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 [the-animatrix] tag.

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Is the basic premise of humans as a power source in The Matrix reasonable? [closed]

In The Matrix the machines "grow" humans to provide a source of power. Is this really feasible from the perspective of power generation (never mind all the business of growing/feeding people)? Wouldn'...
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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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In "The Matrix Revolutions" How Does Neo Stop the Machine Weapons in the Real World?

In The Matrix Revolutions, when Neo and Trinity are trying to get to the Machine City, when the Machines launch weapons against them, Neo is able to destroy some of the incoming weapons. This is in ...
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What kind of program is the Merovingian?

The Merovingian (also known as The Frenchman) is said to be a powerful program. What kind of program is he? Why is he considered so powerful? Is he vital to the Matrix in some way?
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Why are there no animals in "The Matrix"?

Aside from the repetitive appearance of the black cat, I can't remember seeing any living animals, either inside the Matrix simulation or in Zion. How come? Is there an in-universe explanation?
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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 does the blue pill in The Matrix actually do?

During the first meeting between Neo and Morpheus in The Matrix, Morpheus states that if Neo takes the blue pill, "The story ends; you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe." ...
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How could all versions of Neo look identical?

In Matrix: Reloaded, the wall of screens inside the Architect's room shows various versions of Neo screaming and cussing as the Architect reveals that the prophesy is a lie and that there have been in ...
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What Happens to a Person Taken Over By An Agent?

I've been rewatching parts of The Matrix because of the questions I've been asking. Maybe this is in a scene I haven't re-watched, but I don't remember it being covered in the movies. If an Agent ...
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Why are there only three Agents at a time in the Matrix?

In all of the Matrix movies, we only see three Agents at a time (Brown, Jones and Smith in the original and Jackson, Johnson and Thompson in the sequels). Why are there only three? The Matrix being a ...
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What did Zion think would happen to the blue pills if they succeeded in destroying the Matrix?

Part of the Prophecy of The One involved the destruction of the Matrix. The prophecy as explained by Morpheus is: When the Matrix was first built, there was a man born inside who had the ability to ...
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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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Why did Cypher trust the Agents?

In the first Matrix film, Cypher makes a deal with Agent Smith (to forget about the Matrix and to be put back in as someone rich/famous) betraying Neo, Morpheus and everyone else, in the hope he would ...
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Why do they need "16 female, 7 male" to re-establish Zion?

So, re-reading this: After which, you will be required to select from the Matrix 23 individuals - 16 female, 7 male - to rebuild Zion. It got me thinking - why exactly this ratio (and why exactly ...
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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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Did Neo die in the end of the Matrix trilogy?

Towards the end in The Matrix Revolutions, Neo is jacked by the machines into the Matrix to fight Agent Smith. During the fight, Smith seems to have killed Neo then we see the machines pumping a ...
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Other than Neo Stopping the Machine Weapons, Are There Clues the Real World is Another Matrix?

My question about Neo stopping the Machine weapons got me to thinking, since both answers (so far) have brought up the point that "reality," in this case, is just another matrix. I never really gave ...
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Why did The Merovingian destroy The Oracle's shell?

In the third movie, we can see that The Oracle looks completely different. Obviously, this is because the original actor died, but the Wachowski's worked that into the plot. Unfortunately, I haven't ...
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Did the machines use humans' brains as CPUs?

In The Matrix, humans' body heat is used to power the machines, but it was hinted at in a comment on another question that the machines used human brains for processing power. Is this claim ...
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What happens to a person taken over by an Agent once the agent voluntarily leaves? [duplicate]

What happens to a person (both their consciousness in the Matrix, and their body) once they are take over by an Agent program and then the Agent leaves, if nothing traumatic happened to the Agent ...
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Does either pill actually do anything?

When Morpheus offers the pill choice to Neo, they are still in the Matrix. That leads me to belive that none of the pills are real thus having no particular effect in the real world. Was it some sort ...
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Did the Agents know about the history of the Matrix and/or previous Ones?

Did the Agents know about the history of the Matrix (the Paradise and Nightmare Matrix, and the transition to the choice-based Matrix) and/or the existence of previous Ones? Most answers assume that ...
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How many people are in the Matrix?

I'm guessing the war with the machines initially cost a lot of lives, but whilst in the Matrix there is very little reason to die. How many people are still feeding into the Matrix at the beginning ...
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Who is the highest authority of the Machine world in the Matrixverse?

Who is the highest machine authority in terms of their organizational structure and/or power? Is it the thing Neo talks to in the Machine City in the third movie (the Deus Ex Machina)? Is it the ...
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What happened to Agents Brown and Jones?

Agents Brown and Jones from The Matrix were replaced by upgraded Agents Johnson, Thompson, and Jackson by the time of The Matrix Reloaded. But what happened to them? In The Matrix Reloaded the Oracle ...
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What was the purpose of having Zion?

