The phrase is taken from Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, where the opening scenes involve Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi arrive at a Separatist ship, where the local leader sees the Jedi and exclaims “This is getting out of hand! Now there are two of them”.
A separated clip of the scene was uploaded to YouTube by QuoteTheGuy on January 24th, 2014.
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.
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.
- Reddit – r/PrequelMemes