King Candy (real name Turbo) is the main antagonist of Disney's 2012 animated feature film, Wreck-It Ralph. He was the flamboyantly jovial ruler of Sugar Rush, a kart-racing game. Residing in a sugar-coated castle, King Candy is unrivaled as the best racer on the track when at the helm of his prized kart, the Royal Racer. He is regularly accompanied by a posse of edible henchmen, including his gloomy assistant, Sour Bill, and bumbling security doughnuts, Wynnchel and Duncan.
Though he appears noble, King Candy is actually a rogue character from TurboTime notorious for taking over games to achieve fame, attention, and power (an act that would be coined as "going Turbo"). Determined to remain the most popular and powerful figure in the arcade, King Candy is fiercely protective of Sugar Rush and works tirelessly to eliminate all threats to his crown—specifically Vanellope von Schweetz, a young glitch with the ability to end Candy's reign.
- “Back when the arcade first opened, TurboTime was, by far, the most popular game—and Turbo... he loved the attention.”
- ―Fix-It Felix Jr.
Years before the events of the film, King Candy was originally known as Turbo, the protagonist of a classic racing game called TurboTime. TurboTime was the most popular game in the arcade, and Turbo loved the attention he gained from players. When a new racing game called RoadBlasters got plugged in, however, the popularity of TurboTime and Turbo himself would be overtaken. Out of jealousy, Turbo abandoned his own game and tried to take over the new one, only to end up crashing it. As a result, both games were deemed "out of order", and were unplugged for good; Turbo was presumed to have died alongside the cabinets. His actions were nicknamed "going Turbo", which was something that the video game characters were discouraged from doing (as abandoning his or her game and trying to take over another is a sure-fire way to get both games shut down).
Unknown to all, Turbo somehow survived the destruction of his game and remained in hiding for many years. Sometime in 1997, Sugar Rush was plugged in; a new racing game set in a candy-themed kingdom ruled by Princess Vanellope von Schweetz. Turbo infiltrated Sugar Rush, broke into the game's code room, and transformed himself into a figure known as King Candy. He then tried to kill Princess Vanellope by deleting her code, but his attempt was unsuccessful, as his tampering only managed to turn her into a glitch. Unfazed, King Candy locked away all memories of Princess Vanellope, and manipulated the game's inhabitants into believing she was a threat to the game, which would turn the people of Sugar Rush against her. With Vanellope dethroned and her status erased from memory, King Candy was free to take over.
Unfortunately for King Candy, his control over the game was not unassailable. If Vanellope were to cross the finish line in an official race, the game would reset, the memories would be released, and Vanellope's code would be restored. To ensure that she never crosses the finish line, King Candy forbade Vanellope from racing on account of being a glitch, whom he claims are dangerous programs capable of destroying a game.
- All hail King Candy, ruler of the race track, captain of confectionery, sovereign of sugar. Not surprisingly, the most powerful figure in the Sugar Rush game is also the best racer on the track. He may look noble enough, but don't be fooled. This mysterious monarch rules his kingdom with a sugary fist and he is determined to keep his kingdom safe from glitches, rabble-rousers, and outsiders. Don't expect him to go easy on Ralph and Vanellope. The King is ably assisted by his strong-arming security donuts, Wynnchel and Duncan, and his diminutive henchman Sour Bill, a tiny little ball of un-sweetness.
In the earliest scripts of the film, the first villain of Sugar Rush was a truant officer character that captured wayward children, like Vanellope. According to Head of Story, Jim Reardon, the character wasn't working, prompting the filmmakers to create something new. They looked to comedic Disney villains of the past for inspiration, and while spitballing ideas, eventually came up with a cross between Ed Wynn and a mob boss figure like Tony Soprano.
Animator Zach Parrish worked as King Candy's supervising animator, while Mike Gabriel came up with his early design. The character went through a number of iterations, some of which were based on real-life figures like Elvis Presley and Joe Biden. Other designs had a more fantastical approach, giving King Candy the appearance of a candy-themed creature. The final look of the character takes inspiration from Ward Kimball's Mad Hatter character in Alice in Wonderland, who was famously voiced by Ed Wynn.
