"I don't count poison darts and triggered entombment your average child's tea party."
When Core Design graphic artist Toby Gard goofed up on Lara Croft's mammaries, colleagues approved of the size before he could change it, thus deciding the treasure hunter's debuting look. That slip-up sparked conflicting, in-depth analyses of the character's role as a sex object, a symbol of feminism, and all the shades in between like no video game babe before her. The growing number of women that supply Lara's voice and model her body in real life is a testament to her fanbase.
Formally educated through private tutoring and a succession of schools, Lady Lara finds the sheltered atmosphere of the British aristocracy stifling. An indefatigable sportswoman, she prefers engaging the great outdoors in rock climbing, skiing, archery, and many modes of transportation including the jeep, the motorbike, and the kayak. Lara's passion is forged into hardy survival skills when her plane crashes in the Himalayas before she can return home. Combined with her education, a new calling beckons: to excavate ruins and live to write home about them.
The Indiana Jones tomb raider sprints, leaps, rolls, swings, climbs, and dives into archaeological sites the world over, retrieving relics such as the Atlantean Scion, the Dagger of Xian, and the Philosopher's Stone, to name a handful. Dominant among the tools in her backpack and hip holsters are guns, fit for dealing with wild animals and double-crossers who race Lara for the artifacts she seeks. On her missions, the ponytailed brunette commonly sports a green latex tank top and khaki shorts to accentuate her curves and her fun.
Selected game appearances
- Tomb Raider (1996)
- Tomb Raider II Starring Lara Croft (1997)
- Tomb Raider III: Adventures of Lara Croft (1998)
- Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation (1999)
- Tomb Raider Chronicles (2000)
Game Boy Color
- Tomb Raider: Curse of the Sword (2001)
Game Boy Advance
- Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Prophecy (2002)
- Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Legend (2006)