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|~ Turbo's catchphrase.|
|“||Hello, my loyal subjects! Have some candy!||„|
|~ King Candy upon introduction.|
|“||Welcome to the boss level!||„|
|~ Turbo after becoming a Cy-Bug.|
Turbo, also known as King Candy from Sugar Rush, is the main antagonist of Disney's 52nd full-length feature film Wreck-It Ralph and a posthumous antagonist in its 2018 sequel Ralph Breaks The Internet.
He was voiced by Alan Tudyk, who also played Lenny in Ice Age, the Duke of Weselton in Frozen, Alistair Krei in Big Hero 6 and Big Hero 6: The Animated Series, Duke Weaselton in Zootopia, Van Wayne in Powerless, Ludo in Star vs. the Forces of Evil, Iago in Aladdin (2019), Elias Marcos in Justified and The Joker in Harley Quinn.
|“||Felix: He was acting all squirrelly last night...Going on about cake and medals...But I never thought he'd go Turbo.
Calhoun: "Go Turbo"?
|~ Felix describing to Calhoun Turbo's past and how he became infamous to the arcade.|
Turbo was quite arrogant and self-important from the beginning. He adored the attention his fans gave him and the praise that came with being the star of a popular console. Having adopted an inflated ego he became obsessed with preserving his popularity and was deathly determined to remain, in his own words "the greatest racer ever" in the arcade even if it meant taking over other games and risking innocents in the process. That said, given that the audience doesn't know much about him before he became King Candy, it's probable that he didn't know what would happen since he didn’t intend to crash RoadBlasters just to take over it.
Afterward, he spent the latter half of his life as King Candy, the eccentric and flamboyant ruler of Sugar Rush. With a penchant for giggling King Candy carried himself with bubbly yet posh conduct, giving off the impression that he was a benevolent and fun-loving ruler (his favorite pastime apart from racing included throwing candy to his adoring fans while shouting "Have some candy!"). He was the character with the highest stats, especially in speed, was always selected by default and adored by the other racers, particularly Taffyta Muttonfudge.
Underneath this jovial image, however, he remained vain and corrupt. He was extremely possessive of his adopted game — demanding that he be addressed as the "rightful ruler" when introduced by Sour Bill — and flaunted his status by having his trademark and likeness plastered everywhere. When threatened his cheerful demeanor became ruthless and violent. Coupled with his short temper this hinted at his true nature. He also showed signs of sadism being particularly fond of locking others in his "Fungeon". Furthermore, while it isn't stated that he condoned Vanellope's bullying, he did nothing to stop it and was the one who made her a "glitch" in the first place.
King Candy's most essential attribute was his intelligence. With this, he was able to survive and remain in power for a total of 15 years. He was also cunning and deceptive, exploiting his new appearance and charisma to manipulate those around him into believing his actions were for the purpose of keeping Sugar Rush "safe". An example of this is when he manipulated Ralph into keeping Vanellope from racing claiming that her life would be at risk should she ever do so. As mentioned above, he tricked most of the racers that he was a benevolent leader for many years.
King Candy developed throughout the film in appearance and motives. Having gone from a racer to a king to a virus his motives elevated from a mere lust for fame and attention to an additional lust for power and authority. Once he became a Cy-Bug, King Candy sought to rule not only Sugar Rush, but the entire arcade and was looking forward to doing so. Traits like these are what ultimately made King Candy a "Virus", what the video game characters christened dangerous threats that could spread and control. In relation to this he proved to be a difficult force to defeat, having endured two supposed "deaths" prior to his final demise — each time he resurfaced, he was more powerful and sinister than his previous incarnation.
In the end, he could also be considered to be a sociopath. Beneath the mirage of a pleasant figure and comedic relief lied a wicked and psychopathic malefactor with a lack of boundaries and thirst for attention and power willing to achieve these obsessions by any means necessary regardless of the consequences. He also shows little care for others and lacks any remorse. However, it's unknown if he was acting willingly or if the Cy-Bug was controlling him at the end.
Turbo was a short and stocky man with pale gray skin, bright yellow eyes with black pupils and no visible irises, and tombstone-like yellow teeth. He also had what appeared to be dark eye bags and laugh lines around his mouth giving his face an overall skeletal look. His entire head was covered by a white racing helmet that was painted with a red signature "T" for Turbo and he wore a matching jumpsuit and sneakers. On the Turbo Time cabinet, he had a more cartoony face, white eyes and teeth, and his helmet was painted with a red streak in the center.
After reverting to his original form his body glitched in a manner similar to Vanellope's though with the exceptions of a red flashing effect and switching between pixelated and realistic versions of himself followed by his alternate persona.
