- “Have some candy!”
- ―King Candy's signature phrase
- ―Turbo's signature phrase.
Turbo, better known as King Candy, is the main antagonist of Disney's 2012 animated feature film, Wreck-It Ralph. He was the ruler of the Sugar Rush kingdom, having gained his power through usurpation.
Years before the events of the film, King Candy was originally known as Turbo, a video game character from an old, classic racing game called TurboTime. He was considered an extremely popular racer that loved the attention from players, but when a new racing game called RoadBlasters got plugged in, that game received the lion's share of attention, eventually taking Turbo's spotlight. Out of jealousy, Turbo abandoned his own game and decided to take over the new one, and as a result, he ended up causing both the new racing game and his own to be unplugged for good. His actions were nicknamed "going Turbo", which was something that the video game characters were encouraged not to do (as dying in a game that a character isn't native to results in their permanent death, and abandoning their game and trying to take over another is a sure-fire way to get both shut down), which is something that Ralph does later to try to become a good guy 25 years later.
Unknown to all, Turbo somehow escaped his game before it was unplugged, and thus escaped termination. He then remained dormant in Game Central Station for many years. Sometime in 1997, he hijacked a new racing game called Sugar Rush, broke into the game's codes, and turned himself into a being known as King Candy. Candy then made an effort to kill the kingdom's young ruler, Princess Vanellope von Schweetz, by deleting her code in order to steal her throne. His attempt was unsuccessful, and his tampering only resulted in the former princess being transformed into a glitch. Even so, Candy proceeded to lock away all the memories of Princess Vanellope, having the citizens of the game also believe her to be nothing more than a glitch and a threat to the game, turning the people of Sugar Rush against her. With Vanellope dethroned and her status erased from memory, King Candy was free to take over.
Unfortunately for Turbo, there were two flaws in his plot. In the first place, if Vanellope was to cross the finish line in an official race, the game's codes would be restored, hence Turbo's desperation to keep her out of racing. Secondly, her picture was still on the side of the game console, indicating that she is clearly an official character in the game and not a glitch, as Ralph would eventually discover.
- All hail King Candy, ruler of the race track, captain of confectionery, 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, Wynchel and Duncan, and his diminutive henchman Sour Bill, a tiny little ball of un-sweetness.
- “The selfish man is like a mangy dog chasing a cautionary tail.”
- ―Sergeant Calhoun, about Turbo
King Candy is incredibly eccentric and flamboyant. Throughout most of the film, he portrays himself as a bubbly, somewhat strict, yet well-meaning ruler, with a benevolent, grandfatherly aura. Underneath the surface of this facade, however, King Candy is corrupt, his actions being a direct result of his own selfish ambitions and mysterious motives. As Turbo, he was said to have loved the spotlight, but the moment that was all taken away, the racer became demented and he was determined to remain beloved, even if it meant ruining another game, and eliminating the innocent in the process, and all with no remorse or second thought.
Not only was he shown willing to continuously cause chaos and havoc among the innocent lives of video game characters and the worlds they inhabit, King Candy was also shown to take pleasure in the devastation he's caused, signifying signs of a sadist. This is mostly seen through his treatment towards Vanellope during various points of the film as well as towards Ralph after becoming a monstrous Cy-Bug, wherein that part of Candy's personality drives him further into a truly psychopathic and murderous state.
King Candy also proves to be a master manipulator, a meticulous schemer and incredibly efficient. With his own force of intelligence, the false King was able to dominate Sugar Rush and remain in power for a total of fifteen years - making him one of the most successful Disney villains of all time.
Traits like these ultimately mark King Candy as a virus, what video game characters christen as dangerous threats that can spread, control, and ultimately lead to disastrous consequences within the arcade. This would further apply to the villainous racer upon his usurpation of the Sugar Rush throne, as his motives elevated from a mere lust for fame and attention, to an additional lust for power and control over others.
As mentioned above, King Candy managed to hide his twisted nature through a jovial, kind-hearted facade. Interestingly, however, hints of his true nature, one that is abusive and cruel, are littered throughout the film, as he is shown to be quick to anger, easily frustrated, and appears to be mentally unstable as evidenced by his uneasy aura and stressful attitude. Often at times, he was shown to fall into fits of mild to excessive hysteria for seemingly small reasons. Though this would initially appear to simply add comedic fuss to the character, the true reasoning behind such behavior would later reveal itself during the climax of the film once King Candy's true, sinister motives were revealed.
In the end, King Candy can be considered one of Disney's most depraved and ruthless villains. Beneath the mirage of a pleasant figure and comedic relief lies a corrupt manipulator with a lack of boundaries and thirst for attention and power; willing to achieve these obsessions by any means necessary.
