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- Accidental Nightmare Fuel: While he was clearly designed to be the comic relief, a lot of players were unintentionally creeped out due to the fact that he wordlessly follows Lara around at a slow but implacable shuffle, and makes weird noises that continue to dog your steps even if you find a way to get rid of him.
- Adaptational Attractiveness: In the original continuity he appeared to be in his eighties; in the films he was played by then-fortysomething Chris Barrie, who's never been without his share of Fangirls. (Though since he was renamed "Hillary" it's arguable as to whether he can really be considered the same character, though the two serve identical functions.)
- And in the games after the first continuity reboot: he was aged down by a good couple of decades, and appears as a very well-preserved man in his late fifties or early sixties from Legend onward.
- Battle Butler: Parodied in the training levels for the second and third games. He's doddering and elderly, but still dutifully dresses up in camouflage and allows Lara to take pot-shots at him as part of her assault course training.
- Butt Monkey: To the fandom (a fan-favourite Good Bad Bug allowed you to lock him in a walk-in freezer to stop him following you around Lara's Mansion) and also to Lara herself, judging by the ridiculous training she makes him help her with.
- Hell Is That Noise: In the second game's training levels, he follows you around Lara's Mansion with a tray of tea things, which jangle and clatter constantly due to his unsteady hands. Even locking him in the freezer (see Butt Monkey, above) didn't stop the disembodied noise from following you throughout the level. The latter scenario could actually qualify as Nightmare Fuel.
- Parental Substitute: In the original continuity he seemed to be one to Lara, particularly in Chronicles - her parents are shown leaving her funeral, but it's Winston who goes back to the house with her friends to comfort and reminisce with them.
- Servile Snarker: Becomes one in the films and, to a lesser extent, the first continuity reboot.
- Team Dad: In the first continuity reboot he seems to be one to Lara, Zip and Alister.
- Undying Loyalty: Makes the most appearances of any supporting protagonist in the series, and just generally puts up with Lara no matter what.
- The Voiceless: Only speaks from Chronicles onward, adding to his slightly creepy aspect in his first couple of appearances, where he simply grunts and wheezes as he follows Lara around.
Werner Von Croy
Zip and Alister Fletcher
Although not as inclined to venture out into the world, these two lads accompany Lara on her journeys via headset and can provide a wealth of information, should she require it. They are not shy of commenting on some of Lara's riskier behaviour, but are genuinely fond of her and support her in her endeavors. In Underworld, Alister dies when he, while trying to escape the burning mansion, unwittingly steps into the line of fire of Lara's Doppelgänger.
- Adaptational Attractiveness: Zip, between the original continuity and first reboot. In Chronicles what little we see of him (he's mostly voice-over) shows him to be short and scrawny, with quite a high-pitched voice. Starting from Legend, he's got a much deeper voice and is, if not tall, at least the same height as the other male characters, not to mention hugely muscled and prominently tattooed.
- Black Best Friend: Zip to Lara and Alister.
- Decomposite Character: Though the character of Bryce from the films may seem to be a composite of Zip and Alister, in fact he predates Alister's entry into the series. It may even be that Alister was introduced into the games to incorporate some of Bryce's qualities that weren't already covered in Zip's character.
- Distressed Dudes: Happens in Legend. The boys are ambushed by Rutland's mercenaries, prompting Lara to quickly make her way out of the tomb she'd been exploring and take out the mercenaries like the Badass she is.
- Killed Off for Real: Alister.
- Mission Control: Primarily Zip, but Alister regularly pitches in as well.
- Mr. Exposition: The both of them, arguably.
- Mr. Fanservice: See Zip's Adaptational Attractiveness, above; he arguably inherits this role from Kurtis after the continuity reboot.
- Non-Action Guys
- Odd Couple
- Plucky Comic Relief: Zip is definitely this in Chronicles. It's toned back considerably in the first reboot, but this trait is still evident, along with Alister.
- Real Men Cook: Crystal Dynamics!Zip is actually an extremely talented chef.
- Remember the New Guy: Alister is a new character introduced in Legend, but series regulars Lara, Winston and Zip act like he's been there all along. Justified to a great extent by the fact that it's a continuity reboot rather than a sequel.
