List of characters in the Indiana Jones series

List of characters in the Indiana Jones series

This is a list of characters in the "Indiana Jones" series.

Introduced in "Raiders of the Lost Ark"

Indiana Jones

Dr. Henry Walton "Indiana" Jones, Jr. (Harrison Ford), the titular character of the franchise, is an archaeologist and college professor leading a double life as a globetrotting explorer and mercenary. Wearing a fedora and armed with only his wits, a pistol and a whip, Indiana is regularly confronted by villains and thugs seeking power via supernatural artifacts (the nature of which he is generally cynical), booby traps, and snakes, the last of which he is deathly afraid. Other actors have portrayed Indiana at different ages, including River Phoenix, Corey Carrier, Sean Patrick Flanery and George Hall.


Satipo (Alfred Molina) is a guide that helps Indiana grab the fertility idol in the film's opening. He follows behind him in the temple's traps. When Indy and Satipo reach a pit trying to escape, Satipo makes it over with Indiana's whip and Indy is stuck on the other side. Indy throws over the fertility idol to Satipo, who offered to throw him his whip for it, but he betrays Indy by stealing the Idol, dropping the whip, and making his escape. In his haste, he forgot to mind the wall trap he had witnessed Indy test before, and ends up being impaled by spears in his body, neck and face, pinning him to the wall, while Indiana makes it out.


Barranca (Vic Tablian) is the other Peruvian guide who turns against Indiana. When Barranca draws a revolver, Indy uses his famous bullwhip and wraps the whip around the gun. The gun is yanked from Barranca's hand and lands in a stream. Barranca than runs away but is later killed with poisonous darts by the Hovitos tribe.

René Belloq

René Belloq (Paul Freeman) is the film's main antagonist. He is a French archaeologist who takes credit for Indiana's findings. In the film's opening, Belloq and the Hovitos tribesmen force Indiana to hand over a fertility idol he has braved numerous booby traps to obtain. Belloq aids the Nazis in finding the Ark of the Covenant, as he wants to use the relic to speak with God. The spirits within the Ark kill the Nazis and cause Belloq's head to explode, allowing Indiana to take the Ark back to the United States government. At one point in the film, Belloq says to Indy that they are very much alike and that he is Indy's "shadowy reflection".

The novelization reveals Belloq became Indiana's foe at graduate school, when he plagiarized his essay on stratigraphy, thus winning an award that rightfully belonged to Indiana. Another encounter in 1934 is detailed, when Indiana spends months preparing a dig in Rub' al Khali, only to arrive and discover Belloq has excavated the region.cite book|author=Campbell Black|title=Raiders of the Lost Ark|publisher=Ballantine Books|date=April 1981|url=|isbn=0-345-29548-X] Indiana also encounters Belloq in two novels by Max McCoy, set before the films, where he gives him information for locating a crystal skull. [cite book|author=Max McCoy|title=Indiana Jones and the Hollow Earth|publisher=Bantam Books|date=1997|url=|isbn=978-0-553-56195-1]

Belloq's first name was Emile in an August 1979 draft of the script,cite web | author = Bellosh | title = Raiders of the Lost Drafts | publisher = | date = 2000 | url = | accessdate=2008-04-02] and Marion was originally more infatuated with him.cite news | title = Raiders Of The Lost Ark: An Oral History | publisher = Empire Online | date = 2008-04-24 | url = | accessdate=2008-04-26] Spielberg considered Jacques Dutronc and Giancarlo Giannini for the part before casting Freeman: he noticed that he had very piercing eyes while watching "Death of a Princess".cite web | title = The People Who Were Almost Cast | publisher = Empire Online | date = 2008-04-22 | url = | accessdate=2008-04-22] Belloq was intended to appear in the prequel "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom", but was written out for unknown reasons. [cite news | author = Ellie Gibson | title = Belloq from Indiana Jones | publisher = Eurogamer | date = 2008-04-18 | url = | accessdate=2008-04-18] He was set to appear in "The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles", but the show was canceled: he and the 21-year old Indiana would have become friends in Honduras in 1920, although his ruthless traits would be exhibited by stealing and selling a crystal skull to F. A. Mitchell-Hedges. He would have aided Indiana and Percy Fawcett in Brazil in an episode set in 1921. He was also intended to appear in the canceled Dark Horse Comics limited series "Indiana Jones and the Lost Horizon", where he appears in the prologue discovering a fake Turin Shroud in New York City in 1926.

Kenner released a 3.75" action figure (dressed in Jewish robes) in late 1982, which was available by mail order until 1983.cite web | title = Kenner - Series 1: Action Figures | publisher = | url = | accessdate=2008-04-02] A Belloq figure in normal clothes was also released in 1983.cite web | title = Kenner - Series 2: Action Figures | publisher = | url = | accessdate=2008-04-02] He was included in a TSR, Inc. collection of metal miniatures the following year.cite web | title = TSR Unpainted Metal Miniatures | publisher = Cool Toy Review | url = | accessdate=2008-04-06] Hasbro released a 3 ¾" Belloq in Jewish robes in 2008 (which comes with the fertility idol).cite web | title = Hasbro - 3 ¾" Action Figures Wave 1: Basic Figures | publisher = | url = | accessdate=2008-04-02] cite news | author = Randy Herkowitz | title = Indiana Jones - Let The Toy Hunt Begin | publisher = Comic Book Bin | date = 2008-05-01 | url = | accessdate=2008-05-01] An Adventure Heroes figurine, which comes with the Ark and a murderous spirit, will also be released. [cite web | title = Hasbro - Adventure Heroes: Wave 1 | publisher = | url = | accessdate=2008-04-02] Lego made a Belloq figure for a playset based on the "Raiders" opening sequence.cite web | title = LEGO Indiana Jones - Series 1 | publisher = | url = | accessdate=2008-04-02]

