These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
The Sugar Rush racers. Are they really alright kids who were just mean to Vanellope because Turbo took away their memories, and are genuinely apologetic for what they've done once they've gotten their memories back?Or are they still fantastic racists against glitches and they're only apologizing because they realize Vanellope has the power to punish them for their actions?Even if fear of punishment doesn't play a factor into the racers regretting being mean to Vanellope, there's also the possibility it's because she wasn't a glitch and they will still display Fantastic Racism against "real" glitches.
Then there are those who insist that Taffyta Muttonfudge was only bullying Vanellope because Vanellope is secretly evil, and that paint Taffyta as a freedom fighter of Sugar Rush who views King Candy as a father figure. That interpretation doesn't go over very well.
To go along with that: if you subscribe to the above interpretation of Taffya, is she a "freedom fighter" because she would rather see Sugar Rush made into a democracy rather than ruled by a princess? Or is it that she wants to rule the game herself and saw cozying up to King Candy as a way to eventually do it?
The Surge Protector. Harmless? Very powerful? Game Central Station's only way to interact with game characters? Secretly a fun guy?
Fans criticize the film for portraying Zangief as a bad guy when he's quite the opposite in the Street Fighter franchise. Maybe going around, beating people senseless, covered in scars and not particularly close to anyone...maybe Zangief just felt like a bad guy and that's why he goes to Bad Anon.
When Vanellope first meets Ralph, is she pestering him with annoying, occasionally insulting questions and annoyingly mimicking him because she's a Bratty Half-Pint who's enjoying bullying someone else instead of being bullied? Or is she, in her own way, trying to make a friend with someone who looks like he might be a kindred spirit (and being insulting because that's pretty much the only way she knows how to relate to people, thanks to being an outcast in her own game)?
Related: When Vanellope asks if Ralph is a hobo, is she mocking is sloppy dressing or genuinely curious because she herself lives like a hobo?
In-universe: The first verse of "Wreck It, Wreck-It Ralph" treats Ralph as the hero, trying to get back his stolen land, but the second verse treats Felix as the hero, trying to protect his building.
The Tear Jerker page for this movie is long and getting longer. This is an extremely tough movie to watch if you cry easily.
The scene where Ralph wrecks Vanellope's kart in particular is extremely difficult to watch all the way through. The fandom is constantly passing around stories about how they cried/had to look away/had to leave the theater. It's that bad.
Also, quite a lot of people find the scene where the Sugar Rush racers bully Vanellope very, very hard to watch.
That last point is even more bizarre, as the movie was specifically made so that it wouldn't alienate people who aren't gamers; most of the film takes place in Sugar Rush, which is a kart-racing game, and thus doesn't require any knowledge of gaming tropes or lore to comprehend. You don't need to know anything about video games whatsoever to understand the plot or character motivations here any more than you'd need to be a classic toy aficionado to appreciate the Toy Story trilogy.
Given the ages of those who decide, and the fact that the media is just as important as politics nowadays; If you give the Academy Award to a movie about video games, you are more or less officially protecting it from the typical 'blame videogames for x' scapegoat.
Designated Villain: Wreck-It Ralph, even if you ignore how he is in reality. Ralph's home was the forest in the game he originates, which was torn down in favor of Niceland Apartments. At least one YouTube comment said:
"I'm not altogether certain Ralph is in the wrong here..."
A meta example. In one particular TV spot focusing on critical reviews, a blurb states "Shut up and take my quarters," a joke based off of "Shut up and take my money!" from the Futurama episode "Attack of the Killer App". The director of the film had previously directed or has been involved to some extent with episodes for that show during its run on Fox.note If you really wanna know, said episodes are "Space Pilot 3000", "Hell is Other Robots", "A Clone of My Own", "Anthology of Interest I" and "Roswell That Ends Well".
At one point, Ralph hides in a chocolate lake and, when he breathes through a tube, it's Darth Vader'sbreathing. A week before the movie's premiere, Disney ended up buying the Star Wars franchise. That may have been an intentional reference. The announcement of the purchase was originally supposed to be the following week so as to not interfere with Wreck-It Ralph's box office opening (Hurricane Sandy necessitated the moving up of the schedule.) Additionally, during the montage of games being moved in and out of the arcade, the Atari and Sega Star Wars arcade games are given a particularly prominent positioning in the foreground.
