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I have recently begun to really enjoy Tangled and I already love Wreck it Ralph, but I've noticed several similar qualities between the two movies. Shockingly both movies have very close similarities that may sound far-fetched at times, but I wanted to make a list of some of the similarities I noticed.

For instance:

Both Wreck-it Ralph and Flynn Rider start and end their movies as narrators off screen.

         (Tangled's Beginning Line) - Flynn: "This is the story of how I died."
         (Wreck-it Ralph's Beginning Line) - Ralph: "My name's Wreck-it Ralph."

         (Tangled's Ending Line) - Flynn: "Yes we are"                                                                                                                         
         (Wreck-it Ralph's ending line) - Wreck-it Ralph: "How bad can I be?"

Both Vanellope and Rapunzel are girls who were forced by the villain of their movies to live in a single area: For Rapunzel it was the tower, and for Vanellope it was Sugar Rush.

Both Ralph and Rapunzel go barefoot throughout their entire movie.

Vladmir and Maximus make cameo appearances in Wreck-it Ralph in the Game Central Station

Both Rapunzel and Vanellope have dreams that would anger the villian: Rapunzel wants to go out into the world and Vanellope wants to race.

King Candy wants Vanellope to not know she is a princess, the game's main racer, and the one who would cause him to be deleted due to the game being reset if she crossed the finish line.
Mother Gothel doesn't want Rapunzel to know she is a princess or to leave the tower due to her hair's ability to make Mother Gothel young and remain alive.

Vanellope and Rapunzel are both manipulated by the main villain of their movies. King Candy refers to her as a glitch and the one who would be responsible for having the game unplugged
Mother Gothel refers to Rapunzel as too naïve to be out in the world.

Vanellope is made with glitching powers that help her save Ralph from falling to his death.
Rapunzel is also made with powers from the sun flower that heal Flynn from the stab wound that he received from Mother Gothel.

Vanellope feels that racing is what she is meant to do
Rapunzel feels that the floating lanterns she sees every year on her birthday are meant for her.
They both discover that their inner feelings were right in the end.

Both movies have scenes that involve swirling spirals of Disney sparkles that are often compared to the "Beauty and the Beast" scene. Not to mention they involve transformation scenes where the character is being lifted into the air and transformed into who they were meant to be. Vanellope being a Princess and The Beast being a human Prince.

Wreck it Ralph and Vanellope don't get along very well when they first meet each other
Flynn and Rider and Rapunzel don't get a long very well in the beginning either, but both girls know they need them to help them.

Both Vanellope and Flynn Rider are wanted "criminals" in their worlds and are constantly being chased by castle guards whenever they're spotted by them.

Both Ralph and Flynn have desired objects: (the medal for Ralph and the crown for Flynn)

Both objects were risky for them to obtain and would help them get what they desire the most, but those objects are stolen and somewhat hidden from their grasp by the heroines of their movies, Vanellope and Rapunzel.

Both Rapunzel and Vanellope have Flynn and Ralph make deals with them.
Rapunzel has Flynn agree to take her to see the lanterns for her birthday and then she'd give him back the crown.
Vanellope has Ralph agree to help her break into the race car factory, make a car, and win the race so she could him back his medal which would also make her a real racer.

Both Vanellope and Rapunzel ask their sidekicks (Ralph and Flynn) if the fulfillment of their dreams is really what they want.
     - Vanellope: "Ralph, what if the gamers don't LIKE me?"
      - Wreck-it Ralph: "Who doesn't love a brat with dirty hair? Those people are going to love you. You know why? Because you're  a're adorable...and everybody loves an adorable winner!"

      - Rapunzel: "What if it's not what I always hoped it would be?"
      - Flynn: "It will."

Both movies have a moment where the girls think their friends (Ralph and Flynn) have betrayed them.
When Vanellope sees Ralph with the metal she thinks he told on her for his selfish gain.
When Rapunzel sees Flynn sailing off at a distance after she gives him back the crown she thinks he took advantage of her by leaving her helpless in the presence of the bad-boy Stabbington twins.

Vanellope gives Ralph a hand made medal right before her dream is about to come true as a racer.
Rapunzel gives Flynn the crown back when they're on a lake whenever her dream comes true.

Both villians (King Candy and Mother Gothel) spend a majority of their movies within a physical disguise that looks completely different from their true form.

Both villains die gruesome deaths and in the forms of their true identities, which are pretty disturbing in appearance.