Marcus Brody

Dr. Marcus Brody (Denholm Elliott) is a museum owner and curator who has known Indiana since he was a child. In the film, Brody makes a deal with government agents that Indiana will recover the Ark of the Covenant and put it in a museum, but the agents put it away in a top secret hiding place (Hanger 51), much to his disappointment. He reappeared in "The Last Crusade" (1989), aiding Indiana on the search for his father and getting captured by the Nazis. Jones says that Brody once got lost in his own museum. In 1939, Marcus Brody retired as curator of the National Museum and accepted a position as Dean of Students at Marshall College. After he passed away in 1952, Indy lobbied hard for the bronze statue of Brody featured in "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" on the Marshall College grounds. The statue of Brody lists his years of service as Dean of Students from 1939 to 1944.cite book|author=James Luceno|title=Indiana Jones the Ultimate Guide|publisher=DK Publishing|date=2008|url=] Denholm Elliot's death was written into "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" as the death of his character. Besides a painting of Marcus Brody in the hallway outside of Indiana Jones' classroom, during the motorcycle chase scene through campus in that film, the Russians chasing Mutt and Indiana crash into the statue of Dr. Brody and decapitate it.

Spielberg cast Elliott in the role because he was a fan. His return in "Crusade" was motivated by the director's desire to have the film hew closer to "Raiders". Brody has also appeared in "Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis", the Marvel Comics Indiana Jones series, a "Young Indiana Jones" book and the Bantam novels series.

Marion Ravenwood

Marion Ravenwood (Karen Allen) had an affair with Indiana in 1926, which ended abruptly when her father (Jones' mentor) discovered their romance. Ten years later, a resentful Marion is forced to aid Indiana to retrieve the Ark of the Covenant after her bar in Nepal is burned down by Nazi thugs. Marion was a regular supporting character in the Marvel Comics series set after the film, and Allen reprised the role for "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" in 2008.


Major Arnold Ernst Toht, portrayed by Ronald Lacey, is the sinister Gestapo agent who attempts to retrieve the medallion from Marion, but his hand is burned by it. The scarred inscription on his hand is used by the Nazis to pinpoint the Ark's location, but as his hand lacks the code on its other side, they end up digging in the wrong area. Toht's face is melted by the spirits in the Ark but in the comic book adaptation he is killed by Indiana during the truck chase with a in-and-out bullet on the head. In a sequel comic book, Indy is confronted by his vengeful sister Ilsa.Cite comic | Writer = David Michelinie | Penciller = Daniel Reed | Story = The Gold Goddess | Title = The Further Adventures of Indiana Jones | Issue = 9-10 | Date = September-October 1983 | Publisher = Marvel Comics]

Toht was known as Belzig in the August 1979 draft of the script. Spielberg wanted Toht to be a cyborg, with a metal arm that could transform into a flamethrower and machine gun. The 1979 script gave him a light in place of a right eye. Lucas rejected these as too far-fetched. Lacey was cast as Toht as he reminded Spielberg of Peter Lorre.(2003). "Indiana Jones: Making the Trilogy" (DVD). Paramount Pictures.] Klaus Kinski turned down the role as he hated the script. [cite news | author = Glenn Whipp | title = Keeping up with Jones | publisher = Halifax Chronicle-Herald | date = 2008-05-22 | url = | accessdate=2008-05-22] Lacey later cameoed in "The Last Crusade" as Heinrich Himmler, opposite Michael Sheard (who auditioned for Toht) as Adolf Hitler. [cite news | author = Ettore Mariotti | title = Michael Sheard interview | publisher = | date = 2003-04-03 | url = | accessdate=2008-04-06] A 3.75" figure of Toht was released in late 1982, and he was part of a metal miniature collection in 1984.


Sallah Mohammed Faisel el-Kahircite book|author=Les Martin|title=Young Indiana Jones and the Tomb of Terror|publisher=Random House|date=1990|isbn=0-679-80581-8] (John Rhys-Davies) is a burly Egyptian excavator and a friend of Indiana. He reappeared in "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade." He also appeared in a Marvel comic, a "Young Indiana Jones" book (which detailed his first meeting with Indiana in 1913), and two Bantam novels. [cite book|author=Max McCoy|title=Indiana Jones and the Philosopher's Stone|publisher=Bantam Books|date=1995|isbn=978-0-553-56196-8] [cite book|author=Max McCoy|title=Indiana Jones and the Secret of the Sphinx|publisher=Bantam Books|date=1999|url=|isbn=978-0-553-56197-5] [Cite comic | Writer = David Michelinie | Penciller = Daniel Reed | Story = The Gold Goddess: Xomec's Raiders | Title = The Further Adventures of Indiana Jones | Issue = 9 | Date = September 1983 | Publisher = Marvel Comics]

Cairo swordsman

The Cairo swordsman (Terry Richards), appears when Marion is being kidnapped by Nazi forces. The entire crowd moves aside when the swordsman appears, swinging his scimitar and coercing Indiana into a battle. The archaeologist sighs, pulls out his pistol and shoots him, causing the crowd to burst into cheers. The gag came about because Harrison Ford was suffering from dysentery and did not want to spend three days filming a "conventional" fight. On the first take, Richards "took a minute-and-a-half to die", so on the next take, Ford shot him so quickly that Richards fell over in surprise. Ford feels sorry for Richards now, because "he worked so hard on that swordplay".cite news | author = Ian Freer | title = The Indiana Jones Diaries | publisher = Empire | date = May 2008 | pages = 35]