An article accidentally stated that an upcoming 2012 Disney feature film would feature a Disney Princess. This mentioned princess◊ would actually star in a Disney TV show. However, that still didn't mean that Wreck-It Ralph featured their own child Disney Princess either ... although she chose to be "president" instead.
A 2013 Dreamworks picture stars a certain snail who strives to become the greatest racer ever and is known for its speed. Guess what its name is? It's Turbo!
Mindy Kaling, who has a supporting role in the film, had just written the previous year in her book "Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?" that she couldn't get into video games because "they all seem to simulate situations I’d hate to be in, like war or stealing cars."
Ho Yay: Ralph and Felix. You saw it. Don't say you didn't.
Didn't make it into the full movie, but they have a small moment in this deleted scene towards the end.
Ralph maybe the antagonist of his own game, but it was because the Nicelanders disrupted his home.
Sure, Gene's an ass toward Ralph, but considering Ralph throws him like a football at the start of every game, is it any wonder he'd develop a grudge? There's also a hint of regret about his earlier attitude in his last major scene with Ralph, but he still chooses to take it out on Ralph instead.
The Surge Protector. Yeah, he's also an ass, but he apparently has people regularly tell him that they hate him.
Sour Bill. After putting up with an employer like King Candy for years, it's not that shocking that he's such a miserable little grump.
Vanellope is this at first due to her huge uncaring attitude towards Ralph but later we find out why she was such a jerk to Ralph.
Just Here for Godzilla: Many fans have openly admitted that the main reason they went to see this movie is because their favorite video game characters have cameos in it.
When talking about the movie on /v/, it is common to refer to it by variations of the title, such as "Break-It Bob" or "Eviscerate-It Evan."
It's not uncommon to see threads on /b/ with a picture of Ralph (or occasionally other characters) asking what his name is. Occasionally they'll name the movie that he's in and have his name as the file name. Other posters inevitably post variations like those on /v/.
Ralph's cry of "I'M GONNA WRECK IT!" also is also fairly popular. Especially in a sexual context.
The other racers could qualify too, but being bullying Jerkasses towards Vanellope in the beginning makes them exceptional to some fans.
Moral Event Horizon: Turbo became jealous because of the existence of another racing game taking his spot, so he wrecked it and got both games unplugged. He goes one step further when he invades Sugar Rush and tries to delete Vanellope from the game, but when he couldn't, he turned her into a glitch and locked away everyone's memories of who she really was. And then the ending scene...Let's just say that Turbo roared across the Moral Event Horizon before the story started and just kept right on going.
To add to that he tries to outright kill Vanellope in the final race and as a Cy-bug plans on taking over any game he wants. Keep in mind that his original goal was to be a popular character, but now he intentionally wants to ruin games because he has the power to.
No Yay: Ralph/Vanellope, full stop. Quite a few film reporters didn't check their facts and stated that Vanellope was gonna be the Love Interest, which put the idea in fans' heads. Shippers do exist for the pairing now, though usually with an aged-up Vanellope (overlooking the fact that video game characters don't age).
Paranoia Fuel: A villain could infiltrate your world without anyone noticing, because he can rewrite your memories.
The Problem with Licensed Games: The game based off of the movie has weak game-play and ugly graphics, and it's incredibly generic besides. It's a shame, considered the potential that's there.
Some fans wish Vanellope was deleted for good. Why? Because she's apparently too much of a "spoiled brat" to be likable. She was a brat at first but most of her rude attitude is justified. Alternatively, fans that hate her and prefer King Candy believe she "murdered" him and took away his kingdom and will apply very alternative interpretation to the film to cast her as a villainous menace. Or paint her as a bully to Taffyta, when it was basically the other way around.
Also, although Dr. Brad Scott seems to be a nice guy, some fans like to bash him and portray him as a jealous angry ex.
A minority, but a handful are convinced Felix is an asshole for apparently acting "entitled" to Calhoun and neglecting Ralph before. Nevermind that he is never directly angry or spiteful at Calhoun for rejecting him, or that he immediately helps Ralph after he finally understands why he left - he never shows any hints of arrogance or "nice guy syndrome", only naivete. Some haters though claim that Felix only helps Ralph after he says that he would never go "turbo" again, as if expecting to have it exactly the way it was before.
