* AccidentalAesop: Do not keep ALL your work in one file with no backups.
** Or "make damn sure you delete your incriminating files, lest you be blackmailed with them."
** The MCP saved that file as blackmail.
* AccidentalInnuendo: The resulting dialogue when Tron, Flynn and Ram find a [[CoolClearWater pure source]].
--> '''Flynn:''' What's that?
--> '''Ram:''' ''That'' is just what I need right now...
** Ram seems to be more prone to these.
--> '''Ram:''' My friends, my fellow conscripts, we have scored. I feel so much better.
* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: See section under Film. The characterization being a bit thin, the characters and motivations could be read in several ways across both films.
* AntiHero[=/=]LoveableRogue: Flynn, in a very mild sense (the personality type of the latter fits). Immature, irreverant, not above using means of questionable legality (cracking computer systems, breaking and entering the ENCOM building) to achieve his goals, and he's trying to right Dillinger's wrong for mostly personal reasons. Yet in doing so, it's heavily implied he saves the world from being effectively taken over by the out-of-control MCP. (This is possibly an AlternateCharacterInterpretation.)
* AwesomeMusic: ... Yes. This was Wendy Carlos (who released the first ''commercially successful'' electronic music album and the soundtrack for ''Film/AClockworkOrange''), backed up the London Symphony Orchestra. ''Lots'' of synthesizer pipe organ and CherubicChoir. And when it ''wasn't'' Wendy Carlos, it was {{Music/Journey}}.
* AwardSnub: The Academy refused to nominate ''TRON'' for Best Visual Effects, saying that [[InsaneTrollLogic they "cheated" by using computers]]. Then ''YoungSherlockHolmes'' was nominated three years later, and ''TheAbyss'' won six years later, both for computer digital effects. Now, the only winner of Best Visual Effects are CGI effects.
* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: The Grid Bugs appear briefly on-screen with Yori explaining that "if [they] get us, we've had it". However, they never appear or get mentioned in the rest of the movie.
** There was supposedly a scene in the original script where the heroes did battle with the bugs, but it was cut.
* CultClassic: Despite a disappointing box-office turnover, the movie didn't fade from memory and developed a devoted cult following. Its cult status is one of the reasons why it got a $170 million sequel 28 years later.
** It also received a ColbertBump in 2006 thanks to a world based on the film, [[NamedByTheAdaptation which was named Space Paranoids]], appearing in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII''. However, a lot of ''Tron'' fans were ''accepting'' of the newcomers. It's possible that the popularity of Space Paranoids helped with inspiring the sequel.
* EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory:
** Much is made of the "Users" being godlike to the programs, and Flynn himself seems to parallel the life and accomplishments of Jesus (especially at the end of the film, which is the Harrowing of Hell in all but name). A lot of scenes also seem to be reminiscent of ''Ben Hur'' and other big Christian epics of the 50s.
** Sark is red, ''has devil horns'', and keeps hammering on the enslaved programs that users don't exist, like those DirtyCommunists.
** The original film is essentially a Christian parable. The electronic world is inhabited by living programs, created in their Users' image. This world being tyrannized by [[LouisCypher the MCP,]] a program that is rebelling against its creators (it's hacking the military to literally make war on humanity). The MCP is trying to stamp out belief in the Users (which is explicitly called a religion; communication with the Users is handled by Dumont, whose design resembles the garb of a clergyman), persecuting the faithful and throwing them into [[AncientRome gladiatorial combat.]] Those who join the MCP become his red-colored minions. His chief flunky Sark even wears a helmet shaped like devil horns. Into this world comes Flynn, a User who has become a mere program (wearing a tunic reminiscent of a prophet's robes). He displays supernatural powers, including the ability to heal by laying on hands. He ultimately [[MessianicArchetype sacrifices himself to defeat the MCP and save the digital world,]] and ascends back to [[{{Heaven}} the real world of the creators,]] a realm beyond the programs' comprehension. The {{Novelization}} by Brian Daley is even more explicit about the symbolism.
** [[Film/TronLegacy The sequel]] can be interpreted as what happens when Kevin Flynn, who is after all a flawed mortal man, lets this godlike status go to his head.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Ram gets a ''lot'' of fanfic and fanart, to the point where his User (credited only as "Popcorn Guy") was given a name and substantial role in the Flynn Lives ARG.
