Also, since Flynn was the only one able to create new programs, why couldn't he make a second copy of himself (CLU 3.0), with a sole objective to remove CLU and maintain the current structure of the grid?

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Flynn had the master key that controlled the Portal, the only exit from the Grid. The key did not allow him to create programs, but the fact that he is a User allow him. And he is not an ordinary user, he is The Creator of the second Grid. (see : Why didn't Sam have the same powers as Flynn when he was in the Grid?)

Deleting Clu from inside the grid is not as simple as it would be from the outside. To get rid of him, Flynn had to reintegrate him, whatever that means, sacrificing himself in the process. Why it had to be done that way is a mystery, but it was supposedly the only way.

As for the creation of an other copy of Clu, I suspect the problem is that Flynn doesn't have access to the resources he needs to create anything new, since Clu took control of everything in the Grid and made sure Flynn could not access it.

  • That makes sense, I just figured that Clu wouldn't have the ability to deny permission to his parent.
    – Snarebyte
    Commented May 1, 2013 at 15:17
  • And yet Flynn built that house out in the bad lands, presumably after fleeing Clu's kudeta. Commented May 1, 2013 at 16:25
  • @JackBNimble Building a house and a program is different. For a house, he needed rocks, (or the digital version of rocks). To create program, he probably needed more than rocks.
    – DavRob60
    Commented May 1, 2013 at 16:42
  • @JackBNimble I would imagine the house to have been his from before CLU's overthrow. How else would he have had the books from the real world as well as the 2nd generation Lighty Cycle he had been working on all those years ago?
    – Monty129
    Commented May 1, 2013 at 16:46
  • @Monty129 If that is true why didn't Clu know where his house was? Commented May 1, 2013 at 17:00

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