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Characters: Wreck It Ralph Main Characters
This page covers the four main characters of Wreck-It Ralph
. (Note: Each entry is accompanied by a brief note detailing the character's official bio from the movie's site, unless he or she doesn't have one. All characters, with the exception of the cameos, have their bio hidden in note markupnote , in order to save some space.)
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- Badass: Each proved their own feat of badassery.
- Blond Brunette Redhead: Calhoun is the Blond; Vanellope and Felix are the Brunettes; Ralph is the Redhead (he is a brunette, but his game sprite has him as a redhead).
- Color-Coded Characters: Each one has their own color scheme.
- Wreck-It Ralph - Red
- Fix-It Felix Jr. - Blue
- Sergeant Calhoun - Black/Yellow (presumably for her hair)
- Vanellope - Green
- Earn Their Happy Ending
- Expy: All of them were partially based on a video game character or a non-one.
- Ink Suit Actors: While differing in some slight ways, each of the heroes have a striking resemblance to their voice actor/actress.
"Sure must be nice, being the good guy."
Ralph is the Punch Clock Villain
of the popular arcade game Fix-It Felix Jr.
In it, his job is to destroy an apartment building that the hero, Felix, must fix. After 30 years of doing the same job, Ralph decides he doesn't want to be a bad guy anymore, and sets out on a game-jumping quest to become a hero. (Official bio) Wreck-It Ralph: Bad Guys Finish Lastnote (Official bio for Ralph in Hero's Duty) note (Official bio for Ralph in Sugar Rush) note
- Added Alliterative Appeal/Alliterative Name: Well, the "W" in Wreck is silent, so it sort of works.
- All of the Other Reindeer: The Nicelanders in Fix-It Felix Jr. shun him; Felix is the only one in the game to treat him with any sort of respect. Outside of the game, the other arcade villains are decent to him, so it's not like he's friendless, but the cold treatment he gets from the Nicelanders is enough to make him frustrated with his lot in life, and fuels his quest to get a medal.
- Anime Hair: His hair is always spiked up no matter what.
- Anti-Villain: Ralph is only a villain in the sense that he plays one, and is otherwise a decent (if clumsy) guy. This also applies to his role in the game, where his forest home is demolished to build an apartment complex for the Nicelanders, sending Ralph into a wrecking frenzy.
- Armor-Piercing Question: To Fix-It Felix, Jr. when Felix comes down on him because of the troubles he'd been through after Ralph game jumped, making him realize he really wasn't being a good friend to him.
- Badass: In spite of his villainous role that he has no choice over, he's a tough guy with a heart of gold. He gives to the gameless Qbert characters, tries to help Vanellope once he realizes she's even worse off than him, and ends up saving Sugar Rush's inhabitants from a cruel tyrant, culminating (almost) in a Heroic Sacrifice.
- Being Evil Sucks: The Nicelanders don't respect him for a job that he has to do to keep his game going, and he's stuck living in the dump while they get a nice apartment building.
- Berserk Button: He has two.
- Don't call him a bad guy.
- Don't mess with Vanellope.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Ralph can be great guy to befriend, but that doesn't mean he doesn't have his limits.
- Big Bad: Of his game. He smashes the buildings of the Nicelanders, and even throws them. It's actually Justified since in the game, the Nicelanders demolished his home.
- Big Brother Instinct: Towards Vanellope. He chased away the Sugar Rush racers that were bullying her. Even before he met her.
- The Big Guy: Stands 9 feet tall and weighs 643 pounds.
- Blessed with Suck/Cursed with Awesome: His massive fists. Because of them, he laments his propensity to wreck everything, though he does eventually find ways to use them for good.
- Bully Hunter: He does not take kindly to the Sugar Rush Racers' treatment of Vanellope, even when she effectively stole from him. Not surprising considering what he has to put up with in his own game.
- Notably, it's seeing Vanellope get shoved into a chocolate puddle that finally spurs him to action - he understands what it's like to be thrown in the mud and left there.