- Salt and Pepper
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Alister's sensitive guy to Zip's manly man.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: The pair bicker constantly, but it's obvious from Zip's reaction to Alister's death that they were actually very close.
An old friend of Lara's, she unwittingly sets off the events of Legend
when providing Lara with a crucial tidbit of information. Grounded in reality, she prefers to think about the future, rather than dwell on past events.
The Guardian of Light, and second player character in the game Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light
. Totec battled the god Xolotl eons ago, and managed to seal him away using an artifact called the mirror of smoke. In the present, both are once again unleashed when Lara is strongarmed by criminals into locating the mirror, inadvertently starting Totec and Xolotl's war over again.
- Fish out of Temporal Water: He catches on fairly quickly, though.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Lara's not particularly small, but he's much taller than her.
- Politically Incorrect Hero: Makes a few comments about Lara being a woman, however is willing to accept her help. In Aztec Mythology, Xipe Totec was said to be the creator of war, and human sacrifice was practiced in his honor (Totec himself having flayed his own skin to feed humanity).
Originally posing as a mysterious, yet powerful businesswoman, Jacqueline Natla is one of Lara Croft's more frequent enemies. Intimidatingly intelligent and capable of things far beyond that of any normal human, Natla, as an opponent, is never to be underestimated. Fond of playing people like puppets and hatching plans that inevitably lead to The End of the World as We Know It
. Also particularily resistant to dying.
- American Accents: Natla in the original Tomb Raider had a deep Texan accent, but it was dropped for a more subtle and mysterious sounding accent in the Anniversary remake.
- Back from the Dead: In Underworld.
- Big Bad: Of TR I and the first Continuity Reboot as a whole.
- Blondes Are Evil
- Cain and Abel: In Anniversary, its mentioned that Qualopec, Tihocan, and Natla are siblings; with Natla (Cain) attempting to overthrow her brothers (both Abel).
- Cool Crown: Wears this along with her ceremonial robes in Anniversary. Too bad it's not exactly lava-proof.
- Evil Is Burning Hot
- Evil Plan: In TR I, she intends to cause a kind of artificial evolution, by releasing her deadly mutants and see what kind of species survive in the long run. In Anniversary she instead hopes to start "The Seventh Age", but what that is remains vague at best, and would most likely lead to The End of the World as We Know It. In Underworld, her backup plan after Lara destroyed the Scion happened to be using Jormungandr to mess up the tectonic plates and flood the world with deadly eitr.
- Evilutionary Biologist: Mostly in the original game, where she explicitly wants to "jumpstart" survival of the fittest by flooding the world with Atlantean monsters.
- Femme Fatalons: Has these in her reimagining, a first clue that there's more to her than meets the eye.
- Flaming Hair: Has this after her plunge into the lava in Anniversary.
- For Science!: Her original motivation in TR I.
- Genre Blindness: Suffers from this at the end of Anniversary, claiming that "sooner or later", Lara'll run out of bullets. Logically, there's nothing wrong with that statement, but this is a videogame and Lara is practically the poster girl for Bottomless Magazines.
- Grey Delisle: In Anniversary and Underworld.
- Impossibly-Low Neckline: Has this on her ceremonial robes in Anniversary.
- Living Forever Is Awesome
- Not So Different: In Anniversary, she attempts to pull this on Lara in the final boss fight, but to no avail.
- Omnicidal Maniac: More or less in TR I, but definitely in Anniversary and Underworld. See Evil Plan above.
- Playing with Fire
- Rapunzel Hair: In Anniversary; it gets burned off in Lava. She has shorter hair in Underworld.
- Really 700 Years Old
- Rich Bitch
- Sealed Evil in a Can: Or a magic crystal, if you're playing Anniversary.
- Statuesque Stunner: Although a specific height is never given, she's shown to be at least a head taller than Lara in Underworld, while barefoot.
- The Perfectionist: Described as a "demanding perfectionist" in her role of CEO.
- Treacherous Quest Giver
- We Can Rule Together: Offers Lara a position as a ruler beside her, citing that it "takes three to rule". Predictably, Lara refuses.
- Winged Humanoid: Seems to have a different pair of wings each game, some more fancy than others.