During his time as the main character of TurboTime, Turbo appears to have been an arrogant and conceited character in his own game, even before assuming the role of king of Sugar Rush. Whether or not he was sadistic or disturbed before adopting the persona of King Candy is unknown. The hijacking of RoadBlasters was certainly a symptom of jealousy and spite, but malicious intent may ultimately have arisen out of fear and a desperate sense of self-preservation, not an innate evil. The reason for his uninviting attitude and craving of destruction is because of his attention-seeking self, which was granted by the arcade gamers giving him the attention.
Animator Zach Parrish was the supervising animator for the king. The filmmakers wanted to make King Candy an homage to the Mad Hatter from Disney's 1951 film Alice in Wonderland. King Candy is a diminutive man with gray hair tufts and eyebrows. He has fair skin and a cartoonishly large, bulbous nose. As Turbo, he was still short in stature, but had grayish/white skin and gleaming yellow eyes and teeth, giving him a ghostly appearance. Unlike King Candy, Turbo's nose is small and more realistic. Like the other characters of Sugar Rush, Candy had four fingers as opposed to Ralph, who had five.
As the regal king, King Candy wore a purple tailcoat with a white vest, covered in glitter, lace collar, and cuffs. There were also two golden buttons on the back of the tailcoat. A notable feature would also be his red bow-tie, which resembled a candy wrapper. He also wore poofy golden pants and purple slippers with red gumdrops at the tip that jingled whenever he moved frantically. The king's most notable feature, would be his tiny, golden crown that is usually slanted atop his large head. During the races, the king would don a particular racing outfit that consisted of his prominent outfit, along with brown gloves, a large, golden helmet, which also had a tiny crown on top, and brown racing goggles with red lenses. His kart, formerly Vanellope's, seems to be based on a snowball theme similar to the palace exterior. In most promotional material, King Candy is seen with his miniature candy cane, which was only featured briefly in the film during the Random Roster Race. As Turbo, the racer wore a white and red jumpsuit and helmet with the letter T engraved on it as it's symbol.
As a Cy-Bug, King Candy was about 30 feet long, and his face repeatedly transformed from King Candy to Turbo, though Candy was apparently the default face. He had the body structure of a silverfish and a mayfly, could curl into a ball for protection, and had a neck that could expand in length. His colors consisted of mostly purple, orange, and pink, and the tip of his claws had a darker tone of purple. He also gained four orange striped legs, and two similarly-colored pincers located on his chest. His head also sported purple markings, which were also seen under his mouth. Candy's crown also changed, now having a spiky appearance and apparently became a permanent part of his body. His hair gained a spiky feature as well, his purple eye shadow grew darker, and his teeth formed into large sharper canines, adding to his menacing Cy-Bug complexion. With his transformation, he gained sugarcoated, hot pink, wings for flight that can fold in at will. Whenever his Cy-Bug programming occurred, King Candy's eyes turned blue and pixelated while the Turbo persona remained unchanged. Candy also retained his cuffs, lace collar, and red bow-tie with the transformation.
Powers and Abilities
- Master Racer: While not possessing any physical power or magical abilities at the start of the film, King Candy was easily known for his superb racing abilities.
- Genius Intellect: Aside from racing, Candy was also shown to be highly intelligent and skillfully manipulative.
- Expert Hacker: King Candy was capable of manipulating himself and the world around him by turning himself from Turbo to King Candy and by dominating Sugar Rush and making it into his own domain. This, of course, would be considered messing with the program, something that was forbidden in the arcade universe. Nevertheless, Candy was shown to have the dangerous ability to do so, and secretly used it for his own selfish gain.
- Computer Virus Physiology: After becoming a deadly Cy-Bug, King Candy gained the ability to assimilate anything he desired into himself. Combining his new form with his intelligence, he could control numerous legions of Cy-Bugs at his command to spread and take over many other games without limiting the Cy-Bug army. With this, he became "the most powerful virus in the arcade" and was capable of dominating any and every game of his choice.
- Superhuman Strength: In his new form, King Candy was shown to have incredible physical strength, strength that overpowered Wreck-It Ralph's tenfold, as he was shown to lift and thrash around the 643-pound bad-guy with great ease.
- Flight: Candy also gained the ability to fly, and had great speed and velocity.
- Spherical Form: Candy could curl into a ball for speed and protection.
- Claws: Candy also had razor sharp claws and legs, which he repeatedly used in attempts to murder Wreck-It Ralph.
