- “Look, wise guy, I know I'm a racer. I can feel it in my code!”
- ―Vanellope to Ralph
Vanellope von Schweetz is the deuteragonist of Disney's 2012 animated feature film Wreck-It Ralph and its upcoming sequel. She is the true ruler of Sugar Rush who has been turned into a glitch by King Candy.
Vanellope von Schweetz was the main character of the video game Sugar Rush. Not only was she the lead character, she was also the in-game world's princess. However, at some point prior to the start of the film, an old racing video game character named Turbo hijacked Sugar Rush, turned himself into a character named King Candy, and tried to delete Vanellope's code (but couldn't), turning her into a glitch instead. Once Vanellope became a glitch, King Candy was free to rule the kingdom, having all the inhabitants of Sugar Rush's memories of Princess Vanellope locked away. However, if Vanellope was to ever cross the finish line in an official race, her code would be restored and the throne would be hers once more. To prevent this from occurring, King Candy, with the help of his minion, and Vanellope's former assistant, Sour Bill, had the citizens of the game believe having a glitch race could lead to the game being unplugged. Due to this lie, Vanellope was repeatedly tormented and ostracized by the game's citizens, most notably the other racers, led in their bullying by Taffyta Muttonfudge. Vanellope was able to find sanctuary within Diet Cola Mountain, a volcano that towers over the land of Sugar Rush that carries an unfinished bonus track.
As a result of her being a glitch, Vanellope was unable to leave the game and escape her tormentors. However, she also gained the unique ability to glitch, or teleport, from place to place in the blink of an eye, though she didn't have much control over it, and it sometimes hindered her efforts to get into races.
- 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. The 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.
Years of bullying has left Vanellope with a sharp tongue and a sour disposition. When first greeted, she comes off as purposely annoying, obnoxious, and rude, with little concern for the feelings or ambitions of other people, in comparison to benefiting herself. However, these aspects of her character are not entirely truthful. While sassy and razor-tongued, Vanellope is, deep down, loving and loyal to those who show kindness and sympathy towards her. After she befriends Wreck-It Ralph, the tragedy of her situation is brought into the forefront, revealing the reasonings behind her previously obnoxious acts. She thusly reveals herself to be an enthusiastic dreamer, wanting nothing more than to be accepted by the inhabitants of her game, despite said inhabitants constantly mistreating her, both physically and mentally. She is very forgiving in this regard, unwilling to hold grudges and prefers to continue on with life with a positive outlook.
Despite her programmed age, Vanellope is also crafty and intelligent. Throughout the film, she has been shown to be an opportunistic quick-thinker, with enough intellect and cunning to concoct elaborate schemes on the spot, making her a threat to the villainous agenda of King Candy. Strong-willed and independent, she takes troubled matters into her own hands, and shows efficiency in reaching her goals.
As mentioned above, Vanellope is razor-tongued, and takes pleasure in insulting and berating others, in either a serious or teasing manor. This is seen through her friendship with Ralph, as the two are known to have playfully condescending nicknames for one another, establishing a relationship similar to that of two fun-loving siblings. This is also an example of Vanellope's spunk and moxie, as she has the habit of sassing and standing her ground against characters with the potential to pose a serious threat. When she encountered Ralph, the two were at odds, and despite the wrecker being thrice her size, Vanellope generally showed no real fear of the bad-guy. She also has a twisted sense of humor, as her first decree after regaining her royal status was to sentence her tormentors to execution, though she quickly revealed it to be a jest, wanting to see their cowardly reactions.
Interestingly, although her years of being shunned left her with negative traits, Vanellope is one of the only characters in the film with a lack of prejudice. After learning Ralph is classified as a video game "bad-guy", Vanellope never berates him on his position, instead viewing him beyond his programmed occupation, and understanding that his label is only a job title, and doesn't define who he is, as a person. Her kindness would heavily influence Ralph, and it was through their friendship that Ralph learned what it truly means to be a hero.
Vanellope is a 9-year old girl whose overall appearance is often described as adorable, even by Ralph himself. Being a child, she is short in stature and has long raven-black hair with candy sprinkled over it. She has fair skin and hazel eyes that are rather large with an Anime influence and also carries a slender body. She noticeably has an overbite, as well as a small pink chipmunk-like nose, as do most of the Sugar Rush racers. As said before, Vanellope's design, as well as the other Sugar Rush racers, were inspired by Japanese/Anime influences, notably by the art style of Chibi. Similar to how the other leads in the movie have their faces based off their voice actors, Vanellope's face and hair are designed to resemble a younger Sarah Silverman.
