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"Artoo shaking hands with See-Threepio is going to be one of those little-known facts in the movie you'll be able to see if you know where it is."
Kathleen Kennedy on a Star Wars reference in Raiders of the Lost Ark[src]

The Star Wars logo.

Star Wars is a movie franchise created in 1977 by film director George Lucas comprised of three core episodic trilogies and multiple spinoffs. The original trilogy of films starred Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, and Mark Hamill.

Both Star Wars and Indiana Jones were inspired by the movie serials of the 1930s and '40s, and it was while working on his script for The Star Wars that a distracted Lucas began making notes for "Indiana Smith", an unrelated archaeologist character who sought out supernatural artifacts.[1]

Although they belong to different franchises and continuities, there have been several connections between the two in the form of in-jokes and references.

References to Star Wars in Indiana Jones[]

Raiders of the Lost Ark[]

Can you find R2-D2 and C-3PO?

  • Jock Lindsey's plane has the letters OB-CPO on its nose, a reference to Obi-Wan Kenobi and C-3PO. OB-CPO is also included in the LEGO set "Temple Escape!".
  • The sound of Jock Lindsey's plane starting is the same as the Millennium Falcon's failing hyperdrive.
  • In the scene where Indiana Jones is lifting the Ark of the Covenant out of its holding place in the Well of Souls, one of the hieroglyphs resembles Star Wars characters C-3PO and R2-D2. There is also a hieroglyph depicting a figure similar to Princess Leia Organa inserting the Death Star plans into R2-D2. According to producer Kathleen Kennedy, this reference in particular was added by art director Norman Reynolds for George Lucas as an easter egg that could be seen by observant viewers.[1]

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom[]

  • The opening scenes take place in Club Obi Wan, named after the Star Wars character Obi-Wan Kenobi.
  • Indy says during the mine car scene "We got company" - a similar line was spoken by Han Solo in the first Star Wars. Shorty also says this during the car pursuit in Shanghai.
  • The sound of Lao Che's Ford Tri-Motor Airplane failing is the same as the Millennium Falcon's failing hyperdrive.
  • The sound of an igniting lightsaber can be heard during Willie Scott's sacrifice attempt at the Temple of Doom.
  • Jones confronts and defeats two Thuggee swordsmen then begins chasing one of them into the jungle, only to swiftly be chased back by a renewed number of soldiers. The scene closely resembles a scene in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope when Han Solo performs the same action with stormtroopers aboard the orignal Death Star.

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull[]

The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles[]


References to Indiana Jones in Star Wars[]


Cad Bane considers choosing a fedora.

Arihnda Pryce.



Cast and crew[]

Space smuggler Han Solo portrayed by Harrison Ford.

Persons who worked in both franchises:

Notes and references[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 The Complete Making of Indiana Jones
  2. The Clone Wars Episode Guide: Hunt for Ziro on (backup link on
  3. @HolocronKeeper Leland Chee on Twitter
  4. Much to Learn You Still Have: 8 Things You Might Not Know About Weequays on (backup link on
  5. The Cinema Behind Star Wars: Indiana Jones and The Lost Missions at the Star Wars Blog
  6. The Disappeared, Part I on (backup link on
  7. The Disappeared, Part II on (backup link on
  8. "Deal No Deal" Episode Guide - Trivia Gallery on (backup link on (Slide 6)
  9. The Cinema Behind Star Wars: Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade on (backup link on
  10. Rebels Recon: Inside "Through Imperial Eyes" on (backup link on
  11. Star Wars: Darth Vader Volume 2
  12. @PhilSzostak Phil Szostak on Twitter
  13. Designing Solo: A Star Wars Story, Part 2: The Film That Made the Kessel Run on (backup link on
  14. @PhilSzostak Phil Szostak on Twitter
  15. First look inside the Star Wars virtual reality experience Vader Immortal at Entertainment Weekly
  16. @PhilSzostak Phil Szostak on Twitter
  17. The Skywalker Legacy
  18. Aliens of the Empire Part 2 at the Jedi Council Forums
  19. Endnotes for Star Wars: Book of Sith (part 1) at Daniel Wallace's Geekosity
  20. The Imperial Warlords: Despoilers of an Empire, Part 2 on (backup link on (Web archive)
  21. Get Ready for "Indiana Jones Meets Star Wars" in Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy's Edge — Last Call on (backup link on

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