Below, is a collection of Maya Rigs I have used successfully with teaching. This means they all work well and do not break easily. Not all of  the rigs are free, but all are a reasonable priced at under 15$ per rig. ~ Enjoy!

If you are new to animating in CG, you will need to download the free educational license of Maya to get started.

NOTE: If you have a rig you would like to appear on this list, send it my way to be tested.  I only post rigs here I know have the least amount of technical issues and are easy to use with my students. I also lean towards rigs that are 20$ and under since students are not creating commercial work. If you rig costs more than 20$ and you think it should be on the list, I will test it, but it had better be a solid rig.

I have provided videos for each rig, so you may see how it moves.  If you have animated a clip with one of these rigs and would like it to be considered as an example video, just email me.



CREDITS:

 

Mr.Bttons Keith Osborn bloomsbury.com/cw/cartoon-character-animation-with-maya/student-resources/mr-buttons/
Hare rig Arman Musovic creativecrash.com/maya/downloads/character-rigs/c/hare-free-rig

Sharky Rig SonicTK sonictk.com/rigging/
Willy matthew moore matthewmoore.me.uk/willyrig/
Ultimate Beefy creativecrash.com/maya/downloads/character-rigs/c/ultimate-beefy
Franklin Artella blog.artella.com/post/146362195191/download-our-free-animation-rig-franklin-were
Malcolm ANIMSCHOOL animschool.com/malcolmInfo.aspx
Caroline COGSWELL COLLEGE cogswell.edu/modeling-rigs/caroline-girl-download-rig.php#sthash.3XeM9uwD.dpbs
Kayla Josh Sobel joshsobelrigs.com/kayla
Anthro Tiger Rig gumroad.com/l/srLo
Minion Dave cgmeetup.net/forums/files/file/7-minion-dave-rig/
Minion Rig cgmeetup.net/home/minion-rig-maya-rigs-maya-character-rigs-free-maya-rigs/
TEDDY cgmeetup.net/forums/files/file/91-teddy-rig/
minnow rig SonicTK sonictk.com/rigging/
Squirrely creativecrash.com/maya/downloads/character-rigs/c/squirrely-rig
Billy Barker creativecrash.com/maya/downloads/character-rigs/c/billy-barker
Simple Bot ALEX PUENTE creativecrash.com/maya/downloads/character-rigs/c/simple-bot-rig-for-maya
Stewart animationmentor.com/free-maya-rig/
Attack on Titan Leo Ogawa Lillrank gumroad.com/l/IeNx#
PINK PANTHER Karim Kashefi cgmeetup.net/home/pink-panther-rig-free-maya-rig-3d-character-rig/
Ray CGTarian cgtarian.com/ray
NORMAN nelsonhurst.com/416/norman-rig/
Droid MothMan mothman-td.com/portfolio_items/droid/
Malcolm ANIMSCHOOL animschool.com/malcolmInfo.aspx
Bloke creativecrash.com/maya/downloads/character-rigs/c/bloke
Hobo creativecrash.com/maya/downloads/character-rigs/c/hobo-rig
roboter creativecrash.com/maya/downloads/character-rigs/c/roboter
BB8 creativecrash.com/maya/downloads/character-rigs/c/star-wars-bb-8-rig

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“Swing time” Pedro youtu.be/nDDfWDvVROI

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Stuart Davis