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In The Matrix, why is Neo confusing left and right?

Out of universe, why is this scene in the movie? Because it showcases that Tank sees Neo. He is not limited to what Neo tells him on the phone, he is actually tracking his position. Until then, it ...
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Why is The Matrix tinted green?

This was discussed by the notoriously secretive Wachowskis in one of the very few interviews they did (at the insistence of their distributor) in order to promote film to overseas audiences. ...
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What's the purpose of the earpiece Agent Smith is wearing?

The earpiece represents both an figurative and, apparently, actual connection between the Agent programs and the Matrix mainframe. You can see at multiple points in the movie, an Agent will receive ...
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Why are there no animals in "The Matrix"?

There are plenty of animals in the Matrix and several seen in the real world (see below) however the word of god answer is that none of the animals seen inside the Matrix are real: TheTrinityACMXCL: ...
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Why do the Agents bother trying to get the Zion mainframe codes?

All of the machine characters we see in the movie are just doing the job they have been programmed to do, without questioning it. Even characters like The Oracle, who acts as a sort of counter-agent ...
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Why does (almost) everyone in the crowds in the training Matrix wear only black and white?

This was addressed in one of the rare interviews that the Wachowskis gave in order to promote the film. In short, the poverty of difference in the outfits and the duplication of the characters are ...
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Why did the Matrix simulate 1999 instead of a pre-computer year?

This was sort of explained in the first movie by Agent Smith. He explained that the first Matrix was designed as a utopia, but that the humans connected to it rejected the program, and "entire crops [...
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What was the purpose of having Zion?

Zion wasn't just a refugee camp, it was also an armed base sending soldiers into the Matrix to locate new recruits. Ironically (and unbeknownst to the Zionese rebels), they were actually helping the ...
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Is Agent Smith a bug in the Matrix or a virus?

Rather than going by technical, real-world definitions, let's use the in-universe description of a virus: Agent Smith: I'd like to share a revelation that I've had during my time here. It came to ...
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Why did the Matrix simulate 1999 instead of a pre-computer year?

Maybe 1999 was the era that had the longest life expectancy for the average human. Neo: If you're killed in the Matrix, you die here? Morpheous: The body cannot live without the mind. Maybe the ...
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How did Neo know it was Morpheus on the phone and what The Matrix is?

At the start of the film, Neo is fascinated by Morpheus. When we first see him, he has fallen asleep in front of his computer, which is displaying news stories and articles related to Morpheus, ...
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Why is The Matrix tinted green?

In the interviews with the Wachowski Brothers they said they wanted to make it look like the old PC green feel and look. WachowskiBros: One of the things we tried to do with the Neb for when we ...
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Was Agent Smith created by the Oracle and if so, with what purpose?

Smith likely called the Oracle "Mom" as a reference to the fact that she is the "mother" of the Matrix, rather than as an indication that she was his creator. There are several reasons why this is the ...
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What would have happened if Neo had taken the red pill and blue pill at the same time?

Both pills have a very specific physiological impact. The blue pill appears to have some sort of sedative effect inside the Matrix whereas the red pill disrupts the individual's "carrier signal" ...
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Why did Neo even have to fight?

If The Matrix had been a stand-alone movie the statement Morpheus makes would have in-fact been true. In the very final battle between Neo and the Agents, we see that Neo is capable of stopping ...
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Do Morpheus and his crew kill potential Ones?

They don't kill the potential Ones, but they all typically end up dying anyway. What Cypher is talking about is Morpheus plan to train Neo and send him against the agents; because the Agents are ...
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How did Trinity know that Neo would see a white rabbit (to follow)?

It's not like Trinity made a prophecy that would take years to be confirmed. As she was talking via chat with Neo, she knew that a person with a White Rabbit Tattoo was headed towards Neo's ...
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Why does everyone wear sunglasses in The Matrix?

In-Universe. Once Neo has seen the literal light [of the real-world], the Matrix seems other-worldly and wrong to him. This includes the painfully bright exteriors. Per the original 1996 version of ...
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Is there a reason Agent Smith is trying to cut a deal with Neo?

We don't know that Smith was being truthful when he said his colleagues believed he was wasting his time with Neo. It's certainly conceivable that he was telling the truth, as he's clearly established ...
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What flaw in the Matrix was Neo supposed to correct?

The Architect is using some flowery technobabble to explain something called cumulative error - a tiny error in a computation that compounds itself as the computation keeps going. For example, in math-...
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What religious references are there in the Matrix trilogy?

I did a little bit more research, and found something interesting. Agent Smith’s vehicle has a license plate on the front, which contains a Bible verse, as seen below: That verse, which is Isaiah 54:...
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Why didn't the machine kill Neo after he was ejected?

It did try to kill him (or at least recycle him) As a matter of fact, the Doc Bot did attempt to kill him almost immediately after it unplugged his ports, by flushing him down into a sewer where he ...
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Is there a reason the Wachowskis chose the names Smith and Anderson?

You might find this page useful. It details even vague connections, themes and references that each name in The Matrix has, including some for Thomas A. Anderson, those mainly being: Thomas means "...
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What religious references are there in the Matrix trilogy?

Some references: The two other leads in the Matrix are both religious references. Trinity is the Christian conception of the godhead three-in-one. Morpheus is the Greek god of Dreams. The Oracle is ...
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Why does Agent Smith call the Oracle "Mom"?

Per the Architect in The Matrix Reloaded: The first Matrix I designed was quite naturally perfect, it was a work of art, flawless, sublime. A triumph equaled only by its monumental failure. The ...
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Is there a reason the Wachowskis chose the names Smith and Anderson?

I'm unclear whether it's a case of the tail wagging the dog, but it's notable that Agent Smith's car (in Matrix Reloaded) has the plate IS5416 (Isiah 54:16) "Behold, I have created the smith who ...
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Why does Neo jump into Smith?

The scene was a rather neat way for the Wachowskis to visually represent Neo's transformation into a Hacker of the Matrix. Upon his rebirth, he perceives the programming language that creates the ...
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Why does everyone assume that the Architect was telling the truth about there being previous "Ones"?

Neo received confirmation from a couple of different sources (aside from The Architect) that there were previous iterations of the Matrix. This would seem to strongly confirm his story about Zion and ...
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In "The Matrix Revolutions" How Does Neo Stop the Machine Weapons in the Real World?

The explanation given within the films is that Neo (as the One) has a special connection to the Source which allows him to control machines in the real world. Neo asked the Oracle how he was able to ...
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