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|~ Turbo's catchphrase.|
|“||Hello, my loyal subjects! Have some candy!||„|
|~ King Candy upon introduction.|
|“||Welcome to the boss level!||„|
|~ Turbo's most famous quote after becoming a Cy-Bug.|
Turbo, also known as King Candy is the main antagonist of Disney's 52nd full-length feature film Wreck-It Ralph.
He was voiced by Alan Tudyk, who also voiced Lenny in Ice Age, the Duke of Weselton in Frozen, Alistair Krei in Big Hero 6 and its spinoff series, Duke Weaselton in Zootopia, Van Wayne in Powerless, Ludo in Star vs. the Forces of Evil, Elias Marcos in Justified, Joker in Harley Quinn and also played Iago in 2019's Aladdin,
Turbo was quite arrogant and self-centered 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 the audience didn't know much about him before he became King Candy, it's likely that he didn't know what would happen since he never intended to crash RoadBlasters while trying 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 he remained vain and corrupt. He was extremely possessive of his adopted game — demanding that he be addressed as the "rightful ruler" when introduced — 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 he isn't stated to have condoned Vanellope's mistreatment, 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 others 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 the other racers into believing he was a benevolent leader.
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 one for power and authority. Upon becoming 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 before.
Overall, he could be considered a sociopath. Beneath the mirage of a comedically pleasant figure lay 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 remorse.
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 (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.
|“||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: That's right, you guys just got plugged in. Well, back when the arcade first opened, TurboTime was by far the most popular game. And Turbo... He loved the attention. So, when RoadBlasters got plugged in and stole Turbo's thunder...Boy, was he jealous. So jealous that he abandoned his game and tried to take over the new one. Turbo ended up putting both games and himself, out of order, for good.
Calhoun: Yes the selfish man is like a mangy dog chasing a cautionary tale.
|~ Felix describing to Calhoun about Turbo's past and how he became infamous.|
In the 80's, Turbo was the titular character of the arcade racing game Turbo Time who loved all the praise he received from his fans. But when another game called RoadBlasters arrived and stole spotlight from him, proving more popular due to superior graphics technology, he became consumed with envy and jealous; in fact, so much 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 still unknown if the characters in RoadBlasters died or escaped and were 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 Turbo somehow survived and had been laying low in Game Central Station until the newest 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 his own 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, and failed, to delete Vanellope Von Schweetz, the true protagonist of the game, from the mainframe in order to establish himself as the main character, 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 and real purpose, including hers. Despite his best efforts, there was a fatal flaw in his plan: if Vanellope were to ever cross the finish line in a race, the original codes he tried to delete would be fully restored. To prevent this from happening, he declared that as a glitch, she was never meant to exist, 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, forcing her into destitution as an outcast.
For unknown reasons, Turbo trusted Sour Bill enough to reveal his machinations in private, or Bill learned it on his own but was too afraid to stand up. Another flaw in his plan was that despite his claims of Vanellope's unintentional existence, her picture riding his cart 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 old-school arcade game Fix-It Felix, Jr. arrived after attempting to earn a medal in the modern first-person shooter game Hero's Duty to finally gain respect from his fellow game characters. When Vanellope met him in the Candy Cane Forest and discovered his medal dangling on the branch, she took the it to use as a gold coin in order to buy her way into the Random Roster Race that King Candy was hosting. At first he didn't recognise her but after her name appeared on the racers list, King Candy immediately ordered her arrest, but a taffy-covered Ralph appears and distracted 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 wanted to know what 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 after her cart was destroyed by other racers who came to mock her. After short conversation Vanellope 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 and making her cry 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 in King Candy's cart, Ralph returns to Sugar Rush and interrogates Sour Bill with this fact who was cleaning up the destroyed Vanellope's cart. After the short "tortures" Sour Bill confesses 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 in the Ice Cream Mountains which was the final part of the track, he sees Vanellope pass him by and uses a shortcut to ambush her inside the caves, tackling her kart with his own in an attempt to run her off the track. The angered ruler starts attacking her with the antenna of his kart, but she managed to grab it, causing him to glitch as well and penetrating his codes, exposing him as Turbo in front of Ralph and Felix who saw everything on a large screen; 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 stalagmite with 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 destroyed and devoured by the swarm, Ralph initiates a plan to destroy them all by wrecking the Mentos stalactites towards the Diet Cola volcano that would set off a makeshift light beacon in a form of a geyser 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 is about to be devoured 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 cola lava, Vanellope saves him just in time using her own glitching abilities (which she can now control) and a kart belonging to Crumbelina DiCaramello. The lava spews out of the bottle-shaped volcano and destroys the bugs as planned. Turbo attempts to flee, but his programming breaks down and he is sent flying straight into the lava, killing and deleting him for good.
Ralph Breaks the Internet
In the six years following his death, King Candy's floral art in Sugar Rush had since been 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.
- He is one of the few Disney Villains in the Disney revival era to die along with Dr. Facilier and Mother Gothel.
- 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 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 animated Disney character voiced by Tudyk, who has also gone on to voice a character in every 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 an American cartoon character, and his name was significantly different from the other racers, hinting he was not actually from the game.
- 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 salmon; if it were really his it would have been made differently according to his liking.
- King Candy was the only Sugar Rush citizen to recognize Ralph, as he remembered Ralph since his original game was right next to Ralph's game.
- When he learned Ralph game-jumped he began to overreact, accusing Ralph of 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 him.
- In Felix's flashback about Turbo shared with Sergeant Calhoun, his voice sounded similar to King Candy's. Additionally, when his name was spoken on the racers board, it also sounded different as if Turbo himself recorded it.
- 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, while Vanellope's data box was smaller, just like the others and lacked wires, occasionally sparking and flickering.
- Just before he lied and caused Ralph to destroy Vanellope's cart, King Candy could be seen panicking as Ralph tried to attack him. While this could be seen as cowardice, he also seemed to be aware that he wasn't an actual part of the game and would be killed forever if he died.
- Any quick-thinking viewer could possibly pick up that King Candy's supposed good reason to prohibit Vanellope from racing was bogus as the vision we are exposed to that shows the potential repercussions of Vanellope's glitching while racing is only affecting her cart and not the entirety of the game, therefor proving that her glitching is harmless.
- When Ralph saw Vanellope on the side of the game console of Sugar Rush, she was riding the cart that King Candy himself is using, proving that the same 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.
- Turbo was a dark mirror and parallel to Ralph as both were game-jumpers: Ralph was programmed to be a villain but kind-natured and caring towards others. In contrast, Turbo was programmed to be a hero but arrogant and mean-spirited, having no value for or interest in anyone besides himself. If Ralph had been too obsessed with getting what he 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 fans still referred 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.
- Tudyk considered Turbo to be one of his darkest roles and was surprised by this.