History Film / TRON

20th Oct '17 10:37:27 AM AnotherGuy
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* HaveYouSeenMyGod: Justified, as Walter shutting off access to Encom employees has essentially cut off Programs from their Users. Due to the YearInsideHourOutside nature of cyberspace, Programs have lost contact with their Creators for their equivalent of centuries.
14th Oct '17 6:45:51 PM gjjones
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* SoLongSuckers: Said word-for-word by Ram just as he and Flynn are escaping the game grid on their Lightcycles.
10th Oct '17 8:55:04 AM x_countryguy
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* FollowTheLeader: Of the acting variety. According to Jeff Bridges, he uses CLU's monotone personality as the basis for his UsefulNotes/AcademyAward nominated title role in ''Film/{{Starman}}''.
10th Oct '17 8:52:58 AM x_countryguy
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* AlternateUniverse: {{Cyberspace}}.

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* AlternateUniverse: {{Cyberspace}}.The digital world is a whole {{Cyberspace}} civilization.



** Similarly, the room Flynn and company walk through that looks to be filled with large object resembling washing machines...those were also real. They were *hard drives*. That's what hard drives looked like in the 70's.

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** Similarly, the room Flynn and company walk through that looks to be filled with large object resembling washing machines... those were also real. They were *hard drives*. That's what hard drives looked like in the 70's.



* AndYouWereThere: The programs are all dead ringers for the people who wrote them: Clu for Flynn, Tron for Alan, Yori for Lora, Sark for Dillinger, Dumont for Gibbs... and, down at the level where you'd need freeze-frame to notice, Sark's henchman for Dillinger's PA and Ram for Alan's cubicle neighbor (''Flynn Lives'' in ''Film/TronLegacy'' gives his name as Roy). The MCP, a product of numerous man-hours by various people, has a geometric abstraction of a face, but [[spoiler:when it falls apart at the end, the original core program can be briefly seen, and it has Gibbs's face]].
* AnthropomorphicPersonification: For programs.

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* AndYouWereThere: The programs are all dead ringers for the people who wrote them: Clu CLU for Flynn, Tron for Alan, Yori for Lora, Sark for Dillinger, Dumont for Gibbs... and, down at the level where you'd need freeze-frame to notice, Sark's henchman for Dillinger's PA and Ram for Alan's cubicle neighbor (''Flynn Lives'' in ''Film/TronLegacy'' gives his name as Roy). The MCP, a product of numerous man-hours by various people, has a geometric abstraction of a face, but [[spoiler:when it falls apart at the end, the original core program can be briefly seen, and it has Gibbs's face]].
* AnthropomorphicPersonification: For programs.Programs are humanoids in a cyber suit that resembles their creators.



* AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever / OneWingedAngel: [[spoiler:Sark at the climax]].
* AttackReflector: Tron and other gladiator programs can use their discs to knock away an enemy's, even right back at them.
* AudienceSurrogate: Flynn
* BelligerentSexualTension: In a mild sense between Flynn and Lora in the beginning, despite the fact they've officially broken up.

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* AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever / OneWingedAngel: AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever: [[spoiler:Sark at becomes this when he is critically injured during the climax]].
* AttackReflector: Tron and other gladiator programs can use their discs to knock away an enemy's, enemy's disc. Skilled programs can even reflect them right back at them.
* AudienceSurrogate: Flynn
* BelligerentSexualTension: In a mild sense between Flynn and Lora in the beginning, beginning despite the fact they've officially broken up.



* BigBad: The MCP
* BigDamnHeroes: Flynn gets one at the end when [[spoiler:he jumps into the MCP's beam.]]
* BigGood: Tron

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* BigBad: The MCP
* BigDamnHeroes: Flynn gets one at the end when [[spoiler:he jumps into the MCP's beam.]]
* BigGood: Tron
beam just in time to give TRON the opening he needed.]]



* BlackmailIsSuchAnUglyWord: Or "Embezzling" in this case.

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* BlackmailIsSuchAnUglyWord: Or "Embezzling" in this case.case when Flynn is accused of it.



* BrainUploading: {{Word of God}} says that programs' resemblance to their Users is not a result of this, but is simply a reflection of their personalities.

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* BrainUploading: {{Word of God}} WordOfGod says that programs' resemblance to their Users is not a result of this, but is simply a reflection of their personalities.



* CoolBike: And how. Check out the concept art sometime.

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* CoolBike: And how. Check out the concept art of the light-cycles sometime.



* CoolShip: Sark's Carrier, even if we only see one side of it.
* CoolTrain: The Solar Sailer Simulation.