King Candy/Turbo's only weakness was his own pride. Though he successfully reprogrammed Sugar Rush, he made the mistake of not deleting Vanellope out of arrogance, which would allow her to endure throughout the game and eventually gain control of her glitching. Her glitching also caused his own disguise to temporarily fade by coming into contact with her. His power-hungry nature would also contribute to his downfall, as the programming he absorbed from the Cy-Bug that ate him, despite his preserved intelligence, made him victim to the Cy-Bug's basic instincts. Even as Turbo, he was no match for the dominating viral programming that he had willingly embraced which led to his own death.
The King of Candy
King Candy is first seen at the race track in Sugar Rush, kicking off the daily Random Roster Race (the race that determines which nine racers will be featured on the game's roster for the day) as the Master of Ceremonies. After explaining the rules and regulations, Candy and the other racers begin depositing their coins, which act as their entry fees into the race. However, after they've all entered, the king notices a mysterious hooded figure depositing a coin, and after suspiciously eying the figure to discover their identify, it turns out the hooded racer is actually Vanellope. The crowd begins panicking at the sight of the glitch, and though Candy tries to keep his composure, he furiously orders his doughnut security guards, Wynchel and Duncan, to restrain her. Vanellope immediately flees the scene and attempts to escape in her makeshift kart.
Unfortunately, a giant, taffy-covered "monster" arrives on the raceway and confronts the glitch, causing mayhem and destruction in the process. A frustrated Candy tries to ease the chaos, but to no avail, and eventually, the taffy monster ends up trapped in a giant cupcake, preventing him from movement, and allowing Vanellope to escape without effort.
An exasperated King Candy watches as she does, telling Sour Bill she mustn't be allowed to race. He then orders Wynchel and Duncan to bring the captured taffy monster to his castle to receive punishment, which they oblige to. The "monster" reveals to be Wreck-It Ralph, the villain from the game Fix-It Felix, Jr.. Ralph explains that the "coin" Vanellope has inserted is actually his gold medal, and that he'll leave Sugar Rush as soon as he gets it back. The King, however, tells Ralph that the medal has been inserted into the game's codes and can only be returned when someone wins the cup at the end of the race and earns it back. Ralph then openly plans to steal the medal back when it's won, angering the King. Losing his patience, King Candy orders Wynchel and Duncan to escort Ralph out of Sugar Rush and heads out to find and capture Vanellope.
Messing with the Program
- “Oh, the code... It's the sweet lifeblood of the game.”
- ―King Candy to Sour Bill.
Unfortunately for the king, Ralph escapes the bumbling guards and finds Vanellope. The glitch gets the idea to have Ralph break her into King Candy's kart factory and have him help her build a kart, allowing her to race and win back his medal. Ralph reluctantly agrees and the plan is set in motion. Later on, the king gets a call that Ralph and Vanellope have broken into the kart factory to build a kart for the race. King Candy, Wynchel, Duncan, and several other guards, storm in and attack, leading to a chase throughout the kingdom. Unfortunately for the king, the duo gets away. The furious King Candy orders Wynchel and Duncan to continue searching and heads back to the castle while they do so. When the donuts return, they inform the king that they've failed. With no other choice, King Candy and Sour Bill violate the arcade's by-laws by heading to the lowest part of the castle and entering the game's codes. Within the forbidden realm, King Candy is able to retrieve Ralph's medal and heads out alone to find him, leaving Sour Bill in charge during his absence.
Candy's Meeting with Ralph
Eventually, Candy finds Ralph near Diet Cola Mountain. Before Ralph is able to pummel him, however, Candy reveals he has the former's medal and gladly returns it to him, stating he only wants to be given the chance to explain his reasoning for Vanellope's treatment, in return. The king then manipulates Ralph into believing he's only trying to protect Vanellope, as she's a glitch, and if she were to be entered in a race, her uncontrollable glitching would have the players and Mr. Litwak (the owner of the arcade) believe the game was broken; resulting in the cabinet being labeled out-of-order and permanently unplugged. Not only that, whilst most of the subjects will be able to flee, Vanellope would be trapped within the game and die along with it; as glitches lack the ability to leave their games. King Candy then asks Ralph to somehow keep Vanellope of out racing, for her own safety, which the bad-guy downheartedly agrees to. With these heavy thoughts, Candy takes his leave. After his departure, as according to plan, Ralph manages to keep Vanellope away from the race by destroying her kart.
The Truth Behind Sugar Rush
- “What's going on in this candy coated heart of darkness?!”
- ―Ralph to Sour Bill.
