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Here we have the daring heroes and blackhearted villains of the ''Franchise/IndianaJones'' saga of {{film}}s, directed by Creator/StevenSpielberg and produced by Creator/GeorgeLucas.


[[folder: The Heroes]]

!! Indiana Jones (AKA [[IHaveManyNames Colonel Professor Doctor]] Henry Walton Jones Junior, [[spoiler:Associate Dean of Marshall University's Department of Archaeology, 1957.]] AKA [[Series/YoungIndianaJones Corporal Henri Defense of the Belgium Army.]])

->'''Played by:''' Creator/HarrisonFord
->'''Appears in:''' ''[[Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk Raiders of the Lost Ark]]'' | ''[[Film/IndianaJonesAndTheTempleOfDoom The Temple of Doom]]'' | ''[[Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade The Last Crusade]]'' | ''[[Film/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull]]''

* AbsentMindedProfessor: At one point, Indy tries to return to his office and is besieged by students because he hasn't been grading any of their work. He has to climb out the window to escape. Although some of the female students were there for [[HotTeacher something else...]]
* AcePilot: "Fly, yes. Land, no." Interestingly, in ''Temple of Doom'' (which is a prequel set in 1935), he says he doesn't know how to fly a plane. However, in the novelisation for ''Temple of Doom'', it's made pretty clear that Indy was joking with Willie that he didn't know how to fly to mess with her. In the Young Indy TV series he indeed does learn some basic flight skills, but never how to land.
* ActionDuo: With Short Round, his father, or [[CompositeCharacter Mutt]].
* ActionSurvivor: [[BadassBookworm Indy]] may have styled himself as a {{badass}} ActionHero, but in practice he's not much more than a slightly-greedy college professor who doesn't know when to quit.
* AdventureDuo: With [[ActionGirl Marion]].
* AdventurerArchaeologist: Duh. The TropeCodifier ever since 1981.
* AgentScully: To a point. In ''Crystal Skull'', Indy is a big skeptic about the existence of alien races, and in ''Raiders'', considers TheArkOfTheCovenant nothing but a fancy gold box, but when the Ark is opened at the end of the film he insists that he and Marion avert their eyes.
* AntiHero: He's a DeadpanSnarker and somewhat cynical KnightInSourArmor, but a generally good guy. He seems to have little qualms killing if the situation requires it and has shown many times to be a [[CombatPragmatist dirty fighter]]. There's also the fact he did pretty unmentionable things to an underage Marion Ravenwood (although he maintains that Marion was old enough to know full well what they were doing and give consent). In the original script of ''The Radiers'' he's also prone to fooling around with some of his college students.
* ArbitrarySkepticism: Despite the fact that he's encountered many powerful artifacts over the years, he still sneers at the prospect of magical telepathic skulls or any new "mystical" discovery.
* {{Badass}}: Hell yes.
** BadassBaritone: The voice helps him be imposing.
** BadassBookworm: Can grade your university thesis AND kick your ass.
** BadassGrandpa: Circa 1957.
** BadassNormal: No superpowers. Just a large number of ImprobableAimingSkills (you know - the gun, the whip etc. etc.) and SuperToughness (given how much he has to suffer).
* BeenThereShapedHistory: In the ''Series/YoungIndianaJones Chronicles'', if he or she has been written down in the history books in the last 100 years, Indy has met/befriended/fallen in love/fought/slept with him or her.
* BelligerentSexualTension: With Marion.
* BerserkButton: One of the few ways to truly '''enrage''' the normally logical Henry Jones Junior is to harm an innocent child... just ask the shredded remains of Mola Ram in the bellies of a dozen satisfied crocodiles. And don't call him "Junior"!
* BunnyEarsLawyer: He actually is a talented archaeologist, but he also forgets to mark work on a regular basis.
* BootsOfToughness: Indiana as an AdventurerArchaeologist wears boots, tough enough for stomping killer ants. His teacher persona does ''not'' wear them, opting for everyday shoes, not that he'd need them since when he's teaching, nothing "adventurey" happens.
* ButtMonkey: [[WordOfGod Spielberg intended for him to be this]]. Indeed, he gets punched by a lot of people, suffers other AmusingInjuries, and is often the butt of the jokes (like at the ending of Crusade regarding his name).
* CaptainCrash: "Fly, yes! '''Land''', no!!"
* ColonelBadass: By the end of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII.
* CombatPragmatist: Get challenged by a man wielding a large sword? Simply pull out your gun and shoot him. This is a trait he keeps throughout the four films.
* CulturedBadass: Equally at home in a Duchess's party as he is in the moldy depths of an ancient ruined city.
* CuttingTheKnot: Indy's favorite solution to problems tends to include this.
* CynicalMentor: To Mutt Williams.
* DeadpanSnarker: Like [[StarWars Han Solo]], Harrison Ford again plays a guy who snarks at the weird things he encounters.
* DisappearedDad: Indy complained that his father was more concerned about artifacts in a museum than his own son. Notably, however, it was ''Indy'' that walked out on him.
** Indy himself is one, having walked out on Marion before learning that she was pregnant with [[spoiler: Henry Jones III aka "Mutt"]].
* DisneyDeath: Similar to Basil from ''Disney/TheGreatMouseDetective''. [[spoiler:In ''The Last Crusade'' Indy seems he's fallen to his death in a deep chasm along with Vogel. While his father, Brody, and Sallah peering over the cliff, believing that he died, Indy climbs onto the cliff edge, revealing he's jumped from the tank before it fell.]].
%%* {{Eagleland}}: Type 1.
* FedoraOfAsskicking: Codified this trope for modern times.
