This page lists characters that exist within the universe first established in the 2013 Continuity Reboot of the Tomb Raider franchise. For characters from previous continuities, please go to this page.
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"I don't think I'm that kind of Croft..."
Lara Croft is a young, British archaeologist that is searching for meaning and direction in her life after the disappearance of her parents. It was through her own suggestion and research (and her close relationship with the captain) that the Endurance and its crew sailed into the Dragon's Triangle in search of the lost kingdom of Yamatai... though it hardly turns out to be what they expected. After stranding on the island, Lara must adapt to its hostile environment quickly, in the process discovering a part of herself she never even knew was there. Voiced by Camilla Luddington.
Action Girl: By the end of the game, Lara has grown into a badass heroine that is capable of taking out entire squads of heavily armed enemies by herself, braving everything the island throws at her to save her friends.
Action Survivor: She's just a college graduate trapped on an island. This version doesn't even seem to be as much of a Deadpan Snarker to compensate for her terror.
Adorkable: Gets pretty giddy when expositioning on relics found in the game.
Archer Archetype: Has a hunting bow as one of her most-associated weapons, and she can be quite stealthy (when the player wants her to be).
Trick Arrow: Though she seems to have to make them herself, she has at least a rope arrow (with a seemingly limitless amount of rope to make them) and a fire arrow (formed using a lighter and a normal arrow). In addition, with the right bow upgrades and enough XP, which most players won't get on an initial playthrough, you can create explosive arrows, napalm arrows, and a "penetrator" mod that punches through armor.
Badass: Deconstructed, considering all of the traumatic crap she goes through to become a badass.
Badass Bookworm: Can both take on hundreds of battle-hardened thugs and centuries old undead Samurai as well as being a consummate expert on East Asian history, culture and languages despite barely being out of college. Sam's journals hint that Lara had at least a passing familiarity with many other regions and periods of history, too.
Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Downplayed. Throughout the game, she gets all manner of cuts and bruises, and her clothes get completely shredded. Furthermore, she spends quite a bit of time covered in blood and/or dirt. Her face remains largely untouched however. Strangely, no amount of flowing water or rain is capable of washing all that out.
Broken Bird: Pretty much the end result of her time on the island. She's survived and found a new purpose, but she's been left a very psychologically battered woman by her experiences on the island. There's a reason Yahtzee dubbed it I Spit On Your Tomb.
Broken Pedestal/Rebuilt Pedestal: A comment she makes on one of Dr. Whitman's documents states she's disgusted with herself for once admiring him. It's also implied she has sour feelings towards her father for going off and getting himself and her mother presumed dead though she rebuilds that particular pedestal by the end of the game when the experiences of the island give her a new outlook on her father's ambitions.
Chronic Hero Syndrome: She is fully prepared to risk her life to save the captain of a plane that was struck down by lightning in spite of Roth's insistence that they focus on their own. Sadly, she fails to reach him before the Solarii do.
Clothing Damage: Lara's outfit gets more and more damaged as the game goes on. By the time she makes it back to the beach, it's beyond all hope of repair.
Combat Pragmatist: Strangling or stabbing unaware enemies, throwing dirt in their eyes, stabbing them in the knees or the neck with arrows, caving in downed enemies' heads with rocks, tripping them and shooting them in the back with a shotgun... Lara's trying to survive, not fight fair.
Deadpan Snarker: Not as much as her previous incarnations, but it's there, such as her response to Reyes's Doom Magnet accusation.
Deliberate Injury Gambit: A variation of this trope; to escape her very first predicament, Lara sets the sack she's tied up in on fire.
Determinator: She is put through absolute hell, both physically and mentally, but she just keeps going. Lara may be a mere mortal, but she turns into a near Implacable Woman by the end of the game. A hail of gunfire, arrows, dynamite, hurricane winds, lightning storms, mad cultists, supernatural undead samurai, and a soul-stealing ritual all fail to stop her as she inexorably pushes forward.
Disappeared Dad: It's implied that her dad "followed his instincts" a bit too much and was killed in an archaeological expedition.
Doom Magnet: Gets called this by Reyes after Lara failed to save Alex aboard the Endurance.
Reyes: Seems anyone caught with you has a pretty low survival rate. Lara: Better keep your distance then.
The Dreaded: Ironically, Lara herself becomes this to the mooks once she begins fighting back against them. Over time, enemy chatter both in and out of combat reveals that the mercs are actually scared shitless of her and hope they don't run in to her. They don't even know her name, but they start uniformly referring to her as "The Outsider". Not an outsider. The Outsider.
Leads to an amusing moment later in the game, where one mook starts freaking out when his comrade wonders aloud where "she" has gotten too, only to reveal that he was actually talking about his pet pig which he'd let out of its pen.
