The main character, a young but amazingly versatile engineering program recruited by Tron to serve as his surrogate in the resistance.
Badass: Capable of holding his own against trained soldiers before he was ever recruited. He also stands out as being a bit more mature and capable than his peers.
Badass Biker: Shown to be skilled with a lightcycle as well as other vehicles.
Bullying a Dragon: Beck has a somewhat bad habit of standing up to — and sometimes even threatening — the Black Guards. "The Reward" and "Rendezvous" are a couple examples. While this would be reasonable when he's in disguise as the Renegade, he does this in his civilian identity, and in the latter instance did so in front of Pavel when outnumbered at least four to one. Thankfully, others are usually around to keep him from taking things too far.
Fragile Speedster: In comparison to more well-trained programs like Tesler and Paige, he's this, faster and more agile than both, but far less resilient and with less punching power. In comparison to the normal Programs, he's a Lightning Bruiser.
Acknowledged by Pavel in "Price of Power". He boasts that he was always smarter than the Renegade, but with the Upgrade Artifact he is faster and stronger, too.
Good Old Fisticuffs: Seems to be his preference in tight quarters. When he does use his disc to fight, he tends to need room to jump around a lot.
Hero with Bad Publicity: Early on, Tesler blames the Renegade for a series of blackouts caused by an energy drill used by the Occupation, but it isn't that successful. In "No Bounds", Cyrus uses Beck's Renegade disguise to murder innocent programs, turning the public against him, but that gets turned around by the next episode.
Highly-Visible Ninja: He can apparently sneak into Tesler's floating fortress while wearing his blindingly white Tron suit. As noted below, he does have a knack for getting into places he's not supposed to be.
Magic Tool: Beck's repair tool, given to him by Bodhi. Simply jabbing it into any device allows him to modify or repair it as he sees fit. It also lets him change his outfit. Most other mechanics are later shown to have it, or a similar device. It's possible that Bodhi's might have been specially modified, given that Beck is shown to be able to do repairs a lot faster with it than his fellow mechanics can. He's also demonstrated the ability to create multiple vehicle types out of the same baton.
Said tool ends up being broken by Tron in "No Bounds", as it was attached to a bomb he used to kill Cyrus.
Marionette Motion: Only in Tesler's nightmares though, where his nightmare self taunts Tesler from just out of reach while dodging every blow.
Red Baron: The Renegade, since no one really believes he's Tron.
Right Under Her Nose: His mask and the highlights on his head are the same, regardless whether he wears his or Tron's outfit. It is a miracle that Paige didn't identify him as the Renegade while they were skydiving on their first date.
She Is Not My Girlfriend: He claims that taking up Paige on her offer of a date is merely an attempt to get to know the enemy better for the benefit of the uprising. Tron doesn't buy it for a second.
Shoot the Dog: The one instance of Beck being forced to kill, albeit somewhat indirectly. Cutler has been repurposed, the "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight has failed, he's hanging over a railing with a bomb in one hand and Beck desperately holding onto the other, while Tron begs him to let go. Beck really doesn't want to, but he's forced to accept that this cackling nutjob is no longer the friend he knew.
The Sneaky Guy: He really can't afford to start fights, most of the time. Also, he tries to avoid derezzing his enemies whenever possible.
The Stoic: Beck is very much so. Even when he's with his friends and relaxing, he always has a soft-spoken, steady voice. Extreme danger or high-speed chases don't do much to ruffle his feathers, either. (People being in danger, however, will get him to act more harried.) That said, Tron is even more stoic.
Something Only They Would Say: Beck very nearly exposes himself to Paige in the pilot when he uses his repair tool in front of her while at the garage. Lucky for him, his boss points out that it's standard issue, convincing her to ignore it. In "Isolated", he nearly does it again when he suggests they make a functional boat out of spare parts. Paige catches on to the training that he would need to do that, but Beck passes it off as something he thinks should be easy rather than a skill he possesses.
Super Hero Origin: Played with and subverted, Beck is saving lives and kicking ass on his own, just switching his clothes to look like Tron to screw with Clu's regime. It isn't until after he already makes a name for himself, quite incidentally and merely in the process of helping friends and trying to do the right thing, that Tron approaches him and essentially asks him to be a superhero rebel leader.
Taking Up The Mantle: Beck does with with the identity of Tron. Boy is he surprised when the actual Tron approves.
