Wreck-it Ralph has a gajillion references to classic video games such as Street Fighter, Pac-Man, Super Mario Bros., Sonic the Hedgehog and more. But beyond those familiar names, Walt Disney Pictures have created three new franchises that bear recognition as they are the main attractions of this awesome gaming universe. After the jump, check out the complete bios of the heroes and villains we encounter throughout Wreck-it Ralph.
From the full theatrical trailer, audiences are given a clear look at the story of Wreck-it Ralph, but never given a second to get to fully understand the character’s personalities. It took a lot of convincing to get the rights to the classic game titles, but let’s dive into the new faces you will see in Wreck-it Ralph.
Among the new games we are first introduced to in Wreck-it Ralph, we have our main game, Fix-it Felix, Jr, a classic 8-bit game that gives the player control of our hero Fix-it Felix, Jr (Jack McBrayer). The duty of the gamer is to stop the evil Wreck-it Ralph (John C. Reilly) from smashing the Niceland Apartments that were built over his home. Fix-it Felix, Jr. is fairly similar to the classic arcade game Donkey Kong.
Felix is the popular star of Fix-It Felix Jr. and Niceland’s hammer-wielding maintenance man who’s beloved by all. When he is not busy fixin’ all of Ralph’s wreckin’, this gold-medal-winning good guy is being showered with kisses, praise and pies from his tenants. Hardwired for niceness, anything other than being “The Good Guy” just doesn’t compute.
Ralph is a heavy-handed wrecking’ riot with a heart. For 30 years—day in, day out—he’s been doing his job as “The Bad Guy” in the arcade game Fix-it Felix Jr. But it’s getting harder and harder to love his job when no one seems to like him for doing it. Suffering from a classic case of Bad-Guy fatigue and hungry for a little wreck-ognition, Ralph embarks on a wild adventure across an incredible arcade-game universe to prove that just because he’s a Bad Guy, it doesn’t mean he’s a bad guy.
Hero’s Duty is the new kid on the block, a first person shooter, brand new to the arcade that all of our games are housed in. Within Hero’s Duty, after you spend eight quarters to play, the gamer follows Sergeant Calhoun (Jane Lynch) in a mission to storm a mysterious tower infested with Cy-Bugs that threaten to destroy the planet.
In the sci-fi battle zone of Hero’s Duty, Sergeant Calhoun is more than just a pretty face—she is the tough-as-nails, take-charge leader who fights for humanity’s freedom. When she’s not offering in-game intel, she’s training her troops for the next attack wave. This unrelenting commander is driven by a personal vendetta and will stop at nothing to protect the player and the arcade from a virulent Cy-Bug invasion.
Menacing creatures known as Cy-Bugs are a deadly threat to not only their game, Hero’s Duty, but the entire arcade. They know just three things: Eat, destroy and multiply. Players beware! Cy-Bugs can morph into anything they eat—from an attack buggy to an assault rifle. They do have one weakness—an attraction to bright light. (They are bugs, after all.)
And last, but not least we have Sugar Rush. Inhabited within this sugar coated racer, are its delectable citizens. With new races held every day, Sugar Rush provides arcade patrons a rotating roster of nine racers daily, including King Candy (Alan Tudyk), Taffyta, Candlehead, and Snowanna. But one racer within the programming is dying for her chance in the spotlight, a glitch known as Vanellope von Schweetz.
All hail King Candy—ruler of the race track, captain of confectionary, sovereign of sugar. Not surprisingly, the most powerful figure in the Sugar Rush game is also the best racer on the track. He may look noble enough, but don’t be fooled—this mysterious monarch rules his kingdom with a sugary fist and he is determined to keep his kingdom safe from glitches, rabble-rousers and outsiders. Don’t expect him to go easy on Ralph and Vanellope. The King is ably assisted by his strong-arming security donuts, Wynnchel and Duncan, and his diminutive henchman Sour Bill, a tiny little ball of unsweetness.
Known as “The Glitch,” Vanellope is a pixelating programming mistake in the candy-coated cart-racing game Sugar Rush. With a racer’s spirit embedded in her coding, Vanellope is determined to earn her place in the starting lineup amongst the other racers. Only problem: the other racers don’t want her or her glitching in the game. Years of rejection have left Vanellope with a wicked sense of humor and a razor-sharp tongue. However, somewhere beneath that hard shell is a sweet center just waiting to be revealed.
Check out the rest of the characters below. Click on the thumbnails to enlarge the images and read each of their bios.
All of these wonderful characters come to life on screen full of depth and fun personalities unique to their games that invest you in the story. This was one of my most highly anticipated movies of the remainder of the year, and it delivered on all that it promised. What are you waiting for? Go see Wreck-it Ralph now!
Let’s close this article with the Bad Guy Affirmation:
“I am bad, and that’s good. I will never be good, and that’s not bad. There’s no one I would rather be than me.”
Wreck-it Ralph is now in theaters everywhere in the US!