From early on, King Candy was conceived as a usurper to Vanellope's throne, with a goal to keep her from racing as a means to retain his position as king. In these versions of the story, King Candy had no connection to Turbo, and was even going to reform by the end of the film. Things changed when it was decided that King Candy and Turbo would become one character. In talking about Turbo's role in the story, director Rich Moore explained that they wanted a villain that paralleled Wreck-It Ralph, as a way to show what the bad-guy would become should his selfish ways persist. Over the course of development, not only was it decided that King Candy would remain a villain throughout the entire story, but his character became increasingly twisted and evil—evolving from an Ed Wynn-inspired obstacle, to a psychopathic murderer. King Candy's voice actor, Alan Tudyk, was noted to have been surprised by this dark evolution of the character. Consequently, Candy would also be killed as a comeuppance, a fate uncommon for most (initially) comedic Disney villains.
From the beginning, Turbo was an arrogant and conceited character. He adored the attention that came with being the star of a popular console; so much so that he was unwilling to share the spotlight with his cohorts. Having adopted an inflated ego, Turbo became obsessed with preserving his popularity and was deathly determined to remain "the greatest racer ever"—even if it meant taking over another game and eliminating the innocent in the process.
Turbo spent the latter half of his life as King Candy—the exuberant ruler of Sugar Rush. With a penchant for giggling and the color salmon, King Candy carried himself with a bubbly, yet posh conduct. He genuinely enjoyed his job as king, which gave off the impression that he was a benevolent, jolly, and fun-loving ruler (his favorite pastime—apart from racing—included throwing candy to his adoring fans while shouting, "Have some candy!").
Underneath his jovial front, however, King Candy remained vain and corrupt. He was extremely possessive of Sugar Rush—demanding that he be addressed as the "rightful ruler" when being introduced by Sour Bill—and flaunted his status as king by having his insignia and likeness plastered throughout the game. He was particularly fond of locking people in his "fungeon", which would initially appear that he was merciful towards troublemakers in his kingdom, but later reveal signs of sadism. When threatened, King Candy's normally cheerful demeanor would become ruthless and violent. This, coupled with his dangerously short temper, hinted at the king's underlying nature.
King Candy's most essential attributes were his intelligence and deception. By labeling Vanellope as a threat to the game, King Candy established an oppressive regime that turned all of Sugar Rush against the only person that could foil his plans. This not only prevented Vanellope from racing, but also made King Candy out to be a good-hearted leader looking out for the well-being of his subjects (even if his lengths to do so came off as antagonistic). With this, King Candy was able to remain in power for a total of fifteen years.
King Candy developed throughout the film, both 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. After becoming a Cy-Bug, King Candy sought to not only rule Sugar Rush, but the entire arcade. Traits like these are what ultimately made King Candy a virus—what video game characters christen as dangerous threats that can 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, Candy was more powerful and sinister than his previous incarnation.
In the end, King Candy can be considered as a sociopath. Beneath the mirage of a pleasant comedic relief lies a wicked and psychopathic malefactor. With a total lack of boundaries or remorse for his enemies, King Candy would go to any length to satisfy his obsessions—a level of determination that ultimately led to his demise.
King Candy is a short, diminutive, elderly, half-bald man with a cartoonish design. He has tufts gray hair in the style of side-burns and thick, darker gray eyebrows. He has fair skin, brown eyes, rosy pink cheeks, slightly purple eyelids and a cartoonishly large, bulbous red nose. Like the other characters of Sugar Rush, Candy has four fingers as opposed to five.
King Candy wears a purple tailcoat with a white dress shirt and vest, covered in glitter, with a matching white laced collar, and cuffs. There are also two golden buttons on the back of the tailcoat. A notable feature is his large, red bow-tie, which resembles a candy wrapper. He also wears poofy golden pants and purple slippers with red gumdrops at the tips that jingle whenever he moves frantically. The king's other notable feature is his tiny, golden crown that is usually slanted atop his large head. During the races, the king dons a particular racing outfit that consists of his prominent outfit, but with the addition of brown gloves, a large, golden helmet, which also had a tiny crown on top, and brown racing goggles with red lenses. In most promotional material, King Candy is seen with his miniature candy cane, which was only featured briefly in the film, in a compartment of his kart.
