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TRON 2.0 is a video game developed by Monolith Productions and released in 2003.

It is a Sequel in Another Medium to the 1982 movie TRON; the player takes the role of Jethro "Jet" Bradley, son of the film's characters Alan and Lora. Jet is conscripted by the Benevolent A.I. Ma3a out of desperation and uploaded to the digital world of Encom's computer network to protect it, his father, and the secrets of the digitizer technology from both a mysteriously powerful virus corrupting everything in its path and a group of Corrupt Corporate Executives from the company Future Control Industries ("fCon") staging a hostile takeover.

The game was released to minimal advertising and press coverage, but still managed enough success for Slave Labor Graphics to release a six-part graphic novel series called Tron: Ghost in the Machine that took place six months after the game's events. Jet is shown to be traumatized from his experience in cyberspace, having nightmares and having trouble discerning those nightmares from reality. There was also a sequel for the Game Boy Advance called Tron 2.0 Killer App (a title which was also used for the Xbox port of the PC game) where Tron was revived from archival storage and teamed up with Mercury to thwart a viral attack on Encom.


Not to be confused with TRON: Legacy, the 2010 movie sequel to TRON. Particularly since the two sequels are mutually exclusive, and Word of God makes the film the official continuity.

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TRON 2.0 provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Action Girl: Mercury. Undisputed and undefeated champion of Encom's lightcycle combat arena, and appears to serve Ma3a in some kind of "secret agent" capacity. Killer App has her fighting her way through corrupted sectors and defeating a powerful virus in single combat, while explicitly showing she's equal to Tron as far as fighting ability. Considering they're both Alan's Programs, this shouldn't be a surprise.
  • Advancing Wall of Doom: The system reformat.
  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Averted strangely enough, considering it was such a big theme in the movies. Most of the Programs are there to do their jobs. It's the invading humans that cause problems.
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  • Already Done for You/Bait-and-Switch Boss: About 2/3rds of the way through the game, you join forces with the ICPs in an Enemy Mine alliance to assault Big Bad Master User Thorne's domain and take him out. By the time you get to Thorne's throne room, however, you find that the ICP Kernel has already defeated Thorne, and you end up in a boss fight against the Kernel instead in order to Save the Villain (who you need alive to interrogate).
  • Alternate Continuity: From TRON: Legacy, as the two feature different accounts of how the digitizer technology was developed in the decades since the events of TRON. There is also a character who is dead in 2.0's canon and still alive in Legacy's. There are some pretty shocking similarities, though, such as Kevin Flynn vanishing under mysterious circumstances (per the Ghost in the Machine spin-off comic) and Tron himself going MIA. Probably the most shocking one is that the plot of the game actually involves something called the "Tron Legacy Code", though nothing like it appears in the film sequel.

    Not to mention the leads in each canon are the sons of the original TRON's leads, who meet a female program who's been influenced or sent to help by the lead's father. And the fake-out with the living virus and apparent Big Bad merely being an Unwitting Pawn to the truly evil people who set the whole thing up has shades of TRON: Evolution. The dialogue between Alan and Jet also sounds suspiciously like some of the Tron and Beck dialogue in TRON: Uprising. Let's just say it probably wouldn't be a surprise if the Legacy writers played a few rounds of this.
  • Ancient Keeper: I-No, Tower Guardian of the old Encom mainframe. Terribly friendly sort, too. Chooses to die with his system, sadly.
  • Artifact Title: Tron's not in the game at all. He's only mentioned in two optional conversations, the in-game emails, and the unused and buggy upgrade that was scrapped on Flynn's orders. It only makes a little sense in that Tron and Jet technically have the same father. Subverted come Killer App where Tron is one of the dual protagonists.
  • Attack Reflector: Jet can turn his disc into one of these using the Power Block subroutine. It's devastating against other disc-wielding opponents.
  • Awesome, yet Impractical: The Prankster Bit. A very impressive BFG that fires implosion vortices and can pretty much clear a small room with one shot. Unfortunately, you get it too late in the game to fully upgrade it, the energy cost is massive, and in close quarters (read: most of that final stage), it stands as much of a chance of killing Jet as it does the thing he's shooting.
  • Badass Biker: The lightcycle combatants are Nintendo Hard to start with. Mercury is the undisputed champ of the Encom system, and Jet ends up surviving nine rounds in-game.
  • Bar Brawl: Jet and Ma3a head to the Progress Bar to get the Legacy code compiled and contact "Guest." Just when it's looking like everything's going to turn out ok, "Guest" warns Jet about the bad code too late to do anything about it, and Thorne crashes the party with a horde of Z-Lots.
  • Benevolent A.I.: Like in the movie TRON, the Programs are mostly benign or even friendly and happy to help. Even the ICP units trying to hunt Jet down aren't malicious, just mistaken and the Z-Lots are insane and under the control of a corrupted User. Ma3a, a full-blown AI, is Jet's ally and Mission Control through the game.
  • Bifurcated Weapon: The Sequencer allows Jet to split his Disc into up to four parts (at the highest upgrade) and fling them at enemies ala Rinzler.
