* AccidentalInnuendo: The level where Holly Luya is rescued is known as [[{{Gainaxing}} Crazy Bouncing]].
* AwesomeArt
* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic[=/=]EarWorm: The soundtrack, composed by Christophe Heral of ''VideoGame/BeyondGoodAndEvil'' fame.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3kFgQRiCIZ0 "Tricky Treasure"]] (which also got put to good use in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Js3nXKuErg the E3 trailer]]) successfully combines more 'orchestral' strings and jazzy horn sections with banjos and fiddles.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RHgTe2xS6uU&feature=channel_video_title The around the world trailer.]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BIxBwUUuwZk The Dragon Trailer.]]
** [[spoiler: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5BEed3CCb9I The Magician's Theme.]]]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fa4ixPgzW50&feature=channel_video_title The "10 Ways To Die" trailer]] has more somber music, but it's still [[EarWorm catchy as all hell.]]
** [[http://www.box.com/s/d27ov6xz84znuq5xqq1z The]] (Unused) final boss music.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Rs-CHD5Y8o The Land of the Livid Dead's themes, "Nowhere to Run" and "Chasing a Dream"]]. Think of Music/EnnioMorricone crossed with DannyElfman, and you get the idea.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fOjGoukPvtA The Darktoon Chase]] is one of the catchiest action-themes in the game, with its bizarre mix of jawharp, percussion and string orchestration.
*** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WynmRP3YouE The Sea of Serendipity's Darktoon Chase]] theme is just as good, with its frantic pace, frenzied island percussion, and even some parts of Reflux's boss battle music.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aN7A50fFCOM "Land a Chef"]] fits its level so well, and is almost guaranteed to put a smile on your face.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y2ewUWixZRc Just for fun, here's Heral doing an acoustic performance of that Lums song]]
** From ''Rayman Legends'', [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=52gwzOHXSTQ this kickass Chasing a Dream remix]].
* AntiClimaxBoss: [[spoiler: Voodoo Mama.]]
* BestLevelEver: It's easier to list the ones that ''aren't'' a joy to play through.
* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: [[spoiler: The disco party with the Magician at the end of the game. You just fought your way out of his DeathTrap to come back up to the control room, and instead of running away or fighting, he starts dancing...and Rayman inexplicably joins in.]]
* BreatherBoss: The Mockingbird, even though he's only the 3rd boss. His patterns are extremely simplistic, there's no stage to go through before him, and its phases are very short. With a DifficultySpike boss before him and a boss with lots of TrialAndErrorGameplay and a long, annoying stage after this boss, he's notably easier (although there's no specific order to fighting the bosses)
* CharacterRerailment: Murphy is again closer to his initial cheerful personality in ''Rayman 2'' rather the DeadPanSnarker he was in ''Rayman 3''. Rayman himself returned as a childish HeroicMime like he was in the original game [[BrokenBase for good or not]].
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Edith Up has quite a fanbase, for [[BigBeautifulWoman obvious reasons]].
* FridgeBrilliance: In the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_xzffbl5eIo first trailer]], "the second summer solstice" sounds like a nonsense joke until you remember that the Glade of Dreams like Tatooine has ''two'' suns.
** [[spoiler: Rayman dancing with The Magician at the twist is also as ridiculous joke, until you realize that back at the first Rayman game for the PS1, every boss you defeat than starts dancing to show that they befriended Rayman. Looks like The Magician seemed to pick up on that as well in order for him to escape...]]
* SugarWiki/FunnyMoments: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fvj1HEUSMQ8 The gamescom trailer]].
** [[spoiler: Monster Voodoo Mamma polishing her nails right before you fight her. This combined with the music playing is ''hilarious''.]]
** [[spoiler: The entirety of The Magician's reveal.]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q2KXxGgMPZQ The Halloween trailer.]]
** The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-Cuft_FLV4 "Kal Penn VS. The Kid"]] trailer, featuring KalPenn and hilariously highlighting the ongoing "{{hardcore}} vs. [[CasualVideoGame casual]] gamer" debate. Features several {{Shout Out}}s as well.
-->'''Kal Penn''': "What kind of epic weapons does this Rayman have? A [[VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}} rusty tire]] [[VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas iron]], a [[VideoGame/GearsOfWar chainsaw]]? How about some [[VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity tear gas]]? Or, oh, can he call in an [[Franchise/CallOfDuty air-strike]] on a A-10 [[Franchise/{{Halo}} Warthog]]?"
-->'''The Kid''': "It's the WhiteGloves."
* GodDamnedBats: Pufferfish. So damn much. The timing to hit them is off, and it will take up to 5 seconds for them to retract the spikes again.
* NightmareFuel: Most of "Swimming with Stars" since it's the first level that isn't whimsical and cheery like everything else up to that point. If the creepy enemies didn't get you, then the oppressive darkness and [[http://hosting.raymanpc.com/raytunes/music/077%20-%20Sea%20of%20Serendipity%20~%20The%20Abyss.mp3 haunting music]] will.
* [[spoiler: ShockingSwerve: The Magician being evil comes out of nowhere and with little to no foreshadowing, granted, there is a reason in the beta script, but that isn't in the game now, is it?]]
** [[spoiler: Some of The Magician's comments when you bop his top hat foreshadow his villainous qualities, or at least that he's not nearly as nice as other characters.]]
* NeedsMoreLove: Ubisoft practically set this game up for commercial failure, with little advertising and a whole [[ModernWarfare salvo]] [[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim of]] [[TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword other]] [[VideoGame/SaintsRowTheThird blockbusters]] in the same month, one of them being [[VideoGame/AssassinsCreedRevelations of Ubisoft's own creation and on the exact same release date!]] It ultimately sold a paltry 50,000 in the first month since its release. Across all three consoles.
** It didn't help that some fans [[FanDumb wouldn't buy it because they thought it isn't worth buying if it was originally conceived as a downloadable title.]] Keep in mind, VideoGame/BeyondGoodAndEvil 2 [[NiceJobBreakingItHero is on the line because of them.]]
** Strange thing is, [[NoExceptYes it was actually rather profitable for Ubisoft]], as it was made on a relatively low budget. They've also managed to sell over a million copies then, so it looks like the people did listen.
* OlderThanTheyThink: They had intended to sexualize the nymphs as early as ''Rayman 2'', [[http://raymanpc.com/wiki/script-en/images/3/37/R2_2D_Prototype_Betilla.jpg as this image demonstrates]].
* PortingDisaster: Averted. the Wii version is still just as fun as the HD versions.
** In fact, the only real difference beyond the obvious was a small bit of music. Yes, really.
** The portable versions, however, don't have multiplayer at all. Particularly strange with the PlayStationVita version, where the system heavily touts its network features.
** The Nintendo3DS version seems to be this, with messed up sound quality and worse framerate, if the eShop demo is anything to go by.
* SugarWiki/SoCoolItsAwesome: The game has received extremely positive reviews by many major outlets, even from notorious CausticCritic [[WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation Yahtzee]], and praised for its beautiful graphics, smooth controls and great level design, with the more noticeable complaints being [[FakeLongevity the overly large amount of collectables]] and the lackluster story.
* ThatOneLevel: Some of [[UnexpectedShmupLevel the Moskito levels]] can reach near-BulletHell levels at points.
* ThatOneSidequest: By far, the worst Tricky Temple levels are easily the fourth and sixth. The fourth in particular is extremely trial and error heavy and ends with you having to wall jump up wooden pillars with fires that can screw you over if the scrolling camera doesn't, but the sixth one-ups it because '''at the very beginning''' there are spike hazards at the perfect height to thwart 9/10 of your attempts to jump between them.