As Turbo, he is still short in stature, but has dull, grayish/white skin, giving him a ghoulish appearance. Turbo's bagged-eyes (as well as his teeth), are a gleaming yellow, reminiscent of the headlights of a car. They also don't reflect light, making them appear soulless. Unlike King Candy, Turbo's nose is small and more realistic. Turbo's outfit, meanwhile, is extremely simple. He wears a white and red jumpsuit and helmet with the letter "T" on its front and back. He also wears red and white sneakers.
As a Cy-Bug, King Candy is about 30 feet long, and his face repeatedly transforms between King Candy and Turbo, though Candy was apparently the default face. He has an insectoid body structure akin to a silverfish and a mayfly that can curl into a ball for protection and had a neck that can expand in length, resembling that of a jack-in-the-box. His colors consist of mostly purple, orange, and pink, and the tip of his claws are a darker tone of purple. He also gains four orange striped legs, and two similarly-colored pincers located on his chest. His head also sports jagged purple markings, which were also seen under his mouth, similar the mechanical lower jaw of a ventriloquist dummy. Candy's crown also changes, now having a spiky appearance and apparently becoming a permanent part of his body. His hair become feral and unkempt, his purple eyelids and gray eyebrows darken more in color and hue, and his teeth form into large sharper canines, adding to his menacing Cy-Bug complexion. With his transformation, he gains sugarcoated, hot pink wings for a flight that can fold in at will. Whenever his Cy-Bug programming occurred, King Candy's eyes turn blue and pixelated while the Turbo persona remains unchanged. Candy also retains his cuffs, lace collar, and red bow-tie with the transformation.
Powers and abilities
- Master Racer: While not possessing any physical power or magical abilities at the start of the film, King Candy was easily known for his superb racing abilities.
- Genius-level intellect: Aside from racing, Candy was also shown to be highly intelligent and skillfully manipulative.
- Hacking: King Candy was capable of manipulating himself and the world around him by turning himself from Turbo to King Candy and by dominating Sugar Rush and making it into his own domain, doing so stealthily so that he would avoid unplugging Sugar Rush as he had done to Roadblasters. This, of course, would be considered messing with the program, something that was forbidden in the arcade universe. Nevertheless, Candy was shown to have the dangerous ability to do so and secretly used it for his own selfish gain.
- Deduction: King Candy was capable of deducing the source of certain events and problems that come across him. When Ralph mentioned that Vanellope stole his medal, he immediately realized that it was the very same medal that Vanellope used to buy her way into the race. Also, when Vanellope did manage to race, he deduced that it was Ralph who let her out, as no other person was strong enough to do so, or that no-one else had bonded with her enough to have a reason to.
- Manipulation: King Candy was also capable of manipulating people against each other. He feigned compassion to Ralph, making him believe that the reason he couldn't let Vanellope race was to protect her and his entire kingdom, in order to get him to destroy her cart as well as her dreams.
- Computer Virus physiology: After becoming a deadly Cy-Bug, King Candy gained the ability to assimilate anything he desired into himself. Combining his new form with his intelligence, he could control numerous legions of Cy-Bugs at his command to spread his reign across the entirety of the arcade. As beacons of light were his only weakness, he was nearly invincible. With this, King Candy became "the most powerful virus in the arcade" and was capable of dominating any and every game of his choice.
- Superhuman strength: In his new form, King Candy was shown to have an incredible physical strength that overpowered Wreck-It Ralph's tenfold, as he was shown to lift and thrash around the 643-pound bad-guy with great ease.
- Flight: Candy also gained the ability to fly, and had great speed and velocity.
- Spherical Form: Candy could curl into a ball for speed and protection.
- Claws: Candy also had razor sharp claws and legs, which he repeatedly used in attempts to murder Wreck-It Ralph.
King Candy is first seen at the race track in Sugar Rush, kicking off the daily Random Roster Race (the race that determines which nine racers will be featured on the game's roster for the day) as the Master of Ceremonies. After explaining the rules and regulations, Candy and the other racers begin to deposit their coins, which act as their entry fees into the race. Once they've all entered, the king notices a mysterious, hooded figure among the lineup, and suspiciously eyes them to discover their identity; the figure is soon revealed to be Vanellope. The crowd goes into panic at the sight of the glitch, and while trying to keep his composure, Candy furiously orders Wynnchel and Duncan to restrain her. Vanellope tries to escape in her makeshift kart, but a giant, taffy-covered "monster" arrives on the raceway and confronts her, causing mayhem and destruction in the process. All the while, Candy watches the whole spectacle and tries to both calm the panicking crowd down and demand the creature to stop his rampage, but to no avail. Eventually, the taffy monster ends up trapped in a giant cupcake, preventing him from movement, and allowing Vanellope to escape without effort.