In Matrix Reloaded, the Architect explains how Zion was part of their plan for the 1% of the population that reject the Matrix, but he doesn't explain WHY the machines created Zion in the first place. ...
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Why do the Agents bother trying to get the Zion mainframe codes?

In the first film, Agent Smith spends a lot of time torturing Morpheus because he knew the code for Zion's mainframe. My question is, why did they even need that code? I mean, surely they would ...
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Why didn't the machine kill Neo after he was ejected?

After Neo chose the red pill and was ejected from The Matrix, a large machine came to unplug him. Why didn't it kill Neo?
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How does Cypher exit/enter the Matrix without an operator?

In The Matrix, Cypher enters the Matrix to speak with the Agents, then leaves again. We never see if he has an operator, and as he kills Tank and Dozer you might assume he doesn't have one. If he ...
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Why didn't Agent Smith just die?

When Agent Smith is destroyed by Neo, how can he survive, how can he still exist? Do some or all machines have a physical body? Smith gives a rough explanation, but that simply explains that it was ...
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Why do the machines allow/initiate the building of a new Zion?

In the Matrix Reloaded, the Architect says: The function of the One is now to return to the Source, allowing a temporary dissemination of the code you carry, reinserting the prime program. After ...
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In the first Matrix film, why did they free Cypher in the first place?

I was wondering why Cypher was freed. It always seems like he has never liked being in the real world, or even wanted to be part of what they are doing.
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What kind of a political hierarchy do the machines in The Matrix have?

The events of the Animatrix (assuming it is not machine propaganda) and the behavior of the exile programs indicate that machines and programs are sentient and they possess a will to survive. Given ...
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How do Machines Breed Humans in "The Matrix"?

Did the Machines in the Matrix use human women to have baby humans, or did they have some type of mechanical womb? It's clear, from the variety of humans we see in the film, that they kept some kind ...
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Why is Seraph gold?

When we see the matrix as code, most of it is green. However Seraph is yellow/gold: I've found a theory for this on the matrix wiki: If you look at the colour representation in Revolutions, gold = ...
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Is the "Zion Archive" (Animatrix) Machine Propaganda?

@vsz pointed out in a comment that the information that is presented in "The Second Renaissance", i.e. the History preserved in the Zion Archives might be propaganda by the machines (inaccurate to ...
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Why is Agent Smith okay with becoming a virus?

This question: Is there anything special about Agent Smith that makes him become a virus? assumes Agent Smith becomes a virus. But in this monologue from The Matrix, he speaks with extreme disdain ...
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Does the machine intelligence reboot our genuine knowledge of A.I.?

In The Matrix, the Matrix itself is a simulated version of Earth in the 90's. Being as we had access to primitive forms of technology that were later used to create Artifial Intelligence and ...
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Is Neo genetically engineered?

I was debating with a friend about this! Is Neo genetically different from others plugged in the Matrix, as in genetically engineered to be the 'One'? Or is he a normal human and it's all software ...
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Can free humans tell if they are in the Matrix?

Can any of the "free humans" tell if they are in the Matrix or not? Does it feel different? Or is it only context (like if they remembered being put in there, or see familiar Matrix cities, etc.)?
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How does time work in The Matrix?

I'm somewhat confused about the nature of Time in the Matrix, but I have 3 different possibilities, all of which are neither confirmed nor denied in the trilogy as far as I can see. Possibility 1: ...
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At what point does Neo become "The One"?

At the end of the trilogy, there is no doubt that Neo is "The One". But back to the first movie, it was strongly hinted by the Oracle that he was not yet a "The One", meaning there is some process in ...
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Why was Seraph called Wingless?

In The Matrix Revolutions, when Morpheus, Trinity and Seraph enter the Merovingian's club, one of the guards calls Seraph "Wingless". Where does this name come from?
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Memory control in the Matrix

Do we have explicit confirmation that the machines in the Matrix are able to control human memory? Is there anything that gives us proof positive, for example, that they can erase the memory of a ...
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Do the machines store hovercraft replicas?

contains spoilers from Reloaded and the Animatrix In the Animatrix it is shown that the first things similar to hovercrafts are built by Zero-One Heavy Industry Corporation, combining "a helipod" ...
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Why did the Matrix simulate 1999 instead of a pre-computer year?

In The Matrix, the people within the Matrix live in a simulated version of the year 1999. It's already been asked why the machines bothered with the Matrix at all, but let's assume that they had a ...
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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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The Matrix: When Neo and Trinity shoot security/police are they actually killing real people?

According to the following conversation, if you die in the Matrix, you die in "real" life: Neo: [in pain] I thought it wasn't real. Morpheus: Your mind makes it real. Neo: If you're ...
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How far in advance were the Matrix sequels planned?

In researching why so many people dislike the Matrix sequels, I've noticed a lot of them citing the idea that they were only made because of the success of the first movie as reason why "the plot ...
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Why didn't the agents take over Neo's body?

Apparently, when someone sees something strange or unusual in the Matrix, it triggers some kind of red flag that tells the agents "come here and take over that body". We see it a few times during the ...