Nenuphars, also known as Water Lilies, are a type of flower found throughout the Rayman series, though most notably in the original Rayman game. These flowers usually serve as platforms, and are recognisable by their dangling, tail-like stems and their ability to float. Their appearance varies considerably from game to game, but these characteristics always remain intact.
In Rayman and its spin-offs
In the original Rayman game, there are two types of nenuphars, both of which are found in the Dream Forest. The first type of nenuphar is large and stable, and can be used as a platform (they sometimes move back and forth, or up and down). The second type of nenuphar is smaller and does not move; this type is incapable of supporting Rayman's weight. If he steps on one, it will quickly sink, often leading Rayman to his death. There is one small nenuphar found in Moskito's Nest which, uniquely, rises when stood on, instead of sinking. In the PlayStation and Sega Saturn versions, the small nenuphars that sink when Rayman stands on them have red bowties. In all other versions, they have pink bowties, like the large nenuphars.
In Rayman Designer and its spin-offs, the nenuphars are known as Water Lilies and come in several new varieties. These include ones which Rayman can bounce off of and ones which disappears like some clouds. If the player plants a seed on two rows of seed types, a deadly plant will grow instead.
- Steady water lily
- Horizontal water lily
- Vertical water lily
- Horizontal water lily that goes to the left
- Horizontal water lily that goes to the right
- Water lily that disappears
- Trampoling water lily
- Water lily spring
- Steady water lily that goes to the left
- Steady water lily that goes to the right
- Steady water lily that goes up
- Steady water lily moves down
- Little water lily falling
- Little water lily going up
Nenuphars were going to appear in the cancelled 2D version of Rayman 2. They would've functioned the same way as they did in the original Rayman game, but with a unique addition that allowed Rayman to hang onto the edges.
In Rayman 2
In Rayman 2, Rayman rides what appear to be nenuphars in the Sanctuary of Rock and Lava. They are large, pink, flying flowers with tentacle-like vines on their undersides. These nenuphars are shown to be vulnerable to fire.
Three-dimensional nenuphars, as seen in Rayman 2.
In the Game Boy Advance version of Rayman 3, two types of nenuphars appear. One is small, yellow and stable, and is found in the Forgotten Forests. The other is similar in appearance and function to the ones seen in Rayman 2; Rayman rides these in some of the Magmacosm's levels, which are not dissimilar from the Sanctuary of Rock and Lava.
One type of nenuphar, as seen in the Game Boy Advance version of Rayman 3.
Another type of nenuphar, as seen in the Game Boy Advance version of Rayman 3.
In the Game Boy Advance version of Rayman Raving Rabbids, Rayman comes across large yellow nenuphars in the levels of the Forest World.
Nenuphars return in Rayman Origins, and are used as normal platforms. They appear in Jibberish Jungle and Ticklish Temples. Some nenuphars stand in one spot, while others move left and right or up and down.