I would like to find more information about Neo, ideally something beyond the fact that he's a hacker and was destined to be 'The One'.

During the movie we can see some details about his personal life, for instance that he's a very lonely person, lives alone and that he has some books about philosophy (specifically "Simulacra and Simulation").

What isn't clear is about his family and background interests. Is there a complete biography for this character?

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    I fail to see how this is attracting votes for being "too broad". It's not like there's loads to add.
    – Valorum
    Oct 28 '16 at 20:21

During the interrogation scene with Agent Smith, we see a file which contains brief details of Thomas Anderson prior to his involvement with Morpheus.

Personal Details
Name: Thomas A. Anderson
Date of Birth: 1962-03-11
Place of Birth: Lower Downtown, Capital City, FU, USA
Mother's maiden name: Michelle McGahey
Father's Name: John Anderson
Marital status: Single

Education Record
Schools attended: Central West Junior High School / Owen Paterson High

High School Record:
Anderson excelled in the sciences, mathematics and computer courses. He also displayed some aptitude for English and History. After some trouble with discipline at the age of 13-14, Anderson settled down to become a fairly well-regarded member of the school community. This was mainly due to an increased involvement in sports, especially football and hockey.

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From the next sheet we get some idea of his work history, flitting from "job to job" due to his inability to cope with authority figures.

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  • Thanks for the details, all are very interesting I was wondering about his university studies, I mean he could be an Applied Mathematician, Computer scientist or computer engineer, since he is a programmer, if there is not other more complete answer I will proceed to accept this, thanks for the support,
    – neo33
    Oct 28 '16 at 20:09
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    @neo33 - That's all there is. There's also some biographical stuff from his passport if you're interested.
    – Valorum
    Oct 28 '16 at 20:10
  • well I understand, Thanks a lot for the details.
    – neo33
    Oct 28 '16 at 20:16
  • I really wish 'FU' was an actual state. Oct 28 '16 at 20:30
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    FYI: Michelle McGahey is the film's Art Director and Owen Paterson is the film's Production Designer.
    – Valorum
    Oct 28 '16 at 20:38

Thomas Anderson worked as a software programmer for a company in the Captial City in the Matrix. He moonlighted as a 'hacker', possibly exploiting personally-developed zero-day vulnerabilities. Much of this can be found here, which provides a good background of the life and family he had while still 'plugged-in'.

As for Simulacra and Simulation, that was a required read for people working on the story and on the set for the Trilogy. There are a lot of references to similar themes throughout the Trilogy and Animatrix.

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