- Butt Monkey: Ralph endures a lot of Amusing Injuries and other such abuse over the course of the film.
- Catchphrase: "I'm gonna wreck it!". When he gets frustrated it's usually, "Aye yi yi...".
- Character Title: Duh.
- Classical Anti-Hero: Outside of his game character, he is an Anti-Hero of the classical/loser variety.
- Creative Sterility: He claims that he can't create anything, just wreck it, which is why he's reluctant to help Vanellope build her kart. He proves himself wrong when at the end he builds a shack for himself and a little town for all the homeless video game characters, with some help from Felix.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Despite his intimidating appearance and in-game role as hulking, destructive, Bad Guy, outside gameplay he's very sweet and kind.
- Destructive Savior: His name is Wreck-It Ralph, after all.
- Does Not Know His Own Strength: As demonstrated quite clearly at the anniversary party and elsewhere throughout the movie (particularly in the kart factory when he breaks first the oven pump, then the various frosting and decoration makers).
- Does Not Like Chocolate: It annoys him that chocolate is the flavor of the mud of his cake-model the Nicelanders use for their anniversary cake. It becomes a bit of a Running Gag in Sugar Rush.
- Does Not Like Shoes: His outfit doesn't have shoes, and when he wears a tux at the end he still doesn't have shoes to go with it.
- Driven by Envy/Freudian Excuse: Not nearly as evil as most examples, but it's his jealousy of Felix's fame and popularity as a hero that eventually pushes him to seek out a medal to prove he is capable of being as good as Felix.
- Dude, Where's My Respect?: The Nicelanders, Gene in particular, see him as just "the guy who wrecks the building", even though his role in the game is far more substantial than theirs. Ralph himself points this out to Gene.
- Dungeon Bypass: How he gets the medal from Hero's Duty. The player is supposed to fight their way to the top of the tower from the inside. Ralph instead climbs the side of the building, bypassing all the hazards in the process. If only he'd watched his step at the end there... It also counts as Take a Third Option, since he made use of his programmed skill set, which is climbing the sides of buildings and smashing windows.
- Earn Your Happy Ending: While Ralph obtains his medal fairly early on (see Dungeon Bypass) his victory is hollow and he doesn't gain the recognition and acceptance he craves until he completes his turn and saves the day.
- Eureka Moment: After he finally gets to stay in the penthouse, he notices Vanellope's game - and the fact that she's painted on the side of the cabinet.
- Expy: Ralph himself is basically a human Donkey Kong.
- Also, his name is similar to that of obscure franchise Hammerin' Harry complete with similar catchphrases. And indeed, the beginning of the film shows Ralph's house getting demolished to make place for a series of apartments, which is exactly what happens to Hammerin' Harry at the beginning of the game. Observe.
- Face Palm: When teaching Vanellope how to drive, he can be seen doing one when she rams her kart into a pretzel column.
- Fiery Redhead: In the game Fix-It Felix Jr. His sprite has red hair, although he has brown hair when shown as a CGI character.
- The Giant: As some of the other tropes here make clear, Ralph is huge.
- Gentle Giant: Ralph's big and scary-looking, but outside of work he's a nice and genuinely caring man.
- Guest Fighter: Ralph is a playable character in Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed, presumably in return for Sonic's appearance in the film.
- Hair Color Dissonance: Ralph's Fix-It Felix Jr. sprite has red hair, while he normally has brown hair.
- Heart Is an Awesome Power: Ralph might bemoan his wrecking talents, but he uses said talents quite well to build a racetrack for Vanellope.
- Homeless Hero: In his game, the forest he lived in was destroyed to make way for the Niceland Apartments. Outside the game (or after the game, rather), he has to live in the dump next door - one of the reasons for his feelings of being disrespected.
- Hot-Blooded: Ralph describes himself as quick to anger in the opening, though this appears to be in the context of his own game.
- There are a few examples in the movie's events, such as his "tantrum" when Vanellope can't return his medal, but they don't stand out much because they aren't instances that would require a short fuse to get angry about.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: The Huge Guy to Vanellope's Tiny Girl.