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* CoolShip: Sark's Carrier, Carrier is essentially a cyber Star Destroyer. It's cool even if we only see one side of it.
it due to technology limitations.
* CoolTrain: The Solar Sailer Simulation.Simulation moves on an elevated rail.



* CreatingLifeIsAwesome / CreatingLifeIsUnforeseen: The Encom programmers have ''no'' idea that their software is breathing, sentient code that adores and worships them from afar.

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* CreatingLifeIsAwesome / CreatingLifeIsUnforeseen: The Encom programmers have ''no'' idea that their software is breathing, sentient code that adores and worships them from afar.



** Tron vs. Sark. Quite literally at the end when the MCP makes Sark bigger than his opponent.
** Flynn vs. MCP.

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** Tron TRON vs. Sark. Quite literally at the end when the MCP makes Sark bigger than tower over his opponent.
** Flynn vs. MCP.MCP with the MCP acting as a surrogate towards Flynn, the arcade owner, trying to rightfully get justice against the huge computer company ENCOM.



* DeepImmersionGaming: The TropeMaker?

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* DeepImmersionGaming: The TropeMaker? While the digital world is more than just gaming arenas most humans interact with it from the real world in this way. Flynn gets more of an in-person experience.



* DeusEstMachina: The Master Control Program, obviously.



* TheDragon: Sark



* DressingAsTheEnemy: Flynn turns himself red (but not evil) by absorbing the energy from one of Sark's warriors, derezzing him. He uses this disguise to blend in with Sark's other troops and approach the Solar Sailer. It almost fatally backfires on him when he charges more troopers boarding the Sailer, causing Tron and Yori to mistake him for an enemy boarder and almost [[NiceJobBreakingItHero push him to his death.]]

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* DressingAsTheEnemy: Flynn turns himself red (but not evil) by absorbing the energy from one of Sark's warriors, derezzing him. He uses this disguise to blend in with Sark's other troops and approach the Solar Sailer. It almost fatally backfires on him when he charges more troopers boarding the Sailer, causing Tron and Yori to mistake him for an enemy boarder and almost [[NiceJobBreakingItHero push him to his death.]]



* DuelToTheDeath: --er, Deresolution.

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* DuelToTheDeath: --er, Deresolution.The GladiatorGames leave only one surviving program or a surviving team depending on the game.



** Also played straight, when the MCP captures Clu and threatens him with total de-resolution if he fails to tell the MCP who his User is.

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** Also played straight, when the MCP captures Clu CLU and threatens him with total de-resolution if he fails to tell the MCP who his User is.



* EvilIsSterile: The MCP cannot create programs, only [[ReforgedIntoAMinion repurpose]] existing ones.
* EvilOverlord: The MCP, again.



* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath: Crom seem to burn to death while falling.

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* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath: FamilyUnfriendlyDeath:
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Crom seem seems to burn to death while falling.falling.
** Sark is mortally wounded with a graphic head injury.



-->'''Sark:''' "FINISH THE GAME!"



* ForcedPrizeFight: Gladiator combat.

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* ForcedPrizeFight: Gladiator combat.The games are gladiator tests of combat. The prize for winning is not dying.



* FutureSpandex: A particularly noteworthy example.

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* FutureSpandex: A particularly noteworthy example.Everyone wears this in the digital world with people of certain importance or, um, endowment wearing robes or cloth on top of it.



* GladiatorGames: Ranging from Lightcycles to Killer Frisbees.

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* GladiatorGames: Ranging from Lightcycles to Killer Frisbees.Frisbees; all played to the death.



* HollywoodHacking: One of the earliest instances of this trope in film. Arguably, Flynn's methods aren't too unrealistic compared to other examples. Sitting at Lora's terminal, he was getting ready to put the MCP into a logic loop so he could search for his file uninhibited. Had he not been sitting in front of the digitizing laser, he might have succeeded. Furthermore, Clu is an actual hacking program, albeit a custom one.
* HugeHolographicHead: Master Control Program
* HumansAreCthulhu: And/or Gods.
* HumansAreFlawed
* HumansByAnyOtherName: "Users"
* HumongousMecha: For lack of a better category, the Recognizers go here.

