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Indiana Jones (AKA Colonel Professor Doctor Henry Walton Jones Junior, Associate Dean of Marshall University's Department of Archaeology, 1957. AKA Corporal Henri Defense of the Belgium Army.)
Played by: Harrison Ford
Appears in: Raiders of the Lost Ark | The Temple of Doom | The Last Crusade | The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
- Absent-Minded Professor: 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 something else...
- Ace Pilot: "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.
- Action Duo: With Short Round, his father, or Mutt.
- Action Survivor: Indy may have styled himself as an Action Hero, but in practice he's not much more than a slightly-greedy college professor who doesn't know when to quit.
- Adventure Duo: With Marion.
- Adventurer Archaeologist: Duh. The Trope Codifier ever since 1981.
- Agent Scully: To a point. In Crystal Skull, Indy is a big skeptic about the existence of alien races, and in Raiders, considers The Ark of the Covenant 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.
- Anti-Hero: He's a Deadpan Snarker and somewhat cynical Knight in Sour Armor, 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 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.
- Arbitrary Skepticism: 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 Baritone: The voice helps him be imposing.
- Badass Bookworm: Can grade your university thesis AND kick your ass.
- Badass Grandpa: Circa 1957.
- Badass Normal: No superpowers. Just a large number of Improbable Aiming Skills (you know - the gun, the whip etc. etc.) and Super Toughness (given how much he has to suffer).
- Been There, Shaped History: In the Young Indiana Jones 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.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Marion.
- Berserk Button: 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"!
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: He actually is a talented archaeologist, but he also forgets to mark work on a regular basis.
- Boots of Toughness: Indiana as an Adventurer Archaeologist 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.
- Butt Monkey: Spielberg intended for him to be this. Indeed, he gets punched by a lot of people, suffers other Amusing Injuries, and is often the butt of the jokes (like at the ending of Crusade regarding his name).
- Captain Crash: "Fly, yes! Land, no!!"
- Colonel Badass: By the end of World War II.
- Combat Pragmatist: 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.
- Cultured Badass: Equally at home in a Duchess's party as he is in the moldy depths of an ancient ruined city.
- Cutting the Knot: Indy's favorite solution to problems tends to include this.
- Cynical Mentor: To Mutt Williams.
- Deadpan Snarker: Like Han Solo, Harrison Ford again plays a guy who snarks at the weird things he encounters.
- Disappeared Dad: 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 Henry Jones III aka "Mutt".
- Disney Death: Similar to Basil from The Great Mouse Detective. 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..
- Fedora of Asskicking: Codified this trope for modern times.
- Friend to All Children: Despite his gruff exterior, Indy has a soft spot for children. Do not even think about threatening a child in his presence unless you want to get your ass kicked.
- Friend to All Living Things: 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!
- Good Is Not Nice: Has a moral compass, but no restrictions on the use of brute force. Or asking the help of shady people.
- The Gump: 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.
- He Cleans Up Nicely: Can pull off a dam fine Tux.
- Honor Before Reason:
- 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 Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, 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.
- Hot-Blooded: Best shown by how he counteracts discussions by shouting.
- Hot Teacher: The fact his classes have mostly women shows the college finds him that.
- Iconic Item: His fedora and bullwhip.
- Iconic Outfit: He does wear a wide variety of clothes in the films but He just isn't Indy without the Leather Jacket and fedora.
- I Know Karate: Young Indiana Jones 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 The Boss and Big Boss) since Temple of Doom; justifiable considering his extended experience in the military.
- Indy Ploy: THE Trope Namer. He and his friends frequently lampshade how he does everything on the fly.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's cynical and at times a bit angry, but he often means well.
- Jumped at the Call: He may be a world weary cynic but no one optionally does the kind of stuff Indy does without enjoying it just a bit.
- Knight in Sour Armor: He is cynical most of the time, but has his romantic moments as well.
- Line-of-Sight Name: "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.
- Loveable Rogue: Like Harrison Ford can play.
- Made of Iron: Unlike the Eighties Action Hero 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.
- The Mentor: To Mutt, who he acts as a mentor to.
