[[caption-width-right:350:[[{{Fanfare}} Da da-da DA!]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GzLZJaAm2hw Da da-DAAAAA!]]]]

->''"You call this 'archaeology'?"''
-->-- '''Henry Jones Sr.'''

A series of films (and ExpandedUniverse) produced by Creator/GeorgeLucas and directed by Creator/StevenSpielberg, which were inspired by the 1930s cliffhanger serials, and which [[FountainOfExpies (re)popularized]] the AdventurerArchaeologist. Armed with little more than a bullwhip and attitude ("little more" in this case meaning a [[RevolversAreJustBetter .455 Webley]]), Indiana Jones (Creator/HarrisonFord) discovers long-lost {{MacGuffin}}s, fights ThoseWackyNazis over them and makes love to the GirlOfTheWeek. With the fourth film, produced 20 years later, the {{homage}} shifts to include DirtyCommunists, '50s creatures and sci-fi films.

There are four films, the first three of which are set before UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, while the fourth film is set during the UsefulNotes/ColdWar. [[https://thewaltdisneycompany.com/spielberg-and-ford-reunite-as-indiana-jones-returns-to-theaters-july-19-2019/ A fifth film has been announced for a Summer 2019 release]], with Harrison Ford set to reprise the role.

The ''Indiana Jones'' ExpandedUniverse consists of the normally expected items: television series, novels, comic books, {{pinball}} machines, and {{video game}}s, plus the most definitely unusual ride at [[Ride/DisneyThemeParks Disneyland]].

''The Series/YoungIndianaJones Chronicles'' was a TV series produced by Creator/GeorgeLucas in the early 1990s. Initially taking the form of hour-long episodes, the show chronicled the adventures of Indy as a young man, principally at the ages of 10 (as played by Corey Carrier) and 16-up (as played by Sean Patrick Flanery). The Carrier episodes focus on Indy touring the globe alongside his parents as part of a world lecture tour given by his father, while the Flanery episodes primarily deal with Indy's service in UsefulNotes/WorldWarI (in just about every theater!). In each episode, Indy would meet some famous person from the early 20th century, and learn some sort of moral lesson (yes, Lucas very openly intended the series as edutainment). Notably, the show aired in a very AnachronicOrder, with Carrier's and Flanery's episodes often alternating. Each episode was also initially introduced by a 93-year old Indy with an {{eyepatch| of power}}. One episode however, had a bearded Creator/HarrisonFord introduce the adventure.

Creator/GeorgeLucas prided ''Young Indy'' on managing a {{film}}-level quality production on a television budget, helped by revolutions in digital technology, and he has said that the show was partly a test to see how far he could take the later ''Franchise/StarWars'' {{prequel}}s. Also like ''Star Wars'', the series was subject to subsequent [[ReCut furious re-editing by Lucas]], the new cuts first showing up during re-airings in the late '90s. This re-cut version, which is the only one currently available on DVD, is known as ''The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones''. The ''Adventures'' combines the ''Chronicles'' episodes into two-hour tele-movies, two shows per film (often in a quite different, and much more strictly chronological, order than in the original airings). Notably, none of the Old Indy bookends are featured in the ''Adventures'' (though Harrison Ford's cameo survived the cuts).

The franchise is also fondly remembed for the two Creator/LucasArts adventure games it spawned: an adaptation of the third movie, ''Videogame/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade'' in 1989, and an original [[AdventureGame cinematic adventure]] story, ''VideoGame/IndianaJonesAndTheFateOfAtlantis'', in 1992. The latter had the FanNickname of ''Indy 4'' for many years, creating speculation that it would be [[WhatCouldHaveBeen made into a film]].

Three platformer-style adventure games followed, ''Indiana Jones' Greatest Adventures'' in 1994, ''Infernal Machine'' in 1999, and ''Emperor's Tomb'' in 2003. In 2008, ''VideoGame/LEGOIndianaJones'' was released, covering the events of the entire film series, but using [[BuiltWithLego characters and settings made entirely of virtual LEGO blocks, of course]]. Another VideoGame, ''VideoGame/IndianaJonesAndTheStaffOfKings'', was released in 2009.

There have also been two ''Indy'' [[PhysicalPinballTables pinball machines]]. The first, ''[[Pinball/IndianaJonesThePinballAdventure Indiana Jones: The Pinball Adventure]]'', was released by Creator/WilliamsElectronics in 1993, and features twelve scenes from the original trilogy. The second one was released by Creator/SternPinball in 2008. Named simply ''Indiana Jones'', it focuses on collecting the various artifacts of the films.

''[[Ride/IndianaJonesAdventure Indiana Jones and the Temple of the Forbidden Eye]]'', a dark ride at [[Ride/DisneyThemeParks Disneyland]] in Anaheim, California, has you boarding Jeeps. You get, depending on which path isn't occupied, tons of gold/a drink from the Fountain of Youth/sight into the future, so long as you don't look into the eyes of a giant gold head of a god. [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption Someone, of course, looks]], the god pulls off his NightmareFace and you're on your way through a cave full of lava, snakes, and traps. The ride could fit anywhere into the {{continuity}}, really-it's in India and has a dangerous god, like the second movie, but the boulder from the first movie shows up and some of the rooms are very similar to the catacombs and desert temple of the third movie. A similar ride is at Tokyo [=DisneySea=], Temple of the Crystal Skull, changing to a [[HilariousInHindsight South American setting with a sinister Crystal Skull]] and wind effects replacing the fire and lava. Finally, there's Disneyland Paris' ''Indiana Jones and the Temple of Peril'' roller coaster, which was notably once set to send the cars going backwards for several years.