* FriendToAllChildren: Despite his gruff exterior, Indy has a soft spot for children. Do not even ''[[BerserkButton think]]'' about threatening a child in his presence unless you want to get your ass kicked.
* FriendToAllLivingThings: With the exception of snakes, many animals don't bother Indy. He even took his name from the family dog.
** Also applies to Harrison Ford; in the trilogy box set's special features, he's seen holding all sorts of animals - including rats, bugs, and snakes!
* GoodIsNotNice: Has a moral compass, but no restrictions on the use of brute force. Or asking the help of shady people.
* TheGump: If you take into account ''The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones'', Indy has crossed paths with a ''ridiculous'' number of historical figures in his lifetime.
* HeCleansUpNicely: Can pull off a dam fine Tux.
* HonorBeforeReason:
** In his younger days, as chronicled by the TV series. Becomes cold and jaded in adulthood, but regains this trope after reconciling with his father.
** In ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheTempleOfDoom'', Indiana could have escaped with his fortune and glory, instead got captured to save a helpless little boy from being whipped to death. Not the smartest of moves, yes; but any illusions of him being a heartless and cynical mercenary disappears at this point, and we cheer for him all the way as he saves all of the children and defeats the evil of Kali-Ma.
* HotBlooded: Best shown by how he counteracts discussions by shouting.
* HotTeacher: The fact his classes have mostly women shows the college finds him that.
* IconicItem: His fedora and bullwhip.
* IconicOutfit: He does wear a wide variety of clothes in the films but He just isn't Indy without the Leather Jacket and fedora.
* IKnowKarate: Series/YoungIndianaJones has shown proficiency in Northern Style Kung Fu in his TV series; though this is not retconned into the movie series proper, Indy has consistently been shown to be skilled in US Marines CQC (Close Quarters Combat, made famous by [[Franchise/MetalGear The Boss and Big Boss]]) since ''Temple of Doom''; justifiable considering his extended experience in the military.
* IndyPloy: THE TropeNamer. He and his friends frequently lampshade how he does everything on the fly.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: He's cynical and at times a bit angry, but he often means well.
* JumpedAtTheCall: He may be a world weary cynic but no one optionally does the kind of stuff Indy does without enjoying it just a bit.
* KnightInSourArmor: He is cynical most of the time, but has his romantic moments as well.
* LineOfSightName: "Henry Defense" came into being when he was asked to give a name while enlisting for the Belgium Army in World War I, and the French word "Defense' just happened to be on a plate resting on the desk.
* LoveableRogue: Like HarrisonFord can play.
* MadeOfIron: Unlike the Eighties ActionHero that followed, Indy's not invincible, and everyone punches him (Ben Burtt noted how the series required him to do a vast library of beating sound effects). The stunts he's forced to do (sliding below a moving truck, falling from a plane in a lifeboat, jumping from a tank that's falling off a cliff, using a refrigerator as a bomb shelter) also proves his tougness.
* MightyWhitey: Skirts the line in that he actually wants to preserve and ''protect'' the cultures he researches rather than lord and dominate over them.
* MissingMom: Indy's mother died while he was at a young age.
* MrFanservice: In ''The Temple of Doom'' in particular he has a WalkingShirtlessScene.
* NiceHat: Can you imagine Indy kicking ass without his trademark fedora? Didn't think so.
** WordOfGod states that as long as Indy's hat is on his head he's effectively immortal.
** IndyHatRoll: TropeNamer, as he can leave much behind, but the hat stays!
* TheObiWan: To Mutt, who he acts as a mentor to.
* {{Omniglot}}: Latin, Greek, Japanese, German, Mayan, Egyptian, French, Spanish, Arabic, Mandarin, Cantonese, Irish, Vietnamese, Hungarian, Hindi, Dutch, Old English, Quechua, American Sign Language, and most likely others. WordOfGod says he speaks 27 languages. Unfortunately, he didn't take that summer course in Hovitos... This trope largely came about in the {{sequel}} {{film}}s; in ''[[Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk Raiders]]'', scriptwriter Lawrence Kasdan intended Indy to be a rather poor hand with foreign languages (which is why he needs someone else to translate the Staff of Ra headpiece inscription).
* OneManArmy: Is able to hold his own against large crowds (be it Nazis, Indians, or Russians).
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: All of his friends consistently refer to him as "Indiana" or "Indy". It wasn't until the third movie that people learned his first name is actually Henry, and that he got his nickname from their dog.
-->'''Sallah''': What does it mean, this "junior"?
-->'''Henry''': That's his name. Henry Jones, Junior.
-->'''Indy''': I like Indiana.
-->'''Henry''': We named the dog "Indiana"!
-->'''Sallah''': You are named after a dog?!
-->'''Indy''': I've got a lot of fond memories of that dog!
* PapaWolf:
** ''"They're innocent children... Mola Ram, prepare to meet Kali IN HELL!!"''
** [[spoiler: And of course, to Mutt. When he thinks that Mutt is simply Marion's son, Indy looks out for him like anyone else with him on an adventure, but when he learns the truth, the trope is embodied full-on.]]
* RefugeInAudacity: "No ticket."
* WeaponOfChoice: [[WhipItGood Whips]], [[RevolversAreJustBetter revolvers]], and [[GoodOldFisticuffs fi]][[TwoFistedTales sts]].
* WellDoneSonGuy: ''The Last Crusade'' shows he resents his father's absence.
* WhipItGood: Always carries a whip. And the first time he tried to use it, the result was the famous scar on Harrison Ford's chin...
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: TropeNamer, in that getting to the Ark meant going into a room loaded with them.