Exposed to the Elements: The top doesn't really do much in protecting her against obstacles, gale-force winds and the freezing cold.
Fragile Speedster/Glass Cannon: Lara can dish out ridiculous amounts of damage with the arsenal she carries, but she cannot take nearly as much herself. To compensate, she's very light on her feet, with dodges and counterattacks against off-balance enemies encompassing a large part of her melee skills.
Game-Breaking Injury: The puncture side wound she gets at the beginning of the game. The wound getting irritated or worse impedes her progress more than once over the course of the game until she finds a way to patch it.
Heal It With Fire: At one point, she cauterizes her side wound with a heated arrowhead. It's extremely painful, of course, but it works.
Heroic BSOD: A brief one following Roth's death. She snaps out of it when she realizes that the key to escaping the island is whatever the Stormguard is protecting in the monastery.
Hollywood Nerd: A document you discover reveals Sam had to practically drag Lara away from her books in school to get her to go to out, while "adventures" to various hot spots in Europe had her far more interested in the local libraries and other historical sites, rather than bars, clubs and parties. Even though she's only 21 and fresh out of grad school she shows remarkable knowledge of the artifacts she discovers throughout the game, and an enthusiasm for archaeology that makes her completely Adorkable. Nonetheless, even before Taking A Level In Badass Lara is an athletic and quite beautiful woman who, whenever Sam can actually get her nose out of her books, had no trouble meeting guys.
She's also able to analyze the origin and age of any given relic she discovers while exploring the island, and even makes suppositions on the various ruins she traverses across at a mere glance, and none of her theories seem to be based on anything but conjecture. She can also speed-read ancient Japanese.
Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: After escaping from her first predicament, Lara falls on a piece of rebar, which goes straight through her side. And a lot of the possible deaths she might meet throughout her ordeal have this happen to her.
In the Hood: If the teaser trailer for Rise of the Tomb Raider is any indication, Lara has developed a fondness for hoodies after her experience on Yamatai.
It's All My Fault: Blames herself for the predicament she got the crew and herself into as it was her suggestion to take an alternate, off-the-beaten-path route to the island that winds up shipwrecking the Endurance. Though Roth and the others continually tell her they don't blame her for what's going on, considering they were headed to the island anyway.
It Gets Easier: The first time she kills a person, it's a horrifically traumatic event that signals the start of her development to becoming an Action Girl. She then proceeds to slaughter hundreds of people throughout the rest of the game. She even mentions that it is "scary" how easy it was to kill someone.
It's Up to You: Hope you weren't expecting anyone to be actually useful to you for more than five minutes, Lara. She seems to become Genre Savvy to this, as, at the end of the game, Reyes and Jonah offer to come with her to the final showdown with Mathias, but Lara instructs them to stay behind to guard their escape route. They do sospectacularly.
Made of Iron: Lara takes a lot of damage in this game, and it affects her sometimes, but for the most part she's still as physically capable as ever. For instance, she gets impaled in the first 10 minutes and STILL makes it through the entire game. Without any visible medical aid of any kind.
Dented Iron: At times, though she does recover, her wounds hinder her to the point of traversal being very difficult, if not impossible, until she can patch herself up in some way. Her final model in the last quarter of the game is littered with scars, and that hole from the beginning of the game never quite goes away. She also shows quite a bit of physical damage from her ordeal, and often holds a hand to her wounded side when things are quiet. Take note of any cut-scenes where she falls from a height and lands safely, her hands go straight to her wounded side every time. Furthermore, as the game progresses and she gets more banged up, you can regularly hear her hissing through clenched teeth and gasping in pain as the accumulated injuries she's suffered through the game cause her constant discomfort, even when she's just standing still.
Nice Girl: From beginning to end, she's much nicer than the Lara of the previous two continuities. Needless to say, however, Good Is Not Soft. Even after cutting down an army of the Solarii and some of the Stormguard and commenting that it was so easy to kill people and that the ease of it genuinely frightened her, her dedication to and concern for her friends never wavers.
No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Is on the receiving end of a savage one midway through the game after slipping into the Solarii stronghold where Sam is due to be sacrificed to Himiko. After shooting the mook about to immolate her, Lara is thrown down and literally beaten to a bloody pulp by Dimitri and Nikolai in retribution for their brother's death; the two are only stopped from killing her outright by Mathias, and by then, she can't even lift her head by herself afterwards.
Not So Different: Mathias pulls this card on her near the end of the game, insisting that she is just as bad as he is because they have both committed morally questionable actions throughout their time on the island and racked up an impressive body count to survive. Of course, Mathias neglects to mention that he himself routinely tortures, kills, and brainwashes people, and that he deliberately sent his fellow survivors out to die because they were "weak" and therefore useless, whereas Lara only killed in self-defense and to protect her group.