Richards feels "it turned out to be the funniest thing in the film", and was surprised he was not cut out of the picture.cite news | title = The Arab Swordsman Speaks | publisher = Empire | date = October 2006 | pages=81] Many including Lucas dislike the brutality of the gag, and Richards concurs the joke is very morbid. Nevertheless, it was placed 38th on "Empire"'s Top 50 film gags list,cite news | title = 50 Biggest Belly Laughs | publisher = Empire | date = November 2003 | pages=121] and it is one of Spielberg's favorite scenes in the series. Kenner released a 3.75" figure of the swordsman in 1982. Walt Disney Parks & Resorts released a figurine of the swordsman in a box set in January 2001, (to scale with the Micro Machines vehicles models), [cite web | title = Disney - Series 1: Micro Playsets | publisher = | url = | accessdate=2008-04-13] and a 4.5" figure in August 2003. [cite news | title = Disney - Series 2: Action Figures | publisher = | url = | accessdate=2008-04-13] In 2008, Hasbro released a 3 ¾" action figure, an Adventure Heroes figure, and a 12" figure. [cite web | title = Cairo Swordsman 12-inch Figure | publisher = Indiana Jones Shop | url = | accessdate=2008-05-01]

Herman Dietrich

Oberst (Colonel) Herman Dietrich (Wolf Kahler) is the Wehrmacht commander of the military contingent attached to the Tanis project. He is personally chosen by Hitler due to his ruthlessness and efficiency. Dietrich is practical and strict whereas Belloq is romantic, burying Marion alive although the French archaeologist has fallen for her. He also expresses doubt over Belloq's desire to perform a "Jewish ritual" on the Ark; his head is shrunk to a skeleton by the spirits within. The only piece of Dietrich merchandise has been a 1984 metal miniature. The DK "Indiana Jones" guide established Dietrich's first name in the index.


(Major) Gobler is a German major of the military contingent attached to the Tanis project.He is personally chosen by Hitler due to his ruthlessness and efficientcy. Gobler is strict whereas Dietrich is practial. He dies when the truck carrying the ark (which is being driven by Indiana Jones) rams into his car, sending it flying off a cliff.

imon Katanga

Simon Katanga (George Harris), is the captain of the "Bantu Wind", a tramp steamer Indiana and Marion use to transport the Ark to the United States. He reappears in a Marvel Comics sequel, where Indiana bails him from a Panama City jail after being charged of rum-running. Katanga and his crew take Indiana to the Aleutian Islands, where they are attacked by pirates, who commandeer the "Bantu Wind". Following a battle, Katanga regains his ship. [Cite comic | Writer = David Michelinie | Penciller = Herb Trimpe | Story = The Sea Butchers | Title = The Further Adventures of Indiana Jones | Issue = 15-16 | Date = March-April 1984 | Publisher = Marvel Comics]

Abner Ravenwood

Abner Ravenwood is Marion's father and an unseen character. He was Indiana's mentor at the University of Chicago, but the two split in 1926 when Indiana had an affair with the teenage Marion. The Ark of the Covenant was his lifelong obsession, and he owned the headpiece to the Staff of Ra, which could pinpoint its location. He is said to be dead when Indiana and the Nazis come to Nepal (where the Ravenwoods live) in 1936, to use it to find the Ark at Tanis. The novelization details he died in an avalanche in 1934.

In Marvel Comics' "The Further Adventures of Indiana Jones", it is hinted that Abner is alive when Indiana and Marion travel to the fictitious city Ra-Lundi to free its people from the power of a meteorite: Indiana is briefly aided by a masked man. [Cite comic | Writer = David Michelinie | Penciller = Herb Trimpe | Story = The Search for Abner | Title = The Further Adventures of Indiana Jones | Issue = 17-18 | Date = May-June 1984 | Publisher = Marvel Comics] Abner is in the back-story to a gamebook, where he lost an ebony dove from Malakula after being chased off by the island's inhabitants in 1927; five years later Indiana and his cousin must retrieve it. [cite book | author = R. L. Stine | title = Indiana Jones and the Curse of Horror Island | publisher = Bantam Books | date = June 1984 | pages = 118 | isbn = 0-345-31665-7] A supplement to a role-playing game said that Abner studied under Franz Boas, and disliked the British for their "armchair anthropology", in which they made assumptions about other cultures based on reports instead of exploring themselves. [cite book | author = Les Garvin | title = Indiana Jones Magic & Mysticism: The Dark Continent | publisher = West End Games | date = 1997 | pages = 96 | isbn=0-87431-438-0]

Abner was intended to appear in the canceled third series of "The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles", when a ten-year old Indiana meets him searching for the Ark on the Temple Mount.cite news | author = Pablo Hidalgo | title = The Lost Chronicles of Young Indiana Jones | publisher = | date = 2008-04-07 | url = | accessdate=2008-04-08] The canceled Dark Horse Comics limited series "Indiana Jones and the Lost Horizon" was going to depict him and Indiana recovering the headpiece to the Staff of Ra in Tibet in 1926. Artist Hugh Fleming modeled Abner's appearance on actor Wilford Brimley, and the series would explain that Abner taught Indiana to behave cynically with others, so that they would not think he was crazy if he mentioned his encounters with the supernatural.cite news | author = Paul Shipper | title = Hugh Fleming interview | publisher = | date = 2002-12-26 | url = | accessdate=2008-02-18] The character was also intended to appear in the 2003 video game "Indiana Jones and the Emperor's Tomb" (set in 1935, before "Temple of Doom") but the developers of the game deemed his role as Indy's partner "too unwieldy". [cite news | author = Gilles Verschuere | title = The Collective interview | publisher = | date = 2003-04-24 | url = | accessdate=2008-02-18]

Introduced in "Temple of Doom"

Wilhelmina Scott

"Willie" Scott (Kate Capshaw) is an American singer working at Club Obi-Wan in Shanghai who is caught up in Indiana's adventures and becomes his love interest in the film. Unlike Marion, she is more of a damsel in distress. The novelization details Willie was born in Missouri, and moved to Shanghai as she was unable to break into Hollywood during the Great Depression. She also claims to know Al Capone and Frank Nitti. She returns to the United States following her adventure.cite book|author=James Kahn|title=Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom|publisher=Ballantine Books|date=May 1984|url=|isbn=978-0-345-31457-4] Spielberg liked the character of Willie:

"Willie has led this pampered life and feels that's what's due her - to be cared for and looked after. She meets Indiana Jones, a person unlike anyone she has ever been involved with, and ends up going off with him. In the course of all their adventures, all of her earlier life is stripped away from her, and Willie must fall back on her own resources. She discovers that she is a very strong woman, a gutsy lady. Willie is a much different character than the woman Karen Allen played in "Raiders"."