Thou Shalt Not Kill: Beck tries hard to make sure no one gets killed around him, civilian and villain alike. This actually becomes a plot point in "No Bounds", where Cyrus ruins his reputation by killing people, civilian and military alike.
Took a Level in Badass: It's subtle, but his training with Tron is helping. In "Isolated", he casually deflects most of Paige's attacks, and isn't fighting back because he needs her help to get them both off of the disintegrating island. Arguably, she wouldn't have been able to get the better of him if he were fighting seriously. He hadn't fared nearly so well in their earlier fights. Later, in "State of Mind", he is clearly superior to Pavel in combat.
Weak, but Skilled: Beck has spent a lifetime roof-hopping, dueling, and racing bikes. As a result, he is exceptionally agile and fast enough to hold his own in protracted battles with Paige and Tesler, who are trained combatants with a lot more power to throw around. Beck rarely wins any battles, but he always gets away. And this all before he officially begins his uprising or gets any form of training.
Voiced by: Bruce Boxleitner
An advanced security program and former protector of the Grid, he was badly injured by Clu during the latter's coup. No longer fit to lead the resistance himself, he finds a replacement in Beck.
Fridge Brilliance when you realize that Beck is his third (maybe fourth) apprentice at least. Consider what happened to Anon and Jalen, and if he had, in any way, tried to train Ram. Then there's Dyson... and Cyrus...
The "Scars" storyline takes it to new heights—he attacks Beck multiple times to get him off his back, and never once shows regret or hesitation throughout the two-parter. That's not even mentioning how unrepentantly homicidal he is. There are good reasons he feels this way, but it just proves that he lacks the strict moral code that Beck has.
Good Scars, Evil Scars: Has a small scar along the left side of his face. It grows larger if he neglects to keep it in check with the healing chamber.
Handicapped Badass: He's every bit as skilled as he was prior to his injuries, he just no longer has the stamina to go with it.
Though even that is called into question—he defeats CLU's greatest soldier after a long and intense fight, even taking a couple of heavy hits, without being fazed or affected by any of his injuries in the slightest. It probably helped that he was running on pure rage at the time.
His biggest handicap is presumably the fact that he'll undergo Critical Existence Failure if he ever gets tired, which is the best explanation for why he doesn't just always take care of things himself.
He gets cured in "Terminal", just in time for Clu to bring an entire army to Argon.
Sink or Swim Mentor: He becomes more of one as the series goes on. Unusually, though, this is out of a growing respect for Beck's judgment and competence. It's pretty clear he does this to prepare Beck for the rigor's of leadership and cultivate independence. It mostly comes up as Tron expressing distrust in Beck's risky ideas, but standing aside to let him carry them out and deal with any possible consequences.
Tough Love: In "Tagged", Tron explains that he used this approach with Beck because it proves he's dedicated to the cause. A normal person will respond to encouragement, but a dedicated person will persist in the face of criticism.
Training from Hell: This is what he subjects Beck to. Pay special attention to when they spar—Tron typically hits Beck hard enough that his blows echo.
Gang of Hats: One member of the 'Jolly Tricksters' along with Rasket and Mara. They paint their "TRON LIVES" 'free code' (AKA, graffiti) all over Argon, and disguise themselves via helmets decorated with pointy-toothed slasher smiles.
In Harm's Way: At first. He says straight out that he and Rasket are defying the occupation primarily for the thrill of it.
Meaningful Name: The Moog was one of the first music synthesyzers ever to hit commercial distribution. Wendy Carlos, composer for the first TRON film used it extensively.
Opt Out: After their capture and near deresolution aboard Tesler's ship, he and Rasket decide that they're really not hero material.
Gang of Hats: One member of the 'Jolly Tricksters' along with Moog and Mara. They paint their "TRON LIVES" 'free code' (AKA, graffiti) all over Argon, and disguise themselves via helmets decorated with pointy-toothed slasher smiles.
His Name Is...: Comes close to revealing the identities of Beck and Cyrus to Mara and Zed, only to be stopped by the electric shock from a device he was holding, then killed by the subsequent explosion of several energy canisters.
Parental Substitute: Seems to be one to Beck, and possibly to the other programs in his employ.
In "Grounded", he literally tries to ground Beck into staying at the garage.
Papa Wolf: As shown in "We Both Know How This Ends", he's willing to stand up to Tron to keep Beck safe, fearing that Beck's gonna get derezzed.
Reasonable Authority Figure: No boss should ever allow Beck so many breaks. This is because he knows Beck is the Renegade, a fact he finally reveals in "Grounded".
