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A '''Gridbug''' is a digital creature that causes [[wikipedia:Glitch|glitches]]. They can [[derez]] programs and cause havoc throughout an entire system. The size of a gridbug is not entirely known, but in [[TRON: The Ghost in the Machine (Issue 5)]], they were depicted as about the size of large insects. They usually appear in large numbers, as seen, for example, in the [[TRON (arcade game)|TRON arcade game]]. Their counterpart in the real world would probably be programming bugs that disrupt system activity. In Tron 2.0 Killer App it is shown that Grid Bugs spawn from hives.
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'''Gridbugs''' are digital creatures that cause [[wikipedia:Glitch|glitches]]. Gridbug swarms can [[derez]] programs and cause havoc throughout an entire system. Their size varies over the various media, but they usually appear in large numbers. Despite their name, gridbugs differ from insects in having four legs instead of six. Their counterparts in the real world would probably be programming bugs that disrupt system activity.
   
In the movie, ''[[TRON]]'', they have a very short appearance, as [[Tron]], [[Yori]] and [[Kevin Flynn|Flynn]] fly over a group of gridbugs in the [[Solar Sailer]]. Yori comments on them:
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==Movies and Uprising==
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Gridbugs appear very briefly in the [[TRON|original movie]]; they appear to be spawning (or surfacing) and give chase as [[Tron]], [[Yori]] and [[Kevin Flynn|Flynn]] fly over them in the [[Solar Sailer]]. Yori remarks:
   
 
{{cquote|This isn't going to be easy. If those gridbugs get us, we've had it.}}
 
{{cquote|This isn't going to be easy. If those gridbugs get us, we've had it.}}
   
In [[User Error]], gridbugs make an appearance as AI. They seem to have the same traits as [[virus]]es, firing corrupted blobs at the player.
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Gridbugs are not mentioned in ''[[TRON: Legacy]]'', but they do appear in ''[[TRON: Uprising]]'' as swarms of small, metallic, red-circuited creatures which infest certain areas in the [[Outlands]]. They move quickly and their bite is painful, and though they can be crushed or otherwise derezzed, swarms are difficult to handle due to their overwhelming numbers.
   
Although their biggest official appearance is probably the TRON Arcade Game, they have appeared in many things.
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==Comic Appearances==
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In ''[[TRON: Betrayal]]'', gridbugs frequently appear in swarms that disintegrate buildings. Swarms appear as glowing blue clouds, though a close-up panel reveals that they resemble insects. They are first shown chasing Flynn and Tron, who flee on [[light cycle]]s. Another swarm almost results in the derezzing of [[Ophelia]], but Tron saves her. [[Clu 2|Clu]] blames the [[ISO]]s for later swarms, suggesting that they may attract or even create the gridbugs.
   
In the TRON app for iPod Touch or iPhone there is a tank game where you have to exterminate Gridbugs in order to move on to the next level. The Gridbugs apear light brown in the game. These gridbugs come in different sizes and are called drones.
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In [[TRON: The Ghost in the Machine (Issue 5)]], which follows [[TRON 2.0]] continuity, gridbugs are depicted as about the size of large insects.
   
In [[TRON: Betrayal]], Gridbugs frequently appear in swarms that disintegrate buildings. They are seen as glowing blue clouds (though one panel shows them as having a more bug-like look). They are first shown chasing Flynn and Tron, who fled on [[light cycle]]s. Another swarm almost results in the derezzing of [[Ophelia]], but Tron saves her. [[Clu 2|Clu]] blames the [[ISO]]s for the later swarms, saying they may attract or even create the gridbugs.
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==Game Appearances==
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Gridbugs are prime antagonists for video games. They appear in the [[TRON (arcade game)|TRON arcade game]], swarming to block the player character from entering the I/O Tower; the bugs multiply over time, and points are awarded for destroying them. There is also a tank game the TRON app for iPod Touch or iPhone wherein the player character has to exterminate gridbugs in order to move on to the next level. These gridbugs appear light brown, come in different sizes, and are called "drones."
   
==Behind-the-scenes==
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[[File:Grid_Bug_and_Hive.jpg|thumb|A grid bug hive and grid bug in Tron 2.0 Killer App]]Gridbugs also feature as enemies in [[Tron 2.0: Killer App (GBA)]], which shows them spawning from hives which, unless destroyed, spawn a new gridbug for each one derezzed. A Cheat option in the game also allows one to play as a gridbug in the main storyline. This game also shows that gridbugs can turn their heads and blink.
   
Their appearance in the original film is confusing because they're never seen or mentioned after this scene. Earlier drafts of the movie's script allude to a big scene with gridbugs, but the scene was not a part of the final script. However, this explains why they were in the TRON arcade game - when the game was in development the movie was still in development as well. The developers needed something to work from, so pulling from the script that they already had they created the Gridbug Swarm.
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In [[wikipedia:NetHack|NetHack]], a single-player video game, gridbugs are one of the many enemies, and often among the first enemies encountered. Their in-game description is followed by a quote from the novelization of the film. In the tty mode of the game, a gridbug is represented by a small purple lowercase x. In the visual version of the game, it the sprite appears to be the same as in the arcade game.
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==Behind-the-scenes Development==
   
The fourth draft of the script has little mention of the gridbugs as well.
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Gridbugs were originally designed by the same person who designed the [[recognizer]], [[John Norton]].
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Their brief appearance in the original film seems confusing because they are never seen or mentioned in the movie again. Earlier drafts of its script allude to a big scene with gridbugs, but the scene was not a part of the final script. However, this explains their appearance in the TRON arcade game; the game was in development before the script was finalized, and its developers pulled the gridbug swarm from an early version.
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The fourth draft of the script has a minor mention of the gridbugs as well.
   
