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"Tron Lives."

'''''TRON: Uprising''''' is a DisneyXD series set in the world of ''Film/{{Tron}}''. A prequel to ''Film/TronLegacy'', the series takes place during the early cycles of Clu seizing power over the Grid. After defeating Tron and leaving him for dead, Clu has begun to take over numerous cities in the Grid. In Argon City, a young mechanic named Beck (ElijahWood) decides to fight back when Clu's soldiers derez one of his friends. Taking on the identity of Tron to try and inspire revolution, he draws the attention of the real Tron, scarred and in hiding. With Tron's guidance, Beck fights the forces of one of Clu's top generals, Tesler (Creator/LanceHenriksen), and attempts to liberate the city.

The series began with a 10 episode microseries alternatively shown as a full thirty minute special, with the series proper run beginning on June 7, 2012. A hiatus went into effect after the seventh episode, with new episodes scheduled for October, then again three episodes after that, resuming in December and [[ScrewedByTheNetwork moved to a midnight timeslot on Mondays]] for its final episodes. (The show hasn't ''officially'' been cancelled, but it's close enough.)

'''Warning: May contain spoilers for ''TRON: Legacy''.'''
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!!''TRON: Uprising'' provides examples of the following tropes:

* AllCGICartoon: A fact cleverly hidden through a relatively low frame rate and a really good toon-shader.
* AppropriatedAppellation: Despite Beck's early efforts, few on the Grid really seem to consider him to be Tron (though they do associate him with Tron as their protector). Instead, he becomes known as "the Renegade".
** In "The Stranger", [[spoiler:Cyrus refers to himself as "the first Renegade" to Beck when explaining his backstory. However, since neither Beck nor anyone else seems to remember him, it's likely Cyrus just used the appellation for the sake of convenience.]]
*** [[spoiler:Cyrus at this point has scanned Beck's i-disc, so is aware of his being called The Renegade by the Occupation.]]
* AmnesiacDissonance: When Beck loses his disk and his memories begin to fade, he's temporarily convinced that he's a member of the military. Ultimately, however, he's still a good person and is convinced of such by Tron.
* AndShowItToYou: Tesler uses his ExtendableArms to punch a hole through a mook, grab his disc, and drag it back through the hole, in just enough time for the mook to see it before he falls apart.
* ArbitrarySkepticism: Beck had this towards his own ability to inspire revolution. When Beck's being interrogated he insists on his ability to inspire the people and fight off Clu. When ''Tron himself'' realizes this, he suddenly feels that his act of rebellion was a stupid, spur-of-the-moment prank.
** Which rather makes sense, as Tron is asking him to go from minor pranks aimed at helping his friends to full-blown rebel leader, a massive leap for someone who never really intended it to be more than one act of anger.
*** Also when he said he would inspire a revolution he was trying to sound intimidating to an interrogator, when he says it was stupid, he is confronted by the real Tron, and the original rebel, and he probably feels that he doesn't measure up.
* ArcWords: "Tron Lives."
* ArmorPiercingQuestion: Lux tells Tron that Coble would never derezzed her because he loves her.
--> '''Tron:''' Who is it you're trying to convince?
* AsideGlance: In "Rendezvous", Paige takes Beck for some skydiving from a helicopter, and mentions that he's probably never done something like it before. This act is the opening scene of the first episode, and Beck turns to the camera and smiles.
* AsLethalAsItNeedsToBe: As shown in the pilot, identity discs can be thrown without activating the cutting edge for non-lethal sparring.
* {{Badass}}: Beck himself, who is able to hold his own against far bigger, stronger, and/or more skilled opponents, using his wits and natural agility; he even has various adventures and successful strike-missions against Clu's army before the show gets off the ground and Beck officially becomes a rebel. Paige and Tesler, too, who never take much damage while throwing around Beck (though Beck ''did'' get one very good hit on Tesler). Tron is, of course, the standout example. Especially after [[spoiler: He is healed by Clu's repurposing machine. Beck, of course, saves him before the repurposing can begin, but after Tron's disease is cured.]]
** BadassGrandpa: Tron of course, but also Tesler, Able and Kobol.
* BelligerentSexualTension[=/=]UnresolvedSexualTension: Beck and Paige. How much of the former and how much of the latter depends on which identity Beck is using. We'll have to wait for season two.
* {{BFG}}: During Beck's BigDamnHeroes moment in "The Reward", Pavel tries to bring him down with a combination sniper rifle/missile launcher.
* BigBad: For the most part, Tesler.
** BiggerBad: Clu; Dyson as his [[TheHeavy super proactive]] [[TheDragon Dragon]].
* BigDamnHeroes: Beck interrupts the execution of Hopper, Mara, and Zed using a stolen roadster in "The Reward".
* BigNO: [[spoiler:From "The Stranger", Cyrus right after Beck breaks free, sending his Doomsday Bomb back down into his prison, where it explodes harmlessly.]]
* BittersweetEnding: "Terminal" [[spoiler:Beck fixes Tron so he's back to full strength and public opinion sways back to the Renegade after they take some time to think about how out of character he was and how bad the alternative (Mara and the other garage programs stand up to the occupation and finally start the open uprising). The bad part? Clu's apparently lost his patience and brought an entire army to the city, and despite Beck's best efforts, Cutler dies.]]
* BlackBestFriend: Cutler.
* BlatantLies:
** The opening recap narrations provided by the Grid often wildly contradict what the accompanying clips show, often mixed with SarcasmMode.
** Beck in "Rendezvous". He's just researching the enemy (Paige), honest. Tron doesn't buy it for a second.
* BolivianArmyEnding: [[spoiler:Hey, look, the citizens of Argon are rising up against the Occupation. Time for the uprising to begin and--OhCrap, that's a big army.]]
* BrainwashedAndCrazy:
** An early version of rectification, called "re-purposing", appears in "Scars, Part 2". Tron's entire team falls victim to it in a flashback. In "Terminal", [[spoiler:Cutler is shown to have been repurposed, and comes to Argon to make Tron go through the process. Tron only goes through it halfway, getting the wash to clean up to his damaged code, cuting him of Dyson's, Clu's, and Cyrus's previously incurable code corruption diseases and battle scars, then Beck saves him before the crazy is installed.]]
** In "State of Mind", one part TheVirus and one part MassHypnosis makes any infected program violently opposed to the Renegade.
* BreakHerHeartToSaveHer:
** A non-romantic example. [[spoiler:In a flashback, Paige discovers Quorra and her friend are [=ISOs=], but Quorra manages to convince her that they aren't dangerous. Just as she's about to leave, the military comes knocking, Paige's friends having alerted them. Knowing the place will be liquidated for harboring them, Quorra knocks Paige out. She'll never trust [=ISOs=] again, but at least she'll have a convincing story to keep her from getting derezzed.]]
