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 Sherpa was abandoned inside the burning Raven, dying burned.
Behind the scenesEdit
The Giant Sherpa was portrayed by the late stuntman and professional wrestler Pat Roach, who also played the German Mechanic in the same film and later went to portray the Chief Guard in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and the Gestapo Agent in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.
In the Raiders novelization, the Giant Sherpa is absent from The Raven scene. Instead, the character of the Mean Mongolian takes his place in the story, and is the one who ends being burned alive at The Raven.
In LEGO Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures, the Giant Sherpa is absent during The Raven scene. Instead of him, who finds his death burned in The Raven is the Sherpa Gunner, a created character of the video game based on the Giant Sherpa and Otto. In the video game's sequel, the Giant Sherpa is also absent, being replaced by several Sherpa Gunners.