Lara Croft

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Remark: This article describes the fictional character Lara Croft from the Classic Tomb Raider video game series. For information on the Comic or Movie Lara Croft, see Lara Croft (Comics), Lara Croft (Movie), or Lara Croft (Reboot Movie). For Lara from the 2013 Reboot Games, see Lara Croft (Reboot). For information on the development of the character, see Lara Croft (Development).

Lara Croft

Lady Lara Croft (born 14 February 1968) is a British archaeologist and treasure hunter, most commonly known for her discovery of several noted artefacts, including Excalibur, the fabled sword of King Arthur.


There are many different versions of Lara's biography. Not only was the original storyline changed with the release of Tomb Raider IV The Last Revelation, Lara was given a revised new past in Tomb Raider Legend. For the 2013 Reboot Lara was given a clean slate and all her old biographies are obsolete and will be replaced piece by piece, as needed.

Original StoryRevised StoryReboot Story
Name:Lara Croft
Title:/Countess of AbbingdonN/A
Date of Birth:February 14th 1968February 14th
Place of Birth:Wimbledon, London Surrey's Parkside hospital N/A
Current Residence:Croft Manor, Surrey, EnglandA flat in London, takes possession of Croft Manor in Blood Ties DLC
Marital Status:Single (once engaged to the, now deceased, Earl of Farringdon)/N/A
Family:Henshingley Croft (father)Richard James Croft (Jr.), 10th Earl of Abbingdon (father); Amelia Croft, Countess of Abbingdon (mother)Single
Blood Type:AB-N/A
Height:1.80 m5ft 9inch / 1.75 m5ft 6[1] / 1.68 m
Weight:9st. 4lb / 59.7 kilo/N/A
Vital Stats:34D-24-35 / 86-60-89N/AN/A
Dress Size:8N/AN/A
Hair Colour:Brunette/Auburn
Eye Colour:Brown
Favourite Weapon:9-mm Twin Colt 45s
Favourite Movies:Deliverance, Aguirre, Wrath of God
Favourite Music:Classical, U2, Nine Inch Nails
Favourite Food:Beans on toast
Favourite Transport: Norton Streetfighter Motorbike
Distinguishing Features:Dual 9 mm pistols.45 Heckler & Koch USPs (Match Variant)/
Sports:Freeclimbing, Shooting, Riding, Canoeing
Private Tutoring (Age 3-11)Abbingdon Girls School (Age 3-6)
Wimbledon High School for Girls (Age 11-16)Private Tutoring (Age 9-15)
Gordonstoun Boarding School (Age 16-18)
Swiss Finishing School (Age 18-21)


The following discoveries have been made by Lara according to the various story lines of all Tomb Raider Games. The time line assumed in this article is according to the game releases connected with the finds.

  • Bestiary (1984), (Tomb Raider: Chronicles; on Black Isle, Ireland)
  • Iris (1984), (Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation; in Cambodia with Werner von Croy)
  • Ark of the Covenant (1993), (before the events of Tomb Raider I)
  • Bigfoot (1995), (before the events of Tomb Raider I)
  • Philosopher's Stone (1995), (Tomb Raider Chronicles; in Rome, Italy)
  • Atlantean Scion (1996), (Tomb Raider I; in Peru, Greece and Egypt)
  • Dagger of Xian (1997), (Tomb Raider II; in The Great Wall, China)
  • The Golden Mask of Tornarsuk (1997), (Tomb Raider II: The Golden Mask; in Alaska)
  • The Meteorite Idols (1998) (Infada Stone, Element 115, Ora Dagger, Eye of Isis and Hand of Rathmore) (1998), (Tomb Raider III; in India, Nevada - Area 51, South Pacific Islands, London and France respectively)
  • The Spear Of Destiny (1998), (Tomb Raider: Chronicles; in Russia)
  • The Armour of Horus and Amulet of Horus (1999), (Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation; in The Valley of the Kings, Egypt)
  • The Obscura Paintings, Sanglyph and Periapt Shards (2003), (Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness; in Paris and Prague)
  • Excalibur, Lancelot's Shield and Ghalali Key (2006), (Tomb Raider: Legend; in Japan, Ghana, Kazakhstan, England and Nepal)
  • King Arthur's tomb (2006), (Tomb Raider: Legend; in England)
  • Thor's Gauntlets (2008), (Tomb Raider: Underworld, in the Mediterranean and underneath Croft Manor - relocated there from Thailand by Lord Croft)
  • Thor's Belt (2008), (Tomb Raider: Underworld, in Mexico)
  • Thor's Hammer (2008), (Tomb Raider: Underworld, on Jan Mayen Island, Norway)
  • The Underworlds (Bohgavati, Xibalba, Avalon/Helheim) (2008), (Tomb Raider: Underworld; Arctic Sea)
  • Thrall Artifact (2008), (Tomb Raider: Underworld - Beneath the Ashes, underneath Croft Manor)
  • The Atlas (2016), (Rise of the Tomb Raider)

Lara Croft in Popular Culture

Because of Lara's success she is sometimes referenced in other works of pop culture. Here is a short and likely incomplete list:

  • U2
  • Warehouse 13
  • Evelyn, a minor character in the video game Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, seems to be inspired by her, sharing many similarities such as being British, living in a mansion full of relics, and having led an expedition to Xi'an, China. Unlike Lara, however, Evelyn is old-aged, sickly, and well past her treasure-hunting prime.



From the outset Toby Gard, the creator of Lara Croft, had a very strong concept of who he wanted Lara to be - his goal was to make a very different kind of games character. A very real looking woman who would be in contrast to all other female games characters to date. Women in games had been limited to damsels in distress or dominatrix style vixens whose sole purpose was to be a tease. Lara on the other hand was going to be taken very seriously.

To begin, Toby’s goal was to make a psychopath this super amazing dangerous killer that was extremely dangerous and from whom people would want to run away but at the same time she would be awfully polite.