Now There Are Two of Them

Meaning

What does Now There Are Two of Them mean?

Now There Are Two of Them is a lesser known Prequel Meme format, taken from the first episode of the Star Wars” prequels, The Phantom Menace.”

Online, the meme is used as a reaction image macro in situations, where something seems to multiply without control. It is often paired with other memes, like the Bernie Sanders template, seen below.

Bernie Sanders – Now there are two of them!

Origin

What's the origin of Now There Are Two of Them?

The phrase is taken from Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace,” which premiered in the United States on May 16th, 1999.

In a subsequent scene, local leader Nute Gunray is seen speaking with Darth Sidious (portrayed by Silas Carson and Ian McDiarmid respectively), who introduces Darth Maul (Ray Park).

Following the holo-conversation, Nute Gunray exclaims “This is getting out of hand! Now, there are two of them!”, terrified by the fact he is now facing two Sith Lords.

A separated clip of the scene was uploaded to YouTube by QuoteTheGuy on January 24th, 2014.

Spread & Usage

How did Now There Are Two of Them spread?

The meme started spreading as an image macro following the YouTube upload.

It became especially prevalent after the creation of the r/PrequelMemes subreddit on December 27th, 2016, spreading simultaneously with its “twin,” the This Is Getting Out of Hand format.

The “Now There Are Two of Them” meme can be encountered on sites like Reddit, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter as well as Me.me, iFunny and 9GAG. It appears mostly as a reaction image macro, or a GIF, however it may also appear in YouTube videos.

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