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.
- 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.
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- 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.)
- In one of deleted scenes, Puffles can be seen.
- One of the portals in the central reads “Club Penguin”
- 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.)
- 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
- 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.)
- 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”)
- 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.)
- Q*bert from Q*bert
- Coily from Q*bert
- Slick from Q*bert
- Sam from Q*bert
- Ugg from Q*bert
- 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
- Paddle 1 and Paddle 2 from Pong
- A racer from RoadBlasters
- An Alien Invader from Space Invaders (on a picture)
- The Qix from Qix
- Peter Pepper from BurgerTime
- Knight and Ostrich from Joust
- (debatable): Diablo from Diablo (referred as “Satine”)
- 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).