  • Body Horror: When Alan removes the correction algorithms to check them, fCon higher-ups Baza, Popoff, and Crowne are merged together into the final boss upon digitizing.
  • Book-Ends: The opening credits take place inside the digitizing stream, which is where the final battle takes place.
  • Boring, but Practical: The Disc Primitive is going to be your workhorse, considering it's the only weapon that doesn't require energy. The fact it's the only weapon that can deflect the multitudes of discs tossed at you during the game - and deflections can eliminate enemies) makes it that much more mandatory.
  • Brain Uploading: Ma3a straddles the lines of Brain Uploading, Virtual Ghost, and Interface with a Familiar Face. Ma3a's previous builds (Ma1a and Ma2a) were designed by Alan and Lora. Lora was killed by being partly digitized by her laser. Alan used code from Ma2a and the part of Lora that remained in the system to construct Ma3a - this is why she's voiced by Cindy Morgan, the actress who played Lora (and her virtual doppelganger Yori) in the first film.
  • Broken Pedestal: fCon's datawraiths aren't exactly sterling examples of human virtue. Some programs can be overheard saying, if they are indeed users as it's claimed, perhaps users don't deserve the admiration they receive.
  • Call a Hit Point a "Smeerp": They aren't keys, they're permissions.
  • Canon Discontinuity: Disney declared the events of TRON 2.0 not canon when TRON: Legacy was released.
  • Cassandra Truth: When captured by the Kernel's ICP forces (Intrusion Countermeasure Programs), Jet answers everything in the interrogation truthfully. He was born in 1982, and he doesn't have a User - he is a User. The Kernel doesn't buy any of it and Jet narrowly escapes summary execution. Mercury even questions his statement, and Byte says it's justified by saying ICP should stand for "incompetent, confused Programs."
  • Check-Point Starvation: The game only autosaves at the start of a level, no matter how large said level is. Worse, you cannot save during the lightcycle matches at all. On the other hand, if you have installed the patch, you can simply skip the lightcycle matches, and you can manually save at any time (except during lightcycle matches, of course).
  • Clear My Name: Jet is mistaken for the cause of the viral corruption by Encom's chief security program, the Kernel, and a Stern Chase ensues for the first few acts of the game.
  • Colour Coded Armies: Every faction gets its own colour, the red and blue of the original film being supplemented with green for infected, viral programs and sectors, gold for really ancient systems, and purple for the Big Bad. Exaggerated and justified tropes in the universe's settings. The color and pattern of Program circuitry are important identifiers. Just be careful to take notice of both to avoid shooting helpless civilians.
  • Come with Me If You Want to Live: Mercury blasts her way out of the lightcycle arena and orders Jet to follow her. At that point, Jet only knows her as an opponent and current champion of the Game Grid.
  • The Computer Is a Cheating Bastard: In lightcycle races, computer-controlled opponents manage to pull off turns that are obviously impossible for human reaction to repeat. May or may not cross into Fridge Brilliance if you realize that they have the in-game advantage of not being human over the player.
  • Contemplate Our Navels: Byte as the reformat wall approaches.
  • Cool Bike: TRON 2.0 has its own updated version of the lightcycles (designed by Syd Mead).
  • Corporate Warfare: Kidnapping, armed robbery, armies of mercenaries...F-Con puts the "hostile" in hostile takeover.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: If you thought Dillinger from the first film was bad, the fCon crew are worse. It is hinted that fCon's CEO is actually Dillinger.
  • Corrupted Data: This trope is encountered all over the place. Virus-infected Z-Lots will have garbled names. Attacking with a certain weapon will cause the Program to convulse and stammer error messages. If a virus infects Jet's Profiler subroutine, then the input for enemy names and stats are garbled. Considering the universe we're dealing with, all of it is perfectly Justified.
  • The Corruption: Thorne becomes a living version of this, infecting other Programs to turn them into insane Z-lots. Jet is able to use weapons originating from the corruption without suffering ill effect. Fridge Brilliance when you realize he's an uncorrupted User, and not subject to the usual system guidelines.
  • Cutscene Incompetence: Early on, Jet managed to plow through several waves of security units. But when a cutscene takes him directly to the Kernel's office, he surrenders without a fight, though that's because his primitives were taken.
  • Cutscene Power to the Max: In-game, Mercury barely helps out, but when Jet's freed Ma3a and they're about to escape, she is shown fending off about five Z-lots in melee combat in a You Shall Not Pass! moment.
  • Cyberpunk Is Techno: Yup. The whole soundtrack. The Antiquated Server level even samples Wendy Carlos's original score.
  • Cycle of Hurting : Due to the scarcity of save checkpoints, you will be using autosave frequently. Unfortunately, it's also very easy to save right before an inevitable de-rez or other failure, meaning you have to play the whole level from the start.
  • Deadly Disc: One of your weapons is an identity disc.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Byte. Even with a monotone voice, manages to snark off about and to the face of everything from Users to Z-lots.
  • Defends Against Their Own Kind: At first, Jet's got Thorne to deal with and needs to stop the corrupted User from destroying the Program world. But behind Thorne, there's F-Con's plans to invade and conquer Cyberspace with their army of mercenaries, leaving Jet, Alan, and Lora/Ma3a as Users fighting for the Programs.