- Mighty Whitey: Skirts the line in that he actually wants to preserve and protect the cultures he researches rather than lord and dominate over them.
- Missing Mom: Indy's mother died while he was at a young age.
- Mr. Fanservice: In The Temple of Doom in particular he has a Walking Shirtless Scene.
- Nice Hat: Can you imagine Indy kicking ass without his trademark fedora? Didn't think so.
- 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. Word of God says he speaks 27 languages. Unfortunately, he didn't take that summer course in Hovitos... This trope largely came about in the sequel films; in 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).
- One-Man Army: Is able to hold his own against large crowds (be it Nazis, Indians, or Russians).
- Only Known by Their Nickname: 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!
- Papa Wolf:
- "They're innocent children... Mola Ram, prepare to meet Kali IN HELL!!"
- 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.
- Refuge in Audacity: "No ticket."
- Weapon of Choice: Whips, revolvers, and fists.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: The Last Crusade shows he resents his father's absence.
- Whip It Good: Always carries a whip. And the first time he tried to use it, the result was the famous scar on Harrison Ford's chin...
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Trope Namer, in that getting to the Ark meant going into a room loaded with them.
Played by: Karen Allen
- Action Girl: Actually helps in Indy's battles, quite unlike the Damsel in Distress staple to "normal" pulp adventures. She knows pretty well how to use weapons and to fight.
- Adventure Duo: With Indy in "Raiders" and "Crystal Skull".
- Belligerent Sexual Tension - With Indy, of course. She punches him in the face when he first shows up in her bar.
- Bound and Gagged: In both movies she appears in.
- Deadpan Snarker: She has her moments of snark, mostly directed at Indy's unusual mannerisms.
- Defiant Captive: She must have a lot of nerves to face a sadist torturer like Toht and blowing smoke in his face.
- Disney Death: 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.
- Establishing Character Moment: 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 defiance prior to meeting Indy again the first time in years. Of course unlike Raiders, she's not surprised Indy showed up this time.Marion: Get your hands off me you rotten Russkie son of a bitch!!!Indy: Marion!?Marion: Well, it's about time you showed up, Jones.
- First Girl Wins: Given the backstory in "Raiders", Marion WAS Indy's girlfriend before Willie. It was the reason why Indy and Abner had a falling out.
- Hard-Drinking Party Girl: As demonstrated with Belloq, she could drink any man under the table.
- Hot-Blooded: A rare female example.JONES, DON'T YOU DARE LEAVE ME HERE BY MYSELF!
- The Lad-ette: Drinks a lot, punches people, and fits perfectly with the boys.
- Ms. Fanservice: In The Raiders especially in her white dress and bare feet. Even in The Crystal Skull she hasn't lost her beauty.
- 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.
- Slap-Slap-Kiss: More like "kiss-slap-slap-kiss" since she and Indy were an item long before she was angry enough to slug him.
- Took a Level in Badass: 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, "They weren't you, honey". Cue Marion immediately grinning like a school-girl.
- When She Smiles: Marion often has a somewhat cynical outlook, but when she smiles it's downright heartwarming.
Henry Jones Sr.
Professor Henry Walton Jones Senior
Played by: Sean Connery
- Action Duo: With his son.
- Action Survivor: Starts out as one.
- Badass Beard \ Bald of Awesome: As required by old age Sean Connery.
- Badass Bookworm: Like father, like son.
- Badass Grandpa: 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.'"
- Badass in a Nice Suit: Always dressed in his three-piece.
- Berserk Button: Committing blasphemy in his presence will get you slapped.
- Beware the Nice Ones: He's at least a nominal Christian who doesn't approve of some of Indy's methods, like killing. Or blaspheming, for that matter. Then he makes a Nazi plane crash and blows up an entire truck full of Nazi soldiers simply justifying that "It's war !"
- Bowties Are Cool: He wears a bow tie, and it certainly adds to the Badass Bookworm look.
- Bus Crash: 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.
- Captain Obvious:Henry: These people are trying to kill us!Indy: I know, dad!Henry: It's a new experience for me.Indy: Happens to me all the time!