- Ink-Suit Actor: Apart from the brown eyes, he has quite some similarities with John C. Reilly.◊
- Intergenerational Friendship/Platonic Life Partners: With Vanellope. He's thirty and she's nine, according to Word of God. They're also from different generations of games, to boot.
- Lantern Jaw of Justice: Just look at his pic!
- Like Brother and Sister: How Word of God describes his relationship with Vanellope.
- Made of Iron: He can be thrown several stories from the roof of an apartment building, slam face first into a concrete floor, and he'll still be ready to tear some more stuff up in the next level. In the climax, he survives a terminal velocity skydive into the Mentos-filled caldera of Diet Cola Mountain, though he wouldn't have survived the resulting eruption.
- Mean Character, Nice Actor: In his game, Ralph is a hulking, raging brute that fully intends to smash a building full of innocent tenants. When the game isn't being played, he is a sweet, gentle, and well-spoken person who appears to have a friendly and professional relationship with the other video game characters. Interestingly enough, the game actually hints at this in the intro sequence, where Ralph is presented as happy and friendly and just taking a nap in a tree trunk only to wake up with his home forest destroyed, at which point he goes berserk.
- Mighty Glacier: Powerful and sturdy, but relatively slow on ground, in stark contrast to Felix's video game stats.
- He is actually a downplayed version of this. He is fast for a guy his size but lacks agility. His arm and hand movements, however, border on Lightning Bruiser.
- Mike Nelson, Destroyer of Worlds: His carelessness almost brings both Fix-It Felix Jr. and Sugar Rush to an end.
- And potentially every single game in the arcade, had it been allowed to continue.
- Misunderstood Loner with a Heart of Gold: No friends, big heart.
- My God, What Have I Done?: After finally getting his medal and returning home, he finds that Felix went looking for him during his extended absence and never returned, and that his game is due to be unplugged in the morning.
- Nice Guy: To a more natural degree than Felix, since he's not above showing anger or annoyance.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: The main conflicts of the movie are mostly his fault, although he never intended to do any damage. However, abandoning his game, running around Hero's Duty without any idea what he's doing, and accidentally bringing a Cy-Bug into Sugar Rush causes a hell of a lot of trouble.
Fix-It Felix Jr.
"Why do I fix everything I touch?!"
Felix is the eponymous hero of the game Fix-It Felix Jr.
, where it's his job to fix the building Ralph tries to destroy. Despite their roles in the game, he seems friendly toward Ralph after hours, and is beloved by the game's characters. When Ralph abandons the game, Felix sets out to find him and bring him back. (Official bio) Fix-It Felix, Jr.: The All-Around Good Guynote
Sergeant Tamora Jean Calhoun
"It's 'make-your-mamas-proud' time!"
Sergeant Calhoun is an important NPC of the First-Person Shooter Hero's Duty
, the first game Ralph visits on his quest to become a hero. In the game, she, along with the player, battles "Cy-Bugs", the dangerous insectoid products of a failed experiment. She later teams up with Felix to get Ralph back in his own game, and stop the Cy-Bug Ralph accidentally released. (Official bio) Sergeant Tamora Jean Calhoun: One Mean Space Marinenote
- 24-Hour Armor: Flashbacks show that she usually wears her battlesuit at all times, even during her dates with her fiancÚ. She only takes it off for her wedding (but still keeps her guns ready).
- Action Girl: On top of being a sergeant, she uses a rifle, pistol and explosives throughout the movie.
- All Heroes Want Blondes: Felix is a hero in his own game, and he's clearly attracted to Calhoun, who's blonde.
- All There in the Manual: Her programmed back-story is never referenced in her game, at least as far as the movie shows.
- All There in the Script:
- She's never once called "Tamora" in the film itself. Her full name is only revealed in her official bio on Disney's website... before the Flash-based site was taken down in 2014 due to redesigns.
- Her fiance's name (Dr. Brad Scott) is only revealed in the credits and in an interactive comic.
