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Vanellope: We are going to the Internet!
Ralph: Super excited. There's one minor thing: what is the Internet?

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, Ralph and Vanellope have become best friends and spend every evening in the arcade together. However, Vanellope begins to express boredom with Sugar Rush. As she knows every turn, every corner, and every stretch of the game, it's become too predictable for her. Ralph attempts to cheer Vanellope up by making her a new track, but a fight for control between Vanellope and a player results in the Sugar Rush console breaking and getting 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 steering wheel needed to fix the console. After having so much fun taking part in an online racing game, Vanellope starts to have doubts about returning to Sugar Rush.

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, Gal Gadot, and Alfred Molina voice new characters Yesss, Shank, and Double Dan respectively.

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

Ralph Breaks the Internet provides examples of:

  • 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.
  • Adaptational Heroism: Stormtroopers serve as pop-up blockers on the Oh My Disney website. They still serve as antagonists, though, since Vanellope is there specifically to spam pop-ups.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Felix calls Calhoun "Tammy", a shorter form of her first name, Tamora.
  • Affectionate Parody: The movie lampoons fandoms, internet culture and Disney itself.
  • 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, because 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.
  • Annoying Pop-Up Ad: On arriving at eBay, Ralph is briefly distracted by personified pop-up and banner ads, which take the form of people holding signs and saying things like "These Ten Child Stars Went to Prison (Number 6 Will Amaze You!)" and "Sassy Housewives Want To Meet You!". Fortunately, he also meets a personified popup ad that helps him find a way to pay after he inadvertently raises the price of the steering wheel Vanellope's game needs.
  • 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.
  • Anti-Climax: Vanellope is incredibly excited to enter the internet, and when she and Ralph arrive at the modem... the room is completely empty.
  • Art Evolution: CGI improvements show on the character models over the six years between movies. There's a render comparison of Ralph and Vanellope.
    • Vanellope's leggings now no longer have a plastic look; they gain a metallic shine.
    • Ralph's overalls and shirt look more like actual fabric, especially around the torn sleeves.
  • Artistic License – Engineering: The film's depiction of the Internet is... not convincing to those who know the slightest thing about it on a technical level, to say the least. The most egregious example is when Ralph and Vanellope first enter the router and access the Internet. In that scene, the automated voice inside the router states an IP address as "415-1037-483." This does not resemble any notation for recording IP addresses. IP addresses, usually in IPv4, are 4-byte integers, typically represented with each byte encoded in decimal, as opposed to hyphens (for example, In addition, each number, being a single byte, cannot exceed 255. The closest type it looks like is an IPv6 address, and even then they're notated using colons, not dashes. It ends up reading more like a US telephone number than an actual IP address (in fact, that's likely what it's based on, considering 415 is one of San Francisco's area codes).
  • Artificial Intelligence: The game characters may just be ones and zeroes, but they have feelings, grow beyond their programming, and contemplate their existence.
  • As You Know: There are several glaring instances of this trope, due to the setting set up by the first movie:
    • Ralph gives a recap of his whole game when he and Vanellope are philosophizing on the Madden football field.
    • Vanellope smugly informs another Sugar Rush racer that yes, she is a princess, but she prefers to be just Vanellope.
    • Shank tells Vanellope, and Spamley explains to Ralph, that they'll be deleted if they're in Slaughter Race when it reboots. On a similar note, when they first infiltrate Slaughter Race, Ralph reminds Vanellope that if they die while outside their game, they die for real.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: The King Kong-like conglomeration of Insecurity Virus-Ralphs at the climax.
  • Award-Bait Song:
    • Vanellope's "I Want" Song "A Place Called Slaughter Race".
    • Imagine Dragons' "Zero".
  • Bait-and-Switch: It appears that Tiana is preparing to kiss Ralph awake herself, but then she pulls out frog Naveen to do it instead.
  • Balloon Belly: In The Stinger, 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.
  • Big "OMG!": In the Disney Princess scene, when Ariel asks Vanellope her question, the latter reacts in shock, exclaiming, "Good lord, who would do that?!"
  • Bilingual Bonus: Litwak's Arcade is located in the fictional city of Los Aburridos, California. Aburrido is Spanish for "boring".
  • 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: 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 their eyes.
    • In the mid-credits scene, Ralph and Vanellope over-feed the bunny in a child's tablet game to the point of exploding. Given the kid's reaction, it wasn't a pretty sight.
  • Bland-Name Product: Some posters, like the very first announcement picture, have made-up brands that are similar to the websites that they are supposed to represent, but there's still 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 appearance 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.
    • "News World" network with its BBC News-replica logo, banner, and studio.
  • Blind Bag Collectables: There's a scene where Ralph tries to make as many memetic videos as possible in order to make enough cash to buy a new steering wheel for the Sugar Rush arcade machine. Amongst the gags is Ralph doing a blind box unboxing video for a fictional brand based off of a Show Within a Show. He opens the box and is instead swarmed with a bunch of bees (hitting two memes in one as "bee puns" are a trend in-universe).
