A 1999 film starring Keanu Reeves; the franchise of its sequels, comic books, and video games; also the name of a virtual world within those created by machines to enslave mankind in such a way that it isn't even aware of it's shackles

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Data stream manipulations in the Matrix

This question is partly derived from this question: Why don’t humans back up their minds when they enter the Matrix? The problem in my idea in this question was that the brain receives feelings via ...
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What was the point of the bug?

On numerous occasions, we see the Agents moving in and out of people who're still hardwired to the Matrix. They appear to see what they see (as evidenced by the Vagrant in the subway who sees the team ...
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Does the character of the Architect in the Matrix movie trilogy reflect thatof UG Krishnamurti [on hold]

Does the character of the Architect in the Matrix movie trilogy seem influenced by the philosophy of Indian-American philosopher UG Krishnamurti?
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What do we know about the automatic teaching of brains in Matrix?

In the first part of The Matrix, Neo's brain is being "fed" with all the suddenly extremely important information about the Matrix shortly after he is freed from the virtual world. Why wouldn't all ...
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Who is the highest authority of the Machine world in the Matrixverse?

Who is the highest machine authority in terms of their organizational structure and/or power? Is it the thing Neo talks to in the Machine City in the third movie? Is it the Architect or the Oracle? Or ...
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Why does Agent Smith call the Oracle “Mom”?

In The Matrix Revolutions, Agent Smith and the Oracle finally meet. Before he assimilates her, they have this conversation: ORACLE: You are a bastard. SMITH: You would know, Mom. But ...
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What happened to Agents Brown and Jones?

Agents Brown and Jones from The Matrix were replaced by upgraded Agents Johnson, Thompson, and Jackson by the time of The Matrix Reloaded. But what happened to them? In The Matrix Reloaded the Oracle ...
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If the Agents wanted Morpheus over Neo then why only use three agents? [duplicate]

I have seen the Matrix movies over and over almost knowing every word off by heart. But the one thing that perplexes me is why the Agents (Smith etc) once they captured Morpheus, not send in more ...
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What did Zion think would happen to the blue pills if they succeeded in destroying the Matrix?

Part of the Prophecy of The One involved the destruction of the Matrix. The prophecy as explained by Morpheus is: When the Matrix was first built, there was a man born inside who had the ability ...
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How did Tank die?

It is suggested in Matrix-Reloaded that Tank has died. A conversation between Zee and Link seem to imply that Tank is a goner but he seemed to have been more or less OK by the end of The Matrix ...
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Do the people in the matrix know about the Agents, and their abilities?

In the first Matrix movie, after the fight in the subway station, Neo is running around in the city, and Agents leap from body to body to try to stop him. Do people surrounding the people taken over ...
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What is the digital rain seen in The Matrix universe made of?

The digital rain, a code visualization of the Matrix, is seen in the opening sequences of the Matrix films, on monitors in the real world and in various shapes and colors. It seems to be made up of ...
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What happened when Cypher was freed from the Matrix?

Shortly after freeing Neo from the Matrix, Morpheus tells him: We never free a mind once it's reached a certain age. It's dangerous, the mind has trouble letting go. I've seen it before and I'm ...
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Will it ever be the year 2000 in The Matrix? [duplicate]

A comment on this question raised another interesting question, specifically this comment: If they kept it in 1999, they'd have no y2k bug to deal with.{/tongue-in-cheek} And it got me ...
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Why don’t humans back up their minds when they enter the Matrix?

As Morpheus told us in The Matrix, as soon as you die in the Matrix you die in real life. But once your mind is only a huge load of bits and bytes (otherwise it would be impossible to be transported ...
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Why did the Matrix simulate 1999 instead of a pre-computer year?

In The Matrix, the people within the Matrix live in a simulated version of the year 1999. It's already been asked why the machines bothered with the Matrix at all, but let's assume that they had a ...
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How did Neo end up in the train station?

At the end of the second movie Neo feels the sentinels and stops them just by his mind, then collapses. At the beginning of the third movie he suddenly wakes up in the trainman's station How did he ...
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Why did the machines need Neo's help at the end of the third movie? [duplicate]

Title says it all, really. Just rewatched the trilogy and I really don't understand why they needed Neo's help to deal with Smith.
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What can we learn from Matrix video games? [closed]

So far I only watched Animatrix and the Matrix series and I heard that the video games also carry a lot of information about Matrix's inner workings. What are the key facts that one wouldn't know ...
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What is in the Merovingian’s cake?

I've rewatched the Matrix films recently and I'm confused about the scene in the restaurant with the Merovingian. He's talking with Neo when the film cuts to a woman eating a cake. I've found the bit ...
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How did Neo know it was Morpheus on the phone and what The Matrix is?

I wanted to know how Neo knew it was Morpheus on the phone during the scene at his job (the scene with the cubicles). Neo knows other hackers (he knows who Trinity was before she was freed from The ...
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Origin of word “matrix” used to describe a virtual reality environment?

What's the origin of the word "Matrix" used as either a name or a description of a virtual reality environment? The best known example is of course from the film of the same name, and it's widely ...
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Do physical disabilities carry over into the Matrix? (And vice versa)

So, I'm writing this fanfiction for the Matrix and my main character is physically disabled. More specifically, her physical pod body was born blind. Would she then be blind in the Matrix, or would ...
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What are the limits to the Merovingian's power?

The Merovingian is a special character in the Μatrix similar to the Sentinels (Agents) but different in certain respects. The greatness of the Merovingian is that he has what I come to understand as ...
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how does becoming “the One” work in the Matrix?

According to the Architect, the emergence of the One is predictable and inevitable, it has already happened 5 times before, and the current iteration turned out to be Neo If it is inevitable, when ...
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Why doesn't Neo take a more advanced gun with him when going to save Morpheus?