Another minority think of Calhoun as an abusive girlfriend. While it's true she hit Felix, the first time it was a Get a Hold of Yourself, Man! slap to keep him from drowning himself, and the second time, it was to bait the Laffy Taffy and Felix had to talk her into doing it since she openly objected against it. Explained very well here.
Fans also apparently like to portray Gene as a jealous creeper around Felix, even going as far as being manipulative and abusive. Because him being a dick to Ralph just wasn't enough.
Ralph/Vanellope or Jawbreaker fans are bashing Rancis Fluggerbutter, portraying him as a psychopathic boyfriend who is willing to kill Ralph and hurt Vanellope.
She Really Can Act: Sarah Silverman isn't exactly known for doing serious parts (or anything considered family- and kid-friendly, judging by her stand-up, her show on Comedy Central, and the fact that she got her start on Saturday Night Livenote even if she ended up getting screwed over), but in this film she gives an outstanding performance as Vanellope in not just the comedic parts, but also the dramatic parts. Special mention goes to the scene where Ralph wrecks her kart and she breaks down crying.
Squick: Some of the Sugar Rush characters' names. Taffyta Muttonfudge? Yuck. This is actually referenced in the Taffyta talking doll:
Taffyta: Muttonfudge is just a name, not a recipe. Really... don't try it.
Strangled by the Red String: The film presents Felix and Calhoun's relationship as thus: they meet (and Felix comments on Calhoun's high definition), they have a Slapstick routine that ends with them gazing into each others' eyes (and are shipped by the Laffy Taffy), Felix calls Calhoun a dynamite gal (which doesn't end well), they share a Big Damn Kiss, and they get married in the epilogue (presumably after a year or so has passed offscreen). That's it. Apparently, Word of God admits they paired the two together because they found it cute/funny (and because it was hard to work out Felix's odd proportions without a realistic reference), so it could be intentional, in addition to the fact that Ralph and Vanellope's stories were the central focus of the movie. The removal of several Hero's Duty scenes from an earlier scrapped plot probably didn't help Felix and Calhoun's screentime, either.
Strawman Has a Point: The bullies in tell Vanellope, who is a glitch, that she can't race with them because she is a "disaster waiting to happen". They are portrayed as bullies prejudiced against glitches, but Vanellope does nearly damage Diet Cola Mountain later in the film. Though during the climax Vanellope masters her glitch and manages to go through the race without damaging the track.
Pushes the buttons of a Bad Guy capable of pounding him into the ground with one hit? Check. Dares said Bad Guy to go on a dangerous medal-hunting quest outside of a game where the villain's presence is essential to everyone's livelihoods? Double check. Idiocy, thy name is Gene.
Felix tries to break out of prison using a magic hammer that fixes whatever it touches. What did he think was going to happen?
Vanellope is constantly picked on by other characters in Sugar Rush because she's a glitch. As if this wasn't enough, she lives in an unfinished track for an unfinished level, where she uses candy wrappers as blankets. Even in the second trailer where she is first depicted as an insolent brat, when you see her confess that she's called a mistake in her world while the Fun song, "Some Nights," plays, you just want to hug her to tell her she's not. You could also argue a good case for her being an Iron Woobie, because...seriously, this kid is one tough cookie.
Sergeant Calhoun. As part of the most tragic backstory ever, her fiancée was eaten by a Cy-Bug on their wedding day and she blames herself for it because she forgot to do a perimeter check that day. Ouch. And because that fiancée was only ever part of Calhoun's backstory, she's basically grief-stricken over someone she knows never even existed.
Even Felix a little bit toward the end. His whole day has been going about as badly as it can possibly go, and all he can muster to complain about it is "I am just so...so CROSS with you!"
Woolseyism: In the English version, Felix says "I'm hopless, this is hopeless!" when drowning in chocolate with Calhoun. However, in the Swedish dub, "jump/hop" and "hope" is the same word, "hopp" in any definition, and hopeless is "hopplös". So they would be the same word; "Jag är hopplös, det här är hopplöst", which is the exact translation of the English line, the words are just more identical.
There's another clever one in the same dub. When Ralph later meets King Candy, King Candy threatens to lock him in the Fungeon. In Swedish, dungeon is "fängelsehåla", and "kola" is a type of candy, so he says "fängelsekola" instead.