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Dr. Henry Walton Jones, Jr (better known as "Indiana Jones") is a fictional professor of archaeology, an adventurer and the titular protagonist of the Indiana Jones film series.

Background

Physical Appearance

By the 1930s, Indy was in his thirties with a body built figure (as seen in The Temple of Doom). He originally had dark brown hair, and would later in his fifties would turn grey. Indiana Jones has a scar across his chin, which he got while using a whip for the first time to fight off a Circus Lion.

Indy wore a high-crowned, wide-brimmed sable fedora through many of his adventures. Although he also wears gray fedoras, the sable hat is the one with which he has most sentiment for. The fedora originally belonged to a treasure hunter named Garth, who discovered the Cross of Coronado with his gang in Utah in 1912. Garth gave Indy his fedora after being impressed by young Indy's attempt to claim the cross.

Weapons and Equipment

  • Bullwhip: Indiana Jones is known for carrying a bullwhip, which he uses as both a weapon against animals or adversaries and as a tool in several makeshift or unorthodox uses, such as swinging across chasms.
  • Pistol: Indiana Jones frequently carried some type of handgun sidearm during his adventures.
  • Satchel: On his expeditions, Indy carried a satchel bag, usually underneath his jacket.

Appearances

Raiders of the Lost Ark

After losing a golden idol to his rival, René Belloq, two Army Intelligence agents come to see Indy at his University in Chicago with information that the Nazis had discovered the lost city of Tanis, which Indy deduces that they are searching for the Ark of the Covenant. The Nazis believe that if they acquire the Ark, their armies will become invisible. Indy is old told that the Nazis are looking for Professor Abner Ravenwood, leading expert on the city of Tanis, who possessed the headpiece to the Staff of Ra, which is the key to finding the Well of Souls, a secret chamber in which the Ark is buried. The agents authorise Jones to recover the Ark before the Nazis do. He travels to Napal and discovers that Abner is dead, and the headpiece is in possession of Ravenwood's daughter Marion. After saving her from a Nazi commander known as Arnold Toth, both Indy and Marion fly to Cairo, Egypt, where they meet up with Indy's friend Sallah. He reveals that Belloq and the Nazis are digging for the Well of Souls with a replica of the headpiece (created from the scar on Toht's hand when he tried to grab the headpiece while it was burning hot). They Quickly realise the Nazi headpiece is incomplete and that they were digging in the wrong place.

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Sallah and Indy raise the Ark of the Covenant from its resting place.

Indy and Sallah infiltrate the Nazi dig site to sneak into the map room, and use their staff to correctly locate the Ark. Indy later discovers Marion is alive, after she was kidnapped and thought to have been killed in an explosion during a chase through Cairo earlier on. By evening on a stormy night, Indy, Sallah, and a small group of diggers unearth the Well of Souls and acquire the Ark. Belloq and Nazi officer Colonel Dietrich arrive, seize the Ark from Jones and seal him inside the Well of Souls with Marion, which is infested with snakes. Jones and Marion escape to a local airstrip, where Jones has a fistfight with a Nazi mechanic and destroys the flying wing that was going to transport the Ark to Berlin. The Nazis then load the Ark onto a truck and set off for Cairo, but Jones gives chase and retakes it.

Indy makes arrangements to take the Ark to London aboard a tramp steamer, but by the next day a Nazi U-boat intercepts the ship, and seizes the Ark once again. The Nazis also capture Marion, but cannot locate Jones, who stows away aboard U-boat. He tavels with them to their secret Island base in the Aegean Sea. Once there, Belloq plans to test the power of the Ark before presenting it to Hitler. Jones threatens to destroy the Ark with a panzerfaust, but Belloq calls his bluff and Jones surrenders rather than destroy such an important historical artifact. Indy and Marion are tied up to a post where they can observe Balloq perform a ceremonial opening of the Ark, which is revealed to contain nothing but sand. Suddenly, angelic ghost-like beings emerge from the Ark. Indy cautions Marion to keep her eyes closed and not to observe what happens next. As the power of the Ark kills and consumes everyone, Indy and Marion are spared from the wrath of God. Afterwards, Jones and Marcus Brody are informed that US government has taken possession of the Ark and is stored away inside a gigantic warehouse among hundreds of similar crates, instead of giving it to the National Museum as agreed.

