June 4, 2013

30-Day Angel of Darkness Challenge Day 4: Favorite Secondary Character?

Welcome to Day 4 of our month-long Tomb Raider: Angel of Darkness challenge. Today let's talk about all the interesting minor characters, from Eckhardt and his cohorts, to the denizens of the Parisian ghetto, to that hunky Kurtis Trent. Other than Lara, who was your favorite character?

Once again I'd like to thank F- Yeah TRAOD! for sharing this challenge with the world.

If you've come late to this challenge, feel free to answer any of the questions that interest you. There's no time limit. And if you'd like to participate in past challenges, you're welcome to do that too. Check out the September 2011 and September 2012 challenges in the archives.


  1. I love all the colorful characters in this game, but my favorite is Janice. She's got great fashion sense, takes crap from nobody, and she *owns* that corner.

    If you still need convincing, here's a tribute from Tomb Raider parodist extraordinaire, Thatnorskchick: "Janice the Friendly Prostitute (a folk song)" http://bit.ly/17YLm2w

  2. Although in a rather dark way, I just liked Karel. He was always someone that hid in the shadows (or so we thought) and in the very end of the game, he just turns everything around!!!

  3. Kurtis: rough and tumble like Lara with a mysterious and interesting history.

  4. I loved all the characters, but the most interesting one was definitely Kurtis. A mysterious lonely guy who's also hunting down Eckhardt for his own reasons and that mysteriously disappeared at the end of the game. He moved like a cement truck and unfortunately, he was only playable through three levels of the game. But still, I liked him. He was the perfect partner for Lara. Above all, Kurtis was badass!

  5. Margot Carvier by far. She was only featured in one level and was killed soon after, but she was one angry French woman! I like how you can swap characters around in cutscenes, so I want to swap Carvier and Kurtis. She was much more badass. Just saying.

    1. OMG. Can you really? I've seen that in fan-made gifs and stuff but can you do it in the game? I would so swap Janice for Kurtis. :D

    2. I saw it once, thought Thatnorskchick2 made it but I can't seem to find it now. There certainly must be a way ;)

  6. It's Janice the Tomb Raider Prostitute, kids! With her red polyester clothes and her Gauloise who can resiste ziss French Charmeur? The only woman to compare Lara Croft to a tart to her face and live; "Move along ma chere, you make the place look crowded".

  7. ...No favorite secondary character here.Lara is the only fave for me...

  8. They're all so weird! Core Tomb Raider always had bizarre secondary characters, and in AoD not only do they have more significance (since the plot has more significance) than in older games, but you get to talk to them too! Still, the girls are the best.

    My favourite is probably Carvier since she acts in a fairly believable manner (mad girl breaks into your house, you give her the benefit of the doubt because she's your friend's protégé, then you call the police anyway because mad girl), but just about all the others are worth a mention.

    Janice, of course, is unfogettable. Why does she stand on the loneliest corner in Paris? How does she get any custom? I love how she's just about the only character in the series up until that point besides possibly Larson to comment on the fact that Lara dresses so sexily (even in her denims).

    Boaz! Who doesn't love a physically and emotionally scarred mad scientist? Like all the best mad scientists, she is creepily in love with her ghastly creation.

    Muller, Karel and Eckhart himself are all ok, but are more straighforward baddies. The various lowlifes that hang around Paris in the beginning all meld into each other after a while, and I don't feel like Kurtis is really a secondary character.


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