** Another example (also non-romantic) with [[spoiler: Mara. Not willing to risk her life after almost getting de-rezzed aboard Tesler's ship, Beck tells her without her friends, she's of no use to him. Tron agrees he made the right choice. She doesn't stop resisting on her own however, and joins the open resistance made up of mechanics near the end of the first season.]]
** In "Rendezvous", [[spoiler:Paige tries to do this to Beck, since she's the one that's wanted, not him (both technically escaped, but Beck is a nobody to them)]].
* BullyingADragon: Perl tries this on Paige. Paige very quickly kicks aside one of her friends and warns her not to finish the thought.
* CallBack: In "Tagged", Beck interrogates a group of graffiti artists in the same manner as Tron interrogated him back in the pilot. He's even using the exact same disguise.
* CannotSpitItOut: Mara to Zed.
* CastOfSnowflakes: It seems a lot of work was put into giving everyone a distinctive appearance, including minor and incidental characters.
* TheCavalry: [[spoiler: Villainous example. "Terminal" ends with Clu, Dyson, and a ''very'' large fleet of troops on its way to Argon City. And two strong and healthy Trons to stop them. Tesler is notably quite [[YouHaveFailedMe worried about this.]]]]
* CelShading
* CerebusSyndrome: The series started off somewhat serious, but after Dyson showed up, it took a nosedive into traumatic. The violence became more disturbing, torture and mutilation showed up more often, Tron's terrible past became more apparent, and Beck's uprising continued to fail. The slide is clearly seen with the treatment of the character Cyrus: [[spoiler:he was introduced as a truly good person whose influence ''started'' the fight against CLU, and ended up being sadistic, evil, and Beck's most dangerous enemy.]] Notably, the two episodes prior to the finale both have ''unrelated'' {{Downer Ending}}s, and the finale isn't exactly all upbeat, either. But then again [[spoiler:Tron agreed to allow Clu's forces to capture him so that theirnattempt to repurpose his program could suck out Dyson and Clu's incurable program disease as well as Cyrus's virus. They succeed, leaving the Grid with TWO live and healthy Trons to fight Clu. Having done equally difficult things in the past alone, the two of them can be expected to have escaped alive to continue the rebellion which Flynn mentions to his son in ''Film/TronLegacy'']].
* ChainedHeat: After Beck (as himself, not the Renegade) accidentally winds up in the Games, he attempts to escape with Cutler. Paige catches them and chains them together for their next match.
* ChekhovsGun: In "Isolated", an island falls apart when Beck crashes his jet into it, destabilizing the code enough that the entire island degenerates. "The Stranger" shows this can work on almost any scale, [[spoiler:even the ''entire Grid'']].
* TheChessmaster: As Able notes, Cyrus is very good at predicting how programs will react to his actions. The least spoileriffic example of this: Cyrus tells Beck that a bomb will be at Able's garage. Beck rushes back to warn them... and a bomb goes off in the garage, because [[UnwittingPawn Cyrus had attached it to Beck's light cycle]]. One thing he didn't predict, however, is that Beck had allies besides Tron.
* CloseCallHaircut: A poor bystander gets his head shaved when Beck deflects one of Tesler's ArmCannon shots during their battle in "Grounded".
* CollapsibleHelmet: A feature of most programs' suits.
** it also functions as a gas mask and can be transparent or opaque as needed.
* ColorCodedForYourConvenience: Departing a bit from traditional ''Tron'' convention that characters can only be one color at a time, most programs have small "highlight" colors other than white to help tell them apart.
** And for literal audience convenience: only a few characters wear white. Since both characters and environments tend to be black with [[TronLines highlights]], and the T-shaped Tron insignia can only be seen from up close, giving Tron and Beck-as-Tron a white uniform helps the viewer locate them instantly.
** In "Tagged", to further hide [[spoiler:Mara's identity until TheReveal]], her ordinary highlight colors are changed to white.
** ChromaticArrangement: The four main mechanics from Able's shop Blue-Beck; Green-Zed; Yellow-Mara; Red-Bohdi [[spoiler: even though he dies in the first episode]]
* ContinuityNod:
** Able, Beck's boss, is a collector of antiques. Among his prized possessions are a [[Film/TronLegacy white ENCOM Light Cycle designed by Flynn himself]] (and heavily implied to be the ''same'' Light Cycle from that movie) and [[Film/{{Tron}} an ENCOM Grid Bit]].
** In ''Legacy'', Flynn mentions going into seclusion in the hopes that Clu's regime would be toppled not by his own intervention, but by an ''uprising'' from within the Grid itself. As seen in Uprising, it has grown very slowly and by the time of Legacy it is just starting to infiltrate Clu's capitol city - as seen by the two programs trying to recruit Zeus to the rebellion.
** In "Grounded", two programs are playing Jai alai, a variant of which was played by Flynn in ''Tron''. In this instance, it isn't fatal for one of the participants.
** Also, Tron's helmet is the same shape as Rinzler's in Tron: Legacy.
* ConvenientColorChange: Beck and Tron are able to switch the color and lighting of their suits fairly easily.
* CoolBoat: There's Tesler's warship, the boat Beck and Cutler steal, and Tron's custom boat.
* CoolCar: The roadster from "The Reward", said to be faster than a light-jet and capable of splitting into two two-person bikes.
* CoolPlane: This series uses a variant of the light-jet from the film. Its energy trail is mounted horizontally instead of vertically, among other cosmetic changes. There's also the helicopters used by the occupation.
* CoolTrain: The trains in Argon City[[DoABarrellRoll barrel rol]]l on their tracks to avoid obstacles.
* CoveredInGunge: In "Tagged", Paige finds herself at ground zero when a paint bomb goes off, covering her and the walls in multicolored pixels. She is deeply pissed. It's fortunate that the self-replicating property of the paint (which spells out "Tron Lives" everywhere) doesn't work on programs, or she might have gone completely berserk.
* CurbStompBattle: Tron fights some guards [[spoiler:after being healed]] in "Terminal". Not only is it not a contest, Tron is having ''fun.''
* DatingCatwoman: Paige is impressed by Beck's performance in "Welcome Home" and suggests that they "hang out" when he gets back to Argon. Beck, for his part, doesn't refuse. By the next episode, they ''are'' dating. [[spoiler: At least until Paige realizes Beck's advice is bad for her work]].
* DeadpanSnarker: Bits, much like their predecessor in ''Film/{{Tron}}''. Beck and Tesler, more so than others. Even the Grid voice in the opening narration gets in on the action.
