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Bracket
I'm staring at the "doctor" section, and I can't help but feel like I've forgotten someone.
Title text: I'm staring at the "doctor" section, and I can't help but feel like I've forgotten someone.

Explanation

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A tournament bracket shows the planned series of matchups in a tournament. In this comic Randall has shown a plan for a tournament between a wide range of cultural icons, both real and fictional, based mostly on similarities in their names. Various Internet groups have speculated on who would win in a fight between characters from different films. It may be relevant that the film Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is soon to be released where the two eponymous superheroes, Batman and Superman, fight against each other.

The individual starting pairings are generally based on common or similar given names or surnames. Some adjacent brackets are "segued" by someone like Jeff Daniels, who segues from a bracket of "Jeff"s into a bracket of "Daniels"es. The bracket itself is fairly arbitrary. Most initial matchups are pairs, although several are trios and there's a quadruplet in the Russels group, while a single entry, Beyoncé, is given a first- and second-round bye. Most of the participants in the tournament are people, with a few exceptions. Shallots (small onions), scallops (bivalve mollusks), and scallions (green onions) are similar sounding foods, therefore may be confusing for some individuals (perhaps including Randall). The final grouping on the lower right of the bracket features a several retail stores and a film.

The title text possibly refers to Dr. Dre, particularly as a reference to his 2001 song "Forgot About Dre". Another potential reference is the television character Doctor Who, playing off the repeated questioning of the Doctor's name in the show. Alternatively, the title text could simply be a reference to the large number of pop culture personas that include the word "Doctor", such as Doctor House, Dr. Oz, Dr. Phil, Dr. Watson, "Doc" Brown, Dr. Seuss, Dr Pepper, Doctor Doom, Dr. Zoidberg, Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog and many others.

The incentive for the comic may have been the French Open 2015, which started on the day of the publication.

The comic inspired several groups to play out versions of the bracket. One user-voting based matchup on twitter (https://twitter.com/xkcdbracket) was featured by Randall on the xkcd home page. As of June 27, 2015, the first round was complete with these results: https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CIgFAfKXAAARIas.png:large.

The names and other entries in the bracket are (first-round matchups are grouped by shading):

