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Derez (short for Deresolve) is a term used to describe someone or something disappearing or dissolving, essentially resulting in deletion. It is a program's equivalent of death or the destruction of a building or vehicle. The opposite of derez is Rez, a program's equivalent of birth, or loading/starting a program in the system.


The word is derived from deresolve, which is usually said when conscripts receive their identity disc:

"If you lose your disc, or fail to follow commands, you will be subject to immediate deresolution."


The word can be used as either a transitive or intransitive verb. For example, the quote:

"Is he derezzing?"

shows the word when used as an intransitive verb.



When a program is derezzed in TRON, they fall to the ground, their lights fade and they disappear without a trace. Sometimes, they are enveloped in a red or yellow glow before they disappear. If they slowly derezz from a grievous injury, their circuitry may pulse slowly until it fades out.

TRON: Legacy

When a program is derezzed in TRON: Legacy, they shatter into voxels, and then spread on the ground like broken glass. The shattering of fast-moving program vehicles have an appearance similar to a liquid splash when they derez. The cube-like voxels appear to remain on the Grid after deresolution.

TRON: Uprising

Deresolution in TRON: Uprising is much the same as it is in TRON: Legacy. However, it is also mentioned that programs can be derezzed "bit by excruciating bit," as opposed to an instantaneous and comprehensive shatter.


Note: The following section contains information that appears in the TRON 2.0 storyline, which has been classed as non-canon with the TRON mythology and takes place in an alternate timeline.

If the digitization hardware is available, should a user derez in the Game Grid, he or she will be simply returned to the real world. However if the digitization hardware or software is damaged or missing, the user will die.


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