Artwork from Rayman Legends
|Designed by||Michel Ancel|
|Voiced by|| Steve Perkinson (1995-1999)
David Gasman (1999-2008)
Douglas Rand (2011-present)
Billy West (1999) - Animated Series
Rayman(JP) is the main hero of the series of same name, and is one of the mascots of the french company Ubisoft. The limbness creature stars a currently running and successful and recognized franchise.
He was created by the game designer Michel Ancel, as one of his many sketches in early career. In 1992, Ubisoft started a project for a co-op plataform game for the Super Nintendo featuring Rayman. Ultimately, the development of the game was shifted for another console, due to technical and processing issues. In 1999, the character would debut in a Nintendo system through a cameo in Ubisoft's Tonic Trouble, and finally months later, recieves his own main release with Rayman 2: The Great Escape.
After that, Rayman has appeared many times in Nintendo's library, even being in launch titles and some exclusives. He also appear as a collectable trophy in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
Story and Character Development
Rayman was first drawn with characters from the golden age of cartoons in mind (with Looney Tunes as basis), his expressions and reactions exaggerated are reflexes of that. Personality though had Indiana Jones as the main inspiration, as "a high-performance hero who keeps a good sense of humour".
The main feature of his design, having no neck, arms or legs, with just parts of his body floating around, was implemented once programmers had difficulty to deal with animations for his sprites. With the removal of his limbs and body connections, was possible to create many more possibilities for gameplay and have a more unique hero.
A trait that differ Rayman of some platform protagonists, is that he's rarely taking his enemies too serious, with a always playful and funny way to deal with problems. The entire universe which takes place the Rayman games have this kind of atmosphere as well.
In the first game, Rayman fights against the evil Mr. Dark, who captured the defenseless Electoons and The Great Protoon, which serves as the source of The Glade of Dreams. In his last appearence in a main game on a Nintendo platform, the hero fought against The Magician, who was causing trouble in Rayman's world spreading nightmares.
Rayman's origins were interpreted in multiple ways through the series, but was revised when Rayman Origins was announced, explaining he is a creation of Betilla The Fairy, once danger of a legendary incident was iminent to happen.
List of appearances on Nintendo systems
- Tonic Trouble - (cameos)
- Rayman 2: The Great Escape
- Rayman (GBC)
- Rayman 2 (GBC)
- Rayman Advance
- Rayman Arena
- Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc
- Rayman DS
- Rayman: Hoodlums' Revenge
- Rayman Raving Rabbids
- Rayman Raving Rabbids 2
- Rayman Raving Rabbids: TV Party
- Rayman (DSi)
- Rayman 3D
- Rayman Origins
- Rayman Legends
- Super Smash Bros. for Wii U - (as a Trophy)
- In Just Dance 2015 , in the music 'Love Is All' by Roger Glover & The Butterfly Ball, there's a background based on Rayman Legends filled with characters of that game; although Rayman himself can't been seen anywhere, the character Sir Rayelot (which is modeled after Rayman's body) makes an appearance.
- In many Just Dance games, Rayman and his friends are used as unlockable avatars.