Zip

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Zip
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Occupation Technology expert
Game(s) Tomb Raider Chronicles, Tomb Raider Legend, Tomb Raider Underworld
Voice Alex Désert (in Tomb Raider Legend and Tomb Raider Underworld)

Zip is an old friend of Lara's appearing in Tomb Raider Chronicles, Tomb Raider Legend and Tomb Raider Underworld.

He is a computer specialist and helped Lara getting into the Von Croy Skyscraper in New York in Tomb Raider Chronicles. He returns in Tomb Raider Legend, where he supports Lara from home, via her headset. He often gives her hints, making the game easier for the player, which was a major complaint by the more advanced gamers. He works with Alister Fletcher. In Tomb Raider Underworld he returns yet again as Lara's aid.

He should not be confused with Bryce, who plays a similar role in the Movies.

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Tomb Raider Chronicles

Zip in TR5

In Tomb Raider Chronicles, Zip appears in the final three levels while Lara is infiltrating Von Croy's VCI headquarters. He provides hints and tips as to where Lara should go, he is mostly only heard via the headset Lara wears, but is seen a couple of times in the van outside the VCI building


Tomb Raider Legend

In Tomb Raider Legend Zip chats with Lara via the headset alongside with Alister Fletcher during her adventures in the seacrh of the Excalibur.

Biography

"Zip is Lara's right hand man and tech expert. Always in contact with Lara via her headset, he is able to instantly provide her with a wealth of information by accessing various electric reference resources and other online knowledge databases. In his spare time, he tinkers around with electronics, developing new technology that might provide useful to Ms. Croft in the field. In addition to being savvy purveyor of all things "geeky", Zip is also a distinguished chef, and has worked in some of the best kitchens in northern Europe."
Unlockable Biography[1]

Description from the official site

Zip is the tech guy of Lara's team, responsible for providing technical and logistical support for Lara's endeavors worldwide - he's the guy in the van or the server room at Lara's Mansion, and Lara's constant remote companion via radio headset. A wisecracking guy who's part ultra-techno-geek and part street savvy. He used to be over the top, but a few years in prison toned him down a notch and increased his resentment towards all things establishment. A former computer hacker, he works with Lara for the challenge and the thrill of it. He's personally loyal to Lara, and it really is the most fun he can have without getting arrested. [2]

Tomb Raider Underworld

Zip firing at Lara

After assisting Lara in the Mediterranean and Thailand, alongside Alister, as usual, events in the Croft Manor, in the third part of the game, will take a surprising turn.

While Lara is researching the catacombs underneath Croft Manor, a doppelgänger infiltrates it and shoots Zip in the leg. When the real Lara returns from her underground exploration and finds Zip and Winston trying to exit the burning Manor via the front door, Zip deliberately shoots at Lara thinking she has turned evil, while telling Winston to get down. The butler tries to stop Zip, to which he replies "Get off me!" and continues to shoot at Lara. In return, she dives out of the way and pulls out her guns, aiming at Zip, to which she exclaims "Drop it Zip, or I'll drop you!". Afterwards the two have a little talk in which Lara convinces Zip that it was not her who entered the Manor's vault and then caused an explosion.

Zip is devastated when he sees that his friend Alister has been killed by the doppelgänger and in his anger accuses Lara of not caring when she decides to continue on her mission. However after clearing his head Zip continues to help Lara and helps her finding a path to Valhalla as well as Amanda and Natla in the Andaman Sea.

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See Also

References

  1. In-game description in the unlockable character biography menu in Tomb Raider Legend
  2. http://www.tombraider.com/anniversary/ (Official Website) Retrieved on 8th Jul 2007


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