The Bad-Anon (Bad Guys Anonymous) support group scene alone which, let's face it, was what drew people's attention to the movie in the first place. You have a whole room full of some well known video game baddies, a few even having their weapons from their respective games. Just casually sitting around and being friendly with one another. It's so surreal that it's awesome.
Clyde - one of the oldest villains around - is the coordinator for the villains' support group. When Ralph says he doesn't want to be the bad guy anymore, Clyde turns blue (just as he does when Pac-Man switches from prey to predator in Clyde's game), while everyone elsegasps in shock.
Speaking of which, there's Bowser's (appropriately fiery) Spit Take. Also, if you look closely shortly before this, he's drinking from a tiny coffee cup.
Even better, the sound effect used is his original fire breath sound from the very first Super Mario Bros..
Amusingly, after everyone but Clyde leaves the room, the scene cuts to show the area is a Pac-Man level. The room was the Ghost House and true to the game, Clyde just stays there floating back and forth for a while.
And Ralph's icon slips off and snatches a pair of cherries.
Ralph thanking 'Satan', who replies "It's pronounced 'Sah-Teen'. As the game he's probably from (Satan's Hollow), his name is "Sah-TEEN," to avoid the pain of Moral Guardians and he's a shout out to that game.
Clyde making sure the zombie doesn't leave his axes behind. Said zombie gives a moan and raises them to assure him. There's just something cute about that.
Zangief gives a thoughtful speech (in slightly broken English) about the fact that somebody has to 'crush man's skull - like sparrow's egg - between thighs.' And slaps his thigh for emphasis - both times.
Zombie's response to Ralph's rhetorical questions:
Ralph: Is it Turbo to want a friend? Or a medal? Or a piece of pie every once in a while? Is it Turbo to want more out of life?
And then, after meeting up with Markowski from Hero's Duty, he strips the guy out of the armor and places Zangief's speedo on him instead. Which means that briefly, Markowski is naked. And further, that Ralph took his underpants - the only reason for that being that he has none of his own.
What makes it funnier is that the ! actually squeaked when Ralph threw it on the ground.
Hero's Duty soldiers are shown to leap into action the moment they get a "Quarter Alert."
Ralph panicking in Hero's Duty and wondering when video games became so violent and scary.
Not to mention the look on the gamer girl when he's shouting this into the screen.
Heck, Ralph just running around in the game could double as this.
Calhoun: Markowski! What's the first rule of Hero's Duty?
Ralph: Uh, no cuts, no buts, no coconuts?
And his flailing when the baby Cy-Bug facehugs him, all while the holographic soldier gives a speech about honor and duty and dignity. None of that here, folks.
Especially because he was all pumped up and smiling before the game starts, then when the door opens and he sees the massive swarm of Cy-Bugs, his smile vanished and he realizes he's screwed.
What nails the scene is that before Calhoun shoot a few rounds in the air, you can see Felix smiling in approval.
And before that, we have Felix having a Freak Out after he realizes he can't just jump out of the NesquikSand before Calhoun slaps him to his senses. There's something amusingly dark about a usually chipper guy suddenly losing his cool the moment he's in a seemingly dead-end situation.
While dealing with an angry Ralph, King Candy puts on a pair of glasses and says, "You Wouldn't Hit A Guy With Glasses, would you?" Ralph promptly removes the glasses from Candy's face and smacks him on the head with the frames.
In fact, all the completely cheery, goody-goody vocabulary the script-writers (and very likely Jack McBrayer himself) infused into Felix just makes you giddy.
Especially when he tries to use that vocabulary to express how frustrated and angry he is at Ralph.
"I don't have to do boo! Forgive my potty mouth. I am just so, so cross with you! Do you have any idea what you've put me through? I ran higglety-pigglety, all over creation looking for you! I almost drowned in chocolate milk mix!"
The Aerith lives◊ graffitis◊ outside the Game Central Station entrances. Denial runs very deep indeed. Becomes even funnier when you consider that Disney collaboration with Square Enix led to Kingdom Hearts. In that series, Aerith does indeed live.
The fact that the Surge Protector apparently wrote the graffiti.
From Calhoun's intro vid: Felix's rather intimidated expression when Calhoun barks at him in Game Central Station.
Vanellope showing how proud she is over her lame pedal-powered starting car, the Likkity Split. Especially the goofy grin she has when she honks the horn.
As Felix and Calhoun are in a shuttle searching for Ralph, there is a moment where we see Felix staring lovingly at Calhoun. Calhoun's serious look changes to one of WTF then returns to being serious, while Felix looks at her more and more lovingly.
