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  • When Vanellope rescues Ralph in Diet Cola Mountain, her kart has changed into the one that she drives as shown on the side of the Sugar Rush game console... but later on when Ralph pushes her over the finish line, her kart is now the same as the one she made with Ralph. Mistake?
    • Probably she just wanted to finish the race in her own kart.
      • Which Felix would have fixed after they no longer had an apocalypse caused by a mass invasion of Big Creepy-Crawlies to deal with.
    • Actually, if you look closely it's Crumbelina Di Caramello's kart.
  • Is Vanellope a canon character (as princess) who was Dummied Out as a player character but still with a prominent role in the Sugar Rush game or an actual legitimate racer to begin with? Normally I would think the latter, but the fact she had coherent "civilian clothing" data and there was an unfinished glitch level even King Candy/Turbo didn't know about, plus the fact she still has visible glitching that players can exploit by the end of the movie, I'm starting to consider the former.
    • She probably has the regular outfit for racing since the other one wouldn't really fit in a racer. Or she somehow picked up bits of trash and fashioned them into an outfit, though that would imply she was naked for a while.
      • I'm assuming it's similar to that old rumor about Professor Oak in Pokémon Red and Blue, that is, originally supposed to be a playable character, got demoted to NPC but still had some data lurking about.
      • Her appearance on the cabinet is that of a formal white-and-mint-green racing suit that we never see her wear, rather than her civvies. The outfit she has on for most of the movie is probably what was scrounged together when she was turned into a 'glitch' (explaining how haphazard it is).
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    • On the arcade game cabinet, she is seen with the other players, in her civilian clothes, which does imply that she was intended to be seen by the players in those clothes. It's also possible that her teleporting was a legitimate game mechanic.
      • King Candy has a special animation where he launches himself off of the royal reviewing stand down a slide ramp into his race car. Princess Vanellope likely was supposed to have a similar special animation when she was selected to race, only also involving ditching her formal princess robes for her racing suit (i.e., the getup we see her wearing for most of the movie). We do see President Vanellope actually wearing her princess robes again for a formal occasion — Calhoun's wedding.
      • Also, we see at least one example of a programmed-in special power that only one specific racer can activate; see below for the example re: Candlehead.
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    • To confirm this, one needs to look no further than the Art of Wreck-it Ralph book. There you can see (as noted above) Vanellope in her white racing suit- which also appears briefly when you see her on the game console. What seals it is that there is also a pic of her in that suit and driving her original kart a rather familiar white kart... which during the movie's events, is in the hands of King Candy/Turbo.
  • So, at the end, is Vanellope still unable to leave the game? Is she still a 'glitch,' or is what was supposed to make her a glitch (The random teleports) supposed to be a part of her character, and it's all fixed now that she crossed the finish line? It was somewhat unclear, at least to this troper.
    • Seeing as how she attended Calhoun's wedding, which must be in a different game, the answer would be no.
      • I'd err on the side of saying no, she isn't... at least not anymore. With her crossing the finish line, her actual code was reconnected and everything was made better for her... and she just decided to keep the 'glitch-porting' because it was kind of her schtick now.
    • Alternately, the whole "glitches can't leave their own games" thing is bunk. When King Candy screwed with her code, he did something that kept her from leaving, and then claimed that it was the result of her being a glitch. He knows that if her code gets recovered, he'll get exposed as Turbo, so he keeps her from leaving the game, and therefore preventing her from getting help from anyone until Ralph comes in.
  • Why is Vanellope unable to leave the game? She's not included in the game's code - neither would Ralph or Felix or any other game jumper be, so how come it's just "glitches?"
    • She's in the code, but her connections were broken by Turbo/King Candy.
    • Even if she were actually a glitch, whereas a normal character is deliberately coded, a glitch is created by accident, through unexpected interactions of code. Without the game code, there is no glitch.
  • So yes, it's nice that they subverted the whole Gratuitous Princess trope.. am I the only one that found the whole "I'll be President instead of Princess" to be so out-of-nowhere and hamfisted? Like, here's some things:
    • Are we suppose to really believe that they are changing the way the government is run in Sugar Rush? The game is programmed to be a monarchy, and if we are to believe the fake commercial, this game has been around for over a decade. Even if the change between King Candy and Vanellope doesn't cause a stir, won't people notice if there is a different leader every few years?
