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Good evening, Fraulein.
~ Toht's first and most famous quote.
Fraulein Ravenwood, let me show you what I am used to...
~ Toht to Marion, before attempting to torture her.
Heil Hitler.
~ Toht

Major Arnold Ernst Toht is the secondary antagonist of the 1981 iconic action-adventure film Raiders of the Lost Ark, the first installment of the Indiana Jones film series.

He was a sadistic and ruthless Nazi Gestapo agent. He is tasked to aid Colonel Herman Dietrich and Dr. René Belloq to find the Ark of the Covenant for Adolf Hitler, despite his skepticism.

He was portrayed by the late Ronald Lacey, who also played the Bishop of Bath & Wells in the TV show Blackadder II.

Biography

During the Nazis' effort to locate the Ark of the Covenant, Toht was sent to Nepal by the Third Reich Special Antiquities Collection to acquire the headpiece to the Staff of Ra from Marion Ravenwood. Toht and his subordinate Otto hired three henchmen off the streets of Kathmandu, Nepal known as Ratty Nepalese, Mean Mongolian, and Giant Sherpa and followed Indiana Jones to The Raven bar in Patan where they tried to take the piece.

All of the henchmen who went into the bar with Toht died during the ensuing fight with Jones and Ravenwood, during which Marion's bar was set ablaze. Toht noticed the headpiece lying on the ground during the skirmish, but when he tried to pick it up, he badly burned his hand as the headpiece had been lying too close to the fire. Screaming in pain, he ran outside and plunged his hand into the snow. He eventually fled with a serious burn scar on his palm. From this scar, the Nazis were able to create a crude, one-sided reproduction of the headpiece. However, the missing information from the other side would prove critical to finding the Ark's resting place, the Well of the Souls.

Toht later met up with Colonel Dietrich, Gobler, and René Belloq in Cairo, his "Heil Hitler" salute revealing his scarred hand. Frustrated with Belloq's inability to extract useful information from Ravenwood (who had been captured shortly after she arrived in Egypt with Jones), Dietrich had Toht intercede. His own interrogation proved equally fruitless, however. When the Nazis finally caught up with Jones at the Well of the Souls, Toht threw Ravenwood into the Well, for they had no further use for her. Toht walked away, giggling with glee as Jones and Ravenwood were sealed within the Well.

He later accompanied Belloq and his fellow Nazis in the effort to deliver the Ark to a safer location, since his duty was to oversee the delivery of the artifact Hitler desired. However, Jones succeeded in stealing the ark back from them. Toht and the others followed him and reclaimed the Ark, along with Marion, the next day, taking both to a small Aegean island north of Crete. Jones went after them in hopes of rescuing Marion, eventually revealing himself on their way to the Tabernacle. In the standoff that followed, Toht quietly sat on the sidelines as Belloq called Jones's bluff, forcing him to surrender.

Toht's face melts by the holy fires of the Ark, killing him.

That evening, Toht stood with Belloq and Dietrich in the Tabernacle for the ceremonial opening of the Ark. Initially, the Ark seemed to bear only sand, to Belloq's dismay and Dietrich's chagrin. Toht, on the other hand, was amused, as he had never quite believed in the supernatural aspects of his assignment. His laughter was replaced by astonishment as the Ark unleashed its true power, starting with the emergence of strange spirits. As the spirits swarmed around the assembly, Toht turned to see one of them approach; before his eyes, it transformed into a monstrous, skull-faced Angel of Death and howled at him and his cohorts. As the terrified Toht screamed at the sight of the Ark's true power, his face was melted off his skull by the heat of the Ark's flames, killing him. His collapsed remains were then swept up and incinerated by the following firestorm.

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  • Arnold Ernst Toht is, arguably, more evil and dangerous than René Belloq, the film's main antagonist, due to his more sadistic nature and willingness to torture.
  • Toht's death is perhaps the most famous in the Indiana Jones films, alongside Walter Donovan's death in The Last Crusade. The "Melting Face" effect was achieved using a wax and gelatin model of Ronald Lacey's head, which was exposed to a heat lamp and then filmed melting at a high frame rate.
  • Before Ronald Lacey was cast, Roman Polanski and the late Klaus Kinski were offered the part of Toht; both men turned it down, with Kinski declaring the script "moronically shitty". The late Michael Sheard, who played a U-Boat Captain in Raiders of the Lost Ark and later portrayed Adolf Hitler in The Last Crusade, was in contention to play Toht before he lost out to Lacey.
  • Toht was originally scripted to die during the Desert Chase scene, having meant to have been inside the jeep that is sent falling down a cliff. This version of his death is depicted in the film's novelization, the comic adaptation, and the storybook adaptation.
  • Despite his role, Toht has only sixteen lines of dialogue in the entire film (three of which are said in German). Most of his lines are spoken during the scenes in Nepal, and he has no dialogue in the film's final act.
  • In an early script of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, titled Indiana Jones and the City of the Gods, written by Frank Darabont, the Nazis were set to appear seeking revenge for Toht and Belloq's death, but the script was rejected.
  • Toht was originally concieved as a cyborg with a robotic arm that could turn into a machine gun and a flamethrower, and also had a light replacing his right eye.
  • Toht`s death is probably one of the most frightening and graphic scenes in Raiders of the Lost Ark, hence why it is such a popular scene.

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