  • Deity of Human Origin / Demon of Human Origin: True to the franchise, but Downplayed with the Bradleys as Jet doesn't want that status, Alan isn't in long enough to figure out the User idea, and Lora-Ma3a is part AI and throwing this trope about like a pinball. Thorne is the Demon type who is completely Drunk with Power once he gets uploaded and the Datawraith mercenaries are trying to invoke the trope to terrorize the Programs into giving up their Users' secrets to these new "gods."
  • Digitized Hacker: Staple for the franchise. Thorne and the Datawraiths play out the ugly aspects of this trope. The former declares himself a virtual god and amasses an army of corrupted followers. The latter are mercenaries under the employ of fCon, out to steal everything from state secrets and bank accounts to controlling global finance markets and media outlets. That's why Ma3a resorted, in desperation, to Takes One to Kill One and kidnapped the protagonist to help. She explicitly states that humans are "five hundred and twenty six times more powerful" inside Cyberspace than out in the analog world.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: Thorne, the apparent Big Bad, is killed off about 2/3rds of the way through the game (and not even by the player). The remainder of the game is spent dealing with fCon and their DataWraith scheme.
  • Disneyfication: Well, it is a Disney universe, and it warrants a Teen rating while most first person shooters are Rated M for Money. Monolith managed it by making liberal use of the franchise's Bloodless Carnage, the fact that Jet is killing Programs, and even hinting Death Is Cheap with Mercury's restoration from backup. They also avoid having Team Bradley kill humans by various dodges. Thorne is killed by the Kernel, the Wraiths are kicked out to analog when defeated, and the Terrible Trio end up imprisoned on a hard disk. It's only when you think about it a bit that anything actually becomes disturbing. Oddly enough, this makes this game not only Lighter and Softer as far as FPS games, it's also Lighter and Softer then TRON: Legacy and even TRON: Uprising by a large degree.
  • Dying as Yourself: Thorne; he even helps out the good guys with some information before he goes.
  • Easy Amnesia: Justified as Mercury gets caught in the reformat which wipes her memory since the last backup.
  • The Elevator from Ipanema: ENCOM's break room plays a smooth jazz rendition of TRON's theme.
  • Energy Ball: The Ball weapons. They use energy, are difficult to aim with any accuracy, and cause a large area of splash damage. When wielded by Thorne's minions, they also corrupt and infect nearby Programs.
  • Escort Mission: Through the last quarter of the game, you're escorting your father through F-Con's network. Not as bad as the Protection Missions because he has the good sense to duck or otherwise take cover when discs start flying.
  • Everything Is Online: Played mostly straight as Thorne also uses the Internet and other networking protocols to spread the virus, and F-con is about to launch a virtual server (software that acts like a server) to spread the DataWraiths. Jet is hopping between network connections to travel between systems. However, especially in the case of EN-1282, the challenge is getting it online.
  • Explosive Overclocking: Literally done. This is the TRON universe, after all. Jet overclocks an old Encom mainframe to upload Ma3a to it, getting her out of immediate danger. Unfortunately, the overclocking tears the old system apart, forcing him and Ma3a to retreat to the open Internet.
  • Exposition Fairy: Byte and Ma3a take turns on this one.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Ma3a and, in a sense, Tron; the "Tron Legacy" (no relation) code Jet tries to find to fight fCon turns out to be designed to Kill All Users — as he finds out just after Ma3a assimilates the code.
  • Floating Platforms
  • Fun with Acronyms: Ma3a's name comes from originally being called Math Assistant. The second "a" came from the software being uploaded with voice synthesis and recognition, earning it the name Ma1a.
  • Game Mod: The Killer App Mod from LDSO (Living Dead System Operators, a dedicated fan collective) patches a lot of the bugs found in initial release and restores several Xbox only weapons to multiplayer (and yes, they maintain their own server for it on a limited basis). The same collective also came out with "User Error," a fan-done expansion pack that attempts to tie the game into the TRON: Legacy timeline.
  • Gladiator Games: Yup. Lightcycle arenas — just like the movies. Jet is sent to these as an alternative form of death sentence.
  • The Glasses Come Off: Jet wears glasses in the analog world. They vanish once he hits cyberspace. Same thing happens when his dad is zapped in.
  • A God Am I: Thorne. He later realizes he's nothing.
  • A God I Am Not: Between Thorne and the DataWraiths, and the fact it almost got him killed by The Kernel, Jet is reluctant at best about embracing his User status (it's played up a lot more in the spin-off comic). As a result, he's at best only capable of things a very high level program would be able to do: his best "superpower" is being able to decide what he wants to do, something programs can't do.
  • Going Down with the Ship:
    • Or "server" in the case of I-No.
    • Discussed then averted with Alan and Jet when they decide to crash F-Con's server from the inside.
  • Good Colors, Evil Colors: Exaggerated and Justified in the TRON universe. The color and pattern of a Program's circuits indicate their loyalties and their function, with each faction having their own color (Blue for Encom, red for ICP forces, purple for F-Con, Sickly Green Glow for Thorne and his viral army). You have to take note of both to keep from accidentally killing civilians.