An exasperated King Candy watches as she does, telling Sour Bill that she mustn't be allowed to race. He then orders Wynnchel and Duncan to bring the captured taffy monster to his castle to receive punishment, which they oblige to. The "monster" reveals to be Wreck-It Ralph, the villain from the game Fix-It Felix Jr.. Ralph explains that the "coin" Vanellope has inserted is actually his gold medal, and that he will leave Sugar Rush as soon as he gets it back. The King, however, tells Ralph that the medal has been inserted into the game's codes and can only be returned when someone wins the cup at the end of the race and earns it back. Ralph then openly plans to steal the medal back when it's won, angering the King to the point of banishing Ralph from Sugar Rush. He then heads out to find and capture Vanellope. Meanwhile, Ralph manages to escape the guards and eventually comes across Vanellope. Vanellope proposes that she and Ralph team up so that she can win the race, and earn back his medal. Ralph reluctantly agrees.
King Candy is later alerted by his security of a break-in at his kart-baking factory. He ambushes the area with Wynnchel, Duncan, and a team of elite henchmen, but Ralph and Vanellope manage to escape with Vanellope's newly-built kart. An infuriated King Candy orders Wynnchel and Duncan to find Vanellope and destroy her kart. Back at the castle, the king fearfully paces back and forth in his throne room, while Sour Bill fans him. When Wynnchel and Duncan arrive to give a status report, it is learned that their efforts were futile. With no other choice, King Candy and Sour Bill violate the arcade's bylaws by heading to the lowest part of the castle, where they use a secret password to enter the game's code room. Within the forbidden realm, King Candy is able to retrieve Ralph's medal. He then heads out to find the bad-guy, placing Sour Bill in charge during his absence.
When King Candy finds Ralph near Diet Cola Mountain, he gladly returns the medal and only asks for a chance to explain himself, in return. As Ralph listens intently, King Candy claims that Vanellope's glitching would have the players believe the game was broken, putting the cabinet in danger of being unplugged. While most of the citizens would be able to escape termination, Vanellope would be trapped and die alongside the cabinet, as glitches are unable to leave their games. King Candy asks Ralph to somehow keep Vanellope out of the race for her own safety; unwilling to take the risk, Ralph agrees and keeps to his promise by destroying Vanellope's kart. He then leaves Sugar Rush and returns to his own game. Sometime after Ralph's departure, King Candy captures a now vulnerable Vanellope and sends her to the fungeon, locking her up in "glitch proof" chains. Back in the Fix-It Felix Jr. cabinet, Ralph is able to spot the Sugar Rush console, and notices a picture of Vanellope being prominently displayed along the side, despite being a character that was "never meant to exist".
Suspicious, Ralph returns to Sugar Rush and interrogates Sour Bill into revealing that Vanellope was once an actual racer until King Candy tried to delete her code, turning her into a glitch, though he can't remember why because his memories had been locked away. Bill goes on to explain that Vanellope can reset the game and restore her code by crossing the finish line. Ralph breaks Vanellope out of the fungeon and asks his friend Fix-It Felix Jr. (who was trapped in the fungeon by Sour Bill) to repair her kart. Meanwhile, the Random Roster Race has begun, and Vanellope is considered a no-show, much to the king's delight. Upon entering, however, Vanellope quickly makes it to second place, only behind a still oblivious King Candy. Suddenly, a swarm of Cy-Bugs originating from the game Hero's Duty, invade Sugar Rush and ravage through the kingdom. As citizens of the game evacuate, the crisis remains unbeknown to King Candy and Vanellope, who continue on with the race. Soon enough, Vanellope manages to pass King Candy (teasingly smirking at him in the process), much to the latter's shock and ultimate incitement.
