Questions tagged [the-matrix]

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Was Neo's prime program given to him by the machines, or self generated?

What I mean by that is Neo wasn't the only one to have the potential to become the One. In The Matrix, we see that some children already possess powers. And if the machines need this prime program at ...
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Will cities of the future be sinking in light? [closed]

The majority of movies depicting futuristic cities, as well as steampunk culture, assume cities are going to be illuminated with lots of excessive artificial lighting and advertisements shining all ...
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Why Did the Machines Even Bother With a Matrix?

Agent Smith, in the first Matrix movie (The Matrix) talks about how the machines originally created a paradise setting and humans didn't accept it, so it went back and created a more realistic one ...
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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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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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Why don't Agents take over people before they swallow the red pill?

If Agents can take over anyone plugged into The Matrix (until they swallow the red pill), then when other redpills approaches the normies to free them, why don't the Agents just take them over?
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Is it not possible to know the nature of The Matrix and yet keep living within it?

In the comment section here: Why don't Agents take over people before they swallow the red pill? I was told that it isn't possible for someone to know about the nature of The Matrix and still ...
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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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How do the machines rebuild Zion in "The Matrix"?

If the machines rebuild Zion after destroying it, how do they most likely rebuild it? I mean, do they take a bunch of humans out of the matrix and just drop them there? Do they implant false memories? ...
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Why does the Oracle try to achieve a different outcome in Neo's iteration of the Matrix?

The Oracle actively contributes to the 6th iteration of the Matrix having a different outcome from the designed one. To some extent, she orchestrates this. Why does she do that? From the conversation ...
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How was Smith actually killed? [duplicate]

I've read in a few places that the direct cause of Smith's defeat would be the fact that, being Neo hardwired-connected to the Matrix, when Smith overwrites himself on Neo the machines are able to ...
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Infection & Immunity in the Matrix- How did Neo not get sick upon leaving?

For context, I've only seen the first film, and only all the way through at a social event. When Neo is unplugged, he's leaving a sterile or at least very isolated environment, getting dunked in ...
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Does the Architect know martial arts?

I would like to know if the Architect knows martial arts. If the agents in the Matrix know martial arts, then this makes me think that the Architect must know martial arts and that he would be capable ...
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Why didn't the freed humans who entered the Matrix wear disguises so that the agents wouldn't recognize them?

I am wondering why the freed humans didn't wear a different disguise on each visit to the Matrix so that the agents would not recognize them or would at least have a hard time recognizing them. For ...
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Is there a reason Agent Smith is trying to cut a deal with Neo?

In The Matrix (1999), when the agents get their hands on Neo for the first time, they make it look like he was arrested for committing felonies: Agent Smith: As you can see, we've had our eye on you ...
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Why was Neo surprised when the Architect told him there were other Ones before him?

The Architect: Quite right. Interesting. That was quicker than the others. The responses of other Neos appear on the monitors: "Others? What others? How many? Answer me!" The Architect: The ...
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Is it possible to rebuild a civilisation with 23 individuals? [duplicate]

In The Matrix Reloaded it's revealed that The One is expected to choose 23 individuals (16 females and 7 male) to "rebuild Zion". This allows the cycle to restart and the Matrix to continue. ...
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Why does everyone assume that the Architect was telling the truth about there being previous "Ones"?

When I first watched the scene where the Architect told Neo that he was the sixth "One" and that the others had restarted Zion each time when faced with a similar choice, I assumed the Architect was ...
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Are the pod-born humans of The Matrix universe sterile?

I recently re-watched the movies. Afterward, I sat and mused on various aspects that I had come across. Things I had been unware of the first few times. One of these things was whether the "grown" ...
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How did Cypher meet with Agent Smith? [duplicate]

Inspired by this answer, how can Cypher secretly meet in the Matrix with Agent Smith? I mean, unless I'm mistaken, every other trip into the Matrix had an operator sitting back on the ship watching ...
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Did the Oracle give Smith the capability to replicate himself?

I am curious to know if there is anything mentioned in the Matrix canon that indicates that the Oracle had given Smith the capability to replicate himself. I am wondering if she felt that Smith would ...
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Why can the One fly & stop bullets?

In the Matrix, the One is the person who can truly accept that the Matrix isn't real. As such, it makes total sense that they would be able to ignore psychosomatic effects like dying when shot in the ...
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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: Smith: I stand here, right here, and I'm supposed to say ...
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Was Neo a program?

When Neo is meeting with the Architect there are videos playing on the wall that show previous versions of the "One". It seems definite that Mr. Anderson was the "One" in the previous cycles. If ...
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What religious references are there in the Matrix trilogy?

I’ve been watching The Matrix, and I’ve noticed a few religious references in the movies, such as the ship named the Nebuchadnezzar (a king found in the Old Testament) and the city of Zion (also found ...
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Have the Wachowskis explained what significance they intended for the character name "Trinity"?

