- “I'm bad, and that's good. I will never be good, and that's not bad. There's no one I'd rather be... than me.”
- ―Wreck-It Ralph
Wreck-It Ralph (or simply Ralph) is the eponymous protagonist of the 2012 Disney animated feature film of the same name and its 2018 upcoming sequel. He is the warm-hearted "bad guy" of the 8-bit video game, Fix-It Felix, Jr., with dreams of becoming a hero.
In the fictional arcade video game, Fix-It Felix, Jr., Ralph, serving as the game's antagonist, is in a rage of his forest home being destroyed by construction of a new apartment building. Ralph shouts out "I'm gonna wreck it!" and begins to demolish the building by destroying the windows, as revenge. As Felix comes in to save the day, Ralph throws down bricks, attempting to stop the hero from undoing his immense damage. However, Felix succeeds in repairing the apartment building and, at the end of the game, the Nicelanders who live in the apartment throw Ralph off the top of the building, sending him falling into a puddle of mud.
In reality, Ralph is a resident of Litwak's Arcade, where video game characters live, breathe, and have their own personal lives to indulge in after closing hours. In this society, Ralph repeatedly faces discrimination from his fellow programs — and more specifically, the inhabitants of Niceland. Because of his role as the villain of the game, the Nicelanders have developed a fear of Ralph, excluding him from all events and forcing him to live out in the town's dump, as opposed to the quaint apartment building where the other citizens live. The years of relentless mistreatment has shook Ralph to his core, eventually birthing the bad-guy's desire to change the program in hopes of having a better life.
- Ralph is a heavy-handed "wrecking riot" with a heart. For 30 years, he's been doing his job as the bad guy in the arcade game Fix-It Felix, Jr. But it's getting harder and harder to love his job when no one seems to like him for doing it. Suffering from a classic case of "bad guy fatigue" and hungry for a little "wreck-ognition", Ralph embarks on a wild adventure across an incredible arcade game universe to prove that just because he's a bad guy doesn't mean he's a "bad guy".
In the earliest drafts of the story, Ralph was one of the film's supporting characters, as Fix-It Felix, Jr. initially held the title of the story's protagonist. However, writer Phil Johnston believed that the story of Ralph trying to become a bigger person — a hero — would be more compelling, and thus the roles of these two characters were switched.
Ralph went through an evolution of designs, and was not always an oversized human with abnormally large fists and feet. Instead, Ralph wasn't a human at all: he was a beast, with designs ranging from a red furry monster (very similar to the overall character theme of Sulley from the Disney•Pixar film, Monsters, Inc.), to an abominable snowman-like creature, among others. Ralph, even at some points, resembled a character in the style of 1930's cartoon bad guys, such as Pete from the Mickey Mouse shorts. In order to have the audience develop a more relatable relationship with the character, Ralph's design became that of a humanoid figure, albeit matching the exaggerated style of a 1980's 8-bit video game.
Despite his hulking nature and villainous programming, Ralph is ultimately a sweet, well-meaning character. He is also extremely casual and somewhat laid-back. Though surrounded by over-the-top personalities (such as the excessively gruff Sergeant Calhoun or the magnanimous Felix), Ralph carries himself in a manner that's considerably more human, and less caricatured. However, a direct result of his programming, Ralph is also a destructive bumbler with an admittedly explosive temper. As such, he can occasionally fall into fits of rage, causing him to rampage and cause destruction to objects around him. This is what ultimately motivates Ralph's unpleasant reputation in Niceland, and the arcade as a whole, as well as the reasoning behind the bad-guy's insecurities and antisocial behavior. Even so, Ralph makes earnest efforts (in a rather passive-aggressive manner) to suppress his temper and wrecking habits for the sake of those around him, as well as himself—especially during social events like the 30th-anniversary celebration that took place at the beginning of the film. His programming and constant mistreatment make this a difficult feat to accomplish, however.
