These are the Fics You Might Don’t Know (But That are Still Pretty Damn Sweet)
If there’s one thing to be said for the Tron fandom (and there are many), it’s that the overall quality of the fanworks produced for it are pretty freaking stellar, and the fiction deserves a special mention. From three-sentence microdrabbles to novella-length epics, the writers of the Tron fandom have supplied us with some absolutely fantastic stories (stories that are sometimes, dare I say it, better than what we’re given by the actual writers…but I digress.) And because I am an eternal champion of the neglected and the underappreciated, here are a few gems you may have missed:
Campaign, by Anonymous. Clu + Mayhem. Yes, that Mayhem. Now I know what you’re probably all thinking, but no, trust me, guys: you want to read this fic. Read it for the lulz, for the crack, for the fucking amazing twist ending.
Loop While Answer, by InfiniteViking. A look into the lives of the Arena redshirts that introduces a fascinating bit of speculation into how the Games might have worked.
Bloodsport, by Noctaval/Stalkingbit. Rinzler/Sam. I’m a genficcer by nature and porn is not usually my cup of tea, but damned if I haven’t ended up willingly reading more M-rated stuff for this fandom than any other, and this one’s good enough to make my list. Sam is bang-on in-character, Rinzler is alien and terrifying, and this little one-shot is creepy and awesome. Includes bonus illustrations by Winzler and Baysalt!
The Lord is My Shepherd, by DragonWarden. I am an absolute sucker for Betrayal-era fics, especially those that touch on the relationship between Tron and pre-crazy/slowly-going-crazy Clu. This is one of my favorites.
Again Loop Again, by MmeJack. Meet the fic that broke this avowed sadpire’s black heart.
Compile, by Brightdreamer. Sam/Tron. One of two very different but equally awesome fills for the “Sam gets trapped on the Grid by a near-fatal accident” TKM prompt, this WIP deserves far, far more love.
Through Broken Eyes, by Ridyr. Tron: Legacy and surrounding events, as seen through Rinzler’s POV. Contains some absolutely fantastic, fascinating character development for Rinzler, and a surprise twist on a major Legacy plot point that almost made me want to add it to my personal headcanon.
Nocturnal, by Alorian. A beautiful little one-shot focusing on Roy and Alan’s friendship, a subject very near and very dear to my heart.
Got any recs of your own for fics that you love and wish everyone else did too? Let’s hear ‘em!