Raving Rabbids is a video game series published by Ubisoft Entertainment. It was originally a spinoff minigame-centric series based on Rayman, but its popularity quickly escalated to surpass that of Rayman himself. It later became its own standalone franchise starting with Rabbids Go Home.
The first game in the series is entitled Rayman Raving Rabbids. In this first installment, the limbless hero Rayman was captured by the Rabbids and forced to participate in various absurd mini-games in a gladiator-style arena to entertain the moronic bunny masses. As you progress through the game, Rayman uses the plungers he receives as rewards for completing minigames (It makes sense in... Wait no, it doesn't make sense at all!) to build a makeshift ladder and escape through a high window. Even though he escapes, the game still has a rather silly Downer Ending, as Rayman realizes afterwards that he forgot to rescue the baby Globoxes imprisoned by the Rabbids. And then he got stuck in a hole.
The second game, Rayman Raving Rabbids 2, is set with the Rabbids launching a full-scale invasion on Earth. Rayman infiltrates the operation by dressing up as a Rabbid and following them to Earth in order to stop their plans of taking over the foreign planet. The game is more based around party-style multiplayer gameplay, and beyond the opening introduction the plot disappears, even going so far to not include an ending sequence or automatic "end-of-game" credits roll. However, it is shown that the Rabbids are thwarted after selecting the credits roll, as several signs around the world show that no submarine parking is allowed. Thus, the rabbids leave.
Rayman Raving Rabbids TV Party is the third game in the series. In this game, Rayman is for the first time only present in the cutscenes and is not a playable character, further pushing the Rabbids series away from its roots. The game begins with Rayman running away from a mob of Rabbids and hiding in a nearby house. Lightning strikes the Rabbids outside, mysteriously trapping them inside of the TV of the house Rayman takes refuge in. The TV remains constantly powered up and works even if it is unplugged, and the cutscenes of the game consist of Rayman attempting to destroy or get rid of the TV. The gameplay itself is set inside the television as the Rabbids participate in various minigames themed after the different TV channels and programs. The further the game progresses, the more frustrated Rayman becomes by the constant noise and distraction of the TV and attempts to get rid of it in several different ways, causing gradual damage to the television and the screen to crack further and further. By the end, Rayman becomes angry enough to take off his shoe(and his foot, incidentally) and throw it at the TV, which finally breaks, releasing the Rabbids inside and causing the chase from the beginning of the game to start all over again.
The fourth installment of the series is entitled Rabbids Go Home and deviates greatly from the previous titles by being an item-collecting platformer instead of a minigame collection, and it is the first time the player teams up with the Rabbids. In this game, the Rabbids are living in a junkyard and become nostalgic for home. Since they're stupid and forgetful, they don't know where their home is — but then decide that (1) their home is the Moon, and (2) they need to build a pile of junk so they can climb to it. To get stuff for their pile, they raid a nearby human city, stealing everything they can and putting it into a shopping cart. The humans, who naturally don't take very kindly to this, form an organization known as the 'Verminators' to exterminate the Rabbids and get back all the stuff they've stolen. The successful ending of the game shows the Rabbids making their pile big enough to indeed seemingly reach the moon, but right as they're discovering that it isn't really in the sky, the Verminators bomb their huge pile. The pile of stuff goes flying into space, Rabbids included, and the Rabbids reach their 'home' in orbit around the moon. Needless to say, Rayman doesn't appear in this story at all.
The latest games in the series, Raving Rabbids Travel In Time and Raving Rabbids: Alive & Kicking, are a return to the mini-game collection of the earlier titles. The latter of the two is exclusive to the Xbox 360, designed for the Kinect, and is the first game in the series not to appear on a Nintendo Console. These games do not include Rayman, and since another game entitled Rayman Origins has since been released with no sight or even mention of Rabbids, the two can safely be considered separate series.
Nickelodeon obtained the rights to making an animated series about the creatures and co-produced it alongside Ubisoft. The show, Rabbids Invasion, began airing in July 2013. A full-length movie under Sony and Ubisoft was announced in 2014.
For tropes in the non-mini-game title Rabbids Go Home, click here.
Rayman Raving Rabbids
- Rayman Raving Rabbids: Wii, PS2, PC, Xbox 360
- Rayman Raving Rabbids 2: Wii, Nintendo DS, PC
- Rayman Raving Rabbids: TV Party: Wii, Nintendo DS
- Rabbids Go Home: Wii, Nintendo DS, PC
- Raving Rabbids: Travel in Time: Wii, Nintendo 3DS
- Raving Rabbids: Alive and Kicking: Xbox 360 Kinect
- Rabbids Land: Wii U
- Rabbids Invasion: The Interactive TV Show: PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One
- Virtual Rabbids: The Big Plan: Google Daydream
- Rayman Raving Rabbids: Nintendo DS, GBA (the only games that are actual platformers featuring Rayman and the Rabbids when the series were one in the same and the closest thing to the original concept the fourth Rayman game was conceived as before it was turned into a mini-game collection)
- Rabbids Rumble: Nintendo 3DS
- Rabbids Big Bang: iOS, Android
- Rabbids Heroes: iOS, Android
- Rabbids Crazy Rush: iOS, Android
The Rabbids Mini-Game series show examples of:
- Alliterative Title: (Rayman) Raving Rabbids.