The Temple of Doom

In the prequel film, Indiana Jones arrives in India with his assistant Short Round and singer Willie Scott, after escaping from crime boss in Shanghi, Lao Che. He comes to a small village in northern India, where the poor villagers believe him to have been sent by Shiva to retrieve the sacred sivalinga stone that was stolen from their shrine, as well as the community's children, from evil forces from the nearby Pankot Palace. During his journey to Pankot, accompanied by Shorty and Willie, Indy hypothesises that the stone from the village may be one of the five fabled Sankara stones that promise fortune and glory.

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Indy retrieves the Sankara stones.

Indy and is comrades are warmly welcomed by Chattar Lal, the Prime Minister of the Maharaja of Pankot, and during their stay discover a hidden passage in Willie's bedroom, leading to an underground temple where the Thuggees worship Kali with human sacrifice. He watches as the Thugs chain one of their victims in a cage and slowly lower him into a ceremonial fire pit, burning him alive. They discover that the Thugs, led by their high priest Mola Ram, are in possession of three of the five Sankara stones, and have enslaved the children to mine for the final two stones. After witnessing the Tuggee ceremony, Indy sneaks down and retrieves the villagers' sacred stone, including the other two. Unfortunately, Indy is captured, along with Short and Willie, and is later forced to drink the blood of Kali, which places him in a trance-like state where he begins to mindlessly serve the Thuggees. However, he is later snapped out of his trance after Shorty burns him with a torch and saves Willie from being sacrificed. They go back to the mines to free the children, but Indy gets caught up in a fight with a hulking overseer. The Maharajah, who was also entranced, attempts to cripple Indy with a voodoo doll. Shorty spars with the Maharajah, ultimately burning him to snap him out of the trance. With his strength returned, Indy kills the overseer, and escapes in a mine cart with Willie and Shorty.

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Indy surrounded and prepared to cut the rope bridge.

After a mine cart chase, the trio emerge above ground and are again cornered by Mola Ram and his henchmen on a rope bridge high above a crocodile-infested river. Using a sword, Indy cuts the rope bridge in half, leaving everyone to hang on for their lives. Indy utters an incantation which causes the stones to glow red hot. Two of the stones fall into the river, while the last one falls into Mola Ram's hand, burning him. Indy catches the now-cool stone, while Mola Ram falls into the river below and gets devoured by the crocodiles. The Thuggees then attempt to shoot Indy with arrows, until a company of British Indian Army riflemen, summoned by the Maharajah, arrive and open fire on the Thuggee archers. Indy, Willie and Shorty return to the village with the children and give the missing stone back to the villagers.

The Last Crusade

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Elsa and Indy exploring the hidden catacombs beneath the Library.

In 1938, Indiana Jones was introduced Walter Donovan, who informed him that his father, Henry Jones, Sir, was missing while searching for the Holy Grail, using an incomplete inscription as his guide. Earlier, Indy receives his father's Grail diary via mail from Venice, Italy. Realising he would not have sent him the diary unless he was in trouble, Indy and Marcus travel to Venice, where they meet Henry's Austrian colleague, Dr. Elsa Schneider. The three of them visit the library where Henry was last seen, and discover a hidden catacombs underneath. Indy and Elsa find the tomb of Sir Richard, which contains a complete version of the inscription, that reveals the location of the Grail. However, they are almost killed and chased by the Brotherhood of the Cruciform Sword, a secret society that protects the Grail from evildoers. After a boat chase through Venice, Indy and Elsa capture one of the Brotherhood, Kazim, and Indy tells him that his goal is only to find his father and has no interest in finding the Grail. Kazim tells him that Henry is being held in Castle Brunwald on the Austrian-German border. Marcus later reveals a map drawn by Henry of the route to the Grail, which begins in Alexandretta. Indy removes the pages containing the map from the diary, gives it to Marcus for safekeeping and sends him to İskenderun, the city built on the ruins of Alexandretta to rendezvous with their old friend Sallah, and he and Elsa head to Castle Brunwald.

At Castle Brunwald, Indy finds his father locked in a room, and after telling him of what he discovered they attempt to escape. Indy learns that both Elsa and Donovan are working for the Nazis, and have been using him to find the Grail for them. The Joneses are left tied up in a room, giving them the chance they need to escape. Indy advises his father to use his light to burn through the ropes, but he drops it and sets the room on fire. Indy and Henry shelter in the fireplace, and once free escape through a secret passage to a dock of boats. Indy sails out an unmanned boat as a decoy, and both the Jones ride off on a motorcycle. After a chase between four other motorcyclists, Henry tells Indy that they need to go to Berlin to retrieve his Diary. According to Henry, to reach the grail, one must face three booby traps and his diary contains the clues to guide them through the challenges safely. They recover the diary from Elsa at a book burning rally in Berlin, and later board a Zeppelin to leave Germany. However, the Nazis soon discover the Joneses are aboard and they escape in a parasite biplane after realising they were heading back to Germany.