- Apologetic Attacker: She is reluctant to continue smacking Felix around to bait the Laffy Taffies.
- Badass: She'd have to be to survive in a game like Hero's Duty, where you've got Cy-Bugs on your tail coming at you from every direction imaginable. They don't call her Sergeant Calhoun for nothing.
- Bad Butt: Bitter, brutal and luckily programmed with a profanity filter.
- Badass In Charge: The non-playable protagonist in her game.
- Badass Normal: Only main character without some kind of superpower or ability.
- Berserk Button: Don't call her "Dynamite Gal." It triggers a flashback of the time she was Widowed at the Wedding.
- BFG: Even carries one under her dress during a wedding.
- Big Good: In-Universe, Calhoun is this in her game: The lead character and the one to directly talk to the first person shooter. She's also this out of her game, to an extent, being the only one of the four main characters to have some sort of military training and possessing a Crazy-Prepared attitude.
- Heartbroken Badass: See I Let Gwen Stacy Die below.
- Heroic BSOD: When Felix tells Calhoun that she's "One dynamite gal", her eyes go wide and she suddenly flashes back to all of the times her fiance had told her that, up to where he died. When she snaps out of it, she tells Felix to beat it.
- Hidden Depths: As well as her backstory showing a healthy love life she reacts to being told about Turbo with, "The selfish man is like a mangy dog chasing a cautionary tail." Nice bit of Foreshadowing there about a particular jealous dog.
- Hidden Heart of Gold: While appearing as a dry, serious Drill Sergeant Nasty, her intentions throughout the whole movie are nothing but good-natured. Also when she and Felix almost drown in Nesquik Sand, she openly objects against the idea of hitting Felix since he's, in her exact words, a Nice Guy.
- Hover Board: One of her means of traveling.
- Hyperspace Arsenal: Pulls out a minigun from underneath her wedding gown in a flashback.
- I Let Gwen Stacy Die: Her fiance was eaten by a Cy-Bug at the altar on their wedding day because she forgot to do a perimeter check. After this he becomes her Lost Lenore.
- Impossible Hourglass Figure: Unless she has a ton of armor on her chest and hips and zero on her waist, her waist is tiny compared to the rest of her body.
- It appears that this is indeed a result of her armor, as she has more realistic proportions when seen in her wedding dress in the epilogue.
- Informed Attractiveness: When Felix becomes enamored with Calhoun, he can't help but comment on how beautiful she is. This is Played for Laughs via his focus on how much more detail her design has.
- Ink-Suit Actor: She's basically a younger Jane Lynch in power armor.
- Iron Lady: She's the no-nonsense, tough-as-nails, and respected leader of her squad.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Sure, she's rough. But her intentions are good.
- Knife Nut: She pulls out a bayonet when she's run out of ammo.
- The Lad-ette: It doesn't matter that she's a girl- she'll do whatever the boys can if given the opportunity.
Vanellope von Schweetz
"Are you a hobo?"
Vanellope is a character from the Racing Game Sugar Rush
, the second game Ralph goes to on his quest to become a hero. She is a glitch and is rejected by the other characters in her game for it, but she still aspires to be a racer like them. Although she annoys Ralph at first, they form a sibling-like friendship. (Official bio) Vanellope Von Schweetz: Hard Candynote
- 0% Approval Rating: Everyone in Sugar Rush utterly despises her because Turbo made her into a glitch, locked up everyone's memories, and assumed Vanellope's rightful position.
- Abdicate the Throne: Less that and more Abolishing The Throne. When she becomes Princess Vanellope, she decides she doesn't want to be, abolishes the royalty and declares it a democracy, becoming President... although, she just 'declares herself' President. An actual democracy would have, you know, elections.
- Action Girl: She may not be a gunslinger like Calhoun, but she is one hell of a driver.
- Adorkable: Her cheeky little smile she gives when she shows off her pedal-powered kart to the other Sugar Rush racers.
- All Loving Heroine: Heavily implied given her profound forgiving nature despite everything's she's been through.
