Game Type: Side-Scrolling Action Platformer
Release Date: 1995
Jebus, this is what graphics have turned into these days...
-Rayman is a curious one- he was created after the peak of the "Action Platformer" style of side-scrolling game, AND his debut was on the friggin' Atari Jaguar of all things. This made Rayman one of the only good games for that infamous system. In fact, I sort of associated the Jaguar WITH Rayman, like it was the Mascot/Killer App for the system... except the PlayStation version came out shortly afterwards. And funnily enough, it has some of the most beautiful graphics ON that system- Next Generation systems are notorious nowadays for having graphics that don't hold up- the Polygon Age was an ugly, UGLY transition period in graphical quality... so naturally, a cel-based game with Next Gen-power behind it would be amazing. The sound is great, too- an advantage of having a CD-based system.
-Distinctive for the fact that his hands and feet float independently from his body, Rayman ALSO avoids the "Animals With Attitudes" thing, as he doesn't really look like anything in particular. His mission is to restore balance to the world when the evil Mr. Dark steals the "Great Protoon".
-Despite coming in at the tail end of when Side-Scrolling Platformers were a big deal, the Rayman series is STILL AROUND- a testament to the quality of the series. The graphics are always excellent and cartoony, and they seem overall well done. However, the series was inflicted with a dose of "Annoying" when they introduced the "Rabbids"- a batch of loud, obnoxious, rampaging rabbit-like creatures. Naturally, as they were... well, loud, obnoxious and rampaging... they became enormously popular with young children (particularly boys, who LOVE that stuff. They're what made a smash of the Despicable Me series, which continued on to Minions, because as it turns out nobody cared about the human characters in those- seriously, those movies actually do damn near Frozen-level numbers). So naturally, the Rabbids are everywhere, overshadowing Rayman himself. Thankfully, they cleverly averted "Spotlight Stealing" status by simply throwing the Rabbids into their own game immediately, rather than replace the main hero.
Role: The Hero
PL 9 (107)
STRENGTH 1 STAMINA 3 AGILITY 5
FIGHTING 10 DEXTERITY 4
INTELLIGENCE 1 AWARENESS 3 PRESENCE 3
Athletics 11 (+12)
Close Combat (Fist) 2 (+12)
Expertise (Defender Of His People) 5 (+6)
Deception 2 (+5)
Perception 3 (+6)
Persuasion 2 (+5)
Stealth 1 (+6)
Accurate Attack, Improved Critical (Fist), Power Attack, Ranged Attack 4
"Telescopic Fist" Strength-Damage +3 (Feats: Reach 2) 
"Helicopter Hair" Flight 1 (4 mph) (Flaws: Gliding) 
Leaping 1 (15 feet) 
"Items" (Flaws: Easily Removable) 
"Speed Fist" Strength-Damage +0 (Extras: Multiattack 4) (4) -- (5 points)
- AE: "Golden Fist" Strength-Damage +2 (Feats: Improved Critical) (3)
Unarmed +10 (+1 Damage, DC 17)
Telescopic Fist +12 (+4 Damage, DC 15)
Golden Fist +12 (+6 Damage, DC 21)
Dodge +12 (DC 22), Parry +13 (DC 23), Toughness +3, Fortitude +5, Will +8
Enemy (Mr. Dark)
Total: Abilities: 60 / Skills: 26--13 / Advantages: 7 / Powers: 10 / Defenses: 17 (107)
-Rayman is a PL 8 Platformer hero who can boost to PL 9 with the "Golden Fist" that allows for extra power. In later games for the series, he seems to have developed a full-on Blast for his powers.