A 1999 film starring Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, and Hugo Weaving. It spawned two sequels (Reloaded and Revolutions) and an animated prequel/sequel (The Animatrix). The term "Matrix" is the in-universe name for a shared virtual reality created and maintained by sentient ...

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How did Bane manage to survive the sentinel attack?

At the end of The Matrix Reloaded we see Roland telling explaining what happened to the other ships: Mauser: An EMP was triggered before we could get in position. Colt: 5 ships were instantly ...
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What is the choice the Oracle couldn't see beyond?

When Neo meets the Oracle for the last time the following conversation takes place: Oracle: I hope I helped. Neo: You helped me to get here, but my question is why? Where does this go? Where ...
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Why does Agent Smith get scared in the final confrontation with Neo?

At the end of the final confrontation between Neo and Agent Smith the following dialogue takes place: I stand here, right here, and I'm supposed to say something. ...
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Is there good canon evidence for the “Nightmare Matrix”?

On the Matrix wiki, there's an article about the Nightmare Matrix which says: The Nightmare Matrix was the second prototype Matrix, designed by The Architect after the massive failure of the ...
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Why is Seraph gold?

When we see the matrix as code, most of it is green. However Seraph is yellow/gold: I've found a theory for this on the matrix wiki: If you look at the colour representation in Revolutions, ...
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Why was Seraph called Wingless?

In The Matrix Revolutions, when Morpheus, Trinity and Seraph enter the Merovingian's club, one of the guards calls Seraph "Wingless". Where does this name come from?
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How many hoverships did Zion have?

After the humans discovered the machine army digging toward Zion, Commander Lock recalled all hoverships in preparation for the Battle of Zion. Lock believed he needed "every ship" for the defense of ...
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Can hoverships transmit messages to Zion from broadcast level?

I remembered the following quote from The Matrix after answering the recent question about hacking into the Matrix from Zion: Morpheus: Did Zion send word? Dozer: No, another ship. This ...
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How can they hack the Matrix, wirelessly?

Knowing that the Zionist rebels use the Hover ships to reach a broadcast level in order to infiltrate the Matrix, yet every blue pill in the matrix seems to be hard wired into it, how do they ...
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Why not enter the Matrix from Zion?

The crews enter the Matrix when they are on the ships, which makes them an easier target for sentinels. Why don’t they enter the Matrix when they are in Zion? They were talking about earlier attempts ...
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Why didn't Sati choose deletion rather than exile?

In The Matrix Revolutions, Rama Kandra (Sati's father) tells Neo that Sati was created without purpose and has been flagged for deletion: I love my daughter very much... But where we are from, ...
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Why does Neo jump into Smith?

At the end of the movie Neo jumps into Smith and blows him up. Is there a reason he chooses this method to kill him?
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At what point does Neo become “The One”?

At the end of the trilogy, there is no doubt that Neo is "The One". But back to the first movie, it was strongly hinted by the Oracle that he was not yet a "The One", meaning there is some process in ...
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How did the population of Zion feed itself?

The Earth's surface can't be used to grow crops. They don't live in the ocean so there's no biomass there. There's no sunlight in a cave. So how did all those thousands of people feed themselves in ...
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How close to humans are agents?

During his fight with The Merovingian's henchmen, Neo blocks a sword with just his hand which seems to surprise everyone. However, a moment later his hand is cut causing The Merovingian to say ...
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How did the machines take over the “real world” in the Matrix?

So after Neo takes the red pill, he is faced with the "real world", which is a dystopian future controlled by machines, with only remnants of humankind left. I've always been puzzled by how it got to ...
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Who created the Oracle and the Architect?

If Architect and Oracle are old programs which created the matrix. Does it say anywhere who built them?
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Did the Wachowskis intend for the humans to be the villains of The Matrix?

In the answers to another question about the Matrix, I learned that humans were to blame for the war with the machines. The war began after the trial of a self aware robot named B1-66ER. He had ...
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What flaw in the Matrix was Neo supposed to correct?

The Architect tells Neo: Your life is the sum of a remainder of an unbalanced equation inherent to the programming of the Matrix. You are the eventuality of an anomaly, which despite my sincerest ...
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Does Neo actually know kung fu?

Since the kung fu program was simply "loaded" into his RSI, would Neo still be able to put that knowledge to use outside of the Matrix? Were these actual martial art skills, or just their computerized ...
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Why is the Matrix a collective?

Why is the Matrix a collective? That is, why are humans in the bioelectric harvesting fields part of a shared simulation? Why is this better than having each subject jacked into his or her own ...
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Why did Agent Smith & co. pursue (pre escaped) Neo through the Matrix instead of going to his pod?

Please help me to understand why Neo wasn't physically detained at his pod instead of being mentally chased through the Matrix thereby allowing him to physically escape from his pod and the control of ...
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Why didn't Neo have a hole in his belly?

After the Agents inserted a tracking bug into Neo and he wakes in his room, he is immediately contacted by Morpheus again and meets with the redpills. Before taking him to see Morpheus, they demand ...
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Relationship of illness outside the Matrix to illness inside the Matrix

Do the human beings in the crop of humans maintained by the machines develop typical illnesses, such as the common cold or the flu? Since each person is confined to their own sealed pod, many routes ...
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Is Zion really the last human city?

In the first movie, Tank and Neo are conversing: Tank: Me and my brother Dozer, we're both 100% pure, old-fashioned, home-grown human, born free right here, in the real world, genuine child (sic) ...
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Was Neo dreaming when Agent Smith interrogated him, his mouth disappeared, and a robotic insect crawled into his belly button?

