Created By: KZN02 on February 4, 2011 Last Edited By: KZN02 on February 6, 2011
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A Stock Phrase used to emphasize two characters cannot occupy some important place or situation.

Examples:

Film
  • Inverted in The Frisco Kid: "This is a very big country. How about I take California, and you take the rest?"
  • Toy Story: One of the phrases that Woody says when his string is pulled is "This town ain't big enough for the two of us!".
  • Bedtime Stories
    Young Skeeter: The galaxy's not big enough for the both of us.
  • The Virginian (1929)
    Trampas: This world isn't big enough for the both of us!
  • The Western Code (1932)
    Nick Grindell: This town ain't big enough for the both of us and I'm going to give you 24 hours to get out. If I see you in Carabinas by this time tomorrow, it's you or me!

Live-Action TV
  • Night Court episode "Harry on Trial"
    Judge Willard: On July 12th of this year, didn't the defendant, claiming quote, "This courtroom ain't big enough for the two of us," unquote, squirt you in the face with a water pistol in open court?
  • Soap Opera Home and Away. During a dream sequence:
    Dr. Phillip Matheson: I warned you, dude, Summer Bay ain't big enough for the both of us.
  • Even Stevens episode "Short Story"
    Louis Stevens: Now listen, the school ain't big enough for the both of us, so you just get out of here.
  • The Gene Autry Show episode "Feuding Friends"
    Pat Buttram: I told you before, Autry, no town is going to be big enough for the both of us.
    Gene Autry: Then you better find yourself another town.
    Pat Buttram: I will not! I found this one first.
    Gene Autry: I'm stayin' here tonight. You can do what you want.
    Pat Buttram: And I'm doin' it - right now! [Slugs Autry in the jaw]

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Radio
  • In Firesign Theatre's Nick Danger bit, when time travel leads to a woman's past and future selves fighting, they both exclaim, "There ain't room enough in this dress for both of us!"

Video Games
  • One adventure in Kingdom of Loathing involves both you and an unnamed NPC making this remark about the other. You both decide that the appropriate response is to take out your carpentry tools, do a bit of construction, and make the town a bit bigger.
  • Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds
    Dr. Doom: This DIMENSION is NOT BIG ENOUGH for the BOTH of US!

Western Animation
  • Looney Tunes
    Yosemite Sam: This town ain't big enough for the two of us.
    Bugs Bunny: It ain't? Pardon me, Mac. [Runs offscreen, building noises ensue]. Now is it big enough? [Bugs has built an entire city nearby]
    • Duck Dodgers in the 24½th Century:wWhen Marvin lands on Planet X, Dodgers tells him "this planet ain't big enough for the two of us." After they blow it up during an Escalating War, the statement becomes quite literal.
  • SpongeBob SquarePants: quoted when SpongeBob and Patrick were talking about the advantages of being felons.
    SpongeBob: And you get to talk tough. [gruff voice] This town ain't big enough for the two of us.
  • Transformers
    Metroplex: This planet's not big enough for the both of us!
  • Jackie Chan Adventures
    • Episode "Project A, for Astral". Shendu is in Jade's body.
    Jade: Sorry Charlie, but my body ain't big enough for both of us!
    • Episode "Black Magic"
    Captain Black Dark: Oh Captain Black, I don't think Section 13 is big enough for the both of us.

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Community Feedback Replies: 11
  • February 5, 2011
    Arivne
    One common phrase found in The Western is "This town ain't big enough for the two of us."

    Looney Tunes
    Yosemite Sam: This town ain't big enough for the two of us.
    Bugs Bunny: It ain't? Pardon me, Mac. [Runs offscreen, building noises ensue]. Now is it big enough? [Bugs has built an entire city nearby]
  • February 5, 2011
    Arivne
    All from IMDb Search Quotes.

    Film
    • Toy Story. One of the phrases that Woody says when his string is pulled is "This town ain't big enough for the two of us!".
    • Bedtime Stories
    Young Skeeter: The galaxy's not big enough for the both of us.
    • The Virginian (1929)
    Trampas: This world isn't big enough for the both of us!
    • The Western Code (1932)
    Nick Grindell: This town ain't big enough for the both of us and I'm going to give you 24 hours to get out. If I see you in Carabinas by this time tomorrow, it's you or me!

    Live Action TV
    Judge Willard: On July 12th of this year, didn't the defendant, claiming quote, "This courtroom ain't big enough for the two of us," unquote, squirt you in the face with a water pistol in open court?
    Dr. Phillip Matheson: I warned you, dude, Summer Bay ain't big enough for the both of us.
    Louis Stevens: Now listen, the school ain't big enough for the both of us, so you just get out of here.
    • The Gene Autry Show episode "Feuding Friends"
    Pat Buttram: I told you before, Autry, no town is going to be big enough for the both of us.
    Gene Autry: Then you better find yourself another town.
    Pat Buttram: I will not! I found this one first.
    Gene Autry: I'm stayin' here tonight. You can do what you want.
    Pat Buttram: And I'm doin' it - right now! [Slugs Autry in the jaw]

    Western Animation
    SpongeBob: And you get to talk tough. [gruff voice] This town ain't big enough for the two of us.
    Metroplex: This planet's not big enough for the both of us!
    • Jackie Chan Adventures
      • Episode "Project A, for Astral". Shendu is in Jade's body.
      Jade: Sorry Charlie, but my body ain't big enough for both of us!
      • Episode "Black Magic"
      Captain Black Dark: Oh Captain Black, I don't think Section 13 is big enough for the both of us.
  • February 5, 2011
    TonyG
    Duck Dodgers In The Twenty Fourth And A Half Century: When Marvin lands on Planet X, Dodgers tells him "this planet ain't big enough for the two of us." After they blow it up during an Escalating War, the statement becomes quite literal.
  • February 5, 2011
    Micah
  • February 5, 2011
    pinkdalek
    Does anyone know what the Ur Example is? It has to be a Western, surely?
  • February 5, 2011
    Shale
    Radio/comedy example: In Firesign Theatre's Nick Danger bit, when time travel leads to a woman's past and future selves fighting, they both exclaim, "There ain't room enough in this dress for both of us!"
  • February 5, 2011
    jate88
    Real Life

    • Historians describe Andrew Jackson's confrontations with Alexander Hamilton as this.

    Or maybe Andrew Jackson said it himself. I'm not sure.
  • February 5, 2011
    KZN02
    Not Aaron Burr, right?
  • February 5, 2011
    CompletelyNormalGuy
    One adventure in Kingdom Of Loathing involves both you and an unnamed NPC making this remark about the other. You both decide that the appropriate response is to take out your carpentry tools, do a bit of construction, and make the town a bit bigger.
  • February 5, 2011
    Generality
    Inverted in The Frisco Kid: "This is a very big country. How about I take California, and you take the rest?"
  • February 6, 2011
    bluepenguin
    I think this example was a Muppet feature, but I'm not really sure -- hopefully someone else will recognize it. Anyway, it was a demonstration of the history of movies using a brief scene of two cowboys squaring off and one of them saying this line. First there's the silent film version, with the line shown on a title card; then there's the talkie version, where one of the cowboys says it; then there's the musical version, where the cowboys sing it...
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