|“||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: The Great Escape|
|“||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.||„|
|~ The Knowledge of the World, Rayman 2: The Great Escape|
The Robo-Pirates (also known as Henchmen and The Robo-Pirate Army) are the primary group of enemies in Rayman 2: The Great Escape, Rayman 2 Forever, and Rayman 2: Revolution.
This army of robotic pirates, led by the evil Admiral Razorbeard, came from somewhere in the space to conquer the Glade of Dreams. They use flying ships to transform and fight. Many of the ships also double as big flying prisons for captives. The most colossal ship, Buccaneer, is a base of operations where also Razobeard lives.
There are various types of Robo-Pirates, with different strategies, weapons and weaknesses. They usually wear typical pirate clothes (stripped vest and pants) and had one eye completely black, as if they have an eye patch. One of their arm is hollow - this is where they fire their bullets from. However, only some of Robo-Pirates looks like that.
Rayman 2: The Great Escape
At the very start of the game, they rushed into the Glade of Dreams and destroy the Heart of the World to weaken its citizens. Rayman himself is imprisoned and has to escape from the pirates and then begins finding and rescuing all his other friends. During his journey, he meets Robo-Pirates that try to stop him and Rayman has to destroy them. At the end, Rayman fights Razorbeard in Buccaneer and eventually destroy the ship. Razorbeard himself escapes in a flying saucer, but the rest of Robo-Pirates were probably destroyed with the ship.
Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc
Robo-Pirates' and Razorbeard's fate is revealed in the sequel to Rayman 2. Their deactivated bodies are seen in a secret chamber, hidden inside of a gigantic boiler in the Hoodlum Headquarters. The Robo-Pirates' positions behind a long table resembles Leonardo da Vinci's famous painting, The Last Supper, with Razorbeard in the place of Jesus. It is unknown if they are just statues or real Robo-Pirates that were captured and disabled by the Hoodlums.
Robo-Pirates are the major villains again in Rayman 3 version for Game Boy Advance. It is revealed that Admiral Razobeard is hiding somewhere in the Glade of Dreams, with a small group of surviving Robo-Pirates. They also appear as the main villains in Rayman 2 Forever and Rayman 2: Revolution which plots are similar to Rayman 2. They are also playable characters in Rayman M and Rayman Arena.