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"I Don't Care" by Kate Pevensie
  • Recommended by Allronix
  • Comments: A Cry for the Devil depiction of Clu. Yes, he's still way past Moral Event Horizon, but the vid puts together an almost sympathetic portrayal of someone who went evil due to believing his creator gave him an impossible task, betrayed, and abandoned him.

"Tron: Uprising" Lost in the Echo of Scars AMV" by electronbendinggirl

  • Recommended by Allronix
  • Comments: While this is heavy on the TRON: Uprising, this shows how Tron's fall wasn't a singular thing or entirely the work of Brainwashed and Crazy. Lovely transitions from the animated parts to film.

"The Pure and the Tainted"

  • Recommended by Allronix
  • Comments: A Battle in the Center of the Mind that mixes up footage from the 1982 film and Legacy. In addition to the really appropriate title, the footage splicing is a near-perfect meld of the films.

General Fics

Tron Adagio by Shadow Chaser.

  • Recommended by Ignus Zwei.
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: A "novelization" of the events leading up to the Purge, with the Tron: Betrayal comic serving as a base.
  • Comments: Good, solid writing all around, cleverly paced and toned to the soundtrack entries and titles. A must read if you simply can't get your hands on the comic. Almost finished, updates often.

For Want of a Voxel by SkyeWriter

  • Recommended by Ignus Zwei.
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: A "What If" scenario: what if Quorra didn't quite get to Sam on time?
  • Comments: Well written fic that examines the alternate consequences that come about one single failure. Worth a read.

Outer Limits by Nan00k

  • Recommended by Tantopat
  • Status: Dormant
  • Synopsis: A continuation of Tron: Legacy, involving two hackers who break into Encom's systems one night to steal a file. They're looking for the "Tron" video game file, but end up with something called "Rinzler"...
  • Comments: A brilliantly written ongoing fic with an engaging and fascinating storyline. The OCs in this story are genuinely likeable and feel like they belong in the Tron universe, and the ideas behind the story (and the way it plays out) are pure genius. It also explores programs' experiences with coming into the user world, including things like how they learn to eat, use their muscles, and deal with things like different sensations and not being connected to everything. In short, well worth a read.

A whole new world by Virtual Deliverance

  • Recommended by Devil Master
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Clu outsmarts Kevin Flynn and enters the real world, alone. Here, he sets up the invasion by masquerading as Kevin Flynn and arranging a setup that will lead the users themselves to invite programs to invade them. In short time, he reveals his real Magnificent Bastard persona and the fate of the world is sealed.
  • Comments: The darkest Tron fanfiction I've read, with an enthralling and disturbing take on Clu.

A whole new universe: sequel to A whole new world by Virtual Deliverance

  • Recommended by Devil Master
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Eight years after he rectified the entire Earth, Clu sets up to rectify the entire universe. During his multibillion-year mission, he discovers and solves some fundamental mysteries, and uses them to his advantage.
  • Comments: Less dark, but more philosophical than its predecessor, with a few Mind Screws along the way.

Subroutine by Sakura 123

  • Recommended by Allronix
  • Status: Dormant
  • Synopsis: Jet Bradley and Sam Flynn live in a world of computers, their entire life built around them, but the idea of electronic beings living within them was one they never comprehended, not even when they find themselves smack in the middle of it.
  • Comment: It's not uncommon to find a Shout-Out or two to Tron 2.0 in Legacy fanfic, but extremely rare to go for a full-blown Patchwork Fic. It disregards both game and Legacy canons to Take a Third Option and create a compelling Alternate Continuity that will integrate the characters from both, including Ma3a as "progenitor" of the Isos, the protagonists as estranged Heterosexual Life-Partners, Mercury as a fighter against Clu's regime, etc.

The Contingency by That_runneth

  • Recommended by Allronix
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: 1989, November. Alan Bradley is diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. Kevin Flynn, unwilling to accept that there's nothing to be done, reveals the existence of the Grid and the possibility the Isos may be able to cure the cancer. After short consideration Alan Bradley agrees and they enter the Grid together - on the day of Clu's coup.
  • Comment: "Alan ends up on The Grid" is a very common Fandom-Specific Plot, and this is one that fits very well with established canon. Alan is portrayed at his good, strategy-minded best, and everyone else is very morally gray - even the Isos. It also handles Flynn's combination of good intentions and talent for epic fuck-ups with just the right balance of wanting to be sympathetic and wanting to punch his lights out. There's also elements of Deconstruction Fic at play, as it plays with other FandomSpecificPlots like "why didn't Flynn tell anyone," Yori's Sequel Non-Entity status, and the relatively common Tron/Flynn 'ship. And the way Alan solves the whole mess is an amazing Moment of Awesome.