As King Candy
King Candy was a bald white-skinned old man with gray hair tufts and eyebrows. He had beady brown eyes and a cartoonishly large bulbous nose. The king's most notable feature would be his tiny golden crown usually slanted atop his large head. He wore a purple tailcoat with a white shirt and glitter-covered vest with a lace collar and cufflinks. There were also two golden buttons on the back of the tailcoat. Another notable feature would be his red bowtie which resembled a candy wrapper. He also wore poofy gold-and-caramel pants and purple slippers with red gumdrops at the tip that jingled whenever he moved frantically. During the races, he would don a particular racing outfit that consisted of his prominent outfit along with brown gloves, a large gold-and-caramel helmet, and black racing goggles with red-tinted lenses. His kart, formerly and originally Vanellope's seemed to be made almost completely out of sugar. In most promotional materials King Candy was seen with his miniature candy cane which was only featured briefly in the film during the Random Roster Race.
As a Cy-Bug
As a Cy-Bug, Turbo was about 30 feet or 9 meters long. He had the body structure of a cockroach or silverfish, could curl into a ball for protection like an armadillo or pill bug or attacking and had a neck that could expand in length. Also, in his King Candy face his teeth have been filed to sharp points. His colors consisted of mostly purple, orange, and pink and the tips of his claws had a darker tone of purple. He also gained six orange striped legs, four large ones and two smaller ones on his chest. His head also sported purple markings which were also on his face along with a yellow marking under his crown. King Candy's crown also changed now having a spiky appearance and apparently becoming a permanent part of his body. With his transformation, he gained sugar-coated hot pink wings for flight that could fold in and out at will. Whenever his Cy-Bug programming occurred, King Candy's eyes turned blue and pixelated while the Turbo persona remained unchanged. King Candy also retained his cufflinks, lace collar, and bow tie.
Turbo was the titular character of the arcade racing game Turbo Time who loved all the praise he received from his fans. But when an arcade game called RoadBlasters came in and stole the attention from him after proving to be more popular due to superior graphics technology he became consumed with envy; so much, in fact, that he did what no one thought any character in the arcade would ever think of doing: He abandoned his game and tried to take over the new one for himself. Instead of getting his attention back, however, he ended up crashing the game he invaded (by literally crashing his cart into a RoadBlasters car) thus causing both games and presumably himself to be unplugged and put out-of-order for good (it's unknown if the characters in RoadBlasters died or escaped and were just rendered homeless). This cautionary tale and the motives behind it became well-known to most video game characters (including the villains) and was used as a warning to show what could happen if someone left their game and entered another during the arcade's open hours which would be referred to as "going Turbo" and described "game-jumping", particularly if disastrous results ensued.
However, it turned out that Turbo somehow survived and has been laying low in Game Central Station until the racing game Sugar Rush was plugged in. Soon after its installment, Turbo infiltrated the game and found his way into the code room where he made adjustments just to get his fame back. He created a new persona called "King Candy" by modifying his data box and altering his appearance. He also attempted but failed to delete Princess Vanellope Von Schweetz from the mainframe, an act that left her as a glitch of sorts and permanently damaged her programming; he also literally locked up all the characters' memories of Vanellope's existence including hers.
Despite his best efforts, there was a fatal flaw in his plan: if Vanellope were to ever crossed the finish line in a race, the original codes of the game he tried to delete would be fully restored. To prevent this from ever happening, he declared that as a glitch, she was never even meant to exist and that her erratic nature made her unsuitable for racing, and therefore a threat to the game. This was enough to turn everyone else against her, force her into destitution and prevent her from ever racing.
For unknown reasons, Turbo trusted Sour Bill enough to reveal his machinations to him, or Bill learned it on his own but was too afraid to stand up to him. Another flaw in his plan was that despite his claims of Vanellope's unintentional existence, her picture was still on the side of the game's console. Also, Turbo apparently never even figured out how to make it so he could regenerate himself outside his original game, as all arcade characters were subjected to the rule of not being able to regenerate if they "died" outside their games of origin.
For the next fifteen years, King Candy reigned supreme over Sugar Rush while Vanellope was treated as an outcast. But all of this changed when Wreck-It Ralph of the classic game Fix-It Felix Jr. ended up in Sugar Rush after attempting to earn a medal in the first-person shooter Hero's Duty to finally gain respect from his fellow characters. When Vanellope discovered this, she took the medal from him to use as a gold coin in order to buy her way into the Random Roster Race that King Candy was hosting. After she does so, King Candy immediately orders her arrest, but a taffy-covered Ralph appears and distracts everyone, allowing her to escape.
