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    Simon Katanga 

Simon Katanga

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Played by: George Harris

"Mr. Jones! I've heard a lot about you, sir. Your appearance is exactly the way I imagined."

  • Death Faked for You: Katanga convinces the Nazis that he killed Indiana Jones to help Indy get away.
  • Pirate: He is the captain of a group of Pirates who agree to help smuggle the Ark to England.
  • Red Herring: Steeped in shadow? Smoking cigar? We're told he's trustworthy? Yeah, this guy will betray us, right? Nope, he risks himself and his crew to protect Indy (why the hell would a black guy work for Nazis anyway?).
  • Smoking Is Cool: He is first introduced smoking a cigar.
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Enemies

    Satipo 

Satipo

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Played by: Alfred Molina

"Throw me the idol. No time to argue! Throw me idol, I'll throw you the whip!"

  • Asshole Victim: Admit it, you did not feel sorry for him when he got speared by the traps.
  • Bait the Dog: He starts out as your typical Bumbling Sidekick character with no apparent ulterior motives. Then he steals the idol and leaves Indy to die, losing any possible sympathy in the process.
  • Dirty Coward: He is easily frightened by most of the traps when he enters the temple with Indy. And when given the chance, he abandons Indy in the midst of peril.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: This is Satipo's fate when he blunders into one of the traps Indy showed him how to avoid, and he's last seen with a wall of spikes right through him.
  • Karmic Death: When he betrays Indy by stealing the idol, he soon gets caught in one of the earlier traps.
  • Peek-a-Boo Corpse: When Indy stops to catch his breath after escaping the pit, he suddenly stumbles onto Satipo's body.
  • So Long, Suckers!: "Adios, Señor." It lasts about ten seconds.
  • Too Dumb to Live: He forgot about the Booby Trap which Indy discovered earlier.

    René Belloq 

Doctor René Emile Belloq

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Played by: Paul Freeman

" Dr. Jones. Again we see there is nothing you can possess which I cannot take away."

  • Adventurer Archaeologist: The bad guy version of the trope. Plus, he's willing to let someone else do the adventuring while he waits outside to hold them up for the treasure at gunpoint.
  • Affably Evil: He's genuinely polite and friendly, if a little smug, with Indy and Marion and even gets enraged when the Nazis try to kill the latter.
  • Arch-Enemy: Well, the closest thing to it that Indy has. Unlike other villains in the films, Indy has a long history of butting heads with Belloq on his adventures, and if Belloq's to be believed, he's bested Indy more than once. In the novelization, it's revealed that Belloq built his career around letting Jones do all the work, then swooping in to steal his artifacts/research papers.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Wanted to see the power of the Ark... and paid with his life.
  • Dragon-in-Chief: Nominally the main antagonist of the film, it's actually Nazi Colonel Dietrich who is the one in charge of the quest of the Ark and the one who calls all the shots. However, Belloq uses his smooth talk and archaeological expertise to sway Dietrich around to his point of view and get the colonel to do what he wants.
    • Mostly, but not always. He's notably overruled a couple times when it comes to Marion, once when they decide to interrogate her and once when they bury her in a tomb to die along with Indy. His protests fall on deaf ears.
  • Even Evil Has Standards:
    • Draws the line at rough treatment of women. René repeatedly tries to shield Marion from harm, though he's not overly enthusiastic about it.
    • Though he has Indy at his mercy, he lets him go when Sallah's children shield him, rather than have his men open fire on them.
  • Evil Counterpart: Indiana Jones, but greedy and honorless.
  • Evil Genius: He does most of the planning for the Nazis and essentially manipulates Dietrich.
  • French Jerk: Albeit played by a British actor.
  • A God Am I: You'd almost think René got into this business just so he could hold idols over his head and make people bow to him.
  • The Heavy: Even though he's working under Dietrich, Belloq is the villain with the most effect on the plot and effectively the main antagonist.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Word of God is that if Indy hadn't showed up on the island, he would have just given the Ark over to Hitler, who would have gone on to win the war. He just had to get one final Kick the Dog moment to his rival.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Well, he’s not wrong when he points out to Indy at the beginning that he trusted the wrong people.
  • Kick the Dog: Ordering the Hovitos to kill an escaping Indy even after he gives Belloq the idol.
  • Light Is Not Good: Much of his wardrobe is light-colored.
  • Loveable Rogue: Tries to present himself as this to Marion, and succeeds at first. This illusion is probably shattered for good later when a captured Marion gets shoved around by a soldier and Belloq coldly brushes by without a word.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Gets into the heads of and manipulates the natives of South America, Marion, and even Indy himself.
  • Necessarily Evil: What Belloq sees working with the Nazis as. He honestly doesn't give a damn about the Third Reich, he only cares about the money and glory of finding the Ark.
  • Nice Hat: A white fedora. Earlier in the film, he wears a Pith helmet.
  • Not So Different: Gives a standout example of such a speech to Indy in Raiders of the Lost Ark.
  • Omniglot: Taking that summer course in Hovitos really came in handy down in Peru, 1936.
  • Opportunistic Bastard: From what the film shows, Belloq isn't as successful an archaeologist or adventurer as Indy is, usually letting Indy do all the work before swooping in to steal the artifacts he recovers. He does this in the beginning of the movie after Indy gets the golden idol and again when he steals the Ark of the Covenant after Indy discovers its rightful location and recovers it. The novelization says Belloq essentially made a career out of doing this, stealing Indy's research papers in addition to artifacts.
  • Pyrrhic Villainy: Oh, he wins at the end, sure. He gets the ark and has Indy at his mercy. The only reason he loses is because God clearly was not into letting the Nazis use the ark to conquer the globe. (Making the entire endeavor pointless for them) Indy doesn't even have to lift a finger; Belloq's downfall was entirely his own fault.
  • The Quisling: René is French; France and Germany have not been on the best of terms since 1914 1870, mind.
  • Reasoning with God: He tells Indy that the Ark is a 'transmitter' and a 'radio for speaking to God'; presumably his intense desire to open it before it reaches Hitler is so he can have his own personal tete-a-tete with the Almighty. He never considered the fact that God might not be so interested in hearing what's on Rene's mind...
  • Shadow Archetype: Even refers to himself as a shadowy reflection of Indy.
  • Smug Snake: How else can you convince Hovitos, Egyptians and Nazis to follow your evil schemes? On the whole, he's competent, but overestimates himself severely by the end.
  • Wicked Cultured: Wears nice suits, loves archaeology and oh so polite. Also works with the Nazis for his own ends.
  • Worthy Opponent: He imagines that he has this sort of relation with Indy, but he doesn't return it.
    Belloq: Where shall I find a new adversary so close to my own level?
    Indiana: Try the local sewer.
  • Your Head Asplode: His eventual death.
  • You Wouldn't Shoot Me: Successfully pulls a variant of this on Indiana freaking Jones, for god's sake.