Grouping Subgrouping Person/Entry Known as Winning probability
* Armstrong Louis Armstrong Jazz-musician 1/32
Neil Armstrong First human on the moon
Lance Armstrong Cyclist
Stretch Armstrong Action figure
Jeff * Jeff Gordan (Probably Jeff Gordon) Race car driver 1/64
Jeff Bridges Actor in King Kong, The Big Lebowski, Iron Man, Tron: Legacy
Jeff Daniels Actor in Dumb and Dumber
J* Daniels
Jack Daniels Alcoholic beverages
*Well* Orson Welles Director of Citizen Kane and known for his radio-play of H. G. Wells' The War of the Worlds
H.G. Wells Author, known for The War of the Worlds and The Time Machine
George Orwell Author of Nineteen Eighty-Four and Animal Farm
Wells Fargo Bank and stage coach company
* Russell * Kurt Russell Actor in John Carpenter's Escape from L.A., The Thing, Big Trouble in Little China, Fast & Furious 7 1/128
Russell Brand Comedian
Russell Crowe Actor in Gladiator, A Beautiful Mind, Les Misérables, Noah
Russell Simmons Rapper
* Simmons
Richard Simmons Host of exercise program 1/64
Gene Simmons Musician, known from KISS
Gene *
Gene Hackman Actor 1/96
*ckman
Hugh Jackman Actor in the X-Men franchise as Wolverine
Alan Rickman Actor in Die Hard, Harry Potter franchise, The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy
Alan *
Alan Par* Alan Parsons Musician 1/64
Alan Partridge Fictional radio character
* McCarthy Jenny McCarthy Anti-vaccination activist
Joseph McCarthy Senator known for anti-communist witch-hunt
Eugene McCarthy Senator and Presidential candidate
*gene* Eugene *
Eugene V. Debs Labor leader
* Wilde* Gene Wilder Actor in Bonnie and Clyde, Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory 1/96
Olivia Wilde Actress in Tron: Legacy, Her, House M.D."
Oscar Wilde Writer
Oscar *
Oscar De La Renta Fashion Designer 1/32
Oscar De La *
Oscar De La Hoya Boxer
Jack Nic* Jack Nicklaus Golf player 1/32
Jack Nicholson Actor in One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, The Shining, The Bucketlist
*ichol* / *ickel* / *ickle*
Phil Mickelson Golf player
Nicholas Nickleby Charles Dickens protagonist in the novel by the same name
*ryan Adams Ryan Adams Singer
Bryan Adams Singer
Singers with Stage Names Referencing Weight/Games Chubby Checker Singer famous for "The Twist"
Fats Domino Rock and Roll Singer
Colin F* Colin Firth Actor, Pride and Prejudice, Love Actually 1/64
Colin Farrell Actor in Daredevil, In Bruges, Total Recall
F*rell*
Will Ferrell Comic actor, Anchorman and The Other Guys
The Farrelly Brothers Comedy film-makers
J* * *itt (three names) Joseph Gordon-Levitt Actor in Third Rock from the Sun, Dark Knight Rises 1/32
Jennifer Love Hewitt Actress in Garfield: The Movie
D* Glover Danny Glover Actor, Lethal Weapon series 1/64
Donald Glover Actor, Community, also a rapper, aka Childish Gambino
Don*
Donnie Wahlberg Singer, New Kids on the Block
* Wahlberg
Mark Wahlberg Actor in The Departed, The Other Guys, and former hip-hop singer for Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch
Mark *
Mark Ruffalo Actor, known for his role as the Hulk in the film The Avengers 1/32
Mark Shuttleworth Entrepreneur, founder of Ubuntu
* Pullman Philip Pullman Author, Dark Materials and Jesus, The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ 1/48
Bill Pullman Actor in Spaceballs, and Independence Day
Bill *
Bill Paxton Actor in Apollo 13, Aliens
Bill Murray Actor in Ghostbusters, Groundhog Day 1/32
Ghostbusters/SNL alumni
Dan Aykroyd Actor in Ghostbusters, The Blues Brothers
* Rogers Ginger Rogers Actress known for dancing with Fred Astaire 1/64
Mister/Fred Astaire/Rogers Confusing reference to Fred Rogers (host of children's show, popularly known as "Mister Rogers") and to Fred Astaire (Dancer, actor, and singer)
* Spock Mister Spock Character on Star Trek portrayed by Leonard Nimoy 1/96
Doctor Spock Author of book on childcare
Doctors
Doctor Octopus Villain in Spider-Man comic books
Doctor Manhattan Character in Alan Moore's Watchmen
Doctor Strangelove Character in a movie about nuclear war by Stanley Kubrick
Doctor Strange Sorceror Supreme in Marvel Comics
Dr. No Main villain in the first James Bond movie
The Doctor Confusing reference to the main protagonist of the science fiction series Doctor Who and the emergency medical holographic program in Star Trek: Voyager
Cory Doctorow Real person - who has been in a number of xkcd comics
J* Lewis Jerry Lee Lewis Rock and Roll singer 1/32
Jerry Lewis Comedian and former chairman of charitable organization
Jenny Lewis Indie singer-songwriter
Sounds like *"enny"
Xeni Jardin Digital commentator, Boing Boing co-editor
Chris * Chris * (Avengers actors) Chris Evans Actor, Captain America
Chris Hemsworth Actor, Thor
Chris P* Chris Pine Actor, Star Trek
Chris Pratt Actor, Guardians of the Galaxy
'S' Foods That Rhyme Assonantly Shallots Small onions 1/96
Scallops Bivalve mollusks
Scallions Green onions
Suz* (Similar phonetics) Siouxie Sioux Rock singer 1/64
Suzanne Vega Folk rock singer-songwriter
* Arnold * Tom Arnold Actor; ex-husband of Roseanne Barr 1/48
Arnold Palmer Golf player
A* Palmer
Amanda Palmer Singer/songwriter
Wes * Wes Craven Film maker 1/64
Wes Anderson Movie Director
* Anderson
Paul Thomas Anderson Film maker
P*ul Anderson
Poul Anderson Science fiction author
Sirs Sir Walter * Sir Walter Scott Scottish poet and writer
Sir Walter Raleigh British explorer of Virginia
F* Drake Sir Francis Drake British explorer, 2nd to circumnavigate the Earth
Frank Drake Astrophysicist, SETI pioneer
"Van" Van * Van Halen Rock band 1/96
Van Morrison Singer/songwriter
Van Wilder Comedy film
R* Van Winkle Robert Van Winkle AKA Vanilla Ice, rapper 1/64
Rip Van Winkle Fictional character
Rip/Torn
Rip Torn Elmore Rual "Rip" Torn, actor on Cross Creek, Larry Sanders Show 1/32
Natalie Imbruglia Singer of "Torn"
Businesses with the word "Body" in their name The Body Shop Shop 1/64
Bath and Body Works Shop
Businesses with the word "Bath" in their name
Bed Bath and Beyond Shop
Beyon*
Beyond Thunderdome Motion picture
Beyoncé Singer 1/16

