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Was the Matrix always set in 1999? [duplicate]

In the first movie it says the simulated world is 1999. The obvious question is, how do people grow up in it? If they're born and age, it would seem logical that it spans across multiple years. Is ...
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Why doesn’t Cypher live out his fantasies in test programs?

I don’t understand why Cypher betrays the resistance. He wants to live out a life where he is rich and important. However, couldn’t he program a test program like Mouse did where he can live out that ...
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Who does Roland mean when he says “He said he didn’t need it”?

From his ship in The Matrix Revolutions (2003), Roland contacts Mauser: Roland: Finished loading ammunition? Mauser: Just about. Roland: Let's move it. We are out of time. While piloting his ship, ...
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Whose "move" is Lock referring to?

In The Matrix Revolutions (2003), Morpheus team blows EMP to disable sentinels inside Zion. Then under the direction of Commander Lock, Zion operator bought back system online and sealed the shaft. So ...
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Why did Niobe mention "luckily" in this line?

In The Matrix Revolutions (2003), Niobe successfully lands Hammer ship at Zion: Morpheus: You're a hell of a pilot. Niobe: Some things in this world never change. Morpheus: But some things do? Niobe: ...
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What does "jump" mean?

In The Matrix Revolutions (2003), Niobe surprised Roland's team, who are getting a full diagnostic on The Logos ship: Niobe: You can put that shit away, boys. All she needs is a jump. What does &...
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What "little speech" is Niobe referring to?

In The Matrix Revolutions (2003), Niobe offers Neo her ship to take to the Machine City: Niobe: He can take mine. Roland: You can't do that. Niobe: Don't try to tell me what I can or cannot do... ......
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What does "it" in "how it" refer to?

In The Matrix Revolutions (2003), Seraph along with Morpheus and Trinity meets Merovingian: Seraph: You know why we are here? Merovingian: Come now, what kind of question is this? Of course I know. ...
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Why does The Trainman wear so many watches?

In The Matrix Revolutions (2003), The Trainman is shown wearing nine wristwatches, each set to different times. Why does The Trainman wear so many watches?
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What does "calamari" mean?

In The Matrix Revolutions (2003), AK is searching using his computer to (unsuccessfully) scan The Matrix for Niobe and Ghost. Roland: Search every pipe, every hole, every crack we know. Sweep as wide ...
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Was The Mysterious Stranger the first story to explore the idea of "artificial reality"?

I guess in the case of MS, artificial reality is not a completely accurate term but I hope it is clear I meant "fake" rather than say machine-generated. In a way, the novel is sort of a ...
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Why does Agent Smith refer to himself as "a" Smith, as though there are multiple Smiths?

When Morpheus first fights Agent Smith, he calls himself "A Smith. Agent Smith" Does this imply that there are other copies of the Smith program in different roles other than agent? Are ...
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What does the "it" in "He's the one that's gonna get it" refer to?

In The Matrix Reloaded (2003), Cas says to Link about Zee: Cas: You be careful with her. Zee: Don't worry about me. He's the one that's gonna get it. What does the "it" in "get it&...
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What does "stockade" mean in Matrix series?

These are lines from The Matrix Reloaded (2003): Captain Roland: What happens when you get back to Zion......and the commander throws you in the stockade? Morpheus: He won't. What does "...
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Why exactly did Lock request Morpheus's immediate counsel here?

In The Matrix Reloaded (2003), Captain Morpheus meets Mifune: A.P.U. Escort : Commander Lock demands!... Mifune : [interruptingly clears his throat]. A.P.U. Escort : ...Requests your immediate ...
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What does "position" refer to?

In The Matrix Reloaded (2003), Neo and Seraph are discussing about backdoor, a type of door that can be used to access nearly any part of the Matrix.: Neo: How do they work? Seraph: A code is hidden ...
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Why Oracle's prophecy is wrong?

In the pre climax scene of The Matrix Reloaded (2003), Neo convinces Morpheus that prophecy is wrong: Morpheus: The prophecy tells us-- Neo: It was a lie, Morpheus. The prophecy was a lie. Why ...
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Why did Neo go to meet the Oracle?

In The Matrix Reloaded (2003), after impressing Seraph, Neo meet Oracle, who leads him, ultimately, to the Architect. Why did Neo intentionally go to meet the Oracle in this scene? The movie plot in ...
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Why does Morpheus believe in the Oracle so much?

Some characters in The Matrix (like Commander Lock, etc) seem to have no faith in the Oracle. But Morpheus believes so much in her. Is there any reason?
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What did Trinity mean by this line in The Matrix Reloaded?

In The Matrix Reloaded (2003), Neo saves Trinity's life after she's shot by an Agent while falling from a building. She then says: I guess this makes us even. What did she mean by that?
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What does "window" refer to?

In The Matrix Reloaded (2003), Keymaker speaks about the door which leads to the source: Keymaker: Once the door is unprotected, the connection will be severed. But another connection must first be ...
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What does "broadcast level" mean?

In The Matrix Reloaded (2003), Niobe warns Zion people about sentinels entering their territory: Ghost: And if Niobe's right, in 72 hours there's gonna be a quarter of a million more. Ballard: What ...
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What "lines" did sentinels invade in The Matrix Reloaded?

In The Matrix Reloaded (2003), Niobe warns Zion people about sentinels entering their territory: Morpheus: My apologies to all. But as you are undoubtedly aware... it's become difficult to locate a ...
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Why did Trinity not take Neo to Morpheus when meeting him in the club?

In The Matrix (1999): Neo first meets Trinity in a club Neo then goes back home and goes to bed He then wakes up and is late for work He then has to escape his workplace Why didn't Trinity take him ...
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Why can't Cypher go back to the Matrix?