While Walt Disney World didn't get their own Indiana Jones ride, Hollywood Studios DID get the ''Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular!'', a live action stunt show with massive sets that shows their own take on famous scenes from ''Raiders'': the temple adventure from the intro, the Cairo marketplace and kidnapping of Marion (complete with an exploding truck), and the fight scene on, in, and around a Nazi airplane. This show is completely non-canon as it's dressed up as a "film shoot" of ''Raiders'' with the stunt performers claiming to be the actual stunt doubles for the actors. The show includes audience participation (including audience members being taken as "extras" for the Cairo scene), pyrotechnics, various physical stunts, and demonstrations of how different stunts are performed. In addition to the show, ''Ride/TheGreatMovieRide'', a now-defunct attraction, featured a sequence for ''Raiders of the Lost Ark''.

Between the games, the TV show, the ride and the movies, Indiana Jones has become one of THE most popular and recognizable characters in a hundred years. Indeed, if adventure has a name...

!!Works with their own trope pages:


[[folder: Films ]]

* ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'' (1981)
* ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheTempleOfDoom'' (1984)
* ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade'' (1989)
* ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull'' (2008)
* ''Untitled fifth Indiana Jones film'' (2020)


[[folder: Television ]]

* ''Series/YoungIndianaJones'' (1992-1996)


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* ''VideoGame/RaidersOfTheLostArk'' (1982)
* ''VideoGame/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade'' (1989)
* ''VideoGame/IndianaJonesAndTheFateOfAtlantis'' (1992)
* ''VideoGame/IndianaJonesGreatestAdventures'' (1994)
* ''VideoGame/IndianaJonesAndHisDesktopAdventures'' (1996)
* ''VideoGame/IndianaJonesAndTheInfernalMachine'' (1999)
* ''VideoGame/IndianaJonesAndTheEmperorsTomb'' (2003)
* ''VideoGame/LEGOIndianaJones'' (2008-2009)
* ''VideoGame/IndianaJonesAndTheStaffOfKings'' (2009)


[[folder: Pinballs ]]

* ''[[Pinball/IndianaJonesThePinballAdventure Indiana Jones: The Pinball Adventure]]'' (1993)
* ''Pinball/IndianaJonesStern'' (2008)


[[folder: Theme Park Attractions ]]

* ''Ride/TheGreatMovieRide'' (1989-2017)
* ''Ride/IndianaJonesAdventure'' (1995-present)