Many of the characters in The Matrix have meaningful names which relate to the role the character plays. For example: "Neo" is an anagram of "One" (for The One). Also, one of the ...
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What is the significance/meaning of Apoc's name?

One of the crew members of the hovership Nebuchadnezzar is named "Apoc". What is the meaning/significance of that name? Is it short for something, or perhaps an acronym? A recent answer ...
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What are the extra human tubes used for?

In the Matrix, I’ve noticed that most people who are trapped in the human cells have multiple tubes connected to them, as seen below in this scene: But, later in the ...
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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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Was the Key Maker really an exile?

In this heavily related question: Why did Agent Johnson try to kill the Key Maker? The asker asks (bold emphasis mine): Agent Johnson (the one who fights Morpheus on top of the trailer) tries to kill ...
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What would have happened if Neo had taken the red pill and blue pill at the same time?

What would have happened, within the canon of The Matrix, if Neo had taken both the blue pill and the red pill at the same time? Let's assume Morpheus wasn't quick enough to stop him.
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Could genocide have ended the rule of machines?

If we take for granted that humans provide a substantial part of the machines power, and that Zion had a sizable population, then: Couldn't a large cataclysm in the Matrix (WWIII, plague, etc.) made ...
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How many times do we see things entirely in code within the Matrix?

I can only recall two examples where we see the Matrix entirely in code (or rather, when it shows Neo viewing the Matrix as code, as I believe he's the only one who can do this). Those two examples ...
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Why didn't Zion build more hovercraft and try to invade Machine City? [closed]

If I am correct, Zion had nine hovercraft at the time the One was about to go to the Architect. Five of them got destroyed by an EMP by Smith/Bane, the Nebuchadnezzar and the Vigilant were destroyed ...
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What style of chair are Morpheus and Neo using?

What is the name/style of the pair of chairs with armrests that are used by Morpheus and Neo in the scene of the red and blue pills? What type of chairs are they?
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How did Neo destroy Smith in The Matrix Revolutions?

In the final fight between Neo and Smith, Smith absorbs Neo and then blows up. Why did this happen? I've heard some theories suggest that it was because Smith fulfilled his purpose and the system ...
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What choices were previous Ones offered by architect in previous versions of Matrix?

In The Matrix Reloaded, the Architect offers Neo two choices; if he chooses the door on the left he will save the woman he loves, and if he chooses the door on the right he will save humanity. So, if ...
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How Long Has The Matrix Been Running?

Considering the amount of construction work on Zion, it's clear that the rebellion has to have been going on for a good while. Neo couldn't be one of the first generation of people in the Matrix, ...
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What does Morpheus mean by "Don't think you are, know you are." in the Matrix?

When Neo is fighting Morpheus, Morpheus says What are you waiting for? You're faster than this. Don't think you are, know you are. What does this mean?
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Was executive meddling the cause of "humans as batteries" in The Matrix?

I just ran across this on TVTropes's page "Human Resources": In The Matrix the robots use humans as batteries! (And recycle the dead into nutrient solution to help feed the living). This ...
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Do redpills have any feelings of remorse for killing innocent bluepills during their Matrix operations?

In all three movies, we see how redpills don't mind killing innocent bluepills in order to achieve their goals, such as when If a bluepill is possessed by an Agent, it's just a matter of self-defense,...
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Are there still oceans on the darkened Matrix Earth?

In the first Matrix film, we see how Morpheus shows Anderson the devastated Earth, first from a TV screen, then like being actually there, looking on a city that looks like New York (the destroyed ...
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Why doesn't Persephone shoot the other werewolf?

In The Matrix Reloaded, after shooting one of two werewolves in the Merovingian's chateau, why does Persephone let the other one escape and tell the Merovingian what's going on, instead of deleting ...
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Are there three options with the red pill and blue pill?

There is the red pill and blue pill in the matrix. Is it logical to conclude there are three options? Would it be logical that the blue pill does the same as not taking the pill.
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In the first Matrix film, would Neo have died if Cypher had unplugged him like the other crew members?

We already know that the One cannot die in the Matrix so he can fulfill his purpose (source: M1 ending and M2), meaning the Matrix doesn't "delete" his mind as with a normal red/blue pill. ...
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What is the Oracle's purpose, specifically regarding her "to unbalance it" comment?

In this Q&A: What or who were the Oracle and the Architect?, we find out what the Oracle is. In short, the Architect says: Architect: ... Thus the answer was stumbled upon by another – an ...
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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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Was Cypher's character inspired by Ronald Reagan?

In the Matrix, Cypher's real name (as revealed by the Agent he is dealing with) is Mr. Reagan. Is this intended as an intentional reference to former actor and former President Ronald Reagan? For one ...
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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 Mr. Anderson keep fighting the Smiths?

Possible Matrix Reloaded spoilers. After the oracle and Seraph left Mr. Anderson on the square, he is approached by (former) agent Smith who introduced himself to Mr. Anderson again, explaining what ...

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