The whole thing with Lara being defined/inspired by her parents irks the hell out of me. I miss the independent Core!Lara. I still enjoy the CD games, but they just aren’t the same for me.
If there’s anything I love most about Classic Lara, it was her rebellious nature. I loved that Lara was born into wealth and was expected to live the aristocratic lifestyle and marry an Earl but instead chose to live a life that made her happy. It was awesome because we rarely see that in female action characters and when we do, they’re often villains. Plus, the Daddy’s Little Action Girl trope is so overdone. I love that Classic Lara’s familial support came from her single crazy aunt whose corgis terrorized her. :P