Characters / TRON: Legacy

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See also the character pages for TRON, TRON: Evolution and TRON: Uprising. Alternate Continuity of Tron 2.0 have their own page.

Humans/Users

    Sam Flynn 
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  • Action Survivor: When he first enters The Grid.
  • Badass Biker: To the point that he is a lot more comfortable in the Games when he realizes they involve Light Cycles.
    Sam: Now this, I can do!
  • Batman Gambit: In his second fight with Rinzler, he opens with the same exact attack as the first fight, expecting Rinzler to perform the same dodge. Unbeknownst to Rinzler, Sam had both his own disc and his father's, and when he was forced to defend the second disc instead of his usual dodge, Quorra was able to kick him off the tower.
  • Bloodless Carnage: Averted. When Rinzler hits him with a disc, Sam bleeds and Rinzler recognizes him as a User.
  • Boring, but Practical: He's not capable of the acrobatics that Rinzler is, nor is his disk flinging as intricate as other programs. However, his direct style is simple and effective.
  • Changing of the Guard: Takes over Encom...or at least becomes the public face of Encom at the end of the film.
  • Parental Abandonment: The kid's got issues, to the point where bringing up his dad can be a minor Berserk Button, even if his motive for pranking the company is to remind them how far they've pulled away from his dad's (and Gibbs's, by extension) ideals.
  • Playful Hacker: Best seen when he hacks into Encom to give the latest operating system to the public for free and interrupts the board meeting with a video of his dog.
  • Rich Idiot with No Day Job: Sam might have the most shares of Encom, but he's a college dropout with no job and no social connections outside Alan Bradley and his rescue dog Marv.
  • Shirtless Scene:
    • Gets one early on when he changes into new clothes after his stunt at Encom Tower and the subsequent brief stint in prison.
    • Once on the Grid, he gets stripped off of his old clothes by Gem and her colleagues. However, judging from how this is a different system from the one in the original film, that might in fact be necessary to get his new attire.
  • Shouting Shooter: He immediately starts shouting excitedly the moment he opens fire with the Light Fighter's twin-linked tail gun turret.
  • Spin-Offspring: Kevin's son.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: He's never seen doing the things that make Users Physical Gods, which is unusual given that he's an accomplished hacker and very tech savvy. He's a good fighter though, and naturally a lot tougher than most programs. Not to mention that most of his handicap is due to being completely unfamiliar with the system; later on in the movie he is able to fight Rinzler on equal footing, although the fight is quickly interrupted.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: He mistakes a Lightcycle baton for a lightsaber, at first.

    Kevin Flynn 
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"In there is our destiny!"

The father of Sam, and the creator of another Grid.

  • The Atoner: He admits he royally screwed up with The Grid, and his involuntary abandonment of Sam, and being unable to stop the slaughter of Quorra's people, and decides to make a Heroic Sacrifice to get them to safety, destroying himself, Clu, and probably a good chunk of what's left of The Grid.
  • Awesomeness Is a Force: Capable of turning the tide in a battle by simply showing up and touching the floor. As one person on Youtube said:
    The Admin has logged in.
  • Background Halo: When meditating on the Solar-Sailer, the light behind him gives him a halo.
  • Badass Pacifist: Kevin is so powerful that he usually wins without having to raise a hand against anyone. Subverted with Quorra's rescue: She states that she closed her eyes, surrounded by Clu's Black Guards, waiting for the end... and when she opened them, the guards were just... gone.
  • In the Hood: Wears a cloak to disguise himself on the streets of TRON City as he goes to the End of Line club.
  • Look on My Works, Ye Mighty, and Despair!: He was proud of The Grid, even to the point of calling it "[his] Rome" in the Betrayal comic, and boasting about how it would change "science, medicine, religion" in the analog world, but he neglected the problems the system had until it was too late and Clu took matters into his own hands.
  • Lotus Position: In his own words, he knocks on the sky and listens to the sound.
  • The Maker: Of the entirety of the new Grid. Inverted with the ISOs, which the Grid created.
  • My Greatest Failure: Clu. "He's me. I screwed it up!"
  • Older and Wiser: Or at least older and very much had the ego smacked out of him.
  • Older Than They Look: Mentally, not physically.
  • Physical God: He created The Grid.
  • Really 700 Years Old: If his years gone are counted in Grid time, he's over one thousand.
  • Shout-Out: To Obi-Wan Kenobi in the original trilogy (Episodes IV-VI) of Star Wars with the beard, cloak, hideout, hermit nature, and regret. Though a little bit of The Dude slips in as well.
  • Shipper on Deck: To Sam and Quorra, if the smile he gives when they talk is a sign.
  • Stop Worshipping Me: Subverted. By the time of the film, he's long since accepted that the Programs are gonna worship him, whether he likes it or not.

