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[-[[caption-width-right:350:[[TagLine "If adventure has a name, it must be Indiana Jones."]]]]-]

->'''Short Round:''' What is 'Sankara'?
->'''Indy:''' Fortune and glory, kid. ''Fortune and glory''.

''Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom'' is the second film in the ''Franchise/IndianaJones'' film series, though chronologically the first as this all happens before the previous film ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk''.

It involves Indy getting into some trouble in pre-UsefulNotes/WorldWarII China, involving nearly getting poisoned to death, and crashing a plane in the Himalayas. The main plot is him fighting against an evil cult in India, who stole sacred stones and kidnapped children for slave labor.

Released in 1984, The film, and the first ''Film/{{Gremlins}}'' film, are a large part of the reason the PG-13 rating was created in the US.
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!!"Indiana Jones and the Tropes of Doom":

* AluminumChristmasTrees: Indy mentions that Short Round's parents were killed in the Japanese bombing of Shanghai. Many assumed this meant the bombing in 1937 at the start of the Second Sino-Japanese War, which would be a goof as the film is set in 1935; however, there was, in fact, a bombing in 1932, so it works out fine.
* AllThereInTheManual: Although it's never mentioned in the film, according to the novelization Willie's full first name is Wilhelmina, and Short Round's real name is Wan Li.
* AndShowItToYou: "Kali Ma!"
* AntiHero: Indy didn't originally go to Pankot Palace to stop the Thuggee. His goal was to retrieve the Sankara Stones to gain "Fortune and glory." He only decides to be a hero after discovering the mines where the village children are being used as slaves.
* ArcWords: "Fortune and Glory".
* ArentYouGoingToRavishMe: In the scene where Indy bursts into Willie's room looking for more hitmen and for the secret entrance to Kali's temple, Willie is at first coquettishly alarmed by the aggressive demeanour of Indiana ("Be--be gentle with me!"), then confused and finally disappointed.
-->'''Willie:''' I'm right ''here!''
* ArtisticLicense: The film derives entirely from pulp fiction (like all Indiana Jones films) but even then almost everything about its portrayal of India is dated and outlandish:
** No, Kali worship isn't really like that, nor are the Thuggees. The only record of the Thuggee cult is that of the English governor William Sleeman who captured the original group, and some historians argue that he considerably exaggerated their presence and activity to boost his career. The little that we know of Thugee suggests an organized group of highwaymen who robbed travellers and killed them by strangling them with a rumal (a special handkerchief/scarf), an ersatz-Aztec cult interested in human sacrifice they were not.
** Serving live eels to human diners is a good way to get yourself charged with homicide, as raw eel blood is toxic to people. Pretty much all the banquet's "delicacies" are complete nonsense, and entirely made up by the screenwriters based on how gross Lucas and Spielberg found their suggestions. Indian cuisine has a good deal of vegetarian diet, and even the Hindus who eat non-vegetarian food (who do exist) consume the same meat as everywhere else.
** The Thugee Cult died out in the 1850s, yet this film takes place in the 1930s and presents the arrival of the British Regiment arriving at the end as TheCavalry. Small wonder it was banned in India. The film is inspired by Film/GungaDin which likewise took place in an earlier period.
* AsLongAsItSoundsForeign: Only Mola Ram (who is played by an Indian actor) speaks Hindi. The movie was shot in Sri Lanka, and all extras speak Sinhalese as a result.
* BadBoss: Mola Ram throws his own men down the broken bridge in an attempt to dislodge Indy. He also orders the water tank knocked over and smashed, sending a huge tidal wave down the mine tunnels without regard for the six or seven Thuggee guards in mine carts who went down there after Indy and co.
* BareYourMidriff: Willie is dressed in a belly-revealing sari throughout the climax.
* BeatStillMyHeart: Mola Ram does the whole [[AndShowItToYou heart-pulled-out-of-chest-alive]] thing.
* BeatTheCurseOutOfHim: Indy gets mind-controlled by the Thuggee, and is brought out of it when Short Round burns him with a torch.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor[=/=]GilliganCut: Indiana cries for water as he has stopped the wagon merely with his overheated shoes. Cue a big incoming flood triggered by Mola Ram. PlayedForLaughs.
* BelligerentSexualTension: ''So much'' between Indy and Willie.