When Candy realized that the "taffy monster" was Ralph, he did not exactly welcome him to his homeland with open arms and wants to know why Ralph is doing his realm. Ralph explains what had happened between him and Vanellope, and Candy deduces that Ralph's medal and Vanellope's coin were one in the same. Angry that Vanellope is now able to enter the race if allowed due to Ralph's meddling, he orders his men to escort Ralph out his kingdom and threatens to throw him in his "Fungeon" if he sees him again and then takes his leave to hunt down Vanellope. Unfortunately, Ralph escaped and once again met up with Vanellope, who agreed to help Ralph get his medal back if he helped her get an actual kart to win the race.
King Candy and his enforcers then find Vanellope and Ralph in the Kart Bakery but the duo escape with a functioning kart and the king and his minions give chase. When they elude their pursuers by hiding in an unfinished track within Diet-Cola Mountain, King Candy orders his men to find Vanellope and destroy her new kart to prevent her from ever racing.
When his minions were unable to find Ralph and Vanellope, he decided to take action himself by entering into the game's code room, from where he successfully retrieves Ralph's medal. He left the castle in Sour Bill's care and managed to locate Ralph in the same place he lost him. At first, Ralph was furious to see the king and attempted to pummel him, but Candy returned the medal in exchange for his mercy and attention. Candy then explains that he is simply trying to protect Sugar Rush as well as Vanellope by keeping her from racing, because if Vanellope wins the race, the players will be able to choose her avatar, and that her glitching will make them think the game's broken and it will be put out of order as a result. King Candy and his people will be forced to evacuate and Vanellope will be left behind (since her glitching cannot allow leaving the game) and die with it. Having convinced Ralph to help him, Candy takes his leave. Ralph then reluctantly smashes Vanellope's kart before returning back to his game in disgrace which allowed King Candy to finally capture Vanellope and confine her in his Fungeon along with Fix-It Felix.
However, after noticing a picture of Vanellope on the side of the game console, Ralph returns to Sugar Rush and interrogates Sour Bill with this fact. This finally forces Sour Bill to confess what King Candy had done and that allowing her to race and cross the finish line would fix what he did. This truth enables Ralph to free Vanellope from the Fungeon and fix her kart with Felix's help.
Assured his reign over Sugar Rush was finally safe from Vanellope, King Candy participated in the Random Roster Race without worry. But halfway across the track, he sees Vanellope pass him by and uses a shortcut to ambush her, tackling her kart with his own in an attempt to run her off the track. The angered ruler tries to beat her with the antenna of his kart, but she managed to grab it, causing him to glitch as well and exposing him as Turbo in front of Ralph and Felix; both were shocked at him having survived for so long after he was believed to be gone. With his true identity discovered, Turbo boasted his identity and his reprogramming of Sugar Rush to his liking, and then attempted to kill Vanellope by ramming her and her kart into a sign but she willingly glitched herself and her kart away from certain death. Just as Turbo was about to follow suit, he was eaten alive by a Cy-Bug (the one Ralph accidentally brought into the game) that appeared on the track.
He survived this ordeal as Cy-Bugs could merge with whatever they consumed, transforming Turbo into a monstrous Cy-Bug abomination and self-proclaimed leader of the Cy-Bugs. As Sugar Rush is about to be devoured by the swarm, Ralph initiates a plan to destroy them all by wrecking the Mentos stalactites towards the Diet Cola geyser that would set off a makeshift light beacon capable of attracting the Cy-Bugs to their deaths by vaporizing them on contact. Just as Ralph is about to make the final smash, Turbo arrives and swats him away, announcing that he has become a powerful virtual virus and that he has the power to take over any game he wants to. As such, Ralph and Turbo engage in a fight, ending with Turbo grabbing Ralph and flying up into the sky, where he sadistically intends to force Ralph to bear witness as a helpless Vanellope about to be killed by several Cy-Bugs.
Turbo declared it would be "game over" for Ralph and Vanellope, but Ralph disagrees and he frees himself from Turbo's grasp and makes one final blow at the Diet-Cola geyser. As Ralph is about to fall into the lava, Vanellope saves him just in time using her own glitching abilities (which she can now control) and another kart. The lava spews out of the bottle-shaped volcano and destroys the bugs as planned. Turbo attempts to resist it, but his Cy-Bug programming overwhelms him and he is lured into the beacon, instantly killing him once and for all. And since Turbo cannot regenerate at Sugar Rush because he originated from Turbo Time, he is gone for good.
Ralph Breaks the Internet
In the 6 years following his death, King Candy's floral art at the Sugar Rush speedway was since replaced with the floral art of Vanellope since he never belonged to the game in the first place. However, King Candy's trademark crown could still be seen near the grandstands; Turbo's damage to Vanellope's code was still noticeable as she continued glitching uncontrollably and erratically at times despite having reset the game.
Powers and Abilities
As Turbo/King Candy
- Speed: Turbo had a great focus on speed as he was racing for most of his life. He was one of if not the fastest of all racers in the arcade aside from Vanellope.
