Dyson is Clu's highest-ranking, and deadliest, soldier. Originally he was a security program created by Kevin Flynn, working to keep order on the Grid alongside his old friend Tron. Dyson was originally a security program working for TRON and his team, keeping order in the unrest after the arrival of the ISOs. Dyson was uneasy around the ISOs, seeing them as unnatural, as no one had programmed them or given them any clear purpose. His suspicion boiled, & powered into outright hatred during a protest in the ISO district, which had escalated into a riot when an identity disc apparently thrown from a crowd of ISOs struck a Basic and derezzed him. Dyson, attempting to keep order, was hit by another disc, which left him with a vivid, disfiguring, & intense scar across the right side of his face.
Though Tron tried to reason with him, Dyson thereafter regarded the ISOs as a disease that had to be kept from spreading. When Flynn arrived on the Grid, Dyson addressed him directly, stating that the ISOs perverted the Grid and needed to be erased. Flynn recognized Dyson, but, although informed by Tron that Dyson had sustained his very visible injury in the line of duty, replied the Grid had created the ISOs and they had as much right to be there as the Basics did.
When Clu confronted Flynn and Tron as Flynn was preparing to depart for the real world, Dyson was waiting in the shadows, having joined Clu's side willingly. On Clu's signal, he sent a squadron of Black Guards to attack Tron, who in the end was overpowered and defeated, although his prompt action had allowed Flynn to escape. Dyson then stepped forward to join Clu, who boasted to the fallen Tron that he had made Dyson "perfect again;" the scar that had disfigured Dyson's face was gone. Tron, shocked by his old friend's complicity, accused Clu of betraying the Grid, but Dyson retorted that it had been Flynn who betrayed them all, and that now Clu was free to cleanse the Grid of the ISOs. He then stood by as Clu knelt over Tron to strike one final, devastating blow.
Tron woke in a repurposing facility presided over by Dyson, who explained, while torturing Tron with an assortment of bladed implements, that he'd repurposed all the programs under Tron's command. The repurposing process, however, was a crude one, leaving little of the victim's personality intact, and Dyson demanded that Tron submit to Clu's rule willingly instead, insisting that programs could only be truly liberated through "perfection." Tron refused, mocking the repairs Clu had done to Dyson's face, and Dyson snarled that he would show him what it was like to be imperfect. His next round of torture left Tron with a gaping facial scar, and Dyson told the sentries waiting outside to take the exhausted, wounded warrior to Clu's throneship.
Dyson then stood outside, listening to Clu's voice ringing out over a vast army of repurposed programs, and watched the recognizer carrying Tron as it flew towards Clu's throneship. However, one of the recognizer's legs exploded and the vehicle careened out of sight to crash in the Outlands, leaving Dyson to believe that Tron was dead.
Personality and traits
Originally a capable security program who worked well with his old friend Tron, Dyson fostered a wary prejudice against ISOs which turned to full-blown hatred after his facial injury. Once he transferred his loyalty to Clu, who had cultivated his opinions and repaired the injury which even Flynn had neglected, he became the monster that he is currently, showing no compunction about turning against his former allies and participating in the ensuing coup.
Dyson can be best described as sinster, cruel, vicious, psychopathic, and, as said by Tron himself, "delusional". He is narcissistic, prideful about his appearance and taking care to preserve his own safety, but uncaringly repurposing his former colleagues and sending two squads of Black Guards to die in the attempt to restrain Tron without lifting a hand to aid them. His subsequent torture of Clu's enemies, including sessions with Tron which were so brutal that even one of his own sentries was shocked, reveal a streak of sadism.
He appears confident in his rank, secure in his position as a trusted aide of Clu, and enjoys mocking and discomfiting those of lesser power, a trait which does not endear him to those he lords over.
Skills and abilities
Dyson is a highly skilled program, and one of Clu's deadliest, & explosive agents. His skills are advanced enough to match and seriously injure Tron. He is also able to attach his disc to an energy cord for use as an entangling weapon as well as a throwing weapon.
Dyson appears to have incredibly good hearing, as he can hear things from very far away and has advanced investigation skills as he was able to find clues to a trap left behind by Beck that led to a hidden smoke grenade. Dyson is also very skilled and infamous in the art of torture, as one sentry remarked that Tron was the only one who hadn't screamed during his torture secessions.
- Dyson is the first program seen to attach his disc to an energy cord for use as an entangling weapon as well as a throwing weapon.
- Dyson is probably named after Freeman Dyson, a theoretical physicist and mathematician famous for his work in quantum electrodynamics, solid-state physics, astronomy and nuclear engineering.
- Dyson's voice actor John Glover has previously voiced the computer virus Abraxas in TRON: Evolution, and Dyson shares many traits with his predecessor.
- A briefly released storyboard video for an unfinished future scene shows Dyson, at Clu's behest, punishing Tesler for his mishandling of the Renegade situation by once again cutting off his hands.
- Tron: Uprising seems to imply that all the later iterrations of the Black Gaurds share some of Dyson's coding and design. the evidence for this is that the Black Guards all share Dysons same design scheme after being repurposed by Clu. The implication being that Clu had the idea of imprinting all repurposed programs with the coding of his best soldier.