Ralph was a fairly selfish character at the start of the film; his goal was to win the respect and hearts of other video game characters by retrieving a medal, but uncaringly causing havoc—including thefts, physical intimidation, and breaking Arcade bylaws by game-jumping along the way. He was also arrogant, blinded by his own self-interest, and had little regret in causing damage during his pursuit for a medal. Nevertheless, his intentions were pure at their core; he did not wish to become a hero for the sake of becoming one. Instead, he spent years living with the belief that only heroes were capable of making friends and garnering appreciation for their work, prompting him to change his reputation in hopes of receiving what he believes to be "good-guy exclusive" luxuries. Being that he spent thirty years facing prejudice and abuse, Ralph's lengths to achieve his goals had few bounds, with his breaking point having been reached.
Upon meeting the young, feisty misfit Vanellope, Ralph learns that having medals and an abundance of praise isn't what makes a good-guy, but showing love and care for others, does. Loving and valiant, Ralph went through great lengths to ensure Vanellope's happiness and safety, ultimately at the expense of his own, thus allowing him to evolve from selfish to selfless over the course of the movie.
He is also shown to be extremely protective through his friendship with Vanellope, as he continuously protected her from various antagonists throughout the film, and was willing to bring legit, physical harm to those who unfairly opposed and discriminated her. This is partially out of relatable sympathy for the young glitch, as she had endured treatment similar to Ralph's own experiences, showing Ralph's desire to help those as unfortunate, or even less so, than himself. This is also seen during the first half of the film, where Ralph charitably bestowed stolen cherries to homeless Q*Bert and his colleagues, as their game was unplugged, leaving them without food and substance. Ralph's care for others was also showcased during the finale, where he invited homeless video game characters to live in Niceland as his neighbors.
Though he doesn't exactly appear to be much of an intellectual, Ralph actually proves to have some intelligence to him, as he has the ability to concoct plans and effective courses of action on the spot, using his brawn to his advantage in creative ways. This is notably seen during his adventures in both Hero's Duty and Sugar Rush, as well as the climax.
Ralph is nine feet tall and muscular with spiky, dark auburn hair, brown eyes, thick eyebrows, and has a big pink nose. He wears a red-and-orange plaid shirt with two yellow buttons up, a teal shirt underneath, and brown single-strapped overalls. He usually does not wear shoes.
Powers and abilities
- Superhuman Strength: Ralph is seen as having immense superhuman strength. He has shown being able to lift objects many times his own size and weight in the film. Ralph has demonstrated his strength multiple times, such as being able to bring down a building by smashing it with his own two hands, being able to lift a car of the ground with no stress, and he was able to smash through the walls of King Candy's "Fungeon" with a single punch. Also, Ralph was able to bring down the Mentos stalactites with a few smashes to the ground, and other feats demonstrating his supernatural strength level.
- Superhuman Speed: Ralph can move at speeds greater than what is naturally possible.
- Superhuman Durability: Ralph also has seen being superhumanly durable. He was able to withstand a strike from King Candy in his Cy-Bug form (which would have severely injured an ordinary human being), being hit by Venellope's cart multiple times, and even falling many stories from buildings in his game without sustaining damage.
- Semi-Immortality: Ralph, being a video game character, also is semi-immortal, meaning that he can never age, but can die from being killed outside of his game, which he would be incapable of regenerating from.
- Master-Wrecker: Living up to his name, Ralph is an excellent wrecking man. He is capable of completely obliterating buildings, huge objects, and taking down large structures all with his brute force.
On the 30th anniversary of his game, Fix-It Felix, Jr., Ralph attends Bad-Anon support group meeting to relieve the stress he's been feeling for the last 30 years, this being the first time he has ever done so. There, Ralph confesses that he doesn't want to be a bad guy anymore, shocking the other members of the meeting who fear Ralph may be "going Turbo". Ralph reassures the others that he only wants a better life, but they try to encourage Ralph to accept his role for the good of his game and himself. After the meeting, a downhearted Ralph returns home and finds that the citizens of his game are having an anniversary party without him. Ralph gets Felix to invite him in, but the Nicelanders are less than pleased to see the former. The awkward moment turns into a heated argument between Ralph and the mayor of Niceland, Gene, who sees Ralph as nothing more than a villain ineligible of receiving love or appreciation. A frustrated Ralph believes earning a medal, like Felix does at the end of each game, would give him the respect he deserves, and Gene indirectly agrees. As such, Ralph vows to somehow win a medal, in order to prove his worth.