Afterwards, Ralph leaves Sugar Rush and returns to his own game. At some point after Ralph's departure, King Candy captures Vanellope and sends her to the fungeon, locking her up in "glitch proof" chains. Back in the Fix-It Felix, Jr. game, Ralph is able to see the Sugar Rush cabinet and suddenly notices Vanellope's picture featured prominently on it, despite the fact that she was a glitch. Realizing King Candy was lying to him, Ralph immediately returns to Sugar Rush and tortures Sour Bill into revealing a shocking truth: Vanellope was a racer until King Candy had messed with her code in an attempt to erase her from the game (turning her into a glitch) and had locked away the memories of the game's inhabitants. Bill also tells Ralph that if Vanellope crosses the finish line in an official race, the game will reset and Vanellope will no longer be a glitch.
Meanwhile, the daily Random Roster Race (the race that determines the game's racers for the day) has begun, and Vanellope is considered a no-show, much to the king's delight.
A Secret is Revealed
As the race begins, Ralph breaks Vanellope out of the fungeon and asks his friend Fix-It Felix, Jr. (who was trapped in the fungeon by Sour Bill) to repair her kart, thus allowing her to enter the race. A little while after she does so, she quickly makes it to second place, only behind a still oblivious King Candy. Meanwhile, back at the finish line, a swarm of Cy-Bugs, originating from the game Hero's Duty, invade Sugar Rush and immediately begin ravaging through the kingdom. While the citizens of the game begin evacuating, the crises remains unbeknown to King Candy and Vanellope, who continue on with the race. Soon enough, Vanellope manages to pass King Candy, much to the latter's shock.
Using one of the track's secret routes, King Candy ambushes Vanellope and viciously tries to ram her off the track. With his patience wearing thin, seeing Vanellope trying to escape, and all the while angrily declaring that he will not allow her to cross the finish line, Candy grabs his kart's antenna and brutally tries to beat Vanellope with it, destroying portions of her kart in the process. As the enraged King continues to attack the glitch, Vanellope grabs hold of the other end of the antenna in an attempt to disarm him, resulting in a brief, yet vehement, tug-of-war between her and Candy, until direct contact with the girl's glitchiness suddenly (though briefly) reveals King Candy for who he really is: Turbo.
With his secret revealed, Turbo confesses his crime of reprogramming the world to Vanellope, directly telling her he won't let her, Ralph, or anyone else get in the way of his power. Turbo then tries to kill Vanellope by ramming her into an oncoming stalagmite, but the young girl is able to finally control her glitchy abilities and saves herself by glitching out of Turbo's grasp, much to the racer's complete and utter frustration. After Vanellope races ahead, Turbo tries to pursue her, but one of the Cy-Bugs from Hero's Duty that had invaded Sugar Rush, blocks his path and devours him alive.
The Boss Level
- “Because of you, Ralph, I'm now the most powerful virus in the arcade!”
- ―King Candy.
However, instead of dying, Turbo fuses with the Cy-Bug, becoming a monstrous creature depicting both his King Candy and Turbo personas. Meanwhile, the Cy-Bugs have multiplied and ravaged through the entire world of Sugar Rush, turning it into an apocalyptic wasteland with seemingly no chance of survival. Fortunately for the heroes, Ralph initiates a plan to punch down the Mentos stalactites of the Diet Cola Mountain volcano summit, into a pool of Diet Cola below to create a beacon of lava that will attract the bugs to their destruction. Before Ralph can complete his mission, Turbo, in his Cy-Bug form, arrives and prevents him from doing so.
The villain welcomes Ralph to what the former calls "the boss level," declares that he is now the most powerful virus in the arcade, and announces that his next plot is to utilize his ultimate power to dominate the entire arcade universe, but not before killing Ralph as a way of "thanking him," blaming the bad-guy for the arcade's oncoming fate. Turbo then attacks Ralph and the two rivals battle, though Ralph is more preoccupied with trying to set off the volcano. Eventually, Turbo gets the upper hand and flies Ralph into the air, where he cruelly and very gleefully forces the bad-guy to watch helplessly as Vanellope is surrounded by a swarm of Cy-Bugs.
Giddy at the thought of his two enemies nearing their untimely demise, Turbo declares it's game over for both Ralph and Vanellope, but the former retorts by breaking free of Turbo's grasp and plummeting towards the mountain. The impact of Ralph's fall successfully breaks the mountain's Mentos surface; bringing down the entire crater, thus causing an eruption that produces a bright beacon that attracts all the Cy-Bugs. As the lava towers over the kingdom, the Cy-Bugs immediately begin to mindlessly fly into the light and are vaporized upon contact. Turbo, being more powerful than the others, is able to resist for a short time by alternating from his mesmerized Candy persona and panicking Turbo persona, but his Cy-Bug programming eventually overwhelms him, and he flies into the light as well, to his death. As characters who die outside their own games are unable to regenerate, he is ultimately gone for good.