    • Notably, while you will be fighting them for the majority of the game, the red ICP programs are not evil. They're security, and they're doing their job of attempting to prevent unauthorized access.
  • Gratuitous French: Eva Popoff
  • Grid Inventory: Jet has a varying amount of space available in each level to load power-up programs. Alpha-grade programs take up three times as much space as the gold versions of the same power-up — and if all you have are one-slot inventory spaces available, you're in trouble.
    • Interestingly, the amount of space is determined by the system you're accessing: some systems have lots of space for programs, while some (particularly the EN-1214 system) have very limited space due to hardware constraints.
  • Happy Ending Override: Not quite as catastrophic as TRON: Legacy, but still unpleasant. The comic establishes that Flynn apparently went insane and vanished (without so much as a pager left behind), Lora was killed by her experimental laser with the part of her that remained in the system compiled into Ma3a, Alan has been exiled to a basement lab, Encom is on such shaky ground that a fly-by-night like F-Con can buy them out, and Tron's fate is explicitly said to be "unknown."
  • He Knows About Timed Hits: Byte and the help programs display this during the tutorial.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Mercury, though she "gets better" (eventually).note 
  • Hijacked by Ganon: Thorne was being used by F-con. F-con's day to day operations are run by Seth Crown. But Crown's boss? Heavily implied to be Edward Dillinger, though a resurrected Master Control is also plausible. It shows up again in the Killer App sequel as the malicious User behind the problem is voiced by Corey Burton doing the same David Warner impression he pulled later for Kingdom Hearts II
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: The trio of bad guys wanted to digitize humans to infiltrate all corners of cyberspace. At the end they're digitized, and turned into cyberspace Eldrich Abominations. Jet defeats them and Alan traps them on a hard disk.
  • Honorary Uncle: The in-game emails reveals that Kevin Flynn is Jet's godfather, and the spin-off comic has Jet talking about "Uncle Kevin's" cyberspace misadventures.
  • Hopeless Boss Fight: invoked Invoked in-universe by programs who learn Jet will be facing Mercury on the Light Cycles grid.
  • Hostage Spirit Link: Killing any ally or civilian Program or failing to protect Ma3a and Alan leads to an instant Non-Standard Game Over, as Jet's "program" is forcibly terminated by the systemnote .
  • Humans Are the Real Monsters:
    • The whole problem comes from a handful of greedy, vicious, and stupid humans who want to exploit and enslave the Programs in order to Take Over the World from the shadows by blackmailing world leaders and manipulating world finance and media. Thorne was just an Unwitting Pawn to that end, despite his A God Am I trip. The Programs themselves just want to protect their home.
    • The programs complain that the Users (especially the Wraiths) treat them like dirt and demean them. One of them snorts that if that's what Users are like, maybe worshipping them is wrong. Mercury even tells Jet that Users make her feel crude. Jet replies that it's humans who are the crude ones, and that people are not ready to interact with the cyberworld.
  • Inhuman Resources: Dr. Eva Popoff makes Dillinger look reasonable.
  • Inside a Computer System: Remember what universe we're dealing with.
  • Internal Deconstruction: The implications of humans being Physical Gods in cyberspace are glossed over in the TRON films (and Expanded Universe), which feature malelovent Programs enslaving other Programs and planning to turn the same cruelty onto the human world. To switch the storyline to where the Programs are (for the most part) well-intentioned, and for humans to exploit virutal godhood in the worst way possible certainly hits one of the central premises of the universe and inverts the source of conflict shown in the movies, but doesn't do much past that. The spin-off comics take it all the way to Deconstructor Fleet.
  • Item-Drop Mechanic: When you de-rez an enemy, it leaves behind a "core dump" containing a small Essence Drop of energy and health as well as subroutines and permissions. Yes, even the Wraiths. Try not to think TOO hard about the implications of this.note 
  • It's Up to You: Zig-Zagged. Users (humans) are almost Physical Gods in cyberspace, and with a corruped User unleashing Zombie Apocalypse all over the digital world, Ma3a figured the only thing that could stop a User was another User. Jet was also immune to Thorne's plague, whereas no Program could take a hit without becoming a Zombie Infectee. Worse, the Knight Templar Kernel had also flagged Ma3a as an enemy, and Ma3a's agent, Mercury, is de-rezzed when the Encom server reformats, leaving Jet as her only line of defense. Of course, by the time Jet reaches Thorne, the Kernel has already mortally wounded Thorne (who was likely wounded earlier during the Bar Brawl). And once the DataWraiths show up, it pretty much becomes "only a User can fight another User."
  • Jack-of-All-Stats: Disc upgrades (Sequencer and Cluster) also use very little extra energy compared the the Rod, Ball, and Mesh weapons, and offer a great balance between firing speed, range, ammo cost, damage, and accuracy. The Mesh blaster may fire faster, the LOL (sniper rifle) may be more accurate and cause more damage, and the viral Ball weapons cause a lot of damage at the cost of accuracy, but the Discs are very well balanced on all of the above. Little wonder they're the weapon of choice in the franchise.
