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Vanellope: We are going to the Internet!
Ralph: Super excited. There's one minor thing: what is the Internet?
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Ralph Breaks the Internet is the 57th entry in the Disney Animated Canon, and its fifth sequelnote . The sequel to 2012's Wreck-It Ralph, it premiered on November 21, 2018.

Taking place six years after the events of the first film, the story starts with the arcade getting Internet access, around the same time the Sugar Rush console breaks down and is unplugged. To save Vanellope's home, she and Ralph venture into the Internet via the arcade's new wi-fi router in hopes of finding the part needed to fix the console. However, Vanellope begins to express boredom with Sugar Rush. She knows every turn, every corner, every stretch of the game. It's become too predictable. After having so much fun taking part in an online racing game, she starts to have doubts about wanting to go back to Sugar Rush.

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Rich Moore, who directed the first Wreck-It Ralph film, co-directs with Phil Johnston, who also wrote the screenplay with Pamela Ribon. Most of the original voice cast returns, including John C. Reilly as Ralph, Sarah Silverman as Vanellope, Jack McBrayer as Fix-It Felix Jr., and Jane Lynch as Sergeant Calhoun. Alan Tudyk, who voiced King Candy in the first film, returns as KnowsMore, a search engine with an overly aggressive auto-fill function, while Taraji P. Henson and Gal Gadot join to voice new characters called Yesss and Shank respectively.

Previews: Teaser, Trailer 1, Trailer 2, Trailer 3.


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Ralph Breaks the Internet contains examples of:

  • Action Girl: Shank, a driver in the game Slaughter Race.
    • In the climax, the Disney Princesses!
  • Act of True Love: After Ralph gets caught by the virus Ralph while helping her escape and virus Ralph starts to crush him, Vanellope finally admits defeat and says she'll go with him if he just spares her best friend.
  • Adopted to the House: All the inhabitants of Sugar Rush are able to find some place to stay in other games after their game gets unplugged. Gene takes in Sour Bill (though only because he goes with his decoration), Ralph lets Vanellope stay with him, and Felix and Calhoun decide to become parents to the other Sugar Rush racers.
  • All Your Powers Combined: The Disney Princesses band together, each utilizing their special abilities, to rescue Ralph from falling after the climax.
  • Always a Bigger Fish: When Ralph and Vanellope go to Slaughter Race they're accosted by a pitbull...and then a great white shark pops out of a manhole and eats it in a single bite. It sets the tone for how ridiculously dangerous the game is supposed to feel.
  • An Aesop:
    • Don't get too clingy to your friends 'cause they might want to have their own breathing room. It's better not to expect your best friend to accompany you the whole time. Also, if you suspect your friend wants to leave you, ask them first before making quick, rash assumptions.
    • Be honest with your friends, even if you think it will hurt their feelings.
  • Anthropomorphic Personification: A lot of the new characters are personifications of internet elements: KnowsMore is a search engine, Yesss is an algorithm, Spamley is a pop-up ad, and so on.
  • A Round of Drinks for the House: Ralph takes advantage of Felix saying he'll cover for him while he's gone by ordering drinks for everyone and saying the tab is on Felix.
  • Art Evolution: CGI improvements show on the character models over the six years between movies. For example, there's a render comparison of Ralph and Vanellope. Vanellope's leggings now have a metallic shine.
  • Artificial Intelligence: The game characters may just be ones and zeroes, but they have feelings, grow beyond their programming, and contemplate their existence.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: The King Kong-like conglomeration of Insecurity Virus-Ralphs at the climax.
  • Attention Whore: Ralph invokes this trope to get hearts and money on Buzzztube.
  • Bait-and-Switch: It appears that Tiana is preparing to kiss Ralph awake, but then she pulls out frog Naveen to do it instead.
  • Balloon Belly: A bunny in a toddler's iPad game swells to a huge size as Ralph feeds it way too many pancakes. And then Ralph feeds it even further...
  • Big Damn Heroes: Subverted with Spamley, who shows up to save Ralph, only for Ralph to crash right through his cart. Played straight with the Disney princesses, who save Ralph from falling after the virus disappears.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Ralph and Vanellope manage to both get the money to get the replacement steering wheel for Sugar Rush and destroy the virus and save the internet, but Vanellope decides to remain in Slaughter Race permanently and not go back to the arcade with Ralph, though their friendship is never broken and they still keep in touch with each other.
  • Black Comedy:
    • The "Child Stars in Prison" and exploding bunny seem to imply we'll be getting more of this type of humor like that from the previous film.
    • Ralph and Vanellope getting threatened by an angry guard dog... only for said dog to be suddenly eaten by a shark that pops out of a nearby sewer right before the two's eyes.
  • Bland-Name Product: Some posters, like the very first announcement picture, has made up brands that are similar to the websites that they are supposed to represent, but there still is a good deal of Product Placement. The second trailer and other posters released with it depict real companies.
    • KnowsMore is a search engine character the main characters encounter.
    • Despite the advertisement of Amazon, there's also an ad for the "Amazin Kinding."
    • While YouTube is a profitable site on the internet, Ralph and Vanellope try to earn real dollars on Buzzztube.
  • Body of Bodies: The giant Ralph towards the climax of the movie, which is made up of all the Ralph viruses.
