Born under the name Wan Li, Short Round became Indiana Jones' young bodyguard and driver for a time after his parents' death in the bombing of Shanghai by the Japanese. He admires Indiana Jones and mimics his fighting techniques.
Short Round's video game appearance differs somewhat from his appearance in the sets. In the first game he has a simple white undercoat, dark sand legs, and a blue and white hat. In the second game, he has the same white undercoat but his legs are light blue.
Short Round's prototype had tan legs, Mutt Williams' head and Jock's torso.