* FunnyAneurysmMoment[=/=]GoneHorriblyRight: Flynn is communicating with his hacking program, Clu. Knowing what [[Film/TronLegacy Clu 2.0 turns into]]...
-->'''Flynn:''' ''I wrote you. I taught you everything I know about the system...Now, you're the best program that's ever been written. You're dogged and relentless..."''
** The other ones come from the tie-in games. UsefulNotes/{{Intellivision}} got an early draft of the script to work from, so ''Tron: Deadly Disks'' depicts the title character as an ''orange'' figure cutting down ''blue'' colored "enemies." Simple color goof in 1982, but considering what happens later...
** The other one was Maze-A-Tron, again from Intellivision. Playing Flynn, you're alone and trapped in a circuitry maze. There is no way to win this game, just keep playing until an enemy recognizer or other obstacle does you in. Again, consider the sequel...
* HarsherInHindsight: After watching the sequel, watching the first film can be painful. That cheerful smartass protagonist ends up a broken, ruined man; widowed before age 35, goes half-crazy from the stress, is betrayed by his creation, and spends the rest of his days (the equivalent of 1000 years) in a HopelessWar or exile. The title character? There are [[FateWorseThanDeath fates worse than de-rez]] and he gets handed them all. Sark's taunt about how Tron should have joined him? "Rinzler" ends up serving the same function for Clu 2.0 as Sark did for Master Control. The last scene where the three human protagonists have a GroupHug and walk off into the sunset? Well, no matter what timeline you use ([[VideoGame/TronTwoPointOh 2.0]] or ''Film/TronLegacy''), that PowerTrio breaks up, with Alan left to carry on alone. It's actually ''nicer'' in the ''Legacy'' timeline as Lora's PutOnABus instead of StuffedIntoTheFridge.
* HilariousInHindsight: Anyone who's played ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia'' should get a real kick out of the fact that the romantic leads' names are ''Flynn and Yori.''
** For the more retrocomputer-nerd minded, the fact that Flynn uses an Apple III, a commercial failure with a reputation of being TheAllegedComputer in RealLife.
* HoYay: Tron and Flynn. You saw it.
** ''Ram and Flynn.'' Seriously.
** Add in Lora and Yori, and you have a minor record for ThreesomeSubtext.
* LoveToHate: The [=MCP=]
* MemeticMutation: "End of line."
** "Greetings Programs"
** "I Fight for the Users" (To the point where the Electronic Frontier Foundation has cheerfully appropriated it)
* NarmCharm: Aspects of this film's visuals, acting, and dialogue have not aged well. But many find this cheesy camp to be a [[SoBadItsGood great reason to watch the movie]], while others don't find anything cheesy about it.
** Even the producers on the DVD's Audio Commentary had occasional chuckles, like when Sark requests the battering ram called "Logic Probe", especially how [[ComicallySerious serious he sounds]].
** Cindy Morgan remarked that David Warner was such a good actor, that he sold his lines. "When he says in the film, 'You're going to '''die''' ' - you ''believe'' it."
* NightmareFuel: CLU's death at the beginning of the film is pretty damn scary, broken down bit by bit while screaming in horror.
* NoProblemWithLicensedGames: Both the 1982 arcade game (which earned more than the film's original release!) and ''[[VideoGame/TronTwoPointOh Tron 2.0]]''. The Intellivision games, especially Deadly Disks, were also solid sellers for Mattel.
* SeinfeldIsUnfunny: ''TRON'' is a manifestation of the power of CGI... and a testimony to how quickly the effects become dated.
** Ironically, much of it has held up surprisingly well, in part because a lot of practical effects were used to achieve the TronLines and green-screen environments; the CG rotoscoping and vehicles look great. But the fully-CG environments used in a couple scenes to "show off" ironically look their age.
** The original's graphics may in some ways be preferable to the sequel. ''Film/TronLegacy'' uses modern CG to make the light cycles, recognizers, etc. look shaded and ''solid.'' But really, one could argue they ''shouldn't'' look "solid," because they're ''not'' matter; they're made of electricity and math.
