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Rinzler is Clu's primary enforcer. He is an exceptionally skilled, and versatile warrior and is the elite combatant in all games in the Grid. In addition, he is the only known program to use two identity discs in battle. Originally known as Tron, Rinzler's identity came into being when Tron was supposedly "killed" by Clu. Rinzler makes his first appearance as the final opponent of the Disc Wars, where he identified Sam as a user after seeing him bleed, and brought him before CLU. He was later summoned when Quorra interrupted the Light Cycle duel, but was unable to prevent her from rescuing Sam. Despite the setback, he continued to assist CLU 2, acting as a personal enforcer.

On CLU's Carrier Ship, Kevin, Sam, and Quorra noticed Rinzler patrolling the area, and Kevin immediately recognized him as Tron, the former System Monitor program of the Tron system. Quorra allowed herself to be captured by Rinzler in order to lead him away from Kevin and Sam. Rinzler took her to CLU for interrogation, before being charged with escorting her back to CLU's Command Ship.

Once there, Rinzler interrupted Sam who had been in the process of liberating his father's identity disc. He pushed Quorra away to engage Sam in a disc fight, but this battle was cut short when he evaded two thrown discs only to be kicked off a nearby ledge by Quorra, lying forgotten at his feet. Rinzler was left dangling only briefly and promptly vaulted back into the ship as Sam and Quorra made their escape.

CLU then arrived with four Black Guards in tow, and together with Rinzler set out in pursuit of the fugitives, following their captured Light Jet with the smaller Light Jets of their own. In the ensuing fight, Rinzler and Kevin Flynn made eye contact. From that point on, Rinzler began to experience flashbacks of when he had once saved Kevin, and was able to overcome Clu's reprogramming, eventually overriding it altogether.

Once freed of CLU's control, he deliberately crashed his Light Jet into CLU's, derezzing both craft and allowing the three heroes a chance to escape. CLU and Rinzler scuffled briefly as they fell, but CLU grappled Rinzler's spare baton away, created a new Light Jet for himself, and left Rinzler to plummet into the Sea of Simulation below. Rinzler's circuitry flickered and died after he plunged into the sea. Then it relit in Tron's earlier white glow as he sank out of view.

Clues & Trivia

  • In TRON: Uprising, it is revealed that Rinzler identity and persona was originally Tron's disguise for hiding due to being scarred by the fight against CLU and his men.
  • In Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance, Rinzler's boss battle was supposed to be fought by Riku. Ultimately, the battle was moved to Sora's side, with the side effect of making the "combatant 13" moniker unintentionally foreshadow Sora's fall to darkness.
  • He only speaks twice.

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