This doesn’t need a long preamble, because you’ve most likely spent the past three decades debating this amongst friends and family like I have. It’s the age-old question: who would win in a fight, Indiana Jones or Han Solo?
That’s it, you get to create the parameters yourself whether or not Indy has the hidden gun, or Han has his blaster. Don’t feed me some nonsense that they wouldn’t go at it (they would. Han would steal some sort of antiquity, Indy would shout “IT BELONGS IN A MUSEUM” and before you know it they’re fighting) or that Harrison Ford can’t fight himself (if anyone could, it would be him.) The only hard and fast rule here is they fight…solo.
Secondly, the setting would be an arid desert climate, one they’re both comfortable fighting in.
(Sarlaac not included, unless you’re into that sort of thing)
Han would shoot first, obviously.
Both are ok shots, Han has the upper hand with the blaster vs Indy’s gun. If Han was dumb enough to get close to Indiana it would be all over because Indy would simply bust out the whip. Han, as we know, may be a scruffy-looking Nerf herder, but he’s not dumb.
Both are evenly matched in their ability to improvise on the fly, so their ability as creative fighters is an even wash—no upper hand there.
It really comes down to what type of fight they end up having. Han is a brawler, rough and tumble, his fighting style is short and brutal. He aims to kill to get out of the situation and does so with maximum efficiency because he doesn’t care about the rules of engagement. Indy can brawl, too, but unless you’re a Nazi, Indiana Jones isn’t out for your head—he wants to get away from the conflict because he usually ends up taking a beating. Indy, judging by the films, has been in more fights than Han has, so if it came to hand to hand combat, as long as Indy could keep Han from fighting dirty (and Han would fight dirty—there would definitely be some sand throwing in the eyes to blind Jones) he could hold his own.
So in the end, it comes down to who could last the longest—and it would be Indiana Jones. He has more heart, can withstand a beating longer, and ultimately would persevere, because he cared more. Han would most likely give up once the fight lasted too long and would either escape or try to talk his way out of it. Indy never gives up.
Indiana Jones would be in it until the bitter end.
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