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Lara Croft Wiki

Lara Croft is the main protagonist of the Tomb Raider franchise.

Debuting in 1996 under original developer Core Design, Lara Croft has attained massive popularity, and is considered by many to be among the most iconic, influential and important video game characters of all time.

Lara was created by Toby Gard.

Character Overview[]

Lara Croft is an English archaeologist, treasure hunter and tomb raider. Born to an aristocratic family, Lara is generally disinterested in upper class society, finding it stifling and boring. She takes far more interest in delving into the secrets of the past and finding what is believed to not even exist.

Lara's expeditions have led her to search for some of the most powerful and dangerous artifacts in the world as well as uncovering some of the most mysterious places in Earth's history.

Lara's exploits are legendary, even garnering a reputation, though occasionally that reputation is less than flattering.

Lara is often in race against time with those who seek the same relics she does for nefarious intentions. Lara has thwarted many groups and individuals who are incredibly well equipped or powerful, including crazed religious cults, mad scientists and even gods.

Lara will often lock up some of the more powerful relics in her manor, in order to keep them out of anyone's hands but her own and if the situation requires it, she may even destroy the artifact if need be.

Incarnations of Lara Croft[]

Throughout the years, Lara has existed in multiple universes ever since her debut. At present, there are eight official incarnations of Lara Croft.

Video Games[]

Comic Books[]




Though each incarnation of Lara is similar, each one does have unique attributes, there are several recurring story features and themes within the timelines.


  • Lara's appearance remains that of a tall woman with a slender build and a slightly muscular physique.
  • Lara's default attire usually consists of a tank top, shorts, socks, and combat boots. Usually with an aqua and brown color scheme.
  • Lara almost always wears her hair in a ponytail or braid. Though she always styles the front differently.
  • Lara's main choice of weaponry has usually been two pistols and a shotgun.

Story Continuity[]

  • Lara survived a plane crash. All timelines except the movies.
  • Lara is stranded and must survive in the wilderness. All timelines except the 2001 movies.
  • Lara's parents are deceased. All timelines, except the original.
  • Lara works to support her expeditions. Original timeline and Survivor timeline (temporary).
  • Lara is betrayed by a friend/colleague. All timelines except Journeys.
  • Lara becomes an archaeologist because of her father. Legend, Survivor, Animated, and both movie timelines.
  • Lara's Mentor dies. All timelines except the 2001 movies.
  • Lara believes someone close to her dies, but they actually survive. All timelines except 2001 movies and animated.

Original Concept[]

When Tomb Raider was initially being developed, the game was set to star a character reminiscent of a mustachioed Indiana Jones, right down to attire. During development, the character was scrapped and a new character was created.

The original redesign leads to a South American Mercenary named Laura Cruz, inspired by the Swedish singer, Neneh Cherry, and the comic book heroine, Tank Girl. Core Design later decided to rename her to Lara and make her a hometown hero, and changed Lara's origin to England. Going through the phone book to find a name that sounded similar to the name they had, they found the name "Lara Croft" and renamed their character, as well as giving her an upper class upbringing.

Reception & Cultural Impact[]

See also: Tomb Raider and Lara Croft in other media

Lara Croft has been massively popular since her debut in 1996. She is seen by many to be the number one heroine in gaming history, surpassing the likes of Samus Aran from the Metroid series.

Lara Croft and the Tomb Raider series currently have 6 official Guinness World Records, including "Best Selling Video Game Heroine."

Lara's popularity lead to her being adapted to other forms of media as well as being used in advertising for products such as Lucozade, a brand of energy drink, Seat cars, the Visa card and even a line of chocolate bars.

Lara garnered status as a sex symbol of gaming, leading to her being portrayed by various models for photo-shoots. However, this contributed to Toby Gard leaving Core Design in 1997, as it was against his intended creation of the character. Also, feminist groups took issue about Lara's sex appeal being used for marketing purposes, as well as parental groups who objected to sexual content in video games.

In 2009, a ring road in Derby was named "Lara Croft Way" after the local council opened a vote to the public to decide the road's name. Lara Croft Way won the public vote with a landslide 89% of overall votes numbering over 27,000.

Lara had a star on the Walk of Game in San Francisco before the area was renovated.

Lara's classic attire of a tank top, shorts, and combat boots has become a recurring garb of female explorers within the genre, similar to how more classic movie heroes would wear a fedora and leather jacket, which is notably worn by the characters, David Jones in China, Fred C. Dobbs in The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, Harry Steele in The Secret of the Incas or Indiana Jones from the franchise of the same name.


  • Lara's first name is often mispronounced as "Laura" by Americans.
  • Lara's passport in the original timelines displays her middle name as "Amelia". This is the only timeline where her middle name is known. From the Legend Timeline onward, this was her mother's given name in the games.
  • Her primary weapon in the Original and Legend series are two handguns. while in the Survivor series, she carries a bow and arrows with a quiver on her back.
  • Technically, after inheriting her father's earldom, she became a hereditary peer in her own right. For this reason, as the Countess of Abbingdon, Lara ought to be known as Lady Abbingdon, as Lady Croft is a courtesy title and is how she would have been addressed before her father's death. Her father and mother would have been Lord Abbingdon and Lady Abbingdon respectively.
  • When she was young, her father called her "little monkey". Coincidentally, the survivor timeline Lara was born in 1992, and her Chinese Zodiac is a monkey.


The Evolution of Lara Croft[]

Original Timeline[]

Legend Timeline[]

Main Trilogy[]

Spin Offs[]

Survivor Timeline[]


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