Using one of the track's secret routes, King Candy ambushes Vanellope and viciously tries to ram her off the track. With his patience wearing thin, Candy grabs his kart's antenna and brutally attacks Vanellope with it, destroying portions of her kart in the process. Vanellope attempts to disarm him, and direct contact with her glitching suddenly—though briefly—reveals King Candy for who he really is: Turbo; a revelation much to the surprise of both Ralph and Felix, who witnessed the whole thing from the monitor. With his secret revealed, Turbo confesses his crime of reprogramming the world to Vanellope and vows that he won't let her, Ralph, or anyone else take it back from him. Turbo then tries to kill Vanellope by ramming her into an oncoming stalagmite, but she is able to save herself by glitching out of Turbo's grasp. Turbo attempts to chase Vanellope down, but the original Cy-Bug that spawned the invasion blocks his path and devours him alive.
Meanwhile, the Cy-Bugs have multiplied and ravaged through Sugar Rush, turning it into an apocalyptic wasteland with seemingly no chance of survival. Fortunately for the heroes, Ralph formulates a plan to erupt Diet Cola Mountain and create a beacon of lava that will attract the bugs to their destruction. On the mountain's summit, Ralph is confronted by Turbo, who fused with the Cy-Bug that devoured him. Turbo declares that, because of Ralph, he is now the most powerful virus in the arcade and can take over any game he wants. Before doing so, the vengeful Turbo attacks Ralph in attempts to kill him, though the bad guy is more preoccupied with trying to set off the volcano. Eventually, Turbo gets the upper hand and flies Ralph into the air, where he sadistically forces Ralph to watch helplessly as Vanellope is cornered by a swarm of Cy-Bugs.
Giddy at the thought of his two enemies nearing their demise, Turbo declares it's "game over" for both Ralph and Vanellope. Ralph retorts by breaking free of Turbo's grasp and plummeting towards the mountain; the impact of his fall successfully sparks an eruption that produces a bright beacon of lava. As the lava towers over the kingdom, the Cy-Bugs mindlessly fly into the light and are vaporized upon contact. Though initially unaffected, Turbo gradually succumbs to his Cy-Bug programming and makes a panicked attempt to overcome it. His efforts are unsuccessful, however, resulting in the horrified Turbo flying into the light and inadvertently killing himself. As characters who die outside their own games are unable to regenerate, he is ultimately gone for good. Following Turbo's death, Vanellope safely makes it across the finish line, thus finishing the race and resetting the game. This restores Vanellope's code and position as sovereign, while King Candy's hold over the citizens' memories is obliterated, freeing them from their binds.
Due to his death, Turbo does not appear in the film, nor is he mentioned. In the six years following Wreck-It Ralph, King Candy's floral art at the Sugar Rush speedway has since been replaced with floral art of Vanellope. However, King Candy's crown insignia can still be seen near the grand stands. King Candy's damage to Vanellope's code is also still apparent as she continues to glitch uncontrollably at times despite having reset the game.
In the junior novelization for Wreck-It Ralph, King Candy's actions during the climax were slightly different. After Vanellope escaped Candy's clutches following the Turbo reveal, the King escaped the tunnel, unharmed, and witnessed the Cy-Bug invasion with his own eyes as he drove out and towards the finish line, pursuing Vanellope. Furious at the sight of "his" game in ruins, Candy began to rant, swearing revenge on Ralph for the destruction he's caused. His cries were cut off, however, when a Cy-Bug swooped down and grabbed the King in his pincers, carrying him into the air before devouring him.
After the final battle with Ralph and Diet Cola Mountain erupted, Cy-Bug King Candy would grab onto a candy cane tree branch, frantically trying to prevent his oncoming destruction. However, the branch he grabbed was a double-stripe, which are known to dissolve into oblivion upon physical contact, resulting in King Candy losing his only chance of survival (echoing Vanellope's comments on the matter during her introduction in the film), flying into the lava and to his death.
King Candy, in his Cy-Bug form, appears as a silent, non-playable character in the game, first appearing as part of the Sugar Rush-themed circuit in the Toy Box Speedway. He is first seen hovering over the tracks during the race's second lap, and again for the remaining laps, on ground level.
King Candy can additionally be unlocked for the Toy Box, to appear as a decorative, animated set piece. He is unlocked after receiving a required amount of tokens in the Sugar Rush circuit of the Toy Box Speedway.
In the online, multiplayer version of Disney Magical World (named Disney Magic Castle in Japan), King Candy was once among the characters seen in Castleton. By approaching him, players were able to unlock Wreck-It Ralph-themed costumes for their avatars.