* DeathByOriginStory: Beck is originally driven to revolt when his best friend Bodhi is murdered by Clu's forces.
* {{Demonization}}: Clu has done this to the [=ISOs=], spreading rumors about them being violent monsters who can derez programs by touching them.
* DeepCoverAgent Tron will become this in Legacy.
* DeusExMachina: In "Terminal", [[spoiler:the giant Recognizer from "The Stranger" returns, where it's revealed that it is a large-scale repurposing device. This repurposing process is also revealed to be able to heal Tron. Beck stops Tron from being turned by interrupting the process after extraction of the virus but before the actual repurposing begins, and Tron is healed with no adverse side effects.]]]
* DiabolusExMachina: In "Rendezvous", Beck actually seems to make some headway in getting Paige to turn on the Occupation, getting her to soften up a bit. Unfortunately she practices this new outlook on Pavel, who promptly abuses her charity to ruin her life for the episode. She goes back to normal and decides not to pursue things with Beck to avoid any more slips.
* DidntThinkThisThrough: When she's framed as a traitor in "Rendezvous", Paige is stuck in the games to be killed, as programs usually are. Tesler failed to consider that his former right-hand woman is a far better combatant than any rank-and-file guard could claim to be, and finds himself complaining about the decreasing reserve of gladiators in short order.
* DisasterDominoes:
** In "Tagged", [[spoiler:Mara]] trains a graffiti laser on a Recognizer bearing down on her team, blinding the pilot. He proceeds to run over the guards chasing them, crash into a row of Recognizers which are subsequently demolished, and knock over the Recognizer in said group atop which Beck is battling Paige, allowing him to escape.
** In "Welcome Home", Beck uses his disc to stop a light-copter from shooting Keller. As the pilot tries to regain control, his stray fire tears up the train, causing Keller to drop the wing chute she was planning to use to evacuate the train. The chute falls under the train and hits the brakes, causing it to speed out of control and threaten the lives of hundreds of programs.
* DoAndroidsDream: Apparently, programs do. Tesler wakes up from a nightmare at the start of "The Reward", and he says it isn't the only time.
* DoubleEntendre: Her usual flirtatious comments to Beck notwithstanding, Paige uses this on their first encounter:
--> '''Paige''': ''(knocks Beck over and straddles him) ''What a waste. ''(raises her disc)'' They usually don't last this long.
* DoomedByCanon: Like ''StarWarsTheCloneWars'', we know how all of this will end and the odds will ''not'' be in the heroes' favor.
* DownerEnding:
*** "Rendezvous". [[spoiler:Beck starts dating Paige and actually seems to be getting through to her. Then things go to hell, her life is nearly ruined, and she breaks up with him because of how much it nearly cost her.]]
*** "No Bounds". [[spoiler:Cyrus plants the seeds that turn the public against the Renegade, arranges a SadisticChoice to force Beck to choose Tron over his friends, and when Beck tries to TakeAThirdOption by having Able save his friends, it results in Able being blown up and turning Mara against the Renegade completely. Cyrus is dead, but that's little comfort.]]
** As mentioned above, Beck will not be victorious in finally defeating Clu with his own resistance movement, which started very slowly and was only starting to spread into larger cities like Clu's capitol by the time of Legacy. Flynn's son got to defeat Clu before Beck. However, Flynn mentioned in Legacy that a resistance movement had grown and was active, and he was waiting for it to destroy Clu before he came out of hiding. Also two programs tried to recruit Zuse to the cause.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: In the earlier episodes (''The Renegade, Part 2'', ''Blackout'', ''Isolation'') the colors of a program's disc, voxels, light cycle and light wall matched the secondary circuitry color. Notable examples are Zed (green), Perl (purple), Gage (yellow), Hopper, Bartik, Kobol and Galt (red). This was abandoned later, for example Zed's light cycle in ''State of mind'' had light blue/white circuits, as well as his wing chute.
* TheEndOrIsIt:
** The end of "Price Of Power" shows [[spoiler: Pavel repairing the secret weapon that Beck destroyed]].
** The last scene of "The Stranger" is [[spoiler:Cyrus]] breaking the surface of the Grid, followed by a creepy EvilLaugh. Cue credits.
* EnemyMine: Paige is forced to work with Beck to escape a disintegrating island.
* [[EvilDetectingDog Evil Detecting Bit]]: Able's Bit is shown to act somewhat like a pet and it [[RapidFireNo starts to flash "No"]] when Pavel takes over the garage.
* ExactlyWhatIAimedAt: Paige tackles Beck from the sky using a wing chute. Cutler tosses his disk at her, going wide and hitting a control panel on one of the walls. She mocks him for not being programmed for combat... then gets blown away when the nearby turbine activates and her chute catches the wind. Cutler quips, "[[BondOneLiner No, aerodynamics.]]"
* ExactWords: In "Grounded", Tesler issues a ultimatum to the Renegade: surrender himself, and in return he'll release the latest prisoners caught breaking curfew, as well as revoke said curfew. Beck makes his entrance and demands that Tesler honor the agreement. Though Tesler does release the prisoners, he points out that the condition was that the Renegade ''surrender'' himself for the curfew to be revoked, which naturally Beck refuses to agree to.
* ExpectingSomeoneTaller: Paige's first meeting with Beck in his Tron guise.
-->'''Paige''': So ''you're'' Tron? Figured you'd be taller.
* EyeScream: In "Rendezvous", code worms are attached to the holographic head produced by a program's disc, whereupon they crawl in through the eye and add false memories or remove real ones. Judging by Paige's reaction, it feels like the worm is entering through her eye for real. Improper handling can result in the program having their real eye chewed out, which the forger peddling them shows to a program seeking her services.
** In the flashback scenes in "Scars (Part II)", Dyson is revealed to have ''carved out Tron's left eye'' (along with a sizable chunk of his face) with a device that looks like a handheld circular saw.
* FacelessMooks: The guards come in three flavors: original movie guards with the bulky armor and staffs, ''Legacy's'' black guards, and sentries. The first two have helmets hiding their faces, which they never remove, save for the ''Legacy''-style guard in "Beck's Beginning" and Dyson, who also wears the ''Legacy'' guard outfit. The sentries, like Cyrus and the tank operators, have uncovered mouths, and their eyes can be seen through their visors occasionally.
* FantasticRacism: Against [=ISOs=] in flashbacks.
* FlashbackTwist: In "Isolated", Paige and Tesler reminisce about how they first met. Paige is under the impression that he rescued her from the [=ISOs=]. [[spoiler:Tesler in fact had her friends and everyone at the medical center where she worked murdered, then blamed it on the [=ISOs=]. The only reason Paige didn't meet the same fate is because she beat up two of his guards on impulse.]]
