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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"Sure must be nice, being the good guy."
Voiced by: John C. Reilly
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.
- 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.
- Big Bad: Of his game.
- Big Brother Instinct: Towards Vanellope.
- 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.
- 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 get's frustrated it's usually "Aye Aye Aye...".
- 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 car factory when he breaks first the oven pump, then the various frosting and decoration makers).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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: 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.
- Megaton Punch: Much like how Felix carries his fix-anything ability across all games, Ralph's chief ability is his ability to wreck anything from monsters to entire buildings with his mighty blows, coming in awful handy later on in his adventures.
- 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, battle alien invaders called "Cy-Bugs". 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
- Action Girl: On top of being a sergeant, she uses a rifle, pistol and explosives throughout the movie.
- Actor Allusion: Calhoun's version of a Rousing Speech that's filled with general, all-purpose insults is highly reminiscent of the kind of way Sue Sylvester goes about treating the Cheerios.
- 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.
- Her fiance's name (Dr. Brad Scott) is only revealed 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.
- Berserk Button: Being called "Dynamite Gal".
- Tsundere: Type A.
- Twenty-Four-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).
- Unkempt Beauty: Considering that as a soldier she should look worn down and fatigued, she still manages to look pretty good.
- The Watson: With respect to the origins of the phrase "Going Turbo."
- Widowed At The Wedding: Her back story. It's later defied when she marries Felix, and her troops make sure no bugs come in that day.
- Woman in Black: Her power armor. Also counts as Dark Is Not Evil.
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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 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.
- Unkempt Beauty: Hair is dirty and covered in candy pieces and wears a worn out hoodie. Still cute as a button.
- Un-Person: In-universe example, thanks to King Candy meddling with her code.
- 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.
- 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.
- Wise Beyond Her Years: Due to being 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.