Both couples are willing to give up their lives for their friends:
Vanellope tells Ralph to go ahead and get out of the game for his own safety since she can't leave the game as the cybugs are consuming Sugar Rush. Ralph decides to sacrifice himself by falling into the volcano cap of Mentos which will act as a beacon for the cybugs to dissolve in, and if he is successful in killing off the cybugs then Vanellope will be able to become a real racer in the game and not be known as a glitch. 
Rapunzel is willing to stay with Mother Gothel for the rest of her life, but not without healing Flynn Rider. Flynn would rather die than live with the knowledge that Rapunzel is trapped with such an insane woman. So, he chops off the only resource that is keeping Mother Gothel alive and possessive of Rapunzel, which is her hair.

Rapunzel accidentally reveals Mother Gothel's true identity once her hair is chopped off.
Vanellope accidentally reveals King Candy/Turbo's identity when her glitches cause his disguise to glitch away to reveal Turbo.

Both Rapunzel and Vanellope are put in chains toward the end of their movies.
Vanellope is actually seen in jail and surrounded by chains
Rapunzel is seen being dragged in chains by Mother Gothel to the windowless basement of the tower, or in other words, a jail.

King Candy and Mother Gothel have multiple personality disorders. Both Mother Gothel and King Candy/Turbo are delighted in the idea of seeing the hero (Flynn/Wreck-It Ralph) dead.

Both movies have characters that explain the backstory of the villians.
Fix it Felix tells Calhoun about how Turbo was a racer who loved attention and left his game when a more popular and new racing game took away the attention he was getting, which caused his game and the new game to be unplugged.
Flynn tells the audience about Mother Gothel and how she was an aging old woman who found a flower that had the power to heal and make her look younger. He also tells the audience about how the Queen was sick, pregnant, and given the flower in the form of soup that helped the Queen to be healed, and ended his narration by telling the audience about how Mother Gothel kidnapped the Queen's daughter, Rapunzel.

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PhoenixdreamangelMSB Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
OH! And at 8:36 on the dot all the way to the RIGHT is Vladamire! YAYAYAYAYAYAYA
PhoenixdreamangelMSB Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
At exactly 7:52 u look to the left, and see a horse that looks quite a lot like Maximus........hmmmmm
bohgirl11 Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Student Filmographer
Gah! I noticed Maximus too come to think of it! More updating! LOL! These lists are so much fun!
MeliDancer123 Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
:la: These are my two favorite movies! I noticed some of these too, and others I never noticed before.

Also, Ralph and Rapunzel both go their entire movies barefoot. ;P
bohgirl11 Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Student Filmographer
I updated it. :)
MeliDancer123 Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Yay! :D
bohgirl11 Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Student Filmographer
I didn't even notice these similarities until, like, today! Yes, I completely forgot to add the fact that they're both barefoot!
DisneyThorn92 Featured By Owner May 21, 2013
Some of the similarities seem like a bit of a stretch, particularly between Vanellope and Rapunzel. But that's mostly in the topographical similarities, like their homes presenting certain dangers that go without saying. And the "magic sparkles" - I love the line when Vanellope asks "Hey, what's with all the magic sparkles?", because I feel like the world's response would be "Honey, it's a Disney movie; we're surprised those sparkles aren't accompanied by everyone singing Zip-Ah-Dee-Doo-Dah or When You Wish Upon a Star."

But I still adore both of these movies for different reasons. For all the similarities you've found (I think you missed the Snuggly Duckling ruffian cameo in Game Central Station; might've been Vladimir on his way to collect more unicorns), each movie tackles these shared plot points in different ways. Not necessarily better or worse than the other, but certainly different.
bohgirl11 Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Student Filmographer
I COMPLETELY forgot about Vladimir's cameo appearance!!!! Oh well. I knew some of the similarities were a little stretched, LOL. ;) I found some similarities between Wreck it Ralph and Bolt as well, but not as many as Tangled. I'm glad there weren't any songs put in there, but I have heard the director say King Candy was originally going to do a song in the movie at some point.

I love how the similarities were done too!
DisneyThorn92 Featured By Owner May 21, 2013
I heard Ralph was supposed to have a big number that kept getting interrupted. But, while Reilly's a great singer, I'm glad this movie doesn't have any singing. It doesn't NEED any singing. The characters get across how they're feeling, what they're doing, and what they want just fine without musical accompaniment. I enjoy a good song now and then, but I don't want the sequel to be chock-full of pointless annoying musical numbers just because 1 actor's done 2 musical movies and 1 actress is part of a show that butchers amazing songs every week.
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