- Catch Phrase: "This is intolerable!"
- Deadpan Snarker: Runs strong in the Jones family.
- Establishing Character Moment:
- 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.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: 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.
- The Lancer: To Indy in Crusade, acting as a foil to his son and assisting him in his adventure.
- The Load: Do not let Henry Sr. near anything that fires bullets. Subverted later on, regardless of what Indy may think.
- Nerd Action Hero: Unlike his son, Henry Sr. is a more traditional archaeologist, and also considerably older. He's still capable of some brilliant feats.
- Nice Hat: His bucket hat. Yes, it's really called that.
- Papa Wolf: He was a Disappeared Dad, but once reunited with Junior does everything possible to save Indy.
- Parasol of Pain: As the German fighter pilot above found out the hard way...
- Parental Neglect: One of the main complains of his son about his childhood. His Establishing Character Moment 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.
- The Pen Is Mightier: Ironically, the man is deadlier with a fountain pen!
Played by: John Rhys-Davies
- Badass Beard: He does have a fantastic beard.
- The Big Guy: Does the heavy stuff for Indy.
- Boisterous Bruiser: A large man, fond of singing and beating up Gestapo agents in equal measure. He's very rarely upset.
- Cuddle Bug: Sallah really likes to hug the people that he cares about, and it doesn't make him any less manly!
- Deadpan Snarker: Of Indy's caliber."Asps. Very dangerous. (to Indy) You go first."
- Gentle Giant: A nice fellow - though one who can survive well in a fight.
- The Glomp: Sallah's speciality in Raiders.
- Large Ham: When John Rhys-Davies is involved, there is no other path.
- Nice Guy: A genuinely friendly and loyal person that saves Indy's hide a few times.
- Took a Level in Dumbass: Downplayed. In Raiders, Sallah was competent, brave and intelligent. In Last Crusade, he was still competent and brave, but made considerably more mistakes.
- Really, his only mistake was sending Marcus into a doorway that was actually a disguised Afrikakorps truck. As seamless as it is, the Nazis must have set it up as their backup plan to kidnap him. Sallah realizes it only a moment too late to save him. Afterwards, he's clearly frazzled over the whole thing. The camels were too pay off his brother-in-law's car, and don't impede Sallah or Indy in any way. And seriously, what the hell else is he supposed to do against a tank?
Professor Marcus Brody, Dean of Marshall University's Department of Archaeology.
Played by: Denholm Elliott
- Absent-Minded Professor: Smart enough to become the ''Dean of Archaeology at Marshall University'', and yet can get lost inside his own museum, if Indy's word is to be believed.
- Actor Existence Failure: 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 Absent-Minded Professor.
- Hero of Another Story: It was implied in Raiders that Brody used to be an Adventurer Archaeologist himself. Lamenting that had he been younger, he'd be going after the Ark himself. His bumbling in Last Crusade, however, makes this seem rather unlikely.
- Large Ham: 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.
- The Load: Not all of the time, but often.
- Nice Guy: A very friendly guy who was something of a father figure to Indy as a child.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Dean of Archaeology at Marshall University.
- Too Dumb to Live: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!
- Took a Level in Badass: 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
- Aren't You Going to Ravish Me?: 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!"
- Brainless Beauty: 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").
- Defrosting Ice Queen: Interviews with Spielberg indicate she was meant to be this trope. Unfortunately, she didn't come off this way to most viewers.
- Diamonds in the Buff:Indy: "You wear your jewelry to bed, princess?"Willie: "Yes. And nothing else."
- Distressed Damsel: To the point where most fans consider her a Damsel Scrappy.
- The Ditz \ Dumb Blonde: Specially compared to Marion and Elsa.
- '80s Hair: Willie's hairstyle is half a century ahead of its time.
- Glamorous Wartime Singer: Stationed in Shanghai.
- Hate Sink: Until the real villains show up midway though the movie, most viewers only have her to hate.
- Jerk Ass: Nine times out of ten, she's abrasive to Indy and Short Round. She's not entirely irredeemable, but is mostly unpleasant.