    Herman Dietrich 

Colonel Herman Dietrich

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Played by: Wolf Kahler

"The Fuhrer is not a patient man. He demands constant reports!"

  • Affably Evil: He's fairly polite, all in all.
  • Big Bad: He's technically the man in charge of the Nazi operation in Raiders, although as Dragon-in-Chief Belloq ultimately takes the spotlight.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: His fate when staring at the Ark is having his head shrink and shrivel up.
  • Explain, Explain... Oh, Crap!: After he discovers Belloq with Marion, he calls him out for his archeological methods but eventually stops when he discovers an unauthorized dig site.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Has a relatively minor moment of this when he seizes the smuggling ship. Captain Katanga tries to protect Marion by implying that he plans to sell her as a Sex Slave, hoping that after the Nazis get their cargo back and find no trace of Indy they'll be satisfied. Instead, a visibly disgusted Dietrich immediately grabs Marion and threatens to sink Katanga's ship.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Has a scar across his left cheek.
  • Kick the Dog: Takes an offered melon from an Egyptian merchant and tosses it at a random offscreen dog.
  • Lantern Jaw of Justice: Actor Wolf Kahler has a serious jawline.
  • Not So Stoic: Although Indy continually coming out of nowhere to ruin his mission eventually starts getting to him, both with the tossing a melon at a dog thing and when his men can't find Indy on the smuggler's ship. "WHAT ABOUT JONES?!!"
  • Officer and a Gentleman: To a point.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: When Katanga gives Dietrich his offer, the colonel responds to it by calling Katanga, an African man, a savage (though it's not like Katanga wasn't asking for it with the false implication he was going to turn Marion into a Sex Slave). However, Katanga shrugs it off and remains calm. Fitting for a Nazi, Dietrich is anti-Semitic too, irritating Belloq when the colonel distastefully asks if a 'Jewish ritual' is necessary to open the Ark.
  • The Stoic: Indiana Jones hijacking the truck carrying the Ark and all the wild driving his Mercedes is put through as a result? It barely earns a raised eyebrow and a mild frown from him.
  • Wicked Cultured: Listens to a record player and drinks bourbon from a cut crystal decanter outside his tent in Tanis.

    Arnold Toht 

Arnold Ernst Toht

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Played by: Ronald Lacey

"Fräulein Ravenwood, let me show you what I am used to..."

