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YMMV: TRON: Legacy
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop: Creating an open and free system that is accessible to everyone isn't always a good thing, because all entities are not created equal, and some entities, when given infinite rights and access, will use them to force their will upon others, and remove their infinite rights and access. Sometimes proprietary is the way to go.
  • Hell Is That Noise: The quiet flickering sound that Rinzler always makes. Also, the track "Fall" is backed by an electronic screech that steadily increases in pitch as the song progresses.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The Shout-Out joke about the young Flynn's mistaking the Light Cycle baton for a lightsaber, now that Disney owns the Star Wars franchise.
    • Another layer of the joke is added if you played Tron 2.0 and remember the short stealth level where the lightcycle rod was used as a improvised shock weapon. Right idea, wrong implementation.
  • Iron Woobie: Quorra.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Castor/Zuse.
  • Memetic Molester: Judging by the Kink Meme for this fandom, CLU headed here faster than a stolen light-cycle.
  • Memetic Mutation: "KEVIN FLYNN!!! WHERE ARE YOU NOW?!"
  • Moral Event Horizon: Clu is a dog-kicking program who takes pleasure in viewing and participating in games to derezz citizens in Tron City. It's not a question of if CLU crosses the line, but when. Here are some milestones:
    • Stealing Tron's light jet and leaving Tron to die in the Sea of Simulation after Tron refuses to shoot down the Flynns and crashed his jet into Clu's. Needless to say, much of the fanbase turned against Clu after seeing that.
    • Clu kicking Kevin Flynn to the ground after Flynn apologizes for giving a flawed and impossible task. Yes, Clu might've just been doing his job, but taking out all of that anger and confusion on his creator like that?! It's no wonder Sam lost himself in rage and ran up to punch Clu's face twice afterwards.
    • And even before all of that, the genocide of the ISOs. Since he viewed the ISOs as an imperfection (as well as threatening his ability to create a perfect system, which is exactly what he was made to do), he purposely reprograms an ISO into a virus to infect and derezz ISOs in Evolution. This was not just used as a distraction for Flynn while he takes over the Grid, it was also used as an excuse to turn the Basics against the ISO population.
    • Turning the Games lethal, when Flynn explicitly made the Games non-lethal, which just seemed to be a dick move to punish Programs that annoyed him (and/or piss off Tron).
    • And "rectification"...Taking and twisting sentient Programs into attack drones. And then, when you try factoring in how much work must have gone into Rinzler and the twisted delight he likely got out of it.
  • Narm: "KEVIN FLYNN! WHERE ARE YOU NOW?" It's the needless insertion of the word now that really drives this narm home. The fact that his CGI face looks especially plastic in this shot certainly doesn't help matters.
    • Speaking of which, the younger Kevin Flynn's plastic face in the beginning provided some unintentional comedy.
    • Kevin Flynn's line in the flashbacks: "It is our DESTINY!" It sounded like he was going to tear his mask off and start eating the crowd.
    • Sam Flynn looks like he's having an orgasm while he's firing those turrets during the dogfight scene. Unintentional Hilarity Ensues.
      • "Oh man, I'm all over this."
    • "Biodigital jazz, man." That is all.
      • Also when he laughs while describing the ISO-s, Kevin Flynn sounds like he's choking.
    • Castor/ Zuse's dance moves during the battle scene in his own club. Many viewers couldn't take the intense battle scene, let alone Michael Sheen, seriously because of this.
    • In the aftermath of the raid on the End Of Line club, in which some partygoers are brutally derezzed, we see a woman crying over some remains - pixel remains.
    • And for those of you who saw the trailers ad nauseam, Quorra's "Here they come."
  • Nightmare Fuel: The Uncanny Valley works in favor of CLU, but unfortunately it affects 1989 Flynn and Alan too.
  • Strangled by the Red String: Carefully averted. Since at the end of the movie, Quorra becomes flesh and blood in the real world, if her romantic interactions with Sam had been even a little more direct, a lot of viewers probably would have been left feeling like the whole thing was just a convenient plot device that would let the two of them passionately make some hybrid babies. Instead, they intentionally downplayed it, with it at most being a big Ship Tease. Which is actually a good thing, since the audience is actually left curious about what will happen next, instead of rolling their eyes at what could have otherwise been painfully obvious.
    • Olivia Wilde said that this was done intentionally — she knew that the romance would ring false.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: A frequent criticism of Legacy is that the questions of what makes the ISOs special and how Rinzler regained his identity as Tron are poorly developed.
    • The latter may suffer from Coconut Superpowers, because if the CGI model of Bruce Boxleitner's head had been detailed enough to be used in closeups, the scene where Rinzler says "I fight for the Users!" could have had much more impact by showing him taking off his helmet.
    • The latter makes more sense with a bit of Fridge Brilliance. Check the TRON: Legacy fridge section for details.
    • Who else thought the older lightcycle Kevin had was going to be in a chase scene? Like most things, this is lampshaded by The Editing Room
  • Uncanny Valley:
    • The younger faces for Jeff Bridges and Bruce Boxleitner were both realistic-looking and moderately Conspicuous CGI. In Clu's case, this was evidently deliberate.
      • The main problem arises because the digital younger faces use motion capture from the real actors' current faces... and neither Jeff Bridges nor Bruce Boxleitner's faces are shaped like that anymore. It's especially obvious when Clu will speak and his mouth will almost move beyond his thin cheeks.
    • Invoked by the Armory Sirens. They look sexy, and they certainly strut in a fashion that should be sexy... but in a very synchronized, vaguely robotic way, lacking the fluidity of typical human movement. This is hammered home when they walk backward.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: Considering that the 2010 sequel has a Darker and Edgier plot and much more brutal deresolutions than the 1982 originalnote , one could easily be shocked that this film, unlike its predecessor, was intended for kids. This can't possibly be stressed enough. The movie is about as close to Gorn as you can get without showing any blood, the villain is essentially Hitler, and there are a lot of references that go straight over a kid's head... and somehow it still managed to get a PG rating, with Disney somehow not realizing that their movie was very kid-unfriendly and marketing it to young children. Its promotions on Disney Channel, as well as its Adidas apparel line, and its large collection of toys, all of which are made and meant for children.
  • The Woobie:
    • Quorra, on account of being the last ISO.
    • Tron is becoming this in the Fandom, especially all after all the crazy brain-screwing he's been through at the hands of Clu.
    • Kevin Flynn. All the guy wanted to do was to create a better world, and he gets stuck in the Grid for decades instead while his own program takes over. Decades in our world, thousands in his.

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