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Mara is a supporting character in TRON: Uprising, voiced by Mandy Moore. She is one of Beck's best friends and his co-worker at Able's garage. Mara specializes in making deadly weapons and vehicles. She has also expressed admiration for Beck's renegade program disguise, completely unaware of his true identity.

Beck's Beginning

Mara had worked at Able's garage for much of her life. She specialized in working on the deadliest vehicles and weaponry on the Grid. Then Clu's forces took control of Argon City, and Mara's friend Bodhi was derezzed before her eyes by a guard. Mara was upset but did nothing. A short time later, a new statue of Clu was destroyed by a mysterious program who, unknown to Mara, was her friend Beck in disguise. Talking about the incident with her friends at the garage, Mara expressed admiration for the program's bravery, and also commented that he looked handsome, though Zed noted in exasperation that he was wearing a mask. This was the first of what would be many clashes between them about whether the Renegade was a blessing, effort, or a curse.

General Tesler began to have programs seized and forced to fight in the Games, hoping to draw the Renegade out and capture him. Mara and her friend Zed were among the captured programs, and were taken by light rail toward the city's new Coliseum. via route, the train's beam supports were sabotaged, causing it to crash, and the Renegade freed the trapped programs. As the prisoners fled in all directions, Mara wanted to stop and greet or thank their rescuer, but Zed took her wrist and pulled her onward.

The Renegade

Unaware of the crush that Zed had been secretly nursing for her, Mara accompanied him and several of their other coworkers to the 0001001 Club, their most frequent hangout. Zed, too embarrassed to take the initiative and ask to dance with Mara, sat alone at a table and enviously watched her dance with the others. By the time Mara rejoined him, he had been approached by a program named Perl; Mara asked him to dance, but Zed, disappointed that she had asked out of friendship, departed with Perl.

During their next workshift, Mara noticed Zed was acting strangely. She realized what was wrong when Able walked in, looking for the missing baton of his rare ENCOM-786 light cycle. Zed started to make up a story, but Mara pulled him away with an excuse, using a tracking device to help him find the stolen baton.

Together, Mara and Zed confronted Perl and her criminal gang; Perl taunted Zed, but Mara punched her, saying that nobody insulted her best friend like that. Zed grabbed the missing baton and the two sped off. They accidentally led the pursuing gang straight into Paige, who had been fighting the Renegade, and in the confusion Mara and Zed escaped. Mara later reassured Zed when he complained that he'd never be worthy of a girl like Perl.

Blackout

Mara was present during the start of the Argon Race, supporting Zed, who was taking part. She was also present during Tesler's speech, disapproving of the general's message even as Zed cheered for it. Beck later told Zed that Mara had informed him what happened at the race, in order to avoid revealing that he had been there himself as the Renegade.

Identity

Speculating on the Renegade's identity, Mara decided she hoped he actually wasn't Tron, as she liked his air of mystery; she disapproved when Zed scoffed that the program was simply afraid to show his face.

When Zed excitedly showed her his new invention, a weapon that could derezz a light cycle by hitting its light ribbon, she pointed out in dismay that the weapon wouldn't just stop the Renegade but derezz him. Zed tried once again to convince her that the renegade was the bad guy and he was only trying to do the right thing by inventing a way to stop him, but she expressed her disappointment that he had fallen in with Bartik and Hopper, saying that she hadn't expected him to be like them. Nonetheless, she showed up for his first official test of the invention, and her presence influenced him to sabotage the device so that Paige's anti-Renegade taskforce wouldn't use it.

The Price of Power

Mara interrupted Bartik and Hopper when they arrived at the garage to harass Zed and the other workers. When Hopper said that they were there to see that her "pretty little hands" worked as fast as possible on Tesler's new battle tank, she said that her "pretty little fists" worked much faster, and, slapping a fist into her palm, offered to demonstrate. However, Able intervened before she could finish the threat. After the two threatening programs left, Mara offered to help Zed with the light cycle they had knocked over, but Zed, embarrassed to have been seen in a bad light, brushed her off and rolled it away.

Later, she saw Beck breaking up another confrontation between Hopper and Zed by twisting Hopper's arm and throwing him to the ground. When Beck drew his disc, Mara ran forward to stop him, shocked that he had come close to seriously hurting another program. However, when she later learned that Hopper and Bartik had instigated the arrest of the garage crew by Tesler's guards, she said that if her hands were free she would derezz them.

When a fight broke out in the garage between Pavel and the Renegade, Zed broke free during the chaos, and freed Mara as well. Mara ran to save another coworker, but Zed saw that a detached light jet was about to fall on her, and leaped to throw her clear. The fall knocked her out and left her with a wound on one arm; Zed carried her to safety and left her with Able while going back into the garage to rescue Hopper and Bartik.

After the battle, Mara used her identity disc to edit a patch over the wound on her arm, and said she wished she could have thanked "Tron" for saving her. Beck, however, broke in and told her it was Zed who saved her; astonished, she took Zed's hand and thanked him.

Personality, ego, skills and traits

Mara is an upbeat, friendly, A1, smart, and intelligent program who enjoys dancing, music, and relaxation. She values her friends/alliances and strives to keep a cheerful attitude, but has little sympathy for programs who threaten others. She is also an excellent strategist, quick-thinking, cool under pressure, and thriving in dangerous situations. For the most part, Mara believes that the Renegade - "Tron", - is the hero the Grid needs most. She is one of his staunchest followers, though she is unaware that the masked program is actually her friend Beck; she is willing to do whatever it takes to support him, and expresses annoyance at Zed's constant criticism of his methods. After an imposter's campaign to discredit the Renegade, Mara's opinion changed so far as to blame him for Able's death, but finally concluded that the city's residents couldn't expect one program to fight all their battles, a decision that prompted her to launch the first true resistance movement in Argon City.


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