* SpiritualLicensee: ''{{Reboot}}''
* TearJerker: [[spoiler: Ram's death]]. Even Flynn looks ready to cry.
* ThreesomeSubtext: Some people see this in spades, despite the film being a {{Disney}} flick.
** First, Alan and Lora show up at Flynn's arcade. Flynn acts a little overly familiar to them both (even though Lora's his ex), snarking that "nothing classes up the joint like a clean-cut young couple." Once they're upstairs, he casually changes his shirt in front of them, remarks Lora isn't one for small talk, and asks Alan if she still leaves clothing on the floor. The end of the scene is Lora brandishing a set of car keys and asking, "Shall we dance?". Though this could simply be a LoveTriangle with a certain amount of BelligerentSexualTension between Flynn and Lora, despite the fact they've officially broken up.
** Once Flynn's in cyberspace, there's buckets of subtext when he allies himself with Ram and Tron. The scene at the [[HealingSpring Power Pool]]? Three pretty men in skintight, neon-lit spandex gasping and giggling over how good [[ICantBelieveItsNotHeroin power from a "pure source"]] is.
** And after [[spoiler:Ram dies]] and Flynn's found Tron and Yori? Well, see the arcade scene above. Tron and Yori are doppelgangers of Alan and Lora and in an established relationship already. Doesn't slow down any of the subtext from earlier, nor does it stop Flynn from giving Yori a very passionate LastKiss before [[spoiler:making what he believes to be a HeroicSacrifice to save them all.]]
* TrueArtIsIncomprehensible: At least at the time; see AwardSnub above.
* UnfortunateImplications: Made Numero Uno on Website/{{Cracked}}'s [[http://www.cracked.com/article_19853_5-light-hearted-movies-with-dark-moral-implications.html "Five Lighthearted Movies with Dark Moral Implications."]] Not only did humanity create AIs by ''accident,'' we created an entire ''ServantRace''! It's the bad guy who is trying to liberate his people from humanity (and overthow them), and the good guys are arguably a case of HappinessInSlavery.
* VideoGameMoviesSuck: Flopped on release, though acknowledged to be a classic now. [[SubvertedTrope It made it on to G4's ''Movies That Don't Suck''!]]
** An inversion since the arcade game came out just shortly before the movie did.
* VindicatedByHistory: It may have been a flop at first, but now it's considered a classic revolutionary pioneering effort in film science fiction and visuals. [[Creator/PixarRegulars John Lasseter]], in an interview which is part of ''The Making Of Tron'', stated that "without ''Tron'' there would have been no ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory''."
* VisualEffectsOfAwesome: The special effects are revolutionary for their time, and are still impressive, especially if you consider the fact that they were made on computers slower than your cell phone.
** The most powerful computer they had for rendering was the size of a refrigerator, had a CPU core that ran at about [=10Mhz=], [=2MB=] of RAM, access to barely [=300MB=] of storage on a room full of storage devices also the size of refrigerators, and each one of those boxes cost many tens of thousands of dollars. And these folks had the ''audacity'' to decide to make movies on them!
*** (In comparison, the average smartphone today costs a couple hundred bucks, fits in your hand, has two CPU cores running about 750 times faster, each, 1000 times more memory, and you can buy a memory card 1/4 the size of a postage stamp that offers 10x the amount of storage for about $20. TechnologyMarchesOn, indeed.)
** Not only that, but this was one of the first major uses of outsourcing. With [[WangFilmProductions a certain Taiwanese animation company]] behind the familiar Tron lines (and most of the other coloring as well).
* WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids: The film itself came out before the PG-13 rating (1982), and while it was technically aimed at kids, it was much DarkerAndEdgier than the usual {{Disney}} fare. On its roster; brutal on-screen deaths (including a BoomHeadshot with some [[LudicrousGibs gibs]]), ElectricTorture (Clu 1.0 is tortured to death, Dumont and the other Tower Guardians come close to it), overt religious themes (more blatant than the second film's), a brief flirtation with a LoveTriangle (or ThreesomeSubtext), snarky innuendo and a ShirtlessScene... then there's the DeletedScene that was ostensibly cut for pacing, but was quite obviously sexual in nature.
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