Non-Idle Rich: After her parents are presumed dead and she inherits their vast fortune, she decides she doesn't even want to touch it and takes several jobs to pay her way through the University College of London (instead of utilizing the money to get easy instant enrollment in Cambridge). Word of God states that some part of her feels that if she were to use the inheritance for herself, it would be like admitting her parents are really gone, so she leaves it tied up in trust funds and investments that prevent any kind of temptation on her part.
Solarii: C'mon, she's just one little girl! Second Solarii: Yeah? Well that one little girl is kicking our ass!
Properly Paranoid: She suspects that Whitman may betray the group, but is dismissed. After she is proven right when Whitman kidnaps Sam and hands her back over to Mathias, everyone, especially Reyes, apologizes for not heeding her warnings about him.
She also is immediately suspicious of Mathias when she encounters him with Sam, posing another "survivor" of the Endurance. Unfortunately, sheer physical and mental exhaustion causes her to pass out before she can act upon her suspicions.
Red Baron: Becomes frightfully known as "The Outsider" once the body count starta stacking up. It happens to the point where Lara even taunts the Solarii, after taking down a shield bearing Giant Mook.
Mook: Oh, shit, she's still alive?! Run!
Lara: Yes... still alive.
Right Woman In The Wrong Place: Even though it's Lara's theories about the location of Yamatai that leads to the Endurance being shipwrecked, it's ultimately just chance that the crew winds up stranded there. And between her pedigree and education, (and the fact that her mentor is just a narcissistic showman rather than a competent archaeologist) she's the only one that truly pieces together the centuries-old mystery of the island.
Roaring Rampage of Rescue: For the majority of the game, Lara is on one of these for Sam, tearing her way through whole hordes of Solarii and countless Stormguard warriors who try in vain to stop her. The combination of rough terrain, supernatural storms and aforementioned enemies barely even manage to slow her down.
Shell-Shocked Veteran: A crewman aboard the fishing boat which picks up the survivors takes note of Lara's Thousand-Yard Stare, and Word of God states that her drive to continue her adventures after escaping the island is partly to "keep running" and not have to come to terms with the things that happened to her.
Shows Damage: Before the game reaches its climax, Lara visually has badly ripped clothes with cuts and bruises all over her body. The model viewer even has three different versions of Lara showing the three extreme states she can be in during her journey across the island, from "innocent" Lara used for flashback scenes on the Endurance, to "survivor" Lara which is the used model up to the very final cutscene.
Survivor Guilt: Feels personally responsible for everyone who dies on the island, considering they arrived there on her suggestion. By the end of the game she's noticeably numb to any given What the Hell, Hero? she receives, with a Thousand-Yard Stare in the final scene to boot.
Tomboy: Lara's pursuits—her books, learning wilderness survival with Roth, her love of archaeology, and preference for exploring ancient ruins over partying at clubs—are definitely not traditionally "feminine."
Weapon of Choice: Lara's iconic dual pistols are replaced by the various bows she gains throughout the game. The twin pistols are first used by Roth, with them even falling out of his hands as he utters his final words "You're a Croft." However she doesn't use them until the end of the game, when she kills Mathias.
Worst Aid: When she gets stabbed through the gut straight through at the beginning of the game, Lara is seriously dumb enough at that moment to pull the spike out. Only Plot Armor or sheer dumb luck was what most likely prevented her from bleeding out right then and there. The wound getting aggravated or worse impedes her progress more than once over the course of the game.
Samantha "Sam" Nishimura
"I won't leave without you."
A young, adventurous woman of Japanese-Portuguese origins, Sam is in charge of filming the entire expedition and is also partly responsible for the funding, via her uncle. As a descendant of Himiko, she's very knowledgeable about the myths that surround the sun queen and can be somewhat over-eager in sharing them. It is her ancestral relationship to Himiko that rouses Lara's archaelogical instincts and causes her to track down the location of Yamatai. Voiced by Arden Cho and Chieko Hidaka.
Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Unlike Lara, Sam's appearance remains jarringly unsullied, with her designer clothes entirely undamaged.
Break the Cutie: Though not as overt as Lara's, she goes from a nice, level-headed girl to uttering several F-bombs as she becomes progressively terrified and at one point even appears to shoot and kill a mook while fleeing from them.
Damsel in Distress: Sam tends to spend the majority of the story in the captivity of the Solarii note aside from flashbacks seen by Lara through her camcorder and one campfire scene at the beginning of the game, where Mathias is introduced. The interquel comics and novel also retread this role for her.
