Wreck-It Ralph

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19 January 2013
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Wreck-It Ralph is a heavy-handed wreckin’ 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.

So why are we writing about Wreck-It Ralph, simple . . . focused around video game characters, Wreck-It Ralph features numerous video game characters from multiple publishing companies alongside the film’s cast of original characters, much like the 1988 film Who Framed Roger Rabbit.

So with a warning of Spoilers…here is a complete list of cameos.

Disney

  • Tiny the T-Rex from Meet the Robinsons (Appearing as a Generic video game Dinosaur in Game Central Station, heavily resembling Sauron from Primal Rage)
  • Maximus from Tangled
  • Mickey Mouse on a Double U Dee’s (WD’s) billboard located behind Litwak’s Arcade and Family Fun Center.
  • One of the game portals in Game Central Station reads “TRON”.
  • Bolt on a “lost dog” flyer in Pac-man.

Disney Interactive Studios

  • Sora from Kingdom Hearts (In the Tapper scene, you can see an 8-Bit version of him in his Kingdom Heartsattire at the bottom-left corner of Tapper.)

Club Penguin

  • In one of deleted scenes, Puffles can be seen.
  • One of the portals in the central reads “Club Penguin”

Nintendo

  • Bowser (King Koopa) from Super Mario Bros.
  • A Super Mushroom from Super Mario Bros.
  • Princess Daisy from Super Mario Bros.
  • Rosalina (Rosetta) from Super Mario Galaxy
  • An NES controller as the vault to Sugar Rush’s CPU room.
  • (debatable): various turtle characters resembling Koopa Troopas (depicted here as resembling their in-game sprites rather than their official artwork).
  • (debatable): Princess Zelda from The Legend of Zelda

(Note: Mario and Luigi , the protagonists of Super Mario Bros. were intended to have appeared in the film, voiced by Charles Martinet. However, the producers couldn’t find a place to work them into the story, that felt right for their significance, along with paying a hefty licensing fee. However, Mario is mentioned by Fix-It Felix in the film.)

Sega

  • Sonic the Hedgehog from Sonic the Hedgehog
  • Miles “Tails” Prower from Sonic the Hedgehog (Picture on a wall in Tapper’s Bar.)
  • Dr. Robotnik (Eggman) from Sonic the Hedgehog
  • Amy Rose from Sonic the Hedgehog (on the arcade cabinet of Sonic the fighters alongside some other Sonic characters; her younger self from Sonic CD is used)
  • Knuckles the Echidna from Sonic the Hedgehog (on the arcade cabinet of Sonic the fighters)
  • Bean the Dynamite from Sonic the Hedgehog (on the arcade cabinet of Sonic the fighters)
  • Bark the Polar Bear from Sonic the Hedgehog (on the arcade cabinet of Sonic the fighters)
  • Fang the Sniper from Sonic the Hedgehog (on the arcade cabinet of Sonic the fighters)
  • Neff from Altered Beast
  • Cyril the Zombie from House of the Dead
  • (debatable): AiAi from Super Monkey Ball
  • Saw-Hand Cyborg  from Cyborg Justice
  • (debatable): Hornet from Daytona Usa

Capcom

  • M. Bison (Vega) from Street Fighter II
  • Zangief from Street Fighter II
  • Chun-Li from Street Fighter II
  • Cammy from Super Street Fighter II
  • Ken from Street Fighter
  • Ryu from Street Fighter
  • Blanka from Street Fighter II
  • Beholder from Eye of the Beholder
  • The car-breaking bonus stage round from Street Fighter II
  • Sheng Long from the Street Fighter series (his name appears as a graffiti at the portal leading to Sugar Rush).

(Note: Dr. Wily from Mega Man was originally set to make an appearance in the Bad-Anon villains support group as shown in an early render image. However he was cut in the final version of the film and replaced with Smoke fromMortal Kombat.)

Midway

  • Kano from Mortal Kombat (aka “Cyborg”)
  • (debatable): Smoke from Mortal Kombat
  • Paperboy from Paperboy
  • Bartender from Tapper
  • (debatable): Satan from Satan’s Hollow, (referred as “Satine”)

Namco

  • Clyde from Pac-Man
  • Pac-Man from Pac-Man (depicted here as resembling his in-game sprite rather than his official Namco artwork)
  • Inky Ghost Monster from Pac-Man
  • Blinky Ghost Monster from Pac-Man
  • Pinky Ghost Monster from Pac-Man
  • Taizo from Dig Dug
  • A Pooka from Dig Dug
  • A Fygar from Dig Dug
  • Ms. Pac-Man from Ms. Pac-Man (appears on a restroom sign when Ralph is exiting the labyrinth.)

Gottlieb

  • Q*bert from Q*bert
  • Coily from Q*bert
  • Slick from Q*bert
  • Sam from Q*bert
  • Ugg from Q*bert

Konami

  • Frogger from Frogger
  • Yuni from Dance Dance Revolution
  • Leonardo from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (on the arcade cabinet of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles during the opening time-lapse shot)
  • An Exclamation point (!) from Metal Gear

Atari

  • Paddle 1 and Paddle 2 from Pong
  • A racer from RoadBlasters

Taito

  • An Alien Invader from Space Invaders (on a picture)
  • The Qix from Qix

Data East

  • Peter Pepper from BurgerTime

Williams Electronics

  • Knight and Ostrich from Joust

Blizzard North

  • (debatable): Diablo from Diablo (referred as “Satine”)

Other

  • Beard Papa the Japanese cream-puff store brand mascot (as the Sugar Rush candy-kart factory security guard, voiced by John DiMaggio)
  • Skrillex as the DJ at the Fix-it Felix Jr. 30th anniversary party.
  • In the scene where Sargent Calhoun and Fix-It Felix are in Sugar Rush, they land themselves in a river of Nesquik Sand, made entirely of over-concentrated Nestle Nesquik.
    • In the same scene, they must pull themselves out using Laffy Taffy.
  • In one of the scenes that takes place in Litwak’s Arcade and Family Fun Center near the beginning of the film, a soda with a cup that reads Subway is shown on-screen on an arcade game.
  • Peter pan from Peter Pan (one of the nicelanders is dressed as him at Fix-it Felix Jr. 30th anniversary party.) 

Mentions and Allusions

  • Mario from Super Mario Bros. (by Felix at the Party)
  • Lara Croft from Tomb Raider (Used by Wreck-it Ralph as a false name when trying to get past Surge Protector.)
  • Aerith from Final Fantasy VII (Refrenced and written in graffiti as Aerith Lives on a subway wall in Game Central Station.)
  • Leeroy Jenkins (Shown as graffiti on the Terminal Wall of “Jenkins”)
  • GLaDOS from Portal (Used as a nickname by Vanellope to Ralph referring to “stepping out of his comfort zone. Incorrectly pronnounced as “Gladys.”)
  • A caricature of Director Rich Moore (seen behind Ralph in Tapper’s).

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