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.
- 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.
- Heroes Prefer Motor Cycles: He even wins a prototype (faster) cycle after making a successful wager with some system guards. The comics show he has a racing bike as his preferred transportation in the analog world.
- 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.
- 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
- 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 implied to be what remains of Jet's mother.
- MacGuffin Girl: 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.
- 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
- Divine Date: Downplayed. 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.
- Heroes Prefer Motorcycles: Encom's undefeated lightcycle champion, and her "test" for Jet was to see if he could keep up with her in a cycle arena.
- 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.
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