When I was reading XKCD comics I came across this one

movie synonyms 2

In a previous comic I get it was Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, and Star Trek, but in this other one I only know Wandboy = Harry Potter. I suspect Puncher = Rocky.

What are the movies the above comic is parodying the names of? I don't really need to know each and every movie since just knowing the series will be enough of a clue for me to work out the rest.

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    Professor Whip's subtitles sound like Indiana Jones perhaps? Nov 4, 2016 at 0:52
  • I edited the tags so this question could/should be reopened. It is not a "ID" question in the traditional sense.
    – Skooba
    Jan 19, 2018 at 14:57

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All XKCD comics have individual threads in the XKCD forums which discuss the various comics.

There is also an Explain XKCD wiki which can help. (Thanks to @alex_d).

From perusing the thread:

  • Wandboy = Harry Potter
  • Puncher = Rocky
  • Tropical Boaters = Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Professor Whip = Indiana Jones

Additionally, every XKCD comic has title text for it, which you can see if you hold your mouse over the image.

See if you can figure what what's being referenced in the text for this one:

There's also the TV show based on the hit Hot and Cold Music books: Fun With Chairs, Royal Rumble, Knife Blizzard, Breakfast for Birds, and Samba Serpents.

Note: if you're going to answer the quoted text in a comment, be sure to use spoiler formatting.

In case you're wondering, the answer is:

The A Song of Ice and Fire book series: A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords, A Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons

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    explainXKCD is my preferred way to read the comics! Especially on a tablet which doesn’t “hover”.
    – JDługosz
    Nov 6, 2016 at 10:18

I think you have Wandboy and Puncher correct. I think user1306322 is right about Indiana Jones. He is a professor and uses a whip and the subtitles line up. I think the Tropical Boaters movies are Pirates of the Caribbean!


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