    • Or, if she's only a President in name, then... why? Is this just a shameless pandering to an American audience because "nothin' better than democracy, even if it's in name only!"
      • It seems what Vanellope wanted was an excuse to race. To her, being "royal princess" would require her to adhere to the standards of being prim-and-proper princess with all of its stereotypes, but if she is "president" she can technically consider herself equal to the level of the other racers, just with a bit more government power. Other than that, it's probably just meant as a joke.
      • But King Candy raced with the other racers, and he certainly didn't consider himself equal to the others. Why should her being of a different class exclude her from participating? Isn't the whole point of her conflict/resolution is that she was always meant to be a character racer in the first place before King Candy came?
      • It could be that she didn't want the implication that she was now ruling over them as King Candy had. Certainly she didn't want anybody to kneel before Zod... before her especially given their bullying. While president still carries some of that authority and respect, it also implies that everyone else has some ability to make a difference and that she wants to hear everyone's thoughts on things - that she doesn't have absolute power.
      • But if nothing about the government has changed except her title, isn't it just a superficial title (like how dictator used to be a better way of saying tyrant before it became synonymous)? She could still be a Princess but create a system in which the people's concerns are more easily heard and processed. Hell, she could create a parliament if she really wanted!
      • Who's to say she didn't? We don't really see anything about the way Sugar Rush is run after that.
      • Then she could've remained a princess but still given the people more power. Taking the title of President and not going all the way with the implications of that title more or less says, again, that they did this just to pander to an American audience.
      • My impression is, it's less "meaningless title change to pander to Americans", and more "meaningless title change because her years in exile have left her even more tomboyish than before, and used to it, and as such unwilling to accept such a stereotypically girly title as princess". This IS Disney we're talking about, they've been using Princess for so long, I'm not sure why they'd stop for pandering NOW.
      • It suits Vanellope's character to ditch the crown for the presidency, AND it also makes for a nice subversion. She wears the dress long enough for the audience to groan "Not another Princess!" and then glitches out of it, proving that the Disney writers are capable of envisioning girls in positions of power without making them royalty. Seriously, we have enough Disney Princesses by now. There's nothing wrong with one movie thumbing its nose at the franchise.
      • I won't be surprised if the game console literally advertises one racer as "flavor of the month" or "flavor of the week". Flavor of the month usually refers to a character or class that is OP until they get nerfed only for a different character or class to get buff to the same OP status.
      • Again, it's not the fact that she isn't a Princess anymore that I have a problem with (like I said above, it's great that they subverted the whole 'every girl wants to be a princess' thing). What bugs me is that she says that she's still the ruler, but wants to make a democracy and be President. That's not how that work. Either they all vote on who the new President is, or they could have a constitutional monarchy like Japan or United Kingdom. It's like they half-assed the whole subversion.
      • Perhaps because imaginary worlds where everyone's made of candy aren't completely and utterly accurate representations of real world political systems?
      • Because Real Women Never Wear Dresses. If they wanted her to be cool and fun and relatable, they couldn't possibly have her have a role that was explicitly feminine.
      • Maybe it's because Vanellope felt uncomfortable having the royal title of Princess since the previous monarch King Candy committed plenty of crimes against her.
      • I think her declaring herself President is a stepstone from an absolute monarchy to democracy, as this is a change of form of nation and requires lots of legal and governmental changes to pull off. Sugar Land don't even have a working parliament and legal system yet! Before the first election can be held laws have to be set up, and during which someone have to run the country. She is, in essence, still a sovereign princess claimed a different title for now, and her change of title showed her intention of reforming the nation into a real democracy.