He defends his employees whenever they're being harassed by the occupation, like when he bluntly tells Paige that Beck's repair tool (which he carries as the Renegade) is standard issue for his employees and thus the Renegade probably stole one.
Character Development: At first Zed resents if not outright hates the Renegade, however in the final episode he defends him in front of Mara (who was enamored by "Tron"). Also, at the end of the episode Zed is second only to Mara in his decision to stand up for the Renegade, disc in hand.
Commander Contrarian: Whenever the topic is on the Renegade, Zed is the first to say something negative about him. Given Mara's pro-Renegade stance, however, he's been trying to dial it back as of late. Inverted in "Terminal", where he is actually supportive of the Renegade while Mara has turned against him, thanks to Able's death.
Gadgeteer Genius: He's capable of building a blisteringly fast lightcycle from scratch.
Heel Realization: Zed goes through this when Mara calls him out on making a weapon that could potentially kill the Renegade. He sabotages it during the test so Paige will think he's incompetent and won't come back looking for more.
Hero Stole My Bike: Gets his bike jacked by the Renegade during a lightcycle race. Beck finally returns it in "State of Mind".
The Resenter: He hates the Renegade due mostly to a string of unintended negative consequences Beck's actions have on him.
Save the Villain: In "Price of Power", he takes the time to help Hopper save Bartik. Later, in "The Reward", he and Mara try to save Hopper from being wrongly executed as the Renegade.
Skewed Priorities: In "The Reward", when Mara gets cut off during her apparent Dying Declaration of Love, Zed keeps trying to coax her into finishing. He does this even though more than half the time spent doing so is while they're being shot at by a missile launcher. He only gives up well after things have calmed down and Mara has a chance to act like it never happened.
Took a Level in Badass: He does at least try in "State of Mind". The fact that he's willing to mouth off to the Renegade is a plus, but he still spends most of the episode being a klutz. He does contribute his technical skill, since Beck can't reveal his own training in that area.
Genki Girl: She's noticeably more upbeat than Zed or Beck.
Jumped at the Call: After Beck's battle with Tesler in "Grounded", she forms a team of graffiti artists to paint "Tron Lives" everywhere. When Beck decides to recruit them, her accomplices fold after a near-death experience, but she continues her work even after Beck decides to reject her.
Loves My Alter Ego: Her discussion with Beck on "Tron's" attractiveness. "Tagged" kicks it up a notch.
Morality Chain: To Zed. Whenever he starts to slide over to the bad guys' way of thinking, she's there to pull him back.
The Reliable One: Unsurprisingly, she's the only one of the main trio Able will trust to run the garage while he's away.
You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Notable because other programs have black, brown, or grey hair or a mix among the three colors. "State of Mind" reveals it's digital hair dye, and comes in a wide variety of colors.
Beck's best friend. He gave Beck his modified repair tool.
The Ditz: Kind of slow and scatterbrained, but it has paid off. When the garage had to fix some malfunctioning tanks, he accidentally got through the corrupted programing, having it fire and blow through a wall. Mara uses this accident to find out how to fix them.
Heroic Bystander: He stands behind Mara with the rest of the garage when she goes against Pavel.
The Guards Must Be Crazy: Subverted. When Able charges him with keeping Beck at the garage, he anticipates Beck's attempt to leave. However, Link then admits he can't really stop Beck, and knows that this might be the last chance Beck has to see the Renegade.
Mauve Shirt: One of the few workers named outside of the main cast, and he's even given secondary roles sometimes.
Heroic Bystander: He and Copper stand with Mara and the rest of the garage against Pavel.
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: When Mara is in charge, he tries to wiggle out of work, and undermines her authority when Pavel gives them the deadline to fix the sabotaged tanks. However, he was only trying to get everyone out alive, and when Mara figures out a plan, he swiftly falls into line behind her.
In an earlier episode, when he and Copper found Able, they immediately got him inside to treat his injuries.
Mauve Shirt: Not as prominent as Link, but he's fairly commonplace in the garage.
The Slacker: Tries to get off work with Copper when Mara's in charge.
A Father to His Men: Or rather, to Paige. He's forgiven her for failures he doesn't let his mooks get away with, perhaps because he appreciates her talents. He didn't really need to rescue her when she was stranded at sea, but he personally flew out to get her. And actually smiled at her over his shoulder after she'd been successfully found.
