Characters / TRON 2.0
Jethro "Jet" Bradley
Son of Alan Bradley and Lora Baines-Bradley, digitized unwillingly by Ma3a to stop the infection of ENCOM.
- Action Survivor: He's not as gifted as the Flynns when it comes to an Indy Ploy, but makes up for it by figuring out how to use the weaponry.
- A God I Am Not: He's quick to tell Mercury that, if anyone's crude and unworthy of peaceful co-existence, it's the humans - not the Programs. Played up a lot more in the spin-off comic; once Jet realized what being a "User" means in the context of that universe, it sent him to Heroic B.S.O.D.. He never wanted that kind of responsibility or power.
- Brilliant, but Lazy: Jet got arrested for hacking into his school's mainframe because he was "just bored," got an "A" in his computer classes (with three other classes getting incompletes), and turned down a promotion in order to continue being a game designer. His father is less than thrilled.
- Decomposite Character: In-game, he's very much a prototype for Sam Flynn, with the playful hacking, the arrest record, and apparent apathy. In the comics, he seems more a prototype for Beck, being a Hero with Bad Publicity, leading an uprising inside the system, and the troubled relationship with his father-figure.
- Did Not Get the Girl: At the end, Jet goes back to the analog world, and Mercury has to stay in her digital one.
Mercury: You're leaving, aren't you? This is no world for a User. We're too crude and rudimentary.
Jet: If anyone's crude, it's us. We're not ready to exist here; not yet, anyway.
- Former Teen Rebel: While he's implied to have had a stormy adolescence, complete with bad grades and an arrest record, Jet appears to have cleaned up his act by the time the story opens. While his job isn't the one his father would like him to have, he is holding down employment and paying his bills. His boss even assures Alan via email that Jet more than pulls his weight on the job, and promoted him to lead programmer.
- Kidnapped by the Call: Ma3a didn't warn him, much less ask for consent. Before he fully understands what's going on, he's digitized, has a disc shoved in his hands, and fighting for his life.
- Lonely Rich Kid: Implied. His family is certainly not hurting, financially, but between his mom's death and his dad's drowning his grief in work, Jet acted out a lot.
- Missing Mom: In-game emails and a flashback reveal that Lora died in a lab accident. This has driven a wedge the size of Texas between Jet and Alan.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: You only learn his "legal" name from an in-game email. In the spin-off comic, he insists that even the psychiatrist call him "Jet."
- Playful Hacker: He cheerfully says that there isn't a firewall he can't take down. Again, his father (who, as you recall, programmed one of the most badass security programs ever made) is less than thrilled.
Jet: Don't worry, Dad. There isn't a firewall I can't take down.
Alan: (sarcastically) Yes, I almost forgot about your "alternative" set of skills.
- Right Man in the Wrong Place: He ran down to the lab because he heard the F-Con goons kidnap his father - only to have Ma3a activate the laser.
Ma3a: (in response to Jet's question about why she digitized him) My existance was threatened by the spread of the corruption...Alan-1 was not available. [Jet] was.'
- Robosexual: It doesn't matter to him that Mercury is software.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: In the Ghost in the Machine spin-off comic, we see that the Fridge Horror of cyberspace hit Jet like a speeding truck. Not only were the Programs he killed sentient beings, but he possibly killed some digitized humans as well. Afterwards he refuses to even touch a computer, as he thinks it would be cruelly playing with the lives of Programs.
- Spin-Offspring: Played a bit sideways in that Jet's the son of the other two human leads. (And in an ass-backwards way, a younger brother to both Tron and Yori)
- Stranger in a Familiar Land: Fitting in with above. The spin-off comic almost acts as a Deconstructor Fleet on the entire franchise when it isn't just gunning for Mind Screw.
- Why Couldn't You Be Different?: In their Establishing Character Moment, Jet is playing a video game when his dad calls, angry that Jet turned down a promotion that "[he] pulled a lot of strings" to try and arrange for Jet. Jet replies he's happy making games, and an exasperated Alan grumbles that "You sound like Flynn." It's implied via emails that this is not the first time Alan's tried to manage Jet's career, or disapproved of his kid's choices in life.