* BigBad: Mola Ram. Notably, the only Big Bad in the series to be defeated by Indy himself. [[Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk Belloq]] was killed by the wrath of God, [[Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade Donovan]] was tricked by Elsa into drinking from the false Grail, and [[spoiler:[[Film/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull Spalko]] was knowledged to death by the aliens.]]
* BigNo: Willie during the CrowdHockey scene.
* BilingualBonus: The Maharajah of Pankot is called 'Zalim' which means [[spoiler:evil]] in Hindi. Fitting, as he [[spoiler:is a bad guy. But only because his second-in-command was feeding him [[BrainwashedAndCrazy mind-control juice]].]]
* BloodyHorror: [[spoiler:The scene where an evil hindu priest forces his hand into a person's chest, and removes his heart, and it's ''still beating after''.]]
* BondVillainStupidity: The two thugs that work for Lao Che. Instead of simply shooting Indy while he was sleeping on the plane, they instead plot a collision course into a mountain and then parachute from the plane. This is even more stupid when you realise that they're just parachuted into the middle of the Himalayas! Where the hell were they planning on going after landing halfway up a mountain?! [[note]] According to the shooting script, the two thugs saw that Indy had quick reflexes and weren't sure whether he was asleep or half-asleep so they got cold feet and decided to jump out of the plane rather than go after him with a knife [[/note]]
* BookEnds: The village is grim and dismal when the trio arrives. As well, Willie is irritated by Short Round and keeps pulling away from him and is rude to the inhabitants. At the end, the village is lush and colorful, Willie makes the required gestures of respect to the elder, and is now fond of Shorty.
* BrainlessBeauty: Willie. In her EstablishingCharacterMoment she not only quickly reveals her airheadedness ("this Nurhachi's a ''real'' small guy") but her vanity too ("He put ''two holes'' in my dress from Paris!"). She gets a bit better as the film goes on, though.
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: Anyone opposed to Mola Ram: The maharaja, many of the slaves, and even [[spoiler: Indy]]. Possibly Chatter Lal as well. Don't drink the kool-aid around Mola Ram. Hell, the novelization and shooting script both had even ''Mola Ram'' waking up from brainwashing when he grips the Shankara Stone at the end. And then the poor guy falls to the crocodiles (cut from the movie both because it seemed too cruel and it begged the question of who brainwashed ''him?'').
* BrickJoke: Indy goes for his gun to deal with two sword-wielding guards, only to find it not in his holster because Willie lost it out the window all the way back in the ActionPrologue.
* TheBrute: The commander of Mola Ram's Thuggee guards, played by Pat Roach. In addition to being gigantic, he is a violent and merciless human being who enjoys beating children.
* BusbyBerkeleyNumber: The gloriously over-the-top cover of the title song from ''Theatre/AnythingGoes'' that kicks off the film.
* ButtMonkey: Poor Willie.
* CallBack: Indy preps to dispose of the two swordsmen the way he did memorably in ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'', only this time, his gun isn't there. (This movie occurs chronologically before ''Raiders'', but then again, just shooting sword-wielding enemies might be Indy's [[CombatPragmatist standard practice]].)
* TheCameo: Creator/DanAykroyd appears in the beginning of the film as Weber, as payback for [[Creator/StevenSpielberg Spielberg's]] cameo in ''TheBluesBrothers''.
* CarCushion: Slight subversion in the beginning. The car is their means of escape.
* CarryingTheAntidote: Lao Che is chivalrous enough to swindle and poison Indiana in a reversible way.
* CategoryTraitor: Jones accuses Mola Ram of betraying Shiva -- a deity that neither of them worship, but it mattered to the ancient text about the Sankara stones. Bizarrely, it's the one decent piece of Hinduism in the movie. Kali is Shiva's bride and both part of the same over-deity. Mola Ram is a blasphemer on a ''big''-big scale.
* TheCavalryArrivesLate: The British troops at the end of the film. Lampshaded by Willie and only partially late since they disperse the numerous and somewhat dangerous Thuggee archers, although the few volleys they fire show they are from the ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy.
* ChekhovsGun: Willie throws away Indy's gun. Later on he's confronted by two swordsmen, reaches for his gun and... oops!
* ChekhovsGunman: Captain Blumburtt of the 11th Poona Rifles.