!!Series Tropes:
* AbsentMindedProfessor: Indy between adventures. He's eventually mobbed by students for not grading papers. Dr. Marcus Brody in ''The Last Crusade'' as well, who once got lost in his own museum.
* ActionGirl: [[HardDrinkingPartyGirl Marion Ravenwood]] in ''Raiders'' [[spoiler:and in ''Crystal Skull''.]]
%%* ActionSurvivor: Indy.
%%** His father Henry also starts like that.
* AdventureDuo: Indy and Marion in ''Raiders'' [[spoiler:and ''Crystal Skull''.]]
* AdventurerArchaeologist: Probably the TropeCodifier and an oddly downplayed and realistic version of it. While the antics Indy gets up to in the movies are incredible, even these tend to be [[VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory somewhat based on how archeology got tangled up with military and political problems in the era]] and the expanded universe gives a far more balanced and down to earth view of an archeological career.
* AdventurerOutfit
* AgentScully: 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, until the end when he insists that he and Marion avert their eyes.
* AlasPoorVillain: [[AntiVillain Dr. Elsa Schneider]]. Both Indy and his father in-movie are sorry about her fate.
* AllMythsAreTrue: The basic premise of every installment. The comics especially play this up, with Indy's encounters including Hecate and the Golden Fleece, mad druids in Ireland practicing real magic, a veritable city of ships dating back to centuries trapped in the Sargasso, pearl-encrusted giant statues guarded by a ship-sinking giant octopus...
%%* AncientTradition
* ArchEnemy: Although he only appears in the first movie (he crops up more in the expanded universe), Belloq is widely acknowledged as Indy's. Movie dialogue reveals that the rivalry between the two goes back for "many, stimulating years" and that Belloq is almost sorry to see it end. It also implies this isn't the first time that Belloq's stolen one of Indy's finds.
* ArtifactCollectionAgency: Implied by the size of the SecretGovernmentWarehouse in both ''Raiders'' and ''Skull''.
* ArtifactOfDeath: The main [=MacGuffins=] in three of the four films: TheArkOfTheCovenant, the HolyGrail if you take it from its resting place, the false Grails, and the CrystalSkull. However, it's worth noting that having pure motives appears to get you out of being harmed by any of them: Indy uses the Grail [[spoiler:to cure his father, and suffers no ill effects, while Elsa tries taking it for her own glory and dies for it]]. The Shankara stones are similar: [[spoiler:they only actually do harm to Mola Ram, while they bring the Indian village to its former life.]]
** It's not the pure motives that get you a pass, so much as knowledge of and respect for the artifact and the rules that go with it. The reason Indy isn't harmed by the Grail is that he heeds the knight's warning and [[spoiler:never tries to leave the temple with it]]; Elsa does, and pays the price. Similarly, the reason he isn't harmed by the Ark is that he knows [[spoiler:not to look at what's inside it]]; Belloq and the Nazis don't respect that rule, and are punished for it.
* AudibleSharpness: Indy's bullwhip. Technically, whips in real life have been described to sound like a gunshot when they are cracked, but not to the absurd loudness that the original trilogy, specifically ''Raiders'', makes them out to be.
%%* BadassBeard: Indy (in the TV series), [[BoisterousBruiser Sallah]] and Henry.
* BadassBookworm: [[AdventurerArchaeologist Indy]] and his father.
* BadassFamily: The Joneses.
* BaldOfEvil: Mola Ram. Also Pat Roach, who had the BaldOfEvil (the mechanic in ''Raiders'') AND the Beard of Evil (the head Thuggee in ''Temple of Doom'')!
* BambooTechnology
* TheBaroness: Elsa Schneider from ''The Last Crusade'' and Irina Spalko from ''Crystal Skull''.
* BatmanColdOpen: Every film.
* BattleCouple: Indy and Marion, more or less.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: Almost once a movie. Because [[spoiler:Belloq, Elsa, Walter Donovan, and Irina Spalko]] got '''exactly''' what they wanted, hysterical screams of terror notwithstanding. Mola Ram is the only one who seemed to be messing with powers that he actually did understand, [[spoiler:and even he ended up guffing it up in the end]]. {{Lampshaded}} by Indy in ''Crystal Skull'' when he tells [[spoiler:Irina]] "Careful, you may get exactly what you wish for."
** Played for laughs in ''Temple of Doom'', where Indy, after having stopped a mining cart with his foot and resulting in his boot smoking, hops on his good foot and cries out "Water! Water!". [[OhCrap Mere seconds later...]]
* BerserkButton:
** Don't hurt or threaten kids when [[PapaWolf Dr Jones is around]].
** Do NOT call Indy "Junior".
** Don't take the Lord's name in vain around Henry Jones, Senior.
** And one more berserk button for Indy: Nazis. He '''hates''' these guys.
* BigBadFriend: Happens at least twice.
* BigBad: Colonel Dietrich in the first movie, Mola Ram in the second, Walter Donovan in the third, Irina Spalko in the fourth.
* BiggerBad: Adolf Hitler in the first and third movies, though he only has one brief appearance in the third one.
* BittersweetEnding: The standard formula is that Indy discovers something of revolutionary historical, cultural and even religious and scientific importance, only to have it snatched away from him in the end and the circumstances prevent him from publicizing any of it.
* BlowGun: Used in the opening sequence of ''Raiders of the Lost Ark'', and then again in the tomb sequence of ''Crystal Skull''.
* BoisterousBruiser: Sallah, the big, bearded guy with the bellowing laugh, whose size and strength makes him quite a formidable foe in a one-on-one fight.