  • Knight Templar: The Kernel, so very much. He is willing to destroy entire servers full of uninfected civilians to staunch the spread of the virus, orders his men to attack Jet and Ma3a, nearly executes Jet when Jet tries to explain the situation, and then challenges Jet to a one-on-one disc-only duel when Jet and Alan try to stop the Kernel from finishing off the mortally wounded and helpless Thorne.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall:
    • One of the emails in EN12-82 is Flynn asking Alan if he can use TRON as the name of his new video game.
    • A program before the Advancing Wall of Doom level recommends Jet Save Scum before proceeding.
  • Legendary in the Sequel: Both played straight and subverted. Several Programs mention Tron as a legendary hero, the focus of a King in the Mountain style myth that states that he will return in the system's darkest hour. At least one NPC wistfully wishes he'd return to help them fight the DataWraiths. note  Amusingly enough, no Program seems to remember Flynn...
  • Let's Play: Several, but Parlock's and countzeroLP's are complete.
  • Lighter and Softer: Especially compared to the canon sequels. Yes, a first person shooter manages to be one of the most optimistic entries in the franchise.
  • Literal Metaphor: Everything in the game. For example, when they plan to crash the server, they literally mean to make the server (which is represented as a boat) to literally crash into the "ground".
  • Load-Bearing Boss: Inverted when Jet has to battle a Seeker in ENCOM's old mainframe. The presence of the Seeker, a newer and thus more resource dependent program, is too much for the old technology to bear and it periodically craps out, darkening the arena and releasing smaller enemies.
    • Played straight with Thorne's server. Once he dies, the whole place goes into cascade failure. Justified partly because we are talking about a server heavily damaged by the corruption and because Jet's fight with the Kernel took out a few major support pillars.
  • Locking MacGyver in the Store Cupboard: Nice going, F-Con thugs. You lock Alan freaking Bradley (the guy who pretty much invented computer security in this universe) in a closet full of spare computer equipment. That can't backfire on you...
  • Logic Bomb: A prissy archive guard bars Jet from going into the Historical Archive on the old mainframe. Jet quickly asks him what the 7th even prime number isnote , causing him to spazz out.
  • Lost in Transmission: Oh, Users. For three-quarters of the game, Jet's instructions from "Guest" and Ma3a are incomplete, full of static, cryptic, incorrect, or all of the above.
  • Ludicrous Gibs: The "canonical" sequels have dying programs collapse into a shower of little cubes. On this one, enemies explode into piles of flying body parts before de-rez.
  • Made a Slave: The Kernel plans to execute Jet outright, but Mercury intervenes when Jet mentions Ma3a and suggests sentencing him to the Game Grid instead. This is mostly so she can break him out herself when he proves he can hold his own.
  • Magnet Hands: You can perform all sorts of acrobatic tricks and still catch your disk without fail!
  • Meaningful Name: I-No is an appropriate name for a wizened old indexing program who knows every corner of his system.
  • Minor Major Character: The F-Con CEO. He sets all this mess in motion as part of what's said to be a twenty year plan to get revenge in addition to Take Over the World, but does little directly. It's the Terrible Trio doing the legwork.
  • The Man Behind the Man: What F-Con aspires to be using their rule of cyberspace to blackmail world leaders and manipulate global media. There is also the mysterious CEO of F-Con (Word of God says he's Dillinger from the first film) who is directing matters unseen while the Terrible Trio do the legwork.
  • Mike Nelson, Destroyer of Worlds: What did you think overclocking a circa 1982 mainframe in order to upload a modern AI was going to do?!
  • Mind Screw: The spin-off comics for many readers. The whole thing turns out to be a collective hallucination from three glitched Programs, two of which think they're Jet and the third is trying to mislead them. They're still pretty weird, even after the explanation. The characterization of Alan also veers into Ron the Death Eater territory.
  • Mini-Game: The light cycle races, which also tend to be Nintendo Hard. Later versions of the game allow you to skip the ones in the main game, and there is also a non-story-based light cycle game mode you can play any time.
  • Mook Commander: After reaching a certain score threshold dark blue Commander units start appearing on the board, and all other opponents move and attack faster until the Commander is defeated.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • One of the techs asks Jet if he could have some of Alan's popcorn, as Roy did with Alan in the original film.
    • One of the guards snarks that he's seen "compound interest Programs fight better," an indirect reference to Crom.
    • Crowne reacts to a slow elevator exactly how Alan did in the film - about to bang the door with his fist when it opens.
    • When Alan is sent to the system, he looks like he's borrowed Tron's clothing — and looks rather ridiculous in it.
    • When Jet is traveling through the old mainframe, the "Reindeer Flotilla" password from the film activates a battalion of tanks.
    • A conversation between Jet and Alan references a bit from the film; "We made it!" "This far."
    • "End of Line" is used as a form of "goodbye" or "end of message" several times.
  • Nerds Are Sexy: Even outside of cyberspace, Jet is quite good looking. His dad didn't age so badly, either.note 
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!:
    • Jet compiling the Tron Legacy code. Alan thought that it would be safe to compile since he thought there were no humans in the system. Once he found out Jet was in the system, he desperately tried to tell Jet not to compile it. Too late.