Vanellope's signature "glitch" outfit is a mint green hoodie with a double-layered brown skirt that resembles the wrapping of a peanut-butter cup (many of the girls have skirts like this), green, white and purple leggings, and small black boots. It is notable that her leggings are mismatched, one covered in broad mint green bands, the other in thinner mint bands and purple lines. They are designed to resemble candy cane stripes. Her hoodie laces and stitches are red and resemble licorice candies, such as Twizzlers. Underneath her hoodie is a violet shirt, it's only seen in a "blink and you'll miss it" scene in the video game's last cut scene. Her high ponytail is also tied with a Twizzler. The pink squiggles under Vanellope's boots resemble icing. Vanellope also owns red racing goggles that were seen during the Random Roster Race's coin depositing.
On the side of the Sugar Rush game cabinet, Vanellope can be seen in her royal racing attire which is a teal, orange, and white jumpsuit with brown gloves. In the film's concept art, Vanellope's racing attire comes with a white helmet with a golden crown design detailed onto it.
As a princess, Vanellope wore a full skirted glittery long-sleeved gown with lacy white gloves. Her gradient pink petticoat is noticeably covered in pink, white and red gumdrops, sprinkled everywhere like beads. However, chocolate sprinkles can be seen on the lower end of the petticoat. The skirt has many layers and opens in the front to show a deep pink underskirt. Her gown was also given a pink, flowing cloak, and a large, high, white lace heart collar, resembling Elizabethan royal attire. The collar is edged in a cut-out pattern of candy canes and lollipops, and in addition she wears another, somewhat smaller, white ruffled collar. In this outfit, Vanellope's hair is up in a bun instead of a high ponytail, and is covered in sprinkles that are various shades of pink. She also wore a red tiara. With the outfit, Vanellope also owns a pink lollipop scepter with a noticeable crown symbol over it. Although she dislikes it, she wore it at Calhoun and Felix's wedding as her maid of honor outfit.
- “Hi, mister!”
- ―Vanellope's first words to Ralph
Once upon a normal day, Vanellope is lounging about in the candy tree forest when she encounters a hulk-like man named Wreck-It Ralph, who claims to be part of the "candy tree department" and was doing some "candy tree trimming". However, the minute Vanellope notices a "gold coin" atop the tree, she becomes very excited and makes way for it, ignoring Ralph, who confesses to Vanellope, telling her that he is from a different game and desperately needs the medal that she has mistaken for a gold coin. They both go after it, but Vanellope uses her glitching abilities to come out ahead and "win" the coin from Ralph. Taking the medal for herself, Vanellope runs off to the race track starting line, where the racers of Sugar Rush are prepared to pay their fees (one gold coin) to race in the Random Roster Race: a daily race that determines which racers will be featured in the game's roster on the following day. Vanellope disguises herself and sneaks into the lineup to insert the medal for her coin. This entry succeeds, and she is put in the race officially.
- “You will never be a racer! Because you're a glitch, and that's all you'll ever be!”
- ―Taffyta to Vanellope
Unfortunately for Vanellope, she is considered to be a glitch, and glitches are not allowed to race by orders of the Sugar Rush ruler, King Candy. The moment the king notices the glitch, he orders his security guards, Wynchel and Duncan, to arrest her. Ralph (covered in taffy and other candy) suddenly arrives to reclaim his medal. The scene that follows distracts the king and his guards, allowing Vanellope to escape heading to the junkyard with her homemade kart. Vanellope is then confronted by Taffyta Muttonfudge (the best racer in the game, next to King Candy), Candlehead, Rancis Fluggerbutter and the other racing kids. They torment the girl, calling her "an accident waiting to happen" and destroy her kart to prevent her from racing. Ralph witnesses the cruel bullying and charges out of hiding to scare the kids away. Vanellope, however, is far too upset and embarrassed to even thank Ralph, who reacts badly to her snappishness and calls Vanellope a thief for stealing his medal.
- “You help me find a new kart - a real kart - and I'll win the race and get you back your medal.”
- ―Vanellope's proposition to Ralph
Vanellope explains that she planned to return the medal the moment she won the race, but without a kart, both she and Ralph are out of luck. In anger, Ralph begins to wreck things, including a jawbreaker, something that is rock-solid. Witnessing Ralph's strength gives Vanellope the idea to have him break her into King Candy's kart factory in order to make a real kart so that she can really race. She convinces Ralph to help her by telling him that, once she wins the race and the winner's prize, and all the coins along with it, she'll return the medal. Ralph reluctantly agrees and the duo sneak into the factory.
