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Wilhelmina "Willie" Scott
Played by: Kate Capshaw
"I'm not going to have anything nice to say about this place when I get back!"
- Aren't You Going to Ravish Me?: Willie during the entire scene where Indy bursts into her room to look for the secret entrance to Kali's temple. "I'm right here!"
- Brainless Beauty: Willie is pretty but she has nothing between her ears. She thinks archaeologists search for 'mommies' (mummies) and doesn't seem able to grasp the idea of cremation ("this Nurhachi's a real small guy").
- Defrosting Ice Queen: Interviews with Spielberg indicate she was meant to be this trope. Unfortunately, she didn't come off this way to most viewers.
- Diamonds in the Buff:Indy: You wear your jewelry to bed, princess?Willie: Yes. And nothing else.
- Distressed Damsel: To the point where most fans consider her a Damsel Scrappy.
- The Ditz / Dumb Blonde: Especially compared to Marion and Elsa.
- '80s Hair: Willie's hairstyle is half a century ahead of its time.
- Glamorous Wartime Singer: Stationed in Shanghai.
- Jerkass: Nine times out of ten, she's abrasive to Indy and Short Round. She's not entirely irredeemable, but is mostly unpleasant.
- Large Ham: A lot. She's certainly enjoing herself.
- The Load: Gets herself continually captured and in danger.
- Meaningful Name: Apparently, her name is derived from the "Wilhelm Scream". She's also named after Steven Spielberg's pet dog, much like how George Lucas had named Indy after his pet dog.
- Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: She's originally from Missouri, and the drawl tends to slip back in when she gets really mad.
- Screaming Woman: And how. Kate Capshaw said it was not her specialty, and she even had to learn how to shriek properly.
- Skewed Priorities: A firefight has erupted in a large crowded room with you right in the middle, but sure just focus on chasing down that large diamond instead of getting to safety. And just because you end up in a car that's getting shot at not long after doesn't mean you can't be more concerned that you've just chipped one of your nails. At least she gets better at this by the end.
- Spoiled Brat: Is always complaining about the luxuries she can't have in the middle of the jungle.
- Took a Level in Badass: It was gradual, but she rescued Indy and Short round from a spike trap. She also punched out a guy clinging to their mine cart.
- Well, Excuse Me, Princess!: Indy is forced to reply to her in that way.
- You Can Keep Her: Needless to say, Indy's threat didn't exactly work.
Short Round (AKA Wan Li)
Played by: Jonathan Ke Quan
"I keep telling you, you listen to me more, you live longer!"
- Asian Speekee Engrish / You No Take Candle: Short Round regularly leaves out "to be" verbs and ignores noun/verb agreement.
- Badass Adorable: A kid who manages to get past vast amounts of armed mooks.
- Bratty Half-Pint: He has a lot of the traits associated with this trope, although he also makes himself more useful than is usual for this character archetype.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Whatever happened to him? He is never seen or mentioned after Temple of Doom.
- Honor Before Reason: Goes back to save Indy even though he had a good opportunity to escape.
- Hypercompetent Sidekick: He's an Adventurer Archaeologist in training, he can fight, and he can drive. Did I mention that he's about twelve years old!
- I Know Karate: Northern-Style Kung Fu, actually. Ask the Thuggee guards whose arses he kicked.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: At times a little insufferable, Short Round's still loyal to Indy and a heroic character.
- Kid Sidekick: He tags along with Indy on his adventures and contributes his skills. He's twelve years old.
- No Indoor Voice: He tends to shout.
- Recruited from the Gutter: Indy relates how he first met him when "Shorty" was a street orphan trying to pick his pocket. Short Round's loyalty saves him from "the black sleep of Kali Ma" later in the film.
Zalim Singh, the Maharajah of Pankot
Played by: Raj Singh
- A Child Shall Lead Them: Zalim is thirteen years old, yet he is the ruler of Pankot.
