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Rayman
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Species

Rayman's Species

Age

100+ (chronologically)

Sex

Male

Occupation

Hero

Country

The Glade of Dreams

Family

Betilla (creator)

Friends

Globox
Barbara
Polokus
Carmen the Whale
Goth Teensy
Grand Minimus
Ly
Clark
Ssssam
Uglette
Globox's Children

Rivals

Mr. Dark
Razorbeard
Andre
Rabbids
Ales Mansay

Voiced by (English)

Steve Perkinson (Rayman)
David Gasman (Rayman 2, Rayman Arena, Rayman 3)
Douglas Rand (Rayman Origins, Rayman Legends)
Billy West (Rayman: The Animated Series)

Voiced by (French)


Emmanuel Garijo (Rayman 2, Rayman: The Animated Series, Rayman Arena, Rayman 3)
Douglas Rand (Rayman Origins, Rayman Legends)

Rayman is the main protagonist and title character of the Rayman series created by Ubisoft game designer Michel Ancel.

Personality

Rayman has a friendly and carefree disposition, though his personality changes somewhat over the course of the games.

In Rayman, he seems cheerful and child-like, having an innocent expression and pulling a silly face as a means of defense. He does, however, show some fear when faced with bosses.

In Rayman 2 he shows a more serious side, taking his mission seriously while remaining friendly. The Rayman 2 manual describes him as particularly lively with an intense love of life[1], indicating he might usually be more cheerful if the situation weren't as serious.

In Rayman 3, he seems slightly more impatient, aloof and cocky, showing some exasperation with Murphy and Globox, though shows worry when Globox appears in danger and comforts him when sad. He is also much more prone to gloating over his victories, suggesting a vain streak. The Rayman 3 manual describes him as lazy; loving to sleep, mess around with friends and not take things seriously. It remarks that he doesn't really act like a big hero; though the Rayman 3 manual is characterised as having an opinion of it's own, this seems partially true.

As of Rayman Origins, Rayman is an energetic, childish and fun-loving character that likes to beat up his enemies and spar with friends.

Appearance

Rayman is best known for his lack of limbs and neck, having a large head, hands and feet that are nonetheless connected to his body, as if by magic. He has a large, snout-like nose, wears white gloves, yellow skeakers and a red and purple hoodie with a white "O" shape on the front. In Rayman and Rayman 2, he instead wore a purple shirt and a red scarf, still bearing his trademark symbol.

Conception

Jimmy

Despite showing a finished version, this advert describes the story of the prototype

Rayman was originally designed by Michel Ancel and was originally conceived as an avatar for a human boy character called Jimmy.

In the Rayman prototype, the story goes that Jimmy created a virtual world on his computer called Hereitscool. When Hereitscool is nfected by a virus, Jimmy must enter his virtual world and take on the persona of Rayman in order to defeat the virus.

Rayman was also originally designed with limbs. Technical difficulties led the developers to remove them to free up space.

Roles

Rayman

Rayman lives in The Valley with other limbless people, his journey starts when Betilla and The Magician call on Rayman to retreive The Great Protoon from Mr Dark, who has stolen it.

Rayman 2

Rayman lives in The Glade of Dreams amongst limbed creatures, and curiously, he is said to be the only of his kind, with no-one knowing where he comes from.

Rayman and the people of the Glade are captured by robotic space pirates and Rayman must escape in order to save his people. He goes on a quest to collect the four masks awaken Polokus to defeat Razorbeard.

Rayman 3

Rayman sets out to defeat André, a Dark Lum who is attempting to take over the world with his army of hoodlums.

Rabbids spinoffs

In Rayman Raving Rabbids, Rayman is captured by rabbids, a race of anthropomorphic, rabbit-like creatures who force him to participate in games for their entertainment.

Rayman Raving Rabbids 2 curiously seems to be set on Earth, where Rayman attempts to infiltrate the rabbids' attempts to take over the world.

In Rayman Raving Rabbids TV party, the Rabbids invade Rayman's home and force him to endure a week of their own television. At the end of Sunday, after a constantly interrupted football broadcast, Rayman snaps and destroys the television.

Rayman Origins and Legends

Rayman and friends disturb the Land of The Livid dead with their snoring, and have to deal with the army of antitoons and monsters that are sent up from it's depths. As the game it becomes clear Ales Mansay/The Magician is a follower of Mr Dark who wishes to overthrow Polokus. Supplementary material reveals that Rayman was created by Betilla.

As of Rayman Legends, Rayman and his friends have been asleep for a hundred years, meanwhile, Polokus's nightmares have been multiplied. The heroes reawaken to combat the new threat.

Cameo appearances

Rayman, along with Globox and Barbara, appears as a collectible trophy in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. His appearance is a brand new 3D model created by Ubisoft for use in the game.

Abilities

Rayman's main form of attack is his fists, which he can extend a long distance to attack enemies, this and his ability to use his hair as a helicopter were introduced in Rayman 1 and have been a staple since.  In Rayman 1, Rayman has the ability to pull a silly face an incite frenzy into enemies. He can also use blue fairies to help him shrink.

The exception to Rayman's fist ability is Rayman 2, where glowing balls of light were used intead.

Rayman 3 introduces the concept of combat fatigues, Rayman uses magic washing detergeant to transform his clothes and use different abilities. Later in the game, Rayman gains the ability to pull a silly face and make black lums laugh, which turns them into red lums.

Rayman Origins introduces the ability to run on walls, a power given to him by a nymph.

The circle on Rayman's chest appears to be the source of Rayman's powers, it's through this which he gains powers from Betilla, or silver lums from Ly. This circle appears to serve as some sort of key that allows him to obtain the Masks of Polokus and appears in several places carved into stone, indicating it has importance in Rayman's world.

Relationships

Rayman's best-known friendship is that with Globox. Globox was introduced in Rayman 2 as Rayman's best friend, and is described as his blood brother in the Origins reveal trailer.

Ly was shown to be in a romantic relationship with Rayman leading up to the release of Rayman 2, starring in "the most romantic wallpaper ever seen"[2] on Rayman2.com, though the game itself doesn't show them in this way. It's questionable wether they were supposed to be in a romantic relationship in the final revision.

In recent times, Rayman is shown to like sleeping with his friends Globox, Goth, Minimus and Barbara.

Voice

In Rayman, he only spoke during the intro sequence or when he is immobile by saying phrases such as: "Hey, you!", "I'm waiting!", and "Yo, dude!".

In Rayman 2: The Great Escape, Rayman spoke Wandaye, which consisted of some language that only his people can speak. The only English words he said were "Hey!" and "Stop!". Later versions added real-world languages, with the English voice being the most notable, provided by David Gasman.

In Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc, Rayman spoke in real-world languages, with his English voice once again provided by Gasman.

In Rayman Origins, Rayman's speech consisted of screams, yelps, and his catchphrase, while all the other characters spoke in Pig Latin. His voice in Origins is much higher than in other games.

In Rayman Legends, the voice clips from Emmanuel Garijo (Rayman's French voice actor) were recycled, and new English voice clips were recorded by Doug Rand.

In the video "I'm Looking for a Job!", Rayman had a different voice. The voice actor is unknown.

Rayman's first commercial, promoting the original Rayman, was also dubbed into English, but the voice actor is also unknown.

References

  1. Rayman 2 manual page 15
  2. Wallpapers on Rayman2.com

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