At the factory, they build the kart together and bond during the chaotic process. Because of Ralph's destructive nature, though, the cart appears very different from what it is supposed to be. Disappointed, Ralph thinks the kart is broken and a let-down at first, but Vanellope is more than happy to have a real kart in her possession, showing immense joy and proving to Ralph that his own, unique abilities can bring happiness to others. To finish their newfound "masterpiece", Vanellope and Ralph sign the kart. Just then, King Candy, alerted by the security about the break-in, arrives with his minions and attacks the two. The duo try to drive away, but Vanellope coyly reveals that she has no knowledge on how to drive a real kart, forcing Ralph to, instead, steer it by hand. King Candy, Wynchel, and Duncan are in hot pursuit until Vanellope directs Ralph into the secret passageway of Diet Cola Mountain, where she secretly resides.
Once safe, Ralph scolds Vanellope on her inability to drive annoyed by the decreasing chances of his medal returning to his possessions. When asked why the medal is so important, Vanellope instantly relates, but the bonding is cut short when Ralph takes a further look into the mountain, eventually being introduced to Vanellope's hovel of a home. There, the glitch explains that, because of her disability, she is bullied and tormented by everyone in the game. Not only that, she cannot leave the game and escape her tormentors because glitches lack the ability to do so. She figures that if she wins the race, the others would stop treating her harshly and make amends.
You're My Hero
- “I made [this medal] for you. Just in case we don't win. Not that I think there's even a remote chance we're not gonna win!”
- ―Vanellope, upon bestowing her medal to Ralph
With Ralph having experienced a similar story, wanting to abandon his life of loneliness and mistreatment, he sympathizes with the young girl, prompting him to build a track in the mountain so Vanellope can learn how to drive. Before long, Vanellope turns out to be a natural, and the duo prepare to forge off to the race, but not before Vanellope runs back into the mountain to get something. During her absence, King Candy shows up to return Ralph's medal, in exchange for an important conversation. King Candy tells Ralph that he must not let Vanellope race, because if she wins and becomes a character in the game, the players will notice her glitching and think the game is broken, causing the game to be considered defunct and unplugged, with Vanellope (as a glitch) being the only one unable to escape, being left inside the game to die. King Candy then leaves Ralph with these heavy thoughts, and when Vanellope returns, she surprises her companion with a homemade medal that reads "You're my hero", in the event that they lose the race.
Though touched by Vanellope's gesture, Ralph reluctantly denies Vanellope's desire to head to the race. Confused at Ralph's sudden change of heart, Vanellope asks why, but before he can explain further, she notices Ralph's Hero's Duty medal around the latter's neck, immediately becoming suspicious. In hopes of easing the confusion, Ralph begins to explain by claiming he was speaking to King Candy, but this leads to Vanellope immediately figuring the bad-guy ratted her out to the king in exchange for his original medal. The tension leads to a mild, but growing argument, resulting in Vanellope making the decision to race without Ralph's help. Ralph, refusing to risk Vanellope's safety, denies once more and hooks the young glitch on a branch by her clothes and proceeds to destroy her kart. Vanellope tries to stop Ralph, but to no avail. With her kart destroyed, along with her dreams of winning the race and getting a better life, a heartbroken Vanellope runs off in tears, and the downhearted Ralph returns to his game. At some point after Ralph's departure, King Candy captures Vanellope and imprisons her in his "fungeon".
King Candy's Villainy is Revealed
- “Vanellope was a racer until King Candy tried to delete her code!”
- ―Sour Bill confesses to Ralph
Meanwhile, back at his own game, Ralph spots the Sugar Rush console in the distance, which curiously features an image of Vanellope, alongside the other racers . Going back into Sugar Rush, Ralph interrogates King Candy's assistant, Sour Bill (who is sweeping the remains of Vanellope's kart), to find out why this is. He learns that she was a legitimate character in the game, but King Candy hacked the coding of the world to remove her and all memory of her previous status from it, causing her to become a glitch, with every citizen in the kingdom knowing her as nothing more. And only by having her cross the finish line in an official race would the damage be undone and the original coding restored. Ralph then takes the broken pieces of the kart and goes to the "fungeon" to rescue his friend Fix-It Felix, Jr., whom he begs to fix the kart, the only hope for Vanellope.
The Random Roster Race
- “I'm already a real racer, and I'm gonna win.”
