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You enter the world of desserts where Mister Dark is hidden, guarded by clowns carrying out amazing stunts... Be careful, Mr. Dark is diabolical.
~ The Rayman manual about Mr. Dark.
Mr. Dark is a dark and thieving sorcerer and the overall main antagonist of the Rayman video game series, serving as the main antagonist of the original Rayman and the unseen overarching antagonist of both Rayman Origins and Rayman Legends, as the Magician is following his example.
In the original, he stole the Great Protoon, scattered the Electoons across the world, and kidnapped Betilla the Fairy. His actions lead Rayman to track him down and reclaim the Great Protoon, rescuing the trapped Electoons along the way.
Mr. Dark is the main antagonist in this game and is the one who imprisons several of the Electoons, steals the Great Protoon and defeats Betilla the Fairy when she tries to stop him from taking it. This causes all of the Electoons that gravitated around it to lose their natural stability and scatter across the world, as well. As a result, strange creatures came to Rayman's world and started capturing all of the Electoons they could find. Rayman has to venture through five worlds, freeing Electoons and defeating Mr. Dark's minions, before he can fight Mr. Dark in his secret lair: Candy Chateau. Once confronted, Mr. Dark easily corners Rayman by disabling his fists and attacking him with fire magic. However, a group of electoons come to Rayman's aid with a new fist power-up. This causes Mr. Dark to transform into three morphed versions of the bosses. After Rayman defeats Mr. Dark, he fled the Valley. However, he leaves the Great Protoon behind. He has yet to resurface.
Rayman Brain Games
In Rayman Brain Games (PS1), Mr. Dark returned to steal the Book of Knowledge. Betilla the Fairy and The Magician turned to Rayman to find it. Rayman has to go through six different gates to find it. Along the way he will learn how to do reading, writing phonics, etc. Mr. Dark also appears in Candy Chateau in Rayman Gold, Designer, and By His Fans. Mr. Dark was never to be either seen or heard from again up to now.
There is no mention of him stealing the Great Protoon, instead capturing all the Electoons and taking their energy for himself to plunge the world into Darkness and Chaos. Rayman had to venture through seven lands before he can defeat the evil Mr. Dark and free the Electoons. Mr. Dark used fire, lightning, and dark orbs to attack Rayman this time, but he was defeated after a short battle. When Rayman defeats him, his spirit releases from his cloak, withers away and seems to explode. The electoons use his remaining cloak to play a prank on Rayman afterwards.
Rayman Advance (GBA)
As a direct port of Rayman 1, he appears again as the main antagonist.
Though Mr. Dark did not appear, his influence was felt throughout the game. It was thought he was the main antagonist and the mastermind behind the Moody Clouds. In the majority of the adventure, the Magician tricks Rayman and his buddies into giving him lums to power his machines. At The Reveal, the Magician showed his true alignment as a follower who tried to usurp Mr. Dark's position, having renounced the "good" star on his hat and attempting to dispose of the heroes with two robotic bosses. Rayman and his buddies defeated both of them and pursue the Magician, who uses disco to distract the heroes as he makes a get away in his blimp. The heroes fight the blimp only making it fall into the core of the fortress, causing it to explode and seemingly destroying him. While it was initially thought that the Magician and Mr. Dark were meant to be the same character in this appearance, the writer of the game has clarified that the Magician is not Mr. Dark. Outside of that occurrence, the only time Mr. Dark is mentioned is if Bad Rayman speaks to the Bubble Dreamer.
In other games
Mr. Dark was mentioned in Rayman's lore description where it states that Rayman once again defeated him and saved the Glade of Dreams, Rayman also learned that the only way that can defeat Mr. Dark was to find the lost Horn of Lums.
Mr. Dark has returned in the spin-off app Rayman Mini after twenty-five years of absence.
A wicked character, he wants to spread evil all around him by taking over the magical world of Rayman. If he succeeds, he will make the world a dreadful place under a reign of terror and dictatorship.
~ The official Rayman Junior site (about Mr. Dark).
The archenemy from Rayman 1 returns. A stupendous super villain, it was Mr Dark who stole the Great Protoon and sent the Electoons scattering from its orbit. This series of events upset the harmonic balance of Rayman's world and a heroic fight followed.
~ Official site, Rayman Origins.
You're doomed, Rayman...
~ Mr. Dark's famous line.
The rule is simple, every day I'll launch several challenges for you! 3 per contracts. If you fulfill those challenges I'll give you a reward.
~ Mr. Dark in Rayman Mini.
But beware, these challenges are not for the faint-hearted. The higher your awesomeness is, the harder the challenge... And the bigger the reward.
~ Mr. Dark warning the player in Rayman Mini.
Impressive, you've reached the maximum level of awesomeness! Well, I'll make sure the contracts are tough enough for you to fail!
~ Mr. Dark once the player's awesomeness is maximum in Rayman Mini.
Your awesomeness level is rising to high for my liking, thus I challenge you with a new daily contract. This should help pacing your awesomeness.
~ Mr. Dark when the awesomeness is rising even higher in Rayman Mini.
I see your awesomeness is higher than last time. This calls for a raise in difficulty.
~ Mr. Dark if the awesomeness is rising even way higher in Rayman Mini.
So be it, you may access the garden...
~ Mr. Dark if the player wins all challenges in Rayman Mini.
So close... Mwahahaha!
~ Mr. Dark if the player fails in Rayman Mini.
He is the second most recurring main antagonist appearing four times (Rayman, Rayman Brain Games, and Rayman 1/Gold). He is referred to in Rayman Origins, when the Magician claimed he was Mr. Dark in disguise.
He resembles a spy because he wears a cloak which looks similar to his big coat and show his hands at his sleeves, a hat except the rim is much bigger with three stringed balls and eyes below his hat and above his cloak.
It was confirmed that Mr. Dark was going to return in the cancelled Rayman 4 as a computer virus.
In the Rayman Book, Michel Ancel revealed that Mr. Dark was based on the school principal from his childhood, who was always standing there and watching the children with his spyglass; this became the idea of Mr. Dark watching Rayman through his spyglass.