Math Assistant 3 Audio
(Ma3a for short). Holder of the digitization correction algorithms.
- Benevolent A.I.: Despite kidnapping Jet out of desperation, she turns out to be a loyal mentor figure and ally. This probably has much to do with the fact that Lora Baines-Bradley was a very kind person. It's not her fault she goes insane for a while due to bad code.
- Brain Uploading: She is in part the remains of Lora's brain patterns that where digitised right after Lora's death.
- Expy: Some elements of her seem to have carried over into Radia, especially the shape of the headpiece.
- Face–Heel Turn: Alan never did get all the glitches out of that legacy code...
- Kill All Humans: Again, that legacy code.
- Interface with a Familiar Face: And familiar voice.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: Ma3a is all but outright stated to be what remains of Jet's mother.
- Living MacGuffin: Alan stored the necessary correction algorithms for the digitizer in Ma3a. F-Con wants the codes in order to put their Datawraiths into cyberspace, while Jet (and later, Alan) just want to get home safely.
- So Proud of You: In the final cutscene, Lora's personality takes over Ma3a, smiles, calls Jet by his real name (not "Alan 2"), and gives him a final farewell.
- Squishy Wizard: She can't take any damage, so there are at least a couple times where you have to defend her while she's vulnerable. However, given sufficient time or bad code she can wipe out an entire battalion of ICP forces in an eyeblink. Justified if you think about it - she is part User.
- Summon Everyman Hero: She was looking for a User to fight the corruption. Jet just happened to rush into the lab at the right moment for her to turn on the laser.
- Virtual Ghost: It's implied that her resemblance to Lora Baines-Bradley is more than just the "normal" doppelganger issue with Users and their Programs. An email explains that When Lora was killed by the digitizing laser, part of her was left behind in the system. the grieving Alan compiled what was left of her with the Math Assitant AI to create Ma3a.
A formidable warrior program on the Game Grid, she was written by Alan
to find Jet and help him out.
- Action Girl: Champion of the Lightcycle arena, and well-versed in using a Rod Primitive as a crude, but nasty, melee weapon.
- Amnesiac Dissonance: After she's been restored from backup she acts in a disturbingly robotic manner, and doesn't recognize Jet other than someone she's been instructed to contact.
- Big Damn Heroes: At the Datawraith Training Arena.
- Biker Babe: Champion of the lightcycle arena and hasn't any trouble going up against Users.
- Did Not Get the Guy: See above in Jet's section.
- Divine Date: Downplayed, since she and Jet don't actually date. Remember, Programs think of human Users the way humans think of Gods.
- Dual Wielding: Favors the Rod Primitive, which is handled like a cross of escrima sticks and a cattle prod, over other weaponry
- Gender-Blender Name: A sultry female Program named after a Greek god.
- Heroic Sacrifice: At the re-format wall.
- Samus Is a Girl: Jet was a little surprised when he realized that "Mercury" was female, despite the name.
- You Shall Not Pass: At the reformat wall, she fends off a half-dozen Z-lots to buy Jet enough time to escape with Ma3a and Byte.
An upgraded version of the Bit from the movie. Byte is sent by Ma3a to assist Jet.
- Deadpan Snarker: Bits from the first film are snarky enough with just "yes" and "no". Byte has a full vocabulary available to insult Jet and anyone else in range.
- Exposition Fairy: Byte explains a lot of things about cyberspace such as movement, weapons, various groups and so on.
- Killed Off for Real: Ma3a smashes him into a wall in a fit of rage when under influence of the Tron Legacy Code.
- Master of Unlocking: He can insert himself in certain sockets to open doors Jet would otherwise not be able to open.
- Mauve Shirt: While not as important as Jet, Alan, Mercury or Ma3a, Byte still plays a crucial role in the story, as without him, Jet would not know what to do. Then he gets offed with no prior warning.