!!Marion Ravenwood

->'''Played by:''' Karen Allen
->'''Appears in:''' ''[[Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk Raiders of the Lost Ark]]'' | ''[[Film/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull Kingdom of the Crystal Skull]]''

* ActionGirl: Actually ''helps'' in Indy's battles, quite unlike the DamselInDistress staple to "normal" pulp adventures. She knows pretty well how to use fire weapons and to fight.
* AdventureDuo: With Indy in "Raiders" and "Crystal Skull".
* BelligerentSexualTension - With Indy, of course. She punches him in the face when he first shows up in her bar.
* BoundAndGagged: In both movies she appears in.
* DeadpanSnarker: She has her moments of snark, mostly directed at Indy's unusual mannerisms.
* DefiantCaptive: She must have a lot of nerves to face a sadist torturer like Toht and blowing smoke in his face.
* DisneyDeath: [[spoiler:In ''Raiders'', Indy thinks she's dead when the truck she was thrown in while she was in a basket explodes. But he finds her alive at the Tanis site since they have switched baskets]].
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: She gets two, the first in Raiders when she out drinks a guy twice her size in a shot for shot contest. The second is in Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull. As soon as she's introduced we don't see her throughout most of the movie and even Mutt was a little vague about her full name. Upon re-introducing her we still don't see her, but we can hear her [[DefiantCaptive defiance]] prior to meeting Indy again the first time in years. Of course unlike Raiders, [[DullSurprise she's not surprised]] Indy showed up this time.
--> '''Marion:''' Get your hands off me you rotten Ruskie son of a bitch!!!
--> '''Indy:''' Marion!?
--> '''Marion:''' Well, it's about time you showed up, Jones.
* FirstGirlWins: [[spoiler:Given the backstory in "Raiders", Marion WAS Indy's girlfriend before Willie. It was the reason why Indy and Abner had a falling out.]]
* HardDrinkingPartyGirl: As demonstrated with Belloq, she could drink '''any''' man under the table.
* HotBlooded: A rare female example.
%%* ImTakingHerHomeWithMe
* TheLadette: Drinks a lot, punches people, and fits perfectly with the boys.
* MsFanservice: In ''The Raiders'' especially in her white dress and bare feet. Even in ''The Crystal Skull'' she hasn't lost her beauty.
* [[SirSwearsALot Ms. Swears-a-Lot]]: There isn't a lot of swearing in the series, but an awful lot of it comes out of her mouth.
* SlapSlapKiss: More like "kiss-slap-slap-kiss" since she and Indy were an item long before she was angry enough to slug him.
* TookALevelInBadass: She starts out capable enough, but grows more and more confident as ''Raiders'' goes on, and by the time ''Kingdom'' rolls around, she's casually driving amphibious trucks off of cliffs to escape pursuers.
* {{Tsundere}}: Throughout ''Raiders''. In ''Crystal Skull'', during a heated argument with Indy, he comments that all the women he has been involved with since Marion had ''one'' problem, "[[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming They weren't you, honey]]". Cue Marion immediately grinning like a school-girl.
* WhenSheSmiles: Marion often has a somewhat cynical outlook, but when she smiles it's downright heartwarming.


!!Professor Henry Walton Jones Senior

->'''Played by:''' Creator/SeanConnery
->'''Appears in:''' ''[[Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade The Last Crusade]]''

* ActionDuo: With his son.
* ActionSurvivor: Starts out as one.
* BadassBeard \ BaldOfAwesome: As required by old age Sean Connery.
* BadassBookworm: Like father, like son.
* BadassGrandpa: Took down a German fighter plane with a fricking umbrella and a flock of seagulls... what a man!!
-->''"I suddenly remembered my Charlemagne. 'Let my armies be the rocks and the trees and the birds in the sky.'"''
* BadassInANiceSuit: Always dressed in his three-piece.
* BerserkButton: Committing blasphemy in his presence will get you slapped.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: He's a nominal christian who doesn't approve Indy's methods like killing. Then he makes a nazi plane crash and blows up an entire tank full of nazi soldiers simply justifying that "It's war !"
* BowtiesAreCool: He wears a bow tie, and it certainly adds to the BadassBookworm look.
* BusCrash: He's mentioned in the fourth film to have died sometime after the third. Justified since Sean Connery refused to come out of retirement just to make some cameo that would ultimately be insignificant.
* CaptainObvious:
-->'''Henry:''' These people are trying to kill us!
-->'''Indy:''' I know, dad!
-->'''Henry:''' It's a new experience for ''me''.
* CatchPhrase: "This is intolerable!"
* DeadpanSnarker: Runs strong in the Jones family.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment:
** In the present, he smashes a vase over his son's head, and is immediately more concerned about the vase.
** In the prologue, not being interested in hearing Indy tell him about getting the Cross of Coronado, being wrapped up in writing his grail diary.
%%* HonorBeforeReason
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: He's pretty cold but it's clear he really does love Indy and he does everything that he can to stop the Nazis from getting the Holy Grail.
* TheLancer: To Indy in ''Crusade'', acting as a foil to his son and assisting him in his adventure.
* TheLoad: Do ''not'' let Henry Sr. near anything that fires bullets. Subverted later on, regardless of what Indy may think.
* NerdActionHero: Unlike his son, Henry Sr. is a more traditional archaeologist, and also considerably older. He's still capable of some brilliant feats.
* NiceHat: His bucket hat. Yes, it's really called that.
* PapaWolf: He was a DisappearedDad, but once reunited with Junior does everything possible to save Indy.
* ParasolOfPain: As the German fighter pilot above found out the hard way...
* ParentalNeglect: One of the main complains of his son about his childhood. His EstablishingCharacterMoment has him punishing a young Indy for disturbing his studies by making "Junior" recite the Greek alphabet...''backwards''...while totaling ignoring that several mooks and the police have just chased his son all the way home.
* ThePenIsMightier: Ironically, the man is deadlier with a fountain pen!



->'''Played by:''' Creator/JohnRhysDavies
->'''Appears in:''' ''[[Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk Raiders of the Lost Ark]]'' | ''[[Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade The Last Crusade]]''

* {{Badass}}: A good fighter and intelligent planner.
* BadassBeard: He does have a fantastic beard.
* TheBigGuy: Does the heavy stuff for Indy.
* BoisterousBruiser: A large man, fond of singing and beating up Gestapo agents in equal measure. He's very rarely upset.
* CuddleBug: Sallah really likes to hug the people that he cares about, and it doesn't make him any less manly!
* DeadpanSnarker: Of Indy's caliber.
-->''"Asps. Very dangerous. (to Indy) You go first."''
* GentleGiant: A nice fellow - though one who can survive well in a fight.
* TheGlomp: Sallah's speciality in ''Raiders''.
* LargeHam: When John Rhys-Davies is involved, there is no other path.
* NiceGuy: A genuinely friendly and loyal person that saves Indy's hide a few times.
* TookALevelInDumbass: Downplayed. In ''Raiders'', Sallah was competent, brave and intelligent. In ''Last Crusade,'' he was still competent and brave, but made considerably more mistakes.