Transcript

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[A tournament bracket. The matchups are the following, on left-hand side and right-hand side:]


(1) Louis Armstrong and Neil Armstrong
(2) Lance Armstrong and Stretch Armstrong


(3) Jeff Gordan and Jeff Bridges
(4) Jeff Daniels and Jack Daniels


(5) Orson Welles and H.G. Wells
(6) George Orwell and Wells Fargo


(7) Kurt Russell, Russell Brand, Russell Crowe and Russell Simmons
(8) Richard Simmons and Gene Simmons
(9) Gene Hackman, Hugh Jackman and Alan Rickman
(10) Alan Parsons and Alan Partridge


(11) Jenny McCarthy, Joseph McCarthy, Eugene McCarthy and Eugene V. Debs
(12) Gene Wilder, Olivia Wilde and Oscar Wilde
(13) Oscar De La Renta and Oscar De La Hoya


(14) Jack Nicklaus and Jack Nicholson
(15) Phil Mickelson and Nicholas Nickelby


(16) Ryan Adams and Bryan Adams


(17) Chubby Checker and Fats Domino


(18) Colin Firth and Colin Farrell
(19) Will Ferrell and The Farrelly Brothers


(20) Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Jennifer Love Hewitt


(21) Danny Glover and Donald Glover
(22) Donnie Wahlberg and Mark Wahlberg
(23) Mark Ruffalo and Mark Shuttleworth


(24) Philip Pullman, Bill Pullman and Bill Paxton
(25) Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd


(26) Ginger Rogers and Fred Rogers|Mister/Fred Astaire/Rogers
(27) Mister Spock, Doctor Spock and Doctor Octopus
(28) Doctor Manhattan, Doctor Strangelove and Doctor Strange
(29) Dr. No, The Doctor and Cory Doctorow


(30) Jerry Lee Lewis and Jerry Lewis
(31) Jenny Lewis and Xeni Jardin


(32) Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth
(33) Chris Pine and Chris Pratt


(34) Shallots, Scallops and Scallions


(35) Siouxie Sioux and Suzanne Vega


(36) Tom Arnold, Arnold Palmer and Amanda Palmer


(37) Wes Craven and Wes Anderson
(38) Paul Thomas Anderson and Poul Anderson


(39) Sir Walter Scott and Sir Walter Raleigh
(40) Sir Francis Drake and Frank Drake


