CLU 2 is a program that features in Tron.
CLU 2 (Codified Likeness Utility) was a program that was created by Kevin Flynn after the discovery of the Grid. He was created from a prior program that was also created by Flynn and known as CLU. CLU was a hacking program that was made to expose the actions of Dillinger at ENCOM. During this time, he was found and captured by the Master Control Program who absorbed CLU. Around this time, Flynn had been digitized and began to exist within the Grid. It was with the aid of Tron and CLU that Flynn was able to free the Grid from the tyranny of the MCP. Afterwards, Flynn sought to help rebuild the Grid and to help him in this task he created a new program that he called CLU 2. Flynn, Tron and CLU 2 worked together in creating a new society for all programs that existed in the Grid. During their time there, they encountered a new form of life in the system with this being the ISOs. The discovery was believed to revolutionize the realm of science and bring about a miracle for the human world. However, CLU turned against Flynn who led a coup and intended to get both Kevin along with Tron killed. Kevin managed to escape through the sacrifice of Tron who battled CLU and he was seemingly killed. In reality, Tron was not killed but rather repurposed by CLU to be his enforcer who became the masked program known as Rinzler In the aftermath, Flynn attempted to bring about a resistance against CLU 2 but the program fed on the resistance where he became more powerful in the process. In time, he began to take control of the Grid that fell under his power. Among his actions was the destruction of the ISOs who he deemed as being imperfect with him conducting a genocidal purge of their number. In time, his rule of the Grid was absolute by 2010 where he refashioned it according to his views of perfection. However, CLU 2 began to feel trapped within this electronic reality and sought to escape into the real world so that he could fashion it according to his vision.
To break the stalemate, CLU 2 used his power in order to send a page into the human world. This page was transmitted from Flynn's pager and was sent to Alan Bradley's pager where the message asked Sam Flynn to come to the arcade where his fathers laboratory was situated. CLU's intention was for Sam to emerge onto the Grid and be a new piece he could use to change his game against Kevin Flynn. Upon arriving in the Grid, Sam was captured by CLU's forces and placed in the game where his existence was discovered by CLU 2.
Personality and attributes
In appearance, CLU 2 physically resembled a young version of his creator namely Kevin Flynn who had also created his predecessor that was the original LU.
He was created by Flynn with the purpose of making the perfect system. However, he became corrupted and this led to him turning against his User. CLU was noted to despise imperfection and sought its elimination. It was for this reason that he targeted the ISOs for elimination as he deemed them imperfect.
Powers and abilities
He had the means of subverting the programming of a program and alter it to suit his desires. Through this means, he managed to take control of the Grid by turning programs into his soldiers.
One weakness was through Reintegration with his User but the process was said to be fatal as it would kill both CLU and Flynn.
After taking over the Grid, CLU 2 commanded an army of programs that were reprogrammed to be loyal to him.
- CLU 2 was physically played by John Reardon with actor Jeff Bridges providing the likeness and voice.
In other media
- In Tron: Uprising, CLU 2 appeared as the main antagonist with him being voiced by actor Fred Tatasciore. It was shown that he was once the loyal program set to create the perfect system but conspired against his creator to usurp him. He managed to corrupt a number of programs to his cause including Dyson where they turned against Flynn before he could escape back to the real world. During the fight, Tron suffered grievous injuries though he came to survive the encounter with CLU 2. In the aftermath, CLU 2 set about controlling the Grid with one of his chief enforcers being General Tesler.
- In Tron: Evolution, CLU 2 appeared as an antagonist with him being voiced by actor Fred Tatasciore. To further discredit the ISOs, he secretly created the Abraxas virus from one of their kind namely Jalen and set him lose.
- In Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance, CLU appeared in the setting of the video game.
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