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 snarky, rebellious princess of Sugar Rush that had been turned into a glitch by King Candy. With no memories of her past, Vanellope became an ostracized misfit with dreams of becoming a real racer. Through an unlikely friendship formed with Wreck-It Ralph, Vanellope would learn the truth of her noble background and set out to restore her broken code.


Vanellope von Schweetz was the main character of the video game Sugar Rush. Not only was she the lead character, she also used to be 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 Turbo's machinations would be undone . To prevent this from occurring, King Candy—with the help of his minion, 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 became a pariah, 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 level 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.

Official Description

Known as the "Glitch", Vanellope is a pixelating programming mistake in the candy-coated kart-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.


In line with her programmed age, Vanellope is extremely energetic, talkative, and childish. When excited, she zestfully zips and bounces around while repeatedly exclaiming the reasoning behind her excitement ("I'm gonna learn to drive, I'm gonna learn to drive!"), much like an actual child. She has a rather immature sense of humor (finding enjoyment in mimicking and toilet humor), and has the tendency to purposely annoy those around her as a means to amuse herself. This is seen through her friendship with Ralph, as the two are known to give each other puerilely condescending nicknames.

Unfortunately, years of bullying due to King Candy's propaganda against her left Vanellope with a sharp tongue and a somewhat sour disposition. When first greeted, she comes off as 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 merely a result of her tragic upbringing, and were more so done for survival, rather than pure pleasure. Before Ralph's arrival, Vanellope was a loner, and the only programs she had any contact with were her abusers. Therefor, she had never experienced friendship or any form of compassion.

Vanellope is an enthusiastic dreamer. In truth, she is sensitive and vulnerable beneath her rough exterior, 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, and is evidently unwilling to hold grudges.

Vanellope is also crafty and intelligent. As an opportunistic quick-thinker, Vanellope has enough cunning to concoct elaborate schemes on the spot, which made her a threat to the villainous agenda of King Candy. Strong-willed, independent and filled with spunk, Vanellope refuses to stand down without a fight, and shows efficiency in reaching her goals for the most part. It was her lack of physical strength that truly kept Vanellope from becoming a racer independently, as Candy and his henchmen were able to counter her intellect with their weaponry and brute force.

Interestingly, although years of being shunned has 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, she looked beyond Ralph's programmed occupation, and understood that his label is only a job title, and does not define who he is on the inside. Her kindness would heavily influence Ralph, and it was through their friendship that Ralph learned what it truly means to be a hero.

Physical Appearance

Vanellope appearances

From left to right: Vanellope's regular outfit; Vanellope in her royal racing gear; Vanellope in her princess gown.

Vanellope is a young 9-year old girl with a small stature. She has long, raven-black hair with candy sprinkled over it in a high ponytail. Her design was influenced by Japanese/Anime artwork, notably the style of Chibi, with large, hazel eyes. She carries a slender body, has noticeabe overbite, large, round ears and a small, pink, chipmunk-like nose. 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 brown double-layered 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 is only seen in a "blink and you'll miss it" scene in the video game's last cut scene. Her high ponytail is tied with a Twizzler. The pink squiggles under her boots resemble icing. She 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, her 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. In addition, she wears another, somewhat smaller, white ruffled collar. In this outfit, she wears a red tiara. Her hair is tied up in a bun instead of a high ponytail and is covered in sprinkles that are various shades of pink. With the outfit, Vanellope 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.

Powers and Abilities

King Candy's tampering of Vanellope's code turned her into a glitch. As a result, there are times where her body spasms and deteriorates into the pixels and codes that make up the inner-workings of video game characters, usually due to friction. Said pixels can appear in a nearby location, different from where Vanellope stood prior to the glitch; as such, these glitches allow Vanellope to essentially teleport herself from one nearby location to another in the blink of an eye. The only known force that can prevent Vanellope's glitch-driven teleportation are the "glitch proof" chains in King Candy's fungeon.

Vanellope's glitching can also affect characters and objects that she makes physical contact with during one of her episodes. When Vanellope grabs onto Taffyta during a glitch, Taffyta's body also deteriorates into pixels, albeit briefly and less chaotically. Also, when Vanellope comes into contact with King Candy, her glitching causes his disguise to fade and briefly reveal him to be Turbo. Unlike Taffyta, however, Turbo's body continually deteriorated even after he and Vanellope no longer made physical contact. During the climax, Vanellope was also able to glitch both herself and her kart from one location to another. This would later be used as her character-specific power-up during in-game races.