Ralph then heads to Tapper's, to ask the bartender if he knows of such a game that presents bad guys with medals. After searching through Tapper's lost and found box, Ralph instead runs into a soldier from a game called Hero's Duty who tells Ralph that a medal is given to the bravest of the brave: the Medal of Heroes. The soldier then spots a cockroach on Ralph's shoulder, freaks out, and flees, inadvertently running right into a wall and knocking himself out. Ralph then seizes this opportunity to win a medal and steals the soldier's armor and sneaks into the game. However, it's not at all what he had hoped. Hero's Duty instead turns out to be a violent game infested by deadly creatures known as the Cy-Bugs. After blundering through the game, Ralph finally finds the medal. After collecting it, Ralph accidentally hatches a Cy-Bug egg and the baby bug immediately attacks him. In a scuffle, Ralph accidentally boards an escape shuttle that blasts them to Sugar Rush, a kart racing game.
Meanwhile, Fix-It Felix Jr. is put out-of-order due to Ralph's absence. Mr. Litwak reluctantly decides that if the game doesn't work by the next day, it would be unplugged. To save the game, Felix journeys off to find Ralph and teams up with the leader of Hero's Duty, Sergeant Calhoun, to do so. Back at Sugar Rush, the Cy-Bug apparently drowns in a taffy lake, but unbeknownst to Ralph, it instead creates a nest underground. During his catastrophic entrance into Sugar Rush, Ralph accidentally loses his medal, which is soon stolen by a little girl named Vanellope. Vanellope uses the medal to insert herself into Sugar Rush's upcoming race. Ralph tries to get his medal back, but he finds himself in trouble with Wynnchel and Duncan, Sugar Rush's security forces. Ralph is arrested and taken to the castle of King Candy where he meets the king and his minion, Sour Bill. Ralph informs King Candy about his plight, but the king explains that the medal is now nothing but code and can only be retrieved when someone wins the cup at the end of the race. Ralph openly decides to steal back the medal once the race is won, but King Candy orders him to leave the game or be imprisoned.
Ralph escapes to find some racers to help win back his medal, but he instead finds Vanellope being tormented by the racers for being a "glitch", who are banned from racing by orders of King Candy. Feeling sympathy, Ralph scares them off, though Vanellope is too hurt to thank him. Instead, she proposes that she and Ralph team up; after Ralph helps her make a kart, Vanellope will win the race and get back his medal. Desperate, Ralph reluctantly agrees. They go to King Candy's kart factory, where Ralph and Vanellope work together to bake a kart. As Ralph feared, the kart comes out rather haggard, which seems to prove that he can only destroy. Surprisingly, Vanellope loves the kart and enthusiastically points out all its perfections, proving that Ralph is actually capable of making others happy. To commemorate their achievement, Ralph and Vanellope sign the kart, but their moment is short-lived as King Candy and his minions arrive to apprehend Vanellope.
Ralph frantically orders Vanellope to start the kart so they can escape, but Vanellope confesses that she doesn't know how to drive a real kart. With Ralph using his fists to manually drive them to safety, Vanellope directs them to her hideout in Diet Cola Mountain. Inside, Ralph berates Vanellope for not being able to drive and feels even more hopeless about regaining his medal. When Ralph explains that the medal is his only way of earning respect within his game, Vanellope relates it to her motivation for racing. She later gives Ralph a tour of her home in Diet Cola Mountain; its shabby and lonely atmosphere reminds Ralph of his dump back in Niceland, prompting him to ask why Vanellope doesn't leave the game and seek out a better life. Unfortunately, glitches can't leave their games, forcing her to endure her miserable life in Sugar Rush. This motivates Ralph to help Vanellope win the race; not only for his medal, but also so she can have a better life. Using his strength, Ralph creates a man-made race track within the mountain and teaches Vanellope how to race. Over time, Vanellope is revealed to be quite skilled, giving Ralph confidence that his medal is his for the taking.
