Q*bert is the game's protagonist. He is round shaped, orange & has a short elephant-like nose.
In his first game, Q*bert's sole purpose was to jump around on a set of blocks to change their color, while avoiding the likes of Coily, Wrong-Way and Ugg. It was never explained why he was doing this.
In the second game in the series, Q*bert now had to rotate a set of cubes until they had all the same color in a row, this time having to avoid Meltniks, Soobops and Rat-A-Tat-Tat. Once again, the reason was never explained.
This version featured a very different Q*bert, having a long tail instead of a long nose and purple rather than orange.
Q*bert was confirmed to appear in Disney's 52nd animated feature, Wreck-It Ralph, along with the rest of the ensemble from the first game. Fix-It Felix, one of the characters of the film, knows how to translate "Q*bertese" (which composes mainly of gibberish and random symbols contained in speech marks). They start out as homeless characters who have had their game unplugged, so Ralph offers them a cherry which he has taken from Pac-Man. At the end of the film Q*bert and the gang are taken into Fix-It Felix Jr. to help them out on the bonus levels.
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- Q*bert was originally supposed to be able to shoot projectiles (hence why he has his tubular nose). This was later removed by Warren Davis, who wanted simpler controls. These projectiles may have inspired the "slippy-doos" from the animated adaptation.