- Large Ham: A lot. She's certainly enjoing herself.
- The Load: Gets herself continually captured and in danger.
- Meaningful Name: Apparently, her name is derived from the "Wilhelm Scream". She's also named after Steven Spielberg's pet dog, much like how George Lucas had named Indy after his pet dog.
- Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: She's originally from Missouri, and the drawl tends to slip back in when she gets really mad.
- Screaming Woman: And how. Kate Capshaw said it was not her specialty, and she even had to learn how to shriek properly.
- Spoiled Brat: Is always complaining about the luxuries she can't have in the middle of the jungle.
- Took a Level in Badass: 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.
- Well, Excuse Me, Princess!: Indy is forced to reply to her in that way.
- You Can Keep Her: Needless to say, Indy's threat didn't exactly work.
Short Round (AKA Wan Li)
Played by: Jonathan Ke Quan
- Asian Speekee Engrish / You No Take Candle: Short Round regularly leaves out "to be" verbs and ignores noun/verb agreement.
- Badass Adorable: A kid who manages to get past vast amounts of armed mooks.
- Bratty Half-Pint: He has a lot of the traits associated with this trope, although he also makes himself more useful than is usual for this character archetype.
- Honor Before Reason: Goes back to save Indy even though he had a good opportunity to escape.
- Hypercompetent Sidekick: He's an Adventurer Archaeologist in training, he can fight, and he can drive. Did I mention that he's about twelve years old!
- I Know Karate: Northern-Style Kung Fu, actually. Ask the Thuggee guards whose arses he kicked.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: At times a little insufferable, Short Round's still loyal to Indy and a heroic character.
- Kid Sidekick: He tags along with Indy on his adventures and contributes his skills. He's twelve years old.
- No Indoor Voice: He tends to shout.
- Recruited from the Gutter: 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 "the black sleep of Kali Ma" later in the film.
Mutt Williams (AKA Henry Jones III)
Played by: Shia Labeouf
- Action Duo: With Indy in "Crystal Skull".
- Badass Bookworm: Despite being a high school dropout he's learned quite a lot, especially under Indy's guidance.
- Brilliant, but Lazy: Has a lovely habit of being repeatedly kicked out of prep schools, despite being an excellent student.
- Chekhov's Skill: Mutt's reason for being kicked out of every school he went to is that 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 Irina Spalko to a standstill atop two speeding jeeps.
- Composite Character: Mutt is modeled on a combination of Jim Stark (James Dean) in Rebel Without a Cause and Johnny Strabler, a biker played by Marlon Brando in The Wild One.
- Generation Xerox: Acquires a visible facial scar through his Weapon of Choice, much like his father did on his chin with the whip. He even named himself Mutt.
- Glass Cannon: 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.
- Greaser Delinquents: Intentionally presents himself as such, but has Hidden Depths.
- Heroic Bastard: When he was born, his REAL parents were most certainly NOT married.
- Hot-Blooded: He gets rather wound up on certain subjects.
- Moment Killer: For Indy and Marion. Of course, can he be blamed for not wanting to see his mum about to make-out? Particulary since he's only just learnt that Indy's actually his real father.
- Never Bring a Gun to a Knife Fight: Mutt literally finds himself in this situation when confronted by some KGB operatives.
- Reckless Sidekick: While far from incompetent, he at times forgets to pay attention.
- Weapon of Choice: The sword. Also a switchblade.
Played by: Alfred Molina
- Dirty Coward: He is easily frightened by most of the traps when he enters the temple with Indy. And when given the chance, he abandons Indy in the midst of peril.
- Karmic Death: When he betrays Indy by stealing the idol, he soon gets caught in one of the earlier traps.
- Too Dumb to Live: He forgot about the Booby Trap which Indy discovered earlier.
Doctor René Belloq
Played by: Paul Freeman
- Adventurer Archaeologist: The 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.
- Affably Evil: To Marion. He's genuinely polite and friendly with her and even gets enraged when the Nazis try to kill her.
- Arch-Enemy: 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.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: Wanted to see the power of the Ark... and paid with his life.
- Dragon-in-Chief: 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.
