Fans love Sam for many reasons.

Sam brings something special to Lara’s story.

For us, Lara doesn’t have to be a one dimensional lone wolf, she can have friends and benefit from them. Sam helped Lara come out of her shell and realize her full potential and Lara gave back by believing in her when nobody else did.

Both women changed for the better because fate allowed them to meet that sunny day at University College London.

Sam is an interesting character.

We don’t only like Sam for the love and support she bring to Lara but also for her own qualities.

Sam is a driven woman, with a passion for video production. She is funny, smart and witty. She is so much more than a damsel in distress. She didn’t just wait for Lara to come and save her. She was able to steal a radio from a guard to contact her friend and make her way through the Solarii base on her own.

After Yamatai, Sam showed that she was a badass in her own way by taking down a man in a dark alley while armed only with a cupcake and most of all, she fought a battle of wills against Himiko and ultimately won because she refused to let the Sun Goddess hurt Lara.

Sam might not have Lara’s physical strength but she is more than resourceful. Where Lara is the hammer, Sam is the scalpel, and that’s why they make a wonderful team.

Sam Nishimura matters, to Lara, to her story and also to the Tomb Raider fandom.

Sam Nishimura, visual art

Here are some words from Fans that want Sam back:

What happened to Sam in the new movie? published an article (written By LENA WILSON) about the new Tomb Raider movie, wondering why if TR sells a message of female ...
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Lara Croft – LGBT Icon and her gal-pal Sam

In a recent article published on , Sam and the gay subtext between her and Lara had been mentioned. Original Source: ...
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The TR comics artists and writers also love Sam

The fans aren't the only ones who love Sam, Rhianna Pratchett, Gail Simone and Phillip Sevy have been vocal about ...
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Fans want Sam back

In the latest poll done on Twitter by Pfangirl, a strong majority of voters wanted Sam back in the third ...
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Defending Sam Nishimura

By Pfangirl Original source: here   ...
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Open letter to CD

By Heidi Hey, CRYSTAL DYNAMICS! I have a suggestion for you guys. It’s a bit long winded, but please bear ...
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Why does Sam matter?

By Sasha Here's why Sam matters to me. Tomb Raider is one of the first games I played when my ...
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Artist Interview: Why Sam matters to Mjaravata

We asked Mjaravata, who has her art featured on our site, why Sam matters and  what inspired her to draw ...
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Artist Interview: Why Sam matters to Jar-cup

We asked Jar-cup, who has her art featured on our site, why Sam matters and  what inspired her to draw her ...
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Why Sam Should Return to Tomb Raider?

By WinterThe-Masquerade Original source: here [...] Why do I want Sam back? Short answer, she's a great character who adds a ...
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If you think Sam matters, join us

Here's a video from Eden Singer, explaining briefly why we're fighting for Sam ...
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Sam: Half of a ship

Sam is also a part of the "ship" known as the S.S. Endurance , developed around her relationship with Lara ...
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