Willie was named after Spielberg's dog, and coincidentally, Spielberg married Capshaw in 1991. She was chosen from many actresses considered, including Sharon Stone. Spielberg wanted Willie to be a complete contrast to Marion, so Capshaw dyed her brown hair blonde for the part. A Willie figure was made by LJN in 1984, but was never released,cite web | title = LJN - Action Figures | publisher = | url = | accessdate=2008-04-02] although an unpainted metal miniature of her was made for a TSR, Inc. collection that year. An Adventure Heroes figure will arrive in 2008. [cite web | title = Adventure Heroes - Indy and Willie | publisher = Indiana Jones Shop | url = | accessdate=2008-05-01]

Lao Che

Lao Che (Roy Chiao) is a Chinese gangster who promises Indiana a diamond in return for the ashes of Nurhaci but instead poisons him and offers the poison's antidote in exchange for returning the diamond. Indiana escapes with the antidote and leaves Shanghai unknowingly on a plane owned by Lao Che. Che orders the pilots to parachute out of the plane in hopes of killing Indiana when the plane crashes, but Indiana deploys a raft and lands safely on the ground. Che has two sons, Kao Kan and Chen, the latter of whom is killed by Indiana when Che and Indiana meet for the exchange.

Wu Han

Wu Han (David Yip), allies with Indiana during his battle with Lao Che. He is killed by Chen. Max McCoy's prequel novel "Indiana Jones and the Dinosaur Eggs" detailed Wu first met Indiana in 1914, during his trip to China with his father. Years later, he is studying political science when his parents and sister die in an influenza outbreak. Their ashes wind up in the possession of Che, who uses the promise of a proper burial to force Wu into servitude. In 1933, Indiana meets Wu in Shanghai on his way to Mongolia, and steals his family's ashes from Che, securing his old friend's freedom. Indiana inspires him to study archaeology upon his return to school.cite book|author=Max McCoy|title=Indiana Jones and the Dinosaur Eggs|publisher=Bantam Books|date=1996|url=|isbn=978-0-553-56193-7] Wu also aids Indiana in the 2003 video game "Indiana Jones and the Emperor's Tomb", set just before "Temple of Doom". He regularly arranges Jones's transportation. [cite video game | title = Indiana Jones and the Emperor's Tomb | developer = The Collective, Inc. | publisher = LucasArts | date = 2003 | platform = Mac OS X, PlayStation 2, Microsoft Windows, Xbox]

hort Round

Short Round (Jonathan Ke Quan), aka "Shorty", is a young taxicab driver in Shanghai, who helps Indiana escape from Lao Che. Despite being a child, he is able to stick by Indy through his adventures and is even able to drive (since he is short, he wears wooden block shoes when driving). He is essential in freeing Indiana and Pankot's Maharaja from Mola Ram's psychic control. The novelization details Short Round was born Wan Li in 1924, and was orphaned when the Japanese bombed Shanghai in 1932. Despite attending a Christian school, he respects Chinese mythology, and believes the baby elephant that transports him in India is a reincarnation of his brother Chu. He immigrates to the United States with Jones following his adventure.. In the film, Short Round is frequently heard speaking the Cantonese dialect of Chinese, as well as English.

Short Round was named after "Temple of Doom" screenwriters Willard Huyck and Gloria Katz's dog. Lucas's initial idea for Indiana's sidekick was a virginal young princess, but Huyck, Katz and Spielberg disliked the idea.cite web | title = Adventure's New Name | publisher = | url = | accessdate=2008-04-23] Around 6000 actors auditioned worldwide for the part: Quan was cast after his brother auditioned for the role. Spielberg liked his personality, so he and Ford improvised the scene where Short Round accuses Indiana of cheating during a card game. Quan had a martial arts instructor to help him on set.

The character cameoed in an issue of Marvel Comics' "The Further Adventures of Indiana Jones", rescuing Indiana from a pirate attack in the Caribbean, before he returns to boarding school. [Cite comic | Writer = David Michelinie | Penciller = Steve Ditko | Story = Trail of the Golden Guns | Title = The Further Adventures of Indiana Jones | Issue = 26 | Date = February 1985 | Publisher = Marvel Comics] "The Lost Journal of Indiana Jones", published in 2008, detailed Short Round became an archaeologist and tracked down the Peacock's Eye (the diamond from "Doom"'s opening sequence) to Niihau.cite book | title = The Lost Journal of Indiana Jones | publisher = Pocket Books | date = 2008 | pages = 160 | isbn = 1-847-39214-8]