Damsel out of Distress: It's not overt, but she steals the radio of a guard at one point to briefly talk to Lara over it. Not only that, but soon after she's freed by Lara, she gets seperated from her and manages to make her way through the Solarii-filled fortress to her friends by herself. At one point, she encounters a group of scavengers and cleverly takes advantage of the fact that they don't want to kill her by scaring them away with a gun (even shooting one), using the ensuing confusion to make her escape.
Family Honor: At first, she deeply admires and respects Himiko, with Lara remarking that she absolutely loves to tell people about her. By the end of the game, after all she's been through, she explicitly says that she hopes she never hears anyone mention Himiko's name again.
MacGuffin Girl: Her connection to Himiko makes her a suitable host for Himiko's soul and thus a compatible sacrifice, though the cultists don't seem to know this until the ritual begins, with the possible exception of their leader.
Idle Rich: Unlike Lara, who doesn't want anything to do with her inheritance, Sam lives quite happily on the money of her parents, spending it on expensive clothes and trips to exotic locales. She doesn't understand why Lara doesn't take advantage of her own money and sometimes ribs her about it.
Nice Girl: She's quick to reassure Lara whenever she's on edge and even soothes Whitman when he has a temper tantrum.
Woman in White: The ceremonial clothing she is made to wear near the end of the game, fitting her role in the ritual.
"Sacrifice is a choice you make. Loss is a choice made for you."
A British ex-military, Roth is the captain of the Endurance. He cares a great deal about his crew, having picked them purely on instinct, and goes to great lengths to keep morale high. Back in his treasure-hunting days, he was known and well-liked by wealthy private collectors for his competence and willingness to bend certain, inconvenient laws. At one point he was hired by Lara's parents, whom he accompanied on many expeditions and consequently grew close to. After their disappearance, Lara became something of a surrogate daughter for him. Voiced by Robin Atkin Downes.
Call Back: Tells Lara early on that she can survive the island because "[she's] a Croft." Lara dismisses the notion, but the line is repeated again as his final words with an appropriately different reaction from Lara.
Dramatic Irony: His last words to Lara are "I loved you like the daughter I never had". In a tragic example, he fathered Reyes' daughter and died without ever knowing it.
Drowning My Sorrows: Roth attempts to do this when he has pretty much given up on ever finding Lara's parents. When the bartender refuses to serve him anymore alcohol, Roth starts to kick up a bit of a fuss. Reyes, who was also in the bar, manages to calm him down... by knocking him out with a punch to the face.
Friendly Sniper: When Lara meets up with Roth again after her failed rescue attempt of the pilot, he mentions finding a loaded sniper rifle in the ruins. As some unlucky mooks will found out later, he is a deadly shot with the weapon, saving Lara from being executed and covering her as she traverses the bridge - loaded with scavengers - that leads to the Solarii fortress.
Guns Akimbo: Used once to hold off wolves near the beginning.
Heroic Sacrifice: During an ambush by Matthias and some of his followers, Roth is forced to take them all out by himself, Lara being far too frazzled from the recent helicopter crash. Due to one of his arms being occupied with keeping Lara on her feet, he only has one gun to fire with, which runs out of ammunition just as he means to fire at Matthias. Matthias, brandishing a hatchet, throws it at Lara, but is foiled when Roth uses his body to shield her. He is struck in the back and uses his final moments to take out the rest of the scavengers with his other gun, before succumbing to the wound.
In Harm's Way: It's suggested he has at least some shades of this, seeing as the jobs he took on with Grim usually placed them in quite sticky situations.
Parental Abandonment: A letter written by Reyes reveals that he's actually the father of her daughter, Alisha, something she had kept hidden from him for fourteen years. Tragically, he dies before he ever finds out.
Parental Substitute: For Lara. Besides encouraging and pushing her throughout the game, documents and dialog show that Roth became a father figure to Lara following her own parents' deaths, and that he taught her most of her survival skills. Of all the deaths in the game, Roth's hits Lara the hardest and drives her into a brief Heroic BSOD.
A nice, if somewhat gruff Scotsman, Grim functions as the helmsman of the Endurance and is one of its officers. Having felt a kinship with water ever since he was young, there's very little he doesn't know about sailing. Roth and him met while working for the Merchant Navy and stuck together after their service, taking on jobs (not all of them entirely legal) that took them across the world. He was acquainted with Lara's father, whom he jokingly called "Dicky" Croft. Voiced by James Walsh.
Badass Grandpa: Looks to be at least as old as Roth, if not older. Not only does he manage to break out the holding cell he was put in by the Solarii brotherhood after being captured, he also aides Lara and provides her with an opportunity to penetrate the Solarii fortress so that she can rescue the others.
Dying Moment of Awesome: His response to being taken hostage is more or less "Sod this for a laugh", so he headbutts one captor, machete's another and spear-tackles another off the platform they were standing on.