- Mostly, but not always. He's notably overruled a couple times when it comes to Marion, once when they decide to interrogate her and once when they bury her in a tomb to die along with Indy. His protests fall on deaf ears.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Draws the line at rough treatment of women. René repeatedly tries to shield Marion from harm, though he's not overly enthusiastic about it.
- Evil Counterpart: Indiana Jones, but greedy and honorless.
- Evil Genius: He does most of the planning for the Nazis and essentially manipulates Dietrich.
- French Jerk: Albeit played by a British actor.
- A God Am I: You'd almost think René got into this business just so he could hold idols over his head and make people bow to him.
- The Heavy: Even though he's working under Dietrich, Belloq is the villain with the most effect on the plot and effectively the main antagonist.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Word of God is that if Indy hadn't showed up on the island, he would have just given the Ark over to Hitler, who would have gone on to win the war. He just had to get one final Kick the Dog moment to his rival.
- Light is Not Good: Much of his wardrobe is light-colored.
- Loveable Rogue: 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.
- Manipulative Bastard: Gets into the heads of and manipulates the natives of South America, Marion, and even Indy himself.
- Necessarily Evil: 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.
- Nice Hat: A white fedora.
- Not So Different: Gives a standout example of such a speech to Indy in Raiders of the Lost Ark.
- Omniglot: Taking that summer course in Hovitos really came in handy down in Peru, 1936.
- The Quisling: René is French; France and Germany have not been on the best of terms since
- Shadow Archetype: Even refers to himself as a shadowy reflection of Indy.
- Smug Snake: 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.
- Wicked Cultured: Wears nice suits, loves archaeology and oh so polite. Also works with the Nazis for his own ends.
- Worthy Opponent: 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."
- Your Head Asplode: His eventual death.
- You Wouldn't Shoot Me: Successfully pulls a variant of this on Indiana freaking Jones, for god's sake.
Colonel Herman Dietrich
Played by: Wolf Kahler
- Affably Evil: He's fairly polite, all in all.
- Big Bad: He's technically the man in charge of the Nazi operation in Raiders, although as Dragon-in-Chief Belloq ultimately takes the spotlight.
- Colonel Badass
- Even Evil Has Standards: Has a relatively minor moment of this when he seizes the smuggling ship. Captain Katanga tries to protect Marion by implying that he plans to sell her as a Sex Slave, 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.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Has a scar across his left cheek.
- Kick the Dog: Takes an offered melon from an Egyptian merchant and tosses it at a random offscreen dog.
- Lantern Jaw of Justice: Actor Wolf Kahler has a serious jawline.
- Not So Stoic: 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?!!"
- Officer and a Gentleman: To a point.
- Satellite Character: Major Gobler, his ever-present second in command. Even the novelization emphasizes Gobler as "Dietrich's shadow" and little else.
- The Stoic: 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.
- Wicked Cultured: Listens to a record player and drinks bourbon from a cut crystal decanter outside his tent in Tanis.
Played by: Ronald Lacey
- Annoying Laugh: Has a somewhat nasty laugh.
- Badass Longcoat: A black leather one.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: Toht is very fastidious.
- Bad Boss: When Indy and one of his henchmen are fighting, he gives the order to "shoot zem both".
- Coat Cape: Wears it as such while digging for the Ark.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: With a red hot poker.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: 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.
- The Dragon: To Dietrich, specifically.
- Facial Horror: Has his face melted off during the opening of the ark.
- Faux Affably Evil: Unlike Belloq, the politeness is just an act. Toht is a total sadist.
- Four Eyes, Zero Soul: He wears glasses, and is perhaps the most evil character in the film.
- The Hyena: Of the giggly, effeminate variety.
- Large Ham: Hams most of his lines.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: See the German word "tot" for more details. It's "death", just in case you're lazy.
- Nice Hat: As part of his gear, he wears a cool hat.
- Oh, Crap!: His face when he picks up the white-hot headpiece to the Staff of Ra is this.
- Psycho for Hire: He appears to be in the operation for kicks, not out of ideals. Then again, he's a Gestapo officer, so it makes sense.