Felix: That's not blunt force trauma, ma'am, that's just the honeyglow on my cheeks.
And then comes his confession. Cue Calhoun having a flashback to when her dead fiancé and she first meet, as he complimented her in the same way: "You are one dynamite gal."... and then the flashback proceeds to repeat that same line at different points in their relationship over, and over and over, made even funnier by the fact that they're wearing their armor at all times... including at the ice cream parlor, and while on a romantic picnic. You'll be laughing until the Cy-Bug eats him.
Actually the whole sequence just compounded the joke cause really we don't know this guy and for all Calhoun knows, neither does she (her backstory was programmed into her meaning it's made up and she's reacting to the tragedy) and it just straight up comes out of nowhere.
Surge Protector: I get that a lot. *penclick* Proceed.
Becomes even funnier when you realize he probably didn't deny that Ralph was Lara Croft because he's not Lara Croft, he denied that Ralph was Lara Croft because the arcade doesn't have a Tomb Raider game.
At the end when Vanellope gets her power back and the other racers ask what she's going to do now:
Vanellope(in sickly-sweet voice): Tut-tut! As your merciful princess, I hereby decree, that everyone that was ever mean to me shall be—
(Taffyta and the others look on, gasping in hopefulness)
Vanellope(without missing a beat in a sickly-sweet voice): ...executed.
(The Sugar Rush racers look aghast at Vanellope's decision with wide eyes and jaws fallen to the floor before Taffyta leads them, bawling, with cries of "I don't want to die!". Ralph and Felix look flabbergasted)
Felix: Oh my land!
Calhoun(coyly): Welll... This place just got interesting...
She was joking, of course, but you can tell she was enjoying the few seconds she spent just listening to her former tormenters bawl their eyes out.
You gotta appreciate that while most of them are dressed in formal suits, some are fully clad in their armor, even one holding a minigun.
After Ralph accidentally causes Moppet Girl to get a Game Over when a Cy-Bug kills the robot the player operates, he tries to be helpful and adjust the robot's monitor-head. Turns out it has a personality of its own when it's off-duty, and it gets annoyed at him, slapping him away before racing back to its starting position.
When Ralph flies through Game Central Station on the escape pod and into Sugar Rush, he runs smack dab into Sonic, who drops a couple of gold rings.
Not only dropping a couple of gold rings, he flies back and flashes when he's hit, a la the first Sonic the Hedgehog and the poor hedgehog's confused as to what just hit him!
Made even funnier when you remember what his PSA was about...
The Cy-Bugs after assimilating the Sugar Rush environment. There's something amusing about the candy-coated harbingers of the apocalypse.
[they walk off-screen to their transportation to Game Central Station]
Makes sense and is doubly nice since the pair, in-universe, are best friends.
It's even more hilarious with Portuguese subs which "translates" Shoryuken into Claro, você pode!" which means Sure, you can!. A few chuckles could have been heard in the theater.
Even more, if you know the actual lore of Street Fighter: Ryu is usually the fight-focused guy who probably lacks more social skills, while Ken is the more social guy. In here? Ryu is the one initiating the social invitation (inviting Ken to drink at Tappers') instead of Ken doing so!
When Ralph confronts King Candy about getting his medal back after the race is over, Candy gets right up in his face, literally.
King Candy: Is that a threat I smell? [sniffs the air] Whew... aside from the... halitosis that you so... obviously suffer from!
This is sorta a Brick Joke too as Vanellope mentions his breath as well when Ralph and she first meet.
The cops of Sugar Rush being donuts. Named Duncan and Wynchell. No need to guess who they're named after.
The scene where Felix and the Nicelanders find Ralph missing after the Moppet Girl puts a quarter in to play the game. It's like watching a stage performance that's been going very well until something way off script happens and the actors are forced to try to ad-lib to keep it going. Pathetically. Especially impressive when Felix has to take control of the game that's currently being played to try to find Ralph.
There's something extremely hilarious about the way he hops off the screen, saying "Ralph!" a few times in the same, 8-bit way, and then the instant he's out of view, he panics, drops the 8-bit movements, and bolts toward Ralph's dump screaming, "RAAAAAAAAAAALPH!!"
Then there's what happens afterward when Moppet Girl calls Mr. Litwak over and the two looking on in confusion as the Nicelanders are just running around panicking while Felix is hopping all over the place saying his catchphrase.
Litwak: Looks like the game's gone cuckoo! Like my nana...
