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?
Then there are those who insist that Taffyta 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.
Surge Protector. Harmless? Very powerful? Game Central Station‘s only way to interact with game characters? Secretly a fun guy?
Someone like Ralph, a genuinely Nice Guy whose obession with popularity and jealousy gradually consumed him?
A Jerkass Woobie who just got too used to his popularity, possibly crashed Roadblasters by accident and is taking out his anger by taking over other games?
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, fighting, 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.
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.
Award Snub: It lost to Brave in the 85th Academy Awards for Best Animated Film, which Ralph fans decry as having an inferior story, and say that the only reason it won was because Pixar made it, and that the Academy was bowing to the first female director to win the award after she got replaced. It's also likely that the Academy judges reneged to give the award to "a movie about video games".
Broken Base / Misaimed Fandom: Sadly, a lot of members of the WIR Fandom on deviantArt, tumblr, and Fanfiction are not getting along at the time of typing. The base is split between the people who pair Turbo with their OC(s)/Roleplay/Cosplay/Worship Turbo, and the fans who think that Turbo shouldn't be having all the attention and there should be more focus on the main characters and the Sugar Rush racers as well. This is ironic since Turbo wanted A LOT of attention during the movie.
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 that is being released is about 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!
Ho Yay: Ralph and Felix. You saw it. Don't say you didn't.
Idiosyncratic Ship Naming: The fandom's been pretty creative about coming up with ship names. Most notable is "Hero's Cuties" for Felix/Calhoun.
"Vanilla Butter" for the popular Toy Ship Vanellope/Rancis. "Vanilla Taffy" for Vanellope/Taffyta.
"The Yows" for Ralph/Felix
"80's Boyfriends" for Felix/Turbo. Yes, this is actually a ship.
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 favourite video game characters have cameos in it.
Marty Stu: Felix doesn't have any real flaws to him. However, for several reasons, this does not in any way make him a poorly made or unlikable character. For one, he still has a distinct personality, and his overly-nice, overly-polite attitude works well into the story to create comedy. Plus, it'd make absolutely perfect sense for him to have no obvious flaws, as he's an arcade protagonist made well before video game characters had a lot of depth to them. The movie also goes out of its way to make not having flaws a flaw itself, and though it's less of an element in the final product, Ralph's jealousy over his perfection is part of the tension in the film (especially the original script).
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.
Zangief. The trailer made a lot of bara fans swoon.
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).
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.
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.
The racers from Sugar Rush were wildly hated by fans because of what they do to Vanellope. But then it's realized that they're only mean because King Candy manipulated the code to prevent Vanellope from realizing who she really is (the real ruler of Sugar Rush). When they get their memories back, they feel really guilty for what they caused. Some fans' opinions of them may change, while others may not.
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 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 funny, so it could be intentional, in addition to the fact that Ralph and Vanellope's stories were the central focus of the movie.
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 a volcano later in the film. Though during the climax Vanellope masters her glitch and manages to go through the race without damaging the track.
What's Ralph's motivation in his game? To get back at the developers for ruining his home in the forest to make way for an apartment building by wrecking it. And to win the game, you must stop him and have the tenants throw him off the building. Yes, we have a subverted aesop about how ruining the environment is wrong, but it may not be the emphasis of the film, given how Ralph only plays that role and may not take it personally.
There's another very mild example, but the kids in Sugar Rush were only nasty to Vanellope because King Candy/Turbo messed with their heads. Once Vanellope crosses the finish line, her true role as the ruler of Sugar Rush is revealed, and everyone else gets their memories back of Vanellope's true position. Now, depending on how you interpret their behavior...are they apologizing for having been mean because they realize making others miserable is unethical, or are they apologizing because they suddenly found out they were mean to their leader, who now has the power to actually punish them for it?! To their credit, from the dialogue we're obviously supposed to assume they're genuinely sorry, but the fact that Vanellope is revealed as the ruling princess before the Sugar Rush racers apologize can make it come off like that spoof aesop in Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five, where the real lesson of Christ's sacrifice, since it was the Son of God that died, was if you're going to pick on someone, first make sure that someone doesn't have powerful connections.
King Candy's effeminate gestures, salmon interior decorating and lisp combined with his villain status was this to more than a few gay rights activists, especially considering Disney has a habit of that sort of thing. Ralph also calls him a 'Nillie Wafer' at one point, which some people took to imply 'nelly', a derogatory term for a camp gay man.
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. 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!"