!!Professor Marcus Brody, Dean of Marshall University's Department of Archaeology.

->'''Played by:''' Denholm Elliott
-> '''Appears in:''' ''[[Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk Raiders of the Lost Ark]]'' | ''[[Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade The Last Crusade]]''

* AbsentMindedProfessor: Smart enough to become the [[BigGood ''Dean of Archaeology at Marshall University'']], and yet can get lost inside ''his own museum'', if Indy's word is to be believed.
* ActorExistenceFailure: Denholm Elliott's death was written into the fourth film.
* {{Flanderization}}: From a slightly absent-minded professor who was implied to have Indy-like adventures himself to someone who needed to be handheld through every situation. Somewhat justified in that, as Indy points out, he is way out of his element.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: See AbsentMindedProfessor.
* HeroOfAnotherStory: It was implied in Raiders that Brody used to be an AdventurerArchaeologist himself. Lamenting that had he been younger, he'd be going after the Ark himself. Last Crusade, seems to make this claim unlikely though.
* LargeHam: Not so much in the way he speaks, but in the third movie, his facial expressions are hilariously over the top. But it was Denholm Elliott, so that's to be expected.
* TheLoad: Not all of the time, but often.
* NiceGuy: A very friendly guy who was something of a father figure to Indy as a child.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Dean of Archaeology at Marshall University.
* TooDumbToLive:
-->'''Sallah''': (''smiles to the bad guys'') Papers? Of course... (''to Marcus'') Run.
-->'''Marcus''': (''stands around looking clueless'') ...Yes?
-->'''Sallah''': Papers. (''takes out a newspaper'') Got it here. Just finished reading it myself... (''trying to provide cover for an escape'') Run...
-->'''Marcus''': (''''STILL'' clueless'') ...Yes?
-->'''Sallah:''' "Egyptian Mail," morning edition. (''exasperated, to Marcus'') Run!
-->'''Marcus:''' Did you say, uh...
-->'''Sallah''': (''yelling'') '''RUN!'''
* TookALevelInBadass: Though in the first movie he lamented that if he was as young as Indy he would have went on his adventure. Though most people who seen Crusade have labeled him a clumsy oaf that got lost in his own museum; he was willing to put his complaint in Raiders aside to help Indy rescue Henry. He even had enough cojones to knock a Nazi out with an Artillery shell.


!!Wilhelmina "Willie" Scott

->'''Played by:''' Kate Kapshaw
->'''Appears in:''' ''[[Film/IndianaJonesAndTheTempleOfDoom The Temple of Doom]]''

* ArentYouGoingToRavishMe: Willie during the entire scene where Indy bursts into her room to look for the secret entrance to Kali's temple. "I'm right here!"
* BrainlessBeauty: Willie is pretty but she has ''nothing'' between her ears. She thinks archaeologists search for 'mommies' (mummies) and doesn't seem able to grasp the idea of cremation ("this Nurhachi's a ''real'' small guy").
* DefrostingIceQueen: Interviews with Spielberg indicate she was meant to be this trope. Unfortunately, she didn't come off this way to most viewers.
* DiamondsInTheBuff:
-->'''Indy:''' "You wear your jewelry to bed, princess?"
-->'''Willie:''' "Yes. And nothing else."
* DistressedDamsel: To the point where most fans consider her a DamselScrappy.
* TheDitz \ DumbBlonde: Specially compared to Marion and Elsa.
* GlamorousWartimeSinger: Stationed in Shanghai.
* HateSink: Until the real villains show up midway though the movie, most viewers only have her to hate.
* JerkAss: Nine times out of ten, she's abrasive to Indy and Short Round. She's not entirely irredeemable, but is mostly unpleasant.
* LargeHam: A lot. She's certainly enjoing herself.
* TheLoad: Gets herself continually captured and in danger.
* MeaningfulName: Apparently, her name is derived from the "Wilhelm Scream". She's also named after Creator/StevenSpielberg's pet dog, much like how Creator/GeorgeLucas had named [[BadassBookworm Indy]] after his pet dog.
* ScreamingWoman: And ''how''. Kate Capshaw said it [[PlayingAgainstType was not her specialty]], and she even had to learn how to shriek properly.
* SpoiledBrat: Is always complaining about the luxuries she can't have in the middle of the jungle.
* TookALevelInBadass: It was gradual, but she rescued Indy and Short round from a spike trap. She also punched out a guy clinging to their mine cart.
* WellExcuseMePrincess: Indy is forced to reply to her in that way.
* YouCanKeepHer: Needless to say, Indy's threat didn't exactly work.

!!Short Round (AKA Wan Li)

->'''Played by:''' Jonathan Ke Quan
->'''Appears in:''' ''[[Film/IndianaJonesAndTheTempleOfDoom The Temple of Doom]]''

* BadassAdorable: A kid who manages to get past vast amounts of armed mooks.
%%* BrattyHalfPint
* HonorBeforeReason: Goes back to save Indy even though he had a good opportunity to escape.
* HypercompetentSidekick: He's an AdventurerArchaeologist in training, he can fight, and he can drive. Did I mention that he's about ''twelve'' years old!
* IKnowKarate: Northern-Style Kung Fu, actually. Ask the Thuggee guards whose arses he kicked.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: At times a little insufferable, Short Round's still loyal to Indy and a heroic character.
* KidSidekick: He tags along with Indy on his adventures and contributes his skills. He's twelve years old.
* NoIndoorVoice: He tends to shout.
* RecruitedFromTheGutter: Indy relates how he first met him when "Shorty" was a street orphan trying to pick his pocket. Short Round's loyalty saves him from "[[BrainwashedAndCrazy the black sleep of Kali Ma]]" later in the film.


