Top Five Movie References in WoW that are Easy to Spot

World of Warcraft is full of movie references, as long as you have seen the movie you will easily spot its reference in game. These references are all over the game, some are in the form of quests; some are in the form of NPCs, etc. Below are the top five movie references you can easily spot.


In the Death Knight starting area there is a quest called “Tonight we Dine in Havenshire” this is a clear reference to the famous quote of King Leonidas in the movie 300. In this quest, you are required to gather arrows fired by NPCs called “Sky Darkeners” this is another reference to the 300 movie where the Persian says, “Our arrows will blot out the sun!”. During the quest “The Light of Dawn”, the defenders of Light’s Hope Chapel are only 300 while the Scourge army has 10,000, this is yet another reference to 300 the movie.

harrison jones

Harrison Jones

Indiana Jones

In WoW there is a Human NPC named Harrison Jones. He wears the same cloths as Indiana Jones and he is an archaeology trainer in Stormwind. The Horde archeology trainer is called Belloc Brightblade who is a reference to Rene Belloq, the main adversary of Indiana Jones in The Raiders of the Lost Ark.

Harrison Jones plays a large role in the story of Uldum. There are too many quests with Harrison Jones that point to different Indiana Jones movies. Some of the quests include, “Harrison Jones and the Temple of Uldum” which is a reference to Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, the “Premature Explosionation” quest is a reference to Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, etc.


There is a quest in Grizzly Hills called “Say hello to my little friend” which is a clear reference to the famous dialog form the movie Scarface. The best part of the quest is, the NPC where you turn the quest in, is a Dwarf.


John J. Keeshan

John J. Keeshan

In the Alliance zone of Redridge Mountains, you will find a lot of reference to the Rambo movies. Firstly, there is an NPC named Colonel Troteman who is a clean reference to Colonel Samuel Trautman of the Rambo movie. This NPC will give you a quest known John J. Keeshan. In this quest, you will have to find John J. Keeshan under the Lakeshire Inn. Now this John J. Keeshan guy is WoW’s version of John Rambo. When you find him under Lakeshire Inn, you will see him street fighting similar to the opening scene in Rambo 3, where Rambo street fights for money.

John J. Keeshan will tell you that people have accused him of killing Orc babies, which is a reference to the first Rambo movie, First Blood. In which Rambo says that people called him a baby killer. There is another quest” They Drew First Blood” that starts with Colonel Troteman and ends with John J. Keeshan is yet another reference to the movie First Blood. Another quest that shows John J. Keeshan as Rambo is “AHHHHHHHHHHHH! AHHHHHHHHH!!!” (Yes that is the quest name) where he firing a gun turret while you drive an Alliance Steam Tank is similar to the scene where Rambo seen on a turret firing at the enemies.

Fight Club

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Grawler’s Guild

Fight Club reference is quite easy to spot in WoW. Both Alliance and Horde have their own Fight Club versions called the Brawler’s Guilds. When you join the Brawler’s Guild you earn the achievement “The First Rule of Brawler’s Guild” this is a clear reference to the rules of Fight Club which is “First rule of Fight Club, you do not talk about Fight Club.” Once you reach Rank 7, you earn the achievement “The Second Rule of Brawler’s Guild” which gives out a Brawler’s Pass that you can give to a friend or sell on AH. This reference to the second rule of Fight Club “You do not talk about Fight Club.” When you queue for your first fight in the Brawler arena, you are placed at the start of the queue, again referring to the third rule of Fight Club “If it’s your first day, you have to have”

All around Undercity you can find NPCs with names referring to Fight Club, Tyler, Edward, Marla and Chloe in War Quarter. There even is the famous Robert Paulson in WoW and the best part is, when you talk to him, he says, “Why does everyone know my name” a reference to the famous quote of Fight Club “His name is Robert Paulson.” In game there is also a mace called Fight Club that Scarlet Monks drop in the Scarlet Monastery Entrance.



  1. Hey, Mokx! It’s good to see you’re still doing reviews and such.

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