  • Bob Ross Rib: In the montage of videos Ralph creates to accumulate money, one of the videos he makes is a parody of Bob Ross, including a black background, his iconic perm, a brush, a canvas and relaxed expression.
  • Body of Bodies: The giant Ralph towards the climax of the movie, which is made up of all the Ralph viruses.
  • Bollywood Nerd: Swati, the Indian-American girl who plays Sugar Rush at the beginning of the film, accompanied by her friend Nafisa.
  • 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.
    • The movie opens with the camera zooming in to the arcade and into a power outlet to Game Central Station. The movie ends with it zooming out of the same outlet where the wi-fi router is now plugged and then out of the arcade.
  • Both Sides Have a Point: Ralph might be a bit hypocritical when calling out Vanellope for leaving her game when he tried doing the same thing in the first film. However, Ralph is essential for Fix-It Felix Jr., and his absence meant the game risked being unplugged. Sugar Rush continued working even after Vanellope was taken out of to the source code. Here, she doesn't deny Ralph's accusation, but states that she can leave and no one would miss her. The end of the film shows that Sugar Rush is indeed still able to function when she moves to Slaughter Race.
  • Boys Have Cooties: Judging from Vanellope's reaction to the concept of True Love's Kiss, she thinks boys are (or at least kissing them is) gross.
  • 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.
  • Brick Joke: Ralph misremembers eBay as "eBoy". Later he meets one of eBay's alert messengers which he thinks looks in fact like an "e-boy".
  • 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?!
    • Also, Baby Groot, as usual.
  • Burping Contest: Ralph and Vanellope have one early on at a bar, driving home the point that they are still best buddies after 6 years. Ralph wins the contest easily.
  • Busby Berkeley Number: Vanellope's big "A Place Called Slaughter Race" number, accompanied by Shank and the other Slaughter Race racers.
  • The Cameo:
  • Catch a Falling Star:
    • The Giant Ralph Virus catches Vanellope in mid-air when she falls from a building.
    • Subverted in the next scene when Ralph falls from a building. Spamley succeeds in reaching him, but Ralph falls through his rust-bucket transport vehicle instead. It takes the Disney Princesses working together to catch him.
  • Casting Gag:
    • After the climax, Prince Naveen in his frog form gives the Kiss of Life to Ralph. In the Latin American dub of their respective movies, they are both voiced by the same voice actor, Mario Filio.
    • Regarding the mid-credits stinger, the toddler's mom is voiced by Nicole Scherzinger. She voiced Moana's mother in that movie, and it's interesting given that the toddler looks like young Moana and is referred to as "Mo".
  • Celebrity Paradox:
  • Chalk Outline: Players who get caught by Shank and her crew while trying to jack Shank's car will get blasted by Pyro with his flamethrowers, reducing their avatars to tape outlines and a Game Over screen.
  • Chekhov's Gag: When Ralph and Vanellope are taking refuge from the Ralph clones, KnowsMore mentions the options of massive group therapy (which he considers highly improbable), or leading the clones through the security gate, which would lead to mass deletion. Later, when the real Ralph is in danger, Vanellope decides to befriend the clones, healing them through massive group therapy.
  • 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 II is interrupted by Ralph Rickrolling the audience.
  • Close on Title: Unlike the original film, we don't get to see the title until the very end.
  • 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!
  • Company Cameo: The film has an extended sequence where Ralph and Vannelope visit the Disney website - this film being one of the company's many productions.
  • 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.
    • In the background of BuzzzTube headquarters, there are over a million cat videos playing. Some of them are shown clearly in one of the bonus features of the film.
    • Also, the cute bunny that Ralph feeds too many pancakes to is paired with an equally cute kitty that drinks milkshakes.
  • Cyberspace: The main theme of the movie is Ralph and Vanellope traveling the internet instead of the network of arcade games.
  • Damsel in Distress: Conversed by Rapunzel, Vanellope and the other princesses:
    Rapunzel: And now for the million dollar question: Do people assume all your problems got solved because a big strong man showed up?
    Vanellope: Yes! What is up with that?
    Princesses: She is a princess!
  • Darkest Hour: When Vanellope finds out Ralph engineered Slaughter Race's shutdown in a jealous attempt to keep their friendship exactly as it was, and abandons him. What's more is that his attempt spirals out of control and nearly destroys the internet and all fictional characters.
  • 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 in any The Fast and the Furious movie, complete with Gal Gadot playing a Shout-Out to her own character in said franchise. Vanellope falls in love with it immediately.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Shady but helpful merchant Spamley and the characters of Slaughter Race fit the bill.
  • 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. Felix, Calhoun and the Sugar Rush racers were originally going to have more scenes, but said scenes were cut for time.
  • 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.
    Rapunzel: Look up there, it's a big, strong man in need of rescuing!
