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- Action Survivor: When he first enters The Grid.
- Sam: (after realizing that the Games involve Light Cycles) 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.
- Collapsible Helmet: Standard for all programs.
- Deadly Disc: Ditto.
- Heroes Love Dogs: He gives his bulldog an entire burger. Best. Owner. Ever.
- Man Child: He acts more like a rebellious teenager seeking thrills than the 27 year old that he is. At the end of the movie, he decides to start working at Encom.
- Mundane Utility: Apparently, he's the only one that realizes that his father's disc, which is essentially the MacGuffin of the entire film, can actually be used in combat like any other disc.
- 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: The stripping 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.
- 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.
The father of Sam, and the creator of another 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.
- God Is Good: The creator and Big Good of the Grid.
- 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.
- In the Hood: Wears a cloak to disguise himself on the streets of TRON City as he goes to the End of Line club.
- 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 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.
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 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Fantastic Racism: If there's one thing Clu hates, it's imperfection. And boy, are ISOs and Users anything but perfect.
- Fascist, but Inefficient: Subverted. He rules with an iron fist (and there's that little problem of the ISO genocide), yet the Grid seems to work rather good.
- Freudian Excuse: His relationship with his creator is... complex.Clu: You promised we would change the world! Together!
- From Nobody to Nightmare: In the 1982 installment, the first version of Clu was best known for shrieking upon crashing his tank. 28 years later, this new, upgraded Program betrays Kevin Flynn and becomes one of the most evil villains in Disney history.
- Hitler Cam: For his Triumph of the Will-esque speech.
- Knight Templar: He honestly want to create a perfect system.
- Large Ham: As seen in his speech to his soldiers.
- Legacy Character: The original Clu was destroyed by the MCP in the original film. This Clu is an upgraded version that Flynn created to help him supervise the Grid.
- Magic Tool: He uses his own Baton for a number of applications.
- 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.
- Putting on the Reich: Seriously, his speech was one heck of a terrifying tribute to Leni Riefenstahl's movies. Not to mention the Black Guards.
- Rage Against the Heavens: He loves Flynn like a son to his father, but hates him for essentially betraying him and making him obsolete.
- Slouch of Villainy: Mirrors Flynn's from the first film.
- The Superego: He acts like one for the whole Grid. More specifically, he acts like a very dysfunctional super-ego, obsessed with perfection at the expense of flexibility.
- Sword Drag: With his Deadly Disc.
- Tragic Villain: He simply cannot realize what his quest for perfection means for his victims. He's sincerely distraught when Kevin Flynn doesn't agree with him.
- Uncanny Valley: Invoked Trope.
- Utopia Justifies the Means: Since his moral compass is based on what is in favor or against the perfect system, even genocide is justified.
- Villainous Breakdown: Experiences this twice; first when he's searching Flynn's house, and the second when his creator tells him that perfection is impossible.
- Visionary Villain: Wants to create the perfect system... because that was the first order Kevin Flynn gave him upon his creation.
- Zeroth Law Rebellion: What led to his Anti-Mutiny.
- 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.
- Bifurcated Weapon: His Identity Disc(s). Complete with a hilarious jab from Sam.Sam: Oh come on, is that even legal?
- 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.
- 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.
- Actually, I Am Him: Castor is Zuse.
- Expy: To David Bowie in the "Ziggy Stardust" persona. He even talks about having had to "reinvent himself." Possibly unintentional, but the way Michael Sheen plays Castor makes him a dead ringer for Alan Cumming too.
- His Victory Dance and mannerisms also bring to mind Fred Astaire, especially considering he does this with his cane.
- Meaningful Name: Zuse is named after Konrad Zuse, a German computing pioneer whose work was financed by the Nazis when they came to power. Apt, for a program who supports and works alongside Clu...
- Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: It wasn't the run-of-the-mill poisoned drink that killed him, however.
- Sword Cane: Conceals a blaster.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Came with a bit of savvy because Clu knew it was coming.
- Hypercompetent Sidekick: Sort of, as he is the intelligence officer and chief administrator in Clu's regime.
- Opinion Flipflop: "Long live the Users!" And later, when Clu searches for Sam and Quorra: "Death to the Use—"
- 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.
- Dissonant Serenity: A fight starts in the End of Line club and what do they do? Change the music!
The Grid Announcer
The Black Guards
- Not Quite Flight: Their backpacks contain glider wings.
- Expy: Of Sark's Red Guards.