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Rayman, look what the pirates have done to our world... A planet of anguish and pain, haunted by evil. A dark place, teeming with fierce monsters.
Ly the Fairy, Rayman 2
As you know, the pirates broke the Heart of the World into pieces. They want to make us all slaves and keep all the riches to themselves. They are soulless monsters, good at only one thing: stealing our dreams that they will never share.
A red member of the Robo-Pirate army.

The Robo-Pirates (or Henchmen) are an army of spacefaring robotic pirates, led by the evil Admiral Razorbeard. They are best known for their role in Rayman 2, where they invade the Glade of Dreams and become the main threat which Rayman must defeat. The Robo-Pirates also appear in several other games in the series, including the Game Boy Advance version of Rayman 3.


Henchman 800

Main article: Henchman 800

The majority of the Henchmen are largely the same. Their head is like a metallic skull with an earring on one side, with a face like the front of a steam engine. Also, one eye is completely black, as if they have an eye patch. Their torso basically consists of a cube-like shape with a coloured vest on it. The vest is slightly torn at the bottom. They have two arms, both of which end in a cylinder-like structure. On one side, the cylinder is hollow - this is where they fire their bullets from. The other side has a large hook, which they often use for swiping at close range. Their two legs have striped pants that are similar to the vest in that they are torn at the bottom. Their feet are basically black shoes with brass buckles on them. Henchman 800s also can hold swords, as seen in one of the Lost Island's rooms.

Henchman 1000

Main article: Henchman 1000

A most perfected version of the Henchman 800. These types of Robo-Pirates bear a number of differences in appearance with the older ones: they have a hand on their right arm instead of a hook, and they are wearing a paper hat and a fake moustache. These pirates usually speak Spanish (when they talk). They have only been seen once, as an unlockable character in Rayman M. The Henchman 1000 main theme is country rock.

Zombie Henchman 800

Main article: Zombie Henchman 800

These are old pirates that have been wrecked and rusted, but still walk. Their vests are a pale, rotted yellow, and one of their feet are missing. In addition, their hook hangs limply off the arm and both eyes are black. As a result of their state, they don't move around very well, and walk in a zombie-like manner. Instead of shooting from their arm, the Zombie Henchmen breathes a green poisonous gas towards Rayman. Zombie Henchmen are very difficult to destroy, as when they appear to be dead, they get up again a few moments later. These are found in Rayman Revolution.

Ninja Henchmen and Ninjaws

Main article: Ninja Henchman and Ninjaws

The Ninja Henchmen are very similar to the others, but have a few notable appearance traits and abilities that make them very different. Ninjaws, while identical to the others, is seemingly the elite of them, and at one point returns to Razorbeard's cabin claiming to have captured 5000 slaves. In the PlayStation version of Rayman 2, Rayman battles Ninjaws for the second mask. Ninja Henchmen are more or less completely black and look a little less square. Their heads appear very different. Instead of a skull, it appears as a tall cylinder topped with a red bandana and gold hook on the right arm. Ninja Henchmen have a lot of life, and have the ability to vanish and then reappear somewhere else in a cloud of dust. They either appear near Rayman and try to hook Rayman, or appear standing back more and try to shoot him. Sometimes they will teleport quickly to different places around Rayman while shooting, surrounding him with bullets. Their weakness is that their hooks are very heavy. If they miss, it gives Rayman an opportunity to attack. In Rayman Revolution, two can be seen in Razorbeard's cabin. Later on, they defend the two generators that power the shield at the Pirate Factory, and once the generators are destroyed, the Ninja Henchmen are no longer seen next to Razorbeard.

Gorilla Pirate

Main article: Gorilla Pirate

The Gorilla Pirates are named because of their similarities to an ape or gorilla, in both appearance and behaviour. They are very bulky, and wear a blue and white striped shirt. They can not be hurt by Rayman's attacks, so usually the idea is to lure them off a cliff or ledge, or to throw a plum at their head and use it as a platform.

Barrel Pirate

Main article: Barrel Pirate

The Barrel Pirates consist of a large barrel with legs, a cannon on top, and a slit with eyes inside. Sometimes they are found disguising themselves, as the slit can be closed and the legs can be withdrawn. In this state, they just look like a barrel and a cannon. Their attacks differ from version to version. In the PlayStation version, they simply fire sets of three large balls of electricity. In Rayman Revolution however, they fire bolts of lightning that can only be avoided by hiding behind something. In this version, they also launch cannonballs, similar to those used by the Yellow Henchman, only it uses a poisonous gas instead of fire. One thing that is consistent in each version is their large amount of life.

Spyglass Pirate

Main article: Spyglass Pirate

This is the pirate who carries out many of Razorbeard's orders. He is unarmed, although his arms are very similar to a typical Henchman's, except with ordinary hands. his body consists of two rough cubes, the lower one larger than the top. The lower one has the legs sticking out of it and a pair of green pants. His head is a basic cube with an opening mouth and a red bandana. Although he has no weapons, he still causes Rayman trouble. Carrying out Razorbeard's orders, he drives the Warships which pursue Rayman. He also controls Clark at one point via remote control, as well as a giant bird-like robot called the Robot Dinosaur in the same manner. Also, in Rayman Revolution, he controls a hemispherical vehicle called the Boss Biditank.

Pirate vehicles


Main article: Warship

Warships are flying Pirate ships that attack Rayman in the Bayou, the Canopy, and the Precipice (and the Echoing Caves in Rayman Revolution). They usually fire slow-moving homing bombs that move about like a helicopter, and can be easily destroyed by Rayman's attacks. They also fire cannonballs, but these are not usually aimed at Rayman, but instead at platforms to blow them away. They may also launch walking shells that run towards Rayman upon landing.

Robot Dinosaur

Main article: Robot Dinosaur

The Robot Dinosaur is a giant bird-like robot controlled by the Spyglass Pirate. It is only ever named in the PlayStation version, but also appear in the others. The Grand Minimus tells Rayman that this Robotic titan was dropped on the Iron Mountains (also known as Gloomy Island) by the Pirates, to search for the fourth and final mask. It is often to be seen walking around and pecking at the ground like a chicken; it is possible that it is searching for the fourth mask in the soil. The Robot Dinosaur is notable for periodically jumping high, and upon landing, causing objects to bounce off the ground. Also, when Rayman is on the walking shell, it chases after him, and runs faster than the shell when going in a straight line, but lacks agility. The Robot Dinosaur can't be destroyed, although in the PlayStation version it runs out of fuel.

Boss Biditank

Main article: Boss Biditank

This is a tank-like vehicle that takes the shape of a hemisphere. It is driven by the Spyglass Pirate in the Pirate Factory in Rayman Revolution, and travels on wheels located on its underside. It fires the same type of propeller bombs as the Warships, as well as a machine gun-like weapon. Also, it can use an attack like that of the Barrel Pirates, at which point Rayman must hide behind something to avoid being damaged. It can only be damaged by activating a powerful gun and using it to fire at the tank.

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