      • It may be for the psychological benefit of her subjects. Imagine you lived in under a divine-right monarchy where you were certain, to the depths of your soul, that the monarch was really was the Lord's anointed and that it was your sacred duty to your creator to serve and obey your monarch. Now imagine you wake up one morning and realize that you and all your fellow subjects had supported a usurper and reviled, tormented, and spat upon your rightful ruler, the Lord's anointed. Imagine how you would feel: you would never be able to hold your head up again. By declaring herself president, she is saying that she is not their ruler by right of code, but because she has a freely given mandate from the people. They can now feel that they are loyal once again. Vanellope is allowing her subjects to forgive themselves.
      • There might be such a thing as too much analysis in play, here. Why is she a president? Because "president" has different connotations, a different feel and flavour, than "princess". She's a president because it's a joke that works in this context. She's a president because it fits her personality. Dissecting the concept of her being a president rather than a princess makes about as much sense as saying "she can't be a president because she's 9 years old". Or "cars made of candy can't drive". In this game world, candy-themed children race their cars and are ruled by a president after being saved from a glitched-out racer from another game. The fact that she's a perpetual president makes about as much sense as the fact that she's a perpetual 9-year-old. Which is to say - either it makes perfect sense, because it fits the story and the movie's world, or it makes no sense if you take too much of a magnifying glass to it. The concept of living video game characters can't possibly be 100% self-consistent and philosophically sound.
      • She might have chosen to be a president because it is equal to king, while Princess is a step down. King Candy is still technically above Princess Vanellope, but not President Vanellope.
    • Ralph Breaks the Internet shows that Vanellope apparently did a 180 in-between movies and decided to be a princess after all.
      • To address both: Vanellope choosing to be a president instead of a princess neatly references a part of her personality that often gets overlooked: she's very forgiving, with Ralph and others. She finally had the opportunity to have absolute power over people who had bullied her for fifteen years, but instead she decides to rule a democratic government where her former bullies even get a say in how the game is run. And it's not exactly unusual for her to declare herself president (or first president, at least) because she was supposed to be the game's leader anyway, so nobody objected. It's not to pander/half-ass some government commentary in, it's just a bit of character elaboration. As for the situation in RBTI, it's not that she did a 180 turnaround and said "ooh I wanna be a princess instead of a president now", it's more that the higher-ups wanted an one-scene excuse for virtual avatars of the princesses to be inserted into the movie, so they played up the princess angle with Vanellope to justify her interacting with them (the crew has dropped hints that they had comparatively little creative freedom from Disney with RBTI and weren't happy about it).

  • One thing didn't sit right with me at the end of the movie. Vanellope's glitching; specifically, her keeping it after becoming a legit racer. Sure, some of the arcade gamers would like and appreciate this one character having ridiculously overpowered, unique abilities (Moppet Girl was having fun)... but what about those that don't? What about gamers like the two kids who didn't let MG play became they wanted to go through every single racer? What's stopping people like that (or just any slightly elitist gamer) taking an issue with this one character having buggy abilities (one character having a blue binary code-esque Teleport Spam ability is bound to stick out), and going to Litwak? Really, this is the hole in both Candy and Ralph's logic here: sure, not every gamer is going to have a low opinion on Vanellope's Game-Breaker status, but not all of them are going to have high opinions either. All it would take is one kid finding it unfair that his friend just trounced him with this glitchy character, or a gamer who had played Sugar Rush in another arcade being confused that this arcade's Vanellope is glitching all over the place...
    • Unless, as I believe has been suggested elsewhere, this is not a glitch at all and is a "special ability" for that character, and that all characters in Sugar Rush each have their own (which seems to be implied in the final race). King Candy just took advantage of it after wiping the memories of the other characters as an excuse to keep her from racing and foiling his plans.
      • There's evidence for the "special ability" theory in the film. It's pointed out here. If this theory is true, then Vanellope's teleportation ability may not be a bug at all!
    • In my experience, people who discover a Good Bad Bug don't complain about it: they take the Good Bad Bug character when they can and it evolves into an Ascended Glitch. It'd be different if the bug caused Vannelope's car to stop or drop 'through' the track. And although it's true that a gamer from another arcade might notice a glitch in the copy of Sugar Rush at Litvak's, they're more likely to start going to Litvak's to play the 'glitched' version - or to be thankful that their usual arcade has the unglitched version and go back there. A tantrum extreme enough to encourage Litvak to unplug one of his bigger money-makers doesn't seem very likely.