- Robot Buddy: He and Jet become good friends. Jet isn't even given any time to grieve when Byte gets killed.
J. D. Thorne
A former Encom security director, he turned against his employers to work for the rival F-Con, and was digitized as part of their experiments. He became a living virus in the process with ambitions to rule all of cyberspace
- A God Am I : The power of being "Master User Thorne" went right to his head
- The Corrupter/The Corruption: Became a living virus once he was digitized, and proceeded to corrupt other Programs.
- Expy: Abraxas in TRON: Evolution has a lot of the same corrupted traits, but a much more tragic backstory.
- Dude, Where's My Respect?: When he was passed over for promotion several times, he became bitter and started looking elsewhere, which got the attention of Crown.
- Drunk with Power/Drunk on the Dark Side: VERY much so. Enough in fact that he starts a Reign of Terror with his essentially-zombified virus programs and causes huge amounts of damage in his self-proclaimed role as "Master User Thorne".
- Dying as Yourself: Thorne is dying from his battle against the Kernel, but in his last moments he realizes what he has done, then helps Alan and Jet by telling them a way to infiltrate fCon's network. Just seconds later, it's over for him.
- Evil Overlord: "Master User Thorne", as he calls himself, is this trope to a terrifying degree, with a horde of essentially-zombies, looking out to conquer all of Cyber Space to make it his own and convert everyone into his loyal minions.
- Gone Horribly Wrong: Digitizing someone without the safeties leads to horrible side effects
- Passed-Over Promotion: Why he sides with F-Con and is stupid enough to volunteer as a digitizer guinea pig.
- Redemption Equals Death: He manages a final good act in telling Alan and Jet how to infiltrate fCon's servers, then dies for real.
- Unwitting Pawn: F-con played him like a kazoo to fork over company secrets and undermine Encom for their takeover. Then his invasion opens things up for F-con to perfect the process and send in the Datawraiths.
The F-Con Trio
Seth Crown, Esomond Baza, and Eva Popoff are the three F-con executives in charge of day to day operations and the Datawraith project.
- Amoral Attorney: Seth Crown has a Harvard Law degree
- Bollywood Nerd: Baza is from Delhi, India and is in charge of the technical part of the scheme
- Evil Redhead: Eva Popoff, auburn hair and the most power-hungry of the three.
- Faux Affably Evil: All three of them. Crown is quiet, but menacing. Popoff attempts the Delores Umbridge method of barely-restrained condescension over a veneer of power-crazy, and Baza tries to pull this off, but is too much of a coward to actually be evil.
- Gratuitous French: Eva Popoff. She was born in Lyons and English is roughly her fifth language.
- Inhuman Resources: Eva Popoff specializes in HR. She's also the most enthusiastic about uploading the Datawraith mercenaries into the system and hang the safeties.
- Minion with an F in Evil: Baza more or less rates a "D." He's the most reasonable of the three, and raises some objections to some of the crazier parts of the plan, but he's easily bribed or intimidated into compliance by Crown and Popoff.
- Money, Dear Boy: Baza refuses to be digitized until Crown offers to add another zero to the end of his paycheck. That changes Baza's mind.
- Rags to Riches: Implied with Crown. He was born in Harlem, New York and ended up getting several degrees from Ivy League universities.
- Scary Black Man: Crown may not be physically imposing, but that does not make him any less threatening.
- Soft-Spoken Sadist: Crown doesn't raise his voice, or a fist, but that doesn't mean he isn't going to stop with outright threats. He also is the one who has the idea of killing Alan by shooting him into the system as a test. He'll either die by digitization, be killed by Thorne's corrupted army, or be hunted down by the Wraiths..
- Terrible Trio: Crown (the leader, though he's The Dragon for F-con's CEO), Popoff (The Dragon for Crown), and Baza (a coward, but the guy with the technical know-how to pull off the scheme)