* {{Fembot}}: All the female characters by definition, but Paige best matches the trope.
* FoeTossingCharge: Actually deconstructed in the first season finale. Beck has a desperate but necessary plan that requires invading a ship and getting to its center to destroy a device at a certain time, with a window to infiltrate only minutes earlier. Sneaking in would just take too long, so Beck has to make a beeline through dozens of mooks. Despite tearing through programs like they were paper, Beck is shown to have trouble navigating a knot of soldiers simply because he has to take a few seconds every time someone tries to hit him to dodge or counter, and it all adds up.
* ForcedPrizeFight: Cutler and Beck are forced to fight each other to the death for freedom in the games. Beck tries to sacrifice himself, but Cutler forfeits so Beck can go free. Beck returns the favor by rescuing him later.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: In "Identity", Tron explains how he was reluctant to consider Beck a friend due to a past betrayal. Beck assumes this to be Clu, but Tron carries on without actually confirming his guess. This hints at the future "Scars" storyline, where Tron goes on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge against a program named Dyson for double-crossing him in the past. Then it turns out that he was referring to [[spoiler: Cyrus, his first rebel protege and founder of the uprising]], not Dyson. [[spoiler:This helps explain why Tron is reluctant to fully trust Beck.]]
* ForgottenPhlebotinum: "Identity" establishes that there are energy pools that can melt a program's disc, irrevocably destroying it and any data contained within. Beck and Tron use one to destroy a disc which has records of their identity, and by all appearances do this casually. This is ignored for the sake of the plot in "Price of Power" (well, that and an ActorAllusion), where the only thing capable of destroying the UpgradeArtifact (a smaller disc) is a high-power laser kept at Able's Garage, meaning Beck has to travel there and kick-start the plot by using the disc in a fight when he's ambushed. [[spoiler:Of course, as Pavel found out, the disc can self-regenerate, so the energy pool might not have had a lasting effect either.]]
* {{Frameup}}:
** In "The Reward", Pavel frames Hopper as the Renegade, having a specialist implant memories which depict Hopper, dressed as the Renegade, freeing a prisoner while mocking Tesler. Pavel had hoped to paint Tesler as incompetent in front of Clu to supplant him.
** "Rendezvous" takes this UpToEleven. [[spoiler:Paige discovers Pavel has the upgrade disc, so he frames her as a traitor. After her near-death in the games and rescue by the Renegade, he then frames another program for framing her and frames the Renegade for the aforementioned framing. While this works on Tesler, Paige pretty clearly knows he's full of crap and plans to get him back for it.]]
** And again in "No Bounds", where [[spoiler:Cyrus steals Beck's Renegade disguise and murders innocent programs to ruin his reputation, as part of a larger plot.
* GasMaskMooks: Tesler's regular mooks have this appearance.
* GenderBender: In "State of Mind", a scientist named Keller, forced on the run after betraying the Occupation, reconfigures herself into a male program with an injection.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar:
** "State of Mind" has Pavel suggest to HotScientist Keller that they "celebrate" together. Keller further drives home the implication when she retorts that she'd need to be infected with her own obedience virus to consider it.
** "No Bounds" has [[spoiler:Cyrus]] making some ''very'' suggestive comments about Mara to Beck, as a way of getting under his skin.
* GladiatorGames: Tesler decides to force the inhabitants of Argon City to participate in these until the Renegade steps forward.
* GoodNewsBadNews: And it's the same news, but whether it's good or bad depends on what side you're on.
-->'''Tron:''' Good news? [[spoiler:[[HesBack I'm healed.]]]] Bad news? [[spoiler:''[[PreAsskickingOneLiner I'm healed!]]'']]
* {{Gorn}}: Seriously, if these were flesh and blood humans instead of pixelly programs, this show would be borderline [[NauseaFuel disgusting]] and certainly inappropriate for its target audience. On an unrelated note, there actually ''is'' a character named Gorn, and there's a mild amount of it associated with her.
* GoThroughMe: [[spoiler:The entire staff of the garage]] does this for the Renegade in "Terminal".
* HalfTheManHeUsedToBe: In Tesler's nightmare in "The Reward", a guard crawls toward him, having been bisected at the waist by the Renegade, "bleeding" a trail of pixels behind him until the Renegade steps on him to finish the job.
* HartmanHips: Male and female characters in this series have different light line patterns on their hips and legs. The male version is largely vertical seam lines, while the female version has lines that curve together at the knees. Their top styles also differ, but not as radically.
* HaveYouToldAnyoneElse: Subverted/Inverted in "Scars, Part 2." Dyson comes before Clu to inform him that Tron is indeed alive and well while a sentry looks on. Clu asks Dyson who else knows Tron is alive, the implication being that Clu will have anybody who does eliminated after [[YouHaveFailedMe Dyson has paid for allowing Tron to escape.]] Instead, Dyson turns around and derezzes the unfortunate guard to insure Tron's survival [[HeKnowsTooMuch remains a secret.]]
* HeartDrive: Identity discs record the memories and experiences of their owner, just like in the movies. Expanding on that, it also maintains them, meaning a program that loses their disc begins to lose their memories not long after, eventually becoming a "stray."
* HeelFaceTurn: Lux, realizing that Tron still lives and that his survival means more than anything on the Grid.
* HeelRealization: See above for Lux. Zed also goes through this every time Mara calls him out on his assisting the anti-Renegade campaign.
* HeldGaze: Beck and Paige in "Rendezvous", just before Pavel interrupts and has them arrested.
* HelicopterBlender: Given a nod in "Welcome Home". A rack for wing chutes has a warning not to use them in front of a helicopter.
* HeroicSacrifice: In "Identity", Lux sacrifices herself to protect the identities of Beck and Tron.
* HeroOfAnotherStory: This series is set in a different part of the Grid, far away from Flynn, Quorra and other characters seen in ''Legacy''.
* HeroStoleMyBike: Beck, as the Renegade, steals Zed's custom bike after his own is damaged in a fight. It turns out to be critical to his survival, though it doesn't help Zed's opinion of the Renegade. In "The Reward", Beck steals Link's CoolCar when he sees that his friends are about to be executed.
* HeroWithBadPublicity: After Beck sabotages an energy drill which had been causing city-wide blackouts, and would have blown up the city if left unchecked, Tesler spins it as a strike by his men to stop the Renegade from siphoning power from the city. [[spoiler:He later gets this in spades after Cyrus ruins his reputation.]]
* HisNameIs Played ''dead straight'' in "No Bounds": [[spoiler: Abel is about to explain to Zed and Mara that ''Cyrus'' was the real culprit behind the Renegade's recent "crimes" (and possibly that Beck is the real Renegade), but Cyrus's boobytrapped bomb electrocutes him before he can get Cyrus's name out.]]
