Lara Croft is the protagonist of the Tomb Raider video game series. She is generally recognized as the most successful video game heroine. Lara is usually compared to Indiana Jones, due to her archaeological adventures.


She is of noble birth, an archaeologist and she frequently ventures into ancient places; tombs, ruins and hazardous places. Lara always encounters enemies, rivals, gangsters, supernatural beings, creatures of legends and such that always try to stop her; she sometimes encounters fierce animals. She is usually seen as the counterpart of Indiana Jones, but of opposite gender. Up to this day she and the Tomb Raider series celebrate their ten-year anniversary of success.

First BackStory

Lara Croft in fact has two backstories, the first is between the first six games of Lara, while the second one was introduced for the "reinvention" of Tomb Raider: Legend. The first continuity presents that Lara Croft was raised as an aristocrat; rich and luxurious.back at the age of 16, Lara accompanied a famous archaeologist Werner Von Croy on an expedition to Cambodia. These events fostered Lara's interests in ancient civilizations and artifacts. At age 21 she was the only one that managed to survive an air plane crash that landed in the Himalayas. She had only her wits to rely on, in order to survive the jungle. It was after this that Lara was inspired to change her life of conformity to a life of adventures and traveling alone around the world; Lara's family disagreed and disowned her for that.

Second Backstory

In her second back story, which is quite different; Lara barely nine years old survived a plane crash in the Himalayas that led to the disappearance of Amelia Croft (Lara's mother). Amelia was presumed dead, but Lara somehow managed to survive a ten day journey to Kathmandu a place where she was able to contact her father, Richard Croft. After being reunited with her father Lara spent her remaining childhood under her father's strict care. Richard Croft was an archeologist and always allowed Lara to accompany him of his archeological expeditions; the expeditions were conducted to discover what really happened to Amelia Croft. Unfortunately her father died when she was eighteen years old; Lara inherited the estates and became the Countess of Abbingdon. Lara is torn apart and decides to venture out in order to learn the truth about her parents' deaths.


the older Lara Croft.

Lara Croft is depicted as a very confident, headstrong, and independent woman. She is very brave; she rarely ever shows any signs of fear in perilous situations. Yet there are a few significant differences between both of her backstories. In the first one she is portrayed as a coldblooded, enigmatic, and sardonic woman. When she killed her enemies she never showed any emotional remorse.

However in her second backstory she is a respectful person, shows more emotion, and is lighthearted. In the Anniversary game, in her first human kill, Lara is very disturbed of how far her obsession took her. She also expresses sadness during flashbacks in which she witnesses deaths of friends. These drastic changes are due to her higher interaction with people of her past and her assistants, as well as some complaints that she is too coldblooded and bloodthirsty, her killing of wildlife animals also lead to a big controversy.


She is listed by The Guinness Book of World Records as the most famous female video game character. She is considered by fans and critics as one of the most successful video game characters of all times.

Lara was the cover girl for the magazine "The Face (1997). Also Douglas Coupland dedicated a book to Lara Croft. During the late 1990's Lara Croft appeared in many "Lucozade" advertisements, and makes many cameo appearances in Tours, songs, shows, and commercials.

Game Appearances

Year Game Platforms


Tomb Raider

PlayStation, Sega Saturn, PC


Tomb Raider II

PlayStation, PC


Tomb Raider III

PlayStation, PC


Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation

PlayStation, Sega Dreamcast, PC


Tomb Raider

Game Boy Color


Tomb Raider Chronicles

PlayStation, Sega Dreamcast, PC


Tomb Raider: Curse of the Sword

Game Boy Color


Tomb Raider: The Prophecy

Game Boy Advance


Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness

PlayStation 2, PC


Tomb Raider: Legend

PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Xbox, Xbox 360, GameCube, PC, PlayStation Portable, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS


Tomb Raider: Anniversary

PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii, PC, PlayStation Portable


Tomb Raider: Underworld

PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii, PC, Nintendo DS


Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light

iOS, Android


Tomb Raider

PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC


Tomb Raider: The Definitive Edition

PlayStation 4, Xbox One, OS X


Rise of the Tomb Raider

PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PC

Models and Voice Acting

Lara Croft has been made into a movie series in which the actress Angelina Jolie plays as Lara Croft. Interestingly Lara Croft also has her own animated series; Minnie Driver is Lara's voice actress. There have also been many models portrayed as Lara Croft for public appearances and promotions. Another fact is that Lara Croft has had several voice actresses for her video games. These are:

  • Shelley Blond (Tomb Raider)
  • Judith Gibbins (Tomb Raider 2, 3)
  • Jonell Elliott (Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation, Chronicles, The Angel of Darkness)
  • Keeley Hawes (Tomb Raider: Legend, Anniversary, Underworld)

A multitude of models have also portrayed the character ever since her initial creation. These models include, in order:

  • Katie Price
  • Nathalie Cook: 1996-1997
  • Rhona Mitra: 1997-1998
  • Vanessa Demouy - 1997
  • Nell McAndrew: 1998-1999
  • Lara Weller: 1999-2000
  • Ellen Rocche: 2000
  • Lucy Clarkson: 2000-2002
  • Jill de Jong: 2002-2004
  • Karima Adebibe: 2006-2008
  • Alison Carrol: 2008-2010

For the series reboot in 2013 (a game that did not make an appearance on a Nintendo system), a completely original 3D computer model was used for Lara's appearance while actress Camilla Luddington supplied the voice work.

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