- Psychotic Smirk: Whenever he's about to torture someone.
- Scars Are Forever: 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.
- Scary Shiny Glasses: Part of his outfit, which makes his torture scenes all the more unnerving.
- Screams Like a Little Girl: During the Ark Opening scene. Even Belloq screams in a somewhat more manly way.
- Soft-Spoken Sadist: Rarely raises his voice.
- Stab the Salad: The famous coat hanger scene.
- Torture Technician: His primary role is to torture people, as befitting a member of the Gestapo.
- We Have Reserves: 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.
- We Have Ways of Making You Talk: Threatens Marion with this, but Indy intervenes.
Played by: Roy Chiao
- The Don: Of The Triads and the Tongs version.
- Karma Houdini: He tries to murder Indy and cheats him yet he got off scot-free. After murdering one of his friends.
- Well, not really, as Indy killed one of his sons.
- Legitimate Businessmen's Social Club: Conducts his business out of his own Club Obi-Wan.
- The Triads and the Tongs: He's a powerful Shanghai mob boss.
Played by: Amrish Puri
- Badass Boast: "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, Kali-ma will RULE THE WORLD!!"
- Bad Boss: 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.
- Bald of Evil: He wears an animal skull for his rituals, but has not a hair on his head save for his eyebrows.
- Beat Still, My Heart: See the page picture. Possibly the most famous example of this trope.
- Big Bad: Of the second film, since the cult is responsible for the children disappearing.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: 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.
- Disney Villain Death: 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.
- Evil Laugh: Has a somewhat dark and deep laugh.
- Faux Affably Evil: 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.
- Knight of Cerebus: Mola Ram might just be the most evil character throughout the whole franchise.
- Large Ham: "Drop them, DOCTOR JONES! They will be found... YOU WON'T!"
- Mean Character, Nice Actor: Amrish Puri is said by Harrison Ford to be one of the sweetest and kindest men he has ever worked with.
- Orcus on His Throne: Mostly content to wait and lead the operation from the temple.
- Religion Is Magic: Either his religon grants him the power to rip someone's heart out without them dying, or it allows him to create the illusion that this is happening for anyone who sees the act.
- Religion of Evil: How Kali-Ma is presented in the film, and he's at the head of it.
- We Have Reserves: Pushing his own men to their deaths, hoping their falling bodies will knock Indy from the rope bridge.
- Would Hurt a Child: Child slaves are ideal for mining mountains for magic rocks. Small hands, y'see.
Played by: Julian Glover
- Big Bad: Of the third film, since he's heading the expedition and his quest for the Grail kicks off the plot.
- Chair Reveal: "Didn't I warn you, Doctor Jones, not to trust anybody ?"
- Death by Irony: Ages to a corpse within seconds. Nothing a little Botox can't fix, right Donovan?
- Faux Affably Evil: He's fairly charming until things don't go his way. Then he threatens to shoot people.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: His word of advice to Indy: "Be careful. Don't trust anyone." He's killed at the end precisely because he trusted his associate Elsa Schneider to pick out the true Grail rather than one of the traps.
- Immortality Immorality: He goes to some extreme ends to find the Grail.
- It's All About Me: 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.
- Kick the Dog: Shooting Henry to force Indy into clearing the path to the Grail of its traps.
- Man of Wealth and Taste: He is played by Julian Glover, after all.
- Manipulative Bastard: The way he kicks the dog definitely qualifies him.
- The Mole: In a sense. He turns out to be working for the Nazis.
- Piggybacking on Hitler: Selling out America to the Nazis for a grab at immortality.
- Rapid Aging: A punishment for choosing the wrong grail.
- Smug Snake: Never seems to realize just how hopelessly out of his depth he is until the end.
- The Sociopath: 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.
- The Starscream: Eventually to the Nazis, as well.
- Treacherous Advisor: To Indy, sending him on an expedition and then turning out to be working for the Nazis.
Doctor Elsa Schneider
Played by: Alison Doody
- Ambition Is Evil: Her efforts to find the Grail result in her death.
- Anti-Villain: 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.