    Alan Bradley 
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Coming back from the original TRON, Alan Bradley is revealed to be one of Kevin Flynn's closest friends and still in the employ of ENCOM. According to the ENCOM website, Alan holds the position of Executive Consultant, and later promoted to Chairman of the Board by Sam. He was the man who sent Sam to Flynn's Arcade to investigate a message, starting the search again...

  • Batman Gambit: Possibly. That pager went off well before Sam's annual prank, but Alan waited until after the prank was over, and seemed to be choosing his words specifically to goad Sam into investigating the arcade.
  • The Chessmaster: A mild case of it. In the first film, he'd been building Tron for months beneath the notice of Dillinger and Master Control. The alternate reality game establishes that he's leading the Flynn Lives movement under the name ISOLated Thinker. He's also been minding the store as best he can at Encom for when Sam finally gets his act together, and looking the other way on the stunts. The speech with the pager and the fact he held off until after the prank was likely an attempt at a Batman Gambit, and "The Next Day" shows him going over a Plan with Roy Kleinburg about the company's future without Sam present.
    • Chessmaster Sidekick: He was Kevin Flynn's right hand man, helping turn the big, crazy ideas into workable technological progress, and acting as Cloudcuckoolander's Minder when Kevin's fanciful ideas got a little too out there. Deconstructed as he withered when put in the actual CEO seat after Kevin's disappearance, but Reconstructed in "The Next Day," when he was shown talking to Roy and planning Encom's future: Sam is going to be mostly a figurehead. Alan's the one calling the real shots.
  • The Creon: As seen above, Alan was never very talented at being the man in charge, and never wanted the job to begin with, but he's very good at being the one running day to day operations.
  • Cool Old Guy: Staid corporate mascot and punchline by day...secret identity of a hacktivist as "IsoLATED Thinker," helping to run the Flynn Lives group under everyone's nose.
  • Happily Married: To Lora (who was Put on a Bus), per the ARG. (No word on if there's a version of Jet in this timeline, though.)
  • The Last DJ: The last hold out from the Gibbs era to still be working there, and definitely not happy with the current administration's emphasis on nonsense "updates," high prices for little improvement, and the emphasis on stock prices over quality product. Deconstructed as he's treated like a mascot and a joke by the "new era" board members, particularly Dillinger Junior. Ironically, this puts him in the same position Gibbs himself was in during the first film.
  • The Mentor: Arguably, since he became Sam's surrogate father during Kevin's disappearance.
  • Only Sane Man: He's the only one on the board who still believes in Flynn's (and Walter Gibbs's) vision for the company.
  • The Peter Principle: According to supporting materials including the Alternate Reality Game, he was made CEO of Encom after Kevin's disappearance, and was later forced to resign as a result of the company's decline in the late '80s. Consider that he's a computer programmer, not necessarily a businessman by trade.
  • Papa Wolf: During the introduction, when the reporters try to swarm the young Sam, we see Alan turn around, looking furious.
  • Parental Substitute: Alan took over as father figure to Sam after Kevin disappears. In one of the clips in the news montage on Kevin's disappearance, it looks like he's about to go Papa Wolf on some hounding reporters harassing young Sam.
  • Promotion to Parent: Acted as a father figure to Sam Flynn after Kevin's disappearance. But at the start of the movie, their relationship seems to be a bit strained.
  • Specs of Awesome: Still has the glasses.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Flynn. He still has a pager, even after all these years, because Flynn told him to hold onto it so he could contact him at anytime.

    Ed Dillinger, Jr. 
  • Four Eyes, Zero Soul: Thick hipster glasses, comes up with a very slick way to make the board look good and profit from Sam's prank and is collaborating with a resurrected Master Control in the bonus scenes.
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: To the Corrupt Corporate Executive Mackey. Also, in the bonus material Flynn Lives, Alan mentions that "the kid earned his place." After all, it must not be easy to rise in a company where your father was publicly revealed to be a fraud.
  • Overlord Jr.: In a sense, seeing as he's the son of Ed Dillinger, but he's really just a Continuity Cameo and isn't really in charge at all. Of course, the coda shows he's definitely up to something and conspiring with his father (and/or Master Control 2.0). And he is shown phoning somebody after the launch of EncomOS 12 goes pear-shaped.