!!Mutt Williams [[spoiler:(AKA Henry Jones III)]]

->'''Played by:''' Creator/ShiaLabeouf
->'''Appears in:''' ''[[Film/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull]]''

* ActionDuo: With Indy in "Crystal Skull".
* BadassBookworm
* BrilliantButLazy: Has a lovely habit of being ''repeatedly'' kicked out of prep schools, despite being an excellent student.
* ChekhovsSkill: Mutt's reason for being kicked out of every school he went to is that [[AllThereInTheManual he is such an accomplished swordsman he has made quite a handsome profit betting on himself in the inter-high fencing tournaments]], and he ''proves'' just how fearsome a warrior he is in the Jungles of Peru, fighting experienced-swordswoman [[TheBaroness Irina Spalko]] to a standstill atop two speeding jeeps.
* CompositeCharacter: Mutt is modeled on a combination of Jim Stark (JamesDean) in RebelWithoutACause and Johnny Strabler, a biker played by MarlonBrando in ''The Wild One''.
* GenerationXerox: [[spoiler:Acquires a visible facial scar through his WeaponOfChoice, much like his father did on his chin with the whip. He even named himself Mutt.]]
* GlassCannon: While he's good with a sword, knife and any improvised weapon. His skills in hand to hand combat vary. He can take on any mook, but when faced in a hand to hand situation with Spalko, she wipes the floor with him.
* GreaserDelinquents: Intentionally presents himself as such, but has HiddenDepths.
* HeroicBastard: [[spoiler:When he was born, his REAL parents were most certainly NOT married.]]
* HotBlooded: He gets rather wound up on certain subjects.
* MomentKiller: For Indy and Marion. Of course, can he be blamed for not wanting to see his ''mum'' about to make-out? [[spoiler: Particulary since he's only just learnt that Indy's actually his ''real'' father.]]
* NeverBringAGunToAKnifeFight: Mutt literally finds himself in this situation when confronted by some KGB operatives.
* RecklessSidekick: While far from incompetent, he at times forgets to pay attention.
* WeaponOfChoice: The sword. Also a switchblade. [[/folder]]

[[folder: The Villains]]

!!Doctor René Belloq

->'''Played by:''' Paul Freeman
->'''Appears in:''' ''[[Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk Raiders of the Lost Ark]]''

* AdventurerArchaeologist: The [[EvilCounterpart bad guy version]] of the trope. Plus, he's willing to let someone else do the adventuring while he waits outside to hold them up for the treasure at gunpoint.
* AffablyEvil: To Marion. He's genuinely polite and friendly with her and even gets enraged when the Nazi's try to kill her.
* ArchEnemy: Well, the closest thing to it that Indy has. In the {{Novelization}}, it's revealed that Belloq built his career around letting Jones do all the work, then swooping in to steal his artifacts/research papers.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: Wanted to see the power of the Ark... [[KarmicDeath and paid with his life.]]
* DragonInChief: Nominally the main antagonist of the film, it's actually Nazi Colonel Dietrich who is the one in charge of the quest of the Ark and the one who calls all the shots. However, Belloq uses his smooth talk and archaeological expertise to sway Dietrich around to his point of view and get the colonel to do what he wants.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Draws the line at rough treatment of women. René repeatedly tries to shield Marion from harm, though he's not ''overly'' enthusiastic about it.
* EvilCounterpart: Indiana Jones, but greedy and honorless.
* EvilGenius: He does most of the planning for the Nazis and essentially manipulates Dietrich.
* FrenchJerk: Albeit played by a British actor.
* AGodAmI: You'd almost think René got into this business just so he could hold idols over his head and make people bow to him.
* TheHeavy: Even though he's working under Dietrich, Belloq is the villain with the most effect on the plot and effectively the main antagonist.
* {{Irony}}: If it weren't for the test he suggested that ultimately resulted in his and his co-villains' KarmicDeath on a remote island and delivered it to Berlin as is, there most likely would not have been a WorldWarII because of the Ark blowing it up.
* LightIsNotGood: Much of his wardrobe is light-colored.
* LoveableRogue: Tries to present himself as this to Marion, and succeeds at first. This illusion is probably shattered for good later when a captured Marion gets shoved around by a soldier and Belloq coldly brushes by without a word.
* ManipulativeBastard: Gets into the heads of and manipulates the natives of South America, Marion, and even Indy himself.
* NecessarilyEvil: What Belloq sees working with the Nazis as. He honestly doesn't give a damn about the Third Reich, he only cares about the money and glory of finding the Ark.
* NiceHat: A white fedora.
* NotSoDifferent: Gives a standout example of such a speech to Indy in ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk''.
* {{Omniglot}}: Taking that summer course in Hovitos ''really'' came in handy down in Peru, 1936.
* TheQuisling: René is French; France and Germany have ''not'' been on the best of terms since [[strike: 1914]] 1870, mind.
* ShadowArchetype: Even refers to himself as a shadowy reflection of Indy.
* SmugSnake: How else can you convince Hovitos, Egyptians and Nazis to follow your evil schemes? On the whole, he's competent, but overestimates himself severely by the end.
* WickedCultured: Wears nice suits, loves archaeology and oh so polite. Also works with the Nazis for his own ends.
* WorthyOpponent: He imagines that he has this sort of relation with Indy, but he doesn't return it.
-->'''Belloq:''' "Where shall I find a new adversary so close to my own level?"\\
'''Indiana:'''' "Try the local sewer."
* YourHeadAsplode: His eventual death.
* YouWouldntShootMe: Successfully pulls a variant of this on ''Indiana'' '''''freaking''''' ''Jones'', for god's sake.
!!Colonel Herman Dietrich

->'''Played by:''' Wolf Kahler
->'''Appears in:''' ''[[Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk Raiders of the Lost Ark]]''