One of Natla's mercenaries, Larson Conway has crossed paths with Lara Croft on more than one occasion. In the Crystal Dynamics continuity, he does display a genuine fondness for Lara, despite their often conflicting interests, and is rather reluctant to actually hurt her. Later, he mistakenly provokes Lara into shooting him when he claims she's not the kind of person to kill the people that stand in her way. His death has a profound effect on Lara, being her first human kill.
- Affably Evil / Anti-Villain: His portrayal in Anniversary. He won't go out of his way to hurt or kill Lara unless he has no choice as shown in the quick time events. He even speaks to her as if they were friends. In one scene, he actually shoves one of his own allies out of the way and misses his shot when Lara was escaping, practically saving her life.
- All Men Are Perverts: In Chronicles.
- Butt Monkey: In the original continuity, especially so in Chronicles.
- Composite Character: The Larson in Anniversary is a combination of elements from the Cowboy and the original Larson.
- Dumb Muscle: In the original continuity.
- Enemy Rising Behind: He really should have listened to Lara in Chronicles.
- Groin Attack: Lara gives him a hefty knee to the balls in Chronicles after he gets a bit too touchy-feely while searching her.
- Made of Iron: In his first gun fight with Lara, he winds up with gunshot wounds to his right arm and left leg, but you wouldn't know it with the way he was threatening her. Chronologically prior to that in Chronicles, he survives being picked up and violently thrown by animate gargoyles. And in Anniversary, he takes several gunshots to the chest before dying.
- Those Two Bad Guys: With Pierre.
- Too Dumb to Live: In Chronicles.
- Unresolved Sexual Tension: Has lots of this with Lara in Anniversary.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: In Chronicles:
Larson: I may be a dumbass, but I ain't fallin' for that again!
Larson: (mockingly) Behind you! Behind you! (gets launched across the courtyard)
- You Wouldn't Shoot Me: Didn't believe Lara would shoot him so she could put a stop to Natla's plans. Sadly, he was wrong.
A French archaeologist that, despite presenting himself as legit, is more of a glorified treasure hunter. Recently having come under the employment of Jacqueline Natla, Pierre DuPont finds himself opposite the infamous Lara Croft once more, this time, in pursuit of the same artifact as he. In Anniversary, although he briefly manages to take a hold of the artifact, the guardian centaurs prevent him from escaping and kill him shortly thereafter.
- Bald of Evil: In Anniversary.
- Beard of Evil: Both versions of him sport goatees.
- Butt Monkey: In Chronicles, although not quite to the same extent as Larson.
- Combat Pragmatist
- Cowardly Boss: In the original, Pierre would repeatedly show up, fight Lara, then retreat behind a pillar and disappear, until the Tomb of Tihocan level, where he is killed.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Dirty Coward
- French Jerk
- Guns Akimbo: Dual wields magnum pistols against Lara.
- Karmic Death: In Anniversary. Blocked by the unleashed centaurs, he, in a moment of cowardice, throws the piece of the Scion to Lara, in the hope that their attention will be diverted towards her instead. Unfortunately for him, they stomp him into the ground, before going after Lara.
- Made of Iron: In TR 1 and Chronicles, he is able to survive multiple gunshot wounds. See also Noone Could Survive That below.
- Noone Could Survive That: In Chronicles, he falls into a chasm that, in gameplay, will kill Lara. He clearly survives, as this segment of the game is set prior to the first game.
- Offscreen Teleportation: Was known to do this in TR I, in which he would walk behind a pillar and vanish into thin air. This quirk of his returns in Anniversary, albeit in cutscene, where his voice echoes throughout the room while continuously changing in volume. Lara is visibly confused as she struggles to locate him.
- Only in It for the Money: Explicitly stated in Anniversary. He regards the retrieval of ancient artifacts as nothing more than business.
- Only Sane Man: In Chronicles.
- Too Dumb to Live: In Chronicles, but to a lesser extent than Larson.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: In Anniversary, Pierre claims the 2nd piece of the Scion and escapes with Lara chasing after him. The Atlantean creatures by the tomb's entrance come to life and Pierre correctly guesses that stealing the artifact caused the revival. Pierre tosses the Scion to Lara and thinks the monsters will go after her because she has the item. Said monsters look to Lara, but then quickly turn their attention back to Pierre and stomp him to death.