  • Okay, what about this: The reason Vanellope glitches is because her code was tampered with and all but destroyed... But when Vanellope crosses the finish line, she supposedly resets the game back to its factory settings. So how come she can STILL glitch? Did she master some cosmic, matrix-like force... or is it that the game not 100% better, and Turbo is still hiding in the code somewhere...?
    • Because when she was "glitched", she was already aware of some of her dummied out programming. Teleporting was never a glitch, it was always her character ability. Ralph and Co. just continue to call it a glitch because that's what they're used to calling it.
      • This makes the most sense to me. Near the end of the movie, it looks like Moppet Girl has to push a button on the console in order to teleport. There might be a timer associated with it too. So I'm thinking that the short teleport was her special ability and she lost control of it when Turbo messed with the code.
    • Alternatively, reset or not, her code is still damaged. Turbo rather forcefully tried to disconnect her. If the game had bounced back to factory settings completely, their memories would reset completely, Vanellope included. The default settings were restored, so Vanellope retains her glitching but the system rightfully treats her as the star racer.
      • My working theory is that her teleportation is a combination of an ability she's supposed to have in the game (like Candlehead lighting the cherry bombs) that she forgot about and slight remaining damage from being reduced to a glitch. It probably had some kind of pretty animation that made it work with the candy theme of the world (like she might disappear and reappear in a cloud of sparkles and sugar or something), but having King Candy try to get rid of her resulted in ruining that animation. This left her teleporting in the form of blue pixilation instead. That's why Moppet Girl could activate her "glitch" with a button press at the end of the film and she could leave her game, but she could also still teleport around the place. Her ability remains, but the pretty animation is lost.
      • If that were the case, then it would ruin the moral of Vanellope learning to use her disability to her advantage, since the "glitch" is actually something she had all along. Not to mention, she wouldn't be able to pass the effect onto other people if it wasn't a glitch. My guess is either her power-up was the "sweet seekers" thing we saw King Candy do, meaning he stole it from her, or it's something completely different.
  • If Vanellope was supposed to be a Princess all along, why is she in her track outfit on the side of the cabinet?
    • As mentioned before, the programmers probably intended her to wear the dress during royal duties in her castle, but she changed into a more tomboyish racing uniform whenever she raced. She probably used both outfits.
      • Supporting this is that every racer has an alternate outfit for racing. If you look in the final race, they all have helmets and goggles on, and you even see King Candy changing into his racing outfit during the first attempt to race.
    • Clothing alone does not make one a princess anyway.
    • Her racing outfit is the one that players would actually see her in.
    • Or maybe she was always programmed to give up the monarchy for a constitutional democracy, and that's why her personality didn't change after the reset like the others did.
      • Intersting but headache-inducing. With no story mode that we know of, why would Sugar Rush's devopers waste time and money on something that is not useful?
      • Lots of games with no 'story mode' have a backstory anyway. Probably the premise of Sugar Rush is that the princess is holding some kind of racing tournament for a prize.
  • How the heck do the racers still perceive Vanellope as a glitch when the announcer shouting her name is recorded in the game's data? And the fact alone that Vanellope does have a roster image at all?
    • Dummied out, glitchy characters have data like that in games all the time. Look at Dummied Out.
  • Is the arcade the only place in which Sugar Rush exists? What I mean is, yes, Vanellope is Dummied Out of her own game in the arcade. But if gamers could get copies of the game for home play, would Vanellope then be in her real role as Sugar Rush's rightful princess, because King Candy/Turbo couldn't possibly have infiltrated every incarnation of the game? And if that's the case, would the arcade's version be considered glitchy anyway, or would Vanellope have been seen simply as having a Good Bad Bug? Furthermore, would home gamers then complain to Mr. Litwak that the arcade's version of Sugar Rush is inferior because where's Vanellope and who is this King Candy dude? Cue Fridge Horror.
    • According to the fake Sugar Rush Commercial, the game is available only at Litwak's Arcade.
  • In what way did Vanellope think Ralph sold her out? What, at the point when she said that, did she think he did?