With the kart rebuilt, Ralph breaks into Vanellope's cell, much to the latter's initial confusion. Ralph confesses his foolish behavior, and after a series of playful banter, the two reconcile. They meet with Felix and rush to the starting line of the already-ignited Random Roster Race. Along the way, Ralph informs Vanellope of the situation, explaining that she doesn't have to win, but simply has to cross the finish line to have her code restored. Vanellope, angered by Candy's villainy, declares that she's going to win, nevertheless, and races onto the track. Due to her glitching, she manages to bypass the competition at an alarming rate, eventually facing Taffyta, Rancis, and Candlehead, who try to sabotage the glitch. Unfortunately for the trio, their actions merely triggers Vanellope's abilities, allowing her to glitch in front of them. At this point, she is second only to King Candy. As the two near the finish line, Vanellope manages to speed passed a surprised and frustrated Candy, who uses a closed off shortcut to reach Vanellope's kart, ramming his own into it.
The king, having lost all patience, starts to physically attack Vanellope with his kart's antenna, destroying fragments of her kart in the process. This leads to a tug-of-war between Vanellope and Candy, with their staggered movements triggering Vanellope's glitching, which causes Candy to glitch as well. Eventually, Candy's body begins to deteriorate, and his true form, Turbo, is revealed. A shocked Vanellope pulls back in fear, just as Turbo ruthlessly admits his crimes of hijacking the world, claiming it as his possession, and one that he refuses to allow Vanellope to take away. Turbo then tries to kill Vanellope by ramming her onto an oncoming stalactite, but Vanellope manages to save herself by tapping into her inner power, gaining total control of her glitching, and teleporting out of Turbo's grasp.
Vanellope races ahead in first place, but before she can reach Ralph and the finish line, a swarm of Cy-Bugs—creatures from the game Hero's Duty that have been breeding in the catacombs underneath Sugar Rush—explode from the ground and directly impact Vanellope, throwing her kart off the track.
The Final Battle
- “It's okay, Ralph. [...] Just go. Go without me.”
- ―Vanellope to Ralph
Ralph and Felix scurry to her side, but before Vanellope is able to continue forth, a swarm of Cy-Bugs surround the finish line and quickly devour it. With no hope of crossing, Ralph grabs Vanellope to evacuate to Game Central Station, alongside the other inhabitants of the game, led by Sergeant Calhoun: the lead character in Hero's Duty. Unfortunately, Vanellope, still being a glitch, is unable to escape. With a heavy heart, the child accepts her oncoming death and tells Ralph to go without her, but Ralph refuses to leave her to die and desperately thinks of a way to save her. In that moment, fortunately, he overhears Calhoun telling Felix that the bugs cannot be stopped without a beacon and quickly comes up with an idea to erupt Diet Cola Mountain, hoping to have the erupting hot cola act as a beacon. With Vanellope being protected by Felix and Calhoun, Ralph hurries to the top of Diet Cola Mountain and begins to smash the crater of Mentos.
Unfortunately, he is soon attacked by Turbo (who had transformed into a Cy-Bug after being consumed by one). Vanellope is forced to watch as Turbo flies into the air with Ralph in his grasp. While this is occurring, a swarm of Cy-Bugs turn their attentions to killing Vanellope, Felix and Calhoun, and Turbo forces Ralph to watch the horrific scene from the air. Calhoun uses her gun against them, but she soon runs out of ammo. Fortunately, Ralph is able to break free of Candy's grasp and plummets down to the mountain, sacrificing himself for Vanellope, and brings the whole crater down into the volcano with one forceful smash. When Vanellope sees Ralph plummeting, she glitches past the bugs, takes Crumbelina's (a racer in Sugar Rush) kart, and glitches into Diet Cola Mountain, where she is able to catch Ralph before he falls into the cola. Together, they escape the volcano just as massive amounts of Mentos plunge into the hot cola, causing the mountain to erupt. The eruption of Diet Cola Mountain produces a beacon that attracts all the Cy-bugs, including Turbo, vaporizing them for good and saving Sugar Rush, as well as the entire arcade.
Princess Vanellope of Sugar Rush
- “All hail the rightful ruler of Sugar Rush... Princess Vanellope.”