* BoobyTrap: Indy encounters them '''all the time'''. Most famously in the beginning of ''Raiders''.
* BoundAndGagged: Marion in the tent in ''Raiders'', and again in ''Crystal Skull''.
* CataclysmClimax: In ''The Last Crusade'', ''Kingdom of the Crystal Skull'', and ''Fate of Atlantis''.
* CharacterDevelopment: Jones is noticeably more mature and less greedy by the time of the ''The Last Crusade'', especially when compared with his shady treasure hunter in the chronologically earliest ''Temple of Doom''. It goes even further when you watch the Young Indy series.
* CharacterNameAndTheNounPhrase: With three films also fitting PrepositionalPhraseEqualsCoolness.
* ChasedByAngryNatives: Are you kidding? Jones likely teaches this to his freshman class.
* ChaseScene: One in every movie. Save for ''Temple of Doom'', they usually always a involve a convoy.
* ChickMagnet: Indy, both [[HotForTeacher in-universe]] and [[MrFanservice out]].
* ClothesMakeTheLegend: Indy's fedora never comes off, except at dramatic moments, and you can bet he'll be back to get it if it does. This was even made part of the movie pitch.
* CombatPragmatist: Indy, who illustrates the page with a famous scene.
* ContinuityNod:
** [[spoiler:The Ark of the Covenant can be seen from inside a broken crate during the warehouse fight in the 4th movie.]] In fact, [[spoiler: the Ark's Letimotif plays throughout that scene.]]
** The third movie has Indy and Elsa Schneider seeing a painting of the Ark, which Indy identifies (complete with a few notes from the Leitmotif of the Ark added to the soundtrack).
-->'''Elsa:''' What's that?\\
'''Indy:''' Ark of the Covenant.\\
'''Elsa:''' Are you sure?\\
'''Indy:''' Pretty sure.
*** An almost identical exchange takes place between Indy and Sophia in the ''Fate of Atlantis'' game.
** Also one to the TV series ''The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles'' where [[spoiler:young Indy is kidnapped by Pancho Villa.]]
** In ''Raiders'', Indiana Jones escapes pursuit from the Nazis by hiding the truck he was driving, along with the Ark in it, in an alcove of a crowded market place, which is immediately hidden by his friends to blend into the rest of the surroundings. Later in the third film, undoubtedly having learned from Indy, the Nazis play this trick in reverse to capture Marcus Brody.
* CoolHorse: Ridden by Indy. The white one from ''Raiders'' and the black one from ''The Last Crusade''.
* CoolOldGuy: Henry Jones Sr. in the third, Indy himself in the fourth.
** And the Grail Knight stayed in a small cavern with only [[Literature/TheBible one book]] for ''centuries'' to guard a magic cup.
* CrossoverCosmology: In the films alone, Indy has personal experience with an active Judeo-Christian God, active Hindu gods, [[spoiler:extraterrestrials]], and psychic phenomena.
** If you add the ExpandedUniverse, you can add pretty much '''[[FantasyKitchenSink everything else]].'' As expected of TwoFistedTales.
** Plot complexities aside, even Indy's parting words to the second film's villain -- "Prepare to meet Kali, ''in Hell!''" -- are a fairly concise example of this trope.
%% Please put all crowning moments, including Awesome Music on their respective subpages, which are linked at the top of the main page (Awesome Music going on AwesomeMusic/JohnWilliams). Thanks.
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: Well let's just list some of them off, shall we? There's getting torn to shreds by crocodiles, getting dragged into and squashed by a rock-crusher (feet first), getting eaten by fist-sized ants, getting your face melted off by exposure to holy flames, getting rapidly aged and crumbling into dust... Really, there's something for everyone.
* {{Cukoloris}}: Spielberg is particularly fond of using this lighting effect in the Indy movies.
* DavidVersusGoliath: Every time Indy fights the GiantMook of the situation.
* DeadpanSnarker: Most characters who appear in the series, especially Indy and Henry.
-->'''Henry:''' Those people are trying to kill us!\\
'''Indy:''' I KNOW, DAD!\\
'''Henry:''' Well...it's a new experience for me.\\
'''Indy:''' Happens to me all the time!
* DeathByMaterialism: The main villain of three movies, save for ''Temple'', is killed when they try to use the artifact in question.
* DeathCourse
* DeconstructiveParody: ''Temple of Doom'' showed accompanying Indy on his adventures can be fatal to normal folks.
* DisappearingBox
* DisneyVillainDeath: All four films.
* DistinctiveAppearances: That's exactly why he has his fedora. During the creation of the character, the concept artists found that the fedora added a highly distinct look, silhouette, and appearance to the character. Indy could be in a crowded room with his back towards the audience (as he usually is when he's introduced in some of the movies) and he'd still stand out heroically. As well, the fedora allowed the character to be visible from further away such as during the bridge scene in ''Temple of Doom''. On a more critical analysis, the fedora also marks the [[AgeCut transition from Henry Jones Jr to Indiana Jones]], and it's also a great way to hide the transition from Harrison Ford to Harrison Ford's Stunt Double. This is also why most scenes have him wearing the hat except when he's being just a teacher -- him taking it off would be like going back to his secret identity.
* DressingAsTheEnemy: Appears in several of the movies, and is poked fun at in ''Raiders'', where Indy dons the ill-fitting outfit of a German soldier in the U-boat pen. Then punches out an officer who calls him a disgrace [[BilingualBonus in German]] and steals his uniform.
* DurableDeathtrap: In every single movie.
* EverybodySmokes
* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: A traitor monkey in the first, [[ForeignQueasine chilled monkey brains]] in the second... and then the one that fits the trope the most, Mutt's {{Tarzan}} scene in the fourth.
* EvilOverlooker: Nigh-ubiquitous on the covers of the Marvel-produced comics. The Dark Horse line managed to avert this.
* ExpandedUniverse: And how!! A TV series, comics, pinballs, video games, novels, young novels, make your own adventure novels, theme park rides... And according to [=LucasArts=], '''everything''' is {{Canon}}.
** Well, everything that isn't explicitly overwritten by something else, anyway. [[spoiler:Elsa can be spared from her PlotlineDeath]] by having Indy pick up up the Grail before she does in the [[Videogame/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade computer game version of ''The Last Crusade'']], but this isn't canon.
* {{Expy}}: Avoided in the films. As one of Indy's characteristics was to be a ChickMagnet and as a result to have a new love interest in each movie, Spielberg and Lucas made their best effort to make any new girl as different as possible from the previous one. Kate Capshaw even had to dye her natural brown hair blonde to play DistressedDamsel Willie Scott in ''Temple of Doom'', as the also brown-haired Karen Allen had played ActionGirl Marion Ravenwood in ''Raiders''.
** Willie and Elsa are actually Expies of Lucas's original concept for the love interest of ''Raiders'' as a "Marlene Dietrich-type German lady singer/double agent". Willie is a singer and dancer; Elsa is German [Austrian] and a double agent (though loyal to the wrong side, unlike the girl Lucas first envisioned).
** Played straight in the expanded universe however, where Sophia Hapgood has evolved gradually into a fake Marion Ravenwood with psychic powers. In the DarkHorse comic ''Indiana Jones: Thunder in the Orient'' (which is basically a retelling of ''Temple of Doom'' with elements of ''Raiders'' in it) she doesn't even have psychic powers anymore. There is also an {{Expy}} of Short Round in this comic, Khamal, which is different only in that he is Lebanese instead of Chinese and a KnifeNut rather than a [[IKnowKarate Kung Fu]] fighter.
** Janice Le Roi from the "Tomb of the Gods" comics ends up being an {{Expy}} of ''all three'' love interests from the films: she's streetwise and tough as nails (Marion), she's VERY fond of the high life (Willie), and at one point she works with the Nazi Ahnenerbe agents to meet her own ends (Ilsa).
** In the TV series episode ''Palestine, October 1917'', that takes place in the Middle East during UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, Indiana is helped in a mission by a young local agent that is very much like Sallah. He is not, however, as [[AllThereInTheScript revealed]] by being named Kazim in the credits.
*** Yet the head of the Sword Brotherhood in the third film ''was'' named Kazim... Interesting?
** Probably a big reason why Darabont's script for a fourth movie, ''Indiana Jones and the City of the Gods'', was rejected. In addition to bringing back the ''real'' Marion, the script also featured a former mentor that Indy had to rescue, a bumbling Marcus-like American secret agent, a rival European archaeologist in league with the bad guys that vies for Marion's love, a creepy Toht-like Nazi escaped to South America, a tag-along ''Japanese'' cartographer and an evil local strongman that wants to use the McGuffin to secure his tyrannical rule. Reading it feels like Darabont (who also wrote ''Palestine'', incidentally) was trying to cram the three previous films into one rather than writing a new story.
* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath: At least one in every film. Usually the GiantMook, and the big bads.
** {{Lampshaded}} in ''VideoGame/LegoIndianaJones''. During ''Temple of Doom'', even though the death of [[spoiler:the GiantMook under the rock crusher]] was LighterAndSofter in this version, Willie still had to cover Short Round's eyes.
* FamilyUnfriendlyViolence: The first two films would be rated PG-13 nowadays, and even then would still skirt the R rating. Raiders had to make a few cuts to avoid that, and ''Temple of Doom'' was one of the driving factors for the MPAA to create PG-13 in the first place.
* {{Fanfare}}: The main theme is actually a mix of two fanfares the Music/JohnWilliams wrote. It was suggested he just combine them.
* FantasyKitchenSink: Explicitly, common to TwoFistedTales.
-->'''Pooka''': ''[[http://forums.spacebattles.com/threads/malis-islamist-warlord-declares-war-on-the-west.232822/page-4#post-8438425 You know, I kind of want to know how the cosmology of the Indiana Jones-verse works, given that it has, at least, an active Judeo-Christian God, active pagan gods, extraterrestrials, and psychic phenomena. And Nazis EVERYWHERE. It's like freaking Rifts.]]''
* FedoraOfAsskicking: Indy's fedora is one of his {{Iconic Item}}s (the other being his whip) and a TropeCodifier.
* FranchiseDrivenRetitling: You may have noticed above a shift in the names. Once the franchise's popularity was secured, a franchise wide titling pattern of "Indiana Jones and the..." was introduced. "Raiders of the Lost Ark" was later renamed to "Indiana Jones and the Raiders Of The Lost Ark".
* FriendOrIdolDecision:
** This trope is basically named after the example in ''Raiders of the Lost Ark'' when Satipo betrays Indy to get the fertility idol. Naturally, he's punished with a KarmicDeath.
** Also occurs at the end of ''The Last Crusade''. Elsa finds herself having to choose between reaching for the grail or letting Indiana pull her up. She decides to reach and falls to her death when her hand slips from its glove. Indy then faces the exact same situation, but is ultimately convinced by his father to "let it go."
* GenerationXerox: [[spoiler:Indy receives his scar on the chin through his trademark weapon The Whip, and Mutt receives his scar on his right cheek through his trademark weapon The Sword.]]
