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Just something that came out of my head while reading some LitRPGs. Today I'd like to help out one homeless warrior in getting a battle. We will be pitting two computer programs turned warriors in a duel to the end! Both of these warriors live in a digital world with gladiator-like computer games. Both are competitive and driven to win. And both are here to fight for our amusement.

Tron: Security program and champion of the Disc Wars!

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Zero: Virtual terrorist who caused mayhem in Warcross

Who is deadliest?!

Tron

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Tron is a security computer program written by Alan Bradley, and in 1982 was taken prisoner by the self-aware Master Control Program and forced to play on the Game Grid. His legendary skills and devotion to the users turned him into a formidable warrior and Disc Arena master. Tron's personality is that of a determined warrior, willing to do anything for the users and for the freedom of his fellow programs. He is usually serious and task-focused and has a deep reverence towards users, especially his own user, Alan-One. Tron displays a particularly high loyalty to Kevin Flynn, who is both his friend and a user. Tron bravely stood his ground against a superior number of soldiers, including Clu, to protect Flynn.

Tron would get corrupted by Clu after Flynn's departure, becoming the enforcer named Rinzler. When Kevin Flynn's son, Sam Flynn, entered The Grid, he encountered Rinzler and the final opponent in the Disk Wars games. During their fight, Rinzler's Identity Disk cut Flynn, causing him to bleed- something Rinzler recognized as the trait of a User, causing him to take the boy before CLU. Sam would escape CLU and rejoin his father and Quorra, and began to trouble CLU, causing Rinzler to fight them multiple times. In the end, re-encountering Kevin Flynn once again caused a flood of memories that not even CLU's new programming could counteract- his lights returned to their original blue color briefly before he sacrificed himself to slow CLU down and save the lives of the Flynns once again, sinking into the Sea of Simulation below.

Weapons and Abilities

Tron is a security program in the Game Grid, so he is granted with special abilities when it comes to combat in the virtual environment. He is able to read the energy traces of footprints by placing his hand on the floor of the Grid, an ability shared by security programs. Tron also has the ability to remove the effects of digital brainwashing. His complete topographic understanding of the system makes him a master tactician and effective leader. In terms of combat, Tron is very formidable. He is stronger, faster, and more durable than a human, capable of tanking damage from even powerful enemies. Tron could easily defeat four of the MCP's game programs in the Disc Wars game and took on four Clu's elite Black Guards. However, Tron is not invincible. Programs in the Grid needs a power source and a healing chamber to heal and recharge respectively.

In the Grid, Tron fights with:

  • Identity Disks: These circular frisbee-like weapons can be used as a melee weapon, ranged weapon, and defensive weapon. These disks glow in the owner's programmed color. Tron can use them to slice at enemies. He can throw them and can make them turn or change direction sharply while in flight. As Rinzler, Tron became outfitted with two chakram-like identity disks which he can now use to parry as well as to attack. Anything that it hits "derezes" (essentially deleted).
  • Baton: Baton is a tool used to summon various objects from items, vehicles, and weapons. They are the successor to the "Rod" tool. Tron carries two batons that he used predominantly for transport. His batons are capable of transforming into a light cycle (motorcycles that are the fastest vehicles in the Grid) and the one-man light jet (small aircrafts with twin machine guns). Their vehicles are capable of emitting light that hardens and forms a wall that can damage vehicles and enemies.

Zero

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Zero, aka Sasuke Tanaka, is a human turned computer program and the main antagonist of the novel Warcross. Zero's life began as a Japanese boy named Sasuke Tanaka, the brother of future millionaire and tech innovator, Hideo Tanaka. When he was young, Zero was kidnapped by a mad scientist named Dr. Taylor. He was subjected to numerous experiments that lasted until his teens, where finally, his mind was transformed into data and transported and downloaded to the net.

The mind that became a program however, was not Sasuke anymore. That program became lost and angry, his only memory being his brother Hideo. When the program learned of Hideo’s apparent success, it then made it its mission to destroy and kill the inventor. He launched a crusade to destroy Hideo’s creation, the NeuroLink, and the virtual reality game that it gave birth to, the multi-billion dollar Warcross. He would almost succeed if not for the intervention of a young hacker named Emika Chen.

