Tomb Raider: What Is Trinity (and What Does It Want)?

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WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for the new Tomb Raider film and the video game of the same name.

As much as Tomb Raider focuses on Lara Croft's evolution into the adventurer we know, the new movie reboot is also about her investigation of the shadowy organization known as Trinity. We're given vague allusions to its true intentions, but we're almost never provided any solid details. It's understandable that audiences might have walked away from the film with more questions than answers, especially after the twist ending, in which Lara discovers Trinity has its claws buried in countries and businesses worldwide, including Lara's own Croft Holdings.

Fans of the hit video games might have seen that revelation coming before they walked into the theater, because that franchise gives us a lot more information about Trinity, so that's where we're going for details: the source material.

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Trinity is briefly mentioned in a message found in 2013's A Survivor Is Born after the player acquires all the collectible GPS caches. It isn't until the 2015 sequel, Rise of the Tomb Raider, that we're provided with more information about Trinity and its long history.


The film describes Trinity quite simply as an ancient organization that seeks to acquire mystical artifacts so it can one day control the world. Although it may sound as if the film has remained faithful to the source material in this instance, the games actually go much further. Keep in mind that the movie needed to mix and mash elements of the games, which is why we're going to help sort cinematic invention from the Trinity of the source material.

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The Order of Trinity is a deeply religious military order that's existed for more than a thousand years, as evidenced in Rise of the Tomb Raider in letters describing its relentless search for the immortal Prophet. That's partly because, as the film states, the organization wants all the world's mystical treasures to ensure that God, and God alone, has power over humanity.

That desire is such that Trinity's members are willing to commit genocide. Any civilization that has ever made use of an object Trinity views as heretical, such as The Divine Source in Rise of the Tomb Raider, warrants its wrath.

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