  • Body Horror: One guy Ralph meets in the Dark Net has a "little brother" attached to his neck.
  • Book-Ends: The first film ends with Vanellope being restored as a Sugar Rush racer. This film ends with her permanently leaving Sugar Rush in favor of Slaughter Race.
  • Boys Have Cooties: Judging from Vanellope's reaction to the concept of True Love's Kiss.
  • Brain Bleach: In a trailer, both Ralph and Vanellope comment on the picture of the "Sorrowful Kitten" being sold on Ebay. It's nothing grotesque or horrifying. Just a sad kitten giving tearful Puppy-Dog Eyes.
    Ralph: It's like it's looking into my soul.
    Vanellope: Yeah, that one's really going to haunt me for a while.
  • Broken Record: How Vanellope demonstrates she can do annoying persistence, getting Yesss to allow her to be a popup.
    Vanellope: Can I? Can I, can I, can I, can I, can I, can I, can I, can I, can I?!
  • The Cameo:
  • Captain Obvious: A part in a trailer goes like this.
    Ralph: Holy Cow, we're in the internet!
    Vanellope: Isn't that an astute observation.
  • Celebrity Paradox:
  • Clickbait Gag:
    • Ralph encounters citizens of the internet asking him to read articles with titles as sensationalist as "These Ten Child Stars Went to Prison (Number 6 Will Amaze You!)".
    • The Stinger itself is one; an "exclusive preview" of Frozen 2 is interrupted by Ralph Rickrolling the audience.
  • Comically Missing the Point: Vanellope tries to get Ralph to feed the kitty pancakes instead of the bunny, but he refuses because it's against the rules of the game they're in. Cue "Pop!" Goes the Human.
  • Commonality Connection: Vanellope and Shank bond over their shared love of racing, and Shank is impressed with Vanellope's driving skills.
    • Vanellope also bonds with the Disney Princesses this way:
      Rapunzel: Do people assume that all your problems got solved when a big strong man showed up?
      Vanellope: Yes! What is up with that?
      All: She is a princess!
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: Ralph becomes a platonic version to Vanellope. His Insecurity Virus clones take it Up to Eleven.
  • Cute Kitten:
    • Ralph and Vanellope see a painting of an adorable cat with Puppy-Dog Eyes up for sale. In a trailer, Vanellope admits it's hard to let it go.
    • Also, the cute bunny that Ralph feeds too many pancakes to is paired with an equally cute kitty that drinks milkshakes.
    • Grumpy Cat is featured on a Youtube video.
  • Cyberspace: The main theme of the movie is Ralph and Vanellope traveling the internet instead of the network of arcade games.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Spamley, a shady but helpful merchant, and the characters of Slaughter Race fit the bill.
  • Darker and Edgier: The new online racing game that Vanellope and Ralph participate in, Slaughter Race, seems to be this to the bright and colorful Sugar Rush. The characters even resemble the kind of people found at any Fast and the Furious movie. Doesn't stop Vanellope from enjoying it.
  • Demoted to Extra: Calhoun, Felix and the rest of the Nicelanders and Sugar Rush racers get very few appearances this time around, numbering around the same as the cameos from other video game characters.
  • Disney Acid Sequence: Parodied during Vanellope's Slaughter Race song where everything she's singing about wanting involves very unsettling and dangerous things within the game's inner city motif.
  • Distressed Dude: At the climax of the film, Ralph is freefalling from a great height, and all the princesses, in a display of role-reversal, join together to save him. By making him a Dude in This Dress.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Ralph still doesn't, and gets called out for it by Yesss. This time, he's joined by the habitually barefoot princesses Ariel, Pocahontas, Rapunzel and Moana.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?:
    • Spamley appears to be an amalgamation of clickbait web game and The Deep Web content. His residence is located in a lower level between the Dark Net (pretty much a Wretched Hive in the lowest level and the film’s version of Dark Web) and the surface of Internet, much like the Deep Web located between the Dark Web and the Surface Web. On the other hand, he also sells illegal things, some of which are stolen, an activity that allegedly mostly happens in the Dark Web instead of the Deep Web. Even his name is Spamley!
    • Vanellope’s relationship with Ralph. If certain words were changed, Ralph can be seen as an overly attached boyfriend while Vanellope is his girlfriend who wants something new in their relationship. But he’s content with the current situation and wants nothing to be changed, insensitive to her feelings. He’s also insecure when Vanellope merely says, almost offhandedly, that they can “agree to disagree” and how he doesn’t want to argue with her, much like a boyfriend being insecure when his girlfriend becomes distant and starts arguing or having different opinions from him. Ralph's distrust and resentment towards Shank can also be seen as jealousy because Vanellope thinks she's cool. By the end of the film, Ralph and Vanellope pretty much break up but they remain in touch, and Vanellope starts a new life with her new partner and a set of new friends.
    • Vanellope can also be seen as a girlfriend who wants to go far away, such as going study abroad or working overseas, but doesn’t know how to tell her boyfriend. When he learns about it, he’s unhappy and prevents her from going, causing conflict between them. By the end of the film, however, he agrees to let her go and they are committed to a long distance relationship .
