Fridge / Indiana Jones

Fridge Brilliance

  • One thing that somewhat bothered this troper was knowing that while Indy was having his adventures fighting Nazis, digging up artifacts and rescuing damsels, soldiers were dying in battlefields and civilians were in concentration camps. Well, perhaps Indy himself was bothered by that too, after a while; we learn in "Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" that Indy joined the army and fought in WWII himself, sometime between the last adventure and this one. Indy was always heroic to this troper, but that just made him even more so.
    • Slight problem with that theory, as the first three IJ movies took place from 1935-1938, and WW2 didn't begin until 1939. So while Indy was off combating Nazis and foiling their plots, none of Britain, the U.S.A., France, Russia, etc were even engaged in war yet. So yes he was a hero for joining the army in WW2, but he was even more of a hero before that when he alone of his countrymen (or even the free world) was fighting Nazis.
      • Remember in 1936, the year Raiders was set the summer Olympics was actually in Berlin with Hitler presiding over the ceremonies!
    • Keep in mind that most people didn't know about the concentration camps until the war was almost over anyway, and even then most reports weren't believed. Americans joined in late 1941 and only after being attacked, it had nothing to do with Jews or concentration camps or their allies being killed.
    • Also remember that Indy fought in WWI as an American volunteer in the Belgian army. Not only did the horrors of war scar him and ruin any "romantic" notion of fighting and killing, he also came to realize that it was not his job to right the wrongs of the world all by himself, which is why he didn't get involved in WWII beyond what his job and personal obligations dictated until the U.S. formally joined the war.
  • Indy is noticeably more muscular and buffer in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom than he is in Raiders of the Lost Ark even though it's supposed to be set a year before that movie. The reason behind this is because Indy would be shirtless through a lot of the movie so they had Harrison Ford work out with a personal trainer to build up his body. If you look at the one shirtless scene in Raiders (when he's on the ship with Marion) he looks scrawny in comparison. In Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Indy mentions to Mutt that he almost died of typhus looking for the lost city of Akator. Typhus can cause dramatic weight loss. It's possible that between TOD and Raiders is when Indy got typhus and lost a lot of muscle mass and that's why he's skinnier in Raiders.
    • Also notice that Indy is refering to a novel that was published only in Germany which has him searching for the city, then known as El Dorado.
  • In the 1993 Young Indiana Jones TV movie "Mystery of the Blues" the Framing Device set in 1950 features a middle aged Indiana Jones with a full beard, which he does not have in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, set seven years later. In Real Life it's because Harrison Ford was also filming The Fugitive and grew a beard for the early scenes. We learn in "Crystal Skull" that Indy's father Henry Sr. had died in recent years so the beard Indy has in 1950 could possibly be a Beard of Sorrow if his father died that year.
  • Indy's Arbitrary Scepticism makes a whole lot more sense after seeing Last Crusade, where we learn that Henry Sr. was a true believer in the power of the Holy Grail. Right through to adulthood, Indy was playing the Agent Scully to his dad's Agent Mulder because, like most kids who don't get along with their parents, he was rejecting Henry Sr.'s beliefs and ideologies.
  • Although Dovchenko and Spalko are equal in rank, Irina would very likely have been part of some higher-level secret project related to her apparent mental abilities (likely within the newly-formed KGB), and thus would outrank the regular-military Dovchenko due to her affiliation with the more elite organization.
  • Compare the leitmotifs for the Ark of the Covenant and the Holy Grail:
    • The Ark theme is dark and threatening, appropriate for an artifact with such destructive power (as Those Wacky Nazis learn the hard way). Also appropriate given its origins—throughout the Old Testament, God had a thing for smiting those who displeased Him (flooding the world, wreaking havoc with Egypt, punishing His own people whenever they lost faith, etc.).
    • The Grail theme, on the other hand, has more of a majestic serenity, which suits an artifact that saves and prolongs life (though the same can't be said for the false grails). It also suits its user: Jesus, who was all about love and salvation.

Fridge Logic

  • Indy never finished high school (leaving halfway through his senior year to go fight in WWI) and yet has no trouble getting into college.
    • His father was a renowned historian and he learned several languages and advanced history from an early age; the real question is why he would even need to go to college in the first place, except to get the credentials so that he doesn't have to show off every time someone asks him to prove that he's qualified to be an archaeologist.
    • If he wanted any sort of actual, professional career, the credentials would have been a requirement. As to how, um, GED?
    • It's not unheard of for a high-school dropout to get into college and even get a Ph.D..
    • Also Indy was no slouch as a student, he could easily have done enough extra credit assignments to earn enough credits to legally graduate even if he didn't finish the year.
    • Not to mention, Indy wasn't exactly a "dropout", but a good student that left to fight in World War I (okay, not through the usual route, but he did). I can't say for sure but I would imagine that soldiers had facilities to reinsert in civilian life.