Heroic Sacrifice: In the middle of being caught and used as leverage to make Lara surrender, he headbutts his holder and throws him off a building, stabs another guy with his own machete and then tackles the third guy off the platform they were standing on. Sadly, the guy manages to catch a hold of Grim as he falls and pulls him down with him, to his death.
In Harm's Way: It's suggested he has at least some shades of this, seeing as the jobs he took on with Roth usually placed them in quite sticky situations. This seems to have lessened a little by the time he gets stranded on the island though; a document from him reveals he's thinking of retiring.
Slashed Throat: One of the Solarii threatens to do this to him to force Lara to surrender, and when they begin to do so, Grim fights back and taunts them, declaring that it doesn't scare him because he grew up in Glasgow.
Use Your Head: Seems to be quite fond of using the "Glasgow Kiss". As shown in the camcorder footage, he even claims to have taken down the Loch Ness Monster with this. This is Foreshadowing to his Heroic Sacrifice, where he impulsively headbutts the goon holding him, in an attempt to prevent Lara from surrendering, and then engages the two others; unfortunately, this costs him his life.
Joslin Reyes is the no-nonsense mechanic of the Endurance and also functions as one of its officers. Originally a cop, Reyes was forced to resign from the NYPD after avenging her partner's death by murdering a local gang leader in cold blood. Thanks to her natural affinity with engines, she found work again as a mechanic, though she occasionally misses the force. She was offered a position aboard the Endurance after meeting Roth, the captain, in a bar. Although he pays her much more than her regular job, Reyes is always looking to get home as soon as possible, since she does not like leaving her daughter by herself for too long. Voiced by Tanya Alexander.
Agent Scully: She's usually the most resistant to Lara's theories, though by the end...
Fingerless Gloves: You'd almost swear she'd stolen them from one of Lara's previous iterations.
Get Ahold Of Yourself Man: At one point, Roth decided to try Drowning My Sorrows after pretty much giving up on ever finding Lara's parents. When the bartender refuses to serve him anymore alcohol, Roth starts to kick up a bit of a fuss. Reyes, who was also in the bar, manages to calm him down... by knocking him out with a punch to the face.
Green-Eyed Monster: It's subtly implied that part of her resentment towards Lara might be due to Roth treating her like "the daughter he never had", when in reality, Roth actually does have a daughter with Reyes, although she kept him unaware of his paternity.
Jerkass: While some of this can be attributed to stress and grief, she is often needlessly harsh, especially with Lara. At one point she blames Lara for getting them into this despite the fact that the entire point of the expedition was to find Yamatai, which Lara most certainly did — it was hardly Lara's fault that Yamatai turned out to be a hellish island full of lunatics and an insane storm-summoning spirit. It's implied that Reyes resents Lara's status as surrogate daughter to Roth, which may also explain her attitude towards Lara.
Jerkass Façade: The document "Reyes: About Lara" explains that she's being so harsh with Lara because they're sailing an expensive ship and its people into dangerous waters on a whim, and she wants to ensure that, if anything goes wrong, Lara will accept responsibility for her actions. Of course, after Roth's death, the facade starts to become the real thing.
My God, What Have I Done?: She dismisses Lara's concerns about Whitman's loyalty, stating she doesn't know, or really care for that matter, what Lara's beef with him is. When Whitman proves her right by helping Mathias recapture Sam, Reyes is instantly regretful and openly acknowledges she should have listened to Lara when she had the chance.
Never My Fault: Blames Lara for Alex's death, even though she was the one who let him go off alone in the first place.
No One Gets Left Behind: Subverted and then played straight, with a dash of Meaningful Echo thrown in for good measure. When Lara first goes off to investigate a tomb that Lara believes will get them one step closer to safely leaving the island, Reyes explicitly says that if Lara isn't back by the time the boat is ready, they're leaving without her. Later, when Whitman double-crosses the group and hands Sam back over to Mathias, Lara, while going off to get Sam back, attempts to tell Jonah and Reyes to simply leave if she doesn't make it back, but Reyes completely goes back on her earlier words and reassures Lara that they aren't leaving her behind.
Off Screen Moment Of Awesome: With Jonah. While Lara is off to save Sam from Mathias' clutches, she and Jonah remain behind on the boat, guarding the escape route. Lara hears them over the walkie-talkie, massacring scavengers and supernatural undead samurai alike with the boat's turret guns.
Police Are Useless: Or more like Ex-Police Are Useless as Reyes was an ex-cop, but acts as a Jerk Ass towards Lara when Lara tells her about what secrets the island holds, yet Reyes refuses to investigate out of spite towards Lara, despite investigating being one of the abilities of a cop.