    • On a non-romantic side, the situation can also be seen as a Gender Flipped version of a My Beloved Smother relationship. Ralph acts like he's worrying a lot about Vanellope's safety while she's away. He convinces Yesss to send her to a Disney website (Disney being a quintessential kids' company) rather than someplace else, and the setting of Slaughter Race is a parent's nightmare about where their child could end up living. They patch things up and still have a good relationship, but it seems it will probably be mostly long-distance for the rest of their lives, similar to a child and parent after the kid has moved out. Shank even calls Ralph's final quip a "dad joke."
    • Vanellope’s feelings to her game, Sugar Rush. If Sugar Rush was a house, then Vanellope essentially got bored with her house because it has grown old and "predictable" and wants to leave to start a new life on her own. Not to mention she essentially had abusive history from the first film, much like a kid who wants to abandon their abusive family. She cites how they wouldn’t know if she went missing because she’s just one of 16 kids/racers. By the end of the film, she abandons her house to start a new life in Slaughter Race and her house, Sugar Rush, either agree to let her go or, disturbingly, never really care about her at all because there are already 15 other kids.
    • When Vanellope first barges into the Disney princesses' room and they all arm themselves, Princess Jasmine can be seen holding the magic lamp the exact same way you'd hold a pistol.
  • Double-Meaning Title: Ralph became an Internet sensation through viral videos, then he unleashes a virus that nearly destroys the Internet.
  • Dull Surprise: Sour Bill takes the unplugging of Sugar Rush with just as much lack of emotion as you'd expect him to.
    Sour Bill: Oh no. I'm freaking out hard.
  • Eureka Moment: Felix making an incoherent noise out of stress that sounds vaguely like "Ebay" leads Ralph to get his idea of going to the internet and getting the replacement part for Sugar Rush.
  • Every Car Is a Pinto: Upon entering Slaughter Race, Ralph and Vanellope see a car flip over and crash, and then explode a few moments later.
  • Exact Words: Double Dan explains that the virus he gives Ralph to put into Slaughter Race searches for insecurities and copies them endlessly. However, it turns out this doesn't just mean insecurities in the game code itself like Vanellope's glitch, but also emotional insecurities...
  • Expy: Slaughter Race is one of Burnout and Carmageddon.
  • Extremely Short Time Span: The main plot takes place over about 24 hours, which is the time limit given on the steering wheel bid before Slaughter Race is introduced.
  • Foreshadowing:
  • For Want of a Nail: If Vanellope hadn't fought against the player's controls during game hours to see the hidden track in Sugar Rush, the steering wheel wouldn't have broken and the plot wouldn't have occurred in the first place.
  • Fourth-Wall Observer: Applies In-Universe, given that apparently, all the Disney Princesses are aware of Pixar.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus:
    • At one point, Ralph is digging through the deep depths of the internet to recover his tossed-away hero medallion. He tosses aside a marquis of GeoCities.
    • There are tons of background images all over the internet that go by just too quickly to catch in a single viewing.
    • Another example doubles as an Easter Egg: in Spamley's shack, there are yellow question mark blocks hidden in a stash full of stolen game items, complete with an 8-bit typeface for the question mark.
  • A Friend in Need: A major reason the plot exists. Even though the conflict is ultimately Ralph's fault even if it was a nice gesture, he really does show that he wants to go above and beyond to help Vanellope out.
  • G.I.F.T.: Yesss fails to mention the first rule of the internet: Don't read the comments. Ralph stumbles into the comments section and is soon bombarded by haters. Despite the reaction on his face, he says he's not bothered by it since he's been disrespected as a villain his entire life.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: The bunny exploding from eating too many pancakes is not seen, only the toddler's horrified reaction is. In Slaughter Race, the camera cuts to Ralph and Vanellope's faces as a pair of players are incinerated.
  • Gretzky Has the Ball: After launching a football through the uprights with a punch, Ralph exclaims, "Home run!"
  • Grievous Bottley Harm: Parodied; as the Disney Princesses prepare to attack Vanellope, Cinderella breaks one of her glass slippers and points it like a shiv.
  • Harmful to Minors: While we, the viewers, were spared the sight of the exploding bunny, the toddler playing the mobile game wasn't so lucky...
  • The Heartless: The virus created from Ralph is based on his insecurities, specifically his insecurity over Vanellope leaving him. When Ralph accepts that even though Vanellope has to leave, she'll always be his friend, his insecurity is fixed, causing the virus Ralphs to disappear.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: When Ralph is about to be killed, Vanellope shouts to the virus Ralph that she'll give up everything and be his friend forever, but that he has to let Ralph go. As virus Ralph becomes happy and prepares to do so, Ralph then decides to call himself and the virus out for being a bad friend and how that it isn't fair for him or the virus Ralphs to do that to her, ultimately sparing Vanellope from her sacrifice.
  • Hero of Another Story: Felix and Calhoun, having been Demoted to Extra, spend the span of the film parenting all the non-Vanellope Sugar Rush racers. In the span of eight hours, they managed to tame the little brats, and turn them into absolute angels.
  • Hidden Depths: In the original cut, the Disney Princesses are revealed to be not as "perfect" as they're made up to be when hanging out with Vanellope. Jasmine, for example, is actually allergic to cats, including her pet tiger Rajah, while Snow White needs glasses to see. In the final cut, none of them have concepts of modern fashion because they are forced to wear their Iconic Outfits, and they think Vanellope's sweater is a dress itself. Ariel geeks out over finally wearing a "shirt" for the first time in her existence.