    Ralph: (after Vanellope sees the medal) Look, I'm gonna be straight with ya' — I've been talking to King Candy...
    Vanellope: King Candy?!
    Ralph: Yeah...
    Vanellope: You sold me out?
    Ralph: No, look, you don't understand...
    Vanellope: No, I understand plenty, traitor!
    Ralph: I'm not a traitor, listen...
    Vanellope: You're a rat!
    • This conversation makes no sense to me, at least at the point it occurs. I understand she'd be disappointed that he just advised her not to race, but she's talking to him like they're allies in a war, and she just found out he's The Mole who's been giving secret information to the enemy. At this point, what horrible, unforgivable, heartbreakingly devastating act of betrayal does she think he's committed? He didn't try to capture her or hand her over to anybody, he didn't hurt her or her kart, he didn't lure her into a trap... What is she accusing him of? What does she think he did?
      • Vanellope probably thought that Ralph told King Candy about the entrance to Diet Cola Mountain. With that information, King Candy could capture Vanellope easily, and she would never be able to race.
      • I was under the impression, since she said this right after seeing he had the medal back, that he had "sold her out," by agreeing to stop her from racing in return for getting the medal back.
      • One of the definitions of the word "ratting" is "deserting one's party, side, or cause." Vanellope thought that Ralph had betrayed her, so calling him a "rat" would make sense.
  • While Cybug!Turbo is holding Ralph above Diet Cola Mountain, he said, "Let's watch her (Vanellope) die together, shall we?" Vanellope is in her own game, Sugar Rush. If a glitch dies in their own game, wouldn't they regenerate? The movie never clarifies if glitches regenerate like normal game characters or not. (It's possible that Turbo meant that Vanellope would become part of whichever cybug eats her, but that isn't exactly "dying.")
    • Either: glitches don't regenerate, so Vanellope really would die permanently; he meant Ralph would have to watch a Cy-bug turn into her, which may not be dying, but many would argue is worse; or once the Cy-bugs completely destroyed the game, the characters left behind in the game as it was destroyed wouldn't be able to regenerate, because they'd be destroyed along with everything in that environment, and the environment wouldn't be around to regenerate them.
    • I don't think glitches are exempt from the regeneration rule...Otherwise, King Candy could've just let Ralph know about that detail, instead of making up the lie that he did about the game being unplugged if she were added to the roster. As in, "Listen, Ralph, if you let Vanellope race, the other racers will go to town on her, she won't have any items she can use to fend them off since her code is (supposedly) incomplete, and if she dies at any point during the race, or "any" race, if she ends up winning this one, then she won't be able to regenerate and will be gone forever."
  • Is anyone else seriously bothered that after all the buildup over Vanellope being as much a part of the game as anyone else, she turns out to be some sort of super-awesome mega-good character that everyone wants to play as? That kind of reeks of Broken Aesop to me. Kind of like "I'm just like everyone else... fuck that, I'm better than all of you! HAH!"
    • Fridge Brilliance: Vanellope wanted to be president instead of princess so she wouldn't be better than any other racer. She didn't want to put herself above everyone else like King Candy/Turbo did.
    • I'm not so sure Vanellope ditching her princess persona had as much to do with Turbo as it did with Ralph. After she crosses the finish line and everyone apologizes to her, Ralph approaches her and says, "So this is the real you...a princess..." After 30 years of being without any friends and all of the "good guys" looking down on him for doing what he had to do, Ralph thought he had finally come across someone who understood what he was going through and had gone through something similar - naturally, he'd be upset upon finding out she was originally practically the hero of her game, and may have been afraid she'd be as stuck-up as a lot of the other "good guys" he'd met so far. So Vanellope decided to focus on racing instead of being a princess so the two of them could still be friends.
  • Is there a reason besides just his own selfish ego that King Candy didn't just make Vanellope an NPC or something, some minor character who wouldn't develop an affinity and a deep desire for racing? He has enough skill to incorporate himself near-flawlessly into Sugar Rush's code as a new character and lock away the memories of the civilians and racers...and yet all we see him doing with Vanellope's code is angrily ripping the connectors out of it like he's having a temper tantrum.