* AffablyEvil: He's fairly polite, all in all.
* BigBad: He's technically the man in charge of the Nazi operation in ''Raiders'', although as DragonInChief Belloq ultimately takes the spotlight.
* BlondGuysAreEvil: He's a blonde who also happens to be a Nazi.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Does a very minor one when he seizes the smuggling ship. Captain Katanga tries to protect Marion by implying that he plans to sell her as a SexSlave, hoping that after the Nazis get their cargo back and find no trace of Indy they'll be satisfied. Instead a visibly disgusted Dietrich immediately grabs Marion and threatens to sink Katanga's ship.
* GoodScarsEvilScars: Has a scar across his left cheek.
* KickTheDog: Takes an offered melon from an Egyptian merchant and tosses it at a random offscreen dog.
* LanternJawOfJustice: Actor Wolf Kahler has a serious jawline.
* NotSoStoic: Although Indy continually coming out of nowhere to ruin his mission eventually starts getting to him, both with the tossing a melon at a dog thing and when his men can't find Indy on the smuggler's ship. "''WHAT ABOUT JONES?!!''"
* OfficerAndAGentleman: To a point.
* SatelliteCharacter: [[MookLieutenant Major Gobler]], his ever-present second in command. Even the novelization emphasizes Gobler as "Dietrich's shadow" and little else.
* TheStoic: Indiana Jones hijacking the truck carrying the Ark and all the wild driving his Mercedes is put through as a result? It barely earns a raised eyebrow and a mild frown from him.
* WickedCultured: Listens to a record player and drinks bourbon from a cut crystal decanter outside his tent in Tanis.

!!Arnold Toht

->'''Played by:''' Ronald Lacey
->'''Appears in:''' ''[[Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk Raiders of the Lost Ark]]''

* AnnoyingLaugh: Has a somewhat nasty laugh.
* BadassLongcoat: A black leather one.
* BadassInANiceSuit: Toht is very fastidious.
* BadBoss: When Indy and one of his henchmen are fighting, he gives the order to "shoot zem both".
* CoatCape: Wears it as such while digging for the Ark.
* ColdBloodedTorture: With a red hot poker.
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: Not that Belloq and Dietrich have it any better, but Toht's death in front of the opened Ark is especially nasty, with the skin melting from his bones.
* TheDragon: To Dietrich, specifically.
* FauxAffablyEvil: Unlike Belloq, the politeness is just an act. Toht is a total sadist.
* FourEyesZeroSoul: He wears glasses, and is perhaps the most evil character in the film.
* TheHyena: Of the [[GigglingVillain giggly, effeminate variety]].
* LargeHam: Hams most of his lines.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: See the German word "tot" for more details. It's "death", just in case you're lazy.
* NiceHat: As part of his gear, he wears a cool hat.
* PsychoForHire: He appears to be in the operation for kicks, not out of ideals.
* PsychoticSmirk: Whenever he's about to torture someone.
* ScarsAreForever: The headpiece to the staff of Ra happens to be super-heated when Toht grabs it, leaving an imprint of the map seared into his hand.
* ScaryShinyGlasses: Part of his outfit, which makes his torture scenes somewhat unnerving.
* ScreamsLikeALittleGirl: During the Ark Opening scene. Even Belloq screams in a somewhat more manly way.
* SoftSpokenSadist: Rarely raises his voice.
* StabTheSalad: The famous coat hanger scene.
* TortureTechnician: His primary role is to torture people.
* WeHaveReserves: At one point he instructs a {{mook}} to shoot both Indy and another mook who are in the middle of wrestling for possession of a gun. Backfires ''spectacularly'', since now Indy and said mook both want to shoot the same guy with the gun.
* WeHaveWaysOfMakingYouTalk: Threatens Marion with this, but Indy intervenes.

!!Mola Ram

->'''Played by:''' Amrish Puri
->'''Appears in:''' ''[[Film/IndianaJonesAndTheTempleOfDoom The Temple of Doom]]''

* BadassBoast: "The British in India will be slaughtered. Then we will overrun the Muslims. Then the Hebrew God will fall. And then the Christian {{God}} will be cast down and forgotten. Soon, [[TakeOverTheWorld Kali-ma will RULE THE WORLD!!"]]
* BadBoss: Expends his men with the angst of spending ammunition, as shown by him casually dropping a mook down to his death to knock Indy into the mouths of the crocodiles.
* BaldOfEvil: He wears an animal skull for his rituals, but has not a hair on his head save for his eyebrows.
* BeatStillMyHeart: See the page picture. Possibly the most famous example of this trope.
* BigBad: Of the second film, since the cult is responsible for the children disappearing.
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: The shooting script and novelization had Mola Ram have the same confused and bewildered, snapping-out-of-brainwashing reaction as everyone else that was mind-controlled after handling the glowing stone. In those version he looks confused and terrified for a second, then falls to the crocodiles. The final film, however, does not have this.
* DisneyVillainDeath: Played with. While he ultimately falls to the crocodiles, this case ''had Indy essentially condemn him to death by throwing him the stone''. Can't say he didn't have it coming.
* EvilLaugh: Has a somewhat dark and deep laugh.
* FauxAffablyEvil: When Indy is captured by the cultists, Mola Ram is quite lighthearted, with big, creepy smiles and a mellow voice... his laugh is quite off-putting, as well.
* KnightOfCerebus: Mola Ram might just be the most evil character throughout the whole franchise.
* LargeHam: "Drop them, DOCTOR JONES! They will be found... YOU WON'T!"
* MeanCharacterNiceActor: Amrish Puri is said by Creator/HarrisonFord to be one of the ''sweetest and kindest'' men he has ever worked with.
* OrcusOnHisThrone: Mostly content to wait and lead the operation from the temple.
%%* ReligionIsMagic
* ReligionOfEvil: How Kali-Ma is presented in the film, and he's at the head of it.
* WeHaveReserves: Pushing his own men to their deaths, hoping their falling bodies will knock Indy from the rope bridge.
* WouldHurtAChild: Child slaves are ideal for mining mountains for magic rocks. Small hands, y'see.

