Video game adventuress Lara Croft hasn't exactly been swooning the gaming press like she used to, but she's alright in the Guinness World Records 2010 Gamer's Edition book. In fact, the Tomb Raider heroine and survivor of two motion picture adaptations has scored no less than six world records, putting her ahead of more timely mascots Mario and Sonic the Hedgehog.
In addition to nabbing the 2010 records for both the most successful and the most recognizable video game heroine, Croft is also honored for having the highest grossing game spin-off under her utility belt, being represented by the most real-life stand-ins, and making the most successful transfer to live-action with the last Tomb Raider motion picture earning over $156 million USD at box office. You may be surprised to learn that Croft also received the 2010 world record for having the most detailed in-game model yet, being rendered by no less than 32,816 polygons for Tomb Raider: Underworld.
According to Gaz Deaves, gaming editor for Guinness World Records:
"Lara Croft epitomises all that's great about video gaming and we're delighted to acknowledge her success by awarding her with six new official record entries including making her the most-famous and most-successful female video game character in the world."
A bold statement indeed for fans who may not be as enamored by Ms. Croft as a video game heroine, but there's certainly little doubt that she has earned a place in the pantheon of gaming gods by this point.