Additionally, Vanellope was programmed with superb racing skills that evidently outshines all competition. Even after her code was damaged and her memory was wiped, Vanellope was able to regain a firm control of the wheel and reinvigorate her racing talents in record time, justified by her own line, "I told you [Ralph], racing's in my code!"


Wreck-It Ralph


Vanellope meeting Ralph in the Candy Tree Forest.

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.

Vanellope's torment

Vanellope being harassed by Taffyta.

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, Wynnchel and Duncan, to arrest her. Before they can apprehend her, Ralph suddenly arrives to reclaim his medal and pursues Vanellope. The scene that follows distracts the king and his guards, allowing Vanellope to escape. She heads to the junkyard with her homemade kart, and as she works on it, she is confronted by Taffyta Muttonfudge, Candlehead, Rancis Fluggerbutter, and the other racers. Claiming they're ostracizing her for her own safety, the racers torment Vanellope by calling her "an accident waiting to happen" and destroys her kart to prevent her from racing. Ralph, having witnessed the cruel bullying, 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. 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.

Vanellope in awe at her new kart.

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 sneaks 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.

Vanellope learns to drive

Ralph teaches Vanellope how to drive.

Just then, King Candy, alerted by the security about the break-in, arrives with his minions and attacks the two. The duo tries to drive away, but Vanellope coyly reveals that she has no knowledge of how to drive a real kart, forcing Ralph to, instead, steer it by hand. King Candy, Wynnchel, 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.


Vanellope's medal for 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 prepares 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.


Vanellope after her kart's destruction.

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. Ralph begins to explain by confessing that he spoke to King Candy, but this leads to Vanellope coming to the conclusion that Ralph sold 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".

Vanellope's artwork on the side of the console.

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 Sour Bill and learns that Vanellope 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, and only by having her cross the finish line in an official race would the original coding restored. Ralph then takes the broken pieces of the kart and goes to the "fungeon" to rescue Fix-It Felix, Jr., whom he begs to fix the kart. 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 King 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.

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Vanellope's struggle against King Candy.

Soon enough, 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. Having lost all patience, King Candy physically attacks 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 and causing King Candy's disguise to fade. A shocked Vanellope pulls back in fear, just as Turbo ruthlessly admits his crimes of reprogramming 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. Ralph and Felix scurry to her side, but before Vanellope is able to continue, a swarm of Cy-Bugs surround the finish line and devour it. With no hope of crossing, Ralph grabs Vanellope to evacuate to Game Central Station. Unfortunately, Vanellope is unable to escape as she is still a glitch. With a heavy heart, she accepts her imminent death and tells Ralph to leave her. In that moment, fortunately, he comes up with an idea to erupt Diet Cola Mountain, hoping to have the erupting hot cola act as a beacon to attract and destroy the Cy-Bugs.

Vanellope rescuing Ralph.

With Vanellope being protected by Felix and Sergeant Calhoun, Ralph hurries to the top of Diet Cola Mountain and begins to smash the crater of Mentos. Unfortunately, he is 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. 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 pass the bugs, takes Crumbelina's 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 produces a beacon that attracts all the Cy-Bugs, including Turbo, vaporizing them for good.


Princess Vanellope regains her throne.

After Felix fixes the finish line, Ralph pushes Vanellope across, resetting the game. With her code restored, Vanellope magically transforms into a princess, revealing her to be the rightful ruler of the kingdom. The racers, whose memories have been restored, remember Vanellope's rank as a princess 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. However, Vanellope has no desire to be a princess, instead proclaiming herself as a racer, and showing newfound gratitude towards her glitching abilities. In spite of this, she still chooses to lead the kingdom, as "President Vanellope von Schweetz", which is quickly accepted by her subjects. At this time, the arcade is about to open. As Ralph prepares to leave Sugar Rush, Vanellope offers a private wing in her castle. Ralph warmly turns down the offer as he is content with her friendship and 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 the latter in reconciliation.


Vanellope waving at Ralph during the film's finale.

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.

Ralph Breaks the Internet

Vanellope is set to appear in the upcoming sequel, taking place six years after the original film. When Sugar Rush breaks, putting it in danger of being unplugged, Vanellope and Ralph utilize the arcade's newly-installed Wi-Fi router to travel to the Internet, where they hope to find a piece capable of saving her game. During their journey, Vanellope will meet and befriend the Disney Princesses, whom she joins (technically being a princess herself).[1]

Printed material

One Sweet Race

Vanellope in One Sweet Race

Vanellope in One Sweet Race.

