Wreck-It Ralph: A Hero's Journey
Joseph Campbell found a list of similar elements in mythical journeys and defined it. We know it now as the Hero's Journey, which is used today in novels and movies.An example of the Hero's Journey being followed can be seen in the Disney movie Wreck-It Ralph.
The Ordinary World
Ralph's "home" location is in the Niceland dump inside of the arcade game Fix-It Felix Jr. He lives alone with his stump and bricks, while the rest live inside a nice apartment.
The Call to Adventure
Gene, a man who lives in the apartments,argues with Ralph and tells him that he can never win a medal and become a good guy. Ralph decides to prove him wrong and goes to another game, Hero's Duty, in order to try and receive a medal.
Refusal of the Call
When Ralph brings up the topic of changing his status as a "Bad Guy",Clyde, a friend of Ralph's, tries to convince him that trying to change is a bad idea and he should try to be happy as he is.
Meeting with the Mentor
Ralph goes to talk to Tapper, and asks him what he should do about getting a medal. Tapper tells Ralph what he thinks and tells him he could also look in the lost and found for any spare medals left behind.
Crossing the Thresh hold
Ralph crashes in the video game of Sugar Rush, a racing game with very "sweet" people.
Tests, Allies, and Enemies
Ralph meets King Candy, actually Turbo in disguise, and can't decide if he is his ally, helping him get his medal back, or his enemy, trying to get him to stop Venellope from racing.
Ralph decides to help Vanellope win the race in order for him to get his medal back.
Ralph breaks Vanellope's car when King Candy tells him about her glitch situation. At first,Ralph doesn't want to hurt Vanellope, but then realizes that it was the only way to save her from being reset with the game.
Ralph gets a a homemade medal from Vanellope because he helped her prepare for the race. But Ralph then has to deal with breaking her race car and little heart in order to save her.
The Road Back
Ralph heads back to Fix It Felix Jr. but finds it abandoned, except for Gene who tells Ralph that Felix went looking for him. Ralph then goes back to Sugar Rush to try and save him.
Ralph sacrifices himself for the people of Sugar Rush and all of the video games when he dove into the mountain to create a beacon. Ralph tells himself as he dives, that he is happy as himself whether he is good or bad, which is the conflict he had with himself throughout the beginning of the story.
Return with the Elixir
When Ralph goes back home, he gets treated with more respect by the Nicelanders and continues to be the "villain". However, he remains at peace knowing that Vanellope is happy and belongs in her own game, seeing her wave at him with a smile when he gets lifted by the Nicelanders.