Tesler: [Still smiling] I told you, Pavel - never underestimate our dear Paige!
An Odd Place to Sleep: He sleeps standing up in the middle of a large room, kept upright by cables attached to his back. Other programs have been depicted as sleeping normally (by human standards), further emphasizing how unusual it is.
Arm Cannon: Gets one installed in "Grounded". He can swap it for his lower arm when he needs it.
Authority Equals Asskicking: Beck has beaten Pavel and held his own against Paige, but Tesler has been consistently out of his league (except when he had the upgrade disc). It probably helps that Tesler's fighting style is an almost perfect counter to Beck's.
Combat Pragmatist: When Beck is being augmented by an upgrade disc and is thus far stronger than Tesler, Tesler compensates by using bombs, turrets, and any other tricks to level the playing field. In "Grounded", as preparation for his fight, he had Pavel give him some upgrades to make himself stronger and he brought a BFG to fight the Renegade in single combat.
Foil: To Beck. Both are right-hand-men to two idealistic programs who seek the best for the Grid Tron and Clu, but Beck is a noble program who fights for freedom and the common program, while Tesler is a tyrant enforcing order at all costs.
Genius Bruiser: The physically strongest character of the cast, but also a very cunning strategist.
Genre Blind: He's fallen for the fake memory gambit three times, two in the same episode. You'd think he'd acquire some skepticism.
Hates Being Touched: One gets this impression of him in "The Reward", when he completely loses his temper after Mara dares to lightly touch him while pleading for Hopper's life. However, given that Beck has punched him in the face and elicited no such reaction, it's likely that Mara's tiny slight was enough to set him off in his current state of mind.
Mighty Glacier: His style is much less acrobatic and far slower than Beck's or Paige's, but he can punch people through walls with ease and doesn't even flinch upon being kicked in the face. His laser arms require him to stay still while they bounce all over the place.
Misplaced Retribution: When he decides to have Mara torn limb from limb just because she touched him, Tesler included Zed on it... because he happened to be there. Oy.
No Sell: No matter how hard the Renegade kicks him, he'll barely move.
Nigh-Invulnerability: Or rather, his arms are. When in "Power Fist" form (instead of Rubber Man form, in which they can be destroyed fairly easily), his arms are pretty much indestructible (for instance, he can punch discs with those arms). His body itself is no slouch either.
Oh, Crap: Has a nice one when he finds out that Clu is personally heading to Argon.
Villain with Good Publicity: Played with. A few people like him, a few people hate him, but most of the city seems unsure if they should trust him.
Worthy Opponent: For all his hatred, he regards the Renegade as this. This is shown when he's falsely convinced that Hopper is the Renegade. As Hopper is innocent and thus pleads for his life, Tesler snaps, "I expected a far more worthy adversary! You're nothing but a coward!"
Dangerously Genre Savvy: Noticed a smoke bomb inside a sewer and almost found Beck hiding in the "Argon City" billboard. In "The Stranger", he catches Able sneaking around and makes sure to corner him to check his disc after work, even after the floor manager unwittingly rescues him by dragging him back to work when he was first discovered.
The Dragon: Zigzagged. He's one to Clu, the Bigger Bad, but he doesn't answer to Tesler, and he's enough of a threat on his own.
Establishing Character Moment: His first on-screen debut involves him cruising on his high-tech ship (as in, riding on the bow). His first line is to relieve Tesler of command... before he revealed that he was joking.
Fantastic Racism: Against IS Os in flashbacks, particularly because they're just there, not serving some kind of function like every other program on the Grid.
Faux Affably Evil: He's definitely a talker. He's usually lighthearted and playful, but he's also baiting other characters constantly. He never acts anything but pleasant, except for when he's actually fighting. Even when he's torturing programs.
Good Scars, Evil Scars: In his backstory, once he suffers such an injury, he turns much more antagonistic and anti-ISO. Clu eventually fixed him, though, so it doesn't apply in the present day.
He Knows Too Much: When Dyson reports to Clu on Tron's survival, Clu asks if anyone else knows. Dyson turns to Clu's guard and swiftly derezzes him, confirming that the two of them are now the only ones who do.
Knight of Cerebus: He came in after Tesler's failure, the two episodes he figured in were easily the darkest in the series yet (involving torture and deliberate, revenge-driven murder), and it seems that he's also brought CLU into the plot at last. His introduction also paves the way for Cyrus, an even bigger Knight of Cerebus, to enter the story.
