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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What was the purpose of the medical check-up the Oracle performed on Neo?

When Neo goes to the Oracle for the first time, she performs a sort of medical check-up on him... Oracle: Well, let's have a look at you... Open your mouth. Say, 'ahhh.' She checks his throat, ...
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Why are the 'good guys' so willing to kill other humans?

In The Matrix, it's clear that it's humans vs. machines. However, Morpheus and the others are constantly killing humans that are 'employed' by the agents. Sure they're fighting for their lives, but ...
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Why did The One needed to choose an unequal number of males and females? [duplicate]

The Architect says that The One must choose 23 people (16 female, 7 male) to create new Zion. After which, you will be required to select from the Matrix 23 individuals - 16 female, 7 male - to ...
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How much of Zion's population was Red Pills? [duplicate]

The majority of characters in The Matrix films were born in the Matrix and freed later, no doubt because this allows them to enter the Matrix, and thus, you know, be in most of the film. But there ...
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What was the floppy disk in this scene from The Matrix? [duplicate]

I remember in movie The-Matrix when Neo's computer is hacked by Trinity in the beginning of the movie then when Neo tries to delete the message "follow the white rabbit" then all of a sudden there is ...
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Why wasn't Neo possessed by an Agent in the first movie? [duplicate]

If an Agent can possess anyone still connected to the Matrix, and, as we can see, they sense when someone is seen something weird (like the drunk beggar in the first movie), why didn't they possess ...
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Why did Cypher say they were going to kill Neo?

In the beginning of the first movie, in the first conversation, between Cypher and Trinity, he says: Cypher: We're going to kill him, understand? Trinity: Morpheus believes he is the One. ...
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What did Smith's assimilation really do?

In the second and third installment of Matrix, we can see Agent Smith assimilating basically the whole Matrix. Even though he did that and did not leave out Seraph and Sati, we can see them at the end ...
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How did Smith gain access to the backdoors?

Inspired by a couple of questions related to Smith and the backdoors, I started wondering how he was able to access the backdoors. In The Matrix Reloaded we are first introduced to the backdoors when ...
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Did Smith infect everyone in the Matrix?

In one of the answers to my other question (Why did Seraph and Sati hide?) was raised the point of programs using the backdoor to avoid getting copyed by Smith. I always assumed that Smith infected ...
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Why did Seraph and Sati hide?

When Smith started growing stronger, the Oracle obviously knew, in her strategy game to change the Matrix Chosen One loops, what Smith was about to do. Since she could foresee the outcoming events, ...
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How did Neo destroy Smith in The Matrix Revolutions?

In the final fight between Neo and Smith, Smith absorbs Neo and then blows up. Why did this happen? I've heard some theories suggest that it was because Smith fulfilled his purpose and the system ...
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In “The Matrix”, why are there no animals?

Aside from the repetitive appearance of the black cat, I can't remember seeing any living animals, either inside the Matrix simulation or in Zion. How come? Is there an in-universe explanation?
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How independent of each other are the different copies of Smith?

How independent are the copies of Smith from each other? It seems that mostly the copies are subordinate to him. For example, they come only after the real Smith appears, they do not make other ...
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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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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. ...