"The Kid" Jerome Johnson
Once a small-time gang leader in Los Angeles, The Kid came under Jacqueline Natla's employment quite unwillingly. A failed carjack attempt of the businesswoman's limousine led to the elimination of the entire crew, barring Kid himself, who was spared because he could prove himself useful. Now working alongside the murderer of his blood brothers, The Kid begrudgingly carries out Natla's orders, which eventually brings him face to face with Lara Croft. Dies of a stab wound inflicted by Kold.
- Alliterative Name: Jerome Johnson
- Guns Akimbo
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: And we mean extreme. When Kold stabs him in the gut in Anniversary, he does so with enough force to lift The Kid off the ground and send him flying across the room.
- Informed Attribute
- Motor Mouth: According to his background information in Anniversary, although this doesn't really show up in the game itself. The Skateboard Kid from Tomb Raider I seems to have this trait, however.
- More Dakka: Uses the dual uzis, which, compared to Lara's dual pistols, have a much higher rate of fire.
- No Name Given: Known only as Skateboard Kid in TR I.
- Those Three Bad Guys: With the Cowboy and Bald Guy in TR I.
- You Killed My Mates: In Anniversary , he holds a grudge against Kold, who murdered The Kid's crew for attempting to carjack Natla's limousine. He avenges them when he manages to shoot Kold in the back, killing him and inadvertently saving Lara. He succumbs to a stab wound, inflicted by Kold, shortly after.
- White Gang-Bangers: Gives off this vibe in Anniversary.
"Kold" Kin Kade
A large African-American henchman, this frighteningly vicious killer takes care of any threats with ease, and relishes in it. He was released into Jacqueline Natla's custody as her personal bodyguard, despite protests from the prison psychiatrist. Takes a lot of bullets from Lara, but eventually goes down after The Kid shoots him in the back.
- Alliterative Name: Kin Kade
- Karmic Death: In Anniversary. At one point Lara is prevented from progressing by both Kold and The Kid, and so is forced to engage them. This seems to go fairly well at first, but when The Kid is about to get a hit in, he's stabbed in the gut by Kold. Lara tries to fight him off, pumping about twenty bullets into his body, but is eventually overpowered. Just before Kold can manage to actually hurt our heroine, The Kid uses the last of his energy to shoot some more lead into Kold's back, which finally manages to kill him.
- Knife Nut: Trades in his shotgun for a combat knife in Anniversary.
- Made of Iron: Lara's bullets barely even seem to faze the guy.
- No Name Given: Was only known as Bald Guy in TR I.
- Scary Black Man: He's an extremely large, extremely strong black man (the chief henchman of the main villain), he speaks in a gravelly, threatening voice, and he likes to stab people with his extremely large knife.
- Those Three Bad Guys: With the Cowboy and Skateboard Kid in TR I. He's fleshed out a bit more in Anniversary, where he actually has a background.
A creature of supernatural origin that Lara Croft has encountered multiple times, though in different forms. The first Doppelganger was an Atlantean creation that could mimic Lara's movement flawlessly, essentially being a mirror image. Recognising this crucial flaw, Lara tricked the creature into jumping into a lava pit, its blind mimicry leading to its death.
The second Doppelganger, possessing great strength and speed, poses a far greater threat than the original Doppelganger ever could. Unlike the original, she has a humanesque appearance that is uncannily similar to that of the real Lara Croft. She carries out Natla's orders without question, but a desire to break away from the Atlantean Queen's control sometimes makes itself apparent. Most, if not all, of these tropes below apply to her.
- A Level in the Limelight: Becomes a playable character in Lara's Shadow. Much glee was had.
- Braids of Action
- Disney Villain Death: Telekinetically thrown off a ledge by Amanda, with the implication being that she landed in the lethal eitr. Lara's Shadow reveals that she landed on a slab of land, which knocked her out long enough for Lara to prevent The End of the World as We Know It. She's soon back on her feet though.
- Doppelgänger: Self-explanatory. It mostly resembles the Evil Knockoff variety, though it's not entirely clear if it was ever specifically commanded to kill Lara; it was apparently created for Amanda, which raises even more questions. In Lara's Shadow, she is given the order to kill Lara. Luckily, Lara manages to free the Doppelganger from Natla's will before she succeeds in doing so.
- Emotionless Girl: As an artificially created being, this is almost par for the course.
- Supernatural Gold Eyes: The second Doppelganger has these, along with unnervingly white pupils.