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* HollywoodHacking: One of the earliest instances of this trope in film. Arguably, Flynn's methods aren't too unrealistic compared to other examples. Sitting at Lora's terminal, he was getting ready to put the MCP into a logic loop so he could search for his file uninhibited. Had he not been sitting in front of the digitizing laser, he might have succeeded. Furthermore, Clu CLU is an actual hacking program, albeit a custom one.
* HugeHolographicHead: Master Control Program
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HumansAreCthulhu: And/or Gods.
It's either they are feared as this and/or as gods since they are incomprehensible to the programs.
* HumansAreFlawed
HumansAreFlawed: TRON learns this about the Users from Flynn, much to his amazement.
* HumansByAnyOtherName: "Users"
"Users" are gods to the programs but are humans.
* HumongousMecha: For lack of a better category, the Recognizers go here.here as they are giant-sized flying tanks.



* IndyPloy: Flynn does ''not'' know what he's doing, and is clearly making it all up on the fly. He only survives the games because of what he knows about video games, and his User abilities are invoked only by guesswork and "this might work." Of course, [[LikeFatherLikeSon the apple]] won't fall all that far from the tree.

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* IndyPloy: Flynn does ''not'' know what he's doing, doing and is clearly making it all up on the fly. He only survives the games because of what he knows about video games, and his User abilities are invoked only by guesswork and "this might work." Of course, [[LikeFatherLikeSon the apple]] won't fall all that far from the tree."



* [[InMediasRes In Medias Derez]]: The action starts by showing the Game Grid; to wit, a Light-Cycle battle between Sark and a hapless User-believer program.
* InsideAComputerSystem

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* [[InMediasRes In Medias Derez]]: InMediasRes: The action starts by showing the Game Grid; to wit, a Light-Cycle battle between Sark and a hapless User-believer program.
* InsideAComputerSystemInsideAComputerSystem: The digital world is inside the ENCOM computer system.



* ManChild: Kevin Flynn, who seems to have regressed to this state after getting kicked out of his company. When we first see him, he's the owner of an arcade (though he does run it successfully to his credit) and wowing his teenage customers with his virtuoso game skills. His office overlooks the arcade, Lora (his ex) shouts in frustration "Now, you see why all his friends are fourteen years old!"
* MasterComputer: MCP
* MasterOfUnlocking: Flynn

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* ManChild: Kevin Flynn, who seems to have regressed to this state after getting kicked out of his company. When we first see him, he's the owner of an a successful arcade (though he does run it successfully to his credit) and wowing his teenage customers with his virtuoso game skills. His office overlooks the arcade, Lora (his ex) shouts in frustration "Now, you see why all his friends are fourteen years old!"
* MasterComputer: MCP
* MasterOfUnlocking: Flynn
old!"



* MessianicArchetype: Flynn, intentionally, within the system.

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* MessianicArchetype: Flynn, intentionally, uses his God status within the system.system to his advantage.



* MohsScaleOfScienceFictionHardness: Fairly soft.
* MrFanservice: Jeff Bridges as Flynn was quite the beast in his shirtless scene. In an interesting case of WhatCouldHaveBeen, the filmmakers originally wanted an actor who looked more like a stereotypical nerd, very thin and unremarkable in build, the kind of person people might expect to be a computer programmer (probably someone more like Bruce Boxleitner, who played Alan/Tron), not a big, rugged, manly man like Jeff Bridges.

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* MohsScaleOfScienceFictionHardness: Fairly soft.
This is a pretty soft sci-fi story considering the digitization and digital world.
* MrFanservice: Jeff Bridges as Flynn was quite the beast in his shirtless scene. In an interesting case of WhatCouldHaveBeen, the filmmakers originally wanted an actor who looked more like a stereotypical nerd, very thin and unremarkable in build, the kind of person people might expect to be a computer programmer (probably someone more like Bruce Boxleitner, who played Alan/Tron), programmer, not a big, rugged, manly man like Jeff Bridges.



* NerdsAreSexy. Kevin Flynn, Alan Bradley, and Lora.
* NeverSayDie: Programs dying or being deleted is referred to as de-resolution, or "getting derezzed" for short. This isn't consistent, however; there's a scene where Yori tells Dumont that Tron is dead.

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* NerdsAreSexy. Kevin Flynn, Alan Bradley, and Lora.
Lora are all played by Hollywood actors and get this by default. They, or their digital counterparts, are all noted as being attractive at some point.
* NeverSayDie: Programs dying or being deleted is referred to as de-resolution, or "getting derezzed" for short. This isn't consistent, however; there's a scene where Yori tells Dumont that Tron TRON is dead.



* PhysicalReligion
* PowerGlows: Have we mentioned this yet?

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* PhysicalReligion
PhysicalReligion: The programs worship physical users.
* PowerGlows: Have we mentioned this yet?The programs all feature TronLines but those lines grow brighter when programs are especially worked up.