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).

Tricky Treats

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 whose 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 is 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.

Video games

Wreck-It Ralph

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Vanellope with Ralph in the Wreck-It Ralph video game.

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 rid 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.


INFNITY Vanellope render

Along with Wreck-It Ralph, Vanellope appears in the Disney INFINITY video game as a playable character, however, she cannot be playable in Play Set Mode. In addition to this, she and Ralph make a cameo in the opening sequence of the game, riding the Candy Kart as they greet the player.

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".

Disney Heroes: Battle Mode

Vanellope is a playable character and party member. She and Ralph kick off the story of the game, in which the two come across a blocked off game in BETA mode. Vanellope uses a key to access the new world (called "the City") and gains some new attire and a blaster-esque weapon. She and Ralph soon discover that an evil virus is corrupting the City and turning heroes into villains. With Vanellope falling victim, Ralph teams up with the Disney heroes of the game to save her and their fallen allies.

Disney Parks

Vanellope Character Central

Vanellope as she appears at the Disney Parks.

Disneyland Resort

Both Vanellope and Ralph took part of the Disneyland Christmas Day parade in the winter of 2012.

Vanellope and Ralph also appear in the nighttime spectacular, World of Color in Disney California Adventure in the winter rendition Winter Dreams.

Walt Disney World

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 2016, Vanellope replaced Goofy with a Sugar Rush-themed unit in Mickey's Boo-to-You Halloween Parade. She also appears in Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party, riding a gingerbread race kart.

During Epcot's Food & Wine Festival of 2017, a figurine of Vanellope in the Candy Kart was featured in a chocolate diorama display based on Wreck-It Ralph.

Disneyland Paris

In France, Vanellope was among the characters featured during the park's 25th anniversary event in 2017. Later that same year, she was seen roaming about Disneyland as part of Guest Star Day.

Disney Cruise Line

Vanellope's likeness is also featured in the area entitled "Vanellope's Sweet Treats", aboard the Disney Dream cruise ship, which opened on October 26, 2015.[2]


The Disney Wiki has a collection of images and media related to Vanellope von Schweetz.


  • 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 initially designed with grayish-green skin so that she could stand out as the abused "glitch" of the story. Her animators eventually decided on normal human skin so that viewers would find her more relatable.
  • 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 refers to her as "Vanellope" only twice in the whole film.
  • Some fans wonder why Vanellope is not an official Disney Princess; this is because her status as the true ruler and lead character of Sugar Rush is supposed to be the story's primary twist.
  • Keeping with the video game theme of her movie, 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.[3]
  • During renovations of the Walt Disney Animation Studios building, beginning in 2014, Vanellope was one of the character silhouettes featured on the wall mural.
  • In July 2017, Vanellope was coronated Honorary Disney Princess at the D23 2017 Expo.
  • According to Sarah Silverman, Vanellope is Jewish, despite having a German oriented name.[4]


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Film: Wreck-It RalphRalph Breaks the Internet

Video games: Video gameDisney INFINITYDisney Crossy RoadDisney Heroes: Battle Mode
Books: Little Golden BookOne Sweet RaceSugar RushWreck-It Ralph: The Junior NovelizationI'm Gonna Wreck It!Disney Christmas Storybook Collection
Music: SoundtrackSongs and Story: Wreck-It Ralph

Disney Parks
The Magic of Disney Animation

Firework: Celebrate the Magic
Halloween: Mickey's Boo-to-You Halloween Parade
Christmas: Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade

Original: Wreck-It RalphVanellope von SchweetzFix-It Felix, Jr.Sergeant CalhounKing CandySour BillTaffyta MuttonfudgeWynnchel and DuncanGeneNicelandersCy-BugsStan LitwakMoppet GirlCandleheadRancis FluggerbutterSugar Rush RacersSugar Rush CitizensSurge ProtectorDevil DogsHero's Duty TroopsCameos

Sequel: YesssShankKnowsMoreEeyoreSnow WhiteCinderellaAuroraArielBelleJasminePocahontasMulanTianaRapunzelMeridaAnnaElsaMoanaC-3PO

