Carmen the Whale is a character from Rayman 2. In every version, Carmen's first appearance is on the Main Menu, making her the first significant character to appear in the game, even before Rayman. Carmen's home is in the ocean, though she occasionally makes trips to the Whale Bay. Carmen's purpose in life is to survey the depths of the ocean, depositing air bubbles to help any stray plants and animals, and in this case also Rayman. Piranhas are very fond of her air bubbles, since they suffer from heartburn. Early in the game's production, she was known simply as The Whale.
|Appears in||Rayman 2|
|Portrayed by||Caroll Rolley|
A magnificent marine creature whose job it is to survey the depths of the ocean and deposit the air bubbles which can make the difference between life and death for stray plants and animals. She is sometimes pursued by piranhas with heartburn, who are quite fond of her air bubbles.—Manual, Rayman 2
In Rayman 2
In Rayman 2, Carmen is captured by the Robo-Pirates and imprisoned in the Whale Bay. Her captors planned to kill her for her blubber, so they could use it to grease the engines of the Buccaneer. Once Carmen has been rescued by Rayman, she makes it possible for him to swim through the huge underwater caverns by releasing air bubbles for him to collect and breathe. As long as he collects them frequently enough, he can stay underwater for an indefinite period of time. In the PlayStation version of Rayman 2, Carmen led Rayman to the Sanctuary of Water and Ice, which has been reduced to a small area at the end of the Whale Bay; in all other versions, she simply leads him to the end of the level.
Carmen's laser prison in the PlayStation version.
In Rayman Revolution, Carmen makes an additional appearance following the Whale Bay in the ocean outside the Sanctuary of Stone and Fire. The rescue of Globox and Carmen is required to access the Sanctuary, as Carmen must chase off a giant tentacle blocking the way through.
Rayman rides Carmen in one of the loading animations in the game; this is the only act depicted in a loading animation that cannot actually be performed in the game, indicating that the developers may have originally intended for Rayman to be able to ride Carmen at some point during the game.
Carmen the Whale appears in early Rayman M artwork.