- ―Sour Bill
After Felix fixes the finish line, Ralph pushes Vanellope across the line, winning the race, and the resetting the game. Suddenly, Vanellope magically transforms into a princess, revealing her to be the rightful ruler of the kingdom. Taffyta, Candlehead, Rancis and the other racers, whose memories have been restored, remember Vanellope's rank as a princess. Horrified by their cruel treatment towards her, they apologize to Vanellope, and beg for her forgiveness. Vanellope briefly takes advantage of her new power by playfully humiliating her former tormentors, but quickly shows no ill will and accepts their apology. Vanellope then reveals no desire to be a princess, instead proclaiming herself as a racer, and showing newfound gratitude towards her glitching abilities, which were partially responsible for saving the arcade, Ralph, and herself. In spite of this, the young ruler still accepts to lead the kingdom as "President Vanellope von Schweetz", which is quickly accepted by her subjects.
- “The kid's a natural, and the players love her, glitch and all!”
- ―Ralph on Vanellope's life as a racer
At this time, the arcade is about to open, and as Ralph prepares to leave Sugar Rush, Vanellope hugs him and offers a private wing in her castle, where he will be happy and loved. Ralph warmly turns down the offer and explains that her friendship makes him happy enough and that he has a job to do: playing the bad guy in his own game. Ralph and Vanellope bid farewell, as the other Sugar Rush racers surround latter in reconciliation, befriending her and accepting her back into the game.
During the finale, Vanellope, seen in her princess attire, serves as the maid of honor at the wedding of Felix and Calhoun. It is also shown that, due to her glitching abilities being used as her power-up, Vanellope has become a fan-favorite in Sugar Rush, winning the hearts of the gamers and finally living her lifelong dream. Many times, Vanellope is able to see Ralph in Niceland from her cabinet, and vise versa, causing the two to happily wave to each other often. This part of the gameplay is said to be Ralph's favorite, as he enjoys watching Vanellope gain the love and admiration that she has always deserved. Ralph also notes his newfound acceptance for his job, claiming Vanellope's friendship is all the validation he needs to remind him that he's far from a bad person.
During the end credits of the film, Vanellope and Ralph, along with Felix and Calhoun, are shown constantly enjoying each other's company after gaming hours, having numerous game-jumping adventures together.
Vanellope serves as a deuteragonist in the tie-in storybook, One Sweet Race. In this storybook set after the events of the film, Rancis Fluggerbutter, one of Vanellope's former bullies and later friend, is always getting teased for not winning a race and has accidentally crashed the kart he was using to try and win the race. Vanellope decides to help him, and together they build a kart, which Rancis names RV1, after both of them. In the next race, Vanellope cheers Rancis on and he wins the race. The story perfectly showcases Vanellope's kindness and generosity after the events of the film and after she regains her rightful throne. It also shows that she continues to wear her "glitch" outfit, as well as drive her Candy Kart (the kart made with the help of Ralph).
As part of the Disney 5-Minute Spooky Stories storybook, Vanellope and Ralph are featured in a Halloween tale set in Sugar Rush. On the night of Gloyd's Halloween party, Ralph and Vanellope accidentally come across an old Halloween-themed bonus level, ruled by the mischievous Boo Brattly; a ghost who's chaotic ways resulted in his banishment. Unfortunately, Ralph and Vanellope are unable to leave the stage unless they manage to catch Boo. When the level is bested, a portal to Sugar Rush is revealed, though Boo pleads for the two to stay a while; suffering from loneliness. Sympathetic, Vanellope heads to Sugar Rush to bring Gloyd's party to Boo's castle, ending things well for everyone.
In The Donut Kart, Vanellope is visited by Wynchel and Duncan, who are in need of a vehicle to help keep order and peace in Sugar Rush, which has been corrupted by mischievously speedy racers. Vanellope obliges with her assistance, and the trio are able to conjure up a monstrous kart, too over-the-top for riding, but just perfect for scaring the racers into following the game's speed limit laws.
Taking place not too long after the film, Vanellope is preparing for another race in Sugar Rush with Ralph, Felix, and Calhoun in the stands cheering her on. However, Ralph accidentally drops a Cy-Bug egg that rolls into the taffy lake. Later on, whilst in her castle, Vanellope witnesses the Cy-Bugs attacking Sugar Rush and heads to Game Central Station with the others while Ralph and Felix rids the arcade of the beasts. In the end, after the bugs are defeated, Vanellope celebrates Ralph's newfound success by creating a new holiday.
Throughout the playable levels in the game, Vanellope can also be heard making various comments, often commending Ralph and Felix (the two playable characters) on their constant victories.
Along with Wreck-It Ralph, Vanellope appears in the Disney INFINITY video game as a playable character, however, she can not be playable in Play Set Mode. In addition to this, in the opening sequence of the game, she and Ralph make a brief introductory cameo riding the Candy Kart as they greet the player.