While all of King Candy's appearances in various books were merely adaptions of the film, having the villainous king play out an identical role, some instances varied.
For example, in the junior novelization for Wreck-It Ralph, King Candy's actions during the climax were slightly different. After Vanellope escaped Candy's clutches following the Turbo reveal, the King escaped the tunnel, unharmed, and witnessed the Cy-Bug invasion with his own eyes as he drove out and towards the finish line, pursuing Vanellope. Furious at the sight of "his" game in ruins, Candy began to rant, swearing revenge on Ralph for the destruction he's caused. His cries were cut off, however, when a Cy-Bug swooped down and grabbed the King in his pincers, carrying him into the air before devouring him.
Later on, after the final battle with Ralph and Diet Cola Mountain was erupted, Cy-Bug King Candy would grab onto a candy cane tree branch, frantically trying to prevent his oncoming fiery destruction. However, the branch he grabbed was a double-stripe, which are known to dissolve into oblivion upon physical contact, resulting in King Candy losing his only chance of survival (echoing Vanellope's comments on the matter during her introduction in the film), flying into the lava and to his death.
Also, in the coloring book, instead of being a naturally talented racer, King Candy was shown to have gained his fantastic racing skills through the use of cheating.
King Candy, in his Cy-Bug form, appears as a silent, non-playable character in the game, first appearing as part of the Sugar Rush-themed circuit in the Toy Box Speedway. He is first seen hovering over the tracks during the race's second lap, and again for the remaining laps, on ground level.
King Candy can additionally be unlocked for the Toy Box, to appear as a decorative, animated set piece. He is unlocked after receiving a required amount of tokens in the Sugar Rush circuit of the Toy Box Speedway.
Currently, King Candy makes no live appearances at the Disney theme parks around the world. However, in the 2015 rendition of World of Color in Disney California Adventure, King Candy (as a Cy-Bug) appears during the montage celebrating villains.
King Candy's likeness is also featured aboard the Disney Dream cruise ship, as part of the Sugar Rush-themed area, "Vanellope's Sweet Treats", in the form of a statue, among others. A dessert treat served at the cabana is also named after him.
- King Candy bears a striking resemblance to the Mad Hatter from Alice in Wonderland. Animator Zach Parrish even noted that the overall design of King Candy was based on the Hatter.
- While not having a villain musical number, King Candy has a recurring theme that plays during most of his scenes, including his final moments in the climax.
- The TurboTime arcade cabinet looks like that of the Namco arcade game Rally X. Turbo also seems to be based on the artwork on the side.
- It's believed that when King Candy took over Sugar Rush and made Vanellope into a glitch, he also took her original kart, as seen on the Sugar Rush console picture of Vanellope. The picture of Vanellope on the console shows her racing with King Candy's kart and a Turbo-like racing outfit.
- His kart's honk in the throne room is the U.S. Presidential Anthem, "Hail to the Chief."
- A poster of Turbo is seen on the subway wall in the entrance to Sugar Rush.
- Some graffiti art of a crown with the initials K.C. below it can be seen on the subway wall when Ralph and the villains exit Pac-Man.
- When King Candy heads to Sugar Rush's codes, he uses the Konami Code as a password to enter the realm in which the codes lie.
- The Konami Code is written on a napkin from Tapper's.
- The character of King Candy has gained critical acclaim from both critics and fans, praising the character's writing, voice work, and nod to Ed Wynn, making him one of the most popular Disney villains of all time.
- One of the mural illustrations inside the Fungeon shows a clown in a racecar showing a face similar to that of Turbo's.
- King Candy/Turbo, in a sense, is essentially the complete opposite of Ralph: while Ralph is programmed to be a villain in his own game, but is kind-natured, cares for his friends and family, and becomes the hero of this film, Turbo, on the other hand, despite being programmed to be the hero of his former game, is actually arrogant, mean-spirited, and becomes the main antagonist. In fact, Turbo is actually even a brief glimpse of the type of person Ralph would've become had he become too obsessed with getting what he wanted instead of doing the right thing (thus becoming a "true" villain). This is a very rare reversal of traditional character roles that occurs in Disney films.
- King Candy's Cy-Bug form resembles either a scorpion or a praying mantis.
- King Candy's Cy-Bug form is often referred to as Turbo Cy-Bug or King Virus by fans, which are rather fitting.