- Big Bad Duumvirate: With Donovan. She technically answers to him but she's in it for her own reasons and wants the grail for herself, even double crossing him in the end and choosing the wrong grail.
- Damsel in Distress: At least when she was "captured" in Brunwald and finally when she's reaching for the grail.
- Dark Chick: To Donovan and the Nazis.
- Death by Materialism: Dies after trying to reach the Grail.
- Determinator: She's certainly determined to get the Grail, going to extreme lengths for it.
- Disney Villain Death: Falls to her death while reaching for the Grail, though she wasn't quite a villain at that point.
- Even Evil Has Standards: She may be working for the Nazis, but at the rally, she's clearly disgusted and horrified by the book-burning and general anti-intellectualism of the Third Reich.Elsa: I believe in the Grail, not the swastika!
- She also reacts in horror when Donovan shoots Jones. Sr..
- Evil Costume Switch: By the end of the movie, she's wearing a Nazi-inspired riding outfit.
- Fatal Flaw: Her obsession with the Grail.
- Femme Fatale: Most definitely. She manipulates both Jones men just to achieve her goals.
- Friend or Idol Decision: Indiana vs. the grail. She chose the grail and death.
- Heel–Face Turn: However, her Fatal Flaw still leads to her demise.
- Hot Librarian: Has a good knowledge of libraries, and is pretty attractive.
- Love-Interest Traitor: Betrays Indy after initially winning him over.
- The Mole: She's working for Donovan and the Nazis.
- Not So Different: From Indiana, in terms of motivation. He almost meets the same fate she does, but his father intervenes.
- Not in This for Your Revolution: 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.
- Self-Disposing Villain: Her Fatal Flaw does her in.
- Talking in Your Sleep: Played for Laughs; this is how Jones Sr found out she's working with the Nazis.
- Take My Hand: Elsa refuses this request by Indiana and pays with her life.
- Take-That Kiss: "This is how we say goodbye in Austria."
- Tempting Fate: She was warned about taking the grail past the temple's seal.
- Tragic Villain: Due to her Fatal Flaw. She doesn't want to be greedy, evil, or selfish...but the allure of the Grail is just too strong for her.
- Vague Age: 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 (SS Standartenführer) Ernst Vogel
Played by: Michael Byrne
- All There in the Manual: His first name is given in the Marvel Comics adaptation.
- Colonel Badass: Vogel does actually give Indy a good fight.
- Combat Pragmatist: 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.
- Deadpan Snarker: "This is how we say goodbye... in Germany." *Face punch*
- Disney Villain Death: Averted. We see Vogel's body get thrown around like a ragdoll and crushed when his tank plummets over the side of a cliff.
- Dragon-in-Chief: Donovan may have had the money and knowledge, but it is Vogel who controlled the military might of the Nazi Grail-expedition.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: When English boxer Pat Roach's obligatory Punch! Punch! Punch! Uh Oh... fight scene with Harrison Ford was cut by Executive Meddling, Vogel stepped in to give our hero a vicious, brutal beating with shovels and chains atop a tank careening towards a canyon in The Last Crusade.
- Unfortunate Names: 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: Cate Blanchett
- Affably Evil: 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 horrifying manner of his death, too.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: By far the strongest bad guy in the film.
- Badass Bookworm: 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.
- The Baroness: 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.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: Said to her by Indy.
- Big Bad: Of the fourth film, since her actions and theft of the alien corpse kick off the plot.
- Brainy Brunette: 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.
- Colonel Badass / Dark Action Girl: Kicks Mutt's ass in a straight-up fight.
- Double Entendre: "You fight like a young man; eager to begin, quick to finish!"
- Emotionless Girl: She rarely outwardly shows any kind of emotion, rather appearing cool and almost impenetrable.
- Fatal Flaw: Gluttony, actually. She doesn't just crave knowledge, she craves all knowledge, even surpassing what she already knows or what her mind could possibly handle. It's this desire for excess that ultimately destroys her when the aliens' unfathomable knowledge overloads and fries her brain.
- Icy Blue Eyes: Her eyes are incredibly blue and incredibly unsettling when she's trying to 'read' Indy.