Shipping Fics

We Are Pilots by shirozora.

  • Recommended by LoveIsWeird
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairings: Tron/Sam
  • Synopsis: Tron deals with inevitable guilt with Sam.
  • Comments: I can't really summarize things all that well, but I'll say this: this story is one of the best continuations I have ever read. The writing is superb, and shirozora has an excellent grasp of each character involved, and the OC's are also fleshed out quite well. It's completed, and the author is currently working on a sequel.

Of Warm Jackets, Sleeping, and Arcade Games by humansrsuperior.

  • Recommended by sanfranman91
  • Vanished from the internet. Please post a link if found.
  • Pairings: Sam/Quorra.
  • Synopsis: An exploration on how Quorra manages in her first days in the real world.
  • Comments: From learning about the weather and movie nights to understanding how to play an arcade game, Quorra learns about normal User life. It's very funny and quite romantic too.

Old Habits Die Hard also by humansrsuperior.

  • Recommended by marzipan91
  • Vanished from the internet. Please post a link if found.
  • Pairings: Sam/Quorra.
  • Synopsis: While taking a coffee break at Encom, Sam remembers his father and how he aged in The Grid. Soon enough, Sam is faced with a dilemma about his future with Quorra... He chooses to stay with her, albeit aware that he will gradually age and die while she will remain her 20-something self.
  • Comments: Unlike many other Sam/Quorra shipping stories, this one not only portrays it in a mature, realistic matter, but also uses accurate portrayals of the characters. The fanfic also explores the ideas of aging and angst and how it will affect Sam's decision.

Dear Wired Magazine by seriousish.

  • Recommended by Jonn, sadiebird
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairings: Sam/Quorra.
  • Synopsis: I Never Thought This Would Happen To Me But… If people who work with computers have funny ideas about dating, imagine what someone who lives inside one would think. Sam X Quorra
  • Comments: In this corner, a worldly, somewhat cynical young man! In this corner, a Wide-Eyed Idealist with Internet access! Can love bloom in the shipping-container-house? (Yes.)
    • The rest of the author's fics are in the same vein and are just as enjoyable, in this troper's opinion.

Resist by Brightdreamer

  • Recommended by Allronix
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing: Clu / Tron
  • Synopsis: There is more than one way to break a man...even ones made of digital code.
  • Comments: I hesitate to put this under "shipping," aside from this containing some twisted elements of Foe Yay Shipping, but Users, it drips with the stuff. Clu is an inventive bastard. He'd know that he wouldn't be able to break Tron using pain, which means "pleasure" is much more efficient tool.
    • Note that the pairing here is very much one sided. Like, the author is openly writing it as a rape scene. Fair warning.

Survivor's Tale by Ridyr.

  • Recommended by Allronix
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing: Tron/Yori (established)
  • Synopsis: "I gave [Lora] up because there was someone else, here, that meant more to me than any user. I gave her up for Tron. Tron is why I've done what I've done, and am doing what I'm doing. He is why I'm sitting in the poorly lit bar, watching as people come and sit around me, their eyes and ears waiting to hear my story that I don't want to tell, but will tell all the same."
  • Comments: Yori's absence from TRON: Legacy has made great Fanfic Fuel. Ridyr's story takes the fuel and adds a lit match. It unravels events from the coup to the end of Legacy, casting her as a member of the Resistance, through capture, conscription, and the eventual freedom she and Tron win for themselves. And it handles "Rinzler" marvelously.

Crossover Fics

In Cyberspace No One Can Hear You Scream by Spacebabie

  • Recommended by Marcus S Lazarus
  • Status: Complete
  • Crossover with: Supernatural
  • Synopsis: Dean and Sam investigate the disappearance of several people who vanished while playing ENCOM's newest MMORPG. Castiel suspects a certain demon and brings out a security program who seeks redemption of his own.
  • Comments: A fascinating blend of the mythology of both series, including such twists as the MCP being possessed by a demon, Gabriel being alive in the Grid (before the show revaled he'd survived there as well), and Tron and Kevin being brought back to life by an angel.