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This here is some padding to hide the spoiler in the question from being visible on the question page. The question follows.

Shortly after Quorra, Kevin, and Sam get off the transport, Rinzler captures Quorra, what was it about Rinzler that made Kevin recognize him as

Tron?

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He recognized him due to his dual-wielding discs.

Right after Kevin says, "It's him, Tron," the camera focuses on the discs in Rinzler's hands for a few seconds. It's also possible he recognized him by his clothing. He still had the distinctive 'T' made of squares on his upper-chest.

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  • Dual discs didn't seem like a very positive identifier (unless a bigger deal was made of that in the original), but I can see how the "T" would set him apart--hadn't noticed that before.
    – jasonmklug
    Jul 12 '11 at 3:32
  • Might want to hide your answer as a spoiler Jul 12 '11 at 4:12
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    have to say, i never even noticed the symbol on the shirt, but there is a scene earlier which shows how the dual-wielding could have been a clue.
    – HorusKol
    Jul 12 '11 at 8:47
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    @Distill It didn't happen in the original. Earlier in the movie there was a scene where he got his hands on someone else's disc in addition to his own, and he found it useful during battle.
    – user1027
    Jul 12 '11 at 13:44
  • @HorusKol Don't worry, you're not the only one. I didn't spot it until Tron: Uprising drew attention to the symbol.
    – Izkata
    Jul 29 '12 at 4:44
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I just noticed that Tron has some sort of squares on his chest, in his Tron from and same for his Rinzler form, if you see in any other costume they don't have those squares, only him.

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  • Hi, welcome to SF&F. This would be a much better answer if you could include pictures showing this design.
    – DavidW
    Oct 26 at 16:58
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Kevin Flynn is the Creator of the Grid; the Grid's equivalent of the Christian God. Now granted, he's not Rinzler's creator, but he could have been working, and/or living with Rinzler, long enough to recognize him.

Rinzler could easily have worked with Clu before the betrayal. Whatever happened between the three of them, Flynn would be smart enough to figure it out.

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