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Indiana Jones is one of the most famous characters in cinema, and his adventures have been ripe for parody. Spoofs are prevalent enough to be their own trope: Raiders of the Lost Parody.

Affectionate Parodies:

  • The Norwegian TV-series Brødrene Dal has main characters that are Adventurer Archaeologists of some sort and are on a dig site in the start of the second Season. The 3rd season they travel around in search for some Sami treasure and uncover many places no one has been in many years. It's a Affectionate Parody but not the main focus. Even the logo and DVD cover is a huge nod.
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  • The Kaeloo episode "Let's Play the Quest for the Wholly Gruel" is one big reference to Indiana Jones. Quack Quack dresses up as Indiana Jones, Mr. Cat dresses up as Arnold Ernst Toht, and they go on a quest to find the Wholly Gruel, a parody of the Holy Grail.
  • Professor Layton stars another Adventurer Archaeologist and archeology professor in his adventures uncovering treasures, truths, and sometimes ancient cultures.


In General

Fan Works
  • Jaune Arc, Lord of Hunger:
    • In "Prologue: Chance", while removing the Mask of Darth Nihilus from its strongbox, Jaune briefly worries that the box contains a trap like in a movie he saw about a "whip-wielding archaeologist that searched for ancient artifacts during the Great War."
    • In "Chapter 3: Victory", Jaune mentions that he's a fan of "those archaeologist Indigo Jones films".

Western Animation

  • Simon's death on Infinity Train is a combination of Toht's face melting in Raiders and Donovan's Rapid Aging in Last Crusade.

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Raiders of the Lost Ark

    Anime & Manga 
  • The boulder scene is referenced in episode 16b of Jewelpet Sunshine, where the gang has to dodge various booby traps to steal their summer homework. One of the booby traps is a rolling boulder accompanied by the Indiana Jones theme.

    Comic Books 
  • In Superboy (1994) Sidearm uses a new weapon that's comprised of small mechanical tentacles and Superboy sarcastically exclaims "Oh no! Little wires like snakes! I can't stand snakes!" before slamming Sidearm face-first into the asphalt while saying "Oh, wait that's Indiana Jones, snakes don't bother me at all."

    Films - Animated 
  • Chicken Little: During the chaos that erupted because of Chicken Little's claim that the sky is falling, a rolling piece of the town watertower rolls into a movie theater that's coincidentally showing the boulder scene (of course, Harrison Ford appearing in a World of Funny Animals brings up quite the Fridge Logic).
  • The Rugrats Movie: The movie opens with the babies imagining themselves in an "Okie-Dokie Jones" adventure while trying to steal the cookie jar. The adventure is repeated at the end, this time with new baby Dil part of the team.
  • Winnie-the-Pooh: While laying out objects for the "Backson" to follow, Piglet switches a pinecone with a teacup, much like how Indy switched the idol with the sack.

  • In Experimental Film, Lois compares Wrob Barney, cringing from the film of Lady Midday and peeking through his splayed fingers, to Toht before the Lost Ark.

    Video Games 
  • For the King: A non-combat random encounter in the Jungle Falls region offers a chance to acquire a golden idol by evading a rolling boulder.
  • Heaven's Vault: Completing 10 translations unlocks the "Reader of the Lost Marks" achievement, a name that references this work.

