Her mother is Portuguese , and her father is Japanese , his ancestors having escaped from Yamatai prior to Himiko 's fall. She is a central character to the plot of Tomb Raider. Growing up she moved a lot, not just down the street, but between continents. This had a negative effect on Sam's behavior and as a result, Samantha was often the outsider in school, and gained attention by being a bit of a wild child. Because of this, she was expelled from many of the schools she attended.