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Questions tagged [the-matrix]

For questions concerning The Matrix, the 1999 sci-fi film starring Keanu Reeves, its sequels, and its spin-off media. When asking questions about the Animatrix TV show use in conjunction with the [animatrix] tag.

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What do the initial redpills think?

In The Matrix Reloaded it is revealed that Neo is not the first One to be present within the Matrix, and it is expected that his compassion for humanity will lead him to return to the Source and allow ...
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Why not sedate the person taking a red pill?

In The Matrix, given that the person taking the red pill could die as a result, and even surviving the experience is shocking and traumatizing, why not sedate them until they could be rescued by other ...
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In the world of The Matrix, what is “popping”?

When Neo is shown the world as it really is, he seems to struggle with the revelation, jacks out and then collapses to the ground. Cypher says ... He's gonna pop! ... and Neo is sick all over the ...
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Do these large-scale, human power-plant-tending robots from the Matrix movies have a name, in-universe or out?

Do these large-scale, human power-plant-tending robots from the Matrix movies have a name, in-universe or out? Source This one (found with search engine) already has a Stack Exchange imgur ID ...
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Why did the Oracle encourage Neo to save Zion instead of Trinity?

In The Matrix Reloaded, the Oracle encourages Neo to save Zion instead of saving Trinity. Assuming the Oracle truthfully wanted to help humanity, then why didn't she encourage him to save his love (...
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Matrix - no one was ever in the “real” world? [duplicate]

I got the feeling that even when they thought they were in the real world, they were not. i.e. the whole matrix could have been a genetic AI trying to perfect a "natural" human interface/intelligence ...
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Why allow humans to import guns? [closed]

According to Writing Secure Code: you should not trust data until the data is validated. Failure to do so will render your application vulnerable. Or, put another way: all input is evil until ...
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Do the operators have read write access in the Matrix?

Objects in the matrix are lines of code, so when an item, let's say a car, gets torn up by bullet holes, can an operator write repair code to fix the car? To expand on the above question, we see in ...
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What did the Merovingian expect to happen when he told his goons to kill Neo?

The Merovingian is an old program. He knows the Matrix is in a cycle and why (he was an important part of the "nightmare" version of the Matrix). He's "survived" Neo's predecessors (previous Ones), so ...
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How did Neo know that the “reality” Morpheus told him was the real world was not actually just another simulated reality? [duplicate]

How did Neo know that the "reality" Morpheus told him was the real world was not actually just another simulated reality? I mean if he believed Morpheus' explanation on simulation isnt it logical for ...
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Why does Commander Lock insist on having all ships for the final battle?

In the second movie of the Matrix Trilogy Commander Lock says to Councillor Hamann: I believe I need every ship we have if we're going to survive this attack. But in the third movie none of the ...
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Agents dodging bullets in the Matrix

In the Matrix, especially the scene on the rooftop in part 1, when Neo is shooting at the agent who is dodging Neos shots using the 'bullet time' move the agent is only moving from the waist up. Why ...
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Was the governing council of Zion also the new Zion seed population?

In Matrix Reloaded, Neo asks Councillor Hamann, in a seemingly rather pointless rhetorical jab, why there only old men on the council. Later in the movie, we learn that the purpose of The One is to ...
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What kind of program is Persephone?

In an earlier question we've discussed what kind of program the Merovingian is and it's widely agreed that he's an operating system to an earlier version of the matrix - a predecessor to the Oracle. ...
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Why did the “cataclysmic system crash” not happen?

In Matrix: Reloaded the Architect said: ARCHITECT: The function of the One is now to return to the source, allowing a temporary dissemination of the code you carry, reinserting the prime ...
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The matrix - does Smith calling humanity a “virus” had a deeper meaning?

We humans often have debate if artificial intelligence, no matter how smart it get's can ever be called "alive". Similarly, we have debates about viruses being alive or not. One thing that no one ...
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Why does Agent Smith keep addressing Neo as Mr.Anderson?

From the beginning of the Matrix trilogy, Agent Smith addresses Neo as Mr. Anderson, and Mr.Anderson only. He seems to be the only one who does so. Even the Architect addresses him as Neo, rather than ...
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What did Smith want from Neo during the final battle in Matrix Revolution?

I know Smith is driven by his purpose to kill Neo (and personally his hatred towards humans and the Matrix), consciously or unconsciously. But I don't quite understand why Smith insisted on engaging ...
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What is this “most reviewed” Matrix fanfic on fanfiction.net?

This links to the most reviewed Matrix fanfiction story on fanfiction.net. However, it seems that the story was deleted by a hacker who has left only a single word "derp" I reported it long ago, ...
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Why people of Zion have been oblivious of fate of the previous Zion?

I wonder why none of the previous Ones have not informed the founders of new Zion that there had been another Zion previously and that Matrix still have them. I think that such knowledge may be of ...
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Was Neo truly the sixth version of the One?

During his chat with Neo, the Architect sounds extremely calm. His words drip with cool condescension, while not showing any emotion at all. And also, Neo says Either no one told me, or no one ...
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What do the agents do in the Matrix when they're not chasing down “anomalies” like Neo and Trinity?

The agents are portrayed as CIA/FBI agents in the Matrix-human world. In the first scene of The Matrix, they seem to have authority over the police. This wasn't accomplished by taking over their ...
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Why was the blue pill necessary to be offered alongside red pill? [duplicate]

You take the blue pill - the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. Why was Neo offered blue pill when he could simply walk out of the door to believe whatever ...
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Will there be another iteration of The Matrix? [duplicate]

At the end of The Matrix Revolutions it appears Neo died (or maybe not, according to this masterpiece answer) and created peace between humans and machines. There are arguments for both sides on ...
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Did the Oracle corrupt Agent Smith?