  • History Repeats: Once again, Ralph's well-intentioned desire to protect Vanellope only ends up hurting her and severely damages the two's friendship, though arguably his intention this time around is a bit more motivated by self-interest as he personally wants Vanellope to go back to the arcades with him against her will.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Ralph tells Vanellope to stay focused at eBay, before some pop-up ads appear to distract him.
  • I Choose to Stay: In the end, Vanellope decides to permanently reside in Slaughter Race. Shank even managed to download her code to the game so she could respawn if she died.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: A stressed Fix-It Felix goes to Tapper after-hours to drown his worries in root beer over the 15 Sugar Rush children he just officially adopted after the game was unplugged.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Continuing the trend from the first movie, Shank is pretty much a CGI'd Gal Gadot.
  • Inside a Computer System: The world of the Internet is depicted here as a sprawling metropolis.
  • "I Want" Song: Vanellope gets her own regarding her desire to stay in Slaughter Race. At first, she thinks she merely wanted a new steering wheel for Sugar Rush, but it turns out she wants excitement, adventure and something new in her life to escape the doldrums of her routine, monotonous life back in her old game.
  • The Internet Is for Cats: Grumpy Cat is featured in the film, and the concept is lampshaded by one of the other characters. Ralph mentions that there are a lot of cat videos when they first enter Buzzztube.
  • Justified Title: In the climax of the film, the viral Ralph clones merge together into a Kaiju form of Ralph, destroying entire buildings (websites) and disconnecting users in a massive DDoS attack that literally breaks the internet. Note that "breaking the internet" originally meant "causing the internet to no longer function", which is what happens here, before it got supplanted by the newer meaning of "dominating the conversation in the most well-populated corners of the Internet, especially at the expense of more newsworthy topics", according to Merriam-Webster.
  • "King Kong" Climb: The giant made of Virus Ralphs grabs Vanellope and climbs with her to the top of the Google building.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler:
    • A major plot point in the original film is Vanellope being unable to leave her game because of her glitched status before Ralph saves the day. The teaser trailer for this movie starts with Vanellope visiting Ralph in Game Central Station, where all game characters meet up, so the audience knows that her glitching bug is no longer an issue. The "Disney Princess" trailer shows that she now lives in Ralph's off-screen brick pile in Fix-It Felix due to Sugar Rush breaking down, and she can still glitch at will. Official Trailer 2 shows Ralph and Vanellope escaping from Sugar Rush, along with the rest of its inhabitants, just moments before it gets unplugged.
    • Vanellope actually being the princess of Sugar Rush was a major plot twist in the first film, but she freely informs the other Disney princesses of her status in the trailers.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: During The Stinger, little Mo comments that there was a scene that was in the trailer but not the movie and that made her sad. Then it's revealed that this is that scene.
  • Limited Animation:
    • Just as in the first film, The Nicelanders and Tapper have jittery animation to reflect what era of gaming they come from.
    • Compared to Shank and other NPCs featured in Slaughter Race, player characters are considerably lower quality in appearance and animation. They move around like they're stuck in "run" mode, and only have about three frames of mouth animations when talking.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: Ralph's self-worth is entirely dependent on Vanellope's opinion of him, to the point that he panics over minor disagreements with her. The movie ends up deconstructing it, when this causes Ralph to make a series of bad decisions that puts their friendship (along with Vanellope herself, and eventually the entire internet) in jeopardy until he comes to terms with how unhealthy this mindset can be.
  • Long Title: Initially; the title was originally Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2, but Disney decided to cut it to just Ralph Breaks the Internet.
  • Love Hurts: Purely platonic between Ralph and Vanellope, but a big part of Ralph's character is being scared of losing his best friend and going back to having nobody to be around. He still carries around Vanellope's old medal she made him in the first movie because to him it means the world, and he even reassures himself about how as long as he's her hero, then everything's fine.Ultimately he explains to the giant virus Ralph that everything will be okay no matter how hard it will hurt, and both Ralph and his virus duplicates accept that Vanellope has dreams that their friendship should not hold her from. In the end, despite Ralph being so scared of losing his friend, he happily admits to Felix that he's actually going to be okay.
  • Madness Mantra: The Ralph virus moans "friend" continually.
  • Malicious Misnaming: The Disney Princesses reportedly call C-3PO "R2-D2" and "BB-8" in early pre-screenings.
  • Massive Multiplayer Crossover: Much like the first movie. But rather than primarily video games, the sequel does this with Disney itself in a major first for the Disney Animated Canon. An exclusive clip shown at D23 features Ralph and Vanellope visiting Disney fansite Oh My Disney, where they meet everyone from C-3PO to Tinker Bell to Buzz Lightyear. Vanellope also meets the other Disney Princesses and joins them for a slumber party. Notably, it marks the first time that Pixar characters (such as Merida and the aforementioned Buzz Lightyear) have appeared outside their own canon in a Disney Animated Canon movie, much less Marvel and Lucasfilm.