* HostageSituation: Pavel takes the workers at Able's garage hostage to draw the Renegade out in "Price of Power".
* HowWeGotHere: "State of Mind" opens with a brainwashed, orange-haird Mara trying to kill Zed for his believed association to the Renegade. The story then jumps back a few cycles to show what led up to that point.
* InstantArmor: Programs have demonstrated the ability to manifest all sorts of protective gear, depending on the situation. Examples include pads for games and riot shields for Tron and his security force in flashbacks.
* InstantCostumeChange: Justified; since everything is code, costume changing is as simple as uploading a new template. Beck's Renegade disguise is simply Tron's appearance data. He also borrows Tron's guard disguise in one episode. In "State of Mind", Mara is able to change her hair color with the press of a button. The same episode also has a rather extreme version with Keller, who swaps costumes and genders with an injection.
* IronicEcho: In "Terminal" Zed repeats Pavel's earlier statement back to him after [[spoiler: the whole staff of Able's Garage stand up to Pavel and his men]].
-->"Welcome to the House of Pain."
* ItIsBeyondSaving: [[spoiler:Cyrus]] feels this way about the Grid, and intended to collapse the whole thing with a massive EMP bomb.
* ItSeemedLikeAGoodIdeaAtTheTime: In "Welcome Home", Beck claims to be an architect when trying to distract Paige. After the train they're on is damaged and can't be stopped, he admits to being a mechanic and uses this trope to excuse his lie as an attempt to impress her.
* JustForPun: Grid Bugs, which are literal bugs.
* KarmaHoudini: The Guard who derezzed Bohdi.
* LaResistance: it is just starting to reach CLU's capital city by the time of Legacy, and now it has two Trons to lead it.
* LargeHam: Pavel, there's rarely a scene even when being sinister where he's not chewing the scenery in some way.
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: A program that loses their disk eventually loses their memories permanently. This is preceded by several "glitches", temporary bouts of amnesia that increase in duration.
* LateArrivalSpoiler: [[spoiler:Quorra from ''Film/TronLegacy'', fully unmasked]] makes a guest appearance in the episode "Isolated" as part of Paige's backstory.
* LeaveNoWitnesses: In a flashback, Tesler slaughters an entire medical center which Quorra and a fellow ISO had visited. This is part of Clu's campaign to demonize their kind, as they are blamed for the rampage. [[spoiler:Paige was also present, but thanks to Quorra, she is unconscious long enough that she believes the cover-story. In addition, Quorra's self-defense lessons impress Tesler enough to offer her a job instead of derezzing her.]]
* LemonyNarrator: The narrator often provides a ''[[SarcasmMode unique]]'' interpretation of the events she's recapping.
* LetUsNeverSpeakOfThisAgain: Tesler says this when the actual Renegade ruins his execution of the man he was led to believe was the Renegade.
* LossOfIdentity: What happens to programs who lose their identity discs, becoming "strays" who can no longer hold long- or even short-term memory, much less any notion of "self."
* MagicTool: Bodhi's wrench. In the right hands, it can pick locks, recode identity disks, and take light cycles apart (while they're still running, no less). It's implied to be superior in some fashion to ordinary wrenches.
* MentorOccupationalHazard: Nice knowing you, [[spoiler:Abel]].
** Played with in the season (and, unfortunately, series) finale, "Terminal": [[spoiler: Tron's healing chamber is corrupted and destroyed by Cyrus's virus, leaving Tron himself both infected and dying. Beck comes up with a ''completely insane'' plan to heal Tron of both his injuries ''and'' the virus by making use of the first stage of the Rectification device on Dyson's super-recognizer (which cleans up any errors and basically sets a Program back to defaults before completely rewriting them) and then interrupting the process before the next stage can commence. Against all odds, ''this works'".]]
* MindScrew: Episode 13, from the texture of the prison, to the lack of physics displayed by the episode's antagonist, to the doomsday plan with a pretty unnatural appearance, like the wires on it, to the weird hallucinations Beck sees when he's almost killed.
* MomentKiller: Beck and Paige's HeldGaze is interrupted by Pavel, who has Paige arrested for treason.
* MookFaceTurn: Beck spares one of Tesler's guards, who later helps him free a train full of programs. Sadly, RedemptionEqualsDeath, with Tesler quipping, "I don't like the effect you have on my people."
** One of Dyson's guards, a program named Cyrus, [[spoiler: frees Tron from imprisonment and thereby launches the revolution against Clu]].
* MyMasterRightOrWrong: Paige to Tesler. Despite the occasional moral objections she has, she's still massively loyal to him because he's [[spoiler:manipulated her by framing [=ISOs=] for the deaths (by his hand) of all her friends and pretending to save her life.]]
* MythologyGag:
** The original ''Tron'' was originally shot and rendered in black and white due to technical limits on what CGI could do back then. The color for the environments and the TronLines was then hand drawn onto the black and white frames. Every character's skin in Uprising is a shade of grey, and all color comes from either their TronLines or the environment.
** At the end of "The Renegade, Pt 1", Zed [[spoiler:declares himself to be an idiot for allowing Perl to trick him and steal his boss's valuable second generation Lightcycle. The [[http://tron.wikia.com/wiki/Bit Bit]] he was playing with earlier appears and flashes its "Yes" shape.]]
** When Beck alters the sign to read "Tron Lives" in "Identity", it's similar to the "Flynn Lives" line from ''Film/TronLegacy''.
** Clu's repurposing procedure very closely resembles the User communion ritual at the I/O tower in ''Film/{{Tron}}''. [[AGodAmI Probably not unintentionally.]]
** A program in "Grounded" is captured in almost the exact same manner as Sam was in ''TRON: Legacy''.
** May also be a MeaningfulBackgroundEvent: There's an old-style female Program's gridsuit under glass in Able's office. The circuit markings on it are disturbingly close to [[SequelNonEntity Yori's]]. The fandom has ''definitely'' noticed.
** In "Rendezvous", [[spoiler: Paige]]'s jousting match with another program in the arena is similar to the ''Film/TronLegacy'' music video "Derezzed" by Daft Punk. Ironically, one of the jousters in the video was [[spoiler:Quorra]].
* NeverSayDie: We get death words on occasion, but being "de-rezzed" is what people usually fear the bad guys doing to them. However, when it comes to death ''happening,'' we've got a situation similar to ''{{Transformers}}'' or ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'', where a cast that is technically not human means you can have a body count comparable to the most bloody TV-MA or R-rated dramas on a Saturday-morning cartoon. It is a ''rare'' episode that does not feature multiple clearly-sentient characters being smashed into blocks of data.
