Arthur is asked about his father in ''Radio/CabinPressure''. Apparently he's not a very nice man.
-->'''Arthur:''' Ooh he's, er. He's, er. He's, er.\\
'''Douglas:''' Good lord, Martin, I think you've broken him.\\
'''Arthur:''' No, no, no, it's just that he's, er. He's, er.\\
'''Douglas:''' I think -- I think what we may be witnessing here is Arthur attempting to describe something with an adjective other than "brilliant".

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In the game ''VideoGame/SamAndMaxHitTheRoad'', when the player insists that Sam pick up an object that obviously cannot be picked up, Sam will eventually be reduced to tearful whimpering ([[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x9MlUuU4MZg see it here]]). Max will then comment:
-->'''Max:''' Now you've done it! You've broken Sam's spirit with your stupid attempts to pick up that silly object! In fact, if I didn't find his pitiful sobbing so amusing, I'd come out there and rip your limbs off! Just ignore them, Sam, maybe they'll go away.
%%* In ''VideoGame/MonsterGirlQuest'', Alice breaks the Archbishop by shattering the [[InfinityPlusOneSword Goddess Sword]] before his eyes.%% Actual dialogue is missing to confirm it as an example.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* In ''VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo'', Hisao says this word-for-word when Misha is [[WontTakeYesForAnAnswer speechless after he agrees to help her with student council work]], near the end of Lilly's route.
-->'''Hisao:''' I think I broke Misha.
* ''WebAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsDigitalSeries'': In episode "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsStressedInShow Stressed in Show]]", Rainbow Dash comments "I think she's broken..." about Twilight Sparkle after the latter starts rambling incoherently from the stress.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'':
** In [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2007/06/02/episode-853-blown-away/ this episode]], [[AGodAmI Sarda]] learns what the rest of the Light Warriors have known for a while: trying to understand what [[TheDitz Fighter]] says can be hazardous to your health. It doesn't even help that [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Fighter]]'s telling [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2007/04/28/episode-839-wide-world-of-sports/ the]] [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2007/05/05/episode-842-consolation-prize/ truth]].
** Also, the end of [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2009/06/30/episode-1146-different-approach/ this strip]].
--->'''Black Mage:''' [[{{Angrish}} FFFFFFFFF]]--\\
'''Fighter:''' I think he sprung a leak.
* In ''Webcomic/AngelMoxie'', when [[http://www.venisproductions.com/angelmoxie/archives/4/8/486.html Tristan demonstrates her rules-fu to a professor]] about how the school's dress doesn't forbid her from wearing stockings, said professor stay frozen as a result, and Alex says the words.
* Rhyme, in ''Webcomic/ChasingTheSunset'', {{rhymes on a dime}}. When she gets interrupted in mid-sentence, twice, she is stuck until she can rhyme what she just said. A helper character explains that she always gets out of it.
* ''Webcomic/DarthsAndDroids'': "I think [[TheLoonie Sally]] [[http://darthsanddroids.net/episodes/0093.html broke the GM.]]"
* Elliot of ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' with his "Gracelyn" form once "[[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2009-02-21 broke Tedd]]".
* In ''Webcomic/FauxPas'', Myrtle the hen is so addicted to soap operas that she goes catatonic without them. The cats use her to play "living statues".
* ''Webcomic/{{Goblins}}'': [[http://www.goblinscomic.com/05082006/ "Cool, I think you broke Baka."]]
* In ''Webcomic/HeroOhHero'', a MagicKnight bandit gets an OverlyNervousFlopSweat when [[http://www.neorice.com/hoh_134 he realizes that one of his allegedly invicible boar mounts]] got actually defeated by the IdiotHero. The ex-captain of the guards says the trope name word-for-word.
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'': As Dave puts it, "[[http://mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=006609 Karkat is broken, guys.]]" And then Karkat kindly informs everyone that if they will just wait, he will be functional again in a moment.
* ''Webcomic/MeatShield'': [[http://www.meatshield.net/archive/a-simple-question/ Jaine does it to an obstructive snakefolk by asking a question with no loopholes.]]
-->'''Dhur:''' I think you broke her brain.\\
'''Jaine:''' That implies that there was something to break in the first place.
* ''Webcomic/MegaTokyo'': When Piro is shocked to find Miho asleep in his flat, she is woken by her phone, has a conversation, spots Piro staring at her and... "I need to phone you back, [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/1274 I think I broke something]]."
* ''Webcomic/MenageA3'' uses the line (actually "I think you broke her") in strip #82, November 28, 2008. NSFW, because it's all about sex. As is normal in this comic.
* In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0245.html after Haley realizes all her gold is lost, and is standing about catatonic.]]
-->'''Elan:''' ''[whispering]'' I think we broke Haley.
* From a really early ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'' comic: [[http://penny-arcade.com/comic/1999/04/09 "I think we broke her head, dude"]]
* ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'': "Wow, I think I broke Sven."
* In ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'' 'Nique [[http://www.sinfest.net/view.php?date=2009-01-04 broke Slicky]]... again.