    • He probably just couldn't. Just because he can get into the code doesn't mean he can do "anything" with it. Locking away memories is nowhere near the same as completely redoing an existing character.
    • In the scenes where he is shown interacting with the source code, he is basically pulling strings and moving things around; hardly expert, finely skilled stuff. Even the Laser-Guided Amnesia is presented as him dragging a chest into the area and putting two things in it. From these scenes, it doesn't look like he can do anything more complicated.
  • Why does King Candy lock Vanellope inside the fungeon after Ralph destroys her kart? I know she's angry at Ralph at that time and he went back to his own game and everything, but did King Candy really think he wouldn't come back to visit and check up on her anytime in the future? Doesn't he know that locking her up would really get on Ralph's nerves?
    • He locks her up so that there isn't any chance that she can race.
    • But her kart was in pieces at that point, and the bakery I'm hoping was back under lock-down to keep her out. Plus, as the question states, doesn't King Candy know that Ralph could just as easily bust her out of the fungeon, even if he's unwilling to let her race?
    • She can steal someone else's kart if she really wanted to. And Ralph has his medal and went home. King Candy doesn't have any reason to suspect he's going to come back, let alone come back soon enough to make a difference.
    • Okay, I know perfectly well why he locked her up - I'm just wondering what he would've told Ralph had Ralph come looking for her on any given day. No matter how mad Vanellope was with him, I know Ralph wouldn't have just left her to such a miserable existence and never once thought to go back and check on her. That'd be...horribly cruel, not to mention hypocritical. "Oh, I'm tired of livin' alone in the garbage, so I went and got (stole, but that's beside the point) this medal so the people who once ostracized me will like me...even though I left a helpless little girl in an even worse set of circumstances that she can do nothing to control and I don't intend on checking up on her."
      • King Candy said earlier in the film what would happen if he saw Wreck-it Ralph in "his" game ever again. He would lock Ralph in his fungeon. That probably still holds true later on.
      • It's not that he wouldn't be willing to, it's more that he'd be too ashamed to. He gave her a Hope Spot and than crushed her dreams. Even if he summoned the courage to go see her, she'd avoid him at all costs. Hence why when he broke into the Fungeon to save her, he brought her cart with her, so she'd know he was back on her side.
  • I was wondering how Vanellope managed to find that hidden entrance to the Diet Cola hot springs. I mean, it's not exactly obvious - the only indicators that it's there are the two sugar-free lollipops hanging over it that may appear as though they're framing some sort of archway...but even they don't seem to stand out enough to make Vanellope want to investigate them very much. Unless she was just scouring the landscape of Sugar Rush looking for some sort of hidden secret place, wouldn't she pretty much have to be running herself into walls in order to come across it?
    • She couldn't live very close to civilization, being a glitch, so she had a limited number of places that she could stay. Since she was a glitch for about 15 years, it's not too far-fetched to think that she found it out of desperation.
  • Since glitches are incapable of leaving their games, what would have happened if Vanellope were already somewhere in Game Central Station when Turbo sabotaged her code? Would she have been forcibly dragged back to Sugar Rush and been unable to leave then, or would she have had the opportunity to return there on her own before her 'glitched' status officially kicked in? Or even worse...would she just cease to exist...?
    • Presumably her code wouldn't have been there to sabotage if she weren't in the game, so the point is moot.
  • If Vanellope had collected one of those sugar cubes during the Random Roster Race, would it have worked and given her an item? I was assuming that when King Candy stripped her code down, he took away her items or the ability to use them, but if Vanellope resets the game by finishing a race in order for her victory animation to be accessed, wouldn't it have done the same thing, required a reset, if she picked up an item she was supposed to be able to use but couldn't?

  • Why does Vanellope want to be a racer so badly? She doesn't know that everyone's been turned against her by King Candy and has no reason to believe just becoming a racer would change their opinions...From her perspective, everyone in Sugar Rush is just a jerkwad who hates and picks on her for no reason. And even if she does win a race and the gamers end up liking her, it wouldn't change the fact that she's still a glitch, who can't leave the game and is stuck with people who hate her even more now that they're forced to share the track with her. Why would she want to be a part of a world like that?
