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Mara
Biographical information
StatusAlive
Physical description
Circuitry ColorPrimary: White
Secondary: Yellow
GenderFemale
Other information
FunctionsVehicle maintenance
EquipmentIdentity Disc, Umbrella
AlliesBeck
Zed
Bodhi
Able
Out of universe information
ActorMandy Moore
AppearancesTRON: Uprising
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Mara is a supporting character in TRON: Uprising, voiced by Mandy Moore. She is one of Beck's best friends and his co-worker at Able's garage. Mara specializes in making deadly weapons and vehicles. She has also expressed admiration for Beck's renegade program disguise, completely unaware of his true identity.

Biography


Beck's Beginning

Mara had worked at Able's garage for much of her life. She specialized in working on the deadliest vehicles and weaponry on the Grid. Then Clu's forces took control of Argon City, and Mara's friend Bodhi was derezzed before her eyes by a guard. Mara was upset but did nothing. A short time later, a new statue of Clu was destroyed by a mysterious program who, unknown to Mara, was her friend Beck in disguise. Talking about the incident with her friends at the garage, Mara expressed admiration for the program's bravery, and also commented that he looked handsome, though Zed noted in exasperation that he was wearing a mask. This was the first of what would be many clashes between them about whether the renegade was a blessing or a curse.

General Tesler began to have programs seized and forced to fight in the Games, hoping to draw the renegade out and capture him. Mara and her friend Zed were among the captured programs, and were taken by light rail toward the city's new Coliseum. En route, the train's beam supports were sabotaged, causing it to crash, and the renegade freed the trapped programs. As the prisoners fled in all directions, Mara wanted to stop and greet or thank their rescuer, but Zed took her wrist and pulled her onward.

The Renegade

Unaware of the crush that Zed had been secretly nursing for her, Mara accompanied him and several of their other coworkers to the 0001001 Club, their most frequent hangout. Zed, too embarrassed to take the initiative and ask to dance with Mara, sat alone at a table and enviously watched her dance with the others. By the time Mara rejoined him, he had been approached by a program named Perl; Mara asked him to dance, but Zed, disappointed that she had asked out of friendship, departed with Perl.

During their next workshift, Mara noticed Zed was acting strangely. She realized what was wrong when Able walked in, looking for the missing baton of his rare ENCOM-786 light cycle. Zed started to make up a story, but Mara pulled him away with an excuse, using a tracking device to help him find the stolen baton.

Together, Mara and Zed confronted Perl and her criminal gang; Perl taunted Zed, but Mara punched her, saying that nobody insulted her best friend like that. Zed grabbed the missing baton and the two sped off. They accidentally led the pursuing gang straight into Paige, who had been fighting the renegade, and in the confusion Mara and Zed escaped. Mara later reassured Zed when he complained that he'd never be worthy of a girl like Perl.

Blackout

Mara was present during the start of the Argon Race, supporting Zed, who was taking part. She was also present during Tesler's speech, disapproving of the general's message even as Zed cheered for it. Beck later told Zed that Mara had informed him what happened at the race, in order to avoid revealing that he had been there himself as the renegade.

Identity

Speculating on the renegade's identity, Mara decided she hoped he actually wasn't Tron, as she liked his air of mystery; she disapproved when Zed scoffed that the program was simply afraid to show his face.

When Zed excitedly showed her his new invention, a weapon that could derezz a light cycle by hitting its light ribbon, she pointed out in dismay that the weapon wouldn't just stop the renegade but derezz him. Zed tried once again to convince her that the renegade was the bad guy and he was only trying to do the right thing by inventing a way to stop him, but she expressed her disappointment that he had fallen in with Bartik and Hopper, saying that she hadn't expected him to be like them. Nonetheless, she showed up for his first official test of the invention, and her presence influenced him to sabotage the device so that Paige's anti-renegade taskforce wouldn't use it.