- All of the Other Reindeer: The characters in Sugar Rush mercilessly bully her and keep her from participating in the races because she's a glitch, but then it's revealed that their antagonism is due to King Candy manipulating the game's code and locking up everyone's memories of her.
- Anti-Hero: Vanellope is a bratty, self-centered, impulsive trickster, but once she and Ralph make their deal, she does everything in her power to help Ralph and save Sugar Rush.
- Ascended Glitch: In-Universe, everyone wants to play as Vanellope in Sugar Rush because her glitching helps her win.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: She's the actual ruler of Sugar Rush, and she adapted pretty quickly to racing during the montage.
- Badass: Just look at the list below.
- Badass Adorable: She's a cute little kid, with bundles of energy and no lack of enthusiasm, but she also has an incredible knack for driving. An in-universe example, as Ralph even describes her as "an adorable winner".
- Badass Boast: Delivers a short but effective one before the start of the roster race.
Ralph: Okay, remember: you don't have to win. Just cross that finish line and you'll be a real racer.
Vanellope: I'm already a real racer. And I'm gonna win.
- Badass Driver: Over the course of one night, Vanellope learns how to drive well enough to fight for first place in a race that started without her. As the true ruler of Sugar Rush, she's the best driver in the game, in fact!
- Badass Princess: Vanellope's badass driving skills are paired with her true nature as the Princess of Sugar Rush. It doesn't last: once she's restored to power, she relinquishes the monarchy for a democracy and becomes President.
- Little Miss Badass: Which makes sense, since before King Candy came along she was originally programmed to be the best racer in "Sugar Rush"!
- Bowties Are Cool: Vanellope wears a bowtie made of licorice to tie up her hair.
- Brainy Brunette: Despite her brattiness, Vanellope is shown to be a very clever and resourceful girl throughout the film.
- Bratty Half-Pint: When Ralph first meets Vanellope, she spends the entire scene being unhelpful and giving him lip, and then steals his medal so that she can use it for her own purposes. Once we see how poorly the rest of the racers treat her, her behavior starts to make more sense.
- Break the Cutie: King Candy/Turbo manipulated the game's code, locked up everyone's memories away and made her a glitch, to be tormented by the other racers. Then, we have Ralph, her only friend, crush the car that the two made together, thinking that by doing this, it'll save her. She starts sobbing uncontrollably.
- Breakout Character: The audience pretty much fell in love with her.
- In 2013, there were 63 babies named Vanellope in the US, up from zero in previous years.
- Broken Bird: Her bratty personality is the result of constant rejection from the other racers.
- Butt Monkey: Unlike Ralph, who people hate because he's a villain, she's hated because she's a glitch. Then the other racers wreck her car. And then Ralph destroys her new car. And after that, King Candy locks her up in the dungeon.
- Catch a Falling Star: In the climax, she catches Ralph on Crumbelina's kart to save him from the incoming Diet Cola eruption just as the mountain blows sky-high.
- A Child Shall Lead Them: She becomes President of Sugar Rush at the end of the movie. She was also the reigning Princess before Turbo/King Candy usurped her.
- Confusion Fu: Her random-teleportation glitch gives her a serious edge on the racetrack, and ends up making her the most popular character in the game.
- Cool Loser: Vanellope may be intelligent, enthusiastic, and a good dresser, but everyone else still looks down on her. This is twice-Justified: not only does everyone look down on her for being a glitch, but King Candy rewrote the Sugar Rush code to make everyone dislike her.
- Cry Cute: Starts crying when she discovers Ralph went behind her back and struck a deal with King Candy. Proceeds to get worse until Ralph smashes her car to pieces, at which point she completely loses it.
- Cursed with Awesome: Vanellope is looked down upon because she's a glitch—aside from her appearance occasionally getting scrambled, she's also sometimes teleported several feet in an instant and can even affect the code of things she touches. King Candy says that the players will hate playing as her because of her glitchy nature. Of course, teleporting has its uses... such as getting her and her car off a collision course with a wall, passing through a Cy-Bug army unharmed, and winning races.