Satisfied with their progress, Ralph and Vanellope start to make way to the race. Before they leave, Vanellope excitedly returns to the mountain to retrieve something. During her absence, King Candy arrives and reveals to have uncovered Ralph's medal. He happily returns it to Ralph, in exchange for a chance to explain why Vanellope cannot race. According to King Candy, Vanellope's glitching would have the players think the game is broken, resulting in Sugar Rush being unplugged. Not only would the citizens of the game become homeless, but Vanellope (being a glitch) would be trapped and die alongside the cabinet. King Candy asks Ralph to somehow keep Vanellope from the race for her own safety, which the latter solemnly accepts.
After Candy takes his leave, Vanellope returns with a surprise for Ralph: a homemade medal with the inscription "You're my hero". She explains that she made it in the event that they don't win the race. Though touched, Ralph still tries to dissuade Vanellope from racing. Vanellope is initially confused, but immediately becomes suspicious upon noticing the Medal of Heroes around Ralph's neck. Vanellope questions where he got it, but the mention of King Candy leads her to believe that Ralph betrayed her. Ralph tries to explain that he only wants to protect Vanellope, but she refuses to listen out of distrust. Vanellope tries to go on without Ralph, leaving the latter with no choice other than to wreck her kart. Distraught, Vanellope looks to Ralph through tears, and declares him a real "bad guy". She then runs off heartbroken, leaving a downhearted Ralph to return to his game with both of his medals.
When he returns, Ralph finds that all the Nicelanders, except Gene, have fled to Game Central Station. Gene informs Ralph that Litwak will be unplugging the game in the morning due to Ralph's absence. He then hands over the keys to the penthouse as promised, and leaves as well. Alone again, Ralph stands on the balcony of the apartment building, regretting everything he's done. It was in that moment, he accepts that he'll never be a hero and throws the Medal of Heroes at the screen of the game. The impact of the medal knocks off the out-of-order sign and reveals the Sugar Rush cabinet in the distance. On the cabinet, Ralph notices Vanellope's picture featured prominently on it, making him suspicious of King Candy's story. Ralph rushes back to Sugar Rush and interrogates Sour Bill for answers. Ralph learns that King Candy hacked into Sugar Rush's codes and tried to erase Vanellope out of existence, turning her into a glitch. He also learns that if Vanellope crosses the finish line in an official race, the game will reset and she'll no longer be a glitch.
Determined to set things right, Ralph collects the pieces of Vanellope's destroyed kart and barges into the fungeon where Felix is imprisoned. When Felix reprimands Ralph, the latter confesses that he only ran off to pursue a better life. Beginning to understand how he can't change who he is, Ralph asks Felix to fix Vanellope's destroyed kart, promising that he will never try to be good again if Felix does so. Proud of Ralph's selflessness, Felix happily complies. With the repaired kart, Ralph breaks into Vanellope's cell and apologizes for his actions. With all forgiven, he, Vanellope, and Felix rush to the already-started Random Roster Race. As a result of her glitching, Vanellope passes the other racers within minutes, only behind King Candy. Meanwhile, Ralph is confronted by an infuriated Sergeant Calhoun. Calhoun informs Ralph that the Cy-Bugs have been bred underground, spawned from the baby Cy-Bug that he brought into Sugar Rush during his crash landing. Just then, the Cy-Bugs explode from the grounds and begin to ravage through Sugar Rush, prompting Felix and Calhoun to evacuate the citizens. As they do, a swarm of Cy-Bugs begins to destroy the finish line, forcing Ralph into battle for the sake of Vanellope.