Weapons and Abilities

Zero exists as pure data in the NeuroLink, and as such, he has no physical tangible body. He can create a virtual body in the form of a black metallic armor. As a hacker, Zero has somewhat a control over the virtual world. He can make the arena of Warcross glitch, like warping and darkening a whole landscape or freeze someone for a short time. He can create illusions to trick someone. He can also download information of his opponents and remove certain files from their accounts (like pictures and personal videos, nothing important really). Although seemingly powerful, Zero does have some limitations. Most of his powers are used for fluff and fear, since he has yet to kill anyone directly with them. It also takes time for him to create a new body if it is destroyed, so he needs to constantly retreat and keep his distance. He does have the power to infect a virtual world with a virus to destroy it but he needed time and allies to do this.

In the NeuroLink, Zero fights with:

  • Unknown Pistol (Probably): Zero once managed to almost kill Hideo Tanaka inside the arena with a seemingly normal firearm. It's never revealed what type of firearm he used (since bloody Marie Lu didn't bother stating what it is). However, we could assume that it's a semi-automatic pistol based on the gunshot heard and the damage it produced. Clearly, it's lethality is minimal, since Hideo's bodyguard got shot in the shoulder and survived with only minor wounds.
  • Bomb: Hideo once planted an explosive device inside the Team Phoenix's Compound to assassinate Emika Chen. It destroyed the whole building but his intended target fortunately survived. Again, Marie Lu never put any detail what this bomb looked like, but it is portable enough to be easily placed, and small enough to not get noticed inside the building.

X-Factors

Easy edge for Tron here. That program, during his time as Tron and his time as Rinzler, faced against other more powerful programs and viruses. He once sniped Sark's Lieutenant from afar with his disk. He duelled and defeated Commander Sark himself. He can fight against more than one enemy, like the time he defeated 4 MCP security programs, and his battle against 4 elite Black Guards. He fought against the virus Abraxas who could corrupt and control any program he could touch. He fought well against the program Clu to a standstill before his eventual downfall.


Zero severely lacks experience. His only opponents so far has been against his own brother and the latter's obsessed girlfriend-slash-hacker. This is because Zero has always been the character who keeps his distance and lets his proxies/minions do the work. He did at one point, contented against his brother's bodyguards, minorly wounding one. He also almost killed an entire team of deadly Warcross players with a bomb. But compared to what Tron had to go through, Zero's feats are nothing.

Tron is programmed with tactics and strategies for fighting. He could create complex maneuvers and traps to defeat enemies. He fought against the armies of Commander Saker. He even led an uprising against Clu for a short time before being defeated. All of his feats in battles made him into a legend in the Grid.


Zero is a gifted prodigy and hacker, just as talented as his multi-billionaire inventor brother Hideo. Although he lacks combat feats like Tron, his fights are less like Dragonball Z and more like Death Note. He fought against Hideo and Emika Chen in a cat-and-mouse style battle of the wits. As a powerful and talented hacker, Zero was capable of hacking Warcross, Tokyo Dome, and Chen's Memory Worlds. He used blackmail, psychological warfare, and even outsmarted and manipulated Emika and Hideo at one point.

Tron may be a program but he is an honorable one. He is trusted and loyal, and would put all the effort to help others. So... yeah... he's not a bad guy. Even when he became Rinzler, Tron still retained a sense of honor. He never fought and derezzed anyone that didn't need derezzing.


Zero on the other hand, is brutal. He has a cold personality and is void of human emotion. In exchange for his immortality, and as a way for Dr. Dana Taylor to control him, Zero has no emotional memories or any sign of humanity. He's no sadistic psychopath though, as he is prepared to make deals with others. He will protect people he needed and will keep his word.

Notes

  • Battle takes place in a neutral digital world (specifically, a Medieval Town). Although neutral, said virtual arena allows the two to still use the powers that they have.
    • Both combatants will be dropped at opposite ends of the town, and are tasked to kill each other. They will have no knowledge of each other besides being given each their names. There will be harmless NPCs for them to interact with.
    • The winner will be the last man standing. It doesn't need to end in death. Zero could lose if his digital body is destroyed. And Tron would lose if he becomes too injured, loses power, or dies (there will be no healing chambers or power centers for him here to use).
  • This will be Tron during Tron: Legacy (aka Rinzler) and Zero during Warcross.
  • Votes must mention power, weapons, and x-factors. I decide whether a vote is acceptable or not. Voting is closed when I deem that I have enough votes.