    • Just like the first movie, Sonic and Dr. Eggman, along with Pac-Man, Q*bert and the Bad Anon villains, appear in Game Central Station. Sonic plays a slightly bigger role this time around, as he's the one who explains about the internet and Wi-Fi.
  • Mean Character, Nice Actor: Shank and her friends are the antagonists of their game so they're antagonistic to the human players. But they're friendly to the other game characters, including Ralph and Vanellope after they explained why they attempted to steal her car.
  • Memetic Mutation: Invoked. The best way Ralph can afford to make $27,001 within 8 hours to buy the Sugar Rush steering wheel with his Ebay bid is by becoming an internet star and converting heart reacts into money, which is what Buzzztube does. Through Yesss' guidance and army of adbots, the old 1980s video game villain Wreck-It Ralph mysteriously becomes the biggest hit on the internet.
  • Metaphorgotten: Ralph, when he tries to psych up Vanellope.
    Ralph: Start churning butter, and put on your church shoes little sister, because we're about to BLAST OFF!
    (Beat)
    Vanellope: Ralph, what is it you're trying to say?
    Ralph: (deadpan) We're going to the Internet.
  • Mirror Self: The virus replicants of Ralph are essentially Ralph's whole insecurity who have nothing else to them, and focus entirely on their own need for Vanellope as their friend. It's actually this entity that forces Ralph to consider how he truly acts, and ultimately he manages to talk down these viruses by explaining to them (and himself) that it's going to be okay with or without her.
  • Modest Royalty: All the Disney Princesses end up donning extremely casual clothes thanks to Vanellope.
  • Monster Clown: One of the residents of Slaughter Race is a creepy clown.
  • Monster of the Aesop: Double Dan's virus copies the extremely insecure Ralph, creating a horde of replicants that wander around moaning "friend" and want to capture Vanellope and keep her with them forever.
  • Mundane Object Amazement: The Disney Princesses are so used to wearing fancy ballgowns, they're amazed and impressed by Vanellope's casual clothing. Ariel even nearly breaks into a "Part of Your World" parody over her amazement at getting to wear a t-shirt.
  • Musical Nod:
    • The stormtrooper scene samples the Imperial March and the end part of the Star Wars opening crawl theme.
    • When the Disney Princess rescue Ralph, the score samples their solo songs from their movies.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: After unleashing a virus upon Slaughter Race out of both jealousy and an act of revenge for "stealing" Vanellope's affection from him, only when it tries to kill Vanellope does Ralph realize just how bad the virus is.
  • Mythology Gag: Expect a feast of these in the Oh My Disney segment.
    • The entrance to Oh My Disney is the iconic Disney castle logo, sparkling arch included.
    • There is an amazing berth of characters from all over Disney's history wandering around the pavilion, from the few that Vanellope actually interacts with - like Grumpy - to the dozens that are just walking around making blink and you'll miss it cameos - from Groot to Clarabelle Cow - many of them 2D characters rendered for the first time in three dimensions.
    • The Disney Princess scene is filled to the brim with allusions to each princess's respective films.
      • Pocahontas's hair seems to naturally blow in the wind, despite being indoors. Also, the weapon she uses when she nearly attacks Vanellope is the same one that her father nearly used to execute John Smith in her movie.
      • Mulan does an aerial kick when attacking Vanellope, a nod to the ending shot from "I'll Make a Man Out of You". Then she pulls out a sword and holds it in an overhead stance the same way she did to Shan-Yu on the palace rooftop.
      • Ariel is seen combing her hair with a "dinglehopper".
      • The ladies ask Vanellope about her attributes as a princess. Cinderella asks if she talks to animals, Aurora and Tiana ask if she was cursed, Snow White asks if she was poisoned (while holding out the Evil Queen's poisoned apple in front of a mirror), and Rapunzel and Belle ask if she was "kidnapped or enslaved".
      • Furthermore, Ariel asks if Vanellope made a deal with a sea witch, Snow White asks if she had "true love's kiss", and Jasmine asks if she has "daddy issues". Of special note, Snow White sings "true love's kiss" just like one of the musical numbers in Enchanted (which can't be featured due to the rights involving Amy Adams' likeness).
      • The biggest one would be the part when Vanellope mentions that she doesn't have a mom, and a big group of the princesses chime in that they don't have moms either - all the princesses in that shot are either orphans (Snow White, Cinderella, Anna and Elsa) or have a single dad (Pocahontas, Jasmine, Belle, Ariel), while the ones who do still have a mom (Tiana) or both parents (Aurora, Moana, Rapunzel, Merida, Mulan) are the ones out of frame.
      • Also, when Vanellope explains that she's a Princess, Anna asks, "Wait, what?" The use of this line was a Running Gag in Frozen. And, when all the princesses get ready to defend themselves when they mistake Vanellope as an intruder, Anna is the only one who raises her fists instead of a weapon, an allusion to how she punched Hans out.
    • The Princesses' casual outfits all feature nods to their movies. For example:
      • Merida's shirt as the image of a bear with the word "Mum" on it. Also, when she speaks in the trailer, she's talking about the events of her own movie.
      • Aurora's shirt says "Nap Queen," a pun on the completely-inappropriate-for-children Fetty Wap song "Trap Queen."
      • Elsa's shirt says "Just Let It Go".