The Price of Power

Mara interrupted Bartik and Hopper when they arrived at the garage to harass Zed and the other workers. When Hopper said that they were there to see that her "pretty little hands" worked as fast as possible on Tesler's new battle tank, she said that her "pretty little fists" worked much faster, and, slapping a fist into her palm, offered to demonstrate. However, Able intervened before she could finish the threat. After the two threatening programs left, Mara offered to help Zed with the light cycle they had knocked over, but Zed, embarrassed to have been seen in a bad light, brushed her off and rolled it away.

Later, she saw Beck breaking up another confrontation between Hopper and Zed by twisting Hopper's arm and throwing him to the ground. When Beck drew his disc, Mara ran forward to stop him, shocked that he had come close to seriously hurting another program. However, when she later learned that Hopper and Bartik had instigated the arrest of the garage crew by Tesler's guards, she said that if her hands were free she would derezz them.

When a fight broke out in the garage, Zed broke free during the chaos, and freed Mara as well. Mara ran to save another coworker, but Zed saw that a detached light jet was about to fall on her, and leaped to throw her clear. The fall knocked her out and left her with a wound on one arm; Zed carried her to safety and left her with Able while going back into the garage to rescue Hopper and Bartik.

After the battle, Mara used her identity disc to edit a patch over the wound on her arm, and said she wished she could have thanked Tron for saving her. Beck, however, broke in and told her it was Zed who saved her; astonished, she took Zed's hand and thanked him.

The Reward

When General Tesler offered a reward for the capture of the renegade, Mara, among the crowd gathered in the Coliseum, was grabbed in a headlock by Zed, who joked that he had the renegade right there. Mara, however, was more excited that Argon City's curfew had been temporarily canceled, and she, Beck, and Zed would be able to have a carefree night on the town, just like the old days. However, their evening at the 0001001 Club was interrupted when Pavel marched in to arrest Hopper as the renegade. Knowing that she and Zed could prove that Hopper had been present when Pavel was fighting the renegade at the garage, the two brought their information to Paige; but Tesler, predisposed to believe Pavel and offended that Mara had reached out to touch his cloak as she pleaded to be heard, sentenced Mara and Zed to die with Hopper.

The three programs were bound in the center of Argon Square, with Occupation light cycles ready to take off and tear them apart. As the ropes were slowly tightened, Zed told Mara that it would be okay, and that she should close her eyes. Mara replied that he was her best friend, but that there was something she had always wished had happened; but before she could finish, the renegade arrived in Link's new light roadster and rescued them.

Driving away with the renegade, after Zed, at Mara's instigation, booted an ungrateful Hopper out of the car, Mara expressed glee at the exciting rescue. She scolded Zed for remarking that the trouble they were in was the renegade's fault to begin with, and wished that Beck could have been there with them, saying he would have loved this. The renegade, not wishing to reveal his identity, told them to remember that Tron lived, and separated the roadster into two double-seater lightcycles. Mara drove away with Zed in the seat behind her; Zed asked her, as he had several times before, what she had intended to say in the square, but she evaded the question.

Grounded

Mara's planned ring game with Zed and Beck was canceled due to sentries hogging the playing field. Later, in the garage, Zed was supposed to keep an eye on Beck but wandered off to help Mara with her work instead, nearly allowing Beck to sneak out against Able's orders.

Mara was later in the crowd at Argon Square, watching the renegade battle Tesler.

We Both Know How This Ends

Arriving at the garage before the start of her shift, Mara criticized the state in which the second shift had left their workspace. Her ruminations were interrupted by Able, who, taking a day off to complete a task, put her in charge for the shift, responding to her surprise with, "What other choice do I have?"

Mara's shift started off on a sour note when Beck and Zed came in late. They were surprised to find her in charge and agreed to back her up, but soon proceeded, along with Copper and Dash, to slack off as much as they could, brushing aside her entreaties. Things took an even worse turn when Pavel arrived with twelve tanks which had been sabotaged by the renegade, threatening the entire shift with the Games unless the tanks were repaired by the time he returned. When Mara tried to rally her coworkers to work together and thus finish sooner, Dash scoffed that there was no time and that listening to her would get them all derezzed. Overriding Mara's protests, he convinced the team to scatter and work by themselves, throwing the garage into chaos.