** This is especially evident in "Isolated" when there is a [[spoiler: [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything full-on murder scene]].]]
** A notable aversion at the end of "No Bounds," to emphasize what Mara thinks "Tron" did.
--->'''Mara''': He did this. He ''killed'' [[spoiler:Able]].
* NiceJobBreakingItHero:
** On a large scale, Beck's resistance encourages the occupation to crack down, so anything beyond the norm is technically his fault. Zed is fond of pointing this out.
** Beck destroys an upgrade disc in "Price of Power", but only takes the half he was holding with him. [[spoiler:Pavel collects the other half, which regenerates into a new disc, and in "Rendezvous" it ends up in Tesler's hands.]]
** In "We Both Know How This Ends", Beck sabotages a group of tanks. Pavel then brings them to Able's garage for repairs and threatens to send the entire staff to the games if they fail to finish on time, not only negating his efforts but risking the lives of his friends and co-workers. Beck lampshades it.
** In "The Stranger", Beck's insistence on making his delivery in spite of the storm blocking the road is exactly what causes him to [[spoiler: fall into the hands of his very own EvilCounterpart, who needs his presence in order to enact his plans to destroy the Grid]], which coincidentally will only work during a storm. Not to mention that [[spoiler:Cyrus would go on to make the Renegade a pariah by framing him as a murderer, and indirectly killed Able by way of a trap he had originally meant for Beck to spring.]]
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: [[spoiler:The Occupation's "Super-Recognizer" is designed to repair and repurpose programs, in that order. They only finish the first part when trying to repurpose Tron.]]
* NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished:
** When Zed and Mara try to argue on Hopper's behalf to Tesler in "The Reward", Mara (by accident) ever-so-slightly touches Tesler. As he's already on a hair-trigger due to his frustration with the Renegade, they both get sent to be executed with Hopper.
** On Beck's advice, Paige lightens up a bit and gives Pavel a chance to return the upgrade disc on his own instead of ratting him out. Pavel wastes no time exploiting his grace period to ruin Paige's life and keep his secret safe.
* NoodlePeople: All the characters are VERY stylized. But it ends up looking cool.
* NotWhatItLooksLike: In "Rendezvous", when Tron finds Beck replaying his memories of Paige, which encompass ''nine separate viewscreens'', he states this, along with saying he was "gauging [his] opponent". Considering how moments later Beck insists that his agreeing to meet with Paige [[SheIsNotMyGirlfriend is not a date]], one can only wonder what he assumed Tron thought it looked like.
* OhCrap:
** ''Everyone'' has this reaction when Mara just barely touches Tesler, [[BerserkButton for good reason]].
** Tesler's face in "Terminal" [[spoiler:when he realizes that Clu is on his way to Argon]] is a ''thing of beauty''.
* OrphanedPunchline: In "We Both Know How This Ends":
-->'''Zed:''' ...So then this one program, who's been listening this whole time, goes: "Y'know, that's not ''energy'' you've been drinking!"
-->''[Both laugh]''
-->'''Beck:''' Wait, I don't get it.
* OutrunTheFireball: Beck and Paige do this through some tunnels, the fireball resulting from a reactor overload on a drill Beck sabotaged. For a slight bit of realism, they start with a good lead on the fireball and it still catches up twice. It's only thanks to the NitroBoost on Beck's stolen bike and strategic collapse of parts of the tunnel that they aren't vaporized.
* PaperThinDisguise: Beck's Tron disguise is just an altered costume and a helmet, but it fools everyone regardless.
** Justified: when everyone wears the exact same outfit, with only the highlights different, changing your highlights and covering your face (and any other skin, since there are different skin tones) is really all it takes to disguise yourself.
** Beck retains the shape and highlights of his helmet in both his Renegade attires. It's a miracle that Paige didn't identify him on their skydiving date.
* PeekABangs: Paige. Camera angles give Mara this look quite often, too.
* PercussiveMaintenance: After his makeshift boat fails to interface with the power cell from Paige's disabled light-copter, Beck gives it a whack and it starts up.
* PreAsskickingOneLiner:
-->'''Tron:''' Good news? [[spoiler:[[HesBack I'm healed.]]]] Bad news? [[spoiler:''I'm healed!'']]
* PunishedForSympathy: The pilot has Beck hijack a train full of Programs about to be arrested by General Tessler and either killed or made to fight for the BigBad. During the hijacking he spares the life of a {{Mook}}, who [[EvilCannotComprehendGood is shocked at being spared]] and does a MookFaceTurn over it. He helps Beck find and free the Programs, and seems about to switch sides when he gets ''a fist through his torso'', courtesy of General Tessler.
* RealityEnsues: In "The Reward", Tesler, desperate to stop the Renegade, tries to enlist the aid of the citizens of Argon by offering a CoolCar as a reward. Rather than produce any leads, however, everyone starts turning on each other in typical RedScare fashion in an attempt to claim the reward, resulting in around a couple hundred innocent programs being rounded up. Even his lieutenants know it's a bad idea.
* {{Retcon}}: Style-wise, with a bit of continuity thrown in. [=ISOs=] in flashbacks show a lot more skin, and have TronLines on their skin (not just the little mark on the arm, but all over). In flashbacks, Clu dresses in his post-FaceHeelTurn yellow well before that happens, and Flynn has form-fitting spandex instead of his casual outfit. Tron dresses in white the whole time, instead of his black suit he had in the movie. This includes the show's recreation of the moment Clu betrays Flynn. Said scene also has a lot more combatants and Dyson, though the latter can be reasonably excused as having been offscreen at the time.
* RewindReplayRepeat: Beck does this in "Rendezvous" while watching his first encounter with Paige from his own memories.
* RuleOfCool: All in-universe examples, as the world was created by Flynn.
* RunawayTrain: In "Welcome Home". And because this trope would not be complete without it, the bridge further down the track is out, too.
* RunningGag: Every time Paige drives a Light Chopper, she crashes it.
-->"hope you know how to land this thing"
* SacrificialLamb: Bodhi
* SadisticChoice: In "No Bounds", [[spoiler:Cyrus captures Tron, Mara, and Zed. Mara and Zed are tied to one bomb, Tron to another, and each is placed far apart with only one key to defuse both bombs, in order to force Beck to choose between them. Beck decides to TakeAThirdOption, sending Able to get Mara and Zed free with the key while he defuses Tron's bomb manually.]]
* SaveTheVillain:
** In "Blackout", while they're [[OutrunTheFireball outrunning the fireball]] from an overloaded energy drill, Beck notices that Paige's standard bike isn't fast enough, while the custom bike he jacked from Zed is. Despite her reluctance, Beck yanks her from her bike to save her.