To ensure that Vanellope makes it across safely, Ralph and Felix fend off the Cy-Bugs at the finish line. While doing, they notice Vanellope and King Candy battling on the jumbo screen. Suddenly, Vanellope's glitching distorts King Candy's appearance and reveals him to be Turbo, the supposedly deceased racer whose game-jumping caused the unplugging of two cabinets, coining the phrase "going Turbo". Vanellope is able to escape Turbo, but her kart thrown off the track by Cy-Bugs before she can cross the finish line. As Ralph and Felix tend to her, the Cy-Bugs destroy the finish line, forcing them to make way for Game Central Station. Unfortunately, Vanellope is unable to leave due to being a glitch. As Ralph desperately looks for a way to save her he overhears Calhoun telling Felix that the monsters can't be stopped without a beacon. With this, Ralph quickly formulates a plan to erupt the Diet Cola Mountaim and use the lava light as a beacon, which will attract the Cy-Bugs.
He borrows Calhoun's cruiser and flies to the top of the mountain, where he begins to smash its crater of mentos with his fists. Just as Ralph is about to bring down the crater, Turbo (who has transformed into a Cy-Bug hybrid after being consumed by one) arrives and attempts to kill Ralph. They battle, but Turbo gains the upper hand by lifting Ralph into the air, where he is forced to watch helplessly as the bug swarm closes in on Vanellope. Giggling, Turbo declares it's game-over for the two. Ralph resigns himself to his fate and breaks himself free from Turbo's grasps. As he falls toward Diet Cola Mountain, Ralph recites the Bad Guy Affirmation he learned at Bad-Anon and tightly grips Vanellope's medal. The impact of his fall sends the entire crater of mentos barreling down. Before Ralph can fall into the pool of lava, he is rescued by Vanellope, who uses another racer's kart to race into the mountain and catch him. Together, the two escape the mountain and fall safely into a pond of chocolate. As planned, the eruption of Diet Cola Mountain produces a beacon that attracts all the Cy-Bugs, including Turbo, and vaporizes them for good, saving Sugar Rush and the entire arcade. In a moment of rejoicing at having survived a near fatal catastrophe, Ralph loudly announces his newfound love for chocolate (which he previously hated).
Back at the track, Felix restores the finish line, allowing Vanellope to complete the race. Once the finish line is crossed, the Sugar Rush game resets, restoring the kingdom to its original settings. Additionally, Vanellope's codes are also restored, and she is then revealed to be the true ruler of the game. At this time, the arcade is about ready to open, so Ralph and Vanellope bid each other farewell. Before he can depart, Vanellope tearfully offers him a room in her castle where he'll be happy, to which Ralph humbly denies the offer, telling her that their friendship is enough to keep him happy and that he has a responsibility of his own, finally accepting his important role as the bad-guy of his game. After many salutations of farewell and humorous name-calling between the two, Ralph heads back to Fix-It Felix, Jr. with Felix, just in time to show Mr. Litwak that the game is working again, sparing it from being unplugged.
During the finale, it is shown that the Nicelanders have finally learned that Ralph is an important part of the game and begin to treat him better. Nicelander Mary even bakes Ralph his own cake. Also, Ralph and Felix invite the homeless video game characters (including Q*bert) to help them out on the "bonus levels" of their game during gaming hours. This new addition has also brought newfound popularity to Fix-It Felix, Jr. Ralph and Felix have also built new apartments for the new characters, making Niceland a home for them as well. Ralph is also present at the wedding of Felix and Calhoun, serving as Felix's best man and is even shown to be shedding some tears as the bride and the groom officially tie the knot. Finally, Ralph explains in his narrative that being thrown off the roof is the best part of his day due to being able to get a perfect view of Sugar Rush and of Vanellope racing. Many times, Ralph and Vanellope are able to see each other from each other's cabinet, causing the two to happily wave to each other. For that reason, Ralph concludes that having a medal is unnecessary to show that he is good, as, through Vanellope's friendship, he is able to see the goodness within his own heart.
During the end credits, it is shown that Vanellope and Calhoun regularly visit Ralph and Felix and vice versa, and the friends regularly have game-jumping adventures together.
