The star trek character Reginald Barclay looking out on the Holodeck, a black and yellow room.

Lt. Reginald Barclay On The Holodeck / Computer I Want You To X

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Lt. Reginald Barclay On The Holodeck, also known as Computer, I Want You To X, is an exploitable meme format and phrasal template in which the Star Trek crew member Lt. Reginald Barclay is standing in the Holodeck, a room designed for the use of virtual reality simulation technology informs a computer of a simulation to run, often a video game or real-life event or situation. In the course of describing the parameters of the simulation, the meme points out humorous features of the simulated thing. Lieutenant Reginald Barclay is featured in several episodes of Star Trek The Next Generation and Star Trek Voyager, frequently as a Holodeck addict suffering from social anxiety.


The earliest instance of the meme (seen below) stems from 4chan on a January 27th, 2019, greentext from the /sp/ sports imageboard. The anon, speaking as Barclay, asks the Holodeck to simulate a "UCL finals league" match from 2012 and "disengage safety protocols."[1]

162KiB, 777x437, Holodeck.jpg View Same Google iqdb SauceNAO ↓ Trace Anonymous Sun 27 Jan 2019 02:45:45 No.90522353 Quoted By: >>90523277 >>90527420 >Computer, prepare UCL final 2012 >Penalty shootouts >Put me in the place of Didier Drogba >Disengage safety protocols >Execute Anonymous Sun 27 Jan 2019 02:57:19 No.90522441 Quoted By: >>90522471 >>90523237 >Computer, put the polish anon on my lap >Disengage safety protocols View Reply Original Report Report

Over the next 24 hours, the meme popped up on other discussion boards such as /pol/ and /trek/ often referring to similar situations where safety protocols could be disengaged.

References to the imaginary Holodeck and its envisioning capabilities have been around since the device made its debut in Star Trek: The Next Generation in the late 1980s. Janet Murray’s book Hamlet on the Holodeck (1998) is a foundational text in the theory of digital narrative and digital space.[2]


An instance of the 4chan meme from October 20th, 2019, was screenshotted and posted to Reddit’s /r/4chan, reportedly from the 4chan image board /tv/. The Reddit post, by u/ToaKraka, received over 360 upvotes over the course of three years.[3]

File: realholodeck-head.jpg (162 KB, 777x437) Anonymous 10/20/19(Sun)11:28:08 No. 122806742 >>122807503 >>122807598 >>122808333 >>122808426 Computer, Equip me with cave exploration equipment, hard-helmet, harness and ropes Computer, create a 300 foot tall MEW and enlarge her penis by 300% >I'm going in □ Anonymous 10/20/19(Sun)11:31:01 No.122806846 ► Computer, create a 1980s donut shop with a host of lively 80s-style people running the place. Let them pretend to run the donut shop for a while then inform them that this is a holodeck simulation. Play ominous music and tell them explicitly that they are being deleted and the simulation is ending. End program.

An April 7th, 2021, tweet (seen below left) by Twitter user @TheManCalledTex imagined using the Holodeck to generate a video game multiplayer lounge, sharing a series of details that mocked the vibe and milieu associated with the game. The tweet received over 15,000 likes over the course of a year and a half.[4] The tweet on the lower right, by Twitter user @HaloDS_OF from May 21st, 2021, uses the same text from the @TheManCalledTex but applies it to Halo rather than Call of Duty. It received almost a thousand likes in a little over a year.[5]

Tejava Tex @TheManCalled Tex Replying to @beesmygod_ Computer, I want you to simulate a full Xbox Live multiplayer lobby for the 2009 video game Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. Enable misogyny, name calling, racism and xenophobia, sexually explicit language, and swearing... Oh, and computer? Turn all N-word prohibitors... off. 8:28 PM · Apr 7, 2021 · Twitter for Android 2,422 Retweets 49 Quote Tweets 15K Likes : (XXXXXXX Halo DS @HaloDS_OF Computer, I want you to simulate a full Xbox Live lobby for the 2007 game Halo 3. Enable misogyny, name calling, racism and xenophobia., sexually explicit language, and swearing.. oh, and computer? Turn all n word prohibitors... off. 7:13 PM · May 21, 2021. Twitter Web App : 151 Retweets 10 Quote Tweets 962 Likes XXXXXX

Another tweet using the meme format, but applying it to Dino Nuggies instead of a video game, from @SimpNeelix on September 21st, 2021, received almost 600 likes over the course of nine months.[6]

100 Simp Neelix @SimpNeelix Computer, load Dino Nuggies program. Now give them sentience and the ability to feel pain. Safety protocols off. 2 EN 1:00 PM Sep 21, 2021 · Twitter Web App 132 Retweets 2 Quote Tweets 595 Likes AND

Various Examples

freelancegoon @freelancegoon2 : computer, i want you to simulate a bantamweight grand prix in japan. enable soccer kicks, make it cross promotional, add extra pyrotechnics on walk outs and a dancing cup noodle man. Oh and computer? make steroid use...compulsory. 10:01 AM Jul 13, 2022 · Twitter for iPhone mini Roxa @YakuzaDeadSouls Computer, simulate a 3D model of early 21st century video game character Rouge the Bat based on archived classical artwork in the "rule-34" directory, set height to 6'0... no, 6'4, and bust size to maximum. Oh, and computer? Disengage all safety protocols. 5:59 AM May 18, 2022. Twitter for Android : 6 Retweets 15 Likes XXXXXXXXX The Elder Memes MEMES @The ElderMemes ELDER computer, load oblivion character creator, all sliders set to random 8:06 AM - May 27, 2022 · Twitter for Android 36 Retweets 2 Quote Tweets 468 Likes : XXXXXXX SwiftOnSecurity @SwiftOnSecurity Computer, show me a world with Linux on the desktop ALT 10:37 AM · Apr 30, 2021 · Twitter for iPhone 76 Retweets 9 Quote Tweets 1,101 Likes XXXXXXXXX View Same Google iqdb SauceNAO Trace realholodeck-head.jpg, 162KiB, 777x437 Anonymous Mon 28 Jan 2019 17:27:47 No. 109156589 Report Quoted By: >>109156721 >>109156880 >Computer, create a 20th century shopping mall with a decent amount of people in it. >Have them walking around, visiting different stores, buying items, eating at the food court, all of them happy and content with their lives. >Give me a wallet with $300 and a credit card. >Lastly, have music from the vaporwave genre playing throughout the mall. >And have the safety on. 162KiB. 777x437. Holodeck.jpg XXXXXX Anonymous Sun 27 Jan 2019 10:40:21 No.69546984 View Reply Original Report Quoted By: >>69547064 >>69547273 >Computer, prepare Xerox PARC 1979 >Steve Jobs research visit >Put me in the place of Robert Taylor >Disengage safety protocols >Execute


External References

[1] 4chan – 90522353

[2] MIT Press – Hamlet On The Holodeck

[3] Reddit – /tv/ uses the holodeck

[4] Twitter – @TheManCalledTex

[5] Twitter – @HaloDS_OF

[6] Twitter – @SimpNeelix

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A Concerned Rifleman
A Concerned Rifleman

For the record, the character in question is recurring character Lt. Barclay, who's been classified as a holodeck addict as well as one of the leaders in his field of holographic technology. He had several episodes featuring him in both Star Trek: TNG and Voyager.


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