Roaring Rampage of Revenge: In the prelude comic from Dark Horse, Reyes talks about her past with the police to a documentary crew. In a flashback, it's indicated that after her partner's death, she left the force so she could hunt and kill the drug dealers who shot him without being hindered by legal means.
Sassy Black Woman: She seems this way at first, but it's later subverted because Character Development reveals that she's only acting that way because of her guilt for not telling Roth he's the father of her daughter. And her desperation to get back home to her daughter once the danger on the Island happens.
Took a Level in Kindness: ...but near the end of the game starts to show more faith in Lara and refuses to abandon her when she goes off to save Sam.
Ungrateful Bitch: Comes off this way after Lara rescues her, Jonah, and Alex from the Solarii. While she does thank Lara, when Lara tentatively says that Reyes would do the same for her, Reyes pauses, then says flatly, "Yeah. Sure." This is due to Reyes' bitterness and pain over Roth's death; once Character Development kicks in, her attitude changes.
Wrench Wench: She became this after resigning from the force.
"If I'm going to die in this place, I'm not going do it hungry."
Jonah Maiava, originally from New Zealand, but raised in Hawaii by his maternal grandmother, is the cook and general dogsbody of the Endurance. He once served in the army, being a reasonably popular member of his unit, thanks to his strength, cooking skills and near-preternatural ability to detect danger. After sustaining injuries in the line of duty, he was honourably discharged and went to work as a chef at his sister's cafe, before being offered a spot aboard the Endurance by Conrad Roth, who was impressed by his physical strength. Voiced by Earl Baylon.
Abusive Parents: Lara finds a document by him that has him remembering the times when he and his brother would hide from their father's fits of rage, suggesting he was beaten as a child. He tells of the story of Pania and how he would join her in the waves, as his brother had done so before him, if he happens to be the last remaining survivor.
Bear Hug: After Roth's death, Lara remains behind to mourn while the rest of the survivors decide to already head to the beach. When Lara meets up with them later, she's promptly pulled into a hug by Sam, with Jonah joining in right after. Alex is also on the receiving end of one in the prelude comic.
The Big Guy: He is obviously the most physically strong of the group, being a bit of a general "problem-solver", as shown in The Beginning" comic, where he rescues Whitman from some overly aggressive buyers that weren't in the mood for paying for the relics Whitman was (illegally) selling them.
Off Screen Moment Of Awesome: With Reyes. While Lara is off to save Sam from Mathias' clutches, he and Reyes remain behind on the boat, guarding the escape route. Lara hears them over the walkie-talkie, massacring scavengers and supernatural undead samurai alike with the boat's turret guns.
Only a Flesh Wound: As shown in the prelude comic, he gets shot in the shoulder while rescuing Whitman, but dismisses it as "just a graze".
"I'll be the first to admit that I usually go in for the weird stuff, but this place is off the charts."
With an impressive technological and scientific background, Alex Weiss is the chief technician, handyman and all-around "radio-shack genius" of the Endurance. He's an avid and skilled hacker that has made a living primarily through legally dodgy means, such as rigging gambling sites. He also has a bit of a fascination with conspiracy theories and urban legends of all sorts. Voiced by Andy Hoff.
Bad Liar: While Lara's en route to save Captain Jessop, she's contacted by Alex who tells her that his group has tracked Sam to an ancient Japanese palace. Lara is understandably worried and Alex makes an attempt at reassuring her by saying Sam must be "sight-seeing". Lara obviously doesn't buy into it, but appreciates the sentiment.
Brilliant but Lazy: He's apparently a bit of a genius, but refuses to seriously apply himself.
Can't Catch Up: One of the journal entries shows that he feels this way about himself toward Lara, though there's admiration behind it rather than resentment.
Conspiracy Theorist: A textbook example. It's shown in the prelude comic that, before the Endurance started its voyage, he believed Yamatai to be some kind of Japanese government cover-up, and jokingly asks in one of his documents if there are cameras in the trees.
Alex: If we find Yamatai, and it's full of killer robots and genetic mutations, I called it.
Cool Bike: He's briefly shown driving one in "The Beginning".
Heroic Sacrifice: Buys time for Lara so she can escape with the tools needed to fix the boat, and then shoots a cloud of extremely flammable gas in a room full of explosive barrels. The resulting explosion kills him and all of the Solarii who were shooting at them, ensuring that Lara's escape is unhindered.
Last Kiss: Lara — who now knows about his feelings for her — gives him a brief one on the cheek. Considering the Solarii were shooting at them, there wasn't exactly time for much else.
Love Makes You Stupid: It's revealed in a document written by him that he has a crush on Lara. However, after he witnesses her turn into a BadassAction Girl, he believes she'll never notice him. Him deciding to go alone and look for the tools for the boat, just so he could impress Lara, is an example of this.