Battle

There was a chirping of birds which awoke Tron from his slumber. Tron? Yes… Tron. That was his name. Not that thuggish “Rinzler” title Clu had given him. He was Tron, the greatest security program of the Game Grid. Tron, the champion of the Disk Wars and Light Cycle Races. No longer a slave, with memories of his existance returned, Tron had never been happier.

However, it did not take long for him to notice he was not in the Game Grid anymore. The Grid… was gone, and he remembered its destruction. He was now in a new place — far different and unknown.

In this new place, he felt wet grass and soft soil. There were birds and a lot of greenery. The sky was blue, and there was no smog or the filth of cyberpunkerism. There were wooden homes and bricked buildings too. He was laying on a grassy park in the center of this community. He was, if he deduced correctly, in a Medieval town simulation. It was a heavenly place more colorful and peaceful.

He got up and walked around. The people there wore hoods, pantaloons, fur coats, and chainmail. On their heads were life bars, names, and stats. Weird? This was not just any simulation. He was in a video game with a Medieval setting.

Then, something popped up in front of him; a notification box, saying: “Welcome! If You Wish To Stay You Must Do This Mission.”

Though doubtful, Tron eventually pressed “Yes” and another box appeared which said, “Mission: Kill Zero”.

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Humans… humans everywhere. Though Zero knew they were all non-playable characters, the rackets and the noise, were as annoying as the roars of real disgusting homo sapiens. Oh how it would be funny to blow up a street and watch these wretched ingrates run like rodents.

Still, he should forget such petty thoughts, and focus on the things that were more important. It was still a mystery how he got there. Was his brother playing tricks on him? Was that stupid girl finally gotten rid of him? For all the things he did, they should work on how they conduct vengeance. This seemed to be more of a pleasing gift than something he would lament and suffer from.

Yet, Zero knew what he wanted. Nothing would complete him more than the destruction of his brother. He had to find a way out of this place, even if he had to destroy it brick by brick. He still wore his steel black armor, so he knew he was still dressed for battle.

And then, a holographic box appeared in front of him. It was a notification box, and it said, “Welcome! Do You Want To Get Out Of Here?”

Zero entered “Yes” and another box popped up, saying, “Mission: Kill Tron”.

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The two dangerous programs walked through the crowd. None of them responded negatively to these hulking knights wearing futuristic black armors. However, it was Zero who spotted Tron first. The black and blue armor, closed shiny helmet, and streamline jumpsuit underneath, screamed alien compared to these Medieval folks.

Zero tracked Tron as the security program happily strolled through the market. He was going to wipe Tron’s smile off his pathetic little face.

Looking above the town, Zero noticed a holographic box, similar to the one that appeared in front of him. It floated up in the air for everyone to see. He also spotted several large houses and a church, as well as a hill overlooking the community. This gave Zero an idea.

He begun teleporting all throughout the town, installing bombs in key places. He then teleported to the hill and sat down, as he hacked the holographic box.

Suddenly, Tron and the townspeople were surprised by large trumpet horns. Letters appeared on the holographic box that made Tron’s face grim.

“Citizens! A dangerous criminal walks amongst you today! Tron the Slayer! The one who massacred thousands of men, women, and children, young and old, from the cities of Alfheim and Flyff. He is armed and extremely dangerous, wearing a set of black and blue armor. Be prepared to defend yourself and your family if you meet him. - THE ROYAL COUNCIL”

A digital full body picture of him, accurate to every detail, appeared next on the screen. All eyes then fell upon Tron; their faces full of fear and terror. Many, from simple peasants to trained watchmen, grabbed their weapons like knives, axes, spears and clubs. They encircled Tron, trapping him from all sides. The security program responded in kind by summoning his identity disks.

The idlesness ended and metal hit metal. Townsfolk crashed unto Tron, their eyes red with eagerness. They struck with bladed and blunt weapons, intending to deal with this threat quickly. Tron’s superior speed allowed him to side step and weave through their attacks. He waved his disks to keep them away while desperately trying to find an exit. Unfortunately, his torso was stabbed and his armor sliced off from attacks that luckily went through.