- I Know Karate: 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.
- Lady of War: Unlike most franchise villains, Spalko does most of her own fighting, and she's damn good at it too. Her trademark Weapon of Choice is her trusty Royal Rapier.
- Master Swordsman: 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.
- Ms. Fanservice: She may not dress in a traditionally sexy way but she does wear almost Painted-On Pants and also she's a Ukrainian dominatrix who can fence and is played by Cate Blanchett. Need I say more?
- My Skull Runneth Over: Her brain ignites after the aliens tell her everything.
- Psychic Powers: Spalko believes she has psychic abilities and can 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.
- Supplemental material for the movie says that she displayed some kind of psychic ability as a child, and was thought by the people of her small Ukrainian village to be a witch. At some point, her apparent talents caught the attention of the NKVD, and she eventually wound up working directly for Beriya and Stalin.
- Real Award, Fictional Character: In-Universe Spalko was the recipient of both the Order of Lenin (three times!) and the 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.
- Sci-Fi Bob Haircut: 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.
- Soft-Spoken Sadist: Rarely raises her voice, which adds to the creepy effect.
- Tragic Villain: Her lust for knowledge lead to her destruction.
- Villainous Cheekbones: Cate Blanchett famously has very high and prominent cheekbones, so much so that they have inspired epic poetry.
- Villainous Friendship: If her reaction to his death is any indication, she seems to have genuinely liked Dovchenko.
George "Mac" McHale
Played by: Ray Winstone
- Death by Materialism: His greed is what ultimately did him in.
- Death Equals Redemption: 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.
- Famous Last Words: "Jonesy, I'm gonna be all right."
- Fatal Flaw: Greed, he would rather ransack a tomb than escape it whilst it is being torn into another dimension, and he betrays his friend Indy just for a big payoff.
- Go Out with a Smile: And a wink.
- Heel–Face Revolving DoorIndy: (exasperated) So, what are you, like a triple agent?!Mac: No, I just lied about being a double.
- I Did What I Had to Do: When trying to justify his actions to Indy, of course for him, he's just a greedy little bastard.
- Never Found the Body: Technically he doesn't die, instead disappearing into "the space between spaces". It is possible he didn't die at all.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Mac is essentially a replacement for Sallah; a Boisterous Bruiser side kick with a shady past. His character is introduced as if we already knew him from previous installments; a lot of dialog refers to his and Indy's previous adventures; and the audience is supposed be emotionally invested in his change of alignment from good to evil, even though we never actually get to know him first.
- The Gambling Addict: Implies that his reasons for betraying Indy for the Russians is financial, following a spot of "bad luck with the cards".
Colonel Antonin Dovchenko
Played by: Igor Jijikine
- All There in the Manual: According to Crystal Skull's novelization, he has a crush on Spalko.
- Break the Haughty: He can kick Indy's ass, but is incredibly annoyed when he has to have the entire Jones Family hostage while they are arguing.
- Colonel Badass: Fights Indy and utterly kicks his butt due to their age difference.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Having thousands of giant ants eat you from the inside out is never pleasant.
- The Dragon: 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.
- False Flag Operation: Dovchenko and his men roll up to Warehouse 51 in US Army vehicles, American uniforms (he even wears Colonel's Eagles), and carrying American Weapons. The US Air Force APs at the gate are about to ask about an unscheduled delivery when they get hit with a hail of bullets.
- Giant Mook: Fairly tall.
- Husky Russkie: The male Russian colonel is a big strong guy. What are the odds?
- I Know Karate: 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...
- Igor Jijikine knows Sambo from his pre-showbiz time in the Red Army.
- Mighty Glacier: Though he relies more on technique and skill rather than brute force alone, he's still a very big and fairly slow guy.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Ends up on the receiving end of this, after giving Indy a through beating. Gets hit in the genitals with a stick, then again in the legs, and then so hard over the head the stick breaks! Indy then proceeds to punch him until he simply topples over.
- Punch! Punch! Punch! Uh Oh...: Indy hits him repeatedly, only for Dovchenko to tank the punches and strike back.