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Still on Planet Earth, the Rabbids no longer wish to harass [[Rayman]] in ''[[Rabbids Go Home]]'', and as the title suggests, they want to go home, but they don't know where they actually come from.  They become attracted to the moon, and therefore make an attempt to reach it by collecting piles upon piles of human things with a shopping trolley.
 
Still on Planet Earth, the Rabbids no longer wish to harass [[Rayman]] in ''[[Rabbids Go Home]]'', and as the title suggests, they want to go home, but they don't know where they actually come from.  They become attracted to the moon, and therefore make an attempt to reach it by collecting piles upon piles of human things with a shopping trolley.
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Rabbids appear as playable characters in the 2009 soccer game ''Academy of Champions''. There is an entire team of them, as well as a single Rabbid that runs the item shop.
  
 
==Merchandise==
 
==Merchandise==

Revision as of 22:22, 17 January 2010

Rabbid
Rabbid.jpg
Alignment Bad

Appears in RRR, RRR2, TV Party, Go Home
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Sex {{{sex}}}
Species Rabbid
Status Going home

Relatives {{{relatives}}}

Unlock criteria {{{Unlock criteria}}}

Rabbids are rabbit-like creatures that appear in the Rayman universe. The name is a portmanteau of 'rabid' and 'rabbit', though in the games, they are often referred to as Bunnies. They primarily appear in a spin-off series known as Rayman Raving Rabbids. They are seen as 'anti-mascots' to Ubisoft.

History

The Rabbids were first introduced in a series of teaser images and videos for Rayman Raving Rabbids (then meant to be the next major platforming adventure in the Rayman series) officially released by Ubisoft in April 2006, in which they were portrayed as zombie-like enemies that were set to take over the world, akin to the Robo-Pirate Army and Hoodlums. By the time the final game was released in December that year, it turned out to be a compilation of mini-games akin to the Mario Party series due to the game being a Wii release game, and while the Rabbids were still portrayed as crazed animals that tried to take over the world, their main purpose now was to provide comic relief. Three more games featuring Rabbids were subsequently announced - Rayman Raving Rabbids 2 in 2007, Rayman Raving Rabbids TV Party in 2008, and Rabbids Go Home in 2009. A fourth game in the Raving Rabbids series has also been announced.

Biology

Origin

In the main series, not much is known about where the Rabbids had originally come from, in fact, not even they know, as Rabbids Go Home suggests. However, at an early point in the Gameboy Advance version of Rayman Raving Rabbids, Ly the Fairy explains that the Rabbids were once peaceful creatures in Rayman's world that had gradually been bullied by other creatures, therefore going bad and taking their pain out on the entire world. The back cover of the main game also suggests that the Rabbids used to be peaceful but had turned bad, though the game doesn't explain how.

Appearance

Usually, Rabbids resemble albino rabbits in the sense that they have white fur and hairless bellies, mouths and the insides of their ears, though a few others can come in different colours such as grey, brown and even blue, yellow, red and green. Either way, they all have dark blue eyes which turn red when they turn mad, and they also have two giant buckteeth. Most of them are nearly as tall as Rayman is, their long ears included, though some others can be bigger or smaller; another few can look completely different from the others altogether, such as Serguei.

While most Rabbids tend to go naked, some like to dress up in costumes to tell themselves apart, such as Superbunnies and the Sam Fisher (from Splinter Cell) Rabbids. Notably in Rayman Raving Rabbids 2, costumes, mostly based on geographical stereotypes and film characters, can be unlocked and worn when playing the game as them.

Behaviour

Most of the time, the Rabbids are portrayed as moronic and easily amused. While they often see Rayman as their enemy, they tend to attack each other as well. They are also very gullible and often get tricked into getting abused (for example, in Bunnies Like Surprises), though often they try to trick Rayman themselves, as well as abuse other animals, namely pigs, sheep, cows and Baby Globoxes - they also abuse humans in Rayman Raving Rabbids 2 and Rabbids Go Home. They also don't understand how many of the objects they encounter work and often behave very immaturely (for example, burping, throwing things at others, and babbling loudly when asked to keep quiet). One of the Rabbids' favourite passtimes is dancing, and many can barely resist the sound of music - namely in Rayman Raving Rabbids, turning on a radio in the Bunny Hunts will distract some of them to Rayman's advantage.

