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A Stock Phrase, usually spoken in response to an emergent situation wherein the speaker suddenly realizes either the sudden absence of a necessity, or that the one in his/her possession is woefully insufficient. They need more.

Context is key here. If someone misreads their cookbooks and buys four eggs instead of six: "I'm going to need more eggs" is not this trope in that context. Someone turning up with six eggs and being told they have to feed cake to eight hundred cranky children and remarking "I'm going to need more eggs" IS this trope. In comedy, the trope can be played with by using it in a situation where no quantity of the specified item would be sufficient to overcome the problem.

A sister trope to More Dakka, when you need a stronger attack; and Tim Taylor Technology, when you need MORE POWER! A subtrope of Dramatic Deadpan, containing that trope's top example.

Examples of Gonna Need More Trope include:


  • The series of commercials advertising action figures featuring characters from the movie Aliens commonly featured the Marines battling the featured ghoulie, and in the case of the flying alien queen they "NEED BIGGER GUNS!"
  • A Taco Bell commercial cross-promoting the American Godzilla had the chihuahua trying to catch Godzilla using the old box-stick-and-string trap and calling out to him: "Here, lizard, lizard, lizard, lizard...". When he actually sees Godzilla, he says, "Uh-oh... I think I need a bigger box."
  • A recent Babybel advert had a pair of tiny cheese makers standing underneath a cow much, much bigger than them while trying to milk it (and thus turn the milk into cheese). One of them says "We're gonna need a bigger bucket."

Anime & Manga

Card Games


  • In Garth Ennis' Preacher (Comic Book), the Saint of Killers — who is functionally immortal — is hit by a nuclear bomb. When the smoke clears, he simply says "Not enough gun".
  • Upon reading the news of Barry Allen's return in Flash: Rebirth and realizing that The DCU now has three Flashes, one member of Flash's Rogues Gallery (actually called the Rogues in this case) says "We're gonna need more Rogues."
  • In the September 15, 2007 Garfield comic, Garfield's normal Running Gag about crushing spiders with newspapers was interrupted when Jon saw a spider with a hard hat walk by, chuckling to itself. Garfield followed it saying, "I'm gonna need a bigger newspaper".
  • The Body Doubles (a pair of villainous super-hero impersonators) commenting on their latest job; Impersonate Power Girl: "We're gonna need a bigger bra."

Fan Fiction

  • In Kyon: Big Damn Hero, Kyon was drinking milk (a common way for him to calm himself) when he was called by Nagato to her apartment. After he arrived he was told the reason for his summoning: the IDSE decided she's a liability and thus she's going to be deleted in a few hours. Since he realizes he won't be calm no mater how much he tries or how much milk he drinks he comments "There isn't enough milk in the world".

Films — Animation

Films — Live Action


 Brody: You're gonna need a bigger boat.


 Priest: "We're going to need more holy water."

  • In the film Fly Away Home, a father is attempting to build an ultralight craft. His first attempt barely gets off the ground, and crashes spectacularly after a short flight. His two friends, standing nearby, murmur: "We need a bigger engine." "Yeah! Yeah!"


  • Then there's the old mechanic's joke, "If it doesn't fit, don't force it. Get a bigger hammer."


  • In the Discworld novel Making Money, when the concept of paper money catches on to a even greater extent than Moist expected, he concludes "We're going to need some bigger notes."
  • When a future version of Tommy Oblivion pops up in the bar and starts haranguing John Taylor for something he hasn't done yet, Tommy yells that he's going to change the course of events next time around. "Next time, I'll have guns! Big, big guns!"

Live Action TV

  • In Friends, Monica convinces Chandler that taking a bath can be very relaxing. She prepares him a bath and gives him a toy ship to "so it's a boy bath". After a while, Monica comes by to ask whether he likes it:

 Monica: "Hey when you get out, maybe I can give you a facial."

Chandler: "I'm gonna need a bigger boat."


 Cleese: Right, who's got the chest rash?

( Carol Cleveland uncredited buxom woman raises her hand)

Cleese: ...I'll have to get a bigger bottle.