- While most video game characters, upon leaving their own game and entering another, had to change their appearance so that they would resemble their destination game's artstyle upon entering (for example, 8-bit characters like Ralph and Felix would become CG-rendered if they enter a modern video game, and vice versa for modern characters like Calhoun if they enter an older one), Turbo does not: upon arriving in RoadBlasters, he simply remains 8-bit causing various sprites of himself to appear all over that game and therefore causing it to crash.
- He seems to represent the deadly sin of envy, as his jealousy of RoadBlasters lead to it and TurboTime being unplugged, and pride, in the fact he was afraid that his seat of authority would be taken by Ralph.
- King Candy is quite deductive, as when Ralph explained that his medal was stolen, he immediately realized that Ralph's medal was what Vanellope used as a coin to enter the race.
- He also used this information to convince Ralph into destroying Vanellope's kart by giving him his medal back.
- When Fix-It Felix explains about Turbo's/King Candy's flashback, Turbo's game, TurboTime, was right next to Ralph's and Felix's game, Fix-It Felix, Jr. this could mean that the two game characters knew each other before the events of the film.
- There are some, though unnoticeable, hints that King Candy truly is Turbo:
- For example, when he learns that Ralph has game-jumped, he begins to overreact and accuses Ralph of attempting to take over his game.
- He has access and knowledge of Sugar Rush's code, and used it to get the medal even though he claimed no one could regain the medal, making his true motives questionable.
- He is a powerful racer with great intolerance to losing.
- In Felix's flashback, Turbo's voice sounded like King Candy's.
- He bares little to no resemblance to the other racers' anime style (looking more like an American 1940s cartoon character), hinting he is not truly from Sugar Rush.
- He was the only character in the entire game who recognized Wreck-It Ralph, since TurboTime was next to the Fix-It Felix, Jr. cabinet and from the same time period as Fix-It Felix, Jr.
- King Candy's data box is noticeably larger than the other data boxes in the CPU room. It's also noticeably redder in color (all others are blue) and all of his data files are completely disorganized. Also, if you look very closely, you can even see little Turbo faces inside.
- Just right before he lies to Ralph about Vanellope and her game causing Ralph to destroy her go-kart, King Candy can be seen panicking as Ralph tries to attack him, not out of cowardice, but rather because he is actually aware that he is not supposed to be in that game. Since characters that die outside their game ultimately die permanently, had Ralph successfully got him that time he would've been killed not only instantly, but also permanently as well.
- Early on in the film's development, King Candy was originally a separate character from the character of Turbo. He was still, however, the film's primary antagonist and the usurper of Vanellope's throne. It wasn't until later on during the course of production that the filmmakers decided to have King Candy and Turbo become one character.
- During the development of the film, King Candy was intended to ultimately reform by the end of the film, before the filmmakers decided to have him remain a villain throughout the entire course of the film.
- Even after his identity is revealed, the credits, closed captions, and even fans of the film still refer to Turbo as King Candy, possibly due to the amount of time he spent in the film in his King Candy persona.
- King Candy plays a role in the film similar to the Wizard of Oz in that he comes from another land (his own game), leads his subjects on through manipulation and usurped the rightful ruler and had their memories locked away (Ozma and Vanellope), the hero comes to him for a favor (in Ralph's case, his medal), while he asks of something in return that involves the "villain" (Vanellope and smashing her candy car), and is ultimately a fraud hiding behind another image that makes the hero appreciate the things they have in life.
- Though there are some fans who have theorized that King Candy could have been a legitimate character in Sugar Rush before Turbo took over, Raymond S. Persi has officially stated on his Tumblr blog that the King Candy character was an identity fabricated by Turbo.
- It can be minutely possible that Turbo chose to take over Sugar Rush due to the fact that it's a racing video game like his former game TurboTime that he abandoned (it can be just a theory).
- Ironically, King Candy's line when he speaks to Ralph about Vanellope ("Heroes have to make the tough choices, don't they?") indirectly foreshadowed Ralph's tough choice in sacrificing himself to save the arcade at the film's climax.
- During the scene where King Candy reveals himself to be Turbo, if one pauses the movie at the right time, they will find a split second frame of Turbo looking at the camera, smiling while giving a thumbs-up.
- Interestingly, when the Cy-Bug's programming overtook King Candy, it was the King Candy identity that was mesmerized by the Cy-Bug's instincts, unlike the fully-aware Turbo. This appears to highlight that Turbo is the one and only true identity of the character itself, as the other two components, King Candy and the Cy-Bug, affected each other correlativily in appearance and personality while Turbo had remained unchanged.
- In the Mickey Mouse cartoon Bad Ear Day, a sign with King Candy's name can be seen on one of the buildings.
