The Rabbids (ラビッツ, Rabbits; Lapins Crétins (Moronic Rabbits) in French) are recurring characters in Ubisoft's Rayman franchise. Initially antagonists, they eventually were given their own spin-off franchise.
Originally designed as ominous creatures for the unreleased platformer Rayman 4, the Rabbids were reworked in the final release, a party game known as Rayman Raving Rabbids, as more child-friendly and goofy mascot-like characters, and they gained enough popularity to take the focus away from Rayman in later titles, spawn an animated series on Nickelodeon, and eventually overshadow him starting with 2009's Rabbids Go Home. Their most critically-acclaimed appearance is Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle, a turn-based strategy game featuring Mario characters, as well as their Rabbid counterparts, such as Mario, Luigi, Yoshi, Peach, Cranky Kong, and Donkey Kong. As "anti-mascots" of sorts to the French studio, they have also made cameos in other Ubisoft games including as inanimate toys in Watch Dogs and Far Cry 5; playable characters with weaponry from the Splinter Cell franchise in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Smash-Up!; a cheat code in Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag; and even a brief return to the Rayman franchise as enemies in the mobile game Rayman Adventures. Additionally, the Rabbids have also had appearances in the game series Just Dance, featuring in dances such as Here Comes the Hotstepper, Love Is All and in the exclusive alternate version of Naughty Girl on Switch where the dancer is replaced by Rabbid Peach. The Rabbids' multiple appearances in Just Dance may be due to the franchise being created due to a minigame in Rayman Raving Rabbids.
The Rabbids themselves are depicted as immature and childlike, often pulling sophomoric pranks involving plungers, underwear and toilet paper among other juvenile items. They are known for their distinctive "bwah" screech and singing along to popular pop songs.
As a costume
In the January 16th, 2020 Smash Bros. presentation, the Rabbids were revealed to be a Mii Costume headwear. Similarly to Slime, the ears of the hat bounce when in motion. The reveal trailer references Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle, showing a Mii Brawler wearing the hat using a Rage Blaster against Ray Gun-wielding Mario, as well as the original Rayman Raving Rabbids games with a plunger from Luigi's tether grab.
Rabbid Peach and Rabbid Mario as they appear in Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle and Rabbid Kong as he appears in Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle - Donkey Kong Adventure appear as spirits.