* ChekhovsSkill: Indy fluently shifts into Chinese while arguing with Short Round over which of them is cheating more at cards. He later uses the same language to warn the boy that [[spoiler: he ''is'' going to cut the bridge]] without alerting Mola Ram and his Mooks.
** Indy being an {{Omniglot}}, knew the Indian language, so he knew how to invoke the Stones by invoking Shiva.
--> '''Indy:''' You betrayed Shiva! Thum Shiva Ke Vishwasth Karthe Ho! You betrayed Shiva!
* ChildlessDystopia: The village, initially.
* CityMouse: Willie Scott.
* ConservationOfNinjutsu: Perhaps expected with Indy, but blatantly abused to the point of comedy with Short Round, a ten-year-old kid who is able to OneHitKO entire gangs of muscular Thuggee cultists
* ConvectionSchmonvection: Zig-zagged. It's averted when the first sacrificial victim bursts into flames well before plunging into the lava pit. Then it's played straight when Willie is in the exact same situation.
* ConveyorBeltODoom: Indy fights a big Thuggee on one that leads to a rock crusher.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Willie, fed up with the insanity, finally finds it within herself to punch out the {{Mook}} that's climbed onto the coal cart. One punch.
* CrowdHockey: The film's opening shootout at Club Obi Wan also has Willie chasing a diamond all over the place while fleeing customers kick it around, including into a [[NeedleInAStackOfNeedles spilled bucket of ice]].
* {{Cult}}: The Thuggee. ReligionOfEvil.
* CultureChopSuey: The historical Thuggee cult is rather lacking in actual documentary evidence, but the little that exist is drastically different[[note]]The Thugee were largely highway robbers who attacked travelers and strangled them by using a handkerchief (A "rumal") and they did this in broad daylight on the road rather than an underground cavern over hot molten lava[[/note]] from what is seen in the film. It instead draws inspiration from Aztec, African and Carribean rituals, folklore and hearsay.
** Mola Ram's HumanSacrifice to "Kali" has more in common with Aztec rituals than anything in Indian myth and history. Mola Ram's outfit has more in common with stereotypical clothes worn by Shamanic priests from Africa and Latin American countries, most notable the shrunken head that he keeps hanging by his side. The Voodoo doll used by the possessed Little Maharaja to attack Indiana Jones, yes that's from the Haitian Voudou religion, or rather TheThemeParkVersion of it. The Red Pentagram worn by Chattar Lal would make Creator/AleisterCrowley jealous.
** Likewise the film's depiction of India is a melange of different and highly divergent Indian traditions. Since the film was shot in Sri Lanka, some of the extras actually speak Sinhalese. Geographically, the plane that carried Indy, Short Round and Willie was marked to be flying on the Northern border and Indy dives down a snowscape implied to be the Himalayan range, but the village he arrives in is more central Indian than North Indian. Kali worship is associated with Bengal and definitely not considered any Satanic figure.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Creator/GeorgeLucas attributes it to the fact that he was going through a divorce at the time and he was in a really dark mood at the time. Creator/StevenSpielberg was coming off ''Film/ETTheExtraTerrestrial'' and wanted to do something a little less family friendly.
* DarkestHour: [[spoiler: Indiana Jones is brainwashed by Mola Ram and joins the Thuggees, Willie Scott is made a sacrifice to Kali, and Short Round is enslaved and toiling in the catacombs with all the other kidnapped kids, basically meaning that it was all over for the world, non-Thuggee religions and our heroes…]] [[spoiler:that is until Short Round destroys the chains on him and escapes!]]
* DescendingCeiling
* DesignatedGirlFight: Kids rather than girls, but Short Round takes on the Maharaja himself.
* DidNotThinkThisThrough: Lao Che's pilots plot to kill Indy and crew is nonsensical. Why destroy a perfectly good plane and the related cargo when they could have just killed Indy? He was ASLEEP when they passed by him... they could have shot him, stabbed him or caved his head in with a wrench. Plus, they parachute into the mountains. How were they going to get back home?
* DisneyVillainDeath: [[spoiler:Mola Ram]] falls into a river, and we see crocodiles chewing up his clothing afterward.
* DoomyDoomsOfDoom
* DoorFocus:
** When Indiana closes the door of the airplane, the camera shot reveals the airplane belongs to Lao Che.
** A basic element of the IndyHatRoll performed later.
* TheDragon: The commander of the Thuggee guards appears to be this to Mola Ram.