Fix-It Felix Jr.Sugar Rush (Sugar Rush Castle) • Game Central StationHero's DutyLitwak's ArcadeBad-AnonTurboTimeInternet
When Can I See You Again?CelebrationSugar RushShut Up and DriveWreck It, Wreck-It RalphMarch of the Oreos
Magic HammerMedal of HeroesGold CoinVanellope's Racing KartsCandy KartRoyal RacerKing Candy's caneCherryArcade PrizesKing Candy's Chest
See Also
Disney Revival

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Official Disney Princesses: Snow WhiteCinderellaAuroraArielBelleJasminePocahontasMulanTianaRapunzelMerida

Other Princesses: EilonwyMelodyKida NedakhTing-Ting, Su, and MeiKilala RenoKairiPrincess of GentlehavenVanellope von SchweetzSofiaElenaAnnaElsa
Other Female Protagonists: Minnie MouseAliceWendy DarlingTinker BellEsmeraldaMegaraJane PorterMoana

Disney Parks
Enchanted Storybook CastleFairy Tale ForestFantasy FaireGolden Fairytale FanfareMickey's Magical CelebrationPrincess PavilionRoyal Banquet Hall
Video Games: Disney PrincessDisney Princess: Royal AdventureDisney Princess: Enchanted JourneyDisney Princess: My Fairytale AdventureDisney Princess Enchanting Storybooks

Home Video: Disney Princess Sing Along Songs: Once Upon a DreamDisney Princess Sing Along Songs Vol. 2: Enchanted Tea PartyDisney Princess Sing Along Songs Vol. 3: Perfectly PrincessDisney Princess Enchanted Tales: Follow Your Dreams
Books: Kilala PrincessDisney PrincessDisney Princess BeginningsPrincesses Through the SeasonsDisney Princess Comics TreasuryDisney Princess TreasuryA Royal ChristmasThe Disney Princess Little Golden Book LibraryThe Art of the Disney Princess

See Also
Sofia the FirstDisney FairiesPrincesses of HeartPalace PetsPrincess AcademyWhisker Haven Tales

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Disney INFINITYDisney INFINITY: 2.0 EditionDisney INFINITY: 3.0 Edition
Playable Characters
Disney INFINITY: Jack SparrowMr. IncredibleSulleySorcerer MickeyLightning McQueenWoodyMaterBuzz LightyearMike WazowskiRandall BoggsHector BarbossaDavy JonesElastigirlDash ParrViolet ParrSyndromeJohn ReidTontoJack SkellingtonPhineas FlynnPerry the PlatypusJessieWreck-It RalphVanellope von SchweetzRapunzelElsaAnnaHolley ShiftwellFrancesco Bernoulli

Disney INFINITY: 2.0 Edition: Iron ManCaptain AmericaHulkBlack WidowThor OdinsonHawkeyeNick FuryLoki LaufeysonMaleficentMeridaSpider-ManVenomIron FistNovaGreen GoblinRocket RaccoonGrootStar-LordGamoraDrax the DestroyerStitchTinker BellAladdinJasmineDonald DuckBaymaxHiro HamadaFalconYonduSam FlynnQuorra
Disney INFINITY: 3.0 Edition: YodaUltronLuke SkywalkerFa MulanAnakin SkywalkerLeia OrganaHan SoloAhsoka TanoDarth VaderDarth MaulObi-Wan KenobiFinnReyPoe DameronKylo RenJoySadnessAngerFearDisgustMinnie MouseOlafChewbaccaHulkbuster Iron ManEzra BridgerKanan JarrusGarazeb OrreliosSabine WrenBoba FettSpotJudy HoppsNick WildePeter PanBalooCaptain America - The First AvengerBlack PantherVisionAnt-ManAliceMad HatterTimeDoryNemo

Non-Playable Characters
Disney INFINITY: HammRexSlinky DogEmperor ZurgJoshamee GibbsPintel and RagettiEdna ModeRick DickerMirageLuigiRamoneFloChick HicksThe KingGuidoFinn McMissileCarla VelosoTractorsArtScott "Squishy" SquibblesTerri and Terry PerryDon Carlton

Disney INFINITY: 2.0 Edition: WaspCaptain MarvelAnt-Man (Hank Pym)SifMODOKFrost GiantsIron PatriotWinter SoldierMysterioDoctor OctopusBlack CatWhite TigerPower ManJ. Jonah JamesonCosmo the SpacedogThe CollectorThe WitchPleakleyGolden Harp
Disney INFINITY: 3.0 Edition: R2-D2C-3POJabba the HuttJar Jar BinksMace WinduPadmé AmidalaKing CandyMarshmallowYokaiBattle DroidsMarlinBruceAnglerfishSeagullsHankDestinyBaileyJellyfish

