Tomb Raider - Lara Croft

5 Lara Croft-inspired copycats that kick just as much ass

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Mar 15, 2018

Tomb Raider's Lara Croft is one of the most influential video game heroines in the entire industry. She's been the star of dozens of games and several films (including one that just debuted in theaters) and gaming's "it" girl for many years. No matter what your favorite incarnation of Lara is, whether you love the original character design or her more vulnerable, rebooted persona, you can't argue against the fact that she's inspired plenty of other characters that popped up in her wake.

These characters are some of the game characters out there that, whether through their designs, personalities, or daring feats, are Lara Croft "copycats," inspired by the woman herself. No, they're not carbon copies, but they definitely share many of the same traits. You may discover a heroine whose story you want to follow!

Horizon Zero Dawn - Aloy

Aloy, Horizon: Zero Dawn

Horizon: Zero Dawn's fearless protagonist Aloy has shades of Lara all the way through her, from her lithe, athletic form and knack for exploration. She also knows her way around a bow and arrow, or any weapon you hand her. Headstrong and determined to realize her own destiny, she takes her fate into her own hands as she gets caught up in a dangerous battle while trying to save the world she knows and holds dear. Sounds a lot like someone else we know, right? A hunter and archer of the Nora tribe, family is intensely important to Aloy, and she'll shame you with her sass if she needs to right quick. The Seeker of the Sacred Lands is everything Miss Croft is and more. 

Uncharted - Chloe Frazer

Chloe Frazer, Uncharted series

The sharp-tongued and strong-willed Chloe Frazer of the Uncharted series is more than just a foil for Nathan Drake. She's an explorer in her own right, and a treasure hunter and thief for hire. She may associate primarily with some shady folks before entering the Uncharted sphere, but she's an important ally to Nathan and her newfound friend Nadine Ross from Uncharted: The Lost Legacy. Rugged and no-nonsense, Chloe's can make the best out of any situation if it involves slick talk, gunplay, or some seriously sick driving skills. Chloe is one-of-a-kind, or at least she would be if we hadn't seen someone a lot like her before, sans the criminal activity. 

Portal - Chell

Chell, Portal series

Portal's test subject Chell may be a woman of few words, but she's got that same cunning and determination to survive that Lara does, in droves. She's athletic, intelligent, and another iconic character who audiences grew to love in a big way. Her will to live makes her a difficult target, especially for GLaDOS. There's not a lot we actually know about Chell beyond what we can decipher from Portal and Portal 2 or the secrets we've heard about her throughout Valve's history of introducing the character, but her determined nature and stubbornness when it comes to staying alive makes her a close cousin to Lara. 

Skies of Arcadia - Aika

Aika, Skies of Arcadia

Aika's one of the main protagonists of Skies of Arcadia, and she's an agile, quick character who carries an enormous boomerang to keep herself and others safe. She's dressed for exploration, including a pair of goggles atop her head and a utility pouch on her belt to keep herself ready for any situation. She's gorgeous, but that doesn't matter at all on the battlefield, of course. All that really matters is keeping her friends safe. After a somewhat happy childhood that lead to tragedy when her parents were killed, she grew into a capable and inquisitive girl who'd do anything for those close to her. 

Wet - Rubi Malone

Rubi Malone, Wet

Wet's protagonist Rubi Malone is a jack-of-all-trades, a mercenary known as a "Fixer" who tries to help people however she can, though she tends to get into some pretty sticky situations. She's handy with a sword, almost any kind of gun, and yes, crossbows, when it comes to taking out her enemies. She demonstrates her prowess with these weapons all throughout Wet, and she's certainly not anyone you'd want to cross. Combine her abilities with her berserker-like ability to enter a frenzied state when covered in blood and you know she's one tough customer. She'd make a great tomb raider, right?