Questions tagged [the-matrix]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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 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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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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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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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 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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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 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 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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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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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 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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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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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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What would happen if someone opened a door that is opened with a key of the keymaker from the other side?

In the Matrix Reloaded, Persephone is opening a door in the restaurant using a key from the keymaker, now leading to the Merovingian's chateau 500 miles away instead of the other part of the ...
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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 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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Except Tank and Dozer, was anyone from Morpheus' crew in Zion before Mr. Anderson joined them?

On the Nebuchadnezzar, other than the two naturally born humans Tank and Dozer, were any of the crew ever in Zion before they unjacked Mr. Anderson to join them? I think Morpheus must have been in ...
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Are there any other animals in the “real world”? [duplicate]

In The Matrix, Agent Smith has this quote during his monologue with Morpheus. Smith: I realized that you're not actually mammals. Every mammal on this planet instinctively develops a natural ...
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How does Neo know the question "What's the matrix?" in the first place?

In the beginning of the movie, Neo follows the "white rabbit" to a club. There Trinity tells him that he already knows "the question". He does, it is "What's the matrix?" ...
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Why does everyone wear sunglasses in The Matrix?

I see that every free human who goes into Matrix wears sunglasses even when it isn't sunny outside. Talking about coolness, Neo didn't use to wear sunglasses when he wasn't free. How come his mind ...
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What was the purpose of the "monster" programs in the Nightmare Matrix?

I'm curious about what the exact role of the "monster" programs (like some of the exiles we see in the films; the Ghost Twins, vampires, etc) was in the Nightmare Matrix (so before they were ...
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Why wasn't Neo able to self-substantiate like The Kid was?

In The Animatrix, we learn that Michael Karl Popper (likely a reference to the rationalist and philosopher), known only as The Kid in The Matrix: Revolutions, is able to escape the Matrix through ...
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Who are the Twins in The Matrix?

What is the origin of The Twins in The Matrix: Reloaded, and how is it that they're so ridiculously powerful?
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How does Sati end up with the Oracle, with regards to Rama-Kandra's deal with the Merovingian? [closed]

Rama-Kandra said he had to go through the Merovingian to get Sati into the Matrix: Rama-Kandra: I know only what I need to know. I know that if you want to take something from our world into your ...
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Why is the Trainman afraid of Seraph, Morpheus and Trinity, when he can easily deal with Neo?

In The Matrix: Revolutions, we see that Seraph has led Morpheus and Trinity onto a train in Mobil Avenue, where they encounter the Trainman. He responds in fear when he sees them, despite their ...
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Were the Ghost Twins killed in the explosion in Reloaded?

During the freeway chase scene in The Matrix: Reloaded, Morpheus stands his ground against the Ghost Twins as they drive towards him. He slices their vehicle, it loses balance, and as it rolls, he ...
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Were the machines actually using humans as batteries, or was that all a lie?

I've seen that it seems some people believe that the "machines using humans as batteries" explanation for the Matrix may not be true. Most recently, I've seen a comment on another question ...
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Were there exiles during the Paradise and Nightmare versions of the Matrix?

Before the current version of the Matrix, there was the Paradise Matrix followed by the Nightmare Matrix. We know that there are "exiles" in the current version of the Matrix -- programs who ...
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Who was in control of the Matrix betas?

In What kind of program is the Merovingian?, we learn that the Merovingian was likely a kind of operating system, and was the Oracle's predecessor for at least one of the previous versions of the ...
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Who are the people we see in the Merovingian's restaurant/club?

When we first meet the Merovingian in The Matrix: Reloaded, he is in a restaurant. When we meet him again in The Matrix: Revolutions, we meet him in Club Hel. Those he immediately surrounds himself ...
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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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What evidence is there, besides his gold code, that Seraph is a "hardware" machine rather than a "software" program?

This is a follow up to this question: Why is Seraph gold? The accepted answer to the related question above concludes that Seraph appears as gold code when Neo first meets him because he is somehow a &...
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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 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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How does Neo come back to life?

I'm referring to the scene at the end of the first film where he is shot "dead" by Agent Smith, then after some scenes of his heart monitor flat-lining and Trinity telling him he can't be ...
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Why could the Oracle not see past/understand her choice?

Inspired by this Q&A: What is the choice the Oracle couldn't see beyond? The accepted answer there states that the choice the Oracle is referring to in the question's quote is, in fact, her ...
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Was Switch intended to be a different gender outside of The Matrix?

IMDB and other sources assert that the character of Switch was intended to be female inside The Matrix but male outside in the real world, and that this concept was later refined and/or blocked by the ...
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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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