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Lara sees off Mario and Sonic

Pixel princess Lara Croft has clocked up six world records, Guinness said today.

The all-action archaeologist and star of the Tomb Raider series beat her rivals Mario and Sonic the Hedgehog for the highest number of entries in the Guinness World Records 2010 Gamer's Edition, including most successful video game heroine.

Croft also scooped awards for the most recognisable female in a video game; most detailed game character; most real-life stand-ins; highest grossing game spin-off and most successful live-action transfer.

Actress Angelina Jolie is best-known as the face of the English heroine, but Croft has also been officially portrayed by five other models including Nell McAndrew, Rhona Mitra and currently by British gymnast Alison Carroll -- giving her the record for the most real-life stand-ins.

Ponytail

Gung-ho Croft -- famous for her tight shorts, low-cut vest top and ponytail -- became an unlikely sex symbol when she first appeared on the PlayStation in 1996.

With 32,816 rendered polygons forming her figure in Tomb Raider: Underworld, she is the most detailed video game character ever created.

Lara Croft: Tomb Raider already ranks as the highest-grossing video-game movie but together with its sequel, The Cradle of Life, the franchise has grossed in excess of €249m, making it the most successful live-action transfer ever.

Guinness editor Gaz Deaves said: "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."

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