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?:
    • Though not as prominent as the first film, the timing of when Vanellope "glitches" can be quite familiar to autistic people or those with high anxiety, whose traits often come to the forefront under the same stressful circumstances that seem to trigger Vanellope's "glitching".
    • Vanellope's relationship with Ralph feels a lot like an overprotective parent coming to grips with their child growing up and moving out. Given Vanellope's appearance and personality, it's easy to forget that she's effectively a young adult at this point. Ralph still sees her as a child (as most parents do) worrying constantly about her safety, and insisting that Yesss send her to a "family-friendly" website. His reaction to Slaughter Race, is exactly what you'd expect from a worried parent (and it looks a lot like a parent's nightmare about where their child could end up living). When he finally accepts that she's leaving, they remain in touch and visit each other, but everything will be long distance from now on. 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.
    • The virus lab in the deep web, and the way the characters talk about it, is eerily similar to a drug deal.
  • Double-Meaning Title: Ralph became an Internet sensation through viral videos, then he unleashes a virus that nearly destroys the Internet.
    Yesss: I guess I forgot to tell Ralph that when you break the Internet, you don't literally have to break the Internet!
  • Down L.A. Drain: The Car Chase between Vanellope and Shank leads them into an area reminiscent of the LA river drain system.
  • Dreamworks Face: Vanellope makes this face in many of the advertisements.
  • Dressing Down: The Disney Princesses are shown in far more casual outfits than the Pimped-Out Dresses they're typically known for. Highlights include Belle in a tank top, Merida (who, to be fair, actively hates her princess dress in the movie) in shorts, and Elsa and Anna in a sweater that says "Just let it go" and a plaid shirt and Converse respectively.
  • Dull Surprise: Sour Bill takes the unplugging of Sugar Rush with just as much lack of emotion as you'd expect him to.(Only in the trailer.invoked)
    Sour Bill: Oh no. I'm freaking out hard.
  • Ear Worm: Conversed in the post-credits Stinger. Ralph comments on how a certain song is very catchy after singing it himself.
  • Easily Forgiven: Ralph and Vanellope by Shank, after Vanellope takes Shank's car for a joyride, and Shank is impressed by Vanellope's racing skills. Ralph is referred to see Yesss after Shank's team takes a video of Ralph with an air blast to his face.
  • Empathic Environment: The internet is much darker during the climax, likely due to the number of websites shut down from the Ralph Clones.
  • "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.
  • Even the Subtitler Is Stumped: When Merida talks, the subtitles read "Speaking Scottish English."
  • 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: At the end of the credits, a voice tells the viewer to stay tuned for a sneak peek of Frozen II. They technically deliver by showing the first few seconds of the movie, consisting of just falling snowflakes, before switching to Ralph rickrolling the audience.
  • Expy Coexistence:
    • BuzzzTube is clearly based on YouTube (and in minor measure on Buzzfeed), but YouTube still exists and is mentioned.
    • KnowsMore is a generic search engine that's clearly based on Google, but Google is shown to exist in this universe, and its building is even a major set-piece.
  • 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.
  • Fairytale Motif: The climax bears a passing semblance to the story of "The Pied Piper", where our hero tries to lure the infestation (Rats/Ralphs) to a destination (River/Anti-Virus Gateway) that will destroy them. Also, Vanellope offering herself to the Ralph-Kaiju can be seen as a parallel to how the children were led away by the Piper.
  • Famous, Famous, Fictional: The eBay checkout lady lists several ways to transfer money, including Paypal. The last of these is Buzzzybucks, which is Buzzztube's currency.
  • Fictional Video Game: Slaughter Race is a mix of Burnout and Carmageddon with shades of Twisted Metal thrown in (and a touch of Grand Theft Auto Online).
  • Flat "What": Vanellope gives one after Pocahontas tells her that staring at water can trigger a song.
  • Flapping Cheeks: Ralph has them when riding through the internet cable at high speed, and again after he gets hit with a "blow and go."
  • Follow the Leader: In-Universe, Ralph decides to chase all existing popular trends in order to get enough hearts. It works.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • In the beginning of the film, Ralph and Vanellope race each other in the TRON arcade game, even though it has a virus. They end up getting caught in the virus. This sets up Ralph's visit to the Dark Web to get a virus to convince Vanellope to leave Slaughter Race.
    • Buzzztube's currency is foreshadowed before it comes into play. The eBay checkout lady mentions Buzzzybucks as one of the currencies/transfers they accept.
    • Back in the first film, King Candy claimed Vanellope cannot race because her actions could cause the game to be unplugged. Here, Vanellope fights against the player's controls during game hours to see the hidden track, causing the steering wheel to break, and the game is almost scrapped because of her actions!
    • After reading the hate comments about his videos, Ralph assures Yesss that being hated is nothing new to him and other people's opinions don't matter to him, so long as he has Vanellope's friendship and trust. A couple scenes later, after learning Ralph spied on her and deliberately sabotaged Slaughter Race, Vanellope angrily calls out Ralph on his actions and throws his hero necklace away, effectively representing that he has indeed lost the one thing that matters most.