In Disney Crossy Road, King Candy appears as an unlockable playable character in the 'Rare' class. He sometimes throws candy when he walks. Turbo appears in the 'Enchanted' class, while Cy-Bug King Candy appears in the 'Rare' class, as well.
Inside Vanellope's Sweet and Treats aboard the Disney Dream, a statue of King Candy standing atop a podium is displayed. As the cabana is modeled after Sugar Rush as ruled by Candy, he is referenced in other areas such as stickers plastered on the winner's cup. The Sour Bill audio-animatronic mentions King Candy, as it explains that those who disrupt the king's laws will be sent to the fungeon. Additionally, one of the desserts served at the cabana is called "King Candy Cotton Candy Crunch".
- King Candy's castle, kart, and outfit were given a sugary white coating, as a joking way to allude to his true nature being covered in sugar coating.
- When King Candy says that the walls of his castle are not pink but salmon, this was likely just a cover up. The castle was formerly owned by Vanellope, and as it was neither confirmed nor denied in the film that Vanellope liked pink, it is probable, because her castle walls are pink. This is could also be due to the fact that pink is not a color stereotypically associated with boys (blue being that color instead).
- Despite not having a traditional Disney villain song, King Candy has a recurring instrumental theme, which can be found as "Messing with the Program" on the official Wreck-It Ralph soundtrack. The Turbo persona also has a motif, which can be found as "Turbo Flashback" on the soundtrack.
- Director Rich Moore stated that King Candy was actually meant to have a song in the film that explained how disputes were settled in Sugar Rush. It was written by Bobby and Kristen Anderson-Lopez and was to be in the style of the Sherman Brothers' music.
- Being a fan of Jerry Lewis and other vaudeville performers, Alan Tudyk has expressed interest in creating an album of vaudeville songs performed by King Candy. He claims that he pitched the idea to John Lasseter sometime after the release of Wreck-It Ralph, but was rejected.
- The TurboTime arcade cabinet looks like that of the Namco arcade game Rally X. Turbo also seems to be based on the artwork on the side.
- King Candy's kart originally belonged to Vanellope, as she is seen driving it on the Sugar Rush cabinet's artwork.
- His kart's honk in the throne room is the U.S. Presidential Anthem, "Hail to the Chief."
- A poster of Turbo is seen on the subway wall in the entrance to Sugar Rush. This could foreshadow King Candy's real identity.
- Some graffiti art of a crown with the initials K.C. below it can be seen on the subway wall when Ralph and the villains exit Pac-Man.
- When King Candy heads to Sugar Rush's codes, he uses the Konami Code as a password to enter the realm in which the codes lie.
- The Konami Code is written on a napkin from Tapper's.
- The character of King Candy has gained critical acclaim from both critics and fans, praising the character's writing, voice work, and the nod to Ed Wynn.
- Turbo's story is a dark parallel to that of Ralph: Ralph is programmed to be a villain in his own game, but is kind-natured and cares for the other characters in his game. Turbo, on the other hand, was programmed to be the hero of his game, but in truth is arrogant and mean-spirited, having no value for anyone else besides himself. In fact, Turbo is a glimpse of the type of person Ralph would've become had he become too obsessed with getting what he wanted instead of doing the right thing.
- While most video game characters change in their appearance upon leaving their own game and entering another (so that they resemble their destination game's art style upon entering), Turbo does not: upon arriving in RoadBlasters, he simply remains 8-bit.
- He seems to represent the deadly sin of envy, as his jealousy of RoadBlasters lead to it and TurboTime being unplugged, and pride, in the fact he was afraid that his seat of authority would be taken by Ralph.
- When Fix-It Felix explains Turbo's backstory, Turbo's game, TurboTime, was right next to Ralph's and Felix's game, Fix-It Felix Jr. this could mean that the two game characters knew each other before the events of the film.
- There are some subtle hints proving that King Candy is Turbo in disguise:
- When he sees Ralph's face, he immediately recognizes him, due to their games being next to each other in the past.
- When he learns that Ralph has game-jumped, he begins to overreact and accuses Ralph of "going Turbo" and attempting to take over his game.