      • Moana's shirt reads "#Shiny", with a picture of Tamatoa at the bottom.
      • Cinderella' shirt has an image of her pumpkin coach and the phrase "G2G," meaning "Got to Go" in Internet speak.
      • Tiana's shirt says "NOLA"
      • Snow White's shirt says "Poison" with a picture of the poisoned apple.
      • Anna's shirt has a picture of a sandwich on it and the words "Finish Each Other's".
      • Mulan's jacket has images of Mushu embroidered on it.
      • Rapunzel's shirt has images of ducklings on it and says "Snuggly Ducklings" on the front.
      • The text on Ariel's shirt is colored purple, much like the Seashell Bra she wears in her mermaid form, and it reads:
        Gizmos&
        Whooz-its&
        Whats-its&
        Snarfblats&
        Dinglehoppers
    • After the princesses rescue Ralph, Moana says "You're Welcome".
    • In a non-Disney example, Sonic explains the internet to Ralph. It's like another modern day Sonic Says segment.
  • Never Trust a Trailer:
    • The trailer that featured the Disney Princesses scene does not play it in full; dialogue was left out.
    • Ralph telling Vanellope that they're going to the internet plays out with different dialogue than in the trailers.
    • Lampshaded by a mid-credits scene with a little girl who was disappointed that an advertised scene wasn't in the movie. The pancake bunny scene then plays out in the game she's playing.
    • The commentary about the sorrowful kitten doesn't happen in the film.
    • Vanellope's line about princesses ends with "lame" instead of "barf", with that word getting moved to her reaction to Snow White's idea of true love's kiss.
    • Merida's unintelligible dialogue is completely different from the trailer, and even more incomprehensible.
    • The shots of the Princesses taking a selfie with Vanellope photo-bombing appear to have been just made for the promos.
  • Nice Character, Mean Actor: In-Universe, The Disney Princesses themselves are all nice characters in their respective films, but in this universe, some keep pretending not to remember C-3PO's name.note 
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!:
    • Ralph's efforts to provide a new track in Sugar Rush results in the player accidentally breaking the steering wheel by fighting against Vanellope's control.
    • Ralph unleashes a virus that copies insecurities. First, he crashes Slaughter Race by it copying Vanellope's glitch, then the virus copies his own insecurities and unleashes an internet-wide DDoS attack.
  • Nice to the Waiter: Vanellope endears herself to KnowsMore by thanking him after he's found the steering wheel for her and Ralph. It pays off during the virus outbreak, when he lets her hide in his shop.
  • No Antagonist: The movie has no villain (though the closest things to villains are Arthur, the virus from the Dark Net and the clones of Ralph it creates), but rather a series of conflicts caused mainly by Ralph himself, who acts out of concern that he and Vanellope might no longer be friends when she finds the Slaughter Race game more appealing and Vanellope looks up to Shank as a Cool Big Sister figure.
  • No Challenge Equals No Satisfaction: Discussed. Shank explains to Pyro that the reason she is so hard on players is because of this. This is also a major part of Vanellope's arc, she has become bored with how easy her race game is.
  • No Pronunciation Guide: Ralph, coming from a time before the internet existed, mispronounces a few Internet terms.
    • He pronounces "Wi-Fi" with short 'i' sounds instead of long ones.
    • He also thinks that Google sells goggles.
    • He calls eBay "eBoy" as well. An actual eBoy shows up as an personified eBay alert a couple times throughout the movie.
    • When he first meets Yesss, he asks if she's the "head of Al Gore" instead of "head algorithm".
    • In The Stinger, he refers to "Never Gonna Give You Up" as "a real earwig".
  • No True Scotsman: When Vanellope tries to pass herself as a princess (which is technically true, also a Late-Arrival Spoiler), the other Disney Princesses grill her on the very tropes they themselves went through. They officially declare her one when she acknowledges Rapunzel's suggestion of how people assume her problems went away because of a "big strong man" showing up.
  • Non-Answer: Played with. Baby Groot is probably giving well-thought answers in his own language during a Q&A session, but in English he is only capable of saying one thing. Funnily, all of the querents act as though they completely understand him.
  • Ocean Awe: Discussed with the motifs of "important Water".
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • When the poor bunny sees the cart of pancakes.
    • Ralph, Vanellope and the cat before the poor bunny explodes.
    • Yesss when Ralph's unboxing video fails to upload.
    • Vanellope when she sees the giant Ralph made of other Ralphs.
  • Paddleball Shot:
    • Ralph throws a football a few times into the air, toward the camera, while lying down on the field next to Vanellope.
    • The man in the Slaughter Race musical number with the "face tattoo" line points his needle toward the camera as it zooms in toward him.
    • The virus that Ralph released starts shooting willy-nilly, before shooting straight at the camera.
  • Platonic Declaration of Love: Vanellope tells Ralph she loves him (in a familial-type way) as they're saying goodbye before he goes back to the arcade and she goes into Slaughter Race.
  • Plot-Mandated Friendship Failure: Just like the first film, Ralph did something terrible to Vanellope in a misguided attempt to protect her, and it results in Vanellope getting furious at Ralph once she finds out about it. And the rest of the third act is Ralph desperately trying to make up for his mistake.