They also share some traits of real rabbits, such as eating carrots and burrowing.

Speech

Typically, the Rabbids do not speak anything decipherable at all, and mostly communicate by screaming at the top of their voices. However, a few may have learned to "sing" in English, as throughout the games (Rabbids Go Home may be an exception), they dance to songs that have been vocally pitched to sound as if they sung them. The novelty single Making Fun (Of Everyday Life) also suggests this.

Diet

While Rabbids tend to enjoy carrots, a stereotypical trait among fictional rabbits, they are also known to practically eat anything, including things that are not food, such as sardine cans. Carrot juice however seems to have a sedating effect on them, as the minigame Bunnies Are Addicted To Carrot Juice seems to suggest.

Videogame Appearances

Rayman Raving Rabbids

In Rayman Raving Rabbids, the Rabbids suddenly start capturing the Baby Globoxes that accompany Rayman during a picnic one day, and then ambush him and take him away to their Colosseum, where they force him to perform several daily trials for their entertainment. At the end of each successful day, they reward Rayman with a plunger, which he uses to help himself escape.

Rayman Raving Rabbids 2

In Rayman Raving Rabbids 2, the Rabbids now have a new target - Planet Earth. They spend a lot of time trying to study human traits, until their base - a shopping mall - is infiltrated by Rayman who chooses to behave the same way as them when they grow suspicious on his makeshift Rabbid costume. Oddly enough, they grow accustomed to his presence, despite not actually wearing the costume after the introduction scene.

Rayman Raving Rabbids TV Party

In Rayman Raving Rabbids TV Party, the Rabbids continue to focus on harassing Rayman, forcing him to take refuge in a cabin. A bolt of lightning strikes them outside, and transfers them into the television set inside. Unsure about how to get out, they use it to constantly annoy not only Rayman but also some neighbouring animals.

Rabbids Go Home

Still on Planet Earth, the Rabbids no longer wish to harass Rayman in Rabbids Go Home, and as the title suggests, they want to go home, but they don't know where they actually come from. They become attracted to the moon, and therefore make an attempt to reach it by collecting piles upon piles of human things with a shopping trolley.

Academy of Champions"

Rabbids appear as playable characters in the 2009 soccer game Academy of Champions. There is an entire team of them, as well as a single Rabbid that runs the item shop.

Merchandise

Several Raving Rabbids products have been made and sold in the past three years, and include the following.

  • A set of 4 figurines, consisting of a normal Rabbid, a screaming one, one dressed as Sam Fisher from Splinter Cell, and one dressed as Altair from Assassin's Creed.
  • Another set of figurines were available at least in the United Kingdom, where they were given as free gifts for every purchase of Rayman Raving Rabbids for the Wii. [1]
  • In Spain, Portugal and the UK, a collection of 30 small Rabbids figurines are available, and each Rabbid follows a certain geographical stereotype.
  • In France and Germany, a CD single was released in 2007 to coincide with the release of Rayman Raving Rabbids 2, called Making Fun (Of Everyday Life).
  • Several plush dolls, phone straps and the like can be found on auction sites such as eBay, mainly originating from Australia and Hong Kong, but whether or not they are official is currently unknown.
  • An official Ubi Art bag
  • In Germany, a calender for 2010 is available courtesy of Panini.
  • Other official merchandise, such as T-shirts, was given as prizes in Ubisoft competitions.

Cameos

  • A picture of a Rabbid can be seen on a purchasable cot as a cameo in the Nintendo DS game Imagine: Babies, which was developed by Visual Impact Productions, the developing studio behind the Game Boy Advance version of Rayman Raving Rabbids. The game was also published by Ubisoft.
  • Three Rabbids - two of which dress as a ninja and Sam Fisher from Splinter Cell - will be playable characters in the upcoming Ubisoft title, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Smash-Up!.
  • In the Ubisoft title, Academy of Champions, not only will one Rabbid appear in the Ubisoft team, there will also be a team consisting entirely of Rabbids. One Rabbid also runs the Item Shop.