After engaging two Luftwaffe fighters in a dogfight, the Jones meet up with Sallah in Hatay, where they learn that Marcus has been abducted. The Nazis are already moving toward the Grail's location, using the map possessed by Marcus, armed with a tank. Indy, Henry, and Sallah find the Nazi expedition, which is ambushed by the Brotherhood. During the battle, Henry is captured by SS Colonel Ernst Vogel while attempting to rescue Marcus from the tank; Kazim and his comrades are killed. Indy pursues the tank on horseback and, with the aid of Sallah, saves Henry and Marcus. He is then caught up in a fight with Vogel, and barely escapes before the tank goes over a cliff, crushing Vogel to death.

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Indy about to drink from the Holy Grail.

Indy, Henry, Marcus and Sallah catch up with the Surviving Nazis, led by Donovan and Elsa, who have found the temple where the Grail is kept but are unable to pass through the three protective booby traps. Donovan shoots Henry in order to force Indy to risk his like in the traps to find the Grail and use its healing power to save his father, Using the information in the diary, Indy safely overcomes the traps and reaches the Grail's chamber. He discovers a knight who has been kept alive for seven hundred years by the power of the Grail, which is hidden among dozens of false Grails. Indy, Donovan and Elsa must choose from any of the grails, but are warned to choose wisely as only the true Grail will bring life, while the false one will claim it. Elsa purposefully select the most princely grail, a golden chalice studded with emeralds, for Donovan. Unfortunately, the grail that Elsa chose was false, and Donovan rapidly ages into dust after drinking from it. Indy selects the true Grail, which is a simple wooden cup. He fills it with holy water and takes it to Henry, which heals him instantly. Even though they were warned by the Knight that the Grail cannot be taken beyond the temple's entrance, Elsa tries to leave with it. The temple begins to collapse and Elsa falls to her death trying to recover the Grail. Indy nearly suffers the same fate but Henry persuades him to let it go. The Joneses, Marcus, and Sallah escape the temple and ride off into the sunset.

Indiana Jones 5

Indiana Jones is to reappear in a fifth film in 2020, with Harrison Ford reprising his role.

Reference Cameos

Although Indiana Jones has never made actual appearances in Disney motion picture or television productions, several Disney characters have imitated him, such as Genie in the Aladdin animated series and Mickey Mouse in the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse episode "Quest for the Crystal Mickey!". In DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp, A dog character dressed like Indiana appears during Scrooge McDuck's speech at the Archaeological Society Ball.

Disney Parks

Prior to Lucasfilm's acquisition by The Walt Disney Company on October 30, 2012, he has been featured as a meetable character, and is in a number of different attractions at Disney theme parks in collaboration with George Lucas, including:

Trivia

  • Indiana was the name of George Lucas's dog in the 1970s, and was the original source for the forename of Indiana Jones. Chewbacca from Star Wars also took inspiration from Indiana.
    • Ironically, the origin of Indy's name was used in The Last Crusade, where the Joneses owned a dog named Indiana.
  • Indiana Jones is played by Harrison Ford, who also played Han Solo in Star Wars.
  • The scar on Harrison Ford's chin was from a car crash when he use to work at a department store near Laguna Beach, Calif. On the way to work one morning, he veered off the road and into a telephone pole while fumbling for his seat belt.

Gallery


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Films
Indiana Jones 5
Disney Parks
Disney Movie MagicIndiana Jones Adventure: Temple of the Crystal SkullIndiana Jones Adventure: Temple of the Forbidden EyeIndiana Jones Adventure OutpostIndiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular!Indiana Jones et le Temple du PérilIndiana Jones Summer of Hidden MysteriesThe Great Movie Ride
Characters
Indiana JonesMarion RavenwoodMarcus BrodySallahRené Belloq • Arnold Toht • Colonel Dietrich • Jock Lindsey • Willie Scott • Short Round • Mola Ram • Walter Donovan • Dr. Elsa Schneider • Colonel Vogel • Irina Spalko • Mara
Music
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