Know When to Fold 'Em: In "The Stranger", he retreats when a disguised Tron jumps in to help Able. Being one of the few privy to the fact that Tron is alive, he probably put two and two together.
Offscreen Teleportation: In "The Stranger", Able is listening in on a conversation between Dyson and a Black Guard. He turns his head for a moment, only to find Dyson is gone when he turns back. Just as quickly, Dyson somehow ends up in front of him.
Oh, Crap: When he realizes that the Renegade - whom he feels is an imposter - was actually Tron.
He got an earlier one as soon as he realized that the symbol obscured by smoke is in fact four bombs set in a 'T' formation.
Pretty Boy: Helps that he has one of the more realistic faces in the show.
Smug Snake: He is a extremely competent soldier and leader, but he has a tendency to overestimate his abilities and underestimate his foes, which often leads to his downfall.
Soft-Spoken Sadist: When he tortured Tron in the past, he was usually very calm and collected, even as he started escalating things.
Start of Darkness: He is shown as originally being an honorable soldier, fiercely loyal to Tron, who only has a very mild suspicion of ISOs, but still tries to defend them. This changes when, right after Tron managed to calm things down between the ISOs and some protesters, an ISO apparently throws a disc at the programs (it's more likely this was a deliberate attempt to spark hostilities, but no one except Tron noticed). His face is horribly scarred in the ensuing melee. After the incident, he started to sympathize with Clu'sideals. Flynn's nonchalantattitude toward his accident doesn't help, as well as Tron never even trying to show him the memory of provoker.
Torture Technician: After Tron's defeat by CLU, he deals an absolutely horrifying amount of damage to Tron with a buzz saw while Tron is strapped to a table and wide awake. And he alters his code in the process, adding violation on top of that.
Troll: Pretended to relieve Tesler of command for no other reason than to mess with him.
Villainous Breakdown: When he first discovers Tron is still alive. All he can do is yammer in disbelief and fear whilst he backs away from him. After Tron lets him live, he immediately leaves Argon to report to Clu of his newfound knowledge, and Tesler actually noticed he was scared as he left, which is a stark contrast to how he arrived.
Whip It Good: Fights with a length of energy cord attached to his Disc.
Voiced by: Emmanuelle Chriqui
Tesler's lieutenant, a former medic turned soldier after the murder of her friends.
Anti-Villain: While she is a ruthless combatant, she does have a conscience and cares about the safety of other programs, unlike Tesler and Pavel, who are willing to allow programs to get derezzed in order to advance the Occupation's goals.
Co-Dragons: With Pavel, though she's the more competent of the pair.
Combat Stilettos: She fights in high heels. This is particularly notable because flashbacks depict her wearing flat-soled boots as a medic, which would suggest a deliberate style choice somewhere down the line.
Evil Counterpart/Foil: She and Beck are both in mid-income (by real world standards) careers by trade who are natural fighters. With training, they surpass the bounds of their programming and become (essentially) elite soldiers.
Eye Scream: Lomax alters her memories by sending a bug through a holographic projection of her head, entering in through her eye. Judging from Paige's reaction, she can feel it as if it was happening to her.
Fembot: All the female characters by definition, but Paige best matches the trope.
Fire-Forged Friends: With Beck (not in his Renegade guise) in "Welcome Home", starting from him trying to hit on her as a distraction to helping her keep the passengers on the train safe and nearly sacrificing himself to stop it from hurtling over a cliff. At beginning of the episode she's completely put-off by his smarminess and at the end she tells him to look her up when he gets back to the city so they could hang out.
Genre Savvy: As a villain to villain example. Once informed that Hopper is the Renegade, she figures out Pavel's plan instantly. In the following episode, she's quick to realize that supposed sabotage by the Renegade is in fact Pavel trying to undermine Tesler. In "Rendezvous", she easily sees through Pavel's attempt to frame the Renegade for framing her, but plays along because Tesler fell for it.
Glacier Waif: To contrast Beck, she's tall and willowy but her fighting style is direct and emphasizes brute force. She's a lot stronger than Beck, too, demonstrated nicely when she makes a huge leap up to the top of a Rectifier when Beck had to use a staff and a lot of acrobatics to do the same.
Horrible Judge of Character: She truly believes Tesler is kind and merciful, when she should know him better than most people. Mind you, she's seen him flip out and have people executed for miniscule slights.
Impossible Hourglass Figure: Combined with the show's general long, lean character design, you could practically flip her over and tell time with her.