  • Played straight in River Monsters when host Jeremy Wade says this in one episode when he hooks into a giant freshwater stingray so big that it actually starts towing the boat. It later ends up snapping a heavy-duty saltwater fishing rod designed to handle Marlin!
  • A season 3 episode of The Closer involves somebody emptying several rounds of ammo into the car carrying the notoriously difficult, tempestuous and un-diplomatic (but well-loved among her squad) Brenda Johnson. Flynn writes WHO WOULD WANT TO KILL CHIEF JOHNSON?? on the board in the "murder room" and remarks dryly, "We're gonna need a bigger board."
  • Mr. Lizard's Catch Phrase in Dinosaurs? "We're gonna need another Timmy!" Typically, it is assumed that they broke the current/former Timmy, as a common theme of the show was that humans/cavemen were little more than animals and/or lower in the setting.
    • Which is why Timmy wasn't a human, just a kid dinosaur. He asks Mr. Lizard a question, Mr. Lizard explains the answer then suggests a demonstration as he ducks behind cover.
  • The Shield, when Mackey and a K9 officer are examining a location where they believe a body can be found:

 Dog: * Woof woof*

Handler: Body!

Dog: * Woof woof*

Handler: Body!

Dog: * Woof woof*

Handler: I'm gonna need more flags.

  • Temperance Brennan, when called to examine a head, declares that "I need an evidence bag." When the rest of the body falls from a tree, she deadpans that she needs a bigger bag. This being Brennan, she probably wasn't going for humor.
  • In one episode of Twin Peaks, Cooper has taken all the files of the local vet to the sheriff's station to search for the file disguised as that of a bird. Turns out the vet's secretary sorted the files by the name of the pets: "We gonna need some more coffee."
    • ... and make sure it's damn good coffee!
  • In the Supernatural episode "Changing Channels", Dean makes a giant sandwich, and, after contemplating it for a few seconds, says, "I'm gonna need a bigger mouth."
    • And a little later... "Wow... you're gonna need a bigger mouth."
  • In the Medium episode "Attack of the Zombies", Alison was having a dream involving a zombie apocalypse. In her dream, Joe was breaking up furniture to board up the house to keep the zombies out. Joe looked outside to see hordes of zombies coming closer to the house. "We are going to need more wood."
  • The Myth Busters often invoke this trope during their experiments. It usually involves explosives.
    • Inverted in the myth involving pouring water on a grease fire. At one point, Adam and Jamie attempt to produce a smaller fireball by scaling down the size of the pan, the amount of cooking oil, and the amount of water. After their small-scale fireball turned out far bigger than they expected, Adam remarked:

  Adam: I think we're gonna need a smaller scale!

  • In an episode of Eureka, Carter comes up with a plan to capture a small radioactivity-eating blob by luring it out with a stockpile of radioactive material, then grabbing it and putting it back in its container. Too bad for them, it already found the stockpile before they went to place it, and now it's a giant radioactivity-eating blob. Quoth Carter, "we're gonna need a bigger container".
    • In the second episode, when they're planning on tracking a ghost, Carter asks about Henry's omni-remote's ability to scan electromagnetic frequencies, the remote that went haywire in the cemetery, where Henry had to pull the battery. Henry's response, "We're gonna need a bigger battery."
  • The Jaws example is quoted for humorous effect (but in a nevertheless serious situation) by Xander in the first half of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer season 3 finale, "Graduation Day, Part 1". Giles has found a picture in a Tomes of Eldritch Lore of the demon Olvikan that the Mayor is going to change into. Giles and Xander stare at the unseen picture, then fold it out, again and again as if Olvikan was the centerfold in the May issue of Playdemon.
  • Another Whedonverse example: when the Angel crew first see the fearsome Beast, Lorne (holding a crossbow) remarks that he's gonna need a bigger arrow.
  • SeaQuest DSV:
    • This is inverted to comic effect when Captain Nathan Bridger (played by the same person who said the line in Jaws) is searching for someone infected with a virus on the titular submarine. He says "We need a smaller boat."
    • And then he says it again in the season 1 finale, after said submarine is blown up while trying to close a seafloor fault line: "We're going to need a new boat." Roy Scheider certainly got his money's worth out of that line.
  • In the Charmed episode "The Devil's Music", Phoebe plans to defeat a soul-eating demon by feeding him a balloon full of a potion that will force him to regurgitate all the souls she's eaten. When she actually encounters the demon, her reaction is, "We're gonna need a bigger balloon."

Tabletop Games

Video Games

  • A variation in the Return Of The King game: When the oliphants show up, Gimli quips, "I don't have an axe big enough for this one."
  • In Baldurs Gate II, when Minsc's weapon isn't powerful enough to affect his enemy...

 "No effect? I need a bigger sword!"