* EightiesHair: Willie's hair is quite a bit more 1984 than 1935 -- check out that perm, and later on, those bangs! Apparently, she's so fashion conscious that she's fifty years ahead of her time!
* EmpathicEnvironment: When Indy first arrives at the Indian Village, it's desolate and lifeless. The sun is blotted out by thick clouds, the villagers barely have any food due to a drought and their children are missing. When Indy brings back the Shankara stones and their children, their village is full of life. Lampshaded by the Shaman.
--> '''Shaman:''' We know you are coming back, when life returned to our village.
* EverybodyHatesHades: This film played a large role in giving Kali the same reputation as the Greek God of Death in the Anglophone. In Hinduism, Kali is a popular deity who represents transformation and transience, and the power to face most of life's challenges with strength. Here she's transformed into a Satanic figure against all traditions of existing Hinduism in India.
* EverythingTryingToKillYou: Nearly every scene in the film is totally tense and filled with peril. Plane crash lands in India, the jungle is filled with vampire bats, monkeys, snakes and elephants. Limited diet, monkey brains, snakes and eels are there for your liking. Then you have underground caverns filled with sulphur, hot lava, crazed cultists, narrow mine carts, a rickety wooden bridge over a lake of crocodiles.
* EvilChancellor: Chattar Lal, the Prime Minister of Pankot, is in cahoots with the Thuggee.
* EvilLaugh: The Chinese gangster Lao Che and his son seem to be fond of it.
* FakeShemp: Harrison Ford injured his back during filming, and was out for several weeks. To continue production Spielberg used Ford's stuntman Vic Armstrong to perform the action sequences (even the simpler ones Ford could do) from behind and Harrison later filmed a few token close-ups.
* FamiliarSoundtrackForeignLyrics: The opening nightclub performance features Cole Porter's song "Anything Goes" in Mandarin (except for putting the Title Drop in GratuitousEnglish).
* FateWorseThanDeath: One of the children begs to be killed before they turn him into a Kali Ma, "alive but like a nightmare"
* {{Fingore}}: The Kali statues outside of Pankot Palace had necklaces of ''real human fingers.'' A rather [[CaptainObvious blatant warning]] that the Thuggee were active in the area.
* ForeignQueasine: "Ahh. Chilled monkey brains!" --Not to mention the live eels inside a posed snake corpse, eyeball soup...turned out it was a BatmanGambit to try to encourage both the British and Indy's party to leave; it obviously failed miserably. The novelization highlights the banquet menu as a tipoff that all is not well in Pankot, as Hindus would never eat such food, and further that not even a "normal" bad guy would serve something so depraved.
* GiantMook: The Thuggee enforcer who also supervises the enslaved children.
* GoldDigger: Willie, when she learns about the Majahraja of Pankot Palace. Then she finds out [[ExpectingSomeoneTaller he's only around ten]].
* GottaCatchThemAll: The Thuggees were looking for all five Sankara stones, and had three of them until Indy showed up.
* HandInTheHole: Indy and Short Round are going to get crushed to death in the trap full of bugs because Willie doesn't want to stick her hand in the dark hole to release the trap. It's a subversion, though, because it's not the dark hole that she's squicked by. It's the fact that the hole is literally crawling with bugs of all types. And she picks the wrong hole at first as Indiana's hand points out.
* HardHead: When [[spoiler:Mola Ram falls to his death]], he slams his head into the cliff-face, but he doesn't seem to notice, given his uninterrupted scream.
* HeartInTheWrongPlace: The villain snatches the heart from the left side of the sacrificial victim's chest. His attempt to do the same to Indy likewise uses this trope. It's hinted, however, that this may be hypnotic imagery rather than the heart being ripped out.
* HijackedByJesus: As far as the movie is concerned, Shiva is {{God}} and Kali is {{Satan}}. Someone apparently didn't realize that Kali happens to be Shiva's ''wife'', at least in another of her aspects (Parvathi).
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Indy leads a slave revolt where the Thugee slavers are killed by the chains, picks and rocks used and gathered by the child slaves.
* HumanSacrifice: The Thugeee indulge in this.