He also appeared in the non-canonical crossover story in "Star Wars Tales", where he and Indiana discover the remains of Han Solo in the crashed Millennium Falcon in the Pacific Northwest. [Cite comic | Writer = Haden Blackman | Penciller = Sean Murphy | Story = Into the Great Unknown | Title = Star Wars Tales | Issue = 19 | Date = April 2004 | Publisher = Dark Horse Comics] A Short Round action figure was made by LJN in 1984, but was never released, although an unpainted metal miniature of him was released by TSR that year. Hasbro will release an Adventure Heroes figure in 2008. [cite web | title = Adventure Heroes - Short Round vs. Temple Thug | publisher = Indiana Jones Shop | url = | accessdate=2008-05-01] "Empire" named Short Round as their sixteenth favorite element of the films, explaining "you could argue that Shortie is the real hero of "Temple of Doom" — while the titular relic hunter is off searching for fortune and glory, it's Short Round's moral compass that keeps the adventure on the right track".cite news | title = Top 30 Reasons Why We Love Indy - Part 1 | publisher = Empire Online | date = 2008-05-16 | url = | accessdate=2008-05-16] In 2008 a poll conducted by to coincide with the release of Indiana Jones IV named Short Round "favorite Indy sidekick". [ [ Favorite Indiana Jones Sidekick, According to Poll ] ]

Chattar Lal

Chattar Lal (Roshan Seth) is the Prime Minister of Pankot Palace and personal representative of Maharaja Zalim Singh. He was educated abroad and speaks English extraordinarily well as a result, and also knows well Indiana's reputation. He is secretly a member of Mola Ram's cult, controlling the young Maharaja. During the attempted sacrifice of Willie Scott, Lal is injured by Indiana when he gets caught in the wheel used to lower victims into the lava pit. He is last seen crawling away and collapsing, but disappears after this.

Little Maharaja

Maharaja Zalim Singh (Raj Singh) is the ruler of Pankot Palace. He is a very young boy, around Short Round's age. Despite considering the Thuggee an evil cult and vowing that they would never return it is revealed that Singh is a member of their cult, albeit against his will. Like Indiana he was apparently forced to drink the Blood of Kali. During Indiana's fight against the chief Thuggee guard, Singh hinders Indiana by using a voodoo doll. He is stopped when Short Round battles him and burns him in the side with a torch, snapping him out of the Black Sleep of Kali. He atones for what he did whilst under Mola Ram's influence by telling Short Round how he, Indiana and Willie can escape from the mines. He also apparently alerts the British troops in the area about the recent events as he is seen among them when they arrive to battle the remaining Thuggee after Mola Ram's death.

Mola Ram

Mola Ram (Amrish Puri) is the main antagonist and the Thuggee high priest. He has made Pankot Palace his lair and wants to use the five Sankara Stones to create a temple to worship Kali. To that end, Mola Ram enslaves the children of a village that had one of the Stones (making the total of his collection three), to mine the other two that are underneath the palace. He also brainwashes humans with the "blood of Kālī Ma" potion to make them devout followers until they are exposed to a burning sensation. Indiana eventually uses the Stones to burn Mola, who falls into a river and is mauled by the crocodiles below.

Mola Ram is named after a 17th century Indian painter. Lucas wanted Mola Ram to be terrifying, so Huyck and Katz added elements of Aztec and Hawaiian human sacrificers, and European devil worship, to the character. To create his headdress, make-up artist Tom Smith based the skull on a cow, and used a latex shrunken head. Puri was chosen as Spielberg and Lucas did not want to cast a European actor and apply dark make-up.cite web | title = Scouting for Locations and New Faces | publisher = | url = | accessdate=2008-04-23]

A 6" action figure and an unpainted metal miniature of Mola Ram was released in 1984. Hasbro will release an Adventure Heroes figure in 2008. [cite web | title = Adventure Heroes - Mola Ram and Temple Priest | publisher = Indiana Jones Shop | url = | accessdate=2008-05-01] A "One Coin" (caricature) figure of Mola, standing 1.97" (5 cm.) will be released in Japan. [cite web | title = Kotobukiya - One Coin Figures | publisher = | url = | accessdate=2008-04-02]

Captain Phillip Blumburtt

Captain Phillip Blumburtt (Philip Stone) is a British officer who commands the 11th Puma Rifles brigade, is frequently sent to inspect Pankot Palace on behalf of the British government. He is alerted to the evil of Pankot Palace apparently by Little Maharajah to deal with the remaining Thuggees as Indy and the others escape from the palace.

Introduced in "The Last Crusade"

Herman Mueller

Herman Mueller (J. J. Hardy) is Indiana's fellow Boy Scout in the 1912 prologue, who brings Indiana to the Sheriff's attention after his battle with outlaws for the Cross of Coronado. He reappears as Indiana's sidekick in the English and French "Young Indiana Jones" novels, which introduces his archaeologist father Herman Senior. [cite book | author = William McCay | title = Young Indiana Jones and the Circle of Death | publisher = Random House | date = 1990 | pages = 122 | isbn = 0-679-80578-8] [cite book | author = Les Martin | title = Young Indiana Jones and the Secret City | publisher = Random House | date = 1990 | pages = 123 | isbn = 0-679-80580-X] cite book | author = Jerome Jacobs | title = Young Indiana Jones and Phantom of the Klondike | publisher = Hachette Livre | date = 1997 | location = France | pages = 157 | isbn = 2-01-209591-7] [cite book | author = Jerome Jacobs | title = Young Indiana Jones and Violin of the Metropolitan | publisher = Hachette Livre | date = 1997 | location = France | isbn = 2-01-209669-7] In the PC / Video Game Lego Indiana Jones, he appears as a figurine, credited as "Boy Scout," much to his liking.

Henry Jones, Sr.

Dr. Henry Walton Jones, Sr. (Sean Connery) is Indiana's estranged father, who was distant from his son due to his obsessive study of the Holy Grail and its possible location. Kidnapped by Nazis in 1938, his son rescues him and in the process of racing the Nazis to the Grail's location, they become closer. Alex Hyde-White stood in for Connery in the film's 1912 prologue, and was played by Lloyd Owen in "The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles", which showed his anger at his son running away to fight in World War I. He also appeared in the "Young Indiana Jones" novels and the graphic novel "Indiana Jones and the Spear of Destiny" (set in 1945). At the time of the events of "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" in 1957, it appears the elder Dr. Jones has already passed away in 1951.