Non-Action Guy: Well, he is the ship's technician, which isn't a job that requires a lot of heavy lifting. Which makes Reyes agreeing to his bid to go running off to the shipwrecked Endurance all by himself all the more confusing, especially to Lara. He appears to be a decent enough shot, though.
Dr. Whitman figures as the lead archaeologist of the Endurance's expedition, being an expert on Archaeology and Anthropology. However, in recent years, he has primarily focused on making documentaries and writing tie-in books, which turned him into quite the celebrity. But with his show, called Whitman's World, now drastically decreasing in popularity, Whitman is quite desperate to find some new and exciting angle. Having gotten used to glitzy showbiz parties, fine dining and expensive travel, Whitman hopes the discovery of Yamatai will cause his popularity to skyrocket once more. Voiced by Cooper Thornton.
Adventurer Archaeologist: He wants to be one. He certainly has the taste for the thrill of discovery, but his top priority is fame and recognition, and he's terrible at getting his hands dirty (one flashback shows him being a prima donna about gutting a fish).
Broken Pedestal: Becomes this to Lara by the time of the game after finding a note from him; having seen him for the narcissisticGlory Hound he really is, Lara is completely disgusted with herself for ever having looked up to him.
Dirty Coward: He surrenders to scavengers armed with bows and arrows despite having a handgun of his own, handing Lara over to them to save himself.
Face-Heel Turn: Sure, he's pretty much a Jerkass, mixed in with some Dirty Coward, from the beginning, but later in the game he kidnaps Sam, believing he can make an alliance with Mathias. This does not end well for him.
For Science!: His awe of the weird and cool things on the island blind him to the horror of it.
While he is a Glory Hound and not a particularly good archaeologist, when he and Lara first go off to find Sam together, he tells Lara that there's a lot about the world that remains unknown and that she shouldn't discount anything just because it seems unreasonable or impossible by modern standards. Lara brushes it off at first, but later admits that he made an excellent point.
Jerkass Mentor: In one of Whitman's letters, he describes Lara to his ex-wife as his protegée and goes on to comment how though he doesn't believe in her theories about the location of Yamatai, he fully intends to claim credit for them if she turns out to be right. Sam even outright says her footage is being made to ensure Lara gets the rightful credit for the discovery. Lara herself is admittedly disgusted with herself for ever looking up to him. By the end of the game, Whitman's upgraded fully to Evil Mentor when he outright states that he's completely fine with sacrificing the rest of his crew to the Solarii to save his own skin and set himself up as the hero and traumatized sole survivor to boost his public image.
Karmic Death: He dies as he lived: a know-it-all blabbermouth who's out of his depth. He speaks to the Oni — in English, the only Japanese word he could remember was "queen", which is a bad idea when speaking to her fanatical guardians — and before he even realizes it, he's officially the world's greatest expert on getting killed. Bonus points in that he intended to sacrifice everyone for his gains but ended up sacrificed by Mathias as a mere distraction to get himself and Sam past the bridge while they were busy hacking away.
Know-Nothing Know-It-All: He only cares about getting good publicity, and it's clear to anyone that Lara, his supposed protégée, knows far more about things than he himself does. It's this that ultimately gets him smoked.
Opaque Lenses: In the single player, you can see his eyes just fine, but in the multiplayer, this trope kicks into effect.
Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: He hands Sam back to the Solarii on a silver platter, and Mathias thanks him by tricking him into approaching the Stormguard as a distraction and then slipping by with Sam while he's being torn apart.
Slave to PR: First and foremost to him is his fame and reputation; everything else is a distant second.
To the extent that he begs his ex-wife not to file for divorce until after he discovered Yamatai, pointing out that not only does she not get any of the spoils if she does, but he mostly wants to avoid any bad publicity beforehand.
The Sociopath: He mentions in his final writings (a document you find) how he planned to betray Lara and the rest of the crew to the cultists, let them sacrifice Sam, and escape the island afterwards to take all the credit. All while putting on an "appropriately convincing expression of sorrow" as the last survivor.
Too Dumb to Live: He has several stupid moments but the biggest one results in his painful death at the hands of the Stormguard. He calmly walks towards two armored undead Samurai and tries to strike up a conversation. Whilst they approach him with swords drawn. Mathias had deceived him into thinking that the Stormguard would let them pass willingly but he really didn't need to walk right up to them to introduce himself!
Your Cheating Heart: "The Beginning" comic reveals that this is the reason for his recent divorce, having slept with a woman nearly half his age. He even has the nerve to correct his ex-wife, who obviously intends to squeeze every last penny out of him, when she gets the age wrong. The only reason he seems even slightly bothered by the entire divorce thing is because it could negatively affect his popularity.
"A teacher by trade."