This is the scene I'm referring to. Right after Morpheus calls Neo and Neo gets captured while trying to escape the Agents at his office building, we see Neo in an interrogation room with Agent Smith. ...
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How did Agent Smith know that Morpheus contacted Neo?

At the beginning of the first movie, right after Neo has been captured, Agent Smith starts interrogating him. He says: I'm going to be as forthcoming as I can be, Mr. Anderson. You're here ...
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Are “The Matrix series” and “Ghost in the shell: Standalone Complex” based on “Simulacra and Simulation”?

Standalone Complex is based on the idea that: The Stand Alone Complex is a philosophical construct; A copy of something that does not exist, or to make it clear, a copy that does exist but the ...
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Does either pill actually do anything?

When Morpheus offers the pill choice to Neo, they are still in the Matrix. That leads me to belive that none of the pills are real thus having no particular effect in the real world. Was it some sort ...
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Explanation regarding the blue pill / red pill choice given by Morpheus [duplicate]

You take the blue pill—the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill—you stay in Wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole ...
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Is Cain a vampire or a werewolf?

In The Matrix Reloaded, Persephone explained the nature of the exile programs Cain and Abel: They come from a much older version of the Matrix, but like so many back then they caused more problems ...
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Do we know of any programs that voluntarily chose deletion instead of exile?

In The Matrix Reloaded, the Oracle explains what happens to programs that are flagged for deletion: Neo: Programs hacking programs. Why? Oracle: They have their reasons, but usually a program ...
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Blue pill or red pill: Interpretation of analogies

In The Matrix, when Morpheus offers the blue pill or red pill, he explains: You take the blue pill - the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. The "story" ...
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Why did the Agents suspect that Morpheus may have had a traitor in his ranks?

At the beginning of the first Matrix film, Agents track down Trinity at the derelict Heart O' The City Hotel, aided by the fact that Trinity had been conversing on a line that wasn't "clean" in spite ...
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Why is Agent Smith okay with becoming a virus?

This question: Is there anything special about Agent Smith that makes him become a virus? assumes Agent Smith becomes a virus. But in this monologue from The Matrix, he speaks with extreme disdain ...
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Did the “Smith”-like viruses exist in the former five versions of the Matrix?

Since the "Smith" virus is the opposite of the One, did Neo's five predecessors create viruses like Smith before by killing an agent or not even doing anything?
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Is there anything special about Agent Smith that makes him become a virus?

If Neo killed either of the other two agents instead of Agent Smith, would the killed agent become the "Smith"-like virus as well?
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Could the Architect design a better choice mechanism to trick Neo into making a choice in the machine's favor?

In The Matrix Reloaded, the Architect reveals to Neo that Trinity is about to die. I can't help but wonder if Neo would still choose the left door if the Architect had withheld that information. The ...
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Why does Switch wear white in The Matrix?

All members of Morpheus' team wear black leather and the only one who does not is Switch, also she doesn't wear leather either. Is it a sign? or not?
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Why does the machine ambassador destroy the human leadership after accepting their surrender?

In the Animatrix, the human leadership surrenders to the Machines in the UN building in New York City. The machine ambassador speaks on the terms of the surrender and then "signs" the document to ...
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Did Agent Smith have the power to fulfill Cypher's wish?

Background: In The Matrix (1999), there is a scene where Cypher and Agent Smith strike a deal. Smith wants the access codes to the Zion mainframe. Cypher offers Morpheus, who knows these codes. ...
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When did Morpheus find out the Oracle is a program?

In The Matrix Reloaded the Oracle confirms to Neo that she is a program. She considers it "obvious" that she is a program, probably because she is clearly too old to be a human. Even Morpheus knows ...
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What was the relevance of the sentinel passing through Neo in Revolutions

This question relates to the movie : Matrix Revolutions When Neo and Trinity are on the way to the Machine Mainframe on a ship. Neo uses his mind to destroy the sentinels that attack them. One of ...
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What about non-Americans and non-American human culture in the Matrix universe?

Zion, the Last Human City we see in the Matrix series, is remarkably multiracial for a city as shown as US fictional visual media. But despite the variety of races present in Zion, they do seem to all ...
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Why did Morpheus's crew enter the Matrix?

Why did the red pills in Morpheus's crew even enter the Matrix in the first place in the first movie? Was it for Neo to see the Oracle? Other than that, I don't see any point in entering the Matrix. ...
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Did the Agents know about the history of the Matrix and/or previous Ones?

Did the Agents know about the history of the Matrix (the Paradise and Nightmare Matrix, and the transition to the choice-based Matrix) and/or the existence of previous Ones? Most answers assume that ...
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Is the last “One” present at the re-founding of Zion?

The comment discussion in this question made me wonder something: according to the Architect, the One plays a key role in re-founding Zion and beginning the next iteration in the Matrix cycle. But ...
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Were all “The Ones” before Neo also called Neo?

We learn that Neo (aka Thomas A. Anderson; aka Missster Anderson) is the 6th incarnation of "The One". Since The Matrix is a complex simulation of the real life, let's assume that each ...
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Were the other Potentials actually humans?

In The Matrix : Reloaded, when the Kid catches up with Neo right before he leaves Zion, he hands him a gift from one of the Oracle's children: a spoon. Of course, it's a reminder of the lesson learned ...
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Why did the machines not invest into clearing the skies?

The machines turned to using humans as a source of power after the humans darkened the skies, since the machines relied on solar power before. If the machines were smart at all, they'd realise that ...