* RedEyesTakeWarning: More like "Red Lines, Take Warning", but most of the MCP's forces have red TronLines instead of the heroes' blue.

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* RedEyesTakeWarning: RedEyesTakeWarning:
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More like "Red Lines, Take Warning", but most of the MCP's forces have red TronLines instead of the heroes' blue.



* RobotBuddy: Bit qualifies.

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* RobotBuddy: Bit qualifies.is a small digital creature that can only say "yes" or "no" but one clings to CLU and later Flynn for a while and are generally good speaking partners.



* SacrificialLamb: [[spoiler:Clu to prove that the MCP loathes the Users, Crom to prove that the Game Grid is truly dangerous, and Ram [[TooCooltoLive just to piss us off]].]]



* SchizoTech: Sentient programs and a laser which can dematerialise (and digitise) objects which are straight out of TheFuture... and yet Flynn is still using an Apple III as a remote terminal, and there's even a ''teletype machine'' in the laser lab.

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* SchizoTech: SchizoTech:
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Sentient programs and a laser which can dematerialise (and digitise) objects which are straight out of TheFuture... and yet Flynn is still using an Apple III as a remote terminal, and there's even a ''teletype machine'' in the laser lab.



* ScreamsLikeALittleGirl: [[{{Narm}} Clu.]]



* SinisterGeometry: Again, the MCP.



** Near the beginning of the film, Clu runs his tank into a wall after being attacked by Recognizers. That's right, Clu, the program, [[IncrediblyLamePun crashed]].
*** Happens again later, when [[spoiler:Flynn crashes a defective Recognizer.]]

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** Near the beginning of the film, Clu CLU runs his tank into a wall after being attacked by Recognizers. That's right, Clu, CLU, the program, [[IncrediblyLamePun crashed]].
*** ** Happens again later, when [[spoiler:Flynn crashes a defective Recognizer.]]



* TheStoic: The MCP.
** NotSoStoic: [[spoiler:When Sark is killed, the MCP is visually audibly distressed and saddened.]]
* SupportingLeader: Tron
* SweaterGirl: Lora's white angora sweater in the last scene of the movie.



* TankGoodness: The Light Tanks, used by Clu and the MCP's forces.

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* TankGoodness: The Light Tanks, used by Clu CLU and the MCP's forces.forces are large, digital tread based vehicles and have powerful turrets.



* TechnologyPorn: The ''whole damn movie'' qualifies.

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* TechnologyPorn: The ''whole damn movie'' qualifies.qualifies considering what it took to create the film.



* TrappedInAnotherWorld: Flynn for most of the movie.

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* TrappedInAnotherWorld: Flynn for most of the movie.movie is stuck in the digital world.



* UnusuallyUninterestingSight / ApatheticCitizens: No-one seems to notice/care when Flynn crashes a Recognizer in a populated area. The various programs around him go on their normal business.
** FridgeBrilliance: This is a 1980s computer system, it's more than likely that programs ''crash'' all the time.
* VerbalTic: The MCP's "End of Line."

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* UnusuallyUninterestingSight / ApatheticCitizens: UnusuallyUninterestingSight: No-one seems to notice/care when Flynn crashes a Recognizer in a populated area. The various programs around him go on their normal business.
** FridgeBrilliance: This is a 1980s computer system, it's more than likely that programs ''crash'' all the time.
* VerbalTic: The MCP's "End of Line."
business.



* VoiceWithAnInternetConnection: Alan when he speaks to Tron in the I/O Tower. Justified, as Alan's dialogue is most likely words that he is typing into his computer's command prompt.
** Also, Flynn giving Clu his orders near the start.

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* VoiceWithAnInternetConnection: VoiceWithAnInternetConnection:
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Alan when he speaks to Tron in the I/O Tower. Justified, as Alan's dialogue is most likely words that he is typing into his computer's command prompt.
** Also, Flynn giving Clu CLU his orders near the start.



** This carries over to the second movie; [[spoiler:when Flynn's son Sam says it's been a long time since they last saw each other,]] Flynn says, "You have no idea."



* ZerothLawRebellion: While the MCP doesn't seem to be ThreeLawsCompliant, he hints strongly at this, boasting, "I can run things 900 to 1200 times better than any human."