    • When Ralph and Spamley meet Double Dan: The slug-guy releases Arthur the virus for a short moment for demonstration, and the virus seems immediately attracted (and staring at) Dan's "little brother", a quick hint that this thing can target a code character's personal insecurities, not just a game's.
  • 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: When Merida tries to say something in an incomprehensible Scottish accent, the other princesses say they can't understand her because she's from "the other studio".
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus:
    • At one point, Ralph is digging through a deserted, decaying ruin in the deep depths of the internet to recover his tossed-away hero medallion. The writing on a sign he tosses aside indicates that the area is actually GeoCities.
    • There are tons of background images all over the internet that go by just too quickly to catch in a single viewing. One of them is a "broken image" billboard from the Internet Explorer days seen while Spamley drives Ralph and Vanellope to his office.
    • 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.
  • Freeze-Frame Introduction: Shank, the Action Girl and Badass Driver, is introduced with a freeze frame that shows her name in large letters and a list of her properties (superhuman speed, style for miles, favorite weapon: smarts).
  • Freudian Slippery Slope: Ralph can't help swapping in inappropriate words when talking to Double Dan and seeing his little friend. "Rumor" becomes "tumor", "got it" becomes "goiter" and "assistance" becomes "cyst face".
  • 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.
  • Game-Breaking Bug: An In-Universe application: The virus Ralph unleashes in Slaughter Race copies Vanellope's glitch and causes the game to crash. However, unlike Ralph's and Vanellope's home games, the Slaughter Race server simply starts a 60-second reboot countdown to restore itself to default state, which forces Ralph to get Vanellope out before she's deleted forever.
  • Gangsterland: Slaughter Race is set in the Los Angeles version of this trope.
  • Genius Book Club: Zangief hosts one which Ralph joins; their latest book is Fyodor Dostoevsky's Notes from Underground. Ralph, naturally, struggles with the material.
  • Good Old Fisticuffs: When Vanellope breaks into the princesses' room and the princesses attack her, Anna takes this stance, as a nod to the scene in her own movie when she punches out Hans.
  • 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 gamers are incinerated. When we cut back to the gamers, they've been reduced to Chalk Outlines on a "Game Over" screen.
  • Gosh Dang It to Heck!: The boy who loses to Shank and Pyro in Slaughter Race reacts with "Gosh dang it!"
  • Gravity Is a Harsh Seamstress: Invoked by the Disney Princesses, who save the falling Ralph by slowing him down with frozen water and catching him into a dress, which is then parachuted away to safety. Toon Physics is in full force.
  • 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.
  • The Guards Must Be Crazy: In order to sneak into the Wi-Fi room, Ralph and Vanellope tell the Surge Protector to check on a made-up incident over by the Whac-a-Mole.
  • Hard Truth Aesop: Follow your dreams, but if you have friends or family who are holding you back, you might have to face a tough dilemma to choose one or the other.
  • 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 twenty four hours, they managed to tame the little brats, and turn them into absolute angels.
  • Hero Stole My Bike: Shank hijacks a player's car in order to pursue Vanellope who just stole her red sports car.
  • 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 arcade with him against her will.
  • Hood Hornament: Butcher Boy has a massive pair of bull horns mounted on the roof of his car, which he uses as a weapon in Slaughter Race.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Ralph tells Vanellope to stay focused at eBay, before some pop-up ads appear to distract him.
  • Hypocrite: Ralph calls out Vanellope for wanting to leave her game, and the other racers, for another. Ralph isn't any better since he did the same thing from the previous film just to prove he's more than a "bad guy" character.
  • I Can Explain: Line said by Vanellope when she bumps into the bunch of hostile Disney princesses.
  • I Choose to Stay: In the end, Vanellope decides to permanently reside in Slaughter Race. Shank even manages to download her code to the game so she can respawn if she dies.
  • 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.
  • Inelegant Blubbering: Ralph breaks down and does this while explaining to Shank why they came to steal her car.
  • Inside a Computer System: The world of the Internet is depicted here as a sprawling metropolis.
  • Instant Web Hit: On their mission to try and find a way to get money for Vanellope's replacement steering wheel, the duo stumble upon Yesss, who promises to make Ralph a mega-popular Internet star. Due to many people remembering Wreck-It Ralph from their childhoods, the videos instantly become hits.
  • 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.
  • "I Want" Song: Discussed and invoked. The princesses discuss their own musical moments of self-reflection (usually while staring at "important water") and encourage Vanellope to find her own. She's initially confused, but later starts singing about 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.
  • Juggalo: Baberaham_Linkin has her face painted like one.
  • Justified Title: In the climax of the film, the viral Ralph clones form large swarms, 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.
  • Karma Houdini: The virus is never brought up again after the Ralphzilla appears.