  • Poor Communication Kills: The entire third act of the movie could have been easily avoided if Ralph and Vanellope were willing to talk to each other about Slaughter Race.
  • "Pop!" Goes the Human: Ralph accidentally feeds a bunny in a toddler's iPad game too many pancakes, causing it to explode.
  • Product Placement:
    • eBay is featured prominently as the source of the replacement steering wheel for the Sugar Rush cabinet.
    • Real websites like IMDb, YouTube, TripAdvisor, Reddit, and National Geographic are seen. The logo for Cisco is also noticeable.
    • Amazon, Snapchat, Facebook, Google, Pinterest and Twitter also appear.
    • In the oldest parts of the Internet, there's a brief part where Ralph lifts up a gray pillar with 'Geocities' partially written on it. Dial-up is on a poster in the background, and there's an abandoned chatroom building with its sign in the old Macintosh font "Chicago". The Netscape Navigator ship wheel can be seen in the background.
    • KnowsMore mentions Nordstrom Rack and Urban Outfitters.
    • Oh My Disney, one of Disney's official websites, appears in this movie. In it are hubs for Disney characters (notably the princesses), as well as the other major properties that Disney owns, such as The Muppets, Star Wars, and Marvel Comics.
    • Interestingly, the logo for PlayStation's Gran Turismo video game series of all things is seen among the hundreds of internet-based cameos.
    • Many logos of companies making antivirus software can be seen in the movie's climax, namely Norton.
  • Real Is Brown: Much to Ralph's dismissal, the city in Slaughter Race has muted colors and a constant brown tint because of all the smog in the air.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • Vanellope becomes concerned about the princesses' sanity and well-being when Belle and Rapunzel ask if she has been kidnapped and enslaved.
      Vanellope: No! Are you guys okay? Should I call the police?
    • J.P. Spamley drives in to catch Ralph with his car while he's falling. Ralph is too heavy and going too fast; all that happens is that the car's floor gets broken, and Ralph keeps falling.
    • When the Sugar Rush wheel breaks, the arcade owner mentions that the company that made the game went out of business years ago, thus making replacement parts expensive and near-impossible to get; he doesn't want to order the replacement wheel because it's $200 at minimum, more than that game brings in during an entire year.
    • Ralph and Vanellope win the Ebay auction by up-bidding the Sugar Rush steering wheel to $27,001 in the last minute of the auction. Cue Oh, Crap! when they realize that number has to be paid in real money they don't have.
    • Just because Ralph became an overnight internet sensation doesn’t mean everyone on the internet will like him. In fact, some user comments outright express hatred at Ralph. Not that this keeps Ralph down for long: he’s used to 30+ years of people in his own game hating him, so this is nothing new. The Ralph memes also don’t stay popular for long, requring Ralph to keep pumping out new silly memes to keep himself trendy.
  • Reused Character Design: The little girl on the iPad in the teaser trailer, whose game Ralph and Vanellope invade, is a redressed version of young Moana. Her mother calls her Mo.
  • Right Behind Me: At one point, Shank and Vanellope speak about the latter wanting to stay in Slaughter Race and being unwilling to tell Ralph; what they don't know is, he's muted with his video call hologram right behind them the whole time.
  • Role Reprisal:
  • Rushed Inverted Reading: During Zangief's book club, Ralph is holding the works of Fyodor Dostoevsky upside down, as he doesn't understand any of it. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the Unreliable Narrator aspect of his works, so it was supposed to be confusing.
  • Self-Deprecation:
    • When Vanellope first arrives at "Oh My Disney", she's not impressed.
      Vanellope: Aw, come on! Princesses and cartoon characters, lame!
    • When Vanellope meets the Disney Princesses, what convinces them she's a princess as well is when Rapunzel asks "Do people assume all your problems got solved because a big, strong man showed up?" and Vanellope responds she doesn't understand why people keep thinking that. It's a blatant shot at the ongoing misconception that all the Disney Princesses need to rely on male characters to save them.
  • Sequel Escalation: The first film was about the character's adventures in a relatively self-contained arcade. This film increases the playing field to the internet.
  • Sequel: The Original Title: Wreck-It Ralph 2 was the movie's subtitle until Disney decided to remove the subtitle altogether.
  • Shout-Out:
    • In the eBay scene, one of the things that can be seen up for bidding is the Magic Lamp.
    • An Expy of the Maple Story Mushroom mascot is shown on a large advertisement in the 2nd official trailer.
    • The "I Can Has Cheezburger?" meme is shown on the side of a building when Vanellope and Ralph initially start to explore the internet.
    • Ralph is shown doing the Floss dance, popularized by Fortnite, on a human's tablet.
    • When Shank first appears on camera, she gets a splash screen similar to those from Borderlands.
    • The scene where Vanellope is chased by Storm Troopers includes a part of the Imperial March.
    • Before the Princesses change into their casual wear, a Batman-style transition with the Disney castle in place of the Batman insignia appears, complete with Neal Hefti's music.
    • The climax will give you King Kong flashbacks.
  • Snap Back: At the very end of Wreck-It Ralph, Vanellope rejects the Princess title and declares herself President of Sugar Rush. She never refers to herself as a president at all, and consistently refers to herself as a Princess throughout this film, especially embracing it after meeting the Disney Princesses themselves.
