Wreck-It Ralph is a 2012 film about the titular arcade game villain who rebels against his role and dreams of becoming a hero. He travels between games in the arcade, and ultimately must eliminate a dire threat that could affect the entire arcade, and one that Ralph may have inadvertently started.
- [first line] My name's Ralph, and I'm a bad guy. Uh, let's see…I'm 9 feet tall, I weigh 643 pounds, got a bit of a temper on me. My passion levels very near the surface, I guess—not gonna lie. Anywho, what else, uh…I'm a wrecker. I wreck things, professionally. I mean, I'm very good at what I do. Probably the best I know. Thing is, fixing's the name of the game. Literally. Fix-It Felix Jr. So yeah, naturally, the guy with the name Fix-It Felix is the good guy. He's nice enough as good guys go. Definitely fixes stuff really well. But, uh, if you got a magic hammer from your father, how hard can it be? If he was a regular contractor, carpenter guy, I guarantee you, you will not be able to fix the damage that I do as quickly. When Felix does a good job, he gets a medal. But, are there medals for wrecking stuff really well? To that, I say, "Ha!" and, "No, there aren't." For thirty years I have been doing this, and I have seen a lot of other games come and go. It's sad. Think about those guys at Asteroids? Boom, gone. Centipede? Who knows where that guy is, you know? Look, a steady arcade gig is nothing to sneeze at, I'm very lucky. It's just, I gotta say, it becomes kinda hard to love your job when no one seems to like you for doing it.
- I'm bad, and that's good. I will never be good, and that's not bad. There's no one I'd rather be than me.
- [last line] The best part of my day, is when the Nicelanders throw me off the roof. Because when they lift me up, I get a perfect view of Sugar Rush, and I can watch Vanellope racing. The kid's a natural, and the players love her, glitches and all, just like I knew they would. That's when I realize: I don't need a medal to tell me I'm a good guy. Because if that kid likes me, how bad can I be?
- I'm gonna wreck it!
- Ralph: I don't wanna be the bad guy anymore.
- [the Bad-Anon members gasp; Bowser breathes fire balls; Clyde turns blue]
- Kano: You can't mess with the program, Ralph!
- Bison: You're not goin' Turbo, are you?
- Ralph: Turbo?! No, I'm not going Turbo! C'mon, guys! Is it "Turbo" to want a friend? Or a medal? Or a piece of pie every once in a while? Is it "Turbo" to want more out of life?
- Zombie: Yes.
- Clyde: Ralph, Ralph, we get it. But we can't change who we are. The sooner you accept that, the better off your game and your life will be.
- Zangief: Hey. One game at a time, Ralph.
- [Ralph has just scared away the Sugar Rush racers who were tearing apart Vanellope's pedal kart; she gets up off the ground, sniffling]
- Vanellope: What are you looking at?
- Ralph: You're welcome, ya rotten little thief.
- Vanellope: I'm not a thief! I just borrowed your stupid coin! I was gonna give it back to you as soon as I won the race!
- Ralph: It's not a coin! It's a medal!
- Vanellope: Coin, medal, whatever! Just go back to your own dumb game and win another one.
- Ralph: I can't. I didn't win it in my game, I won it in Hero's Duty.
- Vanellope: Hero's Doody? [bursts out laughing]
- Ralph: It's not that kind of duty!
- Vanellope: I bet you really gotta watch where you step in a game called Hero's Doody! Ha ha ha! What'd you win the medal for, wiping? [Ralph rolls his eyes] I hope you washed your hands after you handled that medal!
- Ralph: Listen—
- Vanellope: One more, one more: why did the hero flush the toilet? Say "Why?"
- Ralph: [unimpressed] Why?
- Vanellope: Because it was his "doody"!
- Ralph: How dare you insult Hero's Duty, you little guttersnipe! I earned that medal! And you better get it back for me toute-suite, sister!
- Vanellope: Well, unless you've got a go-kart hidden in the fat folds of your neck, I can't help ya!
- [at his breaking point, Ralph starts taking out his anger by smashing apart the candy that litters the junkyard; he comes across a jawbreaker and hits it repeatedly]
- Vanellope: [to herself] What a moron. [to Ralph] Hey, genius! That's a jawbreaker! You're never gonna— [Ralph finally manages to smash the jawbreaker open; Vanellope gives an impressed smile] Oh…
- [Ralph sits down, exhausted, and Vanellope approaches him]
- Vanellope: Enjoy your little tantrum, Diaper-Baby?
