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Do these large-scale, human power-plant-tending robots from the Matrix movies have a name, in-universe or out?

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Source

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This one (found with search engine) already has a Stack Exchange imgur ID

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Source: Immaterial Labour and Data Harvesting; Facebook Algorithmic Factory (1) "Human fields from the Movie “matrix” (1999)"

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    Yup; they're all called Gary. – Paul D. Waite Feb 21 at 16:32
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These are 'Fetus Harvesters'.

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Concept image from The Art of the Matrix


Interestingly, the name of these robots evolved quite considerably over time. In the earliest (1996) version of the script, they're referred to as "farm-like reapers".

[Huge farm-like reapers are harvesting the crop]

The 1997 script treatment has a slight edit, referring to them as "a thresher-like farm machine[s]".

The husk hanging from a stalk is plucked by a thresher-like farm machine.

By the final draft, as seen in The Art of the Matrix, they're given the name "Fetus Harvesters". Geof Darrow also provided a set of concept drawings (see above) that survived largely intact to the final film.

We rise up, the field stretching in every direction to the horizon, lightning tearing open the sky as a harvester sweeps past us.

and they make an appearance (by name) in the Matrix Webcomic A Sword of a Different Color.

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    These are really great, thank you! This is what made me think of them. – uhoh Feb 22 at 0:41
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    @uhoh - Glad you liked it. Any day I've got an excuse to get my 'Art of the Matrix' book out is a good day ;-) – Valorum Feb 22 at 9:26
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Did a Google search "human pod harvester the matrix movies"

Matrix wiki says they're just called "Harvesters". I can't imagine the machines giving them specific name and humans would call them what they were.

Harvesters (or Fetus Harvesters) are Machines that maintain the expansive fetus fields of synthetically grown human fetuses used to populate the power plant as older humans die off or are ejected from the power plant.

Matrix wiki, Harvester

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    I thought the pod harvesters were the small, mobile ones that "pulled the plugs" on spent bodies. The ones I'm showing here are 10-20x larger. – uhoh Feb 21 at 15:07
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    I've edited in the link I think you are referring to and some context from it in case it goes down. – TheLethalCarrot Feb 21 at 15:11
  • Oh I see what you mean, yes, that could end up being what they're called. Thanks! – uhoh Feb 21 at 15:13

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