A Nepalese man accompanied Arnold Ernst Toht to acquire the medallion from Marion Ravenwood at The Raven in 1936. As they were about to torture her, Indiana Jones arrived with his whip and pistol and tried to save her. The Nepalese grunt kept Indy pinned down with fire from his submachine gun, while taking cover behind an overturned table, not knowing that the medallion his boss sought was on it.
The henchman met his end when Indy shot a burning log out of the fireplace which ignited liquor spilled onto the man. As he flailed in pain, Indy shot him in the face in an act of mercy, killing him. His body was later abandoned in the burning Raven.
Behind the scenesEdit
The Ratty Nepalese was played in Raiders of the Lost Ark by white stuntman Malcolm Weaver (credited as "Malcom Weaver") who wore makeup and prosthetics for the part. Weaver later performed stunts in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.
To shoot the moment where the Ratty Nepalese is caught on the fire and then shot, Weaver had to ignite the clothing on his back after which the film crew then put out the fire with extinguishers and covered him with a blanket.
Despite being the first to die in the film, the Ratty Nepalese is the last to die in Campbell Black's Raiders novelization. When Indy and the Giant Sherpa are fighting, the Nepalese tries to kill Indy, but Marion shoots him (the Nepalese) thus rescuing Indy. In the Marvel Comics' comic book adaptation, he dies at the very beginning of the fight. There, Indy shoots him twice in the chest instead of in the face.
There were plans by Kenner in the 1980s for a playset of The Raven which would have included an action figure of the Ratty Nepalese (under the name of "Nepalese Henchman"). The set, however, went ultimately unproduced when the whole Indiana Jones toyline was abruptly cancelled, although some concept art was made.
- Raiders of the Lost Ark novel (First appearance)
- Raiders of the Lost Ark
- Raiders of the Lost Ark comic