- Ralph: Leave me alone.
- Vanellope: Look, you want that medal, right? And I wanna race. So here's what I'm thinkin': You help me get a new kart—a real kart—and I'll win the race and get you back your medal!
- Ralph: You want me to help you?
- Vanellope: All you gotta do is break somethin' for me. C'mon, what do you say, friend? [extends her hand]
- Ralph: We are not friends.
- Vanellope: Aw, c'mon, pal! You son-of-a-gun! C'mon, buddy! Shake on it! C'mon, chumbo! Ralph, my man! M' main man! [seriously] Hey. My arm's getting tired. Do we have a deal or not?
- Ralph: [groans; defeatedly] You better win. [shakes Vanellope's hand]
- Ralph: Hey, Cough Drop! Explain somethin' to me. If Vanellope was never meant to exist, then why is her picture on the side of the game console?
- Sour Bill: Uh… [tries to make a run for it, but Ralph grabs him]
- Ralph: What's goin' on in this candy-coated heart of darkness?
- Sour Bill: Nothin'.
- Ralph: Talk!
- Sour Bill: No.
- Ralph: I'll lick you!
- Sour Bill: You wouldn't.
- Ralph: Oh yeah? [licks Sour Bill]
- Sour Bill: Ugh! It's like sandpaper!
- Ralph: Mmm, I wonder how many licks it'll take to get to your center?
- Sour Bill: I'll take it to my grave!
- Ralph: Fair enough. [tosses Sour Bill into his mouth] Oh, they call you Sour Bill for a reason! [Sour Bill lets out a muffled scream; Ralph takes him out] Had enough yet?
- Sour Bill: Okay, okay, I'll talk, I'll talk! Vanellope was a racer until King Candy tried to delete her code!
- Ralph: Tried to delete her code? So that's why she's a glitch! Why is he doing this to her?!
- Sour Bill: I don't know!
- Ralph: Suit yourself. [starts to put Sour Bill back in his mouth]
- Sour Bill: No, no, no, no, no, no! I swear I don't know! He literally locked up our memories and I cannot remember! Nobody can! But I do know this. He'll do anything to keep her from racing. Because if she crosses the finish line, the game will reset, and she won't be a glitch anymore!
- Ralph: Where is she now?
- Sour Bill: In the fungeon with Fix-It Felix.
- Ralph: Felix?!
- Sour Bill: I'm sorry! That's all I know, that's all I know, I swear! Now please, don't put me back in your filthy mouth again! [sobs]
- Ralph: [sticks Sour Bill to a lollipop tree] Stick around! [gathers up the remains of Vanellope's broken go-kart and takes off]
- Sour Bill: Yes, okay. I will, I will. Thank you.
- Ralph: [bursts through the wall of Felix's jail cell] Felix!
- Felix: Ralph! [jumps up; hugs Ralph] I'm so glad to see you! [lets go] Wait. No, I'm not! What do you have to say for yourself?!
- Ralph: I—
- Felix: Wait! I don't want to hear it. I'm not talking to you.
- Ralph: Okay. Don't talk. That's fine. [dumps out a can full of the broken go-kart] But you have to fix this go-kart for me, pronto.
- Felix: I don't have to do boo! Forgive my potty mouth. I'm just so…so cross with you! Do you have any idea what you've put me through?! I ran higgeldy-piggeldy all over creation looking for you! I almost drowned in chocolate milk mix! And then…I met the most dynamite gal. Oh. She gives me the honey glows somethin' awful. But…she rebuffed my affections. And then, I got thrown in jail!
- Ralph: Felix, pull yourself together!
- Felix: No, Ralph! You have no idea what it's like to be rejected and treated like a criminal! [turns away]
- Ralph: Yes, I do. That's every day of my life.
- Felix: It is?
- Ralph: Which is why I ran off. I tried to be a good guy, but I'm not! I'm just a bad guy. But I need your help. There's a little girl whose only hope is this kart. Please, Felix, fix it! And I promise, I will never try to be good again.
- [Felix smiles; pulls out his hammer]
- [Vanellope glitch causes King Candy to start glitching, which in turn reveals King Candy's true form: Turbo]
- Vanellope: What the— Who are you?!
- Turbo: I'm Turbo, the greatest racer ever! And I did not reprogramme this world to let you and that halitosis-riddled warthog take it away from me!
