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    Mutt Williams 

Mutt Williams (AKA Henry Jones III)

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A high school dropout and Indy and Marion's son.
Played by: Shia Labeouf


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    Harold Oxley 

Harold Oxley

Played by: John Hurt


  • The Bore: Implied. When Indy tries getting him to remember who he is, one of the things he says is "you were never this interesting".
  • Expy: Word of God said that he was inspired by Ben Gunn from Treasure Island.
  • Mad Oracle: He recites all the instructions on how to get to where everyone's meant to go.
  • Sanity Slippage: Looking into the mind of aliens does that. It wears off once the alien ship leaves.

Enemies

    Irina Spalko 

Colonel Doctor Irina Spalko

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Played by: Cate Blanchett

"How fortunate our failure to kill you, Dr. Jones. You survive to be of service to us once again."

  • 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.
  • Heroes Prefer Swords: More like Villains prefer swords, she is hardly seen without her smallsword on the belt and is a deadly fencer.
  • 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.
  • Large Ham: It's pretty clear Cate Blanchett is having a blast playing a bad girl with an Ukrainian accent, who always speaks with intensity.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Royal Rapier: Her Weapon of Choice, used with the skill of a Master Swordsman.
  • 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.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Being a thin woman she is not that physically strong, Indy and Mutt manhandle her with ease. Butt she is very nimble and her skills in hand to hand combat more than make up for it.

    George McHale 

George "Mac" McHale

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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 Door
    Indy: (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".

    Antonin Dovchenko 

Colonel Antonin Dovchenko

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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 6'3 3/4" 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...
  • 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.
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