- Amusing Injuries: The professor Rabbid in the first game has this.
- And Your Reward Is Clothes: ...and music and plungers. But seriously, Rabbids cosplay a lot.
- Bird-Poop Gag: Happens in the original game; see Chekhov's Gag.
- Blue and Orange Morality: The Rabbids are this in spades. Almost like they're from space or something...
- Burping Contest: One of the minigames in Rayman Raving Rabbids 2.
- Butt-Monkey: Rayman in TV Party.
- Among the Rabbids is also the Professor, with Amusing Injuries to boot. Mini-games "Bunnies Don't Know How To Play Soccer" and "Bunnies Are Overly Sensitive" are all about causing him pain on purpose.
- Same could be said for all of the rabbids, really, as they have horrible dental hygiene, hit each other with weapons and non-weapons alike, and you are invited to hit them with shovels and hammer, among others. Over 50% of the mini-games are all about causing them pain one way or another. Then again, it's not like they protest.
- Casual Video Game: The first three are basically a minigame fest, but starting with Rabbids Go Home the games get more adventurous.
- Catch-Phrase: "DAAAAAAAAHHHHH!" note . Actually more of a Catch Yell.
- Chaotic Stupid: The rabbids act more 'evil' in the first game, but otherwise fit this to a T.
- Characterization Marches On: In early games, the rabbids were evil, Ax-Crazy, Too Dumb to Live, and they just messed with Rayman to entertain them. In later works (especially in Rabbids Go Home and Rabbids Invasion), they're still Too Dumb to Live, but more in the Cloudcuckoolander sense. They also don't break havoc with malicious intent; they just do what they feel like doing, and while they're still a bit aggressive, it's less prominent and they seem a lot calmer. Their talent for dancing has been toned down since their first spin-off game.
- Chekhov's Gag: In the original game, whenever you check to see your current progress on the plunger ladder to escape, a bird comes through the window and flies around before pooping on Rayman's nose. When you finally get all the plungers, this gag looks as if it's about to happen again as it normally would... then Rayman dodges the poop and grabs the bird, and nails a plunger on its rear end.
- Childish Tooth Gap: They act like overgrown kids and all have large gaps between their two teeth.
- Clark Kenting: Rayman does this in Raving Rabbids 2. Justified because the Rabbids are specifically presented as insanely stupid.
- Compilation Re-release: One is available of the first three games.
- Cool, but Stupid: One of the shows in TV Party is called Incredible But Stupid!
- Cute, but Cacophonic: Despite their cuteness, you will get tired of the Rabbids due to their yelling.
- Demoted to Extra: Despite being the titular character, Rayman has had a minor role from Raving Rabbids 2 onward, which has since deteriorated to the point that he's no longer a part of the series at all. Perhaps the best example of this is Rayman Raving Rabbids: TV Party, where Rayman isn't even in any of the actual gameplayhe's only seen in the cutscenes.
- The Ditz: The Rabbids are adorably moronic.
- Early Installment Weirdness:
- They were originally explicitly from Rayman's world. Starting from Rabbids Go Home, this has been dropped in favor of them living in a world similar to ours, with the main Rayman games now more-or-less ignoring the Rabbids.
- In the first game, Rayman was the only playable character, with the Rabbids being the main antagonists; the closest one could come to playing as the Rabbids was dressing Rayman up as one. Starting with the second game, the Rabbids became the main playable characters alongside Rayman as an option, before Rayman was excluded as a playable character entirely.
- The original game serves as a bit of Early Installment Weirdness for the Wii itself, being presented in 4:3 instead of the 16:9 ratio that was standard for seventh-generation console games.
- The Rabbids as characters have had quite a development from their early days til present time. Early on the Rabbids were emphasized as being incredible dancers which, while occasionally seen, has been downplayed immensely in later installments. They were also outright evil/malicious characters with anger problems, whilst less so later on, being more stupid and/or mean in their demeanor. Come the Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle spinoff, and they outright help Mario defeat corrupted Rabbids and restore peace in the Mushroom Kingdom, essentially being the good guys.
- Genius Ditz: The Rabbids suck at everything except dancing.
- Genre-Busting: The first game has various mini-games that differs in different genres, all from G-rated First-Person Shooter to Racing.