  • Kids Driving Cars: This wasn't an issue in Wreck-It Ralph, as the childlike denizens of Sugar Rush are driving racing cars that are sized for them. However, in this sequel Vanellope has no difficulties either driving the cars found in the Slaughter Race game, even impressing the NPCs here, despite those cars being conceived for adult-sized avatars.
  • "King Kong" Climb: The giant made of Virus Ralphs grabs Vanellope and climbs with her to the top of the Google building.
  • Lame Pun Reaction:
    • When Surge Protector says that the Wi-Fi sign should read Die-Fi, everyone just glares at him.
    • As Maybe rattles off the list of current trends on Buzzztube, he finishes with "bee puns" and shows Ralph and Vanellope one such example. Everyone in the room groans in response.
    • Shank gives Ralph one after he riffs on her "Don't be a stranger" line.
  • 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: invokedDuring 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.
  • Literal Metaphor: Yesss tells Ralph that breaking the internet doesn't mean doing that in a literal way.
  • 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.
  • Lost in Translation: In the German version, Merida's speech is much more easily understandable, which makes the confused reactions of the other princesses and Vanellope confusing.
  • 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.
  • Malaproper: Ralph coming from a time before the internet existed misunderstands quite a few Internet terms.
    • He thinks that Google sells goggles.
    • He calls eBay "eBoy". 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 invokedearwig".
  • The Man in the Moon: At the end of the "Slaugher Race" number Vanellope encounters a moon with Ralph's face.
  • Market-Based Title: Following its predecessor, the film is called Sugar Rush Online in Japanese and Ralph 2.0 in European French. In Latin America, it was released as Wifi Ralph.
  • 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.
  • Meaningful Background Event: When Dan is explaining Arthur, the Insecurity Virus, to Ralph, Arthur is shown to take an interest in Dan's little brother, who Dan said earlier was very self-conscious. Since that self-consciousness can be taken as a form of being insecure, this is an early hint that it's not just programming insecurities that Arthur can exploit.
  • Medium Blending: While not incredibly noticeable upon first glance, Humphrey the Bear in the "Oh My Disney" sequence is animated in 2D instead of CGI. The same applies for Peter Pan's shadow.
  • 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. In the final cut:
      Ralph: Start churning butter, and put on your church shoes little sister, because we're about to BLAST OFF!
      Vanellope: What are you even talking about?
      Ralph: We're going to the Internet.
    • When the Ralph clones start invading the Web, Yesss tells Ralph "When you break the Internet, you don't literally have to break 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.
  • Monster Clown: One of the residents of Slaughter Race is a creepy clown who rides a tricycle.
  • More Diverse Sequel: In the original movie, all of the main characters are white. Some Nicelanders and Sugar Rush racers were minorities, but they had little to no dialogue. This movie has Yesss, a black woman, as well as Swati and Nafisa, and some minorities among Shank's crew.
  • Moving Angst: Inverted. Vanellope grows bored of living in Sugar Rush after experiencing everything the game has to offer and shows interest in moving to Slaughter Race. Ralph is unhappy when he finds out about this and tries anything to convince her to come back to Sugar Rush, which causes conflict between them.
  • 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 Princesses rescue Ralph, the score samples their solo songs from their respective movies.
    • During Ralph's battle against the monster-sized mash-up of Ralph clones, what sounds suspiciously like the signature theme from Die Hard samples momentarily.
  • Musical World Hypothesis: The Disney Princesses fall into the Alternate Universe hypothesis. When they start singing about what they desire, music and lights appear out of nowhere and the people and animals start dancing to it. Vanellope herself experiences this as she sings about her desire to live in Slaughter Race.
  • 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 a three-dimensional feature.
    • The anti-popup blockers in Oh My Disney are stormtroopers, who Vanellope has to run from.
    • 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).
      • Also, when Ariel asks Vanellope her question, she's seen raising her foot much like how she did in her own movie after being turned into a human for the first time.
      • 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" as well as a nod to the curse cast upon her.
      • Elsa's shirt says "Just Let It Go".
      • Moana's shirt reads "#Shiny", with a picture of Tamatoa at the bottom.
      • Cinderella's 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. Also, her choice of words of advice to Vanellope ("go some place to reflect) is a nod to her own song, "Reflection"
      • Rapunzel's shirt has images of ducklings on it and says "Snuggly Ducklings" on the front, and her leggings have images of Corona's sun crest printed on them.
      • Ariel's outfit hearkens back to her mermaid form, with her shirt being colored purple like her Seashell Bra and her shorts being colored green like her tail. The text on the shirt reads:
      • Pocahontas' shirt reads "Blue Corn Moon", with a picture of a howling wolf in a nod to "Colors of the Wind".
      • Jasmine's shirt has Genie's hand signing the number 3 with the word "Wishes" below it.
      • Belle's tank top has a silhouette of the Beast's head and the words "Beast Friends Forever" below it.