(41) Van Halen, Van Morrison and Van Wilder
(42) Robert Van Winkle and Rip Van Winkle
(43) Rip Torn and Natalie Imbruglia


(44) The Body Shop and Bath and Body Works
(45) Bed Bath and Beyond and Beyond Thunderdome
(46) The Body Shop and Beyond Thunderdome
(47) Beyond Thunderdome and Beyoncé

[Those are later interconnected:]


(48) Neil Armstrong and Stretch Armstrong
(49) Jeff Bridges and Jack Daniels
(50) H.G. Wells and George Orwell
(51) Russell Crowe and Gene Simmons
(52) Alan Rickman and Alan Parsons
(53) Oscar Wilde and Oscar De La Hoya
(54) Jack Nicholson and Nicholas Nickelby
(55) Bryan Adams and Fats Domino
(56) Colin Firth and Will Ferrell
(57) Donald Glover and Mark Wahlberg


(58) Philip Pullman and Bill Murray
(59) Mister/Fred Astaire/Rogers and Mister Spock
(60) Doctor Strangelove and The Doctor
(61) Jerry Lee Lewis and Xeni Jardin
(62) Chris Hemsworth and Chris Pratt
(63) Scallions and Siouxie Sioux
(64) Wes Anderson and Paul Thomas Anderson
(65) Sir Walter Raleigh and Frank Drake
(66) Van Halen and Rip Van Winkle


(67) Jeff Bridges and George Orwell
(68) Russell Crowe and Alan Rickman
(69) Eugene V. Debs and Oscar Wilde
(70) Jack Nicholson and Fats Domino
(71) Colin Firth and Joseph Gordon-Levitt
(72) Donald Glover and Mark Ruffalo


(73) Mister Spock and The Doctor
(74) Jerry Lee Lewis and Chris Pratt
(75) Scallions and Amanda Palmer
(76) Wes Anderson and Frank Drake
(77) Van Halen and Rip Torn


(78) Neil Armstrong and George Orwell
(79) Alan Rickman and Oscar Wilde
(80) Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Mark Ruffalo


(81) Bill Murray and Mister Spock
(82) Scallions and Frank Drake
(83) Van Halen and Beyoncé


(84) Neil Armstrong and Alan Rickman
(85) Jack Nicholson and Joseph Gordon-Levitt


(86) Mister Spock and Chris Pratt
(87) Scallions and Van Halen


(88) Neil Armstrong and Jack Nicholson


(89) Winner of 86 and winner of 87



[The two sides finally join up in:]
(90) Winner of 88 and winner of 89

Trivia

A Twitter account, XKCD Bracket, is taking a poll of one matchup each day, until an ultimate winner is decided. The main xkcd website has a link to the Twitter account at the top of the website, as of 7 June 2015.


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Discussion

Interesting to me that no one has noted the order of the doctors. Doctor Octopus is from a comic, Doctor Manhattan is from a graphic novel and, trying to avoid spoilers here, the atomic bomb plays a key role in the story. The atomic bomb was the product of the Manhattan project (a fact not lost on Alan Moore), and the subject of the movie referenced by the next line, Dr Strangelove ("or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb"). I can't believe this order is arbitrary. 173.245.48.108 04:55, 26 May 2015 (UTC)

What's the connection between Rip Torn and Natalie Imbruglia? 108.162.238.183 (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

Answer: Her song, Torn: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VV1XWJN3nJo- -- Stumpy (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

Rip Torn could have a preliminary match with Prof. Lance Rips -- Mitch Marks uchicago (talk) 16:34, 25 May 2015 (UTC) (please sign your posts appropriately with the appropriate user and talk page links using ~~~~. the original signature was an inexistent template.)

Any pairings that you'd add, given the opportunity? Personally I always confuse Wilson Pickett and Wilson Phillips. Studley (talk) 08:28, 25 May 2015 (UTC) Will Ferrell and Pharrell Williams for me! - -- Stumpy (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~) Bill Paxton should be followed by Bill Bixby... 108.162.254.92 09:10, 26 May 2015 (UTC)

How about George Washington and George Washington Carver? and the George Washington Bridge?