    • The Legacy Code is located on an old mainframe, but Ma3a is in danger. Jet overclocks the old mainframe to upload her out of trouble. But Reality Ensues - overclocking a computer, particularly an old one, is a fast way to destroy it.
    • A very delayed case: The old mainframe is populated with tanks that cannot be deactivated or destroyed, forcing Jet to run the proverbial gauntlet. Flynn left them behind in the system...Nice freakin' going, "Uncle Kevin!"
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: F-Con decides to test their laser by zapping Alan in, which reuinites him with his son and Ma3a. Now, remember - this is Tron's User, a guy who probably invented computer security in this universe...
  • Ninja: fCon's DataWraiths are all-but-literally computer ninja — digitized hackers able to infiltrate any system, and appear and disappear with virtually no warning to attack the player. In fact, their animations are almost entirely copied from the ninjas in No One Lives Forever 2.
  • Nintendo Hard:
    • Like Metroid Prime, TRON 2.0 can be described as a first-person platformer with shooting. Unlike Metroid Prime, the jump distances are hard to control, often landing you in the Bottomless Pit over and over. And you can't fall as far as you can in many other games before hitting the ground becomes instant death.
    • Also, even on Normal mode a group of ICP can kill you in seconds. Combine this with the jumping puzzles and the dodgy disk mechanic and you really should just turn on God Mode and enjoy the Scenery Porn. The jumping puzzles will still kill you more than most other game's enemies.
    • This is without even mentioning that there is no autosave. No joke, you have to rely on the quicksave function a LOT. Yes, this is lampshaded by one character, but he refers to it as "autosaving". Further inexcusable considering that one of Monolith's previous FPS titles, Aliens vs. Predator 2 actually DID use an autosave function.
  • No Ending: The ending leaves more open than it solves. Sure, Thorne's dead, the virus was halted, Alan and Jet make it back to the analog world, and it seems their rocky relationship is a bit smoother now. Yes, Ma3a is uploaded out of danger and Mercury appears to have escaped. However, The F-con CEO / Dillinger/ (or maybe even Master Control Program 2.0) is still operating with impunity, and Alan cuts him off in mid-threat. Furthermore, Crown, Popoff, and Baza are trapped on a hard disk, and Alan isn't in any hurry to free them. And what about the F-Con buyout of Encom, and all those DataWraiths?
  • Non Standard Game Over: Kill any civilian Program, ally, or anyone that is not out to cause Jet harm, and you get an announcement that you have performed an illegal operation, the game ending five seconds later. However, if you fail your Protection Mission or Escort Mission, you will get the announcement "You failed to protect Ma3a" or "You failed to protect your father."
  • No OSHA Compliance: Every level has bottomless pits. Aside from the City Hub, none of them have railings.
  • No Plans, No Prototype, No Backup: In this continuity, it took 20 years to fully recreate the digitizer technology because only the MCP knew how to make the corrections needed to allow humans to enter the Grid intact. Emails suggest, however, that the developers were unaware of this fact and that they did not know that the digitizing laser only worked because the MCP was tweaking the incoming data. Also the reason for Thorne being in the system in his viral state: they put him in without the necessary corrections.
  • Oh, Crap!: Jet when he receives the warning from "Guest" not to compile the Tron Legacy code as it's happening.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname:
    • "Jet" is short for "Jethro". We only see this in the in-game email.
    • Subversion with Mercury's User. She only knows him as "Guest." Turns out, Guest is Alan, using a game console and spare parts to hack into the system!
    • Another subversion is that Jet is called "Alan 2" by Mercury which should have been a huge clue to Jet that Alan was feeding her instructions.
  • Parents in Distress: The whole thing kicks off when the F-Con thugs kidnap Jet's dad in broad daylight from Encom HQ. Even with the problems in cyberspace, his overriding concern is to rescue his father. The F-Con cyber attack seems focused on the AI Ma3a and the laser correction algorithms she carries. But then we get The Reveal that Ma3a is what's left of Jet's mother and things just got a lot more serious for Bradley the Younger.
  • Physical God: Played with. Users in this setting can certainly be powerful. Even at his bare minimum, Jet is much stronger than most Programs, who have to resort to sheer numbers to wear him down. And Thorne pretty much does live down to a near-deity status as he infects hordes of minions. Ma3a, who is only part User, being what remains of Lora, can also unleash terrifying amounts of power given sufficient time or bad code. The DataWraiths (digitized mercenaries) are also the nastiest Mook enemies you can face. However, they are not as powerful as Seeker engines, or other heavy-duty security countermeasures, and Alan Bradley has laughably low hit points once he's zapped in.
  • Pillar of Light: Exit ports (the means to travel across different systems) appear as these. The final Boss Battle is inside the transit beam going home.
  • Plague Zombie: The Z-Lots. They are single-minded, insane, with attacks are designed to infect and corrupt other Programs and turn them into more Z-Lots.