- Gilded Cage: In the first game, as Rayman goes through the days, completing minigames and earning the Rabbids' respect, his dingy jail cell starts to look better and better, with new wallpaper, a nice carpet, an extravagant jukebox and all sorts of nice gifts. Yet despite it all, Rayman is still the Rabbids' plaything, and his main goal is still escaping.
- Gladiator Games: The first Rabbids game is a spoof on this.
- Go-Karting with Bowser: In the first game, Rayman plays various minigames with his supposed enemies, the Rabbids, including leisurely ones like volleyball.
- Hair-Raising Hare: the Raving Rabbids themselves (though probably they weren't intended to be scary.)
- Hub Level: Travel In Time has a museum as its hub.
- Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Well, not "episode" naming per se, but all the minigames in the first game start with "Bunnies", all reading out like some "fact" about them (Bunnies Don't Give Gifts, Bunnies Helped Tame the Wild West, etc).
- Killer Rabbit
- Lawyer-Friendly Cameo: A plethora of them in TV Party: B.R.U.S.H, Star Worse, Dawn of the Rabbids, need I go on?
- Meaningful Name: They are rabbits who are rabid, aka aggressive.
- Missing Secret: The first game's Downer Ending put off many people, but there's a rumor that there's a hidden, happier ending by getting 100% Completion on every minigame. Sadly, there's a glitch in one of the dance mini-games which prevents said completion, but it's been proven that this 'secret ending' is nonexistent after all. It is possible to get 100% Completion, but then you'll have to be really patient if you're going to beat the bug.
- No Fourth Wall:
- The Rabbids have been known to break the fourth wall on numerous occasions. Most notably in the intro to Rayman Raving Rabbids 2, where a Rabbid takes out a copy of the first Raving Rabbids game to confirm his suspiscions on Rayman's identity.
- The title screen in Rayman Raving Rabbids TV Party has a 2D animated Rabbid that appears to be messing with your television by playing with the volume, brightness and screen calibration.
- There's also a Rabbid literally trapped inside your Wii remote in Rabbids Go Home, which the player can interact with by shaking the remote around and pressing different buttons to make the Rabbid react.
- The graphic novels by French writers Thitaume and Pujol probaly has the greatest amount of fourth wall breaks by the Rabbids. A notable example is the official teaser for the first volume of the comic.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: Rayman in Rayman Raving Rabbids 2, by putting socks over his hair and inhaling helium to look and sound like a Rabbid.
- Police Lineup: One of the minigames in Rayman Raving Rabbids 2.
- Product Placement: Capri Sun juice shows up in TV Party and Rabbids Go Home.
- Punny Name:
- Half the Rabbid names in Rumble.
- The name of the Rabbids themselves is a combination between the words "rabbit" and "rabid".
- Rage Against the Author: This video features the Rabbids viciously beating down Michel Ancel as he tries to explain the early development of the game as a Rayman platformer.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning - The Rabbids act somewhat normal, until they scream and their eyes turn red.
- Spin-Off: The dance game in TV Party proved popular enough to create Just Dance.
- Sudden Downer Ending: The first game ends with Rayman successfully escaping the Rabbids' prison. While savouring his newfound freedom however, he comes across the area where he and the baby Globoxes were having their picnic, and suddenly realises he forgot to save most of them. Rayman then attempts to go back through one of the holes made by the Rabbids, only to get stuck.
- The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You: In "TV Party", your progression is represented by cracks on your TV screen.
- Inverted in an advert mini-game in "TV Party": You can slap a Rabbid in the face, and the bunny will have the buttons of the Wii remote imprinted on his cheek.
- The Unfought: Sergei the giant, black, unstoppable Rabbid from the first game. Sure, he participates in some minigames, but he's never actually fought in the Bunny Hunt minigames.
- Too Dumb to Live: The Rabbids. In the first game, they were evil as well, but in later installments they are more dumb than evil.
- Too Kinky to Torture: If you torture them in Rabbids Go Home, they will enjoy it immensely.
- Trapped in TV Land: In "TV Party".
- Unwinnable by Mistake: In the Score Mode of the first game, you can get up to 1000 points on each minigame based on how well you perform. These points accumulate over time and unlock extras such as videos and minigame tournaments. Some of the minigames have perfect score requirements that are higher than is physically possible to earn, even if you achieve a perfect score. For instance, in "Bunnies dansa la Bamba," you can only earn 995 of the 1000 possible points with a perfect score. As such, it is impossible to reach the full 183,000 points and get 100% without hacking.
- Voice Grunting: The Rabbids in pretty much every single game they appear.
- Wholesome Crossdresser: Rayman can dress as a grandma in the first game, complete with pearls, beehive hairdo and tacky green dress.