 
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They were designed by the same person who designed the recognizer, [[John Norton]].
 
==Other Appearances==
 
[[File:Grid_Bug_and_Hive.jpg|thumb|A grid bug hive and grid bug in Tron 2.0 Killer App]]
 
 
[[Tron 2.0: Killer App (GBA)]] features Gridbugs as enemies, and shows that they spawn from hives. Unless the hives are destroyed, a new Grid Bug will spawn for each one destroyed. As well, there is a Cheat option in the game that allows one to play as a Grid Bug in the main storyline. This game also shows that Grid Bugs can turn their head and blink.
 
 
In the rogue-like computer game, Nethack, Grid bugs are one of the many enemies, and often one of the first encountered. The in-game description of them is followed by a quote from the novelization of the film. In the tty mode of the game, where everything is ASCII, grid bugs are represented by a small purple lowercase x. In the visual version of the game, it appears that the sprite is the same sprite as the arcade game.
 
 
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Latest revision as of 13:58, September 15, 2013

Gridbug
Gridbug
Biographical information
Physical description
Circuitry ColorGreen
Blue (Betrayal)
Red (Uprising)
DescriptionSpider-like creatures that move in swarms
Other information
FunctionsCausing glitches
Out of universe information
AppearancesTRON
TRON: Betrayal
TRON: Uprising
Gallery


Gridbugs are digital creatures that cause glitches. Gridbug swarms can derez programs and cause havoc throughout an entire system. Their size varies over the various media, but they usually appear in large numbers. Despite their name, gridbugs differ from insects in having four legs instead of six. Their counterparts in the real world would probably be programming bugs that disrupt system activity.

Movies and UprisingEdit

Gridbugs appear very briefly in the original movie; they appear to be spawning (or surfacing) and give chase as Tron, Yori and Flynn fly over them in the Solar Sailer. Yori remarks:

This isn't going to be easy. If those gridbugs get us, we've had it.

Gridbugs are not mentioned in TRON: Legacy, but they do appear in TRON: Uprising as swarms of small, metallic, red-circuited creatures which infest certain areas in the Outlands. They move quickly and their bite is painful, and though they can be crushed or otherwise derezzed, swarms are difficult to handle due to their overwhelming numbers.

Comic AppearancesEdit

In TRON: Betrayal, gridbugs frequently appear in swarms that disintegrate buildings. Swarms appear as glowing blue clouds, though a close-up panel reveals that they resemble insects. They are first shown chasing Flynn and Tron, who flee on light cycles. Another swarm almost results in the derezzing of Ophelia, but Tron saves her. Clu blames the ISOs for later swarms, suggesting that they may attract or even create the gridbugs.

In TRON: The Ghost in the Machine (Issue 5), which follows TRON 2.0 continuity, gridbugs are depicted as about the size of large insects.

Game AppearancesEdit

Gridbugs are prime antagonists for video games. They appear in the TRON arcade game, swarming to block the player character from entering the I/O Tower; the bugs multiply over time, and points are awarded for destroying them. There is also a tank game the TRON app for iPod Touch or iPhone wherein the player character has to exterminate gridbugs in order to move on to the next level. These gridbugs appear light brown, come in different sizes, and are called "drones."

Grid Bug and Hive

A grid bug hive and grid bug in Tron 2.0 Killer App

Gridbugs also feature as enemies in Tron 2.0: Killer App (GBA), which shows them spawning from hives which, unless destroyed, spawn a new gridbug for each one derezzed. A Cheat option in the game also allows one to play as a gridbug in the main storyline. This game also shows that gridbugs can turn their heads and blink.

In NetHack, a single-player video game, gridbugs are one of the many enemies, and often among the first enemies encountered. Their in-game description is followed by a quote from the novelization of the film. In the tty mode of the game, a gridbug is represented by a small purple lowercase x. In the visual version of the game, it the sprite appears to be the same as in the arcade game.

Behind-the-scenes DevelopmentEdit

Gridbugs were originally designed by the same person who designed the recognizer, John Norton.

Their brief appearance in the original film seems confusing because they are never seen or mentioned in the movie again. Earlier drafts of its script allude to a big scene with gridbugs, but the scene was not a part of the final script. However, this explains their appearance in the TRON arcade game; the game was in development before the script was finalized, and its developers pulled the gridbug swarm from an early version.

The fourth draft of the script has a minor mention of the gridbugs as well.

    456  SOLAR SAILER DECK                                            456
    

         We see Flynn looking back the way they came. Yori is at the controls,
         with Tron beside her, his arm around her shoulders, looking at Flynn.

                               FLYNN
                    What about our friend - Sark?
    

                               TRON
                    Probably decided not to pursue us,
                    The Sea of Simulation is tricky..
                    lot of illusions...rough navigating.
                    Programs have a way of just...
                    disappearing here.

                               FLYNN
                    Not us, I hope.
    

                               TRON
                         (shakes his head,
                          indicates disk)
                    Not with this disk. I'm going to
                    check on the beam connection, Yori.
                    You two can keep a watch out for
                    grid bugs.
    

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