At one time, the White House had both a Donald Regan and a Ronald Reagan.108.162.215.190 17:14, 25 May 2015 (UTC)

Why do some first round pairings have more than two people? Beyoncé starts at the third round, so it can't be just because of the number of people. There has to be a joke in them but I don't see it. --141.101.104.176 08:45, 25 May 2015 (UTC)

Possibly an in-joke at the NCAA bracket's First Four round. Mister/Fred Astaire/Rogers is a more "traditional" reference to the First Four. 108.162.219.103 10:32, 25 May 2015 (UTC)
Beyoncé starts first, before the first round. She's singing the national anthem before the players start competing. She doesn't compete until the third road because she needs time to change clothes since you don't wear the same thing to sing the national anthem as you wear as a competitor.  :-) 108.162.215.189 04:22, 9 June 2015 (UTC)

Perhaps it's worth adding to a trivia section that (assuming every person/thing has an equal chance of winning every matchup, Beyonce has the highest odds of winning (1/32 = 3.125%) while Kurt Russell, Russell Crowe, Russell Brand, and Russell Simmons are all tied for having the worst starting odds (1/256 = .391%).108.162.219.91 09:19, 25 May 2015 (UTC)

I may be worth mentioning that the bracketing trees resemble hierarchical clustering dendrograms in which some string similarity metric was used as a distance function. Template:unsigned dip

Although the comic is formatted as a tournament bracket, there are hints that it is in fact a dendrogram based on string similarity, in a similar way to how trees of evolutionary relationships between proteins are formed. We see this especially in the "Russell" group where there is equal similarity between any name containing "Russell" and so that group is not resolved into two separate forks. If readers wish to recreate such an analysis for themselves they can take the text on here paste it into a multiple sequence aligner, press Submit, then after processing click Phylogenetic Tree and scroll down. 141.101.99.74 12:46, 25 May 2015 (UTC)

Somewhat disagree. There is no "string similarity" between domino and checker. The connection between the names seems to be that there are games named Dominos and Checkers. They would not be together if it was based on strictly on string similarity or generated automatically by software without human intervention.108.162.215.190 17:09, 25 May 2015 (UTC)

Is there any significance to the number of entries? 52 on the left side but only 51 on the right? 108.162.216.84 (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

Should it be noted at all that Chubby Checker's name was inspired by Fats Domino? 108.162.215.121 21:05, 26 May 2015 (UTC)Akiosama

Title text

Changed the reference of the Title Text from Doctor Who (who is already listed in the comic) to Dr. Dre, as the phrasing of the Title Text seems like a very direct reference to the 2001 song "Forgot About Dre." -- Conquistador (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

Probably would have been better to add it as an option since we're clearly far from certain - -- Stumpy (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

Why not Zoidberg? --RhyvenNZ 198.41.238.41 09:55, 25 May 2015 (UTC)

Pretty sure Doctor Who is covered by "The Doctor". He doesn't go by "Who" in the show. He's just the Doctor. I think the missing doctor is House. 108.162.215.127 (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

Dr. Pepper, maybe? Does "staring" or "forgotten" have to do with it? 108.162.237.156 (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

Whatagainnow? 108.162.222.178 (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

Dr. Oz? Dr. Phil? Dr. Watson? Dr. Kavorkian? Dr. Seuss? Wasn't there a famous literary work, The Lost Island of Dr. Moreau? I agree that Dr. House and/or house calls could be a missing candidate for the bracket. But then, there are a ton of 'Sirs' that didn't make the list. -- GAKDragon (talk) (please sign your posts appropriately with the appropriate user and talk page links using ~~~~)

Doctor Teeth! Jarod997 (talk) 13:50, 25 May 2015 (UTC)
Pete Docter? 108.162.249.191 11:27, 26 May 2015 (UTC)

