Characters: Indiana Jones
Here we have the daring heroes and blackhearted villains of the Indiana Jones
saga of films
, directed by Steven Spielberg
and produced by George Lucas
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- 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.
- Action Duo: With Short Round, his father, or Mutt.
- Action Survivor: Indy may have styled himself as a badass 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: Hell yes.
- 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"!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Really Gets Around: His Hot Teacher status aside, in the first three movies alone, he's had at least 3 women in his life: Marion Ravenwood, Willie Scott and Elsa Schneider. The latter of which Squicked him out when he found out he shared her with his father.
- 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
- 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 Ruskie son of a bitch!!!
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.
- 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.
Professor Henry Walton Jones Senior
- 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 Load: Do not let Henry Sr. near anything that fires bullets. Subverted later on, regardless of what Indy may think.
- Took a Level in Dumbass: In Raiders, Sallah was competent, brave and intelligent. In Last Crusade, he was a borderline idiot savant comic relief character whose only redeeming characteristic was he could hit really hard.
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.
- Bus Crash: Denholm Elliott's death was written into the fourth film.
- The Cast Showoff: Mr. Elliott was an accomplished equestrian and so was able to safely nearly-fall-off-the-horse in the third movie.
- 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.
- The Fool: Though he's not stupid, just a little bit of a clutz.
- 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. Last Crusade, seems to make this claim unlikely though.
- 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.
- Genre Savvy: He knows from the very beginning that the Ark and the Grail shouldn't be taken lightly, even as he wants them to be found.
- 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
- Large Ham: A lot. She's certainly enjoing herself.
Short Round (AKA Wan Li)
Played by: Jonathan Ke Quan
- Badass Adorable: A kid who manages to get past vast amounts of armed mooks.
Mutt Williams (AKA Henry Jones the Third)
- 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.
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 Nazi's 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 archeological expertise to sway Dietrich around to his point of view and get the colonel to do what he wants.
- 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.
- 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.
- Irony: If it weren't for the test he suggested that ultimately resulted in his and his co-villains Karmic Death on a remote island and delivered it to Berlin as is, there most likely would not have been a World War II because of the Ark blowing it up.
- 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
1914 1870, mind.
- 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?
Colonel Herman Dietrich
Played by: Wolf Kahler
- Even Evil Has Standards: Does a very minor one when he seizes the smuggling ship. Captain Katanga tries to protect Marion by implying that he plans to sell her as a 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
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- 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, a professional wrestler, is said by Harrison Ford to be one of the sweetest and kindest men he has ever worked with.
- 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
- 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?
- 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.
- 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.
Dr. Elsa Schneider
Played by: Alison Doody
- Damsel in Distress: At least when she was "captured" in Brunwald and finally when she's reaching for the grail.
- 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.
- 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 Ernst Vogel
Played by: Michael Byrne
- All There in the Manual: His first name is given in the Marvel Comics adaptation.
- 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.
- Fail O'Suckyname: 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!
- 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.
Colonel Doctor Irina Spalko
- 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.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Mentally, she's a little "out there" compared to most other Indiana Jones villains.
- 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.
George "Mac" McHale
Colonel Antonin Dovchenko
Played by: Igor Jijikine
- Break the Haughty: He can kick Indie's ass, but is incredibly annoyed when he has to have the entire Jones Family hostage, while they are arguing.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Having thousands of giants 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.
- 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...
- Mighty Glacier: Though relying more on technique and skill rather than brute force alone.