Recruited off the streets of Kathmandu by Arnold Ernst Toht, the Giant Sherpa waited outside Marion Ravenwood's bar The Raven while the others went in to take the medallion from her. Seeing that Indiana Jones was spoiling things inside, the huge man burst in and started to grapple with the archaeologist.
Pulling Jones away from his doorway hiding place, the Sherpa threw Jones against the bar and pinned him on the bar counter. Toht knocked over some alcohol and ignited it, letting the flame run down the bar toward Jones. Jones asked Ravenwood, hiding behind the bar after knocking out the Mean Mongolian, for some whiskey. After getting a bottle of whiskey, Jones smashed it on the head of the sherpa, who momentarily let go of Jones. Escaping from the line of flames on the counter, Jones was grabbed again by the sherpa, who simultaneously tried to choke Jones and grapple for his pistol.
As the Sherpa fought with Jones over control of Jones' pistol, Toht ordered the other Nazi to simply shoot both brawlers. Realizing that they had a common enemy, the sherpa and Jones aimed the gun in the direction of the machine-gun toting German and fired it several times, killing the thug. Distracted, Jones slipped away from the Sherpa again, who followed him.
Jones tried to push him into the fireplace but only succeeded in losing his gun and setting the goon's arm on fire. Shrugging off the pain, the Sherpa swung at Jones with his burning sleeve several times and continued fighting. While his back was turned, Jones took him down with a chair to the head and the unconscious Sherpa was abandoned inside the burning Raven to be consumed by the flames.
Behind the scenesEdit
The Giant Sherpa was portrayed by the late stuntman and professional wrestler Pat Roach in Raiders of the Lost Ark, who also played the German Mechanic in the same film and later went on to portray the Chief Guard in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and the Gestapo in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.
During the development of Lawrence Kasdan's script, the Giant Sherpa was going to regain consciousness after his fight with Indy but just as he moves to wring the unsuspecting Jones' neck, a roof beam collapses over him, effectively killing the sherpa. However, this was cut from the final film.
The scene in which Indiana Jones knocks out the Giant Sherpa with a small wooden table before abandoning him in The Raven was shortened. During the filming, Indy was going to throw a chair into the back to the Sherpa before knocking him out with the table as in the final version. Shooting of the scene was included in the documentary Great Movie Stunts: Raiders of the Lost Ark and the featurette The Stunts of Indiana Jones.
The Giant Sherpa is absent from the Raiders comic book adaptation. Instead, the Mean Mongolian fulfils his role as being the one who fights against Indy and later helps him kill Otto. In the film's Read-Along Adventure adaptation, he enters with the rest of the other henchmen rather than catching Jones by surprise during the fight. The character is also absent from LEGO Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures and its sequel, replaced by the Sherpa Gunner, a character created for the video games based on both the Ratty Nepalese and Otto.
For the 2008 release of the Indiana Jones Masterpieces trading card series, illustrator Ken Steacy included artwork which was designed to depict a Pat Roach character from each of the first three films surrounding a captive Indiana Jones. Though the German Mechanic from Raiders, the Chief Guard from Temple of Doom and, possibly, the Gestapo of Last Crusade are present, the Giant Sherpa is inexplicably absent.