Accompanying Vanellope are various elements relating to her, including the aforementioned Candy Kart and a toybox world based of Sugar Rush (complete with the Sugar Rush theme song), which can be earned by purchasing landscape power diss.
She also maintains her glitching in the game, acting as one of her special abilities during travel and combat. She's also equipped with the "Cherry Bomb" power-up (named after the weapon featured in the film by the same name), capable of causing mild pixelated explosions upon enemies whenever thrown. One of her Character Chests also includes her unlockable costume.
In addition, her signature adventure is a three lap race known as "Vanellope's Sweet Race".
Both Vanellope and Ralph took part of the Disneyland Christmas Day parade in the winter of 2012.
In Florida, Vanellope was present at Disney's Hollywood Studios' Magic of Disney Animation attraction and greeted fans who walk through a making of exhibit in a Wreck-It Ralph themed area, until being discontinued in October of 2014. Vanellope was also seen driving the trams in Disney's Hollywood Studios during this time.
In 2014, Vanellope, along with Ralph, was added to the Magic Kingdom's annual Mickey's Boo-to-You Halloween Parade, as well as Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party. In 2015, Vanllope was given her own candy-themed mini float, modeled after a race kart, for the latter parade.
- According to Rich Moore and Sarah Silverman, Vanellope is 9 years old. However, according to Executive Producer John Lasseter, she is 12 years old.
- Vanellope is the only main character that never called Ralph by his title 'Wreck-it'.
- Vanellope's hands only have four fingers, as opposed to Ralph's five.
- Vanellope's name is actually a portmanteau of "vanilla", a type of dessert flavoring, and "Penelope", a name of Greek queen (which may be a reference to her role as the ruler of Sugar Rush).
- Also, her title, "von", is actually German for "of", which is often used by German nobility.
- And plus her last name, "Schweetz", is a pun of the word "sweet" with a slightly German touch. (Schweetz). "Schweetz" may also be the way a young child would pronounce the word "sweets".
- Upon close inspection, you will see that Vanellope's skirt is made of Reese's Peanut Butter Cup wrappers.
- When creating Vanellope, she was described as having "a hint of Sarah [Silverman], a hint of Cindy Lou Who, combined with this grubby little Pippi Longstocking moppet kid."
- Despite having hazel eyes in the movie, posters, etc., Vanellope can clearly be seen with bright green eyes when she is shown on the side of the cabinet after Ralph throws away his medal.
- Interestingly enough, Vanellope is never shown racing in her white tracksuit after she resets the game, nor is she seen racing in her original cart which was stolen by King Candy.
- Vanellope is the only character in Sugar Rush who wears a hoodie, as the other characters wear jackets, and she is also the only one who does not wear a helmet or cap; instead, she wears red goggles.
- Supposedly, when Vanellope refers to Ralph as "Gladys", she is actually referencing the main antagonist of the Portal series, GLaDOS. However, if that is true, then she mispronounced the name, as it is most likely pronounced "Glah-Dos", and is actually an acronym (Genetic Lifeform and Disk Operating System). However, the home video's subtitles say "Gladys".
- Vanellope's princess dress resembles the dresses worn by royal women during the 16th-17th century (Ex. Queen Elizabeth).
- Vanellope was originally designed with grayish-green skin so that she could stand out as the abused "glitch" of the story, but her animators eventually decided on normal-colored skin as they felt that she would look too much like a stereotypical zombie, and thus become difficult for viewers to relate to.
- Vanellope is the only character from Sugar Rush to see in person King Candy's real identity as Turbo.
- Throughout the whole movie, Ralph usually refers to Vanellope as "kid" instead of her real name. He only refers to her as "Vanellope" twice in the whole film.
- Some fans wonder why Vanellope isn't an official Disney Princess; this is due to her young age and fact she didn't want to be a princess and made herself president of Sugar Rush instead.
- In a reference to video games, Vanellope appears to be an allusion to Midna from The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, as they are both imp-like princesses who both accompany the hero after being cursed by their villains, who are the false rulers of the place they came from. Near the end of their stories, both are revealed to be the true rulers of their respective realms, and remain within their kingdom to allow a new rule from them.
- In 2013, there were 63 babies named Vanellope in the US, up from zero in previous years.
- During renovations of the Walt Disney Animation Studios building, beginning in 2014, Vanellope was one of the character silhouettes featured on the wall mural.