Created by a team at UK developer Core Design that included Toby Gard, the character first appeared in the 1996 video game Tomb Raider.
She is presented as a highly intelligent, athletic, and beautiful English archaeologist-adventurer who ventures into ancient, hazardous tombs and ruins around the world.She also ended up meeting her best friend, Samantha Nishimura, during her time at UCL.It was because of Sam's free spirit and wild streak that Lara was able to experience much more of London than just the universities and museums that she loved so much.Croft published books and other written works based on her exploits as a mercenary, big-game hunter, and master thief.During the second era, Lara's story was changed to be the daughter of archaeologist Lord Richard Croft, the Earl of Abbingdon, and someone who was quickly identified as a highly talented individual while attending the Abbingdon Girls School. While searching for shelter, Lara and her mother took refuge in an ancient Nepalese temple, where Lara witnesses her mother vanish after tampering with an ancient sword. This spurs Lara on to seek the reason for her mother's disappearance.
Lara Croft is also considered a sex symbol, one of the earliest in the industry to achieve widespread attention.