Hero Overview

It's not the years, honey. It's the mileage.
~ Indiana Jones.
Snakes! Why did it have to be snakes?!
~ Indiana Jones' most famous quote.

Dr. Henry Walton "Indiana" Jones, Jr. (b. July 1, 1899) is the titular protagonist of the film series of the same name. He is a mix of archaeologist and adventurer who seeks out rare and exotic finds from across the world while also battling to keep such artifacts falling into the hands of an assortment of many villains who would use them for nefarious goals. He is most famous for his fedora and bullwhip, and going on numerous adventures with his friends.

He is portrayed by Harrison Ford, who also portrayed Han Solo in the Star Wars series, Rick Deckard in Blade Runner and Blade Runner: 2049, President James Marshall in Air Force One, Rooster in The Secret Life of Pets 2, and John Thornton in the 2020 adaptation of The Call of the Wild. The late River Phoenix played the character young in The Last Crusade, as Neil Boulane, Boutalat, Corey Carrier, Sean Patrick Flanery, and the late George Hall played the character in the tv series.

In video games, Doug Lee voiced him Fate of Atlantis and Infernal Machine, David Esch in Emperor's Tomb, and John Armstrong in Staff of Kings.

Biography

Early Life

Henry Walton Jones, Jr. was born on July 1, 1899 in Princeton, New Jersey to professor Henry Jones, Sr. and his wife, Anna. Henry also had a sister named Susie, but she died at an early age, and according to his mother, was "not very strong".

Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark

I'm making this up as I go.
~ Indiana Jones.

In this first adventure, Indy is pitted against the Nazis, travelling the world to prevent them from recovering the Ark of the Covenant. He is aided by Marion Ravenwood and Sallah. The Nazis are led by Jones's arch-rival, René Belloq, a Nazi-sympathizing French archaeologist, Arnold Toht, a sinister Gestapo agent, and Herman Dietrich, an arrogant Wehrmacht colonel.

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

Fortune and glory, kid. Fortune and glory.
~ Indiana Jones to Short Round.

Set in 1935, Indy travels to India and attempts to free enslaved children and the three Sankara stones from the bloodthirsty Thuggee cult, led by the dark priest Mola Ram. He is aided by Short Round, a young boy, and is accompanied by singer Willie Scott.

Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade

Nazis. I hate these guys.
~ Indiana Jones.

Set in 1938, The Last Crusade returned to the formula of Raiders of the Lost Ark, reintroducing characters such as Sallah and Marcus Brody, a scene from Professor Jones's classroom (he now teaches at Barnett College), the globe trotting element of multiple locations, and the return of the Nazis, this time trying to find the Holy Grail. The film's introduction, set in 1912, provided some back story to the character, specifically the origin of his fear of snakes, his use of a bullwhip, the scar on his chin, and his hat; the film's epilogue also reveals that "Indiana" is not Jones's first name, but a nickname he took from the family dog.

The film was a buddy movie of sorts, teaming Jones with his father, Henry Jones Jr., often to comical effect. Although Lucas intended to make five Indiana Jones films, The Last Crusade was the last for over eighteen years, as he could not think of a good plot element to drive the next installment.

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

Why don't you stick around, Junior?
~ Indiana, to his son Mutt.

Set in 1957, 19 years after the third film, it pits an older and wiser Indiana Jones against Soviet agents bent on harnessing the power of a crystal skull associated with extraterrestrials discovered in South America by his former colleague Harold Oxley. Jones is aided in his adventure by his former lover, Marion Ravenwood, and her son — a young greaser named Henry "Mutt" Williams, later revealed to be Jones's biological son, Henry Jones III.

This film also reveals that Jones was recruited by the Office of Strategic Services (a predecessor department to the Central Intelligence Agency) during World War II, attaining the rank of Colonel in the United States Army and running covert operations with MI6 agent George McHale on the Soviet Union.

There were rumors that Ford would not return for any future installments and LaBeouf would take over the franchise. However, Walt Disney Studios revealed that a fifth Indiana Jones would be released in 2021, with Ford returning as the titular character.

The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles

Indiana Jones also appeared in The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, a TV series which ran on ABC from 1992 to 1993 that revealed adventures that Jones had in his younger days. Here, it's revealed that his adventures led to his interaction with various historical figures and involvement in important events of the early 20th century, which all of them are not shown in the film series.

Jones' lifetime of adventures eventually took its toll on his body: he ended up being blinded in one eye, and was forced to walk with a cane by the time he was 90-years-old. By the early 1990s, he was living in the New York City area with his daughter and grandchildren.

Reception

Indiana Jones made a reception as one of the most iconic, and popular movie character, being ranked number 4 most iconic movie character by Watchmojo.com, and the most iconic fictional archaeologist ever by many people.

Quotes

JOCK! START THE ENGINES! GET IT UP! START THE ENGINES! START THE ENGINES, JOCK
~ Indiana Jones to Jock as he's running from the indigenous Hovito people.
THERE'S A BIG SNAKE IN THE PLANE, JOCK!
~ Indiana Jones to Jock after he sees Reggie on his lap.
I HATE SNAKES, JOCK! I HATE 'EM!
~ Indiana Jones to Jock.

Trivia

  • He has Ophidiophobia, a fear of snakes.
  • He was number 4 on Watchmojo.com's "Top 10 Iconic Movie Characters".
  • Henry Selleck, Sam Neill, Christopher Guest, John Calvin, Barry Bostwick, Sam Shepard, Michael Biehn, Mark Harmon, Bruce Boxleitner, Sam Elliot, Paul Le Mat, Nick Mancuso, Peter Coyote and David Hasselhoff were all considered for the role of Indiana Jones before Harrison Ford was cast.
  • Chris Pratt was rumored to be the new Indiana Jones in a potential reboot. These rumors have since been proven false.
    • Also Rex Dangervest's archaeologist occupation is a reference to this.

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