Walter Donovan

Walter Donovan (Julian Glover) is the main antagonist of the film. He is an American businessman who desires the Holy Grail in order to achieve immortality. He secretly works for the Nazis, and sends both Indiana and his father on the search for the Grail without their knowledge of his ties to Germany. At the film's climax, after using Indiana to clear the path of traps for him, Donovan is killed when he drinks from the wrong Grail (chosen for him by Elsa who claimed it was the cup of Christ), rapidly decaying until only scattered bones, dust, and his Nazi lapel pin remained. Glover enjoyed playing the part because of the character's ambiguous nature:

"What would you do, if you had the chance of having eternal life? That's quite a question. Where would you draw the line? People say [Donovan] was a Nazi, he wasn't a Nazi, he joined the Nazi Party in order to investigate its property, and he bloody nearly got that. Only because he was greedy did he [fall] . This is an advice for you [the viewer] : always choose the pewter cup. It applies to everything. An allegory for life." [cite news | author = Ralph van den Broeck | title = Interview with Julian Glover | publisher = The Indy Experience | date = 2002 | url = | accessdate=2008-04-22]

Isla Blair, Glover's wife, cameoed as Mrs. Donovan in the scene where he and Indiana discuss the Holy Grail. The in-joke was conceived by one of the producers. [cite news | author = Stella Nobrega-Collins | title = 2nd Interview with Julian Glover | publisher = The Indy Experience | date = 2003 | url = | accessdate=2008-04-22]

Elsa Schneider

Dr. Elsa Schneider (Alison Doody) is an Austrian art professor who desires the Grail, and like Donovan, she keeps her involvement with the Nazis a secret. She is revealed to have seduced both Joneses throughout the film, falling in love and having sexual relations with Indiana. Later, she picks out a grail for Donovan, choosing a false grail, forced to watch her employer decay before her eyes. Afterwards, she mistakenly crosses the temple's seal with the Grail in hand, causing the temple to collapse as she drops to her death in the resulting chasm when attempting to retrieve the Grail instead of holding onto Indiana. According to Doody, Elsa's role as a femme fatale was an attempt to distance the character from Willie.cite news | title = 25 Years of Indy! | pages = 73 | publisher = Empire |date=October 2006] "IGN" placed Elsa 33rd on their list of the best bad girls in film in 2008, [cite news | author = Laura Burrows | title = Top 50 Chicks Behaving Badly: Round 2 | publisher = IGN | date = 2008-04-01 | url = | accessdate=2008-04-03] while "Empire" noted Doody "achieved the unlikely feat of making a Nazi sympathiser sympathetic".


Kazim (Kevork Malikyan) is the leader of the Brotherhood of the Cruciform Sword, an ancient organization protecting the secrets of the Holy Grail. Kazim initially attempts to kill Indiana and Elsa during a spectacular boatchase in Venice, but after recognizing Indiana does not want the Grail for selfish purposes, gives him the location of his father. Kazim later leads an attack on the Nazi convoy heading for the Grail's location, but is killed. When Kazim dies, it was intended that Elsa step away and see her hands covered in blood (as a homage to "The Man Who Knew Too Much"), but Spielberg was unsatisfied with each take. Malikyan was once in the running for the part of Sallah in the first film, but missed the audition due to traffic.


Colonel Ernst Vogel (Michael Byrne), is a Standartenführer in the SS and aids Donovan in finding the Holy Grail. His main objective is to kill the Joneses under direct order of Adolf Hitler. Vogel suffered a humiliating situation after he found Jones Sr. on a German zeppelin bound for Athens, when Indiana throws him out of the window when it is about to take off. Afterwards, Vogel and Donovan are heading towards the location of the Grail. Indiana jumps on to a tank Vogel is in, and Vogel emerges to confront him. Indy takes flight when the tank they are on is rolling off a cliff, but Vogel goes down with it, perishing when the tank turret, which he holds onto, comes out of its socket and rolls with him still clutching it about on the jagged rocks.

His first name was revealed in 1989, in the "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade" comic book adaptaion.

Introduced in "The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles"

Remy Baudouin

Remy Baudouin (Ronny Coutteure) is a Belgian cook. He meets the 17-year old Indiana in Mexico in the pilot episode, serving Pancho Villa. He joins Pancho because his wife Lupe was murdered by Federales. He joins Indiana on the Western Front after seeing newsreel footage of the devastation in his country.

Anna Jones

Indiana's mother is first mentioned in passing in "Raiders of the Lost Ark"; Indiana remarks Brody "sound [s] just like my mother" when discussing the dangers of finding the Ark. In "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade", Indiana's father Henry mentions that her death drove him and his son apart. Indiana believes that his mother "never understood" his father's obsession with the Holy Grail, though Henry says she supported him fully.

The character debuted in the 1992-1996 television series "The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles", where she was portrayed by Ruth de Sosa. Her name is revealed to be Anna Jones. Very little had been established about the character prior to production, so de Sosa was allowed to create many aspects of the character, in addition to the basics that had been established by Lucas. [cite news | title = Young Indy Time Capsule Interview: Ruth De Sosa | publisher = | date = 2007-09-11 | url = | accessdate=2008-04-13] Previously, the "" came with a replica of Henry's diary which named her Mary. [cite web | title = Official Grail Diary Pages: Henry's Grail Diary from LC Graphic Adventure | publisher = | url = | accessdate=2008-04-21] More recent publications, such as the "Lost Journal of Indiana Jones", rectify this by making Mary her middle name.

