The pirate leader, he is famous throughout the galaxy for reducing over 100 peaceful planets to cosmic dust. Don't be fooled by his pathetic and silly appearance – his ferocity is unmatched. His dream? Overrun Rayman's world and reduce all its inhabitants to slavery. —Manual, Rayman 2: The Great Escape.
The Admiral Razorbeard is a spacefaring robotic pirate, and the main antagonist of Rayman 2: The Great Escape and its remakes. From his flying ship, the Buccaneer, he commands the Robo-Pirate fleet which seeks to enslave the inhabitants of the Glade of Dreams. Admiral Razorbeard makes substantial appearances in Rayman M and the handheld version of Rayman 3, as well as minor appearances in Rayman 3, The Animated Series and Rayman Kart. Early in the development of Rayman 2, Razorbeard was known as Razor Face.
Admiral Razorbeard is the leader of the Robo-Pirate army, which invades the Glade of Dreams and captures most of the world's inhabitants to use as slaves. He is a short robot with a peg-leg, wearing a huge Admiral's hat and striped red-and-white trousers, and his face sports the large, crooked metal beard from which his name is derived. In Hands Down! it is mentioned that his beard is made of steel.
Admiral Razorbeard is infamous throughout the universe for invading and conquering over one hundred peaceful planets and reducing their inhabitants to slavery; these planets were left as nothing more than interstellar dust, and it is unknown what fate the slaves suffered. In Rayman 2: The Great Escape, Razorbeard and his Robo-Pirate army invade Rayman's world, the Glade of Dreams. In Rayman: The Animated Series, however, Razorbeard works at a circus, as a mere servant to the Ringmaster, Rigatoni; this starkly contrasts with his role in the games, and it is unclear whether the events of the animated series are part of the game series's continuity. In Rayman M, it was revealed that Razorbeard has a wife, aptly named Razorwife, who can be unlocked as a playable character in the game.
Role in the games
Rayman 2: The Great Escape
Admiral Razorbeard makes his debut in Rayman 2: The Great Escape, where he is the main villain and the commander of the invading Robo-Pirate army. Prior to the game's opening, Razorbeard and a group of Robo-Pirates arrive in a Warship to raid the Glade of Dreams. In a memorable battle, Rayman and Ly the Fairy defeat the pirates on board, who flee in an escape capsule. Razorbeard is enraged by this defeat; he and his Robo-Pirate servants practise their marksmanship by firing cannonballs at statues of Rayman. Soon afterwards, the Robo-Pirate army arrives in full force: the invasion begins. Some time later, Rayman, Globox and a few other members of the resistance attack the Robo-Pirates in their encampment at the Great Forest. However, at this time the pirates destroy the Heart of the World, scattering its 1000 constituent Yellow Lums across the world. The Heart's destruction causes Rayman to lose most of his powers, and the pirates capture him. Rayman encounters Razorbeard for the second time, and they exchange threats and vows of enmity. The beginning of the game picks up immediately afterwards: Globox and Ly the Fairy help Rayman to escape. Throughout the rest of the game, Razorbeard spends most of his time in the Buccaneer, where he sits on his throne, waiting for his lackey, the Spyglass Pirate, to give him news of Rayman's whereabouts. At one point in the game, he eats a Yellow Lum, reducing the maximum number on the on-screen counter from 1000 to 999; however, this Yellow Lum is later found in the Tomb of the Ancients. Razorbeard often calls for the Spyglass Pirate to send Warships out to capture Rayman, and his frustration with Rayman's constant evasion leads him to issue orders for the hero's return to him, dead or alive.
At a late point in the game, Razorbeard receives a very special visitor; this is the general from Tonic Trouble, making a cameo appearance in Rayman 2. This guest offers to sell the Admiral the Grolgoth, a powerful pilot-controlled robot which could be used to kill Rayman. Razorbeard fantasises about the robot shaking Rayman to death, and decides to purchase it. He then lures Rayman to the Crow's Nest using Globox as bait. After a lengthy battle, the Grolgoth is defeated. Razorbeard flees in a flying escape pod after activating the Grolgoth's self-destruct mechanism, which destroys the Buccaneer entirely. Rayman survives the explosion, while Razorbeard flees into space in his escape pod. He is seen flying beyond the stars in the credits sequence. His current whereabouts are unknown.
Razorbeard is one of the five playable characters that are initially available in Rayman M. This game also introduces his wife, Razorwife, who can be unlocked as a playable character. The manual for the GameCube and Xbox versions of Rayman Arena, the American localisation of Rayman M, offer the following description of Razorbeard:
Razorbeard makes a brief cameo appearance in Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc, along with several of his Robo-Pirate servants. They can be found in the third part of the Hoodlum Headquarters, in a secret chamber hidden within a gigantic boiler. What appear to be statues of Razorbeard and his robots are seated at a large table, in a parody of Leonardo da Vinci's famous painting, The Last Supper, with Razorbeard in these place of Jesus. The pirates are covered in cobwebs, and do not move or speak. It is unknown if these are simply statues, or if they are the Robo-Pirates themselves, having died or run out of energy.
Razorbeard is the main villain in the Game Boy Advance version of Rayman 3. At the beginning of the game, Razorbeard is revealed to be in hiding somewhere in the Glade of Dreams, with a small group of surviving Robo-Pirates. When he learns that Globox has swallowed André, Razorbeard decides to launch a new invasion, with the intent of capturing Globox and harnessing André's power. At the end of the game, Rayman fights Razorbeard in another Grolgoth in the Heart of the Ancients.
Rayman: The Animated Series
Razorbeard makes a brief appearance in Lac-Mac Napping, the pilot episode of the short-lived cartoon, Rayman: The Animated Series. In this series, Razorbeard is not a primary villain as he was in Rayman 2, but a mere circus employee, and a lackey to Rigatoni, the evil ringmaster. Although Razorbeard retains his irritable personality, his physical appearance has changed; he now has a mouth (which is strangely under his beard), his eyes had pupils, and his hat bears a symbol of crossed keys rather than the Robo-Pirate insignia. He now has a human, non-robotic voice, which was provided by Carlos Alazraqui.
- According to an official Rayman 2 website, Razorbeard is under 1.20 metres tall, even with his arms raised. It is also said that he is very sensitive about the subject of his height.
- In the Nintendo 64/DS of Rayman 2: The Great Escape, Razorbeard's hat symbol is the earlier version that was drawn in the official concept arts in which he appeared.
- In Rayman: The Animated Series, his hat has a symbol of crossed keys instead of a Robo-Pirate insignia because he didn't lead the Robo-Pirates, he was a Mere Circus Employee and a lackey to Rigatoni.