We Need To Go Deeper

We Need To Go Deeper

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Updated Apr 23, 2013 at 11:54AM EDT by Don.

Added Apr 18, 2013 at 05:46AM EDT by Des.

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“We Need To Go Deeper” is an expression from the film Inception which is often featured in image macros and vertical multi-panes using screen captures from the movie. The phrase can indicate that further investigation is needed but can also be used to point out examples of recursion, in a similar vein to the Xzibit Yo Dawg image macro series.


The phrase was first uttered in a scene from the science fiction film Inception in which the character Dom Cobb (played by Leonardo DiCaprio) speaks to his sidekick Arthur (played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt) about planting a thought inside someone’s mind. The film was originally released in theaters on July 8th, 2010. On July 20th, Redditor YoungCleanLegitSon submitted a post to the /r/pics[5] subreddit, featuring a vertical comic with an Xzibit Yo Dawg image macro followed by a screen capture of Cobb with the caption “We need to go deeper” (shown below). Prior to being archived, the post received over 1,300 up votes and 140 comments.


On July 27th, 2010, the Xzibit comic was featured on the viral content site BuzzFeed[4] and the Internet news blog Geekosystem.[2] On November 14th, the phrase was used in a 4chan[1] thread in response to a post questioning the possibility of the universe being a simulation (shown below).

On January 16th, 2011, FunnyJunk user inq submitted a vertical comic joking that Cobb should “go deeper” to sexually satisfy his girlfriend (shown below, left). Within three years, the post received more than 32,000 views and 980 up votes. On June 2nd, the Internet humor blog Smosh[3] highlighted several vertical Inception comics, several of which featured jokes using the phrase “we need to go deeper” (shown below, right).

On April 22nd, 2012, Redditor OCDTrigger submitted a post titled “We need to do deeper” to the /r/pics[8] subreddit, featuring a photograph of several laptops on a bed with desktop backgrounds matching each successive computer (shown below). Prior to being archived, the post garnered upwards of 700 up votes and 20 comments.

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