** Subverted in "Isolated", when Beck and Paige are stranded on a disintegrating island and Paige ends up falling off a cliff. She's too far down to reach by hand, so he takes their makeshift boat so he can fish her out of the water when she falls. Unfortunately for him, Tesler drops by and rescues her first, and she believes he abandoned her since he didn't tell her his plan before leaving.
** In "Price of Power", Paige uses this against Beck by setting up several overturned [=APCs=]. Beck tries to help, only to find the soldiers within have been waiting for him. Later on, Zed saves Bartik when he's pinned beneath a fallen APC and Hopper can't free him.
** In "The Reward", Zed and Mara try to save Hopper from wrongful execution as the Renegade. So does Beck, for that matter, even before Zed and Mara end up with their heads on the block for trying to help.
** In "Welcome Home", Beck ditches the safety of the decoupled passenger cars on the RunawayTrain to rescue Paige and Keller, who have jumped to the forward cars still connected to the engine.
** In "Rendezvous", Beck once again saves Paige, this time from falling to her death during her fight with Pavel in the games.
** Subverted in "Terminal". [[spoiler:Beck makes a valiant effort to save Cutler from falling to his death, but after getting repurposed Cutler does not want to be saved, and in fact is quite willing to [[TakingYouWithMe blow himself up with Beck]]. It's a hard decision, but Beck drops him.]]
* SceneryPorn[=/=]TechnologyPorn: Well, this ''is'' part of ''Tron: Legacy'', but the viewer may be surprised at how much more detail is in Flynn's Arcade Grid, and can be susceptible to... gushing at the lighting. And this isn't even getting into the colorful and intricate hologram displays and the amazing amount of detail that went into the urban scenes.
* TheSchlubPubSeductionDeduction: It's pretty obvious what Zed's getting into when Perl starts flirting with him in the club.
* SealedEvilInACan: [[spoiler:The first Renegade]]. He was so extreme that Tron sealed him in an alternate dimension to protect the Grid from him.
* SecondaryCharacterTitle: As is pretty much the norm for an entry in the ''Film/{{Tron}}'' franchise, though Beck does technically go by the name Tron while in his Renegade disguise.
* SecretTestOfCharacter: In the first episode, Tron disguises himself as Clu's minion and pretends to interrogate and threaten Beck in order to test his devotion to the cause. Beck repeats this in "Tagged" with some potential recruits.
** Said disguise is also a CallForward to ''Legacy'' since it resembles [[spoiler:Rinzler]].
* SheFu: Beck is the most frequent offender, in an extremely acrobatic form, much like Rinzler in ''Film/TronLegacy'' (he seems to be wary of using his disc in tight quarters because of this). Although to be honest, it's probably a RuleOfCool on Flynn's part. Averted with Paige, the major female combatant, who's pretty straight forward and practical when she fights, relying on brute strength and leverage to push foes around.
* SheIsNotMyGirlfriend: In "Rendezvous", Beck insists to Tron that he's merely getting to know his enemy better by meeting up with Paige, and that he is ''not'' going on a date with her. Tron remains utterly unconvinced, especially considering Beck is telling him this whilst checking his reflection to make sure his hair looks fine.
* ShootTheShaggyDog: In "Welcome Home", [[spoiler: Beck and Paige try to get Keller on their respective sides. Keller is eventually convinced by Paige that Tesler will take her back, but when she is brought to him, he dismisses Paige then kills Keller.]]
* ShortCutsMakeLongDelays: Beck tries to go around a storm to get to Galium in "The Stranger". As a result the entire Grid was nearly destroyed.
* ShoutOut:
** Beck fights off some mooks [[Film/TheMatrix in slow-motion with one hand]].
** Beck's hallucination in "The Stranger" mirrors the famous "light tunnel" scene from film2001ASpaceOdessy.
** In "Welcome Home," Paige asks Beck what his job is. His answer? [[{{Seinfeld}} "...I'm an architect."]]
*** And yes, he does work on railroads in that episode.
** When Clu [[spoiler:arrives in Argon at the end of "Terminal,"]] his armada's formation resembles an '80s video game space fighter.
* SignsOfDisrepair: In "State of Mind", a brainwashed Mara vandalizes a "Tron Lives" graffiti by destroying the V, making it say "Tron Lies."
* SlasherSmile: The "Tron Lives" graffiti gang in "Tagged" have masks stylized with a shark-like grin.
** In "Rendezvous", Gorn's henchman Lomox has a permanently fixed grin. The effect is ''very'' disturbing.
* [[StatusQuoIsGod Status Quo is Flynn]]: In the episode "Isolated", Paige's backstory sets her up for a possible HeelFaceTurn, or at the very least trusting the Renegade, but events conspire to harden her heart against either possibility.
* SuperDickery: At the start of "State of Mind", Mara orders Zed to join her to kill the renagade then is about to derezze him. [[spoiler: Obviously, she's brainwshed]]
* SwissCheeseSecurity: Beck has infiltrated Tesler's fortress multiple times wearing his white Tron suit. He only gets spotted on the way out.
* HighlyVisibleNinja Beck and Tron, but mostly Beck.
* TakeAThirdOption: Given a nasty, brutal, worst-case-scenario {{Deconstruction}} in "No Bounds". Beck's attempt to do so ''fails horribly'', precisely because the villains plans hinged on Beck behaving a certain way and he never expected that beck might enlist someone's aid. [[spoiler:To elaborate, Cyrus has strapped one bomb to Mara and Zed, and another to Tron, with a single key meant to disarm one of the bombs so Beck is forced to make a SadisticChoice. However, Cyrus credits himself on being able to predict how people will react, and he's so sure Beck will rescue Tron that the key won't actually disable the other bomb. As a result, Able has to manually disarm it. This takes him just long enough that, when Tron uses the partner bomb to kill Cyrus, Able has only just removed it and is caught in the blast, though Mara or Zed survive. Mara blames the Renegade for his death, and Beck loses the very few supporters he had left.]]
* TakenForGranite: As seen in "Tagged", an interrogation chair in Tesler's fortress has this effect, turning programs exposed to it into brittle statues. A guy Beck rescues from it gets away with a transparent hand.
* TheTapeKnewYouWouldSayThat: In "No Bounds", [[spoiler:Cyrus]] leaves a recording for Beck that accurately predicts how he'll respond to the opening statement, then mocks him for being predictable enough for the trick to work in the first place.
* TenMinuteRetirement: In "The Reward", Tesler offers a reward for anyone who turns in information about the Renegade, so Beck decides to take a break until the heat dies down. Predictably, he's forced back into heroing much sooner than expected. Happens again in "No Bounds", where Beck tries to quit after [[spoiler:Cyrus returns]] but dons the suit again in short order to save his friends.
