What other fearless “obtainer of rare antiquities” in the 80s did you have a crush on? Oh, we know! NO ONE. That’s because Indy was one of a kind. He was rugged, handsome and man, he was fast with the one-liners. And with that dead pan tone? You couldn’t help but swoon, because even when he was insulting the girl, he really wasn’t insulting the girl.
Entertainment Weekly ranked him in the number two spot in their list of The All-Time Coolest Heroes in Pop Culture and we couldn’t agree more. The fedora? The whip? The leather jacket? He pulled it off. Girls wanted to date him and guys wanted to be him.
Indy, always up for an adventure, first stole our hearts when he embarked on his search for the Ark of the Covenant. Of course, Nazis proved to be a bit of a stumbling block, but no worries. Jones had it covered. (However, important note: If Dr. Jones tells you to not look at something, we suggest you listen or else risk having your face melted off. Just sayin’.)
Then in an odd move, we meet him again in 1984 in the prequel, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. Over the years the movie itself has been panned. Monkey brains? Bugs? Kate Capshaw? Viewers didn’t take kindly to it. It wasn’t the Indy we’d grown to love. This one was dark. This one was gory. And oh did we mention that they eat monkey brains? Because they totally do. (Gag.)
In 1989, we get to see him one last time. (And no, we’re not going to mention the atrocity that was The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull in 2008. Mainly because it was in 2008 but also because, Indy! What were you thinking?!) This time? His pops is with him and well, we can’t say we didn’t love him too. (We named the dog Indiana.) He was just as smart as Indy but not nearly as big of a risk taker. But, you can’t win ’em all and Indiana Jones definitely has this round in the bag.
We ♥ Indiana Jones.