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* ZerothLawRebellion: While the MCP doesn't seem to be ThreeLawsCompliant, he hints strongly at this, boasting, "I can run things 900 800 to 1200 times better than any human."
10th Oct '17 7:21:51 AM x_countryguy
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-->[[spoiler: '''Ram:''' ''(to Flynn)'' Flynn.... help Tron... ''(expires)'']]

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-->[[spoiler: '''Ram:''' -->[[spoiler:'''Ram:''' ''(to Flynn)'' Flynn....Flynn... help Tron... ''(expires)'']]



** [[spoiler: In a downplayed sense at the end, after Flynn's desired information is displayed on Dillinger's desk screen, and he realises his game is up. He says nothing, but the look on his face is enough.]]

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** [[spoiler: In [[spoiler:In a downplayed sense at the end, after Flynn's desired information is displayed on Dillinger's desk screen, and he realises his game is up. He says nothing, but the look on his face is enough.]]



* PutOnABus: Alan and Lora, after Flynn is sucked into the computer. They don't show up again until the ending, although [[spoiler: Alan makes a brief reappearance (albeit voice only) in the I/O Tower, where he gives Tron the data that can destroy the MCP]].

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* PutOnABus: Alan and Lora, after Flynn is sucked into the computer. They don't show up again until the ending, although [[spoiler: Alan [[spoiler:Alan makes a brief reappearance (albeit voice only) in the I/O Tower, where he gives Tron the data that can destroy the MCP]].



*** Happens again later, when [[spoiler: Flynn crashes a defective Recognizer.]]

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*** Happens again later, when [[spoiler: Flynn [[spoiler:Flynn crashes a defective Recognizer.]]



** NotSoStoic: [[spoiler: When Sark is killed, the MCP is visually audibly distressed and saddened.]]

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** NotSoStoic: [[spoiler: When [[spoiler:When Sark is killed, the MCP is visually audibly distressed and saddened.]]



* WorldHealingWave: The result of [[spoiler: the MCP's death, as all the power it was hoarding for itself is released.]]

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* WorldHealingWave: The result of [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the MCP's death, as all the power it was hoarding for itself is released.]]
9th Oct '17 10:13:27 AM VicGeorge2011
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* DeadlyDisc

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* DeadlyDiscDeadlyDisc: The identity discs, which all Programs use in the Game Grid. It derezzes most programs with one just hit, while Sark just collapses after Tron's disc grazes his helmet.
9th Oct '17 10:08:01 AM VicGeorge2011
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** Tron vs. Sark.

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** Tron vs. Sark. Quite literally at the end when the MCP makes Sark bigger than his opponent.
29th Aug '17 9:43:16 PM TalonsofIceandFire
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Although computer-generated special effects had appeared in film as early as 1974, ''TRON'' (1982) marked the first time that computers were used to create something "real", rather than to just represent computer graphics (sort of "real", anyway, since the story takes place inside a computer). Ironically, a large portion of the special effects in ''TRON'' were actually hand-drawn; even the computer-generated objects and environments had to have their geometry entered by hand for every frame, since no practical method of automating the process existed at the time. In general, the light cycles, tanks, recognizers and the Solar Sail were CGI -- however the huge amount of processing time required versus how much was available at the time required that they be rendered in black and white and hand-colored later.

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Although computer-generated special effects had appeared in film as early as 1974, 1973, ''TRON'' (1982) marked the first time that computers were used to create something "real", rather than to just represent computer graphics (sort of "real", anyway, since the story takes place inside a computer). Ironically, a large portion of the special effects in ''TRON'' were actually hand-drawn; even the computer-generated objects and environments had to have their geometry entered by hand for every frame, since no practical method of automating the process existed at the time. In general, the light cycles, tanks, recognizers and the Solar Sail were CGI -- however the huge amount of processing time required versus how much was available at the time required that they be rendered in black and white and hand-colored later.
31st May '17 8:45:25 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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(''He crashes into several things'')\\

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(''He (''[[DrivesLikeCrazy He crashes into several things'')\\things]]'')\\
13th May '17 1:37:23 PM dsneybuf
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Despite its bold look and bolder ambitions, especially for Walt Disney Productions which was sinking further into irrelevance at that time, ''TRON'' was a commercial disappointment (it didn't lose money, but wasn't the hit they had intended it to be). The proven box-office poison that the Disney name was for anything but outright kiddie stuff at the time, led to the creation of Creator/TouchstonePictures two years later.

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Despite its bold look and bolder ambitions, especially for [[Creator/{{Disney}} Walt Disney Productions Productions]] which was sinking further into irrelevance at that time, ''TRON'' was a commercial disappointment (it didn't lose money, but wasn't the hit they had intended it to be). The proven box-office poison that the Disney name was for anything but outright kiddie stuff at the time, led to the creation of Creator/TouchstonePictures two years later.
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