- Evil Redhead
- Evil Twin: In Tomb Raider and Tomb Raider Anniversary, Lara's Doppelganger has no skin. In Underworld, she gets better, blows up Lara's mansion, kicks her ass inside of her burning mansion, and kills Allister. Later, the Doppelganger gets her own game on Xbox Live.
- Fingerless Gloves
- Heel-Face Brainwashing: Toyed with and averted. At the end of Beneath the Ashes, Lara is seen using the Eitr Stone, an artifact that controls thralls, to order Doppelganger to kill Natla. In Lara's Shadow, the scene is extended, with Lara explicitly using the stone to give the Doppelganger her freedom, by ordering her to no longer follow orders. It just so happens Doppelganger's also now got an axe to grind against Natla.
- Kill and Replace: Subverted. In Lara's Shadow, the Doppelganger is explicitly ordered to kill Lara, but instead of replacing her afterwards, she must then kill herself too. Natla justifies this as not wanting to see Lara's face ever again.
- Puzzle Boss: The original doppelganger had to be tricked into flinging herself into a pool of lava.
- The Voiceless
- When She Smiles: An odd example, since her default expression seems to be a very subtle smile. However, the smile that forms on her face as she watches Natla drown is certain to send shivers down your spine. It is undeniably creepy, but in a strange way, also beautiful, since it signifies the beginning of a free life.
Dr. Mark Willard
Pieter Van Eckhardt
A 15th Century alchemist, Eckhardt is the founder of the Cabal order whose goal is to revive the Nephilim race from extinction and assume power over the world.
Gunderson is a member of Eckhardt's Cabal order, serving as Eckhardt's personal bodyguard. Very little is known about his background.
Boaz is a member of Eckhardt's Cabal order. She originates from Argentina, and becomes the Head of Corrective and Remedial Surgery in Prague.
Karel is a member of Eckhardt's Cabal order and his accomplice. He is the one who killed Werner Von Croy
An old friend of Lara's, dating back to their student days, whom she occasionally bantered with, due to their differing viewpoints on social anthropology. Her life was tragically cut short however, when a malevolent entity appeared during an excavation and slaughtered the entire team of graduate students, barring Lara, who managed to escape. Eventually revealed to have survived, Amanda, embittered by the fact that she was left behind, is now a formidable adversary and often in pursuit of the same artifacts as Lara Croft.
- Big Bad: Of Legend, arguably.
- Black Magic: Functionally akin to Summon Magic in Legend, in which she's formed a bond with an otherworldly being of some kind that she can summon with the help of a strange stone. In the final battle she fuses with this being, but is defeated by Lara. The being vanishes, although in Underworld, Amanda demonstrates that the stone still has its uses, which now gives her Mind over Matter powers.
- Blondes Are Evil: She reforms later on, though.
- Enemy Mine: Briefly forms one with Lara in Underworld.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Displays genuine grief when James Rutland dies of his wounds.
- Hell-Bent for Leather: Develops a fondness for this after her Start of Darkness.
- Never Found the Body: Left only a shoe behind in the tomb, which Lara finds years later. Gee, I wonder what that means?
- No One Could Survive That: In Legend, we see her apparent death at the hand of crushing and drowning, yet, when Lara returns to the tomb where her friend's body supposedly lay, she only finds an unlaced shoe. Hmmm...
- Perky Goth
- Rival Turned Evil: Complete with bleach blonde hair.
- Start of Darkness: Forming a bond with some ancient entity and being abandoned by her best friend may have made her a little sour.
- Unwitting Pawn: In Underworld, Natla initially seems Amanda's prisoner, but is soon revealed to be running an elaborate Batman Gambit, in which Amanda and Lara are nothing more than unwitting pawns so that Natla can get her hands on an ancient Artifact of Doom.
- Villainous Rescue: Pulls this off in Underworld, in which she saves Lara from her Doppelgänger, which kicks off their brief alliance. Despite her hatred of Lara, Amanda is willing to set it aside for the moment, knowing only Lara can prevent The End of the World as We Know It by defeating Natla.
An Aztec God associated with Death and Decay, Xolotl sought to plunge the world into darkness, but was opposed by Totec. Millenia later, both were once again free to roam the Earth, with Xolotl again seeking to destroy the world.