    Western Animation 
  • Animaniacs
    • The short "Hello Nice Warners" features the Warners having Mr. Director play the role of Illinois Smith and act out the boulder scene.
    • The short "Noah's Lark" has Indy show up when Noah asks God what an ark is, and then get chased away by Bushmen.
      Noah: What's an ark?
      Indy: It's what I've been searching for! It's this incredible bejeweled box containing the power of the Heavens! And it melts Nazis.
  • Family Guy: The episodes "Peter's Got Woods" and "Back to the Woods" both end with James Woods being stored away in a crate by "top men".
  • Robot Chicken
    • A sketch from "Slaughterhouse on the Prairie" had the main duo of The Magic Garden being punished by the Magic Storybox for being gay and suffering the fates of Toht and Belloq.
    Sherlock: I hate Biblical stories.
    • A sketch from "They Took My Thumbs" features native contractors building the traps in the temple, with the chief pointing out all its flaws while saying that they should just use snakes.
    • A sketch from "Due to Constraints of Time and Budget" has the ghosts of the Covenant pathetically trying to get Indy and Marion to open their eyes.
  • The Simpsons
    • The opening to "Bart's Friend Falls in Love" involves Bart stealing Homer's change jar, with Homer playing both the boulder and an angry native. The famous theme music plays throughout the scene.
    • Near the end of "Mr. Plow", a pair of snowmen melt in a scene resembling Toht's fate.
  • South Park: The climax of "Free Hat", a satire of movies being altered for re-releases, involves a new version of Raiders with Ewoks. This negative audience reaction causes Steven Spielberg and George Lucas to suffer the fates of Toht and Belloq.
    Cartman: (overseeing the aftermath) Man, that new version must have sucked balls.
  • Tiny Toon Adventures: The episode "Cinemaniacs!' has the short Pasadena Jones, with Buster in the title role, and Montana Max as Toht.
  • In Phineas and Ferb, the Elseworld episode "Phineas and Ferb and the Temple of Juatchadoon" pulls from all three movies, but primarily Raiders. The titular boys are now Ohio Flynn and Rhode Island Fletcher with Doofenshmirtz in the Belloq role, and all of the most iconic tropes appear and/or get parodied: runaway giant boulder, badasses in fedoras, ancient peoples with an unaccountable taste for creating magical super-weapons, concerns about melting faces, Isabella in Elsa's role from The Last Crusade as the traitorous love interest, et cetera.
    • This episode is the most obvious example, but Shout Outs to the franchise are scattered throughout the show. It's at the point where the wiki has a list.

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

    Anime & Manga 


  • The Dresden Files: In Skin Game after opening the final Gate to Hades' vault, Harry is asked what he thinks is in the vault. He responds with "Fortune and glory, kid. Fortune and glory."

    Western Animation 
  • Family Guy
    • The climax of "The Courtship of Stewie's Father" involves Peter and Stewie trying to escape Disney World on an Indiana Jones-themed ride, with Michael Eisner acting as Mola Ram.
    • A Cutaway Gag from "Stewie B. Goode" has Stewie in the role of Short Round, commenting "Lady only here 'cause she humping director".
    • In "Road to Germany", Stewie quotes Willie's "We're not sinking, we're crashing!"
    • In "Family Goy", Stewie rips out Meg's heart while doing the "Kalima" chant.

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Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

    Films - Animated 

  • In Queens of Geek, Taylor compares her feelings of anxiety to the word puzzle.
    Taylor: That's how I feel. Like the ground is giving way beneath me. All. The. Time. Nothing is ever stable. Any minute, the earth could collapse beneath me, and I'll fall into a chasm. But unlike Indy, I don't know the answer to the puzzle. I don't even know the question.

    Web Video 
  • At one point in The Runaway Guys' playthrough of LittleBigPlanet, they have to stick stickers on some ducks in the background, but they have to time it right with signal lights coming on or bombs drop and blow them up. When Chugga doesn't get it right and is killed, Jon says "You chose... poorly".

    Western Animation 
  • Drawn Together: In "The One Wherein There Is a Big Twist", Elsa's death is parodied when Toot tries to reach for a bag of peanuts while strapped to her seat on a crash-landing plane.

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

    Western Animation 
  • South Park: The subplot of "The China Problem", most of the kids are horrified over seeing the film, going as far as saying that they witnessed Spielberg and Lucas raping Indy. Butters, on the other hand, thought it was pretty good.

Alternative Title(s): Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom, Raiders Of The Lost Ark, Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade, Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull


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