  • Powers as Programs: The only thing always available are the "basics": the disc, the rod, the ball, and the mesh. All their other iterations (they have two additional versions each) are loaded as programs in Jet's "memory allocation" on the server he's on, along with the additional powers, such as increasing jump height, silent running, and so on. Virus-type enemies can infect programs to reverse their effects (the silent running program makes Jet's footsteps louder, for example), and all programs have an alpha, beta, and gold level. Alpha is the least effective (or the most costly in terms of energy) and takes up the most space in memory (four contiguous blocks), beta is more effective (or less costly) and takes up two blocks, and gold is the most effective (or least costly) and only takes up one block. While there are beta versions of programs that can be found while exploring, you can only get gold versions by "feeding" the program to a code optimizer. Of which there are a limited number, and which can only be used once each.
    • There's two weapons that do not have gold versions available, and one of them doesn't have a beta version either: the Energy Claw and the Prankster Bit. The Energy Claw can be found as an alpha and upgraded to beta using one of the last available COWs (Code Optimization Wares), or found as a beta later on. The Prankster Bit is only found as an alpha. After getting the alpha Energy Claw and upgrading it to a beta version (or finding the beta version), there are no more COWs in the game. And you get the Prankster Bit so late in the game that there's no COWs at all after you find it, so it can never be upgraded (without cheating).
  • Protection Mission: Two of them, both guarding Ma3a. The first one is where she needs to be protected from hostile security programs while she tries to override the server's security. The second is a Bar Brawl where Thorne and his Z-Lots try to kill her and you have to fend them off long enough for her to compile some code.
  • Psycho Prototype: Tron Legacy was abandoned in its unfinished state, still unable to differentiate between authorized and unauthorized digital users (a bug that Alan never managed to squish). Once it's compiled, it takes the form of an Ax-Crazy Blood Knight, indiscriminately attacking any users it sees.
  • Psychic Strangle: The Energy Claw subroutine is a nasty cross of this and Life Drain. Use it and the opponent visibly chokes to while it fills up your energy (ammo) bar.
  • Punny Name:
    • I-No. Justified as he is an information retrieval Program.
    • The leader of all the security programs is, of course, their Kernel.
  • Recursive Canon: The TRON arcade game from the 1980s appears; the explanation is that Kevin Flynn created a game based on his adventures in the film, which was later published by Encom. The same explanation was recycled for TRON: Legacy.
  • RPG Elements: Before they were widely popular. The player can gather points throughout the game that can be used to "upgrade" Jet's basic characteristics (life meter, energy meter, etc.) by increasing his version number: he starts as Jet 1.0.0, and every 100 points, he upgrades to another full version (2.0.0, 3.0.0, etc) and can improve a characteristic. His highest full version is 9, and there's enough upgrade points to get him halfway to 10 (in case you miss some of the points). Upgrades improve his max health, max energy pool, energy/health drain speed, weapon efficiency, and so on. Upgrading any characteristic to max gives it a "surge", which is a massive final bonus to the characteristic: health surge gives a huge increase to maximum health, for example.
  • Save Both Worlds: fCon's plans would bring devastation to the electronic world, either via Zombie Apocalypse (Thorne) or by the DataWraiths brutalizing the Programs into giving up their secrets. But since the real goal of the company is to Take Over the World by using the data they loot, it quickly becomes this.
  • Save Scumming: Lampshaded by an NPC:
    "I'm auto-saving every 30 seconds. I suggest you do the same."
  • Save the Villain: Twice. The first time with Thorne. You need him alive to interrogate him about F-con's schemes, the second time With the Terrible Trio after they were fused into a monster. You have to defeat them and kick them out of the transit beam or they will die upon arrival in analog.
  • Scenery Porn: Watching the TRON universe is one thing; interacting with it is another thing altogether.
  • Secondary Character Title: Up to Eleven — Tron himself doesn't appear, and is only mentioned in passing by a couple characters. I-No explicitly states that he "vanished" shortly after the victory over Master Control. Fridge Brilliance, though, if you think of Programs as the children of their Users; Jet and Tron have the same father.
  • Shout-Out:
    • TRON 2.0 has several little references to the first film, such as the popcorn machine.
    • Jet is playing the original TRON Arcade game in the opening.
    • There're shout-outs to Marathon:
      • "Frog blast the vent core!"
      • Among the infected program enemies you can spot ones named Durandal and Rampancy.
  • Sickly Green Glow: The corruption.
  • Simple, yet Awesome: The Disc Primitive can be considered this if you think of it as basically taking down armies with what is essentially a cyberpunk frisbee.
  • Spanner in the Works: F-Con's plan would have gone swimmingly if it hadn't been for the fact Alan was on the phone with Jet at the time F-Con's goons marched in.
  • Stat-O-Vision: The "Profiler" subroutine.
  • Stealth Pun: They're everywhere. Covering all of them would require an entire page. Let's start with the names of some programs.
    • Ordinary NPCs are given ordinary names, such as "Brian.exe". The security programs, Intrusion Countermeasure Programs, are given names like "svchost.exe" and "spoolsv.exe". There are enemies called "Resource Hogs" which are given distorted names of real programs such as "reelplayer.exe", "inlook.exe", "screensaver.exe" and "exploder.exe". Virus programs called "Z-Lots"note  who are spawned by "Rector Scripts" also exist.
