Raiders Of The Lost Parody
Screenwriters tend to have a certain pool of references they call upon certain genres of movies to come up with an Affectionate Parody
: science-fiction (Mainly May the Farce Be with You
and Where No Parody Has Gone Before
for Star Wars
and Star Trek
, respectively, as well as Jurassic Park
), fantasy (The Lord of the Rings
, Harry Potter
, and Dungeons & Dragons
), and mystery and spy adventure (particularly James Bond
). As commonplace as the aforementioned subgenres of parodies is one that seemingly sprang up to immense popularity among screenwriters since movie titans Steven Spielberg
and George Lucas
teamed up and created a dream project for New Year's Day 1981. Like Lucas's previous mega-hit, Star Wars
, the Indiana Jones
franchise has been subjected towards numerous parodies and homages over the years, some of them downright nasty
, others that pay a rather touching tribute
to the quadrilogy, specifically Raiders of the Lost Ark
, the most easily recognizable and famous film of the franchise, and where this trope gets its name. The common elements that a majority of these parodies contain include:
- Extremely deadly and often insanely-designed booby traps that seem impossible to overcome.
- A face-melting scene
- An idol-swap scene.
- A Hot-Blooded, Badass Adventure Archaeologist with a cynical and snarky take on the universe, an Omniglot who is deadly in hand-to-hand as well as firearm combat. Typically wears a fedora and carries a bullwhip around with him and daylights as a college professor.
- A MacGuffin that can range from something as mundane as a pencil to as important as a religious artifact with supernatural powers (i.e. The Ark Of The Covenant), something that proves unwise to tamper with.
- A love interest or female companion that, most of the time, is shrill, irritable, and annoying.
- Human foes that include natives or Nazis.
- Extreme, over-the-top violence (in the darker parodies).
- A score similar to John Williams's iconic Raiders March.
- A plot, if said parody goes beyond the iconic scenes in Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, or Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, that tends to get pretty crazy and ridiculously over-the-top.
- A "map with constantly moving red line superimposed on stock footage of various modes of transportation and famous landmarks" sequence to indicate where the characters are going next.
- The action hero's first name being the name of a state.
A subtrope of Stock Parodies
. Can lead to the Weird Al Effect
due to the easily recognizable traits shared with both the film and the numerous parodies.
Anime and Manga
- Fullmetal Alchemist: In the 5th Laboratory episode of the 2003 anime series, there is a Giant Rolling Ball of Doom sequence a la Raiders of the Lost Ark.
- Pokémon has a couple examples. Battling the Enemy Within has the aforementioned "boulder rolling down a hall" parody. Explorers of the Hero's Ruin in Best Wishes goes much further by including the "boulder rolling down a hall" bit and Cedric Juniper keeping a log of the ruin that is similar to the Grail Diary in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Cedric already had the appearance of Henry Jones Sr. in the games, the anime also gives him his characterization. There are also traps styled after those found in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, and the behavior of the Sigilyph found in the ruin is akin to the science fiction elements of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
- There was a parody in the National Lampoon magazine that had the hero being a gynecologist instead of an archeologist.
- OpenBSD 3.8 was released with a fake radio show based on Indiana Jones called Hackers Of The Lost RAID featuring Puffiana Jones.
- In Fallout: New Vegas : Wild Wasteland, you can find a skeleton with a brown fedora in a refrigerator just outside Goodlands, in a Take That to Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
- The LEGO Indiana Jones series, natch.
- In World of Warcraft, about half of Uldum (an ancient Egypt-style zone) consists of helping "Harrison Jones" find a magic relic in an ancient temple and fight nazi goblins.
- Earnest Evans is essentially the video game version of this. The titular hero is a whip-wielding archaeologist, chasing after a macguffin that would summon the dark god Hastur and end the world. The first level is very much like the opening of Raiders of the Lost Ark, rolling boulder and all (though a bug allows you to get behind the boulder) and subsequent levels have Earnest travel the world shown with a red line along a map. About the only element absent is the Nazis, replaced by both the cult of Hastur, and the Mafia.