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So, let’s talk about the “Nesquick Sand” scene in Wreck It Ralph for a minute here…
This is really one of the (many) sequences that really sold me on the character of Sergeant Tamora Jean Calhoun, specifically her reaction towards being asked to inflict physical pain on another person. While Calhoun is set up to be an aggressive, action-oriented individual with a rather dark sense of humor (see her “This game just got interesting” line when Vanellope threatened to execute Taffyta), Calhoun did not find hitting Felix to be an immediately viable solution. At first, she merely attempted batting at him lightly, as depicted in the image above, and resisted going further since she felt uncomfortable using such a level of force against Felix. 
She only agreed to the plan when it became clear it was their only option to escape, and when Felix ensured her that he could “heal” himself immediately with his hammer. Furthermore, while the Laffy Taffy found the whole affair to be comedy gold, Calhoun did not find the practice funny in the slightest, she just wanted to save their lives. This is what I find to be the key element. Just because Calhoun is a physically strong women who can use violence, she is not characterized as someone who feels violence is an acceptable answer for all solutions. Her strength is not for hurting. Yes, she is a soldier programmed with “the most tragic backstory ever” to motivate a bleak worldview. She has a sharp tongue, a loud voice, muscles, and guns and she will use them to protect herself and the people around her. But, she also knows when not to use that power.

So, let’s talk about the “Nesquick Sand” scene in Wreck It Ralph for a minute here…

This is really one of the (many) sequences that really sold me on the character of Sergeant Tamora Jean Calhoun, specifically her reaction towards being asked to inflict physical pain on another person. While Calhoun is set up to be an aggressive, action-oriented individual with a rather dark sense of humor (see her “This game just got interesting” line when Vanellope threatened to execute Taffyta), Calhoun did not find hitting Felix to be an immediately viable solution. At first, she merely attempted batting at him lightly, as depicted in the image above, and resisted going further since she felt uncomfortable using such a level of force against Felix.

She only agreed to the plan when it became clear it was their only option to escape, and when Felix ensured her that he could “heal” himself immediately with his hammer. Furthermore, while the Laffy Taffy found the whole affair to be comedy gold, Calhoun did not find the practice funny in the slightest, she just wanted to save their lives. This is what I find to be the key element. Just because Calhoun is a physically strong women who can use violence, she is not characterized as someone who feels violence is an acceptable answer for all solutions. Her strength is not for hurting. Yes, she is a soldier programmed with “the most tragic backstory ever” to motivate a bleak worldview. She has a sharp tongue, a loud voice, muscles, and guns and she will use them to protect herself and the people around her. But, she also knows when not to use that power.

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