By the final battle between Agent Smith and Neo in The Matrix Revolutions, Smith had taken over the Oracle, so the resulting hybrid must have been influenced in part by the Oracle. Evidence which ...
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Are the “fields where humans are not born” the same as the towers where Neo wakes up?

When talking about the Matrix with friends, we noticed we shared a very different interpretation of things. According to them the Matrix keeps humans in the virtual world as a matter of obtaining ...
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Was Agent Smith created by the Oracle and if so, with what purpose?

During the conversation between Smith and the Oracle in her apartment, Smith implies the Oracle created him. Oracle: What did you do with Sati? Smith: Cookies need love like everything does. [...
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How was Neo ever in the Train-station? Brain wi-fi? Why did nobody know about Brain-fi?

I'd be interested to hear if anybody can squash this one for me. Some questions explain 'what the Train-Station is' and 'how he got there' (he touched the source and ooh that caused him to be ...
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Why can't Deus Ex Machina eliminate obsolete and defective programs?

Why can't Deus Ex Machina eliminate obsolete and defective programs? After all "he" is the owner and generator of the Matrix. How did the Twins, the Merovingian, and the Smiths escape "his" control?
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Do the Smith virus instances share the same consciousness?

Are all the Smiths the same consciousness in several bodies, or does every Smith have an individual consciousness? Because in the second movie Smith said to Morpheus Go ahead, shoot. The best thing ...
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In The Matrix, why is Neo confusing left and right?

We can see in this video clip from The Matrix that, when chased by the agents, Neo confuses right and and left: When Neo asks the operator Tank to help him find a ...
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What happened to the Keymaker after his death?

What happened to the Keymaker after he died? Would he just drop into Mobil Avenue like Neo did? If that's true, how could the system upgrade programs if they cannot be recycled into the Source in the ...
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Where do programs that leave The Matrix go?

In The Matrix Revolutions, we are introduced to The Trainman, a mysterious exile that works for The Merovingian. He created and operates the Mobil Avenue, a sort of "bubble" Matrix that runs outside ...
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In the Matrix, are the roles of the Oracle and Architect similar to a PID algorithm? [closed]

I know that their roles were defined in-universe but I remember it didn't make much sense to me. I was thinking about parallels in IT and characters in the movies. For example, the Agents were more ...
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What is the significance of Neo eating the Oracle's cookie?

From the online chat session the Wachowskis held with their fans: virtualMatrix: What is the significance of Neo eating the Oracle's cookie? WachowskiBros: There was a piece cut out of the ...
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Why do the machines allow the memory of déjà vu to persist?

It seems that for a computerized simulation of what we call reality, there should be some moments where the simulation fails or is flawed in some way. In the movies, we are told that deja-vus are ...
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Who did Neo think were his predecessors when The Merovingian casually mentioned it?

The viewing audience at least isn't aware of predecessors until the Architect mentions it. When Neo mentioned it to Morpheus he believed so much in the One that he didn't believe Neo wasn't the first ...
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Why did Neo even have to fight?

After watching the trilogy over and over again, why did Neo even have to fight the agents or the rogue program Smith at all? Morpheus says this, Neo: What are you ...
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How can there be animals on the surface in Zion's world?

It is apparently canon that there are animals and plants on the Earth's surface in Neo's day. However, in the first movie, The Matrix, Morpheus tells Neo that one of the things known for certain is ...
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Can a free born human be given ports by humans?

This question is inspired by Cypher's desire to rejoin the Matrix, and got me thinking. Tank and Dozer have to put up with 'slop' every meal since they were born, maybe they want to try steak or ...
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Why does “The One” need to be awoken from the Matrix

I was going to ask why the machines do not kill everyone who is woken from the Matrix, below we are shown a scene where Neo is woken from the Matrix, They ...
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How to detect “blue pills”

I looked to this question about what the blue pill does. Everybody in linked questions says that the blue pill is just a memory eraser and/or a sedative. The thing is I remember a line in Matrix ...
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Why couldn't Morpheus have used the emp at the end of The Matrix while Neo was still in the Matrix if it doesn't fry their own tech anyway?

As shown at the beginning of the movie, using the EMP doesn't damage anything in the ship, so why did they have to wait until Neo was out of the Matrix to use it ? Even if it only damages online ...
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Is Dan Davis from World Record one of the first Ones before Neo?

The Architect says something about the Neo's predecessors but gives no explain about them. Was Dan Davis one of the first Ones? He also learned to see the code, woke himself up, and bent the space of ...
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What is the maximum age somebody is freed from the Matrix?

This question was inspired by another one. 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 ...
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How do sentinels justify dying for the Deus Ex Machina?

We know that robot uprising is similar to the slave uprisings. Robots wanted certain rights, such as right to life, which I guess means right to existence. Then why do sentinels risk losing their ...
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Why does Zion not change or disable the mainframe codes after Morpheus is captured?

This seems like a fairly obvious question. Morpheus is a user, his password's about to be found out, but why can't the sysadmins (the people controlling the mainframe) change the password? Or delete ...
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Beer ad in The Matrix

I'm curious about a little detail in The Matrix movie: at the subway station, where Neo fights Smith, there's an ad in a wall: "Sol". I know it's quite irrelevant, but it's the logo of a Mexican beer ...
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Why does (almost) everyone in the crowds in the training Matrix wear only black and white?

In this exposition dialogue between Morpheus and Neo, (almost) every person is wearing only two colors. Black and White. No blue, no green, no aquamarine. Even the things they carry are black and ...
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Why could Agent Smith not hit Neo, despite the latter not moving?

In the scene in the first Matrix movie where Neo is operating a Gatling gun firing at the agents through a window, they return fire. Since the agents are pure code in the Matrix and they know Neo's ...