Take the 2-minute tour ×
Science Fiction & Fantasy Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for science fiction and fantasy enthusiasts. It's 100% free, no registration required.

In the original movie Tron, the Tron program was designed to monitor the internal network of the company.

Did Flynn make a copy of that program and insert it into his experimental world, or did he remove it from the company and add it to his world?

If it is the latter, then that would mean there's a perfectly good Tron program back at the company, right?

I was just wondering.

share|improve this question

3 Answers 3

The voiceover makes it pretty clear that Tron was transferred from the old system whereas Clu was written specifically for the new system;

KEVIN: Tron was created by Alan for the old system. I brought him here to protect this one. Clu was my creation, a program designed to create a perfect world.

In the original script, it's explicit that he's the same program, rather than a copy. The back-story describes Tron as having been "dusted off", "seriously upgraded, over-clocked, armed for trouble" and "reprogrammed" from a "crude security program...strictly low-rez" into a "ruthless cyber-ninja."

share|improve this answer

Flynn says that Tron was made for the days of the MCP program, since that was no longer necessary he brought him with him to his new Grid to act as a protector.

Since Tron had no more utility in the ENCOM system, it sounds like he was moved to the new Grid underneath Flynn's arcade.

share|improve this answer
    
You're not wrong, but the lack of any Canon reference or evidence was why I downvoted. –  Richard Apr 25 at 7:38
    
I just wasn't able to find the exact quote that you did. –  Jack B Nimble Apr 25 at 14:30
    
Perhaps you're not nimble enough? –  Richard Apr 25 at 17:21

Technically, yes. However, the concept of copying things in fictionalized computer worlds is often full of such issues or possible unaddressed inconsistencies. Just consider the text of your question, as an example, every time it is viewed copies are made in the process. The underlying way nearly all software functions involves redundancy, backups, and making copies at multiple levels, including copies inherent in the very process of moving "locations." Presumably, the same would be true in the world of Tron.

In a way the issue reminds me of a similar issue with transporter technology in fiction. Since if you think about the way such technology functions (whether or not the being's actually atoms are moved from A to B) a clone is made and the original is killed - i.e., it is a fax machine with a shredder on the sending side. What would Star Trek be like if they didn't vaporize the original every time? However, like Tron, if the concept and impact of these replications don't serve the story they are often sidelined and not addressed.

share|improve this answer

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.