* IAmVeryBritish: "Captain Blumburtt" -- his very name suggests and sounds like a combination of "bombastic", "bluster" and "pomp". This trope also applies to Art Weber, [[FakeBrit played by Dan Aykroyd]].
* IBrokeANail: Willie Scott... ''twice''.
* IdiotBall: When Indiana discovers the mine and throws a rock against a guard, revealing his presence and alerting the Thuggees, but it turns out he was surrounded already, other mooks were sneaking from behind.
* IfYoureSoEvilEatThisKitten:
** A slight variation, the first task assigned to "evil" Indiana is the sacrifice of Willie.
** Used by Indy when he pretends he's about to throw Short Round into the lava pit as a feint against the Thuggee on the dais.
* IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight: Short Round burning Indiana with a torch.
* IllKillYou: Short Round threatens a large {{Mook}} to make him release Indy.
-->'''Short Round''': Drop him down! I kill you! Drop him down!
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: The fate of Lao Che's son Chen.
* ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy: Mola Rom's archers are useless. For that matter, they don't do any better with guns, although they at least have the excuse that Indy's gang is ''moving'' in those scenes.
* IndyHatRoll: Trope Namer, done after escaping from the room with the descending spikes.
* IronicEcho: Indy calls for water when he sets his shoes on fire stopping the minecart. A second later he's shouting the same phrase to warn against the rushing torrent of water coming down the mine shaft.
* ItsPersonal: Lao Che's remaining son tries to shoot Indy for killing his brother and injuring his hand (when he tried to steal the artifact without paying).
-->'''Lao Che:''' You have insulted my son.\\
'''Indy:''' No. You insulted ''me''. But I spared him his life.
* {{Jerkass}}: Mola Ram practices human sacrifice, enslaves children, brainwashes adults, and has world domination and the extermination of all other religions next on his to-do list. But he also isn't above tearing one of his own guards off a cliff to drop him on Indy, then having a hearty chuckle about it. Overlaps with EvilIsPetty.
* JustDesserts: The final fight occurs over the bridge of a river full of [[NeverSmileAtACrocodile crocodiles]].
* KarmaHoudini:
** Lao Che cheats and tries to murder Indiana, but gets away scot free. And Indiana has no idea about it. There was a plan to have him return in a sequel, but it never came to fruition. He is probably the ONLY named Indiana Jones villain who is still alive at the end of the movie.
** The last we see of Chattar Lal, he gets stuck under the wheel in the sacrificial chamber but his fate is unclear. Originally he was planned to suffer a DisneyVillainDeath.
* KillItWithFire: Turns out to be [[spoiler:the cure for the black sleep.]]
* LethalLavaLand: The titular Temple of Doom.
* LetsGetDangerous: Towards the end of the film.
* TheLoad: Willie is spectacularly useless.
* LogoJoke: Cutting from the Paramount logo to a fake mountain on the set of Willie's nightclub act.
* MacGuffinMelee: The lounge scene, where Jones, Willie Scott, and Lao Che's goons fight over a diamond and the antidote to the [[spoiler:poison Jones drank]].
* MajoredInWesternHypocrisy: Chattar Lal, prime minister to the Maharaja of Pankot, attended Oxford.
* {{Malaproper}} : Willie calling mummies ''mommies'' doubles as EstablishingCharacterMoment for DumbBlonde.
* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: Indiana thinks a wide string of coincidences brought him to the village. The villagers think Shiva sent him.
* MeaningfulName: Willie Scott's first name is, rather aptly, a nod to the Wilhelm Scream.
* MightyWhitey: Indiana Jones is annointed by the village head as a saviour sent by Shiva to rescue the villagers from the Thuggee. Indy also rescues a bunch of child slaves and liberates them. Likewise, the finale has the British General leading a contingent to arrive as TheCavalry to repel the Thuggee.
* MisplacedWildlife:
** Vampire bats are native to the Americas. Of course, the "vampire bats" seen in the film are actually fruit bats, hence their size.
** The "crocodiles" that devour the {{Mooks}} and [[spoiler: Mola Ram]] are actually American alligators.
* MissedHimByThatMuch: Short Round escapes just as the Thuggee commander was coming in.
* MistakenAge: Willie assumes the Maharaja is an adult.