As the time limit approached, Mara discovered that Link had inadvertently and briefly reset the tank he was working on, and extrapolated a way to fix all of the vehicles. Beck, fearing that there wasn't enough time for the team to finish, attempted to sneak off to his locker for his renegade disguise in order to stall Pavel somehow, but Mara followed and sternly informed him that his slacking might have been okay with Able but it was not with her, and that he needed to spend more time working on not getting derezzed. Back on the floor, she called the team to attention, telling them she'd made a mistake trying to act a friend when what they needed was a leader, and saying that if they failed to fix the tanks, she would take all the responsibility herself. She then showed them Link's fix, and the team managed to implement it on all twelve tanks just in time for Pavel's deadline.

When Able returned, he told her he was pleased he hadn't made a mistake with her. Surprised, she said she'd thought he had no choice, and he clarified that that was because she'd been his first and only choice.

Tagged

Mara recruited two programs, Moog and Rasket, to help her spread the message that Tron lived by tagging buildings all across Argon City with free code. When a program in a red-circuited disguise captured the masked trio, Mara stubbornly insisted that she believed Tron lived. The program then revealed himself to be the renegade, and Mara unmasked herself after her teammates did, delighted to meet her hero and immediately pledging herself to "Tron"'s cause, unaware all the time that the renegade was really Beck.

When the renegade gathered the three together to plan a raid on Tesler's ship, Mara understood immediately that she and her teammates were meant to provide a distraction while the action took place. She sought approval from the others, but they were disappointed with the lack of fun and notoriety for them in the plan. Disappointed, the renegade turned to leave, but Mara called him back, and roundly scolded the others for focusing on trivial things while the renegade was risking his life for them. She declared that whatever they did, she would be on his side, and after a moment's reflection, they agreed.

The raid went off without a hitch, but Moog and Rasket separated from Mara instead of accompanying her to the meeting place afterward, though she tried to call them back. She met the renegade alone and told him that the two had decided to tag Tesler's ship by themselves; when the renegade asked what they thought they were doing, she retorted that they hadn't been thinking and that she'd been accustomed to doing the thinking for them. The renegade told her to wait while he went in after them, but she refused, boldly citing her knowledge of her teammates and their ways and stating that he'd never find them without her. Reluctantly, he agreed to bring her along. On the light-jet ride to Tesler's ship, Mara gleefully said that she wished Zed were there to share in the experience.

Mara and the renegade discovered Rasket and Moog being tortured by Pavel, and broke the torture device to rescue them. While the renegade held Paige off, Mara tried to reopen the door of the ship, which was steadily closing, but there wasn't enough time. A recognizer loomed overhead; Moog and Rasket ran from it, but Mara snatched Rasket's free-code tool and corrupted the craft with Tron Lives graffiti, obscuring its viewscreen and causing it to crash. Worried about the renegade, she hung back as her friends bailed out of the ship, and was stunned and jolted from its platform by light copter fire. When she came to, the renegade had caught her in midair, and she put her head trustingly on his shoulder and closed her eyes again as his lightjet carried her back to the meeting point.

After her teammates quit, she turned to the renegade, renewing her commitment in determined tones, unknowingly echoing Beck's own early words to Tron -- "I'm ready for this!" -- but he brushed her off, saying curtly that she was no use to him alone. He later told Tron that it had been the only way to get her to leave; she had been the one true believer in the cause, but he, shaken by her narrow brush with death, hadn't been ready for the consequences. Tron assured him that if Mara was truly on the right path, she would still be there when Beck was ready.

Elsewhere in the city, a crowd gathered around yet another monument defaced with the "Tron Lives" code. Mara, letting her rebel mask retract under a concealing hood, observed her handiwork and smiled.

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