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27th Apr '16 5:22:38 PM gfrequency
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* Explorer and archaeologist Josh Gates has produced and hosted several shows that place him in this territory, most notably ''Series/DestinationTruth'' (focusing on cryptozoology and ghost-hunting in exotic locations such as Pompeii) and its SpiritualSuccessor, ''Expedition Unknown'' (dealing with more traditional treasure-hunting, such as a search for Jesse James' lost gold or Saint Petersburg's Amber Room, which was even looted by ThoseWackyNazis).
20th Apr '16 7:50:14 PM PaulA
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* Leslie Howard's ''Film/PimpernelSmith'', a 1941 take on ''Film/Film/{{The Scarlet Pimpernel|1934}}'', is not only an AdventurerArchaeologist, but a ''Nazi-fighting'' AdventurerArchaeologist forty years before Indy himself.

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* Leslie Howard's ''Film/PimpernelSmith'', a 1941 take on ''Film/Film/{{The ''Film/{{The Scarlet Pimpernel|1934}}'', is not only an AdventurerArchaeologist, but a ''Nazi-fighting'' AdventurerArchaeologist forty years before Indy himself.
20th Apr '16 7:49:43 PM PaulA
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* Leslie Howard's ''Film/PimpernelSmith'', a 1941 take on ''Film/TheScarletPimpernel'', is not only an AdventurerArchaeologist, but a ''Nazi-fighting'' AdventurerArchaeologist forty years before Indy himself.

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* Leslie Howard's ''Film/PimpernelSmith'', a 1941 take on ''Film/TheScarletPimpernel'', ''Film/Film/{{The Scarlet Pimpernel|1934}}'', is not only an AdventurerArchaeologist, but a ''Nazi-fighting'' AdventurerArchaeologist forty years before Indy himself.
19th Apr '16 10:01:19 AM erforce
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* ''Anime/ExplorerWomanRay'', title character of the anime of the same name. A late 1980s attempt by the anime industry to cash in on the popularity of IndianaJones and the GirlsWithGuns genre (EWR's theme music even sounds eerily similar to John William's Indiana Jones theme).

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* ''Anime/ExplorerWomanRay'', title character of the anime of the same name. A late 1980s attempt by the anime industry to cash in on the popularity of IndianaJones '*Franchise/IndianaJones'' and the GirlsWithGuns genre (EWR's theme music even sounds eerily similar to John William's Indiana Jones theme).



* Arizona Goof from the ComicBook/MickeyMouseComicUniverse is a spoof of this trope (or just IndianaJones).

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* Arizona Goof from the ComicBook/MickeyMouseComicUniverse is a spoof of this trope (or just IndianaJones).Franchise/IndianaJones).



* [[CarlBarks Scrooge McDuck]] -- if the treasure exists, he must find it! His adventure in "The Seven Cities of Cibola" [[OlderThanTheyThink was actually Spielberg's inspiration]] for the first ''Indiana Jones'' film!

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* [[CarlBarks Scrooge McDuck]] -- if the treasure exists, he must find it! His adventure in "The Seven Cities of Cibola" [[OlderThanTheyThink was actually Spielberg's inspiration]] for the first [[Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk first]] ''Indiana Jones'' film!



* IndianaJones re-popularized. The movies are basically {{Genre Throwback}}s.

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* IndianaJones re-popularized.''Franchise/IndianaJones'' re-popularized this. The movies are basically {{Genre Throwback}}s.



** [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] heavily in ''Film/TheLastCrusade'' where Indy is briefly seen lecturing a class that archeology is concerned with facts and research, a lot of the work is done in libraries, and he specifically tells the students it is not about finding lost cities, buried treasure or following maps to a big "X". He then promptly ditches the class to go on an action-packed adventure that involves everything he just spent class period dismissing. [[ThoseWackyNazis And some Nazis.]]

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** [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] heavily in ''Film/TheLastCrusade'' ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade'' where Indy is briefly seen lecturing a class that archeology is concerned with facts and research, a lot of the work is done in libraries, and he specifically tells the students it is not about finding lost cities, buried treasure or following maps to a big "X". He then promptly ditches the class to go on an action-packed adventure that involves everything he just spent class period dismissing. [[ThoseWackyNazis And some Nazis.]]