Having no other choice, Tron had to fight back. He swung his identity disks, beheading two peasants. He then blocked the axe of a watchman with the flat surface of his disk, before punching him in the face. With a somersault, Tron sliced off the heads of two more watchmen before landing. When he finally got to a farther distance, he threw an identity disk, making it fly around the town. It shredded and dismembered; beheaded and disemboweled. After three lapses, nothing remained of the townspeople than fresh meat and blood on the ground. No signs of life remained in this community.

Tron could sense that this was not a common thing in this world’s programming. He then put his hand to the ground and tried to track where this anomaly was coming from. Sadly, he found nothing, but he glimpsed the hill in front of the town. He made a gambit that if anyone was messing around, trying to kill him, he would be there. Whoever was hacking this world in an effort to kill him, might be the same target he was ordered to destroy.

The security program drew a baton and summoned his light cycle; his destination was that little green hill. Zero watched as a blue light zipped through the town at high speed towards his destination. The mad terrorist quickly enacted his back-up plan.

As the security program drove through, explosions started to engulf many parts of the town. Selected buildings and houses erupted into flames, throwing debris everywhere. Tron maneuvered through the streets, making incredibly turns, doing his best to dodge explosions and flying projectiles. Heat and concussive force rocked his body and light cycle, but he hung on with all his might. His will to win exceeding his fear for his life.

Zero could not believe his eyes when the light cycle roared into his area. After finally meeting his opponent face to face, Tron aimed his bike and drove at full speed. He then leaped away as the light cycle flew towards Zero, but the hacker managed to dodge it. Panicking, the hacker drew a firearm and fired at Tron, which the security program easily dodged. The latter countered by throwing his disk at Zero, cutting his hand off and disarming him.

The hacker knelt down and clutched his new stump; groans and curses flowing from his mouth. As Tron charged, Zero began to warp everything around him. The sun was blocked and crimson darkness surrounded the hill. The earth itself began to shake. And to make sure that stupid program would not be hurting him again, Zero froze Tron right where he stood.

Tron tried to squirm and struggle as Zero was getting back to his feet. Thinking quickly, he managed to summon another baton into his hands. A large orange aircraft then appeared, surprising Zero. The hacker then ran away as Tron rode the light jet, shooting its machine guns at him. Zero swerved and rolled; jumped and took cover behind rocks. But each swoop of that plane destroyed every place he could hide. Soon, a burst shredded Zero’s back and legs, making him fall down again, yelling and writhing in pain.

Tron then made his jet rise before making a thunderous heavy dive towards Zero. As he was about to open fire, the jet suddenly exploded into a million pieces. The program fell hard on the ground besides Zero, still alive but now with his right arm missing. Hot warm smoking debris fell where they laid. Barely an energy left, Tron tried standing up while screaming in pain. He needed to get out of there quickly and find a place to heal. He could kill that hacker on some other time.

As Tron limped and stumbled, Zero cackled madly. The hacker stood howling as Tron fled; no wounds or damage visible in his body. That whole thing was just an illusion. Before Tron could summon his jet, Zero had already downloaded from him everything the hacker needed to know. After finding out the program’s limited battery, mapping the whole place and being assured that there was no way he could replenish himself in this alien world, Zero finally calculated a good plan to take him out.

He froze Tron again at the right moment he summoned his jet, before placing a bomb inside. He then created this elaborate illusion to make him think he was winning, giving him ample distance to detonate the bomb. And once it did, Tron was doomed. Zero might not have the powers or weapons to kill him, but he needed not to with that obsolete AI’s weaknesses. Given time, it will be Tron’s own programming which would kill him.

Victorious, Zero now focused on finding an exit. He said silently to Hideo: “I’m coming for you, pretty boy. You just wait.”

Winner: Zero

Expert’s Opinion

Although Tron is more powerful, has better weapons, and is more experienced, Zero’s powers are just more useful, especially his ability to gather information about his enemies and warp the digital battlefield to his whim. While Tron is tactical, Zero is smarter and more cunning.

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