    Richard Mackey 
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Sure, he's going to charge schools, non-profits, and consumers out the nose for an overpriced OS where the only "justification" he can give is a new number on the box. What's wrong with that?
  • Pointy-Haired Boss: He can certainly go on at length about buying and selling stock around the world, but can't even come up with a convincing line of bull to justify the high cost of their latest OS, or know much about it at all.

Programs

    Quorra 
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"You could say I was a rescue."
  • Grappling-Hook Pistol: Uses the "Cable" function of her Baton once to swing under the bridge to the Portal and get between Clu and the Flynns.
  • Instant Expert: On her first try, she basically becomes an Ace Pilot, complete with kills and complex maneuvers. Justified, due to her spending a millennium as Kevin Flynn's apprentice.
  • Jeanne d'Archétype: She's an Action Girl guided by a sort of "higher power." Her somewhat androgynous appearance reinforces this comparison.
  • Laser Blade: One of the rare programs in Legacy to use the "Light Sword" function of a baton.
  • Magic Tool: Although many a program have them, Quorra uses her Baton for more than many of them.
  • Last of Her Kind: Quorra's the last ISO after the Great Purge.
  • Living MacGuffin: Kevin wants to get her off the Grid so that she can change the outside world. Clu wants her for unspecified reasons, probably because she's the last ISO.
  • Motorcycle Jousting: Partakes in the music video for the soundtrack tune "Derezzed."
  • My Nayme Is: Her name is pronounced exactly like "Cora".
  • Reverse Grip: At times.
  • Satellite Love Interest: Olivia Wilde went out of her way to ensure that her character didn't get saddled with this. We see the beginnings of an attraction between Sam and Quorra once they get to know each other a bit better on the Solar Sailer, which is probably a more natural true-to-life progression than this trope: they only recently met.
  • She's Got Legs: To reiterate, there's the scene midway through during the explanation of how Kevin got stuck on the Grid. Whenever it cuts to Quorra, we inexplicably get a full shot that does nothing but emphasize this.
  • Skilled, but Naïve: She knows her combat skills, but she knows almost nothing about the real world. Similarly, she is very well read, but appears to have missed the memo that says Jules Verne died a century ago. Possibly justified as it's hinted that Flynn may not be aware that she dabbles in fantasy besides the deep philosophical readings he's set out for her, therefore she might not have been able to ask him. Plus, it is strongly implied that most programs on the Grid do not have access to things like the Internet.

    Clu 
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  • Affably Evil: Polite and charismatic, but ruthless.
  • Anti-Mutiny: As Clu himself notes, he has never strayed from what Flynn created him for. It's Flynn that changed directions, leaving Clu with no purpose.
  • Anti-Villain: According to Kevin Flynn, anyway. He's only created the dystopia of the film because that is precisely what he was programmed to do. He simply cannot contemplate Kevin's change in thought. Also, it is revealed that all he wants is his Creator's approval. In the final battle, he has Kevin Flynn at his mercy but doesn't kill him.
  • Ascended Extra: From the minor character Clu in TRON. Also in-universe, in that he was a hacker program meant to find things in the ENCOM server in his first incarnation, whereas his second incarnation was one of the three people in charge of the Grid in version two, and eventually the sole leader.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: He was created to be a substitute for the Grid's version of God. He takes a direct hit from an Identity Disc without flinching. Pretty much nothing is able to hurt him, let alone kill him. In a very literal way: Clu has all the authority that Kevin Flynn does, which is why he gets stronger the more Kevin uses his User powers.
  • Big Bad: To the point where he's also an antagonist in TRON: Evolution and TRON: Uprising (though only as a Greater-Scope Villain).
  • Blofeld Ploy: When he seems like he's going to derez Rinzler, only to do it to Jarvis instead.
  • Blue and Orange Morality: He acts the way he does because he believes it is how he should fulfill his programs. Bonus points for living in a world where one's morality is shown by being blue or orange. Brilliant in that he's yellow, symbolizing how he's not simply good or evil, just trying to fulfill his "father's" wishes.
  • Chronic Villainy: He is a program, so he's basically obliged to pursue his quest for perfection, even if it implies genocide.
  • Collapsible Helmet: He wears one that initially hides his appearance from Sam.
  • The Computer Is a Cheating Bastard: So freaking much. During the Games, he pits Sam Flynn, an inexperienced user, against Rinzler, aka freaking TRON. As in, the guy who took down Sark, effortlessly crushed four of Clu's Elite Mooks, and helped create the new Grid. He also modded his Cool Bike so that it is faster than others of its type.
  • The Computer Is Your Friend: Despite the fact that he goes genocidal against the ISOs and rules the grid with an iron fist inside an iron glove, Clu isn't a rogue A.I. at all. He is, in fact, working exactly as Flynn intended at the moment he created him. Flynn's attitude towards Clu is that of a remorseful father, not of one who created a monster, admitting that Clu's obsession with order was a reflection of his own misunderstanding of the concept of a "perfect system" - that User-generated programs became obsolete once the ISOs appeared. Flynn himself instantly recognized that the ISOs were superior to anything he or any User could create, but failed to realize that Clu, in turn, would see the ISOs as a threat to programs like himself for the exact same reason.
  • Cool Bike: A 5th Generation Lightcycle, used in the Game Grid. His is explicitly stated to be faster than the other combatants'.
  • Cool Plane: A Light Jet, which he generates, rather than keeping generated, twice over the course of a single scene.
  • The Corrupter: Since he can't create programs, he gets new recruits for his armies by "rectifying" them and removing their free will. He even manages to corrupt Tron, now known as Rinzler.
  • Creative Sterility: Cannot make new programs, so he must enslave them instead.
  • Dimension Lord: He rules the Grid and wants to invade Earth.
  • Dramatic Unmask: He's revealed to look exactly like Kevin Flynn, causing Sam to mistake him for his father.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: At the climax, the otherwise omniscent Clu cannot understand why his creator would sacrifice himself to save Sam.
    Clu: WHY?
    Kevin: He's my son.
  • Evil Me Scares Me: Kevin Flynn created Clu in his own image.
  • The Evils of Free Will: Specifically, free will runs counter to maintaining order in a perfect system.
  • Neat Freak: He was upset by the slightest lack of order in Flynn's apartment. Comes with the program.
  • No-Sell: Clu shrugs off a direct hit from a disc.
  • Obliviously Evil: Being programmed to bring perfection, he doesn't see his actions as evil.
  • The Perfectionist: Unfortunately, his idea of "perfection" is permanently stuck at Flynn's at the time of his creation. Flynn explains that Perfection Is Impossible, and yet right in front of us all the time.