Litwak: It might be time to put ol' Ralph and Felix out to pasture... like my nana.
Ralph's "interrogation" of Sour Bill.
Ralph: I wonder how many licks it'll take to get to your center.
Sour Bill: *after being licked* Ugh, it's like sandpaper!
"I'll take it to my grave!"
Bill's reaction to Ralph's reveal that he's on to the Sugar Rush conspiracy: staring at him dumbfounded, saying a soft "Uuuuh", and then scurrying away before he catches him! Doubly funny because Sour has spent the entire movie moving and speaking in a very lethargic fashion, but the realization that Ralph is onto something sends Sour trying to sprint away.
"What's goin' on in this candy-coated Heart of Darkness?"
Shell-shocked Markowski walking towards the wall and continuing to walk into it after already hitting it, like a buggy Non-Player Character.
As well as the conversation between Ralph and him. Poor guy has only been plugged in a week and already he looks like he needs a vacation. Then there's his refusal to let Ralph come with him.
Markowski: Look, only the best and bravest serve in our corps. [He sees a cockroach on Ralph's shoulder] BUG! [He Screams Like a Little Girl and runs right into a wall, knocking himself out]
The Kart Bakery scene where Ralph helps Vanellope make a car via a minigame. It's so true to form too, as anyone who's ever watched someone who's never played a video game before can attest.
Having been around for 30 years, Ralph still had to ask Vanellope how many wheels to put on the kart.
More funny is how he ends up destroying the Decorating stage when hitting the target for one of the frosting dispensers. Everything spills, and at the end we hear the announcer say, "Time's up! Congratulations, you did it, and here's your kart!" Cue the door opening up and the kart comes down the ramp accompanied a large pile of candy waste, accompanied by Losing Horns.
Even the thoughtful look on Ralph's face as he makes that comment is pretty funny.
Actually, since the castle originally belonged to Vanellope, there's a good chance the color scheme was not King Candy/Turbo's idea.
Felix's introduction to Calhoun: she and her men hear him hopping from Game Central Station not sure what it is. When he finally reveals himself, they open fire and he manages to dodge every shot (keep in mind he's an older video game character from the 8-bit days and they're from the modern day generation of gaming) before the sergeant herself knocks him off his feet and shoves a gun to his face. Course he's intimidated by Calhoun at first but once he gets a good look at her, he's smitten so much so he actually leans right on the barrel of her gun.
He doesn't just lean on it. He actually pushes it right against his chest, inches from his heart.
The line about Calhoun being programmed with the "most tragic backstory ever" and then the tragic backstory itself. It may be listed in the Tear Jerker section too, but it was so over-the-top that it ends up being hilarious as well, especially when Calhoun whips a BFG out of Hammerspace. It's such a perfect parody of a typical badass video game protagonist's backstory.
Not just out of hammerspace: She pulls the gatling gun out from under the skirt of her wedding dress. If only her fiance had been wearing a kilt, maybe the wedding would've still been on!
Also the fact that she and her fiancé never ever remove their powered armors, not even when he's proposing to her.
Turbo, in all his 8-bit glory, racing through the completely different background of the RoadBlasters game that stole his popularity away, in the explanation for "going Turbo".
Not to mention him spouting his "Turbo-tastic" catchphrase and the shit-eating grin he has while he's crashing the RoadBlasters game.
Though this is kind of Black Comedy, considering the terrible consequences of his Jerkass attention-seeking scheme, there's just something hilarious about him randomly showing up out of nowhere, and then racing about, repeating his catchphrase, like a puppy parading one of your most expensive shoes around, as if saying "Hey guys! Hey, look at me! Pay attention to me!"
Vanellope's improbably chipper description of her desolate little home in Diet Cola Mountain. For more than one viewer who first viewed this movie without knowing who was doing the voices, this line was the first clue that Vanellope was being voiced by Sarah Silverman:
Vanellope: Welcome to my home! I sleep in these candy wrappers. I bundle myself up like a little homeless lady.
The "celebrity" portraits in Tapper's, a nice little Easter Egg for gamers and how it feels completely natural for a world such as this. Funny answers can be made when you wonder who actually drew them.
Ralph: Pac-Man!? They invited Pac-Man?! That cherry chasing dot muncher isn't even part of this game!
Doubly funny as Ralph just came from his game after the Bad Anon support group meeting, and he also pinched a pair of cherries from there.
Ralph's attempt to get into the party. He knocks on the door, and:
Felix: "Oh, I bet that's Mario! Fashionably late, per the norm."