    • During the princesses' rescue of Ralph, Ariel swims in a pillar of water Moana summons and emerges from it in a large splash flipping her hair back, an identical pose to her human transformation in The Little Mermaid.
    • After the princesses rescue Ralph, Moana says "You're Welcome", echoing Maui's catchphrase.
    • The TRON video game being overrun by viruses is a nod to the plotlines of TRON 2.0 and TRON: Evolution, both of which had serious takes on that idea.
    • In a non-Disney example, Sonic explains the internet to Ralph. It's like another modern day Sonic Says segment after his game-jumping PSA from the first movie.
  • 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.
    • The Princesses' door itself doesn't have a "restricted area" sign on it in the final cut.
    • 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.
    • The trailer's take on the scene where Vanellope and Ralph meet KnowsMore has Vanellope asking him to "take me to a website that's super intense and really nuts," to which he responds "I only have one result" before the scene cuts to Oh My Disney, making it seem as if he's the one who sent her there. At that point in the film, Vanellope is instead doing a keyword search for the Sugar Rush steering wheel (which turns out to be the only one available online), and she doesn't go to Oh My Disney until later on when when Yesss sends her there as a popup ad.
    • The preview shown at the D23 Expo featured Vanellope and Ralph visiting the Oh My Disney website with Yesss, who gives them a tour of the site, with Vanellope ending up in the Princesses' room by following them backstage rather than being chased by stormtroopers. The preview also included an extended version of the Princess scene, with several additional jokes that were presumably cut from the final film to save time.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero:
    • The plot is kicked off when Ralph makes a new track for Vanellope in Sugar Rush, which she is so excited to race on that she hijacks control from the player to try it out. Her fighting with the player for control results in the player breaking the steering wheel during their metaphorical tug-of-war. Once the wheel breaks, Litwick unplugs the game, rendering everyone escaping homeless. If Ralph and Vanellope didn't get the wheel in the end, the other characters would have stayed this way.
    • Ralph unleashes a virus that copies insecurities into Slaughter Race in an effort to get Vanellope to abandon the game. It targets and copies Vanellope's glitch, crashing the entire game and forcing a reboot which nearly gets Vanellope killed. Though Ralph gets her out in time, he has to break out of the game to do it, allowing the virus to escape into the Internet and copy Ralph's insecurities, unleashing 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 closest thing to a villain would be Arthur, the virus from the Dark Net, and the clones of Ralph it creates, but otherwise, there's no true villains or antagonists. Rather, there's just 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.
  • 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.
  • Not in Kansas Anymore: When they arrive at the real internet, Ralph comments in awe "Kid, I don't think we're in Litwak's anymore."
  • 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.
  • Ocean Awe:
    • Discussed with the motifs of "important Water".
    • And Played for Laughs when Vanellope subsequently attempts to find meaning by gazing into a puddle spilled from a plastic cup.
  • 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, as it is the last one Ralph needs to make enough money for the eBay bid in time.
    • 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.
  • Parental Bonus:
    • The "Sassy housewives want to meet you!" pop-up seems reminiscent of another kind of ad that uses pictures of pretty women to lure people to sketchy websites.
    • One of the comments directed towards Ralph's viral videos is "I need an adult," a meme with child harassment connotations.
    • One of the posters made before the movie was produced had a sign that says LubHub, clearly a reference to a certain adult video site.
  • Pedal-to-the-Metal Shot: Done by Shank and Vanellope von Schweetz. Shank likes to floor the throttle and snap-shift her vehicle, because she's the protagonist in her game: Slaughter Race. There, Shank drives fast for a living. Likewise for Vanellope, who competes in the racing game Sugar Rush. However, for Shank, Slaughter Race is her home turf, so she'll respawn if she crashes and dies. Not so for the visiting Vanellope, who won't respawn outside of Sugar Rush. Vanellope floors it anyway, because she's a Bratty Half-Pint haywire hellion.
  • 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-Based Voice Cancellation: Played for laughs. We can't hear Felix and Calhoun's great advice for parents at the end because a set of racers blaze by the tracks.
  • Plot Hole: As mentioned below, the movie treats the concept of game-jumping (in this case, to the internet) far more laxly than the previous movie. This one addresses it with a very weak Handwave by Felix saying that "They'll cover for them" while Ralph and Vanellope's adventures in the internet happen. Exactly how they "covered for them" is never explained.
  • 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. Later towards the ending, it's reconstructed as an experience that proves their friendship is strong, as signified by Ralph improvising the broken halves of his hero medal as friendship necklaces for he and Vanellope.
  • 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. The main site is depicted like an auction house, while checkout is depicted like the cash registers at a supermarket.
    • 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, such as Avast, Norton, McAfee, Sophos, Webroot, and (for some reason despite not typically downloaded on the Internet) Windows Defender.
    • Wikipedia is depicted as a building with an open encyclopedia volume sitting atop a pillar.