- The Cutie: Just look at her. Ralph even calls her an "adorable winner".
- Deadpan Snarker: Given who voices her, not surprising. Vanellope disses out sarcastic quips whenever she pleases.
- Determinator: Wants to race no matter how.
- Deuteragonist: The secondary focus of the film after Ralph.
- Disability Superpower: Her glitching. It usually occurs randomly (and when she's distressed) and is completely beyond Vanellope's control, but in the final race, her glitching allows her to get ahead of Taffyta, Candlehead, and Rancis, causing them to frantically recoil their karts and knocking them out of the race. It then kicks in when King Candy tries to sabotage her kart, inadvertently interfering with his glamour and revealing him for who he really is.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: Vanellope's glitching is almost treated as some kind of illness or disease similar to epilepsy or even Parkinson's Disease by the other racers. She even lies about it and calls it "pixlexia".
- If one pays attention to the timing of when she "glitches", that more closely resembles moments when autistic people might be "stimming".
- On a slightly more meta note, Vanellope's character design is quite anime-esque (in fact, she resembles a chibi-fied version of the archetypical, generic anime heroine).
- Dummied Out: Her code is disconnected from the main code of Sugar Rush, which prevents her from leaving the game. She was never meant to be this way—Turbo removed her connections to the rest of the game in order to take her place. After Sugar Rush is reset, her connections are restored and she is once again able to leave.
- Earn Your Happy Ending: She did.
- Et Tu, Brute?: She feels distraught when Ralph seemingly betrays her and sells her out to King Candy for his medal and destroys her car, but he thought he was protecting her.
- Everything's Better with Princesses: She was the princess of Sugar Rush before Turbo tried to delete her code and made himself the king under the name King Candy. She became a glitch and everyone in Sugar Rush began to reject her and bully her and since she couldn't leave her game she had to live in a cave inside Diet Cola Mountain.
- Expy: In the same way that King Candy is an Expy of The Wizard of Oz Vanellope can be seen as one for Princess Ozma in the sense that she's the rightful ruler of the kingdom and was ousted through trickery, and has no memory of who she really is. And like Ozma she's eventually restored to her rightful place.
- Fashionable Asymmetry: Her leggings don't match.
- Flash Step: Does this coupled with Teleport Spam.
- Freeze-Frame Bonus: In the movie video game, during the last cutscene, you can see Vanellope wearing a violet t-shirt; it's best seen in 3D mode in the 3DS copy of the game, otherwise, it's little or non-visible.
- Friendless Background: She doesn't have any friends or allies in her own game until Ralph comes along. However, it's likely that she was popular with everyone while she was still the Princess of Sugar Rush, before Turbo/King Candy took over her game and erased everyone's memories.
- The Gadfly: At the end of the movie, the former bullies are asking her forgiveness, but she decides to screw with them by calling for their executions. She's kidding, of course, but she probably really, really enjoyed watching Taffyta and the gang spend thirty seconds panicking out of their minds.
- Genki Girl: Can snap between Deadpan Snarker and hyperactive cheering surprisingly fast.
"I'm gonna learn to drive! I'm gonna learn to drive!"
- Also when her real car is built and it looks...off: she utterly loses it with joy.
- Girl in the Iron Mask: Not literally, but she fits the trope down to the letter, except for not being related to the one who usurped her.
- Good Bad Bug: In-universe example. Vanellope eventually learns to use her glitching as a teleport. In the ending, Ralph says the players love it.
- Hair Decorations: She wears a hair ribbon made of licorice and she has various types of candy stuck in her hair.
- Heart Is an Awesome Power: It turns out that her glitching gives her a huge advantage on the race track.
- Helmets Are Hardly Heroic: She's the only Sugar Rush racer who doesn't don a helmet in her car.
- Hey, You!: The Sugar Rush residents constantly call her "The Glitch".
- Hidden Depths: Even with her cutting sarcasm and mouthiness, Vanellope has a forgiving soul.
- Homeless Heroine: "I sleep in these candy wrappers and bundle myself up like a little homeless lady."