- Bilingual Bonus: The Maharajah of Pankot is called 'Zalim' which means evil in Hindi. Fitting, as he is a bad guy. But only because his second-in-command was feeding him mind-control juice.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: He has been put under the Black Sleep by Mola Ram. Luckily, Short Round snaps him out of it.
- Creepy Child: He enjoyed torturing Indy with a voodoo doll when he is under the Black Sleep.
- It's Personal: He became furious when Short Round kicked him to stop him from torturing Indy, and personally whipped him.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: Zalim Singh, the underage Maharajá, assists Short Round once his brainwashing has been eradicated.
Played by: Roy Chiao
- Carrying the Antidote: Lao Che is chivalrous enough to swindle and poison Indiana in a reversible way.
- The Don: The Chinese version of this.
- Karma Houdini: He tries to murder Indy and cheats him yet he got off scot-free. After murdering one of his friends.
- Legitimate Businessmen's Social Club: Conducts his business out of his own Club Obi-Wan.
- Starter Villain: He's the biggest threat to Indy in the first act, and disappears afterward.
- The Triads and the Tongs: He's a powerful Shanghai mob boss.
Played by: Roshan Seth
"Your friend has seen, and she has heard, and now she will not talk."
- Brainwashed: It is most likely that he was one of the victims of the Black Sleep of Kali.
- Evil All Along: Chattar appears friendly to the heroes when they first step into Pankot Palace, but he is later seen supporting the Thuggee cult.
- Evil Chancellor: The Prime Minister of Pankot is in cahoots with the Thuggee.
- Majored in Western Hypocrisy: Chattar Lal, prime minister to the Maharaja of Pankot, attended Oxford.
- Uncertain Doom: The last we see of Chattar Lal, he gets stuck under the wheel in the sacrificial chamber and then crawled away but his fate is unclear. Originally he was planned to suffer a Disney Villain Death.
Played by: Amrish Puri
"Drop them, Dr. Jones! They will be found! You won't!"
- 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.
- Big Bad: Of the second film, since the cult is responsible for the children disappearing.
- 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 versions he looks confused and terrified for a second, then falls to the crocodiles. The final film is more ambiguous, as he merely tooks puzzled and confused.
- Disney Villain Death: Played with. While he ultimately falls to the crocodiles, this case had Indy essentially condemn him to death by throwing him the stone. Can't say he didn't have it coming.
- Evil Laugh: Has a somewhat dark and deep laugh.
- Evil Sorcerer: He's using supernatural abilites on a few occations, like when holding the sacrificial victim alive after ripping his heart out.
- 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.
- The Fundamentalist: He is a devout follower of Kali (who is basically the God of Evil in this movie's theology) and everything he does is supposedly to make her more powerful so she can Take Over the World.
- 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!"
- Orcus on His Throne: Mostly content to wait and lead the operation from the temple.
- Religion Is Magic: Either his religon grants him the power to rip someone's heart out without them dying, or it allows him to create the illusion that this is happening for anyone who sees the act.
- Religion of Evil: How Kali-Ma is presented in the film, and he's at the head of it.
- Slasher Smile: He does several of these, one notable example would be when he sees◊ the brainwashed Maharajah.
- 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.
Thuggee Chief Guard
Thuggee Chief Guard
Played by: Pat Roach
- Cruel and Unusual Death: He gets his sash caught in a rock crusher and then gets dragged, feet-first, into it slowly screaming in panic and begging Indy to help him by calling out "Sahib!" over and over. Indy even tries to save the guy, but to no avail. Then the film cuts to above the crusher and we see a smear of blood on it. At this point, no one could blame Willie for looking away.
- Giant Mook: Similar to the German Mechanic in the last film he is a giant guy. They're even played by the same guy.
- The Brute: 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.
- The Dragon: The commander of the Thuggee guards appears to be this to Mola Ram.
- Would Hurt a Child: The first time we see him, he is using a whip on a child who has collapsed in the mines.