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I’m sure this is common knowledge to everyone reading this article, but Indiana Jones is one of the most famous and recognisable characters in all of pop culture. Modelled after the do-gooders of 1930s film serials, Indiana Jones has become a film icon and one of the most universally beloved movie characters of all time.

With intelligence, bravado, wit and charm, Indy uppercuts Nazis, cracks his bullwhip and seduces the panties off of many attractive females… all while saving the world. Women want to be with him, men want to be him, and Nazis gleefully bend over and receive their beat downs at the mere presence of his fists. It simply isn’t possible to name a cooler character than Indiana Jones, and don’t even try to say Han Solo. Compared to Indy, Han is just a scruffy nerf-herder.

The Indiana Jones franchise has not only been commercially successful but has had a profound and lasting influence on society. Despite being a homage to various adventurers who came before him, Indy has directly influenced the characterisation of heroes like Nathan Drake of the Uncharted videogame series and Lara Croft of Tomb Raider.

Even archaeologists want to be Indy, and many have adopted him as a kind of mascot for their profession. Archaeology magazine named eight past and current archaeologists who they felt “embodied [Jones'] spirit” with its “Indy Spirit Awards”.

For a character so popular and universally revered, it seems like heresy to make the claim that Indiana Jones was a sociopath, so I’m not going to. After all, a sociopath is defined as someone who “has a pervasive pattern of disregard for the rights of others”, an “impoverished moral sense or conscience”, or has a “history of crime, legal problems, impulsive and aggressive behaviour”. Wait a second…

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This article was first posted on May 18, 2013