A scene from The Matrix (1999), where Cypher betrayed Morpheus' team: Cypher: Welcome to the real world, huh, baby? Trinity: But you're out, Cypher. You can't go back. Cypher: Oh no. That's what you ...
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A YouTube video about "The matrix"

I remember a YouTube channel similar to "Cinema Sins" but for good points instead of bad ones. Now, I'm specifically not taking about "Cinema Wins", I found them and they are not ...
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What are "neural-kinetics"?

In The Matrix (1999), Mouse watches Neo's moves on a computer screen Mouse: Jeezus Keeerist! He's fast! Take a look at his neural-kinetics! They're way above normal! What are "Neural-kinetics&...
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How can disrupting carrier signal pinpoint their location?

In The Matrix (1999), Morpheus says to Neo about the red pill: Morpheus: The pill you took is part of a trace program. It disrupts your carrier signals so we can pinpoint your location. How can ...
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What does this quote mean: Like a splinter in your mind?

In The Matrix (1999), Morpheus says to Neo: Neo: You know something. What you know, you can't explain. But you feel it. You felt it your entire life: Something's wrong with the world. You don't know ...
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What "phone call" is Neo referring to?

In Matrix (1999), Agent interrogates Neo about Morpheus: Neo: That sounds like a really good deal. But I got a better one. How about...I give you the finger....and you give me my phone call. What &...
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What does "their" in "their next" refer to?

In Matrix (1999),Trinity answers a ringing public telephone and vanishes just before an Agent crashes a truck into the booth. Brown: We have the name of their next target. Jones: The name is Neo. ...
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Does the Matrix have hardware?

The Matrix is a computer simulation. Most computers have hardware or at least a physical base in the real world. Does the Matrix have any physical/hardware components?
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Why do people die in real life in the Matrix from digital trauma?

I remember from the Matrix that if you die in the Matrix, you actually die in real life. Why is this the case? I know there is a quote made by Morpheus that the body cannot live without the mind, but ...
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Can you be invincible in the Matrix? [closed]

In the Matrix, you can do anything you believe you can do. Can you therefore be invincible in the Matrix? In real life games you can be invincible (like super star in Mario) and since the Matrix is a ...
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How do people in the matrix use their powers?

How do people in the matrix use their powers? Like for instance when Neo stops all the bullets, or Agent Smith moves super fast, or when Neo flies, or when Morpheus jumps really high. How do these ...
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Why does Neo have superpowers in the Matrix? [closed]

I watched the Matrix movies, and the explanation given for Neo flying and having super-strength and telekinesis is that the Matrix isn't real, and it can be hacked/modded. How does Neo have powers in ...
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Why was Bugs able to see Tom in his true form?

To all people other than Tiffany and himself, Tom Anderson was made to appear as an old man. How come Bugs saw him in his true shape when Tom jumped off the roof? Was this some Matrix bug unintended ...
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Why didn't the Architect call off the Agent?

If the Architect had called off the Agent from killing Trinity, it would have incentivized Neo to make the choice the Architect wanted, by returning to the source. That seemed to be his/the Machines' ...
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Does Agent Smith only see coding?

In the Matrix Revolutions when Agent Smith turns the Oracle into another Smith it shows the coding and the change Smith is doing around him and the other Smiths Is this the way Smith sees the Matrix ...
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Why didn’t Zion cut down the powerline to the machine city?

In The Matrix: Revolutions, when Neo set sail for the machine city, he reached the human field early without facing any resistance. He then told Trinity to follow the three powerlines to the machine ...
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How are sentient programs able to exist outside the Matrix, and what do they look like outside? [closed]

Sentient programs such as the Exiles or the Analyst are able to exist outside the Matrix and don't need it for survival. E.g. if there was a shutdown of the Matrix, the programs would survive, but ...
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What did Agent Smith mean in saying "no one would accept the programming"?

I am currently rewatching the Matrix in its entirety and when Agent Smith's monologue in the first film to a captive Morpheus came about a big question arose in my head. When discussing the history of ...
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In The Matrix Resurrections, is there significance to the name of Christina Ricci's character?

In the Matrix series, character names are often loaded with relevant symbolism. The trend continues in The Matrix Resurrections, with names being related to the characters' greater purpose in the ...
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In The Matrix Resurrections, why did Smith initially fight Neo if all he wanted was the Analyst?

He had a big fight with Neo but all he wanted in the end was the Analyst.
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In The Matrix Resurrections, how did The Analyst reset situations? [closed]

What happened after the first time Morpheus meets Neo in the bathroom? After they meet, there is a big shootout in the office. How did The Analyst reset everything? He also did this with Neo's suicide ...
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In The Matrix Resurrections, can Neo see the real image of Trinity or only her Digital Self Image (DSI)?

Can Neo see Trinity like she actually looks like or just her DSI? And what about how Trinity sees Neo?
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In The Matrix Resurrections, who created the modals?

Were the modals created by the analyst or were they part of Neo's game or both?
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In Matrix 4, how did Neo and Trinity keep the whole new Matrix together?

I understood it as this, Pretty much the Frankie Goes To Hollywood explanation, but I am told that this is incorrect. What is the better explanation?
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How did Cypher become separated from the group?

After Morpheus is captured, Trinity, Neo, Cypher and the rest all fall down through the gap they were trying to use to escape the building and land on what seems to be some sort of basement, finally ...
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In universe are multiple levels or instances of the Matrix called Matrices or Matrixes?

The word 'Matrices' to me feels too close to the mathematical notation than the constructed reality. While the English plural can be applied to imported words, even if they have Latin or other origins....
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