!!Walter Donovan

->'''Played by:''' Creator/JulianGlover
->'''Appears in:''' ''[[Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade The Last Crusade]]''

* BigBad: Of the third film, since he's heading the expedition and his quest for the Grail kicks off the plot.
** BigBadDuumvirate: With Elsa. She technically answers to him, but she wants the grail for herself and even [[spoiler: double crosses him in the end]], arguably making this a BigBadEnsemble.
* ChairReveal: "Didn't I warn you, Doctor Jones, not to trust'' anybody ''?"
* DeathByIrony: Ages to a corpse within seconds. Nothing a little Botox can't fix, right Donovan?
* FauxAffablyEvil: He's fairly charming until things don't go his way. Then he threatens to shoot people.
* ImmortalityImmorality: He goes to some extreme ends to find the Grail.
* ItsAllAboutMe: Donovan doesn't give a damn about ideology, whom he has to work with or whom he has to hurt as long as it gets him what he wants.
* KickTheDog: [[spoiler:Shooting Henry to force Indy into clearing the path to the Grail of its traps]].
* ManOfWealthAndTaste: He is played by Julian Glover, after all.
* ManipulativeBastard: The way he kicks the dog definitely qualifies him.
* TheMole: In a sense. He turns out to be working for the Nazis.
* PiggybackingOnHitler: Selling out America to the Nazis for a grab at immortality.
* RapidAging: A punishment for choosing the wrong grail.
* SmugSnake: Never seems to realize just how hopelessly out of his depth he is until the end.
* TheSociopath: Initially appearing a somewhat normal person, Donovan reveals that he has no qualms in hurting innocents or allying with anyone if it gets him what he wants.
* TheStarscream: Eventually to the Nazis, as well.
* TreacherousAdvisor: To Indy, sending him on an expedition and then turning out to be working for the Nazis.

!!Dr. Elsa Schneider


->'''Played by:''' Alison Doody
->'''Appears in:''' ''[[Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade The Last Crusade]]''

* AmbitionIsEvil: Her efforts to find the Grail result in her death.
* AntiVillain: Type I. She's not interested in the Nazis and only wants to pursue knowledge for its own sake, though Indy argues that by aligning with them she made her choice.
%%* TheBaroness
* BigBadDuumvirate: With Donovan. She technically answers to him but she's in it for her own reasons and wants the grail for herself, even [[spoiler: double crossing]] him in the end and [[spoiler: choosing the wrong grail]].
* BlondesAreEvil: For a given measure of evil, though she's a member of the Nazis.
* DamselInDistress: At least when she was "captured" in Brunwald and finally when she's reaching for the grail.
* DarkChick: To Donovan and the Nazis.
* DeathByMaterialism: Dies after trying to reach the Grail.
* {{Determinator}}: She's certainly determined to get the Grail, going to extreme lengths for it.
* DisneyVillainDeath: Falls to her death while reaching for the Grail, though she wasn't quite a villain at that point.
* EvilCostumeSwitch: By the end of the movie, she's wearing a Nazi-inspired riding outfit.
* FatalFlaw: Her obsession with the Grail.
* FemmeFatale: Most definitely. She manipulates ''both'' Jones men just to achieve her goals.
* FriendOrIdolDecision: Indiana vs. the grail. She chose the grail and death.
%%* GoldDigger
* HeelFaceTurn: However, her FatalFlaw still leads to her demise.
* HotLibrarian: Has a good knowledge of libraries, and is pretty attractive.
* LoveInterestTraitor: Betrays Indy after initially winning him over.
%%* MsFanservice
* TheMole: She's working for Donovan and the Nazis.
* NotSoDifferent: From Indiana, in terms of motivation. He almost meets the same fate she does, but his father intervenes.
* NotInThisForYourRevolution: Hinted at a few times, yet ultimately subverted; Elsa detests the Nazis for destroying pieces of history and art, but her greed trumps any righteous indignation.
* SelfDisposingVillain: Her FatalFlaw does her in.
* TalkingInYourSleep: PlayedForLaughs; this is how Jones Sr found out she's working with the Nazis.
* TakeMyHand: Elsa refuses this request by Indiana and pays with her life.
* TakeThatKiss: ''"This is how we say goodbye in Austria."''
* TemptingFate: She was warned about taking the grail past the temple's seal.
* TragicVillain: Due to her FatalFlaw. She doesn't want to be greedy, evil, or selfish...but the allure of the Grail is just too ''strong'' for her.
* VagueAge: Elsa's age isn't given, but presumably she is at least thirty while Alison Doody was only ''twenty-two'' when she was cast.

!!Colonel Ernst Vogel

->'''Played by:''' Michael Byrne
->'''Appears in:''' ''[[Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade The Last Crusade]]''

* AllThereInTheManual: His first name is given in the Marvel Comics adaptation.
* ColonelBadass: Vogel does actually give Indy a good fight.
* CombatPragmatist: Following on from below, Vogel has no problem using chains and shovels to beat up the good doctor. He also enjoys punching Indy in the face when our hero is strapped into a chair.
* DeadpanSnarker: "This is how we say goodbye... in Germany." *Face punch*
* DisneyVillainDeath: Averted. We see Vogel's body get thrown around like a ragdoll and crushed when his tank plummets over the side of a cliff.
* DragonInChief: Donovan may have had the money and knowledge, but it is Vogel who controlled the military might of the Nazi Grail-expedition.
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: When English boxer Pat Roach's obligatory PunchPunchPunchUhOh fight scene with Creator/HarrisonFord was cut by ExecutiveMeddling, Vogel stepped in to give our hero a vicious, brutal beating with shovels and chains atop a tank careening towards a canyon in ''[[Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade The Last Crusade]]''.
* UnfortunateNames: The German word ''Vogel'', which means "bird," is often used as "idiot." Unfortunately for the colonel, the word ''ernst'' also means "seriously." ''Der Oberst Ernst Vogel ist ernst ein Vogel!''

