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Back to basics.


A Rayman game released in 2011, Rayman Origins is a sequel to the long-dormant Rayman series. As the story goes, it takes place in a world called The Glade of Dreams created by a being known as Bubble Dreamer(Polokus from Rayman 2), who was so attached to his world, that his emotions directly impacted it. Rayman was created by Betilla from the magic of Nymphs to be a guardian of this world.

Our story begins proper sometime after Rayman 2 (Video Game), when our heroes (Rayman, Globox and two Teensies) snore loud enough during a nap to literally awaken the dead. Their underground neighbours (residents of the Land of the Livid Dead) retaliate by invading the surface en masse, imprisoning the heroes and capturing the peaceful Electoons, which in turn causes the Bubble Dreamer to go cuckoo and have terrible nightmares which further threaten the stability of the entire Glade. Rayman and his pals set out to free all the Electoons, cure the Bubble Dreamer's nightmares and save the Glade before it vanishes like a bad dream. You can watch the trailer here, and the official blog here.

This game started life as a downloadable title for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 but as it grew in size and scope it is now sold as a full retail game on the two aforementioned consoles and Wii, with Steam, PC, 3DS and Play Station Vita versions coming early 2012 . It also has 4-Player Co-Op, though it is removed from the portable versions.

A sequel is in the works called Rayman Legends, retaining the first game's gameplay, art style and 4-Player co-op, but going in a more fantasy-based direction, with worlds based off fairy tales and Greek Mythology. They're also giving it a major Art Evolution, with the 2D characters lit by 3D lighting, lending it a unique painterly feel. The Wii U version will take advantage of the controller's touch screen and NFC capabilities, in a similar way to Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure. See the trailer here.

Tropes used in Rayman Origins include:
  • A Winner Is You: What do you get for beating the hardest level in the game? A nymph saying a bad pun and winking.
  • Acrofatic: Globox
  • Action Duo: Rayman and Globox.
  • Alliterative Name: A few of the worlds, such as Jibberish Jungle and Angsty Abyss.
  • All There in the Manual: The website gives some added back story on some of the characters, such as why Rayman has no limbs ( The Nymphs got distracted and lost some of the Lums they needed.) and where the Darktoons came from (The Bubble Dreamer had a nightmare for the first time that created them by the dozens).
    • When the demo came out some clever fans found a script for the full game in it's files, the script reveals why The Magician became evil, and his real name, and at least four costumes (Tarayzan, Uglette, a robot Teensie, and The Magician) that didn't make it in.
    • The website also reveals that Jano from Rayman 2 (Video Game) was created as a product of the Bubble Dreamer's first bad dream.
  • Animation Bump: LOTS. The whole game is basically one big advertisement for the UbiArt Engine.
  • Arc Welding: The first and second Rayman games were almost completely different in terms of characters, story, and even the general way the world works. This game seeks to remedy this, by tying together the elements of the first Rayman game (Betilla the fairy, the Electoons, The Magician) with the second one (Globox and the Teensies, the Lums, the general makeup of the land).
  • Artifact Title: The name indicates a prequel of some sort, but this was removed midway through development for a Rayman 2 (Video Game) sequel. While the game reintroduces characters from the first game, the title otherwise makes no sense in the game's current form. (Unless you think of it as Rayman returning to his origins as a side-scrolling platformer character.)
  • Art Evolution: Legends moves away from the Thick Line Animation of Origins in favor of a more painterly look, to show off the latest version of the UbiArt engine's ability to light 2D characters in real time with 3D lighting.
  • Art Shift
  • Attack of the 50 Foot Whatever: One of the royals is turned into a humongous dragon.
  • Balloon Belly: Occurs to anyone before they die.
  • Beautiful All Along: Voodoo Mama is the final nymph.
  • Blank White Eyes: Rayman grabs himself a pair whenever he dies.
  • Blood Brothers: Rayman and Globox are said to be this.
  • Bonus Level of Hell: The Land of the Livid Dead.
  • Book Ends: Rayman, Globox and the Teensies end up right back where they started when they destroy The Magician's energy core.
  • Boss Rush: You have to fight two robotic duplicates made by The Magician.
  • Bubble Pipe: The Bubble Dreamer has one.
  • Canon Dis Continuity: The game never attempts to acknowledge that the Rabbids ever set foot in the Glade of Dreams, or even mention them at all. Even Rayman 3(made without Ancel's direct involvement) gets a mention, in the form of The Land of the Livid Dead[1], even though the two levels don't share much in common besides the name and general theme.
    • Possibly justified, as Ubisoft retconned the Rabbids out of the Rayman universe and into a different one, as seen in Rabbids Go Home.
    • And now possibly subverted, as Rabbids appear in the trailer for Rayman Legends.
  • Cool Old Guy: The Bubble Dreamer. Cool Shades? Check. Bubble Pipe? Check. Badass Beard? Check. Laidback attitude? Oh, most definitely.
  • Cloudcuckooland
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Pretty much everyone, except The Magician.
  • Cool Shades: The Bubble Dreamer has a pair.
  • Co-Op Multiplayer: With Rayman, Globox, and two Teensies. First time in the series, and one of the bigger selling points.
  • Coy Girlish Flirt Pose: Each Nymph does this before granting a new ability.
  • Creator Cameo: Michael Ancel makes a cameo at the beginning and end of the Dragon trailer.
  • Cutscene Boss: The Magician.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: The Dark Teensie, who wears black and red wizard robes.
  • Dead Person Impersonation: The Magician impersonates Mr. Dark through the whole game.
  • Dead All Along: Mr. Dark.
  • Deranged Animation
  • Development Gag: The appearance of Rabbids in the Rayman Legends trailer could be a bit of a reference to the cancelled Rayman 4, where they were the main mooks of the game before it turned into Rayman Raving Rabbids. The level they're shown in even looks like a 2D version of early screenshots of Rayman 4.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: During the Score Screen of each level, if you get above the first bonus, the teensie will jump up onto the lum meter and starts doing... peculiar things with it as it continues filling up.
  • Eldritch Abomination: Voodoo Mamma's monster form complete with multiple eyes, tentacles and huge mouth lined with sharp teeth.
  • Ethereal Choir: Several songs are full of it, with a choir of Lums and a single gravel-voiced singer in the background singing utter nonsense.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": The Magician. His real name is Ales Mansay.
  • Everything Trying to Kill You
  • Everythings Funkier With Disco: The Magician's theme, it even makes a disco ball appear!
  • Face Heel Turn: The Four Kings due to being corrupted by the Bubble Dreamer's nightmare and the Magician.
  • Fan Boy:
    • Teensie Ray, who is president of the Rayman fanclub, and Globteen, a Teensie who cos-plays as Globox.
    • It turns out that the Magician is a big fan of Mr. Dark, as he is seen with several posters of him in his lair.
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  The Magician: I always wanted to be like Mr. Dark: Mysterious, Dark! ...Um, Dark and mysterious!

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  1. and Globox apparently still having a thing for plum juice
  2. If you haven't figured it out, it's the phrase "to Hell in a handbasket".
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