Rayman was originally designed to simply be an athletic character with a full body, but because of complications rendering on game consoles, he was left without arms, legs and a neck – his hands, feet and head float around his body. The manual of ''[[Rayman Origins]]'' gives out a new explanation for Rayman's limblessness: the lack of [[Lum]]s had the consequence of preventing the creation of his limbs. He has a huge round nose, and strawberry-blonde hair which he divides into two fronds (three in [[Rayman 1|the original game]]). He has the ability to use his hair as a [[helicopter]], which lets him glide across large spaces and make soft landings. His eyes are dark blue in colour, though in most official artwork they are coloured black; two pictures in [[Rayman 1|the original game]] showed him with lighter blue eyes. While Rayman is unique in most of the games, other members of [[Rayman's species|his unknown species]] are seen in [[Rayman 1|the original game]], notably [[the Magician]], [[Tarayzan]], [[the Musician]] and his wife and child.
Rayman is almost always seen in white gloves and a purple torso with [[Rayman's symbol|a mysterious white ring on the chest]], through which he gains new powers from [[Betilla]] the Fairy. [[Rayman's symbol|The symbol]] can also absorbs the [[Silver Lum]]s created by the [[Fairy|fairies]], and magically opens the pillars containing the [[Four Masks of Polokus]] in ''[[Rayman 2]]''. Up until ''[[Rayman 3]]'', he wore a red neckerchief, which was then replaced with a red hood. He also wears shoes that are typically yellow and white, though the actual designs have changed throughout [[Rayman (series)|the series]]. ''[[Rayman Raving Rabbids]]'' is where he is seen wearing different clothing that has raised a few questions about his ‘limblessness’ as he sometimes looks as if he has knees, such as the [[Skin|disco costume]] with its trousers/pants. In ''[[Rayman Origins]]'', his ''[[Rayman 3]]'' attire was used, but his hood and shoes are a little different.
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