    Rinzler/Tron 
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  • Ambiguous Situation: Due to the details of the prequel TRON: Uprising, a strong minority of viewers believe that Rinzler's identity is Beck, the protagonist of that series, instead of Tron as implied in Legacy. The idea stems from the fact that the writers and artists seem to have designed Beck to be what is essentially a non-evil Rinzler in appearance and fighting style, and a major plot point is that he is conditioned to be a replacement Tron. However, being voiced by Bruce Boxleitner and having the exact same markings as Tron at least point to his being Tron as the original intent when the movie was written.
  • Bifurcated Weapon: His Identity Disc(s). Complete with a hilarious jab from Sam.
    Sam: Oh come on, is that even legal?
  • Black Knight: Clu's attack dog and leader of the appropriately named Black Guard, having a similar helmet and orange lights that only they have.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Was once Tron until Clu corrupted him.
  • Call-Back: "I fight for the Users!", of course. In addition, Rinzler's introduction features him in a four-sided Disc Wars court, just as Tron was introduced fighting a four-on-one game in the original.
  • Catch-Phrase: Subverted. Being Tron, his Catch-Phrase is "I fight for the Users!" However, being Brainwashed and Crazy for almost the entire movie, he only says it once.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Always seems to have a backup of everything at hand, whether it's a disc, lightcycle, or aircraft. If one vehicle gets destroyed while he's riding it, he will summon another one in midair and hit the ground running like nothing ever happened.
  • The Computer Is a Cheating Bastard: Actually, Clu is, but his tactics during the fight with Sam mirrors video game Fake Difficulty (changing the rules to Rinzler's advantage).
  • Darth Vader Clone: Ticks just about every box. Nigh-unstoppable Dragon who dresses all in black, wears a face-concealing mask, is associated with an ominous noise, and turns out to be a fallen hero.
  • Deadly Disc: Two at once.
  • Death Equals Redemption: Unless he was just rebooting at the end.
  • Disney Death: His lights change color and we never see him derez. There's plenty of ambiguity, but it looks like he might be starting to swim back up just as the scene changes.
  • The Dragon: To Clu.
  • Dual Wielding: Uses two discs at once when fighting Sam in the Game Grid.
  • Dying as Yourself: As he sinks into the sea, his Tron Lines go from red to blue.
  • Evil Costume Switch: After being corrupted by Clu, his Tron Lines change from blue to orange.
  • The Faceless: His mask never comes off.
  • Foreshadowing: Two specific examples in Kevin Flynn's flashback to Clu's rebellion. In that flashback, Tron uses two discs at once, just as Rinzler does (they even have a scene where he specifically looks at the discs in his hands as if to highlight this). Secondly, if you listen very carefully straight after the camera pans from Clu smashing the disc onto Tron, you can hear Rinzler's signature sound.
  • Heel–Face Turn: "I fight for the users!"
  • Lightning Bruiser: Unlike Clu, who just simply shrugs off hits, Rinzler artfully dodges out of the way. And then is on you a heartbeat later, going ginsu on you with his dual discs.
  • Red Lines Take Warning: He has red circuits like the rest of Clu's mooks, though Clu didn't change the pattern. Big hint that he's a rectified drone.
  • Reforged into a Minion: He evaded capture after the Coup, started a rebellion in Argon City, which was leveled in retaliation. Sometime after that, he was re-captured, broken, and turned into a rectified drone.
  • Restraining Bolt: Immediately ceases his attack on Sam when he sees him bleed. Throughout the film, he seems to target everyone but Sam, since his original core program was designed to fight for the Users.
  • Sudden Sequel Heel Syndrome: Although, admittedly, not by choice.
  • Three-Laws Compliant: Very tragically so. First law: He sacrifices himself to let Flynn Sr. escape and stops dead in the arena once he realizes Sam's a User. Second Law: He snapped out of Brainwashed and Crazy when he got a good look at Flynn and heard his User friend's dismay, which could be broadly interpreted as an order. Third law: He did fight to protect his own existence - until Users were in danger, then he made a suicidal charge on Clu.
  • Three-Point Landing: Done frequently while fighting, especially after backflipping over his opponents.
  • The Voiceless: Says very little and only makes a quiet growling sound otherwise.
  • Walking Spoiler: His identity is a major reveal.
  • You Shall Not Pass: Held off Clu's forces long enough for Kevin to get away.