* In ''Webcomic/StickyDillyBuns'', the [[{{Transsexual}} gender-fluid]] Angel explains some sexual practicalities to the inexperienced [[TheIngenue Ruby]], and then comments [[http://www.stickydillybuns.com/strips-sdb/now_is_good "I may have broken her."]] To be fair to Angel, it's largely Ruby's fault for asking. Richie, who has a date with Angel, almost becomes collateral damage.
* ''Webcomic/{{Vexxarr}}'' has the title character ask a LogicBomb question to Sid the Rock Crab, who ends up freezing and getting very hot as he tries to think it out. "I think you beachballed Sid."
* ''Webcomic/{{Weregeek}}'': [[http://www.weregeek.com/2007/02/02/ "I think I broke the new guy!!"]] And later [[http://www.weregeek.com/2011/04/14/ Dustin broke her]].
%%* Someone says this in ''Webcomic/ZeldaComic'' when a reveal blows Link's mind.
* ''Blog/SliceOfLife'': When Mr. Cake freaks out about the prospect of Pound having to get flying lessons, Pumpkin responds "Mom! Dad's broken again!"
* In ''Webcomic/GrrlPower'', when Sydney discovers that one of the lycanthropes present is a were-hare, [[http://grrlpowercomic.com/archives/2205 and she changes before her,]] Sydney gets into cuteness overload and start foaming at the mouth.
-->'''Katrina:''' Uh... Ms. Maxima? I think I broke your sidekick.\\
'''Sydney:''' ''Sidekick?! I'' am an ''apex heroine'' in training!\\
'''Katrina:''' Oh, never mind, she's fixed now.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Whenever the [[LetsPlay Let's Player]] LetsPlay/{{Raocow}} is having real difficulty with a level in a game, his TalkativeLoon persona gradually ebbs away, until he's rendered playing in complete silence. In particularly bad cases, he'd start groaning in an increasing rage. In videos before he incorporated "Post-Production Raocow" to fill the silence, entries in the comments section of that video would abound about the game breaking Raocow.
* In ''Series/FlandersCompany'', episode "German Über Fantasy", Caleb says this about Hippolyte, after the later suffers from a complete (and very detailed) brain overload at the sight of his half-sister Hitomi. Well, it's a French series, so what Caleb says exactly is:
-->'''Caleb:''' J'crois qu'il est cassé, là, madame, hein...
* In ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong64'''s Gloomy Galleon, there are a pair of underwater buttons that toggle the water level when pressed. Either one works, but if you press the button that's ''in'', it goes ''out''. When this is demonstrated in [=DazzlingAddar=]'s LetsPlay, Vicas makes a series of unintelligible noises in his confusion.
-->'''Brother Entropy:''' We broke him.
* This occurs in the ''WebVideo/MidnightScreenings'' episode on ''Creator/TylerPerry's A Madea Christmas''. [[{{Hipster}} Dave]] dubs a character "[[CountryMatters Cunty]] [[NameMcAdjective McMomface]]", causing the [[TheGhost usually-unseeen]] Leddie to crack up from the back seat:
-->''[Leddie [[{{Corpsing}} laughs uncontrollably]]]''\\
'''Dave:''' I think I broke her.\\
'''Brian:'''[[note]]Leddie's husband[[/note]] Leddie's a fan of "Cunty [=McMomface=]".
* In the WebVideo/{{Honest Trailer|s}} of ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'', the narrator feels this way about Creator/JossWhedon's CreatorBreakdown.
-->'''Narrator:''' As he does his best to meet [[FanDumb unrealistic nerd expectations]] [...] and fit in Creator/{{Disney}}'s corporate [[{{Dualvertisement}} cross-promotion]], in a juggling act so insanely difficult, he turned down [[Film/AvengersInfinityWar the sequel]], quit Website/{{Twitter}}, and doesn't have any new films in development. Oh, um, guys? I think we just broke Joss Whedon. He needs a hug.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', Bart hands out Love Hearts with offensive messages on them. Skinner is made aware of this, and for it causes him to {{flashback}} to Valentine's Day during UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar. Suffice to say, it does not end well for the guy holding the [[FatalFamilyPhoto Valentine]] from his girl back home.
-->'''Skinner:''' [[BigWordShout JOHNNY!!!]]\\
'''Bart:''' Cool, I broke his brain!
* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Spliced}}'' episode "Sgt. Snuggums", this is spoken almost word for word by Entree when his and Peri's pranks finally push Snuggums too far... [[spoiler:and turn him into a raging, psychopathic SuperSoldier]].
* A self-induced version happens in ''WesternAnimation/TheWeekenders'', when Tino decides to stop having emotions after being embarassed for crying while watching ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet''. When Carver first sees this, he yells [[FunnyMoments "Guys? Tino's broken!"]]
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'':
** Thaddeus and Thor are stunned speechless by Phineas and Ferb's fort (which is... well, a "fort" according to [[UpToEleven Phineas and Ferb's definition of the term]]), prompting their sister Mandy to snap, "Nice going! You broke their brains."
** A ''far'' more sinister example would be from "Phineas and Ferb Get Busted":
--->'''Sergeant:''' YEEEEESSSS... [[{{Brainwashed}} I'VE FINALLY BROKEN THEM!!!]] [[EvilLaugh MUAHAHAHAHAHA!!!]]