Locked Out of the Loop: Tesler and Pavel apparently don't involve her in some of their more insidious plans because of her stronger moral compass. And then there's the slaughter of her friends on Tesler's orders.
She also didn't know about the existence of Clu's "super recognizer," but then again, neither did her boss.
Loves My Alter Ego: She hates The Renegade, but has a mutual attraction with Beck upon getting to know him.
The Medic: Paige was originally a doctor before joining up.
Combat Medic: She doesn't seem to have left her vocation behind.
Noble Top Enforcer: To Tesler. She's loyal to Tesler since he saved her life (or so she thinks), but she's also disgusted at some of his decisions.
Order vs. Chaos: Her guiding philosophy, if her conversations with Beck/the Renegade are to be taken at face value. She sees the Renegade and the ISOs as the chaos disrupting the Grid and Clu's reign (with her part in it) as the order. This may be why she tolerates Tesler's actions, seeing it as better than the alternative.
Peek-a-Bangs: Though flashbacks show her with both eyes uncovered.
Pet the Dog: In "Welcome Home", she offers Keller a genuine second chance if she returns to Argon and to Tesler willingly, despite Keller being nothing but a thorn in her side. She also tries to be compassionate and understanding towards Keller throughout the episode.
Start of Darkness: She had hers when "Quorra" (actually Tesler) slaughtered all of her friends.
Stupid Evil: What do you do when your sworn enemy is selflessly saving your life by riding you out of the path of an explosion on his lightcycle? Repeatedly try to kill him, of course! She does have the good sense to stop when the fireball starts to catch up again, but really, it wasn't the brightest of decisions.
Evil Genius: Though not the most tactically savvy of the villains, he does see to have the most technical expertise. Designing an Arm Cannon for Tesler that can blast a man-sized hole in a wall definitely proves it, as well as having fake memories installed to various programs.
Evil Is Petty: He hates Able's garage, taking any opportunity to make their lives miserable and possibly get them derezzed if he has a good excuse. This culminates in him taking it over as a military installation following Able's death, nicknaming it his new "House of Pain".
Jerkass: He's easily one of the most unpleasant guys to have ever graced the television screen.
In "We Both Know How This Ends", he delivers a batch of tanks sabotaged by the Renegade to Able's Garage and gives them an unreasonable time frame for the repairs. When he comes back and they're fixed, he's actually unhappy that he didn't get to send someone to the games for failing his task.
Kick the Dog: His forte. One of note would be how he gives Mara an unreasonable time frame for repairs to sabotaged tanks - the kicker comes from how he's actually disappointed that he didn't get to send someone to the games for failing the task.
In "Rendezvous", he killed a bunch of prisoners just to test out his upgrade disc. The kicker this time is his maniacal laugh and his Slasher Smile.
After spending an entire episode working alongside Gorn, he somehow transforms her into a perpetually smiling, mumbling servant, most likely through the use of those code-disrupting bugs.
In "Terminal", he destroys Able's Bit after it continually flashes "No!" at him for taking over the garage after Able's death.
Lack of Empathy: In "Welcome Home", he thinks nothing of letting an entire train full of people crash just to take out one program. He didn't come there with that in mind, but it was a happy accident for him.
Genre Savvy: He's paranoid over his job security once (and he's sure it'll happen) Clu gets fed up with Tesler.
Dangerously Genre Savvy: He frames an innocent program as the Renegade to make Tesler look incompetent once the real one inevitably shows up. It works incredibly well, since we're introduced to Dyson not too long afterward. And in the finale, Clu really does show up to take over.
Overlord Jr.: Being Tesler's Dragon, he quite enjoys following his leader in sowing terror and oppressing the citizens. Tesler always approves of this and doesn't hesitate to compliment or reward him, but is less forgiving of Pavel's failures than of Paige's.
Psycho for Hire: While he seems to be solely driven by ambition and a desire to stay alive, he's gradually revealed to quite enjoy other's pain, from threatening to drag the garage staff to the games, to torturing and murdering people, to beating up Paige in the games.
Pyrrhic Villainy: In "Rendezvous", he goes through a series of Frameups to earn himself a promotion. As his reward, he is indeed promoted... to the overseer of a Wretched Hive he is expected to clean up, and in the process has to give up the upgrade disc and makes an enemy of Paige.