* MohsScaleOfViolenceHardness: It rates an 8 (yes a PG-rated film gets an 8 on a scale of violence level), primarily due to [[spoiler:Mola Ram (Amrish Puri) ripping out a dude's (Nizwar Karanj) heart out with his bare hand (shown in close-up) and the fact that the Temple of Doom's upper air shafts (or whatever they are) are decorated with flayed human skin. That's not even including the dozens of children being abused and held in slavery and Hellish working conditions]].
* MoodDissonance:
** There's a scene where Indy and Short Round are trapped in a room with a DescendingCeiling and filled with spikes. In order to free them, Willie has to reach into a hole filled to the brim with bugs. Scary, but thanks to Indy and Willie both freaking out, it's also hilarious.
** Willie Scott's Creator/BusbyBerkeley-esque performance of "Anything Goes" in Chinese tops the film off.
* MsFanservice: Willie can be quite sexy when she's comfortable in the situation.
--> '''Indy:''' So...wearing your jewels to bed, princess?
--> '''Willie:''' Yes.... And nothing else. Does that surprise you?
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: Indiana Jones was ready for his nocturnal activities and not really too eager to investigate much before a hitman is sent against him.
* NoIndoorVoice: Short Round
* NoisyNature: One scene had enough wildlife sounds to supply a trip to the zoo.
* NoodleIncident: During dinner at Pankot Palace, the prime minister, Chatter Lal brings up a grave-robbing incident in Honduras "greatly exaggerated by the press" and another one where Indiana was threatened with the loss of his head by the Sultan of Madagascar if he ever returned.
-->'''Indy:''' It wasn't my head. It wasn't my hands, it was [[GroinAttack my... my misunderstanding]].
* NotDistractedByTheSexy: After being attacked by an assassin in his room, Indy goes to Willie's room to search for the secret passage that the assassin entered from. But Willie mistakenly believes that Indy showed up at her room so that he could make love to her. Willie spends the next few moments offering herself to Indy while he ignores her in his search for the passage.
* NotHimself: Indy, for a short time.
* NotQuiteDead: Indy thinks he has finished off the villain who assaulted him during the RollercoasterMine scene, but the guy comes back from a dead angle.
* OddballInTheSeries: In many ways. It's the only film where Indy isn't shown teaching at his university at any point (although it is mentioned), and it's the only one which uses the poster font in the opening credits. This is the only Indy film so far where the major villains were non-white. In past and future films, while some of the minor mooks may have been people of color, the major enemies have been either Nazis or evil Russians.
* OhCrap:
** Indy actually lets out a little yelp of terror when he realizes there are more Thuggees charging towards him. Also when he realized he doesn't have his gun.
** This is Wille's facial expression for much of the film.
** The plane's fuel is empty and is about to crash.
-->'''Indy:''' I think we got a big problem.
** "Indy, cover your heart! Cover your heart!!"
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: When he first appears, at the dinner scene, the young Maharajah speaks with a ''very'' plummy [[UsefulNotes/BritishAccents RP accent]]. However, much later on, after Shorty has beaten him up, he comes out with "Please leesten! To git out, you mast tek de lift tunnal!", in some sort of "ethnic" (Indian?) accent. Well, he was BrainwashedAndCrazy before.
* PapaWolf: Indy. "They're innocent children... Mola Ram, prepare to meet Kali, '''IN HELL!!'''"
* PetTheDog: The normally cynical and selfish Indy letting himself be captured and tortured by the Thuggee to save a little boy from being whipped to death.
** Possible FridgeBrilliance, as this is supposed to be a prequel to ''Raiders''--which means the trouble caused by this HonorBeforeReason moment made him more "careful" in the future.
* ThePrecariousLedge: After the mine-cart chase scene, Indy and his companions wind up on a narrow ledge that runs past the shaft's opening. Water cascading from the mine causes parts of the cliff wall to cave in or be penetrated by broken wooden beams, forcing the three further along the ledge to avoid the debris.
* PrecisionFStrike: In the rope bridge scene, Indy gives an "Oh, shit!".
* PrepareToDie: Meeting-with-deities styled with, "Prepare to meet Kali, in Hell!"
* {{Prequel}}: The film takes place a year before ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'', but the only indication is the date at the start of the film.
