When I first came to the forums my very first topic was about Lara Croft. Everyone said she'd be a clone of Drake. I told them she wouldn't but everyone said she would etc. I made a moveset for her recently, feel free to check it out. I completely agree that Lara Croft should be in this game.
I would've actually thought she'd be on the same level as Crash and Cloud in terms of demand, considering she was just as big in that era, and is the only one of the three who's remained relevant through to this day.
She's done a lot for PS, and is one of the most recognizable female protagonists in gaming history. Of course she deserves to be here. As long as she has her Dual Pistols she's more than welcome in my book.