In the series, Indiana is shown to have a strong relationship with his mother, whom he calls "the sweetest, smartest, most wonderful woman who ever lived"."The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles", "Young Indiana Jones and the Curse of the Jackal", 1992-03-04] In the unaired episode "Florence, May 1908" (later released as part of "The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones": "The Perils of Cupid"), Anna briefly has an affair with composer Giacomo Puccini. She also reveals she is from Virginia. ["The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: The Perils of Cupid", VHS, 2000-09-19] Although it is explained she died of scarlet fever in the series, ["The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles", American Broadcasting Company, "Paris, September 1908", 1993-06-19] it is contradicted in new footage shot for the 1999 re-edit, where Indiana explains she died of influenza. ["The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Spring Break Adventure", VHS, 1999-10-17] In "The Lost Journal of Indiana Jones", it is stated that Anna died on March 3 1912, aged 33 years.

T.E. Lawrence

A fictionalized version of T. E. Lawrence has a recurring role in the series. He first appeared in the pilot episode, "Young Indiana Jones and the Curse of the Jackal", and appears and is mentioned multiple times throughout the series. Lawrence is portrayed by Joseph Bennett and Douglas Henshall.

Helen Seymour

Miss Helen Seymour (Margaret Tyzack) is Indiana's tutor, having taught his father at the University of Oxford. In one of the final episodes broadcast in 1996, she dies after World War I, before Indiana returns to Oxford to be at her side. Her maid gives him her final letter, in which she urges him to finish his education and reconcile with his father. ["Young Indiana Jones and the Treasure of the Peacock's Eye", ABC Family, 1995-01-15]

In a comic book adaptation of the first episode, it is explained she dislikes her old classmate T. E. Lawrence due to their divided religious beliefs (her father was a minister). [Cite comic | Writer = Dan Barry | Penciller = Dan Barry | Story = Egypt, 1908 | Title = The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles | Issue = 1 | Date = February 1992 | Publisher = Dark Horse Comics] Seymour also appears in three books based on the series. In one, she inherits a fortune, and is courted by a Colonel (whom Indiana is suspicious of) aboard the RMS "Titanic". [cite book | author = Les Martin | title = Young Indiana Jones and the Titanic Adventure | publisher = Random House | date = 1993 | pages = 139 | isbn = 0-679-84925-4] [cite book | author = J. N. Fox | title = Young Indiana Jones and the Pirate's Loot | publisher = Random House | date = 1994 | pages = 130 | isbn = 0-679-86433-4]

Great Cloud

Great Cloud is apparently a friend and sometimes sidekick of Indiana Jones. He is played by Saginaw Grant. He enlists Indy's help in 1950 when an ancient pipe is stolen from his tribe; a deadly chase through the snowy mountains of Wyoming ensues. Indy eventually retrieves the pipe for Great Cloud; along the way, their bickering dialogue and familiarity with one another (Great Cloud alternates between calling Indiana "Dr. Jones" and "Indy;" Indy repeatedly tells Great Cloud to "relax," as if he's used to the man's constant worrying) suggests an ongoing working relationship a la Short Round or Sallah. ["The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: The Mystery of the Blues", VHS, 1999-10-27]

Introduced in "Kingdom of the Crystal Skull"


George "Mac" McHale (Ray Winstone) is an archaeologist who is a friend and competitor with Jones. He is a spin on Sallah and Belloq. [Cite news | author = Shawn Adler | title = 'Indiana Jones' Roles For Cate Blanchett, Ray Winstone Revealed Exclusively To MTV News | publisher = MTV | date = 2007-12-07 | url = | accessdate=2008-04-02] Mac served in MI6 during World War II, working with Indiana (who worked for the Office of Strategic Services). Writer David Koepp said Mac represents the confusion of the Cold War, with Winstone concurring "figuring out who you were working for and who you were working against must have been crazy". Mac's look was inspired by a photo of Ernest Hemingway wearing boots, so Winstone was told to tuck his pants into his boots and "rock" them throughout the film. Mac calls himself a "capitalist", and frequently makes his decision based upon what he gets in return. Mac is also extremely greedy, enthusiastic to accompany Indy to Akator, a "city of gold", and expresses clear frustration when Akator doesn't turn out to be what he expected, calling the venture a "waste of [his] time." Mac is eventually sucked into a vortex created by aliens to another dimension. It remains unknown whether he is dead or just in another dimension, as he purposefully lets go of Jones's whip that he was holding and lets himself get sucked into the portal.

Mac will reappear in the novel "Indiana Jones and the Army of the Dead", due for May 2009. Set after the second World War, he and Indiana battles German and Japanese agents, a voodoo priest and legions of the undead for the Heart of Darkness, an object made of pearl and ebony in Haiti. [cite news|title=Indiana Jones and the Army of the Dead||date=2008-09-18|url=|accessdate=2008-09-19]

Irina Spalko

Colonel Dr. Irina Spalko (Cate Blanchett) is the antagonist of the film. A KGB agent born in the Ukraine, she was believed by those in her village to be a witch as she performed psychic experiments on animals. An impressed Joseph Stalin inducted her into researching psychic warfare, awarding her with the Order of Lenin three times. She is skilled in fencing and hand-to-hand combat and is Indiana's main antagonist as she brings the crystal skull to Akator to utilize the power there for her country's militant purposes. Ironically, her desire for knowledge proved her undoing when the crystal skull entity grants her desire to know everything, overloading her mind and causing her to disintegrate as her scattered essence is teleported to another dimension.