- King Candy was mentioned in the television series, Psych, in the episode, "S.E.I.Z.E. the Day".
- ↑ Infinity Inquirer Twitter (11:20 AM - 12 Aug 2015 Tweet)
- ↑ http://archive.is/20130624162232/raymondsp.tumblr.com/post/44901642286/was-king-candy-an-existing-character-in-the-game-or
- ↑ http://archive.is/20130624162311/raymondsp.tumblr.com/post/45034233647/is-that-answer-regarding-king-candy-100-canon-or-just
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|Shorts and Comics|
The Evil Queen | Raven | Vultures | Honest John and Gideon | Stromboli | The Coachman | The Coachman's Goons | Lampwick | Monstro | Tyrannosaurus Rex | Chernabog | Ringmaster | Ronno | Man | Aconcagua | The Toy Bull | Wolf | Tetti-Tatti | Lumpjaw | Willie the Giant | Rustlers | Mr. Winkie | The Headless Horseman | Brom Bones | Drizella Tremaine | Lady Tremaine | Anastasia Tremaine | Lucifer | Queen of Hearts | Captain Hook | The Dogcatcher | Si and Am | The Rat | Maleficent | Cruella De Vil | Jasper and Horace | Madam Mim | Kaa | Shere Khan | Edgar Balthazar | Prince John | Sheriff of Nottingham | The Bees | Heffalumps | Woozles | Madame Medusa | Amos Slade | The Bear | Horned King | Ratigan | Bill Sykes | Roscoe and DeSoto | Ursula | Percival McLeach | Gaston | Jafar | Scar | Governor Ratcliffe | Claude Frollo | Hades | Shan Yu | Clayton | Jack-in-the-Box | Snooty Flamingos | The Firebird | Carnotaurus | Kron | Yzma | Lyle Tiberius Rourke | Captain Gantu | John Silver | Scroop | Alameda Slim | Foxy Loxy | DOR-15 | Dr. Calico | Doctor Facilier | Mother Gothel | The Backson | King Candy | Cy-Bugs | Hans | The Duke of Weselton | Yokai
Sid Phillips | Scud | Hopper | Thumper | Stinky Pete | Al McWhiggin | Emperor Zurg | Randall Boggs | Henry J. Waternoose III | Darla Sherman | Syndrome | Gilbert Huph | Mirage | Chick Hicks | Chef Skinner | AUTO | Charles F. Muntz | Lots-o'-Huggin' Bear | Miles Axlerod | Professor Z | J. Curby Gremlin | Tubbs Pacer | Vladimir Trunkov | Victor Hugo | Ivan | Grem | Acer | Tony Trihull | Mor'du | Johnny Worthington III | Roar Omega Roar | Jangles the Clown
|Other Animated Movies|
Br'er Fox | Br'er Bear | The Giant Magnet | Merlock the Magician | Oogie Boogie | Sa'Luk | Zira | Bradley Uppercrust III | Morgana | Sarousch | Buster | Edgar Vulgud | Ashtin Carnaby | Erik Hellstrom | Dr. Phillium Benedict | Lil' Lightning | Dr. Ivan Krank | Vidia | Ebenezer Scrooge | Supervisor | Heinz Doofenshmirtz (2nd Dimension) | Perry the Platypus (2nd Dimension) | Norm Bots | Ripslinger | Ned and Zed | Cad Spinner | Nyx
Barnaby | Alonzo Hawk |John Slade | Master Control Program (MCP) | Dr. Louis Faraday | Nome King | Mr. Dark | Judge Doom | John Ricketts | Winifred Sanderson | Mary Sanderson | Sarah Sanderson | Cardinal Richelieu | Carl Quigley | William Boone | Gilbert Sipes | Rhino | Aunt Spiker | Aunt Sponge | Long John Silver | Norman Snively | Lyle Van de Groot | Luanne LeSeur | Meredith Blake | Dr. Elliot Coleye |Andrei Strasser | Dr. Claw | Toy Santa | Reed Thimple | Hector Barbossa | Pintel and Ragetti | Ramsley | Lord Kelvin | Ian Howe | Gwen Grayson | The White Witch | Captain Bill Fawcett | Selkirk Tander | Dr. Kozak | Grim and Denning | Mitch Wilkinson | Davy Jones | Cutler Beckett | Jack Frost | Queen Narissa | Dr. Simon Bar Sinister | Jean George | Miraz | Dr. Finkle | Stan Cruge | The Red Queen | Knave of Hearts | Nizam | Morgana le Fay | Maxim Horvath | CLU 2.0 | Blackbeard | Warwick | Halloween Hound | Tex Richman | Ubasti | Dr. Phillip Wellington | Sab Than | Matai Shang | Evanora the Wicked Witch of the East | Theodora the Wicked Witch of the West | Drex | Latham Cole | Butch Cavendish | Constantine | Dominic Badguy | Celia Rodriguez | The Witch | The Giant | David Nix