  • The Heavy in Team Fortress 2 flips it: You're gonna need much bigger guns!
    • Also, if the Heavy blocks the other team from capturing a capture point or moving the payload cart forward, he'll yell "I think you need more men!"
    • From the Meet the Engineer Video, when pontificating on how to stop some mean mother hubbard from tearing him a structurally superfluous new behind, he mentions that if a gun doesn't work, "Use more gun." The video then cuts from a slow-firing popgun to a monstrosity with twin chainguns and quadruple rocket launcher.
      • Inverted with the Engineer's Gunslinger, a robotic arm that deploys mini-sentries "Sometimes you just need a little less gun"
  • The Bubblegum Club's spoof of I'm a celebrity, get me out of here!" Known as "I'm a bubblegum bod, get me out of here!" There's a scene where there's a volcano erupting nearby, and they want to stop it so they don't get hurt. They catapult a rock into the volcano to try to plug it up, but it falls into the crater. Someone says, "We may need a bigger rock," to which the reply is, "Like, duh!"
  • Artix Entertainment's game Dragon Fable has a moment where Artix and the player see a giant undead with a BFS almost as big as he is (and he towers over both Artix and the player). The player then says "I think we're going to need something bigger." Artix then picks up a giant hammer. Subverted in that in the actual fight the hammer gets replaced with the his sword via a glitch.
  • Mass Effect contains a fantastic "gonna need a bigger trope" moment when the party gets their first look at the Thorian, including - depending on party members and dialogue tree choices - the words, "We're going to need bigger guns."
    • Mass Effect also includes the phrase "We're gonna need a bigger boot."
  • The TV commercials for Left 4 Dead 2: "You and your friends vs. 10 million zombies... (Dramatic Gun Cock) They're gonna need more zombies."
  • Medal of Honor 2010: When the operators realize they are facing a much larger force than their intelligence lead them to expect, one of the characters makes the classic reference to Jaws...with the classic misquote.
  • To quote Ebeneezer Von Clutch: "When in Doubt, Build a bigger Tank!".
    • Von Clutch was also quoting his father.

Web Comics

  • In RPG World, Hero invokes this trope when faced with the gargantuan "Tough Dragon".

 Hero: Hm... We're gonna need a bigger sword.

  • Early in El Goonish Shive, Elliot realizes that a net is probably not the best item for catching sentient goo. Tedd's answer...

 Tedd: Blasphemy! We just need larger nets!


 Gimli: Uh oh. I'm going to need a lot more graph paper.


Web Original

  • In the Bionicle web serial "Federation of Fear", Vezon nearly quotes the Jaws line upon seeing the massive dragon form of the original Brotherhood of Makuta leader his team was assigned to free, before being cut off by Brutaka who replies: "A bigger boat. I know."
  • In The Salvation War, an old lady in a mall shoots a demon six times with her handgun to little effect. When interviewed afterwards, her only words are "I need a bigger fucking gun".

Western Animation

  • The source of the title, "I'm gonna need more rope!" is one of the few lines the Freakazoid villain Candle Jack ever sai Much more than I can afford, actually.
  • In the Justice League Unlimited episode "Twilight", Batman pronounces upon viewing the city of the gods in the sky, "I'm gonna need a longer grapple."
  • Raven on Teen Titans, defeating a giant Biological Mashup in the second Season Finale: "We're gonna need a bigger jail."
    • She also invokes this trope when the Titans throw her a birthday party for the second time. She surveys the scene and remarks, "We're gonna need more ice cream."
  • In the TMNT episode "April's Artifact", Raph grabbed a stick to swat a "lousy little gnat". Leo informs him "You're gonna need a bigger flyswatter" just as a Giant Enemy Bug shows up.
  • An episode of Tiny Toon Adventures had Elmyra grabbing a goldfish net in order to catch the fuzzy animal she sees. She gets a better view of the animal and sees it's about on par with common perception of Big Foot, size-wise... she goes back inside to grab a butterfly net.
  • In The Simpsons episode "Lisa's Rival", Homer attempts to fix Marge's camera using an electric drill in a somewhat unconventional manner: he uses it in lieu of a chisel, striking it with a hammer. When this fails, destroying the camera entirely, he remarks "I'm going to need a bigger drill."
  • In Danny Phantom during the episode "Public Enemies," a massive group of Walker's goons invades Amity Park. Danny pulls out his thermos and remarks, "I'm gonna need a bigger thermos!"
  • In WITCH, at one point, the titular team is about to go out for ice cream when the Psycho Rangers show up. Irma says "we're going to need more spoons."
  • In The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, after trying and failing to snow sled, "We need a bigger hill."
  • After the New Mutants were added to the X-Men: Evolution cast, Wolverine noted, "We're definitely going to need more instructors. And maybe a couple of tanks."
  • When Him has The Powerpuff Girls fight a monster without their powers, Bubbles throws apples at him.

 Bubbles: How do you like them apples?

Buttercup: We're gonna need something a lot bigger than apples!

Bubbles: How about grapefruits, then?