  • Protagonist-Centered Morality: Notably, the issue of game-jumping doesn't appear to be as big of an issue as it was in the first movie. Everyone's completely fine with Ralph leaving his game for 24+ hours and Vanellope moving from Sugar Rush to Slaughter Race, despite the prior film treating Ralph's act of "going Turbo" as a massive case of Disaster Dominoes that resulted in Fix-It Felix Jr. nearly getting shut down, a game of Hero's Duty going wrong, and several Cy-Bugs invading Sugar Rush. This movie's incredibly lenient about the subject, and Sugar Rush simply goes on as if Vanellope were still there.
  • Race Against the Clock: Our heroes have 24 hours to raise the $27,001 for the steering wheel they bought on eBay.
  • Ram by Braking: During their Car Chase, Shank tries this stunt on Vanellope in a tube but the latter is clever enough to sway around her.
  • "Ray of Hope" Ending: Ralph eventually accepts Vanellope's decision to continue racing in Slaughter Race, with Ralph and Vanellope remaining friends and keeping in touch by cellphone on a weekly basis. Vanellope makes plans to visit Ralph in two months as soon as the update is in progress.
  • 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.
  • Real Money Trade: Ralph and Vanellope initially try to steal Shank's car from Slaughter Race and sell it on LootFindr to raise the money needed to pay for the Sugar Rush steering wheel. Some buyer is willing to pay $40,000 for the car. They fail, but the events allow Vanellope to meet Shank and discover the joys of Slaughter Race.
  • 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.
  • Rewatch Bonus: When the Wifi is first plugged in, Vanellope openly wished for it to be a racing game. On first watch, this sounds like her simply wanting some neighbors that share similar interests. On second watch you actually realize why she wants a new racing game. She could sneak in and escape the boredom that Sugar Rush brought her.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Running Gag: Ralph constantly being too big for his surroundings.
  • 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.
  • Scary Stinging Swarm: The final video Ralph uploads to BuzzTube is an unboxing video. When he opens the box, he is engulfed by a swarm of bees, leading to a bee pun.
  • Scene of Wonder: Ralph and Vanellope are in awe when they arrive at the busy internet city.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here: Ralph tries to sneak out of the Abandoned Warehouse after seeing what Pyro did to the two players.
  • Self-Deprecation:
    • When Vanellope first arrives at "Oh My Disney", she's not impressed.
      Vanellope: Aw, come on! Princesses and cartoon characters, lame!
    • The little girl in the stinger complains that the movie she just watched lacked a scene that was in the trailers.
  • 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.
  • Sexy Jester: Baberaham_Linkin's Slaughter Race avatar in Ralph Breaks the Internet is a girl in Juggalo makeup.
  • Shout-Out: Many of these require a bit of Freeze-Frame Bonus to catch. Read here.
  • Sickly Green Glow: The jars in Double Dan's lab are filled with a green fluorescent liquid.
  • 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.
  • Spit Take: Surge Protector spits out his coffee when Sgt. Calhoun offers to adopt all of the displaced Sugar Rush racers, who immediately start wreaking havoc on her and Felix's house.
  • Split Screen: The two kids playing Slaughter Race are shown in a split screen.
  • Spoiler Title: The climax of the movie is foreshadowed in the title. Ralph inadvertently causes a virus to spread throughout the internet and cause a worldwide breakdown, so Ralph quite literally "broke the internet."
  • Spontaneous Choreography: This is lampshaded when Vanellope is freaked out by Ariel's ability to suddenly produce a soundtrack out of thin air for a song. It's explained to her that all princesses can do this when they sing about their dream, which Vanellope does herself when she sings about Slaughter Race. Naturally, the NPCs of that game join in.
  • Staggered Zoom: Used in The Stinger to zoom in on little Mo's face after the bunny explodes.
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: Whenever Spamley has to summon GORD!, Gord sneaks up on people from behind them.
  • Stealth Pun: Ariel's comfy shirt is in Arial font.
  • The Stinger: An exclusive preview of Frozen II 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 The Force Awakens.
    • Upon Vanellope's entry into the Disney Princess' dressing room, Anna's "Wait. What?" is reused from Frozen.
    • And of course, what are Stormtroopers without the Wilhelm Scream?
  • Stop Hitting Yourself: As Ralph fights the giant creature consisting of his clones, he leaps on its head, resulting in the creature hitting itself in the face as it tries to crush Ralph.
  • Suddenly Shouting: Spamley whenever he's calling for GORD!
  • Symbolically Broken Object: Ralph's broken hero medallion symbolizes the broken bond between him and 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 ensure Ralph lives.
  • 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 That, Critics!: 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 completely rely on male characters.
  • Tempting Fate: When the Sugar Rush steering wheel is pulled off the game, Ralph tries to bring comfort with the fact it can be put back. The attempt results in the wheel being broken. When Ralph says Litwak can buy a new one, Litwak says the company that made the game went out of business a long time ago and there's no place to buy a wheel from. One of the kids does find one for sale at the web but Litwak says it'll cost more money than the game earns in a year.