Or is "The Doctor" http://en.memory-alpha.wikia.com/wiki/The_Doctor? 108.162.215.108 (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

The Doctor is already in the bracket. --141.101.99.49 10:40, 25 May 2015 (UTC)

It's Doctor House - definitely and finally! -- Raydleemsc (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

Definitely "Doc" Brown: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emmett_Brown 108.162.221.171 (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

It's clearly Dr. Doolittle. Can't imagine why no one has realized this yet. 108.162.238.193 (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

Could the joke simply be "there are way too many famous doctors", so even though it's arguably the most numerous category in the bracket, some are still "forgotten"? 108.162.254.164 (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

Probably not talking about doctor who, however he could be referencing The Silence, which is a an alien race, on that show, which you immediately forget about after losing sight of it. -- KroniK907 (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

I immediately thought of Amy's wedding in Dr Who S5Ep13 where she needed to remember the doctor to bring him back. Too obscure? Blu003 (talk) 13:07, 25 May 2015 (UTC)

Hardly. You want obscure, try The Doctor's granddaughter. Yep, he had/has one. --108.162.237.144 13:41, 25 May 2015 (UTC)
Dr. Martha Jones, from Doctor Who? The Doctor Donna? Even the companions on the show are Doctors. 108.162.222.178 03:55, 26 May 2015 (UTC)

I'm disappointed that no one thought of Julius "Dr. J" Irving, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julius_Erving given the similarity to a Basketball tournament style graphic. 108.162.219.165 17:35, 3 June 2015 (UTC)

When this comic first went up, I emailed xkcd the same day to say that "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman" had been missed out. -- @WPSCrimsonshade 20:48, 12 April 2016 (UTC)

Y'know, I can't help but feel that this is a little to bland and unfinished for xkcd. I'm willing to bet that the picture updates with winners. May be sorely disappointed though. 108.162.219.119 15:02, 25 May 2015 (UTC)

Can't help but feel that there's a better way to lay this explanation out, but I haven't been able to come up with it. Maybe some sort of table listing all the different groups, with people allowed to be in more than one group? 141.101.98.232 15:18, 25 May 2015 (UTC)

I personally don't love the large listing of people. It is a bit bland, but more importantly, it doesn't really show the linkages between the participants (though most people ought to be able to figure out these overt links Jeff Gordon... Jeff Daniels... it doesn't need explanation. That said, the current format doesn't quite demonstrate the chain-link nature of some matchups like:
  • Body Shop
  • Bath and Body Works
  • Bed Bath & Beyond
  • Beyond Thunderdome
  • Beyoncé.
I wouldn't mind a format with that kind of bolding. I think that shows the chain of links better than the first to being grouped "businesses with the word "body" and the second two "things with the word beyond" and "Beyoncé" separately. Similarly, Jeff Daniels belongs to both the "Jeff"s and the "J. Daniels"es. TheHYPO (talk) 15:48, 25 May 2015 (UTC)

I wouldn't categorize Fats Domino and Chubby Checker (just) as games. Given that they're directly under Ryan Adams and Bryan Adams, I'd have identified them as 50's singers, with some physical similarities. KenWhitesell (talk) 16:17, 25 May 2015 (UTC)

Agree. I put in the identification about games without knowing who Chubby Checker was.108.162.215.190 17:09, 25 May 2015 (UTC)

Then you are one of today's lucky 10,000! 1053 Chubby CheckerZeimusu (talk) 21:32, 25 May 2015 (UTC)
celebrity deathmatch

This reminds me of Celebrity Deathmatch. Then have:

  • Charles Manson vs. Marilyn Manson
  • Backstreet Boys vs. Beastie Boys
  • The Three Stooges vs. The Three Tenors
  • Kevin Costner vs. Kevin Smith
  • John Cusack vs. John Malkovich
  • David Blaine vs. David Copperfield
  • Corey Feldman vs. Corey Haim
  • Jack Black vs. Jack White