The Big Bad of the story, Mathias leads the Solarii brotherhood of scavengers on the island in attempting to reincarnate the Sun Queen in a new host body so that they can leave the island. Voiced by Robert Craighead.
Ax-Crazy: That's putting it mildly. His diary entries are even organized under the title "Diaries of a Madman."
Bad Boss: During Lara's escape from his hideout. He commands his men to blow the bridge. One of them objects stating they'll be killing their own men. Mathias responds by grabbing a pistol off a mook and shooting him point blank, asking if they're are any other "non-believers." Furthermore, his backstory reveals that he routinely tortures and kills their prisoners unless they agree to join him, and when he was first trapped on the island, actually convinced his fellow survivors to try and sail out simply to prove his theory that it would be impossible.
Evil Counterpart: To Lara. Both are working to escape the island in their own way. However, Lara is working to make sure No One Gets Left Behind, while Mathias is just a deranged lunatic who doesn't give a damn about anyone but himself.
Fair Play Villain: When Lara is on the receiving end of a particularly brutal No-Holds-Barred Beatdown at the hands of two Solarii whose brother she killed, Mathias stops them from killing her...but not before Lara is beaten to a bloody pulp.
Faux Affably Evil: He feigns politeness and reason when he meets Sam and Lara at first, even earning Sam's trust by treating her injured foot, but soon reveals his Ax-Crazy true self.
Hoist by His Own Petard/Karmic Death: A mixture is possible. Using Guns Akimbo, Lara kills him using both his own pistol, which she had just stolen from him, and possibly Roth's own handgun (if not upgraded one last time), the gun of the man whom he had killed.
It's All About Me: He doesn't really care about Himiko, her kingdom or his own forces. He just wants off the island and is willing to do anything to achieve it.
Kick the Son of a Bitch: He tricks Whitman into approaching the Stormguard to distract them and slips by with Sam while he's getting chopped up. Considering that Whitman had previously been outed as a narcissistic, cowardlyJerkass who betrayed Lara's group by handing Sam back over to Mathias in the first place, it certainly counts as this, with a dash of Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves thrown in for good measure.
Not So Different: He claims that Lara is no better than he is, as they both have killed hundreds of people in order to survive. Of course, he conveniently leaves out the part where he routinely tortures, brainwashes, and sacrifices people, and that he deliberately sent his fellow survivors out to die because they were "weak" and therefore useless.
Sanity Slippage: Let's just say that his time on the island haven't done any wonders for his mental health. Lara speculates he's gone so far out of his mind, he might actually have come right back around again.
We Could Have Avoided All This: It never seems to cross his mind that he could've just destroyed Himiko's body to free himself and the others from the island. Though considering how weak-willed he is...
What Is Evil?: Near the end of the game, he insists that he and Lara are Not So Different since they both have committed morally questionable actions and killed numerous people since being trapped on the island, declaring that there are no heroes on Yamatai, only survivors. Of course, he leaves out the evil things he's done that she hasn't, so it doesn't really hold water.
The legendary Sun Queen, this mythical queen of Yamatai is Sam's ancestor, and is told to have had control over the weather and an extremely powerful "Stormguard". It's true, and a lack of a proper form for her new life is why even her spirit controls the weather to make sure people cannot leave her island.
A God Am I: Documents found in-game state that Himiko was worshipped by many of her followers as a goddess.
Bad Boss/Benevolent Boss: According to information revealed by both Sam and in-game documents, she apparently was a bit of both. Sam describes her as ruthless, and yet a document left behind by an enemy spy during Himiko's time states that she taxes the citizens fairly and many even worship her.
Bigger Bad: She's the reason why Mathias does what he does.
Broken Bridge: The reason for mysterious storms that prevent people escaping Yamatai. "No-one leaves".
Body Surf: She maintained her immortality by transferring her soul to the next priestess until Hoshi committed suicide to break the cycle.
Ghostly Goals: She wants to have a new body so that she can rule again.
God Save Us from the Queen!: She's not a queen anymore and it's stated she wasn't the most benevolent of rulers either, but her powers are pretty terrifying.
Outside-Context Villain: A Body Surfing spirit with godlike powers over the weather around her island, in a setting that is otherwise completely mundane and modern. Half the battle is just getting the protagonists to accept that the entity even exists.
Posthumous Character: Her soul is trapped in her decaying body, but still maintains control over the weather and creates the furious storms that wreck any ships and aircraft that approach Yamatai, and keeps the survivors on the island. She's arguably the Bigger Bad or Man Behind the Man to Mathias, as there are implications that she is directly influencing his actions. How else would he know the incantation for Himiko's soul to transfer into a new vessel?
Power Of The Storm: Was said to have the power to control the weather itself. Her soul uses this power to cause monsoons and snow storms, making sure nobody gets off the island.