While going back into the Matrix to save Morpheus, Neo and Trinity are sent to a huge room with lots and lots of guns, but in terms of technological level, they are all the same types of guns that ...
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Are future-Freed People immune to becoming Agents?

In The Matrix franchise, Morpheus describes people who can later be freed from the Matrix as unconsciously feeling there's something wrong with the Matrix. In context, he's describing Neo's feelings ...
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Why isn't Zion broadcasting a movie like “The Matrix” inside the Matrix? [closed]

Is there a reason why inhabitants of Zion choose not to broadcast a documentary of their reality all over the Matrix either via hacked broadcasting channels or movie/internet outlets? A potential ...
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Is there a deeper meaning behind Sati being Indian?

Is there a deeper meaning behind Sati being Indian? Meaning, was it just their artistic choice, or was there some reference or sendoff to a concept or idea from an Indian culture or philosophy or ...
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Was the Oracle restored from a backup?

In Matrix : Revolutions we clearly see how the Oracle let Smith "infect" her (thereby giving him the 'Eyes of Oracle' as she is acting voluntarily) yet in the end she meets with Sati in a park talking ...
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Why did Agent Johnson try to kill the Key Maker?

In Matrix Reloaded, the Agents target the Key Maker right after Morpheus and Trinity rescue him. Agent Johnson (the one who fights Morpheus on top of the trailer) tries to kill the Key Maker which ...
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What was the purpose of having Zion?

In Matrix Reloaded, the Architect explains how Zion was part of their plan for the 1% of the population that reject the Matrix, but he doesn't explain WHY the machines created Zion in the first place. ...
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How does time work in The Matrix?

I'm somewhat confused about the nature of Time in the Matrix, but I have 3 different possibilities, all of which are neither confirmed nor denied in the trilogy as far as I can see. Possibility 1: ...
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Why Neo is the only one who does not use leather clothes in The Matrix movies?

All the other main characters; Morpheus, Trinity and Niobe persistently wear leather or PVC outfits (including jackets and pants) when they're in the Matrix but Neo doesn't. Is there a special reason ...
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The Matrix: Are Agents “Mortal” or “Immortal”?

I haven't watched the 3rd Matrix movie yet, but there is no need to refrain from revealing potential "spoiler alerts" in any answers if they can answer the question. In the first two movies, all ...
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Can free humans tell if they are in the Matrix?

Can any of the "free humans" tell if they are in the Matrix or not? Does it feel different? Or is it only context (like if they remembered being put in there, or see familiar Matrix cities, etc.)?
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Is there a metaphorical meaning of Trinity's “You know that road”?

In the first Matrix, Trinity advises Neo not to go down a particular road. Here's the quote: Switch : Our way, or the highway. Neo : Fine. Trinity : Please, Neo. You have to trust me. ...
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Why was Mr. Smith removed as an agent?

In the Matrix, Mr. Smith is an agent at the beginning of the story. Agents are rule-based programs but why was Mr. Smith removed as an agent? What has he become?
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What kind of program is Merovingian

Merovingian or the Frenchman is said to be a powerful program. What kind of program is he? Why is he considered powerful? Is he vital to the Matrix?
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The Matrix, Resolution of the Source

Was The One's code reinserted into The Matrix, thereby saving it from crashing at the end of Matrix : Revolutions or was this unnecessary as Smith and Neo are dead, thus stabilizing the code? Did the ...
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The Matrix, The Architect Can't Lie?

At the end of Revolutions, why does the Architect imply that because he is not human he is incapable of lying? Do any of the 'programs' ever lie?
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Do people in the Matrix have a free mind?

The problem I fail to understand is, if people in the Matrix have a free mind. The thing is, in Matrix Reloaded, the Architect tells Neo, that he [the Architect] knew that Neo would emerge. That Neo ...
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What was the point of taking The Keymaker to the Winslow Overpass in The Matrix Reloaded?

I understand that Morpheus and Trinity were going there to use an exit, but where was The Keymaker going to go? He couldn't go back to the real world, could he? EDITED to add this bit of dialogue to ...
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How did Agent Smith get out of the matrix?

At the end of The Matrix Reloaded and throughout The Matrix Revolutions, Agent Smith is an actual human being outside of the Matrix. How did this happen? Note: the question of why Smith didn't die ...
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Why did the Machines tolerate the existence of the Merovingian and other “rogue” programs?

If the humans could find the Merovingian's hideout multiple times, surely the Machines would be able to do it as well. The Merovingian had a bunch of obsolete programs from an older version of the ...
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Propulsion methods of the sentinels in the matrix

Whenever we see the sentinels in the matrix, they seem to be moving through pushing with their 'tentacles' like a squid, but how do they propel themselves, as they are obviously moving through air, as ...
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Why were they eating bowls of snot?

In The Matrix the crew of Nebuchadnezzar was shown consuming a singularly unappetizing gruel that one member succinctly described as a "bowl of snot." These people had high levels of mechanical and ...
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Why did Cypher betray Morpheus? [duplicate]

The film demonstrates that Morpheus and the other liberated humans can enter the Matrix while in disguise, and in addition can generate their own virtual environments (eg, Neo and Morpheus sparring). ...
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Who originally programmed “The Matrix”?

I know it says the "The Architect" is the architect... but I guess I am asking, as a software developer myself, how could one person program the whole matrix himself? It would take many lifetimes to ...
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In Reloaded, why bother delivering the 'gift' while avoiding contact?

In the Matrix: Reloaded, there is a gathering in the sewers where I can imagine some reason for not getting into a fight, he may feel that he is not ready. But why should he bother with delivering ...