!!Colonel Doctor Irina Spalko

->'''Played by:''' Creator/CateBlanchett
->'''Appears in:''' ''[[Film/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull]]''

* AffablyEvil: Out of all of Indy's foes, she treats him with the most respect and as an equal. She also showed genuine horror and sadness at the death of Dovchenko, implying that she saw the fellow Colonel as a friend rather than just a tool. Could also be the [[CruelAndUnusualDeath horrifying manner]] of his death, too.
** She may be fairly affable as villains go, but her EvilPlan to [[{{Brainwashed}} brainwash]] millions of people and [[MindControl control their minds]] using the crystal skull(s) is arguably the ''most evil'' of all the villain's evil plans in the franchise.
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: By far the strongest bad guy in the film.
* BadassBookworm: Unlike most villains in the franchise, Spalko does her own fighting and holds her own against Mutt. When the two get into a direct scrap, she is quite easily his superior.
* TheBaroness: She's a perfect cross between both versions of the trope. Her personality leans more towards the Rosa Klebb than the sexpot, but she's clearly ''much'' younger and more attractive than your average Rosa Klebb.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: Said to her by Indy.
* BigBad: Of the fourth film, since her actions and theft of the alien corpse kick off the plot.
* BrainyBrunette: All in all, Spalko is an intelligent operative with brunette hair. Her intellectual prowess is displayed in the fact that she's a military colonel, KGB Agent and highly respected scientist, all by her ''mid 30's''.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Mentally, she's a little "out there" compared to most other ''Indiana Jones'' villains.
* ColonelBadass / DarkActionGirl: Kicks Mutt's ass in a straight-up fight.
* DoubleEntendre: ''"You fight like a young man; eager to begin, quick to finish!"''
* EmotionlessGirl: She rarely outwardly shows any kind of emotion, rather appearing cool and almost impenetrable.
* IcyBlueEyes: Her eyes are incredibly blue and incredibly unsettling when she's trying to 'read' Indy.
* IKnowKarate: According to Cate Blanchett, Irina knows Shotokan-Ryu Karate to be exact. However, considering Irina's vocation as a Russian soldier, its more likely to be the Soviet Military art of Sambo.
* LadyOfWar: Unlike most franchise villains, Spalko does most of her own fighting, and she's damn good at it too. Her trademark WeaponOfChoice is her trusty RoyalRapier.
%%* LargeHam
* MasterSwordsman: She is noted by US intelligence as being a 'master of edged weapons'. Oh, and she can fence and beat her opponent whilst balancing on a moving vehicle.
* MsFanservice: She may not dress in a traditionally sexy way but she does wear almost PaintedOnPants and also she's a Ukrainian dominatrix who can fence and is played by Cate Blanchett. Need I say more?
* MySkullRunnethOver: [[spoiler:Her brain ignites after the aliens [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor tell her]] [[ExactWords everything]].]]
* PsychicPowers: Spalko believes she has psychic abilities and can [[{{Telepathy}} read people's minds]] but the movie is fairly vague on whether she actually does or not as she is unable to read Indy's mind or communicate with the crystal skull. The {{Novelization}} on the other hand explores her (apparently real) abilities in more depth. She displays her telepathic ability to Mac (to chilling effect) and she finds the entrance to Akator through her own precognition, rather than via Mac's tracking beacons.
* RealAwardFictionalCharacter: InUniverse Spalko was the recipient of both the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Order_of_Lenin Order of Lenin]] (three times!) and the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hero_of_Socialist_Labour_(USSR) Hero of Socialist Labour]], both real medals and pretty much the ''highest'' distinctions that a civilian and member of the armed services could receive in the former Soviet Union.
%%* RoyalRapier
* SciFiBobHaircut: She sports her hair in this style, perhaps fittingly due to ''Kingdom of the Crystal Skull'' being an affectionate homage to the 50's sci-fi b-movie.
* SoftSpokenSadist: Rarely raises her voice, which adds to the creepy effect.
* TragicVillain: [[spoiler:Her lust for knowledge lead to her destruction.]]
* VillainousCheekbones: Cate Blanchett famously has very high and prominent cheekbones, so much so that they have inspired [[https://newhive.com/mmmarie/cate-blanchett-s-cheekbones epic poetry]].

!!George "Mac" [=McHale=]

->'''Played by:''' Creator/RayWinstone
->'''Appears in:''' ''[[Film/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull]]''

* DeathByMaterialism: His greed is what ultimately did him in.
* DeathEqualsRedemption: [[spoiler:For what it's worth, he regarded Indy as a friend to the very end, and let himself be dragged into oblivion so Indy wouldn't be dragged down with him.]]
* GoOutWithASmile: [[spoiler:And a wink.]]
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor
--> '''Indy''': (exasperated) So, what are you, like a triple agent?!
--> '''Mac''': [[spoiler:No, I just lied about being a double.]]
* IDidWhatIHadToDo: When trying to justify his actions to Indy, of course for him, [[OnlyInItForTheMoney he's just a greedy little bastard.]]
* NeverFoundTheBody: Technically he doesn't die, instead disappearing into "the space between spaces". It is possible he didn't die at all.

!!Colonel Antonin Dovchenko

->'''Played by:''' Igor Jijikine
->'''Appears in:''' ''[[Film/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull]]''

* BreakTheHaughty: He can kick Indy's ass, but is incredibly annoyed when he has to have the entire Jones Family hostage while they are arguing.
* ColonelBadass: Fights Indy and utterly kicks his butt due to their age difference.
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: [[spoiler:Having thousands of giants ants eat you from the inside out is never pleasant.]]
* TheDragon: Mild subversion as he actually holds ''equal rank'' to Irina Spalko, namely a Colonel. She's clearly his superior in hierarchy though as she gives him direct orders which he readily complies with.
* GiantMook: Fairly tall.
%%* HuskyRusskie
* IKnowKarate: Specifically, the Russian Military martial art of Sambo, which focuses on throws, grappling and painful joint-locks/breaks. Combined with his already impressive size and strength, Dovchenko's mastery of Sambo ''almost'' allowed him to ''kill'' Indy were it not for the timely presence of a tree branch...
%%* MightyGlacier: Though relying more on technique and skill rather than brute force alone.
* PunchPunchPunchUhOh: Indy hits him repeatedly, only for Dovchenko to tank the punches and strike back.