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Celebrity_Deathmatch_episodes -- Bart9h (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

Who is Jeff Gordan? There's an extremely famous NASCAR driver named Jeff Gordon, but I don't know of a Jeff Gordan. Significant or typo? 108.162.238.182 16:07, 25 May 2015 (UTC)

Where is Colin Furze? And Arnold Swarzenegger? And all other people I never heard of? -- 141.101.104.116 21:12, 25 May 2015 (UTC)

What about my favourite triple: Robbie Williams, Robin Williams and Robyn Williams? -- Ian N. 162.158.3.11 (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

And who can forget Dermot Mulroney and Dylan mcDermott?108.162.254.164 09:34, 26 May 2015 (UTC)

This is a major "Get Out Of My Head, Randall" comic for me. The day before this comic was posted, my friend and I were discussing a "Hunger Games" type simulation being done on 8chan involving loads and loads of characters across genres, and he had asked me about the probability of a particular match-up occurring with a desired outcome. It led to a long and detailed math conversation. The original match-up has been bumped out of existence, but this image still lives on. Appropriately, the comic was posted on my birthday. 2spooky4me. 108.162.210.177 06:01, 26 May 2015 (UTC)

It reminds me of a song - The Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4WgT9gy4zQA Elektrizikekswerk (talk) 13:59, 1 June 2015 (UTC)

I would have added Amanda Plummer. Will confuse Plummer with Palmer any day. 108.162.249.191 23:19, 25 May 2015 (UTC)

Just as well we don't have to deal with Paul Ryan - Ayn Rand - Rand Paul...Ron Paul, Les Paul, Saint Paul, John Paul, John Paul Jones...Wolfgang Pauli, Pollyanna...Taibhse (talk) 11:41, 26 May 2015 (UTC)

Surprised Tommy Lee and Tommy Lee Jones aren't there. 108.162.238.124 12:31, 26 May 2015 (UTC)

Personally I think its pointless having the probabilities listed as if they mean something. We don't know what the competition is, but its almost certain that the result of say 'The Body Shop' vs Beyonce is not going to be a 50:50 probability. --Pudder (talk) 15:41, 26 May 2015 (UTC)

Are the probabilities listed half what they should be? 108.162.237.165 17:16, 26 May 2015 (UTC)

Mister/Fred Astaire/Rogers also refers to "Mr. Rogers" of Mr. Rogers Neighborhood. I don't think there's a reference for the last combination, "Mister Astaire", other than to Fred Astaire.

Kevin Kline vs. Calvin Klein would also have made a good match. --108.162.229.88 20:15, 26 May 2015 (UTC)

What about Johnny Cash v Johnny Paycheck? To which one could then add Johnny Carson v Johnny Unitas v Johnny Depp? 173.245.48.98 16:36, 30 May 2015 (UTC)


Cory Doctorow described as "real person"?

Well, yeah, but he's famous for some actual things. Perhaps "blogger and author" would better describe him. 141.101.98.143 22:56, 26 May 2015 (UTC)

What about the Silents from series 6 of Doctor Who? 108.162.250.144 04:20, 27 May 2015 (UTC)

I'm disappointed John McCarthy isn't there. 173.245.52.127 12:46, 27 May 2015 (UTC)

While I'm of the opinion that the doctor he is "forgetting" is CLEARLY Dr. Dre, I can see why we put the rest of the doctors on there since we don't know for sure. However, I'm removing the multiple long, rambling, and unnecessary references to The Doctor since he's already listed. Ul2006kevinb (talk) 16:43, 27 May 2015 (UTC)

I don't agree with the removal to be honest. I agree it got a bit long-winded, but the Doctor still could be either one of the two (Doctor Who and ST:Voyager). To then ask the question "Doctor Who?" would be a very valid joke/ question imho. Also, the list is now again referring to him as "Dr. Who", whereas his name is simply "the Doctor". 141.101.75.107 01:39, 28 May 2015 (UTC)