Ralph will return as the protagonist of the upcoming sequel, with John C. Reilly reprising his role. Six years after the first film, Sugar Rush breaks, putting the world and all its inhabitants in danger. To save them, Ralph and Vanellope must enter and traverse through the world of the Internet to find a piece capable of restoring the damaged game. Along the way, they'll meet a trendy algorithm named Yesss, who'll act as their guide throughout the new and foreign world.
According to co-director Rich Moore, much like the first film, Ralph and Vanellope's relationship will be the core of the story, though the adventure and obstacles faced in the new, digital world will test their friendship.
Ralph and Felix made special appearances in an advertisement promoting GameFly , where the duo discovered the option to rent games online, though Ralph was vocally against the idea.
Ralph can be seen on the Fix-It Felix, Jr. game cabinet in the web series, Disney Drive-On with The Muppets.
In the special first look for the Disney animated feature Big Hero 6, Ralph can be seen in several promotional cameos in the outlook of the film's primary location, San Fransokyo. In the actual film, an action figure of Ralph can be seen atop the computer of Hiro Hamada. In another scene, a figurine of Ralph covered in taffy (a reference to Sugar Rush) can be seen in Fred's bedroom.
A tapestry drawing of Ralph can be seen just before the credits of Moana ends, hinting the upcoming sequel.
In the spin-off comic, Wrecking Party, Ralph finds Niceland apparently abandoned on Sunday night. After searching for Felix and the other Nicelanders, he sadly heads to the dump, alone, believing the others have abandoned him, only to find the gang has thrown a surprise "Wrecking Party". To celebrate, Felix and the Nicelanders built a wall to wreck. After showing the Nicelanders the ropes on how to do so, the party continues and proves to be a success.
In Tricky Treats (part of the Disney 5-Minute Spooky Stories storybook), Ralph and Vanellope 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 capture Boo.
In Wreck the Halls, it is revealed that bad-guys, in the grand scheme of things, are still discriminated in the arcade, with the exception of Ralph in Niceland. To compensate, Ralph decides to throw a Christmas party for his fellow villains, with Vanellope's help.
Taking place after the movie, Ralph, Felix, and Calhoun are in Sugar Rush to cheer Vanellope on for another race. Unfortunately, Ralph knocks a Cy-Bug egg into a taffy lake and rushes off to tell Felix. The Cy-Bugs hatch and immediately begin to attack Sugar Rush, eventually heading to Game Central Station. Vanellope and Calhoun evacuate with the other denizens while Ralph and Felix are given the task of destroying the bugs. Ralph and Felix journey off into Niceland, Hero's Duty, and Sugar Rush to eradicate the bugs, eventually being led to Game Central Station where they defeat the Cy-Bug Queen. After the bugs are defeated, Ralph heads to Sugar Rush to celebrate the new holiday made by Vanellope in honor of Ralph and Felix's success.
Ralph makes an appearance in the game as a playable guest character. As the promotional video for the game goes, Ralph has game-jumped into the game and joined his good friend Sonic and his friends in some friendly races. Also, in the song "Life in the Arcade" (released on the Wreck-It Ralph soundtrack), one of the segments is Ralph's All-Star Mode tune. Also, although the idea is given that Ralph already received his medal, various of his quotes from this game say that he's "ready to win a medal".
Ralph was added to the video game Disney INFINITY on the release of 'Wave 2', along with Vanellope as a playable character. He also has a custom vehicle known as Ralph's Wrecking Truck.
In the Niceland-inspired toybox world, mini "citizen" versions of Ralph and Fix-It Felix are featured roaming about.
In the 3DS version of Disney INFINITY, during Story mode in Niceland board, Ralph destroys all the houses, forcing the player to rebuild the house before Ralph destroys them again.
Ralph appears in the mobile app as a playable character. His normal form appears under the 'Rare' class. When a cherry is selected, Ralph can smash certain objects. Hero's Duty Ralph falls under the 'Epic' class and can shoot through obstacles. His "Wreck-It Rhino" counterpart also appears in the Zootopia set.