* PsychicSurgery
* PunctuatedForEmphasis:
** "Mola Ram, prepare to meet Kali... '''IN HELL!.'''"
** "Willie, WE! are GOING! to DIE!"
* ReadyForLovemaking:
** PlayedForLaughs, where Indy and Willie have an argument over their BelligerentSexualTension. Each one is certain that the other is hot for them (and they're both right), but their egos won't allow either to "submit". Thus, they retire to their individual rooms and the audience is treated to a montage as they prepare themselves for a wild night of raunchy sex, only to (angrily) realize that neither one is biting. Then, the trope is played its straightest after Indy is almost assassinated in his room and barges into Willie's to check for another assassin, with Willie reclining on the bed, positively giddy to see a crazed Indy bursting her door down, sexily cooing "Oh...''Indy''...!"
** When Indy grabs the breasts of a statue (to push to reveal a secret entrance), Willie snarks, gesturing to her ''own'' breasts, "Hey, I'm right '''''here'''''!"
* RecruitedFromTheGutter: Indy relates how he first met his KidSidekick, Short Round, when the latter was a street orphan trying to pick his pocket. Short Round's loyalty saves him from "[[BrainwashedAndCrazy the black sleep of Kali Ma]]" later in the film.
* RefugeInAudacity: Indy's solution to being cornered in the middle of a rope bridge with enemies approaching on both sides: [[spoiler: cut the bridge]]. Even Mola Ram is shocked.
* RollercoasterMine: TropeCodifier, almost every minecart ride in any media is a reference to the famous scene here.
* RopeBridge: A pretty iconic example during the climax of the film.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: Zalim Singh, the underage Maharajá, assists Short Round once his brainwashing has been eradicated.
* {{Sadist}}: The Chief Thuggee Guard.
* SaveTheVillain: When The Head Thuggee Guard is getting pulled into the rock crusher, he desperately reaches for a rope, attached to a pulley. Indiana grabs the rope as well... ''trying to save him'' despite the fact the guy just tried to kill Indy the same way. Of course, the guard is too heavy (and the pull proves too great) that it lifts Indy instead of pulling the guard free. [[LaserGuidedKarma Not that Indy is too broken up over it.]]
* SayYourPrayers: The unfortunate sacrifice victim begins babbling them as soon as he's strapped into the cage.
* SexyShirtSwitch: Subverted. Willie wears Indiana's tuxedo after they escape from the nightclub, but it's not post-coital, there simply isn't anything else for her to wear. It still looks very good on her, though.
* ShoutOut:
** The nightclub where the movie begins is named "Club [[StarWars Obi-Wan"]]. In that scene the origins of Indiana as a derivative Film/JamesBond are very explicit and homaged, as he's dressed similarly to Creator/SeanConnery's Bond in ''Film/{{Goldfinger}}''.
** Many to ''Film/GungaDin'' (from the Thuggee plot to minor details and iconic scenes such as the bridge) to the point it can be considered its SpiritualSuccessor. [[http://www.theraider.net/information/influences/gunga_din.php Read]]
** The [[StockFootage footage]] of the giant bats as Jones and his entourage pass through the jungle on their way to Pankot Palace is taken from ''Film/TheBridgeOnTheRiverKwai''. Spielberg pays {{homage}} to Creator/DavidLean, the man who inspired him to become a director.
** The names Pankot and Mayapore are taken from the 1960s-70s "Raj Quartet" novels by Paul Scott, of whom writers Willard Huyk and Gloria Katz are fans.
** The name of Short Round is a {{Homage}} to Creator/SamuelFuller's ''The Steel Helmet'' where the American GI protagonist befriends a Korean boy during the UsefulNotes/KoreanWar and gives him [[TheNicknamer the same nickname]].
** The opening musical number is Spielberg's spoof of Creator/BusbyBerkeley musicals of the early 30s, namely the number "Shanghai Lil" from ''Footlight Parade'' which has the same element of Chinoiserie and Shanghai setting.
* ShrunkenHead: Mola Ram's ceremonial headdress is crowned with what looks like one of these.
* ShutUpKirk: A good one from Mola Ram, calling Indy's bluff: "Drop them, Dr. Jones! They [the Shankara Stones] will be found - '''''YOU WON'T'''''! ''(in Hindi)'' '''GET HIM!'''"
* SlapSlapKiss: Willie after being saved by the no-longer-evil Indiana.
* SlasherSmile: The brainwashed maharaja.
* SlippingAMickey: Indiana's drink is poisoned by Lao Che.