  • Spiritual Successor: To House of Mouse in terms of Disneynote  characters all together interacting with one another.
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: Gord tends to sneak up on people from behind them.
  • The Stinger: An exclusive preview of Frozen 2 turns into Ralph Rickrolling the audience, with the original video recreated with remarkable detail.
  • Stock Sound Effects: A few examples.
    • Buzz Lightyear and Baby Groot's dialogue is actually made up of voice clips from their respective movies. Despite what the credits would have you believe, they did not actually bring in Tim Allen and Vin Diesel to record for this film.
    • Same goes for Michael Giacchino's line as FN-3181, which was taken from his line from The Force Awakens.
    • Anna's first line ("Wait. What?") is reused from Frozen.
    • And of course, what are Stormtroopers without the Wilhelm Scream?
  • Talking the Monster to Death: Ralph and Vanellope subdue the amalgam of Ralph viruses via Ralph talking himself through his separation anxiety with Vanellope.
  • Take Me Instead: In the climax, as the Mega-Ralph virus starts crushing Ralph to death over competition for Vanellope, the latter begs that Ralph be spared and that she'll agree to be its friend to insure Ralph lives.
  • That One Sidequest: In-Universe, stealing Shank's car is apparently this, so much that one guy was willing to pay $40,000 in real cash for it.
  • Thousand-Yard Stare: The painting of the sorrowful kitten.
  • Threatening Shark: When encountering a Vicious Dog in an online game, a shark suddenly appears out of the sewer to eat the dog.
    Ralph: The attention to detail is pretty impressive.
  • Time Skip: Set six years after the original film. Appropriately enough, there's a nearly six-year gap between the releases of both films. Ralph even mentioned the 6-year gap to Vanellope at one point in the film. It's also mentioned that Felix and Calhoun had been married for 6 years.
  • Totally Radical: The phrase "breaking the Internet" went out of style some time before the film's title was announced. Of course, the pun on Ralph breaking something was too hard to resist. A conversation between Ralph and Yesss in the trailer but not in the movie proper lampshades this, with Ralph saying that "Ralph Wrecks the Internet" would sound better and Vanellope backing him up.
  • True Companions: Ralph and Vanellope. They even state that, since the first film, they've hung out practically every day for the past six years.
  • Truth in Television: Ralph becoming an internet meme isn't really all that farfetched, as there are multiple memes currently in rotation featuring classic video game characters... none of which really make any sense.
  • Ultra Super Death Gore Fest Chainsawer 3000: Slaughter Race, a Carmageddon-esque multiplayer racing game.
  • The Unintelligible: Merida, because of her Scottish accent.
    Merida: I gave me mam a cake, she turned intae a big bear, my auld yin tried to do her in. If that's no a pure mess I don' know what is!note 
    Moana: We can't understand her.
    Anna: She's from the other studio.
    Vanellope: Ahhh.
    • This is a Shout-Out to Pixar Studios that produced Brave, as well as Young MacGuffin, one of Merida's would-be suitors, who speaks in a thick, untelligible Doric dialect that virtually no one can make heads or tails of.
  • The Unreveal: How exactly Felix and Calhoun managed to settle down their adoptive children goes unrevealed because a set of racers blaze by the tracks just as they start talking. Mr. Surge Protector wishes that parents everywhere could've just heard that great advice.
  • Unlimited Wardrobe: Yesss has one, since she has to keep up with what's trending every second. Every new scene she's in, she's in a new outfit.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: The virus has not been dealt with by the end of the movie. Only the Ralph clones are destroyed; their creator is still at large.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Vanellope gets furious when she finds out Ralph was the one who released the virus into Slaughter Race, causing it to crash and force a reboot.
  • Who's on First?: When Vanellope tries to tell Ralph about Yesss.
  • Wide Eyes and Shrunken Irises: The bunny does a variation of this trope; its Black Bead Eyes visibly shrink after it sees Vanellope bring out a cart filled with stacks of pancakes.
  • Wolverine Publicity: The Milkshake Kitty and Pancake Bunny are prominently featured in the teaser trailer. Therefore, there's a ton of merchandise dedicated to them, including plushes and figures. During the actual movie proper, a blind box of them appears only for it to be full of bees, and said trailer scene ends up being used to poke fun at trailer scenes that never appear in movies.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Ralph and Vanellope treat eBay as a minigame where whoever names the highest number wins the prize, and gleefully compete against each other to name ever larger numbers, going from the hundreds to the thousands and into the ten thousands, not realizing that they're setting the price they will have to pay in real-world money.
  • Your Princess Is in Another Castle: Ralph successfully utilizes Buzzztube to make the 30 thousand needed for the steering wheel, but there is still the issue of his friendship with Vanellope being at odds thanks to Slaughter Race.
  • Zerg Rush:
    • The Disney Princesses almost attack Vanellope like this.
    • In a much more sinister form, the virus Ralphs practically dogpile over themselves to get to Vanellope, and there are hundreds of them.
  • Zombie Apocalypse: The Ralph virus behaves like this for the first part of its existence, chasing Vanellope relentlessly while moaning "Friend." It even forms a pileup a la World War Z.

Alternative Title(s): Wreck It Ralph 2, Ralph Breaks The Internet Wreck It Ralph 2

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