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  • The triumphant finale wherein hundreds of happy children reunite with their parents to the Heroically Uplifting tune of "The Raider's March".
    • What sells it is that the last time Indy was in the village, it was dull and lifeless with no color at all. When the kids and Indy come back, the entire village is alive and bright with colors.
    Elder: We knew you had succeeded, when life returned to our village.
    • Willie making the identical gesture of respect to the elder that Indy made earlier in the film, showing that she's matured—her behavior is a complete 180 from how she acted when they first came.
  • Short Round and Indy, Young Warrior and Old Warrior, exchange hats in apology as Father and Son, then embrace.
    Short Round: Indy, my friend.
    Indy: I'm sorry, kid.
  • When Shorty gets caught by the Thuggees rather than scream for help the first thing he does is shout to Willie to run for it. Gotta admire the kid valuing her life over his. This might be especially true when you consider that Short Round doesn't really like Willie, considering her more an annoyance than anything else.
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    • And it goes both ways - Willie refuses to step onto the rope bridge, but when Shorty falls through the planks she runs out to pull him back. This is the same Willie who earlier nearly let both him and Indy be squashed because she didn't want bugs on her hand.
    • A Deleted Scene shows that Willie got back to her room and valiantly tried to get help, only to be dismissed as a hysteric.
  • As Indy knocks out the various guards, we get numerous shots of him, Willie, and Short Round grabbing their keys and unlocking the children, all of them smiling at the sheer exuberance they have at finally being free.
  • As Indy fights a Giant Mook on a conveyor belt that leads to a rock crusher, the enemy gets his sash caught in the roller which starts pulling him in. The mook starts shouting for help, even referring to Indy as "Sir" in Hindi. Instead of running away, Indy tries to pull him out and when that fails, he hands him a rope attached to a pulley and pulls down on it to try and lift him out. It doesn't work, but it was certainly a noble effort on Indy's part.
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  • When Willie starts hyperventilating during the first human sacrifice scene, Indy briefly puts his hand on her shoulder to comfort her. Quite touching considering she's mostly gotten on his nerves.
  • Really any time you see Indy and Short Round together.For a gruff, gun slinging adventurer, Indy is so deeply protective towards the kid at all times that it's hard not to smile. When they're all sleeping on the plane escaping China, Indy's got a protective hand on Short Round, when they travel by elephant Short Round frequently rides with Indy as his elephant needs to be rested, while Indy seems to be delighting in pointing stuff out ot the kid. Later when they camp they joke around and play cards and Indy clearly just loves the kids gumption and general fearlessness. Even before their big emotional ending, it's clear Indy has a pretty strong paternal instinct.

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