In promotion for Wreck-It Ralph 2 on June 30, 2016, Ralph "crashed" the game by randomly appearing throughout the stages of different franchises. His appearance notably differs when appearing in the The Haunted Mansion and Finding Dory stages; in the former, he appears as a transparent ghost, while the latter features him wearing a snorkel.
In the action RPG, Ralph is a playable character and one of the first party members. In the story, he and Vanellope unlock a game in BETA mode, only to find that its world and programs are being corrupted by an evil virus. When Vanellope falls victim to the virus, Ralph teams up with Elastigirl and Frozone to save her and other fallen heroes.
Ralph is set to appear in the game as a Link summon. When activated, he falls through a Fix-It Felix Jr. console before rising up with Sora on his back. His ability, 8-Bit Blast, consists of generating platform blocks he can jump on and explode into 8-bit pieces upon smashing them, damaging enemies nearby.
From 2012 to late 2014, Ralph and Vanellope made appearances at Disney's Hollywood Studios' Magic of Disney Animation attraction and greeted fans who walked through a making of an exhibit in a Wreck-It Ralph themed area. These sessions of meet-and-greets were discontinued in 2014, to make way for Hiro Hamada and Baymax of Big Hero 6.
Ralph and Felix also appeared in an 8-bit segment of Celebrate the Magic at the Magic Kingdom. Ralph would later briefly appear in the replacement castle show, Happily Ever After, alongside Vanellope.
In 2014, 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. The 2018 rendition of Boo-to-You debuted an update of Ralph's costume, which gave him a slightly more animated appearance and changed his hands from open to fisted. He was also given newly recorded dialogue.
In Vanellope's Sweets and Treats aboard the Disney Dream, Ralph has a dessert named after him called "Ralph Chocolate Covered Popcorn".
- Originally, much like Ariel's "Part of Your World" and Tiana's "Almost There", Ralph was meant to have what the filmmakers call an "I Want" song. However, the number was eventually dropped from the film, and during its time in production, a running gag involved Ralph never being able to finish the song, as whenever he began to sing, a character or event would interrupt.
- Wreck-It Ralph makes a brief cameo in the Futurama episode "Murder on the Planet Express" when a truck goes by and his head is on one of the arcade game machines.
- This could also be a tribute to Wreck-It Ralph director Rich Moore, as he used to work on Futurama.
- Wreck-It Ralph and Frozen writer Jennifer Lee once made a tweet jokingly suggesting that Elsa and Wreck-It Ralph would make a good couple during the 2013 D23 Expo. As a nod to that, in Disney INFINITY, if Ralph and Elsa are introduced to one another, Ralph will tell Elsa that she is "really pretty", and Elsa will reply "And you have a warm heart."
- During renovations of the Walt Disney Animation Studios building, beginning in 2014, Ralph was one of the character silhouettes featured on the wall mural.
- Wreck-It Ralph was one of the movies that actor Dan Stevens used to research the psychology of a beast for his role in Beauty and the Beast.
- He is referenced in the Once Upon a Time episode "Greenbacks". After Victoria Belfrey discovers Sabine and Jacinda's newly started business, she rings a man named Ralph, and asks him to "wreck it".
- ↑ "‘Wreck-It Ralph 2’ Brings Disney Princesses Together with Marvel & Star Wars [D23 Expo 2017]". Slash Film (July 14, 2017).
- ↑ "Wreck-It Ralph is currently crashing all levels of Disney Crossy Road!". Twitter (June 30, 2016).
- ↑ Joey (May 18, 2018). "Ralph Wrecks His Way Into Kingdom Hearts as a New Summon!". Kingdom Hearts Insider.
- ↑ Wreck-It Ralph Blu-ray and Digitial. Alternate and Deleted Scenes commentary. Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment. 2013
- ↑ "13 THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT THE LIVE-ACTION BEAUTY AND THE BEAST". Oh My Disney (May 16, 2017).