Cruella's carRatcatcherPumpkin CoachLightsaberDarkwing Duck's gas gunBlack PearlIdentity DiscPlasma Blaster Mark ICandy KartKing Candy's Royal RacerPizza Planet truckRecognizerLight RunnerPixar BallThe Jolly Roger (Disney Parks version) • The Electric Mayhem BusBaseball Launcher

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Disney Crossy RoadSoundtrack
Mickey Mouse & Friends: MickeyMinnieDonaldDaisyGoofyPlutoFifiPeteClarabelle CowHorace HorsecollarWillie the GiantChip and DaleMortimer MouseChief O'HaraDetective CaseyButch the BulldogGolden HarpPeter Pig

The Lion King: SimbaNalaShenzi, Banzai, and EdOstrichGrubZazuRafikiTimonPumbaaMufasaScar
Tangled: RapunzelFlynn RiderStabbington BrothersPug ThugsPascalMaximusMother GothelThe KingCaptain of the Guards
Wreck-It Ralph: RalphVanellopeFelixSgt. CalhounKing CandyTaffytaCandleheadSurge ProtectorGeneNicelandersRancisOther Sugar Rush RacersSour Bill
Big Hero 6: Hiro HamadaBaymaxRobert CallahaganGo Go TomagoWasabiFredFred's FatherTadashi HamadaCassYamaAlistair Krei
Zootopia: Judy HoppsNick WildeFlashClawhauserGazelleYaxBogoMayor LionheartBellwetherDougFinnickMr. BigMr. OttertonManchasGideonJerry Jumbeaux Jr.NangaPriscillaStu HoppsBonnie HoppsBusiness LemmingDuke WeaseltonFru Fru
The Jungle Book: MowgliKaaBalooAkelaShere KhanColonel HathiKing LouieBandar-Log Monkey
Alice Through the Looking Glass: Alice KingsleighDormouseTweedledee and TweedledumBandersnatchBayardWhite QueenMarch HareWhite RabbitMad HatterAbsolemTimeHumpty DumptyRed Queen
Pirates of the Caribbean: Jack SparrowWill TurnerElizabeth SwannJoshamee GibbsTia DalmaJames NorringtonMartyCottonBootstrap Bill TurnerPintelRagettiAngelicaBlackbeardPrison Dog
Aladdin: AladdinJasmineThe SultanPrince AchmedGazeemRazoulRajahIagoAbuGenieJafarMagic CarpetPink FlamingoBeggar JafarGolden Scarab BeetleMagic LampSnake Charmer
The Nightmare Before Christmas: Jack SkellingtonSallyLock, Shock, and BarrelOogie BoogieSanta Claus
Mulan: MulanYao, Ling, and Chien PoFa LiFa ZhouHayabusaKhanCri-KeeLittle BrotherMushuShan YuCaptain Li ShangThe Emperor of ChinaThe MatchmakerGeneral LiGrandmother FaFirst Ancestor FaChi-FuGreat Stone Dragon
Moana: MoanaSinaFrigatebirdChief TuiGramma TalaPuaKakamora ChiefMauiHeiHeiGhost MataiTamatoa
Beauty and the Beast: BelleMauriceChip PottsMrs. PottsGastonLeFouFrouFrouChapeauPlumetteBeastCogsworthLumièreThe Enchantress
Lilo & Stitch: Lilo PelekaiNani PelekaiDavid KawenaMrs. HasagawaMertle EdmondsStitch
DuckTales: Scrooge McDuckDonald Duck (Classic)Huey, Dewey, and LouieWebbigail VanderquackMrs. BeakleyBeagle Boys (Big Time, Burger, and Bouncer)GyroDarkwing DuckFalcon GravesPixiu Chinese DragonPeghook's GhostLaunchpad McQuackHack and Slash SmashnikovGizmoduckMagica's ShadowMa BeagleFlintheart GlomgoldPharaoh Toth-RaHeadless Man-Horse