- Sour Bill: All hail the rightful ruler of Sugar Rush: Princess Vanellope.
- Taffyta: [gasps] I remember! She's our princess!
- Candlehead: Oh, that's right!
- Taffyta: We are so sorry about the way we treated you!
- Rancis: Yeah, those were, uh, jokes!
- Candlehead: I was just doing what Taffyta told me to do!
- Vanellope: Tut tut! As your merciful princess, I hereby decree that everyone who was ever mean to me shall be… executed.
- Racers: What?!
- Taffyta: No, no, no, please! Please!
- Felix: Oh, my land!
- Calhoun: Well, this place just got interesting.
- Taffyta: [drops to her knees] No! I don't wanna die!
- Vanellope: Ah, I'm just kiddin'!
- Taffyta: You are?
- Vanellope: Stop crying, Taffyta.
- Taffyta: [hyperventilates] I'm trying! It won't stop!
- He was minding his own business on the day they came
They showed a piece of paper saying "eminent domain"
They built an apartment building saying progress was to blame
So he got mad
And he turned bad
Brick by brick he's gonna take his land back
- "Wreck-It, Wreck-It Ralph" by Buckner & Garcia
About Wreck-It Ralph
- I started [at Disney] in 2008 and was invited to develop three different presentations for [animation head] John Lasseter. He likes to hear three ideas at a time. As I was putting those ideas together, I became aware that at the studio they had this notion — for many, many years — of a story about video game characters floating around. It had existed as two different incarnations: one was called High Score, back in the ’90s, and that didn’t get any traction and ended up on the shelf; then another director dusted it off and it became Joe Jump — that was the name of the project, and that also kind of hit a dead end. So without looking at the material the other directors had come up with, I just kinda took the notion of “Well, what is it like for the life of video game characters behind the scenes when the games aren’t being played?” Because I thought, “Well I like video games [laughs], I’ve played ’em for a long time and I think that world, of the different genres, could be an amazing backdrop to set a story within.” The opportunity for visuals and spectacle, and just the scope of a big movie, would be great.
- Well, I think a huge part of our process is leaving no stone unturned as we design or characters and our worlds. We wanted to make sure we had the right design for Ralph, and in the beginning he was almost kind of like a big Sasquatch kind of thing, like a bear or an animal, and [Ralph’s 8-bit hero nemesis] Felix was this little human being. As we started to develop the relationship he has with [Sugar Rush racer] Vanellope, he becomes kind of like an older, big brother to her. So they felt like siblings. As that story relationship began to develop, you look at the design as a bear and you think, “Can you really tell that story where Ralph is a bear? He feels more like a toy.” So slowly he started to become more human. It’s a long process and a lot of exploration. If it happens overnight then we’re doing something wrong. [Laughs] The best stuff comes from honing and honing.
- We wanted to represent the prominent genres of games that people would immediately recognise. So we went with old school, which was Fix-It Felix, Jr. — that’s where Ralph is from. We wanted him to be from the simplest type of game. And then we chose Hero’s Duty, because that’s one of the first places he goes in his quest. I look at the history of video games and it’s Fix-It in the ’80s, and we wanted him to go into a game that was contemporary. Then I’m always looking to change up the dynamic of what you see on screen, so I felt like going to something sweeter [Sugar Rush], or kid friendly, would be fun after this intense, military sci-fi world — and I feel like people kind of have a deep connection to that Mario Kartworld, those racing-type games for kids. But they still have a lot of treachery to them, I think. I wanted to present something that looks sweet on the outside, but when you get in, it’s like, this is a real race. We wanted to get the camera down there. If you were to be in the middle of Mario Kart, it would be very dangerous. [Laughs].
- Rich Moore 
- The story of a regular guy just looking for a little wreck-ognition.
- This November, he's exploring new worlds, he's meeting new friends…he's got ONE chance to play the hero.
- This holiday season comes a story for everyone who ever needed a restart on life.
- When the game is over, a new world comes to life.
- Get ready for a new kind of hero.
- When the arcade closes, the fun begins.
- John C. Reilly — Wreck-It Ralph (voice)
- Sarah Silverman — Vanellope von Schweetz (voice)
- Jack McBrayer — Fix-It Felix Jr (voice)
- Jane Lynch — Sergeant Calhoun (voice)
- Alan Tudyk — King Candy/Turbo (voice)