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    Willie Scott
    "I hate being outside!"
    Gender: Female
    Type: Overly Whiny Damsel In Distress
    Species: Human
    Portrayed by: Kate Capshaw
    Status: Alive
    Media of origin: Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
    First appearance: Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom


    Wilhelmina "Willie" Scott is a central character in the second Indiana Jones film, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. She's an American singer working at Club Obi Wan in Shanghai who accompanies Henry Jones Jr. and Short Round on his journey. She is portrayed by Kate Capshaw.

    Why She Should Be Sacrificed By Mola Ram

    1. Unlike other female leads from the Indiana Jones franchise such as Marion Ravenwood from Raiders of the Lost Ark and Elsa Schneider from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, she contributes nothing to the story, and doesn't help Indy in any way whatsoever, meaning that she serves absolutely no purpose in the film aside being Indy's love interest. You could replace her and it wouldn't make a difference.
      • Because of that, she serves more of a plot device than a character.
      • She is also the only female lead whom is reluctant to go on the adventure with Indy, hence proving why she and Indy are not right for each other as a romantic couple. And given that Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom is a prequel to Raiders of the Lost Ark set in 1935, one year before the events of the Raiders of the Lost Ark, it can be clearly concluded that she and Indy had broken up in-between the events of both films, which proves this point further.
    2. She screams way too often and way too high-pitched, enough to make other similar "screaming damsels" from previous films like Ann Darrow from the 1933 King Kong film seem more tolerable in comparison. There's also her constant crying and whining.
      • In fact, she screams for a grand total of seventy-two times throughout the movie.
    3. She is incredibly immature, annoying and won't shut up every minute she's onscreen, making her no different than little girl characters like Sarah from Ed, Edd n Eddy or Zoey from Playing With Fire.
    4. She is a stereotypical dumb blonde woman who has little to no character development, especially by 1984's standards.
    5. She could barely even survive in the outside world for one bit, not even from the worst odors of animals. Like how she applied perfume on the elephant she's riding on, which consequently irritated the elephant she riding on that it threw her off into the river in retaliation.
    6. She is a spoiled brat, as she always whines and throws fits whenever something doesn't go her way, just like a certain little aardvark girl. For instance, when she threw a massive strop on how she hated being outside when an elephant threw her into the river even though it was her own fault to begin with for bothering him with her perfume.
    7. She constantly get kidnapped by various enemies and is pretty helpless whenever she's captured, even more so than Princess Peach.
    8. Another thing, is that she's not very good with priorities. During the scene where a firefight had erupted in a large crowded room with you right in the middle, she chose focus on chasing down a large diamond instead of getting to safety. Plus she ended up in a car that was being shot but she chose to obsess over the fact that she chipped one of her nails.
      • On that topic, in one scene, she even complains about losing her voice from screaming way too much which is harmful for her singing career, even though in many instances throughout the movie maintaining the quality of her voice isn't really that important compared to getting to safety due to how dangerous they really are, not helping is how she screams way too frequently throughout the entire film despite herself knowing how that her incessant screaming will clearly damage her vocal chords. Willie really is a dumb blonde, isn’t she?
    9. During the scene where she was about to be sacrificed by Mola Ram, how in God’s name did she manage to survive from getting killed from the lava?! This makes absolutely zero sense, even for Indiana Jones standards, because in real life, she would've died even from all that lava heat since she was very close to hitting the target. However, this could be because she was the deuteragonist and Indy's love interest of this movie. But come on! The one guy sacrificed before her immediately started to burn entirely from where Willie would later stop! He even had his heart removed, but Willie didn’t?!
    10. Most of her dialogue is very stupid and laughable, such as her infamous "I burned by fingers and I cracked a nail!" line.
    11. She gets rewarded as being Indy's romantic love interest, especially since Willard Huyck and Gloria Katz even though she's done nothing to actually deserve it. Marion Ravenwood Raiders of the Lost Ark and even Elsa Schneider from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade had at least shown to be strong developed characters, even though the latter was a Nazi and suffered a tragic demise.
    12. Kate Capshaw also did a rather pitiful job portraying the character as well, mainly due to her non-stop screaming and her cartoonish over-the-top acting ability, which was mainly intended for the Willie Scott character to serve as comic relief in the film. But this failed miserably due to how annoying her character comes off to be, just like a later Lucasfilm character, Jar Jar Binks.

    Redeeming Qualities

    1. Despite her poor portrayal, she is arguably still attractive, much like Indiana Jones' other love interests.
    2. Her reactions towards various perils she goes through is understandable to some audiences, as she is presumably meant to represent what a normal person would've felt experiencing all the exact same dangerous adventures she had with Indiana Jones.
    3. Her reactions during the infamous Indian palace dinner scene are funny.
    4. Despite her irritable nature, she does at least have some motive for her selfish and conceited manners. In fact, she explained that she was born in poverty and her beloved grandfather died penniless despite bringing happiness everywhere as a stage magician, hence why she desires to be successful.
    5. Near the end of the film, she at least develops some minor forms of courage such as throwing rocks and punching a thugee off an active speeding minecart by the film's climax, but that still doesn’t feel like much development.

    Trivia

    • Willie Scott's full forename as Wilhelmina is both a nod to the Wilhelm scream, the stock sound effect used in all four theatrical Indiana Jones films, and the character's piercing cries.
    • During production of the film, Kate Capshaw had to be taught how to scream to a satisfactory level for the character by the filmmakers.
    • Kate Capshaw admitted to have regretted portraying Willie, having called her character "not much more than a dumb screaming blonde." [1]
    • The Nostalgia Critic had originally placed her (and Short Round) at Number 9 on his "Top 11 Dumbasses In Distress" list. However, while reviewing Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, he got so fed up with her less than halfway through the review that he moved her up to Number 5.

    References

    1. McBride, Joseph (1997). "Ecstasy and Grief". Steven Spielberg: A Biography. New York City: Faber and Faber. pp. 323–358. ISBN 0-571-19177-0.

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