Dr. Livingstone, I presume? --Eraoul (talk) 07:28, 6 June 2015 (UTC)

This description probably needs to be updated with the factoid given in https://twitter.com/xkcdbracket/status/612221512133816320, if it can be verified 141.101.99.87 12:34, 20 June 2015 (UTC)

It should be updated with "The Doctor, alien explorer of time" [1] Dorus (talk) 09:29, 24 June 2015 (UTC)

Am I the only one who thinks that the Transcript shouldn't be updated to match the unofficial Twitter Bracket feed? It should be on the page, but the transcript section should be related to the comic as it appears on xkcd.com only. --Pudder (talk) 09:47, 20 July 2015 (UTC)

No that is correct. The transcript is always only what occurs on the original comic at xkcd. I have corrected the error. If someone wish to do a trivia section on the result they should feel free to include that. I have linked to the twitter account in the explanation as it is interesting since Randall links to it on xkcd. The trivia entry could be linked from that paragraph. --Kynde (talk) 12:43, 28 July 2015 (UTC)
Two comments: First, if that is the case, then several pages need to be updated; the fact that wetriffs.com was created in response to 305: Rule 34 is not "in the comic itself" nor is the fact that Randall was responsible for (another example, 1485: Friendship triggered a movement to delete the wikipedia Bromance article - and a third example 1190: Time triggered multiple twitter followings and web communities that are referenced in the explanation); if we purge #xkcdbracket from this, we need to purge all of those too for consistency. Second, transcript is what happens in the comic, but explanation includes background and consequences of comic; this consequence was featured by Randall for several weeks, if that's not canon, then nothing is. I have moved the explanation to trivia as requested, but filled in the victor. If you want to remove, please discuss first and also clean up the other pages I just listed. Djbrasier (talk) 15:43, 30 July 2015 (UTC)
More pages that need to be purged of references to internet consequences and followings inspired by comics: 1185 inspired someone to make stacksort, 239 inspired people to photoshop capes onto Cory Doctorow, Little Bobby Tables refers to a website created (not by Randall) to teach people to properly sanitize database inputs, 1167 inspired wikipedia vandalism that temporarily caused a page to be protected (as did 1193) 576 inspired someone to create a service that does what is described, I'm sure that given 10 more minutes I could find 10 more examples. None of these were featured as banners on the xkcd.com page by Randall and yet all are in explainxkcd.com. Please remove all of those references from explainxkcd.com (as well as fixing 305, 1485, and 1190 before deleting the reference to #xkcdbracket on this page. Djbrasier (talk) 16:04, 30 July 2015 (UTC)
I do not know what I (or Pudder) wrote to get this response from Djbrasier. I agreed that the transcript should not be updated to match the brackets on the twitter account, and that the results written in the transcript (full results with results of all individual matches, that I removed when updating the transcript to look more like the comic) should be in the trivia if anyone wished them to be on this page. I do not think there is anything wrong (and also wrote that) with linking to the bracket. I actually linked my self to that bracket on twitter. And I don't even think the link should be a trivia item as it is important since Randall links to it. But the results (apart from the final, which is fine to have in the main explanation) is not for the explanation and definitely not for the transcript. So all the other pages and talk you write about purging explain xkcd from what happens because of xkcd has nothing to do with the subject here. And of course these thing should be a part of this page. So we agree on that! --Kynde (talk) 09:18, 31 July 2015 (UTC)

NOOOOO!! I bet everything on Scallions!Saspic45 (talk) 11:14, 18 June 2016 (UTC)

No love for Sandra Day O'Connor and Sinead O'Connor? They're practically the same person! 162.158.62.243 00:59, 29 March 2018 (UTC)My winner is George Orwell.162.158.62.243 00:59, 29 March 2018 (UTC)