Frank Marshall said Spalko continued the tradition of Indiana having a love-hate relationship "with every woman he ever comes in contact with". [Cite news | author = Anthony Breznican | title = First look: Whip cracks over new 'Indiana Jones' movie | publisher = USA Today | date = 2007-12-09 | url = | accessdate=2008-04-02] Blanchett had wanted to play a villain for a "couple of years" before being cast. [cite news | author = Scott Huver | title = Cate Blanchett: The Oscar Nominee On Dylan, Ledger and Indiana Jones | publisher = | date = 2007 | url = | accessdate=2008-04-02] Spalko was modeled on Marlene Dietrich,cite web | title = About the Production | publisher = Official site | url = | format = Flash | accessdate=2008-05-14 To access, click "The Film"] while her bob cut was George Lucas' idea and was inspired by Louise Brooks .cite news | author = Ian Freer | title = The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull | publisher = Empire | date = May 2008 | pages = 80-82]

A 3 ¾" figure was released,cite web | title = Hasbro - 3 ¾" Action Figures Wave 2: Basic Figures | publisher = | url = | accessdate=2008-04-02] as well as an Adventure Heroes figurine that depicts her duel with Mutt.cite web | title = Hasbro - Adventure Heroes: Wave 2 | publisher = | url = | accessdate=2008-04-02] Spalko is available in three Lego playsets.cite web | title = LEGO Indiana Jones - Series 2 | publisher = | url = | accessdate=2008-04-02]

Antonin Dovchenko

Colonel Antonin Dovchenko (Igor Jijikine) aids Spalko on the quest for the crystal skull. He is ruthless and despises weakness. Dovchenko is large in statue and a brutal hand to hand combatant. The character is a tribute to the muscular henchman Pat Roach played in the first three films. He fights Indiana several times until Indy finally beats him and his dazed body gets carried off and eaten alive by army ants in the jungle. Hasbro released 3 ¾" and 12" action figures as well as an Adventure Heroes model, [cite web | title = Dovchenko 12-inch Figure | publisher = Indiana Jones Shop | url = | accessdate=2008-05-01] while Lego included him in a playset of a Jungle Cutter (a logging machine).

Dean Charles Stanforth

Dean Charles Stanforth (Jim Broadbent) is Indiana's friend at Marshall College. The character replaces Marcus Brody following Denholm Elliott's death in 1992. Stanforth resigns to protect Indy from government agents who want him on trump Communist charges, and is later reinstated, with Indy joining him as the Associate Dean.

Mutt Williams

Mutt Williams (Shia LaBeouf), born Henry Jones III,cite book |last= Luceno|first= James|authorlink= James Luceno |title= Indiana Jones: The Ultimate Guide |publisher= DK Publishing |location=New York |date= 2008 |isbn= 978-0-7566-3500-8] is a motorcycle-riding greaser and Indiana's son with Marion Ravenwood. However, she told him his stepfather, Royal Air Force pilot Colin Williams, was his biological father, until they met up with Indiana Jones in 1957. Mutt goes to Peru with Indiana in search of his mother, his adoptive father Harold Oxley, and the crystal skull. Mutt has travelled extensively with his mother, and has never graduated from school – any school. (He appears to have sampled several.) Unlike many film sidekick roles, Mutt is highly intelligent, follows a strong line in deductive reasoning, and excels at fencing and other practical adventuring skills.

George Lucas was briefly interested in producing a spin-off about Mutt and his own adventures, with Indiana in a supporting role. [cite news | author = Roger Friedman | title = Lucas: 'Indy 5' a Possibility
publisher = FOX News | date = 2008-05-16 | url =,2933,356282,00.html | accessdate=2008-05-16

Harold Oxley

Harold Oxley (John Hurt), is a colleague of Indiana who broke off contact with him in 1937 while searching for the skulls. Both Oxley and Indiana studied under Abner Ravenwood. Oxley was a close friend of Ravenwood's daughter, Marion, and hence became a surrogate father for her son Mutt, following the death of Mutt's stepfather. Oxley's wits have been addled by long exposure to one of the crystal skulls. As soon as the skull is returned to Akator, Oxley regains his sanity, and is last seen at Indy and Marion's wedding, clapping enthusiastically. The character was inspired by Ben Gunn from "Treasure Island".

Introduced in other media

ophia Hapgood

Sophia Hapgood debuted in the 1992 video game "Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis" and its comic book adaptation. Sophia's backstory in "Fate of Atlantis" explains she was born in Boston and became briefly romantically involved with Indiana while accompanying him on an expedition in Iceland. Afterwards, she becomes a psychic giving lectures on Atlantis, and accompanies Indiana on his quest to stop the Nazis harnessing the lost city's power in 1939. Sophia wears a necklace containing the Atlantean King's consciousness: although Indiana frees her from its power, an alternate ending depicts her being consumed and dying. [cite video game | title = Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis | developer = LucasArts | date = 1992 | platform = DOS, Amiga, FM Towns, Apple Macintosh]

The "Thunder of the Orient" comic, set in 1938, has Sophia asked for Indiana's help securing a tablet by Buddha, which can help the reader achieve nirvana: The Empire of Japan wants it to control the world. Sophia is briefly captured by bandits in Afghanistan, before battling Japanese soldiers for the tablet on the Yangtze River and losing it. [Cite comic | Writer = Dan Barry | Penciller = Dan Barry, Dan Spiegle | Title = Indiana Jones: Thunder in the Orient | Issue = 1-6 | Date = September 1993-April 1994 | Publisher = Dark Horse Comics] In the 1999 video game sequel "Indiana Jones and the Infernal Machine", Sophia is a Central Intelligence Agency officer in 1947. She accompanies Jones during his search for the Babylonian Infernal Machine. In the game's finale, she is possessed by the god Marduk, but Indiana frees her. [cite video game | title = Indiana Jones and the Infernal Machine | developer = LucasArts | date = 1999 | platform = Microsoft Windows, Nintendo 64, Game Boy Color]


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