Lara Croft is the fictional amazonian heroine of the Tomb Raider series of video games.
At about the age of 20, she went on a skiing trip. Their plane crashed en route to the destination; she was the only survivor. Her experience seemed to wake her up from the boring aristocratic life, and she chose to become a 'tomb raider'. In essence, she is for hire to recover lost artifacts, whether from tombs, or the clutches of selfish collectors. She typically is heavily armed with a variety of firearms.
Created by Toby Gard, the heroine of the video game series has spawned over six incarnations of the game, where the heroine must defeat evil gangsters, sharks, dinosaurs, and yes, even rats. Tomb Raider is made for the PC, Mac, Playstation, Playstation 2, Saturn, Dreamcast, N-Gage, Game Boy Advance and Game Boy Color.