- He has access and knowledge of Sugar Rush's code and used it to get the medal even though he claimed no one could regain the medal, making his true motives questionable.
- He is a powerful racer with great intolerance to losing.
- In Felix's flashback, Turbo's voice sounded eerily similar to King Candy's.
- He bears little to no resemblance to the other racers' anime-like style (looking more like an American 1950s cartoon character), hinting he is not truly from Sugar Rush.
- King Candy's data box is noticeably larger than the other data boxes in the CPU room.
- Just before he lies to Ralph about Vanellope and her game causing Ralph to destroy her go-kart, King Candy can be seen panicking as Ralph tries to attack him, not out of cowardice, but rather because he is actually aware that he is not supposed to be in that game, and thus would actually die if he was killed.
- Even after his identity is revealed, the credits, closed captions, and even fans of the film still refer to Turbo as King Candy, possibly due to the amount of time he spent in the film in his King Candy persona.
- Though there are some fans who have theorized that King Candy could have been a legitimate character in Sugar Rush before Turbo took over, Raymond S. Persi has officially stated on his Tumblr blog that the King Candy character was an identity fabricated by Turbo.
- Ironically, King Candy's line when he speaks to Ralph about Vanellope ("Heroes have to make the tough choices, don't they?") indirectly foreshadowed Ralph's tough choice in sacrificing himself to save the arcade at the film's climax.
- During the scene where King Candy reveals himself to be Turbo, if one pauses the movie at the right time, they will find a split second frame of Turbo looking at the camera, smiling while giving a thumbs-up.
- In the Mickey Mouse episode "Bad Ear Day", a sign with King Candy's name can be seen on one of the buildings.
- King Candy was mentioned in the television series, Psych, in the episode, "S.E.I.Z.E. the Day".
- Alan Tudyk once stated that King Candy was amongst his darkest roles.
- Interestingly, King Candy is the first character to be associated with two significant tropes that would consecutively go on to appear in the Walt Disney Animation Studios features following Wreck-It Ralph: Frozen, Big Hero 6, Zootopia and Moana.
- Each film has included a role voiced by Alan Tudyk (this was a direct result on his garnered acclaim as King Candy).
- Each film had their respective main villains involved in a major plot twist.
- In Disney Magical World 2, a treat called "King Candy's Sweet Tea" is available with the Sugar Rush party pack.
- The floral depiction of King Candy on the Sugar Rush speedway greatly resembles the floral arrangement of Mickey Mouse at the entrance to Main Street, U.S.A. in Disneyland.
- Concept art for the Dark Web area in Ralph Breaks the Internet has an advertisement for "Turbo Torrent" which features a foreboding depiction of Turbo's smiling face.
- In Disney Heroes: Battle Mode, Turbo is briefly mentioned by Vanellope. When Elastigirl compares Vanellope's glitching to a Super's power to teleport, Vanellope responds with, "Well, it's not exactly the same. See, there was this crazy racer named Turbo."
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Julius, J., Lasseter, J., & Moore, R. (2012). The Art of Wreck-It Ralph. Chronicle Books, page 32.
- ↑ Jeff Turley: Very Early ‘King Candy’ Designs for Wreck-It-Ralph
- ↑ Wreck-It Ralph Blu-ray and Digitial. Alternate and Deleted Scenes. Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment. 2013
- ↑ ""Wreck-It Ralph" Director Rich Moore at the El Capitan Theater". (February 21, 2016)
- ↑ "INTERVIEW WITH ACTOR ALAN TUDYK FROM WRECK-IT RALPH". (March 29, 2013)
- ↑ Infinity Inquirer Twitter (11:20 AM - 12 Aug 2015 Tweet)
- ↑ "Oscar Celebrates: Animated Features". Youtube. (February 22, 2013)
- ↑ "The Nerdist Podcast #852: Alan Tudyk (Firefly, Rogue One)". Youtube. (June 16, 2017)
- ↑ Raymond — Was King Candy an existing character in the game, or did Turbo create him from scratch? Tumblr. (March 8, 2013) Archived from the original on June 24, 2013.
- ↑ Raymond — is that answer regarding king candy 100% canon or just your own personal theory? Tumblr. (March 10, 2013) Archived from the original on June 24, 2013.
- ↑ Alan Tudyk Wreck-It Ralph interview
- ↑ Dark Web concept art