|Marvel Movie and TV Villains|
Abomination | Whiplash | Red Skull | Loki Laufeyson | Chitauri | Thanos | Aldrich Killian | Ian Quinn | Malekith | Deathlok (Michael Peterson) | Bucky Barnes | Alexander Pierce | Deathlok (John Garrett) | Kree | Ronan the Accuser | Nebula | Daniel Whitehall | Calvin Zabo | Jiaying | Ultron | Kingpin | Darren Cross
Crocosaurus | Brat | Flizard | Duke Igthorn | Toadwart | Ogres | Lady Bane | Evelyn and Emmadrille | Trolls | Troggles | Carpies | Airiels | Spinster | Floogel | Slugger | Hunter | Malsinger | Angelo Davini | Lord Willoughby | Flint Shrubwood | Zorlock and Grot | Marquis de Bouillabaisse | Marzipan | Dreaded One | Mysterious Knight | Stan Woozle and Heff Heffalump | Crows | Bugs | Nasty Jack | Nasty Jack's Gang | Wooster | Crud | Smudge | The Toy Villains | Birdzilla | Fat Cat | Fat Cat's Gang | Maltese de Sade | Le Sewer and Ratatouille | Professor Norton Nimnul | Robot Dogs | Normie Nimnul | Aldrin Klordane | Percy | Juice-Lee | Billy the Squid | Sewernose de Bergerac | Banshee | Rat Capone | Arnold Mousenegger and Sugar Ray Lizard | Spy Rats | The Greatest Spy in the World | Captain Finn | All Hands and Mr. Starfish | Lahwhinie | El Emenopio | Winifred | Bud | Lou | Mrs. Sweeney | Todd | Jack and Nickels | Erol | Muscles | Baby Thaddeus | Monrovia and Pomona | Kismet | Mr. Dumpty | Nog | Cruiser and Bruiser | Dr. Piltdown | Bubbles | Irwina Allen | Quigley and Abba-Dabba | Lord Howie | Su Lin | Heinrich Von Sugarbottom | Wexter | Ratso Ratzkiwatzki | Moose and Rocco | Zsa Zsa Labrador | Don Karnage | Taurus Bulba | Negaduck | Megavolt | Quackerjack | Bushroot | Liquidator | F.O.W.L. | Steelbeak | Professor Moliarty | Tuskernini | Ammonia Pine | Lilliput Gooney | Jambalaya Jake | Gumbo | Splatter Phoenix | The Collector | Al Vermin | Abis Mal | Mozenrath | Mirage | David Xanatos | Demona | Puck | Quint | Lord Dragaunus | Wraith | Baron Blitz | Technor | Chopper Daddy | The Birthday Bandit | Madame Snake | Mr. Large | Helius Inflato | Dehydro | Mr. Vague | Dr. Drakken | Shego | Señor Senior, Senior | Señor Senior, Junior | Monkey Fist | Duff Killigan | Professor Dementor | Huntsman | The Huntsclan | The Dark Dragon | Eli Excelsior Pandarus | Herbert the Goblin | Lord Cedric | Prince Phobos | Elyon Brown | Miranda | Dr. Scorpius | Heinz Doofenshmirtz | Mitch | Aloyse von Roddenstein | Brad Buttowski | Li'l Gideon | Bill Cipher | Lord Hater | Lord Dominator | Hildy Gloom | Grim Gloom | Ludo | Toffee | Rippen
The Wizard | Dracula Duck | Manco Capquack | Giant Moon Rat | Snow Monster | Keelhaul Pete | Jester Hole | Fire Bug | Red and Blue Skeletons | Red and Green Rumbler | Bizarrah | Bernadette the Bird | Dr. Habbitrale | Chopsuey | The Ghost | Nasira | Arachnid | Evil Sultan | Atticus Thorn | Organization XIII | Xion | Vanitas | Ansem, Seeker of Darkness | Xemnas | Master Xehanort | Young Xehanort | Heartless | Nobodies | Unversed | Dream Eater | Jolly Roger | HEX | Bots | Abraxas | The Shadow Blot | Blotlings | Seers | Spatters | Dropwings | Sweepers | Spladooshes | Slobbers | Bloticles | Blotling Shadow Blot | Beetleworx | Blotworx | Animatronic Captain Hook | Cranky | Sez | Mizrabel | Zara