** This is the entire reason that [[spoiler:Mutt's character was a greaser. He was originally supposed to be a geek, but it was decided that it would be better if he was a rebel without a cause, so Indiana would have an idea of what his father had to put up with when raising him.]]
* GiantMook: Several. In the first three movies, all were played by the same actor, Pat "Bomber" Roach.
* GirlOfTheWeek: Played straight in the original films, but averted by ''Crystal Skull''.
* GloveSlap
* GoodIsOldFashioned
* GraveRobbing: Hey, it's [[AdventurerArchaeologist part of the job]].
* GreaterScopeVillain: UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler and the Nazi leadership are this in ''Raiders'' and ''Last Crusade'', seeing as Dietrich, Belloq, and Toht in ''Raiders'', and Donovan in ''Last Crusade'' all follow their orders to search for the Ark of the Covenant and the Holy Grail respectively.
* TheGreatDepression: The first three films are set during this period.
* HollywoodTorches: In both ''Raiders'' and ''The Last Crusade''.
* HotForTeacher: One of his female students flirts with him during a lecture, much to his discomfort.
* IconicLogo
* IconicOutfit: The fedora.
* IKnowKarate: The kick-focused Northern-Style Kung-Fu to be exact, practiced by Short Round in ''Temple of Doom''. The same style was also used by Indy himself briefly on the South-China seas in ''The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles''.
* ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy: Uniform across the franchise; whether it's natives, Thuggees, Nazis, or Russians, they can't hit the broad side of a barn if Indy is standing in front of it.
* IndyPloy: The TropeNamer and Lampshaded OncePerEpisode.
* InMediasRes: Done OncePerEpisode, usually during some unrelated archaeological dig (or, in the case of ''Crystal Skull'', espionage missions) that serves as Indy's EstablishingCharacterMoment.
* InterestingSituationDuel: At least one per film: the flying wing fight in ''Raiders'', the rock crusher fight in ''Temple'', the tank fight in ''Crusade'', and the sword fight on top of ''moving jeeps'' in ''Crystal Skull''.
* IntimidationDemonstration: Pops up in several of the films.
** The famous scene in ''Raiders'' where Indiana faces the MasterSwordsman has the swordsman demonstrating just how skilled he is by throwing his scimitar from one hand to the other, and then spinning it in his hands.
** There was a similar scene in ''Temple of Doom'' where Indy faced off against two swordsmen. They did some brief sword spinning as well, as you can see [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rBNyUrPupq8 here]].
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: The coarse-and-cynical Indy is nevertheless kind and honorable.
* JungleOpera: Most of the films have elements of this.
* JustAFleshWound
* LargeHam: John Rhys-Davies and Cate Blanchett.
* {{Leitmotif}}: TheArkOfTheCovenant's ominous leitmotif gets a cameo in ''The Last Crusade'' when we see a carving of the Ark on a crypt wall, and again in ''Crystal Skull'', when we glimpse the actual Ark in the warehouse.
** In ''Crystal Skull'' when Indy looks at a picture of his dead father and mentions him again at the end, the "Keeper of the Grail" theme from ''Last Crusade'' that represents Henry Sr., plays.
* LiteralCliffhanger: At the end of The Last Crusade, Indy catches Elsa as she's about to fall into a chasm. However, she insists on using a free hand to reach for the grail instead of saving herself. She falls to her death when her hand slips away from Indy's hold.
* LogoJoke: [[OnceAnEpisode Each film]] begins with a MatchCut from the Creator/{{Paramount}} logo to a mountain.
** Except for Crystal Skull, which cuts instead [[VisualPun to a molehill.]]
** This was done deliberately by Steven Spielberg; after the backlash against the Star Wars prequels, Spielberg knew the same would be coming with this film, and used this as a "making a molehill out of a mountain" metaphor.
* MadeOfIron: Indy throughout the series, especially in ''Kingdom of the Crystal Skull'', when he survives [[spoiler:a nuclear test detonation by hiding in a lead-lined refrigerator]]. Also, the Mechanic in Raiders, who shrugs off a direct punch to the face and a GroinAttack from Indy.
* MalevolentArchitecture: In every single movie.
* MoodWhiplash: Most of the scenes that aren't horrifying are amusing.
* MrFanservice: Creator/HarrisonFord. Oh so very much.
* MuggedForDisguise: Several DressingAsTheEnemy examples.
* NearVillainVictory: The baddies get what they wanted before the climax in ''Raiders'' and ''Kingdom'', in ''Last Crusade'' they have the final goal within reach and in ''Temple'' they have the upper hand.
* NerdsAreSexy: When he is not killing Nazis or searching for magnificent items that always end up killing someone, he's an archaeology professor who encourages people not to follow the same "field work." If you get right down to it Indy is one of the world's first heroic action nerds.
* NeverBringAKnifeToAGunFight: Not even a big one you can swing around really well.
** Indy also gives Mutt this advice in ''Kingdom''.
* NiceHat: Indy's trademark Fedora. The fact that Indy miraculously keeps the same hat throughout all his adventures is ultimately lampshaded in the third film.
** It's in the ''Smithsonian''.
** Belloq, Thot and Mola Ram are fond of their hats, too.
* NotMyDriver
* NotSoDifferent: In ''Last Crusade'', Indy says of Henry, Sr., "He ''hates'' rats. He's scared to ''death'' of 'em," in a tone that suggests he thinks this is rather childish and squeamish. Of course, the audience is by then well acquainted with Indy's own fear of snakes.