* Benjamin Gates (played by Nicholas Cage) from Disney's ''NationalTreasure'' franchise is a historian and amateur cryptologist who does all that work to be prepared to find the treasure and he only keeps looking for it so as to protect it.

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* Benjamin Gates (played by Nicholas Cage) from Disney's ''NationalTreasure'' ''Film/NationalTreasure'' franchise is a historian and amateur cryptologist who does all that work to be prepared to find the treasure and he only keeps looking for it so as to protect it.



* In the ''Series/CSINewYork'' episode "The Cost of Living", one of these breaks into a disused part of the NewYorkSubway and retrieves an item, in a large-scale homage to ''IndianaJones'' that probably left many viewers wondering what they were watching... Then the team find his corpse:

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* In the ''Series/CSINewYork'' episode "The Cost of Living", one of these breaks into a disused part of the NewYorkSubway and retrieves an item, in a large-scale homage to ''IndianaJones'' ''Franchise/IndianaJones'' that probably left many viewers wondering what they were watching... Then the team find his corpse:



-->'''Mac:''' [[QuipToBlack Until someone made this his last crusade]].

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-->'''Mac:''' [[QuipToBlack Until someone made this this]] his [[Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade last crusade]].



* It is also possible to pull off an Adventurer Archaeologist character in the ''{{TabletopGame/Eberron}}'' setting for TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons. Indeed, the ''Forge of War'' book indicates that it's possible to run a war campaign in which one is attempting to locate ancient artifacts to deny them to enemy forces, "[[IndianaJones like a certain whip-wielding, fedora-wearing archaeologist.]]"

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* It is also possible to pull off an Adventurer Archaeologist character in the ''{{TabletopGame/Eberron}}'' setting for TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons. Indeed, the ''Forge of War'' book indicates that it's possible to run a war campaign in which one is attempting to locate ancient artifacts to deny them to enemy forces, "[[IndianaJones "[[Franchise/IndianaJones like a certain whip-wielding, fedora-wearing archaeologist.]]"



* ''VideoGame/{{Egoboo}}'' has an Archaeologist class that is directly derived from IndianaJones and all of its other CaptainErsatz and hommage characters like VideoGame/{{Spelunky}} and [[VideoGame/{{La-Mulana}} Lemeza Kosugi]] with a whip, a fedora and according skills.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Egoboo}}'' has an Archaeologist class that is directly derived from IndianaJones Franchise/IndianaJones and all of its other CaptainErsatz and hommage characters like VideoGame/{{Spelunky}} and [[VideoGame/{{La-Mulana}} Lemeza Kosugi]] with a whip, a fedora and according skills.



* VideoGame/DungeonsOfDredmor - The Archeology skill tree is chock full of shout outs to Franchise/IndianaJones (you even start the game with a familiar NiceHat), but the only exploration and taking of valuable ancient artifacts you do is for your own survival, and anything you're not currently equipped with is probably getting sold as VendorTrash.

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* VideoGame/DungeonsOfDredmor - The Archeology skill tree is chock full of shout outs to Franchise/IndianaJones ''Franchise/IndianaJones'' (you even start the game with a familiar NiceHat), but the only exploration and taking of valuable ancient artifacts you do is for your own survival, and anything you're not currently equipped with is probably getting sold as VendorTrash.



* Zahi Hawass, currently one of the most famous archaeologists in Egypt, is well aware of this trope and plays it up. (That [[NiceHat brown fedora]] is [[IndianaJones not a coincidence]].) This has made him very popular with TV crews, incidentally helping popularize Egyptology itself and get it proper funding, but because his methods can be a bit sloppy he's alternately loved and hated by "proper" archaeologists.

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* Zahi Hawass, currently one of the most famous archaeologists in Egypt, is well aware of this trope and plays it up. (That [[NiceHat brown fedora]] is [[IndianaJones [[Franchise/IndianaJones not a coincidence]].) This has made him very popular with TV crews, incidentally helping popularize Egyptology itself and get it proper funding, but because his methods can be a bit sloppy he's alternately loved and hated by "proper" archaeologists.