  • That One Sidequest: In-Universe, stealing Shank's car is one within Slaughter Race, so much that one guy is willing to pay $40,000 in real cash for it on LootFindr. Even Shank's subordinates feel sorry for the gamers that go through so much effort to get it, only to fall short when Shank and her crew ambush them.
  • Thousand-Yard Stare: The velvet painting of the sorrowful kitten seen up for auction at eBay.
  • Threatening Shark: When Ralph and Vanellope encounter a Vicious Dog in Slaughter Race, a shark suddenly appears out of the sewer to eat the dog.
    Ralph: The attention to detail is pretty impressive.
  • Throw the Book at Them: Vanellope and KnowsMore pelt Ralph with books when he bursts into KnowsMore's stall. This is then followed by KnowsMore throwing the book cart at him.
  • 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 six-year gap to Vanellope at one point in the film. It's also mentioned that Felix and Calhoun had been married for six years.
  • Title Drop: Almost gets one when Yesss quips that she didn't think Ralph would actually break the internet. Admit it, you didn't either.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: The Sugar Rush racers become spoiled brats when they bunk in the Fix-It Felix Jr. game while their's is unplugged...
    • Took a Level in Kindness: ...Thanks to Felix and Calhoun, however, they become incredibly nice when their game gets fixed and playable again.
  • 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.
  • To the Tune of...: Vanellope tries to sing "Oh steering wheel" to "O Tannenbaum" while with the Princesses.
  • 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.
  • True Love's Kiss: Played for laughs, as a famous fairytale/princess trope. After the princesses get the unconscious Ralph safely to a bed, Tiana approaches him and leans in...before bringing out Prince Naveen (in frog form) to kiss him instead.
    Ralph: Aw thanks, Frogger.
  • 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.
  • Twinkle Smile: The frog pulls one after kissing Ralph.
  • Ultra Super Death Gore Fest Chainsawer 3000: Slaughter Race, a Carmageddon-esque multiplayer racing game.
  • Ultra Super Happy Cute Baby Fest Farmer 3000: Pancake Milkshake, a mobile app game for toddlers where you need to feed pancakes and milkshakes to a bunny and a kitty, respectively. Ralph manages to break the game by feeding too many pancakes to the bunny.
  • Unintelligible Accent: In the trailer, Merida tells her story (which is basically the plot of her movie) to Vanellope. While the viewer can understand her if they're paying attention, it flies right over Vanellope's head. When she asks the other Princesses what she said, they admit they don't understand her either. In the movie proper, her dialogue is even less coherent.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Unspoken Plan Guarantee: Both flavors are in play during the climax. When questioned on how to deal with all of the Ralph clones, KnowsMore gives two options: Sending them all to therapy, or luring them all through an antivirus gate to delete them. He dismisses the former as unrealistic, so the latter is attempted. Guess which one ends up working, at least in the spirit of the plan.
  • We Need a Distraction: Ralph impersonates an officer from the Department of Noise to distract Shank's gang so that Vanellope can steal the red sports car.
  • 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. Ralph in turn calls her out by saying that she's not any better than him for planning to abandon Sugar Rush for Slaughter Race, but he isn't portrayed as being in the right like Vanellope is.
  • While Rome Burns: Due to being static avatars of internet users who can't see what's going on inside the internet, many of the internet denizens happily go about their business as the Ralph clones cause havoc. The users themselves have no idea anything's wrong until their own internet goes awry.
  • Who's on First?: When Vanellope and Ralph are taking refuge in KnowsMore's information kiosk:
    KnowsMore: Either you put all the clones in therapy — not very realistic —, or the antivirus district is surrounded by a gate made from security software. If Vanellope could somehow lead all of the clones through the gate, they would be deleted all at once; sort of a co-dependent Pied Piper situation.
    Vanellope: We know a pied piper!
    Ralph: We do?
    Vanellope: Yesss!
    Ralph: Who?
    Vanellope: Yesss!
    Ralph: But who is it? [Vanellope turns her face downward, and then Ralph understands] Oh, you mean 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.
  • Wretched Hive: The Slaughter Race game, to Ralph, and the Dark Net where Double Dan deals in morally questionable merchandise.
  • You Are the New Trend: When Vanellope agreeably identifies with Rapunzel's feelings that people assume her problems magically disappeared because a big, strong man showed up, they accept her as a princess; Vanellope's casual hoodie wear inspires the other princesses to wear T-shirts and casual outfits.
  • 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.
  • 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 à la World War Z.


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Alternative Title(s): Wreck It Ralph 2



In the trailer to Ralph Breaks the Internet, Merida tells her story (which is basically plot of her movie) to Vanellope. While the viewer can understand her if they're paying attention, it flies right over Vanellope's head. When she asks the other Princesses what she said, they admit they don't understand her either. In the movie proper, her dialogue is even less coherent.

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