Properly Paranoid: He knows damn-well that his life is hanging by a thread if the Renegade keeps eluding Tesler. It's worth noting that Tesler himself seems to think favorably of Pavel, but when you look at Dyson, it appears Pavel's not far off regarding his paranoia.
Sissy Villain: Compared to his comrades, at least, though he's certainly not afraid to get his hands dirty.
Slasher Smile: To downright disturbing levels in "Rendezvous", where he gleefully murders a bunch of prisoners just to test the upgrade disc.
Small Name, Big Ego: He fancies himself an Evil Genius, but he's far less competent than Paige. He even boasts that he's smarter than the Renegade while fighting him, even though for all his power he can't actually do the job.
The Starscream: Gradually revealed as one. He had no problem leaving Paige to die (which would be something of a promotion); hides the upgrade disc from Tesler; actively attempts to make Tesler look inept at handling the Renegade; and frequently offers Paige a Villain Team-Up by reasoning how Tesler's turning out as a General Failure.
State Sec/Dirty Communists: Between his appearance (greasy hair and hunched posture), position and mannerisms (a sycophantic, nerdy-looking Sissy Villain), modus operandi (frame-ups, spying, torture, covert power plots and happily arresting programs allegedly in the name of a government symbolized by red colors) and his Slavic name, he is quite reminiscent of a Cold War-era KGB villain. Not the Husky Russkie kind.
"The Reward" shows that Pavel really can live up to his Evil Genius credentials.
Torture Technician: He has a grand old time torturing a pair of programs for information in "Tagged", and judging from the state of the room (covered in the voxels of numerous derezzed programs) he's done so quite a few times before.
Tyrant Takes the Helm: He takes over Able's garage in "Terminal" following Able's death, but is driven away by the end of the episode.
Villain Team-Up: Offers one to Paige. Several times. She turns him down. Every time.
You Have Failed Me: Inverted. He's worried that Tesler might throw this treatment on him for once. He's also convinced that Tesler's inability to stop the Renegade will cost everyone their jobs, from Tesler to Paige and Pavel himself. He hopes that ousting Tesler beforehand would spare his own career (and life), along with that of Paige.
A common guard working under Dyson, who expresses awe at Tron's incredible strength at Dyson torturing him. Cyrus rescued Tron and faked his death, sparking the revolution against Clu's tyranny. After that, he was trained by Tron to become the first Renegade, but turned out far too extreme in his methods and was locked away as a result.
Knight of Cerebus: Secured the title of single biggest one in the series in two episodes. Whether he's plotting to annihilate the Grid or ruin the Renegade, when he shows up you know things have gotten bad.
Mook-Face Turn: In the backstory, though he unfortunately becomes his own kind of evil again soon after.
Never Found the Body: Tron electrocutes him with his own bomb and throws him over the side of a ledge, when he looks down, the bomb is on the ground, and Cyrus is gone.
The Paragon: Technically, the Uprising that Tron is trying to bring about was Cyrus' idea, at least initially. When Tron falls dangerously close to giving in to revenge, the memories of Cyrus' words and actions (mirrored by Beck in the present) are what bring him back.
Sealed Evil in a Can: He was sealed in his pocket dimension by Tron, since he posed too great a risk to the Grid to be left alone. He escapes at the end of "The Stranger".
Slasher Smile: The first hint that he's not as good as he would have Beck believe.
Tron Lines: He's absolutely covered in them, even on his skin. Beck actually mistakes him for an ISO at first glance. He didn't have them in flashbacks, which suggests something happened down the line.
Unusually Uninteresting Sight: When he arrives in Argon in "No Bounds", nobody questions or seems to take notice of his weird, line-covered appearance. As noted above, his appearance was the first thing Beck took note of.
Wall Crawl: He's able to walk on the walls and ceilings of his pocket dimension (and anything built within) as easily as the floor. He can't do it in the Grid proper, but still shows an uncanny amount of balance on thin surfaces.
"Well Done, Son" Guy: Comes off as this toward Tron. He wants to be recognized as Tron's true successor by Tron himself.
Voiced by: Marcia Gay Harden
A technician that developed a pathogen designed for something akin to mind control. Doesn't enjoy that part of her job at all.
Anti-Villain: Type 4: forced to make a mind control gas for the Occupation, and turns on them when she has the chance.
It is later subverted for that specific type when she returns to the Occupation of her own free will out of fear.
Deadpan Snarker: When Pavel makes a pass at her she remarks that she may need the gas.
