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See also the character pages for TRON
, TRON: Evolution
and TRON: Uprising
"In there is our destiny!"
The father of Sam, and the creator of another Grid.
- Acting for Two
- The Atoner
- 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: Stuck around from the original, apparently.
- Badass Beard
- Badass Grandpa
- Badass Longcoat
- Badass Long Robe
- 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.
- Big Good
- Chekhov M.I.A.
- Cool Old Guy
- Disappeared Dad
- God in Human Form: More pronounced, but not as shown as in the original film.
- God Is Flawed: See below.
- God Is Good: But not perfect.
- Government in Exile: More like God in exile, after Clu's rebellion.
- Grandpa God: Due to spending the Tron universe equivalent to one thousand years on the Grid.
- Hermit Guru
- 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!
- 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!"
- The Obi-Wan: Even looks like him now, with the beard and robe.
- Older and Wiser
- 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.
- 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.
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...
- The Chess Master: 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.
- Cool Old Guy
- 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 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 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.
- The Cameo
- Four Eyes, Zero Soul
- 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 publically 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.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive
- 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.
"You could say I was a rescue."
- Ace Pilot
- Action Girl
- Badass: She's shown to be a better fighter than most of the cast, with the obvious exceptions of God, God 2—Clone of God, and God's guard dog.
- Badass Adorable: Although she knows how to kick ass, she's naive and innocent, much like a little girl.
- Badass Biker: In the music video for the Daft Punk soundtrack tune "Derezzed."
- Badass Bookworm: This Badass sure loves her Jules Verne novels, as well as Dostoevsky, Tolstoy and Buddhist scriptures.
- Badass Driver: Her Light Runner skills save Sam's life, though she does, admittedly, end up coming across to him as someone who Drives Like Crazy.
- Badass in Distress: Captured by Clu partway into the film.
- Collapsible Helmet: Only shown in the Grid rescue.
- Deadly Disc: In conjunction below; if you notice, she uses hers more defensively and doesn't hurl it around like everyone else.
- Dual Wielding: With her Identity Disc and a Laser Blade, in a sword and shield-like form in the battle in the End of Line Club.
- Drives Like Crazy: Sam is terrified by Quorra's reckless off-road driving during their escape.
- Fashionable Asymmetry: Perhaps it has something to do with her being an ISO.
- Genki Girl
- 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.
- 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 the 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.
- Scifi Bob Haircut
- 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 impied that most programs on the Grid do not have access to things like the Internet.
- What Measure Is a Non-Human?
- Ambiguous Situation / Epileptic Trees: 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.
- Badass: This should be emphasized: short of Clu, Rinzler is the most fearsome thing on the Grid bar none. Note that during the flashback as Tron, he was able to take out four of Clu's elite Black Guards in roughly the span of 2 minutes without breaking a sweat or even remotely having to strain himself. Compare anyone else who has to tangle with the guards or even some of the higher-level sentries, which usually results in a quick derezzing.
- Bifurcated Weapon: His Identity Disc(s). Complete with a hilarious jab from Sam.
Oh come on
, is that even legal
- Black Knight
- 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 Discs
- Death Equals Redemption: Unless he was just rebooting at the end.
- The Dragon
- Dual Wielding
- Dying as Yourself: As he sinks into the sea, his Tron Lines go from red to blue.
- Evil Costume Switch
- The Faceless
- 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.
- 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 sacrfices 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 it when he got a good look at Flynn and heard his User friend's dismay. 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
- The Voiceless: Says very little and only makes a quiet growling sound otherwise.
- Walking Spoiler
- You Shall Not Pass
The Grid Announcer
The Black Guards