Bad Rayman

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Bad Rayman
Bad Rayman
Alignment Bad

Appears in Rayman, Rayman Junior, Rayman (Game Boy Color), Rayman Legends
Location Candy Château, Arcane Forest, Enchanted Forest - Invaded, The Winds of Strange - Invaded, What the Duck? - Invaded, Infiltration Station - Invaded, The Amazing Maze - Invaded, Hell Breaks Loose - Invaded

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Resistance Invincible
Attacks Deadly contact

Sex {{{sex}}}
Species Rayman's species

Relatives Rayman (sibling via cloning)

Mr Dark (creator)

Watch out! Mr. Dark has conjured a dark version of yourself! It doesn't seem friendly: I wouldn't try shaking hands with it...

Bad Rayman is an evil clone of Rayman. In one of the final stages of the original game, Mr Dark uses his magic to create Bad Rayman for the sole purpose of destroying his original counterpart. He can only be defeated by finishing the level.

Bad Rayman is referred to as Rayman's Wicked Double in Rayman Junior and Dark Rayman in Rayman Advance and Rayman Legends.

A playable character in Rayman Origins, Rayman Jungle Run, Rayman Legends and Rayman Fiesta Run, named Raymesis, is almost identical to Bad Rayman. Rayman Arena also features an unlockable skin named Dark Rayman, but this character bears little resemblance to Bad Rayman, despite being based on the same concept. Raymesis and Dark Rayman also are evil clones of Rayman. Their connection to Bad Rayman is unknown.

This character became playable in Rayman Adventures under the name Shadow Ray.


Bad Rayman is a clone of Rayman, magically created by Mr Dark in an attempt to destroy the original. Bad Rayman's appearance is very similar to that of the original Rayman, but with different colouration. He seems to have somehow inherited Mr Dark's glowing yellow eyes. In Rayman, Bad Rayman's skin is grey, his hair and neckerchief are pink, his gloves are light blue, and his shirt and shoes are dark blue. He also has a green tongue, which can be noticed by having him make a grimace in Rayman Designer or Rayman Junior.

Role in the games

Bad Rayman in the original Rayman


He first appears at a very late point in all versions of Rayman except for the Atari Jaguar version, when the real Rayman finally reaches the second part of Mr Dark's Dare in Candy Château, and has a spell cast upon him by Mr Dark. The evil double appears behind him, and follows him wherever he goes as well as copying his actions. Rayman cannot stand still for too long at this point, because he and the double will die instantly if they come to close contact with each other. However, Bad Rayman will die as soon as the real Rayman reaches the exit in the area.

In Rayman Advance, Bad Rayman is called Dark Rayman, which has fuelled numerous debates on his real name, and the nature of the relationship between him and the playable character in Rayman Arena.[1]

Rayman Junior

In the Rayman Junior, Bad Rayman appears in the penultimate level, Tasty chase. Betilla refers to him as Rayman's Wicked Double. However, he does not chase Rayman during the whole level, but only makes short appearances and disappears after a certain distance.

Rayman (Game Boy Color)

Bad Rayman also makes appearances in the Game Boy Color version of the game, in which he appears in a slightly different colour scheme; his shoes and gloves are yellow, and his skin is darker than Rayman's. He is found towards the end of the game, in the Arcane Forest. Bad Rayman behaves in the same way as he did in the original game - chasing, copying, and causing death upon touch.

Dark Rayman in Rayman Legends

Rayman Legends

Bad Rayman, named Dark Rayman, makes a return as an antagonist in Rayman Legends, and acts as he did in the original game. He appears in the last Invasion levels, in which Rayman, in addition to having to reach a group of Teensies before a certain amount of time while defeating enemies from another world and avoiding obstacles, must also avoid contact with Bad Rayman, who follows him and repeats his moves. This makes these levels some of the most challenging in the game. Bad Rayman's appearance is different from that of the previous games, as he is now almost completely dark with a purple aura emanating from his body. At certain points, Bad Rayman's crazy evil laughter can be heard, revealing a high pitched, echoed version of Rayman's voice. This laughter, along with other variable noises, can be heard at the beginning of the challenge or when Rayman is defeated.

The lair of Bad Rayman, as it would have appeared in Phoenix Interactive's Rayman 4.

Other appearances

Bad Rayman was intended to appear in Phoenix Interactive's cancelled Rayman 4 project. One piece of concept art produced for the game shows Rayman standing in an enormous cathedral-like building, which is decorated with statues and stained-glass windows in the likeness of Bad Rayman. These depictions show Bad Rayman holding swords, carrying spears, wearing suits of armour and breathing fire. Here he appears to be mainly black in colour, and his eyes are red rather than yellow. Engravings on the walls mention the name 'Dark Rayman'. The artwork seems to imply that Bad Rayman would have been an enemy in the game – possibly a boss, or even the main villain.


  1. Rayman Pirate-Community discussion forums, Dark Rayman & Bad Rayman,