  • Ax-Crazy: He is a sadistic man who takes psychopathic glee in attempting to torture Marion with a hot fireplace poker and often relishes in other people's misery by giggling.
  • Badass Longcoat: A black leather one.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: Toht is very fastidious.
  • Bad Boss: When Indy and one of his henchmen are fighting, he gives the order to "shoot zem both".
  • Bald of Evil: Probably why he wears that hat.
  • Chekhov's Gun: During the fight in Marion's bar, Toht tries to grab the medallion from a fire — and, not surprisingly, burns his hand. This explains how Those Wacky Nazis gain information from said medallion on how to find the Well of the Souls — and why they only have half of the inscription.
  • Coat Cape: Wears it as such while digging for the Ark.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: With a red hot poker.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Not that Belloq and Dietrich have it any better, but Toht's death in front of the opened Ark is especially nasty, with the skin melting from his bones.
  • The Dragon: To Dietrich, specifically.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Unlike Belloq, the politeness is just an act. Toht is a total sadist.
  • Four Eyes, Zero Soul: He wears glasses, and is perhaps the most evil character in the film.
  • Hate Sink: The only notable villain in the film with no real redeeming qualities to his character. Toht basically exists to be despised by the audience.
  • The Hyena: Of the giggly, effeminate variety.
  • I'm Melting!: He has his face melted off during the opening of the ark.
  • Large Ham: Hams most of his lines.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: See the German word "tot" for more details. It's "death", just in case you're lazy.
  • Nice Hat: As part of his gear, he wears a cool hat.
  • Oh, Crap!: His face when he picks up the white-hot headpiece to the Staff of Ra is this.
  • Psycho for Hire: He appears to be in the operation for kicks, not out of ideals. Then again, he's a Gestapo officer, so it makes sense.
  • Psychotic Smirk: Whenever he's about to torture someone.
  • Sadist: One gets the impression that Toht thoroughly enjoys his line of work. Even after Marion freaks out upon seeing him with the poker and offers to tell him everything, he tries to use it on her just for kicks.
  • Scars Are Forever: The headpiece to the staff of Ra happens to be super-heated when Toht grabs it, leaving an imprint of the map seared into his hand.
  • Scary Shiny Glasses: Part of his outfit, which makes his torture scenes all the more unnerving.
  • Screams Like a Little Girl: During the Ark Opening scene. Even Belloq screams in a somewhat more manly way.
  • Soft-Spoken Sadist: Rarely raises his voice.
  • Stab the Salad: The famous coat hanger scene.
  • Torture Technician: His primary role is to torture people, as befitting a member of the Gestapo.
  • We Have Reserves: At one point he instructs a mook to shoot both Indy and another mook who are in the middle of wrestling for possession of a gun. Backfires spectacularly, since now Indy and said mook both want to shoot the same guy with the gun.
  • We Have Ways of Making You Talk: Threatens Marion with this, but Indy intervenes.
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    German Mechanic 

German Mechanic

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Played by: Pat Roach

"Hey dünner ! Komm hier ! Komm hier ! Komm, kämpf ! Junge, komm runter da ! Unter jetzt !"

  • Badass Mustache: He's an incredibly strong fighter with a pair of mustaches.
  • Bald of Evil: He's a bald Giant Mook.
  • Battle Strip: When he sees Indy trying to hijack the plane, he takes off his shirt as he prepares to fight him.
  • Blood Knight: He enjoys battling Indy. In fact, it works against the interest of the Germans, as at one point he knocks Indy down and the pilot gets ready to shoot Indy... but the Giant Mook blocks his shot when he steps forward to continue the fight with Indy.
  • The Brute: He's the only physically imposing Nazi in the whole movie and apparently he seems to enjoy good fisticuffs.
  • Boxing Battler: Unlike other German soldiers, he likes to fight with his fists. The novelization reveals that he enjoys boxing and is experienced in the sport.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: He gets chopped up by a propeller.
  • Dumb Muscle: Of course for being a mechanic he must displays some sort of intelligence, but at the end he's so eager for a good fight that he doesn't even pay attention to his own safety. This causes him to die in a very horrible way.
  • Elite Mook: As far as the story goes, he's just another Nazi henchman, but he's the only one in the entire movie to give Indy a good fight.
  • Failed a Spot Check: Somehow he didn't feel the wind from the propeller right behind him. Or even hear it turning for that matter...
  • Giant Mook: He is a really big and muscular Nazi soldier, and gives Indy one hell of a beating during their fight.
  • Man Bites Man: Indy bites him during their fight.
  • Oh, Crap!: His reaction when he sees the propeller coming towards him.
  • Rated M for Manly: A big, muscular man thirsty for an hand to hand combat. Definetly manly.
  • Villainous Valour: He actually wants fight Indy one-on-one in a fist-fight.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: He fights with Indy totally shirtless until his death.
  • Worthy Opponent: Seems to view Indy as this. When he knocks him down, instead of kicking him like a normal villain would do, he simply orders him to get up.

    Arab Swordsman 

Arab Swordsman

Played by: Terry Richards


  • Fake Ultimate Mook: All in all, he cuts an imposing figure with his unique black outfit and sword skills, and would likely have proven a fearsome enemy. Problem is, he's not bulletproof.
  • Never Bring a Knife to a Gun Fight: He pulls out a Sinister Scimitar to face Indy — and is quickly shot dead.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Even a master swordman like him should have known that it was not a really good idea to challenge someone who very visibly got a gun in a swordfight.
  • Weapon Twirling: He's rather fond of this. Indy, however, is not impressed.

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