** Belzoni is another guy cited as a possible inspiration for IndianaJones, particularly the part about an unscrupulous French[[note]]Well, an Italian in French employ[[/note]] rival working for an expansionist empire led by an infamous dictator (in this case, Napoleon). The main difference being said rival was less an archaologist and more of a greedy, unethical businessman as well as the corrupt French consul for Egypt. He's the most deplorable example of "bad archeaology" on this page as he actually would intentionally destroy some of the stuff his men found to drive up the value of what was left over.

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** Belzoni is another guy cited as a possible inspiration for IndianaJones, Franchise/IndianaJones, particularly the part about an unscrupulous French[[note]]Well, an Italian in French employ[[/note]] rival working for an expansionist empire led by an infamous dictator (in this case, Napoleon). The main difference being said rival was less an archaologist and more of a greedy, unethical businessman as well as the corrupt French consul for Egypt. He's the most deplorable example of "bad archeaology" on this page as he actually would intentionally destroy some of the stuff his men found to drive up the value of what was left over.



* Another possible inspiration for both IndianaJones and [[Creator/ArthurConanDoyle Arthur Conan Doyle's]] Professor Challenger was Percy Fawcett whose exploits in South America read like something from fiction - such as fighting giant snakes. He died at the age of [[BadassGrandpa fifty-seven]] while searching for the [[LostWorld 'The Lost City of Z']].

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* Another possible inspiration for both IndianaJones Franchise/IndianaJones and [[Creator/ArthurConanDoyle Arthur Conan Doyle's]] Professor Challenger was Percy Fawcett whose exploits in South America read like something from fiction - such as fighting giant snakes. He died at the age of [[BadassGrandpa fifty-seven]] while searching for the [[LostWorld 'The Lost City of Z']].
14th Apr '16 2:57:28 PM aye_amber
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It also didn't help that the swashbuckling in fiction [[RealityIsUnrealistic had a small kernel of truth.]] Militarized archeology has an uncomfortably long history. Around the time it was coming into its own as a respectable field, the world was hit by [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne one]] [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo major conflict]] [[UsefulNotes/ColdWar after another]], each of which saw archeology politicized and militarized to a dangerous degree. For reasons ranging from [[ArchaeologicalArmsRace trying to dig up the remnants of heavily mythologized "advanced civilizations" for technological or ideological benefit]] or [[EspionageTropes as a neat way to do spying]], preservation and cataloging of the past often had to negotiate minefields of militarized looting, diplomatic relations, and warring superpowers and local factions.

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It also didn't help that the swashbuckling in fiction [[RealityIsUnrealistic had a small kernel of truth.]] Militarized archeology has an uncomfortably long history. Around the time it was coming into its own as a respectable field, the world was hit by [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarI one]] [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII major conflict]] [[UsefulNotes/ColdWar after another]], each of which saw archeology politicized and militarized to a dangerous degree. For reasons ranging from [[ArchaeologicalArmsRace trying to dig up the remnants of heavily mythologized "advanced civilizations" for technological or ideological benefit]] or [[EspionageTropes as a neat way to do spying]], preservation and cataloging of the past often had to negotiate minefields of militarized looting, diplomatic relations, and warring superpowers and local factions.
28th Mar '16 9:06:21 AM Kirayoshi
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* Janice Covington, from a clip-show episode of ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'', was clearly this trope in action (she had a ''[[MoreDakka Gatling gun]]'' in her tent!) who was obsessed with finding evidence of Xena's travels. She fancied herself a direct descendent of Xena, and was initially disappointed to find out that she was a descendant of Gabrielle instead.
14th Mar '16 5:33:02 PM TSBasilisk
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** As of Cataclysm, [[AnAdventurerIsYou the players]] are this. Digging up artifacts, it's not uncommon for player Archaeologists to find themselves first needing to fight off the rightful or not-so-rightful owners of the artifacts before making a break for it. Although the tedium and long work involved does show fairly effectively (in MMO terms). It can take a round-continent trip of an hour to complete a single project, which is often something you had found previously. Then, like many early archaeologists, you sell it to the highest bidder.

