You have the long list of characters from Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat, and even Super Mario Bros., and throughout the years I have played many of these games, and gotten to know these characters very well. I’ve often enjoyed pretending I was the Princess that had to be rescued by Mario and Luigi as a child. But none of these characters stood out to me as much as Lara Croft has.
The video game character and heroine, Lara Croft, came into my life at a time when I had eased away significantly from playing video games. And upon watching what she does, how she moves, and the mysteries surrounding the temples, tombs, and other situations she got herself in, she ended up sticking out in my mind unlike any other character that I had came to know.
There are many reasons why I became intrigued with Lara Croft and her many adventures. And as someone who can take adventures to the extreme, at least in the imagination, it wasn’t long before she became my all-time favorite.
One of the things I love about Lara Croft is how she represented independence. Many female characters of any kind, whether it be video game or film character, are too often portrayed as a damsel in distress. With Lara Croft, it’s the exact opposite. Not only was she independent in her way of thinking, she was also independent in taking control of the dangerous situations she got herself in, and came out of it remarkably well, without the need of having a man come and rescue her. I believe, to any woman, that’s always a plus, especially in this day and age.
She also represented strength, the quiet strength with her grace and calm demeanor, and her physical strength with combat. Speaking as someone who is experienced with combat, knowing how to brilliantly execute techniques is indeed inspirational to any woman who feel as if they’re too weak to fight for themselves.
What became exciting for me is when the time came to adapt the character on film, and eventually choosing Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie, I think, was a great decision. Angelina Jolie is one of the most versatile actresses out there today. All of her hard work, training, and preparing for the role truly paid off and she not only played Lara Croft, she became Lara Croft. Seeing the video game heroine on the big screen was truly a phenomenal feeling, and it was quite adventurous, especially how the character had evolved. Despite the negativity with her being regarded as a sex symbol, I think she left a great legacy, and I wouldn’t mind seeing her in an all new video game series as well as film series reboot.