- How Do I Shot Web?: After getting her car, Ralph is dismayed to find she has no idea how it works. She picks it up quickly, though because she was always meant to be the best racer in the game until she was Dummied Out and usurped by Turbo/King Candy.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: The Tiny Girl to Ralph's Huge Guy.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: Her dream is to become a real racer like the rest of the characters in her game, but because she's a glitch, they won't allow it. It turns out that she is a real character in the game, but King Candy manipulated the code so no one in the game knew about it.
- In the Hood: She pulls up her hood to mask her face so she won't be caught before she throws her coin into the pot. Interestingly, she's the only Sugar Rush racer who wears a hoodie with strings instead of a jacket.
- Ink-Suit Actor: She's basically a young/kidified Sarah Silverman.
- Instant Expert: She picks up racing immensely quickly even though she purportedly does not know how to drive at the beginning of the movie; in the course of one day she becomes so good that even without her glitching abuse she manages to quickly get past several of the racers with little difficulty. Justified because she's the true ruler of Sugar Rush's world, and therefore it would make perfect sense for her to by default be the most skilled racer in the entire game.
- Intergenerational Friendship/Platonic Life Partners: She and Ralph strike up a quick friendship after he scares away the other racers that were tormenting her and she promises to help get his medal back. Not only is he an adult and she a kid, but his game has been operational for over a decade before hers.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She's a mouthy little brat, to be sure, but she's still very much a good person and a delight to be with once you're friends with her.
- Kid-Appeal Character: Specially for being kind of a surrogate character for the children in the audience.
- Kid Heroine: She is supposed to be nine years old.
- Le Parkour: Displays this during her first meeting with Ralph.
- Like Brother and Sister: With Ralph according to Word of God.
- Magic Skirt: She can hang upside down from a (candy cane) tree branch and her skirt remains static. Justified in that it's made of paper candy cups.
- Meaningful Name: The word "von" is a nobiliary particle, providing another clue as to her true identity.
- The Missing No: In-Universe. Although it turns out that she was never meant to be this.
- Modest Royalty: After she regains her true identity as the ruler of Sugar Rush, she still much prefers her casual wear and is seen as being slightly uncomfortable in the dress when she wears it for Felix and Calhoun's wedding.
- No Social Skills: Judging by her first interactions with Ralph she's not very good at interacting with people without insulting or annoying them.
- Not So Different: She realizes that she and Ralph have much in common as both of them want to gain others' acceptance and acknowledgement.
- With Rancis during the book One Sweet Race.
- Oral Fixation: Sometimes sucks on the strings of her hoodie. Not too surprising, since by Word of God, her theme candy is licorice. Her hair-band and hoodie strings are both made out of it.
- Pint-Sized Kid: Her design is similar to that of a chibi anime character.
- Plucky Girl: So very much. It's heart-wrenching to see a little girl be so brave, despite being trapped alone in a world where everyone hates her for something that isn't her fault. Especially when it's revealed that someone's been pulling the strings on the game...
- The Pollyanna: She puts the best spin on everything, from her pathetic engineless kart to her secret home in a Dummied Out level. And it doesn't appear to be an act — she's just cheerfully convinced that her fortunes are going to improve one day. On the flip side, however, when she gets an actual chance to make her fortune, she breaks almost immediately when Ralph must break her kart.
- Preppy Name: The "von" in her name makes her sound like royalty, despite the fact she's an outcast. Turns out she was royalty all along.
- Princesses Prefer Pink: Played straight then Averted. Since King Candy's castle is presumably hers, not to mention the dress, this seems to be in full effect. Spending time as a glitch seems to have diminished that, though, since she sticks with her original clothing afterward.
- Princesses Rule: It's worth noting that as ruler of the Sugar Rush world she is still Princess Vanellope even though Turbo took the title King Candy. However, this could be more of an Invoked Trope, as it would make sense for a game like Sugar Rush to have the Everything Is Better With Princesses trope.