And the driving lessons themselves. Ralph getting hit as she figures the controls. The first time is from the front of the vehicle when Vanellope hits the gas. Ralph then goes behind the car thinking it's safe, only for Vanellope to hit reverse by accident and hit him twice, once in the leg and again as he's getting up. The third time, he stays off the track in the background as he coaches. She crashes into a stalagmite - which promptly falls right on top of him.
And this bit after the near glitching accident.
Vanellope: So how'd I do?
Ralph: Umm, well you almost blew up the whole mountain. [Jumps as a Mentos falls into the cola lake and causes a minor eruption]
Vanellope: Right right, that's a good note.
The hidden joke, of course, is that video game characters are having trouble driving stick (shift). As in joystick.
The not-so-hidden joke is that many racing games of that era had stick shifts — with anything from two to four "gears" — but none of them ever had a clutch.
On top of that, it's an amusingly accurate depiction of someone learning to drive a manual transmission. Bonus points for Ralph not knowing what the clutch does, like people who've only learned on automatics.
Another bit is this exchange. It's Vanellope's expression at the end that sells it.
Ralph's encouraging words to Vanellope before she races.
Ralph: Listen to me. If you ever get nervous, just keep telling yourself, "I must win Ralph's medal or his life will be ruined."
This is easily missed, but when Ralph is flying through the Game Central Station in his escape pod, he triggers the Surge Protector's random check again, both when exiting Hero's Duty and when entering Sugar Rush.
Surge's expression in that moment!
The start of the race climax when King Candy gets a "Sweet Seekers" power-up, which are basically lock-on projectiles (think a parody of the Blue Shell or Red Shell from Mario Kart). He manages to nail three racers in front of him, two are simply blown off the road. An unfortunate third is sent flying into one of the bubblegum machine obstacles. You know, the glass part of it?
The fact that the two boys who refuse to let Moppet Girl onto Sugar Rush are essentially into a girly game.
There is something hilariously Meta about Sugar Rush. Racing games are typically very macho, sleek, and testosteroney. Making a racing game that is as girly as humanly possible is at once inherently ridiculous and brilliant, which makes it even funnier that the two supremacist gamer geeks are basically hogging the girliest game in the arcade.
More hilarious about Sugar Rush is that a year and a half after the movie was released, Mario Kart 8 was released with a level called Sweet Sweet Canyon, which is themed just like the courses in Sugar Rush.
While it is part of a serious moment, watching Pac-Man realize he got hit with the cake Ralph just splattered in his anger and watch his jaw drop in disbelief (mostly because he never got to eat that cake).
"I'm so Turbo-tastic I can see beyond the fabric of reality!"
After Ralph breaks Vanellope out of prison and has Felix repair her kart, we get treated to a shot of the candy fans in the bleachers cheering for the racers. Then we see a set of bleachers labelled "Assorted Fans"...and then another set of bleachers right next to them labelled "With Nuts".
When Ralph explains to Vanellope why the medal is so important:
Ralph: I go home with that baby around my neck and I'll get a penthouse! Pies! Ice sculptures! Fireworks! Ahh, it's grownup stuff. You wouldn't understand.
During the ending, while Ralph is telling Bad-Anon how his situation has improved, he's wearing the goofiest grin possible, even while the Nicelanders are doing their standard routine of picking him up and pitching him off the building.
Turbo's already narmy catchphrase "Turbo-tastic!" becomes even more hilarious when one watches the film in Spanish. It turns into "TURBO-TASTEECO!!!"
One word: Doublestripe tree branchesnote Doublestripes BREAK. A-DOY!.
It takes a little Fridge Logic, but there's a humorous irony that Skrillex is seen DJing to licensed music, namely "Celebration Time".
When greeting the children entering his arcade, Mr. Litwak addresses the single adult gamer as "little fellow".
The scene in the beginning, just after Felix "invites" Ralph inside for cake and the Nicelanders' reactions, which leads to this exchange between Ralph and Gene.
Gene: Why is *he* here?
Felix: He's just here for a slice of cake.
Ralph: And I am a big part of the game, technically speaking... why are you here, Gene?
Best part is, Ralph actually has a point. The game wouldn't exist without the bad guy (aka him).
There's something to be spoken of the sheer surrealism of this situation... Donkey Kong expy in Mario Kart meets Candy Land facing off with an old school 8-bit protagonist turned universe hopping bad guy disguised as a candy king who fell into the friggen aparoid homeworld.
What kinda screwy fanfiction did this start out as?