    • ICPs run after you with identity disks alight shouting such gems as, "Freeze, Program!", "You can't hide from me—I know all the shortcuts", "Quit running!", and "Stop executing escape routine!".
    • There's an ICP who laments the approaching reformat because he lost all his updates the last time it happened. His buddy replies, "You'd lose your header if it wasn't compiled on."
    • "In the event of sudden archive decompression, a subnet mask will rez into your overhead memory. If you are accompanying any subprograms, please install your own mask before assisting them."
    • And finally, your weapons and sub-routines are named normally enough, but they couldn't help but sneak in a subroutine called "Megahurtz" that increases weapon damage and name your sniper rifle the "LOL".
  • Story Breadcrumbs: The in-game emails and video archives Jet finds tell most of the story of what happened between the events of the film and the events of the game, or what's going on in the analog world while Jet's fighting through cyberspace.
  • Swiss Army Weapon: Four of them! The Disc, Rod, Mesh and Ball primitives each have several different forms, on top of the use of the Rod for lightcycles;
  • Takes One to Kill One: Why Jet was uploaded in the first place. Humans are very powerful inside the computer world, and the only chance any Program had was the correct bet that Jet was going to help.
  • Take That!: The names of the Resource Hog type enemies include many thinly-veiled references to real-world applications, such as image_shop.exe, morton_disk_scan.exe and netscope.exe.
  • Technology Marches On: invoked In-universe, the old program I-No in the ENCOM mainframe brags about the machine's specs that a modern handheld console would be embarrassed to have.
    I-No: EN12-82, top of the line mainframe. Capable of 16 bit processing, full monochromatic display support, and a local storage of 128MB! I challenge you to find a more robust system!
  • Technology Porn: Not quite at the level of the movies, but still enough to make the nerds Squee!.
  • Terrible Trio: Crown (the sociopath), Popoff (the psychotic), and Baza (the coward)
  • Theme Tune Cameo: The Wendy Carlos Tron theme only appears once in the game.
  • Timed Mission: The PDA mission, of sorts. The player must activate all of the PDA's functions to cause a power drain so that the AI will decide Jet is too much of a hassle and give him the info he needs. To do this, the player has to find the quickest paths to each node, because a repair bot will turn off the nodes if he's too slow.
  • Totally Radical: The DJ, naturally. Daft Punk, he's not.
  • Trapped in Another World: Just like the films, no protagonist takes their first trip into cyberspace willingly. Also Deconstructed as F-Con's attempts to buy out Encom are just a means to an end; what they really want is the digitizing tech so that they can send in mercenaries to conquer the digital realm and exploit it for themselves.
  • Tron Lines: Again, see the universe we're dealing with. The circuitry patterns are more elaborate than either film's (but it comes closer to the first film's). Jet before and after digitization provides the page picture.
  • Unfinished, Untested, Used Anyway: Thorne saw Alan using the laser, but was warned that the correction algorithms were not completely tested. Thorne didn't buy it and told F-Con to use the laser anyway. Alan Bradley does not bluff when it comes to the need for safety measures as Thorne found out the hard way. Alan was still running the tests when F-Con kidnapped him, meaning Ma3a invoked this trope herself when zapping in Jet. F-Con then subverts it by making Alan the guinea pig for the laser to test it before sending in the wraiths, since that will get rid of him either way.
  • The Unfought: The mysterious CEO of F-Con (Word of God says he's Dillinger from the first film)
  • Video Game Cruelty Punishment: Kill any civilian program or ally, and your game immediately ends with "Illegal Program Termination."
  • The Virus: Thorne, the original Big Bad; attempting to digitize himself without Alan and Lora's correction algorithms left him as Patient Zero of the virus corrupting Encom's network.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: It's heavily implied that Lora's death put a huge wedge between Jet and Alan. Alan even grumbles during the game's intro that Jet is "as bad as Flynn." It's obvious that they do love one another, but there's not a lot of understanding on the part of either party.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: The Kernel. Everthing he does is for the security of the server.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: What about the mysterious leader of fCon? The developers once said that it would have been Dillinger, the human villain of the original movie (supported by an email where the CEO claims he "lost this company once before").
  • What If God Was One of Us?: Thorne gets uploaded and becomes The Despot. F-Con plan on being even worse Despots. In-game, Jet doesn't get a lot of time to think over the issue, but is more a Self-Denouncer, willing to take orders from Programs, work with the ICP forces on Thorne's server instead of taking command, and tell Mercury that humans are the ones too crude to exist in the digital world. In the comics, he has a full-blown mental breakdown, but settles on a cross of Self-Denouncer, Reluctant Messiah, and Savior; he may hate being a User or some of the things he has to do, but he does feel humans have an obligation to protect and care for the Programs they create.
  • The World Is Not Ready: After seeing the devastation Thorne and F-Con caused, and their plans to conquer the world from cyberspace, Jet and Alan appear to come to this conclusion, locking up the laser algorithims so no one can access them again.
  • Zombie Apocalypse: What the Thorne virus does on the other side of the screen. It kills sentient Programs, making them single-minded Z-Lots whose sole function is to corrupt or destroy healthy ones. Parlock lampshades this in his Let's Play.

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Alternative Title(s): Tron 20


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