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** As of Cataclysm, ''Cataclysm'', [[AnAdventurerIsYou the players]] are this. Digging up artifacts, it's not uncommon for player Archaeologists to find themselves first needing to fight off the rightful or not-so-rightful owners of the artifacts before making a break for it. Although the tedium and long work involved does show fairly effectively (in MMO terms). It can take a round-continent trip of an hour to complete a single project, which is often something you had found previously. Then, like many early archaeologists, you sell it to the highest bidder.



** ''Mists of Pandaria'' adds new dimensions to archaeology, including an actual museum, crates to store completed artifacts, and a map allowing you to locate new sites. While this produces a slightly more mature take on archaeology, digging now has the potential to wake monsters.

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*** A large portion of Uldum is an archaeology adventure styled after ''Raiders of the Lost Ark'', complete with wanton destruction of ancient artifacts.
** ''Mists of Pandaria'' adds new dimensions to archaeology, including an actual museum, crates to store completed artifacts, and a map allowing you to locate new sites. While this produces a slightly more mature take on archaeology, digging now has the potential to wake monsters.the continent's native [[TheHeartless Sha]].
** ''Warlords of Draenor'' brings back Harrison Jones giving a series of quest chains to [[ArchaeologicalArmsRace recover powerful relics for your faction]]. Most of the hard work is done by other archaeologists who are killed by the unhappy natives. The profession now wakes angry ghosts of the related race rather than monsters.
10th Mar '16 8:17:21 PM GrammarNavi
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%%* Savant from ''WildCATS'' is an immortal alien AdventurerArchaeologist.

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%%* Savant from ''WildCATS'' ''ComicBook/WildCATS'' is an immortal alien AdventurerArchaeologist.
9th Mar '16 4:42:00 PM Theriocephalus
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** ''Fanfic/TheWritingOnTheWall'' features Daring Do being WrongGenreSavvy because of her profession; she assumes that the ancient, imposing building constructed to last forever in the middle of the desert, surrounded by metallic spikes to keep intruders away is an AncientTomb, and that the room full of writing in dozens of ancient scripts, the eponymous writing on the wall, is nothing more than a curse meant to keep future explorers away. The building isn't a tomb, and the writing isn't a curse, much to the detriment of everyone involved.

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** ''Fanfic/TheWritingOnTheWall'' features Daring Do being WrongGenreSavvy because of her profession; she assumes that the ancient, imposing building constructed to last forever in the middle of the desert, surrounded by metallic spikes to keep intruders away away, is an AncientTomb, and that the room full of writing in dozens of ancient scripts, the eponymous writing on the wall, is nothing more than a curse meant to keep future explorers away. The building isn't a tomb, and the writing isn't a curse, much to the detriment of everyone involved.
26th Feb '16 1:00:02 PM MarkLungo
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By the time UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne began, most of the participants in it--like Indiana Jones--tended to be properly trained archeologists who tried to handle things properly and also tried to keep their military involvement separate from their archeology (RalphBagnold for instance was an archeologist who signed up for the British military and used his experience and innovations to help form the Desert Rats). But it wasn't uncommon for archeological expeditions to be run like military expeditions (particularly during the war years). On occasion, these forces and their affiliated armed forces and intelligence agencies might even clash, with people getting killed and some priceless finds being either damaged or destroyed. Sometimes just to deny them to the enemy.

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By the time UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne UsefulNotes/WorldWarI began, most of the participants in it--like Indiana Jones--tended to be properly trained archeologists who tried to handle things properly and also tried to keep their military involvement separate from their archeology (RalphBagnold for instance archeology. (For example, UsefulNotes/RalphBagnold was an archeologist who signed up for the British military and used his experience and innovations to help form the Desert Rats). Rats.) But it wasn't uncommon for archeological expeditions to be run like military expeditions (particularly during the war years). On occasion, these forces and their affiliated armed forces and intelligence agencies might even clash, with people getting killed and some priceless finds being either damaged or destroyed. Sometimes just to deny them to the enemy.
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