She’s plundered ancient treasures, thwarted heinous villains and found lost kingdoms. Now Lara Croft has claimed two Guinness World Records titles to add to her growing list of accomplishments.
At Paris Games Week in France last weekend, a total of 270 fans cosplayed as the iconic adventuress – star of the Tomb Raider videogames - to claim the title of largest gathering of people dressed as Lara Croft.
Fans arrived in a wide range of official Lara Croft outfits, representing the character across her entire 20-year videogame and movie canon.
One family of four even flew in from Spain especially, with each member decked out in their finest Lara attire.
Lara Croft also claimed a Guinness World Record for Most magazine covers for a videogame character.
Since her debut game in 1996, the Tomb Raider heroine has featured prominently on at least 1,230 magazine covers from all across the world.
It’s a show of the character’s enormous cultural impact and relevance that many of these magazines encompass subjects beyond gaming, including lifestyle, film, music and humour.
Guinness World Records Gamer’s Edition editor Stephen Daultrey said: “Lara Croft is one of the most vital and iconic characters in gaming, with a powerful legacy and a string of great games under her belt.
“It’s fantastic to see so many cosplayers celebrate her in this unique way. I look forward to seeing both this and her covers record in next year’s Guinness World Records Gamer’s Edition annual.”
The Tomb Raider series is currently published by Square Enix and developed by Crystal Dynamics.