This is Getting Out of Hand

Contents: Meaning | Origin | Spread


What does This is Getting Out of Hand mean?

This is getting out of hand is a memorable quote from Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace.

The whole quote goes as “This is getting out of hand! Now there are two of them!” and both sentences are used on memes.

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What's the origin of This is Getting Out of Hand?

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

The opening scenes of the movie involve Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi arrive at a Separatist ship.

In a subsequent scene, local leader Nute Gunray is seen shouting “This is getting out of hand! Now, there are two of them!” confronted with the appearance of Darth Maul during a holo-conversation with Senator Palpatine.

Thus, the phrase refers to Nute Gunray being terrified that he is now facing two Sith Lords.

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

Spread and Usage

How did This is Getting Out of Hand 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.

“This is getting out of hand” can be encountered on numerous image macros on sites like Reddit, Twitter, and iFunny.

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Published: 10/26/2021 by | Last updated: 02/24/2022 | 547 views | Report error

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1 comment

Jason posted on 1-17-2022:

Correction, the phrase is spoken not when the 2 Jedi arrive at the beginning of the film, but when Darth Sideous introduces Darth Maul to Nute Gunray after they exclaim that its impossible to find the Jedi as they have left their radius. “Now there are two of them” refers to the additional sith lord.

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