Toy Story: WoodyJessieBuzz LightyearHammEmperor ZurgRexSlinky DogMrs. NesbitBo PeepWheezyBabyheadBullseyeLennyThe ProspectorMint in the Box ProspectorTrixieBig BabyGreen Army MenBabyfaceJaney DollStretchBookwormRocky GibraltarMr. PricklepantsChucklesButtercup

Inside Out: JoySadnessAngerDisgustFearBing BongFrank and DaveForgettersJanglesRainbow Unicorn
Finding Dory: DoryDebGurglePearlSheldonTadGillBloatSquirtNemoMarlinJacquesBubblesDestinyBaileyGeraldHankCrushMr. Ray
Monsters, Inc.: BooSmittyNeedlemanWaxfordC.D.A. AgentMike WazowskiCelia MaeFlintMr. WaternooseJames P. SullivanRandall BoggsRozPhlegmTonySimulation KidGarbage KidHarleySpike
The Incredibles: Bob ParrHelen Parr

Disney Parks
The Haunted Mansion: Professor Phineas PlumpMaidGargoyleCaretaker and DogButlerSally SlaterExecutionerSpiderMadame LeotaRavenConstance Hatchaway

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Disney Emoji Blitz
Disney feature films
Mickey Mouse & Friends: MickeyMinnieDonald DuckDaisyPlutoGoofySteamboat Willie MickeyRetro MinnieOswald the Lucky RabbitHoliday Mickey8-Bit MickeyHoliday MinnieRose Gold Minnie

The Lion King: SimbaTimonPumbaaRafikiScarSpirit Mufasa
The Little Mermaid: ArielFlounderSebastianUrsulaKing Triton
Bambi: Bambi
The Aristocats: Marie
Hundred Acre Wood: Winnie the PoohTiggerPigletEeyoreRabbit
Pinocchio: Jiminy Cricket
Dumbo: Dumbo
Peter Pan: Tinker BellPeter PanCaptain Hook
Aladdin: The GenieAladdinJasmineJafarAbuRajah
Alice in Wonderland: AliceWhite RabbitCheshire CatMad HatterCaterpillarThe Queen of Hearts
Cinderella: CinderellaFairy Godmother
Frozen: ElsaAnnaOlafSvenKristoffMarshmallow
Lilo & Stitch: StitchLilo
Zootopia: Judy HoppsNick Wilde
Beauty and the Beast: BelleThe BeastLumièreCogsworthMrs. PottsChip Potts
Moana: MoanaMauiPua
Mulan: MulanMushu
Tangled: RapunzelPascalFlynn RiderMaximus
Sleeping Beauty: AuroraPrince PhillipMaleficent
The Jungle Book: BalooKaaKing Louie
Fantasia: Sorcerer's Apprentice MickeyYen Sid
One Hundred and One Dalmatians: Cruella De VilPerdita
The Nightmare Before Christmas: Jack SkellingtonSally
Pocahontas: Pocahontas
Big Hero 6: Hiro HamadaBaymax
Wreck-It Ralph: Vanellope
The Princess and the Frog: Tiana
Lady and the Tramp: LadyTramp
Hercules: HerculesMegPegasusHades
The Emperor's New Groove: KuzcoKronk
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: Snow WhiteDopeyMagic MirrorThe Evil Queen
The Rescuers: BernardBianca

Disney animated shows
DuckTales: Scrooge McDuckLaunchpad McQuackWebby VanderquackGizmoduckMagica De Spell

Darkwing Duck: Darkwing Duck
Rescue Rangers: ChipDale

Monsters, Inc.: MikeSulleyRandall

Toy Story: WoodyBuzz LightyearAlienJessieBullseye
Finding Nemo: NemoDoryCrushBruceBaby DoryHank (Finding Dory)
Cars: Lightning McQueenCruz RamirezJackson Storm
Inside Out: JoySadnessAngerDisgustFearBing Bong
Coco: Miguel RiveraHéctorDante
Ratatouille: Remy
The Incredibles: Mr. IncredibleElastigirlJack-Jack
A Bug's Life: FlikPrincess AttaHeimlich
Brave: Merida
Up: Dug

The Muppets
The Muppets: Kermit the FrogFozzie BearSwedish Chef
Disney live-action films
Pirates of the Caribbean: Captain Jack SparrowBarbossaDavy Jones

Descendants: Mal

Disney Parks
The Haunted Mansion: Hatbox GhostMadame LeotaThe Bride

Matterhorn Bobsleds: Abominable Snowman

Star Wars: ReyFinnBB-8Kylo Ren

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