- Rags to Royalty: The little girl living in a cave takes her place as the rightful ruler of Sugar Rush at the end of the movie.
- Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: She has jet-black hair and slightly pale skin.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: She decides not to punish the racers for bullying her once she's restored to power in Sugar Rush, starting her Presidency off on a peaceful note. Justified in that the bullying stemmed from King Candy manipulating the code, and not from any real malice.
- Reset Button: Once Vanellope reaches the finish line in Sugar Rush, all of the changes to the game are restored, revealing her to be Princess Vanellope Von Schweetz and helping everyone in her game remember who she really is.
- Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: The Energetic Girl to Ralph's Savvy Guy.
- She Cleans Up Nicely: She doesn't look half-bad in that pink princess dress she gains when her true role as ruler of Sugar Rush is revealed. She doesn't stay cleaned up, though, since she almost immediately changes back into her green civilian clothes.
- Ship Tease: One Sweet Race, a storybook set post-film, suggests a Vanellope/Rancis pairing.
- And since the movie, many fans have shipped a Vanellope/Taffyta pairing.
- Stepford Smiler/Stepford Snarker: For the former, she wears a genuine smile on her face to the other racers, despite the abuse they do to her. As for the latter, she shows it towards most of her interactions with Ralph.
- Street Urchin: She lives alone on her unfinished race track, using candy wrappers as blankets. She at least has constant access to food, since the entire world of Sugar Rush is made of it. At first.
- Symbol Motif Clothing: She has stripes on her leggings to match up with her licorice theme.
- Teleport Spam: Once Vanellope learns how to [[spoiler:control her glitching, she uses this to save Ralph from his attempted heroic sacrifice by glitching around and through an incoming onslaught of Cy-Bugs. It also becomes her special ability in the game, post-reset. Ralph notes that the players love it.
- Tomboyish Ponytail: She wears her ponytail in an up-do style.
- Tomboy Princess: When her true royal status is restored, she gets a pink Princess Classic Pimped-Out Dress, but she immediately ditches it for her old hoodie and slacks.
- The Trickster: Both in personality, as shown in Ralph and Vanellope's first meeting, and in her role in Ralph's quest: she nearly screws Ralph out of a chance at winning his bet with the Hero's Medal, but if she hadn't, Ralph wouldn't have had a way to redeem himself for his absence almost causing Fix-It Felix Jr. to be unplugged; redeeming himself namely by placing Vanellope back in her true role.
- Turn the Other Cheek: This seems to be a part of her character, as she quickly forgives Ralph for destroying her car to prevent her from racing and Taffyta after all the abuse she'd taken from her, though she of course elects to have some jokes at their expense first. Granted, she had quite a bit of reason to forgive both, as King Candy had manipulated them into thinking their actions would be good for Vanellope and the game, respectively.
- Un-Person: Thanks to King Candy meddling with her code, no one remembers she used to be the princess.
- Unkempt Beauty: Hair is dirty and covered in candy pieces and wears a worn out hoodie. Still cute as a button.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Ralph. The two are constantly trading insults and glares but do care for each other.
- The Von Trope Family: This actually foreshadows her true role in the game.
- Walking Spoiler: Second only to King Candy in this regard.
- What a Piece of Junk: Vanellope's car is the result of Ralph pretty much destroying the bakery minigame and definitely looks like it, but given her performance it has to be the best car in game. Also may be a result of Ralph literally breaking the minigame, resulting in a glitchy-textured kart with impossibly-good stats.
- Wise Beyond Her Years: Due to being treated like crap from the others. Her Jerkass Fašade is just a way to blow off some steam, and her real wisdom shows up when she's willing to accept her doom with a smile for the sake of Ralph's own safety during the Cy-Bug invasion of Sugar Rush. Keep in mind she's nine.
- Wistful Amnesia: Vanellope insists that being a racer is "in her code", even if everyone else tells her otherwise.
- Wrench Wench: She built a semi-functional pedal push car by herself.
- Zeroes and Ones: When she glitches her body (and any person or thing that glitches with her) flashes with zeroes and ones.