- "I'm Indiana Jones. Who are you, some kind of test pilot?"
- ―Indiana Jones, to Luke Skywalker
Jones's native homeworld was Earth with many oceans and forests. The planet was very primitive compared to the rest of the galaxy, even being surprised at the common sight of a starship. Sometime later, he met a young pickpocket he dubbed Shorty. He also discovered a region on his planet known as Atlantis, along with other strange finds.
One day, while exploring ruins in a place called Mexico, Indiana Jones discovered an alien who abducted him to take him back to his home planet of Xantar. While on the planet he was discovered by Luke Skywalker, but was brought back home by the alien shortly after.
One of his many discoveries was the habitat of Chewbacca (whom the local Human natives preferred to call "Sasquatch") and the crashed Millennium Falcon, which, as he admitted, was unlike anything he had seen before, even in Atlantis. Jones and his assistant, Shorty, started to explore the ship's wreckage but decided to leave it alone after encountering strangely disturbing remains of Han Solo within.
Personality and traits
- "By the way, did anyone ever tell you that you look a lot like my friend Han Solo…?"
- ―Luke Skywalker, to Jones
A light-skinned man with brown hair and eyes, Jones bore an uncanny resemblance to Rebel Alliance hero Han Solo, which both he himself and fellow hero Luke Skywalker noticed. In the opinion of Bug-Eyes, he was lonely, depressed and cynical.
Behind the scenes
Dr. Henry Walton Jones Jr., better known as "Indiana Jones" or "Indy" for short, was created by George Lucas for Raiders of the Lost Ark, and famously played by Harrison Ford (ages 36–58). A total of four films have been made, which were co-written and produced by George Lucas and directed by Steven Spielberg. The character was also played by Corey Carrier (ages 9/10), Sean Patrick Flanery (ages 16–21), and George Hall (ages 93/94) in George Lucas' The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles television series. He was also portrayed by the late River Phoenix (age 13) in the opening scenes of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.
In addition to being the inspiration for Chewbacca, George Lucas' late dog Indiana was the inspiration for the Indiana Jones character. Also, Lucas' middle name is "Walton," which is revealed to be Indiana's middle name in The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles.
Many cast and crew members, as well as authors, have been involved in both the Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises:
- Carrie Fisher wrote the episode "Paris, October 1916" of The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles.
- Author James Luceno, who has written many Star Wars books, wrote the Indiana Jones novel The Mata Hari Affair and reference book Indiana Jones: The Ultimate Guide.
- Frank Darabont wrote multiple episodes of The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles. Because of this, he was originally asked by Rick McCallum to write the screenplay for Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace. (Lucas ultimately decided to write it himself.) He later wrote a rejected screenplay for Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
- Jonathan Hales wrote multiple episodes of The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, and went on to co-write Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones.
- Star Wars Insider has had off-and-on coverage of the Indiana Jones franchise. It was the subject of the magazine's recurring Indy Vault column, written by J. W. Rinzler, who wrote The Making of Star Wars: The Definitive Story Behind the Original Film and The Complete Making of Indiana Jones: The Definitive Story Behind All Four Films. Indiana Jones briefly had his own magazine, Indiana Jones: The Official Magazine.
- Julian Glover starred alongside Harrison Ford in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade as millionaire Walter Donovan.
- Michael Sheard had a cameo in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade as Adolf Hitler. Other Star Wars actors appeared in The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, including Anthony Daniels, Ian McDiarmid, William Hootkins and Bruce Boa.
LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy features Indiana Jones's signature hat in the level where Han Solo and Chewbacca go to meet Luke Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, R2-D2 and C-3PO at Docking Bay 94 in Mos Eisley. Also featured is a baseball cap, a tall hat, and a witch's hat.
LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga features a playable cameo by Dr. Jones, most likely due to the recently released LEGO Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures, and the ease of porting character files between compatible games. The game features him using a whip or a pistol. Also, like many other characters, he can jump, roll, and fire three shots rapidly. Previews of LEGO Indiana Jones show him with stubble on his face. However, his face here is the same as Han Solo's (whose basic animations he shares).
In The Paradise Snare, Han Solo has many aliases given by Garris Shrike. One of them is "Jenos Idanian", an anagram of "Indiana Jones". Also, the name of xenoarchaeologist Henrietya "Corellia" Antilles parallels that of Henry "Indiana" Jones; both are archaeologists, both have a place name as a nickname, and both have a last name considered common in their respective universes.
In the 2009 game Indiana Jones and the Staff of Kings, Han Solo is one of the unlockable skins for the Wii version.
The character of Doctor Chelli Lona Aphra, created by writer Kieron Gillen for Marvel Comics' series Star Wars: Darth Vader and Star Wars: Doctor Aphra, was conceived as the archaeological antithesis of Indiana Jones, according to Star Wars: Darth Vader Vol. 2. Her ship, the Ark Angel, is also named after the Ark of the Covenant, the MacGuffin which Jones sought out in Raiders.
In the Star Wars Rebels episode "Through Imperial Eyes," the Holy Grail from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade is displayed alongside other artifacts such as the helmet of Commander Gree in the office of Grand Admiral Thrawn.
- LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga
- LEGO Star Wars: The Quest for R2-D2
- LEGO Star Wars: Bombad Bounty
- LEGO Star Wars: Attack of the Clones
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Republic Heroes (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars Galactic Spy
- Star Wars: Yoda Stories (First appearance)
- "Into the Great Unknown"—Star Wars Tales 19
- LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars (Cameo appearance)
- Star Wars: The Roleplaying Game (First mentioned)
- George Lucas: The Creative Impulse
- Star Wars: Panel to Panel Volume 2: Expanding the Universe
- Star Wars Year by Year: A Visual Chronicle
- "50 Great Reasons to Rewatch Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season Three"—Star Wars Insider 125