Admiral Razorbeard

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Razorbeard
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Alignment Bad

Appears in R2, R2: Revolution, RM, RA, RR, RTAS, R3, R3 (GBA), RK
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Sex Male
Species Robo-Pirate
Status Villain

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‘You incompetent imbecile!’ —Admiral Razorbeard, Rayman 2: The Great Escape


The Admiral Razorbeard is the commander of the Robo-Pirate fleet and is the main antagonist of Rayman 2: The Great Escape and its remakes. He also appears in Rayman M/Arena, Rayman Rush, Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc, the Game Boy Advance version of Rayman 3, Rayman: The Animated Series, and Rayman Kart.

Description

Admiral Razorbeard is the leader of the Robo-Pirate Army, which invades the Glade of Dreams and captures most of the world's inhabitants to use as slaves. He is a short robot with a peg-leg, wearing a huge Admiral's hat and striped red-and-white trousers, and his face sports the large, crooked metal beard from which his name is derived. In Hands Down! it was revealed that his beard was actually made of steel.

Admiral Razorbeard is infamous throughout the universe for invading and conquering over one hundred peaceful planets and reducing their inhabitants to slavery; these planets were left as nothing more than interstellar dust, and it is unknown what fate the slaves suffered. [source] In Rayman 2: The Great Escape, Razorbeard and his Robo-Pirate army invade Rayman's world, the Glade of Dreams. In Rayman: The Animated Series, however, Razorbeard works at a circus, as a mere servant to the Ringmaster, Rigatoni; this starkly contrasts with his role in the games, and it is unclear whether the events of the animated series are part of the game series's continuity. In Rayman M, it was revealed that Razorbeard has a wife, aptly named Razorwife, who can be unlocked as a playable character in the game.

According to the manual for Rayman Arena, Razorbeard has a mother, who detests Razorwife and blames her for her son's failure in his evil career.

Videogame appearances

Rayman 2/Rayman Revolution

Admiral Razorbeard is the commander of the Robo-Pirate army. Prior to the game's opening, the Robo-Pirates, who originate in the depths of space, arrive in the Glade of Dreams and begin enslaving its inhabitants. Rayman, Globox and a few other members of the resistance attack the Robo-Pirates in their encampment at the Great Forest. However, at this time the Pirates destroy the Heart of the World, scattering its 1000 constituent Yellow Lums across the world. The Heart's destruction causes Rayman to lose most of his powers, and the Pirates capture him. Rayman encounters Razorbeard, apparently for the first time, and they exchange threats and vows of enmity. At the beginning of the game, Globox and Ly the Fairy help Rayman to escape. Throughout the rest of the game, Razorbeard spends most of his time in the Buccaneer, where he sits on his throne, waiting for his lackey to give him news of Rayman's whereabouts. At one point in the game, he eats a Yellow Lum, reducing the maximum number on the on-screen counter from 1000 to 999; owever, this Yellow Lum Yellow Lum is later found in the Tomb of the Ancients. Razorbeard often calls for his lackey to send Warships out to capture Rayman, and his frustration with Rayman's constant evasion leads him to issue orders for the hero's return to him, dead or alive.

At a later point in the game, Razorbeard receives a very special visitor; this is the general from Tonic Trouble, making a cameo appearance in Rayman 2. This guest offers to sell the Admiral the Grolgoth, a powerful pilot-controlled robot which could be used to kill Rayman. Razorbeard fantasises about the robot shaking Rayman to death, and decides to purchase it. He then lures Rayman to the Crow's Nest using Globox as bait, and after a lengthy battle, the Grolgoth is eventually destroyed. Razorbeard flees in a flying escape pod after activating the Grolgoth's self-destruct function, which destroys the Buccaneer entirely. Rayman survives the explosion, while Razorbeard flees into space, and is seen flying beyond the stars in the credits sequence. His current whereabouts are unknown.

Rayman M

Razorbeard is one of the five playable characters that are initially available. His wife, Razorwife, is unlockable to play.

Rayman 3 (GBA version)

Razorbeard is the main villain and has a similar role as he did in Rayman 2. At the end of the game, Rayman fights him in another Grolgoth in the Heart of the Ancients.

Rayman 3

Razorbeard makes a cameo appearance in the third part of the Hoodlum Headquarters, along with several of his servants. In here, what appear to be statues of him and his robots are standing at a large table, all in different positions, creating a parody of Leonardo da Vinci's famous painting, The Last Supper, with Razorbeard in the place of Jesus. This is only an Easter egg; the statues are covered in cobwebs and do not move or speak.

Rayman Kart

Razorbeard as he appears in Rayman Kart

Razorbeard is one of six playable characters in Rayman Kart, a racing game designed for certain mobile phones. As of 2009, this is his latest appearance in the Rayman series.

Rayman Arena (GameCube and Xbox) description

Profession: THE Bad Guy.
Likes: His job as Master of the World, sailing without a compass, and when his wife goes on vacation without him.
Dislikes: Rayman, doing the dishes in front of his men, and his wife's rolling pin.
Address: Villa "Home Sweet Home" – the one with the carnivorous plants.

Non-game Appearances

Razorbeard makes a fairly brief appearance in the Rayman: The Animated Series episode "Lac-Mac Napping", in which, as opposed to his role in Rayman 2, he is a mere lackey to Rigatoni. His physical appearance has also changed, such as having a mouth (which was strangely under his beard), and a non-robotic voice, but he still retains his irritable personality. He is voiced by Carlos Alazraqui in the TV series.

Trivia

  • At an early stage during Rayman 2's production, Razorbeard's original name was Razor Face.
  • According to an official Rayman 2 website, even with his arms raised his height doesn't reach 1,20m. It was also said that Razorbeard was very sensitive about the subject.