Dr. Elsa Schneider (Alison Doody) was the hidden villainess and anti-heroine in the 1989 film Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.
A trained archeologist, Dr. Schneider seduces both Indiana Jones and his father in the Nazis' ruthless quest of the Holy Grail for Hitler.
Her Pursuit of the Grail Edit
Elsa's success allows the Nazis to capture the Joneses and secure the elder Jones's diary, which leads the Nazis to the grail's secret temple.
Once there, Elsa and Walter Donovan (the film's main antagonist) follow Indiana into the grail's chamber. Inside, the room contains numerous chalices and the guardian tells them they must choose.
Elsa, using her cunning deception, offers to select the grail for Donovan. She hands him a random cup that she assumes is fake and watches him age to death after drinking from it. Her actions remove him as an obstacle between her and grail.
Afterwards, Elsa finds an opportunity to take the real grail outside the temple but, in the process, she accidentally sets off an earthquake trap.She drops the grail and almost falls into a crevice chasing after it, but Indiana grabs her at the last second. She spots the grail nearby and pulls a hand free to reaches for it. Her gloved hand comes up inches short of grasping it, while her other hand is slipping from its leather glove.
Elsa's obsession for the grail proves to be her undoing. Despite Indiana telling her she's going to fall and lose her life, Elsa persists because she's so close to succeeding. Before she can, however, the leather glove on her other hand finally slips off and Elsa falls to her death in the abyss below.
- Alison Doody also portrayed the character of Jenny Flex, a minor villainess from the 1985 James Bond film A View To A Kill.
- "I can reach it. I can reach it." (her final words, moments before she loses her life)
- "We have got it, come on! It's ours Indy, yours and mine."
- "Don't look at me like that. We both wanted the Grail. I would have done anything to get it. You would have done the same."