Richard James Croft

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Remark: This article describes the fictional character Richard James Croft , formerly Henshingley Croft, from the pre-reboot Tomb Raider video game series. For information on Lord Croft in the Reboot, see Richard Croft (Reboot), for his comic biography see Henshingley Croft (Top Cow Comics) and for his movie biography see Richard Croft (Movie).

Lord Richard James Croft
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Died Around 1982
Cambodia[1]
Nationality British
Education Anthropology and archaeology studies at Eton[2]
Occupation Archaeologist
Spouse Amelia Croft
Children Lara Croft
Game(s) Tomb Raider

(as Lord Henshingley Croft)
Tomb Raider Chronicles
(supposedly)
Tomb Raider Legend
Tomb Raider Anniversary
Tomb Raider Underworld

Voice Edward Hardwicke

(in Tomb Raider Anniversary)

Lord Richard James Croft (also known as Henshingley Croft in the earlier games) is Lara's father, and the husband of Lady Amelia Croft.

Life

The original Tomb Raider biography

In the pack insert for the original Tomb Raider game we are told that Lord Henshingley Croft - at that time there was no mention of the name Richard - had his daughter brought up as an aristocrat, sending her to a Swiss finishing school. However after the Tokakeriby plane crash, thanks to her rebellion against the stifling demands of the English aristocracy, her family disowned her. We are led to assume that Lara lives alone on the family estate, the Croft Mansion, attended by old retainer Winston. The whereabouts of her parents is not revealed.

Tomb Raider Chronicles

At the beginning of Tomb Raider Chronicles Lara is missing in Egypt, presumed dead. The opening FMV shows her memorial statue being visited by a huddled couple in the rain - the couple being Lara's parents.[3]

Tomb Raider Legend

According to the storylines told in Tomb Raider Legend, Anniversary and Underworld Lara's father Richard Croft was an archaeologist, who after his wife's disappearance travelled all over the world investigating archaeological sites and ruins in search for a stone dais, similar to the one where she had disappeared. During this time, he raised and taught Lara alone. However, he disappeared and was declared legally dead, although his remains have never been found. Even Lara unearthed human remains that could not be identified as his. From what Winston says, we are inclined to believe that he had quite a collection of artefacts.

Tomb Raider Anniversary

According to the Tomb Raider Anniversary storyline, Lord Richard Croft was tutored at Eton in anthropology and archaeology and he spent his younger years mounting innumerable expeditions to historical sites around the world in an effort to support his unconventional hypothesis of a base culture that pre-dated known history.

Richard and his wife, Lady Amelia DeMornay, had Lara only a year after marrying and after Amelia disappeared in a plane crash, Richard sank further and further into obsession, consumed with discovering what had become of her. A few years later, he himself died while on a dig in Cambodia. [4]

Unlockable Biography

The biography of lord Richard Croft can be unlocked in Tomb Raider Anniversary by collecting 32 artifacts in the game.

Lord Richard Croft, Lara's father, was tutored at Eton in anthropology and archaeology. With the considerable wealth of the Croft family behind him, Richard spent his younger years mounting innumerable expeditions to historical sites world wide in an effort to support his unconventional hypothesis of a base culture that predated known history. Richard and his wife, Lady Amelia DeMornay, had Lara only a year after marrying. Nine years later, after Amelia disappeared in a plane crash, Richard sank further and further into obsession, consumed with discovering what had become of her. A few years later, he himself died while on a dig in Cambodia.
Unlockable Biography[5]

Tomb Raider Underworld

In Tomb Raider Underworld, it is revealed that Richard found one of Thor's gauntlets and hid it in his manor in England. He also worked for Natla, but then discovered her true plans. As a clue he leaves behind a note signed as "RJC" - Richard James Croft -, which according to Lara he never did before, which points her to his father, her grandfather, Richard James Croft Senior's tomb under Croft Manor. Later in the game, Natla claims to have killed Richard Croft in Thailand. Later in Beneath the ashes it is revealed that Richard found the Thrall stone in Thailand which he stored in the deepest dungeons of the chapel under croft manor. Richard claims in the descriptive document Lara reads that he was able to control Thralls using the "Ohk Eshivar" spell.

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References

  1. According to the unlockable biography in Tomb Raider Anniversary, Richard Croft died a few years later in Cambodia after Amelia Croft disappeared in 1977
  2. According to the unlockable biography in Tomb Raider Anniversary
  3. Unlockable Storyboards Part I in the Special Features menu of Tomb Raider Chronicles. Unlocked by collecting Golden Roses
  4. According to the unlockable biography in Tomb Raider Anniversary
  5. Description in the unlockable biography of Lord Richard Croft in the Character Bios menu in Tomb Raider Anniversary