* TemptingFate: Beck, all the time. Other characters have their moments, too.
* ThemeNaming: As something of a GeniusBonus, most of the programs have names related to programming: Beck and Cyrus are named after the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyrus%E2%80%93Beck_algorithm Beck-Cyrus algorhithm]], Tesler is named after the famous computer scientist [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Larry_Tesler Larry Tesler]], Dyson after the scientist [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freeman_Dyson Freeman Dyson]] [[ShownTheirWork and the list goes on]].
** All of the cities mentioned are named after elements from the periodic table (Argon, Bismuth, Gallium...)
* TragicKeepsake:
** Beck's repair tool originally belonged to Bodhi. He picked it up after Bodhi was derezzed by a Black Guard.
** Paige keeps a picture of two friends she believes to have been murdered by [=ISOs=]. [[spoiler:It was actually Tesler who had them murdered.]]
* TrainJob: The first episode features one.
* TronLines: Obviously, but even more extensive here. Programs have primary and secondary colors, [=ISOs=] now have them all over their skin, and Cyrus has them all over his face.
* UngratefulBastard:
** Despite having been rescued from a trip to the games by the Renegade, Zed still has a negative opinion of him.
** During the SaveTheVillain moment in "Blackout", Paige tries to kill Beck while they're still on the bike, though she at least has the good sense to stop when the fireball starts to catch up again.
** In "The Reward", after Beck saves Hopper, Mara, and Zed from execution, Hopper realizes that he has a chance to turn in the Renegade and tries to take it. Beck merely pulls over and Hopper gets kicked out of the car by Zed.
** Paige again in "Rendezvous". After being saved by the Renegade from certain death in the games (she was framed as a traitor), she's more upset that his rescue makes her look guilty. She does stop attacking him when he points out that her own side framed her, though she still isn't particularly grateful for the save.
* UpgradeArtifact: The upgrade disc in "Price of Power", with a side order of WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity.
* UnwinnableTrainingSimulation: "Blackout" starts with Beck trying to liberate some prisoners, only to end up being killed by one of the guards he handcuffed while distracted by the other one's taunts about derezzing Bodhi. The simulation ends and Tron schools him on everything he did wrong.
* VillainsOutShopping: In "The Reward", Beck and his friends complain that too many of the guards are hanging out at their favorite bar, cluttering the place. Hopper and Bartik are regularly seen drinking, as well. In "Grounded", two guards play a non-fatal Jai alai, hogging the court. In "Rendezvous", Paige and Beck play a physics-defying version of pool at a bar.
* WeNeedADistraction: As his first test for the graffiti gang in "Tagged", Beck tasks them with defacing a fuel depot which is used by Tesler's fortress. While the guards are busy with the graffiti, he can sneak in undetected. It works, but two of them decide to take it a step further and cause a lot of trouble.
* WhamEpisode: "No Bounds". [[spoiler:Able and several others are killed, for which the Renegade is framed, resulting in everyone, Mara included, now being completely against him.]]
** [[spoiler: Thankfully she comes around in the next episode after coming to the conclusion that "The Renegade's" actions were totally out of character and it couldn't have been him.]]
* WhatMeasureIsAMook: Beck tries very hard to avoid killing. The only time guards die pursuing him is when they run into the light walls of his vehicles, and even then not always. This actually pays off in the pilot, where a guard Beck spares returns the favor by helping him locate the prisoners he's attempting to free. One of the guards who witnessed Tron's torture admired his resilience [[spoiler: and freed him later]]. Of course, many of the Mooks have had their code altered, making them mindlessly obedient.
** PlayedWith almost everyone else; even Beck's allies have no problem killing in self-defense.
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: Invoked hard with everyone. The number of onscreen kills is staggering for a supposedly-kids' show, as is the complete lack of any GoryDiscretionShot and copious uses of FamilyUnfriendlyDeath (and ESPECIALLY for a {{Disney}} show), but because all the characters are "programs" and not humans, the show gets away with it in spades.
** "Isolated" really pushes it, with what could only be described as a murder scene out of a horror film. It is not an exaggeration to state that there are body parts ''everywhere'', and the walls and floors are just ''covered'' in pixels. A slight change in color and you'd have a scene out of an R-rated film, but this show gets away with because it's not real blood.
** In-universe, though, it's averted. We're never supposed to think of the Programs and Isos as anything less than living, sentient beings.
* WitchHunt: "The Reward" shows this in all its awful glory. An overwhelming amount of innocent programs are accused of being the Renegade, such that Beck can't even begin to help them except by letting the hunt calm down on its own.
* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity: The upgrade disk in "Price of Power" makes the user stronger and faster than any program, but at the cost of making them hyper-aggressive and addicted to the power it gives them.
** RedEyesTakeWarning
* WorthyOpponent: Cyrus may have viewed Beck like this, but by and large he doesn't take Beck very seriously.
** Though Cutler and Beck are friends, Cutler refers to Beck as the best fighter he's fought or worked with (keeping in mind Cutler used to be a soldier), and he attacks him on sight later on for a friendly match. Knowing that Beck works closely with Tron, this leads Cutler to suspecting that ''Beck'' is the Renegade, and not Tron.
* WoundedGazelleGambit: In "Price of Power", Paige sets a trap for the Renegade involving several overturned [=APCs=], knowing he's noble enough to help even if they are the enemy.
* WretchedHive: Purgos, Argon's next-door neighbor (so to speak).
* XMeetsY: Like "WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond meets {{Fractale}}" is an apt analogy. The show shares plot elements of WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond (vigilantism and training by a retired hero in hiding), the tone and light Noir sensibilities, and the sprawling urban setting. It also has the [[DesignStudentsOrgasm amazingly vibrant visual style]] of {{Fractale}} and its themes of apathy and oppression. Its setting involves the automation/computerization of almost every aspect of life, like {{Fractale}}, with ([[SceneryPorn Beautiful!]]) holographic interfaces being everywhere.
* YouHaveFailedMe: [[spoiler: Keller ''really'' should have known better that Tesler wasn't going to simply take her back after what she did. Of course, [[NobleDemon Paige]] convincing her otherwise didn't help.]]
* YouHaveGotToBeKiddingMe: This is Beck's reaction to Tesler pulling out an ArmCannon during their duel in "Grounded".
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: Kobol kills Gault when he gets cornered by Beck and Tron. Later on, Tron implies Kobol will do the same to Lux, inspiring her to do a HeelFaceTurn.
* YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle: When Beck accidentally attacks the wrong train car. The guard he spared earlier points him in the right direction.
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