Sometimes you think you know somebody only to discover you don’t really know them at all. As far as Tomb Raider’s Lara Croft is concerned, she is not only one of the most well-known figures in all of gaming but she is also an icon of the PlayStation era on which she debuted.
Initially arriving in a heavily polygonal guise, Lara Croft has changed with the times and her physique and appearance have improved alongside the graphical capabilities of video game consoles and computers. As one of gaming’s first major “it” girls, Lara Croft often drew outsized attention when she first arrived on the scene for her overtly sexualized appearance and characters.
As a sexy, female Indiana Jones, Lara Croft performs all manner of action-hero stunts and introduced the world to a type of exploratory 3D gameplay that would later be perfected in titles like Super Mario 64 and God of War. That is, Lara Croft introduced a lot more innovation to the industry than you may be aware of her doing but that’s not all. In this article we’re going to tell you five fast facts you may not know about gaming icon Lara Croft.
5. One of the Highest Grossing Properties with a Female Lead
We know what you’re thinking, but what about Aliens and Sigourney Weaver? Move over Sig, this is Lara Croft’s territory. Across all properties, Lara Croft is the highest-grossing female lead in a video game series – by far. With more games and movies than many titles that are much older, Lara Croft’s Tomb Raider is a truly modern game with its origins as early as the PlayStation One and the advent of 3D platforming and action games in a big way.
4. Lara Croft was Almost a Man from Latin America

Inspired by both Indiana Jones and the Jurassic