* {{Omniglot}}: It isn't prominent in the films, but in the expanded universe, Indy has supposedly picked up twenty-seven languages while wandering around the world. Belloq appears to speak even more, and mocks Indy because he doesn't speak the obscure tribal language of the Hovitos.
* PiggybackingOnHitler: Indy villains just love to do this.
* ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything: For a "Professor", Indy doesn't get around to ''teaching'' all that much. Lampshaded in ''Crystal Skull''.
** The comics include an entire city of pirates who don't do anything really "piratey"... because they're all stranded in a huge seaweed bed in the Sargasso, so they can't leave to do any raiding.
* PregnantBadass: The comics character Omphale, a Greek woman who is eight months pregnant and has been abandoned by her former lover when Indy crosses her path at the start of his quest for the Golden Fleece. She scares off mad Hecate cultists by charging them whilst firing a rifle, hijacks and flies a Nazi plane, and treks from Istanbul to Colchis to retrieve the fleece. Only going into labor at the critical moment prevents her from helping Indy retrieve the fleece before the cultists can summon Hecate, and even then she helps out; by presenting her newly born son to Hecate, Indy is able to persuade the goddess to turn upon her cultists instead of doing their will.
* ReptilesAreAbhorrent[=/=]SnakesAreSinister: In ''Raiders'', Indy suffers serious ophidiophobia and must face thousands of poisonous snakes who inhabited the Well of Souls. Played for laughs in ''Crystal Skull'', where Indy is forced to hang on to a "rope" (snake) to get out of a quicksand pit.
* RevolversAreJustBetter: Indy carries a .45 ACP Smith and Wesson M1917 (which he surrenders to Belloq) and a .455 Webley Smith and Wesson Mk II Hand Ejector in ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'', a .38 Spl Colt Official Police in ''The Temple of Doom'' (which Willie drops because the barrel was hot), and a .455 Webley WG Army in both ''The Last Crusade'' and ''The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull''. He does, however, carry a Browning Hi-Power, made by John Inglis Co. of Toronto, for when his revolver runs out of ammo or gets lost.
* RuleOfThree
* RunningGag: Late actor/stuntman Pat Roach appeared in all three of the original films, sometimes in multiple roles, where his characters usually meet an untimely demise. While Dovchenko in ''Kingdom of the Crystal Skull'' is played by a different actor, he too plays the role of a brute who dies a gruesome death.
** Indy's [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes snake phobia]].
*** Each movie features what is called a "phobia scene" (snakes, bugs, rats, and killer ants).
** The LoveInterest in each movie asks Indy "Are you crazy?!".
* SayMyName: Count the number of times that the bad guys scream "JOOOOOONES!" And all the times Indy's friends and allies yell "Indy!", or in Henry Sr.'s case, "Junior!".
** And it's Henry Sr.'s gentle, insistent "Indiana" that saves Indy from DeathByMaterialism.
* SceneryPorn: The ''Young Indiana Jones'' TV series loves to linger nostalgically on famous landmarks as establishing shots for the country of the week Indy is adventuring in. The series was intended to be semi-educational in nature. The films also do this to present the glamorous, exotic locales frequented by a globe-trotting adventurer.
* SchmuckBait: The MacGuffin artifact usually turns out to be long-lost for a ''reason''. You know the bit about AllMythsAreTrue? It also applies to curses, supernatural monsters, and divine wrath. Marcus lampshades the Ark's dubious rapport, for instance, about 10 minutes into ''Raiders''.
** Sallah also lampshades this in ''Raiders'':
-->'''Sallah:''' Indy, there's something that troubles me... The Ark. If it is there in Tanis, then it is something that man was not meant to disturb. Death has always surrounded it. It is not of this Earth.
* SecretGovernmentWarehouse: The ending of ''Raiders'' has one of the most famous examples. Revisited in ''Crystal skull'', where it's revealed to be Area 51.
* SelfDisposingVillain: With some help from the MacGuffin, Mola Ram is the only BigBad who gets beaten by Indiana directly; the other three get [[HoistByTheirOwnPetard hoisted by their own petards]] without Indy's intervention.
* SesquipedalianSmith: Indiana Jones.
* ShirtlessScene: Indy gets one per movie.
* StockScream: The Wilhelm scream, OncePerEpisode.
* StockUnsolvedMysteries: All over the place. Usually just lost treasures, cities, and civilizations, but in the tie-in novels, Indy also discovered the truth about some lost explorers like Percy Fawcett and Roald Amundsen.
* SurpriseCreepy: These are fun action-adventure movies for the most part, but it seems like a nightmarish moment out of nowhere is required at least OncePerEpisode:
** ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'' has a few moderately disturbing scenes scattered throughout, like the [[https://youtu.be/rmf6DdaWmSA gruesome]] [[https://youtu.be/aADExWV1bsM booby traps]] in the temple, the [[https://youtu.be/ClwIj3x24Q4 snake-infested]] [[https://youtu.be/ft-JkKhYHb8 Well of Souls]] (WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes), and any time Major Toht appears. But the ultimate SurpriseCreepy moment comes at the end, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0APF3SO9tqE when the Nazis open the Ark of the Covenant]].
** ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheTempleOfDoom'' turns creepy during the [[https://youtu.be/APyz8Ye0IxE banquet of eels, snakes, beetles, eyeballs, and monkey brains]], and the [[https://youtu.be/6ESLKWt5w4w tunnel of bugs scene]] soon after. The horror increases a thousandfold during the HumanSacrifice ritual, in which the BigBad rips a man's heart out and plunges him into lava. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iiE5mE0ZorA It has to be seen to be believed.]]
*** Incidentally, ''Temple of Doom'' was one of the movies that inspired the creation of the PG-13 rating, since at the time, the [[UsefulNotes/MediaClassifications MPAA rating system]] went directly from PG to R without anything in between. Thus, in TheEighties, the PG rating covered a wider spectrum of "some material may not be suitable for children," ranging from a few cuss words in ''Film/Annie1982'' to...well...a guy getting his heart ripped out in ''Temple of Doom''. After the controversy surrounding movies like ''Temple of Doom'', ''Film/{{Gremlins}}'', and ''Film/{{Poltergeist}}'' (all of which got PG ratings despite violence and scares), Creator/StevenSpielberg himself took the initiative to propose an intermediate rating between PG and R, which would clarify more precisely just how mature a movie was in the hopes of defying the SurpriseCreepy trope with future movies.
** ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade'' has the moment when [[https://youtu.be/puo1Enh9h5k Donovan picks the wrong Grail]].
** In ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull'', the chills start when [[https://youtu.be/vxkamWaya8k Indy gets trapped]] in a StepfordSuburbia filled with [[UncannyValley creepy plastic dummies]] (it doesn't help that it's actually a nuclear testing ground). The next majorly disturbing moment occurs when [[https://youtu.be/adXeCWVYxCI Dovchenko gets devoured by army ants]]. And near the end, the terror culminates when [[spoiler:[[https://youtu.be/FqfVEE--ySA the aliens appear and kill Spalko by psychically flooding her mind]]]]. Say what you will about those [[spoiler:aliens]], but you've got to admit they were damn scary.
* TempleOfDoom: OncePerEpisode. ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheTempleOfDoom'' is the TropeNamer.
* ThoseWackyNazis: The villains of the ''Raiders'' and ''The Last Crusade''. Incidentally, this almost partly killed the franchise. After the harrowing and humbling experience of filming ''Film/SchindlersList'', Steven Spielberg decided he could no longer in good conscience use Nazis as stock pulp villains as in ''Raiders'' and ''The Last Crusade''. It is also the reason he decided not to make a prequel to ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit''.
* TimeshiftedActor: Teenaged Indy is played by River Phoenix in ''The Last Crusade''. The TV series had several actors play Indy at various ages.
* TookALevelInBadass: Marcus Brody. 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.
* TravelMontage: The famous map scenes that appeared in all of the films.
* TreasureMap
* TributeToFido: Indiana Jones is named after Creator/GeorgeLucas's dog Indiana. There is also an in-universe example that reflects the RealLife situation: in ''Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade'', it is shown that the character chose the nickname "Indiana" after his family's dog.
* TrilogyCreep: The RidingIntoTheSunset was meant to close the trilogy as well. But fans insisted on a fourth -- which only started production after Lucas, Spielberg and Ford agreed to.
* TruthInTelevision: In the first, third, and fourth films, the Nazis (and in the case of the Fourth film, the Soviets) attempted to harness various mythological artifacts to take over the world. Records have shown that the Nazis and the Soviets were both fascinated with the supernatural/the occult, although the latter was more focused on trying to harness psychic abilities than magic.
* {{Tsundere}}: Marion Ravenwood all the way. She goes from yelling at Indy, to dreamily sighing when he leaves to blow up a Soviet transport.
** Willie may also qualify.
* TwoFistedTales
* WallpaperCamouflage
* WeHaveWaysOfMakingYouTalk
* WhipItGood: Indy's iconic weapon/general utility tool is the bullwhip.
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: Indy is afraid of snakes, Indy's dad is afraid of rats and Mutt of scorpions. Of course, this means they all encounter the subject of their debilitating phobias again and again in a series of {{contrived coincidence}}s. Mind you, is Mutt's reaction to the scorpion a genuine fear of scorpions, or the normal person's reaction to seeing [[BigCreepyCrawlies a massive scorpion]]?
* WorldTour: A hallmark of all the films is their exotic locales, along with the map shown during the TravelMontage.
* WorthlessTreasureTwist: Played with in three of the films:
** In ''Raiders of the Lost Ark'', once opened, the Ark of the Covenant seems empty and therefore is thought to be worthless to the Nazis seeking its supposedly divine powers...[[spoiler: until the wrath of God comes pouring out of it and utterly destroys the Nazis present]].
** In ''The Last Crusade'', the Holy Grail is real enough treasure, but it can't be brought out of its resting place without bringing the whole place down around it. Indy's father realizes, at the end, that the real treasure he gained out of the whole mess was, in his words "Illumination" (and, unspoken, the reconciliation of his relationship with Indy).
** Used straight in ''Crystal Skull'' - while there ''is'' plenty of gold (among other valuables) in El Dorado, the real treasure turns out to be [[spoiler:knowledge that makes your head explode - literally!]].
* UsefulNotes/WorldWarII: Leading up to it, at least. Indy's military service during the war is also referenced in the fourth film.

->''"Trust me.''