    Castor/Zuse 
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  • Actually, I Am Him: Castor is Zuse.
  • Camp Straight: He seems to have a thing for Gem and quite enjoys looking at Quorra, while also being the most flamboyant character in the franchise by far.
  • Evil Albino: Pale and white haired, and sells out Sam and Quorra to the Black Guard.

    Gem 
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"Proceed to games."

  • Dark Chick: She's Castor's main spy and right hand woman.
  • Evil Albino: As Zuse's main lackey, she's in on the deal to sell out the User and the Iso.
  • Evil All Along: There's a reason why her program is called a Siren.

    The Sirens 

    Jarvis 
  • Bald of Evil: Has no hair and serves Clu's oppressive regime
  • Dirty Coward: Cowers at the slightest threat and hides behind Clu and the Black Guard.
  • Opinion Flipflop: "Long live the Users!" And later, when Clu searches for Sam and Quorra: "Death to the Use—"

    Masked DJs 
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  • As Himself: Daft Punk playing DJs. Besides the addition of Tron Lines, they didn't have to change a thing about their costumes for their role.
  • The Cameo: Only appear in one scene, at the End of Line Club. They are conspicuously absent by the time Clu shows up.
  • Cool Helmet: As per Daft Punk standard, but with solid white colors instead of the usual red and rainbow.
  • Cyber Punk Is Techno: They're a techno band in a cyberpunk world.
  • Dissonant Serenity: A fight starts in the End of Line Club, and what do they do? Change the music!
  • The Faceless: Just like real life, they aren't seen without their masks.
  • Left the Background Music On: Started up the track "Derezzed" when Sam and Quorra fight the Black Guard. They appear to have slipped out by the time it's over.

    The Grid Announcer 
  • The Voice: His one purpose is to announce combatants and give play-by-play info.

    The Black Guards 
  • Elite Mooks: The most lethal of Clu's minions.
  • Faceless Goons: Have Stormtrooper-like helmets that never come off.
  • Laser Blade: Used against Quorra at End of Line.
  • Not Quite Flight: Their backpacks contain glider wings.
  • State Sec: Clu sends them after dissidents, vagrants, and damaged or corrupted programs for conscription.

    The Sentries 
  • Ambiguous Situation: How they're brainwashed. It appears that Clu simply captures and reprograms any Basic that is inconvenient to his rule, but there's some hints that the vast size of his army can't possibly be from just that. It seems that he somehow brought derezzed programs back to life and reprogrammed them in the process, but this isn't explicitly spelled out.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: They're conscripted programs captured by Clu's Recognizers.
  • Expy: Of Sark's Red Guards.
  • Faceless Goons: They all wear dark masks that only show their mouths.
  • Mooks: By far the bulk of Clu's invasion force.


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