Obergruppenführer Helmut von Mephisto was a member of the Nazi Ahnenerbe with a mechanical right arm who faced off against Indiana Jones in 1941.

Biography[edit | edit source]

Helmut von Mephisto claimed to be a descendant of Frederick the Second of Prussia. By Mephisto's own admission, his mother had had him locked up for his own good because he was a "bad boy".

Mephisto was trained at Castle Wewelsburg, Heinrich Himmler's SS school and was awarded the Totenkopfring. At some point the Nazis outfitted him with a formidable mechanical right arm that could fire electrical energy.

He had achieved the rank of Obergruppenführer by 1941 when he sent a telegram from Berlin to Agent Z-733 to spy on Indiana Jones who was in Mexico assisting Colonel Musgrove. Ironically, by the time Mephisto traveled to Mexico as the head of a team looking to research ancient weapons, Jones had been assigned the task of finding out what held the Nazis' interest to which Mephisto's name was connected.

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Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

Toht concept art by Ron Cobb.

The character of Mephisto was created by J. W. Rinzler for Indiana Jones and the Mystery of Mount Sinai, but the name can be traced back to Chris Columbus' Indiana Jones and the Monkey King script. The mechanical arm is also present in the draft, but belongs to a separate character, and the idea itself dates back to Raiders of the Lost Ark with concept art showing Arnold Ernst Toht with such a limb.

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