    • She says that racing is "in my code". Translate that for a human and it becomes "this is my true calling". She wants to race so badly that she's willing to put up with hatred.

  • The fact that Vanellope references the game as being "west of the Whac-A-Mole" (also referenced by Ralph when he realizes where the shuttle ended up crashing) while showing off her first kart to the other racers seems to go against her inability to leave Sugar Rush. How would she have known about any other games if she couldn't leave, and none of the other Sugar Rush residents seem willing to talk to her? Not to mention King Candy's unwillingness to allow anyone from outside the game inside the game.
    • My guess is Amnesia Missed a Spot. She remembers certain things from before the events of the movie. Either that, or she's making up some Badass Boast based on the knowledge that she is a character in an arcade game.
  • Over the years, why didn't Vanellope ever consider stealing someone else's kart to use in a race? It's shown that the racers leave their karts at the starting line while they pay their racing fees, so it wouldn't be too difficult to make off with one. Yeah, Vanellope is a nice person, but it's not like whoever she stole it from couldn't just make another one at the bakery.
    • Vanellope is trying to win the race so that the other racers will accept her as one of them. If she steals a kart that won't exactly endear her to anyone, and her trying to enter the race might end with her being thrown in prison.

  • At the end of the film, isn't Vanellope's glitching giving her a bit of an unfair advantage? Because it turns out to not be something she was "born" with and had to learn to work with — we find out that Turbo gave it to her, she and Ralph managed to fix it, and then she went back into the code and intentionally gave it to herself again. Wouldn't any of the Sugar Rush racers feel a bit bitter about her being able to create this unfair advantage and only using it on herself? Even if she can't rely on it all the time, the fact that it's there at all automatically gives her the upper hand, especially considering she's already one of the best racers in the game.
    • Look closer at the screen when the player uses the Glitch — you can see three icons near the top of the screen, then only two when she uses the glitch power. So it's apparently treated as a limited special power that that character can use, similar to how Candlehead can set off the cherry bombs. So it's not some unlimited win button, but effectively a boost power with only a couple uses per race.

Well, I am seeing lots and lots of head scratchers about her so-called glitch. I am a computer science major and I did some quick research regarding arcade machines at that time, and here is my theory answering most of the head scratchers above.

Arcades, in most cases, are just computer running specialized software, and hence general programming and debugging techniques apply. Arcade machines are also usually reasonably powerful as games are usually multimedia heavy programs and are power hungry, meanwhile programming tools are usually less demanding. This means that it is safe to assume that development tools of a certain arcade machine can run on itself. Also the existence of GNU development tools means that it is trivial to get a working copy of development tools to any arcade machine.

Those arcade machines are usually based on Motorola 68000 or Intel x86 processors, both CISC computers. This means that there exists a situation that with different starting point of execution on the same piece of code, the meaning can be different.

The scene that represented the code of a game is pretty accurate for a modern, well defined and modular game from the concept aspect. Every entity (jargon: object, unit of data) is shown as a box with its name and type (jargon: identifier and class of an object, class of object represented the piece of code that operate on it) marked and things inside it (jargon: state of an object) and connections (jargon: pointers) exist between them. This note will become jargon heavy up from this point.

Turbo, in order to set up his own foot in the Sugar Rush game, created a new object as well as a new class to represent himself, modified the pointers originally intended for Vanellope to himself, and in order to write his own class, he trashed (overwritten) Vanellope's code for his own, making her the glitch. However his partial code trashing ended up generating valid code for Vanellope as well, turning whatever superpower she had into this transporting. He also set up a piece of code to prevent Vanellope from leaving the world.

Whenever a player crossed the finish line a code call is issued but it is illegal to call to an invalid location of code. During Turbo's trashing of Vanellope's code he accidentally modified a call pointer to something invalid and when Vanellope crossed the line the game process crashed and relaunched itself, resetting the entire game, leaving a memory dump behind.

After the game relaunch Vanellope looked into the memory dump and copied her old, half trashed transporting code back into this new image, retaining the new power while restoring the game.


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