* SpikesOfDoom
* SpitefulSpit: Willie to evil-Indiana.
* StormingTheCastle: Pankot Palace.
* ATasteOfTheLash: Regular treatment for the child slaves and given to Short Round and to Indiana, with his own whip.
* TastesLikeFriendship: Indy and Willie are given food in the village. He makes her eat it even though it tastes awful because he knows the villagers gave them all they had.
-->'''Indy:''' That's more food than these people eat in a week. They're starving.\\
'''Willie:''' I'm sorry. You can have--\\
'''Indy:''' Eat it.\\
'''Willie:''' I'm not hungry.\\
'''Indy:''' You're insulting them and you're embarrassing me. Eat it.
* TempleOfDoom: TropeNamer
* TemptingApple: Willie is [[ForeignQueasine disgusted by the dinner]] served at the temple and refuses to eat, despite being obviously hungry. Retiring for the night, the BelligerentSexualTension between Willie and Indy is heightened by Indy appearing with a big juicy apple that Willie devours with lust.
* ThemeMusicPowerUp: After Indy gets out of the black sleep of Kali, as he and Short Round start kicking some Thuggee butt.
* ThisCannotBe: Willie when she is about to be sacrificed.
* TheTriadsAndTheTongs: Lao Che and his henchmen.
* {{Understatement}}: "I'm not going to have anything nice to say about this place when I get back!"
* VictoriasSecretCompartment: Willie stores the antidote there.
* VillainExitStageLeft: Mola Ram escapes through a trap door after Willie's sacrifice is thwarted.
* VoodooDoll: Against Indiana
* WaifFu: Short Round helps Indy take down {{Mooks}}.
* WeHaveReserves: On the broken bridge, Mola Ram pushes one of his own men off in his attempts to make Indy fall.
** Earlier, Mola Ram floods the tunnels, which would certainly kill the four minecarts of Thuggees pursuing Indy.
* WhipItGood: Indy's whip gets used in lieu of a gun when he goes up against a pair of swordsmen.
* WhyDontYouJustShootHim:
** Subverted when Indiana is about to pull his "revolver defeats swordsman" routine from the previous movie, but he is lacking the gun. He resorts to GoodOldFisticuffs and then proceeds to WhipItGood.
** Played straight by Lao Che's pilots who just jump out and leave Indiana inside the plane without fuel in a collision course (explained in the novelisation).
* WilhelmScream: Three times - first in the club when a serving cart smashes into the orchestra, second when one of Lao Che's mooks is shot by Indy during the car chase, and finally at the end when Mola Ram is getting eaten by alligators.
* WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief: To be expected, as this is an Indiana Jones movie. But a few notable examples:
** The raft escape. The thing doesn't flip over during the whole fall (which is impossible), the landing doesn't hurt everyone aboard, and the raft is still seaworthy after this spectacular fall, and toboggan-style slide down the mountain.
** If The Maharajah was planning to have Indy killed, why send a single assassin? He had a palace of guards at his disposal.
** Fire breaks the Black Sleep? Seems like this cause a lot of problems, given the Temple of Doom is in a lava-oozing cave network, with lots of torches around.
** Willie Scott would have certainly burned to death, that close to the lava. Yet she's absolutely unhurt.
** Many, many, many times, the minecarts (in all instances) would have gone off the rails. That track layout was not practical to carry the minecarts.
** The water pressure coming out of the mines (after the minecart ride) is WAY too powerful, given the distance it covered and the lava it certainly encountered.
* WouldHurtAChild: The Thuggees. Especially that one who viciously whips Short Round.
* WouldntHitAGirl: Mola Ram chose not to rip Willie's heart out. But he'd rather have it broken by Indy's supposed betrayal.
* WrestlerInAllOfUs: Indy busts out a double drop kick on the [[GiantMook Thuggee foreman.]] It did not work.
* YouCanKeepHer: Lao Che's reaction to Indy holding his moll (Willie) at forkpoint.
* YouNoTakeCandle: Short Round talks this way.
* YoureInsane:
** "What a vivid imagination..."
** Later:
--->'''Short Round:''' Hang on, lady. We're going for a ride!
--->'''Willie:''' Oh my God... ''Oh my GOD!'' Is he ''nuts''?!
--->'''Short Round:''' He no nuts, he CRAZY!!!
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