Gender Bender: Changes her gender, or at the very least her appearance, to male to escape detection when she reneges.
Glamour Failure: The disguise she takes up at the end of "State of Mind" needs to be regularly maintained, lest she revert back to her original form.
Hot Scientist: She's as tall and curvy as Paige is. Pavel even makes a pass at her.
Mauve Shirt: She is one of the few associated with the occupation to get extended screen time; compare to Shaw, the last Mad Scientist, who barely lasted five minutes.
Bigger Bad: He rarely get's in on the action himself, and it's his takeover that is the root of all the conflict of the series. He's the supreme Commander of the occupation, and all the villains answer to him. The end of season one seemed to be ready to subvert this by having him come and deal with the Argon personally.
Mugging the Monster: He tries to start a fight with Beck and gets taken down in seconds. Even if Beck weren't under the effects of an Upgrade Artifact at the time, it's a fight Hopper really had no chance of winning.
The Quisling: As a visual cue to go along with the obvious, his highlight color is red, contrasting with the dominant white.
Ungrateful Bastard: Played for laughs. After being captured, mistaken for the Renegade, and almost killed along with Mara and Zed, they're rescued by the Renegade. Hopper is glad to be alive, then remembers that it's his job to capture the Renegade and tries to. Zed kicks him out of the getaway vehicle.
Villainous Friendship: Despite bickering and blaming their failures on each other, Hopper stays behind to free Bartik from a piece of rubble as the building they're in collapses, later receiving help from Zed.
Voiced by: Donald Faison
Ascended Extra: He appeared at the Bar in one scene in TRON: Legacy asking for Zeus's help with organizing the resistance, before getting Derrezzed by the Black Guard. Here, he's a recurring character.
Evil Is Petty: Gets the staff of Able's garage arrested as prisoners of war to get back at them for Beck making a fool out of Hopper.
Villainous Friendship: With Hopper. When Hopper is accused of being the Renegade (and there actually seems to be proof), Bartik complains that if he knew he would have gotten the prize for turning him in first. Later, however, he's seen drowning his sorrows and runs off crying when Paige asks what's wrong.
An amoral technician that presumably researches and designs unscrupulous gadgets that even the Occupation wouldn't use.
And I Must Scream: Via Pavel. It's incredibly unsettling, even jarring, given her usual demeanor beforehand.
Bad Bad Acting: Played with. She puts up quite the act when Paige confronts her in front of Tesler, but it seemed genuine. It's unsure if she was already under Pavels control by then, since Paige has proven that memories can be rewritten without tampering with the personality or the facial expressions.
Body Horror: See Eye Scream below and And I Must Scream above. No one should be able to smile that wide, much less have it forced upon them. It's hammered home in that she actually had a small mouth and an unlined face relative to other programs before-hand.
Eyepatch of Power: Wears a device over her left eye to hide the hole, which may also function as a replacement given that she uses it in her work.
Eye Scream: She's got a hole where her left eye should be, going all the way through her head. She attributes it to mishandling of her own code worms.
Fake Memories: Gorn specializes in erasing or fabricating memories. Curiously, even though this modifies the data on a program's disc, the program retains their original memory, or at least knows the memory is fake.
Faux Affably Evil: Her calm demeanor doesn't mask her rather obvious shady background.
Foil: Somewhat to Paige. Gorn is also a medic (judging by her uniform). Unlike Paige, who is an Occupation commander but often questions morally ambiguous actions, Gorn is not formally part of Clu's forces but is always happy to assist Pavel by rewriting the memories of innocent programs.
Kick the Dog: Her complicity in framing Paige aside, there was really no reason to threaten that one program at the beginning of the episode.
To the Pain: While explaining to a program what those bugs are for. Doesn't get to use 'em on the guy, though, which is a rarity.
Wretched Hive: She's the only semblance of authority in one, at least.
A tall, perpetually grinning servant to Gorn, who handles all of the heavy-lifting in her place.
And I Must Scream: It's implied that his perpetual smile is a result of someone (possibly Gorn) messing with his programming, by the episode end, he can only desperately shake his head and make grunts when desperately trying to communicate him not working with the renegade.
Evil Versus Evil: When he's first shown meeting Pavel, he scowls at him menacingly and makes Puppy-Dog Eyes at Gorn when she orders him to leave. This and Pavel's cold comment about him imply that Pavel had a hand in his initial crippling.
Genius Bruiser: He seems to know his way around operating a disc and a code-disrupting memory bug.