- Hacking: Turbo was a hacker and codebreaker as he hacked Sugar Rush and no one even knew the game was changed aside from Sour Bill.
- Disguise: Turbo was a master of disguise as after hacking Sugar Rush he disguised himself altering his code to an extent and acted so he could fit in.
As a Cy-Bug
- Strength: Turbo had great strength after fusing with a Cy-Bug as he was able to overpower Ralph who was capable of wrecking a building with his bare fists.
- Speed: Turbo could tuck himself into a wheel and roll at high speeds. His speed was on par if not greater than Ralph who could outrun a car.
- Flight: Turbo had wings and was able to fly even while carrying Ralph.
- Alan Cumming, Kevin Spacey, Will Ferrell, Peter Dinklage, Will Forte, Bill Hader, Jason Lee, Justin Long, Jack Black, Patton Oswalt, Josh Gad, Kevin Bacon, John Leguizamo, Kelsey Grammer, Paul Reubens, Harry Shearer, Christopher Lloyd, Woody Allen, Danny DeVito, and John Goodman were all considered for the role of King Candy before Alan Tudyk was cast.
- His voice was an impression of Ed Wynn, and his design as King Candy was also inspired by a character voiced by Wynn, which was the Mad Hatter from Alice in Wonderland.
- King Candy may have also been based on Willy Wonka from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.
- In some early concept sketches, King Candy more closely resembled the Mad Hatter as well.
- At the part where Turbo's real identity was being revealed, Turbo could be briefly seen showing his classic thumbs-up pose and smile. This frame was only shown for a very short amount of time and would not be seen if viewed normally
- He was the first Walt Disney Animation Studios character that was voiced by Alan Tudyk, who has also gone on to voice a character in every WDAS movie since then.
- There was some foreshadowing that King Candy was Turbo all along.
- He bore little-to-no-resemblance to the other racers' anime style (looking more like a 1940s American cartoon character), and his name was significantly different from the other racers, hinting that he was not actually from the game he was in.
- When taken to the castle Ralph said that the throne room was pink, which hinted that it would've been owned by a princess. At that moment, King Candy became defensive, and said it was not, giving a silly laugh; if it were really his, it would have been made differently according to his liking.
- King Candy is the only Sugar Rush citizen to recognize Wreck-It Ralph, as he remembered Ralph from when he was Turbo, since his game was right next to Ralph's game Fix-it Felix, Jr.
- When he learned Ralph game-jumped, he began to overreact, accusing Ralph of "going Turbo" and attempting to take over his game. However, Sugar Rush was a game installed long after the events of Turbo's machinations, and no one else knew of Turbo.
- In Felix's flashback shared with Sergeant Calhoun about Turbo, his voice sounded similar to King Candy's.
- He had access to and extensive knowledge of the codes of Sugar Rush, and used it to get the medal even though he claimed no one could regain it, making his motives questionable.
- King Candy's data box was noticeably larger than the others in the CPU room, and Vanellope's data box was smaller and lacked wires. It also occasionally sparked and flickered.
- Just before he lied to Ralph about Vanellope and the game causing Ralph to destroy her cart, King Candy could be seen panicking as Ralph tried to attack him. While this could be seen as simple cowardice, King Candy also seemed to be aware that he wasn't an actual part of the game and would be killed forever if he died.
- When Ralph saw Vanellope on the side of the game console, she was riding King Candy's cart, proving that the cart didn't actually belong to him.
- In the playable browser-based game adaptation of Sugar Rush, one could unlock King Candy himself as a playable racer simply by typing in the code "KING CANDY". In Japan this code was "7eleven".
- In the early production stages, King Candy owned a unicorn with a candy corn-themed horn named Skittles. King Candy himself was also supposed to be a fantastical candy-themed creature completely separate from Turbo who'd redeem at the end in earlier drafts.
- As King Candy, his fans were anthropomorphic popcorn.
- As said by Turbo that Ralph just game-jumped and accused him of "going Turbo", Turbo was a dark mirror and parallel to Ralph as both were game-jumping from time to time: Ralph was programmed to be a villain, but had kind-natured behavior and cared for the other arcade characters. In contrast, Turbo was programmed to be a hero, but behaved arrogantly and mean-spirited, having no value for or interest in anyone besides himself. If Ralph had been too obsessed with getting what he really wanted instead of doing the right thing, he would've ended up like Turbo.
- Even after his identity was revealed, the credits, closed captions, and many fans still refer to him as King Candy. This is possibly because he spent much of his screen time as King Candy, and because his true form being Turbo was a plot-twist and major spoiler. Some people also believe that the King Candy persona is more likeable than the Turbo persona.
- His voice actor, Alan Tudyk, considers Turbo to be one of his darkest roles and was surprised by how dark the character ended up being.