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Tank Girl

“At the time we created ‘Tomb Raider,’ I don’t think there had ever been a good game with a heroine,” developer Toby Gard says in the book ‘Rules of Play.’ ‘Tank Girl,’ a late-’80s British comic series following the exploits of the eponymous anti-hero/riot grrrl icon, was a key influence on Gard’s Lara Croft (it also spanwed a 1995 movie adaptation starring Lori Petty). (Photo: Titan Comics)

As 'Tomb Raider' Turns 20, Let's Look at Lara Croft Through the Years

Marcus Errico
Deputy Editor, Yahoo Entertainment

The most iconic female video-game character ever is having a birthday. Tomb Raider‘s Lara Croft, the puzzle-solving, weapons-wielding archeologist with an uncanny knack for falling into supernatural adventures, turns 20 this year. To mark the auspicious anniversary, game publisher Square Enix is releasing a tricked-out updated version of the last Tomb Raider game installment, Rise of the Tomb Raider, on Tuesday. Meanwhile, Academy Award winner Alicia Vikander, who grew up a fan of the game, will be suiting up for a film reboot arriving in 2018. With Lara Croft commanding our attention once again, Yahoo Movies has dipped into the archives to look back at the development and ascension of Lara Croft in pop culture, while looking ahead to the future of a character ready to embark on a new decade of derring-do.